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  by a team of volunteers and relies on our local community for articles.   If you are interested in supporting this newsletter we’ll be glad to hear from you.

You can submit your article on disc or by e-mail.    However, ‘snail mail’ is equally acceptable. Material for publication should reach us during 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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Children’s Hospice “Rainbow Run”, 19th – 20th June.

Help your local children’s hospice reach pot of gold this summer.

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is excited to announce plans for its ‘Rainbow Run Your Way’ fundraiser on 19 – 20 June 2021.

Rainbow Run has become an event synonymous with sunny days and explosions of colour across three different locations in the South West, including at Westpoint in Exeter. Last year, due to the pandemic, the event went virtual, and around 2,000 people raised an incredible £100,000 for the charity. This year, participants will be encouraged to once again take on the Rainbow Run in their own way.

Open to absolutely anyone who wants to get involved, CHSW is encouraging participants to pick a route of any distance and complete it however they wish. It will be a chance to don a bright outfit and complete your distance by running, skipping, walking, skating or riding and have fun along the way. Over the Rainbow Run weekend, the aim will be to collectively raise £30,000 for each of the charity’s three children’s hospices; Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in Somerset and Little Harbour in Cornwall, a poignant target to reach for the charity’s 30th anniversary year.

This free, fun and very colourful fundraiser is kindly being sponsored by Ann’s Cottage and The Exeter; it is a fantastic way to show your support for CHSW during its 30th anniversary year and will also mark the start of national Children’s Hospice Week.

Kiley Pearce, Event Fundraiser at CHSW, said: “We were overwhelmed by the amount of people who got involved last year. We could see from social media that everyone really embraced the fun and colour that Rainbow Runs are all about. To be able to raise £30,000 for each of our hospices in our 30th anniversary year really would be very special, and would help us to ensure that local children and families can continue to receive the vital care they so desperately need now and in the future.”

It is free to take part in this event, but CHSW encourages everyone to register on its website to ensure they have access to event information and free resources. If participants raise £15 or more in sponsorship, they will be sent a 30th anniversary commemorative medal after the event.

For more information and to register visit www.chsw.org.uk/rainbow

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Northam Burrows visitor centre – kitchen & cafe modular units on site.

 

The Modular Café and Kitchen units have now been delivered and installed at the Northam Burrows Visitor Centre site as the final layout of the facilities starts to emerge. The units were pre-assembled off-site and were craned into position ready for final fitting out and connection to utilities. The exterior of the units will now be clad in timber in the coming weeks as part of the design aimed at reducing the visual impact of the structures and blending them with the natural surroundings. The glass frontages and outdoor seating will both contribute to a unique spot to stop for a rest and refreshments for visitors to the area.

The Council are also pleased to announce that the Food Franchise has been let to the Owners of The Royal George in Appledore, and the new Café will open as the “Pebbleridge Kitchen”. While the menu is still being finalised, the intention is to operate as a family friendly venue with both snacks and more substantial meals including vegan and vegetarian options.

Royal George and Pebbleridge Kitchen owner Garth Hughes said: “We’re thrilled to be working with TDC and the Rangers on this exciting new opportunity. With spectacular views of the ocean and Lundy Island, we feel privileged to offer homemade and locally sourced meals, including terrific coffee and cakes, breakfast baps, seafood, and our own pizzas. We’re planning to open 7 days a week, all year round and look forward to welcoming everyone to Pebbleridge Kitchen.”

Adrian Redwood, Major Projects and Estates Manager, said: “It’s fantastic to see the structural elements of this project progressing well and that Pearce Construction have been able to maintain the schedule we envisaged. We’re looking forward to working with Garth and his team and to the economic boost and additional jobs this venture will bring to the local economy.”

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North Devon Ramblers.

Have you been enjoying walking locally during the last year? Are you keen to explore a little bit further afield? North Devon Ramblers have expert walk leaders who organize walks throughout the area, usually twice a week. We have been able to restart our walks programme under government guidelines which means we have some restrictions, but walks are fully risk assessed to ensure everyone’s safety. We have walks to suit all abilities, recent rambles have included a Nice and Easy 3 miles around Torrington, 8 miles around Baggy Point and Woolacombe and 9.5 miles in the Instow area.

Ramblers are about more than guided walks. The charity has been responsible for ensuring that our wonderful footpath network and open spaces are maintained and developed. We work with government and local authorities to ensure that any new initiatives consider the needs of walkers. Ramblers are currently leading the drive to ensure that historic rights of way are maintained, the “Don’t Lose Your Way” initiative.

