THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5GOODLEIGH DANCES: Sadly due to lack of attendance the December 7 & 21 dances have been cancelled. The New Year's Eve dance (bring-and-share savouries only please) and Tuesday club nights will still go ahead. LUNCH CLUB: The Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 12.30-2.30pm, every week, info 01237 478734. DUPLICATE BRIDGE: Every Thursday and Tuesday, 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. BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, senior band 7.45-9.30pm, more info 01237 475653. FREMINGTON SINGERS: Fremington Methodist Church, Old School Lane, doors 7.30pm, £5, 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: Winter programme, meets weekly, Methodist Church Hall, Rhododendron Avenue, 7.30pm, info www.barnstaplecameraclub.co.uk. SOUTH MOLTON COUNTRY PANNIER MARKET: 9am-2pm. 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. COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from High Bickington, Beaford, Dolton, Dowland, Petrockstowe, Peters Marland & Merton, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630. VOLUNTEER GARDENERS: Needed to help at Westward Ho! promenade, alternate Thursday and Friday mornings, no specialist knowledge needed, call Pat on 01237 459081 for info. NEW LOOK BINGO: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, all cash prizes, eyes down 7.15pm, Chunky is your caller, all welcome. NDADA CHOIR: A singing circle in aid of those affected by domestic abuse, first meeting at re:love store, Boutport Street, Barnstaple, 6-7pm, all are welcome. ART GROUP: Small social art group, meets Barnstaple Salvation Army Hall, 10am-noon, weekly, now seeking new members, all welcome, for info call John Hunt on 01271 371658. NORTHAM MEN'S FORUM: Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, 10.15am-noon, Christmas quiz & draw, for info call Mike 01237 459324. YOGA: All levels welcome, 9-10.15am Meadow Pavilion, South Street, Woolacombe; 6.30-7.30pm Meraki, South Street, Woolacombe, info 07340 529328, booking essential. RAMBLERS WALK: Shebbear Village Hall, 10.30am, Hay Cross-Manor Park-Grasscott-Buckland Filleigh, 7 miles, info 01271 376274\/07720 203737. VOCAL ACCORD: Christmas concert with Southmead Primary School, Christ Church, Braunton, 7pm, entry £5, children free, in support of the Pickwell Foundation, info firstname.lastname@example.org COFFEE & CAKE SALE: Parson Jack's Studio Café, The Upper Room, The Old School Room, Swimbridge, 10am-noon, with local history archive, Jack Russell exhibition and paintings by Annette Shilling. ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS: Festive stori4es, songs and crafts with Boo to a Goose Theatre at Barnstaple Library, 4.30-5.30pm, for ages two to eight years, £6, book at the library on 01271 318780. SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Help & advice from mobile unit for those with sight\/hearing loss, at Hartland Pavilion 10am-noon; Bideford Pill car park 2-4pm. TAIZE: Holy Trinity Church, Landcross, 7pm.FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6QUIZ NIGHT: Appledore Community and Sports Assn, teams up to six, £1 per person, cash prizes and snowball draw, 8pm. LIVE MUSIC: Weekly, The Champ, Appledore, 9pm. TABLE TENNIS: With Bideford Friday Afternoon Table Tennis Group, Bideford Youth Centre, 2.30-4.30pm, new members welcome, info 01271 861797, visit the Facebook page or drop in. COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Bideford, Abbotsham and Alverdiscott, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630. BARUM SHANTY FOLK WAILERS: Fremington Methodist Church, weekly, 10am-1pm, all welcome, hosted by Barnstaple & District BIDEFORD COUNTRY DANCE CLUB: All newcomers, singles and couples welcome, experience not necessary, Northam Hall, weekly, 8pm, info 01237 476632. FALLING APART: Live music at The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm. ART GROUP: Phase One, Ethelwynne Brown Court, East-the-Water, Bideford, 2-4pm, also Tuesdays, weekly, info 07967 656366. BIDEFORD MEN'S SHED: Group meets weekly at the Bideford Sustainability Group hut at Springfield on the Tarka Trail, 10.30am, new members welcome, more info Gordon on 01237 478327. BINGO: Every week, for North Devon Hospice, at Northam Leisure Centre, eyes down 7.15pm, all welcome. ENGLISH FOLK DANCING: Northam Hall, 8-10pm, all ages and ability levels welcome, more info 01237 476632. POP-UP CAFÉ: Barnstaple Library, with Christmas songs from Pathfield School, 11am, home-baked