One hundred years ago – October 1914.

War News.

One hundred and twenty recruits from Bideford have joined the 6th Devon Territorials since the outbreak of war. Those leaving recently include H Woodyatt, E Taylor, R Stoneman, E W Kelway, E Bray, H J Harding, E Symons and J and W Woodland.

Steps have been taken to furnish Bath House,* Bideford, for the reception of twenty five Belgian refugees. Weekly fund raising concerts are being held, at which patriotic songs are to be sung. One such concert given by the West Buckland School Nursery Boarders raised 10s 6d.

Other news.

Councillor S R Chope has been nominated for a further term as Mayor.

A cart belonging to Mr Baglow of Old Town was upset due to the horse shying. The accident happened near The Downes, Alverdiscott Road, the home of Rev. C H G Vivian JP. Fortunately Mr Vivian’s daughters have received practical Red Cross training. After first aid had been administered, Mr Vivian took the injured to Bideford Hospital in his motor car. All are expected to make a good recovery.

(From Bideford Archives, Windmill Lane, Northam)

*Bath House.

Can anyone confirm the location of Bath House, Bideford?

We know there were hot and cold seawater baths somewhere in the library/Tantons location but can’t pin it down exactly. If you can help please let Buzz know. Thanks.

Bideford Archives.


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‘A Little Port’.

As promised in last month’s Buzz here is the poem about Appledore written by George Douglas Warden (father of Audrey Jones of Bideford) , who was wounded and lost his sight in World War One.

(Contributed by Audrey’s daughter-in-law, Eleanor Jones).

‘A little port’.

In Appledore, the cobbled floor

of many a steep and narrow way

seems ready to leap across the quay

over the bar and out to sea,

dancing away with a thousand years

of Devon lore from Appledore.

Like a wandering child by love beguiled

a coaster hugs the maternal quay

her lullaby the sound afar of the lone low beat

of the harbour bar.

So old, this place that time it seems

is kept in store at Appledore.

Within a maze of weathered stays

of stocks and struts and stilted beams

a toy ship waits in a toy dry dock

for her overhaul and painted frock

they’re ‘broidering “Laura” on her breast

say the crew ashore in Appledore.

Old men tell tales of winter gales

clattering boots on cobbled ways

of daunting wave and doleful bell

when they launched the lifeboat into hell

of widows mourning measured by

the weeds they wore in Appledore.

But lazy days in summer haze

and idling on the quiet quay

put thought’s winter far behind

like migrant swallows outward bound.

So on this splendid tragedy, I’ll swell no more

in Appledore.


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Shipping news No. 116 (August/ September 2014).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Helas – built 2001 (ex- Oostersingel, 2005) : flag Limassol, Cyprus : owners German : from Glensanda to Birdport : crew Russian & Ukrainian : arrived 14/9, sailed 15/9 : loaded 3,100 tons chippings.


No cargoes at Bideford since last edition.

Welsh Piper, 28.8.14.

Arco Dart at Appledore – 25.8.14, 9.9.14, 12.9.14, 13.9.14.

Oldenburg continues her sailings to Lundy until the end of October when she will be drydocked.

Saturday 23rd August at approx 16.45, the return to Bideford of the sailing vessel Kathleen and May. Large crowds were at Victoria Park, on the Quay and East of the Water to greet her back to the port she graced for so long. She had been at Gloucester undertaking film work ; upon departure she was returning to her new port of Canning Dock Liverpool. She looks in excellent condition and is being looked after in her new port. She finally sailed on Saturday 30.8.14 .

Information received from Capt. Hoad, Bideford Harbour master, that the second vessel for the Irish Navy the LE James Joyce is due to leave the building shed on the 23rd November. (High water is at 18.15).

Bristol Channel Observations

18.8.14 at 16.28 cargo vessel Telamon, 3,664 tons d.w, owners Gerhard Wessel Germany, inward bound for Cardiff.

19.8.14 at 16.30 vehicle carrier Valiant Ace, 59,622 tons d.w, owners Mitsui OSL Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

20.8.14 at 08.30 cargo vessel Kaja, 4,210 tons d.w, owners Kaja OU Estonia, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 01.46 . At 18.25 container vessel Marajama, 18,323 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Portbury . At 18.25 cargo vessel Aasheim, 5,826 tons d.w, owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway,outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 14.12.

