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Host families sought for “Sharing One Language”: June to September.

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North Devon’s cliffs & shoreline – new book.

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Buzz Byte – April.

If your computer or laptop/tablet is misbehaving, there’re a few things to try before going into panic mode and dashing off to your local PC repair centre. The most common recommendation is to simply turn it off and then on … Continue reading

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Shipping news No. 155 (February/ March).

In port – Bideford Quay. Celtic Crusader – (ex- Scorpius, 1998: Lamego, ’13); built 1994; flag Cardiff, UK; owners British; crew Polish, Russian, Latvian; from Cork to Castellon; arrived 27/2, sailed 2/3; loaded 2,860 tons ball clay. Appledore. The proposed … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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Cinnamon Trust seeks volunteers.

volunteer@cinnamon.org.uk www.cinnamon.org.uk The Cinnamon Trust needs volunteers. The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care. We … Continue reading

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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

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Felicity’s traditional fish cookery; February.

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

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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

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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

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