Beer Regatta to host centenary exhibition and other news


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Now in its centenary year, the Beer Regatta will be staging an exhibition about the event as seen through the eyes of the people who have taken part. Read this and more.

MUSICAL MEDLEY: Branscombe is playing host to a new festival of opera, classical, jazz music from July 26 to 28.

See page 35 for details.


CRAFTS CONTINUE: Photographer Graham Hughes has taken over the craft fairs in the Mariners’ Hall, which will be on most Sundays until October.

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He used to have a stall at the fair, but when the previous organisers relocated to Scotland at the end of last summer, he took over. There will be some new faces and a new community table, through which Beer projects can promote themselves.

The next fair will be this Sunday, April 21, from 10am until 5pm, and entry is free.

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GARDEN OPENING: The Millennium Celebration Gardens at Pecorama are open to the public for free until May 3.


PANTO MEETING: Beer Panto People’s annual general meeting is on Sunday, April 21, from 6.30pm in the Congregational Hall.

All are welcome.


QUIZ CONCLUDES: The final round of Beer Social Club’s Target Quiz is tomorrow (Saturday) from 8pm.

Team of four have been battling it out at £1.50 a head throughout winter.


SPRING STALLS: St Michael’s Church in Beer’s next fundraiser is a spring coffee morning tomorrow (Saturday) in the Mariners’ Hall, 10am until noon.

There will be the usual stalls plus a ‘huge’ bric-a-brac stall.


CHURCHyard CHAT: The Branscombe Project’s last winter talk of the season will reveal the things you never knew about St Winifred’s churchyard. It will be held in the village hall from 7.30pm next Monday, April 29. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.


MEMORIES WANTED: Now in its centenary year, the Beer Regatta will be staging an exhibition about the event as seen through the eyes of the people who have taken part over the years. Photos or written accounts can be taken to the Beer Village Heritage coffee morning in the Mariners’ Hall between 10am and noon on May 18.

They can also be left in a marked envelope at Beer Post Office. Return details should be written on a separate piece of paper rather than on the back of photos.


LOCAL LEGEND: Infamous 18th century smuggler Jack Rattenbury will be boarding the pirate ship at Pecorama on Sunday.

Visitors can learn all about the Beer fisherman-turned-local-legend and witness a ‘living history’ display by the Society of King George III re-enactors.

Georgian-dressed Royal Navy and British Marines will be putting on two drill displays and firing flintlock muskets.

Children in fancy dress can claim a free treat from the restaurant.


HOLIDAY HOPE: Branscombe councillors were happy to support an application to refurbish a holiday park in the parish at a special meeting last Thursday.

New owners of the Weston Bay Holiday Resort – formerly known as Stoneleigh Holiday Park – pledged a £2million investment, which would update the clubhouse and landscape the site.

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