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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The greening of Bideford.

www.crowdfunder.co.uk/littlegreentown

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Bideford’s new website.

mike.ford@torridge.gov.uk

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Shipping notes No. 162 (September).

Bideford Quay.

A vessel is expected to load between 8/12th October.

Yelland Quay.

Tug Sarah Gray and floating crane sailed from Yelland approx 10.00 2nd September, bound for Milford Haven. Sarah Grey returned to Yelland 19.30 30th.

Appledore.

LE George Bernard Shaw on second sea trials 24th at 18.10. Returned to shipyard at 19.40 26th. (At the time of publication, no news when vessel will depart again).

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/9 at 19.35 container vessel Maike D, 7,844 tons d.w., owners Maike Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

2/9 at 07.50 vehicle carrier Genius Highway, 21,000 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 20.20 3rd outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 15.27). At 13.20 cargo vessel Arklow Rover, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Ivermore Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 09.45. At 16.31 the paddle steamer Waverley, 693 gross tons, owners Paddle Steamer Preservation Society UK, headed towards Ilfracombe, having sailed from Lundy at 16.05.

3/9 at 0635 vehicle carrier Aires Leader, 18,808 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

4/9 at 19.25 bulk carrier Sider Joy, 26,307 tons d.w., owners Blamont Shipping Ltd Switzerland, inward bound for Newport.

5/9 at 08.07 fruit juice tanker Orange Wave, 16,900 tons d.w., owners Atlanship S.A. Switzerland, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.23. At 08.17 tanker Stolt Redshank, 4,461 tons d.w., owners Brovig Stainless care of Stolt Tankers BV Holland, inward bound for Barry . (Seen again at 19.10 6th outward bound from Barry, having sailed at 15.35). At 12.05 paddle steamer Waverley, 693 gross tons, outward bound from Ilfracombe having sailed at 10.55. At 15.10 bulk carrier Aasnes, 4,015 tons d.w., owners A/s Aasen Shipping Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 19.20 container ship E R Hobart, 13,879 tons d.w., owners Reederi Blue Star Holding S.A Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

6/9 at 21.17 cargo vessel Arklow Bank, 8,565 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Newport. At 21.23 cruise ship Magellan, 40,052 gross tons, owners Cruise and Maritime Voyages U.K, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 16.52. (As I have stated before, even though it was pitch dark cruise ships have their deck lights on for safety reasons).

7/9 at 0812 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,200 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

10/9 at 10.00 cargo vessel Mirjam, 3,005 tons d.w., owners MV Mirjam LLP Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

12/9 at 14.05 cargo vessel Kuper, 4,228 tons d.w., owners Kuper Shipping Ltd Latvia, inward bound for Newport. At 14.37 container vessel Nordic Lubeck, 13,200 tons d.w., owners Nordic Hamburg Group GMBH Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 09.54. At 14.50 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Shipping Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 15.06 cargo vessel Sheksna, 2,769 tons d.w., owners Donna Shipping Co Ltd Russia, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 10.44. At 16.25 bulk carrier Stella Naomi, 180,000 tons d.w., owners Stella Naomi Shipping Pte Ltd Singapore, inward bound for Port Talbot.

13/9 at 08.30 cargo vessel Truffaldino, 2,953 tons d.w., owners Waterway Shipping Lithuania, inward bound for Sharpness. At 11.00 cargo vessel Celtic Mariner, 3,676 tons d.w., owners Charles Willie & Co Charter Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 14.07 container ship Fresco Askold, 13,806 tons d.w., owners Astro Moon Shipping Co Russia, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.04. At 15.02 bulk carrier IDC Falcon, 55,803 tons d.w., owners Sahin Gemicilik Le Denizcilik Turkey, inward bound for Port Talbot.

14/9 at 11.25 bulk carrier Union Mariner, 81,964 tons d.w., owners Euroforum Marine Co Ltd Greece outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 08.01 hrs.

15/9 at 17.37 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

18/9 at 14.40 tanker Sea Power, 13,096 tons d.w., owners Sea Power Shipholding SA Greece, outward bound Newport from having sailed at 22.59 12th. hrs. At 17.20 container ship MSC Sena, 35,966 tons d.w., owners Altair Carriers Co SA Cyprus, outward bound from having sailed at 11.14.

