THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6LUNCH CLUB: The Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 12.30-2.30pm, every week, info 01237 478734. DUPLICATE BRIDGE: Every Thursday, Holy Trinity Church Hall, Westward Ho!, friendly club, 6.45pm start, more info 01237 470990. FEEL BETTER WITH A BOOK: Reading group with a difference, Ilfracombe Library 10-11.30am, listen to stories & poems read aloud, share your thoughts with others, no reading required BIDEFORD WALK: Along Tarka Trail, meet every Thursday at Clarence Wharf car park, part of Torridge Walk & Talk (Walking for Health), all welcome, more info Steve 01237 421528. HEALING: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, 7-8pm. FREMINGTON SINGERS: Fremington Methodist Church, Old School Lane, doors 7.30pm, £5, info 01271 268094. TARKA VALLEY RAILWAY: Volunteers meet every Thursday at Torrington Station, aka The Puffing Billy, for restoration & track laying, new members welcome, info 07881 905260. BEFRIENDERS: Weekly activity afternoon for the over 65s, Tyrrell Hospital, Ilfracombe, 2.30-4pm, enjoy a craft or learn something new, plus hot drinks & tea cakes. BARNSTAPLE CAMERA CLUB: Winter programme, every Thursday 7.15pm, Methodist Church Hall, Rhododendron Avenue, Sticklepath, see www.barnstaplecameraclub.co.uk for details or call 01271 343789.. SOUTH MOLTON COUNTRY PANNIER MARKET: 9am-2pm. ART GROUP: Art for Leisure & Pleasure, weekly drop-in, 1.30-4pm, St Johns Community Centre (next to Whiddon Valley Tesco) Barnstaple, info 07964 250436. COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from High Bickington, Beaford, Dolton, Dowland, Petrockstowe, Peters Marland & Merton, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630. VOLUNTEER GARDENERS: Needed to help at Westward Ho! promenade, alternate Thursday and Friday mornings, no specialist knowledge needed, call Pat on 01237 459081 for info. NEW LOOK BINGO: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, all cash prizes, eyes down 7.15pm, Chunky is your caller, all welcome. NORTHAM MENS FORUM: Christmas Quiz & Draw, presented by John Cowell, 10.15am-noon, info Eric on 01237 478123. RAMBLERS WALK: Hunters Inn NT CP, 11am, Voley-Heale Down., 6 miles, Info: 01271 376274/07720 203727. CHRISTMAS SOCIAL: Barnstaple & District Horticultural Society get together, St Johns Garden Centre 7.30pm, all welcome, info 01271 342390. CHILDRENS CHRISTMAS SHOW: With Boo to a Goose Theatre, at Barnstaple Library, for under fives and their grown ups, 10-11am, £4 per child to include gift, book tickets at the library. BARNSTAPLE MEMORY CAFÉ: Barnstaple Library, 10an-noon, for people living with memory problems and their carers, all welcome. SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Help and advice from mobile unit, Hartland Pavilion 10am-noon; Bideford Pill 2-4pm.FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7QUIZ NIGHT: Appledore Community and Sports Assn, teams up to six, £1 per person, cash prizes and snowball draw, 8pm. BOWLS: Appledore Short Mat Bowling Club, weekly at Appledore Community Hall, 2pm. LIVE MUSIC: Weekly, The Champ, Appledore, 9pm. TABLE TENNIS: With Bideford Friday Afternoon Table Tennis Group, Bideford Youth Centre, 2.30-4.30pm, new members welcome, info 01271 861797, visit the Facebook page or drop in. COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Bideford, Abbotsham and Alverdiscott, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630. BARUM SHANTY FOLK WAILERS: Fremington Methodist Church, weekly, 10am-1pm, all welcome, hosted by Barnstaple & District BIDEFORD COUNTRY DANCE CLUB: All newcomers, singles and couples welcome, experience not necessary, Northam Hall, weekly, 8pm, info 01237 476632. RUDH: Live music at The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm. ART GROUP: Phase One, Ethelwynne Brown Court, East-the-Water, Bideford, 2-4pm, also Tuesdays, weekly, info 07967 656366. GRAND CHRISTMAS BINGO: George Nympton Village Hall, doors 7pm for 7.30, lots of great prizes, bar available plus hot drinks and mince pies, all welcome. CHRISTMAS CONCERT: St Marys Church, Bideford, 6.30pm, school choir, brass ensemble and string quartet, mulled wine and mince pies, collection for Carewise and North Devon Hospice, info 01271 