Bears and other bits... What’s On in North Devon

Joseph Bulmer

Events large and small from Thursday, September 8th to Wednesday 14th


? BIDEFORD CULTURE SHOW: Artwork at 15 venues around the town centre. Follow the culture Trail, looking for art in shops, cafes and businesses. See Flyers & map at all participating venues. Runs until October 31.

? BINGO: For North Devon Intensive Care, Northam Leisure Centre, 7.15pm

? BINGO: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 7.30pm

? BINGO: Barnstaple St John Ambulance HQ, Princess Street, 7.30pm, all welcome

? BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS: Whiddon Valley Community Centre, Barton Rd, 9.45-10.45am + 11am-12 noon, �1 per session, for those with little or no computer experience, (01271) 372396

? SOUTH MOLTON STRIDERS: Short walk, meet town square 10.30am, info (01769) 574662

? MOTORCYCLE CLUB: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, in skittle alley

? NORTHAM WI MEETING: Methodist Hall, Northam, second Thursday of each month, new members and guests very welcome, 7.30pm

? ROSE HILL CARERS GROUP: Coffee morning, Rose Hill, Heywood Road, Bideford, 10am-12 noon, for carers of adults with learning disabilities, every fortnight, come along for coffee, cake, a chat & support, info (01237) 420137 or 07944 562808

? ROUNDSWELL RESIDENTS’ ASSN: Meeting, at Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, 7pm

? GIVE BLOOD: Park House Centre, Bude, donor sessions 1pm-3.15pm & 5-7.15pm, book appointments on 0300 123 23 23

? BARNSTAPLE SWIMMING: Club resumes sessions as normal at North Devon Leisure Centre. No session on Sept 15 due to Fair.


? COFFEE MORNING & RAFFLE: Candar Community Centre, Ilfracombe, 10am-12 noon

? QUIZ NIGHT: Appledore Community & Sports Assn, teams up to six, �1 per person, cash prizes and snowball draw, 8.30pm, all welcome

? WHIST DRIVE: Royal Hotel, Market/Bude Street, Appledore, all welcome, 2.30pm

? INTERMEDIATE COMPUTER SKILLS: Whiddon Valley Community Centre, Barton Rd, 10am-12 noon, �2, pre-book on (01271) 372396

? THE NEXT STEPS CLUB: For 50+, Whiddon Valley Community Centre, Barton Road, Barnstaple, 1pm, �3, call (01271) 372396 for info

? CAFE CHURCH: St Brannock’s Rooms, Braunton, refreshments, informal chat, 7pm

? APPLEDORE SHORT MAT BOWLING CLUB: At Appledore Community Hall, 2pm every week, all welcome to go along and have a go

? BINGO: Sticklepath School, Barnstaple, 7.30pm

? BINGO: Yarnscombe Victory Hall, 7.45pm

? UNDERWATER WORLD: “Colourful Lives in South West Seas,” Devon Wildlife Trust talk with marine biologist & cameraman Paul Naylor, at the Castle Centre, Castle Street, Barnstaple, 7.15pm, all welcome, adm �2.50, info (01271) 374324

? 60S & 70S CHARITY NIGHT: Dance the night away to the hits of the era, the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, St George’s Road, Barnstaple, for the ND Chemo Appeal, tickets at the door or (01271) 377890, all welcome

? PUB QUIZ: Three Pigeons, Bishops Tawton, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, for the Jack Appeal, teams of four/five, �10 per team, info/booking (01271) 377643

? BARUM ENTERTAINERS: Grand Concert at South Molton Church, 7pm, adm �3, proceeds to North Devon Hospice, all welcome


? SUMMER FETE & OPEN DAY: At Oaktree, Waterside and Fremington Lodge (14, Yelland Road,) 2-5pm, free entry, a host of stalls, grand raffle, tombola, party games, music, food, refreshments and cream teas, all welcome

? BINGO: 1-2-3 Lines Every Game, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! Eyes down 7.15pm

? CAR BOOT SALE: Landkey, 1-4pm, sellers �6 per car from 11am, �1 public parking, no dogs on site, info 07802 176993 or 07878 034683

? SATURDAY MARKET: Pip & Jim’s Church Hall, St James Place, Ilfracombe, stalls, teas & coffees, 12 noon-4pm, info (01271) 867614

? TAW & TORRIDGE EMBROIDERERS’ GROUP: Sticklepath Methodist Church Hall, looking for new skills, why not come along for a taster? 10am-3pm, info (01237) 477911

? BINGO: 1-2-3 lines every game, Northam Leisure Centre, for ND Intensive Care, 2.15pm, all welcome

