Christmas Tree Festival, Fremington : 4th-6th December.



Friday 4th, Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th December.

Refreshments in Church Hall and Father Christmas in his Grotto on Saturday and Sunday.

Carol Concert on Sunday 6th at 5pm.

Admission is free. (Donations welcome).

Contact Pat or Brian, 01271- 372572.



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Buckland Brewer’s Christmas Market, 5th December.


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South Molton Winter Festival, 27th November – 7th December.

Festive fun for all the family in South Molton this Christmas.

South Molton is getting into the Christmas spirit with a fabulous Winter Festival hosting a series of seasonal events between 27th November and 7th December, including traditional Christmas markets, a gift fair, festive Flea Market and Christmas Fatstock Show.

The festive countdown gets underway on Friday 27th November as the Christmas lights are switched on in the town Square at 6.15 pm by special guest Simon Bates. Sunday 29th November sees the return of the popular Christmas Flea Market, in the Pannier Market, with more than 60 stalls from across the South West selling everything from vintage household treasures to handmade gifts.

The highlight of South Molton’s Winter Festival is the Winter Wonderland weekend, from Friday 4th December – Sunday 6th December, organised by the South Molton Business Association. “This is the biggest weekend in South Molton’s calendar,” said David Walker, SMBA Chairman. “It is always great fun, with the town centre full of people, and something for all ages. So please come along and enjoy the festive atmosphere in South Molton that weekend.

We have late night shopping on the Friday evening and many of the shops and cafes in the town will be open. There will be a lantern parade, street entertainment and vintage fairground rides in the Square, as well as carols sung by children from four schools and music from local bands. In the Pannier Market more than 60 stallholders will be taking part in our special Christmas market complete with a Santa’s Grotto.

Then in the Assembly Rooms above the Pannier Market we have a festive gift fair, Upstairs@WinterWonderland, with plenty of unusual and special gift ideas, organised by Once Upon a Time Nostalgic Fairs, who will also be serving refreshments. This gift fair continues all day on the Saturday. Also we will be joined on Saturday by characters from ‘Frozen’ who will be performing songs from the film in the Square from 1 pm – 3 pm. So if your family loved the film, you are in for a treat. The children will be able to have their photos taken with Anna and Elsa.”

On Sunday 6th December the Pannier Market plays host to the popular Christmas Fatstock Show with livestock classes, competitions, displays, gifts and handicrafts. This year the Fatstock Show will be raising money for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. “We are very pleased to support the DAAT. It is such a wonderful service that we all find reassuring to have on our doorstep,” said Michael Edwards, Fatstock Show Committee Chairman. “Together with the SMBA events on the Friday and Saturday, there will be something for everybody to make the weekend unforgettable, it’s not to be missed.”

Visitors to South Molton during the Winter Festival can also enjoy the Christmas Tree Festival in St. Mary Magdalen Church.

Organiser Margaret White is expecting more than 100 trees in the church. “The Christmas Tree Festival brings the whole town together, with trees decorated by schools, local groups and businesses. We are inviting people to step away from the bustle of the town centre for a few moments to see the trees in the church. It really is a magical atmosphere, and I think it adds something very special to the whole Christmas experience which adults and children can enjoy. You can view the trees between 3rd and 7th December.”


Winter Wonderland weekend events summary:

Friday 4th December: 4.30 pm – 9 pm Late night shopping with many of the town centre shops and cafes open, and a special Christmas market in the Pannier Market, including Santa’s Grotto. Festive gift fair, Upstairs@WinterWonderland, in the Assembly Rooms.

Saturday 5th December: Traditional market in the Pannier Market, with festive food and drinks and plenty of gift ideas. Santa’s Grotto 10.30 – 12 pm. Upstairs@WinterWonderland from 9 am – 3 pm. Street entertainment. Characters from ‘Frozen’ performing songs from the film in the Square 1 pm – 3 pm.

Sunday 6th December: 9.30 am – 5 pm Christmas Fatstock Show in the Pannier Market, with livestock classes, displays, competitions, gifts, handicrafts and vintage tractors on show.


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Goodwin Gallery, Petroc Campus – 5th December.


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Woolsery School Christmas Fair ; 29th November.

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One hundred years ago : November 1915.

