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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Bird’s-eye view of Westward Ho!

New aerial footage, shot using a drone, has been launched on the internet and shows off Westward Ho! in glorious high definition and from a vantage point normally accessible only to birds.

For the first time people will be able to see aerial footage showing the outline of the wreck of the merchant ship the “Sally”, which ran aground in 1769 while bound from Oporto in Portugal to Bristol carrying a cargo of port wine. The “Sally” is one of two wrecks of 18th Century merchant ships that can be found at low tide on the beach, which this summer were given protection by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Wrecks are usually only the preserve of divers but at Westward Ho! visitors can stroll along the sand to see the remains of these ships which offer a fascinating glimpse into the area’s rich mercantile history. The “Sally” has been described as “nationally important” as it still retains its key identifying features, with details of the ships construction clearly visible for all to see. The aerial footage offers a unique and new vantage point to view this and other landmarks.

Further along the resort there are views of the newly refurbished tidal Rockpool and Promenade with the community-chosen extract of the poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling inlaid into the walkway. (The works are all part of the Council’s £418K investment into Westward Ho! funded through a successful application by the Council to Central Government under the Coastal Community grant scheme.)

Westward Ho! – Birds eye view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfgkt1OnOKM

Video courtesy of Altitude58

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Free festive lunch, 25th December.

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December’s youth page.

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Bridging the gap.

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“Mind the gap”, “gappy tooth” ,”pay gap” even ‘Gap’ the clothing outlet if you have an explosive allergy to tank tops and sweatshops… With all these negative connotations- ‘gap’ as something to be avoided or filled- and ‘gap year’ doesn’t immediately scream positivity. If anything, it implies a little year-long lull; a hole in your timeline that some people vault straight over into uni life, others walk round into paid employment- a ‘proper job’- and some fall right into. If you do take the plunge, it’s all about filling it with meaningful experiences that look good on your CV. A time outside the vortex of education, it’s constrained only by finance and work shifts; an eerie peek through the curtain at actual adult life. It’s a time when you can do pretty much anything, but when the mind boggles, it tends to give up and the sheer scale of possibilities can be daunting. So here at Buzz for your delectation we have arranged a list of 5 things you can do to fill that year shaped gap in your life.

1.) www.realgap.co.uk/ For those who don’t fancy a nice ramble round the globe; this site offers you travel with a purpose. Be it teaching monks to read English in Tibet or rounding up cattle in Australia, you can choose a foreign job that suits you and set off on a jaunt. The only real downside is that a lot of the work doesn’t pay ( though you never know, the monk’s may tip handsomely) and the trip expenses- while discounted through the site- fall on you. This means a part time job/ year of mooching may be required to fund your Mother Theresa act, though in the grand scheme of things, it’s still a lot cheaper than a rail ride across Europe- that other gap year staple.

2.) Visit friends at uni. With a 18- 25 rail card, your train fees can be truncated by 1/3- most uni’s also allow 2 visits per month, which cuts out the need for a hotel, so this works out at a very affordable glimpse into student life before you go.  A gap-year perk, you can gently acclimatise to the idea of communal living while your foolhardy friend submerges themselves fully.  Sadly, even as a part timer, there is no avoiding the fresher’s flu. With streaming eyes, a nose like treacle and the cough of a 63 year old asbestos miner, this reporter went right on the front line and caught the bug from an overzealous giggler who happened to spray some airborne droplets as he chuckled. That’s all it takes to pass the highly infectious disease on. Disinfect your bags after you visit and breathe through your nose; that’s our only advice.

3.) Look further into your course- want to be an optician? Write a report on cataracts for fun- they can only look favourably on such extracurricular interest in your interview. Perhaps pick up a few books written by a prospective university professor- they can’t say no to a fan. Hopefully.

4.)Take a part time job. If you save well enough, you may even be able to stretch out your income, augment it with the housing loan and not have to work for at least the first 2 years of your course. This gives plenty of time for study and partying.

5.) Write a book, do something creative. If you choose to go down the part time job route, this leaves you with vast swathes of time to yourself. An incredibly productive way to spend your time is to create something- be it a comic, a picture, a play or a book. If you’re that way inclined, it can be great fun and it means you have a goal, something to finish before September. Who knows, if those Tibetan monks get a good enough teacher, they may be reading your best seller in years to come.

Hopefully this has been of some use. Time is money- you just have to spend it wisely.

And a Happy Christmas and New year.

Thanks for reading

Millie Sutherland O’Gara

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If you have any gap year ideas of your own, or just want to share what you’ve been up to, give us a “buzz”?

editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk or leave us a message on our Facebook Page.

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Bideford film society – December.

Friday 2 December at 7.00pm at Bideford College: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (12A), 127 mins.

Monday 5 December at 7.00pm at Bideford College: I, Daniel Blake (15), 100 mins.

