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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Volunteers sought for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families, is urgently calling for volunteers in Bideford to give just two hours of their time to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pins in return for donations.

Volunteers will be supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal – Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, held every March.

In the next 10 years, more than six million people will die in the UK, and of this number 75% will need end of life care. The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide much-needed expert care to people across North Devon with terminal illnesses, as well as support for their loved ones.

Riona Houghton, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Somerset and North Devon, said: “Whether you wear a daffodil pin in celebration, in solidarity, or in memory of a loved one, you are joining with millions of others to help make sure Marie Curie Nurses can care for more people, as well as providing invaluable support to their families.

Volunteering just two hours at a local collection is a great way to show your support and help us raise money to help make sure that we can be there for more people at the end of their lives.

Collecting can be a lot of fun too. You can do it on your own or with family and friends, and we will support you every step of the way. Volunteering is also an easy way to get involved in your local community and meet new people.”

Peter Bailey from Bideford said: “I collect every year for the Great Daffodil Appeal and it’s a great feeling to be supporting such an important cause. Marie Curie Nurses cared for my wife Christine after she was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer, the nurses supported all of the family and it meant Christine could die at home with us.

I’ve now been collecting for over 25 years I’ve met so many kind and interesting people over the years – many of whom have directly benefited from the care provided by Marie Curie Nurses in their own homes.’’

To volunteer for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal and give out the charity’s daffodils pins in return for donations, please visit mariecurie.org.uk/collect or contact Riona on Riona.houghton@mariecurie.org.uk or call 0117 9420 429.

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About the Great Daffodil Appeal –

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, held every March.

Every donation and daffodil worn helps Marie Curie provide vital care for people living with a terminal illness and support for their families.

8 million daffodil pins are distributed each year.

Around £6 million was raised last year and £120 million in total raised since the campaign began in 1986.

Over 2,700 Marie Curie Nurses work across the country in people’s homes and the charity’s nine hospices, providing 1.2 million hours of nursing care every year.

Daffodil pins are available from volunteers on high streets across the country, as well as Marie Curie shops, Superdrug, Savers, SPAR UK, Hotter Shoes and Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group.

Visit mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil or call 0800 304 7025 for more information.

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Arts Society North Devon meeting, 11th February.

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 11th February 2020 at The Durrant House Hotel, Northam, when our lecturer will be Ms Linda Smith. The meeting will begin at 2pm and the lecture is entitled “James Gillray: a Caterpillar on the green leaf of Reputation”.

James Gillray may well be the greatest political cartoonist who ever lived. Most of his work was published between 1792 and 1810, and we can get a glimpse of the riotous society in which he lived and see how the political personalities of his time were viewed by this master of disrespect.

Linda is a very experienced Art Historian from Birkbeck College, London, and specialises in British Art since 1550 as well as twentieth century art. She lectures in venues ranging from universities to cruise liners, and also acts as a guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, and Dulwich Picture Gallery.

We welcome visitors at a cost of £5, or why not join our friendly Society and enjoy all our lectures for the year.

For further information please contact Joan or Terry Rowland

Tel: 01769 581241

Email: terryjoa@btinternet.com

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Community conversations about Bideford’s future.

Torridge District Council and Onion Collective, a community-centred social enterprise, would like to invite local residents to attend an open community drop-in session to discuss ideas and aspirations about Bideford’s future.

The session will be held on Saturday 1st February 2020 between 10.30am and 12.30pm at Bideford Arts Centre. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Onion Collective are working with Torridge District Council on a large funding application to the Future High Streets Fund. They are carrying out a series of workshops on behalf of TDC to support the application and make sure that we understand what the community of Bideford wants.

Naomi Griffith of Onion Collective said: “We believe that every community has the ideas, talent, solutions and energy to create a stronger future for itself and we want to hear from you what your ideas are to reimagine Bideford.”

Torridge District Councillor and Lead Member for the Economy Bob Hicks said: “We’re excited to have made the shortlist of 100 towns that might benefit from the future high street funding. Our job now is to produce a plan to capture everything we want to see for the town and of course that starts with the people of Bideford and the surrounding areas. We hope that everyone will contribute to building an exciting vision for how the town should be developed and help us build an innovative case for investment.”

Local Businessman Rob Braddick said: “It’s great that so many people and organisations have already pulled together to help us reach this stage in the process. We now want as many ideas as possible for how Bideford should grow and develop. This isn’t about just preserving what’s there, it’s our chance to dream big and make people proud of their town again, and making it a better place for jobs, to live in and also have fun!”

