Category Archives: Local People

The “Freshspring” project.

Steamship ‘Freshspring’ celebrates four years in Bideford. During the Second World War, a fleet of freshwater-carrying steam ships was commissioned by the Royal Navy to deliver water to warships. These became the ‘Fresh’ class of ships and the last one … Continue reading

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Volunteers sought for “Home from Hospital”.

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Green Home Grants scheme.

On 8th July 2020 the Chancellor announced a £2 billion Green Home Grants Scheme to upgrade homes across England and make them more energy efficient. £1.5 billion of the total funding is to be made available through vouchers that can … Continue reading

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‘Families for Chidren’ – online information sessions for 2021.

With the current COVID situation we are now running information sessions online via Zoom. I have pleasure in sending the date of our next information sessions. Are you considering adoption but not sure where to start? Families for Children is … Continue reading

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Torridge District Council ask residents to contact them for help with Council Tax or Business Rates arrears.

Torridge Council have issued a call for people experiencing any problems or anxiety with Council Tax or Business Rates arrears to get in touch with the Council as soon as possible and not to let arrears build up. The Council … Continue reading

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Help with relationship counselling.

New Local Relationship Counselling Service. A new Relationship Counselling service opened in Barnstaple earlier this year to help local couples and individuals struggling with their relationships to access support in their local area. The coronavirus outbreak meant that the service … Continue reading

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Beaford Archive reopens to record Coronavirus.

  North Devonians invited to photograph life during lockdown. April 2020, North Devon. For the first time in over 30 years, the Beaford Archive – home to the North Devon photographs of James Ravilious and Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins – … 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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