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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Felicity’s fish cookery – August.

Over the past 6 months I have been running some Petroc “Tipping the Scales” cookery classes and demonstrations for over 100 people at a time, from 5 to 85 years old, in a wide variety of community settings in North Devon.

Petroc will be arranging more fish cookery demonstrations this month in Holsworthy. If your group would like a local fish demonstration this autumn please contact myself (07918 779 060) or Petroc, tel 01271 852431. It would be good to do some more work in Bideford before this FLAG supported project finishes. I have been pleased and surprised how men and boys have been interested in cooking fish. Many have attended the BBQ. sessions.

There are several easy-to-prepare recipes on the www.brilliantfishonline.co.uk website.

This summer, squid is everywhere in Bideford Bay and the local fishing boats are landing it into the Appledore Fish Dock most days –no need to go to Spain for your calamari!! Here is a BBG recipe for Stuffed Squid.

Calamari with Two Tomato Stuffing.

Ingredients – for cooking on the BBQ or in the oven! (Serves 4).

500gms/1 1/4lb baby squid (you can buy these cleaned).

1 clove garlic, crushed.

3 plum tomatoes, skinned and chopped.

8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped.

60gm/4tbsp chopped fresh basil.

60gm/4tbsp fresh breadcrumbs.

45gm/3tbsp olive oil.

15gm/1tbsp red wine vinegar

salt and freshly ground pepper.

lemon juice, to serve.

Method.

1.-Clean the Squid and chop off the tentacles (keep to add to the stuffing).

2 – Soak the cocktail sticks in cold water before use.

3 – Mix together the garlic, chopped plum tomatoes, chopped sundried tomatoes and breadcrumbs. Stir in the salt and pepper and chopped tentacles. Stir in 1 tbsp. of oil and the vinegar.

4 – With a teaspoon, fill the main part of the squid. Secure with the soaked cocktail sticks.

5 – Brush the squid with the remaining oil and cook over a medium -hot BBQ for 4-5 minutes, turning often, or bake in a medium- hot oven-6/7 gas /200/220C for 10 mins.

6 – Sprinkle with lemon juice and extra basil to serve.

Felicity Sylvester- 07918 779 060

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One hundred years ago – August 1914.

Your King and Country needs you”. (Bideford Gazette August 1914)

The Motor Omnibus service from Bideford to Clovelly and Hartland has been inaugurated. Mr Henry Sowden is in charge. The cars are 21 feet in length and coloured green.

The programme of events for the London Bidefordian Society has been published. The subscription is 2s 6d for gentlemen and 1s 6d for ladies. Mr R S Chope, Mayor of Bideford, is President.

On 11 August the Government’s official Declaration of War was published in the Gazette. The 6th Devon Territorials entrained for Barnstaple to join the war effort, as did the members of the Royal North Devon Hussars.

In Bideford Market Square, tradesmen, farmers and owners paraded their horses (above photo). The Re-mount officers who needed horses for their regiments made their selections and a good price was paid for the horses taken.

The Mayor took out an advert reassuring Bideford people that food supplies are sufficient for ordinary demands. He encouraged frugality and requested that townsfolk did not draw more cash from the banks than was normally necessary. Thirty new special constables are being recruited.

On 18 August the front page of the Gazette carried a call to arms headed “Your King and Country needs you”.

(From Bideford and District Archives)

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Bideford Film Society – August.

We have a busy summer of films to look forward to, but a programme like this needs lots of volunteers every week. We always welcome new volunteers to help us to keep the cinema running. No experience needed – just enthusiasm. Ask at the Box Office about becoming a volunteer and getting to see the films for nothing!

Friday 1 and Saturday 2 August at 7.30pm at Bideford College

A Million Ways to Die in the West (15) 116 min


Thursday 7th August at 7:30pm at Kingsley School.

Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie (15) 94 min


Friday 8 and Saturday 9 August at 7.30pm at Kingsley School

Belle (12A) 104 min


Saturday 9 August at 5.00pm and Sunday 10 August at 6.00pm at Kingsley School ; How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG) 105 min


Friday 15 and Saturday 16 August at 7.30pm at Kingsley School

Oculus (15) 104 min


Friday 22 at 7.30pm and Saturday 23 August at 5.00pm at Kingsley School

Transformers: Age of Extinction (12A) 165 min


Saturday 23 August at 8.00pm and Sunday 24 August at 6.00pm at Kingsley School ; The Fault in Our Stars (12A) 126 min


Friday 29 August and Saturday 30 August 7.30pm at Kingsley School

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (12A) 130 min


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

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Shipping news No. 114 (June / July 2014).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Francisca – (ex- Soli deo Gloria, ’05 : Francisca, ’07 : Ela, ’14) : built 1997 ; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda ; owners Lithuanian ; from Newport to Lubeck ; crew Lithuanian ; arrived 9/7, sailed 10/7 ; loaded 2,300 tons timber.

Nordstern – built 1994 ; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda ; owners Russian ; from Glensanda (to sea for orders) ; crew Russian ; arrived 14/7, sailed 14/7 ; discharged 3,500 tons chippings.

No cargoes at Bideford.

Arco Dart 17.6.14

Oldenburg continues her sailings from Bideford and Ilfracombe.

Bristol Channel Observations.

19.6.14. at 07.50 cargo vessel Celtic Spirit 4,135 tons d.w, owners Charles W. Willie Cardiff, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 22.54. At 13.55 cargo vessel Monika Mueller 3,723 tons d.w, owners Otto A Muller Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 15.36 bulk carrier Arklow Rock 4,485 tons d.w, owners Arklow Shipmanagement Nederland B.V Holland, inward bound for Cardiff.

21.6.14 at 08.27 cargo vessel Lady Alexandra 3,700 tons d.w, owners Wijnne and Barends Gargadoors Holland, outward bound from Newport, having sailing at 00.50. At 08.32 container vessel Endeavour 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R Shipping Netherlands inward bound for Avonmouth (now back on her regular early weekend arrival).

22.6.14 at 06.35 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.36 bulk carrier Aasli 6,630 tons d.w, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.46 vehicle Carrier Autosun 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward for Portbury. At 19.27 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader 10,819 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury

23.6.14 at 21.55 cargo vessel Flinter Ruby 5,500 tons d.w, owners Flinter Groep Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth .

26.6.14 at 06.40 cargo vessel Lady Anna 3,700 tons d.w., owners Wijnne & Barends Cargadoors Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport.

6.7.14 at 09.41 vehicle carrier Autosun 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

8.7.14 at 0842 cargo vessel Widor 3,417 tons d.w, owners Interscan Shipmanagement Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 22.00 chemical tanker Minitank Five 8,084 tons d.w, owners Minitank Five Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury with a cargo of U.A.N.

9.7.14 at 19.17 cargo vessel Stellar Maerstro 13,524 tons d.w., owners unknown, inward bound for Newport.

10.7.14 at 21.53 vehicle carrier Autosun 6,670 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. ( At 0845 on 12.7.14 outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 05.34).

11.7.14 at 21.02 vehicle carrier Autopride 4,442 tons d.w, owners European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

12.7.14 at 0930 hrs bulk carrier Santa Rosalia 75,886 tons d.w., owners SMSK Shipping SA Japan, outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 03.41.

13.7.14 at 08.37 vehicle carrier Viking Drive 10,817 tons d.w., owners Gram Car Carriers AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.00 bulk carrier Nordic Odyssey 75,603 tons d.w, owners Bulk Nordic Odyssey Ltd Denmark, outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 05.15. At 14.02 whilst at Ifracombe the vehicle carrier Lyra Leader 21,453 4 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury ; she would have passed Lundy about 90 mins earlier

I would like to thank the children of the reception class of Pynes School for listening to my talk on Bideford shipping on the 24.6.14

Regards

Norman

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August diary.

