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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Bideford community Summer fete in Victoria Park.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery : June.

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This dish, developed in New Orleans in 1899, was named after the richest man in America – John D. Rockefeller – as it has a very rich taste!

Oysters Rockefeller.

Ingredients-for 24 Oysters to share

I garlic clove.

Half a bag of fresh spinach.

I bunch of watercress, stems trimmed and bunch of chopped spring onions.

Unsalted butter.

Half a cup of breadcrumbs.

1 tablespoon Pernod.

Half a tsp Tabasco.

24 fresh Oysters, shucked, reserved in their shells.

Parmesan cheese ,grated.

Method

  1. Heat the oven to a high setting.
  2. Chop garlic in small food processor adding spinach, watercress and spring onions.
  3. Process until mixture is finely chopped.
  4. Place in a bowl then combine butter, breadcrumbs, Pernod, fennel and tabasco sauce in processor. Process until well blended
  5. Return spinach mixture to processor. Process briefly until mixtures are blended. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. At this point sprinkle rock-salt over a large baking sheet -half an inch deep and arrange oysters in rounded half shells on top. This keeps the shells upright and ensures they retain their juices.
  7. Top each oyster with 1Tbsp. of green vegetable mix. Sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Bake until cheese browns on top -about 8mins.

Serve hot with a refreshing drink.

Oyster Dressings-

Mother’s Ruin – Gin, lime red chilli.

Retro – Pernod, shallots, white wine vinegar.

The Wurzels – Apple, ginger, cider vinegar.

Turning Japanese – Wasabi, pickled ginger, rice wine vinegar.

Buck the Trend – Sea buckthorn, cider vinegar, Vodka, sugar.

The Frenchay – Shallots, red wine vinegar.

– or just Plain with a squeeze of lemon.

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One hundred years ago – June 1916.

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War-time appeals continue.

The Royal Navy appeal to the Bideford men with sea experience to join up for the Yacht Patrol Division in the Royal Navy. Seamen and firemen can be guaranteed £1-10s per week with 10 shillings food allowance when not victualled. Assistant cooks and stewards will be paid £1-5s per week and 3rd Engineers £2-8-0d. They are also seeking carpenters who will be paid £1-15s per week.

The waste paper collection system set up and described in last month’s edition is now fully operational. The depot at the Fish Market is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9 -1 o’clock. The patriotism encouraged by saving paper is further reinforced at the foot of the advertisement with the exultation “God Save the King”.

Appeals against call up are heard in all the local towns and in Bideford 27 were heard during the second week of June 1916. Albert Henry Prance, 28 of Mill Street, a fish and chip shop proprietor, applied for a second time for an additional period of exemption. His appeal was refused as it was felt that this work could be done by a woman. W C Friendship, a baker of Market Place, applied for exemption on behalf of Alexander Penhorwood, 28 and married. Another of his employees named Darch had been granted exemption on the ground that the bakery would not be able to function without them. Both were exempted until 1st October and Friendship was required to seek replacement staff as soon as possible. Miss Turner of Abbotsham appealed for extra time for Sidney Slee, 29, saying that Slee and a 14 year old boy were all that she had to look after the farm which included 73 bullocks and 87 sheep. This appeal was denied.

R.Blackmore and Sons, auctioneers, have been instructed to sell the following vehicles:

A 4-wheel dog cart.

Two-wheel Battlesden car. (Our research has found that this was a light 4 seater trap which is pulled by a pony)

A La Buire 5 seater Touring car 18 HP and leather upholstery

A Siddeley Wolseley 5 seat 12 HP tourer.

All these vehicles have been in private ownership and have been well looked after.”

R. D. Blackmore are advertising for auction at their Bideford Quay premises a considerable part of the estate of the late H.G.Heaven, Vicar of Lundy. Included are cut glass Bohemian vases, large Oriental jars, Dresden, Spode and Wedgwood china and many silver items weighing in total 750 ounces. The extensive sale catalogue concludes with a roasting jack!

