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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Arts Society North Devon virtual events.

The Arts Society North Devon is continuing to deliver its outstanding lectures via Zoom. Enjoy top quality talks from the comfort of your home during the pandemic.

For more information visit tasnorthdevon.org.uk , contact the chairman on selman.smile@talktalk.net , or phone 01271 866661.

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Business Rate Support Grants in Torridge.

The Government has announced that to reduce social contact and limit the spread of Covid-19, certain businesses and venues would be required to close from Thursday 5th November to the 2nd December 2020. These included all non-essential retail, hospitality and entertainment venues, accommodation providers, personal care and leisure facilities, community centres and halls.

At the same time the Government announced further packages to support businesses, including a new round of business rate support grants. While the detail has only been provided in the last few days Torridge Council officers have been working hard behind the scenes to launch the online application process. However, the Council will also be writing to around 600 businesses that have been identified as eligible from their records to try and ensure as many local businesses as possible benefit from the scheme

As before, the scheme is based on the rateable value for businesses and for those registered for business rates as at 1st November 2020. In outline it will operate on the following basis:

For properties with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under, grants will be £1,334 per four weeks;

For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 k-£50,999 grants will be £2,000 per four weeks;

For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over grants will be £3,000 per four weeks.

While Torridge will be writing to eligible businesses, owners can also review their eligibility here www.torridge.gov.uk/businessgrants and apply online at the following link: http://torridge.gov.uk/LRSGNOV2020 The application process is needed for auditing and fraud purposes as there will be checks made afterwards to ensure correct handling and money incorrectly acquired will be reclaimed. Payments will be made by BACS once applications have been processed.

The Council has stressed that for now the Government have not confirmed whether self-catering holiday lets will be eligible in this tranche of support so they are urging people not to contact the Council for the time being until the Government has issued further clarification.

Businesses should also check Government websites for further information on this and other support schemes using the governments support finder tool at https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

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Shipping notes No. 187 (October).

In port – Bideford Quay.

Celtic Ambassador – built 1994; (ex – Bettina K, 2004); flag Cardiff; owners British; crew Ukrainian & Russian; from Larne to Castellon; arrived 14/10, sailed 16/10; loaded 2,859 tons ball clay.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Appledore.

It was drawn to my attention on Monday 1st October that the Richmond Drydock at Appledore had been sold, and the new owner Keith Wheatcroft of the Donington Racing Circuit was going to use it to store his collection of wartime vessels. Having seen some photograghs of the dock’s state, with overgrown greenery and remains of some of the fishing vessels left in the dock from the previous owner of the yard, a lot of hard work is needed to restore it to its original condition. I’ll keep you advised on the work in progress.

No news from Harland and Wolff regarding orders for the shipyard.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/10 at 11.11 ro-ro vessel City of Hamburg, 3,546 tons d.w., owners Airbus SAS France, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.14.

2/10 at 12.40 tanker North Sea Rational, 6,232 tons d.w., owners North Sea Chemicals BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

3/10 at 08.46 chemical tanker Stolt Cormorant, 5,508 tons d.w., owners Stolt Cormorant BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

5/10 at 10.45 cargo vessel Paivi, 3,450 tons d.w., owners Paivi Interscan Shipmanagement Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

6/10 at 14.10 vehicle carrier Tulane, 28,818 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.44 container vessel MSC Iris, 23,000 tons d.w., owners NSM Iris Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

7/10 at 08.17 cargo vessel Hendrika Margaretha, 3,200 tons d.w., owners Koning Gans CV Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 21.51 6th. At 09.37 cargo vessel Albiz, 5,750 tons d.w., owners Naviera Murueta SA Spain, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.25 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 17.44 8th, having sailed from Portbury at 13.23).

8/1 at 09.15 cargo vessel Saros B, 11,443 tons d.w., owners NCCB Navigation SA Turkey, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 01.08. At 12.57 cargo vessel Lisa, 4,850 tons d.w., owners Sohwartenberg Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 13.15 chemical tanker Aral, 8,915 tons d.w., owners Maya Shipping Turkey, inward bound for Avonmouth with a cargo of molasses. At 13.17 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,650 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.07.

