Events around the region from 06/03/14 to 12/03/14.


POTS, FISH & SHIPS: Exhibition of contemporary works with a nautical theme, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, runs until march 24, more info or 01237 471455.

NEW YEAR NEW WORK: North Devon Arts exhibition, now open at Broomhill Art Hotel, wide variety of media from more than 40 artists, open daily 11am-4pm, adm free, runs until February 28, new exhibition March 3. Please call venue on 01271 850262 if making special visit.

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.

NATIONAL FOLK: Nancy Kerr & James Fagan in concert, Bideford Folk Club, The Joiners Arms, 8pm, adm free but a collection is taken.

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.

ART FOR LEISURE & PLEASURE: St Johns Community Hall, Rose Lane (Tesco), Barnstaple, 1.30-4pm, every Thursday, info David on 07964 250436.

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

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.

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.

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

BIDEFORD WALK: Along Tarka Trail, meet weekly at Clarence Wharf car park, part of Torridge Walk & Talk (Walking for Health), all welcome, more info Steve 01237 421528.

BARNSTAPLE CAMERA CLUB: Methodist Church Hall, Rhododendron Avenue, Sticklepath, 7.30pm, info

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

THE ARTIST & THE ILLUSTRATOR: Exhibition of work by Endymion and Trevor Beer, based on West Country flora & fauna, Queen’s Theatre Gallery Café, runs until April 12.

QUIZ NIGHT: The Fox, Fremington, for the Dogs Helping Kids charity, 7.30pm, all welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: With Fremington WI, at the Parish Hall, 9.30-11am, all welcome.


GHOST WALK: A street tour of spooky Barnstaple, 7.30pm, tickets £10 inc refreshments from Oaks Coffee Shop, Boutport Street.

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.

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.

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.

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

LUNCH CLUB: Happy Café, Westward Ho!, £4.50 for two set courses, served from 12noon-2pm, booking essential on 07773 679559.

BINGO: Yarnscombe Victory Hall, eyes down 7.45pm.

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

OPEN DAY: Free admission at RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, to mark RHS 210th anniversary, 10am-5pm, more info‎ or call 01805 624067.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Service at Sacred Heart Church, North Road, Bideford, 11am, followed by tea, coffee & biscuits, families especially welcome.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Service at Appledore Baptist Church, 2.30pm, followed by tea, all welcome.

LENT LUNCH: St Brannocks Rooms, Braunton, 12noon, soup, bread, cheese & coffee, £2.50 per person, all welcome.

NOTA RIOTY: Concert with popular group, a varied range of music plus Mike Nelson’s humorous monologues, The George Hotel, South Molton, 8pm, for Amnesty International, all welcome.


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

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

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

STREETZ: Torrington dance crew at Green Lanes, Barnstaple, every Sat, 12noon-12.45pm for 5-11 year-olds + 12.45-1.30pm for 11-16s. More info from 07854 975823 or email

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

EXHIBITION: Paintings and drawings of rare plants from the Avon Gorge, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, runs until April 23, more info‎ or call 01805 624067.

TAW & TORRIDGE EMBROIDERERS’ GROUP: Sticklepath Methodist Church Hall, looking for new skills, why not come along for a taster? 10am-3pm, info (01271) 812995. BINGO: 1-2-3 lines every game, Northam Leisure Centre, for ND Intensive Care, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome.

BIDEFORD FARMERS MARKET: Jubilee Square, 9am-1pm, great local produce, second and fourth Saturday each month, more info Dan Garnett 07970 932566.

COFFEE MORNING: Bideford Liberal Democrats, High Street, 10am-12noon, all welcome.

ANTIQUES & COLLECTABLES FAIR: RHS Garden Rosemoor, Torrington, Sat & Sun, normal garden adm applies, info‎ or call 01805 624067.

ANTIQUES & COLLECTORS FAIR: Pip & Jim’s Hall, St James Place, Ilfracombe 11am-4pm, buyers & browsers £1, includes free valuation if you bring an antique along. Stalls available on 01271 879705.

NEARLY NEW & JUMBLE SALE: Manor Hall, Berrynarbor, doors 2pm, entry 30p, nearly new, bric-a-brac, books, cakes, raffle, teas & more, all welcome.

TABLE TOP SALE: Barnstaple Ex-services & Social Club, St Georges Road, 11am-2pm, tables £5 from 07584 428699.

SPRING COFFEE MORNING: Plus craft fair, Braunton Parish Hall, 10am-12noon, for Braunton Museum, adm 50p, tables £3 for one of £5 for two from 01271 815125. Bric-a-brac stalls welcome.

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: West Buckland Village Hall, buffet 7pm, show start 8pm, tickets from 01598 760437.

BIG BREAKFAST: United Community Centre, Northam, for Somerset flood victims, from 9am, all welcome.

KARAOKE: The Robin’s Nest, Bideford AFC, 7.30pm until late, for the football club, all welcome.

BARNSTAPLE CONCERT BAND: At Holy Trinity Church, Ilfracombe, music from the shows & classics, 7.30pm, licensed bar during interval, adm £10, tickets from 01271 866647 & 865329.

BARN DANCE: George Nympton Village Hall, 7pm, tickets £7.50 adults, under 12s £3.50 inc supper, from 01769 579593 or Paul Donner optician, South Molton. Plus bar available. For church funds, plus Devon Air Ambulance & South Molton Hospital League of Friends.

