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.
|Many of Bidefordís churches have small groups that meet in East-the-Water (see Christians Together in Bideford and District). Grosvenor Church's Bideford Congregation, has both small groups and a monthly Messy Church for adults and accompanied children. The only church with its own premises is The Bethel Free Church in Torrington Street, which is also one of East-the-Water's longer established community organisations.|
|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."|
|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.|
|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.|
|Westward Housing Group (as Tarka Housing) manage local sheltered housing projects including housing at Chubb Churchill and Ethelwynne Brown Close.|
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.
|No picture available at present.||Shamwickshire Rovers are the local football team. Established in 1965, in 2016 they were in the Premier division of the North Devon Gazette Football League.|