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Tribute concert – Bishops Nympton, 31st March.


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Tarka Trail clean-up; Fremington, 25th March.


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Protheroe Smith (1809-89).

Protheroe Smith was born in 1809 in Bridgeland Street, Bideford, the son of a doctor, William Smith, and one of twenty children. He was educated at Bideford Grammar School and was destined for a military career, but injured his hip … Continue reading

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News from Appledore RNLI station.

There was an increase in activity in 2017 over the previous year, with 60 launches in 2017 as opposed to 48 in 2016. One life was saved, 15 people were assisted who would have got into a more serious situation … Continue reading

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March’s Youth Page.

Let’s go Rockpooling! There are four types of shoreline: muddy, shingle, rocky and sandy. Here in the Bideford area we are blessed with all of these, but if you are going rockpooling the obvious place to go is Westward Ho! … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – March 1918.

It is reported in the 5th March edition that HMHS ‘Glenart Castle’, a hospital ship, was torpedoed some miles offshore between Hartland Point and Lundy on 26th February. The ship sank in several minutes and only a few of the … Continue reading

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Felicity’s traditional fish cookery; March.

Charles Kingsley wrote the ‘Water Babies’ in Victorian times. In the story Tom, the chimney sweep’s boy, meets the gentleman salmon and the nosey drift of trout when he jumps in the river to become clean and safe! He plays … Continue reading

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Buzz Byte; March.

Have you ever heard of a software programme called Adblocker (sometimes referred to as Adblock or Poper blocker)? What is Adblocker? It’s exactly what it sounds like, ‘a piece of software designed to prevent advertisements from appearing on a web … Continue reading

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Gardening tips for March.

Welcome to the Monthly Gardening Tips for March. Hopefully the weather and the ground is warming up a bit and there hasn’t been too much winter damage. Fuchsias now need pruning. Cut hardy fuchsias down to the ground and trim … Continue reading

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Burton Art Gallery – March.

The Annual Schools Exhibition continues in all its glory, variety, and imaginings until the 5th March, so you have just a few days left to enjoy our local children’s and students’ colourful works of art. As always, we stand back … Continue reading

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Book Buzz – March.

‘The last Runaway’, by Tracy Chevalier. (discussed by Bideford Library Readers’Group.) What a novel – superbly written – full of intrigue, and one can only admire Honor’s determination strength in a country and family where she was so alone and … Continue reading

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March front page.

This month’s picture, featuring a ‘March Hare,’ is an original water colour by Tanya Landman.  Tanya lives locally and is the author of many very successful books for children and young people. She won the Carnegie Medal in 2015 for … Continue reading

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Bideford’s Iron Bridge(s).

(“Bideford Gazette”, 17th June 1825).   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 … Continue reading

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March 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 7pm Appledore Band – training band St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, followed by … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 154 (January/ February).

In port – Bideford Quay. Celtic Crusader – (ex- Scorpius, ‘98 ; Lamego, ’13); built 1994; flag, Cardiff; owners, British; crew Russian, Latvian, Polish; from Leixoes to Castellon; arrived 18/1, sailed 20/1; loaded 2,100 tons ball clay. Appledore. The fourth … Continue reading

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