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Monthly Archives: August 2013
Great to see so many people at the Parade against the Atlantic Array today organised by Steve Crowther and campaign group Slay the Array. Pictured below are their leaflets along with North Devon Conservative candidate Peter Heaton-Jones.
Surfers Against Sewage has launched a new Sewage Alert Service. It is the first and only service to inform you, in real time, when untreated human sewage and wastewater is being discharged at local beaches. You can then make an informed decision about how, when and where you use the sea.
Untreated sewage and wastewater frequently discharge from combined sewer overflows (CSOs) sometimes significantly reducing water quality.
When this reaches dangerous levels, Surfers Against Sewage is notified by participating water companies and issues a real-time sewage alert so surfers and other beach users can avoid potentially harmful pollution.
Alerts include Woolacombe, Saunton and other beaches in the area
The service is free and available as an APP, SMS service or web-based map
Download the Sewage Alert Service
A big heads up for Braunton’s W Siegfried Jerrett who is looking for support for a new feature film on Kickstarter. He’s written the script and will also be starring in this one man film. There’s a great video introducing the idea and also showing a few clips which you can watch below. You’ll find more information here.
British poet Simon Armitage is taking a journey on foot frrom Minehead along the north coast of the South West Coast Path to Land’s End . He will walk through Braunton during his trip and stop for an evening of poetry in Georgeham .
You can read more about his visit in an interview in the New York Times: Simon Armitage in New York Times
Reading: 8.00pm, Georgeham Village Hall, Hill Park, Georgeham, Devon EX33 1JL. The event is being hosted by Paul Trueman (and helpful friends) plus North Devon Coast AONB. Tickets are free but should be reserved in advance. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07921 999677
Heads up for a lecture by journalist William Horsley entitled “‘Europe: In or Out?’. It’s on Saturday October 5th at the Clovelly Visitor Centre. 6 p.m. Reception. 6.45 p.m. Lecture, followed by Questions and Answers. It finished at 8.15pm and tickets are £15 including a glass of wine. If you would also like to attend dinner then the ticket price is £39. Apply to the Clovelly Estate Office on 01237 431200 or email: email@example.com. NB: TICKETS LIMITED: PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED. For more details click here.
Come and join campaign Group Slay the Array who are organising a parade through Barnstaple this Saturday 31st August starting at 11am outside the Civic Centre/in the castle grounds (North Walk). The parade will then walk through the High Street and Boutport Street to The Square. There will then be a public meeting at The Park Hotel at 12 noon. This is all aimed at raising awareness about the Atlantic Array and also the impending deadline of 16 September to register a ‘Relevant Representation’ with the Planning Inspectorate. You can read more about registration here and more articles on the Array here.
North Devon local Natalie Hall is running a half marathon on 8th September in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. You can support her at her JustGiving page.
One of the most influential surfer-shapers in the history of surfing, Simon Anderson, will be visiting the Museum of British Surfing at Caen Street car park in Braunton on Sunday September 15th between 2pm and 4pm.
When the Australian developed his three-fin ‘Thruster’ design over 1980 & ’81 he changed the face of surfing forever – creating a design that has dominated wave riding for the last 30 years, and remains the standard competition board today.
While people had experimented with three fins on a surfboard before, Simon’s ‘Thruster’ set-up created a board that blew the everything else of the water when he won the Bells Beach Classic in 1981.
Thanks to our friends at Tiki in Braunton, Simon will be spending the afternoon at the surfing museum so you can drop in and have a chat with a true living legend – if you have one of his original Thrusters you can bring it along for him to check out, or just hang out and talk about board design and surfing.
Check Simon Anderson’s story in this video. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity!
There’s a very interesting article in WalesOnline suggesting that the protection of porpoises may yet come to save Lundy Island from the blight that would be the Atlantic Array Wind Farm. Time will tell but in the meantime, don’t forget to register your view on the development. Not a picture of a porpoise but this picture of a puffin was taken only last year just off Lundy.
Hat Tip to Sally Kingham on the Atlantic Array – No Way Facebook page.
Braunton local Nigel Irwin can sort out all your welding and fabrication needs from garden gates to fencing and general metal repairs. Just give him a call on 07976 298347 and he’ll come out and give you a quote. He came to us on the very highest of recommendations.
Tiki Surf Shop will be shortly taking delivery of Chilli surfboards – hand shaped and signed by Australian shaper James Cheal.
Limited numbers available so please call for details: 01271816070
Introducing Kids Church @ St Brannock’s Braunton
We are a bunch of kids, parents / grandparents, carers who meet once a month at St Brannock’s in Braunton at 11.30am to explore our faith in a fun and participatory way.
We want to be outward-looking and welcoming to all so each month we focus on a simple theme such as helping others, caring for the planet or the importance of valuing each other.
Kids Church is 45 minutes of engaging activities and is aimed at children aged 4 to 11 years.
For further information please contact
• The Vicar- Revd Anne Thorne 01271 815330; firstname.lastname@example.org
• The Curate- Revd Ben Bradshaw 01271 815664; email@example.com
DATES AND THEMES
- 8 September 11.30am: Fresh Starts
- 29 September 9.45am: St Brannock’s Harvest Service
- 3 November 11.30am: We are all Equal
- 1 December 11.30am: Advent-Waiting
- 24 December Christmas Crib Family Service 4pm
- 2 February 11.30am: Valuing each other
- 2 March 11.30am: Love
- 6April 11.30am: Forgiveness
- 20 April Easter Day, 9.45am: St Brannock’s Easter service
For anyone who hasn’t seen Exmoor Magazine, it is most definitely worth a look. It’s a wonderful magazine both in terms of it’s fascinating content and also it’s high quality production. It is always packed full of interesting articles about local people, local traditions and above all the wonderful countryside that Exmoor has to offer. Highly recommended! You can subscribe on www.amazon.co.uk for £16.50 for 4 quartly issues.
A big heads-up for the Braunton Duck Races on Monday 26th August from 12 noon at the St Brannocks Church churchard and vicarage. A really great day out for all the family with not only the excitement of the races but also many stalls in the churchyard and vicarage gardens. You can see a video of a previous duck day below.
Great to see a new North Devon surf magazine called ‘The Point: Chronicles of Croyde’. Beautifully produced and costing £3.95. Look forward to following it on their website which it appears is currently under construction at www.thepointcroyde.co.uk.