22.8.14 at 2000 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 14.58. At 20.33 bulk carrier Anna Marie, 81,404 tons d.w., owners Aegean Bulk of Greece, inward bound for Port Talbot.

26.8.14 at 09.05 cargo vessel Eva Maria Muller, 3,723 tons d.w, owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

28.8.14 at 12.30 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w, owners Aggregate Industries U.K. Ltd United Kingdom, inward bound for Portbury. (Also seen 31.8.14 at 15.07 outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 07.59). At 14.30 project cargo vessel Abis Bremen 3948 tons d.w, owners Abis Shipping Co BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

30.8.14 at 08.50 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 01.49. At 15.07 container ship Endeavour 9168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

31.8.14 at 07.37 bulk carrier Prabhu Sumat, 81,137 tons d.w, owners Tulani Shipping Co Ltd India inward bound for Portbury. At 14.57 vehicle carrier Viking Chance 10,834 tons d.w owners Gram Car Carriers AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

1.9.14 at 16.43 container vessel MSC Eyra, 21,370 tons d.w, owners Eyra Naviera S.A Hong Kong China, (on Charter to Mediterranean Shipping Co Switzerland, ) inward bound for Portbury.

5.9.14 at 19.58 cargo vessel Eva Maria Muller, 3,723 tons d.w., owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

7.9.14 at 11.40 cargo vessel Helen Anna, 3,650 tons d.w, owners Helen Ann Schiffahrts GMBH Germany and cargo vessel Fri Stream 3270 tons d.w, owners Rederij C Kornet & Zonen B.V. Netherlands ; both vessels inward bound for Newport. At 17.17 cargo vessel Rider, 4,634 tons d.w., owners Emsrider Scheepvaart CV Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

8.9.14 at 11.49 cargo vessel Fehn Cartagena, 1,550 tons dw, owners Fehn Bereederubgs GMBH & Co Germany, inward bound for Cardiff. In the late afternoon and evening the channel was very busy with warships outward bound from Cardiff after the NATO meeting which was held at Newport. Unable to identify them (warships do not have an AIS transmitter on board.) With the help of Clydemaritime website the destroyer which passed Lundy at approx 18.50 hrs was the French vessel La Motte Piquet.

10.9.14 at 07.55 vehicle carrier Grande Portogallo, 12,594 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At the same time the Fisheries research vessel Cefas Endeavour 650 tons d.w, owners unknown, was also in Bideford Bay.

11.9.14 at 11.46 chemical tanker Stolt Petrel, 4,761tons d.w, owners Stolt Tankers BV Netherlands Rotterdam, outward bound from Barry, having sailed at 07.36.

13.9.14 at 16.16 container ship Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. slightly later than her usual Saturday schedule, passing Lundy. Also anchored in Bideford Bay late in the afternoon the Buoy Tender vessel Patricia 990 tons d.w, owners Trinity House, Harwich; still there 14th.

14.9.14 at 11.00 cargo vessel Chopin, 5,697 tons d.w, owners Strahlmann E Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.



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October diary.

Tuesday 21st

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

3pm ‘ReflectionsGrief & Loss Group at St Mary’s Church. 475765

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462

7.45pm Bideford AFC v Cirencester Town.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 22nd

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

7pm Bideford Sustainability Group Fish Buffet & discussion at Happy Café, Westward Ho!.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room

01271 860061

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris rehearses at Baptist Church Hall. 473798

Thursday 23rd

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. Sharon Snell, ‘Braddick Family History Pt 3’.

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

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

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

Friday 24th

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632

Saturday 25th

Start of Wicked Week in Bideford.

Northern Devon Foodbank collection at Asda.

9am-6pm Food & Craft Fair at Atlantic Village.

11.00am – 1.00pm Nearly New Sale, Kingsley School in aid of ND Hospice.

2.30-4.30pm Apple Juicing at St Mary’s School, Bideford. Bring own apples & containers.

3pm Bideford AFC v Hitchin Town.

