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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Open gardens – 18th & 19th July.

Gardens to visit in Woolsery

Open garden and river walk, at Hole Farm, Woolsery, EX39 5RF.?(Signposted off A39 at Bucks Cross)

On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July, from 2-6pm. Admission £3.50, children free.

In aid of NGS charities.

Refreshments available?. All welcome, including dogs on leads.

(A neighbour at ‘Springfield’ is opening on the same days, so worth the trek out!)

More information at www.ngs.org.uk.

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Open garden – 4th & 5th July.

There will be opportunities for keen gardeners, and those who just enjoy looking at gardens, to visit the gardens at Stone Farm, Alverdiscott Road, Bideford in July.

The gardens, extending to over an acre, have been transformed from their traditional farm use. The old pig yard is now a vegetable garden, the chicken run is now beautiful terraced perennial borders, the slurry pit now has banks of arums and dahlias.

This transformation has been achieved by owners Ray and Ilga Auvray, whose family have farmed on the premises since 1921.

The range of activity is impressive. There are polytunnels housing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, aubergines, chillis, and melons; an orchard with a range of traditional apples, pears, damsons and nuts; an extensive vegetable garden which includes raised beds, a fruit cage for soft fruit; herbaceous borders and terraces with varied planting; a ‘white’ garden; a ‘hot’ garden; croquet lawn and specialist borders with less common plants.

Like the rest of the farm, which produces Ruby Red Devon beef, the vegetable gardens are organic, with Soil Association certification.

The gardens are open to the public under the National Garden Scheme, with all proceeds going to charity, on 4th and 5th July from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

After visitors have walked around the gardens, they can sit down for tea with a variety of delicious cakes and pastries.

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Book news – July.

Northam and Bideford libraries

11th July is the launch of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge ‘Record Breakers’, and on the launch day libraries across the country along with the Reading Agency are attempting to set a Guinness World Records title for the ‘most pledges received for a reading campaign’.  We would like as many children as possible to sign up for the challenge on that date, pledges will be counted  from 10-12.30.

At Bideford -

Drop-in children’s craft event

Tues July 28th between 10.00 and 12.00, for children of all ages.

At Northam -

Lego

10.30 -11.30 Friday 31 July.

Record Breaking Bugs

10-12 Wednesday 5 August.

More holiday events next month (Booking essential at Northam.)

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Bideford Library

Story time for under-fives Every Thursday. 9:30-10:00 am (except school holidays). With stories, musical instruments and songs.

Nifty Needles

Every Thursday. 2 – 4pm

For anyone who enjoys embroidery, quilting, knitting, crochet and other handcrafts.

Board Games Afternoon

Every Friday 2 – 5pm

If you enjoy games like chess, scrabble, backgammon or dominoes come and join other enthusiasts for a game.

Feel Better with a Book (please check with library to confirm the group is running each week)

Every Wednesday 10:30-12:00. Come and lift your mood through the joy of reading! The aim of the groups is to enable you to enjoy the pleasure and relaxation of listening to great stories and poems – classical and new – and sharing responses with others. No pressure and no reading required. The group is led by an experienced facilitator.

Creative Writing Group

Saturday July 11th 2pm – 4pm

Creative writing with local author and publisher Nikki Brownson. This is a new group meeting every second Saturday for all aspiring writers looking inspiration and guidance.

Reminiscence Session – Take a trip down memory lane

Wednesday July 8th 2:00-3:30 pm

Remember back… and look forward to sharing your memories with others -

chatting, looking at old items, perhaps creating a book of memories together.

For anyone aged 60+

Refreshments provided

Meditation and Relaxation Group

Thursday July 2nd 7:30-8:30 am. (New session!)

Wednesday July 15th 2:15- 3:00 pm

Guided meditation and relaxation group for adults with Nicola MacDonald.

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Shipping news No. 124 (May/ June 2015).

No shipping at Bideford since last issue.

Activity at Yelland

Welsh Piper, 4.6.15.

Activity at Appledore.

The Irish Patrol vessel LE James Joyce did not sail on the 17th May as predicted. At the time of going to press she is due to sail on the 17th June at 06.00. (Still at yard 1500 1st July, according to Marine Traffic AIS – Ed.)

At Ilfracombe.

Due at Ilfracombe on the 26th July the Holland America Line cruise ship Prinsendam 38,848 gross tons, coming from Holyhead and due to sail approx 18.00. the same day.

Bristol Channel Observations.

