Sunday, 28 April 2013

Free Sardines at the Pub

Thanks to Ted and Sarah there was a free sardine supper at the Olde Plough tonight. All tables were full as patrons were served hot sardines and a bread roll. After the food, customers were treated to an excellent set by a reduced Tavy Tars line-up. Decorum forbids me from telling what role Marcel was given during the proceedings - you had to be there!

                                                      The Tavy Tars in full voice.


It's Panto time again!
Oh no it isn't!
Oh yes it is!

Calling all Actors - 6 to 106 years - Singers, Costumiers, Set Designers, Props, Painters - you get the idea!
We'd like to stage
in January 2014
we can't do it without YOU.

If you'd like to be involved please phone Jane Hamlyn on 841703 or Monica Mitchell on 841360 by the end of June.
We will have an inaugural/planning meeting, and probably read the pantomime, with everyone interested on TUESDAY 9th JULY in the HAZEL ROOM, BERE FERRERS CHURCH HALL.


Saturday, 27 April 2013

Music on the Quay

There will be music, fun and food on the Quay on Sunday 26th May between 7pm and 11pm. It is a charity fundraising event in aid of Plymouth Samaritans, so support it if you can.
There will be food and drink throughout the evening, with a bar provided by Ted and Sarah at the Olde Plough.
Music between 7 and 9 will be provided by local Bere Ferrers musicians, including Bere Ukies and the Summerhouse Strummers.From 9pm Odd Sox take the stage for the remainder of the evening.

Kayak Update

Andy and Jane arrived at Lundy in thick fog on 24th April and, according to their website, are still there.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Watersports Sponsors Wanted

A message from the organisers

Bere Ferrers Watersports is a hugely popular free-to-attend event held on the Quay and in the River Tavy, with many stalls, a barbecue, bar and evening entertainment. Without our sponsors’ vital support it would not take place. We rely on our sponsors to help make this event the success it is. It doesn't matter how large or small your organisation is - we gratefully accept sponsorship from individuals.
We realise that these are difficult times for all businesses, but we hope that you feel this is a worthy cause and, at still only £25, great value for money compared to other forms of advertising. Each sponsor has an A4-size version of their logo prominently displayed in the village prior to the event and at the stage on the day.

This year’s Watersports is again being organised by Margaret Willmott and Margaret Ball and we look forward to your support. We also look forward to seeing you at this year’s event on Saturday 6th July.
If you can support us, please make your cheque payable to ‘Bere Ferrers Watersports Association’ and send it to Margaret Willmott at Margaret’s Hairdressing, Alpine House, Station Road, Bere Ferrers PL20 7JS. Please also enclose a hard copy of your company logo for use on the Sponsors’ Display Board, or preferably email a jpeg of your logo to

Watersports 2013

Watersports 13 is fast approaching and the organisers invite teams to take part in the games in and out of the Tavy. If you have a team of six lunatics participants and would like to join in, contact Helen Smith for more details.

Raffle Prizes
Raffle prizes are also urgently needed, so if you can donate something please let Margaret Willmott know.

Lyndsay Gay is now organising the rota for the barbecue and pig roast and if you can do an hour (or more, if you wish) please contact Lyndsay on
Last year four people failed to turn up for their booked slots, causing some disruption with staffing, so please only volunteer if you will definitely turn up for your shift.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

A Good Time Was Had By All....!

The final part of Tricia and Dave's Special Day took place in the Club this evening, when a huge part of the village joined the families for a rockin' session to round off the day! With a nautical theme, which included two pirates, the evening got off to a rollicking start with music from those musical maestros, George Nix and Mark Henderson, who delighted most of the audience with their fantastic music.
There was a superb spread, supplied by Sarah at the pub, and guests tucked in with gusto. Dave thanked everyone for coming and supporting him and Tricia on their special day, before the Best Man proposed a toast to the happy couple.
The music continued after the toast, with many people up on the floor boogieing until late.
Altogether, a smashing evening to round off a very Special Day.

Fair Wind For A Happy Sailing!

There was a fair wind and sunshine this morning at the wedding of Dave Kent and Tricia Wilks at a beautifully decorated St Andrew's church, Bere Ferrers. Family and villagers joined with the couple in the ceremony conducted by the Rector, the Rev Nick Law.
Tricia walked to the church from her home about 200 yards away, greeted by villagers. After the ceremony, champagne was served at the lych gate, before the traditional throwing of confetti and rice. Dave and Tricia drove away to the Horn of Plenty, followed by their guests, before returning to the village for a nautical party in the Club tonight. 


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Coming Soon at the Plough

Tuesday 23rd April: St George's Day
Medieval Banquet
There will be a prize for the best medieval fancy dress!

Sunday 28th April:
Free Sardine Supper
From 7pm.
It is important that you let Sarah and Ted know that you will be going.

Tuesday 30th:
A Question of Sport Quiz
As the popular TV show. Why not enter a team? All teams must register with the pub before the event. There will be a prize for the best fancy dress.

