What’s on in North Devon from 27/03/14 to 02/04/14.


FOSSILS, DINOSAUR BONES & THE BIBLE: Illustrated talk at Grosvenor Church, Barnstaple, with Professor Andy McIntosh, 7.30-9pm, all welcome, refreshments served at 7pm, more info 01271 373376.

NEW YEAR NEW WORK: North Devon Arts exhibition, Broomhill Art Hotel, wide variety of media from more than 40 artists, open daily 11am-4pm, adm free. Runs until March 30. Please call venue on 01271 850262 if making special visit.

THE VERBALS: Live music at Lilico’s, Barnstaple, punk indie set from 9pm, free entry.

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.

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

ATLANTIC FLOWER CLUB: Floral demonstrations, Appledore Church Rooms, every fourth Thursday of the month, 2pm, all welcome, info (01237) 421911.

NORTHAM MEN’S FORUM: Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, 10.15am-12noon, ‘Any Questions’ with Reverend Ian Lovett, Cllr Andrew Eastman & former librarian Jane Hayman, info Eric 01237 478123.

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Drop in sessions for people with sight or hearing loss. Equipment, information & advice at mobile sensory unit – 10am-2pm outside Lynton Town Hall.

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, 7.30-9pm for adults, 01237 441527. Please note: Now meeting Mondays too.

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 gary.tovey@gmail.com 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 www.barnstaplecameraclub.co.uk

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 & CURRY NIGHT: The White Lion, Braunton, 8.30pm, free entry, win £20 food voucher for the on-site Indian Kitchen.

AGM: Of the Bideford Area Club for Disabled Learners, Bideford Town Hall, 7pm.

BEGINNERS ON STAGE: Top quality humour at Woolsery Community hall, also runs Fri/Sat, tickets £5, info from 01237 431982, for Bideford NFU.


LEARNING DESIGN: From The Created World, illustrated talk at Appledore Baptist Church, , with Professor Andy McIntosh, 7.30-9pm, all welcome, refreshments served at 7pm, more info 01271 373376.

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.

LUNDY ART GROUP: Monthly at St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, 10am-1pm, new members welcome, info 01237 423884.

AGE CONCERN SEMINAR: Free information event for people aged 50+ concerned about protecting their assets, Barnstaple Hotel, organised by Age Concern & Robert Campbell & Co solicitors, with Devon Carers, SeeHear Centre and financial advisor speaking. Starts 2pm, registration 1.30pm, to attend please call 01271 324488.

BARNSTAPLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CLUB: Wrey Arms, Sticklepath, last Fri each month, free entry, guests DJs, occasional trade stalls, all welcome, info 07899 701498.

PILTON CINEMA: The Motorcycle Diaries showing at Pilton Church Hall, 7.45pm, £4 or ‘couples’ £6, info www.piltoncinema.org

BLUE JASMINE: Film at St Mary’s Hall, Appledore, 7.30pm, bar open 7pm, tickets from Docton gallery or call 01237 421065. An Appledore Book festival event.

BEGINNERS ON STAGE: Top quality humour at Woolsery Community hall, also Sat, tickets £5 & info from 01237 431982.

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


SOAP OUR SALOONS: Charity car wash for Ilfracombe RNLI, at the Lifeboat Station from 10am-2pm, refreshments while you wait, all proceeds to the £1million launch vehicle appeal.

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 amy@streetzdancecrew.com

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 www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor‎ or call 01805 624067.

TATTING: Knotted Lace Craft Group, High Bickington, 10.30am-3.30pm. Bring Packed Lunch, info (01769) 560805.

BIG BREAKFAST & MARKET: West Buckland Village Hall, 9am-2pm, variety of stalls inc bric-a-brac, raffle & books. Breakfasts £5, free entry, more info 01598 760437.

EXTRA BINGO: Northam Hall (former scout hall), 2.15pm, for North Devon Hospice, all welcome.

CRAFT FAIR: Petroc-Brannams campus, Roundswell, Barnstaple, 11am-4pm, all welcome.

ALL OR NOTHING: Live music from this popular band for a charity dance, at Hartland Parish Hall, 8pm until late, bar & buffet, for Cancer Research, info/tickets from 01237 441548.

KARAOKE: Robin’s Nest, Bideford FC, 8pm, all welcome.

CREAM TEAS & TABLE TOP: Sale, South Street Church, Braunton, 10am-12noon, for the Cogwill Trust, supporting orphans in Uganda, all welcome.

