Plough Arts Centre : July events.

9 – 11 Fore Street

Great Torrington

EX38 8HQ

Listings – July 2017

Box Office: 01805 624624

Until Sat 29 July.


The Edge of Landscape – Paintings by Ashley Hanson & Sara Bor.

Wed 26.


Family Arts Afternoon at Hartland Abbey.


Wed 26.


King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (12A).


Wed 26.


The Lost World’ at Hartland Abbey.


Wed 26.


Heartbreak Productions presents ‘Murder on the Terrace’ at Castle Hill, Filleigh.


Wed 26.


Slack Bay (15).


Thurs 27.


Northanger Abbey’ at Arlington Court (NT).


Thurs 27.

Live by satellite.

NTLive: Angels in America Pt 2 (15).


Thurs 27.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Hartland Abbey.


Fri 28.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (12A).


Fri 28.


My Cousin Rachel (12A).


Sat 29.


The Red Turtle (PG)


Sat 29.


The Emperor’s New Clothes at Badock Gardens, Holsworthy.


Sat 29.


African Salsa Orchestra Workshop.


Sat 29.


African Salsa Orchestra.


Sat 29.


My Cousin Rachel (12A).


Sun 30.


Encore Screening: Andre Rieu Maastricht Concert 2017.


Sun 30.


Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (12A).



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One hundred years ago – June 1917.

Many of the items of interest in this month’s editions are centred around agriculture and the implications the War is having on local businesses and farms.

Heard Bros are advertising Avery Farm Tractors for sale with additional tractors on their way “by Rail in this Country from America”.

Tattersills, grocers in Bideford, announce that growers of fruit may apply for sugar for preserving their produce. Special arrangements have been put in place by the Government and to obtain a supply you must apply in writing to Mr C. S. Rewcastle, Mincing Lane, London.

With the advent of some fine weather and the stopping of the Bideford to Appledore railway, there has been a considerable renewal of boating between Appledore and Bideford for marketing purposes. On Tuesday last over 20 boats brought marketgoers from Appledore and were moored near the flagstaff on Bideford Quay.

In local news, at Appledore 12 boats fishing in the estuary took 100 salmon ranging up to 23 lbs each on one tide.

At a meeting held in Hartland School and chaired by W.T. Braddick, a scheme for food production was discussed. Of 150,000 acres in Devon in food production, 60,000 are in North Devon and 5,000 additional men would be asked for from the government. 100 motor ploughs could be needed to achieve the target but ploughing small fields would be a problem.

In the editorial columns local soldiers are mentioned. Private W.S. Panter, Bideford, promoted to Corporal at 1/6 Devonshire Regt HQ. Gunner Henry Hopper of Meddon Street, Bideford, wounded. Two sons of Charles Northcott, Clifton Street, Bideford, promoted. Gunner Turner, Kingsley Terrace, Bideford, recently gassed, is now in hospital. Gunner Wilfred Foley, Cornwall Terrace, Clovelly Road, awarded DSM. Sgt Edward Hoooper, the third son of Thomas Hooper, Geneva Place, was missing is now confirmed dead. Randolph Goodenough of Meddon Street, passed away in France. There are six more reported deaths in the village and district news columns in one week alone.

Men aged between 41 and 50 are no longer considered for conscription but fit men will still be able to enlist.

Property for Sale: 11 Milton Place, Bideford, tenanted by Mr George Violet, 12 Milton Place, tenanted by William Verran and 13 Milton Place tenanted by Miss Nancekivell. Woodbine Cottage, Cross Street, Northam. A pasture field of 3 acres known as East Lamb Park adjoining Commons Farm, Northam.

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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June’s Youth Page.

Summer lovin’.

Summer’s close enough to smell. Mown grass, dewy flowers, tarmac so soft it appears to have melted; not ideal on the roads, but a good barometer of the seasons all the same… So when the hay fever’s raging and the cars are sinking fast, there’s a third problem in the distance – we need to get beach ready.

