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  by a team of volunteers and relies on our local community for articles.   If you are interested in supporting this newsletter we’ll be glad to hear from you.

You can submit your article on disc or by e-mail.    However, ‘snail mail’ is equally acceptable. Material for publication should reach us during 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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£1.37m for North Devon Biosphere.

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere wins £1.37m to boost blue and green economy in the South West.

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere has won the largest green economy award nationally from the HM Government’s Community Renewal Fund (CRF). This will promote green growth and investment in the area while raising well-being for local communities through nature based solutions.

The £1.37m bid, the 6th largest award overall, will enable a new programme of work to create great jobs for local people in northern Devon at the same time as addressing the climate and ecological emergency. The CRF fund will be a big step forward in meeting this aim and will help our biosphere work towards its mission to stimulate the South West’s natural-based economy > 20% GDP by 2030.

This award recognises the unique Natural Capital assets that are within the biosphere designation. These include part of our treasured National Parks, some of the most important agricultural assets within Devon and a huge marine area which includes the Isle of Lundy. Within this, there is a population of nearly 200,000 people all of whom have a relationship with the Biosphere but deserve to participate in this opportunity to improve their economic and social wellbeing,” added Tim Jones, Chairman, North Devon Biosphere Foundation.

This award is the result of an inspired contribution from the project team. In recognition of the quality of the proposition, the funding secured is the largest grant to have been awarded in the Country for a “Green Programme”. It is our biosphere’s ambition to be the lead for Natural Capital activity, regionally, nationally and internationally, this award is a significant step forward in this journey.”

The North Devon UNESCO Biosphere’s CRF programme has two linked elements – the Green Biosphere, focused on woodland, regenerative agriculture and agritech; and the Blue Biosphere focused on offshore wind, aquaculture, marine biodiversity and ‘blue carbon’. Both elements have strong skills development and job creation elements as well as plans to redirect private investment into the area.

The programme will offer solutions for economic development and raising wellbeing for local communities through innovation projects in nature – on land and at sea.

With 70% of Devon’s graduates leaving the county to find better employment elsewhere the CRF money will offer young people exciting job opportunities which will in turn help protect the local rural and coastal way of life AND address regions net zero ambition.

Devon’s richness being translated in to economic prosperity that addresses the climate emergency – including the incredible place we live

To find out more about the work of North Devon UNESCO Biosphere and its trading arm the Biosphere Foundation please head to the website: https://www.biospherefoundation.co.uk/

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“Cotidal” project.

COTIDAL: The Appledore Chapter

What do you see when you see the sea?”

What do YOU see when you see the sea and what would YOU like to share or tell others about the sea?

With a deadline of February 28th, the Time and Tide Bell charity is inviting you to create and submit your own short films or audio content, recordings which share what you feel about the sea.

COTIDAL is an ambitious new creative artwork by the Devon based artist Tania Kovats, commissioned by the Time and Tide Bell Organisation. Tania’s ambition is to create a 24 hour and 50-minute-long film, the length of a lunar day. Her film will track the movement of high tide around the UK. Made up of community contributions, films and sound recordings, the film will be edited with Kovats’ own filmed material and woven together to create a cinematic celebration of our island’s tides.

The first chapter of this film is being made in North Devon, where the inaugural Time and Tide Bell was placed on the seawall in Appledore. The hour-long film will be the opening episode of this exciting national project. The project and film will gather together people’s feelings about, and responses to, the sea which surrounds our island. It will be a visual and community driven representation of how the tide is a wave that connects us. The film will be screened, for free, in north Devon later in 2022. After which it will be available to view online.

Tania is offering an open invitation for you to share what you see when you see the sea. As an artist her work “Addresses our relationship with water, rivers, seas, oceans and our liquid selves. We live on a small island, with a dynamic coastline, and I believe this shapes who we are and how we think. We all have a relationship with the sea. COTIDAL hopes to help us share our thoughts and feelings about the sea with each other. As land based creatures, we forget how important the health of our seas is to our planetary survival. COTIDAL hopes to explore both personal and environmental thoughts about our collective waters.”

Film and audio recordings, up to 2 minutes long, can be submitted for inclusion in the film. Content can be uploaded to the Time and Tide Bell website – https://www.timeandtidebell.org/cotidal-upload/. Excerpts of submitted content may be included in the hour-long film.

To find out more and to take part in COTIDAL visit our website https://timeandtidebell.org/cotidal/. Follow COTIDAL on social media, Facebook Facebook @cotidalproject and Instagram cotidal_.

Remember the deadline for submitting your films or audio is February 28th 2022.

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Financial support for businesses affected by Omicron.

Torridge District Council have announced the launch of two new financial support packages aimed at businesses whose trading has been affected by the recent surge in Covid-19, caused by the Omicron variant. In line with the latest Government directives the support has been designed, with a particular focus for operators in the hospitality, leisure, travel, tourism, and personal care industries and those involved in the supply chain to these sectors. It recognises the significant disruption the rapid spread of Omicron has caused both in cancelled or reduced bookings and staff absences further affecting the ability of some to operate.

