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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March’s Youth Page.

A new chapter

There are a fair few stories in the news this week with one very similar thread, not the usual empty promises of snow- close to the seaside we’ve become accustomed to disappointment in that department- something else has found the limelight this time. Books.

After recent reports that most kids can’t hold a pencil, tablets are the way forward, and the pen/ paper combination has gone the way of other notable duos – such as Starsky & Hutch, and that short-lived cheese-pomegranate fad – you’d be forgiven for thinking that paper is on a shaky footing. Certainly, with the rise of e-readers, capable of holding their charge for around 28 hours and casting their own iridescent glow over both the rapt reader and the poor souls attempting sleep, the book’s found a new competitor. It may have eliminated the age old question of “which lamp should I sit underneath at night?” but this query is soon replaced by the far more worrying – “where’s the nearest plug socket to perch beside? I thought either Heathcliff or Cathy were about to die, but it turns out the kindle’s joined in too. “

Even with these electronic gizmos on the horizon, their leafy companions have found new outlets this year, with the rise of ‘book blogging’; many people now proudly show an internet audience the pile of paper backs they’ve just waded through, explaining some favourites or challenging others to take on their list. There are also a lot of literature based courses at the moment – from English A-levels to history, where a bit of wider reading can come in immensely helpful. It’s here that other people’s recommendations – of something that explains the background factors memorably, or fits in with the strand of coursework you’re tirelessly attempting to pad out – can make the job a lot easier. Novels, easily swapped between classmates like a curiously legal black market, prove to be far less faff than each person downloading the same thing to their e-reader once they’ve bought one in the first place.

We’re a good few weeks into it now, and so far, 2015 looks like the time of the tome; with the library willing to import anything not found in the Bideford outlet from the whole of the British Isles, and book clubs making their resurgence.

Yazzy

You may remember that a few issues ago now we mentioned Yazzy Chamberlain, who got through to the Finals of the UK Open Mike Contest. She has now gone on to win it.

With a performance of her own song “Silly boys breaking hearts”, she not only gained first prize, but also landed the Exposure award for publicity, gaining her recording studio time too! Well done Yazzy.

Maths Challenge

A grand well-done is also in order for Amy Walker ,Kieran Spittles, Max Heard and James Gould- who got Bideford College to the National finals of the maths challenge competition for the first time in its history. Although they didn’t win, they represented the town admirably in a field of over 70 regional winners in London.

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.

If you have something you’d like to tell us , please send your contributions fao Millie, Bideford Buzz c/o TTVS 14 Bridgeland St Bideford Ex39 2QE OR email editor@ bidefordbuzz.org.uk.

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Free “British Science Week” Family Day.

The Small School, Hartland, is putting on a free day of family-friendly hands-on activities and dramatic demonstrations as part of this year’s British Science Week celebrations. The School has been planning this day for some time and has succeeded in winning a grant from the British Science Association to make the day happen.

The grant has allowed the school to pull together a really exciting programme for the day. Scientist Bill Bailey will be bringing his explosive and electrifying “Adventures in Science” roadshow and students from the school will be on hand to lead people through an exciting range of hands-on activities and challenges including robot building, dry ice demos, the science of wool spinning and non-newtonian fluids.

All the students at The Small School study the full range of sciences as part of their regular curriculum and take part in National Science week every year. Usually this means a special timetable for the week with some great trips, talks and workshops but this year the school has decided it wants to share its enthusiasm for science with the local community.

As preparation for the event students will be researching the science on their doorstep and developing their ideas to enter the 2015 British Science Week poster competition. Children at the event will also be able to design and enter their own posters.

There will also be a café selling The Small School’s renowned hot soup and home-made cakes to put the icing on a really great day out!

Entry to the event is free and it will take place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday 21 March at The Small School, Fore Street, Hartland.

For further details contact The Small School on 01237 441672

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Torridge CATS – 2015 CATS Awards Evening!

This inspirational event will take place on Thursday 4th June 2015 at The Pier House in Westward Ho! It will be an exciting evening designed to promote, recognise and reward young people from the Torridge area for their positive community action.If you know of a young person in the Torridge area, aged 5 – 25, who deserves to be recognised and rewarded , then please be sure to nominate them using this link to the CATS nomination form. Torridge CATS 2015 Nomination Form

Please complete and submit all nomination forms by 27.04.15. If you would prefer a hardcopy nomination form, please email karen@communityactionthroughsport.org or telephone 01288 488086.

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From Hungarian refugee to Glorious Devon bistro owner.

It’s funny how Facebook opens up all sorts of windows and lets us see inside other people’s lives. The latest “7 facts that you may not know about me” has resulted in this article.

