Bideford Buzz

Welcome to the  on-line edition of the Community Newsletter for Bideford   and adjoining towns, villages, and rural area.

‘Bideford Buzz’ is produced and distributed by a team of volunteers, with financial and practical assistance from  Bideford Bridge Trust, Devon Community Foundation, Bideford Town Council, Torridge Volunteer Resource Centre, Devon Library Services, and many others.   If you are interested in helping produce, develop, or distribute this newsletter we’ll be glad to hear from you.

Please note that for commercial notices there is a charge from £15 per month – cheques payable to ‘Bideford Buzz’.

You can submit your article on disc or by e-mail.    However, ‘snail mail’ is equally acceptable. Material for publication should reach us by the 15th of the month preceding the month of publication.

Editor – Rose Arno (Bideford Buzz),    c/o Torridge Volunteer Resource Centre (‘TVS’),  14, Bridgeland Street, Bideford, EX39 2QE.  (TVS opening hours Mon.-Thurs. 9.30am to 3.oopm [12.30pm on Thurs.]).      Telephone 07929-976120, or E-mail: editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk

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Charity news.

After Caring

After Caring provides support for carers / former carers aged 50+ as the person they care for moves to residential care or passes away. This can be a difficult time of transition and people can feel isolated, anxious, guilty, lonely and stressed.

If you are a good listener, 50+, have been in a caring role yourself and would like to do something valuable and worthwhile, then why not become a Volunteer Mentor? Training will be provided, expenses paid and ongoing support available.

For more information please contact Alison on 01237-420134 or email:

aftercaring@torridgecvs.org.uk Thank you!

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Nightwalk for North Devon Hospice

Women only moonlit walk

Join us for Nightwalk 2015, walking with hundreds of other women in aid of North Devon Hospice. Sign up today and get your friends, colleagues and family to join you too. Register soon to take advantage of our early-bird registration fee of just £10 by visiting www.nightwalk.co.uk (or phoning 01271 347232 for an application form).

Now in its 9th year, Nightwalk takes place on Saturday 16th May 2015. There are routes of various lengths available along the Tarka Trail, at Saunton Sands, and at beautiful Tamar Lakes. This year we have two new routes starting at Instow; one making the short yomp to Bideford, with the other taking walkers to Barnstaple. We have live entertainment with Latin rhythms aplenty at every Nightwalk location, providing a wonderful musical backdrop to your walk.  New for 2015, we are also including an amazing ‘light show’ at both Saunton Sands and on the Tarka Trail between Barnstaple and Bideford. The mighty Torrington Cavaliers will also be providing musical entertainment on the Torrington-Bideford leg, so there really is something for everyone.

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Northam Lodge’s annual Summer Cruise

The MS Oldenburg will be hosting Northam Lodge’s annual Mid-Summer Cruise on Friday June 5th 2015, sailing from Bideford Quay at 7.15pm for a 2 hour trip around the estuary. The Alan Lewis All Stars Jazz Band will be providing some lively entertainment. Please feel free to bring a picnic and there is a bar onboard to provide refreshments.

Tickets cost £15.00 per person and please contact Annabel Cope on 01237.477238 or email annabelcope@northamlodge.co.uk for more information.

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Parkinson’s Spring Fayre

Torridge Branch – Parkinson’s UK at Weare Giffard Village Hall, nr Bideford

on Saturday 25th April, from 10:00am to 1:00pm To be opened by Peter Christie (local historian).    FREE ENTRY

For more information please contact Julie Jones 01237 478128.

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Appledore RNLI

We have an appeal for a New Launch and Recovery Vehicle for our boarding boat.?The boarding boat has to be launched each time the Main Lifeboat is needed. She is kept in the Appledore Lifeboat Station,and has to be towed out of the lifeboat station and down the slipway each time she is launched. Our current Tractor is very old and spare parts are no longer available, so this has to be replaced. The cost of the Launch and Recovery Vehicle is over £25,000. We have already raised over £8,000, so are hopeful to be able to reach the targetof £25,000 this year.

The event that we are holding is a Curry Lunch at the North Devon Yacht Club on Wednesday 22nd April at 12.30.   £12. per person including side dishes and dessert. We have a guest speaker, Vanessa Glover, a lady saved by theRNLI in local floods.

To book for the lunch ring Pat Hughes 01271-346560 or 0797-7564741

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Book news – April.

Events in Bideford Library.

For Kids:

Easter Crafts

Tuesday March 31st and Tuesday April 7th 10.00 till 12.00.

Drop-in Easter themed craft activities for children.

