Friday, 29 August 2014

Defibrillator Update

From Ruth:

Several villagers attended the 'Getting to know the defibrillator' event in the Hazel Room last week.  We turned it on to see what happens and had a useful talk and demo from Carolyn Dawe, who is one of the First Responders in the village. We hope to do a session on a six-monthly basis just to remind us all of what to do.

There are several good videos on YouTube about How to Use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and on Cardio Pulminary Resuscitation (CPR) which should be performed while setting up the defibrillator and during the process, if the machine tells you to. That is great thing about the defibrillator - it tells you what to do!

We still haven't received the box for it, so at the moment it is still in the hall, but we are hoping soon to put it on the outside wall of the church hall and will let everybody know when that happens. We are very grateful to the Watersports organisers, who have given us some money towards the cost of the box and the electricity to keep the box heated.

If anybody missed the training and would like to see the defibrillator in action, please contact me on 840497 or email

Ruth Charlton

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Harvest Supper

There will be a Harvest Supper in the Olde Plough Inn on Tuesday 23rd September in aid of the Peninsula Food Bank. The cost is only £10 for a main course and dessert, with £2.50 going to the food bank. In addition, any donations of food for the food bank will be welcome.

Changes to Car Tax Disc

From 1 October 2014, the paper tax disc will no longer need to be displayed on a vehicle windscreen. If you have a tax disc with any months left to run after this date, then it can be removed from the vehicle windscreen and destroyed. 

You can apply online to tax or SORN your vehicle using your 16 digit reference number from your vehicle tax renewal reminder (V11) or 11 digit reference number from your log book (V5C). The police now have technology in the form of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) to know whether a vehicle is taxed or not.

What this means to you

To drive or keep a vehicle on the road you will still need to get vehicle tax and DVLA will still send you a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire. This applies to all types of vehicles including those that are exempt from payment of vehicle tax.

Buying a vehicle

From 1 October, when you buy a vehicle, the vehicle tax will no longer be transferred with the vehicle. You will need to get new vehicle tax before you can use the vehicle.
You can tax the vehicle using the New Keeper Supplement (V5C/2) part of the vehicle registration certificate (V5C) online or by using our automated phone service - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit a Post Office® branch.

Selling a vehicle

If you sell a vehicle after 1 October and you have notified DVLA, you will automatically get a refund for any full calendar months left on the vehicle tax.

Vehicle tax refunds

You will no longer need to make a separate application for a refund of vehicle tax. DVLA will automatically issue a refund when a notification is received from the person named on DVLA vehicle register that the:
  • vehicle has been sold or transferred
  • vehicle has been scrapped at an Authorised Treatment Facility
  • vehicle has been exported
  • vehicle has been removed from the road and the person on the vehicle register has made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)
  • person on the vehicle register has changed the tax class on the vehicle to an exempt duty tax class

Monday, 25 August 2014

Dog Show

Dawlish Air Show

Several villagers took the opportunity to make the journey to Dawlish on Saturday to the annual Air Show. My particular interest was to see the only two flying Lancasters in the world give a display as part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
The best way to get to Dawlish was to drive to either Newton Abbott or Exeter and catch a train to either Dawlish or Dawlish Warren; I drove to Exeter to meet up with my son and his wife, before taking a special HST train to Dawlish Warren. The station was heaving and it was thanks to First Great Western that, with the help of special shuttle trains that went between Exeter and Newton Abbott, the crowds were quickly taken to the show. Not so for the people who went by car!!
We sat on the sea wall near Langstone Rock and the beach was covered with spectators there, but it was packed at Dawlish. As usual, the Red Arrows were superb, as was the HST recently named 'Red Arrows' that ran up and down the line. For some strange reason, thousands left the show after the Arrows, thus missing the highlight of the show: the two Lancasters! The usual 'City of Lincoln', the Spitfire and Hurricane of the BBMF, were joined by the Canadian Lancaster owned by the Canadian War Heritage Museum that flew over a couple of weeks ago.
The sound of ten throbbing Merlin engines was wonderful!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Moonlight Steeplechase



Race 1 – 13.2hh and under:                 Rider to be under 14 years old.
Race 2 – 15.0hh and under:                 Riders any age.
Race 3 – Hunt Race : Horse/Pony.        For riders any age who regularly hunt. Winner to receive a Free Day’s Hunting (Expires Dec 2014)
Race 4 – Over 15hh:                           Open to any rider.
Race 5 – Farmers/Farm Workers Race: Open to any rider.
Race 6 – Horse & Hound Relay Race : Riders to complete lap of course and pass baton to runnerwith dog on lead who has to complete small obstacle course.

All competitors must wear medical armbands, body protectors and the relevant standard of hat as approved by the Pony Club or relevant body. All hats will be inspected at collection of numbers and anyone with a hat not of the standard required will be unable to compete.

