Events large and small from 20/03/14 to 26/03/14.


POTS, FISH & SHIPS: Exhibition of contemporary works with a nautical theme, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, runs until March 24, more info or 01237 471455.

NEW YEAR NEW WORK: North Devon Arts exhibition, now open at Broomhill Art Hotel, wide variety of media from more than 40 artists, open daily 11am-4pm, adm free. Please call venue on 01271 850262 if making special visit.

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

TAI CHI: Weekly classes, Qigong & Yang style, the Arts Centre, Bideford Quay, 7-8pm, all welcome, info 07747 833490.

BIDEFORD FOLK CLUB: The Joiners Arms, Bideford, from 8pm.

BEGINNERS’ LINE DANCING: Ex-services & Social Club, St Georges Rd, Barnstaple, 6.45-7.45pm, £3, all welcome.

ART FOR LEISURE & PLEASURE: St Johns Community Hall, Rose Lane (Tesco), Barnstaple, 1.30-4pm, every Thursday, info David on 07964 250436.

NORTHAM MEN’S FORUM: Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, 10.15am-12noon, info Eric 01237 478123.

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Drop in sessions for people with sight or hearing loss. Equipment, information & advice at mobile sensory unit – 10am-12 noon the Square, Winkleigh; plus 2-4pm South Molton lorry park (Southley Road).

LIFE DRAWING CLASS: Bideford Arts Centre (next to post office), 7-9pm, all levels and abilities welcome, tuition available, just turn up or call Fiona Balfour 01237 425163.

CLOG DANCING: Ilfracombe Red Petticoats, ladies’ clog dancing team now looking for new members, weekly practice 7.30pm, no experience necessary, info 07733 476868.

BALLROOM: Dance classes, St Peters Church Hall, Fremington, beginners 7-8pm, improvers 8-10pm, info 01271 860145.

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

THE BEACON: Tea/coffee, lunch and social sessions, Bishops Tawton Methodist Church, 11am-2pm (lunch 12.30pm), all welcome to drop in, chat, socialise or just read a newspaper, all inclusive price £1.50, to book or for info, call 01271 859334.

AIKIDO CLUB: Bucks Cross Village Hall, 7.30-9pm for adults, 01237 441527. Please note: Now meeting Mondays too.

TAI CHI: St Brannocks Rooms, Braunton, 11.30am-12.30pm, all welcome.

SOCIAL TENNIS: Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ilfracombe Tennis Club, Bicclescombe Park, 9.30am-12.30pm, with refreshment break, all welcome, call 07879 882877 or email for more information.

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

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

BARNSTAPLE CAMERA CLUB: Methodist Church Hall, Rhododendron Avenue, Sticklepath, 7.30pm, info

THE ARTIST & THE ILLUSTRATOR: Exhibition of work by Endymion and Trevor Beer, based on West Country flora & fauna, Queen’s Theatre Gallery Café, runs until April 12.

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

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.

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.

BIDEFORD STAMP CLUB: Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 7.30pm, more info 01237 479494.

BREATHE EASY: North Devon group meeting, with the CREADO team from NDDH, Springfield Day Centre, Chanters Road, Bideford 7-9pm, all welcome, more info 01237 474725.

HIDDEN EDGE OF EXMOOR: Lynmouth Pavilion talk with Kester Webb, 7pm, all welcome.

QUIZ & CURRY NIGHT: The White Lion, Braunton, 8.30pm, free entry, win £20 food voucher for the on-site Indian Kitchen.


COUNTRY MARKET: Northam Leisure Centre, weekly, 9am-12noon.

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

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

BINGO: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 7 for 7.30pm, all welcome.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON SOCIAL: Whiddon Valley Community Centre, Barton Rd, Barnstaple, various activities inc new age curling 1-3pm, £1, drop in for tea and coffee, call 01271 372396 for info.

FREMINGTON SINGERS: Meet weekly at Fremington Methodist Church, Old School Lane, 7.30-9.30pm, £4, info 01271 268094.

BALLROOM & LATIN: Dance, Sticklepath Methodist Church Hall, 8-10pm, 01271 860145.

