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Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/7/2014 at: 20:24       Location: Drimpton

extracts from July village newsletter

S U M M E R D I N N E R D A N C E
At the Village Hall
SATURDAY 5th JULY - Doors open at 7.00pm

Three Course Supper (60 places only) from 7.30pm
Dance to ‘ONE NIGHT STAND’ – music from 8pm till Midnight
Bottled Beer & Wine Bar

Tickets £12
Ticket Sales: Carol Saunders and All Village Hall Committee Members.

SEE YOU THERE!
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PUB EVENTS:
TUES JULY 1st: FOLK NIGHT – for Musicians & Audience from c9.00pm
SUN JULY 6th: QUIZ NIGHT – Bring a Team or join one on the night, from c8.00pm

SAT JULY 12th: PIG RACING! From 8.30pm – come and place your bets.
Who knows, you might have the pig that wins!

SAT JULY 26th : LEEK & FUCHSIA CLUB SALE
with Ernie the Auctioneer in charge, from c8.00pm. Everyone invited.
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Community Coffee Morning in the Village Hall
on Saturday 19th July, 10.30 - 12.00.
As well as good coffee, good cakes and good company, the ladies of Netherhay Book Club will be selling some of the books they have read at the book club and creating a "Farmers Market" stall. We haven't a clue what will be on it so you will just have to come along and see for yourself. There might be cakes, home made jams, veggies from our gardens, flowers etc.
The proceeds from the morning will go to Audio Books for the Blind.
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MIKE & CAROL’s BBQ - THANKS:
“Thank you for all the help and the great attendance at our fund-raising barbecue. We raised £400 and the Marquee is now paid for!”

WED 9th JULY: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Range of homemade soups and cheeseboard served in a friendly atmosphere. Everybody welcome. £3.50. Extra soups 50p.
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WED 11th JULY: FILM NIGHT at the Village Hall at 7.30pm featuring:
‘THE RAILWAY MAN’
The true-life account of a former prisoner-of-war’s horrific experiences on the Burma Railway. Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman star.
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St. Mary’s Church , Drimpton
Flower Festival & Gift Day*
Theme, “Remember” – World War 1 Centenary
Saturday July 26th - Sunday July 27th
10.00 am to 5.00 pm
*Gift Day envelopes will be distributed the week before
Sunday 27th Only
Cream Teas at Pin House 2.30 - 4.30 pm

Festival Songs of Praise, Sunday July 27th at 6.30 pm at St Mary’s
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YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall
FRIDAY 11th JULY: 6.30 to 8.00pm – FUN & GAMES outside weather permitting.
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ANNUAL HORTICULTURAL SHOW on SATURDAY AUGUST 9th - The Summer Show is getting ever closer. If you haven't had a schedule yet, please ask Brian for one.
Sunflowers and Potatoes
Have all your sunflowers been giving the slugs a merry banquet, or will some survive for you to bring along the picture and height to the Summer Show on 9th August?
Potatoes - yes something else to worry about - or lovingly care for, hopefully yours are thriving in their containers for the bumper weigh-in at the Summer Show.
Don't forget to keep sunflowers and potatoes fed and watered.

Reminder: The Show is open to members and non-members, so no excuses and there are cash prizes!
Lots of categories and classes, including: Flowers, Vegetables, Homecraft, Handicraft, Art, Photography and classes for young people, teams and families.
Prizes will be presented at 4:15pm on Show Day.
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MESSAGE from Shirley Gibbs
‘Emily Gibbs is getting married on Saturday 26 July to Harry Driscoll at the Chapel. We are holding the reception in a marque in the garden. I would like to apologise in advance for any noise or inconvenience to all neighbours. Many thanks’
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GARDEN CLUB
WEDNESDAY 16th JULY. 7:15 for 7:30 pm
One of our most timely talks ever - "The Somerset Levels" with guest speaker Mr D Briggs - someone who really knows about this ever changing environment. If you are not a member - don't worry, you'll still be most welcome. Members - don't forget to bring your geranium and fuchsia plants to be judged.



Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/7/2014 at: 14:54       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in June

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in June 2014
40.mm (2013 33.25 mm) or 1.6 inches (2013 1.32 ins.)
At one time last month I thought there was going to be no rain to record, as we have had only a short spell at the beginning of the month and another at the end, but when compared to last year, that was even less.


