Nepal Fundraising Quiz

440 POUNDS RAISED FOR NEPAL

The Nepalese Menu being fully embraced by hungry competitors…

Huge congratulations to Billie France and Jackie Bullen for organising and running a superb night’s entertainment and fun at The Plough – and all to raise funds for Nepal. With a combination of quiz entries, raffle proceeds and donations, £440 was raised for the victims of the Nepal Earthquake.

Sixty entrants from both Shepreth and the surrounding villages, pitched their wits and knowledge against quizmaster Jackie Bullen for seven rounds of challenging questions in a bid to win the first prize of a Plough Voucher and brace of wines.

Quizmaster & Event Organiser, Jackie Bullen in action...

Quizmaster & Event Organiser, Jackie Bullen in action… Husband Martin pondering the answers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Plough’s kitchen designed and presented a Nepalese style menu to accompany the quiz, and donated £1 for every Nepalese dish ordered. In the end, our hungry hopefuls munched their way through 66 dishes of Curries, Pakoras, Samosas and Sekuwas (Skewers) adding £66 to the fundraising.

Much conferring, but no mobile phones allowed!

Much conferring, but no mobile phones allowed!

One of the highlights of the evening was the “Plough Limerick” Competition. Each team was asked to submit a limerick starting with the line “As I sat at The Plough last night…” There were plenty of witty submissions, alongside some very flattering ones, but the winning entry, as judged by Guv’nors, Jo and Nick Davis was as follows:-

The winning limerick....

The winning limerick….

All entries were hugely entertaining and a further selection will be posted up around The Plough shortly.

No Charles, I'm sure it was........!

No Charles, I’m sure it was……..! (and Nigel’s just realised he’s left the oven on!)

Generous donations of raffle prizes were received from Skin Care Melbourn, Willer’s Mill, Kingsway Golf, Bury Lane, Esse, Shirley Chapman, Teacake, Fieldgate Nurseries and Tesco. Huge thanks to you all.

Limerick composition taken very seriously by team 2…..

 

Concentrate, concentrate, concentrate……..

 

Intense disappointment as team 6 realise they’re coming second……

 

 

Another little sip will help, I’m sure…….

Thanks once again to all involved in making this evening both hugely enjoyable, and a grand success!

Thursday 5th March 7:30pm – Don Grusin Live at The Plough – Free Entry!

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Don Grusin – Now playing Live at The Plough with a full band – Thursday 5th March 8pm – FREE!

 

The Plough Shepreth and Ananda Recordings are honoured (and very, very excited!) to announce that the amazing Don Grusin will now be playing The Mandolin Stage at The Plough with a full band, on Thursday 5th March 2015. This free concert replaces the ticketed, solo performance previously scheduled in The Rhee Gallery. All ticket holders can gain a refund from the bar or exchange their tickets against supper or drinks.

Artist, innovator, educator, performer and advocate for social change, Don Grusin, esteemed American composer, producer, arranger and pianist with 3 Grammy’s, 20 CD’s and an unstoppable global vision that infuses everything he does from recording to teaching, flys in to the UK in March. Whilst visiting from his LA home, Don will be spending time at some of his favourite recording studios and whilst over here, has agreed to a one-off performance at The Plough Shepreth. Don rarely has the opportunity to play the UK so this really is a unique opportunity to experience one of the Jazz greats in an intimate setting.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to be enthralled and captivated by this amazing American composer and pianist who has performed and collaborated with the finest jazz musicians of his generation. Harvey Mason, Lee Ritenour, Nathan East, Gilberto Gil, Brenda Russell, Joe Pass, Phil Perry, Patti Austin, Natali Rene, Ernie Watts, Nelson Rangell, Sadao Watanabe, Charlie Bisharat,  Ricardo Silveira, Frank Quintero, Abraham Laboriel, Oscar Seaton, and of course brother Don Grusin, and Bill Sharpe and Shakatak, Don has recorded and performed with them all.

Check out the film of his 2004 concert “The Hang” for a taster of some of the finest Jazz you will ever experience.

Tables can be booked for supper (and those by the stage are obviously going fast!) or just pitch up and treat your ears to some of the finest Jazz you will hear this year.

 

News From Dry January?

OK Ploughsters, just a little catch up with what’s going on and what’s coming up.

