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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“The Wytches’ Vendetta” – local film production; a chance to star?

The Wytches’ Vendetta – Phlixa Films (Exeter).

A Short Film; A drama based on the hanging of three Devon witches.

Setting: Devon. Time: Present.

A true horror from the past is revenged.

The so-called Bideford witches – Temperance Lloyd, Mary Trembles and Susannah Edwards were accused by their neighbours of casting spells and sentenced to hang. The three were put to death just as the 17th-century witch-hunts came to an end in England, making theirs the last official public hangings in England.

The former Culture Secretary, and Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw, described the executions as a “stain on our history”.

Summary of the film – Genre: Horror Drama.

1682. Some said they were witches. The good people of Exeter watched and cheered as they swung in the breeze. The judge knew it was a set up, but he caved in to the mob.

Thomas Eastchurch and his cronies accused these women. Said they were witches. Their names: Mary Trembles, Susanna Edwards, Temperance Lloyd. Old women from Bidefod.

And still today, they stand convicted. No pardon granted. No justice. But in this short fictional drama, justice is done: For the descendants of these murdered women have vowed to bring vengeance. Vengeance upon those who are the sons of these murderers, the sons of these cowards, the sons of those who stood and watched their terrible lies bear fruit.

But now it is 2019, on Dartmoor, in a lay-by where a successful American businessman is trying to seduce a young woman. She resists, but suggests a local pub where there may be a room available for the night. Delighted, he finds the pub full with women. But they may not be who they appear to be, and his ‘respectable’ property business career and his precious and privileged life is about to take a twist he would not wish for.

Opportunities….

We are seeking people to be involved as supporters, sponsors and crowdfunders, actors, extras, in props design, costume or crew. Ideally, we would like Devon residents to be involved as much as possible in the production process. Anyone interested should look at our website for details, or contact us by emailing info@phlixa.com. No previous experience is necessary.

http://www.Phlixa.com/

Phlixa Productions is a Devon based film group that makes short films and promotional videos based around drama and performance. Phlixa encourages local involvement in all aspects of film production and welcomes those with or without experience of film making.

Our focus is on engaging with the over 50’s and encouraging young people just starting out to learn about film production. You do not need to be an expert but you do need to be interested to learn and share skills.

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Green light for Brunswick Wharf.

 

Torridge District Council has signed a contract with Red Earth Developments Ltd to develop East-The-Water Wharves.

The proposed scheme will be one of the most significant regeneration projects for Bideford, rejuvenating the waterfront on the historic wharves to provide a public quay side walk, large public square with restaurants and shops, alongside high quality residential accommodation. The overall aim is to deliver an accessible “destination” for residents and visitors that maximises the potential of this unique waterside location. The overall investment is likely to be in the region of £20 million.

The next step is for Red Earth Developments to submit the design for the site to the Planning department at Torridge.

Simon Friend – owner and managing director of Red Earth said: “I am delighted that Councillors have placed their trust in my bid to deliver this landmark mixed-use scheme for this prestigious site and with my team, we will carry out a phase of public consultation prior to finalising the detailed planning application. I am committed to seeing new life being breathed into this wonderful site and area of Bideford which will bring a sense of restoration to what was once the working heart of the town. Our plans will complement the town centre and support the Councils Economic Regeneration programme.”

Councillor Anna Dart, Leader of Torridge District Council and Councillor Ken James, Deputy Leader, said “We are delighted that we have finally signed the contract with Red Earth. This has been a lengthy process but this is a key regeneration site for Bideford Town Centre and we were determined to find the right developer for the site, one who is prepared to make a substantial investment in the site and deliver a plan that was most closely aligned with the Councils vision of how the site should be developed. With possible new funding on offer to Bideford from the Future High Streets Fund this is the perfect time for Torridge District Council to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the economic regeneration of Bideford ,and we hope that everybody will get behind and support this exciting new development for Torridge”.

Red Earth Developments are a Tiverton-based company who are also recognised as having a solid track record for projects in historic towns and waterside locations such as Newton Ferrers, Salcombe, Dartmouth, Bath, Sherborne, Wells and Tavistock.

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Exmoor Pony Centre – autumn.

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

We have had a very busy summer with families on holiday boosting visitor numbers and activity days on every Thursday throughout August. Children have enjoyed seeing behind the scenes by joining our stable yard tours and finding out about aspects of our work the public don’t often get a chance to see. Like Freya shown here with pony Suzannah (below), they also get to meet some more of the ponies. On many days we have been fully booked for group fun riding, taster sessions and treks so the ponies have worked extremely hard and are more than ready for their annual winter holiday.

We had an enjoyable, if rather wet and windy, day at Exford Show and we also hosted several events at the Pony Centre for the Exmoor Pony Festival week including a barbecue and quiz evening for 60 people and a talk about bloodlines by Michael Dewhurst. Linzi has also been out and about giving a series of evening talks at Holnicote Estate.

It will soon be time for the autumn gatherings so over the next few weeks we will be busy preparing for the new intake of foals. If you would like to be involved in our work, we have a couple of new job vacancies in our riding and pony care team. Job specs are on our web site and facebook page and we would love to hear from you if you are interested.

Upcoming events:

23rd and 30th October: Join our Exmoor Ponies in discovering The Wildlife of Exmoor at Night; a family friendly event with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Booking is essential. Adult £3; under 16 £2.

24th and 31st October: 12 – 3pm. Halloween activity afternoons with spooky Halloween Trail.

We will still be open every day except Tuesday and Saturday until 1st November, so do come along and see us.

