Youth page – June.

If only birthday cards counted as ID….

Films nowadays are more or less a rite of passage. Even before you’re three you can technically march into the cinema and demand to see Free Willy; but as there aren’t that many stray toddlers roaming round the multiplexes anymore, chances are you’d be going with an adult. This means you’re immediately entitled to move onto a PG!

The next age rating upgrade takes a little longer, working with this example you have to wait about nine more years before you can legally watch a 12; suddenly bringing a parent along isn’t enough authentication if you want to see 3-dimensional gore on the big screen – but then a lot of ten year olds successfully pull off that prepubescent charm and beat the system.

However, for fifteens (especially popular ones) identification is often required. Having not yet passed other coming of age mile-stones, and as a result, having no driving licence, student visa or passably aged face to merrily parade, the average budding movie-goer must turn their eye to other avenues of proof. The birth-certificate is one option, but is not something you’re likely to have about your person when a spontaneous cinema trip is announced. The passport is another- but is this an unnecessary risk? After all, the thing’s a pretty important piece of paperwork and no one wants it getting lost, or worse, left to be masticated in the washing machine with other forgotten contents of your pocket when you come home. Very few mourn the aged sweet wrapper, but posing all over again for the passport photo ( in which looking like anything other than an extra for The Walking Dead is a personal victory) does not a fun Saturday make.

In which case, if local cinemas are going to ask for ID to see certain films, wouldn’t it make more sense to ask for it once, and then provide some type of stamped loyalty card that vouched for the person’s age? For many, it’s really only an issue until they become 16, afterwards their age is under little debate- but at least on that awkward cusp between the two, it would make things an awful lot easier; only having worry about your important papers on one trip. While this would not solve the issue of photo-ID it must be remembered that the birth certificate does not have that facility either. This way, 15 year olds may be able to see a 15 rated film on their birthday, without hoping the large Birthday badge on their stomach will do the trick!

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.


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Shipping news No. 112 (Apr. – May 2014).

In port – Yelland.

Burgtor - (ex- Lady Linda ’04, Mellum ’94, Port Lima ’93) built 1989 ; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda ; owners German ; from Glensanda, to sea for orders ; crew Polish ; arrived 12/05, sailed 14/05 ; cargo 3,500 tons chippings.

In port – Bideford.

Ems Majestic - (ex- Holland ’08, Daniel ’06) built 1996 : flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda ; owners German ; from Warrenpoint to Castellon ; crew Russian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Ukrainian ; arrived 12/05, sailed 15/05 ; loaded 2,770 tons clay.

Welsh Piper 19.4, 30.4.

Oldenburg returned to service from Bideford and Ilfracombe.

In port – Appledore.

Abis Bilbao – built 2010 ; flag Harlingen, Netherlands ; owners Dutch ; from Cork to Rosyth ; crew Dutch & Philipino ; arrived 13-05, sailed 16/05 ; cargo, aircraft carrier components.

Arco Dart at Appledore 15.4, 18.4, 19.4, 27.4, 28.4.

The Irish patrol vessel LE Samuel Beckett , built at Appledore, returned to shipyard on Good Friday at 0815 after completing second series of trials off Lundy. She finally left the river on the 28.4 at 1815, spent a further 14 hrs in the bay for final adjustments, then headed for her home base Cork in Eire. (Next vessel is the Le James Joyce later in the year).

According to the Journal website the cruise ship Prisendam is due off Ilfracombe 26th July for a visit; has been here before. (Subject to weather conditions).

A report in the Gazette that the Kathleen & May is to make a visit to Bideford in August ; I’ll give further details when known.

Bristol Channel Observations

18/4 cargo vessel Arklow Rally, 4,400 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 08.09.

19/4 at 12.35 vehicle carrier Grande Spagne, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 07.34. At 14.47 container ship Endeavour, 9,612 tons d.w., owners J.r. Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth . At 16.35 bulk carrier Conti Spinell, 75,200 tons d.w, owners Conti 54 Container Nr 7 Germany, outward bound from Port Talbot, having sailed at 13.12; at 18.57 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 14.28.

23/4 at 18.45 container ship Andrea, 11,285 tons d.w., owners Bergen Box Carriers A/S Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

26/4 at 07.40 cargo vessel A.B. Bilboa, 4,212 tons d.w., owners W Bockstiegel Reederei GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 19.56 . (However, she appeared to be heading eastbound – unknown reason for turning round. At 09.08 passing over Bideford Bay heading westbound). At 10.30 cargo vessel Zita, 4,490 tons d.w., owners Henrick Abrams Germany, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 06.48.

