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Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/8/2015 at: 21:55       Location: Drimpton

extracts from newsletter for August

T H E M A I N E V E N T o f t h e S U M M E R !
The 70th ANNUAL
on SATURDAY 8th AUGUST at the Village Hall
Doors open for viewing from 2.15pm
staged by Clapton, Wayford, Drimpton & District Hort. Soc.

E v e r y b o d y i s i n v i t e d t o j o i n i n.

Classes include:
Flowers, Vegetables, Flower Arranging, Homecraft, Handicraft, Art, Photography, Young People's Classes, Family Fun and Group Classes

If you need an entry schedule, please contact Barbara Wright.
Entries should be submitted to Roger Smith by 8pm WEDNESDAY 5th AUGUST

Come along on the day to see what your friends and neighbours have grown or made.
Prizes awarded at 4.15pm
Entrance for non – members 50p adults, children free or join on the day.
REFRESHMENTS and CAKES in the MARQUEE all afternoon

The charity the Gardening Club is supporting this year is The Vanessa Project, a horticultural therapy service to help those going through psychological stress and all money raised from the exhibits sold after the Show will be donated to this cause together with funds raised from the produce stall so please bring along your surplus produce.

TUES to FRI – 6pm till Close
SAT & SUN – 12noon till Close
Drinks Only – Food to follow soon
SUN 2nd AUG: QUIZ NIGHT. Bring a Team or join one on the night from c8.00pm.

WEDs 5th & 19th AUG: MOBILE LIBRARY at Oxhayes – 11.55am to 12.25pm
Summer is a good time to have a good read. Books and Media can be ordered online and collected here.

Next FILM CLUB is on WED SEPT 9th at the Village Hall from 7.30pm
‘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.’

YOUTH CLUB from 6.30
FRIDAY 28th AUGUST: Rescheduled BARBECUE at the Recreation Field for children and parents.

Message from Mel Newman:
“Becky and I raised £485 for cancer research doing the Race for Life and some of this money came from the village, thank you.  It meant a lot to me as my sister lost her fight against cancer on 20th of May this year.”

Are you a parent, grandparent, uncle, aunt with young children who need entertaining? A resource of TOYS & GAMES – some big, some small – is available at the Chapel for you to borrow. Contact Beryl.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/8/2015 at: 10:38       Location: Drimpton

Rainfal at Drimpton Cross in July 2015

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in July 2015
69.25 mm(2014 32.75) OR 2.74 inches(2014 1.3 inches)

We have had a moderate rainfall in July as well as the hottest July day on record, July 1st, but also the lowest night-time temperature on record in July, 1c the night of the 30th.. so it really has been ‘A Mixed Bag’. I think many people would say a typical English Summer month ! Another unusual feature was the appearance of two full moons in the same month which won’t happen again until 2018. The second moon is for some reason called a ‘Blue’ moon.

Submitted by: Norman       On: 20/7/2015 at: 11:03       Location: General

Dorset Police non-emergency calls

Message sent by
Amy Crowfoot (Dorset Police, Communications and Engagement Department, Force HQ)

Dorset Police receives, on average, 1300 non-emergency calls every day. Between July 2014 and March 2015, this totalled 306,298 calls, 65 percent of which were answered within 30 seconds.

With the high volume of daily calls the non-emergency 101 line receives, there will inevitably be occasions where callers are subject to a delay with their enquiry.

To help tackle these delays, after the initial contact where the call is prioritised by the call handler, callers are given the option to leave a message, request a call back or send the Force an email at enquiries@dorset.pnn.police.uk
Each of these options generates a quick response as calls and emails are closely monitored by officers in the Force Command Centre (FCC) which means that the public do not have to wait on the line.

With such a high demand it is important that the public only call the 101 non-emergency line for a matter that requires a non-urgent police response. These will include, but are not limited to:
Your car or motorcycle has been stolen
Your property has been damaged
You want to give information about crime in your area

Examples of matters that will require a response from other authorities such as the local council and not the police are:
Dog fouling
Abandoned or badly parked vehicles
Dumping or fly tipping

As with every public service line, the 101 line is subject to misdirected, unnecessary or even nuisance calls. During this month alone, the following are real examples of calls the police have received:

A caller found a basket of kittens and a mother cat and wanted to know what to do
A caller reported they had dropped their phone out of the car window
Callers have asked for:
A taxi
Opening times of the bank
The phone number for Bournemouth Crown Court
Cones for moving house
School administration

Superintendent Caroline Naughton, Head of Contact Management, said: “There are three key messages to the public.

