North Devon events from 01/12/16 to 07/12/16


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.

BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, 7.45pm Senior Band. More info 01237 475653.

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.

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Help and advice from mobile unit, Hartland Pavilion 10am-12noon; Bideford Pill 2-4pm.

OPEN CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION: The Burton Art Gallery, chance for amateur and professional artists to exhibit together, runs until December 24.

APPLEDORE MENS GROUP: St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, 7.30pm.

NORTHAM MEN’S FORUM: Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, Northam. 10.15am to 12 noon, info John on 01237 459757, up until December 15.

SERVICE: Holy Trinity, Landcross, 7pm Taize.


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.

WILDERLAND: Live folk music at The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm.

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.

GREEN HAZE: Live music at The Palladium Club, Bideford.

ROCKIN’ SHOES: Rock ‘n’ Roll Club, Robins Nest, Bideford FC, all welcome. First and third Friday evenings.

SEW TOGETHER: Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall, 2-4pm, £1.50 per session, first & third Friday.

APPLEDORE WI: Blue Lights Hall, 2.30pm, info 01237 476201.

FREMINGTON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS: Parade 6.30pm from Manor to green, with craft fair, Snow Queen, Captain Coconut, Clovelly Donkeys, carols and refreshments. Switch on 7.30pm and firework display. Live music at The Fox 9pm.

APPLEDORE CHRISTMAS: Events around village inc late night shopping, Christmas Craft Fair, St Mary’s Hall (11am-7pm); Children’s Treasure Hunt (4-6.30pm) start at Quay Gift Shop; Christmas songs, St Mary’s Hall (6-6.30pm); Turning on DIY lights Quay-Churchfield (7.15pm); Appledore Band Carols on the Quay (7.15pm) plus much more, go to

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With The Appledore Singers, St Peter’s Church, Tawstock, 7.30pm, tickets £7.50 inc finger buffet, mulled wine, teas & coffees, info/book 01271 858306 or 07599 259617, email


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

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

WHIST DRIVE: Weekly, Northam Square Hall, 7pm, new players welcome, £1.50 to include tea and a happy evening.

CAR BOOT SALE: Weekly, Bideford football ground, 8-11am, info 07724 168119.

CLAIRVOYANCE: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, 6.30pm.

CAR BOOT SALE: Landkey showground, 1-4pm, info 07802 176993.

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

MONKEY FINGER: Live music at The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm.

THE 5.15: Live music at The Palladium Club, Bideford.

RAMBLERS WALK: Baggy Point NT CP, 10.30am, Saunton Down-Croyde-Putsborough, 8 miles info 01271 376274/07720 203737.

CAROLS: With Bideford Town Band in Mill Street, 10.30am-12noon, every Saturday until Christmas Eve.

FOOD & CRAFT MARKETS: The Big Sheep, Abbotsham, 9am-1pm, on Saturday 3, 10 & 17 plus Wednesday 21.

WOOLLY’S WINTER WONDERLAND: Christmas at The Big Sheep, indoor play area, rides, meet Santa & much more, every weekend plus daily from December 17-24.

CHRISTMAS BINGO: Northam Leisure Centre, 1-2-3 lines every game, for the Over & Above SCBU appeal, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Plus Santa’s Grotto, Northam Lodge, 12noon-3.30pm, Heywood Road, festive games, refreshments, gifts, crafts and carols.

THE OXFORD NAGS: Live music and Christmas barn dance at Bideford Ceilidh Club, Northam Hall, Fore Street, 7.30-11pm, tickets from 01237 476632.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, 10am-12noon, tea & cakes, games and stalls, raffle, tombola, Christingle workshop, with Appledore Brownies.

ARABIAN VETERANS’ CLUB: New name for North Devon branch of Aden Veterans’ Assn, open to all Middle East veterans, meets first Sat each month, Ex-Servicemen’s Club, St George’s Road, Barnstaple, 12noon, info from 01271 377182 or 815168. BINGO: Northam Leisure Centre, 1-2-3 lines every game, for the Chemo Appeal, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome.

