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:

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Government discretionary grant for small & micro businesses in Torridge.

A new Government Discretionary Grant scheme aimed at supporting small and micro businesses launches on 1 June across Devon and will be administered in Torridge by Torridge District Council.

Following further Government announcements TDC has quickly organised to launch an additional package of funding aimed at helping small and micro businesses. Importantly, this includes all those that have not been eligible for any other grant, with the exception of the self employed income support scheme or the furloughed Job Retention Scheme, and who were trading on 11 March 2020.

One of the key criteria for eligibility are businesses who have high ongoing fixed property related costs and who can show that they have suffered a major fall in income due to the COVID?19 crisis.

Grants will range from £1,000 to £25,000 with all businesses required to meet the same evidence-based tests of need. The following business types will be prioritised for funding support, in line with criteria set out by the government:

  • small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces.

  • regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment.

  • Bed and Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates; and

  • charity properties in receipt of Charitable Business Rates Relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

Each local council also has the discretion to extend their grants to business sectors in their area which they feel need additional support in the interim. The local priority sectors for Northern Devon (North Devon and Torridge Districts) are:

  • manufacturing.

  • food and Drink.

  • creative Industries – including digital

  • businesses who operate in, or whose main or sole customer base is those in retail, hospitality or leisure.

Those not eligible for funding under this scheme include:

  • businesses who were not trading on 11 March 2020.

  • businesses currently in administration or insolvent.

  • businesses eligible for other Government funding schemes.

Applications for funding will open on 1st June 2020 and close on 3rd July 2020.

For more information and to apply for the grant please go to Torridge District Council’s website


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Free parking in Torridge car parks extended to 15th June.

During recent months Torridge Councillor’s took the decision to suspended parking charges in the district in response to the evolving Coronavirus crisis. The move was in part to support NHS Staff and Care workers as they carried on working and also other residents, who found themselves restricted to their homes, with more cars than usual competing for parking places. It also meant that Council staff could be redeployed to assist with the set-up of systems to support the vulnerable. The charging suspension is now being extended to 15th June, to further support shop and business owners as they return to their premises to make preparations for reopening. All Car Parking permits have also been extended for the time businesses were forced to close.

This week the Government announced that all non-essential retail, including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be able to reopen from 15th June. However, businesses need to meet the Government’s 5 tests and follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them around 3 weeks to prepare.

The extension to free parking is aligned to this new time frame for the safe reopening of high streets set out by the Government. The Council’s Economic Regeneration Team are also working hard on this programme in partnership with businesses and local trade organisations such as the Federation of Small Businesses, Chamber of Commerce and Town Councils.

Councillor Ken James, Leader of Torridge District Council, said: This will be a busy time for retail and other businesses who will no doubt be able to make good use of the free parking and make it one less thing to worry about as they make their preparations to reopen. Next week we will also be announcing further support grants for businesses and as before we will continue to do everything we can to ensure a successful resurgence of the local economy during these difficult times. It should certainly also be a time when we should shop local, as much as we can, to support the reopenings.”


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Marie Curie’s ‘Blooming Virtual Tea Party’.

Marie Curie’s famous fundraising campaign goes virtual to recover devastated fundraising income.

Marie Curie’s famous Blooming Great Tea Party is going virtual this year and the charity needs tea party hosts in Devon more than ever before to make up for the devastating effect the coronavirus crisis has had on the charity’s income.

The end of life charity is calling on you to throw a Blooming Virtual Tea Party from home this summer. While staying indoors is the new normal, throwing a virtual tea party is a fun way to stay connected to the ones you love during this time and a great way to support nurses working on the frontline of the crisis.

In people’s homes across Devon, the charity is caring for people with terminal illnesses, as well as people with Covid-19, and is protecting the NHS by keeping patients away from hospital. However, as the charity has stepped up its support for the nation, its fundraising income has been devastated by the impact of lockdown measures – it had to cancel its Great Daffodil Appeal in March and closed all its charity shops shortly after.??

