‘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: 31/12/2016 at: 15:45       Location: NEW LOCATION

Last day of 2016, besides the sea.

Ah the pleasures of living in Dorset.

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Submitted by: Centaur       On: 21/12/2016 at: 17:45       Location: NEW LOCATION

Winter Solstice

Enjoying the sea air on the shortest day of the year. My favourite day of the year, roll on springtime.

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Comment from: stanleyG   On: 31/12/2016 at: 12:31


The rainfall in December this year was at the lower end of the average at 32.5 mm. or 1.28 inches. However, we have experienced quite a few extremes. Very heavy rain at the beginning of the year, with the inevitable flooding in some areas. During the year there were mini heat waves with temperatures around 36c, storms coming in from the Atlantic bringing in very high winds up to 100 mph. in the North with reports of minor Tornadoes in other parts of the country, such is the complexity of our island climate. The over-arching feature this year has been the very mild Autumn, the mildest for very many years. For the gardeners, the lack of hard frosts may mean an increase in the numbers of the ‘Nasty’s such as green and black fly which can do so much damage in the Spring. Happy New Year !!

Submitted by: Norman       On: 20/12/2016 at: 20:28       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Carols Round the Village 2016

Around 20 willing volunteers aged from 6 to 60+ assembled at Marksmead bollards on a damp and dreary evening on Monday 19th December. Spirits were lifted by Mel and Maurice serving mulled wine (with soft drinks for the younger ones).

There were not enough singers to split in to two groups so we set off through Marksmead, with the children, armed with money buckets, knocking on doors as the choir sang a selection of Carols ably led by Jonathan Jevons on trumpet.

Moving on through Netherhay there were more drinks and refreshments at Silverhay Farm before proceeding to Drimpton Cross, Chard Road, Spearmead, Oxhayes, Springfield Farm and finishing off at Applefield Road. After two and a half hours the numbers had reduced and the weary remnants retired to the Village Hall for hot chocolate and cakes kindly supplied by Rosemary Shepherd.

Apologies to residents of Bridport Road and Crewkerne Road, regrettably there was not enough time to include you all.

In spite of poor weather and limited coverage £180 was raised and this was shared equally between two charities for the Homeless;
Shelter - The National Campaign for Homeless People (£90)
Crisis at Christmas for the Homeless (£90)

Well done all who took part and many thanks to all villagers who donated and helped.

Submitted by: Norman       On: 14/12/2016 at: 20:26       Location: Drimpton


A full house for Christmas Lunch today. With a choice of main course followed by plenty of puddings with seconds (and thirds in some cases!) it was enjoyed by all.
Congratulations to the 'staff' who worked so hard to prepare and serve an excellent meal.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 4/11/2016 at: 19:06       Location: Drimpton

Royal Oak Pub

from John & Sue Donoghue.
“By way of introduction, this is John & Sue, the new tenants in your village pub, The Royal Oak. Really looking forward to joining your community, having already met Richard and Roger who made us feel very welcome, inviting us into their homes which was a lovely gesture. No major changes planned from the good work of Marcel & Kitty. However, we are open to suggestions from you, the villagers, if it will improve your visit to The Royal Oak. Please do call in and introduce yourselves; you will be more than welcomed. And once we are settled in, maybe we can all organise a proper "meeting up " night…………..Meanwhile we would like to wish Marcel & Kitty ever good fortune for the future. Goodbye for now.” -

at the Royal Oak Skittle Alley
Viewing from 6.30pm…. Auction of Plants at 8.00pm…. Raffle

Submitted by: andrew       On: 4/11/2016 at: 19:04       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Community Land Trust update

Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust - Update, October 2016
At the public meeting held in Drimpton in September, the majority of those attending were in support of the proposal to develop a maximum of 15 affordable homes for rent to families and those with a strong local connection to the Group Parish Council area. With this mandate, the BGP CLT is proceeding with the contract tender process for site feasibility work, which involves a number of surveys – topographical, trees, ecological, groundworks, and landscape design. The CLT is also seeking expressions of interest from architectural practices and housing associations. Once the design team is in place, we will be working closely with them to achieve sustainability and designs in keeping with the rural nature of the site and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Landscape design will be a very important element in this process. Outline plans will be presented to the local community at public meetings in due course.

