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Submitted by: Norman       On: 11/9/2013 at: 09:55       Location: Drimpton

90 years of the Village Hall - part 9

11th September 1923 Minutes of the DHFC held at Spring Farm (this brings us 'up to date' exactly 90 years ago!)

Present: Col Douglas in the chair, Miss Cox, Mrs Gale, Mr Goddard, Mr Miller, Mr Harrison, Mr H. Doble, Mr W Doble, Mr Hedditch
The minutes of the last meeting were read and signed by Mr Miller acting chairman temporarily.
Mrs Gale presented to the meeting the tenders sent in by the various contractors for the erection of the village hut. They were as follows:-
Messrs Wakely Bros. Broadwindsor £165
Messrs W.Taylor, Crewkerne £205-10-0
Messrs Chubb & Son, Netherhay £178
Messrs Bridge & Sons, Crewkerne £199-7-6
After discussing the various tenders Mrs Gale proposed that the tender of Messrs Wakely Bros. of Broadwindsor be accepted. Mr Goddard seconded this proposition. It was put to the meeting & carried unanimously.
It was suggested that before actually informing Messrs Wakely Bros. their tender was accepted, Mr Goddard be asked to find out whether the contractors would be able to erect the hut by a certain date, 1st Dec. 1923 being the latest. This he agreed to do, and report to the committee.
Mr W. Doble & Mr J.E. Miller were appointed general supervisors while the hut was being erected.
Col Douglas proposed the site of the hut, which was in a field at present owned by Mrs Gale, should be made over to the hut committee in the correct legal form. Mrs Gale agreed to this being done & it was decided this should be done by Ms. Trotman solicitor of Beaminster at the same time as the agreement re the old houses and ground at Drimpton Cross was settled.
The meeting then closed.


A decision has been made and we are close to seeing the hut on the chosen site that the present hall stands on today. We are still having reference to the 'old houses and ground at Drimpton Cross' which remains a mystery.
There is a long gap before the next committee meeting on 26th November 1923 but there was, no doubt, a great deal of activity and probably no one had time to hold a formal meeting...


Submitted by: Norman       On: 6/9/2013 at: 10:00       Location: Drimpton

90 years of the Village Hall - part 8

July 30th 1923 Minutes of the DHFC held at Spring Farm.

Present: Col Douglas in the chair, Miss Cox, Mrs Gale, Mr Goddard, Mr J.E.Miller, Mrs Miller, Mr Harrison, Mr W. Harrison, Mr H. Doble, Mrs A Doble, Mr R. Hedditch
The minutes of the previous meeting were read passed and signed.
The balance sheet of the fete held in the grounds of Greenham House on 21st July 1923 was read by the Treasurer Mrs Gale. A sum of £40-5-4 was shown as clear profit, and this was thought to be very satisfactory. A vote of thanks to Col Douglas for the use of his grounds etc. was proposed Mr W. Harrison seconded by Mr Miller. The treasurer informed the committee that the sum of about £90 was now in hand towards the cost of a hut. Several extra members of the fete committee were present to hear the balance sheet read.
A discussion then followed regarding the specifications of the proposed hut. It was put to the meeting and carried that the floor should be composed of tongued and grooved board. Col Douglas proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Clarke for so kindly helping us with the specifications, seconded by Mr B. Harrison. The meeting then closed.


Raising £40 at one event was “thought to be very satisfactory” must be the understatement of the year considering this represents about £2000 in 2013; Magnificent would be a more suitable superlative and boosting the fund up to £90 (£4500) says something about the determination of this group to make the Village Hut a reality.


Submitted by: andrew       On: 5/9/2013 at: 20:12       Location: Drimpton

extracts from village newsletter for September

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR EVERYONE: Temporary Road Closures – Public Forum

CLOSURES. Wessex Water will replace the water main running through Drimpton from 23 SEP – 14 FEB 2014. The road will be closed in three phases. Basically these are:
· Phase 1 Bridport Road to the end of October
· Phase 2 Chard Road, to the end of December.
· Phase 3 Greenham Lane to mid February
NB Work will be suspended 20th DEC – 2nd JAN inclusive to allow free access to all roads over the Christmas period.
Publicity. Wessex Water will publicise this road closure with a mail drop and on roadside signs.

