Welcome to the 9th edition of Beer Talks! 11th May 2020
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We hope you are all well out there and keeping safe. We thought you would like to know that, even though the lockdown has started to be lifted in certain circumstances, BAG plans to keep supporting the village, doing what we are doing, for as long as necessary. If you are at all concerned or have any questions about this, please contact Lee Reeve on 07890 948262.

Beer Blazer is on!

The Beer Blazer is an annual 10-mile trail race in May, starting and finishing at Pecorama. The event is run to raise funds for the Beer C of E Primary School and the PTFA. The event has been cancelled for this year but all is not lost! James Green has been granted permission from the private land owners to run the route ‪on Sunday May 17th to keep the fundraising going.
Donations can be made by searching for ‘Beer Blazer’ on www.justgiving.com or by sending a donation to ‪1 Park Road, Beer, EX12 3HJ, please make cheques payable to ‘Beer Blazer’. Many thanks!
James Green


  • Thanks to the Seaton League of Friends for their generous donation of material, buttons and thread for our sewing projects;
  • Message to all the sewers out there – it seems you have done such a good job making goodie bags for frontline staff that at the moment no more are needed. Don’t worry though, new sewing projects are being developed and your skills are still much in demand! Keep in touch for more information!
  • A new shops and delivery service information sheet is now available online
  • The Beer Film Society’s recommended films list accompanies this newsletter

75th Anniversary of VE Day – Beer celebrates in style!

Here are just a few of the many photos Simon and Lee Reeve took on their walk around the village on VE Day –  how lovely! If you have any photos of the day that you would like to share, please upload them to the Beer Facebook and Instagram pages.




Newsflash! Beer Scarecrow Festival and Karaoke Evening – Saturday 23rd May from 18.00 onwards!

Beer is holding its very own Scarecrow Festival to thank everyone who is out there working hard to keep us safe. Timed to coincide with the much loved Beer karaoke evening on 23rd May, you now have just 2 weeks to get really creative and to make your scarecrow. When your scarecrow is finished, just put it in your garden and see how many you can spot around the village by May 23rd. Let’s see if we can reach 100!

Beer Social History Projects 

As mentioned in our earlier newsletters, there are a number of really interesting social history projects that are underway in the village. Here are some examples we’d like to share with you this week. We hope you find them interesting!

Tales of old Beer…

Patsy Bewick remembers an occasion in the late 1950s when a warship anchored in the bay and she and her classmates at the primary school were ferried out to it by Dougie Orley in his boat, Grey Goose.  During their tour of the ship, the crew staged a ‘Crossing the Line’ ceremony, which would normally be held when the ship was crossing the Equator, with one of the sailors playing the part of King Neptune.
She also recalls the occasion many years later when her late husband Tony was working at the Anchor and a party of commandos in black berets and dark clothing landed on Beer beach late one night from three inflatables as part of an exercise.  The men were quickly spirited away in lorries.
Our thanks to Patsy for this lovely contribution. If you have stories of old Beer that you would like to share, please contact Richard Scott at rscottbeer@outlook.com .

 What brought you to Beer?

I answered an advert in ‘Lady’ magazine for a ‘general assistant’ at The Anchor. The rest is history!

Can anyone guess who this is? It’s really not difficult!
In early 1989 Jeff was offered a job in Exeter, due to being on call 24hrs, an apartment was part of the package. We decided we would put down roots in Devon, so started to look for a home in a 5mile radius of Exeter. This went to 10miles, 15 miles and so on until we reached Seaton, ending up on the coast road in the dark not knowing where we were going. We found our way to The Anchor and could just about make out the sea on the other side of the wall. We felt good about this place we had stumbled upon and on our way out saw the Beer sign. The rest is history and needless to say we love it here.
Jeff & Pauline Procter

 For more than 40 years my late parents and ourselves, with our children, came to stay in a cousin’s caravan on Beer Head. Our son Nigel then became Beer Sub-postmaster in 2003. In 2014 we decide to purchase a small apartment in Barnard’s Farm for our final retirement. There is a public seat at the Jubilee Gardens in memory of my father, Tom Groves, which has now survived for the last 35 years.
Pat and Bryan Groves

Our thanks to all the contributors and, of course, Ruth Bullock for compiling them. If you would like to take part in this project, please contact Ruth at ruthtoohoots@gmail.com

BEER VILLAGE Life in Lockdown

We’ve been talking to inhabitants of Beer about their experiences of lockdown. Here are some of the best bits we’ve heard so far…

What’s been keeping you busy?

Gayle Chapple: I realised in the first week just how much of my life revolves around the church here. Luckily, Jeremy has taken the church’s services online, so I’m still getting my God fix! I’ve done some singing with my choir via Zoom. We all recorded pieces and stitched them together and when you watch it back it feels like we’re standing side-by-side and holding hands.

Have you celebrated any milestones during the lockdown?

Annie Boalch: We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary recently. We decked the table with a candelabra, opened champagne and our children dialled in on Skype. As a surprise for them, David wore the same bow-tie he wore on our wedding day, and I wore my wedding dress!

Is there anyone you’d like to say thank you to in particular?

Leona Reeve: The whole community! To all the volunteers, coordinators, stitchers, sewers, crocheters, buyers of hand cream, the list goes on. It’s really bringing out the good in people – whenever I ask for buttons or anything else for the scrubs bags, within 24 hours, it’s there in my garage. It’s been branded “Lee’s Emporium”.

What are you missing most from your pre-lockdown life?

Rev. Jeremy Trew: The one-to-one face contact: when someone’s struggling you can’t give them a hug or sit down with them over a cup of tea. On a more positive note, people seem less self-centred now we’ve got this adversity in common.

What in particular has been helping you keep your spirits up?

Maddy Fripp: Having a focus outside of my own four walls has been very important: focusing on making other peoples’ lives better is really important. It helps me to keep an eye on the bigger picture rather than retreating into a little bubble.

What changes do you hope we’ll see, when restrictions are lifted?

Sam Morris: I hope people choose to continue supporting local businesses. It’s taken a pandemic to show people how important their village shops are: the top shop, the fish shop, the Post Office. It’s times like this we really need them.

If you’d like to get involved for a chat, please email beeractiongroup@gmail.com or contact Annie Boalch on 07968 157136.

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