Bideford Buzz

Welcome to the  on-line edition of the Community Newsletter for Bideford   and adjoining towns, villages, and rural area.

‘Bideford Buzz’ is produced and distributed by a team of volunteers, with financial and practical assistance from  Bideford Bridge Trust, Devon Community Foundation, Bideford Town Council, Torridge Volunteer Resource Centre, Devon Library Services, and many others.   If you are interested in helping produce, develop, or distribute this newsletter we’ll be glad to hear from you.

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

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

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“Brexit” – what’s the best outcome? Torrington, 26th January.

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‘Aladdin’ at Holsworthy, 29th January – 10th February.

www.holsworthytheatre.co.uk

www.facebook.com/holsworthytheatre

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Exmoor Pony Centre news.

A happy New Year to you all!

We have been busy handling youngstock and finding homes for many of the ponies we take in each year. Just before Christmas two ponies, Rebus and Barney, found new homes. Rebus travelled to Dartmoor to keep a retired racehorse company and Barney joined a family in Somerset where he will be a child’s pony. Another pony, Jack, returned to us from a foster home. Jack is a lovely pony and has already found a prospective new home to go to in January. It is great to see our ponies settled in loving and caring homes.

The weather sometimes makes life a little tricky at the Pony Centre. Frequent minor flooding and branches down in the wind seem to be a weekly occurrence but the ponies are always relaxed and happy whatever the weather. And, of course, they love rolling in the snow – but at least they are still clean, whereas when they roll in the mud it’s a very different story!

When the Pony Centre was first set up, the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust generously assisted in funding a sign-written 4×4 truck. Over the past ten years, this truck has clocked up many thousands of miles collecting and delivering ponies the length and breadth of the country and by the end of last year we were left in no doubt it was reaching the end of its life. We are again extremely grateful to the Elise Pilkington Trust for donating funds towards a replacement vehicle which will enable us to continue to transport our ponies between the Centre and their new homes in comfort and safety.

New Year activities start with a ‘Pancakes and Ponies’ activity event on Tuesday 13th February 11am- 2pm with pancakes in our Green Room and all the usual pony activities including pony rides, grooming and fun trails.

A Charity Fundraiser Quiz in aid of The Moorland Mousie Trust and Exmoor Pony Centre is at the Sportsmans Inn, Sandyway on Friday 16th March at 7.30pm. If you would like to participate, please contact the Exmoor Pony Centre on 01398 323093 to book your team.

The ponies would like to thank everyone for their many kind Christmas gifts of carrots and other treats. The three foals in the photo, having a look at what Santa brought them, are Cuckoo, Pipit and Little Owl, our naming theme this year being British birds.

The Centre is currently closed for the winter and will re-open on Sunday 11th February 2018. Riding will begin in late March.

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

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Freezing.

In this age of man-made global warming it is unlikely that we will see a repetition of what occurred in Bideford in 1894-5 and 1963. Simply put, this was the freezing over of the River Torridge around the Bridge. Both of these happened during a prolonged period of extremely cold weather, but the impacts were very different.

The first, shown here in two contemporary photographs, saw headlines in the Bideford Gazette which read ‘Distress in Bideford – A relief committee formed.’ Many men worked in outdoor occupations and the long period of frost and snow saw many thrown out of work and in ‘distress’.

In response the Mayor and rector hosted a meeting to seek subscriptions to provide soup to families said to be ‘on the verge of starvation’. The Gazette reports the sums donated by the councillors present, which ranged from 52p to £5. Further money came in over the next few days – enough to open a daily Soup Kitchen at the Music Hall in Bridgeland Street, with a second kitchen opening at East-the-Water every other day and another at Old Town also operating on alternate days. In addition Messrs How & Co. announced the distribution of several tons of coal to the poor.

A week later the Gazette could report ‘From all quarters little children were converging upon the Music Hall; some carried jugs, and others swung empty cans, some were warmly clad, many, alas, were thinly clad, but all looked hungry, and there was an anxiety in the eyes of some of the little mothers as they hurried along Bridgeland Street, lest the soup should hold out until their turn came.’

Eventually some £120 was collected and spent on soup, this being enough to tide the poor over the worst effects of the cold snap.

