Friday, 26 May 2017

It's Panto Time Again!

Calling all budding thespians, directors, producers and backstage volunteers!
Work is starting on the January 2018 pantomime (Oh yes it is!) and the organisers are in urgent need of a whole new team of helpers for a range of different roles. If you are interested in taking part in this fabulous production, then please contact Jane Hamlyn (01822 841703) or Tricia Kent (07703276414) email

Peter's Prize-Winning Garden

You will remember that Peter Harper opened his garden in Cotts last Saturday for charity. He raised the admirable sum of £450!

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The BFS Club 70th Birthday Party

Photos: TJB

Over 90 people celebrated the 70th anniversary of the BFS Club last night (Saturday), many of them dressed in the style of the Forties! Upon arrival at the Club, telegram tickets were exchanged for ration coupons that entitled the bearer to a free drink and free buffet!
The splendid music was provided by the Carlton Big Band, who played a selection of musical numbers, mainly from the Forties era. The excellent buffet was provided by Bere Ferrers Women’s Institute, who excelled themselves with the food. Thanks go to all those involved in the organisation of this terrific event!

Friday, 12 May 2017

New Play Comes to Village

                       St Andrew's Church, Friday 9th June


Sunday, 7 May 2017

Peter's Prize-Winning Garden

Peter Harper's Western Morning News prize-winning garden will be open between 2 and 5pm on Saturday 20th May in aid of Cancer Research UK. Admission is £4 and all proceeds go to the charity. There will be plants for sale and tea and cake. The venue is 2 Cotts, Weir Quay, PL20 7BW. Parking will be signposted.

New Zealand Supper and Presentation

There was a good turn-out last night at the BFS Club for a New Zealand-themed supper (very tasty!) and puds that included Kiwi fruit. Thanks go to Caroline, Tricia and Maggie W for the supper and to all the ladies who contributed to the puddings!
Following the supper, Clive Charlton gave another one of his enthralling illustrated talks, this time about the forthcoming centenary commemoration of the New Zealand rail tragedy at Bere Ferrers railway station. This occurred on 24th September 1917 when a trainload of Kiwi soldiers on their way to Sling Camp, Bulford, Wilts. stopped at the station for a signal. Some soldiers thought this was their food break and jumped from the train onto the down line, where they were struck by an express train Ten soldiers subsequently died. The accident has been remembered in the village to the present day and a big commemoration will take place in September, when the New Zealand High Commissioner, the Lord Lieutenant of Devon and other notables will be in attendance.
Clive had done an enormous amount of research on the accident and the soldiers involved and received a huge round of applause at the end of his talk.
Eddie Ember, the organiser of the commemoration on behalf of the Royal British Legion, said afterwards: ‘A big thank you to all who came to our fundraising supper and presentation/talk of the event 100 years ago at Bere Ferrers Social Club last night, we managed to raise £114 with more pledges on the way in the coming weeks. So many people behind the scenes made this happen and I remain grateful for your tireless efforts and support. The next fundraising event will be 11th July - Eddie's Big Charity Quiz, again at the Club, hope to see you there and just a quick reminder that the Centenary Event itself in the village of Bere Ferrers is Sunday 24th September starting at 15:30 a more detailed programme will be available in due course.’

Friday, 5 May 2017

At the Olde Plough Inn during May

West Devon Borough Council By-Election Result

The by-election result for the Bere Ferrers ward:
LAMB, Brian Edward - The Conservative Party - 639 Elected
MEDHURST, Katherine Rose - Labour Party - 421
PENGELLY, David - UK Independence Party (UKIP) - 164

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Saturday 22nd July is the date and Bere Ferrers Quay is the place, so get it in your diary now! This is always a great day of fun, games and music, despite what the weather can throw at us, so come along for a fun-filled day.
This year we have some new attractions, though we can’t detail them all yet! For those people not wanting to get wet or muddy, we are introducing the popular ancient sport of Welly Wanging and other delights.  There will be team games in the mud and then the water of the Tavy with the Greasy Pole as the tide comes in; crabbing for the kids; the afternoon barbecue and the popular evening hog roast.
The bar on the Quay has been enlarged and will feature a section for acoustic music. Local ales from the Stannary Brewery in Tavistock and Bere Brewery in Bere Alston will be on sale, in addition to Prosecco and strawberries.
As an added attraction, the Bere Ferrers Art Group will be holding their annual exhibition at the Old Coach House during Watersports.
This year we are aiming to increase the number and variety of stalls, some outside the Olde Plough. Last, but not least, the music to finish of the day: this year we are sourcing two bands who will play from 7pm until 11pm. More details later.
There’s so much more to see and do this year, so come along to a fun day out! We do need volunteers to help set up the day and de-rig it on the Sunday morning, so if you can help please contact Robin Musgrave. In addition, we would ask any Bere Ferrers villagers to get out their Christmas lights and display them in their front gardens to give a festive atmosphere.