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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 .

Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/3/2018 at: 16:25       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletters for March

HAVE YOU GOT YOUR TICKETS?
for
a Village Voices Production
presenting a large cast of children and adults in
our special version of WIND IN THE WILLOWS
[It’s almost a panto!]
Featuring Toad, Rat, Mole, Otter and Badger
and a whole load of Rabbits, armed with carrots, on the run from Mr McGregor.
And don't forget The Weasels!

TWO PERFORMANCES on SATURDAY 17th MARCH
Matinee at 2.00pm – Evening at 7.00pm

TICKETS: Adults £6, Children £3, Under-5s Free

BOX OFFICE: drimptonboxoffice@gmail.com
Cheques payable to Village Voices, the group that provides village activities

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YOUTH CLUB - “On the 26th of January we had skittles at the Royal Oak, a big thank you to landlord John for having us and putting up with the noise from 38 children!! On the 12th of Feb Tessa Bide entertained everyone with "A Strange New Space" through Artsreach - a big thank you to Roger Smith for organizing the event and all who helped on the night. The Youth Club received £80 from a share of the ticket sales. There is no Youth Club on the 9th of March. The next session will be on the 23rd of MARCH when we have a trip to Bridport Police station, buses leave @ 6.30 prompt!! - best behaviour please!!” Rob Fooks

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FILM CLUB: Please note change of week for this month only. It’s WEDNESDAY 7th MARCH
"LOVING VINCENT" - Something a little different ...an animated film exploring the death of Vincent van Gogh - was it suicide or was it murder? Every frame has been lovingly painted in the artist's style by artists around the world and has taken seven years to make. Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30pm start. Wine, beer, tea, coffee, hot chocolate available. Non-members are very welcome - £4 ….BUT earlier on the same day we have our FIRST MATINEE, a re-run of, "VICTORIA and ABDUL"; depicting the controversial friendship between Victoria and her Indian servant. Doors open 2pm for 2:30pm start. Non-members are very welcome - £4. Tea, coffee hot chocolate and biscuits available.

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THURSDAY 15th MARCH  2pm at NETHERHAY CHAPEL
TALK & TEA : Travels on the Trans-Siberian Railway
Join us for a lovely afternoon- a light hearted and interesting talk by Anne Mosscrop, followed by delicious homemade cakes and tea. £4 raising funds for Christian Aid and Netherhay Chapel.

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LENT LUNCH
WEDNESDAY 21st MARCH 12.30 pm
Choice of soups followed by Cheese table and coffee/tea
Raffle (proceeds to Dorset County Hospital Charity Cancer Appeal) - 100 club draw
£4 (extra soup 50p) Jointly hosted by St Mary's Church & Netherhay Methodist Church

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TABLES! – “Everyone is welcome to borrow tables etc from the Chapel, but we find we are now missing two and would really appreciate them being returned.  If borrowing anything, please note your name and items borrowed in the black book in the kitchen, and sign back in when you return the item.”
MOLE HILLS on the RECREATION FIELD

Does anyone have the solution? Money has been spent, but still MOLES return. If anyone has a foolproof way of sending the moles on their way, please contact Tony Francis on 863005.

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At THE ROYAL OAK
SIX NATIONS RUGBY - SUNDAY 11TH MARCH FRANCE V ENGLAND
CEOIL AGUS CRAIC ST PATRICK’s DAY SATURDAY 17th MARCH
BOILED BACON, SPUDS, CABBAGE (COLCANNON) WITH WHITE SAUCE (or GRAVY) (must be pre-ordered)
And THE GAME…ENGLAND v IRELAND
….LIVE MUSIC FROM PETER HOWELL

SUNDAY 1ST APRIL LIVE MUSIC WITH NINA GARCIA

BURGER MEAL DEAL 2 Meals just 1 Price £8.50 when you pre-book. 6oz Gourmet Burger served with Chips and Coleslaw. Available on Wednesdays and Saturdays 6.30p.m. to 8.30p.m.

