Wednesday, 31 December 2014

I would like to wish all readers of my Bere Ferrers Blog a Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year. Please remember that this is not an 'official' blog for the village and the views expressed in this Blog are usually mine, though some may be shared by some villagers.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Excellent December Quiz

Seven teams took part in the December Quiz at the pub last night, ably run by Quizmaster Jess. Apart from the usual format of questions, Sarah had found a fiendish 'hands on' competition featuring cut pieces of card that had to be arranged into five identical-sized arrowheads; only two teams found the correct solution, others claiming there weren't enough pieces.
The competitive evening finished with Marcel's Marvels beating their nearest rivals by four and a half points. The team was Marcel, Isaac and Owen Kelly, Jane Cullen and Angela Hooper.
The jackpot round of £44 plus a bottle of wine was not won, so this month's money is added to this as a roll-over, plus Sarah has added a bottle of vodka! The next quiz will be on Wednesday 28th January.
The winning team, deep in thought!

Saturday, 27 December 2014

New Audio System for the Church Hall

The church hall is not known for its brilliant acoustics and several complaints have been made that some people have a problem with hearing clearly on occasions. Brian Lamb, in association with the Bere Ferrers Villagers' Group, has been investigating the possibility of installing a hearing loop in the hall.
The go-ahead was given by the Rev. Nick Law and Adrian Mitchell and a supplier was approached for a quotation. This has been received and approved; it is for a hearing loop plus a couple of wall-mounted speakers. Now we have to raise the money! There is a good likelihood of grants from West Devon Borough Council and Devon County Council. However, we have to prove there is a need for this equipment. Brian has asked for anyone who has trouble hearing inside the church hall to contact him as soon as possible so that he can compile a list to support the applications.

Excellent Result for Carol Singing

Christine Poole says that the round-the-village carol singing last week raised over £200 in aid of Children's Hospice South-West. Thanks go to the 30-odd carollers who braved some inclement weather, to David and Caroline for their usual hospitality, Sarah and Ted at the Olde Plough for their contribution and to everyone who contributed.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas Card Result

Those villagers who contributed to the communal Christmas card organised by Irene will be pleased to hear that they raised £100 for Water Aid and also enough to pay for four goats and six chickens.

Splendid Christmas Dinner at the Olde Plough

Several of us enjoyed a splendid Christmas Dinner down at the pub last night (Friday). There was a wide range of choices for Starters, Mains and Desserts; I had crab filo parcels, followed by traditional tasty turkey, finishing with profiteroles. Juli had pork terrine, turkey and pistachio ice cream.
After the meal, Carol entertained us with a few vintage tunes on the piano. Thanks to Sarah, Ted and their staff for an excellent evening.

Christmas Arrives at the Saturday Shop

'Twas the last Saturday Shop before Christmas and we were not disappointed to see the usual host of elves and Santas milling around serving coffee, splendid cakes and manning the various stalls. But best of all was the mulled wine stall, especially on a chilly grey morning! The wine was free, as were the excellent mince pies. The Tavy Tars were also on hand to sing three Christmassy shanties.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas Lights!

I had thought that, living in a small village in the middle of nowhere, we would be spared the ridiculous compulsion to decorate one's house with thousands of lights over the Christmas period. Unfortunately I was wrong! We now have a house in the village with flashing lights and a waving Santa... which I suppose is better than a flashing Santa!!! There are examples of discreet subtle lighting in the village, which offend no-one, so let's hope this disease of tarting one's house up to look like a Las Vegas brothel doesn't spread any further!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Spot the Space Station

If it's a fine clear night tonight (Sunday) you may be able to see the Space Station make its way across the sky. It will cross at 5.45pm and will be visible for 3 minutes, at a maximum height of 59 degrees from SouthWest to East.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The bfs Club events: January and February

3rd Supper Night followed by Clive Charlton giving a talk on local Bere Peninsula history.
7th   Tavy Tars rehearsal.
8th   Skittles at home and Open Mic Night. 
12th & 13th  Gig Club meetings.
14th  Tavy Tars rehearsal.
15th  Allotment Association AGM. 
21st  Tavy Tars rehearsal.
27th  Quiz.
28th  Tavy Tars rehearsal.
30th  Mary King OBE, the Olympic horsewoman, is coming to give a talk. 
31st  Karaoke.

4th  Tavy Tars rehearsal.
5th  Skittles.
7th  Supper Night and Games.
10th  Committee Meeting
11th  Tavy Tars rehearsal.
12th  Open Mic Night.
18th Tavy Tars rehearsal.
24th  Club AGM.

