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 and distributed by a team of volunteers, with financial and practical assistance from  Bideford Bridge Trust, Devon Community Foundation, Bideford Town Council, Torridge Volunteer Resource Centre, Devon Library Services, and many others.   If you are interested in helping produce, develop, or distribute this newsletter we’ll be glad to hear from you.

Please note that for commercial notices there is a charge from £15 per month – cheques payable to ‘Bideford Buzz’.

You can submit your article on disc or by e-mail.    However, ‘snail mail’ is equally acceptable. Material for publication should reach us by the 15th of 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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Torridge in top four safest & most hygienic places to eat out in UK.

 

A recent media report has highlighted both Torridge and North Devon as two of the top four districts in the UK with the highest proportion of food establishments rated “Good” to “Very Good”. The report in the Guardian Newspaper highlighted that across the UK one in 13 restaurants and one in seven takeaways in the UK have failed food hygiene inspections because they are dirty or have poor procedures. The report found that of the 460,000 business examined, 30,000 or 6.4% had failed their inspections. In Torridge only 3 out of 616 establishments, or less than 0.5%, are rated as requiring improvements, with two out of the three already having complied with notices to make changes

The Food Hygiene Rating Scheme ranging from zero (urgent improvement needed) to five (very good) was introduced to help people choose where to eat out or shop for food by telling them how seriously any business takes their food hygiene standards. The scheme is run by local authorities and applies to restaurants, pubs, cafes, takeaways, hotels, supermarkets and other food shops.

Each business is given their hygiene rating when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the business’s local authority. The food safety officer inspecting the business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at:

how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored

the condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities

how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe

At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings from ‘0-5’.

Zero to Two is considered a failing rating, whereas three to five is satisfactory. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the business was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards and critically in Torridge there are currently no establishments with a zero rating, with nearly 89% being awarded the very highest top rating of ‘5’.

Janet Williams – Torridge District Councils Environmental Health Manager said:

It’s pleasing to know that proportionally under the FSA rating scheme we have some of the best run and most hygienic food establishments compared to anywhere in the UK. Of course the owners of many businesses should take the credit for the excellent hygiene standards they maintain. But we do work closely with many businesses to help them set up the right processes and create the right environment to manage food safely. Our routine inspections ensure that these standards are maintained and any issues are dealt with promptly. We also offer an advisory service to companies during their design and setup phase and try to encourage businesses to involve us during their planning.”

The rating of any establishment in participating districts can be viewed on the food standards agency website and further information can also be found on the Torridge Council website under www.torridge.gov.uk/food

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Tarka Child Contact Centre AGM, 11th October.

The Tarka Child Contact Centre will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, 11th October, 2016, at Bazeley, Barnes & Bazeleys Solicitors, 24 Bridgeland Street, Bideford, at 5.30pm.

Any items for agenda or nominations for office must be sent in writing by October 5th to the Co-ordinator, c/o 14 Bridgeland Street, Bideford, EX39 2QE. If you would like more information about the Centre and the service we provide, please call 07530 605681.

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Bideford Lions Club – charity concert, 22nd October.

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RNLI art exhibition & workshops, 20th- 23rd October.

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October’s Youth Page.

A blistering time.

Ah, the marathon. Named when peppy soldier, Pheidippides, legged it 25 miles from Marathon to Athens in 490 BC, to announce the defeat of the Persians. The fact he collapsed and died shortly after this feat has not deterred us from having a go ourselves and hoping to do what Pheidi could not: survive.

