Felicity’s fish cookery – November.

November is the best month for Clovelly Herrings and they are full of roe as the winter draws in.

On the 30th November, St Andrew Day the village keeps the catch for their own food, so no one is hungry through the winter! Let’s hope the weather is benign as they still catch the fish in an open boat with sails, called a Picharooner. This is about 18 foot long and is worked by one or two fishermen who shake each fish out of the net. Sometimes several hundred (or a Mease) or more are caught in a nights’ fishing. This method of fishing has been carried out for centuries. Please contact me if you would like some fresh herring delivered.

Here is our favourite Clovelly Herring Dish to feed the family or a group of friends, very economically.

This recipe is from Ann Burnham and uses seasonal vegetables and fruit. We have cooked it already with several groups. It is quick and simple to make and tastes lovely!

Clovelly Herring and Apple Bake

Ingredients (serves 4/6)

set oven 180C /Gas 5.

4/6 Herrings-filleted, trimmed and sliced.

3 onions, sliced.

1 Cox’s apple, cored and sliced.

6 potatoes, peeled and sliced.

250ml /10 fl oz Milk and 100ml /5 fl oz cream mixed together.


Saute Onions in butter, season.

Grease a large ovenproof pie dish.

Put a layer of potatoes in the dish and continue with layers of onion, herring, apple and potatoes. Season each layer.

Finish with a top layer of potatoes.

Pour over milk and cream combined

Bake for 1-1 1/2hrs, depending on depth of dish.

Felicity Sylvester 07918 779 060


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Buzz Word – November.

Send us your Buzzes…. Write to editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk or to the address on front page.

Orchard Wanted.

I have been hoping for some time to plant a small orchard in this area, but have failed to find one/two  acres for sale. If you can help please contact me at mave22new@ talktalk.net or 01237 472565.

Mavis Dowling.

A showcase of stars.

On the 27th, 29th and 30th November, Westward Ho! Youth Theatre Group is putting on a variety show at Kingsley Hall, to showcase its members’ talents. The acts range from comedy sketches; to singing and dancing, with some uplifting and fun chorus numbers. This year a percentage of the proceeds from the show and raffle will be donated to a fund set up for Ashton Cain.

Ashton is eight years old and has been diagnosed with an aggressive desmoid tumour in his neck. It is unusual for a child to be diagnosed so young and it is uncommon to have it develop firstly in his neck. This is a very rare but life threatening condition of which there is no known cure. He has just started chemotherapy to see if they can shrink the tumour which is inoperable. The fund is to make his life a little easier whilst he is undergoing treatment and to assist the family financially as his treatment will involve extensive hospital visits. The family are extremely keen to raise awareness of this rare condition.Westward Ho! Youth Theatre Group is made up of talented and enthusiastic kids between the ages of eight and 18 and is run entirely by volunteers. There is a long waiting list of kids wishing to join, which is testament to its reputation and the desire for kids to be part of this amazing youth theatre group.

Please book tickets for this production via the website www.whytg.co.uk, or alternatively please call Sarah White on 07718 619642. Tickets are priced at £5.00 for adults, £4.00 for youths, seniors and concessions and £15.00 for a family of four. For discounted group rates please contact Sarah.


(Publicity Officer for WHYTG).

Bideford Music Club.

Elen Hydref (Harpist) will be performing to Bideford Music Club for their concert on 5th November at 7.30 pm. at Bideford Methodist Church Hall, High Street. Tickets are £12.50 (students free) and will be available at the door.

The Appledore Singers are changing rehearsal venue. From Monday 3rd November (7-9pm) we shall be at Appledore Baptist Church. Any ladies who wish to join us are more than welcome. Contact Pam Beechey on 01237 420652.

SS ‘Thistlemore’.

I am researching my family history and discovered that a relative of mine drowned at Bideford  Bay, on December 3rd 1909. I then saw an item in your magazine (Buzz November 2010 ) written by Mike Davy, which  gave reference to the monument which was to be erected in memory of the 21 men who drowned when SS ‘Thistlemore’ was lost in Bideford Bay on December 3rd 1909. My Grand-Uncle was one of the crew, and his name is on the monument  as T. Fuzzaro; he was actually called James Fuzzard and came from Guernsey and was the ship’s cook. It is grave FE3, and is located near Bone Hill at the north gate of Northam Church.  I am not too sure if there is not a plaque in the church also. At that time two cottages were being built and they were named Thistlemore in memory of the men who drowned. Sad times. One day I would love to see the memorial for myself. At least his body was washed ashore so he was able to be buried.

