Bideford Buzz

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

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

Please note that for commercial notices there is a charge from £15 per month – cheques payable to ‘Bideford Buzz’.

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

Editor – Rose Arno (Bideford Buzz),    c/o Torridge Volunteer Resource Centre (‘TVS’),  14, Bridgeland Street, Bideford, EX39 2QE.  (TVS opening hours Mon.-Thurs. 9.30am to 3.oopm [12.30pm on Thurs.]).      Telephone 07929-976120, or E-mail: editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk

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Northam Burrows ; summer events.

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With the start of the school summer holidays, the Northam Burrows Rangers are busy planning a summer of free family events!

These run every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm throughout the summer holidays.This year’s events include the ever popular Rockpool Ramble plus other old favourites like Dinosaur Day, Pirate Day and The Burrows Bug Hunt! There will be new events such as Take Care of Your Beach, which will look at the problems of marine litter, and an Outer Space Day to explore the final frontier.

Alongside the Tuesday and Thursday events the Burrows will also be running a plant walk on the first Sunday of each the month from 10am-12pm throughout the summer. These are a wonderful way to take a look at the rare plants found in the park and find out about the conservation work that is carried out to protect them.

While all events are free of charge, vehicles entering the park will be subject to the normal charges for entry. We would also advise that children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times. Please wear sensible footwear and suitable clothing, especially for seashore activities. Rangers will be at the designated meeting place whatever the weather!

For full details of the summer events please contact the visitors’ centre on 01237 479708 or visit http://www.torridge.gov.uk/northamburrows.

 

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Bideford Film Society – August.

 

Friday 5 and Saturday 6 August at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Independence Day: Resurgence (12A), 120 mins.

 

Saturday 6 at 5.00pm and Sunday 7 at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: The Secret Life of Pets (U), 91 mins.

 

Friday 12 and Saturday 13 August at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: The Legend of Tarzan (12A), 110 mins.

 

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (15), 91 mins.

 

Saturday 20 at 5.00pm and Sunday 21 at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: Ice Age: Collision Course (U), 94 mins.

 

Friday 26 at 7.30pm and Saturday 27 August at 5.00pm & 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Ghostbusters (12A), 115 min.

 

Please check weekly press or our web site www.bidefordcinema.org.uk to avoid disappointment.

 

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August diary.

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Monday 1st

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

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

7pm Appledore Band Concert – training band followed by senior band at 7.45 on Appledore Quay. (St Mary’s Ch. if wet).

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 2nd

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pmTai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

2pm Bideford WI, New Sea Cadet Blg.

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

2-4pm ‘Go Wild’ events on Northam Burrows. 479708

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

7.30pm Bideford Sustainability Group at Blacksmiths Arms.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 3rd

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

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

10.30am Parkinson’s UK Torridge Branch coffee morning at Ethelwynne Brown Close. 478128

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

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

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817 976053

1.30-3.30pm ‘Knit & Natter’ Group at Holy Trinity hall, Westward Ho! 475720

2pm Bideford Library Readers’ Group. 476075

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

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

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

Thursday 4th

10am-12pm See Hear on Wheels at Hartland Pavilion.

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

2-4pm ‘Go Wild’ events on Northam Burrows. 479708

2-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) bus at Pill Car Park. 01271 373236

2-4pm Holy Trinity Church, W.Ho! Open.

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

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert at Westward Ho! Green (Baptist Ch.if wet).

7.30pm Appledore Men’s Group at Appledore Library Meeting Rm.459299

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 5th

2-3.30pm ‘Sew Together’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 01805 622666

7pm Woolsery Young Farmers ‘Barn Bash’ at Brookland Farm, Woolsery. 431839/431595

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 6th

9am-2pm Atlantic Village Market.

10am Torridge Ramblers day walk. 01805 622183

10am-12pm Coffee Morning at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Westward Ho!

12-8pm Bideford Music Day Victoria Park.

7pm Film Club at Littleham Village Hall. 471928

Sunday 7th

Bideford Triathlon. The Quay.

3pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

Monday 8th

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

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

7pm Appledore Band Concert– training band followed by senior band at 7.45 on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s Ch. if wet).

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Bideford Stamp Club – Pat Grimwood Taylor at Kingsley Hall,

Westward Ho! 472101

Tuesday 9th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10am-12pm Macular Society Support Group at Burton Gallery. 441466

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

2-4pm ‘Go Wild’ events on Northam Burrows. 479708

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 10th

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

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

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

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

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

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

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

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

7pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 451254

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

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

Thursday 11th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

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

2-4pm ‘Go Wild’ events on Northam Burrows. 479708

2-4pm Holy Trinity Church, W.Ho! Open.

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert at Westward Ho! Green (Baptist Ch.if wet).

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

7.30pm N. Devon British Bike Club at Robin’s Nest.

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 12th

10am-12pm Community Coffee Morning at Kingsley Hall, W. Ho! 421274

7.30pm Bideford Machine Knitting Club at Chubb/Churchill Comm. Hall 477532

7.30pm Abbotsham WI at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 13th

10am-1pm Lions Table Top Sale, Northam Hall.

12-4pm Bideford AFC Ladies Funday at Victoria Park.

10am-4pm Art Exhibition at Buckland Brewer Parish Church. 451132

2-4pm Bideford Creative Writing Group at Bideford Library. 700901

Sunday 14th

10am-4pm Art Exhibition at Buckland Brewer Parish Church. 451132

11.15am – 5pm Instow Community on Show + Appledore & Instow Regatta.

