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:

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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 open days are scheduled to take place on 30th November and 1st December between 11am-3pm, with an open invitation to simply turn up and have a look around. TDC Officers will be on hand to explain the facilities and answer any questions.

Michael Day, Northam Burrows Head Ranger, said: “The open days are a chance for people to come and have a look around the venue and chat with Council officers about what the site has to offer. More importantly you’ll get a sense of the beautiful surrounding environment and the uplifting location. It certainly boosts our moods as rangers working out of these offices and we’re sure the setting will be part of the attraction for businesses and community groups.”

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 or simply pop along to one of the open days for a guided tour.


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‘Project Hope’ youth support.


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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Green Homes Grant scheme.

Low-income Residents across Torridge can benefit from free energy efficiency improvements worth up to £10,000 thanks to receiving a share of a multi-million pound Government funded programme, led by West of England Combined Authority, working with E.ON and Happy Energy Solutions.

Under the Green Homes Grants Scheme, owner occupiers will benefit from energy efficiency installations up to the value of £10,000 with nothing for them to pay towards the costs of works. Tenants of rented properties can also access grants of up to £5,000 for energy efficiency upgrades, but the landlord will be expected to contribute at least one third towards the cost of works.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the grants the residents of the property must have a low income (receive benefits or have the household income below £30,000 per annum) and the EPC for the property must be rated D, E, F or G. If there is no EPC for your property, you can still apply and it doesn’t matter who your energy supplier is.

What do I do if I think I qualify?

If you’re struggling to keep your home warm and think you might be eligible for some help, you can submit an application at the following website  

How long is the scheme running for?

The scheme is expected to run until March 2022, but will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

What will happen if I do qualify?

If you qualify, Happy Energy Solutions will survey your home to assess which energy efficiency measures could be installed.

The options will then be discussed with you for a final decision to be reached.

Case Study

78 year old Mr K was the first to benefit from the scheme. In receipt of Pension Credits and with health problems made worse by the cold, he lived in a well-insulated bungalow, but the only form of heating was electric panel heaters that were very expensive to run. Mr K’s energy bills were £126 per month, despite only heating one room in his home. Paying his energy bills had become totally unaffordable.

Happy Energy Solutions, managers of HEAT Project, arranged for the installation of an Air Source Heat Pump central heating system and Solar PV, all of which were covered by the grants! The heat pump was grant funded under the Government’s Green Homes Grants Local Authority Delivery programme and the Solar PV was funded with a grant through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

The EPC rating of the property has now improved from an F to a B to reflect the significant reduction in the household energy bills. Mr K’s energy bills have reduced by an estimated £472 per year and a total of 3.1 tonnes of CO2 have been saved each year.

Torridge District Council Lead Member for Homelessness and Housing Need, Councillor Clarke said:

This is a much needed programme to help those with limited income to improve the energy efficiency of their houses and save money on heating costs at a time of unprecedented price rises. I would urge people to make contact as soon as possible and see if they qualify for the scheme and take advantage of the free upgrades they may be entitled to.”

There are a number of ways for people to get further information by following one of the following links:

Telephone: Text 07520 660500 to request more information




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Northam Choral Society Christmas Concert, 11th December.


Northam Choral Society will be holding a Christmas Carol Service at St Mary’s Church, Bideford at 7.30pm on Saturday 11th December. This will be the first time the choir has performed since the start of the pandemic and we hope to make it a really joyous occasion with a mix of traditional and lesser known carols. There will also be an organ piece by our accompanist Chris Beechy and a festive reading. Mulled wine will be served during the interval.

Tickets cost £6.00 (children and students free) and can be bought on door on the night or in advance from Walter Henry’s Bookshop, High Street, Bideford. We do hope you will join us and get into the Christmas spirit!


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Appledore Singers’ Christmas Concert, 12th December.

The Appledore Singers
Charity Christmas Concert in aid of Devon Freewheelers EVS.

The Appledore Singers’ Charity Christmas Concert will take place on Sunday 12th December, 2.30pm at Northam Hall (top of Fore Street).