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheExmoorPonyCentre

Email: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Tel: 01398 323093.

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The Appledore Singers – open rehearsal, 23rd September.

 

The Appledore Singers – Come and Sing with Us!

Open Rehearsal Monday 23rd September 2019

Ladies, now that summer is over, why not join the Appledore Singers at our Open Rehearsal on Monday 23rd September, 7.30 – 9pm at Appledore Baptist Church, as we continue our Autumn season?

We perform in various venues throughout the year, in North Devon and beyond and our repertoire includes arrangements of gospel and folk songs, songs from the shows, Top Ten hits and carols and festive music in the run-up to Christmas.

We are also requested to sing at weddings, and for this we have a special selection of songs.

If you’ve ever wanted to join a ladies’ choir, then here’s your opportunity to do so – you’ll be sure of a warm welcome!

Normal rehearsals are held every Monday night at Appledore Baptist Church, 7.30-9pm. Contact our Musical Director Pam Beechey on 01237 420652 for further details. To see our forthcoming concert details visit our website: theappledoresingers.co.uk or see our Facebook page.

Seek a Smile thro’ Song’

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September diary.

Daily events.

(Regular weekly events in part 2, below).

 

Saturday 21st

7.30pm Bideford Cinema Kingsley School ‘Once upon a time in Hollywood ‘(18) Doors open 7pm.

Monday 23rd

10am – 12 noon Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

7.30pm -9pm Appledore Singers Open Evening at Appledore Baptist Church.Normal rehearsals are held every Monday night at Appledore Baptist Church, 7.30-9pm. Contact our Musical Director Pam Beechey on 01237 420652 for further details. To see our forthcoming concert details visit our website: theappledoresingers.co.uk or see our Facebook page.

Wednesday 24th

10 .15am Bideford Probus meet at Royal Hotel tel 01271 473337.

2pm-3.30pm Bideford Friends meet at Burton Art Gallery, 01805 622666. Ageing Well.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club meets at Northam Hall. New dancers welcome. 01237 423554.

Friday 27th

10am-12noon Coffee, Craft n Chat, Kingsley Hall, WHo!, £2’ tel 01237 421274 A Macmillan Coffee Morning.

10am – 1pm Lundy Art Group at Blue Lights Hall Appledore

2pm-4pm ‘Sew Together’, Baptist Church Westward Ho! 01805 622666 Ageing Well

Saturday 28th

10am -1pm Macmillan Coffee Morning at Woolsery Primary School.

 

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Regular weekly events.

Mondays.

9.30am – 10.30am Bideford Library Childminder’s Storytimes (Term Time only.) 01237 476075.

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

11am -1pm Bideford Library . Nat West Community Banker, 0771163255.

6.45pm – 8.30pm. Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities at the Baptist Church Hall, Westward Ho! (not bank holidays.) 01237 475051.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford Methodist Church. 01237 472532.

7pm – 8pm Walking Football at Kingsley School. Men and Women. Tel 07895 035091.

7pm – 9pm Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre.

7pm Appledore Band Practice; training band, followed by senior band at 7. 45 pm St Mary’s Church Hall. Contact Hugh, Secretary, 473723.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652.

7.45pm Bideford Band Senior Practice at Band Room Victoria Park. Tel Becky, 01237 475653.

Tuesdays.

10 -1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Tai Chi for health. Littleham Village Hall. Lauren Hutchings, 07557 676278. Free, with donations welcome.

11.45-12.45 pm Tai chi. Northam Community Centre. Ageing Well 01409 622666.

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun and Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Hall, Bideford.

2.30pm ‘Lift off for ladies.’ Westward Ho! Baptist Church, 01237 425471.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginners’ and Youth Band Practice, Victoria Park Band Room. 01237 475653.

7- 8pm Walking Football at Kingsley School – Women only. tel Rose Young French, 07895 035091.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club meet at Chubb/Churchill Hall. 01237 421391.

7.30- 9pm Samba Baia rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearsals at Northam Methodist Hall. Tel 01237 478406. northamchoral.org.uk New members welcome.

Wednesdays.

10-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets’ Bldg, Victoria Park.

10am – 1pm Work Hub at Bideford Library, 01237 476075.

11am -12pm Walking tennis for over 40’s at Atlantic Racquets, Caddsdown.

10.30-12pm ‘Feel Better with a Book’ at Bideford Library, 01237 476075.

10.30am-11.30am and 11.30am-12.30pm Tai Chi SW. Free for over 50s. G4 Gym, Dadden Court Ind Est. 01237 478802.

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

2pm Tea with friends at St Mary’s.

7.30 – 9.30pm (term time only) Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 01237 423554. EX39 1AW. Everyone welcome – with or without a partner. Further details from Chris Jewell 01237 423554 chrisjewell99@hotmail.co.uk

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

7.30pm Phoenix Morris practise at Baptist Church Hall Bideford. 01237 473798.

7.45pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 441601

8pm Appledore Band Senior rehearsals at St Mary’s Church Hall Appledore. Sec. 01237 473723.

Thursdays.

9.30am -10am Under fives story time at Bideford Library, 01237 476075.

10-11am Tai Chi Beginners. Marlborough Court, Bideford. £2.50 donation. Ageing Well. 01805 622666.

10.15am – 12noon Northam and District Men’s Forum, Methodist Church Hall, Cross St. Mike, 01237 459324.

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf car park. 421528.

2-3pm Seated exercise for over 60s at Westward Ho! Baptist Hall 01805 622666.

2- 3.30pm ‘Tea and IT’ at Bideford Library. Bring your tablet/phone etc. Devon Age UK. 01598 740060 to book a place.

