Bideford Pannier Market news.

When did you last visit Bideford’s Historic Pannier Market and Butcher’s Row?   If not for a while, then you may be unaware of the quiet resurgence that has been taking place over the last few months.    Not only do we have many new and exciting traders but we also now have our very own reasonably priced bus service – The Market Hopper, which visits the market three times a day at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm respectively. You can catch the bus from various locations in and around Bideford.

Another recent development is the Friday trading in the Pannier Market, which means that you can now enjoy this historic shopping experience three times a week, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday – and, as usual, Butchers Row six days a week, Monday to Saturday.

We are hosting a Children’s Activity/Craft day during the Easter holidays on Friday 11th April 10am ’til 2pm, where you will find many of the local artists and makers in residence offering the chance for children to experience hands-on creating. There will be a variety of workshops available ranging from print making, pottery, cookery and jewellery making. (There will be a small charge per individual workshop to cover the cost of materials). We hope you will come and join us for a day of fun and creativity.

On Easter Saturday 19th April from 10am til 2pm come and meet Shaun the Sheep and have your picture taken with him ; you also have the chance to meet and feed some baby lambs. Feeding time from 12 o’clock.

If all the excitement wears you out don’t forget that you can treat yourself to lunch from one of the many food establishments, found in both the Pannier Market and Butchers’ Row, providing delicious home cooked fayre. Whilst here, why not take the opportunity to browse the eclectic array of market stalls and also discover the delights of Butchers’ Row for yourself.


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Young Buzz – April.

Nothing to do in Bideford? How wrong can you be!

Truthfully, I have to admit that in the past I have been guilty of dismissing Bideford as “boring” and “uninspiring” but I never knew how wrong I could be! Bideford or the ‘Little White Town’ as we know it has so much to offer in terms of events, opportunities and exciting new projects. This ranges from the annual carnival right through to the recent Bideford half marathon. As I open my eyes to all things local, I begin to realise that Bideford is in actual fact a thriving town with a great sense of community spirit , delivering us a daily dose of home-grown activities that aim to please all ages.

I recently attended a ‘Businesses of Bideford’ meeting whereby a discussion took place regarding the forthcoming events and local amenities that are happening on our very own doorstep, with the promise of a few seasonal surprises in store! One of these is a ‘ghost walk’ which will take place in and around the town, with the walks varying depending on the age category for which you fall into. This “fright night” experience is a feature for Halloween, with a host of creepy costumes hoping to fill the town in its hours of darkness. The ghoulish behaviour is set to continue with a party proceeding right into the night, with businesses staying open and assisting with the frightful festivities. The aim of the game is to get both businesses and residents involved; ensuring that it is a Halloween we are keen to remember!

Another date for our diaries is Bideford Heritage Day on Saturday 28th June. A medieval theme has been decided on, with the chance to dress up in outfits that tie in with this particular period. Expect to see corsets by the crowd and girdles galore as the town travels back in time, mirroring the medieval attire. The predominant focus on our town’s history makes for an interesting, educating and exciting family day out including tours around Bideford as one of the many activities that will run throughout the course of the day. Talks of a medieval banquet are sure to bring the ‘Middle Ages’ themed evening to a grand and unforgettable finish. There is an overwhelming desire to re-enact Bideford’s history; exploring its past and culture and Bideford Heritage Day is a dedication to this.

On a more sporting note , the Bideford Blues under 10’s football team recently received a very generous donation from Complete Computing who sponsored over 30 match day jackets. They have a fantastic facility and some great individuals who dedicate a large portion of their time to keep the club running and engaging the lives of so many young locals.

We are fortunate to live in a town that prides itself on a close knit community and rich historic background; there truly is so much to see and do! Bideford’s picturesque landscape and situation attracts tourism around the clock. There is a café culture revival, with the town becoming an ideal place to socialise due to its number of ‘niche’ cafes and coffee spots. Not to mention the beautiful walks and surfing opportunities quite literally right on our very doorsteps.

Question is, what’s in store for the ‘Little White Town’ next? Well one thing is clear; anything is possible when Bideford continues to blossom year after year.

Kelly Gumbley. (photo shows Heritage Day 2013 © Graham Hobbs)

Got something to share? Send it to Kelly via Bideford Buzz, TTVS, 14 Bridgeland St ,Bideford ,EX 39 2QE or email editor@

Outward Bound Courses.