We are keen to welcome new members. North Devon Ramblers are one of a dozen groups in Devon and one of hundreds nationwide. You can find out more from our website www.ramblers.org.uk/north-devon or take a look at our Facebook page. If you would like to join us for a walk the leaders’ details and booking information is on the programme.

Maggi Rogers (North Devon Ramblers).

willowshed@gmail.com

April 2021.

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Exmoor Pony Centre – April.

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

The daffodils are blooming, and the warmer weather has been a blessing – the ponies are rapidly shedding their winter coats and WE ARE ABLE TO RE-OPEN THE PUBLIC ON APRIL 12TH!

If you would like to visit, we are operating a booking system so please email or call the office to book in. Visits are free and we are running 4 sessions throughout the days we are open. (Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sun). There is now the opportunity to have a grooming session during your visit which must be arranged and booked in alongside your visit. Those of you who wish to ride, must be experienced riders at the moment – please keep an eye on our website because as rules change, we hopefully will be able to offer more.

With the good news of reopening, the riding ponies are all back from their holidays getting ready and fit to greet visitors and go out for rides. Our volunteers are also back in the swing of things. They’ve been gardening, poo picking, cleaning the yards and painting our beautiful new stable doors. There has been a bit of a facelift on the back stable yard, and we have new fencing in the back fields ready to host our forthcoming ‘Ponies Helping People’ initiative. If you think you would like to help volunteer either at The Centre or with any fundraising ideas, please do get in touch.

With Spring arriving, the four foals Gonzo, Kermit, Scooter and Fozzie Bear have travelled to their new home on the 800 acre grazing site in Suffolk. They all behaved impeccably on the journey and arrived totally stress free. What a great life they will have living in such a lovely place – doing what Exmoor ponies do best – eating!

We look forward to seeing some of our friends and supporters soon, the ponies are ready and waiting. Please keep up to date with us via our website and online platforms.

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheExmoorPonyCentre?

Email: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk?

Tel: 01398 323093

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Bideford’s Oxfam shop seeks volunteers.

Oxfam’s BIDEFORD shop appeals for more volunteers as store braces for deluge of donations.

Oxfam’s BIDEFORD store has issued an urgent appeal for volunteers to help it deal with an anticipated deluge of donations following its re-opening on 12th April 2021.

The shop’s appeal comes as Oxfam estimates it has a shortfall of hundreds of volunteers, with some existing volunteers currently unable to return due to shielding.

The BIDEFORD shop team is bracing for a significant number of donations following lockdown decluttering, combined with people seeking to offload unwanted Christmas gifts. More volunteers are needed to help sort and sell the donations in order to raise as much money as possible for Oxfam’s vital work around the world.

Tom Richardson, Oxfam’s Interim Head of Retail, said: “Money raised by the dedicated staff and volunteers in Oxfam’s BIDEFORD shop helps fight poverty and injustice around the world; providing people with lifesaving essentials like clean water and soap as well as the hope of a better future.

We know from the last lockdown that people will have taken the chance to have a good declutter and we’re anticipating a deluge of generous donations. As we prepare to get back to business in a Covid-safe way we’re encouraging people from all walks of life who want to live in a fairer, more sustainable world to consider giving one of the greatest gifts of all: their time.”

The shop typically relies on a team of 20 dedicated volunteers who give as little as a few hours a week of their time and can take up a range of vital roles, from serving customers to sorting donations and arranging window displays.

As well as volunteers, Oxfam’s BIDEFORD store is also appealing for good quality donations, including clothing, books, music and bric-a-brac.

ALEX LO, Shop Manager in Oxfam BIDEFORD said: “People in BIDEFORD have always been generous in their support of our shop, whether through shopping, donating or volunteering and we’re looking forward to safely welcoming people back through our doors. Given the volume of donations we’re anticipating, the store promises to be treasure troves of gems for savvy, sustainable shoppers.”

Protecting staff, volunteers, and customers from Covid-19 remains Oxfam’s priority, with shop teams continuing to implement strict protocol, including social distancing, readily available hand sanitiser, masks and gloves for staff, screens at tills, regular and frequent cleaning, closed changing rooms and encouraging contactless payment.

After the BIDEFORD shop re-opening, people are invited to register their interest in volunteering online.

For more information and interviews, please contact: SHOP MANAGER ALEX LO, oxfamshopf3230@oxfam.org.uk & 01237 472581

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Shipping notes No. 192 (March).