Compare this to the freezing up of the Torridge in 1963 – shown in the photograph below. No-one was starving and no soup kitchen was required – but the Bridge Trust did employ a large group of unemployed men to break up the larger ice floes piled up against the Bridge piers in order to protect the arches from damage. Unfortunately the damage that was caused was later blamed for the collapse of the two westernmost arches five years later. This could never be proved, of course, but suffice to say it seems unlikely that the Bridge and Bidefordians will experience another cold period so extreme that the river freezes over – but we will see.

Peter Christie.

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One hundred years ago; December 1917/ January 1918.

Christmas is coming and in spite of the War, Bideford plans to celebrate the season. The Christmas Market will take place on Friday 21st December. Coles and Lee, trading from the Gazette Office, suggest that handbags make excellent presents, as do wallets, photo cases and pocket books. Prices range from 1/3d to 38/6d, (which would be about £130 today.) Mrs Karslake of London House offers picture books “for the little ones, who must be remembered” and mufflers for soldiers and sailors.

On the food front, Bideford Guardians will increase out-relief for Christmas week; adults will receive 1/6d instead of 1/- and children 1/- instead of the usual 6d. Extra Christmas fare will be provided for the residents, but due to Food Control regulations they would have to do without the usual puddings.

Farleigh’s Stores have received a “very choice” parcel of Government flour, priced at 1/4d for a 7lb bag. They also advertise tinned salmon, which at 1/2d a tin is equal in nutrition to 2/6d worth of meat. The retail price of butter is fixed at 2/4d (weight not specified) and sugar is still strictly rationed.

At Lavington Chapel’s Sale of Work, War Ration Tea will be served at 6d each. The opening ceremony will be performed by the Mayor, Councillor A R Adams.

In other news, Mr Kelly, headmaster of Langtree School, would like to set up a library and appeals for books suitable for juvenile reading. Gifts to the various local hospitals in December include some unusual items – a football, hot-water bottles, pillows with cases and brawn.

On the farming front, Army horses are now in the district and available for ploughing – the ground is very wet and tractors are struggling.

January begins with a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s new film “The Immigrant” at the Palace Cinema.

Bideford Municipal Science, Art and Technical College offers a wide range of courses for the new term including pottery, chemistry, magnetism and electricity. A class for embroidery will be opened if sufficient numbers join. Bideford Grammar School’s next term will begin on 10th January, with Edgehill following on the 15th. Mrs Frank Braund’s elocution classes recommence on 25th January at Friendship’s Hotel.

Stewart & Co. 52 & 56a Mill Street are holding a remnant sale over two days. Mr J Woolf of Barnstaple Street, who attends the Pannier Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, advertises for 1,000 rabbits, any number of new laid eggs – and moleskins. We believe the moleskins were used inside shoes to prevent blisters and also by plumbers. (Does anyone know of other uses?)

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

The Archive volunteers wish all Buzz readers a good Christmas and New Year. We look forward to helping you with your research in 2018.

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Buzz Byte – December.

This month I thought we would start with buying a new PC or Laptop – The Do’s & Don’ts.

1. Do have a clear idea of what you want the computer to do! I know this sounds silly but you’d be surprised how many people buying a new PC are still unsure what they are going to do with it! What programmes or software do you need the machine to run? Is it for business or pleasure? Are there other devices that need to be synced with it?

2. Do decide on a budget and try to stick to it.

3. Don’t just buy a computer based on price. The main differences between on-line retailers and local shops are price and service. A computer is a complicated piece of equipment, so be careful to not just buy the cheapest thing you find! Ask the question, is it such a good deal, what are the return/repair costs if it goes wrong and how long will I be without the machine? Does the company have a good track record for customer service? Did you get recommended by a friend or family member? If you have limited knowledge of computing then saving a few pounds buying on-line may come back to haunt you if they have little or no support! As with everything in life, you get what you pay for.

4. Don’t be baffled into buying things you don’t need! Some sales staff work on commission and will try and sell extras you may never use. If you don’t know what it does, just simply ask, and say no if you don’t want it. Don’t be baffled by computer jargon.