The “Discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant” fund is already open for applications via the Council’s website. This scheme is a follow-on from the previous distribution of support that oversaw the payment of around £3.6 million to local businesses during prolonged periods of shutdown and restrictions. The aim of the revised scheme is to make sure that the available balance of just under £400K finds its way to the sectors that have been the most impacted under the recent surge in case numbers. As implied the scheme is discretionary and allocations will be calculated on an individual basis with payments ranging from £250 to £6,000.

The second scheme is the Government backed Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant funding, which is focused on business rate payers in those sectors. The amounts awarded will be linked to a set scale dictated by the government and based on the rateable value of a business’s premises. A provisional total sum of £3.9 million has been made available by central government for the District as a whole. This scheme will be open for applications from Friday 14th January although businesses in the district are being encouraged to check their eligibility against both these schemes from the information already posted on Torridge Councils Coronavirus help pages at: www.torridge.gov.uk/coronavirus

The deadline for making an application under both schemes is 18th February 2022.

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Events & courses at Northam Burrows.

Conservation projects on Northam Burrows and in neighbouring nature reserves are already in full swing as we head towards spring. As before, and vital to their success, the Rangers are reaching out for volunteers to help with this important work. The varied projects are aimed at protecting and giving nature and wildlife a helping hand, improving access for the less able and working to uncover local WWII history, for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Most activities take place on a Wednesday between 10am and 4pm and are a chance to get outdoors, get fit at your own pace, learn new skills and feel good about your contribution to the environment.

The next events are as scheduled below:

Wednesday 26th January – Kenwith Valley – Footpath Improvements.

Wednesday 9th February – Uncovering sections of the WWII Radar Station.

Wednesday 23rd February – Kenwith Valley – clearing willow from the reed beds.

Wednesday 9th March – Dry Stone Walling. (Sorry, Fully Booked).

Wednesday 23rd March – Big Burrows Spring Clean (12 – 4pm).

The rangers particularly need help with the tasks at Kenwith Valley Nature Reserve in Bideford. The lake and surrounding area are one of Torridge’s hidden gems and people can learn more about the area and its abundant wildlife by taking part in the two events planned at this location.

All events are free to take part in but pre-booking is essential and tools and gloves will be provided. Please bring your own suitable weather appropriate clothing and a packed lunch or refreshments. People can also attend for part of the sessions if they cannot attend for the full day as any support is most welcome. Please contact northam.burrows@torridge.gov.uk or telephone 01237 479708 to book your place or find out more.

The New Burrows centre will also be the location for some great talks and workshops that will be hosted in the new education room at the visitor centre. The light and bright, well-ventilated space is perfect for small groups to come together and learn new skills against the backdrop of the beach and dunes.

The first exciting class available in the new year will be painting en plien air with Debs Last.

This six week course began on Monday 10th January and places can be booked via https://www.deborahlast.co.uk/art-classes

Learn to become the artist you want to be and also the skills and resources for keeping comfortable while painting out in all weathers!

Next will be the first in a series of lunchtime talks by reconciliation ecologist and plant writer Pete Yeo – An Evergreen and Pleasant Land?

January 18th, 1-2pm. This illustrated talk will consider Britain’s ecology through the lens of William Blake’s poem ‘And did those feet in ancient times’. To reserve your place, please either call Pete on 07813 798073 or email him at peteyeo67@gmail.com. Due to current restrictions only the first 9 people can be accepted, with a waiting list should more spaces become available. The £5 event charge will be taken on the door for similar reasons. There is no toll road charge at this time of year. You can find out more about Pete at www.futureflora.co.uk

Throughout the coming months the centre will also be welcoming Annabel Hill from Appledore Print Studios, whose previous beginners’ classes on Northam Burrows have produced some amazing artwork.

Beginning on Saturday 22nd January, Annabel’s fantastic range of print workshops are suitable for beginners and cover topics such as dry point, block printing on fabric and gelliplate printing cards. Full details of workshop dates and topics can be found on https://www.annabelhilldesign.co.uk/appledore-print-studio as well as examples of the beautiful artwork created by past groups at the Burrows.

The rangers have also been looking back through photographs of the last year and have put together an infographic with some of the fun and fascinating facts and figures from their work on Northam Burrows in 2021. Check out the link below for their roundup:

https://create.piktochart.com/output/57271841-2021-on-northam-burrows

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Shipping notes No. 201 (December).

Bideford Quay.

As of 31st pm, Goliath still alongside at Bideford.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping.

Appledore.

As of 31st pm, Inyanga Entsha still alongside at Harland and Wolff yard (conversion from offshore supply vessel to cargo vessel).

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/12 at 15.53 cargo vessel Bon Vivant, 2,510 tons d.w., owners Bon Vivant SIA Latvia, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 03.39. At 19.10 vehicle carrier Hoegh London, 27,100 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autolines Shipping A/S Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

2/12 At 12.05 cargo vessel Seven S, 3,715 hrs d.w. owners Seven Sea Shipmanagment SA Turkey, inward bound for Sharpness. At 11.58 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fujyukuri Maritima SA Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.15. At 19.56 bitumen carrier Stella Virgo, 9,813 tons d.w., owners Cortusa B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 14.27. At 19.23 vehicle carrier Grande Baltimora, 18,447 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury Having sailed at 14.38.

