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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Fun for all the family at Northam Burrows.

The Rangers at Northam Burrows Country Park have once again prepared a programme of exciting free events for the school summer holidays. The events kicked off on 27th July with a Rockpool Ramble and will then run every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon between 2-4pm, until the end of August.

Designed for all the family to share and enjoy they will help teach you about the local environment and showcase the diverse plant and wildlife that make the burrows such a unique place to visit. The events will also spread over on to the neighbouring blue flag beach at Westward Ho! and include rockpool rambles, beach art, big butterfly counts, bumblebee safaris, pirate trails and so much more!

It will also be a chance to visit the newly opened Northam Burrows Visitor Centre with its brand new exhibition spaces, interactive digital displays and mini aquarium.

For more information about the events visit www.torridge.gov.uk/northamburrows or call the Burrows Centre on 01237 479708.

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The burning question.

How to BBQ responsibly this summer.

Picture the scene:

Clear blue sea, hazy summer sunset, light breeze, sand between your toes, your family and friends gathered around you, a cool drink in hand, and your favourite tasty treats sizzling on the bbq. Sounds idyllic, right?

Well, almost. While we’re all for al fresco dining and the health benefits of nature connection, disposable BBQs on our beaches can actually cause a lot of injury and damage over the summer months, particularly on popular sandy beaches like Saunton, Croyde, and Westward Ho!

Our Protect our Playground concept is all about finding ways to share our enjoyment of the beautiful natural environment on our doorstep, at the same time as protecting what we love, so we caught up with Croyde Beach Manager, Holly Robertson, to find out more:

BBQs are very damaging on sandy beaches for a number of reasons, often they are not disposed of correctly, either being buried in the sand for other beach goers to later cut their feet on, or put in a bin before they’ve cooled down and causing bin fires.

Even BBQs which are attended to and disposed of correctly can still cause huge problems on a sandy beach. Hot embers from BBQs or fires of any kind can land in the dunes, set the grass alight, and potentially have a catastrophic impact on one of the rarest habitats in the UK and the animals which live in it.

In addition disposable BBQs trap heat within the sand in a column which can stay hot for hours after the BBQ has been moved, meaning if anyone walks over that spot in bare feet they can be badly burned.

BBQs and fires of any kind are not allowed on Croyde beach or dunes for the reasons above, and the beach team spend a lot of time and effort trying to prevent beach users having BBQs. It doesn’t matter how well meaning, or responsibly done the BBQ or fire is, they can still put the habitat and other beach goers at risk.”

Saunton Beach Enterprises spokesperson, Lucie Tamlyn, tells a similar story and had this to add:

“Disposable barbecues are sold as a quick and convenient al fresco dining option but all too often end up being an unwelcome guest on the beach. Every summer we see numerous injuries, some of them quite severe, caused by people and dogs standing on hot coals in the sand (they don’t cool down quickly) or slicing themselves on sharp grille edges. We would advise people to ultimately seek less ‘disposable’ ways to enjoy food on the beach. And if they can’t resist using them, then we urge that people safely dispose of them in dedicated barbecue bins like the ones we have at Saunton.”

On an environmental level, disposable BBQs are almost impossible to recycle and burning coal is not great either, in terms of sustainability, emissions, and particulates affecting the quality of the air that we breathe. Another thing to consider is the food that we BBQ – going a little easier on the meat, soy, and cheese can reduce the carbon footprint and water consumed, and buying local is one of the single most effective ways to eat more sustainably and support our local economies and communities.

So if you’re feeling that BBQ urge, why not enjoy your BBQ at home before or after your beach trip? Or invest in a portable rather than a disposable BBQ so you can keep using the same BBQ over and over again. Another suggestion to get that smoky BBQ flavour is to use a newer wood burning stove, using locally sourced seasoned wood that will release less particulates and have a smaller carbon footprint than coal.

If you want to find out more about our work, including our Ocean Explorers educational outreach, our guide to local food producers, and our campaign to ban the sale of cheap polystyrene bodyboards in our coastal communities, please check out our website plasticfreenorthdevon.org

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All aboard the Potwalloper Express!

A free to use, hop-on-hop-off, bus service for tourists and locals will become a regular sight in Torridge this summer, thanks to an initiative led by Northam Town Council. The free “Potwalloper” service will link the three popular tourist locations of Northam, Appledore and Westward Ho! on Wednesdays and Sundays, with an hourly service from 9.30am – 4.30pm, throughout the summer holidays. The circular route will also stop within easy reach of the award winning Blue Flag beach at Westward Ho!

The service, being run with the help of Taw and Torridge Coaches, commenced on Sunday 25th July, with timetables that can be found on bus stops or Northam Town Council’s website.  The funding for the service will be taken from Northam’s “Welcome back” funding allocation from Central Government, aimed at helping high streets and towns reopen safely and “build back better” following the recent pandemic.

