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Submitted by: chubb       On: 24/3/2012 at: 19:25       Location: Drimpton

Drimpton Village hall improvements

After many years looking to improve the facilities at Drimpton village hall things have started, a decision to use local tradesman and a brave decision to project manage the improvements by Mike Saunders the village hall chairman to keeps costs low have now taken a step forwards, a great effort by Mike to raise funds from grants available and the village hall putting on events has resulted in £17,000 being available to improve the entrance, shower facilities, improve ladies & gents toilets and add a disabled toilet which the villagers of Drimpton in a recent village poll asked for.
As shown in the picture the disabled access is nearing completion.



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Submitted by: chubb       On: 18/3/2012 at: 19:59       Location: Netherhay

mothers day

Today is mothers day, with so many things to do what can we as a family do to celebrate a job that does not get paid, the hours are long and rarely gives a day off, working bank holidays and on call 24/7
So today with no pony shows or poultry shows a day at home was on the cards. With cards given and chocolates given a 10:00am visit to the methodist church was a pleasant time spent with a childrens theme on mothers day, coffee and cakes were enjoyed with songs sung. The children enjoyed colouring in pictures of mothers mentioned in the bible and cakes decorated to give to mum. On the way home spotted two village children hastily picking daffodils from the hedgerow to give to their mother.
A good lazy day spent in the village.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 17/3/2012 at: 16:48       Location: Drimpton

Village Hall refurbishment

message from Mike Saunders, Chair of Village Hall & Recreation Trust Committee: “The Committee is planning to carry out improvements to the Village Hall in line with the wishes of villagers expressed in recent Village surveys. In the main you wanted improved access, disabled toilets, refurbishment of the toilets and changing rooms and a revamp of the kitchen to meet health and safety standards…”
That’s a big ask, but the Committee is working hard to make it happen, much like many other villagers through the last 90 years.

“Since 1923, when an inspired group of villagers moved an army hut from Larkhill to form our first Village Hall [affectionately known as ‘The Hut’], Drimpton has been well served by our predecessors. Many villagers will recall the mammoth fund raising efforts of the late 1960s when £3,890 (£46,900.00 in today’s terms) was raised to purchase what became the Recreation Field and a home for Drimpton Football Club. Then, on 17th September 1972, the opening ceremony of the children’s play equipment “was followed by a rush of children who continued to use the equipment until dusk”. This was followed by the extension of the Hall in late 1970s providing changing rooms and a purpose-built kitchen. In 1990 there was the construction of the brand new Hall (around the old tin Hut!) Then in the 2000s the play area was totally upgraded. Didn’t they all do well?

It’s now our turn. We have made a great start by raising around £17,000 and work has started on the disabled access; but more funds are needed………”

And so villagers are staging a range of activities over the next few months and inviting EVERYONE to enjoy a mix of FUN, FOOD, FLOWERS & FUNDRAISING!!!



Submitted by: Norman       On: 11/3/2012 at: 17:18       Location: Drimpton

A Day with The Red Arrows

Message from Christine and Tony Peppler:
We were the lucky prize winners of the Drimpton Fun Day raffle, held last August (2011) – a day with the Red Arrows display team at their base in Scampton, Lincolnshire. This was arranged for Wednesday 29th February, which proved to be an absolutely unforgettable day. We are now back home from spending a few days in Lincoln. The following is a brief account of our day plus some photographs.
Our VIP visit programme was as follows:
- A presentation on the activities of the Red Arrows display team and the support staff, from their history to their promotional work at home and abroad
- Coffee with the pilots and sitting in on their pre-sortie briefing
- Watching one of the 3 daily flying display practices, followed by photographs with the Red Arrows
- Sitting in on the de-brief session, including a video of the practice session
- Buffet lunch with the team
- A guided tour of the Hawk T1 aircraft and hangar
The Red Arrows are an extremely friendly bunch so coffee and lunch with them was extremely relaxed and sociable. So, as you can imagine it was a very interesting, informative and EXCITING day, all thanks to the Village Fun Day.
Many thanks Drimpton!”