CarnaC Poster JPEGFirstly, a reminder that this week’s live music Thursday (29th January) features the debut performance of CarnaC – A fantastic new twist on Folk-Rock, here at 8:30pm.

Tables for supper available and full menu from 6:00pm.

Next up, an evening of Art “Talk and Walk” by artists from the STRAY Group.

On MondayShoe 2nd February at 7:30pm members of the STRAY group will be chatting about their work, influences and inspirations followed by a guided tour of their work on exhibition in the Upper Galleries. Admission is free but please call 01763 290348 to book your place in the Mandolin Bar. Don’t forget to visit the current exhibition before it finishes – there are still some works on display available to purchase.

Thursday 5th February sees” Bad Sneakers” Plough debut. These guys have been champions of the local blues scene for many years, and are playing  semi-unplugged versions of their catalogue from 8:30pm. As always, tables are available to book for supper.

Also in February, we’re into our month-long Carnival season, with our Caribbean Art Workshops on Saturday 7th, Exhibition Preview of “Spirit Of Carnival” on Thursday 12th, and of course, our Caribbean Carnival Party on Saturday 14th February. Tickets are on sale now, and further details available here, and the menu, well, it’s here!

If you would like to be amongst the first to hear of all our upcoming events, please click here to sign up to our newsletter.

That’s all for now – see you soon, Nick.

January Events at The Plough

We’re already over a week into 2015, which makes it just over six months since The Plough re-opened! Not wanting to rest on our laurels of course, we’re well into the process of finalising our events calendar for the coming weeks and months of the New Year.

That all starts tonight, with our firstDSC_2987 live music of the year: an Ananda Records showcase featuring a second Plough appearance for Neil Cowlan and Clinton Bowland, followed by debut sets from Emily Fraser and Captain. This is one of our strongest Thursday line-ups to date, and we hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us from 8.30pm in Mandolin.

Then in a week’s time it’s the Preview of the new ‘Stray @ The Plough’ art exhibition. Here’s a word on Stray from our Artists in Residence:

‘Stray’, our inaugural show is the first in a lively programme of art related activities in The Upper Galleries.

Stray itself is is a loose affiliation of professional artists who live in and around Cambridge. Established a couple of years ago, they work in a variety of media and disciplines, ranging from painting and drawing, sculpture and printmaking to photography, film and installation.

We are very excited that Stray will use The Plough as their ‘home’. They see this as an exciting extension of their commitment to bring contemporary art to new audiences and are looking forward to contributing to the full programme of ‘Art at The Plough’ activities over the coming months, including exhibitions, workshops, talks and other art related events.

Meet the Stray artists at the Preview or at one of our Monday evening ‘Art Talk’ sessions, starting Monday 19th January.

DSC_1991The Preview, taking place on Thursday 15th January, will also feature live music from the Hot Numbers Quartet – returning to The Plough for the second time, as well as a set from Steve Logan.

We’re extremely excited to have our art and music programmes kicking off in earnest this year, and will continue to update you all on further details through our email newsletter, as well as via our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages.

And don’t forget that you can recycle your Christmas tree at The Plough this Saturday 10th January from 9.30-11.10am, with hot drinks available throughout as well as recycling and composting advice from local experts.

See you all soon!

Seeing in 2015 at The Plough

It’s almost time to wave goodbye to 2014 and drink a toast to all that 2015 will bring!

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Our Plough New Year’s Eve Party is now completely SOLD OUT (and we’ve just about managed to squeeze everyone onto a table). Due to capacity constraints this event is TICKET-ONLY, so please do not try to attend without one as you will be turned away.

On the day we will close as usual at 3pm, and will re-open the doors at 7pm when guests begin to arrive. Food will be served to tables between 8.30-9pm, with live music beginning shortly after.

We’ve also decided to lay on a New Year’s Day Recovery Breakfast from 11am-3pm for everyone who may be feeling a little delicate the next morning. £7 per head (£3.50 for under-12s) gets you a Full Plough Cooked English Breakfast including toast and fruit juice – the ideal cure for early-onset January Blues. We’ll be closing up at 5pm (and all heading home for a nap).

DSC_27512014 has been an incredible first (half a) year for us at The Plough, and 2015 is shaping up to be even more exciting! A quick glance at the photos of how The Plough looked last January shows just how much can change in a year.

