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Submitted by: andrew       On: 5/10/2018 at: 13:41       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for October

A plea to kids (and parents) There have been masses of tiny white plastic balls on the ground around Applefield and Marksmead recently. They may look harmless enough but are just the sort of thing birds and small animals may try for lunch and become seriously ill, or even die. Now that we know more about the tragic effects of plastic and litter on our wildlife and the environment, could we please avoid these and make Drimpton and our countryside a safe space?
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Qi gong exercise classes continuing - Our weekly sessions over the summer proved popular so tutor Monica Murphy is running more classes up until December 4th (excluding half term week). They're pay-as-you-go at £5 a session and are 10.30-11.30 on Tuesday mornings at the Village Hall. Qi gong is a great form of gentle exercise that restores and relaxes body and mind, and helps improve health, balance and general wellbeing. For more details, phone Monica on 01460 74193.
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POPPIES and POMPOMS – “Thank you to everyone who came along and joined in the Activity Coffee Morning. Lots took wool to continue at home. We are looking forward to displaying them at the Village Hall on Thursday, 1st November. If you need to return them before, please let Kate Hesketh or Rosemary Shepherd know.
If you missed out in September but would like some wool and patterns, why not come along to the Village Hall on Friday, 12th October at 6.00pm where we shall be working with the Youth Club – see below.
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VILLAGE LUNCHES – 40 people enjoyed the Village Harvest Lunch. Thanks to the generosity of those who provided the food and raffle prizes, £170 was raised for St Mary’s Church.
The next Village Lunch will be on Wednesday, 10th October at 12.30pm. Please note this is the second Weds of the month not third. Please come along and join us. No need to book for this unless you have special dietary needs. Two Courses £5.00/Three Courses £6.00
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FILM CLUB at the Village Hall on Wednesday 10 October
Matinee Doors open at 2pm for 2:30pm start. - THE DARKEST HOUR. Not so much a war film, more a political thriller. Does Winston Churchill Take the fight to Germany or negotiate a settlement?
Evening Doors open at 7pm for 7:30 start. - THE MERCY
Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor, who, in 1968, enters a solo round the world yacht race, with numerous difficulties and disasters……….At both films teas, coffees, beer, wine are available. Non-members welcome...£4
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YOUTH CLUB at the Village Hall: “Earlier this year Emma applied to Waitrose to be part of their community green token scheme and the youth club recently received an amazing £212. A big thank you to Emma, Waitrose and all the people who popped those little green tokens in! Coming up this month on FRIDAY 12th there's Poppy Painting in preparation for the World War 1 Remembrance activities in the village (and the chance to learn a new skill!).
On FRIDAY 26th we have a Halloween Special.” Regards Rob Fooks, Drimpton and Netherhay Youth club leader
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ACTIVITIES & EVENTS ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY FIRST WORLD WAR COMMEMORATIONS

PLANT LOAN REQUEST REMINDER – Before our Commemoration Week we will be creating a display of village-made
poppies set among evergreen plants in pots on SUNDAY 21st OCT. Can you provide any plants? They will be returned to you afterwards. If you have any questions, contact Andrew. If you have anything to contribute could you please bring your plants to Brian (6, Post Office Yard) or Andrew (16, Chard Road) by FRIDAY 19th OCT. Thank you.

Costumes wanted Do you have any ladies or gents knitted cardigans, men's or boys braces, white granddad collar shirts ( men's and boys) flat caps or other items that might have been worn in the early 1900's that you would be willing to lend out for the WW1 play that is taking place on Nov 3rd. If so please call Francesca Hurrell.

TEA DANCE WORKSHOP on Wednesday 24th October at 2.30pm at the Village Hall
Entry Free but any donations to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Mary and Sam Trott, along with Amanda Fogg, will show us a few dance moves for the Tea Dance which will be the following Wednesday 31st. Please come along and have some fun. This is not at all serious and open to all ages and abilities. If you don't want to dance don't let that put you off going to the Tea Dance as there will still been the usual Drimpton yummy cakes and good company.

POPPY MAKING WORKSHOP on Monday Oct 29th. 10.00 until 14.00 at the Village Hall
Come along and help make as many poppies as possible to use in the decoration of the Hall for the WW1 centenary events. Tea, coffee, biscuits and chat provided. Join us for some or all of the session - the more the merrier. A REQUEST! If you can bring a stapler & scissors that would be great, if not there will be some there to use. The most important thing is to come along - no artistic skills needed. Every poppy made will help make the display great!

GARDENS & The WAR with Christine Stone on Monday 29th October 7.15pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall ( Not our usual Gardening Club Wednesday) - Christine has a background in Broadcasting but more recently her interest has been in oral and gardening history. The first World War had a major impact on the gardens of our large country houses as many of the gardening staff became soldiers on the Front Lines. This talk will give fascinating insights into the social history of local gardens, the devastating impact of World War 1 on local communities and the enormous sacrifices made by so many of their staff. Of interest to both Gardeners and Non Gardeners. All welcome.

