Friday, 29 April 2011

Evening Celebrations

The wedding celebrations continued in the pub through the evening, with duo 1.5 playing inside from 7.30pm and a barbecue outside from 7.45pm until about 9.15pm.
The pork rolls were enormous! There were also cheeseburgers, sausage rolls, burgers and Tiger prawns, all with free salad and coleslaw.
Juli has a pork roll....

Ted and Nicole on the barbie.

...while Ken tries a cheeseburger.

As the night crept in, most people retreated to the warmth of the inside of the pub, leaving the hardy types outside! 

Wedding Celebrations on the Quay

A fairly large group of villagers and visitors made their way to the Quay this afternoon for a Tea Party to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. The village was deadly quiet this morning as everyone watched the proceedings in London on television. It was an amazing spectacle - something that only the Brits can do to perfection.
Meanwhile, on the Quay, Sarah had organised an excellent laid-back tea party. Various types of food were provided by villagers, while Sarah baked a wedding cake that was superbly decorated by Glenys, who is turning out to be the cake decorator to beat!
There was a large wedding card that everyone signed, a photograph of the cake was taken and they will be sent to the Prince and Princess. All children that came were given a commemorative mug and they were also on sale during the afternoon and at the barbecue tonight. These were donated by Watersports and the Villagers' Group.


Libby with Grandad Richard.

Niamh adds her greeting to the card.

Some of the excellent food.

Village Celebrations on the Quay

Crowds start arriving for the celebration tea for the Royal Wedding. More later...

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

End of an Era at Parish Council

There were a few damp eyes at the last session of the current Council as three Councillors, with a combined total of over 50 years service to the Parish, attended for the last time.
Council Chairman Cllr Eaon Wager, Cllr Phil Archer and Cllr John Reddecliff stood down at the end of the current four-year period.
At the end of business last night, each were presented with a framed photograph taken by Clive Taylor. Eaon's picture was of a spectacular sunset over Weir Quay, Phil's was of the arch of Denham Bridge taken from the river and John's was a panoramic view of Calstock viaduct.
In addition, Eaon presented Mary Taylor, the Parish Clerk, with a glass bowl as recognition of all her help during the years.
Mary presents Eaon with his gift.

Eaon reciprocates.

Group photo.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

End-of-Term Party for Art Group

At the end of the official term of the Art Group, a small party was held after an informative still life session. Members of the Group brought various snacks, thanks to organisation from Pearl. Though the term has finished, 'own work' sessions will continue through May.
Chris will research outside events where the Group can go once a month in the summer. Bev was appointed as editor of the Art Group newsletter, a new venture for the Group.
Roger told everyone that, thanks to a healthy bank balance caused by new members and the sale of notelets, the term fee in September will be reduced slightly.
Daphne said that the Annual Exhibition will be held at weekends in July and August as usual.

Pipit Nearly Ready for Launch

Pipit, Trevor's boat, is receiving its final finishing before the launch at 5pm on Sunday 1st May. Trev was busy sanding the transom as the Ferret strolled by; the hull has been painted and there are just one or two things to finish before the boat's ready for the water.

Shop Birthday Pictures

Technical difficulties prevented the Ferret getting hold of these pictures, but here they are! Thanks go to Ann Parsons, who took them. They show the superb cake made by Glenys and Cllr Chris Grills cutting it, with Lesley, Diana, Jane and Alan looking on.

Photos copyright Ann Parsons.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Repainted Station

Who has noticed that our station is looking spick and span lately? Those lovely students from Plymouth University painted the railings recently in Southern green, thanks to the Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership - thanks, Rebecca!
There is also a new feature: as you walk through the gate on to the platform: one of the original Bere Ferrers station signs has been erected, thanks to Chris Groves. He acquired the signboard from someone who bought it as scrap nearly 40 years ago. Chris already had the original concrete posts and the sign is now on the site of the old up platform. Some final touches need to be done, but it does look the part. We have a station and Heritage Centre to be proud of!

Village Celebrations for the Royal Wedding

Sarah and Ted at The Olde Plough have arranged two celebrations for the Royal Wedding this Friday. Firstly, there will be Tea On The Quay from 2pm. Children are asked to turn up in Royal fancy dress and any child that does will receive a special gift. Villagers are asked to bring a plate of food suitable for an afternoon tea. A list of food being supplied by villagers can be found in the pub; anyone taking food is asked to add their contribution to the list.
Secondly, there will be an Evening B-B-Q at the pub from 7.30pm, with duo 1.5  providing music for singing and dancing. The barbecue will be from 8pm.

