Shipping news No. 118 (October/ November 2014).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Welsh Piper - arrived 4/11, sailed 5/11.

Vessel could not discharge due to cargo being very wet from sea conditions on passage ; she sailed from Yelland, having only discharged approx. one third of her cargo due to problems with the discharge conveyor. She sailed for Avonmouth for repairs.

In port – Bideford Quay.

Fehn Courage - built 2009 ; flag Madeira, Portugal ; owners German ; crew Russian & Ukrainian ; from Avonmouth to Castellon ; arrived 6/11, sailed 7/11 ; loaded 2,375 tons ball clay.

Arco Dart 24/10, 27/10, 5.11.

On Saturday 31.10.14 the Jersey Coast Guard Tug Duke of Normandy, 200 tons d.w, was at the RNLI Buoy Appledore to undertake welding work; she sailed on Sunday 2.11.14 for her home port of St Hellier.

By the time of publication the second Irish patrol vessel LE James Joyce should have been launched from the shipyard at Appledore with delivery to the Irish Navy March/April 2015; further details in next issue.

Bristol Channel Observations.

17/10 at 13.00 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,819 d.w., owners in the colours of Nippon Yusen Kaisha Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed 00.56, 16th.

20/10 at 09.08 cargo vessel Vectis Progess, 10,260 tons d.w, owners Carisbrooke Shipping Cowes IOW, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 03.26.

22/10 at 07.27 cargo vessel Fluvius Taw, 5,050 tons d.w, owners Quay Marine Services BV Netherlands, outward bound from Swansea, having sailed at 02.24. At 09.27 cargo vessel Fri Wave, 3,280 tons d.w., owners Fri Wave Shipping Co Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 09.31 chemical tanker Stolt Sanderling, 4,453 tons d.w, owners Outward Bound Brovig Stainless AS Netherlands, departed from Barry, having sailed at 03.19.

25/10 at 13.09 container ship Endeavour, 9,167 tons, owner J.R Shipping Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At same time cargo vessel Hathor, 3,850 tons d.w, owners Hathor Beheer BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 07.22.

27/10 at 15.55 vehicle carrier Grande Europe, 18,461 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury.

1/11 at 08.02 cargo vessel Aquarius, 1,500 tons d.w, owners Baltnautic Shipping Ltd Lithuania, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 22.47 31.10.

3/11 at 11.16 cargo vessel Eems Dollard, 3,850 tons d.w, owners Amasus Shipping BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 03.12.

4/11 at 10.50 container vessel Endeavour, 9,167 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 05.50. (It is unusual to see this vessel outward bound for Spain; it appears the owners have changed her rotation. She went to Liverpool first, then to Avonmouth. The following week she maintained the new rotation) .

6/11 at 09.45 cargo vessel Ingunn, 5,004 tons d.w, owners Vaagebulk 111 KS Norway, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 03.20.

9/11 at 08.23 vehicle carrier Grande Ellade, 18,440 n tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.25 Grande Detroit 12,353 tons d.w, owners ACL Shipmanagement AB Sweden (which is part of the Grimaldi Line of Italy), outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 10.59.

11/11 at 10.07 cargo vessel Pernille, 3,450 tons d.w, owners Pernille Interscan GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport.

14/11 at 13.34 cargo vessel Bekau, 3,701 tons d.w, owners Roland Ship Administration Germany, outward bound from Newport (sailing unknown.) At 15.30 cargo vessel Antwerp, 3,600 tons d.w, owners Sibet Attena Germany, outward bound from Briton Ferry, having sailed at 10.59.

As this is the last edition of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the readers of the Shipping News a Happy Christmas and Great New Year and many thanks for all the wonderful comments.

Regards Norman


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Shipping review of the year 2014.

Activity at Bideford has been very sparse this year with only a few ships loading ball clay for Castellon; the Baltic trade has disappeared completely, which is a great pity as visitors on holiday who never see a ship from one day to the next, enjoyed watching the ships berthing loading and sailing.

The ‘Oldenburg’ has maintained her service to Lundy from Bideford and Ilfracombe, which is a credit to her crew when weather conditions have not been at their best.

The shipyard at Appledore completed the first patrol vessel LE ‘Samuel Beckett’ : the second vessel the LE ‘James Joyce’ was floated out in late November with delivery to the Irish Navy March/April 2015 – and the good news, the yard are to build a third vessel (still to be named) for delivery in 2016.