Torridge District Council recently distributed over 62% of the £161K it received under the scheme directly to key towns in the area. The funding distribution was designed to give town and parish councils greater flexibility and control over their own projects to assist economic recovery in their areas. The Town Council are also hoping that the service will ease congestion on the roads and be a fun way for visitors to reach and explore the area.


For further information and timetables please go to https://www.northamtowncouncil.gov.uk/TourBus_40547.aspx or check timetables on bus stops.

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Join The Big South West Cream Tea.

Enjoy a cream tea in aid of local children’s hospice.

People in Devon are being invited to tuck into a cream tea and raise a few pounds for their local children’s hospice.

The Big South West Cream Tea takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend and organiser Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) is asking supporters to join in by holding their own cream tea fundraiser with friends and family.

Just grab some scones, a spoonful of strawberry jam and a dollop of clotted cream – not necessarily in that order! – and join the party” said CHSW area fundraiser Bernadette Chambers.  You can enjoy a Great British classic at home, the park or even virtually and help raise vital funds for local families. It’s a lovely way to help celebrate CHSW’s 30th anniversary, and if you are able to raise £30 or more we’ll send you a special CHSW 30th anniversary medal”.

The charity, which runs three children’s hospices across the South West, including Little Bridge House near Barnstaple, has everything you need you need to hold your own cream tea fundraiser.

Register your event on our website to receive your free fundraising pack, which includes invites, recipe, ‘#JamFirst’ and ‘#CreamFirst’ signs, donation form, bunting, thank-you cards and more” added Bernadette.  You’ll also find links to businesses that can deliver a cream tea straight to your front door with a donation going to CHSW.

If you’d prefer to hold your cream tea before or after the August Bank Holiday that’s absolutely fine; however and whenever you plan to take part in the Big South West Cream Tea, every penny you’re able to raise will make a real difference to children with life-limiting conditions and their families.  The Big South West Cream Tea is kindly sponsored by Happy Days Nurseries, which operates 18 nurseries throughout the South West and is also celebrating 30 years this year.”

Marketing manager Rebekah Fice-Thomson said: “CHSW is very dear to our hearts, so we’re delighted to be able to support The Big South West Cream Tea fundraiser this summer. We are looking forward to celebrating our own 30th birthday with a cream tea on September 4 and raising as much as we can for such an important charity.”

To register your cream tea event or for more information, visit www.chsw.org.uk/creamtea

Join The Big South West Cream Tea Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/2998303993722242

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Exmoor Pony Centre; July.

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

We are looking forward to a busy Summer – the diary is filling up quickly with all our riding sessions, so if you are wanting to ride, make sure you call the office to book in advance. It is also necessary to book in all visits to the centre to avoid disappointment on the day if we are at full capacity. Our stable yard tours proved so popular last year that we are continuing to run them this season.

At the beginning of June, six of our ponies made a very special trip to Sussex to partake in some filming. It is all top secret at the moment, but we will be able to fill you in at a later date. All the ponies were beautifully behaved, and the filming only needed one take! We always knew our ponies are pros. They stayed overnight and travelled home in a luxury air-conditioned lorry, returning to their day jobs as if nothing had happened.

Those who have visited the centre may have met Walnut, a sweet natured 14 year old gelding – he has now gone off to a foster home and is very happy living with his new Welsh pony friend. We hope this will be his forever home after a varied life thus far of companionship to other horses as well as conservation grazing. Amethyst and Buffy, a couple of friendly mares, have returned from their grazing and are now here at the Centre to continue their training and meet the visitors. Amethyst is the older of the two, who we hope to train as riding ponies in the future. They have joined our mis-match herd of other mares, a gelding and an honorary Exmoor owned by the manager.

An update on the lovely Myrica and her young son Elmo who came to stay with us through the winter, needing a little more shelter and grass than the moor could offer them to help them survive the cold. Elmo has now been castrated and is continuing his training with us. He will be in residence for the summer months to greet visitors. Myrica, his mother, has now returned to join the other Exmoors on North Hill, just above Minehead.

We are excited to reveal that our onsite shop has had a facelift this spring to make it covid safe for all and display some of the new lines we are stocking. One of which, we are very pleased to say, is ‘Wild Pony Punch’ coffee from the Exmoor Coffee Company (exmoorcoffee.co.uk). They are very kindly donating 50p back to us from every bag that WE sell. If you haven’t popped up to see us recently now is a great time to have a look in our shop and to see the ponies.

The Exmoor Pony Festival will soon be upon us. This year the activities and events will run through the month of August. Please check out the website to see what will be going on and to support the breed. https://exmoorponyfestival.com/

Best wishes to all our friends and supporters, hopefully we will see you at some point over the summer months.

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheExmoorPonyCentre

Email: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Tel: 01398 323093.

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Talks at the Burton Art Gallery.

Talks with Artists and Makers from North Devon

Join us at The Burton at Bideford Art Gallery and Museum on Saturdays between 17 July and 2 October for a stimulating series of talks and QA sessions with artists and craftspeople from North Devon. Curated by Jess Pearson, founder of The Maker Series.

