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Some memories of World War 2 in Bideford.

REME soldiers were stationed at Instow and many families made friends with them. The church in Bridge St on a Sunday evening hosted by various churches would put on a singsong after church services, and somehow provided simple refreshments for … Continue reading

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The original “Lost Shops” list.

Here’s the original list, serialised in “Buzz” over the last few months.  Thank you to everyone who responded with their own memories and additions. Listed below are some of the businesses that Bideford has lost over the last 50/60 years  … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – February 1913.

Wealth Dream Shattered. When Captain Geoffrey Newbold, formerly of the Royal Marines, and Commander Frank Worsley R.N.R., formerly Captain of ‘The Quest’, Shackleton’s Polar Ship, set sail in the ‘George Cochran’ from Appledore last summer with three Appledore men, Messrs … Continue reading

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One Hundred Years ago – November 1912.

November 1912,  from Bideford Gazette. Bideford Fire precautions ‘In case of fire,break glass, pull handle and wait for Engine’.    So runs the printed instructions on the new fire calls which the Bideford Council has placed at various parts of the … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – October 1912.

Bideford – The mayoralty for the ensuing year has been accepted by Mr. HNG Stucley JP of PillHead Bideford. He has been a councillor for eight years. His mother, the Dowager  Lady Stucley resides at Moreton Park. Bideford – Consul … Continue reading

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One hundred years ago – September 1912.

General Booth Hundreds  of thousands of people witnessed the funeral procession of General Booth in London, and 5000 of his officers joined in the procession from Shoreditch to Abney Park Cemetery. Hartland Bow Bridge has now been repaired.   Formerly only … Continue reading

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S.S. “Hebridean” – July, August 1911.

Helped by a nautical author,  I have been researching the S.S ‘Hebridean’.   We know that in the summer months she left Scottish waters and went south, to Bristol, St Helier and France, but your Bideford Buzz has added another chapter … Continue reading

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Runner bean chutney.

Runner Bean Chutney (revised, tested, and approved !) Recipe from Bideford Country market, Bideford Market. 2lb Runner beans, chopped or sliced 4 or 5 onions 1.5 pints vinegar 8oz.  demerara sugar 0.5 tablespoon cornflour 0.5 tablespoons turmeric 1 tablespoons dried … Continue reading

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Laver.

I am not suggesting that you rush out onto the foreshore to start collecting and make your own Laver, but it shows you the lengths mothers generally went to, to feed their families. If you were to accept the media … Continue reading

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Recipe for a very lovely fruit cake courtesy of Steve of Blazey’s, Mill Street .

250g soft butter 250g light muscavado sugar 4 eggs 250g self raising flour 250g raisins 250g sultanas 125 g glacé cherries, halved 1tsp mixed spice 1 tbsp brandy Grease an 8″ tin and line the base with greaseproof paper. Combine … Continue reading

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Fly the Tarka Trail.

Fly the Tarka Trail on Google Street Map The 33 mile section, between Braunton and Meeth, of the 163 mile Tarka Trail regional route has gone live on Google Street View. This means that anyone with access to the internet … Continue reading

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Dec 2011 You write ………

Bideford Black I have just read in the April edition of Bideford Buzz the article by John Martin about the mining of Bideford Black. This document http://www.ussher.org.uk/journal/00s/2006/Posters06.pdf implies that it was marketed as ‘Biddiblack’ which is presumably how Biddiblack Way … Continue reading

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Immature student

Have you ever bored yourself rigid with “Someday I will” thoughts? Someday I will be skinny, someday I will leave this terrible job, and someday I will travel the world. Well my ‘someday’ was “Someday I’ll be a social worker”. … Continue reading

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Dec. 1911 – One hundred years ago

One hundred years ago Appledore Disasters Appledore was thrown into a state of grief on hearing that the schooner Agnes was  lost and that Captain George Cawsey and his son  Alfred of Appledore were both drowned.  The Rival, sailed by … Continue reading

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Nov. 1911 – One hundred years ago.

Important Guard against damp feet and consequent chills by wearing a pair of Goodenough’s rubber overshoes.   To prevent a serious cold is worth the outlay of several pairs, and one pair answers every purpose.                                WH Goodenough of 2a Meddon Street. … Continue reading

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