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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Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society – second online exhibition.

INVITATION TO VIEW OUR 2ND ONLINE SHOW!!

The May show can still be seen on our website, but we are delighted to invite you to view our NEW SEPTEMBER 2020 online show, which opened this week at http://www.whobidarts.co.uk/exhibition_refresh.html with all new work. As you will see our members have been busy being creative during lockdown!

The exhibition runs for the rest of 2020. Do feel free to invite your friends and relatives to view the show.

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Woolsery Country Craft & Farmers’ Markets.

Woolsery Farmers’ Market has been split into two, to allow for COVID measures to be in place and to make more space. Refreshments will be available at both events.

Dates as follow –

24th October, 10.00am – 2.00pm at Woolsery Village Hall – Country Crafts Market

Featuring local artists handmade and beautiful crafts. Any potential craft and local artists stall holders are to contact Hilary Prouse directly to book a stall. Hprouse@tiscali.co.uk / 07774160341

21st November, 10.30am – 2.00pm at Woolsery Village Hall – Woolsery Farmers Market.

Come and visit farm and independent suppliers who stock a fabulous range of authentic Devon produce. Any potential stall holders are to contact Carol Cohran (Carol@dippledairy.co.uk Tele:07946 603152). £10 stall holder fee.

 

Both markets are capped at 30 Stall holders to allow spacing and social distancing to be in place. Covid measures will be adhered to and in accordance with government guidelines at the time of the event.

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Exmoor Pony Centre – September.

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

Wow, what great support we have had over the holiday period with visitors observing our new measures brilliantly. Exmoor has definitely been busier with people ‘staycationing’ and we have loved seeing them at the Centre. Hopefully, we have made some new friends who will visit and support us again to take part in the activities we haven’t been able to offer at this tricky time. We will be welcoming visitors and experienced riders to book in up until our winter closing date of October 30th.

Our stable yard tours have been extremely popular, and our visitors have enjoyed seeing the ponies close up over the stable doors. So much so that the number of ponies being adopted has risen – the adoption packs have been flying off the shelf. In particular, Almond and Rama, two of our adoption ponies have loved the cuddles and been great ambassadors.

If you would like to adopt a pony please visit our online shop on our website for more information – they make great gifts as birthday or Christmas presents.

It is already time to start organising and preparing for the Autumn and Winter months. We are planning that our Dark Skies Festival activity: Wildlife at Night on 28th and 29th October will be able to go ahead in a safe manner. Spaces will be limited so if you wish to attend, please call or email to book in.

Soon we will be welcoming a new intake of foals from the Moorland Herds. This is always an exciting time of the year so keep an eye on our website and social media platforms for updates of all the news.

We send you all our good wishes, please stay safe and remember to call or email to book in for a visit or a ride.

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheExmoorPonyCentre

Instagram: #exmoorponycentre?

Email: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk?

Tel: 01398 323093

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Shipping notes No. 185 (August).

Bideford Quay.

Nothing since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

Nothing since last issue.

Appledore.

The great news, announced on Radio Devon on Tuesday 25th, was that the owners of Harland and Wolff Belfast shipyard (Infrastrata) had bought the yard for £7 million and would be pursing orders and resuming shipbuilding as soon a possible. It was deemed so important that the Prime Minister was in attendance at the yard for the announcement.

(Pictured below, one of the Irish Navy vessels built at the yard).

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/8 at 06.46 bulk Carrier Sider Mykonos, 30,060 tons d.w., owners Nebel Shipping SA Switzerland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 11.00 cargo vessel Pasedena, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 05.56. At 2020 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,000 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 17.15. At 21.10 tanker Northern Skagerrak, 708 tons d.w., owners Kristenssson Shipping AB Sweden, inward bound for Cardiff.

2/8 at 18.02 cargo vessel Ronja, 4,500 tons d.w., owners Irving Management Pte Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Avonmouth.

3/8 at 06.13 vehicle carrier Prometheus Leader, 14,382 tons d.w., owners Bacchus Shipping Pte Ltd Malaysia, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.30 cargo vessel Kristel, 5,000 tons d.w., owners HS Kristel OV Estonia, inward bound for Newport. At 10.12 Telamon, 3,675 tons d.w., owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Cardiff. At 10.27 cargo vessel Sky Vita, 4,195 d.w., owners Sagittarus Shipping Co Ltd Latvia, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again on 5th at 09.40 outward bound, having sailed at 22.20 5th). At 12.30 cargo vessel RMS Laar, 2,304 tons d.w., owners Rhein Maas-und See-Schiffahrtskontor GMGH Germany, inward bound for Neath. At.12.54 tanker Stolt Pelican, 5,797 tons d.w., owners Stolt Pelican BV Rotterdam, inward bound for Barry. At 13.19 container vessel MSC Hannah, 38,700 tons d.w., owners Saltgate Panama Shipping Inc Switzerland, inward bound for Portbury.

