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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Play areas in Torridge to reopen.

Torridge Council have announced that Play Areas in the district will start to reopen from next Monday 6th July in line with a relaxation of government lockdown restrictions. The facilities have been closed since March when the government introduced measures to halt the spread of coronavirus and as part of a “lockdown” campaign that saw many businesses closed and employees furloughed. Recent falls in infection rates and the lower likelihood of transmission in the open air has given the government the confidence to allow specific businesses and play facilities to come out of hibernation.

The roll out of park openings is being phased as the Council first need to carry out risk assessments to include safety inspections of equipment that has lain dormant for some time, and also to install new social distancing signage and guidance. The Councils play area inspectors have initially been focusing efforts on the larger high use facilities and these will be the first to open ahead of a scheduled programme of openings over the next few weeks.

Initial sites to open on Monday 6th July will include Victoria Park Bideford, and Westward Ho! and Appledore play areas. Slightly in advance of these the Skate Park in Bideford will be reopened from Saturday 4th July.

The landscape however is quite different to the last time these facilities were open, and with coronavirus flare-ups still occurring across the Country there are a number of new rules people are being asked to follow. These include:

Social distancing between groups of people – ideally 2 metres – and to consider coming back another time if an area is busy.

Only one adult to attend with each set of siblings.

Equipment should only be used by one family at a time and usage limited to a reasonable time (suggested 5 minutes max) to give everyone an opportunity.

Not to bring or consume food and drink in the play areas.

Wash hands thoroughly before and after play – bring your own hand sanitizer.

Use litter bins or take litter home, especially tissues or other cleansing products.

Not use equipment marked as “out of use” or enter play parks yet to be opened.

Anyone feeling unwell should also not visit a play area and should consult NHS guidance for further treatment and possible isolation.

Parents are reminded that if they have a garden or access to other safer spaces, such as the beach, for their children to play in then they should continue to use them rather than go to a play area. As with all outdoor equipment for general public use, play areas cannot be guaranteed to be free of COVID-19. Parents should supervise their children at all times and should take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and their children while using the equipment and both before and after play by washing hands thoroughly.

For the latest Government guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms, visit: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

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Phased return of Devon libraries.

Our phased return to libraries starts from Monday 6th July.

What To Expect In Our Libraries.

Libraries will begin to reopen with a limited number of services from Monday 6th July.  Four libraries, Braunton, Chudleigh and Honiton in Devon and Brixham in Torbay, will reopen from Monday 6th July as pilot libraries with public access to choose books from the shelves and use the computer facilities.

A ‘Choose and Collect’ service starts from Monday 6th July, at most libraries, telephone or email your local library and arrange a collection date for titles selected for you.

Devon Mobile Library service will restart from Monday 13th July running a reduced service.

The Home Library Service will resume from some libraries from Monday 13th July.

A Book Delivery service – ‘Books by foot and bike’ is available at some libraries.   Book reservations using our website are currently unavailable, but you can contact your library to see if a book is available for Choose and Collect.

We are pleased to let you know that our libraries are starting the phased reopening plan.

Here’s what we are doing to welcome you back safely:

Our Services:

Choose and Collect. To use our new free of charge ‘Choose and Collect’ service telephone or email your local library, we will select your books or DVDs and you can collect them from the library entrance at a pre-arranged time.

Digital Library.  Download and stream free eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines from our extensive collection. You can use our online resources from home and access to Ancestry Library Edition has been extended to Devon Libraries through to the end of July.??

Book Delivery – Books by foot and bike (available from select libraries only).  Our local Book Delivery service allows you to borrow books, DVDs and other library stock from your local library if you live nearby. Simply telephone your library, we will select items based on our discussion and we will make a delivery to your home.

Library Service at pilot libraries.  From Monday 6th July, we will offer a limited service at four pilot libraries (Braunton, Brixham, Chudleigh and Honiton) and will roll out opening across Devon and Torbay over the following weeks.

To read more and find out what to expect click here

Returning Items.

For all items borrowed prior to lockdown, we have extended loan dates through to the end of August 2020 in order to phase book returns. Please can we request that you continue to hold onto books, CDs and DVDs. We do not require you to make a special visit to your local library to return items and you will be able to return them from when your library reopens throughout July and August. There will be no fines as your current loan period has been extended.  

