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 £25 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 11th 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:

For complaints procedure, see “Impress” category.

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Tribute concert – Bishops Nympton, 31st March.


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Tarka Trail clean-up; Fremington, 25th March.


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Protheroe Smith (1809-89).

Protheroe Smith was born in 1809 in Bridgeland Street, Bideford, the son of a doctor, William Smith, and one of twenty children. He was educated at Bideford Grammar School and was destined for a military career, but injured his hip in an athletic activity, which put paid to his career as a soldier.

He decided on a medical career instead, and in 1833 qualified as a surgeon at St. Bartholomew’ s Hospital in London. Here he was appointed Lecturer in Midwifery and Diseases of Women, one of only two such posts in Great Britain and Ireland.

At this time, gynaecology was very much in its infancy, and very definitely a Cinderella subject. Smith was only the second person ever to carry out an ovariotomy without anaesthetics (on a woman who lived another 45 years), and the first to do the same operation with anaesthetics. An argument raged at the time, as to whether anaesthetics should be used during childbirth, as the Bible appeared to forbid it. Protheroe Smith argued from the Bible itself that the use of anaesthetics was perfectly acceptable, and wrote a well-known paper on the subject. The matter was sealed however, when Queen Victoria gave birth to her eighth child, with the use of anaesthetics. He was also an enthusiastic inventor of surgical gadgetry.

However his most important achievement was the founding of the first hospital in the world specifically for women.

In those pre-NHS days, hospitals were funded by subscription, but this proved to be an unpopular cause, partly because of its original name, the Hospital for Diseases of Women, which meant only one thing to the prudish Victorians: venereal disease.

It took five years and a lot of hard work for Protheroe Smith and a committee of pioneering doctors to gain proper support and funding, but the hospital finally opened in 1843 in Red Lion Square in London, transferring soon afterwards to larger premises in Soho Square, and renamed the Hospital for Women. By 1849 it had 5,000 outpatients, with 20 beds.Once opened, interest was shown by other cities in England and the USA, and general hospitals soon had gynaecological wards where females could be treated with more privacy and dignity, and medical expertise developed for women’s diseases. Before this doctors were generally ignorant of female complaints, and simply turned women away

A later report stated: “The foundation of this, the first hospital devoted entirely to diseases peculiar to women, is a great milestone in British medicine and gynaecology and has hardly received the recognition it deserves’.

He retired from his official post at the hospital in 1885 and died in 1889, aged 80. A memorial plaque celebrating his life and work can be found on the south wall in St. Mary’s Church.

Possibly Protheroe Smith has done more for humanity than any other Bidefordian, and his story should be better known.

Chris Trigger.


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News from Appledore RNLI station.

There was an increase in activity in 2017 over the previous year, with 60 launches in 2017 as opposed to 48 in 2016. One life was saved, 15 people were assisted who would have got into a more serious situation without assistance and the crew had the unpleasant task of recovering 3 bodies.

Around 75% of the launches were for services within the estuary and both the Taw and Torridge rivers. The station has seen a significant increase over the last couple of years in the volume of launches for potential or actual suicides and searches for missing persons with mental health problems.

In October the Lifeboat Operations Manager, Wendy Dale, retired after some 13 years of service and she will be sorely missed by many. Her replacement as the Lifeboat Operations Manager is Tony Merrill.


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March’s Youth Page.

Let’s go Rockpooling!

There are four types of shoreline: muddy, shingle, rocky and sandy. Here in the Bideford area we are blessed with all of these, but if you are going rockpooling the obvious place to go is Westward Ho! There you will find the sandy and rocky shore and the best place to start is to the left of the slipway where the rocks begin at the low tide.

To keep it simple, the shore is divided into 3 zones: upper, mid and lower. Although the species overlap, you are more likely to find the interesting species in the mid and lower shore zones.

When rockpooling you will need some basic things: wellies or shoes you can get wet, a bucket and an ID Guide. It is not recommended you use a net as they can damage many rockpool animals!

The Rockpool Code:

Tread very carefully. Seaweed can be very slippery if you walk on it.