Bideford Quay.

Celtic Forester – built 2003 ; flag Cardiff; owners British; crew British, Polish; from Workington to Castellon; arrived 12/3, sailed 13/3; loaded 2,860 tons ball clay.

You will note the vessel sailed on a Saturday and loading was actually completed that day. The quarry at Peters Marland usually does not work at the weekends, and this is only the second time in 18 years I have known this to happen.

The Oldenburg has performed a few voyages to Lundy as cargo runs.

Appledore.

I read a report on the net that the building dock was to be used as a drydock for a couple of vessels at the end of March. Nothing heard since then and nothing from H & W in the press

Yelland Quay.

I understand the Deo Gloria is due to return with more dredged sand for the building industries and cattle bedding. No news on going to press when this will take place.

Bristol Channel Observations.

2/3 at 05.20 bulk carrier Titan, 57,337 tons d.w., owners Leyde Shipmanagement S.A Greece, inward bound for Port Talbot.

5/3 at 08.28 cargo vessel Kitty C., 6,805 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Shipping Cowes I.O.W, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 12.50 the tug Kingston, 113 gross tons, owners Griffin Towage Ltd Blandford Forum, outward bound from Sharpness towing the ex River Severn cruiser Conway Castle bound for Cowes I.O.W., having sailed 22.00 the previous evening.

6/3 at 06.07 cargo vessel Paula C, 5,000 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Cowes I.O.W., inward bound for Sharpness. At 11.17 cargo vessel Muzaffer Anan, 11,788 tons d.w., owners Arter Denizcilik AS Turkey, inward bound for Newport.

8/3 at 09.36 container vessel Elbspirit, 43,294 tons d.w., owners Elbspirit GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 04.03. At 19.03 vehicle carrier Serenity Ace, 21,004 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

9/3 at 05.10 cargo vessel Steinau, 3,712 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 01.40. At 05.15 cargo vessel Sormoviskiy 3063, 3,721 tons d.w., owners Joint Stock Co Northern River Shipping Line Russia, inward bound for Sharpness. At 14.51 cargo vessel Kongsfjell, 3,332 tons d.w., owners AAT Shipinvest A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport.

15/3 at 08.41 cargo vessel Arklow Forest, 4,960 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Sharpness.

18.3 at 11.45 vehicle carrier Passero, 12,755 tons d.w., owners Reederei F Laeisz & Co K.G Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.51. At 16.13 cargo vessel Feed Rogaland, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 17.28 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, having sailed from Portbury at 12.12.

19/3 at 12.25 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 00.21.

20/3 at 14.11 cargo vessel Celtic Raider, 4,537 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 14.48 cargo vessel Arklow Venus, 5,171 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping Eire, inward bound for Swansea. At 14.52 fruit juice tanker Orange Wave, 16,700 tons d.w., owners Altership Switzerland, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 10.01. At 16.10 tanker Stolt Auk, 5,064 tons d.w., owners Stolt Auk B.V Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 11.18. At 17.10 ro- ro vessel Hurst Point, owners British Government, managed by A.W Shipping, inward bound for Newport.

21/3 at 12.44 cargo vessel Edzard Cirksena, 3,630 tons d.w., owners Kaptain Siegfred Bojen Schiffahrtsbet Rieb EK Germany, inward bound for Newport . At 16.10 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.24 cargo vessel Aldebaran, 2,270 tons d.w. owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again 10.07 27th outward bound, having sailed at 23.50 23rd ).

23/3 at .05.14 cargo vessel Astrid, 3,785 tons d.w., owners Irving Management Ltd Lithuania, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 23.48 22nd). At 0601 cargo vessel Anittepe S, 5,322 tons d.w., owners Dinamik Denizcilik VE Ticaret Turkey, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 00.16.

25/3 at 09.20 cargo vessel Spanaco Simplicity, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Spanaco Three Ltd Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.13.

26/3 at 09.49 cargo vessel H.Can, 8,716 tons d.w., owners H. Can Maritime Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 10.15 vehicle carrier Prominent Ace, 19,550 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carrier Express Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.56. At 10.56 cargo vessel Adamas, 3,754 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Shipping B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 04.33. At 20.05 vehicle carrier Brazilia Highway, 18,793 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

27/3 at 17.35 cargo vessel Heyn, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Heyn B.V.Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 17.53 cargo vessel Tucana, 3,783 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Shipping B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

28/3 at 13.00 cargo vessel Scot Venture, 3,300 tons d.w., owners Scotline Ltd UK, inward bound for Newport. At 19.10 vehicle carrier Lapis Arrow, 12,105 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

29/3 at 15.35 cargo vessel Prima Donna, 3,004 tons d.w., owners Prima Shipping OY AB Finland, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 09.27.

