‘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 for several years. You are welcome to browse its entries and view its pictures. The archive was closed for submitting new entries in February 2019.

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Submitted by: Centaur       On: 28/12/2015 at: 16:51       Location: NEW LOCATION

Salty Air

My two girls and the sea. Bracing weather today at Seaton, good to get out and enjoy the sea air.

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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 23/12/2015 at: 10:23       Location: Drimpton

Carol Singing around the village 2015

£254 raised for homeless charities this Christmas by the people of Drimpton.
Thank you so much for your support, singing and generosity.

I paid half each into Shelter and into Crisis.

You can see more information on the village noticeboards in Oxhayes and Netherhay Chapel.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/12/2015 at: 16:59       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for December

YOUTH CLUB – message from Steve Chubb
“A big thank you to Anna & Francis Medley for organising the Halloween party in the Village Hall, the night went terrifyingly well…..Next years dates are to be confirmed with many activities and trips being planned.”
FRI DEC 4th: Film Night from 6.30pm - FRI DEC 11th : Christmas Party from 6.30pm to 8:00pm
CLOUDWATCHING for BEGINNERS – message from Andrew Pastor
“Thank you to EVERYBODY who joined in and helped make our show such an enjoyable success. I'd like to express my greatest thanks to the team of Rosemary Shepherd, Anne Horne, Kate and Brian Hesketh. It's not possible to list all the things they did. Best to say that without them it simply wouldn't have happened!”
FILM CLUB 7.30pm WED 9th DEC at the Village Hall - ‘Water Diviner’
‘An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.’
Director & star role Russell Crowe
Plus tickets for Mrs Beeton – see below
AND: Could you help save a life? More info about the DIFIBRILATOR
and training with our very own DOC MARTIN!
proudly present
ALISON NEIL in her one-woman play ….MRS BEETON – MY SISTER
on SATURDAY 12th DECEMBER at 7.30pm

Bessie Mayson muses on the extraordinary life of her famous big sister, Isabella. They were the eldest of 21 children. Quiet and obedient Isabella fell for charming publisher, Sam Beeton, and joined his rackety life in journalism, culminating in her world-famous ‘Beeton’s Book of Household Management’. Her family disapproved, but were they right? Thirty years on, Bessie is not so sure.
Bar – Tea/Coffee – Cakes – Savouries - TICKETS: £7.50 from Roger Smith or Peter Tyas

SUN 13th DEC: Christingle Service at St Mary’s Church at 11.00am. All welcome to this family service.

On FRIDAY DECEMBER 18th at 7.30pm
At the Village Hall

The Annual Village Get-Together
Performed by villagers of all ages.

The audience has its chance to raise the roof, too. And we are hoping for a visit from a Surprise Guest!