Monday 15th

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

2pm Bideford Ladies Club at Marlborough Court. 421925

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

7pm Appledore Band Concert – training band (senior band 7.45) Appledore Quay. (St Mary’s Ch. if wet)

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Appledore Amateur Radio Appledore Football Social Club. 473251

Tuesday 16th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

2.30pm ‘Lift Off’ for ladies at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 425471

2-4pm ‘Go Wild’ events on Northam Burrows. 479708

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

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

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 17th

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

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

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

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

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817 976053

1.30-3.30pm ‘Knit & Natter’ Group at Holy Trinity hall, Westward Ho! 475720

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

7.30pm Chamber Philarmonia Cologne at St Mary’s Church, Bideford. Tickets from Burton Gallery.

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

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

Thursday 18th

10am-5pm Hartland Art & Craft Society at Hartland Parish Hall (until 22nd).

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

11am Bideford Sustainability Group coffee morning at Café du Parc.

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

2-4pm ‘Go Wild’ events on Northam Burrows. 479708

2-4pm Holy Trinity Church, W.Ho! Open

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on W.Ho! Green (Baptist Church if wet)

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 19th

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

2-3.30pm Sew Together at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 01805 622666

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 20th

1pm Northam Lodge Charity Car Boot Sale at Skern Lodge.

Sunday 21st

50th Anniversary Flower Show at Bideford Pannier Market.

10am Torridge Ramblers day walk. 01805 622183

Monday 22nd

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

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

7pm Appledore Band Concert – training band followed by senior band at 7.45 on Appledore Quay. (St Mary’s Ch. if wet).

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 23rd

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

2.30pm ‘Lift Off’ for ladies at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 425471

2-4pm ‘Go Wild’ events on Northam Burrows. 479708

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel .

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 24th

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

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

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

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

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

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

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

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

5-7.30pm Way of the Wharves ‘Share your views’ project at Royal Hotel + guided walks.

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

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

Thursday 25th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

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

2-4pm ‘Go Wild’ events on Northam Burrows. 479708

2-4pm Holy Trinity Church, W.Ho! Open

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on W.Ho! Green (weather permitting).

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

7.30pm N. Devon British Bike Club at Robin’s Nest.

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 26th

10am-12pm Community Coffee Morning at Kingsley Hall, W. Ho! 421274

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 27th

9am-6pm Food & Craft Fair at Atlantic Village.

Sunday 28th

10am-4pm Food & Craft Fair at Atlantic Village.

3.30 & 7.30pm Bideford Keyboard Organ Club Summer Spectacular at Devon Hall, Bideford College.

6pm Appledore Band ‘Last Night of the Proms’ on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s church if wet).

Monday 29th – Bank Holiday

10.30am Grand Table Top Sale at W. Ho! Green for Help for Rwanda.

Tuesday 30th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

2.30pm ‘Lift Off’ for ladies at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 425471

2-4pm ‘Go Wild’ events on Northam Burrows. 479708

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

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

Wednesday 31st

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

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

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

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

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

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

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at Royal Exchange, Torrington.

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

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Shipping notes No. 137 (June/ July 2016).

Bideford Quay, Yelland Quay.

No cargoes since last issue.

The Balmoral, a small cruise ship, is due Bideford on 16th August approx 16.45 for about 1 hr, then returning to Ilfracombe.

The former Admiralty water tender Freshspring is due to berth at Victoria Park about the 28th August after drydocking at Sharpness, where she arrived on 6th July after 20 years in Newnam. It is hoped that she will be open to organised parties during 2017. She is the last vessel of her kind and has a steam propulsion plant of historical interest.

Appledore.

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On Sunday 3rd July at 05.10 the Irish Navy patrol vessel LE William Butler Yeats sailed from Appledore on her first builders’ sea trials. She returned to Appledore at 06.30 on the 5th July. She is due to sail on the 19th for final acceptance trials.

3rd Irish Fisheries frigate leaves Appledore

Good news for Appledore – it was announced on 17th that the shipyard at Appledore has received a further order from the Irish Navy for a patrol vessel of the same design as the LE William Butler Yates. The first steel is due to be cut in August.

Bristol Channel Observations.

21.6 at 18.15 chemical tanker Lemonia, 15,160 tons d.w., owners Lemonia Schiffahtrs Germany, inward bound for Cardiff.

22.6 at 20.15 bulk carrier Sofia R, 36,093 tons d.w., owners Fairsea Navigation Corp Greece, inward bound for Avonmouth.

25.6 at 05.40 vehicle carrier Hoegh Xiamen, 12,250 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Shipping AS Norway, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 0015. At 17.08 vehicle carrier Glovis Cardinal, 22,342 tons d.w, owners Hyunandai Glovis & Co Ltd South Korea, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.25 hrs.

1.7 at 12.40 cargo vessel Monica Mueller, 3,723 tons d.w, owners Otto A Muller Schiffahts GMBH Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 03.32. 2031, vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., Owners Grimaldi Line of Italy; and at the same time heavy lift vessal BBC Bahrain, 7,967 tons d.w, owners Briese Schiffahtrs GMBH Germany, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 15.50. At 2035 container vessel DS Blue Ocean ,8,200 tons d.w., owners Dr Peter GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.43.

2.7 at 16.48 cargo vessel Flinterbright, 3,480 tons d.w, owners Flinter Group BV Netherland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 2036 20.6.16 (and had previously been anchored in Bridgwater Bay awaiting orders).

3.7 at 0945 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,368 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury (spotted by my nephew).

5.7 at 08.53 cargo vessel Reggedijk, 4,890 tons d.w, owners Naviga Shipmanagement BV Netherlands ,inward bound for Sharpness.

7.7 at 11.50 cargo vessel Naos, 4,258 tons d.w, owners Rumb Ltd Estonia, inward bound for Sharpness. At 11.50 tanker Bomar Quest, 8,501 tons d.w, owners Bomar Stx LLC South Korea, inward bound for Barry.

10.7 at 13.50 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on 12.7 at 16.30, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at10.52).

12.7 at 11.45 cargo vessel Fri Posgrunn, 3,792 tons d.w, owners Veolus AS Norway, inward bound for Birdport.

