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Submitted by: Norman       On: 27/1/2017 at: 16:04       Location: Drimpton

Robin Eaton r.i.p.

The following is a transcript from the service sheet at the funeral of Robin Eaton on Tuesday 24th January. Since it is addressed to everyone in Drimpton (and beyond) Helly has kindly given permission for the letter to be reproduced in the village archive.

A message from Robin...
And so you may have gathered that I am only here in spirit with you today, having written this before I start my journey to the next place. Although this list of people and memories may not be totally comprehensive and I apologise if I've left anyone out, it is the best I can do after a long, magical and speedy life in the fast lane.
My love and thanks go out to all the following people: my beautiful wife Helly, my sister Lynne and her fantastically practical husband Phil (thank you for all your help over the years), the amazing Rebecca and CK and their partners, my `brother-from-another-mother' Mark, with whom all my conversations have been both warm and illuminating, also Anne and Steve, Jan and Colin and all their brilliant boys and girls (thank you so much for all your support and for making me feel so welcome into the family). Special mention also to Yvie and Paul and to all my ex-Cuckfield friends and neighbours, a big thank you for all the love, and to our witnesses at our wedding Andy and Jane, and all those wonderful Thai meals we shared, every one of them fabulous, even in that grotty pub. Also to Trisha and Margaret, Corinne, Carol, Anna, all our lovely south-east buddies and the gang from Oriel school.
To all my personal friends who always gave me love without condition, I salute you: Bee, Simon, Brett, Anthony, Peter, Linda, Pete, Sue — the finest friends a man could have. I look back to those heady days of the 70s and 80s when I was managing Rock Dreams and would like to thank with a happy heart all my staff, customers and anyone who ever ventured near our shops for giving me an overpaid hobby that filled my life with such joy and also allowed me to go to hundreds of the greatest gigs ever seen in London (and yes, I was there at the Rainbow on that Sunday afternoon when Little Feat blew The Doobie Brothers off the stage, and also saw Jimi Hendrix do the same to The Who at the Saville Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue).
And finally, we moved here to Drimpton in July 2014 and stepped right into the heart of a proper community that accepted us wholeheartedly and without question. Our wonderful dog Freya immediately became part of the walking elite of the village and we were soon partaking in all the foodie delights round which our village's social life is seemingly built (Rosemary, thank you for the bacon butties and everyone for all the delicious bakes).
Since becoming ill, I can genuinely say I have been overwhelmed by the support and caring from practically everyone in the village and it has really helped me get through some of the darker days. So a big thank you to all the following: John, Pat, Martin, Julie, Mel, Maurice, Diana, Alyson, Jenny, Eddy, Molly, Deirdre, Derek, Denis, Rosanna, Gina, George, Viv, John, Christabel, Terry (for the best eggs), Norman, Jane, Neville, Anna, Ann, Jim, Alan, Janice, Peter, Joyce, Roger, Linda, David, Rae, Mary, Dermott and everyone. Thank you people, you've really helped.
And now I think you should go and have a drink and sandwich and celebrate because I'm in a happier place now.
Thank you...

Submitted by: andrew       On: 22/1/2017 at: 10:06       Location: General

Neighbourhood Plan

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE - A full description of the results of questionnaire, with graphs, will be posted online at broadwindsorgroup.gov.uk/community/neighbourhood-plan. Look out on the Drimpton and Broadwindsor Facebook pages, too. (see broadwindsornp@gmail.com)
Key points included:
Dissatisfaction with both parking and safety for cyclists and walkers
Managing speed and weight or size of vehicles
Clear support for increasing the number of passing places, but not increased street lighting
Protecting existing employment sites, allowing conversion of existing buildings to employment use and encouraging home working
A variety of suggestions for housing, particularly affordable housing for local, young people, and improving infrastructure. There was clear opposition to having larger development sites, but having more sites with fewer houses was supported. 
Young people had their say - 20 questionnaires carried comments in the section for young people. More than half dealt with the provision of play and recreation facilities, including making them appropriate to different age groups, so that, for example, younger children did not feel intimidated playing in areas used by older children.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 22/1/2017 at: 10:05       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for January

