‘Family Explore Day’, 1st June.

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Staff needed for Referendum duties.

 The EU Referendum, 23rd June.

The Council is looking for people to help out at the EU Referendum Poll on 23rd June in roles as Poll Clerks, Presiding Officers, Verification and Count Assistants. Training will again be provided for all roles but Presiding Officers will need at least two years previous experience as a Poll Clerk for this specific role. All roles will be paid with travel expenses also applicable for certain duties.

So if you enjoy participating in the community and would like to get paid for being involved, please contact the Councils Election Team on 01237-428739, or email elections@torridge.gov.uk to find out more.

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Lundy’s wartime farming problems.

 

In May 1940, Martin Coles Harman, the owner of Lundy, made the surprising decision to lease the island for a period of ten years to a Mr. Herbert A. Van Os. His reasons have never been fully understood, but the difficulties of reaching the island during the war, provisioning the island, and the shortage of staff may all have contributed to this decision. It is known that Mr. Felix William Gade, agent and administrator of Lundy from 1925 to 1971, was totally against this leasing arrangement. In his memoirs entitled “My Life on Lundy”, published in 1978, and in chapter 10, Mr. Gade tells us exactly what he thought of Mr. Van Os and his abilities as a farmer.

Van Os had a small farming business in Middlesex and persuaded Martin Coles Harman that he could run the farm on Lundy to a profit. He brought a couple of men with him, who turned out to have had no farming experience whatsoever, and a lady to run the hotel and shop. Mr. Gade and his wife Rene moved into Millcombe House, the home of the owners, with the remit of simply keeping a watchful eye on the farm activities.

In fact Gade still had to perform many of the farm tasks, such as sheep shearing, ploughing and repairing and maintaining of machinery, as Van Os and his men were quite incapable of performing these tasks. The sheep were uncared for and most lambs died, the crops were not harvested in time and rotted in the fields and the deer were shot in large numbers, including the last of the fallow deer. The shippons were not cleared of dung and the cows not milked on time. One of the only two work horses on the island was allowed to die of a chill. The whole farming structure of the island was virtually wrecked and left in ruins when Van Os finally departed.

Probably at Gade’s suggestion, Martin Coles Harman came down, alone, to Lundy for Christmas 1941 and after discussions with Van Os which were likely to have been very heated (although Gade in his memoirs does not specifically say so), in February 1942 Van Os and his employees departed Lundy.

The Gades soldiered on for the rest of the war, restoring and running the farm, keeping the island supplied and dealing with the few visitors that were able to get there. There was a small Royal Navy Contingent of men billeted at the Old Light and the Light House keepers to provide occasional volunteer work, plus one or two other workers that remained. The island had no ship of its own during the war and all ships and visitors to the island, including even the owners, had to obtain permits from Admiral H. G. Franklin, the commandant of the Appledore and estuary area, who handed them out grudgingly.

Documents with the signature of Herbert Van Os from the period he was on Lundy are very rare but a single item, a postcard, is in the collection of the writer of these notes. It is dated Nov. 1941, and indicates that at least some farming activity was carried on during that unfortunate time. Typically, no postage stamps were placed on the card, which bears postage due stamps for 4d.

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Addressed to Messrs G. T. Andrews & Sons Ltd., Town Mills, Barnstaple, the text ran as follows:- “We have today shipped to you the undermentioned:-

46 lbs Locks.

7 lbs Fleece.

The above will be laying at Royal Navy Stores, The Quay, Appedore. Hope that you can collect when in district. Have you sent off poultry grain and have I coupons for a sack of middlings? (Signed) Herbert Van Os.”

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This short text actually says quite a lot. It shows that sheep were being shorn, even though probably by Mr. Gade, and that the wool was being transferred and sold on the mainland. Interestingly the fleeces were being deposited in the Royal Naval Stores at Appledore, under the beady eye of Admiral Franklin no doubt. It is also worthy of note that in war time, farmers still needed ‘coupons’ to purchase some of their supplies, in the same way as ration books were issued to the ordinary citizens. And what are ‘Middlings’ ? *

This story of Herbert Van Os and Lundy during wartime is covered in much greater detail by Mr. Gade in his memoirs, as indeed he covers almost every moment of the last 53 years of his life that he spent on Lundy.