Admittedly, the Barnstaple half marathon ( 25th September) is a lesser task- only 13.5 miles in a roundabout route that encompasses the Tarka trail and one steep incline – though even this is further than many would choose to walk. For example, if you were turfed out of a car in Barnstaple, most would rather pop into the Boston Tea-party for a smoothie then take the bus home, not merrily set off for a jog to Fremington. Even fewer still would be willing to sprint back to Barnstaple at a moment’s notice because they forgot their hat. This is roughly the route our half runners must take. Full marathon entrants carry on further up to the car park at Vellator; then it’s out to Chivenor where they will perform an odd loop-de-loop at the army base before returning back to Rock park. In our real life analogy ,then, you find your friends aren’t parked where you hoped they’d be, this leads to a severe psychotic episode in a military facility, which you break into and do a frenzied lap of their tennis courts. Unlikely, though not outwith the bounds. This sheer unlikelihood however means that when we do run 25 miles for any reason, our bodies aren’t really used to it, and fight back in a number of ways. Pheidippides’ fought back in the worst way possible and this is why a good training regime in the months leading to the big day is essential. Be it 2 or 3 practice runs a week and plenty of energy foods like pasta, or a combination of press ups and cardiovascular exercises, it’s just common courtesy to let your heart and organs prepare for what’s coming to them. By the time this goes to press, the Barnstaple run will probably be in the past- if so, good luck from the future, we wish you all well and hope you stay hydrated.

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For anyone whose feet are aggravated balls of pus right now, here are our top 5 blister remedies!

1.) Aloe vera. The anti-inflammatory available at most chemists will help reduce painful swellings. As will Witch Hazel, this contains astringent tannins that will dry out the blister too.

2.) Castor oil. Probably lurking at the back of your cupboard right now, if you wipe this on the blister before bed ( maybe leave your feet poking out the bottom to avoid the hell of greasy covers) let it sit overnight and dry/ heal the sore.

3.) Vitamin E. Oil or creams can be applied directly to the patch in question- as it contains great skin healing properties. Vitamin E pills also help in a less direct manner.

4.) Green tea. Rather cheap, with anti- inflammatory properties, these can be tossed into boiling water with a little baking soda. Wait for it to cool, so third degree burns are not added to your list of pains, soak a gauze and apply it to your foot.

5.) Apple cider vinegar. Last but not least, apple cider vinegar may sting, but it has antibacterial properties to help avoid infection. You’ve just run a race for charity, it seems only fair you’re not bed ridden as a result.

As we approach autumn, more and more fun runs seem to be popping up, so good luck to all, and remember to take it at your own pace!

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.

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One hundred years ago – October 1916.

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This month the newspaper is overwhelmed with news from the war. Several pages are given over to “reports from the Front”. All the villages without exception are announcing casualties, injuries and, sadly, deaths to their men who had been called up to fight. Occasionally the news is gladdened with an account of heroism and a medal award.

An advert appears in the mid October edition covering 5 columns wide and half a page deep by the British American Tobacco Company offering to send cigarettes by post to soldiers in France. Orders may be taken in to any tobacconist and the smallest order was for 280 Wild Woodbines for 3/3d, 1000 will cost 9/-. More expensive Gold Flake are 280 for 5/- and 1000 for 15/- and the most expensive cigarette Navy Cut will cost 8/6d for 500 and 16/- for 1000. Orders can also be posted to troops in India. The advert concludes with this ditty:      There aint no shops to shop in and there aint no grand hotels, When you spend your days in dugouts doin’ ‘olesale trade in shells”

At home men aged 41 and over will now be called up and Notice papers A F W 3195 will be sent to all men shown on the military registers as belonging to one or other of those groups, attested or not unless they have been marked on the register as having some form of excusable work. It has been reported before of exemption courts hearing pleas from traders, farmers and businesses to keep what male labour they have, usually without much success.

Harvest has been completed and festival services are taking place across the area. However a great gale springs up towards the end of the month, and a Norwegian steamer, “Rollon”, laden with coal for the war and France which had recently loaded and left Wales suffered a catastrophic shifting of her cargo which capsized the ship totally. Fortunately all the crew were saved but the same gale in South Devon sent coastal trading schooners running for shelter. One was lost with 13 crew drowned.

In Clovelly there is a “Capital Opportunity for a person accustomed to the catering trade”. To be Let by Tender from next Lady Day is The Red Lion Hotel, currently in the occupation of Mr John Moss who is retiring. Enquiries should be made to the Estate Office at Clovelly.

