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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Petroc’s graduate exhibition, 7th – 29th June.


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One hundred years ago – June 1917.

Many of the items of interest in this month’s editions are centred around agriculture and the implications the War is having on local businesses and farms.

Heard Bros are advertising Avery Farm Tractors for sale with additional tractors on their way “by Rail in this Country from America”.

Tattersills, grocers in Bideford, announce that growers of fruit may apply for sugar for preserving their produce. Special arrangements have been put in place by the Government and to obtain a supply you must apply in writing to Mr C. S. Rewcastle, Mincing Lane, London.

With the advent of some fine weather and the stopping of the Bideford to Appledore railway, there has been a considerable renewal of boating between Appledore and Bideford for marketing purposes. On Tuesday last over 20 boats brought marketgoers from Appledore and were moored near the flagstaff on Bideford Quay.

In local news, at Appledore 12 boats fishing in the estuary took 100 salmon ranging up to 23 lbs each on one tide.

At a meeting held in Hartland School and chaired by W.T. Braddick, a scheme for food production was discussed. Of 150,000 acres in Devon in food production, 60,000 are in North Devon and 5,000 additional men would be asked for from the government. 100 motor ploughs could be needed to achieve the target but ploughing small fields would be a problem.

In the editorial columns local soldiers are mentioned. Private W.S. Panter, Bideford, promoted to Corporal at 1/6 Devonshire Regt HQ. Gunner Henry Hopper of Meddon Street, Bideford, wounded. Two sons of Charles Northcott, Clifton Street, Bideford, promoted. Gunner Turner, Kingsley Terrace, Bideford, recently gassed, is now in hospital. Gunner Wilfred Foley, Cornwall Terrace, Clovelly Road, awarded DSM. Sgt Edward Hoooper, the third son of Thomas Hooper, Geneva Place, was missing is now confirmed dead. Randolph Goodenough of Meddon Street, passed away in France. There are six more reported deaths in the village and district news columns in one week alone.

Men aged between 41 and 50 are no longer considered for conscription but fit men will still be able to enlist.

Property for Sale: 11 Milton Place, Bideford, tenanted by Mr George Violet, 12 Milton Place, tenanted by William Verran and 13 Milton Place tenanted by Miss Nancekivell. Woodbine Cottage, Cross Street, Northam. A pasture field of 3 acres known as East Lamb Park adjoining Commons Farm, Northam.

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


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June’s Youth Page.

Summer lovin’.

Summer’s close enough to smell. Mown grass, dewy flowers, tarmac so soft it appears to have melted; not ideal on the roads, but a good barometer of the seasons all the same… So when the hay fever’s raging and the cars are sinking fast, there’s a third problem in the distance – we need to get beach ready.

To be honest, an awful lot of us don’t, we just feel obliged to put in an appearance at the gym. Almost as though an idyllic trip to Gran Canaria is nice, too nice, and must be balanced out with a masochistic 3 hours lashed to an air-walker first, whereupon you realise 2,300 steps in, you’ve only burnt off half a kitkat bar, and there are more calories in the sports drink you’ve been carelessly chugging back all day, so all in all you’ve put on weight. No, Thomas Cook don’t accept payment in escrow anymore, they only seem to want it in blood, sweat and painful electrolytes.

It was a cruel twist of fate that put Easter just behind us too. No one wants to wield the wetsuit and bare all when they have 12 pounds of chocolate still coursing through their bloodstream. Lucky for us, Bideford has plenty of outlets to support a health kick. It also happens to have a selection of outdoor spots, and they are even more fun.

If you feel compelled to tone up, cycling can be one of the most serene ways to do it; spin-class not included. If budget cuts forced the Eurovision Song Contest and Tour de France to be held in the same stadium, the resultant strobe-lit, thigh-pounding mess would be very similar. Most gyms put on a Spin at least once each week, and they are intensely fun, but difficult to do every day. For a regular routine you can stick with, a cruise down the Tarka Trail might be easier.

