Christmas North Devon what’s on guide 2017

Merry Christmas everyone!
Merry Christmas everyone!

Festive North Devon events from 21/12/17 to 27/12/17

PLEASE NOTE: Many regular events are likely to be affected by the Christmas period – please check with organisers before travelling.


BINGO: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 7.30pm, all welcome.

LUNCH CLUB: The Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 12.30-2.30pm, every week, info 01237 478734.

DUPLICATE BRIDGE: Every Thursday, Holy Trinity Church Hall, Westward Ho!, friendly club, 6.45pm start, more info 01237 470990.

FEEL BETTER WITH A BOOK: Reading group with a difference, Ilfracombe Library 10-11.30am, listen to stories & poems read aloud, share your thoughts with others, no reading required

BIDEFORD WALK: Along Tarka Trail, meet every Thursday at Clarence Wharf car park, part of Torridge Walk & Talk (Walking for Health), all welcome, more info Steve 01237 421528.

HEALING: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, 7-8pm.

FREMINGTON SINGERS: Fremington Methodist Church, Old School Lane, doors 7.30pm, £5, info 01271 268094.

TARKA VALLEY RAILWAY: Volunteers meet every Thursday at Torrington Station, aka The Puffing Billy, for restoration & track laying, new members welcome, info 07881 905260.

BEFRIENDERS: Weekly activity afternoon for the over 65s, Tyrrell Hospital, Ilfracombe, 2.30-4pm, enjoy a craft or learn something new, plus hot drinks & tea cakes.

BARNSTAPLE CAMERA CLUB: Winter programme, weekly 7.30pm Methodist Church Hall, Rhododendron Avenue, Sticklepath, see for details.

BINGO: Bideford Liberal Club, nr top of High Street, cash bingo £1,000 pay out, eyes down 7.15pm.


ART GROUP: Art for Leisure & Pleasure, weekly drop-in, 1.30-4pm, St John’s Community Centre (next to Whiddon Valley Tesco) Barnstaple, info 07964 250436.

COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from High Bickington, Beaford, Dolton, Dowland, Petrockstowe, Peters Marland & Merton, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630.

VOLUNTEER GARDENERS: Needed to help at Westward Ho! promenade, alternate Thursday and Friday mornings, no specialist knowledge needed, call Pat on 01237 459081 for info.

NORTHAM MEN’S FORUM: Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, 10.15am, Christmas quiz, info 01237 453299.

TODDLERS CLUB: Westward Ho! Baptist Church, 9.30am-noon; Kidz Club 4-5.30pm, info

SOCIAL GROUP: Informal get together for people with hearing impairment, the See Hear Centre, 19a Alexandra Road, Barnstaple, 2pm, third Thursday each month, all welcome, info 01271 373236.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: St Margaret’s Church, Northam, open every Thursday and Friday from 10am, trees in church until December 27.

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Help & advice from mobile service. Chulmleigh New Street car park 10am-noon; South Molton lorry park 2-4pm.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those with hearing loss, The Ilfracombe Centre, 10.30am-noon.

MEMORIES: Are Made of This – programme for those living with dementia, enjoy nostalgic memories, stimulating activities, make new friends, hosted by Barnstaple Link Rotary Club, Roundswell Community Centre, 10am-noon, info 07943 412021 or 01598 710613.

BEER & CAROLS: George & Dragon, Fore Street, Ilfracombe, 8pm.


QUIZ NIGHT: Appledore Community and Sports Assn, teams up to six, £1 per person, cash prizes and snowball draw, 8pm.

BOWLS: Appledore Short Mat Bowling Club, weekly at Appledore Community Hall, 2pm.

LIVE MUSIC: Weekly, The Champ, Appledore, 9pm.

TABLE TENNIS: With Torridge Table Tennis Club, Bideford Youth Centre, 2.30-4.30pm, new members welcome, info 01237 477932 or just drop in.

