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 £18 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 11th 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:

For complaints procedure, see “Impress” category.

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Let’s be careful out there.


This message from:  David Braziel (NHWN, Communications Administrator, Devon & Cornwall).


A new scam has recently been bought to our attention which is very easy to fall for. A realistic email is received, which purports to be from the Police and is headed up ‘Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP)’. It will go on to give brief details about a speeding violation or some other traffic offence and will ask you to click on a link to access the full details. If you are sure that you or another family member is not involved, then DO NOT CLICK on the link – it will probably infect your computer with malware. Even if you are uncertain about the stated violation it is better to check first by contacting the Police independently, via 101 or email, quoting the references given in the original scam email, to get confirmation.

Suspected scams should be reported using the site, which has an easy to follow reporting link – you will also be able to forward the scam email.


This message from:   Shirley Craft (Police, Community Messaging Officer, Devon & Cornwall).


Residents are asked to exercise caution when receiving calls purported to be from your own or any other Bank: Police received a report of a member of the public being phoned by a Bank to report £400 had been stolen from their account. The caller stated they would receive £400 on top of the recovered monies providing they first withdrew £2000 and purchased £2000 of iTunes Gift Cards. The caller even told them to tell shop or bank staff “It’s presents for the grandchildren”. They were told another person would call back requesting the serial numbers of the iTunes cards, and also to scratch off the foil on the rear to reveal a smaller number. Both sets of numbers would then allow the caller to purchase goods to the value of £2000. The phone number used was 01424-758899, which is registered to Hastings in Sussex; both the callers were described as female and very polite and convincing. We would ask Recipients of Community Messaging to tell your more elderly and vulnerable neighbours about this message.

Report any similar incidents to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at


This message from:   Carol Donavon (Police, Community Messaging Officer, Devon & Cornwall).


Trading Standards are warning people to be wary of unsolicited phone calls and visits from companies offering home security equipment and services. If you are considering purchasing such a device or service, then get three quotes from reputable businesses you trust and make your decision on whom to use in your own time. Get recommendations from friends or via If you are concerned someone is at risk, always call the police. If you are concerned rogue traders are operating in your area, always report it. If someone knocks on your door and you are not sure, don’t open the door –


We hope the above information will help you to be aware of the many scams that are going around at the moment. Please make your family, friends and Neighbours aware of them.




Sexting/ Grooming.

– Victim is encouraged to share naked pictures of themselves (or explicit mes- sages) via text/ apps/ emails. Often involves children being groomed by adults or their peers.

There will often be offences under the Sex Offences Act 2003; and always a big risk of being pressured into going further or having full sex.

Frequently linked to or develops into Sextortion. (Megan’s Story – Sexting 1:52) (My story – online grooming 0:56)


• Victim has engaged in intimate online communication with the offender via webcam. The victim is filmed without their knowledge and then blackmailed for money and threatened with their video being revealed to friends and family. Adults or children can be victims. (Singapore crime message 2:27 mins), (Sextortion public service announcement, 1:30 mins)

Phishing emails.

• Victim receives an email purporting to be from the victim’s bank or similar, containing a link to a fake website. When the victim clicks the link either a virus/ ransomware is downloaded, or they are asked to enter their banking details and password, which are then used to steal money from their account. (Phishing real world example 2:53 mins), (Safety in Canada, 3mins, Phishing), (1 min, Spear phishing)

Remote access Tool (RAT) / TeamViewer (software brand)

Victim receives a phone call from the offender who purports to be from the victim’s bank or similar. The suspect usually tells the victim that their account or computer has been compromised and in order to fix the problem the victim is instructed to go online and download software. The software the victim is actually downloading is TeamViewer or similar which then gives the suspect remote access to the victim’s computer including the webcam and screen. The suspect then elicits personal information such as banking details in order to steal the victim’s money.

