‘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. The archive was closed for submitting new entries in February 2019. You are welcome to browse its entries and view its pictures.

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Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/10/2016 at: 10:29       Location: Drimpton


95.75 mm.(2015 58.75mm.) or 3.78 inches (2015 2.33 ins)
September has been quite a remarkable month, with almost twice as much rain as last year coupled with record temperatures, in fact I believe it was the warmest September since records began with the thermometer hitting 34.4C on one day. Autumn has finally arrived and the changing leaf colours are a joy.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 12/9/2016 at: 09:20       Location: Drimpton


Sorry about the error within the August rainfall figures, my fault.
error corrected - Norman M

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 3/9/2016 at: 09:56       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in August'16

38.5 mm. (2015 145.25) or 1.52 inches (2015 5.72 ins.)
What a difference a year makes !

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/9/2016 at: 21:00       Location: Drimpton


DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL & ARTSREACH are very proud to present

► P A R A D I S E L O S T ◄
written and performed by BEN DUKE
on SATURDAY 8th OCTOBER at 7.30pm at the Village Hall

Let villager, Chris Fogg, tell you all you need to know…..
“I am so excited to see that this award-winning one man show by Ben Duke for Lost Dog, the highly renowned international theatre and dance company, is coming to our Village Hall. I have seen the performance three times, and it is a unique, unforgettable experience. It is both extremely funny and deeply moving by turns. It is an exciting, unpredictable, thrilling theatrical event, mixing stand up comedy and dance. Milton’s epic poem is a very loose starting point. Ben takes us on a magical mystery tour of a journey through first dates, courtship, marriage and parenting. Oh yes, plus the creation of the universe! He plays ALL the roles – God, Lucifer, Adam, Eve, himself, his wife, his children and a whole supporting cast of thousands all in just 75 minutes!
'The Guardian' described the show as 'full of wit and invention... triumphant.' Don't miss it!”

Suitable for 12 years old and upwards. Tickets are £9 adults, £6 under-18s, £25 (2 adults + 2 young people)
Tickets will be limited so get yours early from the Box Office:
Roger Smith 15 Marksmead, Drimpton, DT8 3RZ

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/9/2016 at: 20:58       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for September

Broadwindsor Group Neighbourhood Plan
'The Broadwindsor Neighbourhood Plan committee will be delivering a questionnaire to all households in the Parish, which includes Drimpton, in the near future. We would be grateful for as many of you as possible to complete and return these questionnaires. The information gathered will go a long way to influence how the Neighbourhood Plan, when completed, will ensure the best outcome for our community with regard to planning and open spaces for the next 10 to 15 years………..Many thanks, Rowland Hibbard (Chairman)'

PARENTS AND TODDLERS GROUP meets up again after the summer break on WEDNESDAY 7th SEPT at Netherhay Chapel from 10.00 to 11.30am.

PUB NEWS - message from Marcel: The summer is coming to an end. We've seen plenty of people enjoying our garden. Thanks again to the volunteers for their continued help in maintaining it. September brings the start of the new Skittles season, with 8 teams now at home at the Royal Oak. And a warm welcome too to Drimpton's very own darts team! Please come along to their first home game on WED 14th SEPT and support them! If you would like to be a reserve, please register your interest at the Pub or contact Francis Medey.
Events: TUES 6th FOLK NIGHT (8.30pm - kitchen open as normal)
SAT 17th LIVE MUSIC - Ross Kirk... a one man rock show (9pm - kitchen open until 8.30pm)
SAT 24th QUIZ NIGHT - hosted by Chris Beck (8.30pm - kitchen open as normal)

on SATURDAY, 17th September from 10.30am to 12.00pm
After a Summer Break, Coffee Mornings will resume with the familiar array of cakes, coffee, tea and bacon baps.
Please take the opportunity to join us, catch up with friends, make new ones and find out what has been going on and what exciting new ventures are coming our way. Get news of the Community Land Trust, Artsreach and more!

YOUTH CLUB meeting on FRIDAY 9th SEPT at the Village Hall from 6.30 to 8.00pm. Come along on the night to find out what we have in store. Youth Club Film Night is on Friday 23rd.

FILM CLUB on WEDNESDAY 14th SEPT (7.00 for 7.30pm) at the Village Hall - The Danish Girl. Based on true events. When Girdar (Alicia Vikander) asks her husband Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) to fill in as a portrait model, Einar's long-repressed feelings surface and he/she begins living his/her life as a woman.
Wine, beer, coffee, teas & biscuits available before the film. New members welcome.

NETHERHAY CHAPEL – On SATURDAY 24th September at 10am - We are cutting the long grass which has provided a wonderful array of flowers this summer, and would really appreciate some help. If you can spare an hour please come along with a rake, strimmer etc or just yourself! Plenty of tea, coffee and cake will be provided!

