An Evening with Simon Weston

It was the conflict of a generation and one that many will never forget. On 2nd April 1982, Argentina invaded the Falklands Islands with the aim of recapturing them from Spain. Join us for An Evening with Simon Weston to hear about how the Falklands War changed his life forever, along with the lives of many of his comrades.

The Islands, which had been controlled by Great Britain for nearly 150 years, became a battle ground and the UK government were quick to defend both the Islands and its inhabitants.

What was to follow saw the deaths of 655 Argentinian Soldiers and 255 British Serviceman. Amongst those who were sent to the conflict was Simon Weston CBE.

In one of the most horrific moments of the conflict the RFA Sir Galahad was bombed by two Argentinian planes, Simon was on board at the time.

This was an event which would change his life forever.

Hosted by one of his closest friends, David Fitzgerald, the show provides a unique insight into the highs and lows Simon has faced before and after that moment in 1982.

Soldier, father, grandfather, Simon tells his story with humour and insight.

In his first appearance of this kind in Exeter, Simon will take to the stage with David, who is himself a charismatic speaker and mid morning presenter on BBC Radio Devon.

On his website, Simon says, “In 1982 I was aboard the Sir Galahad when it was destroyed at Bluff Cove in the Falklands Islands. I suffered 46% burns to my body and went on to have numerous operations. However, I was one of the lucky ones. I survived. Since then it has been my privilege to have been invited to speak at events across the UK and abroad. I have met some wonderful people and had the opportunity to have been involved in many worthwhile charities. ”

Simon is described as an inspiring and moving speaker who is humorous and engaging. His enthusiasm is infectious and he is a master in topics such as:

Overcoming adversity
Accepting change
Dealing with challenges
Liking the person you are
Inspiring others

Simon is a highly sought after speaker and spaces are limited at the event.

DATE: Monday 7th November – bar opens 7pm for a 7.30pm start

VENUE: Duckworth Suite at Exeter Golf and Country Club

TICKETS: £10 members / £15 non members

Tickets are available now from Reception or via 01392 874139 /

Simon Weston

Soaring success of new golf course

The new ‘Twenty Sixteen’ golf course at Exeter Golf and Country Club is officially a soaring success with the men’s golf section close to being full. With less than 15 men’s golf memberships now available, the club is bucking the trend with its thriving golf section. The new golf course combined with the arrival of new Head Golf Professional, Darren Everett and his team, has attracted golfers from across the region. Darren is now set to launch a state-of-the-art golf simulator to revolutionise all-weather, year-round golf, coaching and fitting in the region. All this in the year that Exeter Golf and Country Club celebrates 121 years as a golf club.

The club attribute this success to a combination of the highly acclaimed new golf course layout, the well-drained course which is playable for most of the year – a rarity for a parkland course, innovative and forward-thinking strategy along with the improvements implemented by Darren Everett and his team.

As well as experienced golfers joining the club throughout the summer season, the club has also welcomed many new golfers learning the sport. Working in partnership with England Golf for their ‘Get Into Golf’ programme, Darren and the team have welcomed over 80 beginner golfers, 60% of whom have become Academy Members, plus over 60 children in their Junior Golf Academy. The club was also selected by England Golf as an ambassador for women’s golf and chosen to offer the Girls Golf promotion whereby girls aged between 14 and 24 enjoyed free golf lessons this summer.

As a member-owned club, the capacity of the golf course has been set by the golf committee and management at a level allowing generous play for club golfers. The club recognises that achieving a good balance between tee time availability and member numbers is vital for the future of the club. Golf Manager, Ben Martin believes the management of this with a full calendar of competitions and social events is at the heart of the success for Exeter Golf and Country Club. He explains that the introduction of golf buggies made the golf course more accessible. The feedback received from all of the club’s opens, county and member run events has cemented Exeter Golf and Country Clubs position as a must play course all year round.

Chris Jones, General Manager, said, “I am proud to say our men’s golf membership is almost full. To ensure our members enjoy value from their membership, we have a cut off point for the number of members we can accommodate. We are delighted that we are almost at that point. At a time when many golf courses are struggling to fill tee times, we are amongst the lucky ones who continue to attract new golfers while maintaining our life-long loyal players, who we very much appreciate.  We have had compliment after compliment about the new golf course and this has certainly helped boost our numbers. Achieving this optimum number of golf members ensures ongoing investment and a bright future for the golf course.”

Darren Everett’s arrival at Exeter Golf and Country Club has been a huge success. His transformation of the Pro Shop has been welcomed by members and visiting golfers alike, offering the latest trends in golf, an expert fitting service plus personal and efficient service and coaching. Darren is about to open a new golf studio to revolutionise indoor golf and coaching in the region. The new, top-of-the-range golf simulator will be the only fully enclosed, complete studio in the area. As well as state-of-the-art golf fitting for six major golf brands and coaching, the GC2 launch monitor and simulator allows total all-weather golf for players on six top international golf courses including Hazletyne, the location for the Ryder Cup on 1st October.