4/8 at 13.35 cargo vessel Amber Trader, 5,727 tons d.w., owners A. Trader Ltd Portugal, inward bound for Swansea. At 13.39 cargo vessel Amisa, 6,059 tons d.w., owners Smisia Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Newport.

6/8 at 05.15 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 06.55 7th,having sailed from Portbury at 00.38). At 16.15 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.15.

 8/8 at 12.30 container vessel MSC Manya, 43,093 tons d.w., owners Manya Maritime Ltd Cyprus, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 12.55 Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.01.

9/8 at 12.52 vehicle carrier Spica Leader, 14,378 tons d.w., owners Spica Shipholding Pte Ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.40 container vessel Vohburg, 9,296 tons d.w., owners Vohburg KF Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 09.15.

12/8 at 17.24 bitumen tanker Stella Orion, 4,999 tons d.w., owners Boerenizu BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

16/8 at 07.10 cargo vessel Wilson Porto, 4,953 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipmanagment Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 0745 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 1918 container vessel Vohburg, 9,296 tons d.w., owners Vohburg KF Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.37.

17/8 at 9.05 bulk carrier Aastvik, 7,566 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 05.35. At 12.22 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,990 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Swansea. At 17.15 cargo vessel Celtic Spirit, owners Charles M Willie & Co Charter Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

18/8 at 11.29 tanker Stolt Jaeger, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Stolt Jaeger BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 08.12.

19/8 at 12.16 bitumen tanker Iver Blessing, 6,189 tons d.w., owners Vroon BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 19.55 bunkering tanker Northern Skagerrak, 708 tons d.w., owners Kristensson Shipping AB Sweden, inward bound for Cardiff.

20/8 at 16.58 reefer vessel Green Ocean, 5,246 tons, owners Green Shipping AS Poland – passed Lundy, then turned around and went to anchor off Clovelly. After sheltering from storm Ellen left the anchorage on Thursday 27th and made for Stornoway in Scotland. At 17.03 cargo vessel Rix Flevo, 4,515 tons d.w., owners Rix Shipmanagement SIA Latvia, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 08.50. At 19.53 bunkering vessel Lizrix, 1,942 tons d.w., owners Lizrix Tankships Ltd UK, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again outward bound at 10.55 22nd,having sailed from Avonmouth at 21.36 21st).

21/8 at 20.10 LPG tanker Navigator Leo, 34,300 cubic metres capacity and 22,844 tons d.w., owners AAT Shipinvest AS Norway, cruising round Lundy sheltering from Storm Ellen – she went to anchor off Clovelly while awaiting a berth at Milford Haven. She left the anchorage about 0800 and passed the east side of Lundy 08.55 23rd, heading for Milford Haven.

22/8 at 05.30 bulk carrier NBA Van Dyck, 95,527 tons d.w., owners NYK Bulkship Atlantic BV Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 08.03 cargo vessel Brufjell, 4,372 tons d.w., owners AAT Shipinvest AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness.

23/8 at 09.00 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegil Shipping Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 21.44 20th having been sheltering from Storm Ellen further up the Bristol Channel. At 14.10 bulk carrier Oriana C, 34,417 tons d.w., owners Six Navigation Co LLC New York, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.33.

24/8 at 17.20 vehicle carrier Wisteria Ace, 17,325 tons d.w., owners Polar Express Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

28/8 at 06.52 vehicle carrier Selene Leader, 18,082 tons d.w., owners NYK Line Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 07.30 29th, having sailed from Portbury at 01.47). At 20.11 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

29/8 at 09.56 cargo vessel RMS Carelie, 2,503 tons d.w., owners Rederi AB Nathalie Finland, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 03.39. At 10.07 bulk carrier Orient Dynasty, 55,683 tons d.w., owners Stevens Line Co Ltd Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 04.47.

30/8 at 06.30 bitumen tanker Seapower, 4,898 tons d.w., owners Sea Ocean Maritime Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 11.07 tanker Patras, 16,744 tons d.w., owners Harren Chemical AS Denmark, inward bound for Cardiff. At 11.23 hrs vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

31/8 at 13.30 vehicle carrier Pleiades Leader, 21,462 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.40 cargo vessel Amadeus, 1,680 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath..

