Monday, 30 June 2014

Caroline's Flying Visit

Caroline Clark paid a flying visit to the village tonight during a quick trip to the UK for a family wedding on Saturday. Nine of us joined Caroline at the pub for a few drinks and a meal before she flies back to France tomorrow. David, in the meantime, has been stuck at home nursing yet another broken wrist!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Free Prescription Delivery Service

If you are having a problem obtaining your prescribed medicines ask Bere Peninsula Pharmacy about their free delivery service. This service has been in place for some time, but in the light of increasingly aggressive initiatives from Tavistock-based national and medium-sized pharmacy chains and others, it is now appropriate for our Pharmacy to offer their deliveries on a free basis.
The viability of your local independent pharmacy depends on your continuing patronage and support. Needless to say, a free delivery service will have significant cost implications for the business. Local support in the Bere Peninsula has been of tremendous value and encouragement over the last 20 years and it is hoped the new delivery service can help secure it for the future.

Bere Peninsula Pharmacy Limited
Delivering Pharmaceutical Care to the Bere Peninsula

Annual Plant and Produce Show

Bere Ferrers Horticultural Society and Bere Alston Gardening Club announce the ANNUAL PLANT & PRODUCE SHOW at Bere Alston Bowling Club on Saturday 26th July from 2pm.
Admission is £1 and children are free, when accompanied by a grown-up.


The next Alternatives service will be held on Sunday 3rd August at 6pm on the Quay.
It will be an informal open air service on the Quay with a barbecue and you can bring your own picnic and drink.
If it's wet, the service will take place in the Hall.
Everyone is invited and a warm welcome is assured!
For more info contact Ann Parsons or Nick Law.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Events at the BFS Club

28th          Sat            Live music from Total Stranger
1st            Tue            Horsewatch Group meeting
6th           Sun             Private christening
9th           Wed            Club Committee meeting
10th         Thurs          Open Mic
12th         Sat               Watersports: the Club is running the bar - see Margaret Ball if you want to do an hour shift
15th         Tue              Bingo
17th         Thurs           Allotment Association
19th         Sat               Live music from 'Street Talk'
22nd        Tue              Quiz Night
26th          Sat               Karaoke 
5th           Tue               Horsewatch
6th           Wed              Tavy Tars rehearsal   Club Committee meeting          
The venue is available for hire. For details enquire at the Club (evenings please) or contact any committee member.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Local Author to Open Apple Fest

This year’s Bere Apple Fest will be opened on Saturday 4th October by Ted Sherrell, the well-known author and local councillor  - amongst other things! Born and educated in West Devon, Ted has had an interesting and most diverse working  career; past work includes being a civil servant, newspaper reporter, fireman, factory worker, door-to-salesman, insurance agent, shopkeeper, proof reader and as a business advisor calling principally on farms in the South West region.

The Apple Fest takes place from 1pm to 5pm at the Church Hall, Bere Ferrers, West Devon. Activities will include apple pressing, advice on grafting and pruning, a display of rural crafts, competitions for young and old alike and, of course, the Apple Pie Baking Competition! The competition, which is judged by Seth and Sally Robertson, has a first prize of a superb meal at Robertson's Organic Restaurant in Tavistock, who sponsor the competition,
As well as the children's section in the Apple Pie Baking competition, there is usually a prize for the best 'animal' made out of an apple and the Longest Apple Peel competition. There will also be the usual fantastic raffle, with the usually superb main prize!
Dartmoor Border Morris will be on hand as usual to demonstrate various morris dances in the road, weather permitting. There will also be a musical interlude from the Tavy Tars and possibly guests.
Meanwhile, the main activity of the day is crushing and pressing apples to make juice. The Group uses an electric crusher, and a hydraulic press. Visitors are invited to bring their own clean apples with juice containers and, for a small fee, the apples are crushed and juiced and then taken away by the visitors.
The surplus profit from the day will be donated to Devon Air Ambulance, Youth2Youth and the Bere Food Bank. 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Nautical Activity at the Quay

There was a certain amount of activity down at the Quay this afternoon, on another warm and sunny day. Two large boats (for this river!) were moored in the channel and numerous sailing dinghies were either moored or sailing on the river. Children were splashing in the river and enjoying themselves, while older folk sat on benches in the hot sun and watched the activities!

