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).      Telephone 07929-976120, or E-mail: editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk

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‘Cosy Devon’.

Councillor calls for more local people to take up the Cosy Devon scheme to help reduce their fuel bills.

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Winter is coming and we all know that with high energy prices just heating our homes will be tough. Despite this, the North Devon uptake of a scheme aimed at helping homeowners, social housing tenants and landlords to reduce their energy consumption and bills has been disappointing.

Out of just over 1,000 enquiries to the Devon-wide ECO scheme run by Cosy Devon on behalf of the county’s local authorities, only 10% are from North Devon and Torridge.

The reason for this low demand is unclear, given that a 2014 study by the North Devon Biosphere shows that about £80million is spent on domestic heating and lighting each year in Torridge and North Devon. It also shows that a third of all the houses have inadequate loft insulation and nearly 1 in 10 has uninsulated cavity walls.

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, is supporting the drive for more households to ask for assistance. He says: “The Biosphere’s research shows that nearly 10% of homes here in northern Devon are in fuel poverty - compared to the national average of 6.1%. Therefore, we want to appeal to those individuals and families to please make the most of this CosyDevon scheme, which will ultimately help them keep warm, save them money on fuel bills and help save energy, reducing carbon emissions.”

Andy Bell, manager of North Devon’s World Biosphere continues “All of North Devon and Torridge is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. The status recognises our world class environment but challenges us to take a sustainable approach to development , including energy use and production. Reducing energy use is kind to people’s pockets but also kind to the environment because it reduces the amount of climate warming gasses we produce and saves vital natural resources. The Biosphere should be the place where these schemes are taken up most and I urge people to do so”

The Cosy Devon scheme is open to homeowners, social housing tenants and landlords and can offer a number of energy saving products that could save around £600 a year. To find out if you’re eligible and to discuss how the scheme can help you get a warmer and more comfortable home visit http://www.cosydevon.com/ or contact them on 0800 0511 548

For more information on the Biosphere’s work on greening energy supply and reducing demand, please contact Matt Edworthy or Andrew Bell on 01271 388647, Matt.edworthy@devon.gov.uk or andrew.bell@devon.gov.uk.

The Biosphere Energy Report can be read and downloaded in full at www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk/periodic-review.html

North Devon’s Biosphere Service is a partnership organisation based in Barnstaple and hosted by Devon County Council. It is core funded by Devon County Council, North Devon Council and Torridge District Council. The Service co-ordinates and delivers activities set out in the North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve Strategy and works with a wide range of local, regional, national and international partners. It also helps maintain and develop the South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail. More information about the work of the service can be found at www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk/

North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve is the first new-style UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the UK with core functions of conservation, learning and sustainable development and three different management zones. The Biosphere Reserve is centred on Braunton Burrows and includes the North Devon Coast Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Taw and Torridge Estuary, Lundy Island and the land and communities from the coast to the edge of Exmoor and the foot of Dartmoor. www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk/

Cosy Devon has been created to help people in Devon save energy and money by insulating their homes. It is part of a Government backed scheme called the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), which helps provide energy savings as well as installation grants and advice. Cosy Devon is working with Devon County Council, E.ON, East Devon Council, Exeter City Council, Mid Devon Council, North Devon Council, South Hams Council, Teignbridge Council, Torbay Unitary Council, Torridge Council and West Devon Council to improve thousands of homes by installing home energy saving improvements from cavity wall insulation to replacement boilers and loft insulation. www.cosydevon.com/

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Burton Art Gallery & Museum : November.

The Richard Long exhibition is well under way now, having started on 4th October. It consists of large floor constructions in Delabole slate, echoing the artist’s love of Cornwall and its rugged landscape. Both exhibition rooms are used, and the slate is arranged, one in a hollow circle, and the other an oval, filled with jig-saw-like pieces, smooth and all the same height. The latter is slightly mesmeric, the eye follows the angles and shapes ad infinitum, always seeing something different. The slates in the circular construction are jagged on the inside, showing the whitish strata, and some of the reddish iron oxide, typical of the slate from Delabole. Around the walls are works by Richard Long, where he has experimented with line and form outdoors, changing the landscape very slightly, either with his feet or hands, or laying out twigs or stones to create a scene. A visit is necessary to further understand the exhibition, and there is plenty of time – closing date is 9th January, 2015.

