Felicity’s fish cookery – July.

Fresh Fish Ceviche – Deliciously cool!


500gms/1lb fillets Mackerel, Plaice or Sea Bass

500ml/12floz/2cups of Lime and/or lemon juice (or lime and orange juice for mackerel pickle).

1 red onion, finely sliced; 2 red chillies -jalapenos or fresh serrano chillies, rinsed and chopped; 1 large tomato; 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander; salt and freshly ground pepper; green salad and crusty bread.


Skin Sea Bass fillets and black sides of Plaice, cut into 1-2inch/2.5-5cms strips.

Place in a glass dish and season with salt and pepper.

Pour over the juice, making sure that the fish is completely covered.

Add sliced onions, sliced chillies and chopped coriander and stir well.

Chill for 2-6 hrs. or overnight –but no longer.

Add the tomato chopped in cubes.

Leave to stand for 15mins and serve at room temperature.

Garnish with coriander sprig or chopped and Lime or Lemon wedges.

Eat with Crusty bread and Green Salad.

This year’s Appledore Summer Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever!

And it will run over 3 very full days, from Friday 25th July to Sunday 27th July inclusive – so please put it in in your diary now!


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Book news – July.

What’s happening at Bideford Library??

Tom Vowler.

Thursday July 10th 7pm

Come and hear acclaimed author Tom Vowler discussing his latest novel, That Dark Remembered Day. Tom has strong local links having lived in Appledore and been educated at Bideford College. He now works in Plymouth and has a growing reputation as a writer of thought provoking crime and suspense fiction.

Tickets £2.50 available from Bideford Library. Includes wine and nibbles. Please book in advance. Tel 01237 476075.

Story time for under-fives

Every Thursday. 9:30-10:00 am (except school holidays)

With stories, musical instruments and songs.

Free Fridays

Every Friday 9:30-5

Free internet access for up to 2 hours. Help with getting online and finding information. Help with job seeking, CV writing and form filling.

Feel Better with a Book.

Every Wednesday 10:30-12:00 am

Come and lift your mood through the joy of reading! The aim of the groups is to enable you to enjoy the pleasure and relaxation of listening to great stories and poems – classical and new – and sharing responses with others. No pressure and no reading required. The group is led by an experienced facilitator.

Nifty Needles.

Every Thursday from 2pm

If you enjoy knitting, crochet, embroidery or any type of hand sewing, come and enjoy a chat and a cuppa. Get advice and find new ideas.

Beginners IT.

Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Help with websites, email, tablets etc. Free one-to-one help with a member of library staff. Book in advance.

‘Mythical Maze’. The Summer Reading Challenge.

There will be lots of fun in Devon Libraries this Summer with the Mythical Maze. Read books and earn rewards. Sign up from Saturday 12th July.

Treasure Hunt in the Library. Find the Mythical Creatures hidden around the library for a chance to win a fantastic prize. Craft sessions every Tuesday in the School Holidays 10am – 12 noon. Starting 29th JulyThursday 31st July. Mythical mayhem with story teller Dave Oliver. More details from the library or tel 01237 476075.

A Game of Hide and Seek”, by Elizabeth Taylor.

Discussed by Bideford Library’s Readers’ Group.

Imagine starting your literary profession at the moment your famous namesake embarks upon a momentous film career.

Such was the fate of Elizabeth Taylor, governess, librarian, homemaker, Home Counties socialite and member of the Labour Party as was recherché in post-WW2 Britain. Kingsley Amis called her ‘one of the best English novelists born in this century (20th)while Hilary Mantel praised her ‘deft, accomplished and somewhat under-rated’ body of novels and short stories.

Yet readers today would be hard pressed to find her works outside lending libraries. Fortunately, for our reading group, we had the advantage of the Virago Classics reprint with its inspiring foreward by Elizabeth Jane Howard. Some of us even recalled the wonderful film of ‘Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont’ with Joan Plowright and Rupert Friend so anticipated a novel of loneliness, anguish and despair,  a theme generally to be had throughout Taylor’s writings. Taylor provides us with an epic tale of domesticity spanning three generations: Grandmother, the former suffragette; Harriet, the dreamer; Betsy, the child on the brink of adulthood. The catalyst for the ‘Game of Hide and Seek’ is the teenage awakening between Harriet and Vesey, a flighty and callous youth. These emotions are reignited in their middle age when Vesey, having failed at Oxford, arrives with a provincial production of ‘Hamlet’. Vesey appears malign but never exerts himself enough to be effective while Harriet informs one of Taylor’s favourite themes- a woman deformed by the sheer force of will required to assert herself.