16.5 at 14.20 cargo vessel Monica Mueller, 3,723 tons d.w, owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 05.03. At 15.25 cargo vessel Wilson Durness, 3,689 tons d.w, owners Argonauton Holdings GMBH Germany, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 05.08.

18.5 at 20.10 cargo vessel Monica Mueller, 3,723 tons d.w., owners Otto a Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany ,inward bound for Sharpness.

20.5 at 12.00 vehicle carrier Tirranna, 29,936 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, southward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 06.56 . At 16.43 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.14 vehicle carrier Grande Scandinavia, 18,440 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury. At 19.00 tanker Thun Gazelle, 7,515 tons d.w, owners Thun Tankers BV Gothenburg, inward bound for Cardiff.

23.5 at 17.00 cargo vessel Aller, 2,910 tons d.w, owners Roland Ship Management Germany outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 10.02. At 17.59 cargo vessel Flinterbay, 3,483 tons d.w., owners Flinterbay BV Netherlands, outward bound from Cardiff, having sailed 11.40.

24.5 at 20.18 cargo vesel Eider, 3,672 tons d.w, owners Roland Ship Administration Germany, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 12.18. At 20.20 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

25.5 at 13.40 cargo vessel Anton 4570 tons d.w, owners Anton Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.18 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers of Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

26.5 at 07.15 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w., owners JR Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 02.33. At 21.50 vehicle carrier Grande Europa, 18,461 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.45.

29.5 at 13.17 cargo vessel New Vela, 5,049 tons d.w., owners New Vela Shipping Ltd Malta outward bound from Cardiff, having sailed at 04.08.

30.5 at 09.25 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners JR Shipping Netherlands inward bound for Portbury. At 10.18 cargo vessel Fluvius Plym, 3,211 tons d.w, owners Fluvius Plym Ltd, Crediton inward bound for Cardiff.

3.6 at 09.27 hrs cargo vessel Lady Alexander, 3,700 tons d.w, owners Lady Alexander Netherlands (in the colours of Wijnne Barends, Netherlands), inward bound for Newport.

5.6 at 21.00 cargo vessel Narwa, 5,060 tons d.w., owners Roland Ship Administration Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

8.6 at 06.24 cargo vessel Sea Kestrel, 2,225 tons d.w, owners Northern Coasters Grimsby, inward bound for Newport.

9.6 at 06.25 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,200 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 02.00. At 08.36 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w, owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury.

10.6 at 07.15 bulk carrier Aasli, 6,630 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 0743 hrs vehicle carrier Glovis Chorus, 21,505 tons d.w., owners Glovis Co Ltd South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

11.6 at 07.42 cargo vessel Wilson Caronte, 4,450 tons d.w, owners Wessels Reederei GMBH Germany, outward bound from Birdport, having sailed at 01.56.

14.6 at 08.41 cargo vessel Wilson Lista, 3,717 tons d.w, owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.

Norman.

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‘Tales of the Riverbank’.

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Bideford Film Society – July.

Friday 3rd at 7.30pm and Saturday 4th July at 8.30pm at Kingsley School: Spooks: The Greater Good (15) 104 mins.

Saturday 4th July at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: Far from the Madding Crowd (12A) 119 mins.

Saturday 11th at 5.00pm and Sunday 12th July at 4.00pm at Kingsley School: Tomorrowland: A World Beyond (12A) 130 mins.

Saturday 18th at 4.00pm and Sundayth 19 July at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: Jurassic World (12A) 130 mins.

Thursday 23rd July at 7.00pm at Kingsley School: Globe On Screen 2015 Season: Comedy of Errors (PG) 137 mins  (For details see http://onscreen.shakespearesglobe.com/productions/the-comedy-of-errors/ )

Friday 24th July at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Mad Max: Fury Road (15) 120 mins.

Saturday 25th at 7.30pm and Sunday 26th July at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: Man Up (15) 88 mins.

Tickets available at box office, or advance ticket sales (credit/ debit card) online.

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July diary.

Wednesday 1st

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, Westward 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 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. 07817976053

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

2pm Bideford Library Readers’ Group. 476075

7pm Appledore Training Band on Appledore Quay.

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s Church Hall if wet).

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

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at Thatched Inn, Abbotsham.

Thursday 2nd

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

2-4pm Holy Trinity Church, W. Ho! (open every Thursday until end of August).

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 3rd

10am-5pm Weare Giffard Art Group Exhibition in Village Hall. 01271 860903

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 4th

Bideford 500 celebrate Heritage Day. Lots of events in Victoria Park.