Roger Allen.

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‘Middlings’.

29th April.

Dear Editor,

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the May edition of Bideford Buzz, particularly the articles on ‘War Time Savings’ and ‘Wartime Farming Problems’ on Lundy.

In the latter, Roger Allen queries, “What are Middlings?”

I remembered that they were a form of second quality wheat, but checked for a fuller definition in a post-war book of mine, entitled “The Principles and Practice of Feeding Farm Animals” (1st published – 1940). I attach the entry for Roger’s enlightenment (see below).

Many thanks for your efforts in producing your fine community newsletter.

Yours sincerely,

John Hobbs. (Buckland Brewer)

Middlings

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery; May.

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Here is a recipe for Saffron Mayo -suitable for an accompaniment for grilled fish and any fish salad.

Saffron Mayo.

Ingredients.

150g Mayonnaise

¼ teaspoon Saffron Powder/Ground Saffron

Squeeze of fresh Lemon Juice

150ml Natural Yoghurt.

Method.

1. If you can source Saffron Powder, this recipe is easy!

2. To produce the ground saffron – dry fry the strands very briefly for 5 secs in a hot pan until crisp, then grind in a pestle and mortar. This can then be stored for future use.

3. Combine all the ingredients and chill.

4. Makes 300ml of primrose and gold coloured light mayonnaise.

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One hundred years ago – May 1916.

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War-time savings continue.

Street lighting.

The Mayor, Mr. F.R. Chope, hopes that in view of the Daylight Saving Bill having been passed by parliament no public lamps should be lit in the town during June, July and August.

Paper saving.

The Bideford UDC have decided to grant the Bideford Chamber of Trade rent free use of a loft at the market for the collection and disposal of waste paper which will be sent away and repulped. This will alleviate the shortage and deficiency created by restricted importation of wood pulp. The action would also considerably lessen the need for horses and manual labour. The store is over the Borough Fish Market and a paper baler will be purchased at a cost of £19:0:0d. Waste paper will be collected 3 times each week and can also be brought in.

Sapper W.H. Westlake, Royal Engineers, of Chanters Road Bideford has received the Silver medal of the Russian Order of St. George, fourth class, in recognition of gallant services at the second Battle of Ypres. Sapper Westlake was formerly in charge of Bideford Telephone Exchange and was a prominent member of the swimming club.

Lance Corporal Fred T. Cole, in acknowledging the receipt of a pair of knitted socks from Bideford, mentioned that they were spoilt when he took them into action in the pocket of his British Warm coat on March 8th. Only one bullet went through them but as the socks were folded it made so many holes that they were useless.

This advertisement appeared on the front page of the paper:

Farleighs Stores Bideford. Telephone 79.

A special offer of sardines for sale –

1000 small tins of Choice Quality @ 2½d.

1000 large tins of Good Quality @ 6½d.

500 large tins of Very Choice Quality @10½d.

500 medium tins of Finest French @ 8½d.

1000 tins of Skipper & Topmast Brand Brisling* in Oil and Tomato @6½d.

*(Brisling were formerly called sardines)

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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Book news – May.

Tablet tuition classes coming soon to Northam Library.

The Ageing Well Project (sponsored by the Big Lottery) has been asked by the library to support its up-and-coming IT project with some volunteer helpers…

The time and place will be:- twice a month on a Friday morning 10.30am – 12 noon at Northam Library!

The intention is to pilot a FREE six-session course covering topics such as; email, google searches, online shopping, using the Devon Libraries website to renew and reserve books and to download ebooks, how to access the libraries subscription to ancestry online, taking photographs with your tablet, playing games and downloading free magazines. Plus help with any queries you have regarding using your tablet or other device.Tablets will be available for use, but guests may bring their own. In order to make this work well, we really need a few volunteers to sit with the ‘students’ and support them through each session. You don’t need to be an expert, just a little bit IT savvy! If you think you could help, please call us on 01805 622666 or e-mail enquiries@torrage.org.uk . We are happy to welcome volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life.