19/9 at 07.10 ocean going tug Christos XXIV, 677 tons d.w., owners not known, inward bound for Swansea.

21/9 at 09.55 cargo vessel Hathor, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Q-Shipping BV. Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport. At 14.10 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 0745.

23/9 at 12.00 vehicle carrier Hoegh America, 21,182 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.15. At 12.15 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja 2 SNC France, inward bound from Portbury. At 13.41 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

25/9 at 16.16 buoy tender vessel THV Mair, owners Trinity House Harwich, inward bound for Barry.

27/9 at 11.46 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w. owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.At 12.12 container ship Fesco Askold, 13,806 tons d.w., owners Astro Moon Shipping Co Russia, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.17 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w., inward bound for Portbury At 14 26 vehicle carrier Olympian Highway, 20,445 tons d.w., owners care of K Line Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.32. At 15.00 hrs cargo vessel Triple S, 5,192 tons d.w., owners Triple S Ltd Montenegro, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 09.03.

28/9 at 11.25 buoy maintenance vessel Patricia, 990 tons d.w., owners Lloyds Nimrod Care of Trinity House Harwich, working on the outer buoy Bideford Bay. (She departed approx 12.30 for Caldey Island, South Wales).

30/9 at 13.24 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards,

Norman.

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One hundred years ago – October 1918.

On October 1st the Gazette proclaims that it has been “The Greatest Week of the War” with the Western Front ablaze and Bulgaria surrendering; the following week we are told that “pincers are closing on the Western Front”; Franz Ferdinand’s successor Charles 1 has “renounced participation in State affairs”. Towards the end of October we begin to hear hints that Germany is making moves towards peace.

However on the home front, tribunals continue to take place as men are still needed. In fact a Government directive has been issued to all Chairmen of Tribunals warning them to show no favour or deviation from the required replacement soldiers. Mr W C Friendship, baker, has been exempted until March 1919 with many other men given 3 or 6 month exemptions.

The many friends of Capt. J Whitefield RNR of Westcroft, Bideford will be pleased to learn of the further honour that he has won in the discharge of his duty in seeking the destruction of enemy submarines. He has previously been awarded the Italian Bronze Medal for military valour. He has now had the Distinguished Service Cross conferred.

Alderman J M Metherell, J P and R S Chope, J P, ex -Mayor of Bideford will be among those visiting the Western Front this weekend at the invitation of the War Office.

The local food committee notices state that the maximum price allowed to be charged for milk is 7d per quart, with butter capped at 2/4d per pound.

Jam, marmalade, syrup, treacle and honey will be rationed from November 3rd. Children from 6-18 years will receive an extra ration of jam. Perkins & Son, Fruit Merchants of The Quay, Bideford, have been appointed receivers and packers of fruit for licensed jam factories. They will pay 3d per pound for blackberries and £12 per ton for small apples.

A £1 reward has been offered for information regarding the theft of birds’ eggs from the museum.

The Barley Mow Inn in Mill Street, Bideford, is offered for sale.

The North Devon Permanent and Terminable Benefit Building Society based at Bridge Buildings in Bideford (established 1853) offers a rate of 3.5% on deposits. Mortgages are granted on Easy Terms.

Harvest festivals and thanksgivings are being held around the area, including at Instow, Littleham, Little Torrington and Lavington in Bideford.

It is interesting to note that the Swastika was an international symbol signifying good luck until a German Nationalist leader adopted it in 1920, and it is now reviled world-wide.

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Time to make sure you’re on the Electoral Register.

Every year all Councils update their Electoral Register, and as part of this every residential property in the Torridge District has been sent a Household Registration Form. Every household needs to reply every year in order to stay on the electoral register so that they can vote in future elections, even if there are no changes to record. The forms tell householders who currently appears on the electoral register at their address.

Over 82% of properties in the area have responded to the forms, but 18% of properties have yet to respond. Over the coming weeks the 18% who have not yet responded will be visited by a electoral canvassers to encourage them to confirm the details held for their property or make any necessary amendments on the form.

House to house calls will take place between 28 September and 12 November. All canvassers will carry identification and may visit the properties during early evenings and at the weekends as well as during the day. Registering to vote gives you the opportunity to have a say on important issues that affect you. If you are not on the Electoral Register, you cannot vote. Registering to vote does not mean you have to vote, it just means you can if you want to. If you are not on the Electoral Register it may also affect your credit rating, which may lead to difficulty when applying for mortgages, credit cards or even a mobile phone contract.