31/3 at 05.16 cargo vessel Rusader, 3,710 tons d.w., owners Rivabulk Shipping Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 21.11 30th.

Regards,

Norman.

Below, another photograph from my collection – in fact, the vessel at the top of my report.

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New wet fish counter at Appledore Fishdock.

Just five years ago the then-privately-run Appledore Fishdock, which opened in 2008, was in some distress, with underinvestment in machinery, confusing leases, and a lack of plans to support the local fishing industry. While the intervening years have not been plain sailing, Torridge Council’s reclaiming of the facilities in 2016 has seen many of these problems turned around with financial investment and a manager appointed to oversee operations. The recent addition of a Wet Fish Stall and separate Mussel Purification business underlines the Council’s ongoing commitment to supporting local fishing enterprises.

Tony Rutherford has been in the fishing industry since he was a small boy, is the fourth generation of his family in the fish trade, and owner of T and T Shellfish Ltd. Although his recent business has been focused on the wholesale fish trade, he says he always liked the idea of a retail counter, having owned and run fish shops in Bideford and Barnstaple in the 1970s and ’80s – winning many Seafish Quality awards along the way. He has now teamed up with Nathan Townsend to launch Devon and Cornwall Fish Ltd, selling fresh fish direct from a retail outlet at the Fishdock which they hope will continue to support local fishermen for years to come.

While the Fish Counter is busy serving local people and restaurants with fresh fish, the dock is also the new home to a Mussel and Oyster purification operation, yet another sign of continued growth and diversification at the facility.

Local entrepreneur Tony Rutherford said: “While we have customers all over the UK and Europe, everything stems from the fantastic fish we have available right on our doorstep here in Devon and Cornwall. Although we moved into wholesale some years ago it has always been my ambition to have a wet-fish counter again, and with Nathan’s enthusiasm this was the right time to launch one. It’s been a huge success already, with queues of people, but I would also like to thank Torridge Council for their ongoing support and licence agreement, which allowed us to launch the project direct from the Fishdock.”

Torridge District Councillor Bob Hicks – Lead Member for the Economy said: “Appledore has a great claim to fame as the oldest fishing port in England and it’s great to see new businesses setting up and thriving even during the current pandemic. The Council-run dock is currently supporting local fishermen from Bideford, Appledore, Ilfracombe, Clovelly and Padstow as well as other areas along the North Coast, and is clearly a cornerstone of this important industry.”

The wet fish counter is open Monday to Friday 8am – 3pm and Saturday 8am – 12.30pm and has both cash and credit card facilities.

 

Appledore Fishdock Wet Fish Counter – employees Darren Raymont and co-owner Nathan Townsend (L, R).

1987 Seafish Award – Tony Rutherford 3rd from Left.

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Shipping notes No. 191 (February).

Bideford Quay.

The Oldenburg has completed a couple of cargo runs to Lundy during the month. No other commercial shipping to report.

Yelland Quay.

No commercial shipping.

Appledore.

No news of any orders or regarding the Yard.

Bristol Channel Observations.

3/2 at 07.30 cargo vessel Troubadour, 2,570 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 21.39 2nd. At 07.67 container vessel Endeavor, 9,168 tons d.w., owners J R Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 16.53 29th (had been anchored in Blue Anchor Bay Minehead sheltering from the weather). At 10.54 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons. d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 04.49. At 16.30 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

4/2 at 06.31 cargo vessel Feed Rogaland, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again outward bound having sailed from Sharpness at 02.22 7th). At 15.45 tanker Oraluna, 6,907 tons d.w., owners Priority Shipping CV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.09 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,200 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.07.

5/2 at 06.22 cargo vessel Scheldebank, 4,539 tons d.w., owners Bankship 1v BV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea. At 08.30 cargo vessel Mermerdelen, 3,640 tons d.w., owners Moon Star Shipping Co. Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 23.45 4th.

6/2 at 07.48 vehicle carrier Monza Express, 11,174 tons d.w., owners Vroon |BV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury. At 08.15 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.38 cargo vessel Wilson Grimsby, owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 17.30 cargo vessel Celtic Raider, 4,537 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Cardiff, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 12.51. At 17.54 cargo vessel Athos, 2,250 tons d.w., owners Caribbean Shipping ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Briton Ferry.

