Beards at the Brewery

Beards at the Brewery

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Set in Stannary Brewery Co’s taproom in Tavistock, the Beards at the Brewery event a few weeks ago was not the first rodeo for experienced “bearders” Mike & Clair who have previously run several very successful Devon & Cornwall Beard & Moustache Championships.

Competitors and beard lovers began arriving midday with some going the extra mile with costumes and accessories to add some razzmatazz to a cold September afternoon. Like most things beard comps have been off the agenda for at least a year so it was wonderful to see old friends reacquainted, beards admired and people brought together simply for a day of silly fun and great beer. The space at Stannary Brewery was perfect for the event with a mostly covered outdoor area where we set up a Concept2 for a little rowing challenge and a lovely welcoming indoor space with bar central to it all and serving up a full menu of their own beers plus some guests ales.

The Competition

Judging started with the Freestyle and Handmade categories which meant a wizard, a craft beer(d), keys, wool and baby beards plus a little banter with Mike on the mic. Next up was moustaches and partial categories for those not entirely scared of the razor, here we had a tiger king, some glorious goatees and some pointy moustaches that could have had someones eye out.

After a little break to refill glasses and stock up on raffle tickets we were on to the short beards under 1″ in which we saw some beautiful business beards and anyone with the slightest stubble found them selves somehow in a beard competition. Lastly to full beards where all the hairiest, most devoted beard bearers where celebrated in all their glory.

The Winners

The judges certainly had some tough choices to make but in the end kudos go to:

Freestyle 1st: Brendan Beardicorn Johnson
Handmade 1st: Susan Douglass
2nd: Becky Jones
3rd: Sooze Higgins
Shout out too, to young Mae, who continued the family tradition of beardy excellence by wining the Children’s Handmade contest.
1st: Tom Bickle
2nd: James Farr
3rd: Lee Coatham
Moustache 1st: Justin Pursglove
Partial 1st: Andy Dommett
2nd: Simon Sheffield
3rd: Sonny Jim
Under 4″ 1st: Brenden Plester-Burt
Over 4″ 1st: Peter Moisan
2nd: Daniel Heath
3rd: Jack Lambourne
Gray Barlow

Thank you to Mike & Clair for organising, Stannary Brewing Co for hosting, Fownes Brewery, Roam Brewery, Mariner Jack, Fine Fettle for donating prizes, Opie’s Beard Co., Twisted Moustache, Brenin Beard Co., No 5 Aesthetic & Beauty Clinic, Hollie May Tattooist, bearded_bloke_71, Home Of The Beardos – HOTB, The Urban Gent, for raffle donations, to the judges and to everyone that turned up to have fun with us.




Beards at the Brewery – 25th Sept!

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Brought to you from the organisers of the Devon & Cornwall Beard & Moustache Championships.

Mr & Mrs DCBMC are delighted to announce Beards at the Brewery!
2pm, Sat 25 September at Stannary Brewing Co. in Tavistock, Devon.
Beards at the Brewery is a beard and moustache competition in support of A Shore Thing, four ‘ordinary’ women taking on the extraordinary challenge of rowing from London to Lands End to raise funds and awareness for mental health charities.
Prizes for:
– Moustaches
– Partial Beards
– Full Beards (assigned to sub-categories by length)
– Freestyle Beards
– Handmade Beards (adults and children)
There’s no advance tickets, enter on the day by making a donation.
Further details to follow over the next few weeks.
Message us if you have any questions.


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Though we are very sad to see Becky and Charity leave this challenge we are delighted to welcome Sally Orange and Hannah Lawton to the A Shore Thing crew.
More details in their profiles below.


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We’re very sad to announce that Becky has had to step away from our challenge. We are incredibly grateful for Becky’s hard work and commitment over the last year, we have had a lot of fun together and though we’ll miss working with her on this project we’ll still get to row together, compete in races and regattas and hope to have a few beers together as soon as rules allow. 🍺
We will be announcing a new crew member soon as well as some exciting news about events and challenges to keep us busy through 2021!
#watchthisspace #newbeginnings #crewupdate #rowing #adventures #friendship #challenges #keepgoing

*** 2021 UPDATE ***

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Last year should have been an amazing year of rowing, learning, fundraising events and adventure, but instead lots of frustration, isolation and worry. We’ve kept busy, training strength and endurance, learning safety at sea & navigation, made lots of plans, held several fundraisers including our Big Breakfast, Longships Challenge and Art Auction, however we were not able to row together a single time, we’ve rowed individually just a handful of times and we still have lots of navigation training that must be undertaken on the water. Therefore as this latest lockdown looks set to continue a while longer and with only four months left until launch, we have made the heartbreaking decision to postpone our participation in the GB Row Challenge until 2022. As you can imagine we are devastated but we will continue to review the situation and we don’t want to waste the hard work we’ve put in so far so we hope to do some kind of challenge this spring/summer.
Thanks for all your support so far, it’s meant the world to us and we are determined to complete our mission and raise lots of money for mental health charities.

Welcome to the team Triple A Personal Training!

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We’re delighted to announce Triple A Personal Training as our official training partner, preparing us and pushing us forward to our goal of rowing 500 miles.

We are following a personalised plan to improve our strength and build some much needed muscle.
It’s been invaluable to have support, and particularly over lockdowns and disruption, to have a plan to follow that we know is helping us build strength week on week.

Adrian has been brilliant and can tailor plans to suit your specific goals. ★★★★★

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Art Auction Success!

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I’m happy to confirm our art auction a great success. We were able to showcase some amazing work and raised lots of money to help fund our epic challenge.

Thank you so much to the following donors and to everyone that placed generous bids;

Becky Bettesworth
Becky’s work draws inspiration from the classic railway posters of the 1930s. Her vintage seaside posters are modern and fresh, showing a place off at its best, without the fuss and rush of the modern world.

Stephen Beer
“I have ideas, I deconstruct, I construct, I use whatever medium is needed to tell the story. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I do creating it.”

Jean Baker
“I love to paint in watercolour and also draw in pen and pencil. I work en plein air whenever I can and have numerous sketchbooks on the go.”

Anya Anstey

Anya Anstey Textiles
As well as being an A Shore Thing crew member Anya is studying Printed Textiles and Surface pattern at Plymouth College of Art and works on upholstery and textile projects.

Ahmahlia Art
Colour pencil drawings of your pets or favourite animals. All commissions mounted and framed, which is included in the price.

and many thanks to Cate Taynton, Mike Smith and Helen Lloyd who had nothing to plug but just wanted to help and donated their personal work or collections. ♥️


We’re on the radio

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This August Sue said FU to social anxiety and went and recorded a radio interview, see link below to hear about the difficulties of fundraising during Covid and ways of dealing with the mental and physical stresses of ocean rowing.

Of the experience of recording the interview itself she said

“When I started this project I knew it would push me to do lots of terrifying things and among the top fears was failing to overcome my social anxiety, communicating is not comfortable for me but it is vital to promoting what we are doing and seeking sponsorship. During the interview I had sweating, shaking, dry mouth, kept forgetting everything I needed to say. It’s hard to explain how debilitating it can be to people who don’t feel this way but it has effected my whole life and it’s a huge accomplishment for me to have faced the fight or flight and been able to stand my ground. My top tip is planning, I had written down all the important things I needed to say, I had even written down the names of my crew mates and really simple things like that as in a panic my memory will completely fail me, it is completely ok to write things down and over-prepare if that makes you feel more comfortable in a situation.”