Bideford Buzz

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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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Felicity’s sustainable fish.

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Ceremony of Bideford Manor Court – 16th March.

Notice is hereby given that Bideford Manor Court will be held on Saturday 16 March 2019 at 10.30 in the forenoon within the Town Hall, Bideford. Presentments from registered electors in the parish of Bideford for consideration of the Court are invited by submission in writing, addressed to the Foreman of the Jury, c/o the Manor Steward, Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, Bideford to arrive no later than 12 Noon, Monday 4 March 2019.

H J Blackburn

Manor Steward.

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CEREMONY OF BIDEFORD MANOR COURT: 16 MARCH 2019

BIDEFORD residents are being called on to use an ancient right to make suggestions for town improvements.

Opportunity is being made for members of the public to take an active involvement in the centuries-old Manor Court Ceremony. Currently held on a Saturday in March, the ceremony was originally held to allow townspeople to bring issues before the Lords of the Manor for consideration. Nowadays, their ideas or “presentments” as they are known are put to the Town Council, which has an obligation to consider them.

Now the Town Council is opening the way for public attendance and is also calling for ideas and projects that would make Bideford a better place for the community and tourists to be put forward. Any member of the public residing in the Parish of Bideford who wishes to submit a ‘presentment’, should do so by 12 Noon, Monday 4 March 2019. The envelope should be marked for the attention of the Manor Steward.

Presentments submitted to the Town Council are considered by a chosen jury of 12 respected town residents and the most feasible are presented to the court.

Actions regarding presentments of the previous year are also reported.

Anyone wishing to take part in the occasion is invited to complete the application form (see below) and return it to the Town Clerk. If there are too many applicants a draw will be made by the Mayor to fill the available places. Those chosen will be able to take a guest and will also be invited to the Civic Reception following the Ceremony.

Download application form.

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Shipping notes No 166. (Janaury).

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.

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Appledore.

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)

Regards/Norman.

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February’s diary.

We’re here every week…..

Mondays.

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

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.

Tuesdays.

10 -1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Tai Chi for health. Littleham Village Hall.  Lauren Hutchings 07557676278. 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. northamchoral.org.uk New members welcome.

Wednesdays.

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

10am – 1pm Job Club at Bideford Library.

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 Church,Bideford,

2.15pm-3.30pm “Fit as a fiddle.’ Buckland Brewer School Room. Tel 01805 622666 .

7-9pm ‘Sew Sociable’ at Lavington Church Rooms, Willett St.

7pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 01237 423554.

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

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

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

Thursdays.

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.

Fridays.

9.30am Over sixties fitness class at Pollyfield Centre.stevehammond@boatshead.com

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.

Saturdays.

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.

Sundays.

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

 

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And we’re not………..

Friday 15th.

7.30pm Bideford Machine Knitting club at Chub / Churchill Community Centre 01237 477532.

7.30pm Abbotsham WI at Abbotsham Village Hall.

7.30pm Annual indoor meeting of the British Naturalists’ Association (Taw and Torridge branch) The Castle Centre, Barnstaple. An illustrated talk by John Walters entitled “Westcountry Wildlife”. Book stall and raffle. Admission £3 includes tea/coffee. Open to non members so bring your friends and relations along. Tel: (01271) 343607.

Saturday 16th

2-4pm Creative writing group at Bideford Library tel 01237 476075

Wednesday 20th.

10am -3pm Westward Ho! Craft market.Baptist Church Hall, Westward Ho! Refreshments.

11am–1pm Creative memory cafe at Quay Meeting Room, 5 Danver Court Clovelly Rd Ind estate 0781 797605.

1.30pm–3.30pm ‘Knit and Natter’ group at Holy Trinity Hall Westward Ho! Tel 01237 475720.

3-5pm Families for Children meeting at Green Lanes, Barnstaple.


2.15–3pm Meditation at Bideford Library 01237 476075.

Thursday 21st.

11am Bideford Sustainability Group meets at Custom House Bideford tel 01237 421956.

2.15pm Thursday Fellowship at Northam Methodist Hall 01237 421956.

Friday 22nd .

10am – midday Coffee ‘n’ chat Kingsley Hall Westward Ho! 01237 421274

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

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

Monday 25th.

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

Wednesday 27th.

