Bideford Buzz

Welcome to the  on-line edition of the Community Newsletter for Bideford   and adjoining towns, villages, and rural area.

‘Bideford Buzz’ is produced  by a team of volunteers and relies on our local community for articles.   If you are interested in supporting this newsletter we’ll be glad to hear from you.

You can submit your article on disc or by e-mail.    However, ‘snail mail’ is equally acceptable. Material for publication should reach us during the month preceding the month of publication.

Editor – Rose Arno (Bideford Buzz),    c/o Torridge Volunteer Resource Centre (‘TVS’),  14, Bridgeland Street, Bideford, EX39 2QE.  (TVS opening hours Mon.-Thurs. 9.30am to 3.oopm [12.30pm on Thurs.]).      Telephone 07929-976120, or E-mail:

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RNLI fundraising event, Big Sheep, 10th May.



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‘Flying Fish Artists’ exhibition, 4th-6th May. (And, Treasurer sought).


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Parkinson’s UK Torridge Branch seek newsletter editor.

The Torridge branch of Parkinson’s UK seek a person to take up the reins as editor of our monthly newsletter.

For further details, please contact –

Ray Richards,

Chair. Parkinson’s UK Torridge Branch.


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Fundraising event – Instow, 18th May.


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April diary.

Daily events.    (Regular weekly events in part 2, below).


Wednesday 24th.

10 .15am Bideford Probus meet at Royal Hotel, tel 01271 473337.

2pm-3.30 pm Bideford Friends meet at Burton Art Gallery, 01805 622666 Ageing Well.

Friday 26th.

10am – midday coffee, craft and chat Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho!

10am -1pm Lundy Art Group at Bluelights Hall Appledore.

2-4pm Sew Together Baptist Church Westward HO! Ageing Well 01805 622666.



Regular weekly events.


9.30am – 10.30am Bideford Library Childminder’s Storytimes (Term Time only.) 01237 476075.

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

11am -1pm Bideford Library . Nat West Community Banker, 0771163255.

6.45pm – 8.30pm. Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities at the Baptist Church Hall, Westward Ho! (not bank holidays.) 01237 475051.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford Methodist Church. 01237 472532.

7pm – 8pm Walking Football at Kingsley School. Men and Women. Tel 07895 035091.

7pm – 9pm Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.

7pm Appledore Band Practice; training band, followed by senior band at 7. 45 pm St Mary’s Church Hall. Contact Hugh, Secretary, 473723.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652.

7.45pm Bideford Band Senior Practice at Band Room Victoria Park. Tel Becky, 01237 475653.


10 -1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Tai Chi for health. Littleham Village Hall. Lauren Hutchings, 07557 676278. Free, with donations welcome.

11.45-12.45 pm Tai chi. Northam Community Centre. Ageing Well 01409 622666.

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

2.30pm ‘Lift off for ladies.’ Westward Ho! Baptist Church, 01237 425471.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners’ and Youth Band Practice, Victoria Park Band Room. 01237 475653.

7- 8pm Walking Football at Kingsley School – Women only. tel Rose Young French, 07895 035091.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club meet at Chubb/Churchill Hall. 01237 421391.

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearsals at Northam Methodist Hall. Tel 01237 478406. New members welcome.


10-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets’ Bldg, Victoria Park.

10am – 1pm Work Hub at Bideford Library, 01237 476075.

11am -12pm Walking tennis for over 40’s at Atlantic Racquets, Caddsdown.

10.30-12pm ‘Feel Better with a Book’ at Bideford Library, 01237 476075.

10.30am-11.30am and 11.30am-12.30pm Tai Chi SW. Free for over 50s. G4 Gym, Dadden Court Ind Est. 01237 478802.

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

2pm Tea with friends at St Mary’s.

7.30 – 9.30pm (term time only) Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 01237 423554. EX39 1AW. Everyone welcome – with or without a partner. Further details from Chris Jewell 01237 423554

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

7.30pm Phoenix Morris practise at Baptist Church Hall Bideford. 01237 473798.

7.45pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 441601

8pm Appledore Band Senior rehearsals at St Mary’s Church Hall Appledore. Sec. 01237 473723.


9.30am -10am Under fives story time at Bideford Library, 01237 476075.

