North Devon events from 08/12/16 to 14/12/16


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, £4, 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.

BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, 7.45pm Senior Band. More info 01237 475653.

BARNSTAPLE CAMERA CLUB: Weekly 7.30pm Sticklepath Methodist Hall, Rhododendron Avenue, 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.

CLANGERS, BAGPUSS & CO: New exhibition, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, on tour from the VA Museum of childhood, meet the much loved characters, find out how the shows were made.

OPEN CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION: The Burton Art Gallery, chance for amateur and professional artists to exhibit together, runs until December 24.

NORTHAM MEN'S FORUM: Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, Northam. 10.15am to 12 noon, info John on 01237 459757, up until December 15.

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.

RAMBLERS WALK: Mortehoe CP, 10.30am, Coast path-Bennetts Mouth-Damage Barton, 5.5 miles info 01271 376274/07720 203737.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE & CAROL SERVICE: Barnstaple Pannier Market, opening 6.30pm by the mayor, host of stalls, community carol service 6.45pm, 7.30pm The Military Wives Choir.


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.

LUNCH CLUB: Happy Café, Westward Ho!, £4.50 for two set courses, served from 1-2pm, booking essential on 07773 679559.

BINGO: Sticklepath School, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, jackpot, liners & meat prizes, for local charities, all welcome.

OUT AND ABOUT: Community minibus trips for the Torridge area, to join in call Karl on 01271 549680.

TONY FINNEY: Solo set at The Champ, Appledore, 9pm.

BUSH PIG: Live music at The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm.

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 Holy Communion.

THE RIVALS: Live music at The Palladium Club, Bideford.

CRAFT, CHAT & COFFEE: Kingsley Hall, 10am-12noon, every second and fourth Friday, all welcome, info 01237 421274/422492.

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Help and advice from mobile unit, Bradworthy Square 10-11.30am; Woolsery Hall 12noon-1.30pm; Northam Bone Hill car park 2.30-4pm.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: Big Lunch event, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 10am-12noon, coffee, cake and chat, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS IN COMBE MARTIN: Evening stalls, carol singers, crafts and produce, Borough Road car park.

BIRDWATCHING BONANZA: Meet park and ride, Park School, Barnstaple, 9.15am, with Taw & Exmoor branch of British Naturalists, info Brian 01271 343607.


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.

CAR BOOT SALE: Weekly, Bideford football ground, 8-11am, info 07724 168119.

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

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

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

LIVE MUSIC: Doc Malfait and The Intemperants, The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm.

SPACED INVADERS: Live music at The Palladium Club, Bideford.

FOOD & CRAFT MARKETS: The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, 9am-1pm, on Saturday 3, 10 & 17 plus Wednesday 21.

WOOLLY'S WINTER WONDERLAND: Christmas at The Big Sheep, indoor play area, rides, meet Santa & much more, every weekend plus daily from December 17-24.

TAW & TORRIDGE EMBROIDERERS' GROUP: Sticklepath Methodist Hall, second Saturday each month, 10am-3pm, friendly and supportive, join us for a free taster, info 01237 421341.

CHRISTMAS BINGO: 1-2-3 lines every game, Northam Community Centre, for ND Intensive Care, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: Bideford Liberal Democrats, High Street, 10am-12noon, all welcome.

CREATIVE WRITING: Group at Bideford Library, every second Sat with publisher Nikki Brownson, 2-4pm, all welcome, no charge.

CONCERT: Two Rivers Wind Ensemble, St Mary's Church, Bideford, 7.30pm.

TABLE TOP SALE: Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, 11am-1pm.

CAROLS: With Bideford Town Band, Mill Street, 10.30am-12noon.

SONIC FUSION: Littleham Village Hall, doors 8pm, tickets £8 at door or £6 from 07791 784467.


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

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. Contact Maureen 07999 445489.

OPEN MIC/QUIZ NIGHT: The Joiners Arms, Bideford, open mic 3-6pm, quiz 9pm.

BIDEFORD AREA SERVICES: St Mary's Church, Bideford. 8am Holy Communion; 10am All Age Service; 11am Holy Communion. St George's, Monkleigh, 9.30am Parish Communion. Holy Trinity, Weare Giffard, 9.30am Morning Praise. Holy Trinity, Landcross, 11.15am Parish Communion. St Swithun's, Littleham, 6pm Evensong.

