Lawrence at the library.
This month, the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed some new sights to be seen round the Bideford Library. Alongside banks of books, computer stacks, and the odd secret passage way( we haven’t found any active ones yet, but there’s a suspicious looking ridge by the science fiction) sit sculptures of steel, driftwood and paint.
Hooked to ceiling brackets are a selection of Lawrence Luciano’s newest works. The self proclaimed bricklayer- who dabbles with some lovely artwork and poems on the side- has infiltrated the shelves and put on quite a display. You can easily walk round and browse both the books, and the art works- some of which are gazing out the window like some unhelpfully pretty gargoyles, more likely to entice things in than keep them out. Metallic wooden creatures peer down and meet your gaze as you wait for the computers to log on, while in the other room nonfiction shelves seem to be a duelling ground for a variety of strange beasts, namely a turbine enshrouded praying mantis that’s just dripping in heavy chainmail bling.
This is no happy accident though, as after visiting for a few months on 2009, Lawrence Luciano became captivated by Bideford as “the Heavenliest Devonliest” place he had ever visited, so upped sticks from Neath in Wales and moved here to continue his works- not only in the 3rd dimensions but also in verse, some of which like ’2 dead rats’ are pinned up at the back along with a brief biography.
This “Written off” expedition has no mentioned finished date as of yet, but that also means it could vanish suddenly , so if you’re interested in the woodland world that has sprung up, it’s well worth a visit sometime soon! (Can confidently say it will be here for the whole of April ed )
On the subject of exhibitions, the ‘Story of Bideford Black’ project was initiated way back in 2012- by local artist Peter Ward-and has now finally come to completion. A pigment found only in Bideford and mined until 1969 for use in paint, mascara and camouflage; Bideford Black was of huge importance in a bygone age and is still being recognised for its contribution today. With the intention of uncovering, gathering and presenting a hoard of fresh stories about one of our town’s most legendary natural resources, it’s received funding from the Heritage Lottery fund, an ‘all our stories’ grant and a generous donation by The friends of Burton art gallery. Already, 8 artists have agreed to compile the body of work- Richard Long’s display last year was one of the first followed by Luce Choules’ talk which took place on the 11th March. Hopefully, this brings a new celebration of Bidefordian history, as the Burton’s website sets out to archive it all: http://bidefordblack.blogspot.co.uk
Millie Sutherland O’Gara.
Thomas Arthur was one of only four North Devonians who have been awarded the Victoria Cross.
Born in Abbotsham, near Bideford in 1835, to Thomas and Jane Arthur, he appears to have worked as a farm labourer for a short while for a John Beckalick at Parkham, before joining the Army at the age of 18 at Devonport for service in the Royal Regiment of Artillery. He was sent to the Royal Artillery Depot at Woolwich, where he earned the princely sum of one and three pence per day (the equivalent of 6p today) as a gunner. In November 1854, he embarked on HMS ‘Niagara’ from Liverpool, bound for the war in the Crimea.
Conditions in the Crimea were atrocious, and more men were dying from infection, fever, poor sanitation and hunger, than from deaths and injuries sustained in battle, and it was to rectify this situation that Florence Nightingale was famously sent, with 38 nurses to help her. Though she was largely based in Scutari Barracks, she did make two visits to Balaclava, where at one timeThomas was briefly hospitalised.
He was eventually stationed at Sebastopol, where the Russians were dug in at the Quarries.
The 7th Fusiliers attacked the position, and gained it, but Thomas could see that that the infantrymen were running out of ammunition. When night fell he ran, on several occasions under heavy enemy fire, with barrels of ammunition on his head, and at obvious great danger to himself,to keep the infantry supplied. He was said to have thrown the ammunition down at the soldiers’ feet, shouting “Here you are, my lads, fire away!”.
The Quarries were little more than holes in the ground in front of a fort called the Redan, the capture of which was the object of the exercise, and against which the Commander-in Chief, Lord Raglan, threw about a thousand troops, but without success. Only half survived the attack.
It was at this point that Thomas volunteered to form and lead a spiking party, to disable and sabotage the enemy guns, an extremely hazardous operation.
On other occasions, he was seen, lifting up and bringing back wounded officers and men to the trenches.
For all these acts of bravery, he was later awarded the Victoria Cross.
He left the Crimea with his Battery in February 1856, and arrived back in Woolwich in the middle of March.