Ukes Hand Over Cheque for Hub

At a small, but important, ceremony last Friday Mr Ukes presented Mr Hub with a cheque towards the proposed Watersports Hub at Weir Quay. Surrounded by young local sailors, Bere Ukes Ukemeister Mike Grimshaw presented Watersports Hub Chairman Peter Key with a cheque for £779 as part of the proceeds of the successful 'Bere Ukes and Friends' musical evening held recently at Bere Alston Bowling Club.
The Ferret was impressed by the number of youngsters who were down at the slipway, all enjoying their sailing. If anyone has any doubts about why the Hub is being built, they should go down to Weir Quay and see for themselves the future of sailing on the Tamar  from the Devon shore. There must be a facility there for future generations to enjoy the sport of sailing and rowing and for possible personal development to the Royal Navy and the Merchant Navy.

Mr Hub and Mr Ukes with some of the
youngsters at Weir Quay.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Unusual Transport

Sarah and Richard on their way back to the pub from the bottle bank, with Libby in tow in the buggy.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Sunny weather

The warm weather continues. Yesterday was the hottest of the year so far, with temperatures around 22 degrees. After a cloudy start, it's heading that way again.
The pub is doing a roaring trade, with many people enjoying the sun and the view in the garden.
The bluebells are out in profusion already, a couple of weeks earlier than usual.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Pipit Gets Painted

On another hot sunny day, Trev's boat Pipit is in John G's garage having an internal coat of paint. Over the last couple of days there has been sounds of a sander coming from the garage as Ace Mariner Will finished off the dirty work; now it's down to a brush and a tin of pale green paint.
Trev supervises while Will paints.

Rubbish Collections

Not a comment, but a reminder that the recycling men will be collecting next Tuesday and the following Tuesday because of the Easter and May Bank Holidays.

Community Shop and Cafe Celebrate Five Years

From Lesley Smith and the Ferret
Bere Ferrers Community Shop and Cafe celebrated its fifth birthday on Saturday 16th April.  It was created due to the closure of the village shop.  With a donation from two villagers, the shop and cafe began in the church hall.  The success was immediate and the two villagers were repaid in a very short time.
It was visited by villagers from Exbourne and from Walkhampton, who now run their own successful village shops.
The shop and cafe are open every Saturday from 10.00 till noon, with a variety of stalls, mostly selling local produce. It is a non-profit making establishment and any profits are used to fund various projects in the village.
It is guided by a steering committee and is staffed by volunteer staff and cake makers, without whom it could not function.
Eye witnesses said that the shop and cafe were heaving, with people eager to celebrate this momentous event. Cllr Christine Grills, in one of her last official duties as one of our Borough Councillors, cut the birthday cake, which was enjoyed by all later. Unfortunately, the photographer from the local paper did not turn up, so photos are a little scarce, but one will be posted as soon as possible.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Fantastic Jam Session

There was a fantastic jam session in full flow at the Olde Plough tonight when the Ferret arrived after a Parish Council meeting. The Bere Ukes were in full flow with what sounded like 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken?' but was the Tom Paxton version 'Will the Turtle Be Unbroken?', closely followed by Rob and Lesley, Ian, Lizzie and Gordon, Jane and Hillary. Clive gave us a couple of his rousing songs before Hillary joined Mike on a superb rendition of 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald' for our Canadian friends, who had already left the pub!
Almost the last song, Rob and Lesley gave us a stompin' version of 'The Glendale Train', with new lyrics referring to the Tamar train!
Prior to the session starting, most of the Bere Ukes attended a Thank You supper for Mike and Jim the Sound Man to thank them for all their work for making the Ukes probably Devon's premier ukelele band (or 'ukulele' if you prefer the American spelling!). This explained the large number of Ukies strumming furiously to 'Will the Circle Be Unbroken?' when the Ferret arrived!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Easter's Coming!

There I was, taking in the warm sunshine, when who should stagger past, struggling with a large wooden cross? It was the Rector, who then proceeded to manhandled it into the back of his car! Unfortunately the horizontal bar stuck out each side of the car somewhat! What a shame I didn't have my camera with me!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Fifth Birthday of the Shop and Cafe

Don't forget - it's the Saturday Shop and Cafe's Fifth Birthday this Saturday! Go along and celebrate!

Sent from my iPhone

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Betty Says Thanks

Betty Jeffries thanks everyone for their best wishes and gifts on the occasion of her recent 94th birthday.
'I had a lovely day, thanks to my family and friends in the village and a wonderful celebration on the Quay in the evening!'

