September’s Youth page.

I do like to be beside the seaside; I really do…

Once the school holidays descended for everyone – after ages of hurried clock-watching by discombobulated students and teachers alike – around about six weeks of relaxation could finally ensue.

Think of all the box sets, trips to the park and sandcastles you might’ve ploughed through in the first few days of freedom ; in fact, with the pleasant weather we’ve been enjoying of late ( optimistically speaking; by the time this issue of Buzz comes to press, we may have had two weeks of snow, but right now with the scalding pavements and blazing sun, it seems unlikely that would settle) the box set may even have been sidelined in favour of another trip to the beach.

However, come week four or five, when Westward Ho! has been pillaged for the ninth consecutive day, you know the ins and outs of the go-kart track and can recognise each individual pebble on the ridge by sight alone; a lot of people begin to pine for the unexplored coastlines of California, Malibu, or just jolly old Skegness – after all, it’s a change of scenery.

It’s incredibly easy, though, when growing up in a place as traditionally idyllic as Bideford, with the rolls of hill, marauding seagulls and surrounding sea-side, to forget just how sought after your space is. It has to be said, the majority of Britain is settled inland, a vast swathe of which is concrete city, with neither a sniff of grass nor sea to be smelt for miles around.

Many people save up all year round ,then, to visit places like Bideford and Devon for their summer breaks – eager to see the sea and river-side delights. An overheard conversation voicing the need to ensure it really was the ocean they looked at, and not just a large, sandy lake. Although this conspiracy would require pretty much every local to be in on it, it’s not surprising such worries abound, when the seaside is a place as craved and anticipated as it is . In the end when you think about it, there’s an awful lot to look forward to; arcades, promenades, Hockings ice cream, not to mention the sheer joy of the ocean itself. Meanwhile, closer to home, there’s a whole world to find off the beaten track, be it a very well hidden boutique ( the extra effort required to find it, helps ward off mere browsers…) a quiet coffee shop, or the serene, leaf-laced woods up yonder.

In fact, there’s a startling amount to find and do when you’re not frequenting all your usual haunts, and it’s with a fresh pair of eyes that people visit from far afield, no particular bias where they go, so long as it looks interesting. Perhaps there is something to be said for another trip to the beach then, before we all get rounded back up for school….

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.


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North Devon Archaeological Society.

Ever watched the Time Team and felt inspired? Interested in local history but want to delve into a past where documents are of little help? Keen to keep your brain and body active?

For more than fifty years North Devon Archaeological Society (NDAS) has been providing opportunities for its members to get involved and to learn more about the rich heritage of this area.

Members of NDAS are well placed to be involved in cutting-edge archaeological exploration, alongside both research and rescue organisations.  Under the supervision of professional archaeologist Chris Preece the Society is also running its own seasonal dig at a clay pipe kiln site in Torridge which has produced large quantities of finds. Members have taken part in all aspects of practical archaeology including geophysical surveys, excavation, field walking, pot washing etc.

We are also working with Exmoor National Park, Leicester University and Parracombe History and Archaeological Society on the Longstone Landscapes project, a two year programme of recording the Bronze Age Landscape around Chapman Barrows where training opportunities have included flint identification and field survey techniques. Members are now equipped to survey and complete field drawings of the burial mounds and carry out systematic searches for evidence of flint knapping. They have also recorded much of the deserted farm at Radworthy near Challacombe.

If your interest is more of an armchair archaeologist then our Winter Lecture programme is interesting and varied, attracting prestigious speakers on subjects as diverse as Bronze Age pottery and North Devon’s preparations for D-Day.

NDAS welcomes all new members, regardless of whether they have any previous knowledge of archaeology. Find out more on our website

Linda Blanchard , Chairman.


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One hundred years ago – September 1914.

from Bideford Community Archives, Windmill Lane Northam, tel 01237-471714

The first local casualty of the War . Captain T.S. Wickham, DSO, of the 2nd Manchester Regiment, who was the youngest son of T. T. Wickham JP and former mayor of Bideford, is one of the first deaths of the First World War to be reported in the 1st September 1914 edition of the Bideford Gazette. The circumstances and the whereabouts of his death were unknown at that time.

