Monthly Archives: May 2018

Buzz Byte – June.

What is a cloud? In computing terms it’s not a fluffy white object in the sky, but a physical server used for storing and sharing data. Your information is stored on a remote database which is serviced and controlled, provided … Continue reading

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Fair weather can bite!

Advice from Torbridge Vets. Finally the sun is out! We are all itching to get out and about with our pets and soak up the rays. One fair weather problem comes in the form of Britain’s only venomous reptile, the … Continue reading

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British Naturalists’ Association.

The British Naturalists’ Association’s (Taw Valley and Exmoor Branch) recent field trip was to Parkham Ash, to meet Peter Channing on his private 34 acre farm. We arrived shortly after 5.30am, to listen to the ‘Dawn Chorus,’ and to explore … Continue reading

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Bideford’s Nat West Bank.

An iconic building in Bideford, Nat West Bank (formerly National Provincial) closed on 29th May 2018. Peter Christie looks back on its history, and Gerald Waldron remembers his time as a bank employee. End of an era. The closure of … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 157 (April/ May).

Bideford Quay. Nothing since last issue. I understand that the next vessel at Bideford will be at the beginning of July. Appledore. LE George Bernard Shaw is still fitting out – first sea trials in July .Readers who may have … Continue reading

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“Buzz” privacy policy & GDPR compliance.

Who we are. Our website address is: Our editor’s contact email is We are a non-profit, completely volunteer-run, free community newsletter published monthly, covering Bideford, Northam, Appledore, Westward Ho!, Instow, and villages west as far as Hartland.   … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – May 1918.

The Ministry of Food announces that it can release considerable additional supplies of frozen meat. Therefore from Sunday last until further notice 8 pence worth of uncooked meat may be purchased in respect of each 2 coupons in the ration … Continue reading

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Ticks are out in force on Northam Burrows.

Spring is here, even if the weather doesn’t seem to be on board! With the lengthening days and blossoms blooming we begin to see a blossoming of ticks. Not so beautiful! Ticks are arachnids that bite animals to take a … Continue reading

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Bideford Art School: a brief history.

Bideford Art School (now Bideford Arts Centre), a listed building on the Pill, has an interesting history. It started life in 1896 as a technical college, a result of ‘self help’ Victorian values. Our photo above shows the plaque on … Continue reading

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