Bideford Buzz

Welcome to the  on-line edition of the Community Newsletter for Bideford   and adjoining towns, villages, and rural area.

‘Bideford Buzz’ is produced  by a team of volunteers and relies on our local community for articles.   If you are interested in supporting this newsletter we’ll be glad to hear from you.

You can submit your article on disc or by e-mail.    However, ‘snail mail’ is equally acceptable. Material for publication should reach us during the month preceding the month of publication.

Editor – Rose Arno (Bideford Buzz).        

Telephone 07929-976120, or E-mail: [email protected]

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Bideford Film Society; 12th/ 13th July.

The Bikeriders (15).

Starring – Jodie Comer, Austin Butler, Michael Shannon, Mike Faist, Norman Reedus, Tom Hardy, Austin Butler, Michael Shannon. Jodie Comer and Tom Hardy lead an all-star ensemble cast in the latest from writer-director Jeff Nichols (Loving, Midnight Special, Take Shelter, Mud). An exhilarating, full-throttle period drama, about bikers in 1960’s Midwest. It pays a clear tribute to classic films (The Wild One, Easy Rider), exploiting the iconic mid-century cool of the motorbike as a symbol of individual freedom.

The film follows the inner world of fictional biker’s club ‘the Vandals’. Seen through the lives of its members, it follows the club over the course of a decade as a love triangle spools out. As newcomers join the group, infusing the club with a new ethos directly opposed to its founding members’ original intentions, it prompts an intense power struggle.

Showing – Friday 12th & Saturday 13th July at 7.30 pm (doors open 7.00pm) at The Theatre, Kingsley School.

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Veronica Henry – author talk (and cream tea), 23rd July.

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Bideford Music Days, 27th/ 28th July.

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‘Floating Bye’ – Instow, 21st July.

www.floatingbye.co.uk

 

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Music at St. Margaret’s Church, Northam – 20th July.

MUSIC @ ST MARGARET’S CHURCH

NORTHAM

St Margaret’s Church is the venue for another of their popular concerts, this time with the title “Music for a Summer’s Evening”, on Saturday, 20th July at 7 pm, with a mixture of delightful music performed by the Heart and Voice ensemble accompanied by Pam Beechey, and the Merry Berries.

Entry is free with a retiring collection towards the upkeep of this Grade 1 listed church. Strawberries and cream will be available in the interval, together with a prize draw.

It promises to be a very enjoyable evening for all.

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‘Bideford’s Got Talent’, 12th & 19th July.

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Shipping notes No. 231 (June).

Bideford Quay.

Waverly paid another visit to Bideford on 19/6 – two visits within one month, after an absence ot 40 years! She berthed at 16.00 and departed with a full load of passengers at 17.10.

 

Appledore.

Quorn and Atherstone still at shipyard.

Yelland Quay.

No shipping this month.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/6 at 10.42 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.33 vehicle carrier Grand Victory, 18,299 tons d.w., owners Dynamic Inventor Marine SA Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury.

2/6 at 06.53 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,821 tons d.w., owners Francis Maritima SA 18299 Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

3/6 at 10.47 bulk carrier Aastun, 6,355 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 15.50 tanker Sten Bothnia, 16,611 tons d.w., owners Stenship Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

4/6 at 06.46 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 12.07 6th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.34). At 17.32 vehicle carrier Grand Dahlia, 18,054 tons d.w., owners Dynamic Explorer Marine SA Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury.

6/6 at 10.08 cargo vessel Fluvious Plym, 3,211 tons d.w., owners Fluvious Plym BV Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 11.49 container vessel MSC Tamishka, 16,959 tons d.w., owners Embla Ocean Way Ltd Cyprus, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 8th outward bound from Portbury having sailing at 23.08 7th). At 11.51 bulk carrier Federal Barents, 34,564 tons d.w., owners Federal Atlantic Ltd Canada, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 06.36. At 15.58 bulk carrier Despina K, 32648 tons d.w., owners St Despina Shipping Corp Greece, inward bound for Newport. At 16.03 cargo vessel Vertom Isa, 3,586 tons d.w., owners Haye Ikenson Vertom Bojen Germany, inward bound for Sharpness .

7/6 at 06.29 cargo vessel Wilson Luga, 2,518 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 19.24 cargo vessel Rix Amber, 3,575 tons d.w., owners Rix-Ruby Shipping Ltd Latvia, inward bound for Sharpness.

8/6 at 07.11 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Co Greece, inward bound for Portbury .

