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Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 6/10/2015 at: 10:05       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in September 2015

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN SEPTEMBER 2015
58.75mm (2014 36.5mm) or 2.33 inches (2014 1.45 inches)
Quite a lot of rain last month compared to last year but the start of October has been very promising with blue skies all the way in the first week. Indian Summer ?? I wonder !


Submitted by: Norman       On: 5/10/2015 at: 22:34       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Fibre Broadband now available

According to BT/Openreach the new Fibre broadband cabinet in the village is now live and superfast broadband is available on demand by contacting your service provider (or choosing another provider).

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: 3/10/2015 at: 08:13       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for October

Macmillan Coffee Morning
WOW! On Friday 25th September the 11th Annual Macmillan coffee morning was held at The Pin House, Drimpton. The occasion raised an amazing £457 and Viv and John thank all those who came, baked, donated and helped to make it so successful. You are all marvellous. Thank you,
Viv Watts
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CHAPEL LUNCH: Sunday October 4th 12.30pm
A delicious home cooked three course meal in delightful company! Price - £8.00, please book your places in advance - telephone Christabel Pilz, or Beryl Banks.

Later that day at 6.30pm join us for HARVEST FESTIVAL at the Chapel. A traditional service to celebrate all that we grow in our gardens and allotments.

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WED 14th OCT: 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.

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WEDs 14th & 28th : MOBILE LIBRARY at Oxhayes – 11.55am to 12.25pm
Autumn is a good time to have a good read. Books and Media can be ordered online and collected here.

If you can, PLEASE use this service as footfall has dropped and there are threats to it continuing!

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FILM CLUB is on WED SEPT 14th at the Village Hall from 7.30pm - ‘A Little Chaos’

Two talented landscape artists become romantically entangled while building a garden in King Louis XIV's palace at Versailles.

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YOUTH CLUB – FRIDAY 9th OCT from 6.30 at the Village Hall
The AGM involving Parents and Members, followed by normal YC activity - FUN & GAMES.

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LIVE MUSIC
'ONE NIGHT STAND'
Saturday 17th October
from 8pm til Late
at Drimpton Village Hall

£7 entry on the door with BAR available
For more information or to book tickets call Mary Trott or Irene Francis

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WED 21st OCT: Gardening Club/Hort. Society 7.15pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall....
The speakers are Dr Anne & Mr J Bebbington - British Wild Orchids

Everyone welcome - non members £1 entry. Don't forget flower of the month and swap/share and sell. For those of you that want to see photos of the annual show they can be found at cwdhortsoc.blogspot.co.uk

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Q U I Z & P U D S
E V E N I N G
on SATURDAY 24th OCTOBER at the Village Hall – 6.45 for 7.00pm start

Teams of 4 - Prizes for winning teams
Enty £3 per person (includes first pud) – Extra puds 50p
[proceeds for St Mary's Church]

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PUB NEWS & EVENTS: Message from Marcel and Kitty
Thank you all for making us welcome and we're very pleased with your support. We hope we can continue to make everyone welcome...
NOTE: We've stopped serving Sunday lunches due to lack of interest, sorry. Still open from 12noon though!

Rugby Union World Cup: SAT 3rd England-Australia and SAT 10th England-Uruguay on our screen in the Skittles Alley from 7.30pm.
[IF England plays in Quarter Finals: SAT 17th/SUN 18th... in Semi Finals: 24th/25th... in FINAL! SAT 31st]
SUN 4th OCT: QUIZ NIGHT from 8.30pm, all teams invited
TUES 6th OCT: MUSIC NIGHT from 8pm (last month was a huge success)
SAT 10th OCT: LIVE MUSIC: Neil Graham from 9pm
SAT 31st OCT HALLOWEEN @ THE OAK - suitable attire suggested (in the 'spirit' of the occasion – geddit?)

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The GREEN WAY – our circular walk from Drimpton to Netherhay to Oathill to Childhay and back.... During the beautiful dry sunny weather we've been having recently The Green Way is at its best. Why not put on your sturdy shoes and walk our fields – maybe stopping off at Lucy's Tearooms on your way r popping into the Pub afterwards? Route maps can always be found in the 'backpack' on the signpost outside the Village Hall.

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POLITE REQUEST from people on Applefield & Marksmead
Would the dogwalker who walks their dog regularly through Marksmead and Applefield please clean up the mess their dog leaves.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/10/2015 at: 08:06       Location: Drimpton

Affordable Homes

Message from Chairman Broadwindsor Group Parish Council:
The Parish Council has voted overwhelmingly to support the establishment of a Community Land Trust [CLT] for the delivery of affordable housing. In brief a CLT has four basic principles:
A CLT is a ot-for- profit organisation set up to benefit a specific community.
CLTs can own land and other assets which are important to a community –with an emphasis on affordable housing.
CLTs hold those assets so that they are available and affordable for future generations.
A CLT is open to membership by anyone in the community supporting its aims.

A public consultation event will now be arranged. The aim of this event will be: to inform the wider community of the proposals, to explain the function of Community Land Trusts and how it would operate locally and to engage anyone who was interested in becoming a member.


Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/9/2015 at: 15:53       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for September

WED 9th SEPT: 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.

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FILM CLUB is on WED SEPT 9th at the Village Hall from 7.30pm
‘FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD’ ‘John Schlesinger’s 1967 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd must be the hardest act to follow in cinema history. Come and judge how Thomas Vinterberg and his screenwriter David Nicholls stand up to the challenge.’

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YOUTH CLUB – FRIDAY 11th SEPT from 6.30 at the Village Hall - FUN & GAMES

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WED 16th SEPT: Gardening Club/Hort. Society 7.15pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall.... Speaker – is Gerald Fisher talking about the “Bees and the Gardener” which should be very interesting (and topical)! Everyone welcome- non-members £1 entry. Members who haven’t renewed their membership yet can do so on the night. Don’t forget Flower of the Month and swap and share.

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Autumn Flower Arranging Demo and Workshop
Angie’s back in Drimpton… at Drimpton Village Hall... on
WEDNESDAY, 23rd Sept. 10.30 – 12.30
Theme “Harvest”
Further details and to book your place call Rosemary

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WORLD’s BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING
on FRIDAY 25th SEPTEMBER
at Pin House, Chard Road, Drimpton.............from 10.30am to 12noon
Cake Stall, Raffle etc.
In support of Macmillan Cancer Support

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MONDAY 28th SEPTEMBER
St Mary’s Church HARVEST LUNCH
12.30pm at Drimpton Village Hall
Hot meal for only £7
Produce stall, Raffle, 100 Club draw...... Bookings: Jane Marsden

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Message from Chairman Broadwindsor Group Parish Council
WDDC is running a twelve week consultation on Public Space Protection Orders with regard to dog control. Further information can be viewed online at www.dorsetforyou.com/your-say-dogs. Next PC Meeting. 13th Sept at Drimpton Village Hall. Members of the public are very welcome to attend - why not come along and find out about the Council’s work, how it is supporting the community and raise important local issues.

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Message from Julie Rowan-Robinson of Netherhay
TOILET TWINNING - We have reached our target! The £60.00 raised enables me to twin my toilet with one in a poor community in Pakistan. Thank you for your support in purchasing garden produce off my "end of the drive" stall. Toilet Twinning is a quirky way to solve serious health problems and prevent the spread of disease. It provides these people with a decent toilet, safe access to clean water and basic sanitation and hygiene education. For more information www.toilettwinning.org

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SPEEDWATCH – message from Roger Smith
Drimpton has been offered the use of the new speedwatch equipment coming to Broadwindsor and in order to be able to use it we need to train some more volunteers. This will not be very taxing and by joining we can help slow the traffic through the village. Can you help?

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CHAPEL HARVEST LUNCH: Sunday October 4th 12.30pm
A delicious home cooked three course meal in delightful company! Price - £8.00, please book your places in advance - telephone Christabel Pilz or Beryl Banks......Later that day at 6.30pm join us for HARVEST FESTIVAL at the Chapel. A traditional service to celebrate all that we grow in our gardens and allotments.
Also from the Chapel - Calling anyone with a strimmer, rake, scythe or sickle! The wild flower area behind the Chapel, which looked so beautiful and was enjoyed by countless insects and small creatures, is now ready to cut. If you could help out with a work party to tackle this one morning or afternoon, please let Jenny Know.

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PUB NEWS: Message from Marcel and Kitty
#The QUIZ NIGHT in September is not on the first Sunday of the month, but the second SUNDAY 13th (start 8.30pm). Last month was well attended but we would like to see some more village teams... perhaps the sandwiches and chips would entice you?
# We will host a MUSIC NIGHT on the 1st TUESDAY each month, that is 1st SEPT (8pm). Previously known as Folk Night, we (that is me and several of the regular participants) are changing the 'format' as we want to include more people from Drimpton itself. So if anyone plays an instrument, or wants to learn one, can sing, or wants to learn to... please drop in. Again some sustenance will be provided.
# It is the start of the SKITTLES season. We've got a number of teams going, but if you're interested or have a team that is looking for a home (at short notice) do let us know.
# We will be showing some of the matches of the RUGBY WORLD CUP. If you enjoy the company of like-minded fans do come along! (details will be on our Facebook page, on the blackboards and the events calendar).
# We are looking to host a live music event once a month, more up to date info on Facebook, Village website calendar and pub blackboards. If you have any suggestions, do let us know!
# And finally some 'service' notes: At WEEKENDS we are OPEN from 12 noon until close (so no afternoon closing) and we serve food almost every day of the week (including light lunches).

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Message from Jenny Beck
ART STUDIO open - I do hope you can visit my studio to see paintings, prints and cards. From 14th September the studio at Netherhay Chapel will be open 2 - 4pm on most Wednesdays & Thursdays, some Fridays, when the Chapel will also be open + tea and cake available.

