Plough Theatre – March events.

9 – 11 Fore Street

Great Torrington

EX38 8HQ

Listings – March 2018

Box Office: 01805 624624

Until Sat 31 March.


Zoe Hyde and Ric Hyde.


Friday 23.


Albert Lee and his Electric band.


Saturday 24.


Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was I ?


Sunday 25.

World Music.

Budapest Café Orchestra.


Monday 26.


Lucy Worsley – Jane Austen at Home.


Tuesday 27.


Introduction to Making Silver Jewellery with Precious Metal Clay.



The Shape of Water (15).



The Mercy (12A).


Wednesday 28.


Phantom Thread (15).



Simon Blake’s Startling Songs (A Gallery Gig).



Loveless (15).


Thursday 29.


Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (15).



Even When I Fall.



Nex’t’Nothin (A Gallery Gig).


Saturday 31.


Simon Day in Character.



Edgelarks (Philip Henry and Hannah Martin) at The George Hotel, South Molton.


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Cinnamon Trust seeks volunteers.

The Cinnamon Trust needs volunteers.

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity whose wonderful volunteers help people over retirement age and those in the latter stages of a terminal illness by offering all kinds of pet care. We urgently need volunteers who are able to help local residents. If you would like to help we would be delighted to hear from you.

What happens if illness, injury or just the fact that we all get older eventually affects our ability to look after our four-legged companions? A large number of elderly or ill pet owners become very worried about their ability to care for their pets, feeling that their only option is to rehome them. This is where our national network of dedicated volunteers step in to offer support enabling them to stay together.

We’ll walk the dog for a housebound owner, we’ll foster pets when owners need hospital care, we’ll fetch the cat food, even clean out the bird cage or litter trays.

If you would like a chat about volunteering or to request a registration form please call during office hours 01736 758707 or email us at or check out our website for more details

Registered Charity No: 1134680. The Cinnamon Trust is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered Office: 10 Market Square, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HE. Company Number 07004861


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Marine matters for the North Devon Marine Pioneer.

On the 6th February the North Devon Marine Pioneer held its second stakeholder workshop at Alverdiscott Community Hall in North Devon. A wide range of people from across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset braved the snow to participate in this event.

With over 40 attendees, it was a lively day with input from a range of different marine sectors, including the fishing industry, local government, tourism and recreation, maritime industry and conservation.

The beginning of the day was led by the Marine Pioneer partners; they presented some demonstration projects commencing as part of the North Devon Marine Pioneer. Later, participants were asked for their advice and expertise – focussing on four subjects: marine governance and management; the local fishing industry; the Taw Torridge estuary; and how we can sustainably fund the management of North Devon’s Marine Protected Areas.

This workshop showed just how engaged North Devon people and our neighbours are with their sea, estuaries and rivers. This was a successful day and the information from the day will be used to guide our next steps, in the Pioneer”, says Chrissie Ingle, the Marine Pioneer Coordinator.

What is the Marine Pioneer?

The Government has committed to ensure that the natural environment that provides our prosperity and health is protected and improved for us and future generations. The 25 Year Environment Plan was launched on 11th January by Theresa May and sets out how this would be achieved.

To help accomplish this there are four ‘Pioneer’ areas – where new approaches from the plan will be trialled. The four pioneers are: the landscape of North Devon; the marine environment in North Devon and Suffolk; a river catchment in Cumbria and the urban area of Greater Manchester.

What has happened so far?

There have already been two North Devon Marine Pioneer workshops. One, in March 2017, produced long term aims and ambitions for North Devon’s Marine area, with agreed goals such as ‘improved local fisheries management’, ‘robust protection of biodiversity’ and ‘increased local decision-making’. The second, in November 2017, was a focussed workshop with licensors and planners to consider how our natural marine environment can be better incorporated into local decision making – both reports from these workshops can be found online at

From this second workshop local information and experiences can define how we proceed with the Pioneer. There will be a report from the day, which will be made available on the North Devon Biosphere’s Marine Pioneer webpage


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Berry Castle.