7.30pm Concert by ‘Encore’ at Lavington UR Church. 700621

7.30pm Autumn Charity Dance at Woolsery Community Centre.

Sunday 26th

10am-4pm Hartland Arts & Crafts at Hartland Parish Hall (until 29th).

10.30am-4.30pm Food & Craft Fair at Atlantic Village.

Monday 27th

1.30pm Westward Ho! Arts Club, W Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 478223

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities. 475051

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Primary School. 420652

8.30pm North Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore. Peter King/Craig Milverton Trio. 421065

Tuesday 28th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

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

7.30pm Northam Choral Society rehearses at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford Camera Club at The Stables, Kingsley School. 479462

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 29th

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

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. 07817 976053

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library.

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

7.30pmTwo Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room 01271 860061

Thursday 30th

10.15am Northam Men’s Forum, Northam Methodist Church Hall. Andrew Butler (NFU) – ‘Food Security’.

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

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

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

Friday 31st

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

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

8pm Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall. 476632


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Bideford Sustainability Group – events, newsletter.

Wednesday 22nd October 7.00-9.00pm The Winter Sustainable Fish Buffet and discussion  to be held at the Happy cafe Westward Ho! BYO and Apple Juice  welcome  from 6.30pm  Cost £5.00 pay on the door but please register with Petroc College as numbers are limited approx 15 places available.

Saturday 25th October, Apple Juicing at St Mary’s School, Chanters Road, Bideford, EX39 2QN, 2.30 – 4.30 pm, (last pressing 4.20 pm). Bring your own apples & containers.

Read/ download BSG Newsletter here.


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Future health services : public meetings.

Proposals for the future of community health services in North Devon and Torridge

People from North Devon and Torridge are being invited to hear proposals for the future of community health services.

North Devon’s doctors and healthcare managers will be on hand to talk about what they heard during a series of engagement events over the past 12 months with local people and organisations.

The Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) published its commissioning intentions for community services in Devon on 17 September.

These include the proposals for community hospitals, health and social care hubs, urgent care services in the community, stroke services, physiotherapy, community nursing, chiropody, leg ulcer clubs and more.

The CCG plans to involve and engage with local people and organisations from this date.

In North Devon and Torridge three different types of public meetings are being held:

Three meetings to share the ideas around care closer to home for the public and gain their feedback.

Seven meetings to ensure a two-way dialogue between the CCG and the public to analyse the options in the commissioning intentions document. These meetings will be held in seven towns across North Devon and Torridge.

Three meetings to share extensive feedback with the public.

The health and wellbeing scrutiny committees in Devon and Plymouth will also be kept up to date throughout to ensure the process for involving local people in these important proposals is fully scrutinised. This includes opportunities for each of the committees to examine the proposals.

At the events people will also have an opportunity to discuss and comment on the proposals.

More details will be available in the coming week on the NEW Devon CCG website’s community services page:


North Devon and Torridge events

Dialogue and options with the public

Thursday 23 October 2014, 10am – 1pm, Barnstaple Hotel, Braunton Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1LE.

Friday 7 November 2014, 6pm – 9pm, Ilfracombe Academy, Worth Road, Ilfracombe, EX34 9JB.

Thursday 13 November 2014, 1pm – 4pm, Assembly Rooms, East Street, South Molton, EX36 3BU.

Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6pm – 9pm, The Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore Street, Torrington, EX38 8HQ.

Gathering feedback

Thursday 27 November 2014, 6pm – 9pm, Holsworthy Memorial Hall, EX22 6DJ.

Thursday 4 December 2014, 6pm – 9pm, Ilfracombe Academy, Worth Road, Ilfracombe, EX34 9JB.

Wednesday 10 December 2014, 6pm – 9pm, Barnstaple Hotel, Braunton Road, Barnstaple, EX31 1LE.

For more information or to register for one of the above events, contact Makylla Isaac on or 01769 575 143.


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Buzz Word – September.

Send us your Buzzes…. Write to or to the address on front page.

Wartime Fire Service.

Firemen from North Devon, who crewed the Watermouth Bay “PLUTO” (Pipeline Under the Ocean) receiving terminal. This was part of the training for ‘D-day’; the pipeline ran across the Bristol Channel from Cardiff. (Provisionally dated early 1943).

