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.

Please note that for commercial notices there is a charge from £15 per month – cheques payable to ‘Bideford Buzz’.

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 15th of the month preceding the month of publication.

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

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Bowel Cancer Support Group.


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Changes to North Devon MCZs.

Biosphere suggests changes to proposed Marine Conservation Zones off the north Devon coast.

On 24th April the North Devon Biosphere’s Marine working Group submitted its response to the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs’ consultation on Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) in English waters. The two proposed MCZ’s off the Biosphere Coast are Bideford to Foreland Point and Hartland to Tintagel.

Andrew Bell who chairs the Marine Working group says “Our group which includes fishermen, recreational users, divers, scientists and conservationists suggested the approximate areas for the MCZs originally. Since then we have collected more knowledge about the important species like the honeycomb worm, pink sea fan and spiny lobster that these zones are meant to protect. We have therefore suggested some minor changes to the boundaries of the proposed MCZs. These provide more wildlife protection but also respond to fishermen’s concerns about some important fishing grounds being included in the original proposals”.

John Balls, Chair of the North Devon Fishermen’s Association who were involved in producing this consultation response explains, “Local fishermen are under a lot of pressure these days from quotas, increased landing sizes for spider crabs and other shellfish, foreign competition and other users of the sea. Despite this we have done a lot of conservation measures in the past, and are happy to work with the Biosphere reserve to secure a sustainable fish stock for the future of the North Devon fishing fleet.

The full Biosphere Marine Working Group consultation group can be found on the Biosphere’s website but can be summarised as:

Bideford to Foreland:

Agreement that the inclusion and co-location of the Energy Demonstration Area near Lynmouth was not a problem to either the MCZ or the demonstration zone.

Fully support the site being designated subject to:

An extension to the proposed MCZ area off Morte Point to better protect the harbour porpoise

A small reduction in the MCZ extent around Bideford, Westward Ho! and Saunton to protect fishing for smaller inshore boats when there were long period of easterly winds that prevented them from fishing further offshore.

An extension of the MCZ to Greencliffe to bring in an area particularly rich in biodiversity

Hartland to Tintagel:

Fully support the site being designated subject to:

A small alteration to the proposed boundary moving it about a mile further north and also further east to Chapman Rock.

Andy concludes “MCZs will protect these areas for wildlife but also protect our economy as they are nurseries for commercial fish and a mecca for divers and other tourists. I would like to thank the North Devon Fishermen’s Association, Coastwise, Ilfracombe and Appledore diving clubs and the Taw Torridge Estuary Forum who provided a large amount of data and gave so much time to this consultation to get these sites into the MCZ process in the first place. We look forward to these sites being designated to bring the total number of MCZs within the Biosphere to three. Our partnership approach will continue to be vital to identifying and agreeing appropriate management rules for them once they are in place.”


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Creative writing workshop – 29th May.


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May’s youth page.

Party all night ( Or till 12 o’clock at the absolute earliest…)

Just like Easter is the light at the end of a long tunnel of fasting for many at Lent ( though if you’re actually seeing the light, you may have had enough of those small chocolate mousse-eggs. Mousses don’t lay eggs often, but when they do it’s a magical occurrence) those in the Bideford College sixth form got one final party out the way before embarking on a laborious month of revision, in time for the exams in May.

The theme was Good .vs. Evil, which explains all the cowboys, highwaymen and Mafiosi comparing bloody bullet holes with batman villains over a Red Bull, less so the two slow-dancing bananas in the middle of the floor- but then, their saintly potassium content probably swayed them over to the “good” side- which is just as well really, because “Good” had far fewer members. Everyone there was caught up in the spirit of the thing- even the three burly doormen who must have been intensely miffed to find they weren’t the only one with that costume idea, and no one simply came “as themselves, but on an evil day.” It also wasn’t the usual case of a shifty school dance, where five people jig about a bit in the centre and everyone else watches; it was a full four hours of screeched singing, mass dancing, and lemon-flavoured smoke machines that went a little out of control from time to time; woe betide you if you were doing “oops upside your head” in front of the nozzle, but those of us in a cape or poncho could really waft around in it. Near midnight, the evening wound down, and the strange conglomeration of heroes and villains bumbled away again into the darkness.

