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.

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You can submit your article on disc or by e-mail.    However, ‘snail mail’ is equally acceptable. Material for publication should reach us by the 11th of the month preceding the month of publication.

Editor – Rose Arno (Bideford Buzz),    c/o Torridge Volunteer Resource Centre (‘TVS’),  14, Bridgeland Street, Bideford, EX39 2QE.  (TVS opening hours Mon.-Thurs. 9.30am to 3.oopm [12.30pm on Thurs.]).      Telephone 07929-976120, or E-mail:

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Local Parkinson’s group keeps active over summer.

Members of a local Parkinson’s physiotherapy group, which meets only in term-time, have been continuing their treatment over the summer holidays with help from Petroc.

Through the developing partnership between physiotherapists at Northern Devon Health Care Trust and Petroc, participants took part in seven weeks of summer activities run by Petroc’s sport and fitness team.

It’s really important for people to keep moving when they have got Parkinson’s, to delay progression,” explained Claire Harris, Specialist Physiotherapist in Rehabilitation. “The goal is to keep as active as possible for as long as possible. These sessions give them a bit of continuity so they can be as fit as they were when they finished the term.”

The Barnstaple and Torridge Parkinson’s groups met at Petroc’s North Devon campus and took part in range of sports and activities, including basketball, tennis, badminton, Nordic walking, volleyball, and fitness circuits.

It’s been years since many of the members had played sport and some of them thought that due to limitations from the disease, coupled with the ageing process, they would struggle with physical activity. But they thoroughly enjoyed the sessions, with many of the participants trying some sports for the first time.

One group member is Dave Shaer, who said: “From a health point of view it’s good. It’s a social activity as well as a physical exercise. It’s given us something different.”

Marian Cooper agreed: “Being outside and in the fresh air – it’s really good for you. Trying it in a group has been really nice, too. I have really enjoyed it.”

Jane Sharkey, Fitness programme manager at Petroc, set up the seven-week scheme.

She said: “It was great to reach out to a different type of client group and it was amazing to see the group having so much fun through the medium of sport and fitness.”

If you want to find out more about sport and fitness at Petroc, visit

For more details about local Parkinson’s groups, please email (Bideford) or (Barnstaple).

Photo, from left to right: Robert Sleep, Clive Jones, Claire Harris, Jane Leaper, Dave Shaer, Peter Gleave, Terry Hill, Jane Sharkey, Marian Cooper, Jackie Whittear, Gordon Smith.


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“Discovery desk” unveiled at Northam Burrows.

A new exciting display has been unveiled at Northam Burrows Visitors Centre. The ‘Discovery Desk’ includes a powerful public-use microscope and collections of samples, helping visitors to take a closer look at the unique local environment.

Northam Burrows Visitors Centre recently re-opened following a fire that took place earlier in the year. It has been fitted with new displays and exhibits about the natural features of the Burrows, as well as its history.

The ‘Discovery Desk’ was installed as part of the North Devon Coast AONB’s Coastal Creatures Project, which aims to encourage people to take an active interest in the wildlife found on the North Devon Coastline. In addition to the ‘Discovery Desk’ Northam Burrows Country Park are hosting a series of Coastal Creature Project events and more are taking place at other locations within the AONB

AONB Manager Jenny Carey-Wood said “The Coastal Creatures project is all about engaging the public with our coastal wildlife, to better understand and enjoy the stunning landscape in our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty including Northam Burrows” . And added, “The Northam Burrows centre is in an ideal location for this equipment to reach local people and visitors thanks to funding from Torridge District Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

Lead Member for Community, Culture & Leisure at Torridge District Council, Councillor Philip Pennington, unveiled the new display and said “The 253 hectares of grassy coastal plain at the Burrows already provides excellent recreational facilities, and the ‘Discovery Deck’ provides yet another reason for residents and tourists to stop off at the Burrows Centre. Visitors now have the chance to take a look at the Burrows from a different perspective and see it as it has never been seen before.”

For a complete list of Coastal Creatures Project events visit


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Marie Curie “Helper” service.

Marie Curie is celebrating the rollout of its ‘Helper’ service across the whole of Devon and is calling on people to consider volunteering a few hours of their time each week to support local people with terminal illnesses and their families. The charity is looking for people who are interested in becoming a ‘Marie Curie Helper’, a volunteer who can visit someone with a terminal illness in their own home to provide companionship and emotional support, as well as practical help.

