September diary.

Tuesday 1st

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

10.30am-5.30pm Tales of the Riverbank – Art Workshop www.bbcdevon.org

11.45am-12.45pm Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

2pm Bideford WI, New Sea Cadet Bldg.

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 Sustainability Group at Blacksmiths Arms.

7.30pm Bideford Keyboard & Organ Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 2nd

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, Westward Ho!

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

10.30am Parkinson’s UK meets at Ethelwynne Brown Close. 478128

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.

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

2pm Bideford Library Readers’ Group. 476075

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

Thursday 3rd

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Chubb Churchill Centre, E-T-W.

2-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) bus at Pill Car Park. 01271 373236

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 4th

2-4pm Sew Together at Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 01805 622666.

7pm Bideford & District Community Archives ‘General Knowledge Quiz’ at Northam Hall. Teams of 6. 07980944146.

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

Saturday 5th

9am Bideford Regatta.

9am-2pm Farmers’ Country Market at Atlantic Village.

7pm Film Club at Littleham Village Hall. 471928

7pm ‘Encore’, theatrical singing group, Concert at Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho!

Sunday 6th

10am-1pm Hartland Farmers’ Market.

10am-5pm Lobster & Crab Feast at Clovelly Harbour. 431781

2-6pm Open Garden at Hole Farm, Woolsery, in aid of NGS charities.

Monday 7th

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

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

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

8pm N. Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore – Steve Waterman/Neil Burns Quartet.

Tuesday 8th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pm Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

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 rehearse at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Bideford & District Gardeners Club at Bideford Methodist Hall.475914

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 9th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

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

2pm Tea with Friends at St Mary’s Church.

2.30-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) at Northam Community Centre.

4-6pm Sew Together at Northam Library.

7-9pm Tales of the Riverbank – English Civil War www.bbcdevon.org

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

Thursday 10th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Chubb Churchill Centre, E-T-W.

2-3pm Seated Exercise for over 60s at W Ho! Baptist Hall. 01805 622666

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

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

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

Friday 11th

10am-12pm Craft’n’Chat at The Old Schoolroom, Kingsley Hall, W Ho!

7.30pm Abbotsham WI meets at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

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

8pm Dambuskers Concert +Bideford Pipe Band at Pollyfield Centre. 422477

Saturday 12th

8am Registration for RNLI Station to Station walk. 07989 747163

9am-2pm Bideford Farmers’ Market on the Quay.

10am-5pm Tales of the Riverbank – Art Workshop www.bbcdevon.org

6pm Bideford Carnival followed by Massed Pipes & Drums on the Quay.

6.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Concert at St John’s Church, Instow.

Sunday 13th

11am Massed Pipes & Drums in Victoria Park.

Monday 14th

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

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

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Bideford Stamp Club at Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 472101

Tuesday 15th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11am-4pm Appledore Food & Craft Market at St Mary’s Hall. 422808

11.45am-12.45pm Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

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 rehearse at Northam Methodist Hall.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 16th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

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. 07817-976053

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

7.30pm Auditions for ‘Encore’ at Lavington UR Church. 429798

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

Thursday 17th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Chubb Churchill Centre, E-T-W.

2-3pm Seated Exercise for over 60s at W Ho! Baptist Hall. 01805 622666

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

7pm Tales of the Riverbank – N Devon Pottery www.bbcdevon.org

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

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

Friday 18th

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

10am-4pm Little Stitches Quilt Group 1st Exhibition at Littleham Village Hall. Proceeds to Devon Air Ambulance.

2-4pm Sew Together at Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 01805 622666

2.30-4.30pm Torridge Table Tennis Club at Bideford Youth Centre. 477932

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall 476632

Saturday 19th

9am-2pm Farmers Country Market at Atlantic Village.

10am-4pm Little Stitches Quilt Group 1st Exhibition at Littleham Village Hall. Proceeds to Devon Air Ambulance.

Sunday 20th

11am-3.30pm Little Stitches Quilt Group 1st Exhibition at Littleham Village Hall. Proceeds to Devon Air Ambulance.

2pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 470004

Monday 21st

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

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

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Appledore Amateur Radio Club, Appledore Football Social Club. 473251

8pm N. Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore – Ian Ellis & Craig Milverton Trio.

Tuesday 22nd

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11.45am-12.45pm Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

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 rehearse at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 23rd

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

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

1-2.30pm SHoW (See Hear on Wheels) at Tesco, East-the-Water.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

Thursday 24th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Chubb Churchill Centre, E-T-W.

