Saturday, 28 November 2015

Newspapers Cease at the Plough Shop

After Saturday 19th December there will be no more newspapers on sale at the Shop at the Pub, because of various issues that have made the situation untenable. From this date the shop will open at 10am instead of 9am.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Mobile Library 2016

Excellent Sharp's Connoisseurs Tasting Evening

Eight ‘foodies’ gathered at the Olde Plough Inn on Thursday 25th November for a Sharp’s Connoisseurs Tasting Menu evening, sponsored by Sharp’s brewery in Rock, Cornwall and ably conducted by their representative, Tim.
We were advised to start the evening with a small glass of Sharp’s Pilsner, to ‘freshen the palate’. Then Sarah served the first of four magnificent courses: poached peach with quenelles of Gorgonzola, accompanied by a glass of Single Brew Reserve 2013 4.5%. Tim explained about the different beers and their effect on the food as we progressed through each course.
Next was sea bass fillet, beautifully cooked, with samphire grass and salsa verde, and a glass of Honey Spice IPA 6.5%.
The main course was pheasant breast, potato and vegetable rosti, crispy honey bacon and flower sprouts, accompanied by 6 Vintage Blend 7.4%.
To round off the experience, dessert was a baked chocolate pudding with clotted cream with a glass of strong Dubbel Coffee Stout 7%.
This was an exceptional meal, accompanied by some delicious beers from Sharp’s. Well done to Sarah and Ted and the team and, of course, Tim. 

Gastronomic delights coming up in the New Year:
Monday 18th January    Health Kick the New Year at the Olde Plough
Followed by a repeat of the Sharp’s Connoisseurs Tasting, a Chinese New Year Dinner and a Valentine's Gourmet Dinner on Sunday 14th February.
Look out for details on the web site

Monday, 23 November 2015

New Online Store

For those of you who have bought some of my cards and paintings, I now have an online store in which I am gradually building up a collection of cards for sale. There are over thirty in the pipeline at the moment, featuring some of my paintings, photographs and cartoons - some are available now online, others will be once they are processed (it usually takes about 24 hours). So please keep checking to see what's new!
The address is* (don't forget the asterisk!)

Sunday, 22 November 2015


There is a theatre ticket available for this Wednesday, 25th November. 

1 ticket in the Upper Circle for Glynedourne Die Entfuhrung on Wednesday 25 November starting at 7.15 pm.  Price 26.30.  Please phone Ruth on 840497 if interested.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Art & Craft Fair

The Art & Craft Fair at the BFS Club today (Saturday) was crammed full of items for home use or for Christmas presents. It opened at 11am and did a roaring trade until the early afternoon, when a biting wind and the odd flurry of snow seemingly kept people indoors.
The stalls ranged from beautiful wooden items, basketry, sheepskins and wool from just down the road, paintings and cards, glass items, beeswax candles - and a glassblower! There was a heady Christmasy scent in the Club from a mixture of exotic pot pourri and mulled wine, giving a real Yuletide feel, helped on by the seasonal decorations by Caroline, Linda and their team.
The event was organised by The Friends of the BFS Club and all proceeds go towards improvements at the Club. Well done!

View across the Fair during the afternoon.

Graham Reed attempts to set fire to the ceiling!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Online Classes Update

Sharon Foster, who is running the Online Classes at the BFS Club, says:
'The first class seemed to be very successful. We had a few problems with the internet connection dropping but Tricia is looking into the problem. If we can stabilise the WiFi network it would be fantastic. I'm happy to help with this if needed, ie: look at current package and talking to BT.
We had circa 8 people at the first session and we spent most of our time reviewing eBay and PayPal.  Lots of questions, interest and keenness to learn more. We went on until approx 10pm. We raised £20 for the Villagers' Group community fund.'
The next session is on Tuesday 1st December at 8pm.All dates next week are booked.

Man the Lifeboats!