Each Horse/Pony entry will have 3 non-competitor/support crew tickets. 
Additional Tickets : £3.00 per person                          Spectator Tickets on the Gate : £3.00 per person

ENTRY FEE: £5.00 per Horse/Pony refundable on day when signing in at Secretary Tent + £5.00 Bonus
Signing in 30 minutes prior to race start

Entries by post to Mrs V. Doidge, 18 Underways, Bere Alston, Yelverton, Devon PL20 7HE. 
Tel: 01822 841674  Ring/Email for entry form or visit


The organisers have taken all reasonable precautions to ensure the Health and Safety of everyone present. For these to be effective, everyone must take all reasonable precautions to avoid and prevent accidents and must obey the instructions of the organiser and all the officials and stewards.

More from Peleton Pete and his Epic Bike Ride!

Dear Sponsor,
As you know, my London/Surrey Ride 100 was reduced by the organisers to 86 miles because of the truly appalling weather conditions.
At the finish I was comparing notes with another participant. At one point in our conversation he said "I feel cheated. I have never ridden 100 miles and I still haven't". I felt exactly the same, and I also wondered if my sponsors might also feel that (if so, you were all terribly polite and didn't mention it).
So, to atone for this deficit, I set of from Bere Ferrers and rode to Exeter and back via Okehampton, a distance of exactly 100 miles (and a total ascent of 6757 feet). My conscience is now clear, my legs are aching, and I hope you feel that you have had your money's worth!
Many thanks again for your most generous support. I am now past my £1,000 target!


Peter Key

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Peter's Marathon Bike Ride...and Bertha!

Peter Key took his cycle to London last week to raise money for charity. Here is his story.

Dear All,
Last Sunday was my big day. It was also the day that the remains of Hurricane Bertha swept through London and the home counties, so it was an interesting mix of excitement at taking part in a superbly organised sporting event with 24,000 participants, and occasional terror! Chris Boardman, who was also taking part, said afterwards that the conditions "went from torrential to biblical and then to just horrendous". That’s a pretty good summary and as a result there were hundreds of punctures, lots of nasty crashes, and sadly one participant died (of a heart attack.) The marshals were brilliant and did their best to keep everyone safe as roads turned into rivers, so a big "thank you" to them.
One of the consequences of the truly awful weather was that the organisers shortened the course from 100 miles to 86 miles to take out the two most dangerous descents. I got round in 5 hours 20 minutes at an average speed of just over 16 mph (including stops) which I was quite pleased with.
All in all it was an enjoyable and memorable day, and it helped me to raise funds for CLIC Sargent. That total currently stands at £950 so a big, big thank you to everyone who has sponsored me.
Would I do it all again? Definitely!
Peter Key

Me now! For those of us who missed giving a contribution, I'm sure Peter will still accept donations for this worthy cause!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Lady Giggers Win Trophy

The Tamar and Tavy Gig Club entered three teams for the annual nine-mile Brunel bridge to Cotehele race on Saturday. There were 14 gigs in the handicapped race. The weather stayed fine and there was a helpful following wind. First across the line after a gruelling race, to the cheers of the large assembled crowd, was Tamar and Tavy Ladies' A team. Their time was 1 hour and 6 minutes. The men’s team came a respectable 5th in time with the Ladies' B team close behind.  All in all, a very successful day for the gig club.
The picture shows the successful Ladies' A team and their cox Mark Turner collecting their winners trophy. 
Dave Mills

Spot the Space Station

The International Space Station will be over the village tonight and you'll be able to see it, cloud permitting, at 10.21pm. It will be visible for 6 minutes, at a maximum height of 68 degrees. It will appear from the West, disappearing in the East. Well worth seeing!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Defibrillator Training

There will be an opportunity for anybody who is interested to look at our new Bere Ferrers defibrillator on Thursday August 21st at 8 pm in Bere Ferrers Church Hall.  Some of the people who  went on the training course will be there to talk about the uses of the defibrillator and how to use it but we are not all qualified First Aiders or trainers, so it will just be sharing of knowledge and an opportunity to see exactly how it should be used. Although it can be used with no training we all felt that seeing it first gave us more confidence.

The defibrillator can potentially save lives when somebody has a cardiac arrest so will be a great asset to the village. We are very grateful to the Parish Council for acquiring the funding for the defibrillator for us.  We are just waiting for a box for it then it will be positioned on the wall of the church hall with a key pad number which we will let you all know.

If you cannot come on that date but would like us to organise another session or if you have any questions about this please contact me on 01822 840497 or email

Ruth Charlton

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Mystery Murder Supper Night Postponed

The Supper Buffet and Murder Mystery at the BFS Club on Saturday 6th September has been postponed until March next year, due to a lack of male volunteers to take part! 
Supper Nights will resume on 4th October. It will be Under the Moon with pasties and a choice of home made desserts. So why not spend a delightful afternoon at the Bere Apple Fest and finish off the day at the Supper Night?