9am-2pm Farmers’ Country Market at Atlantic Village.

10am-5pm Weare Giffard Art Group Exhibition in Village Hall.

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

7pm Film Club at Littleham Village Hall. 471928

7.30pm Concert by Hartland Band at Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho!

Sunday 5th

10am-1pm Hartland Farmers Market.

10am-5pm Weare Giffard Art Group Exhibition in Village Hall.

2.30pm Appledore Singers 30th Birthday Celebration Concert at Northam Hall.

Monday 6th

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

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.

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

7pm Appledore Training Band on Appledore Quay.

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s Church Hall if wet).

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 7th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2pm Bideford WI, New Sea Cadet Bldg.

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

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Bideford Sustainability Group at Blacksmiths Arms.

7.30pm Piano Extravaganza by Chris & Pam Beechey & guests at St Margaret’s Church, Northam 424982

7.30pm Bideford Keyboard & Organ Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 8th

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

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

2.30-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) at Northam Community Centre.

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

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

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at Pig-on-the-Hill, Pusehill.

Thursday 9th

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

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 10th

7.30pm Abbotsham WI meets at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 11th

9am-2pm Farmers’ Market on the Quay.

9.30am Torridge Ramblers Day Walk. 429080

1-4.30pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’, with Pete Yeo.

2.30-4.30pm Summer Fete organised by Sacred Heart, at Pollyfield Centre.

Sunday 12th

11am St Mary’s ‘Praise in the Park’ with Bideford Town Band. Bring picnic.

2-5pm Open Garden at 5, Sentry Corner in aid of North Devon Hospice. 476664

Monday 13th

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

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.

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

7pm Appledore Training Band on Appledore Quay.

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s Church Hall if wet).

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Bideford Stamp Club at Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 472101

8.30pm N Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore – Chris Gumbley Quintet.

Tuesday 14th

7.30pm Bideford Keyboard & Organ Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall.

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Bideford & District Gardeners Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall. 475914

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 15th

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 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. 07817976053

1.30-3.30pm ‘Knit & Natter’ Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

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

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at the Beaver, Appledore + Red Petticoats

Thursday 16th

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

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

7-8.30pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’, with Liz Shakespeare.

7.30pm The Shoestring Theatre (U3A Amdram) in ‘The Family Jewels’ at Clovelly Parish Hall. 478056

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 17th

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

7.30pm Shoestring Players : ‘The Family Jewels’ at Woolsery Hall.

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 18th

9am-2pm Farmers Country Market at Atlantic Village.

10am-4pm Arts & Craft Fair + Vintage Teas at Abbotsham Village Hall.475746

1.30-4pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’, with Sadie Green.

2-6pm Open Garden at Hole Farm, Woolsery.

2pm Devon Family History Society at Pollyfield Centre. 451305

7.30pm Shoestring Players -‘The Family Jewels’ at Northam Community Hall.

Sunday 19th

10am-5pm Clovelly Maritime Festival in aid of North Devon Hospice. 431781

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 01805 622108

2-5pm Garden Party at ‘Newstead’, New Rd, Instow. In aid of N Devon Hospice.

2-6pm Open Garden at Hole Farm, Woolsery.

Monday 20th

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

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.

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

7pm Appledore Training Band on Appledore Quay.

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s Church Hall if wet).

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

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

Tuesday 21st

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 22nd

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 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. 07817976053

1-2.30pm SHoW (See Hear on Wheels) at Tesco, East-the-Water.

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

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris – Instow Walking Tour.

Thursday 23rd

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

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 24th

10am-1pm Lundy Art Group at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. 472158

10am-1pm Summer Fayre at Lavington UR Church.

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 25th

9am-2pm Farmers’ Market on the Quay.

9.30am-1pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’, with Peter Christie.

10am-12pm Coffee Morning at Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho!

11am-5pm Appledore U3A Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

2-5pm Northam Lodge Annual Summer Fete at Rosehill, Heywood Road.

Sunday 26th

10am-5pm Appledore U3A Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

1pm Bideford Water Festival.

Monday 27th

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

10am-4pm Appledore U3A Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.

7pm Appledore Training Band on Appledore Quay.

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s Church Hall if wet).

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 28th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 479473

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club -Jam Night.

Wednesday 29th

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 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. 07817976053

1.30-3.30pm ‘Knit & Natter’ Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

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

Thursday 30th

Appledore Summer Festival. 422808

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

10.30-11.30am Lego at Northam Library : 1-4.30pm Tales of the Riverbank.