Story time for under-fives

Every Thursday. 9:30-10:00 am (except school holidays).

With stories, musical instruments and songs.

For Adults:

Nifty Needles

Every Thursday. 2 – 4pm.

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

Board Games Afternoon

Every Friday 2 – 5pm

If you enjoy games like chess, scrabble, backgammon or dominoes, come and join in.

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

Every Wednesday 10:30-12:00 am.

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

Reminiscence Session – Take a trip down memory lane.

Wednesday April 8th 2:00-3:30 pm.

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

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

For anyone aged 60+

Refreshments provided.

Meditation and Relaxation Group

Wednesday April 15th 2:15- 3:00 pm

Guided meditation and relaxation group for adults with Nicola MacDonald.

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Northam Library

World Book Night 2015 Friday 24 April  10 -12 – The Morning after the Night Before…

FREE World Book Night books.  BOOK SALE and COFFEE MORNING with cakes provided by Northam WI.  Everyone who takes out a book during the day will be entered into a draw for a £10 book token.

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Stop press. Bideford’s very own ‘young adult’ author Tanya Landman is shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize for her book, ‘Buffalo Soldier.’

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‘Paradise Postponed ‘, by John Mortimer.

Discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group

This proved to be a popular book with all of us. Some of us had read Mortimer’s Rumpole series, always very entertaining – and this book written in 1999, but not ‘dated’ in any way did not disappoint. Its varied cast of characters include a Marxist vicar, an unorthodox country doctor, and a ruthless Conservative MP, who comes from humble backgrounds and who frequently quotes his mother and father in his speeches to show the importance of ‘ ordinary hardworking people’ – does that sound familiar?

Lesley Titmuss MP is a local grammar school boy who has risen through the ranks. Son of a doting mother and a father who unfailingly finishes his meal with the comment ‘ very tasty’.

There was some discussion on the title’ what is paradise postponed.’ – was it the fact that the dying vicar was still unsure about the afterlife ? Or was it something more banal like the fact that a local couple found the cottage of their dreams being sold from under their noses to a couple from the ‘BBC’.

Book 2 in the series, ‘Titmuss Regained, ‘ continues the adventures of the main characters, Fred the vicar’s son and local doctor, his brother Henry, Agnes, Henry’s wife and Fred’s lover and of course Leslie Titmuss MP.

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Next Meeting Wednesday April 1st 2.00 pm, Bideford Library.

Discussing Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell (Copies available from the Library)

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One hundred years ago : April 1915.

Peugeot cars have now arrived in Bideford. The French manufacturer has appointed Heard Bros. as their only dealer across the entire Devon and Cornwall area. Prices range from £125 for a baby 2 seater up to £875 for a 40/50 hp car fitted with a “Suffolk” 5 seater touring body complete with all accessories. For further details telephone Bideford 70.

An exciting new crop on the gardening page in the 6th April edition: ‘Readers are encouraged to consider planting “a garden variety of Indian corn or maize” known as sugar or sweet corn. It is quite extensively grown and eaten as a vegetable in Canada and the United States. Several local seedsmen are selling seeds of improved acclimatisation and now is the time to sow’.

Sale of Lloyds Bank premises Bideford: Messrs R Dymond & Sons are offering for sale by auction on the 8th April the freehold property situated on the corner of High Street and Allhalland Street, formerly the Devon & Cornwall Bank. The Auction took place at Tantons Hotel and in the following week’s edition of the Gazette the following report was printed. “Bidding was started by G. Boyle at £1000 and W. H. Chope bettered this by £50, and then by £50 bids each bidder bettered their offer up to a figure of £1700. Then Mr W. H. Chope offered £1725, at which point the property was withdrawn and made open to Private Treaty sale by Messrs Hole, Seldon & Ward solicitors for the vendors”.

Local residents are beginning to respond to the opening of Commons Auxiliary Hospital to receive wounded soldiers with gifts and donations including vegetables, shirts, pillows, eggs, cigarettes, cream, carpet slippers, boots, jig saw puzzles, looking glasses, jam and hymn books. Rev Dimond gave sweets.

Bideford farmers and gardeners have been asked to contribute to a national egg collection scheme to aid wounded soldiers. Across the country 130,000 eggs have been collected weekly but the organisers hope to increase this to 200,000 and Bideford is expected to play its part. Collection points have been set up at the Butchers Market at the top of Grenville Street and at the NFU offices in the High Street.

In letters to the Editor in the 13th April edition a letter from Mr. J. M. Metherell, chairman of the Bideford branch of the Devon Farmers Union, “earnestly request the farmers of Bideford District to make a generous response to the appeal.” Eggs will go to the base hospital in France for men who are returning from the Front Line.