The Sir Francis Chichester Trust offers FREE places on three week ‘Classic Adventure’ Outward Bound courses to young people who live in Devon and who are aged 16-19 (at the time of the course, which will be over the summer holidays). The courses are primarily personal development , based around outdoor activities and with a particular emphasis on teamwork. The closing date for applications this summer is 7th April with interviews for those shortlisted being held 1st and 2nd May. An application form can be downloaded from the website if you have any queries or would like any additional information contact Anthea Parkyn on 01392 250976 or email

Appledore Kidz Club.

This is based in the Appledore Community Hall on Newquay Street. The club is for ages 5 – 11 and runs from 3.30 until 5.30 on Tuesdays (which is Drama Club), Wednesdays (which is cooking, crafts and games) and Thursdays (which is sports and games). We charge 50 pence an hour including a drink and snack . It is a not-for-profit organisation run solely by volunteers. Currently there are eight of us in the team, but there is certainly room for lots more! We are all CRB checked (or DBS, as it has recently become known) and would like any new volunteers to be too, or to be prepared to become so through TTVS (Torridge Voluntary Service); we would also require 2 character references. We are currently one of the nominated charities for the Asda Foundation, so please drop your token in our box! We can be contacted either via email or on our Facebook page.

Verity Jarvis.


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One hundred years ago – April 1914.

This month we are looking at the changes that are coming to transportation.

An April edition of the newspaper contained a report from the Magistrates Court of a man who was charged with “using a broken down horse” and subjecting it to cruelty. In his defence the man said that the owner of the horse was at home ill and in need of an income.   To help out, the defendant had taken the horse and wagon out to do some work not realising how out of condition the animal had become.   The magistrate fined him a modest amount and was assured the horse had been restored to better health again.

In the classifieds section a local farmer advertised his pony and trap for sale as he had recently acquired a new motor car as his personal transport.

There are a number of advertisements for various forms of personal transport.

Ford are advertising a ‘universal car’ from £125. Triumph Motors are not only manufacturing motor cycles but also bicycles under the slogan ‘a quiet spin’. Raleigh bicycles can be purchased from £5 19s 6d from G Boyle, High Street, Bideford.

The state of North Devon roads were considered “a deplorable state of affairs” according to the Mayor, Mr S R Chope.   A lorry had broken its back axle on the road between Bideford and Hartland and Bideford Urban District Council passed a resolution “That this Council desires the attention of the Devon County Council to the dangerous condition of the road between Bideford and Hartland and is strongly of the opinion that an inspection of the road should be made by a committee of the County Council.    It is of the opinion that the consequences to the trade of the town of Bideford and North Devon generally will be disastrous if drastic and prompt measures are not taken to made the road passable”.


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Bideford Film Society – April.

300: Rise of an Empire (15)

Kingsley School – Friday 18th and Saturday 19th April 2014 – Doors open 7:00, film starts 7:30pm

(This film will be shown in 35mm, and may well be the last ever opportunity to see a film in 35mm as part of our mainstream programme at Kingsley School. We will have an ‘open door’ policy in the projection room, where viewers may, if they’re interested, come in to see all the old equipment working in the time-honoured way – somewhat akin to riding on the footplate of a steam engine in the final days of steam locomotion on the railway!)

The Lego Movie (U).

Kingsley School – Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th April – Doors open 4:30pm, film starts 5.00pm

On Friday 25 and Saturday 26 April at Kingsley School we hope to have The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)

Doors open 7.00pm, film starts 7.30pm. Please check local press for confirmation.

Tickets: General £5.50 Concessions £5.00 Members £4.00 Family (up to 3 children & 2 adults) £12.00. To avoid disappointment please check local press for confirmation of above programme, or visit our web site


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Burton Art Gallery & Museum – April.

April 2014 is rather special for the Burton Gallery. Gillian Ayres is one of the leading British abstract painters of her generation, and has created a ‘bespoke’ exhibition of her new works and woodcuts especially for us. We are her first venue; after 1st June, when it closes, the exhibition will speed on its way to London’s Royal Academy. This is a rare privilege. Looking back on Gillian’s career, she has exhibited in Oxford’s Museum of Modern Art; London’s Serpentine Gallery; the Tate, the Royal Academy in 1997, and New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She is also a teacher, having spent many years at St. Martin’s School of Art in London, and has been shortlisted for the Turner Prize. She has the initials R.A. And O.B.E. after her name, You will find her work permanently in the V. & A. and the British Museum, so you can imagine that to have such a well respected artist creating an exhibition just for us in Bideford, is something of a coup! Exhibition dates: 5th April to 1st June.

