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 11th 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 [12.30pm on Thurs.]).      Telephone 07929-976120, or E-mail: editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk

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Plough Theatre; Dec. ’17 / Jan. ’18 events.

9 – 11 Fore Street

Great Torrington

EX38 8HQ

www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Listings – December 2017/ January 2018.

Box Office: 01805 624624

Wed 29 Nov – Sat 23 Dec

The Original Gifts Exhibition in The Gallery.

Preview Wed 29 Nov, 7pm.

Wed 29 Nov – Sat 23 Dec.

Exhibition.

Artists Wall Exhibition – Anne Dennehy.

Preview Wed 29 Nov, 7pm.

Fri 1.

Theatre.

Quirk Theatre – ‘Lucy & The Lost Ones’.

10:30am & 1pm.

Fri 1.

Film.

Bladerunner 2049 (15).

8pm.

Sat 2.

Theatre.

Quirk Theatre – ‘Lucy & The Lost Ones’.

1:30pm & 4pm.

Sat 2.

Film.

The Death of Stalin (15).

8pm.

Sat 2.

Music.

Emily Maguire at The George Hotel, South Molton.

8pm.

Sun 3.

Music.

The London Klezmer Quartet.

7:30pm.

Tues 5.

Music.

Barb Jungr sings Bob Dylan.

8pm.

Wed 6.

Film.

Buena Vista Social Club: Adios (PG).

Thurs 7.

Satellite Screening.

NTLive – Young Marx.

7pm.

Fri 8.

Music.

Elles Bailey and Band.

8pm.

Sat 9.

Film.

The Death of Stalin (15).

8pm.

Sun 10.

Satellite Screening.

NTLive – Follies (Encore).

3pm.

Sun 10.

Film.

The Death of Stalin (15).

7pm.

Mon 11.

Film.

Victoria & Abdul (PG).

5:30pm.

Mon 11.

Film.

Thor: Ragnarok (12A).

8pm.

Tues 12.

Film.

Victoria & Abdul (PG).

8pm.

Wed 13.

Film.

Call Me By Your Name (15).

8pm.

Thurs 14.

Film.

Breathe (12A).

8pm.

Thurs 14.

Music / Poetry.

Open Mouth Music & Poetry Night (In the Gallery).

8pm.

Fri 15.

Film.

Breathe (12A).

5pm.

Fri 15.

Film.

Thor: Ragnarok (12A).

8pm.

Sat 16.

Film.

A Caribbean Dream (PG).

8pm.

Sun 17.

Theatre.

The Last Baguette present ‘The Little Match Girl’.

2:30pm.

Sun 17.

Film.

A Caribbean Dream (PG).

8pm.

Mon 18.

Film.

Gauguin – Voyage de Tahiti.

8pm.

Tues 19.

Workshop.

Fingerprint Christmas Card Making at Guildhall, Barnstaple.

10am-12noon.

Wed 20.

Drama Workshop.

The Polar Express’; Play In A Day for 7 – 12yrs at Guildhall, Barnstaple.

10am-4pm.

Wed 20.

Film.

Gauguin – Voyage de Tahiti.

8pm.

Thurs 21.

Theatre.

The Peoples Theatre Co present ‘Santa in Love’. A family show for 2yrs+

2:30pm.

Thurs 21.

Theatre.

David Mynne performs Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ at The George Hotel, South Molton.

8pm.

Thurs 21.

Poetry / Spoken Word.

Apples and Snakes presents ‘Call of the Wild’ at St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre, Barnstaple.

8pm.

Fri 22.

Drama Workshop.

The Polar Express’ Play In A Day for 7 – 12yrs.

10am-4pm.

Friday 22.

Theatre.

David Mynne performs Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’.

8pm.

Sat 23.

Music.

The Exmoor Carolers.

3pm.

Wed 27.

Film.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15).

4pm.

Wed 27.

Film.

Murder on the Orient Express (12A).

8pm.

Thurs 28.

Film.

Murder on the Orient Express (12A).

3pm.

Thurs 28.

Film.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15).

5:30pm.

Thurs 28.

Film.

Call Me By Your Name (15).

8pm.

Fri 29.

Film.