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.

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Berry Castle; plans for 2019.

As with any New Year comes the evaluation of the past year, and making plans for the upcoming months. Having achieved a number of our goals, such as the clearance of the trees, erecting information boards and excavating areas of the site, the Friends of Berry Castle are no different. We’ve been considering where our group will be heading in 2019 and are developing some ideas, which we are very excited about.

As well as offering a range of visits to historical sites, we want to become more involved in the research and surveying of sites, assisting Historic England in their work. We hope that this will offer a new perspective to our usual visits, providing an opportunity for supporters to not only gain an understanding of a site, but also help gather information about its condition.

Our intended approach will be more ‘outdoors’ based, involving walks and even local restoration community projects, within the Torridge area. Whether you have an interest in History, or just like getting outdoors for a stroll, the Friends of Berry Castle could be the group for you. Our supporters have a range of backgrounds and ages and are very welcoming.

If you are feeling more energetic, then maybe one of our site maintenance mornings would be of interest to you. We intend to begin these in March, where the focus will be on removing saplings from the monument. It’s fairly easy work, for any age or fitness level and any volunteers will be gratefully received. Just bring some gardening gloves and a flask and join our dedicated team in the fresh air. Details will be on our ‘events’ page on our website.

www.berrycastlehuntshaw.com

Our AGM is coming up on Saturday 9th February, 3.00pm, at the Cranford Inn: please come along and hear, in more detail, about what we have planned for this year. The group values the support it receives and we would like to hear your ideas. Is there a site you’ve visited, which you think others would enjoy, or even a place which you would like to visit, in the future? Do you have a project, which we could assist you with? The AGM is the place to put these ideas forward, as we’d like to know what our supporters want from our group.

Other dates for your diary are our visit to Court Castle motte and bailey (Winkleigh) for a snowdrop walk, on Saturday 16th February. A historical walk around Torrington on Saturday 6th April. An Easter Egg Hunt on Friday 19th April, where children (and the young at heart) can join us at Berry Castle, for an egg hunt and quiz. Further dates will be added to our website, as the year progresses.

If you are interested in joining us for any of our walks and visits, please email us at berrycastle1@outlook.com for times and further details.

We hope to see you at our AGM and hear your ideas.

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One hundred years ago – January 1919.

At the beginning of January it was announced by the Food Controller, Mr Clynes, that no more ration books will be printed. The current issue will expire on April 19th. Margarine will be the first rationed food to be “de-rationed” and butter probably the last to regain its freedom. The meat situation is already improving thanks to deliveries from Argentina and it is hoped that the sugar supply will improve next month.

Later in January it was stated that there might still be some food rationing after April but that it would be much less restrictive.

Heavy rains have reduced farm land to a sodden condition and almost all work has been at a standstill. The autumn sown wheat, oats and beans look promising, but straw is very scarce at present.

Bideford Chamber of Trade has received a letter from the Paper Controller expressing thanks for the large quantity of waste paper collected by the local community.

Mr T Williams, carrier, of Hartland advertises that he now runs a service to Bideford on Thursdays as well as on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Two lambs were born at Norton Farm on January 8th, believed to be the first of the year.

Bideford Rural Council hopes to obtain a portion of the Government Road Improvement Grant to convert the track of the Bideford to Appledore Railway to a metalled road. With its straight course and easy gradients it is believed that this would be a great service to the public.

W Huxtable of Heale Farm, Littleham appeals for help in finding a lost two year old dark Devon heifer. A black Pekinese bitch has strayed from Firsball, Woodtown and two homing pigeons belonging to Mr Lewis have failed to return to their loft in Bridgeland Street.

Messrs R Blackmore & Sons have sold by auction fifty Army horses. All were sold within one and a half hours, prices ranging from £30 to £73.

A public meeting was held at Northam National School to discuss erecting a public memorial to parishioners who had fallen in the War. The War Office has promised a captured machine gun for the village. Proposals included a new village hall, a cross in the Square and a shelter for the aged on Bone Hill. A small committee has been formed to consider these ideas and consult with the families concerned.

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 www.bidefordarchive.org.uk

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Shipping notes No. 165 (December).

Bideford Quay.

The Lundy vessel Oldenburg arrived back in Bideford on the pm tide of the 20th after her annual drydocking at Sharpness. (Photograph below).