"Remembrance, Records, Reflections" on TUESDAY 30th October, at 7pm at the Royal Oak
- an evening with guest speaker Paul Davies from the National Archive, Kew.

Come and find out about the impact of the Great War on Dorset and the west country when The Not Netherhay Ladies Book Club (NNLBC) throws open its doors (well, the Royal Oak doors)
It is open to all, yes, everyone, even real book club members! Food will be provided by NNLBC members. There's no charge for the evening, but ample opportunity to make a donation to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
For more information, please contact Brian.

OH, WHAT A LOVELY WAR! Presented by the Film Club on Wednesday 31 October Doors open at 7pm for 7:30 start. Open to all....£4 for non-members. This film summarises and comments on the events of the First World War using popular songs of the time. Bar, teas, coffees and ice creams! Contact: Diana Leake 867172 or email chestnutcottage@live.co.uk

...and finally
A R C H I E D O B S O N ' s W A R
On SATURDAY NOVEMBER 3rd. at the Village Hall at 6.00pm
The culmination of activities commemorating the end of WW1 will be a village production of this powerful play performed by adults and children, illustrating through words and song a family's experience of the Great War.
Tickets £3 (children free) available from drimptonboxoffice@gmail.com

All profits to go to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
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The DELIGHTS of TECHNOLOGY! “Computers, tablets, mobile phones. Love them, hate them, happy or confused? I have been asked if it would be possible to set up some sessions in the Village Hall (which now has wifi, which will assist a lot) to help us make better use of the technology at our fingertips. If you'd be interested, could you please let me know, and we can take it from there. Brian 6 Post Office Yard (the letter box is low tech).”

Submitted by: andrew       On: 2/9/2018 at: 08:59       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for September and October

FOOTPATH GATE on CHARD ROAD - In January you may have read in the newsletter that the stile on the road to Greenham was broken and funds required to replace it were asked for. Dorothy Rowe, our new footpaths officer, on the Parish Council contacted Dorset County Council to see what we and they could do. Well after 6 months of numerous emails and site visits and Dorothy's persistence a gate has finally be fitted. If you have any other areas requiring action, follow the link http://mapping.dorsetforyou.com/rightsofway/reportproblem/

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14th ANNUAL SUMMER LUNCH “A Day at the Races” on 5th August was a sell out and everyone came suitably dressed for a brilliant Day at the Races. The Hall was decorated beautifully thanks to the hard work of Jane, Janet, Kay and Viv and there was a jockey, racing commentator and an abundance of ladies dressed for Ascot and gentlemen looking exceedingly smart. They sat down to fresh salmon, ham, vegetarian pie, quiches and various salads with hot new potatoes and 10 different home made puddings and sweets with wine to match the occasion. This has raised a magnificent £415.50 for 3 different charities. Rosemary and Viv would like to thank everyone who cooked, helped on the day, and all those who attended for making this such another wonderful village occasion.

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DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL- POPPIES & POMPOMS - COFFEE MORNING on SATURDAY, 1st September, 10.30am – 12.00pm
All the attractions of a Community Coffee Morning with the additional opportunity of creating poppies and pompoms in preparation for Drimpton Remembers - World War 1 Commemorative Week

Please bring knitting needles, crochet hooks and red wool if you have them. Plenty will be available on the day plus simple patterns which can be taken away to make lots more at home over the next 2 months. Tuition and demonstrations given by Knitters and Natterers and other crafts folk from the Village. For more information please contact Rosemary Shepherd.

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An Apology from Rosemary. “Because of a computer and an operator error, all events which I thought were appearing on the Village Website Calendar have not been. I apologise for this. The problem has now been rectified. If an event of which you have notified me has not appeared on the Calendar within 24 hours, please let me know. Thank you”

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GENTLE SUMMER EXERCISE…..Qi gong (also known as chi gung) is a lovely form of gentle exercise, relaxing and restoring the body as well as calming the mind - great for improving health, balance and wellbeing. Final Session: 4 September for about 45 mins….Led by Monica Murphy, the class should suit everyone, whether you’ve ever done this before or not. It’s £5 for the session (More info from Helly)

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SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 6pm:
HARVEST CELEBRATION ! at the CHAPEL
Music, Poems, Sketches and great Singing
followed by a delicious Buffet Supper.

This will be a delightful evening! The cost will be £5 and there will be a chance to buy home grown and home baked produce too. Gifts of home produce welcome.
If you can, come along to help decorate the Chapel on Saturday 8th at 4pm.
For Supper tickets contact: Beryl Banks or Christabel Pilz

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ART! Starting MONDAY 10th SEPT at Netherhay Chapel 2-4pm.
Bring your own paints, pencils etc. There will be items to draw (still life) or bring your own project. If you want to paint but never seem to find the time, or would like to paint with others rather than on your own in a lonely garret... then this is for you! Contact Jenny Beck.