Saturday 10 (doors open 5.00pm), Sunday 11 and Sunday 18 December (doors open at 4.00pm) at Bideford College: Santa’s Secret Cinema (PG)   Full details of this event and ticket booking can be found at http://www.hoteventz.co.uk/

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 December at Kingsley School at 7.30pm: Inferno (12A), 121 mins.

Thursday 22 and Friday 23 December at Kingsley School at 7.30pm: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (12A), 133 mins.

Wednesday 28 December at 6.00pm and Monday 2 January at 4.00pm at Kingsley School: Storks (PG), 87 mins.

Thursday 29 and Friday 30 December at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: The Light Between Oceans (12A), 133 mins.

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One hundred years ago – December 1916/ January 2017.

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The first three issues of the Gazette in December 1916 are full of seasonal cheer of all varieties.

W.J. Ridge, Wine merchant of 70 High Street has two adverts – one for Old Scotch Whiskies including “Dew off the Highlands”, the other for “Anglo” ales and Oatmeal Stout. Charles Ashton, family grocer trading at Trafalgar House, is the sole agent for W& A Gilbey’s wines and spirits. For the home baker, Tattersalls Stores boast that they have the largest stock, the best of everything at the lowest prices. Among the items for sale are loose Muscatels for cooking at 8d per pound, Chinese figs and the finest Tunis dates are 9d per pound. Tattersalls also offer “Evaporated fruits” – apricots, peaches and pears as well as a wide variety of nuts.

Suggestions for Christmas presents are plentiful. A. M. Morrish at the Quay Café is showing a good selection of chocolates, confectionery and season’s novelties. F. Karslake, draper from London House, heads his advert with the words “Christmas should be enjoyed in a reasonable manner. Our old fashioned custom of giving and receiving presents must not be allowed to pass. It is a glad time of friendship and goodwill of the year.”

If you are looking for practical presents, Heywood & Heywood of Grenville Street offer serviettes, 5 o’clock tea cloths and tea cosies as well as handkerchiefs and Antimony trays. Steward & Co.’s Bazaar at 56a Mill Street has a splendid selection of British-made toys. W. Wood of 10-11 Meddon Street reminds readers that Christmas is the children’s festival and offers dolls, toys games and tea sets.

For the ladies, Robert Yeo at Manchester House(in an advert illustrated with line drawings) suggests that “Suitable and acceptable” presents include aprons and pinafores, whilst Sanguine & Son’s Boot stores in Grenville St. promote their pretty slippers, house shoes and ladies gaiters. For the man in your life you could visit H.I. Meredith at 18 High Street and buy vacuum flasks, shaving requisites and electric pocket lamps, whilst Coles & Lee at the Gazette Offices offer useful leather goods.

The troops have not been forgotten and suggestions include “Swan” fountain pens with ink tablets in tubes, metal cigarette cases and photo cases.

The more extravagant could buy an American organ from J.T. White of 77-78 High Street, a piano from Nicklins in Bridgeland St., watches and jewellery from E. Northwood at 69 Medon St., or furs from Burrows at 17 High Street.

To decorate your home, Perkins and Son, florists on the Quay offer ferns and palms in pots as well as cut flowers supplied fresh daily.

If you were unfortunate to be unwell, Gerrish’s Speedy Cure for coughs and colds can be bought for 1/3 a bottle at E Gerrish, dispensing chemist on The Quay. We are also assured that Mother Seigels Syrup banishes indigestion.

To return to more pressing matters, the 28th December edition reports that Bideford Council are discussing the food shortage and considering the possibility of ploughing up Victoria Park to provide extra allotments. Early in the New Year Bideford Council advertise a Public meeting in the Town Hall for the purpose of considering providing extra Allotments. Northam Council are also concerned about the shortage of vegetable patches, and in particular the shortage of potatoes. The Committee were told that 2 miles from Northam a farmer was holding a large quantity of potatoes waiting for prices to rise. A committee member, Mr Vincent remarks that “the Government should do something” and suggested that as they now controlled the railways they should lead by growing potatoes beside the track. Later in the month a report appears stating that the National Food controller has set and published potato prices. Main crop, of not less than 6 tons will be priced at £5-15-0d per ton, rising to £6-10-0d in the Spring. Locally a 2-acre field at Kiltrasna is available for a period of 3 years for cultivation, but a flood of letters to the Editor decry the notion of ploughing Victoria Park, citing that it is the only pleasant area where the elderly can walk and enjoy.

At the Devon Crown Court 2 local residents are accused of stealing £300 worth of jewellery (£14,500 in today’s value) from their employer, Mrs Elizabeth Daw of Baddesley Grange, Northam. Herbert Clarence Leonard, alias Victor Howard, was employed as a cook but was actually a deserter. His common law wife, who was pregnant, Daisy Fowler, alias Leonard or Howard was a servant and was acquitted of the crime but her partner was found guilty and sentenced to 15 months hard labour. Only a tiny proportion of the jewellery was recovered.