BRAUNTON SERVICES: 9.45am Parish Eucharist St Brannock's Church; 8.30am Said Eucharist, St Anne's, Saunton.

AN EVENING: With Crosby Steals My Hash, live music at The Palladium Club, Bideford.

RAMBLERS WALK: North Down Plantation Nr Eggesford, 10.30am, Higher and Lower Bransgrove-Hollocombe, 8 miles info 01271 376274/07720 203737.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: Concert at St Mary's Church, Appledore, 4pm.

LESSONS & CAROLS: Service at Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho! 10.30am.

FUNDRAISER: Wellbeing, Psychic and Gifts event at Bideford Angling Club, Honestone Street, 10am-4pm, free entry, raffle, proceeds to Children's Hospice South West and animal charity, various stalls inc reiki, tarot, tea leaves, chocolate, crystals, massage, nail wraps and more.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Eggesford Garden Centre, 11am-4pm, more than 25 stalls, plenty of gift ideas.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Lynmouth Pavilion and seafront, 15 indoors stalls of arts, crafts & gifts plus 15 outside with produce, Christmas trees and seasonal gifts, 10am-4pm, free entry and raffle.


APPLEDORE SINGERS: Appledore Baptist Church, all ladies welcome, 7.15-9pm, more info 01237 420652.

WAR GAMING CLUB: Weekly at St Johns Hall, Barnstaple Tesco (Rose Lane), from 7pm, and multiple systems supported inc War Hammer, X-Wing & Infinity.

WHIST DRIVE: Weekly, Griggs Close, Northam, new players very welcome, £1 to include tea, raffle and laughter, 7pm.

BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, 6.30pm beginners and Training Band; 7.45pm Senior Band. More info 01237 475653.

APPLEDORE ART GROUP: Friendly group meets 10am weekly, Appledore Community Hall, attendance £2 inc refreshment, all very welcome, more info 01237 425541.

BRAUNTON CAMERA CLUB: Weekly, The Fortescue House Club, Wrafton Road, Braunton, 7.30-10pm, call 01271 379940 or visit

APPLEDORE TAI CHI: Weekly, Blue Lights Hall, 7.30-9pm, info Alex 07747 833490.

LET'S DANCE JIVE: Ex-Services Club, St Georges Road, Barnstaple, beginners 8pm, improvers 9.30pm, until 11. Info Sue 07817 144292.

ROLL UPS: Indoor bowls, North Devon Leisure Centre, Barnstaple, 9.30am-12noon, also Friday, all welcome.

TORRINGTON CRAFT GROUP: Meets weekly 1-4pm Methodist Church Hall, info Jeanne 01805 622650.

OPEN MIC: The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 8-11pm.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With Bideford Town Band, The Royal Hotel, 7.45pm, tickets from 01237 475653.

TAW & TORRIDGE CAMERA CLUB: Meets most Mondays, Sticklepath Methodist Church Hall, Rhododendron Avenue, Barnstaple, 7.30pm info

BIDEFORD STAMP CLUB: Christmas special, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 7.30pm, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS BINGO: Fremington Parish Hall, 7.30pm, adm by ticket only, for prostate cancer.


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

HAPPY HOUR TUESDAY: Weekly fellowship meeting at Barnstaple Salvation Army hall, Oakleigh Road, 2-3.30pm.

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

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.

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.

BRIDGE GROUP: Fremington Parish Hall, 2-4.30pm, every Tuesday, all welcome, call 01271 345520 for more info.

BEGINNERS BRIDGE: Bishops Tawton Village Hall, every Tuesday, 2-4pm, info 01271 343394.

FUN QUIZ: The Chill Bar, Ilfracombe, 9pm, plus raffle, proceeds to Ilfracombe play park equipment.

BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, 6.30pm beginners and Training Band. More info 01237 475653.

HEALING: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, by SNU trained healers, 10-11.45am, all welcome.

FOLK OPEN MIC: The Champ, Appledore, 7.30pm.

