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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Torridge DC Christmas/ New Year waste & recycling collections.

Torridge residents are being encouraged to carry on recycling over Christmas. There will be no collections on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or New Years Day, but our crews will be working on the other days across the holiday period to collect any festive leftovers.

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Buzz Byte; Christmas computing.

A computer isn’t just for Christmas.

With the world embracing sustainability and upcycling there is no excuse for the digital world not to recognise this new culture. Given the dictates of TV advertising and peer pressure for the latest gadget and technology, the Yule festivities can become an expensive time.

And how is the old equipment disposed of? Stores have a requirement to take old equipment in, for free under the WEEE recycling scheme, if an equivalent product is purchased; otherwise working equipment can be donated to some charity shop – but please check who accepts what.

Before making purchases ask yourself – Do I really need it? Can my existing PC/laptop/Tablet already do it? Does your equipment just need a service? For example, if your computer is running slow why not take it into a local IT repair store for a diagnostic, you may just need an upgrade of memory or a clean-up of software and virus removal. Before going shopping check the specifications, check the prices and check local first. Many independent stores have very good deals – does it have to be new? Have you considered refurbished equipment? – less cost and just as good.

Where cost may not be a factor for some, there are many who need to operate within a budget and consider replacing individual components. A popular way to breathe new life into old equipment is to replace the existing hard drive with a solid state drive, as they are faster and quieter.

Nickie Joy.

Complete Computing.

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Exmoor Pony Centre – December.

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

All seems very quiet at the Pony Centre now we are closed to the public. The riding ponies have gone away for their winter holiday after having their waists measured and taking a trip to Wheddon Cross to be weighed. We had a lovely postcard from Fleeter Robbie and Sherbert who are having a whale of a time holidaying in north Devon with their fosterer.

However, there is still lots going on as new foals continue to arrive, and this year we have chosen ‘cheese’ as the theme for naming – so we have Wensleydale, Caerphilly, Mozzarella etc. Linzi has already started handling the first arrivals and they are settling in well. Each new intake of foals means adding and replacing essential equipment and we would like to thank all the kind people, such as fosterer Liz and her Exmoor ponies Rubicon and Appletiser, who have donated items such as head collars and feed buckets through our Amazon wish list.

We must also thank Francesca and Harriet from Little Meadow riding school near Bridgwater for helping us with our fundraising. As well as managing one of our collection pots and selling our Christmas cards and calendars, they also had a cake sale day to raise money for our charity.

We have recently signed up to GIVEASYOULIVE.COM. If you are shopping online this Christmas, this is a great way to raise money for the ponies with over 4000 stores to choose from – and it doesn’t cost you a penny. And thinking of Christmas presents, we have added a new pony to our list of ponies available for adoption. Jensen is our gentle giant and the biggest of all our ponies. He is a real softie and will make a wonderful adoption pony.

Looking forward a few weeks, we hope to run a Youngstock Handling Course in the New Year when all the foals have arrived. We will post more about this on our website and facebook pages in due course, or you can contact the Centre to be put on the list for further information as soon as it comes in.

We have welcomed a new trustee to our board this month. Carol Juffs brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge and we look forward to working with her. We are still looking for a further three trustees so if you are interested, please do get in touch. And, of course, we are always pleased to meet new volunteers!

It just remains to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year, from all of us here at the Pony Centre.

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. 164 (November).

Bideford Quay.

Oldenburg sailed from Bideford 13/11 for her annual dry docking at Sharpness. No other shipping movements.

Photograph of the Freshspring at Victoria Park, looking very spick and span.

Appledore.

The news was released 1/11 that Babcocks would cease shipbuilding at Appledore in March 2019. It is very unfortunate for the employees at the yard, who will either have to move to Plymouth or take redundancy. Let us all hope that another company, perhaps with a more innovative approach, could take over the yard and make a success of continuing to build ships.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/11 at 15.45 vehicle carrier Toledo, 14,512 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Stockholm and Oslo, having sailed from Portbury at 11.23.

2/11 at 07.30 cargo vessel Wilson Avonmouth, 3,594 tons d.w., owners Wilson A/S Norway, having sailed from Birdport at 01.15. Immediately after seeing the vessel she appeared to stop and was drifting around, so maybe she had an engine problem. She finally resume her voyage at approx 12.40 to Bilbao. At 08.30 cargo vessel Marit, 7,092 tons d.w., owners Marit Shipping BV Holland, inward bound for Swansea. At 10.20 buoy tender vessel Patricia, owners Lloyds Nimrod care of Trinity House Harwich, inward bound for Barry. At 17.17 cargo vessel Arklow Bank, 8,565 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Holland, inward bound for Avonmouth.