Messrs. I. Baker & Son of Brunswick House report that their lime kiln is now in full work. They are currently burning Lime for Agricultural Purposes. Telephone Bideford 85 or send Telegrams to ‘Baker & Son’.

Bideford Rural District Council has a vacancy for a steam roller driver. There is a sleeping van conveniently fitted up for the use of the driver. Apply to Mr J Turner, Surveyor.

Private H. W. Gent, son of Mrs Gent of Mill Street and a former member of the Church Lads’ Brigade is serving with the 1st 6th Devons at Lahore and has just qualified for his Marksman’s badge.

14 Cottages at Hyfield, Bideford and 24 Victoria Grove, which were offered at auction by A W Cock Auctioneers recently and then withdrawn, have been sold privately at an enhanced figure.

G. Boyle, Outfitters, of 4, High Street advertise Kee-Pu-Warm Lambskin waistcoats, with or without sleeves. They also have good stocks of wool sleeping-bags and waterproof valises which can be sent as Comforts for Our Brave Soldiers at the Front.

Mr. S. R. Chope has been unanimously re-elected Mayor for a third term. Mr H. N. G. Stucley is deputy Mayor.

Bideford Hospital appeals for the loan of a gramophone for the use of their patients, the old one which was lent to them being no longer available.

Madame Adele Vilars Hoare holds dancing classes at the Royal Hotel on Thursdays, commencing at 2.15pm. She and her staff of fully qualified assistants also teach deportment, physical education and breathing exercises. Private lessons can be arranged.

The Gazette now publishes a weekly War Diary covering several columns. During November they reported on events from Serbia, Germany, Bulgaria and France.

Lighting up time at the end of the month is 5pm.

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

Need to buy a Christmas present that is light to post? To celebrate its 30th birthday, the Archive has produced a 2016 calendar full of lovely local pictures and priced at £5. Available from the Archive and from all good outlets in Bideford, Appledore, Northam and Westward Ho!


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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – November.

November is the month when the winter fish becomes available. Herrings come into Clovelly and the Clovelly Herring festival, that has now become an established annual festival, will be on Sunday 15th this year.

Just as we make jams and jellies from fruit and chutneys and pickles from vegetables, oily fish such as mackerel and herrings can be soused and made into rollmops.

Here is a recipe for roll mop herrings, based on Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s recipe-

Cider Vinegar and orange Rollmops.

(also can use large sardines or mackerel).


6 -10 fresh herrings(Clovelly herrings are smaller those from supermarkets)

de-scaled,gutted and filleted – being careful to remove the fin bones with scissors.

60g salt.

for the marinade-

750ml cider vinegar.

12 allspice , 12 black peppercorns,6 bay leaves.

1 tablespoon light brown sugar.

Zest of 1 large orange,pared in wide strips – no white pith.

1 onion, red or white, sliced very thinly.


1. Dissolve the the salt in 500ml water to make a brine, then add the fillets & leave for 2-3 hours.

2. Meanwhile,put all the ingredients in a saucepan,bring slowly to the boil and simmer for just 1 minute. Remove from the heat and leave.

3. Drain the herring fillets from the brine and pat dry with kitchen paper. Roll them up from tail to head end ,skin side out and pack the the rolls into sterilised preserving jars.

4, Pour the marinade over the herrings, making sure there is spices and zest and onion in each jar.

Store in the fridge for at least 3 days before eating .They are best from 5-10 days, but can be kept for I month. The longer you leave them, the softer and more pickled they’ll get.

You can make and taste them and then if you like them,as many people do, you can prepare then for delicious Christmas Eve fish feast or Fish Sunday buffet (more about this next month!)

To serve. Drain the fillets from their marinade and accompany with a little soured cream. Fresh bread is delicious to soak up the tasty juices.


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November diary.


Saturday 28th

10am-4pm Craft Fair at Lavington Church, Bridgeland St. 424982

7pm ‘Encore’ in concert at St Peter’s Church, Fremington.

Sunday 29th

11am-2pm Christmas Fair at Woolsery School.

Monday 30th

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


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

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652


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Buzz Word – November.

