Bideford Film Society – July.

Saturday 11th at 5.00pm and Sunday 12th July at 4.00pm at Kingsley School: Tomorrowland: A World Beyond (12A) 130 mins.

Saturday 18th at 4.00pm and Sundayth 19 July at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: Jurassic World (12A) 130 mins.

Thursday 23rd July at 7.00pm at Kingsley School: Globe On Screen 2015 Season: Comedy of Errors (PG) 137 mins  (For details see http://onscreen.shakespearesglobe.com/productions/the-comedy-of-errors/ )

Friday 24th July at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Mad Max: Fury Road (15) 120 mins.

Saturday 25th at 7.30pm and Sunday 26th July at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: Man Up (15) 88 mins.

Tickets available at box office, or advance ticket sales (credit/ debit card) online.

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July diary.

Sunday 5th

10am-1pm Hartland Farmers Market.

10am-5pm Weare Giffard Art Group Exhibition in Village Hall.

2.30pm Appledore Singers 30th Birthday Celebration Concert at Northam Hall.

Monday 6th

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Training Band on Appledore Quay.

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s Church Hall if wet).

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 7th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2pm Bideford WI, New Sea Cadet Bldg.

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Church Upper Hall.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Bideford Sustainability Group at Blacksmiths Arms.

7.30pm Piano Extravaganza by Chris & Pam Beechey & guests at St Margaret’s Church, Northam 424982

7.30pm Bideford Keyboard & Organ Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 8th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

2pm ‘Tea with Friends’ at St Mary’s Church.

2.30-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) at Northam Community Centre.

4-6pm ‘Sew Together’ at Northam Library.

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at Pig-on-the-Hill, Pusehill.

Thursday 9th

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf Car Park. 421528

7pm Hartland Aikido Club for over 18s at Bucks Cross Village Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 10th

7.30pm Abbotsham WI meets at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 11th

9am-2pm Farmers’ Market on the Quay.

9.30am Torridge Ramblers Day Walk. 429080

1-4.30pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’, with Pete Yeo.

2.30-4.30pm Summer Fete organised by Sacred Heart, at Pollyfield Centre.

Sunday 12th

11am St Mary’s ‘Praise in the Park’ with Bideford Town Band. Bring picnic.

2-5pm Open Garden at 5, Sentry Corner in aid of North Devon Hospice. 476664

Monday 13th

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Training Band on Appledore Quay.

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s Church Hall if wet).

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Bideford Stamp Club at Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 472101

8.30pm N Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore – Chris Gumbley Quintet.

Tuesday 14th

7.30pm Bideford Keyboard & Organ Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall.

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Church Upper Hall.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30pm Bideford & District Gardeners Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall. 475914

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 15th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

1.30-3.30pm ‘Knit & Natter’ Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at the Beaver, Appledore + Red Petticoats

Thursday 16th

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf Car Park. 421528

7pm Hartland Aikido Club for over 18s at Bucks Cross Village Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

7-8.30pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’, with Liz Shakespeare.

7.30pm The Shoestring Theatre (U3A Amdram) in ‘The Family Jewels’ at Clovelly Parish Hall. 478056

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 17th

10am-12pm Northam Reminiscence café at Northam Hall. 459337

7.30pm Shoestring Players : ‘The Family Jewels’ at Woolsery Hall.

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 18th

9am-2pm Farmers Country Market at Atlantic Village.

10am-4pm Arts & Craft Fair + Vintage Teas at Abbotsham Village Hall.475746

1.30-4pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’, with Sadie Green.

2-6pm Open Garden at Hole Farm, Woolsery.

2pm Devon Family History Society at Pollyfield Centre. 451305

7.30pm Shoestring Players -‘The Family Jewels’ at Northam Community Hall.

Sunday 19th

10am-5pm Clovelly Maritime Festival in aid of North Devon Hospice. 431781

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 01805 622108

2-5pm Garden Party at ‘Newstead’, New Rd, Instow. In aid of N Devon Hospice.

2-6pm Open Garden at Hole Farm, Woolsery.

Monday 20th

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Training Band on Appledore Quay.

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s Church Hall if wet).

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Appledore Amateur Radio Club, Appledore Football Social Club. 473251

Tuesday 21st

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Church Upper Hall.

3pm ‘ReflectionsGrief & Loss Group at St Mary’s Church. 475765

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 22nd

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

1-2.30pm SHoW (See Hear on Wheels) at Tesco, East-the-Water.

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris – Instow Walking Tour.