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THURSDAY 22nd MARCH - Drimpton Village Hall and Artsreach Present - GLORIATOR
An hilarious new show revealing just what happens when a glamorous French actress and her hapless assistant stage their own version of Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator… Inventive, physical and very silly!

SEE ACCOMPANYING FLYER FOR MUCH, MUCH MORE!
Tickets: £9 adult £7 under 18 £28 Family (max 2+2) and available from: roger@thesmithsmailbox.net

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DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL AND RECREATION TRUST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
MONDAY, 26th March, 2018 at 6.30 for 7.00
Please come along to the Village and enjoy a glass of wine with the Committee prior to the Meeting when reports on the past year will be presented and a new Committee elected. This is your opportunity to make your feelings known and to help influence the future. New Committee members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the current Chairman.

Minutes of the AGM of 2017 are on display at the Village Hall.
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Acts of Worship at St Mary’s Church for Holy Week, and Easter Sunday
– message from Neville Adams
“During Holy week on Wednesday 28th March, Compline will be said at St Mary’s Church starting at 7pm.
Although this is a short act of worship, it provides a really spiritual way to end the day as we approach Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
On Good Friday, starting at 10am, there will be the usual procession from the Methodist Chapel, starting with a short act of worship. The cross will be taken through Marksmead and Applefield to the bridge where a further act of worship will take place.
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.”


Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/3/2018 at: 12:28       Location: Drimpton Cross

Rainfall at Drimpton Cross February '18

As I prepare this small piece, it’s the 1st. of March, the first day of Spring ! We are in the grip of the ‘Beast from the East’ with temperatures well below zero by day as well as by night and dangerously cold winds thrown in for good measure. As for rainfall, the pattern for February has remained the same, very dry. For those who enjoy a brisk Winter walk, there have been some splendidly sunny days, but for the rest of us it has been a case of keep warm and mostly indoors.
Rainfall at Drimpton Cross for February 2018 56.5mm (2017 45.mm) or 2.23 inches(2017 1.7 ins).

Submitted by: andrew       On: 3/2/2018 at: 19:13       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletters for February

11th A N N U A L P O T A T O D A Y
SATURDAY 3rd FEBRUARY
10:30am to 2:30pm at the VILLAGE HALL

81 types 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
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FUND RAISING in the VILLAGE OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD.
Knit & Natterers raised £275 from sales for Mosaic, Dorset-based charity helping bereaved children
The Christmas Lunch raised £500 for village causes, Crisis, and Alzheimers
The Christmas Show raised £429.69 for Clic Sargent, helping children with cancer & their families
Carols Round The Village raised £232 for charities helping the homeless
and Christmas crafts. - message from Julie Rowan-Robinson: “Thank you to those who attended the Christmas workshops and those that had table decorations and door hangings from me. We raised £100 for village hall car park funds.”
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SHELTERBOX - “Wonderful singing from the Brunswick Singers on Jan 20th, followed by delicious afternoon tea raised £160 for Shelterbox - Many thanks to all who came along to this lovely afternoon at the Chapel. Make a note in your diary for our next afternoon event - On 15th MARCH Anne Mosscrop will be giving a slide show and talk on her travels on the Trans Siberian railway, followed by afternoon tea... not to be missed!
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YOUTH CLUB - “After the Christmas break we have had a games session in the hall, and a skittles session kindly hosted by the pub on the 26th of January. Coming up in February: on the FRI 9th there's FILM CLUB and on FRI 23rd we've got FUN and GAMES in the Hall.” - Rob Fooks
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ARTSREACH and DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL present TWO SHOWS in FEBRUARY

The first is for children aged 4 to 11 + their families on MONDAY 12th FEB at 6.00pm
A STRANGE NEW PLACE is a completely original one woman show without words.
See separate flyer for more details.

Tickets Adults £6, Children £5, Families 2+2 £20

On THURSDAY 22nd FEB at 7.30pm - The GRAHAMS from Nashville Tennessee
Expect an uplifting evening of beautifully authentic Americana Folk music.
See separate flyer for more details.

