Bideford Buzz

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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).      Telephone 07929-976120, or E-mail: editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk

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Buzz Word – November.

Send us your Buzzes…. Write to editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk or to the address on front page.

Orchard Wanted.

I have been hoping for some time to plant a small orchard in this area, but have failed to find one/two  acres for sale. If you can help please contact me at mave22new@ talktalk.net or 01237 472565.

Mavis Dowling.


A showcase of stars.

On the 27th, 29th and 30th November, Westward Ho! Youth Theatre Group is putting on a variety show at Kingsley Hall, to showcase its members’ talents. The acts range from comedy sketches; to singing and dancing, with some uplifting and fun chorus numbers. This year a percentage of the proceeds from the show and raffle will be donated to a fund set up for Ashton Cain.

Ashton is eight years old and has been diagnosed with an aggressive desmoid tumour in his neck. It is unusual for a child to be diagnosed so young and it is uncommon to have it develop firstly in his neck. This is a very rare but life threatening condition of which there is no known cure. He has just started chemotherapy to see if they can shrink the tumour which is inoperable. The fund is to make his life a little easier whilst he is undergoing treatment and to assist the family financially as his treatment will involve extensive hospital visits. The family are extremely keen to raise awareness of this rare condition.Westward Ho! Youth Theatre Group is made up of talented and enthusiastic kids between the ages of eight and 18 and is run entirely by volunteers. There is a long waiting list of kids wishing to join, which is testament to its reputation and the desire for kids to be part of this amazing youth theatre group.

Please book tickets for this production via the website www.whytg.co.uk, or alternatively please call Sarah White on 07718 619642. Tickets are priced at £5.00 for adults, £4.00 for youths, seniors and concessions and £15.00 for a family of four. For discounted group rates please contact Sarah.

Jocelyn

(Publicity Officer for WHYTG).


Bideford Music Club.

Elen Hydref (Harpist) will be performing to Bideford Music Club for their concert on 5th November at 7.30 pm. at Bideford Methodist Church Hall, High Street. Tickets are £12.50 (students free) and will be available at the door.


The Appledore Singers are changing rehearsal venue. From Monday 3rd November (7-9pm) we shall be at Appledore Baptist Church. Any ladies who wish to join us are more than welcome. Contact Pam Beechey on 01237 420652.


SS ‘Thistlemore’.

I am researching my family history and discovered that a relative of mine drowned at Bideford  Bay, on December 3rd 1909. I then saw an item in your magazine (Buzz November 2010 ) written by Mike Davy, which  gave reference to the monument which was to be erected in memory of the 21 men who drowned when SS ‘Thistlemore’ was lost in Bideford Bay on December 3rd 1909. My Grand-Uncle was one of the crew, and his name is on the monument  as T. Fuzzaro; he was actually called James Fuzzard and came from Guernsey and was the ship’s cook. It is grave FE3, and is located near Bone Hill at the north gate of Northam Church.  I am not too sure if there is not a plaque in the church also. At that time two cottages were being built and they were named Thistlemore in memory of the men who drowned. Sad times. One day I would love to see the memorial for myself. At least his body was washed ashore so he was able to be buried.

Lydia Kirkham.

(Robin Stowell has taken a photo of monument and grave and forwarded to Lydia – Ed).

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November diary.

Saturday 1st

9am-2pm Farmers Country Market at Atlantic Village.

9.30am Torridge Ramblers Day Walk. 429080

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

Palladium Club – boom boom room.

Sunday 2nd

1-4pm Children’s Fancy Dress Party at Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho!

Palladium Club – comedy with Luisa Omielan.

Monday 3rd

1.30pm Westward Ho Arts Club, W Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 4th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2pm Bideford WI at Sea Cadet Bldg.

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462

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

7.30pm Bideford Sustainability Group at Blacksmith’s Arms. 07783384982

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 5th

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

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

10.30am Parkinson’s UK meets at Ethelwynne Brown Close. 478128

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. 07817976053

2pm Bideford Library Readers’ Group. 476075

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library.

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

7.30pm Bideford Music Club – Harpist Elen Hydref at Bideford Methodist Church Hall.

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble rehearsal at Bideford Band Room

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8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 6th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. Richard Guise – ‘Nothing between here & the Urals’. 479917

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

2-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) bus at Pill Car Park. Mobile service with wide range of sensory equipment to try/borrow. 01271 373236

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

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

Palladium Club – Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin.

Friday 7th

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

Palladium Club – Hell’s Bells.

