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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Appledore Summer Festival, 30th & 31st July.

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Appledore’s Summer Festival.

Appledore’s lively quay will once again be the centre of activity for this year’s Appledore Summer Festival. The picturesque fishing village this year has the theme “Appledore Waves” and everyone is invited to arrive dressed as Pirates and Parrots (prize award!).   The festival will start with an evening concert by the Appledore Silver Band in St Mary’s Church on Friday 29th July and continue during Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st.

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Among the attractions at the Festival are:

Stalls, street artists and performers along the Quay throughout the weekend.

Craft Stalls in St Mary’s Church Hall (Saturday & Sunday 11am to 4pm).

Pottery Painting on the Quay – make your own souvenir! (Saturday 11am to AppledoreStreetB&W4pm).

The amazing Captain Coconut (the Bubble Man) will be around to entertain children and adults.

Appledore historian Terry Bailey will be leading history walks around the village.

Vibrant local dance groups and the fantastic Samba Baia band.

More dancing at our Ceilidh with ‘The Oggle Band’ on Saturday evening 8-11pm (tickets available from the Quay Gift Shop, Uncle Wainwright’s Charity Shop and Appledore Newsagency)

Plus our traditional decorated doorknocker competition, where the doorways themselves are often decorated, with a cash prize for the winner: The Bob Stokoe Off Irsha Street B&WAward, donated by the family of the late Bob Stokoe who worked at Appledore Shipyard for many years and so much enjoyed coming to the Festival.  Appledore also boasts some splendid cafes, restaurants, pubs, shops and galleries, so there is plenty to do for everyone.

More details of the Appledore Summer Festival events and timings will become available on our Facebook page. At the Festival, for more details on events, head to an information point just outside the library on the Quay, manned daily from 10am to 4pm.

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‘2 Moors 100’ & Bideford Triathlon, July 17th & August 7th.

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Heritage Week, June 25th – July 2nd.

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‘Encore!’ – 16th July.

ENCORE! CONCERT IN WESTWARD HO!

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The theatrical singing group, ENCORE!, is returning to perform a concert at Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho! again this year. ENCORE! is fast becoming one of the most popular singing groups in the area with their theatrical concerts of four-part harmony singing, duets and solos of all your favourite songs from the shows, both old and new. The emphasis is on quality singing and entertainment, creating a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable evening out for all the family.

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ENCORE! have been working hard preparing new material over the last few months and will be performing an exciting mix of new and more traditional musical theatre songs, as well as still being able to include one or two of their favourite ENCORE! standards.

The concert is on Saturday 16th July, at Holy Trinity Church, starting at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available at the end of the performance and there will be a retiring collection.

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Open garden – Stone Farm.

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Open Garden at Stone Farm, Bideford.

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 early 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 1924.

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 2nd , 3rd July ; 9th, 10th. 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 home baked cakes.

Further information from Ilga Auvray on 01237 472938.

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Seafield House, revisited.

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With the recent change of ownership of Seafield House , we thought it might be interesting to reprint our original article on its history by Maureen Richards in 2003.

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The house on the cliff edge (known locally as “ Spooky House“ or even “Haunted House”!) was probably built in the mid 1800s. The property was owned by a family called Nixon or de Courcey Nixon who came from Limerick, Ireland and it was in this family’s name for many years.

Brinsley de Courcey Nixon was born in County Limerick, Ireland about 1825 and his occupation at the time of the 1881 Census was given as a Banker in London. Brinsley’s father – Horatio Stopford Nixon, 1787 – 1838 from Cavan, Ireland and was married on 3rd May 1824 to Charlotte Fergus b.1782. Strathore Fifeshire, Ireland.

Brinsley de Courcey Nixon was born 5th May 1825 and married on 30th June 1864 in County Limerick Ireland a Caroline Mary GOOLD (GOULD) 1830-1875. He married again on 6th October 1877 in County Limerick Ireland to Francis Evelyn HAMPTON born abt. 1830 London.

