“Coastal Creatures” – summer programme.


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Exmoor Pony Centre news.

Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, Dulverton, TA22 9QE

Some ponies such as Archie (on the left with Lydia) and Morris (on the right with Linzi) are now being taken to summer grazing sites. Some of our ponies get to live in beautiful locations and Porlock Claudius and Porlock Caius recently joined a group conservation grazing at the Valley of Stones, a National Nature Reserve in Dorset.

Many of the 16 foals we have assisted throughout the winter have moved on to new homes and we will soon be looking for homes for those still on site. Some of them, such as Pip and Magpie are a real hit with visitors. We took in more ponies in the early New Year. Pebble, a three-year old mare, came to us because her owner could no longer keep her. We encourage all owners to re-home their ponies responsibly and where this is not possible we will occasionally help.

Riding activities are now in full swing and in early May we had the first of our new Day Treks across the moor taking in Tarr Steps (below) and stopping for lunch at Tarr Inn.

In 2015 we sent a herd of Exmoor ponies to the Czech Republic and the projects, funded by European Wildlife, have been so successful they have funded a further eleven ponies to create two more herds in the Podyji National Park. The Moorland Mousie Trust worked alongside the Exmoor Pony Society to ensure delivery of the project and in May the lorry arrived to take the ponies on their two day trip across the continent. The ponies in the Czech Republic are well managed and monitored, ensuring inspection, registration and wellbeing of all of the ponies, who co-graze with European bison. These projects help to promote Exmoor ponies as exceptional conservation grazers.

Gelding ponies is a vital part of our work. Though bloodlines and genetics must be carefully managed, ponies coming to us are not required for breeding and so the kindest and most responsible thing is to have them neutered. This can cost up to £200 per pony and requires preparation as well as recovery time. Before youngsters meet our vet, who is extremely experienced with Exmoor ponies, staff and volunteers take it in turns to pretend to be a vet and imitate actions the vet will make. This desensitisation is invaluable when it comes to meeting the vet for real.

We are always grateful for free publicity, so were pleased when the Western Daily Press asked if they could take pictures of us with the ponies for a feature about the many people who work in all weathers to look after livestock, and to highlight the hardiness and qualities of Exmoor ponies.

The nearly-new Ford Ranger we bought in March to replace our old truck is clocking up the miles having already travelled to Surrey to deliver a foster pony as well as regular trips across Exmoor. We are delighted with the vehicle and the fabulous pictures and sign writing and, thanks to the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust and Taw Ford-Barnstaple, no public donations were used to pay for it.

Some dates for your diary:

Sunday, 29th July Summer Celebration – 11am – 3pm. Celebrate Summer and the 12th year since we have been open.

5th – 12th August – The Exmoor Pony Festival.

Thursdays 2nd, 9th 16th 23rd and 30th August – Activity Afternoons – 12 noon – 3pm.

Website: www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheExmoorPonyCentre

Email: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Tel: 01398 323093.


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One hundred years ago: June 1918.

There is a surplus of British-made butter available. The weekly ration has been increased from 4 to 5 oz per person.

Northam Urban District Council seek tenders for the clearing of rabbits on lands at Melbury Reservoir, Parkham. One extra provision has been stipulated, “That no rabbits be paunched on the Council’s lands”.

At the same meeting the council report that 95 allotments are now occupied in the area, compared to 29 before the war.

A handsome chair made from Bideford Long Bridge oak was presented to the Bridge Trust and accepted and acknowledged by George Willy Vincent and Alexander Greig Duncan. Restoration of the Bridge commenced in 1915 and from time to time old oak beams come to light. (It is very uncomfortable, still in use today, and keeps meetings short!!)

A little lad aged 11 years was run over by one of the Canadian Motor Transport cars and lost 2 toes. The previous day one of the same cars drove into a bullock.

Property and Land for Sale. Tomouth Estates, East Appledore: 12½acres and 3 cottages.

To Let: Small farm “Kas Venton”, Westward Ho! 23 acres & dwelling house and farm buildings. Also 6 acre field known as ‘Football Field’ adjoining the main road from Westward Ho! to Bideford.

It was stated in the Devon County Council meeting on June 20th that the Hartland to Bideford road had absorbed £28,263, so that the steam roller must have rolled in over 28,000 golden sovereigns on that previous piece of highway.” (The current comparison would be £1.1 million).