PUBLIC FORUM attended by Wessex Water, DCC highways, District Council and Parish Council reps, to provide detail and answer questions, will be held in the VILLAGE HALL on TUES 3rd SEPT 5.30 – 8pm.
Please come along to be well informed and to have your concerns addressed.
Point of Contact. Parish Councillor, Mike Saunders will maintain close communications with Wessex Water and the contractors throughout the process and will be the point of contact throughout the period. Regular bulletins will be provided. Up to date information will be included in our Website Drimpton.org.uk and Drimpton notice boards.
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A “Thank You” from St Mary’s Church
Unfortunately the August Newsletter had already gone to print at the time of the Flower Festival hence this belated thank you; St Mary’s PCC wishes to thank everyone who supported the Flower Festival and Gift Day this year – the flower arrangers who so beautifully decorated the Church, the visitors who came, everyone who generously donated funds to enable us to maintain the fabric of the Church for the village and the congregation who attended the concluding Festival Songs of Praise.
Thanks to your generous support £898 was raised this year, with Gift Aid raising this sum by a further £214.
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NETHERHAY PARENT & TODDLER GROUP is held at the Chapel on Wednesday mornings from 10.00a.m. to 11.30.a.m. Plenty of toys - coffee & biscuits - chat!!
New term starts on WED 4th SEPTEMBER - New members welcome.
For more info – contact: Beryl or Helen.
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WED 4th SEPT: FILM CLUB at the Village Hall at 7.30pm - ‘LINCOLN’
Steven Spielberg has crafted a literate, heartfelt film about Abraham Lincoln's second term in office and his battle to end slavery, with a masterful central performance.
WED 2nd OCT: FILM CLUB at the Village Hall‘ at 7.30pm – ‘QUARTET’
‘Moving, amusing and truthful’: Maggie Smith and Pauline Collins in Dustin Hoffman’s first film as director.
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The GARDEN CLUB ANNUAL SHOW – message from Brian Hesketh
“Thank you so much to everyone who helped make the show such a great and colourful day, the weather helped too didn't it, great to sit outside for tea and cake! If you've any ideas how to make it even better next year, do please let me know.”
WED 18th SEPT, 7:15 pm for 7:30 pm: TRADITIONAL WOODLAND CRAFTS
Guest Speaker: Terry Heard
Terry is a great speaker, giving a very interesting insight into making a living from woodland and all it can provide. He will probably turn up with an assortment of tools and wood. It promises to be a fascinating and practical evening.
Guests are always welcome to meetings (£1 entry, members free, why not join on the night?)
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YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall from 6.30 to 8.00pm
FRI 13th SEPT: BBQ
FRI 27th SEPT: YOUTH CLUB FILM NIGHT [title to be announced]
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An ENTERTAINING EVENING of POEMS and STORIES

by CHRIS FOGG - Local author of ‘SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS’
with BUFFET SUPPER

on SATURDAY 21st SEPTEMBER at 7.30.P.M.
At Netherhay Methodist Church

TICKETS - £8.00 - from Beryl Banks or Jenny Beck

[ALL PROCEEDS TO NETHERHAY METHODIST CHURCH]
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Sunday 22nd September 6.30pm
HARVEST FESTIVAL
Harvest Festival Service at St. Mary's
Everyone welcome to the traditional thanksgiving for the food we produce.
Monday 23rd September 12.30pm
HARVEST LUNCH
St.Mary’s Church Harvest Lunch at the Village Hall - Produce stall & Raffle, 100 Club draw
Hot meal for only £7! – To book places, call Jane
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VILLAGE COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING
At the Village Hall
On SATURDAY 7th SEPT – 10.30am to 12noon
With real coffee and great homemade cakes
[raising funds for village hall activities]
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WED 11th SEPT: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Enjoy a bowl of homemade soup (or 2) with cheese table, served in a welcoming atmosphere. £3.50.
No booking needed, just turn up.
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WORLD’S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING
At Pin House, Chard Road – from 10.30am
On FRIDAY 27th SEPT
Cake Stall, Raffle and more
In Aid of Macmillan Cancer Care
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PUB EVENTS:
SUN 1st SEPT: QUIZ from c8pm – Bring a Team or join one on the night
TUES 3rd SEPT: FOLK NIGHT from c9pm – For Musicians & Audience
SAT 28th SEPT: LIVE MUSIC from ‘US’ – popular duo playing 60s & 70s music

FOOD NEWS: STEAK NIGHTS every WEDNESDAY
NEW from THURSDAY 5th SEPT:‘MOULES FRITES’ @ £25 for 2 including a bottle of wine Booking required

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/9/2013 at: 10:27       Location: Drimpton

August rainfall at Drimpton Cross

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN AUGUST ‘13
26.5mm.(2012 165.25mm.) OR 1.05 inches (2012 5.56 inches)

What a difference a year makes ! From last year’s record rainfall to one of the hottest and best Summers for many years. Dare we hope for soft and mild Winter ? Maybe we can.