We do not normally report on Court cases but the following illustrates the current situation on men’s reluctance to volunteer for the war. At a local Police Court Ronald Hupert Waldorf Jeffery aged 24 of a local address and described as an agent or tipster was charged on remand with obtaining from a local shop a gold watch and chain valued at £26.10.0d by false pretences and further that being a British national he did on an earlier date this year represent himself to be an American subject contrary to the Aliens Registration Order, further, with being an absentee from the Military Reserve. He was found guilty on all counts, fined 40/- and sent to prison for 6 months to be followed by military service.

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. You can also follow us on our Facebook page, Bideford & District Community Archive.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery; October.

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I visited Brixham Fishstock 2016 on 10th September and sampled the fantastic choice of fish street food stalls and pop up cafes. I ate salt and pepper cuttlefish with chilli sauce, freshly made local Devon fish sushi and Prawn Mac. I finished with delicious churros and chocolate sauce and coffee whilst listening to a great band from Dartmoor! Really worth a visit next year- shall we arrange a group visit?

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Macaroni cheese with added flavours are quite trendy now. Here is my recipe –

Shellfish Cheesy Mac.

Ingredients

300g Macaroni, 100g Cheddar or Gouda cheese,100g Mozzarella cheese, 300ml/1pint milk 50g(large spoonful) flour and 50g butter/low fat spread(check it is suitable for cooking!)

Mustard, pepper and salt to taste

100g Smoked mussels or raw prawns -any size.

Any quantity of Croutons or toasted wholemeal bread.

Tarragon and Dill or Parsley, finely chopped.

Method

Make up a cheesy sauce – Melt butter/spread in saucepan, add the flour and cook for 1 min. Mix in mustard and seasoning and then add the milk in small amounts stirring all the time to gain a sauce that shines (or you could make up a cheddar cheese sauce) and add the grated mozzarella. Add extra milk to keep the sauce runny.

Add the grated Cheddar /Gouda and then the Mozzarella. (This will be quite a runny sauce).

Cook the Macaroni as instructions on the packet (dried pasta has far less calories) – Drain and add to the sauce and stir in tarragon.

Add the smoked mussels or raw prawns and cook until pink, or for approx. 5 mins. Place in individual bowls (could be paper to eat outside).

Crumble the croutons, add finely chopped dill or parsley, and sprinkle over.

Serve Immediately-Yummy!

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Seafood Week is from 7th -14th October – so watch for Seafood events and special offers.

There will be a “Fish in the Dish” event in Appledore Baptist Church on Saturday 29th October (please see the appledoresustainablefish facebook and the Jill Rousseau Gallery website for details. )

Lots of craft, pottery, and a pop up Fish Café – -See you there.

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Burton Art Gallery; October.

October sees a continuation of the Gallery’s Autumn programme, with the very special exhibition of artefacts and memorabilia from the Permanent Collection, Burton art gallerytogether with snippets of history from the early days, when Thomas Burton gave the Gallery to Bideford in memory of his daughter, Mary, who died of cancer in 1949. Over the years there have been exhibitions from the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Arts Council, the Hayward Gallery, and many more, making their way to this small town in North Devon. Bideford’s Burton has been, and still is, an important art gallery on a par with the nationals. It is now 65 years since the Gallery’s opening day on the 31st October, 1951. It became a repository for paintings, antiques, and objects of local interest from that day to this. The Gallery is proud to own works by some of our home-grown artists, such as Bertram Prance, (Punch cartoonist), Allin Braund, (Lithographs), Judith Ackland (watercolours and dioramas, shown in the Royal Academy) and Leslie Worth, (Watercolourist who became President of the Royal Society of Watercolour Artists). Their works have been donated to enhance the Burton’s growing reputation for eclectic excellence. The museum includes the Ceramic Collection from the R.J. Lloyd Collection, with North Devon slipware by the Phillips family of East-the-Water, Harry Juniper of Rope Walk and members of the Leach and Fishleigh families, (almost local). 65 items from the Permanent Collection are on the Gallery’s Facebook page, and you will find a new one each day. The count-down to 65 ends on the 31st October, as expected. The Friends are taking part in the celebration with a cake with a rather special theme. Wait and see!.

