Bideford Buzz

Welcome to the  on-line edition of the Community Newsletter for Bideford   and adjoining towns, villages, and rural area.

‘Bideford Buzz’ is produced and distributed by a team of volunteers, with financial and practical assistance from  Bideford Bridge Trust, Devon Community Foundation, Bideford Town Council, Torridge Volunteer Resource Centre, Devon Library Services, and many others.   If you are interested in helping produce, develop, or distribute this newsletter we’ll be glad to hear from you.

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You can submit your article on disc or by e-mail.    However, ‘snail mail’ is equally acceptable. Material for publication should reach us by the 15th of the month preceding the month of publication.

Editor – Rose Arno (Bideford Buzz),    c/o Torridge Volunteer Resource Centre (‘TVS’),  14, Bridgeland Street, Bideford, EX39 2QE.  (TVS opening hours Mon.-Thurs. 9.30am to 3.oopm).      Telephone 07929-976120, or E-mail: editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk

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Shipping news No. 118 (October/ November 2014).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Welsh Piper - arrived 4/11, sailed 5/11.

Vessel could not discharge due to cargo being very wet from sea conditions on passage ; she sailed from Yelland, having only discharged approx. one third of her cargo due to problems with the discharge conveyor. She sailed for Avonmouth for repairs.

In port – Bideford Quay.

Fehn Courage - built 2009 ; flag Madeira, Portugal ; owners German ; crew Russian & Ukrainian ; from Avonmouth to Castellon ; arrived 6/11, sailed 7/11 ; loaded 2,375 tons ball clay.

Arco Dart 24/10, 27/10, 5.11.

On Saturday 31.10.14 the Jersey Coast Guard Tug Duke of Normandy, 200 tons d.w, was at the RNLI Buoy Appledore to undertake welding work; she sailed on Sunday 2.11.14 for her home port of St Hellier.

By the time of publication the second Irish patrol vessel LE James Joyce should have been launched from the shipyard at Appledore with delivery to the Irish Navy March/April 2015; further details in next issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

17/10 at 13.00 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 d.w., owners in the colours of Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed 00.56, 16th.

20/10 at 09.08 cargo vessel Vectis Progess, 10,260 tons d.w, owners Carisbrooke Shipping Cowes IOW, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 03.26.

22/10 at 07.27 cargo vessel Fluvius Taw, 5,050 tons d.w, owners Quay Marine Services BV Netherlands, outward bound from Swansea, having sailed at 02.24. At 09.27 cargo vessel Fri Wave, 3,280 tons d.w., owners Fri Wave Shipping Co Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 09.31 chemical tanker Stolt Sanderling, 4,453 tons d.w, owners Outward Bound Brovig Stainless AS Netherlands, departed from Barry, having sailed at 03.19.

25/10 at 13.09 container ship Endeavour, 9,167 tons, owner J.R Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At same time cargo vessel Hathor, 3,850 tons d.w, owners Hathor Beheer BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 07.22.

27/10 at 15.55 vehicle carrier Grande Europe, 18,461 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

1/11 at 08.02 cargo vessel Aquarius, 1,500 tons d.w, owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 22.47 31.10.

3/11 at 11.16 cargo vessel Eems Dollard, 3,850 tons d.w, owners Amasus Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 03.12.

4/11 at 10.50 container vessel Endeavour, 9,167 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 05.50. (It is unusual to see this vessel outward bound for Spain; it appears the owners have changed her rotation. She went to Liverpool first, then to Avonmouth. The following week she maintained the new rotation) .

6/11 at 09.45 cargo vessel Ingunn, 5,004 tons d.w, owners Vaagebulk 111 KS Norway, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 03.20.

9/11 at 08.23 vehicle carrier Grande Ellade, 18,440 n tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.25 Grande Detroit 12,353 tons d.w, owners ACL Shipmanagement AB Sweden (which is part of the Grimaldi Line of Italy), outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 10.59.

11/11 at 10.07 cargo vessel Pernille, 3,450 tons d.w, owners Pernille Interscan GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport.

14/11 at 13.34 cargo vessel Bekau, 3,701 tons d.w, owners Roland Ship Administration Germany, outward bound from Newport (sailing unknown.) At 15.30 cargo vessel Antwerp, 3,600 tons d.w, owners Sibet Attena Germany, outward bound from Briton Ferry, having sailed at 10.59.

