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Stan Photo Darleyby John Tatchell

Issue No. 232 February 2011

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News from the Villages Batcombe Chetnole Welcome to the February issue, Hermitage the first of 2011 and a happy new Hilfield year to all our readers. Leigh I would like to begin by Ryme Intrinseca thanking our outgoing Editor Yetminster Carol Porter for her outstanding contribution to the magazine and February & March Diary the local community and Regular Events welcoming our new Editor Bella General News

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Neate-Clegg. I would like to reiterate our commitment to the continued provision of a high quality magazine, catering for the needs of the Wriggle Valley community, which informs, enlightens and stimulates interest in local activities.

St Andrew’s Primary School News from our Churches Benefice Church Services Weather Watch Planning Applications Spotlight ... Club News

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Regular contributions and feedback from residents, via a network of village representatives and volunteers, are the life-blood of the magazine. The Wriggle Valley Magazine family, which includes the committee, village representatives and a small army of people (all volunteers) who deliver your free magazine, in all weathers, look forward to the challenges that 2011 will undoubtedly bring. Graham Plaice


Readers are invited to make voluntary donations towards the cost of production. These should be forwarded to the treasurer at Mallows House, Church Street, Yetminster, DT9 6LG. Cheques can be made payable to Wriggle Valley Magazine. Thank you for you continued support


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News from the Villages BATCOMBE..... Local representative: Alan Bastone (01300) 341351

Christmas was a joyous occasion despite the ice and snow. St Mary’s Church was filled with grown ups and children. The service was led by Rev Simon Brignall and it was nice to hear the voices of children on such a happy day. Afterwards we all enjoyed hot punch, mince pies and sweets for the children. Our thanks go to all the ladies who decorated the church and provided the eats and sweets. Christmas day service again saw the church filled, with Brother Damian, from the Friary, taking the service; our thanks to the Griffin brothers Jason and Michael for making a good job of salting the church path and steps and to John who managed

COFFEE MORNING 10 am, Wednesday 2nd Feb At the Friary to pull a few strings to get the council to part with some salt for the roads. Congratulations to Sarah Lindley and Andy Elford who got engaged on New Year’s Eve and will marry in Batcombe in July Alan Bastone

CHETNOLE..... Local representative: Gordon Ratcliffe 872996

The first snow fell gently on Chetnole on 26 November – much more was to follow! Let us spare a thought for all those, especially Jacky Sibun, who fell victim to the post-snow icy conditions in the run-up to Christmas. Quite a few slipped and fell on un-gritted, ice-covered lanes and were injured. A few strategically placed grit bunkers, preferably before the arrival of the next period of sub-zero bad weather, would come in handy. A pat on the back for those volunteers who braved the elements to tow

stranded cars out of trouble and also went to the aid of those without transport.. Did you know that Chetnole & Stockwood parish has a new register of 4 wheel drive vehicle owners who are willing to help others during bad weather? This is the brainchild of Jo Meier of Stockwood Mill and Sue Morgan (yes, “Sue of the weekly E-Diary”) has kindly volunteered to be the main contact for people in distress and to keep the register up to date. So - hands up, all you 4X4 & tractor drivers! (tel: 873104) (cont’d overleaf) 5

It all happens in Chetnole, on Belated congratulations to Jessica & Christopher Grant-Peterkin, on the birth of Wednesday mornings. Alan Bashford reported that “Some their daughter Rose on 1st November. Our sympathy and condolences to hooligan has burst the Basket Ball at the husband Reg and sons Julian and Adrian for playing field! The good news is I know who the loss of Dulce Triggs of Hamlet Farm, did it. Whilst my brother was visiting our whose funeral was held at St.Peter’s Church mother he decided to take her and his dog on 13 January. Dulce was well known to to the playing field for some exercise. older residents of the village, as a long- Unfortunately the ball got punctured standing member of the Garden Club and during the session, but it wasn’t the dog as a talented sculptress. Reg and Dulce that did it. Yes, our mother was the culprit. lived at Hamlet for over 50 years and she Even though she is 82 this year she managed to do the damage!! We have will be sadly missed. donated a new ball and it is ready and Comings and Goings: Jill Holder has moved from Braemar, waiting to be played with”. What strength Hamlet. We wish her happiness in her new the lady has! The moral of this story may well be “Don’t mess with Senior Citizens”. home in Yetminster. A few village hall related items missed A warm welcome to Rex and Gwen Houghton, parents of Lynn Darley, to their the deadline for the last issue – the annual new home at Bent Tree House and wish “Greasy Spoon Café” event on 31st October them both a happy life in Chetnole with was again a great success and raised £650 Stan and Lynn and their affable one-eyed for Save The Children. Well done, Bee and Anna and their team of helpers – that’s a lot dog, Tess. Village Hall - not only a new telephone of bacon, sausage and egg baps! The annual Village Curry Lunch was line, but also a computer with Broadband connection have been installed in the another successful culinary fundraiser, putting over £700 village hall for into the coffers. residents’ use e.g. Well done the shopping on line, curry makers, booking holidays etc. organisers and A weekly Outreach Post Office washer-uppers! service commenced Graffiti on 12 January and Any rail Wednesday “drop in passengers for a cup of coffee” arriving at mornings are also Chetnole Halt P.O. mornings from since the middle Brisk business at the new Outreach Post Office Service now on. Another of December have successful project for the VH Committee! been greeted by the sight of indiscriminate, More Good News – the excellent spray-painted defacements of the shelter, fortnightly mobile library service has so far notices, walls and the arch of the bridge. survived “the cuts” – so use it or lose it! Banksy it is not! (cont’d overleaf) 6


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Graffiti - street art? Mindless vandalism? Political protest? An anonymous cry for help? - opinions vary widely on the subject, however it seems way out of place in sleepy Chetnole. The British Transport Police would be glad to receive any information to aid their investigation on tel. no. 0800405040, case reference no. 2257. Gordon Ratcliffe


Farewell to the Tabors Towards the end of last year Sue and Bu Tabor decided that The Court was no longer a practical home for them and before Christmas moved to more convenient accommodation in Oxfordshire, closer to their families. This ended an association with the village and its affairs of over forty years. Bu (the name used by all which he claimed was derived from being a beautiful baby) purchased The Court, the principal house in the village, in 1969 on his retirement from the City. He had been educated at Eton and belonged to a distinguished Hertfordshire banking family. Sue, of Guernsey and Yorkshire origin, with many Dorset contacts, joined him on their marriage in 1973. For both it was a second marriage with grown and growing children. Their approach to life was enthusiastic and it was always enjoyable to be in their company. They often travelled abroad, in latter years returning to Thailand, always returning with amusing anecdotes. For many years Bu pursued country sports and as an expert fly fisherman would visit Scotland and Norway. At Chetnole Court he was an avid and knowledgeable gardener, willingly passing on advice and winning many prizes at the village flower shows for his vegetables.