5. Don’t get caught out with illegal software. ALL computers bought (new or old) with Windows software require a license by law. This is normally a small rectangular sticker applied to the side of the PC, or on bottom of a laptop.

Happy Christmas Buzz readers.

Nickie Joy.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – December.

 

Many people have asked me about the different smoked versions of Clovelly Herring that are so plentiful in December. Traditionally the herring would be smoked to eat through the winter months, so I have added a very simple recipe for ‘Kippercakes’ that can be made in a batch and use for quick delicious breakfast or supper.

Here are all the types of smoked herring we sell on our stall; more info on Appledore Sustainable Fish facebook.

Kippers – Split and cold smoked Clovelly herrings, either whole on the bone or boned.

Bloaters – Cold smoked whole fish: requires short cooking time.

Bucklings – Hot smoked Clovelly herring: whole fish smoked, ready to eat.

Cold smoked cured kipper fillets; Ready to slice thinly and ready to eat.

Red Herrings: smoked whole, and in the kiln for at least a week!  Combine into a fish dish.

The simplest way to cook our Clovelly kippers is to jug them in a modern way-

Remove the kippers from the packaging and place the kippers – boned or whole in the bottom of cooking pot with a close-fitting lid.

Pour boiling water over the fish until they are totally submerged and replace the lid, thus trapping the steam.

Leave to steep for 5-15 mins, depending on size, turning over if the kippers are large – most Clovelly kippers will only require 10 mins.

Remove from hot water and pour away this water in the drain outside – to stop the fish smell in the kitchen/house.

Dress the kippers with a knob of butter, a squeeze of lemon and freshly ground pepper.

Eat with brown bread-fresh or toasted and a squeeze of more lemon – Delicious!

Mackerel or Kipper Cakes.

Serves 4

Ingredients.

455g kipper or smoked mackerel fillets, fresh or defrosted, skinned

Beaten egg. Worcestershire sauce. 170g fresh breadcrumbs, lemon.

Method.

Preheat grill.

Place fillets into a food processor or blender. Process or blend until finely flaked.

Stir in egg, dash Worcestershire sauce and breadcrumbs.

Divide mixture into 8 pieces and shaped into 5cm rounds. Chill for 10-15 minutes.

Cook under low grill for 8-10 minutes, turning once.

Garnish with lemon and serve with salad and tomato and onion relish.

Excellent breakfast dish ; recipe from ‘Seafood Kitchen’.

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Bideford Cinema, January.

Friday 19 and Saturday 20 January at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Star Wars: The Last Jedi (ctba).

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

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January diary.

Tuesday 16th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

11.45am-12.45pm Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club at Baptist Church Hall.

2.30pm Lift Off for Ladies at Baptist Ch., W.Ho! Speakers & cuppa 425471

7-9pm Torridge Tuesdays Women’s Club, Ethelwynne Brown Close 1 07977184897

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

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

Wednesday 17th

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

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

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

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817 976053

1.30-3.30pm ‘Knit & Natter’ Group at Holy Trinity hall, Westward Ho! 475720

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

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

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

7.30pm Bideford Phoenix Morris meet at Bideford Baptist Church. 473798

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

Thursday 18th

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

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

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum at Northam Methodist Hall. 459324

11am Bideford Sustainability Group Coffee Morning at The Old Custom House café. 475375

1-2.30pm Fish & Chip Club for over 60s at Royal Plaice, Appledore. 471394

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

2.15pm Thursday Fellowship at Northam Methodist Hall. 421956

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

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 19th

10am-12pm Northam Reminiscence café at Northam Hall. 459337

10am-12pm Families for Children Adoption Agency meeting at Garden Flat, Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh.

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

2pm Devonshire Assn at Burton Art Gallery – Torrington area in 19thC.

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

7pm Torridge Ramblers AGM at Alwington Village Hall. 429080

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Sunday 21st

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 01805 625485

Monday 22nd

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

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

Tuesday 23rd

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pm Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club at Baptist Church Hall.

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

Wednesday 24th

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

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 25th

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

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

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum at Northam Methodist Hall. 459324

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

2.15pm Thursday Fellowship at Northam Methodist Hall. 421956

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

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 26th

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

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

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre. 477932

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

8pm Ceilidh Club,Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 27th

10- 12 Northam Library Lego club.

