Bees, AGMs and buses – the North Devon what’s on guide

PUBLISHED: 18:38 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:42 17 March 2017

Become competent in keeping bees with the 12 week North Devon School of Country Beekeeping  course, taking place on Sunday.

Become competent in keeping bees with the 12 week North Devon School of Country Beekeeping course, taking place on Sunday.


North Devon’s events from 16/03/17 to 22/03/17


BINGO: Pollyfield Centre, Bideford, 7.30pm, all welcome.

LUNCH 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, £4, 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.

BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, 7.45pm Senior Band. More info 01237 475653.

BARNSTAPLE CAMERA CLUB: Weekly 7.30pm Sticklepath Methodist Hall, Rhododendron Avenue, see for details.

BINGO: Bideford Liberal Club, nr top of High Street, cash bingo £1,000 pay out, eyes down 7.15pm.


ART GROUP: Art for Leisure & Pleasure, weekly drop-in, 1.30-4pm, St John’s Community Centre (next to Whiddon Valley Tesco) Barnstaple, info 07964 250436.

NORTHAM MEN’S FORUM: North Devon Animal Ambulance with Diana Lewis, Methodist Church Hall, Cross Street, Northam. 10.15am to 12 noon, info John on 01237 459757.

SEE HEAR ON WHEELS: Help & advice from mobile unit, Winkleigh Square, 10am-12noon; South Molton lorry park 2-4pm.

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.

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.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those with hearing loss, The Ilfracombe Centre, 10.30am-12noon.

ONE MAN BIYCOTT: Live music at The Palladium Club, Bideford.


QUIZ 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.

LUNCH CLUB: Happy Café, Westward Ho!, £4.50 for two set courses, served from 1-2pm, booking essential on 07773 679559.

BINGO: Sticklepath School, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, jackpot, liners & meat prizes, for local charities, all welcome.

OUT AND ABOUT: Community minibus trips for the Torridge area, to join in call Karl on 01271 549680.

LIVE MUSIC: Weekly, The Champ, Appledore, 9pm.

TABLE TENNIS: With Torridge Table Tennis Club, Bideford Youth Centre, 2.30-4.30pm, new members welcome, info 01237 477932 or just drop in.

SERVICE: Holy Trinity, Landcross, 10.30am Four Parish Said Communion.

DAVE SHARP: Live music with former The Alarm guitarist, The Joiners Arms, Bideford, 9.30pm.

B-A-D SHANTY BAND: Band for people with Parkinson’s disease, carers and family members, 10am-1pm at The Vivian Moon Centre, Braunton, weekly, all welcome, info 01271 376799.

REMINISCENCE CAFÉ: Northam Hall, 10am-12pm, info 01237 459337.

RICHARD DIGANCE: Live music at The Palladium Club, Bideford.

LENT LUNCH: Torrington Baptist Church, 12noon-1.45pm, £3.50, for Christian Aid, all welcome.

LENT LUCH: St Brannock’s Rooms, Braunton, £3, 12noon.

FALLING APART: Live music at The Red Barn, Woolacombe.

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

SEW TOGETHER: Westward Ho! Baptist Church Hall, 2-4pm, £1.50 per session, first & third Friday.

REMINISCENCE CAFÉ: Northam Hall, 10am-12pm, info 01237 459337.

COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Bideford, Abbotsham and Alverdiscott, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630.

EASTER PRIZE BINGO: Atherington Pavilion, 7.30pm, raffle and refreshments, for the children’s playing field.

FASHION SHOW: Plus beauty evening, St Mary’s Church Hall, Appledore, 7 for 7.30pm, live music, demos, stalls, bar and raffle., tickets £6 inc bubbly, call 01271 346560 or 861291 to book.

BREATHE EASY: North Devon group meeting, Marlborough Court, Park Lane, Bideford, 7-9pm, all welcome, speaker Amy Goodwin on depression and anxiety, info 01237 474725.


BINGO: 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.

CAR BOOT SALE: Weekly, Bideford football ground, 8-11am, info 07724 168119.

