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Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/8/2017 at: 10:36       Location: Drimpton, Greenham,

extracts from newsletters for August

T H E M A I N E V E N T o f H I G H S U M M E R !
The 72nd
*S U M M E R S H O W*

on SATURDAY 12th AUGUST at the Village Hall
Doors open for viewing from 2.15pm
staged by Clapton, Wayford, Drimpton & District Hort. Soc.

The SHOW is an event with activities for ALL ages.

Not long now to complete your crafts, feed your veg and take that final photograph,
and so much more. Read on:

E v e r y b o d y i s i n v i t e d t o j o i n i n.

Flowers, Vegetables, Flower Arranging,
Homecraft, Handicraft, Art, Photography,
Young People's Classes, Family Fun and Group Classes

If you need an entry schedule, please contact Ian Hallett
Entries should be submitted to Roger Smith, 15 Marksmead or email roger@thesmithsmailbox.net by 8pm Wednesday 9th August

Show Doors open for viewing from 2.15pm. Prizes presented at 4.15pm
Sale of exhibits and donated produce
Come along to see what your friends and neighbours have grown or made.

Entrance for non – members 50p adults, children free or adults can join the Society on the day.

REFRESHMENTS and CAKES in the MARQUEE all afternoon
plus Raffle

The good cause the Gardening Club is supporting this year is The Village Hall Car Park. Money raised from the sale of exhibits and products will be donated to this venture. Please bring along your surplus vegetables, flowers and baking so the stall is full of healthy and delicious food.

If you have any questions, please phone or email ian.hallett2010@btinternet.com

Saturday 5th August in the Skittle Alley at the Royal Oak
Viewing from 6.30pm - Prize giving at 8.00pm
followed by the ever popular Auction of exhibits by Rod Bracher

Please come along to this always jovial friendly evening and see the spectacular Fuchsias
Due to the late arrival of the show leeks this year they will be included in the Charm Chrysanthemum Show later in the year.
Come along and support the club members who are all Locals.

VILLAGE LUNCH…………...We are back………on WEDNESDAY, 16th AUGUST at 12.30 at the Village Hall…...Viv, Rosemary and the Team look forward to serving you lunch after a Summer break. Three courses of wholesome, homecooked food for just £5.00. We look forward to welcoming our regular customers and new ones. If you would like to know more please phone Viv or Rosemary. There is no need to book – please just turn up.

EVERYONE is invited to make
a great D r I m p t o n D a y O u t …..
Come along and join a GUIDED WALK starting from the Village Hall at 11.00am. (max 8 miles)
Organised by Village Hall Fundraising Sub Committee
Tickets £10 adults, children free.
Picnic lunch brought to you half way round
Finishing with a BBQ in Drimpton.
Tickets from Francesca Hurrrell at francescahurrell@aol.com

Raising funds for Little Princess Trust who makes wigs for Children with Cancer, Chloe has had 34cm cut off her hair and it will be made into a wig. It costs £300 to turn hair into a wig and so far Chloe has raised £210. Well done Chloe! Any further donations, please contact Chloe's mother, Tracey Fooks, at traceyfooks@yahoo.co.uk

The ROYAL OAK-- 'YOUR VILLAGE PUB' from John Donoghue
SUNDAY AUGUST 13th.- QUIZ NIGHT - starts at 8.30p.m.

MEAL DEAL- Wednesday nights will be Burger Meal Deal nights. Two-for-One
TWO 6oz Gourmet with fries & sides only ONE price £7.95. Starts on August 9th.
Pizza Menu available everyday - now served with green summer salad.

FILM CLUB: There is no Film Club on Wednesday 9th August while we have our summer break. Back on Wednesday 13 September with 'Their Finest' “Gemma Arterton makes movies magic in this entertaining Second World War comedy drama” with Bill Nighy, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan and Jeremy Irons.

Submitted by: Norman       On: 26/7/2017 at: 16:45       Location: Drimpton Church

2017 Flower Festival - 150th anniversary

More photographs to complete the displays:

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Submitted by: Norman       On: 26/7/2017 at: 16:41       Location: Drimpton Church

2017 Flower Festival - 150th anniversary

The annual church Flower Festival was held on 22/23 July celebrating 150 years of St. Mary’s Church. The flower displays this year were magnificent and drew many comments of congratulations from visitors. The inclement weather meant that visitor numbers were down but the sun came out for the Sunday evening service when a full congregation raised the roof with some well known hymns, ably accompanied by Richard Heal on organ and Jonathan and Sally Jevons on trumpet and viola. The service was led by Team Rector Canon David Baldwin and the address was given by The Bishop of Sherborne The Right Revd. Karen Gorham.
After the service refreshments were served at ‘Kilverstone’ with a chance to chat to the Bishop and Rector. Thanks go to Hazel Hill for providing the venue.
At the time of counting over £900 was raised for the church and the Parochial Church Council express their deepest thanks to all those who arranged the displays, helped to set up and steward the church and all those who generously contributed.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 8/7/2017 at: 09:53       Location: Drimpton