They both played an active role in the village, Sue hosting many village related events while Bu undertook the leading role for Chetnole in the joint Leigh-Chetnole Parish Council. He became Chairman of the independent Chetnole Parish Council when it was established in 1981, a position he occupied for eighteen years until May 1999, with wisdom and tact at a time when the village was expanding and changing. Their contributions to the village were most generous, particularly in allowing the village to use their front field for the annual flower show. We send them our thanks and best wishes for a long continuing retirement. David Walker

British Legion Poppy Appeal 2010 Once again, most grateful thanks to all those who contributed so very generously to the Poppy Appeal this year, and also to those who kindly gave their time to deliver poppies around the village. All their efforts are very much appreciated. The sum raised in Chetnole this year amounted to ÂŁ443.35. There was no Church collection this year, but this amount was increased by a further ÂŁ30.80 as a result of those who kindly signed a Gift Aid form, making an overall total of ÂŁ474.15, and a new record for the box collection. A really magnificent achievement - well done everybody. Richard Holy-Hasted


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When Brian passed away in November, we lost a good friend whom we had known for many years. Our friendship began when he lived in Yetminster and continued after he moved to Chetnole. Brian was a very good painter and decorator and a very generous man, sometimes almost too generous. He was a knowledgeable person and a good conversationalist. He enjoyed walking and we well remember many happy hours in the company of Brian and his late wife Laureen on Exmoor, Dartmoor and around the Austrian lakes. Needless to say, we always ensured there was a pub en route! Brian loved playing cards and his card playing and Sunday Lunchtime mates will truly miss him and his sense of humour. Les and Connie Wallis

We appeal to all those who ride on the roads in this area, to always to wear HIGH-VIZ TABARDS; you have no idea how invisible you are to cars, when you are wearing a dark jacket on a dark horse against a dark hedge. PLEASE HELP US TO KEEP YOU SAFE! Sue Morgan

St.Peter’s Church 95 people attended the Christmas morning service taken by John Reynolds, Ann and Jenny. The collection of £238 was sent to the charity "SENSE" for deaf/blind children. On January 9th the congregation enjoyed a Praise and Prayer service taken by the Aldhouse family, with Jim on guitar. Ann Flew

Chetnole Village Hall 100 Club Results for December 2010: 1st Prize £50: no.139 Mr & Mrs S Darley & no. 163 and Mrs M Prodger 2nd Prize £30: no.32 - Mr & Mrs O Pope & no. 130 - Mr H Jenkinson 3rd Prize £20 no.41- Mr & Mrs C Shepperd & no.152 - Mrs A Frost Mal Prodger

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HERMITAGE.... Local representative: Ray Dickerson (01963) 210292

Quiz Night – 20 November 2010

A big “thank you” goes to Ray Dickerson who, with the help of his wife Christine and daughter Katherine, gave us all a very Village Hall repairs enjoyable evening testing our brain power. Lottery Grant success! This event has become a firm favourite We are very pleased to announce that with locals and visitors; long may Ray we have been successful with our continue to find even more obscure application for an Awards For All Grant questions to test us upon. (part of the Big Lottery Fund) to help towards the cost of repairing and redecorating the Village Hall. With this money, plus funds from our own account, we are able to go-ahead with the project. The work will start on January 25th. and is scheduled to run for approximately 5-6 weeks, therefore the Hall will not be available for use during this period.

Future Events The Village Hall committee is currently Winners - Running the Family working on a number of ideas for events during the early part of 2011. We will let you know our event list in future editions The leading positions were as follows – 1st– Running in the Family with our newly refurbished hall being on 2nd – 3J’s +1 (Yetminster) view at a themed evening on April 16. Please watch this space for more details. 3rd – One Lane (Chetnole).

Christmas Bingo This event unfortunately fell victim to the awful weather that we experienced at the beginning of December. It was just too dangerous to travel to/from the Village Hall. It was such a shame because Barbara and Sue, plus Charlie and Ann put so much effort into arranging and running these evenings. Bingo now takes a break but, hopefully, will return in the Autumn.


Spookily, the first two teams occupied the same positions in the last Quiz in April! In joint-4th position were 2 teams from Hermitage , The Muppets (Cindy and Mervyn Durham with Penny and Tony Eisdforth) and The Tecnams ( Jeremy and Liz Cozens with Mike and Rachel Rudd). Congratulations to you all and thanks to everyone for supporting the evening. A total of £152 was raised for the Village Hall funds.


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Carols by Candlelight 24th December Despite the incredibly low temperature and icy conditions we had a full church for the Carols by Candlelight service in Hermitage Church on Christmas Eve. Luckily Simon Brignall managed to get to us but Val Rowsell from Yetminster, who usually plays the organ, had injured her wrist the evening before. Christine Dickerson and Lucy Cozens stepped into the breach at the last minute to save the day and shared the playing. Josephine Mitchell sang a solo accompanied by her sister Emily which everyone enjoyed. We wish Val a speedy recovery. Liz Cozens

LEIGH..... Local representative: Anne & David Reason (01935) 873726

Welcome back to all our ‘Leigh Readers’ and a Happy New Year! Little did we know when last we ‘spoke’ what lay ahead with all that white stuff – it was probably a good thing. Next year there almost certainly won’t be so many requests for a ‘real’ White Christmas – 2010 saw so many events and family gatherings abandoned because it was too dangerous even to try walking to friends and neighbours. Fortunately so much happens in Leigh that many had already enjoyed several Christmas dinners before it was too late. The Village Hall’s Grand Gourmet Raffle was highly successful, with a magnificent range of food and drink donated by the loyal exhibitors who make Leigh’s annual Food Fair such a popular event. The 40th




anniversary of the Senior Citizen’s annual feast was celebrated in grand style and it was very fitting that the guest of honour was the widow of the Rev. Rodda, who is still well-remembered for all the good work he did for Church and Village so many years ago. The Leigh Luncheon Club’s Christmas Special was equally enjoyable a few days later, with a surprisingly large turnout considering the arctic conditions, and many of the other Clubs and Societies did their bit to ensure an adequate supply of mince pies and seasonal delicacies. At least there is Spring to look forward to now, another new beginning. Let us forget about VAT rises, fuel tax rises and other such financial squeezes! However my wise old (Yorkshire) Granny said ‘There’s no gain without pain’ and ‘If you ain’t got it don’t spend it!’ The trouble is it is a bit late now. However there is much that is good (we’ve won The Ashes!) and much to look forward to. Have a good month. David Reason 15

The Yetties The Yetties, the South West's most popular folk group, are retiring this spring and are doing one of their final concerts at Leigh Village Hall on Saturday 19 February at 7.30pm. Their very last gig in Sherborne has been sold out for some time so this really is one of the last opportunities for local people to see them in home territory. Tickets £8 (£6) from Eddie and Philippa, Folk South West, Church Farm, Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6HL tel. 01935 873889.