10-11am Tai Chi Beginners. Marlborough Court, Bideford. £2.50 donation. Ageing Well. 01805 622666.

10.15am – 12noon Northam and District Men’s Forum, Methodist Church Hall, Cross St. Mike, 01237 459324.

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf car park. 421528.

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

2- 3.30pm ‘Tea and IT’ at Bideford Library. Bring your tablet/phone etc. Devon Age UK. 01598 740060 to book a place.

6.45pm Westward Ho! Bridge Club at Trinity Church Hall.01237 470990.

7.45pm Bideford Band Senior Practice at Band Room Victoria Park. Tel Becky, 01237 475653.

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners’ Arms.


9.30am Over sixties fitness class at Pollyfield

9.30am – 10.30am Bideford Library Childminder’s Storytimes (Term Time only). 01237 476075.

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

2.30- 4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club and afternoon table tennis club. 01237 477932 at Bideford Youth Centre.

4-6pm Needlecrafts at Bideford Library, 01237 476075.

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall. 01237 476632.


10am -12noon Children’s lego Club at Bideford Library. 01237 476075.

10am -12pm Table tennis club at Bideford Youth Centre. 01237 477932.

10.30am -12.30pm Scrabble Club at Bideford Library. 01237 476075.


11.30am 4pm Bideford Quay; Freshspring Steam ship open to public.

7.45pm ND Cancer Care Trust Quiz at Robins’ Nest Football Club. Tel Neil 01237 473798.



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Boost for the Burrows Centre.

Successful funding bid secures £1.2M for new Northam Burrows Centre building.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government have announced that Torridge is to receive £1.2M towards the building of a new interpretation and activity hub on Northam Burrows following the Council’s submission of a bid for money from the Coastal Communities Fund.

Northam Burrows is a unique and protected country park and the home of many rare species of birds, animals and plants which has earned it the designation of a “Site of Scientific Interest” (SSSI) also forming part of North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This special combination of wildlife and stunning scenery already attracts around 300,000 visitors a year, who come to enjoy and reconnect with nature. Although much used by Torridge residents the Burrows is also an important anchor in the local tourism industry benefitting many businesses in and around the area.

The new year round centre will continue this legacy but will add many new features to the existing but now outdated facilities. The new set-up will include exhibition spaces, a café and shop with fantastic views out onto the surrounding scenery, flexible space for community events, beach user facilities such as outdoor showers and lockers as well as viewing platforms connecting people to the environment in all weathers. The building will also provide a base for the park rangers who manage the area providing guided tours for visitors and school groups, as well as undertaking important conservation and general maintenance work, and as a base for the AONB and Biosphere Reserve teams for their environmental protection work. The new centre will also provide disabled access and parking which is not currently available. The total cost of the project is budgeted at £2.1M, with the balance of the match funding already agreed and in place.

The innovative design for the new building also includes a range of environmental technologies including high levels of insulation, natural ventilation, air source heat pumps, and grey water recycling to name just a few. These are all designed to reduce any environmental impact and to maintain this during its operation in the coming years.

Torridge’s Head of Paid Service – Jenny Wallace said:      The competition for funding is always intense, so to receive such a significant sum is fantastic news for everyone involved. There was a real team effort in making the case for a grant, with officers from the Council working closely with many organisations including an important contribution from the area’s economic delivery agency, North Devon Plus. The new facilities will hopefully also be a catalyst for many much needed jobs for the area, both directly within the centre itself, and indirectly in the important tourism sector of our economy whilst strengthening the protection of our natural assets. Everyone is really excited about the potential of all of this and we hope that residents and tourists alike will be able to enjoy the benefits of this major investment in the near future.”


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Shipping notes No. 168 (March).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.


The yard officially closed on Friday 15th March.

During the morning of 16th March the BBC advised that a consortium was putting together plan of action to use the yard to build fishing vessels, and that there should be an announcement with 6 to 8 weeks. Again on the Radio Devon News on the 20th “interest has been shown throughout the world”, and the agents for the leaseholder Langham Industries are hopeful of puttting a deal together as a complete unit, as the leaseholder bought a considerable amount of equipment from Babcocks. It will either be for shipbuilding or ship repairs Let us hope and pray that something comes of the venture. In the Gazette, publishing on Wednesday 27th an article on the possiblity of bringing the Scottish built sailing vessel ‘Falls of Clyde’ back to the UK from her present home in Hawaii – I understand from various report I have read in magazines she requires a lot of work to be done on her. Will keep you updated.