That is why the charity and its celebrity ambassador, Mel Giedroyc, are encouraging everyone to download Zoom, Skype or Houseparty and connect with friends and family while raising some money at the same time.

Cake lover and tea party extraordinaire, Mel Giedroyc says: “You can bake it, fake it, brew it or stew it – whatever your cup of tea, Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party is going ‘virtual’ this year and it’s a simple way to keep in touch with your chums, while raising money for a wonderful cause, which, I think you’ll agree, we all need right now”.

Marie Curie needs to raise a massive £2.5million each week to care for the tens of thousands of people who need its nursing and hospice care. This year, the amazing nurses and frontline staff need you more than ever, as the fundraising events they rely on have all been cancelled.

I’ve met their nurses before. They are inspiring, kind, caring and loving people who are currently caring for people at the end of their lives and keeping people out of hospital,?helping the NHS cope with the Coronavirus crisis.?Every last crumb of the money you raise will help people at the end of their lives. So please join me by raising a cuppa, and some money, in your lounge or garden for the Marie Curie Nurses on the front line”.


Natalie Garland, Marie Curie Fundraising Manager for Devon said: “Our Blooming Great Tea Party looks a little different this year but I think everyone needs an excuse to meet up with their friends and family – online of course – and check in on the people they love. If you can do that while raising some money for Marie Curie, then your generous donations will enable us to help even more people at the end of their lives get the care they need in this time of uncertainty.

Last year Marie Curie provided over 50,000 hours of direct nursing care to terminally ill people in Devon. We rely on the support of the amazing public to ensure our nurses can keep caring for people. And while the coronavirus crisis has badly impacted our fundraising events, we hope by going virtual we’ll be able to raise the vital funds we need to keep supporting people in our communities across Devon.”

To register as a Blooming Virtual Tea Party host visit or call 0800 716 146 for your fundraising pack full of hints, tips, recipes and fundraising ideas.

Stuck for recipe ideas? You can find plenty of inspiration on the Marie Curie website or why not try out this Coffee, Walnut and Baileys cake recipe kindly provided by Marie Curie South West Community Fundraiser Lynda Thomas.

Coffee, Walnut and Baileys cake


8oz butter or soft margarine.  8oz caster sugar.  8oz self-raising flour.  4 eggs.   1 tsp baking powder.  1 tablespoon coffee essence.   2oz chopped walnuts.


¼ pt fresh double cream – and a good dash of Baileys.


Glace icing made with approx. 4oz icing sugar and approx. 2 tablespoons of coffee essence.   Truffles and flaked almonds.

Method:   Grease two 8” sandwich tins and line the base of each with greased baking parchment.   Cream together the butter and sugar.    Add the flour, baking powder and then eggs and coffee essence. Mix together and then add the chopped walnuts.   Divide into two tins and bake for 25 mins on 180C/ Fan 160 C/Gas 4 until well risen and golden brown.    Whip cream until stands in soft peaks, gently mix in Baileys.    When sponge is cold remove from tins and sandwich together with the cream mixture.    For topping mix icing sugar with coffee essence to make a spreadable icing, make sure it is not too runny.    Spread over the top of the cake and decorate with truffles and flaked almonds.



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Arts Society North Devon, 2020/21.


The Society usually meet at The Durrant House Hotel, Bideford, at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month from October until May, with the exception of December (when the AGM takes place at 1.30 p.m. ahead of the lecture).

The Programme offers a variety of Lectures presented by highly accredited lecturers from all over the country. Visitors are always welcome, a donation of £5 per person will be requested.

Unfortunately, due to the present restrictions the lectures for April and May had to be cancelled and no further lectures were booked through the summer months.

The next Lecture Season 2020/2021 is programmed to start on Tuesday 13th October but at present cannot be guaranteed.

Online lectures plus other points of interest from the World of Art are available to everyone, at

For any further information please contact us at –


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Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society online exhibition.


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Torridge District Council – phased reopening of facilities.

