Bideford Buzz

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

‘Bideford Buzz’ is produced  by a team of volunteers and relies on our local community for articles.   If you are interested in supporting this newsletter we’ll be glad to hear from you.

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

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

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“Down on the Farm” – short films.

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

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

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

Amanda McCormack, Creative Director of NDMI, says –

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

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

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

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

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‘A Christmas Carol’ – 21st December.

www.ticketsource.co.uk/upclosetheatre

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Free parking days in the run-up to Christmas.

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

Sean Kearney, Planning and Economy Manager, says: “I hope the free parking days announced for this year will once again encourage people to get out and about and support our small businesses across the District. Collectively they are a vital part of our economy, employ many people, and support many families. Many offer something a little bit different for shoppers and it’s a great opportunity to find a gift for Christmas or other special occasion. There’s also an abundance of small cafes and restaurants to keep food lovers happy”.

 

BIDEFORD.

Saturday 14th & Saturday 21st December. Free parking from 10am in The Quay, The Manor, The Pill, Pannier Market & Bridge St – courtesy of Bideford Town Council.

GREAT TORRINGTON.

Saturday 14th December. Free parking in Sydney House car park all day – courtesy Great Torrington Town Council.

Saturday 21st December. Free parking in Sydney House car park all day – courtesy Great Torrington Town Council.

Tuesday 24th December Free parking in Sydney House & Barley Grove all day – courtesy Great Torrington Town Council.

HOLSWORTHY.

Tuesday 24th December, Christmas Eve. Free parking all day in The Manor & Well Park car parks.

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Northam Care Trust, Mill Street – drop in.

Need Help? Advice? Assistance?

The Northam Care Trust has opened a new drop in service aimed at reducing isolation and promoting inclusion for older people. It’s time to talk is here to help. We have lots of information on services in the area that we can signpost you to. Drop in for a cuppa and see if we can help. You can find us in Mill Street, Bideford 01237 477238.

Need help with online forms?

Want to know what services are available?

Want to do an activity?

Want to join a group?

Feeling lonely or isolated?

Pop in for a chat and more information

Everyone is welcome; let’s see if we can help you.

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Northam Burrows event – 15th January.

There will be an event with experts from North Devon’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Team. As part of the Coastal Heritage project, scrub and grass will be cleared from the remains of the RAF Northam Radar station and a new information panel installed. Volunteers can help with the “finding RAF Northam” project on  Wednesday 15th January from 10.30am – 4pm.

The events are a great opportunity to join other members of the community and help protect the unique environment that makes the burrows a haven for wildlife and rare plant species drawing visitors and acclaim from far and wide.

Northam Burrow’s Lead Ranger Mike Day said: “Volunteering makes an enormous contribution to the management of Northam Burrows and we are always very grateful for all the help we receive. While the work helps to keep the park in good condition for plants and wildlife it’s also a great opportunity to get outdoors, meet like minded people, keep fit and learn new skills.”

Volunteers should bring suitable clothing and footwear, and a packed lunch is also advisable. There will be plenty of tea and coffee, and tools will be provided. If you are planning to come please let the Rangers know so they can arrange enough tools and refreshments for everyone.

To register your interest and to find out the meeting points for each event please email northam.burrows@torridge.gov.uk or call the Rangers’ office on 01237 479708.

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‘Plastic Free North Devon’ – short film.

Plastic Free North Devon Awareness Raising Short Film

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The film can be viewed here:

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

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

About Plastic Free North Devon

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

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Appledore Singers’ Charity Christmas Concert, 15th December.

The Appledore Singers

Charity Christmas Concert
in aid of North Devon Hospice

The Appledore Singers’ Charity Christmas Concert will take place on Sunday 15th December, 2.30pm at Northam Hall (top of Fore Street).

This year’s concert will be in aid of North Devon Hospice (charity number 286544), a very worthy cause.

The Choir will delight the audience with arrangements of festive music – both traditional and modern – and, as always, there will be the opportunity for audience participation! The afternoon’s entertainment will also include our popular Grand Raffle’. The choir, accompanied by Chris Beechey, will be conducted by our Musical Director, Pam Beechey and our entertainment will be ably compered by Anthony Chambers. The audience will undoubtedly leave with a spring in their step!

Admission is £6 at the door (under 16s free), to include light refreshments.

For further information contact Pam Beechey 01237 420652

Seek a Smile thro’ Song’

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Bideford Town Band Christmas programme.

Saturday 14th December.

10.30am Bideford Town Band Carols in Mill Street, Bideford.

6pm Light Up A Life Service, Bideford Pannier Market.

Sat 21st December.

10.30am Bideford Town Band Carols in Mill Street, Bideford.

Tues 24th December.

10.30am Bideford Town Band Carols in Mill Street, Bideford.

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Charity ‘Santas on the Run’, Rosemoor, 8th December.

Raise Christmas cheer in your Santa gear at RHS Garden Rosemoor.

Children’s Hospice South West’s spectacular “Santas on the Run” will be returning to RHS Garden Rosemoor this December.

More than 350 people took part in last year’s festive 2k fun run – the first of its kind held at the gardens near Great Torrington – and this year’s event on Sunday, December 8 is expected to be even bigger.

Registration is now open and entry includes a free Santa suit as well as entry to the gardens at Rosemoor and Christmas event village, with face painters, music and entertainment.

Money raised through registration and sponsorship will help support nearly 200 children and families who use CHSW’s Little Bridge House children’s hospice in Fremington, near Barnstaple.

Jayne Jarrett, Events Fundraiser at CHSW, said: “It was a super sight to see so many Santas running around Rosemoor last year and we’re excited to be back again for what promises to be another spectacular event.

Our festive, fun 2k course is suitable for all ages and abilities and you can run, jog, skip or walk your way around beautiful Rosemoor and enjoy a few festive treats along the way. Spectators can watch for just £5 admission, making it a brilliant festive family day out – the perfect way to get everyone in the mood for Christmas.

You’ll be raising cheer in your Santa gear and helping your local children’s hospice provide vital respite support to children with life-limiting conditions and their families.”

Tickets are priced £16 for adults and £8 for children (under 2s are free). For more information, or to sign up online before Wednesday, December 4, visit www.chsw.org.uk/santasrosemoor

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Charity Christmas Fair & Grotto, Sunday 8th December.

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Shipping notes No 176 (November).

Bideford Quay.

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

Appledore.

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

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards, Norman.

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Function room hire.

bidefordreds@gmail.com

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Burton at Bideford – mini arts lab.

Mini Arts Lab!

Every Tuesday during term time at the Burton.

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

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Shipping notes No. 175 (October).

Bideford Quay.

Nothing since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

Nothing since the Deo Gloria in June.

Appledore.

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

Bristol Channel Observations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

Norman.

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Plans for new Burrows Centre take shape.

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

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

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

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

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

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