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

ENGLISH FOLK DANCING: With Bideford Ceilidh Club, now at Northam Hall, 8pm, all ages/abilities welcome, with or without partner, info 01237 476632.

BAGUAZHANG: Weekly Chinese martial art classes, Northam Community Centre, 8-9.15pm, info Alex 07747 833490.

LUNCH CLUB: Happy Café, Westward Ho!, £4.50 for two set courses, served from 12noon-2pm, booking essential on 07773 679559.

BINGO: Yarnscombe Victory Hall, eyes down 7.45pm.

ROCKIN’ SHOES: Rock ‘n’ Roll Club, Robins Nest, Bideford FC, all welcome. First and third Friday evenings.

NORTHAM REMINISCENCE CAFÉ: Northam Hall, 10am-12noon, a friendly smile, a cuppa and homemade refreshments, provide advice, support and a welcoming atmosphere for those who may be have memory loss or dementia and their carers. Info Sophie at Taw & Torridge Caring – 01237 459337 &

LENT LUNCH: St Brannocks Rooms, Braunton, 12noon, soup, bread, cheese & coffee £2.50, all welcome.

BARNSTAPLE CONCERT BAND: At Marwood Parish Church, 7.30pm, tickets £5, all welcome.

ATHERINGTON BINGO: Atherington Pavilion, eyes down 7.30pm, for the Children’s Playing Field appeal, all welcome.

CAFÉ CULTURE: Acoustic evening, at Boston Tea Party, Barnstaple, from 7.30pm, with The Springates, Abby Brown & Louis Miles, entry £3 donation at door for the Send a Cow charity, all welcome.


COFFEE POT SHOP: For over 55s, at the Conservatory, Sanctuary Housing, Water Lane Close, Newport, Barnstaple, 10.30am.

SMART CLUB: Free to regulars & new members, Chulmleigh Sports Centre, family mix and match, table tennis, badminton & tennis. 10am-1pm.

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

STREETZ: Torrington dance crew at Green Lanes, Barnstaple, every Sat, 12noon-12.45pm for 5-11 year-olds + 12.45-1.30pm for 11-16s. More info from 07854 975823 or email

MARKET DAY: Bideford Pannier Market 8am-3pm.

EXHIBITION: Paintings and drawings of rare plants from the Avon Gorge, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, runs until April 23, more info‎ or call 01805 624067.

TATTING: Knotted Lace Craft Group, High Bickington, 10.30am-3.30pm. Bring Packed Lunch, info (01769) 560805.

BIDEFORD FARMERS MARKET: Jubilee Square, 9am-1pm, great local produce, second and fourth Saturday each month, more info Dan Garnett 07970 932566.

ALL BRITISH QUIZ EVENING: United Services Bowling Club, The Green, Pottington Road, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, teams of 4-6, £2.50 pp, nibbles provided, for club funds, all welcome.

QUIZ & CHIPS: St Brannock’s Rooms, Braunton, 7.30pm, choice of supper form Squires Fish restaurant, fun evening with raffle & bar, £7 pp inc supper, enquiries 01271 813367.

QUIZ NIGHT: Torridge Vale Social Club, Torrington, 7 for 7.30pm, cash prize, raffle, for Little Frogs Pre-school, tables must be pre-booked on 01805 624796.

BIG BREAKFAST: For North Devon Hospice, Christ Church, Bear Street, Barnstaple, 8am-12noon, supported by Robert Withecombe Butchers, all welcome.

CHOIRS CONCERT: For South West Flood Relief charities, Yarnscombe Village Hall, with Barnstaple Male Voice Choir + South Molton Circuit Choir, 7pm, tickets £5 at the door.

COFFEE MORNING: Torrington Parish Church, 10am-12noon, for the Children’s Society, all welcome.

HARTLAND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: In concert,. Lavington Church, Bridgeland Street, Bideford, 7.30pm, tickets £5 at door (U18s free).

NEARLY NEW SALE: For children & baby clothing/accessories, Filleigh Village Hall, for Swimbridge Pre-school, 10am-1pm, to book a table please call 01271 830357.

KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE: Free checks at Braunton Parish Hall, 9.30am-12.30pm, organised by Braunton Caen Rotary as part of the Stroke Assn campaign, all welcome, just drop in.

