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Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 2/5/2016 at: 12:12       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in April '16

40.mm (2015 22.5 mm) or 1.6 inches (2015 .89 inches)
April gave us not only the traditional showers but heavy rain, sleet, hailstones and very cold wind, along with quite a few splendid sunny and warm days. I think we can say something for everyone !

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/4/2016 at: 16:26       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for April and May

Monday, 4th April, at 7.00 for 7.30pm

Cheese and Wine from 7.00pm
New Committee members will be very welcome. Don’t like Committees? – Come along and find out about becoming a “Friend of Drimpton Village Hall” – no financial cost involved – just your talents and a little bit of your time!
Community Coffee Morning
Saturday, 9th April – 10.30 till 12.00
Enjoy Coffee, Cakes and a chat in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.
Catch up with news from around the Village.
SAT APRIL 9th – Mike & Carol’s GOLDEN WEDDING. -Join them at the Royal Oak 12.00 to 2.00pm for a drink and a snack to celebrate Carol’s fortitude!
on SATURDAY 9th APRIL at the Village Hall
starting at 7.30pm with First Race at 8.00pm
Everyone is invited.
FILM CLUB: At the Village Hall at 7.30pm
WED 13th APRIL – Suffragette - The battle to secure the vote for women in England in the early 20thC is probably not one with which you’d struggle to sympathise. They justified their militant approach thus ‘If they want us to respect the law, they need to make the law respectable’ Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, and Meryl Streep. 
WED 11th MAY - Lady in the Van - With Maggie Smith terrific as the muse on Alan Bennett's driveway.
**********************************************************************************VILLAGE LUNCHES - message from Rosemary and Viv
Just a reminder – The new style VILLAGE LUNCHES begin on WED. 20th APRIL in the Village Hall, 12.15 for 12.30. We look forward to welcoming friends old and new for this very convivial occasion. With this in mind you are invited to bring along your own wine – we will provide the glasses. Please note - There is no lower age limit! Special dietary requirements can be catered for if notified in advance. The second lunch will be on WED 18th MAY. Menus will change month by month to give an alternative as well as soup. …..
ADVANCE NOTICE: The SUMMER LUNCH will be in June this year on SUNDAY, 5th JUNE.
The theme is “Carnival”. We look forward to seeing you brightly attired!
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING - MONDAY 25 APRIL at Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor, commencing at 7.30 pm.
If your group or organisation would like to speak at the Meeting or if you would like to reserve an exhibition space, please contact the Clerk. 01308 488440. Come along and have your say or just to catch up.
GARAGE SALE on FRI / SAT 15th & 16th APRIL 10am to 1pm at 'Meadowsweet' 1 Applefield Road
Michael Bennett-Smith is moving away and has LOTS to offload! Including TOOLS, GARDEN EQUIPMENT, WHITE GOODS, FURNITURE, KITCHEN EQUIPMENT, PICTURES, BOOKS, PUZZLES, CDs, VIDEOS, etc
No reasonable offers refused! Donation from proceeds to British Heart Foundation.
Clapton, Wayford, Drimpton & District Hort Soc - 7.15 for 7.30pm at the Village Hall
WED 20th APR: Swap, Share and Show Schedules – Members bring plants from their gardens to swap and share. It's also an opportunity to find out about our Annual Summer Show and how to enter.
WED 16th MAY: David Hitchcock from Three Counties Nurseries Marshwood will be talking about Aquilegias.
In 2011 he was a bronze medal winner at Chelsea, so this is a unique opportunity to learn about these beautiful plants from one of the UK’s leading growers.
On 11th March we had Doc Martin giving a first aid course, many thanks to Martin for taking time to explain what to do in an emergency.
FRI 8th APR: Football Training………………………………………………………………………. FRI 22nd APR: Film Night
FRI 13th MAY: Village Walk using the Green Way. Bring your wellies!!!………… FRI 27th MAY: Film Night
FRIDAY, 29th APRIL 7.00 for 7.15pm
£10.00 per person to include Main Course Supper,
the usual unlimited supply of Drimpton Puds and Licenced Bar
Teams of 4.
Tables MUST be booked asap (limited numbers)
Phone 01308 867694 or email rosemaryjshepherd@gmail.com
to preselect your Main Course
Proceeds to the Village Hall
PUB NEWS – from Marcel and Kitty
SUN 3rd APR & SUN 1st MAY: Quiz Night (from June on Quiz Night will move to Saturday nights).
TUES 5th APR & TUES 3rd MAY: Music & Folk Night
SAT 16th APR: Live Music - Les Martin
THURS 21st APR: Queen's Lunch (advance tickets required)
SAT 23rd APR: Live Music on St George's Day - Chas Roberts

