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Submitted by: School       On: 12/12/2011 at: 19:38       Location: Broadwindsor

December Newsletter

October’s Dinner/Dance with Auction of Promises was a great success with £1100 raised to go towards our new play equipment. We have a fundraising thermometer at the school gate so everyone can see the success of our efforts.

We held an Open Morning on the 7th November. Existing parents came to see our school together with new parents who have to decide where to send their children in 2012. It was a lovely morning with me and Governors on hand to provide tours of the school.

December is always a very busy month and this year is no exception. Starting off on Friday the 2nd December, the children will decorate the Christmas tree, followed on Monday 5th of December with the Christmas Fayre from 2pm – 4pm. As usual everyone is welcome to soak up the atmosphere, have a mince pie and a cup of tea or coffee! The whole school will be taking part in their Christmas Show in Comrades Hall on Monday 12th December.

We take the whole school to the Lyric Theatre in Bridport on the 14th, to see ‘The Hare & The Tortoise’. This is an annual tradition – being a small school enables us to occasionally do things all together, and this is one of our treats. When we get back at lunchtime, all the children will be enjoying a hot Christmas Lunch.

Our Carol service will take place on Friday 16th December at 11.00am.

End of term - Friday 16th December, returning on the 4th January.

Nigel Arnold


Submitted by: Heskie       On: 11/12/2011 at: 12:02       Location: Drimpton

Christmas Show with Carols

On Saturday we enjoyed the
CHRISTMAS SHOW with CAROLS

The village's annual Get-Together at the Village Hall
with SKETCHES, SONGS, MUSIC & FUN
Performed by villagers of all ages.

The proceeds go to CLIC-SARGENT – Cancer & Leukemia in Childhood

I grew up in a much bigger place than Drimpton, but I do not remember
my contemporaries, as young people, having the range of talents, musical, theatrical and creative that the young people in the small communities of Drimpton and Netherhay exhibit. That is a tribute to them, and also to the adults here who nurture and support them - some of whom also had their moments in the limelight last night. It was a fun evening; well it had to be with Carol, playing carols!


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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 11/12/2011 at: 11:52       Location: Netherhay

Rehearsals at the chapel

With the Drimpton & Netherhay Youth Club Christmas party in full swing at the village hall on Friday evening, Mel took her cast to rehearse for "The Happiest Days of Your Life" to the chapel at Netherhay.

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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 5/12/2011 at: 19:00       Location: Netherhay

Sing Out for Marie Curie 2011

Penny spent the afternoon leading everyone (something like 60 people of all ages) through all sorts of songs, in rounds and parts and harmonies, even those of us who say we can't sing were well and truly enjoying ourselves. We also did a rhythmic "gum boot" dance, involving much clapping and stamping. After tea and cakes, shared with friends and family, we performed some of what we had learned with Penny. The stamping and clapping gets a bit ragged towards the end - probably too much cake!

Submitted by: Heskie       On: 5/12/2011 at: 18:45       Location: Netherhay

Sing Out for Marie Curie 2011

The Netherhay Ladies' Book Club decided to join in the Marie Curie appeal to raise funds to provide carers this Christmas. With the help and inspiration of Penny Dunscombe who ran the workshop, without a fee, at Netherhay chapel, over £300 was raised and much fun was had. There are two posts, this one with some photographs attached and another with a video of a "gum boot" dance.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 5/12/2011 at: 10:31       Location: Drimpton

extracts from December newsletter

PARISH COUNCIL NEWS:
At the last PC committee meeting your Parish Councillors presented a case to provide financial support, during these financially difficult times, for our Village Halls (Blackdown, Comrades and Drimpton) in order that they can continue to provide community support and affordable entertainment. The PC is pleased to announce that we agreed to contribute £1000 annually, from precept money, to each Village Hall to help with increasing running costs.
Separately the PC supported plans to improve our Hall and offered to pay 5% of the cost.