6.45pm Westward Ho! Bridge Club at Trinity Church Hall.01237 470990.

7.45pm Bideford Band Senior Practice at Band Room Victoria Park. Tel Becky, 01237 475653.

8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners’ Arms.

Fridays.

9.30am Over sixties fitness class at Pollyfield Centre.stevehammond@boatshead.com

9.30am – 10.30am Bideford Library Childminder’s Storytimes (Term Time only). 01237 476075.

2-4pm ‘Sew Together’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 01805 622666 Ageing Well.

2.30- 4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club and afternoon table tennis club. 01237 477932 at Bideford Youth Centre.

4-6pm Needlecrafts at Bideford Library, 01237 476075.

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall. 01237 476632.

Saturdays.

10am -12noon Children’s lego Club at Bideford Library. 01237 476075.

10am -12pm Table tennis club at Bideford Youth Centre. 01237 477932.

10.30am -12.30pm Scrabble Club at Bideford Library. 01237 476075.

Sundays.

11.30am 4pm Bideford Quay; Freshspring Steam ship open to public. www.ssfreshspring.co.uk

7.45pm ND Cancer Care Trust Quiz at at Appledore Social Club. Tel Neil 01237 473798.

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Abbotsham – an historical note.

If you have been watching the last series of ‘Poldark’ you will know that the final episodes dealt with the threat of invasion in the West Country by the French. This threat was temporarily resolved by the Peace of Amiens in March 1802, but by May of 1803 the war was back on and the threat of invasion with it.

This threat was perceived very seriously in the area around Bideford, as can be seen from two documents in the North Devon Record office that relate to the parish of Abbotsham. These are what in today’s parlance might be called a ‘contingency plan’.

The first document, dated 4th December 1803, is The minutes of the resolutions entered into at a meeting of the inhabitants of Abbotsham’. There were six numbered resolutions setting out where parishioners were to meet and place themselves under the direction of named persons, where they should take their stock, that various carts were appointed for the removal of sick and infirm people and that the overseers of the poor would supply 6 bushels of meal at parish expense to Mrs Stone to make 4 loaves of bread for each of the poor. The Overseers of the Poor were also to supply materials to enable the livestock to be marked and they even specified how and where such markings we to be placed.

The document then sets out who would conduct and drive the stock along one of two specified routes – one to Dartmoor and the other to Somerton, distances of about 40 miles and 80 miles. They weren’t taking any chances!

The second document details the owners of the stock that was to be moved plus the names of the old and decrepit persons and whose cart they should travel on. There followed details of the routes to be used, with some alterations written in pencil, showing slight differences to those of the first document, which must be the later version.

This shows some forward thinking by the leaders of the parish, although one can’t help wondering how much notice of invasion they would need to put this plan into action.

David Snow.

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Shipping notes No. 173 (August).

In port – BidefordQuay.

Theseus – (ex- Wilson Dundee); built 2009; flag Antigua & Barbuda: owners German; crew Russian & Ukranian; from Liverpool to Castellon; arrived 27/8, sailed 30/8; loaded 2,850 tons ball clay.

Appledore.

No news regarding reopening ship yard since last edition.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/8 at 12.50 chemical tanker Stolt Auk, 5,064 tons d.w., owners Stolt Auk BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 06.47. At 12.55 vehicle carrier Hoegh Singapore, 12,250 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

2/8 at at 0823 vehicle carrier Antares Leader, 18,646 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaiha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

3/8 at 0735 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.52 cargo vessel Lady Ariana, 3,700 tons, owners Wijnne and Barends Cargoadoor-en-Agentuurkkantoren BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.30 cargo vessel Conger, 5,407 tons d.w., owners Conger GMBH & Co Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 17.10 cargo vessel Feed Rogaland, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Halton Bulk AS Norway, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 09.21.

4/8 at approx 12.15 my nephew Martin Humphreys saw the vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Victory Ray Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.27.

5/8 at 13.15 vehicle carrier Cygnus Leader, 20,180 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaiha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Also seen at 14.13 6th outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 09.04). At 14.00 chemical tanker Stolt Shearwater, 5,498 tons d.w., owners Stolt Shearwater BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 09.16.

6/8 at 08.25 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 21.15 cargo vessel Muhlenau, 3,670 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 08.10 3rd.

7/8 at 15.51 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

8/8 08.03 container vessel Encounter, 9,335 tons d.w., owners JR Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.29.

10/8 at 18.58 vehicle carrier Auto Sun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

11/8 at 07.29 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,504 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound at 10.32 12th, having sailed from Portbury at 06.22.

12/8 at 07.48 bulk carrier Aashiem, 5,826 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelson Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 10.30 vehicle carrier Durban Highway, 18,806 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.36 vehicle carrier Grand Pova, 18,376 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping (H.K.) Co Ltd Hong Kong China, inward bound for Portbury.

15/8 at 07.10 cargo vessel Tejo Alges, 4,247 tons d.w., owners Tejo Shipping Line Ltd Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 11.05 cargo vessel RMS Saimaa, 2,634 tons d.w., owners Rhein Maas-und See-Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 11.20 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries U.K. Ltd, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.54 vehicle carrier Horizon Leader, 20,434 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

17/8 at 07.50 cargo vessel Cathy Jo, 6,000 tons d.w., owners Seaburn Shipping N.v. Eire, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 12.17 chemical tanker Stolt Shearwater, 5,498 tons d.w., owners Stolt Shearwater B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 08.12.