CLAIRVOYANCE: Bideford Centre of Light, Hart Street, 6.30pm.

FIBROMYALGIA SUPPORT GROUP: Meets Barnstaple every Saturday, call 07968 511312 for info.

ALMOST ALICE: Live music at The Joiners Arms, Bideford.

WILLE & THE BANDITS: Live music at The Palladium Club, Bideford, plus support.

DEVON FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY: North Devon Branch meeting, Pollyfield, Bideford, 2-4pm, info on 01237 451305. BINGO: 1-2-3 lines every game, Northam Hall (former scout hall), for North Devon Hospice, eyes down 2.15pm, all welcome.

CHARITY BIG BREAKFAST: Dolton Village Hall, for Devon Air Ambulance and North Devon Hospice, 8.30-10.30am, full English, adults £8, children (under eight) £4, raffle, all welcome.

PSYCHIC FAIR: Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, 10am-4pm, free entry, mediums, tarot readers, healing, therapies and much more, donations and raffle for Chemo Hero.

CONCERT: Appledore Singers, St Peter’s Church, Fremington, 7.30pm.

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

SHAMMICK MARKET: Combe Martin Village Hall, 9.30am-12noon.

PETROVIAN ORCHESTRA: Concert at St Mary’s Church, Higher Church Street, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, £7.50 inc refreshments, U18s free.

JUMBLE SALE: St Margaret’s Church, Northam, 10am-12noon, good quality clothes, bric-a-brac, books, entry 20p.


QUIZ NIGHT: For North Devon Cancer Care, Lacey’s Ale & Cider House, Mill Street, Bideford, 8pm.

BIDEFORD 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.

OPEN MIC/QUIZ NIGHT: The Joiners Arms, Bideford, open mic 3-6pm, quiz 9pm.

BIDEFORD AREA SERVICES: St Mary’s Parish Church, Bideford, 8am Holy Communion; 10am Parish Communion; 7pm Taize. Holy Trinity, Weare Giffard, 9.30am Parish Communion; St Swithun’s, Littleham, 11.10am Morning Praise.

BRAUNTON SERVICES: 8.30am Said Eucharist, 9.45am Parish Eucharist, St Brannock’s Church; 11am Eucharist St Anne’s, Saunton.

AN EVENING WITH: Wilderland, live music at the Palladium Club, Bideford.

RAMBLERS WALK: Landkey CP by Castle Inn, 10.30am, Codden Hill-Bishops Tawton-Tarka Trail, 8 miles info 01271 376274/07720 203737.

FILM NIGHT: Amazing Grace – the story of William Wilberforce, Barnstaple Salvation Army Hall, Oakleigh Road, 6pm, adm free.

THE GIANT WIGGLE: Pip & Jim’s Hall, Ilfracombe, 1.30-3.30pm, caterpillar fun, food and games, based on The Hungry Caterpillar, raising money for Action for Children, plus colouring competition, face painting and more, all welcome.

CONCERT: Golden Coast Big Band, 8pm, Portmore Golf Park, Landkey.

CHARITY BINGO: Tesco Barnstaple, Rose Lane, doors 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30, entry 50p, door prize, raffle, tea & coffee.

WALK: With Taw & Exmoor branch of British Naturalists, spring flowers, early and late migrants, meet Arlington Court car park 11am, two-and-a-half miles, info Brian 01271 343607.

BEEKEEPING OPEN DAY: Find out what it means to keep bees and meet some in person (protective clothing provided). Harracott Village Hall near Barnstaple from 2-4pm, just drop in or email or for info.


APPLEDORE 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.

BAND REHEARSAL: Bideford Town Band, weekly at the Band room, Victoria Park, 6.30pm beginners and Training Band; 7.45pm Senior Band. More info 01237 475653.

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

APPLEDORE TAI CHI: Weekly, Blue Lights Hall, 7.30-9pm, info Alex 07747 833490.

LET’S 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.

THE MONDAY GROUP: North Devon Diabetes Support Group, Roundswell Community Hall, 10.30am, all welcome.