11 am – 2pm at Appledore Lifeboat Station; RNLI SOS DAY. Sample our Sausages and Shortbread, and Sing Sea Shanties. All welcome.

Monday 29th

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

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

7pm Appledore Band rehearse at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore 473723

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 30th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pm Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club at Baptist Church Hall.

2.30pm Lift Off for Ladies at Baptist Ch., W.Ho! Speakers & cuppa. 425471

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearse at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

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

Wednesday 31st

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

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

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

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817 976053

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

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

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

7.30pm Bideford Phoenix Morris meet at Bideford Baptist Church. 473798

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

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Shipping notes No. 152 (October/ November).

Shipping at Bideford.

Oldenburg was due to sail from Bideford 14th November for drydocking at Sharpness, but it has been delayed due to faulty lock gates at Sharpness.

Shipping at Appledore.

The launch of the LE George Bernard Shaw is due to take place in the Spring of 2018.

Bristol Channel Observations.

11/10 at 19.00 cargo vessel Notos, 8,049 tons d.w, owners Sykron GMBH Co K.G Germany, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 11.53.

12/10 at 05.48 cruise ship Marco Polo, 22,080 gross tons, owners Cruise and Maritime Voyages UK, inward bound for Avonmouth (Although still dark all cruise ships have their deck lights on during the night and as she was the only passenger ship in the area was easy to identify via Marine Traffic AIS system). At 18.29 container vessel MSC Sophie, 43,600 tons, owners Navigio Co SA Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.16.

13/10 at 18.04 vehicle carrier Bosphorus Highway, 18,792 tons d.w, owners Kawasaki Kisen KK Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.12.

17/10 at 10.45 cargo vessel Arklow Bank, 8,565 tons d.w., owners Glenthorn Shipping Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 06.35. At 13.06 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kiasha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.31. At 13.24. container vessel Vega Philipp, 10,750 tons d.w., owners Vega Philipp Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 08.42. At 13.27 tanker Eken, 13,072 tons d.w., owners Turus Shipping Ltd Sweden. having sailed from Avonmouth at 07.31.

20/10 at 11.36 vehicle carrier Jasper Arrow, 12,105 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

25/10 at 16.14 cargo ship H & S Fairness. 2,980 tons d.w., owners Biesborch Shipping Netherlands. outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 10.21. At 17.42 vehicle carrier Leo Leader, 22,733 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.47.

26/10 at 08.30 tanker Oramalia, 6863 tons d.w., owners Malia Shipping B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 02.45.

27/10 at 07.50 bulk carrier Nimertis, 28,396 tons d.w., owners Iris Shipping and Trading Co Greece, inward bound for Newport. ( Seen again 4/11 having sailed from Newport at 05.46.) At 08.49 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

28/10 at 17.57 vehicle carrier Global Highway, 20,685 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

29/10 at 07.43 tanker Stolt Greenshank, 4,350 tons d.w., owners Stolt Tankers BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. At 08.29 cargo vessel Swedica Hav, 2,276 tons d.w., owners Hav Ship Management AS Norway, outward bound from Birdport, having sailed at 01.04.

31/10 at 19.55 the cruise ship Marco Polo, 22,080 gross tons, owners Cruise and Maritime Voyages UK, inward bound for Avonmouth.

1/11 at 10.23 vehicle carrier Theben, 23,786 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

2/11 at 07.16 cargo vessel Wilson Dunkirk, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Wilson SA Norway, inward bound for Birdport. At the same time the tanker Ek Star, 13,780 tons d.w., owners Turus Shipping Ltd Sweden, inward bound for Avonmouth. ( Seen again 4/11 at 09.47, having sailed from Avonmouth at 04.41.

4/11 at 09.21 Jinsei Maru, 17,914 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 04.50. At 09.56 tanker Stolt Cormorant, 5,498 tons d.w, owners Stolt Tankers BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

6/11 at 07.31 cargo vessel Fri Kvam, 4,909 tons d.w., owners Fri Kvam AS Norway, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again outward bound 9th at 16.47, having sailed at 10.53.) At 07.55 hrs bulk carrier Kai Xuan, 51,599 tons d.w, owners Hai Kuo Shipping 1355 Ltd Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.26 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on 7/11 at 13.45, having sailed from Portbury at 11.28.) At.10.31 cargo vessel Scot Mariner, 3,300 tons d.w., owners Scotline UK, inward bound for Newport.