These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford & District Community Archive at the Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings or visit our website www.bidefordarchive.org.uk


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Felicity’s Fish Cookery – June.

This month the summer fish arrives in all its delicate splendour, and I thought it would be good to look at some Georgian fish recipes (the cookery at the beginning of the nineteenth Century, just before the Victorian Era).  The fish cookery was fairly basic with limited ingredients but some interesting influences (especially for the upper classes, who ate plentifully).

The shellfish season has started and the crabs and lobster are moving around, they get attracted to the pots more often, so catches are improving and the prices are at their most reasonable – hoping that there is fine summer weather this month!

The first is Buttered Crab or lobster – basically an interesting pate to spread on toast.

Warm Buttered Crabs (or lobster) to serve with toast.


450g(1lb) Fresh or frozen mixed crabmeat, or lobster cleaned and chopped finely.

3 tbsp red wine.

1 tbsp vinegar.

½ tsp ground or fresh grated nutmeg, ½ tsp salt.

1 tsp anchovy essence (or 2 anchovy fillets).

1 egg yolk.

115g (4oz) butter.

Toast or French bread

Lemon thinly sliced and parsley sprigs to garnish.


Beat all the ingredients (crabmeat, red wine, vinegar, nutmeg anchovy, egg yolk and softened butter together well, or blend in a food processor.

Heat them gently in a saucepan, stirring occasionally. Pile the mixture into a suitable container (cleaned crab or scallop shells or small dish) and serve with triangles or thin strips of toast.

Garnish with thin slices of lemon and parsley sprigs.

To carry on the historical cooking theme we have started a ‘Cooking Get Together’ session in Appledore.

The first was held at Appledore Library, and the May group met in the North Devon Maritime Museum and visited their Victorian Kitchen. We hope to have a session in June, somewhere in Appledore -maybe with a fish lunch available – please contact me for more details at brilliantfishsw@gmail.com or 07918 779 060.


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Buzz Byte – June.

What is a cloud? In computing terms it’s not a fluffy white object in the sky, but a physical server used for storing and sharing data. Your information is stored on a remote database which is serviced and controlled, provided by cloud computing companies operating from data centres, the most well-known being the Apple iCloud. Clouds allow un-networked computers to communicate and share files without using the storage on your own hard drive. Clouds are accessed via the internet. A cloud works the same as you, storing your data on an internal or external hard drive or USB stick ; you can retrieve, amend and update it, but by using a cloud you are not filling your own hard drive space, allowing your PC to run more quickly.

Although cloud storage has only been promoted relativity recently it has been around for a while, in formats that you will have been using and not realise. The way these companies operate they are providing a form of cloud storage – YouTube, Facebook, email providers and Google Docs.

Consumers are moving to cloud storage as it is convenient and flexible. One of the pros of using a cloud is that you can access your data from any device, in any location, that can access the internet. The cons to look into are the reliability and security of the company who is storing your data, and what measures they take to ensure that is protected against hackers and loss.

There are lots of products available, so you need to consider what information you need to store, how much data there will be, and who needs access to it before making your purchase.

Nickie Baglow (Complete Computing).


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Fair weather can bite!

Advice from Torbridge Vets.

Finally the sun is out! We are all itching to get out and about with our pets and soak up the rays. One fair weather problem comes in the form of Britain’s only venomous reptile, the adder. They have already been seen by our staff out on Torrington commons and in the sand dunes at Westward Ho! They are fascinating creatures and generally will only bite if provoked. They can be found basking on sunny woodland slopes, in long grass, or in sand dunes. Bites earlier in the season tend to be worse than those later, and for smaller dogs they can be deadly. Dog often get bitten on the face or legs, as they anger the snake by accidentally stepping on them or sniffing them. Cats can be bitten too but they tend to be more street wise than dogs so it’s rare! Signs your pet has been bitten include sudden cries of pain followed by localised swelling. You may see puncture marks you may not. Some dogs will show very few signs and simply become unwell later on with lethargy, vomiting etc. If you suspect your pet has been bitten:


Keep calm; keep your dog calm to reduce blood pressure.

Try to keep your dog still, carry them to the car (if possible!)

Contact your vet to let them know you are coming.



Apply a tourniquet – this is not recommended in most cases.

Try to squeeze or suck out the venom.

Kill or catch the snake (we know it’s a adder and it’s not its fault, it was just acting in self defence).

Mess with the bite site.

We at Torbridge vets really hope you enjoy the weather with your pets.

