Hartland Farmers’ Market.

Held on the first Sunday of every month from April to September from 10am -1pm, and with one at Christmas, in the Village Hall in Hartland.

We have a range of locally produced food, including sausages, bacon, venison and game (in season); organically grown vegetables, vegetable plants, and flower plants; fresh fish and seafood; pies, scones and pasties and award winning artisan bread. Fairtrade coffee, locally produced honey, spices and sauces are also available. In addition we have a medical herbalist who brings her own made ointments and plants and books.

We also have locally hand made glass jewellery and felted slippers and hats. A local author is often with us and will sign her books for you. Second hand books are available from another stall.

Finally we have a cafe which serves hot drinks, breakfast and cakes. It is a friendly market with a great atmosphere.

For more information please contact Paul on email becklandgame@btinternet.com

or 07774 157162.

You can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HartlandFarmersMarketDevon/

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery : June.

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This dish, developed in New Orleans in 1899, was named after the richest man in America – John D. Rockefeller – as it has a very rich taste!

Oysters Rockefeller.

Ingredients-for 24 Oysters to share

I garlic clove.

Half a bag of fresh spinach.

I bunch of watercress, stems trimmed and bunch of chopped spring onions.

Unsalted butter.

Half a cup of breadcrumbs.

1 tablespoon Pernod.

Half a tsp Tabasco.

24 fresh Oysters, shucked, reserved in their shells.

Parmesan cheese ,grated.

Method

  1. Heat the oven to a high setting.
  2. Chop garlic in small food processor adding spinach, watercress and spring onions.
  3. Process until mixture is finely chopped.
  4. Place in a bowl then combine butter, breadcrumbs, Pernod, fennel and tabasco sauce in processor. Process until well blended
  5. Return spinach mixture to processor. Process briefly until mixtures are blended. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. At this point sprinkle rock-salt over a large baking sheet -half an inch deep and arrange oysters in rounded half shells on top. This keeps the shells upright and ensures they retain their juices.
  7. Top each oyster with 1Tbsp. of green vegetable mix. Sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Bake until cheese browns on top -about 8mins.

Serve hot with a refreshing drink.

Oyster Dressings-

Mother’s Ruin – Gin, lime red chilli.

Retro – Pernod, shallots, white wine vinegar.

The Wurzels – Apple, ginger, cider vinegar.

Turning Japanese – Wasabi, pickled ginger, rice wine vinegar.

Buck the Trend – Sea buckthorn, cider vinegar, Vodka, sugar.

The Frenchay – Shallots, red wine vinegar.

– or just Plain with a squeeze of lemon.

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One hundred years ago – June 1916.

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War-time appeals continue.

The Royal Navy appeal to the Bideford men with sea experience to join up for the Yacht Patrol Division in the Royal Navy. Seamen and firemen can be guaranteed £1-10s per week with 10 shillings food allowance when not victualled. Assistant cooks and stewards will be paid £1-5s per week and 3rd Engineers £2-8-0d. They are also seeking carpenters who will be paid £1-15s per week.

The waste paper collection system set up and described in last month’s edition is now fully operational. The depot at the Fish Market is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9 -1 o’clock. The patriotism encouraged by saving paper is further reinforced at the foot of the advertisement with the exultation “God Save the King”.

Appeals against call up are heard in all the local towns and in Bideford 27 were heard during the second week of June 1916. Albert Henry Prance, 28 of Mill Street, a fish and chip shop proprietor, applied for a second time for an additional period of exemption. His appeal was refused as it was felt that this work could be done by a woman. W C Friendship, a baker of Market Place, applied for exemption on behalf of Alexander Penhorwood, 28 and married. Another of his employees named Darch had been granted exemption on the ground that the bakery would not be able to function without them. Both were exempted until 1st October and Friendship was required to seek replacement staff as soon as possible. Miss Turner of Abbotsham appealed for extra time for Sidney Slee, 29, saying that Slee and a 14 year old boy were all that she had to look after the farm which included 73 bullocks and 87 sheep. This appeal was denied.

