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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Bideford Manor Court, 21st March.


BIDEFORD residents are being called on to use an ancient right to make suggestions for town improvements.

Opportunity is being made for members of the public to take an active involvement in the centuries-old Manor Court Ceremony. Currently held on a Saturday in March, the ceremony was originally held to allow townspeople to bring issues before the Lords of the Manor for consideration. Nowadays, their ideas or “presentments” as they are known are put to the Town Council, which has an obligation to consider them.

Now the Town Council is opening the way for public attendance and is also calling for ideas and projects that would make Bideford a better place for the community and tourists to be put forward. Any member of the public residing in the Parish of Bideford who wishes to submit a ‘presentment’, should do so by 12 Noon, Friday 6 March 2020. The envelope should be marked for the attention of the Manor Steward.

Presentments submitted to the Town Council are considered by a chosen jury of 12 respected town residents and the most feasible are presented to the court.

Actions regarding presentments of the previous year are also reported.

Anyone wishing to take part in the occasion is invited to complete the application form and return it to the Town Clerk. If there are too many applicants a draw will be made by the Mayor to fill the available places. Those chosen will be able to take a guest and will also be invited to the Civic Reception following the Ceremony.

(Download pdf application form here ).


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Bideford Folk Dance Club – 23rd February.

Bideford Folk Dance Club are holding an afternoon dance on 23rd February in Northam Hall from 2.30 – 5.30 pm, with live music by Nick Wyke and Chris Jewell.

Bring and share cakes – tea/coffee will be provided. Raffle. Admission £7.50.

Raising money for ChemoHero. Further information tel. 01237 423554.


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Bideford Town Band – 6th March.


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‘Pledge for Nature’.

It’s time to act! Pledge for Nature is a new campaign, launched early in 2020, that aims to support and encourage communities in northern Devon to help nature to flourish again.

The project invites individuals, schools, landowners, and businesses to join Seasonal Activities to tackle priority issues for nature’s recovery, with the ambition of securing more space and wilder areas in farmland, gardens, and green spaces.

Activities will include creating flower and insect- rich habitats, planting new woodlands and making our rivers, hedges, gardens, and green spaces better for nature, the local economy, and for combating climate change”, explains Project Coordinator Bryony Paul.

More information about Pledge for Nature, Seasonal Activities and how to Create Your Pledge can found at .

You can also visit the Pledge Map to see what other people are doing for nature in your area.

Pledge for Nature is being coordinated by the North Devon Biosphere, a cross-sector partnership that is working to protect North Devon’s unique natural environment. It is financially supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Mardens Devon Cottages, Devon County Council and a successful Crowdfunder.

Everyone taking part is invited to help spread the word about Pledge for Nature by sharing pictures of completed pledges, using the hashtag #PledgeforNature via:

Twitter: @PledgeforNature

Facebook: Pledge for Nature

Instagram: NorthDevonBiosphere

The global climate and ecological emergency may seem daunting, but by working together as a community we can make a real difference”.


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Northam Burrows events for February.

There will be lots of free family activities running on Northam Burrows throughout the school holidays, with some great experience days thrown in for good measure.

On Thursday 20th February Dave Edgecombe, of North Devon AONB’s Coastal Heritage project, will be leading a WWII history walk, setting off from the visitor centre at 2pm.

There will also be a self-guided trail – “Lines in the Landscape” – which invites participants to explore Northam Burrows from a totally new perspective. Discover hidden lines in the landscape as you seek the dynamic poetry trail which has been devised and installed by the Ranger team at the Park. Find your connection with the wild beauty of the natural environment, read inspirational work by poets both famous and local, and add your own thoughts and dreams to the creative compositions.


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Torridge air quality’s ‘Good’ – that’s official!

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has just approved Torridge’s latest air quality report, which shows that the air quality across the District’s 380sq miles is well below nationally set levels for harmful pollutants.

Pollution can be a significant contributor to poor health and is often associated with the onset of heart disease and cancer. The main pollutant affecting air quality is usually nitrogen dioxide, which is produced by petrol and diesel vehicles. However, even in the worst hotspot in Torridge, the recorded average of around 28 parts per billion (ppb) sits well below the national target figure of 40 ppb.