Submitted by: Norman       On: 31/8/2013 at: 19:39       Location: Drimpton

90 years of the Village Hall - part 7

April 9th 1923 Minutes of the DHFC held at Spring Farm.

Present: Col Douglas in the chair, Miss Cox, Mrs Gale Mr Chubb, Miss Jerrett, Mr Goddard, Mr Miller Mrs Miller, Mr Harrison.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read passed and signed.
The chairman read a proposal from the Clapton Womens’ Institute – ‘That Drimpton fete arranged for the 19th July should be amalgamated with that arranged to take place at Clapton on July 26th ‘
The question was discussed. Mr Millar proposed that the proposal should not be accepted, Mr Goddard seconded – it was put to the meeting and carried unanimously.
The Secretary’s resignation was accepted, Miss Jerret proposed Mr W. Harrison be appointed Secretary. Mr Goddard seconded. It was put to the meeting and carried unanimously.
Arrangements were made for the Concert on the 24th April.
The meeting then closed.


May 8th 1923 Minutes of the DHFC held at Spring Farm.

Present: Col Douglas in the chair, Miss Cox, Mrs Gale, Mr Goddard, Mr Miller Mrs Miller, Mr Harrison, Mr W. Harrison, Mr H. Doble, Mrs A Doble, Mr R. Hedditch
A vote of thanks was accorded to Miss Jerret for her work whilst Secretary.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read passed and signed.
The balance sheet of the concert held at Drimpton on 24th April 1923 which showed a balance of £3-2-1 and with about 25/- worth of tax stamps in hand was read and passed.
A ladies sub-committee composed of Messes Miller, B & W Harrison, A & H Doble, Goddard and R Hedditch was then formed with power to add to their number to make the necessary arrangements for the forthcoming fete. The date of their meting should be 12th June 1923.
It was decided to engage Winsham Band for the fete on the 19th July for the sum of £6 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. the Sec to write.
Mr W. Doble and Mrs Goddard were appointed to prepare the necessary information so that tenders could be obtained for the erecting of a new hut. The Sec. to insert the advert in Pulman’s Weekly News.
A grant of 5/- was granted to the secretary for postage etc.
The meeting was then closed.


A rebuff to the Clapton W.I. says ‘don't muscle in on our fund raising!’ Miss Jerett resigns as secretary but does not say why – maybe she has got a job that takes her away?
I wonder where the concert was held?
All hands to the planning of the fete! We seem to have heard no more about the ex-army huts so presumably they were not considered suitable and they are now looking at a new-build hut.
The next meeting was not until after the fete…


Submitted by: Norman       On: 28/8/2013 at: 10:47       Location: Drimpton

90 years of the Village Hall - part 6

March 16th 1923 Minutes of the DHFC held at Spring Farm.

Present: Col Douglas in the chair, Miss Cox, Mrs Gale Mr Chubb, Miss Jerrett, Mr Doble, Mr Goddard, Mr Miller, Mr Hedditch, Mr Harrison, Mr W. Harrison, Mr H. Doble.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read passed and signed.
The question of a summer fete was raised and it was decided to arrange one for July 19th. Col Douglas kindly offered the use of his grounds.
It was decided to engage a band from 3pm to 10pm – Mr Harrison proposed and Mr Hedditch seconded – that several bands be asked to give estimates.
Mrs Gale proposed that Mrs Douglas be asked to form a Ladies committee – Mr Goddard seconded and it was carried unanimously.
Mrs Gale proposed Mr Stokes be approached to ask him to lend his hoop-la etc and offered to see Mr Board.
The Secretary was asked to advertise date of fete, and also to write the Vicar thanking him for his enquiries re huts at Wendover.


Well things are moving with a fete planned in the grounds of Greenham House but some background work has been done – possible ex-army huts at Wareham and now at Wendover thanks to the involvement of the Vicar!


Submitted by: Norman       On: 23/8/2013 at: 19:50       Location: Drimpton

90 years of the Village Hall - part 5

February 7th 1923 Minutes of the DHFC held at Spring Farm.