3/11 at 08.13 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,600 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.14 container vessel Demeter, 41,647 tons d.w., owners Puerto Varas Shipping Co Ltd Hamburg, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.19.

4/11 at 07.31 vehicle carrier Lapis Arrow, 12,105 tons d.w., owners Lapis Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

5/11 at 08.00 cable ship Ile D’aix, 8,373 tons d.w., owners Alcetel-Lucent France, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 09.25 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.03 tanker Two Million Ways, 73,965 tons d.w., owners TMW Shipping BV Holland, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.36 vehicle carrier Shanghai Highway, 15,413 tons d.w., owners Belocean Shipping SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

6/11 at 07.10 cargo vessel Mercy, 3,420 tons d.w., owners Mercy Shipping Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 11.03 container vessel Kristin Schepers, 9,313 tons d.w., owners Kristin Schepers Germany, outward bound from from Avonmouth having sailed at 07.00. At 13.27 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,365 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.28.

7/11 at 12.00 cargo vessel Arklow Valley, 5,169 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Holland, inward bound for Swansea.

9/11 at 0958 vehicle carrier Grand Pioneer, 19,120 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping Co, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.12. At 10.20 container vessel Fesco Askold, 13,806 tons d.w., owners Astro Moon Shipping Co Russia, inward bound for Portbury.

10/11 at 09.13 cargo vessel Celtica Hav, 1,720 tons d.w., owners Hav Shipping Management AS Norway, outward bound from Belfast (having been sheltering from gales the previous day). At 09.25 tanker Northern Ocean, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 04.13. At 10.45 vehicle carrier Faust, 30,383 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Stockholm and Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.47. At 11.15 cargo vessel Schokland, 3,300 tons d.w., owners Buter H Holland, having sailed from Cardiff at 06.12. At 13.30 cargo vessel Fehn Lyra, 4,448 tons d.w., owners Fehn Lyra Fehn Schiffartts GMBH Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 06.41. At 15 .25 vehicle carrier Caribbean Highway, 17,366 tons d.w., owners Belocean Shipping S.A. Japan, inward Bound for Portbury. At 15.34 cargo vessel RMS Neudorf, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Rhenus Maritime Services GMBH Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 17.13 7th.

11/11 at 15.12 cargo vessel Paula C, 4,998 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Isle of Wight, inward bound for Sharpness.

14/11 at 16.30 cargo vessel Scheldedijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Scheldedijk 11 BV Netherlands, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 10.05. At 17.07 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,820 tons d.w., owners Vertom Usc Beaumagic BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again 0822 18th, having sailed from Birdport at 01.59).

18/11 at 09.19 bulk carrier Posidana, 54,706 tons d.w., owners Masterbulk PTE Ltd Singapore, inward bound for Portbury. At 0950 cargo vessel Celtic Spirit, 4,135 tons d.w., owners in Charles M Wiillie & Co Charter Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 09.57 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

19/11 at 12.55 chemical tanker Stolt Pelican, 5,797 tons d.w., owners Stolt Tankers BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

20/11 at 07.18 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.19. At 11.00 tug En Avant 1, owners Muller Dordrecht Holland, outward bound from Avonmouth with a pontoon which has been working of Hinkley Point, heading for Rotterdam.

22/11 at 07.25 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja SNC 2 France, inward bound for Portbury.

23/11 at 13.40 cargo vessel Fehn Pollux, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Ems Chartering GMBH & Co Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 06.51. (Not easily visible, but what appears to be a large funnel on the forecastle is in fact an auxiliary sail, which helps reduce the consumption of her main engine fuel).

26/11 at 16.22 tanker Leander, 13,190 tons d.w., owners Siebte Buttner Schiffahrt Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth.

30/11 at 10.17 cargo vessel Speyk, 3,636 tons d.w., owners Speyk BV Holland, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 00.02. At 11.16 tanker Bomar Quest, 8,501 tons d.w., owners Bomar Six LLC UK, inward bound for Barry.

Shipping observers, note that Wilhelhelms are changing their hull colours from orange to black with a green band.

A final note for this year; with all the changes that have happened, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Regards,

Norman.

01271 861183.

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Free parking days across Torridge in the run-up to Christmas.

Torridge and Town Councils will once again be supporting local businesses and shoppers with free parking days in Council Car Parks in the run up to Christmas.

Bideford.

 Saturday 15th December & Saturday 22nd December. Free parking from 10am in Bridge Street, The Pannier Market, The Pill, The Quay & The Manor. Courtesy of Bideford Town Council.

Great Torrington.

