August diary.

Monday 3rd

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

2-4.30pm Westward Ho! Art Club Exhibition at W.Ho! Baptist Church Hall.

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Training Band and

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay (St Mary’s Church if wet)

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 4th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10am-2pm International Seafood demo, St Mary’s Hall, Appledore.

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10am-4.30pm Westward Ho! Art Club Exhibition at W.Ho! Baptist Church Hall

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

2pm Bideford WI, New Sea Cadet Blg.

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

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

7pm Casino Night at ‘First In Last Out’, Clovelly Rd, in aid of RainBo Music Trust. 474863

7.30pm Bideford Sustainability Group at Blacksmiths Arms.

7.30pm Bideford Keyboard & Organ Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 5th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, Westward Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10am-12pm ‘Record Breaking Bugs’ at Northam Library. 475111

10am-4.30pm Westward Ho! Art Club Exhibition at W.Ho! Baptist Church Hall

10.30am Parkinson’s UK meets at Ethelwynne Brown Close. 478128

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

2pm Bideford Library Readers’ Group. 476075

7pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 451532

7pm Appledore Training Band and

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay.

7.30pm The Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

Thursday 6th

10am-4pm Appledore Fish – ‘Water Babies’ Storytelling. 07918779060

10am-4.30pm Westward Ho! Art Club Exhibition at W.Ho! Baptist Church Hall

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Chubb Churchill Centre, E-T-Water.

1-4.30pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’ – Workshop & Demo of Tudor costume.

2-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) bus at Pill Car Park. 01271 373236

2-4pm Holy Trinity Church, W Ho! open every Thursday until end of August.

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 7th

10am-2pm Local Sustainable Seafood demo at St Mary’s Hall. 07918779060

10am-4.30pm Westward Ho! Art Club Exhibition at W.Ho! Baptist Church Hall

10.30-11.30am Lego at Northam Library.

10.30am-5pm Welcombe Arts Summer Open Studios.

2-4pm ‘Sew Together’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 01805 622606

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

Saturday 8th

7.30am Torridge Ramblers ‘Breakfast Walk’. 01805 622183

9am-2pm Bideford Farmers Market on the Quay.

9.30am-1pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’. Walk & Talk with Pete Yeo.

10am-3pm Westward Ho! Art Club Exhibition at W.Ho! Baptist Church Hall.

10.30am-5pm Welcombe Arts Summer Open Studios.

Sunday 9th

10am-1pm Hartland Farmers Market.

10.30am-5pm Welcombe Arts Summer Open Studios.

Monday 10th

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Training Band and

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Bideford Stamp Club at Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 472101

Tuesday 11th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10am-2pm Local Shellfish demo at St Mary’s Hall, Appledore. 07918779060

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 Church Upper Hall.

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

7.30pm Bideford & District Gardeners Club at Bideford Methodist Church Hall. 475914

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Halll. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 12th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

10.30am ‘Exmoor Zoo Roadshow’ at Northam Library.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

12.30pm 150th Anniversary Lunch at St Mary’s.

2-5.30pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’ – Children’s Art Workshop.

2.30-4pm See Hear on Wheels (SHoW) at Northam Community Centre.

4-6pm ‘Sew Together’ at Northam Library.

7pm Fishing Talk at Appledore Library.

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

Thursday 13th

10am-5pm Hartland Arts & Craft Society Summer Fayre at Parish Hall.

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Chubb Churchill Centre, E-T-Water.

2-5.30pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’ – making Outdoor Theatre.

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

7.30pm Entries for Bideford Sea Scouts Photograph Competition, to TS ‘Revenge’.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 14th

10am-5pm Hartland Arts & Craft Society Summer Fayre at Parish Hall.

10.30-11.30am Lego at Northam Library.

7.30pm Abbotsham WI meets at Abbotsham Village Hall. 474711

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

Saturday 15th

9am-2pm Farmers Country Market at Atlantic Village.

10am-5pm Hartland Arts & Craft Society Summer Fayre at Parish Hall.

2-5pm Tea at Tapeley Park, in aid of Appledore RNLI. Tickets – 470778

7pm Jazz Concert with Alan Lewis All Stars at Holy Trinity Church, W. Ho!

Sunday 16th

10am-5pm Hartland Arts & Craft Society Summer Fayre at Parish Hall.

1.30pm Torridge Ramblers walk. 01805 622183

2.30pm Rolle Canal Rosemoor walk. Weir, woodland, leat & lime kilns.425357

3-6pm ‘Tales of the Riverbank’ – Story Walk Performance.

4pm Appledore Carnival.

6pm Film ‘Paddington’ at Littleham Village Hall.