The secondary characters throughout provide us with wit, compassion and hope.

The Reading Group was divided in its opinion as to whether the book might be an updated version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion or an earlier version of Desperate Housewives. There were aspects of Harriet’s ineffectual affair reminiscent of ‘Brief Encounter’ balanced by Taylor’s effervescent humour to make us laugh out loud.

Linda Napier-Burrows

The Readers’ group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. in Bideford Library. Books for the month are supplied by the Library and can be picked up at the meeting or from the Library desk. Discussions are very much centred on the book of the month and meetings usually finish around 3.15. If further information is required anyone interested can contact Peter Evans on 01237 47917.

The library consultation continues until 14th July. Please contact your local library to have your say.


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Burton Art Gallery & Museum – July.

Once again, in fact, for the 92nd time, the Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society annual exhibition is in full swing at the Burton. And what a plethora of art works are on show! Wood engravings by Hilary Paynter, humorous wood-carvings by John Butler, pastels by Marianne Edwards, ceramics by Nick Juniper, textiles by Rachel Sumner and Penny Laird – I could go on forever naming artists and their special media. There is such a variety of beautiful objects, and whatever your taste, you will find a piece of work to admire. The Society embraces abstract and quirky, the familiar and the modern; you will find spectacular photography of rocks and caves along our coast; the sea and ships feature large, and artists revelling in rolling landscape and sun-speckled woodland. Ceramics in every form abound – platters, intricate figurines, smooth-skinned vases and jugs; and then there is one shimmering bowl of clear perspex leaves. The exhibition ends on 13th July. Don’t miss it.

To follow, the Society of Wood Engravers take their bow, with their 76th annual exhibition, beginning on 26th July, and continuing until the 15th September. You can enjoy a free ‘Talk and Tour’ with Society Member and Artist, Hilary Paynter, on the 26th, at 2.00 p.m.

This exhibition has been on tour, and the Burton is its 7th and final host. There are 150 pieces of work, drawn from artists across the U.K., the U.S.A., Canada and Europe, with a special selection of relief prints from Japan. North Devon artists include Hilary Paynter, Shirley Smith, Merlyn Chesterman and Edward Crumpton. All the works you will see have been selected on merit from a membership of around 70, and when you consider the craft of wood engraving, how detailed and meticulous an artist has to be to produce such fine work, you will be full of admiration.

If you would like a day out – how about a coach trip to see the National Trust property at Kingswear, Coleton Fishacre? Built by the D’Oyly Carte family, it’s Art Deco all over, and has a beautiful garden leading down to the spectacular cliffs below. A party will meet at the Pill, Bideford, on Saturday, 12th July, at 8.30 a.m., motor down to this beautiful house and garden by the sea, and return around 6.30 p.m. The coach fee is £12, entry is free to N..T. Members, non-members entry is £8.80, (group discount). Call Di Warmington on 01237 472336 to book a seat.

The Friends are holding an Art Auction on the 24th September, and this is just a prompt for anyone looking to ‘move on’ pictures or artefacts they wish to replace or part with. Handing-in is on 22nd September, with viewing on the 23rd. You may wish to buy something at the auction, too, of course!

Gallery opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am to 4pm. Sunday: 11am to 4pm

Diana Warmington Friends of the Art Gallery & Museum


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Shipping news No. 113 (May / June 2014).

In port – Yelland.

Crownbreeze - flag Rotterdam, Netherlands : owners Dutch : from Avonmouth to Wismar : crew Ukrainian & Philippino : arrived 1/6, sailed 2/6 : loaded 2,500 tons timber.

In port – Bideford.

Celtic Pioneer - (ex- Leeswig, ’06 : Claus Jurgens, ’93) built 1985 : flag Cardiff : owners British : from Avonmouth to Castellon : crew Polish : arrived 11/6, sailed 12/6 : loaded 2,800 Tons clay.

Welsh Piper 12/6/14.

