New bench for Beer churchyard and other news

A new bench has been installed in Beer churchyard in the lower cemetery to allow villagers to enjoy the wildlife. Read this and more.

WILDLIFE BENCH: A new bench has been installed in Beer churchyard in the lower cemetery to allow villagers to enjoy the wildlife that is encouraged to flourish there.

The tall grass is allowed to grow long to attract orchids and bees and butterflies.

Mike Green, parish councillor, said the bench, provided by the Living Churchyards project, was already proving very popular.


CLIFFTOP RUBBINGS: A number of wildlife “brass rubbings” stencils have been placed around the Jubilee Gardens on the clifftops in Beer.

All children need is a crayon and some paper to create their own image of an animal or a plant, at their leisure.

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BEER BOMB SHELTER: The shelter, which houses the unexploded bomb which fell on the village during World War Two, has added some additional boards, information and images.

Mike Green, who curates the centre, said: “We’ve had a bit if a spruce up. It’s worth coming again even if you think you’ve seen it.”

The new curios include pictures of log books and information on incendiary bombs.

“Some of it’s a bit technical but some people are interested in that,” added Mr Green.

The shelter is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm.


EXTENSION: Branscombe church yard will be extended to allow it to have room for another 30 to 40 burial plots, if current plans go ahead.

It is hoped this could extend the useful life of the burial ground for another three decades, said John Bass, former chairman of the parish council.


GUIDED WALK: Hikers and nature-lovers are invited to attend a four-mile guided walk from Branscombe to Seaton on June 9.

It is part of the Rock Around the Coast series of rambles focusing on the history and beauty of the Jurassic Coast. Mike Green, a geology enthusiast, will be leading the walk, starting at Branscombe Village Hall, at 10am. There is a �5 charge. To book call 01929 552740 or just turn up.


FEDERATION AGREED: Branscombe Primary is to join in a federation with Broadhembury Primary from September. The two schools will share a governing body, whilst maintaining their individuality through separate “ethos committees”.


BRANSCOMBE TO CELEBRATE JUBILEE: Among the plans on Saturday, June 2: from 2pm, at the cricket club, is family cricket, with a Youth Group barbecue, cake stall and raffle.

From 5pm to 7pm, at the village hall, is a dance, waltz and disco.

On Sunday, June 3, from 12.30pm, there is a teddy bears’ picnic at the village hall field, including a tug of war and quiz.

The unveiling of a jubilee plaque at the village hall takes place at 3.30pm. The jubilee tree planting takes place in Coronation Gardens at 5pm.

On Monday, June 4, there will be a Branscombe beach party and tug of war at 4.30pm and the lighting of east cliff beacon at 10.30pm.


JUBILEE EVENTS in BEER: On Sunday, June 3, there will be a Bring your own food street party in Fore Street from 4pm until late.

This will be followed on Monday, June 4, with an afternoon beach barbecue, while watching the sailing. At 10pm the beacon will be lit at Charlie’s yard.

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