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Submitted by: Centaur       On: 9/1/2014 at: 17:10       Location: Drimpton

A walk in the sunshine

Strolling along the beach at Beer, one or two people about noticing all the damage to the cliff and collecting some scallop shells.

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Submitted by: Norman       On: 7/1/2014 at: 20:40       Location: Drimpton

90 years of the Village Hall - part 11

12th December 1923 Minutes of the DHFC held at Spring Farm

Present: Col Douglas in the chair, Mr Miller, Mrs Gale, Mr Goddard, Mr B. Harrison, Miss Cox, Mr H. Doble, Mr A. Doble, Mrs A. Doble, Mr R. Hedditch & the Secretary.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read passed and signed.
The secretary informed the committee the cost of insuring the hut against fire and it was decided the treasurer should insure the hut & formalise at Lloyds Bank for the sum of £250.
The various items for the concert then fixed up. The secretary was instructed to find out whether chairs & forms could be borrowed from Clapton hut for the opening if required. Mrs. Gales’s offer to lend her piano for the opening was gratefully accepted.
Mr Miller was asked to find out from Rev. Ford, correspondent to school managers, the position with regards to the village piano at present in the Drimpton school.
Messrs. Miller & W. Doble were appointed as doorkeepers at the concert & Messrs Goddard & A. Doble at the dance. The secretary was instructed to write to Mr .A.E Hill Drimpton and find out whether he would act as M.C. at the dance. Col Douglas promised to find out about floor polish, confetti & streamers for the dance.
Mr. Miller reported he had let Mr W. Doble have the deeds of the hut.
The secretary was asked to get some information about chairs at Nicholl’s café Crewkerne.
It was proposed and carried a weekly dancing class should be held in the hut, the commencing date not fixed at present. Mrs Gale to get some information from Mrs Healett.
The next meeting re. the opening arrangements was fixed for Tuesday 18th Dec. at 6.30pm at the hut.
The meeting then closed.

There is no written record of a meeting on 18th December, the next entry is the 3rd January 1924. (Perhaps Christmas and New Year festivities got in the way!) However we have a newspaper report of the opening of the Hall on 20th December 1923:

From The Western Gazette, Friday 28th December 1923
(a report on opening Drimpton Village Hall on Thursday 20th December)

A concert and dance marked the opening of the Drimpton and District Village Hall on Thursday evening, when there was a crowded gathering.
Introduced by Colonel A.P. Douglas, Mr. A. R. Hayward, of Misterton, formally opened the hall in a few well chosen words. Colonel A. P. Douglas then publicly thanked the contractors, Messrs. Wakely Bros., of Broadwindsor, for the splendid type of hall they bad erected; Messrs. F. Goddard and W. Doble, and especially Mr. L, Clarke, of West Chinnock, who had so kindly prepared the specifications free of cost, and anyone who had helped in any way.
The Rev. Wesley Clifford and the Rev. G. Ford, vicar of Broadwindsor, followed with appropriate speeches.
The concert commenced at seven p.m., and the various performers were heartily encored. A sketch, entitled "Aunt Penelope" was splendidly acted.
The dance followed, and continued from 10 p. m. till two a.m. Music was supplied by Miss E. Caddy (pianist) and Mr. R. Cooper and Mrs. Bowditch, of Stoke Abbott (violinists).
The refreshment department was in charge of Mrs. J. E. Miller and Misses Cox and Goddard, assisted by other ladies. A Christmas cake and goose were put up for competition during the evening. The cake was won by Mrs. Gardner, who kindly offered it for sale by auction for the benefit of the Hall Funds. The goose was won by Mr. Joe Shackles.
Mrs. Gale (treasurer) informed the company that a weekly dancing class would commence in the Hall in the New Year.
A pleasant and enjoyable evening was brought to close by the singing of the National Anthem.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 5/1/2014 at: 18:55       Location: Drimpton

Deluge 2

Today is Sunday and it's approaching 7pm. It's been raining non-stop since late morning. I've just come in from a review of the state of the roads and it is a different story from two days ago. The bridge is still coping with the volume of water rushing by underneath, but Chard Road is almost a canal! Burstock Lane and the land off it is disgorging all its water at Drimpton Cross. From here most of it is heading along Chard Road towards the bridge. John Watts and Norman Marsden are currently doing their best to keep the drains at Drimpton Cross from blocking to allow some water to escape. Meanwhile at the bridge water is across the path outside Troutbeck and across the road and into the yard at Bridge Farm. The rain is not always heavy; it is just unrelenting.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 4/1/2014 at: 12:17       Location: Drimpton