861824. CHRISTMAS FOOD & CRAFT MARKET: St Marys Hall, Appledore, 11.30am-6.45pm, lunches noon-4pm, Selfies with the Elfie, Hubba Choir (6pm), plenty of stalls, free entry. GET TOGETHER: For people living with or affected by Motor Neurone Disease, at North Devon Hospice, Newport, 2-4pm, help with transport available, for info call Kerry on 0345 3751844 or Jo on 0345 375 1839. FUNK & SOUL CLUB: With DJ Pete Robinson, The Kings Arms, Georgeham, 9pm. LUNDY ART GROUP: Blue Lights Hall, Appledore, 10am-1pm, new members always welcome, info 01237 421554.SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8BINGO: Barton Road Community Centre, Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, for local charities. CLAIRVOYANCE: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, 7.30pm. WHIST DRIVE: Weekly, Northam Square Hall, 7pm, new players welcome, £1.50 to include tea and a happy evening. CLAIRVOYANCE: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, 6.30pm. DARK HORSE: Live music at the Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm, all welcome. MUSIC CLUB: 11 to 16 years, The Small School Room, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! weekly 11am-1pm, supported by the Ho! Co-op Local Community Fund, all welcome, info 01237 478048. FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: Regular meet ups, Saturday and Wednesday events, support and resources, for info email email@example.com or call 07968 511312. TAW & TORRIDGE EMBROIDERERS GROUP: Sticklepath Methodist Hall, second Saturday each month, 10am-3pm, join us for a free taster, info 01237 421341 or 01271 812995. BINGO: 1-2-3 lines every game, Northam Leisure Centre, for NDIntensive Care, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome. SHAMMICK ACOUSTIC: Open night at the Pack o Cards, Combe Martin, 8pm, all welcome to perform or listen. GRAND COFFEE MORNING: Barnstaple Parish Church, raffle, tombola, cake stall and more, 10am-1pm. ANNUAL CAROL CONCERT: Barnstaple Male Voice Choir & Centre Stage School, St Peters Church, Barnstaple, 7pm, for Marie Curie, tickets £5 (U16s free), at the door or from 01271 377861. CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: The Lantern Centre, Ilfracombe High Street, doors open 10am, hosted by Holy Cross Catholic Parish, all welcome. FAMILY CHRISTMAS FAIR & GROTTO: Hosted by the Northam Care Trust, Rose Hill Activity Centre, Heywood Road, Bideford, 10am-2pm, festive games, Santa, stalls to browse, hot soup and refreshments, free entry and parking. ARMISTICE CENTENARY CONCERT: St Michael & All Angels Church, Torrington, with North Devon Choral Society, first half work by Andrew Campling, including a cantata based on the war diaries of his grandfather, Andrew will be attending, collection for the Royal British Legion, second half singing Elgars Spirit of England, conducted by John Hobbs, full orchestra and soloists, tickets £15 from Torrington Jewellers or call 01805 628262, ex or serving service personnel free. THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM: Illustrated talk by Prof Stuart Burgess, Roundswell Community Centre, 7.30pm, all welcome, adm free. ASHFORD ART EXHIBITION: Saturday & Sunday, Church Hall, Adder Lane, Ashford, 10am-4pm, 15 local artists from surrounding area, paintings, sculpture, photography, glass work and more, adm free and parking nearby. CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET: Pop up at Affinity Devon (formerly Atlantic Village), also Sunday, local crafters from 10am.SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9BIDEFORD SALVATION ARMY: Bideford Baptist Church, every Sunday 3-4pm, all welcome. DIVINE SERVICE: Barnstaple Christian Spiritualist Church, Higher Church Street, 6.30pm. BINGO & QUIZ NIGHT: First In, Last Out, Clovelly Road, Bideford. Eyes down 4pm, quiz night with jackpot 8pm, all welcome. DIVINE SERVICE: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, 6.30pm. CAR BOOT SALE: Pottington, 1-4pm, info 07802 176993. BARNSTAPLE QUAKER MEETING: Pilton Bluecoats Academy, Abbey Road, weekly, 10.30am. CHARITY CAR BOOT SALE: Every Sunday (weather permitting) at Tesco, Rose Lane, Barnstaple. 