Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Improve Your French!

Cours de conversation française hebdomadaires informelles commencera dans le Hazel Room, salle paroissiale de Bere Ferrers, le jeudi 7 novembre à partir de 17.00-18.30 heures.
£5 par session.
Liz Rowley vous pouvez téléphoner au 840425 pour plus de détails.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Apple Pressing a Success!

 The Tavy & Tamar Apple Group brought their crusher and press to the Saturday Shop at the Social Club yesterday. It's been a bumper year for apples and some folk couldn't make it to the Apple Fest, so a special pressing was arranged.
Five people brought apples to press into juice, which doesn't sound a lot, but the crew crushed and pressed over a ton of apples during the session! Well done to everyone who helped out.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Severe Weather Warning

From James Kershaw
Environmental Health and Emergency Planning
We have received a number of emails today from the Met Office advising that there is expected to be some quite severe weather problems on Sunday night and Monday morning. They are advising that “Currently there is expected to be very strong, gusty and damaging winds along with very wet weather. Wind direction is expected to start off from the south to south-southwest during this event on Sunday evening and then veer (or turn to the right) during the event and become more from the west during Monday morning. Wind speeds are currently forecast to reach gale or severe gale force with gust speeds widely 60-80mph – even inland – but some areas – especially along coasts – could be 80mph or possibly more. Amounts of rain are expected to be quite widely 15 – 35mm and possibly 40 – 60 mm over hills and moors – especially Dartmoor – where even 80mm is possible.”
Please can you make those households that you are aware of who may be at risk of flooding so that they can make adequate preparations to minimise the impact.
Many thanks

Tension at Skittles Match

In a nail-biting skittles match at the Social Club last night, the skill and experience of the home side finally brought victory over the novice challengers from the allotment group. The latter showed plenty of original approaches to the task of dispatching a ball from one end of the room to another but tended to find the side channels too easily. For the home side, even Gordon appeared to have the knack of the dead straight ball, while several of the lady members of the team displayed both skill and remarkable deportment.
Margaret's excellent supper gave us all a break from the high tension of the match and introduced a game of 'killer' where some players were extraordinarily lucky in being left with the chance to aim at all nine. Once again your correspondent was left wondering how long you have to live in Bere Ferrers before you actually manage to win a raffle! Thanks to all for a great evening.
Angus Doulton

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Worries Over Mobile Library

There are worries over the future of the mobile library in the village. There is currently a consultation period happening for villagers to make their feelings known about the service. The plan by the Library service at Devon County Council is to reduce the service from fortnightly to monthly. This, according to an informed source, has not worked in other areas and has resulted in the cessation of the mobile library service.
Apparently, according to my source, the Library Service is trying to cut costs within Devon to pay for a new costly library being built for the good folk of Exeter!
The Parish Council urge you to complete the questionnaire (available when the mobile library comes again on Tuesday 29th October or download from the Devon County Council website so that the library service know the feelings of the village on our library!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Community Plan

From Cllr Mike Benson:
Bere Peninsula Community Plan
We hope by now that all households on the peninsula will have received a copy of the survey questionnaire. We, the Plan group, would like to express our thanks to BATS, Bere Alston Trekkers, for their help in delivering the majority  across  our large parish. It is vital for our community that you return yours as soon as possible. Please do not worry if you think it looks  complicated, fill in what you can.
The deadline for returns is the end of the month, so we urge you to return the completed copies by the 31st October. We have placed boxes for returns in the Post Office,Spar Shop, Pharmacy, Edgcumbe Hotel, Parish Hall, Hope Cottage, Primary School, Victoria Social Club, Doctors’ Surgery, Bere Ferrers Social Club, Olde Plough Inn, Margaret’s Hairdressing in Bere Ferrers or direct to the Parish Council, who are supporting  the creation of the plan,  making  it easy for everyone to return the document. Failing that, they can always be completed on line                                      
We must stress this survey is only part of the process; following the deadline the information will firstly be analysed and then public consultations will be held, enabling local residents to discuss with group members what they would like to see in the completed plan. It must be stressed that the group will not be creating the plan on their own - you will, through the information you are providing .
We cannot stress too highly how important it is to return the completed questionnaires; the future of our community will depend on your views being registered, so please have your say. The evidence gathered will be used by West Devon Borough Council – the Local Planning Authority - when considering future development in our area.
Your Response Matters, Help Us to Help You
The Deadline is Near!
Get your returns in by the end of the Month


Monday, 21 October 2013

Villages In Action

For those of you who haven't made their mind up about Simon Egerton in the church hall on Thursday night, have a look at this short clip.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Club Dates

Quiz - come set up your team
Tavy Tars rehearsal -  your local group
Skittles Team - Home Match
Darts Team -  Home Match
Royal British Legion Meeting
Tavy Tars rehearsal -  your local group
Horsewatch Riding Club Meeting
Tavy Tars rehearsal -  your local group
John Stevens (Live Music)
Open Mic Night - have your minutes of fame
Tavy Tars rehearsal -  your local group
Skittles Team - Home Match
Quiz - come set up your team
Tavy Tars rehearsal -  your local group