? COFFEE MORNING: Christ Church, Bear Street, Barnstaple, bric-a-brac, books, jigsaw puzzles, cakes, tea & coffee, 9am-1pm, for Amigos, all welcome

? ANTIQUES FAIR & VALUATION DAY: Christ Church Braunton, part of 25th anniversary celebrations, 10am-4pm, adm free, valuations on day �2 per item to a max of five, space restrictive for large items, refreshments, proceeds to 25th Anniversary Fund supporting Braunton Street Pastors and The Freedom Centre, Barnstaple. Info (01271) 814431 or visit

? TIBETAN BUDDHIST: Meditation class, Living Tree Centre, Paiges Lane, Barnstaple, 10.30am, all welcome, info (01392) 876619

? COFFEE MORNING: Bideford Liberal Democrats, High Street, 10am-12 noon, stalls plus raffle, meet your councillors, all welcome

? HERITAGE OPEN DAY: The Winsford Centre, Halwill Junction, Beaworthy, 11 year-old Grade II* listed building, open free 11am-3pm, info

? OLDE TYME ENTERTAINMENT: Evening at Braunton Parish Hall, hosted by Braunton Museum, 7 for 7.30pm, tickets �4.50 from the museum (by Caen car park,) or at the door, all welcome

? 40 ARTISTS — 80 DRAWINGS: New Burton Art Gallery exhibition of new works by contemporary British artists. Runs at the gallery (Kingsley Rd, Bideford,) until October 17. 2pm this Saturday, free talk by director of The Drawing Gallery Yvonne Crossley. Info

? BIDEFORD CARNIVAL: Leave Bideford Pill car park 6pm, led by Carnival Queen Alexina Mill & Fairy Queen Trinity Hawkins, parade followed by massed pipes & drums on the quay, info & entry forms (01237) 478993

? FAMILY FUN DAY: Brookdale Church, Brookdale Avenue, Ilfracombe, 11am-4pm, rain or shine, bouncy castle, trampolines, face painting, free refreshments & barbecue, all welcome


? BINGO: Appledore Social Club, doors open 7pm, eyes down 7.30pm, all welcome

? TABLE TOP SALE: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, sellers 8am, buyers 9am, refreshments, all welcome

? QUIZ NIGHT & IRISH BINGO: First In, Last Out, Bideford, 8pm, for North Devon Hospice

? CAR BOOT SALE: Pottington, 1-4pm, sellers �6 per car from 11am, �1 public parking, no dogs on site, info 07802 176993 or 07878 034683

? CAR BOOT SALE: Old Bowling Green, Torrington Common, 7am start, �5 pitch, free parking, for Great Torrington Commons Conservators

? AN AFTERNOON OF SONG: The Harmony Choir at Bideford Salvation Army, Bideford Baptist Church, 3-4pm, all welcome

? MEAT RAFFLE: For Combe Martin Museum, at the Royal Marine pub 2pm, every Sunday 5 for �1

? BIDEFORD SERVICES: St Mary’s Parish Church —8am Holy Communion; 10am All Age Communion, all welcome

? JAZZ PIANO TRIO: Quiketo, at Fremington Quay Cafe, 2-4pm, admission free, all welcome

? HARVEST CELEBRATIONS: St Andrew’s Church, Alwington, 11am, service followed by bring-&-share lunch at Village Hall + Harvest Auction, all welcome

? quiz night: For North Devon Cancer Care, Johnny’s Bar, Mill Street, Bideford, 8pm, every Sunday, info (012374) 473798

? ESTUARY ANTIQUES FAIR: Instow Parish Hall, 10am-4pm, adm 20p, supporting RNiB, all welcome, info (01271) 812711

? ROCK POOLS AT CROYDE: British Naturalists’ Assn, Taw & Exmoor branch, meet 11am Baggy Point car park, all welcome, info (01271) 343607

? ND RAMBLERS: Meet Rowley Cross CP (SS664 440) 10.30am, Rowley Down/Wistlandpound Reservoir, nine miles, info (01271) 376274 or 863727


? BINGO: For Bideford FC, Robin’s Nest Social Club, Bideford, 7.15pm, all welcome

? US SOCIAL GROUP: For singles, The Panniers, Barnstaple, 8pm, info (01271) 830981

? SOUTH MOLTON STRIDERS: Medium walk, meet The Square 10.30am, call (01769) 572506

? BRAUNTON CAMERA CLUB: Meets weekly, details

? MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSN: North & West Devon Group meeting, North Devon Hospice, Deer Park, Barnstaple, 7pm, more info September on (01271) 329717

? EXMOOR TALK: Combe Martin Museum Sail Loft, “Exmoor Park today and in the future,” by Brian Totterdell, 7.30pm, all welcome