The open drop-in session is to explore the challenges and opportunities in Bideford, to imagine what a strong future for the town would look like and how the Future High Streets Fund can be used as a catalyst to address some of the social and economic justice issues that Bideford faces.

Onion Collective are also carrying out several targeted workshops with different sectors and groups around the town in the second part of January. This community engagement work will be used to strengthen and support the funding application.

Onion Collective are also gathering views via a residents’ survey so that anyone who is unable to attend in person can feed in their ideas. The survey can be found online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BidefordFHSF.

We’d welcome everyone’s help in sharing this survey as widely as possible.

If you would like more information about the project please get in touch with Onion Collective: info@onioncollective.co.uk

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Appledore – Churchfields play area new design.

Following completion of the tendering process a new Pirate Ship Feature is to be installed in Churchfields Play Park in Appledore. The ship will be assembled by Kompan Ltd, the winning contractor.

The old pirate ship was very popular, but the metal frame had been exposed for many years to the salty weather at this site and this caused it to corrode and become unsafe to use despite regular maintenance (below).

Following the decision to close the ship many local school children wrote to the Council asking for a replacement as soon as possible. As a result, a brand-new pirate ship has been specified and will be ready to use towards the end of February, following construction which starts at the end of January. The ship and associated features will be funded through the Council’s Capital Programme at a cost of £60K.

Appledore Ward Councillor Peter Hames said: “It is a shame that we had to close the old pirate ship at short notice but when the rust and corrosion was identified we had to act quickly to make sure no one injured themselves. I’m sure the new design will make up for the lost ship and will become as much loved by future generations of children.”

Appledore Ward Councillor Len Ford said: “We hope to invite some of the children who wrote to the Council to the opening of the new ship and look forward to celebrating its completion. We will also be inviting a retired Sea Captain who really was captured by pirates in Somalia to the event as well. Thanks to everybody for their patience while the work has been underway to launch a new and much improved pirate ship at the playground.”

Appledore Town Councillor Barry Edwards said: “We are extremely pleased that this project is now going ahead as it is something that we have been asking for, for a long time. We are very grateful to Torridge District Council for working with us to achieve this and I know that the Children have missed this feature from the park so its reinstatement will be very welcome.”

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‘Journey to the Sea’ films.

‘Journey to the Sea’ film series set to make waves in North Devon.

A new six-part documentary series starring the people and landscapes of North Devon premieres in the county this month – narrated by BBC Springwatch presenter Gillian Burke. ‘Journey to the Sea’ has been produced in partnership between North Devon Biosphere, WWF, Sky Ocean Rescue, the National Trust, and the Environment Agency.

‘Journey to the Sea’ is a celebration of the connection between people, land and the sea – putting nature centre stage. A special Director’s Cut of the films was screened on Tuesday 21st January in North Devon. The exclusive event will be hosted by science communicator, zoologist and star of one of the episodes, Sophie Pavelle. Following the launch, one episode per week will then go on general release.

Filmed in North Devon, and following the course of the county’s waterways, the collection of short films is a celebration of Devon’s stunning, diverse habitats – from the wild moors of Dartmoor, to the crashing surf of the coastline and out to the open water around Lundy’s shores. The series aims to inspire viewers to take action to protect the UK’s natural world wherever they live.

The films are told through the eyes of local people, who help bring these special places to life. During the series viewers will meet a range of characters, whose lives and livelihoods are intrinsically linked to the area’s waterways, including Ilfracombe’s harbour master and Lundy Island’s warden.

The six films are:

Wild camping with Trev’ – hiking through Dartmoor National Park.

Farming for the future with Simon’ – connecting young people with wildlife on a working farm.

Exploring the estuary with Sophie’ – paddleboarding on the peaceful Taw-Torridge Estuary.

Surfing with Jasmine’ – disadvantaged young people learning to surf with the Wave Project at Saunton Sands and Croyde beach.

The harbour with George’ – meeting the thriving harbour community in Ilfracombe.

Lundy island with Dean’ – diving below the waves and exploring the island.

 

Rose Stainthorp, Marine Pioneer Coordinator, North Devon Biosphere, said: “North Devon can be a magical place, packed full of wildlife and diverse habitats. We have world-class surfing conditions, which attract surfers from across the country and beyond. Along with the beauty and tranquility of Dartmoor National Park, and the wildlife found on land and at sea, North Devon supports a thriving tourism industry that employs thousands of local people. This should be celebrated and brought to life so we all understand why now is the time to take action and protect nature on our doorstep.”