Murder on the Orient Express (15)

5pm.

Fri 29.

Film.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (15).

8pm.

Sat 30.

Film.

Murder on the Orient Express (15).

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January 2018.                      (Posted 10/11/17 – to be updated).

Wed 10 Jan – Sat 17 Feb.

Exhibition.

Artists Wall: Colin Porter – New Boundaries.

Sat 13 Jan – Sat 17 Feb.

Exhibition.

Gallery Exhibition: Duncan Hopkins – Wave/Particle.

Preview Fri 12 Jan, 6pm.

Mon 1.

CLOSED – BANK HOLIDAY.

Tues 2 – Fri 5

CLOSED – MAINTENANCE WEEK.

Sat 6.

Film.

TBC

Sun 7.

Film.

TBC.

Sun 7.

Film

TBC

Tues 9.

Film.

TBC

Wed 10.

Film.

TBC

Thurs 11.

Music & Poetry.

Open Mouth Music & Poetry Night (In The Gallery).

8pm.

Thurs 11.

Music.

Steve Knightly.

8pm.

Fri 12.

Music.

Steve Knightly.

8pm.

Sat 13.

Music.

Paul Jones & Dave Kelly.

8pm.

Sun 14.

Film.

TBC

Sun 14.

Film.

TBC

Tues 16.

Film.

TBC

Wed 17.

Film.

TBC

Thurs 18.

Film.

TBC

Thurs 18.

Poetry / Spoken Word.

Apple & Snakes presents Dominic Berry – ‘No Tigers’ at St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre, Barnstaple.

8pm.

Fri 19.

Film.

TBC

Fri 19.

Music.

Miss Courtney Rose at The George Hotel, South Molton.

8pm.

Sat 20.

Film.

TBC

Sat 20.

Music.

Ira Loveworthy (In the Gallery).

8:15pm.

Sun 21.

Film.

TBC

Sun 21.

Film.

TBC

Tues 23.

Film.

TBC

Wed 24.

Film.

TBC

Thurs 25.

Film.

TBC

Fri 26.

Film.

TBC

Fri 26.

Music.

Rosa Rebecka and Friends at St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre, Barnstaple.

8pm.

Sat 27.

Music.

Christine Tobin – PELT.

8pm.

Sat 27.

Film.

TBC

Sun 28.

Film.

TBC

Sun 28.

Film.

TBC

Tues 30.

Film.

TBC

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Charity Christmas Cards: until 13th December.

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Bideford’s ‘prefabs’.

During the Second World War huge numbers of houses were destroyed by enemy action, and as early as 1944 Winston Churchill announced an EFM (Emergency Factory Made) housing programme. In 1945 the new prime minister Clement Atlee began implementing the scheme and within six years some one million new ‘prefabs’, as they came to be known, had been built – and I lived in one as a child.

In Bideford some fifty were built at Bowden Green and named the Grenville estate. The rapidly assembled, prefabricated houses were simple but perfectly acceptable constructions and, unusually for the time, were ‘all electric’ with luxurious touches like fridges being available. The first was opened in April 1946 by the Mayor W.H.Chubb, who was accompanied by councillors and some of the first tenants. All this was reported in the Gazette along with some photographs as shown here.

The buildings were only designed for a 10 year life span but residents grew to love them so much they didn’t want to leave and it wasn’t until July 1964 that the town council decided to demolish them. This move immediately led to protests from the prefab dwellers – as shown in the attached cutting from the Gazette.

The tenants lost the battle, however, and their houses were removed and replaced by 3-storey blocks of flats – which in their time have now been demolished and replaced by new accommodation! Nothing ever stands still, but one has to wonder if the concept of ‘prefabs’ should be revisited to help tackle the nation’s current housing shortage?

Peter Christie.

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“Down on the farm” – North Devon Moving Image.

‘DOWN ON THE FARM’ – A NORTH DEVON SHORT FILM COMMISSION.

Farmers, film makers and local communities are being invited to show their support for a landmark creative heritage project in north Devon. Local community film making organisation North Devon Moving Image CIC (NDMI) is making plans to launch an exciting new film commission which will create a series of short documentary films about farmers and farming in northern Devon.