Oldenburg returned to service from Bideford and Ilfracombe.

Arco Dart at Appledore 17.5, 31.5.

According to the Journal website the cruise ship Prisendam is due off Ilfracombe 26th July for a visit . (Visit subject to weather conditions).

An announcement was made in the Irish Parliament confirming a 3rd vessel would be built by Babcocks at Appledore for delivery in 2016. The second vessel, Le James Joyce, is due to be floated out in November 2014.

Bristol Channel Observations.

16.5.14 at 08.50 cargo vessel Lady Amalia, 3,700 tons d.w, owners Be Beheermaatschappij Lady Ana Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

22.5.14 at 12.00 cargo vessel Janet, 4,570 tons d.w., owners Reederei Held Germany, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 05.34.

26.5.14 at 06.40 cargo vessel Kotsikas, 27,359 tons d.w. Owners Kotsikas Shipping SA Greece, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 09. 50 cargo vessel Crownbreeze, 3,400 tons d.w owners Crown Breeze 11 CV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth (her next voyage is loading at Yelland, details above). At 13.18 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 10.18. At the same time the bulk carrier Aasheim 5826 tons d.w owners Hans Martin Torkelson Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

29.5.14 at 06.40 cruise ship Serenissima, 2,598 tons gross, owners unknown, inward bound for Lundy; she left at 12.15 for Dartmouth.

5.6.14 at 16.07 vehicle carrier Mignon, 28,127 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhemlson Logistics Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury.

6.6.14 at 08.53 dredger UKD Orca, 3,775 tons d.w., owners Associated British Ports London, outward bound from Cardiff en route to the River Humber. At 16.30 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 10.29 . At 18.00 cargo vessel Marina R, 37,785 tons d.w., owners Sea Satin Oceanway SA Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 18.05 hrs chemical tanker Stolt Kite, 4,735 tons d.w., owners Stolt Tankers B/V Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 14.10 hrs . At 20.31 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound fromPortbury having sailed at 15.58 hrs.

7.6.14 at 17.15 fruit juice tanker Orange Blossom, 15,108 tons d.w., owners Atlanship S.A Switzerland, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 19.18 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth, now back on her Saturday arrival schedule.

8.6.14 at 09.26 cargo vessel Velserdijk, 4,450 tons d.w., owners Naviga Ship management B.V. Netherland, southward bound from Newport, having sailed at 03.08. At 13.00 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.36 bulk carrier Jia Foison, 75,535 tons d.w, owners Jia Foison Shipping Co Ltd Shanghai China, inward bound for Portbury.

9.6.14 at 08.05 cargo vessel Andermatt, 20,002 tons d.w, owners Massmariner SA Switzerland, inward bound for Newport.

14.6.14 at 12.10 bulk carrier Hispanic G, 9,3237 tons d.w, owners Gestioni Armatoriali SPA Ravenna Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 12.46 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w., owners J.R Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth (nearly back on her weekend Saturday arrival schedule).

Regards Norman.


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July diary.

Wednesday 30th

7.30pm The Two Rivers Wind Ensemble rehearsal at Bideford Band Room

01271 860061

8pm Bideford Phoenix Morris at The Beaver, Appledore.

Thursday 31st

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

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert at Westward Ho! Green.

Palladium Club – Gnarwolves.


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Heritage Day in Victoria Park.

Devon Medieval Combat Alliance.

Jousting, by Combat Through the Ages.

Kenwith Company of Archers.


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Ernie Dowding : A Shammy man and a Bideford personality.

When Ernie Dowding’s body was carried out of St Mary’s Parish Church, Bideford, on 22 April to the great Elvis Presley ballad, Shep, there was hardly a dry eye in the place. ‘ERNIE’ made from copper piping, as befitted his trade as a plumber, and a wreath of red roses accompanied his coffin.

Anyone who lives, works or drinks in Bideford will have seen Ernie around town. Short and strong with a great mop of blond-white hair and long moustache, he could be seen disembarking from the Oldenberg, or walking his dog Sheba across the old bridge towards the Tarka trail, or enjoying a drink in the King’s Arms, the Blacksmith’s Arms or the White Hart. As one mourner said, ‘Bideford must be closed down today,’ so many people attended his funeral. The King’s Arms shut its doors for the funeral and hosted a drink for his friends afterwards.