Yelland jetty has been reasonably busy with vessels discharging chippings from Glensanda in Scotland for the plant operated by Notts Construction ; the discharge is quite rapid (taking about 8 hours to discharge 3,000 tons plus), with the same company cranes which used to load the timber at Bideford. This operation has saved many hundreds of road miles as lorries do not have to go down the A39 to the quarries in Cornwall to collect material. The ‘Welsh Piper’ has made a few trips with dredged material from the Bristol Channel ; it’s always good to see her coming back to the area where she was built in 1987. There have only been a few timber ships loading for Wismar and Lubeck.

In the Bristol Channel the size of vessels passing inward and outward seems to be growing each year ; ships of 200,000 tons can be seen heading for Port Talbot , Portbury has seen larger vehicle carriers carrying as many as 8,000 vehicles, not all for Portbury, but still very big. The usual vistors; Grimaldi Line, the Grande ships, and NipponYusen Kaisha NYK painted on the side, Wallenius Wilhelmsen ships, and the container vessel ‘Endeavour‘ on her weekly run to Bilbao in Spain.

Best wishes for 2015.


Photos © Norman Hardaker


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Appledore Kidz Club.


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November’s Youth Page.

Don’t take those old records off the shelf!

As you may have heard from the numerous flyers, posters and disintegrated cardboard billboards roped to posts throughout Bideford last month, Friday the 19th October was the day of the record fair down at the Pill. While for many the spiral discs of tar have been gradually phased out by their sci-fi silver counterparts- you can’t watch them idly revolve on the turn table any more, instead they’re sucked into the machine, like the disc equivalent of Greta Garbo, only to be coaxed out of retirement with steady prodding of the ‘stop’ button when they’re finished- it seems the day of the LP is not over yet.

Going down to the fair (now a semi regular occurrence) there was not only a vast array of vinyl on show, both old and new, but a bustling throng of people to match, browsing through the helpful categories of 50′s, 70′s, rock, pop, folk and modern- each on the search for a prize band, or just an eye catching cover. ( Proggy ambience records hardly ever let down on that front.)And well as the presence of rare classics, ranging from about £20+, there were oodles for the tune collector on a budget too- here at Buzz, we were quite proud to snaffle up a copy of Roxy Music’s Manifesto for under £4. ( After hiding it in a pile at the back with the Osmonds, rushing out to get change, then reappearing quite relieved to find no one had ventured into our corner yet to retrieve the purchase. There were countess others, but we didn’t have time to peruse every box.)

To suit this eclectic clump of prices there was an eclectic clump of ages too- those who could remember long players in their heyday, with radio stations and TV shows dedicated to the cause, a rather large percentage of teenagers immersed in the music and new vinyl smell, all the way to toddlers, dancing to the songs blasting out over the athletics club’s booming PA. It seems CD was always destined to be superseded by download, but no way could any strange sound from the ether sound half as good as some physical grooves in plastic. Oddly, it wasn’t that long ago you couldn’t find replacement stylus’ anywhere short of a bargain bin, now not only are diamond strength back on the market, but so are the record players themselves- meaning a whole swathe of the past previously siphoned off from all those without an original turn table, or a knitting needle and a can-do attitude- is now opened up to kids of every generation to enjoy once more. Modern artists are again releasing their new material on vinyl.

With most charity shops covering the bases, and shops like Retro Retro ( on Grenville street) offering an entire room filled to the brim by such gems, record collecting hasn’t felt this fun and easy for an eternity…

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.

PiXL (‘Partners in excellence’) awards.

On Wednesday 24th September, 4 students and 2 members of staff travelled all the way to London, as part of Bideford College’s PiXL membership. They took a mini bus, train, the underground and a brisk march across Westminster bridge to make it to the ceremony, with others doing the same from miles around, encompassing the whole of England. The Partners in Excellence committee organised a day to celebrate this summer’s GCSE results- with those who earned high grades, and those who soared in at above their target, commemorated with a certificate and WHSmith vouchers each. The ceremony took place at the monolithic Westminster Central Hall- which was a prestige in itself to visit- and one the nominees, teachers and accompanying parents could all enjoy. As well as this, there were Special Awards presented, for students that achieved great final results despite circumstances which would have defeated most people.