As well as a swansong for the free time and excitement that’ll have to be put on hold for a while, in order to concentrate fully on the final set of A-levels you’ve been working towards for the past year, it was also a good opportunity to burn yourself out for a few days. Parties like this need a long recuperation time, so people won’t have energy for anything other than some maths revision, and a skim through the Russian Revolution in between naps. It seems the best way to enjoy revision is when it’s an excuse not to do anything else; more like pancake day than Easter then, as you make yourself sick before lent, so the sweet treats and the chocolate are even easier to give up for a the long spell ahead.


Last month saw the Burton Art Gallery’s exhibition of Howard Hodgkin’s ‘Green Thoughts’. All inspired by some aspect of the surrounding country-side from ‘Storm cloud’ to ‘Sundown’, the 19 limited editions on display were made using carborundum relief and hand painting. The lush, vibrant colours and vital paint strokes speak to the viewer- though mostly it’s questions like, “What kind of storm clouds does Howard Hodgkin ogle?” and “I love the nice driftwood border he’s drawn, and this coastal delight of sea and sand, but why is the moon crying in a corner?” They’re abstract pieces, but they do require a bit of thought if you want to understand their underlying meaning. Otherwise, it’s just satisfying to take a step back from the wall and blur your eyes- let them eat up the feast of texture and hues, and not really worry what the peeling amoebas/raindrops are up to. And they really are a treat to look at, because Hodgkin’s managed to blend the spontaneity of nature- overlapping lines, and unconfined drips, but also kept the raw power or energy of what he’s trying to convey- be it raging conditions out at sea, or a calm, clear sunrise over rolling rural corn fields, a sense of this is all oozing from the works.

Inspired by Andrew Marvell’s 17th century poem ‘The Garden’ if that’s what we have to thank for these 19 limited editions, then we may well become Andrew Marvell fans as a result…

Millie Sutherland O’Gara


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One hundred years ago : May 1915.

At the Annual meeting of the Bideford Workhouse Guardians it was announced that 26 meetings were held during the year and only 4 of the elected Guardians had attended all meetings. Some had only been present at 10 meetings and one person had only made one attendance. The War has had an effect on the number of tramps calling overnight, falling from 80 the previous year to 37 and the numbers of men fully employed or going off to fight has caused the casual numbers to fall from 2220 to 1548.

Over the Whitsun holidays, May 22/23rd, traffic has fallen by a half. No railway excursions were run and with over 3,000 men from North Devon off to war families stayed at home.

George Boyle, Motor Cycle and Bicycle agent of Allhalland Street and Queen Street, warns of a “dearth of bicycles” due to the scarcity of raw materials and shortages of manpower.

Recruiting at Bideford is quoted as being similar to or better than other towns. 540 men have enlisted and have gone to the Devonshire Territorials who are now garrisoned in India, or to the Devon Yeomanry who are defending the east coast against possible invasion. A recruiting march was organised around North Devon which stopped overnight in Bideford. 130 men were recruited into the 6th Battalion Devonshire Regiment but more are needed. Currently there are 370 men between the ages of 18 and 38, fit or unfit, in the town. There is reluctance to volunteer, many saying that they will “Go if conscripted but not voluntarily”. Tattersill’s, the grocers in the town, had the advertisement (as shown) during May which seemed to reflect this growing unease generated by the war.

In other news:

For Sale at Pines Lane Bideford, 16 acres of luxuriant grass and farming implements together with one Guernsey cow in full milk. Offered by the Executors of the late H Arscott JP.

The town water supply is giving concern again. Supply is dwindling and Bideford Urban District councillors are debating whether to turn off the supply overnight.

Farleigh’s Stores in High Street are selling “tempting little breakfast hams” at 7d a pound. Miss A Littlejohns of York Cottage will give lessons in the new method of “Touch” typing.

