Events large and small from 03/10/13 to 09/10/13.


ABSTRACT IMPRESSIONS: The work of Ben Nicholson, Josef Albers and Naum Gabo, at the Burton Art Gallery, Kingsley Road, Bideford, during gallery opening hours, info 01237 471455 or

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.

INFORMAL ART SESSIONS: Weekly event at Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, 1.30-4.30pm, info from David on 07964 250436.

NORTHAM MEN'S FORUM: Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, 10.15am-12noon, speaker Sharon Snell on 'Braddick Family History', info Eric 01237 478123.

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.

TAP DANCING: Steps Ahead, Abbotsham Village Hall, 7-8pm, info 07906 930955.

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, £1.50, to book or for info, call 01271 859334.

AIKIDO CLUB: Bucks Cross Village Hall, 7-9pm for adults, 01237 441527.

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.

DISH OF THE DAY: Happy Café, Golf Links Road, Westward Ho, 12.30-2pm, £3, no booking required.

BINGO: Blue Lights Parish Hall, Vernons Lane, Appledore. Eyes down 2pm. SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Drop in sessions for people with sight or hearing loss. Equipment, information & advice at mobile sensory unit - 10am-12noon The Pavilion, Northgate, Hartland; 2-4pm The pill Car Park, Bideford.

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. DUPLICATE BRIDGE: Every Thursday, Holy Trinity Church Hall, Westward Ho, friendly club, 6.45pm start, more info 01237 470990.

ILFRACOMBE FARMERS MARKET: Underneath Market Arches in the High Street, 10am-12.30pm, fresh local & organic produce plus crafts, more info 01271 864621.

WESTWARD HO WI: Meeting, 2pm, the Old Schoolroom, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho.

INTERVIEW: Deri Rundle interviewed by BBC reporter Leigh Rundle, Appledore Book Festival event, St Mary's Hall 2pm, tickets 01237 424949.


BINGO: Sticklepath School, Barnstaple, eyes down 7.30pm, for local charities.

BINGO: Yarnscombe Victory Hall, eyes down 7.45pm.

BEER, FOLK & CELTIC FESTIVAL: Three days at Riverside Caravan & Camping Park, Marsh Lane, near South Molton, proceeds to Devon Air Ambulance, performers include The Grey Blokes, Kay CM, Mark Waistell, Jeroko, Johnny Kingdom, Whistling Willy Jago, Overnight Bag, and an open mic, plus Bideford Phoenix Morris. Festival tickets £5 plus pitch bookings from 01769 579269.

ROCKIN' SHOES: Rock 'n' Roll Club, Robin's Nest, Bideford FC, 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, 8.30pm.

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

COFFEE AFTERNOON: Chubb Churchill Community Hall, Churchill Road, East-the-Water, Bideford, 12noon-4p, for Macmillan, with barbecue, stalls, draws, 50p adm inc tea/coffee, 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.

HAPPY CAFÉ: Friday Lunch Club, Golf links Road, Westward Ho, 1pm, three courses for £6, booking essential on 07773 679559. Café usual opening times Thursdays and Fridays 10.30am-2.30pm for drinks, light snacks & cakes. Takeaway available.

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.

TAI CHI: Classes, Instow Parish Hall, weekly 6.30-7.30pm, info 01271 867236.

BAGUAZHANG: Weekly Chinese martial art classes, Northam Community Centre, 8-9.15pm, info Alex 07747 833490.

RELAXATION SESSIONS: Barnstaple Library, free small group sessions as part of the Active Life Active Mind programme, 11-11.40am & 2-2.40pm, book in advance at the library or call 01271 388593.

GHOST WALK: Hear about the spirits said to haunt old Barnstaple, tales of eccentricity and murder, 7.30pm, tickets from Zena's Restaurant, Market Street.

CONCERT: Barnstaple Male Voice Choir & South Molton Town Band, at South Molton Parish Church, 7.30pm, for Cancer Research UK, tickets at door.


SMART CLUB: Free to regulars & new members, Chulmleigh Sports Centre, family mix and match, table tennis, badminton & tennis. 10am-1pm.

SOSSFEST '13: All things sausage at Hartland Parish Hall, 6-9pm, with local sausages, mash & beer, plus entertainment, quiz, all welcome. Info & discount tickets from Rod on 01237 441786 or email

CHARITY DANCE: Goodleigh Village Hall, 7.30-11.30pm, for CHSW Barnstaple Friends Group, dancing to Bett & Audrey, bring-and-share supper, adm £5, all welcome, info Mike 01271 373095.