Saturday 15th December & Saturday 22nd December. Free parking Sydney House car park 8am – 12 noon (this car park is free from 12 noon on a Saturday), courtesy of Torrington Town Council.

Monday 24th December. Free parking all day in Sydney House & Barley Grove car parks, courtesy of Torrington Town Council.

Holsworthy.

Saturday 15th December & Saturday 22nd December. Free parking in Holsworthy Manor Car Park 8am – 12 noon (this car park is free from 12 noon on a Saturday), courtesy of Holsworthy Town Council.

Monday 24th December. Free parking all day in Holsworthy Manor car park, courtesy of Holsworthy Town Council.

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“Down on the farm” – short documentaries.

Thanks to community film making organisation North Devon Moving Image (NDMI), a number of emerging documentary film makers will have the opportunity to create a unique collection of short films about farming in north Devon.

Each of the seven commissioned films will focus on individual farms within North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which includes the North Devon Coast AONB designation and reaches to parts of Exmoor and Dartmoor. The selected film makers have sought out engaging characters and fascinating stories from farms around the region including the life of a smallholder, farming with nature on the Hartland Peninsula, to how a small local abattoir on the fringes of Exmoor has a positive impact on animal welfare, and an inside story on women in farming at Hatherleigh.

We were very keen to support this project because short films are a brilliant way of telling the story of farming today in these remote rural areas.” commented Jenny Carey-Wood, Manager of the North Devon Coast AONB who have helped to fund Down on the Farm “Our small grants are often used to help people better understand that the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are a living and working landscape, with farms and smallholdings playing a vital role in producing food, managing land for wildlife and as places for people to enjoy the stunning coast and countryside.”

Linda Mason (above) from Southsea in Hampshire has chosen to make her film about farmer Rose Manning “I was really excited to be selected for the Down on the Farm commission” Linda says “Devon is such a beautiful part of our country and I enjoy telling everyday stories. Rose has been farming all her life and now even in her mid seventies she is still caring for the young cattle and supporting on the farm. I will tell Rose’s story through her daily routines on the farm and in the kitchen baking, as she prepares food and reminisces about her life. My film “Lifelong Farmer” will weave together archive material, intimate and personal recollections of being a woman in farming over many decades. I look forward to visiting the farm over the year and learning more about the busy ‘retired’ life of a farmer.”

The films will be completed at the end of next year and will be available to view online at the NDMI website www.northdevonmovingimage.org.uk and in the new social history gallery at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon. In the meantime you will be able to keep up with news ‘from the field’ in a series of blog posts from the film makers which will be published on NDMI’s website and social media channels.

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December’s diary.

We’re here every week –

Mondays.

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

6.45pm – 8.30pm. Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities at the Baptist Church Hall, Westward Ho! (not bank holidays). 01237 475051.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford Methodist Church. 01237 472532.

7pm – 8pm Walking Football at Kingsley School. Men (over 50) and Women. Tel 07895 035091 (until 17th December).

7pm – 9pm Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.

7pm Appledore Band Practice; training band, followed by senior band at 7. 45 pm St Mary’s Church Hall. Contact Hugh, Secretary, 473723.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652.

7.45pm Bideford Band Senior Practice at Band Room Victoria Park. Tel Becky, 01237 475653.

Tuesdays.

10 -1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30 am Walking for Health. 421528.

11.45-12.45 pm Tai chi. Northam Community Centre. Ageing Well 01409 622666.

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun and Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Hall, Bideford.

2.30pm ‘Lift off for ladies.’ Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 01237 425471.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners’ and Youth Band Practice, Victoria Park Band Room. 01237 475653.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club meet at Chubb/Churchill Hall. 01237 421391.

7.30 – 9pm Samba Baia rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearsals at Northam Methodist Hall. Tel 01237 478406. northamchoral.org.uk New members welcome.

Wednesdays.

10-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets’ Bldg, Victoria Park.

10am – 1pm Job Club at Bideford Library.

10.30-12pm ‘Feel Better with a Book’ at Bideford Library. 01237 476075.

10.30am-11.30am and 11.30am-12.30pm Tai Chi SW. Free for over 50s. G4 Gym, Dadden Court Ind Est. 01237 478802.

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

11am -12pm Walking tennis for over 40’s at Atlantic Racquets, Caddsdown.

2pm Tea with friends at St Mary’s Church,Bideford.

2.15pm-3.30pm “Fit as a fiddle.’ Buckland Brewer School Room. Tel 01805 622666.

7-9pm ‘Sew Sociable’ at Lavington Church Rooms, Willett St.

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

7.45pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 441601.

