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In light of the recent increase of Avian Influenza cases in the UK, the Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have agreed to bring in new housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian flu.

From MONDAY 29 NOVEMBER, it is a legal requirement for ALL keepers of poultry and captive birds in the UK to keep their birds indoors in a safe covered area and to follow the strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

Keepers must now do the following:

House or net all poultry and captive birds to keep them separate from wild birds.

Cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds.

Minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds.

In addition, keepers are now legally bound, with immediate effect, to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect poultry and birds.

All information can be found here:





On the left wearing his Chain of Office Town Mayor David Ratcliff with Mayoress Mrs Philippa Ratcliff 

Councillor David Ratcliff - Town Mayor 2021-2022

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On Tuesday, 4 May, the Town Council elected the Town Mayor and Deputy Town Mayor for 2021-2022.

Councillor David Ratcliff was elected Mayor for the year and Councillor Jude Gubb was elected Deputy Mayor for the same period.

A Councillor for Bideford West Ward, this is David Ratcliff’s second time as Mayor of Bideford, he first took the role in the term 2007-2008.

David is an ex-businessman, Bideford based, of 22 years. Now retired, and after a few health battles, he decided to return to Town Council after being asked to stand for election in May 2019.

David managed to secure funding, put forward and formulated the plan for the Old Town Planters which has created a floral gateway to Clovelly Road. He wants to see Bideford thriving and moving forward, especially after the Covid-19 Pandemic.

His membership on Council Committees & Outside Bodies are: Staffing, Finance & General Purposes, Market Management, Grievance & Disciplinary, Emergency Planning, Bideford & District Community Archive, Bideford Bridge Trust, Bideford Twinning Association, Bideford Regatta Committee.


Cllr Jude Gubb Deputy Mayor 2021 2022

Councillor Jude Gubb - Deputy Town Mayor 2021-2022

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Jude Gubb has lived East the Water for more than 30 years and is probably more widely known as DJ Jude. When she is not DJ’ing she practices music therapy at residential homes where she combines Music Memories with a bit of Keep Fit. Jude works tirelessly in organising events along with her fellow Councillors on the Tourism Committee and is central to the success of Bideford Fair. She is also a member of the Bideford Youth Pipe Band.

Jude first joined the Town Council in 2018 and was successful again in the May 2019 elections.

Jude's membership on Councillor Committees & Outside Bodies are: Staffing, Finance & Gen Purposes, Allotments, Tourism, Personnel Appeals Panel, Bideford Bridge Trust, Bideford Regatta Committee.

Jude is also a District Councillor sitting on Torridge District Council.





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