27/4 at 11.18 cruise ship Boudicca, 28,388 gross tons, owners Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd U.K., inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.15 bulk carrier Aasheim, 5,826 tons d.w., owners Hans Martin Torkelsen Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

1/5 at 18.16 cargo vessel Arklow Venture, 49,66 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness, having sailed at 10.37.

3/5 at 07.58 product tanker CPO Singapore, 31,737 tons d.w., owners Offen Tankers Germany, inward bound for Portbury.

4./4 at 11.30 small cruise ship Ocean Nova, 2,183 gross tons owners Nova Cruising Ltd Maimi USA, sailing away from Lundy heading toward Milford Haven, having arrived about 09.00 . At 1459 hrs container vessel Endeavour, 9,612 tons d.w., owners J.R. Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth (and a day late on her schedule).

6/5/14 at 07.50 bulk carrier Patricia V, 75,345 tons d.w., owners Rostrum Marine SA Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.05.

11/5 at 09.00 cargo vessel Celtic Challenger, 3,100 tons d.w., owners Charles W Willie & Co Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

12/5 at 06.30 cargo vessel Anatolia, 30,130 tons d.w., owners Anatolya Shipping Ltd Istanbul Turkey, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 0812 buoy tender vessel Galatea, 1,200 tons d.w owners Trinity House Harwich, inward bound for Swansea . At 15.16 cargo vessel Jia Xing, 22,109 tons d.w., owners Chinese-Polish Joint Stock Shipping Co China & Poland, inward bound for Newport.

13/5 at 0816 container vessel Kurkse, 3,250 tons d.w., owners Coral Project SA Estonia, inward bound for Avonmouth.




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Holiday snaps !

As the holiday season approaches many will consider buying a new camera. However, with the advent of the all encompassing mobile telephone is one necessary? A similarly priced camera readily captures snow scenes, beach scenes, portraits, the family cat or dog and photographs friends only when they are smiling, all in brilliant colour. Little instruction is considered necessary. How different a hundred years ago.

A traveller wishing to take photographs of scenery must first decide on the size of glass plate he intends to employ, be they 4 ¾ x 3 ¼ or 8 ½ x 6 ½ inches, although one can more readily utilise 7 ½ x 5 inch. In those countries where porters are cheap the largest format is preferred. Glass plates weigh in the region of 3 pounds per dozen and one should take at least half a gross (seventy-six, approximately 20 pounds). One might use gelatine film but glass is much to be preferred and film is not recommended for hot and humid climates.

The camera itself should be of the bellows form constructed of the finest mahogany, particularly those made by Mr. Meagher of Southampton Row or Mr. Hare of Calthorpe Street. It should have a front capable of moving vertically and horizontally, with a swing back. For normal photographs one may dispense with a tripod, however they can be useful under certain circumstances and readily purchased for 25 shillings (£1.25p). An appropriate socket will be provided in the camera along with a spirit level to ensure correct vertical and horizontal alingement.

In the field it will be necessary to have plates previously loaded in double backed holders, i.e. two plates per holder. A black light-proof bag is a necessity in which plates may be transferred safely from their original light proof packaging into the slide holders.

For cameras using 7 ½ x 5 inch plates a 9 inch lens is recommended for most subjects, Messrs Dallmeyer, Ross or Zeiss lenses should be considered. All available from respectable dealers such as Messrs. Watson and Son of High Holborn, Mr. Morley of Upper Street or Hunter & Sands of Cranbourne Street. Gelatine sheets are made in various degrees of sensitivity but their cardboard boxes are insufficient protection against injury and damp. It is recommended to have each package of a dozen placed in fairly airtight light-proof wooden boxes; during construction screws are preferred to nails. After exposure Captain Abney recommends a cardboard frame be placed between each plate or film and placed in light wooden boxes prior to being packed in a tin box whereby the lid is soldered in place as protection against damp.

A reasonable expense would be a camera for 8 guineas (£8.40p), 12 double slides at a guinea each, three lens of varying focal length approximately 15 guineas (£15. 75p), tripod 25 shillings (£1.25p). Gelatine sheets at three shillings (75p) a dozen. Chemicals 15/- (75p). A notebook in which to record each exposure, thereby to ensure correct development times later, and a sturdy box or basket to contain the whole. Due to the flexible nature of a basket a basket is preferred. Total weight approximately 60 pounds.”

From Hints to Travellers Volume II (Eighth Edition) published by The Royal Geographical Society in 1901. Edited for the Council of the Royal Geographical Society by John Coles F.R.G.S., F.R.A.S. Late Instructor in Surveying and Practical Astronomy to the Royal Geographical Society.

Happy snapping everyone! Roger Sugar.


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Felicity’s Fish Cookery – May.

Sustainable Fish.

This month sees the beginning of the summertime fish and below is a tasty Gurnard dish.

Gurnards are plentiful, not often eaten and so are sustainable and low cost.