4/12 at 20.02 cargo vessel Rusich, 4,5485 tons d.w., owners Inok NV Belgium, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 07.31. At 19.58 cargo vessel Rheintal, 3,689 d.w., owners Rheintal Schiffahrts UG Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 18.09 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 6,649 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

6/12 at 05.12 cargo vessel Wilson Onego, owners Wilson Shipmanagement ltd Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 05.20 10th having sailed from Avonmouth at 19.48 9th). At 09.08 cargo vessel Drait, 3,950 tons d.w., owners Ariric CV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 0953 Wilson Gdynia, 3,632 tons d.w. owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 13.20 cargo vessel Kapitan Kokovin, 3,480 tons d.w., owners Northern Shipping Co Russia, inward bound for Newport. At 14.30 cargo vessel Amber Sky, 5,750 tons d.w., owners A Sky Ltd Portugal, inward bound for Swansea.

7/12 at 05.20 vehicle carrier Morning Lena, 27,297 tons d.w., owners Eukor Car Carrier In South Korea, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.55 bulk carrier Pearl Ivy, 31,858 tons d.w., owners Aurora of the Seas Shipping Marshall Islands, inward bound for Newport.

9/12 at 05.10 cargo vessel Uniscout, 9,813 tons d.w., owners JR Schiffahrts GMBH & Co Denmark, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 23.20 8th.

10/12 at 22.56 cargo vessel Seven S, 3,715 tons d.w., owners Seven Sea ShipManagement SA Turkey, inward bound for Sharpness.

11/12 at 07.15 bitumen tanker Iver Brilliant, 6,235 tons d.w., owners Vroon BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 0056. At 16.27 vehicle carrier Morning Cindy, 18,954 tons d.w., owners Eukor Car Carriers Inc South Korea, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound at 05.54 13th having sailed from Portbury at 00.55).

12/12 at 05.06 cargo vessel Fehn Cape, 2,600 tons d.w., owners Funifzigste Fehn Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 12.45 cargo vessel Delia, 2,500 tons d.w., owners Sunship Eurocoaster Germany, inward bound for Newport.

13/12 at 15.09 bunkering tanker Whitdawn, 2,675 tons d.w., owners John H Whitaker (Holdings) Ltd Hull, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 18.35 vehicle carrier Horizon Highway, 20,586 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.45 vehicle carrier Boheme, 28,360 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

14/12 at 08.10 cargo vessel Aramis, 4,938 tons d.w., owners Bootes Briese Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 10.20 cargo vessel Pola Varvara, 8,163 tons d.w., owners JSC Oltk Russia, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.59 cargo vessel RMS Goole, 2,620 tons d.w., owners BWK Schippinvest GMBH Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.06. At 21.10 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 11,260 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 22.21 10th (having been anchored meanwhile in Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders).

17/12 at 12.20 vehicle carrier Grande Italia, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 08.45 19th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 04.07).

18/12 at 08.56 bulk carrier Mandarin Phoenix, 50,000 tons d.w., owners Oriental Fleet Bulk 10 Ltd Singapore, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.34. At 09.53 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

19/12 at 10.12 cement carrier Cemvale, 4,257 tons d.w., owners Brise Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport.

20/12 at 07.06 cargo vessel Santa Helena, 13,785 tons d.w., owners Santa Helena Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 14.41 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.56 16th (and having been anchored in Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders). At 15.24 vehicle carrier Selene Leader, 18,082 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward from Portbury having sailed at 09.55.

23/12 at 05.12 bulk carrier Irongate, 28,316 tons d.w., owners Kairas Shipping SA Singapore, inward bound for Avonmouth.

24/12 at 10.35 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 11,260 tons d.w., owners Aegeli Shipping Ltd Greece, outbound from Portbury. At 13.35 cargo vessel Beamare, inward bound for Sharpness.

27/12 at 04.50 vehicle carrier Lydden, 18,168 tons d.w., owners Fairwind Navigation SA Singapore, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 06.00 29th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.05).

28/12 at 06.00 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 21.47 27th.

30/12 at 10.20 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.50 cargo vessel RDJ Johanna, 3,149 tons d.w., owners RDJ Johanna Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 13.02 hrs . At 20.10 bulk carrier Irongate, 28,316 tons d.w., owners Kairasu Shipping SA Singapore, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 14.36 29th: she must have been having engine problems, as when she passed Lundy she was only doing 1.75 knots and the following morning she was just off Bude still proceeding slowly.

31/12 at 07.07 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Francis Maritima SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury

Regards,

Norman.

Photograph of Celtic Fortune, from my collection.

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The ‘Way of the Wharves’ project.

‘Way of the Wharves’.

The Torridge Estuary and Bideford have a long and fascinating maritime history with boat building documented back to Elizabethan times. On the east bank of the Torridge, opposite Bideford town, East-the-Water was an industrial and transport hub connecting the medieval bridge, port and railway. From the mid 1800s the deep-water channel started migrating west across the river, leading to the slow decline of the port on the east bank. In addition to the important transport links East-the-Water was a centre for ship and boat building, clay export and potteries, coal mining, lime burning, timber, agricultural suppliers, energy distribution and even a first world war munitions factory.

New Book from Way of the Wharves.