Alec Taylor, Head of Marine Policy, WWF, said: “We know our oceans and waterways are under threat like never before, from plastic pollution and climate change, to overfishing and underwater noise. Nature is not just a nice to have – it’s our life support system and we can no longer ignore the pressures we’re placing on our environment. We hope these films will inspire people to join the fight for our world and take action to help protect and restore our precious oceans and waterways for the wildlife and communities that depend on them.”

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Learn to cook, & cut food waste.

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Clovelly events listing for 2020.

Lentsherd, Shrove Tuesday 25 February 2020.

Lentsherd (pronounced ‘Lanshard’) is an old Clovelly Shrove Tuesday custom. Historically the aim is to chase bad spirits away and drive the devil into the sea before Lent. This has been going on for centuries.   At dusk children set off Down-a-Long, dragging their clattering tin cans. When they reach the harbour, the children’s cans are tied together thrown into the Harbour (later retrieved). Children taking part will receive a free pancake to decorate with toppings.  Free entry after 4:30 pm.

Find the Easter Chicks, Monday 30 March to Monday 13 April 2020.

Children receive a village map on entry to Clovelly.  This is to mark the location of a number of Easter chicks perched up and down the cobbled High Street to the quay. If they spot at least 10 chicks they can return the map to the Visitor Centre reception to win an Easter egg. If they spot all 15 chicks, they will win a bigger prize!

Charity Dinner, 04 April 2020.

The Red Lion Hotel, Clovelly, is hosting a charity night dinner for the North Devon Hospice. Tickets will be just £60.00 each and will include a five course tasting menu, with wines matched to accompany the course. For guests attending the function we are also offering a very special rate of just £40p/p sharing a twin and double room.   Book dinner tickets: e-mail MT@clovelly.co.uk

Seaweed Festival, Sunday 24 May 2020 in aid of the North Devon Hospice.

Seaweed Festival is held to promote seaweed for its immense health and nutritional benefits.  In a multitude of colours, textures, shapes and sizes, it is tasty, full of minerals, fibre without calories and is the best salt substitute.   Quay kitchens will have a surprising variety of dishes and stalls will be selling a range of seaweed products and arts and crafts.  Plus live music, craft activities and workshops, talks and demonstrations, street entertainment and storytelling.  You will be amazed at the world of seaweed. Bring your own and ask the experts what is the best use for your particular selection.

150th Anniversary of the Lifeboat Station, Saturday 20 June 2020. Clovelly Lifeboat Station is holding a celebration of its 150th year in service in 2020.  There will be live music, crew members past and present and a display of model lifeboats as well as local Coastguard and helicopter displays (pending no call outs for them on the same day). A selection of old lifeboats that served at the Clovelly Station will also be in the harbour. There will also be entertainment, 150th celebration mementos to buy, and an extravaganza of things to see and do.

Maritime Festival, Saturday 25 July 2020 in aid of Bideford & District Sea Cadets.

It is full of fun for all ages, packed with all sorts of activities and entertainment. Come and enjoy the live music, street entertainment, event-themed arts & crafts, children’s activities, Punch & Judy, face glitter and lots of games. There are also a variety of stalls selling food. Watch the exciting Clovelly Cup yacht rally, starting at 2pm. It is an amazing sight to see the yachts setting off to race across the bay. Visit Bideford Sea Cadets on the quay to learn how to become a sea cadet.  It is definitely a day to remember! (Free entry for under 16’s who come in maritime-themed fancy dress costumes!).

Woolsery Agricultural Show, Monday 27 July 2020, in aid of local charities.

A fun-filled day packed with a programme of activities. Classes include crafts, cattle and sheep, together with horse and pony competitions. There will be a dairy marquee with yoghurt and ice cream making and the chance for children to “milk a cow” along with competitions. You’ll find bustling trade stalls offering locally made crafts and food with fairground rides and a bouncy castle for the children. There’ll also be a fast and furious inter hunt relay and to finish the day, a parade of vintage farm machinery.   It’s a great summer day out for all the family!

Lifeboat Weekend, Sat. 1 to Sun. 2 August 2020 in aid of the RNLI?.

This is a great weekend for all the family, packed full of fun and action. On Saturday there’s a very popular 2 mile sponsored swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly, starting at 9:00 a.m. Adults battle their way through the currents all the way.

Sunday is an entertainment-packed day. ATC Gun run up the cobbles in the morning and there will be lifeboat operational displays during the day. There are food, info stalls and a BBQ with entertainment for all, including tug of war, games and competitions. The Lifeboat House will be open and there’ll be an exciting rescue display in the afternoon by Clovelly’s volunteer lifeboat crew. So come along! You’ll love it.

