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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Staff needed for election duties.

 The EU Referendum, 23rd June.

The Council is looking for people to help out at the EU Referendum Poll on 23rd June in roles as Poll Clerks, Presiding Officers, Verification and Count Assistants. Training will again be provided for all roles but Presiding Officers will need at least two years previous experience as a Poll Clerk for this specific role. All roles will be paid with travel expenses also applicable for certain duties.

So if you enjoy participating in the community and would like to get paid for being involved, please contact the Councils Election Team on 01237-428739, or email elections@torridge.gov.uk to find out more.

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Public consultation – Devon & Cornwall Police.

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TASER NUMBERS REVIEWED IN A BID TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES.

The number of Taser trained Police Officers across Devon and Cornwall is to be reviewed as part of a new project. Devon and Cornwall Police are seeking public feedback on plans which could see the number of Taser carrying officers across the Force increase over the next two to three years. There are currently 530 Taser trained (non-firearms) officers in the Force, but under new plans, this could increase to around 1,000 by 2018.

The move is being considered as a way of better protecting communities and dealing with incidents in more isolated and rural areas where there is a threat of harm and risk to life of the public and back up to Police Officers who may not be close by. It is also hoped the move will reduce the number of assaults on Police Officers – currently around 30 incidents a month. Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith is leading the project and is hoping the public will provide useful feedback.

Supt Drummond-Smith said: “As part of our assessment of threat and risk to our communities and Police Officers we are reviewing the number of officers trained to carry taser and want to hear the public’s views on whether this should be extended. We are one of the largest and most rural forces in England and our resources are at times thinly spread. Every day our officers are called to deal with incidents involving weapons which requires us to assess what threat this might pose to the community or those officers attending. We want the public to know suitably trained and equipped officers can arrive promptly and deal with any incident as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible. This review will help us to determine the best way to ensure we have sufficient resilience to keep both communities and Police Officers safe.”

The review is not related to authorised firearms officers and has no link to terrorist threat. The deployment of Taser officers is very different to the type of incident a firearms officer may attend, and there are no plans to change this strategy. Supt Drummond-Smith added: “Currently around 530 officers are authorised to carry Taser – about one sixth of our force. Between January 2011 and October 2015, Devon and Cornwall officers drew Tasers during incidents on 1,250 occasions – that equates to 0.1% of the 1.3 million incidents attended during this time. But they only fired Tasers on 306 occasions, at just 0.02% of all incidents. The chances of officers using a Taser are very small and we don’t believe this would increase with a roll-out of more authorised officers. What we do believe is that those wanting to cause harm through the use of weapons can be more effectively, quickly and safely dealt with if an officer has a Taser. That means an increase in the numbers will better protect communities – particularly those it takes longer to physically get to.”

Reducing the number of officers assaulted while on duty has long been a target of both Devon and Cornwall Police and the Police Federation. Nigel Rabbits, Federation Chairman said: The Federation fully supports this review. Our stance is that all front-line, public facing operational officers should carry Tasers.” Since January 1st 2016, there have already been 87 assaults recorded against officers, 4 resulting in serious injury. This includes officers being punched, spat on, head-butted and bitten. 2015 also saw the Force attend 5,066 incidents involving knives and dealing with the threat this brings.

Supt Drummond-Smith said: “Police Officers appreciate they work in what at times can be a threatening environment, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be protected as much as possible from harm. Statistics show us that the public is not at more threat when an officer carries a Taser and with the increase the number carrying them would remain low. We would hope the less-lethal deterrent Taser officers will change the offender’s behaviour. No decisions have yet been made and would like the public to tell us what they think, before recommendations are made to Chief Constable in autumn.”

To take the survey –

https://services.devon-cornwall.police.surveys/tasers/index.htm

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Lundy’s wartime farming problems.

 

In May 1940, Martin Coles Harman, the owner of Lundy, made the surprising decision to lease the island for a period of ten years to a Mr. Herbert A. Van Os. His reasons have never been fully understood, but the difficulties of reaching the island during the war, provisioning the island, and the shortage of staff may all have contributed to this decision. It is known that Mr. Felix William Gade, agent and administrator of Lundy from 1925 to 1971, was totally against this leasing arrangement. In his memoirs entitled “My Life on Lundy”, published in 1978, and in chapter 10, Mr. Gade tells us exactly what he thought of Mr. Van Os and his abilities as a farmer.