Thursday 23rd

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf Car Park. 421528

7pm Hartland Aikido Club for over 18s at Bucks Cross Village Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 24th

10am-1pm Lundy Art Group at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. 472158

10am-1pm Summer Fayre at Lavington UR Church.

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 25th

9am-2pm Farmers’ Market on the Quay.

9.30am-1pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’, with Peter Christie.

10am-12pm Coffee Morning at Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho!

11am-5pm Appledore U3A Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

2-5pm Northam Lodge Annual Summer Fete at Rosehill, Heywood Road.

Sunday 26th

10am-5pm Appledore U3A Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

1pm Bideford Water Festival.

Monday 27th

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

10am-4pm Appledore U3A Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.

7pm Appledore Training Band on Appledore Quay.

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s Church Hall if wet).

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 28th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Church Upper Hall.

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 479473

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club -Jam Night.

Wednesday 29th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

1.30-3.30pm ‘Knit & Natter’ Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

Thursday 30th

Appledore Summer Festival. 422808

10.30am Walking for Health along Tarka Trail. Clarence Wharf Car Park. 421528

10.30-11.30am Lego at Northam Library : 1-4.30pm Tales of the Riverbank.

7pm Hartland Aikido Club for over 18s at Bucks Cross Village Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 31st

Appledore Summer Festival.

10am-1pm Lundy Art Group at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. 472158

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

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Iconic Tarka Trail landmark demolished.

On Thursday 18th June work began to remove the iconic wave shelter structure from the Tarka Trail at Yelland.

The shelter has been standing proudly as a landmark on the Trail since 2000. Its design life was 8 to 10 years and after 15 years it has recently begun to show its age, so much so that it has become unsafe and must be removed.

Martin Caddy who manages the Tarka Trail at Yelland explains why this rather drastic step is being taken – “the wave shelter represents a boat hull and the landscape and features of the North Devon Coast and has provided welcome shelter for Trail users for 15 years. In that time wind, rain and even summer sun have taken their toll, rotting the supports and loosening the attached timbers. It has finally succumbed to the elements and its construction method makes it uneconomic to repair and so sadly, it must be taken down”.

What do you think should happen at that site now? Do you think the shelter should be replaced and if so, with what and how should it paid for? Share your thoughts on the Biosphere’s facebook poll https://www.facebook.com/NorthDevonBiosphere?ref=hl or e-mail the Biosphere at biosphere-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.

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Open Garden – 12th July.

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June’s youth page.

This time, it’s personal…

Personal statements are a bit of a squeeze- after all, you have to sell yourself in 30-60 words, which would only be a fraction of this article, and barely enough space to contain every reason why you’d make the perfect accountant, as well as fun little anecdotes – like the time you had to mend a combine harvester with nothing but straw and some pantyhose; it didn’t work, but the locals took pity on your nightmarish lingerie contraption, so banded together to help you fix it. And that’s why you’re a prime problem solver… This small story alone is 43 words, and we haven’t begun to reach the gory details yet. Learning how to slot in just the right information and not ramble on is an art. With so many applicants now for most things, snagging your audience at the first line can be crucial, especially as some employers don’t even read as far as grades at the back before discounting a CV. There are a great many websites online that give good formulas for the perfect personal statement- like jobs.ac.uk- but overall, the main pointers seem to stay the same:

First of all, give your name, age and personal qualities- the ones most helpful to the job, such as; ‘dedicated, calm, friendly and disciplined 23 year old woman’. Next move on to your skill set- perhaps dextrous and good with a blowtorch, effective listener or good at public speaking and creative thought, whatever goes best with the requirements. The next two thirds or so should be focused on your areas of expertise- if you’ve “worked successfully under stressful conditions”, or are “used to meeting strict deadlines thanks to a previous job”. Such claims might be followed up at the interview stage though, so best not claim to fix busted farming machinery with the contents of a laundry basket unless you’re prepared to put some serious practice in beforehand. But if there isn’t time, don’t worry, just put down the skills you do have, and that job’ll be snagged in no time.

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Meanwhile, if you go down to the Burton Art Gallery today ( or any day up un till the 12th June…) you’re sure to catch the Jerwood drawing prize in all its glory. Some pieces- Hanna Downing’s great tree composition; a partially unfurled scroll, and Jessie Brown’s illustration of an upended chandelier -would be more at home in a book of black and white photographs than at a drawing-expo; it’s only on closer inspection you can even make out the tiny, intricate pencil strokes that build up the pictures. Others, like Gary Edwards’ “There are no owls” have a far more hidden meaning- at first glance, the white spiny streaks seemed to be carved from polystyrene but they’re actually just on a thick bed of graphite. It’s a haunting midnight scene with moonlight dripping in from somewhere overhead, , but true to its word, there’s not an owl in sight. Aside from that, a laptop in the corner plays over and over a steadily undulating sea of lines and contours courtesy of Ian Andrews’ “Catch my breath”. There’s plenty more besides, from a beautiful tapestry of inked in sparrows- in full flight up most of the wall before meeting their end at the bottom, and an entire ocean of minute math-like blue squares, meaning this could be the most varied collection since the Schools’ Exhibition- and that’s no mean feat.

