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The future’s electric.

Torridge ‘bolts’ ahead. The zero emission van marks another step forward towards Torridge District Council’s aim of being carbon neutral by 2030. The new van replaces an older diesel model and will be used in built-up areas. Not only is … Continue reading

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Plans for new Burrows Centre take shape.

At the recent Community and Resources committee meeting on Monday 14th October Members were updated on the latest developments in plans to deliver the exciting new Visitor Centre for Northam Burrows. The new facility will be the focal point of … Continue reading

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Environment charity establishes new permanent home in Hartland.

National Environmental Charity Establishes New Permanent Home in Hartland thanks to LEADER 5 Grant funding. The Resurgence Trust is a UK-based educational charity at the forefront of a movement for change. The Resurgence Trust informs the environmental debate, inspires a … Continue reading

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Plans to bring Globe Hotel, Torrington, into community use.

Torridge District Council, Great Torrington Town Council, The Plough Arts Centre and Petroc are delighted that the Architectural Heritage Fund has provided a £15,000 grant to support feasibility work in November and December into how The Globe hotel in Great … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 174 (September).

In port – Bideford Quay. Celtic Crusader – (ex- Scorpius ’98, Lamego ’13); built 1994; flag Cardiff; owners British; crew Polish & Ukrainian; from Brombrogh Wall (Mersey) to Castellon; arrived 26/9, sailed 27/9; loaded 2,860 tons ball clay. Yelland Quay. … Continue reading

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Abbotsham – an historical note.

If you have been watching the last series of ‘Poldark’ you will know that the final episodes dealt with the threat of invasion in the West Country by the French. This threat was temporarily resolved by the Peace of Amiens … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 173 (August).

In port – BidefordQuay. Theseus – (ex- Wilson Dundee); built 2009; flag Antigua & Barbuda: owners German; crew Russian & Ukranian; from Liverpool to Castellon; arrived 27/8, sailed 30/8; loaded 2,850 tons ball clay. Appledore. No news regarding reopening ship … Continue reading

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Heroine of India honoured with statue in Torrington.

A bronze statue of Sister Nivedita (1867-1911) was unveiled by Great Torrington Town and Torridge District Councillors in Great Torrington Cemetery on Saturday 27th August . Sister Nivedita, who was born Margaret Elizabeth Noble, spent much of her life in … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – May 1919.

Echoes of the war are still evident in some areas of life. R Blackmore & Sons Auctioneers, of New Road, Bideford, have been instructed to sell agricultural items which are surplus to the requirements of the North Devon Agricultural Committee. … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – March 1919.

Property for sale: At an auction held at the New Inn, Messrs Dymond & Son sold Swiss Cottage, Northam, which was knocked down to Mr A Chamberlain for £925; 3 pasture fields [2 adjacent Bloody Corner and 1 at White … Continue reading

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – March.

    Finnish Herring Pie – baked herring with tomatoes. Ingredients. 4 /6 herrings. 2 large onions. oil/ butter. 1-2 ½ lbs of potatoes (6-med/large potatoes). S &P. ½pt. milk.   Method. Scale and bone the herring and clean by … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – January 1919.

At the beginning of January it was announced by the Food Controller, Mr Clynes, that no more ration books will be printed. The current issue will expire on April 19th. Margarine will be the first rationed food to be “de-rationed” … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – November 1918.

In the Gazette of 9th November we learn that President Wilson has transmitted to Germany the Terms of Surrender required by the Allies as reached at the Versailles meeting. There are reports of a German Naval mutiny; the Naval Commandant … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – October 1918.

On October 1st the Gazette proclaims that it has been “The Greatest Week of the War” with the Western Front ablaze and Bulgaria surrendering; the following week we are told that “pincers are closing on the Western Front”; Franz Ferdinand’s … Continue reading

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Buzz Byte; Alan Turing.

Do you know who Alan Turing was? Until I watched the 2014 film ‘The Imitation Game’ starring Benedict Cumberbatch, I did not know who he was and what he had contributed. Mr Turing was a highly intelligent mathematician and logician. … Continue reading

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