Beer obelisk reject and other news

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 May 2012

(c) Ryan McVay

A proposal to mount a “welcome” obelisk on an awkward corner on the road to Seaton outside Beer has been rejected on safety grounds. Read this and more.

BEER OBELISK REJECTION: A proposal to mount a “welcome” obelisk on an awkward corner on the road to Seaton outside Beer has been rejected on safety grounds. The plans for a spire in Beer stone to replace an unappealing chevron on a pole was deemed “not passively safe” by Devon County Council traffic bosses. They said it must collapse if hit by a car. Beer Parish Council are now looking for alternative materials to mount an “aesthetic and practical” greeting to Beer.

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B14 NATIONALS SAILING: The B14 Nationals will be held in Beer on Friday 25, Saturday, 26 and Sunday, May 27.

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BEER FILM CLUB: Will be showing The Artist on June 18 at Steamers. The 2011 French flick is a romantic comedy drama in the style of a black-and-white silent film. It depicts Hollywood in the 1920s and 30s as silent cinema falls out of fashion and is replaced by the “talkies”.

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BEER WIFI ZONE: A new wifi zone could become part of the new tourist information centre which it is hoped will be established in the Beer telephone box “swap shop” and located outside the Mariners Hall. “The county council indicated we’re likely to get the money for the project,” said Cllr Martin Cox.

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THE INFAMOUS FIVE: Mature thespians from Beer and the local area have been working on a short film to be set in the local area. Bus Pass Productions have been working on the 15-minute comedy film with Christina Evans, who wrote and directed it.

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CLASSIC CAR RALLY: The annual vintage and classic car rally of the best specimens from the last century will be held at Beer Pecorama on Sunday, May 27.

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HISTORIC JUBILEE DISPLAY: An exhibition of how Branscombe celebrated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 is to go on display in The Village Hall in advance of the Diamond Jubilee in June. It will feature black and white photographs donated by Major Hibbert, who lived in the village at the time. “It should be fun to come along and try and match up the faces with the lovely young faces of twenty five years ago,” said Barbara Farquharson of the Branscombe Project, which has staged the show.

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BEER FESTIVAL: The Fountainhead pub in Branscombe will be holding a beer festival on June 22-24.

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MAYPOLE DANCING: Branscombe Primary will be holding belated May Day activities including May pole dancing and the crowning of the May King and Queen, on May 30. The festivities were postponed due to bad weather earlier in the month but hopefully the extra practise has paid off, said Katie Gray, headteacher of the school.There will be a procession through the school playground.

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LAST CHANCE FOR JUBILEE WISHES: Diamond wish donations will soon be collected from Branscombe post office to put put on the tree in front of the village hall. The image of the tree will adorn a “happy Diamond Jubilee card” to be sent to Elizabeth II from Branscombe. Last minute enquiries can be directed to Sue Brewer on 01297 680474.


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