SUN 15th MAY Air Ambulance (DSAA) Annual Bike Run.
625 cyclists ride for charity, Royal Oak is their last service stop before West Bay finish.
Come on out and cheer them on!
It will also be the 'formal' opening of our renewed garden. With 17 volunteers so far having worked on it we hope villagers will appreciate their efforts.

on SATURDAY MAY 7th – 10.30am to 12.00pm

A large selection of good quality annual plants will be available at very reasonable prices. These have all been grown by members of the Horticultural Society. An excellent opportunity to add colour and interest to your garden throughout the Summer and early Autumn.
PLUS excellent Drimpton food and coffee.
Drimpton Leek & Fuchsia Club’s
Annual Flower and Vegetable Plant Auction
with our Auctioneer, the irrepressible Ernie Phillips
At the Royal Oak Pub Skittle Alley at 8pm sharp on SATURDAY 14th MAY
Come along, enjoy the Banter and GRAB A BARGAIN!!

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/4/2016 at: 15:35       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross, March 2016

86.25mm. (2015 37.5mm) OR 3.4 inches (2015 1.6 ins)
Storm Katie did make quite a difference to the rainfall figures with a whopping 31mm. of rain falling on the 27th, making March 2016 significantly wetter than last year.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 30/3/2016 at: 15:42       Location: Drimpton

Cycle Race

From: Tina Viksna
Message: Dear Residents
On Sunday 15th May we shall be holding our sixth annual Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge, starting at 11am in Watchet and ending in West Bay.

In 2015, 553 supporters 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 and raised more than £64,000 – that’s enough to fund approximately 25 missions by the air ambulance.

This event is not 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!

Marcel and Kitty at The Royal Oak have kindly agreed to host one of our pit stops and the start of the 11 mile route and 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.

If you would be willing to help marshal this event in your neighbourhood and help us keep everyone safe, we would love to hear from you.

With best wishes and many thanks for your support.
Tina Viksna
Fundraising Manager
Tel: 01823 669604
Email: tina.viksna@dsairambulance.org.uk

We help save lives… one day it could be yours!

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/3/2016 at: 22:34       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for March

Message from the Neighbourhood Plan meeting held on 23rd February – Thanks to all of you who came to the meetings. I'm sure you all enjoyed in participating in the presentation. We will now collate all the information from you all in Broadwindsor Parish. If anyone is interested in joining or contacting the committee, please contact Steve Chubb
LENT LUNCHES at the Village Hall at 12.30pm
2nd MARCH, -Lunch hosted by St Marys Church. £3.50. Usual fare of a light lunch, raffle to raise money for charity.
23rd MARCH -Lunch hosted by the Methodist Chapel. £3.50. Usual fare of a light lunch. Sale stall.
At the Village Hall on Saturday, 4th March 10.30 – 12.00

All the usual coffee, cakes and bacon baps in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.
A chance to catch up with Village news.
Special Guest – Community Police Officer Alex Bishop
There will be a ‘café style’ United Service where everyone is most welcome. This really is for all ages. We start with coffee at 10am and he service will include time to make posies for someone special!
FILM CLUB: WED 9th MARCH at the Village Hall at 7.30pm – 'SUFFRAGETTE'
The battle to secure the vote for women in England in the first part of the last century is probably not one with which you’d struggle to sympathise. Not so then. They justified the militant approach thus ‘If they want us to respect the law, they need to make the law respectable’ .The film stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, and Meryl Streep.
WED MAR 16th: Clapton, Wayford, Drimpton & District Hort Soc / Gardening Club
7.15 for 7.30pm at the Village Hall - David Burgess is talking on Japanese Gardens. David is a retired Japanese tea house builder. A Trustee of the Japanese Garden Society he designs and builds Japanese gardens and takes groups of members on tours of Japan. This should be fascinating and inspiring.
SOS – SAVE OUR SAPLINGS – from Jill Strawbridge : “Are you pulling up young saplings that have taken root or a squirrel's stash has started to grow. Would you consider carefully digging them out, up to 2m tall is still good , wrapping the roots in wet newspaper and dropping them off when you pass 4 Netherhay Lane. Also happy to come and remove saplings myself. They will be relocated to Oathill Farm Land.
The Bug Fest night went really well in February. Children and some parents got to hold many different types of insects and reptiles, and were also given a very interesting and informative talk on what they eat and how they hunt and other interesting facts. All the children relished the chance to both hold and stroke some of the animals including a 7 foot snake which took three of them to hold. It was noticed that some parents moved to the back when the 7 foot snake came out of it's box!!!!
Next MEETING on FRIDAY 11th MARCH at the Village Hall from 6.30 to 8.00pm - A defibrillator demonstration using the new equipment that is now in place outside on the village hall.
PUB NEWS – from Marcel and Kitty “A big thank you to the volunteers that have helped in the garden so far. Still a lot to do, but it starting to come together! A big thank you to the quizzers too that came out for the record attempt. We don't know yet if the record was broken, but at least we collected £142 for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.”
Things happening at the pub in MARCH:
TUES 1st - Music / Folk Night ..………………………………………....SUN 6th - Quiz Night
SAT 12th - 4pm 6 Nations Rugby England v Wales…SAT 19th - 8pm 6 Nations Rugby France v England
TUES 22nd - We open again at lunchtimes on weekdays…….SAT 26th - Live Music with B J McCabe
Drimpton resident and entrepreneur Kylie Hammond is opening her own shop in Crewkerne.
"TAKE A PEEK BOUTIQUE" will be selling-