 

The 1891 Census of Northam – Seafield shows the following:

NIXON Lottie – head – Y12 (Y= Born in County).  NIXON Elizabeth – Daugh – Y11.   NIXON Fergus B – Son – Y10.   NIXON Edward H – Cousi – Y10.   NIXON Brinsley – Son – Y5.   Luscombe Anna H – Servant – 35 Y, Governess.   Rodgers Joseph – Servant – 24 Y, Butler Employee.   Tindale Jane – Servant – 19 Y, Kitchen Maid.   Mounce Mabel – Servant – 17 Y, House Maid.   Hoar Emily – Servant – 19 Y, Nursery Maid.

 

Kelly’s Directory of 1897 shows the property still in the name of Brinsley de Courcey and the 1901 Census shows the property let to another family – as follows:

William J Pursey – head – 33, Postman, postal worker.   Elizabeth A – wife – 35 – born Frithelstock.   James E – son – 4 – Northam.   William H – son – 1 – Northam.   Harriet m in law – Widow – 57 – Taunton.   Elizabeth Bragg, sister – 28 – Uphill.

 

In 1906 the property is shown as being in the name of the son, Lieut. Furgess Brinsley Nixon, who later became a major with the R.Innis.Fus. – Medals awarded 31st May 1918. On 10th Nov.1903 Gladys Elizabeth Nixon – abt. 1880 – 1960 married Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Baron of Stalbridge, born on 5th May 1880 – died on 24th December 1949, son of Richard de Aquila Grosvenor, 1st Baron of Stalbridge and Eleonor Francis Beatrice Hamilton Stubber.

 

During WW2 the Americans were billeted at Seafield and the surrounding area. Gladys died on 21st March 1960. As far as our research shows there were no children, the property was sold, the new owners of Seafield made it a Bed and Breakfast establishment, and it was still owned (until recently) by the same family.

Research by Maureen Richards, 2003.

 

See 20 subsequent comments on this post (the article’s the same; scroll to comments) at http://bidefordbuzz.org.uk/history/seafield-%e2%80%93-westward-ho/

 

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July’s Youth Page.

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Music with the power to move.

We thought it might be helpful to review the first concert of the season, to see if Bideford starts as it means to go on this year. If it does, we are in for a spectacular summer. On 28th May, Midge Ure and local lads the India Electric Company ( ie, Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe) played at Bideford College’s music_logoNorth Devon Hall.

With the hour and a half set of moving ballads and soaring violin work, there is a temptation just to close your eyes and lose yourself in the music. But then you’d miss Midge’s stage presence. Although he didn’t drift far from the microphone, he commanded that area, clinging to his guitar and throwing his head back in a rage of defiance against the clouds of smoke. (Whether conjured by atmospheric smoke machine or chain smoking roadie slightly off stage, it turned the floor into a misty Gaelic glen, and was a good argument for keeping your eyes transfixed.) Then of course there were Cole Stacey & Joseph O’Keefe, one looking like Errol Flynn in Levis, the other was ( as one member of the audience so eagerly yelled out) “good looking too”. Robbed of a microphone, all Joseph could do was grin sheepishly and wobble a bit; but it’s true- and to close your eyes and lose yourself would also be to lose out on the visual aspects of the show. So we settled for half and half. It would have been physically impossible to nod off during that show. It hit you like Mike Tyson right in the chest, and that wasn’t just the acoustics; it was Midge’s voice. Clearly he felt every lyric he espoused. They ranged from eloquent musings ” if life doesn’t move// there’s nothing to show for it all” to something different “you move me like a diamond on Vaseline”; either the best misheard lyric to date, or a startling home truth. Yes. I suppose a diamond on Vaseline would go a fair distance. Well said, Midge. No matter what he’s singing, though, that lofty Scottish voice makes it sound like a parable.

While most singers regularly have to alter the pitch of their songs to accommodate their changing range, this was one voice entirely unaltered by change and a possible rock’n ‘roll life style.

It was as though we were listening to it all live on Top of the Pops- but listening to the kind of back catalogue it takes three decades to accumulate. Midge introduced one song as “an old one” then corrected it to “well they’re all old now.” No they’re not Midge, don’t lie; they’re just classics.