EXHIBITION: Members and Staff select… Burton Art Gallery, exhibition of paintings chosen by staff & councillors from Torridge District Council. Runs until Nov 4. More info or call 01237 471455.

COFFEE POT SHOP: For over 55s, at the Conservatory, Sanctuary Housing, Water Lane Close, Newport, Barnstaple, 10.30am, refreshments from 50p.

CAR BOOT SALE: Bideford Football Club, every Saturday, 8am, free parking, WCs and food.

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

STREETZ: Torrington dance crew at Golden Lion Inn, Barnstaple, every Sat from 12.30-2.30pm to teach street dancing to age eight-plus. First session free.

CAR BOOT SALE: Landkey Showground, 1-4pm, sellers 11am, no buyers before 1pm please, sorry no dogs on site, adm £1, info 07878 034683/07802 176993.

ADEN VETERANS' ASSOCIATION: Barnstaple Group Monthly Meeting, Ex-Servicemen's Club, St George's Road, Barnstaple, 12noon, info from Dave Gilbody (01271) 377182 or Irene Chivers 815168. BINGO: Northam Leisure Centre, 1-2-3 lines every game, for the Chemo Appeal, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome. DADS & KIDS DROP IN AND PLAY: Victoria House Children's Centre, Barnstaple, for families with children under five years-old, play, spend time together & meet other families, 9.30-11.30am first Saturday of each month, info (01271) 321411. CREATIVE WRITING GROUP: Barnstaple Library, first Saturday each month, 1.30-3pm, more info 01271 388593. 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. WINKLEIGH MARKET: First Sat each month, new community market, produce, cakes, preserves, pies, gifts, cards, crafts & more, refreshments, 10am-12noon, all welcome.

GIVE BOWLS A GO: Free taster sessions at Kingsley Bowling Club, Edwards Drive, Westward Ho, 10am-1pm and 2-4pm, all welcome, equipment provided, refreshments.

GARDEN LECTURE: The Downes, near Bideford (EX39 5LB), garden lecture with Nigel Alford, head gardener at Hartland Abbey, including wine tasting, garden tour and gardeners' question time., Afternoon teas and plants for sale. 11.30a,-5pm, info/booking from Heather on 07760 887553. For North Devon Hospice.

'LINCOLN': Film at Littleham Village Hall, 7.30pm, info 01237 420372.

HORSE RACE NIGHT: Bideford Conservative club, 7.30pm, all welcome.

BIG BREAKFAST: Dolton Village Hall, 8.30-10.30am, all welcome.

PSYCHIC FAIR: Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, 10am-4pm, free entry, with Tarot reader and medium Hayley Raistrick-Episkopos, charitable donations welcome on entry for Barnstaple Youth House and the Special Needs Youth Club.

HOUSE & GARDEN: Open Day, The Round House, Kingsley Avenue, Ilfracombe, 10am-3.30pm, homemade cakes & refreshments, for Ilfracombe in Bloom, all welcome.


BINGO: Appledore Social Club, doors open 7pm, eyes down 7.30pm, all welcome.

BIDEFORD SERVICES: St Mary's Church, 8am Holy Communion; 10am Parish Communion; 7pm Evensong, all welcome.

TORRINGTON COMMON: Walk with Taw & Exmoor branch of British Naturalists, meet Common car park 2pm, info Brian Sims 01271343607.

PET SERVICE: Blessing and thanksgiving, Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho, 4pm, speaker from Cats Protection Holsworthy, Bideford & District branch, retiring collection for the branch and refreshments after. 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.

TAI CHI: Ilfracombe Parish Hall, Church Road, 10.15-11.15am, all welcome.

CAR BOOT SALE: Pottington, 1-4pm, sellers £6 per car 11am, no buyers before 1pm please, sorry no dogs on site, info 07878 034683.

HARTLAND FARMERS' MARKET: Parish Hall, Hartland, 10am-1pm, plus famous Farmer's Café.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Hillsford Bridge NT CP 10.30am, Hoareoak-Furzehill-Cheriton Ridge, 10 miles, info 01271 376274/863727 or

WORKING DAY: North Heale Farm, Ashreigney (EX18 7PH), steam ploughing and tractors at work, followed by refreshments, hosted by Ashreigney Country Fundraisers, donations to charity, more info from Derek on 07771 738212.

APPLE DAY: RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, in conjunction with Orchards Live, displays, cookery demonstrations, recipes, tastings, cider, fruit juice, cultivation tips, children's activities & trails plus stalls, 10am-4pm, normal garden admission applies. Info

APPLEDORE BOOK FAIR: Appledore Hall, 10.30am-4pm, adm free, info 01237 421065, a Book Festival event.