As this is the last edition of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of the Shipping News a Happy Christmas and Great New Year and many thanks for all the wonderful comments.

Regards Norman

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Shipping review of the year 2014.

Activity at Bideford has been very sparse this year with only a few ships loading ball clay for Castellon; the Baltic trade has disappeared completely, which is a great pity as visitors on holiday who never see a ship from one day to the next, enjoyed watching the ships berthing loading and sailing.

The ‘Oldenburg’ has maintained her service to Lundy from Bideford and Ilfracombe, which is a credit to her crew when weather conditions have not been at their best.

The shipyard at Appledore completed the first patrol vessel LE ‘Samuel Beckett’ : the second vessel the LE ‘James Joyce’ was floated out in late November with delivery to the Irish Navy March/April 2015 – and the good news, the yard are to build a third vessel (still to be named) for delivery in 2016.

Yelland jetty has been reasonably busy with vessels discharging chippings from Glensanda in Scotland for the plant operated by Notts Construction ; the discharge is quite rapid (taking about 8 hours to discharge 3,000 tons plus), with the same company cranes which used to load the timber at Bideford. This operation has saved many hundreds of road miles as lorries do not have to go down the A39 to the quarries in Cornwall to collect material. The ‘Welsh Piper’ has made a few trips with dredged material from the Bristol Channel ; it’s always good to see her coming back to the area where she was built in 1987. There have only been a few timber ships loading for Wismar and Lubeck.

In the Bristol Channel the size of vessels passing inward and outward seems to be growing each year ; ships of 200,000 tons can be seen heading for Port Talbot , Portbury has seen larger vehicle carriers carrying as many as 8,000 vehicles, not all for Portbury, but still very big. The usual vistors; Grimaldi Line, the Grande ships, and NipponYusen Kaisha NYK painted on the side, Wallenius Wilhelmsen ships, and the container vessel Endeavour on her weekly run to Bilbao in Spain.

Best wishes for 2015.

Norman

Photos © Norman Hardaker

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Northam Choral Society, 6th December.

Our local four-part choir brings live classical choral music to our area, and
was founded over 150 years ago. Our next concert is on Saturday December 6th in St Mary’s Church Bideford at 7.30pm.

We shall sing the choruses from Handel’s Messiah which relate to Christmas, plus a selection of carols old and new. In the interval there will be mulled wine and mince pies.


(Tickets £6 on the door.)

We are about 40 strong and all live in the local area. Our conductor is Michael James and we rehearse in the Methodist Hall, Cross Street Northam every Tuesday at 7.30pm. We have a lot of fun as well as applying ourselves to the music!

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Schools’ Carol Concert, 2nd December.

Come and join us for an hour of traditional Christmas carols at the annual Schools’ Carol Concert on Tuesday, 2nd December, 7pm at High Street Methodist Church, Bideford. Four local schools will be taking part together with the Appledore Junior Band. Our soloist will be the local talented singer, Yazzi Chamberlain.

Admission is free – a collection will be taken for Christian Aid.   Further details from Carol North (425311).

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Bideford Film Society – December 2014/ January 2015.

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December at 7.30pm at Bideford College: Gone Girl (18)

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 December at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Interstellar (12A)

Saturday 13 at 5.00pm and Sunday 14 December at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG)

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 December at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (12A)

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 December at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: The Imitation Game (12A)

Friday 2 at 7.30pm and Saturday 3 January at 4.00pm at Kingsley School: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (12A)

Saturday 3 January at 7.30pm and Sunday 4 January at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: Mr. Turner (12A)

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 January at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: The Pyramid (15)

Doors open 30 min. before film start time.

Tickets available at Box Office : adult £5.50, concession/ child £5, member £4, family ticket (admits up to 2 adults & up to 3 children under 16) £12.

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December diary.

Monday 1st

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.45pm Bideford Band Christmas Concert at Royal Hotel. Tickets 475653

Tuesday 2nd

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2pm Bideford WI at Sea Cadet Bldg.

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Church Upper Hall.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7pm Fashion Show at M&Co, High St, presented by The Lions Club.

