Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Artists Win the Big Quiz

About nine teams took part in the 31 Quizzes in 31 Nights at the Olde Plough Inn tonight (Wednesday) to raise money for St Luke's Hospice. The quizmaster was Shaun, who only has two more dates to do before the end of the quiz marathon, when the amount raised will be in excess of £2,000!
The quiz was divided into three halves (the question master was Irish!) with a break after each to replenish glasses, etc. There was a vast range of questions to satisfy the most avid quizzer. For extra dosh Sarah and Ted provided very tasty (and hot!) nachos.
The winners, with a total score of 93, were the Artists - Angela, Daphne, Lesley and Bev, who received a magnificent trophy between them,

Shaun starts the quiz.

The winning team.

Defibrillator Video

The Villagers' Group has booked a table in the lobby at the Community Shop on Saturday 22nd November, when they hope to show the DVD that came with the defibrillator, and to invite people to have a look at the box and practice keying in the code to access it.
This is your chance to see how it works; there may be details about the next training session for those villagers who would like to be involved.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Concert in aid of the RNLI

A concert of music that was around during the First World War, with a chance to sing along
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, music hall and traditional
With solos, instrumental items, poems and ditties
A cafĂ©-style setting—bring your own nibbles and a bottle.
Tickets £5 available from Margaret Willmott, The Pharmacy and 
Bere Ferrers Community Shop
RNLI Christmas cards and gifts will be on sale and there will be a draw.

Jam Session at the Pub

Because of a late cancellation of the booked music session at the pub tomorrow night, several musicians who played at the Strummers' session last week will be playing again tomorrow. Guest musicians are welcome - it's a jam session, so everyone joins in!

November Parish Council Meeting

The November meeting of the Parish Council will be held in the church hall at 7.30pm on Tuesday 25th November. In past years this village was known for its support of such meetings, but numbers have dropped off in the last few years, so please let's have some support from the village next month.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Events at the Plough

A message from Sarah and Ted

Winter is finally upon us, but we don't care here at the Plough because our new woodburner is all up and running - last night it was a cool 30 degrees!
So now all we have to do is entice you in with our up and coming events!

First off is Andy Quick today, Sunday 26th, singing an acoustic set. This is the third year Andy has played for us, perfect for chilling out to at the start of half term.

Wednesday 29th and we host Octobequiz! Shaun McDermott is raising funds for St Luke's Hospice by holding a quiz every day in October - book your team in now - quiz starts at 8.00pm

Friday 31st is Hallowe’en! Fancy dress is the order of the day, along with spooky music and a ghoulish menu.

We are running a Sunday lunch offer throughout November. Book your table before the Sunday for a minimum of four and we'll give the table apple crumble to share with a jug of custard.

Sunday November 2nd is also Paul White's Open Mic Night. Come along from 8.00pm, either to perform or sing along.

Tuesday 4th November is Pie Night. Choose your pie and potato preference; if you eat all your pie we'll give you a second slice! £9.95 p.p.

Just to let you know our Facebook page is now all up to date with pictures of what's been going on and competitions we're running. Have a look and "Like” us.

Our website is also being updated; events are now being regularly posted and next week sees the arrival of our Christmas Page.

Still to come are Bonfire Night, Pudding Club, Mind Charity Night, Kids’ Klub, Christmas Party Promotion and much more.

So, as you can see, whilst the season has come to a close, we have come alive to ensure we are offering something for everyone during the Winter months. If you would like us to do something, or have an idea, just let us know, we're always open to suggestions.

Finally. as always, we would like to thank you all for your continued support.

Sarah, Ted and the Olde Plough Team.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Fire at the Pub!

Photo: The Olde Plough Inn

At last! No more winters huddled together in the pub for warmth because the woodburner doesn't work! Now we have a brand-new fire to enjoy - thank you, Sarah and Ted! I'll be testing it tonight!

Tuesday, 21 October 2014


From Sarah Williams at the Olde Plough:
Just to keep you up to date re road closure - Enya spoke to SWH and was told the road would be closed Friday day and re-open from 5pm, it would then be closed Monday day and reopen at 5pm again; the road will be open all weekend. Good news!