Friday 1st

12.30-3pm ‘First Fridays’ live music in Mill Street.

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho!

01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall 476632

Saturday 2nd

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

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

11am-5pm Opening of new play area at First In Last Out, Clovelly Road.

1-6pm Lundy Art Group Annual Exhibition.

Sunday 3rd

10am-6pm Lundy Art Group Annual Exhibition.

12-5pm Temple Martial Arts sponsored walk in aid of MS Society from Bideford to Fremington Quay and back. Finish in Victoria Park for Family Fun Day.

Monday 4th

1.30pm Headlands Art Group, Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Primary School. 420652

8pm Appledore Band Concert on Appledore Quay or St Mary’s Church.

Tuesday 5th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2pm Bideford WI meet at new Sea Cadets Building, Victoria Park.

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

7.30-9pm Bideford Sustainability Group at Blacksmith’s Arms. 07783384982

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 6th

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

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

01271 860061

Thursday 7th

10.30am Walking for Health on Tarka Trail from 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.

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert at Westward Ho! Green.

Friday 8th

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho!

01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall 476632

Saturday 9th

2-4.30pm Tea at Tapeley Park in aid of RNLI. Entry by ticket only.01271 346560

Sunday 10th

11am St Mary’s Church ‘Praise in the Park’, with Bideford Band in Victoria Park. Join in the singing and bring picnic.

2-5pm Garden Party at ‘Newstead’, New Rd, Instow. Proceeds to North Devon Hospice. 422215

7pm Illyria Theatre presents ‘Pirates of Penzance’ at Hartland Abbey. Tickets from The Plough 01805 624624

Monday 11th

1.30pm Headlands Art Group, Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Primary School. 420652

8pm Appledore Band Concert on Appledore Quay or St Mary’s Church.

Tuesday 12th

10am Macular Society meets at Burton Art Gallery. 474128

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.

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

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 13th

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

12.30pm ‘Lunch with Friends’ at St Mary’s Church. £5 for 3-course meal. 474078

6pm Torridge Ramblers 01805 622183

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

Thursday 14th

10am-5pm Hartland Arts & Crafts in Hartland Parish Hall – until Monday18th.

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Meet 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.

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert at Bideford Quay.

Friday 15th

7pm Concert by Barnstaple Ladies Choir at Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho! 476841

7.30pm Abbotsham WI meets at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho!

01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 16th

2-4pm Family History group meet at Pollyfields. ‘Ask the Team’. 451305

2.30-4.30pm Alwington Show in Village Hall.

Sunday 17th

National Begonia Society SW Show at Bideford Pannier Market. 475914

2pm Torridge Ramblers 01805 622108

Monday 18th

1.30pm Headlands Art Group, Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Primary School. 420652

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

8pm Appledore Band Concert on Appledore Quay or St Mary’s Church.

Tuesday 19th

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 20th

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

7.30pm Peter Christie talk – ‘Prostitution in Victorian North Devon’ at Northam Hall £5. Proceeds to Bideford & District Community Archive.

7.30pmThe Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room

01271 860061

Thursday 21st

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Meet 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.

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert at Westward Ho! Green.

Friday 22nd

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

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho!

01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 23rd

9am-6pm Farmers’ Country Market at Atlantic Village.

10am-4pm Craft Fair at Lavington UR Church.

11am-2pm ‘First Fridays’ live music at Bideford Pannier Market.

12-5pm Family Fun Day at ‘First In Last Out’, Clovelly Road.

7.30pm Red Carpet Night for Northam Lodge at Blacksmiths Arms. 477238

7.30pm Summer Dance at Woolsery Community Centre. Music by Ben.Start. £5. Bring & share supper.

Sunday 24th

10.30am-4.30pm Farmers’ Country Market at Atlantic Village.

