Bideford Buzz

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

‘Bideford Buzz’ is produced  by a team of volunteers and relies on our local community for articles.   If you are interested in supporting this newsletter we’ll be glad to hear from you.

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

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

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Burton at Bideford events.

Here are details of two upcoming events at the Burton –

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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Torridge Council launches ‘Waste & Re-cycling’ roadshow.

Torridge District Council are set to launch a series of mini waste and recycling roadshows on Bideford Quay from September 22nd. The shows will be run as weekly events, every Wednesday, up until the end of October. At the same time a project to adapt the Harbour Office on the quay will be completed, so that in future, it can be operated as a permanent mini drop-in centre for waste and recycling enquiries.

The idea behind the schemes is to offer a central point of contact where members of the public can talk face to face with the recycling team and also have the option to pick up new or replacement recycling boxes and bags. It’s hoped that this will reduce the number of individual box and bag deliveries the Council have to make around the district, which will also make a small contribution to the Council’s Carbon neutral goal for 2030. Customers can also find out a whole lot more about such things as what they can and cannot recycle, what happens to their recycling, the cost of bulky collections, collection dates, which are just some of the frequently asked question people telephone the Council about. The Council are also looking into the possibility of rolling out further roadshows to Holsworthy and Great Torrington.

Councillor Chris Leather, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling, said:  “Torridge Residents have helped the environment by recycling over 55% of their waste last year, which is an incredible growth from just 42% a few years earlier. We hope that setting up the mini road shows and eventually the contact centre will prove a convenient and fast way for people to obtain new boxes and bags, but also for people to get more information about using the service. Our previous road shows have proved to be very popular and sharing more information on recycling will hopefully help both customers and further benefit the environment.”
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Exmoor Pony Centre – autumn.

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

As things begin to calm after a busy Summer, we are delighted to report that our ponies are happy and healthy. We try our very hardest to ensure our ponies get a varied lifestyle including meeting the public and exercise, through ridden work. We have added to our team of ponies as some of those who started their careers with us when we first opened back in 2006 are becoming veteran ponies and we have started to prepare the next generation for taking on their workload.  If you visited this year, you will no doubt have seen that old favourites Tom, Winston, Abbi and friends to name but a few have still been flying the flag for Exmoor ponies.  As the Autumn/Winter months approach here at the Charity we will be starting to introduce some new ponies to being ridden, these characters include Amethyst, a sweet 7-year-old mare and Magpie, an extremely cheeky 4-year-old gelding who needs to be given a job before he creates chaos looking for attention!

In October the free-living pony herds are gathered in, we hope many people will show an interest in purchasing youngstock from these moorland herds.  Exmoor ponies make wonderful domestic companions, ridden and driving ponies.  We are here to support anyone thinking of taking on the fun challenge of a moor bred foal, please get in touch with us if you are interested.

The end of Autumn also marks the start to our closed season here at the Exmoor Pony Centre. But don’t worry we do not shut the doors and hide away for the winter! You will see us at lots of events, holding our own Handling and Training Courses on site at the Centre and welcoming visitors by appointment.  Our resident Centre ponies receive a well-earned winter break, and we are always looking to hear from local landowners who may have a few acres spare who may fancy giving these chilled ponies some down time over the winter, all they require is checking daily and access to water, food and shelter. Please get in touch if you have some rough ground looking for some winter lawnmowers.

This time of year, we are keen to continue engaging with our supporters through social media, Facebook and Instagram. However, we are also thrilled when we get to come out to events such as Christmas Fayres to chat to people and to sell our range of lovely pony themed gifts.  Our 2020 Calendar is hot off the press and available from our Centre, you can purchase one at £7.50 by phone, online or at our shop, all proceeds go towards caring for our ponies.  We have lots of other goodies in our onsite and online shops so please check us out for all your pressie buying this year.

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheExmoorPonyCentre

Email: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk?

Tel: 01398 323093.

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Shipping notes No. 197 (August).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

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

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Appledore.

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

Bristol Channel Observations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

Norman.