treats and hot drinks, all welcome. WELLBEING CLUB: Fremington St Peter's Church Hall, friendly, social get-together, all welcome, this month - 'have a fun and healthy Christmas', free entry, more info Julie on 07753 822768. CHRISTMAS, FOOD & CRAFT MARKET: St Mary's Hall, Appledore, 11.30am-6.45pm, lunches noon-4pm, lots of local crafts and gifts, cakes, preserves, Elfie Selfies, the Hubba Choir (5.45pm), singing from Kalm Support, free entry.SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7BINGO: Barton Road Community Centre, Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, for local charities. CLAIRVOYANCE: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, 7.30pm. CLAIRVOYANCE: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, 6.30pm. MUSIC CLUB: 11 to 16 years, The Small School Room, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! weekly 11am-1pm, supported by the Ho! Co-op Local Community Fund, all welcome, info 01237 478048. FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: Regular meet ups, Saturday and Wednesday events, support and resources, for info email email@example.com or call 07968 511312. BRAUNTON ART GROUP: Weekly at the Vivian Moon Centre, Chaloners Road, 1.30-3.30pm, if you have interest in art, painting or drawing, just drop in, help is available and new members are always welcome. BASIL'S BALLS UP BAND: Live music at The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm. POPPIN: Social drop in, Westward Ho! Baptist Church, 10.30am-12.30pm, for all ages, free tea and coffee, why not stop by? THE ALCHEMISTS: Live music at Appledore Social Club, 9pm, entry £1.50 (temporary membership) or £5 until March, music and events weekly. BRAUNTON FC ABILITY: Free football for anyone with a disability, Braunton Academy astro turf pitch, 11am-noon, more info Mel on 07764 767955. EXMOOR CAROLERS: Carols ancient and modern, St Sabinus Church, Woolacombe, 7pm, refreshments, retiring collection. CREATIVE WRITING GROUP: Barnstaple Library, first Saturday each month, 1.30-3pm, more info 01271 388593. WINKLEIGH MARKET: First Sat each month, produce, cakes, preserves, pies, gifts, cards, crafts & more, refreshments, 10am-12noon, all welcome. SOB CLUB: Short-Of-Breath Club, for anyone with a lung condition, meets first Saturday each month, Wrafton Church Hall, 2-4pm, more info Ali on 01271 890217. CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Instow Village Hall, with the Two Rivers Wind Ensemble, 7.30pm. CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Northam Choral Society, at St Mary's Church, Bideford, 7.30pm, with new director of music Malcolm Pike, mince pies and mulled wine, all welcome. CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With Hartland Town Band, Hartland Parish Hall, 7.30pm, entry £6 by ticket only, call 01237 441434. CHRISTMAS BINGO: Northam Community Centre, eyes down 2.15pm, for Over & Above, all welcome, NB: no Leisure Centre bingo this week. CAROL CONCERT: For Age Concern Barnstaple, with Barnstaple Male Voice Choir plus guests Fremington Community Primary School, 7pm, St Peter's Church, Barnstaple, tickets £5 (U16s free), from 01271 377861, choir members or at the door. ILFRACOMBE FARMERS MARKET: The Lantern Centre, High Street, 10am-12.30pm, with produce, crafts, Christmas gifts, refreshments, more info 01271 864621. CONCERT: The Voice Community Choir and friends, for North Devon Hospice, at Stoke Rivers Church, 7pm, tickets £7 inc glass of wine and mince pie, tickets form 01598 710273\/710558. WOODAPLUS CHRISTMAS FAIR: The Robin's Nest, Bideford FC, for Wooda Surgery, 2-4pm, all welcome. BINGO: Filleigh Village Hall, doors 6.30pm, eyes down 7pm, prizes inc meat dinners, plus bar & raffle, for Filleigh School PTA. CHRISTMAS FAIR: Northam hall, 2-4pm, hosted by the Parish Ladies Group, with stalls, games, raffle, cakes, prizes, Christmas gifts plus Santa, all welcome. BIRTHDAY BONANZA: Charity event for Children's Hospice South West, Appledore Social Club, from 7.45pm.SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8BIDEFORD SALVATION ARMY: Bideford Baptist Church, every Sunday 3-4pm, all welcome. DIVINE SERVICE: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, 6.30pm. DIVINE SERVICE: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, 6.30pm. 