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Finally, and sticking with show biz theme- you may remember last month we gave you a sneak preview of what to expect from Westward Ho! Youth Theatre’s latest production. What you might not know yet is that it will be one of the first shows to benefit from the new lighting rig that Sonia Gould and Jackie Sharrock have been fundraising tirelessly for over the past few months, in tribute and memory of Carol Gould who unexpectedly passed away last year. As Carol had been operating the lights from their cramped little perch since the 1980s, her wife and second mum respectively, Jackie thought it was time to fix up the system and return it to its former glory. They have been holding a variety of events including a memorial show with all of Carol’s favourite songs and sketches, raffles and charity bingo afternoons to raise the funds.

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.

Got something to say? Send it to Millie at editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk – or leave a message on our facebook page.

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Baby Buzz.

It’s time for a nappy change!

Did you know that your baby will need around 6,000 nappy changes and cost you about £1200 in disposable nappies? And that each of these nappies will take around 500 years to break down in the environment? Worse still, landfilled nappies create methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes towards climate change.

If you’re interested in saving money and making a difference to the environment why not consider washable cloth nappies or “real” nappies? Gone are the days of the old Terry squares, safety pins and boil washes; modern real nappies fit like disposables, with easy to use Velcro or poppers and come in a gorgeous range of colours & prints. They are made with soft absorbent materials and don’t contain any of the chemicals, plastics and adhesives found in disposable nappies, so they are kinder to your baby’s delicate skin.

A set of nappies and wraps can be purchased for between £100 and £200 and can see your baby through from birth to potty training. Even if you include washing costs you can easily save £500 compared to using disposables, and even more if you use them for subsequent babies.

As part of the Devon Real Nappy Project, Torridge and North Devon have a number of experienced nappy advisors who are happy to give you advice on getting started with real nappies. They can provide you with a free trial kit with a range of different nappies to try so that you can find what is best for you and your baby. 80% of parents who take a trial go on to use real nappies (and you may be eligible for a 15% discount if you go on to buy real nappies).

There are regular “Nappuccinos” in Barnstaple and these are about to start up at the Children’s Centre in Bideford. Here you can find out about real nappies, take out a trial and enjoy a cup of tea while you watch a demonstration.

To register for a free trial kit, visit www.recycledevon.org/nappies or e-mail nappies@recycledevon.org. Or find the Devon Real Nappy Project on facebook.

Real nappies don’t cost the earth … anything else is just rubbish.

Alice Haynes.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – July.

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Here is my simple version of Seafood Tagliatelli.

 

Ingredients. (Serves 4, takes 20 mins).

350g/12oz Tagliatelli / Spaghetti.

2tbsb olive oil.

3 garlic cloves, finely chopped.

400g can of chopped tomatoes.

200g jar of cockles in vinegar, drained and washed.

150g skinless fillet of Pollock, fresh or smoked.

Pinch of dried chilli flakes.

2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley or tarragon.

100g Mussel meat – optional.

 

Method.

Cook the pasta in a pan of salted boiling water for 10-12 mins, until al dente. Test by tasting or cutting easily.

1. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan then fry the garlic for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes.

2. Dice the skinned Pollock fillet and add and cook for 5 mins, while draining and washing the cockles and chilli flakes, season and stir through. Leave to rest in the frying pan.

  1. Drain the pasta and return to the pan. Stir in the pasta sauce and serve sprinkled with chopped parsley or torn tarragon.

 

Next month, I will be looking for a skate dish to sample.

From Thursday 18th to Monday 22nd August we will be running events for Appledore Sharks Tales Events. On Friday 19th Aug. there will be a Skate, Ray and Huss cookery demonstration and lunch – and we will be shucking scallops too! Everyone welcome. See appledoresustainablfish facebook page.

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One hundred years ago – July 1916.

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Hay and Straw Harvest.                           The 1916 crop is to be held for Army purposes. Under Defence of the Realm Regulations all hay, oat and wheat straw on the 1916 crop of England and Wales now standing in the field in bulk or as and when it is harvested will be bought by the Government. At this stage there are no instructions to farmers as to how they may secure their own supplies.

In the Bideford Borough Tribunal the Recruiting Sergeant has complained that Sidney Smith, aged 39, a motor driver in the employment of H. Hopkins, was to be allowed exemption to undertake driving duties for Mr Metherell who is required to go and buy hay and straw for the Government up to October this autumn.