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Burton Art Gallery & Museum – April.

The Schools’ Exhibition has given such pleasure over the past four weeks, it is a pity to see it go, but thanks go to all the teachers and their talented pupils for such a colourful and inventive show.

The paintings of Vernon C. Boyle take over from the fascinating collection of works and artefacts from the life of Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards. Vernon Boyle was a Bidefordian, who sketched and painted in watercolour throughout his life, wherever he happened to be. North Devon Maritime Museum at Appledore also has a good selection of his work, depicting his love of the sea and ships, the Torridge and all its moods. He was a keen member of the Bideford Amateur Athletic Club, and rowed for their team. The Burton Gallery is privileged to put on show a comprehensive selection of the art and interests of this talented man. He had many talents, and was also known as a lyricist, putting words to music by local musicians. The exhibition is generously supported by the Estate of Vernon C. Boyle, and continues until 27th April.

From 28th March until 1st May, the ‘Green Thoughts’ of Howard Hodgkin take precedence. This is his second visit to the Burton, and the ‘Green Thoughts’ with their powerful marks and vibrant colours, suggest his encounters with nature; he was inspired by ‘The Garden’, written by 17th century poet Andrew Marvell. Howard Hodgkin was born in London in 1932, and attended Camberwell School of Art and the Bath Academy of Art in Corsham. He worn the Turner Prize in 1985, represented Britain at the Venice Biennale, and was knighted for his services to the arts in 1992. There are nineteen new limited edition prints on show, and a 20ft. etching ‘As Time Goes By’.


In the Craft Gallery, Charlotte Duckworth’s ‘Silver Duck’ collection is on show until 30th May; she combines silver and holly wood, to make cutlery and tableware, functional and beautifully designed, each piece is hallmarked in the London Assay Office.

Colin Allbrook is tutoring a painting workshop, ‘en plein air’ on the 18th April, from 10am to 4pm, and Isabella Whitworth will be ‘Silk Painting and Dyeing’ on the 25th April, from 10am to 4pm.      Each day course costs £35 ; phone 01237 471455 to book a place.

The Friends are holding their Annual General Meeting in the Gallery, on Saturday, 11th April, from 10.30 a.m. Speaker: The Hon. John Rous, High Sheriff of Devon. Lunch for ticket holders in the Cafe du Parc. All welcome, but Lunch booking essential.

Diana Warmington,

Friends of the Burton Art Gallery & Museum.

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Hartland Spring Fair, 6th-9th April.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery : April.

Easter is so early this year that Good Friday is right at the beginning of April. We will have a stall on Sunday at the Westward Ho! Fish festival so come and say hello!

Seafood Savoury Pancakes.

Here is a lovely recipe from the Marshford Cookbook using local ingredients. I have used locally caught white fish; Pollack, Whiting or Ling fillets are all available this Easter.(with thanks to Marshford for allowing use of this recipe.)

To make pancakes-

Ingredients- 110g plain flour and a pinch of salt,1 large egg,

100ml milk and100 ml cold water.

Mix the salt and flour in a large bowl, beat the egg lightly and add half the milk/water. Beat until well mixed and add the rest of the milk /water. Stir to mix.

Make a well in the centre of the flour and add half the liquid. Beat lightly and then pour the rest of the liquid in, slowly beating as you go until the mixture is well incorporated. Set aside in a cold place for 2 hours.

To cook pancakes-

Use a 7in pan. Measure 2 Tablespoons of batter into a cup and when the pan is hot, pour the batter into the middle ,swirl round to coat the pan thinly.

Turn down the heat to medium and cook the pancake ; it should only take a minute, and then turn over or toss and cook on the other side.

Have 2 plates ready and place the cooked pancakes on the plate. Keep warm with a second inverted plate on top.

These are now ready for the fish filling.

Ingredients for filling-

150ml milk.

160g of Pollack, Whiting or Ling fillets.

80gms of prawns or sliced scallops or mussel meat.

3 black peppercorns,1bay leaf and a few parsley sprigs.

15g butter and 15g flour.

Salt and pepper to taste.

To finish-

15gm melted butter and a little grated cheese-Cornish yarg or mild Parkham cheddar

To make the filling-

Melt the butter in a heavy based saucepan and add the flour, stirring and cooking to form a roux. Add the liquid a little at a time, stirring continuously over a low heat until the mixture comes to a boil and has thickened.

Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly and carefully fold in the cubed filleted fish and sliced scallops /mussels.

Heat the grill.