R.Blackmore and Sons, auctioneers, have been instructed to sell the following vehicles:

A 4-wheel dog cart.

Two-wheel Battlesden car. (Our research has found that this was a light 4 seater trap which is pulled by a pony)

A La Buire 5 seater Touring car 18 HP and leather upholstery

A Siddeley Wolseley 5 seat 12 HP tourer.

All these vehicles have been in private ownership and have been well looked after.”

R. D. Blackmore are advertising for auction at their Bideford Quay premises a considerable part of the estate of the late H.G.Heaven, Vicar of Lundy. Included are cut glass Bohemian vases, large Oriental jars, Dresden, Spode and Wedgwood china and many silver items weighing in total 750 ounces. The extensive sale catalogue concludes with a roasting jack!

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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Bideford film society – July.

Saturday 23 July at 7.30pm at Kingsley School Me Before You (12A), 110 mins. (Film preceded by a short film Julie’s Story, filmed and produced in North Devon by Simon Vacher).

Friday 29 and Saturday 30 July at 7.30pm at Kingsley School Golden Years (12A), 96 mins.

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

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Shipping news No. 135 (April/ May).

In port – Yelland Quay.

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Celtic Navigator – (ex- Atlantic Sea, 2008: Hera, ’14) ; built 1990; flag Cardiff, UK; owners British; crew Polish; from Glensanda to Ribadeo, Spain; arrived 24.4, sailed 24.4; discharged 3,800 tons chippings.

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In port – Bideford Quay.

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Elke K – built 1993; flag Netherlands; owners Dutch; crew Polish, Russian, Filipino; from Plymouth to Castellon; arrived 5.5, sailed 9.5; loaded 2,860 tons ball clay.

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Appledore.

Arco Dart ; 5.5, 8.5.

LE William Butler Yeats still fitting out.

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Bristol Channel observations.

16.4 at 16.25 HMS Bulwark, 18,500 tons displacement, inward bound toward Ilfracombe – she returned to Bideford Bay about 2 hours later. Later in company with HMS Ocean, 22,500 tons dispacement, HMS Somerset, 4,900 tons displacement, the large French helicopter carrier Dixmunde, French fleet oiler Var , and two frigates which I believe were French. By daylight on Sunday they had all sailed off towards Plymouth. The vessels were all taking part in ‘Operation Griffin’.

At 16.50 bulk carrier Aastun, owners Hans Martin Torkelson, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 13.41. At 18.30 vehicle carrier Tranquility Ace, 18,840 tons d.w., owners Mitsui OSK Lines of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

At 18.50 cargo vessel Franbo Prospect ,11,008 tons d.w., owners Franbo Transportation SA Taiwan outward bound from Newport having sailed on 8.4 at 1841, having been anchored in Bridgewater Bay awaiting orders.

19.4 at 11.30 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, having sailed at 05.36.

20.4 at 07.12 vehicle carrier Grande Bretagna, 18,461 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury At 06.45 bulk carrier Berge Atlantic, 17,2704 tons d.w., owners Berge Bulk Norway AS Norway, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 03.04.

21.4 at 13.07 vehicle carrier Torino, 21,260 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmson Sweden and Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

24.4 at 09.13 vehicle carrier Victory Leader, 13,363 tons d.w., owners Ray Car Carriers Israel, inward bound for Portbury.

25.4 at 17.15 container vessel MSC Ishyka, 33,985 tons d.w., owners Mediterranean Shipping Co.s.A Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.00.

28.4 at 12.25 tug Svitzer Bentley, 200 tons d.w., owners Svitzer Towage Felixstowe, inward bound for Swansea.