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BEGINNERS ADULT BALLET CLASSES at Drimpton Village Hall
Taking place the 1st, 2nd and last Wednesday of each month starting at 5:30pm - Cost £3 per session.
Everyone welcome, please wear comfortable clothes and socks or ballet shoes on your feet. For more details please contact Sarah Higgs on phone number: 01460 73915

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Film Club the Village Hall - WED 12 SEPT - Doors open at 7pm for 7:30pm start with Refreshments to start your evening. Showing THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY - A historical comedy drama - a writer exchanges letters with residents on Guernsey after the German occupation in WW2. She makes plans to visit the island. Not everything goes to plan, of course….. In October we will start matinees again on the second Wednesday of the month, featuring “Darkest Hour” which we showed in July, but that evening clashed with a rather important football match, so we will run it again for those who missed it. More details next month.

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YOUTH CLUB: Coming up in September we have Youth Club with Fun and Games on FRI 14th and 28th.

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VILLAGE 'HARVEST' LUNCH on WED SEPT 19th at 12.30 at the Village Hall – Viv & Rosemary's Lunch will be in aid of St Mary's Church. There will be a Raffle. Two Course Hot Lunch for £6 plus one (or more) of Neville's amusing stories.
Everyone will be very welcome. No need to book for this unless you have special dietary needs. Please contact Rosemary or Viv if you have special dietary needs. Everyone can be catered for. We look forward to seeing you.

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GARDENING CLUB / HORT SOC on Wednesday 19th September at 7.15pm at the Village Hall.
John Studley will be giving a talk on Vegetable Growing. John is well-known locally for growing champion vegetables. So if this year mice ate your beetroot, your carrots were curly and your leeks were rotting, this is the talk for you. Next year you could be a champion  grower like John.

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“This year's HARVEST FESTIVAL at St Mary’s will be a United Service held on SEPTEMBER 23rd. starting at 6.30pm. Everyone is most welcome; so do come along, and join in giving thanks to God for his many gifts that we are all so privileged to receive.” - Neville Adams

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14th ANNUAL MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING  - Viv and John Watts cordially invite you to their 14th Annual Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September from 10.30 to 12.00 at The Pin House. There will be a raffle, produce table etc. Everyone is very welcome to what is a wonderful morning for a great charity. The generosity of those who have attended previously has raised over £4500!

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SEPTEMBER STILLNESS CIRCLES
Our regular stillness circles are proving popular for all those looking for calm and quiet, with some gentle meditation. Everyone’s welcome – they’re twice a month on the first Tuesday morning and the third Monday evening. September dates for your diary are: Tuesday 4th September at 11.30am at the Village Hall (half an hour later than usual as it follows the final Qigong class) and Monday 17th September at 6pm at Netherhay Chapel community room. More info from Helly or Brian. Hope to see you there...

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YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOU !!
Men and teenage boys urgently required to play the parts (no speaking required) of soldiers and/or sing in the WW1 commemorative play (Archie Dobson's War) taking place on Nov 3rd. For more information contact Francesca Hurrell.

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PLANT LOAN REQUEST - Poppies have flowered in the bed by the stream, at the heart of the village from 2014, the start of the commemoration of the First World War centenary. As that anniversary draws to a close this November, we are seeking any types of evergreen plants you may have, preferably in pots, for a planned display to be set up on SUNDAY 21st OCT. Plants will be returned to you afterwards. If you have any questions contact Andrew. If you have anything to contribute could you please bring your plants to Brian (6, Post Office Yard) or Andrew (16, Chard Road) by FRIDAY 19th OCT. Thank you.

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES:
Artsreach at the Village Hall in October
Following their sell out performance of 'One Man and his Cow' earlier this year, Living Spit return to Drimpton on SUNDAY OCTOBER 21st at 7.30pm with their not to be missed new show 'GIANTS OF SCIENCE'. With jarring jokes, pitiful puppetry, and the silliest of scientific songs you can expect a raucous romp through the hilarious history of scientific stupidity. Tickets £9 (Children £6, Family £25)  francescahurrell@aol.com  or www.artsreachco.uk. ; More info next month.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/8/2018 at: 22:25       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for and September

Irene and Ann thank all those who came and supported our 'Cupcake and Cuppa' morning held on the 14th July. We raised £124.50 which has been donated to Mountjoy School Beaminster.

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ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR ROGER AND LINDA! - from the Village Hall Committee
“If you’ve been to the Village Hall to see any of the fantastic Artsreach shows over the last few years, you’ll know how much gratitude we owe to organisers Roger and Linda Smith. From The Life of Mrs Beaton, through Paradise Lost to the dance Last Man Standing, with forays to Tree House and the hilarious Gloriator and One Man and his Cow (to name just a few!), they’ve regularly brought us music and magic, dance and humour, and the vital feelgood factor that makes our village so special. Organising shows is no easy task and involves much planning and hard work, not to mention the kind hospitality they offered to the artistes in their and neighbours’ homes on show nights.

So as Roger and Linda step down from their role organising Artsreach events, we’d all like to say a huge heartfelt thank you for bringing these fabulous arts events to Drimpton. Nick and Francesca Hurrell are taking on the Artsreach mantle: ‘We just hope we can live up to the high standard Roger and Linda have set!’”