Van Os had a small farming business in Middlesex and persuaded Martin Coles Harman that he could run the farm on Lundy to a profit. He brought a couple of men with him, who turned out to have had no farming experience whatsoever, and a lady to run the hotel and shop. Mr. Gade and his wife Rene moved into Millcombe House, the home of the owners, with the remit of simply keeping a watchful eye on the farm activities.

In fact Gade still had to perform many of the farm tasks, such as sheep shearing, ploughing and repairing and maintaining of machinery, as Van Os and his men were quite incapable of performing these tasks. The sheep were uncared for and most lambs died, the crops were not harvested in time and rotted in the fields and the deer were shot in large numbers, including the last of the fallow deer. The shippons were not cleared of dung and the cows not milked on time. One of the only two work horses on the island was allowed to die of a chill. The whole farming structure of the island was virtually wrecked and left in ruins when Van Os finally departed.

Probably at Gade’s suggestion, Martin Coles Harman came down, alone, to Lundy for Christmas 1941 and after discussions with Van Os which were likely to have been very heated (although Gade in his memoirs does not specifically say so), in February 1942 Van Os and his employees departed Lundy.

The Gades soldiered on for the rest of the war, restoring and running the farm, keeping the island supplied and dealing with the few visitors that were able to get there. There was a small Royal Navy Contingent of men billeted at the Old Light and the Light House keepers to provide occasional volunteer work, plus one or two other workers that remained. The island had no ship of its own during the war and all ships and visitors to the island, including even the owners, had to obtain permits from Admiral H. G. Franklin, the commandant of the Appledore and estuary area, who handed them out grudgingly.

Documents with the signature of Herbert Van Os from the period he was on Lundy are very rare but a single item, a postcard, is in the collection of the writer of these notes. It is dated Nov. 1941, and indicates that at least some farming activity was carried on during that unfortunate time. Typically, no postage stamps were placed on the card, which bears postage due stamps for 4d.

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Addressed to Messrs G. T. Andrews & Sons Ltd., Town Mills, Barnstaple, the text ran as follows:- “We have today shipped to you the undermentioned:-

46 lbs Locks.

7 lbs Fleece.

The above will be laying at Royal Navy Stores, The Quay, Appedore. Hope that you can collect when in district. Have you sent off poultry grain and have I coupons for a sack of middlings? (Signed) Herbert Van Os.”

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This short text actually says quite a lot. It shows that sheep were being shorn, even though probably by Mr. Gade, and that the wool was being transferred and sold on the mainland. Interestingly the fleeces were being deposited in the Royal Naval Stores at Appledore, under the beady eye of Admiral Franklin no doubt. It is also worthy of note that in war time, farmers still needed ‘coupons’ to purchase some of their supplies, in the same way as ration books were issued to the ordinary citizens. And what are ‘Middlings’ ? *

This story of Herbert Van Os and Lundy during wartime is covered in much greater detail by Mr. Gade in his memoirs, as indeed he covers almost every moment of the last 53 years of his life that he spent on Lundy.

Roger Allen.

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‘Middlings’.

29th April.

Dear Editor,

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the May edition of Bideford Buzz, particularly the articles on ‘War Time Savings’ and ‘Wartime Farming Problems’ on Lundy.

In the latter, Roger Allen queries, “What are Middlings?”

I remembered that they were a form of second quality wheat, but checked for a fuller definition in a post-war book of mine, entitled “The Principles and Practice of Feeding Farm Animals” (1st published – 1940). I attach the entry for Roger’s enlightenment (see below).

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

Yours sincerely,

John Hobbs. (Buckland Brewer)

Middlings

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Bideford Blues and Appledore Junior Football Club.

We are a Youth Football Club catering for boys and girls from ages 6 to 16, around 300 in all. Qualified coaches manage all teams and we currently have teams playing in either the North Devon Opticop or Kingsley Leagues.

We began in our current form in the late 1970s at the instigation of Barry Davies and the late Dave Barrett. At the time there were only 9 teams in two age groups in the whole of North Devon! Now there are 100 teams!

Initially all home games were played at Bideford Park. In the early 1990s Eric Palmer and Peter Evans began to explore possibilities of purchasing new land for pitches.

In 1999, following the hard work of committee members, such as Andy Lobato, Tony Sawyer and Anne Oliver among others, the facility opened at Sandymere at a cost of over half a million pounds, much of which was funded by Sport England’s Lottery Fund.