Gurnard is available all year but needs to be well filleted because of its small pin bones. It has a good flavour and is quite firm. Its pinky-red skin looks good with this sauce.

Serves 4


4 red gurnard, filleted.

3 celery sticks, thinly sliced.

2 apples chopped into small chunks.

4 spring onions, chopped.

25g/1oz butter.

275ml/10fl oz single cream.

1 tbsp French flat leaf parsley, chopped.

1 tbsp chopped walnuts for decoration.


Preheat oven to 230C, Gas mark 8.

Butter an ovenproof dish. Place in it gurnard fillets, sprinkle with celery, apple and spring onions.

Pour over single cream, cover with foil and put into oven.

Cook for 10 mins, uncover and cook for further 5 mins.

Decorate with parsley and walnuts.

Serve with broccoli and mashed potatoes sprinkled with parsley.


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One hundred years ago – May 1914.

This month we have decided to focus on the perennially popular subject of fashion. The ‘Gazette’ devoted a column each week to ladies clothing illustrated with drawings of the garments, some of which are shown here. Going by these pictures the women of 1914 seem to have had tiny waists and tall statuesque outlines. Note also one very masculine look!

Home dressmaking was in vogue and female readers were encouraged to make their own clothes, buying the recommended patterns and materials from local haberdashery shops, of which Bideford had several. This was more economical than buying ready-made clothing from the shops as you could use the pattern several times and add your own personal touches. Clothing was showing some trends of the belle époque era; ladies spent their afternoons going out to see and be seen. Fans of Downton Abbey may recognise some of these outfits.

In 1914 clothing was moving away from the restrained Edwardian fashions towards more relaxed styles. Previously, women had been wearing heavily embellished dresses with tightly laced corsets underneath. As World War I broke out in Europe, these restrictions loosened. Men still dressed in traditional suits while children wore more practical clothes.

As regards underwear, most men, boys and girls wore “union suits”. This one-piece snugly-fitted garment was often made of flannel. Children’s union suits in 1914 had shorter sleeves and leggings. Also in 1914, the American Mary Jacobs patented the first bra. Women previously wore full corsets to provide shape and support under their rigid fashions. Now designers considered the bra as an alternative “foundation garment” when developing the new, looser styles that would continue in later decades.


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Bideford Races, May 1928.

This advertisement comes from the Bideford Gazette for 1928 currently housed at the Bideford Archive. The archive is run by volunteers, and you will find it is a mine of information on Torridge district; not just births, marriages and deaths, but also a record is being made of everything of interest in the world of local trades and professions, local government, agriculture, religious groups, sports clubs, streets and villages, and much more, including the Census records for family history research. There are photographs from the Bideford Gazette of sporting events, school and church celebrations, postcards of local village life and architecture. Source material comes mainly from the Bideford Gazette, from 1856 onwards, but they are sometimes able to provide information or documents of use to everyone. (Recently Buzz donated all its bound back copies from 2000 onwards).

Bideford Community Archive.

A recent addition to the Archive’s collection of local historical information, comes in the form of three accounts of the Archaeology of Westward Ho!’s prehistoric Kitchen Midden. It is appropriate to mention this just now, as the beach at Westward Ho! has been scoured of sand by the winter storms, and there is much of the original forest, peat and underlying blue clay exposed at low tide. The sand will return, of course, as it always does, but anyone interested in learning what was once down there, eight thousand years ago, might well care to peruse these documents.

One detailed document is the Inkerman Rogers’ examination of the artefacts he found there – flints, hazel nuts, antlers, etc. Another is by an Australian gentleman named Mr. D.M. Churchill, from Monash University, Melbourne, and the third, made by the Department of the Environment with Nick Balaam and 2 colleagues in 1987, is a very thorough analysis of everything that was discovered by taking away a slice of the midden. Every part of it was examined with the latest technology – radio carbon dating, dendochronology (tree rings), and includes analysis of tree and flower pollen, types of tree, and flints and tools left behind by prehistoric man all those years ago.


Donations are welcome, but a small charge is made for for photocopying, and postage is charged at the going rate. You are welcome to visit, free, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, from 9.30 to 12.00. (Closed on Bank Holidays ) Tel : 01237 471714. First floor, Council Offices, Windmill Lane, Northam, Bideford.


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Shipping news No. 111 (March/ April 2014).

In port – Yelland.

Clavigo - built 1992 ; flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda ; owners German ; from Glensanda to Birdport ; crew German, Hungarian, Polish & Russian ; arrived 15.04, sailed 15.04 ; discharged 3,000 tons chippings.

Welsh Piper 16.3.14, 21.3.14.

In port – Bideford.

No cargo movements since last edition.

