Saturday, 25 March 2017

Red Nose Evening a Big Success

The BFS Club was packed last night for the biennial extravaganza that is Red Nose Day. The mainstay of the evening was the biggest quiz in the village this year, with twelve teams partaking, under my watchful eye as Quizmaster. The event was controlled impeccably (as one would expect) by Eddie Ember as Chairman for the night. In between rounds of the quiz there were other activities on hand, such as One Eyed Darts, Best Comedy Clip and Blind Skittles. The interesting game was Rataoke, where participants 'ratted' on their friends and voted for them to sing a chosen song. The 'winner' was the exciting new duo of Hinge and Law, who delighted the audience with their rendition of 'Yellow Submarine'.
The Knitathon raised over £600 and thanks must go to all those folk who diligently knitted for hours and hours over the past few weeks under the guidance of ace knitter Maggie Willmott. The total raised over the past month or so, with the various Guess How Many... things in a bottle, was just over £1,500!! There was also a reaffle, with a host of fantastic prizes donated by various organisations, including two return tickets to anywhere on the GWR network.
Photo: Ember
Thanks go to Linda and Caroline, who organised and guided the team through yet another extraordinary Red Nose is still coming in!!
Photo: Ember

Photo: Ember

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Bere Ferrers Parish Council

 Bere Ferrers Parish Council
Will be held in the Parish Hall,
Bere Alston on
                               Tuesday 28th March at 8pm.

Reports on the year’s work of the Parish Council.

Strategy & Planning Manager
for Devon & Cornwall
                               Police Crime Commissioner.
        Any questions would be gratefully received in advance.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Refurbished Railings

Those observant villagers who walked past the church hall in the last couple of days will have noticed (unlike me!) that the cast iron railings outside the hall were missing and lengths of rope were in their place. The railings are being refurbished by the craftsmen at Princetown Forge and a couple of sections have been returned, treated and painted in red primer.
Today the uprights were sanded down before they receive their primer and the railings are welded back in place. The remaining sections will follow on afterwards.
Adrian Mitchell, who arranged the work, said 'This refurbishment has been paid for by sales from the table in the hall foyer run by Ann Street'. So it important that we keep using this important source of funding for these sort of jobs.

Monday, 20 March 2017


A request has been received for an election to fill the vacancy sadly left by the death of Cllr Mike Benson.
As the election will be combined and held on the same day as the Devon County Council election (4th May 2017), the deadline dates for nominations will be the same.
The period to submit nomination papers is tight: WDBC can’t start to accept them until 27th March, and they must be handed in by 4pm on 4th April, which only gives one week and one day.  If anyone is interested in standing as our Borough Ward Councillor please contact Robin Musgrave AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Nomination papers are being prepared and they will be available next week.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Red Nose Day

Don't forget, there's an evening of Red Nose entertainment at the BFS Club this coming Friday, starting at 8pm. There are many activities aimed to raise money for Red Nose, including The Big Quiz! Teams are still invited to come along - we've got about ten already, but could do with a few more. There's no cash prize, just a unique certificate to the winners and the satisfaction that you've beaten the best teams around!
Remember, wear something red - or pay the consequences!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Inauguration of the Night Landing Site

A group of notables and villagers gathered on the cool and windy Recreation Field at The Down, Bere Alston, this afternoon for the official inauguration of the Night Landing Site for the Devon Air Ambulance and the switching on of the landing lights.
Chairman of Bere Ferrers Parish Council Richard Leithall welcomed everybody and introduced Toby Russell from Devon Air Ambulance and our Member of Parliament, Geoffrey Cox QC, MP, who would perform the switching on of the lights.
Richard thanked everyone who had contributed to the raising of the £8,000 needed to pay for the lighting pole and the electrical cabling work that was needed to power the lights, in particular Cllr Philip Saunders, leader of WDBC and Cllr Brian Lamb who spearheaded the project on behalf of the Parish Council. The money was raised in an extremely short time by many people, including a Musicathon at the Olde Plough organised by Sarah  Williams and Ben Harris.
Toby explained about the need for Night Landing Sites in inaccessible areas so that the helicopters can operate up to midnight (at the moment).
Geoffrey Cox thanked all those who had been involved, before Toby explained how the lights were switched on by mobile phone as the helicopter approached. He then invited Geoffrey to switch on the lights using a phone, which he did.
Everyone agreed that we hoped that the lights would never be used, but it was inevitable that we would need the air ambulance sooner or later.
The afternoon was completed with a couple of numbers from the Tavy Tars and refreshments.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

BFS Club Events April - May

Entertainment listing – April - May 2017

Table Tennis each Monday evening 7-9ish, also on Thursday mornings between 10 and 12pm in the Club, all equipment and coaching is provided; there is no need to book, just turn up and play.  This really is a great way to stay fit and have fun, for all ages and abilities: £2 a session.

Saturday 1st April – Supper Night, with Wally’s Dance Party. Book early with Margaret 840534

Friday 7th April 8pm. Learn to play Euchre.  This classic card game has been a big favourite at the Club with a huge following, many members now want to see it revived, just turn up. FREE

Saturday 8th April – Art and Craft Fair in the Club and Spring Flower Show in the village hall. Two events in one day combine to make a lovely spring afternoon out.  With light lunches and refreshments being served all afternoon.  Craft Fair 1pm-4.30pm

Thursday 13th April Open Mic hosted by George Nixs. FREE! Some great performers at these evenings, with a mellow, relaxed sound (well most of the time!), non-players welcome just to come along, listen and enjoy the music.

Saturday 22nd April – Comedy Night Following on from the success of the last show, we have a great new line-up of hilarious comedians.  Tickets now on sale, from Lesley at the Saturday Shop, Margaret’s Hairdressing or from the Club: £5.  On sale now - buy early!

Tuesday 25th April 8pm Big Charity Quiz in aid of the Samaritans.  Keep your brain active! Come along and exercise the grey matter, just turn up with your own team, or if you are on your own join one of our existing teams - there are a few that need some help!

Dates for your diary in May

Saturday May 6th - Supper Night with a New Zealand theme and an enlightening talk by Clive Charlton on the commemoration of the tragic event at Bere Ferrers railway station 100 years ago!  Book with Caroline on 841481.
Tuesday 9th May – Quiz night This is being moved to the second Tuesday of the month as a result of demand from our many members who haven’t been able to attend.
Friday May 12th – Learn Euchre
Saturday May 20th The VILLAGE PARTY Come and help us to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Club in style, with a 1947 themed party, swing, Glenn Miller and other 40s music from the Carlton Big Band (well, eight of them!).  Tickets will cost £3 and will include a buffet and the first drink of your choice free.

Full details of all the Club’s activities and Bere Ferrers village events can be found at You can also join us on our Facebook group at The BFS Club to keep up to date or in the Diary held at the club.
Opening hours Mon – Sat 8-11pm Sunday 12 – 3pm.