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New Mayor for Bideford

Bideford Town Council have elected their Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the 2024 – 2025 term.

Councillor Rachel Clarke  said “It is a great pleasure to be voted as Town Mayor and humbling.  My plan is to work hard for the Bideford Community".  She  will be supported by daughter Louise Clarke, who will be Mayoress.

Deputy Mayor for the year is Councillor Peter Lawrence who will be supported by his wife Lynda, who will be Deputy Mayoress.

Mayor Rachel has chosen two local charities for her term; TTVS and Transilience.

former Mayor Jamie McKenzie welcomes new Mayor Rachel Clarke

Former Mayor Jamie McKenzie welcomes new Mayor Rachel Clarke


Mayor Rachel Clarke welcomes Deputy Mayor Peter Lawrence.

Mayor Rachel Clarke welcomes Deputy Mayor Peter Lawrence.


Burton at the Pannier Market

Gideon Mendel’s beautiful collection of images entitled “When I’m 40” have been proudly displayed in Bideford Pannier Market this week.   Bideford Town Council’s fantastic team of Town Rangers have worked incredibly hard to find an inspired way in which to hang the 18 large images, mounting on dibond.

The collection of images look magnificent in the Market Hall.  The perfect backdrop for the display.

Gideon Mendel is a world-leading climate photographer, who has been working with Beaford Arts and children of North Devon, to explore what they thought their environment might be like in 2050.

The Burton at Bideford are very grateful for the opportunity to exhibit in the Market Hall, and praised the team for their incredible work.

The collection of images have been hung in readiness for the launch of Photomonth, this weekend, and will be on display until 2 June in Bideford Pannier Market.

Be sure to make the time to visit the Pannier Market to view the “When I’m 40” collection, and enjoy the Market Complex experience.


burton at bideford.2burton at bideford



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.’
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(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





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