Wednesday, 31 December 2014

I would like to wish all readers of my Bere Ferrers Blog a Happy, Peaceful and Prosperous New Year. Please remember that this is not an 'official' blog for the village and the views expressed in this Blog are usually mine, though some may be shared by some villagers.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Excellent December Quiz

Seven teams took part in the December Quiz at the pub last night, ably run by Quizmaster Jess. Apart from the usual format of questions, Sarah had found a fiendish 'hands on' competition featuring cut pieces of card that had to be arranged into five identical-sized arrowheads; only two teams found the correct solution, others claiming there weren't enough pieces.
The competitive evening finished with Marcel's Marvels beating their nearest rivals by four and a half points. The team was Marcel, Isaac and Owen Kelly, Jane Cullen and Angela Hooper.
The jackpot round of £44 plus a bottle of wine was not won, so this month's money is added to this as a roll-over, plus Sarah has added a bottle of vodka! The next quiz will be on Wednesday 28th January.
The winning team, deep in thought!

Saturday, 27 December 2014

New Audio System for the Church Hall

The church hall is not known for its brilliant acoustics and several complaints have been made that some people have a problem with hearing clearly on occasions. Brian Lamb, in association with the Bere Ferrers Villagers' Group, has been investigating the possibility of installing a hearing loop in the hall.
The go-ahead was given by the Rev. Nick Law and Adrian Mitchell and a supplier was approached for a quotation. This has been received and approved; it is for a hearing loop plus a couple of wall-mounted speakers. Now we have to raise the money! There is a good likelihood of grants from West Devon Borough Council and Devon County Council. However, we have to prove there is a need for this equipment. Brian has asked for anyone who has trouble hearing inside the church hall to contact him as soon as possible so that he can compile a list to support the applications.

Excellent Result for Carol Singing

Christine Poole says that the round-the-village carol singing last week raised over £200 in aid of Children's Hospice South-West. Thanks go to the 30-odd carollers who braved some inclement weather, to David and Caroline for their usual hospitality, Sarah and Ted at the Olde Plough for their contribution and to everyone who contributed.

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas Card Result

Those villagers who contributed to the communal Christmas card organised by Irene will be pleased to hear that they raised £100 for Water Aid and also enough to pay for four goats and six chickens.

Splendid Christmas Dinner at the Olde Plough

Several of us enjoyed a splendid Christmas Dinner down at the pub last night (Friday). There was a wide range of choices for Starters, Mains and Desserts; I had crab filo parcels, followed by traditional tasty turkey, finishing with profiteroles. Juli had pork terrine, turkey and pistachio ice cream.
After the meal, Carol entertained us with a few vintage tunes on the piano. Thanks to Sarah, Ted and their staff for an excellent evening.

Christmas Arrives at the Saturday Shop

'Twas the last Saturday Shop before Christmas and we were not disappointed to see the usual host of elves and Santas milling around serving coffee, splendid cakes and manning the various stalls. But best of all was the mulled wine stall, especially on a chilly grey morning! The wine was free, as were the excellent mince pies. The Tavy Tars were also on hand to sing three Christmassy shanties.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas Lights!

I had thought that, living in a small village in the middle of nowhere, we would be spared the ridiculous compulsion to decorate one's house with thousands of lights over the Christmas period. Unfortunately I was wrong! We now have a house in the village with flashing lights and a waving Santa... which I suppose is better than a flashing Santa!!! There are examples of discreet subtle lighting in the village, which offend no-one, so let's hope this disease of tarting one's house up to look like a Las Vegas brothel doesn't spread any further!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Spot the Space Station

If it's a fine clear night tonight (Sunday) you may be able to see the Space Station make its way across the sky. It will cross at 5.45pm and will be visible for 3 minutes, at a maximum height of 59 degrees from SouthWest to East.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

The bfs Club events: January and February

3rd Supper Night followed by Clive Charlton giving a talk on local Bere Peninsula history.
7th   Tavy Tars rehearsal.
8th   Skittles at home and Open Mic Night. 
12th & 13th  Gig Club meetings.
14th  Tavy Tars rehearsal.
15th  Allotment Association AGM. 
21st  Tavy Tars rehearsal.
27th  Quiz.
28th  Tavy Tars rehearsal.
30th  Mary King OBE, the Olympic horsewoman, is coming to give a talk. 
31st  Karaoke.

4th  Tavy Tars rehearsal.
5th  Skittles.
7th  Supper Night and Games.
10th  Committee Meeting
11th  Tavy Tars rehearsal.
12th  Open Mic Night.
18th Tavy Tars rehearsal.
24th  Club AGM.

Check website for up-to-date info.

Friday, 12 December 2014

When is Acoustic Not Acoustic?

The dictionary definition of 'acoustic guitar' is 'the sound is not amplified by electrical means'. The music at the Olde Plough tonight was advertised as 'The Two Jays Acoustic Duo' - so why did they need a huge speaker and consequently drowned out any conversation below the level of shouting?
The monthly 'Acoustic Night' has a small amount of amplification, just enough for the artists to be heard over the normal hubbub and it works fine. So who are these people who think that playing loud is good, but all it does is spoil people's evening out for a chat with friends? Several folk left because of this. The pub is too small for amplification of this intensity.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Quiz Raises Money for Parkinson's

The Quiz at the bfs Club on December 6th was in aid of Parkinson's UK and we raised £150, thanks to many generous people, including members and helpers at the Club, and those who gave the lovely Draw prizes. It was good fun too. Margaret Ball served a very good supper beforehand and was a great hit as Quizmaster !
Thanks, Daphne MacDonald 

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Tamar Valley Community Star Count

The AONB team would like your help later this month, to observe and record the number of stars that you can see from your own garden, to help measure light pollution in the Tamar Valley AONB.

To take part in the Community Star Count, we are asking people to step outside on one evening between 11th and 20th December and let your eyes get accustomed to the darkness.

Locate and observe the constellation Orion (full details of how to do this on the Helping Hands for Heritage web page) and count the number of stars that you see.

Full story, including the importance of dark skies in our protected landscape, here.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Mobile Library Timings 2015

The timings for the mobile library in Bere Ferrers during 2015 are as follows:

War Memorial  13.45 - 14.30      Social Club  14.35 - 15.05

January 20th, February 17th, March 17th, April 14th, May 12th, June 9th, July 7th, August 4th, September 1st and 29th, October 27th, November 24th and December 22nd.