Monthly Archives: July 2013

UK Vintage Surf Meet – September 1st

swap sell vintage surfboardsTwo pioneers of the British surfing industry, Tiki founders Tim Heyland & Dave Aldrich-Smith, will be the special guests at this year’s UK Vintage Surf Meet at the Museum of British Surfing on Sunday September 1st 2013. Collectors from all over Britain will be displaying their best vintage surfboards.

The main theme of this year’s surf meet display is the 1960s, to tie in with the Sixties SURFER! exhibition now running at the museum. In addition to this, you can bring along your old Tiki surfboards, wetsuits and other items and have them checked out by Tim & Dave in person!

Tiki hold unique place in British surfing history, as they are the only company that have kept the same ‘family’ ownership since they started at the birth of the UK industry in the mid 1960s.

The UK Vintage Surf Meet runs from 10am to 2pm on Sunday September 1st at the Museum of British Surfing in Caen Street car park, Braunton, North Devon EX33 1AA – parking is FREE all day, and refreshments will be available.

If you would like to exhibit it is free, but you need to register by emailing; contact@museumofbritishsurfing.org.uk or call 01271 815155. Exhibitors please note; you’ll need to bring stands or matting for your surfboards.

This is a rare chance to see beautiful surfboards that are tucked away in private collections, and previous events run by Al Lindsay in Newquay and the surfing museum in North Devon have proved a huge hit.

Please note – this is an outdoor event, so keep an eye on the weather, pray for sun, pray for clean surf and dress appropriately for the British weather! We’re grateful to Tiki who are supporting this year’s special events including our film nights and the vintage surf meet.

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Time to register your view on the Atlantic Array!

You can now register your view on the Atlantic Array here. The deadline for registration is 16th September. Please forward this to as many people as possible. To get things started, I have just submitted the following objection.

I object for the following reasons.

1. Significant adverse impact on the visual landscape
I enjoy running both in the hills and along the coast and believe the wind farm would be visible from both which would very much spoil my enjoyment of the area. This is all the more so when it comes to Lundy Island which is one of the most beautiful and untouched places in the country and is a stunning haven for wildlife. It’s also one of the few places left that you can feel absolutely cut off from the rest of the world and can experience real peace – just as we did on our honeymoon there last year. The wind farm would blight Lundy’s horizon and destroy the tranquillity of the island, horribly affecting the views and having a terrible effect on one of this country’s few remaining wildernesses.

2. Cumulative impact with other developments
Worse still would be the cumulative effect it would have alongside the existing Fullabrook wind farm leaving an environment which looks as if it is devoted to attempting to harness the energy of wind rather than to promoting marine life, agriculture and preserving the precious wilderness which still remains in this country.

3. Damage to the local economy
Clearly when we live in an area so dominated by tourism and specifically tourism related to our beautiful natural environment, a dismantling of that environment is quite likely to have a serious effect. So, too, with the influx of people choosing to live here due very specifically to the beauty of the area. The wind farm could have long term effects on the community both financially as well as on their the more general standard of living.

4. Unacceptable level of noise
I am also concerned that both the building and also the functioning of such a large wind farm will create unacceptable levels of noise both for Lundy Island and also for the wildlife around the area. Certainly the turbines at Fullabrook sound terrible on a windy day.

5. Impact on wildlife
I am a member of both the Devon Wildlife Trust and the Devon Birdwatching and Preservation Society and am very concerned about the effect that the proposed wind farm could have on the enormously rich and diverse eco-system of wild animals, birds and plants in the area and particularly around Lundy Island.

6. Impact on heritage assets
As I’ve already mentioned I am very concerned about the impact that the proposed development would have very specifically on Lundy Island in addition to sites around North Devon more generally.

7. Viability of wind energy generally
I’m not sure if it’s explicitly a factor which can be taken into account but I’d also like to add that despite being in favour of alternative energy generally, I am concerned that our countryside is being slowly taken apart in the name of wind energy when I’m not actually sure that it’s yet proven itself technologically.

