Events around north Devon from 15/05/14 to 21/05/14.


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.

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

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.

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

FEEL BETTER WITH A BOOK: Note – now on Thursdays. Weekly reading group with a difference, Ilfracombe Library 10-11.30am, listen to stories & poems read aloud, share your thoughts with others, no reading required! No need to book, just drop in, all welcome.

EUCHRE DRIVE: The Royal Hotel, Bude St, Appledore, 7.45pm, runs throughout the summer, for North Devon Hospice, all welcome.

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.

BARNSTAPLE CAMERA CLUB: Summer walks every Thursday, see programme at

HEALING: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, 7-8pm.

MERTON MEAL & MARKET: The Clinton Hall, Merton (A368 between Torrington/Okehampton), every Thursday, 9am-3pm, stalls £4, contact

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.

COFFEE MORNING: Plus table top sale, RND Yacht Club, Instow, 10am-12noon, all proceeds to ND Hospice.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those with hearing loss, The Ilfracombe Centre, High Street, 10.30am.

A HISTORY OF LEE ABBEY: An Evenings at the Pavilion talk, Lynmouth, 7pm, with Phil Park, 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.

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

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.

YOUR EXMOOR: At Lynmouth Pavilion, people invited to bring films of their Exmoor adventures & turn into a mini film as a memento, 10am-12noon.

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 &

WORLD SLAM CHAMPION: Wordsmith gig with ‘slam’ champion Harry Baker at Pickwell Manor, Georgeham, 8pm.

SUMMER FETE: South Molton Community Infant School (North Road), 5.30-7.30pm, adm 50p, a ‘Brazilian carnival’ theme, stalls, face-painting, giant inflatable, refreshments, hot dogs & much more, all welcome.

GOOD MENTAL HEALTH DAY: Barnstaple Library, 2.30-6.30pm, hosted by North Devon & Torridge Voluntary Services organisations, with information, talks and workshops – all activities are free. More info from 01271 866300 or email or visit

CARNIVAL QUEEN DISCO: Appledore Social Club, hosted by Appledore Pirates from 7.30pm, carnival queen choosing open to 9-15-year-olds. Girls & boys from Appledore Primary School, ex-pupils or residents can enter to try out for queen or pirate (respectively!)

ACOUSTIC CAFÉ: Boston Tea Party, Barnstaple, live music with Alex Terry, Jack Turner & Jim Jones, proceeds to Amigos Worldwide, adm £3, doors open 7.30pm.


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.

NEW WORKS & WOODCUTS: Exhibition of work by abstract painter and printer Gillian Ayres, opens today with free talk and tour 2pm, at the Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, runs until June 1, more info 01237 471455 or

CLAIRVOYANCE: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, with Graham Brewer, 7.30pm.

CAR BOOT SALE: Landkey showground, 1-4pm, sellers £6 per car, buyers £1 parking, no buyers/helpers before 12noon, sorry no dogs. Info 07802 176993.

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

PLANT HERITAGE: Spring Plant Fair, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, also Sunday, more info

COFFEE MORNING: Corilhead House, Corilhead Road, Braunton, 10am-1pm, including a performance by the Hospital Choir, supporting Jack Blackburn’s 100k London to Brighton run, all welcome, more info 07980 663950.

AFTERNOON SALE: Cakes, stalls, plants & much more, at the Methodist Church Hall, Newport Road, Barnstaple, 2-5pm, hosted by Congrams Residents’ Association, also face-painting, jewellery, bird boxes, crafts, bric-a-brac, games, raffle & refreshments, all welcome.

FANTASTIC FASCINATORS: Barnstaple Library event – design & create an original headpiece to wear at a summer social! Inspiration and materials provided, 1.30-3.30pm, £5 per person inc materials & refreshments, book in advance from the library on 01271 388724.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE: High Bickington Church Hall, 10am-12.30pm, all welcome, for church funds.

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

SPRING PLANT SALE: Combe Martin Parish Church, 10am onwards, plus cakes & raffle, fundraising for Shamwick Gardening Club, all welcome.

TABLE TOP SALE: Pip & Jim’s Church Hall, Ilfracombe, 10am-12noon, clothes, plants, bric-a-brac, books, vinyl, cakes, refreshments & more, all welcome.

CARNIVAL QUIZ NIGHT: Galleon Tea Rooms, Combe Martin, 7pm, teams up to six, £7 per head inc food, in support of Combe martin Carnival, to book a place, call 01271 883732.

BARN DANCE: Umberleigh Village Hall, dancing to Bett & Audrey, 7.30-11.30pm, bring-and-share supper, adm £3.50, for South Molton Organ & Keyboard Club, all welcome.

TABLE TOP & CAKE SALE: Medard House, Bevan Road, Barnstaple, 10am-12noon, grab a bargain or enjoy tea & cakes, entry 50p, tables £5 – to book, call 07811 273675 or email

ANNUAL PLANT SALE: Buckland Brewer Village Hall, 10am-3pm, also Sunday plus Safari Lunch (see below). Plus Buckland Brewer History Group exhibition at the Methodist Chapel – anyone with newspapers, pictures or local history info invited to bring them along for scanning.