Torridge Council have announced the reopening of some of the facilities it owns or operates in response to changes in Government guidance and directives issued over last weekend.

Officers and Councillors have been reviewing which facilities can be safely reopened, how these would be manned and operated and what guidance needs to be given to ensure their safe use. As a result some facilities such as public toilets will only be opened where risk can be managed and an acceptable level of safe operation envisaged. So while individual cubicles and disabled person facilities will be unlocked communal facilities will remain closed as the risk of infection spreading through user proximity is too high.

A major change will be the reopening of the vehicular gates to Northam Burrows Country Park giving wider access to the burrows and the beach at Westward Ho! This follows the Governments announcements allowing people to travel further and more often for recreation and exercise. Coinciding with this the Council will be reintroducing the enforcement of dog restrictions on the beach so that all types of users can enjoy the beach together and also to ensure Blue Flag status for the beach is maintained.

The consideration by Councillors acknowledged that the reopening of some of the facilities, such as Northam Burrows, would be contrary to what some residents might wish to see at the moment. However Councillors felt that they needed to balance this against the benefits on residents health and wellbeing in taking action and also that a considered move to support the governments plan to return things to normal in a phased and controlled way was appropriate.

In summary the changes announced include the following:

Northam Burrows – Vehicular gates will reopen from Friday 15th May, with the exception of Westward Ho! gate, which will remain closed due to damage to the road surface that occurred during the winter. While the road leading from the gate is being resurfaced there will be limited parking available. The Council would ask visitors to bear this in mind and leave adequate space for social distancing when parking cars. A resumption of charging for entry will commence following staff recruitment to support gate control, activities and advising public on the safe use of facilities.

Westward Ho! Beach – Dog restrictions and enforcement will apply from Monday 18th May. RNLI Lifeguard cover will not be available from the reopening of the Burrows access points and the Council is advising users to carefully check and be mindful of tide information and conditions before entering the water.

Car Parks – Wilkeys Field car park Westward Ho! and Bucks Mill car park to reopen from Friday 15th May. Enforcement of car parking charges in coastal car parks (Westward Ho!, Appledore) will be reinstated from Monday 18th May to ensure acceptable and fair use. Enforcement in all other car parks to recommence from 1st June in line with Government plans and directives on a phased return to work and gradual reopening of businesses.

Public Conveniences – Individual cubicles and disabled person facilities will be reopened from Saturday 23rd May but communal blocks will remain closed due to the higher risk of proximity and the spreading of COVID-19 virus. The disabled people cubicles will be made available for everyone to use.

Facilities that will reopen on 23rd as below(all genders unless otherwise stated):

Bideford – Bideford Quay and Victoria Park disabled people cubicles.

Appledore – Churchfield disabled people cubicles.

Holsworthy – Bus stop disabled people cubicles.

Bradworthy – The Square disabled people cubicles.

Hartland – North Street two separate blocks and male urinal.

Torrington – South Street and Commons disabled people cubicles.

Westward Ho! – Slipway and Northam Burrows disabled people cubicles, Putting Green all individual cubicles. The Council also announced that Skate Parks and other enclosed play-grounds in parks and elsewhere would remain closed for the time being. This aspect will be kept under review in line with the Government’s guidance on safeguarding public play areas, which remains unchanged for the moment.

Councillor Ken James, Leader of Torridge District Council, said: “We received the information about the lifting of certain restrictions by the Government at the same time as the general public over last weekend. So in the last few days we have been working hard to see how we can comply with the new guidance while continuing to safeguard our residents and also our operational staff. We are thankful that due to the sacrifices of local businesses and residents we have seen a relatively low infection rate in our area. So we are emphasising that this is not a green light for holiday makers to return en masse and we would ask everyone that does visit or for local residents using facilities to continue to follow all the government guidelines that remain in place regarding social distancing and hygiene routines. If we all act sensibly and with thought for others we will hopefully continue to make progress towards a return to normal life.”

