Tuesday, 31 May 2016

The Call to the Palace

Cllr Brian Lamb and his wife Kay were recently commanded by the Lord Chamberlain, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, to attend a garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. Brian said 'We had a wonderful day, though we didn't get to meet The Queen, but we were quite close. I made sure to wear my Queen's Award for Voluntary Service badge!'.

Woodland Craft Courses now available in Sallerton Wood!

You may well remember reading about the SallertonWood Conservation Project; an ongoing community project for locals to come out and help in the woods, meet new people and learn new skills. Last winter we held a coppicing workshop, which was a great success and a number of the coppicing volunteers then returned for the Easter Development week in the woods which focussed on improving the facilties for those spending time in the woods, whether just to visit, lend a hand doing some voluntary conservation work or attend a craft workshop or course.  We will continue to post in the Bere Link and on the Bere Ferrers Blog these community opportunities, however, if you are interested in visiting or coming to help out for a morning or perhaps a day, we are there most weekends ............ just get in touch! It would be lovely to see some new faces in the woods.
We are now very excited to be able to offer Green Woodwork craft courses as well! There are three different courses to choose from; a 1-day Introduction to Green Woodwork course, a 3-day Stool-making course and a 6-day Chair-making course. All courses are suitable for people of all abilities and course dates are available from July through to September, however, should a date not suit and you have a group (minimum of 4) who would be interested, please do get in touch and we will try to work out an amenable date. These courses make a great gift for someone too. For course details and booking please visit
There is now a Friends of Sallerton Wood Facebook page where you can keep an eye on what’s going on there. We have been posting up photos and giving updates on progress made.
If you happen to be free this Saturday evening (June 4th) from 7.30. please do come along to the BFS Club Supper Night, Bere Ferrers, where we will be giving a talk, demonstration and quiz all about the woods, including the various uses we have found for our timber and woodland crafts in the woods. Those attending will be given a special discount voucher for one of our first craft courses run in the woods this season. Come along and see what it’s all about! All proceeds go towards the refurbishment fund for The Club. Call Margaret Ball on 840534 to book your meal or come along after the meal (around 8.30pm) to enjoy the talk with a drink from the bar.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Art Group Exhibition Opened

Members of the Bere Ferrers Art Group attended a small party in the Church Hall this evening (Friday) when local artist Scott Russell officially opened the Spring Exhibition 2016. Over a glass or two of wine and a selection of nibbles, the guests, including local artist Ian Heard, were impressed by the standard of work from this enthusiastic group.
The exhibition is open over the bank holiday from 10am until 6pm on Saturday and Sunday and until 4pm on Monday. Admission is free, though there is a raffle to win a painting by one of the Group and also on sale will be Kate's Kards and Bev's NoteAbles, a portion of the prices going to Group funds and the Alzheimer's Association. Refreshments will also be on sale.
                                           Come along and see some terrific paintings!

Scott listens to Angela Hooper's comments.

Important Planning Meeting in the Village

The Plans meeting of Bere Ferrers Parish Council scheduled for Tuesday 14th June will be brought forward to Tuesday 7th June.
The planning meeting will be held in the Church Hall at Bere Ferrers at 7pm. All villagers with an interest in the Housing Application in the village are urged to attend. Thanks to the Parish Council for rescheduling this meeting in the village.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Housing Application Objection Reasons

I am indebted to Roger and Jean White for providing the following for those who want to object to the Station Road Housing Application (and who wouldn't want to?):

Planning Application 0788/16/OPA Station Road Bere Ferrers

If you feel you would like to comment on this Planning Application for a development in Bere Ferrers here are a few points which you might wish to consider.

·         The safety of the access road in to the village and the effect of construction traffic as well as the increased residential traffic the proposed houses would bring.
·         The increase in traffic using Station Road  - its effect on all residents and pedestrians because of lack of pavements.
·         Lack of facilities in the village – no school, food shops, pharmacy, doctor's surgery etc.
·         Poor infrastructure – increased pressure on facilities such as the sewage treatment plant. Very poor drainage.
·         The proposed site is a wet and boggy field and has flooded on to the main road in to the village.
·         Very infrequent bus service ie one return trip in to Tavistock per day.
·         A  2 hourly train service in to Plymouth which is scenic, but is not necessarily convenient for people's working hours, or place of work.
·         Very few jobs in the village. It's difficult to work from home due to poor Internet connections and mobile phone signal.
·         The proposed site is situated in the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Villagers and visitors arriving by train would lose the heart lifting view down through the field and out to the Moors beyond.
·         How affordable are the 2 “affordable” dwellings likely to be?
·         Most critically the proposed development is outside the Settlement Line. Are you aware of a clear need in the village for this kind of housing?

        Please be aware of the following:
1.      Your letter or Email will not be confidential.
2.      If the Application is turned down and goes to Appeal your comments will be forwarded to the Secretary of State but you will not be able to comment further at the Appeal.
3.      Petitions or letters signed by more than one person only count as one opinion so you do need to write your own, individual letter or Email.

Don't forget, all objections must be lodged with the Planning Dept. at West Devon Borough Council by 9th June!