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Submitted by: chubb       On: 11/7/2016 at: 10:08       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Summer Dance - more photos

Some more photos of the Summer Dance:

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Submitted by: chubb       On: 11/7/2016 at: 10:03       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Drimpton village hall Summer Dance

On 3rd July forty people were treated to a summer dance in Drimpton village hall, a lovely 3 course meal was laid on then entertainment from One Night Stand a live band that had our retired postie Rob as drummer.
A great evening had by all.
Some photos of the summer show:

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 4/7/2016 at: 09:55       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for July

MONDAY 11th JULY 10am – message from Jenny Beck
Home made cake, muffins and plenty of tea and coffee are waiting at the Chapel for all who can come along and help with our summer clean. If you can spare an hour, we would really appreciate your help, and although it's housework and a bit of gardening - it's actually good fun!!

FILM CLUB: WED JULY 13th at the Village Hall at 7.30pm – We hope to see as many people as possible for our showing of 'The Second Best Marigold Hotel' the sequel to the surprise hit of 2012, featuring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Penelope Wilton, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup and Richard Gere among many others. Members and non-Members are welcome. Temporary membership can be taken out for the evening. The Bar will be open for you to enjoy a glass of wine or beer, or tea, coffee and biscuits. All past films are available to be borrowed for a small donation to the Club.
There will be no meeting in August. Our next film will be The Danish Girl on 14th Sept.

Clapton, Wayford, Drimpton & District Hort Soc - WED JULY 20th – Village Hall 7.15 for 7.30pm
Marcus Dancer, an expert clematis grower, is giving a talk on “Scented Flowers throughout the year”.
Scent adds a magical element to a Garden but many of us just associate scent with warn Summer evenings. This should be a fascinating and informative talk.

This is the last meeting before our ANNUAL SHOW on 13th AUGUST. So now is the time to be growing, making, painting, baking, taking photos and so much more in preparation for The Big Day. If you do not have schedule, these can be obtained from Barbara Wright email  johnalbertwright@gmail.com . Could last year’s cup winners please bring their cups sparkling and polished to our July meeting meeting.

Viv, Rosemary and Team look forward to serving you lunch on WED, 20th JULY at 12.30. A choice of soups, a variety of Ploughman’s Lunches and surprise desserts will all be on offer. Come along and bring your visitors, friends and neighbours.

►St Mary's Church FLOWER FESTIVAL◄
on SATURDAY July 23rd and SUNDAY 24th from 10am – 5pm
Theme: Favourite Hymns
Celebratory Service at the church 6.30pm on Sunday

Festival Cream Teas - hosted by Viv and John Watts in the garden at Pin House, Chard Road
on SUNDAY 24th from 2.30pm - 4.30pm

The Youth Club had a lovely visit to Axe Valley Farm Zoo in June, loads of animals to see from owls to zebras. It is a great place to visit and local, so give it a try.
FRI 8th JULY we are holding a BARBECUE so please come along to the Recreation Field for 6.30pm and try a Hot Dog or Burger. Hopefully the weather will be kind. If not, then we will retreat to the Hall. This will be the last youth club until September to give the volunteers a well earned rest.

PUB NEWS for JULY– from Marcel and Kitty
TUES 5th FOLK & MUSIC NIGHT (8.30pm) – for musicians and audience
SAT 9th QUIZ NIGHT - Yes, on the Saturday night now... £1 per head for the prize pot plus a bottle of bubbly for the winning team! (8.30pm)
SAT 16th LIVE MUSIC: Gut 'n Steel. Two guitars... one "Gut" strung... the other "Steel" strung... hence the name, + two voices.... No backing tracks, all acoustic!! All styles of music from Ed Sheeran to Cole Porter, Neil Young to Pink Floyd. (9pm)

in the Skittle Alley at The Royal Oak
Viewing from 6.30pm with Sale of Plants at 8.30pm by Ernie Phillips, our very own Auctioneer!!
Come along see the brilliant displays, see who’s won and then grab a bargain from Ernie.
Always a great fun evening and one not to be missed

Do keep an eye out on our Pub Facebook page (www.facebook.com/royaloakdrimpton) for more info, short notice events and even our menu.

Toilet Twinning – message from Julie Rowan-Robinson
Many thanks to all who kindly donated to this cause again by buying from and contributing garden
produce to my "end of the drive "stall in Netherhay.
We are now twinning both the toilets in the Village Hall. We have reached the target of £60.00 which
has enabled us to twin the Ladies' toilet with one in Haluaghat, Bangladesh. The certificate /photograph
will soon be put up on the wall at the Hall.
Let's go for twinning the Gent's toilet, too.

