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Submitted by: andrew       On: 8/5/2014 at: 16:11       Location: Drimpton

Sam Trott's 80th Birthday - 30th April

Message from Mary Trott:
"All Sam wanted for his 80th was a house full of friends and family - hence the Open Day Invite. Feeling apprehensive until 10.00am. Then his wish came true. Folk came from morning till 10.30pm that evening. At no time were there less than 5 people in our home.
Thanks to everyone who celebrated with us. Sam was absolutely delighted! You are a wonderful group of friends, very much appreciated.
The Poppy Badge donation total was £303.
All we can say is thanks again for making the Special Birthday a day to remember."

"Over the phone Mary said that 96 people had visited throughout the day. And the following morning (and the next day too) Mary and Sam had smiles on their faces remembering it all." - Andrew

Comment from: Heskie   On: 14/5/2014 at: 09:38

Thank you Sam and Mary

You both play such an important role in making Drimpton a good community to be part of. The way you opened your doors to everyone to celebrate your birthday was typically warm and welcoming, thank you and congratulations.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 2/5/2014 at: 15:31       Location: Drimpton

extracts from the newsletter for May

Drimpton Hall and Recreation Trust New Committee
Chairman: Mike Saunders, Secretary: Post vacant, Treasurer: Tim Bassett (elected member), Bookings Secretary: Rosemary Shepherd (elected member + Hort Soc rep), Steve Chubb (elected member), Rod Bracher and Tony Francis (Drimpton Football Club rep), Roger Smith (Parish Council rep), Valerie Jones (Short Mat Bowls Club rep), Ken Banks (Methodist Church rep), David Glossop (St Mary’s C of E rep) and Neville Adams (Youth Club rep).
Message from Mike Saunders:
“Thank you to the retiring Committee for all your work over the past year and those retiring members:
Melanie Russ – Energetic, enthusiastic and full of ideas. We will miss your guidance.
Tess Goble – Great secretary. Stepped in from recent retirement when new secretary left. Great right hand woman and good fun. We will miss your efficiency.
Margaret Prentice - For 32 years sterling service. Lovely, elegant lady. Personal thanks for your support and guidance, especially at the start. We will miss your wisdom.”
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PUB EVENTS:
SUN MAY 4th: QUIZ NIGHT from c8.00pm. Bring a team, or join one.
TUES MAY 6th: FOLK NIGHT from c9.00pm. For Musicians & Audience
FRI MAY 16th: WINE TASTING hosted by PALMERS from 7.00pm. Limited numbers. Booking required.

SATURDAY MAY 17th from c8.00pm
LEEK & FUCHSIA CLUB ANNUAL SPRING AUCTION
Open to EVERYONE – a chance to get tomato & bean plants and some ‘specials’
With Ernie The Auctioneer

SAT MAY 24th: LIVE MUSIC from ‘JEFFERS ‘n’ JON’ - Country & Western – from 8.00pm
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SATURDAY MAY 10th: COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING
At the Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.00pm
With Great Cakes, Real Coffee and Grand Company
PLUS
PLANT SALE
Yes - it's on 10th May (It's good to know so many people read the previous newsletter and spotted the "deliberate" mistake.) There will be bedding plants, all at reasonable prices, including fuchsias and geraniums, brought to you by Garden Club members to help your garden bloom.
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MESSAGE from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
Dear Residents
On SUNDAY 18th MAY we shall be holding our fourth annual Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge, starting at 11am in Watchet, passing through Drimpton and ending in West Bay. In 2013 almost 600 participants took part in this event to help raise funds to keep Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flying.

This event is not designed to be a race and involves cycling along some of Dorset and Somerset’s glorious countryside, riding through picturesque villages, with a mix of quiet back roads and busier main roads, interspersed with some demanding climbs and hairy descents this challenge definitely offers something for everyone!

We are aware that this event may cause you and your neighbours some disruption and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. If you see your participants on the day, we hope you will cheer them on their way. Race expected to have reached the Royal Oak by about 2.00pm.
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YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall at 6.30pm
FRIDAYS 2nd & 23rd MAY: YOUTH CLUB FILM CLUB
FRIDAY 9th MAY: FUN & GAMES
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WED 14th MAY: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Everyone is welcome to enjoy a range of homemade soups with a cheese & biscuits. £3.50. Extra soups 50p.
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FILM CLUB on WED 14th MAY 7.30pm at the VILLAGE HALL