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Submitted by: chubb       On: 8/3/2012 at: 12:14       Location: Greenham

views from the little red tractor

driving the little red tractor across pond field the other day a crane took flight in front of me flying with ease over my head, as i continued to chug away rolling the field, a squirrel appeared and looked at me for a while, this on a beautiful spring morning with the sun shining and the sound of the river made a pleasant job even more enjoyable, the field now rolled will hopefully make the grass grow well ready for hay making in May or June, driving slowly with the roller back up through the village spent the next hour rolling the football pitch with Tony Francis ensuring the pitch is looking good for the next game. On the way home we passed a new tractor that was at least twice the size of us speeding through the village, never mind we will keep chugging away.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 4/3/2012 at: 15:08       Location: Broadwindsor

Broadwindsor Shop

message from Margery Hookings:
'A referendum in Broadwindsor shows overwhelming support for a temporary shop in the grounds of Comrades Hall.
Some 302 households received voting forms, with 160 (53%) returned. Of those, 91% supported the idea.
Fraser Hughes, chairman of the Save Our Broadwindsor Shop (SOBS) committee, said: “This referendum, together with earlier polls, gives the SOBS committee a clear mandate to pursue their aim of bringing a retail presence back to Broadwindsor.”
The shop closed at the end of the summer and is still on the market.
Mr Hughes said: “The committee continue to regard the occupation of the existing shop as the preferred option, and to this end we held discussions with the owner to rent the shop, but this solution was not possible.”
The committee has approached West Dorset District Council’s planning department to discuss siting a temporary structure within the village hall grounds.'

Submitted by: andrew       On: 2/3/2012 at: 09:10       Location: Drimpton

A Taste of Drimpton

message from Kate Hesketh and Rosemary Shepherd: 'Do you have a favourite recipe which you would like to see included in a book about renowned Drimpton food and the people who make it? This is all you need to do.
-Send us a copy of your favourite recipes (max 3 per household, initially).
-Request a reciope for something you have enjoyed at a village event.
-Recioes and requests by Easter, please, with your name & contaxt details.
Unfortunately we cannot accept recipes copied straight fromn aniother publcation, they must have you own personal touch!
All profits will go towards the refurbishment of Drimpton Village Hall kitchen.'

Submitted by: andrew       On: 2/3/2012 at: 09:03       Location: Drimpton

Extracts from village newsletter for March

Village Hall Events – messages from the Committee
SAT 10th MARCH: HALL CLEAROUT -All items of any value will be on view from 3 to 4pm to be claimed and what remains will be for sale from 4 to 5pm. Unwanted items will be taken away on Sunday morning.

The Village Hall AGM on MONDAY 19th March at 7.30pm. Come along and vote for your new committee. Standing for election so far: Steve Chubb, Tracey Fooks, Tess Goble, Joanna Medley, Melanie Russ, Mike Saunders and Rosemary Shepherd. Representatives are: Bowls Club – Val Jones; Drimpton FC - Rod Bracher and Tony Francis; Methodist Church - Ken Banks; Parish Council – Roger Smith; St Mary’s C of E – Margaret Prentice; Youth Club – Neville Adams.
As Chairman of the current Committee Mike Saunders will Chair the AGM. An annual report will be presented and questions will be welcome after the report. The new Committee will convene after the AGM to elect a Chairman. The Agenda and Minutes of the last AGM will be available to read on notice boards at the Hall from 5th March.

The Phase 1 Refurbishment Fund has reached £17000 with one grant application outstanding. This is enough to carry out Stage 1 refurbishment if we Project Manage the work ourselves, but is £4000 short if we do not. The Committee has decided that we will Project Manage the work ourselves. Work will start on the disabled access in mid-March. Work on the Toilets and Changing Rooms will start in mid-April.