The August Bank Holiday this year will be suspended. The Government, said Prime Minister Mr Asquith, has decided that it is essential in the national interest that there shall be no holidays, general or local and a Proclamation would be made to this effect.

Schoolboys both in Old Town Boys School and in the Grammar School have volunteered to help with the harvest. No extension to the set dates will be allowed despite several pleas from Councillors.

Bideford Town Council was anxious to secure a larger supply of water for the growing urban area. Late last year they had visited a possible site between Upcott and West Ashridge farms where a new reservoir might be built by throwing a dam across the Jennetts stream. In February this year an engineer had visited the site and measured water flows, and calculated that a reservoir of 27 million gallons could be built. It was envisaged the Gammaton Reservoir would continue to supply the summer requirements and the new lake will help with the winter demand.

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.

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Burton Art Gallery, July.

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Midsummer Day has passed, and the second half of the year has begun. “How time flies,” they say, but we hope it will slow down a little and give you time to visit the Burton Gallery.

The Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society Exhibition begins on Saturday, 22nd July, and continues until the 4th September. We cannot predict what exactly will be on the walls of the two exhibition spaces, but we can be sure that it will be a quality exhibition. The artists represented there are carefully selected for their skill and creativity. Many works will be for sale, and it is a rare opportunity to be able to purchase original works of such a high standard. The Society was founded in 1922, and has seen many well known artists take the Chair over the years. This year’s Chairman is Tony Williams, SWAc, who came to painting from a background of graphics and design, having studied at Sutton Art School. He works mainly from inspiring subjects in North Devon, the estuary, its boats, and landscape, and has work in private collections across Europe, the UK and USA. He also writes for national and international art magazines. In 2015 he won the Charles Pears award at the Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition, was selected for The Royal Institute of Oil Painters’ Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, and his work selected was shown and sold in London’s Gherkin. He has an excellent website showing many fine examples of his paintings in our own area – http://www.tonywilliamsart.co.uk/page1/index.php

You will discover some changes at the Gallery now that it has been taken over by a Trust. But nothing to worry about – the constants are the Cafe du Parc, the Craft Gallery, the Museum of Bideford and the well-stocked Shop. There is always something new to see and give you pleasure.

Opening hours are Monday to Saturday: 10-4. Sunday: 10.30-4. Admission is Free, donations welcome.

The Friends of the Burton Gallery welcome new members, and there are membership forms available on request. Annual sub: £10 single, £18 couple. Life, Single £90, Couple £170. Support your local Art Gallery – we are special – we have a purpose-built gallery and a national reputation for excellence.

Diana Warmington, Friends of the Burton Art Gallery & Museum.

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Book Buzz, July.

Reflections: The River Torridge in Poetry and Prose.

A talk at Walter Henry’s Bookshop, Thursday 14th July at 7pm.

The Torridge is a river which has great variation along its 50 mile length, flowing in a series of looping meanders through dramatic ravines with dark wooded sides; through open pastoral valley floors with sides cloaked in ancient woodland, and through tidal mudflats echoing to the call of seabirds. The river is home to otters and herons, and is overlooked by historic villages perched high above on the valley sides.

The Torridge has inspired many writers over the years and during this talk I will be giving readings from some of them.

Liz Shakespeare.

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Events at Bideford Library.

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Summer Reading Challenge – The Big Friendly Read starts Saturday 16th July

This year the theme is Roald Dahl and it looks like being lots of fun. There will be all sorts of fun events going on in all Devon Libraries, so please ask in your branch for more details.

For kids –

Story time for under-fives

Every Thursday. 9:30-10:00 am (except school holidays). Stories, musical instruments and songs.

For Adults:

Creative Writing Group    Saturday July 9th 2pm – 4pm.

Every Thursday. 2 – 4pm Nifty Needles.

Every Friday 2 – 5pm Board Games.

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.

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Events at Northam Library.