Bristol Channel Observations.

2/3 at 07.35 container ship Fresco Askold, 13,306 tons d.w., owners Astro Moon Shipping Russia, inward bound for Portbury.

6/3 at 17.15 cargo vessel Dinteldijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Dinteldijk 20 BV Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 10.07.

7/3 at 10.00 vehicle carrier Heroic Leader, 20,434 tons d.w., owners Heroic Ray Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

11/3 at 17.30 cargo vessel Johann, 6,000 tons d.w., owners Johann Germany, inward bound for Cardiff.

12/3 at 14.20 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,254 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

13/3 at 14.10 vehicle carrier Hoegh Transporter, 16,747 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.16.

17/3 at 10.35 vehicle carrier Lapis Arrow, 12,105 tons d.w., owners Lapis Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.42 cargo vessel Konstantin, 4,508 tons d.w., owners Konstantin Herman Lohamn Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

18/3 at 07.43 vehicle carrier Torrens, 14,512 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Stockholm and Oslo, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.19.

19/3 at 08.30 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fujkokuri Maritime SA Norway, inward for Portbury. At 11.30 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,600 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.40 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

20/3 at 11.35 bulk carrier Pacific South, 176,000 tons d.w. owners Bocom Leasing Developement South Korea, inward bound for Port Talbot.

22/3 at 13.17 molasses tanker Zapadnyy, 38,88 tons d.w., owners Excel Sea legend S.A. Russia, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 13.42 vehicle carrier Sagittaurus Leader, 20,098 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisa Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.45 cargo vessel Celtic Voyager, 4,241 tons d.w., owners Charles W. Willie Cardiff, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 09.49. At 16.14 bulk carrier Sun, 68,000 tons d.w., owners Louros Maritime Inc Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

23/3 at 12.30 cargo vessel Oceanic, 3,000 tons d.w., owners Hartman Beheer 005 BV Netherlands, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 09.16. This is a strange vessel in design – she only appears to have half an accommodation block; this is so she can accommodate more wind turbine blades, for which trade she was designed. At 16.30 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,520 tons d.w., owners Vertom USC Beaumagic Netherlands, bound from Newport having sailed at 10.18. At 16.45 cargo vessel Melas, 4,075 tons d.w., owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

24/3 at 08.55 cargo vessel Arromanches, 125 tons d.w., owners Larkham and Sons Westbury on Severn, outward bound from Gloucester having sailed at 20.57 23rd bound for the Isle of Scilly. At 12.30 cargo vessel Arklow Venus, 5,171 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Eire, inward bound for Sharpness. At 14.30 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.17 vehicle carrier Canadian Highway, 18,581 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen KK Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 1910 tanker Sichem Amethyst, 8,871 tons d.w., owners Team Tankers Regional Ltd Denmark, inward bound for Barry.

26/3 at 11.06 cargo vessel Blue Six, 4,251 tons d.w., owners Blue Six Navigation Ltd Monenegro, inward bound for Newport. At 11.13 cargo vessel Amadus Amethist, 2,688 tons d.w., owners Amaq BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 18.15 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Lime of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

27/3 – 28/3 during the evening 27th the small cruise ship Stockholm, 361 gross tons, owners Ishavet AB Sweden (carries 12 passengers), anchored of Clovelly overnight and sailed for Lundy and Bristol about 08.30 28 th.

28/3 at 11.45 cargo vessel Ostenav, 3,710 tons d.w. ,owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

I apologise for this very short report, but the weather conditions have not been very favourable.


N. Hardaker.



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Fight to save Appledore shipyard continues.

The future of Appledore Shipyard remains under negotiation. The formal closure of the Yard on 15th March marked the end of the marine activities conducted by Babcock International. Since the announcement, just before Christmas, a Taskforce has been working on options for the reopening of the Yard. This has included working with Babcock, who have offered temporary employment for the existing workforce. It has also been actively seeking opportunities for potential new marine contracts from private sector sources. This has proved to be an encouraging process and there are active negotiations with a number of companies who are exploring the potential to commission new vessels. Based upon a viable order book a private sector consortium is being assembled which is intending to take on the operation of the Yard. Whilst it is early days, the initial indications are positive that this may result in a resumption of operations. The ongoing work required to complete these negotiations is a Task Force including Torridge District Council, Devon County Council, Langham Industries (the owners of the premises), the Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox MP and South West Business Council.

