Fun For All The Family at TLH Leisure Resort

Superb indoor pool

Sunday 3rd October sees the return of TLH Leisure Resort’s open day when we throw open our doors to everyone and fun is the name of the game!

The Family Fun Day coincides with the Aztec Pool’s 10th birthday, and to celebrate, we will have 10 fantastic Aztec offers to pick up on the day, from spa treats to Bistro discounts, as well as offers for the gym, pool and fitness studio.

Top of the ‘must see’ list will be Neil Vaughan from the Really Wild Encounter with his weird and wonderful creatures. His educational but fun approach means adults and kids alike will enjoy his show.

You’ll also be able to swim in the stunning 25 metre Aztec Pool for just £2 per person, have a go at 10pin bowling in the Arena Games complex for £1 and browse the stalls at our Craft Fair where you’ll find a whole range of beautiful handmade gifts from local traders such as Gemme de Joanne, Sweet Memory Laneand Table Matters.

As a special offer on the day only, the Toorak Hotel will be offering a 2 course Sunday lunch for just £5 per person, but do book in advance as it’s bound to be a popular choice – 01803 400400. Throughout the day you will also be able to sample some tasty food and drink from some of our best local suppliers.

All in all a great day out! Entry is free via the Carlton Hotel, Falkland Road, Torquay – we’ll see you there!

Entertainment Team Show is a Big Hit

Thanks to everyone who came along to see our Summer Show this year – it went down a storm. The  TLH Entertainment Team and I really enjoyed ourselves performing in front of such fantastic audiences. Thanks too, to the Nadeem family who took some brilliant photographs – here are just a few for you to enjoy.

We hope to see you all again soon – and in the meantime think of us as we start rehearsals for this year’s Christmas showtime!

Cheers – Zoe & the Team

Our Talented Entertainment Team

Get Ready For Motown & Big on Broadway

Terri Kennard on Umpiring

The controversy on Uniform rages on.

Mention the new unified umpires uniform to any umpire and you are likely to get a unilateral and un-edited tirade in response. That’s a lot of U’s.

The new uniform that consists of a predominantly yellow ‘climacool’ top with royal blue panels down the sides and red piping has been met with a wall of controversy.

There is to be a yellow waterproof to go with this new apparel and it is all set off with a new badge that shows the ‘scales of justice’.

EBUA badge

I have received no end of e-mails regarding the new uniform, calling it ‘circus like’ looking like ‘parrots’ and other such derogatory comments. I have to say that some of our more rotund men and ladies will look like beach balls, and it is generally felt that that to break away from the traditional smart shirt, tie/cravat and blazers is a retrograde step.

What are your feelings on this?

Is the Executive decision to have this new uniform democratic?

We have been told that we can still continue to wear our respective organisation’s uniform until 31 December 2015 – but where the men know exactly what this is, the women are in disarray.

Yesterday I played in a County final with 2 lady Umpires in attendance and one was wearing blue trousers, one in white. Neither had a blue shirt on and to my horror one of the umpires sat in a deck chair all day only moving when she had been called for about 5 times.

I would welcome your comments, so get blogging


A Rabbit in the Headlights

Every now and again an opportunity arises which is difficult to turn down. I am pleased to say that with my umpiring career, even though it is in its infancy, I have met such a wonderful group of people, all of whom I am proud to call friends.

I had the honour of being asked to umpire and mark at the Professional Bowling Association event at the Dolphin IBC last week.

I duly arrived at the Dolphin on Sunday 5 September and was put straight to work.

What can I say – I felt like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Nervous and clammy-handed I took up a position where I could see, close hand, several of the rinks of play.

I actually dreaded the thought of having to go on the green to do a measure but when the call comes you forget about the nerves and concentrate on the job in hand.

The rest of the tournament went well and below are some of the lovely people that have encouraged me and will keep me under their wings until I really learn to fly properly.

John Davies who runs the tournaments from the control desk is an International Umpire and is well respected by umpires and players throughout the South and South West of England. John, long may you reign as our area Secretary.

John Davies - organiser of  PBA

Here is John at the controls

Sharon Davies and James Shillingford

Sharon Davies talks to James Shillingford about measuring

Gary Lucas and Mike Dady

Gary Lucas and Mike Dady in action on the green (Here's a rare photo of men working - only joking guys)

Can I take this opportunity to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the days in your company and thanks to Vicky Miller (the lovely lady who organised the Umpiring and Marking sessions) for putting me up for two nights, or was it putting up with me for two nights? It kept me off the streets.