Millie Sutherland O’ Gara.

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Buzz Word – June.

VE Day Street party

Please, can anyone help me in a long quest I have had  since I came back to Bideford again in 1970.

I wonder if anyone can remember a street party on VE Day in 1945 in Meddon Street Bideford. There were a lot of tables set out at the bottom of Meddon Street, starting just above what is now the pasty shop and nearly going up to about where the garage was. I have asked Mr Christie but he cannot find any information.

I was there as a child with lots of other children from the area, but I can find no information about this party at all, I also remember an attack on the Quay near the Kingsley Statue by some British army soldiers against a group of ‘German soldiers ‘ who were holding the Pill; of course I think all the ‘German soldiers’ were  ‘killed ‘.

I asked my Mum why all the dead men got up again, I was only about 5 years old at the time.

There must surely be some people left in Bideford who remember these things.

David Brierley

david@david668.orangehome.co.uk 01237 476124

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Another Time Capsule .

Re your article on time capsules in the May issue of the Bideford Buzz – there is another one buried on the Morrison’s site by pupils of St Mary’s Primary School in June 1998. It is to the left of the main entrance. Linda Dark.

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Bideford Bay Creatives’ Tales of the Riverbank project is a series of events running between June and October, exploring and celebrating the River Torridge – its history and heritage, natural environment, beauty, and those who use it.   We need volunteer stewards for each event and are inviting you to take part.   Duties include supporting the event leader to set up, sign participants in on arrival and take photos to help document the event. You are also entitled to a free place at the event if you are a volunteer.If you are interested please download an information document about the role for a volunteer here: http://bbcdevon.org/volunteertasks.pdf We have 20 events as part of the project. Please review the’ Tales of the Riverbank’ programme to choose an event or events that you would like to volunteer for and book yourself the free volunteer place at that event. Go to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/bideford-bay-creatives-bbc-8125755897

Sadie Green.

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We need your photos!

The Woolsery Society has embarked upon a project to collect as many old photographs of the village and nearby hamlets as possible, with a view to producing a ‘Then and Now’ catalogue.

If you have any such pictures – remember 1965 is 50 years ago! – the Society would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact  the Chairman, Colin Pomeroy, at CPomeroy@aol.com. Thank you.

Photo shows Chapel Street, Woolsery in

Victorian times.

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Bowel cancer support group.

Have you ever been diagnosed with or treated for bowel cancer?  Would you be interested in joining a patient-led support group in North Devon?

If you would like to join us, please call the colorectal nurses on 01271-322464 for information and details of our next meeting.

Karen Day.

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Learn a martial art.

Tai Chi Chuan – preliminaries.

I suppose the western medical understanding of Tai Chi Chuan would start by recommending it for the fluid forms, which develop low impact weight bearing exercise through the useful range of most of the major joints, encourage the repair and strengthening of ligaments and cartilage, the even relaxation of the musculature, and enhance the sense of balance and well being. This is all perfectly true, but it is just the beginning.

Tai Chi Chuan’s origins are a matter of some discussion, but sufficient to say they are ancient and oriental. ‘Tai Chi’ is variously translated as ‘way of energy’, or, as life is itself an energetic process, ‘supreme ultimate’, and ‘Chuan’ means boxing. So it comes out as ‘way-of-energy-supreme-ultimate- boxing’, which is not a bad handle by any standard (and this over centuries of martial art competition). Now the concepts behind ‘the way of energy’ could perhaps do with some explanation.

R. MacDonald. (to be continued in the July edition).

Tai Chi Chuan classes weekly, 7pm Mondays; Baptist Church Lower Hall.


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So much to do in busy Bideford

The population of Bideford is obviously blessed with choice for so many activities. No need to sit alone or be glued to a TV soap of unreal lives, for here you have a chance to live your own.

Practising an art form of any kind has realisable benefits for a more happily capable mind and body. Don’t let any barriers stand in your way, including those of your own making. Almost anything is possible.