SERVICE: Holy Trinity, Landcross, 9.30am Four Parish Said Communion.

CAROL SERVICE: St Swithun’s Church, Littleham, 6pm.

REMINISCENCE CAFÉ: Northam Hall, 10am-12pm, info 01237 459337.

COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Bideford, Abbotsham and Alverdiscott, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630.

BARUM SHANTY FOLK WAILERS: Fremington Methodist Church, weekly, 10am-1pm, all welcome, hosted by Barnstaple & District

ENGLISH FOLK DANCING: with Bideford Ceilidh Club. Northam Hall, 8pm, all welcome. 01237 476632.

BROCKABILLY: Live Elvis fun at the Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm.

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS PARTY: Live country with Ronnie at The Robin’s Nest, Bideford FC, 8.15pm, all welcome, info 10805 601495.

SOUL INTENTIONS: Big sound soul band at The Bath Hotel, Lynmouth, 8.30pm, free entry, 60s soul classics and music from The Commitments and The Blues Brothers.

WESTWARD HO! HO! HO!: Christmas Festival Craft Fayre, The Baptist Hall 3-7pm, unique crafts, Christmas gifts and pop-up café.


BINGO: Barton Road Community Centre, Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, for local charities.

CLAIRVOYANCE: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, 7.30pm.

WHIST DRIVE: Weekly, Northam Square Hall, 7pm, new players welcome, £1.50 to include tea and a happy evening.

CLAIRVOYANCE: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, 6.30pm.

FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: Meets Barnstaple every Saturday, call 07968 511312 for info.

RESCUE REMEDY: Live music at the Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm.

EXMOOR CAROLERS CONCERT: Carols ancient, modern and original, The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, 3pm, tickets from 01805 624624, to include glass of wine and mince pie.

RAKES ADRIFT: Live music and folk fun, The Champ, Appledore, 9pm.

CHARITY DANCE: Goodleigh Village Hall, dancing to Bett, 7.30-11.30pm, bring-and-share supper, raffle, adm £3.50, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS BINGO: Shebbear Village Hall, doors 7pm, eyes down 8pm, dinners, Xmas fayre and cash flyer.


BIDEFORD SALVATION ARMY: Bideford Baptist Church, every Sunday 3-4pm, all welcome.

DIVINE SERVICE: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, 6.30pm.

BINGO & QUIZ NIGHT: First In, Last Out, Clovelly Road, Bideford. Eyes down 4pm, quiz night with jackpot 8pm, all welcome.

DIVINE SERVICE: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, 6.30pm.

CAR BOOT SALE: Pottington, 1-4pm, info 07802 176993.

BARNSTAPLE QUAKER MEETING: Pilton Bluecoats Academy, Abbey Road, weekly, 10.30am.

CHARITY CAR BOOT SALE: Every Sunday (weather permitting) at Tesco, Rose Lane, Barnstaple. 10am - 2pm, cars £5 vans £7, sellers 9am. All fees to British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK. Info Maureen 07999 445489.

CHRISTMAS NIGHT OPEN MIC: The Joiners Arms, Bideford, open mic 2.30-6pm, Christmas Draw 6pm.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Mary’s Parish Church, Bideford, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Communion, 2pm Nativity (1st performance), 4pm Nativity second show, 11.30pm Midnight Mass; Holy Trinity, Weare Giffard, 9.30am Morning Praise; St James, Parkham, 11am Holy Communion, 6.30pm Carol Service; St Nectan’s, Hartland, 3pm Crib Service, 11.30pm Holy Communion; St Swithun’s, Littleham, 4pm Crib Service, 11.30pm Midnight Mass; St Helen’s, Lundy, 4pm Carol Service; St Anne’s, Bucks Mills, 6pm Carol service; All Saints & St Peter’s, Clovelly, 6.30pm Carol Service; St George’s, Monkleigh, 10pm, Christmas Communion; St Mary’s & St Benedict’s, Buckland Brewer, 10pm Holy Communion; St Nectan’s, Welcombe, 10pm Holy Communion; All Hallows, Woolsery, 11.30pm Holy Communion; Combe Martin Parish Church, 9.30am Holy Communion, 11.30pm Midnight Holy Communion; St Peter’s, Ilfracombe, Crib Service 4pm; Holy Trinity, Ilfracombe, 11.30pm Midnight Mass; St Peter & St Mary Magdalene, Barnstaple, 10.30am Said Mass, 4pm Christingle, 11.30pm Midnight Mass; South Molton Parish Church, 11am Family Christmas Eve service, 11.15pm Midnight Communion.

