Westward Ho! Youth Theatre – 10th, 11th December.



‘Allsorts’ from Westward Ho! Youth Theatre.

On the 10th and 11th of December at 2pm, Westward Ho! Youth Theatre is performing its annual variety show – ‘Allsorts’. Audience members will be treated to a selection of songs, dances and sketches from musicals and films, as well as some individual pieces.

Producer Lynne Malone said, “As always the members have been working extremely hard to put on this variety show. The youths auditioned, some with their own pieces, their own choreography and their own take on existing songs. It was such a tough call to put together the final line up for this show. It’s going to be so entertaining.”

Westward Ho! Youth Theatre is made up of talented and enthusiastic young people between the ages of eight and 18 and is run entirely by volunteers. There is a long waiting list for those wishing to join the group, which is testament to its reputation and the desire to be a part of this amazing youth theatre.


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‘Relate’ North Devon.

Telephone Counselling launch.

RELATE in North Devon is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative counselling service.

Relate is aware that some clients have difficulty getting from rural parts to our Centre in Barnstaple.

Our new telephone counselling service will benefit clients who are housebound due to disabilities, child or carer issues or transportation problems.

Pilot projects have proved popular, and the scheme is being rolled out in North Devon.

The service is done by phone rather than face-to-face.   Counsellors have undertaken specialist training to detect nuances of speech and tone rather than body language.

Says development officer Veronica Beckett, “ We want our counselling services to be available to everyone. We are pleased that in this way we can serve the more remote areas of north Devon. We hope that this will provide a popular and much-needed service.”

For further information and to book an appointment please phone RELATE NORTH DEVON on 0300 7729681.


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Re-home a hen this Christmas.

‘Tis the season for hen re-homing … Fa la la la la …

Give the greatest gift of all this Christmas – LIFE – by re-homing some image001ex-commercial hens destined for slaughter! Hundreds of hens in Devon are patiently perched in their cages waiting to start their festive free-range retirement and the British Hen Welfare Trust is appealing to kind-hearted members of the public to adopt them.

The British Hen Welfare Trust will be re-homing the lucky girls, who would otherwise go to slaughter at the end of their commercial life, in Rose Ash and South Zeal throughout December. Are you able to re-home some of our gorgeous hens and give them their first free range Christmas and the best New Year they could wish for?

Jane Howorth, coordinator for Rose Ash, Devon, said: “It really is the best feeling knowing you have helped these hens start a new life fresh out of their cages. There are hundreds with their suitcases packed, tinsel in beak, hoping to go off to new homes.

Just think – you could wake up on Christmas morning with fresh eggs in the nest box, perfect timing for your festive eggnog! Please consider giving some hens a home, but remember – hens are for life, not just for Christmas.”

Anyone interested in giving a few down-on-their-cluck hens a second chance is urged to register on the BHWT’s website at www.bhwt.org.uk and then call 01884 860084.

If you are unable to re-home but would still like to support the charity please contact claire.joselin@bhwt.co.uk or visit www.bhwt.org.uk to find out more ways to get involved. Perhaps you can organise some Free Range Festivities this Christmas and tuck into some tasty treats whilst raising money to help re-home hens.


BHWT volunteer Emma Hibbert with one of her ex-caged girls.


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“Fire Kills” campaign.



Torridge District Council is supporting the campaign launched by Fire Minister Brandon Lewis for people to test their smoke alarms after research showed that only 28% of all households who own one test them on a regular basis.

The “Fire Kills” campaign highlights the importance of having at least one working smoke alarm in your home and encourages everyone to test their smoke alarms immediately and then regularly every month. Analysis of fire data shows that you are at least seven times more likely to die in a fire in the home if you do not have any working smoke alarms. The cheap and easy to install devices are vital in ensuring that, should a fire start, individuals have valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.

There were 229 fire-related deaths in the home last year. The “Fire Kills” campaign hopes that by encouraging everyone to test their smoke alarms straight away, and then every month, more deaths could be prevented.