“Firstly, policing is complex and therefore some calls will take longer to deal with, such as the reporting of crimes as we need to ensure all details are correct, provide support to the victim and ensure safeguarding is in place. Calls of this nature may take over 30 minutes to deal with and therefore the availability of call handers to answer calls is reduced.

“Secondly, if the matter isn’t urgent then please leave a message or email us on enquiries@dorset.pnn.police.uk. We have dedicated staff managing emails and responding to voicemails and we will reply to you promptly.

“Finally, it is very important that the public use the 101 service appropriately. We continue to receive inappropriate calls which put more demand on our system and potentially reduce availability of call handlers.”

Remember, if your call is an emergency, i.e. a threat to life, or if a crime is in progress, always call 999. For all non- emergency calls that require a police response, call 101 and if your call isn’t urgent, you can leave a message or use our email address enquiries@dorset.pnn.police.uk and we will respond to you as soon as we are able to.

Submitted by: Norman       On: 6/7/2015 at: 10:59       Location: Sydney, Australia

The Tubbs down under

Thought you would appreciate this. It is on our doorstep here in Sydney,
where we go jogging or cycling.
quick update: have now got permanent residency, and just bought a house, so
it looks like we're staying!!😄
Hope all and everyone is well back in Drimpton.
Pat and Keith

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 2/7/2015 at: 16:14       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for July

“Poetry & Short Story Reading by Chris Fogg at Netherhay Chapel on Sat 6th June raised the wonderful sum of £266. Many thanks to Chris for such an entertaining and enjoyable evening, and to all who came along and/or helped out on the night!” Jenny Beck

“First off - a Big Thank You for the BIG LUNCH helpers on June 7th; it was a fun and friendly time together. Secondly - what did we raise for Nepal? Here is is: The Mountain of Dosh raised an astounding £193.40. Coffee, cakes and other donations raised a further £113.40. That's £306.80 !!!!!
The winner for the bottle of wine for guessing the amount was Becky Fooks - only £8 short. Great big thanks again.” Brian Hesketh

TUES 7th JULY: FOLK NIGHT for Musicians & Audience from c8.00pm
SUN 5th JULY: QUIZ NIGHT. Bring a Team or join one on the night from c8.00pm.

Message from Chris & Alex -
FAREWELL PARTY at the Royal Oak on Wednesday July 8th
“Chris, Alex & Scarlett are leaving the pub on the 8th July. Come along and enjoy an evening to say goodbye, enjoy a glass of prosecco with us.
All we ask is that you please bring a plate of food to share.”
Message from Mike Saunders: “Come and say goodbye and thank you to Chris and Alex for keeping our much loved Royal Oak going through very hazardous times for country pubs. Thanks for your high standards and wonderful food. We will miss you.”

Community Coffee Morning at the Village Hall
Saturday, 4th July – Independence Day

Come along and enjoy Bacon Baps, Pancakes, Cookies and Brownies USA Style - YEE HAA!

10.30am – 12.00pm

WEDs 8th & 22nd JULY: MOBILE LIBRARY at Oxhayes – 11.55am to 12.25pm
Books and Media can be ordered online and collected here.

WED 8th JULY: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Choice of Homemade soups followed cheeseboard served up in a friendly atmosphere
£3.50, extra soup 50p – Raffle - Everyone is welcome.

WED 22nd JULY: FILM CLUB at the Village Hall from 7.30pm – ‘Still Alice’
‘Elevated by a gripping performance from Julianne Moore, 'Still Alice' is a heartfelt drama that honours its delicate themes with bravery and sensitivity.’

YOUTH CLUB from 6.30 to 8.00pm
FRI JULY 10th : FUN & GAMES outside (weather permitting)

Speaker – Sue Applegate is talking on Vegetables.
Everyone welcome- non-members £1 entry. Don’t forget Flower of the Month and swap and share.

Bob and Rosemary’s Limited Edition - Quiz and Supper
SATURDAY 18th JULY, 6.45 for 7.00 at Drimpton Village Hall

Quiz and Two Course Supper - £10 per person
includes Main Course Buffet and first Pud.
All the usual great selection of extra puddings at 50p!
Bar available Teams of Four Limited number of tables so..........

