Events from 05/12/13 to 11/12/13.


OPEN CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION: Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, annual Friends of Burton fund raiser, showcase of local artists, amateurs and professionals alike, runs until Dec 22. More info 01237 471455 or

CAROL EVENING: Harracott Hall, 7.30pm with the Appledore Singers, mince pies, stalls and raffle for the Appledore life boat.

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: Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, 1.30-4.30pm, info from David 07964 250436.

NORTHAM MEN’S FORUM: Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, 10.15am-12noon, Christmas lunch, info Eric 01237 478123.

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

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: St Mary Magdalene’s Church, South Molton. Runs until Monday from 10am-4pm.

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. 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, all inclusive price £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.

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

BARNSTAPLE CAMERA CLUB: Meets every Thursday, Sticklepath Methodist Church, Rhododendron Avenue, 7.30pm, info/programme


LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICES: St Martin’s Reformed Church, Bude 7pm, for ND Hospice; Sheepwash Church, 7pm, for CHSW; Christ Church, Barnstaple, 7pm, for CHSW.

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

CHRISTMAS LANTERN PARADE: South Molton, 5pm-9pm. Winter Wonderland, late night shopping, pannier market, craft marquee, Santa’s grotto, art exhibition, fun fair and live music on the Square.

GLITZ & GLAM BALL: The Royal Hotel, Bideford, hosted by Encompass Southwest to help those facing poverty and homelessness in North Devon, 7pm-late, tickets £36, more info 01271 371499.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Northam Choral Society hosts international concert harpist Ruth Faber St Mary’s Church, Bideford, 7.30pm, £6 at door, children and students free.

CHRISTINGLE SERVICES: Kingsley Preschool and Juniors, Bideford. 2pm-3.30pm.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: St Michael’s Church, Horwood. From 8pm, tickets £5 in advance from Janie Lock 01271 858345 to include glass of mulled wine and pasty.

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.

CHRISTMAS QUIZ: The Old Bus Station, 7pm, by Barnstaple Youth Council. Tickets £4 per person, max of four per team. Includes Christmas dinner. Proceeds to Cancer Research. To book: Kate Graddock on 01271 373311.

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

BINGO: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 7 for 7.30pm, 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.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Ilfracombe Library, 6pm-8.30pm. Handmade goods, ex library book sale, kids’ activities and Ilfracombe Junior School Music Club. Info: 01271 862388.

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL: St Peter’s Church, Fremington. Closes Sunday with carol singing. Free entry but donations appreciated. Info: 01271 372572.


LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICE: Holsworthy Methodist Church, 7pm, for both hospices.

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.

CHRISTMAS BINGO: Northam Community Centre, eyes down 2.15pm in aid of Chemo Appeal. All Welcome.

DECORATED CHRISTMAS TREES: Competition at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, runs until Jan 5, open to all, use natural materials to decorate your tree – numbers limited, register early on 01805 626800.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Fremington Parish Hall from 2pm. Christmas gifts, white elephant. Tombola, bottle stall and refreshments.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Gifts, crafts, toys, coffee. Dolton Village Hall, 12-3pm. Proceeds to hall funds.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Knowstone Church, 2pm, stalls and teas.

TABLE TOP SALE: Westward Ho! Baptist hall, 10am-2pm, raising funds for Gambia, mince pies, tea and coffee, all welcome.

CAROLS: With Bideford Town Band – in Bideford Pannier Market 10am-12noon; Mill Street 10.30am-12noon.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Northam Hall, from 12pm-3.30pm. Christmas gifts, refreshments, and raffle. Free parking at Northam Doctor’s Surgery and dental centre. In aid of Northam Lodge.

THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS: RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, meet Father Christmas’ favourite elf and the Christmas Tree Fairy, with stories and songs, children of all ages welcome, 11am, 1 & 2pm, normal garden adm applies. Also Sunday. Info

CHRISTMAS FUN DAY: Quince Honey Farm. Free entry for members, or free for adults and children £3.95. Visit Santa, Christmas games, crafts and festive treats.

GRAND CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: At Deri’s (5 Francis Drive, Westward Ho!) 10.30am onwards, cakes, card and Christmas stalls, raffle, all very welcome, cakes, quiches etc gratefully received.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: 10am-11.30am at Newport Methodist Church. Cake stall and bric-a-brac. Rainbow Christmas tree festival follows, church open from 2-4pm, entry 50p.

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.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: St Mary’s Church, Molland. 6pm, free entry. Retiring collection for church & preschool. Refreshments provided.

CHRISTINGLE SERVICE: South Molton Parish Church, 11am-12.30pm.

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.

QUIZ NIGHT: Appledore Community Hall, for Torridge Pilot Gig Club. To book call 01237 47-501.

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

LINO PRINT: Learn a new skill with plenty of one-to-one support at Petroc College. 10-4pm, £25.50 plus £4 materials. Book on 01271 852356.

