Monday, 31 August 2015

Apple Group Training Day

Every year about this time, the Tavy & Tamar Apple Group hold a Maintenance and Training Day, prior to the forthcoming Apple Fest. The reason for this is to clean and check the various bits of equipment and make sure they all work properly and also to train new members of the Group on how to safely operate the machinery. The day usually ends up with a barbecue.
A damp August Bank Holiday Sunday saw a dedicated group of about twelve people gather in Brian Lamb’s barn where the equipment had been set up away from the rain outside. After a problem over the power supply was fixed it was all hands to the crusher and press. Peter Crozier, the Chairman of the Group, explained the safety rules and how the equipment worked, before new members ‘had a go’ at the various stages of apple pressing.
Meanwhile, the weather cleared and Chief Chef Bev took over the barbecue duties for those were able to stay and he followed this with a musical session on his uke.

Peter prepares the cheese.

Ruth brings some apples.

Collecting the juice.
Jim takes over the barbecue.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

11.00am Tuesday 25th August
It's tipping it down with rain in the village at the moment and we have had rain in some form or another since last Thursday - except, strangely, when two friends from Nottingham visited us on Saturday afternoon! Half an hour before they arrived, the weather cleared up and we had hot sunshine, enough to thoroughly dry the seat cushions that had been left out in the rain!
We spent some time in the garden enjoying the sun, then we went down to the pub for dinner. As we were leaving after having a good meal, the rain started and half an hour after our friends left, the rain was hammering down again!

The Apple Fest is Coming!

The Bere Apple Fest takes place from 1pm to 5pm at the Church Hall, Bere Ferrers, West Devon. Apple activities will include apple pressing, advice on grafting and pruning, apple tree sales, apple identification, glassblowing, competitions for young and old alike and, of course, the popular Baking Competition! The popular Apple Pie Competition will be judged by Seth Robertson, from Robertson’s Organic CafĂ© in Tavistock, who makes a welcome return to the Apple Fest and who will present the prizes.
As well as the children's section in the Apple Pie Baking competition, there is usually a prize for the best 'animal' made out of an apple, the Longest Apple Peel competition and the Apple Shy. There will also be the usual fantastic raffle, with excellent prizes and the usually superb main prize!
A new activity this year will be the Biggest Apple Competition, where visitors are invited to bring their biggest apple to the glassblowing marquee, where its weight will be determined. The winning entry will receive a magnificent hollow glass apple, while the second and third will receive smaller, solid, glass apples.
Dartmoor Border Morris will be on hand as usual to demonstrate various morris dances in the road, weather and participants permitting. There will also be musical interludes during the afternoon.
The organisers are pleased to announce that the Bere Alston Carnival Queen and her attendants are expected to visit the Apple Fest.
Meanwhile, the main activity of the day is crushing and pressing apples to make juice. The Group uses an electric crusher, and a hydraulic press. Visitors are invited to bring their own clean apples with juice containers and, for a small fee, the apples are crushed and juiced and then taken away by the visitors.
There are many aspects of country life covered, including rural crafts, advice on beekeeping and a demonstration of scything. A local wood turner will be demonstrating his ancient art on a wooden lathe.
The Fest starts at 1pm, so there’s time for lunch at the Olde Plough Inn just down the road! Parking is limited, so if you can the ideal way to come to the Fest is by GWR rail from Plymouth or Gunnislake and stations in between. For train times and fares call 03457 484950 or visit
Any surplus profit from the day will be donated to the Bere Ferrers Zip Slide Repair Fund. Since 2007 the Tavy & Tamar Apple Group has donated £2,944 to good causes in and around the Peninsula.

Friday, 21 August 2015

New Table Tennis Table at the Club

The new table tennis table has arrived at the BFS Club and is ready for people to come in and have fun on (table tennis!).  While you're there, have a look at the newly decorated front porch - what a difference it makes! Many thanks to Frank Mackie for his hard work.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Fridge Wanted

One of our new villagers, Michelle, is looking for an under-the-counter fridge for her new home in Trvetham Park. If anyone in the village or nearby has one for sale, let me know and I'll pass the sessage on.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Volunteers Wanted at the BFS Club

The curse of the holiday season has hit the Club again! The very small band of volunteers that run the bar is sadly very depleted and because of this the Club has had to close on three occasions during the last two weeks. The Club desperately needs members to volunteer for only one evening a month at least so that it can open for the benefit of its members. If you can help, contact Frank Mackie as soon as possible.

Latest Club Events

6th       Open mic New musicians welcome!  DATE CHANGE!!!
25th     Quiz 
New teams please come and join us!

29th     Karaoke: with Shane - all the way from Looe!!! Give it a try, it's good fun! 
The Rugby World Cup starts on Friday 18th September when England meet Fiji: come and watch the game on our new huge television!! 
5th    Supper Night Skittles match Jokers v Allotment Association
10th   Open mic 
Come and meet the famous guitarist Georg Nix. Join him for a song!
12th   Back by popular demand!  AfterShock! The five-piece rock 'n' roll band. A great night in store!
22nd  Quiz 
New teams always welcome. 
26th   Karaoke with Ron.
3rd     Supper Night in conjunction with the Apple Fest 
8th     Open mic with George Nix 
27th   Quiz
31st    Karaoke with Ron

CORRECTION! The next Acoustic Jam Night: following the success of the initial Jam Night earlier in the year, the next one will be an Acoustic Jam Supper on Saturday 5th December. By then we should have a new screen installed so that we can show the words and music of all the songs so everyone can join in!