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Submitted by: andrew       On: 11/10/2012 at: 10:14       Location: Broadwindsor

Community Shop

message from Fraser Hughes:
"Thank you to everyone who contributed to the shop fundraising appeal. We did it! In fact we did rather better and now (mid September) the total stands at just over £32,000. The generous donation of £500 from the Jubilee Group saw us over the line exactly on deadline day. It just shows what a great community we live in. The thermomenter in the Square seemed to inspire people as the pace of share applications rose as it went up. We now have over 200 shareholders in the shop and at the time of writing (mid September) 62 people who have volunteered to serve in it...the committee is working on the shop layout and has indentified much of the equipment required. Our next milestone is signing the shop lease which has to be drawn up by the Boyds' solicitor and we are aiming to have the shop occupation in December to allow us to start trading in the New Year..."

Submitted by: andrew       On: 6/10/2012 at: 20:53       Location: Drimpton

Apples & honey

This time last year the village had more apples than it really knew what to do with. People couldn’t give them away. Jill Strawbridge set up an Apple Pressing Day at the Village Hall as a way to get use out of them. But this year is very different. One of my two nameless trees has nothing on it. The other has a scattering of blemished, blighted fruit. I’ve picked a half-bagful of them, including examples that last year would have been thrown straight away. Today I’ve turned them into stewed fruit with sultanas, cinnamon and plenty of brown sugar. Almost every last fruit had been wormed into by moth. So my freezer won’t be full of stewed apples as it was last year, and I won’t be eating my way through it into the New Year, more’s the pity.

Yesterday morning on my way round the village delivering the October newsletter (to the half of the village not covered by Janice & Alan), I called at Sam & Mary Trott’s as they were finishing jarring up the honey from Sam’s hive. Although it hasn’t been as successful a year for them as last year, they still had over 30 1lb jars to put away. As I was leaving Mary gave me a jar of the cloudy, corn-coloured sweetness, saying that bees might have visited my garden during the summer and so some of my flowers might have contributed. I love that idea - ‘Drimpton in a jar’.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 6/10/2012 at: 20:48       Location: Drimpton

extracts from village newsletter for October

FUN DAY – 1st SEPT : Chairman’s Report
“Fine weather at last, and what a difference it made! The community turned out and had a splendid day being entertained, nourished and meeting friends and new faces.
The Red Arrows didn’t participate this year, but were able to give us the VIP day with the Red Arrows as our Grand Draw Prize. To take their place we were honoured with a wonderful display of classic motorbikes providing the roar and the spectacle. The steam train again produced that lovely atmosphere of days gone by and the Windwhistle Company of Archers displayed and taught their skills in their usual enthusiastic and fun way.

Thanks to Dave Leader, Bob and Mark Brunt for a great Under 12 5-a-side soccer competition. Everyone was truly amazed at the skills and enthusiasm of the players. In the Arena we were entertained by the Majorettes, Tai Chi and the children’s races providing the usual thrills and spills. The BBQ and Christabel’s Tea Room were again very popular.

The Fun Day Committee have three aims; First “to have fun”, second “to engender community spirit” and lastly “to make money”. We succeeded spectacularly; the day had a wonderful feel to it and we made £1500 to support the Youth Club and the Village Hall.
That said, we are in difficult times, when volunteers are being pushed harder and harder. This year we had fewer volunteers, not because of a lack of interest, but because helpers are max-ed out. This year we made less money, not because of a lack of generosity but because of the ever-increasing demand on charitable giving. The great thing is that we really enjoyed our special day, when Drimpton showed again that despite its small size it has a very big heart.”

WED 10th OCT: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
A fine selection of homemade soups served up in a friendly atmosphere. £3.50
WED 10th OCT: FILM NIGHT at the Village Hall at 7.30pm
"We Bought a Zoo" Based on the Dartmoor Zoo story, but set in America??
A funny, inspiring, true story about the magical power of a family to persevere in the face of extraordinary challenges. Matt Damon is Benjamin Mee - who, to give his family a much needed fresh start, moves to a home in the middle of a dilapidated zoo which he sets about bringing back to its former glorious state. Also starring Scarlett Johansson and Elle Fanning.