We hope some of the information comes in handy and you can enjoy the good weather whilst keeping your pets happy and healthy. Next time I shall explain about how to keep your pets safe in the heat of summer (assuming the sun stays with us!).

Alice England, RVN Fdn.


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British Naturalists’ Association.

The British Naturalists’ Association’s (Taw Valley and Exmoor Branch) recent field trip was to Parkham Ash, to meet Peter Channing on his private 34 acre farm. We arrived shortly after 5.30am, to listen to the ‘Dawn Chorus,’ and to explore Peter’s high level stewardship culm grassland. The farm is made up of a variety of habitats including ancient woodland, marshy areas, ponds, scrub and culm grassland which has been very carefully maintained. Areas of scrub are being cleared to provide corridors for rare Marsh Fritillary butterflies to spread. Marsh Fritillaries are weak flyers and will not fly over tree canopies, so this is vital work, which is helping to preserve and extend the species population. The butterflies will lay their eggs on the leaves of devil’s bit scabious before it actually flowers.

The culm grassland is grazed by 3 Exmoor ponies – Ted, Bruce and Croan (above). Croan has been brought up from Cornwall, and the ponies do an excellent job maintaining the grassland and encouraging the growth of flora. Although it was a little early in the year (April) for many wildflowers, we saw a wide variety including primroses, wood violets, marsh violets, crowfoot, marsh marigolds, selfheal, lady’s smock (see photo), lousewort and early purple orchids – to name but a few! 50 dormouse boxes were already in place and a marsh tit was happily sitting on 4 pinkish eggs when we arrived – she will lay more. Already there were 20 nests in the boxes – 2 with eggs. Peter explained that the small birds often use the nest boxes first, taken over hopefully later on in the year by dormice.

A good sign of dormice activity, without disturbing them in their nests, are open hazel nut shells. The ones split perfectly in half indicate squirrels, but the ones with a wide hole in the side of the nut, showing a smooth edge but with gnaw marks inside the lip of the hole, have been made by a dormouse. Gnaw marks all the way around the lip of the hole, have been made by wood mouse or another small animal. We also found red deer slots (hoof prints) and Peter confirmed he has 10-15 roe deer resident, and about 6 red deer. Red deer mainly during the winter months.

The purple moor grass is deciduous and is burnt off each year. Much of the grassland bears hummocky grassy mounds which are the perfect habitat for nesting harvest mice. We found toads but no slowworms under the corrugated iron sheets this time.

We chatted and explored for 4 amazing hours with Peter as a heron flew overhead (the BNA’s emblem) and observed a host of bird species including greater spotted woodpeckers, nuthatch, treecreepers, willow warblers, chiff chaffs, marsh tits, chaffinches, blue tits, robin, wren and many more – over 40 species were listed. We then left Peter and his beautiful haven so explore Peppercombe Beach for wildlife, not far from Horns Cross. Difficult to end such a perfect day….. but yes, we ended up in the pub!

If you would like to join the BNA please visit www.bna-naturalists.org or contact Branch Chairman Brian Sims 01271 3436

Endymion Beer, BNA Youth Officer.


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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 Bideford’s Natwest bank seems a suitable time to look at its history. The story begins around 1790 when four men established a bank in town. They were James Ley a prominent merchant, Stephen Willcock a wine merchant, John Glubb a lawyer, and Charles Cutcliffe a Barnstaple banker. Their new venture seems to have been set up in Ley’s house on the N.E. corner of High Street.

A map from 1842 (above) shows the building split into two, whilst the main photograph (taken around 1870) clearly shows which section was being used as the bank. The fact that the business became known as ‘Bideford Old Bank’ suggests it was the first such establishment in the town.

In 1843 under its ‘official’ name of J.Ley & Co it was taken over by the National Provincial Bank which had been founded in London a decade earlier. At some time the building next door was incorporated into the bank as shown on this 1888 map (below).

Under its new name it continued to provide banking services to Bideford, and in 1930 plans were submitted to modernise the building. These saw a new doorway at the eastern end with the old entrance being closed up along with a reinforced strong room. The work was carried out by John Cock, a Bideford builder and one-time Mayor of the town.

Since then various changes have been put in place to meet modern requirements (e.g. an ATM and bullet proof glass screens). Sadly the gradual movement to on-line banking has seen the Natwest directors decide to close this branch – Bideford will be the poorer.

Peter Christie.