FUN & FELLOWSHIP: Returns after Christmas break, every Tuesday, Bideford Salvation Army, Bideford Baptist Church Upper Hall, 2-3.30pm.

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

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.

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.

BEGINNERS BRIDGE: Bishops Tawton Village Hall, every Tuesday, 2-4pm, info 01271 343394.

FUN QUIZ: The Chill Bar, Ilfracombe, 9pm, plus raffle, proceeds to Ilfracombe play park equipment.

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 John’s Community Centre, Barnstaple Tesco (Rose Lane), 7-9pm.

CHUNKY’S BINGO: Marlborough Court, Bideford, 7.15pm, all cash prizes, for Roundswell Kidney Unit.

MEMORY GROUP: Weekly, Barnstaple Library, for those with memory loss and their carers, listen to stories and poems and relax, 10.30am-12noon.

SERVICE: Holy Communion, St Mary’s Parish Church, Bideford, every Tuesday 10.30am.

BIDEFORD CAMERA CLUB: Chubb Churchill Hall 7.30pm, info

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.

OCEANVIEW: Country Music Club, live music, Alverdiscott Village Hall, 8.15-11pm.

MUSICAL MEMORIES: The Vision Centre, Slade, Ilfracombe, for people with Alzheimers/memory problems & their carers, first & third Tues of the month, 2-4pm, free parking, all welcome, more info 01271 863944 or 882927.

SUPPORT GROUP: For those with hearing loss, Torrington Bickford Centre, 2pm. More info 01271 373236.

REFLECTIONS: Fellowship for the bereaved, upstairs at the Green Goose, Mill Street, 2pm.

BIDEFORD SUSTAINABILITY GROUP: Informal gathering at The Green Goose cafe, Mill Street, 11am, all welcome.

WESTWARD HO! WALK: Meet Co-op bus stop, Nelson Road, 10.30am, info 01237 421528.

AGM: North Devon Archaeological Society, 7pm, Castle Centre, Barnstaple, followed by 7.30pm talk with Bryn Morris of South West Archaeology, all welcome.


CASH 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

BARNSTAPLE JUBILEE SINGERS: Now recruiting, join us 7.30-9pm, call Marilyn on 01271 830869 or Monte 325780.

ARTS & CRAFTS: Drop in session at Happy Café, Westward Ho! 10am-1pm, free, call 07773 679559.

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

BLUES OPEN MIC: The Champ, Appledore, 9pm.

BALLROOM & LATIN: Beginners sessions, Chittlehamholt Parish Hall, 6.30pm, info 01769 550899.

BIDEFORD JIVE: Every Wednesday, Pollyfield Community Centre, all profits to charity, 8.30-11pm, beginners 8.30-9, intermediate 9.30-10, all welcome, more info 07968 053118.

LET’S DANCE JIVE: Roundswell Community Centre, Barnstaple, beginners 8pm, improvers 9.30pm, until 10.30. Info Sue 07817 144292.

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.

CREATIVE (MEMORY) CAFÉ: Quay Meeting Room, 5 Danver Court, Clovelly Rd Ind Estate. Info 07817 976053.

RAMBLERS WALK: Bple train station. Meet outside, 9.25am, Train to Kings Nympton. Return from Eggesford, 6 miles info 01271 376274/07720 203737.

BIDEFORD PROBUS CLUB: The Royal Hotel, East-the-Water, 10.15am, second & fourth Wednesday each month, more info 01237 473337.

COMMUNITY MINIBUS: Taking passengers from Hartland, Clovelly, Woolsery and Welcombe, to Barnstaple Green Lanes and supermarkets, £5 door-to-door, call 01271 863630.

THINKING MATTERS!: Discussion group at The Cedars Inn, Barnstaple, 7.30pm, topic ‘Famine in the 21st century: Why does history keep repeating itself?’ Come along and have your say.

SWIMBRIDGE TALK: Paul Ellis on a life in TV, Old School Room, Swimbridge, 7.30pm, info 07813 776349.

FREMINGTON WALK: With walking for health, meet New Inn car park, 11am, all welcome, info 01271 860780.

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