Tickets Adults £9, U18 £6, Families 2+2 £25

BOX OFFICE FOR BOTH SHOWS: email: roger@thesmithsmailbox.net

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FILM CLUB: WEDNESDAY 14 FEBRUARY - 'VICTORIA and ABDUL'
With Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Ali Fazal. An unconventional relationship between Queen Victoria and one of her servants: a sort of sequel to Mrs Brown. Doors open 7:00pm for 7:30 start. Wine, beers, coffee, tea, hot chocolate available.
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VALENTINE’S DAY LUNCH
WEDNESDAY, 14th FEBRUARY at 12.30 at theVillage Hall

Wear something RED and enjoy a Three Course Lunch for just £6.00 (2 Course £5.00)

Please phone Viv to book your seats
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We have TWO VERY SPECIAL COFFEE MORNINGS at the VILLAGE HALL – supporting runners in the London Marathon on 22nd April.
Tess Goble and daughter Jo invite you on SATURDAY, 10th FEBRUARY. 10.30 – 12.00.
Jo is running the London Marathon on behalf of Whizz Kidz. Jo - Senior Project Associate, Clinical Operations, Clinical Surveillance & Training (CST) writes: “Our mission is to transform the lives of disabled children by providing the equipment, support and life skills they need, when they need them –
giving them the chance to develop their full potential.”
Find out more https://whizz-kidz-london-marathon18.everydayhero.com/uk/joanna

Please come and show your support while enjoying Coffee, Cakes and Bacon Baps.

SATURDAY, 24th FEBRUARY 10.30 – 12.00
While we enjoy our Coffee, Cakes and Bacon Baps, Mat Costin will be running 26 laps of the Village!!!

Mat writes: “On the next Coffee Morning I will attempt to run the 1st Drimpton Marathon in aid of Cancer Research UK as part of my 15 month Marathon Charity drive which culminates with the London Marathon this April. I will be starting around 7am and running just over 26 laps of the village (26.1 miles). If anybody wishes to come along and watch /join me for a lap, then all I'm after is a little donation. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/matcostin

Do you feel inspired? Here's an invitation from Mat……...
“Are you interested in running? - I am also thinking of starting a sort of Drimpton Running Club on Sunday mornings and wanted to gauge interest from everyone. It would just be a couple of laps of the village at a pace that suits. If anybody is interested, then please contact me at the Coffee Morning.”

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Broadwindsor Group Parish Community Land Trust - Update, January 2018
“Members of BGP CLT, committee members and parish councillors were invited to a site visit of the almost complete develop- ment of Lyme Regis CLT at Timber Hill. The afternoon was bright and sunny, the views wonderful, and the development impressive. It is of particular interest as the site is the same size (1.5 acres) with the same number of housing units (15) as that proposed by BGP CLT for Drimpton. In addition, the development partner is Yarlington Housing Group, which has the same role with BGP CLT. All present were impressed by the well laid out site, and the quality of finishes, both internally and externally. Discussions continue between BGP CLT, our appointed architects (Trewin Design), Yarlington Housing Group, our appointed engineer (Barnaby Associates) and our advisors Wessex CLT Projects to progress the site layout plans at the proposed site at Netherhay Lane, Drimpton.”
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Broadwindsor Group Parish Neighbourhood Plan. - “The Chairman & members of the Plan Committee thank all those residents who attended the recent Road Shows and completed the questionnaire. We do appreciate the time and effort you spent on this. We have analysed the data from the questionnaires and it can be viewed on village & Parish Council websites &Facebook. Any queries / comments should be directed to the Parish Clerk in the first instance. Email: hello@broadwindsorgroup.gov.uk;
Website: broadwindsorgroup.gov.uk/community/neighbourhood-plan

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APPEAL to EVERYONE WHO WALKS OUR PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY:
Have you noticed the collapse of the roadside style leading from Chard Road near Drimpton Cross? It would be good to replace it with a robust gate that would be far easier to use than climbing over a rickety style, wouldn't it? Cutting to the chase, this would cost £150 to do. So, can you make a donation towards this cost? Please send what you can to Ken & Beryl Banks at 38 Chard Road who have agreed to manage the project.