? PRIZE BINGO: Parkham Hall, meat & grocery prizes, eyes down 7.30pm, all welcome, for hall funds

? BRAUNTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Meeting & talk “Heading into Autumn,” with Derek Burdett, at Kingsacre Primary School, 7.30pm, non members welcome, adm �1

? FREMINGTON BINGO: At the Parish Hall, eyes down 7.30pm, for Fremington Primary School, all welcome


? COFFEE MORNING & LUNCHES: Lavington Church, Bideford, 10am-1.15pm

? BINGO: Bideford & District Angling Club, corner of Honestone Street, eyes down 7.30pm

? COFFEE MORNING: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, meet new friends & chat, activities & facilities to suit all abilities, 10am-12.30pm, all welcome

? SEE HEAR CENTRE: drop in session 9am-5pm, equipment, information and advice for people with sight or hearing loss, at 19a Alexandra Road, Barnstaple, (01271) 373236

? employment support CLUB: Whiddon Valley Community Centre, Barton Rd, Barnstaple, 10am-12 noon, free, info on CVs, interviews, careers advice, computers skills & more, just drop in or call (01271) 372396, all welcome

? APPLEDORE SHORT MAT BOWLING CLUB: At Appledore Community Hall, 7pm every week, all welcome to go along and have a go

? FUN & FELLOWSHIP: Bideford Salvation Army, in the Baptist Church upper hall, every Tuesday 2-3.30pm, all welcome

? COFFEE MORNING: Combe Martin Museum Sail Loft, 11am-1pm, all welcome

? WILDLIFE HIGHLIGHTS: Devon Birdwatching Society illustrated talk with naturalist John Walters, Park School, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, adm �2.50 inc refreshments, all welcome, info (01271) 883161

? BRATTON FLEMING DANCE CLUB AGM: Goodleigh Village Hall, 7.30pm, all welcome

? CONCERT: Bideford Keyboard & Organ Club, Methodist Church Hall, High St, 7.30pm, with Dirk Jan Ranzijin, adm visitors �4, all welcome


? SAFARI SUPPER: Start Stella Maris Court function room, Bideford, then to different locations around town for each course, 7pm, dessert & coffee at St Mary’s Church 9pm approx, for Christian Aid, info & tickets from Carol North on 07925 348853

? APPLEDORE PIRATES CASH BINGO: Appledore Village Hall. Eyes down 7.15pm

? BINGO: Northam Leisure Centre, 1-2-3 lines every game, eyes down 7.15pm

? CHARITY BINGO: Royal Exchange, Bple, 7.30pm

? WHIST DRIVE: Royal Hotel, Market/Bude Street, Appledore, all welcome, 2.30pm

? SUMMER MARKET: Chambercombe Manor, Ilfracombe, stalls inc books & antique books, jewellery, 10.30am-3.30pm, manor & tea rooms open as normal, proceeds to manor

? BRAUNTON COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE TALK: Conserving the North Devon Coastline for people and nature, by Jonathan Fairhurst, 7.45pm, adm �2.50 inc refreshments, info (01271) 817349

? BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS: Whiddon Valley Community Centre, Barton Rd, 9.45-10.45am + 11am-12 noon, �1 per session, for those with little or no computer experience, (01271) 372396

? EPILEPSY ACTION MEETING: ND branch, Henry Williamson Room, Barnstaple Library, 10.30am-12.30pm, all welcome, every month, info 07875 577428

? BARNSTAPLE & NORTH DEVON: Institute of Advanced Motorists (BANDAM) meeting, all welcome to free lively talk on driving & road safety, refreshments, non members welcome, at Platform 1, the old railway station, Castle Quay, 7pm, info 07891 424912

? NORTH DEVON ARTS MEETING: Broomhill Art Hotel, Muddiford, free to members, non members welcome, �4 entry, 8pm, buffet supper from 7pm book on (01271) 850262

? POPULAR MUSIC: The Two Rivers Concert Band, Emmanuel Church, Ilfracombe, 8.15pm, all welcome

? RASC & RCT ASSN: Meeting, Bideford Conservative Club, Bridgeland St, 7.30pm, new members welcome

? GIVE BLOOD: Christ Church, Barnstaple, donor sessions 1pm-3.15pm & 5-7.15pm, book appointments on 0300 123 23 23

? SOUTH MOLTON STRIDERS: Long walk, meet Watersmeet/Lynmouth bus station 11am, info Jim (01769) 573258

? ND RAMBLERS: Meet Haddon Hill CP (SS969 285) 11am, Hartford, River Haddeo, Bury, seven miles, info (01271) 376274 or 863727

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