11 July, 2010
I have been an enthusiastic member of Bideford 500, a local voluntary group researching and celebrating Bideford's history, for the last 2 years. In June I got the 2 day per week job as Project Development Worker for the group. This post came about through a Leader 4 grant which also financially assists the inaugural Heritage Day on 17th July. It's a very exciting position to have at an exciting time, when Bideford is really starting to grasp it's forgotten past. This past links it to our twin town of Manteo through the 1585 settlement of Roanoke Island under the leadership of Sir Richard Grenville, Bideford's Lord of the Manor.