Don’t knock limpets off the rocks. They anchor themselves to their “home scar” and trap water beneath their shell.

Any creatures you put in a bucket must be kept cool by frequently changing the water when the sun warms it and they must be released where you found them. Some creatures like dark weedy places and do not like being exposed to the sun!

Do not poke anemones. They can sting, and you can damage them.

If you turn stones over to see what lives beneath, please turn them back as you found them.

Respect any animals you find.

Here are some of the things you might find: limpets, barnacles, crabs, prawns, small fish, worms of many different types, molluscs (shells) anemones and of course seaweeds. And some with very long names like the creature in the picture!

The main thing to remember is HAVE FUN!

Coastwise North Devon are running a Public Rockpool Ramble on B H Monday 28th May at Westward Ho!. Meet on the slipway at 11.00 (11.00 – 13.00)

Jan Whittington.


Women’s History Month.

February 2018 marks 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act which gave women over 30 and with £5 of property the right to vote ; this March as we celebrate Women’s History Month it is important to remember the sacrifices and courage of Devon and Bideford women who fought so hard for equality and democratic representation, especially in the 10 years leading up to the Equal Franchise Act of 1928.

Devon has many links to the women’s Suffrage movement and its success, as well as to prominent women within the movement. Emmeline Pankhurst, one of the founders of the WSPU, was arrested in Plymouth and spent time in Exeter prison during the time of the “Cat and Mouse Act ,” as well as links between Christabel and protests in Torquay. Throughout the year there are multiple exhibitions, both locally and nationally, to mark the centenary so look out for them in the press and on line.

Lucy Braund.


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One hundred years ago – March 1918.

It is reported in the 5th March edition that HMHS ‘Glenart Castle’, a hospital ship, was torpedoed some miles offshore between Hartland Point and Lundy on 26th February. The ship sank in several minutes and only a few of the 182 on board were saved. This action took place in an area speciality designated as a free zone and not liable to attack. (A memorial stone is on the cliff path at Hartland)

Property for Sale: Hole, Seldon & Ward offer Nos. 11, 12, & 13 Milton Place Bideford, and 1 & 2 Torridge Street, Bideford East. Also stables premises at Westward Ho! totalling ½ acre (which later became Twose Garage, now also demolished and rebuilt as Nelson Court).

Bideford Food Control. Mr R S Chope reported that requisitioned stocks are now in hand of margarine and will be available on 25rd March for general distribution. All retailers have been trained to administer the coupon rationing system except one retailer who was selling his stock without a certificate of approval. Application from dairymen to sell margarine from their carts to meet the demands of ration cards were approved. In last month’s article we reported that meat was becoming very scarce. Early this month a considerable quantity of venison was made available by Mrs Clemison and distributed at markets across our region priced at 8d per pound. It is also reported that store cattle, sheep, store hogs, bullocks, cows and calves were all in good supply and fetching reasonable prices.

Bideford Council have applied for another field in the Hartland Road area, currently owned by Sir George Kekewith, to be purchased and converted to allotments. The owner is prepared to sell but the tenant objects War Agricultural powers will be invoked to compulsorily purchase the land. Since the outbreak of war the council have provided 150 allotments totalling 20 acres around the town.

Silent Knight – Minerva 6 person tourer. 4 speeds and reverse. Cape cart extension hood with side curtains. Beatsonon double folding windscreen. Upholstered in brown leather and well stuffed.

An Adler 12hp touring car – seats 5 people. Body by Morgan of London; painted dark blue. Owned by a doctor.

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


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Felicity’s traditional fish cookery; March.

Charles Kingsley wrote the ‘Water Babies’ in Victorian times. In the story Tom, the chimney sweep’s boy, meets the gentleman salmon and the nosey drift of trout when he jumps in the river to become clean and safe! He plays with the mackerel and herring whom he meets at the mouth of the river where it joins the sea.

Here is an interesting recipe for smoked mackerel fishcakes -quick and easy. You could make 4 large ones for a satisfying supper, even served in a burger!