Steve Hearse, Interim Head of Paid Service, said: “We are satisfied that our approach to reopening facilities is measured, and has been carefully thought out. As a result we hope to have minimised any risks as far as possible and issued guidance on how facilities should be used in the short-term to include such things as the ongoing need to maintain social distancing. As before and since the crisis began the success or failure of any changes implemented will depend on the public’s help and cooperation. The community spirit and actions in Torridge have been outstanding up until now and so we very much hope this continues as we try, with the rest of the country, to edge towards to a more normal way of operating.”


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Shipping notes No. 181 (April).

Bideford Quay.

Noticed on my computer on the 1st April the Oldenburg was sailing towards Sharpness. I spoke to the Lundy Office, and they informed me that as passenger services to the island were suspended due to the Coronavirus they took the opportunity for the vessel to undertake further maintenance work, and expected her to be at Sharpness for a few weeks. She left Sharpness on the 27th to return to Bideford.


No further news regarding reopening shipyard.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping movements.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/4 at 14.20 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway outward bound from Portbury (having sailed at 09.30). At 19.23 cargo vessel Bramau, 3,704 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann German, outward bound from Birdport having sailed 12.59.

2/4 at 08.00 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Paxton Maritima SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 18.55 4th, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.59). At 1653 vehicle carrier Rigel Leader, 18,884 tons d.w., owners Lucia Navigation SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.15. At 17.08 cargo vessel Wilson Algeciras, 3,584 tons d.w., owners Wilson A/s, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 10.25 4th outward bound, having sailed at 04.10). At 18.25 vehicle carrier Dignity Ace, 20,589 tons d.w., owners Dignity Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.30.

3/4 at 11.15 cargo vessel Celtica Hav, 1,720 tons d.w., owners Hav Shipmanagment Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 02.18. At 16.35 cargo vessel Arklow Rival, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Avonmouth.

4/4 at 09.03 cargo vessel Spanaco Fidelity, 4,192 tons d.w., owners Spanaco Four Ltd Malta, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.03 vehicle carrier RCC Tianjin, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Tianjin Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 19.43 4th having sailed from Portbury at 16.46).

8/4 at 14.00 cargo vessel Sarah-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie -B Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport.

10/4 at 11.00 cargo vessel Amuesa, 5,045 tons d.w., owners Navinorte SA Spain, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.40 cargo vessel Wilson Flushing, 4,321 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

13/4 at 06.42 cargo vessel Fehn Caledonia, 2,589 tons d.w., owners Fehn Caledonia Germany, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again 1615 17th having sailed at 22.08 14th). At 10.40 cargo vessel Amber Trader, 5,727 tons d.w., owners Canqber Management Ltd Portugal, inward bound for Swansea. At 11.14 supply vessel Seazip Fix, 325 tons d.w., owners Idefix Danmark APS Netherlands, inward bound for Hinkley Point Power Station. (Seen again at 1706 18th outward bound from Hinkley, having sailed at 14.30 ). At 11.10 cargo vessel Pregol Hav, 2,291 tons d.w., owners Hav Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 12.25 suction dredger UKD Bluefin, 5,500 tons d.w., owners UK Dredging Management Cardiff, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 05.02.

14/4 at 14.34 vehicle carrier Pleiades Leader, 21,462 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.35 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners European Car Carriers Ltd Norway, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 06.22.

15/4 at 0630 cargo vessel RMS Laar, 2,304 tons d.w., owners Rhein Maas-und See-Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.11. At 06.52 hrs cargo vessel Leine, 2,928 tons d.w., owners Roland Ship Administration, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 23.19 14th. At 15.43 bulk carrier Aastvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 12.13.

16/4 at 05.52 cargo vessel Pride, 2,981 tons d.w., owners Briese Chartering Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.33. At 11.36 cargo vessel Muhlenau, 3,670 tons d.w., owners Redderei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 11.51 15th. At 20.12 vehicle carrier Porgy, 18,009 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.15 cargo vessel Longdijk, 6,359 tons d.w., owners Longdijk Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 14.53.