To help keep you and your loved ones safe, follow these simple steps:   Test your smoke alarm(s) now or when you get home · Make sure you fit smoke alarms on every level of your home and test them monthly, even if they’re wired into the mains. · Whatever happens, never remove the battery in your smoke alarm unless you are replacing it. Some require a new battery every year. · Plan and practise an escape route and make sure that everyone in your home knows it. In the event of a fire, get out, stay out and call 999. · Test others smoke alarms who are unable to test their own.     The Local Fire Service also offers free home fire safety checks for everyone.

Graham Rooke – Local Risk Manager for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service – said:

A key aim of the work we do locally is to try and reduce the incidence of fires and prevent casualties and fatalities through education and proactive campaigns. Having a working and regularly tested smoke alarm is vitally important. We are very keen for everyone to take up the fire services offer of a home fire safety check over the telephone by calling 0800 05 02 999. The checks may then be followed up with a home fire safety visit and the fitting of a free smoke detector if required. We also want to attend more meetings with community groups to advise people and promote good practice and welcome further enquiries in this area as well. Community groups interested in arranging a talk should call us on 01237 423859”.


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RNLI carol concert – 4th December.


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Appledore Singers’ Christmas Concert, 11th December.


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‘Light up a life’ Appeal.


Light Up a Life this Christmas with North Devon Hospice.

Remember someone special to you this Christmas with North Devon Hospice’s annual Light Up a Life appeal. Light a candle in memory of your loved one at our special services that take place across North Devon, including in your community.

You are warmly welcome to your local Light Up a Life service at:

St Mary’s Church, Appledore

(for North Devon Hospice)

Sunday 4th December 10.00am


St Anne’s Church, Buck’s Mills

(for North Devon Hospice)

Monday 5th December 7.00pm


The Bethel, East-the-Water

(for North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice)

Thursday 15th December 7.00pm


Bideford Pannier Market

(for North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice)

Saturday 17th December 6.00pm

Christmas is traditionally a time for family and friends to get together, so it is natural that at this time of year our thoughts turn to those who are no longer with us. ‘Light Up a Life’ offers you the chance to honour their memory, together with many others who are doing the same thing. It helps us realise we are not alone in missing someone special at this time of year.

If you cannot attend your local Light Up a Life service, you can take part in the Light Up a Life appeal by making a donation online at www.northdevonhospice.org.uk. Alternatively, phone the Light Up A Life team on 01271 347232 for a leaflet, they can take your loved ones’ names and your donation over the phone. When you take part in Light Up a Life, we will send you a special star in the post to hang on your Christmas tree, on which you can write a message to your loved one. Their name will also be entered into our special Light Up a Life books of remembrance.

By making a donation to North Devon Hospice in memory of your loved one, you will be helping to make a difference to those who need our care both today and into the future. The hospice cares for those facing a life-limiting illness, and their whole family. All our support is provided completely free of charge, but this is only possible thanks to the ongoing generosity of the local community.

North Devon Hospice needs to raise over £4m from scratch every single year in order to care for the thousands of local people who need us during the toughest of times. By supporting our Light Up a Life appeal, you will be helping people right here on your doorstep; your colleague, neighbour, friend or even your own family member.



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Clovelly’s Christmas Lights switch-on, 4th December.


14940092_1078012358914019_3252516298555128014_o The great annual Clovelly Christmas Lights switch-on in aid of the RNLI this year promises once again to deliver a fantastic family evening of carols, food, fireworks and of course the magical Switch-On.

Entrance to the event is via the Clovelly Visitor Centre. There will be a very reasonable charge of £5 per car (after 3pm). This all goes to the RNLI and there will be no other entrance fees to the village.

The Procession of Carols will start at the top of the Clovelly Cobbles at 4pm and meander down to the Harbour where the Carol Service will start at 5pm.

The beautiful Christmas Lights Switch-On will follow at 6pm and shortly after that the Fireworks will be lit.

(Note: All times after 4pm are approximate).

There will be Christmas Grog, Hog Roast, Hot Dogs and in the Lifeboat Station tea, coffee and mince pies for you to enjoy.

Come along and bring your family and friends to what is becoming North Devon’s Best Christmas Event!

(Don’t forget to wear sturdy cobble-friendly shoes!)




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Bideford’s late night shopping – 6th December.


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The past is a foreign country :

they do things differently there.

