Monday, 24 February 2014

Club Supper Night Change

Because of the illness to Trevor, the second part of the Supper Night this coming Saturday has been changed. The Comedy Night has been postponed and in its place will be a Games Evening.
The Supper will take place as advertised; anyone who wants to eat must contact Margaret Ball by tomorrow (Tuesday) or you won't get fed!

Thursday, 20 February 2014

BATS: A Message from Dotty King

Please be advised that Bats are hosting both the Bere Pen 10K (May 4th) and Sport Relief (March 23rd) this year.  We are also celebrating our 10th anniversary this year and will be hosting events throughout the year and I will keep you posted of events.
Attached is the entry form for the 10K, I would be grateful if it could go on your diary of events and could you please (if possible) add a link for our Sports Relief event.
Bere Pen 10K link:
Sports Relief link:
If you could share the links I would be grateful.  I will have posters for both events shortly and am happy to drop them to anyone who can display them.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Best wishes,
Keeping the community running

Monday, 17 February 2014

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Post Panto Party

A Post Panto Party was held in the Social Club for all those who had contributed to the success of this year's panto 'Aladdin'. To start the party Caroline introduced the end of a video of the 1999 panto, with an appearance by the late Belinda O'Flynn, whose Trust has contributed so much to the improvements not only in the church hall but throughout the Peninsula. Belinda's speech of thanks to everyone who helped ended up with her getting a custard pie in her face!
Jame and Monica, the co-directors of this year's panto, gave a few words of thanks to all those who had helped with the production, it had been a wonderful experience. Monica strongly hinted that there may be a Victorian revue starting production later in the year. After the thanks, the audience settled down to watch a video of this year's 'Aladdin', followed by nibbles and refreshments.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

New Mobile Library Timimgs

The following email was received by Devon Libraries today:

New Mobile Library timetables have been published for the period 31st March to 23rd December 2014. Paper copies are being distributed to Mobile Library users from this week.
They can also be found on this web link.
 If you have any enquiries please email: or telephone 0845 155 1001.

Devon Libraries 

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Educating Rita!

Educating Rita! is being performed at the Parish Hall, Bere Alston, on Saturday 15th February. Tickets are £8.50 - you are strongly advised to get them beforehand so you are not queueing in the rain!! Doors open 7pm for the performance at 7:30. Interval drinks, including alcoholic drinks, will be available to purchase. Bring a cushion, the first half is over an hour long! Tickets available from Margaret's Hairdressing.

Charity Concert for social change in northern Romania

Sunday April 13th 2014

Concert: 2.45-5.00pm

K.Sridhar (sarod), Sanjay Jhala (tabla)
Calstock Arts
The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock, PL18 9QX
Concert only: £18 Combined Concert/Feast: £25 (40 places only)
Advanced booking required

Available from Calstock Arts Box Office 01726 879500

Many villagers will know of the Agents of Change charity from Caroline Clark's occasional stall at the Saturday Shop. This concert aims to raise as much money as possible for this extraordinary charity working against all the odds for severely disadvantaged people in northern Romania, where music and food play an important part in their healing and confidence. The charity strives to provide basic skills and training, clothing and loving care at their day-centre, to give a brief respite from the prison-like conditions these people normally endure. Alison Butcher, the founder of Agents of Change, also runs an extensive outreach programme supporting those who live in remote and isolated places who have family members with special needs. She trains local people to do this work, so raising the quality of care and the status of the carers.
The concert will be a wonder of powerful classical north Indian music played by world musician K Sridhar. He brings over 60 years of training and learning to his playing and his music is described as ‘music for the soul’. Accompanied by Sanjay Jhala on tabla, the evening will be unforgettable. At the end of the concert there is plenty of time for questions and answers about the music, the instruments and Sridhar’s knowledge of Naada yoga (the yoga of sound).

And to follow for those lucky 40 there will be an Indian feast. Book early for the combined tickets.
All timings have been arranged so that the Tamar Valley line from Plymouth to Gunnislake can be used. Calstock Arts is just 5 minutes walk from the train station. There is parking at the station and at the Quay. Bus number 79 runs from Callington to Tavistock.
To book tickets call
Calstock Arts Box Office 01726 879500

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Birthdays and Bluegrass at the Pub

There was a terrific evening of music and celebration in the Olde Plough last night as the popular Cornish band the Kit Hillbillies braved the awful weather and crossed the Tamar into England to play their brand of music to a delighted audience.
There were two birthdays to celebrate: Juli the day before and Ann J on Monday. As usual, there was excellent fare supplied by Ted and Sarah and their team - hillbilly food, such as pork ribs, barbecued chicken and fried catfish, etc.,enjoyed by all!
The Kit Hillbillies played their repertoire with gusto and soon had the audience yelling for more! There was even a virtuoso performance on the spoons by Caroline.
Ann's birthday table get stuck into the food as the band plays.

The Kit Hillbillies.

Caroline on spoons!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Club Suppers

A message from Margaret Ball:

Many thanks to the 43 people who made the Club's first Supper Night a huge success. We cleared a much-needed £150 for the Club's  funds.
My thanks must go to my daughter Becky, friends Jean and Katrina for their excellent waitress service and my son John for his services as sous-chef.
Next month it will be on 1st March, with a choice of menu of Beef Curry and Rice, Sausages in Onion Gravy and a vegetarian option to be decided. Orders by Tuesday 25th February, with money, can be left in the Club or phone Margaret on 840534 - pre-booking is essential!

Monday, 3 February 2014

No Post Office tomorrow

There will be no Post Office in the village tomorrow because of the closure of the bridge at Gunnislake.

Road Closed

Don't forget - after the accident at New Bridge, Gunnislake, the A390 into Cornwall is closed for a week, probably two.

Kit Hillbillies at the Olde Plough

Sunday, 2 February 2014

The O'Flynn Theatre Packed for Concert

The Bere Ferrers Villagers' Group staged a concert in The O'Flynn Theatre last night to raise funds for the maintenance of the equipment in the children's play area in the Recreation Field. A capacity audience took their seats in the cafe-style layout, bringing their own refreshments. A picture quiz was distributed for completion during the interval, with a large box of chocolates as the prize.
The band were local group Gypsy Train, who played a mix of Jewish, tango, Bosnian and Easter European music, a very different type of music to that usually heard in the village! The line-up featured a guitar, concertina/accordion, clarinet, fiddle, saxophone and a double bass. Judging by some of the faces in the audience, this was a new musical experience, while others enthusiastically stamped their feet and clapped their hands.
Thanks go to all those involved in organising the evening.
Gypsy Train.

The audience engrossed in the quiz.

New Club Initiative a Success

The new initiative at the Club last night seemed to be a success! The first of the Supper Nights attracted a big crowd, many going on afterwards to the Gypsy Train concert at The O'Flynn Theatre. Pre-booked meals were served - I had a fish pie, which was excellent and I am told that the meat pie was good, too. Value for money at £5 each, plus £2 for a fruit crumble and custard.
The event was billed as Supper and Games Evening and there were various games around the lower bar and children playing Wii tennis on the big screen. More Supper evenings will follow - look out for details on this Blog later.