I’m going to mention a specific art you might like to try but in general the principles are shared by almost any art form available in town. In the martial art of aikido, ultimate victory over self is prized over the merely relative victory over others. It’s an ideal art to assist those who might suffer the effects of anxiety and PTSD because it is all about regaining control, self control in a safe environment which you can then continually recreate for yourself. Without ego it changes helplessness into helpfulness. You don’t have to be a hero, tough or super fit; you just need a mindset that says you are willing to start the journey. Small steps, small objectives leading to achievable small victories; “Fear not to go slowly, only to stand still.” Don’t be afraid, the class will be friendly; learn to be comfortable in the presence of others. Find calm, for calm is the key to better health. Find confidence and awareness in adversity; practising a martial art transfers skills into daily life. Learning to blend and harmonise defuses conflict and sways arguments . . . whether they come from inside or outside.

You might never be brilliant or even good but you will bathe in the happiness of being the best you can be. Why not make time for yourself – for who else will?

There is a regular Bideford class on Wednesday evening and in Bucks Mills there are classes on Mondays and Thursdays; Suitable for adults of all ages and most abilities, affordable, achievable and friendly.

On Saturday afternoon 27th June 2015 there will be an Aikido weapons workshop at the Methodist Church Hall. It is open to viewing by members of the public for a small donation to the chosen charity, Macmillan. Aikido students of all persuasions are welcome. Details are on www.aikijo.weebly.com or www.hartlandaikido.co.uk or telephone me on 01271 345513

Lots to choose from in town – don’t just think your life away, get out there regardless of age, and do something you’d be proud to share with friends and family.

Richard Small.

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Keep calm & carry kids.

Being a parent can be hard. The lack of sleep, drinking cold coffee and eating burnt toast, never catching up on the housework you needed to do, trying to negotiate the world with a pram. It can seem a bit overwhelming, even though it’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever do. Using a baby sling or carrier can really make a difference. Before prams became popular in the last century, carrying your child in a shawl, piece of fabric or other carrier was the norm. In many cultures across the world, it still is. It’s an age-old practice that has fallen by the wayside in the recent past. Knowledge and techniques would have been passed down by close female relatives, or the wider community, just as it is in the areas of the world where carrying your baby is part of the normal daily activities. Through modern parents discovering the benefits of using slings or carriers, we are slowly bringing back this skill to our modern parenting. Commonly known as Babywearing, this practice is on the rise in the Western world.

Studies have been done that have shown many positive effects of carrying your baby close in a sling. The bond and attachment between baby and caregiver is higher, leading to happier babies with a greater sense of security. Breastfeeding is more successful, which has been shown to have an effect well into adulthood. There are also developmental benefits for the baby, and parental wellbeing is increased.

Anyone who has ever navigated small shops, or tried to get on a crowded bus knows that sometimes a pram isn’t always catered for. Anyone who has ever cuddled their baby but wished for free hands to make themselves a drink or do the dishes knows that babies love (and need) to be held safe and close. Slings can help make your life a little bit easier, without having to upset or leave your baby.

What we do as a Sling Library is help you to find a sling or carrier that suits you and your child, and to help you use it safely and comfortably. We have a monthly Sling Meet, where you can look at and try out the slings we have, get help with your own sling, ask any questions, and meet other local parents to help find new friendships. We also hire out slings for you to try in between Meets for a small fee, all of which goes back into expanding the stock and printing costs. The man hours we put in are entirely voluntary. We just want to see you, your baby and the wider community benefit from the knowledge we’ve had handed down to us by other Babywearers.

If you want to know more, please visit (www.Facebook.com/bidefordslinglibrary), follow us on Twitter (@bidefordslings), email us (bidefordslinglibrary@gmail.com) or call Crystal on 07825 683586.

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‘Connections’ – Annie Coughlan (1872-1936).

This is the intriguing story of a Mrs. Annie Coughlan, who survived the ‘Titanic’ disaster and eventually came to live in Bideford, together with her sister, Phoebe.

She was the daughter of Alfred William Woodland (1838- 1899) and Sarah Saunders (1842- ?). The couple were married in Netherbury, Dorset in 1860, where Alfred worked as a butcher. They later moved to Guernsey, where he worked part-time as a butcher, but also ran his own pub, the ‘Half Moon’, in Les Caches Road, St. Martins.

Annie Woodland was born on Guernsey on 17 November 1872, had two older brothers and sister, and two younger brothers and sister. She married a soldier, called William Henry Martin, in Ireland in 1893. The marriage didn’t last, but she never divorced, and by 1912 was calling herself Mrs Coughlan, having presumably entered into a common-law relationship with a Mr Coughlan but unable to get divorced.. She gave her surname as Martin when registering for work, and is also described as the ‘widow of William Martin’ on her death certificate. Her legal husband died on 19 October 1918 in Wallasey, Cheshire of pneumonia and heart failure.