Divide the mixture between the pancakes and roll up. Place in a greased heatproof dish and brush each pancake with the melted butter, sprinkle the grated cheese over, and heat under the grill until golden. Garnish the reserved parsley leaves.

And serve.

Delicious!!

Please let me know which fish and /or cheese you find most tasty for this dish.

For more information and Easter recipes visit www.brilliantfishonline.co.uk or for more Organic food recipes visit www.marshford.co.uk , or visit the shop at Churchill Way, Northam. EX39 1NS. Marshford Organic Foods now has a range of local-caught fish.

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Bideford Film Society – April.

Friday 3 and Saturday 4 April at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Fifty Shades of Grey (18). Film ends 9.35pm.

Saturday 4 and Monday 6 April at 4.00pm at Kingsley School: Shaun the Sheep (U). Film ends 5.25pm.

Friday 10 and Saturday 11 April at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG). Film ends 9.30pm.

Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April at Kingsley School at 7.30pm: Suite Française (15). Film ends 9.15pm.

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 April at Kingsley School at 7.30pm: Chappie (15). Film ends 9.30pm.

Tickets available at box office, or advance ticket sales (credit/ debit card) online.

http://www.bidefordfilmsociety.org.uk/

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Shipping news No 121 (February/ March 2015).

No shipping at Bideford or Yelland since last issue, contrary to my comments last month.

Vessel Marley due Bideford 17th March to load for Castellon.

The Irish Patrol Vessel Le James Joyce sailed from Appledore on the am tide of the 5th and returned on the 10th ; due to sail for her home port in Eire on the 18th. (During the weekend 7/8th March she was seen crossing the bay on various occasions).

Barge and escorting tug still due at shipyard on the 24th March to collect components for the second Aircraft Carrier at Rosyth ; due to sail 3rd April.

Arco Dart at Appledore 18.2.15; 5.3.15 ; 8.3.15.

Bristol Channel Observations.

14.2 at 15.13 cargo vessel Newa, 6,050 tons d.w, owners Roland Ship Administration Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

17.2 at 07.29 cargo vessel Zeeland, 3,020 tons d.w, owners Wagenborg Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 07.48 chemical tanker Stolt Guillemot, 4,698 tons d.w,owners Stolt Tankers BV Netherland, inward bound for Barry. At 11.15 Stolt Gillemot outward bound from Barry, having sailed at 07.24.

18.2 at 12.40 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

21.2 at 13.57 vehicle carrier Glovis Solomon, 27,500 tons d.w, owners GL SHVI Shipping Inc South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

23.2 at 14.20 bulk carrier Wu Zhu Hai, 76,428 tons d.w Cosco Bulk China, outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 10.07 .

24.2 at 18.02 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.06. At 18.08 bulk carrier UBC Oristano, 11,8467 tons d.w., owners UBC Oristano Netherlands, inward bound for Port Talbot.

26.2 at 14.50 vehicle carrier City of Paris, 2,793 tons d.w, owners Manx Car Carriers Ltd Japan, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 09.36.

27.2 at 09.24 cargo vessel Noorderlicht, 3,770 tons d.w., owners Souwerbren JA Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 00.26 . At 11.25 chemical tanker Likya C, 5,573 tons d.w., owners Likya Maritime Investments Istanbul, inward bound for Cardiff. (Seen again 1.3.15 at 08.35 outward bound from Cardiff, having sailed 01.47).

2.3 at 08.20 cargo vessel Patron, 4,106 tons d.w, owners CFL Patron Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 11.07 cargo vessel Chopin, 5,697 tons d.w, owners Strahlmann E Reederei EK Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.00 cargo vessel Reggedijk, 4,890 tons d.w, owners Navigia Shipmanagement BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

3.3 at 17.35 cargo vessel Marc, 4,135 tons d.w, owners Marc Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.45 cargo vessel Sormonskiy, 3,853 tons d.w, owners North Western Shipping Joint Stock Co Russia, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 05.56.

4.3 at 08.10 cargo vessel Pommern, 3,006 tons d.w, owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

8.3 at 14.57 the cargo ship Hertfordshire, 2,489 tons d.w, owners Bibby Line ltd Liverpool outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 09.25. At 15.53 tug MTS Viscount, 318 tons d.w., owners Multratug BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry, having sailed at 08.04.

