Monday, 25 February 2013

Social Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Bere Ferrers Social Club was held at the Club on Monday 23rd February, with 30 members present.
The President, Frank Venning, was the first speaker and said that this is the Club’s 66th year and the 25th in the current building. He went on to thank all the volunteer staff, particularly the bar staff. He repeated his plea of last year that more bar staff are needed to keep the Club open.
Chairman Ron Ball asked if there were any questions about last year’s Minutes – there were none.
The Treasurer, Marita Wakeham, gave the accountant’s report, which showed a deficit over 2011 of £3,833.00. The alarming part of this deficit was that bar sales dropped by almost £5,000, while expenditure rose by £3,194.00 due to essential major flooring work. Ideas are needed on how the Club can make more money.
The Chairman thanked the Secretary and Treasurer for their hard work during 2012. The Committee, with the addition of some new blood, had given the Club a boost.
David Clark, Secretary, thanked all the members of the Committee individually, to applause from the members. He said that the Club Rules were now up to date.
Next came Election of Officers and the following were re-elected unopposed: Chairman: Ron Ball; Vice-Chairman: Maurice Crout and Treasurer: Marita Wakeham. Lyndsay Gay and Ally Hopwood were confirmed as Committee members.
A suggestion came from the floor that membership should be increased from £12 to £15. This was not well received and after a vote it was agreed there would be no change.
A proposal from the floor suggested that if someone joined the Club during the year they should pay a pro rata rate for membership. After a sometimes heated discussion the proposal was defeated: For: 3 Against: 25 Abstentions: 2.

Frank addresses the meeting.
Some of the members.

More members.

Ron gives his report.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Social Club AGM

The Social Club AGM will be held in the Club this coming Monday, 23rd February at 8pm and all members are urged to attend. Please note that, because it is the AGM, only members will be admitted to the Club during the meeting. The bar will be closed during the meeting.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Winter Trims On The Recreation Field

Villagers may be wondering what has happened to the bird hide in the Recreation Field!

A kind volunteer has taken it on himself to manage it by coppicing.  He also removed the poles that formed the original structure as the Villagers’ Group felt they were no longer necessary and could be a safety hazard.(The floor was taken away some weeks ago because it was no longer safe.What a lot of rubbish was revealed – bottles, cans, crisp packets etc!).

The willow has been cut back severely but will produce new long shoots and these will eventually be long enough to be woven into shape.  Thanks Dave, for taking this on!

In addition, the hedgerow is looking magnificent after its winter trim!

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council will take place in the church hall, Bere Ferrers, at 7pm on Tuesday 26th March, followed by the Annual Parish Meeting at 8pm. There will, hopefully,  be representatives of parish groups at this meeting to give a brief description of their activities.
Please try and attend!

Monday, 18 February 2013

Best Kept Village Competition

It has been suggested that the village enter the competition this year. I have no further details of the 2013 competition at the moment, except that entries must be in by 26th April.

However, Wikipedia says:
The competition has been nationally organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England for nearly 40 years.
The objects are to encourage villages to harness a sense of community by:
  • keeping the village clean
  • keeping the village well cared for
  • keeping the village environmentally friendly
The village does not have to be particularly picturesque or traditional, or even attractive.
The ethos of the competition is summed up by these remarks:
“The competition is not about pretty villages, it is about community spirit and seeks the involvement of the whole village community, all age groups and organisations. This not only fosters greater pride in a village, but it can increase tourism and interest in the area.”
The competition is judged in four categories: past winners, small villages, large villages, new entries.
Sponsors often provide a small prize to the winners. Other initiatives of a competitive nature (often involving children) are included.
The competition is judged by a panel of anonymous judges, and judging takes place is three rounds in May, June and July/August.
The judging checklist includes the following items:

Awards and benefits

A prize is given to the winner from past winners - the Pertwee Bowl. Other categories receive the CPRE shield. Certificates are given to winners and runners-up. Winning villages receive a 'best kept village' road sign. All winners receive vouchers.
The creation and support of a sense of community can be seen at work, making a village seem more than a collection of houses, public and work buildings.
There may be direct commercial benefits to some local businesses. Pubs, bed and breakfast establishments, tea shops, farmers' markets, craft shops and antiques businesses may gain extra custom.
Best kept villages are often a high point on a day trip by car or bus for town-dwellers.

If we decide to enter the competition (and I am speaking generally, not on behalf of any organisation) we all should do our bit to match the criteria. If anyone has any views on whether we should enter this competition, please make them known to any committee member of the Villagers' Group as soon as possible.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Red Nose Day Is Coming!!

Red Nose Day is on Friday 15th March
There will be an evening of fund-raising in the Social Club on the Friday evening and more in the Saturday Shop the next morning. Watch out for posters and more details on this blog!
Quiz teams of up to six persons are wanted for a Red Nose Quiz at the Club; if you want to enter a team please register your interest at the Club as soon as possible.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Villages in Action

The next ViA production in the village is on Thursday 28th February in St Andrew's church. It is called The Old Dance School: this septet of strings, wind, brass, percussion and vocals plays anything from celtic to jazz, with 'genuine creative fizz - absolutely amazing!'
Tickets from Jane Hamlyn, Margaret Willmott, Bere Alston Pharmacy and the Saturday Shop.

Vacant Allotment

There is still a vacant allotment at Bere Ferrers; it's a half plot, so not too difficult to look after for the right person. If you're interested contact the Parish Clerk at the Council Offices in Bere Alston.

We're Back!

We're back after our five week cruise to the Amazon and the Caribbean! Slightly different weather in the village to that we've been used to, but we are glad to be back!