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North Devon Maritime Museum Appledore . The hunt is now on for new volunteers in order to ensure the Maritime Museum at Appledore runs smoothly throughout the coming tourist season – from Easter to the end of October.?A cheerful and warm welcome and a willingness to enthuse about our area are the chief requirements of our volunteers.They enjoy meeting and greeting our visitors many of whom are from Canada, America and Australia and are researching links with their north Devon relatives, or British nationals who have family or maritime links with Appledore.?All new volunteers will be shown the museum’s routines and be supported by the experienced volunteers. A warm welcome awaits everyone. Please contact me if you would like to know more.?Diana Yendell ?Phone:- 01237 477836?or email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
The Moorland Mousie Trust . 14th and 17th March will be special Volunteer Recruitment days at the Centre so if you are interested in helping with our work in any way, please do come along between 10am and 3pm.
The Centre is open 10 till 5 every day of the week and if you ring when staff are busy with ponies, a friendly machine will answer you. If you are making a special trip to visit us, please ring to check that we will be around.
There will be an Easter Open Day on Sunday 1st April (weather permitting!) from 11 till 3 pm so put the date in your diary and come along and join in the fun.
Exmoor Pony Centre Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9QE Tel: 01398 323093
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Still within living memory?
Bideford 500, the town’s Heritage Project is hoping to collect as many memories as possible about the Second World War that local people may still be able to recount. As the Project has a special connection with the USA memories of the GI’s ‘invasion’ will be of particular interest. Whilst the project has brought together many examples of films, photographs, written articles and unearthed information from archives it is still keen to bring the personal experiences of local people during this period into prominence.
WW2 must still remain a significant part of the lives of those who lived in Bideford during 1939 to 1945. It’s their memories, recollections and possibly even their photographs which would add so much value to this project. In addition to the local residents who remained in Bideford it would be interesting to hear about the recollections of local service men and women, memories of the Home Guard and any memories of the activities of the Bideford Cleave Wood Auxiliary Unit. If anyone can remember for instance particulars of the visit of Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower to the town then the Project needs to hear from them.
Bideford500 aims to develop a practical resource about the period, one that can be left for future generations to both use and enjoy.
The contact for any information is Louise Howell at BidefordWW2@gmail.com or on 01237 421347.
Message from South West Foundation
‘The Foundation are delighted with Bidefordbuzz’s work over the years especially their involvement of volunteers in their projects. At this time and due to the Foundation’s small amount of grants it has to allocate it is rare for The Foundation to able to fund organisations who have previously?obtained a grant, but we were able to make an exception here.’? [Thank you for considering us again (Ed)]