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Submitted by: andrew       On: 2/7/2013 at: 10:02       Location: Drimpton

Extracts from village newsletter for July

RAISE THE MARQUEE! – Through July the Marquee on the Recreation Field will be used for a number of village events. Can you PLEASE help to Raise it on FRIDAY 5TH JULY from 7.00pm? The more hands the better.

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DRIMPTON FILM CLUB at the Village Hall at 7.30pm
WED 10th JULY: ‘SKYFALL’
Judi Dench takes centre stage, and 007 faces a terrifying blond-off with Javier Bardem, in a supremely enjoyable 50th-anniversary outing.

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WED 10th JULY: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Everyone is invited to enjoy homemade soups served up in a warm friendly atmosphere. £3.50

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YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall
FRI 12th JULY 6.30 - 8.30pm: Fun and games outside (weather permitting)

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Mobile Library: WEDS 10th & 24th JULY
The Library comes to Oxhayes from 11.55 to 12.25. Books & Media can be ordered online and collected from the Mobile.

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SATURDAY 6th JULY
COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING
at the Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm
Come along and enjoy Great Coffee and Cakes
and meet up with friends and neighbours.
PLUS
Tickets on sale for the Summer Dance. Don’t miss out.

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CAROL & MIKE’S MID-SUMMER PARTY – “Thank you everyone for all your help and support. 110 villagers ignored the weather and enjoyed a great evening of good food, fun and camaraderie. We raised £600 in aid of the Chapel, Church and the Youth Club.” - Carol & Mike

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SAT 13th and SUN 14th JULY: 5-A-Side Football Competition on the Recreation Field. Find more details at the Pub.

PUB EVENTS:
TUES JULY 2nd : FOLK NIGHT from c9pm – For Musicians & Audience
SUN JULY 7th: QUIZ from c8pm – Bring a Team or join one on the night.
SAT JULY 13th: Pete Studley’s Birthday Party. Buffet and Music. All Villagers welcome.

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SUMMER BUFFET SUPPER & DANCE
On SATURDAY 20th JULY
Buffet Supper in the Marquee at 7.30pm (70 places only. Book early)
Dance in the Village Hall from 8.00pm till late to live music from
‘ONE NIGHT STAND’
Marquee Wine Bar
Main Bar Village Hall 8pm

Ticket Sales: Carol Saunders and all Village Hall Committee Members.
Buffet Supper & Dance £10
Dance only £5

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St Mary's Church Flower Festival
On SATURDAY & SUNDAY 27th & 28th JULY
From 10.00am to 5.00pm each day
Theme for 2013, “90 years of Drimpton Village Hall”

The church will be beautifully decorated with floral displays by local groups themed on Village Hall events. All Welcome

SONGS OF PRAISE on SUNDAY 28th
a special service to mark the end of the Flower Festival Weekend at 6.30pm.
Everyone is very welcome.

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HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY / GARDENING CLUB:
Next Meeting: WEDNESDAY 17th JULY at the Village Hall – 7.15 for 7.30pm

We have had some lovely days (yes, and some not so good ones) and summer really does feel as though it has arrived. Timely then, that our guest speaker, from The Gold Club - they are always good - has the topic "The Garden in Summer"
All welcome!

SUMMER SHOW - On SATURDAY 10th AUGUST
What could be more fitting to follow that, than the Summer Show. The Show opens to the public at 2:15, and that's the day lots of people join the Garden Club - you'd be most welcome too.

If you think you may like to enter the show, hopefully you will have had a Schedule, with an entry form on the back. If not, don't worry, there is one on the web page (cwdhortsoc.blogspot.co.uk) and there is also a link to that from the village website. Whatever your interest, in the garden, the kitchen, workshop or behind the lens, there should be an entry class to suit you - and the prize money has been increased this year! Any questions - do please get in touch.

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Life is returning to The Little Axe:
In the last week or so a trout has been seen in the stream near the bridge and a family of mallards with their ducklings have been regular visitors. Here’s hoping that our stream is ‘on the mend’ and will not suffer another poisoning event. It is up to us to look after it.


Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/7/2013 at: 11:30       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in Drimpton June '13

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN MAY 2013
33.25 mm.(2012 135.25mm) or 1.32 inches (2012 5.37inches)
An interesting comparison between this years June rainfall and last year, which of course was one of the wettest on record. I recorded rain on 15 days in June 2012 and with much greater volume, compared to the 9 days in June this year.


Submitted by: andrew       On: 15/6/2013 at: 18:59       Location: Drimpton

OPEN ARCHIVE HAS MOVED

As promised Open Archive has moved to its brand new home. Removal went painlessly. Nothing was broken in transit. Now it's time to settle in and start making contributions to the new 'shelves'. On behalf of Village Voices I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Martyn, Norman and Brian for making the new site happen. the village is very fortunate to have such an able trio, willing to offer their time and skills for the benefit of our community.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 12/6/2013 at: 17:17       Location: Drimpton

OPEN ARCHIVE is MOVING HOME

This coming weekend, 15th/16th June, OPEN ARCHIVE is MOVING to www.drimpton.org.uk. Having been an independent website since it started in 2011, it is now joining with the revamped and redesigned village website where it will be on the ARCHIVE button. It will continue to be a living ‘village library’ with more and more documents to look at and read as time passes. It is always open to visitors, so pop in and browse any time. If, in the past, you have registered to make contributions to the ‘library shelves’ of OPEN ARCHIVE, your existing username and password will still be valid. And the process will be familiar to you. To become a new contributor, just follow the easy-to-use route - it is only a few clicks away.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/6/2013 at: 21:24       Location: Drimpton

extracts from village newsletter for June

ALL-NEW VILLAGE WEBSITE is due to open this month.
Have you sent in your notices and FREE ads? If not, why not?
Write to: drimpton@btinternet.com .This is your chance to contact the village. What is stopping you?
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SUN 2nd JUNE. 12:00 to 2:00pm (ish) - The BIG LUNCH
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.

Just bring your lunch to Drimpton Village Hall (indoors if wet, outside if dry - though some of us mad fools have been known to play outside in the rain). Bring a game, or just a ball. There is nothing organised or "laid-on". The food and fun is just what you bring and share.
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DRIMPTON FILM CLUB at the Village Hall at 7.30pm
WED 5th JUNE: ‘Les MISERABLES’
Tom Hooper's gamble of filming Les Misérables with on-set singing has resulted in a work of unusual power and colour. He is also to be congratulated on the integration of the grand set-pieces – the chain gang at work, the chases, the fighting at the barricades during the aborted revolution – with the more contemplative moments.
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WED 12th JUNE: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Everyone is invited to enjoy homemade soups served up in a warm friendly atmosphere. £3.50
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YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall
FRI 14th JUNE 6.30 - 8.00pm: Fun and games outside
(weather permitting)

FRI 28th JUNE 6.30pm: After a fantastic start, this month’s
isa surprise to be announced later!
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WED 19th JUNE - HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY 7:15 for 7:30pm
“Plant Combinations and Associations”
Guest speaker, Philip Gamble, will guide us through partnering colours and finding good foliage matches. Even the veggie gardeners amongst us should find this interesting!
Don’t forget: Flower of the Month Competition.
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SATURDAY 15th JUNE
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.
PLUS
Bacon Butties!!
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CAROL & MIKE’S MID-SUMMER PARTY
At Manor Farm

On SATURDAY 22nd JUNE – 4pm start
Hog Roast + Sausages + Vegetarian
Bar ….. Mel’s Coffee Shop
Music ….. Fun & Games
Bar Skittles Competition

