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).      Telephone 07929-976120, or E-mail:

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Bideford Sustainability Group – events, newsletter.

Suddenly there’s a lot going on in Bideford and beyond!

Sunday 28/09/14 361 Energy Action Energy, Fair, 10am – 4pm Barnstaple Pannier Market. This will include companies installing renewables and energy saving technologies along with electric vehicles, environmental groups and a farmers market.

Tuesday 7th October, 7.30-9pm Monthly get-together at the Blacksmith’s Arms. All welcome.

Saturday 11th October, 2-6pm at St Mary’s School, Chanters Road Bideford. An event in conjunction with the RSA, Nowlab and other North Devon groups: If you have a passion for food, come and join a forum to network with local food producers and share ideas on how to strengthen and revitalise our local food chain.

Saturday 18th October – Learn to make an insulated Roman blind for your window on Saturday 18th October, starting at 10am and finishing around 1pm. You will have some hands on experience at putting a blind together. It’s free. Call 01805 622916 or 07751990149 to book a place. (To be held in Torrington).

Wednesday 22nd October 7.00-9.00pm The Winter Sustainable Fish Buffet and discussion  to be held at the Happy cafe Westward Ho! BYO and Apple Juice  welcome  from 6.30pm  Cost £5.00 pay on the door but please register with Petroc College as numbers are limited approx 15 places available.

Saturday 25th October, Apple Juicing at St Mary’s School, Chanters Road, Bideford, EX39 2QN, 2.30 – 4.30 pm, (last pressing 4.20 pm). Bring your own apples & containers.

Read/ download BSG Newsletter here.


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Future health services : public meetings.

Proposals for the future of community health services in North Devon and Torridge

People from North Devon and Torridge are being invited to hear proposals for the future of community health services.

North Devon’s doctors and healthcare managers will be on hand to talk about what they heard during a series of engagement events over the past 12 months with local people and organisations.

The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will publish its commissioning intentions for community services in Devon on 17 September.

These include the proposals for community hospitals, health and social care hubs, urgent care services in the community, stroke services, physiotherapy, community nursing, chiropody, leg ulcer clubs and more.

The CCG plans to involve and engage with local people and organisations from this date.

In North Devon and Torridge three different types of public meetings are being held:

Three meetings to share the ideas around care closer to home for the public and gain their feedback.

Seven meetings to ensure a two-way dialogue between the CCG and the public to analyse the options in the commissioning intentions document. These meetings will be held in seven towns across North Devon and Torridge.

Three meetings to share extensive feedback with the public.

The health and wellbeing scrutiny committees in Devon and Plymouth will also be kept up to date throughout to ensure the process for involving local people in these important proposals is fully scrutinised. This includes opportunities for each of the committees to examine the proposals.

At the events people will also have an opportunity to discuss and comment on the proposals.

More details will be available in the coming week on the NEW Devon CCG website’s community services page:


North Devon and Torridge events

Informing and sharing information with public

Friday 26 September 2014, 1pm – 4pm & 5pm – 8pm (2 duplicate events), Holsworthy Memorial Hall, EX22 6DJ.

Monday 29 September 2014, 1pm – 4pm & 5pm – 8pm (2 duplicate events), Barnstaple Hotel, Braunton Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1LE.

Tuesday 30 September 2014, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Ilfracombe Academy, Worth Road, Ilfracombe, EX34 9JB.

Dialogue and options with the public

Thursday 9 October 2014, 10am – 1pm, Holsworthy Memorial Hall, EX22 6DJ.

Friday 10 October 2014, 1:30pm – 4:30pm, Lynton Town Hall, Lee Road, EX35 6HT.

Wednesday 15 October 2014, 1pm – 4pm, Pollyfield Community Centre, Avon Road, Bideford, EX39 4BL.

Thursday 23 October 2014, 10am – 1pm, Barnstaple Hotel, Braunton Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1LE.

Friday 7 November 2014, 6pm – 9pm, Ilfracombe Academy, Worth Road, Ilfracombe, EX34 9JB.

Thursday 13 November 2014, 1pm – 4pm, Assembly Rooms, East Street, South Molton, EX36 3BU.

Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6pm – 9pm, The Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore Street, Torrington, EX38 8HQ.

Gathering feedback

Thursday 27 November 2014, 6pm – 9pm, Holsworthy Memorial Hall, EX22 6DJ.

Thursday 4 December 2014, 6pm – 9pm, Ilfracombe Academy, Worth Road, Ilfracombe, EX34 9JB.