Jenny Wallace – Head of Paid Service at Torridge District Council said:      The need to re-establish a viable business at Appledore is a top priority for everyone involved. Not only are the jobs a vital part of the Local Economy but they also support many within our communities. It is also vital that after a rich history of ship building in Northern Devon this facility should not be lost.   When Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson visited Appledore and spoke about the Government’s programme for a new class of Warship, the Type 31e Frigate, the Ministry of Defence called Appledore, ‘an integral link in the production of ships for the Royal Navy’ and we hope that the sentiment behind those remarks can still be resurrected. Appledore Shipyard has already played a key role in contributing to the Navy’s two Aircraft Carriers, which will now require Escort Defence Ships such as Type 31e Frigates. We will do all we can to support Langham Industries, and the other organisations involved, in securing new contracts and a viable future for the yard.”

Devon County Council Leader John Hart said: We’re fully behind these efforts to ensure the rich tradition of maritime engineering continues at Appledore. It’s hugely important to retain the skills that have been established locally over many years in the yard itself. But there are also many people who are employed locally in the firms and organisations that make up the supply chain for the yard. So a continuing and thriving shipyard means guaranteed jobs for that extended local workforce and good incomes for many local families.”

The Rt Hon Geoffrey Cox MP said:   Appledore is a central part of my constituency manufacturing base. It has been a vital part of supporting business growth. Its high reputation and grand value has encouraged other business activity within my constituency area. I am fully committed to supporting the work of the Local Taskforce in seeking to re-establish this business. I am also involved in high level negotiations with the relevant departments of Government to ensure that whatever Whitehall support is available can be identified as a matter of urgency.”

Tim Jones, Chairman of South West Business Council and Chair of the Taskforce said:     We continue to work tirelessly to achieve a new start for this business and to support the existing workforce and those within the Bideford area who have been part of its success. Negotiations to date are active and we are encouraged by the number of strong enquiries received from Companies seeking to place new marine contracts with the business. We expect to make good progress with the consortium over the next 6-8 weeks.”


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Atlantic Racquet Centre.

Atlantic Racquet Centre is a brand-new multi-sports community facility in Bideford. It currently offers 4 indoor and 6 outdoor tennis courts as well as 3 badminton courts. A gym, squash courts and a café are planned to be completed in the next year. A particularly notable addition will be an especially designed purpose-built changing room, fully equipped with aids – hoist, changing bench, grab rails etc – for use by disabled visitors; this will be open to the wider community, not just those people using the Centre.

The centre offers a wide range of affordable coaching sessions for both children & adults of all standards as well hosting birthday parties & events. It is open to the public and all courts can be hired on a pay & play basis from just £6 per hour. In addition to this we offer a range of fantastic membership options for individuals and families.

Westward Ho! Tennis Club first formed the vision for this facility back in 2004. At that point the club, located in Avon Lane, Westward Ho!, had 4 outdoor tennis courts and there was a waiting list of over a year for children to join its coaching programme. At that time, people had to travel to Barnstaple to play on indoor courts, which was not always convenient, and was expensive.

In 2013 the club sold its site in Westward Ho! and the proceeds of this sale were donated to the newly formed community charity Atlantic Racquet Centre. The charity went on to raise additional funds from Sport England, The Lawn Tennis Association, Bideford Bridge Trust, Squash England, Torridge District Council together with the help of a number of other organisations and individuals.

In July 2014 the site at Caddsdown was purchased and work began on the new facilities. Play on the outside courts began in April 2015, and the 4 indoor courts were opened in January 2018, followed in September by the new Badminton facilities.

Since 2015 overall membership has grown from 150 to over 575, and numbers accessing the coaching have increased from 57 to over 330. The charity provides regular disability tennis sessions, both at the courts, and visiting schools. ARC also has links with three disability organisations in the area, and runs a monthly ‘Inclusive Festival’, when people of all ages and all levels of disability come together for an afternoon of fun activities especially created for them.