2-3pm Seated Exercise for over 60s at W Ho! Baptist Hall. 01805 622666

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

7.30pm Scottish Country Dancing at Westleigh Village Hall. 473801

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

Friday 25th

Start of Appledore Book Festival. Box Office 424929.Continues until Oct 4th.

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

10am-12pm Craft’n’Chat at The Old Schoolroom, Kingsley Hall, W Ho!

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

8pm Ceilidh Club at Northam Hall 476632

Saturday 26th

10am Torridge Ramblers day walk 01805 625485

10am-12pm N. Devon Adoption Info Meeting at The Garden Flat, Filleigh Estate. 01271 612004

11am-6pm Book Festival Café at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. Proceeds to N Devon Hospice 422215

7pm Swansea Excelsior Ladies Choir Concert at Bideford Methodist Church in aid of Devon Air Ambulance.

Sunday 27th

11am-6pm Book Festival Café at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. Proceeds to N Devon Hospice 422215

Monday 28th

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

11am-6pm Book Festival Café at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. Proceeds to N Devon Hospice 422215

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

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

8pm N. Devon Jazz Club at the Beaver, Appledore – Bannam Trio.

Tuesday 29th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

11am-6pm Book Festival Café at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. Proceeds to N Devon Hospice 422215

11.45am-12.45pm Tai Chi at Northam Community Hall.

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 rehearse at Northam Methodist Hall.

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

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

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 30th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

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. 07817 976053

11am-6pm Book Festival Café at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. Proceeds to N Devon Hospice 422215

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

7.30pm Bideford Folk Dance Club at Northam Hall. 423554

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

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The Shipping News (July 2015).

In port – Bideford Quay.

Countess Anna - (ex- Wiebeke k, ’05) ; built 1994 ; flag St. John’s ; owners German ; from Antigua to Barbuda ; arrived 28.7, sailed 30.7 ; loaded 2,550 tons ball clay.

An unusual event occurred when she left the berth after high water on the 30th; due to a ‘cut’ in the tide, Capt. Hoad took the vessel as far as the shipyard and anchored her in berth until 06.00 the following morning.

I have information the small cruise ship Balmoral will be calling at Bideford on the 26th August from 1500. to 1615, coming from and returning to Ilfracombe.

Activity at Yelland

Welsh Piper, 16.7

Activity at Appledore

The Irish Patrol vessel LE James Joyce sailed on the 15.7 at 17.45, and undertook further trials in the Bristol Channel ( according to Marine Traffic AIS she was off Ilfracombe late in the evening, so I presume she was handed over to the Irish Navy ; she then proceeded toward Ireland, having landed the shipyard crew at that time .) She entered her home base at Cork on the am tide of the 17th. (I have heard the 3rd Vessel is likely to be named LE William Butler Yeats).

Arco Dart at Appledore.

Ilfracombe

Arrived at Ilfracombe on the 26th July the Holland America Line cruise ship Prinsendam. 38,848 gross tons : came from Holyhead, and sailed approx 18.00. the same day.

Bristol Channel Observations.

15.7 at 19.00. cargo vessel Sea Ruby, 2,222 tons d.w., owners Torbulk Ltd United Kingdom outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 08.51.

17.7 at 09.12 cargo vessel Federal Hudson, 36,563 tons d.w, owners Fednav Ltd Canada, inward bound for Newport. At 13.31 cargo vessel Hagen, 4,218 tons d.w, owners Kaptain Siegfried Boje Schiffahrtssbetrieb EK Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 23.13

10.7, having been anchored off Watchet awaiting orders.

18.7 at 13.02 vehicle carrier Tiger, 30,140 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen of Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

19.7 at 09.54 cargo vessel Pinta, 2,795 tons d.w, owners Interscan Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 15.24 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.30 container ship MSC Rosella, 43,604 tons d.w., owners Mediterranean Shipping SA of Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 11.00. At 16.52. vehicle carrier Viking Chance, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.10 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterrano, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

22.7 at 21.50 Buoy Maintenance vessel Galatea, owners Trinity House Harwich, undertaking work on the Bideford Fairway buoy.