This photo was supplied by Mr. Coates, and was in response to last month’s front page article from Appledore Maritime Museum about their current exhibit – ‘Top Secret experimental work’.

A fireboat in Bideford Harbour in WW2. (From the North Devon Museum Trust Archives) Loaned by Appledore Maritime Museum.


By popular demand, the theatrical singing group, Encore! will be returning to Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho! on Saturday 13th September 2014

at 7pm. Hot foot from a successful concert in London and performing before an audience of 1,000 people in the Pannier Market in South Molton, Encore! will be singing a new programme of songs for the audience at Holy Trinity Church. Their combination of four part singing, duets and solos of well loved songs from shows old and new is becoming well known throughout the area for its high quality and entertaining appeal.

Chudleigh Fort.

On a recent visit to Chudleigh Fort I was happy to see that the cannons have been re-instated. As far as I know they were last fired in August 1855, as the new ship the Sarah Newman made her way down the river Torridge. The spectators were numbered in their thousands. She was 1,220 tons in weight, length 236 ft, breadth 35ft depth 21ft and could carry 1,800 tons of cargo.The ship was built by Geo. Cox.

Derek Barnes

Singing for Parkinson’s.

You may have read in recent times of how singing can be of great benefit to Parkinsonians in overcoming some of the problems we have.

These might include problems with your speech- perhaps your voice has become quieter, have difficulty in holding conversations, getting fed up with people saying “Pardon”, shortness of breath, leaving other people to answer the phone, feeling a bit left out socially because of communications problems?

Poor speech can also lead to loss of confidence, and lack of self-esteem.

Parkinson’s Singing groups are now being set up nationwide.

Recently a few of us have been meeting regularly to sing shanties and other unaccompanied songs. The result has been marvellous. You might have seen us singing at a couple of our events and you can see how much we enjoy it.

Not only do we have enormous fun, and enjoy our singing but the benefits are clear – clearer stronger voices, and a real lift.

Research has suggested the benefits of singing in a group and our experience has confirmed it!

We would now like to open it up to everyone, both Parkinsonians and spouses, carers, etc. in a relaxed friendly atmosphere.

You won’t be asked to sing solos, nor perform in public, just join in and enjoy yourself.

There will be no charge but you might want to make a small donation towards refreshments.

What’s that – you can’t sing? We’ll soon prove you wrong!

It would be handy to know how many people are coming so we have enough sheets, but there’s nothing to stop you from just popping in. We start on 4th September. Church hall, Appledore.every Thursday afternoon1.30 to 3.30 pm except for the fourth Thursday of the month. The Church hall overlooks the main “pay and display” car park in Appledore. level access available.

Further details from Ian on Bideford 475449 or Jackie on 471216


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Felicity’s fish cookery – September.

September brings the chill of autumn and plenty of apples. It also means the end of the summer mackerel –we have not seen many mackerel this summer. The north coast summer mackerel is often smaller than the Cornish Mackerel caught in the winter.

The August demonstration at “Fabulous Thursday Fish” held in Appledore showed over 30 people how to prepare a cooked crab. A FREE“ Fabulous Wednesday Fish” session will be held at the St Mary’s Church hall, Appledore on Wednesday 24nd September from 2.00pm. We will demonstrate preserving fish, especially soused mackerel, and other recipes with fish, apples and other autumn fruits. (This is being held on Weds. in September due to the hall being pre- booked on the Thursday) . We hope to continue this interesting combination of Fish Demonstration, Childrens’ Workshops and Lunches with fish themed local arts and crafts with changing guest exhibitors on each month until Christmas. So please come along.

Here is one of my favourite dishes for Mackerel and Apples.

Baked Mackerel with Caramelised Apple and Cider Sauce

Ingredients for 2. (603 cals. with potatoes, under 500cals without).

2x Mackerel fillets 170gms (6oz), 30gms(10oz) butter, 150gms dry cider, 1 dessert apple thinly sliced, 2 sprigs of thyme, 1x15ml(1tbsp Crème fraiche), Mangetout to serve.