Creative Director of NDMI, Amanda McCormack says “ ‘Down on the Farm’ will be a unique chance for the farming community to share their stories with the wider world. Our ‘Boat Stories’ films have been immensely popular and that project demonstrated the value of preserving and sharing local heritage on film. We now want to do for farming what ‘Boat Stories’ did for fishing, and ‘Down on the Farm’ is set to do that.”

Amanda adds “Part of our remit at NDMI is to support film makers, both in North Devon and the wider creative community throughout the UK. This commission will provide an exciting opportunity (and the money – £1,000 per film) for six emerging or experienced film makers to develop and exhibit their individual artistic and narrative skills.”

Before NDMI can apply for funding they are seeking written support for the project. Amanda says she would like to hear from:

farming families who would like to be the subject of a film

volunteers interested in local agricultural heritage who will support the film makers with research and contact with farmers

film makers who would like to apply for a commission

film tutors who believe this is a great opportunity for film production students

members of the local community who would love to see the films made.

To find out more, visit http://www.northdevonmovingimage.org.uk/down-on-the-farm.html and if you would like to show your support you can email Amanda at northdevonmovingimage@outlook.com, write to North Devon Moving Image, 2 Cullamartin, Instow, Bideford, Devon EX39 4LU or visit the NDMI website and complete the contact form.

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November’s Youth Page.

Autumn : – A checklist of things to do.

Well – how was it? Late September – the “new start” feeling that either fills you with excitement and anticipation – or the ‘pit of the stomach’ dread of something unfamiliar about to happen that often comes with Halloween season.

Was it the hard ‘business shoes’ (can’t kick a ball in those), the sleeves too long (“You’ll grow into it”), the scratchy labels (many of which get lost in the chaos of the first few weeks). Was it the sense of ‘lost freedom’ and a return to the tyranny of timetables – and all the stuff you know you like doing – but sometimes just want to ‘cocoon’ away from – stay inside and look at the dark outside the window. Was it the expectations that come with it – great grades and the pressure of deadlines. Was it the ‘O’ -word – ‘Organisation.’ This time it will be different. The promises to yourself that this time you won’t throw all your stuff into a bag at the last minute (does anyone really believe this?).

Is it about the leaves bright

and crunchy under your feet

and conkers like polished

treasure?

 

Or – is it about the anticipation? Is it about that familiar smell of damp soil and bonfires, candy floss and Sunday lunch? Is it about the leaves bright and crunchy under your feet and conkers like polished treasure waiting to be collected, the golden sunrises that make the Torridge shimmer. Is it about routines and the pattern of life – gruesome masks and toffee apples in the shops, fairy lights and the approach of the season of Tinsel, the excitement of the Bideford Christmas lights or the November fireworks, glittering calendars and an endless loop of ‘shmaltzy ‘ songs that make your family members ‘well -up’ and start talking about how much better it all used to be. Is it about change – the ‘new you’ or the people you haven’t met – yet? This is the time of year where everyone wants to reinvent themselves, but not too much, they save that for new year.

Whatever Autumn is to you, use it as a new start, embrace the unique feeling that only comes at this time of year and the atmosphere it brings to Bideford.

Lucy Braund.

Lucy is our new youth pager taking over from Millie. Please send any contributions, thoughts etc FAO Lucy Braund at editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk or message Bideford Buzz on Facebook.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – November.

Here is a Devon version of Stargazey pasties made with Clovelly herrings. These were very popular at the Herring Festival last year and will be back by popular demand this year.

Devonshire Stargazey Pasty.

Ingredients.

450g puff pastry.

225g potato (cubed).

4/6 Herrings – filleted and sliced. rashers of bacon. 1 onion. 50g butter . 1 tbsp. chives – chopped. 1 tbsp. parsley, chopped. 275g clotted cream. Milk or egg for glazing.

Method.

Boil the potatoes for about 15mins.

Grill the bacon until the edges start browning, also slice and fry the onions in light oil until they are softened.

Chop up the cooked bacon and add to a bowl with the cooked diced potato, sliced herring fillets, chopped herbs and the softened onions and mix together.

On a floured surface roll out the puff pastry thinly and then cut rounds out to fit size 7inch/18cm side plates.