Ernie spent much of his working life in recent years on Lundy where he maintained the Landmark Trust holiday properties. His knowledge of North Devon, but particularly Bideford, was second to none – not just its history, its architecture and its pubs but its artistic inheritance, literature and cultural and social life. He had been a Bideford Grammar School boy, and went on to work with the Leach pottery and with Harry Juniper. He was a talented artist and drew the illustrations on the ceramic ware. He also had fine handwriting.

Born in Hart Street, his family moved to East the Water and Ernie, as a great lover of sport, helped found the Shamwickshire football team and devoted a great deal of time to encouraging and organising Shammy activities over the years.

The great love of his life was Sheba, his black and white dog; the two were inseparable and Sheba was always fussed over in the various watering holes which man and dog frequented. He grew copious vegetables and flowers on his allotment; he was modest (as he was about his talents and his intellect), but he had a natural understanding and love of the earth and nature. I got to know Ernie on his allotment, and picked his brains for advice. He was very patient and, if he was sceptical about my efforts, certainly hid it, as he tried to give me a few elementary tips on horticulture. He loved animals, and was a good illustrator of bird life (Ernie also kept pigeons) and at his funeral a sizeable collection was taken for the RSPB. He died on 8 April aged 70. Bideford has lost one of its most interesting personalities.

Ruth Winstone.


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Felicity’s fish cookery – June.

As May weather warms to hot June evenings an abundance of shellfish will start to be landed in our small fishing villages such as Appledore or Clovelly.

There are so many ways to make a small crab into a delicious summer lunch or supper.

Brown Crabs are available now.

Many people are duped by the misnamed Crab sticks that are really dyed reconstituted fish –rather like very cheap teabags! They are made of all the white fish that cannot be used and always made on the other side of the world! Why bother, when you can use local cooked crabs and their white and brown meat for recipes.

A simple but tasty Crab Cake Recipe

Serves 4


150g potatoes peeled. 250g crab meat.  3 spring onions, sliced.   ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper.   1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard.   ½ red pepper de-seeded and finely chopped. Grated zest and juice of ½ lime.  1 tablespoon chopped coriander.  Oil.  Salt & pepper


Boil the potatoes, drain and leave to cool.

Place remaining ingredients except oil in a bowl.

Grate potatoes when cool into bowl, mix well and shape into 8 crab cakes.

Place cakes on plate or tray and chill for 20 minutes.

Cook cake in oiled non-stick frying pan for 3-4 minutes.

Serve immediately.


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Bideford’s first Heritage Restaurant.

When local restaurateur John Emms was thinking about a makeover for his Lathwells restaurant he was also thinking about ways to encourage his customers to spend more time in the town. During a late evening conversation with John (probably well into the second bottle!) we came up with a novel solution – why not base the refurbishment on Bideford’s heritage and give the customers an insight into the town’s fascinating past. This led to the restaurant being completely refurbished and rebranded.

The Restaurant and Bar is now Mariners, a name that links it back to a time when it was a Master Mariners house, with reclaimed timber banquettes made from Old Cotton Mill Oak (oak from an old cotton mill in Louisiana), oak topped tables, storm lanterns, walls decorated with heritage “snippets” and a genuine rope timeline.

The rope for the timeline and the fittings come from a ship’s chandler, linking back to Bideford’s rich maritime past. The snippets are short quotes from the “Bideford Heritage Trail Guide”, a booklet that I wrote for Bideford 500, and are arranged chronologically around the room. Customers are encouraged to “read around the room“ and it’s worth it.

It’s surprising how many local people have “read” the room and at some point said “I didn’t know that!”.

The Mariners’ timeline has had a direct effect on this year’s B500 Heritage Day, 28 June. A number of restaurants have joined together to have their own timeline for the day, “Food Through the Ages”. ‘It will include a Medieval Banquet, Georgian lunches, World War Tea Parties and, at Mariners, a 1953 Coronation Celebration.

David Howell.

Visit marinersbideford.com for more information.


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Buzz Word – June.

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

U tube and Pathe News.