Please call the library on 01237 475111 if you would like more information about how to book onto a ‘tablet’ course; we very much look forward to hearing from you!

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Events for kids in Bideford Library.

Half-term Sunflower Crafts

May 31st 10am – 12 noon

Drop in crafty sunflower fun for kids. Bring an adult. Free, but donations welcome.

Story time for under-fives

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

With stories, musical instruments and songs.

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Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

‘Harvest’, by Jim Crace. Discussed by Bideford Library Readers’ Group.

‘Harvest’ was on the short-list for the Man Booker prize in 2013 and we all thought it was an exceedingly well-written book, though some of us found it difficult to get into. Despite the violence, we did not feel that it was an emotional read. This may have something to do with the way the story is told. The narrator is a middle-aged widower, Walter Thirsk, and he is an observer of all the many misfortunes that befall his village over a short period of time. Although he had lived there for ten years, he still feels an outsider.

The story is set sometime in the past when communal held land is being enclosed and given over to sheep rearing. As Walter describes it, the village is being surrendered “to the yellow teeth of three thousand sheep”. He chronicles the breakup of a tightly knit community and its descent into chaos. Crace has been compared to William Golding and there is something of the feel of Lord of the Flies in the way the old order disintegrates. There are also religious overtones. Is Eden being destroyed? Walter talks of the coming felling of the woods “which linked us with eternity”, the grizzled oak which “must have come from Eden”. The stocks are compared to crosses and the field Mistress Beldame’s husband ploughs is, for one day, “a field in heaven rather than on earth”. The action takes place over seven days. But instead of a world being created in seven days, it is a world being destroyed. Man is losing his close relationship with the land, with disastrous consequences. As relevant today as it was then.

The power of the book lies in the language. Crace has an amazing feel for the minutiae of landscape. We feel right in that village, the way that the seasons is touch the woods and lanes and fields. We see, hear and smell with Walter. There is a haunting quality which remains long after the book is finished.

Hilary Aikman.

Next Meeting : – Wednesday May 4th 2.00 pm. Discussing Mr Golightly’s holiday by Sally Vickers.

For information on all other events at Bideford Library please ring 01237 476075.

http://www.devon.gov.uk/libraries

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Bideford film society – May.

Friday 27 and Saturday 28 May at 7.30pm at Kingsley School: Captain America: Civil War (ctba) 146 mins

Saturday 28 at 5.00pm and Sunday 29 May at 6.00pm at Kingsley School: The Jungle Book (PG) 105 mins.

 
Please check weekly press or our web site www.bidefordcinema.org.uk to avoid disappointment.

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May diary.

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Sunday 29th

10am-4pm Lundy Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

Monday 30th – Bank Holiday.

10am-4pm Lundy Art Group Exhibition at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore.

Tuesday 31st

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

2-3.30pm Salvation Army ‘Fun & Fellowship’ Club meets at Baptist Hall.

2.30pm ‘Lift Off’ for ladies at Westward Ho! Baptist Church. 425471

6.30pm Bideford Band Beginner’s Group at Band Room. 475653

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network,13 Rope Walk

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

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Shipping news No. 134 (March/ April 2016).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Welsh Piper, 5.4.

In port – Bideford Quay.

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RMS Laar – (ex George Luhrs, ‘03) ; built 1985; flag St. Johns, Antigua & Barbuda; owners German; crew Polish, Ukrainian, & Cape Verde; from Rochefort to Nantalli; arrived 21.3, sailed 23.3; cargo 1,800 tons ball clay.

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According to the National Timetable the small cruise ship Balmoral is due to visit Bideford on the 16th August from 16.30 departing at 17.30, weather permitting.

Appledore.

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Le William Butler Yates still fitting out – trials due to take place in June.