9/6 at 16.05 bulk carrier Optimana, 57,599 tons d.w., owners Masterbulk AS Singapore, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 16.51 13th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.01 13th ).

10/6 at 10.24 cargo vessel Barent Finn, 3,807 tons d.w., owners Barent Fin GMBH & Co KG Germany, inward bound for Newport.

11/6 at 09.07 dredger City of Cardiff, 2,750 tons d.w., owners LTM Western Ltd UK 3697, inward bound for Avonmouth.

12/6 at 15.45 cargo vessel Wilson Gaeta, 3,697 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, inward bound for Newport.

13/6 at 18.40 cargo vessel Biscay Fin, 3,806 tons d.w., owners Biscay Fin GMBH & Co KG Germany, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 13.26.

14/6 at 14.16 cargo vessel Spanaco Progress, 7,601 tons d.w., owners Spanaco Five Ltd Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 4.42 cargo vessel Kalli G, 3,798 tons d.w., owners Kalli G Gerdes Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport.

15/6 at 05.16 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Greece, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.10 14th. At 18.08 vehicle carrier Coral Leader, 10,859 tons d.w., owners Kujyukuri Maritima SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury.

16/6 at 06.13 vehicle carrier Thermoplyae, 23,786 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsem Sweden and Norway, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 00.01. At 08.23 bulk carrier Bar, 35,000 tons d.w., owners Barska Plovidbaad Montenegro, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 02.16. At 10.13 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury.

17/6 at 05.24 cargo vessel Friedhelm, 3,803 tons d.w., owners Friedhelm Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Cardiff. At 11.48 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 10.24 18th outward bound from Portbury having having sailed at 06.44). At 14.35 cargo vessel Wilson Odra, 2,455 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, outward bound from Blue Anchor Bay having sailed at 10.33, having previously discharged at Cardiff.

18/6 at 07.59 cargo vessel Helena Julie, 13,777 tons d.w., owners Risor Bulk 1 As Netherlands, inward bound for Cardiff.

19/6 at 08.17 vehicle carrier Mermaid Ace, 18,828 tons d.w., owners Prosper World Marine Co Ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 08.24 cargo vessel Eems Runner, 5,019 tons d.w., owners Eems Runner BV Netherlands, inward bound for Cardiff. At 12.00 bulk carrier SSI Nemesis, 56,023 tons d.w., owners Oceano Shipping Dubai, inward bound for Portbury.

20/6 at 05.38 tanker Chem Star, 11,564 tons d.w., owners Chem Star Shipping Pte Singapore, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 10.48 vehicle carrier Garnet Ace, 18,740 tons d.w., owners Lucia Navigation SA Panama Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

21/6 at 12.35 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury.

22/6 at 10.35 chemical tanker Stolt Jaeger, 5,844 tons d.w., owners Stolt Jaeger BV Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

24/6 at 10.35 vehicle carrier Thor Highway, 19,210 tons d.w., owners Soct Holdings Liberia SA Panama Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.04 cargo vessel Arklow Vale, 5,158 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

25/6 at 05.35 cargo vessel Fast Herman, 3,480 tons d.w., owners Fast Line Belgium B.V Belgium, inward bound for Sharpness. At 18.57 cargo vessel Celtic Crusader, 5,500 tons d.w., owners Charles W Willie and Co Cardiff, inward bound for Newport.

26/6 at 19.45 cargo vessel Celtic Commader, 5,699 tons d.w., owners Charles W Willie & Co Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff.

27/6 at 13.53 vehicle carrier Swallow Ace, 18,864 tons d.w., owners Mitsui OSK Line Ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 14.14 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 06.52 30th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.32 30th). At 18.54 cargo vessel Eems Delf, 3,850 tons d.w., owners Eems Delf B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

28/6 at 05.11 cargo vessel Hav Sander, 2,999 tons d.w., owners Hav Bulk As Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 05.13 cargo vessel Vitality, 4,181 tons d.w., owners Casper Chartering Ltd Immingham, inward bound for Newport. At 06.15 cargo vessel Elsborg, 3,609 tons d.w., owners Eems Beheer BV Netherlands, inward bound for Newport. At 07.11 cargo vessel Georgios Alexios, 5,241 tons d.w., owners Vertom Jeannet GMBH & Co K>G, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 23.07 27th.

30/6 at 16.40 cargo vessel Schouwenbank, 4,995 tons d.w., owners Bankship 111 B,V Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.56 cargo vessel Arklow Cadet, 5,085 tons d.w., owners Crinnis Shipping Ltd Eire, inward bound for Sharpness,

Regards,

Norman.

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Caddsdown Business Support Centre.