We have a growing number of supporters who have joined the BGP CLT as members. We would welcome anyone from within the Broadwindsor Group Parish area to join us through the purchase of Shares at a cost of £1.00p each. More information about the BGP CLT’s objectives, summaries of meeting discussions, and membership can be found on our website at www.broadwindsorgroupparishclt.org .
The Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust will hold
an AGM on TUESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER in Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor starting at 7.30pm.
At this meeting, which is open to Members only, the current Steering Group will stand down
and new members of the Board will be elected.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 4/11/2016 at: 19:03       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for November

Message from John and Viv Watts: Macmillan Coffee Morning 30th September
The annual coffee morning at The Pin House was yet again another amazing effort raising £512.25, the best ever! We would like to thank all the villagers, friends and family who came along and helped, baked wonderful produce, and donated towards this very worthy cause. We have raised over £4000 from these coffee mornings over the years.
Quiz and Puds 21st October - 'St Mary's Parochial Church Council are very grateful for the support of those attending the Quiz and Puds event . In particular, thank you to Bob Shepherd for stirring up the 'grey matter' for at least some of us, Andrew Pastor for his adept mathematical input, and for those who provided our taste buds with delicious puddings, Rosemary Shepherd and Christobel Pilz supported by their team of helpers. Thank you all very much.' - Neville Adams

The Act of Remembrance will begin in St Mary's Church at 10.45am, followed by a Family Service. Please come and join us as we pay tribute all those who unselfishly, and with outstanding bravery, sacrificed their lives in two World Wars as well as the many conflicts that followed, and which still continue today, - you will be most welcome.  

YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall 6.30 to 8pm - Many thanks to Rob Fooks for organising a beetle drive in October. It was a great success judged by the noise and excitement.
OPEN STUDIO AND SALE!  7th  - 12th November, 10 - 12am, 2 - 4.30pm at my studio at Netherhay Chapel.  I do hope you can visit, there are new paintings in oil and gouache, plus some bargains! and of course  plenty of tea and cake...   I look forward to seeing you - Jenny Beck
at the Royal Oak Skittle Alley
Viewing from 6.30pm…. Auction of Plants at 8.00pm…. Raffle
On SATURDAY, 12th November 10.30 – 12.00 with coffee, cakes and bacon baps and the added attraction of “STIR UP SATURDAY”.
Come along and stir our Christmas Pudding and make a wish for 50p; children just 20p! Then why not join us and taste it at
the VILLAGE CHRISTMAS LUNCH on WEDNESDAY 14th December 12.15 for 12.30?
As with Village Lunches all special diets can be catered for. The cost is £12.00 per person to be paid in advance by Weds 7th Dec. To book a place, please contact Viv or Rosemary
WEDNESDAY, 16th November at 12.30
Our menu and prices allow you to have as many courses as you wish with a choice of soups, main courses, puddings or cheese and biscuits. Special diets catered for. Phone Viv or Rosemary for further details.
GARDENING CLUB/HORT SOC meeting on WEDNESDAY 16th November 7.15 for 7.30 pm at the Village Hall. “Plants that Changed the World”. This promises to be a fascinating meeting which should be of interest to both gardeners and non-gardeners. Plants have changed our lives in more ways than we can possibly imagine and this talk should reveal many mysteries of the plant world to us. Non-members are able to attend for a small fee of 50p on the door and we hope to welcome many non-members to this meeting.
FILM CLUB at the VILLAGE HALL – WED NOV 9th at 7.30pm – ‘EYE IN THE SKY’
Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman. A London-based military intelligence officer is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation aimed at capturing a group of dangerous terrorists in Kenya. Many moral issues which are explored in this remarkably accurate insight into modern war….Our Film Club is a membership organisation (£15 for a full year – May to April – in which 11 films will be screened and from November the membership will be £12.50 until April 2017. Temporary Membership is available for a single film at £4). Our film nights have a bar serving wine, beer, coffee and tea.
Second hand books on sale before and after the film with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion.
AFTERNOON TEA AND TALK on Wednesday 23rd November 2pm.
'Join us at NETHERHAY CHAPEL for what will be an enjoyable afternoon - Anne Mosscrop will give a light-hearted, interesting talk on her travels along the Great Wall of China, followed by afternoon tea with homemade cakes. Cost - £3.50. This is a fundraiser with all proceeds being shared between the Chapel and Christian Aid, so do support this and have a lovely afternoon!'
The Calendar was set up by Mike Saunders to help organisers of Village Events in our various locations avoid clashes of dates. Although Mike’s name still appears as the Editor he no longer feels able to continue. We are very grateful to Mike for providing this facility for so long. If you have details of any Village event which you would like to appear on the Calendar, please send them to rosemaryjshepherd@gmail.com