29.4 at 16.25 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterraneo, 18,427 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

30.4 at 16.03 cargo vessel Lady Menna, inward bound for Birdport. At 17.40 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carrier Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

3.5 at 0720 container ship MSC Rafaela, 51,210 tons d.w., owners Mediterranean Shipping Co S.A Switzerland, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.31. At 08.22 vehicle carrier Grande Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.54. At 08.27 cruise ship Ocean Diamond, 8,282 gross tons, owners Iceland Pro Cruises, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 04.20 2nd – seen again inward bound for Avonmouth at 0852 and in the bay at 17.30 heading East. At 13.40 cargo vessel Arklow Breeze, owners Arklow Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 19.29 vehicle carrier California Highway, 18,664 tons d.w., owners Kawasaki Kisen KK (K.Line) of Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 13.20.

4.5 at 07.20 cargo vessel Monika Meuller, 3,723 tons d.w., owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH German, inward bound for Sharpness.

5.5 at 06.15 cargo vessel Celtica Hav , 1,720 tons d.w., owners Hav Ship Management AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.

6.5 at 14.00 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury (seen by my nephew Martin whilst at Hartland Point).

13.5 at 09.40 buoy maintenance vessel Patricia, 900 tons d.w., owners Trinity House London, working in Bideford Bay on fairway buoy – sailed later in the morning for Woolacombe Bay. At 17.38 vehicle carrier Paganino, 11,373 tons d.w., owners Paganino Germany, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.51. At 18.13 vehicle carrier Montreal, 12,446 tons d.w., owners Montreal GMBH & Co Germany – this vessel had been at anchor of Ilfracombe for about 3 weeks (apart from going off to Falmouth for Bunkers).

14.5 at 17.25 cargo vessel RMS Goole, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Rheim Maas und see Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 18.50 vehicle carrier Grande Scandinavia, 18,440 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 2055 vehicle carrier Grande Sicilia, 12,353 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 18.20.

Regards, Norman.

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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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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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“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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One hundred years ago – March 1916.

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The death has occurred in his 90th year of the Reverend Hudson G. Heaven, whose family own Lundy Island. He had been parish priest on Lundy for 57 years. The cortege bearing his coffin embarked from Bideford on Captain Dark’s skiff “The Gannet” for interment in the family vault on the island. He has been succeeded on the island by his son, Mr Walter Heaven.

At this time of the year the ‘Gazette’ is full of seed merchant adverts, one local supplier being Messrs. Yeo & Son. Every kind of seed imaginable is on offer. On receipt of a Postal Order for 1/6d, the gardener will receive 10 packets of assorted vegetable seeds and 4 of flower seeds. As a bonus, they will also receive a packet of “Quite Content Peas”, whose pods reach an extraordinary 7” in length, and one of “Red Giant Beans” which can grow pods 15-16” long.

At Tanton’s Hotel, Mr. A.W. Cock auctioned a shop and premises in Bideford High Street, immediately adjoining the Post Office, together with 3 cottages in the rear giving a back entrance from Lower Gunstone. Bidding started at £1000, but the property was withdrawn at £1500.

In financial news, 4 original shares of £10 each for the Bideford Gas Company were purchased by Mr. J. Squire, at £24 each. He also purchased 30 £5 shares in the Bideford Public Rooms Company Ltd at £2.12.6d each.

At the Bideford Town Council meeting the Lighting Committee reported that they had arranged to turn off a further 34 street lamps. In all 96 lamps have now been turned off, which comprises about half of the public lamps in the town. Most of the grumbling had ceased and it was thought they might be able to put out a few more lamps.

Mr. H.R. Bazeley questioned why a great deal of waste paper was found in the scavengers’ carts. He felt it would be a benefit to the town if old paper could be repulped. At present much of it is burned on the river bank.

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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Also from the archives (1932, not from a Century ago) – thanks Peter Christie for this:-

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Memories of Bideford Shipyard.

Many thanks to Mr. Freddie Palmer, who provided these photos. We’re sure that they’ll be of interest to many people.

