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 Arts and Crafts Event 3 March 18                                                                                      

 ARTS AND CRAFTS EVENT Bideford Pannier Market

Saturday 3rd March 10:00 am  -  3:00 pm

Come and see amazing art and crafts all locally produced. A wide variety of stalls selling stunning paintings, beautiful silver and glass jewellery, and unusual and unique crafts. 

Demonstrations through the day.

FREE entry, FREE shuttle bus every 15 minutes from Victoria Park, and a lovely cafe for refreshments on site

For further information please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







Enhancement schemes in two streets in Bideford will start on site early in the New Year.

Improvements in Mill Street and Allhalland Street, which are both pedestrianised during the daytime, are being delivered in partnership between Devon County Council, Bideford Town Council and Torridge District Council.

The schemes will involve resurfacing, drainage improvements, and the installation of new kerbs and street furniture.

Mill Street, will be closed for around 12 weeks from Tuesday 2 January while work is carried out. The opportunity is being taken for a series of enhancements to be undertaken under one closure, with work being undertaken in short sections in order to minimise disruption.

Access will be maintained for pedestrians and shops will remain open for business as usual.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “This is a great example of partnership working for the benefit of Bideford town centre. We’ve been able to co-ordinate the work to take advantage of the same road closure, getting the best value for money and minimising disruption.”

Jane Whittaker, Leader of Torridge District Council said: "Bideford is the principle town in our District and these two important pedestrian zones are in need of improvement. Although Torridge District Council is not directly responsible for maintaining the local roads and pavements, on this occasion, and in a spirit of co-operation and partnership, District Members were willing to provide the additional £50,000 required to ensure that this essential refurbishment is delivered."

Mayor of Bideford, Councillor Dermot McGeough, said he was delighted that the resurfacing of Mill Street and Allhalland Street would be taking place in the New Year.  This project will improve the appearance and safety of both streets and as such will improve the accessibility and shopping experience for those visiting Bideford. Tourism is a key industry within the town and a stable street and pavement surface is crucial. Bideford Town Council will be contributing £100,000 towards the project as well as £14,000 of Town and Parish funds.”

Work in Allhalland Street is scheduled to start on Monday 19 February and is expected to take around two weeks.

The scheme will be carried out by contractor South West Highways Ltd.


                                                        BIDEFORD TOWN BAND SPRINGTIME CONCERT                                                

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        Bideford Town Band proudly presents "A Springtime Concert".

        At St Mary's Church, Saturday 3 March 2018.

        Tickets on the door £7.50 to include light refreshments.

        Let the Town Band help you chase away the the winter blues with a mix of magical music.










Saturday 17 March 2018 - Ceremony of Bideford Manor Court

The principal purpose of the Court, apart from preserving the traditional Ceremony, is to receive Presentments from the electors within the parish of Bideford for deliberation by the Council, in the interests of the Town.  These Presentments will be considered and presented to the Court by the Jury, the members of which are required to be electors within the parish of Bideford, sworn in at the Court for that purpose.  

Applicants who wish to attend, and those sending in presentments all need to be Bidefordians.

The Mayor presides and a guest speaker is invited along to "entertain" the participants while the jurors deliberate on the presentments before them. 

If you would like to send in a presentment, or would like to be a juror, or wish to apply to attend the ceremony.  Please contact 01237 428818 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mayor of Bideford Cllr Dermot McGeough


The Mayor of Bideford, Councillor Dermot McGeough, has already held his first surgery and it has been very successful.  He is encouraging Bideford people to come along and have a chat about their ideas or concerns for the town.

The Mayor's next surgery will be Friday 16 February 2018.  Starting at 9 am, with the last appointment at 12 noon. Each session will be for approximately 30 - 40 minutes.

You need to be a resident of Bideford, on the electoral register and we will ask you for a brief outline of what it is you wish to discuss. 

All appointments are by booking only, through the Town Council offices either by telephone 01237 428818 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are bringing a guest with you please state at the time of booking.


Plots can come vacant at any time and up at Tricks and Handy Cross Allotments.

Tricks even have their record for winning the best allotment site for the last three years.

If you are interested in joining the waiting list for a plot at Tricks, or a plot at our Handy Cross site, please request an application form from:  Lesley Dixon-Chatfield - Assistant to the Town Clerk, Bideford Town Council on 01237 428818 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Market Hopper Minibus


Did you know the Pannier Market Hopper Minibus Service runs every Saturday from Victoria Park direct to the Pannier Market?

The service from Victoria Park starts at 10.00am and runs approximately every 20 minutes, returning to Victoria Park for the next shuttle run, until the last departure at 14.40pm. This is a FREE service for all.

Pannier Market Shuttle Service is back up and running from Saturday 13th January 2018.

Further details to follow. 

Bideford Music Day 2018                                                                              


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The STEM Returners Project

The STEM Returners project is a programme to help employers recruit, develop and retain the best available talent, and to enable highly qualified and experienced candidates to re-start their career.

The project will facilitate paid short-term employment placements for professionals returning to work after a career break

Alongside the experience gained from the work placement, the STEM Returners project will also provide support for the candidate in advice, career coaching, networking opportunities and mentoring. All candidates going through the programme will also have the opportunity to restart their career in a permanent position at the end of the programme.




Poetically Yours - Merlynda Jelly-Jaws!' Come on and hear multi award-winning local Children's Poet - 'Merlynda Jelly-Jaws!' - sweet and funny live poetry recitations - and sing-a-long to her very silly songs - all created for young children - and the very young at heart!  Merlynda entertains visitors of all ages to her little 'Fairyteller's Nook' conservatory by reading and singing Selections from her latest published Poetry and Song Collections for Children - together with the animated assistance (- or should that be with the naughty interference!) - of her chatty, cheeky puppets - on Sunday mornings - 10.30 am to 12.30 pm.  Taking place every Sunday morning from 24th December 2017 and throughout 2018.

Admission is entirely free and seats are very limited indeed - so booking in advance is essential to avoid disappointment (all children must be accompanied by an adult).  Please contact Merlynda for more details and to book your seats on: 01237 431166 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       

Please visit Merlynda's website which includes lots more information at:                          -  Address: The Fairyteller's Nook at St Anne's Cottage, Bucks Mills, Bideford, EX39 5DY.                                           

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