Bideford & District Community Archive, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714


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May’s “Bee’s Knees”.

These are some of your ideas of what is the ‘Bee’s Knees’ in Bideford -

Sprucing up the Oldenburg for the coming season. Nice day for it too…

Simon Allison.

New service at Bidebay is great. The lady who runs it lists items for customers on eBay and has them available in her shop. Totally takes the hassle out of selling on eBay and you have an eclectic mix of ever changing items to browse in her shop.

ClairSarah Srisaeng

Shark-ade at Bideford Pannier Market Butchers’ Row is amazing ; not only offers free play of machines all hand build, but work experience for school and college kids plus free advice on PC/laptop etc laptop and PC fixes builds and much more.

Claire May

Quay Cafe Love it there. I always feel welcome great food .

Donna Paterson

Bideford Town Band –

Nicola Ashelford

Cafe Onboard. Only discovered it today. Really friendly and totally unique Alison Campbell

In my opinion, what makes Bideford special is the panoramic view you get, when you approach it from the Torridge Bridge, coming up on the Link Road.  The journey from Tiverton onwards is, to say the least, dull, but when you get to Bideford the vista opens out, especially on a sunny day, onto a kaleidoscope of colour, and The Little White Town takes on an almost Mediterranean appearance.  The sight of the town and the quay to your right, and the woods and river to your left, right and below is breathtaking, a picture by Picasso come to life.  Of course, there is much else going on in Bideford of which we can be proud, but the beauty of the town itself is its primary asset, especially from this particular viewpoint. Chris Trigger.

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Time capsules and the Port Memorial.

Saturday April 11th saw an interesting event on the Quay when the restored Port Memorial and Ornamental Gardens were re- opened by the Mayor following refurbishment.

Councillor David Howell had also organised a ceremony with the Sea Scouts to bury a time capsule containing items from local groups and organisations within the town, (including 4 years worth of Bideford Buzz on a memory stick.) The plan is that the capsule will be excavated in 30 years time and will give a snapshot of life in Bideford in 2015.

Councillor Peter Christie described the history of the Port Memorial, which commemorates how Bideford regained its port status in 1925 after losing it in 1882. This was echoed in an historical description by the Town Crier.

A rather wonderful terracotta mural has been designed and built by ceramicist Maggie Curtis, and this now forms part of the memorial. Maggie writes ;-

‘Being asked to make commemorative plaques for a public memorial is an honour, but daunting, especially when my knowledge of the history of Bideford Port was sketchy at best. However the research was fascinating; I found out why Harry Juniper called Peter’s Marland clay “pipe clay”, why, when on holiday in Portugal in 1967 at the Cascois’ Fiesta, the prize for the Greasy pole was a salt cod, and why there are so many Americans visiting the North Devon Maritime Museum in Appledore.

I decided to show Bideford’s mercantile shipping history by depicting two illustrated trade maps. Bideford’s shipbuilding industry played a crucial part in enabling Bideford’s merchants to trade, so I researched and found named Bideford-built ships throughout the history of both Tobacco and Salt Cod  and used them to represent the development of each trade and their subsidiary cargos.’

Interestingly Bideford has two other time capsules in place. Just at the entrance to Victoria Park is the Millennium Time Capsule, buried there in 2000. Another little book, ‘Secrets of Bideford’ (available at Bideford Library) describes the burying of art works in the fabric of the Quay when the flood defence scheme was completed.

Future generations of Bidefordians will have plenty of archive material to peruse!



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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery : May.

There are two Bank Holidays in May and lots of opportunity to eat local sustainable fish and shellfish. The long days enable the fishermen to start catching more regularly and the shellfish pots are all out now, enabling a wide variety of fish to be be available.Here is a simple fish curry that is quick to make and you can eat in a bowl outside or feed a a crowd if you have visitors for the holidays.

Thai Fish Curry


2-3 tbsp red Thai curry paste.

2.5 cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped.