Smoked Mackerel, Chilli and Lemon fishcakes (for 8 fishcakes, or 4 burgers).


500g potatoes.

Flat-leaf parsley.

Lemon juice.

Chilli flakes.

300g smoked mackerel fillets.

1 tbsp. flour (and some for dusting).

2 tblsp. Oil.


1. Peel, dice and boil the potatoes for 15 mins.

2.Chop the parsley.

3.Drain and mash the potatoes with the parsley, chilli flakes and lemon juice.

4.Flake the fish into the mash, add the flour and mix well.

5.Put them on a plate and chill in the fridge for 30mins. (or freeze for future use)

6.Heat oil in the large frying plan and cook on medium heat for 7mins.each side.

Serve with green vegetables and tartare sauce or horseradish sauce with added mayonnaise.


These cheese scones are extra delicious served with cream cheese and smoked salmon. They can be served for fish teas.

Cheddar and Smoked salmon scones.


225g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting.

1tsp. baking powder.

50g salted butter, diced.

100g Mature Cheddar Cheese.

150ml milk, plus extra for brushing.

100g mature smoked salmon.

Chives and lemon.


Preheat the oven to 220C or gas mark 7. Stir together the flour and baking powder, then using your fingertips rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Using a table knife, stir in ¾ of the cheese and then the milk to make a fairly soft dough. On a lightly floured surface pat the dough out to a thickness of 2cm and stamp out 5cm -wide rounds. Reuse the trimmings, to make 12 scones. Transfer to a baking tray, brush lightly with milk and scatter over the reserved cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

Spilt each scone in half, spread the base with soft cheese and chives, add a piece of smoked salmon and replace the top. Serve with small slices of lemon wedges for squeezing over the salmon.

(Photo of scones is courtesy of Waitrose Cards.)


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Buzz Byte; March.

Have you ever heard of a software programme called Adblocker (sometimes referred to as Adblock or Poper blocker)? What is Adblocker? It’s exactly what it sounds like, ‘a piece of software designed to prevent advertisements from appearing on a web page.’

According to research Adblock Plus is the world’s most popular ad blocker, being used on over 100 million devices. As individual requirements and preferences differ you need to look at the pros and cons of each package to determine which one best suits your needs. Most of these programmes are general adblockers, but you can get specific software designed for use with YouTube or Facebook. Again, according to personal preference if you like seeing on-line ads then don’t install it, but if you like to use the internet without being swamped with offers and enticements to buy products or services then install one of the many software solutions on the market. Packages should allow you to disable the functions on websites of your choice. However some sites use pop-up technology on their websites and you won’t be able to view them unless you disable it on that page. Companies are getting wise and you will encounter some sites that identify that you have an adblocker installed and ask for it to be turned off; you have to decide if you want to by reading the accompanying message from the

business/charity/individual. Having an adblocker installed should help your browsing speed as the software will prevent unwanted plug-ins or advertising tags.

In the past we have experienced compatibility issues with some internet browsers such as Internet Explorer or Edge but find that Mozilla Firefox or Chrome don’t provide too many problems. If you are having trouble accessing some or all of the features on a website, try changing the browser you are opening it in. If that still doesn’t work give your local independent computer company a call. If you use your phone to stream data and browse the internet some packages have dedicated mobile ad blocking, which would be different from the PC version.

Nickie Baglow.


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Gardening tips for March.

Welcome to the Monthly Gardening Tips for March. Hopefully the weather and the ground is warming up a bit and there hasn’t been too much winter damage.

Fuchsias now need pruning. Cut hardy fuchsias down to the ground and trim back your potted fuchsias by two thirds; repot after cleaning off all the compost.

Rose bushes – cut back by about a third, making sure you cut out dead wood and branches that cross-over. If the shoots are frosted cut them out completely. Try and make a nice open centre and a neat shape.

If you have Winter flowering heathers give them a haircut after they finish flowering. Just trim back below the flower stems and make a nice shaped mound.

For big heathers use garden shears, but turned over, as it helps get the right shape. Doing this now saves them getting woody and leggy.