Fill the centre of each round with mixture on one half (be careful not to overfill). Add a spoonful of clotted cream on top.

Dampen the edges of the pasty with milk, fold and crimp the edges together carefully so that everything is sealed in.

Glaze with beaten egg and milk mixed, or just milk, and place on a non- stick baking tray.

Bake in the oven at 180C /gas mark 4 for 30 mins. until pastry is a golden brown.

Serve with seasonal vegetables or salad or take out with you on a walk or picnic.

Delicious with tomato chutney!

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Herring Month.

Remember that November is Clovelly Herring Month – the Herring Festival is on Saturday 17th this year.

Maritime historian and writer Mike Smylie will be there, with his “Kipperland” exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring. He will also be turning herring into delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse.

There’ll also be net making, flax processing and a Curragh on show provided by ‘Flaxland’.

Throughout the day there will be live music, street entertainment, face-painting & henna Tattoos, an exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, The Herring Hunt, and the National Trust event-themed children’s craft activities.

Standard admission charges include all entertainment.

Come by bus.

Please note that you can travel by bus from Barnstaple and Bideford to Clovelly. Click on https://tisconmaps-stagecoachbus.s3.amazonaws.com/Timetables/South%20Wes… for the Stagecoach South West timetable.

Stalls selling fresh Clovelly herrings and Clovelly kippers will also be found in the Bideford Pannier Market, Pollyfield Community Centre, Appledore Baptist Church Hall and some Food and Craft Fayres in Appledore and RHS Rosemoor. Please see local press for details or call Felicity on 07918 779 060. Watch for Posters and flyers for more information.

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One hundred years ago – November 1917.

Children from Bideford schools have collected approximately two tons of horse chestnuts, which will save a ton of cereals in munitions work.

North Devon Appeals Courts: Many columns in every edition are given to reporting the proceedings of employers appealing about their staff being taken to go to war. Farmers are protesting that on one hand they are being asked to increase food production, yet threshing is not being done because engine drivers and the labourers are being conscripted. Another farm instance this month is William Cole (18) of Bucks Cross who works with his father, Edward, breeding and training farm horses. They have 4 agricultural horses and 9 colts to be trained and this cannot be done alone. His appeal was allowed.

At Parkham the continuous showery weather has allowed very little ploughing to be done but an experiment at Melbury using a tractor saw the land turned and cultivated with some success. However rabbits ate everything that sprouted, but continued trapping saw the problem diminished, the crop grew, and now sheep can be seen feeding.

R Dymond & Co is offering for sale: A detached villa formerly called ‘The Ferns’ but now known as ‘Straiton’ at Buckleigh; 2, Nelson Terrace, Westward Ho! house and shop, & ‘East Glen’, Orchard Hill, Northam.

Another agent is advertising: A two-stall stable and Coach House, Torridge Street Bideford, 1 Torridge Street, 33 & 34 Torrington Lane, 35 Clifton Street, (a corner dwelling) & 35 Torrington Lane, which has a large frontage and has been re-roofed.

The Governors of Edgehill College have purchased ‘Kiltrasna’, a large residence with 15 acres high up North Down Road. It will become a hostel for the increasing number of students attending the college.

An alarming accident occurred in Bideford later in the month. The Hartland to Bideford Brake pulled by 2 horses was descending Grenville Street and as it turned down into the High Street the shaft connecting the horses to the coach broke, causing the coach to run into the horses. They started off and the entire assemblage careered down the street, narrowly missing several shoppers. The driver, with considerable skill turned the horses around the National Provincial Bank corner onto the Quay towards the Kingsley statue whereupon the coach rolled over onto its side. The horses were unharmed and the driver proceeded to extricate six passengers from the wrecked coach.

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These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford Community Archive at the Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings or visit our website www.bidefordarchive.org.uk

The Archive’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 20th November 2017 commencing at 7.15pm in the Council Chamber, Northam Town Council, 1 Windmill Lane, Northam. The Mayor of Bideford will preside. If you would like to consider joining the Archive’s Committee please email secretary@bideford.org.uk. There are numerous posts to be filled including Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.

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Buzz Byte – November.