Richard Long won the Turner Prize in 1989, and his work is part of the Artist Rooms collection, and is on Tour. Artist Rooms is jointly owned by the Tate and National Galleries of Scotland, is supported by the Art Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, as well as the Scottish and British Governments.

While you’re enjoying your visit to the Gallery, use the lift, or walk upstairs, and take in the Bideford Museum. Here there are examples of art by Judith Ackland (a relation of Dr.Ackland (see Buzz article “A nineteenth-century Bideford doctor) and Mary Stella Edwards, the artists based at the Cabin, Bucks Mills.

The Friends have invited guitarist, David Jaggs, to play for us on 19th November. Supper is provided, and the cost is £20. This is an informal evening, starting at 6.30. Booking essential, on 01237 471455. All welcome.

The Friends also invite you to gather a team for the Christmas Quiz on 10th December. Early start again, 6.30, and a One-Course Supper is provided. Booking essential, £12 per head.

Diana Warmington.

Friends of the Burton Gallery.

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Felicity’s fish cookery – November.

November is the best month for Clovelly Herrings and they are full of roe as the winter draws in.

On the 30th November, St Andrew Day the village keeps the catch for their own food, so no one is hungry through the winter! Let’s hope the weather is benign as they still catch the fish in an open boat with sails, called a Picharooner. This is about 18 foot long and is worked by one or two fishermen who shake each fish out of the net. Sometimes several hundred (or a Mease) or more are caught in a nights’ fishing. This method of fishing has been carried out for centuries. Please contact me if you would like some fresh herring delivered.

DEBI (Devon Environmental Business Initiative) has chosen me for one of the top four nominations for “Environmental Champion” for my work over the past 30 years with education and promotion of local and sustainable fish and shellfish.

Please come along to the last of the “Tipping the scales” sessions being held this month in  Bideford,Fremington and Barnstaple – more details on www.Petroc ac.uk /seafood.

Here is our favourite Clovelly Herring Dish to feed the family or a group of friends, very economically.

This recipe is from Ann Burnham and uses seasonal vegetables and fruit. We have cooked it already with several groups. It is quick and simple to make and tastes lovely!

Clovelly Herring and Apple Bake

Ingredients (serves 4/6)

set oven 180C /Gas 5.

4/6 Herrings-filleted, trimmed and sliced.

3 onions, sliced.

1 Cox’s apple, cored and sliced.

6 potatoes, peeled and sliced.

250ml /10 fl oz Milk and 100ml /5 fl oz cream mixed together.

Method

Saute Onions in butter, season.

Grease a large ovenproof pie dish.

Put a layer of potatoes in the dish and continue with layers of onion, herring, apple and potatoes. Season each layer.

Finish with a top layer of potatoes.

Pour over milk and cream combined

Bake for 1-1 1/2hrs, depending on depth of dish.

Felicity Sylvester 07918 779 060

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November at the Pannier Market & Butchers’ Row.

This month we have donated £832.00 to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust; this was the final total for money raised at our Devon Air Ambulance Day in the Pannier Market and our evening cruise on the MS Oldenburg in August. A huge thank you to all the people who gave their time free of charge to help and support us. We not would not have been able to do this without you.

Also in September in conjunction with the local Citizens Advice Bureau we held the MacMillan Coffee Morning in the Pannier Market and raised £350.40 for their funds. Another huge thank you to everyone for their support and help.

The above are just two examples of how we are engaging with the community and trying to keep the Pannier Market Complex alive, but we need your support. We were also an integral part of Wicked Week, a major community event organised by BOB involving the whole town.

It’s getting colder now and all the traders are digging out their thermals and winter gear, but they will still be here manning their stalls waiting to serve you. We still have the full complement of stalls ranging from fruit and veg, toys, knitting supplies and knitted goods, greeting cards , jewellery, fashion scarves, organic foods, magazines , books, antiques and collectables, beauty products , sweets and much more. Why not pop in for a look round, then treat yourself to a coffee in the Pannier Café. You will be surprised by the variety of goods on offer and all at reasonable prices.