Leigh Village Quiz It hardly seems a year since our last Quiz, but once again it is the time to be entertained by Richard and Brenda Newcome in our lovely Village Hall. As usual we shall be in tables of four and do let me know on 01935 873535 or at if you already have arranged a table of four or would like to join one. This year the cost will be £4 per person to include tea, coffee or a soft drink. There is no need to bring your own alcohol this year, as wine and beer will be available at modest cost by the glass or by the bottle. Do bring though your own savoury snacks. There will be good prizes for the winning team and Richard and Brenda's quiz is a wonderful way to sharpen up your brain for the spring in a friendly atmosphere. We look forward to hearing from you that you and your friends are coming and to seeing you on the night,

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The Gourmet Raffle As I write the snow is falling and all about is crisp and even. As you read this, Elizabeth and I are far away in sunny climes and the Gourmet Raffle in early December is a distant memory. Nevertheless, we would still like to record our thanks to all those who participated and helped, but especially to those who donated a little something and to those who were more than generous. We have thanked everyone we can remember but there is always someone who slips through the net. If you are the one, please except our apologies and now our sincere thanks. We believe that the format worked and everyone seemed to enjoy the draw. We made £540 for the Village Hall. Julian and Elizabeth Turnbull

POPPY APPEAL 2010 I am always amazed at the generosity of the Leigh, Batcombe, Hermitage and Hilfield villages. And I know that the British Legion's Poppy Appeal is a very worthy cause but nevertheless a huge thank you to all for your very generous support. The House to House collection raised £834 and my grateful thanks are due to the collectors who go out in all weathers to knock on doors. To support the Appeal, Beverley Harrison entertained a full house in the Leigh Village Hall to a fascinating talk entitled: "Those Magnificent Women in their Flying Machines", the story of the indefatigable lady pilots who delivered aircraft from the factory to the field. It was interesting that there were some in the audience whose family had billeted those pilots in the difficult war years. Thank you Beverley; you helped to raise an extra £480 and give us a fascinating evening. Julian Turnbull

Evensong with a Difference Grey, wet and cold, February is the month everyone loves to hate, for by then Christmas is well and truly over and Spring seems a very long way away! But, even so, there are still things to celebrate about the second month of the year, join us for an Evensong with a difference.

St Andrew’s Church, Leigh 6.30pm, Sunday 13th February

A celebration of the Month of February in Words and Music Mulled wine and light refreshments will be served, and there will be a Retiring Collection in aid of St Andrew’s Fabric Fund and St Margaret’s Hospice. So do come along and join us – and you’ll see February in a very different light! Dorothy Baldock (873880)


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News from the Old Vicarage. We are very pleased to announce that Emily Rowe was presented with the Young Achiever award as part of the Ted Gully awards for new managers at a ceremony in Bristol. The key workers were runners up in their category at the annual Caring Times awards ceremony in London earlier in the month. Well done to them all! We have had a very busy month with performances by the St. Andrew’s Singers, St. Andrew’s school choir, Leigh Brownies and Leigh singers. Grateful thanks to all for helping to make our Christmas special. Members of the Wessex accordion band travelled from far and wide to entertain us with a wonderful selection of old songs and several residents enjoyed a Christmas lunch courtesy of the Senior Citizens Club and Leigh Lunch Club. The recent snow created problems as many staff live in outlying villages and towns, but everyone pulled together

Hats off to all that snow in the Old Vicarage

to ensure all shifts were covered and many lifts were shared. Marloes and Lisa, our two Dutch students, stayed with us for December and were called in to cover many shifts. We were delighted to win 3rd prize in the Yetminster Church Christmas tree festival. We had great fun creating our own unique decorations. Our Christmas panto was well received and was great fun if a little unrehearsed! Afterwards Santa delivered presents to everyone before a traditional Christmas lunch. Looking forward to the

New Year, we have Alison Charls giving a talk on butterflies, Tony Durkin is returning for another sing song and Denzil is preparing a talk and slide show entitled “What is Freemasonry?” We are always interested in involving the local community in our activities. If you would like to be involved, please give me a ring. Jan Millward. 01935 873579

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RYME INTRINSECA..... Local representative: Gilly Wilson 872982

It seems a long time ago now since we held our Carol Service on December 12th, which was very well attended. The church looked lovely decorated with Holly & Ivy and candlelight. This was followed by delicious mince pies and wine hosted by Gloria Abbey at the Post House – Many thanks Gloria for this lovely way to end the evening. The collection from the service and its 1/3 share from the Christmas day and Christmas eve services gained the Mercy Ships £184, which is doubled by a national benefactor. The midnight Christmas eve and Christmas day services were also well attended. On Christmas morning it was cheering to see the church filled with several large three generation families. The collection from these two services gave £94 each to the Yeovil Mens’ Night

Shelter and the Yeovil Womans’ Refuge. About 22 people, and quite a few dogs, turned out for the village walk – a brisk walk around the farm led by Mike and Jo Batten and then back to Church Farm for soup and sausage buns and a ‘sit down’. £115 was donated to Dogs For The Disabled. Welcome to Liz and Paul Sudden who have moved in to No. 2 Croft Corner. Liz works for the Council in Dorchester and enjoys walking. We hope they will be very happy here. Greetings from Michael in Ghana – he phoned Sue Footner on Christmas day and sent an email for New Years. He is happy and the arm is doing well. He sent his good wishes and thanks to all the people in the Wriggle Valley that made his operation possible. Gilly Wilson

YETMINSTER..... Local representative: Graham Plaice (01935) 872044 Collection point for hand written or typed articles Yetminster Post Office or 1 Cloverhay, Yetminster,

GRIT BINS During the recent cold spell a small minority of residents in Yetminster were seen taking grit from the bins in the village and using it on their drives and pathways. Not only is this illegal it is selfish, anti social and could put lives at risk.

A spokesman for Gloucester Police said in an article in the Cotswold Journal recently ‘Taking grit from bins for private use is against the law’. This view has been confirmed by the District Council. Residents using grit from the bins for private use could be prosecuted for theft.

Grit in bins is for use on pavements, roads which have not been gritted by the council and in areas much used by the public such as outside the Post Office. When we have another cold spell; please do NOT use the grit in the bins for your private use D G Gould,Chairman Yetminster and Ryme Intrinseca Parish Council 23

St. Andrew's Church Christmas Fair


FILM NIGHTS St Andrew’s Church Hall

Thursday 17th February

“The King’s Speech” 12A Historical Drama – The story of King George VI’s struggle to master his stammer. Already heralded as a BAFTA and Oscar winner. Colin Firth as the King, Helena Bonham-Carter as Queen Elizabeth, and Geoffrey Rush as the unorthodox speech therapist.

Thursday 17th March -

“Red” 12A – Action Thriller – Starring Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich

Tickets will be £5 to include a choc ice and will be on sale at Oak House Stores two weeks before each showing. Although tickets will be available on the door, it is most appreciated if they can be bought in advance so that seating can be sorted out reasonably accurately and enough wine and choc ices be brought to the Hall. Doors will open at 7pm (not before as Moviola need the time to set up) and films begin at 7.30pm. Look forward to seeing you there. 24

Held in November, this was was once again a huge success with Father Christmas and mulled wine (adults only) welcoming everyone, wonderful stalls with items of every description, raffles, childrens games and refreshments. An enjoyable time was had by all and the hard work by so many much appreciated. The grand total of £1600 was made, this will be put towards the upkeep of St.Andrew's Church. A big thankyou to everyone who helped in whatever way to make the day such a happy special occasion.