Cornelia Parker‘s Exhibition, entitled: “One Day This Glass Will Break” continues until 7th November. Her work is inspired by Fox Talbot’s first photographic images, rather ghost-like, creating designs and patterns from ordinary objects.

If you have artistic talent in the form of painting, original prints, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, or graphics, this is a reminder that the Open Annual Christmas Exhibition will once again enhance the Gallery from the 19th November, through to 24th December, 2016. The Entry and Conditions of Entry forms can be obtained from the Gallery Reception. The cost is £4 per item for members of the Friends, £5 for non-members. Selected works will be shown in gallery 2.If you are unable to collect the forms, please telephone the Gallery on 01237 471455.

The Friends’ next event takes place in the Burton Gallery at 7.30 p.m. on 12th October, when David Thompson, former senior Curator of the Horological Collection at the British Museum, will give an illustrated talk on the life of ‘Charles Octavius Swinnerton Morgan – Clock Collector and Benefactor. To learn more pick up the new brochure from the Gallery.

Gallery opening hours : Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm; Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Admission Free; Also cafe and shop.

Diana Warmington.

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What do Cotswold, Hucklebacks, Capers and Baldricks have in common?

 

Why not take up the Bideford Phoenix Morris Challenge and find out?

Bideford Phoenix Morris invite You to have a go at Morris dancing. On October 5th and October 12th come along to Bideford’s Baptist Church at 7.30pm and learn how to Morris dance. We practise every Wednesday during the winter.

If it’s for you you’ll be dancing with us in Bideford raising money for North Devon Hospice, dancing in the dawn on May 1st 2017, or dancing in Summer 2017 in or around North Devon.

These sessions will be active but fun, a challenge, but given time it is amazing what you can achieve. If you would like to come along contact Jan on 01237 420820. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Book news – October.

 

Bideford Library Events.

This month we welcome a new library supervisor who will be in charge of Bideford and Appledore libraries. She is Annie Brierly who replaces Louise Grainger. Annie will work three days a week, sharing the post with Matt Chamings.

For Kids:

Wicked Week     Half-term fun with a Halloween theme.  Tuesday 25th 10am – 12noon        Creepy Crafts. Drop in for a fun craft session.

Friday 28th 6:15 – 7pm Spooky story-time. Slightly scary stories suitable for all children.

Story time for under-fives        Every Thursday in term time. 9:30-10:00am With stories, musical instruments and songs.

For Adults:

Creative Writing Group Saturday October 10th 2pm – 4pmCreative writing with local author and publisher Nikki Brownson.

Feel Better with a Book (please check with library to confirm the group is running each week)Every Wednesday 10:30-12:00 am      Come and lift your mood through the joy of reading! No pressure and no reading required. The group is led by an experienced facilitator.

Reminiscence Session – Take a trip down memory lane.    Wednesday October 12th 2:00-3:30 pm          Remember back and look forward to sharing your memories with others – chatting and looking at old items.      For anyone aged 60+                     Refreshments provided.

Meditation and Relaxation Group      Thursday September 6th 7:30-8:30 pm                      Wednesday September 19th 2:15- 3:00 pm with Nicola MacDonald

IT Help        Monday and Tuesday afternoons.        For help with getting online, setting up email, using smart phones and tablets and a host of other IT challenges book a one-to-one tuition session with friendly library staff.

Northam Library Events.

Friday 7th October, 2pm – local history walk with Peter Christie. Meet at Northam library and return for refreshments. Places must be booked in advance and donations welcomed.

Monday 24th October 2-4pm at Northam Library – come and meet some interesting creatures with Really Wild Learning. Tickets £2; purchase in advance from the library.

