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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 11/2/2015 at: 08:02       Location: Drimpton

Potato Day 2015

Last Saturday Drimpton Village Hall and an enthusiastic team of helpers welcomed nearly 200 people to the annual Potato Day, run by the Clapton, Wayford, Drimpton and District Horticultural Society and Pennard Plants. It is a chance for gardeners, near and far, to select seed potatoes for growing from nearly 100 varieties on offer, with plenty of information and advice on hand. There were also plants, fruit bushes, onion sets, rhubarb (you name it, it seemed to be available).

Potato Day in Drimpton is far more than just potatoes. There is time for family fun, which this year saw the stage (rather more used to hosting the village pantomime, of which more in PANTO: The MANUAL) turned over to the creation of Valentine cards using potato prints under the guidance and inspiration of Jenny Beck and helpers. Food always plays a big part in a village which does seem to have bagged more than its fair share of brilliant cooks, coordinated by Rosemary Shepherd and Kate Hesketh. In addition to all day breakfasts and baked potatoes there we loads of cakes and bakes, nearly all of which went.

Chatting to Chris Smith from Pennard Plants, as we were packing up, he said that they had found much more interest in the Heritage & Heirloom Vegetable Seeds. I know many gardeners like to use some of the modern varieties, but I notice both in Garden Organic magazine and The Garden, from the RHS, that plenty of gardeners are renewing acquaintance with some older varieties and trying some less familiar ones. Certainly I had great success with two different varieties of tomato seeds in the last couple of years: Cosmonaut Volcov and Black Prince, both bought at Potato Day.

We had no hesitation in booking for next year - Saturday 6th February 2016.

For more pictures of the day, please visit: cwdhortsoc.blogspot.co.uk

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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 6/2/2015 at: 14:09       Location: Netherhay

It's singing, yes, really

If we were following a similar timetable to previous years in the village, we would be busy learning lines and rehearsing for a pantomime. This year though, rather than director's notes, we have different types of notes, staves and a conductor to worry about, or enjoy. Yes really Jonathan, it is good fun.
I found the perfect excuse to step out of growling in the corner (sorry singing bass or baritone, or tenor, or something in between) to take a couple of pictures on my phone and here they are.


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Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/2/2015 at: 19:19       Location: Drimpton

extracts from village newsletter for February

P O T A T O D A Y
Plus PLANTS, SEEDS and FAMILY FUN
On SATURDAY FEBRUARY 7th from 10.30am to 2.30pm
At the Village Hall

Many varieties of planting potatoes to buy by the tuber
and an extensive range of vegetable & flower seeds,
Garlic, Onion & Shallot sets, herbs, fruit bushes and Rhubarb.

It wouldn’t be Drimpton food without GOOD FOOD as well,
with brunches, lunches and cakes, as well as warming drinks.

Potato Day offers the only time in the year to enter the popular Potato Growing Competition, (free to children) – weigh-in on Show Day, Saturday 8th August

ENTRY to POTATO DAY is 50p, which includes your first cuppa.
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PUB EVENTS:
SUN 1st FEB: QUIZ NIGHT: – Bring a team or join one on the night – from 8.00pm
TUES 3rd FEB: FOLK NIGHT: - for Musicians & Audience – from 9.00pm
SAT 14th FEB: LIVE MUSIC from JEFFERS ‘n’ JON – Country and Western – from 8.00pm
NOTE: FEB 7th to 10th inclusive: PUB OPEN but NO FOOD
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MOBILE LIBRARY at OXHAYES: WED 4th & 18th FEB – 11.55am to 12.25pm
Remember: Books & Media can be ordered online and collected from the mobile.
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FILM CLUB – WED 11th FEB at the VILLAGE HALL at 7.30pm
‘WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY’
Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug's father Gordie's (Billy Connolly) birthday party. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability...
From the creators of the hit BBC comedy series Outnumbered - This is a heart-warming, uplifting comedy for all the family.
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YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall
FRI 13th FEB from 6.30 to 8.00pm – FUN & GAMES
FRI 27th FEB: OUTING
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LENT LUNCH:
Series of Lent Lunches begins on WED 18th FEB at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Choice of Homemade soups followed cheeseboard served up in a friendly atmosphere.
£3.50, extra soup 50p. Everyone is welcome
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L E N T: message from Neville Adams
The Lent Course this year is titled ‘Praise Him’ which examines songs of praise in the New Testament. It will give us a great opportunity to explore hymns and poems, telling us not only about God and Jesus, but also reflecting on what they tell us about our faith and ourselves.
The course is being held at 6 Netherhay Lane, starting at 7.30pm until 9.00pm on TUESDAY FEB 10th, and then weekly for four weeks. Everyone is welcome, so do come and join us. Please let me know if you are intending to join so that I can ensure that sufficient course material is available.
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C O M M U N I T Y C O F F E E M O R N I N G
At the Village Hall
On SATURDAY 21st FEBRUARY from 10.30am to 12.00pm