There were public Meetings across North Devon to raise money for the Devon Patriotic Fund and to encourage men to volunteer for military service. The first was held at Clovelly Court at the end of August and a considerable sum of money was pledged. Bideford held its mass meeting in the Market Hall which was “packed with every class and section of the community”.

The Devonshire Patriotic Fund was swelled by £715:2:3d. this week from collections across the area and, as a result of a benefit night sponsored by Hancock’s Steam Circus, £3:4:10d was added to the fund.

Owners of homing pigeons have been advised by Bideford Police to keep their birds in as they run a great risk of being shot by military authorities. Several have already been killed, but the newspaper gives no indication why.

Pte Jones and Pte Kelly and other recruits who have joined Kitchener’s Army from Bideford & North Devon districts have written interesting letters home about their experiences in Exeter and Aldershot. They claim to be “well cared for and are having a good time”.

The Board of Trade confirm an Order made by the Light Railway Commissioners for North Devon & Cornwall Junction Light Railway, Order No. 191, authorising the construction of a light railway from Torrington to Halwill, including the reconstruction of part of the mineral line known as the Torrington & Marland Railway.


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Shipping news No. 115 (July/ August 2014).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Anna Dorte - built 2011 ; flag Rotterdam, Netherlands ; owners Dutch ; from Wicklow to Lubeck ; crew Russian, Ukrainian, & Philippino ; arrived 7/8, sailed 8/8 ; loaded 2,000 tons timber.

In port – Bideford.

Countess Anna - (ex- Wiebeke K, 2005) ; built 1994 ; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda ; owners German ; from Swansea to Castellon ; crew Russian ; arrived 10/8, sailed 12/8 ; loaded 2,500 tons ball clay.

Arco Dart has been away from the Bristol Channel working on the South Coast ; no sightings at Appledore.

Oldenburg continues sailing from Bideford and Ilfracombe.

Bristol Channel Observations.

21.7.14 at 11.25 cargo vessel Kaili, 4,512 tons d.w, owners Klip Marine Ship Management Ltd Estonia, inward bound for Sharpness. At 16.38 cargo vessel Scot Ranger, 3,419 tons d.w, owners Scotline Ltd UK, inward bound for Newport.

22.7.14 at 19.20 Cargo vessel Hendrik S., 3,200 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Newport.

26.7.14 at 18.08 bulk carrier Koutalianos, 92,710 tons d.w., owners Ediola Shipping Ltd, Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

27.7.14 at 12.30 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth . At 17.30 cargo vessel Jolyn, 3,568 tons d.w, owners Wagenborg Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness

28.7.14 at 11.16 vehicle carrier Grande Napoli 14565 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

29.7.14 at 08.55 two cargo vessels seen ; the first one was the Eva Maria Muller, 3,722 tons d.w., owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness : and the cargo vessel Valentin Pikul, 2,917 tons d.w., owners North Western Shipping Joint Stock Co Russia , inward bound for Cardiff.

30.7.14 at 17.10 chemical tanker Endelo Swan, 4,972 tons d.w., owners Endelo Swan APS Denmark, inward bound for Avonmouth with a cargo of UAN.

31.7.14 at 08.07 cargo vessel Lady Anna, 3,700 tons d.w., owners Wijnne & Barends Cargodoors Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport.

3.8.14 at 14.16 cargo vessel Smaragd, 3,195 tons d.w., owners De Bock Maritiem BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport . At 15.47 vehicle carrier Autopride, 4,492 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

7.8.14 at 07.58 cargo vessel Ocean Sachel, 5,443 tons d.w, owners unknown, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 15.16 6.8.14

8.8.14 at 13.00 bulk carrier Navios Sagittarus, 75,756 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 19.46 cable ship Resolute, 10,277 tons d.w, owners Tyco Resolute Inc Spain, inward bound for Avonmouth.