25.7 at 08.00 vehicle carrier Suzka Express, 15,154 tons d.w, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.21 cargo vessel Linnay, inward bound for Birdport. At 16.40 cargo vessel Randzel, 4,525 tons d.w., inward bound for Cardiff. At 17.23 cargo vessel Grona Aalsum, 5,134 tons d.w, inward bound for Swansea. At 1923 vehicle carrier Grande Scandinavia, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

On the 20.7 I gave a talk to the Bideford Marlborough Ladies Club. I would like to thank them very much for their kind reception and their comments about the Buzz.

Regards

Norman

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‘Boat Stories’ – 4th September.

FREE PUBLIC SCREENING EVENT LAUNCHES ‘BOAT STORIES’ SHORT FILM SERIES.

It is time to roll out the red carpet for the series premiere of ‘Boat Stories’ – ten short films featuring local characters whose lives revolve around boats and fishing in North Devon.

Local film maker Jo Stewart-Smith has joined forces with community film making organisation North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) to tell ten different boat stories. From traditional salmon fishing to the Lundy ferry and from Clovelly to Ilfracombe Jo sought out stories of heritage, politics, sport and family to create a valuable snapshot of life in North Devon today.

As the project comes to a close and the final film sails out of the editing suite it is time to celebrate Boat Stories with a free screening event at the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe on Friday 4 September at 7.30pm.

Amanda McCormack, Creative Director of NDMI is delighted with the project. “Jo has worked extremely hard on Boat Stories. From a chance meeting on Woolacombe beach two years ago to this fabulous series of local social documentary films we certainly have a journey to celebrate.”

“Boat Stories has been much more than just a film making exercise. Jo has also kept the public up to date with the project in her frequent blogs and photos on the Boat Stories website and this in itself is a great local resource. Additionally, I’ve been very strict about NDMI’s 5 minute running time policy and some of Jo’s interviews were too good to end up on the cutting room floor so we have posted the best video clips on the website.”

Jo also did a great job of keeping it local, another rigid NDMI rule. She says that one of the best things about working on the project was the opportunity to work with new filmmakers. “Boat Stories was made by four different locally-based freelance cameramen, we had several young talent assistants on camera and sound and we worked with a different local musician for each film.”

Jo adds “The biggest highlight though, was the people I met: fishermen, skippers, crews and scientists or conservationists – being welcomed on board for a few hours or whole days and being given a privileged peek into a new world.”

“There were lows too: including losing a camera over the cliff on Lundy island on the first day of our three day visit and realising we’d have to wait till the following year to complete the film. On other films we cancelled trips for bad weather and lack of fish, had a couple of seasick cameraman and technical issues with film equipment, but the shows went on!”

Chrissie Ingle, Project Development Officer at North Devon +, says, “The Boat stories films have shown how intrinsically linked north Devonians are to the sea. These short films, supported by the Northern Devon FLAG, pack a lot into 5 minutes and are funny, engaging and, most importantly, informative. I thoroughly recommend going along to the showing of the films as part of the ‘Sea Ilfracombe’ and ‘Fishtival’ events, they are a treat to see. “

The Boat Stories Premiere is the launch event for ‘Sea Ilfracombe 2015′ – a weekend of celebrating all things maritime from 4-6 September. Although this is a free event, tickets must be reserved via the North Devon Theatres box office.

There will be a second screening event at Bideford Cinema on Friday 16 October 2015.

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Clovelly lobster & crab feast – 6th September.

Come and enjoy a fun-filled day out for the whole family, in celebration of Clovelly’s famous lobsters and crabs, sustainably caught by local fishermen.

There’ll be live music, demonstrations, boat stories, boat trips, a prize draw for a magnum of champagne, local food and craft stalls, including plenty of freshly cooked lobsters and crabs, Henna tattoos, games, and beer tasting. Children will be kept entertained by street theatre, face painting, walkabout magic, balloon modelling and event-themed craft activities provided by The National Trust.

You can choose from a variety of crab and lobster dishes cooked on the quay, or book a table at the Red Lion Harbour Restaurant and dine on delicious lobster and seafood platters.

The day is in aid of the National Lobster Hatchery, Padstow, who will be exhibiting some of their baby lobsters prior to their release into Clovelly Bay at the end of the day. You can even adopt a baby lobster, as well as learning about how they are raised in captivity and then released into the sea. http://www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk/

Event: Lobster & Crab Feast, Clovelly

Location: Clovelly Harbour

Time: 10 am to 5 pm

Contact: Visitor Centre. Tel: 01237 431781.

www.clovelly.co.uk

Admission charges:

A: £6.95; C (7-16 years), £4.35; F (2A+2C) £18.25; Under 7s FREE.