Lydia Kirkham.

(Robin Stowell has taken a photo of monument and grave and forwarded to Lydia – Ed).


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Freemasonry in Bideford.

‘Buzz’ has been very fortunate to receive various donations from Bideford’s Freemasons. They are well known for their charitable work and many local organisations have benefited from their fund-raising.

I asked Peter Christie what he could tell us about the history of the Lodge.

The following information is taken from his book, ‘ More North Devon History,’ originally published in the North Devon Journal-Herald 23/5/1985.

In 1843 the fourth lodge called ‘Benevolence’ was formed. Early members included the Town Clerk and the Mayor TB Chanter and this is the one that still remains today.

Its original home was in the Commercial Reading Room, an earlier forerunner of the town library. It moved from there to the Newfoundland hotel (now Mr Chips) thence to 9, Grenville street (now the Cafe Collective). From these premises the lodge moved to a hall in Bridgeland Street and finally secured its own rooms in October 1875 in the present day Masonic Hall in the same street. This was once the home of Thomas Stucley, a noted eccentric, and opposite the Conservative Club. (Home of Dr Ackland – see article ‘A Nineteenth-Century Bideford Doctor’).

The Victorian newspapers have various reports of this lodge – generally in January when new officers were installed and the annual banquet was held. For many years this was in the New Inn where ‘Brother Ascott’ was the host.

The lodge can look back at some 200 years of masonic history in Bideford – a very long period of connection with the town.”

(For the full story, read ‘More North Devon History’ by Peter Christie).


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A Nineteenth-Century Bideford Doctor.

William Henry Ackland was born in Bideford in 1825 and was the son of a doctor. His father, also William Ackland, had been apprenticed to a surgeon and apothecary in Bideford, but William Henry trained at University College Hospital in London. He lived at 23, Bridgeland Street, in the house which is now the Conservative Club, with his wife and seven children. Between 1851 and 1893 he built up a large practice, which stretched from Bradworthy and Clovelly to Instow and out to Lundy. He generally visited between 8 and 15 patients a day. When he went by sea to Lundy to treat a labourer working there, he sent his bills to Mr Heaven who then owned the island, and if he was seeing one of the lighthouse keepers the bill went to Trinity House. He also went as far as Eggesford. In order to visit the Earl of Portsmouth at Eggesford House the doctor caught the train from Bideford, was collected from Eggesford Station by carriage, saw his patients who might be members of the family (the Earl had 6 sons and 6 daughters) or servants, stayed the night and returned by train the next day. Other visits were made on horseback or in a horse-drawn brougham.

Charles Kingsley was a close friend and godfather to Dr Ackland’s eldest son, who was named Charles Kingsley Ackland. Like Kingsley, Dr Ackland was concerned for the health of the poorer people. He courted wealthy patients – and the fees he charged them seemed extraordinarily high in some cases – and he treated some poorer patients for little or nothing. Occasional bartering took place, for instance when treatment for the children of Bideford saddler Walter Chope was exchanged for a new saddle for Dr Ackland’s horse.

He obtained letters of recommendation from patients such as the Earl of Portsmouth and Henry Hamlyn-Fane of Clovelly and as a result obtained the position of Justice of the Peace and the first Medical Officer of Health for Bideford. In a letter to Mr Fane of Clovelly, the Earl of Portsmouth wrote,

Mr Dear Fane, I have written to the Chancellor on behalf of Dr Ackland and I have no doubt that Dr A will be a JP for Bideford. There cannot be a more fit and proper man. He is by far the most talented man in the town and of the highest attainments. He may not be as great a consumer of gin and water and port wine. Yrs Portsmouth.’ The Earl was known to be fond of his drink, while Dr Ackland was probably a teetotaller.

He attended the wealthy Mrs Elwes of Walland Carey at Buck’s Cross and seems to have persuaded her that funding was needed for medical attention for the poor of Buck’s Mills. He then provided their medical care and when Mrs Elwes died she left a sum of money, the interest on which allowed his visits to continue.

Naturally the middle classes of Bideford would have been impressed by these illustrious connections and would want him as their doctor. He used homeopathic remedies alongside conventional medicine. Homeopathy was fashionable at the time because it was used by the Royal Family, so this would also have increased his popularity. He was instrumental in setting up the Dispensary on Bideford Quay and the first isolation hospital on Alverdiscott Road.