8pm Appledore Band Senior rehearsals at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. 01237 473723.

Thursdays.

9.30am -10am Under fives story time at Bideford Library. 01237 476075.

10-11am Tai Chi Beginners. Marlborough Court, Bideford. £2.50 donation. Ageing Well. 01805 622666.

10.15am – 12noon Northam and District Men’s Forum, Methodist Church Hall, Cross St. Mike, 01237 459324.

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf car park. 421528.

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

2- 3.30pm ‘Tea and IT’ at Bideford Library. Bring your tablet/phone etc. Devon Age UK. 01598 740060 to book a place.

6.45pm Westward Ho! Bridge Club at Trinity Church Hall. 01237 470990.

7.45pm Bideford Band Senior Practice at Band Room Victoria Park. Tel Becky, 01237 475653.

7.30 for 8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners’ Arms. Email

bidefolk@gmail.com   

www.bidefordfolkclub.com

 

Fridays.

9.30am Over sixties fitness class at Pollyfield Centre.stevehammond@boatshead.com

2-4pm ‘Sew Together’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 01805 622666.

2.30- 4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club and afternoon table tennis club. 01237 477932, at Bideford Youth Centre.

4-6pm Needlecrafts at Bideford Library. 01237 476075.

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall. 01237 4776632.

Saturdays.

10am -12noon Children’s lego Club at Bideford Library.01237 476075.

10am -12pm Table tennis club at Bideford Youth Centre. 01237 477932.

10.30am -12.30pm Scrabble Club at Bideford Library. 01237 476075.

Sundays.

7.45pm ND Cancer Care Trust Quiz at Robins’ Nest Football Club. Tel Neil 01237 473798.

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And we’re not –

 

Friday 14th

10am-12noon Coffee, Craft n Chat, Kingsley Hall, WHo!, £2. tel 01237 421274.

10am-12noon Families for Children at The Castle Flat Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh.EX39 ORH.

7.30pm Bideford Machine Knitting club at Chub / Churchill Community Centre 01237 477532.

7.30pm Abbotsham WI at Abbotsham Village Hall.

Saturday 15th

6pm ‘Light up a life’ service at Bideford Pannier Market, in aid of North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice SW

2.30pm Appledore Singers annual Christmas concert in aid of Families in Grief at Northam Hall. Contact Pam Beechey 01237 420652.

3pm Holy Trinity Carol Concert at Westward Ho! With Appledore Band.

Sunday 16th.

5 – 8pm Pier House, Westward Ho! Meet 20 local authors – author panel, book signings, competitions. Free entry.


Monday 17th

7pm Torchlight procession starts at Pitt Hill, Appledore.

8.30pm North Devon Jazz Club, Beaver Inn, Appledore – Kim Trio.

Tuesday 18th

6.15pm – 7pm Sleepy Heads storytime at Bideford Library. Booking essential £1. 01237 476075.

Wednesday 19th

10am -3pm Westward Ho! Craft market.Baptist Church Hall, Westward Ho! Refreshments.

11am–1pm Creative memory cafe at Quay Meeting Room, 5 Danver Court Clovelly Rd Ind estate. 0781 797605.

1.30pm–3.30pm ‘Knit and Natter’ group at Holy Trinity Hall, Westward Ho! Tel 01237 475720.


2.15–3pm Meditation at Bideford Library. 01237 476075.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club meets at Northam Hall. New dancers welcome. 01237 423554.

Thursday 20th

11am Bideford Sustainability Group meets at Custom House, Bideford. Tel 01237 475375.


2.15pm Thursday Fellowship at Northam Methodist Hall 01237 421956.

Friday 21st

10am–12noon Memory cafe at Northam Hall. Tel 01805 622666 Ageing Well


10am -12noon- Families for Children, The Garden Flat, Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh, Barnstaple, North Devon. EX32 0RQ.

2pm-4pm ‘Sew Together’, Baptist Church, Westward Ho! 01805 622666 Ageing Well.

Wednesday 26th

10 .15am Bideford Probus meet at Royal Hotel. Tel 01271 473337.


2pm-3.30pm Bideford Friends meet at Burton Art Gallery. 01805 622666 Ageing Well.


7.30pm
Bideford Folk Dance Club meets at Northam Hall. New dancers welcome. 01237 423554.

Friday 28th

10am-12noon Coffee, Craft ‘n’ Chat, Kingsley Hall, WHo!, £2. tel 01237 421274.


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


2pm-4pm ‘Sew Together’, Baptist Church, Westward Ho! 01805 622666


Monday 31st

Soul Intention. 10 piece ‘big sounds’ soul at Pier House Westward Ho! EX39 1JU. Free entry.