The term “Computing” actually originates from the ancient past, when it was used as a job description to describe those, mostly women, who were required to perform repetitive calculations for the production of things such as navigational charts or astrology tables. The term was also used to describe other forms of primitive counting or measuring devices from a simple abacus to an elaborately detailed mechanical machine with buttons and levers.

Since the beginning of the ‘modern’ computer era the computers have continued to get quicker and smaller. You would need a wheelbarrow to transport your first PC round, now you can carry it around under your arm!

The first electrical computer was built way back in 1936 by Konrad Zuse, a German construction engineer. He was the pioneer of the freely programmable computer. This system would have taken up the majority of your living room unlike the laptops of today which you can keep hidden away in a cupboard!

There was a steady increase in the technological advancements and competitors over the next 18 years but it wasn’t until 1953 that the first of the ‘big boys,’ that are still industry leaders today, enters into the chronicles of computing history – IBM had been created, the International Business Machine company started life producing punch card machines for employers in 1911. Computing was aimed at business users with the banking industry joining in 1959. It wouldn’t be long before the platform was recognised as a way to provide the young generation with entertainment. Computing celebrated its next major milestone in 1962 when the first multi-player computer game was invented. It was called Spacewar! and was created by Steve Russell & Co. It is a two-player game where you fire photon torpedoes at each other, a revolutionary breakthrough at the time!!!

For the next decade, the industry continued to produce new additions that we take as standard in today’s market – the mouse came in 1964, followed by processors and networking and then the floppy disc (now almost extinct itself) in 1971. It was in 1975 that the first computer specifically designed for the home user went on sale. 1977 saw Apple and Commodore come onto the scene and dominate the industry for nearly a decade.

Though Apple had been in computer production since the 70’s it wasn’t until 1985 that the on-going battle of Windows Vs Apple started. Apple launched the Apple Mac in ’84 but in November ’85 Microsoft arrived on the scene with the newly released Microsoft Windows. Each released better, faster and smarter machines and even today there is a divide between Mac/Windows users.

The first travel into cyber space was in 1969 by ARPAnet and was dubbed the ‘original internet’. The World Wide Web (www) was launched in 1990 after 10 years of development by Tim Berners-Lee and a team at CERN. It wasn’t until the dot-com boom in 1999 that the internet developed into the integral part of society that it has become today.

Nickie Baglow (Complete Computing.)

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Burton Art Gallery: November.

November is a busy month for the Burton. We continue to enjoy Paul Lewin’s spectacular scenes of North Devon in his inimitable style, using the earth pigment, Bideford Black – (there once really was a Paint Mine at East the Water; a type of soft coal, used to paint ships’ bottoms, as a waterproof coating.) Paul turns this pigment into pastels, and their strong tones are exactly right for his dramatic rocky coastline scenes. He usually paints outdoors – en plein air – and you can really feel the wind, the weather and sound of the surf. The show ends on 27th November. Don’t miss it.

The Friends are holding their Open Annual Christmas Exhibition as usual this winter, starting on the 18th November in gallery 2. This is an opportunity for all local and regional artists and crafts men and women to display their work. We look forward to yet another outstanding exhibition by the talented artists in our area.

We are also looking for volunteer stewards to help manage the exhibition while it is on show, and if you have a couple of hours to spare during opening hours at any time between the 18th November and the 23rd December, I shall be pleased to hear from you. Please use the Gallery phone number for this purpose, or email me on diana.w@care4free.net It’s quite painless, and you get to have a chat with a lot of people you know!

We can’t get away from it, Christmas isn’t that far off, and the Gallery Shop and Craft Gallery are full of gift ideas of all kinds, with books, toys, jewellery, prints, ceramics, textiles, and lots of beautifully chosen cards. Opening hours are Mon-Sat: 10-4 and Sunday from 11-4. Admission Free. All that and The Cafe du Parc and the Museum will keep you happy, under-cover, the whole day.

Diana Warmington.

Friends of the Burton Gallery.

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Book Buzz – November.

Bideford Library.

Crime writer Graham Hurley will be here on the 12th December 7.00pm onwards; £2.00 ticket to include a glass of wine or soft drink

(Below; newspaper cutting from “Bideford Gazette”, courtesy Peter Christie – Bideford library in 1906.)