Residents can either hand the completed form to the canvasser, return the form in the post to the Council, respond online, or respond by telephone. Residents responding online or by phone do not need to send the form back to the Council Offices.

For more information contact the electoral services team on 01237 428739 or elections@torridge.gov.uk.

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The Pannier Market in October.

Bideford Pannier Market – Open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.00am to 4.00pm

The summer is over, but there is still plenty going on in and around the Market Complex.

October 23rd – 27th we will be joining in with Wicked Week; there will be activities taking place every day; more details will emerge later.

Don’t forget you too can have a stall in the Pannier Market – just contact Richard Coombes in the Bideford Town Hall on 01237 428817 – cheapest market rates in Devon, I believe.

The free mini-bus on Tuesdays & Saturdays is proving to be a success. This is available to both local people and tourists.

Trev / Jo Hill. Minxy’s Sweets.

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Exmoor Pony Centre – October.

News from the Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, Dulverton TA22 9QE

Activity Days have finished now until Halloween, but the Pony Centre is still open to visitors at the usual times. Do come and say hello, and see the ponies before their winter holidays.

We would like to say a huge thank you to another Just Giving fundraiser, 11 year old Sophie Candish, who (accompanied by her mother) has roller-skated 50 miles from Bristol to Bath and back to raise funds for our ponies. An amazing achievement. Thank you, Sophie. It’s not too late to support these fundraisers, should you wish to do so.

Pascoe, seen above in the photo with Lydia, is progressing well with his training to become a riding pony. He seems to be completely fearless and not bothered by anything on the road, though his curiosity almost got the better of him the first time he met a bull. He is a real character and a great favourite with everyone at the Centre as he just loves all the attention.

We are eagerly awaiting the results of our Tesco Minehead’s Bags of Help appeal which finished at the end of August. Some of our volunteers spent a day in the store handing out leaflets and talking to people (and, of course, watching to see which bin the tokens were going in to) and we were really touched by the interest and good wishes of the shoppers, may of whom stopped to talk, ask questions and wish us good luck.

Wed 24 October 6.30 – 9pm. Join our Exmoor ponies in a Dark Skies Event on a night-time walk followed by hot chocolate and marshmallows at the Centre and a talk by the Exmoor Natural History Society and David Brabban. Booking is recommended. £3 adult. £2 child. This is a family event and we hope lots of people will join in the evening’s activities.

Thursday 25th October – Halloween Activity Afternoon – 12 midday – 3pm. In addition to our usual activities there will be a spooky Halloween Trail. Follow the trail and claim your treat.

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheExmoorPonyCentre

Email: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Tel: 01398 323093.

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Buzz Byte; Alan Turing.

Do you know who Alan Turing was? Until I watched the 2014 film ‘The Imitation Game’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch, I did not know who he was and what he had contributed.

Mr Turing was a highly intelligent mathematician and logician. During World War II he worked for the government to crack the enemy’s codes that they received on a recovered Enigma machine. Mr Turing deviated from his original purpose and devised a machine that was eventually used to decrypt the coded messages. Along with his fellow code-breakers, working at Bletchley Park, an electro-mechanical device, named the ‘Bombe’ was created to speed up the detection of the key to that day’s encoded enigma messages. It is said the Churchill declared Mr Turing’s efforts had shortened the war by two years, saving millions of lives across the globe. This work earned him the title of ‘The Father of Modern Computing.’

It was Alan Turing who developed the idea of the modern computer and data science. Back in 1936 he wrote a paper about humans’ ability to perform a specified task ; he created a ‘universal machine’ which could decode and perform any set of instructions. It would be another 10 years before his concept was turned into a practical machine. The telephone decryption, codenamed Delilah, which he worked on during his time at Bletchley Park gave him practical experience with electronics. In 1946 Mr Turing designed the Automatic Computing Engine (ACE), which stored programmes in its memory. The key principles of theoretical and applied mathematics along with engineering and computer skills allowed him to be pioneering in these developments towards technology.

