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Fight to save Appledore shipyard continues.

The future of Appledore Shipyard remains under negotiation. The formal closure of the Yard on 15th March marked the end of the marine activities conducted by Babcock International. Since the announcement, just before Christmas, a Taskforce has been working on … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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‘Ride for precious lives’.

Bideford Blues runners get back in the saddle for children’s hospice. Members of Bideford Amateur Athletic Club are swapping running vests for cycling jerseys in a bid to raise thousands of pounds for Children’s Hospice South West this summer. A … Continue reading

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Summer solstice cruise on MS Oldenburg.

The Northam Care Trust (formerly Northam Lodge) are celebrating the Summer Solstice by hosting a charity fundraiser on the MS Oldenburg on Friday 21st June 2019 from 7.45pm. We will leave Bideford Quay for a two hour sailing around the … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – March 1919.

Property for sale: At an auction held at the New Inn, Messrs Dymond & Son sold Swiss Cottage, Northam, which was knocked down to Mr A Chamberlain for £925; 3 pasture fields [2 adjacent Bloody Corner and 1 at White … Continue reading

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – March.

    Finnish Herring Pie – baked herring with tomatoes. Ingredients. 4 /6 herrings. 2 large onions. oil/ butter. 1-2 ½ lbs of potatoes (6-med/large potatoes). S &P. ½pt. milk.   Method. Scale and bone the herring and clean by … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 167 (February).

Bideford Quay. No shipping since last issue. Appledore. Babcock are dismantling equipment, and there are various people interested in buying the yard (BBC radio Devon). Yelland. Nothing since last issue. Bristol Channel Observations. 1/2 at 15.30 cargo vessel Eems Spring, … Continue reading

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Exmoor Pony Centre: March.

News from the Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, Dulverton TA22 9QE We currently have 11 riding ponies at the Centre but all are now getting older. Kate will be 26 this year and still needs to be ridden, but has been … Continue reading

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March diary.

We’re here every week….. Mondays. 10-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall. 11am- 12noon Bideford Library – NatWest community banker. 07711 63255 6.45pm – 8.30pm. Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities at the Baptist Church Hall … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No 166. (January).

Bideford Quay. No shipping into Bideford except for various cargo runs by the Oldenburg. On 24th Feb she landed the remains of the yacht Millie D (see photos below), who according to the Harbourmaster & the Lundy shore authorities dragged … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – January 1919.

At the beginning of January it was announced by the Food Controller, Mr Clynes, that no more ration books will be printed. The current issue will expire on April 19th. Margarine will be the first rationed food to be “de-rationed” … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 165 (December).

Bideford Quay. The Lundy vessel Oldenburg arrived back in Bideford on the pm tide of the 20th after her annual drydocking at Sharpness. (Photograph below). Appledore. No news regarding saving the yard from closure. Yelland Quay. No shipping movements. Bristol … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 164 (November).

Bideford Quay. Oldenburg sailed from Bideford 13/11 for her annual dry docking at Sharpness. No other shipping movements. Photograph of the Freshspring at Victoria Park, looking very spick and span. Appledore. The news was released 1/11 that Babcocks would cease … Continue reading

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“Down on the farm” – short documentaries.

Thanks to community film making organisation North Devon Moving Image (NDMI), a number of emerging documentary film makers will have the opportunity to create a unique collection of short films about farming in north Devon. Each of the seven commissioned … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 163 (October).

In port; Bideford Quay. Catania – built 2012; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Ukrainian; from Brest to Castellon; arrived 10th, sailed 11th; loaded 2,145 tons ball clay. Oldenburg ; no doubt the vessel will be departing … Continue reading

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