I don’t know about you but I very rarely use UTube. Until now. (It must be an age thing? ) The younger generation(s) use this all the time. However if you are connected to the internet why not have a go.  Type in Pathe News North Devon or Bideford Heritage and you’ll be amazed by the number of film/video/ footage on Bideford and surrounding areas.  Pathe News has recently transferred its Archive onto UTube.  Under this heading within the Bideford area you have film of a Torpedo Boat forced by a storm onto the Pebble Beach, Westward Ho! in 1921 with the silent film caption ‘High and Dry’.  Further afield and there are a number of films of Clovelly look out for the 1937 film showing the donkeys – they certainly carried heavy loads.  But I am only touching the surface here.

For train enthusiasts there is a wealth of films showing Bideford and Barnstaple, Torrington, Meeth – the lines before Beeching .  Sad in so many ways but great films nevertheless.

Make sure you have a look at the footage of the Bideford Races (Abbotsham) 1923 (featured in last month’s Buzz) and we see the first women jockey.  There is a wonderful film re-creating the route of the railway from Bideford to Westward Ho! before the Great War.

‘Flood Damages Bridge’. 1968 when the arches of the old Bideford Bridge were damaged by flood water is captured by news footage at the time.  Again a real treasure…..it must have taken a long time from Bideford to East the Water and vice versa.

If you enter Bideford Heritage you will come across recent events.   All local events, magical moments, of the last few years.  Two Wonders are sightings of the otter in the River Torridge February 2014 and the flight of hundreds of starlings over Bideford Bridge.

But there is so much more.  I am only touching the surface.  You may have seen some that you would like to share with Buzz readers.  Utube has a great wealth of film/video on our area.

Neil Bennion.

More about the racecourse.

Stan Andrews from the Westward Ho! History Society has very kindly hunted out some more information on the Abbotsham race course. Much of the information is to be found in Rosemary Lauder’s excellent book,’ Vanished landmarks of North Devon’ published by North Devon Books. If out of print there are certainly copies which can be borrowed from Devon libraries. The book quotes an article from Bideford Gazette (27th September 1922) ‘It is admirably situated with a magnificent view of the Bay from Croyde to Hartland Point….. the actual course runs along the valley of Abbotsham Court and Cornborough.’

(Below is Stan Andrews’ photo of how the race course looks now).

And two photos of how it looked ‘then’ -

Mary Cliff.

Further to various contributions over the last few years I was most interested to see a letter in the June issue by Mary Cliff which mentions both me and my cousin John Skinner.  Unfortunately ladies have a confusing habit of changing their surname on marriage and I am most curious who Mary Cliff was in our East-the-Water days!  I wonder if you would ask her to let me know her previous name; my cousin, who does not use a computer, will be extremely interested in this name from the past. He moved from Bideford in the 1940s and is still interested in the old days.

We would both, I am sure, be most grateful for a successful outcome.

Tony Sanders (Email address: ajs777@tiscali.co.uk)

Bideford Folk Club.

On Thursday 5th June Bideford Folk Club are fortunate to be playing host to Pete Coe, one of the most enduring, talented and popular figures on the English Folk circuit.

Multi -talented and multi- instrumental, Pete is not only a fine interpreter of traditional songs and ballads, but is also a first rate songwriter. He has been at the forefront of the English Folk scene for over 40 years, and has been rightly described as “A One Man Folk Industry”

The concert starts at 8pm.He is also an accomplished dance caller, and on the following evening, Friday 6th June, he will be calling at a Ceilidh (Barn Dance) with local favourites Bloatertown Band, at Tawstock Village Hall. The dance starts at 8pm and there will be an optional Bring and Share supper.

John Blackburn.

Bideford Lions.

Lions Club of Bideford meet at the Royal Hotel, Bideford, at 7.30p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.

Visiting Lions very welcome.

Mike Green.

Tarka Valley Railway Group.

The Chairman of the Tarka Valley Railway Group, Phil Simkin has recently and reluctantly decided to sell the Puffing Billy at Torrington Station for personal and family reasons.  Phil and his family have owned the pub for some years now and it was from Phil’s initial vision and enthusiasm that the Tarka Valley Railway Group was born. The Group is pleased to advise that the new owner of the Puffing Billy is to be the Great Torrington Town Lands and Poors Charity as Phil had hoped.  This is a local charity which has been very supportive of the Group over the past few years.

News from Northam Lodge.