There seemed to be a certain amount of rivalry between the doctors in Bideford, judging by accounts of disagreements in the local papers. Dr Ackland’s 1867 diary contained a reference to a visit to a woman in labour. He said she was ‘first seen by Dr Pridham, afterwards by Mr Turner, subsequently by self. I succeeded in turning the child after ineffectual attempts by Dr Pridham and Mr Turner.’

An elderly lady who remembered Dr Ackland claimed that she saw him meet his friend Charles Kingsley in the street and Kingsley asked him where he was going. The doctor waved his hands in a characteristic way and said airily ‘Oh, westward, ho!’ meaning Northam Burrows, as the village of that name did not then exist. Supposedly this gave the author the idea for the title of his book.

William Ackland’s son, Charles Kingsley Ackland, also trained as a doctor and practised in the Strand until about 1930. Charles’s daughter Judith was an artist whose work is displayed in the Burton Art Gallery.

Liz Shakespeare.

Liz Shakespeare is the author of four books set in the Bideford area. Dr Ackland is one of the main characters in ‘The Turning of the Tide’. Photo courtesy of Wellcome Institute, London.


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One hundred years ago – November 1914.

The town is beginning to receive civilian and military casualties from the war across the channel. Six Belgian refugees have arrived in Bideford and will be looked after by Dr. Goddard in his Bridgeland Street house. A total of 21 are staying at the Bath House and another group are in a cottage at Westward Ho! One has served in the Belgian army and has been wounded twice.

The death is announced of Major Humphrey St Leger Stucley of the Grenadier Guards, who died from his injuries received at the Front. He was 38 years old and the youngest son of Sir George & Lady Stucley of Moreton Park, Bideford.

The newly formed Royal North Devon Hussars enrolled Herbert Baglow, F Heath, J H Palmer, W E Galliford, J H Parsons and C E Linceey . All these men are from the town of Bideford.

Bideford Rural District Council sent a note of Condolence to the widow of Mr J Pennington, the town Sanitary Inspector, who has recently died. At a council meeting it was decided to advertise for another Inspector of Nuisances at a salary of £65 per annum.

Farleighs Stores advertise choice Sweet Hog brand bacon, Breakfast bacon at 10½d per lb and boast that all their bacon is now sliced by “modern machinery”. To accompany this they have choice cooking eggs at 10 for one shilling.

Tattersalls in Market Place Bideford warn that Christmas Pudding Fruits will be dearer this year due to the obvious hardships and shortages, however Bideford & District Hospital acknowledge with thanks the receipt of 10 brace of pheasants from Lord Clinton and his estate.

From Bideford and District Archives

A rare treat in the newspaper during the month was a picture of the newly elected Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford, Councillor S Redclift and Mrs Chope.


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Shipping news No. 117 (September/ October 2014).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Celtic Forester - (ex- Spica ’94, Anitab ’01, Jork ’06) built 1984 : flag, Cardiff : owners British : crew Polish : from Glensanda to Teignmouth : arrived 5/10, sailed 6/10 : loaded 3,500 tons chippings.

Lady Anna - built 2012 : flag Delfzijl, Netherlands : owners Dutch : crew Dutch, Ukrainian,& Philippino : from Glensanda to Birdport : arrived 12/10, sailed 13/10 : loaded 3,500 tons chippings.

No cargoes at Bideford since last edition. (There is a vessel due early November to load clay for Spain).

Arco Dart at Appledore 25.9.14, 28.9.14.

Oldenburg has ceased her voyages to Lundy for the summer; she will no doubt be off to Sharpness for drydocking.

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

Bristol Channel Observations

16.9.14 at 11.54 cargo vessel Helas, 3,850 tons d.w, owners Hermann Lohmann Bereederungen GMBH Germany. (In the last edition I stated she had sailed from Yelland on 15th – however she did not sail until the 16th bound for Birdport).

21.9.14 at 11.02 vehicle carrier Garnet Leader, 21,020 tons d.w, owners Ray Car Carriers Ltd Douglas IOM, in the colours of Nippon Yusen Kaisha, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.02 bulk carrier Inventana, 44,054 tons d.w, owners Masterbulk PTE Ltd Singapore, in the colours of Westfal Larsen Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

24.9.14 at 12.37 vehicle carrier Grande Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury. At 12.47 bulk carrier Navara, 51,624 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.50 dredger Mannin 172 gross tons, owners Padstow Harbour, outward bound from Ilfracombe; she had previously been work at the buoys in Appledore.

26.9.14 at 12.07 cargo vessel Universal Durban, 22,983 tons d.w, owners Universal Durban BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth . (Seen again on 29.9.14 at 16.37, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 09.10).