If covid helped the Way of the Wharves Project at all it was in giving time to pull together the research of the last years and write a book: A History of East-the-Water, Bideford. Published in December 2021, with line drawings by Lou Boulter, it includes chapters on timber, shipbuilding, mining, transport and pottery as well as the origins and traditions of Shamwickshire. You can order a copy on the Way of the Wharves website: http://thewharves.org/product/a-history-of-east-the-water-bideford

Also available at Walter Henry’s and The Burton.

One of the stories uncovered is that of local hero George Parkin. He started building boats on the site of the East the Water School, in Torrington Street, in about 1847. He operated from here until 1858, when he moved to Appledore. His boats were carvel built, with hull planks, fastened to a robust frame, laid edge to edge to form a smooth surface. By 1852, his pilot boat True Blue had won many accolades competing in local regattas, both under canvas and oars and this helped his business develop.

But Parkin also has a much more precious claim to fame. In July 1852, when he saw a seven-year-old local boy in danger of being swept away by the tide, he leapt from the rear wall of his house and rescued him. Everywhere he went there seemed to be people in need of rescuing. In 1871, after his twenty-ninth rescue, he was recognised by the Royal Humane Society. So, if you’ve local links and your family tree includes the surnames Reed, Rudd, Isaac, Cawell, Stanbury, Johns, Jenkins, Berry, Dannell, Fisher, Dunn, Colwill, or Lewis, then Parkin may just possibly have played his part in keeping that branch of your family alive.

‘Way of the Wharves’ CIO.

The Way of the Wharves charity (WOTW) was established in 2020 to advance information and education about the industrial and maritime heritage of the Wharves at East the Water and the Torridge Estuary. The project commenced four years earlier, when a group of volunteers started to research and promote the history of the wharves on Barnstaple Street.

This had not previously been researched in any detail and the imminent planning application for re-development of the site gave this great local interest. Torridge District Council have now granted planning approval for Red Earth to start work on a £20million development of commercial and residential units. The sea wall will be raised against flood risk and land that has always been an industrial site will in future have public access. A pathway through the bridge gardens will lead onto a riverside walkway along the wharf’s seawall and an open square, conserving the view between Bideford and the Grade 1 listed Royal Hotel.

Demolition, clearance and archaeological surveys started on the Barnstaple Street wharves site in November 2021. Archaeological work is being carried out by AC Archaeology, Exeter. They have uncovered walls and the edge of a dock on Brunswick Wharf. Work on another trench on Clarence Wharf car park will be undertaken later. At the time of writing, we have not heard that any important artefacts have been discovered. The next work on site will be the repairs to the seawall starting early in the new year. The main contractors are expected to start work in summer 2022 with completion anticipated in spring 2025.

Another time of rapid change for East-the-Water.

Above – blue lines mark planned trenches on wharves site (on 1886 base map).

Adopting the phone box in Torrington Street.

Working together with East the Water in Bloom, Way of the Wharves have adopted the phone box on Torrington Street, next to the Bethel Chapel. This iconic K6 phone box will be conserved and used by the two local groups as a community resource – promoting history and horticulture. Way of the Wharves will install information about local heritage whilst the box will look a bit different as a result of the planned floral exhibits from East the Water in Bloom. Local ‘history and horticulture’ links include the many lime kilns along the estuary, Fulfords agricultural and seed merchants (for many years headquartered on Queens Wharf) and Old Pottery Works, Torrington Lane which produced flower pots.

This phone box is in such a key position, just close to the Bideford station entrance, that there must be many stories connected with it. Happy news, sad news, calling for assistance, long distance romances. WOTW are working with Bideford library to collect phone box stories. These social and family history anecdotes will be turned into a digital archive, in the form of answer machine messages. Please let us know your phone box story.

More about ‘Way of the Wharves’.

If you’d like more information, check out the website www.thewharves.org. You can follow and like our Facebook page @Brunswick Wharf. Get more information and sign up for our email newsletter updates by mailing wotw.wharves@gmail.com

Michael Teare, Chair, Way of the Wharves, 14/12/2021.

New from Way of the Wharves.

A History of East-the-Water, Bideford “. £10.00

By Michael Teare, Bob Kirby, Anthony Burt with line drawings by Lou Boulter.

Much that has been written about Bideford’s past has touched upon the story of East- the-Water, despite the long history of the wharves and their commercial importance to the local area, this is the first book to focus on their history.

After introducing East-the-Water and the wharves, the book concentrates on the important strands that make up the history of the local community: timber, emigration, shipbuilding, tobacco and pottery, coal mining and gravel extraction, fisheries, agriculture, energy and enterprise as well as the changes brought about by steamships and railways.

Profit from the sale of this book supports the work of the Way of the Wharves Charity – researching and promoting the maritime history of the Torridge Estuary and the wharves at East-the-Water.

Product Details.

A History of East the Water, Bideford”.

By Michael Teare, Bob Kirby, Anthony Burt with line drawings by Lou Boulter. Published: Peterhouse Press. December 2021.

ISBN: 978-0-946312-20-7.  Paperback: 154 pages.  Size: 240 x 170mm, spine 9mm.

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Forthcoming events at The Burton art gallery.

Michelle Shields: Artist Residency, January 10 – March 20, 2022.

Michelle Shields is fascinated by combining traditional ways of making with modern technology. Central to this exhibition is a contemporary re-imagining of The Burton’s RJ Lloyd ceramic collection. Through a process of G-coding the collection, Michelle used 3D scanning and printing techniques to re-create a selection of Harvest Jugs and North Devon Slipware dating from the 1600s.