The Clovelly Estate Company Limited Clovelly, Bideford EX39 5TA T: + 44 (0) 1237 431781 www.clovelly.co.uk

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clovelly-Village/190111004351461

https://twitter.com/ClovellyVillage

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Aikido workshop – 26th September.

Aikido and Aikido weapons workshop—

open invitation to all styles and levels.

Raising money for Aiki Extensions and under the auspices of Aiki Peace week.

Methodist Hall, High Street, Bideford, North Devon EX39 2AH

Saturday 26th September 2015

Training starts 2.00 pm, finishes 5.00 pm

Bring Jo, Ken and proof of insurance.

There will be no mats at this venue, so be prepared with suitable footwear.

Free refreshments. Entry to event by donation to charity.

Open to public viewing.

All monies go to the charity, no expenses removed.

Teachers have been asked to share their understanding of Aikido

as a pathway to peace, in line with the founder’s philosophy.

Instructors volunteered at time of publishing, from all different associations, Pete Blayney 1st Dan (30 years experience) Huw Collingbourne 2nd dan, Richard Small 4th Dan TIA Europe, Mark Allcock 2nd Dan Aikikai, plus representative from Banyu Hatten.

If interested, contact through www.aikijo.weebly.com or www.hartlandaikido.co.uk

www.taichidevon.weebly.com

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UK’s Premier Printmaking Organisation showcases at The Burton.

Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers

Annual Exhibition 2015

15th August – 21st September 2015

If you want to learn more about Printmaking then The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers exhibition is a good place to start. The exhibition showcases the full range of printmaking methods including traditional etching, lithography, wood engraving and mezzotints as well as the latest digital and photographic techniques, and comprises of c200 works, by members of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. This historic society was founded in 1880 and granted a royal charter in 1888 by Queen Victoria. Many of the works are for sale and make the perfect affordable gift. Including works by Norman Ackroyd R.A., Chris Orr R.A., Richard Bawden, Anita Klein, Julia Manning, and Trevor Price.

Originally founded by Seymour Haydon, The Royal Society of Painter-Etchers (RE) was set up mainly in response to the Royal Academy’s disinclination to take printmaking seriously. But also the Society was keen to distinguish the work of artists who made their own etchings and engravings (as opposed to the hundreds of practitioners who were superb craftsmen but who were creating reproductions of paintings. The Society boasts many distinguished past members including Sickert, Alma-Tadema, Sutherland, Gross, Hayter, Trevelyan, Bawden and Rothenstein.

Warren Collum, Exhibitions and Collections Officer, Burton Art Gallery and Museum, “The last time we worked with the Painter-Printmakers Society was in 2011, the exhibition proved so popular with our visitors with over £6000 worth of prints being purchased, we were determined that we should work with the Society again.”

Only original prints are shown by the society: works that have been conceived of as prints and made by the artist. In 1991 the Society changed its name to Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in response to the welcome proliferation of other printmaking techniques, but it decided to keep the letters “RE” for the sake of tradition. Today the society continues to be recognised as the major body of printmakers in the UK with its selected members being leaders in their field.

The 2015 exhibition includes work by several artists based in North Devon and the South West including;

Hilary Paynter, Merlyn Chesterman, Judith Westcott, Ruth Uglow, and Brian Hanscomb.

Members are elected on merit, first as associates and then earn their places as fellows. The purpose of the Society is to show prints and educate the public. It is a registered charity and runs many courses and is involved in schools, local to its home at Bankside Gallery, London and art colleges around the UK. Membership is world-wide.

Current vice-president of the Royal Society, Trevor Price explains: “The Society members are continually pushing the boundaries of the media whilst preserving traditional art forms. The exhibition demonstrates the breadth of experimentation, techniques and creativeness of Contemporary Printmaking – it’s a great snapshot of Printmaking now and allows the audience to really immerse themselves in the many differing approaches and see prints by some of the foremost printmakers of our day.”

Here he gives some top tips for would-be collectors:

I enjoy watching our younger members as their careers develop, for amongst them are the names of tomorrow. I personally have a work by Katherine Jones hanging on my wall and I think she is one of our society’s best young printmakers. There are works by her in this exhibition that are fantastic and well worth the trip. Not forgetting our highly respected senior members, look out for a real gem by Richard Bawden.”

Events -

Printing towards Painting, with Ursula Leach.