I thought that artificial intelligence (AI) was a relatively new concept, but Mr Turing had already devised the notion by claiming that a computer could rival independent human thought. He compared human and machine outputs; the Turing test. In these he predicted the advancement of AI. In his initial tests an interrogator asked the same questions of a human and a computer, not knowing which was which,(the computer responses were textual.) He debated whether computers should be seen as intelligent from the response. The idea was to determine if a computer could imitate a human, and from Facebook’s recent endeavour into AI, they can.

This is only a brief look into a very interesting and influential life. Alan Turing died in 1954, just short of his 42nd birthday, a victim of his sexuality.

Nickie Baglow.

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Book Buzz.

Reading has always been a source of huge pleasure to me. From a very early age I devoured books, admittedly helped by parents who both saw reading as one of life’s greatest pleasures. My father encouraged my love of poetry reading Robert Louis Stevenson and AA Milne at bedtime.

I devoured everything from Enid Blyton to Jane Austen although I remember being unimpressed by Sir Walter Scott!. Later on my mother persuaded me to try her own favourites, Iris Murdoch, Susan Hill and Elizabeth Taylor.

Nowadays I order regularly from the library as well as browsing their shelves in between times. I have also read or re-read some of my own collection of books, although there are some I know I will never attempt, like ‘War and Peace’ and “Madame Bovary’.

Belonging to a reading group does give me the opportunity to try out authors I might otherwise dismiss. A case in point was when the group recently read ‘Child 44’ by Tom Rob Smith. Although the unrelieved gloom was hard to take for some readers, it described in detail life during the Stalinist regime at the end of World War 2. People who didn’t conform were declared traitors and shot or sent to the Gulags without mercy. Even people’s thoughts came under scrutiny in a way reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984.

All this was a surprise to me as until reading this book, admittedly a novel, I had never been aware of the true nature of Stalin’s Russia. But this is exactly where books take you. Wanting to find out more, I looked at the library online catalogue and decided to try Solzenetisyn’s ‘Gulag Archipelego’. The jury’s out as to whether or not I shall read it in full, but borrowing from the library gives me the chance to sample and decide.

And oh the pleasure of a new novel by a favourite author. I have spent the weekend reading the new Patrick Gale ‘Take nothing with you.’ It describes a young boy growing up (ironically in an old people’s home in Weston, owned by his parents) and his delight and happiness from learning a musical instrument ; the satisfaction of achievement. I am re learning the piano and can empathise with this feeling.

The library is a great place to start your reading adventure. It’s still free to join and you can borrow up to ten books for three weeks. They also have books on tape and Kindle reads to download. Check out their website at https://www.devonlibraries.org.uk/ where you can browse their catalogue and order online.

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Bideford Library events.

‘A Truce with Time’

an Exhibition by artist Clare Petherick. Inspired by the poetry of Mary Stella Edwards. Runs until Saturday 1st December at Bideford Library. Intrigued? Come and see Clare’s wonderful artwork hidden among the shelves of the library’s Chope Collection……

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Shipping notes No. 161 (11th – 31st August).

Bideford Quay.

No cargoes since last issue.

Captain Hoad, the pilot since 1999, has officially retired and Capt Davis is now the pilot for the Rivers Torridge and Taw.

Appledore.

LE George Bernard Shaw is due for delivery to the Irish Navy in early September.  Trinity House buoy vessel Mair arrived 21/8 and sailed on 23rd for Barry.

Yelland Quay.

31/8 – the tug Sarah Grey arrived with floating crane in tow and berthed her at the old Yelland Oil Jetty to undertake work in the estuary.

 

 

Bristol Channel Observations.

11/8 at 11.07 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.05 cargo vessel Right Step, 4,400 tons d.w., owners Profy PP Ukraine, inward bound for Avonmouth.

12/8 at 12.45 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 20,111 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. A number of people saw the tanker Gulf Crystal, 74,999 tons d.w., owners Gulf Crystal Shipping Ltd Dubai UAE, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.15 11th anchored in Bideford Bay awaiting orders. (Sailed for Antwerp about 14.20 25th ).

14/8 at 0955 cargo vessel Wilson Borg, 3,720 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 11.25 tanker Stolt Greenshank, 4,449 tons d.w, owners Broving Stainless AS care of Stolt Nielsen BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

21/8 at 17.35 cargo vessel Zeycan Ana, 8,500 tons d.w., owners Zeycan Maritime Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 21.18 16th. At 19.00 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,700 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

23/8 at 08.32 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja 2 SNC, France inward bound for Portbury. At 20.30 ro-ro vessel Grande Benin, 26,009 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.38.

