‘People make Places. Places make People’.... In 2011 villagers began an online Open Archive on an informal basis. We have been recording events, logging images, sharing ideas and making comments for several years. The archive was closed for submitting new entries in February 2019. You are welcome to browse its entries and view its pictures.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 13/1/2012 at: 16:43       Location: Greenham


At the entryway to Pond Field the first silver buds of willow catkins are shining like drops of mercury in the sunshine. In odd places dandelions are in flower even before most snowdrops are in bloom. Another sign that this winter is not behaving correctly.

Submitted by: Heskie       On: 3/1/2012 at: 13:08       Location: Drimpton

Winter weather challenges

As I type this, the news on the television is showing the disruption and injuries caused by the severe winds whipping across the UK. Such is the back-drop to our packing as we prepare to set out for our return to Drimpton.
Here is the Met Eireann sea state for our route across the Irish Sea:
Sea Crossings
State of sea until 0600 Thursday 05 January 2012
Dublin - Holyhead Rough or very rough. Decreasing moderate in places for a time early Wednesday.
We hope the ferry makes a dash for it during the moderate sea state!

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 2/1/2012 at: 15:32       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in December '11

Over the last ten years or so, in general, rainfall has only varied a little around 3.5 to 4.5 inches, so this year December rain fits well into that area. The main feature of this month's weather has been temperature, which has remained very mild for the whole month.
90. mm. (2010 22,mm) OR 3.6 inches (2010 .87 inches)

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/1/2012 at: 18:18       Location: Drimpton

Extracts from village newsletter for January 2012

Happy New Year!
The Christmas Show with Carols at the Hall on December 10th. It was great to have so many villagers of all ages both on the stage and in the audience. The mix of established village talent and new ‘stars’ went down really well. The Hall was buzzing! £202.30 has been sent off to CLIC-SARGENT [For more, see report and pictures on openarchive for 2011.]

Carol Singing Round the Village: On December 19th a ‘choir’ of almost 20 villagers sang around the whole village, receiving refreshment on the way! The choir thanks everyone who gave so generously. The grand sum of £214.06 was sent to help charities supporting homeless people at Christmas. [See report on openarchive for 2011.]

The Charity Dance in aid of the Air Ambulance was an enjoyable success on December 17th at the Hall. Glyn and Sylvia Phillips thank all who gave their support, donations and prizes, and who bought tickets. The total collected was £900. After expenses for music, food, draw and miscellaneous, £500 has been donated to Air Ambulance and £100 has been given to support the improvements at the Hall.

The Village Hall Committee: ‘Thank you to every one for a great 2011 in the Village Hall. The community flourished as a result of all the efforts from the Light Lunch ladies, Bowls Club, Village Pantomime and Christmas Show, Gentle Exercise Group, Fun Day Committee, Football Club, Youth Club, Horticultural Society and, of course, all the functions organised by the committee. Hundreds of hours of voluntary work; well done everyone! Hopefully we shall see much of the same in the New Year with a few new additions and activity around the Jubilee Celebrations. Finally, grants permitting, we shall see the long awaited improvements to the facilities including the disabled access.’

Fun Day: Distribution of the Fun Day Fund 2011 is complete; £1350 to Village Hall improvements and £150 in support of Broadwindsor Primary School recreation facility.

The Broadwindsor Group Parish Plan. The questionnaires have now been gathered in.The information on the questionnaires has been sent for independent evaluation, with results from this expected in mid-January. [For more details see openarchive for 2011.]

The Shop in Broadwindsor. A Public Meeting at Comrades Hall on Thursday 26th January at 7.30pm to update the community on shop situation and its future direction.

SUN 8th JAN: QUIZ NIGHT at the ROYAL OAK from 8pm

WED 11th JAN: LIGHT LUNCH from 12.30pm at the Village Hall
Home made soups, bread and cheeseboard for £3.50. Extra soup, 50p. Great food in great company, All very welcome.

FRI 13th JAN 6.30-8.00pm: YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall
Fun and games! Well done on producing the Christmas Cards. Thanks to the village for buying. Nearly 800 cards were sold making £285 for NSPCC.

TUES 17th JAN c8.00pm: FOLK NIGHT at the ROYAL OAK for players and audience.

WEDNESDAY 18th JANUARY 6.45 for 7.00pm
at the Village Hall
Staged by the Gardening Club – Open to All
Entry £2 per person (includes 1st pud) - 50p for each extra pud!
If you wish to bring wine, glasses are available.
SATURDAY 21st JANUARY 10.30am to 12.30pm

Real Coffee & Cakes. Craft table, book sale
Children’s book swap trolley and story time with Carol.
Many different games and supervised outdoor activity (weather permitting)

Village Hall & Methodist Church Barn Dance
SATURDAY 28th JANUARY 8.00pm to Midnight
At the Village Hall
Live music from Raggie Annie – with caller
Tickets £8 to include Ploughman’s Supper, with Licenced Bar
Contact: Steve Chubb
Get rid of those winter blues with a good old-fashioned dance, or just sit, chat, enjoy a drink and supper in good company.

For the first time the groups and organisations of the village have come together to draw up

Copies of it are displayed on the walls in the VILLAGE HALL and the ROYAL OAK. If you want to know about regular village activities as well as one-off specials throughout 2012, they are there. If you are planning an activity or event and you don’t want to clash with what’s on, you can check. If you want to add your activity or event to the Calendar, please contact Joanna Medley.


P O T A T O D A Y : SATURDAY 11th FEBRUARY 10:30 to 3:30
at the Village Hall: for food, fun and advice

Welcome to our 5th Annual Potato Day, with Pennard Plants offering dozens of Seed Potato varieties, by the tuber or in bags. Potato Day is organised for gardeners, by gardeners; you
will find plenty of help and information.

There will also be Heritage Vegetable seeds, a selection of Garlic, Onion and Shallot sets, plus herbs, fruit bushes, rhubarb and more. You can enter our popular Potato Growing competition with weigh-in on Show Day, Saturday 11th August)

With All-Day Brunches, as well as warming drinks. As ever, the popular activities for young people will be here, so there's fun for everyone.

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