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

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

HATHERLEIGH MARKET: Ruby Country Christmas market from 9am-2pm. Festive gifts and food, musical entertainment and raffle for Devon Air Ambulance. Info: 07855 187364.

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.

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

GEORGE NYMPTON WALK: With South Molton Striders, meet SM Square 10.30am, info 01769 573453.

ATLANTIC JAZZ FREESTYLE: Pollyfield Centre, East-the-Water. 8.30-12, £5 on door. Info: 07592 766871.

CHARITY DANCE: With Bett and Audrey, 7.30pm-11.30pm. Admission £3.50 all welcome.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Two Rivers Wind Ensemble, at Lavington United Reformed Church, Bideford. From 7.30pm, tickets £5. Info: 01271 860061.

GIFT & PROMISE AUCTION: Allardice Hall, Parkham. Viewing 7pm, starting 7.30pm. Free entry, cheese and nibbles and bar. Donation from proceeds to Devon Air Ambulance.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Farmers market, under the Market Arches in Ilfracombe High Street. 10am-12.30pm. Fresh and organic local produce and crafts. Info: 01271 864621.

NEARLY NEW SALE: Snapdragons preschool, Northam, from 10am-12noon. Admission £1 pp – all money raised goes to new equipment for the children.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Torrington Parish Church, 10am-2pm, stalls, Christmas hamper draw, refreshments and light lunches.

CHRISTMAS FAIR: Croyde Village Hall, 1pm-4.30pm.


BIDEFORD CHURCH SERVICES: St Mary’s Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion; 10am All Age Communion. All welcome.

LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICES: St Nectan’s Church, Stoke, Hartland, 4pm, for North Devon Hospice. St Philip and St James, Ilfracombe, 6.30pm, for both hospices.

CAROLS: Bideford Town Band at Atlantic Village, 2-3.30pm.

CHRISTMAS FATSTOCK SHOW: South Molton, 10am-4pm. Farm animals and poultry, demonstrations of traditional crafts, food and drink, Young Farmers tractor pull and vintage rally.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: Christ Church, Braunton from 3pm. Donations to church refurbishment fund, with festive refreshments.

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

QUIZ NIGHT: For North Devon Cancer Care, Lacey’s Ale & Cider House, Mill Street, Bideford, 8pm, info 01237 473798.

MORNING WORSHIP: Newport Methodist Church, 10.30am-11.30am. Church open from 2-4pm, entrance 50p including tea, coffee and biscuits.

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

CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR: Eggesford Gardens. Free entry.

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

PAUL YOUNG – CERAMICS: First Burton Art Gallery showcase for this internationally recognised artist. Runs until Dec 14. Open Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Info 01237 471455 or

CAR BOOT SALE: Brannams Pottery, Barnstaple, every Sunday, 12noon-3pm, £1 parking, 50p on foot, info 07802 176993.

CHARITY BINGO: Rose Lane Tesco Coffee Shop, doors open 6.30pm. 50p entrance, inc tea and coffee; eyes down 7.30pm, cash prizes and raffle.


LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICES: St Sabinus Church, Woolacombe 6.30pm, for ND Hospice.

BIDEFORD STAMP CLUB: Members & guests evening, The Old School Room, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho!, 7.30pm, all welcome, info 01237 472101.

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

FREMINGTON BINGO: The Parish Hall, eyes down 7.30pm, for a deaf charity.

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

MEDIUM WALK: With South Molton Striders, meet SM Square 10.30am, info 01769 574827.

BRAUNTON CAMERA CLUB: 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.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING: RHS Garden Rosemoor shop, Torrington, 4-8pm, live Christmas music, food tastings and demonstrations, adm free, info

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.

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.

BINGO: Brayford Village Hall in aid of Brayford Pre School. Eyes down 8pm, great prizes and refreshments also available.

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

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

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

BRATTON FLEMING DANCE CLUB: At Goodleigh, 7.30pm-10pm, admission £2 all welcome.


LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICES: 1pm St Peter and St Mary Magdalene Church, Barnstaple, for ND Hospice; All Hallows Church, Woolsery 7pm.

CHRISTMAS WHIST DRIVE: Barnstaple Conservative Club, 7.45pm, all welcome.

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

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

LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICE: All Hallows Church, Woolsery, 7pm.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Hospital Choir in aid of the Chemo Appeal, at The Guildhall, Barnstaple. From 7.30pm, mince pies and raffle, tickets £5 from Lora Roberts Hair Designs or 07582 954769.

RASC/RCT ASSN MEETING: Bideford Conservative Club, Bridgeland Street, 7.30pm, new members welcome.

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 free lively talk on driving & road safety, refreshments, non members very welcome, at Platform 1, the old railway station, Castle Quay, 7pm, 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.

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

COFFEE MORNING: Abbotsham Old School Room. Village archives on display dating back to 1893.