Please feel free to donate products on the table as stock has run low for now.
Money raised provides a decent toilet, safe access to clean water and basic sanitation and hygiene education in very poor parts of the world. For more information visit www.toiletteinning.org
Thanking you again.

Mobile Fish & Chips
L & F Catering Mobile Fish & Chips is in Drimpton on TUESDAYS at 5pm at the BUS STOP in Chard Road near Oxhayes.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 2/7/2016 at: 14:52       Location: Drimpton

Rain at Drimpton Cross in June 2016

64.5 mm, (2015 26.mm) OR 2.54 inches (2015 1.27 ins.)
More than double the figures for this time last year and in line with that our temperatures have been well down. Having said that, this time last year was exceptionally hot. But we are still waiting for Summer !

Submitted by: Norman       On: 28/6/2016 at: 08:21       Location: Drimpton


Just a note to thank everyone who contributed and/or helped at the Cream Teas on Saturday 25th June.
£577 was raised for the church.
Congratulations to all for helping to raise this magnificent total.

Many thanks must go to Hazel Hill who will be standing aside after organising the Cream Teas for the past 30 years!

Submitted by: Heskie       On: 22/6/2016 at: 11:56       Location: Drimpton

►Drimpton Football Club◄

The Club has recently finished its 60th season, which overall was a successful one.

The first team finished Runners up in Division 1 of the Perry Street League, gaining promotion back to the premier division for the first time since 1990. This was our 3rd successive promotion in the last 3 years.

We also embarked on a good cup run, getting to 4 finals, but unfortunately only winning the one.
We won the Division 1 Cup Final beating Hawkchurch in the final 3­1.
We lost 3­1 to a very good Portland United side in the Dorset Junior Cup Final played at Bridport, the first time we had reached the final since 1972. We also lost In the finals of the Kenny Hodges Cup and Arthur Gage Cup.

The reserve team had a reasonable season again, finishing mid table in Division 3 and reaching the Final of the John Fowler Cup, where they eventually lost 2­1 after probably their best performance of the season.

Many thanks to those that continue to support the Football Club.

We have just also held our end of season presentation evening at Whindwhislte Golf Club, which was attended by 48.

Below are 3 photos from that evening, plus the first team with the Division 1 cup.

Image 1 is Tony Francis presenting Mike Rowswell with Clubman of the Year.
Image 2 is First team manager Lee Drayton presenting Simon Denslow with Managers player of the year.
Image 3 is Reserve team manager Darren Carter presenting Tom Pomfrett with Managers player of the year.
Image 4 is the first team with the Division 1 cup which they won on Easter Monday beating Hawkchurch 3-1.

Ali Francis, Secretary Drimpton FC

(Posted by Brian for Drimpton FC)

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Submitted by: chubb       On: 8/6/2016 at: 12:19       Location: Drimpton

The next morning

Early next morning they came and picked the grass up, note the size of the equipment, much bigger than years past, can it get any bigger in the future???

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Comment from: Heskie   On: 22/6/2016 at: 11:25

Pictures to match the sound

Quite often at this time of the year, as I'm working in the garden, I hear the silage making going on in fields around the village: the distant whine of machinery, the rumble of tractors with their trailers. Thanks Steve for putting images to that soundscape.

Submitted by: chubb       On: 8/6/2016 at: 12:16       Location: Drimpton

Silage making

looked out the window to see the machinery starting to cut the grass, does not take long to mow, turn and pick up all ready for the winters feed.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/6/2016 at: 08:32       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for June

The BIG LUNCH is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible in the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. This year it is on SUNDAY 12th JUNE, from 12.00 Noon to 2.00pm. As usual it will be at the Village Hall, outside if the weather is good, indoors if not. Bring food to enjoy and share, bring games to play and bring family, friends and neighbours. Be warned, John and Anne Horne will be organising the games; oh yes they are! The Community Coffee Morning Team will offer Coffee, Tea, Cakes and Savouries to supplement your Lunch.
FILM CLUB - WED JUNE 8th at the Village Hall at 7.30pm – 'THE AMOROUS PRAWN'
This is a black & white 'oldie', starring Ian Carmichael, Joan Greenwood, Cecil Parker, Dennis Price, Robert Beatty, Liz Frazer and Derek Nimmo in a comedy where 'Operation Lolly', designed to fleece Americans visiting Scotland, goes spectacularly wrong.
Reminder to all ticket holders: The SUMMER LUNCH is on SUNDAY 5th June at 12.00 for 12.30 with the theme of Carnival! Any queries contact Viv or Rosemary.
Clapton, Wayford, Drimpton & District Hort Soc - WEDNESDAY JUNE 15th
We are visiting Furleigh Vineyard at Salway Ash. We will be meeting at Drimpton Village Hall at 5.30pm and the visit will last about 90 minutes. This will be followed by a light supper at the Village Hall. Cost for members for the visit is £10. As numbers are limited, members who wish to attend, either the visit, supper or both, should contact Trish Harding in advance.
Reminder: could all proud winners of cups at last year's show please return them to Barbara Wright when we
meet on 20th July. If you are not attending, please take them to her house before then. Please have them polished and sparkling. Good luck with your exhibits at the Annual Show on Saturday August 13th.