We are always looking for additional traders, so if there are any budding entrepreneurs out there why not call in for a chat, or contact Richard Coombes at the Bideford Town Council on 01237 428817. Stalls available from £3.00 per day if you pay monthly, or £5.00 per day if you want to choose a casual rate.

Butchers’ Row with its eclectic range of shops is open Monday – Saturday for you to explore and enjoy. Be different, buy the unusual. Did you know that within Butchers’ Row, Market Place and Grenville Street there are 38 independent shops and three pubs, so come up and visit this often forgotten old town quarter. Support your local traders.

Breaking News !!! All the traders in Butchers’ Row, the Pannier Market, Market Place and Grenville Street are joining together to develop a mascot figure for the Pannier Market Complex. Keep your eyes peeled for news of this new character who will soon be making an appearance in your town – remember you heard it here first !!

Come on up to the Pannier Market and Butchers’ Row and seek out that unusual present for your loved ones. Many gifts can be made to order or reserved for a small deposit. Make your gifts more personal ; don’t leave it all to the last minute.

Trev Hill ( Minxy’s Sweets)

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Book news – November.

Events in Bideford Library.

For Adults:

Nifty Needles

Every Thursday. 2 – 4pm

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


Board Games Afternoon

Every Friday 2 – 5pm

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


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

Every Wednesday 10:30-12:00

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


Reminiscence Session – Take a trip down memory lane

Wednesday November 12th 2:00-3:30 pm

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

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

For anyone aged 60+

Refreshments provided.


Meditation and Relaxation Group

Wednesday November 19th 2:15- 3:00 pm

Guided meditation and relaxation group for adults with Nicola MacDonald.


For Kids:

Story time for under-fives

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


Poppy Day Crafts

Saturday 8th November. 10am – 12 noon

Drop-in craft session for children with a remembrance theme. Free.


Recommended Read!

Don’t miss local author Tanya Landman’s latest teen/adult read ‘Buffalo Soldier.’

Readers described being’ blown away’ by this amazing story of the former Negro slave girl ironically seeking ‘freedom’ in the American army fighting the Indians. “What kind of girl steals the clothes from a dead man’s back and runs off to join the army? A desperate one, that’s who.”



Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

The Secret Life of Bees”, by Sue Monk Kidd (is this the perfect title for the ‘Buzz’?)

(Discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group.)

The group gave this book a star rating (out of 5) of 4.1, compared to the Amazon rating of 4.4.

Most of the group found it an enjoyable read though a little over-sentimental at times. Opinions on the believability of the book also varied. Set in 1964 at a time of the Civil rights Movement in the Southern United States it is the story of a 14 year old white girl, Lily, grappling to come to terms with her past.

She runs away from a harsh, unyielding father and helps a black servant, Rosaleen, escape from prison before seeking refuge with a family of beekeeping sisters. One member of the group drew parallels with fairy tales, with the daughter escaping from the cruel father.

We discussed why Lily’s mother had left home – was she depressed? Did she feel she’d married below herself at a time when ‘class was so important (she’d had a ‘nanny’ whilst growing up). Why was the father so cruel to Lily – did he blame her for her mother’s death? Had he spent 10 years grieving for his dead wife? Having lost a wife was he afraid to love his daughter in

case he lost her too?

The tale was very woman-centric based around the life of Lily, Rosaleen, the beekeeping sisters and the Black Madonna at the centre of their religious beliefs. The females in the story in most cases seemed loving and kind whilst the males, with the exception of Zach, who had a soft spot for Lily, were largely cruel and intolerant.

‘The secret Life of Bees’ is about Lily’s rites of passage in understanding the world around her and coming to terms with her anguish as much as it is about the mystery around her mother’s death. Despite some of the subject matter – race relations, mental illness, mourning (for the dead sister) and cruelty – the group felt the book to be ultimately life-affirming.

Those that had seen the film felt it was enjoyable and an accurate representation of the book.

Peter Evans

This month.

Wednesday November 5th 2.00 pm. Bideford Library.

Discussing ‘Small Island ‘,by Andrea Levy.

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Buzz Word – November.

Send us your Buzzes…. Write to editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk or to the address on front page.

Orchard Wanted.

I have been hoping for some time to plant a small orchard in this area, but have failed to find one/two  acres for sale. If you can help please contact me at mave22new@ talktalk.net or 01237 472565.