Saturday, 21 June 2014


For the dastardly Murder of a Bere Ferrers citizen: three men - an adulterous Vicar, an undercover Police Inspector and a Young(ish) Farmer.  This dreadful deed will take place on Saturday 6th September in the BFS Club during a slap-up supper!  
But to carry out the perfect crime we have to practice.  The next meeting will be held in the Hazel Room on Tuesday 22nd July at 7.30 pm.

Contact Jane Hamlyn on 841703

Thursday, 19 June 2014

From the Parish Council

The Parish Council are most concerned regarding the recent spate of wilful vandalism within Bere Alston which has caused hundreds of pounds of malicious damage.
The damage is mainly around the School and Parish Hall and includes tiles being ripped off roofs, path blocks being dug up, damage to benches, oil being strewn around and a fire near the Hall etc. etc.. Weekends are particularly bad,  so please keep an eye open or you may even hear people in the act of causing damage.
This can only be combated if every member of the Community who sees people causing damage to immediately dial 999 for the Police.
If you hear any information, however small, pass it on to the Police using the 101 telephone number or the confidential Crime Stoppers line 0800 555 111
The Police can only deal with the culprits with our help, so let's have 2000 eyes and ears working to help them!
Due to circumstances beyond our control the grass areas within the recreation fields and cemetery have become overgrown and are not to our usual standard.  The Parish Council are also responsible for emptying 16 rubbish bins and we are trying to take on casual labour for this task and other works.  Meanwhile, a number of Parish Councillor volunteers are trying to help.
We do apologise to all of you for this situation but we are taking steps to resolve it as soon as possible.
Brian Lamb
Chair of Parish Council

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

News from the Village

Since the fine weather came last week, it appears that nothing much has happened in the village. Perhaps people, like me, are finishing planting their gardens while the weather is favourable or just sitting reading or admiring their garden and now waiting for the seedlings to grow!
The Tavy Tars went to Falmouth for the Shanty Festival and were, as usual, a great success - more on the Tars website, no doubt!
Two new families have just moved into the village: Sarah, Peter and Joe down at the Quay and Jane and Ian at the old post office - welcome to them and anyone who has moved into the village in the last couple of weeks. Trevor has moved out of the village after more years than he cares to remember and we wish him well.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Events at the Olde Plough

Isn't it great that the sun is shining and it feels like summer!
So here is what we have going on in the pub over the next couple of months:

Tonight we have our ABBA Karaoke and 70's meal: 
Prawn Cocktail
Melon & Parma Ham Boat
Grilled Grapefruit
Steak Diane
Chargrilled Salmon Fillet with Honey and Pink Peppercorn Glaze
Glamorgan Sausages
Black Forest Gateau
Banana Split

£16.95 p.p.
Or just come along and reminisce!

Tuesday 10th June is curry buffet and it is advisable to book, as we can be very busy!

On Wednesday 11th June we are hosting the Dartmoor Morris Men weekly performance; not only some great Morris dancing but also unusual folk singing after in the pub.

Sunday 15th June is Fathers Day, so why not come down to the pub and enjoy a pint with the old man.
It is also our monthly Acoustic Night, hosted by Squandered Youth from 8.15 onwards.

Tuesday 17th June is our jam session to which everyone is welcome, from 8.30pm. 

Friday June 27th (weather permitting) BBQ. 

Our homemade burgers are now back on our specials board and our annual Beer & Burger Festival is Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July.

Finally, Monday August 4th is the centennial anniversary of the declaration of war and the start of the Great War. We are commemorating the event with a raffle, a meal in the pub with all proceeds going to Help the Heroes (we are working with our suppliers to donate the food). The evening will start with some piano playing and singing followed by a traditional meal. We will then have the original declaration of war played through our P.A. system, followed by a lantern procession to the war memorial where Rev. Nick Law will say some prayers; we will sing a hymn or two and some war poetry will be read. Everyone is welcome and any help in making lanterns would be much appreciated!

I hope not to have left too much out and the sun continues to shine!

Sarah, Ted and Staff

Sunday, 1 June 2014

New Bark at the Zip Slide

A delivery of new bark was delivered to the zip slide in the Recreation Field recently and thanks to Ron Ball it was scattered in manageable piles. This morning a dedicated band of volunteers spent an hour finally spreading the bark to an acceptable level. Thanks go to Christine Poole, Clive and Ruth Charlton, Lin Renton and Dave Mills.