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DRIMPTON PRESENTS
A Village Voices Production
Our village version of WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Featuring Toad, Rat, Mole, Otter and Badger
and a whole load of Rabbits, armed with carrots, on the run from Mr McGregor.
And don't forget The Weasels!

TWO PERFORMANCES on SATURDAY 17th MARCH
Matinee at 2.00pm – Evening at 7.00pm

TICKETS: Adults £6, Children £3, Under-5s
contact drimptonboxoffice@gmail.com


Submitted by: Norman       On: 2/2/2018 at: 11:27       Location: Drimpton

Mobile phone service

New Phone mast on Hollis Hill in Broadwindsor is now in service and gives a good signal in Drimpton (Chard Road).
The provider is O2, I am using EE but EE tell me they have no plans to share this new mast

Comment from: stanleyG   On: 3/2/2018 at: 14:07

January'18 weather

January ’18 has given us a very wet month. I have heard it mentioned as one of the wettest on record but haven’t been able to get verification. It certainly hasn’t in our area. However, we have experienced a series of low pressure weather fronts which has kept the ground in many areas, saturated. In these low pressure zones temperatures are usually higher and so it has proved. Of course the comment I have heard are National so perhaps we’ve been luckier than many others RAINFALL IN DRIMPTON CROSS, JANUARY 2018 91.75 mm. (2017 133.5 mm) OR 3.62 inches (2017 5.27 inches)

Submitted by: andrew       On: 4/1/2018 at: 18:39       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletters for January

November Community Coffee Morning
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Christmas Craft Coffee Morning. We are pleased to report that, thanks to your generosity we raised £105 for the Village Hall from Coffee and Cakes etc and over £250 for Mosaic, which is a Dorset based Charity which supports bereaved children. Much gratitude from the Knit & Natterers.

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Artsreach & Drimpton Village Hall present

KATHRYN ROBERTS and SEAN LAKEMAN
on THURSDAY 11th JANUARY at 7.30pm

Twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 folk award for best duo, the couple have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘songwriters par excellence’. With a performance history that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

A very special music-making evening is a great way to start 2018!
TICKETS: Adults £9, U18 £6, Family of 4 £25 - email: roger@thesmithsmailbox.net

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YOUTH CLUB - “Great fun was had by all at the Christmas Party at the beginning of December; I hope the excessive amount of chocolate made no one sick! To start the new year, on FRIDAY12th we have a normal Youth Club at the Hall, a chance to try the NEW pool table! On FRIDAY 26th we are having a Skittles Night at the Royal Oak, meet in the skittle alley for 6.30, with food for kids. Parents, why not stay and have a meal?” - Rob Fooks
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FILM CLUB: WED 10th JAN at 7.00 for 7.30pm - DUNKIRK - An intense, powerful film telling the many stories of the evacuation of allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkerque in WW 2. Starring Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh with director Christopher Nolan. Doors open at 7pm for 7:30 start…Wine, beer, teas, coffees available.
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WED 17th JAN: VILLAGE LUNCH at the Village Hall from 12.30pm @ £
All are welcome; no need to book. This will be a traditional Soup and Cheese Lunch as MORE food will be on offer at the evening event – see below. There will be a choice of at least 4 soups. If you have specific dietary needs, please let Viv or Rosemary know as all requests can be catered for.
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Q U I Z and F O O D E V E N I N G
on WEDNESDAY 17th JANUARY
at the Village Hall at 7.00 for 7.30pm – Teams of 4
Bob and Rosemary Shepherd will be hosting. Bob organises a varied and entertaining quiz with an assortment of questions covering a vast range of topics and interests. The entertainment from the quiz is complimented by excellent local food provided by Rosemary and her Team.
£8.00 per head to include main course and pudding – extra puds at 50p!!…. with prizes!
Call to book your table and give any dietary requirements

