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Submitted by: Norman       On: 17/8/2013 at: 13:03       Location: Drimpton

90 years of the Village Hall - part 3

A meeting of the ‘Drimpton & District Hut Fund Committee’ was held in Drimpton Schoolroom on Friday December 15th 1922.

“Present - Col. Douglas in the chair, Mrs Gale, Mr Miller, Mr Hedditch, Miss Cox Mr Hill, Mr Doble, Miss Jerret, Mr Chubb, Mr Goddard, Mr Harrison, Mr W Harrison.
Arrangements were made for the Whist Drive and Dance which was proposed at the previous meeting.
The chairman read a letter from Mr Herbert – resigning the Vice Presidency and Mr Miller was elected to fill the vacancy. The secretary was requested to write Mr Herbert to express the Committee’s regret at his decision.
The question of proceeding with the purchase of an army hit was raised and discussed.
Mr Goddard suggested that an entirely new hut should be built.
Mr Miller proposed that the sum of £60 should be raised before any purchase should be considered, Mr Goddard seconded and the proposition was put to the meeting and carried.
Mrs Gale proposed that Mr Chubb and Mr Doble should be asked to see the hut in erection at Hinton Hill and report. Mr Harrison seconded – put to the meeting and carried.
Mr Miller proposed a vote of thanks to Col Douglas for presiding and the meeting was closed.”

So after just two weeks Mr Herbert resigned the Vice Presidency – is this a sign of some discontent? However the decision to raise £60 (about £3000 today) seems sensible and we see moves afoot to raise funds.

The next meeting of the Hut Fund Committee was held at Spring Farm on Tuesday January 9th 1923.

“Present – Mr Miller in the chair Mrs Gale, Mr Hedditch, Miss Cox, Mr Doble, Miss Jerret, Mr Chubb, Mr Goddard, Mr Harrison, Mr W Harrison.
Mrs Gale submitted the Balance Sheet for the Whist Drive and Dance held on December 28th showing a balance of £2 1s.
Mr Doble and Mr Chubb reported on the hut they had seen at Hinton Hill, and their decision was that a hut of that type was unsuitable as a ‘village hut’.
Miss Jerret proposed that Mrs Miller be added to the committee and Mrs Gale seconded, carried unanimously.
Mr Harrison proposed that Mr Chubb be asked to give an estimate for labour and material to erect a new hut, Mr Hedditch seconded, carried.
Mr Hedditch proposed that Dance be held in aid of the fund seconded by Mr Harrison and approved by the meeting.
The general arrangements were made the date was fixed for Tuesday January 30th. The meeting was then closed."

Well now the committee has to decide whether or not to go for a new hut or keep looking at the ex army huts…

Submitted by: Norman       On: 17/8/2013 at: 13:00       Location: General

Bus services under threat

Dorset County Council are proposing to cut back on subsidised bus services in the county:
"The county council has been conducting a wide ranging consultation on the general passenger usage of the bus routes that receive a subsidy from the council. This has been done to help find a way of running subsidised bus routes which not only meet the needs of the majority that use the service, but offer good value for our subsidy of more than £2.0 million."
Of the two bus services serving Drimpton it is proposed that the 204 Thorncombe - Yeovil will cease and the 42 Drimpton - Bridport will operate on Wednesdays only.
The Dorset website has a consultation document in which users can comment on the proposals:
See also the home page for this link.

Submitted by: Norman       On: 12/8/2013 at: 11:52       Location: Drimpton

90 years of the Village Hall - part 2

A second public meeting was held Monday 4th December 1922 to further discuss the erection of a ‘Village Hut’. A committee was appointed (I have excluded the proposers and seconders to save space)