The tug Goliath sailed for Southampton on the 16th March, pm, with the barge with Southern Beaver on board.

Oldenburg returned to service 1st April .

Arco Dart at Appledore 16.3.14, 18.3.14, 29.3.14, 30.3.14, 14.4.14.

The Irish patrol vessel LE Samuel Beckett being built at Appledore did not sail on the 15/3/14 as per my previous report ; I do apologise for the mistake. She sailed on her first trials on the 29.3.14 (at 04.10) and returned on the 3rd April at 07.30 she; was also seen off Ilfracombe, and quite a bit of time was spent in Bideford Bay. She sailed again on second sea trials on the 14th at 05.40 returning on Thursday 17th prior to leaving for her home base at Cork.

According to the Journal website the cruise ship Prisendam is due off Ilfracombe 26th July for a visit; has been here before. Visit subject to weather conditions.

A report in the Gazette that the Kathleen & May is to make a visit to Bideford in August ; further details when known.

Bristol Channel Observations

15/4/14 at 09.40 container ship Endeavour, 9,612 tons d.w., owners J.r. Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth, (returned to her normal weekend arrival).

21/3/14 at 08.45 cargo vessel Hertfordshire, 2,489 tons d.w., owners Bibby Line Liverpool, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 1200 cargo vessel RMS Wedau, 1,708 tons d.w., owners Rhein Maas -Und See Schiffahrtskontor GMBH Germany, outward bound from Swansea, having sailed at 06.06.

22/3/14 at 13.23 cargo vessel Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w, owners Anita 2 SNC France ; usual cargoes are aircraft parts for Airbus Ltd, – this occasion carrying motor vehicles. At 11.13 vehicle carrier Viking Chance, 33,863 tons d.w, owners Gram Car Carriers A.S. Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 17.20 container vessel Njord, 8,001 tons d.w., owners Njord Shipping B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 17.24 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners United European Car Carriers Norway, outward bound from Portbury. At 08.39 cargo vessel Shuya, 3,148 tons d.w., owners Orion Shipping Co Russia, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 01.06, (later went to shelter off Clovelly). At 16.54 vehicle carrier Sapphire Ace ,15,204 tons d.w., owners Mitsui OSK Lines Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 18.06 vehicle carrier Grande Scandinavia ,18,440 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

31/3/14 at 18.27 cargo vessel Frisum, 2,355 tons d.w., owners Boomsma Shipping B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

7/4/14 at 16.00 cargo vessel Muammer Vagci, 2,481 tons d.w., owners Yagci Denizcilik Istanbul, inward bound for Cardiff.

11/4/14 at 08.50 container vessel Andrea, 11,285 tons, owners Bergen Box Carriers AS Norway rs, outward bound from Portbury (having sailed at 03.43).

Regards Norman


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Felicity’s fish cookery – April.

Fish with root vegetable Tagine -a Moroccan dish to make in a tagine, casserole dish or a large pan. (To serve 4).

White fish – Pollack, Coley, Cod or Haddock- (frozen local fish portions can be used).

1tbsp vegetable oil.

I onion, sliced.

I small chilli, finely sliced.

1 tsp. ground cumin, turmeric, paprika.

I potato, and I carrot peeled and cut into 2cm chunks(or any root vegetable available).

Chicken or vegetable stock cube.

Lemon juice.

1 x 400gm can chopped tomatoes.

1 205gm can of Mandarin oranges in fruit juice.

I handful of parsley and mint leaves (chopped).


Heat the oil in a large pan or heatproof casserole dish, add the onion, chilli and spices, cooking for 2- 3 minutes until softened slightly.

Add the cubed potatoes and carrot, crumbled stock cube, stirring to combine.

Stir in the chopped tomatoes, mandarins in their juices and the lemon juice. Bring to the boil and gently simmer for about 15minutes, top up with water if required.

Add the large cubes of fish and simmer for 5 minutes. Check vegetables and fish are cooked.

Take off the heat and stir through the chopped herbs, breaking up the fish slightly.

Serve with couscous and steamed broccoli .


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Buzz Word – April.

Please send us your Buzzes!! Write to or to the address on front page.

Dressing the Churchyard.

Easter Saturday, April 19th 2014

If you have family or friends with a grave or memorial in St Margaret’s Churchyard, please visit on Easter Saturday – maybe bring a bunch of flowers to dress the grave. If you sometimes visit the Churchyard on your way through Northam, perhaps to sit and rest awhile, you are also very welcome to come.   You may like to bring flowers to dress graves which are more ancient.

Tea, coffee and cake will be served in the Church from 11am – 3pm.

We look forward to welcoming you.


The women-only moonlit walk in aid of North Devon Hospice 17th May: Tarka Trail (walks of 6, 7, 11, 17 or 18 miles between Braunton, Barnstaple, Bideford and Torrington).

