Buzz Word – October.

Please send us your Buzzes!! Write to editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk or to the address on front page.


St Margaret’s Churchyard Project.

Have you walked past Northam Churchyard recently?What a difference from twelve months ago!

It’s all down to a dedicated group of volunteers. Some of them pop in two or three times each week, others join the regular working party which meets every month.

Would you like to join us? You don’t have to be an expert gardener. Tools are provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

We could really use some help and advice from a bricklayer, too – is that your trade, or do you know someone who might be able to help?

We meet at St Margaret’s from 11am-3pm on the last Saturday in the month. Tea, coffee and a snack lunch are provided.

Just come along, or phone 01237-470183 (The Rectory) for more details.

We look forward to seeing you.

Catherine Webb.


My 40th Bideford Carnival !

I do enjoy reading the Bideford Buzz every month. But what a surprise I got when I picked up the September copy and saw my picture on the front page; it brought back some memories as I have just done my 40th Bideford carnival ! I have so enjoyed doing so many costumes over the years, and have also won 34 first prizes and 5 seconds so I have been very lucky. I am 71 years old now so I don’t know how much longer I will be able to carry on; thank you for the memories.

June Upton.


Let battle commence ……….. musically speaking.

For all those of you who have a liking for good music recitals then come along to Lavington United Reformed Church in Bridgeland Street, Bideford on Saturday 19th October at 7pm and you are in for a real treat. Our ‘Battle of the Organs’ recital will be an evening on our Sweetland Pipe Organ (who celebrated her 150th birthday last year) and our modern Allen Electric Organ entwined in pieces to suit all tastes from arias to sonatas. On the Sweetland will be Chris Beechey who is the resident Organist and Choirmaster at St. Margaret’s Church in Northam and Head of History at Kingsley School, Bideford. On the Allen will be David Read, also an accomplished organist. A former Director of Music at West Buckland School, David took early retirement and is now a freelance musician. Come along and enjoy what promises to be a super evening. Admission is £6 to include light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you.

Ricky Cawsey.


20 Squadron Air Training Corps.

We are in the process of having our New HQ built in Victoria Park, which we aim to make a centre of excellence in 3 main areas :- the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Gliding Scholarships and our current project, to re-create a life size Spitfire Cockpit Section. We are running an Induction Evening on the 25th of October, in Park Lane by the Cricket Pavilion, a chance for potential Cadets to come along to the Squadron and get a taste of what it is we try to achieve ; our new HQ is going to be situated some 60 foot further in to the park, opposite Bideford Bowling Club.

We are not a recruiting tool for the R.A.F., but are parented by them and as such they supply all of our flying, uniform and buildings that we use; we recruit youth from the age of 13 – 14, and they can stay with us until the age of 20.

Flt Lt P.A. Gunner

O/C 20 (Bideford) Squadron.


Volunteer Distributor needed.

Buzz is looking for an active person to distribute copies of the newsletter at various points in the town centre for a few hours each month. If interested please contact Rose on 07929976120 or at editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk.

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