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Submitted by: School       On: 1/6/2015 at: 13:59       Location: Broadwindsor

Newsletter from April

Broadwindsor Primary School – www.broadwindsor.dorset.sch.uk

To compliment the work on numeracy and literacy that the children do on a daily basis, visitors to the school help to provide that something extra. We always look forward to our annual visit from the Young Shakespeare Company, who this year will perform Hamlet to our older children in KS2. It is never just a performance – many of the pupils have the opportunity to join in and for many it will be the first time they will see a piece of Shakespeare.

In March we had two contrasting days – one spent learning all about the important topic of E-safety, the following day having fun and learning or improving skipping skills! Later in March, our William Barnes class children will have taken part in a Dance Festival along with children from the other Beaminster cluster schools. Also, the football team had success in the Kenway Cup, qualifying for the quarter finals. On the same day, our Cross Country team runners came 11th out of 25 teams. An excellent effort!

Our Easter Service this year will be held on Friday 27th March at 2.15pm. Please do join us in the church. Everybody is welcome.

Nigel Arnold



Submitted by: Norman       On: 1/6/2015 at: 12:53       Location: Drimpton

Netherhay Lane - Temporary Closure 22 - 24 June

Temporary Road Traffic Regulation Order – Netherhay Lane, Drimpton
We need to temporarily restrict use of Netherhay Lane to enable us to safely carry out maintenance work to the road, we need to temporarily close:
Netherhay Lane, Drimpton 22nd June 2015 - 24th June 2015
This is part of the traffic and safety management for a scheme that is part of our programme of major maintenance works to the county roads.
The closure will be in place between the hours of 0900 and 1600 hours. The road will be opened at night and on weekends.
Whilst the roads are closed a locally signed diversion route will be put up to enable traffic to travel around the closed section.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/6/2015 at: 11:12       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in May 2015

RAINFALL at DRIMPTON CROSS, MAY 2015
74.25 mm.(2014 91.25mm.) Or 2.93 inches (2014 3.62 ins)
Although we have had less rain this last month than a year ago it was interesting to note that I recorded some rain on 17 of the 31 days in the month, several of them just 1 mm. With generally warm temperatures, a very good ‘growing’ month.


Submitted by: Heskie       On: 16/5/2015 at: 18:58       Location: Netherhay

Wild Flower Meadow at Netherhay Chapel

Here are some photos of the paths through the wild flowers at the chapel

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Submitted by: chubb       On: 14/5/2015 at: 21:00       Location: Drimpton

Drimpton Village Hall reveals brand new play equipment



Back in 2009 a village survey identified that there was insufficient activity available for the growing number of children within the small community. Mike Saunders, former chair of the Trust that manages the Hall, says: “We have a Youth Club, but our outdoor play facilities were lacking. Our children expressed a united view that our existing enclosed play park, while suitable for very young children, did not offer the opportunity for adventurous play as a group or an area where they could relax and chat without supervision.” Following detailed research and in depth discussion with Youth Club leaders and members, the Trust decided to make a space available for the construction of play equipment specifically designed for older children. A suitable plot of land was identified next to an existing shelter and adjacent to the current fenced-in young children's play park and three pieces of specifically designed equipment were selected.

After a week's hard work the new set up was declared 'Ready For Play' at a special Grand Opening on Friday 8th May at 6.30pm much to the enjoyment of 32 members of the Youth Club, who didn't let the damp weather stop them having fun.

The Trust would like to express its sincere thanks to Broadwindsor Parish Council, Awards For All, and the Drimpton & Netherhay Youth Club for their financial support which has made the project possible.


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Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/5/2015 at: 10:50       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in Drimpton, April 2015

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN APRIL’15
22.5mm. (2014 114.25mm) or 0.89 inches (2014 4.54 ins.)
What a comparison with last year ! With less than one inch of rain last month compared to 4.5 inches last year, this April has indeed been very dry, and coupled with some long periods of splendid sunshine, April this year has truly been a month to get out and about.


Submitted by: Norman       On: 1/5/2015 at: 09:54       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Homewatch update

There was a meeting of the West Dorset Group of Homewatch held in Bridport yesterday chaired by Bridport Inspector. Although the meeting was poorly attended by Homewatch reps. I represented Drimpton (incl. Netherhay and Greenham).
Main points:
Crime rate in general is down in the Dorset Police area although there has been an increase in domestic violence.
Fraud: Increasing incidence of fraud by phone, email and doorstep callers

Anyone who receives a suspicious call is urged to:
Hang up immediately, dial 1471 and note the number that called you.
If you need to use the same phone, wait five minutes, as the fraudsters could still be on the line or use another phone on a different line.
Report the call to your local police on 101.

Simple guidelines to help you to prevent yourself becoming a victim of courier fraud are:
NEVER give your PIN or bank details out over the phone
NEVER withdraw cash and send it anywhere via a courier or taxi
NEVER send bank cards anywhere via a courier or taxi
NEITHER the police nor your bank will ever ask for you to do any of the above.

It was agreed that the Bridport Inspector would compose a message to be circulated to Homewatch members to raise the profile of Homewatch schemes in the area.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 27/4/2015 at: 08:19       Location: Netherhay

Wild Flower Meadow at Netherhay Chapel

There is an abundance of wild flowers in the grass of the chapel churchyard. By leaving areas of the grass uncut, until after seeds have set, we hope to encourage these plants and the wildlife they support. Anyone is welcome to walk around the churchyard - we hope you enjoy exploring this beautiful place.