To avoid any unfortunate date clashes with other events in or around the village, other organisers please note that the Bere Apple Fest will be on Saturday 3rd October next year.

Monday, 20 October 2014


The splendid new Bere Alston Youth2Youth Clubhouse is almost complete. Thanks to volunteers, the walls and ceiling have been insulated and plasterboarded throughout, but volunteers to skim-plaster the joints and junctions to the walls and ceiling are urgently needed.  This is a crucial workstage which must be completed before the floor covering can go down and the plumbing, painting and carpentry finished off.

We want to have the building ready for use before Christmas, so if you have plastering skills and can offer your help, please phone Nick Law on 01822 840229 or Adrian Mitchell on 01822 841086, or visit the building which is located behind the Parish Hall, on Saturday November 1st, between 2 and 4 p.m.


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Defib Demo

Following the initiative by Parish Council Chairman Brian Lamb and sterling work by Hillary Boot-Handford to obtain one, the new defibrillator (as mentioned in the post below) had its initial demonstration this morning.
Villagers' Group Chairman Daphne McDonald, Secretary Diana Mitchell and Christine Poole joined Brian to see how the defibrillator works. Christine will be doing weekly checks on the machine.

Diana removes the defibrillator from its holder.

Christine opens the machine and prepares to use it.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Defibrillator Installed

Adam Smith has installed the new defibrillator on the east wall of the church hall kitchen and it is wired up and connected to the main electricity supply via a 24v transformer.
Several villagers have been trained to use it; the Villagers' Group are now arranging further sessions for anyone who wants to learn how to use it. Watch out for details later.

Road Closure Details

From SWH:

'Circumstances and weather permitting, on behalf of Devon County Council, SWH will be carrying out patching works from Ley Lane to Fore Street, Bere Ferrers from Friday 24th until Monday 27th October 2014 as shown on the attached map.(Please be aware, however, that the dates may need to change at short notice).

A diversion route will be signed and maintained as also shown on the map and all affected properties will be letter dropped. 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.'

I have contacted SWH and informed them that Ley Lane is unsuitable for busy two-way traffic and suggested a one-way system using Hole Lane. However, there will be gatemen at either end of the closure to allow access to large vehicles.

You have been warned!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

On the Road Again

Nice to see Margaret B without her metal 'leg support' now and pootling along the lanes in her pony and trap!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Amazing Discovery In St Andrew's

Adrian Mitchell reports on an amazing discovery in the church: a group of archaeologists were excavating in the chancel recently. Adrian has sent a couple of photos of the excavations. They may not mean a lot to many people but you should be able to make out the short lengths of an old wall. The Archaeologist said that this wall is the remains of the original Norman Church and is of considerable interest.
He also pointed out that this wall does not run due East/West. In fact, it ran to the south of east by a few degrees. Further details will be available when the Archaeologist completes his report with drawings, etc.

 Photos by Adrian Mitchell.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Roosters from Ripon

A large crowd gathered at the Olde Plough last night (Friday) for the annual visit of the Roosters from Ripon, a jolly bunch of folk from Yorkshire. All tables were booked with diners and some musicians as the visitors arrived, including possibly their star turn - a chap with half a beard and a wonderful dress sense, who also treated us to clog dancing.
Four of the Tavy Tars performed a harmonious set, with Rob, Lesley and Bev contributing through the evening. A particular highlight, much appreciated by the Roosters, was Clive's version of On Ilkley Moor Baht 'at, entitled On Dartymoor, No Hat!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Pies at the Plough

There was a new culinary experience at the Olde Plough tonight (Tuesday) when the new Pie Night started! To be held on the first Tuesday of every month, the Pie Night will feature Ted's tasty pies. Tonight our little group tasted Beef and Ale, Chicken and Mushroom and Fish pies, all very tasty, with a choice of potatoes and four vegetables. Anyone who finished all their pie was able to request another slice, though not many people did, due to the big portions.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Community Consultations