9/10 at 16.00 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 15.45 10th having sailed from Portbury at 09.42. At 19.05 tanker Whitdawn, 4,650 tons d.w., owners James Whitaker Malta Ltd Hull, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 12.16.

10/10 at 16.07 bulk carrier Aasvik, 7,566 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 12.15.

11/10 at 18.52 vehicle carrier Passero, 12,755 tons d.w., owners Passero GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

14/10 at 11.30 vehicle carrier Autostar, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.35 cargo vessel Boha Wittenbergen, 3,744 tons d.w., owners Fortune Corporation Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Birdport having sailed 0527. At 13.43 vehicle carrier Hawaiian Highway, 20,606 tons d.w., owners Kawasakai Kisen KK Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.45 vehicle carrier Fidelo, 30,137 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.21. At 15.25 container vessel AS Paulina, 34,287 tons d.w., owners AS Paulina Opco BV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea.

18/10 at 09.43 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 17.20 19th having sailed from Portbury at 12.49). At 10.35 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot.

20/10 at 07.05 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.15 cargo vessel Celtic Navigator, 3,240 tons d.w., owners Charles M. Willie Cardiff, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 10.04. At 17.30 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.25 19th. At 16.35 cargo vessel Warber, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Wijnne and Barends Cargadoors -en-Agentourkantoren B.V Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 11.57.

22/10 at 12.45 cargo vessel Perfect, 6,500 tons d.w. owners Monte Zoncolan Perfect B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

23/10 at 17.57 bulk carrier Aastvik, 7,566 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot.

27/10 at 17.57 vehicle carrier Autostar, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

27/10 at 07.10 cargo vessel Arctica Hav, owners Hav Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Sharpness . At 10.40 cargo vessel Arklow Venture, 5,164 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Ireland, inward bound for Swansea.

29/10 at 08.20 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot.

31/10 at 09.15 tanker Ekfors, 13,702 tons d.w., owners Ekship AB Sweden, inward bound for Cardiff. At 10.30 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fujyukuri Maritime SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

The main activity in the Bristol Channel 24/25/26 October was regarding the 11 containers which were washed overboard from a vessel off Lands End. One was washed ashore at Bucks Mills near Clovelly, another near Lynton. Another came ashore on the Welsh Coast while the others are thought to have sunk . They had to be found because of the danger to vessels in the narrow waters of the Bristol Channel, and also shipping movements in the Bristol Channel could be impaired.

Sorry for the short report but weather conditions have not been fruitful for ship spotting.

Regards,

Norman.

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The “Freshspring” project.

Steamship ‘Freshspring’ celebrates four years in Bideford.

During the Second World War, a fleet of freshwater-carrying steam ships was commissioned by the Royal Navy to deliver water to warships. These became the ‘Fresh’ class of ships and the last one to be built by Lytham Shipbuilders, in 1946, was named ‘Freshspring’. She served most of her time in Malta before being retired to the Clyde in the late 1970s, where she was decommissioned and mothballed.

While all of her sister ships were scrapped, ‘Freshspring’ was sold into civilian life and was towed to a new life in Bristol’s Floating Harbour. However, all did not go well and in the late 1980s she eventually ended up moored on the banks of the River Severn at Newnham where her machinery was kept in good order by her then owner, though externally she was deteriorating.

In 2012, a charitable trust was set up with the aim of saving ‘Freshspring’, and she was acquired by the Trust in 2013. Major funds for hull repairs were gained in 2016 and on 16th Oct 2016, SS ‘Freshspring’, towed by the tug ‘Severn Sea’, made her way down the Bristol Channel and up the Torridge to a new home in Bideford. It was an amazing journey, managed by a team classed as lunatics by experts for even attempting this remarkable project.

During her early days in Bideford, SS ‘Freshspring’ could not be opened to the public, as she needed further work. Volunteers stepped forward and achieved miracles with the ship, but some things needed funds. The wheelhouse and boat deck were rotten but the team persisted.