13.7 at 05.40 cargo vessel Nordic, 3,000 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 05.46 cargo vessel Nikas G, 6,050 tons d.w, owners unknown, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 22.38. At 06.45 vehicle carrier Grande Togo, 26,650 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound 14.7 at 05.53, having sailed at 00.43). At 19.45 cargo vessel Mirjan, 3,005 tons d.w, owners unknown, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 12.36.

14.7 at 05.40 cargo vessel Trent Navigation, 8,096 tons d.w, owners Trent Navigator BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

Regards,

Norman.

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Macmillan cancer information – 3rd to 5th August.

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Be safe in the sun this summer:

Free information and support on sun safety and cancer coming to Devon.

Cancer information and support is coming to the people of Devon from Wednesday 3 August to Friday 5 August, courtesy of Macmillan Cancer Support’s mobile service.

A team of cancer information specialists will be stopping off in Devon to answer questions, provide support and inform people about local cancer services. It’s open to anyone, no matter what your concern – whether you’re living with or beyond cancer, or are a loved one or carer for someone who is. Now that summer is here, the team will also be providing specialist advice and information about sun safety and skin cancer (though please note the team will be unable to perform skin checks.)

Details of the visit:

Wednesday 3 August

North Devon Show (ticketed), Umberleigh Barton Farm (on the A377), Umberleigh, EX37 9DX    8am to 8pm

Thursday 4 August

Bideford Atlantic Village, Clovelly Road, Bideford, EX39 3QU   10am to 4pm

Friday 5 August

Barnstaple Square, The Square, by Barnstaple Museum, EX32 8LN 9am to 3pm

The number of people developing melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, is continuing to rise, with around 110,330 people living with malignant melanoma in the UK, and 13,500 people diagnosed every year, (around 37 people every day). It is the fifth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK, and slightly more common in women than in men. With all of the varying types combined, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.

Tina Churchill, a Macmillan Information and Support Specialist on the unit, explains; “Skin cancer, if caught early, is very treatable and actually has one of the highest survival rates of all cancers. Being sun aware is key. Our advice is to avoid sun beds, wear a high SPF sun screen with a four star rating or more so it will block out UVA as well as UVB rays, and cover up in the sun.”

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To help keep you safe in the sun, the British Association of Dermatologists advises following these top sun protection tips below:

Spend time in the shade during the sunniest part of the day when the sun is at its strongest, which is usually between 11am and 3pm in the summer months.

Avoid direct sun exposure for babies and very young children.

When it is not possible to stay out of the sun, keeping yourself well covered, with a hat, T-shirt, and sunglasses can give you additional protection.

Apply sunscreen liberally to exposed areas of skin. Re-apply every two hours and straight after swimming or towelling in order to maintain protection.

The below guide is a useful tool for checking your skin for the signs of melanoma skin cancer, which you should do once a month. If you have any concerns make an appointment to see your GP.

Asymmetry – the two halves of the area may differ in shape

Border – the edges of the area may be irregular or blurred, and sometimes show notches

Colour – this may be uneven. Different shades of black, brown and pink may be seen

Diameter – most melanomas are at least 6mm in diameter. Report any change in size, shape or diameter to your doctor

Expert – if in doubt, check it out! If your GP is concerned about your skin, make sure you see a Consultant Dermatologist, the most expert person to diagnose a skin cancer. Your GP can refer you via the NHS

Signs of non-melanoma skin cancer may include:

A scab or sore that won’t heal. It may also bleed occasionally.

A scaly or crusty patch of skin that looks red or inflamed.

A flesh coloured, pearly lump that won’t go away and appears to be growing in size.

A lump on the skin which is getting bigger and that may be scabby.

A growth with a pearly rim surrounding a central crater, a bit like an upturned volcano.

Tina Churchill, a Macmillan Information and Support Specialist on the unit, says, “We’re also there for anyone else with any worries or concerns, no matter what type of cancer. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed, are going through treatment or are living beyond cancer, feel free to pay us a visit – and we welcome carers, family members and loved ones as well. We can provide information on a range of issues, including different treatments, financial advice, exercise, getting back to work, or what local services might be on offer for you. You can even just stop by for a chat, no appointment needed.”

Macmillan’s four mobile information units travel around the UK visiting local communities, providing cancer information and support on the ground. Last year they helped around 74,000 people in over 565 locations across the UK.

For further information about Macmillan’s mobile information service, and planned visits, go to http://www.macmillan.org.uk/aboutus/contactus/mobileinformationcentrelocations.aspx

Please note that at busy times, there may be a wait.

In the case of unforeseen circumstances there can be last minute changes to our staffing and the presence of external specialists, but the core team will still be on hand to answer questions and provide support.

If you are unable to visit the unit but have questions about cancer, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm). You can find out about Macmillan services near you at http://www.macmillan.org.uk/in-your-area/choose-location.html

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Two Bideford-built schooners of the Nineteenth Century.

Buzz” was contacted in June by Roger Banfield of Scilly seeking information on the schooner “Vivid”, built in Bideford in 1851 (see Shipping Notes 136, July edition). Mr. Banfield undertakes maritime history research for his own interest, and also in support of the Isles of Scilly Museum.

He has now concluded his research on “Vivid”, and has sent us full details. In addition, he has provided details of another schooner, “Waterlily”, also built in Bideford, in 1841. “Buzz” is very grateful, particularly for his kind permission to publish his work in full.

These two monographs contain a wealth of detail on the ships, their histories, owners, voyages, crew, and also the history and background of their builders. They provide a fascinating snapshot of Bideford’s maritime past in the mid-nineteenth century.

Incidentally, Mr. Banfield has offered to help anyone researching the history of Scilly-built vessels. Any such enquiries (or comments on the article) can be sent via editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk and will be forwarded to him, or else leave a comment on this post.

Vivid” – Schooner

Details of Ship:-

Built: 1851

Type: Schooner.