All this was interspersed with musical interludes from rising talent within the PiXL sphere, such as The Capella’s, Stomp, Boaz Dopemu, Rianne Reyes, Ruby Topping, the poetry collective and the PiXL choir, while this year’s guest speakers Hannah Cockroft and Baroness Sue Campbell gave rousing speeches to round the whole event off.

It was a great honour for everyone concerned and a chance to represent all the GCSE students at their various schools. A tiring day, but one that’ll be remembered for a very long time to come.

P.S. (Millie who wrote the piece was one of the high achievers but is too modest to mention here. – Ed)

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Felicity’s fish cookery – November.

November is the best month for Clovelly Herrings and they are full of roe as the winter draws in.

On the 30th November, St Andrew Day the village keeps the catch for their own food, so no one is hungry through the winter! Let’s hope the weather is benign as they still catch the fish in an open boat with sails, called a Picharooner. This is about 18 foot long and is worked by one or two fishermen who shake each fish out of the net. Sometimes several hundred (or a Mease) or more are caught in a nights’ fishing. This method of fishing has been carried out for centuries. Please contact me if you would like some fresh herring delivered.

Here is our favourite Clovelly Herring Dish to feed the family or a group of friends, very economically.

This recipe is from Ann Burnham and uses seasonal vegetables and fruit. We have cooked it already with several groups. It is quick and simple to make and tastes lovely!

Clovelly Herring and Apple Bake

Ingredients (serves 4/6)

set oven 180C /Gas 5.

4/6 Herrings-filleted, trimmed and sliced.

3 onions, sliced.

1 Cox’s apple, cored and sliced.

6 potatoes, peeled and sliced.

250ml /10 fl oz Milk and 100ml /5 fl oz cream mixed together.


Saute Onions in butter, season.

Grease a large ovenproof pie dish.

Put a layer of potatoes in the dish and continue with layers of onion, herring, apple and potatoes. Season each layer.

Finish with a top layer of potatoes.

Pour over milk and cream combined

Bake for 1-1 1/2hrs, depending on depth of dish.

Felicity Sylvester 07918 779 060


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Buzz Word – November.

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Orchard Wanted.

I have been hoping for some time to plant a small orchard in this area, but have failed to find one/two  acres for sale. If you can help please contact me at mave22new@ or 01237 472565.

Mavis Dowling.

A showcase of stars.

On the 27th, 29th and 30th November, Westward Ho! Youth Theatre Group is putting on a variety show at Kingsley Hall, to showcase its members’ talents. The acts range from comedy sketches; to singing and dancing, with some uplifting and fun chorus numbers. This year a percentage of the proceeds from the show and raffle will be donated to a fund set up for Ashton Cain.

Ashton is eight years old and has been diagnosed with an aggressive desmoid tumour in his neck. It is unusual for a child to be diagnosed so young and it is uncommon to have it develop firstly in his neck. This is a very rare but life threatening condition of which there is no known cure. He has just started chemotherapy to see if they can shrink the tumour which is inoperable. The fund is to make his life a little easier whilst he is undergoing treatment and to assist the family financially as his treatment will involve extensive hospital visits. The family are extremely keen to raise awareness of this rare condition.Westward Ho! Youth Theatre Group is made up of talented and enthusiastic kids between the ages of eight and 18 and is run entirely by volunteers. There is a long waiting list of kids wishing to join, which is testament to its reputation and the desire for kids to be part of this amazing youth theatre group.

Please book tickets for this production via the website, or alternatively please call Sarah White on 07718 619642. Tickets are priced at £5.00 for adults, £4.00 for youths, seniors and concessions and £15.00 for a family of four. For discounted group rates please contact Sarah.


(Publicity Officer for WHYTG).

Bideford Music Club.

Elen Hydref (Harpist) will be performing to Bideford Music Club for their concert on 5th November at 7.30 pm. at Bideford Methodist Church Hall, High Street. Tickets are £12.50 (students free) and will be available at the door.

The Appledore Singers are changing rehearsal venue. From Monday 3rd November (7-9pm) we shall be at Appledore Baptist Church. Any ladies who wish to join us are more than welcome. Contact Pam Beechey on 01237 420652.