24/8 at 10.40 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on 25th at 08.55 having sailed from Portbury at 03.59). At 11. 07 container ship ER Hobart, 13,879 tons d.w., owners Reedererei Blue Star Holding SA Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.18).

25/8 at 10.12 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,365 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.40 sail training vessel Lord Nelson, 368 gross tons, owners Sail Training Trust UK, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 07.17. At 19.10 cargo vessel Edzard Cirksena, 3,627 tons d.w., owners Kaptain Siegfried Bojen Schiffahrtsbetrieb EK Germany, inward bound for Newport.

27/8 at 10.50 vehicle carrier Taurus Leader, 19,278 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.18. At 12.15 cable layer Dependable, 9,200 tons d.w., owners Tyco Dependable Co USA, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 13.07 bulk carrier Crux, 32,744 d.w., owners Palme Shipping Co Greece, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 07.15. At 15.02 cargo vessel Denizhan Trio, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Trio Ship Invest Corp Turkey, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 08.47 25th.

29/8 at 14.41 vehicle carrier Nordic Ace, 7,387 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Ltd Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

30/8 at 07.30 container ship Fesco Askold, 13,806 tons d.w., owners Astro Moo Shipping Co Russia, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.18.

31/8 at 11.55 tanker Oramalia, 6,863 tons d.w., owners Malia Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards,

Norman.

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Felicity’s September fish recipe.

They have been catching salmon on the River Torridge for a thousand years and this year at the Appledore and Instow Regatta there was an advert for the Open Salmon Boat races, which said that back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s there were 36 licensed salmon boats on the rivers Taw and Torridge.

Now there are none remaining! We need to celebrate the local salmon fishing skills and traditions.

So Keep Appledore Fishing.

Please join us on the Sustainable Fish Education group if you would like to help the Celebration we are planning next year ; like us on Appledoresustainabelfish face book, or contact info@sustainabelfisheducation.com.

With this lovely outdoor summer weather, we have all been able to plan BBQs. Here is an interesting easy recipe from Jamie Oliver, with a cucumber yoghurt and/or a chilli salsa which can be prepared and eaten with most BBQ food.

Crispy BBQ Salmon.

1 x1.5kg side of salmon, scaled and pin boned, or a fillet of salmon with skin on, as large as required!

Method.

1. Place the salmon skin-down on a plastic board, and using a sharp knife slash it evenly all over on the fleshy side, making the incisions about 1cm deep.

2. Scatter lemon zest and most of some chopped fennel tops or basil over the salmon and then push them into the incisions.

3. Rub the fish lightly all over with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, with extra on the skin.

4. Lay the salmon skin down on the hot BBG bars for approx. mins. Carefully turn the salmon side or fillets over and cook for 2/3 mins – while it is cooking gently lift off the skin away from the skin and cook separately until crispy.

5. Do not overcook; lift it off and place on a nice plate or board and allow to cool, then break into pieces for serving alongside the crispy skin.

Cucumber Yoghurt.

1 cucumber, peeled lengthwise in strips.

300ml natural yoghurt.

1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped.

A bunch of mint or oregano leaves, chopped.

Extra virgin olive oil.

Cut the cucumber in half, remove and discard the seeds, chop it up and mix it in a bowl with the yoghurt. Balance the flavours with the lemon juice, half the chopped chilli and half the chopped herbs. Drizzle over a little extra virgin olive oil. Season carefully with salt and pepper.

Chilli Salsa.

1-2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped.

Extra virgin oil.

2-3 med. ripe tomatoes.

½ cucumber, peeled and finely diced.

Juice of 1 lime.

2 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced.

Small handful of fresh chopped coriander leaves.

1 avocado, peeled and chopped.

Mix all these ingredients together and sprinkle with whole coriander when served.

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One hundred years ago – September 1918.

There are several Court cases this month that are worthy of mention.

