Monday, 28 December 2015

New Year's Eve at the Plough

It's the traditional fancy dress down at the pub on Thursday night, with E being this year's letter - so characters that start with that letter please (only another 11 years before I can wear my pirate outfit!). Music will be provided by the Skalets and there will be plenty of time to go to Bells at midnight before returning to the pub.

Hogmanay Hootenanny at the Club

If you're at a loose end early evening on Thursday, New Year's Eve, why not come along to the Club any time betweeen 8pm and 10pm for two hours of musical revelry in the form of an open mic session hosted by local rockers Rob and Ron? 
A variety of live music, ancient and modern, will be on offer from rock and roll to Celtic with lots of variations inbetween. If you would like to perform (sing/play) your favourite anthem, singalong, join in, or  just listen to the band(s), you will not be disappointed. 
If you are a musician/singer and would like to book a slot in advance, just get in touch with Rob or Ron through the usual channels.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Rockin' Ron and Robrr

After this musical interlude there will be a free buffet, followed by a New Year's Eve disco by Paul Willmott.

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Seasonal Saturday Cafe

There was a cosmopolitan clientele at the Saturday Cafe in the Church Hall this morning. Ann Jeffries' daughter Megan, with children Xavier and Chloe, from Los Angeles, California, has been in the village since 20th and is shortly leaving for Yorshire, while Ruben and Von, from Holland via France, are staying with David and Caroline, their summer neighbours in France.
Several villagers were blown in on a swift breeze to enjoy the usual coffee and cakes, thanks to Caroline and Linda's team.

Off-duty Santa with his stunt double.

Megan with her children.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Woodland Activities Coming Soon

Fancy getting involved in some woodland crafts?
Ever tried wood turning on a pole lathe, carving a spoon, coppicing or cleaving a mallet from a log?!
Thanks to funding from the Belinda O’Flynn Trust, Sallerton Wood Conservation Project will be able offer woodland and craft opportunities to local groups and individuals from the Bere Peninsula as of next Spring. This exciting project is a brand new initiative being set up in Sallerton Wood near Lifton to give local people of all ages the chance to learn about sustainable woodland management and try their hand at various woodland and camp crafts, in the woodland environment.
Activities could include learning to make your own wooden mallet, spoon or spatula, learning all the necessary green woodwork skills required as you go. No need for any prior experience ...... just a bit of keenness to have a go.
There will also be a mobile workshop available for local groups and schools and craft workshops can be tailored to your group’s needs and interests. Some funding has been provided to cater for a number of free workshops for school-aged children, so please get in touch for more information or to voice interest from your particular community group or school; we look forward to hearing from you at or phone Andy/Jane Morton on 01822 841718.
Look out for further announcements in subsequent editions of the Bere Link and on the Bere Ferrers Blog, where we will keep you fully informed of workshop opportunities as they come up, but for a taste of life and developments in Sallerton Wood please feel free to visit our website at in the meantime.


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Christmas Shop

'Twas the shop before Christmas, when all through the village everyone was stirring, even a mouse. The decorations were hung in the Hall with care, in hopes that people soon would be there. 
When out in the road there arose such a clatter, the fish man was there with his cheeky chatter. Down from the sky tumbled the rain, drenching the shoppers time and again. 
Inside the Hall a jolly crowd, who chatted and laughed, the noise was so loud. Hot mulled wine and free squidgy cake, baubles and bangles, all you could take.
The cafe team there ready to go, dashing happily with drinks to and fro. Stallholders wearing their Santa hats, joining in with everyone's chats.
The birthday boy at the end of the table, making announcements as quick as he's able, for doing a turn were our shanty stars, with festive songs - the Tavy Tars!
So only one thing for me to do, wish you a merry Christmas and a New Year too! 

Enjoying the cake!


Friday, 18 December 2015

Road Closure

I noticed signs on the road to the village stating that the road would be closed on 8th January, so I contacted the Parish Council. The Assistant Clerk checked on the DCC website and sent me this:
The website states the road closure is from Hole Cross to St Aubyn,  Bere Ferrers, on the 8/1/16. It states that traffic lights will be in use, no other info is given as to alternative route so maybe just one lane closed at a time.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Carols on a Winter's Night