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Northam Library.

Just imagine if buildings could talk, what a tale they could tell! With the support and guidance of local author Liz Shakespeare we invite you to share your own memories of everyday life and the connections you had and still have with the buildings in and around Northam.

Over the course of three free workshops Liz will use photographs of buildings in Northam to trigger memories of times past. Previous writing experience is not essential as Liz will guide the process. All participants will receive their finished work in a booklet form with old and current photographs of the related buildings. The work of those who give permission may be used in a future ‘Northam Life Stories’ exhibition.

All writing materials will be provided along with refreshments. The remaining workshops will take place at Northam library on  Monday 20th November and Monday 4th December 2-3.30pm. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. To book call 01237 475111.

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Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

‘Animal Farm’, by George Orwell ; discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

Reading ‘Animal Farm’ when young made me aware of Orwell’s incredible talent not only as a writer with his wit and enthusiasm, but also his awareness of the revolution and corruption within politics.

Now I see so much more within the novel and admire the clever descriptions of power, dictatorship and human behaviour.

The animals start off with new rules and one commandment e.g ‘ all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others’ and Napoleon & Snowball’s differing leadership qualities both fail.

The novel may be short, but weaves swiftly through Orwell’s descriptions of harsh leadership and compares events and the uprising in Russia (1917) giving the reader a sense of doom and destruction.

Characters and themes, threats and arguments all emerge through the novel as we question who is right or does power simply imply greed and self gratification?

Different animals either lack education or prefer to support their leader whatever the outcome. They actually adapt a human lifestyle – pigs stand on two legs and form a society that has come full circle! ?

The group all contributed to a lively discussion on this novel – analysing different aspects of the plot, characters, religion, rulers & the inevitable outcome for Manor Farm. Most enjoyed the powerful struggle to survive and yet saddened by some upsetting events and cruelty along the way. Only one person had not read the novel before.

Margie Summers.

(Bideford Library Readers’ Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month 2pm at Bideford Library.New members welcome.)

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Bideford Cinema – November.

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: The Mountain Between Us (12A), 112 mins.

Saturday 25 at 4.30pm and Sunday 26 at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: Thor: Ragnarok (ctba).

The above programme is PROVISIONAL. Please check weekly advert in North Devon Gazette and our web site www.bidefordcinema.org.uk for up-to-date information on films and times to avoid disappointment.

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November diary.

Wednesday 22nd6

4-6pm ‘Sew Together’ at Northam Library.

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

7.30pm Bideford Phoenix Morris meet at Bideford Baptist Church. 473798

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 441601

Thursday 23rd

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

10-11 & 11-12 Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum at Northam Methodist Hall. 459324

11am-12.45pm Christmas Fayre at Durrant House Hotel in aid of N D Hospice. 422215

2-3pm Seated Exercise for over 60s at W Ho! Baptist Hall. 01805 622666

2.15pm Thursday Fellowship at Northam Methodist Hall. 421956

6.45pm Westward Ho! Bridge Club at Trinity Church Hall. 470990

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 24th

10am-12pm Coffee,Craft & Chat at Old School Rm, 17 Atlantic Way, W Ho!

10am-1pm Lundy Art Group at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre. 477932

7.30pm Cancer Research UK Quiz at Skern Lodge, Appledore. 421461

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

8pm Ceilidh Club,Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 25th

10am Torridge Ramblers day walk. 01805 625485

10am-12pm Bideford Band Christmas Fayre at Band Room by Victoria Park.

10am-1pm Christmas Fayre at Lavington Church, Bridgeland Street.

2pm Instow Church Autumn Fair at Instow Parish Hall.

Monday 27th

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Band rehearse at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. 473723

Tuesday 28th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pm Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

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

2.30pm Lift Off for Ladies at W.Ho! Baptist Ch. Speakers & cuppa 425471

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearse at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club meet at Chubb/Churchill hall. 421391

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network,13 Rope Walk

Wednesday 29th

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

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

10.30am-12pm ‘Feel Better with a Book’ at Bideford Library. 476075

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

2-3.30pm ‘Bideford Friends’ at Burton Art Gallery. 01805 622666

4-6pm ‘Sew Together’ at Northam Library.