10.3 at 11.41 vehicle carrier Grande Detroit, 12,420 tons d.w., owners ACL Management AB Sweden (part of the Grimaldi Group Italy), outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 06.43. At 14.05 container ship Flintercape, 9,587 tons d.w, owners Flinter Group Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

13.3 at 07.46 container ship Shasta, 22,420 tons d.w, owners Almond Shipping Investments Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.11. At 09.30 cargo vessel Komet, 111 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 11.15 cargo vessel Taranto, 3,009 tons d.w., owners Kaptain Siegfried Bojen Schiffahrtsbetrieb EK Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 11.55 cargo vessel Widor, 3,417 tons d.w, owners Widor Interscan Shipmangement Germany, outward bound from Swansea . At 18.34 vehicle carrier City of Barcelona, 2,402tons d.w, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 13.38 . At 18.40 cargo vessel Wilson Dundee, 3,666 tons d.w, owners Argonnauten Holdings GMBH Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 10.50.

14.3 at 16.00 vehicle carrier/ Parts for Airbus carrier City of Hamburg, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anita SNC France, inward bound for Portbury.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the children of the reception class of Hollywell Primary School Tawstock for listening to me and coming up with interesting questions on the 27th February. At the time of going to press the Marley is due Bideford 17th. You may have seen the ship by the time your teacher reads this.

Regards, Norman.

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April diary.

Wednesday 1st

Westward Ho! Fish festival all week.

10am-2pm Happy Café, Westward Ho! Free Social Club for ages 19+ : Carnival crafts.

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

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

2pm Bideford Library Readers’ Group. 476075

4pm- 6pm Happy Cafe, Westward Ho! – free kite making workshop & kite surfing films.

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

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

Thursday 2nd

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

10am Westward Ho! slipway – free ‘Rockpool Ramble’.

10am- 2pm Happy Cafe, Westward Ho! – free fishing net collage workshop.

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

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

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 3rd – Good Friday

9am-6pm Food & Craft Fair at Atlantic Village.

11am- 1pm Happy Cafe, Westward Ho! – Friday Lunch Club with Finneys Racketeers. £6 for three courses. Booking essential ; 07773 679559.

7pm Happy cafe, Westward Ho! – Fish supper with the Glorious Oyster. £10 per person for 2 courses. 07976 321603 for menu & booking.

Saturday 4th

9am-2pm Bideford Farmers’ Market on the Quay.

9am-5pm Food & Craft Fair at Atlantic Village.

10am-12pm Bideford Town Band Fayre in Bandroom by Victoria Park. 475653

10am – 2pm Westward Ho! Pop-up Heritage Centre, Old School Room, Kingsley Hall. 07805 409190

10am- 3pm Craft sale, Baptist Church Hall, Westward Ho! (Devon Face Painting here 11am-12 & 1pm-2pm).

3pm Fishy Family Parade ; starts at Happy Cafe, Westward Ho! & finishes at Waterfront pub.

7.00pm Film Club at Littleham Village Hall. 471928

Sunday 5th – Easter Sunday.

11am-5pm Easter Egging at Hartland Abbey. 441496

Monday 6th – Easter Monday.

10am-5pm Hartland Art & Craft Fair at Parish Hall. (Until 9th April)

10am – 2pm Model railway and toy collectors’ sale. Old schoolroom, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 07805 4091490

11am-5pm Easter Egging at Hartland Abbey. 441496

Tuesday 7th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2pm Bideford WI at Sea Cadet Bldg.

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 8th

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

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

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel. 473337

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

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

2pm Bideford Library : Reading Group. 476075

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

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

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

Thursday 9th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum at Northam Methodist Church Hall.

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

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

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

Friday 10th

7.30pm Abbotsham WI meets at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 11th

9am-2pm Bideford Farmers’ Market on the Quay.

Monday 13th

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

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Quiz Night for Cancer Research UK at Riverbank Bar & bistro. 421461

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

Tuesday 14th

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 Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

7.30pm Bideford & District Gardeners Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall. Nick Oliver from St John’s Garden Centre. 475914

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 15th

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

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

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

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

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

2.30-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) at Northam Community Centre.

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library.

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

7.30pmTwo Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

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

Thursday 16th

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

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

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

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

Friday 17th

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

8pm Rock’n’Roll/Elvis Night at Pier House, Westward Ho! to fundraise for Helen Finn’s Machu Picchu trip. 07713636905

Saturday 18th

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

10am-4pm Instow Parish Hall Open Day. 01271 860374

10.45am Devonshire Assn AGM at Durrant House Hotel.

