Saturday, 29 November 2014

Fantastic Art & Craft Fair

The first Art & Craft Fair in aid of Club funds was held today in the Social Club and was a big success! After weeks of intensive organising by Caroline Clark, Linda Webster and Tricia Kent, the day dawned sunny and once the doors opened at 11am, the crowds came flooding in!
Stalls, including pottery, glass fusion, painting, letterpress printing, quilting, spinning and sheep's fleeces, were heavily patronised during the morning session, though a little less so during the afternoon.
Caroline and Linda ably looked after food and refreshments, while Margaret Ball tended bar. Children were looked after, with several activities, including a face painter, to keep them busy!
Final costings are not known at the moment, but it is known that the Lucky Dip, at 40p a go, raised an incredible £25.40!
Thanks go to Caroline, Linda, Tricia, Margaret and everyone who helped make this a successful event. We look forward to the next Art & Craft Fair at the Bere Ferrers Spring Flower Show in March.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Turner in the Tamar Valley Exhibition

Following the discovery of new JMW Turner sketches of key iconic Tamar Valley views, and to coincide with the newly-released film, Mr. Turner, a Turner in the Tamar Valley Exhibition will be held at the Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, next month.
The exhibition, including the new sketches, will run daily from Tuesday 16th – Friday 19th December, 10am – 4pm.
Local Turner enthusiasts, Dorothy Kirk & Di Cook, will give a talk on the evening of  Monday 15th December, 7pm, revealing more about Turner’s journey in and around the Tamar Valley in the early 19th century.

Please call 01822 835030 or email for more details of the FREE evening talk, and to book your place (donations welcome for Tamar Valley Community Bus).

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Art & Craft Fair

DON'T FORGET! It's the Art & Craft Fair at the Social Club on Saturday from 11am until 4pm, with a host of wonderful stalls to see.
The bar is open from noon until 3pm and there will be other refreshments available. There will be children's activities - and admission is FREE!
Come and see us after you've been to the Saturday Shop.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Missing Book Plea

Lizzie Spiers has lent her hardback copy of ‘The House on the Strand’ by Daphne du Maurier to someone and she can’t remember who!  If anyone has it could they let her know please on 840009.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

A Familiar Sight Returns to our Lanes

Margaret Ball is back in harness! After a long illness with a dodgy hip, which suffered a setback when Margaret decided to get back on a horse much too early and had to start again, she is back working horses. However, she is limited to a horse and carriage for some time, until the surgeon gives her the go-ahead to ride again. But the sight (and sound!) of Margaret with a horse has returned to our lanes.

Kit Hillbillies Return to the bfs club

The Kit Hillbillies paid a welcome return to the bfs club last night (Saturday), with their ‘support’ band, 25 Hours. Someone said that you know when you’ve made it when you have your own support band! However, 25 Hours is a new trio: guitar, bass and a very good singer; although their repertoire is understandably limited at the moment, what we heard was very good and no doubt they will make a return to the club!

As were the Kit Hillbillies, as usual, with their mixture of blues, country blues and blue grass, which included such favourites as Duelling Banjos, I’m In The Jailhouse Now and the famous tribute to a BBC Spotlight cameraman I’ve Been Everywhere, Man! With former member Mark Cullen travelling the world, the new bassist fitted in nicely and added depth to the band.

A good audience sang along with many of the songs and some folk were up dancing.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Gate Left Open, Cows Out, Maize Attacked!!

The gate at the top of the bridle path/footpath from Hensbury Lane opposite the Ball's top gate was left open this week and David Dawes' cows and calves got out and got into the, as yet, uncut maize field. The farmer has threatened to lock this gate if it happens again, but as it's a public bridleway.....?
Wherever you are walking please close gates after you - it's one of the major rules of the countryside!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Dog Control Orders introduced in West Devon

On 22nd October, West Devon Borough Council introduced their Dog Control Orders across the Borough, as empowered by The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

Full details can be found on the West Devon Borough Council website

The WDBC Dog Warden (Tel 01822 813600) and other council officers will be enforcing these orders.  Email for any further information.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

St Andrew's Church
Bere Ferrers

Re-ordering of the Chancel

As a result of the re-ordering of the Church Chancel there are some interesting pieces of timber available to purchase as scheduled below. Prices indicated are those you would pay in typical recycling depots and will be used as a reserve in an informal charity auction, in the church on Saturday 22nd November at 12.30hrs.
Monies generated will go towards the purchase of new chairs for the re-ordered Chancel. Everyone welcome and your support encouraged, to support our wonderful church.