Four years later with Heritage Lottery Funding, local financial support and in the safe hands of the people of Bideford, SS ‘Freshspring’ is a very different ship.

Welcoming over 3,500 visitors during 2018/2019, The Trust’s 54 registered volunteers have been working hard to make sure that the visitor experience is truly memorable.

From 2017- 2019, the Steamship Freshspring Trust contributed over £18,000 to the local economy.

With its own brand of beer, sponsored and brewed in a local brewery, and a range of branded clothing, also supplied locally, the Trust is proud to cultivate maritime pride back into Bideford and be part of the community.

SS Freshspring is more than a steamship. She’s a place for volunteers to meet, learn new skills and have a sense of purpose. She’s a classroom for local schools where education involves hands-on activities and learning, she’s a venue for art classes, she helps young people to understand careers in maritime and has potential for so much more.


In recent months, Covid-19 has forced the Trust to review its ways of working. Confined spaces have made it impossible to safely open the ship to the public. However, a virtual reality tour, currently being created in partnership with BMT Global, will provide a valuable education resource and let the public tour the ship without leaving the comfort of the fore deck. This is a really exciting piece of work using cutting edge technologies. With the newly crowdfunded awning in place, tours won’t even be hampered by inclement weather!

The next challenge is to secure funding for two essential studies. Tenders are in for Feasibility and Viability studies and are ready to go. Once funds for this work are obtained, the Trust will learn exactly what needs to be done for SS ‘Freshspring’ to operate and become economically sustainable. These studies are pivotal pieces of work.

There are so many ways that you could help Freshspring, either from home or by helping on board. You are promised a warm welcome and a range of activities to choose from. Visit https://www.ssfreshspring.co.uk/get-involved/volunteering to find out more.

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Volunteers sought for “Home from Hospital”.

sophie@ttvs.org.uk

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Coastwise North Devon – Autumn programme.

The Autumn series of meetings will be accessible on the Zoom platform, in the comfort of your own home, as live meetings are currently subject to restrictions. The full term’s fee is £20.00.    Talks in the series, which runs up to December, will include Rocky Seashores, Rockpools in Winter, Rewilding Coasts and Wetlands, Geology & Landscape in Devon, and How Climate Change is affecting Ocean Storminess.

Check the website www.coastwisenorthdevon.org.uk for the full talks programme and how to enrol.

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Shipping notes No. 186 (September).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping since last edition.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last edition.

Appledore.

Since the announcement that the shipyard was to reopen as “Harland and Wolff Appledore”, there have been two open days for ex-employees to apply for jobs at the yard. Still awaiting news on how many have returned to work for the new owners, or news of any orders.

Bristol Channel Observations.

3/9 at 20.30 cargo vessel Valiant, 2,366 tons d.w., owners Faversham Ships Ltd Cowes IOW, inward bound for Port Talbot.

4/9 at 11.27 cargo vessel Rebecca Hammann, 2,420 tons d.w., owners Hammann & Prahm Reederei Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

5/9 at 09.21 cargo vessel Damsterdijk, 4,450 tons d.w., owners Naviga Shipmanagement BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 14.49 cargo vessel Paula C, 5,000 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd Isle of Wight, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again at 08.06 11th having sailed from Sharpness at 00.56). At 12.55 cargo vessel Skarpoe. 6,381 tons d.w., owners Eleonara Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 08.24 10th outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 23.21 9th).

6/9 at 09.44 cargo vessel Patria, 3,519 tons d.w., owners Interscan Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 11.10 container vessel MSC Iris, 23,000 tons d.w., owners NSM Iris Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.36 vehicle carrier Auto Eco, 16,995 tons d.w., owners UECC Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 14.15 7th, having sailed at 09.57). At 14.52 bulk carrier HTK Lotus, 28,441 tons d.w., owners HTK Shipping & Import and Export Vietnam, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 09.10. At 14.55 vehicle carrier Global Highway, 20,686 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.32.

