We learned this week that the superb Women’s Super League is going to double in size next year – fantastic news as far as we’re concerned!
You may know we worked with brilliant team Western Storm, catering for their training days at Exeter University in Exeter and the university’s Topsham sports ground over the summer.
Jacqui was kept busy cooking curries, tacos, chilli con carne and lasagnes, designed to meet nutritional needs and keep the team in tip-top condition for training.
The catering contract came about after an approach by Trevor Griffin who coaches the team. (Trevor owns the Cricket Shop at Cotleigh and is a regular visitor to the Volunteer in Ottery). Trevor said later that what made a big difference was keeping the team together at lunchtimes, building camaraderie and team spirit – as well as fresh, nutritional food, of course!
The Volunteer Inn in Ottery St Mary was thrilled to learn the Western Storm Twenty20 team won the Women’s Super League Finals at the beginning of September. Everyone at the Volunteer was over the moon to hear the team had won and, as a thank you, Western Storm presented the Volunteer with a shirt worn by match centurion, Rachel Priest.
Trevor recently brought the cup in to dazzle the punters!
We hope to be involved again, so watch this space for news.
Jacqui and Mike would like to say a big thank you to the pub team for their outstanding work this year, especially when they were away in New Zealand and Australia. It’s hard to leave your business for a long holiday and not worry and it certainly wouldn’t have been possible withouth the outstanding work of the team who went above and beyond.
Special thanks to Connor and Hannah. Friends of the Volly will know that they are taking a month out for a similar trip (and maybe they’ll say hello to Haydon who is in NZ until October!).
And it’s goodbye to Aled who is off to study Environmental Design at Falmouth University. Good luck Aled, you will be much missed at the Volly.
We’ve been flat out with our outside bar this summer.
Some local weddings, the Ottery St Mary Strongman Competition, Honiton Show where we provided the corporate bar. Coming up is the Ottery Carnival Family Fun Day
Coming up is the Ottery Carnival Family Fun Day – catch us there on August 27th and help raise funds for the Carnival Committee.
Over in Bicton, we’ve been running the bar for the Devon UK Mega 2017 Geocache Festival. Mike racked 22 barrels of five different beers! The bar went down so well that the Yorkshire committee asked Mike if he would consider travelling to Yorkshire for their event next year!
If you would like to discuss hiring the outside bar call Mike on 01404 814060.
Our regulars will know that Mike & Jacqui are disappearing to New Zealand on June 6th to catch up with Haydon. Have a great trip, folks!
While Charlotte will be cooking during the week, we have taken this opportunity to invite some fantastic local chefs to cook at the Volly. All three have worked at River Cottage and we’re sure you’ll love their cooking.
Congratulations to Charlotte and Gemma who have finished their NVQs.
Charlotte is going on to her next NVQ for her role as Commis Chef; this 13-month course is more detailed and she will need to show an external examiner her knowledge of various aspects of cooking including cuts of meat and types of fish.
We are currently checking out another course for Gemma, this is likely to be a Sommelier course.
Hannah has already passed the first part of her accountancy training and is working hard on the next part.
Well done to all our talented staff for their commitment to ongoing training.