17/4 at 18.06 vehicle carrier Don Quijote, 28,144 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

18/4 at 17.08 cargo vessel Sea Harmony, 2,900 tons d.w., owners Saturn Shipping Ltd Market Rasen, inward bound for Newport.

20/4 at 09.12 tanker Anuket Ruby, 7,279 tons d.w., owners Combe 111 Ltd Glasgow, inward bound for Cardiff. At 11.42 tanker Stolt Fulmar, 5,498 tons d.w., owners Sea 137 Leasing Co Ltd Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 07.34.

22/4 at 05.35 cargo vessel Lianne, 3,075 tons d.w., owners Scheepvaartbedrijf Van Dam Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 19.41 21st. At 17.45 cargo vessel Meike-B, 4,143 tons d.w., owners Shuya Marine Ltd Ukraine, inward bound for Newport.

23/4 at 15.25 cargo vessel Antwerp, 3,600 tons d.w., owners Sibet Attena Vertoom-Bojen Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 08.01.

26/4 at 11.50 vehicle carrier Serenity Ace, 21,004 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Ltd Israel, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.45 cargo vessel Feed Rogaland, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk A/S Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 07.43 22nd.

27/4 at 12.50 cargo vessel Celtic Venture, 5,005 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Shipping Cardiff, inward bound for Swansea.

30/4 at 06.17 vehicle carrier Autosky, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 06.17 cargo vessel Isidor, 4,273 tons d.w. owners Smythe Shipping Inc Denmark, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 22.11 29th. At 17.00 cargo vessel Wilson Limerick, 3,812 tons d.w., owners Bremen Rhenus Schiffinvest Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 10.04.



During the last month since my last issue life has changed completely; the number of vehicle carriers heading for Portbury has slackened as the car dealerships having closed down and I would think that Portbury is now fairly full (100,000 capacity max). Strange things have happened to these vessels – one, the Mediterranean Highway has been anchored off Swansea for nearly three weeks, and the Columbia Highway has been anchored off the North Cornwall Coast with nowhere to go. Also a lot of cruise ships are laid up in Dover,Tilbury and the Firth of Forth. The Allure of the Seas has visited the Celtic Sea on quite a few occasions.


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Devon Libraries during lockdown.

Although our buildings are all closed, Devon Library services are still available online. We have thousands of e-books and e-audio books to borrow and a large range of popular magazines to download. Our Facebook page is very active with streamed Story Times and sing-a-long Bounce and Rhyme Sessions, Lego Club, Book Talk, Quizzes and a host of other things. There are online reference resources including the Ancestry website for family historians. This is free to use and normally only available in libraries but now accessible at home for a limited time. Many of our services do require library membership but this too can be obtained online. Please share this information with your family and friends.

Useful links:


E-books, audio books and magazines (apps required):

Online reference including Ancestry: https://www.devonlibraries.orguk/web/arena/referenceonline


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Shipping notes No. 180 (March).

Bideford Quay.

The Oldenburg has done a couple of cargo runs prior to her normal season. However, like everybody else, sailing will be affected by the corona virus and will not being taking passengers to Lundy.


From an unofficial source I understand that the yard has got the funding to reopen the yard. No offical news from Mr Cox.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/3 at 13.48 bulk carrier Berge Stanley, 184,000 tons d.w., owners Berge Bulk Ltd Bermuda, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 09.21. At 14.35 cargo vessel Rix Flevo, 4,515 tons d.w., owners Rix-F Shipping Latvia, inward bound for Newport. At 15.23 vehicle carrier Autopride, 4,442 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.00.

2/3 at 17.35 cargo vessel Wilson Belfast, 3,516 tons d.w., owners Wilson A/S Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 11.11.

3/3 at 06.36 vehicle carrier Swift Ace, 18,865 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carriers Express Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

6/3 at 06.37 bitumen tanker Iver Brilliant, 6,239 tons d.w., owners Vroon B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 07.45 cargo vessel Fluvius Teign, 3,680 tons d.w., owners Fluvius Teign Ltd Netherlands, outward bound from Newport have sailed at 01.30.

