Author Archives: Tango Alpha

Marine matters for the North Devon Marine Pioneer.

On the 6th February the North Devon Marine Pioneer held its second stakeholder workshop at Alverdiscott Community Hall in North Devon. A wide range of people from across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset braved the snow to participate in this event. … Continue reading

Posted in Environment | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Barn Dance – Northam, 10th March.


Posted in Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

Appledore Post Office relocation.

RELOCATION OF APPLEDORE POST OFFICE, NEXT DOOR. Convenient, quick service, new modern layout. Open Monday to Sunday: 8am – 6pm. Banking services for personal customers and small businesses. Postage, home shopping returns, Local Collect. Appledore Post Office is to move … Continue reading

Posted in Local Business | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Exmoor Pony Centre news.

The Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, Dulverton TA22 9QE It is February and we are looking forward to welcoming you all to the Pony Centre for a new season of events. We have taken in eight new foals so far at … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Young People | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Berry Castle.

Many who live in the Bideford and Torrington area are probably not aware of the ancient treasure which lies above them in Huntshaw Wood. Berry Castle is a small Iron Age hilltop enclosure (formerly known as a hillfort) which is … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

February’s Youth Page.

I know very few people who favour this time of year. After the hype of the lead up to Christmas many people say they feel empty and lost in the early months of the new year. As the excitement of … Continue reading

Posted in Young People | Tagged | Leave a comment

February’s gardening tips.

Welcome to the first in this series. I have been asked to offer some tips for you gardeners (or indeed ‘would-be’ gardeners). Well, there are loads you can be doing this month. Plants will be starting to show signs of … Continue reading

Posted in Gardening | Tagged | Leave a comment

One hundred years ago: February 1918.

During an air raid on London a Gotha bomber was brought down by Captain Hackwell of the Royal Flying Corps. He is the second son of Mr W H Hackwell of Sudden Farm Langtree Torrington and he worked in a … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Felicity’s traditional fish cookery.

Salmon Netting in North Devon, 1988. (Photo courtesy of North Devon Museum Trust). Tradition and heritage of our local rivers, Bideford Bay, and beyond will be the subjects of my articles in 2018. I will include a traditional, local recipe … Continue reading

Posted in Food & Drink | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Book Buzz – February.

Louise Grainger. At the beginning of December Library staff were shocked and immensely saddened by the sudden death of their friend and colleague Louise Grainger. Louise took over as supervisor at Bideford in 2011 at a time when reductions in … Continue reading

Posted in Books | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Thomas Burton; 1875- 1959.

Everyone in Bideford knows where the Burton Art Gallery is, nicely situated in Victoria Park, adjacent to parking and Hockings’ Ice Cream van. But how many people know why it’s called the Burton Gallery? Was there someone called Burton? Well, … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Burton Art Gallery – February.

Just when we need cheering up in chilly February, the Burton brings forth inspiration and colour in the form of Carry Akroyd’s brilliant images from the natural world. Her love of nature fascinates her, not only with the wild life … Continue reading

Posted in Events | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

February diary.

We’re here weekly – Mondays. 10am-12noon Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall. 01237 425541. 7pm Tai Chi at Bideford Methodist Church Hall. 01237 472532 Tuesdays. 10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches. 10.30am Walking for Health. 421528 11.45-12.45 … Continue reading

Posted in Diary, Events | Tagged | Leave a comment

Bideford’s Iron Bridge.

Mention the ‘Iron Bridge’ and every Bidefordian will know where you mean – but there were once two such bridges. The first and earliest was at Landcross on the Bideford-Torrington road and was a prefabricated structure, probably made in South … Continue reading

Posted in History | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Shipping notes No. 153 (November – January).

In port – Yelland Quay. Deo Gloria – 1/12/17 (2 Trips), 2/12 (2 Trips), 3/12 (2 Trips), 4/12 (2 Trips), 5/12 (2 Trips), 6/12. She sailed from Yelland at 0955 on the 9/12 for her base at Garston, near Liverpool. … Continue reading

Posted in Shipping | Tagged , , | Leave a comment