8/11 at 12.59 container ship MSC Sophie, 43,600 tons d.w., owners Sophie Naviera Co SA Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.36.

10/11 at 08.40 cargo vessel Voornedijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Voornedijk B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness.

Any readers travelling on the A39 between 6th and 10 November towards Bude may have seen the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth on her sea trials ; at the time of going to press I am not sure how long the Navy will keep her in the area, but she appeared to have gone 15th November. Quite a few pieces of the vessel were constructed at Appledore, including the bulbous bow.

Below are screenshots of her position at 11.44 9th November and her track prior to that time.

As this is the last shipping page of the year I would like to take the opportunity to wish all readers a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Norman. 01271 861183

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Bideford’s ‘prefabs’.

During the Second World War huge numbers of houses were destroyed by enemy action, and as early as 1944 Winston Churchill announced an EFM (Emergency Factory Made) housing programme. In 1945 the new prime minister Clement Atlee began implementing the scheme and within six years some one million new ‘prefabs’, as they came to be known, had been built – and I lived in one as a child.

In Bideford some fifty were built at Bowden Green and named the Grenville estate. The rapidly assembled, prefabricated houses were simple but perfectly acceptable constructions and, unusually for the time, were ‘all electric’ with luxurious touches like fridges being available. The first was opened in April 1946 by the Mayor W.H.Chubb, who was accompanied by councillors and some of the first tenants. All this was reported in the Gazette along with some photographs as shown here.

The buildings were only designed for a 10 year life span but residents grew to love them so much they didn’t want to leave and it wasn’t until July 1964 that the town council decided to demolish them. This move immediately led to protests from the prefab dwellers – as shown in the attached cutting from the Gazette.

The tenants lost the battle, however, and their houses were removed and replaced by 3-storey blocks of flats – which in their time have now been demolished and replaced by new accommodation! Nothing ever stands still, but one has to wonder if the concept of ‘prefabs’ should be revisited to help tackle the nation’s current housing shortage?

Peter Christie.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – November.

Here is a Devon version of ‘Stargazey pasties’ made with Clovelly herrings.

Devonshire Stargazey Pasty.

Ingredients.

450g puff pastry.

225g potato (cubed).

4/6 Herrings – filleted and sliced. rashers of bacon. 1 onion. 50g butter . 1 tbsp. chives – chopped. 1 tbsp. parsley, chopped. 275g clotted cream. Milk or egg for glazing.

Method.

Boil the potatoes for about 15mins.

Grill the bacon until the edges start browning, also slice and fry the onions in light oil until they are softened.

Chop up the cooked bacon and add to a bowl with the cooked diced potato, sliced herring fillets, chopped herbs and the softened onions and mix together.

On a floured surface roll out the puff pastry thinly and then cut rounds out to fit size 7inch/18cm side plates.

Fill the centre of each round with mixture on one half (be careful not to overfill). Add a spoonful of clotted cream on top.

Dampen the edges of the pasty with milk, fold and crimp the edges together carefully so that everything is sealed in.

Glaze with beaten egg and milk mixed, or just milk, and place on a non- stick baking tray.

Bake in the oven at 180C /gas mark 4 for 30 mins. until pastry is a golden brown.

Serve with seasonal vegetables or salad or take out with you on a walk or picnic.

Delicious with tomato chutney!

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One hundred years ago – November 1917.

Children from Bideford schools have collected approximately two tons of horse chestnuts, which will save a ton of cereals in munitions work.

North Devon Appeals Courts: Many columns in every edition are given to reporting the proceedings of employers appealing about their staff being taken to go to war. Farmers are protesting that on one hand they are being asked to increase food production, yet threshing is not being done because engine drivers and the labourers are being conscripted. Another farm instance this month is William Cole (18) of Bucks Cross who works with his father, Edward, breeding and training farm horses. They have 4 agricultural horses and 9 colts to be trained and this cannot be done alone. His appeal was allowed.