Carol Service Our Carol service and welcoming party took place on Sunday 19th December, a snowy, very cold and frosty day. The large "Christmas Choir" in excellent form with choir mistress Jane Rowbotham led the singing joined by a full church. The well known carols and lessons in such beautiful surroundings was a joy to behold. After the service most of the congregation and choir enjoyed refreshments and drinks in St.Andrew's Hall. Valerie Rowsell

Oakleigh Farm Shop Terri & Phil would like to thank all their friends, customers and the Parish Council for the support and help in the past year. We are pleased to say that planning permission has now been granted and work can begin on a new building to house the shop and kitchen. This will make life easier for us and access much better for our less able customers. We hope to have the new shop open by early summer. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year! Best Wishes and Many Thanks Terri & Phil Steele

Yetminster Methodist Church This is our first opportunity to pay tribute to John Nile, who sadly lost his long and courageous battle against cancer and died on December 28th 2010. John had been involved in our Methodist Church since he and Cynthia arrived in the village over 30 years ago. John was chiefly instrumental in organising the new access ramp into our church, which was opened last year. Two years of arranging architects, builders, planning permissions and the necessary grants: it involved a great deal of frustrating organisation – but one that ultimately brought John much

WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO satisfaction – and which has brought compliments from many people. John had been a Methodist Lay Preacher since 1991 and had led worship and preached in all the churches of our Sherburne and Yeovil Circuit and many in the North Dorset Circuit. We assure Cynthia and family of our continued thoughts and prayers. As many families have been and still are, affected by the deaths and debilitations caused by cancer, I trust that the following poem, which I read recently, may be appropriate and helpful to you:

Yetminster Fair Association - Village Supper We will be holding another in our series of popular Village Suppers in St. Andrew's Hall on Saturday 26th March, at 7.30pm. The theme this year will be British food, and another sumptuous feast is assured. Tickets will be £10, to include the supper and a half bottle of wine, and there will be live music. Tickets will be on sale in early March from Fair Committee members and Oak House Stores. As always, all proceeds will be donated to local charities.

Cancer is so limited… It cannot cripple love, It cannot cripple hope, It cannot corrode faith, It cannot eat away peace, It cannot destroy confidence, It cannot kill friendship, It cannot shut out memories, It cannot silence courage, It cannot invade the soul, It cannot reduce eternal life, It cannot quench the spirit, It cannot lessen the power Of the resurrection. Cliff Harris More about John Nile in our Churches news

Jolin Gallery Closed until 4th Feb

Diary of Events:


Wriggle Valley Variety Show An exciting new event is planned for Saturday 5th March in St. Andrew's Hall, with an afternoon performance at 3pm, and an evening performance at 7pm. It will be performed by local musicians and singers and will feature a variety of lighthearted songs, readings and instrumental pieces which should appeal to a wide

audience. Each performance will include an interval with refreshments. Tickets are reasonably priced at ÂŁ5, with under 16s free, and will be available from Oak House Stores from early February. All proceeds will be divided equally between St. Margaret's Hospice and Mercy Ships, and we hope you will come along and support this new venture.

Yetminster Fair Report from the Annual General Meeting of the Fair Committee Firstly a very belated thank you to everyone who supported the 2010 Fair either by having a stall, by helping with the event organisation or simply just by coming. All the High Street and Marquee spaces were taken and there were over 70 stalls in total with one of our biggest attendances of visitors! A truly splendid effort and even the weather was kind to us! The Fair Quiz Night on Friday night in St Andrew's Hall started the weekend and with quizmaster Graham in charge (together with whizzo scorer Simon doing the hard work!). The evening was a resounding success with picnic hampers everywhere. Candelabras were even spotted on some tables! The fair itself, on 26

The Highland Pipers playing at the Yetminster Fair last summer

Saturday, started with the traditional opening procession featuring the massed Bands, the Yetminster Irish Dancers and the Scouts, Guides and Brownies. The White Hart was again at the centre of things and there was music from the Durnovaria Silver Band and the Wessex Highlanders Pipe Band with dancing from the Yetminster Irish Dancers and "No Mean Feet". The Scouts and Brownies did a roaring trade

with their Dorset Teas, and Party Tyme Entertainments provided background music, announcements and compering duties. The Yetties (Yetminster's lovable sons) entertained everyone at their annual "at home" concert rounding off the day in the Fair Marquee in traditional style. On Sunday the unique Yetminster Fair Animal Service for the blessing of animals was held in the Fair Marquee and Rev.



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Simon did his best not to be phased by the range of animals that people brought along although he did however secretly admit that he was relieved that the threatened tarantula did not arrive! The end of a most successful Fair Weekend was marked by a Choral Evensong in St Andrew’s Church, followed by wine and refreshments. The fair is one of the oldest street fairs in Wessex and has been running almost continuously since the C13th. Its purpose is to support local charities and through your support and generosity we have been able to make the following donations:C of E Primary School Pre-school garden £894.00 St Margaret’s Hospice & Marie Curie Cancer Care £300.00 Yetminster Sports Club £300.00 Coffee Beans £100.00 Scouts Group & 1st Leigh Brownies £300.00 Chairs for the Church Hall £471.25 Irish Dancers £500.00 Wriggle Valley magazine £100.00 In addition to the above, we have also donated a further £50.00 to the school garden project on behalf of Ian Buckland for the use of his tractor/trailer on the fair day. Sadly, this was the last time that the Yetties will playing in the evening in the Marquee as they are retiring for a well earned rest after 50 years of entertainment.

The Ark The warehouse in Station Approach that was Foxlair Enterprises is undergoing some repairs at the moment but will be opening in April as an Antiques centre called THE ARK . As well as selling antique furniture there will be a restoration and repair workshop on site for damaged and neglected furniture.

Well done lads and thank you for all your support over the years. We are keen to retain the Saturday evening event as we feel it is an essential part of the weekend and we are in discussion with various entertainers including the winner of the 2010 BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year so watch this space! However, we do realise that it is a fair for everyone and therefore, if you have any ideas or feel you want to volunteer to help please let us know, either through the Wriggle Valley News post boxes, or by emailing us at Yetminster Fair Association 50 Club November 2010 Draw 1st Prize £50 No. 38 Mr P. Pulham 2nd Prize £30 No. 21 Mr P. Dobb 3rd Prize £20 No. 60 Mr G. Orton December 2010 Draw 1st Prize £100 No.3 Mr M. Hampson 2nd Prize £50 No. 43 Mrs B. Fellowes 3rd Prize £25 No. 11 Ms V. Kimber 4th Prize £15 No. 40 Mrs A. James January 2011 Draw 1st Prize £50 No. 18 Mr D. Fogden 2nd Prize £30 No. 41 Mr F. Fellowes 3rd Prize £20 No. 49 Mr F. Jesney

In addition to the antique side, there will be also areas available to local artists and crafts who might like to display and sell their wares. Any local artists or craftspeople interested in displaying or selling local at low cost should get in touch with me Mark Stephen, Proprietor, THE ARK, station Approach, Yetminster, DT9 6LH 01935 873237 or 07826 612819 29

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February & March Diary FEB R U AR Y Tue 1 Dorset Weather Man Wed 2 Batcombe Coffee Morning 4 Fri WV Players Panto Sat 5 Bring & Buy/coffee Sat 5 WV Players Panto Mon 7 C&L Garden Club "Compost" Tue 8 Yetminster/Ryme GAC Tue 8, Peter MJ Lightfoot 15, Art 22 Sun 13 Evensong Tue 15 St.Andrew's Xmas Tree Festival meeting Thu 17 Yetminster Film Night "T h e K in g 's S p e e c h Fri 18 Leigh Village Quiz Sat 19 The Yetties Mon 21 Messy Play Mon 21 Leigh Film Night"T h e K in g 's S p e e c h " Tue 22 Leigh WI -"Japan" talk M ARCH Fri 4 Women's World Day of Prayer Sat 5 WI "Big " Jumble Sale Wriggle Valley Variety Chetnole Flower Show & Fete Quiz Night Mon 7 C&L Garden Club visit Mon 7to Chetnole Art Group Exhibition Tue 8 Yetminster/Ryme GAC Fri 11 PTA Quiz Fri 11 Peter MJ Lightfoot Art Exhibition Thu 17 Yetminster Film Night "R e d " Mon 21 Leigh Film Night"A n o th e r Y e a r" Sat 26 Village Supper