CHARITY BOOK SALE: Lewis & Sons garage, 6 Silver Street, Barnstaple, 10am-4pm, for BookRelief UK’s ‘Books by the pallet load for African children’, all welcome.

PLANTS & CAKE SALE: St James’ Church, Swimbridge, 10.30am, home made cakes, draw & cream teas, 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 SERVICES: Said Eucharist 8.30am & 9.45am Parish Sung Eucharist St Brannocks Parish Church, followed by coffee at St Brannocks Rooms, all welcome.

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.

DIVINE SERVICE: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, with Graham Brewer, 6.30pm.

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

CAR BOOT SALE: Pottington, Barnstaple, 1-4pm, sellers £6 per car, buyers £1 parking, no buyers/helpers before 12noon, sorry no dogs. Info 07802 176993.

CAR BOOT SALE: Torrington Common, Old Bowling Green, every Sunday, 8am-1pm, £5 per pitch, plus parking, toilets & food vans, more info 07840 105355.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Bratton Fleming Village hall CP 10.30am, Loxhore, Arlington, 10.5 miles, info 01271 376274/863727.

GRAND TABLE TOP SALE: 3, The Quay, Appledore, for the David Rundle Trust help for Rwanda), more info 01237 477470.

ZIMBABWE SERVICE: St Brannock’s Church, Braunton, 6.30pm, one-off service with Zimbabwean music, all welcome.

CHARITY BINGO: Barnstaple Tesco coffee shop, Rose Lane, for Diabetes UK, doors open 6.30pm, entry 50p inc tea & coffee at half time, Eyes down 7.30pm, cash prizes plus raffle.

VICTORIAN FASHION SHOW: Plus clothes sale, Pip & Jim’s Hall, St James Place, Ilfracombe, from 2pm, refreshments, clothes to suit all pockets, all welcome. More info 01271 862378.

CAR BOOT SALE: Ilfracombe seafront, 10am-4pm, hosted by Studio Theatre, sellers 9am, info Mike 01271 879705.

ANNUAL PLANT SALE: Buckland Brewer Village Hall, 11am-3pm, & Safari Lunch. Tickets from 01237 451050.


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.

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.

WINGS SOUTH WEST: Presentation and light buffet, Wings Hall, Lower Meddon Street, RSVP please by May 12 to 01237 472000 or email

THE MONDAY GROUP: North Devon Diabetes Support Group, Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, 10.30am, with Sue Haswell on ‘How laughter helps health’, all welcome, adm free.

SHORT WALK: With South Molton Striders, meet SM Square 10.30am, 30 min walk, all welcome, info 01769 573258.

FREMINGTON BINGO: The Parish Hall, eyes down 7.30pm, for Fremington FC, all welcome.

ENCOUNTER LADIES MEETING: Beach Café, 6 Westbourne Terrace, Westward Ho!, 7-9pm, speaker Shirley Bright, £4.50 inc dessert & coffee.


HAPPY HOUR TUESDAY: 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.

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.

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

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

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

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 Johnny & Lynette, all welcome, info 01805 601495.

NORTHAM WALK: Part of Walking for Health programme, meet Windmill Lane car park, 10.30am, more info 01237 421528.

DRAWING & PAINTING: Classes hosted by Quay Drawing at St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre, Barnstaple, 10am-12noon, expert tuition and materials provided, runs until July 15 (excluding May 27), more info or call 07831 493326.

SALSA DANCING: Fun, fitness and friendly. For all ages and abilities. Every Tuesday 7.30pm The Conservative Club, 13 Boutport street, Barnstaple. 01271 267443.

ILFRACOMBE WALKERS: Meet 9.30am Lidl for car share to Malmsmead for a circular walk, more info 01271 862342.

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.

AGM: Friends of St Peter Ad Vincula AGM, the Parish Church Hall, Combe Martin, 7.30pm, followed by talk from Maureen Richards on her visit to Tanzania, all welcome.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those with hearing loss, The Bickford Centre, Torrington, 2pm, every third Tuesday, 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.

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.

ART GROUP: Meets every Wednesday, Weare Giffard Village Hall, new members & all abilities welcome, oils, watercolours, acrylics, pastels, more info Mike on 01271 860903.

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

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

TRY BOWLING: Byways Bowling Club, Fremington, 2pm, all equipment provided, all welcome.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Simonsbath Ashcombe CP 12.30pm, Prayway Head, Lime Combe, four miles, info 01271 376274/863727.

BEDDING PLANTS: Fremington Garden Club monthly meeting and talk, with guest David Usher, the Parish Hall, 7.30pm, adm £1 members, £1.50 guests, refreshments included, all welcome.

CONCERT: Ilfracombe Male Voice Choir, Emmanuel Church, Ilfracombe, 8.15pm, all welcome.