Uncharacteristically, he took two separate days off without leave soon after his return. He was court-martialled and ended up serving a twenty-eight day sentence in Weedon Military Prison in Northamptonshire.
Fortunately, he was released nine days before he was ordered to march to Hyde Park, where, together with 62 other Crimean War heroes, he was awarded the Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria .
The Victoria Cross was specifically created at this time to commemorate the deeds of those servicemen who had acted with valour under enemy fire, above and beyond the call of duty, and this was the first investiture of its kind. The medals were awarded in strict order of seniority of service and rank. Thomas was the twenty-third, being one of five Royal Artillery members – four officers, and Thomas.
A few days afterwards, on 6 July, he got married to Ann Goddard, from Hornstead in Berkshire.
They had eight children in all, his sixth child, Sophia being born in Bideford in 1876. This was after his retirement from the army in 1874.
He finally settled in Savernake, Wiltshire, where he died, of unknown causes, on 2 March 1902, aged 67. He is buried here in Cadley Churchyard
Proud of Thomas’s exploits and medal, many of his descendants have included the name Arthur in their sons’ name, one relative even calling her daughter Mabel Arthur!
It is well-known that Victoria Crosses are made from the gunmetal of one of two Chinese cannons, used by the Russians and captured by the British at the siege of Sebastopol.
Thomas’s own medal was purchased on 19 July 1902 for £47, purchased again at a later date by the Royal Artillery Institute, and is now displayed at the Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich, for all to see.
I am a descendant of the Verren families from Bideford, living in Canberra. I am trying to contact Verren family members who may be able to help me with the following information :
Living Verren family members still in Bideford or family members buried in Bideford Cemeteries.
Information on Verren family members who have moved elsewhere
Birth, Death, Marriage information, especially around or prior to the 1797 birth of Albert and William Verren [twins] born in Bideford.
Also any information on the Verren families, who were Huguenots, and who fled from France to England during the 16th century. Any known derivatives of the Verren family name.
*I am attaching information about the Verren families given to me from a cousin. I attach relevant found Verren family information of birth and death in Bideford.
*Can forward this extra item to anyone with information as well as other contact details.
Bideford Hospital – last month’s front page.
The photograph shows the opening ceremony of the new Bideford and District Hospital, held on Wednesday 23rd September 1925 – the ceremony being performed by Sir William Reardon Smith, Bart.
The cost of the building was approximately £21,000 and it was built by Messrs Mardon, Ball and Co of Farnham.The foundation stone was laid in 1924 by Lord Glanely.
The persons present: – Sir William Reardon Smith – seated left of the Matron; Lord Glanely seated right of the matron.Also present Hospital staff – nurses and doctors. The Mayor – Edwin Josiah Toye, born London 1871. Having been medical officer for Northam he came to Bideford where his surgery was at Stanhope and where he practised for 40 years. He was elected to Bideford Council in 1923 and was made Mayor in 1925. His daughter, Miss Keene was his mayoress. Dr Toye died suddenly in January 1938 at the age of 66.
Bideford Stroke Support Group.
We are a small friendly group who help people whose speech has been affected by stroke.We need a new volunteer / leader to take a pro- active role in our little group. Could you spare a couple of hours on alternate Tuesday mornings.Tea and laughter are the order of the day.Give us a buzz! For more information….07713 629774
Machu Picchu Challenge.
In August I will be going to Peru to complete the trek to Machu Picchu. I am doing this to raise funds for the new chemotherapy unit at Barnstaple hospital. However, this is a massive challenge for me and I am doing it because I have beaten cancer twice and I now want to beat my lifelong fear of heights. The trek climbs to a height of 4,200 M. It really is completely outside of my comfort zone – I used to have to close my eyes when driven over the new bridges in Bideford in Barnstaple. Thankfully I cope with them a lot better now! I have also never slept in a tent, so for the first time in my life I will be sleeping in a tent, up a mountain, with a stranger. Not something I can say I thought I would ever do!