 

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What’s On in Braunton for the rest of July…

Check out below what’s on for the rest of the month including a gig with top local folk singer Douglas E Powell on 31 July at The Tapely Sessions.

19-21 July. English National Sheepdog Trials. Castle Hill, Filleigh. See their website.

19 July, 6.30pm. Sandy Lane Car Park SS463/350. Braunton Burrows nature walk with John Breeds. Contact john_breeds@hotmail.com or tel. 01271 817349

21 July, 2pm-6pm. Garden Open. St Merryn, Higher Park Road, Braunton. Adults £3.50, children free.

23 July, 7pm. Borough Valley Woods, Lee Bay (West of Ilfracombe). Devon Wildlife Trust, Barnstaple and District. Book by phoning Joyce at 01271 374324 or emailing Paul on madgett@hotmail.com.

24 July, 6pm. Sheepdog and Falconry Display www.boroughfarm.co.uk

25 July, 12.30pm. Coastwise rock-pool ramble. Westward Ho! Meet at the main slipway. Contact Jim Monroe on 01271 882078 or 07889 134666 or see www.coastwisenorthdevon.org.uk

25 July, 1.30pm-4pm. Seaweed Survey, Croyde. Devon Wildlife Trust, Barnstaple and District. Book by phoning Joyce at 01271 374324 or emailing Paul on madgett@hotmail.com.

25 July, 7.30pm. Croyde Village Hall. Museum of British Surfing charity screening of The Endless Summer. Tickets £5 in advance from The Museum. See their website.

26 July, 6.30pm. Sandy Lane Car Park SS463/350. Braunton Burrows nature walk with John Breeds. Contact john_breeds@hotmail.com or tel. 01271 817349

27 July, 9.30am-12noon. Braunton Farmers’ Market, Braunton Parish Hall.

27 July. 9pm-midnight. Black Horse. Motown and North Soul Time with the great Pete Robinson. See their Facebook page.

28 July, 10.30am-4.00pm. Braunton Wheels 2013. Braunton Recreation Ground.

30 July, 9pm – late. Creatures of the Night – 1. By the River Yeo. Devon Wildlife Trust, Barnstaple and District. Book by phoning Joyce at 01271 374324 or emailing Paul on madgett@hotmail.com.

31 July, 8pm-11pm. Tapely Park. The Tapely Sessions featuring top local folk singer Douglas E Powell.

31 July, 6pm. Sheepdog and Falconry Display www.boroughfarm.co.uk

31 July, 7.45pm. Braunton Countryside Centre Talk. Discover Baggy Point from sea level with coastal explorer Kester Webb. £3 which includes refreshments.

 

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EX33 Magazine – an excellent local resource for Braunton

ex33EX33 Magazine provides a great mixture of local information and businesses as well as introducing local people and what they’re up to. Check out their website for more information.

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Lobb Fields Campsite in Braunton, North Devon

lobb fieldsIf you’re thinking of visiting Braunton, then why not consider camping at Lobb Fields Caravan and Camping Park? They provide a warm welcome to families and children, senior citizens, sportsmen seeking Devon’s challenges, dogs and all those seeking a peaceful holiday.

The site has 180 large pitches, 91 of which have electric hook-up and 10 of which are on hard standing. Facilities include: accessibility facilities in the Lower Field, on-site laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryers, showers with unlimited hot water, camping gaz, Calor gas, WiFi and a children’s play area.

You’ll find them on the right hand side on the Saunton Road as you leave Braunton going towards the beach. You can find more details at their website.

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Longlands, North Devon – glamorous camping at its very best!

20130713-164537.jpgA big heads-up for Longlands in North Devon – glamorous camping at its very best! Run by Bella and Bugsy Given they got a rave review in The Independent earlier in the year. For more details and some pictures of their wonderful luxury lodges see their website

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Happy Birthday to Tiki – 50 years of making surfboards!

There’s a great article in Surfers Village about the history of the top British surfboard and wetsuit maker Tiki run by Tim Heyland and Dave Aldrich-Smith. Tiki have produced the video below to celebrate 50 years of making surfboards.