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

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 441601

Thursday 30th

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

10-11 & 11-12 Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum at Northam Methodist Hall. 459324

2-3pm Seated Exercise for over 60s at W Ho! Baptist Hall. 01805 622666

6.45pm Westward Ho! Bridge Club at Trinity Church Hall. 470990

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

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Shipping notes No. 151 (September/ October).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Nataly – (ex- Blue Dragon, 2016); built 2007; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Polish & Ukrainian; from Glensanda to Rotterdam; (arrived 12/9), berthed 18/9, sailed 19/9; discharged 3,500 tons chippings.

This ship arrived on the 12th on the last of the spring tides and was unable to berth, having been delay by bad weather in the Irish Sea; she went over to Lundy to shelter to await the spring tides.

 

In port – Bideford Quay.

Celtic Crusader – (ex- Scorpion, 2009; Lamego, ’13); built 1994; flag Cardiff; owners British; crew Polish, Russian & Ukrainian; from Brombrough to Castellon; arrived 2/10, sailed 4/10; loaded 2,745 tons ball clay.

 

Shipping at Appledore.

Arco Dart, 21/9.

Bristol Channel observations.

11/9 at 17.53 vehicle carrier Grande Benin, 26,000 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 13.32.

13/9 at 08.16 vehicle carrier Lake Kivu, 12,322 tons d.w., owners Lombard Corporate Dec 3 UK, inward bound for Portbury.

16/9 at 08.16 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.30 vehicle carrier Thalatta, 23,876 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from from Portbury having sailed at 15.22.

17/9 at 11.00 fruit juice tanker Orange Wave, 16,700 tons d.w., owners Atlanship SA Switzterland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 14.30 cargo vessel Ulus Stream, 3,675 tons d.w., owners Ulusmarine Co.Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 05.32. At 15.30 bulk carrier Chang Hua, 53,000 tons d.w., owners Wellway Shipping Ltd China, inward bound for Newport .

18/9 at 09.30 bulk carrier Aasnes, 7,182 tons d.w., owners Aasnen Shipping Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 06.07. At 09.38 container vessel MSC Rossetta, 43,605 tons d.w., outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.59. At 18.16 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury.

19/9 at 14.35 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anjja 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury.

20/9 at 19.45 bulk carrier Scandinavian Express, 93,038 tons d.w., owners Vroon B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury.

22/9 at 09.11 bulk carrier , City of Dubrovnic, 73,000 tons d.w., owners Bandwidth Shipping Corp Croatia, inward bound for Portbury.

23/9 at 19.30 dredger Arco Dee, 1,812 tons d.w., owners Hanson Aggregate Marine UK, outward bound from Avonmouth (having sailed on 22nd at 21.35). Returning to her normal dredging area off the South Coast near Littlehampton.

25.9 at 11.07 vehicle carrier Aniara, 30,089 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.13 bulk carrier Giorgos B, 35,315 tons d.w., owners Giorgos B Maritime Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 18.30 cargo vessel Evert Prahm , inward bound for Avonmouth.

26/9 at 16.05 vehicle carrier Metis Leader ,19,013 tons d.w., owners Cypress Maritime/Koyo Shosen Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.33.

28/9 at 11.00 cargo vessel Celine, 12,959 tons d.w., owners Celine @ UG Haftungbejchrankt Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

29/9 at 17.00 cargo vessel CFL Promise, 6,500 tons d.w., owners CFL Promise 11 Beheer BBV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.40 vehicle carrier Thalatta, 23,786 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.49.

1/10 at 0.45 cargo vessel Reggedijk, 4,890 tons d.w., owners Reggedijjk 11 BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 09.13 vehicle carrier CSCC Shanghai, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

2/10 at 08.58 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

3/10 at 11.35 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

4/10 at 13.23 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168tons d.w., owners J.R. Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.51. At 13.40 vehicle carrier Touragas, 14,512 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

5/10 at 1.37 bulk carrier Sensei, 21,955 tons d.w., owners Diockos Maritime SA Greece, inward bound for Newport.

