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Submitted by: andrew       On: 29/3/2011 at: 20:46       Location: Drimpton

Pantomime - The Grand Old Duke Of York

The village pantomime, The Grand Old Duke Of York, was performed last Saturday and it’s only now, on Tuesday, that I’ve got the strength to write about it. That must sound a bit of an exaggeration and I suppose it is, but it is true to say that the energy and time that is committed to it – and not just by me – is considerable and sometimes extreme. This is perhaps out of proportion to the scale of the production; after all it’s only a village entertainment made by and for the people of Drimpton. And yet we always want our pantos to be as good as we can make them so we put a great deal of time and effort into achieving precisely that. It is hard to believe that in less than 11 full weeks we created a full-length pantomime with a large cast of all ages. Every week we rehearsed on one or two evenings at Netherhay Chapel or at the Village Hall. As time passed we made something from nothing till a show appeared. Gradually the cast members learned their lines – though in some cases this was left very much to the last minute! Some became word perfect [usually the children] while others preferred a creative approach interpreting the script and adlibbing their way through.
Behind the scenes other villagers offered and shared their skills. They designed and made the sets, having always to bear in mind the size limitations of our venue. Not for us complex sets and complex transformation scenes. But it is amazing what you can build from wooden batons and cardboard – and almost all of them collapsible! Then there were the costumes, designed and stitched in true panto style – loud, colourful and comic.
People were encouraged to step forward [some even volunteered!] to take on other responsibilities – box office, sound, lighting, catering, etc. And, little by little (sometimes more slowly than we might have wished) we sold the tickets.
Over the weeks there were times when the writer/director (me) got distinctly twitchy. There were times when my patience was thin. But that is par for the course. It happens every time. I’m prone to forgetting that people lead busy lives with other commitments and claims on their time, and as a result some of them find it hard to devote as much time and effort as I might wish. Quite regularly during the rehearsal period I had to remind myself that we were all doing it for ‘fun’. And it is fair to say that last Saturday during the two performances large amounts of ‘fun’ were had by everyone involved.
We had two large audiences – about 110 in the afternoon, and 130 in the evening – who entered into the spirit of it all with gusto - cheering, booing, shouting ‘Oh yes, it is’ or ‘He’s behind you’ and other variants of the traditional comments and calls. In fact the audience got so involved and generated so much heat that the windows and doors had to flung open during the intervals in both performances.
Throughout it all from ‘curtain up’ to the end the cast – all of them - did themselves proud. From the very youngest, not yet five years old, to the far older adults, everyone helped to make a memorable event. It is not often these days where adults, teenagers and younger children work together to make something happen, but for 11 weeks we did that. And if the word ‘community’ means anything it is that – making stuff together which independently would be beyond us.
Well Done to All of Us!


Submitted by: MargeryH       On: 23/3/2011 at: 17:13       Location: Broadwindsor

Mad Hatters' Tea Party for Royal Wedding

Any excuse for a party, Broadwindsor is gearing itself up to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday 29 April.
We're having a Mad Hatters' Tea Party in Comrades Hall from 3pm until 5pm. We plan to deck the hall out so it's like an indoor street party, with lines of tables and lots of pretty china.
Everyone who comes has to wear a mad hat and bring a plate of food, with drinks provided. Admission is £2 (£1 for children) and there will be a raffle and games with a royal theme.
Any money raised will go to Broadwindsor Church.
Tickets will be available from me (Margery Hookings) on 01308 868532 and Megan Jones on 01308 868120.

Submitted by: MargeryH       On: 23/3/2011 at: 17:01       Location: Broadwindsor

Dogs Without Collars

Broadwindsor folk and friends rocked the night away when Dogs Without Collars, a band of five Dorset clergymen, performed at Comrades Hall.
The event on 11 March raised more than £1,000 for the churches of Broadwindsor, Burstock and Blackdown.
Organiser Megan Jones thanked all the helpers for making it such a successful event, both financially and socially.

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Submitted by: MargeryH       On: 23/3/2011 at: 16:53       Location: Broadwindsor

Comrades Hall gets a makeover

A team of village volunteers turned out over the weekend of 19-20 March to give the Comrades Hall a makeover.
The kitchen, including the floor, was given a deep clean and the main hall and servery were decorated by an army of helpers, led by hall chairman Andrew Hookings.
More than 20 people rolled up their sleeves, donned their painting overalls and got busy, breaking for lunch on Saturday, prepared and served up by Andrew, and on Sunday by Jacqui Sewell.
The event confirmed that many hands make light work.