Monday 7th November 2-4pm – Driving Safer for Longer – a free workshop delivered by Devon County Council aimed at keeping older drivers on the road safely for as long as possible. The presentation is informal, interactive, informative and fun! Booking essential as places are limited 01237 475111. Refreshments will be provided by The Friends of Northam Library.

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Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

Meeting Wednesday October 5th 2.00 pm. Discussing ‘Reading in Bed’ by Sue Gee.

Review of last month’s book –

Standing in another man’s grave – Rebus is back’ by Ian Rankin.

For those who know Rebus from previous novels he is his usual belligerent, anarchic and cantankerous self. Although disliked by those in authority in the Police Force he is tolerated because of his high success rate in solving crimes. He is now working in the Cold Case Unit but realises, before anyone else, that there have been several disappearances, recent and not so recent, along the A9. The book has a strong sense of place around the towns and villages along this road. Several members of the group said they’d like to visit this area after reading it. One had been holidaying only two miles off the A9 when reading the book!

Rebus blurs the lines between what might be expected of a policemen and what might not be acceptable. He regularly meets – and drinks with – a local gangster. This brings him to the attention of the Police Complaints Department (I suspect he was already in their sights in previous novels). He seems to have a history of hard drinking and is not averse to using his fists when he thinks it necessary.

There was a mixed response to the book from the group with few finding it particularly memorable (other than the sense of place). The ending was disappointing: there seemed no explanation of why the serial killer committed his crimes, or even as to how Rebus had concluded who the killer was. As such the plot was unclear and not too convincing. Yes, ‘Rebus is back’ – but should he have bothered?

Those in the group who had read other books by Ian Rankin said that other books by him were much better so we shouldn’t be put off by this one.

Peter Evans.

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RNLI – October fish suppers.

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‘FISH MEALS IN OCTOBER’ 2016 IN AID OF APPLEDORE LIFEBOATS.

‘Fish Meals in October’ will be running for the whole month, and many local restaurants and pubs have kindly chosen a week during October during which they have specified one or two fish meals from their menu, evenings and/or lunchtimes, and for every one sold to make a donation in support of our local lifeboats and their brave crews.

As you know, this organisation is made up of local volunteers who save many lives every year in all weathers. The upkeep of the Lifeboats and all the equipment necessary to carry out this magnificent service for the community around our coastline and on our beaches is very great indeed, and we appreciate all the help that we can get in order to keep the lifesaving organisation running.

Therefore we are asking for your support in our efforts, by going out during October and enjoying a meal at your favourite local restaurant, pub, fish & chip shop or delicatessen. There are venues taking part in Barnstaple, lnstow, Appledore, Westward Ho!, Abbotsham and Bideford. For full details of venues and dates please look on newspaper websites, Facebook etc., and see below.

Thank you for your support and generosity.

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Bideford AFC – October home fixtures.

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All matches at Bideford AFC Football Ground, Robin’s Nest, The Strand, Bideford.

Saturday Ist October 15:00 Shortwood Utd

Monday 17th October 19.45. Larkhall Athletic

Saturday 22nd October 15:00 Paulton Rovers

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Bideford Film Society – October.

 

Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Mechanic: Resurrection (15), 99 mins.

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 October at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: ChickLit (15), 96 mins.

Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: The Childhood of a Leader (12A), 115 mins.

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Hell or High Water (15), 102 mins.

Saturday 22 at 5.00pm and Sunday 23 October at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: Finding Dory (U), 97 mins.

Thursday 27 and Saturday 29 October at 7.30pm at Bideford College: Film to be confirmed.

To avoid disappointment please always check our website www.bidefordcinema.org.uk or weekly press for up-to-date listings.

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October diary.

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Saturday 1st

9.30am-12pm Macmillan Coffee Morning at Instow Parish Hall.

11am-6pm Book Festival Café at St Mary’s Hall, Appledore, in aid of North Devon Hospice.

7pm Film Club at Littleham Village Hall. 471928

9pm ‘Muddy Boots’ concert at Village Inn, Westward Ho!

Sunday 2nd

11am-6pm Book Festival Café, St Mary’s Hall, Appledore, in aid of North Devon Hospice.

