North Devon events from 22/12 to 28/12

PLEASE NOTE: Some regular events may be affected by the Christmas holiday period. If in doubt, please check with the organiser or venue before travelling.


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.

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.

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Help and advice from mobile unit, Swimbridge Square 9.30-10.30am; Witheridge Square 11.30am-1pm; Tiverton Phoenix Lane 2-4pm.

ATLANTIC FLOWER CLUB: Floral demonstrations, Appledore Church Rooms, every fourth Thursday of the month, 2pm, all welcome, info 01237 421911.

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

CAROL SERVICE: Holy Trinity Church, Landcross, 7pm.


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.

LIVE MUSIC: Weekly, The Champ, Appledore, 9pm.

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.

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING: Ilfracombe High Street traders open late, plus the Indoor Market – just look for the green sign, every Friday until Christmas.

RAKES ADRIFT: Live folk at George and Dragon, Ilfracombe. 9pm.

SONS OF GODs: The Palladium Club, Bideford. £4 entry.

ELVIS: Is in the House Brockabilly, 9pm, The Joiners Arms

COUNTRY AND WESTERN DANCE: The Robins Nest, Bideford. Bring and share supper, 7.30pm. Ronnie playing live

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: St Peter’s Parish Church, Fremington. 7pm.Tickets £10 and £5 for under 18s.

CAROLS: With Bideford Town Band, at Bideford Morrisons.


NATIVITY SERVICE: St Mary’s Church, Bideford, 4pm. Midnight Mass 11.30pm.

APPLEDORE/NORTHAM/WWH SERVICES: St Mary’s Church, Appledore, 4.30pm Crib Service, 11.30pm Midnight Mass; St Margaret’s, Northam, 4pm Crib Service, 11.30pm Midnight Holy Communion; Holy Trinity Westward Ho! 11.30pm Midnight Holy Communion.

ILFRACOMBE SERVICES: Crib Service, 4pm, St Peter’s Church; Midnight Mass, 11.30pm, Holy Trinity Church.

CRIB SERVICE: St Swithun’s Church, Littleham, 4pm.

MIDNIGHT MASS: St George’s Church, Monkleigh, 10pm.

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

LIVE MUSIC: Rescue Remedy, The Joiners Arms, 9.30pm

WOOLLY’S WINTER WONDERLAND: Christmas at The Big Sheep, indoor play area, rides, meet Santa & much more, every

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


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

DIVINE SERVICE: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, 6.30pm.

BIDEFORD SERVICES: St Mary’s Church, Bideford. 8am Holy Communion; 10am Parish Communion with carols.

CHRISTMAS COMMUNION: Holy Trinity Church, Weare Giffard, 9.30am.

CHRISTMAS COMMUNION: Holy Trinity, Landcross, 11.15am.

APPLEDORE/NORTHAM/WWH SERVICES: St Mary’s Appledore, Family Service with Holy Communion 10am; St Margaret’s, Northam, Family Service with Holy Communion 10am; Holy Trinity, Westward Ho! 10.30am Family Service with Holy Communion.

ILFRACOMBE SERVICES: Said Holy Communion 8am Holy Trinity Church; 8.45am Communion, Bittadon Church; 10.30am Whole Parish Eucharist, St Peter’s Church.

BRAUNTON SERVICES: 8.30am Said Eucharist, 9.45am Parish Eucharist, St Brannock’s Church; 11am Eucharist, St Anne’s, Saunton.

CAROLS: Grosvenor church, 10am, for 45 minutes. All welcome

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: At Grosvenor Church, midday-3pm with lunch served at 12.30pm. Quiz, conversation and entertainment. Book on 01271 323725 or Lifts on request

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Bishops Tawton Methodist Church, midday. Book for free by calling Peter or Sylvia, 01271 859334


BOXING DAY BARBECUE: Clovelly quay, free entry to village, live music, mulled wine and treasure hunt.

TUG O’ WAR: The Black Horse, Church Street, Braunton. First tug 1pm. Collections for charities, men’s ladies and children’s pull, plug hog roast.


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

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

BLOW OUT THE COBWEBS: Ramblers walk, Kingsley Statue, Bideford, 10.30am, up to Atlantic village. Bus back, 3.5 miles info 01271 376274/07720 203737.

WESTWARD HO! WALK: Walking for Health, meet Co-op bus stop Nelson Road 10.30am, all welcome, info 01237 421528.


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.

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.

MEMORY CAFÉ: With Braunton Caen Rotary, 2pm-4pm, Mariners Close, South Street, Braunton. Just turn up or contact John Rendle on 01271 814532 or