Your participation and support has never been more valuable. Whether you are taking part in fancy dress, walking in memory of a loved one, or just coming to enjoy the amazing atmosphere, we hope you will join us for an unforgettable evening. North Devon Hospice are celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2014, but it is only with your support that we can provide our specialist care to local people affected by cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Rally your friends and family. You can sign up today by visiting Or please call 01271 347224 for a paper registration form.

Big Breakfast events will take place this month throughout North Devon and Cornwall borders, in many locations. All you need to do is come along to your local Big Breakfast event and enjoy a delicious meal, all profits from which will be donated to North Devon Hospice. It couldn’t be simpler! Please come along and support your local Big Breakfast at:Beach Café, Westbourne Terrace, Westward Ho! Saturday 12th April 9.30am-2.00pm Come along and enjoy a lovely Big Breakfast from £4.25p

New Season at Hartland Farmers’ Market

Hartland Farmers’ Market starts again on April 6th. Stalls will be selling the best local meat, game and fish, bread, organic fruit and vegetables, cheeses, honey, pies and pasties, pates and preserves, cakes and cookies . . . you name it! The Renowned Farmers’ Café will again be open for business, selling its best full English sourced from market traders. There will be vegetarian options, and lighter bites for smaller appetites.

The market offers a free stall to local charities at each market. The April charity stall has been donated to ‘See Hear’, a charity for people with sight or hearing loss. They have a mobile unit that comes to Hartland once a month.

The markets will run on the first Sunday of the month (April – September), 10am – 1pm, in the Parish Hall, and the Christmas Market taking place on December 21.For more details, or to book a stall, contact Rod Landman on 441 786.


Entertainment group “Bradazzle” comprises 15 players from North Devon, who provide a fun evening of song and laughter with their musical and comedy revue. Their aim is to raise funds for local community projects and village halls, and various charities, by providing a free entertainment show. The group includes some members of The Torridge Male Voice Choir, Mishmash and Peculiar Folk, all popular singing groups in the area. Any community wanting a show (at no cost) should contact Andy on 01237 440055 and “Bradazzle” will see what they can do.

The Black Death (March Buzz).

Reference Buzz September 2012 page 2 :-

“In late May 1646 three young sons of a local surgeon called Revening played on a shipload of merino wool from Spain. A few days later they sickened and died, becoming Bideford’s first victimsof the plague which lasted from June 8th 1646 until the 18th of June 1647.    ‘In a few weeks the houses were full of horror and the streets became covered in grass’.”

Roger Sugar.


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Memories of a Plymouth evacuee.

With time on my hands, I have been trying to trace people who were part of my youth – over 70 years ago!

Knowing only her maiden name, and not having seen or heard of her since the end of WW2, I spent several hours on the Internet before coming up with a possible match. I then wrote to a ‘Mrs June Sims’ who, as a child, could have been evacuated to Appledore with her parents, and billeted with us, having lost their home during the Plymouth Blitz.

About a week later I received a letter from June – yes, I had found her! Below is what she had to say about her time in North Devon, which my sister Enid and I found fascinating.

Yours sincerely,

Cynthia Snowden – Northam.


Dear Mrs Snowden (Cynthia)

What a surprise your letter was – received the day after my 85th birthday. Yes I am the June Randle that was (now Sims). I remember Appledore well and your Mum, Dad and Enid with the blonde bob and you and your pigtails. Also remember the lovely smell of bread baking where your Dad worked, and Dulcie who lived in the big house opposite – we both caught the bus to Stella Maris Convent and often she brought me a lovely apple from her garden. Such Happy Memories and best school-days of my life (only 18 in class!!!), Greek dancing on the lawn. I was rather overwhelmed at first, having wanted to go to Edgehill College and being a Protestant – but the sisters were so kind and welcoming and, knowing we had been bombed out and lost our home in the Plymouth Blitz (being bombed every day and night – how did we stay alive?), they reduced my school fees!!! Also remember catching crabs on the quay with bacon rinds.

After 12 months my parents returned to Plymouth and I then lived with my dancing teacher and her parents Mr & Mrs Jordan who kept the New Inn at Instow.

Although worried about Mum and Dad going back to Plymouth, was well looked after and very happy, walking on the beach each day after school with Joan and the dog, gathering driftwood for the range – Mrs Jordan made the best chocolate sponge ever – I think the farmers visiting the pub helped her out with eggs etc. Also having stew with spaghetti and tomatoes to make it stretch I suppose, the things we remember. Mum also used to make pasties on a Tuesday and come and meet me and we used to go to the park and eat them. (Always hid my velour hat as we were not allowed to eat out of doors!!!)

(Followed by personal news.)

