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Submitted by: School       On: 6/2/2013 at: 10:11       Location: Broadwindsor


December 2012 news
It’s been a particularly busy half term for our younger children - our Year 1 and 2 children in Thomas Hardy class planned and created a mediaeval banquet. Special guests were invited to join in and everyone enjoyed music, food and conversation. A selection of photographs of the event can be seen on the school website - www.broadwindsor.dorset.sch.uk

Year 2 also enjoyed a series of weekly swimming lessons at Bridport Leisure Centre, with funding help from the PTA. All the children enjoyed these, becoming more confident in the water.

As well as all the Christmas activities in December (mentioned in last month’s issue), children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 will be visiting the residents of Broadwindsor House to sing.

Our Christmas Fair was a lovely event, as usual. Father Christmas came and sat in his grotto; children in all the classes made gifts for selling on their own stalls or created games for people to play; and other stallholders helped to make it a very festive atmosphere. We managed to raise over £600, so thank you to everyone who came and to all the teachers, staff and PTA who helped to make it such a successful event!

Finally - we are always looking for volunteers to help with listening to readers – if anyone in the parish would be able to spare a couple of hours a week and would like to help, please contact me on 01308 868376.

We return to school on Wednesday 9th January.

Submitted by: School       On: 6/2/2013 at: 10:09       Location: Broadwindsor


At the time of writing, we were planning our Open Morning for Tuesday 13th November. Existing parents, friends of the school and new parents, who have to decide where to send their children in 2013, were all invited. The morning started with our usual Tuesday morning assembly, with Rev Jo Neary. Governors were on hand to provide tours of the school.

The second half of the Autumn term is always very busy and this year is no exception. Starting off on the 23rd November, the children will decorate the Christmas tree, followed on Monday 26th with our Christmas Fayre from 2pm – 4pm. As usual everyone is welcome to soak up the atmosphere, have a mince pie and a cup of tea or coffee! The whole school will be taking part in their Christmas Show in Comrades Hall on Wednesday 12th December.

We take the whole school to the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil on the 18th to see ‘Aladdin’. This is an annual tradition – being a small school enables us to occasionally do things all together, and this is one of our treats.

Our Carol service will take place on Thursday 20th December at 9.15am. with coffee and tea served before the service. Everyone welcome.

Nigel Arnold

Submitted by: andrew       On: 5/2/2013 at: 17:51       Location: Drimpton

extracts from February newsletter

QUIZ & PUDS & PEOPLE! – message from Brian Hesketh ‘What an evening we had; we almost needed the marquee it was so popular! I don't know if it was Bob's reputation as Quizmaster supreme, the warmth of Drimpton Village Hall or the tasty treats on offer from Rosemary and her team. Whatever the reason, the hall was full with tables even up on the stage for a couple of the teams, of which there were 25 in all. Not only were there puds, but also tasty treats to try from the sell-out village recipe book. The winning team: the Glove-Lions, was made up of golfing friends of the Quizmaster (a stewards enquiry continues - if only into Andrew's scoring arithmetic).
So, thank you Bob and Rosemary and your band of helpers for a great evening.
YOUTH CLUB – FRI 8th FEB - 10 PIN BOWLING - Mini Bus from Village Hall at 6.30pm ……………Coming soon: Youth Club Film Nights start in April!!
Saturday 9th February 2013
10.30 am to 2.30 pm at the Village Hall
Don't let last year's weather put you off – come and see the range of 80+ potato varieties, including blight resistant ones, available by the tuber or in bags – try growing one or two in a bag.

There will also be Heritage Vegetable and Flower seeds, a good selection of Garlic, Onion and Shallot Sets,
Herbs, Fruit Bushes and Rhubarb.
Plus Potato Printing for all ages and the Potato Growing competition.

