Category Archives: Local People

Phased return of Devon libraries.

Our phased return to libraries starts from Monday 6th July. What To Expect In Our Libraries. Libraries will begin to reopen with a limited number of services from Monday 6th July.  Four libraries, Braunton, Chudleigh and Honiton in Devon and … Continue reading

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Improved beach access & slipway at Westward Ho!

Councillors sitting at last night’s Full Council meeting (23rd June) have voted unanimously for improvement works to Westward Ho! slipway, which will be carried out next month in July. The accompanying report to Councillors highlighted that access to the beach … Continue reading

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Marie Curie’s ‘Blooming Virtual Tea Party’.

Marie Curie’s famous fundraising campaign goes virtual to recover devastated fundraising income. Marie Curie’s famous Blooming Great Tea Party is going virtual this year and the charity needs tea party hosts in Devon more than ever before to make up … 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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Council seeks partnership with private landlords in Bideford.

Torridge District Council is calling on private landlords with properties for rent in the Bideford area to come forward to discuss long term leases for their properties. The request is part of the Council’s push to find a more ready … Continue reading

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“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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‘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 announces the release of their awareness raising … 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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