7.30pm 10am

Leigh Village Hall The Friary

7.30pm 10.30am 2.30 & 7.30pm 7.30pm

Leigh Village Hall Stones Farm, Batcombe Leigh Village Hall Chetnole Village Hall

7.30pm 2.30 to 4.30pm

St Andrew's Hall Jolin Gallery, Yetminster

6.30pm 7pm

St Andrew's Church, Leigh White Hart,


St Andrew's Hall, Y'minster

7.00pm 7.30pm 9.30-11.00am 7.30pm

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Leigh Village Hall


St.Peter's Church

2.00pm 3pm & 7pm 7.30pm

Leigh Village Hall St.Andrews Hall,Y'minster Chetnole Village Hall

7.00pm 10.30am to 5.30pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 2.30 to 4.30pm

Castle Gardens Jolin Gallery, Yetminster


St.Andrew's Hall, Y'minster


Leigh Village Hall


St.Andrew's Hall, Yetminster

Castle Gardens St Andrew's Primary School Jolin Gallery, Yetminster


Regular Meetings‌. Mon - Fri

Wriggle Valley Pre-Sch

8.30am - 3.00pm St Andrew's P School

Every Mon

Leigh Short Mat Bowls


Leigh Village Hall

Ist Y'minster Guides

6.45 - 8.30pm

Trim Rm, Church Hall

Y'minster Table Tennis Club


scout Hut, Y'minster

Y'minster Bell Ringers

7.30pm-10.00pm St Andrew's Church

Topsy Turvy Toddlers

9.30 - 11.30am

St Andrew's School

Beavers (in term)

5.45 - 6.45pm

Scout Hut Y'minster

Scouts (in term)

7 - 8.30pm wint Scout Hut Y'minster

Every Tue

7 - 9.00pm sum

Scout Hut Y'minster


Chetnole Village Hall


Chetnole Village Hall

Chetnole Art Group

10.00 - 1.00pm

Chetnole Village Hall

Dollywood Dance Class


St And's Hall, Y'minster

Outreach Post Office Services

9.30am -12.30pm Chetnole Village Hall

Drop in Coffee Morning

10.00 - 12 noon Chetnole Village Hall

Y'minster Short Mat Bowls

7.00 - 10.00pm

Wednesday Club (in term)

3.15 pm-4.05pm St Andrew's P School

Yoga Class

10.30 - 11.30am Leigh Village Hall

Yoga Class

7.15 - 9.15pm

Leigh Village Hall

Leigh Short Mat Bowls


Leigh Village Hall

Y'minster Short Mat Bowls

2.00 - 5.00pm

St And's Hall, Y'minster

Leigh Brownies (in term)


Leigh Village Hall

Y'minster Cubs

6.45 - 8.15pm

Scout Hut, Y'minster

Bridge Club

7.00 - 10.00pm

Dairy House, Ryme

Advanced Pilates


Chetnole Village Hall

Table Tennis

9.30 - 12.30pm

Leigh Village Hall

Table Tennis for all

11.00 - 12 noon Chetnole Village Hall

Irish Dancers


Beginners Pilates

Every Wed

Every Thu

Every Fri

Every Sat


St And's Hall, Y'minster

Church Hall, Y'minster

‌Events & Activities 1st Mon

Chetnole & Leigh Garden Club


Chetnole Village Hall

1st Tue

Hospice Lunch


Manor Farm, Y'minster

Leigh Discussion Club (wint)


Leigh Village Hall

2nd Tues

3rd Tues

Wriggle Valley MU (alt months) 7.00pm

Church Hall, Y'minster

Tuesday Club (senior citizens)

Leigh Village Hall


Y'minster & Ryme Garden Club 7.30pm

As advertised

Senior Winter Lunch Outings

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WV Women's Group


See Monthly Calendar

Wriggle Valley Lunch Club


Leigh Village Hall

Leigh Parish Council - alt mnths 7.30pm

Leigh Village Hall

Last Tues

Leigh WI


Leigh Village Hall

1st Wed

Y'minster Senior Citizens


The Meadens

Coffee Beans Coffee Morning

10.00 - 12 noon Church Hall, Y'minster

Y'minster Historical Society


Church Hall, Y'minster

Police Support Unit

2.00 - 3.00pm

The Cross, Leigh

2nd/4th Wed

High Stoy Bible Study


Venue contact 872342

3rd Wed

District Council Ward Surgery

11.00 - 12 noon Jolin Gallery, Y'minster

2nd Wed

Police Community Support Wed/f/night

Sturminster Mobile Library

By church, Y'minster 11.15am

Church Lane, Hermitage


Shearstones, Y'minster


Stonyacres, Y'minster


Carpenters' Arms, Leigh


The Church, Chetnole


Lamb Plot, Chetnole

Whist Drive


Chetnole Village Hall

Wed - Sat

Friary Shop

2.30 - 4.30pm

The Friary, Hilfield

Alt Thurs

Hermitage and Hilfield YFC

Bridport Mobile Libray

Leigh Village Hall

2nd Th/alt mth Chetnole & Stockwood PC


Chetnole Villlage Hall

Last Thurs

Y'minster Fair Assoc


White Hart

2nd/3rd Sat

YPFPC Wastepaper Coll


Playing Fields, Y'minster


General News

Thank You John Nile Methodist Local Preacher

Knights in shiny tractors (and other assorted vehicles)

On behalf of all the family, please may I Community spirit is alive and well in our express my sincere gratitude for all the rural area. I would like to say a big thankheartfelt messages of condolence we have you to all the residents of Hermitage who received following John's death on 28th stopped to help push or tow me from the December and funeral on 11th January. We hedges on an icy afternoon just before have been deeply touched by the warmth Christmas. Nobody had to stop and help and outpouring of love from all quarters. but I was very grateful they did. Thank you Please accept this as my personal to the Mayo men and to the others whose expression of thanks. names I didn’t catch for all their assistance. Mrs Cynthia Nile Judy Gallimore Casella, Queen Street, Yetminster

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Are you getting your copy of our weekly "What's On in and around Chetnole" bulletin? It is available to anyone with an email address, but paper copies can be made available to those in Chetnole without computers. We are willing to extend circulation to Batcombe, Hermitage, Melbury Bubb and Stockwood. If there is anyone out there who would like to get on the circulation list please email Sue Morgan on or phone 873104. If anyone in Leigh, Yetminster, Ryme Intrinseca or Hilfield would like to advertise events in our diary, which now reaches over 100 homes, do get in touch!

