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Submitted by: Norman       On: 14/6/2012 at: 14:45       Location: Drimpton

Open Gardens 2012

WELL DONE and THANK YOU to you all. In spite of the foul weather on the day (after 2 or 3 other days of even worse weather!) we had a good time. I’m sure all the Open Gardeners had ‘if only’ moments regarding the horrible conditions, but the turnout went to prove that when it comes to garden visitors there are intrepid souls out there who will visit gardens regardless! Waterproofs and umbrellas were a feature as can be seen in the photographs below. Between 50 and 60 people came round, and I know that they all enjoyed themselves and valued all our effort. The café in the Hall offered a refuge and did a roaring trade. As 1 o’clock chimed I was half-expecting to see almost no one. But we had visitors all afternoon from all over the place and it was great to have the chance to chat to fellow enthusiasts.

As a result, a cheque for £400 has been handed to Drimpton Village Hall to help refurbish the Hall kitchen.
Andrew Pastor

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 11/6/2012 at: 21:46       Location: Drimpton

extracts from village newsletter for June

Message from Rosemary Shepherd: “Thank you everyone for all your hard work and support both at the COFFEE MORNING+ PLUG PLANT SALE at the very end of April. It was another successful social and fundraising village event. Coffee and cakes raised £71.80. Plants raised £429.20! This makes a grand total for today of £501 to go towards the Hall refurbishment. Well done, Congratulations.”
Message from Village Hall Committee:
As a result of hours of fund raising and hours of voluntary work on the refurbishment, we have completed the work on the access, disabled and other toilets and changing rooms in time for our Jubilee celebrations!
Thanks to EVERYONE involved and to our local tradesmen who have put in so much hard work.
when we join communities across the UK
in THE BIG LUNCH from 12.00 onwards
a get-together proudly supporting The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Seats for 60 around to sit around The VILLAGE TABLE- Let’s fill it up!
BBQ available for you to use – Plus the Royal Oak Bar
Join your friends & neighbours at the Hall, in the Marquee and on the Recreation Field
There will be tables, chairs, fun, games, people of all ages and you!
Bad weather? No problem. We'll do it all in our Village Hall. Nothing will stop us!
Watch the Coronation on The Big Screen! Come along and enjoy yourselves.
TUESDAY 5th JUNE: FOLK NIGHT for musicians and audience from c8.00pm
All football matches in EURO 2012 featuring ENGLAND will be on The Big Screen!
WED 13th JUNE: LIGHT LUNCHES at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
A range of homemade soups served in a welcoming atmosphere. Every Welcome.
SATURDAY 23rd JUNE at 12.30pm at MANOR FARM
Tickets (from June 10th) £5 to Cover BBQ & Pud
Bar available. FUN and GAMES.
SATURDAY 30th JUNE – 3.00 to 5.00pm
At the Village Hall
Mountains of Strawberries…..Lashings of Cream…..Cakes Galore!
Adults £4….Under-12s £2…………………………In aid of St Mary’s Church

YOUTH CLUB: ‘Great meeting in May with John Lock in charge, playing in the sun and making flags for the Flower Show in August.
Next Meeting on FRIDAY 8th JUNE 6.30pm - 8.00pm. Finish your flags and team games outside.
on SUNDAY 10th JUNE from 1.00 to 6.00pm
Visit 14 real village gardens in Drimpton
for a one-off ticket price of £3.50
You can begin your tour anywhere – just look for the daisies!
REFRESHMENTS and PLANTS available as you walk the route.
Raising funds for refurbishing the Village Hall kitchen.
On SUNDAY JUNE 17th at 12.30pm At Netherhay Chapel
2 Courses with Coffee – Bring your own wine if you wish. …….Tickets: £6.50 per head
To book your places, call Christabel or Beryl
In aid of Netherhay Chapel Funds.

Submitted by: Heskie       On: 3/6/2012 at: 18:59       Location: Drimpton

The Big Jubilee Lunch

Inspired by the Queen’s 60 year reign, encouraged by the Eden Project, and turned from dream into reality by thousands of communities, throughout the United Kingdom, this was a party of which everyone, including Drimpton could be a part.
Flags were hoisted, bunting made and strung, barrels raised, tables set and food prepared, and the weather forecast nervously watched.
On Big Jubilee Lunch Day, Sunday 3rd June 2012, it wasn't picnic weather here, not a problem - we have a great hall, which is improving, it seems, with every visit. So inside it had to be, and time for a banquet fit for a Queen and her people.
Mind you, there were some hardy souls braving the elements to eat, share and make merry under the boules shelter and under a gazebo; with children, of many ages, enjoying French cricket on the football field. Wherever you looked, inside and out, Drimpton people celebrated in colourful style.