This year’s concert will be in aid of Devon Freewheelers EVS, also known as ‘Bloodbikes’ (charity number1180264), a very worthy cause.

The Choir will delight the audience with arrangements of festive music – both traditional and modern – and, as always, there will be the opportunity for audience participation! The afternoon’s entertainment will also include our popular Grand Raffle’. The choir, accompanied by Chris Beechey, will be conducted by our Musical Director, Pam Beechey and our entertainment will be ably compered by Anthony Chambers. The audience will undoubtedly leave with a spring in their step!

Admission is £6 at the door (under 16s free), to include light refreshments.

For further information contact Pam Beechey 01237 420652

                                                   ‘Seek a Smile thro’ Song’


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Exmoor Pony Centre – November.

News from the Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, Dulverton, TA22 9QE.

The Exmoor ponies are sending their festive wishes to all and hope that the winter months are treating everyone well.

For some of our ponies the winter months are filled with relaxing chill-out time in small groups on their winter holidays; for these ponies the break is well earned having spent the summer months working at the Exmoor Pony Centre.  For many of our ponies however the winter is an intense time with emotions running high as the moorbred youngstock are handled and trained having arrived from their herds during October and November.  Protecting these young ponies from an uncertain future is a vital part of our work and each year it is a privilege to take in these delightful ponies.  Some days are filled with angst. Staff, volunteers and course participants put the foals through their paces, at a steady and patient pace of course! Each pony is an individual and the training can take longer or shorter amounts of time depending on the personality of each pony.  This year we are naming our foals after ‘crisps’.

It is always important to have a theme for our pony names that is upbeat and positive, the year we named them after fizzy drinks seems close in our minds whilst we are thinking up crisp brands! Here is a picture of Frazzle with Ella, one of our staff.  Both pony and person are enjoying lots of contact time to build up trust and skills.

Whilst dedicatedly spending the winter months in the freezing cold, mucking out, caring for our ponies there is another side to our work and in these ‘quieter’ times we are busily arranging fundraising events and ways to financially support our work.  Please visit our Facebook page fb:exmoorponycentrefanpage to see our Winter Online Auction or visit our website shop to purchase gifts, cards and calendars

Promotion is a huge part of our work and over the last few years restrictions have halted much of our outreach work, heading to care homes, undertaking talks to groups, and interacting with media companies who can spread the positive word about Exmoor ponies far afield.  In October, we were thrilled to be asked to be featured in ITV’s Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh.  The program was aired on Sunday 7th November and featured our Exmoor ponies and Manager Linzi.  The ponies behaved impeccably and after a full day of driving and filming, and more driving the ponies and Linzi returned back to Exmoor having done the breed proud.

There are lots of ways to support our work and in the run up to the festive period there are many ways which the charity could benefit without any cost to you!
Do you use AMAZON.COM? Well, if you use AMAZONSMILE (which is the same as Amazon) and set your charity to the Moorland Mousie Trust Charity No.1116710 the ponies will benefit from your purchases. Each year supporters buying through AmazonSmile raise over £150 for the charity.

Please get in touch to book onto our foal handling course, order cards, gifts and calendars or simply to find out more about our work.




Tel: 01398 323093


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Councillors vote on housing initiatives.

Torridge Councillors met to debate the initial findings of a review they initiated into housing provision in the district, and to agree actions to address the issues highlighted. The review identified significant short comings in the way the housing market has continued to shift in Torridge with a lack of affordable units being built out on many developments and the mix of homes largely failing to support the retention of younger people and families. Having declared a climate emergency, Councillors were also keen to sharpen the focus on bringing higher environmental standards to housing than that currently being achieved.

