Thursday, 31 May 2012

Morris Men in the Village

A fine summer evening outside the Olde Plough Inn, villagers young and old gathered to watch an hour of morris dancing by two groups. First up was old favourites Dartmoor Border Morris, who are well-known here for their appearances at Wassailing and the Apple Fest (Saturday 6th October this year!) and new to the village Cats' Eyes, who are from the Cornish side, over St Dominick way. The bright colours of Dartmoor Border contrasted with the more sombre outfits of Cats' Eyes.
Dartmoor Border Morris in full flow.

There were many different dances, including that well-known favourite 'Upton Snodsbury'. The dancers were accompanied by a plethora of musicians.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Faster Broadband in Devon and Somerset

The following is the inside spread of a leaflet circulating about faster broadband. If anyone wants a pdf copy, email me and I'll send it on.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Revised Timings

Please note that the festivities down at Bere Ferrers Quay on Monday 4th June now start at 7pm, not 8pm as stated on the handbills.

Girls Raise Money for Charity

Kate Muggeridge-Guest and her friend Morgan have raised £243.10 for the charity Merlin by raffling an enormous Jubilee cake! The draw took place at the Saturday Shop and the prize was won by a lady in Tavistock.
Merlin is the UK’s leading international health charity, sending medical experts to the frontline of global emergencies.
Kate is very grateful to everyone who took part and who supported this worthwhile charity.

The last minute rush to buy tickets!

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Art Group Jubilee Project Finished

Some months ago, the Bere Ferrers Art Group decided to do something to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. It was agreed to follow the idea of the large embroidery in the church hall and do a selection of artworks in various media around a map of the parish.
David Pearce offered a map of the mining features of the Peninsula and those artists participating in the project got to work.
Eventually the map and the artworks were ready for framing and they were taken to Homeframe in Plymouth, where Rachel expertly brought them all together, as can be seen in the photo.
The frame is to be hung in the Parish Hall in time for the Jubilee celebrations next weekend.

Morris Men On The Way

It's that time of year again when we welcome Morris Dancers to the village! This Wednesday 30th May at 8pm at the Olde Plough the famous Dartmoor Border Morris will be dancing in the street. They regularly feature in the Wassailing in January and the Apple Fest in October, so are well-known in the village.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Amended Planning Application: Weir Quay

25th May 2012  

Weir Quay Community Watersports has amended its planning application for a new shore base in response to Environment Agency objections, and has requested early determination of their plan by West Devon Borough Council.
The group is creating a new joint base by the river Tamar for two local clubs, Weir Quay Sailing Club and Tamar and Tavy Gig Club.  These clubs are likely to lose almost all shore facilities in October.  It has reviewed other options following the EA’s insistence that spoil should be removed from the site and dumped as waste, rather than being spread higher up the site as first proposed.
The proposed site across the road from the only public access to the Tamar in West Devon is two to three metres above road level.  The options reviewed included several kinds of lift, inclined plane, and ramps at various angles and designs with capstans or winches.  
After considering these, the best and most practical solution for future use is the plan originally submitted, but with the spoil taken off site.  This plan lowers the entrance to road level and creates a gently sloping boat parking area above road level, allowing simple access for boats.  It will be suitable for all our club members including children, the youth training squad, members with disabilities, and elderly members.  The entrance is revised to improve appearance and reduce cost.  A planned outboard store has been dropped and the boat shed has been altered to allow a simple changing area and toilet. 
It is hoped this revised plan will be approved this summer.  Use of temporary toilet and inner boat parking facilities are to be withdrawn in October leaving the Gig club with no facilities.  Continued use of the outer boat park is uncertain but if terminated the clubs would lose 75% of available space, leaving the sailing club with very limited boat parking.

Weir Quay Watersports []

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Jubilee Concert

Helena Rogers says about the Concert: 'The Jubilee Light Music Concert will be the last event of Jubilee week - Saturday 9th June at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. The concert will include a wide variety of musical talent, both instrumental and singers - some of whom have never performed in Bere Alston before, and from age 14 to.....well, never mind, but they are all talented and very worth hearing! 
Tickets go on sale at the beginning of next week. Don't miss it!'

Spotlight and the Gig

The BBC Spotlight crew filming the Tamar & Tavy Gig Club yesterday.