9.8.14 at 11.33 container ship Endeavour, 9,168 tons dw., owners J.R. Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

12.8.14 at 16.33 vehicle carrier Grande Colonia, 12,292 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 11.37. At 18.15 bulk carrier Guo Tou, 93,738 tons d.w., owners unknown, inward bound for Portbury.

13.8.14 at 09.34 cargo vessel Sea Kestrel, 2,252 tons d.w, owners Torbulk Ltd England, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 23. 00 12.8.14



Ernest Shackleton lecture, 23rd September.

I am giving an illustrated lecture on Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance Expedition  at the Plough Arts Centre in Great Torrington on 23rd September.

The lecture is about one of the great stories of the sea and I am sure would be of interest to some of your subscribers. On an expedition to Antarctica in 1914, Shackleton’s ship the “Endurance” was trapped and crushed in the pack ice. After surviving for five months on the ice, Shackleton’s men rowed to Elephant Island- from there Shackleton sailed for help in an open lifeboat to south Georgia almost 800 miles away – over 3 months later he returned to rescue the crew marooned on Elephant Island. The expedition photographer, Frank Hurley, captured the story with his camera. It is a remarkable story with equally remarkable pictures.

Mark Cottle.


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Registered childminder – Bideford.


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Buzz Word – August.

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Shebberton Race Course.

Over the last few issues of Buzz attention has been drawn to the Bideford Races at Shebberton Race Course in yesteryear.

Whilst researching the history of Wickham Wine merchants Business (established in Bideford in 1817) amongst the artefacts I came across were

two booklets.

One booklet is the rules of Shebbberton Race Club dated 1922 and the other is the Official Race Card of the Summer meeting of 1925. From this you will see that WDK Wickham held the position of Clerk of the Scales.

Basil Pidgeon BEM

A Best-kept Secret.

In the UK there are over 500,000 people suffering from loss of central vision. A further 70,000 cases are diagnosed each year.

This is a health supertanker that is gathering speed.

The condition is Macular Degeneration and affects mainly people over 60 years of age

Some with Macular Degeneration may also experience hallucinations where they believe they are ‘seeing things’. No they are not going balmy, this is a condition known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome where, in simple terms the brain invents images due to the shortfall in normal vision.

Find out more

The Macular Society provides help and support to sufferers, their families and carers and In Bideford the local Macular Support group is staging a Macular Sight Loss Open Day on 2nd Aug 2014 at Lavington Church, Bridgeland St, Bideford 10.30am to 2.30pm. Free admission and refreshments. All welcome.

Tom McInulty is one of the Macular Society’s Group Support and Development Mangers. He says:

This event is an opportunity to meet other local people affected by macular degeneration and to get information. We’re hoping this event will help us to raise awareness of macular conditions, as well as enabling people to ask questions on living with central vision loss.”

Alan Strawson

Group Leader – Bideford & Torridge Macular support group

01237 474128

Wellbeing and Discussion group in Northam.

Not everyone wants to join the U3A groups, excellent though they are. Not everyone has family to fill their lives. Not everyone is fit and active. That’s all the negatives out of the way, now for some positive suggestions; everyone has an opinion on something, many have a story to tell, some perhaps would simply enjoy meeting up and listening to others. Listening properly is a skill..and a gift…as when we take time to really listen to others we are taken out of our own lives and become open to the ideas of others.

I am offering a monthly conversation group for mutual support, mind expansion.. and fun! There will be no gossip, and no hidden agenda. It will be limited to five people plus myself, and you will need to telephone to book, (on a first come basis). The first meeting will be at 54 Daneshay, on Friday 26th September 2014, topic: “Friendship”. The next venue and topic will be up to you! Contact Marianne Richards 01237 479721

From Web Page

Home Guard Photo.

I was surprised and pleased to see this photo in the Bideford Buzz.    My late father in law is in this photo and I did not realise he had been in the Home Guard. Thank you. Karen.

A thank you letter.