To be honest, an awful lot of us don’t, we just feel obliged to put in an appearance at the gym. Almost as though an idyllic trip to Gran Canaria is nice, too nice, and must be balanced out with a masochistic 3 hours lashed to an air-walker first, whereupon you realise 2,300 steps in, you’ve only burnt off half a kitkat bar, and there are more calories in the sports drink you’ve been carelessly chugging back all day, so all in all you’ve put on weight. No, Thomas Cook don’t accept payment in escrow anymore, they only seem to want it in blood, sweat and painful electrolytes.

It was a cruel twist of fate that put Easter just behind us too. No one wants to wield the wetsuit and bare all when they have 12 pounds of chocolate still coursing through their bloodstream. Lucky for us, Bideford has plenty of outlets to support a health kick. It also happens to have a selection of outdoor spots, and they are even more fun.

If you feel compelled to tone up, cycling can be one of the most serene ways to do it; spin-class not included. If budget cuts forced the Eurovision Song Contest and Tour de France to be held in the same stadium, the resultant strobe-lit, thigh-pounding mess would be very similar. Most gyms put on a Spin at least once each week, and they are intensely fun, but difficult to do every day. For a regular routine you can stick with, a cruise down the Tarka Trail might be easier.

Bideford, Barnstaple and Torrington have bicycle hire huts, so no matter what side of the Trail you start at, you can rent a bike for the afternoon without making the grandiose investment of actually buying one. They have three wheelers available if you are a little rusty (or maybe you just want to balance your shopping in the back? That’s the excuse we always give- “I don’t NEED a trike, but it’s much more practical this way…”) Whichever ride you choose, an exciting test is to see how far you can get in the allotted time-slot – manage to make it past Puffing Billy in two hours, and you could ride all the way out to the organic tea rooms for a cuppa. If you manage to make it even further than that one ‘noon, why not let us know? It’d be good to have a boast, and it might encourage the rest of us to take you on!

Gyms are perfect for controlled work outs- pinpointing which muscles are being maxed and how long for, but after the lethargy of winter, sometimes it’s good to just get moving. And what better way to work on your tan and be active at the same time than take to the countryside?

The beach and Tarka Trails are treadmills with scenery and the breezy river is just the sort of place to finesse your rowing style when you’re sick of the ergometer.

If you must be guilt-tripped into exercise this summer, there are plenty of more fun ways to do it.

Here at Buzz, we tried ourselves, hired a bike for 4 hours and made a 17 mile round trip past the reservoir.

If that doesn’t entitle us to a sneaky brownie and some juice at the tea rooms, we’ll eat our hats. Hopefully we won’t have to though; they’re just empty calories.

Millie Sutherland O’Gara

Photos by Arron Porter.


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A brief history of the Palladium Club.

The Club began life in 1919 as the stables for the Heavitree Inn. In 1926 it was the Palladium Cinema and the ticket office was situated where Patts’ Fruit and Vegetable shop now is in Mill St. Later it became a Gentlemen’s Club, then for many years it was the home of the SWEB Social Club.The Palladium Club developed from this, with the bar made from the original skittle alley.(You can still see the brass points where the pins used to be placed before people played.)

The club has evolved from being a members’ drinking club to what it is now, a music venue with acts, both from our local area and as far away as Europe and America. The club also offers the facilities for snooker, pool and darts and has its own teams which continue to support the club.

The club is an important part of Bideford giving musicians a place to play and learn their craft – it would be very sad to see it go. The new owner is Ben Nigh ; we wish him well.

Margie Hughes (former owner).


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Bideford Town Band summer concerts.


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Book Buzz – June.


‘A History of Photography in North Devon 1842 – 1914.’ by Peter Christie. £12.

A comprehensive account, not only of the personalities and careers of the professional photographers of the period, but also including many examples of their works. There are four appendices covering exhibitions, stereoscopic views, postcard publishers, and the photographers themselves. It should be of great interest to historians, genealogists, and anyone fascinated by the pictorial history of North Devon.



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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – June.