Bideford, Barnstaple and Torrington have bicycle hire huts, so no matter what side of the Trail you start at, you can rent a bike for the afternoon without making the grandiose investment of actually buying one. They have three wheelers available if you are a little rusty (or maybe you just want to balance your shopping in the back? That’s the excuse we always give- “I don’t NEED a trike, but it’s much more practical this way…”) Whichever ride you choose, an exciting test is to see how far you can get in the allotted time-slot – manage to make it past Puffing Billy in two hours, and you could ride all the way out to the organic tea rooms for a cuppa. If you manage to make it even further than that one ‘noon, why not let us know? It’d be good to have a boast, and it might encourage the rest of us to take you on!

Gyms are perfect for controlled work outs- pinpointing which muscles are being maxed and how long for, but after the lethargy of winter, sometimes it’s good to just get moving. And what better way to work on your tan and be active at the same time than take to the countryside?

The beach and Tarka Trails are treadmills with scenery and the breezy river is just the sort of place to finesse your rowing style when you’re sick of the ergometer.

If you must be guilt-tripped into exercise this summer, there are plenty of more fun ways to do it.

Here at Buzz, we tried ourselves, hired a bike for 4 hours and made a 17 mile round trip past the reservoir.

If that doesn’t entitle us to a sneaky brownie and some juice at the tea rooms, we’ll eat our hats. Hopefully we won’t have to though; they’re just empty calories.

Millie Sutherland O’Gara

Photos by Arron Porter.


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A brief history of the Palladium Club.

The Club began life in 1919 as the stables for the Heavitree Inn. In 1926 it was the Palladium Cinema and the ticket office was situated where Patts’ Fruit and Vegetable shop now is in Mill St. Later it became a Gentlemen’s Club, then for many years it was the home of the SWEB Social Club.The Palladium Club developed from this, with the bar made from the original skittle alley.(You can still see the brass points where the pins used to be placed before people played.)

The club has evolved from being a members’ drinking club to what it is now, a music venue with acts, both from our local area and as far away as Europe and America. The club also offers the facilities for snooker, pool and darts and has its own teams which continue to support the club.

The club is an important part of Bideford giving musicians a place to play and learn their craft – it would be very sad to see it go. The new owner is Ben Nigh ; we wish him well.

Margie Hughes (former owner).

June Events at The Palladium –

June 10, 2017 9:00 pm – The Luke Doherty Band.

June 11, 2017 9:00 pm  –  An evening with Bache Truth Hurts Tour.

June 18, 2017 8:00 pm – An evening with Rakes Adrift.

June 23, 2017 8:30 pm – Green Haze Live.

June 24, 2017 9:00 pm – Highway.


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Buzz Byte – Apple vs. Android.

This month we’ll take a quick look at the age-old debate of iPad vs Android. We are talking tablets not mobile phones (that’s another debate altogether!) There will be advocates for both sides, Mac users who would never entertain a cheaper version, and android users who don’t rate the iPad.

The arguments on both sides are far too great to cover in this article but it will give you some points to think about. As with any purchase it is a matter of personal preference and, on occasion, compatibility. The similarities that they share are that they are generally thin, light-weight, portable and touch screen. Both can be used to watch films or Netflix, read a book, play games, surf the net and each have compatibility with their own, eg Apple-Apple, and tablet with an android smartphone.

Some apps will only work on one or other ; for example top tier manufactures often don’t use Android, as Apple approve each app before it is released so they have less bugs and less of a risk of containing malware. Apple also claims to have lots more apps.

Android offers more of a choice of brand, they are reasonably priced and can be customised. However the apps through Google Play are unregulated so can result in stability issues and infect the device with malware. Android tablets do have the advantage within the Google infrastructure so if you use Gmail and Google Drive then this needs to be factored into a decision.

What brand of android? Well, that’s another discussion!

iPads are regarded as the market leaders and are more user-friendly (but offer less customisation). They have office software and apps (through ‘app store’) that are stable. They have been designed to be used for gaming and there are loads of add-ons available on the web. However there is no access to MicroSD or a flash drive, so storage can be an issue (unless you use dropbox, ) and Apple will guide you to use their own services.

