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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 2/12/2012 at: 15:57       Location: Drimpton

Tethered in the Yard

Perhaps only Miss Roberts could answer this - but when was the last time you saw a horse actually in Post Office Yard, rather than, say, passing along Chard Road?

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/12/2012 at: 16:21       Location: Drimpton

extracts from December village newsletter

The VILLAGE RECIPE BOOK – ‘DRIMPTON MEETS, GREETS and EATS’
Message from Kate Hesketh: “The reprint of the recipe book has arrived! We had orders for 52 so decided to go for a reprint of 100 (thanks to Village Voices for paying for this!) We have a few outlets to sell from, but the more we can sell ourselves the more profit for the Village Hall refurbishment fund. So, if you want any more please contact me. Thank you so much for your support and I hope there are lots of smiley faces when presents are opened from under the Christmas Tree.”

SATURDAY 1st DECEMBER
FAMILY CHRISTMAS BINGO
At the Village Hall - Eyes down at 7.30pm

Books £1 – Wonderful seasonal family prizes
Refreshments, including mulled wine and mince pies

SAT 1st & SUN 2nd DEC from 10.00am to 4.00pm
Exhibition and sale of paintings and prints by Keith Tubb
Pat Tubb will also be selling some of her handcrafted Christmas gifts
at 7 Oxhayes, Drimpton.
Please come along and have a look and a cup of tea!
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PUB EVENTS:
SUN 2nd DEC: QUIZ from c.8pm. Bring a team or join one on the night.
TUES 4th DEC: FOLK NIGHT with a Christmas feel from c8.pm
SAT DEC 8th from 7pm onwards BOUTIQUE IN THE BAR!
Beautiful clothes, shoes, jewellery and fashion ideas presented by Jackie Tuck, Joanna Medley and Kerry Crofts. Fitting Room available.
TUES 25th DEC: BAR only open from 12.00 to 2.00pm
WED 26th DEC: PUB open from 12.00pm with LIVE MUSIC
MON 31st DEC: NEW YEAR’S EVE – party time from 8.00pm till LATE
with Dancing in The Square at midnight! – Children’s Play Room available.
NOTE: To pre-book meals from Full Christmas Menu ring the Pub.

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MON 3rd DEC from 12.30pm: ADVENT LUNCH at the Village Hall
This is a reminder to everyone who has already booked.
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FRI 7th DEC from 10.00am: Decorate our Village Hall ready for our Christmas celebrations.
All helpers very welcome.
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SAT 8th DEC: COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS COFFEE MORNING 10.30am to 12.30pm
At the Village Hall
Usual family fun plus a touch of Christmas.
Wonderful homemade Mince Pies
Christmas Raffle full of home produced prizes from our talented friends and neighbours
including Christmas Cake and Christmas Table decorations!!!

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SUN 9th 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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WED 12th 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.

WED DEC 12th at 4.00pm: A rehearsal for the Nativity Play, which forms part of the Christmas Show, will take place at the Village Hall. Would all those with specific parts, such as Mary, the Angel Gabriel, Joseph and the shepherds, please attend.
There is also an opportunity for parents to participate with, or without, smaller children, and any other young person who would like to join in. Anyone who cannot attend the rehearsal, please contact Neville Adams.

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FRIDAY 14th DEC. at 7.30pm
CHRISTMAS SHOW with CAROLS

The Annual Get-Together at the Village Hall
S K E T C H E S, S O N G S, M U S I C & F U N
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 £1.50 – Children are FREE
Plus a RAFFLE with a GRAND SELECTION of PRIZES
[Proceeds to CLIC-SARGENT – Cancer & Leukemia in Childhood]