If you would like to be taken on a free ‘Talk and Tour’ of the exhibition, come to the Gallery on 5th April at 2.00 p.m. David Cleaton-Roberts, co-Director of the Alan Cristea Gallery, has worked closely with Gillian, and is a well-informed friend to take us on an informal tour of her work.

Coming down to earth, the Friends of the Burton are holding their Annual General Meeting on Saturday, 12th April, (in gallery 2) and after the routine business is done, Adrian Wills will give a talk on ‘Devon’s Forgotten Canal’ – if you are not sure which one – have a guess. It’s the Rolle Canal, which served between the Sea Lock and Town Mills at Torrington in the 19th century, bringing precious lime to our farmers. To learn more, come to the A.G.M. at the Gallery around 11.45; this is part of our local history, and was very important to its economy at the time. The Museum on the first floor of the Gallery, has a model of a lime kiln, built by Barry Hughes, who has also built a model of the inclined plane. All welcome, but become a Friend while you’re there. Why not? Subs. are £10 (single), £18 (Couple), £90 (Single Life); £170 (couple Life). Pick up a form.

Another special – the Cabin at Bucks Mills, a haven of peace and tranquility for two artists, Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards, will be open for the day on Saturday, 19th April from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. The National Trust rarely open this treasure-house, so don’t miss the opportunity to get inside and see a time-warp.

As usual, there are Craft Workshops during April: Try making ‘Textile Collage’ on the 12th in the Education Room with Chrissy Wallis; ‘The King of Bling’ on the 15th encourages you to make jewellery. Just phone 01237 471455 to book your place.

The Cafe du Parc has a lunch and First Friday Late Night session, with music, on 4th and 13th April, call 01237 429317 to find out all about them and book your table.

Diana Warmington, Friends of the Burton Art Gallery & Museum.


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Bideford Sustainability Group news.

This Saturday, 30/03/14, Fred Brown will be at the BSG plot at Tricks Allotments in Clovelly Road at 10 a.m. for the second of our free gardening talks/demonstrations. This one is on ‘Fertilisers, seed bed preparation, sowing and choice of varieties’.

Our April get-together at the Blacksmith’s Arms will be next Tuesday, 01/04/14 – drop in any time from 7.30-9.00 p.m.


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April Foolery.

On the 1st April Hilary Corless will set off on her 200 mile charity walk around Devon.  Hilary departs  from Bideford and walking in an anticlockwise direction will visit Okehampton, Dartmouth, Lyme Regis, Okehampton, Tiverton, Braunton and many others inbetween before arriving back in Bideford on Good Friday.  The reason for her walk is twofold, to raise money for “School in a Bag” and to raise the profile of the Inner Wheel.

School in a Bag” is a charity that was set up under the Piers Simon Foundation umbrella to provide a backpack full of stationery and resources to poor, orphan, vulnerable and disaster-affected children.  To date the charity has managed to send 45,721 bags to children in 13 countries around the world.  As a retired teacher Hilary was very impressed with how the charity allows children to access education.  Further details can be found on

Hilary is a member of Bideford Inner Wheel Club and is being helped in her efforts by the organisation. Originally set up for the wives of Rotarians the Inner Wheel has three aims – “To promote true friendship, to encourage the ideals of personal service and to foster International understanding”.  The organisation is now open to all women.  For further information please call the membership secretary on 01237 420830.

If you wish to sponsor Hilary or just follow her progress please go to www.virginmoneygivingcom/aprilfoolery

And a previous success -

The ladies of the Bideford Inner Wheel Club, through a variety of fundraising efforts, including a Curry lunch and a Messiah from Scratch, raised nearly £3,000 towards the purchase of a new mini-bus for Northam Lodge. Monies were also contributed by Bideford Bridge Rotary, the Lions, and the Round Table and the bus carries the logos of all four organisations with the slogan “We did it together”. The bus will be put to very good use transporting disabled adults all over the locality.


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Shipping news No. 110 (Feb.- March 2014).

In Port – Yelland.

