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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Volunteer days on Northam Burrows.

The Rangers on Northam Burrows have organised a number of volunteer days this Autumn to help carryout 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 northam.burrows@torridge.gov.uk
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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 https://dontloseyourway.ramblers.org.uk/ 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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Torridge District Council launches new website service.

From 12th October residents and visitors will be able to log onto a new look website from Torridge District Council. Created with the user experience in mind, the platform includes many new features aimed at helping users to navigate the site and find the service and information they need quickly and easily. In a simultaneous launch there will also be options for users to select and sign up for a new email newsletter service from a comprehensive list of topics and interests.

New features of the site include:

Improved accessibility including ‘Recite’ software which allows the user to change the language, font size or have text read out loud.

A clearer and more concise layout with new templates and compatibility with both desktop and mobile devices and platforms.

Access to our most frequently visited pages and tasks with fewer clicks.

Pay, Apply and Report options for many services allowing for the quick completion of common tasks such as ordering replacement recycling boxes and bags.

Closer links and integration with the council’s social media channels.

A new email newsletter subscription service based on users interests and needs.

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Shipping notes No. 198 (September).

In Port – Bideford Quay.

Bideford Trinity House vessel Mair at Bideford Quay, 2 – 4/9 ; then sailed approx 17.30.

Fehn Caledonia – built 2013; flag St. Johns, Antigua; owners German; crew Russian & Latvian; from Waterford to Castellon; arrived 17/9, sailed 21/9; loaded 2,400 tons ball clay.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping.

Appledore.

No news of any orders. A tug may be due early October.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/9 at 0537 cargo vessel Ammon, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Ammon Beheer BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 23.29 31st.    At 05.17 cargo vessel Danica Hav, 2,310 tons d.w., owners Hav Shipping Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 23.14 31st.     At 06.17 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 00.07.    At 0855 cargo vessel Fri Porsgrunn, 3,780 tons d.w., owners Vealos A/s Norway, inward bound for Swansea.    At 11.30 cargo vessel Pinta, 2,795 tons d.w., owners Pinta Intersea Shipping GMBh Germany, inward bound for Birdport. (Seen again11.43 3rd outward bound having sailed at 04.41).     At 17.10 bulk carrier Yuka D, 34,268 tons d.w., owners Yuka D BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 05.55 8th having sailed from Newport at 19.51).

2/9 at 05.10 tanker Lemonia, 15,160 tons d.w., owners Lemonia Schiffharts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.    At 13.00 cargo vessel Wilson Luga, 2,518 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.    At 20.34 cargo vessel Anka Sun, 4,216 tons d.w., owners Gimli Shipping Inc Marshall Islands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 15.45.    At 21.45 vehicle carrier Adriatic Highway, 18,868 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

3/9 at 09.53 cargo vessel Salar, 3,432 tons d.w., owners Salar Shipping Ltd Latvia, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.24.    At 10.17 bitumen tanker Iver Brilliant, 6,239 tons d.w., owners Vroon B.v. Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.   At 11.25 hrs cruise ship Britannia, 134,750 tons gross, owners P & O Cruise Ltd Southampton, outward bound from Liverpool; she did a circuit of Lundy Island before returning to her home port of Southampton.

4/9 at 06.55 cruise ship Hebridean Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Hebridean Shipping Inc USA, inward bound for Lundy. She sailed from the Western side of the island about 18.00, bound for Fowey.      At 10.39 vehicle carrier Grande Portogallo, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.    At 20.13 bulk carrier Maran Astronomer, 179,719 tons d.w., owners Maggiore Shipping Inc Greece, inward bound for Port Talbot.

7/9 at 11.40 vehicle carrier Euphony Ace, 18,944 tons d.w., owners Aurora Car Maritime Trans SS Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.54.     At 12.31 cruise vessel Britannia, 134,750 tons d.w., owner, P & O Cruise Southampton. The Master decided to have a change of direction this trip, going round the island anti-clockwise; all the other trips have been clockwise. She then continued on her cruise to Liverpool.

8/9 at 17.45 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w,. owners United European car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.16.

9/9 at 10.30 cargo vessel Marie, 2,974 tons d.w., owners Rederij AD & C Inv Belgium, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 06.42.     At 10.55 four Nato Warships spotted inward bound for Cardiff; they were M 924 (Belgian Navy) Primula , M1069 (German Navy) Homburg, M06 (Latvian Navy) Talivalis, A536 KMM Olav Tryggvason (Norwegian Navy).

10/9 at 06.30 bulk carrier Dione, 81,145 tons d.w., owners Sea 230 Leasing Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.     At 07.05 cargo vessel River Trader, 1,399 tons d.w., owners River Trader Marine SA London, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 22.25 9th.     At 14.07 cargo vessel Patria, 3,519 tons d.w., owners Patria Interscan Redderij Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

11/9 at 06.08 cruise vessel Hebridean Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Hebridean Shipping Inc USA, inward bound for Lundy.     At 11.23 dredger UKD Bluefin, 5,500 tons d.w., owners Associated British Ports London, inward bound for Cardiff.     At 16.35 vehicle carrier Grande Houston, 15,883 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 18.30 12th outward bound having sailed from Portbury at 13.57 12th).

12/9 at 11.04 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shpping Co Ltd of Greece, inward bound for Portbury.     At 18.40 cargo vessel Eems Dollard, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Eems Dollard BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 12.33.

13/9 at 05.11 cargo vessel Tim, 3,450 tons d.w., owners Tim Interscan Shipmanagement Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 23..37 12th.     At 16.03 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.     At 19.35 Neptune Galene, 11,260 tons d.w., owners Aristotle Navigation Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 07.07 25th (and had been at Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders).

14/9 at 16.11 cargo vessel Wilson Heron, 4,228 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 10.15 17th having sailed from Newport at 03.54).     At 17.10 container vessel MSC Joy, 31,160 tons d.w., owners Joy Naviero Co SA Switzerland, inward bound for Portbury.

15/9 at 18.33 vehicle carrier Thalatta, 23,786 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Sweden and Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.00.     At 18.45 cargo vessel Sarah-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie-B Schiffahtrs GMBH Germany, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 15.03.     At 20.16 cargo vessel Arklow Faith, 4,950 tons d.w., owners Invermore Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Birdport.

16/9 at 07.04 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fujyukuri Maritima Ltd Norway, inward bound for Portbury.      At 07.04 cargo vessel Marie Elise, 6,050 tons d.w., owner Angela Schiffahrts UG Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 00.17.