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ROYAL OAK EVENTS:
SUN 4th MAR: QUIZ NIGHT from 8pm
TUES 6th MAR: FOLK NIGHT for musicians and audience from c8pm.
SAT 10th MAR: LIVE MUSIC with JEFFERS ‘n’ JON from c9pm
SAT 17th MAR: GOURMET EVENING with Frank Shepherd, 7 for 7.30pm
Go to the Pub for menu and bookings.
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YOUTH CLUB – message from Mike Saunders
‘We were a little overwhelmed with a big turnout for Ten Pin Bowling. We’ll book more lanes next time. The children had a great time.
The Mobile Skate Park returns 6.30- 8.00pm FRIDAY 9th March. Expert tuition * all kit provided * Ramps conform to RoSPA.
Neville Adams is the new Chairman of the D&N Youth Club. A meeting for all helpers and anyone interested in helping will take place on WED 14th MARCH 7pm at Manor Farm.
A big thank you to Jenny Langridge who has led us so well over the past 2 + years.’

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WEDs 14th MARCH & 4th APRIL : LENT LUNCHES
12.30pm at the Village Hall
Homemade soups served up in a warm atmosphere. £3.50. Everyone very welcome.

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SAT 17th MAR: MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL
COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING/OPEN HOUSE
10.30am to 12.30pm at the Village Hall
Children bring your mum along and spoil her with one of our wonderful surprises!
Real Coffee & Cakes
Story time & Games - Supervised outdoor activities (weather permitting)

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MOTHERING SUNDAY at NETHERHAY CHAPEL
MARCH 18th 10 – 11am
A service with a difference!
Thoughtful and enjoyable for adults with plenty for children to do.
We start with coffee and sit with friends – join us !

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WED 21st MARCH: GARDENING CLUB/HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
At the Village Hall – 7.15 for 7.30pm - "Wade-In" – a talk by Jenny Short.
Ever thought of a pond or water feature, now's your chance to give it a go.

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E A S T E R B I N G O
SATURDAY 31st MARCH 7 for 7.30 pm.
at the Village Hall
Tickets - £1 a book.
Loads of prizes and refreshments.

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The Broadwindsor Group Annual Parish Meeting will be held on FRIDAY, 30th March in the Comrades Hall. Groups and residents on the Electoral Rolls are invited to submit for consideration (by 10th March) items for inclusion on the agenda. Please restrict reports to a maximum of 10 minutes.

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A DATE OR YOUR DIARY: BIG JUBILEE LUNCH - SUNDAY 3rd JUNE
At the Village Hall and on the Recreation Field
Quite simply we want to get as many people as possible to sit down and have lunch with their neighbours on the first Sunday in June - it's all about community, friendship and fun! Go on then - please write it in your diary ... NOW.


Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/3/2012 at: 15:29       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS FEBRUARY 2012
16.5 mm.(2011 69.mm.) or .65 of an inch ! (2011 2.7 ins.)

Surely one of the lowest rainfall figures for February for very many years. I have checked my own records back to 2003 and nothing compares to this very low rainfall in February. Coupled with that, it has of course been very mild.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 27/2/2012 at: 17:02       Location: Drimpton

'The Happiest Days of Your Life'

It's just over six weeks till the curtain goes up on our play and the Box Office is about to open! No going back now. In the play World War II has recently ended - Peace has returned, but not everywhere. Hostilities break out again when Hilary Hall Boys' School is invaded by St Swithin's School for Girls. The parents must never know! This proves very hard as the Battle of the Sexes between staff and pupils hots up. It might sound a bit like St Trinians - well, it is. Surely things can't get worse at the school? But they do!

It's not just the cast who are working hard. A small dedicated team of backstage helpers is busy tracking down period costumes and props or, when necessary, making them.

And why are we doing it? It is just one of a raft of ventures being organised in the village this year to help finance the refurbishment of the Village Hall - installing a new disabled access and toilets, as well as revamping the sports changing rooms and the kitchen. At a time of financial cutbacks our small community is trying its best to help itself.

By the way, we are also doing it because we want to have FUN!

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