I have to raise a lot of money to complete this challenge, but I want to let people know that I have had to pay for myself to go out there. My main fundraising event is hosting an Elvis/Rock’n’Roll night at Pier House, Westward Ho! This will take place on Friday 17th April at 8pm and tickets cost £7 from me on 07713636905. Phil Brock will be performing his amazing Elvis act which is probably the best in the West Country. If you want a great evening of entertainment I hope you feel you will be able to support me. If you are not able to be there, but would like to support me, please visit my page on www.virginmoneygiving.com/HelenFinn2
Bideford Quilt Group
Bideford Quilters meet monthly on the last Saturday of the month. We are now meeting at Northam Hall again – where we originally started.
We have had exhibitions at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum; the last one was in November/December 2013. For each of our exhibitions we have made a ‘group quilt’ which has been raffled in aid of North Devon Hospice. After a previous exhibition we had a lot of people wanting to join us so we started a second group – ‘Tarka Quilters’ which meets at Fremington Methodist Hall on the second Tuesday of the month. We have now decided to amalgamate the two groups so that members can go to either meetings.
Meetings are from 10-00 – 2.00 pm normally, and from 10.00 – 3.30 pm when we have a workshop. Sometimes we have ‘in-house’ tutors and at other times we use outside tutors to come to us.We have people of all abilities in our groups – from beginners to very experienced.
We are planning to start a ‘block a month’ where a different technique block is made each month leading to producing a sampler quilt – this is very helpful particularly for beginners.
If anyone is interested in joining us they would be very welcome – please ring Kate 01237 470846 or Steph 01237 470570 for details.
Since its inception back in 1959 the Club has had titles related to its origin and for many years has been known as Bideford & District Cacti & Pot Plant Club – quite a mouthful to get around. It is also a big misnomer as for much of its entire past it has covered all gardening subjects and indeed many general subject as well for its talks and meetings. With the demise of other local clubs of the more general horticultural nature we felt it time to change and to appeal to a wider cross section.
With this in mind the club members have decided to make a radical change and it will now be known as Bideford Gardeners Club, still based at the Bideford Methodist Church Hall for its meetings and in the Pannier Market for its Annual Flower Show, which this year is on 23rd August 2015 and which includes the spectacular National Begonia Society South West Show.
Our season of talks and events commences in March each year and runs through to December. We also go out on trips and for our May event we will be running one to Pinetum Park and Pine Lodge Gardens, with a visit to Charlestown. The rest of the year is also well planned out, so we urge anyone interested in good social events and talks with a gardening bias to get in touch with us and join our club. Information can be obtained through Secretary Mike Avis, email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 01237 475914.
Peugeot cars have now arrived in Bideford. The French manufacturer has appointed Heard Bros. as their only dealer across the entire Devon and Cornwall area. Prices range from £125 for a baby 2 seater up to £875 for a 40/50 hp car fitted with a “Suffolk” 5 seater touring body complete with all accessories. For further details telephone Bideford 70.
An exciting new crop on the gardening page in the 6th April edition: ‘Readers are encouraged to consider planting “a garden variety of Indian corn or maize” known as sugar or sweet corn. It is quite extensively grown and eaten as a vegetable in Canada and the United States. Several local seedsmen are selling seeds of improved acclimatisation and now is the time to sow’.
Sale of Lloyds Bank premises Bideford: Messrs R Dymond & Sons are offering for sale by auction on the 8th April the freehold property situated on the corner of High Street and Allhalland Street, formerly the Devon & Cornwall Bank. The Auction took place at Tantons Hotel and in the following week’s edition of the Gazette the following report was printed. “Bidding was started by G. Boyle at £1000 and W. H. Chope bettered this by £50, and then by £50 bids each bidder bettered their offer up to a figure of £1700. Then Mr W. H. Chope offered £1725, at which point the property was withdrawn and made open to Private Treaty sale by Messrs Hole, Seldon & Ward solicitors for the vendors”.
Local residents are beginning to respond to the opening of Commons Auxiliary Hospital to receive wounded soldiers with gifts and donations including vegetables, shirts, pillows, eggs, cigarettes, cream, carpet slippers, boots, jig saw puzzles, looking glasses, jam and hymn books. Rev Dimond gave sweets.
Bideford farmers and gardeners have been asked to contribute to a national egg collection scheme to aid wounded soldiers. Across the country 130,000 eggs have been collected weekly but the organisers hope to increase this to 200,000 and Bideford is expected to play its part. Collection points have been set up at the Butchers Market at the top of Grenville Street and at the NFU offices in the High Street.