Submitted by: Norman       On: 30/6/2014 at: 18:31       Location: Drimpton

Annual Cream Teas at the village hall

The hall was packed for the annual Cream Teas hosted by Hazel Hill and her merry band of helpers. Two 100 club draws and a raffle failed to stem the staedy consumption of delicious cakes, scones and, of course, strawberries and cream!

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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 30/6/2014 at: 14:08       Location: Drimpton

A Day in Drimpton

This morning, on Chard Road, two signs (one literally) of village life.

Thanks to the hard work of Mike Saunders and the permission of Peter and Rosemary Coates, we could now enter and win Britain's best village noticeboard competition, it's a real work of craftsmanship.

The other side of the bridge there are plenty of poppies coming up now, with more, I hope, to continue to come into flower at the beginning of August to mark the centenary of Britain's entry into the First World War.

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Submitted by: Jacqui       On: 27/6/2014 at: 15:47       Location: Drimpton

Disappointing News

Disappointing News

I’m extremely disappointed to find out that the 42 timetable on Damory’s Website was totally wrong, to my knowledge this fictitious 42 timetable had been on the Damory website since the 5th of June & the link to it on many other travel sites including the Dorsetforyou website and was in effect giving the people of this area the promise of a ‘new service’, I was hopeful of a ‘Public Apology but the operations Manager Adam Keen declined – his email addresses is adam.keen@morebus.co.uk if you want to send him your comments

Below is his email reply – please note in his last para he admits this is not the first time errors have been made

“Further to our conversation of yesterday evening, I have investigated the situation that you brought to my attention regarding service 42.

It will actually continue to operate unchanged when Damory start to run this service, ergo it will run on Wednesdays only.

Please accept my apologies for the confusion and inconvenience that the incorrect website information has caused. I concur that this is not the first time that we have provided incorrect information on our website. My colleagues will take steps to ensure that we improve our output in this regard”

In a subsequent email he says “We will be doing a release about the transfer of the Mike Halford work to Damory in due course”

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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 2/6/2014 at: 09:34       Location: Drimpton

The Big Lunch 2014

Not so much the Big Lunch in Drimpton, more the small and tasty one. Thankfully this year the weather was kind and a couple of dozen or so of us enjoyed picnics in the fresh air and sunshine, the playground was busy and (thanks to David bringing a ball) plenty of goals were scored - hint to England!
It seems the most popular part of the event (apart from home made cake, and Becky's flapjacks - still warm from the oven were delicious; I should also give a special mention to Trish's very tasty couscous) was the gift of stickers from the very nice people at the Eden Project.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 2/6/2014 at: 08:23       Location: Drimpton

extracts from village newsletter for June

ROAD JUNCTION at THE SQUARE – message from Mike Saunders, Parish Councillor
“You will have noticed some blue lines sprayed on the road junction at the Square. These lines are only a guide and will be painted white shortly. What’s happening?

The Drimpton Village Survey 2008 and the Parish Plan Survey 2012 both highlighted villagers’ concerns about the safety of the road junction at The Square. In particular, we were concerned about the risk of collision between traffic turning right off the Bridport Road towards Crewkerne and the traffic travelling towards Broadwindsor from the Chard Road. After a protracted period of discussion, the Highways Authority has finally agreed that there is a risk of collision at the junction.

For a trial period, an extra lane will be introduced for traffic turning right. If this fails to reduce the risk then a mini roundabout will be considered.
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SUNDAY 1st JUNE, The BIG LUNCH – An Eden Project
12.00 noon to 2.00pm, at the VILLAGE HALL – outside if sunny

Drimpton will be taking part again in the countrywide BIG LUNCH. It's free and it's easy. Just bring along your lunch, maybe with some treats to share. Knock on your neighbours' doors, bring them too (neighbours, not doors) and enjoy the picnic, in or out, depending on weather. Oh, and bring a game too if you wish!
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CAROL & MIKE’S SUMMER PARTY
At Manor Farmhouse
SATURDAY 7th JUNE from 4.00pm till late
BBQ Roast Joints + Burgers + Sausages + Vegetarian Buffet
Ice Cream Kiosk
Bar Live Music
Fun & Games Bar Skittles Competition

Tickets £10 (half price for children) Ticket price covers BBQ & Ice Cream
Available from Carol
Funds raised for Fun Day and the ‘New Marquee’

