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Free parking in Ilfracombe 15-17 + 22-24 December afternoons

Free parking is available in Ilfracombe for Christmas shoppers from 2pm to 6pm on Thursday 15 to Saturday 17 and Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 December 2011 at the following North Devon Council operated car parks:

  • Jubilee Gardens
  • Pier
  • Wilder Road
  • Cove
  • Brookdale
  • Oxford Grove
  • Larkstone Lane
  • Marine Drive
  • Hillsborough

Anyone wishing to take advantage of free parking should check the machines and signage in the car park they are using to ensure it does apply.

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The Vicar of Dibley returns to Ilfracombe for December 2009

Once again, Ilfracombe in North Devon will be offering audiences in search of special entertainment something fresh and new for Christmas when Small Pond Production’s original cast from their 2007 UK amateur stage premiere re-assemble for a new stage version of the Vicar of Dibley on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th December 2009 at the Landmark Theatre.

Based on three different episodes of the popular BBC TV series written by Richard Curtis & Paul Mayhew Archer,  and presented by special arrangement with the writers and Tiger Aspect Productions, the stage show features Debbie Hadley as the Vicar supported by Pamela Beecham, Mike Bennett, Laurence Butler, Tony Scarratt, Ted Turner, Elena Wright and Robert Zarywacz and is directed by Lee Baxendale.

Book tickets for performances on the Landmark web site:

Buy 10 tickets, get 1 free
Only available for evening performances by calling the box office (not online).

or call the box office on 01271 324242.

For more details and cast photos, visit the Small Pond Productions Vicar of Dibley web site at dibleyonstage.co.uk.

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My top 10 Christmas food and drink choices

For me, Christmas fare is a mixture of tradition, family favourites, magical flavours and aromas, and memories of relatives who either passed down the recipes or introduced me to special foods. I think Christmas favourites should be a personal choice: forget fashion and foodies.

We’re lucky to have independent retailers who supply good quality food fresh without most of the shrink-wrapping you get from supermarkets. It certainly makes a difference to start with basic foods already full of flavour. Here’s my top 10 favourites, which I have eaten and drunk again this Christmas. 

1. Fresh turkey from Mike Turton’s family butcher, Ilfracombe High Street. Yes, we’ve had roast dinners, leftover dinners, sandwiches, salads and, soon, turkey stew, but it’s still lovely. It tends to be a once-a-year purchase for most people, so why do people have to grumble about it?

2. Christmas bread from The Pantry, Ilfracombe High Street. Even better than their ordinary fruit bread, this had cinnamon and spices in. We bought one loaf, then had to have another. As good as their hot cross buns, which, quite rightly, they only make a few weeks before Easter.

3. Home-made pickled onions. Yes, they fared all right in the shed and have a real crunch to them. Not as good as the ones I remember from my grandmother, but not bad.

4. Home-made fruit cake. Everyone tends to have their own favourite recipe and this one is based on my mum’s. I had to make two cakes and give some up to the family!

5. Home-made red cabbage. Another family recipe passed down from my other grandmother. Red cabbage cut into strips and boiled in alcohol, white wine vinegar and water, along with chopped cooking apple, lots of cloves and a great deal of sugar. The aroma defines Christmas dinner for me.

6. Home-cooked bacon joint. Delicious locally-reared bacon joint from Mike Turton’s family butcher, Ilfracombe High Street. Boiled, then baked with the rind removed, the fat scored and coated with marmalade and pricked with cloves.

7. Home-made mulled wine. I didn’t make this so don’t know the precise spices, which we get from Nana Sue’s Sunfoods in llfracombe High Street. It certainly warmed us up before Christmas dinner!

8. Aspall’s Premier Cru Cider. I’m getting to prefer drinking this to champagne, which some say was developed from English cider-making.

9.Lorenz Saltletts Sticks. A personal tradition going back many years, but for me Christmas Day would not be the same without them. I prefer German makes to others.

10. Gourmet Mulatte coffee beans from the Algerian Coffee Stores. Ground freshly to make a beautifully smooth cup of coffee.

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