18/8 at 10.20 cargo vessel Frakt Vik, 4,550 tons d.w., owners Austrheim Frakt Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again at 18.45 23rd having sailed from Sharpness at 12.01). At 20.15 cargo vessel Komet, 11,4752 toms d.w., owners Komet Henry Gerdau K.G Germany, inward bound for Newport.

19/8 at 15.25 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.55 bulk carrier Aashiem, 5,826 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Tor, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.10 vehicle carrier Thalatta, 23,500 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Sweden and Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

20/8 at 12.40 bulk carrier Aasnes, 5,826 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelson Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 10.06.

21/8 at 08.07 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

23/8 at 13.25 vehicle carrier Lapis Arrow, 12,105 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.05 vehicle carrier Tortugas, 14,512 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.15.

24/8 at 07.44 vehicle carrier Elegant Ace, 18,333 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carriers Express Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 03.22. At 08.10 cargo vessel Bonay, 1,891 tons d.w., owners Courland Shipping Sia Latvia, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 00.21. At 12.55 cargo vessel Sea Kestrel, 2,225 tons d.w., owners Northern Coasters Market Rasen, inward bound for Avonmouth.

25/8 at 14.12 cargo vessel Geert K, 4,000 tons d.w., owners Rutunia Beheer BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

26/8 at at 07.50 chemical tanker Stolt Shearwater, 5,498 tons d.w., owners Stolt Shearwater BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. At 08.20 cargo vessel Wilson Nanjing, 8,333 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning A/S Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.52.

28/9 at 21.40 vehicle carrier Dionysus Leader, 21,438 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

29/8 at 18.12 cargo vessel Suna, 4,143 tons d.w., owners Suna Shipping Ltd Ukraine, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 18.30 cargo vessel Oder, 6,050 tons d.w., owners Roland ship Administration Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

31/8 at 12.53 cargo vessel Arklow Valour, 5,159 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 13.06 vehicle carrier Pisces Leader, 18,781 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

The proposed visit by the Holland America Cruise ship Rotterdam on the 9th August was cancelled due to expected bad weather. She is due to make a visit on the 24th September.

Regards,

Norman.

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Michael Morpurgo exhibition: The Burton, until 28th October.

Michael Morpurgo, A Lifetime in Stories is an exclusive exhibition curated by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books on display at the Burton at Bideford from August 24 – October 28.

The exhibition will look at the author’s life and writing process as well as the lives he created for some of his remarkable characters. Devised by ‘Seven Stories’, The National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, the hugely successful exhibition was opened at their museum in 2016 and has been touring the UK since 2017. The exhibition will include draft manuscripts, photographs, notebooks and correspondence which chronicle Michael’s creative process and writing career. These will include the writing of War Horse, Kensuke’s Kingdom and The Butterfly Lion. It will also include artwork loaned by some of Britain’s greatest illustrators including Sir Quentin Blake, Patrick Benson and Michael Foreman. Come and explore an atmospheric soundscape and learn about Morpurgo’s themes of war, farming and friendship and see inspiring original material for famed works like War Horse including a maquette of the Joey puppet.

Burton at Bideford Principal Ian Danby says ‘We are delighted to be the final stop of the exhibition A Lifetime in Stories current tour, particularly as Michael is such a supporter of The Burton (and particularly the crepes from Café du Parc). We are also pleased to be partnering with Mitchell & Dickinson, our local sponsors who were also keen to see such a high-quality exhibition come to the area that Michael Morpurgo calls home.’

Sarah Lawrance, Seven Stories’ Co-Chief Executive said: “Michael is one of the most influential authors of our time who has done more than most to harness the power of storytelling to touch the hearts and minds of young readers. It’s a privilege to be custodian of his archive and we are excited to be sharing its treasures through this exhibition.”

Michael’s writing style is inspired by fact and real events, “Before you find a voice for a story, you have to find a voice as a writer. Before you find a voice as a writer there is something even more important – you have to find something to write about. It’s no good trying to write about what you don’t care about. You only find out what you care about when you discover what really motivates you to write. The more time you spend in “dream time” living in your head where the story is, imagining how the people involved would feel – then you can lose yourself utterly in the story. That’s what I try to do.”

In 2015 he donated his entire archive to Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books. “I have known Seven Stories for a number of years and admired the way that it has worked quietly and diligently to fill an obvious gap in our culture by founding a National children’s literature archive and by using it to make amazing exhibitions” says Michael Morpurgo, explaining his reason for the donation. “We have a huge admiration for what everyone has done at Seven Stories – this is significant and it matters in the world of the arts. That’s an extraordinary thing to have created. It made sense to us that it should be the home for my stuff”.

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The Legion needs you!

Volunteers wanted in Bideford to support Poppy Appeal.

The Royal British Legion is urging the great British public to join forces with them this year and volunteer for the charity’s annual Poppy Appeal.

The Legion is calling on local people across Bideford to show their support for our Armed Forces – past and present – by dedicating their spare time to distribute poppies for donations.

The Legion needs a volunteers for this year’s Appeal in Bideford high street and supermarkets. Community Fundraiser Lauren Chilton says their support will help the charity continue providing life-long help and support to the Armed Forces community.

Lauren said: “Every year we are astounded by the overwhelming support from the public who give anything from two hours to two weeks of their free time to help out during the Poppy Appeal. It’s our biggest fundraising campaign made possible thanks to the dedication of our volunteers.”

The Legion offers life-long support to the Armed Forces community in a number of ways including providing crisis grants, researching the changing impact of blast injuries on the body, lobbying the government on key issues, specialist dementia care, sport and art based recovery programmes and advising on benefits and money problems.