Skate – or now we call them ray – wings. These are the fish species that are most common and therefore sustainable and mainly caught in the Westcountry. You may have noticed that after “Masterchef ” programme the BBC direct you to the Marine Conservation Society website ; their entry for Skate/Ray says-“If buying spotted ray ask for ray fished in the Bristol Channel (and landed in Appledore) for assurance of better management in this fishery. The North Devon Fishermen Association (NDFA) members voluntarily adhere to a minimum landing size (MLS). of 45cm for all ray species to assist growth and spawning”.

Ray wings with asparagus and rosemary and garlic dressing.


10(lots)rosemary sprigs with leaves picked.

small tsp of sea salt.

1 large clove of garlic.

squeeze of lemon.

5 tbsp. extra virgin oil.

I large ray wing, halved, or 2 small ray wings.

100g plain flour.

230g asparagus, trimmed.


1.For the dressing, put the rosemary leaves in a pestle and mortar with the salt and (peeled) garlic clove. Pound relentlessly until you have a smooth paste – up to 10 minutes! Add a squeeze of lemon and slowly pour in 3tbsp olive oil, stirring as you go with the pestle until everything is combined.

2. Season the ray wings. Put the flour onto a plate and coat the fish on both sides. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium high heat. Fry the ray for 4-5 minutes on both sides, until cooked through and golden.

3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil, Simmer the asparagus for 2-3 minutes, until just tender but with a little bite. Drain well.

4. Serve the cooked ray wing with the asparagus and the dressing drizzled over.


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Buzz Word – June.


Can you help?

I am looking for information on the lane now known as May Hilder Way which is the footpath between Kingsley Terrace and Atlantic Way, Westward Ho! No one, not even Northam Town Council who named the footpath seem to know who May Hilder was. Nor is it known who maintains the footpath or who created the original path, although Torridge District Council were approached and asked to maintain it according to the Northam Council Minutes of 3rd June 2003.

I would appreciate any help as the footpath is part of Westward Ho’s past history and its future.

Many thanks

Alan F Fulford.


Thank you Millie.

What an excellent article by Millie covering the WHAAM JR concert of 24th March appearing in your May edition. Millie is such an enthusiast and she will be hard to replace when she goes to University. Please convey my very best wishes to her and thank her for a great article. This was well received by many people.

I hope we will keep in touch with her and she is always welcome to attend future WHAAM concerts and join our facebook page.

Thanks to you too Rose for making all this possible.

John Barton.


Appeal for the oldest Old Boy?.

With the annual reunion of the Barnstaple Boys’ Secondary Modern School fast approaching the organiser, Gerald Thorne, is trying to find the oldest North Devon boy that attended the school.?The boys school started in 1939, closed 1972 , and some of the pupils that started at the school at its inception have been to previous reunions, but no record was kept. ?Gerald is appealing to all the old boys, now scattered all over North Devon, or anyone to find the information. Bearing in mind that they will have started at the school at the age of eleven some could be well into their eighties. “Sadly we have lost so many old boys over the years that our numbers are dwindling. However we are looking forward to another great reunion at the Barnstaple Rugby Club on the evening of the 24th of June this year”, said Gerald.”

If you know of anyone from the school who is eighty and beyond please contact Tony Freeman on 01271850255, who will be endeavouring to find the oldest pupil for Gerald.

Tony Freeman.



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Shipping notes No. 146 (April/ May).


In port – Yelland Quay.

Celtic Crusader – built 1994; ex- Scorpion 2009, Lamego ’13; flag Cardiff, UK; owners British; crew Polish, Russian, Ukrainian; from Glensanda to Teignmouth; arrived 8/5, sailed 9/5; discharged 3,500 tons chippings.

Shipping at Bideford.

Whilst at Portishead on the 22nd April I collected a time table for the Balmoral ; she is due to make 2 visits to Bideford on 18th August and Sunday 3rd Sept coming from Ilfracombe and returning there. This of course weather permitting.

The new Harbour Master at Bideford is Capt. Labistour (more about him next month.)

Shipping at Appledore.

