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Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/1/2019 at: 20:14       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for January and February

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH – message from Rosemary Shepherd & Viv Watts
“This was again sold out with 62 sitting down to a two course lunch with wine. The Hall was beautifully decorated by the usual ladies (Jane, Janet, Kay and Viv) who have been doing this for many years. Viv has been hosting the village lunches since 2001! The food was delicious and the puddings in the words of one villager “incredible” with most coming back for seconds and some for thirds. We would like to thank everyone who helped, the waitresses and the washers-up, those who roasted potatoes and made puddings. Thanks also for the wonderful array of Raffle Prizes and the ticket sellers. A real community effort! The profit of £486.42!! will be donated to various charities and good causes as follows: Roy Castle Lung Cancer Charity £150.00 - Age UK. £186.42 - St Mary Church £50.00 - Netherhay Chapel £50.00 - Drimpton Village Hall £50.00”

FEEL-GOOD EXERCISE - “Many of us doing Drimpton's new qigong classes have already noticed better balance, more flexibility and a lovely sense of peace. If you’d like to try this gentle feel-good form of exercise, the weekly pay-as-you-go classes start on TUESDAY 8 January, 10.30 –11.30am at the Village Hall. For more details, phone Monica Murphy on 01460 74193.

Coming up in January we have just one Youth Club meeting on FRIDAY 18th with hopefully a new game to try out.

Due to the lack of adult volunteers we've now had to reduce our timetable
to once a month. Sadly, unless we can recruit new helpers the Youth Club
will have to stop in July. If anyone can spare some time and energy to keep
this vital part of the village going, please get in touch.

Our Stillness Circle meditation sessions at Netherhay Chapel’s community room are a wonderful way to unwind, relax and restore. We meet on Tuesdays 12–1pm, and on the third Monday evening of the month (21 January, 18 February etc). They are drop-in sessions, so just come when you can. Call Helly or Brian if you’d like more info.

Matinee Doors open at 2pm for 2:30pm start. Teas, coffees and soft drinks available. Non-members £4
MAMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN - Another romp through the music of Abba...a real feel good movie.
Evening Doors open at 7pm for 7:30pm start. Drinks at the bar, plus teas, coffees etc. Non-members £4.
SWEET COUNTRY Set in the Australian outback, a gritty hard hitting crime story that satisfies as a character study and also as a sociological study.

PLANTING THE PLOT – message from Andrew Pastor and Brian Hesketh
“We are planning to plant up the Poppy Plot by the village bridge in February. Do you have any kinds of hardy garden plants - tough, reliable, perennials that can look after themselves - that you can offer so that we can turn the plot into a permanent 'garden'?” Contact Andrew

Q U I Z and F O O D E V E N I N G
at the Village Hall at 7.00 for 7.30pm – Teams of 4

organised by Clapton, Wayford, Drimpton & District Horticultural Society
Bob and Rosemary Shepherd will be hosting. Bob organises a varied and entertaining quiz with an assortment of questions covering a vast range of topics and interests.
The entertainment from the quiz is complimented by excellent local food provided by Rosemary and her Team.
£8.00 per head to include main course and pudding – extra puds at 50p!!…. with prizes!
Call Rosemary to book your table and give any dietary requirements

VILLAGE LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
The first Village Lunch of 2019 will be on WED 23rd JANUARY, to avoid a Drimpton food overload, as our usual third Wednesday clashes with the Quiz and Food Evening (see above). It will be a Soups and Cheese Lunch to assist our New Year Resolutions! All are welcome; no need to book. If you have specific dietary needs, please let Viv or Rosemary know as all requests can be catered for.

SATURDAY 26TH JANUARY from 2 - 4pm at Netherhay Chapel

Beat the January blues and come and browse a wonderful selection of pre-loved beautiful things, and new items too - clothing, art work, items for the home etc, AND a delicious afternoon tea!
Come to buy or just for the tea, raising funds for the Chapel and for Mercy Ships www.mercyships.org.uk.
Further information or if you would like to book a table to sell items:
Beryl Banks or Christabel Pilz

12th A N N U A L P O T A T O D A Y
10:30am to 2:30pm at the VILLAGE HALL

An opportunity to learn more about the humble potato. Pennards Plants support us in organising this annual event. A wide variety of different potatoes will be available as well as expert advice on how, where and when to plant them. However, it's not just about Potatoes -- soft fruit, vegetable & flower seeds, onion sets and many other plants are available to purchase. We also have excellent food available, creative activities for children and enrolment for the Potato growing competition.
PLUS All-day brunches, lunches and cakes and warming drinks

All are welcome, experienced gardeners, allotment veterans, those who have never grown a vegetable in their lives, come and talk to the experts, plenty of advice available

from Farnham Maltings on THURSDAY 14th MARCH at 7.30pm
Acclaimed New Theatre in Dorset for One Night Only
Celebrated American Playwright Will Eno has written a haunting, funny, quietly moving examination of what it is to search for 'home' - that singular place in the world where we can feel complete. A 'slightly foreign' man gathers us together to sort through his surprising experience of the search, and shares his story, comparing the odd traditions in his country of birth with the realities of life here. Suitable for ages 14+. Tickets: £9 adults, £6 under-18s, £25 Family of 4 available from Francesca or the box office at artsreach.co.uk

Can anyone join the rota to help cut the playground grass in the summer months, only takes an hour of your time once every couple of months. Please contact Steve for more information.