10am - 2pm, cars £5 vans £7, sellers 9am. All fees to British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK. Info Maureen 07999 445489. BIDEFORD AREA SERVICES: St Marys Parish Church, Bideford, 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am All Age Service, 11.30am Holy Communion; St Andrews, Alwington, 9.30am Morning Worship; St Marys & St Benedicts, Buckland Brewer, 4pm Christingle; St George, Monkleigh, 9.30am Parish Communion; Holy Trinity, Weare Giffard, 9.30am Morning Praise; St Nectan, Welcombe, 9.30am Christingle; All Hallows, Woolsery, 9.30am Holy Communion; St James, Parkham, 10am Morning Praise; St Annes, Bucks Mills, 11am Morning Worship; St Nectan, Hartland, 11am Holy Communion; St Swithun, Littleham, 6pm Four Parish Evensong; Holy Trinity, Landcross, 11.15am Parish Communion. BRAUNTON SERVICES: 8.30am Said Eucharist, 9.45am Parish Eucharist, St Brannocks Church. CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY: Sunday service 11am, 115 Boutport Street, Barnstaple, plus Sunday school for youngsters up to age 20. Informal testimony meetings including accounts of healings held every Wednesday 6.15pm. OPEN MIC/QUIZ NIGHT: The Joiners Arms, Bideford, open mic 3-6pm, quiz 9pm. QUIZ NIGHT: Our Sunday Quiz for North Devon Cancer Care is now at the Robins Nest, Bideford AFC, Kingsley Road, 8pm, £3 per player and teams of two to six, info 01237 473798. RAMBLERS WALK: Layby on B3233 just before Rectory Lane, 10.30am, Fullingcott Plantation-Instow-Barton Marsh, 8.5 miles, Info: 01271 376274/07720 203727.MONDAY, DECEMBER 10APPLEDORE SINGERS: Appledore Baptist Church, all ladies welcome, 7.15-9pm, more info 01237 420652. WAR GAMING CLUB: Weekly at St Johns Hall, Barnstaple Tesco (Rose Lane), from 7pm, and multiple systems supported inc War Hammer, X-Wing & Infinity. WHIST DRIVE: Weekly, Griggs Close, Northam, new players very welcome, £1 to include tea, raffle and laughter, 7pm. APPLEDORE ART GROUP: Friendly group meets 10am weekly, Appledore Community Hall, attendance £2 inc refreshment, all very welcome, more info 01237 425541. BRAUNTON CAMERA CLUB: Weekly, The Fortescue House Club, Wrafton Road, Braunton, 7.30-10pm, call 01271 379940 or visit www.quillstring.co.uk/bcc APPLEDORE TAI CHI: Weekly, Blue Lights Hall, 7.30-9pm, info Alex 07747 833490. LETS DANCE JIVE: Ex-Services Club, St Georges Road, Barnstaple, beginners 8pm, improvers 9.30pm, until 11. Info Sue 07817 144292. ROLL UPS: Indoor bowls, North Devon Leisure Centre, Barnstaple, 9.30am-12noon, also Friday, all welcome. TORRINGTON CRAFT GROUP: Meets weekly 1-4pm Methodist Church Hall, info Jeanne 01805 622650. OPEN MIC: The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 8-11pm. BINGO: The Robins Nest, Bideford FC, eyes down 7.15pm, all welcome. COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Westward Ho! Appledore and Northam, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630. EUCHRE-STYLE 500: Now at Marlborough Court, Bideford, weekly, 2pm, adm £1.50, tea, biscuits & raffle, all welcome, info 01271 329656. MUSIC JAM NIGHT: Weekly at Appledore Social Club, 8.30-10.30pm, fun friendly evening to play or listen. FREMINGTON FITNESS: The Parish Hall, weekly, 10am moderate exercise in a friendly group, 11am 30mins of gentler exercise followed by coffee, all welcome, free taster session, info 01271 345581. KNIT & MIX: Social drop-in knitting group, Barnstaple Library, 2-4pm. FREMINGTON CHRISTMAS BINGO: The Parish Hall, doors 6.15pm, admission by ticket only.TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11COFFEE 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. 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. BRIDGE GROUP: Fremington Parish Hall, 2-4.30pm, every Tuesday, all welcome, call 01271 345520 for more info. BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, 6.30pm beginners and Training Band. More info 01237 475653. HEALING: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, by SNU trained healers, 10-11.45am, all welcome. FOLK OPEN MIC: The Champ, Appledore, 7.30pm. BOWLING: Free indoor coaching, Kingsley Bowling Club, Westward Ho!, weekly, info 01237 472507. BINGO: Ex-services & Social Club, St Georges Road, Barnstaple, 8pm, members & signed in guests. SILVER SPURS: Square Dance Club, student night, St Johns Community Centre, Barnstaple Tesco (Rose Lane), 7-9pm. CHUNKYS BINGO: Marlborough Court, Bideford, 