Caddsdown Business Support Centre in Bideford has launched a new online booking system for its flexible first-class meeting rooms and services suitable for the ever-growing number of small businesses that are flourishing in Devon.

With over 98 per cent of the 3,700 businesses in Torridge being classed as micro or small businesses – hiring a meeting room can be a cost-effective way to help present a professional image, provide a neutral venue and aid collaboration.

Located at Caddsdown Industrial Park, the Business Support Centre is just minutes away from the A39 and offers plenty of free parking adjacent to the building. The main Caddsdown site features:

Two first class conference rooms that can each accommodate groups of up to 50 people (depending on layout). These rooms are adjacent, separated by a partition wall which can be removed for larger groups who wish to book the whole space.

Meeting room – suitable for up to 14 people.

The online booking system enables users to check availability, book rooms and make any adjustments at their own convenience. Simply go to: www.torridge.gov.uk/caddsdown

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Exhibitions at The Burton art gallery.

Exhibition by Turner Prize nominee Yinka Shonibare CBE comes to The Burton at Bideford.

Yinka Shonibare CBE: Modern Spiritual

15 June – 10 August 2024 | FREE entry

A new exhibition by the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare CBE opens this month at The Burton at Bideford art gallery & museum.

Yinka Shonibare CBE was born in London in 1962 and moved to Nigeria aged three, before returning to London to study Fine Art. His interdisciplinary practice incorporates painting, sculpture, prints, photography and film.

Through examining race, class and the construction of cultural identity, his work comments on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories.

This exhibition of woodblock prints and hand-painted sculptures of African ritual artefacts showcases Yinka Shonibare CBE’s evolving printmaking practice over the past several years.

Modern Spiritual is also the title of Shonibare’s 2023 series of woodblock prints which explore the influence of African culture within western modernism. He depicts ritual masks and relics discovered in the collections of prominent modernist artists, including Picasso, Derain and Modigliani.

The show includes further woodblock prints featuring symbols of the wealth and excess of imperial Europe, the motif of the all-American cowboy and an interpretation of the Mayflower ship which brought English migrants to North America in the seventeenth century.

African Roots of Modernism, 2023, a series of small sculptures of African masks, have each been hand painted with Dutch wax batik patterns. By incorporating his signature batik patterns in print and sculpture, the artist acknowledges the legacy of African aesthetics within the history of modernism while conceptualising his artworks as ritual objects with power in their own right.

Shonibare was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2004, and his first public art commission was displayed on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2010. His works are in notable museum collections throughout the world.

The exhibition coincides with a solo exhibition of his work at Serpentine South Gallery in London. He is also one of the eight artists selected for the Nigerian Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale.

The exhibition is open daily from 15 June and runs until 10 August. Entrance is free.

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Pop Art & Pottery exhibition brings colourful collection of ceramics to North Devon.

New exhibition of Pop Art ceramics opens this month at The Burton at Bideford

15June – 11 August 2024 | FREE entry

A new exhibition of Pop Art ceramics featuring a host of internationally renowned artists opens at The Burton at Bideford on 15 June.

Pop Art & Pottery presents a kaleidoscope of work by key artists from around the world, including Eduardo Paolozzi, Patrick Caulfield, Keith Haring and Sister Mary Corita Kent.

From special edition dinner sets to vases, plates and mugs, this exhibition features items from private collections never before displayed in public.

Curated by independent curator Nick Duxbury and The Burton at Bideford, this fun, contemporary and colourful collection brings conversations around Pop Art into the 21st century. It includes work by contemporary ceramic artists who use everyday objects as their canvas for pop culture references and who reproduce the mass-produced as unique, fragile objects.

Everyone is welcome at the Private View on Friday 14 June, 7–9pm, to hear more about the exhibits from Nick Duxbury, and learn about The Burton’s wider role in celebrating ceramics

The exhibition is open daily from 15 June and runs until 11 August. Entrance is free.

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Fly-tipping: a blot on the Torridge landscape.

The high number of fly tipping incidents continues to a be a problem in Torridge. During January to May 2024 there were 42 reports of fly tipped waste, which includes household waste, building rubble, domestic white goods, and clothes – around the same number for the same period last year. Torridge District Council received 82 fly tipping reports/enquiries in total for 2023. 

Fly tipping is the removal of waste from premises with the deliberate aim of depositing it unlawfully on land without permission. It is a serious offence and is punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12-months’ imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates Court.