Our Grand Opening will be on SATURDAY 5th March, opening times Mon-Sat 9am- 5pm

TAKE A PEEK BOUTIQUE is opposite the Town Hall, by Barclays Bank. Please come and "TAKE A PEEK".
EASTER SERVICES – message from Neville Adams
SUN 20th MAR: Palm Sunday - Revd Jo Neary will be presiding at the Eucharist, starting at 9.30am - traditional palm crosses will be given to each member of the congregation.
FRI 25th MARCH: Good Friday - There will be a procession with the cross starting at 10am at the Methodist Chapel, starting with a short act of worship. Then the cross will be carried through Marks- mead and Applefield Road to the grassed area by the village bridge where it will stay. Again there will be a short act of worship. At 11am there will be a short meditative act of worship at St Mary's Church
SUN 27th MARCH: Easter Day - Everyone is invited to place flowers on the cross by the bridge or at its foot in memory of a loved one. Why not celebrate Easter by coming along to a Service of Holy Communion by Extension at 9.30am at St Mary’s.
You will be made most welcome to all three acts of worship with hymns that are well known.«
Monday, 4th April, at 7.00 for 7.30pm

Come and enjoy a Glass of Wine and refreshments prior to the meeting.

Everyone is invited to come along and hear about the work the Committee does to maintain and improve the Hall and recreational facilities. Would you like to help them in this vital role? New members with fresh ideas and or able to offer practical help would be welcome to fill vacancies.
If you are interested and would like to know more about the work of the Hall Trust please contact Rosemary Shepherd.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/3/2016 at: 22:26       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Parents and Toddlers Group

PARENTS & TODDLERS GROUP – message from Beryl Banks
I used to run a parent & toddler group which met at Netherhay Methodist Chapel until numbers fell and it closed down. If there is enough interest, I will start it up again. The plan is as below:
On Wednesday mornings - term time – from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30.a.m. Babies to 3 years old!
There is an existing good selection of toys for the children .
Plenty of chat with coffee and biscuits for Mums, Dads or Grandparents!!
Cost - £ 1.50 per session…..Contact - Beryl Banks or Kate Grant.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/3/2016 at: 22:25       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay


After the flooding events at Drimpton and Greenham on FEBRUARY 6th, James Lee, Assistant Property Surveyor DCC has written: “It would be beneficial to both the home owners and the Flood Risk Team to register the flood occurrence on the following database: https://swim.geowessex.com/dorset/Report/Splash” . This applies only to homes where floodwater entered the houses. It also applies to past flooding of houses, too.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/3/2016 at: 16:50       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross, February 2016

109.25 mm. (2015 211.mm) OR 4.3 inches (2015 8.37 ins.)
This years rainfall, was very much less than 2015, but temperatures were quite a lot lower, in fact this February was the coldest in the last four years.

Submitted by: Villager       On: 5/2/2016 at: 19:40       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Talking for the oak tree

Talking for the oak tree (adapted)

The old stately oak tree stood by the road.
The old oak tree was more than two hundred years old.
It has withstood hot days and also many that were cold.
It has stood tall for many, many years.
Cutting the tree down provoked many tears.

Why should anyone desire to cut this old oak tree down?
It's life began more than two centuries ago, when it sprouted from the ground.
If only the old oak tree could talk.
Since this tree can't talk, let me talk for it.
These are the words that the tree would say.