6.45pm Appledore Band ‘Last Night of the Proms’ on Appledore Quay (In St Mary’s Church if wet). Bring flags to wave!

Tuesday 26th

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.

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 27th

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 The Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room

01271 860061

Thursday 28th

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Meet 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.

Friday 29th

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

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho!

01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 30th

9.30am Torridge Ramblers day walk 01598 760419.

12pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at ‘Duke of York’, Iddesleigh.

Live music @Trixxter’ at Union Inn, Stibb Cross.

Sunday August 31st

10.30am onwards, Grand Table Top Sale at 3, The Quay, Appledore in aid of The David Rundle Trust (Help for Rwanda) – Info 01237 477470

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Beware phone scam.

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Water Festival bungee jumping.

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Youth page – July.

TeenStar

Here at Buzz, we’re always on the hunt for fine new talent; like a Richard Branson-shaped Terminator we never give up. Unlike Richard Branson, sadly, we do not posses any hot air balloons, leaning trains or recording studios, and we probably couldn’t match Arnold Schwarzenegger in an arm wrestle, but hey; we can promote- and promote we shall!

You may remember our feature a few issues back, on the genuinely gifted Yazzy Chamberlain, who reached the finals of nation-wide singing tournament; TeenStar (previous finalists of which include Birdy, Jahmene Douglas and, Luke Friend) doing so with a catalogue of original songs- such as the hauntingly performed: “Butterflies”.

Yazzy didn’t immediately graduate to the eerily strobed O2, however, she had to fight her way up through the Devonshire ranks of Exeter and Fareham, where the Judges offered up both praise and constructive feedback.

She gained so much more confidence by participating in Teenstar.” Remarks Yazzy’s mum, Elaine. “She wants to become a successful singer/songwriter and believes that any chance she has to perform is good experience.”

The story’s not over yet, however; as Yazzy recently declared that she will be entering again this year and has made it to the last leg once more, with the self-penned “Monday morning blues”! If you want to see our homegrown troubadour in action, then the finals are being held in Birmingham NEC on July 19th, the £20 ticket prices supporting all up and coming acts. All at Buzz wish her the best of luck.

Then again, if you know someone who’s been hiding their light beneath the bushel, why not enter them for next year’s tourney? Not only is it but the price of a rather expensive sandwich, they can follow in Yazzy’s footsteps.

Hot July ?

Convertibles abound the streets, their drivers no longer looking bedraggled and forlorn as the car fills up with water. Tourists can be seen actually eating ice creams, and not just using them as impromptu umbrellas. What with all this unusual-if delightful- weather we’ve been having lately, it makes sense that Bideford College would send it’s year 7’s this week to find out more about it; how weather balloons are sent off, how these bundles of latex collect readings, and what these results actually mean. The trip shed some light on our lavish heat wave.

For one thing, the jet stream has shifted, forcing the band of rain normally reserved for Britain up to Scandinavia and low lying Iceland, who are now having to endure the gale force winds and desolate rain that English summers have become renowned for over the years. This leaves us with the lower “underbelly” of the stream, with it’s high pressures and claggy heat. By the looks of it, this gloriousness should be set to continue!

..Finally; spare a thought for Goths- as the weather heats up so does their black clothing…Not all doom and gloom- seen in Bideford recently were two Goths on a tandem. Does the heart good!

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.

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Tea at Tapeley – 9th August.

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Torridge Summer Sports Programme : 28th July-29th August.

Leisure Services Summer Sports Programme 2014 – Booking lines now open (Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.00pm).

Look out for some amazing activities this summer in Torridge District Council’s summer holidays events programme!  Each year the Leisure services team provides the youth of the District with opportunities to participate and develop skills in a wide variety of sport and leisure activities. Irrespective of skill, ability or background it is our aim to ensure that there is something out there that will be of interest to you!