According to Keep Britain Tidy around a million fly-tipping incidents are reported in England every year, and is one of top environmental challenges faced by many local authorities. Torridge District Council officers regularly investigate reports of fly tipping and are eager to pursue individuals or companies that flagrantly deposit waste illegally and disregard the environment.

Whilst information can sometimes be obtained from deposited waste that leads to a possible perpetrator, it is extremely helpful to receive details from individuals that witness someone fly tipping.  If readers do witness such an event, Torridge District Council would be grateful to hear from you with the following information:

Date and Time the fly tipping was seen.

Exact location (mobile apps can assist with this).

Details of items deposited and quantity.

Details of the person(s) depositing the waste.

Details of the vehicle used by the person(s) to deposit the waste including make, model, colour, registration, and any distinguishing features (e.g. business name).

The above information can be reported via the Council’s website at www.torridge.gov.uk. All cases are treated with strict confidentiality.

Sean Kearney, Head of Communities and Place at Torridge District Council, said: “Fly tipping is a planned waste crime which is done for the sake of convenience, but at a considerable cost to the local community. It is more than an unsightly nuisance and a bit of dumped waste for the council to clear. Each case can involve an Environmental Health Officer, waste operatives, vehicles, and a customer services officer – so the costs can be considerable. We would strongly urge residents to report any cases, and warn anyone planning to dump their rubbish illegally that these cases will be thoroughly investigated and pursued”.

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Shipping notes No. 230 (May).

Bideford Quay.

Friday 31st the Town welcomed the paddle steamer Waverley for the first time since the 1980’s. Everybody I spoke to could not remember the last time the vessel was in the port. She berthed about 12.40 and sailed for Ilfracombe approx 13.50. (Photo below).

Let’s hope she does not stay away for 40 years again!

 

Yelland Quay.

No shipping since last issue.

 

Appledore.

Quorn and Atherstone still at shipyard.

 

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/5 at 05.47 cruise ship Ocean Nova, 2,183 gross tons, owners O Nova Owners Ltd Maimi, inward bound for Lundy, and sailed at 12.00 for Skomer. At 11.25 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 02.35. At 14.25 container vessel Endurance, 9,146 tons d.w., owners Endurance Bewarder BV Netherlands, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.25. At 14.42 cargo vessel Wilson Galatea, 3,697 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 15.40 vehicle carrier Grande Baltimore, 18,447 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.17.

2/5 at 05.13 vehicle carrier Theben, 23,786 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmson Stockhom and Oslo, outward bound from Portbury. At 05.20 vehicle carrier Auto Energy, 16,988 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury. At 05.14 bulk carrier Maple Glory, 32,491 tons d.w., owners Kirinio Marine SA Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 19.27 vehicle carrier Horizon Highway, 20,586 tons d.w., owners Florence Navigation SA Japan, outward bound fom Portbury having sailed at 14.56. At 19.28 cargo vessel Prima Viking, 4,748 tons d.w., owners Prima Shipping OY AB Finland, inward bound for Newport.

3/5 at 06.16 vehicle carrier Dream Orchid, 15,097 tons d.w., owners Dynamic Wave Shipping SA Hong Kong, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.04 Columbia Highway, 18,950 tons d.w., owners Olive Investment Corp Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 11.55 5th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.43). At 10.04 vehicle carrier Grande Italia, 12,594 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.41.

4/5 at 06.14 vehicle carrier Emerald Leader, 10,821 tons d.w., owners Francis Maritime SA Norway, inward bound for Portbury. At 06.37 vehicle carrier Auto Energy, 16,988 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.29. At 07.23 cruise ship Hanseatic Inspiration, 15,651 gross tons, owners Tui Cruises GMBH Germany, inward bound for Lundy. She left Lundy at 16.00 heading for Skomer via Hartland – seen again 18.20 heading for the West side of Lundy. At 07.24 cargo vessel Vertom Isa, 3,586 tons d.w., owners Haye Ikensen Vertom Bojen Germany, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 01.58. At 09.06 vehicle carrier Grand Neptune, 17,550 tons d.w., owners D Hong Kong, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.05. At 09.43 cargo vessel Wilson Bilboa, 3,735 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 04.10. At 19.50 bulk carrier Marmor, 37,064 tons d.w., owners Marmor Shipping Ltd Marshal Islands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 16.08. At 20.22 bulk carrier Citridora, 57,440 tons d.w., owners Pos Maritime QE SA South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

5/5 at 11.58 cargo vessel Arklow Vale, 5,158 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping B.V Netherlands, inward bound for Swansea. At 07.34 cargo vessel Eems Tjonger, 3,241 tons d.w., owners Tjonger Shipping B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness.