‘SAVING MR BANKS’
‘The meat of this tale takes place in California, where Tom Hanks's tough but avuncular Walt Disney is attempting to convince Emma Thompson's brilliantly snippy "Mrs Travers" ("It is so discomforting to hear a perfect stranger use my first name") to sign over the rights to her most treasured creation. Having promised his children that he would bring "our beloved Mary" to the screen, Walt finds himself being snubbed, scolded and generally sniped at by the author who repeatedly says that "Mary Poppins – never just 'Mary' – is not for sale!"’
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WED 21st MAY at 7.15 for 7.30pm: GARDEN CLUB at the Village Hall
Sue Applegate will be telling us all about Peonies and Irises. Visitors and non-members always welcome.
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COFFEE MORNING
32 Chard Road, Drimpton
On Wednesday 28th May……..10.30am - 12 noon
Bring & Buy, Raffle……..100 Club draw
Everyone welcome……….For Drimpton St. Mary’s Church Funds
By kind permission of Jane & Norman Marsden
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PLANTING COMMEMORATIVE POPPIES – Update:
There are now poppy beds prepared and seeds sown at a few places in and around the village. As the seeds germinate (hopefully) and plants grow, they will be joined in August by markers made by Danny Kirk using large poppies given to Mary Trott by the Royal British Legion.
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SUNDAY 1st JUNE, The BIG LUNCH
12.00 noon to 2.00pm, at the VILLAGE HALL

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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Manor Farmhouse SUMMER BBQ
SATURDAY 7th JUNE from 4.00pm till late
BBQ Joints, Burgers, Sausages. Salads and more.
Raising money for the new Village Marquee and Fun Day!!!
More details to follow.
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DON’T THROW IT AWAY!!!!!!!!
Later in the year at FUN DAY there will be a BRIC-A-BRAC STALL selling anything that deserves a ‘second life’. So if you are clearing out and wondering what to do with STUFF that can be re-used, get in touch. Things can be stored at the Village Hall until Fun Day.


Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/5/2014 at: 09:55       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in April 2014

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN APRIL 2014
114 mm. (2013 40.75 mm.) or 4.52 inches (2013 1.62 inches)

Most of our rainfall in April has come in the latter half of the month with a very dry period in the middle, in fact I recorded no rain at all from the 9th. to the 19th. inclusively, and yet we end the month with almost four times the rainfall compared to last year.


Submitted by: Centaur       On: 24/4/2014 at: 10:05       Location: Drimpton

People who take without asking.

Yesterday morning I discovered that someone had taken a cutting of 70% from a begonia in one of my large planters at the front of our home. Had they asked, I would have given them a cutting at the appropriate time. Now the 30% of the begonia left could die. As a succulent it is weeping copiously. Thanks a bunch to the thief who stole same.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/4/2014 at: 14:48       Location: Drimpton

extracts from village newsletter for May

MOTHERING SUNDAY – MARCH 30th
A service for everyone, whether you come as a family, or just yourself, at
NETHERHAY CHAPEL from 10 to 11am
Join us for coffee, then lots of activities for children and a time both interesting, thoughtful and reflective for everyone else.
A time also to make a posy to give to Mum, or simply to think of her.
We look forward to seeing you!
CHURCH + CHAPEL

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PUB EVENTS:
SUN 30th MAR: [Rescheduled] QUIZ NIGHT from c8.00pm. Bring a team, or join one.
SUN 30th MAR: MOTHERS’ DAY, celebrate with Sunday roast & dessert, 12-2pm - £10
TUES 1st APR: FOLK NIGHT from c9.00pm. For Musicians & Audience
SUN 20th APR: EASTER DAY, celebrate with Sunday roast, 12-2pm - £7.95

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COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING
on SATURDAY 5th APRIL from 10.30am to 12.00pm.

DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL & RECREATION TRUST AGM
Will take place during the Coffee Morning
AGM from 11.00 to 11.30am
Less formal. More fun. Plus cakes!
Come along with your ideas, criticism and support for your Trustees
New committee to be elected from volunteers only
If you wish to join, let Mike Saunders know.

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LENT LUNCHES:
WEDNESDAY 16th April at the Village Hall from 12.30pm. Choice of homemade soups & cheese table, served in a warm atmosphere. Everybody welcome. £3.50.

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FILM CLUB on WED 12th MARCH at 7.30pm at the Village Hall.
PHILOMENA
‘Philomena is something yearned for and lusted after by film-makers and journalists alike – a really good story. It's a powerful and heartfelt drama, based on a real case, with a sledgehammer emotional punch and a stellar performance from Judi Dench, along with an intelligently judged supporting contribution from Steve Coogan.’