3 OAK BEAMS  5.1m long x 75 x 100mm @ £20 each

4.9m long x 0.9m high                      

PINE PEW SEAT  3.2m long x 370mm wide x 40mm thick @ £50

PINE PEW SEAT 4.2m long x 410mm wide x 40mm thick  @ £50

PEW SHELF 2m long x 300mm wide x 40mm thick @ £20

Offers invited but no reserve.

All pieces may be viewed in the North Transept of the Church any day of the week. Cash or cheques accepted.
Adrian Mitchell Church Warden

Monday, 10 November 2014

Road Closure in Bere Alston

Circumstances and weather permitting, on behalf of Devon County Council, SWH will be carrying out the following works:

Type of work:  drainage works

Location:  Drakes Park (Broad Park Road) Bere Alston

Date: Thursday 20th – Friday 21st November 2014

Details of the closure and diversion route are shown on the attached map. (Please be aware however, that the dates may need to change at short notice).

All affected properties will be letter dropped and 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.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Remembrance Sunday at Bere Ferrers

Not even a sudden downpour just before 11am could deter villagers from attending the annual Remembrance Service at the war memorial in the centenary year of the start of the Great War. Members of the Royal British Legion, Bere Ferrers Parish Council and the New Zealand Armed Forces listened as the Rector, the Rev. Nick Law, welcomed a large crowd to the ceremony.
After the address and the reading of the names of the Fallen by Stan Sherrell, wreaths were laid on behalf of the Royal British Legion, the Parish Council, the W.I. and other organisations, with a special wreath laid in memory of the ten New Zealand soldiers who died in the tragic accident at Bere Ferrers station.
After the ceremony the congregation followed the colours to the church for the main service.

Stan Sherrell and Brian Lamb lay their wreaths.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Magnificent Firework Display at the Pub

After early morning heavy rain, it wasn't surprising that the floating bonfire was somewhat sodden and took some lighting to get it going! Sarah, Ted, Enya and Fin had made a big effort to get their fireworks display up and running. Permission had been obtained to have the bonfire actually floating in the River Tavy at high tide.
Adults and children gathered in the pub garden, expectantly waiting for the bonfire to light the darkness. Eventually it did and the grotesque twisted shape of the guy was soon silhouetted against the flames!
The firework display was delayed as the pyrotechnicians waited for the tide to ebb somewhat before letting loose a magnificent display. not seen on the estuary for many a year.
Meanwhile, staff delivered hot dogs and cheesy chips to the waiting crowds!

Friday, 7 November 2014

Sunday 9th November
Bere Ferrers War Memorial

When you go home
Tell them of us and say
For your tomorrow
We gave our today


The building contractors working on the new development  at The Down/Woolacombe Road, Bere Alston, are offering wood for Bere residents.
The wood must NOT be used in open fires, but only enclosed woodburners or the like, as the timber has been treated.
Please help yourselves from the pile that will be left outside the site during working hours.
Please do not enter the site. If there is no wood available, please return at another time.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Better Than Mrs Miggins' Pie Shop!

For lovers of fine pies, there's no better place around here than the Olde Plough Inn on the first Tuesday night of the month - yes, it's Pie Night!
Mrs S and I were in there last night, she with a steak and kidney and me with chicken and bacon, served with chips, mash or jacket potatoes and fresh vegetables and plenty of gravy. All for £9.95 per person AND if you finish your pie you can get a second one FREE!
Last night's pies featured Homity, Fish, Lamb Balti, as well as the two already mentioned, all conceived and cooked on the premises. Even Libby was looking cute in her new chef's outfit, with check trousers!
Pie Nights are the first Tuesday in the month, but there won't be one in December, as it's Christmas meals throughout and there may not be one in January because of the usual pub closure. Check with the pub.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Spectacular Bonfire Night Party Promised

What's different about this Bonfire Party? Well, the 8ft x 8ft bonfire will be afloat on the river; however, any similarity to it and a Viking funeral ship ends there, as it will not be floating off down the river! Plus fireworks!!!

Friday Music at the Pub

A four-piece slightly amped (so I'm told!) folk group.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Candle Making Afternoon

Would you like to spend a relaxed and friendly afternoon learning how to make beeswax candles?
Then you need to contact Alison Howes on 01822 840923 or email on
to book your place on 15th November from 2pm to 5pm at Elmwood House, Bere Ferrers.
The cost is only £10, including materials.