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. All fees to British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK. Info Maureen 07999 445489. BIDEFORD AREA SERVICES: St Mary's Church, Bideford, 8\/11.30am Holy Communion, 10.30am All Age Christingle; St Andrew, Alwington, 9.30am, Holy Communion; St George, Monkleigh 9.30am Holy Communion; Holy Trinity, Weare Giffard, 9.30am Morning Praise; All Hallows, Woolsery, 9.30am Holy Communion; 4pm Light Up a Life service; St James, Parkham, 10am All Age Service; St Anne, Bucks Mills, 11am Morning Worship; St Nectan, Hartland, 11am Holy Communion; St Mary & St Benedict, Buckland Brewer, 4pm Christingle; St Nectan, Welcombe, 4pm Christingle; St Swithun, Littleham, 6pm Evensong. BRAUNTON SERVICES: 8.30am Said Eucharist, 9.45am Parish Eucharist, St Brannock's; Morning Worship, Christ Church, 9.45am, all welcome. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY: Sunday service 11am, 115 Boutport Street, Barnstaple, plus Sunday school for youngsters up to age 20. Informal testimony meetings including accounts of healings held every Wednesday 6.15pm. OPEN MIC\/QUIZ NIGHT: The Joiners Arms, Bideford, open mic 3-6pm, quiz 9-11pm. BIDEFORD QUAKER MEETING: Ethelwynne Brown Close, Bideford, EX39 4RH, weekly at 10.30am. BINGO: Appledore Social Club, weekly, 7.30pm. OUR SUNDAY QUIZ: For North Devon Cancer Care, now at Appledore Social Club, 7.30pm, every Sunday (excluding bank holiday weekends), teams of two to six, members £3, non-members £4, to book a table call 01237 473798. EXMOOR CAROLERS: Carols ancient and modern, St James Church, Arlington, 3pm, seasonal refreshments, please wrap up and bring a torch, tickets £5 adults, £3 children, please call 01271 850598 (evenings only). RAMBLERS WALK: Eggesford Forest CP, 10.30am, Eggesford Barton-Tarka Trail & River Taw, 9 miles, info 01271 376274\/07720 203737. CONCERT: With Torridge Male Voice Choir, Durrant Hotel, Bideford, for Bideford & Torridge Macular Society, 1.45pm.MONDAY, DECEMBER 9BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, training band 6-6.40pm, junior band 6.45-7.30pm, senior band 7.45-9.30pm, more info 01237 475653. 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. 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 07812 753361 or 01271 883306, or visit www.brauntoncameraclub.co.uk 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. BINGO: The Robins Nest, Bideford FC, eyes down 7.15pm, all welcome. COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Westward Ho! Appledore and Northam, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630. EUCHRE-STYLE 500: Now at Marlborough Court, Bideford, weekly, 2pm, adm £1.50, tea, biscuits & raffle, all welcome, info 01271 329656. MUSIC JAM NIGHT: Weekly at Appledore Social Club, 8.30-10.30pm, fun friendly evening to play or listen. FREMINGTON FITNESS: The Parish Hall, weekly, 10am moderate exercise in a friendly group, 11am 30mins of gentler exercise followed by coffee, all welcome, free taster session, info 01271 345581. KNIT & MIX: Social drop-in knitting group, Barnstaple Library, 2-4pm. CHAIR EXERCISE: For the over 60s, chair-based class at Blue Lights Hall, Appledore, 10.30-11.30am plus Barnstaple Baptist Church 2-3pm, first class free, info Claire on 07966 166953. MOVE IT OR LOSE IT: 60-plus class for adults who want to keep moving, active and independent, St Brannock's Church Rooms, Braunton, 11am; 2pm Pilton Church Hall, first session free, call 07810 204545. TIDDLERS 'N' TODDLERS GROUP: Tawstock Village Hall, all ages welcome, 9-11am, homemade snacks and refreshments provided, info 07890 046033\/07368 422791. CONCERT: Bideford Town Band at the Royal Hotel, Bideford, 7.45pm. FREMINGTON CHRISTMAS BINGO: The Parish Hall, 6.15pm admission by advance tickets only.TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10COFFEE 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. 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. 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 local charities. BIDEFORD CAMERA CLUB: Methodist Church Hall, High Street, 7.30pm, info www.bidefordcameraclub.co.uk 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. BRAUNTON LIFE DRAWING: Kind Studio, 3 Velator Way, along from gym behind Tesco, 7-9pm, info 07929 531124. NORTHAM CHORAL SOCIETY: Every Tuesday, Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, 7.30pm, new voices always welcome, info 01237 478406. HANDBALL: Weekly, Bideford Blacks Handball Club, Kingsley Sports Hall, 5.30-7pm (U12 & U14), 7-9pm (U16 and over), info firstname.lastname@example.org HAPPY DANCE FOR OVER 50S: St Peter's Church Hall, Fremington from 11.30am - 12.30pm followed by a friendly cuppa. FUN & FELLOWSHIP: Bideford Salvation Army, Bideford Baptist Church Upper