Mavis Dowling.


A showcase of stars.

On the 27th, 29th and 30th November, Westward Ho! Youth Theatre Group is putting on a variety show at Kingsley Hall, to showcase its members’ talents. The acts range from comedy sketches; to singing and dancing, with some uplifting and fun chorus numbers. This year a percentage of the proceeds from the show and raffle will be donated to a fund set up for Ashton Cain.

Ashton is eight years old and has been diagnosed with an aggressive desmoid tumour in his neck. It is unusual for a child to be diagnosed so young and it is uncommon to have it develop firstly in his neck. This is a very rare but life threatening condition of which there is no known cure. He has just started chemotherapy to see if they can shrink the tumour which is inoperable. The fund is to make his life a little easier whilst he is undergoing treatment and to assist the family financially as his treatment will involve extensive hospital visits. The family are extremely keen to raise awareness of this rare condition.Westward Ho! Youth Theatre Group is made up of talented and enthusiastic kids between the ages of eight and 18 and is run entirely by volunteers. There is a long waiting list of kids wishing to join, which is testament to its reputation and the desire for kids to be part of this amazing youth theatre group.

Please book tickets for this production via the website www.whytg.co.uk, or alternatively please call Sarah White on 07718 619642. Tickets are priced at £5.00 for adults, £4.00 for youths, seniors and concessions and £15.00 for a family of four. For discounted group rates please contact Sarah.

Jocelyn

(Publicity Officer for WHYTG).


Bideford Music Club.

Elen Hydref (Harpist) will be performing to Bideford Music Club for their concert on 5th November at 7.30 pm. at Bideford Methodist Church Hall, High Street. Tickets are £12.50 (students free) and will be available at the door.


The Appledore Singers are changing rehearsal venue. From Monday 3rd November (7-9pm) we shall be at Appledore Baptist Church. Any ladies who wish to join us are more than welcome. Contact Pam Beechey on 01237 420652.


SS ‘Thistlemore’.

I am researching my family history and discovered that a relative of mine drowned at Bideford  Bay, on December 3rd 1909. I then saw an item in your magazine (Buzz November 2010 ) written by Mike Davy, which  gave reference to the monument which was to be erected in memory of the 21 men who drowned when SS ‘Thistlemore’ was lost in Bideford Bay on December 3rd 1909. My Grand-Uncle was one of the crew, and his name is on the monument  as T. Fuzzaro; he was actually called James Fuzzard and came from Guernsey and was the ship’s cook. It is grave FE3, and is located near Bone Hill at the north gate of Northam Church.  I am not too sure if there is not a plaque in the church also. At that time two cottages were being built and they were named Thistlemore in memory of the men who drowned. Sad times. One day I would love to see the memorial for myself. At least his body was washed ashore so he was able to be buried.

Lydia Kirkham.

(Robin Stowell has taken a photo of monument and grave and forwarded to Lydia – Ed).

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November diary.

Saturday 1st

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

9.30am Torridge Ramblers Day Walk. 429080

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

Palladium Club – boom boom room.

Sunday 2nd

1-4pm Children’s Fancy Dress Party at Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho!

Palladium Club – comedy with Luisa Omielan.

Monday 3rd

1.30pm Westward Ho Arts Club, W Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 4th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2pm Bideford WI at Sea Cadet Bldg.

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462

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

7.30pm Bideford Sustainability Group at Blacksmith’s Arms. 07783384982

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 5th

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

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

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

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

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

2pm Bideford Library Readers’ Group. 476075

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library.

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

7.30pm Bideford Music Club – Harpist Elen Hydref at Bideford Methodist Church Hall.

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble rehearsal at Bideford Band Room

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8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 6th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. Richard Guise – ‘Nothing between here & the Urals’. 479917

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

2-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) bus at Pill Car Park. Mobile service with wide range of sensory equipment to try/borrow. 01271 373236

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

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

Palladium Club – Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin.

Friday 7th

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

Palladium Club – Hell’s Bells.

Saturday 8th

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

10am-12pm Families for Children Adoption Info Meeting at Buckfast. 01364 645480

10am-12pm Coffee Morning at Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho! 476841

10am-12pm Jumble Sale & Nearly New Stall at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

1-4pmTorridgeTuesdays’ Christmas Fayre. Stalls. Free admission.

