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Notice of Vacancy

Notice of Vacancy for Bideford North Ward

Shop Units to Rent

Butcher's Row Units 13 and 14 

Shop units to rent 13/14 Butchers Row

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Bideford and Torridge achieve Heritage Harbour status

Bideford and the River Torridge has been granted Heritage Harbour status by the Maritime Heritage Trust, joining eleven other ports whose contribution to Britain’s maritime history has been officially recognised.
The announcement comes as a result of a campaign by ten local heritage charities, led by Bideford-based Way of the Wharves, and supported by the Town and District Councils, local businesses, the education sector and other stakeholders. The vision is to see the ongoing preservation and development of buildings and infrastructure along the whole waterfront from Appledore to Torrington, bringing to life stories of the maritime history of the whole Torridge Estuary.
Mike Teare, Chair of the charity Way of the Wharves, said:
‘This decision is of huge significance for our area, not only for highlighting our magnificent maritime heritage, but for developing Bideford and Torridge as an attractive place to live, work, and visit. The award of funding to create the Clean Maritime Innovation Centre in Appledore already shows how important a strong sense of heritage and identity is for attracting new investment with skills and jobs for the future. Heritage Harbour status is good news for anyone who cares about our past and wants to see us thrive in the future.’
harbour status PR image
(image supplied courtesy of River Torridge Heritage Group with their press release)


For the first time since before Covid, the Bideford branch of the Twinning Association travelled to Landivisiau for their annual trip and to celebrate 45 years of Twinning.

This time our Mayor, Councillor Jamie McKenzie and his Mayoress, Mrs Zofia McKenzie joined them – and they had a great time.  The Mayor thanked the Bideford Twinners for inviting him and the Mayoress.  He said “The people from Landivisiau are so very welcoming and we were given a marvellous time with learning about Landivisiau and the Breton cultures.  I managed to win the Sea-shell spitting competition which makes me the British Champion but not the European Champion!”  He added “We were treated like family and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend anyone joining the Twinning Association – it’s not just for older people!”

on the left Bideford Town Mayor, Councillor Jamie McKenzie and on the left Landivisiau Deputy Mayor M. Louis Saliou

Our picture shows our Mayor, Jamie McKenzie with the Deputy Mayor of Landivisiau, M. Louis Saliou.   


Did you know you can hire Bideford's historic Pannier Market Hall, which is sited in the Old Town area of Bideford?
The facilities include the popular Gallery Cafe, free Wi-Fi, baby changing area toilets (including those for the disabled).
Do you have an event coming up, which you need a hall for? Why not consider the Pannier Market Hall!
Hirings can be for individual / private bookings, community groups and sporting events.
All enquiries are welcome. Rates are competitive.
We would be happy to show you around!
Bideford Pannier Market sign outside Historic Pannier Market hall for hire with a hanging basket of orange and red flowers wording says competitive rates individual private bookings community events and sporting groups all enquiries welcome



Bideford Town Council elected the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, on Monday 15th May at the Annual Meeting, for the 2023-2024 term.

Councillor Jamie McKenzie was voted in, following the tradition of the Deputy Mayor progressing forward to Mayor. Councillor McKenzie is from East the Water and is a Bideford boy – many of you will know him and some may remember him from their schooldays!

Jamie will be supported by his Mayoress and wife Zofia. He said, when he was elected, that he felt privileged to serve as his home town Mayor and would do his best to represent Bideford in the best light possible.

Councillor Jamie McKenzie
Bideford Town Mayor 2023-2024 

Town Mayor of Bideford – Councillor Jamie McKenzie with the Mayoress, Mrs Zofia McKenzie

Town Mayor of Bideford – Councillor Jamie McKenzie with the Mayoress, Mrs Zofia McKenzie


Cllr Rachel Clarke Deputy Mayor

Councillor Rachel Clarke
Deputy Mayor of Bideford 2023-2024





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