My mother, Julianna Ibolya Homolya, left Hungary with just me and one suitcase after the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. Mum was 24 years old and I was two. Neither of us spoke a word of English. After catching a train and walking for miles to a “safe” opening in the barbed wire fencing that was all around the border of Hungary and Austria, then spending a few nights in an Austrian farmer’s barn along with several others, we ended up initially in a refugee camp in Austria. Then we were allocated a space in England.

After reading this on Facebook, Rose Arno, Bideford Buzz’s Editor, responded by telling me that she clearly remembers, as a schoolchild, knitting woollen squares for blankets for Hungarian refugees. I can happily say that not only were we, as a family, grateful for one of those blankets and indeed had it for many years, but so were all the tenants of the house that we lived in when we finally arrived in the Midlands in 1958.

So how did I get to be living in glorious Devon? It has been my dream to live in Devon for almost thirty years, along with my other dream of owning a Bistro. It has been a long and eventful journey and I have made so many friends and hopefully introduced a tiny corner of Hungary to the Devon coastline. Imagine it started with the clothes on my back, a few changes of undies and a tenacious and brave young woman. Thanks, Mum.

Here is a classic Hungarian dish for you to try, which many of you will think is Goulash, but it is in fact Pörköltt. ‘Guylas leves’, translated to ‘Goulash’, is in fact a soup – Hungarians generally have a soup before every meal and Gulyas leves used to be eaten on the Plains by herdsman, made in huge tureens, much like the cowboys in America.

Take a look at my Facebook page – Nanna’s Kitchen, Combe Martin. You will see menus and opening hours and will be able to buy sachets of the herbs and spices needed to make this dish and others, in the right quantity and using Hungarian Paprika and Hungarian Marjoram. ENJOY!

Ildi McIndoe.

‘Pörköltt’ – Paprika Casserole.

(Serves four).

Ingredients

500 grams diced pork, from loin of pork.

1 tablespoon oil – sunflower, rapeseed, or vegetable.

1 large onion.

1 clove garlic.

1 tin chopped tomatoes.

1 large tablespoon of sweet Hungarian Paprika.

1 heaped teaspoon of Marjoram.

Salt and pepper.

Garnishes.

Small pot of sour cream

Finely chopped fresh parsley

A few thinly chopped sweet and sour gherkins.

Serve with chosen pasta shapes.

Method.

Finely dice onion and clove of garlic (or,for a better sauce, use a food processor or mini chopper to finely chop).

Heat the oil in a large frying pan ; add the onion and garlic and fry very gently, taking care not to overcook. It should stay translucent.

Keep it at a low heat for about ten minutes. When the onion and garlic have soaked up all the oil and are soft and golden, add the pork pieces and brown on all sides.

Add the Hungarian Paprika and Marjoram and just coat all the pork quickly. Add the tinned tomatoes and stir well to combine all the ingredients. Bring to the boil, add salt and pepper to taste.

Leave to simmer gently with a lid on for about thirty minutes. Take off the lid and test a piece of pork to see if the meat is cooked. If not, put the lid on and leave for another 10 minutes. Be patient, do not rush this point. You need the pork to fall apart when gently pressed.

If the sauce is too watery then remove the lid and cook gently until the sauce thickens to a coating sauce, as this will be served with pasta.

Serve with pasta that has a little bite, so that it still wants to soak up the sauce. Add the Pörköltt on top of the pasta and for a final authentic flourish add a tablespoon of sour cream on top and a sprinkling of finely chopped parsley.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – March.

Felicity’s Sustainable Fish through the seasons.

It would be useful to consider which fish are sustainable – and why?

Here is a short list of fish available in North Devon – gurnard, dab, herring, mackerel,hake, sardines/pilchards, trout. Shellfish – cockles, mussels, & oysters. Squid and octopus. Crabs and lobsters in the summer.

These are sustainable because they are landed locally and their stocks are plentiful. How the fish is caught is important ; fish caught on hand lines and in pots is most sustainable, as they have the lowest impact on the seabed environment.

The main principles when buying and eating fish is to choose locally-caught seasonal seafood. If you have to buy in a supermarket, try to use the store that sells the most certified MSC fish – see the labels on the fish. However, it best supports the local economy if you can endeavour to buy from local stalls and suppliers. This keeps the money circulating locally. For more information and recipes visit www.brilliantfishonline.co.uk

Here is the recipe for March. Gurnard is available all year, but needs to be well-filleted because of its small pin bones. It has a good flavour and is quite firm. Its pinky red skin looks good with this sauce.

Red Gurnard with celery and walnuts

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 red gurnard fillets

3 celery sticks thinly sliced

2 apples chopped into small chunks

4 spring onions, chopped

25g/1oz butter

275ml/10fl oz single cream

1 tbsp French flat leaf parsley, chopped

1 tbsp chopped walnuts for decoration

Method

Preheat oven to 230C, Gas mark 8.Butter an ovenproof dish. Place in it gurnard fillets, sprinkle with celery, apple and spring onions.