All talks take place between 12-1pm. Booking essential – places are limited.

Tickets: £5 / £3. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite (incl. booking fee), or from the gallery shop. Concessionary rate tickets are only available from gallery shop.

Watch an introductory film by clicking here.

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Nature Recovery Declaration.

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere launches Nature Recovery Declaration and Plan.

The Biosphere has launched an ambitious new Nature Recovery Plan as our contribution to tackling the ecological emergency here in northern Devon, aligning with the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan and the Prime Minister’s pledge for 30% of the UK land to be protected by 2030.

Join individuals, organisations, councils and businesses across the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere in signing our Nature Recovery Declaration and commit to tackling the ecological emergency through your local actions. Find out more and sign the Declaration here: https://www.northdevonbiosphere.org.uk/nature-recovery-plan.html

To promote the launch, we expect to welcome a special visitor to the area. Sacha Dench, Ambassador for the UN’s Convention on Migratory Species, is flying a 3000+ mile circumnavigation of the UK in a wind and green electricity powered paramotor. On her journey, she is stopping in northern Devon to officially launch the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve’s Nature Recovery Declaration and Plan. We are expecting her to pass through the area later this month, where she will sign the Declaration herself and speak to the Biosphere team about the importance of nature’s recovery.

Why do we need to act?

Despite great efforts from many organisations, land managers and individuals across northern Devon since the whole area achieved UNESCO status more than 20 years ago, with a few encouraging exceptions nature continues to decline – a trend that began centuries ago but has accelerated since the 1960s. Today our wildlife is a shadow of its former glory and our natural systems are ceasing to function. Iconic species like salmon, breeding lapwings, skylarks, cuckoos, house martins, many insects and wildflower species are in perilous decline – and our rivers are failing national standards. An ambitious approach to focus everyone’s actions onto agreed priorities is needed – and that is what this plan aims to achieve.

The plan’s Vision is that by 2030, nature is recovering across northern Devon. There is more wildlife-rich habitat for us all to enjoy – covering 30% of the land area – in our fields and woods, on the coast, along our rivers and on the moors. Wildlife has the space it needs to flourish. Thriving farming and forestry are helping nature to recover right across the landscape. Communities, councils and businesses are putting nature

back into our towns and villages. Ambitious projects have helped bring back icons like beaver, pine marten, chough, white-tailed eagle and osprey. Our quality of life, the economy and our response to climate change are stronger for it. More is required, but we are proud to be playing our part in tackling the global ecological emergency.

Why should I sign the Declaration?

If we are to turn the tide for nature’s recovery, everyone in northern Devon needs to engage through their choices and actions – all of us as consumers and by helping nature to recover where we live and work, and especially farmers and land managers who can do most to help nature recover across the landscape. We can all make a difference. It’s time for urgent and transformative local action.”

Mike Moser, Chair of the Biosphere Nature Improvement Group

We hope that many individuals, organisations and businesses across the Biosphere will sign this Declaration committing to helping nature’s recovery and adding to the growing support for tackling the ecological emergency.

To sign the Declaration and read the draft Biosphere Nature Recovery Plan please head to the North Devon Biosphere website. We welcome your feedback on the plan (by 15 August 2021) which can be sent to biosphere-mailbox@devon.gov.uk. Finally, please help us to spread the word and encourage people to sign up to the Declaration! @northdevonbiosphere.

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‘Wednesday Wanderers’ at Barnstaple Library.

Wednesday Wanderers group at Barnstaple Library restarts!

The group, funded by Active Devon and run by Barnstaple Library staff, is aimed at over 55s who enjoy a stroll, being outside and meeting new people at a friendly, informal group.

Find out more and book by phoning 01271 318780, emailing barnstaple.library@librariesunlimted.org.uk or booking in the library.

 

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Shipping notes No. 195 (June).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping at Bideford since last issue.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue

Appledore.

No news of any contracts for the shipyard.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/6 at 05.53 cargo vessel Sarah-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie-B Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 23.29 31st. At 06.24 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Fujyukuri Maritima SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.58 bulk carrier Kotor, 3,4987 tons d.w., owners Crnogurska Providba A.D Kotor Montenegro, inward bound for Newport.

2/6 at 05.59 fruit juice tanker Orange Wave, 16,700 tons d.w., owners International Bulk Reefers Switzerland, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again outward bound at 20.29 6th having sailed at 15.34). At 11.10 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

4/6 at 05.16 tanker Jutlandia Swan, 17,998 tons d.w., owners Jutlandia Swan APS Denmark, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 09.49 6th outward bound having sailed from Avonmouth at 03.12). At 05.55 cargo vessel Barbara-B, 5,535 tons d.w., owners NH GMBH & co KG Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 09.06 cargo vessel Boha Wittenbergen, 3,744 tons d.w., owners Fortune Corporation Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 02.45. At 19.17 bunkering tanker Whitdawn, 4,650 tons d.w., owners John Whitaker Malta Ltd Hull, inward bound for Cardiff.