Bristol Channel Observations.

19.3 at 08.05 cargo vessel Wilson Alster, 2,500 tons d.w, owners Wilson ASA Norway, outward bound from Birdport at 03.02. At 08.46 cargo vessel Wilson Gdansk, 3,610 tons d.w., owners Wilson ASA Norway, outward bound from Birdport, having sailed at 03.28.

22.3 at 08.20 cargo vessel Merweriver, 4,066 tons d.w, owners Kornet & Zonen BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

25.3 at 11.47 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,690 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound for Portbury. having sailed at 06.50.

28.3 at 19.22 tanker Torm Ismini ,74,999 tons d.w, owners A/S Dampskippsselskabet Torm Demark, inward bound for Portbury.

29.3 at 16.20 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,690 tons d.w, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 0650 hrs . At 17.10 bulk carrier Mandarin Phoenix, 56,091 tons d.w., owners Phoenix Shipping Singapore, inward bound for Portbury.

31.3 at18.20 cargo vessel Kati, 4,953 tons d.w, owners Hansa Shipping Ltd Mta Estonia, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 13.01. At 19.34 cargo vessel Uttum 2568 tons d.w, owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, outward bound from Birdport, having sailed at 10.48.

3.4 at 07.40 vehicle carrier Opal Leader ,12,200 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

5.4 at 07.47 cargo vessel Monika Meuller, 3,723 tons d.w, owners Otto A Muller Schiffhart Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.. At 12.45 container vessel Nikolas, 32,391 tons d.w, owners Aphrodite Maritime LLC Athens Greece outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 08.17.

7.4 at 11.35 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Lie of Italy inward bound for Portbury.

10.4 at 14.50 cargo vessel Arklow Bay, 8,660 tons d.w, owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd, Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth. having sailed at 08.41. At 18.53 cargo vessel Westborg, 3,780 tons d.w, owners W. Bockstiegel Reederei GMBH & Co Germany, inward bound for Newport.

13.4 at 14.30 cargo vessel BBC Coral, 14,457 tons d.w, owners Coral Schiffahrts GMBH & Co Germany, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 10.40. At 19.35 container ship Endeavour, 9,167 tons d.w, owners J.R Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 13.51.

Norman.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – April.

 

Mussels in Beer Broth with Cheesy Rarebits.

Ingredients.

For the Mussel broth –

2 Spring onions, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves-chopped

1 kg(2lb) fresh mussels, cleaned and beards removed

1 tbsp. cream

Handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped

For the Rarebits-

50g(2oz) butter

1 leek, trimmed and finely sliced

25g(1oz) flour

1x330ml bottle beer- Clearwater Brewery beers are good!

125g(4oz) Cheddar grated

1or 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

8 slices of Toast – sourdough, granary or white.

Method

1. For the rarebits – melt the butter in a pan. Add the leeks and cook until softened. Stir in the flour, cook for 2mins.then stir in 125ml(4floz) beer, the cheese and 1 tbsp. mustard. Season with a little black pepper. Let stand to combine.

2. In a lidded pan melt the remaining butter. Add the shallots and fry for 5 mins. or until golden. Add the garlic and the remaining beer, leave to bubble for 2-3 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, spread the rarebit mixture on the bread. Toast under a hot grill until melted and golden.

4. Tip in the mussels, then cover the pan with the lid and steam for 4-5 minutes, until opened (discard any that remain closed). Transfer the mussels to a serving bowl, leaving the liquor in the pan. Whisk the cream parsley with the remaining mustard into the mussel liquor. Season. Pour over the mussels.

Serve with the rarebits. Good to share with family and friends.

 

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One hundred years ago – April 1916.

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Mr A.W. Cock has auctioned three freehold properties in the town. These were 7 Elm Grove, 13 Vinegar Hill and a dwelling house and stables at 1 Bull Hill, the latter premises formerly known as ‘The Cornish Arms’.