Children’s author Dan Metcalf will be visiting Northam library on Friday 29th July at 2pm. Dan is the author of the ‘Lottie Lipton’ series and will be setting a ‘code-breaking challenge’. The event is suitable for children aged 7-11 and booking is essential. Copies of Dan’s books will be available to buy. To book call: 01237 475111

The monthly newspaper discussion group ‘Have We got News for You’ on the second Wednesday of the month at 1.45-2.45pm. We have some very lively discussions.

Our sewing group meets every Wednesday 4 – 5.45pm.

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Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

‘The Thirty – Nine Steps’, by John Buchan?.

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?I thought this was a gripping read, bearing in mind how long ago it was written – and yes I did read it many years ago, but well worth a second time!?Action packed & full of suspense I felt almost out of breath as I was sucked into the events, humour and plot with Buchan’s descriptions of various characters and Hannay’s plight as he escaped many dire situations, his constant hunger for a good meal, & other scary moments!

?The plot twists successfully towards a dramatic end and I was fascinated at the various disguises & indeed the amount of different occupations Hannay undertook whilst racing from one end of the country to another!

?There was sarcasm towards Jews which may not be necessary or intended ; however I did appreciate some of the imagery and vivid descriptions of Scottish moors and other countryside.

?A page-turner and well written with plenty of witty , clever conversations as well as a thrilling and exciting climax as we race with Hannay to the end!

Margie Summers.

Bideford Library Readers’ Group meets on Wednesday July 6th 2.00 pm at Bideford Library. Next month discussing ‘Evil Under the Sun’ by Agatha Christie.

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“Buzz”, 2016.

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Welcome to the July issue of Bideford Buzz. After last month’s AGM we embark on our sixteenth year of publication . Our continued success has been largely due to our funders, most notably Bideford Bridge Trust and Bideford Town Council, although there are many others. We have also been well supported by Devon County Council (especially in our early years) and more recently by two grants from Councillors Gaspard Dezart and Robin Julian. This month we also received a grant from Devon Community Foundation.

These combined grants will allow us to print extra copies for the rural areas. If you feel your village would benefit from receiving Buzz, and is within our catchment area, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

This month we also say goodbye to Norman Hardaker who has resigned as chair of the Buzz Committee after ten years. Norman is not straying far, however, and you will be pleased to hear he will continue to deliver our very popular item – the Shipping Notes. Thank you Norman for all your support over the years.

Finally as editor I look forward to working with a new committee in 2016 /17. I hope between us we will continue to produce Bideford Buzz for many years to come.

Rose Arno.

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July diary.

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Friday 1st

Clovelly Yarn Bomb (until 31st).

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

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.477932

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 2nd

9am-2pm Atlantic Village Market.

10am Bideford 500 Heritage Day in Victoria Park.

2pm ‘ Wizard Of Oz’ by Westward Ho! Youth Theatre at Kingsley Hall, W. Ho!

Book on 07718613642

2-5pm Open Garden at Stone Farm, Alverdiscott Rd. 472938

7pm ‘Pudding & Pies’ + Greg Hookway at St Andrews Ch, Alwington 451643

7pm Film Club at Littleham Village Hall. 471928

Sunday 3rd

2pm ‘ Wizard Of Oz’ by Westward Ho! Youth Theatre at Kingsley Hall, W Ho!

Book on 07718613642

2-5pm Open Garden at Stone Farm, Alverdiscott Rd 472938

Monday 4th

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

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

7pm Appledore Band Concert – training band followed by senior band at 7.45 on Appledore Quay. (St Mary’s Ch. if wet)

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 5th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pm Tai 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 Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Bideford Sustainability Group at Blacksmiths Arms.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 6th

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 Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix Morris & Red Petticoats at The Beaver, Appledore.

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

Thursday 7th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

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 Bideford Band Concert at Westward Ho! Green. (Baptist Ch.if wet)

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 8th

12-4pm Open Garden with Pimms at 4 Blyth Court, W.Ho! in aid of N. D. Hospice.

2-5pm Afternoon Tea at 6 Chichester Way, W.Ho! in aid of N. D. Hospice. 422215

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.477932

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 9th

10am Torridge Ramblers day walk. 429080

10am-3pm Table Top Sale & Coffee at 1 Daneshay, Northam for Lavington Ch.