Our Bideford Gardeners’ Club will be visiting Blackmore & Langdon, Pensford, Bath nursery on 11th May for a pre-Chelsea display and chance to buy plants much cheaper than in the catalogue. Spaces on the coach will be limited as we are also visiting Holt Farm, Yeo Valley Organic Yoghurts private garden. We have more trips planned, ask for details

If you need more information and advice why not come along to Bideford Gardeners’ Club. Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on 13th March at Bideford Methodist Church Hall, entrance off Honestone Street car park. with Caroline King & Christine Waters on Easter Floral Arrangements (both active members of Atlantic Flower Club) for our complete programme.

Good Growing – Mike Avis – secretary.


Vegetable Garden.

(As ever, keep an eye on the weather forecast – intermediate & long-term – before making a judgement on sowing or planting).

March sees increasing activity in the vegetable plot. Onion sets go in at 100mm intervals, and it’s not too late at the same time to plant garlic cloves (only just covered). Under glass: sow lettuce, celery, celeriac, and French beans. In the garden sow carrots, parsnip, spinach, turnip, peas, spring onions, and radish (as a catch-crop). Plant early potatoes.



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Burton Art Gallery – March.

The Annual Schools Exhibition continues in all its glory, variety, and imaginings until the 5th March, so you have just a few days left to enjoy our local children’s and students’ colourful works of art. As always, we stand back in amazement at the creativity and talent displayed. Their teachers are to be congratulated on inspiring the topics, and collating the exciting work they bring every year. The Burton is proud to host such a distinctive collection of paintings, sculpture, textiles, collages, dioramas and drawings from so many of our local schools.

Diane Arbus, influential American photographer of renown, was born in 1923, and died in 1971. She knew New York City, her birth place, and regularly photographed its people, seeking out their character and personality. She is best known for her black and white portraits, and her photographs are informal, never posed. These revealing images are on show from 17th March, and during that time there will be opportunities for students to learn from this exhibition, take photographs themselves and enter a competition.. The last day is 11th June, and this exhibition is drawn from the Artists’ Rooms collection, funded by the National Lottery, the Art Fund, and the Arts Council England.

Workshops in March include ‘Exploring sculpture with Taz Pollard‘ on the 10th, and making ‘Creative Linocuts’ on 24th March with Helen Murgatroyd. Booking essential. 01237 471455.    Cost for the day: £40 + £5 for materials.

The Friends of the Burton always have something going on, and on 22nd March, Pamela Thompson will give an illustrated talk on ‘John Gould and his Bird Artists.’ These are not your everyday birds, but exotic, rare birds from faraway places, and the illustrations are stunningly beautiful.    7.30 p.m. just £5 at the door. All Welcome.

Looking ahead: The Friends invite you to their Annual General Meeting at 10.30 a.m. on 28th April, After business concludes, the newly appointed Executive Director, Chris Kirby, will be speaking on future plans for the Gallery.

On 17th May, well-known local author, Liz Shakespeare, will enlighten us on the life of Edward Capern, Postman Poet. 7.30 p.m. £5.

If you’d like a day out, come with the Friends to the Elizabethan Mansion, Prideaux Place, Padstow, (connections to Richard Grenville). Entry fee £9. Morning visit, afternoon, free time in Padstow. Depart Bideford 9.00 a.m. on Saturday 9th June. To Book: 01237 471455 Coach cost tba.

The Gallery has so much to offer: Cafe du Parc, Craft Gallery, the Bideford Museum and Ceramic Collection, and a Shop, full of delights. Admission free: Open Mon-Sat: 10-4; Sunday, 11-4.

Diana Warmington.

Friends of the Burton Gallery & Museum.


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Book Buzz – March.

‘The last Runaway’, by Tracy Chevalier. (discussed by Bideford Library Readers’Group.)

What a novel – superbly written – full of intrigue, and one can only admire Honor’s determination strength in a country and family where she was so alone and alien to the very strict Quaker regime. Her eagerness to support the runaway slaves is both humbling and commendable.