BIG BREAKFAST: Emmanuel Church, Ilfracombe, for Traidcraft, fighting poverty through trade, 10am-12noon, all welcome.

ARTISTS & SCIENTISTS: Weekend of free events at Meeth Quarry, Devon Wildlife Trust reserve, on Saturday join a painter, poet & soil scientist in free activities using Meeth’s unique landscape, 11am-3pm, more info

EASTER BINGO: Northam Leisure Centre, eyes down 2.15pm, for the Royal British Legion, all welcome.

LIVE MUSIC: The White Lion, Braunton, with Julian Langer, from 8.30pm.


ARTISTS & SCIENTISTS: Weekend of free events at Meeth Quarry, Devon Wildlife Trust reserve, on Sunday search for mammals, amphibians & reptiles with the experts, plus music workshop with drumming and animal songs, 11am-3pm, more info

OKINAWAN KARATE: Studio 20, Ilfracombe High Street, weekly 10.30am-12noon, 12 years and above, teacher Glyn Jones 6th Dan, Japan/Okinawa taught & graded, beginners or advanced, spectators welcome, info 07581 076077 or

BIDEFORD SERVICES: St Mary’s Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Communion, all welcome.

BRAUNTON SERVICE: St Brannocks Church, Parish Eucharist 9.45am, followed by coffee at St Brannocks Rooms; 6.30pm Informal Service, St Brannocks. St Anne’s, Saunton, Said Eucharist 8.30am.

QUIZ NIGHT: For North Devon Cancer Care, Lacey’s Ale & Cider House, Mill Street, Bideford, 8pm, info 01237 473798.

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

TAI CHI: Ilfracombe Trinity Rooms, Church Road, 10.15-11.15am, all welcome.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Rough Tor CP Bodmin, 10.45am Brown Willy, King Arthur’s Hall, Louden Hill, 9 miles, info 01271 376274/863727 or

RIVER TEIGN WALK: With Taw & Exmoor branch of British Naturalists, meet Steps Bridge on the B3212 10.30am, (may wish to car share), more info Brian Sims 01271 343607.

CARNIVAL QUIZ NIGHT: The Dolphin Inn, Combe Martin, 7 for 7.30pm, £2 per head, teams up to six, please book on 01271 883424, fundraising for Combe Martin Carnival 2014.

FREE TRAIN RIDE: Free residents’ day at Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, Woody Bay Station, just bring proof of residency.

ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR: The Cedars, Bickington, 10am-4pm, adm free, collection taken for RNLI, info 01805 622794.

FOLK LAUNCH PARTY: EP launch for Far North District featuring Chris Millington, Ye Olde George & Dragon, Combe Martin, 8pm, free entry.

DUCKLESS DUCK RACE: March Madness at Way’s Yard, Pathfield estate, South Molton, free adm from 12.30pm, vintage vehicle display, children’s colouring competition display, refreshments & stalls, for South Molton Vintage Rally Club, info 01271 378019 or 07974 026060.

QUIZ NIGHT: Woolsery Hall, teams of up to four, £3pp inc food, 7.30pm, hosted by Bideford NFU, all welcome, book on 01237 451627.

TABLE TOP SALE: For Torridge Scouts, Bideford Football Club 10am-2pm, stalls inc tombola, raffle, plants, Slimming World & many more.


TABLE TOP SALE: Doves Christian Centre, grounds of St Peter’s Church, Barnstaple, weekly, 9.30am-12.30pm, for Trees of Hope Sanctuary for women in the Gambia.

APPLEDORE ART GROUP: Every Monday, Appledore Community hall, 10am-12noon, beginners very welcome, more info Cyril Williams 01237 425541.

FUN QUIZ NIGHT: The White Hart, Bideford, 7.30pm, cash & prizes, £1 per person, supporting local charities.

BEFRIENDERS: Drop-in centre for over 65s, Christian Fellowship Church, Ilfracombe High Street, 10.30am-12pm, info 07818 650566.

TAI CHI & QIGONG: Weekly classes, Blue Lights Hall, Appledore, 7.30-9pm, all welcome, info 07747 833490.

APPLEDORE SINGERS: Weekly rehearsal, Appledore Primary School 7.15-9pm, new members welcome, more info Jenny Cawsey 01237 424982.