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YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall - FRI 11th APR 6.30pm - FUN and GAMES

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G A R D E N C L U B [Horticultural Society]

Wednesday 16th April - 7:15 for 7:30 pm, in the Village Hall (visitors are always welcome)
The, some may say, weirdly named Swap, Share and Schedules evening. Time to bring along anything garden-related to swap (from seed packets to pruning shears). If you don't have swaps, you may still take stuff away for a donation. Rabbit trouble? We've had lots of rabbit guards given to us.

It is also the evening when you can get your hands on a Schedule for this year's Summer Show and ask questions and get advice from the Show Secretary and stewards.

There's more: We have plug plants, given to us by the Gardens Group Gold Club, to give to members to take away and nurture, to be returned for judging at the meeting in July.

Remember the PLANT SALE we did a couple of years ago? We are doing it again, at the Coffee Morning, in the Village Hall on 18th May. There will be a selection of bedding plants, including geraniums and fuchsias to brighten up your garden.

Finally, you may see some beds in and around the village, apparently with nothing growing in them. We are seeding them with poppies to help remember the start of the First World War. Passing or pausing, we hope that they will be appropriate places for reflection.

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SAM TROTT’S 80th BIRTHDAY
on WEDNESDAY 30th APRIL
An Invitation to Drimpton Folk

There will be an open day at White Heather, Bridport Road
From 10.30am till Late Evening
With Drinks & Refreshments

Come and Join in the Celebrations for as long or as little as you like
HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL

Please, no gifts, but a donation for a poppy Appeal Badge could be made.
EVERYBODY WELCOME

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The EASTER PERIOD at St MARYS CHURCH and at NETHERHAY CHAPEL

On GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 18th at 10am there will be the usual procession at which the cross is carried from the Methodist Chapel, through Marksmead and Applefield and finishing at the grassed area by the bridge, where the cross will be placed in position. At both the start and finish of the procession there will be short periods of worship. Do come and join in this act or remembrance. After the procession you are invited to enjoy a coffee and hot cross bun at St Mary's Church.

On EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 20th:
There will a service of Holy Communion at 9.30am at St Mary's Church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Everyone is most welcome on this special day.
There will be a gentle and reflective service at 6.30pm at Netherhay Chapel led by Elizabeth Beattie.

On SUNDAY APRIL 27th there will All-Age Worship at 10.00am Netherhay Chapel. Everyone is welcome to join us for coffee and a special service led by Charles Freebury.

Do remember that the church is always open for meditation and quiet reflection.



Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/4/2014 at: 14:43       Location: Drimpton

The Royal Oak Winkle Club - End of An Era

The Royal Oak Winkle Club, set up in the late 90’s to raise money for various local charities, has made its final move. It has closed its bank account in Crewkerne and given the balance of just over £150 to Drimpton & Netherhay Youth Club. It leaves behind many happy memories.

Message from the YOUTH CLUB:
“Thank you Royal Oak Winkle Club for your generous contribution to our funds.”


Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/4/2014 at: 12:06       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN MARCH
68.25 mm.(2013 88.mm) or 2.71 inches (2013 3.5 ins.)
As can be seen, we have enjoyed a very dry month during March. Just enough rain to keep everything growing well and dry enough for us to get into the garden to prepare for the main growing season. Unfortunately last years rain has left it’s mark in the form of a great deal of moss in what pretends to be a lawn !


Submitted by: School       On: 10/3/2014 at: 11:26       Location: Broadwindsor

News for March

www.broadwindsor.dorset.sch.uk

The Spring term is always a busy time – all pupils across the school will be working hard, with the Year 6s in particular, having SATs in their minds. These tests take place in May.

We always enjoy having visitors. In January we had the pleasure of welcoming poet – Paul Cookson, who spent the day with us. Working with each class in turn and holding the whole school’s attention at the beginning and end of the visit, he brought energy and inspiration, which resulted in all the children benefiting from his visit. There are some photographs on our website which highlight the fun and laughter he brought and I am sure parents will see influences from his visit in their children’s literacy work.

In February we will be welcoming members of the Beaminster Museum to William Barnes class who will help the children with their understanding of World War II. This is not the first time we have done this – there will be first hand tales of life during the war and genuine artefacts for the children to handle, all of which helps to bring to life the words and experiences of people on this subject.

A trip to participate in Young Voices (a mass choir involving 5000 children from all over the country) was another big event for some of the children in our school. One of our Governors, Eddie Gerrard came and I believe he will be writing a separate piece for the magazine. Suffice to say it as an experience none will forget.

