Festive events from 19/12/13 to 25/12/13.

* PLEASE NOTE: It is assumed regular events will not be taking place on Christmas Day. Others are likely to be disrupted by the holiday period – please check with venue before travelling.


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.

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 www.burtonartgallery.co.uk

COFFEE MORNING: RBS (NatWest) Group Pensioners’ Association GPA, Imperial Hotel, Barnstaple, 10.30am.

CAROLS: At Sainsbury’s Barnstaple with Bideford Town Band.

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, with artist Pete Ward on ‘Bideford Paint Mine’, info Eric 01237 478123.

TARKA TRAIL WALK: Bideford, meet by Clarence Wharf car park bus shelter, part of Walking for Health initiative, every Thursday, call 01237 421528 for details.

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Drop in sessions for people with sight or hearing loss. Equipment, information & advice at mobile sensory unit – 10am-12 noon the Square, Winkleigh; plus 2-4pm South Molton lorry park (Southley Road).

SOCIAL GROUP: Informal get together for people with hearing impairment, the See Hear Centre, 19a Alexandra Road, Barnstaple, 2pm, third Thursday each month, all welcome, info 01271 373236.

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 gary.tovey@gmail.com 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.


CHARITY CAROL SERVICE: Outside the Museum of British Surfing, Caen Street car park, Braunton, with the St Brannock’s Church Choir, plus hot food, mulled wine and mince pies, 6pm, free entry to the museum too.

FESTIVE FRIDAYS: Bideford Pannier Market, 9.30am-2pm.

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.

VOCAL ACCORD CONCERT: St Peter’s Church, Barnstaple 8pm.

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.

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

NORTHAM REMINISCENCE CAFÉ: Northam Hall, 10am-12noon, a friendly smile, a cuppa and homemade refreshments, provide advice, support and a welcoming atmosphere for those who may be have memory loss or dementia and their carers. Info Sophie at Taw & Torridge Caring – 01237 459337 & sophiee@torridgecvs.org.uk.

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.


* NOTE CORRECTION * OBSIDIAN ACOUSTIC: Live at the Prince of Wales, Fore Street, Ilfracombe, from 9pm. This event is on Saturday and not Friday as incorrectly stated in our print version, and for which we apologise.

CHRISTMAS BINGO: Shebbear Village Hall, for Shebbear Football Club, eyes down 8pm, all welcome.

EXMOOR CAROLLERS: Concert for Macmillan at Lynton United Reform Church, refreshments, tickets £6 from 01598 753287.

CHRISTMAS KARAOKE: The Robins Nest, Bideford AFC, 7.30pm.

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT: St Peter’s Church, Fremington, 7pm, doors 6pm, North Devon Strings present selection of carols and popular favourites from 20 musicians, tickets £7.50 & £4 at door or from North Devon Music Centre.

CHARITY DANCE: Goodleigh Village Hall, with Bett & Audrey, 7.30-11.30pm, bring-and-share, adm £3.50, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS QUIZ & DISCO: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, all welcome.

ILFRACOMBE CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET: Market Arches, High Street, 2-4pm, local produce and crafts, more info 01271 864621.

CAROLS IN MILL STREET: With Bideford Town Band, 10.30am-12noon.

CHRISTMAS FUN DAY: Quince Honey Farm, South Molton, Santa’s Grotto, Christmassy games, activities and festive food.

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

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 Golden Lion Inn, Barnstaple, every Sat from 12.30-2.30pm to teach street dancing to age eight-plus. First session free.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Barnstaple Leisure Centre, 10.30am Beside River Taw to Tawstock & return, 4.5 miles, info 01271 376274/863727 or www.northdevonramblers.co.uk

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

DEVON FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY: (North Devon Branch) Meeting, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, 2-4pm, info on 01237 451527 or 472883. BINGO: 1-2-3 lines every game, Northam Hall (former scout hall), for North Devon Hospice, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome. 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.



Ilfracombe – Pip & Jim’s, Candlelit Carol Service 6.30pm. Holy Trinity, Christingle 3.30pm. St Peter’s (Highfield) Cloth at the Cradle 5pm. Emmanuel Church, Candlelit Carol Service 4pm.

Bideford - St Mary’s Parish Church, 8am Holy Communion; 10am Parish Communion; 7pm Carol Service. Bideford Centre of Light, Carol Service 6.30pm. Bethel Free Church, Carol Service 10.30am. Lavington URC, Family Service, Lessons & Carols 6.30pm.