We couldn’t provide any of this support without the help of our volunteers during the Poppy Appeal,” Lauren added. “Volunteering can provide great opportunities for those involved. It allows the chance to meet new people, learn new and transferable skills and be part of a team that helps the whole Armed Forces family and promotes understanding of Remembrance.”

The Legion is looking for enthusiastic people of all ages and backgrounds.

Volunteers do not need to have a military background and any age can volunteer for the Legion, although if you’re under the age of 16, you’ll need to be accompanied by an adult. There are a variety of roles available. To find out more, contact Community Fundraiser Lauren Chilton on 07458 010862 or LChilton@britshlegion.org.uk .

For further information on the work of The Royal British Legion visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk

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Heroine of India honoured with statue in Torrington.

A bronze statue of Sister Nivedita (1867-1911) was unveiled by Great Torrington Town and Torridge District Councillors in Great Torrington Cemetery on Saturday 27th August . Sister Nivedita, who was born Margaret Elizabeth Noble, spent much of her life in India where she is revered as an educationalist and campaigner for India’s freedom movement. Her involvement with India came about after a meeting with Swami Vivekananda in London in 1895 after which she travelled to Calcutta. She was given the name Nivedita meaning “dedicated to god” and opened a girls school in 1898. Her intention was to educate girls who were at the time deprived of even the most basic education. She is also noted for nursing the poor during the plague epidemic in Calcutta in 1899 as well as having a close association with the Ramakrishna Mission until later when she made an active contribution in the field of Indian Nationalism.

She died in Darjeeling in 1911 and following her cremation her ashes were returned to Great Torrington where they were interred in the family grave. The statue and plinth were commissioned and paid for by the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms Mamata Banerjee to commemorate the 150th anniversary of her birth on July 4th and also in commemoration of her life which she dedicated to India. Torridge District Council provided the plot on which the bronze statue has been sited as a permanent memorial. It is the first statue of Sister Nivedita to be erected outside of India and was unveiled jointly by Deputy Mayor of Torrington Doug Smith and Torridge and Great Torrington Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin who is also lead member for Community, Culture and Leisure at Torridge District Council.

TDC Lead member for Community, Culture and Leisure – Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin said – “I must admit that I was largely unaware of Sister Nivedita’s family connection to the Great Torrington area or of the fascinating and selfless work she devoted herself to in India. Clearly she was a remarkable woman at a time when people (and women in particular) were not given the opportunities that they have today. This makes her achievements even more significant, and I hope that the statue will act as an inspiration to those who see it and bring about a greater recognition of her life which was dedicated to helping those who were less fortunate.”

Mayor of Great Torrington – Councillor Keeley Allin said: “The information in relation to Sister Nivedita’s incredible achievements in India and her connection to Great Torrington have been a revelation to many over these past few months. It is clear that amongst other things, this lady’s life had a major impact in empowering young women in India through the provision of education and learning. It is a privilege to host the statue of remembrance and recognition in our town’s cemetery and hope that many people, young and old, will visit and be inspired by the life and achievements of Sister Nivedita.”

Swami Sarvasthananda said: “We are delighted to be part of unveiling ceremony of Sister Nivedita, also known as Margaret Noble, who gave her all to India at the behest of her spiritual master Swami Vivekananda. She was inspired by his message of Service of God in man and contributed a lot in several fields for the uplift of the Indian masses including that of women’s education. It is a great privilege for the monks and devotees of the Ramakrishna Mission to honour her contribution by installing a bronze statue in Torrington kindly made possible by the help received from the government of West Bengal, India. Our sincere thanks to Torridge District Council for their unconditional help and support.”

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Shipping notes No. 172 (July).

Bideford Quay.

Nothing since last issue

Appledore.

On Radio Devon on 3rd July, an early morning report that providing a contract is signed soon for building fishing vessels it is possible for the yard to reopen by October providing employment for approx 100 men. Will keep you informed.

Yelland Quay.

Nothing since last issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/7 at 09.55 bulk carrier Aashiem, 5,826 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelson Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 07.00. At 18.43 cargo vessel Lina, 5,535 tons d.w., owners Navigator Shipping Ltd Ukraine, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 2200 vehicle carrier Hoegh Singapore, 12,250 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 16.34.

3/7 at 0932 tug SD Deborah, 45 tons d.w., owners SD Marine Services UK inward bound for Swansea. (Seen again 11.35 4/7 outward bound, having sailed 08.19 heading for her home base of Plymouth). At 10.15 cargo vessel Smaragd, 3,155 tons d.w., owners Smaragd B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 13.05 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., inward bound for Portbury. At 21.30 Mia Sophie B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sofie B Schiffahtrs GMBH Germany, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 17.09.

5/6 at 10.20 cargo vessel Vardefjell, 3,171 tons d.w., owners Tomke Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.22 cargo vessel Arina, 4,402 tons d.w., owners Markoro Shipping Co Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Newport. At 20.13 cargo vessel Arklow Rover, 4,933 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Eire, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 20.03 1st and subsequently having remained at anchor awaiting orders.

6/7 at 06.35 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

7/7 at 15.43 vehicle carrier Hoegh Jacksonville, 20,578 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Oslo, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 18.54 8th outward bound, having sailed from Portbury at 14.58).

8/7 at 17.40 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Victory Ray Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 13.48.