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GENTLE SUMMER EXERCISE…..Qi gong (also known as chi gung) is a lovely form of gentle exercise, relaxing and restoring the body as well as calming the mind - great for improving health, balance and wellbeing.
We've organised a weekly qi gong class at the Village Hall for six weeks over the summer.
The sessions are on Tuesday mornings at 10.30am on 31 July, 7 August, 14 August, 21 August, 28 August and 4 September for about 45 mins….Led by Monica Murphy, the classes should suit everyone, whether you’ve ever done this before or not. It’s £5 a session (just come when you can and pay on the day) or £25 if you buy all six (you get one free). ...More info from Helly

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SATURDAY 11th AUGUST – Doors Open at 2.15pm

73rd ANNUAL HORTICULTURAL SUMMER SHOW
at Drimpton Village Hall
staged by Clapton, Wayford, Drimpton & District Hort Soc

Our traditional village show; one of the major events in the Village calendar. An opportunity to join in, showcase your skills, have fun and view your friends' and neighbours' exhibits.

FLOWERS, VEGETABLES, FLOWER ARRANGING,
HOMECRAFT, HANDICRAFT, PHOTOGRAPHY, ART, YOUNG PEOPLE'S CLASSES,
FAMILY FUN & GROUP CLASSES

So keep watering your veg and tending your flowers, paint that picture, make jam, do some craft
or take that perfect photo. Why not enter?
If you need an entry schedule, contact Ian Hallett on 01308 868795
Entry forms to be returned to Roger Smith at 15 Marksmead by 8pm WED 8th AUGUST

Come along to see what your friends and neighbours have been up to.
A great village event which can be enjoyed by EVERYBODY!

Excellent home baked cakes and tea available all afternoon on the day.
Entry 50p for non-members. Free for children.

Proceeds to help improve the Village Hall Car Park
Any queries email Ian Hallett

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Reminder: Tickets for A Day at the Races - Our SUMMER LUNCH on Sunday, 5th August, 12.00 for 12.30 are SOLD OUT! Dress for the occasion in your racing colours or in something suitable for the Royal Enclosure!

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CHILDREN’S CRAFT & ACTIVITIES DAY
Beaminster Area Team Churches are providing a free holiday club day for families and in Drimpton Village Hall on MONDAY 20th AUGUST from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Children and families are welcomed, no unaccompanied children under 10.
Play, Bouncy Castle, Activities, Crafts, all themed around a Bible Story.
Tea, Coffee, Cake and make your own lunch. Come as a family and stay as long as you like.
More details on beaminsterteamchurches.org

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Do you want to sit in traffic on Bank Holiday Sunday? Not really.
Instead, how about strolling to the village bridge and calling in at Haydon Villa to sit with friends, view the garden (maybe more than one), meet the chickens and enjoy light refreshments from The Village Café.
You are cordially invited to do just that on SUNDAY 26th AUGUST between 2 and 5pm.
All included for just £3.50 per adult, £2.00 per child.
Proceeds are to help fund Village Voices to stage more community events and activities in the village.

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SUNDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 6pm: HARVEST CELEBRATION ! at the CHAPEL - Music, singing, poems and stories, maybe some acting too and of course well loved songs - followed by a Buffet Supper. This will be a delightful evening! The cost will be £5 and there will be a chance to buy home grown and home baked produce too. If you would like to take part - music, reading, acting etc, or cooking or helping in any way, please get in touch, also to book tickets (helpful to the cooks!) contact Beryl Banks, or Christabel Pilz

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Drimpton Remembers - World War 1 Commemorative Week
We are making great progress organising events for October 29th to November 3rd 2018.

A variety of events and activities is being planned across this important week, which will commemorate the war years and in so doing, bring us all together in a common purpose.

Planned events are as follows:-

MONDAY 29th October (daytime) - 'Art Workshop' at Drimpton Village Hall. Come and learn how to make a variety of poppies to be used across the village and inside the Village Hall to mark the occasion.
MONDAY 29th October (evening) - Gardening Club talk 'World War 1 Gardens'
TUESDAY 30th October (evening) - World War 1 Talk at the 'Royal Oak' pub by guest speakers.
WEDNESDAY 31st October (daytime) - 'Tea Dance & Tiffin' at Drimpton Village Hall
WEDNESDAY 31st October (evening) - film club at Drimpton Village Hall, 'Oh what a lovely war!"
SATURDAY 3rd November (evening) - Village Hall play - 'Archie Dobson's War'

Should you be interested in attending any of these events please contact Francesca Hurrell for more information.
Look out for a flyer coming through your letter box soon, giving more detailed information

Please get involved, 'Your Village Needs You!'

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MESSAGE FROM VILLAGE HALL COMMITTEE regarding the CAR PARK ...“After a few near misses and restricted access due to cars parked on the slope in the Village Hall entrance, can people please stop parking there. Also the Car Park is only for persons using the Hall. Lastly, please if using the Hall, Recreation Field or Play Park, for the safety of children playing in the play park can you make sure the gates are shut. Thank you”

Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/7/2018 at: 12:09       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

World War One - The Village Remembers

Big Red Poppies – message from Brian Hesketh
“In 2014, to mark the start of the First World War, and to remember the 7 men from our community who died in the conflict, the Horticultural Society, with help from Danny, placed large poppies, in some cases also planting poppy seed beds, in the villages and hamlets covered by the Society. You will see some still in place, remaining until the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.”