Regards,

Norman.

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Urgent call for leisure centres’ funding.

Torridge District Council is working in partnership with local authorities across the South West in urgently calling on the Government to provide funding to safeguard the future of leisure centres.

Councils which are members of the South West Leisure Group are warning that the government needs to act now before the furloughing scheme ends this autumn and it is too late for the sector. Many councils have been or are being asked to provide financial support to keep these companies and organisations financially viable and allow them to open up, but in many cases, councils simply do not have the funds.

Under government funding announced last month, only around a quarter of councils will be able to recover a proportion of the income that has been lost as a result of the pandemic. Where centres in other districts have reopened or partially reopened, they are facing substantial increased costs due to additional Covid-secure measures they have had to put in place, including limiting customer numbers and reduced opening hours.

Sport England have been leading cross sector support on the challenges facing local authorities’ leisure provision due to COVID-19 and have made Government aware of the severe impact on public leisure provision and the need to secure additional financial support as serious concerns remain over its economic viability.

Leader of Torridge Council, Councillor Ken James, said: “The leisure facilities in Torridge are a vital asset for the health and well-being our local communities and Torridge continue to do all that we can to safeguard them. We have worked closely with our leisure management partner since the start of the lockdown, but we have still not reached a position where we can afford to re-open the three leisure centres in Torridge. We would welcome additional financial support from the government so that we can deliver these important services.”

John Hart, Chair, South West Councils, said: “The position is pretty simple really. Councils are being asked to financially support companies purely to enable public facilities to re-open. Councils cannot afford to do this and so there is now a real risk that facilities in some areas will not be opening. That will undermine national initiatives to reduce obesity and make the nation healthier and more resilient. It is vital that the government holds firm to its promise to do whatever is necessary to support councils’ efforts.”

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‘Memories by Moonlight’ – 26th September.

Remember loved ones by moonlight and support Children’s Hospice South West.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is inviting people to remember and celebrate the life of a loved one and raise vital funds for the charity.

A Memories by Moonlight ceremony will be broadcast live on Facebook from the Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell at 9pm on Saturday, September 26, giving people the opportunity to light a candle and come together virtually for a special evening of refection.

The poignant and uplifting ceremony will feature readings from all three of the charity’s children’s hospices – Little Harbour, Little Bridge House near Barnstaple and Charlton Farm near Bristol. It will also include music, poems and a two-minute applause to celebrate the lives of those no longer with us. The names of loved ones will also appear along the bottom of the screen.

Kiley Pearce, Events Fundraiser for CHSW said: “Due to the pandemic, the charity has had to adapt many things over the last few months – the care and support we offer to children as well as the fundraising events that help to fund that vital support for more than 500 local families.

We hope our new Memories by Moonlight event will give people a lovely way to support the work we do while remembering the special people in their lives.”

Everyone who registers to take part in the event, which is being sponsored by National Friendly, will get the chance to join the virtual memory ceremony. People can then choose to simply donate in memory of their loved one, or complete a walk or activity at a time and location that suits them and ask friends and family to make a donation towards this.

Participants will receive a beautiful memory pack in the post, which will include a candle bag to decorate, along with a tea light to light on the evening and a booklet to accompany the memory ceremony.

Kiley added: “We are delighted to be bringing Memories by Moonlight to people across the South West and beyond. We look forward to connecting with everyone at the memory ceremony on the evening of September 26, which we are sure will be a very special night.”

To sign up to Memories by Moonlight, simply visit www.chsw.org.uk/moonlight

Registration is just £10 and a memory pack, along with details of how to access the Memory Ceremony, will be sent in the post. For more information about the event, you can also call the CHSW Fundraising Team on 01726 871800.

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‘Families for Chidren’ – online information sessions.

With the current COVID situation we are now running information sessions online via Zoom. I have pleasure in sending the date of our next information sessions.

Are you considering adoption but not sure where to start? Families for Children is holding ONLINE information sessions to give you the opportunity to find out more. You will hear from adopters and talk to our experienced adoption team about how you can adopt, the qualities needed to be a great adopter and of course about the children waiting. Visit us to book today https://familiesforchildren.org.uk/book-online-information-event/ or call 01271 612004

Thursday 8th October – 4.00-5.30pm.

Thursday 12th November – 4.00-5.30pm.

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Shipping notes No. 184 (July).

Bideford Quay.

Nothing since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

Nothing since last issue.

Appledore.