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SAT 3rd DEC: COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING/OPEN HOUSE
At the Village Hall 10.30am to 12.30pm
Age range attending so far, 1 to 89!- Real Coffee & Home Made Cakes
Fun & Games for Everyone - Story Time with Helen at 11.15am
Youth Club Christmas Cards on Sale for NSPCC

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AT THE PUB
SUN 4th DEC: QUIZ NIGHT from c8.00pm
MON 20th DEC: FOLK MUSIC NIGHT from c8pm.
Christmas Eve – normal hours / Christmas Day 12 – 2pm / Boxing Day 12pm onwards with live music from JOE SANTIAGO
Full 3-course CHRISTMAS MENU will be served every day from 1st to 24th DECEMBER, £17.50 per person.

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WED 7th DEC: The ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH at the Hall at 12.30pm
This is a reminder to everyone with booked places not to miss out on the fine food and fun.

FRI 9th DEC: YOUTH CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY at the Hall 6.30 - 8.30pm
Dance. Fun & Games. Bangers & Chips. FREE
The YC had a very popular and fun session producing designs for this years YC Christmas Cards. They where on display at November’s Village Hall Coffee Morning. Orders were taken for 234 cards. A good start.

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SATURDAY 10th DEC. at 7.30pm
CHRISTMAS SHOW with CAROLS

The Annual Get-Together at the Village Hall
SKETCHES, SONGS, MUSIC & FUN
Performed by villagers of all ages.

The audience has its chance to raise the roof, too.
And we are hoping for a visit from a Surprise Guest!

With refreshments…………Entrance £1 – Children are FREE
Plus a RAFFLE with a GRAND SELECTION of PRIZES
[Proceeds to CLIC-SARGENT – Cancer & Leukemia in Childhood]

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SUN 11th DEC at 11.00am: CHRISTINGLE SERVICE at St Mary’s Church A celebration specifically aimed at families and their friends, especially children of all ages. The service, in support of the Children's Society, which works with vulnerable children, will be very informal and each child will receive the traditional Christingle symbol. There will also be the opportunity to decorate the Christmas Tree. Looking forward to seeing you.

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CHARITY DANCE
On SATURDAY 17th DEC - In aid of Dorset Air Ambulance
At Drimpton Village Hall
LIVE MUSIC – Licensed Bar 7.30pm til late
Tickets £6 each from Glyn: or from Royal Oak Pub

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SUNDAY 18th DEC at 6.30pm
CAROLS by CANDLELIGHT at Netherhay Methodist Church
United Service of Lessons & Carols
Followed by refreshments & mince pies
Everyone is very welcome.

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MONDAY 19th DEC from 6.30pm
C A R O L S R O U N D T H E V I L L A G E
Each year Drimpton Carollers meet up to sing. No previous experience and precious little musical talent are needed! We always raise funds for charities for the Homeless. Wrap up against the cold, wear wellies, and bring a torch to help light our way and read the words. We also need door-to-door collectors. If you’d just like to rattle a tin, please come along.

Our starting point is at the end of Applefield Road, by the bollards.
The carollers will then divide into two equal groups to sing to the whole village!
Please, everyone, listen out for us. Finally, refreshments at the Village Hall for the Choir!

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CHRISTMAS DAY: CHRISTMAS EUCHARIST - St Mary’s Church, at 9.30am.

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See in the NEW YEAR with Friends & Neighbours at the
DRIMPTON NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY
on 31/12/11 from 7.00pm to Midnight
And afterwards adjourn to the Pub (those that have the energy!)
Royal Oak Bar (courtesy of Chris)

Hot Food served from 9.00pm
choice of 3 Hot Dishes [Beef Caserole/ Chicken Curry/ Vegetarian option]
Cakes, Sweets, Children’s Buffet

Tickets: £6.50 per adult; Children aged 16 and under – Free
Tickets are limited. Available from Tess.

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VILLAGE HALL NEWS: message from the Committee

‘The committee continues to strive to keep abreast of our community needs. We have been guided by the results of the Village Survey 2008 and the Village Hall Survey 2011. However, we welcome comment and ideas for the future and have opened a book in the Hall for your feedback. It is your hall; please help your VH Committee to shape the future.’