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Trev's Boat Restoration Continues

Trevor's boat is looking more presentable today after a mammoth sanding session by Will inboard. There are new timbers to be fitted, new blades to be sourced, painting to be finished and varnishing done. Will and Trev survey the boat.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Boat Restoration

Trevor is, apart from redecorating the Post Office, refurbishing his boat, which was looking a little forlorn. Ace mariner Will has been sanding down the bottom; a group of volunteers from the pub helped Trev recently and the boat was turned over, ready for work on the inside.

Work Party

A small band of villagers spent a good part of the afternoon today tidying up parts of the Recreation Field. The Lindsay family and Lucy, Owen and Milly did sterling work raking up the existing bark under the zip wire and removing the encroaching grass. Meanwhile, Stewart went a-strimming, Roger attacked the bramble patch and Diana and the Ferret tidied up the bird hide.
Despite being forecast to be cloudy, the day was hot and sunny, probably the last before the cooler weather comes in.

Roger and Diana in the brambles.

Raking the bark.

Successful Musical Evening at the Bowling Club

Nearly 200 people packed into Bere Alston Bowling Club last night for a cornucopia of musical entertainment organised by the Bere Ukes and their Musical Director Mike Grimshaw. The evening was held to raise funds for the proposed new Watersports Hub Club to be built at Weir Quay as a base for the Sailing Club and the Gig Club.
The Bere Ukes opened the entertainment with a rousing rendition of 'Jambalaya', followed by the old 60s favourite 'Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini'. Next up was 'Ukulele Baby', adapted from the version performed by the Adelaide Ukulele Society, finishing with 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)'.
Local favourites 'Squandered Youth' sang four folk songs and were followed to the interval by 'Hazy Recollections', a three piece offshot of the Calstock Rubber Band. They performed a couple of Jack
 Johnson numbers and one from Dire Straits.
Squandered Youth

Hazy Recollections
During the interval, food was on sale and Brian Lamb and his team did a sterling job selling raffle tickets. Peter Key gave an update on progress with the purchase of the land and the imminent submission of plans.
'Ferrers Reel' started the second half with a foot-tapping collection of reels, jigs and hornpipes, before handing over the stage to the Tavy Tars. There were the usual rousing songsof ships galore, some floating and some sinking, with a storming finale of 'Roots', written by Devon group 'Show of Hands'.
The final act of the evening was popular local tenor Tyrone Piper, who delighted the audience with a varied programme, including songs from Andrea Bocelli and Roy Orbison.
The evening ended with all the artistes joining the Ukes in a storming rendition of 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken?'.
Tavy Tars
Ty Piper

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Bere Ukes and Friends Rehearsal

Ferrers Reel in rehearsal for tonight's sell-out musical evening at Bere Alston Bowling Club.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Sunshine and Blossom

The warm sunshine was with us again today and a stroll through the Recreation Field revealed the blossom and the fresh green leaves sprouting from trees and hedgerow.


Oh to be in England, now that April's here! The sun is cracking the pavements (if we had any), the apple blossom is out, the blackbird delights us with his chirpy song and the bees are busy buzzing around. There's even the odd butterfly or two!
Couldn't be better!

Diary Dates

Advance notice for events happening in the next couple of months:

16th July

29th July Alpine House
Open Garden Day at Alan and Margaret's in aid of St Luke's Hospice, 10am til 4pm.

30th July
Margaret Willmott is doing another of her Midnight Walks in  Plymouth, again in aid of St Luke's. Sponsorship is requested so that Maggie can raise a whole heap of cash for this worthwhile cause.

13th August
Duck Race at the Quay. Buy a duck (not a real one!) and you could watch it race to the finish on the incoming tide (if the wind doesn't blow it back out again!) and win you a super prize! More details later.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Village Favourite Celebrates!

Ninety-four years ago, on the eve of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in the First World War, a little girl was born into a world of death and destruction. Today that little girl is still with us - Betty Jeffries celebrated her 94th birthday yesterday evening with a gathering of friends and relatives. Under a cloudless blue sky and with a full tide, a celebration was held on the Quay in the warmth of a Spring evening.
The celebration was hosted by two of her daughters, Ann and Jane, over from Canada with her husband John. A lovely evening was had by all and we wish Betty many more of them!

Norman Grills with Betty.

Ann opens the bubbly...?

'Here Marcel, you do it!'

'Oh dear, I forgot the cheese!'

'That's not you, is it?'
Betty, with two glasses again!

A beautiful evening by the river.