Many who live in the Bideford and Torrington area are probably not aware of the ancient treasure which lies above them in Huntshaw Wood. Berry Castle is a small Iron Age hilltop enclosure (formerly known as a hillfort) which is believed to be about 2600 years old. There are around 150 examples recorded in Britain many occurring in North Devon and North Cornwall. They date to between the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age (eighth – fifth centuries BC). They are of national importance, as they give clues about the history of the area and people who lived there. The hilltop enclosures are protected in law, and is known as a ‘Scheduled Monument’.

Berry Castle had been covered with woodland for hundreds of years until cleared in July 2015. The earliest references to the site are on old maps with the first record on an ordnance survey map from 1809. The Victoria County History for Devonshire (1906) describes the site as a univallate defensive fort situated on a promontory between two streams. The feature was strongly defended on the north side but less so on the south where topological features afforded natural protection.

In modern times, Berry Castle’s isolated location within woodland helped preserve the ramparts and ditches from disturbance. During July 2015, due to concern that tree roots were damaging the archaeology, Clinton Devon Estates, Historic England and the Friends of Berry Castle collaborated in a project that resulted in the removal of the trees. The tree clearance allowed research to take place and geophysical surveys have added to our knowledge of its construction.

Friends of Berry Castle have continued their voluntary work, focusing on different projects each year. This month, we launched our website ( with information about the site, and events and visits to local historical locations. For more information on becoming a volunteer with us see our website, Facebook page, Twitter account, or email us at

Simon Carroll.


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One hundred years ago: February 1918.

During an air raid on London a Gotha bomber was brought down by Captain Hackwell of the Royal Flying Corps. He is the second son of Mr W H Hackwell of Sudden Farm Langtree Torrington and he worked in a Bideford bank before the war. He enlisted in the Royal North Devon Hussars before transferring to the RFC. He was awarded the Military Cross for his gallantry.

British Summertime, introduced in 1915, was discussed in the House of Commons and it was agreed that it should continue again this year so that local farmers could make use of the extra daylight hours. However no decision was made regarding its continued use thereafter or its duration this year.

Bideford Borough Food Control Committee desire to purchase on behalf of the Ministry of Food sound potatoes in lots of not less than ½ ton. Bags will be supplied from Bideford Railway station. Also in a Notice to the Public. There is a grave shortage of meat especially in the great centres of population. The Government is considering commandeering cattle and sheep. Farmers are urged to send suitable animals to market.

Property for Sale. A W Cock Auctioneers of Grenville Street has to offer the following :-   The Hoops Inn. Fully licensed for 6 days per week, comprising of a parlour, bar, breakfast room, kitchen and large cellar, wash house with copper furnace, 3 bedrooms and WC. All recently rebuilt. Also included is Stabling and outhouses, gardens, an orchard, in all about ¼ acre. Also for sale the adjacent property known as Coombe Cottage.

At Bideford Borough Sessions on Monday last George Arthur, a youth, was fined 6 shillings for riding a bicycle on the footpath in Mignonette Walk. PC Tuplin stated the facts.

Buyers from a large area attended the Sale of antique furniture at ‘Hazelhurst’, Belvoir Road, Bideford. The following were some of the prices achieved –   An antique oak drawer chest £40, oak wardrobe £30. Jacobean chest £13. Antique oak dresser £15. William & Mary settee £11, Grandfather clock £13, oak corner cabinet £6.7.6d

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


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Felicity’s traditional fish cookery; February.

Salmon Netting in North Devon, 1988. (Photo courtesy of North Devon Museum Trust).

Tradition and heritage of our local rivers, Bideford Bay, and beyond will be the subjects of my articles in 2018. I will include a traditional, local recipe each month.

