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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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Shipping notes No. 165 (December).

Bideford Quay. The Lundy vessel Oldenburg arrived back in Bideford on the pm tide of the 20th after her annual drydocking at Sharpness. (Photograph below). Appledore. No news regarding saving the yard from closure. Yelland Quay. No shipping movements. Bristol … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 164 (November).

Bideford Quay. Oldenburg sailed from Bideford 13/11 for her annual dry docking at Sharpness. No other shipping movements. Photograph of the Freshspring at Victoria Park, looking very spick and span. Appledore. The news was released 1/11 that Babcocks would cease … Continue reading

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“Down on the farm” – short documentaries.

Thanks to community film making organisation North Devon Moving Image (NDMI), a number of emerging documentary film makers will have the opportunity to create a unique collection of short films about farming in north Devon. Each of the seven commissioned … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 163 (October).

In port; Bideford Quay. Catania – built 2012; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Ukrainian; from Brest to Castellon; arrived 10th, sailed 11th; loaded 2,145 tons ball clay. Oldenburg ; no doubt the vessel will be departing … 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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Shipping notes No. 162 (September).

Bideford Quay. A vessel is expected to load between 8/12th October. Yelland Quay. Tug Sarah Gray and floating crane sailed from Yelland approx 10.00 2nd September, bound for Milford Haven. Sarah Grey returned to Yelland 19.30 30th. Appledore. LE George … 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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Shipping notes No. 161 (11th – 31st August).

Bideford Quay. No cargoes since last issue. Captain Hoad, the pilot since 1999, has officially retired and Capt Davis is now the pilot for the Rivers Torridge and Taw. Appledore. LE George Bernard Shaw is due for delivery to the … Continue reading

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Felicity’s September fish recipe.

They have been catching salmon on the River Torridge for a thousand years and this year at the Appledore and Instow Regatta there was an advert for the Open Salmon Boat races, which said that back in the 50s, 60s, … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – September 1918.

There are several Court cases this month that are worthy of mention. Brought before Bideford Borough Magistrates was Frank Rendall, 21, a clerk of 15 Victoria Grove Meddon Street. He pleaded Not Guilty to a charge of “riding a cycle … Continue reading

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Buzz Word.

Handy Cross POW Camp. I am from Oberhausen, Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia.  I am currently working on a concept for a book about the World War 11 from the point of view of a German prisoner who spent his captivity at … Continue reading

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Shipping notes No. 160 (July/ August).

Bideford Quay. Nothing since last issue . (Slight amendment for last month to the crew of the Celtic Endeavour; should have read Polish and Russian). Appledore. LE George Bernard Shaw returned to the yard on 16th 21.00. At the time … Continue reading

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“Buzz” website policy.

“Buzz” now publishes online only, and we no longer produce a downloadable monthly pdf.  We’ll maintain our archive of past copies and articles of community & local historical interest – a significant proportion of our 420-500 weekly visits are to … Continue reading

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