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462

7.30pm Bideford Keyboard & Organ Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall. 475914

7.30pm Bideford Sustainability Group at Blacksmith’s Arms. 07783384982

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 3rd

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, Westward Ho!

10am Bideford & District Community Archives, Northam Council Offices, Windmill Lane. Opening of new room by Mayors of Northam & Bideford.

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.30am Parkinson’s UK meets at Ethelwynne Brown Close. 478128

10.30am Walking for Health – Winter Walk Event at Bideford Rugby Club.

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

2pm Bideford Library Readers’ Group. 476075

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554.

7.30pm Bideford Music Club, High St Methodist Church – Goldman Ensemble.

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble rehearsal at Bideford Band Room

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8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 4th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum Christmas Lunch 479917

10.30am Walking for Health on Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf Car Park. 421528

2-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) bus at Pill Car Park. Mobile service with wide range of sensory equipment to try/borrow. 01271 373236

7pm Hartland Aikido Club for over 18s at Bucks Cross Village Hall.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Palladium Club – Phil Jupitus.

Friday 5th

6-8pm Christmas Fayre at Allardice Hall, Parkham. Proceeds to Primary School.

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

8pm Bideford Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall 476632

Saturday 6th

10am-1.30pm Bideford Winter Fair at the Pannier Market + Signing of the Pannier Lease & Bideford Band.

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

10am-12pm Families for Children Adoption Info Meeting at Buckfast. 01364 645480

11am-3pm Buckland Brewer Traditional Christmas Market.

12-3.30pm Northam Lodge Christmas Fayre at Northam Hall.

7pm Film ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ at Littleham Village Hall. 473707

7.30pm Northam Choral Society Concert at St Mary’s Church. ‘Messiah’ choruses + Carols.

Sunday 7th

10am-2pm Model Railway & Toy Collectors Table-Top Sale at Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 07805409190

10.30am Coast & Country Walkers. Arlington 6½m. 421883

Monday 8th

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

8.30pm North Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore – Stekpanna.421065

Tuesday 9th

10am Macular Society meets at Burton Art Gallery. 474128

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2pm Bideford WI at Sea Cadet Bldg.

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Church Upper Hall.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Bideford & District Cacti & Pot Plant Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall. 475914

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 10th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, Westward Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel 473337

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

2pm Tea with Friends -St Mary’s Church.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554.

7.30pm The Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 11th

10am-4pm Christmas Tree Festival at Lavington UR Church.

10.30am Northam Men’s Forum at Northam Methodist Church Hall – Carol Concert with St Margaret’s School.

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf Car Park. 421528

6pm Bideford Band at Tesco ETW.

7pm Hartland Aikido Club for over 18s at Bucks Cross Village Hall.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 12th

10am-4pm Christmas Tree Festival at Lavington UR Church & Craft Fair.

10am-12pm Big Lunch Community Coffee Morning at Kingsley Hall, W Ho!

2pm Devonshire Association talk at Burton Art Gallery 459224

7.30pm Abbotsham WI meets at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

Saturday 13th

Farmers Market in Jubilee Square.

9-11.30am Christmas Coffee Morning at Bideford Bowling Club, Chingswell St.

10am-1.30pm Bideford Winter Fair at the Pannier Market.

10am-4pm Christmas Tree Festival at Lavington UR Church.

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

10.30am Bideford Band – Mill Street.

12-4pm Christmas Fete at Grow@Jigsaw, Victoria Park in aid of Morwenna Community Garden.

2pm Bideford Band – Atlantic Village.

6pm Bideford Band – ‘Light Up a Life’ in Pannier Market.

Sunday 14th

12.30pm Torridge Ramblers 01805 622183

Monday 15th

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Bideford Stamp Club at Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 472101

7.30pm Appledore Amateur Radio Club, Appledore Football Social Club. 473251

Tuesday 16th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Church Upper Hall.

3pm ‘ReflectionsGrief & Loss Group at St Mary’s Church. 475765

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 17th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554.

7.30pmTwo Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 18th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. 479917

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf Car Park. 421528

6pm Bideford Band – Carols at Asda.

7pm Hartland Aikido Club for over 18s at Bucks Cross Village Hall.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 19th

10am-12pm Northam Reminiscence café at Northam Hall. 459337

10.30am Coast & Country Walkers. Roadford Lake 5m. 421883

7.30pm South Molton Singers & Petrovian Orchestra at Lavington UR Church.