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MONDAY 17th DEC from 6.00pm
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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WED DEC 19th at 7.30pm: FILM CLUB at the Village Hall - ‘THE WOMAN IN BLACK’
Daniel Radcliffe gives a grown-up performance in this freshly terrifying adaptation of Susan Hill’s ghost story”
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FRI DEC 21st at 6.30pm: YOUTH CLUB CHRISTMAS PARTY at the Village Hall
Fun and games, lovely party food and loads of party games and prizes.
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SUNDAY 23rd 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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TUES DEC 25th: CHRISTMAS DAY EUCHARIST SERVICE at ST MARY’S CHURCH at 9.30am
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BUSES – USE THEM OR LOSE THEM – message from Jenny Beck
‘I have just been into Bridport on the bus for the first time and would encourage all that can to use it! I don't quite qualify for concessionary rates so the fare was £3 return which I reckone is great value. The only sad thing about a really enjoyable morning was how few people were on the bus! A great way to visit the market, coffee at the arts centre, Christmas shop ....Bus times Saturday and Wednesday: depart Royal Oak 9.28am , 12.52pm (not Sat); depart Frosts, Bridport 12.15pm, 2.35pm (not Sat)

REFUSE COLLECTION: Sat 29th Dec – Sat 5th Jan – Fri 11th Jan

DOGS CAN’T READ, BUT THEIR OWNERS CAN…..
Once again as the mornings get darker it appears that more dogs are being allowed to foul our footpaths and roadways. One result is that children and parents going to the school buses walk in it…… Clear up after your dogs!



Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/12/2012 at: 13:48       Location: Drimpton

Monthly rainfall

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN NOVEMBER
217.5mm.(2011 73.75mm.) OR 8.63 inches (2011 2.93ins.)

As can be seen from the above rainfall figures above, November was a very wet month and our thoughts and sympathy must go to all who suffered the terrible flooding. We are very fortunate here in Drimpton that the building of the new bridge over the Axe tributary has largely removed any flooding in that area. It will be interesting to see what the total rainfall will be at the end of the year. SS


Submitted by: andrew       On: 22/11/2012 at: 14:50       Location: Greenham

A wild walk

I've just come back from a walk across the Greenham fields. They could be used as paddy fields for growing rice! There is water sitting in every divot. Every footstep sinks with a slippery squelch. Meanwhile the trees are leaning and creaking in the gale force winds. The next deluge is on its way.

Submitted by: Heskie       On: 22/11/2012 at: 08:16       Location: Drimpton

The Bee-friendly garden

Last night the garden club (horticultural society, if I'm being posh) had a change of programme, our booked speaker from Dorset Wildlife Trust couldn't make it, so Neil, stepped in to talk about bees.

There's more information on the Hort Soc page - cwdhortsoc.blogspot.co.uk/

Submitted by: Heskie       On: 21/11/2012 at: 22:31       Location: Drimpton

Chard Road Flooding, Wednesday 21 November 2012

Becky, at the end of Post Office Yard, had taken the children to school, and the road was quite passable, though very wet in the heavy rain, which was continuing to fall, having started in the night. Then just after 9 at the other end of Post Office Yard, Kate told me to go and see if Rosemary and Pete were all right, apparently it looked as though the road was flooding and already halfway up the path to their bungalow.
What I found is best described by the pictures attached to this entry, but summed up simply as wall to wall water, not just the road, but the kerb and pavement were submerged, from Oxhayes to Bridge Farm.
There soon assembled a raggedly band of us, armed with drain rods and garden tools, working on the grids, with Mike scurrying about distributing sandbags.
When it became obvious that water was rushing down Chard Road and into the road from the fields, faster than the drains, even if cleared, could cope, Rosemary agreed that she should sacrifice the edge of her rose bed, for a channel to be dug to at least get the water down to kerb height, so a team set to, whilst drain-rodding and sand-bagging continued.
While all this was going on, there was an occasional tangle of cars, fortunately not actually colliding, turning at either end of the flood to find other ways round. (I met some people later who had spent a good chunk of the morning trying to find a route to the A303). There were some exceptions - some (thankfully few) people who seemed to think driving a 4-wheel drive vehicle or large van through at speed and setting up a wave which rolled into the volunteers and up Rosemary's path and against the farm wall was a sensible thing to do. They might have benefited from staying to watch the milk lorry, which went through at walking pace.
Suddenly, all the efforts produced the desired result of each drain running freely and the road surface reappearing.
John, from the farm, and I were just putting the finishing touches to shovelling up the last of the debris (Rosemary may have lost some rose bed, but she's got lots of good leaf mold in the making) when the council truck arrived, saw it was all done and dusted and headed off with a cheery wave, no doubt to the next blockage - what a morning they must have been having.
By coffee time the road was safe and clear, much more than could be said for poor old Clapton, which was seriously blocked right into the afternoon, with vehicles broken down in the flood-water.
They look ever so tiny and insignificant, those rain drops, till you put them all together.