In the meantime, she had gained employment with the White Star Line as a stewardess on the ‘Olympic’, a sister ship of the ‘Titanic’. The ‘Olympic’ was, in fact, the same size as the ‘Titanic’, but the latter had greater tonnage because of its heavier interior fitments. Whilst employed in this capacity, she was believed to be on board when it collided with HMS ‘Hawke’ in the Solent in 1911. (The ‘Olympic’, unlike the ‘Titanic’, and its other sister ship the ‘Britannic’, survived to serve a full working life, and finished its active career in 1934. The ‘Britannic’ was sunk in the Mediterranean in 1915).

In 1912, Annie became a stewardess on the ‘Titanic’, giving her last address as Posbrook Road, Portsmouth, which was also the address of her younger sister, Phoebe. She was paid £3/10/00 a month, and embarked on the ‘Titanic’ on its fateful voyage at Southampton, when she was 39 years old. A few days later, as everyone knows, the ‘Titanic’ was hit by an iceberg, and sank within a few hours, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

At first, Mrs Coughlan, as she now liked to call herself, was thought to have perished, and appeared on the official list of the missing. She did, however, manage to get a place on one of the lifeboats (Boat 11), was picked up by the ‘Carpathia’, and disembarked in New York City on 12 April 1912.

Nothing is known of her whereabouts immediately after this. However, in the mid-to-late ’20s, she was known to have worked at The Royal Hotel in Bideford. It was also known that one of her sisters lived in Northam. This is assumed to be Phoebe Humby, her younger sister, with whom she was very close. After she left the Royal, she appears to have moved to Combe Martin, where she lived a quiet life, and where she died in 1936. A local newspaper at the time reported her death, mentioning that her husband (presumably Mr Coughlan), had drowned with the ‘Titanic’, adding that she had lived in Bideford, before moving to Combe Martin, and had a sister who still lived in Northam. Her sister moved to Barnstaple after this date, and died there in 1951.

If anything, the story of Phoebe is even more interesting. When she was a young girl of 14, she was convicted of attempting to murder her father. Her father, as mentioned above, brought up his family in Guernsey, where he worked as a butcher and a publican. At this time, he was separated from his wife, and he would often leave Phoebe alone at the bar, which she hated. Eventually, she struck up a relationship with a soldier, and they both decided to run away. However, her father found out about this before they had the opportunity to do so, and gave Phoebe a serious thrashing. In retaliation, Phoebe attempted to murder her father by poisoning his tea with oxalic acid. William felt nauseous after sipping it, and decided not to drink it. Apparently, there was enough oxalic acid in the tea to kill three or four people. Phoebe was sentenced to two years’ hard labour for her crime, and was widely reported in the national press at the time.

Phoebe died in Barnstaple in 1951.

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‘Connections’ – Lt.-Col. John Mervin Cutcliffe, C.B. (1778- 1822).

The Cutcliffes were a well-to-do North Devon family, probably descended from the fifteenth century Thomas Cutliff of Hartland. They acquired the estate of Damage Barton, near Ilfracombe in about 1505, and later Lee Manor at Lee Bay, and, amongst other properties, eventually acquired Weach Barton in Westleigh, near Bideford.

Two of John’s ancestors were of note: his grandfather, Charles Cutcliffe, was one of the first pupils of Bideford Grammar School, under the tutelage of Rev. Zachariah Mudge, and went on to become a solicitor in Bideford, but, after his father’s death, decided to take up the life of a country squire; and Charles Newall Cutcliffe, who was also a Bideford solicitor and one of the founding partners of North Devon’s first bank, which opened in 1791, under the name of ‘Cutcliffe, Roche, Gribble and Co’, but more commonly known as ‘The Old Bank’.

John, however, chose the Army for his career. He was born at Alverdiscott, near Bideford, in 1778, but resided in his early years at the family estate at Westleigh.

He had a distinguished military career.

He entered the Army in 1800, as a Cornet in the 23rd Light Dragoons. In 1801, he was made a Lieutenant, and in the same year took part in the Egyptian Campaign, which successfully cut off Napoleon’s troops in Egypt. In 1804, he was made a Captain, and from 1809 onwards, he served in Portugal and Spain in the Peninsular War, and was present at the Battle of Talevera, near Madrid. This battle was both bloody and inconclusive. The 23rd suffered serious casualties: 207 killed, wounded and missing, and 105 captured, giving them a 70% casualty rate. He was promoted to Major in 1813, and he accompanied his regiment in the campaign on the eastern coast of Spain, before taking part in the operations in the Netherlands.