It is widely recognised that having a good old moan is a British pastime. I work in retail and see hundreds of people a week, therefore I can moan about a wide range of issues. Sometimes its obvious things like the weather (too hot, too cold, too wet, too windy, too weathery) or rubbish music on the radio (all sounds the same, incomprehensible lyrics, not as good as music in the 80’s, 70’s 60’s – delete as applicable); occasionally I find myself deep in a discussion about the size of chocolate bars (much smaller these days) or pack sizes of crisps (too big, share packs? no one shares a share pack, no wonder there’s an obesity crisis). As you can clearly tell I am fully functioning moaner.

I would like to take a break from moaning to say a huge thank you. Thank you Bideford. Yes you heard me, Bideford. I was born in this pretty town and have lived here for 43 years. In September I start at Bath University and was issued with a reading list containing 22 books. On the advice of my partner I applied to The Bridge Trust for a grant towards these books and was awarded an amount that covered nearly all of them. What an incredible gift. To go to University at my age is a little bit scary and at times feels overwhelming. Receiving this amazing grant makes me feel like I carry the support of my town with me towards my future. So thank you Bridge Trust, having my books in plenty of time will help me to be better prepared for what lies ahead. I will miss my town while I’m away. It goes without saying that a huge part of that is because my family and friends are here as well as my wonderful man, but I will miss the people of Bideford too. So please wish me luck and feel free to tell me if I become an unbearable know it all, well more than I am already! To my beloved Bideford with love. Tracey Branch.

Mary Cliff

Following on from Mary’s letter in May Buzz Anthony writes:-

I passed the details on to my cousin John Skinner. Although he has not lived in Bideford since about 1947 he is always keen for information about the little white town.

I have sent many photos of the town as it is today which were of great interest to him.

We are so pleased that you may be helpful in recreating this very old friendship.

Anthony Sanders.


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Felicity’s fish cookery – August.

Over the past 6 months I have been running some Petroc “Tipping the Scales” cookery classes and demonstrations for over 100 people at a time, from 5 to 85 years old, in a wide variety of community settings in North Devon.

Petroc will be arranging more fish cookery demonstrations this month in Holsworthy. If your group would like a local fish demonstration this autumn please contact myself (07918 779 060) or Petroc, tel 01271 852431. It would be good to do some more work in Bideford before this FLAG supported project finishes. I have been pleased and surprised how men and boys have been interested in cooking fish. Many have attended the BBQ. sessions.

There are several easy-to-prepare recipes on the website.

This summer, squid is everywhere in Bideford Bay and the local fishing boats are landing it into the Appledore Fish Dock most days –no need to go to Spain for your calamari!! Here is a BBG recipe for Stuffed Squid.

Calamari with Two Tomato Stuffing.

Ingredients – for cooking on the BBQ or in the oven! (Serves 4).

500gms/1 1/4lb baby squid (you can buy these cleaned).

1 clove garlic, crushed.

3 plum tomatoes, skinned and chopped.

8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained and chopped.

60gm/4tbsp chopped fresh basil.

60gm/4tbsp fresh breadcrumbs.

45gm/3tbsp olive oil.

15gm/1tbsp red wine vinegar

salt and freshly ground pepper.

lemon juice, to serve.


1.-Clean the Squid and chop off the tentacles (keep to add to the stuffing).

2 – Soak the cocktail sticks in cold water before use.

3 – Mix together the garlic, chopped plum tomatoes, chopped sundried tomatoes and breadcrumbs. Stir in the salt and pepper and chopped tentacles. Stir in 1 tbsp. of oil and the vinegar.

4 – With a teaspoon, fill the main part of the squid. Secure with the soaked cocktail sticks.

5 – Brush the squid with the remaining oil and cook over a medium -hot BBQ for 4-5 minutes, turning often, or bake in a medium- hot oven-6/7 gas /200/220C for 10 mins.

6 – Sprinkle with lemon juice and extra basil to serve.

Felicity Sylvester- 07918 779 060


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One hundred years ago – August 1914.