SS ‘Thistlemore’.

I am researching my family history and discovered that a relative of mine drowned at Bideford  Bay, on December 3rd 1909. I then saw an item in your magazine (Buzz November 2010 ) written by Mike Davy, which  gave reference to the monument which was to be erected in memory of the 21 men who drowned when SS ‘Thistlemore’ was lost in Bideford Bay on December 3rd 1909. My Grand-Uncle was one of the crew, and his name is on the monument  as T. Fuzzaro; he was actually called James Fuzzard and came from Guernsey and was the ship’s cook. It is grave FE3, and is located near Bone Hill at the north gate of Northam Church.  I am not too sure if there is not a plaque in the church also. At that time two cottages were being built and they were named Thistlemore in memory of the men who drowned. Sad times. One day I would love to see the memorial for myself. At least his body was washed ashore so he was able to be buried.

Lydia Kirkham.

(Robin Stowell has taken a photo of monument and grave and forwarded to Lydia – Ed).


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Freemasonry in Bideford.

‘Buzz’ has been very fortunate to receive various donations from Bideford’s Freemasons. They are well known for their charitable work and many local organisations have benefited from their fund-raising.

I asked Peter Christie what he could tell us about the history of the Lodge.

The following information is taken from his book, ‘ More North Devon History,’ originally published in the North Devon Journal-Herald 23/5/1985.

In 1843 the fourth lodge called ‘Benevolence’ was formed. Early members included the Town Clerk and the Mayor TB Chanter and this is the one that still remains today.

Its original home was in the Commercial Reading Room, an earlier forerunner of the town library. It moved from there to the Newfoundland hotel (now Mr Chips) thence to 9, Grenville street (now the Cafe Collective). From these premises the lodge moved to a hall in Bridgeland Street and finally secured its own rooms in October 1875 in the present day Masonic Hall in the same street. This was once the home of Thomas Stucley, a noted eccentric, and opposite the Conservative Club. (Home of Dr Ackland – see article ‘A Nineteenth-Century Bideford Doctor’).

The Victorian newspapers have various reports of this lodge – generally in January when new officers were installed and the annual banquet was held. For many years this was in the New Inn where ‘Brother Ascott’ was the host.

The lodge can look back at some 200 years of masonic history in Bideford – a very long period of connection with the town.”

(For the full story, read ‘More North Devon History’ by Peter Christie).


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A Nineteenth-Century Bideford Doctor.

William Henry Ackland was born in Bideford in 1825 and was the son of a doctor. His father, also William Ackland, had been apprenticed to a surgeon and apothecary in Bideford, but William Henry trained at University College Hospital in London. He lived at 23, Bridgeland Street, in the house which is now the Conservative Club, with his wife and seven children. Between 1851 and 1893 he built up a large practice, which stretched from Bradworthy and Clovelly to Instow and out to Lundy. He generally visited between 8 and 15 patients a day. When he went by sea to Lundy to treat a labourer working there, he sent his bills to Mr Heaven who then owned the island, and if he was seeing one of the lighthouse keepers the bill went to Trinity House. He also went as far as Eggesford. In order to visit the Earl of Portsmouth at Eggesford House the doctor caught the train from Bideford, was collected from Eggesford Station by carriage, saw his patients who might be members of the family (the Earl had 6 sons and 6 daughters) or servants, stayed the night and returned by train the next day. Other visits were made on horseback or in a horse-drawn brougham.

Charles Kingsley was a close friend and godfather to Dr Ackland’s eldest son, who was named Charles Kingsley Ackland. Like Kingsley, Dr Ackland was concerned for the health of the poorer people. He courted wealthy patients – and the fees he charged them seemed extraordinarily high in some cases – and he treated some poorer patients for little or nothing. Occasional bartering took place, for instance when treatment for the children of Bideford saddler Walter Chope was exchanged for a new saddle for Dr Ackland’s horse.

He obtained letters of recommendation from patients such as the Earl of Portsmouth and Henry Hamlyn-Fane of Clovelly and as a result obtained the position of Justice of the Peace and the first Medical Officer of Health for Bideford. In a letter to Mr Fane of Clovelly, the Earl of Portsmouth wrote,

Mr Dear Fane, I have written to the Chancellor on behalf of Dr Ackland and I have no doubt that Dr A will be a JP for Bideford. There cannot be a more fit and proper man. He is by far the most talented man in the town and of the highest attainments. He may not be as great a consumer of gin and water and port wine. Yrs Portsmouth.’ The Earl was known to be fond of his drink, while Dr Ackland was probably a teetotaller.

