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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Auntie Wainwright's Wonderful News!

At the Saturday Shop this morning, Auntie Wainwright, aka Ann Street, announced that during this year the book stall and bric-a-brac stall have raised the Grand Total of £1,800!! Since they started in July 2006, the magnificent sum of £11,150 has been raised for the church, thanks to the generosity of villagers and friends. Well done everyone, a tremendous feat!

Olde Plough Inn Charities 2017

Sarah and Ted have announced the two charities the pub will be supporting in 2017. They were chosen by Sally Dunn, from Bere Alston, as the charities who helped her daughter Holly with her illness.
They are Brain Tumour Research and Mustard Tree. The recent quiz at the pub raised £75 and this will be given to the charity fund.
In addition, on 23rd April 2017, Sally will be taking part in the London Marathon. In support of this, the pub will be laying on a 2.6 mile walk, followed by a St George's Family Event in the pub afterwards to raise money for the charities.

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Pub Opening Hours


2016 Quiz in the Pub

The Olde Plough was packed last night for the eagerly-awaited That Was The Year That Was Quiz. Thirteen teams took part in an exciting contest, with Quiz Inquistor Jess on the mic reading questions compiled by Sarah. Unfortunately, the first round of pop music was a mystery to anyone over 15, so not many points were gained here, but the rounds improved as the evening went on.
However, some teams took it upon themselves to award half points for spurious answers, much to the good-natured antagonism from the other teams. Fortunately none of the half-pointers gained any advantage and fair play won in the end! The quiz was won by Helen Young and her team. Well done everyone - a great fun evening!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Christmas in the Village












The traditional carol singing in the village took place last Thursday evening, starting off with mince pies and mulled wine at David and Caroline's before processing through the village. Stopping at various points in the village, the carollers collected money for the children's hospice, before returning to the pub for more singing and refreshment, thanks to Sarah and Ted.
On Christmas Eve, the Saturday Shop was open as usual (it hasn't missed a Saturday since it opened all those years ago!) and soon the hall was heaving with revellers and visitors. The Tavy Tars gave us a couple of Christmassy shanties, while all coffee, cake and hot mulled wine were free of charge.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Shop Donation to the Ambulance Night Landing Site Fund

Cllr Brian Lamb accepts a cheque for £750 on behalf of the Parish Council from Treasurer Lesley Smith, who presented the cheque on behalf of the Belinda O'Flynn Trust. This will go the fund for the new ambulance night landing site in Bere Alston.
The collection held at the Shop on Saturday 10th December for the Night Landing Site was duly counted and authenticated at £29.69. The collection made at the recent Villagers' Group Wine Evening resulted in £42.42 being raised.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Wassailing 2017

Wassailing 2017 has been cancelled from Saturday 7th January due to a clash with Supper Night and one of Clive Charlton's Very Interesting Talks. Watch the Blog for the new date.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Big Charity Quiz



Ten teams of enthusiastic quizzers took part in a Big Charity Quiz at the BFS Club tonight (Tuesday) to raise funds for the Devon Air Ambulance night landing pad in Bere Alston. Quiz Inquisitor Eddie Ember provided an interesting mix of questions and an intriguing picture round. The winners were a visiting team who generously donated their £10 winnings to the fund. Counting this donation, the entrance fees for the quiz and donations from a bucket, the grand total of £117.00 was raised. Thanks go to everyone who took part, to Margaret who worked tirelessly behind the bar and specially to Eddie for an excellent quiz.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Bere Brewery



A bunch of enthusiastic alecoholics gathered at the Olde Plough tonight (Sunday) to taste the fruits of the Bere Brewery, a new mini brewery near Bere Alston. Here they produce handcrafted beer, brewed and bottled on a smallholding in the glorious countryside of the Tamar Valley, using their own homegrown hops.
First, I tasted Lopwell Gold, with a light citrus aroma and flavour with a refreshingly dry bitter finish. Now I'm not a pale beer drinker, I like something darker, but Gold was very nice and went down well. I look forward to drinking this in the summer.
I liked Hole's Hole Porter, a rich, dark chocolatey beer with a gentle bitterness from the hops to counter the sweetness from the malts. My favourite dark ale is Norfolk Nog from the Woodforde's Brewery in Norfolk, but Hole's Hole is somewhat lighter and is a delight to drink.
As well as the beers above, the brewery provide Hallowell IPA and Tuckermarsh Pale. All these beers will be available in bottle form at the Olde Plough soon, if not already!
Bere Brewery can be found at Tavistock Farmers' Market every second, fourth and fifth Saturdays from 9am to 1pm or can be contacted on 01822 840382 when collection can be arranged.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Far Above a Midnight Sky

At the Art and Craft Fair today I had the pleasure of meeting Colin Upton, a lifelong fan of Devon, who has produced a spectacular album of music that was on sale at the Fair.
Far Above a Midnight Sky is the sumptuous new album of romantic classical music – orchestral, instrumental, vocal and choral – from Vista Musicale, accompanied by the John Wilson Orchestra. Featuring some of the finest musicians on the international stage, including Craig Ogden (guitar), Adrian Brendel (cello) and Harry Sever (treble), together with the immensely popular John Wilson Orchestra, the album comprises eighteen original tracks to soothe, move and inspire.
I quote from his leaflet:
‘If you enjoy soaring melodies, sublime singing and playing, wrapped in the sumptuous sound of a top-class orchestra, the album Far Above a Midnight Sky may well be one of the most beautiful albums you will ever hear. It is the work of Devon composer Colin Upton and the brilliant young Charles Mauleverer. The lush accompaniment is provided by the inimitable John Wilson Orchestra and the CD was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
This is pastoral music with a local flavour, reflecting the glorious landscapes and breathtaking views that epitomise the countryside of the South West.’ Some of this music has been played on Classic FM.
The album is available on CD or download. Go to www.vistamusicale.com for full details.


Christmas Art and Craft Fair



The annual BFS Club Christmas Art and Craft Fair took place on a crisp sunny November day at the Club. Organised by The Friends of the Club, all proceeds from the Fair went towards the Phase 2 refurbishment of the Club.
There was a wide variety of crafts on show, with some different stalls than in previous Fairs. Linda had compiled a fantastic list of raffle prizes, the top one being a pair of GWR rail tickets to anywhere on the network, followed by tea for two at the Horn of Plenty, and a meal at Robertson’s Restaurant and other exciting prizes.
As usual, a delicious lunch and other refreshments were on sale; the main meal was chilli (or vegetarian chilli) with jacket potato and coleslaw, followed by apple pie or cake. Well done to all those Friends who organised the Fair and also to the exhibitors.