Monday 17th

10am-5pm Hartland Arts & Craft Society Summer Fayre at Parish Hall.

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

12 & 2pm Beach & Rockpool Ramble, with Living Coast. 07918779060

2pm Bideford Ladies Club, Marlborough Court. 421925

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Training Band and

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay -St Mary’s church if wet.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

7.30pm Appledore Amateur Radio Club, Appledore Football Social Club. 473251

Tuesday 18th

10am-1pm Lavington Church coffee and lunches.

10.30am Walking for Health. 421528

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

2pm Charity Cream Tea + Bring & Buy Sale at Westward Ho! Baptist Church.

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

3pm ‘ReflectionsGrief & Loss Group at St Mary’s Church. 475765

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

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 19th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

11am Dogs Trust at Northam Library.

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

1.30-3.30pm Knit & Natter Group at St Margaret’s Church, Northam.

7pm ‘Boat Stories’; Film & Talk at Appledore Library. 07918779060

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

Thursday 20th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Chubb Churchill Centre, E-T-Water.

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

7.30pm Bideford Band Concert on Westward Ho! Green.

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 21st

10am-12pm Northam Reminiscence café at Northam Hall. 459337

10.30-11.30am Lego at Northam Library.

11am-5.30pm ‘Appledore Crab Day’ at Blue Lights Hall. 07918779060

2-4pm ‘Sew Together’ at Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall. 01805 622606

6pm Family Crabbing Competition on Appledore Quay.

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

Saturday 22nd

9am-2pm Bideford Farmers Market on the Quay.

1-11pm Frithelstock Festival.

2pm Devon Family History Society at Pollyfield Centre. 451305

Sunday 23rd

National Begonia SW Show & Annual Flower Show at Bideford Pannier Market.

10.30am Grand Table Top Sale at ‘Devonia’, Appledore Quay, in aid of The David Rundle Trust.

7.30pm Chamber Philharmonic Cologne Concert at St Mary’s Church.

Monday 24th

10am-12pm Appledore Community Art Group at Appledore Community Hall.

11am Campervan Cookery with Martin Dorey – Churchfield car park. 07918779060

6.45pm Breakaway Social Club for adults with learning/physical disabilities.

7pm Tai Chi at Bideford High Street Methodist Church Hall. 472532

7pm Appledore Training Band and

7.45pm Appledore Senior Band on Appledore Quay.

7.15pm Appledore Singers rehearse at Appledore Baptist Church. 420652

Tuesday 25th

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 Church Upper Hall.

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

7.30pm Lions Club meet at Royal Hotel.

8pm Torridge Male Voice Choir meets at Woolsery Village Hall. 470913

Palladium Club – Jam Night.

Wednesday 26th

9.30am-2.30pm Free Social Club for ages 19+ at Happy Café, W Ho!

10am-12pm Bideford Healing Group at Sea Cadets Bldg in Victoria Park.

10am-2pm Seafood Cookery demo at St Mary’s Hall, Appledore. 07918779060

10.15am Probus Club at Royal Hotel.

10.30am Walking for Health in Victoria Park. Meet at Cafe du Parc. 421528

11am-1pm Creative (Memory) Café at Quay Meeting Rm, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. 07817976053

1-2.30pm SHoW (See Hear on Wheels) at Tesco, East-the-Water.

7.30pm Awards Night for Bideford Sea Scouts Photo Comp. at TS ‘Revenge’

7.30pm Two Rivers Wind Ensemble Rehearsal at Bideford Band Room.

Thursday 27th

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

10.30-11.30am Tai Chi at Chubb Churchill Centre, E-T-Water.

11am & 4pm Irsha Street Guided Walk & Talk. 07918779060

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

7.30-9pm Samba Baia Rehearsal at Community Arts Network, 13 Rope Walk. New members welcome.

Friday 28th

10am-1pm Lundy Art Group at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore. 472158

10.30-11.30am Lego at Northam Library.

7.45pm Modern Sequence Dancing, Kingsley Hall, W Ho! 01769 540309

Saturday 29th

9am-2pm Farmers’ Market on the Quay.

9am-6pm Food & Craft Fair at Atlantic Village.

7pm Torridge Ramblers walk to Torrington Bonfire. 475168

Sunday 30th

10.30am-4pm Food & Craft Fair at Atlantic Village.

2pm Parish Walk at Iddesleigh 01805 804347

5.30pm Training band and Senior Band.

6pm. Appledore Band ‘Last Night of the Proms’ on Appledore Quay or St Mary’s Church if wet.

Monday 31st Bank Holiday.

10am-4pm Art Exhibition at Littleham Village Hall.

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Appledore – fish summer school.