Pre heat Oven 180 C/Gas Mark 4

1.Place the Fillets into a shallow casserole dish.

2.Combine the melted butter 2/3 cider and the sliced apples and pour over the fish

3.Arrange 1/3 apple slices on the top and sprinkle with thyme.

4.Bake for 20-25 mins. until the apples caramelise.

5.Heat the remaining cider in a small pan, simmer for 2-3mins.until syrupy and whisk in the crème fraiche. Add a little to the dish

6.Serve remaining sauce with the fish, mangetout and potatoes.

Felicity Sylvester- 07918 779 060


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September’s Youth page.

I do like to be beside the seaside; I really do…

Once the school holidays descended for everyone – after ages of hurried clock-watching by discombobulated students and teachers alike – around about six weeks of relaxation could finally ensue.

Think of all the box sets, trips to the park and sandcastles you might’ve ploughed through in the first few days of freedom ; in fact, with the pleasant weather we’ve been enjoying of late ( optimistically speaking; by the time this issue of Buzz comes to press, we may have had two weeks of snow, but right now with the scalding pavements and blazing sun, it seems unlikely that would settle) the box set may even have been sidelined in favour of another trip to the beach.

However, come week four or five, when Westward Ho! has been pillaged for the ninth consecutive day, you know the ins and outs of the go-kart track and can recognise each individual pebble on the ridge by sight alone; a lot of people begin to pine for the unexplored coastlines of California, Malibu, or just jolly old Skegness – after all, it’s a change of scenery.

It’s incredibly easy, though, when growing up in a place as traditionally idyllic as Bideford, with the rolls of hill, marauding seagulls and surrounding sea-side, to forget just how sought after your space is. It has to be said, the majority of Britain is settled inland, a vast swathe of which is concrete city, with neither a sniff of grass nor sea to be smelt for miles around.

Many people save up all year round ,then, to visit places like Bideford and Devon for their summer breaks – eager to see the sea and river-side delights. An overheard conversation voicing the need to ensure it really was the ocean they looked at, and not just a large, sandy lake. Although this conspiracy would require pretty much every local to be in on it, it’s not surprising such worries abound, when the seaside is a place as craved and anticipated as it is . In the end when you think about it, there’s an awful lot to look forward to; arcades, promenades, Hockings ice cream, not to mention the sheer joy of the ocean itself. Meanwhile, closer to home, there’s a whole world to find off the beaten track, be it a very well hidden boutique ( the extra effort required to find it, helps ward off mere browsers…) a quiet coffee shop, or the serene, leaf-laced woods up yonder.

In fact, there’s a startling amount to find and do when you’re not frequenting all your usual haunts, and it’s with a fresh pair of eyes that people visit from far afield, no particular bias where they go, so long as it looks interesting. Perhaps there is something to be said for another trip to the beach then, before we all get rounded back up for school….

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.


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North Devon Archaeological Society.

Ever watched the Time Team and felt inspired? Interested in local history but want to delve into a past where documents are of little help? Keen to keep your brain and body active?

For more than fifty years North Devon Archaeological Society (NDAS) has been providing opportunities for its members to get involved and to learn more about the rich heritage of this area.

Members of NDAS are well placed to be involved in cutting-edge archaeological exploration, alongside both research and rescue organisations.  Under the supervision of professional archaeologist Chris Preece the Society is also running its own seasonal dig at a clay pipe kiln site in Torridge which has produced large quantities of finds. Members have taken part in all aspects of practical archaeology including geophysical surveys, excavation, field walking, pot washing etc.

We are also working with Exmoor National Park, Leicester University and Parracombe History and Archaeological Society on the Longstone Landscapes project, a two year programme of recording the Bronze Age Landscape around Chapman Barrows where training opportunities have included flint identification and field survey techniques. Members are now equipped to survey and complete field drawings of the burial mounds and carry out systematic searches for evidence of flint knapping. They have also recorded much of the deserted farm at Radworthy near Challacombe.

If your interest is more of an armchair archaeologist then our Winter Lecture programme is interesting and varied, attracting prestigious speakers on subjects as diverse as Bronze Age pottery and North Devon’s preparations for D-Day.

