‘People make Places. Places make People’.... In 2011 villagers began an online Open Archive on an informal basis. We have been recording events, logging images, sharing ideas and making comments. Think of it as a kind of ‘library’ where you are free to browse. And, if you would like to contribute a ‘document’, go to ‘register’ and complete the application. Then you can help ‘fill up the shelves’.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 6/5/2013 at: 17:25       Location: Drimpton

The Poisoning of The Little Axe - Part 2

It is two days after The Poisoning. Just before noon yesterday (Sunday 5th) Ian from the Environment Agency called on Jeanette and Danny. He walked the stream, took water samples, and had things to say about possible causes. He felt that the cause was most probably ‘organic’. Some chemical had got into the water, which might have lowered the oxygen level drastically causing the fatalities. The fact that an eel was also dead – a fish, which Ian described as ‘almost bombproof’ when it comes to pollution – suggested a strong toxin. In the light of the number of fish deaths, Ian said that a freshwater quality specialist would visit today (he hasn’t) or tomorrow to make a more detailed investigation. He also said that he would provide us with the results of his tests and of those made by colleagues.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 4/5/2013 at: 18:06       Location: Drimpton

The Poisoning of the Little Axe

It is a beautiful spring day with warm sunshine. During the afternoon Jeanette, who lives right by our stream, The Lttle Axe, noticed the bodies of fish lying on the stream bed in numbers. Danny went downstream for some distance and said he must have seen over a hundred. Meanwhile Jeanette called the Environment Agency, who thanked her for the notification and said they'd be sending someone along. They asked her to collect some samples which Danny did. By the bridge there was a drift of dead fish and an eel, too. When Roy walked for some distance upstream the other side of the bridge he came across no dead fish at all. This makes one think that whatever has happened, has happened the downstream side of the bridge. Has something washed in through the covered culvert that runs along Chard Road for a while from the ditch by Spearmead? We hope the Environment Agency will find out.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/5/2013 at: 17:02       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in April 2013

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN APRIL ‘13
40.75 mm. (2012 188.25 mm.) or 1.62 inches (2012 7.47 inches)

We have been hearing how last year’s rainfall has done tremendous damage to pasture land over thousands of acres across the Somerset Levels. The comparison shown in this month’s rainfall figures highlights the difference quite dramatically.


Submitted by: Heskie       On: 8/4/2013 at: 13:00       Location: Drimpton

A Spring Evening

We enjoyed a walk "around the block" on Saturday evening, the first time in a while that it hasn't felt cold and wintery, there was a real feeling of a change in the season, helped by the warm hue of the sunlight.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/4/2013 at: 14:22       Location: Drimpton

Extracts from April village newsletter

ROBIN HOOD – OUR PANTOMIME – message from Andrew Pastor
“Sometimes it isn’t possible to say ‘Thank you’ enough. But I’m going to try. THANK YOU to all our magnificent Cast. Everyone was brilliant. Many of them had never done anything on stage before, but you’d never have known it. Everyone did themselves proud. THANK YOU to Rosemary Shepherd, our Production Manager & Costume Leader, who could not have done more to make our production a great success. THANK YOU to Jenny Beck, who led her team of painters, and gave us a beautiful set – like something out of a children’s pop-up book. THANK YOU to Ken Banks, Norman Marsden, Anne Horne, Hilary Baker and Carol Saunders who gave their skills, energy and time to make everything look grand and run smoothly. THANK YOU to Stan & Sylvia Sach, and to Linda & Roger Smith on the ‘business’ side of things. THANK YOU to all our stitchers and makers. THANK YOU to our Audiences, who packed the Hall for both performances and ‘raised the roof’.

Everyone had GREAT FUN and we also raised funds to help support future community activities. In fact total income was over £1000. Profits after expenses are to be shared between the Village Hall and our group, Village Voices, which manages and stages events here in Drimpton. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU…………”
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VILLAGE HALL – news from Mike Saunders
“How lovely to see our Village Hall in its 90th year such a happy, vibrant and industrious place as Pantomania swept through the hall like a breath of fresh air. Our community was bursting with life and it reminded us of the vital role the Village Hall plays as the centre of our community and what an important part our wonderful army of volunteers play. Well done Andrew, his support team, the players and to everyone involved in what was, by any standard, a wonderfully enjoyable panto worthy of critical acclaim.

Due to all the efforts of our fund raisers and, of course, the great support offered by ‘Awards for All’, Dorset Foundation and the Parish Council we now have the funds to proceed with the kitchen update. Work will commence 19th April and hopefully finish by the first week in May.
These improvements will have an impact on our Village Diary of Events. Easter Bingo is cancelled. All other changes are on the link to the Diary on the Village Web Site. The new issue of the diary will be available to view in the Village Hall, Royal Oak, St Mary’s and Netherhay Chapel after the AGM.