Despite this achievement, the Council is continuing to press ahead with its climate change agenda and is determined to improve air quality further through its own operations and by encouraging businesses and households to follow this lead as well.

Some of the Council’s recent initiatives include the purchase and introduction of an electric van and a street sweeper, and encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles by introducing charging points at key locations across the District. The Council has also joined a national staff scheme which incentivises cycling to work and in lieu of travelling by car. The installation of solar panels on some of its buildings has helped reduce pollution from fossil fuels use while further opportunities are being actively investigated as part of the Council’s carbon reduction plan.

Councillor Peter Hames, Lead Member for Climate Change, said: “This is once again great news for Torridge, but we can’t rest on our laurels and we need to act urgently in tackling and reducing the impact of climate change. Residents and businesses can help by considering electric vehicles when replacements are due, or by walking or cycling on shorter journeys instead of taking the car. Other measure such as not lighting bonfires, insulating premises and buildings better, and using cleaner fuels will also help. Any small changes and improvements we can make personally can have a big impact.’


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British Naturalists’ Association meeting, 21st February.


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Shipping notes No. 178 (January).

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Bideford Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

4/1 at 08.00 bulk carrier Izmir, 63,200 tons d.w., owners Izmir Maritime ltd Turkey, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.56 cargo vessel Kertu, 4,800 tons d.w., owners HS Kerto OU Estonia, inward bound for Avonmouth.

5/1 at 07.30 bulk carrier Agia Eleni, 29,664 tons d.w., owners Pineapple Maritime SA Greece, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 01.38.

10/1 at 07.15 cargo vessel Arklow Rover, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Invermore Shipping Ltd, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 07.20 hrs tanker Northern Skagerrak, 708 tons d.w., owners Kristensson Shipping AB Sweden, inward bound for Cardiff.

11/1 at 10.31 vehicle carrier Hoegh Tracer, 21,983 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners of Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

13/1 at 09.15 cargo vessel Arklow Valiant, 5,169 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

17/1 at 16.05 vehicle carrier Monza, 12,303 tons d.w., owners Monza GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

18/1 at 10.06 cargo vessel Maras, 3,825 tons d.w., owners Maras Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 10.35 cargo vessel Baltica Hav, 1,761 tons d.w., owners Hav Ship Management AS Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 00.39.

20/1 at 07.20 vehicle carrier Grand Champion, 18,262 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping (H K) China, inward bound for Portbury. At 07.40 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.23 bulk carrier Aasnes, 4,015 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

21/1 at 0725 vehicle carrier Grande New York, 18,360 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.11. At 15.33 cargo vessel Maras, 3,825 tons d.w., owners Maras Hermann Lohmann Germany, outward bound from Newport. At 16.49 cargo vessel Thebe, 2,500 tons d.w., owners Reederei M Lauterjung GMBH Germany, inward bound for Cardiff.

22/1 at 16.44 tug MTS Vector, 135 tons gross, owners MTS Group Ltd Brixham, inward bound for Newport. At 17.28 tanker Scot Munchen, 8,266 tons d.w., owners Scot Munchen SA Turkey, inward bound for Port Talbot.

26/1 at 12.27 bulk carrier Maccoa, 30,898 tons d.w., owners TRS Rode BV Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.11.

27/1 at 07.43 vehicle carrier Boheme, 28,360 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhemsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for| Portbury. At 13.33 vehicle carrier Autopride, 4,442 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.07 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 17.43 28th having sailed from Portbury at 11.46).

28/1 at 15.36 cargo vessel Hermas, 4,903 tons d.w., owners Hermas Hermen Lohman Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 20.38 27th

29/1 at 07.52 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w., owners White Bear Maritime Ltd Japan, outward bound from Portbury. At 11.50 bulk carrier Ida, 18,172 tons d.w., outward bound from Newport having sailed at 21.49 13/1 having meanwhile been anchored off the South Wales coast.

30/1 at 13.00 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.




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New £110K grant scheme for sole traders in Torridge.