Arco Dee, 26/4 – 29/4.   This is the first time since 2004 that she returned to the river ; after this visit she returned to her usual dredging area off the South Coast.

Bristol Channel Observations.

14/4 at 16.47 container ship Nordic Hamburg, 13,000 tons d.w, owners Nordic Hamburg Group Germany, inward bound for Portbury.( Seen again on the 16th at 15.07, having sailed at 08.57.)

16/4 at 14.20 bulk carrier Buna Arrow, 55,967 tons d.w, owners New Fortune Maritime SA Taiwan, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.00 bulk carrier Lucky Sunday, 80,372 tons d.w., owners Skipper Marine Ltd Ukraine, inward bound for Portbury.

17/4 at 12.20 vehicle carrier Eastern Highway, 12,991 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen KK Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

18/4 at 07.30 tanker Terry, 15,441 tons d.w, owners Terry Shipping Corp Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.55 vehicle carrier Grande Benin, Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury (Seen again on the 19th at 11.30 outward bound.) At 20.00 bulk carrier Kumano Lily, 32,292 tons d.w., owners Foreland Panama SA Japan, inward bound for Avonmouth.

19/4 at 07.23 cruise ship Marco Polo, 22,080 tons gross, owners Cruise and Maritime Voyages, inward bound for Avonmouth.

24/4 at 18.17 bulk carrier Genco Champion, 28,445 tons d.w., owners Genco Shipping and Trading USA , inward bound for Newport.

25/4 at 08.04 cargo vessel Wilson Bilbao, 3,735 tons d.w, owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, inward bound for Cardiff. At 13.15 bulk carrier Sagar Samrat, 76,404 tons d.w.,owners Tata NK Shipping PTE Ltd Singapore, inward bound for Port Talbot.

1.5.17 at 15.50 cargo vessel Velsedijk, 4,891 tons d.w, owners Velsedijk 11 V Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness, (having sailed on 28th ,08.45 & having been anchored in Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders). At 16.00 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w.,owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

2/5 at 08.40 chemical tanker Stolt Auk, 5,064 tons d.w., owners Stolt Nielson Rotterdam, inward bound for Barry; (also seen again 3.5.17 at 18.45 outward bound, having sailed at 14.58.) At 18.28 cruise ship Marco Polo, 22,080 tons gross, owners Cruise and Maritime Voyages, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Also seen again on 3.5.17 at 19.35 having sailed from Avonmouth at 13.46.) At 18.33 container ship Vega Philip, 10,600 tons d.w., owners Vega Philip Schiffahts Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 13.46.

4/5 at 17.28 buoy tender vessel Galatea, 1,200 tons d.w., owners Trinity House Harwich, outward bound from Port Talbot Anchorage, having sailed at 18.53 3rd. At 17.40 vehicle carrier Hoegh Xiamen, 12,250 tons d.w, owners Hoegh Autoliners Shipping A/S Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

5/5 at 12.04 cargo vessel Sea Kestrel, 2225 tons d.w, owners Torbulk ltd UK, inward bound for Avonmouth.

7/5 at 11.35 vehicle carrier Mignon, 28,127 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 07.12. At 12.07 vehicle carrier Vega Leader, 16,396 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.16 cargo vessel Velserdijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Velsedijk 11 BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness .At 19.40 vehicle carrier Manon 14,863 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 15.05.

8/5 at 17.55 cargo vessel Boreas Venture, 43,389 tons d.w, owners Diderot Financement SNC, inward bound for Newport.

9/5 at 09.05 tanker Atlantic Wind, 15,019 tons d.w, owners Atlantic Wind GMH Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

Regards, Norman.

01271 861183.


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One hundred years ago – May 1917.


The main theme this month is the state of the food supply. In his regular column for allotment holders, “Spadeworker” encourages the growing of carrots as the most important root crop; varieties such as Red Elephant, James Intermediate and Long Surrey are recommended.

Kohl Rabi is also a good vegetable as it is not affected by drought. Also mentioned are leeks, vegetable marrows, peas and Jerusalem artichokes. Lime and soot mixed together makes an effective insecticide.