Appearing in the first January edition is an Almanac for the year. In the centre are famous events and personalities for every day throughout the year but around this are local details and information, postal rates and times, bus and train times on both Bideford, Westward Ho! & Appledore Railway and, across the river, the LSWR. Financially the public are served by National Provincial Bank, Fox Fowler & Co Bank, Lloyds Bank and London, City & Midland Bank all in the High Street and Exeter Savings Bank has offices in Bridge Buildings opposite the Town Hall.

These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford & District Community Archive at the Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. You can also follow us on our Facebook page, Bideford & District Community Archive.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery, December.

 

Felicity’s Restaurant Visit and Christmas Fish recipe

I visited the Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork Ireland in October. An absolutely fabulous place with extensive market gardens and wonderfully welcoming atmosphere. I saw the famous Darina Allen demonstrating dressing crabs and had a coffee and scrumptious cheesecake with ginger pieces added in the Ballymaloe Cafe.

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Here’s a recipe for Christmas Eve or parties with friend and family. This is based on Darina Allen’s – Simply Delicious Christmas book and is rather retro as it was originally written in 1989! (and reprinted in 2002).

Ingredients for 4. (Can be scaled up for parties)

500g of monkfish or scallops.

I onion, chopped(50gs); 30g butter and 60g/2tablespoon flour/cornflour.

Dry white wine, 500ml fish stock.

125 g /4oz/cup sliced mushrooms.

1 tablespoon parsley, fennel and thyme mixed.

Salt and freshly ground pepper.

Creamy milk/half milk and single cream.

100gm /2oz Cheddar Cheese or Cornish Yarg.

Duchesse potato for piping or spreading around the edge of the serving dish.

Method.

1.Trim monkfish tail and cut into 1cm/half inch thick slices, cut fish at an angle – or cut large scallops in half.

2.Use a heavy saucepan-stainless steel or enamelled pan. Add fish slices and cover with white wine and 250ml half fish stock or water. Bring to the boil and poach for 2/3 mins only.

3.Remove fish and continue to boil the liquor until 200ml/2/3pint approx.

4.Cook chopped onions in melted butter for 5-8minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook for 3-4 mins. Stir in the flour and cook for 1min stirring all the time, add liquor with the milk added (300ml total) gradually.

5.Add the freshly chopped herbs /dried herbs. Sauce should be smooth and tasty – check taste. Correct the taste, add the fish into the sauce and cook lightly for 2mins only!

6.Pipe a border of duchesse potatoes -mashed and creamed or spread around the edge of a serving dish and add the sauce, sprinkle top with grated cheese. (This can be cooled and warmed later. When required, reheat in a cool oven 190F or Gas 5 for 20 mins. to melt the cheese).

To serve immediately, heat under the grill for approx. 5mins to melt the cheese.

Serve with a good green salad.

Happy Christmas and a very Prosperous New Year!

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Christmas craft fair, Bideford Football Club; 10th December.

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Bideford AFC home fixtures, December/ January.

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Home Fixtures, December 2016 and January 2017.

Sat 10th Dec – Totten.

Sat 17th Dec – Winchester City.

Monday 2nd Jan – Taunton Town.

Sat 14th Jan – Slimbridge.

Sat 28th Jan – Didcott Town.

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

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Burton Art Gallery, December/ January.

 

TheBurtonArtGalleryDecember is an very busy month. Families have arranged what they are doing about Christmas by now, so it’s time to finish writing the cards, deciding who gets what and wrapping up parcels for posting, stocking the freezer, preparing guest rooms, searching for the decorations in the loft, and so on, and so on. So much to do! You really deserve a bit of relief from all that. So, why the_clangers_by_mikedawsnot visit Bideford’s Burton Gallery for a bit of fun? It has something very special to show you just now, but you should bring some children with you, because the Clangers are here! And not just the Clangers – Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog and Pogles Wood!

The Victoria & Albert Museum has sent all their favourite children’s TV bagpuss_bwprogrammes’ animated creatures, machines and sound-effects, so you can get behind the scenes and see how it was all done. It’s not all ancient TV history, either, because the Clangers, for one, are back on screen.