No news from Mr Cox regarding reopening. However, in the North Devon Gazette, an article by Matt Smart (22/7) – “A move which would pave the way for the purchase of Appledore Shipyard is imminent, according to a union. United understands there are three consortia actively seeking to purchase the mothballed Appledore Shipyard. The Union said it understands a final announcement will be given the green light to buy the shipyard is imminent and it is hoped that shipbuilding at the historic site will return this year”.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/7 at 09.55 cargo vessel Eems Exe, 3,813 tons d.w., owners Amny Eems BV Netherlands, outward bound from Birdport.

2/7 at 07.32 cargo vessel H&S Fairness, 2,980 tons d.w., owners Biesborch Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 20.01 cargo vessel Brigitte M, 6,324 tons d.w., owners Brigitte Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 20.43 cargo vessel Wilson Amsterdam, 3,603 tons d.w., owners Tanne Kankena Vertoom Bojen Germany, inward bound for Newport.

3/7 at 08.58 container vessel Elan, 13,740 tons d.w., owners Elan Bewarder BV Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 04.47.

4/7 at 07.15 cargo vessel Firdevs, 4,200 tons d.w., owners Sava Shipping Trading Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport.

5/7 at 05.50 bulk carrier Baltic Wasp, 63,389 tons d.w., owners Baltic Wasp Ltd USA, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.30 cargo vessel Rebbeca Hammann, 2,420 tons d.w., owners Hammann & Prahm Reederei Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.27 hrs bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

6/7 at 08.30 cargo vessel Lisa, 4,850 tons d.w., owners Schwarteewberg Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 13.30 vehicle carrier Manon, 28,360 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.24. At 20.45 cargo vessel Lady Ann, 3,700 ons d.w., owners Lady Ann BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 21.52 cargo vessel Eems Exe, 3,813 tons d.w., owners Amny Eems BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

7/7 at 05.20 bitumen tanker Elisabeth J, 4,532 tons d.w., owners Bitumen Scheepvaart Elrberg Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 07.25 cargo vessel Celtic Spirit, 4,135 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

9/7 at 10.07 cargo vessel Feed Helgeland, 4,934 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk AS Norway.

10/7 at 12.14 bulk carrier Sider Colombia, 12,890 tons d.w., owners Nano Shipping Inc Switzerland, inward bound for Avonmouth.

11/7 at 05.43 cargo vessel RMS Saimaa, 2,634 tons d.w., owners RMS Schiffinvest GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.06. At 13.07 cargo vessel Hendrik S, 3,200 tons d.w., inward bound for Cardiff. (Seen again outward bound having sailed from Cardiff at 12.33 hrs 14th.) At 16.03 tanker Stolt Osprey, 5846 tons d.w., owners Sea 142 Leasing Co Ltd Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 12.52. At 17.31 container vessel Elan, 13,740 tons d.w., owners Elan Bewarder BV Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 13.09.

12/7 at 13.10 cargo vessel Arklow Venus, 5,171 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

13/7 at 05.11 bitumen tanker Iver Blessing, 6,189 tons d.w., owners Vroon B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 07.15 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Shipping Norway, inward bound for Swansea. At 08.07 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 07.35 14th outward bound, having sailed at 0250).

14/7 at 07.35 cargo vessel Hathor, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Q-Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Cardiff. At 14.27 cargo vessel Lisa, 4,850 tons d.w., owners Schwartseewberg Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 17.45 vehicle carrier Victoria Highway, 21,114 tons d.w., owners Olive investment Corp Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 21.55 15th outward bound, having sailed at 17.23).

15/7 at 16.28 cargo vessel Jongleur, 3,030 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Cardiff. (Seen again at 21.52 16th outward bound, having sailed at 16.28). At 19.55 cargo vessel Wilson Nice, 8,301 tons d.w., owners Wilson A/s Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 14.33.

16/7 at 06.58 cargo vessel Rebecca Hammann, 2,422 tons d.w., owners Hammann & Prahm Reederei Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 07.28 vehicle carrier Hoegh Asia, 27,564 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 07.28 17th outward bound, having sailed from Portbury at 0213). At 19.45 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterraneo, 18,427 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.54 buoy maintenance vessel Patricia, 1,200 tons d.w., owners Trinity House Harwich, outward bound from Swansea, having sailed at 16.11 en-route to the Scilly Isles.