Reminiscences of an old-fashioned banker at National Provincial Bank in North Devon in the 1950s.

I applied to join the National Provincial Bank in 1950 and had to go to London for interview with the Chairman & General Manager. It so happened that his wife had presented prizes at Bideford Grammar School’ s Prize-Giving not long before, and I was one of the recipients, so I was offered a job without a formal interview. My first appointment was at Torrington for 6 months, I then did my National Service and returned to the Torrington branch for a further 6 months before being transferred to Bideford.

My first taste of banking was at Torrington where the Manager opened the post which arrived at 8 o’clock. He unlocked the door for staff at 9 o’clock before having breakfast upstairs in his flat and then going fishing during the season. He returned later in the afternoon to lock up then spent the evenings doing business with customers in the local pubs.

From what I remember there were 20/30 members of staff at Bideford but they had to cover the branch office at Northam, a daily agency at Appledore, and a monthly morning visit to Clovelly. One member of staff plus a guard went by taxi to Clovelly, but no business was carried out there apart from selling postcards of the premises at 6d a time. Two members of staff ran the Northam branch but were not allowed to leave the bank so coffee and doughnuts were delivered by Patts, who ran a café across the road.

Male members of staff had to wear suits, collars and ties at all times. All entries were entered manually in ledgers. The bank was open from 10 am to 3 pm but staff had to remain until they balanced the books – sometimes quite late in the evening. Once £500 couldn’t be accounted for and, after searching everywhere, staff had to give up. However, 6 months later a junior was cleaning dust from under the safe and found the missing bundle of notes. Any dirty notes at the bank had to be taken out of circulation, parcelled up with the bank seal and returned to the Bank of England. Two members of staff carried the packages up High Street to the Post Office!

At the beginning of 1955 I was transferred to London at a week’s notice. Shortly after I arrived at the Bank’s hostel two others were transferred from Bideford. I myself was contacted within the first week at my new branch about playing rugby for the Bank. I was told I was posted to London because I played rugby, and I thought it was because of my mental ability! How times have changed since those days, with Northam and Torrington closed, and now Bideford.

Gerald Waldron.


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Shipping notes No. 157 (April/ May).

Bideford Quay.

Nothing since last issue. I understand that the next vessel at Bideford will be at the beginning of July.


LE George Bernard Shaw is still fitting out – first sea trials in July .Readers who may have been passing on the bus might have noticed that there is no gun on the fore end of this vessel; this is because it will not be fitted until she gets to her home base in Eire, using a gun from a vessel the Irish Navy bought from the British Government when we handed Hong Kong to the Chinese in 1999 (see below).

Bristol Channel Observations.

15/4 at 13.35 cargo vessel Borkum, 5,469 tons d.w., owners Borkum GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Swansea.

16/4 at 11.22 cargo vessel Paula C, 4,498 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Cowes IOW, inward bound for Newport. At 11.30 cargo vessel Pollux, 3,689 tons d.w., owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Birdport.

18/4 at 17.35 vehicle carrier Don Carlo, 28,142 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for |Portbury. (She is one of the largest vehicle carriers in the world).

21/4 at 13.35 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd, inward bound for Portbury.

22/4 at 15.22 vehicle carrier Grande Benin, 26,097 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 1035.

25/4 at 0725 vehicle carrier Florida Highway, 18,930 tons d.w., owners Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 2028 cruise liner Marco Polo, 22,080 gross tons, owners Cruise and Maritime voyages UK, inward bound for Avonmouth.

28/4 at 07.15 cargo vessel Fokko Ukena, 3,627 tons d.w., owners Kapitan Siegfreid Bojen Schiffahrtsbetrieb EK Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 07.25 cargo vessel Egon W, 3,015 tons d.w., owners Egon W KG Germany, inward bound for Newport.

29/4 at 10.25 cargo vessel Bon Vivant, 2,510 tons d.w., owners MV Bon Vivant Sia Latvia, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 06.37. At 10.30 cement carrier Encofrador, 6,528 tons d.w., owners Tedela Vegvin Spain, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 06.26. At 11.02 cargo vessel Eemsborg, 10,750 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Cardiff. At 12.30 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

30/4 at 12.32 cargo vessel Lauren C, 5,000 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd Cowes Isle of Wight, inward bound for Sharpness.