7/2 at 07.20 cargo vessel Arklow Falcon, 4,960 tons d.w., owners Sollube Naviera C284 AIE Eire, inward bound for Newport. At 08.03 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.20 6th. At 10.03 vehicle carrier Titania, 30,907 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 08.04 8th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.49). At 15.35 cargo vessel Spanaco Simplicity, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Spanaco Three Ltd Germany, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.07 vehicle carrier Passero, 12,755 tons d.w. owners Reederei F. Laeisz & Co K.G Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

8/2 at 13.55 cargo vessel Jevenau, 3,702 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 16.11 cargo vessel Ventura, 5,699 tons d.w., owners Ventura Strahlmann GMBH Germany, inward bound for Cardiff.

9/2 at 08.30 cargo vessel Tucana, 3,783 tons d.w., owners Tucana Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 18.16 hrs bulk carrier Flag Mette, 81,200 tons d.w., owners Navigator Spirit SA Greece, inward bound for Port Talbot.

10/2 at 13.01 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.56. At 13.05 vehicle carrier Autopremier, 4,443 tons d.w., owners Ugland Auto 1 A/S Maderia, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 10.20 12th having sailed from Portbury 06.21).

12/2 at 10.28 cargo vessel Rix Flevo, 4,515 tons d.w., owners Rix -F Shipping Ltd Latvia, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again at 08.15 17th having sailed at 22.15 16th). At 14.30 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.45 container vessel Endeavor, 9,168 tons d.w., owners J R Shipping bv Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.29.

13/2 at 08.25 cargo vessel Feed Rogaland, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 08.40 tanker Nordic Nelly, 5,767 tons d.w., owners Crystal Nordic Shipowning KS Denmark, inward bound for Barry .

17/2 at 08.15 cargo vessel Andrea, 3,650 tons d.w., owners Van Dam Scheepvaartbedrijf Netherlands, bound for Newport. At 12.45 bitumen tanker Iver Brilliant, 6,239 tons d.w., owners HB Tankships V1 BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 14.01 cargo vessel Louis, 8,250 tons d.w., owners Soleil Shipping Co Ltd ABB Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

19/2 at 14.15 vehicle carrier Aegean Highway, 18,867 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.42.

20/2 the research ship RSS Sir David Attenborough, 7,500 tons d.w., owners UK Research & Innovation Swindon, anchored off Clovelly. (On 21/2 at 09.30 spotted off the southern end of Lundy, headed up the east coast of the island in the direction of Swansea Bay. She eventually sailed off for Holyhead).

22/2 at 08.00 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.07 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

23/2 at 09.05 cargo vessel Wilson Gdansk, owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 10.55 vehicle carrier Grande Miraflori, 15,853 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

24/2 at 11.46 cargo vessel Wilson Hull, 4,247 tons d.w., owners Wes Nicole Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 13.45 cargo vessel Arklow Vanguard, 5,168 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 07.22. At 13.55 cargo vessel Feed Helgeland, 4,934 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 15.40 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.19. At 17.03 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Co Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.15.

26/2 at 06.25 cargo vessel Arleccino, 2,503 tons d.w., owners Caribbean Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath.

27/2 at 11.45 cargo vessel Rix Plato, 4,557 tons d.w. owners Rix Plato Shipping Lda Latvia, inward bound for Barry. At 21.10 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Acl Shipmanagement of Sweden, inward bound for Portbury

28/2 at 11.35 cement carrier Cembrook, 5,316 tons d.w., owners Cembrook Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport.

Regards,

Norman Hardaker.

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Devon Carers – caring for carers.

If you look after someone, who looks after you?

Since COVID-19, the number of unpaid carers in Devon has increased by almost 50% to approximately 130,000 (source: Devon County Council). It has never been more important to identify and support carers than now. Devon Carers are passionate about helping those who support others.

A carer is someone who provides unpaid support to family, friends or neighbours who could not manage without their help on a regular basis. Anyone can become a carer at any time. It may happen gradually as a person’s health deteriorates or instantly, as a result of an accident or unexpected health condition. Quite often a person does not recognise themselves as a carer, even though they have a caring responsibility. No matter who a person is caring for and whether they have the same condition as somebody else, their situation is unique to them.