Also featured will be Harvest Jugs created by members of the public during a series of workshops held at The Burton in October.

(Image: Michelle Shields, Printed Harvest Jugs).

Breaking with Tradition: British Ceramics Biennial,  January 14 – March 20.

In a new partnership, The Burton at Bideford and the British Ceramics Biennial celebrate the importance of heritage and place in the progression of contemporary ceramics.

Showcasing a range of established, resident and early career artists, this exhibition will explore how the clay traditions of Stoke-on-Trent and Bideford differ historically, and how artists and makers embrace and challenge those narratives.

(Image: British Ceramics Biennial, Vicky Lindo and Bill Brookes).

Living with art: Picasso to Celmins, January 21 – April 24.

(A British Museum Touring Exhibition, generously supported by the Dorset Foundation in memory of Harry M Weinrebe).

Works of art by renowned artists from the past century will feature in the new British Museum touring exhibition Living with art: Picasso to Celmins, which reflects important artistic developments during this period in Europe and America. Spanning almost one hundred years of modern art, this exhibition will showcase highlights from the wide-ranging collection of Alexander Walker (1930–2003), longstanding film critic for London’s Evening Standard newspaper, bequeathed to the British Museum in 2004. Opening at the Burton in gallery two on January 21, 2022.

Covering the period from 1908 until 2002, Living with art will include 30 prints and drawings by prominent artists ranging from Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse to Lucian Freud, Bridget Riley, David Hockney and Vija Celmins. This is the first exhibition in over ten years to focus on Walker’s collection, and many of the works of art included will be going on public display for the first time in thirteen years.

(Image: David Hockney (b. 1937) Jungle Boy, 1964, Etching and aquatint in black and red on mould-made paper, © David Hockney. Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt).

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‘Cleanse & Clean’ competition.

PLASTIC FREE NORTH DEVON ‘CLEANSE & CLEAN’ COMPETITION LAUNCH.

Campaign to ‘Cleanse and Clean’ North Devon

Plastic Free North Devon (PFND) is welcoming 2022 with their campaign and competition dedicated to cleansing and cleaning North Devon and Torridge throughout January.

2021 was another tough and unpredictable year, but has again for many of us, increased our appreciation for nature. We know that being outdoors can hugely benefit our mental health by relieving stress and improving our happiness, and this campaign is about encouraging people to do just that whilst giving back to the environment at the same time.

Anne-Marie Eveleigh, Operations Manager, PFND, says ‘We would like to encourage everyone to get outside in the fresh air, whether that be a stroll in your local park, a walk along your high street, a cycle around your village or a bracing dip, and then to carry out a clean at the same time. Caring for your surroundings by just picking up one or two pieces of rubbish DOES make a difference.’

One of our objectives is to connect people with nature’, says Claire Moodie CEO of PFND ‘And this campaign does just that. In the most important decade of our time we need to inspire a deep shift in how we place the importance of the health of the planet, and everything that lives on it, AND what we can all do to take action to protect it’.

After the success of last year’s kids and teens competition which received over 200 entries, dryrobe® have once again kindly donated 3 dryrobe® Advance as prizes. This year there will be an adults category too, so the competition is open to everyone.

PFND are also using the campaign to raise awareness of their charity and will be calling for donations to help them continue to deliver their mission into 2022 and beyond. They believe that fundraising can play an important part in keeping the community focus on action alive and kicking. 

How YOU can get involved:

Perform a ‘Cleanse and Clean’ action * whenever and wherever you choose across North Devon and Torridge.

To enter the competition send a picture of the action* you have taken to: plasticfreenorthdevon@gmail.com along with the location, your name, age category (Primary, Secondary and College, or 18 +) with what school or college you attend and your contact details. If you are under 16 please provide a parent or guardians contact details too.

If you can/would like to donate to PFND here

If you have access to social media then you can share your action by tagging us in any posts @plasticfreenorthdevon with the #cleanseandclean and encourage others to take part and donate.

(* The cleansing action can be anything that involves getting outside to give the feeling of ‘blowing away the cobwebs’. This could be a walk, a jog, a cycle, a dip in the sea, a surf or just a run around in the rain. We would then like individuals to follow their action up with giving back to nature by cleaning during or after their activity, and/or donating).

The more Cleanse and Clean action entries sent in the more chance of winning! There is one prize for primary, one for secondary & college pupils and one for 18+. Please click here for a link to our blog explaining details of the competition.

We will be ending the month of action with a Day of Action on Saturday 29th January 2022 , with individuals and groups carrying out ‘Cleanse and Cleans’ across North Devon and Torridge.

This year’s Cleanse and Clean January and Day of Action on 29th January 2022 is supported by one of our Impact Maker partners Coast and Moor Coffee, and the prizes are provided by dryrobe®.

Immersing ourselves in nature to relieve stress and improving happiness is only going to be possible in the future if we take care of our planet – this campaign is aimed at encapsulating both.

Happy cleansing and cleaning!?You can see more information about our campaign on our website

www.plasticfreenorthdevon.org or social media pages. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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Councils support domestic abuse training.