Bideford Borough Council holds tribunals every week, sitting in the Town Hall, to hear and determine applications for exemption from military service. Herniman Prust Woodyard, 32 years old and a proprietor of a grocery and provisions merchant’s business, was granted exemption as long as he remains in his present occupation. He has been left single-handed, as both his assistants have joined up and his 5 brothers are already serving in the Army.

Albert Henry Prance, a Fish and chip shop proprietor, claimed that his wife could not carry on the business which would have to be closed if he went to war. It was obvious that such a business was a great advantage to the people living in the neighbourhood. He was granted a one month exemption.

Any ladies who are interested in Motor Cycling should inspect the latest model, the “Royal Ruby” 2-stroke motorcycle, perfect in every detail, now on show at Messrs .George Boyle, 1, Allhalland Street.

At a meeting of Bideford Urban District Council it was decided that the names of those who had volunteered for the war should be displayed on boards fixed on to the Market walls.

The Taw & Torridge Fishery Conservators heard a status report from the Superintendent Water Bailiff. Large numbers of salmon have passed through the town and on to the upper waters of both rivers. Salmon fishing was very good and a good number of fish have been taken. The weather has been too cold for trout fishing.

Henry Hopkins of Bideford was summoned for using headlights on his motorcycle at 10.10pm on 29th March. He pleaded guilty through ignorance. Superintendent Hulland said that under current wartime regulations, no headlights were to be carried within six miles of the sea or estuary. Mr Hopkins was fined 2/6d.

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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Shipping news No. 133 (February/ March).

Yelland Quay.

Welsh Piper, 26.2.

Bideford Quay.

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Aberdeen – (ex- Wilson Aberdeen, 2011) – built 2009; flag Valletta, Malta; owners German; crew Russian & Ukrainian; from Sharpness to Castellon; arrived 6/3, sailed 9/3; cargo 2,690 tons ball clay.

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At Appledore.

9.3 at 1745 the Irish Patrol Ship LE William Butler Yeats was due to be floated out from the building shed at the shipyard. Due to unfavourable weather conditions (wind blowing at 33 knots) a decision was made to postpone the float-out until 0615 10.3, and with the assistance of the tugs Willendeavour and the Lundy Puffin was moved the fitting-out quay at the Middle yard.

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Video of float-out – http://navaltoday.com/2016/03/14/irish-navy-floats-out-le-william-butler-yeats/

Arco Dart, 25.2, 8.3.

Bristol Channel Observations.

15.2 at 08.30 cargo vessel Adamas, 3,754 tons d.w., owners Lagenburg Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

16.2 at 17.06 cargo vessel Wilson Nice, 8,301 tons d.w., owners Wilson AS Norway, outward bound from Avonmouth (having sailed at 10.51).

18.2 at 0823 vehicle carrier Delhi Highway, 18,891 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen KK Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

23.2 at 14.20 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury (having sailed at 10.00). At 15.46 bulk Carrier Saint Vassilios, 33,889 tons d.w., owners Fygkia Marine Inc Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.53 cargo vessel Kertu, 4,800 tons d.w., owners H.S Kertu OS Estonia, outward bound from Swansea (having sailed at 18.16 21.2).

24.2 at 13.30 vehicle carrier Titania, 30,907 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury (having sailed at 08.42). At 14.30 container ship Flintercape, 9,597 tons d.w., owners Flinter Group B.V Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth (having sailed at 10.22). At 14.35 cargo vessel Blue Phantom, 5,184 tons d.w., owners Blue Pantom & Co K.G. Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth (having sailed at 09.27).

26.2 at 0737 project cargo vessel Abis Belfast, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Abis Shipping Co BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 13.30 cargo vessel Tina C, 5,000 tons d.w., owners Caribrooke Shipping Cowes Isle of Wight, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again on 3.3 at 07.30 outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 22.42).

28.2 at 0928 cargo vessel Aberdeen, 3,614 tons d.w., owners Stortekekus Germany inward bound for Sharpness. (See above – next voyage loading clay at Bideford for Castellon).