Outreach coaching is taken to 16 primary schools and 3 secondary schools in the area, introducing tennis to over 2,300 children.

The Charity is also engaged with the local GP surgeries in a joint project to bring social prescribing to the people of Torridge. It is also working with TDC and other clubs and organisations to provide a wider network of tennis facilities across the area for people to access in their own locality.

For more information on the centre, any of our sessions or to book your court please visit

For enquiries please call 07587782675 or email

Photo below of one of the Inclusive Festivals.


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‘Ride for precious lives’.

Bideford Blues runners get back in the saddle for children’s hospice.

Members of Bideford Amateur Athletic Club are swapping running vests for cycling jerseys in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for Children’s Hospice South West this summer.

A team of six runners are taking part in ‘Ride for Precious Lives’, a classic three-day 205-mile cycle from Cornwall to North Somerset, via the charity’s three children’s hospices.

David Eldridge, Candy Jewell, Keith Shapland, Gemma Steele, Ashley Jewell and Stuart Wilson are also hoping to raise £1,000 each for the charity, which runs three children’s hospices, including Little Bridge House in Fremington, North Devon.

It is the second time a team from the club, known as the Blues, has taken part in Ride for Precious Lives, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year.

Keith, also a member of the Blues on Bikes team that took part in the 2016 ride, said: “It’s hard work but an incredible three days riding with everyone.

It can be quite heart-breaking to visit the hospices and see what some of the kids and their families are going through. It costs so much to keep these hospices going so it’s very rewarding to do it for such a special charity.”

Earlier this month, the Blue on Bikes team took part in an all-day static cycle in Sainsbury’s Barnstaple, clocking up a total of 221.4 miles on the day.

Bideford-based Anyonecann Health and Fitness provided the static bikes for the day and supporters were able to guess how many miles the team would cover in return for a donation, with the closest guess receiving a framed limited edition Giclee print from Tarka Art, also in Bideford.

Members of the team are boosting their fundraising efforts by taking part in other challenge events. In October, Candy took part in the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon, while in April, David will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon.

The team has also raised money by selling raffle tickets at the Blues’ Christmas party, and is planning a race night and a quiz night. The Blues club is also offering runners the chance to collect medals for runs they may have missed by taking part in virtual runs, with £2 from every entry donated to Blues on Bike fundraising.

To sponsor the team, visit

There are still place available for this year’s Ride for Precious Lives, which takes place from July 12-14.

Children’s Hospice South West event fundraiser Jayne Jarrett said: “It’s perfect for cyclists of all abilities – from beginners and social cyclists to peloton pros!

If you or your friends or work colleagues are looking for a brilliant challenge this summer, grab your bikes and join us on a classic three-day West Country cycle ride.

Your entry fee includes two nights’ hotel accommodation with cooked breakfasts, evening meal and entertainment, pub lunch each day you cycle, water stops and a full support crew including daily bike check, first aid, mechanics and luggage carry.

All riders will also get a bespoke Ride for Precious Lives cycling jersey and we have 20- and 10- week training programmes to help get to in tip-top shape, as well as support to help you raise money for CHSW.”

For more information visit or speak to Jayne on 01271 325 270 or email


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Summer solstice cruise on MS Oldenburg.

The Northam Care Trust (formerly Northam Lodge) are celebrating the Summer Solstice by hosting a charity fundraiser on the MS Oldenburg on Friday 21st June 2019 from 7.45pm. We will leave Bideford Quay for a two hour sailing around the Taw /Torridge estuary.

We have a brand new sound this year from The Smokey Mountain Boys who will be playing the toe-tapping Sounds of Bluegrass, and you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy alongside a fully licensed bar.

Tickets cost £16 (adult)/£8 (child) and can be purchased directly from our website at


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One hundred years ago – March 1919.

