Events around North Devon from 13/3/14 to 19/3/14.


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

SWEENEY TODD: Barnstaple Operatic Society presents its take on the hit musical at the Queen’s Theatre, show start 7.30pm, tickets/info from 01271 324242. Also Fri & Sat.

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 London Inn car park, Caen St, Braunton, plus 2-4pm outside Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe.

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.

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: Meet Barnstaple Bus Stn, Stand J Bus 118, 11am Torrington opposite church, Tarka Trail to Bideford, 6.5 miles, info 01271 376274/863727 or

ROUNDSWELL RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATION: Note change of details. All welcome from 7pm, but to attend please call Graham Turner on 01271 314851.

COFFEE MORNING: Beaford Methodist Chapel, 10-am-12noon, plus cake stall, for North Devon Hospice, all welcome.


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.

SWEENEY TODD: Barnstaple Operatic Society presents its take on the hit musical at the Queen’s Theatre, show start 7.30pm, tickets/info from 01271 324242. Also Sat.

DEVONSHIRE ASSOCIATION: Bideford branch talk ‘Devon – a perceptual history’, with Prof Peter Howard, at the Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, 2pm, more info 01237 459224.

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.

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

COFFEE MORNING: Eastleigh Care Home, Raleigh Meadow, South Molton, from 10.30am, Time for a Cuppa event for Dementia Care UK, all welcome.


SWEENEY TODD: Barnstaple Operatic Society presents its take on the hit musical at the Queen’s Theatre, Saturday matinee 2.30pm plus evening show 7.30pm, tickets/info from 01271 324242.

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.

DEVON FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY: (North Devon Branch) Meeting, Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 2-4pm, info on 01237 451305.

BINGO: 1-2-3 lines every game, Northam Hall (former scout hall), for North Devon Hospice, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome.

BRAUNTON BREATHE EASY: Group meet, Heanton Punchardon Church Hall, 2-4pm, for anyone affected by a lung condition or their carers, more info 01271 813240.

SPRING FLOWER SHOW: RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, Sat & Sun, info‎ or call 01805 624067.

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY: Musical comedy revue at Bradworthy Memorial Hall for Children’s Hospice & Devon Air Ambulance, 7.30pm, tickets £6 inc ploughmans supper from 01409 241119.

ATLANTIC JIVE FREESTYLE: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 8.30pm-midnight, £5 on door, info 07592 766871.

JUMBLE SALE: Bishops Tawton Village Hall, 2-4pm, for the Families in Grief charity, clothes, books, bric-a-brac & cake stall, all welcome.

ST PATRICK’S DAY QUIZ: Bucks Cross Village Hall, £5 PP to inc supper, BYOD & glasses, 7.30pm, info 01237 429388.

JUMBLE SALE: Black Torrington Village Hall, 2pm.

COMBE MARTIN FARMERS MARKET: The Village Hall, 9.30am-12noon.

CHARITY DANCE: Hawkridge, dancing to Ben, bring-and-share, 8pm-midnight, for the village church, all welcome.

WINDY CROSS SINGERS: In concert at Umberleigh Christian Fellowship, 7pm, admission free including a finger buffet after, collection will be taken for the Devon Flood Fund, all welcome.
COFFEE MORNING: Braunton Bowling Club, Chaloners Road, 9.30-11.30am, tombola, tea & coffee, bacon rolls, raffle, various stalls inc cakes, jewellery, books jigsaws & more, all welcome, adm 20p.

PUB QUIZ: Bideford Angling Club, 8pm, teams of 3-6, £2 per player, all welcome, all entry money goes into prize fund, more info 01237 477996.

SPRING FLOWERS: Barnstaple Library hosts flower arranging workshop with Barnstaple Floral Art Club, create a beautiful arrangement to take home, plus advice and handy tips, £5 per person inc materials & refreshments, booking in advance on 01271 388724.

BINGO: Combe Martin Bowling Club, 7.30pm.

CHARITY DANCE: Goodleigh Village Hall, 7.30-11.30pm, dancing to Bett and Audrey, bring-and-share, adm £3.50, all welcome.