Check website for up-to-date info.

Friday, 12 December 2014

When is Acoustic Not Acoustic?

The dictionary definition of 'acoustic guitar' is 'the sound is not amplified by electrical means'. The music at the Olde Plough tonight was advertised as 'The Two Jays Acoustic Duo' - so why did they need a huge speaker and consequently drowned out any conversation below the level of shouting?
The monthly 'Acoustic Night' has a small amount of amplification, just enough for the artists to be heard over the normal hubbub and it works fine. So who are these people who think that playing loud is good, but all it does is spoil people's evening out for a chat with friends? Several folk left because of this. The pub is too small for amplification of this intensity.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Quiz Raises Money for Parkinson's

The Quiz at the bfs Club on December 6th was in aid of Parkinson's UK and we raised £150, thanks to many generous people, including members and helpers at the Club, and those who gave the lovely Draw prizes. It was good fun too. Margaret Ball served a very good supper beforehand and was a great hit as Quizmaster !
Thanks, Daphne MacDonald 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Tamar Valley Community Star Count

The AONB team would like your help later this month, to observe and record the number of stars that you can see from your own garden, to help measure light pollution in the Tamar Valley AONB.

To take part in the Community Star Count, we are asking people to step outside on one evening between 11th and 20th December and let your eyes get accustomed to the darkness.

Locate and observe the constellation Orion (full details of how to do this on the Helping Hands for Heritage web page) and count the number of stars that you see.

Full story, including the importance of dark skies in our protected landscape, here.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Mobile Library Timings 2015

The timings for the mobile library in Bere Ferrers during 2015 are as follows:

War Memorial  13.45 - 14.30      Social Club  14.35 - 15.05

January 20th, February 17th, March 17th, April 14th, May 12th, June 9th, July 7th, August 4th, September 1st and 29th, October 27th, November 24th and December 22nd.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Fantastic Art & Craft Fair

The first Art & Craft Fair in aid of Club funds was held today in the Social Club and was a big success! After weeks of intensive organising by Caroline Clark, Linda Webster and Tricia Kent, the day dawned sunny and once the doors opened at 11am, the crowds came flooding in!
Stalls, including pottery, glass fusion, painting, letterpress printing, quilting, spinning and sheep's fleeces, were heavily patronised during the morning session, though a little less so during the afternoon.
Caroline and Linda ably looked after food and refreshments, while Margaret Ball tended bar. Children were looked after, with several activities, including a face painter, to keep them busy!
Final costings are not known at the moment, but it is known that the Lucky Dip, at 40p a go, raised an incredible £25.40!
Thanks go to Caroline, Linda, Tricia, Margaret and everyone who helped make this a successful event. We look forward to the next Art & Craft Fair at the Bere Ferrers Spring Flower Show in March.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Turner in the Tamar Valley Exhibition

Following the discovery of new JMW Turner sketches of key iconic Tamar Valley views, and to coincide with the newly-released film, Mr. Turner, a Turner in the Tamar Valley Exhibition will be held at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, next month.
The exhibition, including the new sketches, will run daily from Tuesday 16th – Friday 19th December, 10am – 4pm.
Local Turner enthusiasts, Dorothy Kirk & Di Cook, will give a talk on the evening of  Monday 15th December, 7pm, revealing more about Turner’s journey in and around the Tamar Valley in the early 19th century.

Please call 01822 835030 or email for more details of the FREE evening talk, and to book your place (donations welcome for Tamar Valley Community Bus).

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Art & Craft Fair

DON'T FORGET! It's the Art & Craft Fair at the Social Club on Saturday from 11am until 4pm, with a host of wonderful stalls to see.
The bar is open from noon until 3pm and there will be other refreshments available. There will be children's activities - and admission is FREE!
Come and see us after you've been to the Saturday Shop.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Missing Book Plea

Lizzie Spiers has lent her hardback copy of ‘The House on the Strand’ by Daphne du Maurier to someone and she can’t remember who!  If anyone has it could they let her know please on 840009.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

A Familiar Sight Returns to our Lanes

Margaret Ball is back in harness! After a long illness with a dodgy hip, which suffered a setback when Margaret decided to get back on a horse much too early and had to start again, she is back working horses. However, she is limited to a horse and carriage for some time, until the surgeon gives her the go-ahead to ride again. But the sight (and sound!) of Margaret with a horse has returned to our lanes.