Appledore.

No news regarding saving the yard from closure.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping movements.

Bristol Channel Observations.

3/12. at 0825 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fujkokuri Maritime SA Norway J, inward bound for Portbury.

9/12 at 1315 bulk carrier Federal Saguenay, 34,167 tons d.w., owners Federal Atlantic Ltd Canada, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 08.10.

10/12 at 13.34 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United |European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 11th at 12.23, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.46).

11/12 at 11.46 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,365 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan. inward bound for Portbury.

12/12 at 15.25 bitumen tanker Acacia Noir, 5,895 tons d.w., owners White Flag Venturis X11 LLC Singapore, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 10.12.

13/12 at 08.23 container ship MSC Malin, 21,370 tons d.w., owners Malin Naviera SA Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury.

14/12 at 11.23 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 123,65 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

16/12 at 12.05 cargo vessel Celtic Freedom, 4,400 tons d.w., owners Charles W Willie & Co Cardiff, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 22.40 hrs 15th

17/12 at 09.45 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,500 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

18/12 at 08.22 container vessel Songa Antafogasta, 35,534 tons d.w., owners Songa Antafogasta A/S Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.39. At the same time vehicle carrier Grand Phoenix, 18,383 tons d.w., owners Dynamic Aurora Shipping SA Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury.

20/12 at 09.00 container vessel Fesco Askold, 13,306 tons d.w., owners Astro Moon Shipping Russia, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.15 cargo vessel Eleonora, 6,381 tons d.w., owners Eleonora Hermann Lohmann Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 01.47. At 12.22 cargo vessel Wilson Gdansk, 3,686 tons d.w., Owners Wilson Shipowning S.Norway, bound from Birdport having sailed at 04.34.

22/12 at 09.00 container vessel Fesco Askold, 13,306 tons d.w., owners Astro Moon Shipping Russia, outward bound for Portbury having sailed at 03.30. At 11.40 container vessel Kristin Schepers, 9,737 tons d.w., owners Kristian Schepers Germany, outward from Avonmouth having sailed at 07.47.

23/12 at 16.06 cargo vessel Wilson Liverpool, 3,798 tons d.w., owners Rotterdam Rhenus Schiffinvest Norway, inward bound for Sharpness..

24/12 at 14.05 bulk carrier Taizhou Pioneer, 32,453 tons d.w., owners Danskip 85 USA, Inward bound for Avonmouth.

25/12 at 13.04 vehicle carrier Virgo Leader, 20,111 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

27/12 at 14.15 vehicle carrier Hoegh Singapore, 12,500 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

31/12 at 16.42 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fujkokuri Maritima SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

I am very sorry this is a short report – weather conditions have not been very good for ship spotting, bad visibility being the main cause.

Have a Happy New Year in 2019.

Regards,

Norman.

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Exmoor Pony Centre – December.

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

All seems very quiet at the Pony Centre now we are closed to the public. The riding ponies have gone away for their winter holiday after having their waists measured and taking a trip to Wheddon Cross to be weighed. We had a lovely postcard from Fleeter Robbie and Sherbert who are having a whale of a time holidaying in north Devon with their fosterer.

However, there is still lots going on as new foals continue to arrive, and this year we have chosen ‘cheese’ as the theme for naming – so we have Wensleydale, Caerphilly, Mozzarella etc. Linzi has already started handling the first arrivals and they are settling in well. Each new intake of foals means adding and replacing essential equipment and we would like to thank all the kind people, such as fosterer Liz and her Exmoor ponies Rubicon and Appletiser, who have donated items such as head collars and feed buckets through our Amazon wish list.

We must also thank Francesca and Harriet from Little Meadow riding school near Bridgwater for helping us with our fundraising. As well as managing one of our collection pots and selling our Christmas cards and calendars, they also had a cake sale day to raise money for our charity.

We have recently signed up to GIVEASYOULIVE.COM. If you are shopping online this Christmas, this is a great way to raise money for the ponies with over 4000 stores to choose from – and it doesn’t cost you a penny. And thinking of Christmas presents, we have added a new pony to our list of ponies available for adoption. Jensen is our gentle giant and the biggest of all our ponies. He is a real softie and will make a wonderful adoption pony.