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Shipping news No. 125 (June/ July 2015).

In port – Yelland.

Celtic Warrior – (ex- Thule, 2014) – flag Cardiff, UK ; owners British; crew Russian & Polish; from Glensanda to Falmouth; arrived 2.7, sailed 3.7; discharged 3,900 tons chippings.

Bideford – no shipping since last issue.

Activity at Appledore.

The Irish Patrol vessel LE James Joyce sailed on the 17th June at 06.10. The original problems with the main engine were resolved, but another problem occurred . She sailed on the 2nd July, but had to return again the following day and was due the sail on the 15th at 17.30, hopefully for the final trials. (The third vessel is likely to be named W.B. Yeats).

Have information the small cruise ship Balmoral will be calling at Bideford on the 26th August from 1500 to 1615, coming from and returning to Ilfracombe.

Arco Dart at Appledore 2.6.

Ilfracombe

Due at Ilfracombe on the 26th July the Holland America Line cruise ship Prinsendam, 38,848 gross tons, coming from Holyhead and due to sail approx 18.00 the same day.

Bristol Channel Observations.

15.6 at 21.10 bulk carrier Anangel Vision, 171,810 tons d.w, owners Anangel Maritime Services Greece, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 15.10 hrs

18.6 at 11.15 cargo vessel Katra, 4,173 tons d.w, owners Klip Marine Shipmanagement Ltd Estonia, inward bound for Newport.

19.6 at 12.54 hrs bulk carrier Marina Bliss, 87,210 tons d.w, owners Vnda Maritime Pte Ltd Singapore, inward bound for Port Talbot.

22.6 at 10.50 chemical tanker Tequila ,13,085 tons d.w, owners Barker Hill Enterprises SA Greece, inward bound for Cardiff. At 15.35 vehicle carrier Grande Detriot, 12,420 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury.

23.6 at 14.15 cargo vessel Blue Phantom, 5,184 tons d.w, owners Blue Phanton GMBH & Co KC Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 14.56 cargo vessel Lady Anna, 3,700 tons d.w, owners Wijnne & Barends Cargodoors Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport.

25.6 at 08.00 cargo vessel Lady Saliha, 30,412 tons d.w, owners Deval Transport AS Turkey, inward bound for Avonmouth .

30.6 at 21.10 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 16.03

2.7 at 0913 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.30.

4.7 at 11.30 vehicle carrier CSCL Shanghai, 12,300 tons d.w., owners China Shipping (Group) co China, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.34. At 16.45 vehicle carrier Grande Italia, 12,594 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury .

5.7 at 11.14 cargo vessel Scot Carrier, 2,495 tons d.w, owners Scotline of the UK, inward bound for Newport. At 11.06 cargo vessel Eva Maria Muller, 3,722 tons d.w, owners Otto A Muller Shchijfahrs Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

11.7 at 08.54 cargo vessel Nordstern, 3,690 tons d.w, owners Nordstern Schepes River Line of Germany, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 21.32 7th. At 12.03 vehicle carrier Grande Roma, 14,900 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

Norman.

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Sea Cadets’ photograpy competition – open to all.

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Sarah Lockett : an artist with North Devon roots.

Bideford artist Sarah Lockett’s Undulating Seascapes in NYC Art Show.

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Bideford artist Sarah Lockett in ‘Interpretative Realms‘. The exhibition opens July 31st and will run until August 20th, 2015. The opening reception will take place Thursday, August 6th, from 6-8 PM. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend.

The exhibition and opening reception are open to the public.

About the Artist

Sarah Lockett’s textured seascapes are built from layers of acrylic paint into tangible visions of water, sand, and sky. Lockett’s work harmonises an appreciation of the natural world with a distinct way of depicting it. In particular, her paintings find a standardised form in a careful blend of neutral blues, greys, and browns all enhanced with shining white highlights. Golden sand and a variety of clouds surround lone boats or shining pools of water. Lockett marries a subtle, textured approach with classically serene colours to create images that capture the many moods of the sea. The undulating brushstrokes mimic the slopes of the waves and sand, and crisp horizon lines draw the viewer out into the open ocean. The paintings exist equally as large vistas and smaller moments of texture and colour on canvas.

Lockett’s first seascape was painted while living in Wisconsin, pining for her UK home and the Atlantic Ocean. Inspired by summer beach days with her family, cycling by the seashore, and her home on the North Devon coast of England, Lockett paints scenes that capture the world around her.

(Both images courtesy of Agora Gallery : acrylic on canvas, 18″x24″).

Exhibition Dates: July 31, 2015 – August 20, 2015

Reception: Thursday August 6, 2015, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

Event URL: http://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/Sarah_Lockett.aspx

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‘The Book of Hartland’.

