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