Looking forward a few weeks, we hope to run a Youngstock Handling Course in the New Year when all the foals have arrived. We will post more about this on our website and facebook pages in due course, or you can contact the Centre to be put on the list for further information as soon as it comes in.

We have welcomed a new trustee to our board this month. Carol Juffs brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge and we look forward to working with her. We are still looking for a further three trustees so if you are interested, please do get in touch. And, of course, we are always pleased to meet new volunteers!

It just remains to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year, from all of us here at the Pony Centre.

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheExmoorPonyCentre

Email: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Tel: 01398 323093.

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Shipping notes No. 164 (November).

Bideford Quay.

Oldenburg sailed from Bideford 13/11 for her annual dry docking at Sharpness. No other shipping movements.

Photograph of the Freshspring at Victoria Park, looking very spick and span.

Appledore.

The news was released 1/11 that Babcocks would cease shipbuilding at Appledore in March 2019. It is very unfortunate for the employees at the yard, who will either have to move to Plymouth or take redundancy. Let us all hope that another company, perhaps with a more innovative approach, could take over the yard and make a success of continuing to build ships.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/11 at 15.45 vehicle carrier Toledo, 14,512 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Stockholm and Oslo, having sailed from Portbury at 11.23.

2/11 at 07.30 cargo vessel Wilson Avonmouth, 3,594 tons d.w., owners Wilson A/S Norway, having sailed from Birdport at 01.15. Immediately after seeing the vessel she appeared to stop and was drifting around, so maybe she had an engine problem. She finally resume her voyage at approx 12.40 to Bilbao. At 08.30 cargo vessel Marit, 7,092 tons d.w., owners Marit Shipping BV Holland, inward bound for Swansea. At 10.20 buoy tender vessel Patricia, owners Lloyds Nimrod care of Trinity House Harwich, inward bound for Barry. At 17.17 cargo vessel Arklow Bank, 8,565 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Holland, inward bound for Avonmouth.

3/11 at 08.13 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,600 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.14 container vessel Demeter, 41,647 tons d.w., owners Puerto Varas Shipping Co Ltd Hamburg, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.19.

4/11 at 07.31 vehicle carrier Lapis Arrow, 12,105 tons d.w., owners Lapis Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury.

5/11 at 08.00 cable ship Ile D’aix, 8,373 tons d.w., owners Alcetel-Lucent France, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 09.25 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.03 tanker Two Million Ways, 73,965 tons d.w., owners TMW Shipping BV Holland, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.36 vehicle carrier Shanghai Highway, 15,413 tons d.w., owners Belocean Shipping SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

6/11 at 07.10 cargo vessel Mercy, 3,420 tons d.w., owners Mercy Shipping Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 11.03 container vessel Kristin Schepers, 9,313 tons d.w., owners Kristin Schepers Germany, outward bound from from Avonmouth having sailed at 07.00. At 13.27 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,365 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.28.

7/11 at 12.00 cargo vessel Arklow Valley, 5,169 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Holland, inward bound for Swansea.

9/11 at 0958 vehicle carrier Grand Pioneer, 19,120 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping Co, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.12. At 10.20 container vessel Fesco Askold, 13,806 tons d.w., owners Astro Moon Shipping Co Russia, inward bound for Portbury.

10/11 at 09.13 cargo vessel Celtica Hav, 1,720 tons d.w., owners Hav Shipping Management AS Norway, outward bound from Belfast (having been sheltering from gales the previous day). At 09.25 tanker Northern Ocean, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 04.13. At 10.45 vehicle carrier Faust, 30,383 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Stockholm and Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.47. At 11.15 cargo vessel Schokland, 3,300 tons d.w., owners Buter H Holland, having sailed from Cardiff at 06.12. At 13.30 cargo vessel Fehn Lyra, 4,448 tons d.w., owners Fehn Lyra Fehn Schiffartts GMBH Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 06.41. At 15 .25 vehicle carrier Caribbean Highway, 17,366 tons d.w., owners Belocean Shipping S.A. Japan, inward Bound for Portbury. At 15.34 cargo vessel RMS Neudorf, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Rhenus Maritime Services GMBH Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 17.13 7th.

11/11 at 15.12 cargo vessel Paula C, 4,998 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Isle of Wight, inward bound for Sharpness.