Gig Club on Spotlight Tonight

Last night the BBC were at Weir Quay filming the Tamar and Tavy Gig club practising their Royal Salute for the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant.  This will be shown on Spotlight tonightThursday 24th May 6.30 7.00pm.
Also there was Jon Cummings from the National Trust at Buckland Abbey who are lending the Pageant Crew, Drake's Drum and costume for use when they row in London on the 3rd June. Sir Francis Drake being born at Crowndale overlooking the River Tavy and eventually becoming the owner of the Buckland Estate.  Drake also being associated closely with the first Queen Elizabeth made him the club's choice of a theme for the Pageant.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Rail Forum Meets

The Rail Forum met on Tuesday 22nd May and the following points emerged.
Journey Figures
Journey figures for the year to date are up 3.2% on the corresponding period last year.
New Franchise
The date for the invitation by the DfT to submit proposals has been delayed until July, which means that the announcement of the successful operating company will not be until December. There are four companies bidding for the franchise: First Group, Arriva, National Express and Stagecoach.
Rail Ale Trail
The latest Rail Ale Trail leaflets are now available and give details of all the pubs along the Tamar Valley Line that are participating in the Trail.
Dartmoor Sunday Rover
This popular attraction is running again this summer through to September and has improved connections with buses. The ideal way to see beautiful Dartmoor!
Sleeper Booking
There is now a facility on the First Great Western website for booking the Night Riviera Sleeper, making it a lot easier to book this service.
Tavistock Line
Work is still progressing in the background on the extension to Tavistock. It was reported that Devon County Council have taken over the Transport and Works Order.
Rail Masts
The mast at Bere Ferrers has been reduced and painted, which has helped somewhat. The new hedging was planted recently, but the trees and other plants will be done in the late autumn, which is the correct time.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Sunshine and Flowers

At last, the sun is out and the forecast is good! What a difference a bit of sunshine makes to our lanes - this year cow parsley seems to be more visible than before and interspersed with buttercups, campion, bluebells (English, of course!) and many others.
The leaves on the trees have a luminance about them that only shows at this time of year. To paraphrase: 'O, to be in England, now that Spring is here!'. There's nowhere finer than a Devon lane in full bloom.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Boats galore!

The Tavy at high tide this afternoon was like Piccadilly Circus! Word got out that two gigs were rowing round from Weir Quay, together with a flotilla of sails from the sailing club.
The Quay was packed with vehicles with canoes and kayaks, but the owners were imbibing in the pub! Just after 5.15, two gigs were spotted rowing upstream under the railway bridge, soon followed by a multitude of sail and various powered craft.
The gigs didn't stop for refreshment but carried on up to Lopwell Dam, returning some time later. Most other craft stopped, moored and went to the pub.

The photos below by courtesy of Dave Mills.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Stomping Finish to the Jam Sessions

The Plough was crowded last night for the last jam session of the season before the 'summer' break. The list of participants was long, with sixteen different acts taking part, from solo acts like Graham H, Rae and Bruce, up through the Summerhouse Strummers, the Sirens and Kaleidoscope, to A Bit On The Country Side.
Despite it also being curry night and a plethora of sound equipment set up, there was just enough room to move and a good night was had by all!
Congratulations to Mike for a rousing finale to the season!

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Music on the Quay

All roads lead to Bere Ferrers Quay on the evening of Monday 4th June when a festival  to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee will take place in traditional BF musical style. A host of local musicians and singers, along with special guest, guitarist/singer George Nix, will be out in force to support  headline young local band, the Skarlettes.
Festivities will commence soon after the quay bar opens at 7pm and the BBQ gets underway. There will be a packed programme of music to suit all tastes with sounds from the early days of rockabilly  right up to modern times, with performances by the Summerhouse Strummers (Bev, Chris, Dave and Lizzie), Blaxton (Rob and Lesley), Rockin' Ron and George, Cowboy Ian, Emmy Lou Lizzie and last but not least, from just over the border, guitarist/singers Scotty and Jen. The BF Watersports "curtainsider" will be brought into use again as the festival stage - thanks to Dave Dawe.

There will be a collection for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Fund.

