Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Big Charity Quiz

Ten teams of enthusiastic quizzers took part in a Big Charity Quiz at the BFS Club tonight (Tuesday) to raise funds for the Devon Air Ambulance night landing pad in Bere Alston. Quiz Inquisitor Eddie Ember provided an interesting mix of questions and an intriguing picture round. The winners were a visiting team who generously donated their £10 winnings to the fund. Counting this donation, the entrance fees for the quiz and donations from a bucket, the grand total of £117.00 was raised. Thanks go to everyone who took part, to Margaret who worked tirelessly behind the bar and specially to Eddie for an excellent quiz.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Bere Brewery

A bunch of enthusiastic alecoholics gathered at the Olde Plough tonight (Sunday) to taste the fruits of the Bere Brewery, a new mini brewery near Bere Alston. Here they produce handcrafted beer, brewed and bottled on a smallholding in the glorious countryside of the Tamar Valley, using their own homegrown hops.
First, I tasted Lopwell Gold, with a light citrus aroma and flavour with a refreshingly dry bitter finish. Now I'm not a pale beer drinker, I like something darker, but Gold was very nice and went down well. I look forward to drinking this in the summer.
I liked Hole's Hole Porter, a rich, dark chocolatey beer with a gentle bitterness from the hops to counter the sweetness from the malts. My favourite dark ale is Norfolk Nog from the Woodforde's Brewery in Norfolk, but Hole's Hole is somewhat lighter and is a delight to drink.
As well as the beers above, the brewery provide Hallowell IPA and Tuckermarsh Pale. All these beers will be available in bottle form at the Olde Plough soon, if not already!
Bere Brewery can be found at Tavistock Farmers' Market every second, fourth and fifth Saturdays from 9am to 1pm or can be contacted on 01822 840382 when collection can be arranged.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Far Above a Midnight Sky

At the Art and Craft Fair today I had the pleasure of meeting Colin Upton, a lifelong fan of Devon, who has produced a spectacular album of music that was on sale at the Fair.
Far Above a Midnight Sky is the sumptuous new album of romantic classical music – orchestral, instrumental, vocal and choral – from Vista Musicale, accompanied by the John Wilson Orchestra. Featuring some of the finest musicians on the international stage, including Craig Ogden (guitar), Adrian Brendel (cello) and Harry Sever (treble), together with the immensely popular John Wilson Orchestra, the album comprises eighteen original tracks to soothe, move and inspire.
I quote from his leaflet:
‘If you enjoy soaring melodies, sublime singing and playing, wrapped in the sumptuous sound of a top-class orchestra, the album Far Above a Midnight Sky may well be one of the most beautiful albums you will ever hear. It is the work of Devon composer Colin Upton and the brilliant young Charles Mauleverer. The lush accompaniment is provided by the inimitable John Wilson Orchestra and the CD was recorded at Abbey Road Studios.
This is pastoral music with a local flavour, reflecting the glorious landscapes and breathtaking views that epitomise the countryside of the South West.’ Some of this music has been played on Classic FM.
The album is available on CD or download. Go to for full details.

Christmas Art and Craft Fair

The annual BFS Club Christmas Art and Craft Fair took place on a crisp sunny November day at the Club. Organised by The Friends of the Club, all proceeds from the Fair went towards the Phase 2 refurbishment of the Club.
There was a wide variety of crafts on show, with some different stalls than in previous Fairs. Linda had compiled a fantastic list of raffle prizes, the top one being a pair of GWR rail tickets to anywhere on the network, followed by tea for two at the Horn of Plenty, and a meal at Robertson’s Restaurant and other exciting prizes.
As usual, a delicious lunch and other refreshments were on sale; the main meal was chilli (or vegetarian chilli) with jacket potato and coleslaw, followed by apple pie or cake. Well done to all those Friends who organised the Fair and also to the exhibitors.