27.9.14 at 0932, cargo vessel Helen Anna, 3,650 tons d.w, owners Helen Anna Schiffahrts GHMB Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 14.26 cargo vessel Sea Melody, 3,713 tons d.w,owners Saturn Shipping Ltd Grimsby, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 19.20 26th. At 14.30 cargo vessel Terschelling, 6,000 tons d.w, owners Terschelling Shipping CV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 14.50 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping BV Netherlands seen passing Bull Point , inward bound for Avonmouth.

29.9.14 at 17.24 cable ship Resolute, 10,217 tons d.w, owners Tyco Resolute Inc Spain, having sailed from Avonmouth at 10.46.

1.10.14 at 07.40 bulk carrier Fu An Ha, 30,000 tons d.w, owners Pearl Fortune Trading Ltd China, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 00.36.

4.10.14 at 13.46 cargo vessel Blue Dragon, 3,696 tons d.w, owners Wolfgand Grimpe Marine Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 04.12

5.10.14 at 08.58 vehicle carrier Viking Chance, 10,834 tons d.w, owners Gram Car Carriers AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

10.1014 at 12.18 vehicle carrier Grande Italia, 12,594 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 07.57.

11.10.14 at 07.28 tanker Triple A, 13,040 tons d.w, owners Walworth Holding SA Greece, inward bound for Cardiff. At 10.03 tanker Grace Victoria, 74,999 tons d.w, owners Astraea Maritime SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed 05.59. At 14.27 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth.

Regards, Norman.


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Exmoor Pony Centre; December events.

News from the Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, Dulverton, TA22 9QE

Sundays 14th and 21st December Santa Sundays – advance booking is essential. Please ring 01398 323093 for more details.

Christmas cards, calendars and presents are available from our shop, or you can order by phone or online; don’t leave it too late.

Would you like to hold a fund-raising event to support your local endangered breed? Contact us for any details you need or just go ahead and surprise us with how much you raised!

If you are looking for a present for a pony lover, what about adopting one of our rare-breed Exmoors and helping us with our work. We also have calendars and Christmas cards and many other gifts for sale so come up and see our shop or order online from www.exmoorponycentre.org.uk

Everyone at the Exmoor Pony Centre and all involved with the Moorland Mousie Trust wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. If you plan to visit over the Festive Season please check our reduced opening hours.

Please check our opening times over the Christmas period as they will be restricted to allow staff some time off. If you are making a special journey to see us during the winter months, do ring to check that the Centre will be open.

Over the last year the Moorland Mousie Trust has been busy encouraging interest in the local rare breed Exmoor pony; we are happy to advise and assist anyone with handling privately purchased young stock to help new owners get started on a good basis for building up a rewarding relationship.

Foal Handling courses in November showed those attending how we approach the young stock that have come direct from their moorland herds to the Centre and the way in which we gain their trust, making each stage of the process a simple transition.

Over the winter the staff will continue with backing some of the older ponies that are now ready for the next stage of their training; this, like the other work, is done quietly and calmly to show them that there is nothing to fear. In time some of these ponies will become riding ponies at the Centre though initially they will only be ridden by trained members of staff.

A number of ponies owned by the Trust are doing a great job of conservation grazing at various sites around the country and the quieter months are also a good time to go out and check how they are doing.

Please follow our activities on “theexmoorponycentrefanpage” on Facebook or make a donation through our website www.moorlandmousietrust.org.uk and help us to continue our work through 2015. Thank you all for your support.


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Buzz Word – October.

Send us your Buzzes…. Write to editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk or to the address on front page.

Norland Nannies.

I am wondering if you can help with some information about the wartime premises occupied by the Norland Nursery in Bideford early in the war. I was one of their resident charges at the time but have no memory whatsoever of the place.

They took over a Regency type property, Belvoir House, which I assume was on the Belvoir Road. I’d like to try and locate it, if it’s still standing, to see whether seeing it again will call up any memories.

I wonder if there are any (by now very elderly) folk in Bideford who recall seeing the Norland nannies with their distinctive brown uniforms?

Will be grateful for any info you can turn up.

Paulette Pratt ppratt172@gmail.com

Re a thankyou letter (August Buzz)

Do please add another letter for the so very kind and generous Bridge Trust which gives to those of us who are disabled.

What a delightful town Bideford is!

Jean Williams.

Hunger for Justice.