He attended the wealthy Mrs Elwes of Walland Carey at Buck’s Cross and seems to have persuaded her that funding was needed for medical attention for the poor of Buck’s Mills. He then provided their medical care and when Mrs Elwes died she left a sum of money, the interest on which allowed his visits to continue.

Naturally the middle classes of Bideford would have been impressed by these illustrious connections and would want him as their doctor. He used homeopathic remedies alongside conventional medicine. Homeopathy was fashionable at the time because it was used by the Royal Family, so this would also have increased his popularity. He was instrumental in setting up the Dispensary on Bideford Quay and the first isolation hospital on Alverdiscott Road.

There seemed to be a certain amount of rivalry between the doctors in Bideford, judging by accounts of disagreements in the local papers. Dr Ackland’s 1867 diary contained a reference to a visit to a woman in labour. He said she was ‘first seen by Dr Pridham, afterwards by Mr Turner, subsequently by self. I succeeded in turning the child after ineffectual attempts by Dr Pridham and Mr Turner.’

An elderly lady who remembered Dr Ackland claimed that she saw him meet his friend Charles Kingsley in the street and Kingsley asked him where he was going. The doctor waved his hands in a characteristic way and said airily ‘Oh, westward, ho!’ meaning Northam Burrows, as the village of that name did not then exist. Supposedly this gave the author the idea for the title of his book.

William Ackland’s son, Charles Kingsley Ackland, also trained as a doctor and practised in the Strand until about 1930. Charles’s daughter Judith was an artist whose work is displayed in the Burton Art Gallery.

Liz Shakespeare.

Liz Shakespeare is the author of four books set in the Bideford area. Dr Ackland is one of the main characters in ‘The Turning of the Tide’. Photo courtesy of Wellcome Institute, London.


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One hundred years ago – November 1914.

The town is beginning to receive civilian and military casualties from the war across the channel. Six Belgian refugees have arrived in Bideford and will be looked after by Dr. Goddard in his Bridgeland Street house. A total of 21 are staying at the Bath House and another group are in a cottage at Westward Ho! One has served in the Belgian army and has been wounded twice.

The death is announced of Major Humphrey St Leger Stucley of the Grenadier Guards, who died from his injuries received at the Front. He was 38 years old and the youngest son of Sir George & Lady Stucley of Moreton Park, Bideford.

The newly formed Royal North Devon Hussars enrolled Herbert Baglow, F Heath, J H Palmer, W E Galliford, J H Parsons and C E Linceey . All these men are from the town of Bideford.

Bideford Rural District Council sent a note of Condolence to the widow of Mr J Pennington, the town Sanitary Inspector, who has recently died. At a council meeting it was decided to advertise for another Inspector of Nuisances at a salary of £65 per annum.

Farleighs Stores advertise choice Sweet Hog brand bacon, Breakfast bacon at 10½d per lb and boast that all their bacon is now sliced by “modern machinery”. To accompany this they have choice cooking eggs at 10 for one shilling.

Tattersalls in Market Place Bideford warn that Christmas Pudding Fruits will be dearer this year due to the obvious hardships and shortages, however Bideford & District Hospital acknowledge with thanks the receipt of 10 brace of pheasants from Lord Clinton and his estate.

From Bideford and District Archives

A rare treat in the newspaper during the month was a picture of the newly elected Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford, Councillor S Redclift and Mrs Chope.


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Shipping news No. 117 (September/ October 2014).

In port – Yelland Quay.

Celtic Forester - (ex- Spica ’94, Anitab ’01, Jork ’06) built 1984 : flag, Cardiff : owners British : crew Polish : from Glensanda to Teignmouth : arrived 5/10, sailed 6/10 : loaded 3,500 tons chippings.

Lady Anna - built 2012 : flag Delfzijl, Netherlands : owners Dutch : crew Dutch, Ukrainian,& Philippino : from Glensanda to Birdport : arrived 12/10, sailed 13/10 : loaded 3,500 tons chippings.