Drimpton Remembers - World War 1 Commemorative Week
October 29th to November 3rd.

A variety of events and activities is being planned across this week, but they can only happen with your input, help and support. The purpose is to create a week that will commemorate the war years and in doing so, bring us all together in a common purpose.

To date, the proposed events include a number of workshops to learn how to create poppies in a variety of mediums and formats which will then be used across the village and inside the village hall to mark the occasion. There will be a tea dance, hopefully with live music and entertainment and maybe an opportunity prior to the day to learn a few steps. A World War 1 themed film night and talks are also planned.

The final event will be a commemorative performance on Saturday Nov 3rd for which we will need a cast and a choir - no previous experience required!!

We are also looking for any personal stories or memorabilia, so if you have anything you think may be of use please get in touch.

Should you be interested in attending, supporting or organising any of these please contact Francesca Hurrell on 01308 867617

Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/7/2018 at: 12:07       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for July and August

Striders & Strollers - Drimpton Day Out
On Sunday 3rd June people of all ages boldly strode or gently strolled from the village, via either Hursey or Lewesdon Hill, to Broadwindsor, where over 30 of us enjoyed a picnic (thank you to the sandwich makers) at Bernard's Place before the walk back home. Not only were views enjoyed, paths explored and health hopefully enhanced, but over £200 was raised towards the village hall car park fund.

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STILLNESS CIRCLE - NEW DATES – message from Helly Eaton
“Due to an unforeseen clash on Monday evenings, we're swapping our Stillness Circle dates. Still fortnightly, our meditation sessions will now be on the FIRST TUESDAY of the month at 11am and the THIRD MONDAY at 6pm. They're at Netherhay Chapel Community Room on 2nd and 16th July at 6pm, and on 17th July at 11am (more sessions this month due to changeover). Then in August on Tuesday 7th at 11am, and Monday 20th at 6pm. More info from Helly (868716) or Brian (868843).”

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YOUTH CLUB – message from Rob Fooks - “Coming up this month on the FRIDAY JULY 6th we have a walk to Oat Hill Farm Clapton, leaving the Village Hall for 6.30 prompt with a snack at the farm cafe. (Adults welcome to come along.) Wear appropriate foot wear. After that we break for the summer. The next meeting is on FRIDAY SEPT the 14th, until then happy holidays!”

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DRIMPTON FILM CLUB - WEDNESDAY 11th JULY at the Village Hall. Doors open 7pm for 7:30pm start - “DARKEST HOUR"A film more about Churchill than the War. Churchill has just become Prime Minister in 1940 and faces fierce opposition from his cabinet, especially Chamberlain and Halifax. Gary Oldman won the Oscar for Best Actor as Churchill and Kristin Scott Thomas stars as his ever faithful wife, Clemmie. Wine, beer, tea coffee etc available. Film Club takes a holiday in August, so the next film will be on Wednesday 12 Sept.

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GARDENING CLUB / HORT SOC - WED 18th JULY 7.15pm for 7.30pm at the Village Hall
– Martin Rowan-Robinson “Marion Dale will be giving a talk entitled 'Wicked Plants'
Marion is a Garden Designer based in Taunton and we look forward to tales of intrigue, deception and poisoning. Non members welcome.

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CUPCAKE and CUPPA MORNING
on SATURDAY, 14th. JULY, from 10.30 - 12.00am in Drimpton Village Hall -

“In this centenary year the W.I. have been set a '100 challenge' each month and July is 'Cupcakes'. Please try and help us achieve this by coming and enjoying a cupcake, cuppa,
and chat with friends. There will also be a decorate your own cupcake for children or the young at heart, to eat or take home." – message from Ann & Bob Harris

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St. Mary’s Church Flower Festival on the theme of “Bible Stories”
on Saturday July 21st and Sunday July 22nd
Church opens both days 10.00am to 5.00pm
CELEBRATION SONGS of PRAISE
Sunday July 22nd at 6.30 pm
All Welcome
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“The Broadwindsor Group Parish Neighbourhood Plan Committee is pleased to advise you of the Draft Plan Consultation. You are able to view the pre-submission draft plan online (via the Drimpton Facebook page, the Broadwindsor Group parish website and the Drimpton website).” - message from Brian Hesketh

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Reminder: There will be no Village Lunch in July because…….We are practising and preparing for
A Day at the Races - Our themed SUMMER LUNCH on Sunday, 5th August, 12.00 for 12.30
Come dressed for the occasion either in your racing colours or something suitable for the Royal Enclosure!
Tickets, £12.00 per person, must be reserved and paid for in advance. Please contact Viv Watts asap (01308) 868005.