2pm Devon Family History Society at Pollyfield Centre. ‘Fallers from the Frayne Family Tree’. 451305

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Spring Concert at Christ Church, Bear St, Barnstaple, in aid of Chemotherapy Appeal. 01271 860061

Sunday 19th

11am-4pm Bluebell Day at Hartland Abbey. 441496

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers walk.429080

Monday 20th

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

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

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

Tuesday 21st

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 22nd

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

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

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

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

12.30pm RNLI Curry Lunch at N D Yacht Club. Book on 01271 346560

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

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

Thursday 23rd

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

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

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

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

Friday 24th

10am-12pm World Book Night 2015 – The Morning after the Night Before at Northam Library. Book Sale & Coffee Morning. Cakes made by Northam WI.

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 25th

9am-2pm Bideford Farmers’ Market on the Quay.

10am Torridge Ramblers day walk. 01805 625485

10am – 1pm Parkinson’s UK Torridge Branch ‘Spring Fayre’, Weare Giffard Village Hall.

7.30pm Concert Performance of Roger Jones musical ‘Apostle’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 421551

Sunday 26th

11am-4pm Bluebell Day at Hartland Abbey. 441496

Monday 27th

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

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

7pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

8.30pm N Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore – Jim Mullen/Neil Burns Quartet. 421065

Tuesday 28th

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 Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 29th

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

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

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

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

1-2.30pm SHoW (See Hear on Wheels) at Tesco, East-the-Water.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

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

Thursday 30th

10am-12pm Coffee Morning & Table Top Sale at RND Yacht Club, Instow, in aid of North Devon Hospice. 422215

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

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

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

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

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Westward Ho! Fish Festival ; events & dates.

Sunday 29th March.

FREE PARKING IN MAIN CAR PARK FROM 10AM ONWARDS

Street Fish market, Westward Ho! village square 10-3.30pm

Surfers Against Sewage Big Spring Beach Clean, Westward Ho! 10-12pm

FREE – Carnival workshop & Fishy Treasure Hunt at Happy Café, Westward Ho! 10-4pm

Monday 30th March

Pottery at the Happy Café, Westward Ho! 11.30-1.30pm and 2-4pm. £16 per person. Please call Sue 07976 321603 to book a place.

Shellfish demonstration and hands-on prep evening, Happy Café, Westward Ho! 6pm. £5 per person. Please call Sue 07976 321603 to book a place.

Tuesday 31st March

FREE – ‘Marine Litter’ craft workshop at the Happy Café, Westward Ho! 10-12pm

FREE – Mermaid story-teller at the Happy Café, Westward Ho! 11-12pm

I Can Cook – Fish” ; fish cookery for children at the Happy Café, Westward Ho! 2-3 and 3.30-4.30pm. £6 per child. Please call Sue 07976 321603 to book a place.

FREE – Edible Seaweed talk (with samples) at the Happy Café, Westward Ho! 6-7pm

Wednesday 1st April

FREE – Social Club for over 19’s at the Happy Café, Westward Ho! 10-2pm – Carnival Crafts.

FREE – Kite-making workshop and Kite-surfing films at the Happy Café, Westward Ho! 4-6pm

Thursday 2nd April

FREE – Rockpool Ramble, meet at Westward Ho! slipway 10am

FREE – Fishing Net Collage workshop at the Happy Café, Westward Ho! 10-2pm

Friday 3rd April

Friday Lunch Club with Finneys Racketeers at the Happy Café, Westward Ho! 11-1pm : £6 for 3 courses. Booking essential – call, 07773 679559

Fish Supper with the Glorious Oyster at the Happy Café, Westward Ho! 7pm £10 per person for 2 courses. Please call Sue 07976 321603 to book a place and find out the menu choices.

Saturday 4th April

Craft Sale, Baptist Church Hall, Westward Ho! 10-3pm

FREE – Fishy Family Parade, starts from Happy Café, Westward Ho! 3pm (open for carnival prep from 1pm).

Devon Face Painting will be at the craft sale 11-12pm & 1-2pm if you would like your face painted before you join the parade! Parade finishes at the Waterfront pub for some live music.

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Exmoor Pony Center – April.

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


Our Easter Open Day is on Sunday 5th April from 11:00 till 3:00. Come and join in with an Easter Egg Hunt, meet the ponies, enjoy refreshments, crafts and (for over 4’s), pony rides.


There is also a chance to meet an Exmoor Pony at South Molton Wildlife Day on Saturday 4th April between 9:00 and 1:00.

Our Pancakes & Ponies Open Day in February was a great success with plenty of enthusiastic visitors.

Much has been made in the Czech Republic about the herd of ponies that arrived there in January. In April they will be joined by a stallion to complete and increase their numbers. We look forward to seeing the offspring next year. You may have seen some film of their arrival as it featured on the news on both BBC and ITV, when they also did a report from the Centre.