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 2/11/2016 at: 15:02       Location: Drimpton

October 16 rainfall

This year we have enjoyed a very dry and a remarkably warm October, with day time temperatures in places reaching 21C. Even on the last day of the month a figure of 20C. was recorded. Parallel to that, the month has been very dry and I have only recorded rain on five days, two of which made up the largest share of the total. The 15th.was the heaviest rainfall for me with 30mm. or just over an inch of rain and the 26th. gave me 15mm. which of course is just over half an inch. The total for the month was 54.5mm. or 2.15 inches, compared to last year when we had 121mm. or 4.8 inches. I understand the Pumpkin growers wanted much more rain for their Halloween Pumpkins !

Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/10/2016 at: 11:47       Location: Drimpton


are bringing the production of Chris Fogg's TREE HOUSE to Drimpton

TREE HOUSE tells the story of three people – Robbie, Jane and Alan. We first meet them as children playing in a tree house on the edge of a village. Later Robbie joins the Army and goes to Afghanistan,
where a spontaneous act of kindness leads to a sudden and unexpected tragedy.
Some years later fate brings all three back to the waste ground, back to the tree house, where old scores are settled in a final act of reckoning.
A story for our times. A play for today….. Where do we belong?

Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/10/2016 at: 11:46       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for October

Steering Group - Chair: David Leader - Secretary: Sheila Hawkins - Treasurer: District Councillor Jacqui Sewell
Group members present: Ken Banks, Nick Bellorini, Steve Chubb and Lesley Tibballs - Also present: Steve Watson (Wessex CLT Project): Paul Derrien (WDDC Planning Dept.): Teresa Rebbets (WDDC Housing Enabling Officer)

Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust held its first public meeting in Drimpton Village Hall on 13th September 2016, to inform the local community of a proposal to develop up to 15 affordable homes. These homes will be specifically for people on the West Dorset District Council housing list who have a strong connection to the Broadwindsor Group Parish area. Members of the Steering Group summarised the history of the formation of the CLT, explained the site selection process, and outlined the reasons for choosing the proposed site, approximately 1.5 acres at Netherhay Lane, Drimpton.
A lively Q & A session followed the presentation. A straw poll was then held, the result of which was:
In favour of the proposed development: 68 - Against the proposed development: 12 - Abstentions: 6
At the close of the meeting, members of the audience were invited to support the Broadwindsor Group Parish CLT through purchase of shares at a cost of £1 per share.
A further meeting for members of the CLT will be held before the end of 2016 to elect the Board of Management.