Tickets: £10 (half price for children) Available from:
Mike Saunders, Neville Adams, Beryl Banks, John Lock
Funds raised for St Mary’s Church, Netherhay Chapel and Drimpton & Netherhay Youth Club.
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H A Z E L ’ S C R E A M T E A
DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL
SATURDAY 29th JUNE
from 3 to 5 pm
£5 (under 12’s, £2.50)
*Raffle*
*100 Club Grand Draw*
Hosted by Hazel Hill & Friends
Proceeds for St. Mary’s Church
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PUB EVENTS:
SUN JUNE 2nd: QUIZ from c8pm – Bring a Team or join one on the night.
TUES JUNE 4th: FOLK NIGHT from c9pm – For Musicians & Audience
SUMMER SKITTLES LEAGUE from the end of June
Teams of 4 @ £5 per team – Everyone welcome to play – Submit entries at the Pub
£100 First Prize!
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The POISONING of ‘THE LITTLE AXE’
On 4th May hundreds (and I mean hundreds) of fish were found dead on the bed of our village stream over a section running from the village bridge downstream towards Netherhay Bridge. No dead fish were found upstream in the direction of Broadwindsor. Since then two officers from the Environment Agency have visited, taken water quality samples and tracked the drains and culverts that flow into the stream at the village bridge. Their findings point to a toxic substance that drastically reduced the oxygen level in the water. The message is clear, if you knowingly or unknowingly disposed of such a substance in such a way that it entered our water course, the result was a blanket killing of fish and the animals they feed on.

Catherine Lockwood, Environment Officer for the Environment Agency is continuing to monitor our stream and would like to hear from anyone with information about this poisoning or about any future observations. She can be contacted at catherine.lockwood@environment.agency.gov.uk
For information on avoiding potential pollution from domestic properties go to:
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/pollution/ water/120363.aspx
The Little Axe flows through our village. The water is clean once again. Let us keep it that way.
We must now wait for life to return.



Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/6/2013 at: 14:42       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in May '13

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN MAY 2013
81.75mm. (2012 53.mm.) or 3.25 inches (2012 2.1 ins.)

May this year was a pleasant month, a little cold at first but warmed up towards the end. During the past twelve months we have had one of the wettest Summers on record (2012), and the coldest Spring for 50 years according to the Met. Office Statistics.


Submitted by: Bob       On: 10/5/2013 at: 00:08       Location: Drimpton

UFO over Drimpton Part 2

It wasn't just me then!

Bob

Submitted by: Bob       On: 9/5/2013 at: 00:11       Location: Drimpton

Green light over Drimpton???

Did anyone else see a bright green light in the sky at 21:57 this evening? It traveled from east to west moving silently and very fast, there was no tail.

I checked for info on such sightings and most opinion describes them as meteorites.

PS. I came home straight from the Village Hall not via the Royal Oak!

Submitted by: andrew       On: 8/5/2013 at: 15:58       Location: Drimpton

Cuckoo!

It’s nearly 4pm as I write this and I’m almost sure that I have heard the cuckoo! I heard the two-note call almost an hour ago for the first time in years. I truly believe that I have just heard it again. As I’ve not heard it for so long and as I know I want to hear it, I was worried that it was a pigeon masquerading and tricking me. But the tone, the fact that there were gaps between the repeated pairs of notes convinces me. I have heard the cuckoo!

Submitted by: andrew       On: 7/5/2013 at: 20:23       Location: Drimpton

Extracts from village newsletter for May

VILLAGE HALL NEWS - messages from Mike Saunders
Improvements to the Hall
“Improvements continue at a pace. The kitchen units should be fitted by 3 May followed by a week of painting and tiling. The new bar and storage space will be built Oct/Nov time.

Thank you to Rosemary Shepherd, Mel Russ and Kate Hesketh for the design. Thank you to Ken Banks, Brian Hesketh, John Wright, Roger Smith, Steve Chubb & Norman Marsden for all the hands-on work.”
[Ed: Thanks to Mike for all his labour, too.]