1/5 at 16.23 vehicle carrier Virgo Leader, 20,111 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

2/5 at 12.15 cargo vessel Erle, 4,690 tons d.w., owners Sea Rabbit Chartering Turkey, outward bound from Birdport (having sailed 30th at 19.09). At 12.35 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.03 hrs. At 13.55 vehicle carrier Virgo Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 10.03.

4/5 at 17.23 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

6/5 at 19.10 vehicle carrier Grand Pioneer, 19,120 tons d.w., owners Cido Shipping (H.K) Co Ltd Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury.

7/5 at 13.50 vehicle carrier Grande Portogallo, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.12.

8/5 at 15.57 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

9/5 at 19.10 cement carrier Ronez, 1,117 tons d.w., owners Heulin-Renouf Channel Islands, inward bound for Port Talbot.




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One hundred years ago – May 1918.

The Ministry of Food announces that it can release considerable additional supplies of frozen meat. Therefore from Sunday last until further notice 8 pence worth of uncooked meat may be purchased in respect of each 2 coupons in the ration book per week. It has also been announced that meatless days in restaurants will no longer be compulsory.

The Local Food Committee has met and announced to farmers, dairymen and the public that The Cream Order 1917 will still remain in force until further notice despite relaxation in other supplies. No cream may be used or sold except as directed under the Order.

Northam Choral Society has been re-formed by Mr Clifford Grout and has given a concert in the Northam School Room. A varied programme of choral, instrumental and solo performances were enthusiastically received and all proceeds are in aid of War Funds.

Property for sale.

An extraordinary amount of property has been advertised for sale during the month. On May 21st at the New Inn Bideford on the instructions of G H Fairbrother; Lots include “Riverview”, Yeo Vale, near Whitehall 3 beds; “Little Whitehall” also 3 beds and attic box rooms; 2 dwelling houses 1 & 2 Bellevue each with 3 beds and “West View”. All the foregoing have river views and large gardens.On the last day of this month at the Friendship Hotel, Market Place, Bideford, an interesting and varied estate that was the property of Mr James Prouse (dec’d) is offered at auction. Lots 1 & 2 are blocks of shares in Bideford Gas & Coke Co. and Torrington Gas Co Ltd. Lot 3 is a freehold detached house “Rocklea”. Lot 4 is a factory and store, Tan & Lime pits known as Westcombe Tannery Bideford together with 2 dwelling houses and gardens. Lot 5 is a block of freehold property at 3 High Street, Torrington, comprising a shop, dwelling house and a newly erected building at the rear and fronting onto Church Lane and being used as a cinema and extensive yard. Lot 6 is two leasehold cottages with gardens at Caddywell Torrington.

(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. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings or visit our website www.bidefordarchive.org.uk.)


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Ticks are out in force on Northam Burrows.

Spring is here, even if the weather doesn’t seem to be on board! With the lengthening days and blossoms blooming we begin to see a blossoming of ticks. Not so beautiful! Ticks are arachnids that bite animals to take a blood meal to further their life cycle. The most common type of tick is Ixodes ricinus or the sheep tick. They often affect sheep but can bite any species, including dogs cats and humans

Ticks bite at least three times in their lifecycle. They look different at every stage; the most well known is the engorged female, but they also feed at the larva and nymph stages.

Ticks find their meals by climbing to the tips of long grass or foliage and wait for a warm body to pass. They wave their forelegs out to try to catch hold. Once aboard they will often travel to a site where the skin is thinner. Between the toes, on the face, arm pits etc. are favourite places though they can still bite anywhere.

Like mosquitos, when a tick bites they first inject an anti-coagulant to prevent the blood clotting. Unfortunately this anti-coagulant may also contain some diseases which then enter the blood stream. Lyme disease is the most well known with its characteristic target shaped rash. This affects humans and pets and can be crippling. Less well known are the canine-specific diseases. Most notably is a nasty disease that used to only be present in warmer climates like southern Europe. The relaxation of the compulsory tick coverage on the pet passport system as well as abuse of the system has allowed the more exotic nymphs to hitch a ride right into England. This has meant that the tick-borne disease Babesia has been diagnosed in dogs that have never left the country nor had any known contact with dogs that have. This is a very worrying trend.

Removing ticks must also be done very carefully. The longer a tick is attached the more likely it is to pass on a disease, so getting them off quickly is important. However, if you go to remove it and don’t mange to remove the head as well (the head is easily broken off), then a reaction will occur around the site. While attaching, ticks screw their mouth parts in through the skin. To remove them you must carefully twist the tick around a few times without pulling and it will fall away. Tick twisters are small hook-like tools that are cheap to buy and very easy to use; they should be a staple in any camping or walking holiday kit.