6/5 at 06.32 cargo vessel Amiko, 4,766 tons d.w., owners Amiko Maritime Co Ltd Lithuania, inward bound for Avonmouth.

7/5 at 09.10 cargo vessel Rix Gulf, 4,000 tons d.w., inward bound for Cardiff. At 19.45 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury.

10/5 at 13.15 cargo vessel Nelli, 4,907 tons d.w., owners Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Cardiff. At 13.47 bulk carrier Maple Grove, 32,491 tons d.w., owners Kirinio Marine SA Greece, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 08.47.

11/5 at 18.17 bulk carrier African Owl, 32,382 tons d.w., owners Cygnus Shipping SA Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

12/5 at 05.34 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury..

14/5 at 05.48 vehicle carrier Victorious Ace, 18,396 tons d.w., owners White Bear Maritime Ltd Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 00.01. At 08.00 cruise ship Seabourne Venture, 23,615 gross tons, owners Carnival Holdings Bermuda Ltd Bermuda, inward bound for Lundy. She then sailed at 15.00 for Holyhead. At 15.16 cargo vessel Sarah B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie B Schiffahrts German, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 11.10. At 18.47 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury.

15/5 at 05.26 vehicle carrier Carrera, 12,296 tons d.w., owners Branham Navigation Inc UK, inward bound for Portbury. At 05.44 vehicle carrier Aniara, 30,089 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelhsen Norway and Sweden, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.33 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 6,649 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 15.34 cargo vessel Wilson Paldiski, 4,905 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, inward bound for Newport

16/5 at 05.15 bulk carruer Federal Mosel, 36,583 tons d.w., owners Jupiter Maritime Ltd Canada, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 00.47. At 05.30 sailing galeon Galeon Andulucia, 60 tons d.w., owners Fundacion Nao Victcan Spain, outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 22.19 15th. At 18.48 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 20.24 bulk carrier African Owl, 34,382 tons d.w., owners Cygnus Shipping SA Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 13.53.

17/5 at 06.10 cargo vessel Swedica Hav, 2,279 tons d.w., owners Hav Bulk Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 16.20 cargo vessel RDJ Johanna, 3,149 tons d.w., owners RDJ Johanna Shipping BV Netherlands inward bound for Newport. At 16.40 cargo vessel Wilson Loviisa, 2,620 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, outward bound from Birdport having sailed at 01.05.

18/5 at 08.26 cargo vessel Arklow Valley, 5,169 tons d.w., owners Avoca Shipping BV Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 08.28 cargo vessel Velserdijk, 4,891 tons d.w., owners Velserdijk 2.0 B.V Netherlands, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 02.23. At 10.05 vehicle carrier Freesia Leader, 19,514 tons d.w., owners Kamaishi Maritima SA Singapore, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 05.45.

19/5 at 11.54 cargo vessel Kalli G, 3,798 tons d.w., owners Kalli Gerde Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Newport.

21/5 at 07.30 cargo vessel Eems Runner, 5,019 tons d.w., owners Eems Runner BV Netheralnds, inward bound for Cardiff. At 10.33 cargo vessel Fluvius Tavy, 4,200 tons d.w., inward bound for Sharpness. At 15.51 vehicle carrier Opal Ace, 18,507 tons d.w., owners Ivory Shell Marine SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury .

23/5 at 08.52 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, owners Aegli Shipping Co Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

25/5 at 09.40 cargo vessel Mustafa Yacgi, 5,874 tons d.w., owners Yagci Demizcilik Ticaret Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 11.51 hrs cargo vessel Krislin 4815 tons d.w. owners HS Krislin OV Estonia inward bound for Newport. At 15.58 hrs bulk carrier Bliss 35378 tons d.w. owners Global Maritime Assests SA Greece inward bound for Newport. At 15.07 cargo vessel River Trader, owners River Trader Marine SA Beckenham, outward bound from Dunball Wharf River Parrett, having sail at 08.12. At 16.29 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

26/5 at 06.15 cruise ship Island Sky, 4,200 gross tons, owners Island Sky Shipping Inc Sweden inward bound for Lundy. She then sailed at 12.20, heading for Skomer. At 07.04 vehicle carrier Iguazu Highway, 21,052 tons d.w., owners Marugame/La Darien Japan, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 23.52 25th. At 14.02 vehicle carrier Auto Advance, 12,457 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again 16.10 27th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.54). At 15.20 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.51 vehicle carrier Morning Concert, 21,279 tons d.w., owners Eukor Car Carriers Inc South Korea, inward bound for Portbury.