Sylve – (ex- Vios, 2001 : Morgenstod 2, ’97) : built 1990 : flag Limassol, Cyprus : owners Estonian : from Wicklow to Wismar : crew Russian & Estonian : arrived 2/3/14, sailed 3/3/14 : loaded 2,300 tons timber.

Celtic Pioneer – (ex- Leeswig, ”06 : Claus Jurgens, ’93) : built 1985 : flag Cardiff : owners British : from Glensanda to Plymouth : crew Polish : arrived 6/3/14, sailed 8/3/14 : discharged 3,300 tons chippings.

Welsh Piper – 19/2/14.

In port – Bideford.

Zita – (ex- Claudia Isabel, 2000 : Alserbach, ’13) : built 1997 : flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda : owners German : from Cardiff to Castellon : crew Russian & Philippino : arrived 2/3/14, sailed 4/3/14 : loaded 2,860 tons ball clay. (This is the largest ship, in terms of deadweight , to berth at Bideford).

Oldenburg has been to Sharpness 12.11.13 for drydocking, returns to service 1st April ; she has been on a few cargo runs during the winter.

Arco Dart at Appledore 5.3.14, 6.3.14.

The Irish patrol vessel LE Samuel Beckett (being built at Appledore) sailed on the 15th March for her first sea trials – seen crossing the bar at 05.35.

According to the Journal website the cruise ship Prisendam is due off Ilfracombe 26th July for a visit – has been here before. (Visit subject to weather conditions).

A report in the Gazette that the Kathleen & May is to make a visit to Bideford in August ; will give further details when known.

The tug Goliath alongside Bideford quay 31.1.14-15.3.14 to tow the barge Southern Beaver from Yelland oil jetty to Southampton. (This is her second visit to the River since she was built in 1956 as the MSC Simitar at Appledore). She has not been able to sail because the wind has been in excess of Force 4 which is the limit of her operating capabilities.

Bristol Channel Observations.

15/2/14 at 11.03 vehicle carrier Toreador, 22,098 tons d.w., owners Wilhelmsen Line Car Carriers Southampton, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at18.48. (14.2.14 - she passed very slowly due to very heavy weather conditions).

16/2/14 at 10.21 vehicle carrier Centaurus Leader, 21,471 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

19/2/14 at 09.05 cargo vessel Monica Meuller, 3,723 tons d.w, owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

21/2/14 at 12.45 vehicle carrier Autosun 6670 tons d.w owners UECC Unipessoal Ltd Mareira, inward bound for Portbury.

22/2/14 At 06.30 with all her deck lights on, the cruise ship Discovery, 20,216 gross tons, owners All Leisure Holidays Ltd, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 13.40 cargo vessel Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anita 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury to discharge cars ;normally carries airbus parts. At 13.14 the cargo vessel Andre W, 5,200 tons d.w., owners Andre W GMBH & Co K.G. Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 11.30.

24/2/14 at 08.15 vehicle carrier Morning Menad, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Eukor Car Carriers Inc South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

26/2/14 at 09.04 container vessel Endeavour, 9,612 tons d.w, owners J.R Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth, (still running late from her normal weekend schedule arrival). At 18.20 cargo vessel Zita, 4,490 tons d.w., owners Abrams Schiffahrts GMBH & Co. Germany, inward bound for Cardiff with 4000 tons cat litter. Her next voyage is loading clay at Bideford for discharge at Castellon.

1/3/14 at 12.05 cargo vessel Pretty Universe, 35,000 tons d.w., owners Pretty Universe Shipping SA Hong Kong, inward bound for Newport.

3/3/14 at 10.20 vehicle carrier Maple Ace 2, 15,361 tons d.w., owners Mitsui OSK Lines Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

4/3/14 at 07.55 cargo vessel Fri Ocean, 3,400 tons d.w., owners Kopervik Shipping AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness.

6/3/14 at 08.58 cargo vessel Eva Maria Meuller, 3,722 tons d.w., owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

8/3/14 at 15.05 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterrraneo, 18,427 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

10/3/14 at 07.17 vehicle carrier Euro Spirit, 15,483 tons d.w., owners Nissan Motor Car Carriers Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.02 bulk carrier Goya, 75,759 tons d.w., owners A.S. J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi Norway, inward bound for Portbury.




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Exmoor Pony Centre – April.

