New ‘passport’ scheme launched for the Beer area and other news

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 May 2012


A new “passport” has been launched to give visitors to Beer and the surrounding area access to three of its top attractions with just one ticket. Read this and more.

BEER ORGAN: The concert organist Tom Butterworth will be playing “with his lively and bouncy style” on the Beer wurlitzer theatre pipe organ on Saturday, May 19. The show will include “popular music from bygone days, light classics and much much more”. Tickets are £6, to include interval refreshments. Entrance is free to under 16s. To be held at 2pm at the Congregational Church in Fore Street, Beer.


WI CRAFT AFTERNOON: Tutors from Sidford Women’s Institute will be sharing their skills in a free craft afternoon in Branscombe Village Hall from 2.30 to 4.30pm on Saturday, May 12. Everyone is invited to come along to have a go at making twisty frilly scarves, a felt purse or even a tassel. A spokesman said: “The really big plus is that you can possibly go home with the completed item, or not be able to wait when you get home to finish it. They added: “Not much is free these days so join us for a friendly session and a cuppa and find out just how clever you didn’t know you were.” Contact 01395 514767 or 01276 680231 to book a place.


PASSPORT FOR LYME BAY: A new “passport” has been launched to give visitors to Beer and the surrounding area access to three of its top attractions with just one ticket. The Lyme Bay Passport includes free entry to Pecorame, Seaton Tramway and The Donkey Sanctuary. They are available on purchase of a ticket at Pecorama and Seaton Tramway, or when spending over £5 in The Donkey Sanctuary’s shop. Dawn Vincent of The Donkey Sanctuary said: “We each have something unique to offer”. The initiative will run until Sunday, November 4.


FARGO FILM: Beer Film Society will be screening Fargo, the 1996 American dark comedy produced, directed and written by the Coen brothers, on Monday, May 28, at Steamers. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £4 for society members and £5 for all others.


BRANSCOMBE FORGE ROYAL TRIUMPH: Blacksmiths at the forge have just finished making hinges for a huge set of doors at the Anne Boleyn Gate at Hampton Court, the royal palace of King Henry VIII. The wrought iron hinges took two men to lift them, said Andrew Hall of Branscombe Forge. Meanwhile the forge has also recently expanded to open a sister forge in the grounds of Powderham Castle in Kenton, near Exeter.


BEER OBELISK AND BEER LOGO: Plans for an Obelisk at Long Hill Nibb and the creation of a logo for the village were discussed at Beer Parish Council’s annual general meeting on Tuesday May 1 in the Mariners’ Hall. Their next meeting will be held on June 12.


PAINTINGS EXHIBITION: Beer Pecorama gallery is holding an art display of the renowned painter and president of the Otter Vale Art Society, Robert Crisp. The exhibition of rural and urban scenes of the threatre-designer turned painter runs from May 18 until May 25. There is free garden entry during this time.

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