7.15pm, all cash prizes, for Northern Devon Foodbank/The Harbour. BIDEFORD CAMERA CLUB: Methodist Church Hall, High Street, 7.30pm, info www.bidefordcameraclub.co.uk ROCK POP CHOIR: Weekly, Bishops Tawton Village Hall, 7.30pm, first session free, info Jax 07891 813474. BINGO: The Vision Centre, Slade, Ilfracombe, doors 6.30pm, start 7.45, cash prizes, parking, for local charities and groups, all welcome. LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS: Broomhill Art Hotel, Muddiford, 7-9pm, info 07929 531124. NORTHAM CHORAL SOCIETY: Every Tuesday, Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, 7.30pm, new voices always welcome, info 01237 478406. HANDBALL: Weekly, Bideford Blacks Handball Club, Kingsley Sports Hall, 5.30-7pm (U12 & U14), 7-9pm (U16 and over), info firstname.lastname@example.org HAPPY DANCE FOR OVER 50S: St Peters Church Hall, Fremington from 11.30am - 12.30pm followed by a friendly cuppa. FUN & FELLOWSHIP: Bideford Salvation Army, Bideford Baptist Church Upper Hall, 2-3.30pm. OCEANVIEW: Country Music Club, Alverdiscott Village Hall, 8.15-11pm, live music with Capricorn, all welcome, info Dennis on 01271 378273. SINGALONG-A-LIBRARY: Barnstaple Library, a group for anyone who wants to sing for fun, every second Tuesday, 2-3.30pm, more info 01271 388593. TORRIDGE TUESDAYS: A group which meets in central Bideford, to socialise, host speakers, craft & fundraise, second Tuesday of each month, 7-9pm, all welcome, call Ruth on 07977 184897 for info. BARNSTAPLE UKULELE GROUP: The Corner House, Joy Street, 7.30-9.30pm, any standard welcome, very friendly, informal club, more info on 07876 028331. ILFRACOMBE FLOWER CLUB: Brookdale Avenue Church Hall, 7.30pm, demonstration by Sue Neale Ding Dong Merrily on High, info 01271 883893. ARTS SOCIETY LECTURE: The Queen of instruments a look at the flute with Adam Busiakiewicz, Durrant House Hotel, Northam, 2pm, Arts Society North Devon AGM at 1.30pm, entry by £5 donation for visitors, prospective members welcome, info 01271 866661/858206. WESTWARD HO! WALK: With Torridge Walk & Talk, meet 10.30am the green below the Nelson Road bus stop, all welcome, info 01271 860780. CHRISTMAS BINGO: Lovacott Village Hall, 7.30pm, pork & chicken prizes, all welcome.WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12CASH BINGO: Appledore Hall. All cash prizes, running jackpot game, 7.15pm. BIDEFORD HEALING GROUP: Every Wednesday, at the Sea Cadets Hall, Victoria Park, 10am-12noon, all very welcome. THE VOICE: Community Choir, rehearsal, now at Barnstaple Rugby Club, 7.15-9pm, new singers welcome, info www.rejoicethevoice.org BARNSTAPLE JUBILEE SINGERS: Join us 7.30-9pm, call Marilyn on 01271 830869 or Maureen 378719. BLUES OPEN MIC: The Champ, Appledore, 9pm. BIDEFORD PHOENIX MORRIS: Weekly practice, Baptist Church, Bideford, 7.30pm, all welcome, info 01237 473798/420820. TALKS & TALES: Combe Martin Community Centre, come along and share your memories of life in the village, 2-4pm, tea & coffee, info 01271 883784. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Barnstaple Salvation Army Hall, Oakleigh Road, 1 or 5.30pm (depending on leader availability), info 01271 321972. COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Hartland, Clovelly, Woolsery and Welcombe, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630. BINGO: Northam Leisure Centre, all cash prizes, flyer of £100, for Over & Above SBU appeal. BIDEFORD FOLK DANCE CLUB: Northam Hall, 7.30pm, partners or experience not necessary, info 01237 423554. BIDEFORD SEW SOCIABLE: Lavington Church Rooms (entrance Willet Street), come to sew, craft & natter, 7-9pm, details on Facebook. SALSA CLASSES: The Coaching Inn, South Molton, for beginners, 7-8.30pm, all welcome, info 07549 291925. DIGITAL ASSIST: Barnstaple Library, for those needing a little extra help with computing and getting started, 2.30-5.30pm, book at the library or call 01271 318780. COLOURING & COFFEE: Fun colouring group for grown ups, Barnstaple Library 2-4pm. 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. CHRISTMAS WHIST DRIVE: Kentisbury & Trentishoe Village Hall, 7.45pm, great raffle prizes, all welcome, info 01271 882474. INSTOW WALK: With Torridge Walk & Talk, meet 11am Sandhills entrance, all welcome, info 01271 860780.