WANTED! - if anyone has an old bench they no longer need, we would love to place one in a sheltered spot behind the chapel. Please contact Jenny Beck.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 27/4/2015 at: 08:16       Location: Drimpton

extracts from newsletter for May

D R I M P T O N V I L L A G E N E W S L E T T E R - MAY/JUNE 2015

THE GREEN WAY – 10 YEARS ON
In 2005 a team of villagers worked to establish this footpath linking Netherhay to Oathill to Childhay to Drimpton –
a distance of about 3 miles. The final step was to erect a series of unique signs designed and crafted by Karen Hansen. Route Maps accompany this month's newsletter. Why not walk The Way? Please keep the map for reference or hand it on. Extra copies are lodged in the 'backpack' attached to the sign by the Village Hall.

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VILLAGE HALL AGM expressed it thanks to Mike Saunders as he stepped down as Chair of the Village Hall Trust. Mike’s commitment and hard work is evident for all to see in the maintenance and improvements which have happened over the last four years. Thank you, Mike and Carol. Enjoy your new freedom!

The AGM elected Alex Barrow, Tim Bassett, Steve Chubb, Martin Higgs and Rosemary Shepherd as Committee Members for the coming year. Your Village Representatives are Neville Adams (Youth Club), Ken Banks (Netherhay Chapel), Lee Drayton and Tony Francis (Drimpton Football Club), David Glossop (St Mary’s Church), Valerie Jones (Bowls Club), Linda Smith (CWD Hort Soc.) and Roger Smith (Parish Council).

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PLAY PARK EXTENSION: Work starts on 29th April and finishes on 7th May. Work will not impede on FC fixtures. The small shed will be used by the contractors. Kit normally stored in the small shed will be moved to the large shed.
GRAND OPENING of PLAYPARK at Youth Club at 7pm on FRIDAY 8th MAY.

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SATURDAY 2nd MAY
COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING at the Village Hall from 10.30am to 12.00pm
featuring a PLANT & HANGING BASKET SALE
presented by The Garden Club

All plants grown by the members to include everything you need for your containers, window boxes and borders at great prices. Last year was a sell-out, s please come early.

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PUB NEWS:
SUN MAY 3rd: QUIZ NIGHT from c8.00pm. Bring a Team or Join one on the night.
TUES MAY 5th: FOLK NIGHT from c8.00pm. For Musicians & Audience.

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WED MAY 13th – 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

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FILM CLUB on WEDNESDAY 13th MAY 7.30pm at the Village Hall - The Theory of Everything
In the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physician Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns that he has motor neuron disease. Despite this - and with Jane at his side - he begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left, according to his doctor. He and Jane defy terrible odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more than either could hope to imagine.

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MOBILE LIBRARY - WEDs MAY 13th and 27th from 11.55am to 12.25pm at Oxhayes. Books & Media can be ordered online for collection.

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SATURDAY 16th MAY
LEEK & FUCHSIA CLUB ANNUAL FLOWER & VEGETABLE PLANT SALE
at the Royal Oak – 7.30 for 8.00pm
Always well attended and lots of fun with lots of bargains.

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SUNDAY 17th MAY: DORSET & SOMERSET AIR AMBULANCE CYCLE RIDE - message
“We shall be holding our fifth annual Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge, starting at 11am in Watchet and ending in West Bay. In 2014 almost 546 people took part in this event to help raise funds to keep Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance flying and in doing so collaboratively rode almost 30,000 miles. 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.” The cyclists will be passing through Drimpton at around lunchtime. Why not cheer them on?

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WEDNESDAY 20th MAY: GARDEN CLUB/HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
at the Village Hall – 7.15 for 7.30pm start
Guest Speaker: Our own Brian Hesketh talking about Organic Vegetable Growing
Everyone Welcome – non-members £1 entry
Don't forget Flower Of The Month

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St Mary's Church COFFEE MORNING
at 32 Chard Road by kind permission of Jane & Norman Marsden
on THURSDAY 21st MAY – 10.30am to 12.00noon
Briing & Buy, Raffle, 10 Club Draw
Everyone Welcome

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YOUTH CLUB FILM – Village Hall at 6.30pm on FRIDAY 22nd MAY

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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.
Tickets cost £6 which includes a Buffet Supper. Please book your tickets by June 1st. They are available from Beryl Banks.

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CLEANER REQUIRED
Many thanks to Alan Clark who has cleaned the Village Hall for a number of years. Alan has decided to retire and the Village Hall Committee would like to hear from anyone who might be interested in taking on this role. For details please phone 01308 867694 or email rosemaryjshepherd@gmail.com .

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BROADWINDSOR STORES – message from Mandy Crane, Volunteer Co-ordinator
Would you like to volunteer in the stores in our friendly team? If you'd like to find out more, please email me or call into the shop and pick up an application form, which can also be found on the stores' website at www.broadwindsorcommunitystores.org.uk

Submitted by: andrew       On: 27/4/2015 at: 08:10       Location: Drimpton

Hedgehogs - message from Joanna Medley

We are looking for volunteers (team of 6 required, but definitely the more the merrier) to take part in one of the community hedgehog projects taking place in Dorset, this time - Drimpton!  It does not take a huge amount of commitment or time and is actually a lot of fun and educational too. It basically involves setting up a hedgehog 'tunnel' and monitoring any tracks or any other hedgehog evidence (training will be provided free of charge) with the ultimate aim to establish any populations and how best to help them as, as a species, they are struggling and on the decline.

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