Shipping notes No. 183 (June).

Bideford Quay.

Nothing since last issue


No news regarding the shipyard.

Yelland Quay.

Dea Gloria1/6 (2 trips). 2/6 Seen at 06.30, outward bound. This was her last trip to Yelland before she returned to her base on Merseyside.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/6 at 06.32 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 00.20. At 07.57 cargo vessel Ever Comfort, 10,620 tons d.w., owners Aurora Shipping & Trading Ltd Turkey, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 02.44. At 08.38 fruit juice tanker Orange Ocean, 22,918 tons d.w., owners Atlanship Switzerland, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 04.12. At 08.55 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.50 hrs cargo vessel Celtic Spirit, 4,135tons d.w., owners Charles M Willie & Co Charter Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 14.16 hrs cargo vessel Mario C, 13,000 tons d.w., owners Tagus River SA Maderia, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 2306 29th May. At 20.29 cargo vessel Felix, 6,359 tons d.w., owners Felix Schiffahrts Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 14.45. At 20.47 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,595 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 17.30. At 21.23 cargo vessel Aldebaran, 2,270 tons d.w., owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Neath. At 21.42 cargo vessel Wilson Gdynia, 3,632 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 16.25.

2/6 at 06.35 tanker Stolt Cormorant, 4,676 tons d.w., owners Stolt Guillemot BV Netherlands, outward bound from Barry having sailed at 01.57. At 08.37 cargo vessel Marjatta, 3,481 tons d.w., owners Irving Management Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Newport.

5/6 at 09.28 cargo vessel Lady Clara, 3,637 tons d.w., owners Okku Tom Brook Vertoom Bojen Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 22.02 vehicle carrier Glorious Leader, 20,999 tons d.w., owners Glorious Maritime Ltd Isle of Man, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 17.09.

6/6 at 12.40 ro-ro vessel Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Airbus SA France, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 13.53 outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.49 7th). At 12.55 vehicle carrier Neptune Galena, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 13.09 7th outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 08.58).

7/6 at 15.11 cargo vessel Icelandica Hav, 2,325 tons d.w., owners Hav Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Swansea.

8/6 at 12.12 bulk carrier Aastind, 8,130 tons d.w., owners Aasen Bulk AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.

9/6 at 05.02 cargo vessel Beaumagic, 3,820 tons d.w., owners Vertoom USC Beaumagic BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 15.27 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.16 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 18.00 12th having sailed from Portbury at 12.32).

10/6 at 12.13 cargo vessel Lisa, 4,850 tons d.w., owners Schwartewberg Herman Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

11/6 at 12.50 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli, 14,585 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 15.36 12th outward bound, having sailed from Portbury at 10.58). At 18.36 vehicle carrier Euphrates Highway, 18,668 tons d.w., owners Brave Point Shipping Corp Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 14.09.

12/6 at 05.15 cargo vessel Kazim Dede, 9,861 tons d.w., owners Aurora of the Sea Shipping Turkey, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 23.22 11th. At 21.30 tug MTS Victory, 167 tons gross, owners MTS Group Ltd Brixham outward bound from Cardiff towing Skyline Barge 21, having sailed at 11.14.

13/6 at 12.57 bulk carrier Serdika, 13,971 tons d.w., owners Brightway Distribution Ltd Bulgaria, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.33 7th having been at anchor in Blue Anchor Bay. At 15.03 cargo vessel Rodau, 3,859 tons d.w., owners Reederei Erwin Strahlmann Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 18.10 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again 11.54 16th outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 06.17).

14/6 at 07.46 vehicle carrier Altair Leader, 18,688 tons d.w., owners TLC Hope/FK Baron Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.40 dredger UKD Bluefin, 5,797 tons d.w., owners UK Dredging Management Cardiff, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 14.47 en route to Hull.

15/6 at 06.58 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,200 tons d.w., owners Payton Maritime SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

16/6 at 12.48 cargo vessel Arklow Brook, 7,588 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 12.21 12th and had been anchored Blue Anchor Bay awaiting orders. At 22.05 tug TMS Kermor, 240 tons d.w., owners unknown, inward bound for Hinkley Point Power Station with tow.