We have a thousand years of salmon fishing on the River Torridge and over five hundred years of courageous fishermen leaving Bideford East wharves for the cod-rich Grand Banks off Newfoundland. Henry Williamson made North Devon fish and fishing famous in his stories of Tarka the Otter and Salar the Salmon, and his accounts of those living and fishing in North Devon. Many local authors have carried on this tradition. If you have any interesting tales of fish and fishing, please contact me at

One of the first fish dishes I demonstrated in the 1980s was this recipe for A Celebration Salmon Pie, which I later called Admiral Sir Donald Gibson’s Salmon Pie. Now it uses farmed salmon, which is fine as it has many rich favours added, and the salmon with more fat is good for cooking encroute (in a pastry crust). Enjoy and celebrate.

Admiral Sir Donald Gibson’s Fish Pie.


One whole (or tail piece of) salmon, or 2 tail fillets. 1lb-3lbs/500gms +


2/3oz -200gms butter.

2/3oz-200gms of fresh ginger (grated).

1 lemon, zest and juice.

2/3oz -200gms sultanas.?1lb puff pastry – ready rolled pastry.

Beaten egg for glaze.

Mushroom and Champagne Sauce –

4 oz/250g button mushrooms.

1 oz/50g butter.

Cream or creme fraiche.

Champagne or sparkling wine – 2 large glasses.


Melt butter, mix all stuffing ingredients.

Roll out pastry in rectangle oval shape

Put 1 fillet in centre of pastry.

Spread 3/4 of stuffing on top and cover with second fillet.

Cut pastry into 1″ (25mm) strips, starting from marking out the tail on thin end of fillets and working up to thick end.

Fold over and secure with beaten egg, from tail end in sequence.

Cook at 220 C for 20 minutes in centre of oven, then 200 C for 10-20 minutes depending on salmon weight.


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Thomas Burton; 1875- 1959.

Everyone in Bideford knows where the Burton Art Gallery is, nicely situated in Victoria Park, adjacent to parking and Hockings’ Ice Cream van. But how many people know why it’s called the Burton Gallery? Was there someone called Burton? Well, there certainly was, and that man was a grocer. Thomas Burton was born in Surrey in 1875, and came to the West Country as an apprentice to Tanner’s grocers, of South Molton. We don’t know the bit in between, but the rest is recorded. Before long he appears as Manager of the International Tea Company in Yeovil, aged 23. He heard there were jobs in Bideford, and arrived in 1898 – ‘with a good stock of clothes, a good character and nothing more.’ He soon became Manager of Tattersill’s, the Bideford grocer. He fell in love, and in 1903 married a Bideford girl, Bertha Bishop, daughter of an Antique Dealer in Market Place. Their daughter, Mary, was born in 1906, but by that time, Thomas had his own grocery shops, one at the bottom of Grenville Street, and another in Mill Street. He was very successful and decided to go to London and seek his fortune. He was both grocer and fishmonger there, and again, made a success. In 1919, at the age of 44, he returned to Bideford, having sold his shops – the London enterprises to Lord Leverhulme, and the West Country shops to Macfisheries.

He was now a wealthy man, and could have sat back and enjoyed early retirement. But Thomas was not like that. He virtually threw himself into Bideford life. Already a Methodist lay-preacher, he became Circuit Steward and Sunday School Superintendent, and was Treasurer to the Bideford Trust, and Secretary to the Methodist Union. He became a Bideford Councillor in 1923, and served on the Finance Committee. He was much respected, and his Directorships were many, such as those of the Area Guardians (the Workhouse), Fire Brigade, Joint Hospital Committee, Gas Company and North Devon Permanent & Terminal Building Society. He was President and Chairman of the Liberal & Radical Club. He enjoyed music and sport, especially rowing, and was Vice-Chairman of the Regatta Committee. Bideford Council elected him Mayor in 1931, and his year of office was filled with engagements. That winter, he sponsored a Soup Kitchen in the Market for over 1000 children, the unemployed, the hungry. He co-founded Sudbury’s Glove Factory, giving employment to hundreds of women. He encouraged young people to take part in activities, both political and communal, and took 100 children from Bideford schools to Devonport, when he was invited, as Mayor, to see H.M.S. Bideford leave for the Persian Gulf.