A range of tasty homemade cakes and great coffee

With the opportunity to meet
JANE SIMKIN of the MACMILLAN PATIENT INFORMATION PROJECT
who is eager to hear views regarding after-care provision in Dorset.
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SUN 22nd FEB: FAMILY SERVICE at NETHERHAY CHAPEL. A special united service for all ages, starting with coffee at 10am. We hope you can join us!
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WED 18th FEB: GARDEN CLUB AGM and SOCIAL – 7:15 for 7:30 pm
About 15 minutes of business - plenty of time and opportunity for you to get involved in one of the most active parts of village life and then it's over to the food and drink. Bring a savoury or sweet to eat and share, there will be drinks available. It will also be the last chance to collect the Gardens Group 25% Off Vouchers (to be used by the end of February).
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B A R N D A N C E
At the Village Hall
With LIVE MUSIC from LONG ODDS & SHORT STRAWS
On SATURDAY 28th FEBRUARY
From 7.30pm until LATE

Tickets: £10 to include FOOD, with a Licensed Bar
Get rid of those winter blues with a good, old-fashioned dance, or just sit and enjoy a drink and food in good company.

Contact: Steve Chubb
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Meditation?
Is anyone interested in coming together for some meditation, either weekly, fortnightly or monthly here in the village? It's a lovely way to de-stress and find peace, as well as helping heal ourselves and our world.
I was thinking of a Tuesday morning, what do you think? Contact Helly Eaton.




Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/2/2015 at: 12:08       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in January 2015

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS in JANUARY 2015
97.75mm. (288.25mm. in 2014) OR 3.88 inches(11.44 ins. in 2014)
With last year proving to be a see-saw ride through small heat waves, lots of mild patches and a lot of rain, maybe this year will return to a more traditional pattern of four seasons. At least some of us will have had a little snow, the first for some time, but generally quite a dry month.


Submitted by: andrew       On: 9/1/2015 at: 09:36       Location: Netherhay

Singing!

Yesterday evening at Netherhay Chapel over 40 local people - some from nearby villages - came together for a Singing Taster Session led by Jonathan and Sally Jevons. Nobody had any idea of how many would be there and it was a great surprise to see so many people wanting to 'have a go' and find their voices. Jonathan began by warming everyone up before introducing a mix of gospel and familiar popular songs. The hour session went really well and very quickly helped by the great acoustics. At the end people were invited to sign up for a series of six sessions, and the response was very positive. But it's never too late for others to come along..... The group will meet every Thursday evening at the Chapel from 7.30-8.30pm beginning on 15th January.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/1/2015 at: 11:37       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross

RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS IN DECEMBER 2014
32.5 mm.(’13 206.75) or 1.29 inches (’13 8,2 inches)

The 2014 weather has given us a year of contrasts. At the start of the year heavy and often constant rain, set in train a pattern that has given us the wettest year on record, but it has been punctuated by very hot weather and extremely high temperatures. Towards the end of the year we have experienced the mildest Autumn three months on record and the warmest Halloween on record. No wonder some garden plants have been confused, not to mention some of the migrating birds.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/1/2015 at: 09:20       Location: Broadwindsor

Community Shop

BROADWINDSOR COMMUNITY SHOP
Broadwindsor Shop has a new manager, Steve Jarvis. Steve and the shop committee would like to encourage more volunteers to work alongside the two paid staff. All the regular volunteers say they enjoy working in the shop and find it is an excellent way to get to meet people. Our volunteers range from under 18 to well past retirement age!!

Can't get around? For those who have mobility problems we are happy to deliver to your home.


Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/1/2015 at: 09:20       Location: Drimpton

Extracts from January newsletter

“Happy New Year Drimpton from the Village Hall, the Youth Club, the Film Club and the Fun Day Committees and a Big Thank you for all the support you have given us this year.”
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PUB NEWS:
TUES JAN 6th : FOLK NIGHT – for Musicians & Audience from c9.00pm
SUN JAN 4th : QUIZ NIGHT – Bring a Team or join one on the night, from c8.00pm
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Start 2015 in full voice!
A Free Singing Taster Session
Led by Jonathan & Sally Jevons

On THURSDAY 8th January from 7.30 to 8.30pm
At Netherhay Chapel

For anyone over 16 who enjoys singing
No experience necessary
Discover the pleasures of singing with others in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

At the end of this session participants will have the chance to enrol on a series of 6 weekly sessions – a way to beat the glooms of winter!
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YOUTH CLUB:
Christmas Cards. 1000 cards sold!!! £430 sent to NSPCC. Thank you.
Saleswoman of the Year awarded to Carol.
Fun and Games – at the Hall from 6.30pm on FRI 9th January
YC Film Night – at the Hall from 6.30pm on FRI 23rd January
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COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING
At the Village Hall
On SATURDAY 17th January 10.30am to 12.00pm
Homemade cakes and great coffee and the chance to catch up with friends and neighbours
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WED 14th JAN: LIGHT LUNCH - at the Village Hall from 12.30pm
Choice of homemade soups followed by cheeseboard, served up in a friendly atmosphere. £3.50 per person.
Extra soups 50p. Everybody welcome.
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QUIZ and DELICIOUS DRIMPTON FOOD
WEDNESDAY 21st JANUARY
7:00pm for 7:15 Start
at the Village Hall

Entry is £3 per person, which includes your first pudding (2nds available for 50p).
Plus the return of the ‘Taster Tickets’ offering 3 savouries for £1.

Presented by The Horticultural Society – BUT don't worry, it is not a gardening quiz!



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