With refreshments…………Entrance £2 – Children are FREE

[Supporting ClicSargent, Cancer & Leukaemia in Childhood.]
CANDLELIT CAROL SERVICE at Netherhay Chapel on SUNDAY DECEMBER 20th at 6.30pm. A warm welcome, wonderful singing and the telling of the Christmas story in readings and drama, all followed by plenty of seasonal refreshments!
CAROL SINGING AROUND THE VILLAGE on MONDAY DECEMBER 21st from 6.30pm - Each year Drimpton Carollers meet up to sing. We always raise funds for charities for the Homeless. Wrap up against the cold, wear wellies, and bring a torch to help light our way and read the words. We also need door-to-door collectors. If you’d just like to rattle a tin, please come along.
Our starting point is at the end of Applefield Road, by the bollards.
The carollers will then divide into two equal groups and hope to sing to the whole village! Please, everyone, listen out for us. Finally, refreshments at the Village Hall for the Choir!
CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE – message from Neville Adams -“A Communion by Extension will be held at St Mary's Church on Christmas Day at 10am, so do come along, and celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Saviour of the world.”
PUB EVENTS & NEWS (and special timings):
TUES DEC 1st: MUSIC NIGHT - Bring an instrument or come and listen. SUN DEC 6th: QUIZ NIGHT in the Alley, with Cleggie - SUN DEC 13th: LIVE MUSIC at 2.30pm. 'GUT &STEEL', acoustic
TIMINGS: CHRISTMAS EVE, open as usual, but kitchen closed; CHRISTMAS DAY, open 11am til 2pm, kitchen closed; BOXING DAY, open 12noon to 11pm, kitchen closed + GAMES COMPETITION!;
SUN DEC 27th Closed; NEW YEAR'S EVE, open from 6pm; NEW YEAR'S DAY, open from 6pm.
[CHRISTMAS MENU from 16th DEC – see PUB for details.]
SINGING in 2016 ………Last winter over 30 locals met up to raise their voices led by JONATHAN & SALLY JEVONS. They are offering 8 WEEKLY SESSIONS at the Chapel, split into TWO FOUR-WEEK blocks. They are going to be on THURSDAY evenings starting on 21st JANUARY and running until 17th MARCH with no session on FEBRUARY 18th (school half-term). Each session will begin at 7.30pm and last one hour. Total Cost: £27.50 for the whole period. Please contact Andrew to enrol or if you want more detsals
TEA BREAK - invitation from Jenny Beck - “On foot or in the car, if you are at Netherhay and just fancy some afternoon tea no need to worry! During December the chapel is open to visitors every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 2 - 4pm, help yourself to tea, coffee and cake ( donations welcome!). You are also welcome to visit Jenny's art studio next to the chapel during these times - cards, prints, paintings inspired by gardens and the countryside.”
PARISH COUNCIL NEWS – NOTES from the Chairman - # Strong public support for creating a Community Land Trust for the delivery of affordable housing. # Steering Committee will start work in January. # Council unanimously agreed to match local fundraising for a defibrillator in Broadwindsor and Drimpton. # Increase in grants to Drimpton Village Hall, Blackdown Village Hall and Comrades Hall from April 2016 to cover Play Park and Car Park maintenance. # Parish Council Web Site launch in January. # More pressure on Highways to urgently resurface the Crewkerne road between the Square and Netherhay Chapel. # FMR Trust to put more emphasis on providing grants to support sport and active recreation. This will include supporting the activities organised for our vulnerable residents and our children. Apply: Clerk to the Council. Broadwindsor Group Parish Council, The Old School House, Bridge Street, Netherbury, DT6 5LS.
OUR VILLAGE POSTMAN IS RETIRING! - from Mel Newman “As I am sure a lot of us are aware, our lovely postman is counting the days and is due to retire in January 2016. Having served this village for a number of years (certainly the last ten to my knowledge), I thought it would be good to send him off with a thank you gift and best wishes for his happy retirement.
To that end I will be holding a box at my house for any contributions to purchase a gift for him –
14 MARKSMEAD (the green painted house by the bollards
A presentation will be held at The Royal Oak early in January: details to follow.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/12/2015 at: 11:36       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in November 2015

118mm.(2014 153.25mm.) OR 4.7 inches (2014 6. Inches)
Although November has been a much drier month than last year it remains very mild, with temperatures well above normal.
One or two nights gave us sharp frosts, and we have had cold Northerly winds, but the overall temperature pattern still points to 2015 as being one of the warmest on record.

Submitted by: Norman       On: 23/11/2015 at: 21:31       Location: General

Fraudulent website

Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

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The fraudsters entice the purchaser and reassure them it is a legitimate purchase by using the widely recognised Trusted Shop Trustmark. The fraudsters are using the Trustmark fraudulently and have not been certified by Trusted Shops and therefore the purchaser is not covered by the Trusted Shop money-back guarantee.

Protect yourself:
Check the authenticity of the websites before making any purchases. Conduct a ‘whois’ search on the website which will identify when the website has been created, be wary of newly formed domains. You can conduct this search using the following website - https://who.is/.
Carry out online research in relation to the website, company name and the business address provided to identify any poor feedback or possible irregularities.
Check the Trusted Shops Facebook page where warnings about websites using their Trustmark are published. If you are in doubt about the legitimacy of a Trustmark then you can contact Trusted Shops on 0203 364 5906 or by email service@trustedshops.co.uk. They will confirm whether they have certified that website.
Payments made via bank transfer are not protected should you not received the item. Therefore always try to make the payment via PayPal or a credit card where you have some payment cover should you not receive your product.
If the item advertised seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 6/11/2015 at: 15:16       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Affordable Housing

You will recall The Parish Council supports the establishment of a Community Land Trust for the delivery of affordable housing and promised a public consultation event. Two events have been arranged.