His daughter Mary attended Westbank School (later Grenville College) while her parents lived in London. At 16, she graduated to Bideford Art School, and became proficient in drawing. Later, she married Jack Meredith, who managed the Hardware Shop in High Street, which Thomas bought in 1938. Mary carried on her love of art, collecting antiques and china. Elected to the Westward Ho! Art Society committee in 1932, she took an active part in its function. But this all ended in the 1940s, when Mary developed cancer, and sadly died on 4th May, 1949, aged 43. Thomas and Bertha were devastated at losing their only child, and wished her artistic talents to be remembered. Thomas anonymously offered £5,000 to Bideford Council for an art gallery, but then admitted that it was his gift to the town. On October 31st, 1951, the Mary Englefield Meredith Art Gallery was opened, and Thomas and Bertha signed the visitors’ book. Thomas died in 1959, and in his memory the name was changed to the Burton Art Gallery. It soon became Bideford’s best asset, filled with paintings and antiques donated from many quarters. Many important exhibitions from galleries all over the U.K. have been shown there.

The Museum was added later when the Gallery was extended in 1994. In 2016 a Trust took over management from Torridge District Council, and the Gallery is now known as ‘The Burton at Bideford’. There have been many changes over the years, but its founder will never be forgotten.

Diana Warmington.


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Shipping notes No. 153 (November – January).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Deo Gloria1/12/17 (2 Trips), 2/12 (2 Trips), 3/12 (2 Trips), 4/12 (2 Trips), 5/12 (2 Trips), 6/12. She sailed from Yelland at 0955 on the 9/12 for her base at Garston, near Liverpool.

Celtic Venture – (ex- Arklow Rose, ‘’16);built 2002; flag, Cardiff; owners, British; crew, Polish & Russian; from Glensanda to Teignmouth; arrived 28/12, sailed 30/12; discharged 3,300 tons chippings.

The new pilot for the Taw and Torridge is Capt P. Brown, an ex- Dover Harbour pilot.

Bristol Channel Observations.

15/11 at 08.15 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,565 tons d.w., owners Gimalidi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

16/11 at 08.07 cargo vessel Wilson Dvina, 3,269 tons d.w., owners Wilson ASA Norway, outward bound from Ireland. At 08.45 Frisian River, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Frisian River BV Netherlands, outward bound from Neath (having sailed at 04.47). At 11.00 container vessel Encounter, 9,335 tons d.w., owners JR Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

18/11 at 11.30 cargo vessel Lady Ariette, 3,702 tons d.w., owners Lady Ariette BV Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth (having sailed at 04.06). At 11.40 cargo vessel Eems Trader, 2,850 tons d.w., owners unknown, outward bound from Birdport (having sailed at 06.27).

19/11 at 17.25 vehicle carrier Hercules Leader, 21,385 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha, inward bound for Portbury.

23/11 at 07.50 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,620 tons d.w., owners Anja 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury.

24/11 at 10.08 bulk carrier DL Lavender, 35,194 tons d.w. owners Lavender Shipping SA SouthKorea, inward bound for Newport. At 15.41 cargo vessel Olza, inward bound for Newport.

25/11 at 12.25 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.08 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury (having sailed at 09.19). At 15.50 bulk carrier Cielo di Valparisio, 39,236 tons d.w., owners D’Amico Dry Ltd Ireland, outward bound from Newport (having sailed at 10.20).

28/11 at 08.43 vehicle carrier Horizon Leader, 20,434 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

29/11 at 18.05 bulk carrier Diana Bolten, 38,723 tons d.w., owners Diana Bolten Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Newport (having sailed at 12.44).

30/11 at 07.55 tanker Stolt Greenshank, 4,350 tons d.w., owners Stolt Tankers BV Netherlands, outward bound from Cardiff .

1/12 at 08.30 vehicle carrier Tombarra, 19,628 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 08.55 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.50 hrs vehicle carrier Grande Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

2/12 at 08.50 cargo vessel Arklow Resolve, 4,868 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Netherlands BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

3/12 at 08.00 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterrano, 18,427 tons.d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.00 cargo vessel Kati, 4,953 tons d.w., owners HS Kati OU Estonia, inward bound for Portbury.