Read more about our phased reopening plans here

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Shipping notes No. 183 (June).

Bideford Quay.

Nothing since last issue

Appledore.

No news regarding the shipyard.

Yelland Quay.

Dea Gloria1/6 (2 trips). 2/6 Seen at 06.30, outward bound. This was her last trip to Yelland before she returned to her base on Merseyside.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/6 at 06.32 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 00.20. At 07.57 cargo vessel Ever Comfort, 10,620 tons d.w., owners Aurora Shipping & Trading Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.44. At 08.38 fruit juice tanker Orange Ocean, 22,918 tons d.w., owners Atlanship Switzerland, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 04.12. At 08.55 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.50 hrs cargo vessel Celtic Spirit, 4,135tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Charter Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 14.16 hrs cargo vessel Mario C, 13,000 tons d.w., owners Tagus River SA Maderia, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 2306 29th May. At 20.29 cargo vessel Felix, 6,359 tons d.w., owners Felix Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 14.45. At 20.47 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,595 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 17.30. At 21.23 cargo vessel Aldebaran, 2,270 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath. At 21.42 cargo vessel Wilson Gdynia, 3,632 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 16.25.

2/6 at 06.35 tanker Stolt Cormorant, 4,676 tons d.w., owners Stolt Guillemot BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 01.57. At 08.37 cargo vessel Marjatta, 3,481 tons d.w., owners Irving Management Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Newport.

5/6 at 09.28 cargo vessel Lady Clara, 3,637 tons d.w., owners Okku Tom Brook Vertoom Bojen Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 22.02 vehicle carrier Glorious Leader, 20,999 tons d.w., owners Glorious Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 17.09.

6/6 at 12.40 ro-ro vessel Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Airbus SA France, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 13.53 outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.49 7th). At 12.55 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 13.09 7th outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 08.58).

7/6 at 15.11 cargo vessel Icelandica Hav, 2,325 tons d.w., owners Hav Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Swansea.

8/6 at 12.12 bulk carrier Aastind, 8,130 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.

9/6 at 05.02 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,820 tons d.w., owners Vertoom USC Beaumagic BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 15.27 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.16 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 18.00 12th having sailed from Portbury at 12.32).

10/6 at 12.13 cargo vessel Lisa, 4,850 tons d.w., owners Schwartewberg Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

11/6 at 12.50 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,585 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 15.36 12th outward bound, having sailed from Portbury at 10.58). At 18.36 vehicle carrier Euphrates Highway, 18,668 tons d.w., owners Brave Point Shipping Corp Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.09.

12/6 at 05.15 cargo vessel Kazim Dede, 9,861 tons d.w., owners Aurora of the Sea Shipping Turkey, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 23.22 11th. At 21.30 tug MTS Victory, 167 tons gross, owners MTS Group Ltd Brixham outward bound from Cardiff towing Skyline Barge 21, having sailed at 11.14.

13/6 at 12.57 bulk carrier Serdika, 13,971 tons d.w., owners Brightway Distribution Ltd Bulgaria, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.33 7th having been at anchor in Blue Anchor Bay. At 15.03 cargo vessel Rodau, 3,859 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 18.10 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again 11.54 16th outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 06.17).

14/6 at 07.46 vehicle carrier Altair Leader, 18,688 tons d.w., owners TLC Hope/FK Baron Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.40 dredger UKD Bluefin, 5,797 tons d.w., owners UK Dredging Management Cardiff, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 14.47 en route to Hull.

15/6 at 06.58 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,200 tons d.w., owners Payton Maritime SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

16/6 at 12.48 cargo vessel Arklow Brook, 7,588 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 12.21 12th and had been anchored Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders. At 22.05 tug TMS Kermor, 240 tons d.w., owners unknown, inward bound for Hinkley Point Power Station with tow.

20/6 at 07.11 cargo vessel Pagadder, 4,535 tons d.w., owners C2C NV Belgium, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again on the 24th at 18.00 having sailed at 09.41). At 11.10 cargo vessel Steenbank, 4,500 tons d.w., owners Bankship IV BV Netherlands, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 08.21. At 12.50 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

21/6 at 10.10 cargo vessel Arklow Future, 4,500 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Eire, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 06.50 20th. At 14.00 tanker Bit Okland, 24,853 tons d.w., owners Tarbit Shipping AB Sweden, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 07.22.