Below, a picture from my archive –

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“Families for Chidren” – information sessions.

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

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

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

The next meetings are scheduled for:

Thursday 23rd September 6.00-8.00pm.

Saturday 9th October 10am-12noon.

Monday 1st November 6pm-8pm.

Tuesday 23rd November 3pm-5pm.

Wednesday 8th December 6pm-8pm.

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Torridge councillors pledge to support Afghans.

In March last year the Community and Resources Committee at Torridge District Council voted to participate in the Government led Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme. The national scheme aspired to accepting around 20,000 Syrian refugees into the UK, displaced by the fighting in their region. Across Devon this was coordinated by Devon County Council and managed on the ground by local charities.

The original timetable and progress of the Syrian scheme was delayed by the recent Covid pandemic, and the Syrian scheme is set to be relaunched this year. As part of this, there are now plans to extend the scope of the project to urgent support for Afghan people and their families, who were locally employed and worked side by side with UK armed forces in Afghanistan. Many of these worked in support roles, such as interpreters during the recent conflicts, and there is a fear that some may now find themselves in danger of reprisals, as foreign troops withdraw from their homeland. Councillors were asked to vote on the addition of the so-called Afghan LES (Locally Employed Staff) relocation scheme to the existing Syrian refugee scheme.

The vote was overwhelmingly in favour of this addition, and it means that the procurement of both schemes can happen simultaneously and operate side by side in future. The initial funding for the relocation will come from the Home Office, who will shortly be announcing the detail and setting out how the scheme will operate. The new schemes will build on the success of the Community Sponsorship Scheme, which has already overseen the resettlement of 36 families comprising 211 individuals in Devon, with 2 families relocated in Torridge with the support of local charity, TARKA community sponsorship.

Torridge District Council Lead Member for Housing Councillor Clarke said: “Torridge has an excellent track record of supporting the vulnerable and the needy and it’s right that we should also play our part on the international stage when the need arises. Local charities charged with managing the project will take the lead in finding suitable private sector accommodation and it’s great that with everybody’s help we will be able to bring some desperately needed comfort and security to those families that choose Torridge as their place to relocate to and settle”.

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Moonlight Memory Walk, 2nd October.

Support children’s hospice by taking steps in memory of loved ones.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is delighted to announce that its Moonlight Memory Walk is returning on 2 October.

The 5-mile sponsored evening walk is normaly held annually in Falmouth in Cornwall. However, after the event was held virtually last year due to the pandemic, the charity has decided to keep the virtual option open to those unable to attend the physical event in Falmouth.

The charity is asking people to complete a sponsored walk of any distance in memory of a loved one and raise vital funds for their local children’s hospice.

CHSW supports more than 500 children and families across its three children’s hospices, including Little Bridge House in Devon.

Last year the virtual event raised £28,000 for the charity which has kept its hospices open throughout the pandemic offering resilience stays, home visits, emergency stays, end of life care and bereavement support. This year CHSW hopes to raise £30,000 to help celebrate the charity’s 30th anniversary year.

After months of lockdowns and restrictions having such an impact on fundraising, the team at CHSW are delighted to be able to offer an event which will bring people together both physically and virtually, and provide time to reflect and raise vital funds.

A candlelit memory ceremony, the poignant centrepiece of the physical Moonlight Memory Walk, will be live streamed on Faceboook from Falmouth to supporters across the region offering a time to remember loved ones while listening to music and readings.

Kiley Pearce, Events Fundraiser for CHSW said “The last year has been incredibly challenging for everyone so we are so glad that we can once again provide a virtual offering so people can get involved across the south west, and further afield. This is an opportunity for people to join together with friends and family and remember their loved ones as part of a poignant but uplifting event.”

It is free to take part in the Moonlight Memory Walk virtually and you can choose your own route and distance; however registering is still encouraged as you will receive items for your Moonlight Memory Walk and to accompany the memory ceremony through the post. To register for the event simply visit www.chsw.org.uk/moonlight

This event is being kindly sponsored by National Friendly and all money raised will go towards helping CHSW continue to run it’s three children’s hospices in the south west which currently provide care and support to more than 500 local families.