Gig Regatta, Sat. 29 August 2020.

Gig racing is exciting and strenuous. You’re assured an exhilarating day watching the racing. So come along and cheer on the crews as they brave North Devon’s waters!

Lobster & Crab Feast, Sunday 6 September 2020, in aid of the The National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow.

Clovelly celebrates its famous, sustainably caught, lobsters and crabs. Live folk music, quay kitchens, cookery demonstrations, a magnum of champagne prize draw, delicious lobster and crab dishes, craft stalls and beer tasting. Plus street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and craft activities. The National Lobster Hatchery will be exhibiting baby lobsters before releasing them into the sea at the beginning and end of the day. They are best known for their lobster stock enhancement programme. They rear baby lobsters from eggs, the most vulnerable stage of their life cycle, before releasing them into the sea.

Apple Day, Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Bring a bag of apples, have them pressed at the Visitor Centre, taste the juice; bring more for pasteurisation and bottling. On entry to Clovelly, children can enjoy apple games and crafts, apple bobbing and stamping. There’ll be a farmers’ market plus a fun harvest hunt with spooky stories (pre-book your place), and Animal encounters with South West Animal services.

Herring Festival, Sunday 15 November.

Clovelly Herring Festival always falls in November. It’s the time of year when our historic village celebrates the coming of the great “Silver Darlings”, better known as herring. We celebrate and promote this tasty, nutritious fish whilst supporting sustainable fishing.  The Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, attends with his “Kipperland” exhibition, which is devoted to the history of all things herring. Mike also turns the herring into delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse for sale.   Flaxland will provide their exhibitions and demonstrations – an opportunity to discover how the flax plant is used to make a vast range of goods.  On the quay, kitchens serve a variety of delicious herring specialities along with beer, gin and cider tastings, local food and craft stalls. And throughout the day there will be live music, street entertainers, face-painting, art workshop, an exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, tasters & recipes, and children’s activities.

Christmas Lights, Sunday 6 December, in aid of the RNLI?.

Christmas lights in the village makes this such a magical time at Clovelly. It starts at 3:30 pm in the afternoon. A local brass band leads the procession down to the harbour with festive Christmas carols sung along the way.  There’ll be a hog roast, hot dogs, Christmas grog and other refreshments available at the Harbour and Lifeboat Station.  Then Father Christmas will make a surprise visit.  After the Carol Service, led by a local vicar and sung by a local choir, the switch is thrown and the entire village and harbour light up.  It’s a fantastic sight!  Then there is a grand finale of fireworks to finish off the festivities.

Boxing Day Barbecue, Saturday 26 December.

Enjoy a lunch barbecue and hog roast on the quay with FREE entrance into the village all day and live music. It should make the perfect follow-up to your Christmas Day!

New Year’s Eve Fancy Dress Party, Thursday 31 December.

Party away until the New Year bells chime. There will be fires and gunpowder to illuminate the quay and celebrate another year’s passing, plus a disco. You’ll find it a thrilling way to welcome in the New Year in an atmospheric village setting.

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Exmoor Pony Centre news.

News from the Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, Dulverton TA22 9QE

It has been a busy start to 2020, with 13 new foals so far arriving at the Centre, all of which will have to be handled and health checked to prepare them for future rehoming. This year they are all named for famous artists. Little Banksy, in the photo with Linzi, is much smaller than the other foals and will need some extra care and attention to get him up to full weight.

Over the Christmas period we took our stall to various local events to raise some extra money at this expensive time of year. Sales of our cards and calendars help pay for winter hay and feed which is needed by our foals. We held a successful Dog Show at Cannington and have been collecting at Tesco’s in Ilfracombe, Minehead and Bideford.

Many ponies have gone out to new conservation grazing sites around the country and have all settled in well. Four of last year’s foals (the ones named after cheeses) are now with Avon Wildlife Trust.

We were recently notified of some ponies in Yorkshire that were destined for slaughter and were able to rescue six of them. Three fillies and a colt are now at the Exmoor Pony Centre and are being kept in quarantine for a while before being allowed to mix with others. The two older mares are now on a grazing site in Northumberland where they can live out their days with other older mares.

We have a full calendar of Events for 2020.

Thursday, 20th February – 12 midday – 3pm.    Activity afternoon. Entry free. Small charge for activities and refreshments.

Saturday 21st March 2pm – 4pm. Celebrate Mothers’ Day with a cream tea and the Exmoor ponies.