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Submitted by: andrew       On: 15/11/2012 at: 21:36       Location: Drimpton

Draft Local Plan - 'Alternative Sites'

HOW DOES IT AFFECT DRIMPTON?

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council are currently consulting on a number of ‘Alternative Sites’. These have been submitted by landowners during the 2012 consultation on the Local Plan Pre-Submission Draft

Developers and landowners have put forward new sites they feel should be included in the new Local Plan for West Dorset, Weymouth and Portland. Although neither council is promoting these 'alternative sites', local people can make comments on the proposals. In this way your views can also be considered directly by the Independent Inspector, when the Local Plan is submitted for consideration.

An Alternative Site has been submitted for Drimpton in the area between Chard Road, Netherhay Lane and Crewkerne Road.

Send feedback to dorsetforyou or write to:
Local Plan Alternative Sites Consultation, either at West Dorset District Council, Stratton House, 58/60 High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UZ or Weymouth & Portland Borough Council, Council Offices, North Quay, Weymouth, DT4 8TA. Comments can be submitted to either council by the 20 December 2012.

If you have any questions or you need more information, please come and chat to Mike Saunders, Parish Councillor, at the Village Hall Coffee Morning this Saturday, 17th November between 10.30am and 12.30pm.






Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/11/2012 at: 11:51       Location: Drimpton

Drimpton Village Hall's 90th Birthday in 2013

message from the current committee:
Ninety years ago this month the first steps were taken to create a meeting place for Drimpton villagers. A public meeting was held on 27th November 1922, and on 4th December the Village Hut Committee was formed. One year later the new Hut was built by Wakely Bros and on 20th December 1923 the Hut was opened followed by a Concert and Dance, which went on until the early hours of the morning.

Well done to Colonel Douglas and his dynamic committee and a special thought for Mrs Gale who supplied the land and loaned the extra cash to enable the building to be completed on time.

The current Drimpton Hall Committee plans to celebrate this wonderful foresight by mirroring, over the next 12 months, the fund raising events of 1923.

This will culminate with a DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL BIRTHDAY PARTY on 20th December 2013.

The Fun Day Committee have already given £280 in support of the celebrations.


Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/11/2012 at: 11:49       Location: Drimpton

extracts from newsletter for November

"DRIMPTON MEETS, GREETS and EATS" – our Village Recipe Book with stories
- message from Kate Hesketh
‘The excitement of receiving the book from the printers was great but not as great as the excitement of seeing them selling like hot cakes at the "LAUNCH" in the Village Hall Coffee morning on the 27th October. The Hall was buzzing with people sampling the tasters from 30 dishes prepared by contributors of recipes. WE SOLD OUT – all 150!!!!! Amazing. And when people started reading their copies they said HOW GOOD IT IS! So we are thinking about a reprint in time for Christmas. If you would like to order a copy (or two or more!) at £5 each, contact me. Deadline for orders is 11th NOVEMBER.

Finally, the Book Club ladies would like to thank everyone for their help and support through the year and hope you now enjoy reading it and trying out new dishes from it.’
Remember that ALL profits are to help refurbish the Village Hall Kitchen.

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SAT 3rd NOV: HEALTHY HEART DAY – message from Neville Adams & Roger Smith (Patient Forum)
‘The Crewkerne Medical Centre's Patient Forum is holding a Healthy Heart Day starting at 10am and finishing at 3.30pm, at Henhayes Centre in Crewkerne (near Waitrose)
Speakers include Dr John Horne, representatives from Yeovil Heartbeat and Orchard Lane Dental Practise, the St John Ambulance Brigade, and Rachel Moiser a dietician.
In addition there will be the opportunity to learn about exercise, and have your blood pressure checked.
Refreshments will be available. Do come along so you are better equipped to keep your heart healthy.
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ROYAL OAK:
SAT 3rd NOV: Live Music from ‘DESIGN’ – 60s and 70s classics from c8.pm
SUN 4th NOV & SUN 2nd DEC : PUB QUIZ from c8.pm - Bring a team or join one.
TUES 6th NOV: FOLK EVENING – from c8pm - for Musicians and Audience

