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October diary.

Thursday 19th 6.45pm Westward Ho! Bridge Club at Trinity Church Hall. 470990 7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 47380 8pm Bideford Folk Club at Joiners Arms. Friday 20th 9am – 12 noon Mayor’s Surgery in Town Hall Bideford, … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 150 (August/ September).

Readers will notice this is the 150th edition of “Shipping Notes” I have contributed to “Buzz”. When I reached 100th I thought we had done remarkably well: to reach 150 gives me great pleasure. Maybe, just maybe, we may get … Continue reading

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Plough theatre : October events.

9 – 11 Fore Street Great Torrington EX38 8HQ www.theploughartscentre.org.uk Listings – October 2017 Box Office: 01805 624624 23 Sep – 21 Oct Exhibition. Valerie Barden and Robert Organ. Sat 28 Oct – Nov 25 Exhibition. Carol Rhodes: New Work … Continue reading

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“Discovery desk” unveiled at Northam Burrows.

A new exciting display has been unveiled at Northam Burrows Visitors Centre. The ‘Discovery Desk’ includes a powerful public-use microscope and collections of samples, helping visitors to take a closer look at the unique local environment. Northam Burrows Visitors Centre … Continue reading

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John Strange (1590 – 1646), shipowner & local hero.

In Bideford Town Hall you will find a portrait of John Strange, four times Mayor of Bideford, and an unusual man. (There is also a copy in the Burton Art Gallery). In the background of the portrait are certain objects … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – September 1917.

Mr Gerrish, chemist, of 9 The Quay, continues his advertising campaign by encouraging readers to take his Tonic Liver Mixture. He states that “your liver, if neglected, will bring utter ruin and an early decay”. His mixture, costing 1/3d per … Continue reading

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – September.

I gave you a recipe for a lobster dish in August, so here is a recipe for crab cakes made in a muffin tin. Baked Crab Cakes made with goat’s cheese and bacon – makes 6 cakes. Ingredients. 250g crabmeat … Continue reading

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All the fun of the Fair!

Fairs have been visiting Bideford for one hundred and fifty years at least and even though today they face huge competition from computer games and local attractions the travelling show people still come. The history of the fair in Bideford … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 149 (July/ August).

In port – Yelland Quay. Deo Gloria, 20/7, 21/7, 22/7, 23/7 (2 Trips), 24/7 (sailing delayed due to problem). It may be of interest to readers that this vessel will have performed 10 voyages to Yelland. She is loading at … Continue reading

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Another ‘lost shop’ – Taylor Brothers.

Shops come and go all the time in all towns, with a few lasting for some time – but even these eventually close. One that fits this latter category is Taylor Brother’s shoe shop in Mill Street. I first started … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – August 1917.

Meetings are held around the district to mark the 3rd Anniversary of the start of the war. Mr W T Charlwood presided over an evening gathering on Bone Hill. The salute was given by the Scout Bugle Band and prayers … Continue reading

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Buzz Byte – computer service software fraud.

This month we’ll look at Computer Software Service Fraud phone calls. The first reported calls associated with IT related fraud started in mid 2014, with identity fraud starting a year earlier in 2013. I bet most of you have had … Continue reading

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – August.

In July I visited Petty Harbour, a fishing village in Newfoundland near St John’s. There were at least 20 fishing boats of all sizes alongside their “stages”. I was invited to see a youth project called ‘Fishing for Success’, and … Continue reading

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A brief history of the Custom House.

Bideford’s buildings are constantly being reinvented – and anyone walking along to the Post Office will have noticed the old Custom House has become a new coffee shop – with some of the best views over the river from its … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 148 (June/ July).

In port – Bideford Quay. Catania – built 2012; flag St. Johns, Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Russian & Ukrainian; from Bromborough* to Castellon; arrived 24/6, sailed 27/6; loaded 2,410 tons ball clay. * For those interested, the port … Continue reading

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