SATURDAY 25th and SUNDAY 26th JULY – 10.30am to c4.00pm each day

Saturday – U10s to U14s ….. Sunday – Adults
League format – 4 Leagues of 6 Teams – Everybody plays everybody
Refreshments & BBQ – Spectators and supporters very welcome

Message from Chairman Broadwindsor Group PC
There is still one vacancy on the Council for the Broadwindsor ward. The deadline for expressions of interest is 13 July 2015. (Contact Helen Cudmore, Clerk to the Council, 01308 488440, hcudmoreclerk@gmail.com)
Highways. Councillors are continuing their efforts to get Dorset County Council to address the lack of signage and markings on roads such as the B3165 and drive forward the case for 30 mph through Kittwhistle and Blackdown.
Sewage. Members of the Council have met with Oliver Letwin MP to raise their concerns about the poor state of the local infrastructure, most notably in the Broadwindsor and Drimpton areas. Recently, after heavy rainfall there have been reports of raw sewage flowing from drains.
Partnering. The Council is committed to forming partnerships with local organisations to improve communication and engagement.
Next PC Meetings. 13 July at Blackdown Village Hall, followed by 14 September at Drimpton Village Hall and 12 October at Comrades 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.

Prayer requests: A small letterbox is being installed just inside the wall by the drive at the Chapel. If you know of someone, or a situation that you would like us to pray for, please drop a note into the box. We have prayer group that meet at 4 - 4.30pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Chapel, anyone is welcome to join us either to pray or just sit quietly. All information is treated in the strictest confidence.

EARLY RISERS SKITTLES TEAM – message from Eddie Gregory: “I am seeking a person or persons, male or female, aged upwards of 13 years, interested in becoming a Sticker Upper for the above Stittles Team. We play at The Royal Oak every other Thursday from early September from 8.45pm till about 10pm. If you would like further details, contact me."

We shall have plenty more variety as time goes by
including handcrafted gifts and homeware.
Please visit us at Old Crown Cottage Greenham and support this new venture.


Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 2/7/2015 at: 08:42       Location: Drimpton

Stop Press !

26.mm. (2014 40.mm.) OR 1.027 inches (2014 1.58 inches)
Stop Press !! Hottest July day on record, Wednesday 1st. July 2015 36.7 C

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/7/2015 at: 15:13       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in Drimpton, June '15

26.mm. (2014 40.mm.) OR 1.027 inches (2014 1.58 inches)

Flaming June ! As can be seen rainfall has again been very small, overshadowed by very high temperatures.
Much talk about Global warming but it’s interesting to record some of the earlier high temperatures. The highest temperature recorded in this country was 38.5c. on the 10th. August 2003 in Brogdale, Kent. We have also had 36.3c. in Surrey in 2006, so we haven’t topped those figures as yet.

Submitted by: Heskie       On: 8/6/2015 at: 08:23       Location: Drimpton

The Big Lunch 2015 and Mountain of Money for Nepal

We started the day with cakes and bakes, tea, coffee and drinks, in the village hall. This flowed on into games outside, when things got quite a bit busier and more lively, with Beat the Goalie (thanks Craig), a treasure
hunt (thanks Joanna) and a potato & spoon race (thanks Rosemary). After that, with appetites sharpened and everyone ready for lunch, we gathered at tables and on picnic rugs, with pies and quiche, salads and drinks passed round and shared.

In previous years we have organised the Lunch here in Drimpton to be part of the Big Lunch nationally. This year, as well as being part of the wider event, we wanted to contribute something, as a village, to villages struggling in Nepal following the earthquakes. So we brought out the steps from the village hall stage and build a mountain of coins - that raised £193.40, which together with money raised from refreshments and donations of £113.40, means we will be donating £306.80 to the Disasters Emergency Committee Nepal Appeal.

So a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to the Drimpton community, for your friendship, fun and generosity.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 2/6/2015 at: 17:16       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for June

Have you seen the brand new exciting adventure play equipment on the Recreation Field? All achieved with time and effort put in by local people and with funding from the Parish Council, Awards For All, the Village Hall & Recreation Trust and the Youth Club. Since it was 'unveiled' a few weeks ago it has been reported on in THREE local newspapers.
Have you played on it? I'm pretty sure a lot of adults wish they were 10 years old again!

Poetry & Short Story Reading with Buffet Supper at Netherhay Chapel
on Saturday 6th June at 7.30pm

Chris Fogg will be reading a selection of poems and short stories from his new book
‘Northern Songs’ published by Mudlark Press.

“Chris Fogg is a troubadour.... a song-and -dance man of the imagination.”

Tickets cost £6 which includes a Buffet Supper. Please book your tickets by June 4th.
They are available from Beryl Banks.

on SUNDAY JUNE 7th – from 10.30am to 2.00pm at the Village Hall and on the Recreation Field

Programme: timings are flexible!
10:30 - 11:30 - Coffee morning, drinks, cakes and treats
11:30 - 12:30 - Games and treasure hunt in the sports field, including Children's Treasure Hunt, Relay Races, and Beat the Goalie. Why not bring your bike and a skipping rope?
12:30 - 2.00 pm - The Big Lunch - indoor or outdoor picnic [Bring your own.]