Part of this work involves working alongside Great Torrington School, the Council’s leisure providers 1610, and other  local partners to provide extra-curricular  Summer holiday programmes that everyone can enjoy.

This summer whether you fancy some paintball sessions, surfing or having a go at an adventure week or Trampolining, it’s all here waiting for you!

From Monday 28th July – Friday 29th August 2014, youngsters of all ages can have a go at activities across the whole District with sessions in Holsworthy, Bideford, Northam, Appledore, Instow, Torrington, Westward Ho! and Abbotsham.

We want everyone to have a chance at taking part in sport and leisure activities, so why not join us for regular updates on Facebook www.facebook.com/torridgeleisure, or follow us on Twitter @torridgeleisure to find out about sports clubs, groups and organisations in the Torridge area that you can attend regularly.

For more information or to book a place on one of our courses please call 01237 428743 or 01237 428737. Or, for any additional questions or queries please email: leisure@torridge.gov.uk

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Exmoor Explorer – 3rd August.

Last Chance to Enter! Exmoor Explorer Event Offers Riders Unique Access to Exmoor: Entries Filling Fast.

There is still time to get your entry in for the Exmoor Explorer, which takes place on 3 August 2014.  This annual event offers riders the chance to access areas of Exmoor not usually open to the public and benefit the Air Ambulance at the same time.

The Exmoor Explorer is a non-competitive, sell-out cross-country event, offering 500 riders multiple distance options; this year’s configuration will be in three loops, each of around 12 miles, offering 12, 24 and 36-mile options in and around Exmoor.  There’s still time to enter.

The event, which is run on a charitable basis, takes riders through spectacular routes, many of which are only open for this event, and offers a legendary tea stop with unlimited cake of a very high calibre!

The first Exmoor Explorer took place in 1998 with 120 solo riders and 37 teams of three starting from the West Somerset Community College in Minehead.  The event, which has started from various Exmoor locations over the past 15 years, was a huge success and has grown every year since, the only stoppage being due to foot and mouth in 2001.

Each ride costs £5,000 to put on and the organisers have a surplus of a further £5,000 from the entry fees; they give 100% of this to good causes, almost all of them local.  The event has raised around £50,000 for good causes since the first year and in 2014 the team will be looking to make the Somerset & Dorset Air Ambulance their main benefactor.

Good causes previously supported by the event include Breast Cancer Research, Musgrove Hospital, West Somerset College, the Carl Singer Foundation, Timberscombe Cricket Club, the Dave Rayner Fund and more than ten local village halls over the years!

Photo courtesy Exmoor Adventures.

Watch the video here: www.exmoorexplorer.com/background.html

Enter online at: www.exmoorexplorer.com

Deadline for entering the Exmoor Explorer is 1 August (event takes place 3 August).

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‘Nightstop Devon’ – volunteers sought.

Local charities tackle North Devon youth homelessness.

Volunteers needed to help young people at risk of homelessness

Can you help prevent homelessness?

Encompass South West, a local poverty and homelessness prevention charity, has joined forces with Community Housing Aid to expand their Nightstop Devon project into North Devon.

Nightstop Devon was established in 2001 and provides emergency accommodation to young people aged 16-25 who have nowhere safe to stay. Volunteer ‘hosts’ offer this emergency accommodation one night at a time to young people who find themselves homeless. Hosts have a spare room for the young person to stay in, and provide an evening meal, breakfast and a listening ear for their guest.

All volunteers receive expenses of £15 per night, full training and vetting and a member of staff is always on call.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering as a host or as a driver please contact Nightstop Devon on 01392 274853, visit www.communityha.org.uk or tweet @Nightstopdevon.

Kaye Corfe, Project Worker, said: “Nightstop is a fantastic project for young people facing homelessness and there is a real need for it in North Devon. A lot of our clients who take to sleeping rough or sofa surfing are vulnerable and may be putting themselves in real danger.