Property for sale:

At an auction held at the New Inn, Messrs Dymond & Son sold Swiss Cottage, Northam, which was knocked down to Mr A Chamberlain for £925; 3 pasture fields [2 adjacent Bloody Corner and 1 at White Horse Lane, Northam] to Mr E Withecombe for £730; 2 fields adjacent Diddywell Rd. to John Steer £500; 3 fields of 9 acres opposite Richmond House, Appledore, to Mr H M Bazeley at an undisclosed price; 2 acre field near Lookout Appledore to George Cork £300. A 6 acre field adjacent to Swiss Cottage was withdrawn at £800 by Messrs Hole Seldon & Ward Solicitors. Messrs R Blackmore have the Castle Inn No. 20 Allhalland Street, Bideford for sale. It is suggested that it can be used as a boarding house. Forrest Hill, the residence plus 10¾ acres is also offered for sale. Offered for sale from Messrs A W Cock is Higher Shute at Littleham in one lot and a field of land which is part of Stanbury Estate, Raleigh, Northam.

Upwards of 40 hands are now employed in the preparation of the new shipyard at Higher Cleave Houses, Bideford.

R Blackmore & Son has received instructions to sell by auction a Ford Touring Car. It has one spare and interchangeable wheel, new cylinders and practically a new hood. The Sale will follow on after the sale of 50 Army horses.

This month sees the Gazette filled with transport related adverts –

Lorries, cars and motorcycles are becoming available to purchase and businesses that were curtailed through staff being conscripted are trying to re-establish themselves.

These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford Community Archive at the Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings or visit our website


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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – March.



Finnish Herring Pie – baked herring with tomatoes.


4 /6 herrings.

2 large onions.

oil/ butter.

1-2 ½ lbs of potatoes (6-med/large potatoes).

S &P.

½pt. milk.



Scale and bone the herring and clean by removing the roes and washing inside.

Soak in salted water for several hours before using. Slice up the drained herring fillet.

Fry the onions lightly in the oil until golden.

Grease a fireproof dish with butter.

Put in a layer of sliced potatoes -followed by a layer of sliced onions and sliced tomatoes and slices of herring fillets.

Season well with salt and pepper.

Top with the remaining sliced potatoes and pour over the milk.

Cook in the centre of the oven for 90 mins at Gas Mark 4-180C.

Serve with extra green vegetables or with crusty bread for supper.


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Shipping notes No. 167 (February).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping since last issue.


Babcock are dismantling equipment, and there are various people interested in buying the yard (BBC radio Devon).


Nothing since last issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/2 at 15.30 cargo vessel Eems Spring, 2,600 tons d.w., outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 04.26.

2/2 at 10.54 container vessel Kristin Schepers, 9,313 tons d.w., owners Kristin Schepers Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth (at 07.16).

3/2 at 10.45 vehicle carrier Hoegh Singapore, 12,250 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

4/2 at 12.21 vehicle carrier Morning Peace, 22,438 tons d.w., owners Eukor Carrier Inc South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

5/2 at 14.33 vehicle carrier Hoegh Xiamen, 12,255 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 14.59 6th having sailed at 10.25). At 15.14 vehicle carrier Wisdom Ace, owners

Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Also seen again at 08.27 7th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 21.14 6th).

8/2 at 17.06 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.44).

10/2 at 11.30 cargo vessel Fehn Pollux, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Ems

Chartering GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness; this is the vessel mentioned before with the auxilliary sail forward which assists in reduction of fuel consumption. (Also seen again 13th at 08.25 having sailed at 23.49 12th). At 12.55 container vessel Songa Antofagasta, 35,534 tons d.w., owners Songa Antofagasta Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.55. At 14.37 heavy lift vessel BBC Lagos, 7,960 tons d.w., owners Briese Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

11/2 at 11.05 cargo vessel Karkloe, 5,653 tons d.w., owners Shipward Maritime Ltd Germany, inward bound for Newport.

12/2 at 13.44 bulk carrier Aasheim, 5,826 tons d.w. ,owners Hans Martin Toeklesen Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot (at 10.16).

13/2 at 11.33 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,420 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.53 cargo vessel Kirsten-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie-B Schiffahrts German, inward bound for Sharpness.

15/2 at 11.26 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,254 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.34 cargo vessel CL Judy, 63,656 tons d.w., inward bound for Avonmouth. At 1707 tanker Levana, 14,999 tons d.w., owners Neute Buttner Schiffahts Germany, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 12.26. At 17.20 cargo vessel Mehmet Unlu, 7,860 tons d.w., owners Unlu Dentzcilik Sanayi Turkey, inward bound for Newport.