4/12 at 11.30 tanker Patrona 1, 16,716 tons d.w., owners Patrona Denmark, inward bound for Cardiff.

9/12 at 16.17 cargo vessel Calypso, 3,754 tons d.w., owners Alectra Chartering and Trading BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

13/12 at 08.10 vehicle carrier Don Carlos, 28,142 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

16/12 at 09.07 vehicle carrier Neptun Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

17/12 at 08.20 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

25/12 at 08.37 bulk carrier Lord Nelson, 28,653 tons d.w., owners British Transport Ltd Mta Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 09.27 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,200 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

28/12 at 07.38 cargo vessel Wilson Avonmouth, 3,594 tons d.w., owners Wilson ASA Norway, outward bound from Birdport (having sailed at 01.14). At 11.10 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

30/12 at 07.25 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

6/1 at 09.17 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,620 tons d.w., owners Anja 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury.

10/1 at 15.15 vehicle carrier Hoegh Xiamen, 12,250 tons d.w., owners Horgh Autoliners Shipping AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury.




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In this age of man-made global warming it is unlikely that we will see a repetition of what occurred in Bideford in 1894-5 and 1963. Simply put, this was the freezing over of the River Torridge around the Bridge. Both of these happened during a prolonged period of extremely cold weather, but the impacts were very different.

The first, shown here in two contemporary photographs, saw headlines in the Bideford Gazette which read ‘Distress in Bideford – A relief committee formed.’ Many men worked in outdoor occupations and the long period of frost and snow saw many thrown out of work and in ‘distress’.

In response the Mayor and rector hosted a meeting to seek subscriptions to provide soup to families said to be ‘on the verge of starvation’. The Gazette reports the sums donated by the councillors present, which ranged from 52p to £5. Further money came in over the next few days – enough to open a daily Soup Kitchen at the Music Hall in Bridgeland Street, with a second kitchen opening at East-the-Water every other day and another at Old Town also operating on alternate days. In addition Messrs How & Co. announced the distribution of several tons of coal to the poor.

A week later the Gazette could report ‘From all quarters little children were converging upon the Music Hall; some carried jugs, and others swung empty cans, some were warmly clad, many, alas, were thinly clad, but all looked hungry, and there was an anxiety in the eyes of some of the little mothers as they hurried along Bridgeland Street, lest the soup should hold out until their turn came.’

Eventually some £120 was collected and spent on soup, this being enough to tide the poor over the worst effects of the cold snap.

Compare this to the freezing up of the Torridge in 1963 – shown in the photograph below. No-one was starving and no soup kitchen was required – but the Bridge Trust did employ a large group of unemployed men to break up the larger ice floes piled up against the Bridge piers in order to protect the arches from damage. Unfortunately the damage that was caused was later blamed for the collapse of the two westernmost arches five years later. This could never be proved, of course, but suffice to say it seems unlikely that the Bridge and Bidefordians will experience another cold period so extreme that the river freezes over – but we will see.

Peter Christie.


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One hundred years ago; December 1917/ January 1918.

Christmas is coming and in spite of the War, Bideford plans to celebrate the season. The Christmas Market will take place on Friday 21st December. Coles and Lee, trading from the Gazette Office, suggest that handbags make excellent presents, as do wallets, photo cases and pocket books. Prices range from 1/3d to 38/6d, (which would be about £130 today.) Mrs Karslake of London House offers picture books “for the little ones, who must be remembered” and mufflers for soldiers and sailors.

On the food front, Bideford Guardians will increase out-relief for Christmas week; adults will receive 1/6d instead of 1/- and children 1/- instead of the usual 6d. Extra Christmas fare will be provided for the residents, but due to Food Control regulations they would have to do without the usual puddings.

Farleigh’s Stores have received a “very choice” parcel of Government flour, priced at 1/4d for a 7lb bag. They also advertise tinned salmon, which at 1/2d a tin is equal in nutrition to 2/6d worth of meat. The retail price of butter is fixed at 2/4d (weight not specified) and sugar is still strictly rationed.