17/9 at 07.39 cargo vessel BBC Louise, 12,100 tons d.w., owners Rhederburg Briese Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.07.     At 09.42 cargo vessel Valerie, 4,450 tons d.w., owners Valerie BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 03.48.     At 11.25 cruise vessel Britannia, 134,750 tons gross, owners P & O Cruise Southampton, outward bound from Greenock, cruising round Lundy prior to proceeding to her home port of Southampton.

18/9 at 08.30 cargo vessel Toto BR, 7,697 tons d.w., owners Barone Shipping Co Spa Italy, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 14.05 20th outward bound having sailed from Newport at 08.12).     At 12.10 cement carrier Cembay, 4,216 tons d.w., owners Cembay Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 11.56 21st having sailed from Newport at 05.47).     At 15.15 cargo vessel Baltic Moon, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Baltic Bulk A/S Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 06.38.   At 18.24 cargo vessel Stad, 3,233 tons d.w., owners Stad Shipping Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Sharpness.     At 19.20 vehicle carrier Canadian Highway, 18,581 tons d.w., owners Amethyst Sea Carriers SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

19/9 at 10.56 vehicle carrier Grande Italia, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound Portbury.     At 12.02 cargo vessel Amber Spirit, 5,558 tons d.w., owners Amber Spirit Ltd Portugal, inward bound for Swansea.     At 12.02 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 6,649 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.   At 12.42 vehicle carrier Seine Highway, 8,100 tons d.w., owners Seine Highway Ltd Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.49.     At 15.57 cargo vessel Maestro, 2,953 tons d.w., owners Caribbean Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Newport.     At 18.37 cargo vessel R.M.S Wanheim, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Wanheim Shipping SA Greece, inward bound for Newport.

20/9 at 11.27 cargo vessel Talis, 2,646 tons d.w., owners We Ships Inc Turkey, inward bound for Avonmouth.     At 13.07 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.     At 13.12 vehicle carrier Grand Duke, 18,315 tons d.w., owners Excellion Maritime Inc China, inward bound for Portbury.     At 15.32 bulk carrier Hanze Gdansk, 35,000 tons d.w., owners Hanzevest Shipping 6 BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

21/9 at 15.49 cargo vessel RMS Saimaa, 2,634 tons d.w., owners RMS Schiffivest GMBH & Co Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 09.59.

22/9 at 08.27 vehicle carrier Grande Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 05.25 24th having sailed from Portbury at 00.37).     At 20.18 bulk carrier Coral Opal, 78,090 tons d.w., owners Shintoku Panama SA Greece, inward bound for Port Talbot. (Seen again at 11.07 24th having sailed at 07.07.

23/9 at 20.15 cargo vessel Begonia S, 12,118 tons d.w., owners Marencro Shipping Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport.

25/9 at 10.55 cargo vessel Bulker Bee, 101,3089 tons d.w. owners Bulker Bee 10 Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

26/9 at 14.46 bulk carrier Aasvik, owners Aasen Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. (Seen again at 13.34 27th outward bound having sailed from Port Talbot at 09.58).     At 16.22 hrs vehicle carrier Grande Florida, 15,853 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

27/9 at 16.19 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United Eurpoean Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

28/9 at 16.42 cargo vessel Drait, 3,650 tons d.w., owners Aciric CV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.     At 18.25 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 11,260 tons d.w., owners Aristotle Navigation Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

29/9 at 16.48 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Aires Del Mar Compania SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

30/9 at 06.33 cruise vessel Island Sky, 4,200 gross tons, owners Island Sky Shipping Inc USA, inward bound for Swansea.     At 18.45 vehicle carrier Grande Portogallo, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards,
Norman.

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‘Plastic Free North Devon’ & ‘Ocean Explorer’.

Local charity Plastic Free North Devon (PFND) aims to connect people with their natural surroundings through conversations, education and events, to inspire locals and visitors alike to protect what our very existence depends on. The charity’s Ocean Explorer educational outreach project sits right at the heart of their mission to increase care and stewardship over the natural world by using education alongside real-life experiences, an approach summed up by Sir David Attenborough: “No-one will protect what they don’t care about; and no one will care about what they have never experienced”.

Setting the foundations in July, the charity took 16 carefully selected Year 9 students from across North Devon to Lundy Island to experience first hand the nature on our doorstep. Half of them went on a snorkeling safari, and the other half went on a sea safari around the island. The assistant Lundy ranger joined both groups of children, providing an insight into the work that goes on and her route into the conservation sector. As part of the programme, all students were then asked to be part of the charity’s Ocean Explorer summer outreach and present back to their school about their experience, giving them a deeper understanding of the work of the charity and empowering them to act within their own lives.


After these successful trips, the Ocean Explorer Ambassadors and volunteers took the message out into the community using virtual reality diving experiences, storytelling, rockpool ID, citizen science research, story time, face painting, Ocean Explorer caricatures, beach and park cleans, dry aquarium, seaside yoga, and arts and crafts. A range of locations across North Devon and Torridge welcomed the Ocean Explorer interactive experience over the summer, including: Birdman Festival Ilfracombe, On The Road music festival, Clovelly Maritime Festival, Lynmouth Visitor Centre, Torrington Commons, Milky Way, and various local parks and beaches, with over £800 raised through donations and raffle tickets, enabling the charity to continue their vital work in the local community.


Chloe Lovelass, Ocean Explorer Ambassador, explained the importance of the project:
“There are so many threats to our marine environment, from the clearly visible plastic pollution to the growing climate emergency. We have really enjoyed inspiring people to look after the fragile ecosystems that support us all and show people just how amazing the nature on our doorstep is, how it supports us and how we can all do things to look after it.”
The virtual reality underwater adventures, featuring a dive off the coast of Lundy and encountering the local grey seal population, were experienced by around 2500 visitors and locals, eliciting numerous ‘wows’ and ‘gasps’. Visitors were then signposted to many of the different ways that they can get involved with protecting our environment; from careers, to volunteering, relevant petitions and campaigns, extra learning, and local organisations doing amazing things.

Anne-Marie Eveleigh, Operations Manager summed up the last six weeks:
“We are really pleased with how the Ocean Explorers project has played out this summer. After over a year of hiccups due to Covid 19 it was fantastic to be back out talking and inspiring people to protect what we all love. We were able to recruit a new cohort of Ocean Explorer volunteers who were invaluable in assisting the ambassadors and we will be building on how well the summer went by heading to community groups across North Devon to reach everyone with our messaging.”