Saturday 8th

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

10am-12pm Families for Children Adoption Info Meeting at Buckfast. 01364 645480

10am-12pm Coffee Morning at Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho! 476841

10am-12pm Jumble Sale & Nearly New Stall at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

1-4pmTorridgeTuesdays’ Christmas Fayre. Stalls. Free admission.

Northam Community Centre.

7pm Sponsored Body Wax at Bideford Football Club in aid of Devon Air Ambulance & Scout Jamboree Funds.

Palladium Club – Blood on Blood.

Monday 10th

1.30pm Westward Ho Arts Club, W. Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Bideford & District Community Archives AGM at Northam Council Chamber.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Bideford Stamp Club Auction at, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 472101

8.30pm North Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore. Nicolas Meier Trio. 421065

Tuesday 11th

10am Macular Society meets at Burton Art Gallery. 474128

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2pm Bideford WI at Sea Cadet Bldg.

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford & District Cacti & Pot Plant Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall. 475914

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 12th

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

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

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel 473337

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

2pm ‘Tea with Friends’ & Help for Heroes at St Mary’s Church.

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

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

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 13th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum at Northam Methodist Church Hall. Andrew Keech, ‘The Great War’.

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

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

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

Palladium Club – Pretend Happy / 1 man boycott.

Friday 14th

2pm Devonshire Association talk at Burton Art Gallery. 459224

7.30pm Abbotsham WI meets at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Palladium Club – the dead betas.

Saturday 15th

9am-2pm Farmers Country Market at Atlantic Village + Launceston Male Voice Choir at 11.15 am.

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

10.30am New/Nearly New Clothes Sale at W. Ho! Baptist Church in aid of David Rundle Trust.

Palladium Club – Auction for the Promise club.

Sunday 16th

10am-4pm Kingsley School Christmas Craft Fair.

10am-4pm Clovelly Herring Festival.

10.30am Coast & Country Walkers 421883

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers 07758481143

Monday 17th

1.30pm Westward Ho! Arts Club, W. Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Appledore Amateur Radio Club, Appledore Football Social Club. 473251

Tuesday 18th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 19th

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 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. 07817976053

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library.

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

7.30pmTwo Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 20th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. 479917

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

11am-1pm Christmas Fayre at Durrant House Hotel in aid of N Devon Hospice.

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

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

Palladium Club – Police Dog Hogan.

Friday 21st

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Palladium Club – The fallen state.

Saturday 22nd

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

10am-4pm Craft & Food Fair at Littleham Village Hall. 473338

10am-1pm Christmas Fayre at Lavington UR Church.

2pm Vintage Tea Party at Abbotsham Village Hall.

2-4.30pm Christmas Fayre at Northam Hall. 472357

Palladium Club – Morning Glory.

Monday 24th

1.30pm Westward Ho! Arts Club, W Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

8.30pm North Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore. Dan Messore Quartet. 421065

Tuesday 25th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Coast & Country Walkers 421883

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

7.30pm ‘A Celebration of Bideford Sustainability Group’ at St Mary’s School.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 26th

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

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 27th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. Photo competition results & Annual Raffle.

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

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

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

Palladium Club – Asylum promotions launch night.

Friday 28th

10am-1pm Lundy Art Group at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. 472158

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Palladium Club – 9 yards.

Saturday 29th

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Band Xmas Fayre in Band Room nr Victoria Park. 475653

7pm Quiz at Northam Hall. Proceeds to Bideford Blues & Appledore JFC.700804

Palladium Club – the flaming ratrods.

Sunday 30th

Christmas lights switch on & events.

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Freemasonry in Bideford.

‘Buzz’ has been very fortunate to receive various donations from Bideford’s Freemasons. They are well known for their charitable work and many local organisations have benefited from their fund-raising.

I asked Peter Christie what he could tell us about the history of the Lodge.

The following information is taken from his book, ‘ More North Devon History,’ originally published in the North Devon Journal-Herald 23/5/1985.

In 1843 the fourth lodge called ‘Benevolence’ was formed. Early members included the Town Clerk and the Mayor TB Chanter and this is the one that still remains today.

Its original home was in the Commercial Reading Room, an earlier forerunner of the town library. It moved from there to the Newfoundland hotel (now Mr Chips) thence to 9, Grenville street (now the Cafe Collective). From these premises the lodge moved to a hall in Bridgeland Street and finally secured its own rooms in October 1875 in the present day Masonic Hall in the same street. This was once the home of Thomas Stucley, a noted eccentric, and opposite the Conservative Club. (Home of Dr Ackland – see article ‘A Nineteenth-Century Bideford Doctor’).

