Monday, 30 March 2015

Changes at Derriford

When visiting Derriford Hospital to see Juli, I noticed there have been some drastic changes. The large car park opposite A & E has been reduced by about three-quarters because of the building of a new helipad and, because of the proximity of the helipad, most of the trees around the top car park A have been felled to allow the Sea Kings to land and take off!
There is, however, a magnificent multi-storey car park open (but still with exorbitant fees!) - follow the new signs. Some of the road layout has been changed, so beware!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Shop in the Pub is Open!

With the arrival of the newspapers at 9.15 this morning (Saturday) the new shop in the pub opened for business. The lower bar has been transformed into a deli shop, serving bread, croissants, milk, cheese, etc., quality coffee and ice creams, gift items and NoteAbles and pre-ordered newspapers.
Alongside the deli bar is a cosy seating area in front of the wood burner - just the place for a cup of coffee and a croissant, while reading the newspaper!

Sarah and Ted are now taking orders for bread and papers. The shop will be open on weekdays and Saturdays from 9am until 5pm and Sundays from 12.00pm, but will not be stocking Sunday papers.
Throughout April (excluding the Easter Weekend Fri - Mon) FREE mini Pan Au Chocolate with every drink bought in the new shop!
Congratulations to Sarah and Ted on their new venture!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Andy's Peninsula Photograph Archive

If you’re looking for something interesting to do on Saturday 25th of April, why not go along to the BFS Club to view the photographs taken by Andy Anderson. There will be thousands on display. It is an historical record of the Bere Peninsula taken over the last 30+ years.
The photographs cover a wide range of life in the farming community, including farm sales and barn conversions.  Also featured will be salmon fishing on the rivers Tavy and Tamar, water sports days, gig rowing and sailing.
How the shops have changed (did you know that Bere Alston had a pet shop?); alterations to the school and new housing estates being built; working life at Hewton Nursery and the various plants grown. The Bere Alston Fun Day and the Bere 10K runners are also featured. You will be amazed at the subjects covered.
Come and see if YOU are in the photographs! 
A rare opportunity to seen these photographs of rural life in general. 
Open from 10am to 8pm on Saturday 25th April. Free entry.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Archive Photographs On View

Advance notice of an exciting event in the BFS Club on Saturday 25th April, when Andy Anderson will be showing part of his extensive photo archive of life on the Bere Peninsula over the past 30 years or so. From 10am until 8pm - NOT TO BE MISSED!
More details later!

Monday, 23 March 2015

Latest Railway News

The Transport Minister, Patrick McLoughlin, visited Plymouth today (Monday) and announced significant changes to our railway system in the South-west. New trains and more services were confirmed and First Great Western will continue operating the franchise until 2019.
There will be more services between London and Penzance, an earlier direct train from Paddington, and new trains for Devon and Cornwall have been promised. This could double the number of trains in and out of Cornwall to two an hour. It could also reduce journey times between Paddington and Penzance by 14 minutes, though this is unlikely (see below).
On new trains (e.g. the Hitachi hybrid electric and diesel “Inter City Express Passenger Train (IEP)”) we need to be cautious of talk suggesting that any new trains will offer “faster journey times”.  We must remember that the track infrastructure speed limits between Reading and Penzance will be remaining exactly as now (110mph, reducing to 90mph and then the feeble 60mph west of Exeter etc.). The HST fleet has never been allowed to operate at full speed capacity between Reading and Penzance, neither will IEPs.
Another problem is that ‘new’ trains may be cascaded down from other operators. These trains may be already 40 years old and may be expected to last another 20 years. However, the contract for the new Hitachi hybrid, diesel rather than electric down here but with a bigger engine than the present HSTs, will be signed in three months, according to Andy Mellors from FGW.

Thanks to Neill Mitchell {Independent Regional Transport Analyst (Plymouth)} and BBC Spotlight for the information.

Free Chocolate at the Pub Shop!

The Olde Plough is now taking orders for bread and papers ready for the shop opening this Saturday. The shop will be open on Sundays from 12.00pm but will not be stocking Sunday papers.
Throughout April (excluding the Easter Weekend Fri - Mon) get FREE mini Pan Au Chocolate with every drink bought in the new shop!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Spring Art & Craft Fair

It was a beautiful sunny Devon Spring day yesterday (Saturday) for two important events happening in the village. The annual Bere Ferrers Spring Flower Show was held as usual in the church hall, but this year in conjunction with the Spring Art & Craft Fair in the BFS Club.
I don’t have a report on the Flower Show as I was busy all afternoon at the Fair, though I did hear that there were fewer daffs on show due to the general lateness in flowering this year.
Meanwhile, in the BFS Club, the session started slowly, as it did in the church hall, each thinking that the other had all the people! However, the Fair picked up as more visitors arrived. Waiting to greet them on the car park was a live sheep and two lambs in a pen, courtesy of Pete and Fran Gorringe. New for this Fair was a marquee on the car park – erected for the huge amount of applications for stalls for this second Art & Craft Fair.
Inside the Club there were all sorts of crafts, from a mouth-watering display of cupcakes from Dotty’s Dot-Teas; pottery; painting and materials with George Firk; while Dot Haspray was busy taking orders for her personalised embroidery.
Caroline, Linda, Jane and Bill offered delicious Ploughman’s lunches with a wide range of chutneys, etc.
The day was organised by Trish, Caroline and Linda, members of The Friends of the Club, to raise money for improvements to the Club and thanks go to them for their hard work.