As for the others, many mums and grannies may well remember sitting on the sofa, after school, enjoying their children’s laughter at the antics of the Soup Dragon far away in outer-space. We bought the toys, the Swanee-whistle, and lots of books. That was then. Now you can find a few interesting items in the Gallery Shop, such as ‘Make your own Clanger Kit’, and a cuddly Bagpuss or two. If your young folk want to know more about making films, Smallfilms will be there to give some hands-on experience – which could inspire a career, who knows? This wonderland of an exhibition continues right up to Christmas, ending on 22nd January. Lots of time to visit again and again. The Gallery will be open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

In Gallery 2 visitors will find the Open Annual Christmas Exhibition, promoted by the Friends of the Burton Gallery. Artists from all over the region submit their work for selection, from which we enjoy a good standard. All works are for sale, giving you an opportunity to purchase an original painting, ceramic, sculpture, textile or print. It is Christmas, after all! Proceeds from sales are used by the Friends to support the Gallery in many ways, such as funding for major touring exhibitions, the new Gallery website, restoration of paintings, display cabinets, transport for school children’s visits, and the Young Friends’ teacher’s salary.

The Friends were generously donated a Harvest Jug, thrown by Nick Juniper and decorated by his father, Harry. The jug will be the prize in a Raffle, and tickets can be purchased from the exhibition desk at all times during the exhibition for £1 a strip. The Draw will take place at 2.30 p.m. in the exhibition room, on the 22nd December. The jug depicts the Bideford Coat of Arms, the Friends’ logo, the Oldenburg, plus the Bridge motif and curly handle, which are Harry’s trade-mark, making this a very special jug. The Exhibition ends on 24th December.

There is much more to the Burton than exhibitions: the Cafe du Parc with scrumptious lunches and cakes; the Museum of Bideford upstairs (lift available), the Craft Gallery full of beautiful creations, and the Shop with all its toys, cards, books, games and handcrafted jewellery. The Tourist Information Centre is also part of the Reception area.

The Friends wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year, and hope you will find all your desire in Bideford’s very own, very special Burton Art Gallery & Museum.

Diana Warmington,

Friends’ Secretary.

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Book Buzz, December.

Bideford Library Special Events.

(Please ask at the library for more details of these and regular events.)

Lego Club now runs on Saturdays between 10 – 12. It is a free drop-in session for children from 5 to 105. The first week was really popular with around 50 builders turning up!?

We are having a book and DVD sale on Saturday 10th December between 9.30 – 1.00pm with tea, coffee and a mince pie. Pop in and grab a bargain.

We will also be repeating our popular annual Christmas Sleepy Heads Story Time with late night stories around the Christmas Tree.

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Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

The Slap’, by Christos Tsiolkas.

Discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group (next meeting December 7th 2pm at Bideford Library.)

‘At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own.?This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the slap.’

Nearly all the members of the group were shocked and horrified by this book. It certainly portrays some particularly nasty people and there is a huge amount of offensive language, sex, drug taking and amoral behaviour. But should you judge a book badly simply because the characters are unappealing or, as in this case, just plain vile.

Tsioklas says one of his reasons for writing the book was to expose the middle class Australian society. I think it goes deeper and exposes the potential nastiness in all of us which may not necessarily show itself, but could be just hiding beneath the surface. In fact a lot of the comments by the characters are not spoken out loud but written down as their thoughts. The author has done a truly honest expose and because it is not sanitised in any way can easily offend.

The book was in my view ‘unputdownable.’ Don’t get me wrong. I loathed the characters (with one or two exceptions), the swearing, the lifestyle, but ultimately it was a very good read and I was sorry when I finished it. It was shortlisted for the Booker prize and the author is a highly respected Greek/Australian writer. Not recommended as a family read for Christmas.

Rose Arno.

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Books for Christmas and beyond

There is a veritable cornucopia of books out there this festive season. Here is just a small sample to whet your appetite.

For those who like biographies, the enigmatic John Le Carre throws light on his life in his book The Pigeon Tunnel . For music lovers there is Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run and The Age of Bowie by Paul Morley. A real treat is the third and final volume of Alan Bennett’s diaries, Keeping On Keeping On. Bennett, who is now 82, has lost nothing of his wonderful deadpan humour.

This time of year always spawns a large number of crime novels. Rebus is still with us – though older and less healthy – in Ian Rankin’s Rather be the Devil. There are two small, attractive hardbacks appropriate to the season, The Mistletoe Murders (£10), a collection of four short stories, collected posthumously, by the queen of crime P.D. James and The Travelling Bag , a collection of ghost stories by Susan Hill. Lee Child has written a new Jack Reacher novel, Night School , and away from crime there is another romp from Jilly Cooper, Mount , and Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End is a moving story about two young men set in nineteenth century America.

There is no outstanding new cookery book, but Christmas would not be Christmas without Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book , the 40th anniversary edition. And among the history books there is a fascinating study of the SAS by Ben Macintyre, SAS: Rogue Heroes , and a history of the world through boats and ships, Fifty Ships that Changed the Course of History by Ian Graham.

Of the jewels among the children’s books, Jaqueline Wilson has a new one out, snakeClover Moon so does David Walliams, in fact he has two, The Midnight Gang and for younger readers, There’s a Snake in My School illustrated by Tony Ross. Michael Morpurgo has cleverly combined Leicester’s two triumphs, the discovery of the body of Richard III in a carpark and Leicester City’s winning of the Premier League Championship, in a story about a family of foxes.