You can expect plenty more from us in the New Year, including regular live music on Thursday evenings, a Burns Night Supper in January, a Champagne Dinner, and many more events and activities involving food, drink, art, music, and of course – you!

To get you in the mood, here’s a flyer for our first art exhibition of 2015:

Stray @ The Plough Jan15

 

Our arts calendar for 2015 will include a variety of workshops, talks, and discussions – and will kick off with a preview of a new exhibition, ‘Stray @ The Plough’ on Thursday 15th January. Details on other up-coming events will follow shortly.

We’d like to thank all of you for your continuing support throughout the past sixth months, and we’re hugely looking forward to the next twelve – starting with tomorrow night!

Thanks for a great 2014 everyone!

Craft Fair Report, Wine-Tasting, and more Music…

 

Today is the first day of December, and the Winter Events Calendar is well and truly underway at The Plough! The season kicked off on Saturday, with our Christmas Craft Fair and German Street Food Market, referred to (mainly by us) as “Kraftwerk” for short.

Our newly opened upstairs rooms were taken over DSC_2617for the day by local stallholders selling home-made cards, decorations and gifts, whilst our (not entirely German) chefs plied fair-goers with tasty Bratwurst and warming Glühwein on the terrace. With the weather taking a decidedly chilly turn, we thought it would be wise to continue serving Glühwein – now available over the bar – for the rest of the month.

We’d like to thank everyone who came along and helped out running the stalls, and of course, all of you who came to partake!

Plough in a BoxThe remaining items from our own “Plough-in-a-Box” stall are now available to purchase and take home with you from the bar. From wine boxes and bottled ales, to jars of Plough chutney and packs of luxury Plough truffles, we’ve got your Christmas shopping covered (you can view the full product list here).

Next up at The Plough is an event that we’ve been meaning to bring to you for some time: a public “Taste the List” wine-tasting. Join us at 7.30pm on Tuesday 9th December, when for £10 per person you can taste every red, white, and rosé wine in our comprehensive collection alongside some complimentary cured meats and cheeses from our “Build-A-Board” menu section. Guests will also benefit from 20% off for all takeaway wine bottles, whilst our good friend Alex from Cambridge Wine Merchants will be on hand to JHBanswer any questions relating to the wines, or indeed, life in general.

Before then, we have more live music coming up this Thursday 4th December, when local group The Rain Men will be gracing our stage from 8pm onwards. Attendees will be able to try this week’s new guest ale, which comes all the way from Peterborough: Oakham Ales’ light and hoppy bitter, JHB.

And don’t forget that you can still book your Christmas party with family or friends at The Plough, with our Christmas Menu available all the way up to Christmas eve. Booking forms can be found by following this link, whilst you can view the full range of delicious menu options right here. Life is full of tough decisions…

Shepreth Beer Festival

 

Over the past two months, many of you have been keen to know what kind of community events we at The Plough have had up our sleeves. Now, with our Bar and Kitchen both running full steam ahead, we are excited to reveal the first of many events specifically designed to celebrate good food, delicious drink, and memorable music…

On Friday 12th, Saturday 13th, Gardenand Sunday 14th September, The Plough will be hosting our First Shepreth Beer Festival. For three days, the rear garden of The Plough will be taken over by real ale, simple street food, and live music.

Supporting local and national brewers is intrinsic to all we do at The Plough, and the Festival will give us the chance to introduce people to new and interesting beers and ciders (and hopefully learn a few things ourselves along the way).

BarrelsThe event will take place during our usual opening hours, but without the 3pm-5pm break on Friday, and our regular Bar and Kitchen menus will continue to run alongside the Festival options. We will be extending our current outdoor canopy, and will bring in a marquee in order to protect both beer and bands from potential bad weather.

The full line-ups of beer, food, and music are currently awaiting confirmation, but all details will be posted on our website and social media pages as and when they are finalised. We’ve a lot of organising still to do, but we hope you’ll all be pleased with the results!

If you just can’t wait that long, do come and join us this Thursday 4th September, for our first live music event. Cambridge-based jazz band The Hot Numbers Quartet will be joining us in Mandolin Bar at The Plough from 8pm-11pm, to provide the perfect soundtrack to your evening meal or late night drinks…