Volunteering formed a significant and valuable part of the summer’s activities, empowering students and other Ocean Explorer volunteers to help run the project, learning new skills and advocating for the environment. 65% of the Year 9 students volunteered with the project contributing nearly 100 hours and 12 Ocean Explorer Volunteers contributed over 150 hours to the project.

Plastic Free North Devon and their Ocean Explorers are now looking to connect with local community groups, youth clubs, scouts, guides and brownies etc to continue to deliver their outreach into the Autumn and beyond through structured workshops, drop-in sessions, and talks. Any local groups interested in taking part in this new phase of the project, or local businesses able to support it, please email plasticfreenorthdevon@gmail.com.


This project is made possible thanks to the following generous funders: The North Devon Coast AONB Sustainable Development Fund, Badur Foundation, Fullabrook CIC, holidaycottages.co.uk, Pickwell Foundation, Turnstyle Designs, and Garfield Weston Foundation.

Plastic Free North Devon is a registered charity (Reg No: 1182464) and local environmental movement started by volunteers who want to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the environment in North Devon and beyond. Working with local councils, community groups, businesses, schools, residents and visitors we aim to raise awareness of the issue, reduce the amount of plastic consumed, clear waste plastic from the environment and ensure that it is recycled or disposed of appropriately.

 

PFND Ocean Explorer Project Overview:

The Ocean Explorer project for 2021 was divided into two parts: a virtual reality experience in our interactive hub and an exciting Lundy experience for a selected group of year 9 students from schools across North Devon. The project seeked to deliver an engaging and informative education programme to local communities that:
?  Improves understanding of the natural ocean environment and its importance by encouraging a life-long love of nature
?  Introduces the main impacts of human activity on the planet
?  Inspires further self-learning about nature and encourages more sustainable lifestyle ?choices
?  Encourages volunteering in northern Devon and beyond
?  Encourages everyone to feel that they can be part of environmental conversation .

Email: plasticfreenorthdevon@gmail.com

Website: https://www.plasticfreenorthdevon.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/plasticfreenorthdevon/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/plasticfreenorthdevon/

Twitter: https://www.facebook.com/plasticfreenorthdevon/
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Government refuses to ban polystyrene body boards.

GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO INTRODUCE IMMEDIATE BAN!

Campaign publishes open letter fully rejecting Government response.

Plastic Free Torridge, Plastic Free North Devon and Keep Britain Tidy’s Ocean Recovery Project are today announcing a full rejection of the UK Government’s response to a call to introduce a UK wide ban on selling cheap polystyrene bodyboards.
The campaign, started in October 2019, has reached a wide and supportive audience across northern Devon and beyond including a self-imposed ban supported by MP’s and councils in four of the main seaside villages plus a ban of their sale in all northern Devon Tesco stores. In March 2021, the UK Government responded to a Parliamentary Question asked by Sir Geoffrey Cox MP dismissing the idea of an immediate ban and focusing on efforts to reduce litter on the coastline. Despite the campaign’s best efforts, the number of discarded boards collected have increased this year.

“We are bitterly disappointed with the recorded increase in discarded boards,” commented Andrew Cross, Campaign Lead. “Croyde beach alone saw the number of discarded boards rise to nearly 500! Through Sir Geoffrey Cox MP, we asked the Government to intervene, and they did not! Despite the fabulous efforts by the residents of Devon, local businesses and councils, the threat from bringing these boards into the local area or ordering online remained. Until the UK Government intervenes at a national level, we cannot see how this situation will quickly change. We executed an excellent campaign of awareness and made locally produced alternatives available, but it was not enough! We now need the Government to act before the 2022 summer season starts.”

One feature of the campaign has been the increase in availability of board hire and boards made from alternative materials.

“The Protect Our Playground initiative has been greatly widened this year”, confirmed Claire Moodie, CEO, Plastic Free North Devon. “We have campsites, holiday accommodation as well as our office offering wooden bellyboards for hire including some free hire. The uptake and support for this was hugely encouraging. But the whole team were hugely disappointed with the reported numbers of discarded boards at Croyde and the response from the government to the petition. We are in the middle of a climate and ecological emergency, a ban on these boards is justified’’.

In a letter, the campaign has asked both local MP’s to redouble their efforts to encourage the Government to review and change its current position. A further letter from Sir Geoffrey Cox MP to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is being sent and the campaign eagerly awaits the response.
For further details and comment, please contact Andrew Cross on 07886854196 or by emailing hello@bancheapbodyboards.co.uk

Information about cheap polystyrene bodyboards:

Cheap polystyrene bodyboards have blighted coastlines across the world for decades. Annually, hundreds of thousands of low-cost body boards are discarded on beaches across the world. Keep Britain Tidy report that 16,000 cheap polystyrene bodyboards ended up discarded on UK beaches every year. These “sub £10” brightly coloured boards, known to break easily often after only one or two uses, are invariably discarded on UK beaches. These 16,000 single use boards create a large amount of waste in the UK and create a huge carbon footprint. These boards, made from a block of standard polystyrene wrapped in brightly printed nylon cloth, are sourced from China, transported thousands of miles only to snap within minutes of use.

Polystyrene is fragile and crumbles easily, posing danger to sea and shore life alike as animals mistake these small white polystyrene balls for food. Once in the ocean, algae and small organisms grow on each ball adding weight causing the nuggets to sink and present itself as food to fish. The human health threat from polystyrene comes from one of its building blocks Styrene. In 2018, the World Health Organisation reclassified Styrene from a “possible carcinogen” to a “probable carcinogen” – a probable cause of cancer.

Letter to UK Government.

“We have read carefully and reflected at length the government response from Rebecca Pow to a parliamentary question asking the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help alleviate the environmental impact of (a) polystyrene bodyboards and (b) other disposable beach products, and the response from George Eustice MP to one of our local councils.

We fully reject the UK Government’s response to our petition and this question as it solely focuses on the clearing up of littered boards instead of measures to prevent such littering. It does not recognise the unique setting of UK beaches where holidaying or day visitors will often travel from far away bringing items from home for their stay. Furthermore, the response does not recognise the carbon footprint created by these items in their journey from their far eastern country of manufacture and disposal when discarded.