Wednesday 10 December 2014, 6pm – 9pm, Barnstaple Hotel, Braunton Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1LE.

For more information or to register for one of the above events, contact Makylla Isaac on or 01769 575 143.


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Buzz Word – September.

Send us your Buzzes…. Write to or to the address on front page.

Wartime Fire Service.

Firemen from North Devon, who crewed the Watermouth Bay “PLUTO” (Pipeline Under the Ocean) receiving terminal. This was part of the training for ‘D-day’; the pipeline ran across the Bristol Channel from Cardiff. (Provisionally dated early 1943).

This photo was supplied by Mr. Coates, and was in response to last month’s front page article from Appledore Maritime Museum about their current exhibit – ‘Top Secret experimental work’.

A fireboat in Bideford Harbour in WW2. (From the North Devon Museum Trust Archives) Loaned by Appledore Maritime Museum.


By popular demand, the theatrical singing group, Encore! will be returning to Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho! on Saturday 13th September 2014

at 7pm. Hot foot from a successful concert in London and performing before an audience of 1,000 people in the Pannier Market in South Molton, Encore! will be singing a new programme of songs for the audience at Holy Trinity Church. Their combination of four part singing, duets and solos of well loved songs from shows old and new is becoming well known throughout the area for its high quality and entertaining appeal.

Chudleigh Fort.

On a recent visit to Chudleigh Fort I was happy to see that the cannons have been re-instated. As far as I know they were last fired in August 1855, as the new ship the Sarah Newman made her way down the river Torridge. The spectators were numbered in their thousands. She was 1,220 tons in weight, length 236 ft, breadth 35ft depth 21ft and could carry 1,800 tons of cargo.The ship was built by Geo. Cox.

Derek Barnes

Singing for Parkinson’s.

You may have read in recent times of how singing can be of great benefit to Parkinsonians in overcoming some of the problems we have.

These might include problems with your speech- perhaps your voice has become quieter, have difficulty in holding conversations, getting fed up with people saying “Pardon”, shortness of breath, leaving other people to answer the phone, feeling a bit left out socially because of communications problems?

Poor speech can also lead to loss of confidence, and lack of self-esteem.

Parkinson’s Singing groups are now being set up nationwide.

Recently a few of us have been meeting regularly to sing shanties and other unaccompanied songs. The result has been marvellous. You might have seen us singing at a couple of our events and you can see how much we enjoy it.

Not only do we have enormous fun, and enjoy our singing but the benefits are clear – clearer stronger voices, and a real lift.

Research has suggested the benefits of singing in a group and our experience has confirmed it!

We would now like to open it up to everyone, both Parkinsonians and spouses, carers, etc. in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

You won’t be asked to sing solos, nor perform in public, just join in and enjoy yourself.

There will be no charge but you might want to make a small donation towards refreshments.

What’s that – you can’t sing? We’ll soon prove you wrong!

It would be handy to know how many people are coming so we have enough sheets, but there’s nothing to stop you from just popping in. We start on 4th September. Church hall, Appledore.every Thursday afternoon1.30 to 3.30 pm except for the fourth Thursday of the month. The Church hall overlooks the main “pay and display” car park in Appledore. level access available.

Further details from Ian on Bideford 475449 or Jackie on 471216


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North Devon Biosphere Reserve report.

Report reveals an improving trend in the Biosphere.

A new report released on 26th August brings together a variety of data that gives an overview of the state of wildlife in the Biosphere and social and economic trends that will affect the area’s sustainable development in the future.

Councillor Gaye Tabor, the Torridge District Council member on the Biosphere Partnership explains that “this report provides some of the information necessary for stakeholders to reconsider priorities for the area. It shows that overall, the state of the Biosphere is better now than it was ten years ago and better than the national picture, though there are still significant areas for concern and where concerted effort is needed to improve things”.

From a wildlife perspective, key findings are that we have about as many otters in our rivers as we will ever see and that our woodlands are a wonderful biodiversity resource but are threatened as never before by fragmentation and lack of management. The report also shows that we don’t have enough culm grassland to halt the decline in some key species such as the rare Marsh Fritillary butterfly or, through its ability to act like a sponge and to hold on to water, to help us be resilient to flooding caused in part by climate change.

The report shows that in many respects, people and organisations in the Biosphere Reserve are using our resources sustainably. For example, North Devon fisherman have demonstrated sustainable fishing yields off our coasts whilst renewable energy production is slightly above the UK average. There is however a long way to go in making changes to the amount of energy we consume and how it’s generated before we can be confident of meeting carbon reduction targets.