SAT 10th NOV: CHARM CHRYSANTH SHOW
Judging in the morning
Viewing from 6pm
Auction from 8.00 to 8.30pm by Ernie Phillips.
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THURS 8th NOV: BRITISH LEGION POPPY APPEAL COFFEE MORNING – 10.30am to 12.00pm
Mary and Sam Trott are staging this event at the Broadwindsor Crafts Centre by kind invitation of the management. Including Draw and Bring & Buy. Everyone is invited.

FRI 9th NOV: ST MARY’S CHURCH COFFEE MORNING 10.30am to 12.00pm
At 32 Chard Road by kind invitation of Norman and Jane Marsden. With 100 Club Draw, Raffle and Bring & Buy. Everyone very welcome.

YOUTH CLUB CHRISTMAS CARDS
The Youth Club will design Christmas Cards again this year to be sold in aid of the NSPCC. The design work will be completed at the Youth Club meeting at the Village Hall on FRIDAY 9th NOV. Don’t miss out on pleasing Mum with your very own handmade Christmas Card. We will also be recruiting for cast members for the Christmas Show Nativity to be on Friday 14th December.
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SUN 11th NOV: REMEMBRANCE DAY
The Remembrance Service will be held at St Mary's Church, starting at 10.45am. Everyone will be most welcome to this informal service when we reflect on the ultimate sacrifice made by the armed forces, as well as by other organisations.
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WED 14th NOV: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Everyone is invited to enjoy a range of homemade soups in great company - £3.50.

WED 14th NOV at 7.30pm: FILM CLUB at the Village Hall - ‘The Lady’
This is 'a love story that shows exemplary courage'.
The lady in question is Aung San Suu Kyi, the brave, charismatic Burmese dissident and non-violent proponent of democracy, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. This deeply moving film unfolds in flashback from 1998, when her husband, Oxford professor Michael Aris, is diagnosed with terminal cancer but refused a visa for a final reunion with his wife in Rangoon by the Burmese military government that was holding her under house arrest.

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SAT 17th NOV – COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING
at the Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Come and enjoy great coffee, wonderful cakes and grand company, plus Fun & Games and Storytime.
The first edition of this year’s Youth Club Christmas cards will be on sale, too.

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WED 21st NOV – HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING at 7.15 for 7.30pm at the Village Hall
’Our guest speaker will be Emma Tomlin, from the Greenwood Tree Project, Dorset Wildlife Trust, speaking on: “Corridors & Stepping Stones - from your garden to the greater landscape”
How do our gardens link into the wider landscape, veteran trees and the rich variety of species to be found within and around them? This promises to be a talk with a difference - visitors - as always - most welcome.
Our Christmas luncheon is on THURS 13th DEC, and bookings will be taken at the November meeting.’

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D A N C E
In aid of the Dorset Air Ambulance

On SATURDAY 24th NOVEMBER from 7pm till Late
At Drimpton Village Hall
LIVE MUSIC & REFRESHMENTS
Tickets: £6
For details, contact Glyn Phillips

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SATURDAY 1st DECEMBER
FAMILY CHRISTMAS BINGO
At the Village Hall
Eyes down at 7.30pm

Books £1 – Wonderful seasonal family prizes
Refreshments, including mulled wine and mince pies

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MON 3rd DEC: ST MARY’S CHURCH ADVENT LUNCH from 12.30pm
A 2-course cooked lunch served at the Village Hall. With Raffle & 100 Club Draw. Lunch tickets are £6. Please book your places from Jane.


Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/11/2012 at: 11:39       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in Drimpton Cross

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN OCTOBER
143.25 mm (2011 57.25mm) or 5.7 inches(2011 2.27ins.)

It would appear that the weather man in the sky is determined to confirm this as being one of the wettest years, with rainfall in October more than twice the volume of last year, and yet I have heard from two friends (émigrés) recently that they are dreading the heat of the Summers in their part of the World. Maybe our temperate climate is not so bad after all.


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