2-5pm Open Garden at Stone Farm, Alverdiscott Rd. 472938

7.30pm Northam Choral Society ‘Mozart to Manhattan’ at Stoke Church.441690

7.30pm Summer Charity Dance at Woolsery Community Centre in aid of SCBU, North Devon Hospital.

Sunday 10th

10.30am Garage Table Top Sale at 1&5 Francis Drive, W.Ho! –Help for Rwanda.

2-5pm Open Garden at Stone Farm, Alverdiscott Rd. 472938

3pm ‘Sea Sunday’ with Appledore Band at Appledore RNLI.

3pm Centenary Celebration of PCC at St Helen’s Church, Abbotsham.

Monday 11th

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

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

7pm Appledore Band Concert– training band followed by senior band at 7.45 on Appledore Quay. (St Mary’s Ch. if wet)

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Bideford Stamp Club – Pat Grimwood Taylor at Kingsley Hall,

Westward Ho! 472101

Tuesday 12th

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.

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 13th

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

2.30-4pm See Hear on Wheels bus at Bone Hill car park, Northam.

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

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

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at The Thatched Inn, Abbotsham.

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

Thursday 14th

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

10.30-11.30am 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 Bideford Band Concert at Westward Ho! Green. (Baptist Ch.if wet)

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

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

7.30pm Hartland Band & Torridge Male Voice Choir at Stoke Church. 441690

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 15th

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

2-3.30pm ‘Sew Together’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 01805 622666

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.477932

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

7.30pm Abbotsham WI at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 16th

9am-2pm Atlantic Village Market.

2-4pm Bideford Creative Writing Group at Bideford Library. 700901

2pm Devon Family History Society ; meeting for beginners, & those who’ve become ‘stuck’ ; Pollyfield Main Hall.

7.30pm Concert by ‘Encore’ at Holy Trinity Church, W.Ho! 429798

Sunday 17th

11am-4pm Berry Castle Open Day, Huntshaw Woods. 01805 623266

2pm Torridge Ramblers . 451820

Monday 18th

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

2pm Bideford Ladies Club at Marlborough Court. 421925

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

7pm Appledore Band Concert – training band followed by senior band at 7.45 on Appledore Quay. (St Mary’s Ch. if wet)

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

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

Tuesday 19th

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 Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 425471

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

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

7.30pm Hartland Chamber Orchestra at Stoke Church. 441690

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 20th

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.

7pm Torridge Ramblers evening walk. 451532

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

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at Royal Exchange, Torrington.

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

Thursday 21st

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi, Marlborough Ct.

11am Bideford Sustainability Group coffee morning at Café du Parc.

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 Bideford Band Concert on W.Ho! Green. (Baptist Church if wet).

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 22nd

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

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert at Lavington Church. 424982

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 23rd

7.30pm Greg Hookway ‘Greatest Hits of the Organ’ at Stoke Church. 441690

Monday 25th

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

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

7pm Appledore Band Concert – training band followed by senior band at 7.45 on Appledore Quay. (St Mary’s Ch. if wet).

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

8.30pm N. Devon Jazz Club, The Beaver, Appledore. Lee Gibson & Martin Dale Quartet. 421065

Tuesday 26th

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 Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 425471

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

7pm Torridge Ramblers evening walk. 479473

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 27th

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

1-2.30pm See Hear Bus at Tesco, E-T-W.

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 Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

7.45pm Bideford Phoenix Morris & Exmoor Border at Westward Ho!

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

Thursday 28th

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

10.30-11.30am 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 Bideford Band Concert on W.Ho! Green (weather permitting).

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

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

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 29th

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

10am-1pm Summer Fayre at Lavington Church. 424982

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

2pm Dan Metcalf, children’s author, at Northam Library. Book on 475111

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

7.30pm Appledore Band at opening of Appledore Summer Festival at St Mary’s Church, Appledore.

7.30pm Jazz Concert by Alan Lewis Rarebits at Holy Trinity Church, W.Ho!

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 30th

10am-12pm Bideford Band Coffee Morning & Sale at Band Rm, Victoria Pk.