Bideford Blind Club

Do you know someone with any kind of sight problem? If so you might like to suggest they come along to Bideford Blind Club every other Tuesday from 2 – 4 to the Community Room at Griggs Close Sheltered Housing Complex in Northam.?This friendly group enjoys entertainment and talks, quizzes and games, followed by tea and biscuits and a raffle for just £1.50 a meeting. It may be possible to arrange transport to the club. To find out more ring Sue Uttley on 01237 470696 or Hilary Lewis on 01237 421723. In addition, anyone who has difficulty reading a newspaper may like to receive news from the North Devon Gazette and Journal and occasionally Bideford Buzz! The Torridge Talking Newspaper sends out news items on CD or tape every week to those with visual problems or disabilities. Contact Carol Brown on 01237 421740 for more information. Val Curtis, 01237 424556

Torridge Table Tennis Club

Thank you very much for putting in the item about Torridge Table Tennis Club Friday afternoon sessions starting again at Bideford Youth Centre. Your publication has brought us at least 4 new members so far, a much better score than other publications we have tried.

I see that it is only mentioned in the Diary for October for the 16th and in fact we play every Friday afternoon 2.30 – 4.30pm at Bideford Youth Centre. We will probably have a short break over Christmas but I will let you know about that when dates have been decided.

Gina Snowden (on behalf of Torridge Table Tennis Club).

Instow Churchyard.

If your family has a grave in this churchyard you are advised to read the new notices (posted at four points of the yard) as they may relate to your grave.

Pam Cantle, PCC Secretary.

Did you know?

The Craft ‘n’ Chat Coffee Morning is open every 2nd & 4th Friday in the month from 10am – midday in the Kingsley Hall Westward Ho! It is a community facility run by volunteers from the community, people of all ages are welcome, and the Kingsley Hall is wheelchair-friendly with disabled facilities. Did you know that this initiative has been financially supported by a local resident, Councillor Jane Whittaker and the Bideford Bridge Trust to ensure that this community-led project can continue to open twice a month throughout the year? Contact the organisers by email on or by ringing 01237 421274 or 422492. You would be most welcome to come along and join us just for a cuppa, for a natter, or to share your love of craft with likeminded people. See you there.

Terry Thorpe.

Bideford Friends is coming to the Burton Art Gallery

The TorrAGE Ageing Well project has set up a new social group for older people in the Burton Art Gallery. The group will be running on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month from the 28th October 2015 with the following sessions on Tuesday 10th November, Wednesday 25th November, Wednesday 9th December with a break for Christmas, and returning on Wednesday 27th January 2016, from 2pm until 3.30pm. It will involve different activities or speakers at each session, followed by some refreshments and conversation. There will be a small charge of £2.50 per person per session. For more information or for transport please contact Joyce on 01237 479367 (after 4pm) or Ageing Well on 01805 622666.

The Torridge Male Voice Choir need to appoint a new Musical Director. Anyone who is interested in taking up this position should contact theSecretary, Gordon Mills, on 01237 441601.


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Check out ‘The Bike Shed’, Barnstaple.


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One hundred years ago: October 1915.

The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway Co. advised that the Sunday train service would be discontinued from October 10th 1915 until May 7th 1916. It was also announced that from November 1915 the down night mail train would not arrive in Bideford until 8:09am and deliveries would not commence until 9:30am. This was due to the release of men for enlistment and to provide for better disposal of military traffic. The up night mail train would also be affected. The Southern Railway thought it could safely promise the arrival of a new train called the ‘Devon Belle’ to the West for summer 1916.

A very interesting service was held in the Primary department of the Bideford Wesleyan Sunday School on October 10th. Tokens of remembrance were sent to the lads and fathers who had gone from the school to the scene of battle. The little folks were able to purchase a folding pocket book for every one of the men from the School and included in it a prayer for the lad’s protection and safe return, a hymn, a letter from a little one and a beautiful view of dear old Bideford.

Reported in a Council Sub-Committee Report in October 1915 was the fact that there were 113 Belgian refugees billeted in 38 Bideford homes costing £50 – on average 3s 9d per week. The billeting householders were being paid by the Refugee Committee in London*.

The Bideford ketch, Trio, with the Captain’s wife on board and laden with scrap iron sprang a leak off Trevose Head and was in a perilous condition. Crew from the steam lifeboat, Helen Peele, which also towed the lifeboat Edmund Harvey, assisted with manning the Trio’s pumps. Helen Peele towed the ketch into Padstow.