Elsewhere, our bathing water quality is improving generally due to our interventions and more people are using the environment to improve their quality of life than was the case the ten years ago.

Councillor Rodney Cann, the North Devon District Councillor on the Biosphere Partnership, says that “This report isn’t a total audit of the environment in the area. We just don’t have the data sets needed to do that but rather it takes the best data we have for certain indicators of environmental quality and social and economic change and brings them together so that we can see something of the trends/changes going on the Biosphere. It’s a mixed picture, but things do seem to be moving in the right direction and it backs up my confidence that the Biosphere Reserve designation, the partnership and the focus on sustainable development has been beneficial to the area.”

The “State of the North Devon UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve” report has been produced as part of the periodic review process required by UNESCO every ten years.

The report can be read and downloaded in full at


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Felicity’s fish cookery – September.

September brings the chill of autumn and plenty of apples. It also means the end of the summer mackerel –we have not seen many mackerel this summer. The north coast summer mackerel is often smaller than the Cornish Mackerel caught in the winter.

The August demonstration at “Fabulous Thursday Fish” held in Appledore showed over 30 people how to prepare a cooked crab. A FREE“ Fabulous Wednesday Fish” session will be held at the St Mary’s Church hall, Appledore on Wednesday 24nd September from 2.00pm. We will demonstrate preserving fish, especially soused mackerel, and other recipes with fish, apples and other autumn fruits. (This is being held on Weds. in September due to the hall being pre- booked on the Thursday) . We hope to continue this interesting combination of Fish Demonstration, Childrens’ Workshops and Lunches with fish themed local arts and crafts with changing guest exhibitors on each month until Christmas. So please come along.

Here is one of my favourite dishes for Mackerel and Apples.

Baked Mackerel with Caramelised Apple and Cider Sauce

Ingredients for 2. (603 cals. with potatoes, under 500cals without).

2x Mackerel fillets 170gms (6oz), 30gms(10oz) butter, 150gms dry cider, 1 dessert apple thinly sliced, 2 sprigs of thyme, 1x15ml(1tbsp Crème fraiche), Mangetout to serve.

Pre heat Oven 180 C/Gas Mark 4

1.Place the Fillets into a shallow casserole dish.

2.Combine the melted butter 2/3 cider and the sliced apples and pour over the fish

3.Arrange 1/3 apple slices on the top and sprinkle with thyme.

4.Bake for 20-25 mins. until the apples caramelise.

5.Heat the remaining cider in a small pan, simmer for 2-3mins.until syrupy and whisk in the crème fraiche. Add a little to the dish

6.Serve remaining sauce with the fish, mangetout and potatoes.

Felicity Sylvester- 07918 779 060


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Burton Art Gallery & Museum – September.

For readers who have not yet visited the current exhibition, “The Society of Wood Engravers’ 76th Exhibition”, you only have until the 15th of September to see it. And it is worth your while to do so. Most of these stunning works were engraved into the end-grain of hardwood, usually box, with extra fine, sharp tools, and the detail is amazing. You have to realise that white parts of the picture are carved out, leaving the raised parts to make the print. It is like looking at a photo-graphic negative until the print is made. A mistake means the artist may have to start again on a new block. This exhibition includes works by Japanese wood engravers, many from America, Canada and Europe, but also contains works by Devon-based artists, Hilary Paynter, Edward Crumpton, Merlyn Chesterman and Shirley Smith. Two full exhibition rooms to keep you enthralled for quite a while.

To follow, the Gallery is hosting a touring exhibition from the ‘Artist Rooms’ collection. It is by Richard Long, who has been inspired by landscape and the environment. He won the Turner Prize in 1989, and is one of Britain’s most significant artists. Richard’s exhibits on this occasion are made up of interlocking pieces of Cornish slate, laid out on the floor; there are also many of his paintings and drawings, using Bideford Black, and earth colours. You will soon realise that the South West has a strong influence on his work in this collection.

The dates are 4th October to 10th January, 2015.

(The dates of this exhibition mean that there will be no Friends’ Christmas Exhibition this year. Artists please note.)

Events to look out for: Discover the Burton’s Silver Collection, on Saturday, 13th September, with Michael and Fran Hedges, two of the Friends’ volunteers, who have been cataloguing them over the past six months. They will be delighted to tell you all about these beautiful objects, many of them donated to the Gallery by Hubert Coop, co-founder of the Gallery with Thomas Burton, back in 1951 when the Gallery was opened.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm; Sundays: 11am to 4pm. Admission Free.