18/7 at 11.55 vehicle carrier Grande Halifax, 18,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 21.45 19th having sailed from Portbury at 17.54). At 12.04 container vessel Endeavor, 9,167 tons d.w., owners Endeavor Bewaarder BV Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury. At 12.50 bitumen tanker Elizabeth J, 4,532 tons d.w., owners Bitumen Scheepvaart Elrbeth Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

19/7 at 20.30 cargo vessel Lady Anne Beau, 3,692 tons d.w., owners Lady Anne Beau BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

20/7 at 13.37 cargo vessel Longvik, 6,050 tons d.w., owners Longvik BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 17.05 cargo vessel Feed Helgeland, 4,934 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk A/s Norway, inward bound for Sharpness.

21/7 at 10.47 vehicle carrier Figaro, 31,113 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Stockholm and Oslo, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.40 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd, inward bound for Portbury.

22/7 at 05.29 cargo vessel Arklow Dusk, 11,048 tons d.w., owners Kilbride Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 20.22 21st. At 15.10 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Paxton Maritima S.A Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.27 cargo vessel Bramau, 3,704 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Newport.

24/7 at 13.20 cargo vessel Emuna, 4,500 tons d.w., owners Emuna Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 08.14. At 15.30 container vessel MSC Iris, 21,370 tons d.w., owners NSM Iris Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

25/7 at 14.15 cargo vessel Scot Mariner, 3,313 tons d.w., owners Scotline Ltd UK, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 14.45 buoy maintenance vessel Galatea, 1,200 tons d.w., owners Trinity House Harwich, inward bound for Swansea. At 18.40 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.54. At 18.50 cargo vessel Tanja, 3,292 tons d.w., owners Irving Management Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Sharpness.

26/7 at 05.05 cargo vessel Hathor, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Q-shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea. At 15.59 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Co Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

28/7 at 07.00 tanker Scandinavia, 3,809 tons d.w. owners Scandinavia 1 APS Denmark, inward bound for Cardiff. At 13.40 hrs cargo vessel Eems Dollard 3850 tons d.w. owners Eems Dollard BV Netherlands inward bound for Cardiff.

29/7 at 05.46 cargo vessel Laida, 5,604 tons d.w., owners Naviera Murueta SA Spain, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.04 28th. At 0615 cargo vessel Wilson Leer, 3,695 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.09. At 17.44 vehicle carrier Harmony Leader, 20,434 tons d.w., owners Harmony Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

30/7 at 07.05 cargo vessel Paul, 4,618 tons d.w., owners Edison Schiffahrts KG Germany, inward bound fpr Avonmouth. At 07.31 hrs cargo vessel Wilson Amsterdam, 3,602 tons d.w., owners Tanne Kankenb Vertom Bojen Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 01.02. At 21.04 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.25.

31/7 at 0834 bulk carrier Battersea, 169,391 tons d.w., owners SFL Battersea Inc Singapore, inward bound for Port Talbot.

Regards,

Norman.

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Plans to transform the heart of Bideford.

Councillors unanimously backed outline plans that could see the heart of Bideford transformed as part of a £9.7m bid for investment and regeneration. The scheme has been developed as Bideford’s bid for a slice of the £1billion “Future High Streets” Fund set up by the government. Both Bideford and Barnstaple are among the final list of 101 towns nationally who have made it through to the final round of bids. The complex funding arrangements mean that Bideford will be asking for the highest figure available of about £4.3million.

The Future High Street Fund is designed to support the transformation of town centres. With vacancy rates increasing nationally and a general shift towards online shopping, report after report has indicated a need for towns to become more focused on providing for the needs of their local community – with a particular focus on both health and experiences. It can’t be used just for painting buildings, upgrading shop fronts or even pot holes, but has to be about creating genuine community change and making people’s lives better.

The project has already seen communities, businesses, trade organisations, and District and Town councillors come together in a once-in-a-generation chance to unlock the potential of Bideford’s town centre as a unique experience for working, living and entertainment – all with a shared goal of creating a carbon neutral development with aspiration at its core.

The properties and land at the heart of the town’s transformation will run from the Heard Brothers garage complex on Queen Street, through adjoining buildings and open spaces, right into the heart of the retail district in Mill Street. This will create an interlinked complex of vibrant workspaces, a Community Hub working in partnership with One Northern Devon (a branch of the NHS), TTVS and 361 Energy, a cultural anchor, street food and micro-breweries and a range of open spaces – all under the working title of “Isaac’s Yard”. The plans also encompass a number of architecturally important buildings whose features will be preserved, enhanced and celebrated. One of these heritage spaces is a walled garden that will be open for the public to enjoy, right in the hustle and bustle of the town centre – an “oasis of calm” protected on all sides not only from the wind but also from the noises of the world around it. A perfect place for a lunchtime catch-up with friends, all the way through to a town centre festival.