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Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/6/2012 at: 10:20       Location: Drimpton

Monthly rainfall

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in May 2012
53mm.(2011 44.5mm) or 2.1 inches (2011 1.8 inches)

We have certainly had some ups and downs in our weather of late, a hot and dry Spring, the wettest April on record and then in May another very hot spell with one area in Dorset recording a temperature of 29c., another record. I only recorded eight days in May in which it rained and as I write this with the approach of the Queen’s Pageant on the River Thames, it seems that the day will be very cold (12c.) and wet.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 18/5/2012 at: 21:21       Location: Drimpton

Local Bus Service

Message from Roger Smith, Parish Councillor: "The number 90 buses between Crewkerne & Chard will cease on the 28th May. This will leave 2 routes through Drimpton the 45 to Bridport twice weekly and the 204 between Thorncombe & Yeovil including Tesco via Drimpton & Crewkerne three times a week.

I have taken this up with our County Councillor, Rebecca Knox, who although helpful and sympathetic has not been able to convince Dorset CC to subsidise the service through Somerset CC who pay Stagecoach for the service to run. As an alternative I have asked if the Beaminster/ Broadwindsor service can turn at the Royal Oak instead of the White Lion. She feels that if we can drum up enough support they may possibly have a change of heart for this diversion, but not guaranteed."

The response to Mrs Knox from Deborah Fiddik, Dorset Passenger Transport, Transport Development Officer, was as follows.

'Dear Mrs Knox
Bus service 90 – Crewkerne to Chard via Drimpton and Winsham

This service is run by Stagecoach under a Somerset County Council contract. Somerset has reviewed all of their contracted services and as a result, they are withdrawing this service from 28th May 2012. They will re-route one of their other services to cover the part of the route that runs in Somerset but the bus company will be using larger vehicles. Unfortunately, these vehicles will not be able to negotiate the sharp bend in Drimpton so the bus will be routed along the B3165 to Horn Ash and then through to Winsham.

This will mean that Drimpton will not have a daily bus service. The Cabinet was advised in March and noted this fact but gave no further instructions.

I know that this will be inconvenient for any passengers who do use this service and I have looked to see if any existing services in Dorset could be revised to include Drimpton, but this appears unlikely without incurring extra cost. Unfortunately, because the budget for public transport has been fully spent we are not in a position to do this. Staff from the Passenger Transport Team surveyed the service earlier this year and found that very few passengers used the service to and from Drimpton.

There has been a notice on the buses stating that Drimpton will not be served from the 29th May and neither ourselves nor our colleagues in Somerset have received any comments from Drimpton residents. The other bus services for the village will continue (Wednesdays and Saturdays to Bridport and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays to Crewkerne and Yeovil) and the Beaminster Country Car scheme covers Drimpton.'

Roger Smith continues: "One of the reasons given that they will be using larger vehicles who couldn’t negotiate the sharp bends in Netherhay is strange as the large school buses manage very well as did the very large lorries delivering the stone for the road towards Bridport from Broadwindsor.." [Possibly they are referring to the sharp bend from Crewkerne Road into Chard Road.]

"The other suggestion is to publicize the on-going routes and the ring & ride service operated by Axe Valley & West Dorset Ring & Ride. This costs £5 per annum to register & £5 per trip this picks up at your home and goes somewhere twice weekly, but needs to be booked in advance. All the timetables for the buses and some for the ring & ride are on the Dorset For You website."

Submitted by: andrew       On: 15/5/2012 at: 20:21       Location: Broadwindsor

Broadwindsor Community Stores

message from Fraser Hughes: 'The SOBS Committee is pleased to announce that an outline agreement has been reached with Alistair and his brother to rent the existing shop. The finer details of the agreement have still to be ironed out but both parties are optimistic that this can be done. SOBS is now in the process of setting up an IPS (Industrial & Provident Society) on behalf of the village, which will allow residents and others to buy shares in the enterprise, and add to those they already have. We will be working with the Plunkett organisation to draw upon their huge experience of setting up and running Community Stores.

