A record of events that make Brentor a community……
There is so much going on in our small village, organised by a wide range of people, such as….
Auctions of Promises – Anne Clark and Sheryl Burroughs
Barbeques – The Village Hall Committee
Bring a plate evenings – Various people each year
Coffee Mornings – Sheryl Burroughs
Jumble Sales – Sheryl Burroughs
Quiz Nights – various people
Skittles and Pub nights – Sheryl Burroughs
Talks – Sheryl Burroughs
Wine Evenings – We need a new host for these evenings!
Concerts – Various local people underwrite and arrange these events – contact Dom Carnell on 810425 or Colin Dawes on 811079
Brenstock – a new music festival since 2016 – contact Dom Carnell on 810425
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Brentor Big Brunch
The Brentor Big Brunch has raised over £200 towards the Village Hall fund. About 100 people enjoyed Brunch at the village hall. Photos by Colin Dawes
Christmas Fair 2009
When the Village Hall was closed for refurbishment the Christmas Fair moved to Liddaton, courtesy of three residents who provided their homes for the purpose! It is now once more a regular event at the Village Hall, called the Mistletoe Fair, and raises at least £800 per year towards the cost of running the Hall – Photos by Colin Dawes
The reopening of Brentor Village Hall, 29-30 May 2010
After its major refurbishment the Village Hall reopened on 29th May 2010 and was celebrated by a ribbon cutting, village lunch and a special Villages in Action performance by poet and performer Matt Harvey. – Photos by Colin Dawes
Bangers and Mash at the Old Station, January 2010
Thanks go to Sue and Eric Rhodes, who lived at the Old Station until 2016, for allowing their historic Brentor Station house to be used for this hugely successful event. Over £330 was raised for the Village Hall. Despite snow showers a large number of people joined the walk which started at 11am, led by Helen de Carles. At 12.30 they and many others enjoyed the meal of Bangers, Mash and Beans followed by Crumble and Custard – hearty warming food for a cold day, especially for those eating on the platform! We all enjoyed the friendly and relaxed atmosphere of the event. So much work was put in by all the helpers – thank you once again to everyone!
Brentor Steam Day, May 2012
Held at Brentor Station, this event was a huge success. It raised £740 for Brentor Village Hall and Playing Field, the funds being allocated to the improvement of the children’s play area. A miniature steam railway track was laid to provide rides and tickets were sold from the original Station ticket office. There was a variety of other attractions including children’s activities, numerous model railway layouts and exhibitions, and the return for the day of the Brentor steam locomotive nameplate. The Station Buffet served railway themed food and there was a raffle and “Guess the Weight of the Engine” competition. The event was organised in association with Plymouth Miniature Steam. Special thanks must go to Eric and Sue Rhodes for generously opening the Railway Station for the event. – Photos by Colin Dawes unless otherwise attributed
Bonfire Night 2012
This event was regularly held in the past but was revived in 2011 to 2013 to raise funds for the maintenance of the playing field. It was sometimes lucky with the weather and everyone who attended agreed that it is a great occasion, especially for younger people in the village. – Photos by Colin Dawes
Mistletoe Fair 2012
The Fair, held on Saturday 8th December 2012, was a great success. A beautifully decorated Village Hall was packed with stalls displaying presents, hand-made food and a wide variety of Christmas decorations. Throughout the day there was fresh home-made food and drinks and the hall was busy from 10.30am until the event closed at 3.30pm, with lots a visitors joining us from outside Brentor. About £900 was raised, which went towards the cost of running the Village Hall and Playing Field. – Photos by Colin Dawes
Auction of Promises 2013
The Auction, held at the Village Hall on 28th June, raised an impressive £1,431 for the Village Hall and Playing Field’s funds. Thank you to everyone who bid at the auction for making it such a success. Thanks also to all the donors of ‘Promises’ that made the event possible. Sharon M’Quillin, our auctioneer, managed to maintain some sort of order and certainly managed to squeeze every penny from the audience!
Special thanks to the organisers of the Auction, Anne Clark, Sheryl Burroughs and Sue Stephens, whose hard work made it such a great event.
Centenary Hog Roast and Party 2013
This event, held on 20th July 2013, celebrated the Village Hall building’s 100th anniversary. There was a hog roast followed by a party and the heatwave made the event a memorable occasion. The new marquee provided welcome shade and the event was attended by over 100 local people. A fitting celebration for a building that has been a focus for the village for so many years! – Photos by Colin Dawes[ nggallery id=18]
Mistletoe Fair 2013
Brentor’s Mistletoe Fair, held on 7th December 2013 was a great success. The Village Hall was thronged with visitors for much of the day and the stalls were packed with a wide array of seasonal gifts and decorations. Children enjoyed the Treasure Hunt game and the raffle provided lots of quality prizes. Thanks must go to all the people who put in so much work to make the day such a success, especially the team of organisers and the kitchen team who provided such excellent food throughout the day. Thanks should also got to all the members of the choirs who performed during the day. Hundreds of pounds were raised from this event, which will go towards funding the Village Hall and Playing Field. – Photos by Colin Dawes
Yann Martel in Brentor
On 2nd January 2014 the Man Booker prize winner Yann Martel delighted members of the Brentor Book Group when he visited their meeting to discuss his writing.
The Canadian author, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is probably best known for his book Life of Pi, which was made into a film in 2012. He took time out from visiting his partner’s family in the village to chat with group members who had chosen to read another of his works, Beatrice and Virgil, which took seven years to write and was published to mixed reviews. The novel is centred on ”representations” of the holocaust, which Yann explained was quite a rarity as most books tackling this sensitive subject are almost always non-fiction. He also spent part of the evening discussing Life of Pi and the making of the film.
Yann talked about the lengthy procedures involved in researching, writing, rewriting, editing and the eventual publication of a book. The group were then treated to a glimpse of his latest work when he read the first chapter of the book he has just completed, but which will not be published until later in 2014.
Brentor Book Group is one of over 200 book groups in the county which are supported by Devon Library services. Each month Tavistock library supplies every member of the group with a copy of the book selected for reading and discussion. Yann Martel is a great supporter of public libraries and was Writer in Residence at Saskatoon library when he won the Man Booker Prize.
Brenstock 2016 – Brentor’s first music festival
Brenstock 2016 was a sell-out, with over 250 visitors to coming to Brentor’s first-ever music festival. The weather was kind, the food was good and the Castle Inn provided an excellent licenced bar. All the music acts were superb, from solo singers to the headlining Fireblockers. The village hall and marquees were decorated in a riot of colour and in the evening the dance floor was packed as the festival reached its climax.
Thanks has to go to Dom Carnell and the Brenstock organising committee for all their hard work, and to the volunteers who helped throughout the day to make the event a safe and enjoyable one for all the visitors. Over £1,000 was made which goes to the Village Hall and to provide a fund for future Brenstocks……….. We are planning to do it all again next year!