Early potatoes grown under glass at Stevenstone, near Torrington, have been lifted and have given good results.

Cockcrow” in his column reminds poultry keepers that meat is an essential part of their birds’ diet. Left-over meat scraps and offal should be cooked and mixed with meal. A good supply of fresh water is also important.

Later in the month another appeal from Mr Osborn and Mr Labbett is printed, this time asking for people to become Food Controllers. These people will take the lead in using substitutes for wheat in bread-making. Suggested alternatives include rice, oatmeal, barley, maize flour, dried peas and beans. The “Win the war cookery book” contains 100 useful recipes and is available from stationers and bookshops for 2d. (Does anyone have a copy of this book?)

Bakers across the area are appealing for their staff to be exempt from military service. Their argument is that people who bake bread at home eat it in larger quantities than if it is bought from a baker, thus depleting the wheat stocks.

Lord Fortescue, writing to the paper from his estate at Castle Hill, exhorts readers to avoid waste of every kind and to keep within the recommended rations. (At this time, there was no compulsory rationing imposed by the Government.)

In contrast to all the talk of shortages, Farleigh’s Stores appear to have a plentiful supply of bacon, advertising in the paper every week.

Once again there are several farms up for sale. Additionally, Blackmore’s Stable Yard is selling off 10 different carriages and carts, together with the harnesses, saddles and all other accoutrements.

On the back page of the paper for 22 May, the Gazette prints a column showing the Local Tide Tables for a ten-day period. (Is this the first time that this has appeared in the paper?)

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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The local music scene.

Being of pensionable age I’m probably too old to be writing this!

Recently I’ve been listening to BBC Devon’s Saturday evening radio programme on introducing new music from around the county. Last week they interviewed the singer from a band called ‘One man Boycott’ from Barnstaple in which he talked positively about music in North Devon. We have lots of bands living and playing locally including the Rivals, the Skata Tones, Falling Apart and the Oscar Young Band. Music from some of these local bands can be found on iTunes and Bandcamp.

Pete Bruntnell, who lives in Braunton, has had albums voted in the ‘Best 20 Americana albums of the year’ in national music magazines and Small Town Jones, also from Braunton has released albums to much acclaim.

One venue in Bideford where you can see local and national bands is the Palladium Club, just off Mill Street at the bottom of Lower Gunstone. Wilco Johnson, formerly of Dr Feelgood, has played there in recent years along with members of Ian Dury’s band, the Blockheads. Some local pubs – the Joiners and the Kingsley in Northam among others, also have local band evenings.

Slightly further afield, the Chill Bar in Ilfracombe has a friendly ambience: TV Smith, who fronted the Adverts, a group that had hits during the days of Punk, played there in early April. Petroc’s Factory venue in Barnstaple will be playing host to George Ezra and ‘From the Jam’ in the near future and the Plough in Torrington regularly presents a wide range of music.

Some of the larger towns and cities have lots of opportunities to listen to live music, but it’s good to know that there are local opportunities too!

Pete E.

(See Millie’s report on WHAAM below…..)

More next month on the Palladium Club.


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Walking the Coast Path; Mouthmill.

This is a beach of contrasts. A stream idly trickles through football-sized boulders down to the sea, while soothing sweeps of light-brown sand provide a backdrop to jutting rock formations that point arrow-like towards the Atlantic. It’s a place for exploring rather than lounging, though flat grassy areas above the sea wall are ideal for reclining on while you listen to the babble of water below. (from ‘Secret beaches of the South West’).

There’s a beautiful bluebell wood between Mouthmill and the car park at Brownsham – ‘a patchwork of vibrant blues, carpeting the lush green valley.’ Winbury Hill, an Iron age fort, looks down on Mouthmill and Blackchurch Rock – an ideal vantage point.  Was this remote spot ideal for smugglers to haul ashore their contraband without fear of discovery?  Blackchurch rock is awe inspiring – a natural arch with two windows carved out by the ravages of nature. (from ‘Mouthmill – Beautiful North Devon’).