United Service at 6.30pm - Everyone welcome
at 12.30pm at Drimpton Village Hall
Hot meal for only £8
Produce stall, Raffle, 100 Club draw …… Bookings: Jane Marsden

at Pin House, Chard Road, Drimpton
on FRIDAY 30th September from 10.30 – 12noon
Cake Stall, Raffle etc. Everyone is invited. In support of Macmillan Cancer Support

GARDENING CLUB/HORT SOC meeting is on WEDNESDAY 21st September 7.15 for 7.30 pm at the Village Hall. Don Everett will be talking about “Colour and Interest in Winter Gardens”.
We had more entries than ever at the Annual Summer Show, over 850, with 150 from children at Broadwindsor School. The Committee would like to thank all the members of the Society and local Community who exhibited or helped — without your support the show would not be possible. It was also Barbara Wright's last year as Show Secretary and it was her enthusiasm, hard work and leadership which made this year's show such a great success.

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

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/9/2016 at: 20:53       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Affordable Housing

AFFORDABLE HOUSING is a hot topic. All communities need to be able to provide AFFORDABLE HOUSING that offers the opportunity for people to set up home. Can local people come up with a local solution?

Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust


Tuesday 13th September at Drimpton Village Hall at 7.30pm

Please come along to this meeting to discuss the provision of affordable housing for rent in Drimpton, Broadwindsor and across our parish, including

• An introduction to the local Community Land Trust
• Background information on CLTs and proposed project
• Site recommendation for first housing project

Submitted by: andrew       On: 26/8/2016 at: 20:15       Location: Drimpton

Remembering Mrs Roberts

based mainly on the words of her son, Bill

Gwladys Roberts of Burstock Lane, Drimpton, passed away peacefully on 28th July at the incredibly grand age of 108 at Fairfield House Care Home in Lyme Regis.

Mrs Roberts was born in Llandudno in 1908. On leaving school she became a telephonist with the GPO where she met her husband, Arthur, who was an Executive Engineer. They were married in Llandudno four days before war broke out in 1939 and set up home in Quinton, Birmingham and their son Bill was born in 1942.

In 1964 Mr Roberts retired and they moved to Drimpton. Mrs Roberts joined the W. I. in 1965 and became a regular member of St. Mary’s Church where she became Choir Mistress and Organist – a position she held for over 30 years before she had to give up due to arthritis in her fingers.

“She was very matter-of-fact and avoided emotion, she just ‘got on with it’. She always reminded me of the wartime spirit of ‘business as usual’ whatever the circumstances. I don’t think she was an Anglican even though she served Drimpton Church so faithfully. I know the Anglican liturgy seemed rather ‘high church’ to her and I know she was basically suspicious and very critical of priests. But she mellowed and we ended up getting on very well. I always felt it was a duty rather than a joy, but she did it!” [Canon Tim Biles]

“Our three girls, Alison, Linda and Nicola, were all in Drimpton Choir under Gwladys' leadership, they all respected her, and learnt respect for others and reverence in a place of worship from her.” [John Hansford]

After her husband died in 1997 Mrs Roberts carried on, as she was a very independent lady and she enjoyed her daily walks around the village. In her court shoes and with her handbag in hand (in which she had just her house key and a hankie) she walked the lanes usually down the middle. Children in school buses recall following her progress. Is it true that on one occasion the driver of a milk tanker got out of his cab and lifted her to one side so that he could drive on?

“To record her 100th Birthday, Jennie called round to take her photo for the paper, but she wasn't there. It was raining. Where could she be? We found her in her mac on one of her walks. She wasn't about to sit around doing nothing.” [Beryl Banks]

She was always pleased to have visitors and have a chat although not much about herself. And she came to many village events when she could.

Mrs Roberts had a stroke in 2013 and moved to Fairfield House, which she loved, as she had a room which overlooked the sea. During her years there she always loved getting visits from friends and neighbours and showed interest in all their doings.

On her very last day, not that anyone knew that it was, she was visited by Beryl and Amanda at Fairfield. She was sleepy and feeling unwell, yet as they were leaving she smiled the warmest smile and thanked them so much for coming. That was Gwladys.

Submitted by: Heskie       On: 19/8/2016 at: 09:35       Location: Drimpton

Summer Show 2016

There are a few events each year that draw people from further afield into the village, and one of the biggest is the annual Show. This year the sun shone, the exhibits rolled in and Broadwindsor School supported the show with nearly 200 entries. The show exists because a team of dedicated helpers make it happen; like much else in the village, the quiet effort goes on in the background, continuing to bind us together as a community.

Thank you to the Clapton, Wayford, Drimpton and District Horticultural Society.

You can see the results of the Show, including all cup and trophy winners and a list of First Prize winners here: cwdhortsoc.blogspot.co.uk

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/8/2016 at: 15:23       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross

2.5 mm. 2015 69.25 mm) or 0.1 inches (2015 2.73 inches)
I have been keeping rainfall records since 2003 and have never recorded such a low monthly rainfall. Listening to the weather man on TV. at the end of the month he was mentioning the low rainfall and the fact that their recording for the Isle of White was 1.mm. He went on to talk of records and I’m not sure if he said it was the lowest on record, but it’s got to be more than just close !

Submitted by: Norman       On: 29/7/2016 at: 15:50       Location: Drimpton

Drimpton's oldest resident passes on

Mrs Gwladys Roberts has died at the grand age of 108.
Mrs Roberts lived in Burstock Lane for 38 years but has recently been at a care home in Lyme Regis.
Funeral details:
Tuesday 9th August
12.30 pm Service at St Mary's Church to which all are welcome
2.00 pm Committal at Yeovil Crematorium

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