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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Exmoor Pony Centre news.

Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, Dulverton TA22 9QE

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The next event to be held at the Centre is a Spring Activity Afternoon on Thursday 2nd June from 12:00 till 3:00, when there will be a variety of activities for children to enjoy, including pony rides for anyone age 4 or above. If the weather is not friendly, everything will take place under cover.

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The ponies are preparing for lots of promotional events throughout the summer: pony Tom started his offsite duties on Saturday 7th May when he joined author Victoria Eveleigh to launch her new book, Katy’s Pony Summer, at South Molton Library, to the excitement of many children.

Some of you may have seen on local TV news that a man called Michael Woodcock, a retired solicitor, is planning an ambitious feat for this summer. Having sat on a pony for the first time at the age of 69 at the Exmoor Pony Centre, he decided to learn how to ride and aims to take part in the Exmoor Pony Society’s Working Hunter Class at Dunster Country Fair on Wednesday 27th July, when he will be 73.

He has a page on Facebook: Michael Woodcock -Exmoor Pony and importantly a Just Giving page where supporters can donate: www.justgiving.com/michael-woodcock-exmoor-pony or you can find the link through the website www.moorlandmousietrust.org.uk

Do support him and the ponies if you possibly can, either in advance or on the day itself and watch out for more news items.

Please note that the Exmoor Pony Centre is open to visitors between 10:00 and 4:00 on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday throughout the summer.

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Buzz Word ; June.

Middlings.

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the May edition of Bideford Buzz, particularly the articles on War Time Savings and Wartime Farming Problems on Lundy.  In the latter, Roger Allen queries, “What are Middlings?”

I remembered that they were a form of second quality wheat, but checked for a fuller definition in a post-war book of mine, entitled “The Principles and Practice of Feeding Farm Animals (First published 1940). I attach the entry for Roger’s enlightenment (see above post on website).

Many thanks for your efforts in producing your fine community newsletter.

John Hobbs. (Buckland Brewer)

 

Middlings is basically a poor quality product of ground wheat. We used it for poultry in the 1939/45 war.We had a normal pressure cooker and cooked vegetable scraps and bones and fish heads which were put in a bowl, chopped up and mixed with Balance Meal, Karswood Poultry Spice and I think middlings. It smelt quite appetising ! We kept chickens in pens and gave up our entitlement egg ration to have poultry food. We used to glean the local cornfields and my father grew giant sunflowers to feed the seed, and would split the stalks of brassicas so the birds could hollow them out. We lived at Burnham – on -Sea.

Margaret Young

Margaret also sent us an item on ‘Middlings’ from ‘The Standard cyclopedia of Modern Agriculture.’ 1914.

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Rolle Canal.

Following the cover page feature in last month’s Buzz, and combined with perfect walking weather, the Rolle Canal guided walk from Annery Kiln to the Ridd Inclined Plane on Sunday May 15th. saw a record turn-out of enthusiastic explorers keen to see the relics of this piece of industrial engineering and canal history.

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The next history walk will be on Sunday 12th June, again at 2:30, this time based on Staple Vale, Great Torrington, which is also the site of Torrington’s old railway station. Staple Vale was always what is now called a `transport hub`, combining one of the very few old pack-horse bridges over the Torridge with the later canal, turnpike road, railway and eventually the A386 trunk road. All these modes of transport served in turn to facilitate the very important wool industry from which Staple Vale got its name.

Another fine sunny afternoon has been ordered and, as usual on these Rolle Canal walks, there’s no great distance to cover but lots to learn and things to see that most people will normally miss. These walks are open to everyone and the society would welcome a donation of £2 pp towards the on-going costs of its volunteer work in research and maintenance of surviving features of the canal. If further information is required please email <hassallc@ymail.com> .

Marland rly Viaduct, Staple Vale

Chris Hassall.  Picture shows : Original wooden viaduct of Marland clay railway crossing the Torridge at Staple Vale.