Training that will empower residents to challenge behaviour and attitudes that can lead to domestic abuse and violence is being offered for free by a partnership that includes North Devon and Torridge District Councils.

Bystander Domestic Abuse training is being offered by the North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership (CSP), the joint crime and disorder reduction partnership (CDRP) for the Northern Devon districts. The training aims to tackle domestic abuse through bystander intervention, with a focus on preventing sexual violence and harm to women and girls.

The CSP says that the training will equip participants with the skills to safely intervene, either at the time or later, if they witness or encounter attitudes, language or behaviour that supports violence and abuse.

Bystander training will enable participants to:

notice and be aware of the event.

recognise the event or behaviour as a problem.

feel responsible and motivated to act.

have the necessary skills to be able to intervene safely and effectively.

Local Policing Area Commander for North and West Devon and Chair of the North Devon and Torridge Community Safety Partnership, Superintendent Toby Davies says: “Sadly, domestic violence and abuse is all too common, with one in four women and one in six men likely to have been a victim of it in their lifetime. A third of violent crime within our area is domestic-related. Domestic abuse has a devastating impact on victims, their families and the wider community.

“By friends, colleagues, family and wider members of the community not identifying and challenging unacceptable behaviours, it normalises it and leaves a minority to carry on in a violent and abusive manner.

“This Bystander Training will give members of our community an increased confidence in identifying those poor behaviours and language, and advise on how to safely intervene and challenge. I would urge residents with an interest to take advantage of this opportunity, not only to learn new skills, but also to help others in need.”

The North Devon and Torridge CSP are also looking to train people to be able to facilitate the training themselves. This will enable the CSP to sustain the approach in the long-term across the district.

Residents who are interested in participating in Bystander Domestic Abuse training should contact Donna Woolway (donna.woolway@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk) for more information.

The course is free and will take place over three sessions.

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Shipping notes No. 200 (November).

Who would have thought back in 2004 that I would reach this milestone of publishing the 200th edition of this shipping news – certainly not me. It has been an honour and a pleasure.

In port – Bideford Quay.

Celtic Navigator – (ex- MTK Kouris 2003, Almadiep ’04, Modulus4 ’19); built 2003; flag Cardiff, UK; owners British; crew Polish, Russian; from Swansea to Castellon; arrived 3/11, sailed 5/11; loaded 2,850 tons ball clay.

Oldenburg left Bideford 9th for her annual drydocking at Sharpness, via Lundy.

The Tug Goliath (ex MSC Smitar) built at Appledore (PK Harris, 1956) arrived with a crane barge, which she left at shipyard, and has been alongside Bideford Quay. She has made a run across to Lundy to make repairs at the mooring berth.

Appledore

Harland and Wolff have secured a contract with the RNLI for the maintenance of all the lifeboats throughout the country.

The offshore supply vessel Inyanga Entsha, 1,530 d.w., owners Inyanga Maritime Ltd Truro, arrived at H & W shipyard 16/11 for conversion to cargo vessel for carrying wind turbines (arrived from Lobito, Angloa, via Las Palmas). Expected to sail about 8th December.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last Issue

Bristol Channel observations.

1/11 at 05.38 cargo vessel Celtic Navigator, 4,327 tons d.w. owners Charles M Willie and Co Ltd Cardiff, inward bound for Swansea. At 18.59 tanker Lemonia, 15,000 tons d.w., owners Lemonia Schifffahts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

2/11 At 09.42 bitumen tanker Iver Brilliant, 6,235 tons d.w., owners Vroon B.V Netherland, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 09.45 4th having sailed from Newport at 05.06). At 10.28 cargo vessel Lady Mary, 3,612 tons d.w., owners Imer Abdena Vertom-Bojen Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.29. At 16.04 cargo vessel Bon Vivant, 2,510 tons d.w., owners Bon Vivant SIA Latvia, inward bound for Sharpness. At 19.07 bulk carrier Panther Max, 81,283 tons d.w., owners Sherin Trading ltd Greece, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 15.55. At 19.55 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.05. At 20.17 cargo vessel Fri River, 3,300 tons d.w., owners Kopervik Shipping AS Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 20.37 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.41 cargo vessel Arklow Brave, 8,660 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 15.36.

3/11 at 11.56 container vessel MSC Joy, 31,160 tons d.w., owners Joy Naviera S.A Switzerland, inward bound for Portbury.

4/11 at 07.15 cargo vessel Nina B, 1,802 tons d.w., owners Nina B GMBH & Co K.G Germany, inward bound for Swansea. At 10.13 cargo vessel Ammon, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Ammon Beheer BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 04.54. At 13.10 bulk carrier RB Lisa, 81,364 tons d.w., owners RB Lisa Ltd London, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 17.42 cargo vessel Wilson Parnu, 5,000 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipmanagement Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

5.11 at 08.41 cargo vessel Hav Snapper, 2,767 tons d.w., owners Hav Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 08.45 offshore support vessel Commander P, owners Offshore Turbine Services UK, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 05.57 en-route to Torquay. At 17.55 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 11,260 tons d.w., owners Aristotle Navigation Co Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 21.48 25th (having been at anchor in Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders. Sailed from anchorage approx 1400 5th).