In letters to the Editor in the 13th April edition a letter from Mr. J. M. Metherell, chairman of the Bideford branch of the Devon Farmers Union, “earnestly request the farmers of Bideford District to make a generous response to the appeal.” Eggs will go to the base hospital in France for men who are returning from the Front Line.
Seafood Savoury Pancakes.
Here is a lovely recipe from the Marshford Cookbook using local ingredients. I have used locally caught white fish; Pollack, Whiting or Ling fillets are all available this Easter.(with thanks to Marshford for allowing use of this recipe.)
To make pancakes-
Ingredients- 110g plain flour and a pinch of salt,1 large egg,
100ml milk and100 ml cold water.
Mix the salt and flour in a large bowl, beat the egg lightly and add half the milk/water. Beat until well mixed and add the rest of the milk /water. Stir to mix.
Make a well in the centre of the flour and add half the liquid. Beat lightly and then pour the rest of the liquid in, slowly beating as you go until the mixture is well incorporated. Set aside in a cold place for 2 hours.
To cook pancakes-
Use a 7in pan. Measure 2 Tablespoons of batter into a cup and when the pan is hot, pour the batter into the middle ,swirl round to coat the pan thinly.
Turn down the heat to medium and cook the pancake ; it should only take a minute, and then turn over or toss and cook on the other side.
Have 2 plates ready and place the cooked pancakes on the plate. Keep warm with a second inverted plate on top.
These are now ready for the fish filling.
Ingredients for filling-
160g of Pollack, Whiting or Ling fillets.
80gms of prawns or sliced scallops or mussel meat.
3 black peppercorns,1bay leaf and a few parsley sprigs.
15g butter and 15g flour.
Salt and pepper to taste.
15gm melted butter and a little grated cheese-Cornish yarg or mild Parkham cheddar
To make the filling-
Melt the butter in a heavy based saucepan and add the flour, stirring and cooking to form a roux. Add the liquid a little at a time, stirring continuously over a low heat until the mixture comes to a boil and has thickened.
Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly and carefully fold in the cubed filleted fish and sliced scallops /mussels.
Heat the grill.
Divide the mixture between the pancakes and roll up. Place in a greased heatproof dish and brush each pancake with the melted butter, sprinkle the grated cheese over, and heat under the grill until golden. Garnish the reserved parsley leaves.
Please let me know which fish and /or cheese you find most tasty for this dish.
For more information and Easter recipes visit www.brilliantfishonline.co.uk or for more Organic food recipes visit www.marshford.co.uk , or visit the shop at Churchill Way, Northam. EX39 1NS. Marshford Organic Foods now has a range of local-caught fish.
No shipping at Bideford or Yelland since last issue, contrary to my comments last month.
Vessel Marley due Bideford 17th March to load for Castellon.
The Irish Patrol Vessel Le James Joyce sailed from Appledore on the am tide of the 5th and returned on the 10th ; due to sail for her home port in Eire on the 18th. (During the weekend 7/8th March she was seen crossing the bay on various occasions).
Barge and escorting tug still due at shipyard on the 24th March to collect components for the second Aircraft Carrier at Rosyth ; due to sail 3rd April.
Arco Dart at Appledore 18.2.15; 5.3.15 ; 8.3.15.
Bristol Channel Observations.
14.2 at 15.13 cargo vessel Newa, 6,050 tons d.w, owners Roland Ship Administration Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.
17.2 at 07.29 cargo vessel Zeeland, 3,020 tons d.w, owners Wagenborg Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 07.48 chemical tanker Stolt Guillemot, 4,698 tons d.w,owners Stolt Tankers BV Netherland, inward bound for Barry. At 11.15 Stolt Gillemot outward bound from Barry, having sailed at 07.24.
18.2 at 12.40 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.
21.2 at 13.57 vehicle carrier Glovis Solomon, 27,500 tons d.w, owners GL SHVI Shipping Inc South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.
23.2 at 14.20 bulk carrier Wu Zhu Hai, 76,428 tons d.w Cosco Bulk China, outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 10.07 .
24.2 at 18.02 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.06. At 18.08 bulk carrier UBC Oristano, 11,8467 tons d.w., owners UBC Oristano Netherlands, inward bound for Port Talbot.
26.2 at 14.50 vehicle carrier City of Paris, 2,793 tons d.w, owners Manx Car Carriers Ltd Japan, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 09.36.