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Shipping notes No. 145 (March/ April).

Bideford Quay.

No shipping movements since last issue. Capt Hoad, the Harbour Master and Pilot, retired as Harbour Master on the 31st March but will be staying on as pilot to help to train his replacement. I would like to thank Capt. Hoad for all his help supplying information which has assisted the preparation of the shipping page.

Shipping at Appledore.

No shipping at Appledore. The next vessel for the Irish Navy the Le George Bernard Shaw is due to be launched at the end of 2017 with delivery in early 2018.

Shipping at Yelland.

None since last issue ; however there is a vessel due with chippings from Glensanda on or about the 22nd April.

Bristol Channel Observations.

20.3 at 15.13 vehicle carrier Gentle Leader, 21,122 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel in the colours of Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.15 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,284 tons d.w. ,owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on the 22.3.17 at 08.113 having sailed at 03.56. ) At 18.30 vehicle carrier Ciudad de Cadiz 3500 tons d.w.,owners Anita 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury.

22.3 at 08.55 container vessel BF Cartegena, 5,218 tons d.w., owners Paula Bijan Foroohari Schiffahrts K.G Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 12.27, vehicle carrier Athens Highway, 18,809 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 12.47.

23.3 at 09.20 cargo ship Frisian River, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Frisian River BU Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 09.23 cargo vessel Geervliet, 3,799 tons d.w, owners Geervliet Shipping Co CV Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport.

25.3 at 11.15 vehicle carrier Cape Town Highway 21676 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan , inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on the 26.3 at 08.43, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.55.)

26.3 at 08.35 cargo vessel Pilsum, 2,372 tons d.w, owners Roland Coastal Marine GMH Germany, inward bound for Cardiff. At 09.15 cargo vessel Lady Anne-Lynn, 3,688 tons d.w, owners Lady Anne-Lynn Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport. At 10.37 cargo vessel Azburg, 9,085 tons d.w., owners Azburg Shipping Co Turkey, inward bound for Swansea. At 10.50 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

1.4 at 11.30 the vintage passenger ship Stockholm, 361 gross tons, owners Ishavet AB Sweden, inward bound for Bristol ; she went to anchor close to the Oldenburg’s berth at Lundy, left on the Sunday morning and anchored close to Clovelly, and sailed on the Sunday lunch time for Bristol. (She returned to Lundy 6.4.17 before finally sailing off to Caldey Island). At 15.25 cargo vessel Arklow Valley, 5,169 tons d.w, owners Acoca Shipping Eire, outward bound from Birdport, having sailed at 10.31. At 16.15 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury ; (seen again on 2.4.17 at 14.35, having sailed at 10.20.)

2.4 at 14.02 chemical tanker Stolt Kittewake, 4,170 tons d.w, owners Stolt Nielsen BV Netherlands ,outward bound from Barry, having sailed at 10.11. At 15.30 cargo vessel Jade, 3,250 tons d.w.,owners Wagenborg Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

5.4 at 18.25 tanker Acacia Noir, 5,895 tons d.w. ,owners White Flag Ventures LL Sweden , outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 13.56.

7.4 at 09.12 bulk carrier Berge Ishizuchi, 181,458 tons d.w, owners Bergesen Worldwide ASA Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 06.10.

8.4 at 18.20 cargo vessel Lady Jasmin, 11,307 tons d.w., owners Jasmin Shipping Corp Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 19.10 vehicle carrier Bishu Highway, 17,649 tons d.w.,owners Kawasaki Kisen K.K. Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

10.4 at 11.55 vehicle carrier Diamond Highway, 19,086 tons d.w, owners Diamond Car Carriers SA Japan Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

I would like to thank the Friends of the Burton Art Gallery for listening to my talk on Bideford and Appledore shipping, and their donation to ‘Buzz’ funds.

Regards, Norman.


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One hundred years ago – April 1917.