6/10 at 10.08 cargo vessel Wilson Limerick, 3,812 tons d.w., owners Bremen Rhenus Schiffivest Germany, inward bound for Birdport. At 13.30 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.30 bulk carrier Matsu Arrow , 59,775 tons d.w., owners Gearbulk Shipowning Ltd Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.17.

7/10 at 18.15 tanker Selini, 74,000 tons d.w., owners Payton Shipping Corp Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards

Norman.

 

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Plough Theatre: November events.

9 – 11 Fore Street

Great Torrington

EX38 8HQ

www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Listings – November 2017

Box Office: 01805 624624

Until 27 Nov

Artist Wall

Luna North

Until Nov 25

Exhibition.

Carol Rhodes: New Work “Starting from Scratch”.

Wed 22

Film.

The Party (15).

6pm.

Wed 22

Film.

Amarcord (15).

8pm.

Thurs 23

Film.

The Party (15).

3pm.

Thurs 23

Film.

Loving Vincent (12A).

5:30pm.

Thurs 23

Film.

The Snowman (15).

8pm.

Thurs 23

Music.

Tracy Nicholson – A Gallery Gig.

8:15pm.

Fri 24

Film.

The Party (15).

6pm.

Fri 24

Film.

Bladerunner 2049.

8pm.

Fri 24

Music.

Harri Endersby at St Anne’s Barnstaple.

8pm.

Sat 25

Dance.

Streetz.

2pm & 7:30pm.

Sat 25

Comedy.

Steve Budeja – A Gallery Gig.

8pm.

Sat 25

Music.

Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band at The George Hotel.

8pm.

Sun 26

Film.

Belonging: The Truth Behind The Headlines (12A).

3pm.

Sun 26

Film.

Loving Vincent (12A).

5:30pm.

Sun 26

Film.

The Mountain Between Us (12A).

7:30pm.

Wed 29

Film.

My Pure Land (15).

8pm.

Thurs 30

Film.

The Mountain Between Us (12A).

8pm.

Wed 29 – Fri 1 Dec

Theatre.

Quirk Theatre present ‘Lucy & The Lost Ones’ (5 yrs +).

10:30am & 1pm.

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Rope Walk – “The Battle of the Posts”.

Rope Walk today is a narrow but well used roadway running parallel to the Pill. Its name obviously records the presence of the ropemaking industry which was once so important to the ship-owning merchants of Bideford – but how many know the odd story behind the disappearance of the industry?

Around 1876 H.M.Restarick, a ship-builder of East-the-Water, took over the Rope Walk and, aware of the need for ever longer ropes, extended his ropemaking yard including some new posts – right across Chingswell Street and into the Strand. This obviously upset the local residents who immediately complained to the town council, who responded by ordering Restarick to take down the new posts as soon as possible.

Unfortunately Restarick was also a town councillor himself and he told his fellow councillors bluntly ‘Horses, carts, carriages, pedestrians etc could only pass subject to the convenience of the rope manufacturers’ and he really couldn’t understand why everyone was getting so agitated!

The council then ordered their Surveyor and his men to physically remove the contentious posts. They arrived at 7 a.m. one morning – only to find Restarick and some 50 of his employees guarding the posts. The shipbuilder then ‘dared the Surveyor to touch the posts’ – at which point the council men retreated.

Local papers satirically termed this ‘The Battle of the Posts’ as they reported a second attempt to uproot the posts at midnight where ‘a big strong fellow by the name of Passmore’ led the council men but as soon as he began work he was seized by Restarick’s men and escorted away. He was lucky as the ropemakers ‘had a bucket of tar and a bag of feathers near at hand and were very anxious to use them.’ To celebrate their victory they erected some ‘triumphal arches’ made of evergreens and topped with triumphant mottoes.

A month or so after this a council election was held where ‘pro-post’ candidates were elected in the heaviest poll ever recorded in town. The new council half-heartedly attempted to reach some agreement but Restarick refused and the posts remained at least until 1906 when, some 8 years after Restarick had died, the owner of the Strand Collar Works, which had replaced the Rope Walk ‘generously decided to forego his rights in respect of the posts on the Strand’ and they were removed. Exciting times in Bideford!

Peter Christie.

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