NDAS welcomes all new members, regardless of whether they have any previous knowledge of archaeology. Find out more on our website

Linda Blanchard , Chairman.


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One hundred years ago – September 1914.

from Bideford Community Archives, Windmill Lane Northam, tel 01237-471714

The first local casualty of the War . Captain T.S. Wickham, DSO, of the 2nd Manchester Regiment, who was the youngest son of T. T. Wickham JP and former mayor of Bideford, is one of the first deaths of the First World War to be reported in the 1st September 1914 edition of the Bideford Gazette. The circumstances and the whereabouts of his death were unknown at that time.

There were public Meetings across North Devon to raise money for the Devon Patriotic Fund and to encourage men to volunteer for military service. The first was held at Clovelly Court at the end of August and a considerable sum of money was pledged. Bideford held its mass meeting in the Market Hall which was “packed with every class and section of the community”.

The Devonshire Patriotic Fund was swelled by £715:2:3d. this week from collections across the area and, as a result of a benefit night sponsored by Hancock’s Steam Circus, £3:4:10d was added to the fund.

Owners of homing pigeons have been advised by Bideford Police to keep their birds in as they run a great risk of being shot by military authorities. Several have already been killed, but the newspaper gives no indication why.

Pte Jones and Pte Kelly and other recruits who have joined Kitchener’s Army from Bideford & North Devon districts have written interesting letters home about their experiences in Exeter and Aldershot. They claim to be “well cared for and are having a good time”.

The Board of Trade confirm an Order made by the Light Railway Commissioners for North Devon & Cornwall Junction Light Railway, Order No. 191, authorising the construction of a light railway from Torrington to Halwill, including the reconstruction of part of the mineral line known as the Torrington & Marland Railway.


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Shipping news No. 115 (July/ August 2014).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Anna Dorte - built 2011 ; flag Rotterdam, Netherlands ; owners Dutch ; from Wicklow to Lubeck ; crew Russian, Ukrainian, & Philippino ; arrived 7/8, sailed 8/8 ; loaded 2,000 tons timber.

In port – Bideford.

Countess Anna - (ex- Wiebeke K, 2005) ; built 1994 ; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda ; owners German ; from Swansea to Castellon ; crew Russian ; arrived 10/8, sailed 12/8 ; loaded 2,500 tons ball clay.

Arco Dart has been away from the Bristol Channel working on the South Coast ; no sightings at Appledore.

Oldenburg continues sailing from Bideford and Ilfracombe.

Bristol Channel Observations.

21.7.14 at 11.25 cargo vessel Kaili, 4,512 tons d.w, owners Klip Marine Ship Management Ltd Estonia, inward bound for Sharpness. At 16.38 cargo vessel Scot Ranger, 3,419 tons d.w, owners Scotline Ltd UK, inward bound for Newport.

22.7.14 at 19.20 Cargo vessel Hendrik S., 3,200 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Newport.

26.7.14 at 18.08 bulk carrier Koutalianos, 92,710 tons d.w., owners Ediola Shipping Ltd, Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

27.7.14 at 12.30 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth . At 17.30 cargo vessel Jolyn, 3,568 tons d.w, owners Wagenborg Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness

28.7.14 at 11.16 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli 14565 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

29.7.14 at 08.55 two cargo vessels seen ; the first one was the Eva Maria Muller, 3,722 tons d.w., owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness : and the cargo vessel Valentin Pikul, 2,917 tons d.w., owners North Western Shipping Joint Stock Co Russia , inward bound for Cardiff.

30.7.14 at 17.10 chemical tanker Endelo Swan, 4,972 tons d.w., owners Endelo Swan APS Denmark, inward bound for Avonmouth with a cargo of UAN.

31.7.14 at 08.07 cargo vessel Lady Anna, 3,700 tons d.w., owners Wijnne & Barends Cargodoors Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport.

3.8.14 at 14.16 cargo vessel Smaragd, 3,195 tons d.w., owners De Bock Maritiem BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport . At 15.47 vehicle carrier Autopride, 4,492 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

7.8.14 at 07.58 cargo vessel Ocean Sachel, 5,443 tons d.w, owners unknown, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 15.16 6.8.14

8.8.14 at 13.00 bulk carrier Navios Sagittarus, 75,756 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 19.46 cable ship Resolute, 10,277 tons d.w, owners Tyco Resolute Inc Spain, inward bound for Avonmouth.