27.2 at 09.24 cargo vessel Noorderlicht, 3,770 tons d.w., owners Souwerbren JA Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 00.26 . At 11.25 chemical tanker Likya C, 5,573 tons d.w., owners Likya Maritime Investments Istanbul, inward bound for Cardiff. (Seen again 1.3.15 at 08.35 outward bound from Cardiff, having sailed 01.47).
2.3 at 08.20 cargo vessel Patron, 4,106 tons d.w, owners CFL Patron Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 11.07 cargo vessel Chopin, 5,697 tons d.w, owners Strahlmann E Reederei EK Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.00 cargo vessel Reggedijk, 4,890 tons d.w, owners Navigia Shipmanagement BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.
3.3 at 17.35 cargo vessel Marc, 4,135 tons d.w, owners Marc Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.45 cargo vessel Sormonskiy, 3,853 tons d.w, owners North Western Shipping Joint Stock Co Russia, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 05.56.
4.3 at 08.10 cargo vessel Pommern, 3,006 tons d.w, owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.
8.3 at 14.57 the cargo ship Hertfordshire, 2,489 tons d.w, owners Bibby Line ltd Liverpool outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 09.25. At 15.53 tug MTS Viscount, 318 tons d.w., owners Multratug BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry, having sailed at 08.04.
10.3 at 11.41 vehicle carrier Grande Detroit, 12,420 tons d.w., owners ACL Management AB Sweden (part of the Grimaldi Group Italy), outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 06.43. At 14.05 container ship Flintercape, 9,587 tons d.w, owners Flinter Group Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.
13.3 at 07.46 container ship Shasta, 22,420 tons d.w, owners Almond Shipping Investments Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.11. At 09.30 cargo vessel Komet, 111 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 11.15 cargo vessel Taranto, 3,009 tons d.w., owners Kaptain Siegfried Bojen Schiffahrtsbetrieb EK Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 11.55 cargo vessel Widor, 3,417 tons d.w, owners Widor Interscan Shipmangement Germany, outward bound from Swansea . At 18.34 vehicle carrier City of Barcelona, 2,402tons d.w, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 13.38 . At 18.40 cargo vessel Wilson Dundee, 3,666 tons d.w, owners Argonnauten Holdings GMBH Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 10.50.
14.3 at 16.00 vehicle carrier/ Parts for Airbus carrier City of Hamburg, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anita SNC France, inward bound for Portbury.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the children of the reception class of Hollywell Primary School Tawstock for listening to me and coming up with interesting questions on the 27th February. At the time of going to press the Marley is due Bideford 17th. You may have seen the ship by the time your teacher reads this.
10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.
6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.
7pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652
8.30pm N Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore – Jim Mullen/Neil Burns Quartet. 421065
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 Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.
7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462
7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.
8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913
Palladium Club – Jam Night.
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
1-2.30pm SHoW (See Hear on Wheels) at Tesco, East-the-Water.
7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554
7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.
8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798
10am-12pm Coffee Morning & Table Top Sale at RND Yacht Club, Instow, in aid of North Devon Hospice. 422215
10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. 479917
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.
7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.
A new chapter
There are a fair few stories in the news this week with one very similar thread, not the usual empty promises of snow- close to the seaside we’ve become accustomed to disappointment in that department- something else has found the limelight this time. Books.
After recent reports that most kids can’t hold a pencil, tablets are the way forward, and the pen/ paper combination has gone the way of other notable duos – such as Starsky & Hutch, and that short-lived cheese-pomegranate fad – you’d be forgiven for thinking that paper is on a shaky footing. Certainly, with the rise of e-readers, capable of holding their charge for around 28 hours and casting their own iridescent glow over both the rapt reader and the poor souls attempting sleep, the book’s found a new competitor. It may have eliminated the age old question of “which lamp should I sit underneath at night?” but this query is soon replaced by the far more worrying – “where’s the nearest plug socket to perch beside? I thought either Heathcliff or Cathy were about to die, but it turns out the kindle’s joined in too. “
Even with these electronic gizmos on the horizon, their leafy companions have found new outlets this year, with the rise of ‘book blogging’; many people now proudly show an internet audience the pile of paper backs they’ve just waded through, explaining some favourites or challenging others to take on their list. There are also a lot of literature based courses at the moment – from English A-levels to history, where a bit of wider reading can come in immensely helpful. It’s here that other people’s recommendations – of something that explains the background factors memorably, or fits in with the strand of coursework you’re tirelessly attempting to pad out – can make the job a lot easier. Novels, easily swapped between classmates like a curiously legal black market, prove to be far less faff than each person downloading the same thing to their e-reader once they’ve bought one in the first place.
