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North Devon Ramblers.

Happy 40th Anniversary ! 1977 was a memorable year; It was our Queen’s Silver Jubilee; the first Star Wars film was released; Virginia Wade won Wimbledon; petrol was 79p a gallon; Elvis Presley died; the first Apple computer went on … 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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Shipping notes No. 145 (March/ April).

Bideford Quay. No shipping movements since last issue. Capt Hoad, the Harbour Master and Pilot, retired as Harbour Master on the 31st March but will be staying on as pilot to help to train his replacement. I would like to … 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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Shipping notes No. 144 (February/ March).

In Port – Bideford Quay. Fehn Caledonia – (ex – Rhine Express, 2014); built 2013; flag Antigua; owners German; crew Latvian, Ukrainian, & Russian; from Avonmouth to Castellon; arrived 7/3, sailed 10/3 ; loaded 2,350 tons ball clay. Appledore. The … Continue reading

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Bideford’s Newfoundland links & the Chope Collection.

Devon has strong historic links with the Canadian Province of Newfoundland dating back to the 16th Century, when boats from local ports sailed to the waters of Newfoundland to fish for cod. Initially men left Devon in April and returned … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – March 2017.

There has been no break in the wintry conditions across the region. The seasonal rise in temperature usually seen during this month was only very slight. Frost and fog have been persistent and snow has fallen on several days – … Continue reading

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – March.

A belated happy and prosperous 2017 to everyone. This year I plan to visit the fish festivals in Devon and along the north coast – there will be 3 spaces in my car, so come along. Please contact me or … Continue reading

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Let’s be careful out there – Part 2.

CYBER SECURITY SUMMARY – DEVON & CORNWALL POLICE. If you’d like to get started on the basics consider – Home Wi-Fi – change your password away from a factory pre-set (i.e. the label on the back), as these are published … Continue reading

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Buzz Byte – antivirus & internet security.

  What is the difference between antivirus and internet security; don’t they both protect your computer? I hear you say. Yes they do, but to a different extent.  An antivirus protects your computer from those mean little bugs that can … Continue reading

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Let’s be careful out there – Part 1.

POLICE NEWS AND UPDATES. COMMON CYBER CRIMES SEEN BY DEVON & CORNWALL POLICE – with example videos. Sexting/ Grooming. – Victim is encouraged to share naked pictures of themselves (or explicit mes- sages) via text/ apps/ emails. Often involves children … Continue reading

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South Molton jazz club.

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One hundred years ago – February 1917.

February 1917 saw several radical changes in the Bideford Gazette newspaper. The Great War headlines were still most depressing. There was a least one page in each issue devoted to news from the action across the world – one of … Continue reading

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