5/6 at 09.32 hopper barge Sloeber, 4,650 tons d.w., owners Decloedi En Zoon NV Belgium, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 03.44. At 17.25 cargo vessel Lady Anne Beau, 3,692 tons d.w., owners Lady Anne Beau Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

6/6 at 21.36 cargo vessel Runner, 2,521 tons d.w., owners Runner Shipping SA Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 20.40 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegis Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 0919 8th having sailed from Portbury at 03.38).

7/6 at 09.00 cargo vessel Alderbaran, 2,100 tons d.w., inward bound for Newport. At 09.08 bulk carrier Kotor, 3,4987 tons d.w., owners Crnogorska Plovidba AD Montenegro, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 03.42. At 10.20 hrs vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,420 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 21.10 outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 16.32). At 20.55 vehicle carrier Euphony Ace, 18,944 tons d.w., owners MOL auto Carriers Express Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 21.44 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers, inward bound for Portbury.

8/6 at 21.05 cargo vessel Amadeus Gold, 2,570 tons d.w., owners Amadeus Gold BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 22.01 bulk carrier Brassiana, 57,536 tons d.w., owners Pos Maritime DA SA South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

10/6 at 11.15 buoy tender vessel Galatea, 1,300 tons d.w., owners Trinity House Harwich, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 07.44. At 18.35 cargo vessel Celtic Endeavour, 3,702 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Cardiff, inward bound for Swansea. At 21.23 cargo vessel Arklow Vanguard, 5,853 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again at 14.53 15th having sailed from Avonmouth at 09.08).

11/6 at 04.55 vehicle carrier Grande Texas, 15,853 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.15 container vessel CMA CGM Goya, 9,620 tons d.w., owners Containerships CMA CGM GMBH Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.19.

12/6 at 21.37 cargo vessel Eems Exe, 3,813 tons d.w., owners Amny Eems BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

15/6 at 09.59 cargo vessel Ganda, 2,637 tons d.w., owners Trim Global Trading Co Turkey, inward bound for Cardiff. At 15.03 cargo vessel Klaipeda, 4,068 tons d.w., owners FALITA Shipping JSC Lithuania, inward bound for Avonmouth.

16/6 at 08.30 bulk carrier Elm K, 32,836 tons d.w., owners Sealift Maritime SA Japan, inward bound for Avonmouth.

17/6 at 17.21 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.30.

18/6 at 05.51 vehicle carrier Hamburg Highway, 20,606 tons d.w., owners Kawaskai Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 06.24 19th outward bound having sailed at 01.49).

19/6 at 06.14 cargo vessel Wings, 3,432 tons d.w., owners Wing Shipping Ltd Latvia, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 23.26 18th. At 09.25 cargo vessel Celtic Ambassador, 5,699 tons d.w., owners Charles H Willie & Co Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

20/6 at 06.12 small cruise ship Island Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Island Sky Shipping Inc London, heading for Lundy. She left the Anchorage about 1500 to circumnavigate the Island seen again at 16.57 finally sailing off for Swansea. At 18.21 fruit juice tanker Orange Blossom, 22,3874 tons d.w., owners Internation Bulk Reefers Switzerland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 18.36 cargo vessel Tasman, 4,716 tons d.w., owners Tasman Rederij Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 12.21. At 19.14 container vessel CMA CGM Goya, 9,620 tons d.w., owners Containerships CMA CGM GMBH Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.56. At 20.37 cargo vessel Kazim Dede, 9,861 tons d.w., owners Aurora of the Sea Shipping Marshal Islands, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 21.58 22nd outward bound having sailed from Newport at 17.05).

21/6 at 06.42 dredger UKD Cherry Sand, 2,305 tons d.w., owners Associated British Ports London, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 11.00 cargo vessel Arlecchino, 2,503 tons d.w., owners Caribbean Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath. At 18.52 bulk carrier Aasnes, 4,015 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Shipping Norway, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 13.53. At 18.56 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners A/S Aasen Shipping Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 15.45. At 21.24 cargo vessel Muros, 4,950 tons d.w., owners Vizcaina Baear De Navegacion Spain, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 11.46. At 21.21 cargo vessel Dolfijn, 2,450 tons d.w., owners Dolfijn Shipping Ltd Russia, inward bound for Newport. At 21.26 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,760 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

22/6 at 06.38 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury.

23/6 at 07.56 mini cruise ship Herbridean Sky, 4,200 tons gross, owners Hebridean Sky Shipping Inc USA, inward bound for Lundy: thereafter proceeded to Swansea, sailed in early hours of 24th. At 21.12 cargo vessel Troubadour, 2,570 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania/Latvia, inward bound for Sharpness. At 20.48 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 17.38.