Your King and Country needs you”. (Bideford Gazette August 1914)

The Motor Omnibus service from Bideford to Clovelly and Hartland has been inaugurated. Mr Henry Sowden is in charge. The cars are 21 feet in length and coloured green.

The programme of events for the London Bidefordian Society has been published. The subscription is 2s 6d for gentlemen and 1s 6d for ladies. Mr R S Chope, Mayor of Bideford, is President.

On 11 August the Government’s official Declaration of War was published in the Gazette. The 6th Devon Territorials entrained for Barnstaple to join the war effort, as did the members of the Royal North Devon Hussars.

In Bideford Market Square, tradesmen, farmers and owners paraded their horses (above photo). The Re-mount officers who needed horses for their regiments made their selections and a good price was paid for the horses taken.

The Mayor took out an advert reassuring Bideford people that food supplies are sufficient for ordinary demands. He encouraged frugality and requested that townsfolk did not draw more cash from the banks than was normally necessary. Thirty new special constables are being recruited.

On 18 August the front page of the Gazette carried a call to arms headed “Your King and Country needs you”.

(From Bideford and District Archives)


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Shipping news No. 114 (June / July 2014).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Francisca – (ex- Soli deo Gloria, ’05 : Francisca, ’07 : Ela, ’14) : built 1997 ; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda ; owners Lithuanian ; from Newport to Lubeck ; crew Lithuanian ; arrived 9/7, sailed 10/7 ; loaded 2,300 tons timber.

Nordstern – built 1994 ; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda ; owners Russian ; from Glensanda (to sea for orders) ; crew Russian ; arrived 14/7, sailed 14/7 ; discharged 3,500 tons chippings.

No cargoes at Bideford.

Arco Dart 17.6.14

Oldenburg continues her sailings from Bideford and Ilfracombe.

Bristol Channel Observations.

19.6.14. at 07.50 cargo vessel Celtic Spirit 4,135 tons d.w, owners Charles W. Willie Cardiff, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 22.54. At 13.55 cargo vessel Monika Mueller 3,723 tons d.w, owners Otto A Muller Germany, inward bound for Sharpness. At 15.36 bulk carrier Arklow Rock 4,485 tons d.w, owners Arklow Shipmanagement Nederland B.V Holland, inward bound for Cardiff.

21.6.14 at 08.27 cargo vessel Lady Alexandra 3,700 tons d.w, owners Wijnne and Barends Gargadoors Holland, outward bound from Newport, having sailing at 00.50. At 08.32 container vessel Endeavour 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R Shipping Netherlands inward bound for Avonmouth (now back on her regular early weekend arrival).

22.6.14 at 06.35 vehicle carrier Grand Benelux 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.36 bulk carrier Aasli 6,630 tons d.w, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.46 vehicle Carrier Autosun 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward for Portbury. At 19.27 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader 10,819 tons d.w., owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury

23.6.14 at 21.55 cargo vessel Flinter Ruby 5,500 tons d.w, owners Flinter Groep Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth .

26.6.14 at 06.40 cargo vessel Lady Anna 3,700 tons d.w., owners Wijnne & Barends Cargadoors Netherlands, inward bound for Birdport.

6.7.14 at 09.41 vehicle carrier Autosun 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

8.7.14 at 0842 cargo vessel Widor 3,417 tons d.w, owners Interscan Shipmanagement Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 22.00 chemical tanker Minitank Five 8,084 tons d.w, owners Minitank Five Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury with a cargo of U.A.N.

9.7.14 at 19.17 cargo vessel Stellar Maerstro 13,524 tons d.w., owners unknown, inward bound for Newport.

10.7.14 at 21.53 vehicle carrier Autosun 6,670 tons d.w, owners United European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury. ( At 0845 on 12.7.14 outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 05.34).

11.7.14 at 21.02 vehicle carrier Autopride 4,442 tons d.w, owners European Car Carriers Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

12.7.14 at 0930 hrs bulk carrier Santa Rosalia 75,886 tons d.w., owners SMSK Shipping SA Japan, outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 03.41.