After umming and ahhing over a decent setting for my recent novel – Weekend Rockstars – I eventually settled on a fictionalised unnamed westcountry town that was unnervingly close to the Bideford I left over a decade ago. As I found myself lovingly describing pubs long gone and struggling to remember the names of streets I had walked down a thousand times I began to wonder why I ever left; and then I remembered, that Bideford only exists in my mind now.

To make it clear, I love Bideford, I moved there with my family at the age of five in 1983 and didn’t leave until 2004 – my parents still live there so I visit regularly. A lot of people I know left Bideford forever in their twenties because it was too small, rural and constrictive – and had I left five or six years earlier than I did it would almost certainly have been for the same reason.

But I didn’t, and it wasn’t. Eventually I realised I am a yokel and my life is an everyday tale of country folk. Despite my teenage swagger and insistence that I was going to get out of there and do something, I had always loved the small town life: I could walk into almost any pub and the staff would greet me by name and have my usual drink ready before I had even reached the bar (I don’t know if that says more about me than Bideford in the 90s, but it feels relevant) and I was only ever a short walk from somewhere big and green, where the air didn’t choke.

Some time at the beginning of the new millennium all that started to change, the pubs began to close in the wake of Bideford’s first superpub – The Tavern In The Port, cheap prices, no soul and a disorientingly fast staff turnover rate (see any modern Wetherspoons for reference). I was having to walk farther and farther out of town to achieve solitude and my then-dog had developed arthritis in protest – restricting us to Victoria Park perambulations that had to be so early that they would encroach on the middle of the night if we wanted the quiet. The once recession-bitten streets of boarded-up shop fronts began to be tarted up, new shiny modern buildings began to replace the crumbling edifices I had romanticised beyond their almost-certainly-dangerously-rotten reality. I didn’t like it, longing for the return of Scudder’s Emporium.

The famous New Year’s Eve celebrations had become massive, highly organised affairs, rather than the spontaneous outbreak of fancy dress and crazy it had always been before all the publicity. Plastic glasses everywhere and no space on the bridge at midnight (though the latter was always the case). While New Year’s is now undoubtedly a lot safer than back when we used to do the 21 Newcastle Brown bottle salute at midnight – it’s not for me anymore.

I have since realised that it wasn’t Bideford’s fault, it was me (it would have been a real cliché of a breakup letter I would have had to write were Bideford a lady). The ever-growing nature of all towns is perpetual, a middle-aged Bidefordian from the 1890s would undoubtedly have complained about all the horses on the Quay compared to when he was a lad. No town in the world is ever the same town as it was ten years previously. I found another place (an undisclosed small town in the middle of Devon. I would tell you where it is, but if you all knew then you’d all come here, and I’d be back where I started). The barstaff know everybody’s name and what they drink, if an event is put on, then the whole town turns up to see it (oh look! A thing! We must go, we must go…) though if there is nothing on, then the streets are curiously empty, and any person encountered therein will greet you as a long lost friend whether you have ever set eyes on them before or not – city-dwellers beware!

You are never more than five minutes walk from a completely empty, bleak, barren and utterly wonderful bit of moorland. Although at certain times of day it is full of fellow dog-walkers, unless you know the empty places and how to get to them (I do, it is glorious).

At our annual Chilli festival last weekend, the entire town had turned up – along with a smattering of newcomers, all of whom were being interrogated with smiles and enthusiasm. I was in a happy chatting group ranging from 80 something to 2 years old. None of us were related to each other (alright, the two year old’s Dad was with us). When the Chilli chow-down (don’t ask, it is hellish) began, several of the contestants were pretty new to the town, including the winner. They got as big a cheer as the local institutions who were sat, sweating and crying until they dropped out. One of the newcomers is a skinny, odd, twenty something musician with a funny haircut. Just like I was 12 years ago when I came here, escaping the sprawling metropolis of Bideford, that I had once found so small and constricting.mail-attachment

Dave Holwill is the author of Weekend Rockstars currently available as an Amazon exclusive in both ebook and paperback formats ; for more of this kind of thing visit www.daveholwill.com


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One hundred years ago – November 1916.


Several farms are advertised this month under the “To be let by Tender” columns. Lot 1, South Hill Farm, Little Torrington comprising 157 acres and all the usual farmhouse buildings and two workers’ cottages; Lot 2, Higher Cross Lawn, 11½ acres; Lot 3, Lower Cross Lawn, 32 acres; Lot 4, Broad Parks ,28 acres. All currently in the occupation of Mr D Howard.