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Braunton play group wins Netmums award

Little Angels play group which is held in the St Brannocks Rooms has won a Netmums award for Favourite Toddler Group 2013.

The group is held on Fridays during term-time from 9.45am-11.15am. There is a separate area for under 2’s and there is no need to book a space, you can just drop in.

For further details contact Kerry Tyas on 01271 813259 or email kerrytyas@googlemail.com.

The St Brannocks Rooms is also a great venue for hire. I have personally used it as a wedding reception venue and will also be using it for my daughter’s upcoming christening. See http://www.brauntonchurch.org/page37.html for images of the rooms. If you wish to hire the rooms or want further information then contact Marguerite Shapland on 01271 813367 or office@stbrannock.wanadoo.co.uk

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Upcoming events for July…

July 2013
2 July, 7pm. Eight acres in Landcross. Devon Wildlife Trust, Barnstaple and District. Book by phoning Joyce at 01271 374324 or emailing Paul on madgett@hotmail.com.

3 July, 6pm. Sheepdog and Falconry Display www.boroughfarm.co.uk

4 July, 7.45pm. Braunton Parish Hall. Open meeting on Braunton’s traffic situation with Equality Streets. See our blog post.

5th July – (Three Sticks Productions) Ethan Johns, Woolacombe Village Hall, Tickets £10.00 from www.threesticks.co.uk

5 July, 6.30pm. Sandy Lane Car Park SS463/350. Braunton Burrows nature walk with John Breeds. Contact john_breeds@hotmail.com or tel. 01271 817349

5-6 July, 7.30pm. Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe. The Wiz. www.northdevontheatres.org.uk.

6 July. 10.00am-12.00pm. Coffee morning in aid of Women’s Royal British Legion. Parish Hall.

6 July, 7.00pm. Barnstaple Male Voice Choir’s Annual Concert, St Peter’s Church, Barnstaple.

7 July, 11.00am-3.00pm. Paws at the Court Dog Show in aid of charity ‘Pets as therapy’. Arlington Court nr Barnstaple.

6-21 July (weekends only). Art Trek

9 July, 7pm. Wild Coast of Exmoor. Devon Wildlife Trust, Barnstaple and District. Book by phoning Joyce at 01271 374324 or emailing Paul on madgett@hotmail.com.

10 July, 6pm. Sheepdog and Falconry Display www.boroughfarm.co.uk

10-13 July, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple. The Wedding Singer.

11 July, 2pm-5pm. Bug-hunt, Higher Bumsley, near Parracombe. Devon Wildlife Trust, Barnstaple and District. Book by phoning Joyce at 01271 374324 or emailing Paul on madgett@hotmail.com.

12 July, 6.30pm. Sandy Lane Car Park SS463/350. Braunton Burrows nature walk with John Breeds. Contact john_breeds@hotmail.com or tel. 01271 817349

13 July, 9.30am-12.30pm. Wrafton Farmers’ Market, Wrafton Parish Hall, near Braunton

13 July. Braunton Library. Creepy House – start of the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge. Visit the library to get your free registration pack and find out about the Summer events.

13 July. Big summer party at The Aggi – beer festival, music and more.

14 July, 11.00am-4.00pm. Dogs Trust Ilfracombe Fun Day and Fun Dog Show. Braunton Recreation Ground.

14 July, 2.30pm. Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe. National Theatre Live. The Audience

16 July, 7pm. More Culm at Meshaw DWT Reserve. Devon Wildlife Trust, Barnstaple and District, Book by phoning Joyce at 01271 374324 or emailing Paul on madgett@hotmail.com.