Seven two-year-old ponies are doing a great job of grazing at Arlington Court and seven year old Jazz will be working with the ranger there during the season. Twelve foals born last year are currently at the Centre learning to be sociable, though some of them are still available for purchase from their breeders.

Kate and Percy, two of our resident ponies have been having special treatment this winter with extra feeds and being stabled overnight which inevitably has resulted in more work and higher bills but we are pleased to say that they are both looking much better for it.

Please look at our website www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk for any further details about future events and more about the work we do to preserve and promote these wonderful ponies and please support us in any way that you can.

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Seafood Festival – Barnstaple Pannier Market, 5th April.

Sunday 5th April, 10.30-15.00

All are welcome to North Devon Hospice’s first ‘Seafood Festival’ at Barnstaple Pannier Market on Sunday 5th April. Entry is free, but we actively encourage you to use this last chance to purchase those all-important ‘Eating Out Experience Raffle Tickets’ – as the draw will take place at 2.30pm that day!     One lucky person really will win the opportunity to eat out at some of North Devon’s best-loved establishments .. once a week for a whole year for free and with a guest! Tickets are just £1.00.

Producers and exhibitors at The Seafood Festival will be cooking with locally caught fish and promoting local fish and sustainability. There are some mouth-watering meals to purchase including Fish Tacos, Paella, Fish Samosas plus a whole host of other wonderful stalls for browsing, tasting and purchasing. There will be plenty of diversity; so some sweet treats and other stands too, including the Hospice’s very own Sheppard’s Café Crepe stand. Fish and seafood cookery demonstrations during the day by some great local chefs!

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Clovelly’s Funtastic Fudge Hunt.

Sat. 28 March to Easter Monday 6 April, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

20 fudge stones will be hidden in Clovelly village each day.  Find one and take it to the Fudge Shop at the Vistor Centre to discover how much fudge you have won.  If you find Number 20, you will win a whole kilo of fudge made up of eight different flavours; chocolate orange, mint, strawberry, rum & raisin, caramel, raspberry, vanilla and chocolate   - what a treat!  And you can come back and try again.  (One stone redeemable per visiting family per day).

Tel:  01237 431781, or

www.clovelly.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clovelly-Village/190111004351461

https://twitter.com/ClovellyVillage

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March’s Youth Page.

A new chapter

There are a fair few stories in the news this week with one very similar thread, not the usual empty promises of snow- close to the seaside we’ve become accustomed to disappointment in that department- something else has found the limelight this time. Books.

After recent reports that most kids can’t hold a pencil, tablets are the way forward, and the pen/ paper combination has gone the way of other notable duos – such as Starsky & Hutch, and that short-lived cheese-pomegranate fad – you’d be forgiven for thinking that paper is on a shaky footing. Certainly, with the rise of e-readers, capable of holding their charge for around 28 hours and casting their own iridescent glow over both the rapt reader and the poor souls attempting sleep, the book’s found a new competitor. It may have eliminated the age old question of “which lamp should I sit underneath at night?” but this query is soon replaced by the far more worrying – “where’s the nearest plug socket to perch beside? I thought either Heathcliff or Cathy were about to die, but it turns out the kindle’s joined in too. “

Even with these electronic gizmos on the horizon, their leafy companions have found new outlets this year, with the rise of ‘book blogging’; many people now proudly show an internet audience the pile of paper backs they’ve just waded through, explaining some favourites or challenging others to take on their list. There are also a lot of literature based courses at the moment – from English A-levels to history, where a bit of wider reading can come in immensely helpful. It’s here that other people’s recommendations – of something that explains the background factors memorably, or fits in with the strand of coursework you’re tirelessly attempting to pad out – can make the job a lot easier. Novels, easily swapped between classmates like a curiously legal black market, prove to be far less faff than each person downloading the same thing to their e-reader once they’ve bought one in the first place.

We’re a good few weeks into it now, and so far, 2015 looks like the time of the tome; with the library willing to import anything not found in the Bideford outlet from the whole of the British Isles, and book clubs making their resurgence.

Yazzy

You may remember that a few issues ago now we mentioned Yazzy Chamberlain, who got through to the Finals of the UK Open Mike Contest. She has now gone on to win it.

With a performance of her own song “Silly boys breaking hearts”, she not only gained first prize, but also landed the Exposure award for publicity, gaining her recording studio time too! Well done Yazzy.

Maths Challenge

A grand well-done is also in order for Amy Walker ,Kieran Spittles, Max Heard and James Gould- who got Bideford College to the National finals of the maths challenge competition for the first time in its history. Although they didn’t win, they represented the town admirably in a field of over 70 regional winners in London.