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SeaLock Cottage. (Re last month’s article on the Rolle Canal Walk).

SeaLock Cottage, like the shipbuilding and quarrying activities outside the lock gates, on the Torridge banks, disappeared with the 1870’s arrival of the railway. There is a marvellous drawing of the sea lock done by the late Barry Hughes in his wonderful book – Rolle Canal and the North Devon Limestone trade. SeaLock Cottage is believed to be the building behind the nearly complete “Margaret”.

Peter Blackaby.

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Burton Art Gallery & Museum – June.

June already, the year is almost half over, and it is good to see colour TheBurtonArtGalleryeverywhere – in Victoria Park, flowers in bloom, the prominence of green in grass and trees. Everyone enjoys the summer weather, the children in the pool, splashing and laughing, families relaxing. The Burton Gallery is all part of this scene, and when you enter from the Park, via the Cafe du Parc, now refurbished by Jo Monterieux, you will discover even more colour in the exhibitions on show.

Colour Values comes to the Burton on 4th June, provided by seven artists, who are out to prove that colour is essential to our life, creativity and vigour. These artists, Brian Bishop, Martyn Brewster, Bonnie Brown, Fran Donovan, Michael Griffiths, Ursula Leach and Peter Symons, have worked together and individually throughout Britain as well as internationally.

To learn more about them and their works, come along on Saturday, 4th June, at 2.00 p.m. for a free ‘Talk and Tour’ of the exhibition. (The final date to see these artworks is 11th July).

Rachael Howard’s Red Work collection has been on show since 21st May, and is basically good fun. Rachael has a way of depicting everyday life which appeals to us all, whether it’s routine or unusual activities, single or groups, and she uses textiles to tell her stories. We have the pleasure of seeing her work right up to 4th July.

Jeff Soan makes some lovely, wobbly Wooden Creatures. You will want to hold them, make them shimmy, they are tactile, as only smoothed wood can be. If you collect chickens or armadillos, this is the place for you. Jeff uses reclaimed wood, driftwood, pallets, old furniture, and his creatures are sinuous, and lifelike.

Look around and you will see that the entire Craft Gallery contains as much stunningly beautiful and unique works of art as you will find anywhere in the U.K.

The list of craftspeople is surprisingly long, with potters, jewellery makers, metal workers, print makers, wood carvers, silk painters, textile artists, and much more. Their work just fills the walls, shelves and cabinets. If you wish to purchase in instalments, ‘Own Art‘ offers an easy and affordable 10-month interest-free payment system.

The Friends are off to the Somerset Levels on Saturday, 25th June. Starting from Bideford at 8.30 a.m. the coach takes us firstly to tour the ‘Wetlands & Willow’ Basket-making factory; then on to the Brown & Forrest Smokery, for another tour and lunch in the restaurant (smoked trout perhaps?)

John Leach, son of Bernard, is still potting in his workshop near Muchelney, and will show a small group around his workshop and kilns. Muchelney Abbey is close by, built in that soft greyish Somerset Lias, and is well worth a visit. Cost for a day out is £15, payable to: Friends of the Burton Gallery. To book a seat on the coach, phone 01237 471455.

The Gallery has so much to offer, not only exhibitions, Shop, Craft Gallery, and Cafe du Parc, but also the excellent Museum of Bideford with a unique Collection of North Devon Pottery.

Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-4pm; Sunday: 10.30am-4pm. Admission Free.

Diana Warmington,

Friends of the Burton Art Gallery & Museum.

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Book Buzz.

Thomas Fowler – Torrington’s Forgotten Genius.

Plough Arts Centre, Saturday 25th June, 3pm. All are welcome to this free event.

Few people know that Thomas Fowler, one of the original pioneers of the screenshot_19computer, developed his ideas on our very doorstep 175 years ago.