While it has previously been available in other parts of the country (and we have had some Helper Volunteers operating in North and South Devon for about a year now), we are happy to say we are now rolling out the service to the whole of Devon and are hoping people would like to help us support people in their local community.

Marie Curie Helper volunteers give around three hours a week of their time to offer a friendly ear and the opportunity to talk through any worries. Volunteers also help by providing practical support, information about local services, and enabling carers and family members to take a short break.

We are also looking for volunteer assessors for the Marie Curie Helper service, which entails visiting terminally ill people and/or their carers either in their own home, nursing home, or residential care to identify their needs and determine if the Marie Curie Helper service would be appropriate for them.

Kathy Holland, Marie Curie Helper Service Manager for Devon, said: “I am delighted to say that the Devon Helper service will now be supporting families and their carers across the whole of Devon. The Marie Curie Helper service has been very fortunate to attract volunteers who have come forward to be helpers and assessors who have embraced these new roles. Due to the increasing demand for support from families and their carer’s, we are now looking to recruit additional volunteers to add to our existing team. We will then be able to support even more families and carers with all terminal illnesses, who have a prognosis of 12 months or less.”

Jessica, a Devon Helper, said: “I am a 26-year-old single mum with a son who is nearly 3; I live in Torquay. I have been out of work since having my son but came across the Marie curie Helper role while I was scrolling the NHS jobs website looking for some part-time work. I read the description and saw that the role was voluntary and up to 3 hours per week. Originally my first thought was that this role would fit in well with my childcare and not be too much to take on, and also that it would probably look very appealing on my CV to future healthcare employers. I applied for the role and then had my interview with Kathy Holland, who was so reassuring, as naturally I was a little nervous about the role as I hadn’t any experience with terminally ill people nor any experience of death at all. She gave me lots of information about how this could be a great learning opportunity as I would have access to the Marie Curie online learning website and could choose which learning modules to complete (along with the few mandatory modules). This attracted me even more to the role. When I was matched with my first client in April 2017 I was very nervous, but I can honestly say that once I had stepped through the client’s door and saw her face I forgot all about her illness and just focused on her as a person. We were a great match and got on from that first visit. I wanted to know so much about her life and I looked forward to our visits each week. She had an amazing sense of humour and was such a positive, strong lady. Sadly she did pass away at the end of June and despite it not being a very long relationship, we did have a good bond and I know I made a difference. Her son thanked me for being there in the last few weeks of her life and said that he knows his mum looked forward to our visits. I can honestly say this was one of the most meaningful things I have ever done. It was a complete honour to have known her, even for a short few weeks”.


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John Strange (1590 – 1646), shipowner & local hero.

In Bideford Town Hall you will find a portrait of John Strange, four times Mayor of Bideford, and an unusual man. (There is also a copy in the Burton Art Gallery). In the background of the portrait are certain objects (cliff, arrow and

bridge) which symbolise episodes from his youth in which he might easily have been killed. When he was a boy he fell off a cliff whilst bird-nesting but remained unhurt, was hit in the forehead with an arrow which left him with only a slight scar, and on another occasion, a robber threw him over the Long Bridge, but again he remained unscathed.

John Strange was obviously destined for other things.

By trade, he was a merchant ship owner and worked in conjunction with another Bidefordian, George Shurtt. Between them they owned a small fleet of ships, including the ‘Friendship’ (80 tons) and the ‘Fellowship’ (170 tons), and some of these ships would be sent out to the Newfoundland Fisheries.

Strange was also instrumental in setting up the Virginia Company, in which blankets were sent out to Virginia in return for tobacco. He also helped in establishing trade with New England.

However, his moment came in 1646, when the plague struck Bideford.

The tale is told that a Spanish ship carrying a cargo of flea-ridden and plague- infested wool, moored in Bideford, and three children playing amidst the sacks brought the plague ashore, for within a few days these same three boys, the sons of local surgeon, Henry Ravening, and their father, had died . The mayor at the time, fearing for his life, hastily left the town, and John Strange, who had been Mayor three times before, stepped into the breach as Mayor again. He put guards at the entrances of the town, to prevent the disease from spreading, made sure the sick were cared for, the dead buried, and the bereaved comforted. The official death toll was 229, ( more were buried than appeared on the official lists, including the Ravening family) but more would have died if not for the efforts of John Strange.