AGM
“Despite the free wine and nibbles the Village continued to show a total lack of interest in the Village Hall AGM with committee members outnumbering the spectators. I’m glad to say that the outstanding support that the village has shown for all our fund raising efforts over the past 2 years tells me that it is the AGM that puts people off, not a lack of interest in what happens to your Village Hall. To this end I plan to hold a very informal AGM next year at a Coffee Morning so that people can chat and ask questions in a much less formal and STRAINED atmosphere. Sorry I didn’t pick up on this earlier.”
New Committee:
Chairman – Mike Saunders (elected member), Secretary – Clair Killips (elected member), Treasurer - Tim Bassett (elected member), Bookings Secretary - Rosemary Shepherd (elected member & Hort Soc Rep), Mel Russ (elected member), Rod Bracher and Tony Francis (Drimpton Football Club), Ken Banks (Methodist Church), Roger Smith (Parish Council), Valerie Jones (Short Mat Bowls Club), Margaret Prentice (St Mary’s C of E), Neville Adams (Youth Club).
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DRIMPTON FILM CLUB at the Village Hall at 7.30pm
WED 8th MAY: ‘LIFE of PI’ (Oscar winner)
The versatile director, Ang Lee, brings Yann Martel's tale of shipwreck and spirituality to the big screen in magnificent fashion.
NOTE: Sorry for delaying this by a week but the film delivery was too tight.

WED 5th JUNE: ‘Les MISERABLES’
Tom Hooper's gamble of filming Les Misérables with on-set singing has resulted in a work of unusual power and colour. He is also to be congratulated on the integration of the grand set-pieces – the chain gang at work, the chases, the fighting at the barricades during the aborted revolution – with the more contemplative moments.

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WED 8th MAY: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Everyone is invited to enjoy homemade soups served up in a warm friendly atmosphere. £3.50
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YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall
FRI 10th MAY 6.30 - 8.30pm: Fun and games outside
(weather permitting)

FRI 24th MAY 6.30pm; After a fantastic start, this month’s Youth Club Film Night is ‘A Monster in Paris’ – funny, heart-warming family animated film.

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THURS 16th MAY: COFFEE MORNING 10.30am to 12noon
At 32 Chard Road by kind permission of Jane and Norman Marsden.
You are all invited to come along and enjoy coffee and a chat.
With Bring & Buy, Raffle, and 100 Club Draw.
Raising funds for St Mary’s Church.
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WED 15th May. HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY 7:15 for 7:30pm
“The Pleasures and Perils of Showing and Judging”
Joy Everington is coming to speak on this topic, which should be very interesting and useful; Joy is one of our regular judges, an excellent speaker as well as a good friend to the Society. If you are a show exhibitor, or are thinking about giving it a go, this will be really useful for you.
NOTE: Potato Competition - not to late to plant yours now - go for it, someone has to win!
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SATURDAY 18th MAY:
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.
PLUS
View the New Kitchen!!
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SUN 2nd JUNE. 12:00 to 2:00pm (ish) - The BIG LUNCH
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours once a year in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
Just bring your lunch to Drimpton Village Hall (indoors if wet, outside if dry - though some of us mad fools have been known to play outside in the rain). Bring a game, or just a ball. There is nothing organised or "laid-on". The food and fun is just what you bring and share.
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AT THE PUB:
SUN MAY 5th: QUIZ from c8pm – Bring a Team or join one.
TUES MAY 7th: FOLK NIGHT from c9pm for Musicians & Audience
WED MAY 15th: MORRIS DANCING - ‘BABYLON MORRIS’ at c8pm
SAT MAY 18th from c.7.30pm
The LEEK & FUCHSIA CLUB SPRING PLANT AUCTION
Your chance to get runner bean and tomato plants and a lot more.
With Ernie the Auctioneer.
SUN MAY 19th – The 3rd ANNUAL COAST-to-COAST CYCLE CHALLENGE
For SOMERSET & DORSET AIR AMBULANCE
Watchet to West Bay via DRIMPTON!
with over 500 cyclists coming through the village through the afternoon!
The “slightly more leisurely” 11mile run starts at the Pub at 2pm.
COME ALONG AND CHEER EVERYONE ON
Who knows when we might need the Air Ambulance’s help?
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MANOR FARM SUMMER BBQ - Delayed to the 22nd JUNE– 4pm - Hog Roast. Fund-raising for St Mary’s Church, The Chapel and Drimpton & Netherhay Youth Club.
Full Details in next newsletter.
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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS - Netherhay Lane resurfacing is delayed. Wessex Water has informed the County Council that they have resurrected plans to renew the water main in Netherhay Lane, which is planned for this coming year. Potholes will be mended and the road will be resurfaced when Wessex Water are done.
Tim Bassett has joined the Parish Council.


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