THE LIGHTHOUSE: Castle Street Rooms, Barnstaple, entry £1.50 inc refreshments, all welcome.

QUIZ NIGHT: Appledore Blue Lights Hall, 7pm, all welcome, info 01237 478313.

CAR BOOT SALE: South Molton Pannier Market, 9am-12noon, refreshments, cars £6, info 01769 572100.


BINGO: For Bideford FC, Robin's Nest Social Club, Bideford, 7.15pm, all welcome.

BINGO: Chittlehampton Village Hall, doors 6.45pm, eyes down 7.30pm, poultry, meat & food prizes, cash liner & raffle, all welcome.

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.

BARNSTAPLE MALE VOICE CHOIR: Rehearsal, Fremington Primary School, 7.30-9.30pm.

MODERN JIVE CLASSES: Classes, Ex-services & Social Club, Barnstaple, 8-11pm, info 07817 144292.

TAI CHI: Ilfracombe Parish Hall, Church Road, 10.30-11.30am, all welcome.

SHORT WALK: At Witheridge with South Molton Striders, meet SM Square 10.30am, info 01769 574179.

BRAUNTON CAMERA CLUB: Back at St Brannocks Rooms, Georgeham Cross, for winter programme, 7.30pm, all welcome, info


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. Back after summer break.

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, weekly sessions, Edwards Drive, Westward Ho, new members welcome, equipment & coaching supplied, info 01237 472507.

EPILEPSY ACTION GROUP: ND branch meeting, The Corner House, Boutport St, Barnstaple, 2-4pm, all welcome, monthly, info 07875 577428.

BIDEFORD CAMERA CLUB: Now meeting at Westward Ho Baptist Church Hall, weekly 7.30-10pm, all welcome, for more info cal Carole 01237 423242.

AGM: Tarka Child Contact Centre, Bazeley, Barnes & Bazeley's Solicitors, Bridgeland Street, Bideford, 5.30pm, for details call 07530 605681.

TALK: Devon Birdwatching Society illustrated talk 'A Birding Migration - Birds of Lesvos' by Oliver Smart, Castle Centre, Castle Street, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, adm £3 inc tea/coffee, all welcome, info 01237 452167.

BRATTON FLEMING DANCE CLUB: Goodleigh Village Hall, 7.30-10pm, adm £3, all welcome.

PIZZA NIGHT: Free pizza at Barnstaple Guildhall, hosted by the Youth Council from 5pm - come along, grab some pizza and listen to our ideas. More info 01271 373311.


CASH BINGO: Appledore Hall. All cash prizes, running jackpot game, 7.15pm.

BRAUNTON TALK: 'Reptiles & Amphibians of Devon' by ecologist Nicky Green, Braunton Countryside Centre, Caen Street, 7.45pm, adm £3 inc refreshments, info

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.

TAI CHI & QIGONG: Weekly classes, Bideford Arts Centre, 7.30-8.30pm, all welcome, info 07747 833490.

BIDEFORD PHOENIX MORRIS: Baptist Church, Mill Street, 8pm, weekly practise, new members or musicians welcome, info 01237 473798.

BANDAM : Barnstaple & North Devon Institute of Advanced Motorists, all welcome to come along to hear a talk and see what we do, refreshments, Platform 1, the old railway station, Castle Quay, 6.50pm, info 07891 424912. NORTH DEVON ARTS MEETING: Broomhill Art Hotel, Muddiford, free to members, non members welcome, £4 entry, 8pm, buffet supper from 7pm book on (01271) 850262. RASC/RCT MEETING: Bideford Conservative Club, Bridgeland Street, 7.30pm, new members welcome.

MEMORY LANE: Bideford Library 2-3.30pm, join us for a friendly reminiscence session down Memory Lane, with friendly smiles and a cuppa. To provide advice, support and a welcome for carers and their loved ones, who may be experiencing memory difficulties or dementia. More info Sophie at Taw & Torridge Caring - 01237 459337 or

BARNSTAPLE BLOOMERS: WI group meeting, Henry Williamson Room, Barnstaple Library, 6-8pm, new members welcome, info 01271 372542.

CONCERT: Bideford Music Club, Methodist Church, High Street, Shiry Rashkovky, viola, and pianist Alison Rhind, 7.30pm, tickets £12 at door, students free.

TORRINGTON SILVER BAND: In concert, Emmanuel Church, Ilfracombe, 8.15pm.