One of the people who succumbed to the disease was John Strange himself, who died on 30th July 1646, aged 56. John was married to Katherine, and they lived at Ford House. They had one daughter, and four sons, all of whom died young and predeceased him, except his youngest son, also called John, who grew into adulthood, married and eventually emigrated to Virginia.

In the meantime, a sea captain, whose life John had saved in a shipwreck, came to Bideford to thank him, only to be told that he had recently died, so the captain made sure that a monument was placed in St. Mary’s Church in his memory. Unfortunately, when the church was rebuilt in the nineteenth century, it was placed too high up the wall to be able to read the inscription without a ladder, which is a pity, as it is very fulsome in its praise of this heroic character, who gave his life to save others.

Even in death, John Strange was very generous, leaving in his will enough money to build 5 almshouses in Meddon Street ‘for poor old people’. These still stand , and are now listed buildings.

Chris Trigger.


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One hundred years ago – September 1917.

Mr Gerrish, chemist, of 9 The Quay, continues his advertising campaign by encouraging readers to take his Tonic Liver Mixture. He states that “your liver, if neglected, will bring utter ruin and an early decay”. His mixture, costing 1/3d per bottle, claims to cure a long list of ailments including headache, sleeplessness, palpitations, constipation, spots before the eyes, flatulency and coated tongue.

Home health remedies seem popular. Doan’s Backache and Kidney Pills are promoted under the headline “Men work from Rise to Set of Sun, but Women’s work is Never Done.”

In another advert, we are informed that Black Cat cigarettes are manufactured by an independent firm which does not belong to any Trust or Combination. 10 Black Cat Medium cost threepence halfpenny, Mild are fourpence; Extra Large, which contain one-tenth more tobacco than the Control Board requires, will cost you fourpence halfpenny.

Squires & Son, leading jewellers in North Devon based at 12 High Street, Bideford, wish to buy old gold or silver and are now offering exceptional cash prices for broken jewellery.

More details are given of the forthcoming sugar rationing. Householders have to obtain an application form from the Post Office between 22 and 29 September. This must be sent to the Local Food Control Office at the Town Hall before 5 October. A Registration Card will be sent out by 26 October; this should be filled in and handed to your chosen supplier by 5 November. Rationing starts on 31 December. WH Luxton & Son, Farleigh’s Stores, Dawe & Son and Tattersill’s Stores are all vying for custom. Owners of restaurants, guest houses, schools and clubs are also reminded to register.

Bideford Art & Technical School will be starting a new term on 24 September and is offering classes in painting & decorating, modelling in clay, pottery, building construction and machine drawing. The Evening School of Commerce meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays to study commercial correspondence, office routine, book-keeping and shorthand. Classes in dressmaking, cookery and gardening will be available later.

Recent heavy rain has stopped harvesting in Parkham, but prior to the rain a large amount has been stacked in good condition.

In Instow the harvest is practically finished and several heavy crops of second clover have also been brought in.

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.

New Website

The Archive is pleased to announce our new website You will now be able to see some of the items we hold in the offices here at Windmill Lane. You will be able to search our family names and local history databases that relate to the Bideford Gazette newspaper from 1856 onwards. We will be adding new information EVERY week so if you do not find what you are seeking on your first attempt, please keep coming back.


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September’s Youth Page.

Buzz Off!

Here at Buzz, we went out for cream teas – a relatively safe trip, you may assume. We got our scones, we considered tea, but it was a blisteringly hot day so we chose lemonade instead. Thus awoke a malevolent force long dormant in the neighbouring woodland, the tea garden was plunged into anarchy and everyone’s afternoon was ruined. When the wasps descended, so began a game of musical chairs, whereupon the critters would latch on to one particular family at a time and follow them round the garden. Some groups hopped from table to table in the hope that their pursuers would lose interest, others loitered near a neighbour with more fragrant cologne; throw them under the bus instead. Don’t judge, it was every man for themselves. Here at Buzz, we felt partially responsible because of our sweet beverage, so left the lemonade to one side, absconded with the scones and vowed never to venture outdoors again. We did our best. We didn’t even last a day. Too much has happened these last weeks for a curfew.