ART SESSIONS - Starting 21st SEPTEMBER 2 to 4pm
For anyone who likes to paint but never seems to get round to it, or would like some help! An opportunity to work on your own painting and drawing with help and guidance available if wanted, also to try different materials. Cost - £20 for four afternoons. Please contact me for further details, I am thinking of running it on Monday afternoons, but could do another day if preferred.

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Messages from Viv Watts and the Light Lunch Ladies
Flower Festival Cream Teas.......On the Flower Festival Sunday a cream tea was to have been held at Pin House but due to bad weather was transferred to the Village Hall. This did not deter the 50+ who came. £156 was raised and split between St. Mary’s Church and the Royal British Legion. Despite the weather it was an unqualified success and Viv and John thank all guests, helpers, bakers and servers.

Annual Summer Lunch......On Sunday 2nd August the Annual Summer Lunch was held in the Village Hall. The theme was “Books – their titles and characters”. The Hall was beautifully decorated, with each person receiving a personal bookmark at their place setting. Many were dressed accordingly and the accolades for best lady and gent went to Anne Slee and Sam Trott. As on previous occasions the main course was excellent, the many puddings scrumptious and the wine continuous making a great time for the 60 guests. Such lunches can only be achieved with help given by a loyal group of supporters and Viv, Christabel and Jane say thank-you to them and to the guests for their continuing support through the year. The lunch raised £290. This sum was shared between The Alzheimer’s Society and RNIB – Talking Books.


Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/9/2015 at: 13:58       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in August 2015

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN AUGUST 2015.
145.25mm.(2014 157.25mm) OR 5.74 inches (2014 6.24 ins.)
This year has been the warmest on record. OFFICIAL !
A further comment to the above announcement concerning the years temperature, is that it has been far from a gradual progression from Winter to Spring and then on to Summer. In the earlier months we had some very hot weather and then temperatures dropped markedly bringing confusion to some of our garden plants. In particular runner beans in my and other peoples gardens came to a standstill, making them too late for the Summer Show !


Submitted by: Norman       On: 31/8/2015 at: 13:56       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Superfast Broadband

Most residents will have noticed a new green cabinet in Chard Road (opposite Applefield). This is part of Superfast Broadband being rolled out in Dorset by Openreach. Drimpton (including Greenham and Netherhay) is due to have superfast broadband this year (2015).
Up to date information is difficult to come by but the Openreach search site reveals that Beaminster has just been equipped so things are moving in our direction!
Superfast Broadband is by fibre-optic cable and is distributed by streetside cabinet rather than telephone exchanges.
Update 1st Sept
Workers have been spotted pulling cable through on Drimpton Road out of Broadwindsor.

What will happen when the cabinet goes 'live'?
The event will be publicised by Superfast Dorset (www.dorsetforyou.com/broadband/where-and-when) but nothing will change automatically; it will up to individual users to arrange the superfast connection with their Internet Service Provider (ISP), or any ISP, and it may be worth shopping around for the best deal.
If you do nothing you will continue with your existing broadband service unchanged.

Submitted by: Norman       On: 2/8/2015 at: 19:46       Location: Drimpton

Summer Lunch 2015

Annual summer lunch attracted over 50 diners who enjoyed a feast of main course and, of course, the famous Drimpton puddings!
The theme this year was 'favourite book' and some turned up dressed as characters from well known books. Prize for the best female went to 'Wurzel Gummidge' and best male to 'The Mayor of Casterbridge'

Click on a thumbnail to view the photograph. Click on the photograph when finished.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/8/2015 at: 22:00       Location: Drimpton

Message from Drimpton Village Hall Committee

The Solar Panels have now been up and running for almost 8 weeks. We were fortunate that they were installed in time for the summer sunshine in June and are continuing to produce electricity at the predicted rate.

The equipment in the original Play Area has had its annual safety check and passed fit for purpose with minor adjustment on one or two items.

Thank you to Sam Trott, Peter Tyas and all others who have helped to keep the bank at the front of the Hall and other areas strimmed and tidy. Sam and Peter are now retiring and taking a well-earned rest. The Committee would like to hear from anyone who would be willing to join a rota for strimming, weeding or pruning the area around the Hall.

Thank you to everyone who supported our Independence Day Coffee Morning and the Quiz and Supper Evening. Both were most enjoyable events which raised just over £220 for the Hall Funds. Special thanks to Anne Horne and Andrew Pastor for their invaluable support and assistance at the Quiz and Supper and to Netherhay Chapel for the loan of their small tables. We are hoping that extra money raised this year will help to improve and extend the Car Park and to purchase some small tables similar to the Chapel ones.


Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/8/2015 at: 21:57       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Message from Chairman of Broadwindsor Group Parish Council

The Council unanimously agreed to co-opt Lesley Tibballs to serve as a Member of the Council, representing the Broadwindsor ward.
WDDC is running a twelve week consultation on Public Space Protection Orders with regard to dog control. Further information can be viewed online at www.dorsetforyou.com/your-say-dogs.

Next PC Meeting. 13th Sept at Drimpton Village Hall. Members of the public are very welcome to attend - why not come along and find out about the Council’s work, how it is supporting the community and raise important local issues.

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