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This gave the Club its own home for the first time and included a state of the art floodlit astro surface ( at the time of laying it was only the second of its type in the country and was visited by league clubs to check on its suitability before installing one themselves!) Ownership of this facility has been instrumental in the expansion of the Club.

In the past there have been close links with Plymouth Argyle, with one of its soccer schools taking place at Sandymere. From here, higher ability players were fed into the Argyle Academy at Plymouth. As a result former club members have gone on to play with League clubs – David Downing at York, Nicky Spry at Aldershot (both clubs were in the league at the time), Luke Guttridge at Southend, Gary Sawyer currently a regular at Argyle and Marc Edworthy who has played in the Premiership with Crystal Palace, Coventry and Derby. Marc may be possibly the only player to have participated in Championship playoffs at the old and new Wembley and at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff! Danny Seaborne is currently Exeter’s centre back and many former Blues members have gone on to play in the Western League.

May 2009 the Club was awarded the F.A. Charter Standard, which demonstrated the Club’s commitment to raising the standard of the Club. They were then awarded the Community Charter standard, which saw the Club being held as the F.A’s “Beacon Club” for Devon. This was a remarkable and most welcome achievement.

2009 ended with the award of match funding for a new state-of-the-art 3G Artificial Grass Pitch; this has been a major achievement, putting Bideford Blues & Appledore JFC on the footballing map within the local community for years to come.

Neil Blackburn.

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May’s youth page.

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No need for a Band-aid, Ultravox front-man won’t cut and run…

“It means nothing to me!”    It really did mean nothing to him – the Ultravox front man hadn’t touched Vienna when he wrote this majestic track – but you don’t need a local’s knowledge of coffee bars and side streets to pen a sterling tune about it. What you do need has puzzled man for centuries, but apparently not Midge Ure, he knows exactly how to concoct a hit. Although the man himself wouldn’t admit it (he’s far too humble), his song writing genius has stretched Bideford Buzz qtr page copythroughout the decades, and now small tendrils of it are clawing their way to Bideford. That’s right- the Live Aid founder who won’t mooch for more money, the star on tour to more intimate venues, will be playing at Bideford College’s North Devon Hall this Spring. Taking to the stage at 7:30 pm, May 28th, Midge Ure will bring it close to his fans before the larger, more packed concerts in Autumn this year.

Ticket fees will be £22, and grant access to every track, though so far he’s kept quiet about the listings. Despite its release in cinemas this month, Eddie the Eagle’s theme “Touching hearts and skies” is unlikely to be on the song list – Midge Ure wrote it, but lugging a full-piece orchestra up the High Street is quite a challenge for someone who doesn’t know the area, so a simpler rendition may be all we can hope for. This – along with a well loved back catalogue of Ultravox, Rich Kids and solo hits – ( Vienna, Cut and run…) will be enough to make the night one to remember. 2014’s ‘Fragile’ was an album both critically acclaimed and fast selling – could this tour be a sign of another on the cards?

Only time will tell, but as Eddie Reader, Hollies singer Peter Howarth and Toyah are all coming to the area this year for concerts too, it seems a host of big names are following in Midge’s intrepid footsteps. And that’s enough to look forward to for now, at least.

New Youth Worker.

Finally, huge congratulations to the resident-run Community Centre in Northam and youth worker Aaron Piper, who see the start of a great union.  Health Lottery funding gave the Morwenna Youth Project a £17,000 investment; meaning they can now employ Aaron. He has has previously volunteered at Bideford Youth Club for several years, is qualified to teach gymnastics with a level 1 instructor’s qualification and is an experienced coach in table tennis.

Aaron, who is also qualified in level 1 sign language, will start his new role at the centre by supporting the volunteers at the drop-in youth club sessions, open to youngsters of all ages, on Thursday evenings. He will also start to develop a Friday evening session for year 11’s and above.

Millie Sutherland O’Gara

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery; May.

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I was contacted by a reader this month, and Fiona and I had lunch at the Pier House, Westward Ho! We ordered 4 varied starters; Chowder, Squid and crabcakesChoritzo, Mussels Mariniere, and our favourite – the Crab and Cod Fishcakes with Saffron Mayo. The restaurant was really busy and the service was great with friendly, helpful, and informative waiters. As you all know the view is amazing across Bideford Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

 

Here is a recipe for Saffron Mayo -suitable for an accompaniment for grilled fish and any fish salad.

Saffron Mayo.

Ingredients.