6/11 at 06.15 cargo vessel Inge B, 4,618 tons d.w., owners Jeb 1 Partnerships GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 21.48 5th. At 07.15 cargo vessel Arklow Valley, 5,169 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 07.15 cargo vessel Dolfijn, 2,450 tons d.w., owners Dolfijn Shipping Ltd Russia, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again at 11.05 13th outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 01.55.

8/11 at 10.25 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.10 29th (and was anchored in Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders). At 12.14 vehicle carrier Grande Italia, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.17 vehicle carrier Bosporus Highway, 18,792 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

9/11 cargo vessel Amber Sky, 5,750 tons d.w., owners A.Sky Ltd Portugal, inward bound for Swansea.

11/11 08.25 cargo vessel Milady, 3,817 tons d.w., owners Nord See Briese Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 23.50 10th. At 11.47 chemical tanker Rystraum, 9,597 tons d.w., owners Utkilen Chemtrans AS Norway, inward bound for Barry.

13/11 at 11.00 cargo vessel Eems Rover, 4,500 tons d.w., owners Eems Rover BV Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 01.55. At 13.24 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 11,260 tons d.w., owners Aristotle Navigation Co Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 21.30 11th (and had been at Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders). At 16.50 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

15/11 at 07.40 cargo vessel Tucana, 3,783 tons d.w., owners Tucana Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 01.47. At 15.50 cargo vessel Tjonger, 3,741 tons d.w., owners Stobbeholk BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 20.35 vehicle carrier Titus, 21,500 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Stockholm and Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

16/11 at 07.13 cargo vessel Eurica, 1,842 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Ship Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath. At 07.31 cargo vessel Arklow Field, 4,960 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping ULC Eire, inward bound for Sharpness. At 08.05 vehicle carrier Cape Town Highway, 21,676 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen KK Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.31 cargo vessel Walker, 2,626 tons d.w., owners Walker Inc Turkey, inward bound for Sharpness (Seen again outward bound at 15.52 19th having sailed from Sharpness at 06.48).

18/11 at 08.41 vehicle carrier Grande Baltimora, 18,447 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.40.

19/11 at 14.37 bulk carrier Providana, 54,694 tons d.w., owners Masterbulk Pte Ltd Singapore, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.23. At 15.32 container vessel Pavo J, 11,180 tons d.w., owners Pavo J Shipping GMBH & Co K.G Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.30.

20/11 at 12.14 cargo vessel Barents, 3,701 tons d.w., owners Waterway Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Newport. At 13.07 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.27 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

21/11 at 10.15 cargo vessel Eems Sun, 2,600 tons d.w., owners Eems Sun BV Netherlands, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 13.27 cargo vessel Wilson Fedje, 4,501 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, inward bound for Swansea.

22/11 at 13.19 cargo vessel Santa Helena, 1,3785 tons d.w., owners Santa Helena Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 13.23 cement carrier Cemsky, 4,259 tons d.w., owners Cemsky Schiffharts GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 08.39.

23/11 at 10.51 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners European Car Carrier Ltd Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 06.38. At 11.25 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, owners Grimaldi line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 11 25 bulk carrier Ocean Gold, 32,317 tons d.w., owners Ocean Gold Maritime Inc Hong Kong, inward bound for Newport.

28/11 at 12.25 container vessel A2B Leader, 5,191 tons d.w., owners A2B-Online 7BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 15.08 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 11,260 tons d.w., owners Aristotole Navigation Co Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.50. At 15.38 cargo vessel Bon Vivant, 2,510 tons d.w., owners Bon Vivant SIA Latvia, inward bound for Sharpness

As this is my final report for the year may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a better New Year than 2021. Stay safe and germ free.

Regards,

Norman.

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Marine futures in northern Devon.

 

The new South West Institute of Technology at Petroc hosted the “Northern Devon marine- opportunities ahead” on Thursday 25th November. Organised by Torridge District Council, and falling under the wider “Ocean Futures” banner for the South West, the event brought together true experts from across a range of marine-focused activities, with the Advanced Engineering focus of the host creating the ideal setting. The session provided not only an expert insight into the work that is going on, with a clear Net Zero focus, but also a perspective on how northern Devon businesses could benefit from those “opportunities ahead”. Described by Paul Coles, CEO of the South West Business Council as a “Great event, great speakers and hugely timely” this was a great start to what is seen as a series of future events.

The tone was set by the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and their commercial arm, the Biosphere Foundation. Having just received the largest national award for a Net Zero project under the Community Renewal Fund (part of the levelling up agenda), there is exciting work ahead, creating the conditions for growth and both economic and environmental gains for both local communities and businesses. Expert input was provided by Martin Sutcliffe on the aquaculture explosion in Dorset and East Devon- with a focus on innovation creating productivity and opportunity.

At the forefront of that local opportunity is the resurgence of the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Appledore. With high profile new contracts recently having been secured with, the RNLI, Tom Hart, the General Manager for Appledore shipyard outlined both the history and the exciting, diversified future for the site. The focus has shifted from a pure defence focus into a range of fields, including supporting the rapidly-growing offshore floating wind sector which is developing around the approved test and demonstration zones in the Celtic Sea. The advances on that work, in terms of technology, maximisation of benefits and also the minimisation of any ecological and visual impact were outlined by Neil Farrington, the Strategic Offshore Development Manager of Celtic Sea Power – with supply chain and support routes focusing heavily on the northern Devon and Cornwall regions, ensuring that carbon savings from renewable energy aren’t offset by other carbon implications.