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

Saturday 20th

10am-1.30pm Bideford Winter Fair at the Pannier Market.

10am-2pm Story of Westward Ho! in pictures. Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho!

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

10.30am Bideford Band in Mill Street.

2pm Devon Family History Society Christmas Quiz at Pollyfield Centre.

Sunday 21st

3pm Candlelight Concert with Appledore Band at Holy Trinity Church, W. Ho!

Monday 22nd

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 23rd

Bideford Band at Morrisons.

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Church Upper Hall.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 24th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

10.30am Bideford Band in Mill Street.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 25th - CHRISTMAS DAY

Friday 26th - BOXING DAY

12.30-3pm Boxing Day Barbecue at Clovelly Harbour. 431237

Saturday 27th

Farmers Market in Jubilee Square.

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

11am Coast & Country Walkers. Westward Ho 5m. 421883

Monday 29th

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 30th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Church Upper Hall.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

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Bideford Music Club – 3rd December.

PIANO RECITAL: (PIANO NOT INCLUDED).

The Goldman Ensemble consisting of violin, horn, clarinet and tenor saxophone, will perform its successful humorous show “Piano Recital (Piano not Included)” at Bideford Music Club for their Christmas Concert, it has been touring the UK with this show since 2009 to rave reviews. The ensemble has been recognised by internationally renowned musicians and audiences for their daring, imaginative and confident performances. In 2006 the Ensemble was invited to perform a concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in memory of the victims of the London Bombings on the first anniversary of the tragedy and it was subsequently asked to perform again.

Violinist Ortal Goldman began to learn the violin at the age of five and soon became a member of the Sydney Youth Chamber Orchestra and the youngest ever member of the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra. At sixteen she was studying music at Bar Ilan University in Israel. She has won many awards and performed in many prestigious venues in the UK and abroad. Since 2008 she has arranged music for the Goldman Ensemble and is continually producing new arrangements.

Her sister Gavriella began to learn the horn when she was nine and also became a member of the Sydney Youth Chamber Orchestra and later joined the SBS Radio and Television Youth Orchestra and has won numerous awards. She studied at the Samuel Ruben Academy of Music in Israel and at the University of York. She has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the UK and abroad under the baton of several international conductors including Valery Gergiev and Zubin Mehta.

Clarinettist Boyan Ivanov was born in Bulgaria and studied music at the Plovdiv Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts. He completed a Masters degree at the London Guildhall School of Music. He has won many awards including Making Music Philip & Dorothy Green Award for Young Concert Artists and has also performed at many top venues.

Dominic Childs was musical from a very young age, first as a singer but started to learn the saxophone when he was twelve before going on to study at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and later at the Royal College of Music. He went on to study for a Masters Degree at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. He has won many awards and played in many prestigious venues in the UK and abroad. As well as a soloist and chamber musician he is sought after as saxophone teacher and tutor.

The concert will be held in Bideford Methodist Church Hall, High Street on Wednesday, 3rd December at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £12.50 (students free) and are available at the door. For further information please phone 01237 423112.

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Buckland Brewer’s Traditional Christmas Market, 6th December.

Saturday 6th December, 11am to 3pm.

Visit Devon’s largest village Christmas Market

40 stalls and entertainment.

New this year – food and drink mall.

No Admission fee.


New Food Mall

Always looking to improve, this year we are introducing a Food and Drink Mall which will include butcher Steve Gladwin from Torrington, who will be taking Christmas Turkey orders, Holsworthy Beekeepers selling honey for Christmas, North Tawton Cheeses, The Glorious Oyster Bar, Bray Wines and Winkleigh Cider. Established favourites such as Brilliant Fish, the village confectioner ‘Fancy Something Sweet’, cakes, preserves and pickles will also be found in the market, as well as numerous Christmas themed stalls. Add to this homemade mulled wine, and you have a delicious recipe for Christmas. The Market, which comprises 40 stalls, will run from 11a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday 6th December.

The market has become one of Devon’s Biggest Traditional Village Christmas Markets both inside and out, taking over the centre of the village for the day. Music and singing will be provided by local choirs and Torrington Silver Band.