Here, he was present at the Battle of Quatre Bras on the 16 June 1815, the action at Genappe on the 17 June, and then on the 18 June, he commanded the 23rd Light Dragoons at the Battle of Waterloo.

According to one source, he was seriously wounded early on in the day, and on the recommendation of the Duke of Wellington, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. A few days later, he was awarded the Turkish Order of the Crescent for his services in Egypt, and on the 22 June was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath.

The most interesting aspect of his story, however, is how he came to be in command of his regiment, the 23rd, at the Battle of Waterloo.

This was originally the post of the Earl of Portarlington. However, he decided to go into nearby Brussels on the eve of the battle for some entertainment, but on his way back, found himself caught up in the traffic of troops and supplies moving towards the battlefield, on the one hand, and civilians evacuating the scene to avoid the fighting, on the other. Heavy rain fell that night, only compounding the situation, and the whole area became a quagmire.

The Earl made it back in time to take part in the battle, joining the 18th Hussars, with whom he fought valiantly, but he was unable to rejoin his own regiment, so his second-in command, John Cutcliffe, had to take his place.

The Earl was ashamed of what had happened, but in spite of a letter of support and encouragement  and the gift of a snuff box from John Cutcliffe and his fellow officers in the 23rd, the Earl drank and drugged himself to an early death soon afterwards, having been reduced to living in a hovel in London.

At the end of the war, regiments were either reduced in size or disbanded, and the 23rd Light Dragoons was one of the first to be disbanded, perhaps because of the stigma attached to this incident.

In the meantime, John had married, in April 1808, the Honorable Charlotte Talbot, daughter of Baroness Talbot de Malahide, but died without issue in 1822 at Westleigh, where he is now buried.

The Battle of Waterloo ensured that no single power would dominate continental Europe militarily for many years to come, and led to a century of relative peace in Europe. This month ,of course, marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, one of the most significant in British history.

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One hundred years ago : June 1915.

The Gazette was proud to announce that 2nd class Air Mechanic J E Prance of the Royal Flying Corps has been awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallant conduct and valuable service. He assisted in repairing an aeroplane, which had been forced to descend near the firing line whilst being heavily shelled. The repair was successful and the plane flew again the following morning. Newly promoted 1st class Air Mechanic Prance is the eldest of the four sons of Mr S. Prance, the Bideford Harbourmaster.

Following the death of Henry Ascott JP,the licensee of the New Inn, his executors have instructed J. J. Braddick to sell by auction a unique and extensive collection of carriages and stable paraphernalia from the ‘New Inn’ stables. Among the vehicles advertised are 6 varnished Brakes, two of them with detachable hoods, and the two largest able to carry over 20 passengers each. There are also 2 Landaus, 2 Victorias, a waggonette, 2 dog-carts, a colt-brake and various luggage carts, as well as an extensive range of harness and tack. Mr. Ascott had been the licensee from 1878 until 1914 when it was transferred to Richard G. Court. The manageress in 1915 was Miss Light.

Including the New Inn there are 5 Bideford hotels which continue to advertise in the Gazette each week –

The Royal Hotel is under new management. The manageress is Miss Constable and the telephone number is Bideford 5. A charge of 6d per person is made to visitors wishing to view the famous Kingsley Suite with its panelled rooms and unique ceilings. The charge does not apply to hotel residents and those taking meals in the hotel.

The Hillgarden Hotel was situated in Mill Street. The proprietor, Mr W G Pearce, advertises a photographic dark-room for the use of guests and boasts that it is the only hotel in Bideford with a Bowling Green attached.

The Proprietor of the Kingsley Hotel on the Quay was Mr George Radford, but no proprietor is given for Tanton’s Hotel.

These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford Community Archive at the Council offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714

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Shipping news No. 123 (April/ May 2015).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Roseburg - (ex- Balticborg, 2003 ; Ivy, ’05 ; Forsetti, ’07) : built 1991 : flag St.John’s, Antigua & Barbuda : owners Russian : crew Russian : from Newport to Wismar : arrived 21/4, sailed 22/4 : loaded 2,100 tons timber.

Cemi - (ex- Cemile, ’04) : built 1991 : flag Nassau, Bahamas : owners Norwegian : crew Russian : from Glensanda to Newport : arrived 5/5, sailed 6/5 : discharged 4,151 tons fine stone.