Community Land Trust Update

Broadwindsor Group Parish CLT Update – June 2017
After a long delay a meeting took place on 25th May with Dorset County Partnerships planning department in Dorchester to discuss the pre-application proposal that BGP CLT submitted for the Drimpton site in March. This meeting was attended by members of the BGP CLT committee, our advisors from Wessex CLT Projects, Yarlington Housing Group and architects Trewin Design. The senior Planner was happy in principle with the site location and the proposed development in general. The CLT was requested to submit additional alternative design . for further discussion. These are in the process of being drawn up and will be submitted shortly. The CLT will be meeting again with the landowners shortly.
Membership of BGP SLT is growing and we would very much encourage others living within the Broadwindsor Group Parish area who have an interest in affordable housing to join the CLT. Membership forms are available on our website www.broadwindsorgroupparishclt.org or from any committee member.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 8/7/2017 at: 09:52       Location: Drimpton


H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y !

St Mary's was originally consecrated as a Chapel of Ease on July 21st 1867 by the Bishop of Salisbury. On that day there were two services; at the actual consecration service only those who had received invitations were allowed in the chapel, the rest of the villagers who wished to be present having to remain in the churchyard. At the evening service, so the story goes, 27 candidates came forward for baptism, although only 18 were actually baptised that day, including several members of the Chubb family. When built the chapel was in the parish of Broadwindsor. Drimpton became a separate parish in 1982 at which time St. Mary’s became our Parish Church.
To mark this anniversary the ANNUAL FLOWER FESTIVAL is very special.
The theme is ‘CELEBRATION’.

St Mary's will be open on the weekend, SATURDAY, JULY 22nd and SUNDAY 23rd from 10.00am to 5.00pm each day.
Everyone will be most welcome to join us as we celebrate this major historic milestone.

Then, on SUNDAY 23rd at 6.00pm, there will be a CELEBRATION SONGS OF PRAISE when the preacher will be the Bishop of Sherborne. Again, everyone will be most welcome.

Copies of WHO WERE WE? our village book which charts 19th century life here will be available at £10. Of this cost £2.50 will go to St Mary's and £7.50 to Village Voices to help sponsor community events in the village now and in the future.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 8/7/2017 at: 09:50       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletters for July

The OSCARS SUMMER LUNCH – message from Viv Watts
'The Lunch was a huge success being enjoyed by over 50 people. Lots of people dressed up and there were Oscars presented to the following:
Best dressed lady - Gina Egleton….Best dressed man - John Wright….Best film star - Neville Adams for Wyatt Earp
The profits from the lunch are being shared between Age UK and the Hall car park.
Rosemary and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who cooked, served, washed up and attended. It was a wonderful occasion.'
REMINDER: The next Village Lunch is on 16th August. There is no Lunch in July.
YOUTH CLUB INFO – from Steve Chubb
'Only one more Youth Club meeting on FRIDAY JULY 7th at 6.30pm before we break up for summer holidays, so come along for an evening of games outside, or, if raining, inside the Hall.

staged by the Horne Family in aid of Clic Sargent, the charity for children with cancer & leukemia.

on SATURDAY JULY 29th from 10.30am to 12.00pm
with Bacon Rolls and Scrumptious Cakes.

“We are raising money for Clic Sargent in celebration of 15 years since our daughter Michelle finished chemotherapy, and in thanks for all the help and support that they gave us. The family are also walking the South Coast Challenge in August, so please sponsor us for this as well!”

FILM CLUB on WEDNESDAY 12th JULY at 7.00 for 7.30pm: LA LA LAND
The multi-award winning film that reinvents the musical for today. 'A sun-drenched masterpiece' starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The Club’s normal bar facilities will be open.

WED JULY 19th: HORT. SOC. at the Village Hall – 7.15 for 7.30pm - The Speaker for this meeting will be provided by the Gold Club, which is sponsored by Castle Nurseries,  Sherborne.  Topic — Low Maintenance Gardens.  So, if you are struggling to keep on top of the weeds in your garden, or your shrubbery is a mass of tangled brambles, this is the meeting  for you. Perhaps you just wonder if it's possible to have a beautiful garden which does not take up all of your spare  time. This promises to be a fascinating meeting for those who love gardening and for those who at times find gardening a chore.  Non-members welcome for a small fee of £1.