Visit for as long as you like..................

And during the whole time we will be
All proceeds to Disasters Emergency Appeal
So, check your pockets, rummage down the backs of your sofas and empty those coin jars and,

TUES 2nd JUNE: FOLK NIGHT for Musicians & Audience from c8.00pm
SUN 7th JUNE: QUIZ NIGHT. Bring a Team or join one on the night from c8.00pm.

WEDs 10th & 24th JUNE: MOBILE LIBRARY at Oxhayes – 11.55am to 12.25pm
Books and Media can be ordered online and collected here.

WED 10th JUNE: LIGHT LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Choice of Homemade soups followed cheeseboard served up in a friendly atmosphere
£3.50, extra soup 50p – Raffle - Everyone is welcome.

WED 10th JUNE: FILM CLUB at the Village Hall from 7.30pm - 'PADDINGTON'
A young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) makes his way from Peru to England in search of a new home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. But taxidermist Millicent Clyde has designs on the rare bear and his hide. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Nicole Kidman.

YOUTH CLUB from 6.30 to 8.00pm
FRI JUNE 12th : Fun & Games outside (weather permitting)

Speaker – is from The Gold Club who will be talking about making the most of your hanging baskets.
Everyone welcome - non-members £1 entry. Don’t forget Flower of the Month and swap and share.

Did you miss The Event of The Summer last year? Well, don't miss it this time! Do you remember the 1970s? Flares. The first Star Wars movie. Lime green and purple draylon. Lava lamps. Well now you can relive it, or if you're young enough, you can find out what it was like when today's retro was brand new!

Come to this year's 1970s MIDSUMMER DINNER & DANCE
at the Village Hall – 7.00pm for 7.30pm till Late

Sit down to a Prawn Cocktail, Pâté, Florida Cocktail, followed by Coq au Vin and Boeuf Bourgignon, and topping the bill, Black Forest Gateau!
Dance to One Night Stand (featuring Rob the Postman!) playing hits of the `60s & `70s
Bottled Beer & Wine Bar (but no Blue Nun or Mateus Rosé, sorry)
Tickets and Detailed Menus are available by calling the following:
Linda & Roger Smith, Tim Bassett or Rosemary.
£15 per person – bookings in advance
[Feel free to dress in the style of 1970s if you wish – give those cherished outfits an airing.]

A Traditional Summer Highlight in the Village
on SATURDAY JUNE 27th from 3.00 to 5.00pm
in the Village Hall

£5 adult, £2.50 for under 12s.
Homemade Cakes & Scones, Cream & Strawberries (if the weather stays good.)

SUN 28th JUNE - a Family Service with a difference! Join us at Netherhay Chapel at 10am for coffee and an informal service for all ages.

MESSAGE from Mel Newman:
“I am running (walking) in the Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research. My daughter and I are running (walking) at Milton Keynes on JUNE 28th. Donations can be made through the Website "Just Giving" all that has to be done is put in Just Giving and my name Melody Newman and then follow the instructions to donate.

It is such a good cause and we are all affected one way or another at some time by this terrible disease and I just thought if everyone in the village were to donate just a £1 how much that alone would raise.”

Temporary Road Traffic Regulation Order - Netherhay Lane, Drimpton
Temporary closure of road due to maintenance work from 22nd to 24th June daily 9.00am to 4.00pm

Submitted by: School       On: 1/6/2015 at: 14:00       Location: Broadwindsor

Newsletter for June

The Year 4 pupils travelled to Slimbridge in May to spend 2 nights and 3 days away from home on their residential trip. This, for many, was the first time away from home and was a great experience. The trip was made with pupils from Salway Ash School. These trips away with other schools help pupils with their ultimate transition to secondary school by making new friends and widening their horizons. We also organised the same itinerary for 2 other cluster schools – St Mary’s Academy and Parrett & Axe, who travelled together the following week. The trip included visits to @Bristol, Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre and Bristol Zoo.

The Year 6 pupils will have completed their SATs when this is published. Now, they can look forward to a slightly more relaxed time, preparing for their ‘Leavers Show’ and packing for their residential trip to Rookesbury in June, where they will take part in plenty of exciting and challenging activities in addition to visiting the Mary Rose Museum and Marwell Zoo.

After the May test period, the whole school can relax and continue with the varied and interesting learning activities up to the end of term in July – Mary Anning class to Morrisons for a look behind the scenes; Circus Skills day for everyone; Archery for all; cricket tournaments, football and swimming tournaments. Such a lot to do!

Nigel Arnold

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