Many Councillors spoke with admiration for the package of proposals being put forward, which many of them, along with the public at a host of engagement events, have helped to shape.

An outline of the scope of the project will shortly be available at www.bidforbideford.co.uk where the community can also express an interest to be kept informed of and get involved in future stages of the plans.

The next stage in the funding bid will involve a submission to Government by 31st July, with an announcement of successful bids expected in the autumn.

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Bereavement support during Covid-19.

(Scroll down below poster for links).

NHS.

Tel. 01271-322362.

Website – www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk

North Devon Hospice.

Tel. 01271-347225.

Email – scteam@northdevonhospice.org.uk

Website – www.northdevonhospice.og.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care.

Tel. 0300 330 5466.

Email – devon@cruse.org.uk

Website – www.cruse.org.uk

Families in Grief.

Tel. 01237-479027.

Email – info@familiesingrief.org.uk

Website – www.familiesingrief.org.uk

Marie Curie.

Tel. 0800 3047 412.

Email – southwesthelper@mariecurie.org.uk

Website – www.mariecurie.org.uk

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Torridge District Council ask residents to contact them for help with Council Tax or Business Rates arrears.

Torridge Council have issued a call for people experiencing any problems or anxiety with Council Tax or Business Rates arrears to get in touch with the Council as soon as possible and not to let arrears build up. The Council want people to be aware that there is support and help available ahead of an initiative to write to anyone who is in arrears or will be, in the coming weeks.

It recognises the extraordinary and uncertain times the whole Country has needed to adjust to in recent months as measures were introduced to deal with the spread of COVID-19. Many people have found themselves affected by the fallout from being asked to isolate at home and from businesses being directed to close leading to a loss of livelihood and incomes

Although many measures have been introduced by the Government to support people and businesses through this period, this did not include the suspension of Council Tax or Business Rate liability. A large proportion of these debts are also collected by Torridge on behalf of other organisations and government bodies – for example over 90% of Council Tax is transferred to bodies responsible for the provision of front line services such as the Police and Fire Services, and separately to others like Devon County Council for the provision of such things as Social Services, Highways, Schools to name just a few.

Torridge Council therefore have a legal obligation to continue collecting any arrears and in the meantime can find themselves with reducing balances, as in the short term these payments are required to be made regardless of any amount the Council collect. However Councillors have also made it clear that they want to try and engage with people in a way that will be sympathetic to potentially already heightened levels of worry or concern.

Councillor Claire Hodson – Lead Member for Customer Services and Internal Resources, said: “My message to everyone is to please read the letter you receive from Torridge Council as we really want to help. We are keeping you up to date about the payments of Council Tax or Business Rates that you have missed but continue to be responsible for. You may have simply overlooked making your payments or be experiencing a loss of, or reduced income.

For some, this may also be the first time in your lives that you have found yourself in debt. Whatever the reason, contacting the Benefits Team is the first step to solving this problem and they are ready to help you to find solutions. The letters will also detail other organisations and help available and hopefully you will feel comfortable in making a move to resolving any difficulty you find yourself in”.

Options to assist people include:

Rescheduling instalments to a later date each month or spread over a longer period of time.

Application for Council Tax support due to low income or a change in income.

Application to an exceptional hardship fund.

People can contact the Council as follows:

Council Tax Team contact details:

Email: council.tax@torridge.gov.uk

Telephone: 01237 428900

Business Rates Team contact details:

Email: business.rates@torridge.gov.uk

Telephone 01237 428700

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Help with anxiety & depression – ‘TALKWORKS’.

Don’t suffer in silence’ – help at hand for people in North?Devon feeling anxious about leaving lockdown.

For many people across the country, the past few months have been an incredibly difficult time with the COVID-19 pandemic creating a range of pressures and concerns. You might be experiencing job losses and financial worries, be missing loved ones or feeling very isolated. As lockdown eases, many people are also experiencing anxiety about entering the ‘new normal’, and being around more people again.

Many of us have mixed feelings and remain concerned about the impact of the virus on our lives. Perhaps the virus is not your primary concern, maybe you are worried about going back to pre-COVID social situations, such as visiting a restaurant or a pub.

All of these situations are examples of what can lead to an increase in common mental health problems such as anxiety, low mood or depression which can greatly impact on your day-to day-life and leave you feeling exhausted or worried.

We would urge people to seek help from TALKWORKS if they need support.

Part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, TALKWORKS is a free, confidential NHS talking therapy service dedicated to helping people improve their mental wellbeing. They are here to help individuals who may be struggling to cope, feeling low, anxious, stressed or just not quite themselves.