Welsh Piper at Yelland 6.4.

In port – Bideford.

Frisium - (ex- Thalassa, 1998) : built 1992 : flag Sneek, Netherlands : owners Dutch : crew Dutch, Russian, Philippino : from Warrenpoint to Bendorf : arrived 13/5, sailed 15/5 : loaded 1,700 tons ball clay (two grades).

Activity at Appledore.

The Irish Patrol vessel Le James Joyce unfortunately did not sail on 4/5th; for her home port of Cork due to problems with the propellers ; next provisional date for sailing is the 17th


(The keel of the third vessel for the Irish Navy has been laid ; due for delivery 2016, no name at the moment).

Undertaking work at Appledore lifeboat buoy 27,28,29,30 April (sailed 1.5 for Ilfracombe – the States of Jersey tug Duke of Normandy.

Arco Dart at Appledore 17.4, 18.4, 19.4.

Bristol Channel Observations.

17.4 at 12.10 cargo vessel Nordesand, 4,512 tons d.w, owners Briese Schiffahrts GMBH & Co Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 12.16 cargo vessel Frisian River, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Frisian River BV Netherlands, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 06.11. At 12.35 cargo vessel Eems Star, 2,650 tons d.w, owners Amko Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Birdport, having sailed at 06.01. At 14.20 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,583 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.35 cargo vessel Fluvius Plym, 3,211 tons d.w., owners Fluvius Plym Ltd Crediton Devon, inward bound for Avonmouth.

18.4 at 15.12 cruise ship Azores, built 1948, 16,144 tons gross, owners Portuscale Cruises Portugal inward bound for Avonmouth. (Readers may like to know the history of this vessel. She started life as the Stockholm and in 1956 off Nantucket Light Vessel New York she collided with the Italian Line Andrea Doria, which sank. The Stockholm was repaired, eventually sold to the East German Shipping Company VEB Deutsche Seereederei Rostock, and became the Volkerfreundschaft – she has had many changes since then, finishing up as the Azores).

19.4 at 12.39 vehicle carrier Morning Mercator, 23,096 tons d.w., owners Leif Autoliners Shipping AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.53 ocean tug Graceland, 500 tons d.w, owners Neptune Marine Towage Netherlands, outward bound from Cardiff, having sailed at 07.22. At 13.10 cargo vessel Kinatsi ,18,901 tons d.w, owners Kinatsi Martime SA Greece, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 07.47. At 13.24 vehicle carrier AutoSun, 4,442 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

26.4 at 18.28 vehicle carrier Autopride 4442 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

27.4 at 10.59 cargo vessel Baltic Merchant, 3,110 tons d.w, owners Pohl Shipping Schiffahrts GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 17.24 cargo vessel Lady Hester, 3,500 tons d.w, owners Wijnne & Barends Netherlands, inward bound for Cardiff. At 17.42 bulk carrier Aasli 6,630 tons d.w, owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 14.08.

29.4 at 08.20 chemcal tanker Stolt Egret, 5,758 tons d.w, owners Stolt Tankers B/V Netherlands outward bound from Barry, having sailed at 02.10.

30.4 at 19.50 cargo vessel Eilsum, 2,376 tons d.w, owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

2.5 at 10.32 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners JR. Shipping BV Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth.

3.5 at 13.15 hrs cargo vessel Monica Mueller, 3,723 tons d.w., owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

9.5 at 15.15 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners JR. Shipping BV Netherland, outward bound from Avonmouth.

10.5 at 07.30 small cruise vessel Ocean Nova, 2,193 tons gross, owners Quark Expeditions (96 passengers), inward for Lundy – left at 11.30 heading in the direction of Milford Haven. At 18.56 vehicle carrier Viking Chance, 10,834 tons d.w., owners Gram Car Carrier AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

Regards,

Norman

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Bowel Cancer Support Group.

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May’s youth page.

Party all night ( Or till 12 o’clock at the absolute earliest…)

Just like Easter is the light at the end of a long tunnel of fasting for many at Lent ( though if you’re actually seeing the light, you may have had enough of those small chocolate mousse-eggs. Mousses don’t lay eggs often, but when they do it’s a magical occurrence) those in the Bideford College sixth form got one final party out the way before embarking on a laborious month of revision, in time for the exams in May.