Sincerely, June.


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Young Buzz – April.

Nothing to do in Bideford? How wrong can you be!

Truthfully, I have to admit that in the past I have been guilty of dismissing Bideford as “boring” and “uninspiring” but I never knew how wrong I could be! Bideford or the ‘Little White Town’ as we know it has so much to offer in terms of events, opportunities and exciting new projects. This ranges from the annual carnival right through to the recent Bideford half marathon. As I open my eyes to all things local, I begin to realise that Bideford is in actual fact a thriving town with a great sense of community spirit , delivering us a daily dose of home-grown activities that aim to please all ages.

I recently attended a ‘Businesses of Bideford’ meeting whereby a discussion took place regarding the forthcoming events and local amenities that are happening on our very own doorstep, with the promise of a few seasonal surprises in store! One of these is a ‘ghost walk’ which will take place in and around the town, with the walks varying depending on the age category for which you fall into. This “fright night” experience is a feature for Halloween, with a host of creepy costumes hoping to fill the town in its hours of darkness. The ghoulish behaviour is set to continue with a party proceeding right into the night, with businesses staying open and assisting with the frightful festivities. The aim of the game is to get both businesses and residents involved; ensuring that it is a Halloween we are keen to remember!

Another date for our diaries is Bideford Heritage Day on Saturday 28th June. A medieval theme has been decided on, with the chance to dress up in outfits that tie in with this particular period. Expect to see corsets by the crowd and girdles galore as the town travels back in time, mirroring the medieval attire. The predominant focus on our town’s history makes for an interesting, educating and exciting family day out including tours around Bideford as one of the many activities that will run throughout the course of the day. Talks of a medieval banquet are sure to bring the ‘Middle Ages’ themed evening to a grand and unforgettable finish. There is an overwhelming desire to re-enact Bideford’s history; exploring its past and culture and Bideford Heritage Day is a dedication to this.

On a more sporting note , the Bideford Blues under 10’s football team recently received a very generous donation from Complete Computing who sponsored over 30 match day jackets. They have a fantastic facility and some great individuals who dedicate a large portion of their time to keep the club running and engaging the lives of so many young locals.

We are fortunate to live in a town that prides itself on a close knit community and rich historic background; there truly is so much to see and do! Bideford’s picturesque landscape and situation attracts tourism around the clock. There is a café culture revival, with the town becoming an ideal place to socialise due to its number of ‘niche’ cafes and coffee spots. Not to mention the beautiful walks and surfing opportunities quite literally right on our very doorsteps.

Question is, what’s in store for the ‘Little White Town’ next? Well one thing is clear; anything is possible when Bideford continues to blossom year after year.

Kelly Gumbley. (photo shows Heritage Day 2013 © David Green)

Got something to share? Send it to Kelly via Bideford Buzz, TTVS, 14 Bridgeland St ,Bideford ,EX 39 2QE or email editor@

Outward Bound Courses.

The Sir Francis Chichester Trust offers FREE places on three week ‘Classic Adventure’ Outward Bound courses to young people who live in Devon and who are aged 16-19 (at the time of the course, which will be over the summer holidays). The courses are primarily personal development , based around outdoor activities and with a particular emphasis on teamwork. The closing date for applications this summer is 7th April with interviews for those shortlisted being held 1st and 2nd May. An application form can be downloaded from the website if you have any queries or would like any additional information contact Anthea Parkyn on 01392 250976 or email

Appledore Kidz Club.

This is based in the Appledore Community Hall on Newquay Street. The club is for ages 5 – 11 and runs from 3.30 until 5.30 on Tuesdays (which is Drama Club), Wednesdays (which is cooking, crafts and games) and Thursdays (which is sports and games). We charge 50 pence an hour including a drink and snack . It is a not-for-profit organisation run solely by volunteers. Currently there are eight of us in the team, but there is certainly room for lots more! We are all CRB checked (or DBS, as it has recently become known) and would like any new volunteers to be too, or to be prepared to become so through TTVS (Torridge Voluntary Service); we would also require 2 character references. We are currently one of the nominated charities for the Asda Foundation, so please drop your token in our box! We can be contacted either via email or on our Facebook page.

Verity Jarvis.


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One hundred years ago – April 1914.

This month we are looking at the changes that are coming to transportation.

An April edition of the newspaper contained a report from the Magistrates Court of a man who was charged with “using a broken down horse” and subjecting it to cruelty. In his defence the man said that the owner of the horse was at home ill and in need of an income.   To help out, the defendant had taken the horse and wagon out to do some work not realising how out of condition the animal had become.   The magistrate fined him a modest amount and was assured the horse had been restored to better health again.

In the classifieds section a local farmer advertised his pony and trap for sale as he had recently acquired a new motor car as his personal transport.