Northam Community Centre.

7pm Sponsored Body Wax at Bideford Football Club in aid of Devon Air Ambulance & Scout Jamboree Funds.

Palladium Club – Blood on Blood.

Monday 10th

1.30pm Westward Ho Arts Club, W. Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Bideford & District Community Archives AGM at Northam Council Chamber.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

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

8.30pm North Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore. Nicolas Meier Trio. 421065

Tuesday 11th

10am Macular Society meets at Burton Art Gallery. 474128

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2pm Bideford WI at Sea Cadet Bldg.

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford & District Cacti & Pot Plant Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall. 475914

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 12th

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

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

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel 473337

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

2pm ‘Tea with Friends’ & Help for Heroes at St Mary’s Church.

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

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

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 13th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum at Northam Methodist Church Hall. Andrew Keech, ‘The Great War’.

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

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

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

Palladium Club – Pretend Happy / 1 man boycott.

Friday 14th

2pm Devonshire Association talk at Burton Art Gallery. 459224

7.30pm Abbotsham WI meets at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Palladium Club – the dead betas.

Saturday 15th

9am-2pm Farmers Country Market at Atlantic Village + Launceston Male Voice Choir at 11.15 am.

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

10.30am New/Nearly New Clothes Sale at W. Ho! Baptist Church in aid of David Rundle Trust.

Palladium Club – Auction for the Promise club.

Sunday 16th

10am-4pm Kingsley School Christmas Craft Fair.

10am-4pm Clovelly Herring Festival.

10.30am Coast & Country Walkers 421883

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers 07758481143

Monday 17th

1.30pm Westward Ho! Arts Club, W. Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

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

Tuesday 18th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 19th

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

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

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

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library.

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

7.30pmTwo Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 20th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. 479917

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

11am-1pm Christmas Fayre at Durrant House Hotel in aid of N Devon Hospice.

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

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

Palladium Club – Police Dog Hogan.

Friday 21st

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Palladium Club – The fallen state.

Saturday 22nd

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

10am-4pm Craft & Food Fair at Littleham Village Hall. 473338

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

2pm Vintage Tea Party at Abbotsham Village Hall.

2-4.30pm Christmas Fayre at Northam Hall. 472357

Palladium Club – Morning Glory.

Monday 24th

1.30pm Westward Ho! Arts Club, W Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

8.30pm North Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore. Dan Messore Quartet. 421065

Tuesday 25th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Coast & Country Walkers 421883

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

7.30pm ‘A Celebration of Bideford Sustainability Group’ at St Mary’s School.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 26th

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

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

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

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

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 27th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. Photo competition results & Annual Raffle.

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

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

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

Palladium Club – Asylum promotions launch night.

Friday 28th

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Palladium Club – 9 yards.

Saturday 29th

10am-2pm Free craft activities for children at Happy Café, W. Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Band Xmas Fayre in Band Room nr Victoria Park. 475653

7pm Quiz at Northam Hall. Proceeds to Bideford Blues & Appledore JFC.700804

Palladium Club – the flaming ratrods.

Sunday 30th

Christmas lights switch on & events.

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Freemasonry in Bideford.

‘Buzz’ has been very fortunate to receive various donations from Bideford’s Freemasons. They are well known for their charitable work and many local organisations have benefited from their fund-raising.

I asked Peter Christie what he could tell us about the history of the Lodge.

The following information is taken from his book, ‘ More North Devon History,’ originally published in the North Devon Journal-Herald 23/5/1985.

In 1843 the fourth lodge called ‘Benevolence’ was formed. Early members included the Town Clerk and the Mayor TB Chanter and this is the one that still remains today.

Its original home was in the Commercial Reading Room, an earlier forerunner of the town library. It moved from there to the Newfoundland hotel (now Mr Chips) thence to 9, Grenville street (now the Cafe Collective). From these premises the lodge moved to a hall in Bridgeland Street and finally secured its own rooms in October 1875 in the present day Masonic Hall in the same street. This was once the home of Thomas Stucley, a noted eccentric, and opposite the Conservative Club. (Home of Dr Ackland – see article ‘A Nineteenth-Century Bideford Doctor’).