The theme was Good .vs. Evil, which explains all the cowboys, highwaymen and Mafiosi comparing bloody bullet holes with batman villains over a Red Bull, less so the two slow-dancing bananas in the middle of the floor- but then, their saintly potassium content probably swayed them over to the “good” side- which is just as well really, because “Good” had far fewer members. Everyone there was caught up in the spirit of the thing- even the three burly doormen who must have been intensely miffed to find they weren’t the only one with that costume idea, and no one simply came “as themselves, but on an evil day.” It also wasn’t the usual case of a shifty school dance, where five people jig about a bit in the centre and everyone else watches; it was a full four hours of screeched singing, mass dancing, and lemon-flavoured smoke machines that went a little out of control from time to time; woe betide you if you were doing “oops upside your head” in front of the nozzle, but those of us in a cape or poncho could really waft around in it. Near midnight, the evening wound down, and the strange conglomeration of heroes and villains bumbled away again into the darkness.

As well as a swansong for the free time and excitement that’ll have to be put on hold for a while, in order to concentrate fully on the final set of A-levels you’ve been working towards for the past year, it was also a good opportunity to burn yourself out for a few days. Parties like this need a long recuperation time, so people won’t have energy for anything other than some maths revision, and a skim through the Russian Revolution in between naps. It seems the best way to enjoy revision is when it’s an excuse not to do anything else; more like pancake day than Easter then, as you make yourself sick before lent, so the sweet treats and the chocolate are even easier to give up for a the long spell ahead.

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Last month saw the Burton Art Gallery’s exhibition of Howard Hodgkin’s ‘Green Thoughts’. All inspired by some aspect of the surrounding country-side from ‘Storm cloud’ to ‘Sundown’, the 19 limited editions on display were made using carborundum relief and hand painting. The lush, vibrant colours and vital paint strokes speak to the viewer- though mostly it’s questions like, “What kind of storm clouds does Howard Hodgkin ogle?” and “I love the nice driftwood border he’s drawn, and this coastal delight of sea and sand, but why is the moon crying in a corner?” They’re abstract pieces, but they do require a bit of thought if you want to understand their underlying meaning. Otherwise, it’s just satisfying to take a step back from the wall and blur your eyes- let them eat up the feast of texture and hues, and not really worry what the peeling amoebas/raindrops are up to. And they really are a treat to look at, because Hodgkin’s managed to blend the spontaneity of nature- overlapping lines, and unconfined drips, but also kept the raw power or energy of what he’s trying to convey- be it raging conditions out at sea, or a calm, clear sunrise over rolling rural corn fields, a sense of this is all oozing from the works.

Inspired by Andrew Marvell’s 17th century poem ‘The Garden’ if that’s what we have to thank for these 19 limited editions, then we may well become Andrew Marvell fans as a result…


Millie Sutherland O’Gara

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One hundred years ago : May 1915.

At the Annual meeting of the Bideford Workhouse Guardians it was announced that 26 meetings were held during the year and only 4 of the elected Guardians had attended all meetings. Some had only been present at 10 meetings and one person had only made one attendance. The War has had an effect on the number of tramps calling overnight, falling from 80 the previous year to 37 and the numbers of men fully employed or going off to fight has caused the casual numbers to fall from 2220 to 1548.

Over the Whitsun holidays, May 22/23rd, traffic has fallen by a half. No railway excursions were run and with over 3,000 men from North Devon off to war families stayed at home.

George Boyle, Motor Cycle and Bicycle agent of Allhalland Street and Queen Street, warns of a “dearth of bicycles” due to the scarcity of raw materials and shortages of manpower.

Recruiting at Bideford is quoted as being similar to or better than other towns. 540 men have enlisted and have gone to the Devonshire Territorials who are now garrisoned in India, or to the Devon Yeomanry who are defending the east coast against possible invasion. A recruiting march was organised around North Devon which stopped overnight in Bideford. 130 men were recruited into the 6th Battalion Devonshire Regiment but more are needed. Currently there are 370 men between the ages of 18 and 38, fit or unfit, in the town. There is reluctance to volunteer, many saying that they will “Go if conscripted but not voluntarily”. Tattersill’s, the grocers in the town, had the advertisement (as shown) during May which seemed to reflect this growing unease generated by the war.

In other news:

For Sale at Pines Lane Bideford, 16 acres of luxuriant grass and farming implements together with one Guernsey cow in full milk. Offered by the Executors of the late H Arscott JP.

The town water supply is giving concern again. Supply is dwindling and Bideford Urban District councillors are debating whether to turn off the supply overnight.

Farleigh’s Stores in High Street are selling “tempting little breakfast hams” at 7d a pound. Miss A Littlejohns of York Cottage will give lessons in the new method of “Touch” typing.

Bideford & District Community Archive, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714

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