You might have heard on the BBC today that about 2" of rain has fallen 'in Dorset' over the last 12 hours. Well, if it has, Drimpton has been spared. Yes, it has rained a lot, but (and this I cannot explain) although the stream filled within 6 inches or so of full at the bridge, there was no evidence of floodwater/run-off in the roadways! No puddles, let alone lakes. How come? No idea. But no complaints! Burstock Lane was awash, but all the water was disappearig into the drains and not flowing down Chard Road. Other places nearby have fared badly, but not us..... We await Sunday's next deluge.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/1/2014 at: 14:57       Location: Drimpton

extracts from January newsletter


Message from Andrew Pastor: “As the Village Hall enters its 91st year we begin 2014 by looking back at its 90th Birthday Celebrations on December 20th. A crowd of about 150 villagers plus friends and families came together to enjoy an evening combining a traditional Christmas Show with the World Premiere (and the only ever performance) of ‘LEN BAKER & THE HUT’. The play showed today’s villagers the central role that the Hall has played for decades, and brought back to life people who had been at its heart. With Ella and Lottie as Guides, stories were told by a cast, with ages ranging from 4 to 80, raising smiles and spirits. Then after the play we had a party, with enough home made food to feed an army! Plus extra special cakes! When the time came for people to leave, everybody agreed that they’d had a really grand time.

The evening also raised funds for CLIC-Sargent….£342.22 has been sent off. A truly brilliant result.”

Message from Rosemary Shepherd: “Congratulations and my sincerest thanks to you all for a magnificent achievement. Everything for which Drimpton is renowned was there - Generosity of time and talents; Creative ability and Community Spirit. All came together to make an evening to remember.”

Message from Mike Saunders: “Thank you to everyone for all of your efforts over the past year to make the 90th year of our Village Hall such a memorable one. Huge accolades must go to Andrew, Rosemary and their teams for our wonderful celebration on the 20th.”

For MORE on the CELEBRATIONS go to www.drimpton.org.uk Click on ‘ARCHIVE’ and open 2013 and scroll down for photos, script and other stuff. Copies of DVDs of the evening are available at £1.50 each.

Over 100 cards were old this year. A great cheque for £430 has gone off to NSPCC. Thank you to everyone, especially to Carol.
SUN 5th JAN: QUIZ NIGHT from c8.00pm. Bring a Team or join one on the night.
TUES 7th JAN: FOLK NIGHT from c9.00pm. For Musicians & Audience.
Steak Nights on Wednesday Evenings
WASTE COLLECTION: On SAT 4th JAN and then on FRI 10th JAN, both at 7.30am, before reverting to THURSDAYS on 16th JAN.
MON 6th JAN: Wessex Water resumes work on the section from Drimpton Cross along towards Greenham.
MON 6th JAN: The Village Hall Committee meets at the Hall to discuss plans for the year. So if you have any ideas for entertainment or new ideas please drop Mike Saunders an email, or contact one of the committee and we will ensure that your suggestions are considered.
WED 8th JAN: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
After a week or so of 'heavy' meals, time to turn down the calorie count with the first Light Lunch of 2014.Choice of Home Made soups and cheese table - £3.50
All in good company.
WED 8th JAN: FILM CLUB at the Village Hall at 7.30pm –
Set on a Merseyside allotment, a fictional study of multi-ethnic tension, friendship and working-class territorialism.
With: Benedict Wong, Diveen Henry, Eddie Marsan, Omid Djalili and Philip Jackson
FRI 10th JAN: YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall from 6.30pm. Fun and Games.
WEDNESDAY 15th JANUARY at 7:00 pm
in the Village Hall
The Garden Club's ever popular Quiz and now Not-Just-Puds

Teams of 4, with entry at £2.50 per person, to include the first pud.
There will also be savoury tastes and, of course, the quizmaster's dastardly brain-teasers.
Open to all!
FRI 24th JAN: YOUTH CLUB FILM NIGHT at the Village Hall at 6.30pm
SAT 25th JAN: COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING at the Village Hall from 10.30am to 12noon. Great Coffee and Cakes served up in a friendly atmosphere.
SPECIAL NEWS: BROADBAND – Parish Councillor, Roland Hibbard has a campaign to bring superfast broadband to the parish. Come along to add your name.
On SATURDAY FEBRUARY 8th from 10.30am to 2.30pm
At the Village Hall

Pennards hope to be offering 80+ varieties of planting potatoes by the tuber,
plus an extensive range of vegetable & flower seed,
a good selection of Garlic, Onion & Shallot sets,
herbs, fruit bushes and Rhubarb.

Enjoy renowned Drimpton food,
with all day brunches, lunches and cakes, as well as warming drinks

Children's activities, plant and produce stalls - advice, advice, advice! !

Potato Day is the time to enter our popular Potato Growing competition, (classes for young people and adults – weigh-in on Show Day, Saturday 9th August)
from 8.00pm till midnight

with LIVE MUSIC from local band, RAGGIE ANNIE

Get rid of those winter blues with a good old-fashioned dance,
or just sit and enjoy a drink and food in some good company.

Contact Steve Chubb for tickets

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 2/1/2014 at: 12:23       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in Drimpton

206.75mm(2012 150.5 mm.) or 8.2 inches(2012 5.97 ins)
Whilst we have had very little frost so far this Winter, December has been a very wet month coupled with extremely high wind speeds, sadly causing much flooding and of course fallen trees and other damage in the worst affected areas. Here we seem to have been very lucky, but the ground will take a long time to dry out.
My highest rain figure for a single day in December was 50 mm., virtually 2 inches on the 23rd.

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