17 July, 6pm. Sheepdog and Falconry Display www.boroughfarm.co.uk

19-21 July. English National Sheepdog Trials. Castle Hill, Filleigh. www.englishnationalsheepdogtrials.org.uk

19 July, 6.30pm. Sandy Lane Car Park SS463/350. Braunton Burrows nature walk with John Breeds. Contact john_breeds@hotmail.com or tel. 01271 817349

21 July, 2pm-6pm. Garden Open. St Merryn, Higher Park Road, Braunton. Adults £3.50, children free.

23 July, 7pm. Borough Valley Woods, Lee Bay (West of Ilfracombe). Devon Wildlife Trust, Barnstaple and District. Book by phoning Joyce at 01271 374324 or emailing Paul on madgett@hotmail.com.

24 July, 6pm. Sheepdog and Falconry Display www.boroughfarm.co.uk

25 July, 12.30pm. Coastwise rock-pool ramble. Westward Ho! Meet at the main slipway. Contact Jim Monroe on 01271 882078 or 07889 134666 or see www.coastwisenorthdevon.org.uk

25 July, 1.30pm-4pm. Seaweed Survey, Croyde. Devon Wildlife Trust, Barnstaple and District. Book by phoning Joyce at 01271 374324 or emailing Paul on madgett@hotmail.com.

26 July, 6.30pm. Sandy Lane Car Park SS463/350. Braunton Burrows nature walk with John Breeds. Contact john_breeds@hotmail.com or tel. 01271 817349

27 July, 9.30am-12noon. Braunton Farmers’ Market, Braunton Parish Hall.

28 July, 10.30am-4.00pm. Braunton Wheels 2013. Braunton Recreation Ground.

30 July, 9pm – late. Creatures of the Night – 1. By the River Yeo. Devon Wildlife Trust, Barnstaple and District. Book by phoning Joyce at 01271 374324 or emailing Paul on madgett@hotmail.com.

31 July, 6pm. Sheepdog and Falconry Display www.boroughfarm.co.uk

31 July, 7.45pm. Braunton Countryside Centre Talk. Discover Baggy Point from sea level with coastal explorer Kester Webb. £3 which includes refreshments.

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Introducing top local Braunton band ‘Down By The River’…

A big heads-up for top local Braunton band ‘Down by the River’ which comprises James Norman, Isaac Harper, Sam Dawson and Chris Barlow. Word has it they’ll be playing at The Black Horse on 24th August and watch out for them at The Aggi as well.

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Atlantic Array Giant Wind Farm – Protect Our Heritage

The following is an article by Sally Hardy

Alarmingly RWE Npower have submitted an application for Development Consent for 240 turbines 220 meters high over a 77 square mile area in the Bristol Channel – only 11 miles from Morte Point on the North Devon coast, 9 miles from Lundy and 14 miles from the South Wales coast.Lundy was designated in 1971 as the first Marine Conservation area and it now boasts one of the most diverse marine environments around Britain including grey seals, lobsters, basking sharks and various species of corals. It is protected nationally as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and internationally as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) restricting fishing and anchorage as well as having the first statutory No Take Zone (NTZ) where no sea life of any kind can be taken.
The North Devon coastline is designated as a Heritage Coast within the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) set up to prevent any detrimental impact upon the landscape and sea which would seriously undermine the tranquillity of some of the wildest coastline in England and secure protection from unwise development for everyone to enjoy.

The impact from this massive development such as underwater piling noise to sea mammals during construction work, disturbance to the seabed which contains a higher than average seabed diversity, changing wave patterns possibly affecting coastal erosion, visual outlook counteracting tourism as well as the death of sea birds such as manx shearwaters, guillemots, razorbills, killiwakes and puffins and other migrating birds. Only this month a very rare White-Throated Needletail which was being monitored for the British Trust for Ornithology was seen by twitchers hitting the only turbine on a moorland in the Hebrides.

We await the decision on the 12th July as to whether or not the Planning Inspectorate will accept the application. RWE will then issue a Section 56 notice which includes a 28 day period during which anyone can register an interest (a Relevant Representation) stating what grounds they object. This is the only way to become an Interested Party.

Please be prepared to protect the unique environment of the North Devon Coastline and Lundy.

Further information can be found on www.slaythearray.com and www.atlanticdisarray.org.uk

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