8pm onwards. New Year’s Eve party at Wayfarer Inn Instow in aid of breast cancer . £

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“Shop local” for Christmas.

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Torridge signs up to ‘Crowdfunder Devon’ initiative.

Torridge District Council is delighted to now be part of the Crowdfunder Devon initiative. The platform has been set up to support community groups, start-up businesses, charities and individuals across the county to raise money from the crowd and unlock extra funding from official bodies to which they might not previously have had access.

Although Torridge has already distributed a sum approaching an incredible £1.2M to such groups through their Community Grants and Councillor grants Schemes in the last three years, this is an additional source of potential match funding for groups to tap into, whilst also spreading the word about community-based projects.

If you have a project that makes an impact to your community, supports wellbeing, works towards a better environment, rewards innovation or supercharges business ideas, then Torridge Council want to hear from you.

The initiative is for local organisations, clubs and groups, charities and parish councils looking to improve and develop their community offerings. Groups that reach 25% of their target will be able to apply for and unlock additional funding from the Torridge Councillor Grants scheme which allocates a total of £2,000 to each ward member for worthy schemes in their relative wards. In some cases Councillors may be able to combine grants to provide a larger sum.

Councillor Bob Hicks, Lead Member for Economic Regeneration, said:

This is another great initiative to put money back into our communities and get funding for projects that meet the criteria of the scheme. Groups will hopefully find it easy to apply for this new funding and Councillor Grants will help to support those able to reach the threshold for consideration. To get the ball rolling all you need do is apply!”

Groups can apply, by adding their project to Crowdfunder. If they fit the bill, the Crowdfunder Devon partners could put extra money into these projects to help organisations reach their target. Details of the Torridge scheme can be found at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/torridge-community-chest or on the Councils website.

An example of where this is already making a difference can be seen from Bideford’s “Little Green Town” project where the Council helped organisers to surpass their £5,000 target by providing a total of £2,700 from five councillors. The project was then also supported by Friends of the Earth and Devon County Council as well as from across the community, showing the power of the platform.

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Shipping notes No. 163 (October).

In port; Bideford Quay.

Catania – built 2012; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Ukrainian; from Brest to Castellon; arrived 10th, sailed 11th; loaded 2,145 tons ball clay.

Oldenburg ; no doubt the vessel will be departing soon for her annual drydocking at Sharpness.

Appledore.

LE George Bernard Shaw sailed 06.05 8th for her 3rd trials; she was then handed over to the Irish Navy 11th, returning to the Appledore Bar, then sailed for her base at Cork (at full speed because of the approaching storm Callum) to have the rest of her equipment fitted.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/10 at 15.45 cargo vessel Arklow Breeze, 8,000 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd Ireland, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again 4th at 19.04 outward bound, having sailed from Newport at 14.26).

2/10 at 18.25 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

3/10 at 18.25 vehicle carrier Tortugas, 19,268 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.20 cargo vessel Medal, 4,950 tons d.w., owners Viscania Balear de Navegacion Spain, inward bound for Newport.

5/10 at 08.12 vehicle carrier Morning Lily, 27,283 tons d.w., owners Eukor Car Carriers Inc South Korea, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.15 container ship Wes Janine, 13,000 tons d.w., owners Wes Janine Schifffarts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

6/10 at 10.58 bulk carrier Polarstar, 32,588 tons d.w., owners Erma Marine SA Greece, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 05.51.

7/10 at 08.50 cargo vessel Arklow Bay, 8,660 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.52. At 09.35 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterraneo, 18,427 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.27. At 0955 survey vessel Mersey Guardian, owners unknown, outward bound from Penarth having sailed at 07.45. At 10.03 cargo vessel Fri Brevik, 3,771 tons d.w., Vealos AS Norway owners, inward bound for Newport. At 14.40 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

8/10 at 18.43 cargo vessel Arucas, 5,830 tons d.w., owners Egality Shipping Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 22.14 2/10. (She had been anchored in Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders).

9/10 at 10.25 vehicle carrier Onxy Ace, 18,527 tons d.w., owners Mitsui OSK Lines Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 0519.

10/8 at 11.50 vehicle carrier CSCC Tianjin, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.25 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,600 tons d.w., owners Anje 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury.

14/10 at 14.47 bulk carrier Rijn Confidence, 33,328 tons d.w., owners Rijn Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.57 cargo vessel Triple S, 5,192 tons d.w., owners Triple S Ltd Montenegro, inward bound for Newport. At 16.02 container vessel Fresco Askold, 13,806 tons d.w., owners Astro Moon Shipping Co Russia, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.23 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

15/10 at 06.59 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

16/10 at 16.30 container vessel Endeavour, 9,367 tons d.w., owners J.R.Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 11.50.