Please come along to our Easter Open Day on Sunday 13th April from 11 am ’til 3 pm ; this will be a chance to meet the ponies, maybe groom one or have a short ride, take part in some craft activities or just enjoy the refreshments. There is no charge for entry, but a small fee for activities to support the ponies.

Remember that the Golden Horseshoe Pleasure Ride is coming up in May; if you would like to sponsor one of our Exmoor ponies to take part, your support would be most appreciated.

Ten more ponies have left the Centre to start a new life on a Conservation Grazing Scheme in Sussex and photos can be seen through the Exmoor Pony Centre Fan Page on Facebook.

Our Adoption ponies were all back on site for the Half Term Event which proved popular with everyone who came and enjoyed a day that was actually more dry than wet for a change. The smiles on the faces of children having their first pony ride are a delight.

New Volunteers are always welcome at the Centre so whether you like mucking out, prefer admin tasks or if you would like to organise a fund-raising event for us, please get in touch via the number below or by email to

If you would like someone to come and talk to your group about the work that we do or if you wish to arrange a special visit to the Centre or an event in the Green Room then please call 01398 323093 to make a booking.

Please help us to Promote and Protect the Exmoor Ponies by texting MMTX22 £5 to 70070; thank you.


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April diary.

Wednesday 16th

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

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

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearse at Baptist Church, Mill St. 473798

Palladium Club – Scott Lin /Pretend Happy / 1 man boycott – £2.

Thursday 17th

10.30am Northam Men’s Forum AGM, Northam Methodist Church Hall. 478123

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

2.15pm Thursday Fellowship, Northam Methodist Hall. Maundy Thursday

Communion. 421956

2.30pm Devon CPRE. Talk by Michael Morpurgo ‘Farms for Children’ at Hatherleigh Community Centre.

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

7.30pm Bideford Sustainability Group at Bideford Town Hall. ‘A talk on the wild side – speculating on our future flora’.

7.45pm Bideford Band rehearses at Band Room nr Victoria Park. 475653

Friday 18th

9am-6pm Farmers’ Market at Atlantic Village.

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Palladium Club – Sons of Gods – alternative rock – £3.

Saturday 19th

9am-5pm Farmers’ Market at Atlantic Village.

10am-2pm Meet Shaun the Sheep at Pannier Market & feed lambs at 12pm.

11am-3pm ‘Dressing the Churchyard’ at St Margaret’s Church, Northam. 475720

Palladium Club – Flamin Ratrods – rockabilly – £3.

Sunday 20th

11am-5pm Hartland Abbey Bluebells & Easter Fun. 441234

2pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 01805 625485

Palladium Club – Valentine Gray / Diamond Dogs – hard rock – £3.

Monday 21st

11am-5pm Hartland Abbey Bluebells & Easter Fun. 441234

1.30pm Headlands Art Group,Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

3pm Bideford AFC v Frome Town.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Primary School. 420652

7.30pm Appledore Amateur Radio Club at Appledore Football Social Club.


7.45pm Bideford Band rehearses at Band Room nr Victoria Park. 475653

Tuesday 22nd

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health – rotation of 5 walks in Northam, Torrington & Westward Ho!. 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 Youth Centre on the Pill. 479462

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

Palladium Club -Jam Night

Wednesday 23rd

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

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club meets at Northam Hall. 423554

7.30pmThe Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room

01271 860061

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearse at Baptist Church, Mill St. 473798

Palladium Club – Return to the Sun (+ support) – indie rock – £3.

Thursday 24th

10.30am-12pm Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Hall. Paul Breslin ‘Unwanted Fishing Friends’ 478123

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

2.15pm Thursday Fellowship, Northam Methodist Hall. Chris Braund ‘Braunds of Bucks’. 421956

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

7.45pm Bideford Band rehearses at Band Room nr Victoria Park. 475653

Friday 25th

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Palladium Club – Spaced Invaders – 80s covers – £3.

Saturday 26th

7.30pm Northam Choral Society Concert at Bideford Methodist Church.

8pm Ceilidh at Langtree Village Hall with Polkaworks. Bring & share supper.

9pm Union Inn, Stibb Cross EX38 8LH : Live Music with Rockfella

Palladium Club – Morning Glory – 90s covers – £3.