A very pretty wedding took place at St Mary’s Church, Bideford, between Emma Sluman of 64 Honestreet, Bideford and John Bryant of Twinington. The bride was attended by Maude, Gertrude, May, Florrie, and Gwennie Sluman. After a reception at the home of the bride’s mother, the happy couple left by motor, amid showers of confetti, for Alcombe, Taunton, their future home.

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

Need to buy a Christmas present and don’t want to spend too much? To celebrate its 30th

anniversary, the Bideford & District Community Archive has produced a 2016 calendar priced at £5. Pick one up by popping into the Archive or register your interest by ringing 01237 471714. It’s also on sale in all good outlets in Bideford, Appledore, Northam and W Ho!


* Historical Note.

Like the fictional Poirot, roughly a quarter of a million Belgians found refuge in Britain during the First World War. It is an episode that we can be proud of. ‘Prodigious efforts were made on behalf of those refugees’, writes Terry Charman in his book ‘The First World War on the Home Front.’ They were sheltered throughout this island, from Kent to Strathaven, in villages, seaside resorts and mining towns”. (Michael Walker, ‘Open Democracy).


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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – October.

We have had a very busy summer running all the various events and sessions for the Appledore Fish Summer School. We have shown preparation and enabled tasting of a wide range of local summer fish and shellfish. We have some unique recipes and lots of popular simple recipes for unusual fish such a cuttlefish, squid, megrim, hake and pollack (see the recipe below).

Drunken Pollack with mayonnaise and yoghurt.

Pollack is best from August to March. The fillets are a good size and can be cut into portions. This is a simple dish that is very popular once tasted!

Ingredients for 4

4 portions/fillets of pollack fillets ; these can be cut in large pieces.

1 glass of wine for marinade.

4 spring onions, chopped.

4 tablespoon plain yoghurt.

4 tablespoons fresh breadcrumbs.


1 teaspoon paprika, for decoration.


Marinade the pollack pieces in the wine for 3/4 hours.

Place the fish in a buttered ovenproof dish .

Mix well the mayonnaise and the yoghurt with the marinade and cover the fish.

Mix chopped spring onion with the breadcrumbs and spread on top of the dish.

Place in a hot oven 220C/ gas mark 7 for 15/20 minutes and serve, decorated with a sprinkling of paprika.

I plan to write an Appledore Fish Summer School Recipe Book to help promote the Summer School in 2016 and to encourage more people to take advantage of the fantastic range of local fish and shellfish available in North Devon.

If you have a favourite fish or shellfish recipe and would like it included in the cookery book please contact me on /call 07918 779 060


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‘Connections’ – Lady Anne Berry (1919- ).

A local horticulturalist who founded Rosemoor.

Lady Anne Berry came from an aristocratic family, which included Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole, the first Earl of Orford. Her father was the fifth Earl. He was already 67 when Anne was born, and had no male heir, so before he died, he made over his family estate in Norfolk to a distant male cousin, then emigrated to Australia, where he died in 1931. In 1923, he had bought a smaller property at Rosemoor, near Torrington, which he used as a fishing lodge, and where Anne and her mother lived when not in New Zealand.

She liked the carefree New Zealand life and found being a debutante and courtier in London somewhat stifling. In 1939, she married Colonel Eric Palmer, and as a young military wife followed her husband from post to post, including a two-and-a-half year stay in Northern Ireland. Anne had two children, John and Eric.

During the War, Rosemoor was lent to the Red Cross.. After the War, her husband bought more land at Rosemoor, where she established a dairy farm, and rode horses.

In 1959, she went to southern Spain to recuperate from a bout of measles, and met Collingwood ‘Cherry’ Ingram, a well-known plantsman, who introduced her to the world of horticulture, and gave her some specimens from his own garden in Kent. With the help of other gardeners, and together with her own collection of plants from her extensive travels abroad, she began to develop her garden at Rosemoor.

In the late sixties, she joined the RHS, and then the International Dendrology Society, of which she was chair for five years from 1983 onwards.

This job took her all over the world, including a trip to New Zealand, and to Hackfalls Arboretum, created by Bob Berry.

In 1979, she started a small nursery at Rosemoor, containing over a thousand items. Then in 1980 her husband Eric died, she found it increasingly difficult to manage the estate, so she offered the garden, the house and the remaining farmland to the RHS. In 1990 Rosemoor was opened to the general public.

In the same year, she made another visit to New Zealand and Hackenfalls Arboretum, where she married Bob Berry. You could say the marriage was rooted in a love of trees. The wedding took place in England, but she then went to live in New Zealand,in Gisbourne.