No cargoes at Bideford since last edition. (There is a vessel due early November to load clay for Spain).

Arco Dart at Appledore 25.9.14, 28.9.14.

Oldenburg has ceased her voyages to Lundy for the summer; she will no doubt be off to Sharpness for drydocking.

Information received from Capt Hoad, Bideford Harbour master, who advised that the second vessel for the Irish Navy, the LE James Joyce, is due to leave the building shed on the 23rd November; high water is at 18.15.

Bristol Channel Observations

16.9.14 at 11.54 cargo vessel Helas, 3,850 tons d.w, owners Hermann Lohmann Bereederungen GMBH Germany. (In the last edition I stated she had sailed from Yelland on 15th – however she did not sail until the 16th bound for Birdport).

21.9.14 at 11.02 vehicle carrier Garnet Leader, 21,020 tons d.w, owners Ray Car Carriers Ltd Douglas IOM, in the colours of Nippon Yusen Kaisha, inward bound for Portbury. At 13.02 bulk carrier Inventana, 44,054 tons d.w, owners Masterbulk PTE Ltd Singapore, in the colours of Westfal Larsen Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

24.9.14 at 12.37 vehicle carrier Grande Benelux, 12,594 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy inward bound for Portbury. At 12.47 bulk carrier Navara, 51,624 tons d.w, owners unknown, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.50 dredger Mannin 172 gross tons, owners Padstow Harbour, outward bound from Ilfracombe; she had previously been work at the buoys in Appledore.

26.9.14 at 12.07 cargo vessel Universal Durban, 22,983 tons d.w, owners Universal Durban BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth . (Seen again on 29.9.14 at 16.37, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 09.10).

27.9.14 at 0932, cargo vessel Helen Anna, 3,650 tons d.w, owners Helen Anna Schiffahrts GHMB Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 14.26 cargo vessel Sea Melody, 3,713 tons d.w,owners Saturn Shipping Ltd Grimsby, outward bound from Newport, having sailed at 19.20 26th. At 14.30 cargo vessel Terschelling, 6,000 tons d.w, owners Terschelling Shipping CV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 14.50 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping BV Netherlands seen passing Bull Point , inward bound for Avonmouth.

29.9.14 at 17.24 cable ship Resolute, 10,217 tons d.w, owners Tyco Resolute Inc Spain, having sailed from Avonmouth at 10.46.

1.10.14 at 07.40 bulk carrier Fu An Ha, 30,000 tons d.w, owners Pearl Fortune Trading Ltd China, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 00.36.

4.10.14 at 13.46 cargo vessel Blue Dragon, 3,696 tons d.w, owners Wolfgand Grimpe Marine Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth, having sailed at 04.12

5.10.14 at 08.58 vehicle carrier Viking Chance, 10,834 tons d.w, owners Gram Car Carriers AS Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

10.1014 at 12.18 vehicle carrier Grande Italia, 12,594 tons d.w, owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed at 07.57.

11.10.14 at 07.28 tanker Triple A, 13,040 tons d.w, owners Walworth Holding SA Greece, inward bound for Cardiff. At 10.03 tanker Grace Victoria, 74,999 tons d.w, owners Astraea Maritime SA Japan, outward bound from Portbury, having sailed 05.59. At 14.27 container vessel Endeavour, 9,168 tons d.w, owners J.R. Shipping Netherland, inward bound for Avonmouth.

Regards, Norman.


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Buzz Word – October.

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Norland Nannies.

I am wondering if you can help with some information about the wartime premises occupied by the Norland Nursery in Bideford early in the war. I was one of their resident charges at the time but have no memory whatsoever of the place.

They took over a Regency type property, Belvoir House, which I assume was on the Belvoir Road. I’d like to try and locate it, if it’s still standing, to see whether seeing it again will call up any memories.

I wonder if there are any (by now very elderly) folk in Bideford who recall seeing the Norland nannies with their distinctive brown uniforms?

Will be grateful for any info you can turn up.

Paulette Pratt

Re a thankyou letter (August Buzz)

Do please add another letter for the so very kind and generous Bridge Trust which gives to those of us who are disabled.

What a delightful town Bideford is!

Jean Williams.

Hunger for Justice.

Northam Methodist Church are supporting Christian Aid’s ‘Hunger for Justice’ weekend on October 18th/19th, 10- 5 on Saturday and 10-3 on Sunday, with an austerity lunch after morning worship.