13.7.14 at 08.37 vehicle carrier Viking Drive 10,817 tons d.w., owners Gram Car Carriers AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 09.00 bulk carrier Nordic Odyssey 75,603 tons d.w, owners Bulk Nordic Odyssey Ltd Denmark, outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 05.15. At 14.02 whilst at Ifracombe the vehicle carrier Lyra Leader 21,453 4 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury ; she would have passed Lundy about 90 mins earlier

I would like to thank the children of the reception class of Pynes School for listening to my talk on Bideford shipping on the 24.6.14




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Youth page – July.


Here at Buzz, we’re always on the hunt for fine new talent; like a Richard Branson-shaped Terminator we never give up. Unlike Richard Branson, sadly, we do not posses any hot air balloons, leaning trains or recording studios, and we probably couldn’t match Arnold Schwarzenegger in an arm wrestle, but hey; we can promote- and promote we shall!

You may remember our feature a few issues back, on the genuinely gifted Yazzy Chamberlain, who reached the finals of nation-wide singing tournament; TeenStar (previous finalists of which include Birdy, Jahmene Douglas and, Luke Friend) doing so with a catalogue of original songs- such as the hauntingly performed: “Butterflies”.

Yazzy didn’t immediately graduate to the eerily strobed O2, however, she had to fight her way up through the Devonshire ranks of Exeter and Fareham, where the Judges offered up both praise and constructive feedback.

She gained so much more confidence by participating in Teenstar.” Remarks Yazzy’s mum, Elaine. “She wants to become a successful singer/songwriter and believes that any chance she has to perform is good experience.”

The story’s not over yet, however; as Yazzy recently declared that she will be entering again this year and has made it to the last leg once more, with the self-penned “Monday morning blues”! If you want to see our homegrown troubadour in action, then the finals are being held in Birmingham NEC on July 19th, the £20 ticket prices supporting all up and coming acts. All at Buzz wish her the best of luck.

Then again, if you know someone who’s been hiding their light beneath the bushel, why not enter them for next year’s tourney? Not only is it but the price of a rather expensive sandwich, they can follow in Yazzy’s footsteps.

Hot July ?

Convertibles abound the streets, their drivers no longer looking bedraggled and forlorn as the car fills up with water. Tourists can be seen actually eating ice creams, and not just using them as impromptu umbrellas. What with all this unusual-if delightful- weather we’ve been having lately, it makes sense that Bideford College would send it’s year 7’s this week to find out more about it; how weather balloons are sent off, how these bundles of latex collect readings, and what these results actually mean. The trip shed some light on our lavish heat wave.

For one thing, the jet stream has shifted, forcing the band of rain normally reserved for Britain up to Scandinavia and low lying Iceland, who are now having to endure the gale force winds and desolate rain that English summers have become renowned for over the years. This leaves us with the lower “underbelly” of the stream, with it’s high pressures and claggy heat. By the looks of it, this gloriousness should be set to continue!

..Finally; spare a thought for Goths- as the weather heats up so does their black clothing…Not all doom and gloom- seen in Bideford recently were two Goths on a tandem. Does the heart good!

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.


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‘Nightstop Devon’ – volunteers sought.

Local charities tackle North Devon youth homelessness.

Volunteers needed to help young people at risk of homelessness

Can you help prevent homelessness?

Encompass South West, a local poverty and homelessness prevention charity, has joined forces with Community Housing Aid to expand their Nightstop Devon project into North Devon.

Nightstop Devon was established in 2001 and provides emergency accommodation to young people aged 16-25 who have nowhere safe to stay. Volunteer ‘hosts’ offer this emergency accommodation one night at a time to young people who find themselves homeless. Hosts have a spare room for the young person to stay in, and provide an evening meal, breakfast and a listening ear for their guest.

All volunteers receive expenses of £15 per night, full training and vetting and a member of staff is always on call.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering as a host or as a driver please contact Nightstop Devon on 01392 274853, visit or tweet @Nightstopdevon.

