Seasonal events large and small from 12/12/13 to 18/12/13.


LIGHT UP A LIFE: Services at Grosvenor Church, Barnstaple, and The Bethel, East-the-Water, Bideford, both 7pm. For both hospices.

SHELTER BOX MUSIC NIGHT: Fund raising for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Woolacombe Village Hall, with numerous artists including Anchors Aweigh, Small Town Jones, The Rum Strummers, Scott Xander Linn, Jenna and more, BYOB, free entry, please show support.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL & FAYRE: Northam Methodist Church, Cross Street. Runs until Sunday. Dec 12 - viewing until 6pm, with Men’s Forum Carol Service 11am, 2.15pm Thursday Fellowship; Dec 13 – Viewing 2-6pm; Dec 14 - Fayre & viewing from 10am; Dec 15 – Special ‘Tree’ Service 10.30am.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: Thursday to Saturday, Lavington Church, Bridgeland Street, Bideford, 10am-4pm, organ music, lights refreshments, adm free. Same times each day.

DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREES: Competition at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, runs until Jan 5, open to all, use natural materials to decorate your tree – numbers limited, register early on 01805 626800.

OPEN CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION: Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, annual Friends of Burton fund raiser, showcase of local artists, amateurs and professionals alike, runs until Dec 22. More info 01237 471455 or

CAROL CONCERT: Annual Ilfracombe Academy concert at St Philip and St James Church, 7.30pm.

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.

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.

INFORMAL ART SESSIONS: Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, 1.30-4.30pm, info from David 07964 250436.

NORTHAM MEN’S FORUM: Christmas Carol Concert at Northam Methodist Church, with St Margaret’s School, 10.30am for refreshments at church hall, concert at 11, 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 London Inn car park, Caen St, Braunton, plus 2-4pm outside Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe.

CAROLS AT ASDA: With Bideford Town Band, Asda, Atlantic Village, 6pm.

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.

TAP DANCING: Steps Ahead, Abbotsham Village Hall, 7-8pm, info 07906 930955.

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, 7-9pm for adults, 01237 441527.

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.

DISH OF THE DAY: Happy Café, Golf Links Road, Westward Ho!, 12.30-2pm, £3, no booking required.

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

BARNSTAPLE CAMERA CLUB: Meets every Thursday, Sticklepath Methodist Church, Rhododendron Avenue, 7.30pm, info/programme


LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICE: Torrington Methodist Church, 7pm, for both hospices.

‘PEBBLE TRANSPORT AT ABBOTSHAM’: Devonshire Association talk with Ralph Brayne, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, 2pm, refreshments, all welcome, info 01237 459224.

CHRISTMAS PRIZE BINGO: The Vision Centre, Ilfracombe, 7.30m for 8pm, refreshments plus Giant Christmas Raffle, raising money for Ilfracombe Tornados Cheerleading Squad.

CHARITY WAXATHON: The Aggi, Braunton, 8pm, brave male volunteers wanted, wax strips in exchange for donations! For POPSI and North Devon Precious Hearts baby charities, raffle with great prizes, more info Kay on 07854 121055 or

MACMILLAN CAROLS CONCERT: Christ Church, Bear St, Barnstaple, with Barnstaple Jubilee Singers, organist Stuart Mair and children from Pilton Bluecoat Academy Choir, 7pm. Hosted by Barnstaple committee of Macmillan Cancer Support, tickets £5 at door (u14s free), or from Mark Parkhouse Antiques & Jewellery, Boutport St.

FESTIVE FRIDAY: Bideford Pannier Market, 8am-3pm.

BUMPER CHRISTMAS BINGO: Yarnscombe Victory Hall, fresh meat and poultry prizes, eyes down 7.45pm, all welcome. Please note: No bingo on Dec 27.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: Festive refreshments at Barnstaple Library, 10.30am-1pm, with Swimbridge School Choir, the Dogs Helping Kids team, plus folk from the Queen’s Theatre, all welcome.

WALK: 155 walk Meshaw to South Molton, with SM Striders, meet SM Square for 9.48am bus, info 01769 573258.

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.

HAPPY CAFÉ: Friday Lunch Club, Golf links Road, Westward Ho!, 1pm, three courses for £6, booking essential on 07773 679559. Café usual opening times Thursdays and Fridays 10.30am-2.30pm for drinks, light snacks & cakes. Takeaway available.

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.