150g Mayonnaise

¼ teaspoon Saffron Powder/Ground Saffron

Squeeze of fresh Lemon Juice

150ml Natural Yoghurt.

Method.

1. If you can source Saffron Powder, this recipe is easy!

2. To produce the ground saffron – dry fry the strands very briefly for 5 secs in a hot pan until crisp, then grind in a pestle and mortar. This can then be stored for future use.

3. Combine all the ingredients and chill.

4. Makes 300ml of primrose and gold coloured light mayonnaise.

 

 

 

We now have several names for the Restaurant Visits. Please send more in to the Editor and we will choose a name for a visit in the future. Also, if you are interested in being a volunteer for the Appledore Shark Event in August please contact me on brilliantfishsw@gmail.com or call 07918 770 060. Thank you,

Felicity.

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One hundred years ago – May 1916.

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War-time savings continue.

Street lighting.

The Mayor, Mr. F.R. Chope, hopes that in view of the Daylight Saving Bill having been passed by parliament no public lamps should be lit in the town during June, July and August.

Paper saving.

The Bideford UDC have decided to grant the Bideford Chamber of Trade rent free use of a loft at the market for the collection and disposal of waste paper which will be sent away and repulped. This will alleviate the shortage and deficiency created by restricted importation of wood pulp. The action would also considerably lessen the need for horses and manual labour. The store is over the Borough Fish Market and a paper baler will be purchased at a cost of £19:0:0d. Waste paper will be collected 3 times each week and can also be brought in.

Sapper W.H. Westlake, Royal Engineers, of Chanters Road Bideford has received the Silver medal of the Russian Order of St. George, fourth class, in recognition of gallant services at the second Battle of Ypres. Sapper Westlake was formerly in charge of Bideford Telephone Exchange and was a prominent member of the swimming club.

Lance Corporal Fred T. Cole, in acknowledging the receipt of a pair of knitted socks from Bideford, mentioned that they were spoilt when he took them into action in the pocket of his British Warm coat on March 8th. Only one bullet went through them but as the socks were folded it made so many holes that they were useless.

This advertisement appeared on the front page of the paper:

Farleighs Stores Bideford. Telephone 79.

A special offer of sardines for sale –

1000 small tins of Choice Quality @ 2½d.

1000 large tins of Good Quality @ 6½d.

500 large tins of Very Choice Quality @10½d.

500 medium tins of Finest French @ 8½d.

1000 tins of Skipper & Topmast Brand Brisling* in Oil and Tomato @6½d.

*(Brisling were formerly called sardines)

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

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Buzz Word – May.

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Thanks, Buzz.

I cannot thank you enough for the pictures of the Bridge.*

During the war I lived with my grandmother and her sisters at 24 Park Lane. My mother was working in London and my father was building airstrips in Algeria. He was out in the desert where there were no shops so he was not able to buy me birthday presents so he used to write little stories. My favourite was Balthasar the Seagull.

My two grandchildren are now roughly the age I was when I was given the story so I have been trying to find pictures to illustrate it and make it more interesting and colourful. Bideford Bridge was a great feature in the story. One of the highlights described how Balthasar flew in and out of the arches screeching and frightening the baby seagulls.

The story begins,’Once upon a time there was a seagull, who lived with his mother in a nest quite close to the path that runs along beside the river from Bideford to Appledore. The nest was built up on a small rock – about the third or fourth from the right-hand side after you pass the pond where the ducks are.’ This was how my father remembered the river path in 1944 – I imagine it has quite gone by now!

Susan (Normington).

*(Susan asked us for pictures and Buzz was able to help – see below.)

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Are you Road Fit?

On average every third day a collision involving an older driver occurs on Devon’s 8,000 mile road network with four out of five of those incidents taking place on a rural road.

Devon has an ageing population and older drivers are over-represented in both national and local collision figures, especially considering the lower number of miles in general travelled by older drivers. The Road Fit Driver Support Scheme enables individuals to take a short assessed drive with one of our local professional driver trainers. Advice is given about the driving performance and a written report at the conclusion of the assessment. The drivers’ GP will be sent a copy of this report. This will help the driver and doctor decide the best course of action to take to reduce the chance of problems occurring when behind the wheel.There is a fee payable. For more advice or information please contact Devon Travel Academy on 01392 444773 email drivers@devon.gov.uk or visit www.max-driver.co.uk/courses/roadfit-assessment

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Book news – May.