We’re a good few weeks into it now, and so far, 2015 looks like the time of the tome; with the library willing to import anything not found in the Bideford outlet from the whole of the British Isles, and book clubs making their resurgence.
With a performance of her own song “Silly boys breaking hearts”, she not only gained first prize, but also landed the Exposure award for publicity, gaining her recording studio time too! Well done Yazzy.
A grand well-done is also in order for Amy Walker ,Kieran Spittles, Max Heard and James Gould- who got Bideford College to the National finals of the maths challenge competition for the first time in its history. Although they didn’t win, they represented the town admirably in a field of over 70 regional winners in London.
Millie Sutherland O’Gara.
If you have something you’d like to tell us , please send your contributions fao Millie, Bideford Buzz c/o TTVS 14 Bridgeland St Bideford Ex39 2QE OR email editor@ bidefordbuzz.org.uk.
Torridge CATS – 2015 CATS Awards Evening!
This inspirational event will take place on Thursday 4th June 2015 at The Pier House in Westward Ho! It will be an exciting evening designed to promote, recognise and reward young people from the Torridge area for their positive community action.If you know of a young person in the Torridge area, aged 5 – 25, who deserves to be recognised and rewarded , then please be sure to nominate them using this link to the CATS nomination form. Torridge CATS 2015 Nomination Form
Please complete and submit all nomination forms by 27.04.15. If you would prefer a hardcopy nomination form, please email email@example.com or telephone 01288 488086.
It’s funny how Facebook opens up all sorts of windows and lets us see inside other people’s lives. The latest “7 facts that you may not know about me” has resulted in this article.
My mother, Julianna Ibolya Homolya, left Hungary with just me and one suitcase after the Hungarian Uprising of 1956. Mum was 24 years old and I was two. Neither of us spoke a word of English. After catching a train and walking for miles to a “safe” opening in the barbed wire fencing that was all around the border of Hungary and Austria, then spending a few nights in an Austrian farmer’s barn along with several others, we ended up initially in a refugee camp in Austria. Then we were allocated a space in England.
After reading this on Facebook, Rose Arno, Bideford Buzz’s Editor, responded by telling me that she clearly remembers, as a schoolchild, knitting woollen squares for blankets for Hungarian refugees. I can happily say that not only were we, as a family, grateful for one of those blankets and indeed had it for many years, but so were all the tenants of the house that we lived in when we finally arrived in the Midlands in 1958.
So how did I get to be living in glorious Devon? It has been my dream to live in Devon for almost thirty years, along with my other dream of owning a Bistro. It has been a long and eventful journey and I have made so many friends and hopefully introduced a tiny corner of Hungary to the Devon coastline. Imagine it started with the clothes on my back, a few changes of undies and a tenacious and brave young woman. Thanks, Mum.
Here is a classic Hungarian dish for you to try, which many of you will think is Goulash, but it is in fact Pörköltt. ‘Guylas leves’, translated to ‘Goulash’, is in fact a soup – Hungarians generally have a soup before every meal and Gulyas leves used to be eaten on the Plains by herdsman, made in huge tureens, much like the cowboys in America.
Take a look at my Facebook page – Nanna’s Kitchen, Combe Martin. You will see menus and opening hours and will be able to buy sachets of the herbs and spices needed to make this dish and others, in the right quantity and using Hungarian Paprika and Hungarian Marjoram. ENJOY!
‘Pörköltt’ – Paprika Casserole.
500 grams diced pork, from loin of pork.
1 tablespoon oil – sunflower, rapeseed, or vegetable.
1 large onion.
1 clove garlic.
1 tin chopped tomatoes.
1 large tablespoon of sweet Hungarian Paprika.
1 heaped teaspoon of Marjoram.
Salt and pepper.
Small pot of sour cream
Finely chopped fresh parsley
A few thinly chopped sweet and sour gherkins.
Serve with chosen pasta shapes.
Finely dice onion and clove of garlic (or,for a better sauce, use a food processor or mini chopper to finely chop).