RHS Garden Rosemoor is now a major attraction in North Devon, with more than 100,000 visitors a year.

Chris Trigger.


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One hundred years ago – September 1915.

When the Bideford Workhouse Guardians held their monthly meeting it was reported there was little change in the numbers seeking help and support. On the 8th September there were 84 people housed indoors at Meddon Street, 9 casuals had been accommodated overnight and 318 people, mostly children, were out relieved. (This means they were placed with families across the town and a small subsistence paid). The cost was £38:16:10d this week. These figures vary for a multitude of reasons. For example the following week casuals increased to 12 whereas those out in the town fell a little. The workhouse was also seeking tenders for the supply of materials that could be made into clothing. Items of drapery sought include Saxony Flannel, Real Welsh Flannel, White Barras, Russian Crash and Blue striped print. Ready-made mens’ hand-knit grey stockings and women’s black-knit stockings were required. Footwear included Boys Cued and Nailed boots for 8 -16 year olds.

The Bideford, Westward Ho! and Appledore Railway track is in need of some urgent repair. A letter from Mr Sowden, the manager, is printed in response to a request from the Bideford Town Council. The repairs to the track curve outside the Art School at the far end of the Quay will take place at the earliest possible moment. There has been difficulty with the wood blocks at the corner, which was caused by the constant shrinkage of the made up ground over the Pill. The repairs were also delayed by the difficulty in getting steel rails in consequence of the war.

Each week the Situations Vacant column saw a constant demand for workers in the town and locality. There were two agencies specialising in domestic and ladies employment – Mrs Shutts Ladies Agency and Miss Birds Select Registry, both to be found in Bridgeland Street. Apprentice carpenters, dispensing chemists, butchers, cabinet makers are some trades that are always advertising. Domestic help, maids, strong boys and gardeners are needed. Trade continues despite the war but replacing the tradesmen is proving difficult.

The Public Rooms are showing, for one night only, the latest musical comedy “The Girl in a Taxi”

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.


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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – September.

The Appledore Fish Summer School activities have been running during the whole of August. Our last event is a Family Fishy Fun Day in St Mary’s Hall from on Tuesday 1st September with plenty of sessions with a fishy theme…An inter village Crab Dressing Competition at 2.00pm. A talk by Gus Caslake of SEAFISH about Sustainable Fishing at 11am.Delicious Fish Paella will be available from 12 noon and Crab sandwiches from 3.00pm. Drinks will be available all day. Also, Children’s activities will include making “Fisher Folk” Scarecrows and Guess the weight and name of the Crab. There will be stalls and music and we will be raising money for the local RNLI appeal. These are the local people who keep our fishermen and others safe at sea!

Here is a simple Paella recipe that is great to share with a crowd. Reminds me of happy days in the garden with lots of friends.

Paella made with local fish.

The secret of a good paella is to mix and fry gently the ingredients in the favoured oil before you cook the rice. This ensures plenty of flavour.


150 ml olive oil.

350g cleaned squid, sliced into rings, and tentacles chopped.

6 scallops, chopped in half.

2 red peppers.

4 chicken thighs or rabbit meat, diced (or125g piece chorizo sausage,diced)

4 garlic cloves,crushed.

1 onion,chopped.

250g paella rice (available from Marshford Organics)or basmati rice.

450 ml Fish Stock -home made or stock cube

1 teaspoon saffron strands.

100g peas.

300gms mussels in shells, cleaned.

salt and pepper.

lemon wedges, to serve.


1.Heat half the oil in a large frying pan and fry the squid and the scallops stirring for 5 mins. Remove with a slotted spoon, Add the peppers and fry for 5mins in the flavoured oil. Remove and add the chicken,rabbit or chorizo cubes, remaining oil, garlic and onion and fry for 5 mins.

2.Sprinkle in the rice and cook for 1 min. stirring so that the grains become well coated in the spicy oil.

3.Stir in the stock and saffron and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid or foil and cook gently for about 20 mins or until the rice is cooked through. Stir in the peas, along with the returned squid, scallops and peppers.

4.Push the mussels into the rice so that they are half submerged. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the mussels have opened. Discard any that remain closed.

5. Season and add lemon wedges to decorate and to squeeze over the dish. Enjoy!


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