Kaye Corfe, Project Worker, said: “Nightstop is a fantastic project for young people facing homelessness and there is a real need for it in North Devon. A lot of our clients who take to sleeping rough or sofa surfing are vulnerable and may be putting themselves in real danger.

If they have somewhere safe and warm to sleep, even for one night, it can make such a difference. It shows them that society does care and that there are people willing to help them if they ask for it.”


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Buzz Word – July.

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Abbotsham Racecourse.

Following your recent articles about Abbotsham Racecourse, you might like to know that Abbotsham has recently established its own website, and one section of this is devoted to to the Abbotsham Archives, which hold a wealth of material relating to the village and parish of Abbotsham. Our archivists are gradually putting some of the material held on to the website; currently there are on line indices to most of what is held, plus a selection of images on various topics. We do have a section about the racecourse and a link to the 1923 Pathe news clip. We also have a section on the village smithy and a link to the Pathe news clip about that. New material is being added to the website regularly and there are a number of ongoing research projects, including the parish in the First World War. The website can be found at

Martin Wilson Abbotsham Community Archive

Memories of D-Day.

Vernon Coaker – 3 Commando.

During WW2 we had at least seven commandos billeted with us over a period of a few weeks in 1943. I was reminded on Friday (6th June) that, when I did a CWGC search in 1999, I found that at least one of them was killed on D-Day. Vernon (known to us as Victor) sent Mum a letter in 1943. I knew that I had found the right commando on the CWGC website as the army numbers matched.   Two of the other commandos were killed in the Sicily Landings, in 1943.    I haven’t been able to trace the others, not knowing the full names of two of them. Cynthia (Snowden)


Sgt Coaker No 562023

Dear Mrs Reed,

I expect you will be rather surprised to be getting a letter from me, after such a long delay, but I have been rather busy lately and haven’t had much time to spare, but anyhow I hope that ‘you’, ‘Mr Reed,’ and the two ‘bosses’, are fit and well as you were when I left, much to my disappointment, as the billet I stayed in at Hartland wasn’t up to the Appledore standard, but I couldn’t grumble, although I would much rather have been back with you, I think “Darkie” was very fortunate to stay at Appledore for another week after I left, and he told me that his billet at ‘Clovelly’ was a big decline from Appledore. But to get to earth? I must thank you very much Mrs Reed for all the hospitality and kindness you showed towards me, at my short stay, and when this war is over I hope to be able to come around to Appledore, (as it’s only twenty five miles from my home,) and try and repay you, or at least show my appreciation to you, in helping to make these dark days of war ‘bright’ and I only wish that everywhere we go is as bright and cheerful as 18 Bude St. When I was with you ‘Mrs Reed’ I left behind a ration cover, can you remember, the one we thought was’nt any good, well it seems as though I have to have it here or else go without my ration of meat. Now if you can find it would you please send it on to me, and I shall be very grateful as my landlady here is rather worrying about it.

I will say Cheerio! now, and give my kind regards to all in No 18, and thank you again.

Your Sincere Friend , Victor.

RNLI Station-to-Station Sponsored Walk, Saturday 13th September 2014.

Following the huge success of the previous RNLI Sponsored Walks between Clovelly and Appledore Lifeboat Stations, the event is being repeated this year.

The walk is approximately 16.5 miles along the coastal footpath and if you enjoy walking and spectacular scenery then this is the event for you.

Registration takes place from Clovelly Lifeboat Station at 8 am on the 13th September and walkers have until 9 am to set off. It is not a race and you can take all day to enjoy the views if you wish. Manned checkpoints with first aiders and water will be in place along the route.

Waiting for you at Appledore Lifeboat Station will be a well-deserved cold beer and a barbeque.The registration fee payable is £5 . Walkers must be over 14 years old and if under 16 years, accompanied by an adult. Energetic and well behaved dogs welcome.

if you are interested in taking part please email Rachel Hannam at rachel@qs financial or phone her on 07989747163 to request a walk pack.

AIM Fair.