Devon Carers is an organisation who support unpaid carers to maintain their own health, wellbeing and independence to care safely, confidently and effectively. The service has been commissioned jointly by Devon County Council and NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group. They provide a range of services to over 20,000 carers across Devon, excluding Plymouth and Torbay. These include:-

Website – an excellent information resource https://devoncarers.org.uk/ 

Quarterly magazine – with the latest news, carer stories and training courses. 

Helpline and webchat – available Mon-Fri 8am-6pm: Sat 9am-1pm. Call 03456 434 435. 

Alert Card – to alert others if they become unexpectedly ill or taken to hospital that they are unable to care for their loved ones and to summon help for them. 

Training – opportunities to learn skills to assist with their caring role.

Peer Support – connecting carers to mutually support each other.

Emergency Plan – a record containing important and useful information to help others if a carer is unexpectedly unable to carry out their caring role.

Hospital services – additional support following a stay in hospital.

Carer assessments – a personalised assessment of how caring affects your health and wellbeing and how we can support you with one-to-one assistance if required. They treat each carer as an individual, taking time to find out what’s important to them, and work out together how they can support them in their caring role. The challenges carers face in different parts of the county can vary greatly, so having local teams enables them to provide specific advice and support. The teams also liaise closely with health and social care services and have strong links with voluntary and community organisations. 

If you think you are an unpaid carer, or know someone who is, please get in touch with Devon Carers to find out more: https://devoncarers.org.uk/ or 03456 434 435.

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First phase of Westward Ho! sea defences completed.

The first phase of enhanced sea defences at Westward Ho! has been completed with the placement of around 2,000 tonnes of locally-sourced rock armour from Brookland Sand and Aggregates. The energy dissipating structure is the first phase of a complete programme of linear defences for the region, funded by the Environment Agency, and was brought forward because of previous storm damage and flooding experienced in the autumn last year.

With rocks weighing 6-10 tonnes each and flat-bed lorry capacity limited to around 3 boulders at a time the logistics of moving such a large amount of material in a short space of time were complex. Once on site the boulders were moved to their final location in 25 tonne dumper trucks and craned into position. The front face of the rock armour was then covered by pebbles to reduce the visual impact and the impact of the structure on natural beach processes.

Atkins and Kier, who were the main contractors for the build, supported by local sub-contractor SEL Clarke of Bideford, were able to engineer the whole structure with 500 tonnes less material than originally anticipated, which resulted in cost savings in both materials and plant hire. All the contractors along with Torridge Council’s engineering team worked hard over the Christmas period to complete the works in as short a time as possible, and with the intention of minimising any disruption to residents and businesses.

The structure is already doing its job and came through unscathed from the most recent storm surges, which saw 13ft waves battering the North Devon coast. While there was some debris to be cleared following the event the main structure stood up to some of the highest waves the area has seen in recent years.

The Council’s Engineering team will continue to work on the remaining tasks, such as anchoring the land side legato block over the next few months and to tidy up the work area and surrounding site with the help of Northam Burrows Rangers. The Council’s expectation is to have everything ready for what is likely to be a busy summer for the visitors and local businesses. Further sea defence enhancements are also planned for the area as part of multi-million-pound regional schemes being funded by the Environment Agency.

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Shipping notes No. 190 (January).

Bideford Quay.

I start off this month with very sad news that Michael Pryer, aged 77, the port crane operator for T.D.C., died of a heart attack at January 8th. He had worked as crane driver since I moved to North Devon in February 2002. He was very approachable, would answer any questions regarding loading of the ships, and was liked by everybody concerned with the port. He will be sadly missed by everybody. His funeral took place at Fremington Church on the 28th. Rest in Peace Michael.

The Oldenburg returned from her annual drydocking at Sharpness on January 14th. She will be making cargo rurns prior to her normal season, which will depend on the Covid 19 situation.

No shipping at Bideford.

Appledore.

On the 6th the Trinity House buoy vessel Mair called overnight and sailed the following morning. No news of any orders for the yard.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last edition.

Bristol Channel Observations.

2/1 at 06.14 Peak Breskens, 3,931 tons d.w., owners Peak Bresken BV Norway, outward outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 20.45 1st . At 10.33 bitumen tanker Iver Brilliant, owners Vroon BV Netherland, inward bound for Newport. At 11.09 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk As Norway. At 12.00 cargo vessel Hermas, 4,903 tons d.w., owners Hermas Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 13.35 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.25.