Chris Silman, TALKWORKS Clinical Team Manager for North Devon, says: “There is a real emphasis on taking care of our physical health at this time, but it can mean that people are struggling more with low mood, stress or anxiety. At TALKWORKS, we have adapted our services, meaning we are now offering talking therapies and practical help with your mental wellbeing through online platforms and over the phone.”

Sue Pike, TALKWORKS Service Manager, adds: “Last year we saw almost 19,000 people across Devon. This year we expect to treat even more people. However in common with other NHS services, we have seen fewer people coming forward to get help and treatment since lockdown and social distancing was introduced.

It’s important that those who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing know that the NHS is still open as usual and that TALKWORKS in North Devon can help you or anybody you know that is struggling. We are able to offer an initial appointment very quickly.”

We all did our bit to protect the NHS by staying at home, but now is the time to look after ourselves, too.

Call TALKWORKS today on 0300 555 3344 or self-refer online at www.talkworks.dpt.nhs.uk.

Take the first step to improving your life and feeling like ‘yourself’ again.

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Help with relationship counselling.

New Local Relationship Counselling Service.

A new Relationship Counselling service opened in Barnstaple earlier this year to help local couples and individuals struggling with their relationships to access support in their local area.

The coronavirus outbreak meant that the service had to be suspended for face to face appointments, but with lockdown restrictions now eased clients can once again have appointments in person.

Following the closure of Relate’s Barnstaple centre in December last year, local people needing help had to travel to Exeter or Taunton to access specialist relationship support. In response to conversations with clients and some local GPs worried about this, Jean Bowerman, a former Barnstaple Relate counsellor until its closure, set up North Devon Relationship Counselling Service in February this year to provide North Devon people with local help. Jean works from The Tarka Clinic in Barnstaple, with strict safety precautions in place, and also offers appointments by telephone or video call, which many clients find really convenient.

Jean said “When people are anxious or stressed by difficulties in their relationships they can feel in real crisis. Being able to talk through their difficulties with an experienced professional can be invaluable. They need to be able to access help easily and quickly and, particularly if they rely on public transport or need evening appointments, do not want to have to travel long distances. The Covid-19 outbreak has brought with it extra pressures such as worries about finances and concerns about future job security. It is really important that local counselling is available for them, particularly if their relationships were already in difficulty before lockdown.”

Appointments can be made, sometimes at fairly short notice, by calling 07887562072 or Tarka Clinic on 01271 373346. For further information see www.northdevonrcs.co.uk where you can also send an email enquiry.

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Shipping notes No. 183 (June).

Bideford Quay.

Nothing since last issue

Appledore.

No news regarding the shipyard.

Yelland Quay.

Dea Gloria1/6 (2 trips). 2/6 Seen at 06.30, outward bound. This was her last trip to Yelland before she returned to her base on Merseyside.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/6 at 06.32 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 00.20. At 07.57 cargo vessel Ever Comfort, 10,620 tons d.w., owners Aurora Shipping & Trading Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.44. At 08.38 fruit juice tanker Orange Ocean, 22,918 tons d.w., owners Atlanship Switzerland, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 04.12. At 08.55 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.50 hrs cargo vessel Celtic Spirit, 4,135tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Charter Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 14.16 hrs cargo vessel Mario C, 13,000 tons d.w., owners Tagus River SA Maderia, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 2306 29th May. At 20.29 cargo vessel Felix, 6,359 tons d.w., owners Felix Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 14.45. At 20.47 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,595 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 17.30. At 21.23 cargo vessel Aldebaran, 2,270 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath. At 21.42 cargo vessel Wilson Gdynia, 3,632 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 16.25.

2/6 at 06.35 tanker Stolt Cormorant, 4,676 tons d.w., owners Stolt Guillemot BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 01.57. At 08.37 cargo vessel Marjatta, 3,481 tons d.w., owners Irving Management Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Newport.

5/6 at 09.28 cargo vessel Lady Clara, 3,637 tons d.w., owners Okku Tom Brook Vertoom Bojen Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 22.02 vehicle carrier Glorious Leader, 20,999 tons d.w., owners Glorious Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 17.09.

6/6 at 12.40 ro-ro vessel Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Airbus SA France, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 13.53 outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.49 7th). At 12.55 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 13.09 7th outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 08.58).

7/6 at 15.11 cargo vessel Icelandica Hav, 2,325 tons d.w., owners Hav Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Swansea.

8/6 at 12.12 bulk carrier Aastind, 8,130 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.