Various stalls, displays and talks. We are collecting hand tools in any condition as well as sewing and knitting items for re use by charities to teach trades to enable people to work, earn money and have a route out of the poverty trap. We are urging people to make the world a fairer place for all.

Carole Pegg.


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The Torridge Sealock.

Torridge Sealock top gates.

Anyone who has been to the harbour at Bude will know the canal basin and sea lock where the Bude Canal meets the sea. Far fewer people are aware that just three miles up the Torridge from Bideford port is the Torridge sea lock, where the canal from Torrington opens into the tidal waters of the estuary. Strictly speaking such a lock should be called a tide lock, but in this case it was built by navvies and engineers who had just completed work on the Bude Sea Lock and so gave it the name of Sealock, which has stuck for nearly 200 years.

When the lock and the canal basin to which it gave access from the tideway were built, the whole area between Annery Kiln and the river was a hive of industrial activity including the lime kiln, pottery kilns, brick works and a major ship building yard. Despite being upstream of Bideford bridge, several sea-going ships were launched at the Sealock shipyard in the parish of Landcross, the largest being the Sedwell Jane, a brigantine of about 200 tons. Ships of this size were built up to gunwale level and then floated downstream of the Long Bridge for fitting of the superstructure.

By the end of the nineteenth century, with the canal being abandoned in favour of the railway and the old industries dying out, the sea lock fell into disrepair and virtually vanished into the landscape being filled with silt washed in by flood waters and overgrown with trees and bushes. It was rediscovered by new owners of the land in the 1970s, who started restoring the site and were instrumental in forming the Rolle Canal and Northern Devon Waterways Society in 2003, since when restoration has proceeded apace with the masonry repaired and a pair of upper lock gates now fully operational.

Chris Hassall.


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Felicity’s fish cookery – October.

October brings chilled Autumn temperatures and makes you think of preserving the bounties of the harvest for the winter. Fish also can be preserved-by smoking, pickling and curing. This often enhances the flavour and makes the fish easier to use as it does not have to be eaten fresh. Round fish such as Mackerel and Herrings are very good preserved.

I have been selling Kippers, Bloaters and Buckling made from Herrings landed in Clovelly last winter. Also winter Mackerel makes the best Smoked Mackerel and will be freshly smoked in October and throughout the winter.

Our local fish is mostly day caught and is sustainable because it is caught in a way that is gentle on the sea environment, the seabed of the bay and the other marine animals. The boats are small fishing boats because of the limited harbour facilities and the amount of fish caught locally is limited by the duration of fishing; most of the small boats will be laid up during the winter and the fish will flourish.

So which fish is sustainable for you to buy? First – buy local , then try and buy a wider range of fish and eat a different fish regularly so that you have knowledge of a more locally caught fish and shellfish.

( Here is a simple tasty curry to combine autumn vegetables with lovely fresh white fish fillets.)

White Fish Balti with Green beans and tomatoes.

Serves 4 – Low calories-250 per portion.

1 lb/450g white fish-Pollack, Coley, Haddock

or Codling.

1 tbsp sunflower oil.

1 small onion, chopped.

1clove garlic, crushed.

1 jar (approx. 400g) of Balti sauce.

2 tomatoes, quartered.

4oz/125g lightly cooked green beans- french or kidney, sliced.


1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Cook the onion and garlic for I minute.

2. Add Balti sauce, Cover and cook gently for 15 mins.

3. Lightly stir in the tomatoes and green beans, simmer for 5 mins.

4. Serve with naan bread and basmati rice.


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October’s Youth page.


This year’s GCSE results appeared at schools up and down the country last month, bringing with them a plethora of feelings. Some people opened them immediately- after weeks of frenzied waiting, wondering and all-round fretful seething, why put it off anymore? Others took theirs home still sealed , either to find out in quiet seclusion, or keep the envelope closed indefinitely. Like Schrödinger’s “will it be poisoned?”- “will it just be very huffy at the end of all this?” relationship with his cat, sometimes not knowing is better- while you’re totally in the dark about the truth, your French results could be both unmarkable and an A*. Until you shed light on the situation, anything’s possible.