Thank you to you all for your kind words and encouragement, and well done to all the players who qualified to get on the TV later this year. Amongst the names is our local player from Exonia, Rob Paxton. Well done Rob and good luck in the finals.

Signing off now
Terri Kennard
Rule book out and swatting

Skydiving Staff

On Saturday 6th November, a group of TLH staff are getting together to raise money for Rowcroft Hospice (Reg. 282723). Rowcroft Hospice, the Torbay and South Devon Hospice, believes that everyone facing a life-limiting illness should have access to the highest quality care, tailored to their needs and aimed at giving the best possible quality of life. Rowcroft’s specialist services include Hospice at Home, community team, lymphoedema clinic and in-patient ward. Care is provided at the hospice and wherever it is required in the wider community; in residential and nursing homes; community hospitals; in people’s homes; even in local prisons. At Rowcroft a patient’s mental, social, psychological and emotional needs are considered, alongside the traditional medical approaches we use to treat the physical effects of their illness. They also strive to meet the needs of their loved ones. Every year they care for over 1000 people, relying on donations to do so.

TLH Staff sky divingWe are going to be doing a sponsored skydive at Dunkerswell Airfield near Honiton in Devon where we will freefall for up to 2 miles before the parachute opens for our glide to land. We are hoping to raise a minimum of £2000 for the charity so any support that you can give is greatly appreciated.   Taking part in the jump will be myself, Darryl Patrick (Restaurant Manager at the Carlton Hotel), Steph Brooke (Assistant Manager at the Derwent Hotel), Ryan Rogers (Head Chef at the Aztec Bistro) and Adam West (Albert’s Bar). If you would like to come along on the day to support us that would be great!
Please go to to see our fundraising page and sponsor us online.   Thank you for your support.   Jenny Shipton

Torquay becomes part of new South West marine conservation area.

English Riviera GeoparkIt’s official – Torbay and Lyme Bay have become a new marine conservation area created off the Devon coast.  Torbay,  or the English Riviera,  made up of Paignton, Brixham and Torquay in Devon, becomes an even more special place to visit this Autumn, having become one of  four new marine conservation areas created off the South West coast to protect the sea’s environment. Apart from Torbay, they are Prawle Point to Plymouth Sound, Eddystone and Lizard Point, and Land’s End and Cape Bank.

The sites will protect habitats including reefs, sea caves and sandbanks where marine life thrives. Newly protected areas will include sand banks that act as nursery ground for many commercial fish species, also supporting sand eels. These in turn are a food source for seabirds and mammals such as seals. This move comes about to help the seas recover.

Torbay was awarded GeoPark (Geological Park) status in 2007 and is one of only seven GeoParks in the United Kingdom. There are only fifty-three GeoParks worldwide. Parts of the coastline and cliffs date back over 375 million years and these are looked after by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. 

View from Babbacombe Downs

Thatcher Rock, Hope’s Nose and Meadfoot areas of Torquay are made up of Devonian limestone and just along the coast the Babbacombe and Oddicombe cliffs date back some 300 million years. In Paignton, Roundham Head and Hollicombe Head are great examples where the exposed cliffs and rocks can be easily seen. The Goodrington part of the coast dates back over 280 million years and just along from Goodrington Sands is the Saltern Cove Local Nature Reserve.

There is so much to discover around the South Devon coast and Autumn is a perfect time to be getting close to the natural beauty that the area has to offer.  Take a look at the You Tube video clip below and you’ll see that this really is a special place to experience. The Toorak Hotel in Torquay part of TLH Leisure Resort is a perfect base for an Autumn break – see our website for special offers.

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New member joins the Entertainment Team

Hi guys,

New team member, Wendy

Just popping in to update you on some fabulous news about the team here at TLH Leisure Resort – we have a new team member, Wendy Reynolds who hales from the Wirral in Chester, near Liverpool. Wendy joins us as a dancer to take the place of Gemma.

She has many years experience in this type of business having been working for many years with companies such as Haven Holidays, Warner Holidays, Park Dean Park Resorts and many many more. Wendy is a fab dancer and you will see her in our TLH team shows very very soon, as we are busily rehearsing her into them. She is an excellent presenter too and has been an entertainment manager herself for many years, but has decided to get back on the stage to perform rather organising others…. that’s still my job! It’s really nice to have some new blood on the team and the rest of the guys are very keen and excited to both work and learn from Wendy and vice versa. So welcome to the team, Wendy bird!

Well that’s it from me for now; Summer is nearly over –  just another week left and then it’s back to normal, and I guess I had better start rehearsals for our new Christmas show……got any ideas???????

Byeee Z xx

PS: Don’t forget to get in touch with us and let us know what you thought of our new show.