In her latest book ‘The Power of Three’, Pamela Vass tells the story of this remarkable Torrington man. His exceptional intelligence was obvious from the start but he was entirely self-taught, studying alone by night while working as a fell-monger by day. He carved a life for himself and his family – including eleven children – becoming a businessman, bank manager, councillor, church organist, Poor Law Treasurer, Inspector of Weights and Measures and much more besides.

But it was his flair for invention that makes this story so remarkable.

He designed and built his own printing press, patented a system for circulating hot water still used in central heating systems today and, most significantly, revealed a blueprint for a radical new approach to calculation that was a century ahead of its time. This challenged the accepted wisdom of the day; a controversial enough offering from a member of the academic elite, let alone a sixty-two year old tradesman from the far south-west of England.

In her talk, Pamela reveals Thomas Fowler’s resilience and ingenuity in the face of professional prejudice, betrayal and heart-breaking twists of fate as he fought for recognition for an invention he believed would be his greatest claim to fame. ‘Computers might have changed history and our world almost a century sooner than they did had the ideas of Fowler been understood and adopted…’ Ralph Merkle.

The Power of Three’ follows ‘Seeds of Doubt’ and ‘Shadow Child’ as Pamela’s third published book. For more information see: www.boundstonebooks.co.uk

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Bideford Library.

National Bookstart Week –

‘Under the Sea’

Thursday 9th June 9:30-10:30   Help us celebrate National Bookstart week at a special under-fives’ storytime of underwater fun. Join us for songs, crafts, refreshments and a little gift for every child. No need to book, just come along!

Story time for under-fives.

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

Feel Better with a Book (please check with library to confirm the group is running each week).   Every Wednesday 10:30-12:00 am tel 01237 476075. 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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Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

We meet on the first Wednesday of the month, 2pm at Bideford Library (£1 per session). Our discussions are always book based for the first hour. Afterwards we have tea, biscuits and sometimes cake and a general discussion. New members always welcome. A copy of the current book can be obtained by asking the staff at Bideford Library. Next meeting June 1st when we shall be discussing Buchan’s “Thirty Nine Steps.’

‘Mr Golightly’s Holiday’, by Sally Vickers.

Mr Golightly is an author who, many years ago, had written a best seller, but one which is now largely ignored by the modern world. He goes on holiday for four months to a Dartmoor village with the aim of updating it as a soap opera. At the same time he is trying to come to terms with the death of his son.

Writing a review of books discussed at the Bideford Library Readers’ Group can be challenging. Should it reflect the personal views of the reviewer or the general views of the group? Writing about this book was not made any easier by the diversity of opinions. Love it? Hate it? Marmite?

Perhaps it was these differences that generated a long and intense discussion, a discussion that got deeper and deeper under the surface of the story. At the time of the meeting, like two others in the group I’d only read half of the book and it hadn’t engaged me. At this stage I found it confusing and struggled with the number of characters: it seemed shallow and directionless. Was I taking it too much at face value? By the end of the discussion I saw it in a totally different light and decided to complete the read. From what was said I had an inkling of the ending, and, unusually, I found this a help in that I now began to look for the many clues related to Mr Golightly’s character and to his original work.

Some of the group found the style of writing unusual, almost as if written by two different writers. Was this deliberate in order to emphasise the differences in style between the original work and a soap opera? Sally Vickers has been brave in attempting to tackle the main theme of this book. Whether she succeeded or not is up to the reader to decide.

Peter Evans. (Note: For those who missed the clues there are comprehensive notes at the end of the book!)

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Bideford film society – June & July.

Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June at 7.30pm at Kingsley School Eye in the Sky (15), 102 mins.

Sunday 12 June at 6.00pm at Kingsley School Victoria (15), 138 mins.

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June at 7.30pm at Kingsley School Florence Foster Jenkins (PG), 110 mins.

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June at 7.30pm at Kingsley School X-Men: Apocalypse (12A), 144 mins.

Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July at 7.30pm at Kingsley School Money Monster (15), 99 mins.