At Lavington Chapel’s Sale of Work, War Ration Tea will be served at 6d each. The opening ceremony will be performed by the Mayor, Councillor A R Adams.

In other news, Mr Kelly, headmaster of Langtree School, would like to set up a library and appeals for books suitable for juvenile reading. Gifts to the various local hospitals in December include some unusual items – a football, hot-water bottles, pillows with cases and brawn.

On the farming front, Army horses are now in the district and available for ploughing – the ground is very wet and tractors are struggling.

January begins with a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s new film “The Immigrant” at the Palace Cinema.

Bideford Municipal Science, Art and Technical College offers a wide range of courses for the new term including pottery, chemistry, magnetism and electricity. A class for embroidery will be opened if sufficient numbers join. Bideford Grammar School’s next term will begin on 10th January, with Edgehill following on the 15th. Mrs Frank Braund’s elocution classes recommence on 25th January at Friendship’s Hotel.

Stewart & Co. 52 & 56a Mill Street are holding a remnant sale over two days. Mr J Woolf of Barnstaple Street, who attends the Pannier Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays, advertises for 1,000 rabbits, any number of new laid eggs – and moleskins. We believe the moleskins were used inside shoes to prevent blisters and also by plumbers. (Does anyone know of other uses?)

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


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Buzz Byte – December.

This month I thought we would start with buying a new PC or Laptop – The Do’s & Don’ts.

1. Do have a clear idea of what you want the computer to do! I know this sounds silly but you’d be surprised how many people buying a new PC are still unsure what they are going to do with it! What programmes or software do you need the machine to run? Is it for business or pleasure? Are there other devices that need to be synced with it?

2. Do decide on a budget and try to stick to it.

3. Don’t just buy a computer based on price. The main differences between on-line retailers and local shops are price and service. A computer is a complicated piece of equipment, so be careful to not just buy the cheapest thing you find! Ask the question, is it such a good deal, what are the return/repair costs if it goes wrong and how long will I be without the machine? Does the company have a good track record for customer service? Did you get recommended by a friend or family member? If you have limited knowledge of computing then saving a few pounds buying on-line may come back to haunt you if they have little or no support! As with everything in life, you get what you pay for.

4. Don’t be baffled into buying things you don’t need! Some sales staff work on commission and will try and sell extras you may never use. If you don’t know what it does, just simply ask, and say no if you don’t want it. Don’t be baffled by computer jargon.

5. Don’t get caught out with illegal software. ALL computers bought (new or old) with Windows software require a license by law. This is normally a small rectangular sticker applied to the side of the PC, or on bottom of a laptop.

Nickie Joy.


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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – December.


Many people have asked me about the different smoked versions of Clovelly Herring that are so plentiful in December. Traditionally the herring would be smoked to eat through the winter months, so I have added a very simple recipe for ‘Kippercakes’ that can be made in a batch and use for quick delicious breakfast or supper.

Here are all the types of smoked herring we sell on our stall; more info on Appledore Sustainable Fish facebook.

Kippers – Split and cold smoked Clovelly herrings, either whole on the bone or boned.

Bloaters – Cold smoked whole fish: requires short cooking time.

Bucklings – Hot smoked Clovelly herring: whole fish smoked, ready to eat.

Cold smoked cured kipper fillets; Ready to slice thinly and ready to eat.

Red Herrings: smoked whole, and in the kiln for at least a week!  Combine into a fish dish.

The simplest way to cook our Clovelly kippers is to jug them in a modern way-

Remove the kippers from the packaging and place the kippers – boned or whole in the bottom of cooking pot with a close-fitting lid.

Pour boiling water over the fish until they are totally submerged and replace the lid, thus trapping the steam.

Leave to steep for 5-15 mins, depending on size, turning over if the kippers are large – most Clovelly kippers will only require 10 mins.

Remove from hot water and pour away this water in the drain outside – to stop the fish smell in the kitchen/house.