St Andrew’s Christmas Tree Festival 1st prize

The WI decorating their tree

Although this event was masterminded by The Wriggle Valley Mothers Union, it was a truly a community event and we are so grateful to the 26 organisations who agreed to take part in the first festival of its kind here in the Benefice. I hope you all agree that it was a success! In spite of icy conditions we had lots of visitors during the week of the Festival and we are grateful to the PCC of St Andrew’s, Yetminster for keeping the church so warm at the weekends. At the mulled wine and mince pie party on Saturday 11th December the following winners were announced:

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The Old Vicarage, Leigh The Wednesday Club We raised ÂŁ317.97, half of which went to The Wriggle Valley Benefice and half to the charity chosen by the winner, the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. We just wish all the charities chosen could have been winners! We are having a feedback meeting on Tuesday 15 February at 7pm in the White Hart, Yetminster to discuss whether this event is held annually or biannually and

Yetminster Bell Ringers with their tree

whether a committee from the community would like to take over the running this event. Do come and join us if you are interested. Anne Reason (873726)

hard for his final examination. He ends his e-mail saying how grateful he is and A while ago Sue Footner helped thanking everybody and sends his love raise funds to enable a young African to all. man called Michael to come to England and have a major operation. An e-mail Yetminster Health Clinic has just been received by Granny Sue Arrivals and departure We have had an auto check-in screen (named by Michael) thanking everyinstalled in the entrance hall of the surgery. body for their efforts and interest in his It is very easy to use and is a facility for well being. Michael is looking forward patients to check themselves in for to going back to school and is studying

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Health Care Assistant. We hope this will reduce some of the waiting time at reception and allow the receptionists more time to make your new appointments and take telephone calls. After nearly fourteen years I will be retiring from the practice at the end of February. I have enjoyed working in Yetminster and I know I will miss seeing so many of you. However I am looking forward to being one of those “who doesn’t know how they found time to work”! My place will be taken by Nicola Williams who has been a Practice Manager in Yorkshire for the past five years. With best wishes, Sue Thring.

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Dorset’s Best Charity Auction & Raffle As the culmination to a very busy and exciting Centenary Year, Girlguiding Sherborne District (which includes Yetminster Guides & Rangers and Leigh Brownies) undertook to raise money and awareness for Guiding and two charities that we are supporting as part of Girlguiding UK’s ‘Changing the World’ project. We held a hugely successful Charity Auction and Dinner at Leigh Village Hall on 27 November. 80 people enjoyed a delicious meal provided by local food producers and were entertained (and encouraged to part with their cash) by Felix Rigg, musician and principal auctioneer for King Sturge. In conjunction with the Auction, we raffled a fantastic Christmas Hamper which contained goodies generously donated by many local companies. The winning ticket, drawn by celebrity chef Lesley Waters, was sold by Sherborne Brownies. The two events raised a massive £3,377 which will be split between the three charities – Julia’s House Hospice – Dorset's only hospice dedicated to children with lifelimiting conditions, CAMFED - (Campaign for Female Education) which provides education for girls in sub-saharan Africa (thus fighting the cycle of poverty and HIV/AIDS in this region) and Girlguiding Sherborne District. A huge Thank You to everyone who has supported us, in many different ways: from those who attended, were very generous donors, helped publicize the event and the Guides, Rangers and Leaders who worked very hard in advance and on the night to serve and clear away. And of course, to Jane Read (whose daughter, Ethne, is a Guide at Yetminster) the driving force behind it all! Angela Orton Yetminster Guides and Rangers



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2.30pm, Friday 4th March St Peter’s Church, Chetnole Theme: How many loaves have you? Prepared by Christian Women of Chile

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Valerie Rowsell, 872594 The Reverend Professor Charlie Moule My uncle, the renowned Anglican biblical scholar Charlie Moule, as he was popularly known, came from an eminent church and missionary family. He obtained a first at Cambridge and trained for ordination at Ridley Hall where his grandfather was once Principal and where he himself became Vice-Principal at the age of 28. His Cambridge career culminated in his appointment as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity, a post he held for 25 years, where he influenced a generation of Anglican leaders including Rowan Williams (at whose wedding he officiated), John Sentamu and the late Graham Stanton, his successor as Lady Margaret Professor. For just over four years, until his death at the end of September 2007 at the age of nearly 99, Charlie lived at The Old Vicarage, Leigh, where he was lovingly looked after by Annie and her staff. Almost until the end he was a regular worshipper in our churches, particularly Leigh and Yetminster and he made many friends. Even those he didn't

know personally were glad to have 'shared a pew' with him. When he died we found among his papers several short and simple accounts of what he believed, often in response to requests by local friends - not high-powered theological statements but the distilled wisdom of great age, beautifully written and accessible to everyone. There were also a few sermons he had preached, mainly locally, in earlier years (including the still remembered one on 'And can it be', preached at Songs of Praise in Chetnole in 1996); and a charming little salute to the white doves at The Old Vicarage. These I have transcribed and prepared for publication and Dr Robert Morgan, a parish priest and theologian at Oxford, who preached at the Thanksgiving Eucharist in Yetminster, has added an extended introduction, placing the writings in the context of Charlie's life-long work as one of the leading theologians of the 20th Century. We have also been allowed to print The Archbishop of Canterbury's inspiring address at the Thanksgiving Service in Great St Mary's church in Cambridge. Now the whole collection has been published by Canterbury Press in the series 'Canterbury Studies in Spiritual Theology' under the title 'Christ Alive and at Large - unpublished writings of C F D Moule'. The book is in paperback, ISBN 978-1-84825-018-5 and can be ordered from bookshops, Amazon or from Canterbury Press online. Patrick Moule

Leigh Food Festival and Car Display ADVANCE WARNING!! For anyone organising events in the summer of 2011 the Leigh Food Festival and Car Display will be on Saturday 16th July. Any queries please contact Elizabeth Turnbull on or 01935 873846


Conservation Action Days on our local Butterfly Reserves February/March 2011 ALNERS GORSE Saturday February 5th 10am – 4pm Carrying on with our woodland and scrub management work. There will be a bonfire with soup and baked potatoes for lunch. Do join us if you can! BROADCROFT BUTTERFLY RESERVE, PORTLAND Saturday February 12th 10am – 4pm. Valuable work for our limestone-loving species. ALNERS GORSE RESERVE Wednesday February 16th 10am – 4pm A joint workparty with the BTCV Mid-week group. Carrying on with our woodland and scrub management work. There will be a bonfire with soup and baked potatoes for lunch. Do join us if you can! BROADCROFT BUTTERFLY RESERVE, PORTLAND Sunday March 6th 10am – 4pm. A joint work party with the Dorset Countryside Volunteers. LANKHAM BOTTOM RESERVE Sunday March 13th 10am – 4pm continuing the task of gorse and thorn scrub clearance on this important downland reserve. Advance notice: SPRING AT ALNERS GORSE Saturday 30th April – Sunday May 1st Saturday 7pm Barbecue and Moth Trapping. Camping facilities are available for anyone wishing to stay overnight – bring tent, sleeping bag, eating utensils etc and food and drink to share. Sunday 4am for 4.30 The Nightingale Experience. Dawn Chorus Walk to hear the nightingales and other spring songbirds. Followed by breakfast. Booking essential 40 or tel: 01963 23559. 9am Moths Inspection of last night’s moth catch followed by refreshments at 10.30am. 11am – 1pm Guided Walk to see the butterflies and other wildlife. Alners Gorse reserve entrance is on the road from Hazelbury Bryan to Kings Stag beside the Hazelbury Bryan village sign and 30mph sign. Park on the road verge well away from the bend. Map reference: ST 736100. Lankham Bottom The reserve entrance is off the minor road from Cattistock to the A37 about ½ mile west of the A37. Park inside the metal gate. Map Reference ST 606004. Broadcroft Quarry Reserve Turn left off Easton Road onto Grove Road and about 100 yards on the right is a track (opposite Portland Football Club) which leads to the car park, map reference SY 695723. For further information please contact Nigel Spring on 01963 23559 or 07981 776767, or email

Tom Withycombe, the Gardening Man Tom is taking a break from his Gardening notes for a while, but I am sure you would like to join me in thanking him hugely for all his tips over the last few years. Our gardens are much happier places with all the tender loving care given them by his encouragement. Should you have any gardening queries email them to us and I will pass them on.