The 11 hour long extravaganza on 22nd July, The North Devon Firefly Otherworldly Fayre and Ball, successfully brought together all gnomes, trolls, elves and pixies from the surrounding area. Clans put aside their feuds for one day of live music as steam punks rubbed shoulders with unicorn people and raised £384.72 for the Clovelley Parish Hall. ( Not including profits from the night-bar, so funds were probably double.) It went well on after dark, where minimal lighting mingled witchcraft with stage craft and added to the cosy atmosphere. Part of its success was no doubt because everyone embraced the magic and came in full costume. Nothing shatters the atmosphere like a Morlock in civvies.


Anyone on a stroll through Victoria Park at the start of the month will have seen their portaloo enclosure, five low budget Tardis’ huddled together for warmth, behind a wrought iron fence. As it turns out, this was no art installation, but the foundations of our latest music festival on August 7th. ‘Music day’ at the park had everything: bouncy castles, cheer leaders, and more live music than you could shake a stick at. Among the acts on show were Soul Craft, Josh Beer and the underground and Palladium headliners, the Verbals, who bashed out a great set with several self penned tracks.


The 6th day was a day of many delights- among the bouncy castles and radio shacks of Victoria Park sat an exciting new attraction: Zorb rides. Were you jealous as a kid of your hamster’s semi freedom- free to roam where ever it pleased around the house as long as it didn’t try to squeeze through any small spaces or attempt to mount the stairs? For under a fiver, you could climb into the colourful plastic orbs and recreate every hamster fantasy you ever had. They were by far one of the most popular attractions that day. If the sight of these human sized tangerines rolling round the park whet your appetite, you were in luck, because the Tastes of the World food festival went on simultaneously along the Quay.

Traders who had cavorted all over the globe, and thus amassed quite a collection of foreign cuisine gathered their stalls together. From coffee, to sausages, to some daredevil chillies, each palate was catered for, and it was a fantastic way to buy snacks for the festival and enlighten your taste buds at the same time. They hadn’t just scooped some Kenco Millicano into a bag and slapped a price sticker on it, they knew what they were talking about. We spent ages happily discussing the ins and outs of their wares with each trader. As well as food, a variety of soaps, scarves and Moroccan bowls were also on sale.

What a way to round off the summer- it was impossible to stay in this August, no matter how hard we tried. As it turns out- there was no need to hide after all. In a rather crass homage to The boy in the Bubble, we have found one sure fire way to avoid the wasp plague. Go about your daily business in a Zorb ball. Life hack # 53 right there. You’re welcome!

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.


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Buzz Byte; September.

My apologies that this month’s article is aimed more at business users.

If you don’t own a business you probably don’t know that the government has decided that, from April 2018, they are Making Tax Digital (MTD). As a result, almost all businesses will have to make a quarterly submission to HMRC, as opposed to an annual return. This means that they need accurate and current purchase and sale records, so that they can be digitally submitted in the given timescale, or else a hefty fine will be applied.

As a company, I am sure that your accountant will have made you aware of the changes, but is your business IT ready? Accountants can help you decide between the various software packages that are available to best suit the needs of your business, but is your IT equipment man enough to handle the involved software ; is your network secure and reliable? There may be no need to buy additional equipment to run the accounting software as your existing PC may already be able to cope. It may just need a little housekeeping to ensure it is running to its optimum capability, or the addition of extra memory to run the package smoothly. Pre-Digital Tax checks are available. Just bring your equipment in to selected outlets, or request a site visit.

If you haven’t got a PC or a tablet, then pop into your local computer store who can offer you advice on, and supply you with a device that will work best with your organisation and accommodate your requirements.

Nickie Baglow.


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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – September.

I gave you a recipe for a lobster dish in August, so here is a recipe for crab cakes made in a muffin tin.

Baked Crab Cakes made with goat’s cheese and bacon – makes 6 cakes.


250g crabmeat (can be white crabmeat from spider crab legs).

Fresh goats’ cheese.

1 egg.

12 slices of bacon.


Preheat the oven to 160 C (320 F)

Peel and wash the potatoes, then cut them into thin rounds. Mix them in a bowl with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

In another bowl, crumble the goat’s cheese with a fork. Add the egg and beat with a whisk. Fold in the crab meat, season with salt and pepper.

