Saturday, 28 December 2013

Betty Jeffries' Funeral

The funeral of much-loved Betty Jeffries, who passed away last week, will take place at St Andrew's on Monday 13th January at 3pm. Her family has invited her friends in the village to join them for the service and afterwards at the Social Club.

Don't Forget the Ceilidh Next Week!

Bad Weather Doesn't Reduce the Carol Singing Cash

Almost in spite of the dreadful weather last Monday when the carol singers weren't able to get round all the village, a total of £120 was raised for charity - a fantastic amount! Well done everyone, including Christine Poole, Caroline and David Clark.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Refuse Collection

Refuse collection next week will be on TUESDAY, not Monday.

Carols Sung Despite the Weather

The appalling weather conditions severely curtailed the activities of the carol singers this year. Four singers, soaked to the skin, came into the pub having completed half of the route through the village before the weather got the better of them.
Later, more carol singers arrived and under the direction of Kathy Sirey and with piano, concertina and ukulele accompaniment the singing began in earnest. Mince pies, clotted cream and mulled wine were passed around as the pub echoed to carols.


Monday, 23 December 2013

Atrocious Weather on the Peninsula

The weather here as I write (noon) is very bad. We have extremely heavy gales and lashing rain. No one is going out if they can help it! The worst part is that it's dustbin and recycling collection day and there are green recycling boxes everywhere, lids sliding along the road and big black dustbins overturned and their contents blowing along the streets, causing chaos.
Branches are coming off trees and the roads are awash with brown water off the fields.
Merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Damage to Grass Verges

Significant damage has been done to the grass verges at the top of Station Road. According to one of our Borough Councillors, Robin Musgrave, this has been going on for several months and has been caused by vehicles being parked outside Windy Ridge and Mid Rivers (though not, apparently, by residents of these dwellings). This inconsiderate parking has caused problems for buses and gritting lorries which have to turn round at the junction.
Devon Highways have indicated that such parked vehicles will be classed as a highways obstruction and appropriate action will be taken.

Church Hall Redecoration

The church hall will be redecorated in February and volunteers are requested for this task, not only to wield a brush but also to provide cake, biscuits, tea, coffee etc for the work force.
If you can help, contact Adrian Mitchell (841086) or Graham Fine (841337). There will be a rota available for villagers to fill in their availability.

Christmas Singing Opportunities

Sunday 22nd December
St Andrew's Church. 6pm.
Come along to this carol service with a difference - you can request a carol!

Monday 23rd December
Carol Singing around the village
Start at The Old Chapel at 6pm, then process through the village singing carols, ending up at the pub for a singalong!

Christmas Eve
St Andrew's
Two performances of the Nativity at 2.30pm and 4pm.

Betty Jeffries

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of a village favourite and a dear friend, Betty Jeffries. She died peacefully in her sleep at 5.30pm yesterday at West View Residential Home where she was a resident.
Betty was an integral part of the village and joined in most of the activities and, until this year, was an enthusiastic member of the Bere Ferrers Art Group. She attended the Saturday Shop as often as she could and was last there last Saturday. Betty will be missed by everyone. Our condolences go to her large worldwide family at this sad time.

Christmas Eve at the Club

Thursday, 19 December 2013

New Additions to The O'Flynn Theatre

Panto-goers to the January production of Aladdin will see a fantastic transformation of the stage area after the purchase of a new backdrop and wings - and the panto will be the first production to use these new facilities.
The backdrops and wings are controlled using a system of ropes and pulleys. The rear drop covers the large window and will also allow a small access corridor for performers to move from one side of the stage to the other during a performance.
The drops and wings also increase the capacity for different scenes, as they can be used both sides.

Today, set designer Bill Stables and his two willing brush artists Daphne McDonald and Nelson Bowden, were busy painting the first coat of the new set for Aladdin. The full impact of the new system and the vibrant sets will only be seen at the first performance of the panto on Thursday 17th January - tickets are available now from Margaret Willmott, but the Saturday evening performance is almost fully booked.
Now the theatre has this professional equipment, it now urgently needs new curtains to complete the effect! The funding for this latest phase came from the Belinda O'Flynn Trust.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013


Pub Closes After New Year

As usual, the Olde Plough Inn will close after New Year for a week. It will be closed from 2nd to 9th January inclusive. If you've got nowhere to drink and you're a member of the Social Club, drink there and help save the Club!!

Ceilidh in the Club

Monday, 16 December 2013

Top Whack for Nick-nacks and Bric-a-brac

Thanks to the generosity of villagers and a stern controlling hand from Ann Street, the bric-a-brac stall in aid of the church has raised £1,200 this year! Well done, everyone!

Friday, 13 December 2013

December and January Events at the Social Club


17th      Christmas Bingo
24th      Christmas Eve Karaoke
31st      New Year's Eve Party with Georgia Rolls and Disco. Fancy Dress.
             Donations at the door gratefully accepted.


4th        Tim's Ceilidh
9th        Open mic
25th      Kids' Kristmas Karaoke: 6.30 - 8.30pm
             Adults' Karaoke:  8.30 onwards; no children.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Red Herrings' Christmas Dinner

The Red Herring Club held its annual Christmas Dinner at the Olde Plough last night, when most of the members attended and enjoyed a delicious meal, thanks to Sarah, Ted and Jenny.
The evening started with a quiz while waiting for latecomers, followed by the meal and the giving of small presents.

Concentration on the quiz.
The meal arrives!

Monday, 2 December 2013

Christmas Comes Early for the Tavy Tars

It may only have been the 23rd of November, but it felt very much like the festive season when the Tars were singing in the John Lewis store on Oxford Street that day. We were there to help promote the Seasalt department in the John Lewis flagship store on what is apparently the busiest shopping day of the year (In August we were performing for Seasalt in the John Lewis store in Southampton, so this is becoming almost a regular event).
Both the store and Oxford Street were incredibly busy, and we think we have “logged” our biggest audience ever. This is mainly because we were standing opposite both the up and down escalators, so shoppers were passing us at the rate of perhaps a hundred a minute. Over the day we did three sets of 40 minutes each, so that could be about 12,000 lucky folk who got to hear the Tars, even if very briefly (a few did get of the escalator and stop to listen!).
Another highlight was our first experience of a “green room”. No fridge with a selection of alcohol, but some very nice sandwiches and Danish pastries, and it was a real pleasure to share these facilities with Father Christmas and some very attractive Elves.

Photo supplied by Peter Key.