Please notice the new Photo Board in the Hall showing recent events & activities. If you have any photos to offer, please contact Joanna.



Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/12/2011 at: 11:29       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in November 2011

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN NOVEMBER
73.75 mm.(2010 117mm.) or 2.93 inches (2010 4.6 ins.)

With one of the warmest Springs on record, a hottest October day on record (30C.in some places), and now one of the mildest Autumns on record, it seems that there might be some truth in all this Global Warming after all. Only this morning the Environment Agency was warning of low water reserves and the possibility of these drought conditions continuing into next year. As if we hadn’t enough to worry about !!


Submitted by: Heskie       On: 13/11/2011 at: 17:08       Location: Drimpton

Charmed by chrysanthemums

The Charm Chrysanthemum Club held its show and sale at the Royal Oak last night. The pub's skittle alley was packed with some spectacular plants and the whole pub with the spectacle of village people. Have a look at the photographs to see them (you'll probably prefer the chrysanthemums).
It was a moment of mixed emotions for Ed Gregory, who was there with his family, staying with him after the death of his wife dear Joan; he learned that her uniquely coloured entry was one of the winners.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/11/2011 at: 16:08       Location: Drimpton

Extracts from village newsletter for November

THANKS:
Viv and John Watts would like to thank all who attended the Macmillan Big Coffee Morning at Pin House on 30th Sept. They are absolutely delighted to have raised £371 for this wonderful charity. Viv also thanks the helpers who kept the coffee flowing.

The Village Hall & Recreational Trust Committee would like to thank Tess and her team of volunteer helpers who brightened up the Village Hall with a new coat of paint. It looks great!

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SAT NOV 5th: LAUNCH of BROADWINDSOR GROUP PARISH PLAN
at Coffee Morning at Drimpton Village Hall 10.00am to 12.00pm

Come along and see the proposals on display, talk to your parish councillors.

The Parish Plan will be developed from the results of a questionnaire, which will be distributed in the near future, and then presented to the Parish Council to assist in future development planning for our area.

The Parish Plan is looking to the future and will have no bearing on current proposals for affordable housing development behind Spear Mead.

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Jenny Beck, artist, invites you to her
OPEN STUDIO AND SALE OF WORK at Netherhay Chapel
Paintings, cards and signed limited edition prints, including new designs
5th - 12th November (closed Sunday)
Hours: 10 - 1, 2 - 4pm

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MONDAY 7th NOVEMBER
BROADWINDSOR PRIMARY SCHOOL
invites your to visit them on their
OPEN DAY
From 9.00am to 12.00pm

Come along and see the school where most of our village children go during a normal working day.

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WED 9th NOV: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30 to 2.00pm.
A choice of fine home made soups with bread and cheese table, all for £3.50, served up in a friendly atmosphere.

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SAT 12th NOVEMBER
CHARM CHRYSANTH SHOW
Staged by the Leek & Fuchsia Club at the Royal Oak
Viewing from 6.00pm.
Sale at c8.30pm
Everyone is welcome

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YOUTH CLUB
More than 20 members enjoyed an evening of 10-pin bowling in October. Thank you to the Round Table for allowing us the use of their bus and to Charles who kindly drove for us.

Our next meeting is in the Village Hall on FRI 11th NOV at 6.30pm when Carol and Libby will be there to guide members in producing this year’s Youth Club Christmas Cards in aid of the NSPCC. Our challenge is to beat last year’s donation of £230.

The Youth Club welcomes new members aged between 7 and 15 (the majority of our members are under 11. Contact Mike Saunder.

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SUN 13th NOV: REMEMBRANCE SERVICE at ST MARY’S CHURCH at 10.45am
A service for us all to remember people lost and injured in war.

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GARDENING CLUB NEWS:
WED 16th NOV at the Village Hall - 7:15 for 7:30pm.
’No Dig Gardening’, a talk by Charles Dowding who has been working this way for years and is a widely published author on the subject. Think of your back! Our meetings are open to members and visitors (for just £1 at the door, please).

THURS 15th DEC: Gardening Club Christmas Luncheon at Clapton Village Hall. It is for members, but you could always join now or keep your fingers crossed for some spaces. Places are £15 per head.