TAI CHI: Classes, Instow Parish Hall, weekly 6.30-7.30pm, info 01271 867236.

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

50s ROCK ‘N’ ROLL: Barnstaple Conservative Club, 8-11pm, free entry.


BIG CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: Northam Village Hall, 10am-4pm, free entry and parking, more than 20 stalls including cupcakes, bunting, jewellery, cards, crochet, personalised embroidery and much more. Hosted by B-Spoque. Festive food, tea & coffee, all welcome.

LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICE: Bideford Pannier Market, 6pm.

MESSY CHURCH: Barnstaple Baptist Church, with Nativity fancy dress, breakfast, activities, songs and more, 9.30-11.30am, more info 01271 343247.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: St John the Baptist, Bishops Tawton, 10am-4pm plus Sunday 2-4pm and 6.30pm Sunday concert, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS BARN DANCE: Bursledon Village Band, with caller John Blackburn, at the Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 8pm, bring-and-share, all welcome, more info 01237 476632.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: Concert with seasonal local singers, carols old and new, at St George’s, Georgeham, 7.30pm, retiring collection.

TAW & TORRIDGE EMBROIDERERS’ GROUP: Sticklepath Methodist Church Hall, looking for new skills, why not come along for a taster? 10am-3pm, info (01271) 812995.

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

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

CAROL CONCERT: Barnstaple Male Voice Choir, St Peter’s Church, Barnstaple, 7pm, for Devon Air Ambulance, with Lampard Community School Choir, tickets £5, U16s free, all welcome.

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

LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICE: Bideford Pannier Market, 6pm, for both hospices.

THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS: RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, meet Father Christmas’ favourite elf and the Christmas Tree Fairy, with stories and songs, children of all ages welcome, 11am, 1 & 2pm, normal garden adm applies. Also Sunday. Info

CHARITY DANCE: Filleigh Village Hall, dancing to Bett and Audrey, 7.30-11.30pm, bring-and-share, for the Chemo Appeal, Adm £3.50.

CHRISTMAS CHARITY CONCERT: With Ilfracombe LaLa Choir, Emmanuel Church, 8pm, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Fairlea Residential Home, Chope Road, Northam, 2-4pm, Santa’s Grotto, cakes, sweets, Xmas puds, jams and pickles, games, lucky dip, entertainment, entry 50p inc mince pie and hot drink, children free.

CHRISTMAS TABLE TOP SALE: Medard House, Barnstaple, 10am-12noon, all welcome, sellers £5 a table, info/book on 01271 327394.

BABY & PRE-SCHOOL SALE: Church Hall, Duke Street, South Molton, 9.30am-2pm, tables £8, call Kate on 07933 496627.

CHRISTMAS FUN DAY: Quince Honey Farm. Free entry for members, or free for adults and children £3.95. Visit Santa, Christmas games, crafts and festive treats.

FROST FAYRE & CAROL CONCERT: Fayre from 3-8pm, with mass carol singalong at 5pm, Mill Street, Bideford, all singers welcome to go along and add their voices to the occasion, plus charity RSPCA auction with more than 100 lots.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY: Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, from 2.30pm, for 0 to 12 years (all children must be accompanied), £3 per child, including Santa’s Grotto with gift, bouncy castle, Bo Bo the Clown, arts and crafts fun, demo by Project Dance, refreshments for all ages, no need to book. Organised by Roundswell Residents’ Association.

CHRISTMAS PUB QUIZ: Bideford Angling Club, 8pm, teams of two to six, money taken goes in prize fund, all welcome.

MILL STREET CAROLS: With Bideford Town Band, 10.30am-12noon.

CHRISTMAS VINTAGE FAIR: Textiles, furniture, clothing, jewellery & homeware, gifts and decorations, Instow Parish Hall 10am-4pm, £1 adm, raising funds for ND Hospice. Visit

ISLEY MARSH: Taw & Exmoor branch of British Naturalists visit, meet 1pm at end Yelland power station road, info Brian Sims 01271 343607.

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

COFFEE POT SHOP: For over 55s, at the Conservatory, Sanctuary Housing, Water Lane Close, Newport, Barnstaple, 10.30am, refreshments from 50p.

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

STREETZ: Torrington dance crew at Golden Lion Inn, Barnstaple, every Sat from 12.30-2.30pm to teach street dancing to age eight-plus. First session free.

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


BIDEFORD CHURCH SERVICES: St Mary’s Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion; 10am Parish Communion with the Bishop of Crediton; 11am Children’s Church; 7pm Taize. All welcome.