Tablet tuition classes coming soon to Northam Library.

The Ageing Well Project (sponsored by the Big Lottery) has been asked by the library to support its up-and-coming IT project with some volunteer helpers…

The time and place will be:- twice a month on a Friday morning 10.30am – 12 noon at Northam Library!

The intention is to pilot a FREE six-session course covering topics such as; email, google searches, online shopping, using the Devon Libraries website to renew and reserve books and to download ebooks, how to access the libraries subscription to ancestry online, taking photographs with your tablet, playing games and downloading free magazines. Plus help with any queries you have regarding using your tablet or other device.Tablets will be available for use, but guests may bring their own. In order to make this work well, we really need a few volunteers to sit with the ‘students’ and support them through each session. You don’t need to be an expert, just a little bit IT savvy! If you think you could help, please call us on 01805 622666 or e-mail enquiries@torrage.org.uk . We are happy to welcome volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life.

Please call the library on 01237 475111 if you would like more information about how to book onto a ‘tablet’ course; we very much look forward to hearing from you!

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Events for kids in Bideford Library.

Half-term Sunflower Crafts

May 31st 10am – 12 noon

Drop in crafty sunflower fun for kids. Bring an adult. Free, but donations welcome.

Story time for under-fives

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

With stories, musical instruments and songs.

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Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

‘Harvest’, by Jim Crace. Discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

‘Harvest’ was on the short-list for the Man Booker prize in 2013 and we all thought it was an exceedingly well-written book, though some of us found it difficult to get into. Despite the violence, we did not feel that it was an emotional read. This may have something to do with the way the story is told. The narrator is a middle-aged widower, Walter Thirsk, and he is an observer of all the many misfortunes that befall his village over a short period of time. Although he had lived there for ten years, he still feels an outsider.

The story is set sometime in the past when communal held land is being enclosed and given over to sheep rearing. As Walter describes it, the village is being surrendered “to the yellow teeth of three thousand sheep”. He chronicles the breakup of a tightly knit community and its descent into chaos. Crace has been compared to William Golding and there is something of the feel of Lord of the Flies in the way the old order disintegrates. There are also religious overtones. Is Eden being destroyed? Walter talks of the coming felling of the woods “which linked us with eternity”, the grizzled oak which “must have come from Eden”. The stocks are compared to crosses and the field Mistress Beldame’s husband ploughs is, for one day, “a field in heaven rather than on earth”. The action takes place over seven days. But instead of a world being created in seven days, it is a world being destroyed. Man is losing his close relationship with the land, with disastrous consequences. As relevant today as it was then.

The power of the book lies in the language. Crace has an amazing feel for the minutiae of landscape. We feel right in that village, the way that the seasons is touch the woods and lanes and fields. We see, hear and smell with Walter. There is a haunting quality which remains long after the book is finished.

Hilary Aikman.

Next Meeting : – Wednesday May 4th 2.00 pm. Discussing Mr Golightly’s holiday by Sally Vickers.

For information on all other events at Bideford Library please ring 01237 476075.

http://www.devon.gov.uk/libraries

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Rolle Canal walk, 15th May.

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Each Autumn, I find myself wondering will spring really follow on again in six months time, and will I still be here to see it?

Well, here we are at the beginning of May and I’m once again sitting down to invite you all to a walk by the Rolle Canal on Sunday afternoon May 15th at 2.30pm. This walk explores the northern end of the canal from Annery Kiln, south along the Torridge flood meadows to Ridd where, in the 19th century, the canal boats were hauled up an incline to the canal’s upper level which continued along the valley to Rowe’s Moor, now Rosemoor Gardens south of Torrington.

Of course it’s almost 150 years since the canal ceased to function and the landscape around it has altered beyond recognition, with the railway and then the Tarka Trail usurping its route along the valley side, and saplings that sprang up by the railway now grown into tall trees. Little remains of the Rolle Canal itself, but the canal society guides know all the clues that point to hidden features that the casual visitor would miss. There’s not only canal history to discover, as along the route will be wildflowers in profusion, with Yellow Archangel beside the Tarka Trail and Early Purple and Twayblade Orchids (see picture) in the dry canal basin. The first quarter of a mile is over rough grass meadow which may be wet if there’s been rain, but after that the route is on the Tarka Trail.