If you are creating apps then you will need to look into the marketability as well as viability and revenue under each platform. iPad seem to have the upper hand on stability and profit!

Nickie Baglow (Complete Computing.)


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Bideford Town Band summer concerts.


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North Devon Sinfonia Orchestra.


North Devon’s Sinfonia Orchestra to represent UK in South Korea’s World Orchestra Festival.

Fresh from its triumph in BBC television’s ‘All Together Now—the Great Orchestra Challenge’, North Devon Sinfonia has been invited to represent the UK at the 2017 Seoul International Community Orchestra Festival in South Korea this September. NDS will join other orchestras from as far apart as Germany, Japan and Paraguay.

The Bideford area is represented in NDS by several instrumentalists, including violinist Rod Mullick and timpanist Annie Hill, both from Abbotsham. Once the orchestra is in Korea, all expenses will be paid by the festival organisers. But the orchestra itself must find the £25,000 required to fly its members and their instruments half-way across the world.

The task of raising the money has fallen on Bideford’s Rod Mullick who, as well as playing the violin, is also the orchestra’s administrator. Rod told Bideford Buzz: “NDS is entirely self-funded from member subscriptions and concert ticket sales so we don’t have the means to meet the costs associated with a project of this scale. We have applied to the Arts Council and other funding bodies for support, but we are hoping that our loyal North Devon supporters will also feel it’s worth donating to the fund,” added Rod. “We have set up a crowd-funding page* where individuals can make a donation, however small. Evidence of local support for the orchestra is really important to us and is also taken into account by bodies like the Arts Council.”

The Korea visit is the first step in an exciting new venture for NDS, said Rod:

“Our vision is to play in South Korea and then use the knowledge gained there to help us stage our own local North Devon Music Festival in 2018. We are asking for your help to get us and our instruments to South Korea so we can bring the experience back with us and share it with you all in 2018!”

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Book Buzz.


Northam Library.

Monday 26th June 6.30pm – 1069 and All That : the True History of the Battle of Northam, a talk by Nick Arnold at Northam library. Tickets £2 including refreshments. To book call 01237 475111


‘The Quarry’ by Iain Banks: discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group in May.

Although this novel wasn’t to everyone’s taste, some said they would definitely read other books by Iain Banks ; the group was largely agreed that the main character, Kit, was both likeable and fascinating. Kit, in his own explanation, is somewhere on the spectrum, and some readers saw a similarity with the character Patrick from Belinda Bauer’s novel, Rubbernecker.

The story opens at the large run-down country house near the edge of a quarry, where Kit lives with his father, Guy, who is dying of cancer. Six of Guy’s old university friends arrive, and so begins an eventful, uproarious weekend in which the guests try to unearth a lost video tape that could prove damaging for each of them. Kit, in turn, hopes to uncover the identity of his mother, a piece of information withheld from him by his father. One of the readers compared this volatile and chaotic weekend to an episode of the Young Ones, and some drew a comparison with Peter’s Friends.

Laced with acerbic wit, Guy’s rants, especially the political ones, make for lively reading. It was noted by the reading group that, poignantly, Iain Banks was diagnosed with terminal cancer after the first draft of the novel, and we wondered how much of himself he’d injected into Guy’s furious outpourings.

Some readers could see that perhaps Guy was raging ‘against the dying of the light’ as in the final line of the Dylan Thomas poem ‘Do not go gentle into that good night’. Maybe, though, with grim humour, and in Kit’s words, the author was ‘giving the chain-link fence a rattle just for the hell of it’.

Christine Hall.


‘A History of Photography in North Devon 1842 – 1914.’ by Peter Christie. £12.

A comprehensive account, not only of the personalities and careers of the professional photographers of the period, but also including many examples of their works. There are four appendices covering exhibitions, stereoscopic views, postcard publishers, and the photographers themselves. It should be of great interest to historians, genealogists, and anyone fascinated by the pictorial history of North Devon.



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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – June.