Brought before Bideford Borough Magistrates was Frank Rendall, 21, a clerk of 15 Victoria Grove Meddon Street. He pleaded Not Guilty to a charge of “riding a cycle furiously” down Bideford High Street at 8.30pm on Saturday August 17th. According to the police report he was doing a least 20 mph and barely avoiding the groups of public walking in the street. He rode around the Bank corner, reappeared from Mill Street and was apprehended. Being found Guilty he was given the option of 14 days imprisonment or a fine and after reflection decided to accept a fine of One Guinea.

The Bench at Bideford County Sessions, made up of Messrs A G Duncan, the mayor Mr A Adams, Rev C H Vivian, F W Bennett, J Henriz-Smith, S Fulford, J Cock and W T Charlewood, hears of 2 youths summoned for using petrol for driving a vehicle under hire that was not properly licenced.

Wm Jenkins of Bay View Northam was fined for failing to obscure a light that could be seen for miles. Fined 6/- as a warning. The owner of 12 Kingsley Terrace Westward Ho! fined one guinea for not keeping a register of lodgers.

A 12 year old boy who pleaded guilty to stealing a pocket watch from a waistcoat in a harvest field and who was recently convicted of cruelty to a horse was ordered to receive 6 strokes of the birch. (In the United Kingdom, birching as a judicial penalty, in both its juvenile and adult versions, was abolished in 1948, but it was retained until 1962 as a punishment for violent breaches of prison discipline.)

Farmers are requested to note that Prisoners of War are available for threshing at the rate of 5d per hour and can be obtained from the POW camps at South Molton, Charles, Knowstone, Worlington and Shebbear. The men will have to be fetched and returned.

Mid-September sees the following report about Parkham weather “It is now much against any progress being made with the corn harvest. The corn which is not cut is being driven down by boisterous weather and will be very slow and troublesome to cut and will cause a lot of wastage by the ripe corn falling out. The outlook at present is rather serious with much corn waiting to be stacked”.

At Hartland the cottages and blacksmith shop mentioned last month sold to Mr John Goaman for £105.

A W Cock auctioneers have an auction at the Friendship Hotel where Nos 1-4 Clarence Terrace Meddon Street were to be sold. Number 1 sold to Mr George Brend for £245 and Number 2 to Mr Robert Ellis for £260. Numbers 2 & 4 were withdrawn at £240 & £255 but were subsequently sold after the auction for higher prices.

These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford & District Community Archive at the Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 9.30am – 1pm.

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Buzz Word.

Handy Cross POW Camp.

I am from Oberhausen, Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia.  I am currently working on a concept for a book about the World War 11 from the point of view of a German prisoner who spent his captivity at POW Camp in Bideford, Handy Cross. Specifically, it is about my father, who unfortunately died in 2007. I would like to use his memories, letters and narratives as the basis for this book.  I need information or clues that I could use in the book. I have already found some on Wikipedia. Is there perhaps further information?  For example, number of guards, how many people were housed there, did the prisoners work and where?  I have included some pictures and postcards from that time (1946-47) – below – and think he was friendly with the Watsons as shown in these photos with my father (on the left). Many thanks and best regards from Germany. 

Uwe Gross.  (Email supplied).

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Amy Pascoe.

I always read the ‘Buzz’ and commend you and your other volunteers for the fine little magazine. The July ’18 edition took my notice with the “Ladies’ Golf Celebrates 150 years”.

I have been compiling a history of my wife’s family ; Amy Pascoe mentioned in the article was her great great aunt. Amy was a keen sportswoman, particularly golf, and is understood to have been an acquaintance of the composer Dame Ethel Smyth (1858-1944) and the Empress Eugenie (1826-1920) of France at Farnborough Hill. She was Lady Champion, 1896, at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake.

Ian Harrison.

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Stella Temple.

The booklet on 150 years of Ladies Golf featured in your July edition (a thoroughly enjoyable read) makes mention of the sporting prowess of Miss Stella Temple. Her golf alone was of a very high standard: she accompanied the English Ladies Golf Champion to America in 1909 to compete in the U S Ladies Championship, and Miss Temple herself was runner up in the English Ladies Championship in 1912. From a family with a military background, in June 1916 she joined the Red Cross as a ‘chauffeuse’ – she drove vehicles in ambulance convoys to and from the big military hospitals in Northern France, latterly ranked as ‘Commandant’. This work earned her the MBE in January 1919 – she died from pneumonia, following influenza on the 22nd March of that year. She is remembered on the memorial in St Margarets, Northam and on the Northam War Memorial.