Northam Methodist Church are supporting Christian Aid’s ‘Hunger for Justice’ weekend on October 18th/19th, 10- 5 on Saturday and 10-3 on Sunday, with an austerity lunch after morning worship.

Various stalls, displays and talks. We are collecting hand tools in any condition as well as sewing and knitting items for re use by charities to teach trades to enable people to work, earn money and have a route out of the poverty trap. We are urging people to make the world a fairer place for all.

Carole Pegg.


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The Torridge Sealock.

Torridge Sealock top gates.

Anyone who has been to the harbour at Bude will know the canal basin and sea lock where the Bude Canal meets the sea. Far fewer people are aware that just three miles up the Torridge from Bideford port is the Torridge sea lock, where the canal from Torrington opens into the tidal waters of the estuary. Strictly speaking such a lock should be called a tide lock, but in this case it was built by navvies and engineers who had just completed work on the Bude Sea Lock and so gave it the name of Sealock, which has stuck for nearly 200 years.

When the lock and the canal basin to which it gave access from the tideway were built, the whole area between Annery Kiln and the river was a hive of industrial activity including the lime kiln, pottery kilns, brick works and a major ship building yard. Despite being upstream of Bideford bridge, several sea-going ships were launched at the Sealock shipyard in the parish of Landcross, the largest being the Sedwell Jane, a brigantine of about 200 tons. Ships of this size were built up to gunwale level and then floated downstream of the Long Bridge for fitting of the superstructure.

By the end of the nineteenth century, with the canal being abandoned in favour of the railway and the old industries dying out, the sea lock fell into disrepair and virtually vanished into the landscape being filled with silt washed in by flood waters and overgrown with trees and bushes. It was rediscovered by new owners of the land in the 1970s, who started restoring the site and were instrumental in forming the Rolle Canal and Northern Devon Waterways Society in 2003, since when restoration has proceeded apace with the masonry repaired and a pair of upper lock gates now fully operational.

Chris Hassall.


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Felicity’s fish cookery – October.

October brings chilled Autumn temperatures and makes you think of preserving the bounties of the harvest for the winter. Fish also can be preserved-by smoking, pickling and curing. This often enhances the flavour and makes the fish easier to use as it does not have to be eaten fresh. Round fish such as Mackerel and Herrings are very good preserved.

I have been selling Kippers, Bloaters and Buckling made from Herrings landed in Clovelly last winter. Also winter Mackerel makes the best Smoked Mackerel and will be freshly smoked in October and throughout the winter.

Our local fish is mostly day caught and is sustainable because it is caught in a way that is gentle on the sea environment, the seabed of the bay and the other marine animals. The boats are small fishing boats because of the limited harbour facilities and the amount of fish caught locally is limited by the duration of fishing; most of the small boats will be laid up during the winter and the fish will flourish.

So which fish is sustainable for you to buy? First – buy local , then try and buy a wider range of fish and eat a different fish regularly so that you have knowledge of a more locally caught fish and shellfish.

( Here is a simple tasty curry to combine autumn vegetables with lovely fresh white fish fillets.)

White Fish Balti with Green beans and tomatoes.

Serves 4 – Low calories-250 per portion.

1 lb/450g white fish-Pollack, Coley, Haddock

or Codling.

1 tbsp sunflower oil.

1 small onion, chopped.

1clove garlic, crushed.

1 jar (approx. 400g) of Balti sauce.

2 tomatoes, quartered.

4oz/125g lightly cooked green beans- french or kidney, sliced.


1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Cook the onion and garlic for I minute.

2. Add Balti sauce, Cover and cook gently for 15 mins.

3. Lightly stir in the tomatoes and green beans, simmer for 5 mins.

4. Serve with naan bread and basmati rice.


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October’s Youth page.


This year’s GCSE results appeared at schools up and down the country last month, bringing with them a plethora of feelings. Some people opened them immediately- after weeks of frenzied waiting, wondering and all-round fretful seething, why put it off anymore? Others took theirs home still sealed , either to find out in quiet seclusion, or keep the envelope closed indefinitely. Like Schrödinger’s “will it be poisoned?”- “will it just be very huffy at the end of all this?” relationship with his cat, sometimes not knowing is better- while you’re totally in the dark about the truth, your French results could be both unmarkable and an A*. Until you shed light on the situation, anything’s possible.

Sadly, such logic is frowned upon in job interviews – apparently they want cold, hard statistics now, so you’ll have to peep into the rabbit hole eventually. Then again, thanks to new government legislation, there are even more compulsory years before any such hurdle can be leapt/ unsportingly clambered over. The news that school is to remain a permanent fixture of life until the age of 18 has been met with a rather mixed response.