Happy Reading! All these and many, many more, are available from Bideford’s own independent bookshop, Walter Henry’s in the High Street.

Hilary Aikman.

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Bideford Town Band Christmas Concert, 5th & 12th December.

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December 2016/ January 2017 diary.

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Saturday 3rd

Buckland Brewer Christmas Market.

12-3.30pm Northam Lodge Christmas Fair at Rose Hill, Heywood Road.

2-4pm WoodaPlus Christmas Fayre at Robin’s Nest, Football Ground.

7pm Film Club at Littleham Village Hall. 471928

7.30pm Northam Choral Society Concert at St Mary’s Church, Bideford.

7.30pm Christmas Barn Dance with The Oxford Nags Ceilidh Band. 476632

Sunday 4th

Model & Hobbies Display at Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 07483 229033

2.30pm RNLI Christmas Concert with Appledore Band at Lifeboat Station.

4pm Clovelly Christmas Lights Switch-on in aid of RNLI.

8pm ND Cancer Care Quiz at Lacey’s Ale & Cider House, Mill Street. 473798

Monday 5th

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

6.30pm Yoga & Meditation classes at Chubb/Churchill Community Lounge.

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

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.45pm Bideford Town Band Concert at Royal Hotel. 475653

8.30pm North Devon Jazz Club – Andy Sheppard’s Hotel at Beaver Inn, Appledore.

Tuesday 6th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pmTai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

2pm Bideford WI, New Sea Cadet Bldg.

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

2.30pm Westward Ho! Baptist Church – festive event with mince pies and cream, sales table and raffle – £2.50 per head.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Military Wives Choir & Hartland Orchestra Concert at Bideford Methodist Church in aid of Northam Lodge.

7.30pm Bideford Sustainability Group at Blacksmiths Arms.

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 7th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2pm Bideford Library Readers’ Group. 476075

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

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

7.30pm Bideford Music Club – Kosmos Ensemble at Bideford Methodist Church.

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

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

Thursday 8th

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

10.30am Northam Men’s Forum – Carol Concert with St Margaret’s School at Northam Methodist Church.

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

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

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

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

7pm ‘Life Drawing’ sessions at Bideford Arts Centre.

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

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 9th

10am-12pm Big Lunch Community Christmas Coffee Morning at Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho!

2.30-4pm See Hear on Wheels at Bone Hill Car Park, Northam.

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

6-8pm Parkham Primary School Christmas Fayre at Allardice Hall.

7pm Rotary Carol Service at St Mary’s Church in aid of Harbour and ND Carers.

7.30pm Abbotsham WI at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 10th

9am-6pm Christmas Gift Fair at Atlantic Village.

9.30am-1pm Book & DVD Sale at Bideford Library.

11am-4pm Christmas Craft Fair at Robin’s Nest, Bideford Football Ground.

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

3pm Bideford AFC v AFC Totton.

Sunday 11th

10am-3.30pm Christmas Gift Fair at Atlantic Village.

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 01805 625485

2.30pm Appledore Singers Christmas Concert at Northam Hall.

8pm ND Cancer Care Quiz at Lacey’s Ale & Cider House, Mill Street 473798

Monday 12th

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

2.30pm Monday Club Christmas Party at Bideford Methodist Church.

6.30pm Yoga & Meditation classes at Chubb/Churchill Community Lounge.

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

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Bideford Stamp Club Christmas Social at Kingsley Hall, W.Ho! 472101

7.45pm Bideford Town Band Concert at Royal Hotel. 475653

Tuesday 13th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

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

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

2.30pm ‘Lift Off’ Carol Service at Baptist Church, Westward Ho! 0792636030

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

7-9pm ‘Torridge Tuesdays’ Women’s Club at Ethelwynne Brown Close.

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 14th

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

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

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 15th

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

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

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

11am Bideford Sustainability Group Coffee Morning at Green Goose.

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

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

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

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

7pm ‘Life Drawing’ sessions at Bideford Arts Centre.

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 16th

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

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

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 17th

Christmas Tree Festival at St Margaret’s Church, Northam (until 20th).

2pm Devon Family History Society Annual Quiz at Pollyfield Centre.

3pm Bideford AFC v Winchester City.

Sunday 18th

3pm Candlelight Christmas Concert by Appledore Band at Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho!

8pm ND Cancer Care Quiz at Lacey’s Ale & Cider House, Mill Street 473798

Monday 19th

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

2pm Bideford Ladies Club at Marlborough Court. 421925

6.30pm Yoga & Meditation classes at Chubb/Churchill Community Lounge.

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

7pm Appledore Band – Torchlight Procession at Appledore.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

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

Tuesday 20th

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.