Saturday 5th September 10am-4pm, £35.

A one day workshop using water based paints. Printing by hand, an especially economic and immediate way to get ideas onto paper in preparation for painting.

Relief Printing Workshop, with Julia Manning.

Saturday 12th September 10am-4pm, £35.

Using wood and lino blocks to create a multicoloured printed image to learn creative methods and fun ideas.

Venue Contact Details: THE BURTON ART GALLERY & MUSEUM, Kingsley Road, Bideford EX39 2QQ  (e) burtonartgallery@torridge.gov.uk (t) 01237 471455 (w) www.burtonartgallery.co.uk

Opening Hours:

Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm.

Sunday 10.30am – 4pm.

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Hungarians, not Bidefordians.

I was rather surprised to see the photograph (see above) on the first page of the July ‘Buzz’ labelled ‘An early Bideford Town Band’. The gentlemen shown went by the name of the ‘Hungarian Band’. They were a group of itinerant musicians who regularly turned up in Bideford during the Summer tourist season and played for anyone who would pay for them. The earliest reference I have is from May 1892 when the North Devon Journal carried a small mention –


Two months later they were playing at a fete held by St.Peter’s church at Chudleigh Fort and a month after this they provided the music at an outing to Westward Ho! for 70 inmates of the Bideford Workhouse. In September members of the Westleigh Sunday Schools marched through the village headed by the Band.

The next year they played for the Bideford Foresters’ and Oddfellows’ Friendly Societies at their fete held in the grounds of Porthill. Also in 1893 they appeared at the Regatta and also at the Bideford Horse Show though here they ‘augmented’ the Town Band –

This wasn’t one of their happiest events as during their return the carriage they were riding in crashed and both they and the Town Band members were thrown out, though luckily no-one was badly injured.

One notable occasion was when they appear to have been hired to play at the opening of the Bideford-Westward Ho! railway in May 1901 with at least three of their members, attired in military style uniforms being pictured in a photograph of the event –


The band re-appear year after year in the local newspapers though I haven’t seen any mention of them after 1910, which would seem to have been the date at which they either disbanded or removed to a new site.

Peter Christie.

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Tanya Landman, 2015 Carnegie Medal winner.

Tanya Landman - 2015 Carnegie medal winner for her book ‘Buffalo Soldier.’

Tanya Landman, the award winning author of more than thirty books for children and young adults, had no intention of becoming a writer until the idea for ‘Waking Merlin’ popped into her head. “It came from nowhere. It was completely out of the blue.”

Born and brought up in Kent, Tanya now lives and works in Bideford and the nearby coastline was the inspiration for her ‘Flotsam & Jetsam’ series. Tanya’s first books were “adventure stories with a sprinkling of magic and a dollop of humour.” But then Tanya turned to crime, writing ‘Mondays are Murder ‘(winner of a Red House Book Award) – the first in a series of ten “Agatha-Christie-for-kids” featuring child sleuth Poppy Fields and her friend Graham. Her new highly illustrated series for younger children – ‘Sam Swann’s Movie Mysteries’ – feature an accident prone boy sleuth and his faithful labrador sidekick Watson. Tanya also writes historical novels for young adults. ‘Apache’ - set in 19th century America – was shortlisted for several UK awards, including the Teenage Book Trust and the Carnegie (where it was voted the Shadowing Groups favourite). The US edition won a Borders Original Voices prize and a Spur award from the Western Writers of America. ‘The Goldsmith’s Daughter’ – set in the Aztec empire during the Spanish invasion – was nominated for the Carnegie and the Guardian Children’s Fiction prize. ‘Buffalo Soldier ‘won the 2015 Carnegie Medal.

This is the equivalent to the adult Booker prize and is a hugely prestigious award. Tanya has given the £500 prize money to Bideford library to spend on children’s books and activities.

Pictured here with Bideford Library staff, Louise Grainger and Sarah Powell.

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British Red Cross – local services.

British Red Cross promotes independent living in Bideford and surrounding areas.

If you could do with some support at home to regain your independence after an illness, accident or crisis such as bereavement, a British Red Cross volunteer could help.

The Red Cross wants Bideford people to know about its independent living services, which provide short-term practical and emotional support and loans of mobility aids to make life easier for those recovering from an illness or injury.

People can contact the Red Cross directly, or be referred by a healthcare professional. A volunteer is then assigned to help with tasks like shopping or help with befriending and confidence building. The support is aimed at helping people reintegrate themselves into everyday life and their community, so they can remain independent.