Oil 6 tartlets mould/muffin tin sections with high sides, then line the bottoms with greased- proof paper. Place 2 slices of bacon criss-crossed on the bottom of each mould, overlapping the top edges. Add a layer of potatoes slices. Spread on some crab mix and then another layer of potatoes. Keep layering in this way until all the ingredients are added to the 6 moulds and all the ingredients are used. Finish with a potato slice and then fold the bacon slices over them, and pat it all down gently to seal.

Bake the crab cakes for 30 minutes

Remove the cakes from the oven and increase the temp to 180C. Carefully transfer the crab cakes from the moulds to a baking tray lined with 6 squares of wax paper and put the crab cakes back to crisp the bacon for 15 mins.

Serve hot with a good green salad made with crunchy fresh spinach.


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All the fun of the Fair!

Fairs have been visiting Bideford for one hundred and fifty years at least and even though today they face huge competition from computer games and local attractions the travelling show people still come. The history of the fair in Bideford has rarely been recorded but we know that for much of the nineteenth century the stalls and sideshows were erected on the Strand. Shown in photograph 1 is one of the boxing booths on the Strand where aspiring local boxers could take on professionals – and, more often than not, realise they weren’t quite as good as they thought.

When the gulley and stream flowing down the Pill was finally filled in around 1900 to accommodate the Bideford and Westward Ho! railway (the Appledore section came later) the showmen soon realised this large area of flat land would be ideal for their stalls and rides and they moved here – as shown in photograph 2. Notice the amount of litter scattered around – clearly this isn’t just a modern problem. The presence of the Kingsley statue (erected 1906) and the fashions indicate this picture dates from around 1910.

The third photograph shows the 1968 fair, with some very traditional-looking sideshows.

For many decades visiting fairs set up on the Pill and even spilled on to the Quay and along Bridgeland Street.

Over time, however, demands for car parking and complaints over road blockages saw the council move the fair site to the river bank in 1970 as shown in the unusual fourth photograph below taken from the top of the Post Office sometime around 1975.

This site was rather small and when the new Riverbank car park was opened in 1991 it allowed the larger rides and stalls we see today to spread out. Whatever their age many Bidefordians will have happy memories of when ‘the fair’ came to town, so let us hope the show people continue to visit bringing a touch of the exotic to Bideford during the few days they are here.

Peter Christie.


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Book Buzz: September.

Bideford Library events.

Summer Reading Fun recalled.

‘Police dog’ enjoys a read during the Summer Reading Challenge in August at Bideford Library.

Below : – one of Bideford Library’s young readers, Ella McGoldrick, enjoys her library book in the park.


Northam Library events.

Friday 29th September, 10-12, Macmillan Coffee Morning : coffee and cakes by Northam WI.


Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

‘How to be Both,’ by Ali Smith,    ( discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group.)

It was agreed by all who read it that this was a book of two distinct halves, but which had parallel themes running through it. Not everyone enjoyed both the narratives. One half of this book is about George, a 16 year old girl who is grieving following the death of her mother as well as dealing with teenage friendships, bullies and a counsellor who repeats everything she says, which drives her mad. She thinks back over her family life, a possible espionage encounter plus a trip to Italy to view a fresco by renaissance painter Francesco Cossa.

Enter the second narrative about the life of the said painter, including a suggestion that he was actually a girl living as a man in order to become accepted as a painter. Francesco ‘encounters’ George after his/her death, as a spirit, and tries to give her the benefit of his life experience although George is unable to connect with him.

The biggest surprise to us all was that some of the books are printed with George’s story first and some with Francesco’s story first, leading to some confusion in discussion. The book led to a lively and diverse discussion on the stylistic device and on the subjects.

Sue Smith.


Appledore Book Festival

22nd September until 30th September.

The Box Office in Appledore is run by David and Jenny at Docton Court Gallery. You can pop in to see them at 2 Myrtle Street, Appledore, Bideford, Devon EX39 1PH

Tel: 01237 424 949. Open daily: 9.30am – 5pm (11am – 5pm Sundays).

You can also email them at Tickets purchased in the Box Office are not subject to a booking fee.