CREATIVE WRITING GROUP: Barnstaple Library, first Saturday each month, 1.30-3pm, more info 01271 388593.

WINKLEIGH MARKET: First Sat each month, new community market, produce, cakes, preserves, pies, gifts, cards, crafts & more, refreshments, 10am-12noon, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Landkey Village Hall, for St Paul’s Church, 11am-2pm, Father Christmas 1pm, stalls, games, refreshments.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: The Robins Nest, Bideford FC, for Wooda Plus, 2-4pm.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: For Byways Bowling Club, Fremington Parish hall, 2pm, lots of stalls, cakes, books, tombola, bottle stall, bric-a-brac.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Knowstone Parish Hall, hosted by Knowstone Church, 2pm, stalls, teas and draw.

CRAFT FAIR: Northam Hall (ex-Scout hall), 10am-1pm, refreshments, free entry.

NORTH DEVON CHRISTMAS MARKET: Braunton Caen car park, 3-9pm, 100 local stalls, street food, bouncy castles, live music and entertainment.

CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET: The Lantern Centre, Ilfracombe, fresh produce, crafts, music and refreshments, new producers welcome, info 01271 864621.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, joint event for the church and Appledore Brownies, stalls, games and refreshments, grand draw, plus Christingle and Advent workshop, 10am-12noon, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS TABLE TOP SALE: Combe Martin Community Centre, sellers 8.30am, buyers 9.30am-12noon, more info 01271 883031.

SANTA’S GROTTO: Fremington Church Hall, 10am-4pm, also Sunday, for Fremington School PTFA.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: New and traditional Exmoor carols at St Augustine’s Church, Heanton Punchardon, 7pm, adm £5, call 01271 814406, accompanied children free.

CHARITY DANCE: Goodleigh Village Hall, with Bratton Fleming Dance Club, dancing to Bett & Audrey, 7.30-11.30pm, bring-and-share supper, adm £3.50.


QUIZ NIGHT: For North Devon Cancer Care, Lacey’s Ale & Cider House, Mill Street, Bideford, 8pm.

BIDEFORD SALVATION ARMY: Bideford Baptist Church, every Sunday 3-4pm, all welcome.

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

BINGO & QUIZ NIGHT: First In, Last Out, Clovelly Road, Bideford. Eyes down 4pm, quiz night with jackpot 8pm, all welcome.

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

CAR BOOT SALE: Pottington, 1-4pm, info 07802 176993.

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. Contact Maureen 07999 445489.

OPEN MIC/QUIZ NIGHT: The Joiners Arms, Bideford, open mic 3-6pm, quiz 9pm.

BIDEFORD AREA SERVICES: St Mary’s Church, Bideford. 8am Holy Communion; 10am Parish Communion; 7pm Evensong. St George’s, Monkleigh, 11am Four Parish Holy Communion.

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

AN EVENING: With Paul Adams, live music at The Palladium Club, Bideford.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: Appledore Community Hall, wide range of handmade crafts, free entry, 11am-4pm.

CLOVELLY LIGHTS: Procession with brass band, Christmas carols, big switch on at around 5pm, followed by carol service, plus hog roast, hot dogs, Christmas grog and refreshments at the harbour and Lifeboat Station, visit by Father Christmas, proceeds to the RNLI.

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE: St Mary’s Church, Appledore, 4.30pm.

CHRISTMAS CHARITY BINGO: Tesco coffee shop, Rose Lane, Barnstaple, doors 6pm, eyes down 7.30pm, entry 50p inc tea & coffee, door prize and raffle.

MODELS & HOBBIES: Display and table top sale, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 10am-2pm, more info 07517 791694.

RNLI CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Appledore Lifeboat station, with Appledore Silver Band, fundraisers and crew, 2.30-4pm, mince pies, mulled wine and RNLI souvenirs.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: Candlelit concert at High Bray All Saints Church, 4pm.