Saturday 9 at 5.30pm and Sunday 10 July at 4.30pm at Kingsley School The Angry Birds Movie (U), 97 mins.

Saturday 16 at 4.30pm and Sunday 17 July at 6.00pm at Kingsley School Love & Friendship (U), 92 mins.

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 July at 7.30pm at Kingsley School Me Before You (12A), 110 mins. (Film preceded by a short film Julie’s Story, filmed and produced in North Devon by Simon Vacher).

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July at 7.30pm at Kingsley School Golden Years (12A), 96 mins.

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

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‘Legal highs’ – new legislation, commencing 26th May.

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June diary.

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Wednesday 1st

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 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. 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 Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at Coach & Horses, Buckland Brewer.

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

Thursday 2nd

Westward Ho! Fish Festival (until 5th).

10am-12pm See Hear on Wheels bus at Hartland Pavilion 01271 373236

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Marlborough Court.

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

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

2-5pm Open Garden & Afternoon Tea at 24 Bude St, Appledore, for N D Hospice.

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

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 3rd

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

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.477932

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 4th

9am-2pm Atlantic Village Market.

10am Torridge Ramblers day walk. 470004

7pm Film Club at Littleham Village Hall. 471928

Monday 6th

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

8.30pm N. Devon Jazz Club, The Beaver, Appledore. Ralph Freeman Quartet. 421065

Tuesday 7th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

2pm Bideford WI, New Sea Cadet Bldg.

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

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 8th

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

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

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

2.30-4pm See Hear on Wheels bus at Bone Hill car park, Northam.

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

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at The Beaver, Appledore.

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

Thursday 9th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Marlborough Court.

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 Abbotsham WI meets at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

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 10th

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

12-2pm ‘Big in the Ho!’ Big Lunch at Kingsley Hall, W.Ho! 422492

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.477932

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

7.30pm Abbotsham WI. 474711

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 11th

9am Bideford Band Solo & Quartet Contest. 475653

10am-4pm Model Exhibition & Traction Engine at Alwington Village Hall.

12-6pm Summer Fete in Victoria Park.

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

2-5pm Open Garden & Afternoon Tea at Hillcote, First Raleigh, for N D Hospice.

7pm Appledore Singers & Abertillery Ladies Orpheus Choir. ‘Super Summer Concert’ at Lavington Church. 420652

Sunday 12th

10am Special Service for Queen’s 90th birthday at St Mary’s Church, Bideford

10am-5pm Clovelly Seaweed Festival in aid of N Devon Hospice. 431781

Monday 13th

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. Members evening at Kingsley Hall, W. Ho! 472101

Tuesday 14th

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

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

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

7.30pm Bideford & District Gardeners Club at Bideford Methodist Hall.475914

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 15th

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. 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 Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix & Borderline Morris at Cyder Presse, Weare Giffard

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

Thursday 16th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Marlborough Court.

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

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 on W.Ho! Green (weather permitting).

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 17th

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

2-4pm ‘Sew Together’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 01805 622606

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 18th

9am-2pm Atlantic Village Market.

7pm Bright Stars Ploughman & Quiz Evening at Northam Community Centre. 421956

Sunday 19th

8am Sellers, 9am Buyers – RNLI Boat Jumble & Car Boot at Skern Lodge.

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers. 451643

Monday 20th

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 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 Appledore Amateur Radio Club, Appledore Football Social Club. 473251

8.30pm N. Devon Jazz Club, The Beaver, Appledore. Lee Gibson & Martin Dale Quartet. 421065

Tuesday 21st

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

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 Church Hall.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 22nd

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

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

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

2.30-4pm See Hear on Wheels bus at Bone Hill car park, Northam.

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

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at Pig-on-the-Hill, W. Ho!

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

Thursday 23rd

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Marlborough Court.

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

7pm Torridge Ramblers walk .01805 622183

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 24th

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

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

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.