BRAUNTON SERVICES: 9am Said Eucharist, St Brannock’s Church, 2pm informal Carol Service, 4pm Carols at the Crib, 11.30pm Midnight Mass.


CHRISTMAS SERVICES: St Mary’s Church, Bideford, 10am Holy Communion; St Andrew’s, Alwington, 9.30am Holy Communion; Holy Trinity, Weare Giffard, 9.30am Christmas Communion; St Nectan’s, Welcombe, 9.30am Holy Communion; All Hallows, Woolsery, 9.30am Chapel; St Mary’s & St Benedict’s, Buckland Brewer, 10am Chapel; St Nectan’s, Hartland, 10am Holy Communion; All Saints & St Peter’s, Clovelly, 10.30am Holy Communion; St Helen’s, Lundy, 11am Morning Worship; Holy Trinity, Landcross, 11.10am Christmas Communion; St Brannock’s, Braunton, 9.45am Family Communion; Combe Martin Parish Church, Family Worship 9.30am; Holy Trinity, Ilfracombe, 8am Said Eucharist; St Peter’s, Bittadon, 8.45am Holy Communion; St Peter’s, Ilfracombe, 10.30am Whole Parish Sung Eucharist; St Peter & St Mary Magdalene, Barnstaple, 10am Mass with carols; South Molton Parish Church, Family Communion 11am.


BEAT THE FOX: 5k fun run at Fremington, for North Devon Hospice, Fremington FC & Tuberous Sclerosis Society, 10.30am, suitable for all ages, optional fancy dress, prizes and spot prizes available, £7 per adult £3 child under 14. Registration on the day from 9am at The Fox public house.


CASH BINGO: Appledore Hall. All cash prizes, running jackpot game, 7.15pm.

BIDEFORD HEALING GROUP: Every Wednesday, at the Sea Cadets Hall, Victoria Park, 10am-12noon, all very welcome.

THE VOICE: Community Choir, rehearsal, now at Barnstaple Rugby Club, 7.15-9pm, new singers welcome, info

BARNSTAPLE JUBILEE SINGERS: Now recruiting, join us 7.30-9pm, call Marilyn on 01271 830869 or Monte 325780.

BLUES OPEN MIC: The Champ, Appledore, 9pm.

BIDEFORD PHOENIX MORRIS: Weekly practice, Baptist Church, Bideford, 7.30pm, all welcome, info 01237 473798/420820.

TALKS & TALES: Combe Martin Community Centre, come along and share your memories of life in the village, 2-4pm, tea & coffee, info 01271 883784.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Barnstaple Salvation Army Hall, Oakleigh Road, 1 or 5.30pm (depending on leader availability), info 01271 321972.

COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Hartland, Clovelly, Woolsery and Welcombe, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630.

BINGO: Northam Leisure Centre, all cash prizes, flyer of £100, for Over & Above,

BIDEFORD FOLK DANCE CLUB: Northam Hall, 7.30pm, partners or experience not necessary, info 01237 423554.

BIDEFORD SEW SOCIABLE: Lavington Church Rooms (entrance Willet Street), come to sew, craft & natter, 7-9pm, details on Facebook.

FREMINGTON WALK: Torridge Walk & Talk, meet New Inn car park 11am, all welcome, info 01271 860780.

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