50g cashew nuts.

400ml can coconut milk.

3 carrots cut in batons.

1 broccoli head, cut into florets.

20g fresh coriander, roughly chopped.

2 handfuls of spinach leaves and /or ransons (wild garlic), chopped.

250g White fish skinned and cubed –Hake or Pollack is a good local choice.


1. Put curry paste into a large pan, add the ginger and nuts and stir fry over a medium heat for 2-3mins.

2. Add coconut milk, cover and bring to the boil. Stir in the carrots, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5mins. Add the broccoli florets and simmer for a further 5 mins.

3. Cut the fillets of fish into cubes, add and simmer gently until the vegetables are tender-no more than 10 mins.

4.Take off heat and stir in the coriander and lime zest into the pan with the spinach or wild garlic.Squeeze the lime juice over and serve with boiled rice and garnishwith coriander leaves -Simple!!

There are more Summer Festivals with a Fish/Water theme. The Appledore Fish Summer School group has a stall at the Northam May Fair and the Bradworthy Arts Festival. Please come and find out about the Events and buy some fish for tea!

Felicity Sylvester.


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Charity news.

Northam Lodge

This year we are holding two different boating events. Reminder to get your tickets for the MS Oldenburg Mid-Summer Cruise on Friday June 5th departing Bideford Quay 7.15 for a two hour cruise with The Alan Lewis All Stars Jazz Band – £15 pp. Bring a picnic – bar on board for ALL refreshments.

or for the more adventurous RHIB Powerboat rides ,courtesy of Skern Lodge. From Appledore Quay Sunday June 28th 12.00 – 4.30pm. Half-hour rides for 8 people @ £15 adult, children (7-16) £10. Bookings available for hire of whole boat, with discount for last 2 rides.

To find out more and to reserve a place on either boat trip please contact Annabel on 01237.477238 or


Bideford Freemasons Proudly Present



Torridge Male Voice Choir

Special Guest Tamsin Ball

and a “Last Night at the Proms” Finale Led by Appledore Silver Band

Friday July 10th 2015 @ 7.30 p.m.

Devon Hall, Bideford College

Tickets £20 In Support of N.D.D.H. Chemotherapy Appeal

The Military Wives Choir Foundation (Reg. Charity 1148302)

Devon Mark Charity Association (Mobile Chemotherapy Unit Tickets available from Bideford College Box Office Monday to Friday : 4.30 to 9pm Tel: 01237 429535 and Raphael, 50 Mill Street Bideford

Free parking available for 200 cars, Licensed Bar.


The Little  Princess Trust

Kelsey Allum  11 years  of age and an Altar Server at the Holy  Family  and Sacred Heart Roman Catholic  Churches  – Torrington  and  Bideford, on 13th April 2015,   decided to raise  funds  for The Little  Princess Trust, who provide real  hair  wigs for  boys and  girls across the  UK and  Ireland that have  sadly lost their own  hair through cancer  treatment ; she donated her  beautiful hair  for this worthy cause.   The sum  of  £400  was raised  through sponsorship and was forwarded together  with her plaited hair.

Many  thanks to  Hair Stylist   Teresa Rice-Smith for her  generous support….the  re-styling  of  Kelsey’s  hair was perfect.

Well done  Kelsey  – YOU ARE A STAR

Paul Smith, Chairman.


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‘Connections’ – Herbert Ashley Asquith.

A Ship Sails up to Bideford

A ship sails up to Bideford,

Upon a western breeze,

Mast by mast, sail over sail,

She rises from the seas,

And sights the hills of Devon

And the misty English trees.

She comes from Eastern islands,

The sun is in her hold,

She bears the fruit of Jaffa,

Dates, oranges and gold;

She brings the silk of China,

And bales of Persian dyes,

And birds with sparkling feathers

And snakes with diamond eyes.

She’s gliding in the starlight

As white as any gull,

The east is gliding with her

In the shadows of her hull.