This is a new series of community events designed to help raise funds for various local libraries under threat of closure, as well as the Appledore-Instow ferry, locally-based literacy charity BookRelief UK and the Joy Club. After holding a “taster” version at St Mary’s Hall in Appledore over the weekend of 14-15 June, AIM Fair is now gearing up to hold a monthly fair usually over the second weekend of each month starting with the weekends of 12-13 July, 9-10 August, 13-14 September, 25-26 October and 13-14 December featuring stalls with Vintage & Retro, Antiques & Collectables, Crafts & Workshops, Pre-loved books & CDs, plus a table share for those who want to leave few items to be sold on their behalf against a 20% commission to AIM Fair and its beneficiaries. It will also feature Complementary Health Taster Sessions (Health and Harmony events ride again!), Storytelling & Music, Children’s Workshops and a Guinea-pig Zone with various animals to cuddle and feed!

The fairs will be spread over several venues in both Appledore and Instow and visitors will be encouraged to use the ferry between these villages (when it is running, which depends on tides) as well as the frequent local bus services between them.

For more information about display tables and table top shares, email or call Helen on 07861 900156. We would also like to hear from you if you can volunteer some time, donate a raffle prize, or come and play some music.   Or follow them on Facebook or Twitter.


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One hundred years ago – July 1914.

(Bideford Community Archive at the Council offices, Windmill Lane, Northam. Tel: 01237 471714)

This was one of the first photographs ever to be published in the Bideford Gazette – “Elderly Bideford Resident died at 95 years of age” –

Mrs Elizabeth Colwill, for many years resident in East-the –Water and daughter of William Lake retained all her faculties after a strenuous life. Last year she accomplished unaccompanied the railway journey from Bideford to Plymouth to visit her daughter”.

Bideford is a healthy place to live. Miss Wakeley of 4 Clarence Terrace Meddon Street offers a furnished apartment in a “high healthy situation” and Mrs J C Clarke of Fernwood Clovelly Road has for rent a private apartment with H&C baths, a bracing air and magnificent views.

At a recent schools inspection absenteeism features in the report. Bideford East-the Water school had 104 present out of 114, Geneva Girls 256 present out of 290 on the register. Old Town School 301 from 340 and Gunstone 80 from 95.

Bideford Armada guns, which had been on display outside the Technical School, have been moved and remounted in the park around the new bandstand so that they can be seen to better advantage.

Bideford Hospital Committee acknowledge the following gifts- Gooseberries,onions, a dressing gown Sweet peas, lettuce and rhubarb.

It is interesting to note that in the 14th July 1914 edition is the FIRST mention of anything to do with the forthcoming war -  an entire page was given over to all the events taking place in Europe.


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Bideford Home Guard, 1943.

Rear row - Ptes S Laird, P Cloke, WE Voden, CMS Gosling, Sgt. R Featherstone, Pte. TD Frayne, Cpl. GR Hill, Ptes FJ Clements, G Waldron, J Lock, Cpl. F Stacey, Pte R Raymont, Cpl. EJ Moyes.

Third row L/Cpls. FD Miles, F Clarke, Cpl.RC Halbert, Cpl. R Day, Ptes C Kelly, W Weedon, J Oliver, Cpl H Mounce, Ptes SJ Short, AC Waldon, E Symonds, L Braund, A Tuplin, Cpl.A Huxtable,Cpl.F Rockey, Mr.E Brown.

Second row Sgt. S Hawkins, Pte .R Cade, Sgt.R Northcote, Sgt.TR Harding, Major Cudmore, 2/ltd WH Pascoe, Lt. C Brough, Capt. JR Ellis, 2/Lt. H Sherbourne, Sgt. F Clarke,Sgt.JH Hillman, Sgt. L Short.

Front rowPtes. R Webb, C Tryon, R Raymont, L/Cpl. ER Youngs, Ptes H Lee, WW Horn, M Vanstone, CW King, Cpl. SC Smalldon.


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Felicity’s fish cookery – July.

Fresh Fish Ceviche – Deliciously cool!


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Add the tomato chopped in cubes.

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

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

Eat with Crusty bread and Green Salad.

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

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


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