9.8.14 at 11.33 container ship Endeavour, 9,168 tons dw., owners J.R. Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

12.8.14 at 16.33 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 11.37. At 18.15 bulk carrier Guo Tou, 93,738 tons d.w., owners unknown, inward bound for Portbury.

13.8.14 at 09.34 cargo vessel Sea Kestrel, 2,252 tons d.w, owners Torbulk Ltd England, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 23. 00 12.8.14



Ernest Shackleton lecture, 23rd September.

I am giving an illustrated lecture on Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition  at the Plough Arts Centre in Great Torrington on 23rd September.

The lecture is about one of the great stories of the sea and I am sure would be of interest to some of your subscribers. On an expedition to Antarctica in 1914, Shackleton’s ship the “Endurance” was trapped and crushed in the pack ice. After surviving for five months on the ice, Shackleton’s men rowed to Elephant Island- from there Shackleton sailed for help in an open lifeboat to south Georgia almost 800 miles away – over 3 months later he returned to rescue the crew marooned on Elephant Island. The expedition photographer, Frank Hurley, captured the story with his camera. It is a remarkable story with equally remarkable pictures.

Mark Cottle.


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Registered childminder – Bideford.


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The North Devon Maritime Museum is for everyone.

Come and discover for yourself The North Devon Maritime Museum in Odun Road, Appledore this summer!

This museum has been delighting its visitors for forty years and yet many local people have yet to sample its well displayed exhibitions. Those who do are often surprised and pleased to find that our local distinctiveness is so well preserved. In the words of one visitor ‘You don’t have to be a boat addict to appreciate it!’

Opening times are from 10:30am to 4:30pm. The museum closes at 5:00pm so come early to give yourselves at least one hour to look around.This year it is open every day from April until the end of October.

Parties are most welcome by appointment at any time.

Over the past two years the museum has even opened for a week between Christmas and New Year.

Exhibits are regularly up-dated and we aim to add one each year. This year photos from the archive have been displayed to show the Instow to Appledore ferry in operation going back to the beginning of the last century, and also photographs of the timber trade in the 19th and 20th centuries.

One of our most popular current exhibits illustrates the ‘Top Secret’ experimental work which was carried out on our coast and estuary during the build-up to the D Day invasion of Europe in 1944.   This includes film and photographs of these experiments which involved the first British frogmen, ‘PLUTO’ (pipeline under the ocean) and all types of strange equipment which was needed to get tanks and other vehicles through the ‘water-gap’ between the ships and the shore.

Amphibious Jeeps being tested in River Torridge off Limers Lane, Northam. The large shed is a boatyard where the Boon Brothers were building all types of lifeboats and harbour craft. The double decker bus was their canteen (World War 2 1944)

The museum is run by a dedicated team of local historians, artists, researchers, archivists and all-round enthusiasts to create the much appreciated and award-winning display.

Over 50 volunteers give up their spare time to keep this museum, which depicts all aspects of our local maritime history, open for visitors of all ages.

Museum staff are constantly gleaning new information for its collections. One recent visitor told of his time in Westward Ho! during World War 2 as an army frogman based at Top Camp on Cornborough Road. He had no knowledge of the existence of the naval frogmen in Appledore!

Every year as a result of continuing research a magazine is published with articles written by local enthusiasts with details of information gleaned, new artefacts collected and reports on the development of the museum. A ‘Friends of the Museum’ group receives a copy and have free visits.

The museum’s archives continue to grow as people come and tell us the stories of their lives or local happenings which they have witnessed.


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Buzz Word – August.

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Shebberton Race Course.

Over the last few issues of Buzz attention has been drawn to the Bideford Races at Shebberton Race Course in yesteryear.

Whilst researching the history of Wickham Wine merchants Business (established in Bideford in 1817) amongst the artefacts I came across were

two booklets.