CHRISTMAS SHOW – 100 villagers , there or thereabouts, came together at the Village Hall to be entertained by friends, families and neighbours doing ‘turns’. Some of the sheep tried to take over the Nativity! And then there were sketches and readings, plus a remarkable panto tale from Peter (who is already booked in for a return performance next December!) It was a great evening bringing us all together in a way that is very special. The result was loads of FUN plus raising the magnificent sum of £396.26 – a show record! This has been sent off to ClicSargent – to help children with cancer and their families.
Carols Round the Village 2016 Around 20 volunteers assembled at Marksmead bollards on the19th Dec. Spirits were lifted by Mel and Maurice serving mulled wine & soft drinks. There were not enough singers to split into two groups. We set off through Marksmead, with children knocking on doors as the choir sang ably led by Jonathan Jevons on trumpet. Moving on through Netherhay with more refreshments, then to Drimpton Cross, Chard Road, Spearmead, Oxhayes, finishing off at Applefield Road. After 2 ½ hours the singers retired to the Village Hall for hot chocolate and cakes kindly supplied by Rosemary. Apologies to residents of Bridport Road and Crewkerne Road, there was not enough time to include you all. £180.90 was raised and was shared equally between two charities; Shelter – The National Campaign for Homeless People, and Crisis at Christmas for the Homeless. Many thanks to all villagers who donated and helped.
Many thanks to Steve and Brian who have set up a FACEBOOK presence for the Village, mainly so that events, dates and activities can easily be shared to add to the coverage provided by the website and the newsletter. You do not need be signed up to Facebook in order to visit and view. Go to:
https://www.facebook.com/Drimpton-552331584959033/ ***************************************************************************************
YOUTH CLUB in the Village Hall - A big welcome to 2017 from the Youth Club.
FRIDAY 13th GAMES NIGHT…. FRIDAY 27th FILM NIGHT… Start time is 6:30pm
TUESDAY 10th JANUARY from 2.00 to 4.00pm at the Village Hall
Are you new to the village or a long-time resident who fancies a go at SHORT MAT BOWLS?
Why not come along to FREE Taster Session - You will have an afternoon of Bowls with a lot of fun with Tea & Cake in the interval at this very social session.
Florence Foster Jenkins - a New York society lady who thought that she could sing like a diva - but she couldn't! Because she knew how to throw a party, her adoring friends encouraged her, provided that they were still on her guest list. If you really must, you can buy records of her "singing"!
WED 18th JAN: VILLAGE LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm @ £3.50
The first Village Lunch of the New Year will be a traditional Light Lunch of Soups, Cheese and Biscuits, Tea and Coffee as there will be more food and lots of Puddings in the evening at the Quiz Evening! (See below).

Q U I Z and F O O D E V E N I N G
at the Village Hall at 7.00 for 7.15pm
Teams of 4
Cost: £3.00 per person (including 1st Pudding) – extra puds at 50p
Savoury Tasters 3 for £1.00
Everyone is Welcome – to book a table call Rosemary
On SATURDAY 28th JANUARY from 1030am to 12.00pm
Coffee, Cakes and bacon baps and good company. Offers of cake-baking and/or help on the day would be most appreciated. Please call Rosemary
Classes for All the Family are now being held in the Village Hall on Sunday Mornings from 10.00am – 11.00am from 8th January. Free trial classes are available. More details about Tae Kwon-Do can be found on the Association’s website www.TargetTAGB.co.uk . For further information about the Drimpton Classes phone 07816 156875.

10th 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, food and fun, with heritage flower and vegetable seeds, plants, fruit bushes & trees, Dahlias and Gladioli, advice and tips.
PLUS All-day brunches, lunches and cakes and warning drinks
Creative activities for children + enrolment for the Potato Growing Competition

All are welcome, experienced gardeners, allotment veterans, those who have never grown a vegetable in their lives, come and talk to the experts, plenty of advice available

This Year Dorset Wildlife Trust will also be there with plenty of suggestions on how we can make our gardens attractive to wildlife.
DOG MESS – from Shirley Gibbs
“I don't have a dog and was disgusted to find somebody had put a bag of dog mess in MY bin. This is the first time this has happened and I hope it will never happen again.”

Submitted by: Admin       On: 1/1/2017 at: 12:20       Location: Beaminster

Just testing

Happy New Year Drimpton.
Also - just making sure that the 2017 Open Archive page is working properly.

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