18/10 at 07.29 vehicle carrier Don Carlos, 28,142 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.53 cargo vessel Svetlana, 8,865 tons d.w., owners Dragon Maritime Co Ltd Bulgaria, inward bound for Sharpness.

20/10 at 12.32 cargo vessel Celtic Spirit, 4,001 tons d.w., owners Charles Willie & Co Shipping Ltd Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

22/10 at 10.28 cargo vessel RMS Wanheim, 2,620 tons d.w. owners Wanheim Shipping SA Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 13.47 vehicle carrier Tarifa, 21,120 tons d.w., owners Tarifa Maritime Ltd IOM in the colours of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Sweden and Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.02 bulk carrier Taizhou Pioneer, 32,453 tons d.w., owners Danskib 85 USA, inward bound for Avonmouth.

25/10 at 12.52 vehicle carrier Hamburg Highway, 20,703 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen KK Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.52.

28/10 at 08.05 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fujkukuri Maritima SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

30/10 at 17.07 container ship E.R.Hobart, 13,879 tons d.w., owners Reederei Blue Star Holding SA Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

31/10 at 15.30 vehicle carrier Toledo, 14,500 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Stockholm and Oslo, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards, Norman.

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One hundred years ago – November 1918.

In the Gazette of 9th November we learn that President Wilson has transmitted to Germany the Terms of Surrender required by the Allies as reached at the Versailles meeting. There are reports of a German Naval mutiny; the Naval Commandant of Keil has been shot by his own sailors and in Hamburg and Cuxhaven the red Communist flag replaces the naval pennant.

On 12th November the Gazette proclaims “The Doom of Autocracy”. The Kaiser abdicates and there is revolution inside Germany. The Armistice has been signed and Hostilities ceased yesterday.

At the end of the month the German Fleet surrenders and 9 battleships, 5 battle cruisers, 7 light cruisers, 50 destroyers and numerous submarines are escorted across the North Sea to the mouth of the Firth of Forth where they will be taken to Scarpa Flow. The newspaper also reports that the local Regiment, 2nd Devons, are to take part in the triumphal march to the Rhine.

Nationally, a General Election has been called for 14th December. The Prime Minister Lloyd George and Mr Bonar Law publish a joint manifesto and election meetings are advertised in the Market Hall in Bideford on November 29th at 8pm, when Mr C S Parker will address the meeting. (Charles Sandbach Parker, Conservative, failed to be elected in the Barnstaple Constituency, losing by 602 votes). Women electors are holding a meeting in the Town Hall at Bideford at 3pm, moving to Northam at 7.30pm and Appledore at 8.30pm. These meetings will be chaired by Mrs C S Parker and the speaker will be Miss Taylor from Exeter.

(With the hindsight that 100 years affords, we know that the War has ended but on the Home Front little has changed; locally more mundane matters make the headlines in the paper).

Bideford Fuel & Lighting Committee state that under the terms of the 1918 Fuel Wood Order licences will be needed to sell a maximum of 2 tons per year to domestic homes. Industry is not subject to this restriction. These licences can be obtained from Mr E J Labbett, Local Fuel Overseer.

Readers are urged to register their ration of jam, marmalade and sugar at Tattersall’s and Farleigh’s Stores.

The Western Express and Torrington Gazette report that the yield of potatoes is far larger than anticipated and in many districts the yield is “extraordinary”.

Alfred Perrin of Barnstaple Auctions offered the Barley Mow Inn for sale. “The property has for some time since reported for compensation and was recently dealt with by the Compensation Committee at Exeter”. Mr John Curtis who owns the adjoining property was the purchaser at £430. (We have tried to research what this Committee did. Can any of our readers help?)

The influenza epidemic is diminishing; 9 deaths were reported this week in Bideford, which is less than half the previous week.

Bideford Fire Brigade, captained by Mr S Lee, was called to a business premises in Mill Street. The fire originated in a gas cooker in the kitchen at Mrs Wilson’s house but the fire was contained and the reported damage amounted to £200.

Thanksgiving Week services are held across North Devon. An open air meeting was held at Bone Hill, led by Rev. G Payne-Cook and W Charlewood, Leader of Northam UDC.

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Shipping notes No. 162 (September).

Bideford Quay.

A vessel is expected to load between 8/12th October.

Yelland Quay.

Tug Sarah Gray and floating crane sailed from Yelland approx 10.00 2nd September, bound for Milford Haven. Sarah Grey returned to Yelland 19.30 30th.