Pour over single cream, cover with foil and put into oven.

Cook for 10 mins, uncover and cook for further 5 mins.

Decorate with parsley and walnuts.

Serve with broccoli and mashed potatoes sprinkled with parsley.

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Book news : March.

Events in Bideford Library.

For Kids:

Story time for under-fives

Every Thursday. 9:30-10:00 am (except school holidays)

With stories, musical instruments and songs.

For Adults:

World Book Day – Book Speed Dating!!

Thursday March 5th 7.00 till 9.00 pm.

To celebrate World Book Day come along to an informal session chatting about your favourite books and authors. Drinks and nibbles provided. Be prepared to talk about your favourite book for one minute!!

Nifty Needles

Every Thursday. 2 – 4pm

For anyone who enjoys embroidery, quilting, knitting, crochet and other handcrafts.

Board Games Afternoon

Every Friday 2 – 5pm.

If you enjoy games like chess, scrabble, backgammon or dominoes come and join other enthusiasts for a game.

Feel Better with a Book (please check with library to confirm the group is running each week)

Every Wednesday 10:30-12:00 am.

Come and lift your mood through the joy of reading! The aim of the groups is to enable you to enjoy the pleasure and relaxation of listening to great stories and poems No pressure and no reading required. The group is led by an experienced facilitator.

Reminiscence Session – Take a trip down memory lane Wednesday March 11th 2:00-3:30 pm

Remember back… and look forward to sharing your memories with others -

chatting, looking at old items, perhaps creating a book of memories together.

For anyone aged 60+

Refreshments provided.

Meditation and Relaxation Group

Wednesday March 18th 2:15- 3:00 pm with Nicola MacDonald.

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Events in Northam Library.

World Book Day? We’re celebrating books ALL WEEK at Northam Library from Monday 2nd – Saturday 7th March.

Every child who takes out a book during the week will be entered into a draw for a £5 book token.

Enter our children’s book character quiz – £10 book token for the winner.

Saturday 7th March 10.30 – 12.30. Make your own book and decorate the cover – no need to book, drop-in.

Friday 27th March 2 – 3.30pm Easter basket floral arrangement workshop with Barnstaple Floral Art Club; £5 – includes materials and refreshments.  Booking essential 01237 475111.

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Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

‘Scenes from Provincial Life’ , by William Cooper.

Discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group

Published in 1950, this is one of five novels chosen by Penguin – part of its ‘Decades’ series of reprints – to represent the ‘50s. An odd choice, it would seem at first sight, because it is a memoir of the spring and early summer of 1939. For some of the group there was a distinct ‘30s flavour – the depiction of the countryside, the food, the characters and their concerns, the way they walked or cycled everywhere. For others (especially those who could draw upon living memory!) it did have something of a 1950s zeitgeist. Why? Nick Hornby, in his introduction to the book, writes “without Cooper’s novel there may well have been no Lucky Jim, or any of the other ‘50s and ‘60s novels that deal with relatively ordinary people in relatively ordinary situations.”

That was it: ahead of its time and foreshadowing the easy-reading quality and cheeky humour of the early Kingsley Amis.

The group had mixed feelings about the characters. The narrator (Joe) states early on that the novel is the story of Tom (27), Steve (17), Myrtle (22) and himself (28). Myrtle is Joe’s long-suffering but canny, constantly reproachful girlfriend (mistress). Tom is Joe’s friend and is in a gay and unbalanced power relationship with Steve; and the relaxed, accepting tone of the story is quite surprising. Another character is Robert, a background figure in Oxford whose influence and opinions are always important. He is said to be based on the writer C. P. Snow. The story is set in a vague provincial town where Joe teaches at a local boys’ grammar school. There he displays permissive camaraderie with his 6th Formers and cynical attitudes that are quite shocking. He is an aspiring writer currently trying to get a novel (his fourth)to be published; and he waits throughout much of the story for a critic (a certain ‘Miss X.Y.’) to reply with comments on the manuscript he sent her. Meanwhile, he carries on his sexual games with Myrtle and tolerates the quirky unpredictable behaviour of Tom. Every now and they speak of Hitler and the likelihood of war; and they discuss plans of escape to America and what they could do there to earn a living. We never get to the war, however, and the book ends with a post-script telling us what became of the main characters.

John Martin.

Next meeting -

Wednesday March 4th 2.00 pm.

Discussing ‘Paradise Postponed’, by John Mortimer. Please collect a copy of the book from the library.

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The adventures of Angy”

I have just had published my twelfth book. This time it is about a great North Devon woman whom I knew and worked with more than fifty years ago. I had no idea then what bold initiatives she had taken in 1914 which led to her being decorated by King George V and the Belgian King and to being imprisoned by the Germans. The book is called “The Adventures of Angy: a Red Cross Nurse at Mons” and describes how she raised and took a hospital team that included Winston Churchill’s sister-in-law to Belgium at the beginning of World War I.