Also to be let – Sudden Farm, Newton St Petrock, comprising 162 acres that are stocked with sheep. The taker will be required to keep the oil engine running together with the barn machinery. Farm labour is a worry with all able bodies conscripted to the War and several farms are unable to continue in these circumstances.

Mr S. J. Williams of ‘Rothsay’, Abbotsham Road, Bideford has been “Called to the Colours” and is selling his beloved Rover 3½ hp motor cycle and coach built side-car, together with lots of household furniture.

A correspondent to the paper signing himself as “Rouge et Noir” was answering queries about the number of grist mills in the area and he states that in 1866 there were 14 operating. Of these Upcott, Edge, Littleham, Halsbury, Goldworthy and Tithecott Mills have been discontinued. The only mill still working full time is Orleigh Mill, where the Sanders family continue to flourish.

Farleigh’s Stores are now stocking “Nu-Way” Egg Flour. One packet makes a big cake 2lb in weight, needs no eggs, yeast or baking powder. Each packet costs 3½d and the thrifty can buy 2 packets for 6½d.

A strange Public Notice appears in several weeks during November headed “To men now serving in the Army who were employed on roadwork”. It goes on to say that if these men or their relatives will send a considerable amount of personal information including their regimental number to R. A. Stone, County Surveyor at Barnstaple, they will “hear something to their advantage”. (Has anyone heard of this? Was this genuine, or a very early and callous scam?)

After a wet month the reservoir at Melbury is overflowing and millions of gallons of water are going to waste. The rainfall during October was over 9 inches.

We reported last month on a great storm which affected the area. Bideford Workhouse Guardians were told of considerable damage to Meddon Street premises. Slates were torn from the main roof; a piece of lead weighing 1 cwt was lifted from the SE corner of the boardroom and carried to within a few feet of the gates, 30 feet of guttering was knocked down and destroyed and a number of the Infirmary roof lights were blown in. No injuries were recorded. It seems this area escaped the heavy and early snowfall that accompanied the gale.

Under the auspices of Bideford Farmers Union, in the cattle market and in support of the British Farmers Red Cross Fund, a guess-the-weight of a bullock, sheep and a pig is to be held. Prizes consist of silver jug, tea pot and sugar basin and if one person wins all three J. M. Metherell, President, will give the Winner £5.

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. You can also follow us on our Facebook page, Bideford & District Community Archive.


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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery; November.


Here is a recipe from Rachel Allen Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland -more from them next month after I visit!

Preservation recipe when Herrings are glutting from Clovelly this month –

Pickled Herrings.

12 fresh herrings

600ml Vinegar

110g/4oz Sea salt

50g /2oz Sugar

1tbsp Black peppercorn -crushed ;1 generous tsp pimentos, and /or allspice berries – crushed.

6 Bay leaves.


Gut, scale and wash the whole fish leaving the heads on.

Put into a pottery container, pour over the vinegar and leave overnight

Next day. Mix the rest of the ingredients and put a layer into the base of the of stonework crock (large deep pottery bowl). Then layer with herrings and more dry mix. Pour vinegar over the herring layers keeping the herrings submerged.

Keep in a cool place -larder is best for 2/3 days -before eating.

These will keep for ages – ensure the vinegar is over all the fish.

Serve with bread, potato salad or green salad.


Clovelly Herring Festival – 10th Anniversary.

Sunday 20 November from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Clovelly harbour.

This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Clovelly Herring Festival, which is held to promote these tasty, nutritious Silver Darlings and support sustainable fishing.

The village once depended on the harvest of herring, which are caught in superb condition for a short season off its coast. (Records go back over 400 years, and in 1749 there were a hundred herring boats in the port). When fishing was good, 9,000 herring could be landed at one time. Those days of massive catches are long gone and there remain just two herring fishermen ,who still employ sustainable fishing methods using drift nets and long lines.

There’ll be delicious herring specialities, cookery demonstrations, beer tastings, local food and craft stalls, live shanty singers, stiltwalker entertainment, face painting & henna tattos, a herring fishing photo exhibition, Herring Hunt and the National Trust event-themed children’s craft activities.