They came again this year, as they do every year at this time. The terrible rainstorms of earlier in the day had moved on and the temperature was a balmy 12 degrees or so (yes, it's as warm as mid-July in Devon now) and dry, as a dedicated band of carollers gathered at the Old Chapel for mulled wine before setting off round the village.
Stopping every hundred yards or so, the singers delighted those who were listening with a selection of favourite Christmas songs, while others, collecting tins at the ready, gingerly made their way up darkened paths and hammered on doors for contributions.
Thus they made their way up to the top of the village, before returning down the hill to the Olde Plough, where more songs were sung and mince pies were consumed, thanks to Sarah and Ted.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Carol Singing in the Village

The annual carol singing around the village takes place next Thursday 17th December, starting with mulled wine at the Old Chapel (thanks to David and Caroline) before the assemblage leave to sing around the village. The evening continues in the Olde Plough from about 8.30pm for mince pies and more singing.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Money-raising Results

Two recent events raised money for various projects:

Sing-along-a-Tars raised over £450 for a new cooker at the Youth2Youth hut.

Friends of The Club raised £367 from the Art & Craft Fair for refurbishments at the BFS Club.

Charity Lunch

There will be a Charity Lunch in Bere Ferrers Church Hall on 6th January 2016. The cost: only £5 for a hot meal! Proceeds in aid of Doctors of the World. 

Monthly Jam at the Pub Cancelled

This month's jam session at the Olde Plough Inn on Tuesday 15th December has been cancelled due to Christmas bookings. Sessions resume in January.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Report on the Railway Forum Meeting

This report about our railway line is from Brian Lamb.


            Journey Figures – Much the same as last year with 157,701 carried in the first 10 months.  This is an increase of 2,000 (1.3%) on 2014..
           The Tamar Valley Line branding, interpretation boards, heritage signage & poster boards’ project is now complete and there is space, on the new separate community boards at each of the stations, for local events. Posters (A3 or A4) to Rebecca at Partnership Offices:  . This could be useful for major local events.
           New campaign to promote the Great Scenic Railways of Devon & Cornwall & Website
          Other campaigns are targeted at Christmas shoppers and a new book, “Moor to Sea without the Car” includes walks in Tamar Valley.
           Improvements to Bere Alston Station Rebecca is again leading a student volunteer team to tidy up the planters and other items.  
          Report on Bere Alston-Tavistock line Reopening Lewis Ward, DCC: he stated that most of the necessary surveys were being carried out and that the pre-application was now lodged with the Planning Inspectorate, who give the consent for the Development Consent Order that allows construction to commence. The Public Examination will be early in 2019.  Still on target for opening 20/21.  
           Mike Greedy, Manager GWR confirmed that they had been awarded the franchise 2015-2019/20.  They were committed to increasing capacity and improving the rolling stock.  He also confirmed that the new mainline trains would still run the Pullman Restaurant cars on four return journeys each day.

More Music in the Village

For the second night running there was music in the village last night - this time at the BFS Club as part of the monthly Supper Night events. After a cracking meal of Pheasant Curry (veggie options were available) there followed an evening of music from many of the musical groups in the village.
At the last minute, Mike Poole stepped forward (thanks to a slight push from Christine!) to provide the equipment and expertise to project the words and chords of each song onto the wall. Each group/musician had brought their songs on a memory stick so that everyone else could join in and play or sing.
Providing the music were the Ukies and Singers, the Summerhouse Strummers, Lizzie and Mike, Rockin' Ron and Rob and several guest players, including Mel from Squandered Youth, Monica, Ann, Ruth and Phil, etc.
Songs ranged from popular ones like 'Banks of the Ohio' to old rockers from the 50s, to Scrumpy 'n' Western favourites 'Twice Daily' and 'The Blackbird'  to Christmas carols, all ably sung and played together by the audience.
Thanks go to Rob Smith for the organisation and Mike Poole for ably presenting the words to the wall and to everyone who turned up! Also to Margaret and her team for the super food.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Shanties and Seafood at the Olde Plough

'Twere a cool and blustery night this past even as folk from hereabouts battled the winds to get to the inn for a taste of seafood and shanties from the Tavy Tars. And 'twas for a good cause - to raise money for a new cooker for the Youth2Youth hut in Bere Alston.
The inn was crowded as revellers got stuck in to a tasty seafood dinner prepared by Sarah and Ted and their team, slaving away in a hot galley! Interspersed between courses, the Tars sang many of their favourite songs and shanties, which the revellers joined in with gusto!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Online Classes

The Online Classes (which have raised £27 so far for the Villagers' Group) have been suspended over the Christmas period, but will restart in the New Year with, hopefully, a committed day each week. 
Look out for details later on this Blog and on the BFS Club web site.