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.

BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, 6.30pm beginners and Training Band; 7.45pm Senior Band. More info 01237 475653.

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 01271 379940 or visit

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.

OPEN MIC: The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 8-11pm.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With Bideford Town Band, The Royal Hotel, 7.45pm, tickets from 01237 475653, also on Monday 12.

PHOENIX CAMERA CLUB: First Mon of month, Holsworthy Skills Centre, 7-9.30pm, more info 01409 259345 or

TAW & TORRIDGE CAMERA CLUB: Meets most Mondays, Sticklepath Methodist Church Hall, Rhododendron Avenue, Barnstaple, 7.30pnm info

CHRISTMAS BINGO: Chittlehampton Village Hall, doors 6.45pm, eyes down 7.30, poultry and meat dinners, festive food prizes, cash liner.


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

HAPPY HOUR TUESDAY: Weekly fellowship meeting at Barnstaple Salvation Army hall, Oakleigh Road, 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.

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.

BEGINNERS BRIDGE: Bishops Tawton Village Hall, every Tuesday, 2-4pm, info 01271 343394.

FUN QUIZ: The Chill Bar, Ilfracombe, 9pm, plus raffle, proceeds to Ilfracombe play park equipment.

BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, 6.30pm beginners and Training Band. More info 01237 475653.

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.

QUIZ A CHRISTIAN: Appledore Baptist Church, 7.30pm, come along with any questions for an informal chat over coffee and cake, all welcome.

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 Roundswell Kidney Unit.

MEMORY GROUP: Weekly, Barnstaple Library, for those with memory loss and their carers, listen to stories and poems and relax, 10.30am-12noon.

OCEAN VIEW: Weekly, Country Music Club, Alverdiscott Village Hall, live music with Kalibre, 8.15-11pm.

SERVICE: Holy Communion, St Mary’s Parish Church, Bideford, every Tuesday 10.30am.

BIDEFORD CAMERA CLUB: Chubb Churchill Hall 7.30pm, info

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.

RAMBLERS WALK: ‘Short & sweet’ Puffing Billy Torrington, 10.30am, Torrington canal and old railway, 4 miles info 01271 376274/07720 203737.

BIDEFORD SUSTAINABILITY GROUP: Monthly chat at the Green Goose, Mill Street, 7.30pm, info 01237 421745.

TORRINGTON WALK: Part of Torridge Walk & Talk, meet Sydney House car park 10.30am, all welcome, info 01237 421528.

SOUTH MOLTON FLOWER CLUB: Meets first Tues of the month, South Molton Infant School, North Road, visitors welcome, 7 for 7.15pm, demonstrations, info 01769 573233.

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.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those with hearing loss, Age Concern Pop-in Centre, South Molton, 2pm.

FESTIVE EVENT: Mince pies & cream, sales table and raffle, Westward Ho! Baptist Church, £2.50, 2.30pm.

CAROLS: With Bideford Town Band at late night shopping, 7pm.

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ: The Fox, Fremington, 7.30pm.

BRATTON FLEMING DANCE CLUB: Goodleigh Village Hall, 7.30-10pm, adm £2.


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.

QUIZ A CHRISTIAN: Appledore Baptist Church, 3pm, come along with any questions for an informal chat over coffee and cake, all welcome.

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.

INSTOW WALK: Meet Sandhills car park entrance 11am, Walking for Health, all welcome, info 01237 421528.

CHRISTMAS BINGO: Dolton Village Hall, eyes down 7.30pm.

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Help and advice from mobile unit, Wyevale Garden Centre, Ashford 9.45-10.45am; Woolacombe Village Hall 11.30am-1pm; Ilfracombe Tesco Pill 2-4pm.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With the Kosmos Ensemble, Bideford Music Club, Methodist Church Hall, High Street, 7.30pm, with talented musicians who have performed around the UK and Europe, tickets at door or call 423112 for info.