Saturday, 30 April 2016

Summer is acumen in!

Unite and Unite and let us all unite
For summer is a come unto day
And whither we are going we will unite
In the merry morning of May
On  Monday 2nd May, Ferrers Reel, by kind permission of the landlord Ray Cornish, will host an evening  of Cornish/Celtic music at the Race Horse Inn, in the village of North Hill, Cornwall. Festivities commence at 8pm. Come along and  join in some traditional Cornish songs.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Villains About!

Email from Devon & Cornwall Police 
This message relates to Crime No. 27141/16. Police have received a report of criminal damage to a garage door belonging to a property in Broad Park Road, Bere Alston. Sometime between 1900hrs on Wednesday 27th April and 0920hrs on Thursday 28th April 2016 someone caused a dent and gouge marks approximately two feet high in a garage door. We ask residents to be vigilant. Report any suspicious activity in your local area promptly to the Police. If you have any information contact 101 quoting Crime no. 27141/16. Thank you.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Don't forget the Car Boot, Boat Jumble and Table-top Sale at the BFS Club this coming Saturday from 10am until 3pm. Admission free. Loads of bargains! Refreshments available. Bar open from noon!

Monday, 18 April 2016

From a Different Angle!

My thanks to Tim Mitchell for these unusual photos he took with his Blackberry. Spot Somebody putting out the washing in the first one!

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Saturday Shop and Cafe Celebrates 10 Years!

Bere Ferrers Church Hall was packed this morning for the 10th birthday celebrations for the Saturday Shop and Café. Originally set up in 2006 as a result of a village questionnaire by the Bere Ferrers Villagers’ Group when the existing shop at the Lanterna closed, the project has gone from strength to strength. It is a popular meeting place on a Saturday morning for buying various comestibles: vegetables, cheese, eggs, chocolate sweety things, Fair Trade items, cards, etc., a cup of tea or coffee, a piece of delicious cake – and a gossip!
The price of refreshments has not risen during this time and all café profits have gone to village projects, over £5,000 having been distributed!
The shop and café has been used as a model for other similar projects within Devon.
Caroline Clark thanked everyone who had been involved in the running of the shop and café – the stallholders and the many volunteer teams who provide the refreshments every Saturday. She reminded everyone that we had been the recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the equivalent of an MBE, for the work put into the successful operation of the project.
Our Member of Parliament Geoffrey Cox, QC, MP, dropped in to say a few congratulatory words and to toast the efforts of all concerned who have made the shop such a success.
Glasses of bubbly were passed round and consumed! The committee (Caroline, Lesley, Pearl, Fran and initially Juli) have done a remarkable job to keep the shop running smoothly and consistently over the decade. They were congratulated by Christine Grills, in a short speech before she and Geoffrey Cox cut the celebratory cake, another superb production from Glenys. Slices of the delicious cake were passed round.
The Tavy Tars sang a song about the shop, specially written for the occasion by Carol Horner, which produced much merriment amongst the audience! 
Two new shopping bags have been produced to celebrate the birthday: a smart jute bag, price £3.00 and a Scrunchie at £2.50, which can be rolled into a ball small enough to go into a pocket.

Christine and Geoffrey cut the birthday cake.

Caroline addresses the villagers about their achievements.
The Tavy Tars sing Carol's special song.

The smart new jute bag.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Events at the BFS Club

Table tennis every Monday in May from 7pm till 9pm.
7th  Supper Night followed by Quiz. Note the new start time of 7.30pm.
12th  Open Mic with George Nixs.
14th  Kit Hillbillies.
24th  Quiz.
28th  Karaoke.
Table tennis every Monday in June from 7pm till 9pm.
4th  Supper Night followed by TBC. Start at 7.30pm.
9th  Open Mic with George Nixs.
21st Summer Bingo.
25th Karaoke.
28th Quiz

Happy Birthday!

It's the Saturday Shop and Cafe's 10th birthday this coming Saturday, so please come and join the celebrations - and the new shopping bags will be on sale!!

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Please note: this is the one and only BFAG exhibition this year, so don't miss it!

Monday, 4 April 2016

“Have you news of My Boy Jack?”

Tavonians Theatre Company will be presenting a powerful play about the anguish of Rudyard Kipling and his family during the Great War.  ‘My Boy Jack’, written by David Haig, will be at Bere Alston Parish Hall on Thursday 28 April during a tour of local towns and villages and as part the Tavistock Festival.  

Kipling wrote a moving poem after his son, an 18-year-old Lieutenant, went missing in action in 1915, which starts –

“Have you news of my boy Jack?”
Not this tide.
“When d’you think that he’ll come back?”
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.

In this 150th anniversary year of the birth of Rudyard Kipling, Tavonians will be bringing his family’s story to life including Kipling’s own agony following his determination to send his myopic only son to war.

Tickets are £10, concessions £8, and are available from Premier Stores (formerly Spa) in Bere Alston, or online at

Other venues on the tour are Sourton, Milton Abbot, Callington and Tavistock.  The next local tour, with two one-act plays, will be taking place in the summer and there are plans to present a comedy in the autumn.

If you would like to join Tavonians Theatre Company, either on stage or behind the scenes, you would receive a warm welcome.  The group, which recently celebrated its 80th birthday, is based in Tavistock and performs a range of thrillers, comedies and dramas to entertain local audiences.

Further information is available on the website,, or 0845 5196592.