E.g. Microsoft scam (10:18 mins, first 6 mins only necessary)


• This can be installed a number of ways; by the victim following a link on a fake email, by downloading a program online that has ransomware hidden inside, or by the victim’s computer or network being hacked due to weak passwords etc. Once installed the ransomware will encrypt all of the files on the system preventing the victim accessing them. This can include photographs, business documents etc. The victim will be unable to use their computer while the machine is infected. They will normally see instructions on the screen asking for money in order to get their files and computer unencrypted. Often the payment can be requested in bitcoin (online currency). (1:03 mins Kaspersky Lab)


• These can be installed in a number of ways similar to ransomware. The purpose can be varied; disruption of the victim’s computer system, as a means of obtaining personal information from the infected computer or in order to use the computers processing power as part of a “botnet” (collection of infected computers). Many offenders will use a botnet to send out millions of phishing emails or launch a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack on a website to take it down and cause disruption

(Difference between viruses, worms, malware, Trojans, ransomware and spyware – Kaspersky lab, 2:45 min).


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South Molton jazz club.


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Quiz night at the “Puffing Billy”, 4th March.


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‘Open Gardens’, for North Devon Hospice.


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Ceremony of Bideford Manor Court, 25th March.

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

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

Now the Town Council is opening the way for public attendance and is also calling for ideas and projects that would make Bideford a better place for the community and tourists to be put forward. Any member of the public residing in the Parish of Bideford who wishes to submit a ‘presentment’, should do so by 12 Noon, Monday 6 March 2017. The envelope should be marked for the attention of the Manor Steward.

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

Actions regarding presentments of the previous year are also reported.

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


Notice is hereby given that Bideford Manor Court will be held on Saturday 25 March 2017 at 10.30 in the forenoon within the Town Hall, Bideford. Presentments from registered electors in the parish of Bideford for consideration of the Court are invited by submission in writing, addressed to the Foreman of the Jury, c/o the Manor Steward, Town Clerk’s Office, Town Hall, Bideford to arrive no later than 12 Noon, Monday 6 March 2017.

H. J. Blackburn

Manor Steward.

For application form, download here.


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Changes to waste collection & recycling services in Torridge.

At a meeting of the Full Council on 23rd January Councillors voted in favour of taking forward an options model that looks at the way Waste and Recycling services are delivered across the district. While Torridge’s recycling rate of around 43-45% is already above average nationally, a study has shown that without a change in the way the service is provided the Council will not be able to achieve the statutory environmental target of 50% by 2020. The increasing numbers of houses being built in the area and a need to modernise the fleet of vehicles and the depots operated by the Council will also bring cost pressures on the service which need to be addressed.

The proposals in outline include:

· Weekly recycling collection in boxes and bags with an enhancement to include additional mixed plastic materials.

· Weekly food waste collection on recycling vehicles.

· Fortnightly charge for garden waste collection offered to 100% of the district, with a charge of £35 per annum.

· Fortnightly non-recycled waste collection in black bags.

· A project to investigate depot options.

The new proposals include a significant extension to the range of materials that the Council intend to add to its kerbside recycling collections including nearly all types of plastics with only the exception of black plastic. The collection of food waste will also be made available to more households and not just those on the current garden waste collection rounds which only covers 60% of the district at the moment. Removing food waste from the material that goes to landfill will be handled through a new sealed 23 litre caddy system. This has been designed to be vermin-proof, and should at the same time reduce the incidence of bags being ripped open by wildlife and domestic animals which has been an issue particularly in rural and coastal hotspots.

Garden waste collection will now be offered to the whole of the district at a charge of £35 per annum which will contribute to the additional cost the service will face in implementing not only an extension of the garden waste service but all the other changes being proposed. Torridge is the only authority in Devon which still collects black bag waste on a weekly basis, which research and evidence suggests has a restraining effect on the level of recycling. The planned changes to a fortnightly black bag collection, while at the same time extending the range of plastics collected, and enhancing food waste and garden waste collections, are expected to have a positive effect on recycling rates, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in expensive and environmentally damaging landfill.

Councillor James Morrish – Deputy Leader and Lead Member for Waste and Recycling said:

The Council has thought carefully about the need to recycle more and extend the range of services we offer to as wide a group of customers as possible. At the same time in a large sparsely populated rural district such as ours, the cost of providing services is always going to be a more significant factor then that faced by Councils in more urban areas. However the proposed changes offer a balanced approach to extending the range of services we provide geographically, offering more opportunities to recycle, while limiting the impact of cost to a small charge per year for garden waste where people choose to receive this service. It is a comprehensive package that will deliver a better outcome for the environment which I hope residents will choose to support when we consult on the changes. We will now be asking people to help us fine tune these arrangements through a programme of consultation”

Anybody with a view on the changes can add their comments online at or pick up a leaflet from Council reception points. The consultation will run until 31st March 2017.