Sunday 27th

11am-5pm Hartland Abbey Bluebell Sunday. 441234

Monday 28th

1.30pm Headlands Art Group,Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Primary School. 420652

7.30pm Appledore Library. Nick Arnold ‘The Horrible History of Appledore’. £2


7.45pm Bideford Band rehearses at Band Room nr Victoria Park. 475653

8.30pm North Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore. Jim Mullen Quartet. 421065

Tuesday 29th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health – rotation of 5 walks in Northam, Torrington & Westward Ho!. 421528

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

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

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at Youth Centre on the Pill. 479462

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 30th

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

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club meets at Northam Hall. 423554

7.30pmThe Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room

01271 860061

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearse at Baptist Church, Mill St. 473798


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The Appledore – Instow ferry.


A ferry has existed between Appledore and Instow for over 250 years – that is until 2006, when the service ceased. The ferry has been part of the heritage of both sides of the river and the Torridge itself.

Between 2009 and 2011 there were public meetings to see whether there was an interest in the ferry being reinstated. As always funding was a problem, but one of the members of the group offered to rent their boat for a twelve-month period. On 25 June 2011 the ferry service was launched with the help of qualified skippers and volunteers. A not for profit company was set up – Appledore Instow Ferry Limited.

During the first, relatively short, season 8,400 passengers were transported between the two villages. It was clear that the ferry service was popular with visitors and locals and the next season started in April 2012. During this season the ferry carried 15,000 passengers which included babes in arms, bikes and dogs.

The members of the company managed to attract funding of £20,000 through various means – sponsorship from local businesses and individuals, fundraising events. These funds were used to purchase the rented boat, convert it for ferry use, buy a new engine, new lifejackets and safety equipment. The company applied to Village SOS, which is part of the big lottery fund, and were awarded £30,000. This sum was used to purchase a second boat to meet the demands during bank holidays and school holidays. The new boat had to be adapted for ferry use and was put into service at the start of the 2013 season.

The ferry fleet comprises Misty Blue and Lizzie M. Each boat can take up to twelve passengers, plus skipper and a crew member and are equipped with all the necessary safety equipment.

With two ferries operating during busy times and good weather over the summer school holidays, 2013 was a bumper year, with over 19,000 passengers carried. In addition to normal cross-river operations, the ferry is able to offer a taxi service to boat owners who have their boats moored in the estuary.

This community project which was set up by volunteers continues to be managed and operated by volunteers.

The service runs between Appledore Slip and Instow Quay from the beginning of April to the end of October. Operating times are limited to approximately two hours either side of high tide when that falls between 0930 and sunset. Details of the ferry operation and timetables can be found at

A management team consisting of a Board of Directors and an Executive Group, all active volunteers, work behind the scenes addressing the many and varied aspects of running a public service in a constantly changing environment.

The ferry service has proved to be beneficial to the communities in Appledore and Instow and the volunteers also act as tourist guides, giving out maps of the two villages and general information about the area.

A new website has been developed and full details of the timetable, the prices, etc are available on


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Young Buzz – March.

Should we dress to impress ?

First impressions count, don’t they? In fact, what you wear makes all the difference and can actually determine the outcome of future prospects and as a result, eventual success. For many, University interviews are dawning, and we wrack our brains endlessly over the question of ‘what to wear’ as we count down the days to that all important date.

The attire we wear on the day communicates our personality and eligibility, putting pressure on us to get it right first time. Smart, however, is one’s secret weapon to guaranteed success. As I trawl the internet, I come to realise that blazers, blouses and buttoned shirts appear to win in the eye of the interviewer and that anything resembling ‘too casual’ is a complete write off. The real challenge though? Knowing how far to go with it.

Attention to detail is important. As we all know, our local schools over emphasise neatness and ensure that we obey by the ‘dress code’ ; this in hindsight is beneficial to us all. Establishing the border between smart and comfortable is essential for any interview, particularly a university one. Maintaining eye contact, a smile, as well as a little self-confidence will allow you to go a long way. If you are looking and feeling great, this will naturally reflect in your posture and demeanour.

Ultimately, what you wear will not make or break you in terms of university offers and placements. The thing to remember is to be yourself at all times and enjoy the experience which will be worth immense value that may only come once. Opt for ties, not tank tops; loafers, not leotards; shirts, not sandals and dresses, not dungarees. Be polished and make sure you don’t go over board and morph into a corporate clone; otherwise you may run the risk of looking like you have perhaps tried too hard.

