Much Christmas fayre - North Devon what’s on guide

PUBLISHED: 00:01 14 November 2012

A cheque for £1,004 raised during Ilfracombe Jubilee celebrations and by the Tourism Association is presented to North Devon co-ordinators for the Help for Heroes charity Sherralyn Rossiter-Webb and her daughter Sophie. The money was raised from a Grand Balloon Race supported by Hele Valley Holiday Park and John Fowler Holidays, plus sale of H4H bands at the TIC. Pictured here at the Hele park are Councillor Anne Thomas, Sandra Dovey, Sherralyn, John Stainer, Barbara Clarke, Ann Doody and David Dovey.

A cheque for £1,004 raised during Ilfracombe Jubilee celebrations and by the Tourism Association is presented to North Devon co-ordinators for the Help for Heroes charity Sherralyn Rossiter-Webb and her daughter Sophie. The money was raised from a Grand Balloon Race supported by Hele Valley Holiday Park and John Fowler Holidays, plus sale of H4H bands at the TIC. Pictured here at the Hele park are Councillor Anne Thomas, Sandra Dovey, Sherralyn, John Stainer, Barbara Clarke, Ann Doody and David Dovey.


Events across North Devon from 15/11/12 to 21/11/12.


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.

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

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Durrant House Hotel, Bideford, 11am-12.45pm, adm £2 inc mince pies & coffee, for North Devon Hospice.

NORTHAM MEN’S FORUM: Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, 10.15am-12 noon, Phil Pugsley on the Amigos charity, info 01237 478123.

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.

BREATHE EASY: North Devon group meeting, Springfield day centre, Chanters Road, Bideford, with Steve Davis of Citizens Advice bureau, 7-9pm, all welcome, more info 01237 474725.

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.

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, 7.30-9.45pm, 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.

NORTH DEVON ARTS SHOW: St Anne’s Chapel, Barnstaple, work by 16 members of North Devon Arts group, exhibition runs until Nov 24, daily 11am-4pm except Sundays.


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.

BINGO: Yarnscombe Victory Hall, eyes down 7.45pm.

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

TURNPIKE TRUSTS: Talk, Bideford branch of the Devonshire Assn, Dr John Kanefsky on ‘Bideford and Torrington turnpike trusts and rural isolation in the 18th century’, 2pm, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, all welcome.

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

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

BINGO: Braunton Parish Hall, doors 6.45pm, for Braunton Volunteers, all welcome.

CHARITY BARN DANCE: With the Oggle Band, Isaac Hall, Braunton Academy, Wrafton Road, 8-11pm, organised by Braunton Caen Rotary Club for Shelterbox and Children in Need, tickets £10 inc hot supper but bring your own drink, tickets from James Benning Estate Agent and Braunton Mobility centre or call 01271 814532.

CONCERT: Barnstaple Concert Band plus Barnstaple Community Choir, Christ Church, Bear St, 7.30pm, free entry with collection for Chemotherapy Appeal.

NORTHAM MEMORY CAFÉ: Northam Hall (by war memorial) 10am-12 noon, for people with dementia and their families to share support, information & experiences, more info Taw & Torridge Caring 01237 459337 or email

YOUNG CARERS: Hanging basket making, for young carers aged 11-plus, Happy café, Westward Ho, 4-6pm. Call 07773 679559 or visit

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Workshop, ‘Half day intro to digital photography’, with Dave Green, 2-4.30pm, get to know your camera, visit or call 07530 508681.

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, The Pavilion, Golf links Road, Westward Ho, 12.30-2 pm, three courses for £4.50, booking essential on 07773 679559. Café also open 11am-2.30pm for drinks, light snacks & cakes.

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 DANCE CLASSES: Sticklepath Methodist Church Hall, 7.30-9.45pm, now teaching samba, 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.


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.

BOOK & DVD SALE: Bideford Library, sale of withdrawn stock, 12 noon-2pm, wide range of items for all ages, all welcome.

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

DEVON FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY: (North Devon Branch) Meeting, Burton Art Gallery, Bideford, 2-4pm, info on (01237) 451527 or 472883.

TABLE TOP SALE: Abbotsham Village Hall, 2pm, all welcome, tables available £6 each, info 01237 422429.

CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING: St James Church, Swimbridge, 10am-12.30pm, stalls, cakes, produce, books, bric-a-brac and more. Plus draw and refreshments.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: Bishops Tawton Methodist Church, 2pm, many stalls, refreshments, raffle & more, free entry, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS FAYRE: St Johns Church, South St, Barnstaple, 10am, stalls, Father Christmas and refreshments, all welcome.