7/3 at 07.25 vehicle carrier Aniara, 30,089 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward from Portbury having sailed at 01.21. At 12.55 hrs vehicle carrier Demeter Leader, 20,089 tons d.w., owners Toko Unyu Co Ltd Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.45.

8/3 at 11.17 vehicle carrier Autopride, 4,442 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.25 cargo vessel Nina, 5,751 tons d.w., owners Nina Hermann Lohmann Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 04.55. At 12.15 ro-ro vessel Fleet Star, 7,331 tons d.w., owners N.B Shipping Co Ltd Russia, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 06.24.

9/3 at 07.27 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Aires Del Mar Compania SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

12/3 at 07.16 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

13/3 at 16.20 cargo vessel Wilson Calais, 4,450 tons d.w., owners Caiano Ship A/S Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 10.49.

14/3 at 06.20 cargo vessel HC Natalia, 7,567 tons d.w., owners Natalia Schiffahrts GMBH & Co Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 07.30 cargo vessel Dolfijn, 2,450 tons d.w., owners Dolfijn Shipping Ltd Russia, inward bound for Newport.

15/3 at 09.25 bulk carrier May, 78,802 tons d.w., owners Alvero Navigation Co Greece, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 14.55 cargo vessel Sarah B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie-B Schiffaharts GMBH Germany, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 10.46. At 16.17 vehicle carrier Titus, 23,889 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.05 vehicle carrier Autopride, 4,442 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 18.26 16th having sailed from Portbury at 13.41.

16/3 at 06.27 vehicle carrier Viking Amber, 12,471 tons d.w. owners Gcc Cue Shipowning Pte Ltd Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.12.

21/3 at 07.35 vehicle carrier Monza, 12,304 tons d.w., owners Monza GMBH Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 0219. At 0745 cargo vessel Sed Trio, owners Tunch Shipping Corp Turkey, inward bound for Cardiff . At 11.27 vehicle carrier Taipan, 21,021 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.07 cargo vessel Bon Vivant, 2,510 tons d.w., owners m.v. Bon Vivant SIA Latvia, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.47. At 15.05 cruise ship Marco Polo, 22,080 gross tons, owners Story Cruise Ltd Greece, inward bound for Avonmouth. Unfortunately because of the Coronavirus she will be laid up until the outbreak is cleared up.

22/3 at 07.17 cargo vessel Rebecca Hamman, 2,422 tons d.w., owners Hammann & Prahm Reederei Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 07.30 bulk carrier Aasheim, 5,826 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At hrs 08.19 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 04.55. At 10.00 hrs ro-ro vessel Ville de Bordeaux, 5,291 tons d.w., owners LD Seaplane SAS France, inward bound for Portbury. (This vessel had passed inward about 04.30 but had been cruising around waiting to go up to Portbury).

23/3 at 05.15 cargo vessel Verena, 3,594 tons d.w., owners Verena Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.03 cargo vessel Geert K, 3,400 tons d.w., owners Rufina Beheer B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 05.38. At 11.38 tanker Great Portobello, 6,996 tons d.w., owners Helmer Business Inc British Virgin Islands, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 06.49. At 11.50 cargo vessel Fehn Pollux, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Ems Chartering GMBH Germany, inward bound for Cardiff. At 12.50 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 08.29.

24/3 at 09.20 cargo vessel Nordic Erika, 3,784 tons d.w., owners Nordic Erika B.V Finland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 13.17 bulk carrier Jade 1, 25,012 tons d.w., owners Koumasi Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Newport.

25/3 at 1600 cargo vessel Feed Helgeland, 4,934 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Sharpness.

27/3 at 13.03 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury.

28/3 at 11.40 vehicle carrier Ivory Arrow, 21,300 tons d.w., owners Ivory Maritime Ltd IOM, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.10 cargo vessel Feed Rogaland, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk As Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 13.30 fruit juice tanker Orange Wave, 16,700 tons d.w., owners Atlanship S.A Switzerland, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 08.28.

