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21 APRIL 2020200218 Public Press Notice 21 Apr 20 APM 1



The Bideford Bowl trophy is one of the most prestigious trophies in local rowing circles and was presented for competition at the formation of the South Coast Championships in 1957.

This beautiful trophy was made in 1872 by Robert Hennell, a well known London silversmith.  It is understood that the original owner, Miss Holsworth, presented it to the Bideford Regatta Committee in the early 1950s after it being previously used at the Bideford Horse Show. 

Originally used for the Mens Senior A Fours at the Bideford Regatta, when the National Rowing Association and the Amateur Rowing Association amalgamated it gave the trophy a new lease of life and has been loaned to them since.

Due to the increasing insurance costs to the Bideford Rowing Clubs, Bideford Town Council have agreed to give this fabulous piece of silverware a new and safe home.  The trophy will get an airing each year when the South Coast Championships will present the cup. The Mayor of Bideford, Councillor Peter Christie pointed out “this magnificent trophy will be at home in the Mayor’s Parlour – we shall look forward to cleaning it!”




Cooper Street Installation of Heritage Statues Mayor Peter Christie, Heather Blackburn - Bideford Town Council Clerk, Peach Shaw (red coat), Bill Shaw, Cllr. Doug Bushby, Rob Braddick, Cllr. Dermot McGeough.


Photo by Ray Goldsmith  -

Two heritage statues were unveiled today in Cooper Street, Bideford by Council officials and local business sponsors. Crafted from mild steel, copper and brass the galvanised statues are the first of four, and were made in Northam by bespoke metal workers Bill and Peach Shaw.

The idea was first borne a decade ago by the late Cllr. Steve Clarke who had the inspiration to make a metal arch at the bottom of Cooper Street stating 'this way to the heart of Bideford'. Unfortunately this was ruled out due to CCTV, fire and emergency vehicle access requirements.
Rob and Graham Braddick of Braddicks Leisure Ltd. funded the 'Cooper', the first piece of art which is now situated at the bottom of Cooper Street.

Rob commented, "As time went by all went quiet until I approached the then Mayor of Bideford in 2017, Dermot McGeough, to run an initiative of displaying street art on four buildings in Cooper Street with the aim of creating an attractive area and to regenerate an interest in the town. Dermot's response to this was to propose a motion to forward the project on April 18th of that year. After it passed we assisted by purchasing the first piece of art."

"The idea was that each individual piece would illustrate a time in the history of the little 'White Town'. Dermot generated funding for a further three of the four pieces.This was followed in 2018 by the then Mayor Doug Bushby's assistance who also helped with funding and pushing the project forward. Current Mayor Peter Christie also supported the project from the outset."

Cllr. Dermot McGeough, Conservative group Leader of Torridge District Council said, "This is an ongoing project that I gave full support to when I was Mayor and presented the notice of motion to acquire one of the pieces of art work. It brightens Cooper Street up and shows the important heritage links that we need to promote to encourage visitors to our town."

Bill Shaw said, "Well, after a decade's wait it's great to finally see the work on the wall in Cooper Street. I think people tend to whizz past Bideford so anything that attracts visitors and generates interest in our town and heritage has got to be a good thing. Peach and I are looking forward to finishing up the next two statues."

Regarding the other statues, the next one, the Bideford merchant, was funded by Bideford Town Council. The next two street art pieces are currently in early production and will be funded through Torridge District Council's Community Grants Scheme.

Special thanks go out to former Council Head Jane Whittacker who arranged extra funding through the New Homes Bonus Scheme. This was topped up by a Communities Together Grant from Devon County Council in conjunction with Torridge District Council.


Introducing the Mayor and Deputy Mayor

Mayor and Mayoress Mayor and Mayoress of Bideford - Cllr Peter Christie and Ms Annette Goodwin 

On Thursday, 16 May, the full Town Council elected the Town Mayor and Deputy Town Mayor for 2019-2020.  Councillor Peter Christie was elected Mayor for the year and Councillor Ruth Craigie was elected Deputy Mayor for the same period of time. 

Councillor Peter Christie, representing Bideford North Ward on the Town Council, is a semi-retired teacher, well-known local historian and author of historical books.  He is the longest serving councillor on Bideford Town Council, and has previously served as Mayor of Bideford in 1985-1986 and 2004-2005.

Councillor Ruth Craigie was elected as Deputy Mayor.  Councillor Craigie, representing Bideford East Ward, has been a serving councillor on Bideford Town Council since 2015. 

Councillor Ruth Craigie Deputy Mayor 2019-2020 


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