While Bideford Library has marched boldly into the 21st Century with its Wi-Fi and e-book service, we shouldn’t forget the wealth of historical material also kept here. We have a wonderful set of old photographs and also an impressive collection of dusty old books relating to the history of Bideford and Devon more widely. It’s a shame that these aren’t used more, so this is the first in a series of occasional articles drawing your attention to some of the books that we feel deserve greater appreciation.

The bulk of our collection was bequeathed to us by Richard Pearse Chope (1862-1938), a native of Hartland parish. He was a keen local historian and member of the Devonshire Association and regularly wrote articles for them and also the Hartland Chronicle. We have a run of the Chronicle from 1896-1931 and while they are fascinating to read, they are in poor condition so we have to be very careful when producing them. On his death, Chope left a nearly-completed book based on these articles so with some editing and minor additions, The Book of Hartland was published in 1940. The editor, Isobel Thornley from University College London, sadly also died shortly afterwards in an air raid so it was quite a troubled publication. Pictured is the title page and frontispiece showing the author looking very dapper with his neatly trimmed beard.

Despite being a wartime production, the quality of the book is really quite nice. The paper is strong and retains its crispness and it is bound in a dark blue cloth. I haven’t been able to find out how many were printed but it must have been very few, probably numbering in hundreds. An acknowledgment at the front of the book thanks the Devonshire Association and 172 subscribers who financially supported the printing. Despite all this, the book is not really valuable. At the time of writing, there is currently a nice copy listed on ebay for £26!

As the title suggests the book is concerned with the story of Hartland. It’s not a conventional history but a series of chapters, some of them only a few pages long, on a variety of topics from Saxon times until the 1800s. I’ll leave it to you to come and browse through the book, but my favourite chapter is a reproduction of the Borough Accounts from 1612-1807. This is a long list of payments made to travellers, soldiers, the poor and others. So for example in 1613 payments were made to watch Elloner Prust, presumably because there was no jail in Hartland. Also to provide ‘candells’ and bread while she was being detained and then to carry her to Exeter where the Assize Court would have been held. We wonder what Elloner did! There are still Prusts living in the area so maybe her descendants are among us. Elsewhere we read about ‘howses’ being burnt by ‘piratts’ and torn down by papists. In the seventeenth century most of the payments seem to have been made to Irish people. This was a time of famine in Ireland and also population being displaced by English Settlements. It seems that many of the poor Irish turned up in Devon where they received charity from the good people of Hartland.

Please come and look through the book for yourself. It can’t be taken out from the library, but we also have a facsimile edition published in 1995 which can be borrowed.

Matt Chamings, Bideford Library.

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Bideford Town Band.

Photo (courtesy of Bideford Library’s collection ) is believed to show an early Bideford Town Band.

There has been a brass band in Bideford since around 1853. We have a long history of playing all around the area and taking part in, and organising contests for bands. We maintain this tradition to this day and host an annual contest which attracts contestants from as far away as Wales and all over the South West. The band is very busy playing all year round at civic events, parades, ceremonies, concerts, fetes and other events like shows and even weddings all over north Devon.

We are seeing a resurgence in form thanks to our new musical director, for the last ten months, Mark Durham. The band is also proud to announce its second CD recording, entitled ‘The Little White Town’ and featuring St. Mary’s school choir in the title track. This is on sale now and is a worthy addition to any music collection. Our first CD, ‘On the Quay’ is also still available but almost sold out.

Recently the band travelled to York and took part in the historic Whit Friday marches (as featured in the movie ‘Brassed Off’) as well as performing a concert in York’s stunning Selby Abbey.


If you would like to join us, or want to learn to play or support the band in any other way, please contact us through our website at www.bidefordtownband.co.uk or at our Facebook page. Alternatively give Becky Frisby a call on 01237 475653.

Details of the Band’s events in July will be found in the diary. They will play every Thursday evening (weather permitting) at Westward Ho! Green from 7.30pm onwards.

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July’s Youth Page.

Arts and Crafty

Craft fairs can be mysterious beasts. They lurk about in town halls and fields undiscovered for days, only revealing themselves through a tiny hand-painted sign for homemade chutney and wind chimes just off the A39. But they are worth seeking out.

Here at the Buzz, we’ve not just been looking into the craft markets that start to emerge this time every year, but actually taking part in them to see what it’s like trying to sell your goods. And we’ve got to say, there’s an awful lot of skill involved. The first attempt was a learning experience, as we brought along wooden pegs to hang everything on, which seemed like a nifty idea at the time, and a fancy looking white table cloth affair, the kind of thing you might see at Country Cousins and cover in napkins for fear you’ll spill anything at all on it.