Dress the kippers with a knob of butter, a squeeze of lemon and freshly ground pepper.

Eat with brown bread-fresh or toasted and a squeeze of more lemon – Delicious!

Mackerel or Kipper Cakes.

Serves 4


455g kipper or smoked mackerel fillets, fresh or defrosted, skinned

Beaten egg. Worcestershire sauce. 170g fresh breadcrumbs, lemon.


Preheat grill.

Place fillets into a food processor or blender. Process or blend until finely flaked.

Stir in egg, dash Worcestershire sauce and breadcrumbs.

Divide mixture into 8 pieces and shaped into 5cm rounds. Chill for 10-15 minutes.

Cook under low grill for 8-10 minutes, turning once.

Garnish with lemon and serve with salad and tomato and onion relish.

Excellent breakfast dish ; recipe from ‘Seafood Kitchen’.


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Shipping notes No. 152 (October/ November).

Shipping at Bideford.

Oldenburg was due to sail from Bideford 14th November for drydocking at Sharpness, but it has been delayed due to faulty lock gates at Sharpness.

Shipping at Appledore.

The launch of the LE George Bernard Shaw is due to take place in the Spring of 2018.

Bristol Channel Observations.

11/10 at 19.00 cargo vessel Notos, 8,049 tons d.w, owners Sykron GMBH Co K.G Germany, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 11.53.

12/10 at 05.48 cruise ship Marco Polo, 22,080 gross tons, owners Cruise and Maritime Voyages UK, inward bound for Avonmouth (Although still dark all cruise ships have their deck lights on during the night and as she was the only passenger ship in the area was easy to identify via Marine Traffic AIS system). At 18.29 container vessel MSC Sophie, 43,600 tons, owners Navigio Co SA Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.16.

13/10 at 18.04 vehicle carrier Bosphorus Highway, 18,792 tons d.w, owners Kawasaki Kisen KK Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.12.

17/10 at 10.45 cargo vessel Arklow Bank, 8,565 tons d.w., owners Glenthorn Shipping Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 06.35. At 13.06 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kiasha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.31. At 13.24. container vessel Vega Philipp, 10,750 tons d.w., owners Vega Philipp Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 08.42. At 13.27 tanker Eken, 13,072 tons d.w., owners Turus Shipping Ltd Sweden. having sailed from Avonmouth at 07.31.

20/10 at 11.36 vehicle carrier Jasper Arrow, 12,105 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

25/10 at 16.14 cargo ship H & S Fairness. 2,980 tons d.w., owners Biesborch Shipping Netherlands. outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 10.21. At 17.42 vehicle carrier Leo Leader, 22,733 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.47.

26/10 at 08.30 tanker Oramalia, 6863 tons d.w., owners Malia Shipping B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 02.45.

27/10 at 07.50 bulk carrier Nimertis, 28,396 tons d.w., owners Iris Shipping and Trading Co Greece, inward bound for Newport. ( Seen again 4/11 having sailed from Newport at 05.46.) At 08.49 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

28/10 at 17.57 vehicle carrier Global Highway, 20,685 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

29/10 at 07.43 tanker Stolt Greenshank, 4,350 tons d.w., owners Stolt Tankers BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry. At 08.29 cargo vessel Swedica Hav, 2,276 tons d.w., owners Hav Ship Management AS Norway, outward bound from Birdport, having sailed at 01.04.

31/10 at 19.55 the cruise ship Marco Polo, 22,080 gross tons, owners Cruise and Maritime Voyages UK, inward bound for Avonmouth.

1/11 at 10.23 vehicle carrier Theben, 23,786 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

2/11 at 07.16 cargo vessel Wilson Dunkirk, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Wilson SA Norway, inward bound for Birdport. At the same time the tanker Ek Star, 13,780 tons d.w., owners Turus Shipping Ltd Sweden, inward bound for Avonmouth. ( Seen again 4/11 at 09.47, having sailed from Avonmouth at 04.41.