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Buzz Word; February.

‘The price of clay has gone up.’

I must have been exceptionally busy last April as, in a pile of documents requiring attention, I’ve just come across the April 2016 Bideford Buzz.

The front page, featuring the postcard about a shipment of clay from Fremington to Runcorn, is a nice piece of shipping history but I would put a different interpretation on it.

My theory is that the seven shillings per ton quoted was the sum offered to the Overton Steamship Co. Ltd. of Liverpool for carriage of the clay to Runcorn. It seems that the shipping company considered the offer too low, particularly as they would also have to cover the `heavy cost of loading` the clay onto the ship at Fremington. They therefore said they were `not interested in the business`.?

The postcard is dated 13 Dec 1935 and at that time there would have been a railway service from the Marland clay pits to Fremington, via Bideford. However, since the clay was not to be shipped from Bideford, one may assume that in this instance it was Fremington clay that was being exported from north Devon.

I wonder whether any readers know of Mr. Wm. Hobbs of Myrtle St., Appledore ? My guess is he may have been a shipping agent charged with arranging the transport of the clay at the best possible price.

Chris Hassall.


Letter from Canada

Buzz recently received a letter from former Bidefordian , Stuart Frayne who now lives in Canada.

Stuart is now 96 and remembers his father’s butchers’ shop at 66 High St opposite the Liberal Club. He attended Bideford Grammar School when WJ Langford was the headmaster. He taught at the Church Primary School at the top of High St. He also played rugby and cricket for the town, and was captain of the local snooker team, before leaving for Canada in 1957.

His happy memories of Bideford have prompted him to write to us. He says:-

‘ Bideford has always been Home.. The town is still a large part of me. I love the place. I am writing this letter because I want to acknowledge my debt to Bideford because of many splendid memories of my years in the town. What a wonderful place it is in which to live! Please let me say so in Bideford Buzz. My friend sends me copies. I wish to greet anyone who remembers me, along with others who are lucky enough to live in the ‘little white town’, still my home.

With best wishes Stuart Frayne’.


Families for Children Trust

This is a specialist adoption agency and charitable trust based in the South West. We place vulnerable children from all over the UK with new adoptive families in Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset and the Isles of Scilly.  We have a growing number of older children, sibling groups and children with disabilities waiting to be adopted and we are looking for more adopters to come forward quite quickly. The next meeting in North Devon is in the New Year on Thursday 2nd Feb. Time:6.30-8.30pm , Voice FM Meeting Room, ?Belle Meadow Court, Albert Lane, Barnstaple, North Devon EX32 8RJ.

Katey McDonald.


Drummer Needed

Due to unforseen circumstances Rocking Robin and the Reliants are seeking a new drummer. We play vintage rock n roll and surf with a passion. If you are a drummer interested in something different, or know of anyone who would be interested in filling the drummer’s role please contact me through facebook or via my email address

Robin Davey.


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Youth page – February.

Making tracks…

Happy New year! New year, new Buzz (as you may have noticed, we’ve dyed our hair), new town.   2017 is set to be an exciting one for Bideford, and a life-size monument to Tarka the Otter is among many grand additions to look forward to.

But what if you fancy even more change to your scenery? Jupiter may be on the ascension, but so are train fares, making the cost of travel even worse. South West train lines have had a painful time of late anyway; stuck in the middle of a grudge match between Jeremy Corbyn and Richard Branson, and latterly, stuck in the middle of sea. Whether Branson or Poseidon, a plethora of beardy men have had it in for our rail network. So at a time when (already hefty) fares are swelling by 2.3%, is it even worth taking the train any more, or should we just rely on an older friend to drive us to our destination, then bribe them with petrol money and a croissant at the services?

Here at Buzz, we ride the rails quite regularly, and we’re here to tell you there is many a cheat to slash prices.