On Sunday 22nd June, Northam Lodge, in partnership with Skern Lodge, will be running powerboat rides on the Bideford Estuary leaving from Appledore Quay. These ½ hour exhilarating rides can be booked in advance by calling Fiona at Northam Lodge on 01237 477238 or emailing fionawhite@northamlodge.co.uk. Boat bookings are available from 12pm, with the last boat going out at 5.30pm.The cost will be £15 per adult, £10 for children aged 7-16, or why not reserve a whole boat for you and your friends. Life jackets will be provided, but be prepared to get wet! Our summer fete will be held on Saturday 26th July from 2pm to 5pm in the grounds at Rose Hill, Heywood Road, Bideford.A variety of stalls will be available for you to peruse including a sweet cart, beauty products, and arts & crafts a plenty from driftwood to bunting to cushions. There is also the opportunity to paint your own pottery, make your own button art, and have shellac nails done.Our usual cake stall and will take pride of place alongside Seasonal Samosas. Our raffle and tombola will be groaning will great gifts to win and we also cater for your little ones with a bouncy castle, hook a duck and face painting. Entertainment will be provided by the Bideford Phoenix Morris Dancers, Dance Fit Belly Dancing and Energia Samba Band.

Come along for a fun afternoon and support your local charity.


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Youth page – June.

If only birthday cards counted as ID….

Films nowadays are more or less a rite of passage. Even before you’re three you can technically march into the cinema and demand to see Free Willy; but as there aren’t that many stray toddlers roaming round the multiplexes anymore, chances are you’d be going with an adult. This means you’re immediately entitled to move onto a PG!

The next age rating upgrade takes a little longer, working with this example you have to wait about nine more years before you can legally watch a 12; suddenly bringing a parent along isn’t enough authentication if you want to see 3-dimensional gore on the big screen – but then a lot of ten year olds successfully pull off that prepubescent charm and beat the system.

However, for fifteens (especially popular ones) identification is often required. Having not yet passed other coming of age mile-stones, and as a result, having no driving licence, student visa or passably aged face to merrily parade, the average budding movie-goer must turn their eye to other avenues of proof. The birth-certificate is one option, but is not something you’re likely to have about your person when a spontaneous cinema trip is announced. The passport is another- but is this an unnecessary risk? After all, the thing’s a pretty important piece of paperwork and no one wants it getting lost, or worse, left to be masticated in the washing machine with other forgotten contents of your pocket when you come home. Very few mourn the aged sweet wrapper, but posing all over again for the passport photo ( in which looking like anything other than an extra for The Walking Dead is a personal victory) does not a fun Saturday make.

In which case, if local cinemas are going to ask for ID to see certain films, wouldn’t it make more sense to ask for it once, and then provide some type of stamped loyalty card that vouched for the person’s age? For many, it’s really only an issue until they become 16, afterwards their age is under little debate- but at least on that awkward cusp between the two, it would make things an awful lot easier; only having worry about your important papers on one trip. While this would not solve the issue of photo-ID it must be remembered that the birth certificate does not have that facility either. This way, 15 year olds may be able to see a 15 rated film on their birthday, without hoping the large Birthday badge on their stomach will do the trick!

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.


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Shipping news No. 112 (Apr. – May 2014).

In port – Yelland.

Burgtor - (ex- Lady Linda ’04, Mellum ’94, Port Lima ’93) built 1989 ; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda ; owners German ; from Glensanda, to sea for orders ; crew Polish ; arrived 12/05, sailed 14/05 ; cargo 3,500 tons chippings.

In port – Bideford.

Ems Majestic - (ex- Holland ’08, Daniel ’06) built 1996 : flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda ; owners German ; from Warrenpoint to Castellon ; crew Russian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Ukrainian ; arrived 12/05, sailed 15/05 ; loaded 2,770 tons clay.

Welsh Piper 19.4, 30.4.

Oldenburg returned to service from Bideford and Ilfracombe.

In port – Appledore.

Abis Bilbao – built 2010 ; flag Harlingen, Netherlands ; owners Dutch ; from Cork to Rosyth ; crew Dutch & Philipino ; arrived 13-05, sailed 16/05 ; cargo, aircraft carrier components.

Arco Dart at Appledore 15.4, 18.4, 19.4, 27.4, 28.4.