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

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Bideford Keyboard & Organ Club, at Bideford Methodist Hall.475914

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 21st

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 22nd

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

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

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

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

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

7pm ‘Life Drawing’ sessions at Bideford Arts Centre.

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

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 23rd

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

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

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

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

Saturday 24th – Christmas Eve.

Sunday 25th – Christmas Day.

Monday 26th Boxing Day.

Tuesday 27th – Bank Holiday.

Wednesday 28th

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

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.

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

Thursday 29th

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

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

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

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

7pm ‘Life Drawing’ sessions at Bideford Arts Centre.

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 30th

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

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

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

Saturday 31st – New Year’s Eve.

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Sunday 1st – New Year’s Day.

Monday 2nd – Bank Holiday.

3pm Bideford AFC v Taunton Town.

Tuesday 3rd

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.

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

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

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

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 4th

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.

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

Thursday 5th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7pm ‘Life Drawing’ sessions at Bideford Arts Centre.

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 6th

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

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 7th

7pm Film Club at Littleham Village Hall. 471928

Sunday 8th

3pm Bideford Music Club Concert – Palisander Recorder Ensemble – at Bideford Methodist Church Hall.

8pm ND Cancer Care Quiz at Lacey’s Ale & Cider House, Mill Street. 473798

Monday 9th

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

6.30pm Yoga & Meditation classes at Chubb/Churchill Community Lounge.

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

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

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

Tuesday 10th

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

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pmTai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

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

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Northam Choral Society meet at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

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 11th

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

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

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel 10.30am-12pm ‘Feel Better with a

Book’ at Bideford Library.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday 12th

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

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

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

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

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

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

7pm ‘Life Drawing’ sessions at Bideford Arts Centre.

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

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 13th

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

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

7.30pm Abbotsham WI at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 14th

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

3pm Bideford AFC v Slimbridge.

Sunday 15th

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers. 451643

8pm ND Cancer Care Quiz at Lacey’s Ale & Cider House, Mill Street. 473798

Monday 16th

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

6.30pm Yoga & Meditation classes at Chubb/Churchill Community Lounge.

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

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

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

Tuesday 17th

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 at Baptist Church Hall.

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

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

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Northam Choral Society meet at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 18th

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

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg,Victoria Park.473337

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

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

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

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

7.30pm Bideford Phoenix Morris practise at Bideford Baptist Church.

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

Thursday 19th

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

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

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

11am Bideford Sustainability Group Coffee Morning at Green Goose.

12.30-2pm Fish & Chip Club for over 60s, Royal Plaice, Appledore. 01805 622666

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

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

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

7pm ‘Life Drawing’ sessions at Bideford Arts Centre.

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 20th

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

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

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 21st

2pm Devon Family History Society at Pollyfield Centre.

Sunday 22nd

8pm ND Cancer Care Quiz at Lacey’s Ale & Cider House, Mill Street. 473798

Monday 23rd

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

2pm Bideford Ladies Club at Marlborough Court. 421925

6.30pm Yoga & Meditation classes at Chubb/Churchill Community Lounge.

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

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 24th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

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

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Northam Choral Society meet at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

7.30pm Lions Club at Royal Hotel.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 25th

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

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

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

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

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

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

7.30pm Bideford Phoenix Morris practise at Bideford Baptist Church .

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

Thursday 26th

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

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

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

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

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

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

7pm ‘Life Drawing’ sessions at Bideford Arts Centre.

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

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms.

Friday 27th

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

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

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall.

Saturday 28th

3pm Bideford AFC v Didcot Town.

Sunday 29th

8pm ND Cancer Care Quiz at Lacey’s Ale & Cider House, Mill Street. 473798

Monday 30th

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

6.30pm Yoga & Meditation classes at Chubb/Churchill Community Lounge.

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

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 31st

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

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

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Northam Choral Society meet at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

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Appledore fishdock making headway.

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Following Torridge Council’s takeover of the Fish Dock facility nearly a year ago, TDC Staff, Councillors and Fishermen have been working together to improve the outcome for local fishermen and make better use of the site. Now with near 100% occupancy new long term leases are nearing completion with some businesses expanding their operations to meet demand.

The site continues to support local fishermen with fishing gear storage, net mending facilities, ice supply, bait business, fish processing, office space and also houses a local community charity. Despite setbacks caused by the loss of fisheries, a new management structure is now in place and specialist events such as a grant funding workshop have been organised.

The workshop was designed to advise businesses about available European grants that will still be available to them up until 2020. The new management team appointed by Torridge have been busy clearing a lot of the redundant fishing gear, and putting maintenance contracts in place for the new ice plant and refrigeration and plant systems needed to run a modern fish site.

