Plenty of mulled pies and minced wine...

Joseph Bulmer

... or should that be minced pies and mulled wine? Find out in the North Devon What’s On guide this week: 15/12/11 to 21/12/11.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15

? 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

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

? NORTHAM MENS’ FORUM: Christmas lunch, info from (01237) 470553

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

? COFFEE MORNING: RBS (NatWest) Group Pensioners’ Association GPA, Imperial Hotel, Barnstaple, 10.30am

? BINGO: Ring O’ Bells, Landkey, snowball, eyes down 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

? TRADITIONAL SINGALONG: With Bideford Town Band, St Giles-in-the-Wood Village Hall, 7.45pm, a mix of traditional songs with full accompaniment from the band, prize draw and seasonal refreshments, all welcome

? CAROLS EVENING: South Molton Assembly Rooms, annual carols hosted by Barnstaple Macmillan Cancer Support, 7pm, with Brayford Community Singing Group & children from Brayford School, plus sausages, mince pies & raffle, all welcome, tickets from (01271) 326234

? FATHER CHRISTMAS IN BRAUNTON: Start of Braunton Caen Rotary sleigh visits, tonight at Lower Park Road/Acland Park area, start 6pm Lower Park Road, finish Hazel Avenue 8.30 approx

? GRAND CHRISTMAS AUCTION: Of gifts and promises, Langtree Parish hall, 7pm viewing, complimentary hot rolls & mince pies 7.30, auction 8pm, popular annual event, proceeds to local charities, all welcome

? WINTER CRAFT FAYRE: The Thatch, Croyde, from 6pm, stalls icn jewellery, cards, cookware, local traders & more, mulled wine & mince pies, all welcome

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16

? 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

? THE NEXT STEPS CLUB: For 50+, Whiddon Valley Community Centre, Barton Rd, Barnstaple, 1.30-3.30pm, �1, call (01271) 372396 for info

? BINGO: Sticklepath School, Barnstaple, 7.30pm

? HAPPY CAFE: Golf Links Road, Westward Ho, training cafe for chefs, open to the public Thur/Fri/Sun, 11am-3pm. This week: Create a Christmas dinner on a budget

? BINGO: Yarnscombe Victory Hall, eyes down 7.45pm

? CHRISTMAS COFFEE & CAKES: Coffee morning, stalls & raffle at 3, The Quay, Appledore from 10.30am, for the David Rundle Trust (help for Rwanda,) cake donations gratefully received, call (01237) 477470, all welcome

? CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: Tarka Valley Railway Group, the Puffing Billy, Torrington, 7 for 7.30pm

? FATHER CHRISTMAS IN BRAUNTON: Start of Braunton Caen Rotary sleigh visits, tonight at RMB Chivenor Married Quarters, start 6pm at main roundabout

? A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Estuary Theatre presents the Dickens classic at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, 7.30pm, tickets from Docton Court Gallery, Appledore, info (01237) 424969. All welcome.
* Also playing Saturday evening & Sunday afternoon.

? THE HIDDEN EDGE OF EXMOOR: Launch of local book by Kester & Liz Webb, at Barnstaple Museum, the Square, 4-6pm colour paintings, maps & photographs telling the story of exploring the Exmoor sea cliffs

? BOWLS: Appledore Short Mat Bowling Club, Appledore Community Hall, 2pm, all welcome

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17

? A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Estuary Theatre presents the Dickens classic at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, 7.30pm, tickets from Docton Court Gallery, Appledore, info (01237) 424969. 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

? CHRISTMAS CASH: Bingo & liner, Sweb Club, Victoria Road, Barnstaple, eyes down 7.30pm, all welcome

? EXMOOR CAROLERS CONCERT: St Mary’s Church, Pilton, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, carols from rare ancient songs to brand new ones, tickets �6 in advance from Pilton Stores, to include refreshments, all welcome

? DEVON FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY: (North Devon Branch) Meeting, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, 2-4pm, info on (01237) 451527 or 472883