At Parkham the continuous showery weather has allowed very little ploughing to be done but an experiment at Melbury using a tractor saw the land turned and cultivated with some success. However rabbits ate everything that sprouted, but continued trapping saw the problem diminished, the crop grew, and now sheep can be seen feeding.

R Dymond & Co is offering for sale: A detached villa formerly called ‘The Ferns’ but now known as ‘Straiton’ at Buckleigh; 2, Nelson Terrace, Westward Ho! house and shop, & ‘East Glen’, Orchard Hill, Northam.

Another agent is advertising: A two-stall stable and Coach House, Torridge Street Bideford, 1 Torridge Street, 33 & 34 Torrington Lane, 35 Clifton Street, (a corner dwelling) & 35 Torrington Lane, which has a large frontage and has been re-roofed.

The Governors of Edgehill College have purchased ‘Kiltrasna’, a large residence with 15 acres high up North Down Road. It will become a hostel for the increasing number of students attending the college.

An alarming accident occurred in Bideford later in the month. The Hartland to Bideford Brake pulled by 2 horses was descending Grenville Street and as it turned down into the High Street the shaft connecting the horses to the coach broke, causing the coach to run into the horses. They started off and the entire assemblage careered down the street, narrowly missing several shoppers. The driver, with considerable skill turned the horses around the National Provincial Bank corner onto the Quay towards the Kingsley statue whereupon the coach rolled over onto its side. The horses were unharmed and the driver proceeded to extricate six passengers from the wrecked coach.

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

The Archive’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 20th November 2017 commencing at 7.15pm in the Council Chamber, Northam Town Council, 1 Windmill Lane, Northam. The Mayor of Bideford will preside. If you would like to consider joining the Archive’s Committee please email secretary@bideford.org.uk. There are numerous posts to be filled including Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.

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Buzz Byte – November.

The term “Computing” actually originates from the ancient past, when it was used as a job description to describe those, mostly women, who were required to perform repetitive calculations for the production of things such as navigational charts or astrology tables. The term was also used to describe other forms of primitive counting or measuring devices from a simple abacus to an elaborately detailed mechanical machine with buttons and levers.

Since the beginning of the ‘modern’ computer era the computers have continued to get quicker and smaller. You would need a wheelbarrow to transport your first PC round, now you can carry it around under your arm!

The first electrical computer was built way back in 1936 by Konrad Zuse, a German construction engineer. He was the pioneer of the freely programmable computer. This system would have taken up the majority of your living room unlike the laptops of today which you can keep hidden away in a cupboard!

There was a steady increase in the technological advancements and competitors over the next 18 years but it wasn’t until 1953 that the first of the ‘big boys,’ that are still industry leaders today, enters into the chronicles of computing history – IBM had been created, the International Business Machine company started life producing punch card machines for employers in 1911. Computing was aimed at business users with the banking industry joining in 1959. It wouldn’t be long before the platform was recognised as a way to provide the young generation with entertainment. Computing celebrated its next major milestone in 1962 when the first multi-player computer game was invented. It was called Spacewar! and was created by Steve Russell & Co. It is a two-player game where you fire photon torpedoes at each other, a revolutionary breakthrough at the time!!!

For the next decade, the industry continued to produce new additions that we take as standard in today’s market – the mouse came in 1964, followed by processors and networking and then the floppy disc (now almost extinct itself) in 1971. It was in 1975 that the first computer specifically designed for the home user went on sale. 1977 saw Apple and Commodore come onto the scene and dominate the industry for nearly a decade.

Though Apple had been in computer production since the 70’s it wasn’t until 1985 that the on-going battle of Windows Vs Apple started. Apple launched the Apple Mac in ’84 but in November ’85 Microsoft arrived on the scene with the newly released Microsoft Windows. Each released better, faster and smarter machines and even today there is a divide between Mac/Windows users.

The first travel into cyber space was in 1969 by ARPAnet and was dubbed the ‘original internet’. The World Wide Web (www) was launched in 1990 after 10 years of development by Tim Berners-Lee and a team at CERN. It wasn’t until the dot-com boom in 1999 that the internet developed into the integral part of society that it has become today.

Nickie Baglow (Complete Computing.)