The report acknowledged some of the many strands of work already initiated by the Council to try and tackle these problems. These include the possible use of modular housing units, evaluating options to reduce the number of empty homes, and helping to bring forward schemes in partnership with local social housing providers. The report went on to highlight some of the significant factors affecting affordability in the area, which has a low average wage economy, but has suffered an accelerated rise in the cost of accommodation in recent years. One of the starkest statistics shown was that due to the desirability of the area there has been the equivalent of a 5 year increase in house prices in just the last 12 months alone in Torridge, with prices rising by almost 20%. There is an acknowledgement that this figure is in part likely to have been impacted by the demand for second homes or business and holiday let use, but that measures to deal with these particular aspects would require legislative changes beyond the powers of local Councils.
There was unanimous support to the proposal for a two phased approach to tackling the crisis. The initial phase will include employing trained facilitators to work at a more detailed level with developers to find solutions to the viability arguments that have historically suppressed the delivery of affordable housing below the 30% level wanted by Councillors. The Council will also undertake an assessment of all the land in its ownership to produce a list of viable and deliverable sites. Following on from this the authority plans to quickly finalise a Housing Delivery Plan including partnerships, financial commitments and time frames.

Phase two of the plan will consider the mechanism for delivery. The most attractive and less risky approach is likely to involve entering into delivery partnerships or joint ventures with a trusted local partner or range of partners. The recent delivery of 52 affordable units in Bideford in partnership with Westward Housing is a good example of how such partnerships have already delivered tangible results. However the recommendations adopted also allow scope for the consideration of other options such as the establishment of an arm’s length body, community land trusts and exploring new funding avenues such as from One Public Estate and Homes England.

Councillor Clarke, Torridge District Council Lead Member for Homelessness and Housing Need, said:     “Affordable housing remains one of the key priorities not just for Torridge but most Councils in the Country and particularly in the South West, where prices have risen so sharply in recent years. While nearly 1,200 new homes have been built over the last five years only 160 of these or 13% were affordable, which is not nearly enough. I welcome the initiative to bring an additional layer of expertise to working with developers to help improve on this figure.
As a District Council we have been extremely limited by legislation as to what action we could take but have worked hard with partners to build out affordable units where opportunities were available. Elsewhere we have worked on schemes to encourage social landlords to increase supply and promoted projects such as enabling self builds. Our officers also work daily with landlords and tenants to keep people in their homes and rescue tenancies. I hope that these new initiatives can be developed and implemented quickly to help people in the district in what appears to be a growing UK crisis.”

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Shipping notes No. 199 (October).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

On Tuesday 19th news was announced by the council that the former Harbour Capt Paul Labistour died at home on the 18th . He had retired from the Harbour Master position in March due to ill health.


No news of any orders.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/10 at 05.10 tanker Sten Aurora, 16,594 tons d.w., owners Stentank AS Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.    At 05.35 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,000 tons d.w., owners Aires Del Mar Compania Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.42 30th.    At 07.00 bitumen tanker Iver Brilliant, 6,239 tons d.w., owners Vroon BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.    At 09.25 cargo vessel Accum, 3,177 tons d.w., owners Accum Germany, inward bound for Newport.

2/10 at 09.50 cargo vessel Arklow Brave, 8,669 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.25.     At 15.11 cargo vessel Salar, 3,432 tons d.w., owners Salar Shipping Ltd Latvia, inward bound for Newport.

3/10 at 13.17 vehicle carrier Passero, 12,755 tons d.w., owners Passero GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

5/10 at 19.46 cargo vessel Eems Dollard, 3,816 d.w., owners Eems Dollard BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.     At 20.09 cargo vessel Amber Sky, 5,750 tons d.w., owners A Sky Ltd Portugal, inward bound for Swansea.

6/10 at 09.10 survey vessel Egs Ventus, 978 tons d.w., owners International Marine Ltd Hampshire, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 05.06.    At 12.49 vehicle carrier Hoegh Asia, 27,564 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Shipping AS Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.57.    At 17.01 cargo vessel Gunden Serra, 6,029 tons d.w., owners Parlar Shipping inc Turkey, inward bound for Avonmouth.     At 21.14 vehicle carrier Dalian Highway, 21,616 tons d.w., owners Rockfish Marine SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.    At 21.52 cargo vessel Celtic Mariner, 3,676 tons d.w., owners Charles W Willie & Co Ltd Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

7/10 at 10.24 cargo vessel Fehn Courage, 2,610 tons d.w., owners Fehn Ship Management Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

8/10 at 14.55 cargo vessel Lingedijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Lingedijk BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

9/10 at 13.31 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 6,649 tons d.w., owners Aases Bulk Norway, outward bound for Port Talbot having sailed at 08.56.

