Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Defibrillator Training

Ruth Charlton has booked the Hazel Room for another defibrillator training session on Thursday March 19, starting at 8 pm.  Carolyn Dawe will be there and Chris too.  They will say a bit about our defibrillator and show it, then Carolyn will demonstrate resuscitation and let people have a go.  It is suitable for people who came last time and they are welcome to come again to build confidence. 

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Events at the Pub

Well, finally the end of January is in sight! We end the month with a full house for Burns Night on Sunday 25th, Mike’s Acoustic session on Tuesday 27th and our monthly Quiz at 8:30pm on Wednesday 28th.

February hits the floor running straight away on Sunday 1st with Paul's Open Mic session from 8.00pm

Pie Night is always a hit and greatly missed in January when we were shut! £9.95 for your choice of pie with a choice of potatoes and vegetables - eat all your first slice and we'll give you your second slice free! Tuesday February 3rd

Our Curry Buffet night is the following Tuesday10th: eat all you like for £9.95, two meat curries, a fish and a vegetarian, with rice poppadoms, onion bhajis, naan bread and side dishes.

Valentine's Day is on Saturday 14th, we are having a Spanish Tapas night with Spanish Flamenco guitarists to serenade you! Suitable for groups or romantic couples! Booking required

Half-term week offer is a free child's meal for every adult eating during lunch time, so whether on your way back from being out or just for a change of scenery, why not give the little darlings a treat?

Sunday 15th February is our regular Acoustic Night from 8.15pm hosted by Squandered Youth.

Tuesday 17th is a Jam session, everyone welcome to join a variety of instruments!

Tuesday 24th is Mike’s Acoustic session, again everyone welcome.

Wednesday 25th is our monthly Quiz, hosted by our most handsome quizmaster Jess.

We close the month on Friday 27th with a revisit by the ever popular Kit Hillbillies, as before we will be offering a hillbilly supper alongside our menu. Again booking is advised.

We have been busy during the last couple of months sorting out the pub garden; we have a new installed pond, new fencing and a raised flower bed. We still have to put up a garden shed and to some work to the tables, but we are getting very excited about how it will look, come the summer!

Many thanks again for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in February. 

Sarah, Ted and the team

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Fundraising for Hearing Loop in Church Hall

From Brian Lamb:
The Bere Ferrers Villagers Group, after consultation with the Church Hall Authorities, has successfully drawn up a scheme to provide a Hearing Loop System within the Church Hall.  Those using hearing aids and those who are hard of hearing can have great difficulty listening to speakers and artists within the Hall, which was the Village School, but where the acoustics are very poor.

After consultation with technical experts, a quotation has been received to provide the loop system and two speakers.  There will be a variety of microphones including a head mike which a speaker can wear whilst walking around and tutoring a group or singing on the stage! The system will benefit all users who come from all parts of the Parish.

A Fundraising Campaign has now commenced and already other users of the Hall have made the first donations.   Applications to Devon County Council and West Devon Borough Council for grants from their local communities grant budgets have been made, but it is expected that the local community will have to raise a proportion of the cost.

The Group welcome donations and cheques should be payable to; ‘Bere Ferres Villagers Group and sent to the Treasurer, Roger White, Mikkola, Station Road, Bere Ferrers, PL20 7JS

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Removal of Power Lines

From the Tamar Valley AONB, via Robin Musgrave:

As you may be aware, in November 2014, a section of existing electricity transmission line which crosses the River Tamar near Weir Quay in the Tamar Valley AONB was shortlisted as part of National Grid’s Visual Impact Provision (VIP) project.
The project is making use of a £500 million allowance made available by Ofgem until 2021 to reduce the visual impact of existing electricity transmission lines in protected landscapes in Great Britain.  The shortlist was compiled following a landscape and visual impact assessment, commissioned by National Grid, which identified the line section in the Tamar Valley AONB along with 11 others as having the most significant landscape and visual impact.
National Grid and the Tamar Valley AONB are currently working together to investigate whether it is feasible to mitigate the impact of this section of transmission line.  To further inform this process and ensure that the project benefits from the in-depth knowledge and expertise of those local stakeholders who know the area best, we will be hosting two drop in events on January 22 at The Who'd Have Thought It Inn, St Dominic,Saltash, Cornwall PL12 6TG and Bere Ferrers Church Hall, Station Road, Bere Ferrers PL20 7JS. The events will run simultaneously at both locations between 2pm until 8pm.
We would like to invite you to attend one of these events which will give you the opportunity to talk with members of the project team and share any information which we may need to take into account as part of this initial study. The information that we gain from this session will be used as a key part of a report on this section of line which will be fed back to the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group in February 2015.  
I hope that you will be able to attend one of these events.  If you think that others may be interested in attending this event, please do invite them along. You can also find more detailed information on the VIP project and the study in the Tamar Valley by visiting or by emailing us at
Yours sincerely            
Hector Pearson                                                  Corinna Woodall

National Grid VIP Project Manager                  Manager, Tamar Valley AONB

Another Successful Wassail

From Brian Lamb, Chairman of the Tavy & Tamar Apple Group:
A record crowd of almost 100 people attended the  Bere Ferrers Wassailing event last Saturday. This annual event is organised by the Tavy and Tamar Apple Group to commemorate an ancient West Country rite to assist the apple trees in producing a bumper crop in 2015.
Participants were entertained by Dartmoor Border Morris within the Church Hall including a hilarious participation dance involving those attending, which included visitors from Australia and Canada to the district!  All then processed to the adjacent orchard where the Tavy Tars  sang a number of songs with an apple theme, aided by Master of Ceremonies William Spearing leading everybody with the traditional Wassailing Song. After the orchard ceremonies everybody returned to the Church Hall for pasties, cider and other drinks followed by further dancing and singing.
The event has raised the sum of £150.00 which will be shared between the Bere Ferrers Villagers' Fund for the provision of a deaf aid hearing loop system in the Church Hall and the Mary Budding Trust of Tavistock.
Richard and Joyce Peden were thanked for organising the evening with other volunteers.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Excellent Supper Evening

Over 40 people enjoyed a tasty supper at the bfs club last night (Saturday), beautifully prepared and served by Margaret Ball and her able team. However, some people apparently had a meal that they hadn’t ordered, leaving some others who had without a meal. It is important that meals are booked in advance, not at the event, as all meals are prepared and cooked elsewhere!
After the main course, followed in some cases by excellent tasty puds, Caroline Clark announced that the evening was being held in aid of AGENTS FOR CHANGE, a charity for homeless children in Romania. Guests, who now numbered over 60, were invited to pop a donation into the donations box during the evening. Caroline then introduced Clive Charlton, who needed no introduction!
Clive’s talk was on the history of the Bere Peninsula, using a slide
presentation. He started in prehistoric Bere, moving on to Celtic and Romano-Britain, through the Anglo-Saxons to the Normans invasion.
At this time the de Ferrers family grabbed the Peninsula and lived there for a couple of hundred years. Silver was found and mined between 1290 and the 1330’s and helped to fund Edward I’s conquests and castle building.

Clive went on to describe the fortunes of the various families who became Lords of the Manor through marriage: the Champenowes, the Blount/Mountjoys, Sir John Maynard, the Hobart family, the Earls of Buckinghamshire and the Edgcumbes.
Mention was made of the famous 1737 map of the area, the original of which is held in the Cornwall archives.
The various industries of the peninsula were described briefly: mining, smelting at Weir Quay, farming (many farms are medieval or earlier), fruit and flowers and maritime commerce.
Is this a winning ticket?....
....Yes, it is!
After the presentation Clive received a tremendous round of applause. Caroline held the raffle, which raised £40 and donations in the box reached £100!
Thanks go to everyone who supported the evening and to the supper team, who worked their socks off!