Successes include the return of smaller scale artisanal fishing with the Fishleigh family returning to fishing with their new boat “Bethany Jayne” and ongoing vessels from Illfracombe, Padstow and Clovelly landing catches directly onto the quay on a regular basis. The buoyant trade has allowed T and T shellfish, who process much of the landed catch, to expand their business to a level where they now provide 15 jobs at the site.

T and T’s Tony Rutherford said “It’s been great that the Torridge Council have continued to support what is an important local industry in the area.”

Councillor Philip Hackett who has recently been championing the fisherman’s rights at fisheries management meetings said:

Its been great that we’ve been able to get behind the fishing industry and find a positive way forward in so many areas. There is still much to work on, and the Council will continue to do what it can to support the industry through these difficult times, but bringing the Fish Dock back to life will help with our collective ambitions.”

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Shipping notes No. 141 (October/ November).

 

In port – Yelland Quay.

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Celtic Warrior – (ex- Thule, 2014) ; built 1996; flag, Cardiff; owners British; crew Russian; from Glensanda to La Legue; arrived 13/11, sailed 13/11 ; dscharged 3,900 tons chippings.

In port – Bideford Quay.

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Pur Navolok – built 1997; flag Limassol, Cyprus; owners German; crew Russian; from Rotterdam to Castellon; arrived 13/11, sailed 15/11 ; loaded 2,800 tons ball clay.

Oldenburg due to depart for her annual drydocking at Sharpness.

Appledore.

The Freshspring left the berth at Appledore at 18.20 16th October, in tow of the Seven Sea and proceeded to the allocated berth at Victoria Park. This will now allow the owners The Freshspring Preservation Society to start on the restoration work and apply for further funds to get her back into working order.

Bristol Channel Observations.

15.10 at 09.38 cargo vessel Arklow Valley, 5,769 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping V Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.19 cargo vessel Nautica, 2,166 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Birdport.

16.10 at 12.20 vehicle carrier Onyx Ace, 18,529 tons d.w., owners Mitsui OSK Lines Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

18.10 at 16.00 cargo vessel Hendrika Margaretha, 3,200 tons d.w., owners Koning Cans CV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed 08.02.

19.10 at10.07 cargo vessel Lady Menna, 3,332 tons d.w., owners Osprey Ship 2 Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.55 vehicle carrier Tombarra, 19,628 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

22.10 at 1551 vehicle carrier Aniara, 30,089 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Whilhemson Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.10. At 1600 bulk carrier Puffin Arrow, 6,2967 tons d.w., owners Gearbulk Ltd Bermuda, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.09. At 16.20 cargo vessel Tomke, 3,171 tons d.w., owners Tomke Germany, inward bound for Birdport.

29.10 at 13.16 cargo vessel Fehn Mariner, 2,953 tons d.w., owners Fehn Mariner Germany, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 05.34. At 1324 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterraneo, 18,427 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

31.10 at 13.35 container vessel MSC Koroni, 48,244 tons d.w., owners Waldo Shipping Co Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.30.

1.11 at 11.13 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w., owners JR Shipping V Holland, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 06.55. At 11.16 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,879 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.18. At 13.56 chemical tanker Bro Nakskov, 16,427 tons d.w., owners Maersk Tankers A/S Denmark, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 17.15 on 30.10 (previously anchored off Lundy awaiting orders).

3.11 at 10.56 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelson Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 06.30. At 11.20 cargo vessel Svetlana, 8,865 tons d.w., owners Svetland BV Bulgaria, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 06.15.

4.11 at 12.04 container vessel Elbstrand, 11,367 tons d.w., owners Elbstrand GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 07.17. At 13.53 vehicle carrier Grande Europa, 18,461 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

5.11 at 12.10 cargo vessel Westewind, 2,815 tons d.w., owners Weststrate JL Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 12.31 cargo vessel Akela, 5,572 tons d.w., owners Akela UG Haftungsbeschrankt Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 13.31 vehicle carrier Morning Chorus, 16,178 tons d.w., owners Eukor Car Carrier Ltd South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

6.11 at 11.02 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,200 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

7.11 at 113.40 vehicle carrier Oberon, 24,600 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound Portbury.

Just out of interest between the 31.10.and 8.11, apart from the vehicle carriers I have seen passing Lundy, there have been a considerable number of vehicle carriers calling at Portbury as follows – Arcadia Highway, Heogh Xiamen, Ciudad de Cadiz, Grande Benelux, Autosun, Titania (one of the largest carriers visiting Portbury), Leo Spirit, Asian King , Auto Eco (the first vehicle carrier to be powered by LNG) and, on her maiden voyage, Genuine Ace. None of these vessels seen, due to misty weather.

9.11 at 16.40 vehicle carrier Auto Eco, 12,600 tons d.w., owners United European car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.51 (& see comments above).

10.11 at 08.15 vehicle carrier Grande Benin, 26,097 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.51.

