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Some community organisations active in East-the-Water

East-the-Water is governed by Devon County Council, Torridge District Council, and Bideford Town Council. Local news coverage is provided by the North Devon Gazette and the North Devon Journal and the Bideford Buzz. The following are a number of other organisations that, through their regular activities, are serving the needs of the community of East-the-Water.

White painted church frontage The Bethel Free Church is one of East-the-Water's longer established community organisations. Many of Bidefordís other churches have small groups that meet in East-the-Water (see Christians Together in Bideford and District), as does Grosvenor Church (based in Barnstaple). Recognising that Jesus made disciples, spread good news, healed the sick, discouraged evil, and generally did good, most encourage their members to do likewise, but they can also be a good place to meet people.
General view of school buildings East-the-Water Primary School has an excellent reputation in the local community. The OFSTED figures for 2012/2013 indicate that 95% of parents would be happy to recommend the school, whilst the Department of Education's 2015 results page for the school indicated "there is no statistically better performing school in this group that is within a 75 mile radius."
Children's playground and range of buildings The Pollyfield Community Centre offer a regular program of community activities. The site boasts a function venue, a bar, an Olympic size BMX course, and a recently added boxing centre.
Flowers and newly planted trees Bideford Sustainability has recently established a Community Orchard beside the Tarka Trail. The trees, which include less often grown varieties such as Quince, are still young, but they are growing fast.
Group of retirement bungalows Westward Housing Group (as Tarka Housing) manage local sheltered housing projects including housing at Chubb Churchill and Ethelwynne Brown Close.
People examining a display

Bideford Bay Creatives develop community based creative projects and are responsible for a range of events and public art in Bideford. In 2016 they launched Way of the Wharves Project, to discover and celebrate local and historical connections to the East-the-Water wharves, including Brunswick Wharf.  

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Community Policing for East-the-Water have a location office at the Pollyfield Community Centre and maintain a presence in the community. Insurers have noted that Bideford enjoys particularly low rates of crime against property.

Group of walkers with Torridge behind

Torridge Walk and Talk, a local Walking for Health group, offer weekly walks from East-the-Water, which provide an opportunity for light exercise amongst the company of others. 

No picture available at present. Shamwickshire Rovers are the local football team. In 2016 they were in the Premier division of the North Devon Gazette Football League.