The Victorian newspapers have various reports of this lodge – generally in January when new officers were installed and the annual banquet was held. For many years this was in the New Inn where ‘Brother Ascott’ was the host.

The lodge can look back at some 200 years of masonic history in Bideford – a very long period of connection with the town.”

(For the full story, read ‘More North Devon History’ by Peter Christie).

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A Nineteenth-Century Bideford Doctor.

William Henry Ackland was born in Bideford in 1825 and was the son of a doctor. His father, also William Ackland, had been apprenticed to a surgeon and apothecary in Bideford, but William Henry trained at University College Hospital in London. He lived at 23, Bridgeland Street, in the house which is now the Conservative Club, with his wife and seven children. Between 1851 and 1893 he built up a large practice, which stretched from Bradworthy and Clovelly to Instow and out to Lundy. He generally visited between 8 and 15 patients a day. When he went by sea to Lundy to treat a labourer working there, he sent his bills to Mr Heaven who then owned the island, and if he was seeing one of the lighthouse keepers the bill went to Trinity House. He also went as far as Eggesford. In order to visit the Earl of Portsmouth at Eggesford House the doctor caught the train from Bideford, was collected from Eggesford Station by carriage, saw his patients who might be members of the family (the Earl had 6 sons and 6 daughters) or servants, stayed the night and returned by train the next day. Other visits were made on horseback or in a horse-drawn brougham.

Charles Kingsley was a close friend and godfather to Dr Ackland’s eldest son, who was named Charles Kingsley Ackland. Like Kingsley, Dr Ackland was concerned for the health of the poorer people. He courted wealthy patients – and the fees he charged them seemed extraordinarily high in some cases – and he treated some poorer patients for little or nothing. Occasional bartering took place, for instance when treatment for the children of Bideford saddler Walter Chope was exchanged for a new saddle for Dr Ackland’s horse.

He obtained letters of recommendation from patients such as the Earl of Portsmouth and Henry Hamlyn-Fane of Clovelly and as a result obtained the position of Justice of the Peace and the first Medical Officer of Health for Bideford. In a letter to Mr Fane of Clovelly, the Earl of Portsmouth wrote,

Mr Dear Fane, I have written to the Chancellor on behalf of Dr Ackland and I have no doubt that Dr A will be a JP for Bideford. There cannot be a more fit and proper man. He is by far the most talented man in the town and of the highest attainments. He may not be as great a consumer of gin and water and port wine. Yrs Portsmouth.’ The Earl was known to be fond of his drink, while Dr Ackland was probably a teetotaller.

He attended the wealthy Mrs Elwes of Walland Carey at Buck’s Cross and seems to have persuaded her that funding was needed for medical attention for the poor of Buck’s Mills. He then provided their medical care and when Mrs Elwes died she left a sum of money, the interest on which allowed his visits to continue.

Naturally the middle classes of Bideford would have been impressed by these illustrious connections and would want him as their doctor. He used homeopathic remedies alongside conventional medicine. Homeopathy was fashionable at the time because it was used by the Royal Family, so this would also have increased his popularity. He was instrumental in setting up the Dispensary on Bideford Quay and the first isolation hospital on Alverdiscott Road.

There seemed to be a certain amount of rivalry between the doctors in Bideford, judging by accounts of disagreements in the local papers. Dr Ackland’s 1867 diary contained a reference to a visit to a woman in labour. He said she was ‘first seen by Dr Pridham, afterwards by Mr Turner, subsequently by self. I succeeded in turning the child after ineffectual attempts by Dr Pridham and Mr Turner.’

An elderly lady who remembered Dr Ackland claimed that she saw him meet his friend Charles Kingsley in the street and Kingsley asked him where he was going. The doctor waved his hands in a characteristic way and said airily ‘Oh, westward, ho!’ meaning Northam Burrows, as the village of that name did not then exist. Supposedly this gave the author the idea for the title of his book.

William Ackland’s son, Charles Kingsley Ackland, also trained as a doctor and practised in the Strand until about 1930. Charles’s daughter Judith was an artist whose work is displayed in the Burton Art Gallery.

Liz Shakespeare.