PLUS
Tickets on sale for the Summer Dance. Don’t miss out.
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WED 11th JUNE: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Range of homemade soups and cheeseboard served in a friendly atmosphere. Everybody welcome. £3.50. Extra soups 50p.
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WED 11th JUNE: FILM NIGHT at the Village Hall at 7.30pm featuring:
‘MANDELA – LONG WALK TO FREEDOM’
The biopic of the man who almost single-handedly changed the world in South Africa.
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YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall
FRIDAY 13th JUNE: 6.30 to 8.00pm – FUN & GAMES outside weather permitting
FRIDAY 27th JUNE: 6.30pm YOUTH CLUB FILM NIGHT
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Christian Aid Week: message from Hazel Hill – “This year’s Christian Aid week collection raised a total of £360.44. Well done and many thanks to all who gave and to the collectors and helpers.”
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WED 18th JUNE: The GARDEN CLUB/ HORTICULTURAL SOC at the Village Hall 7.15 for 7.30pm
‘FUCHSIAS’, with guest speaker DEREK LUTHER (one of the country's leading authorities on fuchias) As always, visitors are most welcome.
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HAZEL’S ANNUAL CREAM TEA
At the Village Hall
On SATURDAY 28th JUNE from 3.00 to 5.00pm

£5 / Under-12s £2.50
Raffle – 100 Club Grand Draw
Hosted by Hazel Hill & Friends
EVERYONE IS INVITED
Proceeds for St Mary’s Church
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S U M M E R D I N N E R D A N C E
At the Village Hall
SATURDAY 5th JULY - Doors open at 7.00pm

Three Course Supper (60 places only. Book early) from 7.30pm
Dance to ‘ONE NIGHT STAND’ – music from 8pm till Midnight
Bottled Beer & Wine Bar

Tickets £12
Ticket Sales: Carol Saunders and All Village Hall Committee Members.
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PUB EVENTS:
SUN 1st JUNE: QUIZ from c8.00pm. Bring a team or join one on the night.
TUES 3rd JUNE: FOLK NIGHT - For Musicians & audience from c9.00pm.
From SAT 14th JUNE: ALL ENGLAND’s WORLD CUP GAMES live on the Big Screen

SUN 15th JUNE: FATHERS’ DAY LUNCHES from 12.00 to 2.00pm
Main & Dessert £10 [Children £7.50] call to book your places.
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TRANSPORT - message from Gina Egleton
”There is a local transport provider called Beaminster Country Cars, which is run by Mike Bateman .
Mileage is currently charged at 0.45p per mile.
We would also like to hear from anyone who wishes to become a volunteer driver, full information can be obtained from Mr Bateman.” [Gina is a current volunteer driver]
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Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/6/2014 at: 11:05       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross, May '14

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN MAY 2014
91.25 mm.(2013 81.75 mm.) OR 3.62 inches (2013 3.24 inches)
SS.
May has been a very pleasant month with some very fine weather and enough showers of rain to keep everything growing well. I heard someone on television saying that it was very good grass growing weather, fine for the farmers and livestock, not so good if you have a lot of lawn to keep cutting !


Submitted by: Heskie       On: 18/5/2014 at: 16:40       Location: Drimpton

Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Cycle Challenge 2014

The Coast to Coast Cycle challenge passed through Drimpton on Sunday 18th May. On a lovely sunny afternoon - better for sitting outside the Royal Oak than for cycling I suspect, people gathered to welcome through the cyclists.

Here is what the Air Ambulance website has to say:

"The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge offers two different routes and distances. For those who like a challenge, the brilliant 54 mile cycle which starts in the Somerset port of Watchet and finishes at West Bay near Bridport will not disappoint.

With a mixture of quiet back roads, interspersed with some very demanding climbs and equally hairy descents, the event has something to offer for everyone! For those that don’t want to cycle that far, there is a shorter 11 mile route which begins at Drimpton in Dorset and also finishes at West Bay. " [http://www.dsairambulance.org.uk]

There was an event tent on the Royal Oak car park, a busy yellow-vested marshal and lively applause encouraging each passing cyclist.

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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 14/5/2014 at: 09:40       Location: Drimpton

Sam Trott at 80

Just so that Sam cannot deny that he was there and he's really only 70 anyway, here is the photographic evidence.

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