The Victorian newspapers have various reports of this lodge – generally in January when new officers were installed and the annual banquet was held. For many years this was in the New Inn where ‘Brother Ascott’ was the host.

The lodge can look back at some 200 years of masonic history in Bideford – a very long period of connection with the town.”

(For the full story, read ‘More North Devon History’ by Peter Christie).

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A Nineteenth-Century Bideford Doctor.

William Henry Ackland was born in Bideford in 1825 and was the son of a doctor. His father, also William Ackland, had been apprenticed to a surgeon and apothecary in Bideford, but William Henry trained at University College Hospital in London. He lived at 23, Bridgeland Street, in the house which is now the Conservative Club, with his wife and seven children. Between 1851 and 1893 he built up a large practice, which stretched from Bradworthy and Clovelly to Instow and out to Lundy. He generally visited between 8 and 15 patients a day. When he went by sea to Lundy to treat a labourer working there, he sent his bills to Mr Heaven who then owned the island, and if he was seeing one of the lighthouse keepers the bill went to Trinity House. He also went as far as Eggesford. In order to visit the Earl of Portsmouth at Eggesford House the doctor caught the train from Bideford, was collected from Eggesford Station by carriage, saw his patients who might be members of the family (the Earl had 6 sons and 6 daughters) or servants, stayed the night and returned by train the next day. Other visits were made on horseback or in a horse-drawn brougham.

Charles Kingsley was a close friend and godfather to Dr Ackland’s eldest son, who was named Charles Kingsley Ackland. Like Kingsley, Dr Ackland was concerned for the health of the poorer people. He courted wealthy patients – and the fees he charged them seemed extraordinarily high in some cases – and he treated some poorer patients for little or nothing. Occasional bartering took place, for instance when treatment for the children of Bideford saddler Walter Chope was exchanged for a new saddle for Dr Ackland’s horse.

He obtained letters of recommendation from patients such as the Earl of Portsmouth and Henry Hamlyn-Fane of Clovelly and as a result obtained the position of Justice of the Peace and the first Medical Officer of Health for Bideford. In a letter to Mr Fane of Clovelly, the Earl of Portsmouth wrote,

Mr Dear Fane, I have written to the Chancellor on behalf of Dr Ackland and I have no doubt that Dr A will be a JP for Bideford. There cannot be a more fit and proper man. He is by far the most talented man in the town and of the highest attainments. He may not be as great a consumer of gin and water and port wine. Yrs Portsmouth.’ The Earl was known to be fond of his drink, while Dr Ackland was probably a teetotaller.

He attended the wealthy Mrs Elwes of Walland Carey at Buck’s Cross and seems to have persuaded her that funding was needed for medical attention for the poor of Buck’s Mills. He then provided their medical care and when Mrs Elwes died she left a sum of money, the interest on which allowed his visits to continue.

Naturally the middle classes of Bideford would have been impressed by these illustrious connections and would want him as their doctor. He used homeopathic remedies alongside conventional medicine. Homeopathy was fashionable at the time because it was used by the Royal Family, so this would also have increased his popularity. He was instrumental in setting up the Dispensary on Bideford Quay and the first isolation hospital on Alverdiscott Road.

There seemed to be a certain amount of rivalry between the doctors in Bideford, judging by accounts of disagreements in the local papers. Dr Ackland’s 1867 diary contained a reference to a visit to a woman in labour. He said she was ‘first seen by Dr Pridham, afterwards by Mr Turner, subsequently by self. I succeeded in turning the child after ineffectual attempts by Dr Pridham and Mr Turner.’

An elderly lady who remembered Dr Ackland claimed that she saw him meet his friend Charles Kingsley in the street and Kingsley asked him where he was going. The doctor waved his hands in a characteristic way and said airily ‘Oh, westward, ho!’ meaning Northam Burrows, as the village of that name did not then exist. Supposedly this gave the author the idea for the title of his book.

William Ackland’s son, Charles Kingsley Ackland, also trained as a doctor and practised in the Strand until about 1930. Charles’s daughter Judith was an artist whose work is displayed in the Burton Art Gallery.

Liz Shakespeare.

Liz Shakespeare is the author of four books set in the Bideford area. Dr Ackland is one of the main characters in ‘The Turning of the Tide’. Photo courtesy of Wellcome Institute, London.