Ann Parsons says:
In Tavistock tomorrow, Friday 20th November. Coffee morning in aid of the RNLI in the Parish Rooms (next to the Bedford), 10am to 12 noon. RNLI Christmas cards, gifts, cakes, other stalls, inc. white elephant.... and I will have my photo cards there. Pop in to escape from the rain!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Parish Council Meeting in Village

The Parish Council will hold their November Full Council meeting next Tuesday in the Church Hall. Villagers are urged to attend; here is the Agenda:

18th November 2015

Full Council

Dear Sir / Madam
You are hereby summoned to attend the meeting of Full Council, to be held in the Church Hall, Bere Ferrers on Tuesday 24th November at 7.30pm

Yours faithfully

P.M.Taylor (Mrs)           
 Clerk to the Council    


1.      Apologies.

2.  Declaration of Interest
Members are invited to declare any personal interests, including the nature and extent of such interests they may have in any items to be considered at this meeting.
If Councillors have any questions relating to predetermination, bias or interests in items on this Agenda, then please contact the Clerk in advance of the meeting.
      3.    Chairman’s Report
      4.    Items of Interest at the discretion of the Chairman. No action can be taken on these   items.
      5.   To approve & adopt the minutes of the Plans meeting held on 27th October and taken as read, to deal with matters arising.  
      6.   To approve the minutes of Full Council held on 27th October as a true record & taken as read.
      7.   To approve & adopt the minutes of the Open Spaces meeting held on 3rd November and taken
as read, to deal with matters arising.
8.  To approve & adopt the minutes of the F. & G. P. Precept meeting held on 10th November and
      taken as read, to deal with matters arising.
9.   To approve & adopt the minutes of the Footpaths & Environment meeting held on 17th
November and taken as read, to deal with matters arising.
10. To approve & adopt the minutes of the Finance & General Purposes meeting held on 17th
November and taken as read, to deal with matters arising.
      11. Report by Cllr. Lamb on Roads in the peninsula. 
12. Report from Cllr. Benson (Clerk to read) on West Devon Borough Council meeting.
      13. Correspondence.
      14.  Questions from any member of the public present at the discretion of the Chairman.

December Supper Night at the BFS Club

This will be the second Acoustic Grand Jam evening and the Club invite any local musicians and groups to come along and play a short set each. It is a singalong evening so, to help with this, musicians are asked to bring with them a memory stick with the words and chords of each song so that everyone can join in, if they wish. The songs will be shown on the giant television screen. 

Excellent Jam Night

The monthly musical Jam Night at the pub (third Tuesday of every month, starts at 8.30pm) was enhanced by the arrival of Ollie from Buckland M, who, with his fiddle and six-string guitar, entertained the diners in the pub and joined in with songs from regulars the Summerhouse Strummers, Jane Musgrave and Rob Smith. An associate of the Lakeman family, Ollie brought a new dimension to our regular sessions, reduced of musicians last night by the awful weather conditions.
We look forward to Ollie's return - and also going to his music night at the Drake Manor in Buckland, every first Wednesday of the month.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Jenny Simpson

Yesterday, Saturday, our neighbour Jenny Simpson was feeling unwell and the wonderful ladies at West View were concerned and called an ambulance, which took her to Derriford. She was kept in overnight. The latest report today says that she has had an embolism, but is on oxygen, is having her blood thinned, but is eating and is in good spirits. Jenny will be in hospital for a couple of days yet.

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Community Woodlands Day

This has been postponed due to the bad weather. Watch this space for details of the new date.

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Tavy & Tamar Apple Group Pruning Course


Now is the time to winter prune your apple trees to ensure that you encourage the correct shape and growth for the future expected bumper crops. But, do you just go in with a chain saw and cut back everything - does every tree get the same treatment?  Are tip-bearing trees treated the same as the rest – are old trees pruned as if they were only five years old?
All of these questions will be answered if you attend the next Apple Winter Pruning Course, between 10am and 3pm, on Saturday 28th November at an orchard in the Tavy Valley.  This annual course, organised by the Tavy & Tamar Apple Group, will again have professional tutor Charles Staniland imparting over 30 years knowledge and experience as participants learn in a “Hands-on Course” how to tackle trees, whether semi-mature or the needs of formative pruning for young trees.
Outdoor warm clothing, strong boots and gloves should be worn and attendees should bring a packed lunch; any pruning tools, secateurs, saws, etc should be brought.   No climbing is required but there will be walking over rough ground.

The cost is £15.00 for Group members or £20.00 non-members. 

To book please e-mail Anne Crozier at:
Any enquiries to Anne Crozier on 01822 840270 or Brian on 01822 841309