14/11 at 16.30 cargo vessel Scheldedijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Scheldedijk 11 BV Netherlands, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 10.05. At 17.07 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,820 tons d.w., owners Vertom Usc Beaumagic BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again 0822 18th, having sailed from Birdport at 01.59).

18/11 at 09.19 bulk carrier Posidana, 54,706 tons d.w., owners Masterbulk PTE Ltd Singapore, inward bound for Portbury. At 0950 cargo vessel Celtic Spirit, 4,135 tons d.w., owners in Charles M Wiillie & Co Charter Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 09.57 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

19/11 at 12.55 chemical tanker Stolt Pelican, 5,797 tons d.w., owners Stolt Tankers BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

20/11 at 07.18 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.19. At 11.00 tug En Avant 1, owners Muller Dordrecht Holland, outward bound from Avonmouth with a pontoon which has been working of Hinkley Point, heading for Rotterdam.

22/11 at 07.25 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja SNC 2 France, inward bound for Portbury.

23/11 at 13.40 cargo vessel Fehn Pollux, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Ems Chartering GMBH & Co Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 06.51. (Not easily visible, but what appears to be a large funnel on the forecastle is in fact an auxiliary sail, which helps reduce the consumption of her main engine fuel).

26/11 at 16.22 tanker Leander, 13,190 tons d.w., owners Siebte Buttner Schiffahrt Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth.

30/11 at 10.17 cargo vessel Speyk, 3,636 tons d.w., owners Speyk BV Holland, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 00.02. At 11.16 tanker Bomar Quest, 8,501 tons d.w., owners Bomar Six LLC UK, inward bound for Barry.

Shipping observers, note that Wilhelhelms are changing their hull colours from orange to black with a green band.

A final note for this year; with all the changes that have happened, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Regards,

Norman.

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“Down on the farm” – short documentaries.

Thanks to community film making organisation North Devon Moving Image (NDMI), a number of emerging documentary film makers will have the opportunity to create a unique collection of short films about farming in north Devon.

Each of the seven commissioned films will focus on individual farms within North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which includes the North Devon Coast AONB designation and reaches to parts of Exmoor and Dartmoor. The selected film makers have sought out engaging characters and fascinating stories from farms around the region including the life of a smallholder, farming with nature on the Hartland Peninsula, to how a small local abattoir on the fringes of Exmoor has a positive impact on animal welfare, and an inside story on women in farming at Hatherleigh.

We were very keen to support this project because short films are a brilliant way of telling the story of farming today in these remote rural areas.” commented Jenny Carey-Wood, Manager of the North Devon Coast AONB who have helped to fund Down on the Farm “Our small grants are often used to help people better understand that the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are a living and working landscape, with farms and smallholdings playing a vital role in producing food, managing land for wildlife and as places for people to enjoy the stunning coast and countryside.”

Linda Mason (above) from Southsea in Hampshire has chosen to make her film about farmer Rose Manning “I was really excited to be selected for the Down on the Farm commission” Linda says “Devon is such a beautiful part of our country and I enjoy telling everyday stories. Rose has been farming all her life and now even in her mid seventies she is still caring for the young cattle and supporting on the farm. I will tell Rose’s story through her daily routines on the farm and in the kitchen baking, as she prepares food and reminisces about her life. My film “Lifelong Farmer” will weave together archive material, intimate and personal recollections of being a woman in farming over many decades. I look forward to visiting the farm over the year and learning more about the busy ‘retired’ life of a farmer.”

The films will be completed at the end of next year and will be available to view online at the NDMI website www.northdevonmovingimage.org.uk and in the new social history gallery at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon. In the meantime you will be able to keep up with news ‘from the field’ in a series of blog posts from the film makers which will be published on NDMI’s website and social media channels.

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Torridge signs up to ‘Crowdfunder Devon’ initiative.

Torridge District Council is delighted to now be part of the Crowdfunder Devon initiative. The platform has been set up to support community groups, start-up businesses, charities and individuals across the county to raise money from the crowd and unlock extra funding from official bodies to which they might not previously have had access.

Although Torridge has already distributed a sum approaching an incredible £1.2M to such groups through their Community Grants and Councillor grants Schemes in the last three years, this is an additional source of potential match funding for groups to tap into, whilst also spreading the word about community-based projects.