The Irish patrol vessel LE Samuel Beckett , built at Appledore, returned to shipyard on Good Friday at 0815 after completing second series of trials off Lundy. She finally left the river on the 28.4 at 1815, spent a further 14 hrs in the bay for final adjustments, then headed for her home base Cork in Eire. (Next vessel is the Le James Joyce later in the year).

According to the Journal website the cruise ship Prisendam is due off Ilfracombe 26th July for a visit; has been here before. (Subject to weather conditions).

A report in the Gazette that the Kathleen & May is to make a visit to Bideford in August ; I’ll give further details when known.

Bristol Channel Observations

18/4 cargo vessel Arklow Rally, 4,400 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 08.09.

19/4 at 12.35 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 07.34. At 14.47 container ship Endeavour, 9,612 tons d.w., owners J.r. Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth . At 16.35 bulk carrier Conti Spinell, 75,200 tons d.w, owners Conti 54 Container Nr 7 Germany, outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 13.12; at 18.57 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 14.28.

23/4 at 18.45 container ship Andrea, 11,285 tons d.w., owners Bergen Box Carriers A/S Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

26/4 at 07.40 cargo vessel A.B. Bilboa, 4,212 tons d.w., owners W Bockstiegel Reederei GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 19.56 . (However, she appeared to be heading eastbound – unknown reason for turning round. At 09.08 passing over Bideford Bay heading westbound). At 10.30 cargo vessel Zita, 4,490 tons d.w., owners Henrick Abrams Germany, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 06.48.

27/4 at 11.18 cruise ship Boudicca, 28,388 gross tons, owners Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd U.K., inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.15 bulk carrier Aasheim, 5,826 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

1/5 at 18.16 cargo vessel Arklow Venture, 49,66 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 10.37.

3/5 at 07.58 product tanker CPO Singapore, 31,737 tons d.w., owners Offen Tankers Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

4./4 at 11.30 small cruise ship Ocean Nova, 2,183 gross tons owners Nova Cruising Ltd Maimi USA, sailing away from Lundy heading toward Milford Haven, having arrived about 09.00 . At 1459 hrs container vessel Endeavour, 9,612 tons d.w., owners J.R. Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth (and a day late on her schedule).

6/5/14 at 07.50 bulk carrier Patricia V, 75,345 tons d.w., owners Rostrum Marine SA Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.05.

11/5 at 09.00 cargo vessel Celtic Challenger, 3,100 tons d.w., owners Charles W Willie & Co Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

12/5 at 06.30 cargo vessel Anatolia, 30,130 tons d.w., owners Anatolya Shipping Ltd Istanbul Turkey, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 0812 buoy tender vessel Galatea, 1,200 tons d.w owners Trinity House Harwich, inward bound for Swansea . At 15.16 cargo vessel Jia Xing, 22,109 tons d.w., owners Chinese-Polish Joint Stock Shipping Co China & Poland, inward bound for Newport.

13/5 at 0816 container vessel Kurkse, 3,250 tons d.w., owners Coral Project SA Estonia, inward bound for Avonmouth.




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Holiday snaps !

As the holiday season approaches many will consider buying a new camera. However, with the advent of the all encompassing mobile telephone is one necessary? A similarly priced camera readily captures snow scenes, beach scenes, portraits, the family cat or dog and photographs friends only when they are smiling, all in brilliant colour. Little instruction is considered necessary. How different a hundred years ago.

A traveller wishing to take photographs of scenery must first decide on the size of glass plate he intends to employ, be they 4 ¾ x 3 ¼ or 8 ½ x 6 ½ inches, although one can more readily utilise 7 ½ x 5 inch. In those countries where porters are cheap the largest format is preferred. Glass plates weigh in the region of 3 pounds per dozen and one should take at least half a gross (seventy-six, approximately 20 pounds). One might use gelatine film but glass is much to be preferred and film is not recommended for hot and humid climates.

The camera itself should be of the bellows form constructed of the finest mahogany, particularly those made by Mr. Meagher of Southampton Row or Mr. Hare of Calthorpe Street. It should have a front capable of moving vertically and horizontally, with a swing back. For normal photographs one may dispense with a tripod, however they can be useful under certain circumstances and readily purchased for 25 shillings (£1.25p). An appropriate socket will be provided in the camera along with a spirit level to ensure correct vertical and horizontal alingement.