While many intended to stay on in higher education anyway- maybe even continue up to University, there are always some who leave school with a skip and a jump at 16 to find work, and no one seems completely sure how this balance will be affected. Will this mean even closer competition for available places ( already entrance requirements for sixth-form have been toughened, ensuring less can make it in and an optimum level is not exceeded) or will there just be bottlenecks and claustrophobic traffic jams outside classrooms as schools take on the same number, but fail to lose a few? Such questions have been adding to the mounting unease, but thankfully there are still alternatives.

Trigonometry and polymers don’t crop up much on the shop floor, and a working knowledge of hydrogenation won’t save your thatched roof from storm conditions. For those looking to learn a trade, who are finding the extra two years a heady millstone around their neck, thankfully training of any kind is also included in “higher education.” This means you can look further into your preferred occupation, stocking up on skills and experience instead of scouting out the job market immediately. If those who intended to leave now continue into apprenticeships and the like, a new, better balance could probably found.

So here at Buzz, we hope everyone got the results they wanted (or are content with the results they may or may not have…) and think about all the different routes open to you, to make the best of your calling-this may be the tester year, but much harder tests are already behind you!

Sixth form itself’s more like that bridge between school and university- before you set foot on it, there’s the odd creeping fear that someone’s about to leap out from behind the shrubbery, and gently break it to you that your results were in fact a miscalculation, and you won’t be allowed to set foot on this course after all. ( in the bridge analogy, this would probably relate to some kind of weight restriction…).

However, after days of terror, fretting over which clothes to wear so you’re never seen in the same outfit twice- school uniform is a horrible cross to bear until it’s actually taken away- the day of reckoning approaches and realisation comes that it’s not that alien after all.

Chances are, there are some people you know already- with whom you can safely clump- and others; clean slates to mingle with and meet. Some classes are readily familiar- a couple of the sciences, maths, English-maybe even a humanity or two, but the options are also open for more unusual topics interspersed with the rest- psychology for example to breathe fresh air onto a stale syllabus- while simultaneously teaching you why toddlers like eye contact…

Conversations with those around you sheds light on the awful attire situation, as you hear most people plan to juggle between the same three pairs of jeans too, and courses- despite being a lot more detailed than their GCSE counterparts, have the same strong foundations to work from- so any worries about the bridge collapsing from beneath you are soon put into hibernation.

All in all then, it’s more of a step forward than a total leap into the abyss- the same rules you’ve always grown up under, but now with added swipe cards, free periods, and unlimited access to the staff toilets. ( Anywhere with it’s own can of fabreeze is a definite step up.) It’s not that long or daunting, perhaps less of a rickety bridge then, more a comforting country lane.

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.


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One hundred years ago – October 1914.

War News.

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

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

Other news.

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

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

(From Bideford Archives, Windmill Lane, Northam)

*Bath House.

Can anyone confirm the location of Bath House, Bideford?

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

Bideford Archives.


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‘A Little Port’.

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

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

‘A little port’.

In Appledore, the cobbled floor

of many a steep and narrow way

seems ready to leap across the quay

over the bar and out to sea,

dancing away with a thousand years

of Devon lore from Appledore.

Like a wandering child by love beguiled

a coaster hugs the maternal quay

her lullaby the sound afar of the lone low beat

of the harbour bar.

So old, this place that time it seems

is kept in store at Appledore.

Within a maze of weathered stays

of stocks and struts and stilted beams

a toy ship waits in a toy dry dock

for her overhaul and painted frock

they’re ‘broidering “Laura” on her breast

say the crew ashore in Appledore.

Old men tell tales of winter gales

clattering boots on cobbled ways

of daunting wave and doleful bell

when they launched the lifeboat into hell

of widows mourning measured by

the weeds they wore in Appledore.

But lazy days in summer haze

and idling on the quiet quay

put thought’s winter far behind

like migrant swallows outward bound.

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

in Appledore.


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

In port – Yelland Quay.

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


No cargoes at Bideford since last edition.

Welsh Piper, 28.8.14.

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

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

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

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

Bristol Channel Observations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Buzz Word – September.

Send us your Buzzes…. Write to editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk or to the address on front page.

Wartime Fire Service.

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

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

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


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

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

Chudleigh Fort.

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

Derek Barnes

Singing for Parkinson’s.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Further details from Ian on Bideford 475449 or Jackie on 471216


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