The campaign to Ban Cheap Polystyrene Bodyboards called on the UK Government to intervene and act as it has done with plastic straws, plastic drink stirrers and plastic stemmed cotton buds by recognizing how the sale of these items directly relates to the amount discarded and abandoned each year on UK beaches and understanding that a ban would ensure this would reduce the impact these boards have on our marine environment.
Both responses confirmed that the UK Government at this point is unwilling to intervene with their focus more on the Code of Practice On Litter and Refuse putting the onus of clearing up littered boards on local councils, beach managers and charities.

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The Government encouragement of local solutions for local problems has proven to be ineffective. Despite a wide reaching and supported campaign throughout northern Devon, across all forms of media, including a self imposed ban supported by MP’s and councils in 4 of the main seaside villages”.

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‘Santas on the Run’ – December 5th.

Spectacular Santa run returns to RHS Rosemoor.

Children’s Hospice South West’s spectacular ‘Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle’ will be returning to RHS Garden Rosemoor, near Great Torrington, on Sunday, December 5
The festive, fun 2k course is suitable for all ages and abilities and there will be plenty of festive treats and surprises to enjoy along the way.

“It’s the perfect way to get everyone in the mood for Christmas and raise a few pounds for your local children’s hospice,” said CHSW fundraiser Emma Perry.

Tickets are £10 per adult, £5 per child (under twos are free). Visit www.chsw.org.uk/santas

Join the Santas on the Run Goes Freestyle Facebook group: www.facebook.com/groups/santasontherun


 

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Exmoor Pony Centre – October.

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

After a busy end to our visitor season at the Exmoor Pony Centre, we are refocusing our workload to foals and fundraising!  Throughout the Autumn, mostly in October, the moorland herds of Exmoor ponies have been gathered in and the ponies checked over.  The herd owners then decide which foals they may keep for future breeding and which foals need to find new homes.  In an ‘ideal’ world all the foals would find new homes with buyers who are looking forward to the fun and rewarding experience of handling and training a young Exmoor pony. Sadly, not all of the annual foal crop find a buyer and that is where the work of the Moorland Mousie Trust and Exmoor Pony Centre comes in. Our charity takes these unsold foals who are mostly colts (boys) and we handle and neuter them, preparing them for future lives away from the moor.  You may wonder why these unsold ponies can not merely return to their herd, well as many of the unsold ponies are boys they can not return to the herd as that may allow inbreeding between the young boys and their female relatives.

Foal Handling time at the Exmoor Pony Centre is an amazing experience and we encourage people to get in touch and book an appointment to visit us and of course to join in on our Foal Handling Course during November/ December. It’s always a day to remember so call quick to see if there are any spaces still available.

The Autumn months are always a good time to catch up with our MMT ponies all over the country to undertake a formal health check before Winter and to ensure all is well around the various foster and grazing sites.  Linzi headed up to the North-East of England back in September to see some of our grazing herds, and as you can see from the picture what a fabulous place it is for our ponies to live.  Linzi was pleased to report that all the ponies were happy and healthy, with our Exmoor based ponies in comparison definitely looking a little more winter ready than their northern counterparts!

Luckily becoming ‘Winter Ready’ is an important part of our ridden ponies yearly routine, with many of our hard working visitor centre team heading off to kick up their heels and have a well-earned break. Don’t worry if Almond is your favourite or maybe Winston is, they will be back in the Spring to say hello to everyone once we re-open.

Don’t forget you can support us by buying gifts from our shop, throughout the Winter; we will be onsite at the centre so give us a call and either arrange a time to collect your shopping, or we can post it to you.  We also have an online shop on our website so have a look at our lovely Exmoor pony themed items.  We have 2022 Calendars and all your last-minute Christmas cards and gifts.  Our Adopt a Pony scheme is always a big hit when given as a pressie!

Wishing everyone a wonderful festive season.

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheExmoorPonyCentre

Email: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Tel: 01398 323093.

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Burton at Bideford events.

Here are details of two upcoming events at the Burton –

Food Is Art! The Burton at Bideford Celebrates its 70th Birthday.
Wide range of events run: 2 – 31st October (prices range from £0-£35).

The Burton at Bideford is hosting a whole month of food-themed demos, workshops, fun and frivolity in celebration of the gallery’s 70th birthday.
A full programme of events from cookery demonstrations and workshops from top chefs, to wild food foraging and sea shanties on SS Freshspring. There’ll be printing, collage, batik, shibori and pottery workshops for both adults and children, storytelling, music and more – something for all the family.

Places limited – booking essential (prices range from £0-£35)
For more details, visit https://www.burtonartgallery.co.uk/whats-on-at-the-burton/exhibitions-activities/#adultactivities

 

 

Exhibition: We-Ha-Neck! (a harvest supper) – new work from Simon Bayliss.
Exhibition: 15 October – 24 December (FREE).

The exhibition presents a new body of ceramics by St Ives-based artist Simon Bayliss, which explores the idea of an intimate harvest celebration, with ceramic stools, plates and jugs staged around a triangular table.  At the core of the installation is Bayliss’ take on the traditional harvest jug – a type of jug made in North Devon for serving drinks during rural celebrations. Originally trained as a painter, Bayliss still looks to contemporary painting for ideas and inspiration, and using coloured slips to decorate pots is a way for the artist to continue exploring his painterly sensibilities.

As well as crafting pots, Bayliss has a long history of making rave music. The dance track accompanying the ceramic installation uses found samples from ‘Crying the Neck’ festivities, which have traditionally taken place at harvest time around Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. As the last clump of wheat is cut and held in the air, the gathered crowd shout “What-ave-ee?”, and the harvester replies “A neck! A neck! A neck!” There’s a parallel here between the ‘neck’ of wheat and the neck of a jug, providing a link back to the harvest jug and the initial inspiration behind this new body of work.
For more details – https://www.burtonartgallery.co.uk/exhibitions-activities/we-ha-neck-a-harvest-supper-work-by-simon-bayliss/?portfolioCats=100

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Shipping notes No. 197 (August).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Bideford has a new Harbour Master, Capt. Paul Brown, who used to be a harbour pilot at Dover, and took over pilotage in the area following the retirement of Capt. R. Hoad.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Appledore.

In a newsletter received daily from Singapore it was mentioned that the shipyard has a new General Manager, Mr Tom Hart, who has relocated from the United Arab Emirates to take over day-to-day running of the facility. (This info supplied by William Telford, Business Editor, Plymouth Live).