at the Village Hall at 6.45 for 7.00pm
"Trekking the Himalayas Through a Nurseryman's Eyes” by Clive Groves
An early start in order to complete the essential AGM business before the talk.
Clive Groves has been trekking in some exotic parts of the world, and will talk to us about The Himalayas. Afterwards, there will be drinks and nibbles; please bring something to share. Everyone is welcome, there is a small fee for non-members, but you maybe inspired to join!
FRIDAY 19th OCTOBER at 6.45 for 7.00pm
QUIZ & PUDS NIGHT at the Village Hall
Quiz teams of 4.
Selection of delicious puddings to see you through the evening.
£2.50 includes 1st pudding. 50p for further puddings.
Prizes for winning teams.
Proceeds for St Mary’s Church
ART CLASS at Netherhay Chapel, Mondays (school term time) 2 -4pm. Cost £5, first 'taster' session free. A combination of tuition and time to work on your own paintings, with help available if needed! An opportunity to try different materials and techniques; suitable for all levels. Further information, contact Jenny Beck.
Children's Halloween Party
In the Village Hall on Wednesday 31st October
From 6.00 to 7.30pm
Fun & Games & Excitement & Tea - All for £1.50 per child
Fancy Dress essential!
All proceeds to the Village Hall

Get Saddled Up!
On FRIDAY 26th OCTOBER from 7.00pm
At the Village Hall
[cheques payable to Drimpton Village Hall]

If you are unable to attend but would still like to join in, for £2 there is the opportunity to name a horse - go on - you know you want to..........(don't worry - you can still participate even if you're not going - don't be shy!)

SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER 10.30am to 12.30pm
At the Village Hall
D R I M P T O N D O E S F O O D !
Cakes & Great Coffee
Our very own village book, jam-packed with Stories, Anecdotes & Recipes
90+ recipes from 40+ village contributors with tales to tell & dishes to share
A great variety of dishes from the very simple to the haute cuisine!
Discover family secrets from village kitchens.
All for just £5
COME ALONG to TASTE SAMPLES from the recipes!
Proceeds to help the refurbishment of the Village Hall Kitchen.
SUN 7th OCT & SUN 4th NOV: QUIZ NIGHT from c8.00pm. Bring a team or join one.
SAT 13th OCT: From 9.00pm - Live Popular, Contemporary Music from US.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/10/2012 at: 17:38       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in September '12

Believe it or not, we have come to the end of another Gardening Year, and what a year it has been. For the gardener, not the best by a long way, with the Met. Office statistic that the West Country has had
170% of the average rainfall
78mm.(2011 54mm.) or 3.1 inches (2011 2.13 ins.)

Submitted by: Pat       On: 1/10/2012 at: 14:04       Location: Drimpton

From Bondi beach to the little axe

This isn't Pat, its adam her son. You may remember me for delivering your papers, being the avon lady, playing tweedle dee in the panto or generally annoying you all with my skateboard. I have just returned for a quick visit following a re location to Australia and felt the need to express my fondness for this place. In my week or so i have been back not a lot has changed, i still see Mrs Roberts walking in the middle of the road, gwen hill sat in the window and Andrew wearing his floppy white hat. As i leave for Sydney on Thursday and my parents unsure of their future plans, this may be my last visit to Drimpton, its been a cracking 24 years and i hope the community continues to work as hard as it already does in order to keep it a thriving little village :)
bye bye drimpton :) Adam x

Submitted by: chubb       On: 30/9/2012 at: 20:54       Location: Greenham

problems of living in the countryside

So we all love to live in a beautifull tranquill part of the country, one area is the field in Greenham that we are lucky to own, right next to the river with a footpath running through it, you may start thinking this is an ideal living but sadly here is some news that shatters the above, we have horses grazing the grass after the hay making which require fencing, a battery fencer is essential to keep them from getting out, so yesterday when going to check them we find somebody has stolen not only the fencer but the battery as well, surely not you say in such a quiet and secluded area but yes it has gone. Not a chance of getting it back and now how do we keep them in as another fencer will surely go costing over a £100, makes you want to catch them and wire the fencer to their nether regions to teach them a lesson. Never mind the river is still flowing, the horses are grazing and i'm going to take my frustration out by knoking in some stakes to keep the horses in

Submitted by: chubb       On: 3/9/2012 at: 21:16       Location: Drimpton

Drimpton fun day 2012

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Submitted by: chubb       On: 3/9/2012 at: 21:10       Location: Drimpton