Sadly, we had vastly underestimated the table size, so our sheet looked more like a luxurious doily than anything else, and if it wasn’t for the help of another brilliantly friendly stall holder who lent us one of hers, our effort would have looked even worse.

And that’s when sale #1 began. The first thing you notice is how professional the other stalls are; with their colour-coded cloth and bespoke models, made to show off each trinket and ensure a panoramic view from all around the hall. The same could not be said for ours, but all the traders band together to form such a tight community, that the constant buzz of jokes, conversation and gentle tips for improvement made time fly anyway and the 8 hour day- though tiring- was intensely worthwhile. In the down time, we also had a prime opportunity to browse round everything else, morph into customers and spend more than we made on the variety of jewellery, sweets, bags home-made cards and driftwood homes on offer.

This is the true charm of fairs. Everyone’s welcome to look, see, browse and chat during the lulls (you don’t realize it while you’re in them, but we humans tend to travel in telepathic herds, it’ll be silent for half an hour and you’ll suddenly get an influx of tourists who all had the same brainwave at the same time) so it’s impossible to stay bored or inert.

By the second attempt, we had a lot more knowledge which only grows, and now each time we come it’s partly to sell things, but mostly to see the people again. They do the craft market circuit in the summer, racking up a lot of mileage, and hopefully profit, for the season ( just like ice road truckers do in winter) so whether you hunt for boards at the side of the road, or look into the north Devon Craft Market Facebook group, you’re bound to find something you like with the sheer variety and quality on offer. And you never know, you might become the proud owner of a doily tablecloth, too, if you really keep your fingers crossed.

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.

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Felicity’s sustainable fish cookery – July.

July is the start of the Summer Holidays for the children. I have been working with many school groups, cooking specially developed recipes for children and parents to cook together. Here is one -a crab risotto that can be made with tinned crab. However, it is better with fresh crab.

If you would like to know about sustainable local crab and how to prepare it, please come along to the free Crab Sessions and Events as part of the Appledore Fish Summer School. This starts in July and carries on throughout August. (Please pick up a brochure or like us on facebook for more information.)

Crab Risotto with Smoked Fish- (recipe from SEAFISH :“fish is the dish”)

Ingredients. (Serves 4).

125g mixed crabmeat.

2 fillets smoked trout or mackerel, flaked.

3 cups of stock – fish, vegetable or chicken.

170g Arborio rice.

1 small onion.

50g frozen peas.

2 spring onions.

1tbsp olive oil.

Zest and juice of 1 lemon.

How to cook.

1. Heat the stock in a pan.

2. Dice the onion into small pieces.

3. Heat the oil in a frying pan, then add the rice, stir and cook very gently for a further 2 minutes.

4. Then add the heated stock a cupful at a time, stirring constantly; wait until the stock is absorbed before adding more.

5. Once all the stock has been absorbed add the crab meat, peas and spring onions along with the lemon juice and zest, continue to cook for 1-2 minutes.

6. Optional: at this point the risotto can be enriched by adding butter and a spoonful of creme fraiche or yoghurt, along with grated Parmesan.

7.To serve, either stir the flaked smoked fish-either trout or mackerel through the risotto or scatter on top along with a little chopped herbs of your choice-Parsley, Dill, or Basil would be very good!

(If there is too much you can make miniature crab cakes with the mixture.)

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One hundred years ago : July 1915.

At East–the-Water school during a recent health test it was found that 7 out of 10 children need to wear glasses. The School managers cannot supply them and if the parents cannot afford to buy them there is serious concern that either the Guardians (from the Workhouse) or the County Council will have to pay. It is also reported that there is an acute shortage of teachers.

Schools have been told not to allow any time off for harvest. 14 days extra had been suggested but farmers’ sons may stay at home to help if necessary.

A complaint has been made by Mr Cook, Headmaster of Gunstone School, of a woman coming there and making a disturbance because her son had been punished. It has happened several times and she has been warned that if this continues she will be prosecuted.

Properties for sale in Bideford include the following:

1, Bull Hill, formerly known as ‘The Cornish Arms’, comprising of a 60 foot frontage, large garden and considered suitable for a builder or painter;

2, Bull Hill, which has recently been re-drained.

22, Meddon Street, a ground floor shop and bakery complete with ovens and with 4 bedroom accommodation upstairs.

Following the auction, 22 Meddon Street was withdrawn at £300. The reserve had been set at £320 and the property was subsequently sold privately at an enhanced figure. The Cornish Arms was withdrawn at £145 and 2 Bull Hill at £50.