6.45pm Queen’s 90th birthday cruise on MS Oldenburg for Northam Lodge. 477238

7.30pm Concert by Fremington Singers at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 25th

11am-3pm Woolsery School Annual Summer Fete at Woolsery School Field.

2pm Westward Ho! Youth Theatre ‘Wizard of Oz’ at Kingsley Hall, W.Ho!

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Sunday 26th

2pm Westward Ho! Youth Theatre ‘Wizard of Oz’ at Kingsley Hall, W.Ho!

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Monday 27th

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 28th

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.

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 29th

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

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

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

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix & Borderline Morris – walking tour of Instow.

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

Thursday 30th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Marlborough Court.

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 on W.Ho! Green (weather permitting).

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

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Shipping news No. 135 (April/ May).

In port – Yelland Quay.

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Celtic Navigator – (ex- Atlantic Sea, 2008: Hera, ’14) ; built 1990; flag Cardiff, UK; owners British; crew Polish; from Glensanda to Ribadeo, Spain; arrived 24.4, sailed 24.4; discharged 3,800 tons chippings.

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In port – Bideford Quay.

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Elke K – built 1993; flag Netherlands; owners Dutch; crew Polish, Russian, Filipino; from Plymouth to Castellon; arrived 5.5, sailed 9.5; loaded 2,860 tons ball clay.

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Appledore.

Arco Dart ; 5.5, 8.5.

LE William Butler Yeats still fitting out.

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Bristol Channel observations.

16.4 at 16.25 HMS Bulwark, 18,500 tons displacement, inward bound toward Ilfracombe – she returned to Bideford Bay about 2 hours later. Later in company with HMS Ocean, 22,500 tons dispacement, HMS Somerset, 4,900 tons displacement, the large French helicopter carrier Dixmunde, French fleet oiler Var , and two frigates which I believe were French. By daylight on Sunday they had all sailed off towards Plymouth. The vessels were all taking part in ‘Operation Griffin’.

At 16.50 bulk carrier Aastun, owners Hans Martin Torkelson, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 13.41. At 18.30 vehicle carrier Tranquility Ace, 18,840 tons d.w., owners Mitsui OSK Lines of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

At 18.50 cargo vessel Franbo Prospect ,11,008 tons d.w., owners Franbo Transportation SA Taiwan outward bound from Newport having sailed on 8.4 at 1841, having been anchored in Bridgewater Bay awaiting orders.

19.4 at 11.30 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, having sailed at 05.36.

20.4 at 07.12 vehicle carrier Grande Bretagna, 18,461 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury At 06.45 bulk carrier Berge Atlantic, 17,2704 tons d.w., owners Berge Bulk Norway AS Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 03.04.

21.4 at 13.07 vehicle carrier Torino, 21,260 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmson Sweden and Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

24.4 at 09.13 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

25.4 at 17.15 container vessel MSC Ishyka, 33,985 tons d.w., owners Mediterranean Shipping Co.s.A Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.00.

28.4 at 12.25 tug Svitzer Bentley, 200 tons d.w., owners Svitzer Towage Felixstowe, inward bound for Swansea.

29.4 at 16.25 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterraneo, 18,427 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

30.4 at 16.03 cargo vessel Lady Menna, inward bound for Birdport. At 17.40 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

3.5 at 0720 container ship MSC Rafaela, 51,210 tons d.w., owners Mediterranean Shipping Co S.A Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.31. At 08.22 vehicle carrier Grande Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.54. At 08.27 cruise ship Ocean Diamond, 8,282 gross tons, owners Iceland Pro Cruises, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 04.20 2nd – seen again inward bound for Avonmouth at 0852 and in the bay at 17.30 heading East. At 13.40 cargo vessel Arklow Breeze, owners Arklow Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 19.29 vehicle carrier California Highway, 18,664 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen KK (K.Line) of Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.20.

4.5 at 07.20 cargo vessel Monika Meuller, 3,723 tons d.w., owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH German, inward bound for Sharpness.