27/5 at 05.56 cargo vessel Kimberley C, 6,805 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping 2 BV Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 22.26 26th. At 13.13 cargo vessel Wilson Grimsby, 3,689 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, inward bound for Newport. At 14.29 vehicle carrier Galaxy Ace, 18,878 tons d.w., owners Third Maritime Inc SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 16.14 chemical tanker Stolt Kingfisher, 5,890 tons d.w., owners Sea 139 Leasing Co Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Barry.

28/5 at 08.32 bulk carrier Dai Shan Hai, 56,945 tons d.w., owners Chinese, inward bound for Avonmouth.

29/5 at 16.20 cargo vessel Vitality, 4,151 tons d.w., inward bound for Cardiff.

30/5 at 15.10 cargo vessel Wilson Grip, 3,680 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, inward bound for Newport.

Regards,

Norman.

Below, a photo from my collection.

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‘Float to Live’.

With one in three people admitting that they do not know what to if they unexpectedly get into difficulty in the water, Active Torridge is supporting the RNLI’s ‘Float to Live’ campaign again this summer.

According to the RNLI, on average 45 people each day are aided by their crews across the UK, and with the local beaches about to get busy over the Bank Holiday weekend, Active Torridge is sharing details of the ‘Float to Live’ campaign.

If you find yourself in difficulty, the best way to float is to tilt your head back with your ears submerged. Try to relax and breathe normally. You can gently move your hands to help you stay afloat if you need to. Spread your arms and legs out to improve stability – and it’s OK if your legs sink, we all float differently. Once your breathing is under control, call for help or swim to safety.

For more information about the campaign go to Float To Live – What To Do In An Emergency – RNLI

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Shipping notes No. 229 (April).

Bideford Quay.

Oldenburg returned to Bideford 6/4.

Appledore.

Quorn and Atherstone still in shipyard.

The tug Afon Alaw, owners Holyhead Towage co, to tow barge arrived approx 15.45 and sailed for Falmouth with barge at 18.23.

Yelland Quay.

Deo Gloria – (2 trips) !9/4, (2 trips) 20/4, (2 trips) 21/4, (2 trips) 22/4, (2 trips) 23/4, (2 trips) 24/4, (2 trips) 25/4, (2 trips) 26/4, (2 trips) 27/4, (2 trips) 28/4, (1 trip) 29/4. She has now returned to her base at the River Mersey.

Bristol Channel Observations.

1/4 at 05.43 ro-ro vessel Eurocargo Istanbul, 14,413 tons d.w., owners Malta Motorways of the Sea Malta, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 14.43 9th having sailed from Portbury at 06.29).

2/4 at 7.56 container vessel Valetina, 22,263 tons d.w., owners Linda Shipinvest GHBH & Co Germany, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 10.07 heading southbound, still showing destination as Portbury. Captain must have wanted a sight-seeing tour of Lundy. She proceeded as far as Bude before turning round again. She passed South Lundy again at about 17.30, but was not visible due to mist and rain and therefore tracked by AIS). At 18.25 vehicle carrier Odin Highway, 19,222 tons d.w., owners Solt Holding Liberia 35 SA Bermuda, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 07.21 4th outward bound having sailed from Portbury at 03.14).

3/4 at 06.32 cargo vessel Arklow Mill, 15,008 tons d.w., owners Coastal Shipping Inc Eire, inward bound for Newport. At 17.44 vehicle carrier Valiant Ace, 18,143 tons d.w., owners Second Maritime Ltd Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 11.29 5th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 07.15).

4/4 at 19.35 cargo vessel Mercy, 3,420 tons d.w., owners Mercy Shipping Ltd Turkey, inward bound for Newport. At 19.45 self-discharging bulk carrier Yeoman Bank, 38,997 tons d.w., owners Yeoman Bank Ltd UK, inward bound for Portbury.

5/4 at 11.40 cargo vessel Katuxa NM, 6,200 tons d.w., owners Murveta Atlantico Alcuda Spain, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.37 cargo vessel Wilson Drammen, 3,671 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

6/4 at 05.30 cargo vessel Eems Fivel, 3,800 tons d.w., owners Eems Fivel B.V Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 18.08 5th. At 10.52 vehicle carrier Grande Detroit, 12,420 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 14.26 9th having sailed from Portbury at 18.04 7th).

8/4 at 08.52 cargo vessel Schillig, 3,194 tons d.w., owners Schillig Briese Schiffharts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 15.24 vehicle carrier Clover Ace, 17,250 tons d.w., owners Golden Helm Shipping SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 13.10 9th having sailed from Portbury at 09.08).