Sadly, such logic is frowned upon in job interviews – apparently they want cold, hard statistics now, so you’ll have to peep into the rabbit hole eventually. Then again, thanks to new government legislation, there are even more compulsory years before any such hurdle can be leapt/ unsportingly clambered over. The news that school is to remain a permanent fixture of life until the age of 18 has been met with a rather mixed response.

While many intended to stay on in higher education anyway- maybe even continue up to University, there are always some who leave school with a skip and a jump at 16 to find work, and no one seems completely sure how this balance will be affected. Will this mean even closer competition for available places ( already entrance requirements for sixth-form have been toughened, ensuring less can make it in and an optimum level is not exceeded) or will there just be bottlenecks and claustrophobic traffic jams outside classrooms as schools take on the same number, but fail to lose a few? Such questions have been adding to the mounting unease, but thankfully there are still alternatives.

Trigonometry and polymers don’t crop up much on the shop floor, and a working knowledge of hydrogenation won’t save your thatched roof from storm conditions. For those looking to learn a trade, who are finding the extra two years a heady millstone around their neck, thankfully training of any kind is also included in “higher education.” This means you can look further into your preferred occupation, stocking up on skills and experience instead of scouting out the job market immediately. If those who intended to leave now continue into apprenticeships and the like, a new, better balance could probably found.

So here at Buzz, we hope everyone got the results they wanted (or are content with the results they may or may not have…) and think about all the different routes open to you, to make the best of your calling-this may be the tester year, but much harder tests are already behind you!

Sixth form itself’s more like that bridge between school and university- before you set foot on it, there’s the odd creeping fear that someone’s about to leap out from behind the shrubbery, and gently break it to you that your results were in fact a miscalculation, and you won’t be allowed to set foot on this course after all. ( in the bridge analogy, this would probably relate to some kind of weight restriction…).

However, after days of terror, fretting over which clothes to wear so you’re never seen in the same outfit twice- school uniform is a horrible cross to bear until it’s actually taken away- the day of reckoning approaches and realisation comes that it’s not that alien after all.

Chances are, there are some people you know already- with whom you can safely clump- and others; clean slates to mingle with and meet. Some classes are readily familiar- a couple of the sciences, maths, English-maybe even a humanity or two, but the options are also open for more unusual topics interspersed with the rest- psychology for example to breathe fresh air onto a stale syllabus- while simultaneously teaching you why toddlers like eye contact…

Conversations with those around you sheds light on the awful attire situation, as you hear most people plan to juggle between the same three pairs of jeans too, and courses- despite being a lot more detailed than their GCSE counterparts, have the same strong foundations to work from- so any worries about the bridge collapsing from beneath you are soon put into hibernation.

All in all then, it’s more of a step forward than a total leap into the abyss- the same rules you’ve always grown up under, but now with added swipe cards, free periods, and unlimited access to the staff toilets. ( Anywhere with it’s own can of fabreeze is a definite step up.) It’s not that long or daunting, perhaps less of a rickety bridge then, more a comforting country lane.

Millie Sutherland O’Gara.


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One hundred years ago – October 1914.

War News.

One hundred and twenty recruits from Bideford have joined the 6th Devon Territorials since the outbreak of war. Those leaving recently include H Woodyatt, E Taylor, R Stoneman, E W Kelway, E Bray, H J Harding, E Symons and J and W Woodland.

Steps have been taken to furnish Bath House,* Bideford, for the reception of twenty five Belgian refugees. Weekly fund raising concerts are being held, at which patriotic songs are to be sung. One such concert given by the West Buckland School Nursery Boarders raised 10s 6d.

Other news.

Councillor S R Chope has been nominated for a further term as Mayor.

A cart belonging to Mr Baglow of Old Town was upset due to the horse shying. The accident happened near The Downes, Alverdiscott Road, the home of Rev. C H G Vivian JP. Fortunately Mr Vivian’s daughters have received practical Red Cross training. After first aid had been administered, Mr Vivian took the injured to Bideford Hospital in his motor car. All are expected to make a good recovery.

(From Bideford Archives, Windmill Lane, Northam)

*Bath House.

Can anyone confirm the location of Bath House, Bideford?

We know there were hot and cold seawater baths somewhere in the library/Tantons location but can’t pin it down exactly. If you can help please let Buzz know. Thanks.

Bideford Archives.


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