Friday 3rd April Quiz at the Sportsman’s Inn, Sandyway – 7pm. Teams of 6, or just come along to make up a team on the night.?Booking: Booking essential. Charge: £12 to include carvery. Call Exmoor Pony Centre 01398 323093 or Sheila 01598 740281 to book your place.

Sunday, 5th April – Activity Day – 11am – 3pm.  Family Easter Quiz Trail. Entry free. Small charge for activities and refreshments.

Thursday, 28th May – 12 midday – 3pm

Activity afternoon. Entry free. Small charge for activities and refreshments.

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheExmoorPonyCentre

Email: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Tel: 01398 323093.

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Shipping notes No. 177 (December).

Bideford Quay.

No cargo shipping since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

Nothing since last issue.

Appledore.

No shipyard news forthcoming, so keeping fingers crossed that the New Year will bring some good news.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/12 at 07.58 cargo vessel Wilson Clyde, 4,450 tons d.w., owners Wilson A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 10.31 bulk carrier Nordtigris, 37,000 tons d.w., owners Nordtigris Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 11.21 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.27.

2/12 at 07.20 cargo vessel R.M.S Wedau, 1,708 tons d.w., owners Rhein Maas-und See-Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 08.30 cargo vessel Ammon, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Q-shipping B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

3/12 at 12.15 bunkering tanker Whitdawn, 4,500 tons d.w., owners John H Whitaker Malta Ltd Hull, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 08.55. At 13.30 vehicle carrier Zenith Leader, 12,260 tons d.w., owners RBSAF25 Ltd London, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.29.

4/12 at 13.50 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.49. At 15.05 vehicle carrier Titania, 31,108 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

5/12 at 11.36 cargo vessel Starvip, 18,615 tons d.w., owners Vipima Societa Di Navigazioe Italy, inward bound for Newport. At 12.45 cargo vessel Erkul S., 13,347 tons d.w., owners unknown, inward bound for Newport.

6/12 at 08.45 cruise ship Marco Polo, 5,180 gross tons, owners Story Cruise Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury having sailed at 03.31. (She was 12 hours late sailing because of the severe storm, with winds of 70 mph recorded at Chivenor).

7/12 at 07.27 cargo vessel R.M.S. Deudorf, 2,620 tons d.w., outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.22. At 08.42 cargo vessel Kristel, 5,000 tons d.w., inward bound for Newport.

8/12 at 12.34 bulk carrier San, 17,083 tons d.w., owners Hermione Six Maritime Ltd Poland, inward bound for Newport.

10/12 at 13.09 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Victory Ray Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

11/12 at 14.18 vehicle carrier Crystal Ace, 18,481 tons d.w., owners Story Cruise Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (This was the fourth vehicle carrier in the Channel on this day – the others were the Monza, Niagara Highway, and Aegean Highway, all bound for Portbury but sheltered to the North of Lundy. At 19.20 the fully-illuminated cruise ship Marco Polo, 5,180 gross tons, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 22.08 vehicle carrier Apollon Leader, 18,758 tons d.w., owners Flor deVapores SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 17.56.

15/12 at 11.50 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Victory Ray Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 11th at 15.38 – she had been sheltering off Lynemouth due to the gale force winds. At 14.44 vehicle carrier Monza, 12,304 tons d.w., owners Monza GMBH & Co Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed on the 12th – she had been sheltering off Lynemouth with the Victory Leader.

19/1 at 07.30 container vessel Hansa Asia, 47,116 tons d.w., owners MRC Ship Co 1 LLC Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

21/1 at 13.00 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,817 tons d.w., owners Unisea Shipping B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

23/12 at 08.15 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.00.

28/12 at 13.50 vehicle carrier Sirius Highway, 20,419 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Also seen again at 12.30 29th, having sailed from Portbury 0854.

29/12 at 07.50 cargo vessel Celtic Warrior, 4,123 tons d.w., owners Charles M. Willie Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 10.58 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 14.41 30th having sailed from Portbury at 11.40.

30/12 at 12.10 tanker Two Million Ways, 73,965 tons d.w., owners TMW Shipping C.V Netherlands, outward Portbury having sailed at 06.57.

Regards,

Norman.

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“Down on the Farm” – short films.

SIX SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS ABOUT FARMERS AND FARMING IN NORTH DEVON.

A short film commission has produced six five-minute documentaries about farmers and farming within the unique environment of North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The films are a revealing insight into the lives of our farming neighbours and will provoke thought and discussion around our food and where it comes from.