23/6 at 10.55 vehicle carrier Torrens, 14,512 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Stockholm and Oslo, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on 24th at 15.25, having sailed at 10.48).

24/6 at 05.10 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury.

25/6 at 06.50 cargo vessel Spanaco Simplicity, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Spanaco Three Ltd Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.45 24th. At 07.15 cargo vessel Ayr, 3,604 tons d.w., owners Hayo Unken Vertom-Bojen Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

26/6 at 17.33 vehicle carrier Amethyst Ace, 18,700 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carrier Express Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

27/6 at 05.35 cargo vessel Wilson Aviero, 3,605 tons d.w., owners Wilson Ship Management Norway, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 23.16 26th. At 1700 vehicle carrier Gran Bretagna, 18,461 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

28/6 at 15.20 cargo vessel Tejo Belem, 4,624 tons d.w., owners Tejo Shipping Lines Ltd Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 18.13 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury

29/6 at 13.12 cargo vessel Fri Karmsund, 4,935 tons d.w., owners Fri Karmsund AS Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 15.24 cargo vessel Arklow Bank, 8,300 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Avonmouth.

30/6 at 17.52 tug Egesund, 58 tons d.w., owners Svenborg Bugser A/S Denmark, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 12.21. At 17.57 cargo vessel Marry-S, 3,471 tons d.w., owners Marry-S BV Netherlands, inward bound for Cardiff. At 18.07 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.07 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.32.

Regards,   Norman.

An old photograph from my collection –

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Improved beach access & slipway at Westward Ho!

Councillors sitting at last night’s Full Council meeting (23rd June) have voted unanimously for improvement works to Westward Ho! slipway, which will be carried out next month in July. The accompanying report to Councillors highlighted that access to the beach at low tide has become increasingly difficult in recent years as successive storms and tides have stripped beach material away and lowered the levels of the beach.

The existing concrete slipway has already been extended on two separate occasions in the past, but the report recognised that storm damage and ongoing erosion had necessitated the need for a fresh solution. The support for the project also highlighted the importance of the Blue Flag beach, which the slipway serves to both locals and visitors alike, and particularly as a primary access point for families or those with a disability. The slipway is also essential for Rangers and the RNLI during normal day-to-day operations and for blue light services during emergencies.

The design challenges in this location have been considerable, not only because of the destructive tide and wave action that any structure would need to withstand, but also a need to minimise disruption during construction.

The engineering solution to be implemented will involve an extension to the existing concrete surface which will be anchored below the sand and into the clay level of the beach. The new structure will be given further protection from storms and scouring wave action by the positioning of rock armour (large boulders) that will be repurposed from the soon-to-be-redeveloped Clarence Wharf car park in Bideford.

The works are scheduled to start in the middle of July to coincide with favourable tide conditions. Part of the design consideration was to include a method and materials that would reduce build time while not compromising the longer term objectives of the installation. As a result the build duration has been minimised to just 2 weeks, during which time the slipway access will be out of use and people will be directed to nearby steps and the sleeper bridge access point at the Sandymere parking area in Northam Burrows.

The cost of the works will be around £38K and will come from existing budgets and funding balances already earmarked for Westward Ho! and also from the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Sustainable Development Fund.

Longer term projects to repair storm damage from earlier in the year and improve resilience along other sections of the pebble ridge in this vicinity are now being drawn up. This includes consideration of new access points over the ridge in the form of a sleeper bridge from the Wilkeys Field boardwalk.

Councillor Claire Hodson, Ward Member for Westward Ho! and Deputy Leader, said: “This is a really well thought out scheme and importantly it is something that is both affordable and can be implemented immediately this summer. This will then hopefully provide locals and visitors alike easier access to the beach and one that will prove resilient to future storms and flooding.”

Councillor Nick Laws, Ward Member for Westward Ho! Said: “Not so long ago I witnessed an elderly couple trying to access the beach via the slipway, and they just couldn’t manage it and had to give up, which I found very upsetting. The problem is that due to the wave action and storms, access can change overnight and where it is level one day there can be a drop of many feet the next involving the movement of thousands of tons of sand. This is not just an extension of the slipway but one that will be embedded beneath the clay sub-surface and will therefore provide access at all times without interruption.”