Dimensions: Length: 81.0 ft. Beam: 20.1 ft. Depth of Hold: 13.1 ft.

Tonnage: 131 tons (12years A1) (tonnage varied between 117 tons to 131 tons)

Builder: Thomas Waters, Cross Park, Bideford, Devon (In business from 1845 – 1873, see details below)

Owners: 1852 – 1860, Lebrey & Co. (Possibly Ann Banfield)

1861 – 1869, Possibly W. Nicholson

1867, William Burnyeat of Whitehaven

1880 – 1881, J. Graham, registered at Whitehaven.

Captains: 1851 – 1853, Lakey (possibly Edmund Lakey b. 1821) (Interestingly, there was a vessel called the “Vivid” built in Scilly in 1843, which was abandoned on 1st April 1851, and lost. The same captain then took over the “Vivid” that was built in Bideford).

1852 – 1860, E. Lebrey.

1861 – 1869, Possibly N. Beck

1863, Britton

1864 – 1865, Capt. Clegg

1880, Capt. J. Mayes.

Trade: Coastal & Foreign: Bideford, Mediterranean, Scilly, New York, Palermo, Bristol, Cardiff, Falmouth, Hamburg, Antwerp, Marseilles, Smyrna, Jamaica, London, Holyhead, Whitehaven, Dublin, Pomaron, Gloucester, Belfast, Liverpool, Messina, Pomaron.

Cargo: 1852, Coffee

1863, Oil.

1864, 1879, Iron ore.

1870, Bricks.

Port of Registry: 1852 – 1860, Scilly

1861 – 1869, Whitehaven

1880, Whitehaven.

Port of Survey: 1852 – 1860, Bideford

1861 – 1869, Whitehaven.

Signal: K.G.S.B.

Official No.: 9301

Demise: Wreck reported in the Times newspaper, Saturday, 5th March, 1881, page 12: ‘A small schooner was wrecked yesterday morning on Longness, Isle of Man, all hands drowned. A piece of a vessel marked “Vivid”, schooner, of Whitehaven, 117 tons register, has been picked up’.

1851, Seamen’s Crewlists for Cornwall:-

Browne Edward

Current Ship: VIVID of Scilly,  Trade: Foreign

Age: 21

Born: Kingstown           Ticket No: 241218

Seaman

Date Joined: 11 Aug 1851         Place Joined: Bideford

Ellis James

Current Ship: VIVID of Scilly,  Trade: Foreign

Age:

Ticket No: 194996

Apprentice

Date Joined: 11 Aug 1851        Place Joined: Indentured at Bideford

Lakey Charles

Current Ship: VIVID of Scilly Trade: Foreign

Age: 22

Born: Scilly Ticket No: 157377

Seaman

Date Joined: 11 Aug 1851      Place Joined: Bideford

Penrose William P

Current Ship: VIVID of Scilly Trade: Foreign

Age: 20

Ticket No: 490017

Seaman

Date Joined: 10 Sep 1851        Place Joined: Cardiff

CROSS PARK, BIDEFORD, DEVON (Thomas Waters):­-

Source: “Ship Building in North Devon” by Grahame Farr. Maritime monographs and reports No. 22 – 1976.

The next building site, as we follow the river Torridge bank, is Cross Park, the downstream part of East-the-Water facing the town of Bideford. Several builders are described as of Cross Park and dates indicate the presence of at least two yards. Before dealing with the yards in the Port of Bideford, however, it must be explained that with a number of builders the precise location of their yards is unknown. They could have been anywhere in the Port. Others are known to have been at Appledore but the information necessary to pinpoint their yards has not been discovered.

CROSS PARK. Known builders at Cross Park begin with William Heard, who built the 15-ton sloop “Ville de Paris”, in 1793. This is an unexpected name when one considers the French declared war on Britain on 1 February in that year, beginning the First French Revolutionary War.

William Taylor was a prolific builder between 1802-30 and at least 37 vessels of his can be named.

William Brook built at another East-the-Water yard from about 1824 to 1843. An old map in Bideford Museum, dated 1842, shows it to have been the northernmost property save one below Bideford Bridge. The property beyond was Lake’s Limekiln, which can still be seen. The earliest vessel traced to Brook is the brigantine “Apollo”, 179 tons, of 1824, a Mediterranean trader. A total of seventeen can be listed and his last was the largest – the barque “Alice Maud”, 464 tons. In 1839 Brook had a contretemps with Thomas Corey, a Bristol shipowner, who alleged the barque “Milford”, 325 tons, was six months late on delivery. In fact Corey brought a tug from Bristol to fetch the vessel, but later denied he had taken her by force. The press reports are interesting in that they quote the contract price for the vessel – £2,752 7s. Such figures are difficult to ascertain in the absence of surviving company books.

William Brook fell ill in 1843 and died three years later, aged 51. In 1844 his yard was taken over by Thomas Waters – probably the same who was building ships at Clovelly from about 1827 to 1840. His first vessel at Cross Park was the sloop “Ebenezer”, 22 tons, in 1845. Other small craft followed, but in 1854 he built on speculation a barque which bore the temporary name of “Chieftain”, apparently his only venture above the 200 tons category. Soon after her launch she was bought by Thomas Evans, a local shipowner (probably in fact the former shipbuilder at Cleave House) who registered her as “Ellen Sophia”, but sold her on the very next day to Edward Fernandez, of Instow.

During 1857-9 William Waters signed three builder’s certificates, for the “Fairy”, Leader” and “St. Germans”, which probably indicates he was the son of Thomas. William seems to have branched out on his own in 1860 and built two schooners at the Sea Locks yard ‘above bridge.’ Thomas continued at Cross Park until 1873 and died two years later. Twenty-four vessels can be identified with his yard.

CLOVELLY. The only place in North Devon, west of the Torridge, where shipbuilding has been practiced on a commercial scale is Clovelly. There are several builders listed from 1801 to 1818.