Naturally there's good Drimpton food too, with drinks, snacks and lunches.
Entry £1 - Children Free entry
WED 13th FEB: LENT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
With Raffle & 100 Club Draw. This is the first of a series of 3 Lent Lunches. Others are on 6th and 27th of March. Everyone is most welcome.
WED 13th FEB : FILM CLUB at 7.30pm at the Village Hall - ‘HUGO’
Martin Scorsese's new film aims to entrance every member of every family. Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret, a beautiful book, half graphic novel, half prose tale, by Brian Selznick, the movie is a delightful fable. Its various subjects include magic, tradition, respect for the past and affection between generations, all bound up in the history of the cinema and the machinery invented to capture images on strips of film and project them on screens.
Lent Course.
The Lent Course this year is titled, Glimpses of God - Hope For Today's World.
It will run for five weeks and gives the opportunity for lively discussion on the Christian faith and how this is applied to the biggest questions facing our world.
The course will start on Thursday 14th February (an easily remembered date!), starting at 2pm and ending at 3pm. The venue is 6 Netherhay Lane. The course is open to anyone whether a church-goer or not. So do come along, you will be most welcome.
To help in ordering course material please contact Neville Adams.
PUB NEWS: Rugby Union World Cup on The Big Screen starts on SAT 2nd FEB.
SUN 3rd FEB: QUIZ NIGHT from c8pm
TUES 5th FEB: FOLK NIGHT from c8pm for Musicians & Audience
SAT 23rd FEB: Live Music from US, acoustic duo, from 9pm
THURS & FRI LUNCHTIMES: Fish & Chips - 2 for £10
Morris Dancing Taster Session! From 2pm to 5pm at the Village Hall

The local Morris team, Bordering On Morris will be running a workshop of traditional dancing. So why not come along and have a go! Whether you have tried this type of dancing before or are a complete beginner, all are welcome. Musicians are also welcome!
For more details contact Nick.

BARN DANCE from 8pm to midnight at the Village Hall
With live music from Raggie Annie
Tickets £10.00 to include food with licensed Bar

Get rid of those winter blues with a good old-fashioned dance,
or just sit and enjoy a drink and food with some good company.
All proceeds towards New Village Hall Kitchen - Contact Steve Chubb for tickets
SAT 23rd FEB: COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING at the Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Come along to the Village Hall and enjoy Great Coffee and Cakes and meet up with friends and neighbours.
the chance to be creative and/or get a bit messy by joining in a
PROPS & COSTUME MAKING WORKSHOP for our Village Pantomime.
DRIMPTON proudly presents its 10th Family Pantomime

Robin Hood & his Merry Men (& Maids!) will be at the Village Hall on SATURDAY March 23rd.
Can they stop the evil Sheriff and his plan to cut down Sherwood Forest? Not without help from Snow White and her gang of more than 7 Dwarfs. Throw the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs into the mix, and who knows who will end up living happily ever after.
Two Performances: Matinee at 2.30pm / Evening at 7.30pm
TICKETS: Adults £3.50 / Children £2.50 / Under-5s FREE
BOX OFFICE: contact Stan Sach
The Broadwindsor village shop will be opening in early March under community ownership and we are looking to appoint a Paid Assistant to work with the Shop Manager. This is an important position which carries significant responsibility including monitoring of stock, sales and promotions, and helping supervise a team of volunteers. Retail experience is preferable, but not essential as training will be given. The ability to work with staff and customers is a prerequisite given the shop’s village location. The job entails 24 hours per week and involves some weekend work. A full job description is available to those expressing an interest in the position by submitting your c.v. to Susannah Madigan.
[Project part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for European Development 2007-2013: Europe investing in rural areas. This project is delivered through Chalk & Cheese Local Action Group with Defra as the Managing Authority.]
Messages from Mike Saunders:
1. Men at Work at the Village Hall. In preparation for the new kitchen the servery will be out of action 17th Feb – 2nd Mar. Sorry for any inconvenience.
2. Dog Walking. I have been asked to clarify the use of the field between Chard Road and Netherhay Lane for dog walking. The field is farmed for the production of hay. Dog walkers are requested to stick to the footpaths and clean up after their dogs.
3. Village Hall Committee. A new committee will be elected at the Village Hall and Recreation Trust AGM in April. If you are interested in serving your community as a Trustee of the Village Hall please contact Mike Saunders.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/2/2013 at: 12:15       Location: Drimpton

Monthly rainfall

145.75 mm. (2012 41.25mm) OR 5.8 inches (2012 1.64 ins)
As can be seen we have started the New Year with a very soggy January, almost three times the volume of rain we had last year, but there is hope. In 2012 the February rainfall was only 16.5 mm. which is only just over ½ an inch so let us hope for a repeat performance.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 2/1/2013 at: 18:47       Location: Drimpton

extracts from New Year newsletter

The Christmas Show with Carols at the Hall on December 14th. 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! £262.30 has been sent off to CLIC-SARGENT – the biggest sum we’ve ever raised.[See report and pictures on openarchive filed in December 2012.]