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Do you have or care for children aged 0 – 5 years? The Sherborne Children’s Centre are providing free of charge (unless otherwise stated) a range of activities that include: Sherborne Children’s Centre Active Play at 10:00 – 11:00 on Fridays – 4 Feb and 4 March Baby Massage (5 week course) £5 donation per course at 13:15 – 14:45 on Fridays – 14, 21, 28 Jan and 4 & 11 Feb Baby Massage (5 week course) £5 donation per course at 13:15 – 14:45 on Fridays – 4, 11, 18, 25 March and 1 April Multiple Births at 09:30 – 11:30 on Thursdays - 20 Jan, 24 Feb, 31 March Paediatric First Aid Course (2 night course) £5 donation per course at 19:00 – 21:00 on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 Feb Stay & Play – Under 3’s at 13:00 – 15:00 on Mondays – 10, 17, 24 & 31 Jan, 7, 14, 21, 28 February, 7, 14, 21, 28 March Under One’s at 09:30 – 11:00 on Mondays – 10, 17, 24 & 31 January, 7, 14, 21, 28 February, 7, 14, 21, 28 March Leigh Village Hall Messy Play at 09:30 – 11:00 on Mondays – 24 Jan, 21 Feb, 21 March Sherborne Methodist Church Hall Young Parents at 13:00 – 15:00 every Wednesday (during term time) West End Hall Baby Sign and Song (5 week course) at 13:00 – 14:30 on Tuesdays – 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 March It would be helpful if you could book your attendance at these activities to the Sherborne Children’s Centre on 01935 813021 (or 01305 852843) or by email at 42

If you love music and singing (if only in the shower!) and are aged between 10 and 18 we hope you’ll join us for:

Loud and Clear! a youth singing day We’ll be trying out our voices, learning some harmonies and taking a look at Gospel music Led by Yvette Staelens an inspirational vocal leader No auditions or tryouts needed! Saturday 19 March 10am to 4pm at Leigh Village Hall Cost: £5.00 per person to include lunch Please come and bring your friends and help make it a really great day! If you’d like to find out more please contact Philippa Toulson on 01935 873889, email or Maggie Henry on 01935 872883, email We hope this will be the start of a Wriggle Valley youth choir. More singing days to come – watch out for next!

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St Andrew’s C E Primary School What a brilliant first term… St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School has been everything I hoped it would be and more. The children of St. Andrew’s are, as you all know, a joy to know and teach. They are bright, questioning and with a strong desire to learn and become good friends to all in their community. The induction service held for me in September was a lovely welcome from the Benefice – thank you to everyone who came. My children are still talking about it and Andrea, my wife, said how warm and friendly the whole morning was. The Autumn term was certainly a stereotypical first term for a new head teacher. My feet barely touched the ground, so many people to

Our little angels in Acorn Class

meet, so many new names the buses and the school to learn. I am still asking meals service stop running it some people who they are. is extremely difficult to Apologies to all who have remain open. I was very been asked this more than reluctant to close the school once! And then we had the – being the father of 3 young snow. Always a testing time girls, I do understand the for schools all over the childcare issues facing country, I soon realised the parents. It was certainly a special nature of Dorset’s baptism of fire..or snow. rural schools and the Hopefully we’ve seen the disruption that adverse last of the last of it. weather can cause. Once It was shame that we were forced to miss the last day of term as I was so looking forward to ending on a high with the church service and wishing everyone a Happy Christmas. It isn’t the same on the phone or by email. Thank you to everyone who has made my first term such a delightful one. Paul Miller, Headteacher

Paul helping out with our Eco-Day litter pick in the school grounds Having fun at pre-school


News from our Churches The National Schools society. Celebrating 200 years of education.

Boyle’s will and a school established for ’ten boys from Yetminster, six from Leigh and four from Chetnole’. Amongst other institutions to benefit from his legacy were the grammar school of Bolton Abbey and Oxford University. In what were then the American colonies he established a fund for the Christian education of native Americans at Harvard university. The original school, now a residential property, can still be seen in Yetminster at the end of the High Street, and is at present undergoing renovations. The charitable Trust set up to administer the Boyle bequest continues its work of supporting young people through education and creative activities today. The Boyle school outgrew its original home and moved into the Old school building in Church Street. In 1976, following the closure of the church schools in Leigh and Chetnole, the school moved to its present site in a new building serving the whole of the Wriggle valley.

Our church school, St. Andrew’s in Yetminster is the proud inheritor of 200 hundred years of education in church schools across the country. The National society founded in 1811 by Joshua Watson under the patronage of the Archbishop of Canterbury, created a network of church schools across the parishes of England. The National society funded building, as well as enlarging and equipping classrooms in nearly 17,000 schools. From 1870 onwards this became the basis of our national school system. Today there are 5,000 Church of England schools in Wales and England, educating almost 1 million children and young people. On February 13th we will be celebrating this proud inheritance in our Faith Focus service at St. Andrew’s church, Yetminster. St. Andrew’s school itself can look back another 100 years further. The famous scientist and philosopher Robert Boyle, founder member of the Royal society, left a bequest in his will for the foundation of a school. John Warr, his executor bought an We can be proud to follow in the estate in Yetminster in 1699 and in 1711 footsteps of such men and Boyle, described this estate was conveyed to the Boyle as ‘a very perfect pattern, he was a devout charitable trust under the terms Robert 46

Robert Boyle 1627 - 1691

Christian, humble and modest... highly charitable... delighted in nothing so much as doing good’. Our present church school continues to foster not just a love of learning but the nurture of a Christian life. Men like Watson and Boyle too would be proud to be associated with our school where ‘living, learning and longing to make a better world’ is written not just on our letter heads but in our hearts. The Boyle Charitable Trust is always ready to consider requests for funding educational projects. Please apply by letter to: Boyle’s Educational Trust, Bound lane Farm, Leigh. Reverend Simon Brignall

John Henry Nile Died 28 December 2010 aged 83 years John was born in Cornwall, to a Methodist Family, the youngest of four children. He attended the Grammar School in St Austell and then followed his two brothers into the Navy at the earliest opportunity, joining up just before his 16th birthday as an engineering apprentice. He served at Yeovilton (where he played football for them in the Perry Street League), aircraft carriers and also instructed at the Naval Electrical School, leaving with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. After his Navy days John's path took him through the Radio and Television trade, where he