We next find Richard Mill and Thomas Waters building the fishing smack “Ranger”, 30 tons. Vernon Boyle quoted the Exeter Gazette, October 1827, reporting the launch:-

Nearly the whole of the population ws on the beach and quay and all the fishing boats were tastefully decorated, not with colours flying, but with herrings and other fish suspended from poles and waving gracefully in the air, which was rent with the shouts of the multitudes when the “Ranger” glided gracefully into briny deep.’

Thomas Waters later built several sloops and smacks at Clovelly, and in 1840 the schooner “Providence” was attributed to John Waters, but this might be a mistake. The “Providence”, almost 60 ft long and of 76 tons register must have been difficult to launch down this exposed beach. By 1845 Thomas Waters was building ships at Cross Park, Bideford, as we have already seen.

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Waterlily ” – Schooner

Details of Ship:-

Built: 1841.

Type: Schooner.

Tonnage: 84 tons (Lloyd’s Register of 1850)

Builder: Robert Johnson, East-the-Water, Bideford, Devon.

12 yrs. A1.

(see below for full details on Robert Johnson)

Measurement: Length: 59.4 ft. Beam: 16.2 ft.

Owners: 1842 – 1849, Williams.

1850 – 1852, Bastian & Co., Scilly. Harry Weymouth & S. Davies.

Captains: 1842 – 1843, C. Burtt.

1843 – 1849, T. Major.

1850, Francis Bastion

1851 – 1852, J. Bastion

Trade: Foreign. 1842, Bideford, Swansea, London.

1843, London to Bideford.

1850 – 1852, Liverpool to Mediterranean.

St. John’s, Newfoundland, Oporto, Boston, Falmouth, Scilly.

Registered: 1843 – 1849, Bideford.

1850 – 1852, Scilly.

Signal:

Official No.:

Demise: 17.4.1852, Source: Daily News.:-

SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.

CASUALTIES. “Waterlily”, Bastian, sailed from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Dec. 17, for Zante, and has not since been heard of.

1851, Crew List:-

Ashford James

Current Ship: WATERLILY of Scilly Trade: Foreign

Age: 30

Born: St Martins Scilly Ticket No: 68417

Seaman

Date Joined: 06 May 1851         Place Joined: Liverpool

Previous Ship: EXPRESS of Scilly

BT 98/: 2703

Bastian Francis

Current Ship: WATERLILY of Scilly         Trade: Foreign

Age: 33

Ticket No: 50704

Master

Date Joined: 06 May 1851         Place Joined: Liverpool

Previous Ship: WATERLILY of Scilly

BT 98/: 2703

Clarke James

Current Ship: WATERLILY of Scilly Trade: Foreign

Age: 17

 Ticket No: 500495

Cook & Seaman

Date Joined: 06 May 1851         Place Joined: Liverpool

Date Left: 22 Jul 1851        Place Left: London

Previous Ship: SLANEY of Belfast

BT 98/: 2703

Ellis Edwin C

Current Ship: WATERLILY of Scilly

Age: 23

Born: Scilly        Ticket No: 71603

Mate

Date Joined: 05 Sep 1851        Place Joined: Scilly

Previous Ship: MINERVA of Scilly

Comments: MT 70089

BT 98/: 2703

Ellis Samuel

Current Ship: WATERLILY of Scilly

Age: 27

Born: Scilly        Ticket No: 247188

Mate

Date Joined: 12 May 1851         Place Joined: Scilly

Date Left: 22 Jul 1851       Place Left: London        Why Left: Discharged

Previous Ship: VESPER of Scilly

Comments: MT 58817

BT 98/: 2703

Hocking William

Current Ship: WATERLILY of Scilly, Trade: Foreign

Age: 27

Born: Falmouth            Ticket No: 296319

Seaman

Date Joined: 06 May 1851          Place Joined: Liverpool

Date Left: 22 Jul 1851           Place Left: London Discharged

Previous Ship: CORK PACKET of Fowey

BT 98/: 2703

Parrott Thomas

Current Ship: WATERLILY of Scilly,  Trade: Foreign

Age: 20

Born: Llanelly           Ticket No: 480108

Seaman

Date Joined: 05 Sep 1851           Place Joined: Scilly

Previous Ship: ANN of Southampton

Comments:

BT 98/: 2703

Watts William James

Current Ship: WATERLILY of Scilly ,Trade: Foreign

Age: 15

Born: Scilly           Ticket No: 419567

Boy

Date Joined: 05 Sep 1851           Place Joined: Scilly

Previous Ship: First vessel

BT 98/: 2703

1851, Previous Crew Member:-

Leopold Charles

Current Ship: TELL TALE of Penzance,  Trade: Foreign

Age: 28

Ticket No: 483460

Seaman

Date Joined: 20 May 1850           Place Joined: Liverpool

Date Left: 28 Aug 1850         Place Left: Labrador         Why Left: Deserted

Previous Ship: WATERLILY

Comments: aka Lepold

BT 98/: 2676

EAST-THE-WATER, BIDEFORD, DEVON (Robert Johnson):­-

Source: “Ship Building in North Devon” by Grahame Farr. Maritime monographs and reports No. 22 – 1976.

EAST-THE-WATER. Close to the bridge, on the river Torridge, was the Johnson yard. It was old established, but who was there before Robert Johnson took over – about 1839 – is uncertain. Through two generations the output there was prolific, at least 78 vessels being attributable, the last in 1877. Robert Johnson died in 1855, aged 61, and his wife Ann took an active part for the following four years or so, even signing builder’s certificates. The son, John, carried on from 1858, at first using the title Robert Johnson and Son.