Torridge District Council is set to launch a business grant scheme of up to £5,000 for local businesses ready to take on their first employee.

The scheme recognises the important role small businesses play in the local economy, with an estimated 4,800 sole traders making up 60% of the 8,000 or so businesses operating across the district. Councillors were keen to find a targeted way to provide growth opportunities for this important sector of the local economy and the adopted £5K grant scheme is the result of that focus.

The scheme will require applicants to submit a business plan and some financial information, which will then be considered by a grant panel, who will decide which businesses will be awarded a grant and an amount up to £5K. Even if a grant isn’t awarded or businesses just want help and guidance for other issues, the Council’s Economic Regeneration team and partners will be on hand to advise, and can also provide information on free business and training courses.

The opening window for the first round of applications is from 2nd March to 30th April, with decisions to be made at an investment panel meeting on 20th May. A special awareness event will also be held at Torrington Town Hall on 3rd March. Businesses are invited to come along and discuss the grant scheme but can also talk to business experts from partner organisations.

Councillor Bob Hicks, Lead Member for the Economy at Torridge District Council, said: “This is an exiting opportunity for all types of businesses across Torridge to take that next step in expansion. Helping already established businesses to grow will be a boost not only for successful applicants but also for job creation and skills development across a large sector of the local economy. We hope that local business people will seize this opportunity for a potential £5,000 cash injection to help them grow and expand. In the process it should also result in the creation of 20 or more new jobs across the district as well. A win-win for everybody.”

Jane Maynard BFA, FCA., President of Bideford Bay Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is a great opportunity for businesses to take that first step towards growth and to employ for the first time. Often a worrying time for many business owners, this grant will help to offset the financial concerns and allow them to spring forward. Chamber are delighted to be supporting this initiative.”

The application process has been designed to be as simple and straight forward as possible. Simply visit the Council’s website “business grant” page for more information, or email Any new employees must be employed for at least 18.5 hours per week and for a minimum of 12 months.


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Volunteers sought for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal.

Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity for people living with a terminal illness and their families, is urgently calling for volunteers in Bideford to give just two hours of their time to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pins in return for donations.

Volunteers will be supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal – Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, held every March.

In the next 10 years, more than six million people will die in the UK, and of this number 75% will need end of life care. The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help Marie Curie Nurses provide much-needed expert care to people across North Devon with terminal illnesses, as well as support for their loved ones.

Riona Houghton, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Somerset and North Devon, said: “Whether you wear a daffodil pin in celebration, in solidarity, or in memory of a loved one, you are joining with millions of others to help make sure Marie Curie Nurses can care for more people, as well as providing invaluable support to their families.

Volunteering just two hours at a local collection is a great way to show your support and help us raise money to help make sure that we can be there for more people at the end of their lives.

Collecting can be a lot of fun too. You can do it on your own or with family and friends, and we will support you every step of the way. Volunteering is also an easy way to get involved in your local community and meet new people.”

Peter Bailey from Bideford said: “I collect every year for the Great Daffodil Appeal and it’s a great feeling to be supporting such an important cause. Marie Curie Nurses cared for my wife Christine after she was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer, the nurses supported all of the family and it meant Christine could die at home with us.

I’ve now been collecting for over 25 years I’ve met so many kind and interesting people over the years – many of whom have directly benefited from the care provided by Marie Curie Nurses in their own homes.’’

To volunteer for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal and give out the charity’s daffodils pins in return for donations, please visit or contact Riona on or call 0117 9420 429.


About the Great Daffodil Appeal –

The Great Daffodil Appeal is Marie Curie’s biggest fundraising campaign, held every March.

Every donation and daffodil worn helps Marie Curie provide vital care for people living with a terminal illness and support for their families.

8 million daffodil pins are distributed each year.

Around £6 million was raised last year and £120 million in total raised since the campaign began in 1986.

Over 2,700 Marie Curie Nurses work across the country in people’s homes and the charity’s nine hospices, providing 1.2 million hours of nursing care every year.

Daffodil pins are available from volunteers on high streets across the country, as well as Marie Curie shops, Superdrug, Savers, SPAR UK, Hotter Shoes and Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group.