29/3 at 13.50 vehicle carrier Canadian Highway, 18,581 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.09.

30/3 at 15.29 cargo vessel Celtica Hav, 17,20 tons d.w., owners Hav Shipmanagement AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness.

31/3 at 14.45 vehicle carrier Rigel Leader, 18,884 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaiha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.




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Beaford Archive reopens to record Coronavirus.


North Devonians invited to photograph life during lockdown.

April 2020, North Devon.

For the first time in over 30 years, the Beaford Archive – home to the North Devon photographs of James Ravilious and Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins – is being reopened.

James had unrivalled access to North Devon lives, but not even he could have recorded life during lockdown,” said Mark Wallace, Beaford’s Director. “The only way we’ll do that is together – so, for the first time ever, we’re asking everyone in North Devon to add their photos to the Beaford Archive.”

The Beaford Archive contains over 100,000 images of northern Devon from 1850-1990. Over 10,000 of these are now available online at, thanks to the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Royal Photographic Society has called it “unparalleled in both quantity and quality”. It has never before been opened for general submission, but the trustees of Beaford see it as vital that the Archive records these times for future generations. As a result, this new chapter in the Archive’s history will be written by the people of North Devon.

More details on how to submit photographs and information on James Ravilious’s approach to photo selection can be found at Curated galleries featuring submitted photos will be displayed throughout the lockdown period.


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‘Pledge for Nature’.

Communities help nature across north Devon.

Some positive news in these challenging days, as the Pledge for Nature project gets off to a flying start! Since launching in January, communities across the North Devon Biosphere have pledged to plant over 2,500 trees, install over 40 bird boxes, 30 bug havens and make space for nature in more than 30 gardens!

Some examples of the brilliant pledges include: The Taw Fishing Club has put up six nest boxes for dippers and grey wagtails on the upper Taw near Coldridge, Nymet Rowland and Wembworthy. “Tom” from Dolton has pledged to plant apple, walnut, field maple and alder buckthorn trees to diversify his hedges. “Michelle” from Barnstaple pledged to plant bee-friendly shrubs in her garden.Kitty” from Northlew pledged to plant 6 – 8 trees of local fruit varieties and sourced locally to make an orchard. And the Environment Agency will be creating two wildflower areas at their Alverdiscott depot.

Mike Moser, Chair of the North Devon Biosphere Nature Improvement Group said “This is great news for north Devon’s nature – please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to get involved. Thank you to everyone who has made a pledge so far – from individuals to community groups, and schools to businesses. Let’s make something positive from these difficult times.”

We are now excited to announce the next round of seasonal activities (April to June) for you to get involved in:

Garden for Insects.

Pledge to join the Devon Wildlife Trust’s Action for Insect campaign. Can you reduce pesticide use and make your garden more wildlife friendly? Devon Wildlife Trust will be providing useful tool kits for individuals, communities and primary schools to find out what you can do to help insects.

Create a Wildflower Patch.

Use advice from the Butterfly Conservation Trust and Bumblebee Conservation Trust on how to create a wildflower patch (a seed tray on your window, a patch on your lawn or a meadow on your lane verge or farm).

Care for nature in a space near you.

Choose a lane, layby, local park, beach spot or river section and keep it free of litter. You can also help by keeping an eye out for invasive species.

Family Activity – Learn to identify wildflowers together.

Help start an early appreciation for nature- use our resources to help learn about nature with your children and let us know what you find.

Become a Citizen Scientist – see the list of projects on our website.

Make your pledges on the Pledge for Nature web site. You can still make a pledge even if it’s not an activity on this list by choosing ‘Other’ on the pledge form and tell us what action you have taken for nature.

Please spread the word by sharing pictures of completed pledges using the hashtag #PledgeforNature via:

Twitter: @PledgeforNature

Facebook: Pledge for Nature

Instagram: NorthDevonBiosphere


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Council seeks partnership with private landlords in Bideford.