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One hundred years ago – November 1914.

The town is beginning to receive civilian and military casualties from the war across the channel. Six Belgian refugees have arrived in Bideford and will be looked after by Dr. Goddard in his Bridgeland Street house. A total of 21 are staying at the Bath House and another group are in a cottage at Westward Ho! One has served in the Belgian army and has been wounded twice.

The death is announced of Major Humphrey St Leger Stucley of the Grenadier Guards, who died from his injuries received at the Front. He was 38 years old and the youngest son of Sir George & Lady Stucley of Moreton Park, Bideford.

The newly formed Royal North Devon Hussars enrolled Herbert Baglow, F Heath, J H Palmer, W E Galliford, J H Parsons and C E Linceey . All these men are from the town of Bideford.

Bideford Rural District Council sent a note of Condolence to the widow of Mr J Pennington, the town Sanitary Inspector, who has recently died. At a council meeting it was decided to advertise for another Inspector of Nuisances at a salary of £65 per annum.

Farleighs Stores advertise choice Sweet Hog brand bacon, Breakfast bacon at 10½d per lb and boast that all their bacon is now sliced by “modern machinery”. To accompany this they have choice cooking eggs at 10 for one shilling.

Tattersalls in Market Place Bideford warn that Christmas Pudding Fruits will be dearer this year due to the obvious hardships and shortages, however Bideford & District Hospital acknowledge with thanks the receipt of 10 brace of pheasants from Lord Clinton and his estate.

From Bideford and District Archives

A rare treat in the newspaper during the month was a picture of the newly elected Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford, Councillor S Redclift and Mrs Chope.

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Shipping news No. 117.

In port – Yelland Quay.

Celtic Forester - (ex- Spica ’94, Anitab ’01, Jork ’06) built 1984 : flag, Cardiff : owners British : crew Polish : from Glensanda to Teignmouth : arrived 5/10, sailed 6/10 : loaded 3,500 tons chippings.

Lady Anna - built 2012 : flag Delfzijl, Netherlands : owners Dutch : crew Dutch, Ukrainian,& Philippino : from Glensanda to Birdport : arrived 12/10, sailed 13/10 : loaded 3,500 tons chippings.

No cargoes at Bideford since last edition. (There is a vessel due early November to load clay for Spain).

Arco Dart at Appledore 25.9.14, 28.9.14.

Oldenburg has ceased her voyages to Lundy for the summer; she will no doubt be off to Sharpness for drydocking.

Information received from Capt Hoad, Bideford Harbour master, who advised that the second vessel for the Irish Navy, the LE James Joyce, is due to leave the building shed on the 23rd November; high water is at 18.15.

Bristol Channel Observations

16.9.14 at 11.54 cargo vessel Helas, 3,850 tons d.w, owners Hermann Lohmann Bereederungen GMBH Germany. (In the last edition I stated she had sailed from Yelland on 15th – however she did not sail until the 16th bound for Birdport).

21.9.14 at 11.02 vehicle carrier Garnet Leader, 21,020 tons d.w, owners Ray Car Carriers Ltd Douglas IOM, in the colours of Nippon Yusen Kaisha, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.02 bulk carrier Inventana, 44,054 tons d.w, owners Masterbulk PTE Ltd Singapore, in the colours of Westfal Larsen Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

24.9.14 at 12.37 vehicle carrier Grande Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury. At 12.47 bulk carrier Navara, 51,624 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.50 dredger Mannin 172 gross tons, owners Padstow Harbour, outward bound from Ilfracombe; she had previously been work at the buoys in Appledore.

26.9.14 at 12.07 cargo vessel Universal Durban, 22,983 tons d.w, owners Universal Durban BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth . (Seen again on 29.9.14 at 16.37, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 09.10).

27.9.14 at 0932, cargo vessel Helen Anna, 3,650 tons d.w, owners Helen Anna Schiffahrts GHMB Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 14.26 cargo vessel Sea Melody, 3,713 tons d.w,owners Saturn Shipping Ltd Grimsby, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 19.20 26th. At 14.30 cargo vessel Terschelling, 6,000 tons d.w, owners Terschelling Shipping CV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 14.50 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping BV Netherlands seen passing Bull Point , inward bound for Avonmouth.

29.9.14 at 17.24 cable ship Resolute, 10,217 tons d.w, owners Tyco Resolute Inc Spain, having sailed from Avonmouth at 10.46.

1.10.14 at 07.40 bulk carrier Fu An Ha, 30,000 tons d.w, owners Pearl Fortune Trading Ltd China, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 00.36.