?The start point is at Annery Kiln, by Halfpenny Bridge on the Weare Giffard road off the A386. The actual distance walked is little over a mile, so any keen walkers can come along the Tarka Trail from Bideford, leaving at the Weare Giffard exit to get to the start. The same route is also ideal for cyclists. The event is organised by the Rolle Canal and Northern Devon Waterways Society and a contribution of £2 per person will be appreciated. Any questions email hassallc@ymail.com

Chris Hassell.

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‘Nightwalk 2016’ – 14th May.

NIGHTWALK IS BACK… BRIGHTER THAN EVER!

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We’re delighted to announce that Nightwalk 2016 will take place on Saturday 14th May, with a brand new theme!    ‘Let Yourself Glow’ is something everyone can get involved with, whether you’re simply bringing glowsticks, wearing neon lipstick or coming full on with a head-to-toe glowing outfit. We want to light up the darkness and blaze a trail of colour, with more than one thousand women walking together in support of North Devon Hospice.

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In response to suggestions from Nightwalkers, we will be creating a magical atmosphere by condensing the number of routes, with all women walking together on the same stretch of the Tarka Trail between Barnstaple and Bideford. There will be a shorter route starting from Instow, so everyone will get to share the same electric experience and enjoy the live entertainment and other surprises.

As well as providing return transport to your starting point, we’ll also be running buses back to Braunton and Torrington to make Nightwalk 2016 as accessible as possible for women across North Devon.

www.nightwalk.co.uk

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Bideford film society – May.

Friday 6 and Saturday 7 May at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Eddie The Eagle (PG) 106 mins.

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: The Man Who Knew Infinity (PG) 108 mins.

Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May at 7.30pm at Kinsgley School: The Huntsman: Winter’s War (12A) 114 mins

Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Captain America: Civil War (ctba) 146 mins

Saturday 28 at 5.00pm and Sunday 29 May at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: The Jungle Book (PG) 105 mins

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

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May diary.

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Thursday 5th

7am-10pm Local Elections.

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

7.30pm Appledore Men’s Group at Appledore Library Meeting Rm.425247

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 6th

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

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 7th

9am-2pm Village Market at Atlantic Village.

10am Torridge Ramblers day walk. 451820

7pm Film Club at Littleham Village Hall. 471928

Monday 9th

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

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Band – training band at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore followed by senior band.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

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

Tuesday 10th

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

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

2.30pm ‘Lift Off’ for ladies at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 425471

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearse at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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.

10.30am-12pm ‘Feel Better with a Book’ at Bideford Library.

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

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

2-3.30pm TorrAGE Ageing Well Project at Burton Art Gallery. 01805 622666

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

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix + Exmoor Border Morris at Crealock, Littleham.

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

8pm Appledore Band – seniors rehearse at St Mary’s Hall, Appledore.

Thursday 12th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Chubb Churchill Centre, E-T-W.

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

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

7.30pm Abbotsham WI meets at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

7.30pm N Devon British Bike Club at Robin’s Nest.

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 13th

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

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

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 14th

10.30am AGM at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society & Hartland Chamber Orchestra Concert,

to celebrate The Queen’s 90th Birthday at Bideford Methodist Church.

Nightwalk in aid of North Devon Hospice.

Sunday 15th

10 am Bideford Gardeners Club; coach departs Kingsley Statue – a day trip to Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Garden (near Weymouth) with seats available at £22.00, including admission. 01237 475914 or Pauline Spencer on 01237 423582

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers. 429080

Monday 16th

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

2pm Bideford Ladies Club at Marlborough Court. 421925

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Band – training band at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, followed by senior band.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

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

8.30pm N Devon Jazz Club, The Beaver, Appledore. Asaf Sirkis Trio. 421065

Tuesday 17th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

2.30pm ‘Lift Off’ for ladies at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 425471

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

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

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

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-12pm ‘Feel Better with a Book’ at Bideford Library.

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

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817 976053

1.30-3.30pm ‘Knit & Natter’ Group at Holy Trinity hall, Westward Ho! 475720

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

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at Abbotsham Thatch.

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

8pm Appledore Band – seniors rehearse at St Mary’s Hall, Appledore.

Thursday 19th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Chubb Churchill Centre E-T-W.

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

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

7pm Fashion Show at M&Co, Bideford in aid of David Rundle Trust. 477470

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

7.30pm Torrington & District Men’s Shed AGM at Globe Hotel. 01805 938965

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 20th

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

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

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

7pm Concert by Barnstaple Ladies Choir at Holy Trinity Church, W,Ho!