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SATURDAY 20TH JANUARY at 2.30PM
THE BRUNSWICK CHOIR from Teignmouth at NETHERHAY CHAPEL
“These Singers in Harmony will be singing a mixture of songs - folk, old style etc. Their last concert with us was so entertaining, a really enjoyable afternoon. The Choir is generously not making any charge, - so we are hoping to raise lots of money for Shelterbox!  Admission: £4 to include tea and lots of cake!”- Jenny Beck

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THE GONDOLIERS
the film of Gilbert & Sullivan's romping musical…...(Can you trampoline while singing?)
at the Village Hall on SATURDAY 27th JANUARY

Doors open at 6.00pm - Film starts at 6.30pm - BAR: Open before film and during the interval.
INTERVAL FOOD: Choice of hot dish………..TICKETS: £6: Rosemary for Tickets in advance
[This is a Village Hall Car Park Fundraiser]
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11th A N N U A L P O T A T O D A Y
SATURDAY 3rd FEBRUARY
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

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ART GROUP - “Changes are afoot! The Art Group has quite naturally and comfortably evolved into a drop-in session on a Monday afternoon 2-4pm. Anyone is welcome to bring work to paint or draw. Help/guidance is available if wanted, and you are welcome to try different mediums with materials available in the Studio. I do ask that you let me know by 10am on the Monday if you would like to come along. If it’s a few, we meet in my studio; more and we will be in the comm-unity room, both at Netherhay Chapel. The cost (including tea and biscuits!) will be £2 if in the studio, £5 if there are more of us and we are in the larger room.” - Jenny Beck - jennybeck1427@gmail.com

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FLOOD WARDEN - Rob Hedditch has kindly taken over the role of flood warden from his father.
Mobile 07727168188…...Rob is available for issuing sandbags and clearing roadside drains, if anyone has or knows of a blocked drain give him a call.
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ARTSREACH and DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL present TWO SHOWS in FEBRUARY

The first is for children aged 4 to 11 + their families on MONDAY 12th FEB at 6.00pm
A STRANGE NEW PLACE is a completely original one woman show without words, combining physical theatre, stunning puppetry and original music.
We travel on an imagined voyage into space, paralleled with Amira’s real-life journey as a refugee across continents.

WINNER OF THE EDINBURGH FRINGE PRIMARY TIMES CHILDREN’S CHOICE AWARD 2017
Tickets Adults £6, Children £5, Families 2+2 £20

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On THURSDAY 22nd FEB at 7.30pm - The GRAHAMS from Nashville Tennessee
Expect an uplifting evening of beautifully authentic Americana Folk music.
The Grahams are being joined by a bass player and drummer for the show.

Catch them here before they go to The Lighthouse in Poole in March!
Tickets Adults £9, U18 £6, Families 2+2 £25

BOX OFFICE FOR BOTH SHOWS: email: roger@thesmithsmailbox.net

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A DATE FOR ALL YOUR DIARIES
COMING IN MARCH – DRIMPTON PRESENTS

A Village Voices Production
(Almost) a Panto Version of WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Featuring Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger
and a whole load of Rabbits on the run from Mr McGregor,
and don't forget The Weasels!

TWO PERFORMANCES on SATURDAY 17th MARCH
Matinee at 2.00pm – Evening at 7.00pm

TICKETS: Adults £6, Children £3, Under-5s Free - BOX OFFICE OPENS on FEBRUARY 1st !

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 2/1/2018 at: 10:11       Location: Drimpton Cross

Rainfall in December 2017

I am left with the impression that the last month of 2017 was dull grey and overcast, with quite a lot of rain. It wasn’t completely like that of course, there were some splendid blue skies and sunny days. However, of the 31 days in the month I did record 16 in which some rain fell and the shorter days give an enhanced gloom which can have a very depressing affect on some people. Additionally there were one or two days of very heavy rain which pushed my totals up to nearly 5.1/2 inches, much higher than the same period last year for a similar number of days rain. For a more detailed comparison, Rainfall at Drimpton Cross in December 2017 was 137 mm. (2016 32.5 mm.) or 5.42 inches (2016 1.28 inches). The good news is that we have had the Winter Solstice and the days are getting longer !

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