Appledore.

LE George Bernard Shaw on second sea trials 24th at 18.10. Returned to shipyard at 19.40 26th. (At the time of publication, no news when vessel will depart again).

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/9 at 19.35 container vessel Maike D, 7,844 tons d.w., owners Maike Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

2/9 at 07.50 vehicle carrier Genius Highway, 21,000 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 20.20 3rd outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 15.27). At 13.20 cargo vessel Arklow Rover, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Ivermore Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 09.45. At 16.31 the paddle steamer Waverley, 693 gross tons, owners Paddle Steamer Preservation Society UK, headed towards Ilfracombe, having sailed from Lundy at 16.05.

3/9 at 0635 vehicle carrier Aires Leader, 18,808 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

4/9 at 19.25 bulk carrier Sider Joy, 26,307 tons d.w., owners Blamont Shipping Ltd Switzerland, inward bound for Newport.

5/9 at 08.07 fruit juice tanker Orange Wave, 16,900 tons d.w., owners Atlanship S.A. Switzerland, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.23. At 08.17 tanker Stolt Redshank, 4,461 tons d.w., owners Brovig Stainless care of Stolt Tankers BV Holland, inward bound for Barry . (Seen again at 19.10 6th outward bound from Barry, having sailed at 15.35). At 12.05 paddle steamer Waverley, 693 gross tons, outward bound from Ilfracombe having sailed at 10.55. At 15.10 bulk carrier Aasnes, 4,015 tons d.w., owners A/s Aasen Shipping Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 19.20 container ship E R Hobart, 13,879 tons d.w., owners Reederi Blue Star Holding S.A Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

6/9 at 21.17 cargo vessel Arklow Bank, 8,565 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Newport. At 21.23 cruise ship Magellan, 40,052 gross tons, owners Cruise and Maritime Voyages U.K, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 16.52. (As I have stated before, even though it was pitch dark cruise ships have their deck lights on for safety reasons).

7/9 at 0812 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,200 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

10/9 at 10.00 cargo vessel Mirjam, 3,005 tons d.w., owners MV Mirjam LLP Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

12/9 at 14.05 cargo vessel Kuper, 4,228 tons d.w., owners Kuper Shipping Ltd Latvia, inward bound for Newport. At 14.37 container vessel Nordic Lubeck, 13,200 tons d.w., owners Nordic Hamburg Group GMBH Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 09.54. At 14.50 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Shipping Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 15.06 cargo vessel Sheksna, 2,769 tons d.w., owners Donna Shipping Co Ltd Russia, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 10.44. At 16.25 bulk carrier Stella Naomi, 180,000 tons d.w., owners Stella Naomi Shipping Pte Ltd Singapore, inward bound for Port Talbot.

13/9 at 08.30 cargo vessel Truffaldino, 2,953 tons d.w., owners Waterway Shipping Lithuania, inward bound for Sharpness. At 11.00 cargo vessel Celtic Mariner, 3,676 tons d.w., owners Charles Willie & Co Charter Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 14.07 container ship Fresco Askold, 13,806 tons d.w., owners Astro Moon Shipping Co Russia, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.04. At 15.02 bulk carrier IDC Falcon, 55,803 tons d.w., owners Sahin Gemicilik Le Denizcilik Turkey, inward bound for Port Talbot.

14/9 at 11.25 bulk carrier Union Mariner, 81,964 tons d.w., owners Euroforum Marine Co Ltd Greece outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 08.01 hrs.

15/9 at 17.37 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

18/9 at 14.40 tanker Sea Power, 13,096 tons d.w., owners Sea Power Shipholding SA Greece, outward bound Newport from having sailed at 22.59 12th. hrs. At 17.20 container ship MSC Sena, 35,966 tons d.w., owners Altair Carriers Co SA Cyprus, outward bound from having sailed at 11.14.

19/9 at 07.10 ocean going tug Christos XXIV, 677 tons d.w., owners not known, inward bound for Swansea.

21/9 at 09.55 cargo vessel Hathor, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Q-Shipping BV. Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport. At 14.10 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 0745.

23/9 at 12.00 vehicle carrier Hoegh America, 21,182 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.15. At 12.15 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja 2 SNC France, inward bound from Portbury. At 13.41 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

25/9 at 16.16 buoy tender vessel THV Mair, owners Trinity House Harwich, inward bound for Barry.

27/9 at 11.46 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w. owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.At 12.12 container ship Fesco Askold, 13,806 tons d.w., owners Astro Moon Shipping Co Russia, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.17 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w., inward bound for Portbury At 14 26 vehicle carrier Olympian Highway, 20,445 tons d.w., owners care of K Line Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.32. At 15.00 hrs cargo vessel Triple S, 5,192 tons d.w., owners Triple S Ltd Montenegro, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 09.03.