29.2 at 15.30 bulk carrier Nord Mumbia, 36,610 tons d.w owners Nordin Shipping Singapore PZ Singapore, outward bound from Portbury (having sailed at 10.10).

2.3 at 16.03 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,200 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, outward bound from Portbury (having sailed at 10.40).

4.3 at 10.21 cargo vessel Dinteldijk, 4,450 tons d.w., owners Naviga Shipmanagement BV Netherlands, inward bound for Cardiff. At 12.40 cargo vessel Seg, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Orion Shipping Co Russia, outward bound from Sharpness (having sailed at 01.12). At 12.42 cargo vessel Eider, 3,672 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.00 cargo vessel Countess Anne, 2,684 tons d.w., owners Grafin Anna KG Germany, inward bound for Newport.

5.3 at 0952 dredger UKD Bluefin, 5,500 tons d.w ., owners Associated British Ports London, outward bound from Cardiff (having sailed at 03.30). At 11.09 Clare Christine, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Wolfgand Grimpe Marine Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth (having sailed at 13.12 4.3).

6.3 at 0939 cargo vessel Sormovskiy 3068 , 3,391 tons d.w., inward bound for Cardiff (seen again on 10.3 at 11.35 outward bound from Barry, having sailed at 06.33), and at the same time cargo vessel Karla C, 6,250 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping Cowes IOW, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.05 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,420 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury (having sailed at 06.31). At 11.15 vehicle carrier Hermes Leader, 20,941 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury .

7.3 at 09.32 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.20 container ship Maria P, 5,580 tons d.w., owners Pioneer Bay Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth.

10.3 at 11.35 cargo vessel Narwa, 4,050 tons d.w., owners Roland Ship Administration Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 18.15 cargo vessel Vita, 4,161 tons d.w., owners Alpha Shipping Co Latvia, outward bound from Sharpness (having sailed at 08.28).

13.3 at 07.30 cargo vessel Clavigo, 3,735 tons d.w., owners Gerhard Wessels Germany, inward bound for Newport.

Regards,

Norman.

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Fremington Quay, and the price of clay in 1935.

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“EX39” – upcoming concerts.

Bideford Buzz qtr pagewww.ex39.net

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Home Fire Safety check.

DS2016-1807 Blatchcombe Parish Magazine PosterDS2016-1807 Blatchcombe Parish Magazine Editorialwww.dsfire.gov.uk

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery : March.

Tray- bake Skate Wing.

Skate has a wonderful sweet tasting flesh with a subtle flavour. The bones are flat and glutinous and the flesh should be scraped from the bones from the thick skate1side down to the thin edge. Some people eat all the flat cartilage bones! A good dish to share with friends for Easter or a simple Good Friday lunch.

Skate is on the ‘red’ MSC (Marine Conservation Society) sustainable fish list. However, there are several types of skate, and on the whole the Skate wings bought from local sources will be the sustainable type.

 

Ingredients -serves 2 (add extra small /medium skate wings for extra servings.)

2 medium size skate wings.

Splash of olive oil.

Salt and pepper.

19 baby plum tomatoes.

2 tablespoons mini capers or chopped capers.

2 tablespoon chopped parsley.

2 tablespoon chopped oregano.

1 whole bulb of garlic.

Method

1. Cut the tomatoes in half and sprinkle over the fish, adding the capers and herbs.

2. Brush the bulb of garlic with the side of the knife, leaving the skin on.

3. Add the fish, with a good splash of white wine and a little more olive oil.

4. Bake in the oven at 180 /gas mark 6, or in the centre of a solid fuel cooker, for 20 mins.

5. The flesh will come away from the central cartilage when the fish is cooked.

6. Serve with crusty bread.

The Appledore Fish Summer School 2016 programme will be promoting local skate and have sessions on rays, skate and sharks – cookery demonstrations, tasting, and talks. We are still looking for ideas and volunteers -so please contact me if you are interested – Felicity Sylvester on brilliantfishsw@gmail.co.uk

-Thanks, Felicity.

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