Drimpton Fun Day 2012

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Submitted by: chubb       On: 3/9/2012 at: 21:03       Location: Drimpton

Drimpton Fun day 2012

The weather was kind with clear blue skies all day, Sat 1st September is Drimpton fun day.
Many people came and a total of £1500 raised for village projects/clubs etc. As can be seen in the photos everyone enjoyed themselves

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 2/9/2012 at: 16:09       Location: Drimpton

extracts from newsletter for September

SATURDAY 1st SEPTEMBER from 11.00am to 4.00pm
On the Recreation Field & in the Village Hall
We don’t promise good weather, but we do promise Drimpton hospitality
and loads of FUN.
Under-12s 5-a-Side Football * Classic Motorbikes * Steam Train & Pony Rides * Archery * Bouncy Castle * Children’s Races * Fair * Stalls * Tea Room * BBQ * Skittles * All-Day Bar…..and a whole lot more besides.

HALL REFURBISHMENT – message from the Hall Committee
Funds are now available to fit the new shower system in the changing rooms. That will see the completion of Phase One of the refurbishment programme, which has cost just under £20,000. By project managing the work ourselves and completing much of the work on a voluntary basis we saved an incredible £9,000 on the original estimated costs of £29,000. WELL DONE TO EVERYONE INVOLVED. Only £5,000 was taken from the Hall’s contingency funds; the remaining £15,000 was raised by the committee from council grants and fund raising events. Fund raising has already started for Phase 2, the Kitchen improvements.

At the Chapel from 10.30am to 12.00pm
With Bring & Buy and Cake Stall - In Aid of Dorset Historic Churches

WED 12th SEPT: LIGHT LUNCH at the VILLAGE HALL at 12.30pm
Everyone is invited to share in the homemade soups and enjoy the warm atmosphere. £3.50.

FILM CLUB at the VILLAGE HALL - The Drimpton Film Club has made an amazing start with over 30 full members and many day members. Due to this great start the committee has authorised the purchase of a new projector, which will provide a clearer and brighter picture. A big thank you to Village Voices for the loan of their projector, which gave us the opportunity to get the Film Club started.
Next Showing on WEDNESDAY 12th September 7.30pm
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
A romantic comedy starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.
This is cinema at its most easily digestible.

Great fund raising BBQ – Lovely weather – good burgers, hot dogs, ice cream and liquid refreshment – fantastic company – and we raised some money for the YC.
Next YC Meeting FRIDAY 14th SEPT 6.30 to 8.00pm
Fun and Games outside

on SATURDAY 22nd SEPT from 10.30am to 12.00pm
By Popular request, there will be “BACON BUTTIES”
As well as homemade cakes, great coffee and good company

WED 19th SEPT: GARDENING CLUB MEETING -7.15 for 7.30 pm
A topic of broader interest, not just for gardeners, all welcome.
Sue Medlicott from St Margaret's Hospice will tell us about
"Gardens and their role in Hospice care"
In addition to the usual flower of Flower of the Month (why not bring one) and refreshments, we will also have a raffle to support a donation to St Margaret's Garden Club.

MON 24th SEPT: HARVEST LUNCH at 12 for 12.30pm at the Village Hall. Hot meal for £6 with 100 club and raffle. Book your places with Jane.

John & Viv Watts invite you to the
on Friday 28th September from 10.30 to 12.00 noon
at The Pin House on Chard Road.
Raffle, cake stall, etc - all very welcome.

SUN 2nd SEPT/ SUN 9th OCT: QUIZ from 8.15 for 8.30. Teams of 3 or 4. £1 a head
TUES 4th SEPT/ TUES 2nd OCT: FOLK NIGHTS for Musicians & Audience from c8.30pm
SAT 8th SEPT from 9.00pm:
SAT 15th SEPT from 9.00pm:
Amazing traditional Irish Music to raise the roof! From 9.00pm

From 12.30pm
Hot Lunch, Puds & Coffee - £7 per head
Auction of Produce

NEWS: The Pharmacy which is part of Crewkerne Medical Centre on Middle Path, right next to the hospital is now open for 100 hours per week 7 am – 10.30pm Monday to Saturday / 10am – 5pm on Sunday.
Tel 01460 72781

It is open to anyone and not only the patients of the adjoining GP Practice, so it will provide a much better service to Drimpton residents than currently available.

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