10/4 at 11.20 vehicle carrier Porgy,18,009 tons d.w., owners Wallenius Wilhelmsen Norway and Sweden, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.13. At 14.26 vehicle carrier Heroic Leader, 20,434 tons d.w.,owners Heroic Ray Ltd Isle of Man, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 11.38 12th outward bound having sailed at 07.42). At 14.50 vehicle carrier Autostar, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury.

12/4 at 06.40 cargo vessel Vitality, 4,181 tons d.w., owners Casper Chartering Ltd U.K., outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.08. At 08.30 bulk carrier Federal Hunter, 36,563 tons d.w., owners Federal Oceans Ltd Canada, inward bound for Cardiff. (Seen again at 07.45 outward bound from Cardiff having sailed at 03.31). At 14.10 cargo vessel Nelli, 4,907 tons d.w., owners Nelli Hermann Lohmann Germany, inward bound for Cardiff. At 14.38 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury.

13/4 at 06.18 cargo vessel Solentbank, 4,950 tons d.w., owners Buxthede GMBH Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 00.13. At 14.38 chemical tanker Philipp Essberger, 5,758 tons d.w., owners Weissmeer-Rederei Germany, inward bound for Barry.

14/4 at 05.56 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Co Ltd Mai Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 06.25 cargo vessel Jekerborg, 2,953 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Shipowners BV Netherlands, outward bound from Sharpness having sailed at 22.19 13th. At 06.54 vehicle carrier Autosun, 6,670 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, inward bound for Portbury. At 15.59 cargo vessel Celtic Raider, 4,537 tons d.w., owners Charles W Willie & Co Cardiff, inward bound for Cardiff. At 16.39 cargo vessel Calamar, 4,130 tons d.w., owners Atobac Shipping AB Sweden, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 11.42.

15/4 at 15.37 cargo vessel Arklow Gem, 5,150 tons d.w., owners Arklow Shipping Nederland B.V. Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth.

16/4 at 07.07 cargo vessel Arklow Archer, 8,563 tons d.w., owners Abbey Shipping Ltd Eire, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 23.31 15th. At 07.11 bunkering tanker Whitchallenger, 4,516 tons d.w., owners Whitaker Tankers ltd Hull UK, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 21.39 15th. At 10.31 chemical tanker Sloman Hestia, owners Sloman Hestia Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. At 17.16 hrs cargo vessel Ohioborg, 3,650 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Netherlands, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 07.50 having sailed from Avonmouth at 01.50). At 17.25 vehicle carrier Wisdom Ace, 19,227 tons d.w., owners Cypress Maritime/Koyo Shosen Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

17/4 at 05.45 cruise ship Seabourne Venture, 23,615 gross tons owners Carnival Holdings Bermuda, inward bound for Lundy Island – first cruise ship for 2024. She sailed from Lundy at 15.20 and seen again at 15.30 en-route to Dublin. At 09.15 vehicle carrier Grande Aversa, 12,420 tons d.w., owners Grimaldi Line of Italy, inward bound for Portbury. At 10.20 cargo vessel Kate C, 6,794 tons d.w., owners Carisbrooke Shipping B.V Netherlands, outward bound from Newport having sailed at 03.27.

18/4 at 05.55 cargo vessel Mia Sophie B, 2,300 tons d.w., owners Sophie B Schiffahrts GMBH Germany, outward bound from Port Talbot having sailed at 01.56.

19/4 at 12.14 bulk carrier Kmarin Oslo, 63,099 tons d.w., owners Hi Gold Ocean Kmarin No 15b SA South Korea, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 12.00 24/4 outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 09.13).

20/4 at 08.53 cargo vessel Christina, 6,950 tons d.w., owners Margaretta HS Schiffarhts Germany, outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 02.56. At 09.06 bulk carrier Mobile, 34,428 tons d.w. owners Mobile Shipping Ltd Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 13.20 vehicle carrier Neptune Aegli, 6,580 tons d.w., owners Aegli Shipping Co ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 12.35 21st outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 8.01). At 16.45 buoy tender vessel THV Patricia, 600 tons d.w., owners Trinity House Harwich, inward bound for Swansea Bay.

