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PUBLISHED: 00:01 12 December 2012

THE first Bideford Foodbank Collection Day at the Co-operative in Mill Street took place on Tuesday of last week.

THE first Bideford Foodbank Collection Day at the Co-operative in Mill Street took place on Tuesday of last week.


What’s on in North Devon 13/12/12 to 19/12/12.


GIFT CARDS: Cards for Good Causes pop up shop, St Mary’s Parish Church, Bideford, open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-1pm, charity cards, gift and wrapping paper, look for the red Santa triangle!

BINGO: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 7.30pm.

NORTHAM MEN’S FORUM: Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, Northam, carol concert 10.30am, for info call 01237 478123.

MOTORCYCLE CLUB: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, in skittle alley. NORTHAM WI MEETING: Methodist Hall, Northam, second Thursday of each month, new members and guests very welcome, 7.30pm.

MEETING: Roundswell Residents’ Association, Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, 7pm.

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.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Parracombe Village Hall CP 10.30am, 6.5 miles, info 01271 376274 or 863727. Or visit

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Drop in sessions for people with sight or hearing loss. Equipment, information & advice at mobile sensory unit – 10am-12 noon London Inn car park, Caen St, Braunton, plus 2-4pm outside Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe.

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 & LATIN: Dance classes, St Peters Church Hall, Fremington, beginners 7-8pm, improvers 8-10pm, now teaching samba, info 01271 860145.

LUNCH CLUB: The Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 12.30-2.30pm, every week, info 01237 478734.

THE BEACON: New 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, £1.50, to book or for info, call 01271 859334.

AIKIDO: New Aikido club, Bucks Cross Village Hall, 7-9pm for adults, men and women welcome 01237 441527.

************ NOTE: It is assumed many regular events will be cancelled during the Christmas period and particularly on the holidays. If your event is not being held in December, has moved dates or is carrying on regardless, please let us know by emailing


QUIZ NIGHT: for Bideford AFC Youth, at the Robins nest, Bideford FC, 7pm. Adults £2.50, U16s £1.50. Teams of up to six or just turn up and find a team on the night.

QUIZ NIGHT: Appledore Community & Sports Assn, teams up to six, £1 per person, cash prizes and snowball draw, 8.30pm, all welcome.

BINGO: Yarnscombe Victory Hall, eyes down 7.45pm.

BINGO: Braunton Parish Hall, doors 6.30pm, eyes down 7.45, for Royal Air Forces Assn, all welcome.

MEET THE ARTIST: Elliott Gallery, Braunton, free entry from 2-7pm, meet the artist, mince pies & refreshments, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS: Christ Church, Bear Street, Barnstaple, for Macmillan Cancer Support, 7pm, with The Petrovian Orchestra, Barnstaple Jubilee Singers & organist Stuart Mair, tickets £6 (£4 over 65s, £2 children) from pots ‘n’ Pans, Boutport St or call 01271 329838.

NATIVITY IN THE BARN: With children and live animals, at Church Farm, Bittadon, 6.30pm, hosted by St Peter’s Church, tickets £2 inc mince pies & mulled wine, info from 01271 850320 or 850903.

EXMOOR CAROLERS CONCERT: Carols old, new and ancient, at St Hieritha’s Church, Chittlehampton, 7.30 for 8pm, tickets inc refreshments at door or from 01769 540581 or 540887.

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

BINGO: Sticklepath School, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, all welcome.

SOUTH MOLTON STRIDERS: Barnstaple River & Lake walk, meet SM Square 10am for 10.20 bus, info 01769 572506.

YOUNG CARERS: Finish hanging baskets project, for young carers aged 11-plus, Happy Café, Westward Ho, 4-6pm. Call 07773 679559 or visit

FRIDAY AFTERNOON SOCIAL: Whiddon Valley Community Centre, Barton Rd, Barnstaple, various activities inc new age curling 1-3pm, £1, drop in for tea & coffee, call 01271 372396 for info.

HAPPY CAFÉ: Friday Lunch Club, Golf links Road, Westward Ho, 12.30-2 pm, three courses for £5, booking essential on 07773 679559. Café also open 11am-2.30pm for drinks, light snacks & cakes. Takeaway available.

BABY/TODDLER MUSIC CLASSES: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 9.45am Baby Music & Movement for 0-18 months, 10.45am Kindermusik ABC Wiggle & Grow, 18 months – three years.

FREMINGTON SINGERS: Meet weekly at Fremington Methodist Church, Old School Lane, 7.30-9.30pm, new members welcome, £3, info 01271 268094.

