Bideford Buzz

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

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

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

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

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Winter is coming! – postal & proxy voting.

Torridge is bracing itself for not only an election, but possible severe weather on the way! The UK Parliamentary Election takes place on the 12th December and you can cast your vote in a number of different ways. Postal votes are a great option if you are in the UK and can’t get to your local station. If you are travelling or working out of the country we recommend you apply for a proxy vote, where someone you trust votes on your behalf. You have until 5pm, 26th November to apply for a postal vote and 5pm on the 4th December for a proxy vote. As usual you will have the option to go and vote at your local polling station. If you’re not registered to vote you have until midnight on the 26th November. Our website has everything you need! Please see links below:

Register to vote:

Postal Votes:

Proxy Votes:

Tom Vanstone, Senior Elections Officer said: ‘As a team we are passionate about helping all Torridge residents have their say, and with parts of Devon already seeing snow, we are urging people to apply for either a postal or proxy vote. Please keep an eye on the deadlines, postal votes, the 26th of November and proxy votes the 4thDecember”.


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Northam Burrows events.

Following the end of another busy summer season, the Rangers at Northam Burrows Country Park have started their winter conservation programme. The work underway includes mending fences, clearing scrub and repairing structures across the Burrows to ensure that there are excellent habitats for our flowers and wildlife and also some great walking routes for visitors to explore.

Having cut a large area of scrub the Rangers now need help to rake up and burn the cuttings and will be holding a Rake and Burn’ volunteer event on Tuesday 26th November from 10am-4pm.

There will also be two other events 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 Thursday 5th December and Wednesday 15th January from 10.30am – 4pm.

The events are is 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 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 and visit 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: (Scroll down slightly to see film on home page).

It can also be seen here on You Tube:

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.

Monday 2nd December.

7.45pm Bideford Town Band Concert at the Royal Hotel. Tickets £6 from Becky, 01237 475653.

Friday 6th December.

7.30pm Concert for ‘Over and Above’ Appeal with Bideford Town Band.

Tickets £6.50 from www.overand , or 01271 311772.

Monday 9th December.

7.45pm Bideford Town Band Concert at the Royal Hotel. Tickets £6 from Becky 01237 475653.

Saturday 7th December.

10am Bideford Town Band at Bideford Pannier Market Lease Signing.

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

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


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Charity Christmas Fair & Grotto, Sunday 8th December.


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Bideford Pannier Market Christmas events, 1st & 3rd December.

And, taking place on Tuesday 3rd December between 5-8pm:

There will be an array of gifts to choose from, with a bursting hall of crafters so the ideal occasion to find that perfect Christmas gift. The talented artists in Butcher’s Row will be holding workshops including ‘Decorate Your Own Christmas Wreath’ with The Magpie’s Nest, ‘Make Your Own Traditional Stained-Glass Window’ with Rob Paterson and ‘Upcycle and Decorate Last Years Christmas Baubles’ with La Di Dah Pottery.

There will be a selection of food and drink, a window competition to get involved in and FREE Mince Pies, Mulled Cider and Roasted Chestnuts for you to enjoy (while stocks last). There will also be music; with the very gifted Shannon Lewis performing along with local School Choirs who are set to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. With discounts available around the site and a free bus from Victoria Park it’s a date for the diary…


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Bideford Christmas lights switch-on, Sunday 1st December.


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Clovelly Christmas lights switch-on, Sunday 1st December.

Christmas lights in the village makes this such a magical time at Clovelly. It starts at 3:30 pm in the afternoon. A local brass band leads the procession down to the harbour, with festive Christmas carols sung along the way.   There’ll be a hog roast, hot dogs, Christmas grog and other refreshments available at the Harbour and Lifeboat Station and Father Christmas will make a surprise visit. After the Carol Service lead by a local vicar and sung by a local choir, the switch is thrown and the entire village and harbour lights up. It’s a fantastic sight!  Then there is a grand finale of fireworks to finish off the festivities.


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Volunteer trainees sought.


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Barnstaple Library events.


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Function room hire.


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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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‘WHAAM Showcase’ – 22nd November.

WHAAM Showcase” – Westward Ho! & Appledore’s Music Showcase

representing North Devon bands and singers performing in aid of the Royal National Life Institution’s Appledore Lifeboat Station.

On 22nd November this Showcase will feature some of the most innovative and talented musicians in North Devon presenting a broad spectrum of music from rock ’n’ roll bands, individual singers, dancers and various acts, and will take place at The Pier House, Westward Ho!

The Mayor and Mayoress of Northam, Councillor Mr & Mrs John Hyman will officially open WHAAM.

Acts will include Dave & Les, The Sarah Anne Westcott Studio Dancers, Rough Justice and Wyldwood Bands, Charlotte Pirrone (Winner of the 2019 Westward Ho’s Got Talent) and a few acts from the Sunset Festival, Westward Ho!

There will be a Grand Raffle in aid of the RNLI. The Principal Sponsor is Robert Braddick of BRADDICKS LEISURE and other Sponsors include Kitemare – Surf & Kiteshop.

North Devon has a first class reputation for being a centre of excellence for live music events.” said Showcase organisers, John Barton and Peter Sawyer. “We’re excited to be a part of this and to be bringing a showcase of local musical talent to the wider public”.

Doors open at 6.15pm and the entertainment will run continuously from 7.00pm to 10.30pm, with a short break at 9.20pm for the Grand Raffle.

All this for only £5.00 a ticket for adults and £3.00 for Children under 16.

Tickets will be sold online and sales outlets at The Co-operative Food, Golf Links Road, Westward Ho! together with Market Street Kitchen, 25 Market St, Appledore, and at the door of The Pier House. (All proceeds to the RNLI Appledore).

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