Skate – or now we call them ray – wings. These are the fish species that are most common and therefore sustainable and mainly caught in the Westcountry. You may have noticed that after “Masterchef ” programme the BBC direct you to the Marine Conservation Society website ; their entry for Skate/Ray says-“If buying spotted ray ask for ray fished in the Bristol Channel (and landed in Appledore) for assurance of better management in this fishery. The North Devon Fishermen Association (NDFA) members voluntarily adhere to a minimum landing size (MLS). of 45cm for all ray species to assist growth and spawning”.

Ray wings with asparagus and rosemary and garlic dressing.


10(lots)rosemary sprigs with leaves picked.

small tsp of sea salt.

1 large clove of garlic.

squeeze of lemon.

5 tbsp. extra virgin oil.

I large ray wing, halved, or 2 small ray wings.

100g plain flour.

230g asparagus, trimmed.


1.For the dressing, put the rosemary leaves in a pestle and mortar with the salt and (peeled) garlic clove. Pound relentlessly until you have a smooth paste – up to 10 minutes! Add a squeeze of lemon and slowly pour in 3tbsp olive oil, stirring as you go with the pestle until everything is combined.

2. Season the ray wings. Put the flour onto a plate and coat the fish on both sides. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium high heat. Fry the ray for 4-5 minutes on both sides, until cooked through and golden.

3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil, Simmer the asparagus for 2-3 minutes, until just tender but with a little bite. Drain well.

4. Serve the cooked ray wing with the asparagus and the dressing drizzled over.


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Buzz Word.


Can you help?

I am looking for information on the lane now known as May Hilder Way which is the footpath between Kingsley Terrace and Atlantic Way, Westward Ho! No one, not even Northam Town Council who named the footpath seem to know who May Hilder was. Nor is it known who maintains the footpath or who created the original path, although Torridge District Council were approached and asked to maintain it according to the Northam Council Minutes of 3rd June 2003.

I would appreciate any help as the footpath is part of Westward Ho’s past history and its future.

Many thanks

Alan F Fulford.


Thank you Millie.

What an excellent article by Millie covering the WHAAM JR concert of 24th March appearing in your May edition. Millie is such an enthusiast and she will be hard to replace when she goes to University. Please convey my very best wishes to her and thank her for a great article. This was well received by many people.

I hope we will keep in touch with her and she is always welcome to attend future WHAAM concerts and join our facebook page.

Thanks to you too Rose for making all this possible.

John Barton.


Appeal for the oldest Old Boy?.

With the annual reunion of the Barnstaple Boys’ Secondary Modern School fast approaching the organiser, Gerald Thorne, is trying to find the oldest North Devon boy that attended the school.?The boys school started in 1939, closed 1972 , and some of the pupils that started at the school at its inception have been to previous reunions, but no record was kept. ?Gerald is appealing to all the old boys, now scattered all over North Devon, or anyone to find the information. Bearing in mind that they will have started at the school at the age of eleven some could be well into their eighties. “Sadly we have lost so many old boys over the years that our numbers are dwindling. However we are looking forward to another great reunion at the Barnstaple Rugby Club on the evening of the 24th of June this year”, said Gerald.”

If you know of anyone from the school who is eighty and beyond please contact Tony Freeman on 01271850255, who will be endeavouring to find the oldest pupil for Gerald.

Tony Freeman.



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Bideford Cinema – June.

Monday 19 to Sunday 25 June inclusive at 4.30pm daily at The Custom House: The Diary of a Wimpy Kid (U), 90 mins.

Monday 26 June to Thursday 13 July at 4.30pm daily at The Custom House: Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (12A)*, 129 mins.

Friday 30 June and Saturday 1 July at 7.30pm at the Custom House: Wonder Woman (12A)*, 141 mins.

*Film details may change. Please check our web site and weekly press for most up-to-date details.


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June diary.



Monday 26th

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

6.30pm ‘1069 & all that’ talk by Nick Arnold at Northam Library. 475111

7pm Appledore Band Concert – training band followed by senior band at 7.45pm. on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s Ch if wet).

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 27th

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

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel. Visiting Lions welcome.