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 31st

Appledore Summer Festival.

10am-1pm Lundy Art Group at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. 472158

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

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Iconic Tarka Trail landmark demolished.

On Thursday 18th June work began to remove the iconic wave shelter structure from the Tarka Trail at Yelland.

The shelter has been standing proudly as a landmark on the Trail since 2000. Its design life was 8 to 10 years and after 15 years it has recently begun to show its age, so much so that it has become unsafe and must be removed.

Martin Caddy who manages the Tarka Trail at Yelland explains why this rather drastic step is being taken – “the wave shelter represents a boat hull and the landscape and features of the North Devon Coast and has provided welcome shelter for Trail users for 15 years. In that time wind, rain and even summer sun have taken their toll, rotting the supports and loosening the attached timbers. It has finally succumbed to the elements and its construction method makes it uneconomic to repair and so sadly, it must be taken down”.

What do you think should happen at that site now? Do you think the shelter should be replaced and if so, with what and how should it paid for? Share your thoughts on the Biosphere’s facebook poll https://www.facebook.com/NorthDevonBiosphere?ref=hl or e-mail the Biosphere at biosphere-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.

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Open Garden – 12th July.

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Westward Ho! Theatre Group – “Beauty & the Beast”.

Disney’s magic comes to Westward Ho!

On the 3rd, 4th and 5th July 2015, Westward Ho! Youth Theatre (WHYT) is performing Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! The cast has been rehearsing tirelessly since January and this spectacular production showcases the talents of this vibrant youth theatre. Tickets are priced at £6.00 for adults; £5.00 for youths, seniors and concessions; and £18.00 for a family of four.

For those who don’t know the story, it’s about a selfish Prince who refuses to help an old woman in need. She turns out to be an enchantress, who changes him into a hideous beast and gives him a bewitched rose. If the Prince does not change his ways and not only fall in love, but be loved in return, he will stay a beast forever. Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman, lives in a small village far below the Prince’s castle. She feels trapped by the provincial life and yearns to escape and expand her horizons. She gets imprisoned by the Prince in the Castle and they start to slowly fall in love.

‘Beauty and the Beast’ is a fantastic family show. The songs are lively and uplifting and the characters are fun. The upbeat Be Our Guest is a sight to behold, as is the rousing Gaston. With more sentimental moments in the iconic Beauty and the Beast theme song, this “tale as old as time” is set to provide everything needed for a truly enchanting performance.

Everyone is working so hard and we are all really enjoying rehearsing for this show,” said Director/Producer Rebecca Edwards. “The whole team of staff is so proud of the cast’s efforts….they’re singing and acting their hearts out!” The show is choreographed by Lynne Malone and Anneli Talbot is the Musical Director.

Westward Ho! Youth Theatre is made up of talented and enthusiastic young people between the ages of eight and 18 and is run entirely by volunteers. There is a long waiting list for those wishing to join the group, which is testament to its reputation and the desire to be a part of this amazing youth theatre.

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Appledore Singers’ birthday concert.

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June’s youth page.

This time, it’s personal…

Personal statements are a bit of a squeeze- after all, you have to sell yourself in 30-60 words, which would only be a fraction of this article, and barely enough space to contain every reason why you’d make the perfect accountant, as well as fun little anecdotes – like the time you had to mend a combine harvester with nothing but straw and some pantyhose; it didn’t work, but the locals took pity on your nightmarish lingerie contraption, so banded together to help you fix it. And that’s why you’re a prime problem solver… This small story alone is 43 words, and we haven’t begun to reach the gory details yet. Learning how to slot in just the right information and not ramble on is an art. With so many applicants now for most things, snagging your audience at the first line can be crucial, especially as some employers don’t even read as far as grades at the back before discounting a CV. There are a great many websites online that give good formulas for the perfect personal statement- like jobs.ac.uk- but overall, the main pointers seem to stay the same:

First of all, give your name, age and personal qualities- the ones most helpful to the job, such as; ‘dedicated, calm, friendly and disciplined 23 year old woman’. Next move on to your skill set- perhaps dextrous and good with a blowtorch, effective listener or good at public speaking and creative thought, whatever goes best with the requirements. The next two thirds or so should be focused on your areas of expertise- if you’ve “worked successfully under stressful conditions”, or are “used to meeting strict deadlines thanks to a previous job”. Such claims might be followed up at the interview stage though, so best not claim to fix busted farming machinery with the contents of a laundry basket unless you’re prepared to put some serious practice in beforehand. But if there isn’t time, don’t worry, just put down the skills you do have, and that job’ll be snagged in no time.