“President – Col Douglas
Vice President – Mr Herbert
Treasurers – Mrs Gale and Mr Miller
Secretary – Miss Jarett
Members: Mr Miller, Miss Cox Mrs Hill, Mr Hill, Mr Hedditch, Mr Goddard, Mr Chubb, Mr Harrison, Mr Doble.
A general discussion followed as regards the position of the hut.
Mr Goddard said if the hut should be placed on the old site there would be a considerable amount of bank to be shifted. Mr Miller offered to pull down the bank and haul it away.
The question of raising more funds was brought forward, Mr Doble proposed that a Whist Drive and Dance should held during Xmas, Miss Forsey seconded.
The secretary was requested to write to the Vicar asking for the use of the schoolroom on Thursday Dec 28th.
Mr Wm Harrison proposed that the Hut be bought, the proposition was put to the meeting and defeated. The meeting was then closed”

So we have a committee Presided over by Col Douglas of Greenham House who, with Mrs Douglas, as we shall see have a leading role in getting funds and things moving, but not always with everyone in agreement…

Submitted by: Norman       On: 12/8/2013 at: 11:39       Location: Drimpton

St Mary's Church Flower Festival

The Annual Flower Festival on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July celebrated 90 years since the opening of our village hall. An extravaganza arrangement of flowers around our church depicted some of the many events that now take place in the hall - and some that no longer take place. The event finished with a United Songs of Praise service and was well attended. Neville Adams took the service during which he emphasised that this was a celebration of generations of people, with vision and skills who had developed this excellent facility for a very active and diverse community. This is a village hall that provides a kaleidoscope of life in Drimpton.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 10/8/2013 at: 16:28       Location: Drimpton

Extracts from August village newsletter

“On July 13th & 14th Drimpton Football Club ran three 5-A-Side Competitions at the Recreation Field. Five under-15 girls’ teams competed on the Saturday with Aller Park from Langport being the winners. On the same day six under-13 boys’ teams held a competition with one of the three Bridport Youth teams being the victors. On Sunday twenty four men’s teams were expected, but in the end two teams did not appear. There were four leagues with the winners and runners-up going into the quarter finals on a Knock Out basis, then semi finals. The winners were Blackburn Rovers, a team consisting of mainly Drimpton players with the runners up being Burgo, a team from Crewkerne. Throughout both days food, drinks and extra helpers were provided by members/wives of Drimpton F.C. The Club would like to thank all the referees from the Chard Referees’ Society for their help over the two days, and to Terry who let us use his field for parking on both days. It was indeed a great success as a result of all the voluntary help provided, but again it was left to the regulars. Come on, let’s have a few more helpers next time.” Rod Bracher

“SUMMER BUFFET SUPPER & DANCE was a great evening enjoyed immensely by fewer attendees than last year. The magnificent food was served superbly in the beautifully decorated marquee and we enjoyed a good old dance in true Drimpton style with Val and Irene leading the way. Thank you so much to Rosemary and Mel for the food, Verity, Emily and Ella for the service, Carol for the décor and One Night Stand for the great music.” Mike Saunders

NEWS: Village Hall Improvements - Completed on Time
Thank you DRIMPTON!
The Drimpton Hall and Recreation Trust thanks everyone who provided every kind of support to complete the committees 2 year plan to improve access, facilities and the kitchen in time for our Village Hall’s 90th Birthday Celebration on the 20th December. Make a note of the date in your diaries NOW! Your generosity in time, energy and finance has been outstanding, which I suppose many would say: ‘Well what do you expect from Drimpton?’ We did have expectations, but you surpassed them all.

Here are the details: Facts and Figures
The projected costs of £45,000 were reduced to £35.000 by project managing ourselves and by villagers supplying an incredible amount of skilled and unskilled labour for free.
We had a starter fund of £7,000 [20%]. And, over the 2 years, the Village Hall Committee, with your great help and generosity, raised £5,600 [16%]. The Fun Days gave £1500 [4%] and we won £20,900 [60%] in grant money. This was made up with grants from Awards for All [27%], Parish [3%], District [8%] and County [13%] Councils, The FMR Trust [7%] and Section106 [2%]).

The Future
We will celebrate all of our wonderful achievements at our birthday party in December but in the mean time the committee will take a break before setting plans for a new bar and stage improvements in the New Year.