Jenny Carey-Wood, AONB Manager, said “We are delighted to support this slipway improvement, addressing a key priority this year to improve physical access to the AONB for local people and visitors. Westward Ho! beach and the Burrows offer a great opportunity to improve our wellbeing with the stunning views along the coast, beach based recreation and a chance to discover its fascinating nature and heritage.”

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Shipping notes No. 182 (May).

In port – Bideford Quay.

Argos – built 2007; (ex- Argos 2015, Wilson Dunmore 2017); flag St Johns, Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Ukrainian & German; from Londonderry to Castellon; arrived 4/5, sailed 6/5; loaded 2,850 tons ball clay.       (The vessel should have berthed on the p.m. tide 3rd, however the pilot boat Two Rivers got a rope round her propeller and was unable to clear the quay).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Deo Gloria – 16/5, 17/5 (2 trips), 18/5 (2 trips), 19/5 (2 trips), 20/5 (2 trips), 21/5 (2 trips), 22/5; after this trip I think the vessel may have gone to South Wales to rest for the Bank Holiday weekend . Then 26/5, 27/5 (2 trips), 28/5 (2 trips), 29/5 (2 trips), 30/5, 31/5 (2 trips). The vessel was due to finish dredging on the 2nd June, and I presume she will return to her base on Merseyside.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/5 at 06.40 tanker Scandinavia, 3,814 tons d.w., owners Scandininavia 1 APS Denmark, inward bound for Cardiff. At 19.11 cargo vessel Rix Flevo, 4,575 tons d.w., owners Rix -F Shipping Ltd Latvia, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 21.05 vehicle carrier Autosky, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.10.

2/5 at 07.10 cargo vessel Christina, 6,050 tons d.w., owners Margaretha HS Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 01.07. At 07.38 tanker Stolt Cormorant, 5,509 tons d.w., owners Stolt Cormorant B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. At 19.08 cargo vessel Wilson Thames, 2,500 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipping As Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 13.28. At 21.40 vehicle carrier Grande Baltimora, 18,447 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 17.14.

4/5 at 19.36 cargo vessel Catania, 2,595 tons d.w., owners Catania Germany, inward bound for Newport .

5/5 at 11.48 container vessel Vohburg, 9,296 tons d.w., owners Vohburg KF Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 07.52. At 16.32 container ship Fiona, 23,011 tons d.w., owners Sirius Navigation Ltd GB Greece, bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.24.

6/5 at 11.20 tanker Stolt Guillemot, 4,676 tons d.w., Owners Stolt Guillemot BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

7/5 at 06.07 cargo vessel Sea Hunter, 3,148 tons d.w., owners Torbulk Ltd Market Rasen, inward bound for Newport. At 08.08 cargo vessel Herakles, 3,682 tons d.w., owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 15.43 bulk carrier Aastind, 8,130 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.50 cargo vessel Jomi, 4,258 tons d.w., owners Misje Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Swansea.

9/5 at 05.47 cargo vessel Celtic Spirit, 4,135 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 10.13 cargo vessel Tejo Alges, 4,247 tons d.w., owners Tejo Shipping Lines Ltd Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 13.29 cargo vessel Hermas, 4,903 tons d.w., owners Hermas Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

10/5 at 10.33 cargo vessel Arklow Cadet, 5,085 tons d.w., owners Crinnis Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again 06.55 16th having sailed from Newport at 00.40). At 11.57 cargo vessel Arklow Brook, 7,588 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping BV Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 1500 cargo vessel AM Larafale, 4,951 tons d.w., owners A M Larafale Ltd France, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.28 vehicle carrier Autostar, 6,670 tons d.w. ,owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 17.14 11th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.12).

11/5 at 16.15 cargo vessel Delta Camilla, 7,601 tons d.w., owners Delta Bulk SA Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

12/5 at 20.16 tug MTS Viking, 130 tons d.w., owners Neptune Equipment B.v. Helensburgh, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 11.25. At 21.48 vehicle carrier Brasillia Highway, 18,793 tons d.w., owners Muse 2 Marine SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury

13/5 offshore supply vessel Kingdom of Fife, 1,200 tons d.w., owners Briggs Commercial ltd Burntisland ,inward bound for Carmarthen Bay.