7/9 at 05.15 vehicle carrier Passero, 12,755 tons d.w., owners Passero GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 19.36 8th outward bound having sailed from Portbury at 14.17). At 07.55 bulk carrier NM Sakura, 60,948 tons d.w., owners NM Shipping SA Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.40 tanker Fredericia, 3,600 tons d.w., owners Energizer Shipping APS Dubai, inward bound for Cardiff. At 14.00 vehicle carrier Themis, 23,786 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

8/9 at 06.05 bulk carrier Athos, 30,618 tons d.w., owners Athos Navigation Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.35 tanker Northern Skagerrak, 708 tons d.w., owners Kristensson Shipping AB Sweden, inward bound for Cardiff.

9/9 at 16.51 bulk carrier Stellar Pacific, 16,730 tons d.w., owners Stellar Pacific Co Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again outward bound at 13.06 19th having sailed from Newport at 10.24 18th.). At 16.53 cargo vessel Karoli, 5,727 tons d.w., owners HS Karoli OU Estonia, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 06.57 having sailed from Avonmouth at 00.07 hrs 12th). At 16.57 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound having sailed from Portbury at 12.39.

10/9 at 16.40 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.49 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,650 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

11/9 at 16.22 cargo vessel Maxi, 6,359 tons d.w., owners Maxi Schiffahrts GMBH & Co KG, Germany inward bound for Avonmouth.

12/9 at 07.16 hrs vehicle carrier Dalian Highway, 21,616 tons d.w., owners Rockfish Marine SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.24. At 08.06 cargo vessel Angon, 5,045 tons d.w., owners Navinnorte SA Spain, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 00.56. At 11.10 cargo vessel My Melody, 3,713 tons d.w., owners Night Blue Shipping Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 01.37. At 20.16 cargo vessel Celtic Spirit, owners Charles M Willie Cardiff, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 15.07. At 20.16 cargo vessel Fluvious Plym, 3,211 tons d.w., owners Fluvious Plym Ltd Crediton, inward bound for Sharpness.

13/9 at 06.40 cargo vessel Arklow Beacon, 8,660 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 00.28. At 12.20 bulk carrier Aasvik, 7,566 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. (Seen again at 19.58 14th having sailed at 16.24 14th). At 1956 cargo vessel Arklow Viking, 5,150 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping Eire, inward bound for Avonmouth.

14/9 at 07.30 cargo vessel Ayr, 3,604 tons d.w., owners Hayo Unken Vertom-Bojn Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 20.15 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,500 tons d.w., owners Payton Maritime SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.58.

15/9 at 07.55 vehicle carrier California Highway, 18,644 tons d.w., owners 9107 Eagles Line SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

17/9 at 11.16 bitumen tanker Seapower, 4,897 tons d.w., owners Sea Ocean Maritime Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 12.25 vehicle carrier Viking Diamond, 12,572 tons d.w., owners Ccc Shipowning Pte ltd Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

18/9 at 14.55 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.55 cargo vessel Wilson Onega, 2,516 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 10.35.

20/9 at 10.17 cargo vessel Leyla, 1,802 d.w., owners Leyla GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 10.40 bulk carrier Aastvik, 7,566 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.11 bulk carrier Brigitte, 58,624 tons d.w., owners Leste Shipping Ltd Cyprus, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 14.30 22nd outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.24).

21/9 at 11.10 cargo vessel Arklow Venus, 5,171 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Eire, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 12.05 cargo vessel Sea Kestrel, 2,225 tons d.w., owners Northern Coasters ltd Market Rasen UK, inward bound for Newport.

22/9 at 06.15 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Shipping Ltd U.K., inward bound for Portbury. At 15.45 container vessel Ranger, 6,945 tons d.w., owners Perranger Liberia, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 11.06. At 16.06 container vessel AS Paulina, 6,945 tons d.w., owners AS Paulina Opco BV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury . At 16.20 bulk carrier Albany Sound, 28,379 tons d.w., owners Pacific Basin Chartering HK Ltd Hong Kong, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 10.25. At 19.10 vehicle carrier Thalatta, 23,786 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Sweden and Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.17.

23/9 at 17.57 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.11.