I would like to let the public know about it, particularly with the emphasis in “Buzz” on people with links with North Devon. It is available from Amazon as a book and as a kindle. Paper copies will also be available at Walter Henry’s.

Angy Manners was daughter of Lord Manners and Constance Edwina Adeline Hamlyn-Fane, whose family owned Clovelly Court.  Angy Manners married the Col. Hon. Malise Hore-Ruthven and their son James, and wife Dron, some of our oldest friends, were the reason that Erica, my wife and I moved to North Devon. Angy is the great aunt of Hon. John Rous, the Devon High Sheriff and her brother, the Hon. John Manners (who was killed in the first days of the war) is honoured by a commemorative cross at Clovelly. The book is dedicated to Angy’s granddaughter Angela Hore-Ruthven, a veterinary nurse who lives in Bideford. Angy’s daughter, Sally Hore-Ruthven, told me that her mother’s life demonstrated “a move from privilege to purpose.”

Michael Henderson.

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Big Breakfast 2015.

Please support North Devon Hospice

and Big Breakfast 2015!

Big Breakfasts have been popping up all over North Devon, giving you the chance to enjoy the most important meal of the day with family, friends, neighbours or colleagues, whilst also raising vital funds for your local hospice.

Please come along and support your local Big Breakfasts at:

Bell Inn, Parkham

Saturday 7th March 10.00am-12 noon

£6.00 delicious Big Breakfast.

Tea/Coffee £1, Children’s Breakfast £3.50

Please pop in or call 01237 451201 to book your Breakfast.

Thatched Inn, Abbotsham

Saturday 7th March 8.30am-11.30am

£6.00 for delicious full English Breakfast

including tea/coffee.

Please pop in or phone 01237 471321 to book your Breakfast.

You can be sure of a warm welcome , so please support our generous Big Breakfast organisers if you can.

The money raised through Big Breakfast, which is generously sponsored by Phillip Dennis Foodservice, will help North Devon Hospice care for local people who are suffering from the impact of cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. All hospice services are provided completely free of charge, but it costs £4million each year to care in this way.

This is only possible thanks to the ongoing support of the local people of North Devon, so by attending your local Big Breakfast event you will be helping us support people in your own community.

For more information, www.northdevonhospice.org.uk, or call Gerard Fawcitt on 01271 347224.

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One hundred years ago : March 1915.

The government have announced increased separation allowances for soldier’s families from the first of March: 12/6d for wives, 5/- for the first child, 3/6d for the second and 2/-for any subsequent children. These allowances will finish at the end of the war and will make a big difference to many local families where the breadwinner is away fighting for his country.

The first batch of wounded soldiers has been received at “Commons” Auxiliary hospital. Provision has been made for 36 patients in total. The house is situated at the left hand side of Atlantic Way and opposite Lakenham House. It was formerly the residence of the late Colonel Wilson Hoare, Commander of the Royal North Devon Hussars.

It is reported that after much negotiations Messrs Kynocks Ltd, ammunition manufacturers, intend to establish a works for the extraction from wood of acetone or cordite in its lowest state. The site is just beyond the allotments at East–the–Water and will be connected by railway sidings to the L&SW Railway and also to Barlett Bayliss timber yard who will supply the wood required.

The Licence of the Blacksmiths Arms, East–the-Water, has been transferred to the adjoining premises. The tenant is Mr Beer. Structural alterations to the New Inn have been approved and the tenant is Mr R G Court. Police sergeant Doidge said the police had no objections and the magistrates approved the changes.

Above is George Boyle’s advert this month which states the “There should be a sewing machine in every home”.

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Bideford Film Society – March.

Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March at 7.30pm at Bideford College: Jupiter Ascending (12A) Film ends 9.35pm

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March at 7.30pm at Bideford College: Mortdecai (12A) Film ends 9.15pm

Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March at 7.30pm at Kinsgley School: Into the Woods (PG) Film ends 9.35pm

Thursday 26 February at 7.00pm and Saturday 28 March at 4.00pm at Kingsley School: Globe on Screen 2015 season: Titus Andronicus (15) Play ends 10.00/7.00pm.

Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Kingsman: The Secret Service (15) Film ends 9.35pm

Doors open 30 minutes before film start time.

Tickets available at box office, or advance ticket sales (credit/ debit card) online.

http://www.bidefordfilmsociety.org.uk/

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Shipping news No. 120 (January/ February 2015).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Welsh Piper - arrived & sailed 8.2.15.

Vessels due – 1) approx. 20/ 21.3 with chippings from Glensanda.

2) To load timber for Germany.