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Meanwhile, if you go down to the Burton Art Gallery today ( or any day up un till the 12th June…) you’re sure to catch the Jerwood drawing prize in all its glory. Some pieces- Hanna Downing’s great tree composition; a partially unfurled scroll, and Jessie Brown’s illustration of an upended chandelier -would be more at home in a book of black and white photographs than at a drawing-expo; it’s only on closer inspection you can even make out the tiny, intricate pencil strokes that build up the pictures. Others, like Gary Edwards’ “There are no owls” have a far more hidden meaning- at first glance, the white spiny streaks seemed to be carved from polystyrene but they’re actually just on a thick bed of graphite. It’s a haunting midnight scene with moonlight dripping in from somewhere overhead, , but true to its word, there’s not an owl in sight. Aside from that, a laptop in the corner plays over and over a steadily undulating sea of lines and contours courtesy of Ian Andrews’ “Catch my breath”. There’s plenty more besides, from a beautiful tapestry of inked in sparrows- in full flight up most of the wall before meeting their end at the bottom, and an entire ocean of minute math-like blue squares, meaning this could be the most varied collection since the Schools’ Exhibition- and that’s no mean feat.

Millie Sutherland O’ Gara.

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Buzz Word – June.

VE Day Street party

Please, can anyone help me in a long quest I have had  since I came back to Bideford again in 1970.

I wonder if anyone can remember a street party on VE Day in 1945 in Meddon Street Bideford. There were a lot of tables set out at the bottom of Meddon Street, starting just above what is now the pasty shop and nearly going up to about where the garage was. I have asked Mr Christie but he cannot find any information.

I was there as a child with lots of other children from the area, but I can find no information about this party at all, I also remember an attack on the Quay near the Kingsley Statue by some British army soldiers against a group of ‘German soldiers ‘ who were holding the Pill; of course I think all the ‘German soldiers’ were  ‘killed ‘.

I asked my Mum why all the dead men got up again, I was only about 5 years old at the time.

There must surely be some people left in Bideford who remember these things.

David Brierley

david@david668.orangehome.co.uk 01237 476124

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Another Time Capsule .

Re your article on time capsules in the May issue of the Bideford Buzz – there is another one buried on the Morrison’s site by pupils of St Mary’s Primary School in June 1998. It is to the left of the main entrance. Linda Dark.

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Bideford Bay Creatives’ Tales of the Riverbank project is a series of events running between June and October, exploring and celebrating the River Torridge – its history and heritage, natural environment, beauty, and those who use it.   We need volunteer stewards for each event and are inviting you to take part.   Duties include supporting the event leader to set up, sign participants in on arrival and take photos to help document the event. You are also entitled to a free place at the event if you are a volunteer.If you are interested please download an information document about the role for a volunteer here: http://bbcdevon.org/volunteertasks.pdf We have 20 events as part of the project. Please review the’ Tales of the Riverbank’ programme to choose an event or events that you would like to volunteer for and book yourself the free volunteer place at that event. Go to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/bideford-bay-creatives-bbc-8125755897

Sadie Green.

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We need your photos!

The Woolsery Society has embarked upon a project to collect as many old photographs of the village and nearby hamlets as possible, with a view to producing a ‘Then and Now’ catalogue.

If you have any such pictures – remember 1965 is 50 years ago! – the Society would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact  the Chairman, Colin Pomeroy, at CPomeroy@aol.com. Thank you.

Photo shows Chapel Street, Woolsery in

Victorian times.

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Bowel cancer support group.

Have you ever been diagnosed with or treated for bowel cancer?  Would you be interested in joining a patient-led support group in North Devon?

If you would like to join us, please call the colorectal nurses on 01271-322464 for information and details of our next meeting.

Karen Day.

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Learn a martial art.

Tai Chi Chuan – preliminaries.

I suppose the western medical understanding of Tai Chi Chuan would start by recommending it for the fluid forms, which develop low impact weight bearing exercise through the useful range of most of the major joints, encourage the repair and strengthening of ligaments and cartilage, the even relaxation of the musculature, and enhance the sense of balance and well being. This is all perfectly true, but it is just the beginning.

Tai Chi Chuan’s origins are a matter of some discussion, but sufficient to say they are ancient and oriental. ‘Tai Chi’ is variously translated as ‘way of energy’, or, as life is itself an energetic process, ‘supreme ultimate’, and ‘Chuan’ means boxing. So it comes out as ‘way-of-energy-supreme-ultimate- boxing’, which is not a bad handle by any standard (and this over centuries of martial art competition). Now the concepts behind ‘the way of energy’ could perhaps do with some explanation.