If you have a project that makes an impact to your community, supports wellbeing, works towards a better environment, rewards innovation or supercharges business ideas, then Torridge Council want to hear from you.

The initiative is for local organisations, clubs and groups, charities and parish councils looking to improve and develop their community offerings. Groups that reach 25% of their target will be able to apply for and unlock additional funding from the Torridge Councillor Grants scheme which allocates a total of £2,000 to each ward member for worthy schemes in their relative wards. In some cases Councillors may be able to combine grants to provide a larger sum.

Councillor Bob Hicks, Lead Member for Economic Regeneration, said:

This is another great initiative to put money back into our communities and get funding for projects that meet the criteria of the scheme. Groups will hopefully find it easy to apply for this new funding and Councillor Grants will help to support those able to reach the threshold for consideration. To get the ball rolling all you need do is apply!”

Groups can apply, by adding their project to Crowdfunder. If they fit the bill, the Crowdfunder Devon partners could put extra money into these projects to help organisations reach their target. Details of the Torridge scheme can be found at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/funds/torridge-community-chest or on the Councils website.

An example of where this is already making a difference can be seen from Bideford’s “Little Green Town” project where the Council helped organisers to surpass their £5,000 target by providing a total of £2,700 from five councillors. The project was then also supported by Friends of the Earth and Devon County Council as well as from across the community, showing the power of the platform.

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Shipping notes No. 163 (October).

In port; Bideford Quay.

Catania – built 2012; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Ukrainian; from Brest to Castellon; arrived 10th, sailed 11th; loaded 2,145 tons ball clay.

Oldenburg ; no doubt the vessel will be departing soon for her annual drydocking at Sharpness.

Appledore.

LE George Bernard Shaw sailed 06.05 8th for her 3rd trials; she was then handed over to the Irish Navy 11th, returning to the Appledore Bar, then sailed for her base at Cork (at full speed because of the approaching storm Callum) to have the rest of her equipment fitted.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/10 at 15.45 cargo vessel Arklow Breeze, 8,000 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd Ireland, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again 4th at 19.04 outward bound, having sailed from Newport at 14.26).

2/10 at 18.25 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

3/10 at 18.25 vehicle carrier Tortugas, 19,268 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.20 cargo vessel Medal, 4,950 tons d.w., owners Viscania Balear de Navegacion Spain, inward bound for Newport.

5/10 at 08.12 vehicle carrier Morning Lily, 27,283 tons d.w., owners Eukor Car Carriers Inc South Korea, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.15 container ship Wes Janine, 13,000 tons d.w., owners Wes Janine Schifffarts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

6/10 at 10.58 bulk carrier Polarstar, 32,588 tons d.w., owners Erma Marine SA Greece, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 05.51.

7/10 at 08.50 cargo vessel Arklow Bay, 8,660 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.52. At 09.35 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterraneo, 18,427 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.27. At 0955 survey vessel Mersey Guardian, owners unknown, outward bound from Penarth having sailed at 07.45. At 10.03 cargo vessel Fri Brevik, 3,771 tons d.w., Vealos AS Norway owners, inward bound for Newport. At 14.40 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

8/10 at 18.43 cargo vessel Arucas, 5,830 tons d.w., owners Egality Shipping Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 22.14 2/10. (She had been anchored in Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders).

9/10 at 10.25 vehicle carrier Onxy Ace, 18,527 tons d.w., owners Mitsui OSK Lines Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 0519.

10/8 at 11.50 vehicle carrier CSCC Tianjin, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.25 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,600 tons d.w., owners Anje 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury.

14/10 at 14.47 bulk carrier Rijn Confidence, 33,328 tons d.w., owners Rijn Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.57 cargo vessel Triple S, 5,192 tons d.w., owners Triple S Ltd Montenegro, inward bound for Newport. At 16.02 container vessel Fresco Askold, 13,806 tons d.w., owners Astro Moon Shipping Co Russia, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.23 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

15/10 at 06.59 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

16/10 at 16.30 container vessel Endeavour, 9,367 tons d.w., owners J.R.Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 11.50.