Community film making organisation North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) commissioned these emerging documentary film makers from around the UK to bring their individual film making creativity to the telling of these farmers’ stories.

Amanda McCormack, Creative Director of NDMI, says –

Since founding North Devon Moving Image six years ago it had always been my intention to make some films about farmers in north Devon. In my mind, it was a project that couldn’t NOT be done. As well as creating, collecting and sharing films it is an important part of our remit to encourage and facilitate new film makers. So, putting the two together, I decided to run North Devon’s first short documentary film commission and (as you will see) it has been an amazing success!”

Giving the film makers a year in which to make their films has meant that they really got to know their subjects and you will experience the impact of this in the intimate and passionate stories they tell in their ‘Down on the Farm’ films.

These films are important. They have value in preserving a snapshot of farming today, reflecting and celebrating a very important part of North Devon’s essence. They will do the job of enlightening, inspiring and entertaining those who watch them, connecting people with their farming neighbours and encouraging thought and dialogue around the food we eat.”

The films are free to watch via the North Devon Moving Image website, and thanks to generous funding from local, regional and national organisations, NDMI are able to offer a free screening licence to any groups who would like to show the ‘Down on the Farm’ films on a big screen.

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‘Plastic Free North Devon’ – short film.

Plastic Free North Devon Awareness Raising Short Film

New 3-minute film to highlight our connection to the natural world and  encourage individual actions to help combat environmental issues.

Plastic Free North Devon (PFND) today announces the release of their awareness raising short film which aims to highlight many of environmental problems that surround us all and how we can all play a part as individuals in making a positive difference.

This deeply emotive film takes the viewer on a journey,  highlighting our connection to the natural world, showing what we are doing to destroy those connections and then gets the viewer to ask themselves a question: ‘What will YOU do?’

We decided to create a film that encourages us as individuals to change our everyday behaviour to reduce our impact on the environment and to highlight the important role we have to play in this story’, said Claire Moodie, CEO of PFND. ‘Whilst we understand that systemic change has to come from government and corporations to really halt the environmental degradation that we are witnessing, it is the hearts and minds of the general public that will force this change – we have to be the change we want to see. Big business and government are still not listening so we have to shout louder. We really hope you enjoy this film as much as we enjoyed producing it, it’s been an emotional journey and one that we hope will inspire our local community and others to act’.

James Szymakiewicz, Chair of Plastic Free North Devon, said ‘We supported our core team at Plastic Free North Devon in producing this short film which amplified the message of our vital work in this locality and contextualised it within the wider environmental crisis. We feel that the film powerfully illustrates the grave nature of the challenges that we collectively face, whilst effectively capturing the essence of hope and community power that is so important in tackling the crisis’.

Plastic Free North Devon’s unique selling point is its local focus and its intricate involvement in the community. This film aims to engage the local North Devon community to feel empowered to take action and for other communities around the world to take inspiration from it. ‘We are lucky enough to live in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ says Anne-Marie Eveleigh, Director of Operations at PFND. ‘If we open our eyes we can all see the impact that plastic pollution and climate change are having on our surroundings. Now is the time to take action. We want everyone in North Devon and around the world to feel empowered to do this’.

This film was only made possible by our very talented local videographer Gemma Pons Alsina, and the additional footage donations from various individuals, organisations and community groups including Panoptic Media, South West Water, Plastic Oceans UK and Horsey Seals, to name a few. We are also very thankful to the local people who played a part in the film.

PFND aim to get this film into local cinemas, galleries and at events. If you would like to use this film please contact info@plasticfreenorthdevon.org and visit www.plasticfreenorthdevon.org to find tips on how to take individual steps to reduce your impact and find information about what else the charity does.

The film can be viewed here:

https://www.plasticfreenorthdevon.org/ (Scroll down slightly to see film on home page).

It can also be seen here on You Tube: https://youtu.be/7xuTTaPDvEI

About Plastic Free North Devon

Plastic Free North Devon is a registered charity (Reg No: 1182464) and local environmental movement started by volunteers who want to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the environment in North Devon and beyond. Working with local councils, community groups, businesses, schools, residents and visitors we aim to raise awareness of the issue, reduce the amount of plastic consumed, clear waste plastic from the environment and ensure that it is recycled or disposed of appropriately.

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Shipping notes No 176 (November).

Bideford Quay.

The Oldenburg sailed about 07.00 13th for drydocking at Sharpness.

Appledore.

No further news regarding the reopening of the shipyard. Possibly an announcement prior to the General Election on the 12th December?