As will have been noticed the shop has undergone a facelift in preparation for the re-opening. It is intended to call the shop ‘Broadwindsor Community Stores’. At this point it is not possible to set an opening date.

There will be a further detailed update on the evening of Thursday 14th June in Comrades Hall in conjunction with the presentation of the Parish Plan Findings. The re-opening of the shop was the most sought after item on the Parish Plan findings, so please come along and show your support. Remember your shop will only be successful if you support it!'

Submitted by: andrew       On: 15/5/2012 at: 20:19       Location: Broadwindsor

Broadwindsor Group Parish Plan - Findings

From Fraser Hughes:
'The Broadwindsor Group Parish Plan Steering Committee invites all residents to Wine & Cheese Evenings to be held to present the findings of the Parish Plan Questionnaire. These will be held on Thursday 14th June at 7.30pm in Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor and on Tuesday 19th June at 7.30pm in Drimpton Village Hall. Admission is free at both events.

The presentation will highlight the issues that you have told us through the questionnaire that concern you, the residents, together with a proposed list of actions to tackle them. There will be an Open Forum at the end of the presentation giving those present an opportunity to make comment and ask questions.

At the end of June/beginning of July every household in the Parish will receive a booklet, their own copy of the findings.

The committee would like to thank all those who have helped in one form or another in the carrying out of the exercise, and to the sponsors, in particular the ‘Awards for All’ Lottery Fund who gave a Grant of just over £4,000 towards it.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 9/5/2012 at: 14:09       Location: Drimpton

Extracts from village newsletter for May

QUIZ & PUDS: message from Rosemary & Bob: “Thank you for your support and generosity. We have added another £181 to the Village Hall Refurb Fund. 17 teams took part in a most enjoyable quiz and shared a fantastic array of puddings. Recipes for favourite puds will appear in “A Taste of Drimpton”, our village recipe book, available later this year. Thank you to all who donated puddings and helped to make the evening a success.”

Village Hall News – messages from Mike Saunders. What a month!! Family Bingo, Lent Lunch, Eggstravag-anza, two Wonderful Performances by Little Axe Theatre Group, Quiz & Puds, Ken Hodges Cup, Bowls, Light Exercise, Light Lunch, Youth Club, Coffee Morning & Plug Plant Sale; all whilst our Hall goes through major refurbishment. We enjoyed ourselves and also raised over £1000! Well done to all organisers and participants. We are going to slow down in May while we suffer more disruption due to our refurb programme. I hope we will finish in good time for our…

when we join communities across the UK
in THE BIG LUNCH, a one-day get-together proudly supporting The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Why not bring your meal, and maybe enough to swap and taste. Join your friends & neighbours at the Hall, in the Marquee and on the Recreation Field, between 12:00 and 2:00pm.There will be tables, chairs, and shelter if we need it, fun, games, people of all ages and you!
with local entertainment, the Royal Oak Bar and BBQ
[more details nearer the time]
Request: Do you have any red or blue material for the making of bunting? Please contact Mel Russ.

WEATHER VANE. We are erecting the weather vane in memory of our successful 2011 Fun Day and the tragic death of Jon Egging (Red 4), at the HALL COFFEE MORNING on 26th MAY, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Thank you to Vanessa and Bill who have been heavily involved in the idea and in organising the production of the weather vane. Such is the support for the Red Arrows, that Bill’s fellow micro-light pilot, Dave Valentine, and his team produced the weather vane in his small factory free of charge. This incredible generosity will enable us to donate the £350 we raised to the Jon Egging Trust, which creates partnerships and develops opportunities for young people who are under-achieving in the formal education system. It will link them with inspirational people and environments connected to aviation.

V I L L A G E F I L M C L U B opens its doors for the first time!
WEDNESDAY 30th MAY at 7.30pm – WAR HORSE
Life for Albert and his horse, Joey, is fine until they become involved in the madness of the First World War in Steven Spielberg's emotional, no-holds-barred moral epic based on the award-winning book and play.
American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders...like Chuck!
Membership Options – Annual (covers at least 10 main films and 10 kids films)
Adult - £20.00; Students / OAPs - £15.00; Under 16s - £5.00; Family - £40.00 (2 ad + 3 ch)
On the Door - Day Member (adult) - £4.00 per film. -Day Member (child) - £2.00 per film.