The Johnsons produced all manner of craft from smacks to barques. Their first was the schooner “Isabel”, 109 tons, of which the principal owner was Captain John Swinsdale, of Appledore. Other owners were of Liverpool, and in a short life of two years she shuttled between Liverpool and Egypt, bringing cotton on the homeward passage. One of Johnson’s smallest, the smack “Surprise”, 49 tons, built for Captain James Braund of Bucksh, was sailed out to New Zealand. The yard also built a number of vessels for Brixham and Dartmouth owners in the Newfoundland trade, for Plymouth and Bideford owners in the Mediterranean trade, and for Salcombe owners in the soft fruit trade. A few were run by the family themselves before being sold, and frequently they retained an eighth share. Their first vessel over 200 tons was the brigantine “Georgiana”, 231 tons, in 1853, for the local shipowner George Braginton, and in the next year the same owner had the brigantine “Clara Louisa”, 181 tons. Johnson’s first barque was the “Hugo”, 369 tons, in 1862 for London owners, and the largest they built in this rig was the “Florence Danver”, 498 tons, of 1865, which, with the “Beatrice”, 455 tons, in the same year, went to Swansea owners for the ore trade. On the other end of the scale John Johnson built the only two vessels of the short-lived Bideford Deep Sea Fishing Company, the “Dolphin”, 40 tons, in 1860, and the “Morning Star”, 49 tons, in 1867. An unusual job was the rebuilding of the Austrian bark “Pace”.

John Johnson built his last vessel in 1877, the schooner “Mary Walter”, which it so happens was wrecked on the Newfoundland coast in the following year.

Details of Voyages:-

12.7.1844, Source: Royal Cornwall Gazette.:-

SHIP NEWS.

FALMOUTH.

FOREIGN.

THURSDAY – Sailed, the “Waterlily”, Major, for Liverpool.

11.4.1851, Source: Liverpool Mercury.:-

SHIP NEWS.

EUROPE.

Waterlily”, Bastian, 72, Oporto – Cotesworth, Wynne, and Co.

23.5.1851, Source: Cornish Telegraph, Arrived at Scilly:-

Arrived: May 12. “Waterlily”, Boston, from Liverpool.

Sailed: May 13. “Waterlily”, Boston for Oporto

17.4.1852, Source: Daily News.:-

SHIPPING INTELLIGENCE.

CASUALTIES.

Waterlily”, Bastian, sailed from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Dec. 17, for Zante, and has not since been heard of.

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Appledore Summer Festival, 30th & 31st July.

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Appledore’s Summer Festival.

Appledore’s lively quay will once again be the centre of activity for this year’s Appledore Summer Festival. The picturesque fishing village this year has the theme “Appledore Waves” and everyone is invited to arrive dressed as Pirates and Parrots (prize award!).   The festival will start with an evening concert by the Appledore Silver Band in St Mary’s Church on Friday 29th July and continue during Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st.

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Among the attractions at the Festival are:

Stalls, street artists and performers along the Quay throughout the weekend.

Craft Stalls in St Mary’s Church Hall (Saturday & Sunday 11am to 4pm).

Pottery Painting on the Quay – make your own souvenir! (Saturday 11am to AppledoreStreetB&W4pm).

The amazing Captain Coconut (the Bubble Man) will be around to entertain children and adults.

Appledore historian Terry Bailey will be leading history walks around the village.

Vibrant local dance groups and the fantastic Samba Baia band.

More dancing at our Ceilidh with ‘The Oggle Band’ on Saturday evening 8-11pm (tickets available from the Quay Gift Shop, Uncle Wainwright’s Charity Shop and Appledore Newsagency)

Plus our traditional decorated doorknocker competition, where the doorways themselves are often decorated, with a cash prize for the winner: The Bob Stokoe Off Irsha Street B&WAward, donated by the family of the late Bob Stokoe who worked at Appledore Shipyard for many years and so much enjoyed coming to the Festival.  Appledore also boasts some splendid cafes, restaurants, pubs, shops and galleries, so there is plenty to do for everyone.

More details of the Appledore Summer Festival events and timings will become available on our Facebook page. At the Festival, for more details on events, head to an information point just outside the library on the Quay, manned daily from 10am to 4pm.

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Bideford Triathlon, August 7th.

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Seafield House, revisited.

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With the recent change of ownership of Seafield House , we thought it might be interesting to reprint our original article on its history by Maureen Richards in 2003.

Seafield – Westward Ho!

The house on the cliff edge (known locally as “ Spooky House“ or even “Haunted House”!) was probably built in the mid 1800s. The property was owned by a family called Nixon or de Courcey Nixon who came from Limerick, Ireland and it was in this family’s name for many years.

Brinsley de Courcey Nixon was born in County Limerick, Ireland about 1825 and his occupation at the time of the 1881 Census was given as a Banker in London. Brinsley’s father – Horatio Stopford Nixon, 1787 – 1838 from Cavan, Ireland and was married on 3rd May 1824 to Charlotte Fergus b.1782. Strathore Fifeshire, Ireland.

Brinsley de Courcey Nixon was born 5th May 1825 and married on 30th June 1864 in County Limerick Ireland a Caroline Mary GOOLD (GOULD) 1830-1875. He married again on 6th October 1877 in County Limerick Ireland to Francis Evelyn HAMPTON born abt. 1830 London.

 

The 1891 Census of Northam – Seafield shows the following:

NIXON Lottie – head – Y12 (Y= Born in County).  NIXON Elizabeth – Daugh – Y11.   NIXON Fergus B – Son – Y10.   NIXON Edward H – Cousi – Y10.   NIXON Brinsley – Son – Y5.   Luscombe Anna H – Servant – 35 Y, Governess.   Rodgers Joseph – Servant – 24 Y, Butler Employee.   Tindale Jane – Servant – 19 Y, Kitchen Maid.   Mounce Mabel – Servant – 17 Y, House Maid.   Hoar Emily – Servant – 19 Y, Nursery Maid.