Authors include our own local ones like Tanya Landman, Peter Christie and Hilary Bonner (originally from Bideford.)

But book now, as many of the events sell out very quickly.


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Burton Art Gallery – September.

You will notice that the Gallery foyer has now been completely refurbished with a smaller reception desk, and much more space for shop goods, giving the visitor more room to move. It has opened up that entire area, and is more welcoming than the earlier high counter layout.

Attractions for September include Celia Smith’s Craft Showcase in the Craft Gallery. Celia draws with wire, creating three-dimensional sculptures of birds, giving them movement and character, you almost expect them to move!

Making and decorating Slipware with Dylan Bowen on 30th September from 10am to 4pm. Cost is £40 + £5 for materials. Build and decorate clay shapes with guidance from Dylan.

The Friends have invited Warren Collum, Exhibitions and Collections Manager, to talk to us about the Christine Halstead Ceramic Collection, which was bequeathed to the Friends. Since his last talk he has documented the ceramics, both photographically and digitally. Warren will be showing how he has accessioned and organised the collection on September 20th at 7.30pm .

Artists are reminded that the Open Annual Christmas Exhibition takes place in November, and if they wish to participate, they will need to collect the Conditions of Entry form from the Gallery.

Gallery opening hours: Mon-Sat: 10am to 4pm; Sun: 11am to 4pm. Admission Free.Tel: 01237 471455

Diana Warmington.


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Bideford Cinema – September.

Thursday 21 and Friday 22 September at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Atomic Blonde (15), 115 mins.

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 September at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: The Hitman’s Bodyguard (15), 118 mins.

The above programme is PROVISIONAL. Please check weekly advert in North Devon Gazette and our web site for up-to-date information on films and times to avoid disappointment.



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September diary.

Thursday 21st

12.30-2pm Fish & Chip Club for over 60s at Royal Plaice, Appledore. 471394

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

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

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 22nd

Appledore Book Festival (until 30th September).

10am-12pm Coffee,Craft & Chat at Old School Rm, 17 Atlantic Way, W Ho!

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

7pm Quiz at Fremington Parish Hall in aid of Lagoon View Community Orchard. 01271 860918

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 23rd

10am Torridge Ramblers day walk. 01805 625485

10.30am-6.30pm Book Festival Café at St Mary’s Hall, Appledore in aid of North Devon Hospice (until 30th September).

2pm Westleigh Village Hall Jumble sale (Jumble from 11.30am).

3pm Bideford AFC v Wimborne Town.

7pm ‘Encore’ musical theatre concert at Abbotsham Village Hall. 477206

Monday 25th

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

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

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

8.30pm N D Jazz Club at The Beaver, Appledore – Will Buttesworth Quartet

Tuesday 26th

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 Beginners’ Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club meet at Chubb/Churchill hall. 421391

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 27th

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

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

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

7pm-12am WHAAM Showcase in aid of Appledore RNLI at Pier House, W. Ho!

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

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

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

Thursday 28th

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

10-11 & 11-12 Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

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

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

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Soul Intention’ at WHo’s Park Campaign Benefit Gig at Kingsley Hall. 470268

Friday 29th

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

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 -10pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall 476632. Singles welcome.

Saturday 30th

7.30pm Torridge Shanty Group + Appledore Band at St Mary’s, Appledore



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Shipping notes No. 149 (July/ August).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Deo Gloria, 20/7, 21/7, 22/7, 23/7 (2 Trips), 24/7 (sailing delayed due to problem).

It may be of interest to readers that this vessel will have performed 10 voyages to Yelland. She is loading at the dredging area off Llanelli, South Wales, which is a much shorter voyage than going to the Culver area further up the Bristol Channel.

Shipping at Bideford.

No cargoes since last issue.

Shipping at Appledore.

Arco Dee, 23/7.

Bristol Channel Observations.

10/7 at 1055 cargo vessel Arklow Rock, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Nederland BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

12/7 at 15.47 cargo vessel Klaipeda, 4,068 tons d.w., owners Luptania Shipping Co Ltd Lithuania, outward bound from Birdport (having sailed a 21.04).

14/7 at 13.26 cargo vessel Victoria C, 4,752 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd Cowes I.O.W., inward bound for Newport. (Also seen again 18.7 at 18.12, outward bound, having sailed at 12.43).