TUESDAY 10th November 7.30pm, at Broadwindsor Village Hall
TUESDAY 24th November 7.30pm, at Drimpton Village Hall

This affects you and the future of your Community
Community Land Trusts help prevent the decline of thriving communities.
Come and find out about more about how a CLT could be set up in our parish.
A presentation from the Wessex CLT Project, an advice service to over 20 CLTs in the South West.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 6/11/2015 at: 15:15       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for November

SATURDAY 7th NOVEMBER at the Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.00pm
Wide Range of home-made cakes. Bacon Butties. Great Coffee! PLUS
SuperFast Broadband guidance from Norman Marsden [SEE END OF NEWSLETTER FOR MORE INFO] TICKET OFFICE for Village Play / Drop-in session to learn more of what the NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN is doing for the local community / AND your chance to have a go on and (maybe) buy a rowing machine!
Proceeds to the Village Hall.
FRIDAY 20th and SATURDAY 21st NOVEMBER at 7.00pm
From the people who've brought you 10 Pantos since 1993….
an original rural comedy adventure

C L O U D W A T C H I N G f o r B E G I N N E R S

starring a large cast of villagers and hedgehogs! in the tale of a village
Can the children follow the trail and teach the adults a thing or two?
Will the men ever leave the pub and manage to build a bonfire. If they do, will the Mystery Mayhem Maker pour water on it?
Will the women ever stop having to make sandwiches?
These questions and many more will be answered!

Tickets: £5 for adults and £3 for children. BOX OFFICE: drimptonboxoffice@gmail.com
Light Refreshments included in your ticket - BAR available

WED 11th NOV: LIGHT LUNCH from 12.30pm at the Village Hall
A choice of home made soups with fresh bread, cheeseboard and coffee to follow. All for £3.50. Extra soup 50p. All served up in friendly company.
FILM CLUB is on WED NOV 11th at the Village Hall from 7.30pm: SUITE FRANCAISE - ‘Iffy scripting decisions can't thwart the romantic allure of this handsomely crafted, sincerely performed wartime weepie.’
WED 18th NOV: Gardening Club/Hort. Society 7.15pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall.
The speaker is Dr Paul Bygrave - A year at Forde Abbey
Everyone welcome - non-members £1 entry. Don’t forget flower of the month & Bring and Buy.
Cotehele…there is a coach outing on Monday 7th December to see the Christmas Garland and other delights at the house at this time of year. This year’s garland is predicted to be better than ever due to excellent growing conditions. £11 for National Trust members. £17 for non-National Trust members. Contact Trish Harding. This visit is open to anyone – All Welcome.
PUB NEWS: Message from Marcel and Kitty: We are very pleased to introduce our new chef, Sheralyn, who will be in charge in the kitchen on Thursdays and Saturdays. We are changing our menus too... Thursdays are Curry Nights for the winter and on Saturday we'll have a more adventurous menu for those who fancy a nice meal out. Here are FOUR PUB events for November:
Sunday 1st QUIZ NIGHT from 8.30 in our (comfy and warm) alley
Tuesday 3rd MUSIC NIGHT, come and play or listen... previous sessions were excellent!
Saturday 7th CHARM CHRYSANTHEMUM CLUB SHOW– viewing from 6pm, Prize Giving a 8.00pm. Followed by Auction of the exhibits by the irrepressible “Ernie Phillips”. A fun evening; don’t miss it!
Saturday 21st LIVE MUSIC from 'Charley Says', harmony-led duo with a varied repertoire

YOUTH CLUB NEWS from Steve Chubb: The AGM was held on Friday 9th October including the children who attended to learn what It takes to run a youth club and to help give ideas on what they want out of the youth club in the following year. They had some good ideas.
The youth club is run twice a month and is proving very popular with over twenty local children attending, activities include film nights, a visit to a climbing wall centre in Yeovil, Archery and playing in the hall and on the new play equipment. A big thank you all the helpers for the last year and to those that have agreed to help for the next year. Due to the village play rehearsals there is no youth club in November.