A ship sails up to Bideford,

Upon a western breeze,

With fruits of Eastern summers

She rises from the seas,

And sights the hills of Devon

And the misty English trees.

I am a native Bidefordian, and have to confess that I only came across this poem by Herbert Ashley Asquith by accident, whilst researching something completely different.

Its author was the second son of the Liberal Prime Minister, Herbert Henry Asquith (1908-1916), with whom he was often confused, and about whom not an awful lot has been written. Born in 1881, he was nicknamed ‘Beb’ by his family. He was educated at Winchester College with his brothers, then went to Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union, and afterwards became a lawyer, novelist and poet. In 1910, he married Cynthia Charteris, who was herself a writer. He served as Captain with the Royal Artillery in France during the First World War; several of his best poems are about the soldiers who died.

He would have had plenty of opportunity to visit Bideford during his life. His father often accepted invitations by Mrs Hamlyn to house-parties held at Clovelly Court whilst he was Prime Minister. At a later date, his younger brother, Arthur, married the inheratrix to the Clovelly Court estate, (Mrs Hamlyn having died with no direct heirs), and to which he retired at the end of the war, after a distinguished war career, and where he lived until his death in 1939.

His older brother, Raymond, was sadly killed during the First World War.

Herbert Ashley died in 1947. His father, the Prime Minister, was later made the 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith.

It is a rather fine poem; (there are others to be found on the internet.) The North Devon folk group ‘Hearts of Oak’, sadly now defunct, set it to music, where it gained a regular place in their repertoire, and can still be found on YouTube.

Chris Trigger

Part of our Connections Series.


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Burton Art Gallery & Museum – May.

To follow the Howard Hodgkin and Vernon Carr Boyle exhibitions, the Gallery is pleased to offer one of the most prestigious collections of drawing in the Country. This is, in fact, the third time the Jerwood Drawing Prize has been hosted by the Burton. Now celebrating its twentieth year, the Jerwood continues to support this particular art, and all works submitted are selected by an artist, a critic and a curator. If you can come to the Gallery on the 9th May, you may join Anita Taylor, the Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize Project, and Dean of Bath School of Art and Design at Bath Spa University, for a free informal discussion on this particular exhibition and the history of the Prize itself. There are some remarkable drawings, and as always, a stimulant for students striving to achieve better skills.

The exhibition begins on 9th May and ends on 12th June.

If you would like to attend a Day Course, entitled ‘Art and Practice’, the 8th May might be of interest. If you are a Friend of the Burton, and North Devon Arts’ Member, over 60 or a student, the fee is £40, non-members of the above pay £45. Lunch and refreshments are included, and the Chairman is Eilean Eland, Chairman of NDA, and speakers include Anita Taylor, other speakers, and there will be short interactive artist workshops

The Friends are pleased to present a talk on The Bideford Bridge Trust, by its Chairman, historian Peter Christie. This takes place on Thursday 21st May, at 7.30 in the Gallery, £5 at the door.

All welcome.

There are still places on the Friends’ outing to Torre Abbey on Saturday, 6th June, leaving Bideford Pill at 8.30 a.m., returning around 6.30 p.m. Cost is £12 for the coach. Entry to the Abbey, payable on arrival, £6. Please phone 01237 471455 to book a seat on the coach.

The Gallery shop is full of delights; around every corner something unusual, funny or informative, creative or practical, for old and young, so much to choose from if you are seeking a gift or a treat for a child.

Gallery opening hours:10am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday; Sunday: 11am to 4pm. Admission Free (donations accepted). Website: to see all that the Burton has to offer.

Diana Warmington,

Friends of the Burton Gallery.


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Book news – May.

Events in Bideford Library.

For Kids:

Half Term Crafts

Tuesday 26th May 10am -12 noon

Free drop in craft session for kids.

Story time for under-fives

Every Thursday. 9:30-10:00 am (except school holidays)

With stories, musical instruments and songs.

For Adults:

Nifty Needles

Every Thursday. 2 – 4pm

For anyone who enjoys embroidery, quilting, knitting, crochet and other handcrafts.