Hall, 2-3.30pm. OCEANVIEW: Country Music Club, Alverdiscott Village Hall, 8.15-11pm, live music with West Country, all welcome, info Dennis on 01271 378273. OPEN MIC: Acoustic open mic with Dogleg, The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 8-11pm. CHAIR EXERCISE: For the over 60s, chair-based class at Newport Church Hall, Barnstaple 2-3pm, first class free, info Claire on 07966 166953. COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers one week from Torrington, Frithelstock, Buckland Brewer and Weare Gifford, the next from Torrington, St Giles, Roborough, Frithelstock to Barnstaple town centre or supermarkets, £5 return, door-to-door. Call Shirley Davies on 07776 414740. HEADWAY NORTH DEVON: Social drop in for those affected by head injuries or their families, the Salvation Army Hall, Oakleigh Road, Barnstaple, 10.30am-3.30pm, a chance to get together, share experiences and chat to volunteers who can offer advice and support, just drop in, info 07971 174960. 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 central Bideford, 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: The Corner House, Joy Street, 7.30-9.30pm, any standard welcome, very friendly, informal club, more info on 07876 028331. DEVON BIRDS: Taw & Torridge group talk, 'Kerela - land of spices, birds and the new marigold Hotel' with Philip and Gill Marlow, the Castle Centre, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, entry £3 (£4 non members), includes refreshments. INSTOW WALK: With Torridge Walk & Talk, meet Sandhills entrance 10.30am, all welcome, info 01237 421528.WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11CASH BINGO: Appledore Community 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 www.rejoicethevoice.org BARNSTAPLE JUBILEE SINGERS: Christ Church, Barnstaple, join us 7.30pm, call Jenny on 07968 109378 or Maureen on 01271 378719. BLUES OPEN MIC: The Champ, Appledore, 9pm. 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. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Barnstaple Salvation Army Hall, Oakleigh Road, 1 or 5.30pm (depending on leader availability), info 01271 321972. COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Hartland, Clovelly, Woolsery and Welcombe, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630. BINGO: Northam Leisure Centre, all cash prizes, flyer of £100, for Over & Above SBU appeal. BIDEFORD FOLK DANCE CLUB: Northam Hall, 7.30pm, partners or experience not necessary, info 01237 423554. BIDEFORD SEW SOCIABLE: Lavington Church Rooms (entrance Willet Street), come to sew, craft & natter, 7-9pm, details on Facebook. SALSA CLASSES: The Coaching Inn, South Molton, for beginners, 7-8.30pm, all welcome, info 07549 291925. DIGITAL ASSIST: Barnstaple Library, for those needing a little extra help with computing and getting started, 2.30-5.30pm, book at the library or call 01271 318780. COLOURING & COFFEE: Fun colouring group for grown ups, Barnstaple Library 2-4pm. FREE TAI CHI: Classes for 50-plus, weekly, the G4 Studio, Dadden Court, Clovelly Road Industrial Estate, Bideford, the charity provides gentle exercise for all those with mobility problems, post or pre-op, more info Ellie 07910 073463. MIDWEEK WORSHIP: Christ Church, Braunton, 10.15am, followed by coffee and biscuits. BIDEFORD RAILWAY HERITAGE CENTRE: Volunteer working parties meet every Wednesday at Bideford Station, for more information call 07854 590503. LAUGHING & CRAFTING: Sessions at Bideford Sea Cadets Hall, every Wednesday, 1-4pm, £5, info email email@example.com NORTH DEVON ARTS MEETING: Queen Anne's, The Strand, Barnstaple, free to members, non members welcome at small charge, supper from 7pm, must be booked in advance on 01271 850262. BARNSTAPLE BLOOMERS: WI meeting, now at Baptist Church Hall, Boutport Street, 6-8pm, new members welcome, info Maggie 01271 378773. CHRISTMAS BINGO: For North Devon Hospice, Combe Martin Village Hall, doors 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30, any volunteers or raffle prizes greatly appreciated, call 01271 882125. CHRISTMAS WHIST DRIVE: Kentisbury & Trentishoe Village Hall, 7.45pm, all welcome, more info 01598 763207. INSTOW WALK: With Torridge Walk & Talk, meet Sandhills entrance 11am, all welcome, info 01271 860780. BIDEFORD FRIENDS: Social get-together at the Burton Art Gallery, this week a Christmas sing-along with Erwan, all welcome, from 2pm, more info 01237 473877 or 07866 007805. CHRISTMAS BINGO: Lovacott Village Hall, meat & chicken prizes, raffle, eyes down 7.30pm, all welcome.