If they have somewhere safe and warm to sleep, even for one night, it can make such a difference. It shows them that society does care and that there are people willing to help them if they ask for it.”

www.communityha.org.uk

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Buzz Word – July.

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

Abbotsham Racecourse.

Following your recent articles about Abbotsham Racecourse, you might like to know that Abbotsham has recently established its own website, and one section of this is devoted to to the Abbotsham Archives, which hold a wealth of material relating to the village and parish of Abbotsham. Our archivists are gradually putting some of the material held on to the website; currently there are on line indices to most of what is held, plus a selection of images on various topics. We do have a section about the racecourse and a link to the 1923 Pathe news clip. We also have a section on the village smithy and a link to the Pathe news clip about that. New material is being added to the website regularly and there are a number of ongoing research projects, including the parish in the First World War. The website can be found at abbotshamdevon.weebly.com.

Martin Wilson Abbotsham Community Archive



Memories of D-Day.

Vernon Coaker – 3 Commando.

During WW2 we had at least seven commandos billeted with us over a period of a few weeks in 1943. I was reminded on Friday (6th June) that, when I did a CWGC search in 1999, I found that at least one of them was killed on D-Day. Vernon (known to us as Victor) sent Mum a letter in 1943. I knew that I had found the right commando on the CWGC website as the army numbers matched.   Two of the other commandos were killed in the Sicily Landings, in 1943.    I haven’t been able to trace the others, not knowing the full names of two of them. Cynthia (Snowden)

POSTMARKED 5TH FEB 1943

Sgt Coaker No 562023

Dear Mrs Reed,

I expect you will be rather surprised to be getting a letter from me, after such a long delay, but I have been rather busy lately and haven’t had much time to spare, but anyhow I hope that ‘you’, ‘Mr Reed,’ and the two ‘bosses’, are fit and well as you were when I left, much to my disappointment, as the billet I stayed in at Hartland wasn’t up to the Appledore standard, but I couldn’t grumble, although I would much rather have been back with you, I think “Darkie” was very fortunate to stay at Appledore for another week after I left, and he told me that his billet at ‘Clovelly’ was a big decline from Appledore. But to get to earth? I must thank you very much Mrs Reed for all the hospitality and kindness you showed towards me, at my short stay, and when this war is over I hope to be able to come around to Appledore, (as it’s only twenty five miles from my home,) and try and repay you, or at least show my appreciation to you, in helping to make these dark days of war ‘bright’ and I only wish that everywhere we go is as bright and cheerful as 18 Bude St. When I was with you ‘Mrs Reed’ I left behind a ration cover, can you remember, the one we thought was’nt any good, well it seems as though I have to have it here or else go without my ration of meat. Now if you can find it would you please send it on to me, and I shall be very grateful as my landlady here is rather worrying about it.

I will say Cheerio! now, and give my kind regards to all in No 18, and thank you again.

Your Sincere Friend , Victor.


RNLI Station-to-Station Sponsored Walk, Saturday 13th September 2014.

Following the huge success of the previous RNLI Sponsored Walks between Clovelly and Appledore Lifeboat Stations, the event is being repeated this year.

The walk is approximately 16.5 miles along the coastal footpath and if you enjoy walking and spectacular scenery then this is the event for you.

Registration takes place from Clovelly Lifeboat Station at 8 am on the 13th September and walkers have until 9 am to set off. It is not a race and you can take all day to enjoy the views if you wish. Manned checkpoints with first aiders and water will be in place along the route.

Waiting for you at Appledore Lifeboat Station will be a well-deserved cold beer and a barbeque.The registration fee payable is £5 . Walkers must be over 14 years old and if under 16 years, accompanied by an adult. Energetic and well behaved dogs welcome.

if you are interested in taking part please email Rachel Hannam at rachel@qs financial services.co.uk or phone her on 07989747163 to request a walk pack.


AIM Fair.