18/10 at 07.29 vehicle carrier Don Carlos, 28,142 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.53 cargo vessel Svetlana, 8,865 tons d.w., owners Dragon Maritime Co Ltd Bulgaria, inward bound for Sharpness.

20/10 at 12.32 cargo vessel Celtic Spirit, 4,001 tons d.w., owners Charles Willie & Co Shipping Ltd Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

22/10 at 10.28 cargo vessel RMS Wanheim, 2,620 tons d.w. owners Wanheim Shipping SA Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 13.47 vehicle carrier Tarifa, 21,120 tons d.w., owners Tarifa Maritime Ltd IOM in the colours of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Sweden and Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.02 bulk carrier Taizhou Pioneer, 32,453 tons d.w., owners Danskib 85 USA, inward bound for Avonmouth.

25/10 at 12.52 vehicle carrier Hamburg Highway, 20,703 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen KK Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.52.

28/10 at 08.05 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fujkukuri Maritima SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

30/10 at 17.07 container ship E.R.Hobart, 13,879 tons d.w., owners Reederei Blue Star Holding SA Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

31/10 at 15.30 vehicle carrier Toledo, 14,500 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Stockholm and Oslo, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards, Norman.

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One hundred years ago – November 1918.

In the Gazette of 9th November we learn that President Wilson has transmitted to Germany the Terms of Surrender required by the Allies as reached at the Versailles meeting. There are reports of a German Naval mutiny; the Naval Commandant of Keil has been shot by his own sailors and in Hamburg and Cuxhaven the red Communist flag replaces the naval pennant.

On 12th November the Gazette proclaims “The Doom of Autocracy”. The Kaiser abdicates and there is revolution inside Germany. The Armistice has been signed and Hostilities ceased yesterday.

At the end of the month the German Fleet surrenders and 9 battleships, 5 battle cruisers, 7 light cruisers, 50 destroyers and numerous submarines are escorted across the North Sea to the mouth of the Firth of Forth where they will be taken to Scarpa Flow. The newspaper also reports that the local Regiment, 2nd Devons, are to take part in the triumphal march to the Rhine.

Nationally, a General Election has been called for 14th December. The Prime Minister Lloyd George and Mr Bonar Law publish a joint manifesto and election meetings are advertised in the Market Hall in Bideford on November 29th at 8pm, when Mr C S Parker will address the meeting. (Charles Sandbach Parker, Conservative, failed to be elected in the Barnstaple Constituency, losing by 602 votes). Women electors are holding a meeting in the Town Hall at Bideford at 3pm, moving to Northam at 7.30pm and Appledore at 8.30pm. These meetings will be chaired by Mrs C S Parker and the speaker will be Miss Taylor from Exeter.

(With the hindsight that 100 years affords, we know that the War has ended but on the Home Front little has changed; locally more mundane matters make the headlines in the paper).

Bideford Fuel & Lighting Committee state that under the terms of the 1918 Fuel Wood Order licences will be needed to sell a maximum of 2 tons per year to domestic homes. Industry is not subject to this restriction. These licences can be obtained from Mr E J Labbett, Local Fuel Overseer.

Readers are urged to register their ration of jam, marmalade and sugar at Tattersall’s and Farleigh’s Stores.

The Western Express and Torrington Gazette report that the yield of potatoes is far larger than anticipated and in many districts the yield is “extraordinary”.

Alfred Perrin of Barnstaple Auctions offered the Barley Mow Inn for sale. “The property has for some time since reported for compensation and was recently dealt with by the Compensation Committee at Exeter”. Mr John Curtis who owns the adjoining property was the purchaser at £430. (We have tried to research what this Committee did. Can any of our readers help?)

The influenza epidemic is diminishing; 9 deaths were reported this week in Bideford, which is less than half the previous week.

Bideford Fire Brigade, captained by Mr S Lee, was called to a business premises in Mill Street. The fire originated in a gas cooker in the kitchen at Mrs Wilson’s house but the fire was contained and the reported damage amounted to £200.

Thanksgiving Week services are held across North Devon. An open air meeting was held at Bone Hill, led by Rev. G Payne-Cook and W Charlewood, Leader of Northam UDC.

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

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Shipping notes No. 162 (September).

Bideford Quay.

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

Yelland Quay.

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

Appledore.

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

Bristol Channel Observations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards,

Norman.

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