20/6 at 07.11 cargo vessel Pagadder, 4,535 tons d.w., owners C2C NV Belgium, inward bound for Sharpness. (Seen again on the 24th at 18.00 having sailed at 09.41). At 11.10 cargo vessel Steenbank, 4,500 tons d.w., owners Bankship IV BV Netherlands, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 08.21. At 12.50 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

21/6 at 10.10 cargo vessel Arklow Future, 4,500 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Eire, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 06.50 20th. At 14.00 tanker Bit Okland, 24,853 tons d.w., owners Tarbit Shipping AB Sweden, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 07.22.

23/6 at 10.55 vehicle carrier Torrens, 14,512 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Stockholm and Oslo, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again on 24th at 15.25, having sailed at 10.48).

24/6 at 05.10 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury.

25/6 at 06.50 cargo vessel Spanaco Simplicity, 4,250 tons d.w., owners Spanaco Three Ltd Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.45 24th. At 07.15 cargo vessel Ayr, 3,604 tons d.w., owners Hayo Unken Vertom-Bojen Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

26/6 at 17.33 vehicle carrier Amethyst Ace, 18,700 tons d.w., owners MOL Auto Carrier Express Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

27/6 at 05.35 cargo vessel Wilson Aviero, 3,605 tons d.w., owners Wilson Ship Management Norway, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 23.16 26th. At 1700 vehicle carrier Gran Bretagna, 18,461 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

28/6 at 15.20 cargo vessel Tejo Belem, 4,624 tons d.w., owners Tejo Shipping Lines Ltd Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 18.13 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury

29/6 at 13.12 cargo vessel Fri Karmsund, 4,935 tons d.w., owners Fri Karmsund AS Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 15.24 cargo vessel Arklow Bank, 8,300 tons d.w., owners Glenthorne Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Avonmouth.

30/6 at 17.52 tug Egesund, 58 tons d.w., owners Svenborg Bugser A/S Denmark, outward bound from Swansea having sailed at 12.21. At 17.57 cargo vessel Marry-S, 3,471 tons d.w., owners Marry-S BV Netherlands, inward bound for Cardiff. At 18.07 vehicle carrier Neptune Galene, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.07 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 12.32.

Regards,   Norman.

An old photograph from my collection –


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Arts Society North Devon, 2020/21.


The Society usually meet at The Durrant House Hotel, Bideford, at 2 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month from October until May, with the exception of December (when the AGM takes place at 1.30 p.m. ahead of the lecture).

The Programme offers a variety of Lectures presented by highly accredited lecturers from all over the country. Visitors are always welcome, a donation of £5 per person will be requested.

Unfortunately, due to the present restrictions the lectures for April and May had to be cancelled and no further lectures were booked through the summer months.

The next Lecture Season 2020/2021 is programmed to start on Tuesday 13th October but at present cannot be guaranteed.

Online lectures plus other points of interest from the World of Art are available to everyone, at

For any further information please contact us at –


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Westward Ho! & Bideford Art Society online exhibition.


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Beaford Archive reopens to record Coronavirus.


North Devonians invited to photograph life during lockdown.

April 2020, North Devon.

For the first time in over 30 years, the Beaford Archive – home to the North Devon photographs of James Ravilious and Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins – is being reopened.

James had unrivalled access to North Devon lives, but not even he could have recorded life during lockdown,” said Mark Wallace, Beaford’s Director. “The only way we’ll do that is together – so, for the first time ever, we’re asking everyone in North Devon to add their photos to the Beaford Archive.”

The Beaford Archive contains over 100,000 images of northern Devon from 1850-1990. Over 10,000 of these are now available online at, thanks to the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Royal Photographic Society has called it “unparalleled in both quantity and quality”. It has never before been opened for general submission, but the trustees of Beaford see it as vital that the Archive records these times for future generations. As a result, this new chapter in the Archive’s history will be written by the people of North Devon.

More details on how to submit photographs and information on James Ravilious’s approach to photo selection can be found at Curated galleries featuring submitted photos will be displayed throughout the lockdown period.


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‘Pledge for Nature’.

Communities help nature across north Devon.

Some positive news in these challenging days, as the Pledge for Nature project gets off to a flying start! Since launching in January, communities across the North Devon Biosphere have pledged to plant over 2,500 trees, install over 40 bird boxes, 30 bug havens and make space for nature in more than 30 gardens!