9/6 at 05.02 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,820 tons d.w., owners Vertoom USC Beaumagic BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 15.27 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.16 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 18.00 12th having sailed from Portbury at 12.32).

10/6 at 12.13 cargo vessel Lisa, 4,850 tons d.w., owners Schwartewberg Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

11/6 at 12.50 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,585 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 15.36 12th outward bound, having sailed from Portbury at 10.58). At 18.36 vehicle carrier Euphrates Highway, 18,668 tons d.w., owners Brave Point Shipping Corp Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.09.

12/6 at 05.15 cargo vessel Kazim Dede, 9,861 tons d.w., owners Aurora of the Sea Shipping Turkey, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 23.22 11th. At 21.30 tug MTS Victory, 167 tons gross, owners MTS Group Ltd Brixham outward bound from Cardiff towing Skyline Barge 21, having sailed at 11.14.

13/6 at 12.57 bulk carrier Serdika, 13,971 tons d.w., owners Brightway Distribution Ltd Bulgaria, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.33 7th having been at anchor in Blue Anchor Bay. At 15.03 cargo vessel Rodau, 3,859 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 18.10 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again 11.54 16th outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 06.17).

14/6 at 07.46 vehicle carrier Altair Leader, 18,688 tons d.w., owners TLC Hope/FK Baron Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.40 dredger UKD Bluefin, 5,797 tons d.w., owners UK Dredging Management Cardiff, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 14.47 en route to Hull.

15/6 at 06.58 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,200 tons d.w., owners Payton Maritime SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

16/6 at 12.48 cargo vessel Arklow Brook, 7,588 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 12.21 12th and had been anchored Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders. At 22.05 tug TMS Kermor, 240 tons d.w., owners unknown, inward bound for Hinkley Point Power Station with tow.

20/6 at 07.11 cargo vessel Pagadder, 4,535 tons d.w., owners C2C NV Belgium, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again on the 24th at 18.00 having sailed at 09.41). At 11.10 cargo vessel Steenbank, 4,500 tons d.w., owners Bankship IV BV Netherlands, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 08.21. At 12.50 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

21/6 at 10.10 cargo vessel Arklow Future, 4,500 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Eire, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 06.50 20th. At 14.00 tanker Bit Okland, 24,853 tons d.w., owners Tarbit Shipping AB Sweden, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 07.22.

23/6 at 10.55 vehicle carrier Torrens, 14,512 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Stockholm and Oslo, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on 24th at 15.25, having sailed at 10.48).

24/6 at 05.10 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury.

25/6 at 06.50 cargo vessel Spanaco Simplicity, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Spanaco Three Ltd Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.45 24th. At 07.15 cargo vessel Ayr, 3,604 tons d.w., owners Hayo Unken Vertom-Bojen Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

26/6 at 17.33 vehicle carrier Amethyst Ace, 18,700 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carrier Express Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

27/6 at 05.35 cargo vessel Wilson Aviero, 3,605 tons d.w., owners Wilson Ship Management Norway, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 23.16 26th. At 1700 vehicle carrier Gran Bretagna, 18,461 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

28/6 at 15.20 cargo vessel Tejo Belem, 4,624 tons d.w., owners Tejo Shipping Lines Ltd Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 18.13 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury

29/6 at 13.12 cargo vessel Fri Karmsund, 4,935 tons d.w., owners Fri Karmsund AS Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 15.24 cargo vessel Arklow Bank, 8,300 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Avonmouth.

30/6 at 17.52 tug Egesund, 58 tons d.w., owners Svenborg Bugser A/S Denmark, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 12.21. At 17.57 cargo vessel Marry-S, 3,471 tons d.w., owners Marry-S BV Netherlands, inward bound for Cardiff. At 18.07 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.07 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.32.

Regards,   Norman.

An old photograph from my collection –

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Arts Society North Devon, 2020/21.

THE ARTS SOCIETY NORTH DEVON

The Society usually meet at The Durrant House Hotel, Bideford, at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month from October until May, with the exception of December (when the AGM takes place at 1.30 p.m. ahead of the lecture).

The Programme offers a variety of Lectures presented by highly accredited lecturers from all over the country. Visitors are always welcome, a donation of £5 per person will be requested.

Unfortunately, due to the present restrictions the lectures for April and May had to be cancelled and no further lectures were booked through the summer months.

The next Lecture Season 2020/2021 is programmed to start on Tuesday 13th October but at present cannot be guaranteed.

Online lectures plus other points of interest from the World of Art are available to everyone, at www.connected.theartssociety.org.uk

For any further information please contact us at – info@tasnorthdevon.org.uk.

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