Kit Hillbillies Return to the bfs club

The Kit Hillbillies paid a welcome return to the bfs club last night (Saturday), with their ‘support’ band, 25 Hours. Someone said that you know when you’ve made it when you have your own support band! However, 25 Hours is a new trio: guitar, bass and a very good singer; although their repertoire is understandably limited at the moment, what we heard was very good and no doubt they will make a return to the club!

As were the Kit Hillbillies, as usual, with their mixture of blues, country blues and blue grass, which included such favourites as Duelling Banjos, I’m In The Jailhouse Now and the famous tribute to a BBC Spotlight cameraman I’ve Been Everywhere, Man! With former member Mark Cullen travelling the world, the new bassist fitted in nicely and added depth to the band.

A good audience sang along with many of the songs and some folk were up dancing.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Gate Left Open, Cows Out, Maize Attacked!!

The gate at the top of the bridle path/footpath from Hensbury Lane opposite the Ball's top gate was left open this week and David Dawes' cows and calves got out and got into the, as yet, uncut maize field. The farmer has threatened to lock this gate if it happens again, but as it's a public bridleway.....?
Wherever you are walking please close gates after you - it's one of the major rules of the countryside!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Dog Control Orders introduced in West Devon

On 22nd October, West Devon Borough Council introduced their Dog Control Orders across the Borough, as empowered by The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

Full details can be found on the West Devon Borough Council website

The WDBC Dog Warden (Tel 01822 813600) and other council officers will be enforcing these orders.  Email for any further information.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

St Andrew's Church
Bere Ferrers

Re-ordering of the Chancel

As a result of the re-ordering of the Church Chancel there are some interesting pieces of timber available to purchase as scheduled below. Prices indicated are those you would pay in typical recycling depots and will be used as a reserve in an informal charity auction, in the church on Saturday 22nd November at 12.30hrs.
Monies generated will go towards the purchase of new chairs for the re-ordered Chancel. Everyone welcome and your support encouraged, to support our wonderful church.

3 OAK BEAMS  5.1m long x 75 x 100mm @ £20 each

4.9m long x 0.9m high                      

PINE PEW SEAT  3.2m long x 370mm wide x 40mm thick @ £50

PINE PEW SEAT 4.2m long x 410mm wide x 40mm thick  @ £50

PEW SHELF 2m long x 300mm wide x 40mm thick @ £20

Offers invited but no reserve.

All pieces may be viewed in the North Transept of the Church any day of the week. Cash or cheques accepted.
Adrian Mitchell Church Warden

Monday, 10 November 2014

Road Closure in Bere Alston

Circumstances and weather permitting, on behalf of Devon County Council, SWH will be carrying out the following works:

Type of work:  drainage works

Location:  Drakes Park (Broad Park Road) Bere Alston

Date: Thursday 20th – Friday 21st November 2014

Details of the closure and diversion route are shown on the attached map. (Please be aware however, that the dates may need to change at short notice).

All affected properties will be letter dropped and we will endeavour to maintain access to properties within the closure, however there may be times when access is restricted/delayed, and South West Highways would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by these essential works.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Remembrance Sunday at Bere Ferrers

Not even a sudden downpour just before 11am could deter villagers from attending the annual Remembrance Service at the war memorial in the centenary year of the start of the Great War. Members of the Royal British Legion, Bere Ferrers Parish Council and the New Zealand Armed Forces listened as the Rector, the Rev. Nick Law, welcomed a large crowd to the ceremony.
After the address and the reading of the names of the Fallen by Stan Sherrell, wreaths were laid on behalf of the Royal British Legion, the Parish Council, the W.I. and other organisations, with a special wreath laid in memory of the ten New Zealand soldiers who died in the tragic accident at Bere Ferrers station.
After the ceremony the congregation followed the colours to the church for the main service.

Stan Sherrell and Brian Lamb lay their wreaths.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Magnificent Firework Display at the Pub

After early morning heavy rain, it wasn't surprising that the floating bonfire was somewhat sodden and took some lighting to get it going! Sarah, Ted, Enya and Fin had made a big effort to get their fireworks display up and running. Permission had been obtained to have the bonfire actually floating in the River Tavy at high tide.
Adults and children gathered in the pub garden, expectantly waiting for the bonfire to light the darkness. Eventually it did and the grotesque twisted shape of the guy was soon silhouetted against the flames!
The firework display was delayed as the pyrotechnicians waited for the tide to ebb somewhat before letting loose a magnificent display. not seen on the estuary for many a year.
Meanwhile, staff delivered hot dogs and cheesy chips to the waiting crowds!

Friday, 7 November 2014

Sunday 9th November
Bere Ferrers War Memorial

When you go home
Tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow
We gave our today