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SATURDAY 11th AUGUST
72nd ANNUAL HORTICULTURAL SUMMER SHOW
at the Village Hall
Our traditional village show; one of the major events in the Village calendar. Classes for all ages and excellent food. An opportunity to join in, showcase your skills, have fun and view your friends' and neighbours' exhibits.

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!

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CHILDREN’S CRAFT & ACTIVITIES DAY
Drimpton Village Hall, Monday, 20th August
Lead by Jo Neary, of St Mary’s Church, Beaminster.
Watch out for further details soon.


Submitted by: andrew       On: 7/6/2018 at: 18:08       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for June and July

S T R I D E R S & S T R O L L E R S
A WALK & PICNIC on SUNDAY 3rd JUNE

with a choice of routes – 5½ or 8 miles
starting at the Village Hall at 11.00am
Tickets to include packed lunch & BBQ at the end: £10 per adult, children FREE
Dogs are very welcome.

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Drimpton Village Hall & Artsreach present
ONE MAN & HIS COW
on THURSDAY 7th JUNE at 7.30pm
A Man. A Cow. A whole shed of trouble.

Living Spit from North Somerset in a bonanza of bovine buffoonery and unforgettable farmyard frolics. A special performance with food – choice of Steak & Onion Pie, mash and peas / Sausages, onion gravy, mash & peas / Vegetarian plait, mash & peas + a beer or glass of wine

BOOKING ESSENTIAL – Tickets: £15
Box Office: roger@thesmithsmailbox.net
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STILLNESS CIRCLE up and running – message from Helly Eaton
“We’ve had a good response to our new Stillness Circle and we've now come up with some future dates. The meditation sessions will be at 6pm on the FIRST MONDAY of the month and 11am on the THIRD TUESDAY of the month. This means the June dates are 6pm on Monday 4 June and 11am on Tuesday 19 June. If you’re interested to join us, please get in touch with either Helly on 868716 or Brian on 868843 for more details.”

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YOUTH CLUB – message from Rob Fooks
“On a wet evening in March we had a trip to Bridport Police station - many thanks to Pete Smith for an interesting evening. Everyone got the chance to sit in the police cell van and everyone's good behaviour meant that no one stayed the night in the cell!!
On the 27th of April we had Dawn Gosden come along to see how the Youth Club runs. Dawn and her team will be setting up a youth club in Stockland near Axminster shortly - good luck .
At the end of April we held a village coffee morning in aid of the Youth Club. We raised £112.00, a big thank you to all the people who supported it, who made cakes and helped on the day, especially John and Anne Horne who kindly donated the bacon baps -very tasty!
Coming up: JUNE 8th there's rounders on the field (weather permitting) and a normal meeting on the 22nd

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DRIMPTON FILM CLUB - Wednesday 13 June at the Village Hall - “The Post”
A polished political thriller in the safe hands of director Steven Spielberg. Set in the early 70s it tells the tale of how a bullying American president attempts to threaten the freedom of the press and mislead the American people……Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks give strong performances as the owner and editor of the Washington Post. Doors open at 7pm for 7:30 pm start Wine, beer, soft drinks, tea, coffee and hot chocolate available
There will be no more matinees until October and the Film Club does not have an evening meeting in August. July’s film (11th) will be “The Darkest Hour”.

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VILLAGE LUNCH
Our next Village Lunch is on WEDNESDAY, 20th JUNE, at 12.30. Please come along and join us. No need to book for this unless you have special dietary needs. Two Courses £5.00/Three Courses £6.00.

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GARDENING CLUB / HORT SOC - WED 20th JUNE 7.15pm for 7.30pm – Martin Rowan-Robinson
“Adam from Castle Gardens Sherborne will be giving a talk on 'GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE'. Hedgehogs are now more common in urban than rural areas and Julie and I have yet to see one in our garden. Although there seems to be an abundance of songbirds in Drimpton thrushes are now rarely seen. Come to this talk and learn how you can make small changes that can contribute to big improvements to our local environment. Non members welcome.

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CUPCAKE and CUPPA MORNING
on SATURDAY, 14th. JULY, from 10.30 - 12.00am in Drimpton Village Hall -
“In this centenary year the W.I. have been set a '100 challenge' each month and July is 'Cupcakes'. Please try and help us achieve this by coming and enjoying a cupcake, cuppa,
and chat with friends. There will also be a decorate your own cupcake for children or the young at heart, to eat or take home." – message from Ann & Bob Harris

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“The Broadwindsor Group Parish Neighbourhood Plan Committee is pleased to advise you of the next important step to achieving our Neighbourhood Plan - Draft Plan Consultation. A pre-submission consultation period will run from 1st June 2018 until 20th July. As before, we will be holding Road Shows where you will be able to view / read the Draft Plan, ask questions and make comments. The Road Shows will be held in Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor on
SATURDAY16th JUNE and DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL on SATURDAY 23rd JUNE. Both will run from 10 am to 4 pm and refreshments will be available. You are invited to attend either, or both, but please do try to visit one and get involved at this important step. You will also be able to view the pre-submission draft plan online (via the Drimpton Facebook page, the Broadwindsor Group parish website and the Drimpton website).” - message from Brian Hesketh