Torridge District Council is calling on private landlords with properties for rent in the Bideford area to come forward to discuss long term leases for their properties. The request is part of the Council’s push to find a more ready supply of accommodation for when people find themselves temporarily homeless or in need of housing assistance.

Homelessness can occur for numerous reasons – family breakdown, sudden change in financial circumstance – and people often turn to the Council for short-term help in such circumstances. The shortage of readily available affordable accommodation across the district means that some people have to be placed into bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation for short periods, where they may lack cooking and laundry facilities.

Torridge Council is proactively seeking landlords with available properties that it can lease on a 2-4 year basis to temporarily house people. Properties must be of a good standard and low maintenance and the Council are particularly interested in larger 4-5-bedroom homes for families and 2-bedroom level access properties for people with mobility issues. In return the Council will manage the property, ensure that it is returned in the condition that it was leased and provide the landlord with a guaranteed income for the duration of the lease.

Councillor Michael Clarke, Lead Member for Homelessness and Housing Need in Torridge, said: “Anyone might find themselves in a sudden homeless situation during their lives and, while not always the case, may be in need of the Council’s help to get them back on their feet in the short-term. Having a list of readily available and suitable properties we can utilise to assist people will be of huge benefit to everyone involved. We hope landlords will rally to this call for available properties and get in touch with our officers to discuss becoming involved in this project. The upside to all of this will hopefully be to everybody’s advantage.”

Any property owners who would like to explore these proposals further are asked to contact Helen Page on 01237 428843 or email


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Shipping notes No. 179 (February).

Bideford Quay.

No commercial shipping since last issue. Oldenburg returned from her annual drydocking at Sharpness on the 27th Feb .


There has been no news, despite all the promises from Mr Cox, MP, that the yard would be reopened by December 2019. However there have been articles in the Journal and the Gazette reporting that the unions believe ‘no news’ was disturbing, and blaming the government for the lack of progress due to lack of financial guarantees. Let’s hope there is some good news soon.

Yelland Quay.

No commercial shipping since last issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/2 at 10.43 vehicle carrier Altair Leader, 18,688 tons d.w., owners TLC Hope/FK Baron Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

4/2 at 06.30 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of |taly, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 10.02 5th having sailed from Portbury at 05.30). At 10.25 cargo vessel Yvonne F, 3,783 tons d.w., owners Rufina Beheer B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.00 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.33. At 1700 cargo vessel Ashley, 2,953 tons d.w., owners Kirk Scheepvaartonderneming CV Netherlands, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 22.35 3rd.

5/2 at 14.57 cargo vessel Victoriaborg, 9,850 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Rederij BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

8/2 at 12.24 vehicle carrier Tugela, 28,837 tons d.w., Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

12/2 at 08.30 bitumen taker Bitfjord, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Bulolasteyn BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

20/2 at 07.24 vehicle carrier Monza, 12,304 tons d.w., owners Monza GMBH & Co Germany, inward bound for Portbury. At 07.24 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.40.

25/2 at 15.58 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Victory Ray Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.45.

26/2 at 07.25 ro-ro vessel World Carrier, 7,100 tons d.w., owners New Horizon Ltd Bulgaria, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 21.58 25th At 09.38 tanker Ramanda, 17,999 tons d.w., owners Alvatank Rederi AB Sweden, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.06 tanker Ramelia, 17,994 tons d.w., owners Alvatank Rederi AB Sweden, inward bound for Cardiff . At 15.58 cargo vessel Penhar, 6,500 tons d.w., owners Vertom Les mv Pen Har Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

29/6 at 13.00 cargo vessel Prudence, 6,500 tons d.w., owners Vertoom Prudence B.v. Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

I apologise for the lack of sightings, but the weather conditions have not been favourable for ship spotting due to the named storms that have been in the area for the last three weeks.



Below – photograph of the ‘Kathleen and May’ at Canning Dock, Liverpool taken by Martin Humphreys on a recent visit to Liverpool.


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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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“Down on the Farm” – short films.


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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