Board Games Afternoon

Every Friday 2 – 5pm

If you enjoy games like chess, scrabble, backgammon or dominoes come and join other enthusiasts for a game.

Feel Better with a Book (please check with library to confirm the group is running each week)

Every Wednesday 10:30-12:00 am

Come and lift your mood through the joy of reading! The aim of the groups is to enable you to enjoy the pleasure and relaxation of listening to great stories and poems – classical and new – and sharing responses with others. No pressure and no reading required. The group is led by an experienced facilitator.


Mary Barton’ by Elizabeth Gaskell.

Discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

Most of us were familiar with either Victorian novels in general or the work of Mrs Gaskell in particular. Her novels,’ Cranford’, and ‘North and South’ had proved to be popular TV series. Overall the group enjoyed this story but found it unnecessarily drawn out at times and less realistic at the end than at the beginning.

Both the author’s father and husband were church ministers and this is reflected in the morality of the tale, a morality common to many Victorian novels. There was also a strong social conscience: Mrs Gaskell had worked with the poor of Manchester and her desire to accurately represent the poverty of industrial Manchester is evident.

The novel paints a dark picture of the horrendous living conditions for the industrial poor in the 1840s, with starvation and premature mortality commonplace. Mary is born into a working class family where her father becomes involved in the early trade union movement. Her beauty is noticed by Harry Carson, from a wealthy mill owning family although she has affections for Jem, a childhood friend. This causes a conflict for Mary: should she marry for wealth or for love?

The first half of the book focuses mainly on the differences between rich and poor, employer and employee. In the second half the tale becomes less political and ends on a sentimental note. One member of the group felt this ending was more like the traditional Victorian novel, concluding with a ‘feel-good’ factor (unrealistic, compared to the early part of the book?)

A mix of love story, social and political commentary and a murder mystery with a redemptive ending, this book was originally published in two volumes which might explain why the group felt the story to be over-long and in need of a ruthless editor. Nevertheless this book painted a powerful picture of industrial life in the 1840s and had a strong underlying story line despite these shortcomings. Peter Evans.

Next meeting Bideford Library Readers’ Group. Wednesday May 6th 2.00 pm.Discussing Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver.


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Bideford Film Society – May.

Friday 22 and Saturday 23rd May at 7.30pm at Kingsley School : A Little Chaos (12a), 117 min.

Saturday 23rd and Monday 25th May at 4pm at Kingsley School : The Spongebob Movie : Out of Water (U), 92 min.

Friday 29th and Saturday 30th at 5pm at Kingsley School : Blind (18), 96 min.

Tickets available at box office, or advance ticket sales (credit/ debit card) online.


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May diary.

Friday 22nd

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 23rd

9am-2pm Bideford Farmers’ Market on the Quay.

10am-4pm Craft Fair at Lavington Church.

11am-6pm Lundy Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

Sunday 24th

10am-6pm Lundy Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

Monday 25th – Bank Holiday.

10am-5pm Lundy Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

1.30pm Open Day at Victoria Park Bowling Club.

Tuesday 26th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 27th

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

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

10.30am 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. 07817976053

1-2.30pm SHoW (See Hear on Wheels) at Tesco, East-the-Water.

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

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at Royal Exchange, Torrington.

Thursday 28th

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

7pm Hartland Aikido Club for over 18s at Bucks Cross Village Hall.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 29th

10am-1pm Lundy Art Group at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. 472158

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 30th

9am-2pm Bideford Farmers’ Market on the Quay.

12-4pm Appledore Village Green Fair at Back Field.

Sunday 31st

11am Coast & Country Walkers. Barnstaple, 8 miles. 421883


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Shipping news No. 122 (March/ April 2015).

In Port – Bideford Quay.

Marley – (ex- Disburg 1995, Annleng ’96, Ardesco ’08) : built 1995 : flag Antwerp, Belgium : owners Belgian: crew Ukrainian & Russian : from Newport to Castellon : arrived 19.3, sailed 20.3 : loaded 2,730 tons ball clay.