According to the Taw & Torridge Fisheries, substantial catches of salmon have been made during May and June. Some boats had 12 fish at a cast and often 5 or 6 were netted, the largest recorded being 32lbs. Little rod and line fishing was being done.

A severe storm swept across North Devon causing serious damage. Hailstones “as big as champagne corks” were collected and glass in conservatories was smashed. 84 chickens were killed and 3 cottages near Crediton were burned out by lightning. Locally the damage was less severe but crops, potatoes and soft fruit were destroyed.

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

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Buzz Word – July.

Garden thanks. Please accept a huge THANKYOU for featuring our Open Gardens event on the front page of June’s Bideford Buzz; the response was amazing.  We had loads of lovely people visit us, a big thank you to all of them too.   On the Saturday we asked people who we didn’t know, how they came to hear of us. The vast majority said they saw the article in the Bideford Buzz and decided to come along.  With entry, refreshments and plant sales we raised £1,000 for North Devon Hospice.   We know that the weather was on our side too, but feel sure that without your support that sum would have been considerably less.   The Bideford Buzz might not be a big paper, but it has a big impact locally and is loved by us all.   Thank you again from two gardening geeks.

Diane Cameron and Mandy Strawson.

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A Missed Opportunity

I attended Torridge Auctions on Thursday 11th June, and put a bid on three bound copies of Punch Cartoons. I was particularly interested in the one with the red cover, as it contained two cartoons by George Belcher, who was Principal of Bideford Art School (now the Arts Centre), in the early 20th century. Another cartoonist for Punch was Bertram Prance, a pupil of Bideford Art School at the same time, and there were at least 8 examples of his work in that red book. I obviously did not bid high enough, but would the person who did win the bidding be kind enough to take them to the Burton Art Gallery & Museum, Kingsley Road, Bideford, and show them to the Exhibitions & Collections Manager, Warren Collum, so that, if possible, he could make copies of those very special cartoons to add to the collection of paintings and cartoons by Bertram Prance owned by the Gallery.

The telephone no. is 01237 471455 if he or she would like to call the Gallery first.

Diana Warmington,

Friends of the Burton Art Gallery & Museum.

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Help Wanted

Does anyone still have a computer and printer that can take an Amstrad 3” floppy disc? I have the last part of my short story on one, and would love to know how it ends! Please contact me on  01237 472336 if you can put me out of my misery – I might have to think the ending out again, and that might take time!

Di Warmington. 01237 472336 diana.w@care4free.net

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Mock Battle

I was interested to read of the military exercise staged on The Pill back during the war, referred to by David Brierley in his letter (June Buzz) which took me back.

This must have been in about 1941 or 1942 I would think. I can remember coming out of the Grammar School in Abbotsham Rd and hurrying down to see the event.

The BBC had a car parked on The Pill recording with commentary the exercise, which presumably was later broadcast to boost morale.

Basil Pidgeon .

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Shipping news No. 124 (May/ June 2015).

No shipping at Bideford since last issue.

Activity at Yelland

Welsh Piper, 4.6.15.

Activity at Appledore.

The Irish Patrol vessel LE James Joyce did not sail on the 17th May as predicted. At the time of going to press she is due to sail on the 17th June at 06.00.

At Ilfracombe.

Due at Ilfracombe on the 26th July the Holland America Line cruise ship Prinsendam 38,848 gross tons, coming from Holyhead and due to sail approx 18.00. the same day.

Bristol Channel Observations.

16.5 at 14.20 cargo vessel Monica Mueller, 3,723 tons d.w, owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 05.03. At 15.25 cargo vessel Wilson Durness, 3,689 tons d.w, owners Argonauton Holdings GMBH Germany, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 05.08.

18.5 at 20.10 cargo vessel Monica Mueller, 3,723 tons d.w., owners Otto a Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany ,inward bound for Sharpness.

20.5 at 12.00 vehicle carrier Tirranna, 29,936 tons d.w, owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, southward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 06.56 . At 16.43 vehicle carrier Grande Anversa, 12,353 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.14 vehicle carrier Grande Scandinavia, 18,440 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury. At 19.00 tanker Thun Gazelle, 7,515 tons d.w, owners Thun Tankers BV Gothenburg, inward bound for Cardiff.

23.5 at 17.00 cargo vessel Aller, 2,910 tons d.w, owners Roland Ship Management Germany outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 10.02. At 17.59 cargo vessel Flinterbay, 3,483 tons d.w., owners Flinterbay BV Netherlands, outward bound from Cardiff, having sailed 11.40.