This is a new series of community events designed to help raise funds for various local libraries under threat of closure, as well as the Appledore-Instow ferry, locally-based literacy charity BookRelief UK and the Joy Club. After holding a “taster” version at St Mary’s Hall in Appledore over the weekend of 14-15 June, AIM Fair is now gearing up to hold a monthly fair usually over the second weekend of each month starting with the weekends of 12-13 July, 9-10 August, 13-14 September, 25-26 October and 13-14 December featuring stalls with Vintage & Retro, Antiques & Collectables, Crafts & Workshops, Pre-loved books & CDs, plus a table share for those who want to leave few items to be sold on their behalf against a 20% commission to AIM Fair and its beneficiaries. It will also feature Complementary Health Taster Sessions (Health and Harmony events ride again!), Storytelling & Music, Children’s Workshops and a Guinea-pig Zone with various animals to cuddle and feed!

The fairs will be spread over several venues in both Appledore and Instow and visitors will be encouraged to use the ferry between these villages (when it is running, which depends on tides) as well as the frequent local bus services between them.

For more information about display tables and table top shares, email aimfairddevon@gmail.com or call Helen on 07861 900156. We would also like to hear from you if you can volunteer some time, donate a raffle prize, or come and play some music.   Or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.

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One hundred years ago – July 1914.

(Bideford Community Archive at the Council offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714)

This was one of the first photographs ever to be published in the Bideford Gazette – “Elderly Bideford Resident died at 95 years of age” –

Mrs Elizabeth Colwill, for many years resident in East-the –Water and daughter of William Lake retained all her faculties after a strenuous life. Last year she accomplished unaccompanied the railway journey from Bideford to Plymouth to visit her daughter”.


Bideford is a healthy place to live. Miss Wakeley of 4 Clarence Terrace Meddon Street offers a furnished apartment in a “high healthy situation” and Mrs J C Clarke of Fernwood Clovelly Road has for rent a private apartment with H&C baths, a bracing air and magnificent views.

At a recent schools inspection absenteeism features in the report. Bideford East-the Water school had 104 present out of 114, Geneva Girls 256 present out of 290 on the register. Old Town School 301 from 340 and Gunstone 80 from 95.

Bideford Armada guns, which had been on display outside the Technical School, have been moved and remounted in the park around the new bandstand so that they can be seen to better advantage.

Bideford Hospital Committee acknowledge the following gifts- Gooseberries,onions, a dressing gown Sweet peas, lettuce and rhubarb.

It is interesting to note that in the 14th July 1914 edition is the FIRST mention of anything to do with the forthcoming war -  an entire page was given over to all the events taking place in Europe.

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Bideford Home Guard, 1943.

Rear row - Ptes S Laird, P Cloke, WE Voden, CMS Gosling, Sgt. R Featherstone, Pte. TD Frayne, Cpl. GR Hill, Ptes FJ Clements, G Waldron, J Lock, Cpl. F Stacey, Pte R Raymont, Cpl. EJ Moyes.

Third row L/Cpls. FD Miles, F Clarke, Cpl.RC Halbert, Cpl. R Day, Ptes C Kelly, W Weedon, J Oliver, Cpl H Mounce, Ptes SJ Short, AC Waldon, E Symonds, L Braund, A Tuplin, Cpl.A Huxtable,Cpl.F Rockey, Mr.E Brown.

Second row Sgt. S Hawkins, Pte .R Cade, Sgt.R Northcote, Sgt.TR Harding, Major Cudmore, 2/ltd WH Pascoe, Lt. C Brough, Capt. JR Ellis, 2/Lt. H Sherbourne, Sgt. F Clarke,Sgt.JH Hillman, Sgt. L Short.

Front rowPtes. R Webb, C Tryon, R Raymont, L/Cpl. ER Youngs, Ptes H Lee, WW Horn, M Vanstone, CW King, Cpl. SC Smalldon.

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