Monday, 30 September 2013

Wildflower Plot in Recreation Field

A wildflower plot has been dug in the Recreation Field, near the bird hide. The area was strimmed this morning, the matted grass dug out and the soil dug over.
An oak sapling was planted at one end and an elder (donated by Bill and Linda Stables) at the other. In between are foxgloves and oriental poppies. Seeds of Flanders poppies, to commemorate the centenary of the Great War next year, have been sown, together with a packet of mixed wildflowers.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Royal British Legion Meeting

The next meeting of the Royal British Legion Bere Alston Branch is on Monday
7th October at the Bere Ferrers Social Club. Doors open at 19:30 and the meeting
convenes at 20:00. Your support for the branch is always appreciated and new members are welcome.

Right Said Fred!

Now we all know how heavy pianos are - I certainly do, because we've got one and it hasn't moved since the day we moved in 13 years ago! The piano man from Yelverton said that we'd have to take it to London to sell it! Ha ha! You're having a laugh!!!
So when Tim and Rebecca decided to dispose of their piano, they did something more practical - and beneficial to the village. They donated it to the centre of music in the village - the pub!
So one day recently the Right Said Fred men moved in and, with the help of the bucket on the front of a digger, the piano was delivered to the pub. Now it stands in a prominent position, waiting for someone to play it! Sarah and Ted are hopefully arranging an official launch of the piano in the near future, with sessions from accomplished village pianists. If you can play the piano to a good standard, or know someone who does, and would like to take part, contact Sarah or Ted at the pub.
In the meantime, many thanks to Tim and Becca for the piano.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Gloomy Day for Regatta

The Tamar & Tavy Gig Club held their regatta today at Weir Quay, under gloomy skies and damp in the air. Ginette  and Belinda O'Flynn were drawn up on the shingle, alongside gigs from Cotehele Quay, Rame and Cattewater.
The ladies of Ginette  get ready for the race.
The first race of the day was the Brunel Challenge, a hard slog downriver to the bridges and back again. Teams were handicapped, so the ladies in Ginette set off first, followed by the others at intervals, while the fastest gig, the pasty boat from Ginsters, crewed by the men of Cotehele, left six minutes later.
Everyone helps in getting the gigs into the water, then it's every gig for itself! Meanwhile, back at the clubhouse, the barbecue was in full swing, there was a raffle and a refreshment stall with truly tasty cakes!
Boats in the water.
The clubhouse.

The gigs heading downriver in the gloom.

The barbecue.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Parish Council Meeting in Village

The Parish Council will be holding its Full Council meeting in the church hall next Tuesday, 24th September at 7.30pm. All villagers are welcome.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Autumn Jam Sessions Start Again

The jam sessions at the Olde Plough started again last night with a terrific evening of music and laughter! One or two of the regulars were missing, no doubt because of the weather, but those that did turn up thoroughly enjoyed themselves - we even had Daphne playing the washboard!
Anyone is welcome to come along on the third Tuesday in the month. The evening kicks off musically at 8.30pm and if you want to enjoy a fun evening of music and laughter and join in, this is the event for you!
The pub now has a piano which can be used by those proficient enough. Rob gave us a few choruses of 'Knees Up, Mother Brown' last night, playing standing up!
Sarah is trying to arrange a Piano Open Night and would welcome any competent players who could play for about half an hour to contact her to play at the event.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Tamar & Tavy Gig Club Regatta

Tamar and Tavy Regatta Saturday 21st September
Weir Quay
The timetable for the day is as follows:
10-11.30: gigs turn up
Race order
1pm first race
Brunel Challenge 
This is a long race down to the Tamar bridge and back, around 45minutes to 1hour. This will have a boat handicap system so the slowest go first and the fastest last.
Men's race 15-20mins
Ladies' race
Juniors' race
Super Vets' 15-20mins
and, if there is time, a barbarian race.
This is open to all, not just rowers, so bring the family; there will be BBQ, cakes, teas and coffees, etc. Parking will be tight, so please minimise the use of cars.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Oddsox at the Club

The popular duo Oddsox (George Nix and Mark Henderson) will be at the Social Club on Saturday 19th October, from about 8.30pm.

Daphne's Birthday Party

A bunch of rockers strutted their stuff last night at Daphne McDonald's 80th birthday celebrations, in the cool moonlit evening air. Family and friends celebrated this auspicious occasion in Daphne's front garden and in the Old Coach House, with music of the 50s and 60s, excellent food and drink and much 'dancing round the handbags'! An added attraction was a pyramid of 80 freshly-made cup cakes.
A blazing fire pit kept all the revellers warm during the evening as the temperature dropped.
Thanks go to Daphne and her family for a super (nostalgic) evening!

...and drink!

Keeping warm.

Dancing like the Shadows!

Friday, 13 September 2013

New Members Welcome at Art Group

Because of the size of the church hall, Bere Ferrers Art Group is restricted to a maximum number of members, though we would prefer that it was not so. However, because a couple of members have left, we have some vacancies and we welcome new brushes!
If you would like to join, either contact Daphne McDonald (Bere Ferrers) or Gabby Mellor (Bere Alston) or pop along to the church hall between 9.30am and noon on a Tuesday.

Monday, 9 September 2013

From the Kit Hillbillies

Here is part of an email to Rob Smith from Neil Gallagher after the Kit Hillbillies gig at the club on Saturday:
'We had a great night last night. Lovely audience - I would guess maybe 75 of them??? - and they danced a bit, and cheered, and kept us playing from say 8.45 to 11.15 (with a 20 minute break). We had to repeat a few tunes to stretch the material, but everyone seemed happy. Hope to be back next year sometime.'

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Kit Hillbillies in Town

Many of the musicians in the village, and some from further afield, enjoyed an evening of stomping music last night when the Kit Hillbillies played at the Social Club. Playing a variety of different types of music, from bluegrass to country to ragtime, they delighted the audience, as they usually do wherever they go.
Songs, many of which were well-known to the audience, ranged from 'Irish Rover', 'Duelling Banjos' and 'Will the Circle?' to 'The Green Movement Blues', 'I Fought the Law' and a crowd favourite, 'I've Been Everywhere, Man', featuring a plethora of local south-west names.

Thanks to Neil and the boys for a very enjoyable evening - and I've never seen anyone play the banjo with wire brushes before!

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Tides at Lopwell Dam

These photographs illustrate the difference in height between high and low tides at Lopwell Dam.

Autumn Art Exhibition

Ken and Irene Sheaf, with their friend, enjoyed a tasty ice cream at the Old Pump House Café at Lopwell Dam yesterday - and a sneak preview of the Bere Ferrers Art Group's Autumn Exhibition.
The exhibition opens today at 10am and continues daily until Sunday 15th September. Admission is free and there are also the delights of Jayne's tasty menu! There is a record number of 72 exhibits on show and on sale. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, so go and have a look!