The reader is taken through her long, tough voyage by sea. Heartbroken at losing her sister and missing her family back home Honor struggles with a new way of life, and it’s almost a relief when she meets warm, down-to-earth friend Belle.

Later after being almost stifled in one family her marriage to Jack is happier, but she always feels the outsider within his family too.

The vivid descriptions of her experiences and observations in letters to her family and friends back home are often full of love and positive to the end. Her quilt making helps her to seek acceptance and possibly keeps her sane. She feels trapped and frustrated not just with Jack’s family, but within the community.

She feels the disapproval from the Haymakers on a daily basis although loves Jack and tries hard to work and accept the very dull and tedious life on the farm.

Honor ‘s courage to support the slaves, risking her life ( and her child’s) whilst protecting them and confronting Donavan as he persists in his trail to track them down is exciting and the novel is a page turner to the very end! Tracy Chevalier writes with immense knowledge of the Quakers’ beliefs and way of life. It is also so visual in the way she explores racism, friendships and survival -all part of Honor’s new life in 1850s America.

It was both disturbing and tragic – yet steeped in history and full of adventure.

Margie Summers.

PS Not everyone in the group agreed with Margie and some found it difficult to relate to the main character. We all however thought it was a well researched novel.


Feel Better With a Book at Bideford Library!

Come and join our friendly and informal ‘Feel Better with a book’ group!

The group meet between 10.30 and 12.00 every Wednesday morning at Bideford Library. Enjoy the power of words read aloud in a small friendly group. Relax and listen while a facilitator reads aloud from old and new stories and poems and share responses over a cup of tea. Join in or just sit back and relax! The sessions are free and open to all. For more information about the group please contact Bideford Library on 01237 476075 or just pop along to one of the sessions and see what you think!


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March front page.

This month’s picture, featuring a ‘March Hare,’ is an original water colour by Tanya Landman.  Tanya lives locally and is the author of many very successful books for children and young people. She won the Carnegie Medal in 2015 for her novel Buffalo Soldier. Her novels have been shortlisted for numerous other awards.

Tanya’s art work will be on show at an exhibition at ‘The Plough’, Torrington in the Autumn.

” Landman brings a unique creativity to her paintings, constructing a powerful look into what remains of wild Britain – its animals, its landscapes, its climate and, most importantly, its soul.”- I.B.

For more information visit Tanya Landman Art on facebook or


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Bideford’s Iron Bridge(s).

(“Bideford Gazette”, 17th June 1825).


Mention the ‘Iron Bridge’ and every Bidefordian will know where you mean – but there were once two such bridges. The first and earliest was at Landcross on the Bideford-Torrington road and was a prefabricated structure probably made in South Wales. It was brought to North Devon by boat in 1825 when the present riverside road to Torrington was being constructed. (See above.) It was rebuilt using steel in 1926.

The second ‘Iron Bridge’ is the more familiar one over the Torridge that used to carry the railway to Meeth and is now part of the Tarka Trail (below). This was built when the railway was extended to Torrington in the early 1870s – but its construction was not without controversy.’

In September 1869 the Mayor of Bideford, C.Pedler, wrote to the Board of Trade opposing the ‘construction of a railway bridge by the London and South Western Railway Company across the Torridge‘ on the basis it would impede the river for boats. The Board passed this letter on to Mr.Galbraith engineer-in -charge of the new line who replied ‘Bideford town council could not be serious in opposing the construction of the proposed bridge across the Torridge as it will improve rather than injure the navigation of the river.

In November of that year the council held a ‘Special Meeting’ to discuss the proposed bridge which saw tempers fraying – and when the vote was taken to oppose its construction the vote was split equally between those for and against. A journalist who attended the meeting noted ‘the proceedings were unfit for reproduction in any respectable newspaper.

The railway company merely pushed on with the scheme though in October 1870 councillors reckoned there had been ‘a deviation on the original plans and an encroachment on the river‘ – an allegation repeated in November 1871. Indeed so incensed were they over this presumed illegality they sent the Borough Surveyor up to London to trace the original plans to bolster their argument. Unfortunately the surveyor had to report that ‘from a careful examination he was satisfied that the work was being done according to the plans.‘ By now the bridge was virtually complete and so the councillors withdrew their objections – and the bridge went on to become an iconic part of the scenery on this part of the river.