Tourist Information Centre and Cafe du Parc: open as above.

Diana Warmington, Friends of the Burton Gallery.


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September’s Youth page.

I do like to be beside the seaside; I really do…

Once the school holidays descended for everyone – after ages of hurried clock-watching by discombobulated students and teachers alike – around about six weeks of relaxation could finally ensue.

Think of all the box sets, trips to the park and sandcastles you might’ve ploughed through in the first few days of freedom ; in fact, with the pleasant weather we’ve been enjoying of late ( optimistically speaking; by the time this issue of Buzz comes to press, we may have had two weeks of snow, but right now with the scalding pavements and blazing sun, it seems unlikely that would settle) the box set may even have been sidelined in favour of another trip to the beach.

However, come week four or five, when Westward Ho! has been pillaged for the ninth consecutive day, you know the ins and outs of the go-kart track and can recognise each individual pebble on the ridge by sight alone; a lot of people begin to pine for the unexplored coastlines of California, Malibu, or just jolly old Skegness – after all, it’s a change of scenery.

It’s incredibly easy, though, when growing up in a place as traditionally idyllic as Bideford, with the rolls of hill, marauding seagulls and surrounding sea-side, to forget just how sought after your space is. It has to be said, the majority of Britain is settled inland, a vast swathe of which is concrete city, with neither a sniff of grass nor sea to be smelt for miles around.

Many people save up all year round ,then, to visit places like Bideford and Devon for their summer breaks – eager to see the sea and river-side delights. An overheard conversation voicing the need to ensure it really was the ocean they looked at, and not just a large, sandy lake. Although this conspiracy would require pretty much every local to be in on it, it’s not surprising such worries abound, when the seaside is a place as craved and anticipated as it is . In the end when you think about it, there’s an awful lot to look forward to; arcades, promenades, Hockings ice cream, not to mention the sheer joy of the ocean itself. Meanwhile, closer to home, there’s a whole world to find off the beaten track, be it a very well hidden boutique ( the extra effort required to find it, helps ward off mere browsers…) a quiet coffee shop, or the serene, leaf-laced woods up yonder.

In fact, there’s a startling amount to find and do when you’re not frequenting all your usual haunts, and it’s with a fresh pair of eyes that people visit from far afield, no particular bias where they go, so long as it looks interesting. Perhaps there is something to be said for another trip to the beach then, before we all get rounded back up for school….

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.


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North Devon Archaeological Society.

Ever watched the Time Team and felt inspired? Interested in local history but want to delve into a past where documents are of little help? Keen to keep your brain and body active?

For more than fifty years North Devon Archaeological Society (NDAS) has been providing opportunities for its members to get involved and to learn more about the rich heritage of this area.

Members of NDAS are well placed to be involved in cutting-edge archaeological exploration, alongside both research and rescue organisations.  Under the supervision of professional archaeologist Chris Preece the Society is also running its own seasonal dig at a clay pipe kiln site in Torridge which has produced large quantities of finds. Members have taken part in all aspects of practical archaeology including geophysical surveys, excavation, field walking, pot washing etc.

We are also working with Exmoor National Park, Leicester University and Parracombe History and Archaeological Society on the Longstone Landscapes project, a two year programme of recording the Bronze Age Landscape around Chapman Barrows where training opportunities have included flint identification and field survey techniques. Members are now equipped to survey and complete field drawings of the burial mounds and carry out systematic searches for evidence of flint knapping. They have also recorded much of the deserted farm at Radworthy near Challacombe.

If your interest is more of an armchair archaeologist then our Winter Lecture programme is interesting and varied, attracting prestigious speakers on subjects as diverse as Bronze Age pottery and North Devon’s preparations for D-Day.

NDAS welcomes all new members, regardless of whether they have any previous knowledge of archaeology. Find out more on our website

Linda Blanchard , Chairman.


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September at the Pannier Market & Butchers’ Row.

The Pannier Market seems to be enjoying a period of growth and the happy band of traders are beginning to see some return for their hard work and persistence. No-one can rest on their laurels – we still need the support of everyone. We are extending the market trading hours : On Tuesdays and Saturdays the market will be open between 8.00am and 4.00pm and on Fridays will open between 9.00am and 3.00pm. Please make a note of these new hours and come along and support your local traders. The ultimate aim is to develop the market even further and open on additional days, but we need your continued support. We are always looking for additional traders, so if there are any budding entrepreneurs out there why not call in for a chat or contact Richard Coombes at the Bideford Town Council on 01237 428817.