25/6 at 11.34 cargo vessel Prima Donna, 3,004 tons d.w., owners Prima Shipping Oy AB Finland, inward bound for Newport. (During the morning I spotted on the computer the mini cruise ship Hebridean Sky, 4,200 tons gross, heading for Ilfracombe from Swansea. She then went for a short cruise eastward, returning in the afternoon and anchored off Clovelly, and finally sailed for Tresco about 19.00). At 15.25 vehicle carrier Grande Houston, 15,883 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.53. At 16.04 vehicle carrier Grande Baltimora, 18,447 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.35 cargo vessel Eems Dart, 3,725 tons d.w., owners Amny Dollard BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed 10.00.

26/6 at 09.52 cargo vessel Eems Exe, 3,815 tons d.w. owners Amny Eems BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 17.49 bitumen tanker The Deputy, 5,895 tons d.w., owners White Flag Ventures X11 LLC Singapore, inward bound for Newport.

27/6 at 13.25 cargo vessel Arklow Villa, 5,750 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

28/6 at 08.53 hopper barge Sloeber, 4,650 tons d.w. owners Decloeli En Zoom NV Belgium, inward bound for Barry.

29/6 at 11.13 the cruise ship Britannia, 14,3730 tons gross, owners P & O Cruises Southampton, having been round of the North of the Island she was sailing inward from Southampton and return to her home port. (Noticed the Oldenburg close to her – the passengers must have had a great view of such a large vessel).

30/6 at 14.01 cargo vessel Celtic Warrior, 4,123 tons d.w., owners Charles H Willie and Co Cardiff, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 09.08. At 15.55 bulk carrier Ultra Quality, 63,465 tons d.w., owners West Fortune Shipping SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards,

Norman.

Some oldies from my collection –

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Carbon, Environment, and Biodiversity plan adopted by TDC.

Torridge Councillors have taken another significant step forward to realising their ambition for the authority to achieve net zero carbon by 2030 by approving and publishing the Council’s inaugural Carbon, Environment and Biodiversity Plan.

The plans drafting was delayed by the Covid pandemic but builds on the “Climate Emergency” Torridge Councillors declared in July 2019. The declaration was a recognition of the impact that climate change is having on our environment, population and communities and TDC’s commitment and resolve to assisting in the response to that threat.

Ahead of the plan’s publication  Torridge had already implemented significant investment in carbon reducing technology such as solar panels, heat recovery plant and electric charging point at appropriate Council owned buildings. A first electric fleet vehicle has been purchased, and the Council’s construction schemes at Caddsdown and Tamar have won multiple sustainability awards. There have also been wider infrastructure projects such as the rolling out of solar powered parking machines and electric charging points in car parks. In addition to all of this, sustainability and biodiversity implications, are now a standard consideration in all new Council project proposals and committee reports.

As well as contributing towards the Council’s carbon reduction goals the projected savings from the measures already implemented are over £300,000, through reduced energy consumption and improving energy performance ratings. The new plan outlines the opportunities for further reductions, how these will be measured, and how our rich biodiversity and natural environment, if managed sustainably, also opens up economic possibilities for the region.

There are also sections on aligning Torridge’s plan with those announced by Devon County Council, other neighboring Councils, and joint working with environmental groups such as the North Devon Biosphere Reserve. The report also breaks down priorities and plans across several key headings: Energy, Transport, Planning, Biodiversity, Waste and Recycling, Council and Community initiatives highlighting the diversity of the task ahead. To facilitate greater joint working and the Councils commitment to net zero carbon a Climate and Sustainability Officer has been appointed jointly with North Devon Council, from 1st of June this year, to expand on these opportunities across the rest of Northern Devon.

Torridge District Councillor Peter Hames and Lead Member for Climate Change said: “Torridge was one of the early Councils to declare a climate emergency and the progress we have made, despite the pandemic, is delivering both carbon reductions and monetary savings Our ambition is for a sustainable reduction in carbon output to safeguard the future of our planet as well as developing the green economy and opportunities in the area. I’m excited to be working with our partners and newly appointed joint officer and look forward to delivering and reporting on our progress towards these goals.”

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Shipping notes No. 194 (May).

In port – Bideford Quay.

Celtic Forester – built 2003; (Ex – Annerdiep 2012, Modulus 5 2019); flag Cardiff; owners British; crew Polish, Russian; from Avonmouth to Castellon; arrived 25/5, sailed 27.5; loaded 2,850 tons ball clay.

In port -Yelland Quay.

Dredger Deo Gloria; 1/5 (2 trips), 2/5 (1 trip). After this she returned to her base at Garston on the River Mersey

Appledore.

Freshspring left the H & W Shipyard about 18.15 26th and returned to her berth, arriving about 18.45 in tow of the shipyard vessel Lundy Puffin.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/5 at 06.15 vehicle carrier Gravity Highway, 21,000 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 06.37 2nd outward bound, having sailed from Portbury at 01.42. At 14.00 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Shipping A/S Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 10.25.