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/8 at 16.03 cargo vessel Wilson Amsterdam, 3,602 tons d.w., owners Edison Schiffahrts KG Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

2/8 at 05.35 cargo vessel Gitana, 5,019 tons d.w., owners Bakotrans Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound or Portbury. At 06.47 vehicle carrier Carmen, 31,343 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Sweden and Norway, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 17.26 3rd outward bound having sailed from Portbury at 13.09). At 18.28 cargo vessel Transwind, 16,807 tons d.w., owners Sandone Holding Ltd Latvia, inward bound for Newport.

3/8 at 08.54 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 6,053 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. (Seen again outward bound at 19.35 having sailed at 16.04). At 0913 cruise vessel Britannia, 143,750 tons gross, owners P and O Cruises Southampton, heading up the West coast of Lundy, and seen again at 11.07 after her trip round Lundy. At 21.35 cargo vessel Mia Sophie- B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie B Schiffahtrs Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

4/8 at 19.30 cruise vessel Hebridean Sky, 4,200 gross tons, owners Hebridean Sky Shipping Inc USA, outward bound from Lundy having sailed at 19.15 bound for Tresco. At 20.27 cargo vessel Ramzay, 4,540 tons d.w., owners Worldwide Flight Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Blue Anchor Bay having sailed at 16.58. At 20.47 vehicle carrier Michigan Highway, 17,673 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen Kaishia Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 16.30.

6/8 at 22.09 cargo vessel Wilson Gydnia, 3,632 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipping AS Norway, inward bound for Swansea.

7/8 at 11.03 cargo vessel Stroombank, 4,350 tons d.w., owners Bankship1V BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 04.49. At 16.15 cargo vessel Kongsfjell, 3,320 tons d.w., owners AAT Shipinvest Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 18.55 cargo vessel Scheldedijk, 4,891 tons d.w. owners Navigia Shipmangement BV Netherlands inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 05.50 10th outward bound having sailed at 23.20 9th). At 21.03 cargo vessel Kimberley C, 6,805 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Isle of Wight, inward bound for Newport.

(Also 7/8 at 06.00 I noticed on the computer the Oldenburg heading for Sharpness; this is very usual mid-season. She had a propeller problem which required drydocking, then left Sharpness about 08.24 10th returning to Bideford).

8/8 At 21.40 vehicle carrier Pagna, 11,315 tons d.w., owners Pagna GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

9/8 at 21.55 vehicle carrier Hoegh Tracer, 28,538 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

10/8 at 05.57 cargo vessel Danica Hav, 2,310 tons d.w., owners Hav Bulk AS Norway, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 22.34 9th. At 09.16 cruise ship Britannia, 14,3750 gross tons, owners P & O Cruises Southampton, seen heading up the western side of Lundy, then again at 11.11 having been round the north of Lundy and on her way back to her home port of Southampton. At 12.30 cargo vessel Arklow Fern, 4,960 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping ULC Eire, inward bound for Sharpness. At 16.15 cruise ship Hebridean Princess, 2,112 gross tons, owners HP Shipping Ltd Skipton, inward bound for Lundy Island; she sailed overnight for Cardiff. (Seen again at 09.15 13th outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 19.35 12th enroute to Lundy; at 22.00 she was still anchored off Lundy, and sailed during the night heading for Tresco on the Isles of Scilly).

11/8 at 06.28 cargo vessel Kestri, 5,457 tons d.w., owners HS Kestri OU Estonia, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 05.44 15th having sailed from Avonmouth at 23.59 14th). At 07.00 cruise vessel Island Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Island Sky Shipping Inc USA, inward bound for Lundy. She then sailed at approx 1500 heading for St Brides Bay,South Wales.

12/8 at 10.55 cargo vessel Verena, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Verena Hermann Lohmann Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 22.27 11th.

14/8 at 05.20 cargo vessel Eems Dart, 3,725 tons d.w., owners Amny Dollard BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 22.53 13th. At 05.24 cargo vessel Christina, 4,743 tons d.w., owners Christine Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 22.41 13th. At 13.03 buoy tender vessel Galatea, 1,200 tons d.w., owners Trinity House Harwich, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 09.30 en-route to Dartmouth. At 13.53 container vessel Encounter, 9,335 tons d.w., owners JR Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.48. At 15.55 cargo vessel Stefany, 3,710 tons d.w., owners IB Carriers Corp Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 15.55 vehicle carrier Grande Houston, 15,853 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.26 bulk carrier Aasvik, owners Aasnes Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot.

16/8 at 17.28 cargo vessel Arklow Beacon, 8,660 tons d.w., owners Glenthorn Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 12.01.

17/8 at 07.27 bitumen tanker Stella Polaris, 8,297 tons d.w., owners Azollo BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 19.58 18th outward bound from Newport having sailed at 14.27. At 09.22 cargo vessel Eems Spirit, 3,410 tons d.w., owners Eems Werken BV Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 01.08. At 10.19 cruise vessel Britannia, 143,750 tons gross, owners P and O Cruises Southampton heading up the West Coast of Lundy; at 12.05 seen again heading for her home port of Southampton. At 10.19 patrol vessel HMS Puncher, Royal Navy, inward bound for Bristol. At 18.43 vehicle carrier Grande Cosmo, 18,288 tons d.w., owners Dynamic Enterprise SA Hong Kong, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.31.

18/8 at 17.44 cargo vessel Arklow Vale, 5,158 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

19/8 at 05.15 cargo vessel Mont Blanc A, 3,737 tons d.w., owners Vulcania SFL Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 0700 cruise vessel Island Sky, 4,200 tons d.w., owners Island Sky Shipping Inc USA, inward bound for Lundy; she left about 15.00 for Fowey.

20/8 at 07.51 cargo vessel Tim, 3,450 tons d.w., owners Tim Interscan Shipmanagement Germany, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 04.56. At 11.03 cargo vessel Arklow Cape, 5,085 tons d.w., owners Crinnis Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Swansea. At 11.07 tanker Harbour Fountain, 16,929 tons d.w., owners Siebte Nordtank GMBH Cyprus, inward bound for Cardiff. (Seen again at 13.07 22nd outward bound, having sailed from Cardiff at 08.56).