In port – Bideford Quay.

Fehn Mirage – (ex – Harleriff ’06, Wani River ’05) ; built 2002 ; owners German ; crew Russian ; from Avonmouth to Castile ; arrived 20.1, sailed 22.1 ; loaded 2,770 tons ball clay.

Vessel due end of March to load for Castellon.

Arco Dart at Appledore 19.1, 20.1.15.

At the time of going to press the Irish Patrol vessel Le James Joyce is due to leave Appledore 5th March 05.46 on her first sea trials.

Barge due 24th March 08.29. to load further pieces for the aircraft carrier at Rosyth, in tow of tug Strathdon.

According to reports in the ‘Gazette’ the cruise ship Prinsendam is due to visit Ilfracombe on July 26thI will only believe this if I see the ship on the day, as other visits have failed to materialise! Also due to return in 2016.

Bristol Channel Observations

17.1 at 15.42 cargo vessel Sormivskiy, 3,134 tons d.w, owners Zagranperevozk Russia, inward bound for Avonmouth.

18.1 at 09.13 Mikhail Dudin, 3,030 tons d.w., owners North Western Shipping Joint Stock Co Russia, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 01.45. At 10.07 vehicle carrier Viking Odessa 4693 tons d.w, owners Gram Car Carriers AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

19.1 at 11.40 vehicle carrier Grande Ellade, 18,440 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

21.1 at 07.35. vehicle carrier Figaro, 30,140 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

24.1 at 08.15 cargo vessel Anzoras, 5,750 tons d.w, owners Miurueta Naviera SA Spain, inward bound for Newport. At 09.16 cargo vessel Scot Venture, 3,262 tons d.w., owners Scot Line UK, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.15 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterreaneo, 18,427 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

25.1 at 10.04 vehicle carrier Talia, 21,021 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

26.1 at 12.05 vehicle carrier Viking Odessa, 4,693 tons d.w, owners Gram Car Carriers AS Norway outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 08.07.

2.2 at 11.30 cargo vessel Scot Venture, 3,300 tons d.w, owners Scoline Ltd UK, inward bound for Newport. At 12.04 chemical tanker Bit Oktania, 13,586 tons d.w, owners Tarbit Shipping AB Sweden, inward bound for Cardiff.

3.2 at 08.14 cargo vessel Peru, 4,279 tons d.w, owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 09.07 cargo vessel Blue Tune, 5,193 tons d.w, owners Bernd Meyering Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 16.25 cargo vessel Aasfjord, 6,053 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot.

4.2 at 09.07 cargo vessel Eva Maria Meuller, 3,722 tons d.w., owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 10.30 vehicle carrier Grande Portogallo, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.56.

6.2 at 09.06 hrs bulk carrier Aasli, 6,630 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 14.24 bulk carrier Kydonia, 92,828 tons d.w, owners Koronis Marine Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 07.16 . At 16.57 vehicle carrier Glovis Courage, 20,661 tons d.w, owners GL NV4 Shipping Inc Seoul South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

13.2 at 17.07 tanker Qi Lin Zuo, 75,567 tons d.w, owners China Shipping Tanker Co Ltd Shanghai Chine, having sailed from Portbury at 10.21.

Regards,

Norman.

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March diary.

Monday 2nd

‘Celebrating Books’ at Northam Library – until 7th March.

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall. 425541

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

8.30pm North Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore – Will Butterworth Quartet.

Tuesday 3rd

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

10.30am Coast & Country Walkers – Molland 7.5 miles 421883

2pm Bideford WI at Sea Cadet Bldg.

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 4th

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

10am-12pm TTVS ‘Trips, Slips & Falls’ forum for staff, volunteers & service providers working with older people at Bideford Rugby Club. Book on 420130

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

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

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

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

2pm Bideford Library Readers’ Group. 476075

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

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

7.30pm Woolsery Panto ‘ Dick Whittington’ at Woolsery Hall. £6

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

Thursday 5th

10am-12pm Charity Coffee Morning at Alverdiscott Methodist Chapel.

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum at Northam Methodist Church Hall. Graham Rooke ‘Fire Safety in the Home’.

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

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

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

7.30pm Woolsery Panto ‘ Dick Whittington’ at Woolsery Hall. £6

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

Friday 6th

11am Women’s World Day of Prayer service at Sacred Heart Church.

7pm Talk by Kester Webb at Abbotsham Village Hall in aid of Soroptomists.

£7.50 474193

7.30pm Woolsery Panto ‘ Dick Whittington’ at Woolsery Hall. £6

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 7th

Fairtrade Bake Sale outside Co-op store, Mill Street.

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

10.30am-12.30pm Make a book & decorate cover at Northam Library.