ANTIQUE & COLLECTORS FAIR: Instow Parish hall, 10am-4pm, adm 20p supported RNiB, info 01271 812711.

CHRISTMAS FOOD AND GIFT FAIR: Eggesford Gardens, 11am-4pm, more than 25 stalls of produce and crafts, info

CANDLE LIGHT CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Holy Trinity Church, Atlantic Way, Westward Ho! 3pm, with The Appledore Band, retiring collection, all welcome.

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

TABLE TOP SALE: The Robins Nest, Bideford FC, for 1st Edgehill & Torridge scouts, 10am-1pm, stalls, raffle, refreshments and plenty of bargains, all welcome, info/book tables (£5) 01237 472131.

HOMEBASE CHRISTMAS MARKET: Barnstaple Homebase store, Rose Lane, from 2pm, plenty of stalls and plenty of variety, with local crafts, aromatherapy, Thai kitchen, Café Karumba and much more. Admission free, raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

CAROLS: Bideford Town Band carols at Atlantic Village, 2-3.30pm.

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 Parish Hall, Church Road, 10.15-11.15am, all welcome.

CAR BOOT SALE: Brannams Pottery, Barnstaple, every Sunday, 12noon-3pm, £1 parking, 50p on foot, info 07802 176993.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: Concert with seasonal local singers, carols old and new, at St Thomas a Becket Church, Puddington (near Witheridge), 3pm, inc tea in village hall after, tickets in advance from 01884 860510.

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: For CLIC Sargent, Tawstock Village Hall, 2.30-4.30pm, stalls inc fresh table decorations, door wreaths, Christmas fare, Kids Corner activities, draw, festive refreshments, contributions to cake/draw stall welcome, info 01769 560368 or 07568 146360.


MONDAY CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY: All over 60s in the Roundswell area invited to Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, from 2-4pm. Live music with country singer Roger Colome. Tickets £2 and available from 01271 327090.

CHRISTMAS BINGO: Parkham Village Hall, Christmas goodies, fresh chicken and turkey prizes, eyes down 7.30pm, all welcome.

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

FREMINGTON CHRISTMAS BINGO: The Parish Hall, admission is by ticket only.

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.

CAROLS: Bideford Town Band carols at Bideford Tesco, 6pm.

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: Ilfracombe Parish Hall, Church Road, 10.30-11.30am, all welcome.

SHORT WALK: With South Molton Striders, meet SM Square 10.30am, info 01769 574827.

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

CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT: For the Chemotherapy Appeal, with the Harmony Choir at Barnstaple Salvation Army Hall, 7pm, light refreshments, all welcome.


CHRISTMAS POULTRY WHIST DRIVE: Chittlehampton Village Hall, 7.45pm.

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

BOSPA: British Obesity Surgery Patient Assn, local group meeting, the Training Room, ASDA, Atlantic Village, Bideford, support organisation for anyone considering / has undergone weight loss surgery, 7-9pm, info 08456 020446.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING: RHS Garden Rosemoor shop, Torrington, 4-8pm, live Christmas music, food tastings and demonstrations, adm free, info

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.

BINGO: Brayford Village Hall in aid of Brayford Pre School. Eyes down 8pm, great prizes and refreshments also available.

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, every Tuesday, 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: Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall, weekly 7.30-10pm, all welcome, for more info call Carole 01237 423242.

BOSPA: British Obesity Surgery Patient Assn, local group meeting, the Training Room, ASDA, Atlantic Village, Bideford, support organisation for anyone considering / has undergone weight loss surgery, 7-9pm, info 08456 020446.

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


MEMORIAL CAROL SERVICE: Remember a loved one at Holy Trinity Church, Ilfracombe, special service for bereaved families organised by William Pearce and Sons, 6pm. All welcome. If possible please call 01271 862242 to confirm attendance.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Torrington South Street CP, 10.30am Nice & Easy. Local Paths, opt. lunch, 4.5 miles, info 01271 376274/863727 or

LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICE: St Anne’s Church, Bucks Mills, 7pm, for North Devon Hospice.

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

INFORMAL CAROL SERVICE: St Mary’s Church, Appledore, 7.30pm, all welcome to go along and enjoy a good sing.

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.

TAI CHI & QIGONG: Weekly classes, Bideford Arts Centre, 7.30-8.30pm, all welcome, info 07747 833490.

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