DON’T FORGET! - Saturday 11th February 2012 – POTATO DAY. Get this in your diary: Not just for potatoes, but seeds, onion sets, and much more.

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Flt Lt JON EGGING, Red Arrow – message from Mike Saunders
“The Fun Day and Village Hall Committees have finally agreed, by popular consent, to commission a weather vane depicting a Red Arrows’ Hawk aircraft and the number ‘4’ (Jon Egging was Red 4). It was thought that this would be more appropriate than a bench. Well done, Vanessa, for a great idea.

Thank you to everyone for your generous donations and for supporting the Royal Oak BBQ & Raffle. Thank you to Chris, Sandy and Emily for running the evening and Jill and Jerry who arranged and ran the Raffle. We have raised £350.

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PUB NEWS & EVENTS:
SUN 6th NOV: QUIZ NIGHT from 8.pm. Bring a team, or join one on the night.
TUES 15th NOV: FOLK NIGHT from 8.pm. For Musicians, Singers and audience, too.
Full 3-course CHRISTMAS MENU will be served every day from 1st to 24th DECEMBER, £17.50 per person.

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SAT 19th NOVEMBER
FAMILY COFFEE MORNING
in the Village Hall – 10.30am to 12.30pm
Come and enjoy real coffee, home made cakes and a good old-fashioned chat, whilst the children enjoy the fun and games of the Youth Club equipment.
Margaret will read the children a story.
The Youth Club Christmas Cards will be on sale.

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SING OUT for Marie Curie Cancer Care
The ladies of Netherhay Book Club invite EVERYONE to join them on
SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER from 2.00 to 5.00pm
At NETHERHAY METHODIST CHAPEL
to raise funds to help Marie Curie Nurses support terminally ill patients this Christmas.

The afternoon will be split into two parts.
PENNY DUNSCOMBE will lead a singing workshop from 2.00 to 4.00pm
Then, at 4.00pm, anyone who would like to listen is invited to come along to enjoy tea and cake and an informal ‘concert’ from the very new Choir!

This should be a fun event, so please don’t think you have to be a great singer. Just come along and support this national event.

Donations can be given on the date with an opportunity for Gift Aid.

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FAMILY BINGO!!!
returns to the Village Hall on SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER
with added TOMBOLA!
at 7 for 7.30pm.
refreshments
Mulled wine and mince pies!!!
And a chance to WIN PRIZES!!!!

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MON 28th NOV: ST.MARY’S CHURCH ADVENT LUNCH
at the VILLAGE HALL at 12.30pm

Hot meal for just £6!
Grand 100 Club Draw, Raffle
Everyone Welcome
To be sure of a place, call Jane Marsden.

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And finally:
On Saturday 24th Sept a willing band of volunteers gave the Methodist Chapel an ‘Autumn Clean’. The Chapel and Community Room are available for hire. The Community Room is especially suitable for children’s parties as toddler toys are available to borrow and there is a well-equipped kitchen. For more info, call Beryl.



Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/11/2011 at: 15:54       Location: Drimpton

New Homes in Drimpton? - latest news

Over the past 2 years potential for residential development land at the rear of Spear Mead has been considered by the District Council. Magna Housing Association was invited last year to establish the development potential of the site.

Following the Homes & Communities Agency framework for the 2011-15 Affordable Homes Programme (which said how Housing Associations could bid for funding to support their development programme), Magna bid for the site at Drimpton, which was partially successful. They are currently exploring various options to access the site and are speaking to the residents and the landowner.

Following completion of the option agreement, Magna will commission site investigations and ask their Architect to draw up detailed designs showing the proposed site layout and elevations.

At this stage the public will be invited to view the initial proposals at a consultation event, which will be held at the Village Hall.

The Rural Housing Development Officer, Rob Aspray, will conduct a postal survey of all the households in the Parish asking anyone who feels they need assistance with housing to come forward and place their details on the Council’s Housing Register.

The Housing Register data would form the basis of the type and size of dwellings that would be provided on the site if development went ahead.


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