Free Fish Cookery Workshop with Tony Gibbons
SATURDAY AUGUST 3rd 10.30 - 1 pm at the Village Hall.
Hands on workshop looking at different ways to prepare and cook
With some old favourites and some less endangered species.
Everything is provided and we eat what we make for lunch.
No need to book, but it helps to get the right amount of fish if you get in touch.
If there is enough interest, cookery workshops exploring different techniques and ingredients could become a regular event.
Contact: Tony Gibbons, The Friendly Food Club

at the Village Hall on SATURDAY 10th AUGUST from 2.15pm

The Flower Show has been bringing together people from Drimpton and our neighbouring villages for decades. It's not all about flowers and vegetables. If you cook, paint, create or make things, you will find classes to enter or just enjoy viewing. All age ranges are catered for, there are even classes for families.
This year, the prize money has been increased, there will be TEAS and TASTY TREATS as well as a raffle and the weigh-in for the Potato Competition. If you join the Society on the day, entry is free.
Entry is open to Members and Non-Members
Entry Forms by Wednesday 7th August please.
Bring exhibits to the Hall on Friday 9th in the evening, or on Show Day before 10.45am.
Spare Schedules from Brian - Post Office Yard
Presentations of Prizes at 4.30pm by Becky Groves of Groves Nursery.

The Annual Summer Lunch – REMINDER to ticket holders
This year's theme is 'PUB NAMES'
At the Village Hall on SUNDAY 4th August at 12 for 12.30pm

YOUTH CLUB BBQ at the Marquee
on SUNDAY 18th AUGUST at 12 noon.
Come and support your village Youth Club. Enjoy a beef burger and a cold glass of something. Fun and games for the children whilst parents can sit and chat in the shade of the marquee (or play games, too!)
If you can help lower the Marquee at 4.00pm, that would be GREAT!


FRIDAY 23rd AUG: COFFEE MORNING – 10.30am to 12.30pm
by kind permission of Neville and Anna Adams at 6 Netherhay Lane
Light refreshments - Bring and Buy - Raffle
For St. Mary's Church Funds

SUN AUG 4th: QUIZ NIGHT from c8pm. Bring a team or join one.
TUES AUG 6th: FOLK NIGHT from c9pm for Musicians & Audience

Film Club
WED 4th September: ‘Lincoln’ 6.30pm
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

Submitted by: Norman       On: 8/8/2013 at: 15:41       Location: Drimpton

90 years of the Village Hall - part 1

The Village Hall has been in existence for nearly 90 years (the official opening was on 20th December 1923) but there was, of course much planning before that date and I think it would be interesting to recall those days by quoting from the "Drimpton Hut Fund Committee" minutes:

Monday, November 27th 1922
A public meeting was held in Drimpton Schoolroom to discuss the suggestion of erecting a 'Village Hut'

“Mr Herbert was in the chair. The chairman spoke briefly on the object of the meeting, and called upon Mrs Gale to read specifications of huts.
The hut especially brought before the meeting was one 60 feet by 20 feet - supplied by way of the Army Surplus Depot, at £20 - standing at Larkhill Camp.
Mr Spurdle said he had seen these huts and described the general structure.
Mrs Gale brought forward the suggestion that the hut should be fixed on the site of the old Drimpton Institute.
Mr(s) Hedditch did not approve, as this would necessitate the digging away of a hedge, but Mrs Gale gave permission for the removal of the bank at the back of the present building. A discussion followed.
Mrs Miller asked for a rough estimate of cost which Mrs Gale gave as follows.
Hut standing at Larkhill £20
Dismantling and removing to Drimpton £25
Erection £25
Total £70
Mr Fowler brought forward the question of a stove – it was decided one would be necessary.
Mr Will Harrison proposed that a hut should be erected in Drimpton. Mrs Gale seconded. The proposition was put to the meeting and it was carried unanimously.
The question of funds was raised and £10 10s was promised.
Collectors were appointed to canvas the village.
The meeting then closed.
A S Jarett, Hon. Sec.”

So far so good, in the next instalment a full committee is formed, but will they buy the ex-army hut? and where will it go?
And what and where was the 'Drimpton Institute'?