Visit or call 0800 304 7025 for more information.


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Appledore – Churchfields play area new design.

Following completion of the tendering process a new Pirate Ship Feature is to be installed in Churchfields Play Park in Appledore. The ship will be assembled by Kompan Ltd, the winning contractor.

The old pirate ship was very popular, but the metal frame had been exposed for many years to the salty weather at this site and this caused it to corrode and become unsafe to use despite regular maintenance (below).

Following the decision to close the ship many local school children wrote to the Council asking for a replacement as soon as possible. As a result, a brand-new pirate ship has been specified and will be ready to use towards the end of February, following construction which starts at the end of January. The ship and associated features will be funded through the Council’s Capital Programme at a cost of £60K.

Appledore Ward Councillor Peter Hames said: “It is a shame that we had to close the old pirate ship at short notice but when the rust and corrosion was identified we had to act quickly to make sure no one injured themselves. I’m sure the new design will make up for the lost ship and will become as much loved by future generations of children.”

Appledore Ward Councillor Len Ford said: “We hope to invite some of the children who wrote to the Council to the opening of the new ship and look forward to celebrating its completion. We will also be inviting a retired Sea Captain who really was captured by pirates in Somalia to the event as well. Thanks to everybody for their patience while the work has been underway to launch a new and much improved pirate ship at the playground.”

Appledore Town Councillor Barry Edwards said: “We are extremely pleased that this project is now going ahead as it is something that we have been asking for, for a long time. We are very grateful to Torridge District Council for working with us to achieve this and I know that the Children have missed this feature from the park so its reinstatement will be very welcome.”


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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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Clovelly events listing for 2020.

Lentsherd, Shrove Tuesday 25 February 2020.

Lentsherd (pronounced ‘Lanshard’) is an old Clovelly Shrove Tuesday custom. Historically the aim is to chase bad spirits away and drive the devil into the sea before Lent. This has been going on for centuries.   At dusk children set off Down-a-Long, dragging their clattering tin cans. When they reach the harbour, the children’s cans are tied together thrown into the Harbour (later retrieved). Children taking part will receive a free pancake to decorate with toppings.  Free entry after 4:30 pm.

Find the Easter Chicks, Monday 30 March to Monday 13 April 2020.

Children receive a village map on entry to Clovelly.  This is to mark the location of a number of Easter chicks perched up and down the cobbled High Street to the quay. If they spot at least 10 chicks they can return the map to the Visitor Centre reception to win an Easter egg. If they spot all 15 chicks, they will win a bigger prize!

Charity Dinner, 04 April 2020.

The Red Lion Hotel, Clovelly, is hosting a charity night dinner for the North Devon Hospice. Tickets will be just £60.00 each and will include a five course tasting menu, with wines matched to accompany the course. For guests attending the function we are also offering a very special rate of just £40p/p sharing a twin and double room.   Book dinner tickets: e-mail

Seaweed Festival, Sunday 24 May 2020 in aid of the North Devon Hospice.

Seaweed Festival is held to promote seaweed for its immense health and nutritional benefits.  In a multitude of colours, textures, shapes and sizes, it is tasty, full of minerals, fibre without calories and is the best salt substitute.   Quay kitchens will have a surprising variety of dishes and stalls will be selling a range of seaweed products and arts and crafts.  Plus live music, craft activities and workshops, talks and demonstrations, street entertainment and storytelling.  You will be amazed at the world of seaweed. Bring your own and ask the experts what is the best use for your particular selection.

150th Anniversary of the Lifeboat Station, Saturday 20 June 2020. Clovelly Lifeboat Station is holding a celebration of its 150th year in service in 2020.  There will be live music, crew members past and present and a display of model lifeboats as well as local Coastguard and helicopter displays (pending no call outs for them on the same day). A selection of old lifeboats that served at the Clovelly Station will also be in the harbour. There will also be entertainment, 150th celebration mementos to buy, and an extravaganza of things to see and do.

Maritime Festival, Saturday 25 July 2020 in aid of Bideford & District Sea Cadets.