It’s well worth it; there is a sense of pioneering adventure out there that the motorway really can’t compete with . That’s not to say that train rides aren’t without their dangers too. If your trip is ” expertly crafted”, or in other words consists of more than two little stops one after the other, the law of averages dictates that at least three of these will be cancelled, you will run through the gates of your penultimate stop a minute or so late to find your next train just sitting there, waiting, mocking you, its tiny metal doors locked a second too early to shut you out. There’s no way on. You howl in despair, throw luggage at a pigeon and storm off to the cafe where you attempt to wait it out till the next one.

It’s irritating, but with their live updates, TheTrainLine app is possibly the best tool to pre-empt such alterations and plan your journey on the fly. It’s also free, a nice change from everything else about travel.

These horrors are balanced by the sheer joy of a window seat. The bleeding watercolour of countryside that flies past, each wood cabin and mist-soaked field is a far cry from our congested roads; it’s as though the wild West upped sticks and decamped to the Cotswolds. Scenery that is unspoilt except for the train tracks themselves (and that’s a bit of a catch 22.)

Any seat at all is a victory past 11am, however, otherwise you may find yourself yourself hunkered down by the baggage rack being bludgeoned to death by suitcases, you lucky thing, you.

Although the views are gorgeous, it’s a game of roulette whether or not you get a seat at all, and when journeys are so hit and miss it’s a wonder that a relatively short trip can cost you upwards of £60. A great way to travel for less and visit friends in far places is to buy a 16-25 rail card – where each ticket price is slashed by 1/3. The card costs only £30 and can be used as much as you like in the year. This makes journeys more affordable and rubs less salt in the wound if you don’t have a good time.

With return tickets a thing of the past, even bus travel has become – if not more luxurious – at least more pricy. If you want to see the sights this year, you have chosen a costly resolution.

The only other way to cope with this apparent tax on ‘itchy feet’ is to just stay home. If anything shows how well our little town caters for us, it was the New Year’s Eve celebration. For once, everyone in the 30 mile radius flitted over here instead, to enjoy the firework display and food huts. Although slightly low on rides, the Terminator held the side up, and with one hundred different forms of fried chip on offer, perhaps it’s for the best there weren’t too many indigestion-inducing attractions as well. The fact all these hot dog vendors, party streamers and a portaloo flotilla can be swept away in one night is quite a feat, and shows just what we’re capable of. Now if only we had our own train station, there’d be no need to leave Bideford at all…

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.



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One hundred years ago – February 1917.

February 1917 saw several radical changes in the Bideford Gazette newspaper. The Great War headlines were still most depressing. There was a least one page in each issue devoted to news from the action across the world – one of the February pages proclaims “British Raiders take 1228 prisoners”, “big Turkish losses”, “German Sink-at-sight claims” and “U.S. action – Liner seized and torpedoed”. There was a day-by-day diary of events and further reading explains that the Anchor liner “California” was sunk with considerable casualties. It is feared that this action was designed to provoke President Wilson into joining the War.

Completely new are three photographs showing Devon soldiers setting up sawmills to cut timber for use at the Front. This is the first time photographs have been printed in the Gazette, albeit for apparent propaganda purposes. The tribunal hearings continue across North Devon and the shortage of male labour is becoming acute.

February was a very cold month. The lake at Stevenstone has been frozen for some time, and in Hartland the frost has split pipes and radiators at the new United Methodist church and at the council school. It has also cracked several cylinder blocks of internal combustion engines and cars. Clamps of mangolds have been seriously damaged. In Appledore Mrs Vaggars and Mr Tom Barkwell have both fallen on ice and injured limbs. On the 20th February the frost lifted allowing work on the land to recommence, but fears are expressed regarding the autumn wheat that is looking very poor because of the cold weather.

Property for sale this month includes 39 and 40 Geneva Place, Bideford, currently let to tenants Messrs J Found and A J Mills on a weekly tenancy. The sale will be later in the month.


The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway closed during the late Spring 100 years ago. To celebrate this centenary the Archive is planning an exhibition of our references , pictures and maps to be held later this year. If you have any material relating to the railway, perhaps you could contact us so that we can include it in our display.

