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Bideford to Instow and Appledore delivery of Freshspring Steam Beer

Posted on 13/06/2017 by Stephen Attenborough

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This Sunday, 18th June, will see a special delivery of Freshspring Steam Beer, produced by Clearwater brewery, Bideford. The consignment of Freshspring Steam Beer will be taken from Bideford Station to Instow along the Tarka trail, which was formerly the main rail line between Bideford and Barnstaple, using a minature steam traction engine. It will…

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Freshspring Bideford social and Knot tie Wednesday 17th May, 7pm

Posted on 03/05/2017 by Stephen Attenborough

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This month we'll have a special guest speaker in the form of Colin Byfleet from the Knot tiers association with activities and demonstrations to keep you amused. Come along and tie yourself in knots ! There will also be an announcement about a day trip we are planning. Come along next week to learn more and book your place. Non-members are welcome…

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Easter 2017 public openings

Posted on 08/04/2017 by Stephen Attenborough

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Following the successful opening of the ship to the membership over the weekend, the ship will be open again for guided tours on Sunday 16th and Monday 17th April from 2pm until 4pm. Groups of visitors will have the opportunity to board Freshspring in Bideford and be given a guided tour of the original crew accommodation, Master's cabin and finally…

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Stemship Freshspring Society AGM 2017

Posted on 30/03/2017 by Stephen Attenborough

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The Steamship Freshspring Society AGM will be held at the Royal Hotel, Bideford, EX39 4AE on Saturday 8th April at 2.30pm Non-members are welcome, but you will not be eligible to vote. However, you can join online via our website http://www.ssfreshspring.co.uk/society Arrangements have been made for a guest speaker and we will be reviewing the progress…

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Any colour as long as it’s buff (or black)?

Posted on 07/03/2017 by Stephen Attenborough

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Over the weekend volunteers have been busy, as ever, this time working inside the forecastle (focle) scraping off the loose paint from the ceiling and from around the inside of the bow after welding on the outside has damaged the paint. As we do not have any colour photos of the inside of the ship, we do not know what colour she was painted inside during…

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Bideford public social Wednesday 15th February

Posted on 05/02/2017 by Stephen Attenborough

We will be holding our regular open gathering again at the Café Onboard in Bideford on Wednesday 15th February from 7pm. This is an informal social meeting, with a short period of official business at the beginning, followed by Doug Brodie, who  will speak about his days at sea in the 1950s and 60s and go on to tell of more recent involvement…

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Easing our way into 2017

Posted on 01/02/2017 by Stephen Attenborough

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Easing our way into the New Year, volunteers on board made the most of the dry weather we had during much of January to crack on with chipping and painting of the bulwarks and engine room superstructure. It's only in primer at the moment, but once the weather dries up again we'll get a top coat of buff on her. With the weather latterly turning…

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Wheelhouse banners

Posted on 19/12/2016 by Stephen Attenborough

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A set of banners to go around the wheelhouse of Freshspring were delivered today and we just couldn't wait to see them up, so we have spent the afternoon fitting two of them. A vast improvement I hope you'll agree.

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2016 end of year social

Posted on 17/12/2016 by Stephen Attenborough

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Thank you to all of the members and supporters who came along to our end of year social at the Cafe Onboard and made it such a great success.   We are very grateful for the kind generosity of all who donated raffle prizes, our live music for the evening, The Alchemists (https://www.facebook.com/alchemistsband/) and Bob for providing the venue,…

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Bideford public meeting Wednesday 16th November

Posted on 09/11/2016 by Stephen Attenborough

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We will be holding our regular open meeting again on board the café barge in Bideford on Wednesday 16th November from 7pm. This is an informal social meeting, with a short period of official business at the beginning. We have commenced works on the gangway system to the ship to enable volunteers on board for inductions. At the meeting we will…

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