Heat the oil in a large frying pan ; add the onion and garlic and fry very gently, taking care not to overcook. It should stay translucent.
Keep it at a low heat for about ten minutes. When the onion and garlic have soaked up all the oil and are soft and golden, add the pork pieces and brown on all sides.
Add the Hungarian Paprika and Marjoram and just coat all the pork quickly. Add the tinned tomatoes and stir well to combine all the ingredients. Bring to the boil, add salt and pepper to taste.
Leave to simmer gently with a lid on for about thirty minutes. Take off the lid and test a piece of pork to see if the meat is cooked. If not, put the lid on and leave for another 10 minutes. Be patient, do not rush this point. You need the pork to fall apart when gently pressed.
If the sauce is too watery then remove the lid and cook gently until the sauce thickens to a coating sauce, as this will be served with pasta.
Serve with pasta that has a little bite, so that it still wants to soak up the sauce. Add the Pörköltt on top of the pasta and for a final authentic flourish add a tablespoon of sour cream on top and a sprinkling of finely chopped parsley.
Felicity’s Sustainable Fish through the seasons.
It would be useful to consider which fish are sustainable – and why?
Here is a short list of fish available in North Devon – gurnard, dab, herring, mackerel,hake, sardines/pilchards, trout. Shellfish – cockles, mussels, & oysters. Squid and octopus. Crabs and lobsters in the summer.
These are sustainable because they are landed locally and their stocks are plentiful. How the fish is caught is important ; fish caught on hand lines and in pots is most sustainable, as they have the lowest impact on the seabed environment.
The main principles when buying and eating fish is to choose locally-caught seasonal seafood. If you have to buy in a supermarket, try to use the store that sells the most certified MSC fish – see the labels on the fish. However, it best supports the local economy if you can endeavour to buy from local stalls and suppliers. This keeps the money circulating locally. For more information and recipes visit www.brilliantfishonline.co.uk
Here is the recipe for March. Gurnard is available all year, but needs to be well-filleted because of its small pin bones. It has a good flavour and is quite firm. Its pinky red skin looks good with this sauce.
Red Gurnard with celery and walnuts
4 red gurnard fillets
3 celery sticks thinly sliced
2 apples chopped into small chunks
4 spring onions, chopped
275ml/10fl oz single cream
1 tbsp French flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 tbsp chopped walnuts for decoration
Preheat oven to 230C, Gas mark 8.Butter an ovenproof dish. Place in it gurnard fillets, sprinkle with celery, apple and spring onions.
Pour over single cream, cover with foil and put into oven.
Cook for 10 mins, uncover and cook for further 5 mins.
Decorate with parsley and walnuts.
Serve with broccoli and mashed potatoes sprinkled with parsley.
The government have announced increased separation allowances for soldier’s families from the first of March: 12/6d for wives, 5/- for the first child, 3/6d for the second and 2/-for any subsequent children. These allowances will finish at the end of the war and will make a big difference to many local families where the breadwinner is away fighting for his country.
The first batch of wounded soldiers has been received at “Commons” Auxiliary hospital. Provision has been made for 36 patients in total. The house is situated at the left hand side of Atlantic Way and opposite Lakenham House. It was formerly the residence of the late Colonel Wilson Hoare, Commander of the Royal North Devon Hussars.
It is reported that after much negotiations Messrs Kynocks Ltd, ammunition manufacturers, intend to establish a works for the extraction from wood of acetone or cordite in its lowest state. The site is just beyond the allotments at East–the–Water and will be connected by railway sidings to the L&SW Railway and also to Barlett Bayliss timber yard who will supply the wood required.
The Licence of the Blacksmiths Arms, East–the-Water, has been transferred to the adjoining premises. The tenant is Mr Beer. Structural alterations to the New Inn have been approved and the tenant is Mr R G Court. Police sergeant Doidge said the police had no objections and the magistrates approved the changes.
Above is George Boyle’s advert this month which states the “There should be a sewing machine in every home”.
In port – Yelland Quay.
Welsh Piper - arrived & sailed 8.2.15.
Vessels due – 1) approx. 20/ 21.3 with chippings from Glensanda.
2) To load timber for Germany.
In port – Bideford Quay.
Fehn Mirage – (ex – Harleriff ’06, Wani River ’05) ; built 2002 ; owners German ; crew Russian ; from Avonmouth to Castile ; arrived 20.1, sailed 22.1 ; loaded 2,770 tons ball clay.