Present: Col Douglas in the chair, Mrs Gale Mr Chubb, Mr Hill, Miss Jerrett, Mr Doble, Mr Goddard, Mr Miller, Mr Hedditch, Mr Harrison, Mr W. Harrison.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and passed.
The accounts of the dance, held in aid of the Funds, were submitted by the Treasurer showing a balance in hand of £2-7-7
The Chairman read the Vicar’s reply to the Committees request that the Old Institute should be handed over to the Hut Committee.
After a discussion it was decided to take over the site, Col Douglas, Mr Miller and Mr Doble were elected to act as trustees.
Mr Hill offered to pull down the old cottage and build pillars on which to erect the hut, on condition that he should have any material left.
Upon suggestion of Mr Doble it was decided to get estimates for the erection of the hut.
The question of the purchase of an army hut from Larkhill was again brought forward and Mr W. Harrison proposed that one of these huts be bought, Mrs Gale seconded.
The meeting was adjourned until the morning with the idea of viewing the old site.
At the meeting the following morning at the Institute- the Committee were unanimous in their decision that the site was useless and consequently it was decided to write the Vicar declining his offer.
Mrs Gale offered to give a site in the adjoining field and to sign it over to the representatives chosen as trustees the previous evening.
Messrs Doble, Chubb and Miller were asked to go to Larkhill to buy a hut – if they considered them suitable.


So, nearly a major setback! But Mrs Gale comes to the rescue with her offer of a piece of land in her field - this would become the site of the Hall today. We still do not know what or exactly where the old Institute was – the clues that it was at Drimpton Cross and there was a cottage, presumably derelict, on it points to the four cottages on Chard Road near Drimpton Cross, the end two become the village forge, the other two were demolished at sometime – were these, or one of them, the Drimpton Institute?

February 22nd 1923 Minutes of the DHFC held at Spring Farm.

Present: Col Douglas in the chair, Miss Cox, Mrs Gale Mr Chubb, Miss Jerrett, Mr Doble, Mr Goddard, Mr Miller, Mr Hedditch, Mr Harrison.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and passed.
The representatives sent to Larkhill reported that they had not purchased a hut as they were unsuitable.
A suggestion was made with regards the dismantling of a camp at Wareham and the possibility that a hut might be purchased there.
Col Douglas offered to write to Wareham for particulars.
Mrs Gale proposed that Col Douglas’ offer be accepted. Mr Harrison seconded and was carried by the meeting.
The meeting was then closed.


Still looking at ex army huts but these are not showing much promise...


Submitted by: Norman       On: 21/8/2013 at: 20:00       Location: Drimpton

90 years of the Village Hall - part 4

January 23rd 1923 – The next meeting of the DHF committee held at Spring Farm Drimpton.

Present: Col Douglas in the Chair
Mrs Gale, Mr Chubb, Mr Doble snr., Miss Cox, Mr Hedditch, Mr W Harrison, Miss Jerret, Mr Goddard, Mr Doble jnr.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and passed.
Mr Chubb estimated that an entirely new hut would cost £180.
Mr Doble proposed that the hut should be erected on the Drimpton Cross Site, if it could be transferred to representatives of the Hut Committee.
Mr Goddard seconded – put to the meeting and carried unanimously.
Mrs Gale proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Chubb for preparing the estimate, Col Douglas seconded.
At the suggestion of the chairman it was decided to ask the Secretary to write the Vicar, with regards to the old site, and to ask whether the land and buildings might be turned over to three responsible representatives of the Hut Fund Committee.
Mr Goddard proposed that the Treasurer be allowed to purchase a receipt book from the funds. Mr Doble seconded.
The meeting then closed.


So we seem to have moved towards a new build and £180 (£9000 in today’s money) needs to raised. At least the funds are sufficient to purchase a receipt book!
Today we are still in the dark about where or what this proposed old site (Drimpton Institute?) at Drimpton Cross – it obviously has some connection with the church.

Next time the committee look at the ‘old site’ with a view to putting a hut there…


Submitted by: chubb       On: 18/8/2013 at: 21:11       Location: Drimpton

pictures of the bird of prey

Pictures of the sparrow hawk

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Submitted by: chubb       On: 18/8/2013 at: 21:08       Location: Drimpton

Bird of prey

Sat in the living room watching country file on the TV when Emily spotted perched on the fence in the garden a bird of prey, yes less than 20 feet away on the fence was a sparrow hawk, luckily the camera was at hand so managed to take a few pictures.

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