Local Community Organisations

Tarka Child Contact Centre

What do we provide?

  • A venue where children, who are experiencing family breakdown, can meet with the parent they no longer live with
  • An environment where contact is child centred
  • A warm and comfortable atmosphere for parents and children
  • A safe caring environment where a resident parent can leave a child with confidence
  • A place where there will be no arguments or family rows
  • Time for the children to relax and enjoy the company of a non-resident parent

When and where do we offer this facility?
TCCC opens on the 2nd and 4th Weekends (Saturdays from 1.30-3.30pm, and Sundays from 10am-noon) of each month, at the Bideford Bay Children’s Centre.
TCCC is a charity, run by trained volunteers, offering a free service, in order to facilitate supported contact. It is also an Accredited member of the National Association of Child Contact Centres.

For further information regarding the referral process or the service offered, please contact:
TCCC Co-ordinator -  07530 605681
Email - Tarkaccc@btinternet.com

Bideford Buzz

Bideford Buzz is a community newsletter which has been in existence since 2000 – now 17 years old.
Our mission statement has always been that we are non-political, non-religious and moan free. We try to publish interesting unique articles based on Bideford and District, as well as a full diary of events.  Our catchment area, as stated is Bideford, Northam, Westward Ho!, Lundy and villages west as far as Hartland. We currently deliver 3500 copies around the area via a team of volunteer distributors.

Local councils and Bideford Bridge Trust assist us with funding, mainly for printing costs. We are entirely non-profit making.
We are a properly constituted organisation with a committee, chair, secretary and treasurer. Our mail base is Taw and Torridge Voluntary Services at 14 Bridgeland St, Bideford Ex39 2QE.  Webpage  www.bidefordbuzz.org.uk from which old copies of Buzz can also be downloaded. Contact us at editor@bidefordbuzz.org.uk.

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church, Westward Ho! gratefully received a grant from Northam Town Council last year to assist with removal of the high step into our churchyard from the public footpath and replace it with a gradual slope as well as a dropped kerb from the highway. With the work now completed, we are able to cater for wheelchair/mobility scooter users for the first time for several decades-not only to attend church services, but also to come to concerts and coffee mornings, and join local groups such as the Bridge Club and the ”Knit and Natter” group  who use our adjacent hall.

Details of our activities can be found on https://www.facebook.com/holytrinitywestwardho or on the Mission Community website www.anwhc.org.uk which covers Appledore, Northam and Westward Ho! Anglican churches.
Peter Worrall(Churchwarden)

Friends of St Margaret’s Church

The Friends of St Margaret’s Church raise funds for the improvement of the fabric and furnishings of the Church and Churchyard and assist the Church in its work in serving the local community. To this end they organise and support a variety of community and fundraising events.  These have included highly popular Jumble Sales, Craft Fairs, Concerts and Musical Evenings, Cream Teas, an annual Christmas Tree festival and most recently a Passchendaele exhibition to remember local lives lost in 1917.
Membership of the Friends is open to everybody (whether individuals, families, business or other organisations) who wish to support us in seeking to both maintain and preserve this historic Church so that it remains available for the benefit of our local community.

New members are always welcome; the minimum annual subscription is £5.00 and membership application forms are available on request. Members are able to purchase tickets and participate in a monthly cash prize draw.

Northam Twinning Association

 

The Northam Town Twinning Association was formed 43 years ago in 1974 when, following a request by Devon County Council, towns and villages in Devon were asked to twin with a similar town or village in the Calvados region of France.  Our chosen town was Mondeville, a suburb of Caen.

Northam Twinning visits Mondeville on an annual basis, usually in September and Mondeville makes the return visit in April. 

Northam is also twinned with Buddenstädt in Lower Saxony, Germany.  Because of the
far greater distance we no longer make group visits to Buddenstädt but, as they too are twinned with Mondeville, we meet up every year in September when they also travel to France.

Visits to Mondeville and Northam follow a similar pattern.  They last five days and include a day trip, a relaxed supper with either music or some other activity and a formal meal, either a luncheon or, more usually, a dinner when our respective mayors and twinning chairpersons make speeches.  After the meal, we dance the night (or afternoon!) away to local live music.

The generous grant given to Northam Town Twinning Association means that we are able to lay on an excellent event which is thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Our 55 or so members are mainly active and many make the journey to Mondeville each
year.  Throughout the year the organisation runs many social and fund-raising events which are always well attended.  We are also constantly striving to attract new members.

For further information please contact  Keith Lane (chairman) ka_lane@hotmail.co.uk or Lesley Shaw (secretary) lesleycshaw@btinternet.com

The Appledore Singers

We are a friendly ladies’ choir of around forty-five members, who meet every Monday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm at Appledore Baptist Church, under the direction of Pam Beechey, who started the choir in 1985. (Her husband, Chris, is our accompanist)
We sing a wide repertoire of secular song arrangements, both old and new - including gospel, show-stoppers and Top Ten hits, in venues  large and small, for a wide range of organisations and clubs.Over the past years our Christmas concert, and carol-singing collections, have raised several thousand pounds for local charities. We also have an extensive wedding repertoire, which is tailored to suit  each happy couple.
Above all else, we are a choir which thoroughly enjoys our singing and we always welcome new members.
Our motto is ‘Seek a Smile thro’ Song’ and that is exactly what we aim to do!
For further information contact Pam Beechey: 01237 420652 or see our website: theappledoresingers.co.uk or our facebook page.

Bideford Music Club

Sixty years ago Bideford Music Club was launched by a group of music lovers to bring classical music to this remote part of South West Britain.   Nowadays the club promotes six concerts annually during the winter months with professional artists many of whom have performed all over the world and some have since become very well known in the music world.

The Club also organises two workshops/mini-concerts a year, often at primary schools, with artists who have performed the previous evening.   You only have to see the children’s excited faces and hear the enthusiastic questions to know that they are appreciated, there is so little live classical music available in this area.

We are unable to reserve seats for concerts and tickets are only available at the door of the Bideford Methodist Church Hall on the night but there is usually room for everyone;  brochures for the season ahead are available in July, please contact the secretary (01237 423112, email: lindyjohnson@talktalk.net) to be added to the mailing list or visit our website to learn more www.bidefordmusicclub.org.uk

Torridge District Neighbourhood Watch

Torridge NHW covers the areas of Bideford, Holsworthy and Torrington and we are proud that it is one of the safest places in England and Wales.   Our aim is to help the police to keep it as a very low crime area by  “increasing the awareness of crime without increasing the fear of crime”.  The public plays a vital role in helping the police to reduce crime and NHW is a popular way for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved.  It is a proven fact that neighbourhoods covered by a Watch scheme tend to be less likely to become victims of burglary and other crimes.  Watch schemes can vary in size from just two or three residents up to several dozen on an estate or block of flats and the schemes help to foster neighbourliness and community spirit which go towards building better communities. For further information and contacts please look at our website at:
http://torridgenhw.ourwatch.org.uk or call Tom Carrick, our chairman, on 01237 474031