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Submitted by: School       On: 23/3/2011 at: 09:32       Location: Broadwindsor

News from School

The Sign2Sing World Record attempt was a great success. In fact, it looks like we were part of a new world record. We were one of a number of schools who, at exactly the same time – 2.45pm, on Wednesday 16th February, sang ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing’, signing at the same time. The total number of people across the country doing this was recorded as well over 100000. All our pupils, teachers, some parents and visitors took part. It was a splendid sight! Well done everyone.

Earlier in March, we raised £77 for Unicef, one of our chosen charities, by having a non-uniform day, and we celebrated World Book Day by inviting the children & staff to come dressed as their favourite book character.

There is always a lot of sport going on within our school and competitively against other local schools. Our football team played very well in the Kenway Cup, beating several teams in the lead up to the final of this stage – we narrowly lost by 1 goal to Greenford School who will go through to the next round. I was pleased to see some excellent passing skills from our team. Also taking place in March - a football tournament specifically for small schools, 2 rugby festivals, a unihoc tournament and ongoing swimming lessons for our KS2 children.

Coming up –

Beaminster Cluster Choral Festival at Beaminster School – Wednesday 30th March.
Easter Service – Friday 8th April 11.00 a.m.


Nigel Arnold


Submitted by: Heskie       On: 22/3/2011 at: 08:07       Location: Drimpton

Census Preparation

Kate and I will be Census Collectors, which means we start work soon after Census Day (Sunday March 27th) to help at any addresses from which a form hasn't yet been returned.
We are part of a team of 35,000 Collectors - which is the same number as 1841, when the population was only 16 million. There is talk that this will be the last Census, because data can be collected in other ways, and there is concern about cost. Actually it costs less than £1 per person per year.
This year, for the first time, people will be able to complete their Census Form on-line.
So, right through April we will be visiting places in Drimpton, Stoke Abbott, Bridport and Lyme Regis to help and hopefully persuade at addresses where our Co-ordinator directs us.
More to follow as we work at the role.

Submitted by: Jane       On: 18/3/2011 at: 17:31       Location: Drimpton

Not the best start to a year

What a year this is turning into, first we had floods in Queensland Australia, where three quarters of the state was declared a disaster zone; that was January. At the same time we had revolutions first in Tunisia and then in Egypt resulting in the long time presidents of both being ousted. This caused unrest in Bahrain, Yemen and Libya and a feeling of disquiet in the other Middle Eastern countries. Then in February we have an earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, having spent time in this lovely city the destruction brought tears to my eyes. Then on March 11th a massive earthquake off the coast of Japan, the quake would have caused enough damage but it resulted in a tsunami which caused destruction along the northern coastline. If that was not bad enough the tsunami has caused explosions and the threat of melt down at the local nuclear power station. The death toll here could be in the tens of thousands, no one seems to be able to work it out yet and probably never will. The scale of this last disaster has brought more than tears to my eyes it’s made me openly weep to see families made homeless and hungry. What can we do? The easiest seems to be give money to the charities helping out there, so the ladies from Light Lunches have sent a donation of £250 from the lunch profits to Shelter Box - just a little gift from Drimpton village.


Submitted by: chubb       On: 14/3/2011 at: 22:30       Location: Drimpton

Emily & Isobel's poultry

Both Emily & Isobel have been busy this year going to poultry shows from dawlish to Reading, showing their own birds, it has been a successful year so far with many trophies and rosetts being bought home.
Enclosed are a few photos of them both


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Submitted by: Norman       On: 12/3/2011 at: 19:35       Location: Drimpton

A Drimpton Wedding

Saturday 12th March saw the marriage of Kate Betts and Mark Tilley at St. Mary's Church. Kate and Mark live in Martock but chose to get married in Drimpton because of connections with the Hooper family (Hedley Hooper is buried in the Churchyard). The service was conducted by the Revd Sue Symons and Anthony Saunders was the organist.
Curious onlookers may have wondered why a large farm tractor was parked outside the church before the service, all was revealed when Mark and Kate climbed aboard the tractor after the ceremony and, with Mark at the wheel and Kate at his side in the tiny jump-seat, drove off to the reception in Martock!
We wish Kate and Mark every happiness in their future life together.

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Submitted by: Pat       On: 9/3/2011 at: 17:58       Location: Drimpton

Holly Lane

Jane asked if anyone knew the reason why the notice had been posted at the end of the lane: According to the Mrs McKay of the County Council somebody has made an application to divert the existing footpath 26 which currently goes over the field. They want to divert the footpath down Holly Lane. I wonder why? Would be a great shame!

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