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Shipping notes No. 151 (September/ October).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Nataly – (ex- Blue Dragon, 2016); built 2007; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Polish & Ukrainian; from Glensanda to Rotterdam; (arrived 12/9), berthed 18/9, sailed 19/9; discharged 3,500 tons chippings.

This ship arrived on the 12th on the last of the spring tides and was unable to berth, having been delay by bad weather in the Irish Sea; she went over to Lundy to shelter to await the spring tides.

 

In port – Bideford Quay.

Celtic Crusader – (ex- Scorpion, 2009; Lamego, ’13); built 1994; flag Cardiff; owners British; crew Polish, Russian & Ukrainian; from Brombrough to Castellon; arrived 2/10, sailed 4/10; loaded 2,745 tons ball clay.

 

Shipping at Appledore.

Arco Dart, 21/9.

Bristol Channel observations.

11/9 at 17.53 vehicle carrier Grande Benin, 26,000 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 13.32.

13/9 at 08.16 vehicle carrier Lake Kivu, 12,322 tons d.w., owners Lombard Corporate Dec 3 UK, inward bound for Portbury.

16/9 at 08.16 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.30 vehicle carrier Thalatta, 23,876 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from from Portbury having sailed at 15.22.

17/9 at 11.00 fruit juice tanker Orange Wave, 16,700 tons d.w., owners Atlanship SA Switzterland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 14.30 cargo vessel Ulus Stream, 3,675 tons d.w., owners Ulusmarine Co.Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 05.32. At 15.30 bulk carrier Chang Hua, 53,000 tons d.w., owners Wellway Shipping Ltd China, inward bound for Newport .

18/9 at 09.30 bulk carrier Aasnes, 7,182 tons d.w., owners Aasnen Shipping Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 06.07. At 09.38 container vessel MSC Rossetta, 43,605 tons d.w., outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.59. At 18.16 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury.

19/9 at 14.35 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anjja 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury.

20/9 at 19.45 bulk carrier Scandinavian Express, 93,038 tons d.w., owners Vroon B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury.

22/9 at 09.11 bulk carrier , City of Dubrovnic, 73,000 tons d.w., owners Bandwidth Shipping Corp Croatia, inward bound for Portbury.

23/9 at 19.30 dredger Arco Dee, 1,812 tons d.w., owners Hanson Aggregate Marine UK, outward bound from Avonmouth (having sailed on 22nd at 21.35). Returning to her normal dredging area off the South Coast near Littlehampton.

25.9 at 11.07 vehicle carrier Aniara, 30,089 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.13 bulk carrier Giorgos B, 35,315 tons d.w., owners Giorgos B Maritime Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 18.30 cargo vessel Evert Prahm , inward bound for Avonmouth.

26/9 at 16.05 vehicle carrier Metis Leader ,19,013 tons d.w., owners Cypress Maritime/Koyo Shosen Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.33.

28/9 at 11.00 cargo vessel Celine, 12,959 tons d.w., owners Celine @ UG Haftungbejchrankt Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

29/9 at 17.00 cargo vessel CFL Promise, 6,500 tons d.w., owners CFL Promise 11 Beheer BBV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.40 vehicle carrier Thalatta, 23,786 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.49.

1/10 at 0.45 cargo vessel Reggedijk, 4,890 tons d.w., owners Reggedijjk 11 BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 09.13 vehicle carrier CSCC Shanghai, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

2/10 at 08.58 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

3/10 at 11.35 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

4/10 at 13.23 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168tons d.w., owners J.R. Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.51. At 13.40 vehicle carrier Touragas, 14,512 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

5/10 at 1.37 bulk carrier Sensei, 21,955 tons d.w., owners Diockos Maritime SA Greece, inward bound for Newport.

6/10 at 10.08 cargo vessel Wilson Limerick, 3,812 tons d.w., owners Bremen Rhenus Schiffivest Germany, inward bound for Birdport. At 13.30 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.30 bulk carrier Matsu Arrow , 59,775 tons d.w., owners Gearbulk Shipowning Ltd Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.17.

7/10 at 18.15 tanker Selini, 74,000 tons d.w., owners Payton Shipping Corp Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards

Norman.

 

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