MONDAY 22nd APR at 7.30pm. VILLAGE HALL AGM
Come along and vote for your new committee. Standing for election so far: Gina Egleton, 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 Agenda and Minutes of the last AGM will be available to read on notice boards at the Hall from 8th April.
The new Committee will convene TUES 23rd APR 7.30pm to elect the Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary and Bookings Member.
Volunteers needed to serve on the Village Hall Committee.
Despite the dedicated work carried out to ensure the security and future prosperity of our Village Hall, it will not survive without YOUR support. It is essential that a strong committee, representing the views of all our community, continues along the successful path of the past 90 years. The committee meets about 9 times a year and how much time you spend outside the meetings is up to you. Please volunteer to serve on our committee, without volunteers the Hall will fade away.
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YOUTH CLUB – Youth Club is back to normal with fun and games at the Village Hall on FRI 12th APR at 6.30pm and our first Youth Club Film Night is on FRI 19th APR at 6.30pm.

WED 10th APR: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Traditional range of homemade soups & great company. £3.50. Everyone is most welcome.
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SAT 6th APR: 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
Final Kitchen Plan on Display for ALL to see.
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MOBILE LIBRARY: WED 3rd APR. The Mobile Library is at Oxhayes from
11.55am to 12.25pm and on every other Wednesday.

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FILM CLUB at the VILLAGE HALL at 7.30pm
WED 3rd APR: ARGO (Oscar for Best Film)
‘Ben Affleck's smart comedy about a bogus film shoot cooked up by the CIA to rescue Americans trapped in Tehran takes an unfortunate last turn.’

WED 1st 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.
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PUB NEWS:
TUES 2nd APR : FOLK NIGHT from c9pm for Musicians & Audience
SUN 7th APR : QUIZ NIGHT from c8pm
SAT 20th APR : Live Music from local band, DESIGN, 60s & 70s music, from 9pm, featuring village musician, Maurice Blogg
Date for your diaries:
SAT 18th MAY: LEEK & FUCHSIA CLUB SPRING PLANT SALE
[more details in May newsletter.]
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WED 17th APR: 7.15 for 7.30pm HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY MEETING at the Village Hall
Everyone is invited to SWAP & SHARE.
Do you have surplus seeds, pots, tools, magazines, extra seedlings or anything else to do with the garden - then why not bring and swap or share?
Also come and collect your Schedule for the August Summer Show. Do you have ideas or questions about the Show or how to exhibit? Post your questions to the Show Secretary and some of last year's stewards. Start planning your entries and dream of the prizes you might win.
Like all our meetings, visitors are most welcome (for a modest entry fee). There are always refreshments to enjoy.

A Reminder - If you picked up a potato for the Potato Competition, hopefully it has nice tough little shoots on it now. Plant it in your container and then keep an eye on the forecast till mid-May, in case of frost.
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WED 24th APR: KEN HODGES CUP FINAL at the Recreation Field - 6.15 for 6.30pm
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BROADWINDSOR COMMUNITY STORE- PRESCRIPTION DELIVERY
Barton House Surgery patients will be able to deposit their prescriptions and collect their medication from the shop from 2 April onwards. To arrange this, patients should contact the surgery and request it to include their medication in the deliveries. Collection of prescriptions and delivery of medication will be on Tuesday and Friday.
This service will not be available for Tunnel Road Surgery patients or those getting their prescriptions from the Beaminster pharmacy.


Submitted by: Heskie       On: 1/4/2013 at: 11:32       Location: Drimpton

Robin Hood, The Pictures. Entry 3

Here are five more pictures, taken at the Dress Rehearsal, 22nd March 2013

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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 1/4/2013 at: 11:27       Location: Drimpton

Robin Hood, The Pictures. Entry 2

Here are five pictures, taken at the Dress Rehearsal, 22nd March 2013

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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 1/4/2013 at: 11:26       Location: Drimpton

Robin Hood, The Pictures

You have had the script in the Archive, and if your were involved in any way, you should hopefully by now have your own copy of the pictures and the DVD. The invitations to the BAFTAS and Oscars may perchance already be in the post.

Here are a few pictures taken at the Dress Rehearsal (I was a bit busy "wolfing" about to take pictures during performances).

There will be three entries, this one, which has but one picture attached, and 2 others, each with 5 more pictures.

One person deserves a picture all to himself, for he has made 10 pantomimes happen in the village over the last 20 years, and that is our director, Andrew Pastor. A man who deserves more awards than he'd ever accept.

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Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/4/2013 at: 10:59       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in March 2013

RAINFALL AT DRIMPON CROSS IN MARCH 2013
88.5 mm.( 2012 28.5) or 3.5 inches (2012 1.13 ins.)
What a contrast this first quarter of the year has been to last year. Last year we had drought conditions and a mini heat-wave to be followed by hosepipe bans. This year we have had one of the coldest starts to the year on record, with just about average rainfall, although the last few days of March have been very dry. All we need now is a little warmth to get all our garden plants into bursting growth.


Submitted by: andrew       On: 31/3/2013 at: 19:41       Location: Drimpton

Robin Hood - The Script

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