(I understand from Capt Hoad the children of Tawstock School visited the Quay area and saw the loading ; they enjoyed the day, according to their teacher Jayne).

Trinity House vessel Mair alongside Bideford Quay 9.3 for work on their equipment on the Torridge Bridge and also at Barnstaple.

In Port – Yelland Quay.

Welsh Piper at Yelland 6.4.

Vessel Roseburg due to load timber between 16/21st April (Spring tide period).

Aberdeen - (ex- Stortebeker 2009, Wilson Aberdeen ’14) : built 2009 : flag Valletta, Malta : owners German : crew Russian & Ukrainian : from Glensanda to Briton Ferry : arrived 8.4, sailed 9.4 : discharged 3,500 tons chippings.

Kaie – (ex- Eversmeer 2005, Cady ’97, Skagen ’93) : built 1990 : flag Valletta, Malta : owners Estonian : crew Russian & Ukrainian : from Glensanda to Antwerp : arrived 8.4, sailed 8.4 : discharged 4,012 tons chippings.

Activity at Appledore.

The Irish Patrol vessel Le James Joyce unfortunately did not sail until the Spring HW period 16/21 April for her home port of Cork, due to problems with the propellers.

Tug Strathdon with barge Ur 96 (Owners Uglands) arrived at the shipyard on the 24.3 to load components of the second aircraft carrier HMS Prince Charles being constructed at Rosyth. The barge came out of the building shed on the 2.4, but could not sail due to swell in the bay . She finally departed on the 4.4, approx 18.30, with a large crowd on Appledore seafront to see her depart ; according to her AIS tracking she was proceeding north via the Pentland Firth and arrived off Rosyth 6.6 days after leaving Appledore.

Arco Dart at Appledore 19.3, 20.3, 21.3.

Bristol Channel Observations.

21.3 at 15.02 cargo vessel Albiz, 5,750 tons d.w, owners Muruera Naviera Spain, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 08.21. At 16.02 cargo vessel Merel V 3200 tons d.w, owners Veltman H Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 08.11. At 18.00 cargo vessel Iryda 34946 tons d.w, owners Iryda Shipping Poland, inward bound for Portbury.

22.3 at 13.51 cargo vessel Nicole C, 5,000 tons d.w, owners Carisbrooke Shipping Cowes I.O.W., inward bound for Avonmouth. At.15.06 Vehicle carrier Venus Spirit, 13,951 tons d.w, inward bound for Portbury.

23.3 at 16.20 cargo vessel Fri Karmsund, 5,935 tons d.w, owners Fri Karmsund AS Norway, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 10.50.

27.3 at 1703 hrs vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

28.3 at 09.31 vehicle carrier Autopride, 4,442 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers Norway I, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 01.32.

30.3 at 11.33 cargo vessel Scot Isle, 3,154 tons d.w, owners Scot Line ltd U.K, inward bound for Newport.

31.3 at 10.47 chemical tanker Stolt Greenshank, 4,350 tons, owners Brovig Stainless AS Rotterdam, inward bound for Barry.

1.4 at 12.35 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterrano, 18,427 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.50 cargo vessel Clipper Triumph, 3,0471 tons d.w, owners Clipping Group Management Bermuda, inward bound for Newport.

9.4 at 17.27 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers Norway,inward bound for Portbury.

11.4 at 08.24 cargo vessel Westewind, 2,800 tons d.w, owners Wagenborg Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 22.12 10th . At 15.08 cargo vessel Vlieland, 6,000 tons d.w, owners Vlieland Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea . At 18.05 vehicle carrier Galaxy Ace, owners Mitsu OSK Lines, Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 13.29. At 18.50 cargo vessel Lowlands Brabo, 32,280 tons d.w, owners Sea Wealth Navigation SA, inward bound for Portbury.

12.4.15 at 11.43 cargo vessel Sir Henry, 18,315 tons d.w, owners Revenge Shipping, Athens Greece inward bound for Newport.




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