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Help much appreciated! “If you can spare even a little time to help us with our spring (summer?) cleaning at the Chapel that would be wonderful. We will be fixing a time at our AGM, (on 31st May at 7pm at the chapel - everyone welcome to attend)… so after that please look out for the posters and come along, it’s always a good laugh and fuelled by tea and cake of course!” – Jenny Beck

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HAZEL’S ANNUAL CREAM TEA at DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL
SATURDAY 30th JUNE – from 3 to 5 pm
£5 (under 12’s, £2.50)
*Raffle* *100 Club Grand Draw*
Hosted by Friends of St. Mary’s Church - *Proceeds for St. Mary’s Church

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SUMMER LUNCH on SUNDAY 5th AUGUST – Theme 'A DAY AT THE RACES'
Come dressed to suit the occasion. Places £12, must be booked and paid for in advance. Phone Viv on 868005.

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BROADWINDSOR GROUP PARISH COMMUNITY LAND TRUST - The latest Newsletter and more information is available on the BGP CLT website at www.broadwindsorgroupparishclt.org .

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Save these Dates:
MONDAY OCTOBER 29th until SATURDAY 3rd NOVEMBER 2018.

'We Will Never Forget'
A week of events is being planned in the village to commemorate the end of the Great War,
100 years ago and it is hoped that everyone will want to be involved. It could be your time,
your energy or your personal stories, all of which will contribute to making this a memorable week in which we remember and mark this important historic event. More details to follow soon.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 5/4/2018 at: 19:34       Location: Drimpton

DOGS

How many times do we have to address thoughtless dog walkers? If you walk along Holly Lane from Box Terrace you are greeted by bags of dog mess hanging in the hedge or tossed on to the banks or even dumped into the drains and inspection pit to be cleared by a local resident. Having a dog means being responsible for its mess, clearing it up and removing it as most dog walkers do.

Submitted by: andrew       On: 5/4/2018 at: 19:33       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletters for April and May

WIND IN THE WILLOWS – message from Andrew Pastor:
“It was grand having two packed audiences for our show. Everyone – on stage and off – had a jolly good time. Shows depend on loads of people with talent, energy and enthusiasm pulling together to make them happen. I'd like to especially thank key team members, Rosemary, Rob, Ken, Jonathan, Norman and Tracey. Without you it just would not have happened! As well as having great FUN, we raised funds for the Village Hall and Village Voices, the village group that stages community events. We are giving £400 to the Village Hall and £350 to Village Voices.

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On EASTER SUNDAY at 9.30am Neville Adams will lead an Extended Service of Holy Communion.
“Holy Week, with Good Friday culminating in Easter Sunday are the very roots of our Christian faith, so do come along and join in these acts of worship. You will be most welcome.” - N.A.

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PUB NEWS….EASTER SUNDAY 1st. APRIL: EASTER LAMB ROAST DINNER, and Beef or Chicken with all the trimmings - the last roast dinner sitting this season[except for private requests] - booking is required. Also LIVE MUSIC WITH NINA GARCIA
SUNDAY APRIL 8th: QUIZ NIGHT at c8.00pm
SUNDAY 22ND APRIL CELEBRATING ST GEORGES DAY… TRADITIONAL PIE, MASH & LIQUOR (or GRAVY). Also in the evening FINIAN McGUIRK, FOLK SINGER & STORYTELLER (Seanchai)
SUNDAY MAY13th Air Ambulance Coast To Coast Cycle Event ...stop-off point and starting point- light food menu available.
SATURDAY MAY19th Royal Wedding Celebrations - FINGER LICKING HAND HELD HOG/CHICKEN ROAST followed by a RIGHT ROYAL DISCO. More details to follow.
WEDNESDAY MAY 30th. MORRIS DANCING outside pub then playing music inside pub.

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WATKINS & SWARBRICK
at the VILLAGE HALL, SATURDAY 21st APRIL, 8.00PM
This popular acoustic band are well known for their variety of acoustic music – inspired by folk and country, jazz and blues.

There is no set ticket price instead the audience are asked to pay what they think the performance was worth at the end of the show.
Licensed Bar open from 7.15pm
Booking is essential. To reserve your seat phone the Box Office on 01305 837299

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YOUTH CLUB: “Coming up in APRIL there is a normal meeting on the 13th. On the 27th we have a fun on the field session. Then in MAY we have a meeting on the 11th and a film night on the 25th.

On SATURDAY 28th of APRIL - COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING
at the Village Hall from 10.30amto 12.00 noon
with Coffee and Cakes and Chat
This will be in aid of the Youth Club.
Please along and show your support for the Club and our village children
(aka The Stars of Wind In The Willows!)