15/7 vehicle carrier Grande Benin, 26,097 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.15. (Seen again 16/7 at 1500, outward bound, having sailed from Portbury at 10.15). At 16.15 vehicle carrier Guardian Leader, 21,182 tons d.w., owners Guardian Maritime ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

16/7 at 20.37 cargo vessel Frigga, 4,216 tons d.w., owners Frigga Shipping Ltd Latvia, inward bound for Newport.

17/7 at 07.44 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Aires del Mar Compania SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Also seen again outward bound at 19.00 from Portury, having sailed at 12.43). At 10.13 dredger Sospan Dau, 2,134 tons d.w., owners Sospan C.V Netherlands, inward bound for Cardiff. The Trinity House buoy tender vessel Patricia was anchored in Bideford Bay overnight undertaking maintenance work on the fairway buoy and sailed the next day for Lands End. Also the buoy tender vessel Mair was anchored off Appledore, then sailed the next day for St Ives.

18/7 at 08.25 the vehicle carrier Don Quixote, 28,142 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.57 cargo vessel Nikar G, 3,154 tons d.w., owners Nikar G Germany, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again 21/7 at 15.00, outward bound, having sailed at 07.55). At 21.05 bulk carrier Prabhu Yuvika, 76,310 tons d.w., owners Puni Gopal Shipping Pte Ltd India, inward bound for Port Talbot.

19/7 at 08.17 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 04.26. At 19.57 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway inward bound for Portbury.

21/7 at 16.55 tanker Stenstraum, 13,677 tons d.w., owners Stenoil KS Norway, inward bound for Cardiff .

22/7 at 08.26 cargo vessel Clarity, 1,448 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Portbury.

23/7 at 07.40 bulk carrier Federal Oshima, 36,563 tons d.w., owners Fednav ltd Canada, inward bound for Newport. At 08.23 cargo vessel Arklow Rover, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Ivermore Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Newport. At 12.07 vehicle carrier Theben, 23,786 tons d.w., owners Yuki Shipping Ltd Denmark, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.00 cargo vessel Flex Emden, 5,049 tons d.w., owners Emden Shipping GMBH & Co Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 08.32.

24/7 at 07.53 bulk carrier Navin Vulture, 73,90 tons d.w., owners Massmariner Malta Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 08.23 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Victory Ray Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

25/7 at 20.53 vehicle carrier Hoegh Singapore, 12,250 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward for Portbury.




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Another ‘lost shop’ – Taylor Brothers.

Shops come and go all the time in all towns, with a few lasting for some time – but even these eventually close. One that fits this latter category is Taylor Brother’s shoe shop in Mill Street. I first started buying shoes there 40 years ago, but John and Angela Taylor, the present owners, can trace the beginnings of the business back to around 1938 when John’s father Reg served his apprenticeship with a shoe repair shop situated in one of the Art Deco buildings in front of the Baptist church in Mill Street.

Reg used his new skills to set up his own outlet in the front room of a house in Meddon Street and after the war set up a shoe repair business with his brother Mick in New Street, Torrington (opposite White’s Lane). The two did well, especially after securing the contract to repair shoes for both RAF Chivenor and St.Mawgan’s, and in 1949 moved back to Bideford acquiring 44 Mill Street and later the adjoining number 43. The two shops were completely remodelled in the 1970s to create the premises that have become familiar to generations of children and parents alike. As their available space enlarged so the brothers expanded into selling new shoes and leather goods and then added key cutting to their services. Reg died in 1981 just a year after taking on his son John, and the latter continued to run the business with his uncle Mick who passed on in 1995.

John and Angela have run it successfully with their 5-6 staff until this year when they have decided to retire. Over the years the shop hasn’t just catered for those buying new shoes or repairing old ones but has also provided some ‘special’ lines as well. These include making a pair of boots for a black Berkshire sow who had sore feet, repairing a diving suit and even making some size 20 shoes for local entertainer Jay the Clown. Oddest of all must have been the male customer who walked into the shop, took off his trousers and asked the surprised staff if they could mend his wooden leg!

All good things come to an end, it is said, and now this much loved shoe shop is closing some 68 years after it first opened – one of the longest lived businesses in the town. It will be much missed.

Peter Christie.


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