 

Kelly’s Directory of 1897 shows the property still in the name of Brinsley de Courcey and the 1901 Census shows the property let to another family – as follows:

William J Pursey – head – 33, Postman, postal worker.   Elizabeth A – wife – 35 – born Frithelstock.   James E – son – 4 – Northam.   William H – son – 1 – Northam.   Harriet m in law – Widow – 57 – Taunton.   Elizabeth Bragg, sister – 28 – Uphill.

 

In 1906 the property is shown as being in the name of the son, Lieut. Furgess Brinsley Nixon, who later became a major with the R.Innis.Fus. – Medals awarded 31st May 1918. On 10th Nov.1903 Gladys Elizabeth Nixon – abt. 1880 – 1960 married Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Baron of Stalbridge, born on 5th May 1880 – died on 24th December 1949, son of Richard de Aquila Grosvenor, 1st Baron of Stalbridge and Eleonor Francis Beatrice Hamilton Stubber.

 

During WW2 the Americans were billeted at Seafield and the surrounding area. Gladys died on 21st March 1960. As far as our research shows there were no children, the property was sold, the new owners of Seafield made it a Bed and Breakfast establishment, and it was still owned (until recently) by the same family.

Research by Maureen Richards, 2003.

 

See 20 subsequent comments on this post (the article’s the same; scroll to comments) at http://bidefordbuzz.org.uk/history/seafield-%e2%80%93-westward-ho/

 

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July’s Youth Page.

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Music with the power to move.

We thought it might be helpful to review the first concert of the season, to see if Bideford starts as it means to go on this year. If it does, we are in for a spectacular summer. On 28th May, Midge Ure and local lads the India Electric Company ( ie, Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe) played at Bideford College’s music_logoNorth Devon Hall.

With the hour and a half set of moving ballads and soaring violin work, there is a temptation just to close your eyes and lose yourself in the music. But then you’d miss Midge’s stage presence. Although he didn’t drift far from the microphone, he commanded that area, clinging to his guitar and throwing his head back in a rage of defiance against the clouds of smoke. (Whether conjured by atmospheric smoke machine or chain smoking roadie slightly off stage, it turned the floor into a misty Gaelic glen, and was a good argument for keeping your eyes transfixed.) Then of course there were Cole Stacey & Joseph O’Keefe, one looking like Errol Flynn in Levis, the other was ( as one member of the audience so eagerly yelled out) “good looking too”. Robbed of a microphone, all Joseph could do was grin sheepishly and wobble a bit; but it’s true- and to close your eyes and lose yourself would also be to lose out on the visual aspects of the show. So we settled for half and half. It would have been physically impossible to nod off during that show. It hit you like Mike Tyson right in the chest, and that wasn’t just the acoustics; it was Midge’s voice. Clearly he felt every lyric he espoused. They ranged from eloquent musings ” if life doesn’t move// there’s nothing to show for it all” to something different “you move me like a diamond on Vaseline”; either the best misheard lyric to date, or a startling home truth. Yes. I suppose a diamond on Vaseline would go a fair distance. Well said, Midge. No matter what he’s singing, though, that lofty Scottish voice makes it sound like a parable.

While most singers regularly have to alter the pitch of their songs to accommodate their changing range, this was one voice entirely unaltered by change and a possible rock’n ‘roll life style.

It was as though we were listening to it all live on Top of the Pops- but listening to the kind of back catalogue it takes three decades to accumulate. Midge introduced one song as “an old one” then corrected it to “well they’re all old now.” No they’re not Midge, don’t lie; they’re just classics.

Westward Ho! Youth Theatre.

Finally, and sticking with show biz theme- you may remember last month we gave you a sneak preview of what to expect from Westward Ho! Youth Theatre’s latest production. What you might not know yet is that it will be one of the first shows to benefit from the new lighting rig that Sonia Gould and Jackie Sharrock have been fundraising tirelessly for over the past few months, in tribute and memory of Carol Gould who unexpectedly passed away last year. As Carol had been operating the lights from their cramped little perch since the 1980s, her wife and second mum respectively, Jackie thought it was time to fix up the system and return it to its former glory. They have been holding a variety of events including a memorial show with all of Carol’s favourite songs and sketches, raffles and charity bingo afternoons to raise the funds.

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.

Got something to say? Send it to Millie at editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk – or leave a message on our facebook page.

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Baby Buzz.

It’s time for a nappy change!

Did you know that your baby will need around 6,000 nappy changes and cost you about £1200 in disposable nappies? And that each of these nappies will take around 500 years to break down in the environment? Worse still, landfilled nappies create methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes towards climate change.

If you’re interested in saving money and making a difference to the environment why not consider washable cloth nappies or “real” nappies? Gone are the days of the old Terry squares, safety pins and boil washes; modern real nappies fit like disposables, with easy to use Velcro or poppers and come in a gorgeous range of colours & prints. They are made with soft absorbent materials and don’t contain any of the chemicals, plastics and adhesives found in disposable nappies, so they are kinder to your baby’s delicate skin.

A set of nappies and wraps can be purchased for between £100 and £200 and can see your baby through from birth to potty training. Even if you include washing costs you can easily save £500 compared to using disposables, and even more if you use them for subsequent babies.

As part of the Devon Real Nappy Project, Torridge and North Devon have a number of experienced nappy advisors who are happy to give you advice on getting started with real nappies. They can provide you with a free trial kit with a range of different nappies to try so that you can find what is best for you and your baby. 80% of parents who take a trial go on to use real nappies (and you may be eligible for a 15% discount if you go on to buy real nappies).

There are regular “Nappuccinos” in Barnstaple and these are about to start up at the Children’s Centre in Bideford. Here you can find out about real nappies, take out a trial and enjoy a cup of tea while you watch a demonstration.

To register for a free trial kit, visit www.recycledevon.org/nappies or e-mail nappies@recycledevon.org. Or find the Devon Real Nappy Project on facebook.