There are a number of advertisements for various forms of personal transport.

Ford are advertising a ‘universal car’ from £125. Triumph Motors are not only manufacturing motor cycles but also bicycles under the slogan ‘a quiet spin’. Raleigh bicycles can be purchased from £5 19s 6d from G Boyle, High Street, Bideford.

The state of North Devon roads were considered “a deplorable state of affairs” according to the Mayor, Mr S R Chope.   A lorry had broken its back axle on the road between Bideford and Hartland and Bideford Urban District Council passed a resolution “That this Council desires the attention of the Devon County Council to the dangerous condition of the road between Bideford and Hartland and is strongly of the opinion that an inspection of the road should be made by a committee of the County Council.    It is of the opinion that the consequences to the trade of the town of Bideford and North Devon generally will be disastrous if drastic and prompt measures are not taken to made the road passable”.


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Shipping news No. 110 (Feb.- March 2014).

In Port – Yelland.

Sylve – (ex- Vios, 2001 : Morgenstod 2, ’97) : built 1990 : flag Limassol, Cyprus : owners Estonian : from Wicklow to Wismar : crew Russian & Estonian : arrived 2/3/14, sailed 3/3/14 : loaded 2,300 tons timber.

Celtic Pioneer – (ex- Leeswig, ”06 : Claus Jurgens, ’93) : built 1985 : flag Cardiff : owners British : from Glensanda to Plymouth : crew Polish : arrived 6/3/14, sailed 8/3/14 : discharged 3,300 tons chippings.

Welsh Piper – 19/2/14.

In port – Bideford.

Zita – (ex- Claudia Isabel, 2000 : Alserbach, ’13) : built 1997 : flag St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda : owners German : from Cardiff to Castellon : crew Russian & Philippino : arrived 2/3/14, sailed 4/3/14 : loaded 2,860 tons ball clay. (This is the largest ship, in terms of deadweight , to berth at Bideford).

Oldenburg has been to Sharpness 12.11.13 for drydocking, returns to service 1st April ; she has been on a few cargo runs during the winter.

Arco Dart at Appledore 5.3.14, 6.3.14.

The Irish patrol vessel LE Samuel Beckett (being built at Appledore) sailed on the 15th March for her first sea trials – seen crossing the bar at 05.35.

According to the Journal website the cruise ship Prisendam is due off Ilfracombe 26th July for a visit – has been here before. (Visit subject to weather conditions).

A report in the Gazette that the Kathleen & May is to make a visit to Bideford in August ; will give further details when known.

The tug Goliath alongside Bideford quay 31.1.14-15.3.14 to tow the barge Southern Beaver from Yelland oil jetty to Southampton. (This is her second visit to the River since she was built in 1956 as the MSC Simitar at Appledore). She has not been able to sail because the wind has been in excess of Force 4 which is the limit of her operating capabilities.

Bristol Channel Observations.

15/2/14 at 11.03 vehicle carrier Toreador, 22,098 tons d.w., owners Wilhelmsen Line Car Carriers Southampton, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at18.48. (14.2.14 - she passed very slowly due to very heavy weather conditions).

16/2/14 at 10.21 vehicle carrier Centaurus Leader, 21,471 tons d.w, owners Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

19/2/14 at 09.05 cargo vessel Monica Meuller, 3,723 tons d.w, owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

21/2/14 at 12.45 vehicle carrier Autosun 6670 tons d.w owners UECC Unipessoal Ltd Mareira, inward bound for Portbury.

22/2/14 At 06.30 with all her deck lights on, the cruise ship Discovery, 20,216 gross tons, owners All Leisure Holidays Ltd, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 13.40 cargo vessel Ciudad de Cadiz, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Anita 2 SNC France, inward bound for Portbury to discharge cars ;normally carries airbus parts. At 13.14 the cargo vessel Andre W, 5,200 tons d.w., owners Andre W GMBH & Co K.G. Germany, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 11.30.

24/2/14 at 08.15 vehicle carrier Morning Menad, 12,300 tons d.w., owners Eukor Car Carriers Inc South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

26/2/14 at 09.04 container vessel Endeavour, 9,612 tons d.w, owners J.R Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth, (still running late from her normal weekend schedule arrival). At 18.20 cargo vessel Zita, 4,490 tons d.w., owners Abrams Schiffahrts GMBH & Co. Germany, inward bound for Cardiff with 4000 tons cat litter. Her next voyage is loading clay at Bideford for discharge at Castellon.

1/3/14 at 12.05 cargo vessel Pretty Universe, 35,000 tons d.w., owners Pretty Universe Shipping SA Hong Kong, inward bound for Newport.