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Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW)

Children’s Hospice South West was first registered with the charity commission in 1991.

It is dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives, providing the best possible hospice care for children with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

There are three hospices in the South West: Little Bridge House in Barnstaple (opened 1995), Charlton Farm near Bristol (opened 2007) and Little Harbour in St Austell (opened 2011).

CHSW is the only children’s hospice in the South West. It costs around £11million to run the three hospice sites each year and the charity relies almost entirely on voluntary contributions.

CHSW delivers a range of services including short breaks, specialist play, music therapy, activities for siblings, palliative and emergency care, end of life care, bereavement support and specialist medical care – all available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The services are free for families. To find out more about our work, visit www.chsw.org.uk

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Shipping notes No. 196 (July).

Bideford.

No shipping since last issue.

Appledore.

No news any orders.

Yelland.

No shipping since last issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

Norman.

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

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Talks at the Burton Art Gallery.

Talks with Artists and Makers from North Devon

Join us at The Burton at Bideford Art Gallery and Museum on Saturdays between 17 July and 2 October for a stimulating series of talks and QA sessions with artists and craftspeople from North Devon. Curated by Jess Pearson, founder of The Maker Series.

All talks take place between 12-1pm. Booking essential – places are limited.

Tickets: £5 / £3. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite (incl. booking fee), or from the gallery shop. Concessionary rate tickets are only available from gallery shop.

Watch an introductory film by clicking here.

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Nature Recovery Declaration.

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere launches Nature Recovery Declaration and Plan.

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

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

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

Why do we need to act?

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

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

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

Why should I sign the Declaration?

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

Mike Moser, Chair of the Biosphere Nature Improvement Group

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

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

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‘Wednesday Wanderers’ at Barnstaple Library.

Wednesday Wanderers group at Barnstaple Library restarts!

The group, funded by Active Devon and run by Barnstaple Library staff, is aimed at over 55s who enjoy a stroll, being outside and meeting new people at a friendly, informal group.

Find out more and book by phoning 01271 318780, emailing barnstaple.library@librariesunlimted.org.uk or booking in the library.

 

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Shipping notes No. 195 (June).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping at Bideford since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue

Appledore.

No news of any contracts for the shipyard.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/6 at 05.53 cargo vessel Sarah-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie-B Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 23.29 31st. At 06.24 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fujyukuri Maritima SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.58 bulk carrier Kotor, 3,4987 tons d.w., owners Crnogurska Providba A.D Kotor Montenegro, inward bound for Newport.

2/6 at 05.59 fruit juice tanker Orange Wave, 16,700 tons d.w., owners International Bulk Reefers Switzerland, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again outward bound at 20.29 6th having sailed at 15.34). At 11.10 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

4/6 at 05.16 tanker Jutlandia Swan, 17,998 tons d.w., owners Jutlandia Swan APS Denmark, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 09.49 6th outward bound having sailed from Avonmouth at 03.12). At 05.55 cargo vessel Barbara-B, 5,535 tons d.w., owners NH GMBH & co KG Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 09.06 cargo vessel Boha Wittenbergen, 3,744 tons d.w., owners Fortune Corporation Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 02.45. At 19.17 bunkering tanker Whitdawn, 4,650 tons d.w., owners John Whitaker Malta Ltd Hull, inward bound for Cardiff.

5/6 at 09.32 hopper barge Sloeber, 4,650 tons d.w., owners Decloedi En Zoon NV Belgium, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 03.44. At 17.25 cargo vessel Lady Anne Beau, 3,692 tons d.w., owners Lady Anne Beau Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

6/6 at 21.36 cargo vessel Runner, 2,521 tons d.w., owners Runner Shipping SA Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 20.40 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegis Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 0919 8th having sailed from Portbury at 03.38).