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Parkham Christmas Fayre, 5th December.

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Appledore Kidz Club.

appledorekidzclub@yahoo.co.uk

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‘Fishing for The Long Haul ?’

Sun is out, sea is calm and skipper Paul Stone smiles as he and his crew aboard “Sparkling Star” land a net full of squid in ‘Fishing for the Long Haul?’ the latest short film in the Boat Stories series.  The film was shot back in the summer before a ban on fishing for ray off the UK Coast effectively closed the Bristol Channel to North Devon trawlers, putting many fishermen out of work.

‘Fishing for the Long Haul?’ sails with Stone and his crew, Tom Leather and Logan Suddick, out of Ilfracombe to trawl for squid in the Bristol Channel.  The film opens a window on life at sea; we find out what it is that keeps these men out there, missing their families and risking their lives and what their Plan B might be if they can’t fish any more.

Boat Stories producer Jo Stewart-Smith talks about working with the North Devon fishermen “Despite the ups and downs of the fishing year, Paul was always funny; quick to follow bad news for their livelihoods with a joke or a quip. We tried to keep some of the humour and character in our short story – difficult when you’re taking more than twenty four hours on a boat down to five minutes!”

Before the current fishing ban, Paul talked about how the North Devon Ray Box helps with conserving local fish stocks. The Ray Box is a voluntary ‘no take zone’ set up by members of the local fishing industry to protect their livelihoods. Situated six miles north of Lundy the box is an area closed to fishing for a few months of the year to let the ray rest and breed.   Paul says “It’s part of the overall plan … it’s one of several things we’ve done to make a sustainable fishery in the area.  At the end of the day if you want a future in the job you’ve got to look after it.”

Stephen Pitcher, Chair of Northern Devon FLAG (major funders of the film making) commented on the value of the Boat Stories series “These films show us things many of us were barely aware of, before we became involved in supporting the fisheries and fishing communities of North Devon. We often, in the work of the Fisheries Local Action Group, hold community events and can talk ourselves blue in the face on the subject, but the films show in a few minutes what can take hours to describe. They show the power of the moving image to convey the reality, the hard graft, the challenging environment, the skills, commitment and, yes, passion of fishermen for their trade. They enable us to inform people of the lives of the fishers and their environment and the consequences of decisions taken by or affecting them.”

Jo Stewart Smith is grateful to those in the North Devon fishing industry who spoke to her during the research for this film. “Despite being frantically busy they were all extremely welcoming and helpful. I particularly want to thank Paul and the crew for allowing Boat Stories on board to share their busy lives and for looking after our cameraman Mark Brindle so well.”

You can watch the film on the Boat Stories website www.boatstories.co.uk and read Jo’s film making blog and articles on the Ray Box and ray fishing ban.

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Boat Stories is a series of ten short films, Produced by Jo Stewart-Smith, about life on and around the water in North Devon.  Funded by Northern Devon FLAG, Bideford Bridge Trust, Tarka Trust and North Devon + and managed by North Devon Moving Image.  Contact for further  information: Jo Stewart-Smith, Producer, boatstories@outlook.com 07816 815761 www.boatstories.co.uk

North Devon Moving Image CIC is a community film making organisation creating, collecting and sharing short documentary films about contemporary life in North Devon.  Contact: Amanda McCormack, Creative Director, northdevonmovingimage@outlook.com 01271 860610 www.northdevonmovingimage.org.uk

Northern Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG): The Northern Devon FLAG is a partnership of stakeholders that has come together to support all aspects of the Northern Devon fisheries, including the marine environment, fishing culture and local seafood. It has been successful in securing funding from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) to “support the sustainable development of fisheries areas” in the North Devon and Torridge districts. http://www.northdevonplus.com/what-we-do/flag_home.aspx

‘Fishing for the Long Haul’ was filmed and edited by Mark Brindle from Maniac Films in Croyde, with music written and performed by Rowan Lincoln Gordon from Burrington.

The Ray Ban: Marine Management Organisation (MMO) Reforming and managing marine fisheries for a prosperous fishing industry and a healthy marine environment “The MMO closed this fishery on 12 October as landings information indicated that, (after allowance is made for landings already made but not yet entered onto the MMO database) the UK quota for this stock has been exhausted.” https://www.gov.uk/government/news/fisheries-closures-explained

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Bideford’s Christmas Tidings, 30th November.