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/8/2013 at: 09:43       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in Jul 2013

48.5mm.(2012 155.75mm) or 1.92 inches(2012 5.18 inches)

During the first half of July I wondered if I was about to be made redundant ! Virtually no rain until the 22nd. of the month. Now that the weather has broken, we have had some lower temperatures which are quite a relief to some of us of advancing years. I have friends in Australia and an email recently complained of having to put heating on as the temperature had dropped to 20c. !

Submitted by: ChrisHubert       On: 15/7/2013 at: 09:48       Location: Greenham

Excavating the Past 9

15th July

After a day’s peace and quiet, Phil the Plasterer came back yesterday, bright and early as usual, at 7.30am on a Sunday morning, and is back again today with his team of Mike and Trig, accompanied by the blaring of their transistor tuned to Heart FM currently playing Queen’s 'It’s A Kind Of Magic' – and it is a kind of magic the way these skilled craftsmen transform and mix and apply the plaster with such speed and assurance. I love the earthy colours the plaster produces – the pinks and browns and terra cottas – merging and shifting in the changing light of the day to become a subtle off white as it dries.

“I reckon this ’un’s dry now,” says Phil, rapping the kitchen ceiling with his knuckles. “’Tis ready for paintin’ now.”

Phil is a wonderful character, always wearing a thick, checked plaid shirt over his T-shirt, even in this hot weather, the stub of his roll-up tucked behind his right ear. Occasionally he will emit a low cough, which is his way of telling us that another cup of coffee would be more than welcome. He is 64, he tells, and has been “plasterin’ nigh on fifty years.” He is full of stories and reminiscences. He remembers playing football for Melbury Osmond against Drimpton in Dorset Cup matches back in the 70’s. “They were good games an’ all,” he muses, “though there be this one fella who, what shall we say, was rather fond of a high late tackle from behind…” (Mentioning no names, Mike Baker!) Phil gets up at 5am every morning and likes to be at work by 7am, and so we had a special dispensation yesterday seeing as it was a Sunday, and he goes to bed around 8pm after watching an episode of Dad’s Army, and he proceeds to recount a favourite incident, chuckling as he does so.

The noise from the radio continues – Kate Bush, Sting, The Human League – but it is nothing, I imagine, compared to the noise produced by Greenham Mill when it was at its height some 150 years ago. By contrast we hardly hear anything from Cosipet these days, except their radio too on hot days when they open their windows.

But 150 years ago so many people worked here. The radio switches now to Dolly Parton – 'Sometimes It’s Hard To Be A Woman' – and it certainly was back then. Each Monday morning around 100 women and girls would walk across the fields to the Mill to start their working week, creating so many of the footpaths we enjoy for leisure today, to arrive early at Greenham where they would lodge in a dormitory until they walked back across those same fields on Saturday evenings to enjoy their day of rest on Sundays.

And it’s not the nature of the noise that has changed in Greenham, but the sights and smells too. The dormitory building has long gone, as has the water wheel and tall brick chimney, and the surrounding fields no longer shimmer with the hazy blue of flax flowers. Two fields away from our house is the field known locally as Pond Field. In it is one of England’s best surviving examples of a flax dam along which you have to walk to reach the footbridge into the next field and it runs alongside what is now a marsh, in the spring filled with kingcups and lady’s smock; where just occasionally, if you are very lucky, you might see a kingfisher; where dragon and damsel flies hover among the myriad varieties of grasses. There is no sign today of the eponymous pond that once covered this marsh, though there are photographs of Victorian families picnicking alongside it that have been reproduced in Andrew Pastor’s “Village Voices, Local Lives” book. This was where the retting process took place, where men wearing long waders would stand thigh-deep in the water teasing out the fibres and strands of the flax plants in readiness for the next stage of the process of turning them into rope or linen. Apparently they had to soak the plants until they almost rotted before beginning the retting, and this smell of rotting vegetation would have filled the air all around Greenham.