? SHAMMMICK CHRISTMAS MARKET: Combe Martin Village Hall, 9.30am-12 noon, local produce, crafts & more

? MARKET: West Buckland Village Hall, 2-5pm, stalls include cakes, plants, tombola & more, to book table call (01598) 760437

? WINTERWONDERLAND DISCO: North Molton Sports Club, 8pm, in aid of North Molton under nine football, tickets �5 include a finger buffet, all welcome

? CHARITY DANCE: Goodleigh Village Hall, music with Bett & Audrey, for South Molton Organ & Keyboard Club, 7.30-11.30pm, bring-and-share supper, adm �3.50, all welcome

? CHRISTMAS BINGO: Northam Community Centre, eyes down 2.15pm, festive prizes & other goodies, for North Devon Hospice, all welcome

? CHORAL CONCERT: North Devon Choral Society presents Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Hodie & Hymns of Praise, St Michael and All Angels Parish Church, Torrington, 7.30pm, tickets �12, all welcome

? THE HIDDEN EDGE OF EXMOOR: Launch of local book by Kester & Liz Webb, at Combe Martin Museum, the Square, 2-4pm colour paintings, maps & photographs telling the story of exploring the Exmoor sea cliffs

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18

? A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Estuary Theatre presents the Dickens classic at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, 3pm, tickets from Docton Court Gallery, Appledore, info (01237) 424969. All welcome.

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

? BIDEFORD SERVICES: St Mary’s Parish Church — 8am Holy Communion; 10am Parish Communion; 11.30am Children’s Church; 7pm Service of Nine Lessons & Carols followed by mince pies and mulled wine, all welcome

? quiz night: For North Devon Cancer Care, Johnny’s Bar, Mill Street, Bideford, 8pm, info (01237) 473798

? MIDWINTER CAROLS NIGHT: The George & Dragon, Combe Martin, 7.30pm, join local musicians for a fun, informal carol singing session, with carols from the well known to the rare, proceeds to parish church, all welcome

? COMBE MARTIN CHURCH SERVICES: St Peter Ad Vincula Parish Church, Village Lessons & Carols By candlelight, 6.30pm. Baptist Church: Family Nativity & Communion 10.30am. All welcome.

? CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET: The Lantern centre, Ilfracombe, 10am-12.30pm, fresh produce, crafts, raffle of produce & entertainment, adm free, info (01271) 864621

? CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With the Cedars Big Band, at the Cedars Inn, Bickington, Barnstaple, 8pm, adm free, all welcome

? CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: Fremington Methodist Church, 4pm, all welcome

? CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With the Appledore Band, Holy Trinity Church, Atlantic Way, Westward Ho, 3pm, retiring collection, all welcome

? CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET: Hartland Parish Hall, 10am-2pm, 18 stalls of local meats, veg & produce, plus cafe, free entry & parking, all welcome

? APPLEDORE SINGERS: Christmas concert, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho, with Torrington Silver Band, 2.30pm, proceeds to The Samaritans & Arthritis Care, festive refreshments, tickets �5 at door, all welcome

? RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Hunters Inn NT car park 10.45am, Mill Farm-Higher Burnsley-Ladies Mile, seven miles, info (01271) 376274 or 863727. Or visit www.northdevonramblers.co.uk

? BEER & CAROLS: The Wellington Arms, Ilfracombe, 8pm, a great sing song and good company, all welcome

? CHRISTINGLE SERVICE: Ilfracombe Holy Trinity Parish Church, for children, families and the young at heart of all ages, 4pm, collection for the Children’s Society, all welcome

? EXMOOR CAROLERS CONCERT: Holy Trinity Church, Challacombe, 3pm, adm free, refreshments, all welcome

? COMMUNITY CAROL SERVICE: Bethel Evangelical Free Church, Torrington Street, East-the-Water, Bideford, 6pm, led by Bideford Town Band, all welcome