7.30pm Concert by Bideford Band & Torridge Male Voice Choir at St Mary’s Church, in aid of St Mary’s Church & North Devon Chemotherapy Unit. £7.50

7.30pm Woolsery Panto ‘ Dick Whittington’ at Woolsery Hall. £6

Sunday 8th

10.30am Coast & Country Walkers – Wadebridge, 6 miles. 421883

2pm International Women’s Day event at 6 Clevelands Park Northam Coffee, cakes. Raising money for NDADA, – supporting North Devon’s Women’s Refuge.

Monday 9th

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

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

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

Tuesday 10th

10am Macular Society meets at Burton Art Gallery. 474128

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

10.30am-2.30pm Art & Craft Group at Alverdiscott Methodist Chapel.

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 11th

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 473337

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

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

2.30-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) at Northam Community Centre.

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library 7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554.

7.30pm Bideford Music Club at Bideford Methodist Church. Concert by the Chamber Philharmonic Europe Orchestra. £12.50. 423112

7.30pmTwo Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

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

Thursday 12th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. Ryan Gallimore, ‘Developing Homes’. 479917

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

10.30am Coast & Country Walkers – Frithelstock, 7.5 miles. 421883

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

7.30pm Auction of 50 Promises at Seagate, Appledore, in aid of defibrillator for village & Appledore Pilot Gig Club.

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

Friday 13th

2pm Devonshire Assn at Burton Art Gallery. Cdr Charles Evans, ‘Devon’s Naval Links’.

7.30pm Abbotsham WI meets at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 14th

2pm Big Church Jumble Sale at Instow Parish Hall.

6pm Grand Art Auction at Burton Art Gallery.

7.30pm Vocal Recital at Lavington UR Church. £5. 07870675231

Sunday 15th

11am-4pm Daffodil Day at Hartland Abbey 441496

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 01805 622183

Monday 16th

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

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

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

8.30pm North Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore. Burum – Welsh folk music.

Tuesday 17th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

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

7 pm Fashion show at M.& Co., High Street, Bideford, in aid of David Rundle Trust. £5, includes drinks/ nibbles/ lucky ticket.

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 18th

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

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

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

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

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

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

Thursday 19th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. Forum Members ‘ Family Stories of WW1’.

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

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

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

Friday 20th

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

7.30pm Lions Club Quiz Night at Conservative Club. £5. 425198

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

8pm Barn Dance for Parkinson’s UK exercise class Alverdiscott Hall. Bloater Town Band. £8 tickets 01237 478128

Saturday 21st

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

11am-4pm British Science Week Family Day at Small School, Hartland. 441672

2pm Devon Family History Society at Pollyfield Centre. 431305

7pm Sponsored Body Wax on Scott Woodland at Bideford Football Club in aid of North Devon Hospice.

Monday 23rd

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

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

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

7pm Open Rehearsal with Appledore Singers at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 24th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

10.30am Coast & Country Walkers – Eggesford, 7 miles. 421883

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 25th

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

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

1-2.30pm SHoW (See Hear on Wheels) at Tesco, East-the-Water.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

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

Thursday 26th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. Richard Lockwood, ‘Dowsing’. 479917

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

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

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

Friday 27th

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

2-3.30pm Northam Library - Easter basket floral arrangement £5. 475111

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 28th

10am Torridge Ramblers Day Walk 451820

Monday 30th

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

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

8.30pm N. Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore. Sirkis/Bialas Quartet.

Tuesday 31st

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

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“Driving Safer for Longer”.

(Case study with Colyton Link and Chris Pope, ADI)

On any given evening across Devon, the chances are there will be interesting talks in progress in village halls, community centres, Scout huts, and the various draughty rooms adjacent to churches of all sizes and denomination. Topics might include the plight of the high brown fritillary, how to make the perfect lemon drizzle cake, the wonders of the universe, and Iron Age settlements of the Outer Hebrides (with slideshow).

They could, and certainly should, also include a session on Driving Safer for Longer, which have been being delivered to organisations, clubs, groups and societies for free by one of the advisers from Devon Travel Academy since the scheme started in 2008.

For reasons which are perhaps obvious in hindsight, the 30 or so drivers of the Colyton Link service gathered to witness one such workshop from approved driving instructor Chris Pope and, figuratively at least, have never looked back.

They may seem the obvious choice of audience for a talk focusing on the age-related changes which can affect driving, but there are many more car owners out there for whom the subject would be of great benefit, as Chris explained.

At a talk we highlight the areas where older drivers may be more vulnerable at some point and suggest coping strategies,” he said. “We don’t want it to sound like we’re telling people who have been driving for 50 years that all of a sudden they need a driving lesson. Our aim is to enhance their driving and make them aware of the things that might be, or might become, important to them.

I would say that the appeal of a talk would be that it helps to cover changes in the rules out on the road, because a lot of them have changed over the years. Vehicles have changed, the technology has changed and there are better ways of dealing with that.