How work has changed over the years: the workers at Cosipet (none of whom live in Greenham) make their cat and dog baskets using sewing machines, while I sit here upstairs at my computer about to begin an Arts Council funding application for a contemporary dance production in Edinburgh. Only the plasterer’s art and craft remains largely unchanged, as Phil and Mike and Trig transform this house which once housed workers at the flax mill…

This will probably be my penultimate entry in this series, for as I mentioned before, the process of destruction here has now finished (we hope) and so there is no further scope for excavating more of the past just now, as Andy and his team of builders return tomorrow to begin the installation of our new kitchen. I will write one more entry when that is completed and we cut the ribbon to mark its official opening! By which time I hope to have worked out how to upload some of the photographs we have been taking to document this whole fascinating project of one more story in the life of No.9 Greenham.

The radio plays Pink Floyd’s 'Another Brick in the Wall…'

Submitted by: andrew       On: 12/7/2013 at: 21:54       Location: Drimpton


We've had hot dry weather for a week now! A whole week. At last, this is summer - the season we all thought we'd never see again. You know it's real summer weather when you can hear the squeals of glee from children messing about in a paddling pool in a garden way out of sight. That was from Ellie and William and their numerous friends. Will they remember the summer of 2013 in years to come, as I recall the summer of 1976, and, much earlier, the summer of 1959. That year I can remember my parents lying on the cool floor of the dining room with the French windows open trying to have a Sunday afternoon nap where it was coolest. This year, after a long miserable winter and an equally long miserable and cold spring – if you can call it that, it being the coldest spring since records began - this period of heat has come as a shock to everything. One result is that plants have burst into an excess of bloom. But this outpouring of blossom is already fading fast in some quarters. A hardy geranium (called 'Patricia'), which usually lasts for a couple of months at least, has its magenta flowers sun-bleached to lavender then grey then almost white. The plumes of Aruncus (which perhaps sounds better by its common name of 'Goatsbeard') have gone from creamy white to burnt brown in a day or two. Roses, which are having a special year, pumping out their scent and filling the garden, are going from bud to flower-fall in double quick time. And so it is with so much. Having waited a few years for a ‘real’ summer, we are now watching as it rushes headlong, hurrying late summer plants into midsummer bloom. If this goes on we won’t have anything in flower come September. But are we complaining? Do we mind that we spend hours watering? No! This heat is something I want to store up for the chilly times that will come - but don't let's think about that. Let's make the most of The Summer of 2013.

Submitted by: ChrisHubert       On: 12/7/2013 at: 17:36       Location: Greenham

Excavating the Past 8

12th July

Today it feels that a corner has been turned, for today has marked the first day since the project began that, instead of tearing things down, the team were building something up. Today we have moved from destruction to construction.

Last week, you may recall, in an attempt to solve the Mystery of the Damp Wall in our living room – a mystery that has preoccupied, perplexed and defeated all of Andy’s predecessors since we first moved in – they decided to investigate fully the state of the dividing wall between the living room and the hall. This wall was originally the old outside wall of the property before it was extended by the Halletts in the 1960’s and our hall was installed together with a new staircase. Because the wall had been an outside wall, and because, as we have heard tell over the years, that before the Hallets bought the property, the house lay empty and derelict for (we think) 11 years, and for part of that time serving as a home for neighbours’ pigs, it had over the years become exceedingly damp, to the point of being sodden. It was decided, therefore, to take it down completely, prop up the ceiling and build a new wall using thermal blocks. In the process of revealing the old wall in the first place proved somewhat alarming, particularly with the discovery of flaking bits of rotted wood, presumed to be a part of the old lintel above the original front door, beneath which the rows of bricks had slipped to a near 45 degree angle. That was completed today and it is such a relief to know that, even though Celcon blocks are hardly objects of beauty, they will be covered up and at last, the source of the damp will have been removed. (Fingers crossed).

In the coming days Dib and Dab and Dob will be returning to do what they do best, after which the hall can begin to start being restored to something habitable once again…

Meanwhile, plaster board has been affixed to the ceilings in both the kitchen and living room, and by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week (we hope) both rooms will be completely re-plastered…

Tomorrow will be the first day in 12 days that we will have what remains of our house to ourselves. A time for much needed quiet and reflection... And maybe a glass of wine or two!

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