28/9 at 11.25 buoy maintenance vessel Patricia, 990 tons d.w., owners Lloyds Nimrod Care of Trinity House Harwich, working on the outer buoy Bideford Bay. (She departed approx 12.30 for Caldey Island, South Wales).

30/9 at 13.24 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards,

Norman.

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One hundred years ago – October 1918.

On October 1st the Gazette proclaims that it has been “The Greatest Week of the War” with the Western Front ablaze and Bulgaria surrendering; the following week we are told that “pincers are closing on the Western Front”; Franz Ferdinand’s successor Charles 1 has “renounced participation in State affairs”. Towards the end of October we begin to hear hints that Germany is making moves towards peace.

However on the home front, tribunals continue to take place as men are still needed. In fact a Government directive has been issued to all Chairmen of Tribunals warning them to show no favour or deviation from the required replacement soldiers. Mr W C Friendship, baker, has been exempted until March 1919 with many other men given 3 or 6 month exemptions.

The many friends of Capt. J Whitefield RNR of Westcroft, Bideford will be pleased to learn of the further honour that he has won in the discharge of his duty in seeking the destruction of enemy submarines. He has previously been awarded the Italian Bronze Medal for military valour. He has now had the Distinguished Service Cross conferred.

Alderman J M Metherell, J P and R S Chope, J P, ex -Mayor of Bideford will be among those visiting the Western Front this weekend at the invitation of the War Office.

The local food committee notices state that the maximum price allowed to be charged for milk is 7d per quart, with butter capped at 2/4d per pound.

Jam, marmalade, syrup, treacle and honey will be rationed from November 3rd. Children from 6-18 years will receive an extra ration of jam. Perkins & Son, Fruit Merchants of The Quay, Bideford, have been appointed receivers and packers of fruit for licensed jam factories. They will pay 3d per pound for blackberries and £12 per ton for small apples.

A £1 reward has been offered for information regarding the theft of birds’ eggs from the museum.

The Barley Mow Inn in Mill Street, Bideford, is offered for sale.

The North Devon Permanent and Terminable Benefit Building Society based at Bridge Buildings in Bideford (established 1853) offers a rate of 3.5% on deposits. Mortgages are granted on Easy Terms.

Harvest festivals and thanksgivings are being held around the area, including at Instow, Littleham, Little Torrington and Lavington in Bideford.

It is interesting to note that the Swastika was an international symbol signifying good luck until a German Nationalist leader adopted it in 1920, and it is now reviled world-wide.

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Buzz Byte; Alan Turing.

Do you know who Alan Turing was? Until I watched the 2014 film ‘The Imitation Game’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch, I did not know who he was and what he had contributed.

Mr Turing was a highly intelligent mathematician and logician. During World War II he worked for the government to crack the enemy’s codes that they received on a recovered Enigma machine. Mr Turing deviated from his original purpose and devised a machine that was eventually used to decrypt the coded messages. Along with his fellow code-breakers, working at Bletchley Park, an electro-mechanical device, named the ‘Bombe’ was created to speed up the detection of the key to that day’s encoded enigma messages. It is said the Churchill declared Mr Turing’s efforts had shortened the war by two years, saving millions of lives across the globe. This work earned him the title of ‘The Father of Modern Computing.’

It was Alan Turing who developed the idea of the modern computer and data science. Back in 1936 he wrote a paper about humans’ ability to perform a specified task ; he created a ‘universal machine’ which could decode and perform any set of instructions. It would be another 10 years before his concept was turned into a practical machine. The telephone decryption, codenamed Delilah, which he worked on during his time at Bletchley Park gave him practical experience with electronics. In 1946 Mr Turing designed the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE), which stored programmes in its memory. The key principles of theoretical and applied mathematics along with engineering and computer skills allowed him to be pioneering in these developments towards technology.

I thought that artificial intelligence (AI) was a relatively new concept, but Mr Turing had already devised the notion by claiming that a computer could rival independent human thought. He compared human and machine outputs; the Turing test. In these he predicted the advancement of AI. In his initial tests an interrogator asked the same questions of a human and a computer, not knowing which was which,(the computer responses were textual.) He debated whether computers should be seen as intelligent from the response. The idea was to determine if a computer could imitate a human, and from Facebook’s recent endeavour into AI, they can.

This is only a brief look into a very interesting and influential life. Alan Turing died in 1954, just short of his 42nd birthday, a victim of his sexuality.

Nickie Baglow.

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