How we helped Tom, Beth and Susan.

*Tom had support from the Red Cross after being discharged from hospital following an illness. Tom was also suffering with anxiety after a recent bereavement. With his family living away, the short-term support from the Red Cross gave them time to arrange longer-term support and helped him feel more confident.

Beth* referred herself to the Red Cross after returning home from hospital following surgery. She needed help with shopping and wanted to get her confidence back and go out on her own. With the help of her volunteer over a six-week period she improved her mobility and achieved her goal.

Susan* was referred to the service by a relative who was going on holiday and was worried about her mobility and independence whilst they were away. The Red Cross helped by loaning mobility aids and a volunteer helped Susan with her shopping until her relative returned.

Mobility aids.

The Red Cross mobility aids outlet is based in Barnstaple and has wheelchairs, walkers and shower stools available for loan. A delivery service to Bideford is also available.

Volunteer with us.

Volunteers are needed for Support at home where volunteering is flexible and visits can be arranged at a time and day to suit both parties.

Contact us -

Support at Home Service: 01271 318086

Mobility Aids Service: 01271 318083

Website: www.redcross.org.uk

*all names have been changed.

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One hundred years ago ; August 1915.

From August 16th there will be a reduction in Mail deliveries due to a shortage of staff, many men having enlisted. There will be only 3 deliveries per day rather than the usual 5, at 7.00 am, 1.50 pm and 6.00 pm.

Recognising that ladies clothing is becoming more practical the Gazette newspaper publishes a pattern for a skirt with pockets.

The estimated cost of extending the Isolation Hospital is now £8,200, almost double the original projection in 1913.

Three girls from Edgehill College, Beryl Adams, Phyllis Culverwell and Dorothy Randle, have passed the Matriculation examination of the University of London.

The continuing wet weather is badly affecting Bideford farmers as the corn is beginning to grow out.

An appeal is launched to raise £50.00 to buy a sterilizer which will provide 700 front line troops with pure water. The appeal is led by S. R. Chope, the town mayor.

A. E. Tupper of Market Place advertises the sale of double knitting wool in regulation khaki, navy, steel grey and natural for making winter comforts for the Army and Navy.

Bideford Rural District Council has been advised that from the end of August it is compulsory to notify births to the Medical Officer of Health within 36 hours. This rule had previously been waived for rural areas.

On the 15th July the National Registration Act was passed and on the 15th of this month everyone between 15 and 65 years old has to register at their residential location. Enumerators are being recruited in the Bideford area for this task. Once registered, an Identity card will be issued.

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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Bideford & District Community Archive is running a General Knowledge Quiz in Northam Hall, Fore Street, on Friday 4 September 2015 from 7pm. Entry is £5 per person, tables of a maximum of 6 people, food will be provided, BYO drink. Prizes! Contact 07980944146 to register a team.

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August diary.

Sunday 30th

10.30am-4pm Food & Craft Fair at Atlantic Village.

2pm Parish Walk at Iddesleigh 01805 804347

5.30pm Training band and Senior Band.

6pm. Appledore Band ‘Last Night of the Proms’ on Appledore Quay or St Mary’s Church if wet.

Monday 31st Bank Holiday.

10am-4pm Art Exhibition at Littleham Village Hall.

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‘The Book of Hartland’.

While Bideford Library has marched boldly into the 21st Century with its Wi-Fi and e-book service, we shouldn’t forget the wealth of historical material also kept here. We have a wonderful set of old photographs and also an impressive collection of dusty old books relating to the history of Bideford and Devon more widely. It’s a shame that these aren’t used more, so this is the first in a series of occasional articles drawing your attention to some of the books that we feel deserve greater appreciation.

The bulk of our collection was bequeathed to us by Richard Pearse Chope (1862-1938), a native of Hartland parish. He was a keen local historian and member of the Devonshire Association and regularly wrote articles for them and also the Hartland Chronicle. We have a run of the Chronicle from 1896-1931 and while they are fascinating to read, they are in poor condition so we have to be very careful when producing them. On his death, Chope left a nearly-completed book based on these articles so with some editing and minor additions, The Book of Hartland was published in 1940. The editor, Isobel Thornley from University College London, sadly also died shortly afterwards in an air raid so it was quite a troubled publication. Pictured is the title page and frontispiece showing the author looking very dapper with his neatly trimmed beard.