Some examples of the brilliant pledges include: The Taw Fishing Club has put up six nest boxes for dippers and grey wagtails on the upper Taw near Coldridge, Nymet Rowland and Wembworthy. “Tom” from Dolton has pledged to plant apple, walnut, field maple and alder buckthorn trees to diversify his hedges. “Michelle” from Barnstaple pledged to plant bee-friendly shrubs in her garden.Kitty” from Northlew pledged to plant 6 – 8 trees of local fruit varieties and sourced locally to make an orchard. And the Environment Agency will be creating two wildflower areas at their Alverdiscott depot.

Mike Moser, Chair of the North Devon Biosphere Nature Improvement Group said “This is great news for north Devon’s nature – please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to get involved. Thank you to everyone who has made a pledge so far – from individuals to community groups, and schools to businesses. Let’s make something positive from these difficult times.”

We are now excited to announce the next round of seasonal activities (April to June) for you to get involved in:

Garden for Insects.

Pledge to join the Devon Wildlife Trust’s Action for Insect campaign. Can you reduce pesticide use and make your garden more wildlife friendly? Devon Wildlife Trust will be providing useful tool kits for individuals, communities and primary schools to find out what you can do to help insects.

Create a Wildflower Patch.

Use advice from the Butterfly Conservation Trust and Bumblebee Conservation Trust on how to create a wildflower patch (a seed tray on your window, a patch on your lawn or a meadow on your lane verge or farm).

Care for nature in a space near you.

Choose a lane, layby, local park, beach spot or river section and keep it free of litter. You can also help by keeping an eye out for invasive species.

Family Activity – Learn to identify wildflowers together.

Help start an early appreciation for nature- use our resources to help learn about nature with your children and let us know what you find.

Become a Citizen Scientist – see the list of projects on our website.

Make your pledges on the Pledge for Nature web site. You can still make a pledge even if it’s not an activity on this list by choosing ‘Other’ on the pledge form and tell us what action you have taken for nature.

Please spread the word by sharing pictures of completed pledges using the hashtag #PledgeforNature via:

Twitter: @PledgeforNature

Facebook: Pledge for Nature

Instagram: NorthDevonBiosphere


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‘Journey to the Sea’ films.

‘Journey to the Sea’ film series set to make waves in North Devon.

A new six-part documentary series starring the people and landscapes of North Devon premieres in the county this month – narrated by BBC Springwatch presenter Gillian Burke. ‘Journey to the Sea’ has been produced in partnership between North Devon Biosphere, WWF, Sky Ocean Rescue, the National Trust, and the Environment Agency.

‘Journey to the Sea’ is a celebration of the connection between people, land and the sea – putting nature centre stage. A special Director’s Cut of the films was screened on Tuesday 21st January in North Devon. The exclusive event will be hosted by science communicator, zoologist and star of one of the episodes, Sophie Pavelle. Following the launch, one episode per week will then go on general release.

Filmed in North Devon, and following the course of the county’s waterways, the collection of short films is a celebration of Devon’s stunning, diverse habitats – from the wild moors of Dartmoor, to the crashing surf of the coastline and out to the open water around Lundy’s shores. The series aims to inspire viewers to take action to protect the UK’s natural world wherever they live.

The films are told through the eyes of local people, who help bring these special places to life. During the series viewers will meet a range of characters, whose lives and livelihoods are intrinsically linked to the area’s waterways, including Ilfracombe’s harbour master and Lundy Island’s warden.

The six films are:

Wild camping with Trev’ – hiking through Dartmoor National Park.

Farming for the future with Simon’ – connecting young people with wildlife on a working farm.

Exploring the estuary with Sophie’ – paddleboarding on the peaceful Taw-Torridge Estuary.

Surfing with Jasmine’ – disadvantaged young people learning to surf with the Wave Project at Saunton Sands and Croyde beach.

The harbour with George’ – meeting the thriving harbour community in Ilfracombe.

Lundy island with Dean’ – diving below the waves and exploring the island.


Rose Stainthorp, Marine Pioneer Coordinator, North Devon Biosphere, said: “North Devon can be a magical place, packed full of wildlife and diverse habitats. We have world-class surfing conditions, which attract surfers from across the country and beyond. Along with the beauty and tranquility of Dartmoor National Park, and the wildlife found on land and at sea, North Devon supports a thriving tourism industry that employs thousands of local people. This should be celebrated and brought to life so we all understand why now is the time to take action and protect nature on our doorstep.”