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Apple Pressing Next Week

Don't forget - if you've got any apples left that need pressing, the Tavy & Tamar Apple Group will be outside the Social Club next Saturday.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Jubilee Bulbs Planted

The remaining Jubilee bulbs were planted this afternoon in the Recreation Field. After villagers collected bulbs for verges near their houses, several sacksful of daffodils and tulips were left over, so a planting party was organised by Diana Mitchell. The following villagers turned up to help with bulb hole diggers, trowels, hand forks, large fork and spades: Daphne, Kathy, Roger, Pearl, Robin and Jane, Clive and Ruth, Bruce and Carol and Bev.
Many of the bulbs were planted on the bank around the car park, but other parts of the Field were treated. We'll have to see next year where they come up!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

New Menu Launch at the Olde Plough

The new menu at the Olde Plough was launched last night (Monday) when a group of discerning gourmets and drinkers (??!!) attended a wine tasting and tutorial about the new wines now on offer at the pub.
The new system is fairly straightforward: the old chalkboard over the fireplace has disappeared, to be replaced by tasteful board menus on each table. These menus contain details of the standard fare, plus the day’s specials. In addition, there is a second menu for those people who just want a bottle of wine and a snack.
In order to launch this new menu, Sarah and Ted arranged for Ruth Carter from Walter Hicks Wines, a division of St Austell Brewery, to describe an aperitif, three whites, three reds and a dessert wine. At the same time as tasting these, mini versions of meals to complement the wines were delivered to the tables for us to try.
On arrival we were given a glass of Prosecco, a light wine from Italy, easier to drink than champagne – and not so expensive! While tasting this aperitif we also tried the snacks that can be ordered with the wines: Sharpham Rustic cheese with garlic and herbs and olives; vegetable antipasto with bread, and some delightful nuts.

Ruth shows the attractive blue
Muscadet bottle.
Once we had ‘settled in’, Ruth gave us a French Muscadet, accompanied by delicious whitebait. Next up was a very fruity Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, whose aroma was very prominent. Not to everyone’s taste, but it improved significantly with the delicious goat’s cheese and caramelised onion tartlets!
 The favourite on our table was the Fiano Lunate from, a wine with a lot of colour, coming as it did from the hot Mediterranean at Sicily. It perfectly matched the creamy risotto.
Now on to the reds! First up was a Pinot Noir, a thin wine from Chile. Unfortunately, not robust enough to complement the excellent rabbit goujons, but ideal with cheese.
The second red was a Cotes du Rhone from France, which was acceptable as an accompaniment to pasta; in our case we tried delicious meatballs.
The final red (and the favourite on our table) was from Argentina: a full-bodied tasty Malbec. With this we enjoyed the most delicious mini steak and kidney suet pies – can’t wait for the full-size ones!

Black Muscat with chocolate puds.
To finish the evening we were served mini chocolate puddings, accompanied by a dessert wine from the United States called Black Muscat, a fortified wine with an incredible taste and texture. The price of a dessert includes a glass of dessert wine.

A lot of preparation has gone into the new menus, with a newly-designed Olde Plough typeface, and the organisation of the evening. Thanks must go to Sarah, Ted and their staff (Nice hair, Enya!) plus Ruth for an excellent evening!

Tasting the Prosecco.
Muscadet with whitebait.

Musical accompaniment on wine
glasses from the Hawkins family


Thursday, 10 October 2013

South West Chamber Choir

The SOUTH WEST CHAMBER CHOIR will be singing on Saturday 16th November in St. Andrew's Church, Bere Ferrers, at 7.30pm.

This small choir is one of the Best in the West.  They will be singing a programme of unaccompanied songs by 20th century composers - sacred, secular and light music, interspersed with poetry and prose, some of it read by our own Jane Hamlyn.

Tickets are only £7 and are available from Jane Hamlyn (841703) and Margaret Willmott (840380) or at the door.

Villages in Action

Presenting, on Thursday 24th October in the Belinda O'Flynn Theatre, Bere Ferrers Church Hall at 7.30 pm.

                                 SIMON EGERTON in FAG ENDS AND FAMILIES

A humorous solo music theatre show.  Simon delights with his wit, his songs and stories - funny and poignant.  This charming, moving and wry piece of cabaret theatre offers a genuinely distinctive take on a peculiarly English life.

Tickets are £8 and are available now from Margaret Willmott, Margaret's Hairdressing.  Phone 840380

Olde Plough Events

October Events

Monday 14th - Launch night of our re-branding! A wine and menu tasting evening with Ruth (St Austell Wine Connoisseur) featuring eight different wines and samples of the new menu: £14.95pp. Booking essential.

Tuesday 15th – Jam session, starts at 8.30pm. All welcome, come along and join in!

Sunday 20th - Squandered Youth host our monthly Acoustic Night, everyone welcome.

