Wednesday 2nd August 2017
The Grand Parade of livestock.
Parade of Hounds
Pony Club Games
Young Farmers Club Games
Punch and Judy Show
North Devon Falconry
Bideford and North Devon Pipes Band
Victor Pitts dogs and ducks
North Devon Special Olympics is part of an international organisation offering not only regular training to athletes of all abilities but also the opportunity to compete in competitions. The group meets regularly at Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple and offers training in tennis, boccia, table tennis, badminton and golf. There are 70 children and adults from North Devon on the register with downs syndrome, autism and other learning related problems.
North Devon Show Massed Pipes & Drums
The Massed Pipes and Drums today are made up from four bands, all based in the South West. They are the Bideford Youth Pipe Band, North Devon Pipes & Drums, City of Exeter Pipes & Drums and the Kernow Pipes & Drums.
In January of this year they performed together in Germany, representing the United Kingdom at 'Music of the Nations' in Bremen. Today they join together again to perform some traditional tunes for the North Devon Show.
Bideford Youth Pipe Band
The band was formed in 1991 and wear the 'Ancient Lamont' tartan with distinctive green jackets. The band is run by Pipe Major Gaylena Humphries, with a strong and dedicated team behind her. The band is made up of youngsters between the ages of 10 and 18, all from the Bideford area.
Young people are welcome to join the band. The band pays for all your uniform and your instrument. You don't need to be able to read music, you don't even need any musical ability, If you would like to join them, they practice at St Mary's School, in Bideford on Wednesday and Friday nights.
North Devon Pipes & Drums
The North Devon Pipes & Drums are made up from a small contingent of both, ex-pat Scots and devoted North Devonians committed to keeping the sound of the great highland bagpipe alive here in the South West of England.
The band regularly performs at various engagements ranging from charity fund raising events to military tattoos. They have been known to travel some distance, with engagements in France, Scotland, Belgium and even New York, and each year they accompany the Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Ceremonial Unit to Belgium to lead the Armistice Day parades and Cathedral service in Ypres. Formed in 1987 they wear the 'Devon Original' tartan and practice on a Tuesday night at the Sea Scout hut, Rolle Quay, Barnstaple.
City of Exeter Pipes & Drums
Founded in 1973 the band is proud to be the only pipe band officially entitled to bear the Coat of Arms of the City of Exeter. Now under the leadership of Pipe Major Bob Hay, the band is going from strength of strength. It takes part in competitions across the country and in 2014 took part in the Centenary Ceremony for the start for the First World War at the Menin Gate in Ypres. They wear the Robertson tartan. Look out for them in the streets, carnivals and fairs of the South West. They practice in Exeter on Wednesdays between 7pm and 10pm.
Kernow Pipes & Drums
The Kernow Pipes and Drums are currently the largest pipe and rrum band in Cornwall. Comprising some twenty pipers and twelve drummers, playing bass, tenor and snare drums. They mainly wear the Cornish Hunting Tartan, but some members have allegiances to other groups and wear other tartans.
Led by Pipe Major Nigel Warmington, they have, since their formation, performed at various functions at home and abroad, including civic and military parades as well as carnivals, festivals and charity events.
Making Waves, the Chittlehampton Community Choir, was formed in late 2013 as a village project to encourage community singing for the residents of Chittlehampton and surrounding areas. From an initial attendance of about a dozen the choir has grown to membership of almost forty.
The current musical director – Kate Stevens – took over the choir last summer and with a repertoire of gospel, traditional, musical theatre and film songs, the choir has performed at venues large and small all around Chittlehampton and South Molton. They practice every Tuesday evening at 6.30pm at The Bell in Chittlehampton. New members are always welcome and no experience of singing or music is required – just a positive attitude and sense of humour.
Making Waves first appeared at the North Devon Show in 2014 and we are very pleased to welcome them back to the Tarka Ring again this year.
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