BALLROOM & LATIN: Dance classes, Sticklepath Methodist Church Hall, 8-10pm, info 01271 860145.

BOWLS: Appledore Short Mat Bowling Club, weekly at Appledore Community Hall, 2pm, all welcome.

BIDEFORD CEILIDH CLUB: Enjoy English folk dancing at Bideford Amateur Athletics Club, 8pm, all ages welcome info 01237 476632.

NORTH DEVON SKITTLES: Rolle Quay Inn, Barnstaple, auction, draw and skittles with ND Skittles Charitable Trust for NDDH, 7pm, all welcome, info 01271 376387.


BINGO: 1-2-3 Lines Every Game, Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho! Eyes down 7.30pm.

BINGO & LINER: Sweb Social Club, Victoria Road, Barnstaple, eyes down 7.30pm, all welcome, for local charities.

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 Leisure Centre, for North Devon Hospice, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome.

EXMOOR CAROLERS: At Witheridge Methodist Church, 7pm, no tickets, collection for church, followed by supper.

TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With The Winkleigh Singers, Winkleigh Parish Church, 7.30pm, programme includes Britten’s Ceremony of Carols plus first European performance of carols by Derek Healey. Info and tickets from 01363 884446 or

CAROL CONCERT: Barnstaple Male Voice Choir, St Peter’s Church, Barnstaple, 7pm, with the Orchard Vale School Choir, proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Society, tickets from 01271 813917, the school or at the door.

WINTER CONCERT: Of Words & Music, Pilton Church, 7.30pm, young North Devon musicians and Pilton readers, entry £6 inc refreshments, tickets from Pilton Stores 01271 372416.

ILFRACOMBE TORCH: For the elderly blind and partially sighted, meet Whiddon valley church, Barnstaple, refreshments & transport provided, call Brian Patchitt on 01271 879611 for info/times/pick up points.

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

CAR BOOT SALE: Bideford Football Club, every Saturday, 8am, free parking, WCs and food.

CAR BOOT SALE: Landkey, 1-4pm, sellers 11am, £5 per car, £1 public parking, no dogs on site please.

ATLANTIC JIVE: Freestyle, Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 8pm, £5 at door, info 07872 201328.

TIBETAN BUDDHIST MEDITATION: Living Tree Centre, Paiges Lane, Barnstaple, 10-11.30am, info 01392 876619.


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

BIDEFORD SERVICES: St Mary’s Parish Church services. 8am Holy Communion; 10am Parish Communion; 11.30am Children’s Church; 7pm Taize, all welcome.

NINE LESSONS & CAROLS: St James Church, Swimbridge, 6.30pm, all welcome.

CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Holy Trinity Church, Atlantic Way, Westward Ho, 3pm, with the Appledore Band, retiring collection, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Barnstaple Baptist Church, Boutport Street 4pm, a variety of festive music old and new, entry £3 inc coffee & mince pies, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET: Hartland Parish hall 10am-2pm, plus popular café, 20+ stalls and seasonal fun plus live music. More info 01237 441786.

CHRISTMAS FARMERS MARKET: Lantern Centre, Ilfracombe, 10am-12.30pm, fresh produce, crafts, refreshments and live entertainment, adm free. Info 01271 864621.

CHRISTMAS FOOD & GIFT FAIR: Eggesford Garden Centre, 11am-4pm.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAYRE: Plus Framers Market, Manor Hall, Berrynarbor, gifts, food, Santa’s Grotto, prize raffle, vintage tea rooms, 11am-4pm.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Cedars Big Band Christmas Special, the Cedars Inn, Roundswell, 8pm, adm free, Christmas raffle.

FUN CHRISTMAS QUIZ: Robins Nest, Bideford FC, 7pm, entry £1,m all proceeds to Children’s Hospice South West.

HOSPITAL CHOIR: Barnstaple Hospital Choir singing at Tesco Extra 1pm, then Sainsburys 2.30pm for Christmas music.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Hunters Inn NT CP 10.30am, eight miles, info 01271 376274 or 863727. Or visit

YOUNG CARERS: End of project party, for young carers aged 11-plus, Happy Café, Westward Ho, 11.30am-4.30pm. Call 07773 679559 or visit

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.

EXMOOR CAROLERS CONCERT: St John the Baptist Charles Parish Church, 3pm, donation to church funds welcome, Christmas tea included.

CAR BOOT SALE: Brannams site, Barnstaple, buyers 12noon-3pm, sellers 11am & £6 per car, £1 parking, no dogs on site. Info 07802 176993.