In the field it will be necessary to have plates previously loaded in double backed holders, i.e. two plates per holder. A black light-proof bag is a necessity in which plates may be transferred safely from their original light proof packaging into the slide holders.

For cameras using 7 ½ x 5 inch plates a 9 inch lens is recommended for most subjects, Messrs Dallmeyer, Ross or Zeiss lenses should be considered. All available from respectable dealers such as Messrs. Watson and Son of High Holborn, Mr. Morley of Upper Street or Hunter & Sands of Cranbourne Street. Gelatine sheets are made in various degrees of sensitivity but their cardboard boxes are insufficient protection against injury and damp. It is recommended to have each package of a dozen placed in fairly airtight light-proof wooden boxes; during construction screws are preferred to nails. After exposure Captain Abney recommends a cardboard frame be placed between each plate or film and placed in light wooden boxes prior to being packed in a tin box whereby the lid is soldered in place as protection against damp.

A reasonable expense would be a camera for 8 guineas (£8.40p), 12 double slides at a guinea each, three lens of varying focal length approximately 15 guineas (£15. 75p), tripod 25 shillings (£1.25p). Gelatine sheets at three shillings (75p) a dozen. Chemicals 15/- (75p). A notebook in which to record each exposure, thereby to ensure correct development times later, and a sturdy box or basket to contain the whole. Due to the flexible nature of a basket a basket is preferred. Total weight approximately 60 pounds.”

From Hints to Travellers Volume II (Eighth Edition) published by The Royal Geographical Society in 1901. Edited for the Council of the Royal Geographical Society by John Coles F.R.G.S., F.R.A.S. Late Instructor in Surveying and Practical Astronomy to the Royal Geographical Society.

Happy snapping everyone! Roger Sugar.


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Felicity’s Fish Cookery – May.

Sustainable Fish.

This month sees the beginning of the summertime fish and below is a tasty Gurnard dish.

Gurnards are plentiful, not often eaten and so are sustainable and low cost.

Gurnard is available all year but needs to be well filleted because of its small pin bones. It has a good flavour and is quite firm. Its pinky-red skin looks good with this sauce.

Serves 4


4 red gurnard, filleted.

3 celery sticks, thinly sliced.

2 apples chopped into small chunks.

4 spring onions, chopped.

25g/1oz butter.

275ml/10fl oz single cream.

1 tbsp French flat leaf parsley, chopped.

1 tbsp chopped walnuts for decoration.


Preheat oven to 230C, Gas mark 8.

Butter an ovenproof dish. Place in it gurnard fillets, sprinkle with celery, apple and spring onions.

Pour over single cream, cover with foil and put into oven.

Cook for 10 mins, uncover and cook for further 5 mins.

Decorate with parsley and walnuts.

Serve with broccoli and mashed potatoes sprinkled with parsley.


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One hundred years ago – May 1914.

This month we have decided to focus on the perennially popular subject of fashion. The ‘Gazette’ devoted a column each week to ladies clothing illustrated with drawings of the garments, some of which are shown here. Going by these pictures the women of 1914 seem to have had tiny waists and tall statuesque outlines. Note also one very masculine look!

Home dressmaking was in vogue and female readers were encouraged to make their own clothes, buying the recommended patterns and materials from local haberdashery shops, of which Bideford had several. This was more economical than buying ready-made clothing from the shops as you could use the pattern several times and add your own personal touches. Clothing was showing some trends of the belle époque era; ladies spent their afternoons going out to see and be seen. Fans of Downton Abbey may recognise some of these outfits.

In 1914 clothing was moving away from the restrained Edwardian fashions towards more relaxed styles. Previously, women had been wearing heavily embellished dresses with tightly laced corsets underneath. As World War I broke out in Europe, these restrictions loosened. Men still dressed in traditional suits while children wore more practical clothes.

As regards underwear, most men, boys and girls wore “union suits”. This one-piece snugly-fitted garment was often made of flannel. Children’s union suits in 1914 had shorter sleeves and leggings. Also in 1914, the American Mary Jacobs patented the first bra. Women previously wore full corsets to provide shape and support under their rigid fashions. Now designers considered the bra as an alternative “foundation garment” when developing the new, looser styles that would continue in later decades.


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