PUB NEWS - message from Marcel & Kitty: On November 2nd we'll be handing over the pub to the new landlords and we'll be moving on to new pastures. We would like to thank everyone in Drimpton and surrounds for the wonderful welcome we've had over the last year or so and hope both the pub and the community will continue to thrive.
The month of October will be a bit different because of the change-over... Here are some of the notable dates:
Tuesday 4th 8.30pm – FOLK NIGHT
Saturday 15th 9pm - Live Music, FRETWORKS - two very experienced guitar players to entertain us all night.
Thursday 20th til 2 November – Our KITCHEN will be CLOSED to allow us to prepare it for the new landlords.
Tuesday 25th til 2 November - PUB CLOSED to allow us to clear and clean the pub and to enable us to move.
The PUB will re-open very soon after 2nd November - keep an eye out on the noticeboard and the pub blackboards for more details……………..Best Wishes, Marcel & Kitty

ARTSREACH & the VILLAGE HALL proudly presents
'unmissable'…. 'brilliant'….'divine'… 'funny'…. 'a show for anyone who has created anything'
Come on a magical mystery tour through first dates, courtship, marriage and parenting,
plus the creation of the universe in the company of a cast of thousands all in just 75 minutes!
see accompanying flyer for ALL the details - contact roger

SUNDAY OCTOBER 9th at 12.30pm CHAPEL HARVEST LUNCH and Auction of produce, cakes etc!
Enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch in the beautiful setting of Netherhay Chapel.
Tickets £8.00, please book in advance from Christabel Pilz or Beryl Banks

YOUTH CLUB: Thanks to Jonathan & Sally for organising a musical workshop for the children. Parents were entertained with a mini concert. Who knows, we may have the next X factor winner in the village!!!

FILM CLUB on WEDNESDAY 12th OCT (7.00 for 7.30pm) at the Village Hall - At this time of year, the Royal Navy will be commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Admiral Lord Nelson. It is appropriate therefore that we will be screening HMS DEFIANT starring Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde and Anthony Quinn. The story revolves around the potential conflict of interests between a mellow experienced Captain and a tyrannical First Lieutenant.
Second hand books will be available for sale with all proceeds being sent to RN/RM Charities.

At the Village Hall on SATURDAY, 15th OCTOBER from 10.30.
Come along and catch up with Village news. Enjoy Coffee, Cakes and Bacon Baps in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

VILLAGE LUNCH at the HALL on WEDNESDAY OCT 19th at 12.30pm
Viv, Rosemary and their team look forward to serving you. This month’s menu includes a choice of soups, jacket potatoes with toppings to suit all tastes. Any special dietary needs can be catered for.

at the Village Hall on FRIDAY 21st OCTOBER at 6.45 for 7.00pm
A great variety of puddings – hot, cold, creamy and chocolatey – as many as you can eat!
Bring your own Drinks (Glasses supplied)
Come along in Teams of 4 or join with others on the night
Entry £3.00 per person includes 1st Pud (extra Puds 50p)
Prizes for winning teams.

GARDENING CLUB/HORT SOC meeting on WEDNESDAY 19th October 7.15 for 7.30 pm at the Village Hall. Martin Young from Nectar Nurseries, Upwey will be giving a talk on Echinacea and Rudbeckia. He is an expert on plants which attract butterflies. The evening will remind us of summer colour and dainty butterflies as the nights become darker and the deep tones of Autumn begin to fade.

ART GROUP meetings at Netherhay Chapel on MONDAY afternoons 2 - 4pm
For anyone who would like to paint or draw, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Help or guidance is available if wanted, so if you are new to art or have been painting for years, do come along. The cost is £ 5.00, payable per session. Contact Jenny Beck

DEFIB MACHINE - The Defib Machine has been removed from the wall outside the Village Hall. Unfortunately the key pad has failed to operate and the case has been returned to the suppliers for repair. The Machine is still working and is being housed inside the Village Hall. Please would all key holders make their neighbours aware that they can give access to the Hall in an emergency.

RECREATION GROUND & PLAY AREAS. The Committee would like to remind everyone that dogs are not allowed on any part of the grounds.

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