3/5 at 12.25 cargo vessel Arklow Cape, 5,085 tons d.w., owners Crinnis Shipping Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

4/5 at 13.30 bulk carrier White Bay, 52,502 tons d.w., owners White Bay Ltd Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.44 bulk carrier Peristil, 52,113 tons d.w., owners Peristil Maritime Inc Croatia, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 7th at 08.07 outward bound, having sailed from Portbury 02.10).

5/5 at 09.55 cargo vessel RMS Neudorf, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Rhine Maas-und See-Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 08.44 7th, having sailed from Avonmouth at 01.53 . At 10.45 cargo vessel Figaro, 1,850 tons d.w., owners Waterway Shipping Ltd Lithuania, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 01.44 . At 11.50 cargo vessel Wilson Dagenham, 3,788 tons d.w., owners Wes Pelus Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 19.16 cargo vessel Marietje Hester, 3,200 tons d.w., owners Van Gent MC CV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

6/5 at 20.32 container vessel JSP Rider, 9,340 tons d.w., owners JSP Rider Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.43 bulk carrier Agios Nicolaos, 35,217 tons d.w., owners Agios Nicolaos Ltd Greece, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 15.37. At 20.46 cargo vessel Tucana, 3,783 tons d.w., owners Tucana Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 14.08. At 21.36 cargo vessel Medal, 4,950 tons d.w., owners Vizcaina Ralear De Navegacion Spain, inward bound for Cardiff. At 21.40 dredger UKD Orca, owners Associated British Ports London, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 17.14 bound for the Humber.

7/5 at 08.53 cargo vessel Luhnau, 3,720 tons d.w., owners Luhnave Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

9/5 at 15.20 cargo vessel Lisa, 4,850 tons d.w., owners Schwartenberg Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 16.23 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 21.25 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

10/5 at 11.10 cargo vessel Spanaco Simplicity, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Spanaco Three Ltd Germany, bound from Barry having sailed at 03.17 8th . At 14.45 cargo vessel Arklow Viking, owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Eire, inward bound for Swansea.

11/5 at 07.56 dredger City of Cardiff, 2,730 tons d.w., owners LTM Western Ltd Solihull, outward bound for Shoreham. At 10.56 bitumen tanker Stella Polaris, 8,297 tons d.w., owners Azollo BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 21.21 cargo vessel Hunzedijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Stiching Bewaar DLR Hunzedijk Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth .

12/5 at 11.58 vehicle carrier Grande Ellade, 18,440 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 13.25 15th outward bound having sailed from Portbury at 08.59). At 12.17 cargo vessel Celina, 5,667 tons d.w., owners Celina Hermann Lohmann Germany, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 07.19. At 14.26 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot.

15/5 at 11.35 research vessel Ridley Thomas, 547 tons d.w., owners Ho Choi Marine Ltd Hong Kong, inward bound for Swansea. At 21.30 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Payton Maritima Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

17/5 at 11.15 bulk carrier Kmarin Mugunghwa, 37,423 tons d.w., owners Hi Gold Ocean Kmarin No 13 A SA South Korea, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 07.44. At 11.15 cargo vessel Tucana, 3,783 tons d.w., owners Tucana Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 16.10 cargo vessel Paulin-B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Lilly- B Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 11.44.

19/5 at 06.05 cargo vessel Amber Spirit, 5,557 tons d.w., owners Amber Spirit Ltd Portugal, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.03. At 06.11 container vessel Elbspirit, 42,594 tons d.w., owners Elbspirit GMBH & Co K.G Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 01.51. At 06.41 cargo vessel Alpha Atlant, 8,152 tons d.w., owners Alpha LLC Russia, inward bound for Newport.

22/5 at 16.30 cargo vessel Gulf Angel, 4,454 tons d.w., owners Pasifik Global Gemi Islet Turkey, inward bound for Cardiff. (Seen again at 21.05 26th having sailed at 03.11 24th). At 18.49 hrs cargo vessel Celtic Ambassador, 5,679 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie Shipowning Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

23/5 at 08.25 cargo vessel Wilson Gaeta, 3,697 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 09.34 bulk carrier Aastvik, 7,546 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Shipping A/S Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 10.03 cargo vessel Kleipeda, 4,068 tons d.w., owners Aurora Shipping JSC Lithuania, inward bound for Newport. At 21.32 vehicle carrier Passero, 12,270 tons d.w., inward bound for Portbury.

24/5 at 06.30 cargo vessel Wilson Weser, 2,500 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.21 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.21. At 19.48 buoy tender vessel Galatea, 1,300 tons d.w., owners Trinity House Harwich, outward bound from Blue Anchor Bay en route to Whitsand Bay South Devon.

25/5 at 06.11 chemical tanker Stolt Jaeger, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Netherlands Jaeger B.V., inward bound Barry. At 19.40 bulk carrier Sagar Samrat, 76,404 tons d.w., outbound from Port Talbot having sailed at 16.10. (I was wondering why she came past Lundy when the shortest route to Mo I Rana in Norway is via the Welsh coast, St Georges Channel, and the Irish Sea). At 21.54 the cargo vessel Arklow Cliff, 5,094 tons d.w., owners Crinnis Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 18.31. At 22.03 cargo vessel Huntetal, 3,687 tons d.w., owners Huntetal Schiffahrts LG Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

26/5 at 11.21 cargo vessel Arlecchino, 2,503 tons d.w., owners Caribbean Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath.