COFFEE MORNING: Magdalene Lawn Common Room, Vicarage St, Barnstaple, 10am-12 noon, Christmas gifts & raffle, for the SANDS charity, supporting anyone who has lost a baby before, during or after broth, all welcome.

MESSIAH FROM SCRATCH: The Messiah by Handel, presented by the Inner Wheel Club of Bideford, conductor John Hobbs, Bideford Methodist Church, High Street, 7.30pm, tickets £5, proceeds to Northam Lodge, all welcome to sing or listen, tickets from 01237 420830.

SHAMMICK FARMERS MARKET: Combe Martin Village Hall, 9.30am-12 noon, produce, meat, baked goods, preserves and much more.

BINGO: 1-2-3 lines every game, Northam Leisure Centre, for North Devon Hospice, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAYRE: Blue Lights Hall, Vernons Lane, Appledore, Torridge Lights WI, stalls inc pottery, cards, jewellery, cosmetics, soft furnishings, ‘young WI’ stall, 11am-3pm, adm free, info 07977 184897.

TABLE TOP SALE: St Johns Community Hall, Barnstaple (next to Tesco), 10am-1pm, proceeds to Families Voice, sellers 9.30am, call 07957 834441 to book tables (£5).

TABLE TOP SALE: Abbotsham Village Hall, 2pm, tables £6 each, to book call 01237 422429.

TABLE TOP SALE: Fremington Church Hall, 10am-12 noon, for church bell fund, all welcome.

SOUTH MOLTON STRIDERS: Stags Head from South Molton, five miles, meet SM Square 11am, info 01769 573453.

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.

WHIST DRIVE: Kentisbury & Trentishoe Village Hall, 8pm, for parish church funds.

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

CONCERT: Barnstaple Male Voice Choir, at Crediton Parish Church, 7.30pm.

CRAFT & TABLE TOP SALE: At 40, Cooks Cross, South Molton, 10am-1pm, all welcome.


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

SUNDAY ROAST: Beef and all the trimmings, Hartland Village Hall, big choice of puddings, vegetarian option, £9 adults, children’s reductions, for hall maintenance fund. Bar & raffle. To book a table call 01237 441550.

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

ILFRACOMBE FARMERS MARKET: Lantern Centre, High Street, 10am-12.30pm, fresh local produce, plus crafts and entertainment, adm free, info 01271 864621.

YOUNG CARERS: Tree planting, for young carers aged 11-plus, Happy café, Westward Ho, 11.30am-4.30pm. Call 07773 679559 or visit

RAMBLERS WALK: CP north of Mullacott Cross (SS 516 546), 10.30am, lower Mullacott, Slade reservoir, coastpath, seven miles, info 01271 376274 or 863727. 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.

CAR BOOT SALE: Pottington, Barnstaple, buyers 1-4pm, sellers 11am & £6 per car, £1 parking, no dogs on site.

CAR BOOT SALE: South Molton Pannier Market, from 11am, for SM Vintage Rally Club, refreshments, info 01271 378019 or 07974 026060.

CONCERT: Cedars Big Band, Cedars Inn, Barnstaple, 8pm, adm free, all welcome.


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

CHRISTMAS BINGO: Chittlehampton Village Hall, eyes down 7.30pm, chicken dinners, meat & food prizes, raffle, cash liner, doors 6.45, all welcome.

FREMINGTON BINGO: Parish hall, eyes down 7.30pm, for Fremington FC, all welcome.

DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP: North Devon branch, Roundswell Community Hall, Barnstaple, 10.30am, talk ‘Looking at Labels’ with specialist dietician, all welcome, adm free.

TABLE TOP SALE: Trinity Church Hall, Barnstaple, every week, 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 574179.

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.


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.

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

CONCERT: With Chris Powell, Bideford Keyboard & Organ Club, Methodist Church Hall, High St, Bideford, 7.30pm, adm £2.50 members, £4 non members.

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.

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.

FUN & FELLOWSHIP: Bideford Salvation Army, Bideford Baptist Church Upper Hall, 2-3.30pm, all welcome.

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 Annes Chapel, Barnstaple, 1-3pm, info 07831 493326.

‘WEST DARTMOOR FARMS’: ND Archaeological Society talk with Dr Tom Greeves, Castle Centre, Castle St, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, visitors welcome, entry £2.50, free to members.


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

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

CHARITY BINGO: Royal Exchange, Bple, 7.30pm.

EARLY CHRISTMAS BINGO: Combe Martin Village Hall, doors 7pm, eyes down 8, for the primary school PTA, help and donations gratefully accepted.

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 Bideford central quay 10.30am, coastpath to Appledore, walk or bus back, 3.5 miles, info 01271 376274 or 863727. Or visit

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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