BOWLING: Free indoor coaching, Kingsley Bowling Club, Westward Ho!, weekly, info 01237 472507.

QUIZ A CHRISTIAN: Appledore Baptist Church, 7.30pm, come along with any questions for an informal chat over coffee and cake, all welcome.

BINGO: Ex-services & Social Club, St Georges Road, Barnstaple, 8pm, members & signed in guests.

SILVER SPURS: Square Dance Club, student night, St John's Community Centre, Barnstaple Tesco (Rose Lane), 7-9pm.

CHUNKY'S BINGO: Marlborough Court, Bideford, 7.15pm, all cash prizes, for Roundswell Kidney Unit.

MEMORY GROUP: Weekly, Barnstaple Library, for those with memory loss and their carers, listen to stories and poems and relax, 10.30am-12noon.

OCEAN VIEW: Weekly, Country Music Club, Alverdiscott Village Hall, live music with Capricorn, 8.15-11pm.

SERVICE: Holy Communion, St Mary's Parish Church, Bideford, every Tuesday 10.30am.

BIDEFORD CAMERA CLUB: Chubb Churchill Hall 7.30pm, info

ROCK POP CHOIR: Weekly, Bishops Tawton Village Hall, 7.30pm, first session free, info Jax 07891 813474.

BINGO: The Vision Centre, Slade, Ilfracombe, doors 6.30pm, start 7.45, cash prizes, parking, for local charities and groups, all welcome.

CAROLS: With Bideford Town Band at Tesco Extra, Barnstaple, 6pm.

SINGALONG-A-LIBRARY: Barnstaple Library, a group for anyone who wants to sing for fun, every second Tuesday, 2-3.30pm, more info 01271 388593.

TORRIDGE TUESDAYS: A group which meets in Appledore, to socialise, host speakers, craft & fundraise, second Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm, all welcome, call Ruth on 07977 184897 for info.

BARNSTAPLE UKULELE GROUP: Now every second Tues, The Corner House, Joy Street, 7.30-9.30pm, any standard welcome, very friendly, informal club, more info on 07876 028331.

INSTOW ESTUARY: Walk, part of Torridge Walk & Talk, meet Sandhills car park entrance 10.30am, all welcome, info 01237 421528.

DEVON BIRDS: Members' evening, Castle Centre, Castle Street, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, adm £3 inc tea/coffee, mince pie, all welcome, info 01237 452167.

CHRISTMAS POULTRY: Whist drive, Chittlehampton Village Hall, 7.45pm, all welcome.


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.

ARTS & CRAFTS: Drop in session at Happy Café, Westward Ho! 10am-1pm, free, call 07773 679559.

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

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

BALLROOM & LATIN: Beginners sessions, Chittlehamholt Parish Hall, 6.30pm, info 01769 550899.

QUIZ A CHRISTIAN: Appledore Baptist Church, 3pm, come along with any questions for an informal chat over coffee and cake, all welcome.

BIDEFORD JIVE: Every Wednesday, Pollyfield Community Centre, all profits to charity, 8.30-11pm, beginners 8.30-9, intermediate 9.30-10, all welcome, more info 07968 053118.

JIVE: For absolute beginners, 7-8pm, Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple. Info Sue 07817 144292.

LET'S DANCE JIVE: Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, beginners 8pm, improvers 9.30pm, until 10.30. Info Sue 07817 144292.

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.

RAMBLERS WALK: Bple bus stn no 21C, 9.30am, Croyde Bridge--Saunton Down-Croyde, 4.5 miles info 01271 376274/07720 20373.

TEA WITH FRIENDS: St Mary's Church, Bideford, 2pm.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: Trinity Rooms, Ilfracombe (by parish church), 10.30am, with Ilfracombe Ladies Choir and Elizabeth Kemp's Christmas draw, refreshments, crafts, cakes & preserves.

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Help and advice from mobile unit, Shebbear Square 10-11.30am; Sheepwash Square 12noon-1.30pm; Dolton Rams Head 2.30-4pm.

BARNSTAPLE BLOOMERS: Institute meeting, Barnstaple Library Henry Williamson Room, 6-8pm, new members welcome, info 01271 372542.