16/2 at 09.03 cargo vessel Priscilla, 3,250 tons d.w., owners Beikes JH Holland, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 03.33. At 10.50 cargo vessel Wilson Bilbao, 3,735 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 04.47.


17/2 at 12.00 vehicle carrier Thruxton, 18,160 tons d.w., owners Picer Marine SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.34. At 16.35 cargo vessel Vectis Isle, 8,600 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Cowes, inward bound for Avonmouth.

21/2 at 07.27 vehicle carrier Centaurus Leader, owners SSC Shipmanagement Pte Ltd Singapore, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.15 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 6,053 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, having sailed from Port Talbot at 0749.




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Shipping notes No 166. (January).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping into Bideford except for various cargo runs by the Oldenburg. On 24th Feb she landed the remains of the yacht Millie D (see photos below), who according to the Harbourmaster & the Lundy shore authorities dragged her anchor and came ashore close by the ferry jetty at Lundy on 23rd May 2018.

(Photos c. Roger Sugar).


































The unions re presently asking for the government to give the owners of the Scilly ferry an interest-free loan to enable a new vessel to be built at Appledore (as the present ferry is over 40 years old), and thus to preserve the yard as a national maritime asset.


Yelland Quay.

Deo Gloria, 19.1 from Culver; sailed on the same tide for the South Coast UK.

Bristol Channel Observations

1/1 at 08.10 vehicle carrier Asteria Leader, 21,349 tons d.w. ,owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.26 cargo vessel Verity, 3,360 tons d.w., owners Faversham Shipping Ltd Cowes IOW, outward bound from Drogheda having sailed at 17.40 31 st: anchored off Clovelly to await orders.

2/1 at 07.45 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 07.55 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w.. owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.15. At 10.15 chemical tanker Stolt Pelican, 5,797 tons d.w., owners Stolt Tankers B/V Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

9/1 at 12.16 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

13/1 at 11.44 cargo vessel Fehn Pollux, 4,250 tons d.w. owners Ems Chartering GMBH Germany, inward bound for Cardiff. At 13.15 cargo vessel Vita, 4,161 tons d.w., owners Gemini Maritime Latvia, inward bound for Newport. At 14.44 vehicle carrier Undine, 28,000 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

17/1 at 12.02 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.51 bulk carrier Margaret SW, 25,010 tons d.w., owners Don Wen Maritime SA Tiawan, inward bound for Newport.

19/1 at 16.19 vehicle carrier Autoprestige, 4,311 tons d.w., owners UECC Unipessurl Ltd Maderia, inward bound for Portbury.

20./1 at 07.40 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader,10,819 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

21/1 at 07.25 vehicle carrier Harvest Leader, 20941 tons d.w., owners Harvest Maritime ltd IOM, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.34 container vessel Fresco Askold, 13,806 tons d.w., owners Astro Moon Shipping Russia, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 04.27.

22/1 at 16.45 tanker Solway Fisher, 5,422 tons d.w., owners FSL-4 Inc Barrow in Furness, inward bound for Cardiff.

23/1 at 12.29 container vessel Kristin Schepers, 9,313 tons d.w., owners Kristin Schepers Germany, outward from Avonmouth having sailed at 08.27 . At 12..44 cargo vessel Sea Kestrel, 2,225 tons d.w owners Northern Coasters Market Rasen UK, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 21.04 22nd.,

24/1 at 13.13 hrs container vessel Songa Antofagasta, 35534 tons d.w. Owners Songa Antofagasta Germany outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.56

25/1 at 17.25 tanker Levana, 14,999 tons d.w., owners Neute Buttners Schiffahts Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed 06.19.

26/1 at 09.19 cargo vessel Sabahat Sonay, 14,889 tons d.w., owners Dolunay Shipping AS Turkey, inward bound for Newport.

28/1 at 16.10 cargo vessel Mia Sophie-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie B Schiffahrtrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 17.13 cargo vessel Tollund, 4,170 tons d.w., owners Gdanska Beluga SA Z 00, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 12.25. At 17.30 cargo vessel Moana, 4,500 tons d.w., inward bound for Newport.

29.1 at 15.59 vehicle carrier Grande New York, 18,360 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury (Maiden Trip to Portbury)



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