R. MacDonald. (to be continued in the July edition).

Tai Chi Chuan classes weekly, 7pm Mondays; Baptist Church Lower Hall.


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So much to do in busy Bideford

The population of Bideford is obviously blessed with choice for so many activities. No need to sit alone or be glued to a TV soap of unreal lives, for here you have a chance to live your own.

Practising an art form of any kind has realisable benefits for a more happily capable mind and body. Don’t let any barriers stand in your way, including those of your own making. Almost anything is possible.

I’m going to mention a specific art you might like to try but in general the principles are shared by almost any art form available in town. In the martial art of aikido, ultimate victory over self is prized over the merely relative victory over others. It’s an ideal art to assist those who might suffer the effects of anxiety and PTSD because it is all about regaining control, self control in a safe environment which you can then continually recreate for yourself. Without ego it changes helplessness into helpfulness. You don’t have to be a hero, tough or super fit; you just need a mindset that says you are willing to start the journey. Small steps, small objectives leading to achievable small victories; “Fear not to go slowly, only to stand still.” Don’t be afraid, the class will be friendly; learn to be comfortable in the presence of others. Find calm, for calm is the key to better health. Find confidence and awareness in adversity; practising a martial art transfers skills into daily life. Learning to blend and harmonise defuses conflict and sways arguments . . . whether they come from inside or outside.

You might never be brilliant or even good but you will bathe in the happiness of being the best you can be. Why not make time for yourself – for who else will?

There is a regular Bideford class on Wednesday evening and in Bucks Mills there are classes on Mondays and Thursdays; Suitable for adults of all ages and most abilities, affordable, achievable and friendly.

On Saturday afternoon 27th June 2015 there will be an Aikido weapons workshop at the Methodist Church Hall. It is open to viewing by members of the public for a small donation to the chosen charity, Macmillan. Aikido students of all persuasions are welcome. Details are on www.aikijo.weebly.com or www.hartlandaikido.co.uk or telephone me on 01271 345513

Lots to choose from in town – don’t just think your life away, get out there regardless of age, and do something you’d be proud to share with friends and family.

Richard Small.

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Keep calm & carry kids.

Being a parent can be hard. The lack of sleep, drinking cold coffee and eating burnt toast, never catching up on the housework you needed to do, trying to negotiate the world with a pram. It can seem a bit overwhelming, even though it’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever do. Using a baby sling or carrier can really make a difference. Before prams became popular in the last century, carrying your child in a shawl, piece of fabric or other carrier was the norm. In many cultures across the world, it still is. It’s an age-old practice that has fallen by the wayside in the recent past. Knowledge and techniques would have been passed down by close female relatives, or the wider community, just as it is in the areas of the world where carrying your baby is part of the normal daily activities. Through modern parents discovering the benefits of using slings or carriers, we are slowly bringing back this skill to our modern parenting. Commonly known as Babywearing, this practice is on the rise in the Western world.

Studies have been done that have shown many positive effects of carrying your baby close in a sling. The bond and attachment between baby and caregiver is higher, leading to happier babies with a greater sense of security. Breastfeeding is more successful, which has been shown to have an effect well into adulthood. There are also developmental benefits for the baby, and parental wellbeing is increased.

Anyone who has ever navigated small shops, or tried to get on a crowded bus knows that sometimes a pram isn’t always catered for. Anyone who has ever cuddled their baby but wished for free hands to make themselves a drink or do the dishes knows that babies love (and need) to be held safe and close. Slings can help make your life a little bit easier, without having to upset or leave your baby.

What we do as a Sling Library is help you to find a sling or carrier that suits you and your child, and to help you use it safely and comfortably. We have a monthly Sling Meet, where you can look at and try out the slings we have, get help with your own sling, ask any questions, and meet other local parents to help find new friendships. We also hire out slings for you to try in between Meets for a small fee, all of which goes back into expanding the stock and printing costs. The man hours we put in are entirely voluntary. We just want to see you, your baby and the wider community benefit from the knowledge we’ve had handed down to us by other Babywearers.

If you want to know more, please visit (www.Facebook.com/bidefordslinglibrary), follow us on Twitter (@bidefordslings), email us (bidefordslinglibrary@gmail.com) or call Crystal on 07825 683586.

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