Now we are all aware of the precarious state that public houses are in at the moment, with horrendous numbers closing weekly (so we are told), so many of those still surviving are taking steps to keep their regular drinkers happy so that they will continue to support their local. We all support our local as much as possible, despite the rising costs.
Unfortunately, it would appear that this is not the case in our quiet and peaceful village. Many of the villagers around and in the near vicinity of the pub dread the coming of Bank Holidays for the loud intrusive music from the pub that invariably accompanies these holidays.
For some reason, the landlords, Sarah and Ted, have got it into their heads that if they provide music, of whatever standard, folk will flock to the pub and they will be able to make ends meet. The flaw with this, as has been shown at our pub, is that they get people from outside the village who come to hear the music, drink and then don’t come back, while the villagers who are the mainstay of trade, stay away. This is because many of the bands who play are lacking in musical talent and to cover this they turn their amplifiers up to maximum and disturb the peace. There’s no point in sitting in our gardens during Bank Holiday evenings!
Having said that, there are times when the pub does put on good music. The monthly Acoustic Night on the third Sunday evening in the month is always well supported and the pub is full. The musicians are helped by minimal amplification, only to raise the volume over the general hubbub in the pub.
When the Kit Hillbillies visit, they have their own sound man and always ask if the sound is too loud, as does Johnny Mack and his group when they play (next gig November!).
For the last two Bank Holidays there has been loud ‘music’ every evening for four nights. This weekend has been a Beer and Burger Festival, which I would have gone to several times in the evening, but not when there is loud music.
I know there are many residents around the pub who can’t stand the loudness and there are others some distance away who find it annoying, so I suggest to them that they do what I have done on both occasions – complain to the Environmental Services at West Devon Borough Council www.westdevon.gov.uk or contact Councillor Robin Musgrave.
I am not against the pub or against music – only that it is played too loudly by people who have little talent. The professionals always ask if it’s too loud! Ours is a peaceful village, that’s why we like it and why we want it to stay that way!