22/8 at 10.15 cargo vessel Arlecchino, 2,530 tons d.w., owners Caribbean Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath. At 10.49 cargo vessel Saga Frigg, 55,596 tons d.w., owners Saga Shipholding Norway AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.06 cargo vessel Mia Sophie-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie B Schiffahtrs Shipping Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth Portbury. At 21.16 cargo vessel RMS Wanheim, 2,600 tons d.w., owners Wanheim Shipping SA Greece, inward bound for Newport.

24/8 at 09.25 cruise vessel Britannia, 143,750 gross tons, owners P and O Cruises Southampton, seen heading up the West coast of Lundy; then seen again at 11.29 after circumnavigating Lundy, and returning to her home port of Southampton. At 10.14 cargo vessel Eems Spirit, 3,410 tons d.w., owners Spirit BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

25/8 at 06.00 tanker Monjasa Provider, 4,279 tons d.w., owners Monjasa Provider ADS Denmark, inward bound for Port Talbot to bunker the bulk carrier Palona. At 0916 cargo vessel Arklow Fame, 4,950 tons d.w., owners Invermore Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Sharpness. At 11.50 cargo vessel Eems Dollard, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Eems Dollard BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 13.16 container vessel Endeavour, 9,167 tons d.w., owners Endeavour Bewaardel Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.15. At 13.46 tanker Stolt Auk, 5,064 tons d.w., owners Stolt Auk BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 08.53. At 18.29 container vessel MSC Joy, 31,160 tons d.w., owners Joy Naviera Co SA Switzerland, inward bound for Portbury.

26/8 at 10.55 cargo vessel Eems Sun, 2,600 tons d.w., owners Eems Sun BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

27/8 at 07.00 cruise vessel Island Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Island Sky Shipping Inc USA, inward bound for Lundy. At 10.00 cruise vessel Hebridean Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Island Sky Shipping Inc USA, arrived Lundy from Holyhead and then sailed for Tresco, Isles of Scilly. At 13.20 vehicle carrier Grande Halifax, 18,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.38 hrs cargo vessel Arklow Valley, 5,160 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 10.44. At 14.23 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury.

28/8 at 11.25 dredger City of Cardiff, 2,730 tons d.w., owners Ltm Western Ltd Solihull, inward bound for Culver dredging grounds. At 12.38 vehicle carrier Morning Clair, 16,491 tons d.w., owners Glover Navigation SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 16.44 29th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.23).

29/8 at 06.43 vehicle carrier Grande Detroit, 12,420 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Lines of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

30/8 at 05.46 cargo vessel Zijlborg, 7,901 tons d.w., owners Zijlborg BV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea. At 06.53 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.25 cargo vessel Danica Hav, 2,310 tons d.w., owners Hav Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.

31/8 at 19.19 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.41 16th and had been anchored in Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders since.

Regards,

Norman.

Below, a picture from my archive –

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“Families for Chidren” – information sessions.

Are you considering adoption but not sure where to start? Families for Children is holding an information session to give you the opportunity to find out more.

Whether you are in a relationship, single, mixed race, LGBT+ we would love to speak to you! So come along and talk to our friendly team at this information session to find out more. All information sessions are currently held via Zoom.

To book please contact Families for Children on 01364 645480 or email devon@familiesforchildren.org.uk or alternatively you can book online at www.familiesforchildren.org.uk

The next meetings are scheduled for:

Monday 1st November 6pm-8pm.

Tuesday 23rd November 3pm-5pm.

Wednesday 8th December 6pm-8pm.

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Shipping notes No. 196 (July).

Bideford.

No shipping since last issue.

Appledore.

No news any orders.

Yelland.

No shipping since last issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/7 at 20.30 cargo vessel Medal, 4,950 tons d.w., owners Vizcaina de Navegacion Spain, inward bound for Cardiff.

2/7 at 15.47 cargo vessel Wilson Humber, 4,167 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 19.08 cargo vessel Verena, 3,794 tons d.w., owners Verena Herman Lohmann Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 12.58.

3/7 at 07.44 cruise ship Hebridean Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Hebridean Sky Shipping Inc USA, inward bound for Lundy; at 18.09 seen heading North up the eastern side of the Island, and again seen at 18.57 crossing the bay heading towards Clovelly. She sailed later in the evening for Tresco. At 08.06 vehicle carrier Prometheus Leader, 14,384 tons d.w., owners Bacchus Shipping Pte Malaysia, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 07.12 6th having sailed from Portbury at 01.57). At 08.23 cargo vessel Wilson Gdynia, 3,632 tons d.w. owners Wilson Shipping AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.50. At 18.38 hrs cargo vessel Ayssel, 6,075 tons d.w., owners Ayssel Shipping Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.00 vehicle carrier Aquamarine Ace, 18,772 tons d.w., owners Polar Express SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.11. At 19.48 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 11,260 tons d.w., owners Aristotle Navigation Co Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 22.53 28th (having previously been anchored in Blue Anchor Bay).

4/7 at 07.34 bulk carrier Aasvik, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 17.58 cruise ship Island Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Island Sky Shipping Inc London, across the bay heading for Clovelly having been for a cruise round Lundy. She sailed later in the evening for Tresco. At 17.07 cargo vessel Arklow Vanguard, 5,168 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping B.V. Eire, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.07 tanker Stolt Auk, 5,064 tons d.w., owners Stolt Auk B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 14.03. At 21.50 bulk carrier Lilly Bolten, 30,765 tons d.w., owners Crystal Marine Co Ltd Greece, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 14.03.

6/7 at 10.35 cruise ship Britannia, 143,750 tons gross, owners P & O Cruises Southampton, outward bound for Southampton having circumnavigated Lundy.

7/7 at 21.0 buoy tender vessel Galatea, 1,300 tons d.w., owners Trinity House Harwich, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 17.17 bound for the Sevenstones.

8/7 at 11.20 vehicle carrier Morning Cornelia, 22,530 tons d.w., owners Pedregal Maritime SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 13.07 9th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.34). At 12.50 cargo vessel Admiral de Ribas, 3,680 tons d.w., owners Odessa Commerical Port Ukraine, inward bound. At 20.00 cargo vessel Arklow Vanguard, 5,168 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Eire, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 17.02.