9/7 at 05.30 vehicle carrier Hamburg Highway, 20,703 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 08.14 10th having sailed from Portbury at 03.37. At 14.47 vehicle carrier Hoegh Singapore,12,225 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.05. At 16.47 cargo vessel Dolfijn, 2,450 tons d.w., owners Dolfijn Shipping Ltd Russia, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again on 11th,17.07, having sailed at 12.37). At 17.35 cargo vessel Begonia S, 12,119 tons d.w., owners Marenero Shipping Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 17.53 cargo vessel Rodau, 3,712 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann, inward bound for Birdport. At 19.17 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

10/7 at 07.15 vehicle carrier City of Oslo, 5,493 tons d.w., owners Gram Car Carriers Singapore, inward bound for Portbury. At 07.35 container vessel Kristin Schepers, 9,400 tons d.w., owners HS Schiffahrts GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 03.15.

11/7 at 07.05 cargo vessel Jade, 3,261 tons d.w., owners Jade Scheepvaartondernemig Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

12/7 at 19.08 cargo vessel Transwind, 16,807 tons d.w., owners Transbay Shipping Ltd Latvia, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 00.30 9th

13/7 at 14.45 cargo vessel Eems Delta, 17,39 tons d.w., owners Delta Marine Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 20.40 vehicle carrier Canadian Highway, 18,581 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 23.00 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

14/7 at 14.20 vehicle carrier Autoprestige, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.14.

16/7 at 11.45 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.21. At 16.40 vehicle carrier Manon, 28,370 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

20/7 at 12.30 cargo vessel Fri Porsgrunn, 3,792 tons d.w., owners Vealos AS Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.17 Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for |Portbury.

21/7 at 0714 vehicle carrier Gravity Highway, 21,000 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 14.21 23rd outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 09.46). At 08.47 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,500 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.54 bulk carrier Aasli, 6,630 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 13.40 vehicle carrier Bishu Highway, 17,649 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, heading for Portbury. (Seen again at 18.30 22nd outward bound, having sailed from Portbury at 13.36). At 20.45 bulk carrier Sebat, 18,000 tons d.w., inward bound for Newport.

24/7 at 06.30 container ship Encounter, 9,335 tons d.w., owners JR Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 01.54. At 15.25 vehicle carrier Viking Odessa, 6,000 tons d.w., owners Gran Car Carriers Holding Singapore, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.02.

25/7 at 18.05 cargo vessel Dagna, 6,000 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea.

26/7 at 06.15 bulk carrier Oshimana, 48,000 tons d.w., owners Masterbulk Pte Ltd Singapore, inward bound for Portbury. At 0625 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons tons d.w., owners European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.05 cargo vessel Reggedijk, 4,890 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Holland, inward bound for Cardiff. At 0955 cargo vessel Trubadour, 2,580 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 01.18.

27/7 at 05.25 vehicle carrier Oceanus Leader, 21,351 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.47 26th. At 05.40 vehicle carrier Amber Arrow, 21,120 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.08. At 09.52 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,161 tons d.w., owners Fujyukkuri Maritime SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 21.26 vehicle carrier Hoegh Singapore, 12,250tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 17.25.

28/7 at 08.07 cargo vessel Celtic Warrior, 4,123 tons d.w. owners Charles M. Willie Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 12.23 cargo vessel Ostbense, 7,500 tons d.w., owners Ostbense Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 12.26 cargo vessel Selene Prahm, 2,422 tons d.w., owners Hammann & Prahm Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 19.18 cargo vessel Luhnau, 3,720 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 19.35 cargo vessel Feed Rogland, 4,993 tons d.w., owners Halten Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 1957 chemical tanker Oratuulia, 6,089 tons d.w., owners Tuulia Shipping CV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury. At 21.23 vehicle carrier Dignity Ace, 20,589 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carrier Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

29/3 at 06.40 cargo vessel Shetland Trader, 2,386 tons d.w., owners Faversham Shipping Ltd Cowes IOW, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 01.51. At 16.05 cement carrier Cemsky, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Cemsky Schiffahtrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport.

31/7 at 12.03 bulk carrier Sider King, 25,467 tons d.w., owners Sider Italy Spa, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 06.00. At 22.13 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,100 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

According to one of my magazines the cruise ship Rotterdam, owners Holland America Line, is due at Ilfracombe on the 9th August from 08.00 until 1500.

Regards,

Norman.

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Shipping notes No. 171 (June).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping at Bideford

Yelland Quay.

Deo Goria – 2/6 (2 trips), 3/6 (2 trips), 4/6 (2 trips), 5/6 (2 trips), 6/6 (2 trips), 7/6 (2 trips), 8/6 (2 trips), 9/6 (2 trips), 10/6 (2 trips), 11/6 & 12/6 ( 2 trips), 13/6 (2 trips), 14/6 (2 trips), 15/6 (last trip; on the morning tide, sailed for Penhryn via dredging area).

26 trips at 1,500 tons per voyage is approx 39,000 tons total brought ashore.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/6 at 11.00 cargo vessel Antwerp, 3,600 tons d.w., owners Sibet Attena Vertom-Bojen Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 05.06.

3/6 at 13.05 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Victory Ray Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury seen passing Hartland Point.

4/6 at 11.20 cargo vessel Dagna, 6,020tons d.w., owners Van Dijk HH Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea.

5/6 at 16.23 cargo vessel Rova Stones, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Rova Shipping GHMH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 17.15 vehicle carrier Onyx Arrow, 21,087 tons d.w., owners Onyx Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.30 cargo vessel Merit, 3,153 tons d.w., owners Merit Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 11.44.

6/6 at 05.32 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.28 dredger City of Cardiff, 2,730 tons d.w., owners Associated British Ports London, inward bound for Culver from Shoreham.