Our advice is to keep your pets covered for ticks with a prescription strength product. Ticks are particularly tenacious so home remedies don’t tend to work. If not covered with an anti-parasitic then you must check your dogs and cats over very carefully after walks that take them through the hot spots.

There have been reports lately that there is a surge in ticks on the Northam Burrows.

For further advice and information then please speak to your vet!

Alice England RVN Fdn.


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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 the side of the building which mentions the Mayor, and also Alderman Narroway, who was a great supporter of Bideford Library. (His portrait can be seen there in stained glass.)

The last two decades of Victoria’s reign led to what was known as ‘municipal socialising’ where museums, art galleries, technical colleges were created for the public good. Bideford’s college developed into a specialist art school, possibly because of the nature of the area, a pretty place where artists gathered, and became well known for its art and craft teaching.

I recently spoke to John Butler, former curator at Burton Art Gallery and talented wood carver – (seen here in his studio in Butchers’ Row.)

John left school at 16 and went to Bideford Art School to do what was then known as the ‘Pre Diploma’ course. Following on from that he completed his art education,as many did, at a larger art school.

The students at the Art School benefited from high quality teaching and small groups.

There were some excellent artists trained there. Allin Braund became famous for lithographs and trained and taught at Hornsey School of Art in the 1930s. Rosemary Sutcliffe, author of ‘Eagle of the Ninth’ and many other books on Roman and Greek history, was a well known member of the Royal Society of Miniaturists; Leslie Worth, who became President of the Royal Watercolour Society, was born in Lime Grove. Bertram Prance became a cartoonist for ‘Punch’ magazine, as did George Belcher, and Michael Darling (occasional cartoonist for Buzz ).

Under the leadership of Jim Paterson in the 1950s it continued to flourish with potter Harry Juniper, and artists Judith Ackland (who with Mary Stella Edwards lived in the cabin at Bucks Mills and produced some fine water colours) and Sheila Hutchinson. Their work can be seen as part of the Burton Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

In the 70s the Art School became a general further education college, and art education was diverted to North Devon College in Barnstaple (Now Petroc), unfortunately with the resultant bigger classes.?



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Shipping notes No. 156 (March/ April).


No shipping since last Issue.


Le George Bernard Shaw still fitting out ; no date yet for trials.


British Channel Observations.

11/3 at 08.38 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

14/3 at 10.17 vehicle carrier Orion Leader, 25,626 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

15/3 at 12.15 container ship Cape| Manila, 41,534 tons d.w., owners Scholler Holding Ltd Cyprus, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 14.36 on the 14th

17/3 At 14.55 vehicle carrier Aegean Highway, 18,687 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

18/3 at 07.50 bulk carrier Kambos, 33,225 tons d.w., owners Finland Shipping Inc Greece, inward bound for Avonmouth ; (seen again 24/3 at 07.10, having sailed from Avonmouth at 00.21.)

19/3 at 15.00 chemical tanker Ek Star, 13,780 tons d.w., owners Ek Tank Sweden ,outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 10.13.

22/3 at 12.55 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed from Portbury at 07.18. At 14.05 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

24/3 at 10.40 vehicle carrier Jasper Arrow, 21,040 tons d.w, owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury . (Seen again at 16.43 25/3 outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.46).

25/3 at 07.10 vehicle carrier Hawaiian Highway, 20,606 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.52. At 08.12 vehicle carrier Grande Ellade, 18,885 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.54 hrs . At 16.44 ro-ro vessel Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja 2 SNC France, outward bound from Portbury with wing parts for Airbus France, having sailed at 10.35.

27/3 at 18.45 tanker Selini, 74,296 tons d.w., owners Tsakos Shipping and Trading SA Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

28/3 at 18.37 bulk carrier Federal Yukina, 35,868 tons d.w., owners Fednav Canada, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.57.

30/3 at 07.51 bulk carrier Venture Joy, 43,532 tons d.w., owners Louise Shipping SA Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 09.27 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 04.30.

2/4 at 08.20 vehicle carrier Gentle Leader, 21,122 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

3/4 at 06.38 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

Norman. 01271 861183


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North Devon’s cliffs & shoreline – new book.




Telephone number shown above is incorrect – should be 01865 820522.


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