Potentially the message is really in the title: to give some assistance in the little things they may or may not realise they are having difficulty with and give them a chance to continue driving, in safety, for longer than they may otherwise be able to.”

But the real beauty of the Driving Safer for Longer scheme, thinks Chris, is that it adds action to words, in the form of a one-hour assessment drive in the owner’s own vehicle after which confidential advice and support is given. As a driving instructor of over 35 years, he is at pains to point out it is not a test, and nor is it an excuse to remove anyone’s licence.

He said: “You want to see what the individual’s driving technique and needs are, and seeing how they are coping with the vehicle they are now driving, which will almost certainly be very different to the one they were driving in the past.

We are not making judgments on whether people should be driving or telling them what they’re doing isn’t very good; it’s really an advisory session in a way that is more like coaching to do things better, with the aim of improving confidence.”

If that was the aim, it was more than met for the 30 Colyton Link drivers who went from the talk to the assessment. The committee decided to poll their members following the experience, and were delighted with the response.

Certainly, everyone benefited from it,” said Colyton Link’s honorary treasurer, John Lewis, who was able to take advantage of the offer of a free trial assessment for group organisers.

In my own case I’ve been involved in travelling an awful lot, through my job, and calculated that I must have done about a million miles over the years – and I still got a lot out of it.”

Indeed, even experienced motorists are capable of adopting bad habits from a working life spent behind the wheel, which is another reason why Chris sees the assessment as such a vital factor in keeping drivers safer on the road as we get older.

In most cases the driving of people who take the assessment has been very sound– if you like, very average,” he said. “The nature of the people who are involved with Colyton Link almost defines them as people who are very conscious of what they are doing anyway.

But most people adapt and adopt certain styles. The one hour practical driving session can help pick up on bad habits which have crept in behind the wheel and made themselves comfortable. The workshops and drives help individuals stay safer on the roads, for longer.”

For more information about Driving Safer for Longer, to arrange a free workshop from an advisor, or to inquire about a one-hour practical driving skills assessment, contact Devon Travel Academy on 01392 444773, or visit www.max-driver.co.uk

Driving Safer for Longer is a scheme organised and run by Devon County Council in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

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‘Nightstop Devon’ – volunteers required.

Local charities tackle North Devon youth homelessness.

Volunteers needed to help young people at risk of homelessness

Can you help prevent homelessness?

Encompass South West, a local poverty and homelessness prevention charity, has joined forces with Community Housing Aid have expanded their ‘Nightstop Devon’ project into North Devon.

‘Nightstop Devon’ was established in 2001 and provides emergency accommodation to young people aged 16-25 who have nowhere safe to stay. Volunteer ‘hosts’ offer this emergency accommodation one night at a time to young people who find themselves homeless. Hosts have a spare room for the young person to stay in, and provide an evening meal, breakfast and a listening ear for their guest.

All volunteers receive expenses of £15 per night, full training and vetting and a member of staff is always on call.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering as a host or as a driver please contact Nightstop Devon on 01392 274853, visit www.communityha.org.uk or tweet @Nightstopdevon.

Kaye Corfe, Project Worker, said: “Nightstop is a fantastic project for young people facing homelessness and there is a real need for it in North Devon. A lot of our clients who take to sleeping rough or sofa surfing are vulnerable and may be putting themselves in real danger.

If they have somewhere safe and warm to sleep, even for one night, it can make such a difference. It shows them that society does care and that there are people willing to help them if they ask for it.”

www.communityha.org.uk

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‘Winner takes all’.

North Devon film-making project Boat Stories has come up trumps again with ‘Winner Takes All’, an exciting short film capturing the thrills of women’s gig racing in North Devon.

The five-minute documentary follows Appledore Pilot Gig Club Ladies ‘A’ Team as they compete on home waters at last year’s Appledore Gig Regatta.

When Boat Stories producer Jo Stewart-Smith met the Ladies ‘A’ Team she immediately spotted a good story. “I was impressed with the welcome I was given” says Jo, “how hard the teams trained through the winter – how competitive they were and yet the friendships they made through the team and the club carried on into their social life so that they were a tight knit group at work and at play. “


Emily Lea, Vice Captain of the team, says they were really excited when Jo approached them with the idea of making a film and they are thrilled with the result. “The film captures the great passion and incredible dedication members have at Appledore Pilot Gig Club. While watching the film, I went back to those gruelling training sessions, those competitive, goose bump moments where we almost beat our rivals and that sheer feeling of giving all you have got, for those incredible minutes of racing!”

“Rowing is already a popular sport, but with the help of this film, I feel it will promote the sport in a positive light, and encourage more people to get fit, and what better than to row in a boat!”