9/7 at 10.35 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.04 cargo vessel Fri Tide, 3,400 tons d.w., owners Kopervik Ship Invest AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 07.39. At 20.33 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fijyukori Maritima SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

10/7 at 07.30 cruise ship Hebridean Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Hebridean Sky Shipping Inc USA, inward bound for Lundy. She stayed all day finally sailing at 20.30 heading north, and then on to Tresco, Isles of Scilly. At 10.16 vehicle carrier Traviata, 23,889 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhemsen Stockholm and Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.58. At 10.19 cargo vessel Hav Pike, 3,718 tons d.w., owners Hav Kattegat Russia, inward bound for Newport. At 10.24 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 6,649 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 07.18. At 11.31 cargo vessel Avoca, 4,023 tons d.w., owners Ocean port Ltd Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 13.01 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

12/7 at 15.02 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,423 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.17 cargo vessel Ammon, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Ammon Beheer BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

13/7 at 11.26 cruise vessel Britannia, 143,750 tons gross, owners P and O Cruises Southampton, sailed up the west side of Lundy and returned via the east side, returning to her home port Southampton.

14/7 at 07.50 cargo vessel Arklow Faith, 4,950 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping ULC Eire, inward bound for Sharpness. At 08.15 buoy tender vessel Galatea, owners Trinity House Harwich, inward bound for Barry. At 16.40 cargo vessel Waaldijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Naviga Shipmanagement BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 17.22 vehicle carrier Grande New York, 18,360 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

15/7 the cruise ship Hebridean Princess, at Lundy having arrived at 23.30 14th, and finally sailed at 21.30 for Tresco. At 22.49 tanker Levena, 14,999 tons d.w., owners Neunte Buttner Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 14.55 cargo vessel Maintal, 3,806 tons d.w., owners Maintal Schiffahrts UK Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

17/7 at 06.10 cargo vessel Marry-S, owners Marry-S BV Netherlands, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 23.58 16th. At 06.46 hrs cruise ship Hebridean Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Hebridean Sky Inc USA, inward bound for Lundy. She sailed at approx 13.00 heading in the direction of the island of Skomer, Wales. At 09.40 cargo vessel Wilson Dvina, 3,269 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

18/7 at 13.05 cargo vessel Shetland Trader, 2,386 tons d.w., owners Faversham Ships Ltd isle of Wight, inward bound for Swansea. (Seen again at19.25 19th outward bound having sailed from Swansea at 15.56). At 14.53 cargo vessel Troubadour, 2,570 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again at 12.13 21st outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 04.27).

19/7 at 06.12 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Aires Del Mar Compania SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 06.47 cargo vessel Hydra, 3,609 tons d.w., owners Hydra 111 CV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.58. At 21.45 cargo vessel Ammon, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Ammon Beheer BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 16.19.

20/7 at 08.58 cargo vessel Ganda, 2,637 tons d.w., owners Trim Global Trading Co Turkey, inward bound for Cardiff. At 11.25 cruise vessel Britannia, 143,750 tons gross, owners P and O Cruise Southampton, again went up the west side of Lundy, and spotted again for the 4th time returning to her home port of Southampton. At 12.02 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,423 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 2000 21st outward bound having sailed at 14.25). At 15.57 cargo vessel Arklow Day, 11,023 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Netherlands BV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea. At 16.10 cement carrier Cembay, 4,216 tons d.w., owners Cembay Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport.

21/7 at 07.41 cargo vessel Wilson Dunmore, 3,669 tons d.w., owners Argonauten Holding GMBH & Co Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 12.55 bulk carrier Adarose, 12,497 tons d.w., owners Adarose Shipping Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 15.45 20th (having been at anchor in Blue Anchor Bay).

22/7 at 08.30 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

24/7 at 11.26 vehicle carrier Phoenix Leader, 23,497 tons d.w., owners Kotobuki/Kotobuki Shipping Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 15.42 25th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.28).

25/7 at 07.00 cargo vessel Paulin-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Lilly-B Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 08.45 cargo vessel Eems Rover, 4,500 tons d.w., owners Eems Rover BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 09.40 cargo vessel Sarah B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie-B Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 14.27 vehicle carrier Morning Catherine, 22,678 tons d.w., owners Lucia Navigation Panama SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

26/7 at 12.45 container vessel Encounter, owners J.R Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.57. At 15.16 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,423 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

27/7 at 07.05 cruise ship Hebridean Princess, 2,112 tons gross, owners HP Shipping Ltd Skipton, inward bound for Lundy. She sailed at approx 14.00 heading for Blue Anchor Bay, thence on to Cardiff. At 11.10 cruise vessel Britannia, 143,750 tons gross, owners P and O Cruises Southampton, heading for her home port of Southampton. At 13.34 cargo vessel O.T.Ideaal, 3,300 tons d.w. owners Scheepvaartonderneming Ideaal Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

28/7 at 10.44 vehicle carrier Grande Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.55 bitumen tanker The Deputy, 5,696 tons d.w., owners White Flag Ventures X11 Singapore, inward bound for Newport. At 18.32 vehicle carrier Grande Mirafiore, 15,853 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

29/7 late pm the cruise ship Hebridean Princess anchored off Lundy, and sailed for Falmouth at 14.00 on the 30th.

30/7 at 06.15 cargo vessel Ramzay, 4,540 tons d.w., owners Worldwide Flight Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 06.20 tanker Oraluna, 6,907 tons d.w., owners Priority Shipping B.V Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 22.53 29th. At 08.32 cargo vessel Wilson Goole, 3,704 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipmanagement Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 23.11 29th. At 16.07 Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound at 21.03 having sailed from Portbury at 13.23). At 17.43 tanker Oralynn, 6,886 tons d.w., owners Lynn Shipping B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

31/7 at 05.51 cargo vessel Ostbense, 7,500 tons d.w., owners Ostbense Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.58. At 09.58 cargo vessel Nur, 3,349 tons d.w., owners Ege Maritime Inc Turkey, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 21.09 29th (having been anchored in Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders). At 14.02 cargo vessel Salar, 3,432 tons d.w., owners Salar Shipping Ltd Latvia inward bound for Newport. At 14.30 cargo vessel Orko, 4,514 tons d.w., owners Atamar Shipping and Trade Turkey, inward bound for Newport.

Regards,

Norman.

I have mentioned the sightings of the Hebridean Princess at Lundy. Below, a photogragh of her at Great Yarmouth in the late 1990s when I visited the ship at the invitation of the Capt Ian Cameron, who I worked with at Conoco. She is also the vessel used by the Royal family after HMS Britannia was decommissioned by the Royal Navy.

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Nature Recovery Declaration.

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere launches Nature Recovery Declaration and Plan.