MODERN JIVE CLASSES: Classes, Ex-services & Social Club, Barnstaple, 8-11pm, info 07817 144292.

TAI CHI: Adult Learning Centre, Ilfracombe, 10.30-11.30am, all welcome.

BRAUNTON CAMERA CLUB: St Brannocks Rooms, Georgeham Cross, for winter programme, 7.30pm, all welcome, info

HEADLANDS ART GROUP: Every week at Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall, 1.30pm, new members welcome, info 01237 478223.

AIKIDO CLUB: Bucks Cross Village Hall, 7.30-9pm for adults, 01237 441527.

COMBE MARTIN WI: The Baptist Hall, 7.30pm.

GUNSWELL LANE: One mile walk with South Molton Striders, all welcome, meet SM Square 10.30am, more info 01769 574179.

ENCOUNTER: Ladies Meeting, at Beach Café, 6, Westbourne Terrace, Westward Ho! 7-9pm, speakers Bev Bedford, entry £4.50 inc dessert & coffee.


HAPPY HOUR TUESDAY: New weekly fellowship meeting at Barnstaple Salvation Army hall, Oakleigh Road, 2.30pm, all welcome.

FUN & FELLOWSHIP: Bideford Salvation Army, Bideford Baptist Church Upper Hall, 2-3.30pm.

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

BIDEFORD OAPS: Number 1 branch, Lavington Church Hall, 2.15pm, all over 60 welcome to meet, chat and enjoy entertainment.

FEEL BETTER WITH A BOOK: Weekly reading group with a difference, Ilfracombe Library 2-3.30pm, listen to stories & poems read aloud, share your thoughts with others, no reading required! No need to book, just drop in, all welcome.

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

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

BIDEFORD STROKE SUPPORT GROUP: Copps Close common room. 10.30am-12.30pm, has your speech been affected by a stroke? Small, friendly group which meets to chat. Info 07713 629774.

ON THE CARDS: Have Fun, Learn Bridge, Bishops Tawton Village Hall, 3-5pm, more info Carol on 01271 343394.

SEE HEAR CENTRE: Drop-in session 9am-5pm, equipment, information and advice for people with sight or hearing loss, at 19a Alexandra Rd, Barnstaple, 01271 373236.

BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: Inc modern sequence, qualified teacher, Filleigh Village Hall, every Tues & Wed, all welcome, call 01769 572384 for more details & class times.

KNIT & NATTER: Costa Coffee, Barnstaple High Street, informal and friendly group with knitters and crocheters of all ages and abilities, every Tuesday from 5.15-7.30pm.

SALSA DANCING: St Peter’s Church Hall, Fremington, weekly, 7.30pm, info 01271 860145.

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.

BOWLS: Appledore Short Mat Bowling Club, weekly at Appledore Community Hall, 7pm.

PAINTING & DRAWING CLASSES: St Anne’s Chapel, Barnstaple, 1-3pm, info 07831 493326.

TAI CHI: Drop in lesson for beginners, Imperial Hotel, Ilfracombe, 3-4pm, all welcome.

SOCIAL TENNIS: Every Tuesday and Thursday, Ilfracombe Tennis Club, Bicclescombe Park, 9.30am-12.30pm, with refreshment break, all welcome, call 07879 882877 or email for more information.

VINTAGE MARKET: Torrington Pannier Market, handmade crafts, foods, retro & vintage clothes, lace, jewellery & more.

BINGO: Appledore Football Club, eyes down at 7.30pm. All proceeds to North Devon Hospice.

BRIDGE MEETING: Fremington Parish Hall, 2-4.30pm, every Tuesday, all welcome, call 01271 327645 for more info.

BOWLS: Kingsley Indoor Bowls Club, Edwards Drive, Westward Ho!, new members welcome, equipment & coaching supplied, info 01237 472507.

BIDEFORD CAMERA CLUB: The Youth Centre, The Pill, Bideford, weekly 7.30-10pm, all welcome, for more info call Carole 01237 423242.

MARKET DAY: Bideford Pannier Market 8am-3pm.

YOGA: Bideford Methodist Hall, beginners 5.45pm, intermediate 7.30, info 07968 898847.