11.11 at 15.07 cargo vessel Arklow Rally, 4,400 tons d.w., owners S & P Bulk X1 AS Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 1101.

13.11 at 07.26 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.43. At 0952 vehicle carrier Michigan Highway, 17,673 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.14.

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Review of 2016

Things have been rather quiet at Bideford, with just a few clays ships loading for Castellon and Bendorf. Yelland has not seen as many ships this year even though the building industry has been busy. The shipyard at Appledore completed the third patrol vessel Le William Butler Yeats and also obtained an order for a fourth vessel, due to be delivered in 2018. As shown above the SS Freshspring finally arrived at Victoria Park after long negotiations with TDC and clearing the berth of the wreck in September.

As this is my last Shipping news for 2016 may I take the opportunity to wish all our readers and Happy Christmas and New Year.

Regards

Norman.

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Plough Theatre – December events.

 

9 – 11 Fore Street

Great Torrington

EX38 8HQ

www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Listings – December 2016

Box Office: 01805 624624

Until Saturday 24 December.

Exhibition & Craft Fair.

The Original Gifts Exhibition .

 

Saturday 3.

Theatre.

Ernie and the Sea of Ice (5yrs +)

4pm

Saturday 3.

Comedy.

Mark Steel, ‘Who Do I Think I Am?’

8:30pm

Sunday 4

Workshop.

Plough Storytelling Circle

3pm – 5:30pm

Sunday 4.

Music.

John Spiers (Folk)

7:30pm

Tuesday 6.

Film.

I, Daniel Blake (15)

4pm

Tuesday 6.

Film.

Deepwater Horizon (12A)

8pm

Wednesday 7.

Film.

The Girl on the Train (15)

2pm

Wednesday 7.

Film.

La Finestra di Fronte (15)

8pm

Thursday 8.

Film.

Inferno (12A)

3pm

Thursday 8.

Music / Poetry

Open Mouth Music & Poetry Night (Gallery Gig)

8pm

Thursday 8.

Film.

Deepwater Horizon (U)

8pm

Friday 9.

Workshop.

Christmas Card Making (Guildhall, Barnstaple)

10am

Friday 9.

Film.

Dr Strange (12A)

8pm

Saturday 10.

Film.

The Light between Oceans (12A)

8pm

Sunday 11.

Dance.

Tea Dance with live music.

2pm

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Sunday 11.

Film.

The Light between Oceans (12A)

5pm

Sunday 11.

Film.

Dr Strange (12A)

8pm

Monday 12.

Film.

Inferno (12A)

8pm

Wednesday 14.

Theatre.

PYT Seniors, ‘Eu, Not Eu.’

7pm

Thursday 15.

Drama Workshop.

Plough Playstory (Barnstaple Guildhall)

10am – 11am

Thursday 15

Drama Workshop.

Plough Playstory (Barnstaple Guildhall)

11:30am – 12:30pm

Thursday 15.

Live by Satellite.

NTLive – No Man’s Land (15)

7pm

Friday 16.

Comedy.

Comedy Night with George Egg, ‘Anarchist Cook.’

8pm

Saturday 17.

Comedy.

Seann Walsh, ‘One For The Road’ (Lynton Town Hall)

8pm

Saturday 17.

Music.

The Plough Christmas Party with The Medicaments +

8pm

Sunday 18.

Music.

Exmoor Carolers.

3pm

Sunday 18.

Music.

Encore Screening: Andre Rieu: Christmas with Andre

7pm

Tuesday 20.

Drama Workshop.

Santa & His Helpers – Play In A Day (7 – 12yrs)

10am – 4pm

Tuesday 20.

Music.

Encore Screening: Andre Rieu: Christmas with Andre

2pm

Tuesday 20.

Film.

One More Time With Feeling (15)

8pm

Wednesday 21.

Drama Workshop.

Santa & His Helpers – Play In A Day (5 – 12yrs)

10am – 4pm

Wednesday 21.

Film.

Trolls (U)

4:30pm

Wednesday 21.

Film.

The Vanquishing of the Witch Baba Yaga (nc)

8pm

Thursday 22.

Film.

Trolls (U)

3pm

Thursday 22.

Film.

In Pursuit of Silence (PG)

8pm

Friday 23.

Film.

Trolls (U)

2pm

Friday 23.

Film.

Easy Rider (18)

8pm

Wednesday 28.

Film.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG)

2pm

Wednesday 28.

Film.

Bridget Jones’s Baby (15)

5pm

Wednesday 28.

Film.

Allied

8pm

Thursday 29.

Film.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (PG)

3pm

Thursday 29.

Film.

Allied

8pm

Friday 30.

Film.

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them (PG)

2pm

Friday 30.

Film.

Bridget Jones’s Baby (15)

5pm

Friday 30.

Film.

Allied

8pm

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