SUN 6th MAY at 9.30am: St MARY’s CHURCH welcomes the new team vicar, Rev Jo Neary.

WED 9th MAY at 12.30pm: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall
Homemade soups served up in a warm atmosphere. £3.50. Everyone very welcome.

YOUTH CLUB - More team games by popular request on FRI 11th MAY 6.30- 8.00pm.

TUES 1st: FOLK NIGHT for musicians & audience from c8pm - SAT 5th: LIVE MUSIC - THE SIDEKICKS from 9pm till late - SUN 6th: QUIZ NIGHT from 8pm

SUN 20th: Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Coast-to-Coast Cycle Race starting from Watchet and DRIMPTON! at 2pm
Pub will be serving burgers & bacon baps to fuel cyclists & supporters!

On SATURDAY 19th May 7.30pm for 8pm
In the Bowling Alley with Ernie The Auctioneer
Bedding & Vegetable plants, etc
Sam says: “Everybody must be there!”

7.00 for 7.15pm at the Village Hall. Talk by Colin Varndell, “The Wildlife Garden”.
Colin, based in Netherbury, is widely known for his images of animals, birds, insects, wild flowers, landscapes and gardens. Members and non-members welcome.

on SUNDAY 10th JUNE from 1.00 to 6.00pm

Visit 14 real village gardens, for a one-off ticket price of £3.50.
Refreshments and Plants available as you walk the route.
More details next month

MESSAGE from Clair and Matt Curtis-Dyke: "We would like to thank all the villagers for their support, cards and gifts on the birth of our baby daughter Daisy. Daisy Jennifer was born at home in Drimpton on the morning of the 24th March weighing 7lbs 7 1/2 ounces. We are all doing well."

MESSAGES from Rosanna and Dennis Reeves, and Kay and David Porteous
Several weeks ago “… our unique garden ornament was stolen from the front of our cottage overnight. It weighed a ton and would have taken two men to lift. We are very upset over the theft as we had had it for seventeen years. It was a one-off mould, which was broken after it was made, so we can never replace it.” R & D Reeves

”We had two stone pots stolen at the beginning of the year. It seems to be happening on a more regular basis now, not very pleasant….We need to know what can be done to prevent any more taking place!!!” K & D Porteous

From Brian Hesketh: “We are fortunate to live in a low crime area, but sadly, it is not a "no-crime" area as the theft of some people's pots, planters and tools has shown. To help reduce the risk and increase your chance of getting stuff back if it does go, there are a few things you can do:
1. Security mark anything that is moveable outside your house with a Post Code.
2. Photograph planters, containers, pots and tools, with security marking showing and in situ - it is good evidence if you
then spot it later at a car boot sale.
3. If you hear something unusual - probably, but not always, at night, especially if dogs bark more than usual - look out
and, if possible, take a photo of the road; think twice about heroics though.
4. Make sure you have neighbours' phone numbers, if you see someone getting too friendly with their prize statue –
give them a ring, don't ignore it.
5. See something you really are worried about? Then call Dorset Police: 101 to report something suspicious, 999 for
genuine emergency. Always jot down registration numbers of cars you see and don't recognise and if possible note
a description of someone you are not happy with. (No, I do not mean your spouse!)”

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/5/2012 at: 10:37       Location: Drimpton

Monthly rainfall

188.25 mm.(2011 12.75 mm) or 7.5 inches (2011 .5 of an inch)

From drought to flood in less than a week, or that is what it seems. Which is not at all surprising as this April's rainfall is the highest April rainfall since records began in 1910

Submitted by: Heskie       On: 28/4/2012 at: 19:01       Location: Drimpton

Plant Sale and Coffee Morning

A new venture for the Horticultural Society, buying well over 400 tiny plug plants, rearing and caring for them and then selling them at a village hall coffee morning, proved a great success and good fun: all helping to raise funds for Drimpton Village Hall improvements.

Plants on sale included Petunia, Begonia, Verbena, geranium, plus tomato and other plants sown and propagated by members and friends.

This was a combined effort with helpers and committee members from the village hall, so there was lots more to enjoy, including the added bonus of home made cakes and bakes, plus games and stories for children.

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