Category Archives: Local People

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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Green light for Brunswick Wharf.

  Torridge District Council has signed a contract with Red Earth Developments Ltd to develop East-The-Water Wharves. The proposed scheme will be one of the most significant regeneration projects for Bideford, rejuvenating the waterfront on the historic wharves to provide … 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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Coronation Day, 1953.

Photos from Owen Vaggers. In the paper edition of November’s “Buzz”, we published this – Two photographs of the V.E.Day Celebrations, 1945, which took place at the bottom of Pitt Hill, Appledore . I cannot remember all the the names … Continue reading

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More memories of Bideford Hospital.

There were three wards: male, female and children’s. Off the corridor leading to the female ward were three rooms for private patients. The staff, as far as I can remember, included the Matron, Miss Daymond. There was one Welsh SRN … Continue reading

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More memories of St. Peter’s Church, East the Water.

Following on from Mike Davy’s article (July Buzz), here are some memories. My first is of 1974 when I brought my elder daughter Caroline to the Sunday school run by Rosemary Butler. Living in Torridge Mount, it was only a … Continue reading

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My role as Bideford’s Beadle & Macebearer.

In 2009 I had the great honour of becoming Bideford’s first lady Beadle, and later in 2010 of being appointed as the first lady Macebearer. Ever since I was a child I have been interested in the ceremonial and regalia … Continue reading

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