4/11 at 09.21 Jinsei Maru, 17,914 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 04.50. At 09.56 tanker Stolt Cormorant, 5,498 tons d.w, owners Stolt Tankers BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

6/11 at 07.31 cargo vessel Fri Kvam, 4,909 tons d.w., owners Fri Kvam AS Norway, inward bound for Newport. (Seen again outward bound 9th at 16.47, having sailed at 10.53.) At 07.55 hrs bulk carrier Kai Xuan, 51,599 tons d.w, owners Hai Kuo Shipping 1355 Ltd Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.26 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anja 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on 7/11 at 13.45, having sailed from Portbury at 11.28.) At.10.31 cargo vessel Scot Mariner, 3,300 tons d.w., owners Scotline UK, inward bound for Newport.

8/11 at 12.59 container ship MSC Sophie, 43,600 tons d.w., owners Sophie Naviera Co SA Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 08.36.

10/11 at 08.40 cargo vessel Voornedijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Voornedijk B.V. Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness.

Any readers travelling on the A39 between 6th and 10 November towards Bude may have seen the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth on her sea trials ; at the time of going to press I am not sure how long the Navy will keep her in the area, but she appeared to have gone 15th November. Quite a few pieces of the vessel were constructed at Appledore, including the bulbous bow.

Below are screenshots of her position at 11.44 9th November and her track prior to that time.

As this is the last shipping page of the year I would like to take the opportunity to wish all readers a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Norman. 01271 861183


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Bideford’s ‘prefabs’.

During the Second World War huge numbers of houses were destroyed by enemy action, and as early as 1944 Winston Churchill announced an EFM (Emergency Factory Made) housing programme. In 1945 the new prime minister Clement Atlee began implementing the scheme and within six years some one million new ‘prefabs’, as they came to be known, had been built – and I lived in one as a child.

In Bideford some fifty were built at Bowden Green and named the Grenville estate. The rapidly assembled, prefabricated houses were simple but perfectly acceptable constructions and, unusually for the time, were ‘all electric’ with luxurious touches like fridges being available. The first was opened in April 1946 by the Mayor W.H.Chubb, who was accompanied by councillors and some of the first tenants. All this was reported in the Gazette along with some photographs as shown here.

The buildings were only designed for a 10 year life span but residents grew to love them so much they didn’t want to leave and it wasn’t until July 1964 that the town council decided to demolish them. This move immediately led to protests from the prefab dwellers – as shown in the attached cutting from the Gazette.

The tenants lost the battle, however, and their houses were removed and replaced by 3-storey blocks of flats – which in their time have now been demolished and replaced by new accommodation! Nothing ever stands still, but one has to wonder if the concept of ‘prefabs’ should be revisited to help tackle the nation’s current housing shortage?

Peter Christie.


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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – November.

Here is a Devon version of ‘Stargazey pasties’ made with Clovelly herrings.

Devonshire Stargazey Pasty.


450g puff pastry.

225g potato (cubed).

4/6 Herrings – filleted and sliced.

rashers of bacon.

1 onion.

50g butter .

1 tbsp. chives – chopped.

1 tbsp. parsley, chopped.

275g clotted cream.

Milk or egg for glazing.


Boil the potatoes for about 15mins.

Grill the bacon until the edges start browning, also slice and fry the onions in light oil until they are softened.

Chop up the cooked bacon and add to a bowl with the cooked diced potato, sliced herring fillets, chopped herbs and the softened onions and mix together.

On a floured surface roll out the puff pastry thinly and then cut rounds out to fit size 7inch/18cm side plates.

Fill the centre of each round with mixture on one half (be careful not to overfill). Add a spoonful of clotted cream on top.

Dampen the edges of the pasty with milk, fold and crimp the edges together carefully so that everything is sealed in.

Glaze with beaten egg and milk mixed, or just milk, and place on a non- stick baking tray.

Bake in the oven at 180C /gas mark 4 for 30 mins. until pastry is a golden brown.

Serve with seasonal vegetables or salad or take out with you on a walk or picnic.

Delicious with tomato chutney!


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