5/1 at 05.15 hrs cargo vessel Amber Trader, 5,727 tons d.w., owners A. Trader Ltd Portugal, inward bound for Swansea. At 16.48 cargo vessel Astid, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Irving Management Ltd Lithuania, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 11.50.

6/1 at 06.29 cargo vessel Paulin-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Lily-B Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 22.51. At 10.31 cargo vessel Navis 4, 6,328 tons d.w., inward bound for Newport. (She is a Russian river craft far away from home – in fact she is 51 years old, and has only been photographed 6 times on ‘Marine Traffic’).

8/1 at 17.38 cargo vessel Fri Dolphin, 3,027 tons d.w., owners Kopervik Shipping AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 17.38 vehicle carrier Hoegh Trotter, 76,420 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Shipping A/s Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

9/1 at 06.08 cargo vessel Arklow Valour, 5,159 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 23.41 8th.

10/1 at 17.00 cargo vessel Feed Rogaland, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Sharpness.

13/1 at 11.50 vehicle carrier Grande Halifax, 18,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Also seen again 14th at 10.40, having sailed at 0531).

14/1 at 10.55 vehicle carrier Gravity Highway, 58,767 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

15/1 at 11.05 cargo vessel Gulf Sky, 3,432 tons d.w., owners Gulf Sky Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport.

16/1 at 13.08 vehicle carrier Autopride, 4,442tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier, inbound for Portbury. At 13.27 cargo vessel Maria Elise, 6,050 tons d.w., owners Angela HS Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Barry having sailed 09.04.

17/1 at 14.30 container vessel MSC Asli, 14,150 tons d.w., owners NSM Asli Shipping Ltd, inward bound for Portbury.

22/1 at 08.15 container vessel Enforcer, 9,450 tons d.w. owners Enforcer Bewaarder BV Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.27 20th. At 15.35 bulk carrier Pretty Victory, 35,299 tons d.w., owners Pretty Victory Shipping SA Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury.

23/1 at 17.46 vehicle carrier Hoegh Seoul, 76,420 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Shipping A/S Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

24/1 at 07.30 cargo vessel Kati, 4,953 tons d.w., owners HS Kati Ou Estonia, inward bound for Swansea. At 11.17 cargo vessel Wilson Ruhr, 1,531 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway.

25/1 at 09.10 cargo vessel Wilma, 4,953 tons d.w., owners HS Kati OU Estonia, inward bound for Newport. At 1700 cargo vessel Arlecchino, 2,503 tons d.w., owners Caribbean Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath.

26/1 at 08.40 cargo vessel Peak Belfast, 3,931 tons d.w., owners Peak Belfast BV Denmark, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 0940 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Aries Del Mar Compania SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.39. At 10.5 cargo vessel Theseus, 2,500 tons d.w., owners Sunship Eurocoaster Germany, inward bound for Newport.

30/1 at 07.05 cargo vessel Anmi, 4,245 tons d.w., owners Misje Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Avonmoth. At 07.37 cargo vessel Eems Sun, 2,605 tons d.w., owners Sun BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.50 vehicle carrier Grande Torino, 15,853 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.00 cargo vessel Lady Alida, 3,700 tons d.w., owners Lady Alida BV Netherlands, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 07.04.

31/1 at 05.55 cargo vessel Celtic Raider, 4,537 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie Shipping Cardiff. At 06.23 cargo vessel Patrick, 4,495 tons d.w., owners Patrick Herman Lohmann Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 21.59 30th. At 15.35 container vessel Akacia, 13,713 tons d.w., owners Akacia Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.29.

Below – an old photograph from my collection, of the “Kingba” under arrest in 1977.

In my report for November I mentioned that the cruise ship Marco Polo was proceeding to Dubai to be used as an accommodation vessel. This idea fell through, and the vessel sailed to the breakers yard at Alang, India, where she arrived on the 9th January 2021and was beached on the 13th – a sad end to a well designed vessel.

Regards,

Norman Hardaker.

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Council seeks renting partnership with private landlords.

Torridge District Council is calling on private landlords with accommodation for rent in Bideford to come forward to discuss long term leases for their properties. The request is part of the Council’s push to find a more ready supply of housing for when people find themselves temporarily homeless or in need of housing assistance.

Homelessness can occur for numerous reasons: family breakdown, sudden change in financial circumstance, etc, and people often turn to the Council for short term help and assistance. The shortage of readily available affordable accommodation across the district often means that people have to be housed in inappropriate and expensive bed and breakfast or hotel accommodation, during the period in which they need the Council’s help.