Alec Taylor, Head of Marine Policy, WWF, said: “We know our oceans and waterways are under threat like never before, from plastic pollution and climate change, to overfishing and underwater noise. Nature is not just a nice to have – it’s our life support system and we can no longer ignore the pressures we’re placing on our environment. We hope these films will inspire people to join the fight for our world and take action to help protect and restore our precious oceans and waterways for the wildlife and communities that depend on them.”


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“Down on the Farm” – short films.


A short film commission has produced six five-minute documentaries about farmers and farming within the unique environment of North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The films are a revealing insight into the lives of our farming neighbours and will provoke thought and discussion around our food and where it comes from.

Community film making organisation North Devon Moving Image (NDMI) commissioned these emerging documentary film makers from around the UK to bring their individual film making creativity to the telling of these farmers’ stories.

Amanda McCormack, Creative Director of NDMI, says –

Since founding North Devon Moving Image six years ago it had always been my intention to make some films about farmers in north Devon. In my mind, it was a project that couldn’t NOT be done. As well as creating, collecting and sharing films it is an important part of our remit to encourage and facilitate new film makers. So, putting the two together, I decided to run North Devon’s first short documentary film commission and (as you will see) it has been an amazing success!”

Giving the film makers a year in which to make their films has meant that they really got to know their subjects and you will experience the impact of this in the intimate and passionate stories they tell in their ‘Down on the Farm’ films.

These films are important. They have value in preserving a snapshot of farming today, reflecting and celebrating a very important part of North Devon’s essence. They will do the job of enlightening, inspiring and entertaining those who watch them, connecting people with their farming neighbours and encouraging thought and dialogue around the food we eat.”

The films are free to watch via the North Devon Moving Image website, and thanks to generous funding from local, regional and national organisations, NDMI are able to offer a free screening licence to any groups who would like to show the ‘Down on the Farm’ films on a big screen.


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Plans for new Burrows Centre take shape.

At the recent Community and Resources committee meeting on Monday 14th October Members were updated on the latest developments in plans to deliver the exciting new Visitor Centre for Northam Burrows. The new facility will be the focal point of the Country Park which covers 258 hectares lying within a designated AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Unesco Biosphere Reserve and designated SSSI (site of special scientific interest).

The project, which has already received £1.2M of Coastal Communities funding towards its delivery, is being designed to create a new interpretation centre and activity hub for nature based tourism – tourism based on viewing and experiencing the natural environment. Amongst the many improved facilities the building will accommodate permanent and temporary exhibition spaces, a café, flexible community spaces, and business support for local firms and new tourism start-ups.

The update included the announcement that WSP have been appointed for the centre’s structural, mechanical and engineering elements. Their input has resulted in new methodologies being considered for the building including Nudura building sections, which when slotted together are filled with concrete. This makes the build process quicker but also improves energy efficiency. Changes have also been made to the floor space to accommodate a small aquarium area with further enhancements to the exhibition areas.

Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin (Lead Member for Community, Culture and Leisure) said: “This is a really exciting project which will create a centre of excellence for environmental education within one of our most important environments. I especially like the ambition of making more of our environment and developing tourism in the area in a sustainable way. The additional facilities and café will also be a real asset to the area and a great improvement on what is currently available.”

The current building is due to be demolished early next year with plans to inaugurate the new building in 2021. The project has also received widespread support from businesses and business organisations, as well as educational establishments. Research suggests over 180 businesses will be supported by the centre, and will create around 90 new jobs including 12 within the centre itself.


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Abbotsham – an historical note.

If you have been watching the last series of ‘Poldark’ you will know that the final episodes dealt with the threat of invasion in the West Country by the French. This threat was temporarily resolved by the Peace of Amiens in March 1802, but by May of 1803 the war was back on and the threat of invasion with it.

This threat was perceived very seriously in the area around Bideford, as can be seen from two documents in the North Devon Record office that relate to the parish of Abbotsham. These are what in today’s parlance might be called a ‘contingency plan’.

The first document, dated 4th December 1803, is The minutes of the resolutions entered into at a meeting of the inhabitants of Abbotsham’. There were six numbered resolutions setting out where parishioners were to meet and place themselves under the direction of named persons, where they should take their stock, that various carts were appointed for the removal of sick and infirm people and that the overseers of the poor would supply 6 bushels of meal at parish expense to Mrs Stone to make 4 loaves of bread for each of the poor. The Overseers of the Poor were also to supply materials to enable the livestock to be marked and they even specified how and where such markings we to be placed.