6.30pm Appledore Band + Festival Sinfonietta at Appledore Book Festival.

Monday 3rd

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

2pm Bideford WI, Sea Cadet Bldg.

6.30pm Yoga & Meditation classes at Pollyfield Centre.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Band – training band at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, followed by senior band.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 4th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pmTai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

2pm Bideford WI, New Sea Cadet Bldg.

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Hall.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Northam Choral Society meet at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Sustainability Group at Blacksmiths Arms.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club meet at Chubb/Churchill hall. 421391

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network,13 Rope Walk

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 5th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.30am Parkinson’s UK meets at Ethelwynne Brown Close. 478128

10.30am-12pm ‘Feel Better with a Book’ at Bideford Library.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817 976053

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at Holy Trinity hall, Westward Ho! 475720

2pm Bideford Library Readers’ Group. 476075

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club meet at Northam Hall. 423554

7.30pm Bideford Music Club concert – Hannah Morgan & Daniel King-Smith –at Bideford Methodist Church Hall.

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

7.30pm Bideford Phoenix Morris practise at Bideford Baptist Church 473798

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 441601

Thursday 6th

10-11 & 11-12 Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

10am-12pm See Hear on Wheels at Hartland Pavilion.

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum meet at Northam Methodist Hall. 459757

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf Car Park. 421528

2-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) bus at Pill Car Park. 01271 373236

2-3pm Seated Exercise for over 60s at W Ho! Baptist Hall. 01805 622666

7pm Hartland Aikido Club for over 18s at Bucks Cross Village Hall.

7.30pm Appledore Men’s Group at Appledore Library Meeting Rm.459299

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 7th

2-4pm ‘Sew Together’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 01805 622666

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 8th

9am-2pm Atlantic Village Market.

10am Torridge Ramblers day walk. 01805 622183

2-4pm Creative Writing Group at Bideford Library 700901

Monday 10th

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

6.30pm Yoga & Meditation classes at Pollyfield Centre.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Band – training band at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore followed by senior band.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Bideford Stamp Club – David Evans at Kingsley Hall, W.Ho! 472101

Tuesday 11th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10am-12pm Macular Society Support Group at Burton Gallery. 441466

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pm Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club at Baptist Church Hall.

2.30pm ‘Lift Off for ladies’ at Baptist Church, Westward Ho! 0792 636030

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

7-9pm ‘Torridge Tuesday’ at Ethelwynne Close. 07977 184897

7.30pm Northam Choral Society meet at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club meet at Chubb/Churchill hall. 421391

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network,13 Rope Walk

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 12th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

10.30am-12pm ‘Feel Better with a Book’ at Bideford Library.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

2pm Tea with Friends at St Mary’s Church.

2-3.30pm ‘Bideford Friends’ at Burton Art Gallery. 01805 622666

4-6pm ‘Sew Together’ at Northam Library.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club meet at Northam Hall. 423554

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

7.30pm Bideford Phoenix Morris practise at Bideford Baptist Church. 473798

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 441601

Thursday 13th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum meet at Northam Methodist Hall. 459757

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf Car Park. 421528

10-11 & 11-12 Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

12.30-2pm Fish & Chip Club for over 60s at Royal Plaice, Appledore. 471394

2-3pm Seated Exercise for over 60s at W Ho! Baptist Hall. 01805 622666

7pm Hartland Aikido Club for over 18s at Bucks Cross Village Hall.

7.30pm N Devon British Bike Club at Robin’s Nest.

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 14th

10am-12pm Northam Reminiscence café at Northam Hall. 459337

10am-12pm Community Coffee Morning at Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 421274

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.

7.30pm Abbotsham WI at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

7.30pm Bideford Machine Knitting Club at Chubb/Churchill Comm. Hall 477532

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 15th

9.00am – 1pm ‘Hearty Breakfast’, Alwington Village Hall. Adults £5 (£6 on door), children £2. Tickets in advance from 01237- 451508, 451045 or 07877 263640.