JUMBLE SALE: Magdalene Lawn Common Room, Barnstaple, from 10am, all welcome.

TABLE TOP/BABY SALE: Abbotsham Village Hall, various stalls plus baby accessories, 11am-1pm, for Abbotsham Toddlers, all welcome.


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, 11.30am Children’s Church, 7pm Taize, all welcome.

BRAUNTON SERVICE: St Brannocks Church, Said Eucharist 8.30am, Parish Eucharist 9.45am, followed by coffee at St Brannocks Rooms; 6.30pm Service of Reflection, St Brannocks. St Anne’s, Saunton, Eucharist 11am.

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 Robbers Bridge CP, 10.30am Broom Street, Culborne Church, Porlock Weir, nine miles, info 01271 376274/863727 or

DAFFODIL DAY: Hartland Abbey, 11am-4pm, enjoy the many daffs and early spring flowers already in full bloom, plenty of walks, to enjoy, dogs very welcome, with light lunches, refreshments & cream teas available at the Tea Room, house open 12noon-3pm, info or call 01237 441234 or 441496.

SUNDAY LUNCH: Hartland Village Hall, roast beef & all the trimming, plus vegetarian option, home made puds, cheese & biscuits, from 12noon, all proceeds to hall funds, £9 for adults, licensed bar & raffle, booking on 01237 441550.

LIVE MUSIC: Charmaine Lily playing live acoustic at Larkstone Café, Ilfracombe, from 1pm. Free entry but lunch bookings on 01271 269240.

CEDARS BIG BAND: In Concert, the Cedars Inn, Barnstaple, 8pm, free entry.


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.

FREMINGTON BINGO: The Parish Hall, eyes down 7.30pm, for Instow & District Friendship Club, all welcome.

GREAT HELE FARM: Walk with South Molton Striders, meet SM Square 10.30am, two miles, more info 01769 572506.

THE MONDAY GROUP: North Devon Diabetes Support Group, Roundswell Community Hall, Barnstaple, 10.30am, talk with Dr Angus Jones ‘Progression from diet to insulin’, all welcome, adm free.


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, 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: 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.

ILFRACOMBE WALKERS: Meet 9.30am Lidl car park, for car share to Lee, walk to Damage Barton & Bennetts Mouth, all welcome, more info 01271 862342.

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

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY (WLS): Friends group, meets United Community Centre, Northam, 7-9pm, third Tues each month. More info 01237 424223.

TORRINGTON WALK: Part of Walking for Health programme, meet Torrington Puffing Billy 10.30am, more info 01237 421528.

HEARING LOSS SUPPORT GROUP: Meet third Tues every Month, The Bickford Centre, South Street, Torrington, 2pm, all welcome.

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

MUSICAL MEMORIES: The Vision Centre, Slade, Ilfracombe, for people with Alzheimers/memory problems & their carers, first & third Tues of the month, 2-4pm, free parking, all welcome, more info 01271 863944 or 882927.

CONCERT: Bideford Keyboard & Organ Club, Methodist Church Hall, High Street, 7.30pm, adm £3 members, £5 visitors.

JAZZ: At the Fox, Fremington, 7.30-10pm, adm free, all welcome, continues on alternate Tuesdays.

AGM: North Devon Archaeological Society, Castle Centre, Castle Street, Barnstaple, AGM 7pm, followed by An Exmoor Update: New Findings & New Projects with Rob Wilson-North of Exmoor NPA. All welcome, visitor adm £2.50.


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.

INSTOW WALK: Two mile walk, meet fortnightly by kiosk Sandhills car park 11am, part of Torridge Walk & Talk (Walking for Health), all welcome, more info Steve 01237 421528.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Westward Ho! Bus Terminus, 11.15am Either Appledore (four miles) or Bideford (7.5 miles). Opt lunch, info 01271 376274/863727 or

BEES & BEEKEEPING: Fremington Garden Club meeting, the Parish hall 7.30pm, talk by Tony Wright from North Devon school of country beekeeping, adm £1 members, £1.50 guests, refreshments included.