28/5 at 16.14 vehicle carrier Adriatic Highway, 18,869 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

30/5 at 06.58 vehicle carrier Grand Venus, 13,500 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping (H.K.) Co. Ltd Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.41 vehicle carrier Grande Baltimora, 18,447 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury

31/5 at 06.52 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.56 cargo vessel Ammon, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Q-Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport.

Regards,

Norman.

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Covid testing – “Go for the Flow”.

People of Devon encouraged to ‘Go for the Flow’ and take twice-weekly tests.

 

We want everyone to feel safe when they leave their home, while taking the necessary precautions when out and about. That’s why we’re encouraging adults in Devon to include regular rapid lateral flow testing as part of their weekly routine. It’s free, painless and results are back within the hour.

Devon County Council have mobile vans which move around the county offering testing to people without symptoms of COVID-19. This service is available for anyone 18 and over that doesn’t have access to workplace testing and we are offering two tests per week in line with the government recommendations. You can also collect packs of home testing kits from our friendly staff. One of our community testing vans will be in the Morrisons Car Park in Bideford on Mondays between 1100 and 1900 and again on Thursdays between 1530 and 1900.

Lateral flow tests are only for people who do not have symptoms. Anyone displaying any of the main COVID-19 symptoms must still book a PCR test at www.gov.uk

Any changes to times or days for our testing vans will be updated on our website: devon.cc/flow Case rates throughout Devon remain low, but with restrictions lifting and socialising returning, now is the time to take regular tests as a part of your routine to help break the chain of transmission.

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Shipping notes No. 193 (April).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping at Bideford since last issue. The Oldenburg has made various cargo runs to Lundy, mainly from Ilfracombe.

Yelland Quay.

Dredger Deo Gloria24/4, 25/4 (2 trips), 26/4 (2 trips), 27/4 (2 trips), 28/4 (2 trips), 29/4 (2 trips), 30/4 (2 trips).

Appledore.

The Freshspring was moved to H&W’s Bidna Yard on the 27th for bottom painting and her 5-year test on the hull, returning to Bideford early part of May. Photos below.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/4 at 06.35 cargo vessel Wilson Hull, 4,247 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.25. At 16.10 vehicle carrier Swan Ace, 18,867 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carrier Express Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.06 offshore supply vessel Afon Wen, 200 tons d.w., owners Holyhead Towing Co Ltd UK, inward bound for Avonmouth with barge.

2/4 at 08.33 tanker Annette Essberger, 11,340 d.w., owners Annette Essberger Germany, inward bound for Barry. (Seen again at 17.07 5 th having sailed from Barry at 12.56). At 12.17 cargo vessel Wilson Bergen, 2,595 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

3/4 at 06.17 vehicle carrier Amber Arrow, 21,120 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.52. At 16.20 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Assen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

4/4 at 08.59 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Aires Del Mar Compania SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 21.20 cargo vessel Anzoras, 5,757 tons d.w., owners Naviera Mureta SA Spain, inward bound for Cardiff. At 21.20 cargo vessel Luhnau, 3,720 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann, inward bound for Swansea .

5/4 at 18.15 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.43 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. (Seen again at 07.15 7th, outward bound).

6/4 at 09.48 bulk carrier Kai Xuan, 51,599 tons d.w., owners Polestar Shipping Co. Ltd Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 04.15. At 13.09 cargo vessel Amadeus Gold, 2,570 tons d.w., owners Amadeus Gold BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 15.24 cargo vessel Paula C, 4,998 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Cowes I.O.W., inward bound for Sharpness.

7/4 at 07.49 cargo vessel Jevenau, 3,702 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.10. At 07.54 cargo vessel Fri River, 3,300 tons d.w., owners Kopervik Shipping AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.15.

8/4 at 09.10 cargo vessel Marley, 3,002 tons d.w., owners Marlin NV Belgium, inward bound for Sharpness.

9/4 at 08.39 work boat UKD Sealion, 350 tons d.w., owners Associated British Ports London, inward bound for Swansea. At 10.44 cargo vessel Amber Sky, 5,750 tons d.w., owners A Sky Ltd Portugal, inward bound for Swansea. At 1655 cargo vessel Sider Moon, 26,000 tons d.w., owners Nova Carriers Ltd Italy, inward bound for Newport.

10/4 at 05.39 tug Svitzer Brunel, 210 tons d.w., owners Svitzer A/S Denmark, inward bound for Avonmouth (returning to her home port having been away at London and Southampton since 2010). At 09.11 cargo vessel Adamas, 3,754 tons d.w., owners Adamas Scheepvaartderneming Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 17.10 14th outward bound from Newport having sailed at 10.52).