10.30am Coffee Morning at 1 Francis Drive, Westward Ho! in aid of Help for Rwanda. 477470

Sunday 16th

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 01805 625485

Monday 17th

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group, Appledore Community Hall.

2pm Bideford Ladies Club at Marlborough Court. 421925

6.30pm Yoga & Meditation classes at Pollyfield Centre.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Band – training band at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore followed by senior band.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Appledore Amateur Radio Club, Appledore Football Social Club. 473251

8.30pm N Devon Jazz Club, The Beaver, Appledore. Alison Rayner’s Blow the Fuse.

Tuesday 18th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pm Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Hall.

2.30pm ‘Lift Off for ladies’ at Baptist Church, Westward Ho! 0792 636030

3pm ‘ReflectionsGrief & Loss Group at St Mary’s Church. 475765

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Northam Choral Society meet at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Keyboard & Organ Club – Kevin Grunhill at Bideford Methodist Hall.475914

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club meet at Chubb/Churchill hall. 421391

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network,13 Rope Walk

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 19th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.30am-12pm ‘Feel Better with a Book’ at Bideford Library.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817 976053

1.30-3.30pm ‘Knit & Natter’ Group at Holy Trinity hall, Westward Ho! 475720

4-6pm ‘Sew Together’ at Northam Library.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club meet at Northam Hall. 423554

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

7.30pm Bideford Phoenix Morris practise at Bideford Baptist Church 473798

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 441601

Thursday 20th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum meet at Northam Methodist Hall. 459757

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf Car Park. 421528

10-11 & 11-12 Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

11am Bideford Sustainability Group Coffee Morning at Green Goose.

2-3pm Seated Exercise for over 60s at W Ho! Baptist Hall. 01805 622666

7pm Hartland Aikido Club for over 18s at Bucks Cross Village Hall.

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 21st

10am-4pm Hartland Arts & Craft Society (until 24th).

1-3pm National Adoption information event at Bideford Arts Centre.

2-4pm ‘Sew Together’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church 01805 622666

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

9pm ‘Muddy Boots’ at Fairway Buoy, Westward Ho!

Saturday 22nd

7.30pm ‘Encore’ in concert at Abbotsham Village Hall.

8-11 pm Soul Intention at Pier House Westward Ho! In aid of CHSW. 475246

Monday 24

Start of ‘Wicked Week’.

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

6.30pm Yoga & Meditation classes at Pollyfield Centre.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Band – training band at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore followed by senior band.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 25th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pm Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Hall.

2.30pm ‘Lift Off for Ladies’ at Baptist Church, Westward Ho! 0792 636030

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Northam Choral Society meet at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club meet at Chubb/Churchill hall. 421391

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network,13 Rope Walk

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 26th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

10.30am-12pm ‘Feel Better with a Book’ at Bideford Library.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

2-3.30pm ‘Bideford Friends’ at Burton Art Gallery. 01805 622666

4-6pm ‘Sew Together’ at Northam Library.

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

7.30pm Bideford Phoenix Morris practise at Bideford Baptist Church. 473798

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 441601

Thursday 27th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum meet at Northam Methodist Hall. 459757

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf Car Park. 421528

10-11 & 11-12 Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

2-3pm Seated Exercise for over 60s at W Ho! Baptist Hall. 01805 622666

7pm Hartland Aikido Club for over 18s at Bucks Cross Village Hall.

7.30pm N Devon British Bike Club at Robin’s Nest.

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 28th

10am-1pm Lundy Art Group at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

10am-12pm Community Coffee Morning at Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 421274

10.30am-6pm ‘Fish in a Dish’ event at Appledore Baptist Hall.

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 29th.

7.30pm Autumn charity dance, Woolsery Village Hall, with Bet & Audrey. £5, to include raffle. Bring & share supper.

Monday 31st

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

6.30pm Yoga & Meditation classes at Pollyfield Centre.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Band – training band at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, followed by senior band.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

8.30pm N Devon Jazz Club, The Beaver, Appledore. Josh Kemp Quartet

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Shipping notes No. 139 (August/ September).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Welsh Piper, 3/9.