Chris continues, “They say, if you’ve got it, ‘flaunt it’. We have invested in promoting the new golf course with a combination of photography and film, culminating this month with some inspirational images of Exeter Chiefs and England rugby star, Henry Slade who plays here at the club.”

Exeter Golf and Country Club documented the transformation of the golf course during 2015 and 2016 with a series of drone films created by Skyflicks Media. The club has also employed the expertise of a leading UK golf course photographer John Mundy, International Food Photographer of the Year 2015 David Griffin, Devon-based lifestyle photographer Matt Austin and videographer Andy Green to portray the golf course and other club facilities including the indoor and outdoor pools, gym, fitness classes, tennis and squash courts, restaurant and spa, ready for the new website set to launch later this year.

The club is now focusing on encouraging more women to play golf. There is a complimentary Ladies Golf Coffee Morning on 6th October from 10am with a putting clinic, 8 holes of golf, scones and tea, hosted by Exeter Golf and Country Club and Darren Everett. To book please contact Darren via or – limited availability.


Party-proof your skin with new ESPA super skincare

After a ‘certain age’, boozy late nights can make skin feel as shrivelled as the grapes left on the vine after the best were picked for wine. Dehydration is the number one cause of ageing and can have a pretty immediate impact on the skin. Being prepared for all the Christmas parties on the horizon is definitely the way forward.

We all know the route to plumper, youthful looking skin is drinking plenty of water. Hydrate from the inside, out. We also know, you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Therefore, we long for miracle skin products to tackle this from the outside, in. So, is it even possible to find this Holy Grail of beauty?

Can you party-proof your skin with new ESPA super skincare?

We cannot promise miracles. However, we can promise that you’ll be hard-pushed to find products that improve the hydration and look of your skin as quickly as the two skincare gems just launched by the experts at ESPA.

ESPA Instant Facial

The Tri-Active Advanced Instant Facial Age-Defying Concentrate has just been launched this month. It certainly packs a punch for something as light as air and soft as silk. It’s a super-charged ProSerum that delivers instant visible results. It’s not just about a pretty face though, this advanced Instant Facial works hard in the background tackling the ageing process longer term too.

What makes it so special? It’s a 3-in-1 skincare product, combining face serum, treatment oil and a brightening essence in one concentrate. Time-saving as well as effective. It is full to the pipette of ground-breaking natural ingredients. Award-winning Macroalgae Cell Extract smooths; antioxidant Winged Kelp Extract firms; Coconut, Jojoba and Avocado Oil nourishes; Vitamin C brightens; Hyaluronic Acid plumps; and finally, used for the first time in the UK, White Truffle Extract boosts elasticity and long-term moisture levels. All in one simple bottle.

You can see why it’s called ESPA Instant Facial. We love it.

ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy

Next…the closest thing to an overnight miracle you can get. ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy.

Wouldn’t it be great to transform your skin while you sleep? Lots of products promise to make the most of the precious night-time hours when your skin is repairing, regenerating and at its most receptive. However, lots of products make a half-hearted attempt at this. This new ESPA skincare product actually delivers it.

Welcome to skincare heaven…the ESPA Overnight Hydration Therapy. Forget your simple night cream – this is a nourishing treatment mask that you leave on overnight. It feels decadent and luxurious as you apply it to your face. The aromatic Encapsulated Lavender, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang and Lavandin Essential Oils calm your mind and sooth you to sleep. While you rest, this deceptively relaxing blend of essential oils, natural ingredients and plant actives get to work. Chicory Root Extract is an award-winning plant active that stimulates Vitamin D-like benefits rebuilding and reinforcing the skin’s natural barrier. Seaweed Extract and Natural Sugar Complex targets and directs moisture to the areas of the skin that need it most. Konjac Root and Hyaluronic Acid Filling Spheres smooth fine lines while Yeast Bioferment revitalises the complexion.

This is the most deeply hydrating and nourishing treatment we have experienced as spa therapists and users. The results are immediate. You wake up with plumped, fresh and replenished radiant skin. This intense overnight skin therapy tops our list of recommended products. Suitable for all skin types and ages, you will be surprised at how noticeable the results are and you will feel the difference throughout the day.

Find the right skincare for you

Our Spa Therapists are on-hand to find the right ESPA skincare for you and offer a SkinVision Analysis before every facial. To promote these new products, Wear Park Spa is offering 20 people a complimentary 15 minute SkinVision Analysis during September. To register for this offer email or telephone 01392 874139 – quoting SkinVisionFB when you book.

Click here to find out more about Wear Park Spa and our ESPA spa and beauty treatments.

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