Category Archives: Local People

“Down on the Farm” – short films.

SIX SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS ABOUT FARMERS AND FARMING IN NORTH DEVON. A short film commission has produced six five-minute documentaries about farmers and farming within the unique environment of North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The films are a revealing insight … Continue reading

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Free parking days in the run-up to Christmas.

Torridge District and Town Councils will once again be supporting local businesses and shoppers with free parking days in Council Car Parks in the run up to Christmas. Sean Kearney, Planning and Economy Manager, says: “I hope the free parking … Continue reading

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Northam Care Trust, Mill Street – drop in.

Need Help? Advice? Assistance? The Northam Care Trust has opened a new drop in service aimed at reducing isolation and promoting inclusion for older people. It’s time to talk is here to help. We have lots of information on services … Continue reading

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Northam Burrows event – 15th January.

There will be an event with experts from North Devon’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Team. As part of the Coastal Heritage project, scrub and grass will be cleared from the remains of the RAF Northam Radar station and … Continue reading

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‘Plastic Free North Devon’ – short film.

Plastic Free North Devon Awareness Raising Short Film New 3-minute film to highlight our connection to the natural world and  encourage individual actions to help combat environmental issues. Plastic Free North Devon (PFND) today announces the release of their awareness … 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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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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Ladies’ Golf celebrates 150 years.

“The Westward Ho! and North Devon Ladies were very early pioneers in the history of Ladies Golf. The Reverend Isaac Gosset, Vicar of the Parish of Northam and a founder of the Royal North Devon Golf Club has to take … Continue reading

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Bideford’s Nat West Bank.

An iconic building in Bideford, Nat West Bank (formerly National Provincial) closed on 29th May 2018. Peter Christie looks back on its history, and Gerald Waldron remembers his time as a bank employee. End of an era. The closure of … Continue reading

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Bideford Art School: a brief history.

Bideford Art School (now Bideford Arts Centre), a listed building on the Pill, has an interesting history. It started life in 1896 as a technical college, a result of ‘self help’ Victorian values. Our photo above shows the plaque on … 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 Brothers’ shoe shop in Mill Street. I first started … Continue reading

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Memories of Bideford Shipyard.

Many thanks to Mr. Freddie Palmer, who provided these photos. We’re sure that they’ll be of interest to many people. “Buzz” is dating the photos of the trawler “Galatea” as 1975, since records show that as date of launch.  Names … Continue reading

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Time capsules and the Port Memorial.

Saturday April 11th saw an interesting event on the Quay when the restored Port Memorial and Ornamental Gardens were re- opened by the Mayor following refurbishment. Councillor David Howell had also organised a ceremony with the Sea Scouts to bury … Continue reading

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Training the Army Horse.

(Whilst turning out old cassette tapes recently, I came across a recording in Devonshire dialect, made by my father, Percy Reed (1907 – 2001) of Northam, in 1985. It told the tale of a childhood incident in which he was … Continue reading

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