22/4 at 05.57 cargo vessel Fluvius Tavy, 4,200 tons d.w., owners Fluvius Tavy Ltd Netherlands, inward bound for Sharpness. At 06.40 vehicle carrier Neptune Dynamis, 6,850 tons d.w., owners Dynamis Shipping Co Ltd Greece, inward bound for Portbury. At 11.51 vehicle carrier Cerulean Ace, 19,889 tons d.w., owners Susan Navigation SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 13.25 24th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 06.32.This is her maiden voyage, and she is powered by LPG). At 12.23 chemical tanker Charlotte Essberger, 6,228 tons d.w., owners Charlotte Essberger Germany, inward bound for Barry .

23/4 at 06.06 tanker Al Salam 11, 69,790 tons d.w., owners Kuwait Oil Tanker Co Kuwait, inward bound for Portbury.

24/4 at 09.03 cargo vessel Wilson Humber, 4,167 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, inward bound for Newport.

25/4 at 07.50 cargo vessel Tucana, 3,783 tons d.w., owners Wagenborg Shipowners 21 Bv Netherlands, inward bound for Newport.

26/4 at 07.40 cargo vessel Wilson Saimaa, 3,634 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning, inward bound for Newport. At 07.53 cargo vessel Paulin -B, 2,335 tons d.w., owners Llily B Schiffahtrs GMBH Germany, inward inward bound for Cardiff. At 09.58 cargo vessel Emstal, 3,700 tons d.w., owners Emstal Schiffarthts GMBH Germany, inward bound for Newport. At 14.24 bulk carrier Aasfjord, 6,649 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk Norway, inward bound for Avonmouth.

28/4 at 08.27 cargo vessel Wilson Lahn, 3,500 tons d.w., owners Wilson Shipowning Norway, inward bound for Sharpness. At 13.10 cargo vessel Maintal, 3,806 tons d.w., owners Maintal Schiffahrts Germany, inward bound for Avonmouth. (Seen again at 15.13 30th outward bound from Avonmouth having sailed at 09.08). At 14.55 vehicle carrier Graceful Leader, 20,926 tons d.w., owners Graceful Maritime Isle of Man Japan, inward bound for Portbury. (Seen again at 17.28 29th outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 11.21).

29/4 at 05.44 bulk carrier Aasvik, 7,566 tons d.w., owners Aasnes Bulk Norway, inward bound for Port Talbot. At 11.16 vehicle carrier Horizon Leader, 20,586 tons d.w., owners Florence Navigation SA Japan, inward bound for Portbury.

30/4 at 05.25 vehicle carrier Hawaiian Highway, 20,606 tons d.w., owners Ambitious Asset Management Japan, inward bound for Portbury. At 05.43 vehicle carrier Auto Advance, 12,457 tons d.w., owners Uniperssoal Madeira, outward bound from Portbury having sailed at 01.49.

Regards,

Norman.

Photo from my collection – Arklow Brook, built at Appledore.

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Dog restrictions at Westward Ho! until 30th September.

From the 1st of May to the 30th of September Torridge District Council will once again be introducing a restriction for dogs on sections of Westward Ho! beach and the promenade.

The restriction helps create zoned usage areas on the beach to ensure that everyone can safely access and enjoy the popular award winning resort. It also helps the authority to meet the criteria for the annually assessed Blue Flag Award, which is highly prized and important to bathers and the local tourist industry.

The restricted area will be the same as in previous years and dogs will be allowed at the north end of the beach between Sandymere Bridge and the Taw/Torridge estuary. Dogs will be prohibited to the south of Sandymere Bridge and will need to be kept on a lead on the promenade. The order allows for fixed penalties of £100 to be issued in cases where owners fail to comply with the restriction, which will be clearly laid out in signage.

Northam Burrows Lead Ranger Mike Day said; “The dog restriction at Westward Ho! helps us to provide both dog-free and dog-friendly areas on the beach. Not only is this an important part of the Blue Flag criteria, it also means that dog lovers and those not so keen on man’s best friend can all enjoy this wonderful place at the same time. We recognise what an incredible place Westward Ho! is, and we want as many people as possible to enjoy it. Please help us during this busy period by observing the signs and restrictions”.

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An update on BSG’s woodland project.

A couple of weeks ago we were able to do some clearing work on the woodland site next to the skate park, with help from Rose Roberts, the ranger from the Burrows. The help Rose had arranged was amazing!

Many thanks to Rose and the students from Petroc, who are studying environmental issues, who came and worked so hard. We filled 6 dumpy bags with grass, nettles, weeds and brambles. It’s been a challenge to get volunteers to help so far, covid and the weather haven’t helped. We have only lost one tree out of the 22 we planted, which is good news. They are all native trees.

If you would like to visit the site or offer some help, please get in touch.

Above are some pictures of the students working hard for the community.

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