The Royal Oak ----Your Village Pub - Beer Garden is in full bloom. This wonderful garden was brought to life by very hard work of a group of village volunteers for the enjoyment of all villagers. Come and visit to appreciate their efforts; use it for your family events/barbeques, especially if stuck for outdoor space at home.
COMEDY NIGHT in aid of Drimpton Youth Club.This will be hosted by MAT COSTIN with various acts on SAT.29th JULY.
NEW FOOD MENU - look out for new summer menu being launched in July. This will include Saturday night dining plus a separate Sunday menu which will have other choices in addition to roast dinner option.
Rugby Breakfast with The Lions v All Blacks at 8.OOAM.View the game and have breakfast on SAT.1st. July and SAT.8th July.
MON 3rd. July Watch out for the installation of our "window flower boxes" to the front facade of pub. Let us know what you think.
Sue & John
VILLAGE HALL EVENTS – message from Rosemary Shepherd re The Summer Dinner Dance – 'Unfortunately, there will be no Dinner Dance this Summer. “One Night Stand” who have provided our entertainment over the past 5 years have disbanded. They have tried, without success, to find us an alternative group. We have therefore decided that it is not possible to run this event this year. But please watch out for other Village Hall Events. There is a number of new/different ones in the pipeline. We are very grateful to Martin Higgs and his Fundraising Sub-Committee for all they are planning – exciting times ahead!'
DATE FOR OUR DIARIES ...SATURDAY 12th August - 72nd Annual Horticultural Summer Show at the Village Hall…. Schedules have been delivered to every house, but if you have not received one they will be available at the July meeting of the Horticultural Soc, or from Ian Hallett – contact: ianhallett2010@btinternet.com . There is still time to grow vegetables, tend flowers, paint that picture, make jam, do some craft or take that perfect photo. So why not enter?
Excellent home baked cakes and tea available all afternoon on the day.
Doors open at 2.15pm - A great village event which can be enjoyed by EVERYBODY!

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/7/2017 at: 22:25       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in June 2017

The month of June has again been remarkably dry with the only appreciable rain falling right at the end of the month, as it did in April. This June has given us the hottest June day since 1976 with temperatures in London reaching nearly 35 degrees. My rainfall figures for the month are ; 102 mm. (2016 64.5 mm.) or 4.03 inches (2016 2.54 ins.)

Submitted by: Norman       On: 25/6/2017 at: 11:29       Location: Drimpton


A good turnout, 60 plus, for the annual Cream Tea. An excellent table was prepared by the 'Cream Tea' team and was much appreciated by all.
The 100 club grand draw took place (1st prize £50) and seemingly endless raffle prizes were won.
Thanks from St Mary's church to all who attended or donated. Over £500 was raised!

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Submitted by: Admin       On: 11/6/2017 at: 18:00       Location: DRIMPTON


Murder Mystery: "Lights, Camera, Murder"
Report from Rosemary Shepherd: “An enormous thank you to everyone involved in the Murder Mystery Evening - to those who had the inspiration and made it happen; to the very talented actors and technicians; the catering crew and all of those who participated so brilliantly with their dress and interaction!
I never had Kate and Francesca down as such nasty pieces of work!!

The evening added a fantastic £756.00 to the Car Park Fund...The total has now reached £2253.00.
This includes £275 from the Youth Club Artsreach Magical Evening; £413 from the Race Night and
£800 from Solar Panel Income.”

You are ALL invited to a yo-ho-ho of an evening!!!
the film of Gilbert & Sullivan's romping musical
in 'an amazingly acrobatic production'
at the Village Hall on SATURDAY JUNE 3rd - Doors open at 6.00pm - Film starts at 6.30pm

INTERVAL FOOD: Choose between Viv's Famous Chicken Curry or Rosemary's Vegetable Tagine
BAR: Open before film and during the interval.
Please contact David & Raye Glossop in advance.

This is a Village Hall Car Park Extension Fund event.

CHARITY FOOTBALL MATCH on the Recreation Field
on SUNDAY JUNE 4th – Kick off 11.00am
Pymore FC v Filton High FC
raising funds to fight Bone Cancer
staged by the Horne Family in aid of Clic Sargent, the charity for children with cancer & leukemia,
on SATURDAY JUNE 10th from 10.30am to 12.00pm
with Bacon Rolls and Scrumptious Cakes.