The current context and support available to businesses, who were well represented from the northern Devon region with over 60 people attending, were outlined by Maritime UK (SW) and by Ocean Futures. Marine businesses looking to innovate and develop their own products are able to utilise the Plymouth Smart Sound for data-focused product testing, with support also available to access government support, for example through the innovation Catapult network.

Alongside the core thread of floating wind also came the underpinning theme of future clean mobility, with the SW leading the way in research to move away from traditional diesel fuels. The sense of free support and expert collaboration shone through in the presentation by Professor Chris Smith from the Centre for Future Clean Mobility at the University of Exeter, and also from a number of local businesses who are innovating in the field. Both Professor Smith and presenters from the University of Plymouth emphasised the huge opportunity presented by Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) – in effect, university-employed figures embedded at the heart of your business and wearing your branding, strengthening your links with academia and providing genuine expertise at the heart of your work. To reinforce that message, Mark Tibbert from the Barnstaple Chamber of Commerce emphasised that R&D not only doesn’t have to mean breaking completely new ground, but also that it doesn’t have to cost as much as can be feared, with tax credits on offer to support.

For more details, including follow-ups and future events please follow Torridge Economic Development on Facebook.

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‘Castle Hill work hub’ launches.

An exciting new work hub has launched in Great Torrington, aimed at creating a vibrant, community-focused place for people to work on a flexible basis. The Castle Hill work hub, situated within the Castle Hill building at the heart of the town, is a dynamic workspace for independent businesses, the self-employed and remote workers.

As a result of the pandemic, more and more businesses are being run from home. Some workers are now entirely home based which makes the work hub a highly relevant and engaging asset within the local community. It is the perfect playground for local businesses, self-employed or remote workers to get a change of scenery from working at home, a space to hold meetings that will accelerate their growth and support community networks that drive the local economy.

This bright and modern facility offers a meeting room for 6-8 people with 15 workspaces as well as a collaboration area and kitchenette. The hub, developed by Torridge District Council and with funding support from the Devon Work Hubs programme and the Getting Building Fund, is designed to provide a low-cost, flexible offer to support businesses to grow and people to find routes to collaborate and improve their wellbeing. Members will also be able to benefit from free drop-in business support opportunities and a regular presence from Petroc’s Big Benefits for Small Businesses programme which will enable them to receive free support to boost their skills profile.

Members can pay as they go, or if they are looking for a more regular booking then the monthly tariffs can offer this service. The work hub is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and spaces can be booked online via the booking page at www.torridge.gov.uk/castlehillworkhub. Castle Hill also boasts excellent Wi-Fi, free tea and coffee, as well as printing and copying facilities all of which operate under a fair use policy within membership plans. Just bring your laptop, tablet or even phone and enjoy this wonderful new space in the heart of Great Torrington.

Simply contact castlehillworkhub@torridge.gov.uk to book your place.

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New business & community meeting centre venue, Northam Burrows.

Torridge District Council have unveiled a unique suite of bookable meeting room facilities, at the recently refurbished Northam Burrows visitors centre, that they want to showcase at a series of upcoming open days. Nestled in the sandy dunes of Northam Burrows and with the backdrop of Westward Ho! beach they offer a new, light and modern space for business or community group meetings.

The facilities include a large meeting room with seating and display screens for presentations or the option for table and breakout group gatherings that can be configured to suit the nature of the meeting. There is good free Wi-Fi, and a range of IT equipment including a TV and computer, leading onto adjoining kitchenette and toilet facilities. Blue Badge parking is available next to the building with access to a Changing Places facility and level access across the site. Just a few steps across the courtyard the independently run “Pebble Ridge Café” offers catering facilities that users can also tap into as part of their event. The café also boasts an outdoor decking area with far reaching views.

The facilities will be available 7 days a week with morning bookings 9am – 1pm, afternoon bookings 1pm – 5pm or all day 9am – 5pm. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email phoebe.russell@torridge.gov.uk

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‘Project Hope’ youth support.

andy@wingscharity.com

 

Project Hope is a free 6 – 12 week course aimed at anyone over 18 who is struggling to find employment or has recently become unemployed and aims to identify and overcome barriers to employment.

Clients need to be either on Universal Credit or “Economically Inactive”. The course runs at The Wings Hall, behind St Mary’s Church in Bideford.

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‘Silver Wings’ community group.

Wings South West is delighted to have launched a new group for retired members of our local community.

Last spring as lockdown was easing, Wings South West commissioned research into community needs in Torridge and North Devon. One of the findings was high levels of isolation in older people in the local area. In response Wings South West has launched ‘Silver Wings’, a free drop-in group, meeting in The Wings Hall in Bideford. ‘We are a relaxed, friendly group serving tea, coffee and wonderful homemade cakes‘, says Sarah Huxtable, Manager at Wings South West.

We meet on a Tuesday morning from 10am-12 Noon at The Wings Hall which is next to St Mary’s Church and behind the Police Station. We are suitable for disabled access.

Wings South West is a charity based in Bideford with over twenty years of experience in running community groups and projects and is home to the North Devon Coastal Academy, an alternative education provider in partnership with Petroc College.

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