24.5 at 20.18 cargo vesel Eider, 3,672 tons d.w, owners Roland Ship Administration Germany, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 12.18. At 20.20 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 12,164 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

25.5 at 13.40 cargo vessel Anton 4570 tons d.w, owners Anton Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.18 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers of Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

26.5 at 07.15 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w., owners JR Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 02.33. At 21.50 vehicle carrier Grande Europa, 18,461 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 15.45.

29.5 at 13.17 cargo vessel New Vela, 5,049 tons d.w., owners New Vela Shipping Ltd Malta outward bound from Cardiff, having sailed at 04.08.

30.5 at 09.25 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners JR Shipping Netherlands inward bound for Portbury. At 10.18 cargo vessel Fluvius Plym, 3,211 tons d.w, owners Fluvius Plym Ltd, Crediton inward bound for Cardiff.

3.6 at 09.27 hrs cargo vessel Lady Alexander, 3,700 tons d.w, owners Lady Alexander Netherlands (in the colours of Wijnne Barends, Netherlands), inward bound for Newport.

5.6 at 21.00 cargo vessel Narwa, 5,060 tons d.w., owners Roland Ship Administration Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

8.6 at 06.24 cargo vessel Sea Kestrel, 2,225 tons d.w, owners Northern Coasters Grimsby, inward bound for Newport.

9.6 at 06.25 vehicle carrier Opal Leader, 12,200 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha of Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 02.00. At 08.36 bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w, owners Aggregate Industries UK Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury.

10.6 at 07.15 bulk carrier Aasli, 6,630 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 0743 hrs vehicle carrier Glovis Chorus, 21,505 tons d.w., owners Glovis Co Ltd South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

11.6 at 07.42 cargo vessel Wilson Caronte, 4,450 tons d.w, owners Wessels Reederei GMBH Germany, outward bound from Birdport, having sailed at 01.56.

14.6 at 08.41 cargo vessel Wilson Lista, 3,717 tons d.w, owners Wilson Shipowning AS Norway, inward bound for Newport.

Norman.

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June’s youth page.

This time, it’s personal…

Personal statements are a bit of a squeeze- after all, you have to sell yourself in 30-60 words, which would only be a fraction of this article, and barely enough space to contain every reason why you’d make the perfect accountant, as well as fun little anecdotes – like the time you had to mend a combine harvester with nothing but straw and some pantyhose; it didn’t work, but the locals took pity on your nightmarish lingerie contraption, so banded together to help you fix it. And that’s why you’re a prime problem solver… This small story alone is 43 words, and we haven’t begun to reach the gory details yet. Learning how to slot in just the right information and not ramble on is an art. With so many applicants now for most things, snagging your audience at the first line can be crucial, especially as some employers don’t even read as far as grades at the back before discounting a CV. There are a great many websites online that give good formulas for the perfect personal statement- like jobs.ac.uk- but overall, the main pointers seem to stay the same:

First of all, give your name, age and personal qualities- the ones most helpful to the job, such as; ‘dedicated, calm, friendly and disciplined 23 year old woman’. Next move on to your skill set- perhaps dextrous and good with a blowtorch, effective listener or good at public speaking and creative thought, whatever goes best with the requirements. The next two thirds or so should be focused on your areas of expertise- if you’ve “worked successfully under stressful conditions”, or are “used to meeting strict deadlines thanks to a previous job”. Such claims might be followed up at the interview stage though, so best not claim to fix busted farming machinery with the contents of a laundry basket unless you’re prepared to put some serious practice in beforehand. But if there isn’t time, don’t worry, just put down the skills you do have, and that job’ll be snagged in no time.

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Meanwhile, if you go down to the Burton Art Gallery today ( or any day up un till the 12th June…) you’re sure to catch the Jerwood drawing prize in all its glory. Some pieces- Hanna Downing’s great tree composition; a partially unfurled scroll, and Jessie Brown’s illustration of an upended chandelier -would be more at home in a book of black and white photographs than at a drawing-expo; it’s only on closer inspection you can even make out the tiny, intricate pencil strokes that build up the pictures. Others, like Gary Edwards’ “There are no owls” have a far more hidden meaning- at first glance, the white spiny streaks seemed to be carved from polystyrene but they’re actually just on a thick bed of graphite. It’s a haunting midnight scene with moonlight dripping in from somewhere overhead, , but true to its word, there’s not an owl in sight. Aside from that, a laptop in the corner plays over and over a steadily undulating sea of lines and contours courtesy of Ian Andrews’ “Catch my breath”. There’s plenty more besides, from a beautiful tapestry of inked in sparrows- in full flight up most of the wall before meeting their end at the bottom, and an entire ocean of minute math-like blue squares, meaning this could be the most varied collection since the Schools’ Exhibition- and that’s no mean feat.

Millie Sutherland O’ Gara.

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Buzz Word – June.