Nigel Arnold


Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/3/2014 at: 08:21       Location: Drimpton

extracts from March village newsletter

Message from CLIC Sargent to the village
“Thank you very much for your recent donation of £342.22 from the Christmas Show. We are extremely grateful for the continued support, and from our records it shows you have raised a total of £2403.34 for CLIC Sargent over the years.

As you know, the lives of children and young people are dramatically changed by cancer diagnosis and the effects of treatment. In Dorset we helped over 100 families in the last 2 years and this is down to generous donations and events like your Christmas Show.”
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PUB EVENTS:
SUN 2nd MAR: QUIZ NIGHT from c8.00pm. Bring a team, or join one.
TUES 4th MAR: FOLK NIGHT from c9.00pm. For Musicians & Audience
EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING: STEAK NIGHTS

SAT 22nd MARCH: LIVE MUSIC with DESIGN from 9.00pm
Featuring village musician, Maurice Blogg
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LENT LUNCHES:
WEDNESDAYS MARCH 5th and MARCH 26th at the Village Hall from 12.30pm. Choice of homemade soups & cheese table, served in a warm atmosphere. Everybody welcome. £3.50.
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HAVE YOUR SAY@
THE PEOPLE'S ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
On WED MAR 5th at DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL from 7.30pm

AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHAT TO YOUR COUNCILLORS
& to LOCAL GROUP ORGANISERS
EXPRESS YOUR CONCERNS & WISHES
QUESTION YOUR COUNCILLORS
What About
ROADS? PLANNING? PLAY AREAS? BROADBAND? ANY SUBJECT

GET TO KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY & ENJOY A SOCIAL EVENT with FREE REFRESHMENTS
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FILM CLUB
WED12th MARCH at 7.30pm at the Village Hall.
SUNSHINE ON LEITH
This film is a jubilant, heartfelt musical about the power of home, the hearth, family and love. It is the tale of one tight-knit family, and the three couples bound to it, as they experience the joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships. And they do it all while singing to the euphoric music of The Proclaimers.
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YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall
FRI 14th MAR 6.30pm - FUN and GAMES
FRI 28th MAR 6.30pm - OUTING to Beaminster Fire Station.
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WED 19th MARCH at 7.00pm: ST MARY’S CHURCH PARISH MEETING
Election of officers for the coming year. Open to all.
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THURSDAY MARCH 20th: The LENT COURSE – 2.00 to 3.30pm
Message from Neville Adams: “The Lent Course this year is titled: ‘Build on the Rock, Faith, Doubt – and Jesus’. It provides the opportunity to reflect on and discuss such challenging questions as: Is it wrong, or is it normal for Christians to have doubts? Is their any evidence of a God that loves us?
Everyone is most welcome to come along to 6 Netherhay Lane each Thursday for 4/5 sessions. To help with ordering the course material, I would be grateful if you could let me know as soon as possible if you would like to attend.’
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E X T R A S P E C I A L C O F F E E M O R N I N G
On SATURDAY 22nd March
At the Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.00pm

Hosted by Ella Horne and Beaminster School Friends
Raising Funds for their trip to India in October 2014
Helping two charitable organisations –
‘Asha Deep Foundation’ & ‘Women in Need’
GREAT COFFEE and AMAZING CAKES
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FLOWERS for EASTER
Flower Arranging Demonstration
At the Village Hall
On Thursday 27th March from 10.30am-12.30pm
£7 to include Coffee & Cake
to book a place, please call Barbara Wright
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MOTHERING SUNDAY – MARCH 30th
A service for everyone, whether you come as a family, or just yourself!
at
NETHERHAY CHAPEL from 10 to 11am
Join us for coffee, then lots of activities for children and a time both interesting, thoughtful and reflective for everyone else.
A time also to make a posy to give to Mum, or simply to think of her.
We look forward to seeing you!
CHURCH + CHAPEL
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DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL & RECREATION TRUST AGM
Will take place during the
COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING
on SATURDAY 5th APRIL at 1030am.
Less formal. More fun. Plus cakes!
New committee to be elected from volunteers only
If you wish to join, let Mike Saunders know.


Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/3/2014 at: 12:14       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN FEBRUARY 2014
21.3 mm.(2013 50.5 mm.) OR 8.45 inches (2013 2. inches)

It is interesting to note that 2013 was the wettest year on record and then compare the February rainfall of the two years, over four times as much this year !! Equally, I have an old ‘photo album including a number of pictures of floods in the Thames Valley, Cookham, Bray, etc. I think it was 1953. It has all happened before. SS


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