It is full of fun for all ages, packed with all sorts of activities and entertainment. Come and enjoy the live music, street entertainment, event-themed arts & crafts, children’s activities, Punch & Judy, face glitter and lots of games. There are also a variety of stalls selling food. Watch the exciting Clovelly Cup yacht rally, starting at 2pm. It is an amazing sight to see the yachts setting off to race across the bay. Visit Bideford Sea Cadets on the quay to learn how to become a sea cadet.  It is definitely a day to remember! (Free entry for under 16’s who come in maritime-themed fancy dress costumes!).

Woolsery Agricultural Show, Monday 27 July 2020, in aid of local charities.

A fun-filled day packed with a programme of activities. Classes include crafts, cattle and sheep, together with horse and pony competitions. There will be a dairy marquee with yoghurt and ice cream making and the chance for children to “milk a cow” along with competitions. You’ll find bustling trade stalls offering locally made crafts and food with fairground rides and a bouncy castle for the children. There’ll also be a fast and furious inter hunt relay and to finish the day, a parade of vintage farm machinery.   It’s a great summer day out for all the family!

Lifeboat Weekend, Sat. 1 to Sun. 2 August 2020 in aid of the RNLI?.

This is a great weekend for all the family, packed full of fun and action. On Saturday there’s a very popular 2 mile sponsored swim from Bucks Mills to Clovelly, starting at 9:00 a.m. Adults battle their way through the currents all the way.

Sunday is an entertainment-packed day. ATC Gun run up the cobbles in the morning and there will be lifeboat operational displays during the day. There are food, info stalls and a BBQ with entertainment for all, including tug of war, games and competitions. The Lifeboat House will be open and there’ll be an exciting rescue display in the afternoon by Clovelly’s volunteer lifeboat crew. So come along! You’ll love it.

Gig Regatta, Sat. 29 August 2020.

Gig racing is exciting and strenuous. You’re assured an exhilarating day watching the racing. So come along and cheer on the crews as they brave North Devon’s waters!

Lobster & Crab Feast, Sunday 6 September 2020, in aid of the The National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow.

Clovelly celebrates its famous, sustainably caught, lobsters and crabs. Live folk music, quay kitchens, cookery demonstrations, a magnum of champagne prize draw, delicious lobster and crab dishes, craft stalls and beer tasting. Plus street theatre, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and craft activities. The National Lobster Hatchery will be exhibiting baby lobsters before releasing them into the sea at the beginning and end of the day. They are best known for their lobster stock enhancement programme. They rear baby lobsters from eggs, the most vulnerable stage of their life cycle, before releasing them into the sea.

Apple Day, Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Bring a bag of apples, have them pressed at the Visitor Centre, taste the juice; bring more for pasteurisation and bottling. On entry to Clovelly, children can enjoy apple games and crafts, apple bobbing and stamping. There’ll be a farmers’ market plus a fun harvest hunt with spooky stories (pre-book your place), and Animal encounters with South West Animal services.

Herring Festival, Sunday 15 November.

Clovelly Herring Festival always falls in November. It’s the time of year when our historic village celebrates the coming of the great “Silver Darlings”, better known as herring. We celebrate and promote this tasty, nutritious fish whilst supporting sustainable fishing.  The Maritime historian and writer, Mike Smylie, attends with his “Kipperland” exhibition, which is devoted to the history of all things herring. Mike also turns the herring into delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse for sale.   Flaxland will provide their exhibitions and demonstrations – an opportunity to discover how the flax plant is used to make a vast range of goods.  On the quay, kitchens serve a variety of delicious herring specialities along with beer, gin and cider tastings, local food and craft stalls. And throughout the day there will be live music, street entertainers, face-painting, art workshop, an exhibition of Clovelly herring fishing, tasters & recipes, and children’s activities.

Christmas Lights, Sunday 6 December, in aid of the RNLI?.

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.  Then Father Christmas will make a surprise visit.  After the Carol Service, led by a local vicar and sung by a local choir, the switch is thrown and the entire village and harbour light up.  It’s a fantastic sight!  Then there is a grand finale of fireworks to finish off the festivities.