14/4 at 17.30 cargo vessel Sea Hunter, 3148 tons d.w., owners Torbulk Shipping Ltd Market Rasen, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 13.45. At 20.15 vehicle carrier Positive Leader, 15,023 tons d.w., owners North Island SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed from Portbury at 15.07. At 20.43 cargo vessel Evert Prahm, 2,398 tons d.w., owners Evert Prahm Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again outward bound having sailed at 05.15 16th).

16/5 at 06.13 cargo vessel Clara K, 4,285 tons d.w., owners K & T Holland CV x11 Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 23.42 15th At 06.13 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 05.35 17th having sailed at 00.56). At 16.50 cargo vessel Lady Clara, 3,637 tons d.w., owners OKK tom Brook Vertom Bojen Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

17/5 at 08.19 cargo vessel Wilson Fedje, 4,501 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.04. At 16.15 cargo vessel Wilson Lahn, 2,500 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness.

18/5 at 10.30 cargo vessel Amy, 1,786 tons d.w., owners Amy GMBH & Co K.G. Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

19/5 at 08.10 cargo vessel Hermas, 4,903 tons d.w., owners Hermas Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again 19.15 23rd having sailed from Sharpness at 07.17). At 10.10 vehicle carrier Grande Houston, 18,500 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, having sailed from Portbury at 05.59 hrs. (This is the first time the ship has visited, as she is the latest ship built for the company). At 18.15 vehicle carrier Grande Europa, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.06 tanker Team Sapphire, 8,907 tons d.w., owners Team Tankers Regional Ltd Denmark, inward bound for Barry. At 19.30 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

20/5 at 18.32 bulk carrier Pacific Myra, 181,060 tons d.w., owners Pacific Myra SA Singapore, inward bound for Port Talbot.

21/5 at 07.46 cargo vessel RMS Goole, 2,620 tons d.w., owners BWK Schiffivest GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 12.05 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot.

22/5 at 12.03 cargo vessel Bahia de Alcudia, 10,607 tons d.w., owners Santander Banco S.A Spain, inward bound for Newport.

23/5 at 05.40 cargo vessel Lianne, 3,075 tons d.w., owners Scheepvaartbedrijf Van dam Netherlands, outward bound from Newport at 20.07 21st – she had been sheltering off Lundy due to bad weather.

24/5 at 09.53 vehicle carrier Cepheus Leader, 21,402 tons d.w., owners Eastasia Shipping Co Ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.08 cargo vessel Fehn Companion, 2,580 tons d.w., owners Fehn Companion Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again at 18.48 28th outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 22.12 26th.)

25/5 at 12.50 cargo vessel Rodau, 3,712 tons d.w., owners Arlau and Rodau Strahmann Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

26/5 at 14.35 cargo vessel Ambassadeur, 6,667 tons d.w., owners TSS Ambassadeur CV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea .

28/5 at 14.00 fruit juice tanker Orange Ocean, 22,918 tons d.w., owners Atlanship S.A.Switzerland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 14.08 cargo vessel Konstantin, 4,508 tons d.w., owners Konstantin Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Newport.

29/5 at 06.25 cargo vessel F. Arslan V, 5,278 tons d.w., owners Firat Shipping Co Ltd Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 23.26 28th . At 14.55 bulk carrier Aastun, 6100 tons d.w., owners Aasten Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 14.55 cargo vessel Lisa, 4,850 tons d.w., owners Schwartenberg Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 15.50 container vessel MSC Eyra, 21,370 tons d.w., owners NSM Eyra Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

30/5 at 13.11 project vessel Western Rock, 3,264 tons d.w., owners Western Management B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth – looking at photographs of the vessel and her deck cargo she appeared to have a cargo of wind turbine blades. At 16.00 buoy tender vessel Galatea, 1,200 tons d.w., owners Trinity House Harwich, attending to the harbour buoys in Bideford Bay. At 2000 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

31/5 at 05.43 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,595 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards,

Norman.