at the Village Hall at 12:30pm - Full Hot Meal - £7 per person – book places by calling Jane Marsden - Raffle – 100 Club Draw - Everyone Welcome
The Village Hall Committee is pleased to have resurrected our partnership with ARTSREACH and we are presenting…. ALISON NEIL in her own play
on THURSDAY 12th DECEMBER at 7.30pm
Alison brought this play to the Hall several years ago and everyone who was there enjoyed it!
Bar plus tea, coffee and cakes before and during the interval and question & answer session. Tickets: £7.50 from Roger Smith (except 19th to 25th Nov) call Peter Tyas
DRIMPTON GETS SUPERFAST BROADBAND! If you have seen the new green cabinet in Chard Road, opposite Applefield Road you may have wondered if it means we now have faster broadband in Drimpton - Yes we do. Here is what Abby Gordon-Farleigh, Marketing & Communications Officer for Superfast Dorset at Dorset County Council wrote on 13th October: “Better broadband is now available to households and businesses in Drimpton thanks to Superfast Dorset. People can now access faster internet speeds through fibre broadband. And more work is planned to bring faster, more reliable broadband to the surrounding area next year. So how fast is fibre broadband? Speeds and availability will vary between properties. When you contact a provider and ask to switch to fibre you will be offered a variety of speeds and packages based on what is available at your home or business. Some providers choose not to offer fibre broadband so it is worth shopping around.” To read the full letter, see the latest map of coverage in Drimpton and find links for more advice and information, visit the Drimpton website (www.drimpton.org.uk).
And Norman Marsden writes: I was connected on October 20th to the new fibre cabinet in Chard Road. Download speed 38Mbps (up from 4 on old Broadwindsor line). Openreach technician said I was the first to be connected - I hope I am not the last! Superfast is optional so if you do nothing you will remain with your existing provider and package with no change of speed.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 6/11/2015 at: 09:37       Location: Drimpton

Flooding - November 5th

Yesterday was a day of constant rain and unsurprisingly the roadway by the bridge between Bridge Farm and Troutbeck flooded. This is not caused by the stream overflowing but by the failure of the drains along Chard Road on the farm side of the bridge. The blue pipe carrying the culverted water from the ditch between Spearmead and Brookfield, which issues by the bridge, was unable to disgorge once the stream level covered its exit. This caused the pipe to back up until the ditch water (together with that from some roadside drains) could no longer enter the stream and ended up emptying over the roadway. This surface water together with surface water from Burstock Lane had nowhere to go. The result was floodwater across the complete roadway. It was a foot deep (30cms) by the kerb nearer the stream. Water was up against the wall opposite and entered the farm entry. Water was lapping against the boundary of the garden of Troutbeck. The problem became worse when vehicles passed through without taking due care and causing backwash. Villagers did their best to clear some drain entryways and slow traffic – and put our flood warning signs. In the previous two weeks representatives from Dorset CC and Highways had visited the site and recognised the various issues involved. This includes the complete failure of the separate 'lidded' drain nearest the bridge to function. The representative from Highways was called during the flooding incident and came to see it at its worst. He also took photographs for the record. He repeated that action was being planned to improve the situation. We will see...

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 2/11/2015 at: 17:47       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in November 2015

121 mm. (2014 157 mm). or 4.8 inches (2014 6.24 inches)

A really quite dry month of November and with the exceptionally mild weather much of the garden is still in growth, especially the grass !

Submitted by: Norman       On: 20/10/2015 at: 22:27       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Superfast Broadband

I was connected today to the new fibre cabinet in Chard Road. Download speed 38Mbps (up from 4 on old Broadwindsor line).
Openreach technician said I was the first to be connected - I hope I am not the last!

Superfast is optional so if you do nothing you will remain with your existing provider and package with no change of speed.

Comment from: chubb   On: 22/10/2015 at: 10:56

superfast broadband

well here we go superfast broadband. In years to come people will wonder what this means, to now stream or download films to either tv or computer without losing the picture or info which use to take hours now in less than a few minutes is one big step for rural communities. Welcome to a very much faster world wide web

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