Appledore - Baptist Church Christmas Café Service 10.30am; Candlelight Carol Service 6.30pm. St Mary’s, All Age Service 10am.

Northam – St Margaret’s, Holy Communion 8am, Morning Worship 10am.

Westward Ho! – Holy Trinity, Morning Worship 10am.

Braunton - St Brannock’s Church, Nine Lessons & Carols 6.30pm, followed by mince pies & mulled wine.

South Molton - Parish Church 8am BCP Holy Communion, 11am Nine Lessons & Carols, 4pm Carols by Candlelight.

Fremington – St Peter’s, carols by candlelight 6pm.

BEER & CAROLS: The George & Dragon, Fore Street, Ilfracombe, 8pm.

CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET: Hartland Parish Hall, plus top café, 10am-2pm, 22 stalls, stocking filler tombola, kids’ activities, info 01237 441786.

EXMOOR CAROLLERS: Charity concert at The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, 3pm, tickets from 01805 624624.

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.

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


BIDEFORD CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET: Extra market at Jubilee Square 9am-1pm, plenty of stalls, local producers and live music.

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

CAROLS: At Bideford Asda with Bideford Town Band, 6pm.

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 573453.

BRAUNTON CAMERA CLUB: St Brannocks Rooms, Georgeham Cross, for winter programme, 7.30pm, all welcome, info www.quillstring.co.uk/bcc.



Barnstaple - St Peter’s Church, Christingle Service 4-5pm, all welcome. Midnight Mass 11.30pm. St John the Baptist Church, Christingle Service 4-5.30pm. St Mary’s RC Church, 6pm Family Vigil Mass carols & prayers; 11.30pm First Mass of the Nativity.

Fremington – St peter’s Church, Crib Service 6pm, Midnight Communion 11.30pm.

Braunton - St Brannock’s Church, Family Christmas Crib Service 4pm, children invited to dress as their favourite Nativity characters. Followed later at 11.30pm with Midnight Mass by candlelight.

Ilfracombe – Opip & Jim’s, Christingle Sefvice 4pm, Midnight Communion 11.30pm. St Peter’s (Highfield Road) Crib Service 4pm. Holy Trinity, Midnight Mass 11.30pm.

Bideford- St Mary’s Parish Church, 4pm Nativity service, plus Midnight Mass 11.30pm, all welcome. Bideford Methodist Church, Carol Service 6.30pm. Bethel Free Church, Carols plus Holy Communion 7.30pm. Lavington URC, Midnight Service 11.30pm.

Appledore - St Mary’s, Crib Service 4.30pm, Midnight Service 11.30pm.

Northam - St Margaret’s, Crib Service 4pm, Midnight Service 11.30pm.

Westward Ho! - Holy Trinity, Westward Ho! – Midnight Service 11.30pm.

Holsworthy - Parish Church, Christingle Service 4-5.30pm.

South Molton - Carols in the Pannier Market with South Molton Town Band; Parish Church, 11.30pm Midnight Mass.

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

CAROLS IN MILL STREET: With Bideford Town Band, 10.30am-12noon.

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.

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 gary.tovey@gmail.com 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.



Bideford - St Mary’s Church 8am Holy Communion; 10am Parish Communion with Carols. Bideford Methodist Church family service 10am; The Bethel morning worship 10.30am; Lavington URC family service 10.30am.

Barnstaple - St Peter & St Mary Magdalene Church 10am. St Mary’s RC Church Solemn Mass of the Nativity 9.30am.

Fremington – St Peter’s, Family Communion 10.30am.

Northam – St Margaret’s, Holy Communion 10am.

Braunton – St Brannock’s Church, Family Holy Communion 9.45am.

Ilfracombe – Pip & Jim’s, Family Service & Holy Communion 10.30am. Holy Trinity, Holy Communion 8am. St Peter’s (Highfield), Christmas Eucharist 10.30am. Emmanuel Church, Family Service 10am.

Appledore – Baptist church Christmas morning family service 10am. St Mary’s, Holy Communion 10am.

Westward Ho! – Holy Trinity, Holy Communion 10am.

South Molton – Parish Church, 8am BCP Holy Communion, 11am Holy Communion. St Joseph’s RC Mass of the Day with carols 11.15am.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH: Bishops Tawton Methodist hall, 12.30pm. No cost lunch open to anyone who wishes to go along for good food and company. Please call 01271 859334 to book place.

CHRISTMAS DINNER: Barnstaple Salvation Army Hall, Oakleigh Road, for anyone who will be alone this Christmas, doors 12noon, food served 12.30pm prompt. Please book on 01271 321972.