Despite being a wartime production, the quality of the book is really quite nice. The paper is strong and retains its crispness and it is bound in a dark blue cloth. I haven’t been able to find out how many were printed but it must have been very few, probably numbering in hundreds. An acknowledgment at the front of the book thanks the Devonshire Association and 172 subscribers who financially supported the printing. Despite all this, the book is not really valuable. At the time of writing, there is currently a nice copy listed on ebay for £26!

As the title suggests the book is concerned with the story of Hartland. It’s not a conventional history but a series of chapters, some of them only a few pages long, on a variety of topics from Saxon times until the 1800s. I’ll leave it to you to come and browse through the book, but my favourite chapter is a reproduction of the Borough Accounts from 1612-1807. This is a long list of payments made to travellers, soldiers, the poor and others. So for example in 1613 payments were made to watch Elloner Prust, presumably because there was no jail in Hartland. Also to provide ‘candells’ and bread while she was being detained and then to carry her to Exeter where the Assize Court would have been held. We wonder what Elloner did! There are still Prusts living in the area so maybe her descendants are among us. Elsewhere we read about ‘howses’ being burnt by ‘piratts’ and torn down by papists. In the seventeenth century most of the payments seem to have been made to Irish people. This was a time of famine in Ireland and also population being displaced by English Settlements. It seems that many of the poor Irish turned up in Devon where they received charity from the good people of Hartland.

Please come and look through the book for yourself. It can’t be taken out from the library, but we also have a facsimile edition published in 1995 which can be borrowed.

Matt Chamings, Bideford Library.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – July.

July is the start of the Summer Holidays for the children. I have been working with many school groups, cooking specially developed recipes for children and parents to cook together. Here is one -a crab risotto that can be made with tinned crab. However, it is better with fresh crab.

If you would like to know about sustainable local crab and how to prepare it, please come along to the free Crab Sessions and Events as part of the Appledore Fish Summer School. This starts in July and carries on throughout August. (Please pick up a brochure or like us on facebook for more information.)

Crab Risotto with Smoked Fish- (recipe from SEAFISH :“fish is the dish”)

Ingredients. (Serves 4).

125g mixed crabmeat.

2 fillets smoked trout or mackerel, flaked.

3 cups of stock – fish, vegetable or chicken.

170g Arborio rice.

1 small onion.

50g frozen peas.

2 spring onions.

1tbsp olive oil.

Zest and juice of 1 lemon.

How to cook.

1. Heat the stock in a pan.

2. Dice the onion into small pieces.

3. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then add the rice, stir and cook very gently for a further 2 minutes.

4. Then add the heated stock a cupful at a time, stirring constantly; wait until the stock is absorbed before adding more.

5. Once all the stock has been absorbed add the crab meat, peas and spring onions along with the lemon juice and zest, continue to cook for 1-2 minutes.

6. Optional: at this point the risotto can be enriched by adding butter and a spoonful of creme fraiche or yoghurt, along with grated Parmesan.

7.To serve, either stir the flaked smoked fish-either trout or mackerel through the risotto or scatter on top along with a little chopped herbs of your choice-Parsley, Dill, or Basil would be very good!

(If there is too much you can make miniature crab cakes with the mixture.)

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One hundred years ago : July 1915.

At East–the-Water school during a recent health test it was found that 7 out of 10 children need to wear glasses. The School managers cannot supply them and if the parents cannot afford to buy them there is serious concern that either the Guardians (from the Workhouse) or the County Council will have to pay. It is also reported that there is an acute shortage of teachers.

Schools have been told not to allow any time off for harvest. 14 days extra had been suggested but farmers’ sons may stay at home to help if necessary.

A complaint has been made by Mr Cook, Headmaster of Gunstone School, of a woman coming there and making a disturbance because her son had been punished. It has happened several times and she has been warned that if this continues she will be prosecuted.

Properties for sale in Bideford include the following:

1, Bull Hill, formerly known as ‘The Cornish Arms’, comprising of a 60 foot frontage, large garden and considered suitable for a builder or painter;

2, Bull Hill, which has recently been re-drained.

22, Meddon Street, a ground floor shop and bakery complete with ovens and with 4 bedroom accommodation upstairs.

Following the auction, 22 Meddon Street was withdrawn at £300. The reserve had been set at £320 and the property was subsequently sold privately at an enhanced figure. The Cornish Arms was withdrawn at £145 and 2 Bull Hill at £50.

