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One hundred years ago; July 1917.

Of immediate interest this month is a Notice of Sale of the entire Appledore Gas Works. Established in 1874 on land in a field called Barn Close, which is part of Watertown in the Parish of Northam. The site, leasehold … Continue reading

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Buzz Byte – the Internet & the World Wide Web.

Most of us use it, but what is the World Wide Web (www)? Well it’s certainly not a giant sky-bound spider that cast its home over the Earth!! Though the Internet and the ‘web’ are often referred to as one … Continue reading

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Buzz Word – July.

The letter in June’s ‘Buzz Word’ – I am looking for information on the lane now known as May Hilder Way which is the footpath between Kingsley Terrace and Atlantic Way, Westward Ho! No one, not even Northam Town Council, … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 147 (May/ June).

In port – Bideford Quay. None since last issue. In port – Yelland. Welsh Piper, 12/5. Bristol Channel Observations. 12/5 at 11.51 container vessel MSC Koroni, 48,244 tons d.w., owners Waldo Shipping Co Greece, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – June 1917.

Many of the items of interest in this month’s editions are centred around agriculture and the implications the War is having on local businesses and farms. Heard Bros are advertising Avery Farm Tractors for sale with additional tractors on their … Continue reading

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A brief history of the Palladium Club.

The Club began life in 1919 as the stables for the Heavitree Inn. In 1926 it was the Palladium Cinema and the ticket office was situated where Patts’ Fruit and Vegetable shop now is in Mill St. Later it became … Continue reading

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Bideford Town Band summer concerts.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – June.

  Skate – or now we call them ray – wings. These are the fish species that are most common and therefore sustainable and mainly caught in the Westcountry. You may have noticed that after “Masterchef ” programme the BBC … Continue reading

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Buzz Word – June.

  Can you help? I am looking for information on the lane now known as May Hilder Way which is the footpath between Kingsley Terrace and Atlantic Way, Westward Ho! No one, not even Northam Town Council who named the … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 146 (April/ May).

  In port – Yelland Quay. Celtic Crusader – built 1994; ex- Scorpion 2009, Lamego ’13; flag Cardiff, UK; owners British; crew Polish, Russian, Ukrainian; from Glensanda to Teignmouth; arrived 8/5, sailed 9/5; discharged 3,500 tons chippings. Shipping at Bideford. … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – May 1917.

  The main theme this month is the state of the food supply. In his regular column for allotment holders, “Spadeworker” encourages the growing of carrots as the most important root crop; varieties such as Red Elephant, James Intermediate and … Continue reading

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Walking the Coast Path; Mouthmill.

This is a beach of contrasts. A stream idly trickles through football-sized boulders down to the sea, while soothing sweeps of light-brown sand provide a backdrop to jutting rock formations that point arrow-like towards the Atlantic. It’s a place for … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – April 1917.

On behalf of Miss Penhale, auctioneers Smyth-Richards, Stapleton and Fox are selling two lots of property: ‘Thornbury and Higher Thorne’,a farm of 140 acres with stone and slate buildings and a thatched cottage.  Two arable fields at Horestone Cross, comprising … Continue reading

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – April.

The delicious dish below is traditionally cooked for family celebrations on Easter Sunday. Salt Cod, Basque Style – Bacalao a la Vizcaina – 4 servings. Ingredients. 450g/1lb dried salt cod or pollack. 2 medium onions, finely chopped. 3 tbsp. olive … Continue reading

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Beavering away for Bideford flood protection.

There are proposals under consideration for raising the level of the Kenwith Reservoir dam to give the necessary added protection from fluvial flooding resulting from anticipated climate change and the amount of new housing development in the catchment area. In … Continue reading

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