From the Lords to the (Iron) Lady

Caroline Clark sent this report:

Our special thanks to Neill Mitchell who spoke about his professional life in The House of Lords and Margaret Thatcher’s Private Office. 60 people attended the audio visual presentation on Sunday evening April 14th at Bere Ferrers Church Hall. It began with a glass of bubbles and canapés and then Neill told us fascinating and funny stories about the workings of the House of Lords, the facilities available to those working at 10 Downing Street and Margaret Thatcher’s personality and working style. As well as being an insightful evening and highly entertaining, the event raised an amazing £520 for the Romanian charity AGENTS OF CHANGE.
Neill gave his presentation free of charge, many people helped stage the evening, donating bubbles, canapés and their time and to all who bought tickets, books and raffle tickets, a huge thank you as, with such generous contributions, all the £520 will go directly to the people Alison Butcher, the founder of AGENTS OF CHANGE, works so hard to help.

P.S. My personal and grateful thanks to all who attended my Surprise Party at the Bere Ferrers Social Club on Thursday 11th April and generously donated £100 for AGENTS OF CHANGE. With other donations given and some still to come, we will finally have raised an astonishing £700! Thank you to all who have helped in any way to raise this wonderful total. Also a special thank you to all who gave seeds to AGENTS OF CHANGE. There is a large parcel with a great variety of vegetables and herbs and I know they will all be gratefully received.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Jam Session at the Olde Plough

A terrific evening of music took place at the pub tonight, as landlady Sarah was keen to continue the music theme on the third Tuesday in the month. The word quickly got round and the pub was packed with musicians eager to perform! Not expecting many to turn up, Steve Rickhards brought his electronic piano, but due to the amount of musicians, he barely had chance to play it.
The musicians playing were: an unknown band from Bere Alston, with singer Leanne, who has a lovely voice; Bere Ukies; Summerhouse Strummers; Rob Smith; Jane Musgrave; Lizzie Spiers; Cowboy Ian; Bruce Horner and Steve.
The evening was so successful that it will take place again on Tuesday 21st May, before the summer break. Sessions will start again in September.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Barn Dance Bonanza

Margaret Ball organised a barn dance tonight (Saturday) in the Social Club, in aid of the Bere Alston Scouts. On a dreary, damp Spring evening, a lot of people turned out for this event and made it a success! There was lots of dancing by young and old alike and much stripping of the willow (whatever that is!) and the price of the ticket included the choice of a hot pasty!
The ubiquitous raffle raised £190.00.

Picnic Profit

Jane Hamlyn tells me that the profit from 'The Buggins's Picnic' at the Belinda O'Flynn Theatre recently came to £200, after all expenses were paid. This amount will go into the Show and Panto fund.
Thanks go to all who took part and to those who came along to the show.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Kayaking Around the UK

The latest news on Andy and Jane's attempt to kayak around the British Isles in aid of charity will be given on this Blog, though for those of you interested in more detail, go to

Today, Friday 12th April, the couple have reached the pretty village of Coverack in Cornwall, having previously called at Fowey, Falmouth and Helford.

Bere Ukies Play West View

A contingent of Bere Ukies headed off to the West View Care Home in Bere Alston this afternoon to play a short programme for some of the residents. Organised by Ann Jeffries, whose mother Betty is in residence at the home, the Ukies (Bev, Liz, Graham H, Sue, Jean, Christine, Ruth, Maggie, Graham K, Maureen, Ann and Bruce) played a selection of old tunes. Many of the songs were well-known oldies and the audience were invited to join in, which some of them did, with gusto!
The songs included ‘Banks of the Ohio’, a duet with Graham H and Liz, ‘You Are My Sunshine’, ‘Jambalaya’ and a medley of ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’, ‘Wish Me Luck’, ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’, ‘Bless ‘Em All’ and ‘Lili Marlene’.
After a forty minute set, the Ukies were provided with tea and cakes – thanks to West View!


Now the weather's warming up (ha ha!), it's time to think of fun and games in the river - it's Watersports! Saturday 6th July is the date, so put it in your diary now!

Caroline's Secret Party

Months of furtive and secretive planning came to fruition last night at the Social Club when the village celebrated Caroline Clark’s entitlement to a bus pass!
A small group of planners worked for some time in arranging the venue, the food, the wine, the entertainment, invitations and the acceptance thereof – all without Caroline knowing, though there was a very close call early on in the preparations!
David produced the invitation, which was passed to Linda, Angela and Ann for hand distribution and Bev for email transmission, all in utter secrecy, replies being sent to these people. Maggie was in charge of making sure that the evening ran smoothly, with bubbly on hand and the cutting of the cake.
Linda arranged the catering with a local company, a birthday cake was ordered and local entertainment booked. Then came the hard bit of keeping it all quiet!
Yesterday, the Birthday Girl invited lady friends to join her in making a quilt to celebrate her marriage to David. She provided lunch and finally, as she thought, a buffet supper before taking part in the monthly Red Herring meeting, due to be  a skittles evening.
Caroline wondered why her guests were not eating much at the buffet supper, not knowing there was more food later!

Come the hour, Caroline arrived at the Club, where a huge crowd of villagers and friends from outside had quietly gathered, to be greeted with a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ and a glass of wine.
Entertainment was provided by Georgia and Ben, followed by a solo set from Georgia, then a couple of numbers from the Tavy Tars, before Paul completed the evening with a disco that had guests up and dancing – even David!
Caroline cut the splendid cake and a toast was made to her; she thanked everyone for coming to a wonderful party, before guests enjoyed a piece of birthday cake!

Nice boots!