The document then sets out who would conduct and drive the stock along one of two specified routes – one to Dartmoor and the other to Somerton, distances of about 40 miles and 80 miles. They weren’t taking any chances!

The second document details the owners of the stock that was to be moved plus the names of the old and decrepit persons and whose cart they should travel on. There followed details of the routes to be used, with some alterations written in pencil, showing slight differences to those of the first document, which must be the later version.

This shows some forward thinking by the leaders of the parish, although one can’t help wondering how much notice of invasion they would need to put this plan into action.

David Snow.


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Heroine of India honoured with statue in Torrington.

A bronze statue of Sister Nivedita (1867-1911) was unveiled by Great Torrington Town and Torridge District Councillors in Great Torrington Cemetery on Saturday 27th August . Sister Nivedita, who was born Margaret Elizabeth Noble, spent much of her life in India where she is revered as an educationalist and campaigner for India’s freedom movement. Her involvement with India came about after a meeting with Swami Vivekananda in London in 1895 after which she travelled to Calcutta. She was given the name Nivedita meaning “dedicated to god” and opened a girls school in 1898. Her intention was to educate girls who were at the time deprived of even the most basic education. She is also noted for nursing the poor during the plague epidemic in Calcutta in 1899 as well as having a close association with the Ramakrishna Mission until later when she made an active contribution in the field of Indian Nationalism.

She died in Darjeeling in 1911 and following her cremation her ashes were returned to Great Torrington where they were interred in the family grave. The statue and plinth were commissioned and paid for by the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms Mamata Banerjee to commemorate the 150th anniversary of her birth on July 4th and also in commemoration of her life which she dedicated to India. Torridge District Council provided the plot on which the bronze statue has been sited as a permanent memorial. It is the first statue of Sister Nivedita to be erected outside of India and was unveiled jointly by Deputy Mayor of Torrington Doug Smith and Torridge and Great Torrington Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin who is also lead member for Community, Culture and Leisure at Torridge District Council.

TDC Lead member for Community, Culture and Leisure – Councillor Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin said – “I must admit that I was largely unaware of Sister Nivedita’s family connection to the Great Torrington area or of the fascinating and selfless work she devoted herself to in India. Clearly she was a remarkable woman at a time when people (and women in particular) were not given the opportunities that they have today. This makes her achievements even more significant, and I hope that the statue will act as an inspiration to those who see it and bring about a greater recognition of her life which was dedicated to helping those who were less fortunate.”

Mayor of Great Torrington – Councillor Keeley Allin said: “The information in relation to Sister Nivedita’s incredible achievements in India and her connection to Great Torrington have been a revelation to many over these past few months. It is clear that amongst other things, this lady’s life had a major impact in empowering young women in India through the provision of education and learning. It is a privilege to host the statue of remembrance and recognition in our town’s cemetery and hope that many people, young and old, will visit and be inspired by the life and achievements of Sister Nivedita.”

Swami Sarvasthananda said: “We are delighted to be part of unveiling ceremony of Sister Nivedita, also known as Margaret Noble, who gave her all to India at the behest of her spiritual master Swami Vivekananda. She was inspired by his message of Service of God in man and contributed a lot in several fields for the uplift of the Indian masses including that of women’s education. It is a great privilege for the monks and devotees of the Ramakrishna Mission to honour her contribution by installing a bronze statue in Torrington kindly made possible by the help received from the government of West Bengal, India. Our sincere thanks to Torridge District Council for their unconditional help and support.”


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One hundred years ago – May 1919.

Echoes of the war are still evident in some areas of life.

R Blackmore & Sons Auctioneers, of New Road, Bideford, have been instructed to sell agricultural items which are surplus to the requirements of the North Devon Agricultural Committee. These range from tractors and threshing machines to straw trussers and binder twine. Readers are assured that these items are by the best makers and most of them are practically new.

By order of the local Food Committee, milk prices for May have been fixed at 6d per quart delivered, 5d sold at the retailer’s premises. Imported meat will be 2d per pound less than the price stated on the list exhibited in the shop.

Soldiers attached to the Agricultural Corps will not now be moved to join the Army of Occupation until after May 15th, as it was felt that their removal at such a busy time would harm food production.

Mr F A Searle, Honorary Treasurer of Bideford Town Council, has been thanked for his services in connection with the Belgian refugees. Some 200 refugees have been maintained by the town since their arrival in February 1915, the last having now been repatriated.