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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Burton Art Gallery – February.

February – the month when school pupils in Torridge area look forward to seeing their very own artwork in the Burton Gallery. Torridge District is huge, with public and state schools, academies and home tuition, and ages ranging from nursery to primary, secondary to advanced level. We shall be privileged to feast our eyes on the variety of art and skill of these young people, judging from past years’ exhibitions. NADFAS (National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Society) will once again have to make some difficult choices when it comes to awarding their three cash prizes to schools exhibiting the most creative original artwork. This exhibition follows the very popular ‘Clangers, Pogles Wood, Bagpuss & Ivor the Engine‘ collection from the V. & A., when the Gallery was filled with fun and laughter. The Schools’ Exhibition is an opportunity for families to come and enjoy another happy experience, and for the students to be proud of their work and show it off to everyone. This exhibition begins on 4th February, ends on 13th March, not to be missed.

Alongside the Schools’ Exhibition you will discover ‘Coast‘ – a collection of paintings celebrating the love of our coastline, how it has inspired artists and ceramicists to capture that margin where the land meets the sea. Not only rocks and beaches, but ships and harbours, history and fables, all will be revealed in this exceptional opportunity to view many of the works contained in the Gallery’s Permanent Collection. Included are watercolours by Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards (shown) when they lived together in the Cabin at Bucks Mills. The exhibition ends on 6th March.

The Friends of the Burton Gallery held their Annual Christmas Exhibition during November and December. During that time tickets were sold in a Draw to win a Harry Juniper Harvest Jug. The lucky winner was Mrs. Anthea Bell, of Frithelstock, with yellow ticket, numbers 71-75. Congratulations to her, and thanks to all those who helped to raise £550 for Friends’ funds. Special thanks to Harry and Nick Juniper for donating the Jug.

The Gallery Shop is full of attractive items: books for all ages, many on crafts and art; a huge selection of cards for all occasions, and toys, chosen for their educational and happiness factor.

The Craft Gallery is just special – so many talented craft makers are represented, and it is just a joy to have so much choice.

The Gallery hosts ‘Crafty Kids‘ every Monday from 10am to 12pm, when pre-school children can get stuck in with paint, paper, sponges and crayons. Just £1 donation requested.

The new Gallery brochure will give you all the information you need for your visit, including a special item on the Museum, which contains an eclectic collection of North Devon Slipware, as well as featuring local history and industry, such as the Collar Factory and Bideford Black.

Opening hours are: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm; Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Admission Free.

The Cafe du Parc is open as above, with its special range of scrumptious lunches and desserts.

Diana Warmington,

Friends of the Burton Art Gallery & Museum.


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February’s “Buzz”.

Buzz” will, from February onwards, be published in colour and on improved paper. This means that we can offer readers, contributors, and advertisers a much-improved experience.

Here’s February’s front-page photo (which wouldn’t have worked in our old mono format) –


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Book Buzz.


Northam Library.

Northam Library and the Ageing Well Project are offering free help and support for older people to make the best use of their tablets or laptops. To book a one-to-one session please contact the library on 01237 475111.


Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

‘The Lake House’, by Kate Morton. Discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

The group was quite divided in their agreement about whether or not ‘The Lake House’ was an enjoyable read. I read the book during my Christmas holiday in the sun and found it an absorbing, easy holiday read. We all agreed the story involved far too many coincidences, some verging on the downright unbelievable, with too many inconsistencies and inaccuracies and generally in want of a severe edit. The story moves between Cornwall and London and three time frames, 1911, 1930s and 2003 and follows the Edevane family, Anthony and Eleanor, their three girls, Deborah, Alice and Clementine, and baby son, Theo. Most of the action takes place in their rambling, remote Cornish country house with its large lake and gardens. On the night of their annual Midsummer party in 1933, baby Theo goes missing. Murdered, abducted? The family leaves the house for London never to return and the mystery is never solved. Enter Detective Constable Sadie Sparrow, in 2003, staying near to the long abandoned house, on leave from a case of an abandoned/adopted child, herself adopted and with her own adopted daughter as one of the many sub plots. Also thrown into the mix is murder, shell shock, romance, the Titanic – there is something for everyone in this nearly 600 page novel. The ending manages to tie every loose end and leaves the reader a little underwhelmed. I thought the plot was inventive and complex and liked the descriptions and writing style – it was just too much of everything. A case of less would have been more.