Sunday 27th - Andrew Quick from the band "Land of The Giants" is with us playing an acoustic set check him out here:

Thursday 31st - October wouldn't be October without a Halloween Party. As you know, Nick Grinstead lost his life to cancer this time last year, so we are going to use the event to raise money for the Macmillan nurses. We will be fining anyone who doesn't come in fancy dress, there will be apple bobbing for prizes, a pumpkin competition, raffle and entertainment from " The Two Jays" from Bere Alston. Here's their link If you would like to do something to raise some money as well, please do contact us. 

November Events - so far!

Sunday 3rd - Paul White’s Open Mic Night: a new slant on Paul's popular evening will be launched in November, along with our infamous free fish suppers - we'll keep you posted.

Tuesday 5th – Mike’s Acoustic Night.

Saturday 9th - Piano Inauguration! Look out for posters. An evening of pianist and traditional pub singalong two- course meal in aid of Dementia UK. 

Tuesday 12th - Curry Night Buffet £9.95

Sunday 17th - Squandered Youth host our regular monthly acoustic night.

Monday 18th - Youth2Youth charity night.

Tuesday 19th - Monthly Jam session from 8.30pm, all welcome.

Thursday 21st - Beaujolais Nouveau French Evening.

Sunday 24th - Ferrers Reel are entertaining us with an evening of music.

We also hope to be raffling a green pub-made quilt during November to raise more money for Macmillan Nurses.

If you would like to book in for any of the above events or can support us in any way please do let us know, 01822 840358 or email us Check out our Twittering and Facebook

Many thanks to you all for your continued support.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

The Sun Shines on the Apple Fest

Once again, the Bere Apple Fest was blessed with excellent weather, after a week of rain and horrible weather! For some of the Apple Fest crew the day started early, with the pressing of a bumper crop of apples in preparation for the expected visitors.
At 1pm the Fest opened with a display in Station Road of traditional dancing by Dartmoor Border Morris, who are always popular at the Apple Fest - and Wassailing in January! At 1.35pm the Fest was officially opened by Radio Devon's Tony Beard, 'The Wag of Widecombe', who delighted the crowd with tales of apples in bygone days and the terrific interest locally in the production of apples. Tony then pressed the green button on the apple press to start the process of squeezing the cheeses to produce the juice.
The Tavy Tars traditionally followed this with a rendition on 'Drink Up Thy Cider'.
We were delighted this year to welcome Andy Morton, who with his wife Jane holds the world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the British Isles and Ireland in a kayak. Their kayak was on display next to Andy as he demonstrated his wood-turning skills on a proper traditional manual lathe.
The Apple Pie Baking competition was well supported, with 31 entries in total. Seth and Sally from Robertsons Café Pizzeria Restaurant (Licenced) in Tavistock (personally recommended for excellent food) spent a lot of time tasting all the pies and eventually came up with the winners, runners-up and Highly Commended. Prizes and certificates were awarded to the lucky bakers.
All the usual aspects of apples were on display. The apple identification staff were kept busy throughout the day, Ross Dyter explained about keeping bees, while nearby there was a stand showing how to get rid of moths in orchards. The ladies of the WI were selling apple produce, while outside the hall Endsleigh Nurseries showed their usual display of fruit trees, with expert advice on how to graft properly.
At the end of the Fest, visitors gathered in the hall for the Grand Raffle Draw, when a host of prizes were won. The Big Prize of two First Class return tickets anywhere on the First Great Western network was won by Ann Turner.
The day ended for the crew with a meal, drinks and convivial company down at the pub!

Andy works on his lathe, with his kayak nearby.

Seth checks the pies!

'Drink Up Thy Cider'

The Tars sing inside the hall.

Tony Beard addresses the visitors

Tony talks to two old mates.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Apple Fest Today!!

Much Merriment in the Pub

There was much merriment and music-making in the pub last night as a pre-wedding party combined with a musical evening.
Trish Dugmore's daughter Polly is getting married today and her future husband comes from Geordieland and most of them were in the bar and celebrating last night.
In addition, a bunch of musicians, mainly from across the water in Cornwall, providing some great acoustic music. In particular, there was one chap in a rainbow outfit and half a beard (yes, half a beard!) who played the bodhran and the harmonica at the same time - not an easy feat! He was also a natty dancer! Other instruments included a mandolin, banjo, squeezebox, concertinas, penny whistle and guitars.
Our own Rob Smith, successfully recovering from an eye operation, joined in with his guitar.
The good thing about the evening was that, because it was acoustic, the music was not overpowering and drinkers could talk and be heard.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

New Menus and Wines

There will be an official launch of the new menus and wines at the Olde Plough on Monday 14th October at 7 for 7.30pm.
Sarah and Ted are introducing a new format of menu and wines and the evening will consist of a wine tasting and tutorial, plus a preview of the new menu format.
The cost is £14.99pp and places must be booked in advance with the pub, as space is limited.

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