In the words of Dizzee Rascal, you need to “fix up, look sharp”; not saunter in sporting a sweatshirt and matching sweatpants to tally.

Kelly Gumbley.

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One hundred years ago – March 1914.

On Sunday 15th March 1914 a heavy gale passed over the region. Vessels in both Appledore and Bideford, although double moored, were swamped and one barge had a mast carried away. The Burrows were under water and the river Torridge was a mass of waves and seething foam. The slipway at the Royal George in Appledore was washed away, as well as a large portion of the roadway.

The Blacksmith’s Arms at East-the-Water was sold for £800 at an auction to Messrs S W Arnold & Sons. Ivydean in Abbotsham Road was for sale and also Roborough House (formerly 1 Westcroft Terrace) – both from Bazeley Barnes and Bazeley.

On the front page of the Gazette were adverts for J Sanguine & Sons in Grenville Street who were holding their annual sale of boots and shoes – strictly cash only. William C Talbot in the High Street recommended Oatmeal stout for invalids and persons of a weak digestion – price 2/6d for twelve one pint bottles. Walter H Chope proudly advertised Warner’s Rust proof corsets!

Nothing much seems to have changed in other areas as well – the reservoirs were overflowing due to increased rainfall and Bideford Council had received several complaints about the state of Alverdiscott Road due to lorries hauling timber away from Webbery. A manhole collapsed outside Queens Anne’s Buildings in the High Street, precipitating a young lady into the coal cellar below. Fortunately she was unhurt.

Bideford Hospital (privately run – no NHS) held its Annual General Meeting where it was reported that 639 cases were treated during the year, of these 269 were operations requiring overnight admission. The daily cost of food to these patients was 6.44d per head – about 2½p in today’s values.

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


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Buzz Word – March.

Please send us your Buzzes!! Write to or to the address on front page.

Logs to Burn

Hi Chris (Hassall) I enjoyed your article. Having been for some years in the firewood trade,I can give you this reference to how logs burn. ‘Elm burns like smouldering flax,no flame to be seen.’

( from poem ‘Logs to burn’.)

We enjoyed two of your canal walks last year and look forward to starting again on May 11th

Peter Blackab.

Thanks also to Margaret Young who has sent in the following quote relating to the merits of wood. “Elm must be cut when felled and kept dry for at least two years to burn well. It is cheery enough then, though inclined to smoke if damp. It requires a good fire base and if rotten is of no use at all”. (From The Countryman , 1934)

The Wood Poem by Celia Congreve

Beech-wood fires are bright and clear

If the logs are kept a year,

Chestnut’s only good, they say,

If the logs ‘tis laid away

Make a fire of elder tree,

Death within your house will be,

But ash new or ash old

Is fit for a Queen with crown of gold

Birch and fir logs burn too fast,

Blaze up bright and do not last.

It is by the Irish said,

Hawthorn bakes the sweetest bread.”

Elm-wood burns like church-yard mould:

E’en the very flames are cold,

But ash green or ash brown

Is fit for a Queen with golden crown.

Poplar gives a bitter smoke,

Fills your eyes, and makes you choke.

Apple-wood will scent your room,

Pear-wood smells like flowers in bloom.

Oaken logs, if dry and old

Keep away the winter’s cold,

But ash wet or ash dry

A King shall warm his slippers by.

(sent in by Jenny Jones)

Lucy’s diary.

The copy I bought from Amazon is now available in Bideford Library, as I donated it. I hope other people read it.

David Glahom

It was great to see the follow-up of Lucy’s Diary. I had already filed my research as completed.

Cynthia Snowden.

Citizen’s Award

Do you know someone whose activities help to enrich the lives of the residents of Bideford?

Bideford Town Council presents an award annually to a person or organisation either living in or outside Bideford who make a significant contribution to the community and a real difference to the lives of Bideford residents.

If the person nominated performs the tasks as part of their paid employment then in order to qualify their contribution must be well above and beyond that normally expected as part of their employment. Nomination forms are available from the Town Clerk’s Office or can be downloaded from the Town Council website. Submissions must be received by 17 March 2014.

Bideford keyboard and Organ club.