5.5 at 06.15 cargo vessel Celtica Hav , 1,720 tons d.w., owners Hav Ship Management AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.

6.5 at 14.00 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury (seen by my nephew Martin whilst at Hartland Point).

13.5 at 09.40 buoy maintenance vessel Patricia, 900 tons d.w., owners Trinity House London, working in Bideford Bay on fairway buoy – sailed later in the morning for Woolacombe Bay. At 17.38 vehicle carrier Paganino, 11,373 tons d.w., owners Paganino Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.51. At 18.13 vehicle carrier Montreal, 12,446 tons d.w., owners Montreal GMBH & Co Germany – this vessel had been at anchor of Ilfracombe for about 3 weeks (apart from going off to Falmouth for Bunkers).

14.5 at 17.25 cargo vessel RMS Goole, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Rheim Maas und see Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 18.50 vehicle carrier Grande Scandinavia, 18,440 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 2055 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 18.20.

Regards, Norman.

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Flying the flag.

Westward Ho! wins coveted Blue Flag award for 13th year running.

Keep Britain Tidy has announced the winners of this year’s Blue Flag and Seaside Awards, with Westward Ho! gaining awards in both categories.

As a result, Westward Ho! will be one of only 68 beaches in England flying the Blue Flag that tells the public they are one of the best in the country. The Blue Flag Award is the international standard for the best beaches in the world and in addition to this Westward Ho! has also been honoured in the Seaside Award category – Keep Britain Tidy’s own award for the beaches that meet the very highest standards for cleanliness and facilities.

Relatively few beaches achieve both awards, and Westward Ho! has now attained Blue Flag status for a 13th year in a row. Both the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards are the quality marks for beaches that mean those visiting them can be sure that they are clean and safe and meet the highest environmental standards, as well as the tough bathing water quality standards.

England as a whole can now boast more Blue Flag Award-winning beaches than Cyprus or Mexico and now ranks in the Top Ten in the world for beaches that meet the very high standards set for the award. However, of the 418 designated bathing areas in the Country, only 68 (around 16%) are Blue Flag beaches. So Westward Ho! sits within this relatively small and elite group of winners.

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Brighter future for Appledore fishdock.

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The future of Appledore Fishdock is looking a lot brighter since Torridge District Council took back control of the facility at the beginning of the year. A new manager, Paul Labistour, has been hired to oversee the management and improvement projects designed to put the operation back on a more sustainable and viable footing. He brings with him over 15 years experience as a harbour master at Brixham, but also has a sea-going and maritime consultant background to add to his master mariner qualifications.

In partnership with the Council’s Property team, tenants now have the security of a more transparent licence and leasing scheme which will culminate in new three-year operating licences to be issued shortly. The team are also turning their attention to address some of the maintenance and equipment issues to bring the facility back to the operating level first envisaged when the dock was opened in 2008.

While the initial priority has been to repair current equipment, such as the ice making facilities, the project team will also be looking at investment and funding opportunities to secure further improvements. Other plans include a review of the crane used to land the fish catches, waste management, site security, and the storage and dispensing of diesel on site. A further phase will also look at the running costs and make sure any future arrangements are geared toward a self sustaining model.

Councillor Philip Hackett – the lead member for Property said:

The Council is keen to maintain its investment in the Fishdock, which we consider an important cornerstone of the local fishing economy. There has been some neglect of the facility in recent years, which now that we have control again, we are determined to address. The cooperation of the businesses that use the dock has been vital in the progress we have made so far, and everyone recognises that the longer term viability and commercial success of the dock is something we can all contribute to, by working together. There are some innovative ideas coming forward and we very much hope that these will benefit the community as a whole and temper some of the negative impact of fishing quotas and bad weather that has plagued the sector lately”.

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Westward Ho! Fish Festival, 2nd-5th June.

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Coast to Coast Choir – Verdi Requiem.

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www.northdevonchoral.org.uk

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