Torridge Council is proactively seeking landlords with available properties that it can lease on a 2-4 year basis that can be used to temporarily house people. Properties must be of a good standard with low maintenance and the Council are particularly interested in 1 bedroom and larger 4-5-bedroom homes. In return the Council can offer a secured direct income for landlords and over a longer period than shorter term lets normally afford.

Councillor Michael Clarke, Lead Member for Homelessness and Housing Need in Torridge, said: “Anyone might find themselves in a sudden homeless situation during their lives and while not always the case, maybe in need of the Council’s help to get them back on their feet. Having a list of readily available and suitable properties we can use to house people will be of huge benefit to everyone involved. We hope Landlords will rally to this call for available properties and get in touch with our officers to discuss becoming involved in the project. The upside to all of this will hopefully be to everybody’s advantage.”

Any property owners who would like to explore these proposals further are asked to contact Helen Page on 01237 428843 or email housing.options@torridge.gov.uk

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Arts Society North Devon virtual events.

The Arts Society North Devon is continuing to deliver its outstanding lectures via Zoom. Enjoy top quality talks from the comfort of your home during the pandemic.

For more information visit tasnorthdevon.org.uk , contact the chairman on selman.smile@talktalk.net , or phone 01271 866661.

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The “Freshspring” project.

Steamship ‘Freshspring’ celebrates four years in Bideford.

During the Second World War, a fleet of freshwater-carrying steam ships was commissioned by the Royal Navy to deliver water to warships. These became the ‘Fresh’ class of ships and the last one to be built by Lytham Shipbuilders, in 1946, was named ‘Freshspring’. She served most of her time in Malta before being retired to the Clyde in the late 1970s, where she was decommissioned and mothballed.

While all of her sister ships were scrapped, ‘Freshspring’ was sold into civilian life and was towed to a new life in Bristol’s Floating Harbour. However, all did not go well and in the late 1980s she eventually ended up moored on the banks of the River Severn at Newnham where her machinery was kept in good order by her then owner, though externally she was deteriorating.

In 2012, a charitable trust was set up with the aim of saving ‘Freshspring’, and she was acquired by the Trust in 2013. Major funds for hull repairs were gained in 2016 and on 16th Oct 2016, SS ‘Freshspring’, towed by the tug ‘Severn Sea’, made her way down the Bristol Channel and up the Torridge to a new home in Bideford. It was an amazing journey, managed by a team classed as lunatics by experts for even attempting this remarkable project.

During her early days in Bideford, SS ‘Freshspring’ could not be opened to the public, as she needed further work. Volunteers stepped forward and achieved miracles with the ship, but some things needed funds. The wheelhouse and boat deck were rotten but the team persisted.

Four years later with Heritage Lottery Funding, local financial support and in the safe hands of the people of Bideford, SS ‘Freshspring’ is a very different ship.

Welcoming over 3,500 visitors during 2018/2019, The Trust’s 54 registered volunteers have been working hard to make sure that the visitor experience is truly memorable.

From 2017- 2019, the Steamship Freshspring Trust contributed over £18,000 to the local economy.

With its own brand of beer, sponsored and brewed in a local brewery, and a range of branded clothing, also supplied locally, the Trust is proud to cultivate maritime pride back into Bideford and be part of the community.

SS Freshspring is more than a steamship. She’s a place for volunteers to meet, learn new skills and have a sense of purpose. She’s a classroom for local schools where education involves hands-on activities and learning, she’s a venue for art classes, she helps young people to understand careers in maritime and has potential for so much more.


In recent months, Covid-19 has forced the Trust to review its ways of working. Confined spaces have made it impossible to safely open the ship to the public. However, a virtual reality tour, currently being created in partnership with BMT Global, will provide a valuable education resource and let the public tour the ship without leaving the comfort of the fore deck. This is a really exciting piece of work using cutting edge technologies. With the newly crowdfunded awning in place, tours won’t even be hampered by inclement weather!

The next challenge is to secure funding for two essential studies. Tenders are in for Feasibility and Viability studies and are ready to go. Once funds for this work are obtained, the Trust will learn exactly what needs to be done for SS ‘Freshspring’ to operate and become economically sustainable. These studies are pivotal pieces of work.

There are so many ways that you could help Freshspring, either from home or by helping on board. You are promised a warm welcome and a range of activities to choose from. Visit https://www.ssfreshspring.co.uk/get-involved/volunteering to find out more.

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Volunteers sought for “Home from Hospital”.

sophie@ttvs.org.uk

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