7/6 at 09.00 cargo vessel Alderbaran, 2,100 tons d.w., inward bound for Newport. At 09.08 bulk carrier Kotor, 3,4987 tons d.w., owners Crnogorska Plovidba AD Montenegro, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 03.42. At 10.20 hrs vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,420 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 21.10 outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 16.32). At 20.55 vehicle carrier Euphony Ace, 18,944 tons d.w., owners MOL auto Carriers Express Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 21.44 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers, inward bound for Portbury.

8/6 at 21.05 cargo vessel Amadeus Gold, 2,570 tons d.w., owners Amadeus Gold BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 22.01 bulk carrier Brassiana, 57,536 tons d.w., owners Pos Maritime DA SA South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

10/6 at 11.15 buoy tender vessel Galatea, 1,300 tons d.w., owners Trinity House Harwich, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 07.44. At 18.35 cargo vessel Celtic Endeavour, 3,702 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Cardiff, inward bound for Swansea. At 21.23 cargo vessel Arklow Vanguard, 5,853 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again at 14.53 15th having sailed from Avonmouth at 09.08).

11/6 at 04.55 vehicle carrier Grande Texas, 15,853 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.15 container vessel CMA CGM Goya, 9,620 tons d.w., owners Containerships CMA CGM GMBH Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.19.

12/6 at 21.37 cargo vessel Eems Exe, 3,813 tons d.w., owners Amny Eems BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

15/6 at 09.59 cargo vessel Ganda, 2,637 tons d.w., owners Trim Global Trading Co Turkey, inward bound for Cardiff. At 15.03 cargo vessel Klaipeda, 4,068 tons d.w., owners FALITA Shipping JSC Lithuania, inward bound for Avonmouth.

16/6 at 08.30 bulk carrier Elm K, 32,836 tons d.w., owners Sealift Maritime SA Japan, inward bound for Avonmouth.

17/6 at 17.21 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.30.

18/6 at 05.51 vehicle carrier Hamburg Highway, 20,606 tons d.w., owners Kawaskai Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 06.24 19th outward bound having sailed at 01.49).

19/6 at 06.14 cargo vessel Wings, 3,432 tons d.w., owners Wing Shipping Ltd Latvia, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 23.26 18th. At 09.25 cargo vessel Celtic Ambassador, 5,699 tons d.w., owners Charles H Willie & Co Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

20/6 at 06.12 small cruise ship Island Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Island Sky Shipping Inc London, heading for Lundy. She left the Anchorage about 1500 to circumnavigate the Island seen again at 16.57 finally sailing off for Swansea. At 18.21 fruit juice tanker Orange Blossom, 22,3874 tons d.w., owners Internation Bulk Reefers Switzerland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 18.36 cargo vessel Tasman, 4,716 tons d.w., owners Tasman Rederij Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 12.21. At 19.14 container vessel CMA CGM Goya, 9,620 tons d.w., owners Containerships CMA CGM GMBH Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.56. At 20.37 cargo vessel Kazim Dede, 9,861 tons d.w., owners Aurora of the Sea Shipping Marshal Islands, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 21.58 22nd outward bound having sailed from Newport at 17.05).

21/6 at 06.42 dredger UKD Cherry Sand, 2,305 tons d.w., owners Associated British Ports London, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 11.00 cargo vessel Arlecchino, 2,503 tons d.w., owners Caribbean Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath. At 18.52 bulk carrier Aasnes, 4,015 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Shipping Norway, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 13.53. At 18.56 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Shipping Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 15.45. At 21.24 cargo vessel Muros, 4,950 tons d.w., owners Vizcaina Baear De Navegacion Spain, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 11.46. At 21.21 cargo vessel Dolfijn, 2,450 tons d.w., owners Dolfijn Shipping Ltd Russia, inward bound for Newport. At 21.26 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,760 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

22/6 at 06.38 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury.

23/6 at 07.56 mini cruise ship Herbridean Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Hebridean Sky Shipping Inc USA, inward bound for Lundy: thereafter proceeded to Swansea, sailed in early hours of 24th. At 21.12 cargo vessel Troubadour, 2,570 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania/Latvia, inward bound for Sharpness. At 20.48 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 17.38.