Please come to this public session to help
formulate our neighbourhood plan for the Peninsula.
Your input is important!
10am Saturday 18th October

Bere Ferrers Church Hall during the Saturday Shop

Ticket Mystery at the Apple Fest

The Bere Apple Fest Apple Pie Competition was won by Victoria Richards, with Christine Poole as runner up, and Lilly Chevin and Niamh Mugridge-Guest winning their respective children's sections.
The Grand Draw was held at the close of the event and the major prize of two first class First Great Western rail tickets was won by a mystery ticket holder who failed to declare his/her name and address! Therefore the search is now on for blue ticket holder holding a number between 510 and 520.  Search your pockets – it may be you!

If you think it is, please telephone Brian Lamb at 01822 841309 before midnight on 6 November.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Apple Fest

Yet again the sun shone on Bere Ferrers on Saturday for the 12th Bere Apple Fest, after a night of heavy rain and a chilly morning.
There was a shortage of apples this year because most trees dropped their apples about four weeks ago, but a ‘scrumping’ raid by Will and some of the boys managed to raise a trailer-load of fruit.
Visitors were arriving before one o’clock, as Simon Thompson, Head Chef at the Barn Restaurant, Cotehele, was still judging the 23 pies in the baking competition.
Chairman Brian Lamb read a good luck message from two of our friends in Canada, Melody and Joe Gilling, before introducing local councillor and author Ted Sherrell, our guest VIP. After a short speech, Ted declared the Apple Fest open by pressing the start button on the apple press. He then signed copies of his books about local life.
The Tavy & Tamar Apple Group were delighted to welcome Mary Martin and James
Evans. 35 years ago they realised that our local apples and cherries were rapidly disappearing. Between them, Mary, an artist, and James, an engineer, rescued many of them – finding, identifying and grafting them. They set up the ‘mother orchard’ at Cotehele. Now they have published a Pomona – a book about apples – and it is, literally, the fruit of their labours.
All the usual attractions were on display, though we did miss the Dartmoor Border Morris who were unable to attend this year to delight us with their dancing. However, there were two additions this year: Mary Sargeant demonstrated scything in the orchard and Graham Reed brought his mobile glassblowing kit and showed his remarkable skills.
The press worked most of the afternoon, though there were temporary pauses when apples ran out.

Just before the amazing Grand Raffle was drawn, local group Ferrers Reel entertained the crowds. The Fest finished at 5pm, just as the sun was dropping behind clouds and the breeze grew chill. Another successful year – thanks go to all our visitors and the guest attractions who made the day such a success!
James Evans, Mary Martin, Charles Staniland.

Andy the wood turner.
Graham glass blowing.
The pie display.
Queens of the Pies and Simon.
Simon checks for a soggy bottom.
Brian reads a message from Canada.
Ted presses the button.

All systems go!
Longest apple peel.

Apple identification.

Ferrers Reel.

Mary scything.

Raffle tickets on sale.

The Ladies of the W.I.

Kit Hillbillies at The Olde Plough

Popular local band (nearly!) the Kit Hillbillies played a rousing set at the pub last Friday night. Many villagers took the opportunity to have a meal before enjoying the music and there was not much room to squeeze in the pub later in the evening!

Diners at the pub.
If you like the Kit Hillbillies they will be performing in the BFS Club in November.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Not into Apples? Try Rowing!

If you're not interested in apples and the Apple Fest tomorrow (Saturday), why not try something else!
The Tamar and Tavy Gig Club are holding a regatta at Weir Quay to mark their 10th anniversary. Six clubs will be attending from as far away as Bristol and Torridge.  The main race is the Brunel race which starts at 12 noon. There are shorter races during the afternoon. Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon and there will be fantastic raffle prizes.  It will be a great spectacle so come along and watch the racing.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

New Parish Councillor

Following the resignation of Andrew Sadleir from the Parish Council due to relocation, there was a vacancy on the Council. At a recent meeting of the Council, Margaret Ball of this village was co-opted as a Councillor. This brings the number of Councillors who live in the village up to three.