Join us on Sunday 30th November for a celebration of Christmas and the switching on of the Bideford Christmas Lights from 12.00pm to 8.00pm.

Hopps & Chapple kick off Bideford’s Christmas Tidings.

Following a successful run last year, the Children’s Hospice South West Santa Run will be returning to Bideford. Starting on Bideford Quay at 3.00pm, hundreds of Santas will participate in a 2K festive fun run around the town. A Zumba warm-up for our Santas will take place at 2.30pm.

Phil Vanstone’s Children’s Fairground Rides – Quayside, between Long Bridge and Lundy Office.

Fantastic Quayside Entertainers including Dave Hendy the Magician and Abi Falkner’s Stilt Walkers. ProPaint will be around during the day designing glitter tattoos and nail art to make the crowd look festive, as well as local talent Sharon Connaughton who will be offering face painting, glitter tattoos and hair braiding.

For the first time in forever, the characters of Disney’s ‘Frozen’ will be coming to Bideford! Anna, Elsa and Olaf will be meeting the crowd from 1.00pm until 5.00pm saying hello and posing for photos. They will, of course, be joined by Sven and his friends from The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd later in the afternoon.

Christmas Light Switch On 5.00pm.

Reindeer Parade through the town at 5.30pm.

Fantastic Firework Display starting at 6.30pm.

Performing throughout the day will be:  St. Mary’s School Choir, Bideford Town Band , Bideford Youth Pipe Band, and various other artists.

Kindly Sponsored By D S Electrical

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November’s Youth Page.

Don’t take those old records off the shelf!

As you may have heard from the numerous flyers, posters and disintegrated cardboard billboards roped to posts throughout Bideford last month, Friday the 19th October was the day of the record fair down at the Pill. While for many the spiral discs of tar have been gradually phased out by their sci-fi silver counterparts- you can’t watch them idly revolve on the turn table any more, instead they’re sucked into the machine, like the disc equivalent of Greta Garbo, only to be coaxed out of retirement with steady prodding of the ‘stop’ button when they’re finished- it seems the day of the LP is not over yet.

Going down to the fair (now a semi regular occurrence) there was not only a vast array of vinyl on show, both old and new, but a bustling throng of people to match, browsing through the helpful categories of 50′s, 70′s, rock, pop, folk and modern- each on the search for a prize band, or just an eye catching cover. ( Proggy ambience records hardly ever let down on that front.)And well as the presence of rare classics, ranging from about £20+, there were oodles for the tune collector on a budget too- here at Buzz, we were quite proud to snaffle up a copy of Roxy Music’s Manifesto for under £4. ( After hiding it in a pile at the back with the Osmonds, rushing out to get change, then reappearing quite relieved to find no one had ventured into our corner yet to retrieve the purchase. There were countess others, but we didn’t have time to peruse every box.)

To suit this eclectic clump of prices there was an eclectic clump of ages too- those who could remember long players in their heyday, with radio stations and TV shows dedicated to the cause, a rather large percentage of teenagers immersed in the music and new vinyl smell, all the way to toddlers, dancing to the songs blasting out over the athletics club’s booming PA. It seems CD was always destined to be superseded by download, but no way could any strange sound from the ether sound half as good as some physical grooves in plastic. Oddly, it wasn’t that long ago you couldn’t find replacement stylus’ anywhere short of a bargain bin, now not only are diamond strength back on the market, but so are the record players themselves- meaning a whole swathe of the past previously siphoned off from all those without an original turn table, or a knitting needle and a can-do attitude- is now opened up to kids of every generation to enjoy once more. Modern artists are again releasing their new material on vinyl.

With most charity shops covering the bases, and shops like Retro Retro ( on Grenville street) offering an entire room filled to the brim by such gems, record collecting hasn’t felt this fun and easy for an eternity…

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.

PiXL (‘Partners in excellence’) awards.