10/10 at 08.23 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 11,260 tons d.w., owners Aristotle Navigation Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.     At 13.53 cargo vessel Drait, 3,650 tons d.w., owners Aciric CV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

11/10 at 10.06 cargo vessel Wilson Hull, 4,247 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.     At 16.19 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.     At 16.32 cargo vessel Arklow Muse, 14,998 tons d.w., owners Arklow Muse Ltd Eire, inward bound for Newport,

12/10 at 05.04 vehicle carrier Orion Highway, 20,532 tons d.w., owners 1 Manatee Navigation S.a. Taiwan, inward bound for Portbury.    At 13.57 vehicle carrier Grande Mirafioli, 15,580 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 20.01 14th outward bound having sailed from Portbury at 15.22).

13/10 at 15.03 cargo vessel Fri Lake, 3,400 tons d.w., owners Kopervik Ship Invest AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.     At 17.35 bitumen tanker Stella Polaris, 8,297 tons d.w., owners Azolo BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 13.02.

14/10 at 06.46 vehicle carrier Grande Detroit, 12,420 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.     At 12.34 cargo vessel RMS Saimaa, 2,634 tons d.w., owners RMS Schiffinvest GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Birdport.    At 18.00 cargo vessel Rocket Racoon, 3,532 tons d.w., owners 1 Naviticore Schiffahrtsug Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

15/10 at 10.43 cargo vessel Wilson Gydnia, 3,600 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, inward bound for Swansea.

16/10 at 12.07 vehicle carrier Grande Spagna, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 12.31 17th outward bound having sailed from Portbury at 0802).     At 18.17 cargo vessel Albiz, 5,750 tons d.w., owners Naviera Murveta SA Spain, inward bound for Cardiff.

17/10 at 0813 cargo vessel Frisian River, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Frisian River BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.    At 08.54 cargo vessel Wilma, 3,794 tons d.w., owners Wilma Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Newport.     At 11.12 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk AS Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 07.03.

18/10 at 14.57 cargo vessel Wilson Flushing, 4,521 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.     At 18.02 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 00.16 15th (having been anchored in Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders then having sailed at approx 14.00).

19/10 at 21.40 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d..w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

20/10 at 08.35 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.     At 10.44 cargo vessel Arklow Moor, 14,990 tons d.w., inward bound for Swansea.     At 13.19 vehicle carrier Traviata, 23,889 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Stockholm, inward bound for Portbury.     At 14.25 cargo vessel Wilson Dundalk, 3,685 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Sharpness.

21/10 at 13.35 dredger Artevelde, 8,327 tons d.w., owners Dredging International Lux Luxembourg, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 08.05.

23/10 at 21.12 cargo vessel Eems Sea, 2,600 tons d.w., owners Sea BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

24/10 at 08.55 cargo vessel Johann, 6,000 tons d.w., owners Johann Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.     At 11.15 cargo a vessel Cathy Jo, 6,665 tons d.w., owners Eems BV Eire eheer X1V, inward bound for Swansea.     At 11.15 cargo vessel Arklow Rebel, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Arlow Shipping ULG Eire, inward bound for Newport.     At 15.03 tanker Lemonia, 15,996 tons d.w., owners Lemonia Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again outward at 15.08 26th having sailed from Avonmouth at 09.09).     At 16.00 cargo vessel Wilson Monsoon, 2,780 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.     At 18.51 cargo vessel Gelmond l, 5,498 tons d.w., owners Sarfo Denizcilik VE Ticaret AS Turkey, inward bound for Cardiff.

25/10 at 13.08 cargo vessel Meike B, 4,143 tons d.w., owners Shoya Marine Ltd Ukraine, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 06.35 30th having sailed from Avonmouth at 22.43 29th).

26/10 at 15.42 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.     At 15.58 chemical tanker Stolt Shearwater, 5,498 tons d.w., owners Sea 147 Leasing Co Ltd Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 11.59.