Peter Christie.

Today. The iron (railway) bridge is now the property of Devon County Council and was recently repainted. The Tarka Trail comes under the management of Martin Caddy of DCC, who is Public Rights of Way Officer for all this end of Devon.




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March diary.

We’re here weekly –


10am-12noon Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall. 01237 425541.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford Methodist Church Hall. 01237 472532

7pm Appledore Band – training band St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, followed by senior band. Contact Hugh, Secretary, 473723.

7pm-8pm Walking Football at Kingsley School: Men and Women.Tel Rose Young French, 07895 035091

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652


10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528.

11.45-12.45 Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall : TorrAGE Ageing Well. £2.50 donation. 01805 622666

23.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun and Fellowship’ Club at Baptist Hall.

2.30pm ‘Lift Off for Ladies’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church; speakers and cuppa. 01237 425471.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners rehearse. New members welcome. Victoria Park Band Room. 475653

7pm-8pm Walking Football at Kingsley School: Women only.Tel Rose Young French, 07895 035091.

7.30pm Camera Club at Chubb/Churchill Hall. 01237 421391.

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


10am – 12 noon. Bideford Healing Group meet at the Sea Cadets Hall in Park Lane.

10.30am-12noon ‘Feel better with a book’ at Bideford Library. 01237 476075

10.30am Walking for health in Victoria Park. Meet at Café du Parc. 01237 421528

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi SW, free classes for over 50s, G4 Gym, Dadden Court Ind Est. 01237 478802

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

2.15-3.30pm ‘Fit as a Fiddle.’ Buckland Brewer Church school room : TorrAGE Ageing Well, 01805 622666

7-9pm Bideford ‘Sew Sociable’ at Lavington Church Rooms, Willett St.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 01237 423554

7.30pm Bideford Phoenix Morris practice at Bideford Baptist Church. 01237 473798

8pm Torridge Male Voice choir rehearse at Woolsery Village Hall. 01237 441601


9.30am-10am Under fives story time at Bideford Library. 01237 476075

10-11am (beginners & intermediate) and 11-12noon (intermediate) Tai Chi at Marlborough Court. £2.50 donation. 01805 622666

10:15am – 12 noon Northam & District Men’s Forum: Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, Northam. Contact Mike on (01237) 459324 for more information.

2-3pm (in term time) Seated exercise for over 60s at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. £3 donation. 01805 622666

2-4pm ‘Tea and IT’ at Bideford Library. Bring your tablet/ phone etc. 01237 476075

2.15pm Thursday Fellowship at Northam Methodist Hall. 01237 421956

6.45pm Westward Ho! Bridge Club at Trinity Church Hall. 01237 470990.

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners’ Arms.


2-4pm ‘Sew Together’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. TorrAGE Ageing Well, 01805 622666

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre. 01237 477932.

4-6pm Needlecrafts at Bideford Library. 01237 476075

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

8pm Ceilidh Club Northam Hall. 01237 476632 .


10am – 12noon Children’s Lego Club at Bideford Library. 01237 467075

10.30am – 12.30 Scrabble club at Bideford Library. 01237 476075.


7.45pm ND Cancer Care Quiz at Lacey’s Ale and Cider House, Mill St Bideford. £3 per person, teams up to 6. All welcome, contact Neil 01237 473798


And we’re not –


Wednesday 21st

11am-12noon Creative (memory) Café at Quay Mtg Rm, Danver Court, Clovelly Ind Est, 07817 976053.

2.15pm -3pm Meditation at Bideford Library. 01237 476075.

Thursday 22nd

10.15am Probus Club at the Royal Hotel 01271 831480.

2-5pm ‘Way of the Wharves’ volunteers meet at Royal Hotel Kingsley Room.

7pm ‘From Burma to Haiti.’ Christchurch, Bear St, Barnstaple. Christian Aid event about Rohingya people.