8/6 at 06.25 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 11,160tons d.w., owners Aristole Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 21.26 cargo vessel Komet 111, 4,752 tons d.w., owners Komet Henry Gerdau KG Germany, inward bound for Newport.

9/6 at 0525 vehicle carrier Liberty, 27,609 tons d.w., owners Fidelio Lp USA, inward bound for Portbury. At 05.31 bulk carrier Kontantinos M, 32,178 tons d.w., owners Konstantinos Shipping SA Greece, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 14.25 cargo vessel Lady Alida, 3,700 tons d.w., owners Wijnne and Barends Cargadoors en Agenttuurkantoren BV Holland, inward bound for Newport. At 17.35 vehicle carrier Victorious Ace, 18,539 tons d.w., owners White Bear Maritime ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 21.19 10th outward bound, having sailed from Portbury at 16.01).

10/6 at 04.53 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.10 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w., owners White Bear Maritime Ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 21.17 12th outward bound, having sailed at 16.44). At 17.26 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anita 2SNC France, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.14. At 17.50 vehicle carrier RCC Tianjin, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Tianjin Maritime ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again outward bound at 17.00 hrs 11th having sailed from Portbury at 12.31).

12/6 at 10.32 cargo vessel Mia Sophie B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sopie B Schiffahtrs GMBH Germany, inward bound for Swansea. At 18.40 vehicle carrier Heroic Leader, 20,434 tons d.w., owners Heroic Ray Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 20.05 13th outward bound). At 19.30 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 3,960 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 19.33 container ship Encounter, 9,335 tons d.w., owners JR Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 15.04.

13/6 at 12.20 cargo vessel Wes Nicole, 4,247 tons d.w., owners Wes Nicole Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 12.27 cargo vessel Anja, 3,246 tons d.w., owners Irving Management Ltd Lithuania, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 04.21.

14/6 at approx 08.30 the cruise ship Queen Victoria, 90,437 gross tons, Cunard Line Southampton, was showing on my computer to the west of Lundy, not visible to the naked eye because of the rain and misty conditions. She then proceeded to her home port of Southampton. At 19.53 vehicle carrier Hoegh Singapore, 12,250 tons d.w., owners Hoegh Autoliners Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.54.

15/6 at 10.33 cargo vessel Elizabeth K, 3,710 tons d.w., owners Rederij K & T Holland CV Netherlands, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.00 cargo vessel Sea Hunter, 3,148 tons d.w., owners Torbulk Ltd Market Rasen UK, inward bound for Swansea.

16/6 at 09.07 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.55 vehicle carrier Cape Town Highway, 21,676 tons d.w., owners Rockfish Marine SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

17/6 at 13.00 chemical tanker Stolt Guillemot, 4,676 tons d.w., owners Stolt Gillemot BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 09.05.

18/6 at 16.10 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w., owners JR Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 10.47.

19/6 at 06.30 cargo vessel Lily B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Lily B Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport.

20/6 at 07.45 cargo vessel Vaermland, 3,211 tons d.w., owners Karl Meyer Shipping Int GMBH & Co Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 22.01 19/6.

21/6 at 06.23 cargo vessel Arklow Fern, 4,960 tons d.w., owners Banco Espanol de Credit Spain, inward bound for Sharpness. At 06.33 cargo vessel Elbetor, 3,432 tons d.w., owners Roland Second Maritime GMBH Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

22/6 at 07.28 tanker Oraluna, 6,907 tons d.w., owners Priority Shipping CV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 12.05 cargo vessel Santana, 10,850 tons d.w., owners Santana Maritime Ltd Austria, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 22.08 21st. At 12.25 bulk carrier Aashiem, 5,826 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkleson Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 09.08. At 15.19 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

26/6 at 21.00 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 11,600 tons d.w., owners Aristole Shipping Co Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 16.39.

27/6 at 05.03 cargo vessel Celtic Forester, owners Charles Willie & Co Cardiff, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed 23.00 26t. At 08.33 cargo vessel Telmo, 5,613 tons d.w., owners Urola Shipping Sl Spain, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 00.30. (She anchored in Bideford Bay and was still there on am 28th. She sailed early afternoon for the Continent).

28/6 at 08.03 cargo vessel Zeeland, 3,609 tons d.w., owner Verkooijen M Netherlands, outward bound fro Newport having sailed at 01.50. At 08.16 chemical tanker Stolt Fulmar, 5,498 tons d.w., owners Stolt Fulmar BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 04.13.

29/6 at 20.33 container ship MSC Jenny, 32,984 tons d.w., owners One Star MSC Ltd Switzerland, inward bound for Portbury.

30/6 at 08.50 bulk carrier Aasheim, 5,826 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot

Regards,

Norman.

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Torridge roll out electric vehicle charging points.

In partnership with ChargePoint UK, Torridge District Council has installed some of the first publicly accessible electric car charging points in car parks in Northern Devon. With the Government announcing that petrol and diesel cars will be phased out after 2040 and investment and ownership of electrical vehicles continuing to rise, Councillors have decided to act now to provide facilities for both tourists and residents at strategic locations across the district (Bideford, Torrington, Holsworthy, and Appledore). The timing coincides with recent climate change protests staged by local children calling for a reduction in emissions including private transport, with a switch to electric cars seen as one of the ways to achieve this.

The 55KW rapid-charging units that have been installed represent the latest in charging technology and have the capacity to charge two vehicles at a time from empty to 80% in 30 minutes. The joint venture with ChargePoint means that the up-front costs to implementation are lower, allowing the Council to take advantage of subsequent improvements in technology which is accelerating at an ever faster rate. Since 2011 this has already seen the range of electric cars increase from 100 to 310 miles. A revenue sharing agreement will offset the loss of a small number of parking spaces but it’s hoped that tourists will in turn be attracted to the area thanks to the charging facilities to help them with their journey planning.