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/11 at 09.41 cargo vessel Pascal, 4,263 tons d.w., owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Newport.

3/11 at 12.53 container vessel Neuburg, 9,322 tons d.w., owners Reederei Jorg Kopping Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 08.43.

5/11 at 16.45 cargo vessel Fast Herman, 3,480 tons d.w., owners Fast Line Belgium N.V Belgium, inward bound for Sharpness.

6/11 at 15.55 cargo vessel Dragonera, 5,555 tons d.w., owners Roland Shipping & Trading GMBH Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.25 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

8/11 at 08.05 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.23 bulk carrier Baltic Fox, 31,459 tons d.w., owners Baltic Fox Ltd USA, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.31 6th,

10/11 at 07.35 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 04.14. At 13.48 tanker Nautical Janine, 75,111 tons d.w. owners Nautical Bulk Shipping 13 Ltd Singapore, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.11 5th (has been at anchor awaiting order). At 14.50 bulk carrier Thurgau, 32,790 tons d.w., owners Mass Mariner SA Switzerland, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 04.45.

11/11 at 0828 vehicle carrier Grand Legacy, 17,550 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping (H.K) Co. Ltd Hong Kong, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.29.

12/11 at 09.57 cargo vessel Frontera, 5,699 tons d.w., owners Frontera A Strahlmann GMBH Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.02 tanker Orasund, 4,975 tons d.w., owners Simonsen MH Denmark, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.55.

13/11 at 11.20 vehicle carrier Hestia Leader, 21,419 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

14/11 at 16.30 cargo vessel Bon Vivant, 2,510 tons d.w., owners MV Bon Vivant Sia Latvia, inward bound for Sharpness.

18/11 at 08.55 vehicle carrier Hoegh London, 20,500 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Ltd Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.45 vehicle carrier Porgy, 18,000 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

19/11 at 07.55 cargo vessel Arklow Rogue, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Invermore Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Avonmouth. At13.20 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.13 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.37.

20/11 at 14.45 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 11.12.

23/11 at 07.32 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.54. At 08.27 tug Tradesman, 72 tons, owners SMS Towage Hessle, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed 04.04.

24/11 at 11.45 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

25/11 at 07.29 cargo vessel Burgtor, 3,414 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

26/11 at 07.15 vehicle carrier Cuidad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja SNC 2 France, inward bound for Portbury.

29/11 at 09.45 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

30/11 at 06.28 vehicle carrier Grande Mirafiori, 15,580 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 06.33 vehicle carrier Lapis Arrow, 12,105 tons d.w., owners Lapis Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

As this is my final report of the year I apologise for the shortage of sightings; there have been a great deal of movements in the Channel, but lack of daylight hours has made life a bit difficult. May I take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Regards, Norman.

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Burton at Bideford – mini arts lab.

Mini Arts Lab!

Every Tuesday during term time at the Burton.

Join us for a range of drop-in art activities aimed at younger children,10am-12pm.

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Shipping notes No. 175 (October).

Bideford Quay.

Nothing since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

Nothing since the Deo Gloria in June.

Appledore.

No news since that last reported (27th September).

Bristol Channel Observations.

2/10 at 12.59 cargo vessel Eastern Vanquish, 3,577 tons d.w., owners Eastern Shipping Ltd UK, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 08.05 8th having sailed at 01.15). At 14.55 cargo vessel Celtic Warrior, 4,123 tons d.w., owners Charles W Willie & Co Cardiff, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 0946. At 15.44 cargo vessel Arklow Rainbow, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Invermore Shipiing Ltd Eire, inward bound for Sharpness.

4/10 at 09.03 cargo vessel John Friedrich K, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Rufina Beheer B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 00.45.

5/10 at 07.40 tanker Stolt Osprey, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Sea 142 Leasing Co Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. At 08.00 cargo vessel Calobra, 3,846 tons d.w., owners Lappan Shipping and Trading GMBH Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 23.56 4th. At 08.08 project vessel BBC Magellan, 6,266 tons d.w., owners Balje Briese Schiffahts Germany, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 08.25 cargo vessel Leonie, 3,638 tons d.w., owners Dam BHM Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 00.15. At 12.40 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.02 vehicle carrier Hercules Leader, 23,252 tons d.w., owners Agnes Navigation Co Ltd Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.18. At 14.50 cargo vessel Amisia, 6,059 tons d.w., owners Smisia Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound at 07.31 7th having sailed at 01.18). At 16.03 cargo vessel Adnan N, 7,988 tons d.w.. owners Menas Trading Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Cardiff. At 17.40 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

6/10 at 08.53 cargo vessel Scot Pioneer, 3,658 tons d.w., owners Scotline Ltd U.K., inward bound for Newport. At 16.54 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.38. At 18.07 bulk carrier Hoyanger, 50,194 tons d.w., owners Asl H Class Shipping Pte Ltd Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.23.

