Tuesday, 29 July 2014


At last, after weeks of waiting, Sarah and Ted are the proud parents of a little girl, born yesterday (Monday), weighing 6lb 14oz. Both Sarah and the baby are doing well; in fact, Sarah was up and about in the pub this morning!
Yet another waitress-to-be for the family business!  Best wishes to all the family.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Hot Weather Continues

We have been fortunate in Devon the last couple of weeks with a spell of fine weather, with this past week being particularly hot! It has been too hot to do any work in the garden between 10am and about 5pm. Our cottage, built of stone, is usually cool in summer but it reached 80 degrees in the kitchen over the last few days!
Consequently, not much activity has been taking place recently. However, we were looking forward the the annual Bere Ferrers Beer and Burger Festival at the Olde Plough this weekend. Sarah, the landlady, was due it give birth to her fourth child ten days ago, but it obviously doesn't like hot weather, because it hasn't arrived yet! Sarah is valiantly working on, like the old Victorian pioneers, serving behind the bar and cooking in the kitchen.
So imagine my dismay last night when we arrived at the pub to find no barrels of guest ales lined up on the bar (those who know my 'dismay' will get the picture!). The beer festival has been postponed for a month to give Sarah a chance to drop the sprog, but Ted is still producing his excellent range of burgers, so don't miss the opportunity! The pub garden is delightful in the cool of the evening (they tell me!)

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Dates for the Diary

A concert of music that was around during the First World War, with wartime songs to join in with
Wednesday 19th November
at 7.30pm
In Bere Ferrers Church Hall
With St Andrew’s Singers
A wide variety of music, from ragtime, songs from shows and wartime to classical
A cafĂ© style setting—bring your own nibbles and a bottle. Tickets £5
RNLI Christmas cards and gifts will be on sale. Profits from concert to RNLI


Praise & BBQ
Songs of Praise with food!
Bere Ferrers Quay
Sunday 3rd August at 6pm
Bring your own seat and something to drink
No charge for food, but donations welcome
It would be helpful if you could contact Ann Parsons (840609) or Nick Law (8402229) if you intend to come, for numbers, but feel free just to turn up on the night
If wet, will be in Bere Ferrers Church Hall, still with BBQ

Harvest Praise
Sunday 5th October at 6pm
at St Andrew’s Church
A celebration of harvest
with St Andrew’s Singers
All welcome!


Dear all,
Please would you spread this message as far and wide as you can around our area. This has come from Seonaid our P.C.S.O. There is someone cold-calling with goods to sell who has the potential to become aggressive and tries to persuade people to get money out for him by going down to the village to withdraw money. If anyone comes across this man would they please try to get as good a description as possible and then call the police on 101.

Hilary Boot-Handford
01822 841185

Monday, 14 July 2014

Walking Wounded in the Pub

A couple of 'old cripples' almost staggered into the pub tonight! Jill Etherington, on her annual visit to the village from her home in France, broke her upper arm some months ago in a riding accident; unfortunately it didn't heal and she had to have it reset. It doesn't look as though the reset has worked, either. Jill is returning home tomorrow, so popped into the pub with fellow cripple Margaret Ball, fresh out of Derriford after her recent hip operation went a little askew.
Jill was all wrapped up in a brace thingy, supposed to take the weight off her arm, while Margaret was hobbling along on a pair of crutches!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Watersports Near!

Watersports will soon be here - this Saturday, to be precise! It looks as though the weather will be good, so come along for all the usual attractions, as always!!

Monday, 7 July 2014

On Yer Bike!

If you have recently seen Peter Key cycling around our lanes in Lycra, it’s because he is in training. On August 10th he will be taking part in the Prudential Ride 100 event which runs on the Olympic Road Race course, starting at the Olympic Park, running through central London then out to Box Hill in Surrey and returning to Buckingham Palace to finish. As it says on the tin, that’s 100 miles.

As well as giving his body a new challenge, Peter is raising funds for CLIC Sargent, the charity which gives such invaluable support to families with children who have cancer. If you want to support Peter by making a donation he has a Just Giving page (go to Just Giving on the internet and enter Peter Key into the search box and there you are - couldn’t be easier!). If the internet is not for you, he will accept hard cash in brown paper envelopes!