Councillor Bob Hicks – Lead Member for the Economy said:

The Council have chosen to install this technology as we recognise and understand the importance of creating an infrastructure capable of supporting the rise in popularity in electric vehicles. The arrangements we have in place will allow us the flexibility to adapt our approach as the technology advances. The publicly accessible and popular locations mean that both visitors and residents will have a convenient option to recharge their vehicles while visiting local shops and leisure facilities at the same time.”

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One hundred years ago – May 1919.

Echoes of the war are still evident in some areas of life.

R Blackmore & Sons Auctioneers, of New Road, Bideford, have been instructed to sell agricultural items which are surplus to the requirements of the North Devon Agricultural Committee. These range from tractors and threshing machines to straw trussers and binder twine. Readers are assured that these items are by the best makers and most of them are practically new.

By order of the local Food Committee, milk prices for May have been fixed at 6d per quart delivered, 5d sold at the retailer’s premises. Imported meat will be 2d per pound less than the price stated on the list exhibited in the shop.

Soldiers attached to the Agricultural Corps will not now be moved to join the Army of Occupation until after May 15th, as it was felt that their removal at such a busy time would harm food production.

Mr F A Searle, Honorary Treasurer of Bideford Town Council, has been thanked for his services in connection with the Belgian refugees. Some 200 refugees have been maintained by the town since their arrival in February 1915, the last having now been repatriated.

Germany was to lose 13 percent of its territory and 10 percent of its population. … Pressured by the Allies and thrown into confusion by crisis within the Weimar government at home, the Germans gave in and accepted the terms at 5:40 p.m. on May 23. The Versailles Treaty was signed on June 28, 1919

In other news:

Mr W J Barnes, Clerk to Northam Council, has written to the police calling attention to the excessive speed and dangerous driving of motor cars and motor cycles on the Bideford to Northam Road.

Pebbles are to be raked off the Westward Ho! Coastal path and notices erected prohibiting cycling.

A field at Northam belonging to Mr Penhorwood and occupied by Mr Griffey has been acquired for allotments, as has the field at Westward Ho! opposite Springfield belonging to Mr W S Bourne and occupied by Mr H Braddick.

A hive of bees swarmed in Abbotsham Road on 19th May, believed to be the first of the summer season. The 17th century proverb supports this “a swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly”

Mr Perkins, The Quay, Bideford, agent for the Combe Martin Jam & Preserve Company, will purchase any quantity of fruits, including strawberries, red currants, gooseberries and plums.

And finally:

Bideford Town Crier’s latest call on Friday was “Lost! Bideford Town Water Cart, last seen in the council yard. Anyone returning same to Mill Street in working order will be rewarded with thanks.” The Gazette reports that the much needed rain came on Saturday

These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford Community Archive at the Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings or visit our website www.bidefordarchive.org.uk.

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Atlantic Racquet Centre.

Atlantic Racquet Centre is a brand-new multi-sports community facility in Bideford. It currently offers 4 indoor and 6 outdoor tennis courts as well as 3 badminton courts. A gym, squash courts and a café are planned to be completed in the next year. A particularly notable addition will be an especially designed purpose-built changing room, fully equipped with aids – hoist, changing bench, grab rails etc – for use by disabled visitors; this will be open to the wider community, not just those people using the Centre.

The centre offers a wide range of affordable coaching sessions for both children & adults of all standards as well hosting birthday parties & events. It is open to the public and all courts can be hired on a pay & play basis from just £6 per hour. In addition to this we offer a range of fantastic membership options for individuals and families.

Westward Ho! Tennis Club first formed the vision for this facility back in 2004. At that point the club, located in Avon Lane, Westward Ho!, had 4 outdoor tennis courts and there was a waiting list of over a year for children to join its coaching programme. At that time, people had to travel to Barnstaple to play on indoor courts, which was not always convenient, and was expensive.

In 2013 the club sold its site in Westward Ho! and the proceeds of this sale were donated to the newly formed community charity Atlantic Racquet Centre. The charity went on to raise additional funds from Sport England, The Lawn Tennis Association, Bideford Bridge Trust, Squash England, Torridge District Council together with the help of a number of other organisations and individuals.

In July 2014 the site at Caddsdown was purchased and work began on the new facilities. Play on the outside courts began in April 2015, and the 4 indoor courts were opened in January 2018, followed in September by the new Badminton facilities.

Since 2015 overall membership has grown from 150 to over 575, and numbers accessing the coaching have increased from 57 to over 330. The charity provides regular disability tennis sessions, both at the courts, and visiting schools. ARC also has links with three disability organisations in the area, and runs a monthly ‘Inclusive Festival’, when people of all ages and all levels of disability come together for an afternoon of fun activities especially created for them.

Outreach coaching is taken to 16 primary schools and 3 secondary schools in the area, introducing tennis to over 2,300 children.

The Charity is also engaged with the local GP surgeries in a joint project to bring social prescribing to the people of Torridge. It is also working with TDC and other clubs and organisations to provide a wider network of tennis facilities across the area for people to access in their own locality.

For more information on the centre, any of our sessions or to book your court please visit www.atlanticracquetcentre.co.uk

For enquiries please call 07587782675 or email info@atlanticracquetcentre.co.uk

Photo below of one of the Inclusive Festivals.

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