VE Day Street party

Please, can anyone help me in a long quest I have had  since I came back to Bideford again in 1970.

I wonder if anyone can remember a street party on VE Day in 1945 in Meddon Street Bideford. There were a lot of tables set out at the bottom of Meddon Street, starting just above what is now the pasty shop and nearly going up to about where the garage was. I have asked Mr Christie but he cannot find any information.

I was there as a child with lots of other children from the area, but I can find no information about this party at all, I also remember an attack on the Quay near the Kingsley Statue by some British army soldiers against a group of ‘German soldiers ‘ who were holding the Pill; of course I think all the ‘German soldiers’ were  ‘killed ‘.

I asked my Mum why all the dead men got up again, I was only about 5 years old at the time.

There must surely be some people left in Bideford who remember these things.

David Brierley

david@david668.orangehome.co.uk 01237 476124

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Another Time Capsule .

Re your article on time capsules in the May issue of the Bideford Buzz – there is another one buried on the Morrison’s site by pupils of St Mary’s Primary School in June 1998. It is to the left of the main entrance. Linda Dark.

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Bideford Bay Creatives’ Tales of the Riverbank project is a series of events running between June and October, exploring and celebrating the River Torridge – its history and heritage, natural environment, beauty, and those who use it.   We need volunteer stewards for each event and are inviting you to take part.   Duties include supporting the event leader to set up, sign participants in on arrival and take photos to help document the event. You are also entitled to a free place at the event if you are a volunteer.If you are interested please download an information document about the role for a volunteer here: http://bbcdevon.org/volunteertasks.pdf We have 20 events as part of the project. Please review the’ Tales of the Riverbank’ programme to choose an event or events that you would like to volunteer for and book yourself the free volunteer place at that event. Go to http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/bideford-bay-creatives-bbc-8125755897

Sadie Green.

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We need your photos!

The Woolsery Society has embarked upon a project to collect as many old photographs of the village and nearby hamlets as possible, with a view to producing a ‘Then and Now’ catalogue.

If you have any such pictures – remember 1965 is 50 years ago! – the Society would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact  the Chairman, Colin Pomeroy, at CPomeroy@aol.com. Thank you.

Photo shows Chapel Street, Woolsery in

Victorian times.

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Bowel cancer support group.

Have you ever been diagnosed with or treated for bowel cancer?  Would you be interested in joining a patient-led support group in North Devon?

If you would like to join us, please call the colorectal nurses on 01271-322464 for information and details of our next meeting.

Karen Day.

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Keep calm & carry kids.

Being a parent can be hard. The lack of sleep, drinking cold coffee and eating burnt toast, never catching up on the housework you needed to do, trying to negotiate the world with a pram. It can seem a bit overwhelming, even though it’s the most amazing thing you’ll ever do. Using a baby sling or carrier can really make a difference. Before prams became popular in the last century, carrying your child in a shawl, piece of fabric or other carrier was the norm. In many cultures across the world, it still is. It’s an age-old practice that has fallen by the wayside in the recent past. Knowledge and techniques would have been passed down by close female relatives, or the wider community, just as it is in the areas of the world where carrying your baby is part of the normal daily activities. Through modern parents discovering the benefits of using slings or carriers, we are slowly bringing back this skill to our modern parenting. Commonly known as Babywearing, this practice is on the rise in the Western world.

Studies have been done that have shown many positive effects of carrying your baby close in a sling. The bond and attachment between baby and caregiver is higher, leading to happier babies with a greater sense of security. Breastfeeding is more successful, which has been shown to have an effect well into adulthood. There are also developmental benefits for the baby, and parental wellbeing is increased.

Anyone who has ever navigated small shops, or tried to get on a crowded bus knows that sometimes a pram isn’t always catered for. Anyone who has ever cuddled their baby but wished for free hands to make themselves a drink or do the dishes knows that babies love (and need) to be held safe and close. Slings can help make your life a little bit easier, without having to upset or leave your baby.

What we do as a Sling Library is help you to find a sling or carrier that suits you and your child, and to help you use it safely and comfortably. We have a monthly Sling Meet, where you can look at and try out the slings we have, get help with your own sling, ask any questions, and meet other local parents to help find new friendships. We also hire out slings for you to try in between Meets for a small fee, all of which goes back into expanding the stock and printing costs. The man hours we put in are entirely voluntary. We just want to see you, your baby and the wider community benefit from the knowledge we’ve had handed down to us by other Babywearers.

If you want to know more, please visit (www.Facebook.com/bidefordslinglibrary), follow us on Twitter (@bidefordslings), email us (bidefordslinglibrary@gmail.com) or call Crystal on 07825 683586.

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