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Marie Curie’s ‘Blooming Virtual Tea Party’.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Coffee, Walnut and Baileys cake

Cake:

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

Filling:

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

Topping:

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

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

Enjoy!

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Arts Society North Devon, 2020/21.

THE ARTS SOCIETY NORTH DEVON

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

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

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

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

Online lectures plus other points of interest from the World of Art are available to everyone, at www.connected.theartssociety.org.uk

For any further information please contact us at – info@tasnorthdevon.org.uk.

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Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society online exhibition.

www.whobidarts.co.uk/exhibition.html

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Shipping notes No. 181 (April).

Bideford Quay.

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

Appledore.

No further news regarding reopening shipyard.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping movements.

Bristol Channel Observations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

Norman.

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

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Beaford Archive reopens to record Coronavirus.

 

North Devonians invited to photograph life during lockdown.

April 2020, North Devon.

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

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

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

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

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‘Pledge for Nature’.

Communities help nature across north Devon.

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

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

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

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

Garden for Insects.

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

Create a Wildflower Patch.

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

Care for nature in a space near you.

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

Family Activity – Learn to identify wildflowers together.

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

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

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

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

Twitter: @PledgeforNature

Facebook: Pledge for Nature

Instagram: NorthDevonBiosphere

www.biosphere.org.uk/pledgefornature

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Council seeks partnership with private landlords in Bideford.

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

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

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

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

Any property owners who would like to explore these proposals further are asked to contact Helen Page on 01237 428843 or email housing.options@torridge.gov.uk

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‘Journey to the Sea’ films.

‘Journey to the Sea’ film series set to make waves in North Devon.

A new six-part documentary series starring the people and landscapes of North Devon premieres in the county this month – narrated by BBC Springwatch presenter Gillian Burke. ‘Journey to the Sea’ has been produced in partnership between North Devon Biosphere, WWF, Sky Ocean Rescue, the National Trust, and the Environment Agency.

‘Journey to the Sea’ is a celebration of the connection between people, land and the sea – putting nature centre stage. A special Director’s Cut of the films was screened on Tuesday 21st January in North Devon. The exclusive event will be hosted by science communicator, zoologist and star of one of the episodes, Sophie Pavelle. Following the launch, one episode per week will then go on general release.

Filmed in North Devon, and following the course of the county’s waterways, the collection of short films is a celebration of Devon’s stunning, diverse habitats – from the wild moors of Dartmoor, to the crashing surf of the coastline and out to the open water around Lundy’s shores. The series aims to inspire viewers to take action to protect the UK’s natural world wherever they live.

The films are told through the eyes of local people, who help bring these special places to life. During the series viewers will meet a range of characters, whose lives and livelihoods are intrinsically linked to the area’s waterways, including Ilfracombe’s harbour master and Lundy Island’s warden.

The six films are:

Wild camping with Trev’ – hiking through Dartmoor National Park.

Farming for the future with Simon’ – connecting young people with wildlife on a working farm.

Exploring the estuary with Sophie’ – paddleboarding on the peaceful Taw-Torridge Estuary.

Surfing with Jasmine’ – disadvantaged young people learning to surf with the Wave Project at Saunton Sands and Croyde beach.

The harbour with George’ – meeting the thriving harbour community in Ilfracombe.

Lundy island with Dean’ – diving below the waves and exploring the island.

 

Rose Stainthorp, Marine Pioneer Coordinator, North Devon Biosphere, said: “North Devon can be a magical place, packed full of wildlife and diverse habitats. We have world-class surfing conditions, which attract surfers from across the country and beyond. Along with the beauty and tranquility of Dartmoor National Park, and the wildlife found on land and at sea, North Devon supports a thriving tourism industry that employs thousands of local people. This should be celebrated and brought to life so we all understand why now is the time to take action and protect nature on our doorstep.”

Alec Taylor, Head of Marine Policy, WWF, said: “We know our oceans and waterways are under threat like never before, from plastic pollution and climate change, to overfishing and underwater noise. Nature is not just a nice to have – it’s our life support system and we can no longer ignore the pressures we’re placing on our environment. We hope these films will inspire people to join the fight for our world and take action to help protect and restore our precious oceans and waterways for the wildlife and communities that depend on them.”

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“Down on the Farm” – short films.

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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‘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 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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