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

Wednesday 28th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

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

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 29th

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

2-4pm Holy Trinity Church W Ho! open 6.45pm Westward Ho! Bridge Club at Trinity Church Hall. 470990

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert at Westward Ho! Green(Baptist Ch if wet).

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix Morris + Borderline Morris at Beaver, Appledore.

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 30th

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.


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Shipping notes No. 146 (April/ May).


In port – Yelland Quay.

Celtic Crusader – built 1994; ex- Scorpion 2009, Lamego ’13; flag Cardiff, UK; owners British; crew Polish, Russian, Ukrainian; from Glensanda to Teignmouth; arrived 8/5, sailed 9/5; discharged 3,500 tons chippings.

Shipping at Bideford.

Whilst at Portishead on the 22nd April I collected a time table for the Balmoral ; she is due to make 2 visits to Bideford on 18th August and Sunday 3rd Sept coming from Ilfracombe and returning there. This of course weather permitting.

The new Harbour Master at Bideford is Capt. Labistour (more about him next month.)

Shipping at Appledore.

Arco Dee, 26/4 – 29/4.   This is the first time since 2004 that she returned to the river ; after this visit she returned to her usual dredging area off the South Coast.

Bristol Channel Observations.

14/4 at 16.47 container ship Nordic Hamburg, 13,000 tons d.w, owners Nordic Hamburg Group Germany, inward bound for Portbury.( Seen again on the 16th at 15.07, having sailed at 08.57.)

16/4 at 14.20 bulk carrier Buna Arrow, 55,967 tons d.w, owners New Fortune Maritime SA Taiwan, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.00 bulk carrier Lucky Sunday, 80,372 tons d.w., owners Skipper Marine Ltd Ukraine, inward bound for Portbury.

17/4 at 12.20 vehicle carrier Eastern Highway, 12,991 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen KK Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

18/4 at 07.30 tanker Terry, 15,441 tons d.w, owners Terry Shipping Corp Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.55 vehicle carrier Grande Benin, Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury (Seen again on the 19th at 11.30 outward bound.) At 20.00 bulk carrier Kumano Lily, 32,292 tons d.w., owners Foreland Panama SA Japan, inward bound for Avonmouth.

19/4 at 07.23 cruise ship Marco Polo, 22,080 tons gross, owners Cruise and Maritime Voyages, inward bound for Avonmouth.

24/4 at 18.17 bulk carrier Genco Champion, 28,445 tons d.w., owners Genco Shipping and Trading USA , inward bound for Newport.

25/4 at 08.04 cargo vessel Wilson Bilbao, 3,735 tons d.w, owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, inward bound for Cardiff. At 13.15 bulk carrier Sagar Samrat, 76,404 tons d.w.,owners Tata NK Shipping PTE Ltd Singapore, inward bound for Port Talbot.

1.5.17 at 15.50 cargo vessel Velsedijk, 4,891 tons d.w, owners Velsedijk 11 V Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness, (having sailed on 28th ,08.45 & having been anchored in Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders). At 16.00 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w.,owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

2/5 at 08.40 chemical tanker Stolt Auk, 5,064 tons d.w., owners Stolt Nielson Rotterdam, inward bound for Barry; (also seen again 3.5.17 at 18.45 outward bound, having sailed at 14.58.) At 18.28 cruise ship Marco Polo, 22,080 tons gross, owners Cruise and Maritime Voyages, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Also seen again on 3.5.17 at 19.35 having sailed from Avonmouth at 13.46.) At 18.33 container ship Vega Philip, 10,600 tons d.w., owners Vega Philip Schiffahts Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 13.46.

4/5 at 17.28 buoy tender vessel Galatea, 1,200 tons d.w., owners Trinity House Harwich, outward bound from Port Talbot Anchorage, having sailed at 18.53 3rd. At 17.40 vehicle carrier Hoegh Xiamen, 12,250 tons d.w, owners Hoegh Autoliners Shipping A/S Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

5/5 at 12.04 cargo vessel Sea Kestrel, 2225 tons d.w, owners Torbulk ltd UK, inward bound for Avonmouth.