Happy Easter everyone - Regards Rob Fooks”
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STILLNESS CIRCLE…..We're hoping to set up a regular meditation circle here in Drimpton. Everyone's welcome, whatever your interests and background, beginners or experienced, any faiths or none. If you think you might be interested, please contact Helly Eaton or Brian Hesketh
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“Our ecumenical Fellowship Group meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month 7.30 - 9pm. We share leading the group according to what people feel able to offer. Our times together focus on study of the Bible and testimony, prayer, praise and worship (with musical accompaniment!). On occasion we have shared a meal together, this has been an opportunity to invite others who may want to find out what we do, maybe thinking of joining the group, or enhancing spiritual life.

These evenings have been good fun, relaxed, informal and much appreciated, so we do hope you may be able to join us at: Chapel End. TUESDAY 17th APRIL from 6.30pm onwards please contact Dermot and Mary Stack"
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VILLAGE LUNCHES on Wednesday, 18th April and Wednesday 16th May.
There is no need to book; just come along and bring friends if you wish. As usual there will be a choice of soups, main courses and puddings. Two Courses for £5.00. Three Courses for £6.00. Fantastic value, good quality and quantities in a friendly atmosphere – meet old ones; make new ones. Please contact Viv or Rosemary if you would like to come but have special dietary requirements. We can cater for ALL.
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HORT SOC / GARDENING CLUB .Meetings in April and May at the Village Hall
WEDNESDAY 16th APRIL at 7.15pm for 7.30pm SPRING SHOW. A chance to exhibit your spring flowers and admire those of other members. Schedules available from Ian Hallett Tel 01308 868795. Only members can exhibit but non members are welcome to attend and view exhibits.
WEDNESDAY 16th MAY 7.15pm for 7.30pm Brian Carlson Constructing & Showing Hanging Baskets.
If your Hanging Baskets look more like birds nests than floral displays, this is your opportunity to learn how to make them properly. Brian will demonstrate the skills you need to build a basket full of floral delights. Non members welcome.
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FILM CLUB at the VILLAGE HALL
WED 11 APRIL: MATINEE: “LOVING VINCENT”…an animated film taking 7 years to complete using 65,000 frames painted in the style of Van Gogh by 125 artists from around the world. Did Van Gogh commit suicide or was it murder?….This film attempts to solve the mystery. Fascinating and beautiful. Doors open at 2pm for 2:30pm start. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and biscuits available. Non-members welcome…£4
EVENING: “PADDINGTON 2” - The nation’s favourite bear returns in an exciting tale. Full of compassion, kindness and sheer goodwill, this is the antidote to our frantic world. Doors open at 7pm for 7:30pm start. Wine, beer, soft drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate available. Non-members welcome…£4
WED 9 MAY MATINEE - “PADDINGTON 2” - Doors open at 2pm for 2:30pm start - Non-members welcome -£4
EVENING: “MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS” Kenneth Branagh directs and stars as our famous sleuth, Hercule Poirot, hoping for a quiet trip back to Paris on the Orient Express, but murderous events find him in the middle of yet another crime scene. Door open at 7pm for a 7:30pm start Wine, beer, soft drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate available Non-members welcome...£4
FILM CLUB MEMBERSHIP May is the start of our financial year which means that annual membership will be due at this meeting or subsequent meetings. There are 11 films per year, none shown in August. The cost of an annual ticket is the same as last year and constitutes a huge saving over the year:- £15 for over 60 years of age / £20 for under 60 years of age / Non-members £4 per film.
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COFFEE MORNING ON SATURDAY 26th MAY 10.30 TO 12.00 at the Village Hall
Angie Blackwell — Cottage Flowers of Ilminster. Angie will give a flower arranging demonstration. This is your chance to learn from an expert how you can improve your arrangements and develop prizewinning arrangements for the village Summer Show.
Vegetable plants and a selection of annuals grown by members of the Hort Society will be on sale. Price 6 plants for £2.00.

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 2/4/2018 at: 11:18       Location: Drimpton Cross

RAINFALL IN DRIMPTON CROSS IN MARCH 2018

I imagine a lot of people will not be sorry to see the end of March with its snow, very cold temperatures, occasional high winds and quite a lot of rain. But it was March and it is traditionally a windy and changeable month. I looked back to last year and counted the number of days I recorded rain in March compared to this year. 17 days last year, 16 days this year, the difference being volume. Just over 3 inches last year, but just over 6 inches this year. So, Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in March 2018 was 160 mm. or 6.23 inches (2017 85.25mm. or 3.37 inches) Apparently the 1st.of April only falls on Easter Sunday four times in a century, the last time being I think 1956. Not many people know that !

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/3/2018 at: 16:26       Location: Drimpton

Housing

Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust Update, February 2018
Community Consultation Event
BGP CLT invites all members of the Group Parish communities to a community consultation event to be held in DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL on WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH 2018. Please drop in for a chat any time from 3.00pm until 7.00pm. We will be displaying draft design plans and other information about the proposed site at Netherhay Lane for you to view and comment on. Members of the CLT Committee along with architects Trewin Design will be available to respond to queries and gather comments.
Meanwhile, legal negotiations are on-going between the CLT and our partners Yarlington Housing Association, and the landowners.
More information is available on the BGP CLT website at www.broadwindsorgroupparishclt.org .

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