CHARITY GOLF COMPETITION: Great Torrington Golf Club, 8am start, all welcome for fun & friendly event, proceeds to London Marathon sponsorship for Amigos and Sense charities. Book your place on 01805 622229.


OKINAWAN KARATE: Studio 20, Ilfracombe High Street, weekly 10.30am-12noon, 12 years and above, teacher Glyn Jones 6th Dan, Japan/Okinawa taught & graded, beginners or advanced, spectators welcome, info 07581 076077 or

BIDEFORD SERVICES: St Mary’s Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion, 10am Parish Communion, all welcome.

BRAUNTON SERVICE: Said Eucharist at St Anne’s, Saunton; St Brannocks Parish Church, Parish Eucharist 9.45am, followed by coffee at St Brannocks Rooms; 6.30pm Service of Tranquillity for Lent, St Brannocks.

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 Trinity Rooms, Church Road, 10.15-11.15am, all welcome.

TABLE TOP SALE: Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, 2-4pm, for the Sue Ryder charity, more info 01271 342529.

THE LIGHTHOUSE: Castle Street Rooms, Castle Street, Barnstaple, 7pm, adm £1.50 inc refreshments, all welcome.

QUIZ NIGHT: The Dolphin, Combe martin, from 7pm, for North Devon Hospice, £3 per player, up to six per team, prize for the winners.

FLOOD VARIETY SHOW: John Fowler Holidays, Marlborough Road, Ilfracombe, free variety show & concert to help Somerset flood victims, with singers, musicians, comedians and more, doors 2pm, adm free but donations welcomed.


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.

BINGO: Chittlehampton Village Hall, 7.30pm, cash liner, meat, poultry & food prizes, plus raffle, all welcome.

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: Adult Learning Centre, Ilfracombe, 10.30-11.30am, all welcome.

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

HEADLANDS ART GROUP: Every week at Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall, 1.30pm, new members welcome, info 01237 478223.

MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSN: North & West Devon Group meeting, North Devon Hospice, Deer Park, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, to attend call (01271) 327014.

BIDEFORD STAMP CLUB: Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! 7.30pm start, all welcome, more info 01237 479494.

PRIZE BINGO: Meat & grocery prizes, Parkham Hall, eyes down 7.30pm, all welcome.

COMMUNITY WOODLANDS WALK: With South Molton Striders, meet SM square 10.30am, all welcome, info 01769 574137.


HAPPY HOUR TUESDAY: New weekly fellowship meeting at Barnstaple Salvation Army hall, Oakleigh Road, 2.30pm, all welcome.

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.

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

BIDEFORD CAMERA CLUB: The Youth Centre, The Pill, Bideford, weekly 7.30-10pm, all welcome, for more info call Carole 01237 423242.

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

YOGA: Bideford Methodist Hall, beginners 5.45pm, intermediate 7.30, info 07968 898847.

INSTOW WALK: Part of Walking for Health programme, meet Sandhills car park 10.30am, more info 01237 421528.

OCEANVIEW COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB: Braddicks Pier House, Westward Ho!, 8.15-11pm, live music with Clear Water, all welcome, info 01805 601495.

ILFRACOMBE WALKERS: Meet 10.15am for 301 bus to Combe Martin, all welcome, more info 01271 862342.

STRICTLY SALSA: Every Tuesday, Barnstaple Conservative Club, Boutport Street, absolute beginners 7.20pm, beginners 7.45pm, improvers 8.30pm, info 07816 614658.

MACULAR SOCIETY SUPPORT GROUP: Meets monthly, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, for anyone with macular degeneration, their family or carers, 10am-12noon, more info 01237 474128.

WHAT’S THAT RAPTOR: Devon Birds AGM plus illustrated talk with Keith Offord. The Castle Centre, Castle Street, Barnstaple, 7.15pm start, adm £3 inc tea/coffee. More info 01237 452167.


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

EASTER BINGO: Ex-services & Social Club, St Georges Road, Barnstaple, 7pm, for Pathfield School all 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.

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

BRAUNTON SERVICE: St Brannocks Parish Church, Said Eucharist 10am.

BIDEFORD WALK: Short walk around Victoria Park, meet every Wednesday at Café du Parc, part of Torridge Walk & Talk (Walking for Health), all welcome, more info Steve 01237 421528.

YOGA: Lavington Hall, Bideford 9.45am, info 07968 898847.

COFFEE MORNING: With charity collections, every Wednesday, the Fox & Hounds, Fremington, 9am-12noon.

BANDAM: Barnstaple & North Devon Institute of Advanced Motorists, all welcome to free talk on driving & road safety, refreshments, non members very welcome, at 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. BARNSTAPLE UKULELE GROUP: Every second Wed at St Anne’s Art and Community Centre, 7.30-9pm, any standard welcome, very friendly, informal club, more info on 07876 028331.

BIDEFORD PROBUS CLUB: The Royal Hotel, East-the-Water, 10.15am, info 01237 473337.

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

SWEENEY TODD: Barnstaple Operatic Society begins six show run of the hit musical at the Queen’s Theatre, show start 7.30pm, tickets/info from 01271 324242.

TAROT CARD READING: Living Tree Centre, Paige’s Lane, Barnstaple, 7-9pm, every second Wednesday of the month.

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

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