STRICTLY SALSA: Every Tuesday, Barnstaple Conservative Club, Boutport Street, absolute beginners 7.20pm, beginners 7.45pm, improvers 8.30pm, info 07816 614658.

WESTWARD HO! WALK: Part of Walking for Health programme, meet Co-Op bus stop Nelson Road 10.30am, more info 01237 421528.

OCEANVIEW COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB: Braddicks Pier House, Westward Ho!, 8.15-11pm, live music with Kalibre, all welcome, info 01805 601495.

REME ASSOCIATION: North Devon Branch monthly meeting, Appledore Social Club, 7.30pm, just come along and meet fellow REME members or call Doug Spiller on (01237) 424946 for info ILFRACOMBE MEMORY CAFE: Candar Common Room, 2-4pm, last Tues each month, relaxed & social place for people with memory problems, friends & family. Health/social care workers available with support or advice, or just drop in for a chat & cuppa, info North Devon Voluntary services on (01271) 866300.

TORRIDGE TUESDAYS: A new group which meets at the Blue Lights Hall, Appledore, to socialise, host speakers, craft and fund raise, on the last Tuesday each month, 7-9pm, all welcome, call Linda on 01237 429683 or Ruth 07977 184897 for information.

CONCERT: Barnstaple Keyboard & Light Music Club, Roundswell Community Centre, 7.45pm, with Chris Stanbury from Surrey, all welcome.

ROYAL AIR FORCES ASSOCIATION: Monthly meeting, Wrafton Legion Hall, 7.30 for 8pm.

ILFRACOMBE WALKERS: Meet Lidl car park to care share to Brendon, 9.30am, walk to Rockford, all welcome, more info 01271 862342.

NORTHAM FAMILY PROJECT: Open meeting for new project to provide activities for people in the Morwenna area, 4-7pm, the Happy Café, Westward Ho! all welcome.


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

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

FUN QUIZ NIGHT: The Ebberley Arms, Barnstaple, 8.30pm, cash & prizes, £1 per person, supporting local charities.

BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: Filleigh Village Hall, every Tues & Wed, all welcome, call 01769 572384 for more details & class times.

TARKA HEALING GROUP: Bideford Arts Centre, The Quay, 2.45-4.45pm, SNU approved and trainee healers, info 01805 624215.

MUSIC FOR YOU: Appledore Community hall, 2.30pm, tea and coffee, all welcome.

REJOICE THE VOICE: Choir rehearsal, Castle Centre, Barnstaple, 7.15-9pm, info

MODERN JIVE CLASSES: Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple. 7.30pm-10pm. Beginners and intermediates, info 07817 144292.

BIDEFORD FOLK DANCE CLUB: Northam Hall, 7.30pm, new members welcome, info 01237 423554.

TAI CHI: St Brannocks Rooms, Braunton, 7-8pm, all welcome.

BIDEFORD JIVE: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 8-11pm, for all who want to dance, instruction available, all welcome.

BIDEFORD PHOENIX MORRIS: Baptist Church, Mill Street, 8pm, weekly practise, new members or musicians welcome, info 01237 473798.

BRAUNTON SERVICE: St Brannocks Parish Church, Said Eucharist 10am.

BIDEFORD WALK: Short walk around Victoria Park, meet every Wednesday at Café du Parc, part of Torridge Walk & Talk (Walking for Health), all welcome, more info Steve 01237 421528.

YOGA: Lavington Hall, Bideford 9.45am, info 07968 898847.

COFFEE MORNING: With charity collections, every Wednesday, the Fox & Hounds, Fremington, 9am-12noon.

NORTH DEVON HUMANISTS MEETING: Fremington Parish Hall annex, 7.30pm, more info (01237) 474225 or 477851, all welcome.

BIDEFORD PROBUS CLUB: The Royal Hotel, East-the-Water, 10.15am, info 01237 473337.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Mortehoe CP, 11am Morte Point, Bull Point, Bennets Mouth (steep in places), 6 miles, info 01271 376274/863727 or

QUIZ: The Coaching Inn, South Molton, 7 for 7.30pm, £5 pp inc buffet, all welcome.

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