Maritime historian, Mike Smylie, will be returning with his “Kipperland” exhibition, which is devoted to the history of the herring. He will also be turning herring into delicate-tasting kippers and bloaters in his smokehouse.

There’ll also be net making, flax processing and a Curragh on show provided by ‘Flaxland’ and a Herring Art Competition organised by The Small School, Hartland with the participation of other local schools. All the art will be on display on the day to be judged.

Contact: Visitor Centre. Tel: 01237 431781. Email: visitorcentre@clovelly.co.uk


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Shipping notes No. 140 (September/ October).

Yelland Quay.

The Celtic Endeavour was programmed to load a cargo of chippings at Glensanda during the first week of October ; however due to berth congestion at the load port, and the prospect of missing the high water period in the River Taw and being neaped, the voyage was cancelled.

Welsh Piper, 18/9.


Arco Dart , 20/9.

On Thursday 22nd Sept at approx. 10.15am the SS Freshspring was berthed at Appledore at Babcocks’ fitting out quay. She awaited a suitable high water period prior to being towed to her allocated berth at Victoria Park.


There she will remain for at least 5 years subject to inspections, while the owners, the Freshspring Preservation Society, complete their work on the hull and engine. Hopefully she eventually will be passed fit to undertake trips into the Bristol Channel. Her berth was ready on the 16th October (having been cleared of wreckage.) The vessel Seven Seas towed her from Sharpness, and was then due to sail for Falmouth.

Bristol Channel Observations.

20.9 at 07.54 cargo vessel Reggedijk, 4,450 tons d.w, owners Naviga Shipmanagment BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 14.20 cargo vessel Roseburg, 3,005 tons d.w, owners Sia Aquarius Shipmanagement Co Latvia, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again 23.9 at 19.05, outward bound, having sailed at 12.20).

21.9 at 18.38 vehicle carrier Michigan Leader, 17,673 tons d.w, owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K.J Japan outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 13.45.

23.9 at 17.10 cargo vessel Olza, 2,690 tons d.w, owners Baltramp Shipping SP Z OO Poland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.25 bulk carrier Clipper Bettina, 38,221 tons d.w., owners Legend Star Shipping PTE Ltd Philippines, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 11.21.

24.9 at 12..25 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux ,12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury.

25.9 at 09.13 heavy lift cargo vessel BBC Marmara, 6,203 tons d.w, owners Wittdun Germany inward bound for Avonmouth. At 11.25 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

1.10 at 16.35 cargo vessel Helsinki, 4,221 tons d.w, owners Kapitan Siegfried Bojen Schiffahrtsbetrieb EK Germany, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed about 09.30.

2.10 at 11.00 vehicle carrier Grand Duke, 18,315 tons d.w, owners Cido Shipping (H.K) Co. Ltd Hong Kong, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.15.

3.10 at 15.49 tug Duke of Normandy, 212 gross tons, owners The States of Jersey Harbour board, inward bound for Avonmouth.

6.10 at 11.12 vehicle carrier Glovis Companion, 18,671 tons d.w., owners Glovis Co. Ltd South Korea, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.19 hrs bulk carrier York, 181,060 tons d.w., owners Okanto Holdings Ltd BWI London, outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 06.49. At 11.55 cargo vessel Voornedijk, 4,891 tons d.w, owners Navigia Shipmanagement BV Netherlands , inward bound for Sharpness.

10.10 at 11.50 cargo vessel Mikhail Dudin, 3,030 tons d.w., owners North Western Shipping Joint Stock Co Russia, inward bound for Cardiff. At 12.20 cargo vessel RMS Laar, 2,304 tons d.w, owners Rhein Maas-und See-Schiffahrtskontor GMH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

11.10 at 17.36 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed 11.31.

12.10 at 17.25 bulk carrier Cape York, 28,471 tons d.w, owners Cape York Shipping Ltd Hong Kong China, inward bound for Newport.

The sailing ship which was anchored in the bay Tuesday 11th to the 12th was the Stavros S Niarchos, which was fitted out at Appledore and waiting to proceed to Cardiff.

Regards, Norman ( 01271 861183).


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One hundred years ago – October 1916.