Rob Smith

Jubilee Music at the Club - Classics to Rockabilly

Bere Ferrers Social Club is the venue for a Jubilee musical evening of celebration on Saturday 2nd June at 8.30pm.
With a variety of music to suit all tastes, from the classics to rockabilly, sea shanties to country and southwestern, this promises to be an evening to remember. We are fortunate to be able to feature local harpists Tim and Fionalla who will start the evening off with a quality  performance of  smooth classical and Irish harp music.This will be immediately followed by something completely different- a rousing rendition of  new and familiar rollicking shanties from the Tavy Tars crew.
The evening's programme will continue with some lively and upbeat sounds from the early days of folk, rockabilly and country rock right up to modern times featuring quality performances from local groups and solo artistes, Squandered Youth (Jane and Mel), Blaxton (Rob and Lesley with guest lead guitarist Rockin' Ron), Cowboy Ian ,and some interesting modern music from visiting singer/guitarists from over the Tamar - Scotty and Jen.
Donations to local charities will be most welcome on the night.
The BFSC Chairman  and committee would like to extend  a cordial invitation to all  members and guests.
Rob Smith

New West Devon Mayor Sworn In

The Worshipful Mayor, Robin Musgrave,
with the Lady Mayoress, Jane, and former
Mayor Christine Grills.
At the AGM of West Devon Borough Council held today in the Council offices at Kilworthy, Robin Musgrave became the Mayor of West Devon for the coming year and now faces a hectic twelve-month round of events and appearances within the Borough.
Robin first became a member of the Council in 1991, but for only a year. He was re-elected in 2007.
He was proposed by Cllr R F D Sampson and seconded by Cllr Mrs A Clish-Green. The outgoing Mayor, Cllr D Horn, opened the meeting, before he and the Lady Mayoress left the chamber with Robin and Jane. Within a few moments they returned, with Robin in the ceremonial robes, hat and chain of office, and he took the Declaration of Office.
The new Deputy Mayor was elected: Cllr W Cann OBE.
There followed a lengthy session of elections to the various committees for the coming year, before a photo session followed by a buffet lunch.

The new Worshipful Mayor and Mayoress
with most of the Council members.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Allotments Available in the Village

There are a couple of allotments available in the village. If anyone would like to rent one at a very reasonable cost they should contact the Assistant Parish Clerk, Cheryl Malham, at the Parish Council offices.

Another Mayor From the Village

The village will soon be providing the new Mayor of West Devon. Following in the footsteps of his former LibDem colleague Christine Grills, who was Mayor twice, West Devon Borough Councillor Robin Musgrave will be invested as Mayor on Tuesday at the Council offices in Tavistock.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Curry and Jam

Next Tuesday (15th) is the final Jam Session before the summer break; it's also Curry Night! The revised timetable is as follows: Curry at 6pm,, with a full sound equipment set-up at the same time, ready for the start of the music at 8pm - half an hour earlier than normal. So if you want a curry you have to get there early!!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Off to See The Queen

Some members of the Saturday Shop and Cafe Steering Committee have been summoned by Her Majesty to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 29th May.
A full report, with a photograph or two outside Buckingham Palace, will follow after the event. In the meantime, it's off to the shops for new outfits!

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Watersports 2012

Watersports 2012 will be held on Saturday 21st July down at the Quay. Because of the tide the games will start later than usual - this year at 4pm.
Trevor organised his last Watersports last year, though he is helping in an advisory capacity this year, and the organisation of the event is being done by Margaret Willmott and Margaret Ball.
All the usual features of Watersports will be there, including a bar run by Sarah and Ted from the Olde Plough. Probably the best face painter in the area, Karen Mills, will be decorating the faces of children throughout the afternoon. There will be numerous stalls and refreshments during the afternoon.
Lyndsay Gay will be running the barbecue and hog roast and will, no doubt, be happy to receive offers of help. Shifts on the barbecue are for an hour only, so if you can help please contact Lyndsay.
There will be a varied musical bill in the evening and more details will be announced nearer the date.
Book the date in your diary now, if you haven't already!!

A Scarecrow For Watersports!

Prior to the Bere Ferrers Watersports on Saturday 21st July there will be a Best Scarecrow competition in the village. Judging will take place during the week before Watersports and the owner of the Best Scarecrow will be presented with a prize at Watersorts.
Now's the time to start planning your scarecrow, which must have a nautical theme to tie in with the watersports theme. If you are entering the competition, please register your entry with Margaret Willmott so that the judge knows where to look!