Boxing Day Barbecue, Saturday 26 December.

Enjoy a lunch barbecue and hog roast on the quay with FREE entrance into the village all day and live music. It should make the perfect follow-up to your Christmas Day!

New Year’s Eve Fancy Dress Party, Thursday 31 December.

Party away until the New Year bells chime. There will be fires and gunpowder to illuminate the quay and celebrate another year’s passing, plus a disco. You’ll find it a thrilling way to welcome in the New Year in an atmospheric village setting.


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Shipping notes No. 177 (December).

Bideford Quay.

No cargo shipping since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

Nothing since last issue.


No shipyard news forthcoming, so keeping fingers crossed that the New Year will bring some good news.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/12 at 07.58 cargo vessel Wilson Clyde, 4,450 tons d.w., owners Wilson A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 10.31 bulk carrier Nordtigris, 37,000 tons d.w., owners Nordtigris Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 11.21 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.27.

2/12 at 07.20 cargo vessel R.M.S Wedau, 1,708 tons d.w., owners Rhein Maas-und See-Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 08.30 cargo vessel Ammon, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Q-shipping B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

3/12 at 12.15 bunkering tanker Whitdawn, 4,500 tons d.w., owners John H Whitaker Malta Ltd Hull, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 08.55. At 13.30 vehicle carrier Zenith Leader, 12,260 tons d.w., owners RBSAF25 Ltd London, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.29.

4/12 at 13.50 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.49. At 15.05 vehicle carrier Titania, 31,108 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

5/12 at 11.36 cargo vessel Starvip, 18,615 tons d.w., owners Vipima Societa Di Navigazioe Italy, inward bound for Newport. At 12.45 cargo vessel Erkul S., 13,347 tons d.w., owners unknown, inward bound for Newport.

6/12 at 08.45 cruise ship Marco Polo, 5,180 gross tons, owners Story Cruise Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury having sailed at 03.31. (She was 12 hours late sailing because of the severe storm, with winds of 70 mph recorded at Chivenor).

7/12 at 07.27 cargo vessel R.M.S. Deudorf, 2,620 tons d.w., outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.22. At 08.42 cargo vessel Kristel, 5,000 tons d.w., inward bound for Newport.

8/12 at 12.34 bulk carrier San, 17,083 tons d.w., owners Hermione Six Maritime Ltd Poland, inward bound for Newport.

10/12 at 13.09 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Victory Ray Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

11/12 at 14.18 vehicle carrier Crystal Ace, 18,481 tons d.w., owners Story Cruise Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (This was the fourth vehicle carrier in the Channel on this day – the others were the Monza, Niagara Highway, and Aegean Highway, all bound for Portbury but sheltered to the North of Lundy. At 19.20 the fully-illuminated cruise ship Marco Polo, 5,180 gross tons, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 22.08 vehicle carrier Apollon Leader, 18,758 tons d.w., owners Flor deVapores SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 17.56.

15/12 at 11.50 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Victory Ray Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 11th at 15.38 – she had been sheltering off Lynemouth due to the gale force winds. At 14.44 vehicle carrier Monza, 12,304 tons d.w., owners Monza GMBH & Co Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed on the 12th – she had been sheltering off Lynemouth with the Victory Leader.

19/1 at 07.30 container vessel Hansa Asia, 47,116 tons d.w., owners MRC Ship Co 1 LLC Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

21/1 at 13.00 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,817 tons d.w., owners Unisea Shipping B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

23/12 at 08.15 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.00.

28/12 at 13.50 vehicle carrier Sirius Highway, 20,419 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Also seen again at 12.30 29th, having sailed from Portbury 0854.

29/12 at 07.50 cargo vessel Celtic Warrior, 4,123 tons d.w., owners Charles M. Willie Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 10.58 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 14.41 30th having sailed from Portbury at 11.40.

30/12 at 12.10 tanker Two Million Ways, 73,965 tons d.w., owners TMW Shipping C.V Netherlands, outward Portbury having sailed at 06.57.




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“Down on the Farm” – short films.


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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