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.

SOUTH MOLTON STRIDERS: Medium walk, meet SM Square 10.30am, info 01769 572506.

Bideford Carers Support Group: Marlborough Court Communal Room, Bideford, free to join, 7-9pm, every third Monday of the month, more info 08456 434435.

BEFRIENDERS: Drop in centre for over 65s, Christian Fellowship Church, Ilfracombe High Street, 10.30am-12 noon, info 07818 650566.

BARNSTAPLE MALE VOICE CHOIR: Rehearsal, Fremington Primary School, 7.30-9.30pm.

US SOCIAL GROUP: For singles, The Panniers, Barnstaple, 8pm, info 01271 830981.

BRAUNTON CAMERA CLUB: Meets weekly, details

MODERN JIVE: Classes, Ex-services & Social Club, St Georges Rd, Barnstaple, 8-11pm, beginners & intermediates, info 07817 144292.


CHRISTMAS POULTRY WHIST DRIVE: Chittlehampton Village Hall, 7.45pm, poultry, meat & festive prizes plus raffle,

COFFEE MORNING & LUNCHES: Lavington Church, Bideford, 10am-1.15pm.

BINGO: Bideford & District Angling Club, corner of Honestone Street, eyes down 7.30pm.

COFFEE MORNING: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, meet new friends & chat, activities & facilities to suit all abilities, 10am-12.30pm, all welcome.

CONCERT: St James Church, Swimbridge, with Vocal Accord, 7.30 for 8pm, refreshments & draw, adm £5, all welcome.

BINGO: Appledore Football Club, 7.30pm, for ND Hospice, draw & refreshments, all welcome.

BIDEFORD CAMERA CLUB: 7.15pm at Ethelwynne Brown Community Centre, East-the-Water. Includes digital and AV tutorials, workshops, talks, competitions and friendly advice. Visit or call 01237 423242.

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 & advice for people with sight or hearing loss, at 19a Alexandra Rd, Barnstaple, 01271 373236.

BOSPA: 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 08456 020446.

FREE KNITTING CLUB: Costa Coffee, Barnstaple High Street, new venue for former “Sip ‘n’ Stitch Club”, every Tuesday from 5.30-7pm.

SCOTTISH DANCE CLASSES: Fremington Village Hall, 7.30pm, no partner needed, 01271 373975.

SALSA DANCING: The Old Bus Station, Barnstaple, weekly, 7.30pm, info 07967 893618.

TARKA MORRIS MEN: Bideford Amateur Athletics Club, 8pm, new members welcome, 01237 476632.

CARD MAKING & CRAFTS CLUB: New club at Northam Leisure Centre, the Square, 7pm, info 01237 423095.

BOWLS: Appledore Short Mat Bowling Club, weekly at Appledore Community Hall, 7pm, all welcome.

PAINTING & DRAWING CLASSES: St Anne’s Chapel, Barnstaple, 1-3pm, info 07831 493326.


CHRISTMAS CONCERT: With the Ilfracombe Community La La Choir, Emmanuel Church, Wilder Road, 8.15pm, all welcome.

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

BINGO: Ex-services & Social Club, St Georges Road, Barnstaple, 8pm, for the Motor Neurone Disease Assn, all welcome.

BINGO: Northam Leisure Centre, 1-2-3 lines, 7.15pm.

CHARITY BINGO: Royal Exchange, Bple, 7.30pm.

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

MUSIC FOR YOU: Appledore Community hall, 2.30pm, tea & coffee, all welcome.

RAMBLERS WALK: Meet Wistlandpound Reservoir South CP 11am, part of Festival of Winter walks, nice ‘n’ easy two hours, followed by mince pies & mulled wine, info 01271 376274 or 863727. Or visit

HOSPITAL CHOIR: NDDH Barnstaple Hospital Choir singing at Raleigh Galley restaurant and on the wards 12.30-1.30pm.

HEALING: Sea Cadet hall, Bideford, weekly 10am-12 noon, no charge but donations to ND Hospice welcome.

DESIGN WORKSHOPS: Appledore Baptist Church 7.15-8.30pm, use your imagination & enjoy felting, monoprinting, drawing, collage and painting, weekly, info 01237 476159.

ATLANTIC JIVE: Modern jive classes, Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 8-11pm, info 07875 201328.

MODERN JIVE: Classes, Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, 7.30-10pm, beginners & intermediates, couples only, info 07817 144292.

BIDEFORD FOLK DANCE CLUB: Northam Hall, 7.30pm, new members welcome, info 01237 423554.


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