►Drimpton Village Hall and Artsreach Present◄

on FRIDAY 17th JUNE at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm)

A one-man show based on the life and work of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, Britain’s first professional gardener.

From Kirkhale to Alnwick, Bowood to Blenheim see how ‘Capability’ changed the face of the English Landscape in this affectionate, comic and visually stimulating show, where we meet the man himself; charming, personable, and a gardener!

Post Show discussion and Q & A with actor John Cobb…...Bar and Tea /Coffee available.

Tickets: £8 Ad / £6 (u18) / £20 family. From Roger Smith.
Bar and Tea /Coffee available
Many thanks to Brian Hesketh for arranging a village walk in May. The weather was kind and everyone enjoyed a leisurely walk to Lucy's Tea Rooms for juice and biscuits.
FRIDAY JUNE 10th we visit AXE VALLEY ZOO. We need to leave from the Village Hall at 6:00pm, so don't be late. FRIDAY JUNE 24th is FILM NIGHT. We will hold the Youth Club AGM on this night, any new helpers more than welcome.
PUB NEWS for JUNE– from Marcel and Kitty
We would like to thank all the volunteers, staff and everyone else who made the Coast 2 Coast & Garden Opening such a perfect day.

SAT 4th 9pm Live Music: 'Free Fall', trio playing songs that people know and like
SAT 11th 8.30pm Quiz Night, hosted by Cleggie (for those who like a challenge!)
SAT 11th 8.00pm Euro 2016 football: England v Russia
THURS 16th 2pm Euro 2016 football: England v Wales
Five great comedians performing in the Skittle Alley.
Entrance is free, donations appreciated for the Drimpton Youth Club.
Please be on time as we only have seating for 36-40 and some standing room too.

Finally, a note on winter activities in your pub. We are very pleased to be home to 8 Long Alley Skittle Teams, and we might even have a Darts Team playing at the 'Oak' soon too. But there is one more traditional game we would like to breath new life into: Table Skittles. We are aiming to have at least two teams play on Thursday nights in the Beaminster league from September. We have a few interested people, but do need a couple more. So if you are interested, do drop in!
a highlight of Summer!
staged by Hazel Hill and Friends
on SATURDAY 25th JUNE from 3.00 to 5.00pm
at the Village Hall
£5 per person, under-12s £2.50
Raffle – 100 Club Grand Draw…………………..Proceeds for St Mary's Church
Drimpton Village Hall – KEY HOLDERS
Our list of key holders needs to be updated. If you have any keys for the Village Hall, please would you email details of which ones you have to Rosemary Shepherd.
Don’t miss the event of the Summer!
Saturday, 2nd July. 7.00 for 7.30
Dancing to ONE NIGHT STAND (including ROB our ex-POSTIE)
3 Course Meal and Live Music for just £17.50per person
Licenced Bar
Tickets and full menu options are available from Committee members, Steve Chubb, Linda and Roger Smith, Tim Bassett and Rosemary Shepherd
PLANTS, PAINTINGS etc! - a note from Jenny and Anya:
JENNY’S STUDIO at Netherhay Chapel is now open again. - Visitors are very welcome when the signs are displayed, (not regular hours as I often paint outdoors in dry weather and that doesn’t keep regular hours!) The Chapel is also open to visit, and why not have a tea/coffee.
Seasonal organic cut flowers, plants and produce. Special occasion bouquets available to order: 01308 868122.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 2/6/2016 at: 14:13       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross

72 mm.(2015 74.25mm) OR 2.84 inches (2015 2.93 inches)
Quite a pleasant month with something for everyone ! Interesting to note the similarity in the rainfall figures, almost a repeat of last year.

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