Carol Singing Round the Village: On December 17th a ‘choir’ of almost 20 villagers sang around most of the village, receiving refreshment on the way! The choir thanks everyone who gave so generously and apologises to households we didn’t get to. £146.25 was sent to help charities supporting homeless people at Christmas.

The Charity Dance in aid of the Air Ambulance – message from Glyn and Sylvia Phillips: ‘Thank you to all who came to the DSAA Dance at Drimpton Village Hall in such atrocious weather, also for the donations and draw prizes given. A grand sum of £247.00 has been donated to Air Ambulance.’

Drimpton & Netherhay Youth Club Christmas cards proved very popular this year and raised £325 for the NSPCC. Well done to the artists and to Carol who masterminded the sale of the cards.

REPORTS: For latest news on The Shop in Broadwindsor go to openarchive and visit the 2012 entries, see December 28th.
The Broadwindsor and District Parish Council has agreed a Strategic Plan and adopted a new Mission: “The Council’s mission is to embrace the principles of “Localism” in our decision making and planning. In doing so, we will aim to lift the burden of bureaucracy, empower communities to do things their way, increase local control of public finance, diversify the supply of public services, open up Government to public scrutiny and strengthen accountability to local people.”

PUB EVENTS: SUN 6th JAN: QUIZ NIGHT c.8pm.Bring a team or join one.
TUES 8th JAN c8.00pm: FOLK NIGHT for musicians and audience.
WED 9th JAN (and every WED after) STEAK NIGHT – 2 x 8oz rump steaks for £12. Bookings only.
WED 9th 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 11th JAN 6.30-8.00pm: YOUTH CLUB at Village Hall - Fun and games!
WEDNESDAY 16th JANUARY 7.00 for 7.15pm
at the Village Hall
Staged by the Gardening Club – Open to All
Entry £2.50 per person (includes 1st pud)
Followed by ‘taster tickets’ to sample dishes from our village recipe book
If you wish to bring wine, glasses are available.
SATURDAY 12th JANUARY 10.30am to 12.30pm
The Launch of the Village Hall’s 90th Anniversary Celebrations
New Kitchen Plans on Display
Real Coffee and homemade cakes.
Fun and games for everyone.
WED 23rd JAN at 7.30pm: FILM CLUB at the Village Hall
‘The Deep Blue Sea’
Terence Rattigan's romantic drama set in a repressive post war Britain is brought to the big screen superbly by Terence Davies.
On March 23rd the village will be presenting ROBIN HOOD.
Our 20th Anniversary production - Our 10th large-scale pantomime.
We really NEED your help and skills. Please if you are able to give some time to help us build and paint our sets and props, and to sew our costumes, contact Andrew.
P O T A T O D A Y : SATURDAY 9th FEBRUARY 10:30 to 2:30
at the Village Hall: for food, fun and advice
Welcome to our 6th 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.
Please will early morning and evening walkers wear something visible, as I don’t want to run you down!

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/1/2013 at: 11:40       Location: Drimpton

Monthly rainfall

161mm.(2011 90mm.) or 6.41 inches (2011 3.57ins.)
My years total adds up to 1387mm. Or 54.65 inches

As I was waiting for the last day of the year’s rainfall measurement, I was also considering what a very unusual weather year it has been, drought, hosepipe bans, very hot Spring days and then of course rain. The only thing missing was Summer ! At least, the type of Summer we all think we enjoyed when we were young. However, the rain has been the main feature and is already listed as the wettest for over 100 years and when all the figures have been collated it may well be the wettest on record. Our sympathy must be with those who have had houses and businesses flooded, some more than once. At least we are spared the violent conditions that have been experienced in other parts of the World.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/1/2013 at: 09:17       Location: Drimpton

Goodbye 2012

Yesterday, the last day of 2012, I went for a walk when the rain finally stopped at about 2pm– Burstock Lane-Childhay-Kittwhistle-Horn Ash-Greenham- home. The landscape was all but aquatic. The roads were flowing, the ditches full, the fields all but turning into marshes. Water was running off them, struggling to find a drain, somewhere to flow away to. If the water companies talk of water shortages at any time in the next 12 months, they should be shot.

I won’t be alone in hoping that 2013 gives us a genuine Spring and Summer – I’m not asking for anything exceptional, just acceptably seasonal weather, correct to its season. Let the Year Of Rain have passed and may The Year Of Fair Weather have opened its door at midnight.

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