Friday 23rd

10am-12noon Coffee, Craft and Chat at Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 01237 421274

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

2-4pm ‘Sew Together’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 01805 622666

Saturday 24th

10am Torridge Ramblers day walk. 01237 429080.

7.30pm North Devon Hospice Benefit gig with Soul Intention at Pier House Westward Ho! 01237 422710

7.30pm North Devon Choral Society performs at Torrington Church. 01805 628202.

Monday 26th

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

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High St Methodist Church Hall, 01237 472532.

8.30pm Live Jazz, ND Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore; John Law’s Recreations Quartet.

Wednesday 28th

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel. 01271 831480.

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

Thursday 29th

10am-12 pm ‘See Hear on Wheels’ at Griggs Close, Northam. The See Hear Centre 01271 373236. Mobile: 07831 515809 Email:

2-4 ‘See Hear on Wheels’ at Moreton Court, details above.

Friday 30th – Good Friday.

Find the Easter Chicks’ starts at Clovelly.

Saturday 31st

10.30am -12 noon Dressing the churchyard at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

All day – ‘Entertainingly Different’ at Bideford Pannier Market. Free.

Happy Easter!


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Shipping notes No. 154 (January/ February).

In port – Bideford Quay.

Celtic Crusader – (ex- Scorpius, ‘98 ; Lamego, ’13); built 1994; flag, Cardiff; owners, British; crew Russian, Latvian, Polish; from Leixoes to Castellon; arrived 18/1, sailed 20/1; loaded 2,100 tons ball clay.


The fourth vessel for the Irish Navy will be floated out from the building dock on the 2nd March at 06.00 (high water). She will be named LE George Bernard Shaw.

Bristol Channel Observations.

19/1 at 07.20 container ship BF Cartagena, 5,218 tons d.w., owners Paula Foroohari Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 11.05 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan (having sailed from Portbury at 07.48).

25/1 at 16.45 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd UK, outward bound from Portbury (having sailed at 09.49).

26/1 at 08.25 cargo vessel Mekanik Krashovskiy, 2,650 tons d.w., owners Joint Stock Northern Shipping Co Russia, outward bound from Sharpness (having sailed at 00.29). At 14.30 vehicle carrier Grand Hero, 18,085 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping H.K. Co Ltd Hong Kong China, inward bound for Portbury.

30/1 at10.40 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja 2 SNC France, outward bound from Portbury (having sailed at 05.23).

31/1 at 09.10 vehicle carrier Graceful Leader, 20,986 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Ltd Israel (in the colours of Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan), inward bound for Portbury. (At 10.10 1/2 vessel seen again outward bound having sailed at 04.48).

1/2 at 08.25 vehicle carrier Fidello, 30,137 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

2/2 at 08.00 vehicle carrier Virgo Leader, 20,111 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.02 hrs bulk carrier Aasnes, 7158 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, outward from from Portbury (having sailed at 05.57). At 13.25 cargo vessel Wilson Calais, 4,450 tons d.w., owners Wilson SA Norway (having sailed from Newport at 07.51). At 14.30 cement carrier Ronez, 1,117 tons d.w., owners Heulin-Renouf Shipping Ltd Channel Islands, inward bound for Port Talbot.

3.2 at 11.40 vehicle carrier Virgo Leader, 20,111tons d.w., owners Nippon Yesen Kaisha of Japan, outward bound from |Portbury (having sailed at 06.43). At 13.42 bulk carrier Neptune, 32,318 tons d.w., owners Briana Shipping Co Pte Ltd Singapore, outward bound from Avonmouth (having sailed 07.54).

6/2 at 11.40 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., onwers Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.43 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14565 tons d.w. owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury.

7/2 at 11.10 cargo vessel Argos, 3,666 tons d.w., owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 16.40 vehicle carrier Grand Hero, 18,085 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping (H.K.) Co Ltd Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury.

8/2 at 11.30 cargo vessel Yasemin, 6,830 tons d.w., owners Is Finanstal Kiralama AS Turkey, inward bound for Newport.




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