Butchers’ Row, with its fine selection of shops all run by independent traders, is proving to be a draw to both tourists and locals. It is good to see the whole market complex can still operate successfully. Please remember Butchers’ Row is open six days a week.

Christmas ( yes that dreaded word) is just around the corner, why not visit the Pannier Market and Butchers Row and seek out that unusual present. Many gifts can be made to order or reserved for a small deposit. Make your gifts more personal.

On September 26th & 27th at 10.00am we will be holding a coffee morning in support of McMillan in the Pannier Market, please come along and help us raise some money for this worthy cause. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a piece of cake and have a chat with our friendly traders.


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One hundred years ago – September 1914.

from Bideford Community Archives, Windmill Lane Northam, tel 01237-471714

The first local casualty of the War . Captain T.S. Wickham, DSO, of the 2nd Manchester Regiment, who was the youngest son of T. T. Wickham JP and former mayor of Bideford, is one of the first deaths of the First World War to be reported in the 1st September 1914 edition of the Bideford Gazette. The circumstances and the whereabouts of his death were unknown at that time.

There were public Meetings across North Devon to raise money for the Devon Patriotic Fund and to encourage men to volunteer for military service. The first was held at Clovelly Court at the end of August and a considerable sum of money was pledged. Bideford held its mass meeting in the Market Hall which was “packed with every class and section of the community”.

The Devonshire Patriotic Fund was swelled by £715:2:3d. this week from collections across the area and, as a result of a benefit night sponsored by Hancock’s Steam Circus, £3:4:10d was added to the fund.

Owners of homing pigeons have been advised by Bideford Police to keep their birds in as they run a great risk of being shot by military authorities. Several have already been killed, but the newspaper gives no indication why.

Pte Jones and Pte Kelly and other recruits who have joined Kitchener’s Army from Bideford & North Devon districts have written interesting letters home about their experiences in Exeter and Aldershot. They claim to be “well cared for and are having a good time”.

The Board of Trade confirm an Order made by the Light Railway Commissioners for North Devon & Cornwall Junction Light Railway, Order No. 191, authorising the construction of a light railway from Torrington to Halwill, including the reconstruction of part of the mineral line known as the Torrington & Marland Railway.


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Book news – September.

Events in Bideford Library

For Adults:

Writers’ Workshop.

Wed 24th Sept 10.00am till 1.00pm –

broadcaster, journalist and author Teresa Driscoll will help aspiring writers make the best of their short fiction, with tips on how to find inspiration, character development, as well as submitting work to magazines and literary competitions.

The workshop is free, but a £5.00 deposit, which will be refunded on attendance, must be paid in advance to secure a place.

Free Fridays.

Every Friday 9:30-5

Free internet access for up to 2 hours. Help with getting online and finding information. Help with job seeking, CV writing and form filling.

Feel Better with a Book.

(Please check with Library to confirm the group is running each week).

Every Wednesday 10:30-12:00 am

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

For Kids:

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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Burning Bright” ,by Tracy Chevalier.

(Discussed By Bideford Library Readers’ Group and reviewed here.)

I was slow and reluctant to get into this book. It may have been because I don’t often read historical novels and this seemed very much like one – there was much rather obvious research into the minutiae of places, for example.

However I began to find it interesting. In some ways the characters, the humanity and the feel of London reminded me of Charles Dickens and the setting was not far short of his time.

It is also a novel of ideas,including an ingenious way of writing about that mysterious and fascinating poet and artist, William Blake.I used to have a beautiful illustrated copy of Songs of Innocence and experience.

Now, having read this story of their origins I regret parting with it.

John Martin

The Readers’ group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. in Bideford Library. Books for the month are supplied by the Library and can be picked up at the meeting or from the Library desk. Discussions are very much centred on the book of the month and meetings usually finish around 3.15. If further information is required anyone interested can contact Peter Evans on 01237 47917.

Next meeting ; Wednesday September 3rd.

Discussing ‘Notes to My Mother-in-Law’, by Phyllida Law .


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Bideford Film Society – September.

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 September at Kingsley School – 7.30pm – ‘What If’ (15). (Film ends 9.10pm).

Doors open 7.00pm.

Tickets: General £5.50, Concessions £5.00, Members £4.00, Family (up to 3 children & 2 adults) £12.00.


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Shipping news No. 115 (July/ August 2014).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Anna Dorte - built 2011 ; flag Rotterdam, Netherlands ; owners Dutch ; from Wicklow to Lubeck ; crew Russian, Ukrainian, & Philippino ; arrived 7/8, sailed 8/8 ; loaded 2,000 tons timber.