26/9 at 06.55 cargo vessel Wilson Volos, 6,050 tons d.w., owners Gerhard G Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 01.09. At 07.04 cargo vessel Wilson Halsvik, 4,280 tons d.w., owners Pasadena Riverliner GMBH & Co Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 01.04. At 08.20 cargo vessel Kossau, 3,700 tons d.w., owners Roland First Maritime GMBH Germany, inward bound for Swansea. At 09.10 cargo vessel Westerwind, 2,815 tons d.w., owners Weststrada J.L, inward bound for Sharpness. At 0915 cargo vessel Amiko, 4,750 tons d.w., owners Amiko Maritime Co Ltd Lithuania, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 03.38. At 10.50 bunkering tanker Lizrix, owners Lizrix Tankship Ltd Hull, inward bound for Avonmouth.

27/9 at 11.30 cargo vessel Mittelplate, 3,183 tons d.w., owners Wirdum Germany, inward bound for Newport.

28/9 at 20.30 vehicle carrier Monoceros Leader, 19,159 tons d.w., owners Nancy Ship Holdings SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.15.

29/9 at 09.03 cargo vessel Arklow Dale, 11,047 tons d.w., owners Kilbride Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 06.37. At 13.10 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

30/9 at 10.15 ro-ro vessel City of Hamburg, 3,546 tons d.w., owners Airbus SAS France, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.35 cargo vessel Arklow Valley, 5,167 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipiing BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 05.21.

Regards,

Norman.

Below is a photograph from my collection dated 13.6.03.

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Green Home Grants scheme.

On 8th July 2020 the Chancellor announced a £2 billion Green Home Grants Scheme to upgrade homes across England and make them more energy efficient. £1.5 billion of the total funding is to be made available through vouchers that can be put towards the cost of any improvements or upgrades. The scheme was launched with two goals in mind, with the first linked to addressing climate change and the UK Government’s commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. The scheme is also part of a package of measures designed to kick-start the economy following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, with local registered installers to benefit from the resulting demand for installations.

Under the scheme home owners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to their homes. The voucher will cover up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to residents’ homes; up to a maximum voucher value of £5,000 (only one voucher is available per property). If people are on a low income and receive certain benefits they can receive a voucher covering all of the cost of improvements, up to a maximum voucher value of £10,000. Only certified installers are eligible to carry-out work on properties but local tradespeople are being encouraged to sign up to the accreditation scheme operated by TrustMark.

To be eligible to apply for the voucher, you must either:-

Own your own home (including park home owners, and long-lease holders and shared ownership).

Be a private or social landlord.

The scheme is not open to non-domestic properties or new-builds, and landlords cannot apply for the low-income portion of the scheme.

The Green Home Scheme will be time-limited to help stimulate the economic recovery, and support the creation nationally of tens of thousands of green jobs immediately. The scheme goes live on 30th September 2020, although people can check their eligibility and see what energy efficiency measures would suit their homes ahead of this date by using the Simple Energy Advice (SEA) toolkit, or visiting the government website for more information. Vouchers must be redeemed and improvements completed by 31st March 2021.

Torridge District Councillor Peter Hames, Lead Member for Climate Change, said: “Obviously the Green Home Grant scheme is very welcome in terms of the impact energy efficiency improvements can have on reducing carbon emissions and help us as a Country achieve our net-zero ambitions. But it will also help householders to save money in the long term and has the potential to be an important stimulus for our local economy which has obviously been affected by the recent Covid-19 crisis. In that respect I would also encourage local tradespeople to get registered now as an approved installer so that they can take advantage of the opportunities this scheme will hopefully generate.”

People should visit the Simple Energy Advice website to check eligibility, decide what measures to install and then contact an accredited tradesperson to get a quote: https://www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk/pages/green-homes-grant Alternatively local tradespeople should register with TrustMark and can find out more by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/green-homes-grant-scheme-register-as-a-certified-tradesperson-or-business

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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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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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‘Families for Chidren’ – online information sessions for 2021.

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

2021.

Friday 15th January – 2.00-4.00pm.

Tuesday 9th February – 6.00-8.00pm.

Saturday 13th March – 9.00-11.00am.

 

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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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