? CAROL SERVICE: Bideford Salvation Army, the Baptist Church, Mill Street, 3pm, all welcome

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

? 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

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

? TARKA PIPE BAND PRACTICE: Learn to play bagpipes & drums, 6-9pm, Bideford Pollyfield Centre, just turn up and have a try, all welcome

MONDAY, DECEMBER 19

? 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

? BRAUNTON CAMERA CLUB: Meets weekly, details www.quillstring.co.uk/bcc

? MONDAY afternoon social club: Whiddon Valley Community Centre, Barton Road, Barnstaple, for adults of all ages, socialise & chat plus a variety of activities, 1.30-3.30pm, �1, all welcome

? BARNSTAPLE MALE VOICE CHOIR: Rehearsal, every Monday Fremington Primary School 7.30-9.30pm

? SOUTH MOLTON STRIDERS: Medium walk, meet SM Square 10.30am, car share, info (01769) 573453

? BIDEFORD CARERS SUPPORT GROUP: Marlborough Court Communal Room, Bideford, free to join, 7-9pm, every third Monday of the month, more info 08456 434435

? FREMINGTON CHRISTMAS BINGO: Parish Hall, ticket only

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20

? CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With Vocal Accord & Bradiford Brass, at Barnstaple St Peter & St Mary Magdalene Church, 8pm, an evening of a capella singing with brass and congregational carols, plus mulled wine & minced pies, adults �5, children free, tickets at door, for Barnstaple Poverty Action Group, info www.vocalaccord.co.uk

? 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 & advice for people with sight or hearing loss, at 19a Alexandra Rd, Bple, (01271) 373236

? BIDEFORD CAMERA CLUB: The Community Room, Bideford Youth Centre (opposite the Burton Art Gallery,) 7.15pm, info (01237) 423242

? SCOTTISH DANCE CLASSES: Fremington Village Hall, 7.30pm, no partner needed, (01271) 373975

? TARKA MORRIS MEN: Bideford Amateur Athletics Club, 8pm, new members welcome, (01237) 476632

? CARD MAKING & CRAFTS CLUB: New club at Northam Leisure Centre, the Square, 7pm, info (01237)423095

? BOWLS: Appledore Short Mat Bowling Club, Appledore Community Hall, 7pm, all welcome

? COMBE MARTIN CAROL SINGING: Join members of all the local churches for an informal carols singing stroll from the top of the village to the seaside. Meet by the Top Garage at 7pm, everyone welcome

? COMBE MARTIN MUSEUM FUN: Children’s Christmas Activities, in the Sail Loft, 1.30-3.30pm, �2 per child, info (01271) 889031

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21

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

? BINGO: Northam Leisure Centre, 1-2-3 lines, 7.15pm

? CHARITY BINGO: Royal Exchange, Bple, 7.30pm

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

? SINGING FOR FUN: Every Wednesday, Brookdale Church Hall, Ilfracombe, adults of all ages welcome, popular songs from 50s-70s, no musical ability needed, plus tea and a chat

? BIDEFORD PHOENIX MORRIS: Practice night, Bideford Baptist Church 8pm, (01237) 473798

? BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS: Whiddon Valley Community Centre, Barton Rd, 9.45-10.45am + 11am-12 noon, �1 per session, (01271) 372396

? BERRYNARBOR CAROLS: Village Carol Service, 6.30pm, all welcome

? CHRISTMAS BINGO: Combe Martin Village Hall, 1-2-3 lines all night, doors 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30 (note new times,) for ND Hospice, all welcome

? RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Red Barn, Woolacombe, 10.30am, easy four mile walk, lunch at Red Barn, info (01271) 376274 or 863727. Or visit www.northdevonramblers.co.uk

? NINE LESSONS & CAROLS: Ilfracombe Holy Trinity Parish Church, 7pm, with the church choir plus members of Exeter Cathedral Choir, followed by mulled wine & mince pies, all welcome

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