This month the newspaper is overwhelmed with news from the war. Several pages are given over to “reports from the Front”. All the villages without exception are announcing casualties, injuries and, sadly, deaths to their men who had been called up to fight. Occasionally the news is gladdened with an account of heroism and a medal award.

An advert appears in the mid October edition covering 5 columns wide and half a page deep by the British American Tobacco Company offering to send cigarettes by post to soldiers in France. Orders may be taken in to any tobacconist and the smallest order was for 280 Wild Woodbines for 3/3d, 1000 will cost 9/-. More expensive Gold Flake are 280 for 5/- and 1000 for 15/- and the most expensive cigarette Navy Cut will cost 8/6d for 500 and 16/- for 1000. Orders can also be posted to troops in India. The advert concludes with this ditty:      There aint no shops to shop in and there aint no grand hotels, When you spend your days in dugouts doin’ ‘olesale trade in shells”

At home men aged 41 and over will now be called up and Notice papers A F W 3195 will be sent to all men shown on the military registers as belonging to one or other of those groups, attested or not unless they have been marked on the register as having some form of excusable work. It has been reported before of exemption courts hearing pleas from traders, farmers and businesses to keep what male labour they have, usually without much success.

Harvest has been completed and festival services are taking place across the area. However a great gale springs up towards the end of the month, and a Norwegian steamer, “Rollon”, laden with coal for the war and France which had recently loaded and left Wales suffered a catastrophic shifting of her cargo which capsized the ship totally. Fortunately all the crew were saved but the same gale in South Devon sent coastal trading schooners running for shelter. One was lost with 13 crew drowned.

In Clovelly there is a “Capital Opportunity for a person accustomed to the catering trade”. To be Let by Tender from next Lady Day is The Red Lion Hotel, currently in the occupation of Mr John Moss who is retiring. Enquiries should be made to the Estate Office at Clovelly.

We do not normally report on Court cases but the following illustrates the current situation on men’s reluctance to volunteer for the war. At a local Police Court Ronald Hupert Waldorf Jeffery aged 24 of a local address and described as an agent or tipster was charged on remand with obtaining from a local shop a gold watch and chain valued at £26.10.0d by false pretences and further that being a British national he did on an earlier date this year represent himself to be an American subject contrary to the Aliens Registration Order, further, with being an absentee from the Military Reserve. He was found guilty on all counts, fined 40/- and sent to prison for 6 months to be followed by military service.

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. You can also follow us on our Facebook page, Bideford & District Community Archive.


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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery; October.

fish ad

I visited Brixham Fishstock 2016 on 10th September and sampled the fantastic choice of fish street food stalls and pop up cafes. I ate salt and pepper cuttlefish with chilli sauce, freshly made local Devon fish sushi and Prawn Mac. I finished with delicious churros and chocolate sauce and coffee whilst listening to a great band from Dartmoor! Really worth a visit next year- shall we arrange a group visit?


Macaroni cheese with added flavours are quite trendy now. Here is my recipe –

Shellfish Cheesy Mac.


300g Macaroni, 100g Cheddar or Gouda cheese,100g Mozzarella cheese, 300ml/1pint milk 50g(large spoonful) flour and 50g butter/low fat spread(check it is suitable for cooking!)

Mustard, pepper and salt to taste

100g Smoked mussels or raw prawns -any size.

Any quantity of Croutons or toasted wholemeal bread.

Tarragon and Dill or Parsley, finely chopped.


Make up a cheesy sauce – Melt butter/spread in saucepan, add the flour and cook for 1 min. Mix in mustard and seasoning and then add the milk in small amounts stirring all the time to gain a sauce that shines (or you could make up a cheddar cheese sauce) and add the grated mozzarella. Add extra milk to keep the sauce runny.

Add the grated Cheddar /Gouda and then the Mozzarella. (This will be quite a runny sauce).

Cook the Macaroni as instructions on the packet (dried pasta has far less calories) – Drain and add to the sauce and stir in tarragon.

Add the smoked mussels or raw prawns and cook until pink, or for approx. 5 mins. Place in individual bowls (could be paper to eat outside).

Crumble the croutons, add finely chopped dill or parsley, and sprinkle over.

Serve Immediately-Yummy!




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