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 21st

10am-3pm Buckland Brewer Annual Plant Sale.

2pm Family History Society ‘Tracing European Ancestors’ at Pollyfield Centre

Sunday 22nd

11am-3pm Buckland Brewer Annual Plant Sale.

12.15 & 1pm Safari Lunch at Buckland Brewer 451132

Monday 23rd

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

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Band – training band at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore followed by senior band.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 24th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

2.30pm ‘Lift Off’ for ladies at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 425471

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

7pm Torridge Ramblers evening walk. 01805 622183

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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-12pm ‘Feel Better with a Book’ at Bideford Library.

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

1-2.30pm See Hear on Wheels bus at Tesco East-the-Water.

2-3.30pm TorrAGE Ageing Well Project at Burton Art Gallery. 01805 622666

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library.

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

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

8pm Appledore Band – seniors rehearse at St Mary’s Hall, Appledore.

Thursday 26th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Chubb Churchill Centre E-T-W.

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

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

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

7.30pm N. Devon British Bike Club at Robin’s Nest.

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 27th

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

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 28th

9am-2pm Village Market at Atlantic Village.

10am-6pm Lundy Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

12.30-4pm Alwington Spring Plant Sale & Community Action Day at Village Hall.

Sunday 29th

10am-4pm Lundy Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

Monday 30th – Bank Holiday.

10am-4pm Lundy Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

Tuesday 31st

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

2.30pm ‘Lift Off’ for ladies at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 425471

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

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Shipping news No. 134 (March/ April 2016).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Welsh Piper, 5.4.

In port – Bideford Quay.

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RMS Laar – (ex George Luhrs, ‘03) ; built 1985; flag St. Johns, Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Polish, Ukrainian, & Cape Verde; from Rochefort to Nantalli; arrived 21.3, sailed 23.3; cargo 1,800 tons ball clay.

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According to the National Timetable the small cruise ship Balmoral is due to visit Bideford on the 16th August from 16.30 departing at 17.30, weather permitting.

Appledore.

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Le William Butler Yates still fitting out – trials due to take place in June.

Bristol Channel Observations.

19.3 at 08.05 cargo vessel Wilson Alster, 2,500 tons d.w, owners Wilson ASA Norway, outward bound from Birdport at 03.02. At 08.46 cargo vessel Wilson Gdansk, 3,610 tons d.w., owners Wilson ASA Norway, outward bound from Birdport, having sailed at 03.28.

22.3 at 08.20 cargo vessel Merweriver, 4,066 tons d.w, owners Kornet & Zonen BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

25.3 at 11.47 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,690 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound for Portbury. having sailed at 06.50.

28.3 at 19.22 tanker Torm Ismini ,74,999 tons d.w, owners A/S Dampskippsselskabet Torm Demark, inward bound for Portbury.

29.3 at 16.20 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,690 tons d.w, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 0650 hrs . At 17.10 bulk carrier Mandarin Phoenix, 56,091 tons d.w., owners Phoenix Shipping Singapore, inward bound for Portbury.

31.3 at18.20 cargo vessel Kati, 4,953 tons d.w, owners Hansa Shipping Ltd Mta Estonia, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 13.01. At 19.34 cargo vessel Uttum 2568 tons d.w, owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, outward bound from Birdport, having sailed at 10.48.

3.4 at 07.40 vehicle carrier Opal Leader ,12,200 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

5.4 at 07.47 cargo vessel Monika Meuller, 3,723 tons d.w, owners Otto A Muller Schiffhart Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.. At 12.45 container vessel Nikolas, 32,391 tons d.w, owners Aphrodite Maritime LLC Athens Greece outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 08.17.

7.4 at 11.35 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Lie of Italy inward bound for Portbury.

10.4 at 14.50 cargo vessel Arklow Bay, 8,660 tons d.w, owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd, Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth. having sailed at 08.41. At 18.53 cargo vessel Westborg, 3,780 tons d.w, owners W. Bockstiegel Reederei GMBH & Co Germany, inward bound for Newport.

13.4 at 14.30 cargo vessel BBC Coral, 14,457 tons d.w, owners Coral Schiffahrts GMBH & Co Germany, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 10.40. At 19.35 container ship Endeavour, 9,167 tons d.w, owners J.R Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 13.51.

Norman.

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‘Road Fit’ driver support scheme.

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drivers@devon.gov.uk

www.max-driver.co.uk/courses/roadfit-assessment

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