In port – Bideford.

Countess Anna - (ex- Wiebeke K, 2005) ; built 1994 ; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda ; owners German ; from Swansea to Castellon ; crew Russian ; arrived 10/8, sailed 12/8 ; loaded 2,500 tons ball clay.

Arco Dart has been away from the Bristol Channel working on the South Coast ; no sightings at Appledore.

Oldenburg continues sailing from Bideford and Ilfracombe.

Bristol Channel Observations.

21.7.14 at 11.25 cargo vessel Kaili, 4,512 tons d.w, owners Klip Marine Ship Management Ltd Estonia, inward bound for Sharpness. At 16.38 cargo vessel Scot Ranger, 3,419 tons d.w, owners Scotline Ltd UK, inward bound for Newport.

22.7.14 at 19.20 Cargo vessel Hendrik S., 3,200 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Newport.

26.7.14 at 18.08 bulk carrier Koutalianos, 92,710 tons d.w., owners Ediola Shipping Ltd, Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

27.7.14 at 12.30 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth . At 17.30 cargo vessel Jolyn, 3,568 tons d.w, owners Wagenborg Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness

28.7.14 at 11.16 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli 14565 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

29.7.14 at 08.55 two cargo vessels seen ; the first one was the Eva Maria Muller, 3,722 tons d.w., owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness : and the cargo vessel Valentin Pikul, 2,917 tons d.w., owners North Western Shipping Joint Stock Co Russia , inward bound for Cardiff.

30.7.14 at 17.10 chemical tanker Endelo Swan, 4,972 tons d.w., owners Endelo Swan APS Denmark, inward bound for Avonmouth with a cargo of UAN.

31.7.14 at 08.07 cargo vessel Lady Anna, 3,700 tons d.w., owners Wijnne & Barends Cargodoors Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport.

3.8.14 at 14.16 cargo vessel Smaragd, 3,195 tons d.w., owners De Bock Maritiem BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport . At 15.47 vehicle carrier Autopride, 4,492 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

7.8.14 at 07.58 cargo vessel Ocean Sachel, 5,443 tons d.w, owners unknown, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 15.16 6.8.14

8.8.14 at 13.00 bulk carrier Navios Sagittarus, 75,756 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 19.46 cable ship Resolute, 10,277 tons d.w, owners Tyco Resolute Inc Spain, inward bound for Avonmouth.

9.8.14 at 11.33 container ship Endeavour, 9,168 tons dw., owners J.R. Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

12.8.14 at 16.33 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 11.37. At 18.15 bulk carrier Guo Tou, 93,738 tons d.w., owners unknown, inward bound for Portbury.

13.8.14 at 09.34 cargo vessel Sea Kestrel, 2,252 tons d.w, owners Torbulk Ltd England, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 23. 00 12.8.14



Ernest Shackleton lecture, 23rd September.

I am giving an illustrated lecture on Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition  at the Plough Arts Centre in Great Torrington on 23rd September.

The lecture is about one of the great stories of the sea and I am sure would be of interest to some of your subscribers. On an expedition to Antarctica in 1914, Shackleton’s ship the “Endurance” was trapped and crushed in the pack ice. After surviving for five months on the ice, Shackleton’s men rowed to Elephant Island- from there Shackleton sailed for help in an open lifeboat to south Georgia almost 800 miles away – over 3 months later he returned to rescue the crew marooned on Elephant Island. The expedition photographer, Frank Hurley, captured the story with his camera. It is a remarkable story with equally remarkable pictures.

Mark Cottle.


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September diary.

Tuesday 23nd

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at Youth Centre on the Pill. 479462

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night – free to play or watch.

Wednesday 24th

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

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

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

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room 01271 860061

Bideford Phoenix Morris at Royal Exchange, Torrington.

Thursday 25th

Appledore Book Festival Café at St Mary’s Church Hall in aid of North Devon Hospice – until 5th October.

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

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

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

Friday 26th

9am-12.30pm Big Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support at N Devon Yacht Club.

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Palladium Club – Goose the nun – rock – £3.

Saturday 27th

Palladium Club – 9 yards – rock pop covers – £3.

Monday 29th

1.30pm Westward Ho! Arts Club, W Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Primary School. 420652

8.30pm North Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore. Cloud Makers Trio. 421065

Tuesday 30th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at Youth Centre on the Pill. 479462

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night – free to play or watch.


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