4.10.14 at 13.46 cargo vessel Blue Dragon, 3,696 tons d.w, owners Wolfgand Grimpe Marine Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 04.12

5.10.14 at 08.58 vehicle carrier Viking Chance, 10,834 tons d.w, owners Gram Car Carriers AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

10.1014 at 12.18 vehicle carrier Grande Italia, 12,594 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 07.57.

11.10.14 at 07.28 tanker Triple A, 13,040 tons d.w, owners Walworth Holding SA Greece, inward bound for Cardiff. At 10.03 tanker Grace Victoria, 74,999 tons d.w, owners Astraea Maritime SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed 05.59. At 14.27 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth.

Regards, Norman.

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RNLI art & craft exhibition, 26th- 29th October.

A reminder of the Appledore RNLI Arts and Craft Exhibition at the North Devon Yacht Club on Friday 24th October until Sunday 26th October.

This is resident artist Ian Hudson’s 30th Exhibition and is a very important event for the RNLI and many local artists.

There will be a Raffle, featuring an Ian Hudson limited edition print as well as a Luxury Hamper and other prizes.

We serve tea, coffee, cakes, also ploughmans lunch and soup. There will be an RNLI Souvenir Stall with Christmas Cards.

Pat Hughes, (Secretary of Appledore RNLI Fund Raising Guild).

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‘Art In The Park’ – 29th October.

I’m currently working with a group of young people based around The Burton.

They are organising an event for half-term (see above). They are also going to add images of any environmental art made by individuals or groups in North Devon (while the Richard Long exhibition is on) to the page here http://environmental-takeover.tumblr.com/

We’re then going to select some contributors who will receive a signed Richard Long book; a good incentive for people to get involved.

Images can be emailed direct to them at environmentaltakeover@gmail.com

Julian Vayne

Learning & Outreach Officer

Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon

01271 346747

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Exmoor Pony Centre; October/ November/ December events.

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

Volunteers enjoyed a Social evening and quiz to round off the summer season amidst plenty of merriment. Volunteers are an essential part of the organisation and help in a variety of ways, including assisting at events like the Wiveliscombe Carnival which was attended by Tom the pony.


Please note the dates of the following events at the Centre:

Sunday 7th December Foals Open Day from 12:00 ’til 3:00.

Wednesday 10th December Christmas Carol Concert with The Barle Singers, from 7:00pm with wine and mince pies. Tickets available on 01398 323093 or on the door.

Sundays 14th and 21st December Santa Sundays – advance booking is essential. Please ring 01398 323093 for more details.

Christmas cards, calendars and presents are available from our shop, or you can order by phone or online; don’t leave it too late.

Would you like to hold a fund-raising event to support your local endangered breed? Contact us for any details you need or just go ahead and surprise us with how much you raised!

Please check our opening times over the Christmas period as they will be restricted to allow staff some time off. If you are making a special journey to see us during the winter months, do ring to check that the Centre will be open.

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Hartland Arts & Crafts Society, 25th- 28th October.

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Wicked Week in Bideford.

Half Term – 25th October to 1st November.

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Buzz Word – October.

Send us your Buzzes…. Write to editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk or to the address on front page.

Norland Nannies.

I am wondering if you can help with some information about the wartime premises occupied by the Norland Nursery in Bideford early in the war. I was one of their resident charges at the time but have no memory whatsoever of the place.

They took over a Regency type property, Belvoir House, which I assume was on the Belvoir Road. I’d like to try and locate it, if it’s still standing, to see whether seeing it again will call up any memories.

I wonder if there are any (by now very elderly) folk in Bideford who recall seeing the Norland nannies with their distinctive brown uniforms?

Will be grateful for any info you can turn up.

Paulette Pratt ppratt172@gmail.com


Re a thankyou letter (August Buzz)

Do please add another letter for the so very kind and generous Bridge Trust which gives to those of us who are disabled.

What a delightful town Bideford is!

Jean Williams.


Hunger for Justice.

Northam Methodist Church are supporting Christian Aid’s ‘Hunger for Justice’ weekend on October 18th/19th, 10- 5 on Saturday and 10-3 on Sunday, with an austerity lunch after morning worship.

Various stalls, displays and talks. We are collecting hand tools in any condition as well as sewing and knitting items for re use by charities to teach trades to enable people to work, earn money and have a route out of the poverty trap. We are urging people to make the world a fairer place for all.