25/6 at 11.34 cargo vessel Prima Donna, 3,004 tons d.w., owners Prima Shipping Oy AB Finland, inward bound for Newport. (During the morning I spotted on the computer the mini cruise ship Hebridean Sky, 4,200 tons gross, heading for Ilfracombe from Swansea. She then went for a short cruise eastward, returning in the afternoon and anchored off Clovelly, and finally sailed for Tresco about 19.00). At 15.25 vehicle carrier Grande Houston, 15,883 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.53. At 16.04 vehicle carrier Grande Baltimora, 18,447 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.35 cargo vessel Eems Dart, 3,725 tons d.w., owners Amny Dollard BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed 10.00.

26/6 at 09.52 cargo vessel Eems Exe, 3,815 tons d.w. owners Amny Eems BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 17.49 bitumen tanker The Deputy, 5,895 tons d.w., owners White Flag Ventures X11 LLC Singapore, inward bound for Newport.

27/6 at 13.25 cargo vessel Arklow Villa, 5,750 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

28/6 at 08.53 hopper barge Sloeber, 4,650 tons d.w. owners Decloeli En Zoom NV Belgium, inward bound for Barry.

29/6 at 11.13 the cruise ship Britannia, 14,3730 tons gross, owners P & O Cruises Southampton, having been round of the North of the Island she was sailing inward from Southampton and return to her home port. (Noticed the Oldenburg close to her – the passengers must have had a great view of such a large vessel).

30/6 at 14.01 cargo vessel Celtic Warrior, 4,123 tons d.w., owners Charles H Willie and Co Cardiff, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 09.08. At 15.55 bulk carrier Ultra Quality, 63,465 tons d.w., owners West Fortune Shipping SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards,

Norman.

Some oldies from my collection –

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Carbon, Environment, and Biodiversity plan adopted by TDC.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Covid testing – “Go for the Flow”.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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Devon Carers – caring for carers.

If you look after someone, who looks after you?

Since COVID-19, the number of unpaid carers in Devon has increased by almost 50% to approximately 130,000 (source: Devon County Council). It has never been more important to identify and support carers than now. Devon Carers are passionate about helping those who support others.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to family, friends or neighbours who could not manage without their help on a regular basis. Anyone can become a carer at any time. It may happen gradually as a person’s health deteriorates or instantly, as a result of an accident or unexpected health condition. Quite often a person does not recognise themselves as a carer, even though they have a caring responsibility. No matter who a person is caring for and whether they have the same condition as somebody else, their situation is unique to them.

Devon Carers is an organisation who support unpaid carers to maintain their own health, wellbeing and independence to care safely, confidently and effectively. The service has been commissioned jointly by Devon County Council and NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group. They provide a range of services to over 20,000 carers across Devon, excluding Plymouth and Torbay. These include:-

Website – an excellent information resource https://devoncarers.org.uk/ 

Quarterly magazine – with the latest news, carer stories and training courses. 

Helpline and webchat – available Mon-Fri 8am-6pm: Sat 9am-1pm. Call 03456 434 435. 

Alert Card – to alert others if they become unexpectedly ill or taken to hospital that they are unable to care for their loved ones and to summon help for them. 

Training – opportunities to learn skills to assist with their caring role.

Peer Support – connecting carers to mutually support each other.

Emergency Plan – a record containing important and useful information to help others if a carer is unexpectedly unable to carry out their caring role.

Hospital services – additional support following a stay in hospital.

Carer assessments – a personalised assessment of how caring affects your health and wellbeing and how we can support you with one-to-one assistance if required. They treat each carer as an individual, taking time to find out what’s important to them, and work out together how they can support them in their caring role. The challenges carers face in different parts of the county can vary greatly, so having local teams enables them to provide specific advice and support. The teams also liaise closely with health and social care services and have strong links with voluntary and community organisations. 

If you think you are an unpaid carer, or know someone who is, please get in touch with Devon Carers to find out more: https://devoncarers.org.uk/ or 03456 434 435.

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