I enjoyed every moment of each and every day.
Here I stood for more than a century.
Nature provided for me and I have never suffered penury.
My life had been pleasant from the day I took root.
I have never been fearful of terrible storms and not even wind.
My trunk remained upright even when my limbs would bend.

I have provided shade for many hot days.
I have provided a place of rest for those travellers on the highway.
My sturdy branches have been used by birds building their nests.
My towering height has saved the young birds from would be pests.
The squirrels have loved me for the acorns I produced.

The wars I have seen.
The first cars going by.
The marriages, baptisms and burials I did see are now but memories seen from an old oak tree.
So mourn for me people of Netherhay, for I am no more.

Oak Tree Facts

At least 200 species of insects live on oak trees.
More lichens live on oaks than on any other native tree.
Felling oak without permission used to be a hangable offence.
Oaks traditionally marked parish boundaries.
The usual lifespan of an oak is about 200 years, but some live over 1,000 years.
The Royal Oak is the third most common pub name in Britain.
An oak tree only starts producing acorns when it is about 40 years old.
Mature oak trees have the capacity of absorbing more than 50 gallons of water in one day.
90 percent of our oaks have been lost since 1837.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 2/2/2016 at: 12:43       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for February

9th A N N U A L P O T A T O D A Y
10:30am to 2:30pm at the VILLAGE HALL

Plenty of Potatoes, with heritage flower and vegetable seeds, plants,
fruit bushes & trees, advice and tips.

PLUS All-day brunches, lunches and cakes and warming drinks
Creative activities for children + enrolment for the Potato Growing Competition

YOUTH CLUB – at the Village Hall from 6.30 to 8.00pm
FRI 12th FEB: BUG FEST! - Come and meet the reptiles & insects!
FILM CLUB: WED 10th FEB at the Village Hall at 7.30pm
A mystery film. No details available at time of going to print!

WED FEB 17th: Clapton, Wayford, Drimpton & District Hort Soc / Gardening Club
AGM: 7.15 for 7.30pm at the Village Hall including “Social Evening” & Bring and Share.
FRI FEB 19th: Oliver Letwin MP for West Dorset will be holding a Constituency Advice Surgery in the Village Hall from 2.30 – 6.00pm. Do you have questions for him, or comments you want to make? This is your opportunity.

PUB NEWS – from Marcel and Kitty
Sunday 7th FEB: World's Biggest Pub Quiz
Join us and over 1,000 other pubs in the UK, in the Guiness Record attempt for the largest Pub Quiz. It will also raise money for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance this way.
Call in / phone for info or to book a table.

TUES 2nd FEB: MUSIC NIGHT - very well attended session
SAT 13th FEB: BARN STREET - Live music, back by popular request
SAT 27th FEB: PETE HOWELL - Live music ('50s, '60s and Country)

Drimpton Village Hall presents
from 7.30pm until Late
Live Music from 'Long Odds & Short Straws'
Get rid of those winter blues with a good old fashioned barn dance
or just sit and enjoy the music with a drink and fine food

Tickets £10:00 to include hot food, children under 16 free.
Tickets available from Steve Chubb
SUPERFAST BROADBAND – message from Brian Hesketh
“Once faster broadband arrived in Drimpton it seems we were pretty quick to switch to higher speeds, with a 30% uptake in just 3 months. The Dorset Superfast broadband team would like to hear your stories about using faster broadband, why your switched, what difference it has made, any business users who have connected .. really anything about how and why you connected and what difference it's made. If you pass me your stories (email please to heskiebb@gmail.com) I'll pass them on.”

Our new village Defibrillator is now in position outside the village hall on the right as you go up the ramp. Please make yourself aware of it’s position in case you ever need it. If when calling 999 the ambulance service think using it would save a life they will give you the code to open the box.  Can I give a very big thank you TO FIRST RESPONDERS for the very large donation they made to help obtain the case. Any further questions or CPR training to Martin.

To keep everyone in the Broadwindsor Group Parish up to date with what is happening about the Neighbourhood Plan (which affects us all), a website has been created, you can access it here: bgpnp.blogspot.co.uk

Neighbourhood Plan Committee Public Meetings will be held at 7.30pm on TUES FEB 9th at COMRADES HALL, Broadwindsor and at 7.30pm on TUES FEB 23rd at DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL. Everyone is invited to attend. For more details see separate flyer.

ART GROUP: If you have painted all your life, or if you just want to have ago, this is an informal group who meet at Netherhay Chapel on Mondays 2 to 4pm. It is not a lesson, but help and guidance is available if wanted! Cost per session £5. For more info call Jenny Beck.

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