Carole Pegg.

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Bideford Film Society – October.

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Pride (15). Film ends 9.30pm.

Saturday 25 October at 5.00pm and Sunday 26 October at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: The Boxtrolls (PG). Film ends 6.35/7.35pm.

Thursday 30 October at 7.30pm and Friday 31 October at 5.00pm at Bideford College: Dolphin Tale 2 (U). Film ends 9.15/6.45pm.

Friday 31 October and Saturday 1 November at 7.30pm at Bideford College: Magic in the Moonlight (12A). Film ends 9.15pm.


Doors open 30 minutes before film start time.  Tickets available at box office, or advance ticket sales (credit/debit card) available online – www.bidefordfilmsociety.org.uk/

Tickets: General £5.50, Concessions £5.00, Members £4.00, Family (up to 3 children & 2 adults) £12.00.

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The Torridge Sealock.

Torridge Sealock top gates.

Anyone who has been to the harbour at Bude will know the canal basin and sea lock where the Bude Canal meets the sea. Far fewer people are aware that just three miles up the Torridge from Bideford port is the Torridge sea lock, where the canal from Torrington opens into the tidal waters of the estuary. Strictly speaking such a lock should be called a tide lock, but in this case it was built by navvies and engineers who had just completed work on the Bude Sea Lock and so gave it the name of Sealock, which has stuck for nearly 200 years.

When the lock and the canal basin to which it gave access from the tideway were built, the whole area between Annery Kiln and the river was a hive of industrial activity including the lime kiln, pottery kilns, brick works and a major ship building yard. Despite being upstream of Bideford bridge, several sea-going ships were launched at the Sealock shipyard in the parish of Landcross, the largest being the Sedwell Jane, a brigantine of about 200 tons. Ships of this size were built up to gunwale level and then floated downstream of the Long Bridge for fitting of the superstructure.

By the end of the nineteenth century, with the canal being abandoned in favour of the railway and the old industries dying out, the sea lock fell into disrepair and virtually vanished into the landscape being filled with silt washed in by flood waters and overgrown with trees and bushes. It was rediscovered by new owners of the land in the 1970s, who started restoring the site and were instrumental in forming the Rolle Canal and Northern Devon Waterways Society in 2003, since when restoration has proceeded apace with the masonry repaired and a pair of upper lock gates now fully operational.

Chris Hassall.

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Felicity’s fish cookery – October.

October brings chilled Autumn temperatures and makes you think of preserving the bounties of the harvest for the winter. Fish also can be preserved-by smoking, pickling and curing. This often enhances the flavour and makes the fish easier to use as it does not have to be eaten fresh. Round fish such as Mackerel and Herrings are very good preserved.

I have been selling Kippers, Bloaters and Buckling made from Herrings landed in Clovelly last winter. Also winter Mackerel makes the best Smoked Mackerel and will be freshly smoked in October and throughout the winter.

A FREE “Fabulous Thursday Fish” will be run during half term holiday on Thursday 30th October 10.00am-2.00pm at St Mary’s Church Hall Appledore. This will have a local fish demonstration and a children’s workshop, as well as a good range of stalls (including the RNLI stall) for Christmas cards and other gifts. Please come along and support this event and have a simple lunch to eat in or take away.

Our local fish is mostly day caught and is sustainable because it is caught in a way that is gentle on the sea environment, the seabed of the bay and the other marine animals. The boats are small fishing boats because of the limited harbour facilities and the amount of fish caught locally is limited by the duration of fishing; most of the small boats will be laid up during the winter and the fish will flourish.

So which fish is sustainable for you to buy? First – buy local , then try and buy a wider range of fish and eat a different fish regularly so that you have knowledge of a more locally caught fish and shellfish.

( Here is a simple tasty curry to combine autumn vegetables with lovely fresh white fish fillets.)

White Fish Balti with Green beans and tomatoes.

Serves 4 – Low calories-250 per portion.

1 lb/450g white fish-Pollack, Coley, Haddock

or Codling.

1 tbsp sunflower oil.

1 small onion, chopped.

1clove garlic, crushed.

1 jar (approx. 400g) of Balti sauce.

2 tomatoes, quartered.

4oz/125g lightly cooked green beans- french or kidney, sliced.


Method.

1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Cook the onion and garlic for I minute.

2. Add Balti sauce, Cover and cook gently for 15 mins.

3. Lightly stir in the tomatoes and green beans, simmer for 5 mins.

4. Serve with naan bread and basmati rice.

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