With the amount of rain we've had lately it's not surprising that there is more water in the streams that flow down the hillsides into the Tavy. One such stream, which runs down from Shutecombe, past the old chapel, under the causeway and into the river, increased in size recently. Instead of a small trickle flowing past the Quay, there was a swift torrent yesterday (Saturday) with white water as it exited the culvert under the causeway.
The marsh was also more waterlogged than usual.
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villagers, not all of them alcoholics, attended a wine-tasting evening in the
church hall last night (Friday) to raise funds for the Bere Ferrers Villagers’
Group. Local wine expert and retailer Charles Steevenson brought along a
selection of eight wines from around the world for us to taste.
explained how to get the best out of tasting wine: the important part is the ‘nose’,
or smelling the liquid. Wine does not have a taste without the nose being
involved – if you hold your nose while drinking wine, you will not get any
taste at all, because it is the nose that gives wine its flavour. Barometric
pressure also affects the bouquet and taste and on a night of rain and winds it
certainly contributed to disappointing results on some of the wines.
the wine in the glass, then bury your nose into the glass and take a deep
breath to appreciate the flavours, all of which come from the type of grape
used. Take a sip and wash it around the mouth to bring out the full sensations.
tried Prosecco, French, German and New Zealand whites, followed by South
African and Spanish reds. After this there was a blind tasting, to try and
identify the grape variety, country of origin, vintage, ABV and price.
raffle was held, with many attractive prizes.
go to Shirley Munn, Diana Mitchell and Ruth Charlton who organised an excellent
evening and to Charles for his informative talk.
A perfect opportunity to learn
a variety of woodland crafts and skills, meet other interested people and have
some fun in the woods!
can now confirm the first woodland conservation workshop dates for our 2016
calendar. The first workshop for Bere Peninsula residents is to take place on
the last Sunday of February, 28th 10am-4pm.
The theme for the day will be coppicing.
Open Woodland Development Week over the Easter period from Saturday 26th March – Saturday 2nd
April inclusive. Projects for this week will likely include the construction
and erection of a new woodland workshop shelter for future workshops and
courses, as well as building a clay oven (including extracting clay from the
streambed!), among various other activities. Volunteers are welcome to come
along for single or multiple days within this period to join the work party.
welcome, minors to be accompanied by an adult.
packed lunch and sturdy footwear (boots not trainers) will be needed. A cooking
fire and toastie makers will be at your disposal for lunches! Hot drinks and
biscuits provided for all volunteers, as well as all tools required.
participants are asked to make their own way to Sallerton Wood (Kelly, near
Lifton). Please see our website for the location (www.sallertonwood.org.uk);
however, directions to the woodland from the Bere Peninsula can also be emailed
to you. Please car share where possible as parking at the woodland is limited.
Please do get in touch if you
are in charge of or involved with a youth, school and/or community group on the
Bere Peninsula who would be interested in a woodland craft workshop, either in
the woods or at your venue with our mobile workshop. Funding has been made
available for such groups. Workshops can be tailor-made to suit your group.
This is to let you know that we have terminated our contract with Jackett’s Coaches due to unsatisfctory operation, specifically failure over a long period to comply with our contract requirements relating to vehicle accessibility standards, age and capacity.
The termination takes effect after operation on Saturday 30th January. From Monday 1st February Stagecoach will take over on an interim basis, pending a competitive tender for a new long-term contract which will be open to all interested compliant operators.
There will be no immediate changes to the route or timetable and you can be assured that there is no intention to reduce the service. I’ll keep you informed of any further developments.
The 257th anniversary of the birth of Scotland's National Poet, Robert
Burns, was celebrated in traditional style at the Olde Plough Inn, Bere
Ferrers, on Monday 25th January. The evening's festivities began with local
Celtic band Ferrers Reel playing a
selection of Scottish airs, jigs and reels.
A delicious four-course Scottish meal was served, courses interspersed
with songs, music and toasts including the usual word-perfect rendition of the
address to the haggis by Ross Herriot.The haggis was piped in by Tim Hamlyn. The
Toast to the Lassies by Ian Swann and the reply by Jane Swann were both
excellent and entertaining.
Rob Smith and Clive Charlton then recited a lively version of Tam o' Shanter and Andy Stewart gave an
excellent interpretation of the toast to the Immortal Memory, which included a
detailed account of Burns' travails as an exciseman.
Songs included For a' That
(sung by Clive), Scots Wha Hae (Rob),
My Love She's But a Lassie Yet
(Clive, Rob and Lesley), Highland Harry
(Lesley), Bonny Charlie (Lesley), Ye Jacobites ( Bruce) and a tribute to
the other Andy Stewart – Donald, Where's
Yer Troosers (Rob and Clive, with Lesley as the girl from London town). The
assembled company rounded off the evening in fine voice with Flower o' Scotland and Auld Lang Syne.
Many thanks to all participants, musicians, singers and assembled
company and to Ted, Sarah and the team for their hospitality and fine Scottish