Germany was to lose 13 percent of its territory and 10 percent of its population. … Pressured by the Allies and thrown into confusion by crisis within the Weimar government at home, the Germans gave in and accepted the terms at 5:40 p.m. on May 23. The Versailles Treaty was signed on June 28, 1919

In other news:

Mr W J Barnes, Clerk to Northam Council, has written to the police calling attention to the excessive speed and dangerous driving of motor cars and motor cycles on the Bideford to Northam Road.

Pebbles are to be raked off the Westward Ho! Coastal path and notices erected prohibiting cycling.

A field at Northam belonging to Mr Penhorwood and occupied by Mr Griffey has been acquired for allotments, as has the field at Westward Ho! opposite Springfield belonging to Mr W S Bourne and occupied by Mr H Braddick.

A hive of bees swarmed in Abbotsham Road on 19th May, believed to be the first of the summer season. The 17th century proverb supports this “a swarm in May is worth a load of hay; a swarm in June is worth a silver spoon; but a swarm in July is not worth a fly”

Mr Perkins, The Quay, Bideford, agent for the Combe Martin Jam & Preserve Company, will purchase any quantity of fruits, including strawberries, red currants, gooseberries and plums.

And finally:

Bideford Town Crier’s latest call on Friday was “Lost! Bideford Town Water Cart, last seen in the council yard. Anyone returning same to Mill Street in working order will be rewarded with thanks.” The Gazette reports that the much needed rain came on Saturday

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 or visit our website


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One hundred years ago – March 1919.

Property for sale:

At an auction held at the New Inn, Messrs Dymond & Son sold Swiss Cottage, Northam, which was knocked down to Mr A Chamberlain for £925; 3 pasture fields [2 adjacent Bloody Corner and 1 at White Horse Lane, Northam] to Mr E Withecombe for £730; 2 fields adjacent Diddywell Rd. to John Steer £500; 3 fields of 9 acres opposite Richmond House, Appledore, to Mr H M Bazeley at an undisclosed price; 2 acre field near Lookout Appledore to George Cork £300. A 6 acre field adjacent to Swiss Cottage was withdrawn at £800 by Messrs Hole Seldon & Ward Solicitors. Messrs R Blackmore have the Castle Inn No. 20 Allhalland Street, Bideford for sale. It is suggested that it can be used as a boarding house. Forrest Hill, the residence plus 10¾ acres is also offered for sale. Offered for sale from Messrs A W Cock is Higher Shute at Littleham in one lot and a field of land which is part of Stanbury Estate, Raleigh, Northam.

Upwards of 40 hands are now employed in the preparation of the new shipyard at Higher Cleave Houses, Bideford.

R Blackmore & Son has received instructions to sell by auction a Ford Touring Car. It has one spare and interchangeable wheel, new cylinders and practically a new hood. The Sale will follow on after the sale of 50 Army horses.

This month sees the Gazette filled with transport related adverts –

Lorries, cars and motorcycles are becoming available to purchase and businesses that were curtailed through staff being conscripted are trying to re-establish themselves.

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 or visit our website


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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – March.



Finnish Herring Pie – baked herring with tomatoes.


4 /6 herrings.

2 large onions.

oil/ butter.

1-2 ½ lbs of potatoes (6-med/large potatoes).

S &P.

½pt. milk.



Scale and bone the herring and clean by removing the roes and washing inside.

Soak in salted water for several hours before using. Slice up the drained herring fillet.

Fry the onions lightly in the oil until golden.

Grease a fireproof dish with butter.

Put in a layer of sliced potatoes -followed by a layer of sliced onions and sliced tomatoes and slices of herring fillets.

Season well with salt and pepper.

Top with the remaining sliced potatoes and pour over the milk.

Cook in the centre of the oven for 90 mins at Gas Mark 4-180C.

Serve with extra green vegetables or with crusty bread for supper.


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One hundred years ago – January 1919.

At the beginning of January it was announced by the Food Controller, Mr Clynes, that no more ration books will be printed. The current issue will expire on April 19th. Margarine will be the first rationed food to be “de-rationed” and butter probably the last to regain its freedom. The meat situation is already improving thanks to deliveries from Argentina and it is hoped that the sugar supply will improve next month.

Later in January it was stated that there might still be some food rationing after April but that it would be much less restrictive.

Heavy rains have reduced farm land to a sodden condition and almost all work has been at a standstill. The autumn sown wheat, oats and beans look promising, but straw is very scarce at present.