11/4 at 22.00 cargo vessel Hermas, 4,903 tons d.w., owners Hermas Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

12/4 at 05.08 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,500 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 07.34 cargo vessel Bon Vivant, 2,520 tons d.w., owners MV Bon Vivant SA Latvia, inward bound for Newport. At 22.00 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

13/4 at 21.40 cargo vessel Arklow Cape, 5,085 tons d.w., owners Crinnis Shipping Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

14/4 at 05.56 cargo vessel Christine, 4,753 tons d.w., owners Christine Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 08.40 cargo vessel Somovskiy, 3,721 tons d.w., owners Joint Stock Co Northern River Shipping Line Russia, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 21.59 13th. At 13.25 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.34. At 17.00 cargo vessel BBC Ocean, 6,152 tons d.w., owners Ballum Briese Schhiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 05.35 20th having sailed from Avonmouth at 23.55 19th). At 20.17 cargo vessel Kazim Dede, 9,861 tons d.w., owners Aurora of the Sea Shipping Marshall Islands, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again at 06.25 22nd having sailed from Newport at 01.09).

15/4 at 11.58 cargo vessel Celtic Commander, 4,700 tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 21.48 cargo vessel K.Dadayli, 9,405 d.w., owners Dadaylilar Shipping Corp Marshall Islands, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 05.10 having sailed from Avonmouth at 22.17 17th).

16/4 at 07.03 hopper dredger Artevelde, 8,327 tons d.w., owners Dredging Internation Lux Luxembourg, inward bound for Avonmouth.

17/4 at 13.35 cargo vessel Wilson Rotterdam, owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, inward bound for Swansea. At 15.35 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece ,inward bound for Portbury. At 1802 vehicle carrier Liberty, 19,600 tons d.w., owners American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Inc USA, inward bound for Portbury.

18/4 at 05.23 vehicle carrier Grande San Paolo, 26,170 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound from Portbury at 14.10 19th having sailed at 09.26). At 12.08 bulk carrier Aasnes, 7,182 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 12.14 container ship AS Paulina, 34,287 tons d.w., owners AS Paulina Opco BV Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.04.

19/4 at 14.20 hopper barge Pagadder, 4,850 tons d.w., owners Decloedt En Zoon N.V Belgium, inward bound for Barry. At 17.42 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

20/4 at 05.05 cargo vessel Sunmi, 4,148 tons d.w., owners Misje Bulk AS Norway, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 23.27. At 17.35 vehicle carrier Delhi Highway, 18,891 tons d.w., owners Kawaskai Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

21/4 at 15.40 vehicle carrier Passero, 12,755 tons d.w., owners Passero GMBH & Co Kg Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.17.

22/4 at 07.30 cargo vessel Kongsfjell, 3,332 tons d.w., owners Aat Shipinvest Norway, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 01.45. At 11.57 cargo vessel Ambassadeur, 6,665 tons d.w., owners TSS Ambassadeur CV Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea. At 11.45 cargo vessel Blue Six, 4,251 tons d.w., owners Blue Six Navigation Ltd Montenegro, inward bound for Cardiff.

23/4 at 07.23 tanker Stolt Jaeger, 5,846 tons d.w., owners Stolt Jaeger BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 01.23. At 07.30 Arklow Viking, 5,150 tons d.w., owners Ferrybank Shipping BV Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 01.28 hrs. At 20.58 cargo vessel Hav Grouper, 3,053 tons d.w., owners Hav Coasters AS Russia, inward bound for Newport,

24/4 at 16.28 cargo vessel Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk A/S Norway, inward bound for Swansea.

25/4 at 05.50 cargo vessel C.Epsilon, 4,211 tons d.w., owners C epsilon Shipping Corp Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 10.04 bulk carrier Ivory Gull, 32,929 tons d.w., owners KK33K Inc Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 17.01 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, outward bound from Rosslare Eire having sailed at 15.50 16th (in the interim having been anchored in Blue Anchor Bay Minehead awaiting orders). At 17.35 cement carrier Bornholm, 4,535 tons d.w., owners JT Cement A/S Norway, inward bound for Newport.

26/4 at 8.14 bulk carrier Aasvik, 4,319 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk a/s Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. (Seen again at 09.45 27th, outward bound having sailed at 06.27. At.09.20 vehicle carrier Hoegh Traveller, 21,918 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.55 tanker RF Alice, 13,273 tons d.w., owners RF Tankers 111 AS Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 06.30. At 22.03 cargo vessel Steinau, 3,712 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

27/4 at 10.02 tanker Okakai, 6,686 tons d.w., owners Kai Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury.

28/4 at 06.22 bulk carrier Agios Nikolaos, 35,217 tons d.w., owners Agios Nikolaos Lib Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 15.53 hrs vehicle carrier Canadian Highway, 18,581 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

29/4 at 05.10 tanker Nave Estella, 74,999 tons d.w., owners Great Serifos Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.57 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,070 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.37.

Regards,

Norman.

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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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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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