On behalf of Miss Penhale, auctioneers Smyth-Richards, Stapleton and Fox are selling two lots of property:

Thornbury and Higher Thorne’,a farm of 140 acres with stone and slate buildings and a thatched cottage.  Two arable fields at Horestone Cross, comprising 19 acres.

Miss Penhale is also selling all her livestock and machinery, including 35 good quality growing bullocks, 160 sheep and lambs, a handsome cart mare (5 years old) and 4 fat pigs. (Ed – Is Miss Penhale having to give up due to the shortage of labour and horses?).

The case of a widow with 4 sons at the front, who has land and seed potatoes, but no-one to plant them, has prompted Northam UDC to release employees to help with food production, at the discretion of the surveyor.

New prices for ‘eating’ potatoes have been announced by the Food Controller- retailers can now charge 1¾d per pound. Some farmers and market traders have been heavily fined for selling seed potatoes at “prices beyond the maximum” which police consider a very serious offence. The Master of the Torrington Board of Guardians says the present stock of ‘eating potatoes’ will not last more than 5 weeks.

After the cold spring, the Board of Agriculture advises bee-keepers to use a feeding syrup made up of special coloured candy, unfit for human consumption but fit for bees. The spring mixture should be 1 lb of candy to ¾ pint of hot water, with a less concentrated mixture to be used in the autumn if needed.

Despite the cold spring, salmon fishing by rod and line has opened well, with several fish over 20 lbs being caught. The water of the Torridge is in good condition and fish are plentiful.

Poultry keeping is becoming popular, with several adverts for birds and eggs. The well-known breeds like Rhode Island Reds and Leghorns are joined by less familiar names – LaBresse, Langshans, Wyandottes, Plymouth Rock, Silver Campines and Sicilian Buttercups.

Heard Brothers arranged two successful tractor ploughing demonstrations, one in Percy Squires’ 5 acre field at Bowood and a second in Mr Pennington’s field at Ashridge. Over 100 people attended in spite of the short notice. Following the demonstrations, Norman Heard writes that he has instructions from the Board of Agriculture to engage additional men to operate their equipment in a large area to the west of Bideford; usual rates of pay will apply.

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 – April.

The delicious dish below is traditionally cooked for family celebrations on Easter Sunday.

Salt Cod, Basque Style – Bacalao a la Vizcaina – 4 servings.


450g/1lb dried salt cod or pollack.

2 medium onions, finely chopped.

3 tbsp. olive oil.

3 large cloves of garlic.

1 slice firm white bread, toasted and chopped.

1 sweet red pepper – seeded and chopped.

900g/2lbs tomatoes; peeled,seeded and finely chopped (or 2 tins chopped tomatoes.)

5ml/1tsp. sweet paprika.

40ml/2 tbsp. parsley, chopped.

450g/1lb potatoes,cooked and sliced.

123ml/4fl oz. dry sherry.

freshly ground pepper.

Green olive, triangles of fried bread or toast and canned pimento for garnish.


1.Soak the cod/pollack in cold water for 24 hrs /overnight (at least 12hrs) changing the fresh cold water frequently. (Check out Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall’s cookbook for salting your own pollack or cod if you cannot order it from the fish counters.)

2. Put soaked fish into a saucepan with cold water to cover and one of the chopped onions, bring to the simmer and cook over very low heat for 20 mins. or until the fish is tender. When it is cool enough to handle remove any skin and bones and cut it into 3.5cm/1-2ins pieces.

3. In food processor or blender combine the toast, pepper, tomatoes and paprika and reduce to a puree. Add to the frying pan and cook until the mixture is thick and well blended, about 10 mins. Add the parsley, potatoes, cod and sherry, a little water in which the fish was cooked and ground pepper to taste. Simmer over very low heat just long enough to heat the mixture through, about 5 mins.

4. Serve on a warmed charger(large serving plate). Add bread cut in triangles around the edges and garnish with green olives and pimiento. This looks and taste great!

We will be visiting the Crab festival in Salcombe, South Devon, on Sunday 30th April ; there are still spaces in my car. So if you fancy a fishy day out please contact Felicity Sylvester- or 07918 779060


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