Bideford Chamber of Trade has received a letter from the Paper Controller expressing thanks for the large quantity of waste paper collected by the local community.

Mr T Williams, carrier, of Hartland advertises that he now runs a service to Bideford on Thursdays as well as on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Two lambs were born at Norton Farm on January 8th, believed to be the first of the year.

Bideford Rural Council hopes to obtain a portion of the Government Road Improvement Grant to convert the track of the Bideford to Appledore Railway to a metalled road. With its straight course and easy gradients it is believed that this would be a great service to the public.

W Huxtable of Heale Farm, Littleham appeals for help in finding a lost two year old dark Devon heifer. A black Pekinese bitch has strayed from Firsball, Woodtown and two homing pigeons belonging to Mr Lewis have failed to return to their loft in Bridgeland Street.

Messrs R Blackmore & Sons have sold by auction fifty Army horses. All were sold within one and a half hours, prices ranging from £30 to £73.

A public meeting was held at Northam National School to discuss erecting a public memorial to parishioners who had fallen in the War. The War Office has promised a captured machine gun for the village. Proposals included a new village hall, a cross in the Square and a shelter for the aged on Bone Hill. A small committee has been formed to consider these ideas and consult with the families concerned.

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 or visit our website


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One hundred years ago – November 1918.

In the Gazette of 9th November we learn that President Wilson has transmitted to Germany the Terms of Surrender required by the Allies as reached at the Versailles meeting. There are reports of a German Naval mutiny; the Naval Commandant of Keil has been shot by his own sailors and in Hamburg and Cuxhaven the red Communist flag replaces the naval pennant.

On 12th November the Gazette proclaims “The Doom of Autocracy”. The Kaiser abdicates and there is revolution inside Germany. The Armistice has been signed and Hostilities ceased yesterday.

At the end of the month the German Fleet surrenders and 9 battleships, 5 battle cruisers, 7 light cruisers, 50 destroyers and numerous submarines are escorted across the North Sea to the mouth of the Firth of Forth where they will be taken to Scarpa Flow. The newspaper also reports that the local Regiment, 2nd Devons, are to take part in the triumphal march to the Rhine.

Nationally, a General Election has been called for 14th December. The Prime Minister Lloyd George and Mr Bonar Law publish a joint manifesto and election meetings are advertised in the Market Hall in Bideford on November 29th at 8pm, when Mr C S Parker will address the meeting. (Charles Sandbach Parker, Conservative, failed to be elected in the Barnstaple Constituency, losing by 602 votes). Women electors are holding a meeting in the Town Hall at Bideford at 3pm, moving to Northam at 7.30pm and Appledore at 8.30pm. These meetings will be chaired by Mrs C S Parker and the speaker will be Miss Taylor from Exeter.

(With the hindsight that 100 years affords, we know that the War has ended but on the Home Front little has changed; locally more mundane matters make the headlines in the paper).

Bideford Fuel & Lighting Committee state that under the terms of the 1918 Fuel Wood Order licences will be needed to sell a maximum of 2 tons per year to domestic homes. Industry is not subject to this restriction. These licences can be obtained from Mr E J Labbett, Local Fuel Overseer.

Readers are urged to register their ration of jam, marmalade and sugar at Tattersall’s and Farleigh’s Stores.

The Western Express and Torrington Gazette report that the yield of potatoes is far larger than anticipated and in many districts the yield is “extraordinary”.

Alfred Perrin of Barnstaple Auctions offered the Barley Mow Inn for sale. “The property has for some time since reported for compensation and was recently dealt with by the Compensation Committee at Exeter”. Mr John Curtis who owns the adjoining property was the purchaser at £430. (We have tried to research what this Committee did. Can any of our readers help?)

The influenza epidemic is diminishing; 9 deaths were reported this week in Bideford, which is less than half the previous week.

Bideford Fire Brigade, captained by Mr S Lee, was called to a business premises in Mill Street. The fire originated in a gas cooker in the kitchen at Mrs Wilson’s house but the fire was contained and the reported damage amounted to £200.

Thanksgiving Week services are held across North Devon. An open air meeting was held at Bone Hill, led by Rev. G Payne-Cook and W Charlewood, Leader of Northam UDC.


These and many more items of local interest are available to read at the Bideford & District Community Archive at the Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714. Open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings or visit our website


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