8/10 at 16.23 project vessel Mobile Express, 11,630 tons d.w., owners Visemar SRL Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.05.

11/10 at 07.15 cargo vessel Kate C, 6,250 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd Cowes Isle of Wight, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 19.59 10th.

12/10 at 15.58 tanker Stolt Osprey, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Sea 142 Leasing Co Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

13.10 at 12.10 cargo vessel Lauwersborg, 7,350 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Shipping B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 12.40 fruit juice tanker Orange Ocean, 22,300 tons d.w., owners Atlantaship S.A. Switzerland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.35 cargo vessel Ammon, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Q-Shipping B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport.

19/10 at 08.10 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.18 container vessel Kristin Schepers, 9,460 tons d.w., owners HS Schiffahts Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 22.57 18th. At 11.20 cargo vessel Rig, 3,200 tons d.w., owners Rig Shipping Ltd Latvia, having sailed from Newport at 19.36 16th. (I think she was previously in Blue Anchor Bay, maybe for repairs). At 12.39 cargo ship Spanco Loyalty, 5,000 tons d.w., owners Spanaco One Ltd Germany, inward bound for Cardiff. At 14.22 vehicle carrier Swan Ace, 18,869 tons d.w., owners Snowcape Car Carriers SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 13.30 20th outward bound from Portbury, have sailed at 08.45).

20/10 at 07.41 cargo vessel Sunmi, 4,148 tons d.w., owners Misje Bulk AS Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 23.19 19th. At 13.51 vehicle carrier Monza, 12,303 tons d.w., owners Monza |G|MBH & Co KG Germany inward bound for Portbury

22.10 at 07.56 cargo vessel Paula C, 4,998 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping 636 Ltd Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 00.49. At 08.30 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,254 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.13 cargo vessel Amber Trader, 5,727 tons d.w., owners Canober Management Ltd Estonia, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 14.15. At 17.20 cargo vessel AST Malta, 5001 tons d.w., owners Ast Shipping Ltd Malta, inward bound for Avonmouth

23/10 at 07.37 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.15 vehicle carrier Opel Leader, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Payton Maritima SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 04.39. At 11.33 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

27/10 at 11.32 container vessel Kristin Scheper, 9,460 tons d.w., owners HS Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, outward bound from |Avonmouth having sailed at 07.53. At 11.50 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.43 bulk carrier Delicata, 57,441 tons d.w., owners Pos Maritime Fa Sa South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

28/10 at 15.40 tanker Mersey Spirit, 2,366 tons d.w., owners Tamlyn Shipping Ltd Liverpool, inward bound for Avonmouth.

29/10 at 10.36 vehicle carrier Hoegh Trident, 21,423 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards,

Norman.

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Plans for new Burrows Centre take shape.

At the recent Community and Resources committee meeting on Monday 14th October Members were updated on the latest developments in plans to deliver the exciting new Visitor Centre for Northam Burrows. The new facility will be the focal point of the Country Park which covers 258 hectares lying within a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Unesco Biosphere Reserve and designated SSSI (site of special scientific interest).

The project, which has already received £1.2M of Coastal Communities funding towards its delivery, is being designed to create a new interpretation centre and activity hub for nature based tourism – tourism based on viewing and experiencing the natural environment. Amongst the many improved facilities the building will accommodate permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, a café, flexible community spaces, and business support for local firms and new tourism start-ups.

The update included the announcement that WSP have been appointed for the centre’s structural, mechanical and engineering elements. Their input has resulted in new methodologies being considered for the building including Nudura building sections, which when slotted together are filled with concrete. This makes the build process quicker but also improves energy efficiency. Changes have also been made to the floor space to accommodate a small aquarium area with further enhancements to the exhibition areas.

Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin (Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure) said: “This is a really exciting project which will create a centre of excellence for environmental education within one of our most important environments. I especially like the ambition of making more of our environment and developing tourism in the area in a sustainable way. The additional facilities and café will also be a real asset to the area and a great improvement on what is currently available.”

The current building is due to be demolished early next year with plans to inaugurate the new building in 2021. The project has also received widespread support from businesses and business organisations, as well as educational establishments. Research suggests over 180 businesses will be supported by the centre, and will create around 90 new jobs including 12 within the centre itself.

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