In port – Bideford Quay.

balmoral-at-bideford-dscf8647Balmoral – built 1949; flag Bristol; owners British; crew British; from Ilfracombe to Ilfracombe; arrived 16/8, sailed 16/8; 224 passengers.

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Elke K – built 1993; flag Delfzijl, Netherlands; owners Dutch; crew Russian & Filipino; from Birdport to Castellon; arrived 18/8, sailed 19/8; loaded 2,870 tons ball clay (2 grades).

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Aristote – (ex- Turbulence, 2002); built 1983; flag Nassau, Bahamas; owners Ukrainian; from Cowes to Rotterdam; arrived 1/9, sailed 2/9; loaded 1,750 tons ball clay.

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At the time of going to press (15/9) the Freshspring should have left the drydock at Sharpness, having passed MCA requirements for the vessel to be towed down the Bristol Channel and berthed at the end of the quay at Victoria Park. There is still a great deal of work to be done to her before she becomes available for the general public to go on board.

Appledore.

One Monday 22nd August the first steel was cut for the fourth patrol vessel for the Irish Navy P64 (at present unnamed), which is due for delivery Summer 2018.

Bristol Channel Observations

14.8 at 17.10 cargo vessel Thopas, 3,290 tons d.w., owners Bluether Shipping Co. Ltd Poland, inward bound for Sharpness. At 1929 cargo vessel Arklow Beacon, 8,660 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.31.

15.8 at 16.03 cargo vessel Naos, 4,258 tons d.w., owners Rum Shipping Ltd Estonia, inward bound for Sharpness. At 21.00 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 16.36. At 21.14 vehicle carrier Grande Togo 26,650 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

17.8 at 10.55 cargo vessel Wilson Gijon, 3,689 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipping A/S Norway, inward bound for Swansea.

19.8 at 15.02 ro-ro vessel Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anita 2SNC France, inward bound for Portbury.

26.8 at 18.33 cargo vessel Ambassadeur, 6,000 tons d.w., owners TSS Ambassadeur CV Netherlands, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 14.31. At 19.40 vehicle carrier Hoegh Xiamen, 12,250 tons d.w., owners OCY Thelon AS Norway (in the colours of Hoegh Autolines Norway), inward bound for Portbury.

27.8 at 10.47 cargo vessel Ditzum, 4,512 tons d.w., owners Briese Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Cardiff.

28.8 At 19.23 the cargo vessel Eduard Cirksena, 3,650 tons d.w., owners Kapitan Siegfried Bojen Schiffahrtsbetrieb Germany, inward bound for Newport.

29.8 at 08.50 bulk carrier Sagar Samrat, 76,404 tons d,w., owners Tata NYK Shipping Pte Singapore, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 04.21. At 12.44 vehicle carrier Glorious Leader, 20,999 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaiska Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.50.

30.8 at 18.00 cargo vessel Baccara, 4,500 tons d.w., owners Kapitan Siegffried Bojen Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

4.9 at 13.48 vehicle carrier CSCC Shanghai, 12,300 tons d.w owners Ray Car Carrier Israel , inward bound for Portbury.

7.9 Understand from Gary Woolaway of the Commodore Hotel at Instow that HMS Bulwark was anchored in the bay participating in exercises with the Royal Marines on Saunton Sands.

10.9 at 09.00 vehicle carrier Grande Spagna, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

11.9 at 08.00 cargo vessel Hekla, 3,592 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Shipping B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 09.00 cargo vessel Dornum, 2,369 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 17.10 cargo vessel Fri Sea, 3,330 tons d.w., owners Kopervik Shipping AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.

12.9 at 18.42 bulk carrier Andermatt, 20,002 tons d.w., owners Massmarinerr SA Switzerland, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 14.23. At 18.51 cargo vessel Encofrador, 6,528 tons d.w., owners Tuqela Veguin Spain, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 13.03.

?Regards,

Norman.

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