CHARITY AUCTION: West Down Village Hall, 7.30pm, for Marwood Community Hall project, nibbles & bar, no need to book. For info, to donate auction lots or to help, call Liz on 01271 850903.

REJOICE THE VOICE: Acapella choir in concert, St Brannocks Church, Braunton, 7.30pm, adm free collection taken for Cancer Research UK Relay for life North Devon, all welcome.

GUSSY’S SLIDE SHOW: Repeat showing of 1960s Buckland Brewer, in the Village Hall, 7.30pm, £3 inc light refreshments, for Parish Church funds, all welcome.

NORTHERN SOUL: DJ night with Pete Robinson, the Black Horse, Braunton.

COFFEE MORNING: Bideford Victoria Park Bowling Club, for the British Heart Foundation, 10am-12noon, tombola, raffle & cake stalls, tickets at door £1.25, all welcome.

THE TRACERS: Live music at The White Lion, Braunton, 8.30pm.

BEGINNERS ON STAGE: Top quality humour at Woolsery Community hall, tickets £5 + info from 01237 431982.


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 www.okinawakarateuk.com

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

BRAUNTON SERVICE: St Brannocks Church, Parish Eucharist for Mothering Sunday 9.45am, followed by coffee at St Brannocks Rooms; 6.30pm Evensong & Benediction, St Brannocks. St Anne’s, Saunton, BCP Matins 11am.

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.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet White Hart Pub Bratton Fleming, 10.30am Local countryside. Hilly. Seven miles, info 01271 376274/863727 or www.northdevonramblers.co.uk

YOUNG FARMERS ENTERTAIN: Woolsery Community Hall, 3.30 & 7.30pm, not to be missed! Tickets £5 from 01237 451627.


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.

FREMINGTON BINGO: The Parish Hall, eyes down 7.30pm, for the British Heart Foundation, all welcome.

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 www.quillstring.co.uk/bcc.

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

AIKIDO CLUB: Bucks Cross Village Hall, 7.30-9pm for adults, 01237 441527.

LIMERS LANE WALK: With South Molton Striders, meet SM Square 10.30am, two mile walk, all welcome, info 01769 573258.

SIN, SEX, SCANDAL AND VICARS: Appledore Library spring talk with historian Peter Christie on what those naughty Elizabethans got up to! 7.30pm, tickets £2 from the library.

HEALTHY EATING ON A BUDGET: Course at Happy Café, Golf Links Road, Westward Ho!, 9.30am-3pm, free if on benefits, more info 07773 679559.


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 gary.tovey@gmail.com for more information.

VINTAGE MARKET: Torrington Pannier Market, 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.

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

ILFRACOMBE WALKERS: Meet 9.30am bus to Bideford, walk to Appledore, all welcome, more info 01271 862342.

NORTHAM FAMILY PROJECT: New project to provide activities for people in the Morwenna area, 4-7pm, the Happy Café, Westward Ho! all welcome.

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

BOSPA: Note, now first Tues of the month. British Obesity Surgery Patient Assn, local group meeting, the Training Room, ASDA, Atlantic Village, Bideford, support organisation for anyone considering / has undergone weight loss surgery, 7-9pm, info 07837 413989.

TORRINGTON WALK: Part of Walking for Health programme, meet Dartington Crystal car park, 10.30am, more info 01237 421528.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those with hearing loss, South Molton Age Concern pop-in centre, Broad Street, first Tues every month 2pm, all welcome.

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.


BIG BREAKFAST: Umberleigh Village Hall, 9am, plenty of delicious Devon food. Please call 07966 502093 for tickets. In aid of Women’s Farming Union and Farm Crisis Network.

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

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 www.rejoicethevoice.org.

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.

BIDEFORD HEALING GROUP: Every Wednesday, Sea Cadets Hall, Victoria Park, all welcome, 10am-12noon.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Watergate Bridge CP, 10.30am Tarka Trail, Monkleigh, Frithelstock, eight miles, info 01271 376274/863727 or www.northdevonramblers.co.uk

EASTER COFFEE MORNING: Abbeyfield, Glen Tor, Villa Road, Torrington, 10.30am-12noon, stalls & raffle, entry £1, all welcome.

CURRY LUNCH: North Devon Yacht Club, Instow, 12.30pm inc dessert & coffee, talk by Pat Hughes about sailing around Ireland in 2013 for the RNLI, tickets available from Pat on 01271 346560 or Rachel 07989 747163.

INSTOW WALK: Two mile walk, meet fortnightly by kiosk Sandhills car park 11am, part of Torridge Walk & Talk (Walking for Health), all welcome, more info Steve 01237 421528.