Lesley Palmer.

Bideford Library Readers’ Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 2pm at Bideford Library.


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Music Notes.

New year, new look…

Bideford Town Band are starting the new year with a new look in the shape of brand new uniforms. Purchase of these was made possible with grants from Bideford Town Council and The Bridge Trust.

The band are now looking forward to a busy and exciting 2017 of which a few highlights will be: ‘The West of England Regional Final of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain ‘ on March 11th, a trip to Landivisiau (Bideford’s twin town) with the Twinning Association in May, as well as taking part in the performance of ‘Brassed Off’ in association with the Up-Close Theatre Group on 12th and 13th May.

Nicola Ashelford.


Appledore Singers Saturday March 18th at 7.30 pm

St. Peter’s Church Fremington is delighted to welcome this well-known local ladies’ choir to perform arrangements of songs old and new, ranging from gospel and showstoppers to Top Ten hits. The concert will also feature their small chamber group, the ‘Pips’, and amusing poems.

The choir will be conducted by their Musical Director, Pam Beechey and accompanied by Chris Beechey, with Anthony Chambers ably compering the evening. Please come along and enjoy the music , the singing and the talent. We can promise you a most enjoyable concert.

Admission on the door is £5 and proceeds will go towards the cost of a new sound system for the church. For further information about the choir, contact 01237 420652 or see their website:


Bideford Folk Club.

We meet every Thursday from 7:30 to 10:30 pm upstairs in the skittle alley at the Joiner’s Arms, Market Square, Bideford.

Most weeks we have a singaround ; all musicians, singers, story-tellers and listeners are welcome. There is no charge, but we pass the box around to raise money for our guest nights.

These take place about six times a year when we engage a musician or band of local or national status.

For more information or contact details visit the website at

John Purser.


Encore! Sing for your supper at Bucks Cross Village Hall

This theatrical singing group will be performing at a special musical supper evening at Bucks Cross Village Hall on Saturday 25th February. The event not only gives locals the chance to sample a taste of the West End without leaving the village, but also includes a light supper during the interval too. And, whilst the venue does not have a bar on the night, the audience are encouraged to B.Y.O. by way of liquid refreshment! Tickets are £7.00 including supper, and can be obtained from Bucks Cross Post Office or by calling Rosemary Parker (01237 429388) or Anne Turner (01237 431536).




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Buzz Byte – printers.


Welcome to this new series of articles about home computing. This month’s tips are about printers. Most home users will have an inkjet printer which will use either a colour and black cartridge or a black with individual colours, cyan (blue), magenta (red) and yellow.

You need to turn the printer on at least once every week to charge the ink. This helps to prevent blockages and keeps the ink fresh in the head and stops the inks from drying out. You do not need to do anything to your printer as the cleaning function happens automatically when the printer is turned on and you do not need to print anything either.

Once the printer has finished making its ‘start up noises’ this means that it has performed the above function and can be turned off again. This is true of the majority of inkjet printers ; if your model doesn’t work automatically it will be a feature that is accessible from the lcd panel on the front of your printer, or via the printer software on your computer.

Many people think that you must only use original cartridges as cheaper compatible inks will either damage the printer or void the warranty of the printer, a misconception that the manufactures do not correct. This is not the case. You can get wonderful prints from inks that are a fraction of the cost of an ‘original’.

Did you know that if there is an interruption to your phone or internet service you can still print documents or pictures as your printer will still be able to operate wirelessly (providing the router is turned on! ; you just won’t be able to surf the web until the problem is fixed!! ) It is handy to keep a USB cable in reserve, just in case. If you need to print direct from the web, or if your router breaks, a solution would be to use a mobile broadband dongle, which is a little pre-paid USB device that plugs into your PC or laptop in conjunction with the USB cable.

Nicola Baglow (Complete Computing).


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Bideford Film Society – February.


Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: La La Land (12A) 128 mins.

To avoid disappointment please always check our website or weekly press adverts for up-to-date listings.


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