According to the Taw & Torridge Fisheries, substantial catches of salmon have been made during May and June. Some boats had 12 fish at a cast and often 5 or 6 were netted, the largest recorded being 32lbs. Little rod and line fishing was being done.

A severe storm swept across North Devon causing serious damage. Hailstones “as big as champagne corks” were collected and glass in conservatories was smashed. 84 chickens were killed and 3 cottages near Crediton were burned out by lightning. Locally the damage was less severe but crops, potatoes and soft fruit were destroyed.

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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‘Connections’ – Annie Coughlan (1872-1936).

This is the intriguing story of a Mrs. Annie Coughlan, who survived the ‘Titanic’ disaster and eventually came to live in Bideford, together with her sister, Phoebe.

She was the daughter of Alfred William Woodland (1838- 1899) and Sarah Saunders (1842- ?). The couple were married in Netherbury, Dorset in 1860, where Alfred worked as a butcher. They later moved to Guernsey, where he worked part-time as a butcher, but also ran his own pub, the ‘Half Moon’, in Les Caches Road, St. Martins.

Annie Woodland was born on Guernsey on 17 November 1872, had two older brothers and sister, and two younger brothers and sister. She married a soldier, called William Henry Martin, in Ireland in 1893. The marriage didn’t last, but she never divorced, and by 1912 was calling herself Mrs Coughlan, having presumably entered into a common-law relationship with a Mr Coughlan but unable to get divorced.. She gave her surname as Martin when registering for work, and is also described as the ‘widow of William Martin’ on her death certificate. Her legal husband died on 19 October 1918 in Wallasey, Cheshire of pneumonia and heart failure.

In the meantime, she had gained employment with the White Star Line as a stewardess on the ‘Olympic’, a sister ship of the ‘Titanic’. The ‘Olympic’ was, in fact, the same size as the ‘Titanic’, but the latter had greater tonnage because of its heavier interior fitments. Whilst employed in this capacity, she was believed to be on board when it collided with HMS ‘Hawke’ in the Solent in 1911. (The ‘Olympic’, unlike the ‘Titanic’, and its other sister ship the ‘Britannic’, survived to serve a full working life, and finished its active career in 1934. The ‘Britannic’ was sunk in the Mediterranean in 1915).

In 1912, Annie became a stewardess on the ‘Titanic’, giving her last address as Posbrook Road, Portsmouth, which was also the address of her younger sister, Phoebe. She was paid £3/10/00 a month, and embarked on the ‘Titanic’ on its fateful voyage at Southampton, when she was 39 years old. A few days later, as everyone knows, the ‘Titanic’ was hit by an iceberg, and sank within a few hours, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives.

At first, Mrs Coughlan, as she now liked to call herself, was thought to have perished, and appeared on the official list of the missing. She did, however, manage to get a place on one of the lifeboats (Boat 11), was picked up by the ‘Carpathia’, and disembarked in New York City on 12 April 1912.

Nothing is known of her whereabouts immediately after this. However, in the mid-to-late ’20s, she was known to have worked at The Royal Hotel in Bideford. It was also known that one of her sisters lived in Northam. This is assumed to be Phoebe Humby, her younger sister, with whom she was very close. After she left the Royal, she appears to have moved to Combe Martin, where she lived a quiet life, and where she died in 1936. A local newspaper at the time reported her death, mentioning that her husband (presumably Mr Coughlan), had drowned with the ‘Titanic’, adding that she had lived in Bideford, before moving to Combe Martin, and had a sister who still lived in Northam. Her sister moved to Barnstaple after this date, and died there in 1951.

If anything, the story of Phoebe is even more interesting. When she was a young girl of 14, she was convicted of attempting to murder her father. Her father, as mentioned above, brought up his family in Guernsey, where he worked as a butcher and a publican. At this time, he was separated from his wife, and he would often leave Phoebe alone at the bar, which she hated. Eventually, she struck up a relationship with a soldier, and they both decided to run away. However, her father found out about this before they had the opportunity to do so, and gave Phoebe a serious thrashing. In retaliation, Phoebe attempted to murder her father by poisoning his tea with oxalic acid. William felt nauseous after sipping it, and decided not to drink it. Apparently, there was enough oxalic acid in the tea to kill three or four people. Phoebe was sentenced to two years’ hard labour for her crime, and was widely reported in the national press at the time.

Phoebe died in Barnstaple in 1951.

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