We have a multi-keyboard player from Exeter, Chris Magrath, playing in concert on 18th March at the Methodist Church Hall commencing at 7.30 pm. This is also a long-established club approaching 45 years of operation and bringing top class entertainers to the town, with very modest admission charges of £5.00 and a membership fee of just £14.00, which then gives a reduction to £3.00 for admissions and a Club night on the 1st Tuesday of each month. For the April Concert on 15th April we are combining with the Bideford Methodist Church to put on a superb concert of light entertainment on organ and piano music with a real master Dr Kevin Morgan from Lytham St Annes. Similar admission charges and times.

Bideford Cacti and pot plant club.

Our next meeting which starts the new season is on 11th March when we have Roger Chapple from Hartland with an illustrated talk on Lundy Island. The Club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Methodist Church Hall at 7.30pm. It is now in its 55th year but many people don’t realise we even exist. It may be that the name is a bit off-putting and gives the impression we only talk about Cacti and Pot Plants. Nothing is further from the truth with a wide range of subjects covered and trips to gardens and interesting places. Members are being invited to give suggestions for a new name. We also host the last Flower Show in the Town but this is now nationally known as a superb show for Begonias, with the many classes being the National Begonia Society South West Show, which this year will be on Sunday 17th August at The Pannier Market. It brings exhibitors and visitors from all over the South West and Wales putting Bideford on the map and bringing hotel bookings and trade to the town.

Mike Avis (Contact number for both groups, 01237 475914) or email


St Helen’s Primary School in Abbotsham has a vacancy for a replacement Clerk to Governors.

No previous experience is necessary as training will be supplied. We are looking for an organised and methodical individual who can type, use e-mail and generally keep the governors in order.The role is paid at 3 hours per week, term time only. Most of the role can be done from home to fit around other commitments although attendance at approx 15 meetings per year is required.

Meetings are held during the daytime usually on either Tuesdays 15.45pm, Thursdays 8.00am or Thursdays 13.45pm and last approx 2 hours.

To apply please contact : Mrs Lucy Meardon including CV and contact telephone number via the e-mail address

Staff wanted.

The Conservative Club requires a Steward/Stewardess with partner to assist. Accommodation Provided.

Please contact the Secretary on 01237470913

or E.Mail for more details.


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Flood of evidence for climate change.

The signs of climate change happening have been clear to some for many years now, others still seem to be able to avoid seeing the obvious. Even though all the statistical models built by the world’s most prestigious academic centres fail to predict current trends in the climate without including human influence, there are many who still refuse to accept the overwhelming evidence.

The winter storms and flooding are far more typical of an altered climate than they are of one unaffected by mankind. The warming influence of Greenhouse gasses, the most common being Carbon Dioxide (CO2), result in much higher levels of evaporation at the equator and so the air just carries more water to drop upon us. Higher levels of precipitation are not the only cause of flooding, but manmade climate change makes heavier, longer periods of rain much more frequent.

Some climate sceptics have argued that the global surface temperatures have stabilised in recent years, and therefore manmade climate change does not exist. This would be a reasonable argument, but for 3 key important facts that they fail to mention – that is even if they know what they are.

1.)  We are currently near the solar minima i.e. the energy from the sun is near the bottom of its short cycle of 11 years and almost certain to be near to the long cycle minimum that occurs approximately every 100 years give or take 10. These impacts have been massive in the past causing the mini ice age of the middle ages, we haven’t seen an ice age because greenhouse gases have more than offset the cooling impact of less sunlight.

2.)  Deep Sea temperatures have risen sharply, even while the temperature of the shallow waters has remained more or less stable over the last decade. There is increasing evidence that more heat than expected is being sub-ducted into the deep oceans making sea level rise higher than initially thought, not so good for those living next to Northam Burrows.

3.)  Higher wind speeds near the equator have cooled the region by increasing the rate of evaporation from tropical seas. The greater power of weather systems starting in the tropics results in tropical storms, the seeds of winter storms in Britain, starting stronger. So while tropical waters are cooled by 0.1?-0.2?C, and the global mean temperatures are held back, the winter storms we have to prepare for are much stronger than in the past.

Climate change caused by manmade factors is rightly very frightening. The last time the climate changed at anywhere near this rate was 55 million years ago, when the temperature rose 6?C over 20,000 years and resulted in over 90% of species in that period becoming extinct. Based on the best science there is available the human race is due to cause 4-6?C increase in temperatures in less than 100 years.   The rate of extinction could easily exceed 99% as only bacteria and viruses can adapt to changes in their environment so quickly.

James Craigie.


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