One booklet is the rules of Shebbberton Race Club dated 1922 and the other is the Official Race Card of the Summer meeting of 1925. From this you will see that WDK Wickham held the position of Clerk of the Scales.

Basil Pidgeon BEM

A Best-kept Secret.

In the UK there are over 500,000 people suffering from loss of central vision. A further 70,000 cases are diagnosed each year.

This is a health supertanker that is gathering speed.

The condition is Macular Degeneration and affects mainly people over 60 years of age

Some with Macular Degeneration may also experience hallucinations where they believe they are ‘seeing things’. No they are not going balmy, this is a condition known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome where, in simple terms the brain invents images due to the shortfall in normal vision.

Find out more

The Macular Society provides help and support to sufferers, their families and carers and In Bideford the local Macular Support group is staging a Macular Sight Loss Open Day on 2nd Aug 2014 at Lavington Church, Bridgeland St, Bideford 10.30am to 2.30pm. Free admission and refreshments. All welcome.

Tom McInulty is one of the Macular Society’s Group Support and Development Mangers. He says:

This event is an opportunity to meet other local people affected by macular degeneration and to get information. We’re hoping this event will help us to raise awareness of macular conditions, as well as enabling people to ask questions on living with central vision loss.”

Alan Strawson

Group Leader – Bideford & Torridge Macular support group

01237 474128

Wellbeing and Discussion group in Northam.

Not everyone wants to join the U3A groups, excellent though they are. Not everyone has family to fill their lives. Not everyone is fit and active. That’s all the negatives out of the way, now for some positive suggestions; everyone has an opinion on something, many have a story to tell, some perhaps would simply enjoy meeting up and listening to others. Listening properly is a skill..and a gift…as when we take time to really listen to others we are taken out of our own lives and become open to the ideas of others.

I am offering a monthly conversation group for mutual support, mind expansion.. and fun! There will be no gossip, and no hidden agenda. It will be limited to five people plus myself, and you will need to telephone to book, (on a first come basis). The first meeting will be at 54 Daneshay, on Friday 26th September 2014, topic: “Friendship”. The next venue and topic will be up to you! Contact Marianne Richards 01237 479721

From Web Page

Home Guard Photo.

I was surprised and pleased to see this photo in the Bideford Buzz.    My late father in law is in this photo and I did not realise he had been in the Home Guard. Thank you. Karen.

A thank you letter.

It is widely recognised that having a good old moan is a British pastime. I work in retail and see hundreds of people a week, therefore I can moan about a wide range of issues. Sometimes its obvious things like the weather (too hot, too cold, too wet, too windy, too weathery) or rubbish music on the radio (all sounds the same, incomprehensible lyrics, not as good as music in the 80’s, 70’s 60’s – delete as applicable); occasionally I find myself deep in a discussion about the size of chocolate bars (much smaller these days) or pack sizes of crisps (too big, share packs? no one shares a share pack, no wonder there’s an obesity crisis). As you can clearly tell I am fully functioning moaner.

I would like to take a break from moaning to say a huge thank you. Thank you Bideford. Yes you heard me, Bideford. I was born in this pretty town and have lived here for 43 years. In September I start at Bath University and was issued with a reading list containing 22 books. On the advice of my partner I applied to The Bridge Trust for a grant towards these books and was awarded an amount that covered nearly all of them. What an incredible gift. To go to University at my age is a little bit scary and at times feels overwhelming. Receiving this amazing grant makes me feel like I carry the support of my town with me towards my future. So thank you Bridge Trust, having my books in plenty of time will help me to be better prepared for what lies ahead. I will miss my town while I’m away. It goes without saying that a huge part of that is because my family and friends are here as well as my wonderful man, but I will miss the people of Bideford too. So please wish me luck and feel free to tell me if I become an unbearable know it all, well more than I am already! To my beloved Bideford with love. Tracey Branch.

Mary Cliff

Following on from Mary’s letter in May Buzz Anthony writes:-

I passed the details on to my cousin John Skinner. Although he has not lived in Bideford since about 1947 he is always keen for information about the little white town.

I have sent many photos of the town as it is today which were of great interest to him.

We are so pleased that you may be helpful in recreating this very old friendship.

Anthony Sanders.


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