27/10 at 05.13 cargo vessel Celtic Venture, owners Charles|W. Willie & Co Ltd Cardiff, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 22.38 26th.     At 18.28 cargo vessel Celtic Ambassador, 5,699 tons d.w., owners Charles W Willie & Co Ltd Cardiff, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 13.22.

28/10 at 08.08 bulk carrier Tulpar, 34,790 tons d.w., owners Tulpar Ocean Route Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport.

29/10 at 18.57 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 6,649 tons d.w., owners Aasne Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

30/10 at 08.45 cargo vessel Kassel, 4,442 tons d.w., owners Kassel Shipping Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport.     At 18.45 cargo vessel Reggedijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Reggedijk 11 B.V Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 13.24.    At 21.11 cargo Arklow Valour, 5,159 tons d.w., owners Avoco Shipping B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 15.23.

31/10 at 04.52 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Yeoman Bank Ltd U.K., inward bound for Portbury.     At 11.28 cargo vessel Klaipeda, 4,068 tons d.w., owners Aurora Shppiing JSC Lithuania, inward bound for Cardiff.


Below, some photos from my collection of Bideford shipping over the years –


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Toy sharing event, 26th November.

This Black Friday, Plastic Free North Devon invite you to save some pennies and help save the environment by joining their Toy Swap.

Local grassroots environmental campaigns charity Plastic Free North Devon are hosting their second Toy Swap on 26th November, which also happens to be Black Friday. With the growth of internet shopping and large multi-national corporations, Black Friday has established a foothold in British culture over the last few years. Flash sales from all the big brands, that coincide with the last monthly payday before Christmas, encourage mass consumption of mass produced items that more often than not end up in landfill by the time next Black Friday’s sales roll around. And it’s not just the products we are consuming, but the energy and natural resources that go into making them. So this Black Friday the charity wanted to shake things up a bit and change the narrative – how about instead of rushing to buy things that both we and the planet can’t afford, we share what we already have?

Claire Moodie, CEO Plastic Free North Devon, explains the problem with hyper-consumerism, and how a toy swap fits in:
“We currently have a culture of unconscious consumption, which is stripping the environment and leaving a trail of plastic in its wake. We need to change our mindset into thinking that buying new is only for when necessary, so that reuse, recycle, pass on, mend, and upcycle becomes the norm. Which is where events like toy swaps come in, providing an opportunity for you to pass your children’s once loved toys on to a new home. It’s also a great opportunity to have a conversation with your children about why you are choosing to donate the toys they no longer play with, and why you are not choosing to buy new. The more we talk to our children about sustainability and the health of the planet, and normalise a culture of reduce and reuse, the more chance we have of making sure that our planet survives and thrives into the future.”

This Black Friday, why not bin excess consumerism rather than binning our toys?
Join the Plastic Free North Devon Toy Swap at Heanton Church Hall 7-9pm Friday 26 November. Entry is £5 and includes a refreshment and five toy swap tokens.

This is a fantastic way of making sure we reduce our consumption, reuse materials that have already been made into a toy, and recycle and refresh the life of toys that have gone to the back of a cupboard.

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Bideford Music Club.

Bideford Music Club’s 63rd season goes ahead at their new venue at St. Mary’s Church, Bideford.

Pam Thompson, artistic director, is still busy selecting new artists, due to earlier cancellations.

The programme to date is listed below. Please see the website at for updates.




Sunday 9th at 3.00pm ; Emanuele Addis (‘Making Music’ award winner), guitar.


Sunday 6th at 3.00pm ; Artist(s) to be confirmed.


Wednesday 9th at 7.30pm ; Artist(s) to be confirmed.


Wednesday 6th at 7.30pm ; Imma Setiadi and Nigel Clayton, piano duo.

Subscriptions are – 6 concerts for £72.50 ; 4 concerts for £54 ; individual tickets £14.50. Children & students are free.


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One Hundred Years Ago – November 1921.