Liz Shakespeare is the author of four books set in the Bideford area. Dr Ackland is one of the main characters in ‘The Turning of the Tide’. Photo courtesy of Wellcome Institute, London.

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One hundred years ago – November 1914.

The town is beginning to receive civilian and military casualties from the war across the channel. Six Belgian refugees have arrived in Bideford and will be looked after by Dr. Goddard in his Bridgeland Street house. A total of 21 are staying at the Bath House and another group are in a cottage at Westward Ho! One has served in the Belgian army and has been wounded twice.

The death is announced of Major Humphrey St Leger Stucley of the Grenadier Guards, who died from his injuries received at the Front. He was 38 years old and the youngest son of Sir George & Lady Stucley of Moreton Park, Bideford.

The newly formed Royal North Devon Hussars enrolled Herbert Baglow, F Heath, J H Palmer, W E Galliford, J H Parsons and C E Linceey . All these men are from the town of Bideford.

Bideford Rural District Council sent a note of Condolence to the widow of Mr J Pennington, the town Sanitary Inspector, who has recently died. At a council meeting it was decided to advertise for another Inspector of Nuisances at a salary of £65 per annum.

Farleighs Stores advertise choice Sweet Hog brand bacon, Breakfast bacon at 10½d per lb and boast that all their bacon is now sliced by “modern machinery”. To accompany this they have choice cooking eggs at 10 for one shilling.

Tattersalls in Market Place Bideford warn that Christmas Pudding Fruits will be dearer this year due to the obvious hardships and shortages, however Bideford & District Hospital acknowledge with thanks the receipt of 10 brace of pheasants from Lord Clinton and his estate.

From Bideford and District Archives

A rare treat in the newspaper during the month was a picture of the newly elected Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford, Councillor S Redclift and Mrs Chope.

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Shipping news No. 117.

In port – Yelland Quay.

Celtic Forester - (ex- Spica ’94, Anitab ’01, Jork ’06) built 1984 : flag, Cardiff : owners British : crew Polish : from Glensanda to Teignmouth : arrived 5/10, sailed 6/10 : loaded 3,500 tons chippings.

Lady Anna - built 2012 : flag Delfzijl, Netherlands : owners Dutch : crew Dutch, Ukrainian,& Philippino : from Glensanda to Birdport : arrived 12/10, sailed 13/10 : loaded 3,500 tons chippings.

No cargoes at Bideford since last edition. (There is a vessel due early November to load clay for Spain).

Arco Dart at Appledore 25.9.14, 28.9.14.

Oldenburg has ceased her voyages to Lundy for the summer; she will no doubt be off to Sharpness for drydocking.

Information received from Capt Hoad, Bideford Harbour master, who advised that the second vessel for the Irish Navy, the LE James Joyce, is due to leave the building shed on the 23rd November; high water is at 18.15.

Bristol Channel Observations

16.9.14 at 11.54 cargo vessel Helas, 3,850 tons d.w, owners Hermann Lohmann Bereederungen GMBH Germany. (In the last edition I stated she had sailed from Yelland on 15th – however she did not sail until the 16th bound for Birdport).

21.9.14 at 11.02 vehicle carrier Garnet Leader, 21,020 tons d.w, owners Ray Car Carriers Ltd Douglas IOM, in the colours of Nippon Yusen Kaisha, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.02 bulk carrier Inventana, 44,054 tons d.w, owners Masterbulk PTE Ltd Singapore, in the colours of Westfal Larsen Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

24.9.14 at 12.37 vehicle carrier Grande Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury. At 12.47 bulk carrier Navara, 51,624 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.50 dredger Mannin 172 gross tons, owners Padstow Harbour, outward bound from Ilfracombe; she had previously been work at the buoys in Appledore.

26.9.14 at 12.07 cargo vessel Universal Durban, 22,983 tons d.w, owners Universal Durban BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth . (Seen again on 29.9.14 at 16.37, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 09.10).

27.9.14 at 0932, cargo vessel Helen Anna, 3,650 tons d.w, owners Helen Anna Schiffahrts GHMB Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 14.26 cargo vessel Sea Melody, 3,713 tons d.w,owners Saturn Shipping Ltd Grimsby, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 19.20 26th. At 14.30 cargo vessel Terschelling, 6,000 tons d.w, owners Terschelling Shipping CV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 14.50 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping BV Netherlands seen passing Bull Point , inward bound for Avonmouth.