Real nappies don’t cost the earth … anything else is just rubbish.

Alice Haynes.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – July.

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Here is my simple version of Seafood Tagliatelli.

 

Ingredients. (Serves 4, takes 20 mins).

350g/12oz Tagliatelli / Spaghetti.

2tbsb olive oil.

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped.

400g can of chopped tomatoes.

200g jar of cockles in vinegar, drained and washed.

150g skinless fillet of Pollock, fresh or smoked.

Pinch of dried chilli flakes.

2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or tarragon.

100g Mussel meat – optional.

 

Method.

Cook the pasta in a pan of salted boiling water for 10-12 mins, until al dente. Test by tasting or cutting easily.

1. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan then fry the garlic for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.

2. Dice the skinned Pollock fillet and add and cook for 5 mins, while draining and washing the cockles and chilli flakes, season and stir through. Leave to rest in the frying pan.

  1. Drain the pasta and return to the pan. Stir in the pasta sauce and serve sprinkled with chopped parsley or torn tarragon.

 

Next month, I will be looking for a skate dish to sample.

From Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd August we will be running events for Appledore Sharks Tales Events. On Friday 19th Aug. there will be a Skate, Ray and Huss cookery demonstration and lunch – and we will be shucking scallops too! Everyone welcome. See appledoresustainablfish facebook page.

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One hundred years ago – July 1916.

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Hay and Straw Harvest.                           The 1916 crop is to be held for Army purposes. Under Defence of the Realm Regulations all hay, oat and wheat straw on the 1916 crop of England and Wales now standing in the field in bulk or as and when it is harvested will be bought by the Government. At this stage there are no instructions to farmers as to how they may secure their own supplies.

In the Bideford Borough Tribunal the Recruiting Sergeant has complained that Sidney Smith, aged 39, a motor driver in the employment of H. Hopkins, was to be allowed exemption to undertake driving duties for Mr Metherell who is required to go and buy hay and straw for the Government up to October this autumn.

The August Bank Holiday this year will be suspended. The Government, said Prime Minister Mr Asquith, has decided that it is essential in the national interest that there shall be no holidays, general or local and a Proclamation would be made to this effect.

Schoolboys both in Old Town Boys School and in the Grammar School have volunteered to help with the harvest. No extension to the set dates will be allowed despite several pleas from Councillors.

Bideford Town Council was anxious to secure a larger supply of water for the growing urban area. Late last year they had visited a possible site between Upcott and West Ashridge farms where a new reservoir might be built by throwing a dam across the Jennetts stream. In February this year an engineer had visited the site and measured water flows, and calculated that a reservoir of 27 million gallons could be built. It was envisaged the Gammaton Reservoir would continue to supply the summer requirements and the new lake will help with the winter demand.

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

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Burton Art Gallery, July.

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Midsummer Day has passed, and the second half of the year has begun. “How time flies,” they say, but we hope it will slow down a little and give you time to visit the Burton Gallery.

The Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society Exhibition begins on Saturday, 22nd July, and continues until the 4th September. We cannot predict what exactly will be on the walls of the two exhibition spaces, but we can be sure that it will be a quality exhibition. The artists represented there are carefully selected for their skill and creativity. Many works will be for sale, and it is a rare opportunity to be able to purchase original works of such a high standard. The Society was founded in 1922, and has seen many well known artists take the Chair over the years. This year’s Chairman is Tony Williams, SWAc, who came to painting from a background of graphics and design, having studied at Sutton Art School. He works mainly from inspiring subjects in North Devon, the estuary, its boats, and landscape, and has work in private collections across Europe, the UK and USA. He also writes for national and international art magazines. In 2015 he won the Charles Pears award at the Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition, was selected for The Royal Institute of Oil Painters’ Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, and his work selected was shown and sold in London’s Gherkin. He has an excellent website showing many fine examples of his paintings in our own area – http://www.tonywilliamsart.co.uk/page1/index.php

You will discover some changes at the Gallery now that it has been taken over by a Trust. But nothing to worry about – the constants are the Cafe du Parc, the Craft Gallery, the Museum of Bideford and the well-stocked Shop. There is always something new to see and give you pleasure.

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday: 10-4. Sunday: 10.30-4. Admission is Free, donations welcome.

The Friends of the Burton Gallery welcome new members, and there are membership forms available on request. Annual sub: £10 single, £18 couple. Life, Single £90, Couple £170. Support your local Art Gallery – we are special – we have a purpose-built gallery and a national reputation for excellence.

Diana Warmington, Friends of the Burton Art Gallery & Museum.

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Book Buzz, July.

 

Events at Bideford Library.

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Summer Reading Challenge – The Big Friendly Read starts Saturday 16th July

This year the theme is Roald Dahl and it looks like being lots of fun. There will be all sorts of fun events going on in all Devon Libraries, so please ask in your branch for more details.

For kids –

Story time for under-fives

Every Thursday. 9:30-10:00 am (except school holidays). Stories, musical instruments and songs.

For Adults:

Every Thursday. 2 – 4pm Nifty Needles.

Every Friday 2 – 5pm Board Games.

Feel Better with a Book (please check with library to confirm the group is running each week)     Every Wednesday 10:30-12:00 am.

Come and lift your mood through the joy of reading! No pressure and no reading required. The group is led by an experienced facilitator.

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Events at Northam Library.

Children’s author Dan Metcalf will be visiting Northam library on Friday 29th July at 2pm. Dan is the author of the ‘Lottie Lipton’ series and will be setting a ‘code-breaking challenge’. The event is suitable for children aged 7-11 and booking is essential. Copies of Dan’s books will be available to buy. To book call: 01237 475111

The monthly newspaper discussion group ‘Have We got News for You’ on the second Wednesday of the month at 1.45-2.45pm. We have some very lively discussions.

Our sewing group meets every Wednesday 4 – 5.45pm.

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