On Wednesday 24th September, 4 students and 2 members of staff travelled all the way to London, as part of Bideford College’s PiXL membership. They took a mini bus, train, the underground and a brisk march across Westminster bridge to make it to the ceremony, with others doing the same from miles around, encompassing the whole of England. The Partners in Excellence committee organised a day to celebrate this summer’s GCSE results- with those who earned high grades, and those who soared in at above their target, commemorated with a certificate and WHSmith vouchers each. The ceremony took place at the monolithic Westminster Central Hall- which was a prestige in itself to visit- and one the nominees, teachers and accompanying parents could all enjoy. As well as this, there were Special Awards presented, for students that achieved great final results despite circumstances which would have defeated most people.

All this was interspersed with musical interludes from rising talent within the PiXL sphere, such as The Capella’s, Stomp, Boaz Dopemu, Rianne Reyes, Ruby Topping, the poetry collective and the PiXL choir, while this year’s guest speakers Hannah Cockroft and Baroness Sue Campbell gave rousing speeches to round the whole event off.

It was a great honour for everyone concerned and a chance to represent all the GCSE students at their various schools. A tiring day, but one that’ll be remembered for a very long time to come.

P.S. (Millie who wrote the piece was one of the high achievers but is too modest to mention here. – Ed)

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Burton Art Gallery & Museum : November.

The Richard Long exhibition is well under way now, having started on 4th October. It consists of large floor constructions in Delabole slate, echoing the artist’s love of Cornwall and its rugged landscape. Both exhibition rooms are used, and the slate is arranged, one in a hollow circle, and the other an oval, filled with jig-saw-like pieces, smooth and all the same height. The latter is slightly mesmeric, the eye follows the angles and shapes ad infinitum, always seeing something different. The slates in the circular construction are jagged on the inside, showing the whitish strata, and some of the reddish iron oxide, typical of the slate from Delabole. Around the walls are works by Richard Long, where he has experimented with line and form outdoors, changing the landscape very slightly, either with his feet or hands, or laying out twigs or stones to create a scene. A visit is necessary to further understand the exhibition, and there is plenty of time – closing date is 9th January, 2015.

Richard Long won the Turner Prize in 1989, and his work is part of the Artist Rooms collection, and is on Tour. Artist Rooms is jointly owned by the Tate and National Galleries of Scotland, is supported by the Art Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, as well as the Scottish and British Governments.

While you’re enjoying your visit to the Gallery, use the lift, or walk upstairs, and take in the Bideford Museum. Here there are examples of art by Judith Ackland (a relation of Dr.Ackland [see Buzz article “A nineteenth-century Bideford doctor]) and Mary Stella Edwards, the artists based at the Cabin, Bucks Mills.

The Friends invite you to gather a team for the Christmas Quiz on 10th December. Early start again, 6.30, and a One-Course Supper is provided. Booking essential, £12 per head.

Diana Warmington.

Friends of the Burton Gallery.

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Felicity’s fish cookery – November.

November is the best month for Clovelly Herrings and they are full of roe as the winter draws in.

On the 30th November, St Andrew Day the village keeps the catch for their own food, so no one is hungry through the winter! Let’s hope the weather is benign as they still catch the fish in an open boat with sails, called a Picharooner. This is about 18 foot long and is worked by one or two fishermen who shake each fish out of the net. Sometimes several hundred (or a Mease) or more are caught in a nights’ fishing. This method of fishing has been carried out for centuries. Please contact me if you would like some fresh herring delivered.

Here is our favourite Clovelly Herring Dish to feed the family or a group of friends, very economically.

This recipe is from Ann Burnham and uses seasonal vegetables and fruit. We have cooked it already with several groups. It is quick and simple to make and tastes lovely!

Clovelly Herring and Apple Bake

Ingredients (serves 4/6)

set oven 180C /Gas 5.

4/6 Herrings-filleted, trimmed and sliced.

3 onions, sliced.

1 Cox’s apple, cored and sliced.

6 potatoes, peeled and sliced.

250ml /10 fl oz Milk and 100ml /5 fl oz cream mixed together.

Method

Saute Onions in butter, season.

Grease a large ovenproof pie dish.

Put a layer of potatoes in the dish and continue with layers of onion, herring, apple and potatoes. Season each layer.

Finish with a top layer of potatoes.

Pour over milk and cream combined

Bake for 1-1 1/2hrs, depending on depth of dish.

Felicity Sylvester 07918 779 060

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