29.9.14 at 17.24 cable ship Resolute, 10,217 tons d.w, owners Tyco Resolute Inc Spain, having sailed from Avonmouth at 10.46.

1.10.14 at 07.40 bulk carrier Fu An Ha, 30,000 tons d.w, owners Pearl Fortune Trading Ltd China, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 00.36.

4.10.14 at 13.46 cargo vessel Blue Dragon, 3,696 tons d.w, owners Wolfgand Grimpe Marine Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 04.12

5.10.14 at 08.58 vehicle carrier Viking Chance, 10,834 tons d.w, owners Gram Car Carriers AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

10.1014 at 12.18 vehicle carrier Grande Italia, 12,594 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 07.57.

11.10.14 at 07.28 tanker Triple A, 13,040 tons d.w, owners Walworth Holding SA Greece, inward bound for Cardiff. At 10.03 tanker Grace Victoria, 74,999 tons d.w, owners Astraea Maritime SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed 05.59. At 14.27 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth.

Regards, Norman.

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Exmoor Pony Centre; October/ November/ December events.

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

Volunteers enjoyed a Social evening and quiz to round off the summer season amidst plenty of merriment. Volunteers are an essential part of the organisation and help in a variety of ways, including assisting at events like the Wiveliscombe Carnival which was attended by Tom the pony.


Please note the dates of the following events at the Centre:

Sunday 7th December Foals Open Day from 12:00 ’til 3:00.

Wednesday 10th December Christmas Carol Concert with The Barle Singers, from 7:00pm with wine and mince pies. Tickets available on 01398 323093 or on the door.

Sundays 14th and 21st December Santa Sundays – advance booking is essential. Please ring 01398 323093 for more details.

Christmas cards, calendars and presents are available from our shop, or you can order by phone or online; don’t leave it too late.

Would you like to hold a fund-raising event to support your local endangered breed? Contact us for any details you need or just go ahead and surprise us with how much you raised!

Please check our opening times over the Christmas period as they will be restricted to allow staff some time off. If you are making a special journey to see us during the winter months, do ring to check that the Centre will be open.

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Wicked Week in Bideford.

Half Term – 25th October to 1st November.

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Buzz Word – October.

Send us your Buzzes…. Write to editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk or to the address on front page.

Norland Nannies.

I am wondering if you can help with some information about the wartime premises occupied by the Norland Nursery in Bideford early in the war. I was one of their resident charges at the time but have no memory whatsoever of the place.

They took over a Regency type property, Belvoir House, which I assume was on the Belvoir Road. I’d like to try and locate it, if it’s still standing, to see whether seeing it again will call up any memories.

I wonder if there are any (by now very elderly) folk in Bideford who recall seeing the Norland nannies with their distinctive brown uniforms?

Will be grateful for any info you can turn up.

Paulette Pratt ppratt172@gmail.com


Re a thankyou letter (August Buzz)

Do please add another letter for the so very kind and generous Bridge Trust which gives to those of us who are disabled.

What a delightful town Bideford is!

Jean Williams.


Hunger for Justice.

Northam Methodist Church are supporting Christian Aid’s ‘Hunger for Justice’ weekend on October 18th/19th, 10- 5 on Saturday and 10-3 on Sunday, with an austerity lunch after morning worship.

Various stalls, displays and talks. We are collecting hand tools in any condition as well as sewing and knitting items for re use by charities to teach trades to enable people to work, earn money and have a route out of the poverty trap. We are urging people to make the world a fairer place for all.

Carole Pegg.

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Bideford Film Society – October.

Friday 31 October at 5.00pm at Bideford College: Dolphin Tale 2 (U). Film ends 6.45pm.

Friday 31 October and Saturday 1 November at 7.30pm at Bideford College: Magic in the Moonlight (12A). Film ends 9.15pm.


Doors open 30 minutes before film start time.  Tickets available at box office, or advance ticket sales (credit/debit card) available online – www.bidefordfilmsociety.org.uk/

Tickets: General £5.50, Concessions £5.00, Members £4.00, Family (up to 3 children & 2 adults) £12.00.

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