The sport is popular with both men and women; a lot of Appledore Pilot Gig Club members are married, which brings healthy competition between the sexes. The ladies have three racing teams (‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ crews and an intermediate group, who will be forming a ‘D’ crew this season). There is also a group of ‘women of a certain age’ and Emily says “We are very lucky to have the amazing “hot flushes” – they compete in the vets and super vets races, and often win silverware for the club. We are all very close and it just proves age really doesn’t matter when it comes to rowing.”

“Women of today are so busy juggling home and work life, rowing is a welcome escape, you can step into the boat in a stressed and bad mood and leave after a good row feeling refreshed, confident and ready to face the world!”

The team’s next battle will be in The Isles Of Scillies at the World Championships, where they will be rowing hard but also celebrating 4 hen dos. Emily notes “This of course will be happening after we have competed. There is a strict rule amongst the woman of no drinking until the last day … that’s the beauty of rowing though, we don’t need alcohol to have fun!”


Along with the other Boat Stories short films ‘Winner Takes All’ can be viewed at the Boat Stories website www.boatstories.co.uk where you can read more about gig rowing in North Devon and the making of the film.

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The ‘Boat Stories’ series of short films is available to view free online at www.boatstories.co.uk.?Filmed and edited by Matt Biggs of Artaura Productions in Bideford

Camera 2 – Stu Gaunt.

Sound – Josh Hawker.

Music – Alice Bollen.

Directed & produced by Jo Stewart-Smith.

‘Boat Stories’ is a series of ten short films, Produced by Jo Stewart-Smith, about life on and around the water in North Devon. Funded by Northern Devon FLAG, Bideford Bridge Trust, Tarka Country Trust, Westcountry Rivers Trust, North Devon + and managed by North Devon Moving Image. Contact for further information: Jo Stewart-Smith, Producer, boatstories@outlook.com 07816 815761  www.boatstories.co.uk

Northern Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG): The Northern Devon FLAG is a partnership of stakeholders that has come together to support all aspects of the Northern Devon fisheries, including the marine environment, fishing culture and local seafood. It has been successful in securing funding from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) to support the sustainable development of fisheries areas in the North Devon and Torridge districts. http://www.northdevonplus.com/what-we-do/flag_home.aspx

North Devon Moving Image CIC is a community film making organisation creating, collecting and sharing short documentary films about life in North Devon. Contact: Amanda McCormack, Creative Director, northdevonmovingimage@outlook.com 01271 860610 www.northdevonmovingimage.org.uk

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Defibrillator arrives in Appledore.

Great news for the community of Appledore and its visitors, as a new IPAD (Intelligent Public Access Defibrillator) was delivered to the Seagate Hotel. The defibrillator was donated by Appledore Pilot Gig Club after a successful bid for part-funding from the British Heart Foundation. The Seagate Hotel, located at the end of the Quay and one of the central points of the village, has kindly agreed to house the IPAD.

The easy-to-operate device is located inside the Hotel, which is open from 6.30am until 11.30pm and it is available outside those hours with a phone call.

Appledore Pilot Gig Club Chairman Rob Lea presenting the defibrillator to Dan Carter, Manager of the Seagate Hotel, Appledore.

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Ceremony of Bideford Manor Court – 21st March.

BIDEFORD residents are being called on to use an ancient right to make suggestions for town improvements.

Opportunity is being made for members of the public to take an active involvement in the centuries-old Manor Court Ceremony. Currently held on a Saturday in March, the ceremony was originally held to allow townspeople to bring issues before the Lords of the Manor for consideration. Nowadays, their ideas or “presentments” as they are known are put to the Town Council, which has an obligation to consider them.

Now the Town Council is opening the way for public attendance and is also calling for ideas and projects that would make Bideford a better place for the community and tourists to be put forward. Any member of the public residing in the Parish of Bideford who wishes to submit a ‘presentment’, should do so by 12 Noon, Wednesday 4 March 2015. The envelope should be marked for the attention of the Manor Steward.

Presentments submitted to the Town Council are considered by a chosen jury of 12 respected town residents and the most feasible are presented to the court.

Actions regarding presentments of the previous year are also reported.

Anyone wishing to take part in the occasion is invited to complete the application form and return it to the Town Clerk. If there are too many applicants a draw will be made by the Mayor to fill the available places. Those chosen will be able to take a guest and will also be invited to the Civic Reception following the Ceremony.

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Notice is hereby given that Bideford Manor Court will be held on Saturday 21 March 2015 at 10.30 in the forenoon within the Town Hall, Bideford. Presentments from registered electors in the parish of Bideford for consideration of the Court are invited by submission in writing, addressed to the Foreman of the Jury, c/o the Manor Steward, Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, Bideford to arrive no later than 12 Noon, Wednesday 4 March 2015.

H J Blackburn

Manor Steward.

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Download application form here.

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