Sunday 31st

3.30 & 7.30pm Bideford Keyboard Organ Club Summer Spectacular at Devon Hall, Bideford College.

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Shipping Notes No. 136 (May/June 2016).

Bideford.

No shipping since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

Welsh Piper 6/6 – after discharging the vessel did not proceed to Culver, but sailed for Liverpool to undertake work in that area.

Appledore.

Arco Dart 7/6.

The patrol vessel LE William Butler Yeats is due to sail on her first shipyard trials on the 3/7 for 4 days ; she returns to the yard for final adjustments and will finally sail on acceptance trials on the 17.7 ; hopefully then handed over to the Irish Navy and will sail directly to her base in Cork.

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Due Ilfracombe 16/7 the cruise Ship Prinsendam, 38,848 gross tons, owners Holland America Line Netherlands, ( one day visit.)

Bristol Channel Observations.

15/5 at 10.15 vehicle carrier Viking Odessa, 4,693 tons d.w., owners Gram Car Carriers AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.15 16/5.

16/5 At 12.21 vehicle carrier Grande Togo, 26,650 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury . At 19.47 bulk carrier Interlink Equity, 37,071 tons d.w, owners Equity Maritime Corp Bermuda, inward bound for Avonmouth.

23/5 at 11.30 vehicle carrier Gravity Highway, 21,000 tons d.w, owners Gravity Maritime Corp Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

25/5 at 10.20 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w, owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway inward bound for Avonmouth. At 12.10 vehicle carrier Thermoplyae, 23,786 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Sweden and Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.30. At 13.34 cargo vessel Flinter Rose, owners Flinter BV. Holland inward bound for Newport.

31/5 at 19.55 ro-ro vessel Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w, owners Anita 2 SNC France inward bound for Portbury.

1/6 at 10.00 cargo vessel Buse Trio, 2,350 tons d.w, owners Tunch Shipping Corp Turkey inward bound for Cardiff . At 10.05 cargo vessel Tien Fei, 24,377 tons d.w., owners Aquarius Ltd Hong Kong outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 03.26.

2/6 at 09.03 cargo vessel Veendijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Naviga Shipmanagement BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 09.16 cargo vessel Nortramp, inward bound for Birdport. At 10.55 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on 3/6 at 20.05 outward bound, having sailed from Portbury at 14.57).

12/6 at 17.50 vehicle carrier Grande Togo, 26,650 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy – spotted by my nephew at Westward Ho! inward bound for Portbury. At 19.50 cruise ship Hanseatic, 8,378 gross tons, owners Bunny’s Adventure and Cruise Hamburg, inward bound for Avonmouth.

Regards

Norman.

 

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Help Please.

I am researching the schooner ‘Vivid’ built in 1851, at Bideford, which was registered and sailed from Scilly between 1851 and 1860. It was then sold on to new owners at Whitehaven.?The details I have are as follows:-

Type: Schooner. ?Dimensions: Length: 81.0 ft. Beam: 20.1 ft. Depth of Hold: 13.1 ft.?Tonnage: 131 tons (12years A1)?Builder: Bideford?Owners: 1852 – 1860, Lebrey & Co (.Possibly Ann Banfield)?1861 – 1869, Possibly W. Nicholson?. Captains: 1852 – 1860, E. Lebrey?1851 – 1853, Lakey (possibly Edmund b. 1821)?1861 – 1869, Possibly N. Beck?1863, Britton

Trade: Bideford, Mediterranean, Scilly, New York, Palermo, Bristol, Cardiff, Falmouth, Hamburg, Antwerp, Marseilles, Smyrna, Jamaica, London, Holyhead, Whitehaven, Dublin, Pomaron, Gloucester, Belfast, Liverpool, Messina,

Cargo: 1852, Coffee?1863, Oil.?1864, Iron ore.?Port of Registry: 1852 – 1860, Scilly?1861 – 1869, Whitehaven?Port of Survey: 1854 – 1860, Bideford?1861 – 1869, Whitehaven?Signal: K.G.S.B.?Official No.: 9301.?? Demise: Possibly after 1870

Would you have any details of the builder, or can you put me in touch with someone who could help.?

Roger Banfield, Isles of Scilly.

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