The Biosphere has launched an ambitious new Nature Recovery Plan as our contribution to tackling the ecological emergency here in northern Devon, aligning with the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and the Prime Minister’s pledge for 30% of the UK land to be protected by 2030.

Join individuals, organisations, councils and businesses across the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere in signing our Nature Recovery Declaration and commit to tackling the ecological emergency through your local actions. Find out more and sign the Declaration here: https://www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk/nature-recovery-plan.html

To promote the launch, we expect to welcome a special visitor to the area. Sacha Dench, Ambassador for the UN’s Convention on Migratory Species, is flying a 3000+ mile circumnavigation of the UK in a wind and green electricity powered paramotor. On her journey, she is stopping in northern Devon to officially launch the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve’s Nature Recovery Declaration and Plan. We are expecting her to pass through the area later this month, where she will sign the Declaration herself and speak to the Biosphere team about the importance of nature’s recovery.

Why do we need to act?

Despite great efforts from many organisations, land managers and individuals across northern Devon since the whole area achieved UNESCO status more than 20 years ago, with a few encouraging exceptions nature continues to decline – a trend that began centuries ago but has accelerated since the 1960s. Today our wildlife is a shadow of its former glory and our natural systems are ceasing to function. Iconic species like salmon, breeding lapwings, skylarks, cuckoos, house martins, many insects and wildflower species are in perilous decline – and our rivers are failing national standards. An ambitious approach to focus everyone’s actions onto agreed priorities is needed – and that is what this plan aims to achieve.

The plan’s Vision is that by 2030, nature is recovering across northern Devon. There is more wildlife-rich habitat for us all to enjoy – covering 30% of the land area – in our fields and woods, on the coast, along our rivers and on the moors. Wildlife has the space it needs to flourish. Thriving farming and forestry are helping nature to recover right across the landscape. Communities, councils and businesses are putting nature

back into our towns and villages. Ambitious projects have helped bring back icons like beaver, pine marten, chough, white-tailed eagle and osprey. Our quality of life, the economy and our response to climate change are stronger for it. More is required, but we are proud to be playing our part in tackling the global ecological emergency.

Why should I sign the Declaration?

If we are to turn the tide for nature’s recovery, everyone in northern Devon needs to engage through their choices and actions – all of us as consumers and by helping nature to recover where we live and work, and especially farmers and land managers who can do most to help nature recover across the landscape. We can all make a difference. It’s time for urgent and transformative local action.”

Mike Moser, Chair of the Biosphere Nature Improvement Group

We hope that many individuals, organisations and businesses across the Biosphere will sign this Declaration committing to helping nature’s recovery and adding to the growing support for tackling the ecological emergency.

To sign the Declaration and read the draft Biosphere Nature Recovery Plan please head to the North Devon Biosphere website. We welcome your feedback on the plan (by 15 August 2021) which can be sent to biosphere-mailbox@devon.gov.uk. Finally, please help us to spread the word and encourage people to sign up to the Declaration! @northdevonbiosphere.

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Carbon, Environment, and Biodiversity plan adopted by TDC.

Torridge Councillors have taken another significant step forward to realising their ambition for the authority to achieve net zero carbon by 2030 by approving and publishing the Council’s inaugural Carbon, Environment and Biodiversity Plan.

The plans drafting was delayed by the Covid pandemic but builds on the “Climate Emergency” Torridge Councillors declared in July 2019. The declaration was a recognition of the impact that climate change is having on our environment, population and communities and TDC’s commitment and resolve to assisting in the response to that threat.

Ahead of the plan’s publication  Torridge had already implemented significant investment in carbon reducing technology such as solar panels, heat recovery plant and electric charging point at appropriate Council owned buildings. A first electric fleet vehicle has been purchased, and the Council’s construction schemes at Caddsdown and Tamar have won multiple sustainability awards. There have also been wider infrastructure projects such as the rolling out of solar powered parking machines and electric charging points in car parks. In addition to all of this, sustainability and biodiversity implications, are now a standard consideration in all new Council project proposals and committee reports.

As well as contributing towards the Council’s carbon reduction goals the projected savings from the measures already implemented are over £300,000, through reduced energy consumption and improving energy performance ratings. The new plan outlines the opportunities for further reductions, how these will be measured, and how our rich biodiversity and natural environment, if managed sustainably, also opens up economic possibilities for the region.

There are also sections on aligning Torridge’s plan with those announced by Devon County Council, other neighboring Councils, and joint working with environmental groups such as the North Devon Biosphere Reserve. The report also breaks down priorities and plans across several key headings: Energy, Transport, Planning, Biodiversity, Waste and Recycling, Council and Community initiatives highlighting the diversity of the task ahead. To facilitate greater joint working and the Councils commitment to net zero carbon a Climate and Sustainability Officer has been appointed jointly with North Devon Council, from 1st of June this year, to expand on these opportunities across the rest of Northern Devon.

Torridge District Councillor Peter Hames and Lead Member for Climate Change said: “Torridge was one of the early Councils to declare a climate emergency and the progress we have made, despite the pandemic, is delivering both carbon reductions and monetary savings Our ambition is for a sustainable reduction in carbon output to safeguard the future of our planet as well as developing the green economy and opportunities in the area. I’m excited to be working with our partners and newly appointed joint officer and look forward to delivering and reporting on our progress towards these goals.”

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Covid testing – “Go for the Flow”.

People of Devon encouraged to ‘Go for the Flow’ and take twice-weekly tests.

 

We want everyone to feel safe when they leave their home, while taking the necessary precautions when out and about. That’s why we’re encouraging adults in Devon to include regular rapid lateral flow testing as part of their weekly routine. It’s free, painless and results are back within the hour.

Devon County Council have mobile vans which move around the county offering testing to people without symptoms of COVID-19. This service is available for anyone 18 and over that doesn’t have access to workplace testing and we are offering two tests per week in line with the government recommendations. You can also collect packs of home testing kits from our friendly staff. One of our community testing vans will be in the Morrisons Car Park in Bideford on Mondays between 1100 and 1900 and again on Thursdays between 1530 and 1900.

Lateral flow tests are only for people who do not have symptoms. Anyone displaying any of the main COVID-19 symptoms must still book a PCR test at www.gov.uk

Any changes to times or days for our testing vans will be updated on our website: devon.cc/flow Case rates throughout Devon remain low, but with restrictions lifting and socialising returning, now is the time to take regular tests as a part of your routine to help break the chain of transmission.

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