7/5 at 11.35 vehicle carrier Mignon, 28,127 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 07.12. At 12.07 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.16 cargo vessel Velserdijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Velsedijk 11 BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness .At 19.40 vehicle carrier Manon 14,863 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 15.05.

8/5 at 17.55 cargo vessel Boreas Venture, 43,389 tons d.w, owners Diderot Financement SNC, inward bound for Newport.

9/5 at 09.05 tanker Atlantic Wind, 15,019 tons d.w, owners Atlantic Wind GMH Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

Regards, Norman.

01271 861183.


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One hundred years ago – May 1917.


The main theme this month is the state of the food supply. In his regular column for allotment holders, “Spadeworker” encourages the growing of carrots as the most important root crop; varieties such as Red Elephant, James Intermediate and Long Surrey are recommended.

Kohl Rabi is also a good vegetable as it is not affected by drought. Also mentioned are leeks, vegetable marrows, peas and Jerusalem artichokes. Lime and soot mixed together makes an effective insecticide.

Early potatoes grown under glass at Stevenstone, near Torrington, have been lifted and have given good results.

Cockcrow” in his column reminds poultry keepers that meat is an essential part of their birds’ diet. Left-over meat scraps and offal should be cooked and mixed with meal. A good supply of fresh water is also important.

Later in the month another appeal from Mr Osborn and Mr Labbett is printed, this time asking for people to become Food Controllers. These people will take the lead in using substitutes for wheat in bread-making. Suggested alternatives include rice, oatmeal, barley, maize flour, dried peas and beans. The “Win the war cookery book” contains 100 useful recipes and is available from stationers and bookshops for 2d. (Does anyone have a copy of this book?)

Bakers across the area are appealing for their staff to be exempt from military service. Their argument is that people who bake bread at home eat it in larger quantities than if it is bought from a baker, thus depleting the wheat stocks.

Lord Fortescue, writing to the paper from his estate at Castle Hill, exhorts readers to avoid waste of every kind and to keep within the recommended rations. (At this time, there was no compulsory rationing imposed by the Government.)

In contrast to all the talk of shortages, Farleigh’s Stores appear to have a plentiful supply of bacon, advertising in the paper every week.

Once again there are several farms up for sale. Additionally, Blackmore’s Stable Yard is selling off 10 different carriages and carts, together with the harnesses, saddles and all other accoutrements.

On the back page of the paper for 22 May, the Gazette prints a column showing the Local Tide Tables for a ten-day period. (Is this the first time that this has appeared in the paper?)

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


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The local music scene.

Being of pensionable age I’m probably too old to be writing this!

Recently I’ve been listening to BBC Devon’s Saturday evening radio programme on introducing new music from around the county. Last week they interviewed the singer from a band called ‘One man Boycott’ from Barnstaple in which he talked positively about music in North Devon. We have lots of bands living and playing locally including the Rivals, the Skata Tones, Falling Apart and the Oscar Young Band. Music from some of these local bands can be found on iTunes and Bandcamp.

Pete Bruntnell, who lives in Braunton, has had albums voted in the ‘Best 20 Americana albums of the year’ in national music magazines and Small Town Jones, also from Braunton has released albums to much acclaim.

One venue in Bideford where you can see local and national bands is the Palladium Club, just off Mill Street at the bottom of Lower Gunstone. Wilco Johnson, formerly of Dr Feelgood, has played there in recent years along with members of Ian Dury’s band, the Blockheads. Some local pubs – the Joiners and the Kingsley in Northam among others, also have local band evenings.

Slightly further afield, the Chill Bar in Ilfracombe has a friendly ambience: TV Smith, who fronted the Adverts, a group that had hits during the days of Punk, played there in early April. Petroc’s Factory venue in Barnstaple will be playing host to George Ezra and ‘From the Jam’ in the near future and the Plough in Torrington regularly presents a wide range of music.

Some of the larger towns and cities have lots of opportunities to listen to live music, but it’s good to know that there are local opportunities too!

Pete E.

(See Millie’s report on WHAAM below…..)

More next month on the Palladium Club.


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