Way of the Wharves

Way of the Wharves

Way of the Wharves CIO (registered charity number 1188912)   www.thewharves.org

Way of the Wharves is a charity, based in Bideford, advancing the education and information about the maritime and industrial heritage of the Wharves at East the Water and the Torridge Estuary. 

Guided Walks around East the Water

Pick up a free self guided heritage ‘walk the wharves’ map from Tourist Information The Burton, Walter Henry’s Bookshop and other outlets.
If you’d like to organise a guided walk for your group please contact WOTW.wharves@gmail.com
Phone Box
Phone Box Torrington Street
WOTW have adopted this iconic phone box in Torrington Street, next to the Bethel Chapel. Working with East the Water in Bloom it will be converted into a community hub celebrating heritage and horticulture. 

Sited at the entrance to the station this phone box must have a host of memories and stories. Arriving, leaving, good and sad news, calling for help, long distance romances. . . 

We are creating an audio archive of phone box stories – like answer machine messages. Email your phone box story to wotw.wharves@gmail.com . 

Book – A History of East-the-Water, Bideford

A History of East-the-Water, Bideford now available to order on the website http://www.thewharves.org and in Bideford from Walter Henry’s Bookshop and The Burton.

Bideford Big Draw

Bideford BIG DRAW Saturday 30 October 2021

A community event organised by Way of the Wharves and using the universal language of drawing for learning, expression, and invention. Getting Bideford involved and creative by being part of the World’s Biggest Community of Drawing Enthusiasts! 

The weather was kind – mostly. More sun than rain and the rain showers, though heavy were only brief. A caravan caught fire in the car park, the Oldenburg moored up at high tide and a beautiful rainbow appeared over the Torridge Bridge.

Thanks to our volunteers for help with preparations and on the day and to everyone who came to see us – Moms, Dads, supporters and of course especially the 35 people who registered and submitted a drawing. Check out their work in the drawings gallery.

Photography courtesy of Paul Milsom (Learn Devon) and Ben Prouse and Molly Maddocks (Petroc).
This event wouldn’t have been possible without the promotion and support from other organisations in the community especially: office support TTVS, gazebo and equipment loan Freshspring, stewards and photography Learn Devon, photography and promotion Petroc, and everyone of you who shared our FB posts, put up posters or handed out fliers. Thank you.

Funded by a grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, prize donations from Red Earth and cleaning products and materials from Asda. Excess art materials have been donated to Action for Children to be used across their Children’s Centres in Torridge.

Drawings Gallery:

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