I am hoping to mark the 100th anniversary of her death next year with the laying of a wreath. My researches have yet to reveal exactly where she is now buried – if any ‘Buzz’ reader can help me there, I would very much appreciate it.

Michael Sampson.

Name and address supplied.

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Burton Art Gallery – September/ October.

  A major exhibition opened on October 6th.   Peter Rabbit : Mischief and Mayhem is a fun and interactive exhibition which tells the story of the creation of Peter Rabbit and includes rarely exhibited original artworks and manuscripts as well as toys and games developed by Beatrix Potter. This exhibition is suitable for all ages and is very family friendly. (Runs until January 14th 2019).

 

We have another exciting exhibition – Print Rebels: Haden, Palmer, Whistler and the origins of the RE, an opportunity to see the work of printmaking greats.  Opened on Saturday 22nd September,  runs until November 4th.

To find out more about all our events call 01237 471 455, email info@theburton.org or visit www.theburton.org. Admission is free. Open Mon-Sat: 10am-4pm; Sun: 11am-4pm.

Naomi Wilson.

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Shipping notes No. 160 (July/ August).

Bideford Quay.

Nothing since last issue . (Slight amendment for last month to the crew of the Celtic Endeavour; should have read Polish and Russian).

Appledore.

LE George Bernard Shaw returned to the yard on 16th 21.00. At the time of going to press no news of further trials.

Bristol Channel Observations.

14/7 at 09.25 bulk carrier Peace Pearl, 76,431 tons d.w., owners Peace Pearl Shipping SA Hong Kong, outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 05.54.

15/7 at 08.50 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.54 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.55 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.40. At 15.31 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w. owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 15.40 16th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.27).

17/7 at 16.00 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

19/7 At 18.25 vehicle carrier CSCC Tianjin, 12,300 tons d.w, owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury. (Again on the 21/7 at 06.08 outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.05).

20/7 At 17.12 vehicle carrier Ruby Ace, 18,724 tons d.w., owners Mitsui OSK Lines Japan, inward bound for Portbury & slow steaming in Bideford Bay. (Seen again outward bound 21/7 at 21.10 having sailed at 17.08).

22/7 at 19.00 vehicle carrier Lavender Ace, 17,262 tons d.w. owners Mitsui OSK Lines Japan inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on 23/7 at 19.56 outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 14.50). At 20.30 the tanker Stolt Redshank, 4,999 tons d.w., owners Stolt Nielsen BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed 16.34.

23/7 at 18.04 cargo vessel Rebecca Hartmann, 2,420 tons d.w., owners Hammann Prahn Reederei Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

24/7 at 11.52 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury. (At 11.30 26/7 vessel seen again outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.27). At 20.00 the vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.30.

27/7 at 14.30 container ship MSC Sena, 35,966 tons d.w., owners Altair Carriers Co SA Cyprus, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 10.09. At 14.57 vehicle carrier Equuleus Leader, 20,141 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

30/7 at 08.27 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

3/8 at 13.57 vehicle carrier RCC Prestige, 11,196 tons d.w., owners Prestige Ray Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

5/8 at 12.45 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.40 cargo vessel BBC Bahrain, 7,967 tons d.w., owners Briese Heavylifts GMBH & Co K.G Germany, inward bound for Swansea. At 21.00 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w. owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

7/8 at 07.40 vehicle carrier Grande Ellade, 18,440 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.58 Grande Portogallo, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

8/8 at 08.17 cargo vessel Darina, 4,554 tons d.w., owners Spaarnediep 11 BV Russia, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.00 7/8. At 19.40 tanker Gulf Crystal, 74,999 tons d.w., owners Gulf Crystal Shipping Ltd Dubai UAE, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.50 cargo vessel Paula C, 5,000 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Cowes IOW, inward bound for Sharpness.

10/8 at 08.05 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury. At 21.35 bulk carrier Lapis, 24,804 tons d.w. owners Sochi Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Newport.

Regards, Norman.

Editor’s Note.

We will continue to publish Norman’s shipping news on our website at www.bidefordbuzz.org.uk.

Hard copies can also be supplied on request. Contact us on editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk or via Norman on 01271 861183 or Hardaker33@btinternet.com

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