3/3/14 at 10.20 vehicle carrier Maple Ace 2, 15,361 tons d.w., owners Mitsui OSK Lines Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

4/3/14 at 07.55 cargo vessel Fri Ocean, 3,400 tons d.w., owners Kopervik Shipping AS Norway, inward bound for Sharpness.

6/3/14 at 08.58 cargo vessel Eva Maria Meuller, 3,722 tons d.w., owners Otto A Muller Schiffahrt GMBH Germany, inward bound for Sharpness.

8/3/14 at 15.05 vehicle carrier Grande Mediterrraneo, 18,427 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

10/3/14 at 07.17 vehicle carrier Euro Spirit, 15,483 tons d.w., owners Nissan Motor Car Carriers Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.02 bulk carrier Goya, 75,759 tons d.w., owners A.S. J. Ludwig Mowinckels Rederi Norway, inward bound for Portbury.




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The Appledore – Instow ferry.


A ferry has existed between Appledore and Instow for over 250 years – that is until 2006, when the service ceased. The ferry has been part of the heritage of both sides of the river and the Torridge itself.

Between 2009 and 2011 there were public meetings to see whether there was an interest in the ferry being reinstated. As always funding was a problem, but one of the members of the group offered to rent their boat for a twelve-month period. On 25 June 2011 the ferry service was launched with the help of qualified skippers and volunteers. A not for profit company was set up – Appledore Instow Ferry Limited.

During the first, relatively short, season 8,400 passengers were transported between the two villages. It was clear that the ferry service was popular with visitors and locals and the next season started in April 2012. During this season the ferry carried 15,000 passengers which included babes in arms, bikes and dogs.

The members of the company managed to attract funding of £20,000 through various means – sponsorship from local businesses and individuals, fundraising events. These funds were used to purchase the rented boat, convert it for ferry use, buy a new engine, new lifejackets and safety equipment. The company applied to Village SOS, which is part of the big lottery fund, and were awarded £30,000. This sum was used to purchase a second boat to meet the demands during bank holidays and school holidays. The new boat had to be adapted for ferry use and was put into service at the start of the 2013 season.

The ferry fleet comprises Misty Blue and Lizzie M. Each boat can take up to twelve passengers, plus skipper and a crew member and are equipped with all the necessary safety equipment.

With two ferries operating during busy times and good weather over the summer school holidays, 2013 was a bumper year, with over 19,000 passengers carried. In addition to normal cross-river operations, the ferry is able to offer a taxi service to boat owners who have their boats moored in the estuary.

This community project which was set up by volunteers continues to be managed and operated by volunteers.

The service runs between Appledore Slip and Instow Quay from the beginning of April to the end of October. Operating times are limited to approximately two hours either side of high tide when that falls between 0930 and sunset. Details of the ferry operation and timetables can be found at

A management team consisting of a Board of Directors and an Executive Group, all active volunteers, work behind the scenes addressing the many and varied aspects of running a public service in a constantly changing environment.

The ferry service has proved to be beneficial to the communities in Appledore and Instow and the volunteers also act as tourist guides, giving out maps of the two villages and general information about the area.

A new website has been developed and full details of the timetable, the prices, etc are available on


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Young Buzz – March.

Should we dress to impress ?

First impressions count, don’t they? In fact, what you wear makes all the difference and can actually determine the outcome of future prospects and as a result, eventual success. For many, University interviews are dawning, and we wrack our brains endlessly over the question of ‘what to wear’ as we count down the days to that all important date.

The attire we wear on the day communicates our personality and eligibility, putting pressure on us to get it right first time. Smart, however, is one’s secret weapon to guaranteed success. As I trawl the internet, I come to realise that blazers, blouses and buttoned shirts appear to win in the eye of the interviewer and that anything resembling ‘too casual’ is a complete write off. The real challenge though? Knowing how far to go with it.

Attention to detail is important. As we all know, our local schools over emphasise neatness and ensure that we obey by the ‘dress code’ ; this in hindsight is beneficial to us all. Establishing the border between smart and comfortable is essential for any interview, particularly a university one. Maintaining eye contact, a smile, as well as a little self-confidence will allow you to go a long way. If you are looking and feeling great, this will naturally reflect in your posture and demeanour.

Ultimately, what you wear will not make or break you in terms of university offers and placements. The thing to remember is to be yourself at all times and enjoy the experience which will be worth immense value that may only come once. Opt for ties, not tank tops; loafers, not leotards; shirts, not sandals and dresses, not dungarees. Be polished and make sure you don’t go over board and morph into a corporate clone; otherwise you may run the risk of looking like you have perhaps tried too hard.

In the words of Dizzee Rascal, you need to “fix up, look sharp”; not saunter in sporting a sweatshirt and matching sweatpants to tally.

Kelly Gumbley.

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