Buzz” is dating the photos of the trawler “Galatea” as 1975, since records show that as date of launch.  Names supplied by Freddie Palmer & Kenny Davis. 

Any further photos for publication would be welcomed, as would memories of the Shipyard’s history.

 

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Above,  L-R : Phil Pester, Harold Braund, Bill ‘Bimbo’ Hocking, Fred Palmer, Matty Blackmore.

 

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Above,    L-R on deck : Alan Tuplin, ?, Phil Pester.

on slipway : ?, Colin Pennington, ?.

 

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Above,   Alan Walker.

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L-R : Des Roberts, Raymond Garrard, Matty Blackmore.

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Buzz” shipping correspondent Norman Hardaker has supplied a schedule of vessels launched at Bideford Shipbuilders between 1966 & 1975 (listed as Name, category, & displacement).

1966.

Isle of Gigha / Sound of Gigha – ferry, 60.35 tons.

1967.

Fregata – fishing, 44.8 tons.

Sagitario – fishing, 44.8 tons.

Ibis – fishing, 44.8 tons.

1968.

Nocella – fishing, 22.17 tons.

Hasa Hasa – fishing, 40 tons.

Joanna C – fishing, 25 tons.

1969.

Don Bosco – fishing, 24.9 tons.

Polo – barge, 41.22 tons.

1970.

Our Tracey – fishing, 25.11 tons.

Barbarella – fishing, 25.11 tons.

WB.01 – WB.05 (5 vessels) – work boats, 25 tons.

1971.

Gull – pilot, 22 tons.

Miss Anna – tug, 83.21 tons.

1972.

Miss Debbie – tug, 83.21 tons.

Guardwell – customs, 30 tons.

Tri Star – passenger, 42.8 tons.

Polo II – hopper barge, 58.29 tons.

1973.

Peter David – passenger, 17.11 tons.

Golden Mariana – passenger, 40 tons.

1974.

Grima – ferry, 147.76 tons.

RNLB City of Bristol – lifeboat, 90 tons.

Langdale – trawler, 102.5 tons.

Majestic – trawler, 102.5 tons.

Solent Scene – passenger, 50 tons.

1975.

Vision – trawler, 102.5 tons.

Galatea – trawler, 102.5 tons.

 

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For photos and information on some of the vessels on the above list that are still in use, link here. (By kind permission of ShipPhotos).

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Happy Hours at the Bideford Ship Yard.

If I ever had the joy of ‘happy hour’ in my long working life, it has to be the two and a half years at Bideford Ship Yard, between coming home from the Dark Continent in 1972 until August 1974 when again returning to the African Veld.

At the Bideford Yard in those far off days we didn’t get as much on the hour compared to the big yard a mile down river, but we had plenty of daily laughs and a pleasure to go to work.

Looking at the front cover of the February edition showing photos of the former yard sent in by Fred Palmer (well done that man) – and yes, I do recognise most in the photo – Harold Braund, Bimbo Hocking, Fred Palmer, Mattie Blackmoor, can be seen standing on the nearby platform; in the second photo I can recognise Alan Tuplin, and further in the middle of three Bogey Clover, Colin Elliot and Steve Wicks.

There was one old hand in the ‘afternoon’ of his working life (Fred will remember him), a shipwright in his younger days serving King and country, who saw action at the River Plate aboard HMS Exeter . He had a number of repetitive catch phrases – ‘it can’t go on like this’, ‘the money’s run out,’ ‘where is it all going to end.? ‘ Then there was another shipwright of the same age who would more often than not break into song and sing his praises to the Lord for all the yard to hear :- ‘ it is not night while they are near.’

There was one piece of satire written on the toilet house wall – ‘ thank goodness for the raft, just to say we have launched something.’

One shipwright went by the name of ‘give us a fag’ ; as for me I was known at times as the ‘snorter king.’

Happy days,happy memories.

Kenny Davis – Blacksmith. Retired.

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