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.

If you have something you’d like to tell us , please send your contributions fao Millie, Bideford Buzz c/o TTVS 14 Bridgeland St Bideford Ex39 2QE OR email editor@ bidefordbuzz.org.uk.

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Torridge CATS – 2015 CATS Awards Evening!

This inspirational event will take place on Thursday 4th June 2015 at The Pier House in Westward Ho! It will be an exciting evening designed to promote, recognise and reward young people from the Torridge area for their positive community action.If you know of a young person in the Torridge area, aged 5 – 25, who deserves to be recognised and rewarded , then please be sure to nominate them using this link to the CATS nomination form. Torridge CATS 2015 Nomination Form

Please complete and submit all nomination forms by 27.04.15. If you would prefer a hardcopy nomination form, please email karen@communityactionthroughsport.org or telephone 01288 488086.

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From Hungarian refugee to Glorious Devon bistro owner.

It’s funny how Facebook opens up all sorts of windows and lets us see inside other people’s lives. The latest “7 facts that you may not know about me” has resulted in this article.

My mother, Julianna Ibolya Homolya, left Hungary with just me and one suitcase after the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. Mum was 24 years old and I was two. Neither of us spoke a word of English. After catching a train and walking for miles to a “safe” opening in the barbed wire fencing that was all around the border of Hungary and Austria, then spending a few nights in an Austrian farmer’s barn along with several others, we ended up initially in a refugee camp in Austria. Then we were allocated a space in England.

After reading this on Facebook, Rose Arno, Bideford Buzz’s Editor, responded by telling me that she clearly remembers, as a schoolchild, knitting woollen squares for blankets for Hungarian refugees. I can happily say that not only were we, as a family, grateful for one of those blankets and indeed had it for many years, but so were all the tenants of the house that we lived in when we finally arrived in the Midlands in 1958.

So how did I get to be living in glorious Devon? It has been my dream to live in Devon for almost thirty years, along with my other dream of owning a Bistro. It has been a long and eventful journey and I have made so many friends and hopefully introduced a tiny corner of Hungary to the Devon coastline. Imagine it started with the clothes on my back, a few changes of undies and a tenacious and brave young woman. Thanks, Mum.

Here is a classic Hungarian dish for you to try, which many of you will think is Goulash, but it is in fact Pörköltt. ‘Guylas leves’, translated to ‘Goulash’, is in fact a soup – Hungarians generally have a soup before every meal and Gulyas leves used to be eaten on the Plains by herdsman, made in huge tureens, much like the cowboys in America.

Take a look at my Facebook page – Nanna’s Kitchen, Combe Martin. You will see menus and opening hours and will be able to buy sachets of the herbs and spices needed to make this dish and others, in the right quantity and using Hungarian Paprika and Hungarian Marjoram. ENJOY!

Ildi McIndoe.

‘Pörköltt’ – Paprika Casserole.

(Serves four).

Ingredients

500 grams diced pork, from loin of pork.

1 tablespoon oil – sunflower, rapeseed, or vegetable.

1 large onion.

1 clove garlic.

1 tin chopped tomatoes.

1 large tablespoon of sweet Hungarian Paprika.

1 heaped teaspoon of Marjoram.

Salt and pepper.

Garnishes.

Small pot of sour cream

Finely chopped fresh parsley

A few thinly chopped sweet and sour gherkins.

Serve with chosen pasta shapes.

Method.

Finely dice onion and clove of garlic (or,for a better sauce, use a food processor or mini chopper to finely chop).

Heat the oil in a large frying pan ; add the onion and garlic and fry very gently, taking care not to overcook. It should stay translucent.

Keep it at a low heat for about ten minutes. When the onion and garlic have soaked up all the oil and are soft and golden, add the pork pieces and brown on all sides.

Add the Hungarian Paprika and Marjoram and just coat all the pork quickly. Add the tinned tomatoes and stir well to combine all the ingredients. Bring to the boil, add salt and pepper to taste.

Leave to simmer gently with a lid on for about thirty minutes. Take off the lid and test a piece of pork to see if the meat is cooked. If not, put the lid on and leave for another 10 minutes. Be patient, do not rush this point. You need the pork to fall apart when gently pressed.

If the sauce is too watery then remove the lid and cook gently until the sauce thickens to a coating sauce, as this will be served with pasta.

Serve with pasta that has a little bite, so that it still wants to soak up the sauce. Add the Pörköltt on top of the pasta and for a final authentic flourish add a tablespoon of sour cream on top and a sprinkling of finely chopped parsley.

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