Vessel due end of March to load for Castellon.
Arco Dart at Appledore 19.1, 20.1.15.
At the time of going to press the Irish Patrol vessel Le James Joyce is due to leave Appledore 5th March 05.46 on her first sea trials.
Barge due 24th March 08.29. to load further pieces for the aircraft carrier at Rosyth, in tow of tug Strathdon.
According to reports in the ‘Gazette’ the cruise ship Prinsendam is due to visit Ilfracombe on July 26th – I will only believe this if I see the ship on the day, as other visits have failed to materialise! Also due to return in 2016.
Bristol Channel Observations
17.1 at 15.42 cargo vessel Sormivskiy, 3,134 tons d.w, owners Zagranperevozk Russia, inward bound for Avonmouth.
18.1 at 09.13 Mikhail Dudin, 3,030 tons d.w., owners North Western Shipping Joint Stock Co Russia, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 01.45. At 10.07 vehicle carrier Viking Odessa 4693 tons d.w, owners Gram Car Carriers AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury.
19.1 at 11.40 vehicle carrier Grande Ellade, 18,440 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.
21.1 at 07.35. vehicle carrier Figaro, 30,140 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.
24.1 at 08.15 cargo vessel Anzoras, 5,750 tons d.w, owners Miurueta Naviera SA Spain, inward bound for Newport. At 09.16 cargo vessel Scot Venture, 3,262 tons d.w., owners Scot Line UK, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 16.15 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterreaneo, 18,427 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.
25.1 at 10.04 vehicle carrier Talia, 21,021 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.
26.1 at 12.05 vehicle carrier Viking Odessa, 4,693 tons d.w, owners Gram Car Carriers AS Norway outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 08.07.
2.2 at 11.30 cargo vessel Scot Venture, 3,300 tons d.w, owners Scoline Ltd UK, inward bound for Newport. At 12.04 chemical tanker Bit Oktania, 13,586 tons d.w, owners Tarbit Shipping AB Sweden, inward bound for Cardiff.
3.2 at 08.14 cargo vessel Peru, 4,279 tons d.w, owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 09.07 cargo vessel Blue Tune, 5,193 tons d.w, owners Bernd Meyering Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 16.25 cargo vessel Aasfjord, 6,053 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot.
4.2 at 09.07 cargo vessel Eva Maria Meuller, 3,722 tons d.w., owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 10.30 vehicle carrier Grande Portogallo, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.56.
6.2 at 09.06 hrs bulk carrier Aasli, 6,630 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 14.24 bulk carrier Kydonia, 92,828 tons d.w, owners Koronis Marine Ltd Greece, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 07.16 . At 16.57 vehicle carrier Glovis Courage, 20,661 tons d.w, owners GL NV4 Shipping Inc Seoul South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.
13.2 at 17.07 tanker Qi Lin Zuo, 75,567 tons d.w, owners China Shipping Tanker Co Ltd Shanghai Chine, having sailed from Portbury at 10.21.
Local charities tackle North Devon youth homelessness.
Volunteers needed to help young people at risk of homelessness
Can you help prevent homelessness?
Encompass South West, a local poverty and homelessness prevention charity, has joined forces with Community Housing Aid have expanded their ‘Nightstop Devon’ project into North Devon.
‘Nightstop Devon’ was established in 2001 and provides emergency accommodation to young people aged 16-25 who have nowhere safe to stay. Volunteer ‘hosts’ offer this emergency accommodation one night at a time to young people who find themselves homeless. Hosts have a spare room for the young person to stay in, and provide an evening meal, breakfast and a listening ear for their guest.
All volunteers receive expenses of £15 per night, full training and vetting and a member of staff is always on call.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering as a host or as a driver please contact Nightstop Devon on 01392 274853, visit www.communityha.org.uk or tweet @Nightstopdevon.
Kaye Corfe, Project Worker, said: “Nightstop is a fantastic project for young people facing homelessness and there is a real need for it in North Devon. A lot of our clients who take to sleeping rough or sofa surfing are vulnerable and may be putting themselves in real danger.
“If they have somewhere safe and warm to sleep, even for one night, it can make such a difference. It shows them that society does care and that there are people willing to help them if they ask for it.”