November 1921
The first section reviewed this month was the small ads, and this is a selection of what was found:

Situations vacant:

Mrs Mill, Crowbarn, Instow, wants an assistant for the farmhouse. T Woodyatt, High Street, Bideford, wants a smart youth as apprentice to Gent’s Outfitting.
Mrs Bulkley, Cotfield House, Buckleigh, wants a cook-general.
Abbotsham Parish Church wants a new organist, duties to commence in the New Year.

They are not all local positions, which made the volunteers at the Archive wonder why advertise in the Gazette? Do these people have second homes in this area?

Ward, 3 Highfield, Exmouth, requires a cook-general aged between 20 and 25 years, Church of England preferred.
Mrs Wilson, 10 Putney Hill, London SW15, wants a cook-general and a house parlourmaid.

Looking even further afield, Australia has a severe shortage of labour, and experienced farm workers and young men under 25 who are accustomed to manual work can get reduced rates on steamship passages.



H Hinks Shipbreaking Yard, West Appledore, has pitch pine logs for sale, good for lighting fires;
W J Wiley of Westward Ho! is selling a Rover car, 1913 model. It has been laid up from 1915 to 1919 and is painted green. Price – £255.
Lady Hehir, 3 Nelson Terrace, Westward Ho! has two Irish Terrier puppies, 1 dog, 1 bitch, 10 weeks old. 5 guineas each.
Mrs Sandercock, Ardmore, Northam, advertises pure bred White Wyandettee Cockerels, 5 months old, from 8 shillings each.



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“Buzz” printed back-copies.

Bideford Buzz – Surplus Paper Copies from various years up to 2018.

Free to a good home.

If anyone would like any of these please contact Tom or Rose at


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Volunteer days on Northam Burrows.

The Rangers on Northam Burrows have organised a number of volunteer days this Autumn to help carry out important nature conservation work within the park. The sand dunes and coastal grasslands of Northam Burrows are home to many rare plants and wildlife that depend upon the unique environment found there. The volunteer days will involve practical tasks to help maintain these conditions and are a great way to contribute to the upkeep of the burrows, learn some new skills, while keeping fit in the great outdoors. The first cut and rake event to improve the floral diversity on the great plain will be on the 13th of October from 10am-4pm, and will then continue on a fortnightly basis until Christmas.

Torridge District Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin and Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure said: “Volunteers make an enormous contribution to conservation on Northam Burrows and we are always grateful for their help and support. The events our rangers organise help to protect the plants and wildlife that live there and are a great way to explore the countryside, learn about the environment and meet like-minded people. We are always on the lookout for new participants so if you are interested and can help out, please contact the visitor centre to find out more.”

There will also be half term activities run from the Visitor Centre with guided walks led by Dr Irene Williams and Dave Edgcombe from the North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Organisation, as well as a self-guided Halloween trail. Booking is required for some events so to reserve a space or for more information contact Northam Burrows Country Park on 01237 479708 or email

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Don’t lose your Way!

49,000 miles in England & Wales, 3,000 miles in Devon and 500 miles in north Devon. These are the startling figures of historic paths that could be lost forever if we don’t act soon say The Ramblers, the UK’s largest walking charity who with the aid of volunteers made these findings. Government legislation has given charities and the general public until 31st December 2025 to make a claim on these historic paths or lose them forever.

The Ramblers North Devon group wants to look at the whole of the local area and return as many footpaths to Public Rights of Way as possible. To do this they need volunteers to look at the 130 parishes in North Devon & Torridge. Each volunteer will adopt a parish and look at the proposed paths, which have already been listed, and to determine the validity of each path. These is all done via the Ramblers website Anyone who loves the countryside, walking and maps will have great fun especially when looking at areas they are familiar with.

Co-Ordinator Steve Evans says ‘During the 18 months of the Covid Pandemic access to the countryside has never been more important, but the sad fact is that the general public only has access to 93% of the land in England and Wales. Compare this with, approximately 30% of land which was common land in 1600, and it can be seen that the general public has seen their access to the countryside vastly reduced. This is a one-off opportunity to reclaim old footpaths, and we need to act quickly by collecting the historical, documentary evidence needed to build and submit applications to restore the most important paths for future generations ’.


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