“We are raising money for Clic Sargent in celebration of 15 years since our daughter Michelle finished chemotherapy, and in thanks for all the help and support that they gave us. The family are also walking the South Coast Challenge in August, so please sponsor us for this as well!”

SUMMER LUNCH SUNDAY, 11th JUNE at the Village Hall
The theme for this year's lunch is "The Oscars".
You are invited to come dressed for an Oscar's Party or as a Film Character.
There will be awards for the Best Dressed Man and best Dressed Lady.

Tickets are just £12.00 (incl a glass of wine).
Please contact Viv to book your place.
Profits from this event will be shared between Age UK and the VH Car Park Fund.
The 'mini meadows' of wild flowers in the grounds of Netherhay Chapel are looking beautiful -
if you are walking round take a few moments to visit a little haven of tranquility.

FILM CLUB on WEDNESDAY 14th JUNE at 7.00 for 7.30pm:
“FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM” Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets of 1926 New York. Newt Scamander arrives in the city to research and rescue magical creatures. Some of Newt’s beasts get loose. A band of unlikely heroes must recover the missing beasts, but their mission puts them on a collision course with Dark Forces. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Jon Voight and Colin Farrell. The Club’s normal bar facilities will be open.
The Big Lunch Get-Together on SUNDAY 18th JUNE from 12 Noon till 2 pm
This year The Big Lunch is at Lea Acres (next door to the Royal Oak).
There will be a marquee in the garden, to shade us from summer sunshine, or ... no, let's not think about bad weather.
Drimpton has taken part in The Big Lunch since it was launched by the Eden Project in 2009. It's an informal gathering with friends and neighbours, bring your own lunch, drinks, games and meet neighbours old and new, near and far. Share, play, relax. For more information please contact Brian.
YOUTH CLUB INFO – from Steve Chubb
“After 10 years of being both the treasurer and youth club leader John Lock has stepped down for a well-deserved rest; a big THANK YOU to John and Helen for all they have done over the years as they leave the Youth Club in a great place with over 20 children attending twice a month. A new committee has come forward and we welcome Rob Fooks as Youth Club leader, Emma Costin as deputy leader and Tracey Fooks as treasurer. The leaflets will not be put through letter boxes any more to remind children of dates, but can be found on Drimpton Facebook and a leaflet can be picked up with dates at the next meeting.”
FRIDAY JUNE 9th Games Night in the Hall
FRIDAY JUNE 23rd Cooking in the Kitchen with Sally, and Games in the Hall.
Later in the year visits to Axe Valley Zoo and the Climbing Wall in Yeovil have been organised.

WED JUNE 21st: HORT SOC. at the Village Hall – 7.15 for 7.30pm – 'FUNGI'
This is an evening not to be missed. Michael Jordan presented the Channel 4 Series Mushroom Magic in  2012. He is the  author of "The Encyclopedia of Fungi of Britain and Europe", and is  recognised as a UK expert on fungi.  He has also written and talks about how to identify edible fungi. This meeting is not  just for gardeners but also for cooks, foragers, and anybody who was a Hippie in the 1960s.

A Summer Highlight
on SATURDAY 24th JUNE from 3 to 5 pm
£5 (under 12’s, £2.50)
*Raffle* *100 Club Grand Draw (£50 first prize)*

DOGS: Over the years the actions of thoughtless dog walkers have resulted in comments like this: “The action of throwing dog poo bags into other people's recycle bins is not the way normal people behave. This is as bad as throwing it into hedges and gardens.”

It has never been excusable. Can we now hope that this is a thing of the past?

Message from the Parish Council: “Two wheelie waste bins have been installed for dog walkers to dispose of their dog waste, one by the Village Hall another on Netherhay Lane by the grit bin. Please ensure any dog waste is put into a bag. They are only for dog waste - no other waste can be put into them. They are on a three month trial to see if they are used enough or any problems arise. Please inform anyone who walks their dogs of the locations. At the recent Annual Parish meeting the dog warden mentioned fines of £100 to people who do not pick up waste or throw it in the hedges so there are no excuses now.”

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/6/2017 at: 15:55       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in May 2017

Here in West Dorset we have a lot of small villages accessed by narrow lanes often with steep banks. I recently commented upon the wonderful displays of Daffodils this year and even before Christmas. Now as we enter the main months of Summer the temperatures are moving up into the high 20’s and the wild flowers on those steep banks are just loving it. I’m afraid my travel along the lanes now has to be by car, but even so they are a joy to see. In fact the lanes are like a calendar, you know which month it is by which flowers are in bloom. Rainfall in May 2017 81 mm. or 3.2 Inches. May 2016 72mm. or 2.8 inches.

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