John and Cynthia Nile

met many people and made many friends. He would often amaze his young sons Nick and Phil by bringing blank TV screens to life producing the cure from his ''magic suitcase'' full of television valves of all

descriptions. Ever the problem solver, John joined Westlands, working there for 22 years, retiring as a Chief Electrical Designer in 1989. John met and married Cynthia, moving shortly afterwards to Yetminster 47

where they have lived happily for the past 34 years, being involved in many village activities as well as the Methodist Church. John had two sons, Phil and Nick, they together with theirs wives Julia and Laney, provided John with four granddaughters, Naomi, Melly, Anna and Lucy. John was one of the Stewards at the Chapel for 25 years, during which time he saw a number of changes,

friends from around the village who always came to help. Even during his recent illness John retained his interest in his main hobby of vegetable gardening, his gardening skills were acquired whilst ''Digging for Victory'' avoiding Latin lessons at Grammar School, to plant vegetables in the school flower borders. After retiring John enjoyed voluntary work for a few years as an Advisor at

including the new disabled ramp and the creation of a new garden. He also arranged the annual Autumn Fair, the proceeds were given to a variety of charities over the years, most recently St Margaret’s Hospice and the Devon and Somerset Air Ambulance. Not only were Chapel members involved, but John recruited a list of

Sherborne Citizens Advice Bureau. He also became a Lay Preacher in the Sherborne and Yeovil Methodist Church Circuit. To John his faith was of the utmost importance and the


From the Registers: Funeral/Thanksgiving Eileen Fisher Chetnole Patricia Bathie Chetnole

quiet way in which he shared that through leading worship and preaching the word of God was a blessing to so many people. He was much appreciated in the local Methodist Churches and also by the North Dorset Circuit where John preached annually as part of the Local Preacher exchange. The last service he conducted was at Yetminster. Our thoughts and prayers are with Cynthia and the family at this difficult time, but they know there is much support for them. More than 100 people crammed in to Yetminster Methodist Church for a thanksgiving service and the singing of the hymns John chose probably reverberated throughout the village as the congregation sang with gusto. Previous to this the committal at Yeovil Crematorium was supported by others and again John had chosen the hymns he wanted, all containing aspects of the faith he wanted to share with others, even beyond his death. Linda Barriball Superintendent Methodist Minister

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Leigh Weather Watch November/December 2010 “In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter, long ago.” Traditional carol

Yes – some of us thought that global warming had banished that type of winter forever. How wrong we were! Never before have we recorded a month like December, when the temperature averaged a really bleak minus 0.8C (30.6F) instead of the usual plus 5.0C (41F). Was this the first time that Dorset has been colder than Siberia? Temperatures The first days of November were mild but the big freeze soon set in and continued until the New Year, when a welcome thaw cleared the ice and snow that had ruined so many Christmas travel plans. Average November temperatures were 28% below normal but December was far colder, with the average staying below zero throughout instead of +5C (41F). We usually have fewer than 70 frosts a year but 2010 beat all Month

records with 111 (35 of them in November and December). Rainfall November rainfall was just below the average amount but December’s total was 70% less than usual. This resulted in total rainfall for 2010 being 10% below average, at only 828mm (33”). Snow did not fall on many days but it stayed frozen for so long that it caused almost impossibly icy conditions on untreated lanes and roads. Sunshine Although November was fairly sunny December was the dullest on record, with a 40% drop in sunshine and heavy cloud cover for most of the month. Winds Wind speeds in November were close to normal but December was an exceptionally calm month as the cold air refused to move away. The strongest gust was only 27 mph, 33% weaker than the usual peak of 40mph. December. Even so, with such low temperatures the mildest breeze caused painful wind chill. Phil Bryan

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1/D/10/1430: HIGHER FARM, BATCOMBE LANE. Convert outbuilding for use as additional residential rooms. Install new windows & 3 rooflights. (Full) 1/D/10/1561: HIGHER FARM, BATCOMBE LANE. Internal & external alterations to outbuilding. (Listed Building Consent) 1/D/10/1688: BENT TREE HOUSE, MILL LANE. Remove window & insert french door. Remove door & insert window. Insert new ceiling. (Listed Building Consent) Progress: APPROVED. 1/D/10/1801: FORMER CHETNOLE POST OFFICE, YETMINSTER ROAD. Change of use from redundant shop to additional living accommodation for existing dwelling. (Change of use) Progress: APPROVED. 1/D/10/1962: FOUR MARTINS, YETMINSTER ROAD. Extension & new tiled roof to existing bay window. (Full)


1/D/10/1792: BEULAH, HERMITAGE LANE. Single storey extensions & alterations. New vehicular access.(Full) Progress; APPROVED. 1/D/10/1904: CHURCH FARM COTTAGE, CHURCH ROAD. Install 2 rooflights. (Full) 1/D/10/1910: CHURCH FARM COTTAGE, CHURCH ROAD. Convert attic space to bedroom & install 2 rooflights & new escape door. (Listed Building Consent)


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R W M LIMITED, CHETNOLE ROAD: Extensions to existing premises and remodelling yard. Extensions to car park including new vehicular access. Form new vehicular access to existing Chetnole House building & infill existing. (Full) OAKLEIGH, COLES LANE. Farm shop with kitchen, prep room & cold store. (Full) Progress: APPROVED. RYLANDS, RYME ROAD. Construct Manege. (Full) Progress: APPROVED. 35, CLOVERMEAD. Certificate of lawfulness for proposed extension of bungalow to form ‘granny annexe’. (Certificate of Lawfulness(Pro) Progress:REFUSED MANOR HOUSE, HIGH STREET. Replace mullions to dining room window . (Listed Building Consent) Progress: APPROVED. PRIORS CLEVE, HIGH STREET. Carry out alterations & replace roof of outbuilding. (Full) PRIORS CLEVE, HIGH STREET. Carry out alterations & replace roof of outbuilding. (Listed Building Consent) THE POPLARS, BRISTER END. Extension. (Amended roof material) (Full) Progress: APPROVED. CHAPEL LANE. Agricultural livestock & storage building. (Full Progress:APPROVED 29, CLOVERMEAD. Rear extension. (Full) 1, THORNFORD ROAD. Single storey rear & side extensions. (Full) BRIDGE HOUSE, HIGH STREET. Replace oil tank with air source heat pump. Install Solar PV Panels to outbuilding. (Full) BRIDGE HOUSE, HIGH STREET. Replace oil tank with air source heat pump. Install Solar PV Panels to outbuilding. (Listed Building Consent)

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SPOTLIGHT on our community Rose Burt - Yetminster

My sister, Rose has lived in the village of Yetminster for over 80 years; she was born on 22 Apr 1920 and moved to the village in 1930. She had three brothers: Harold a retired policeman, Fred who sadly died at the age of 48 from war injuries and myself. She attended the Yetminster Girls and Infants school. On leaving school at the age of 14 years, Rose entered service as a parlour maid in several large houses in the local area. She met her future husband Roy at school and

eventually romance blossomed, however, the outbreak of the Second World War saw Roy enlisted into the British Army. Rose and Roy were married in the Yetminster Church on Christmas Day 1940. Roy saw action on several fronts and was one of the lucky ones to be rescued from the beaches at Dunkirk. After he was demobbed from the Army, Roy returned to Yetminster and was employed as a driver and then moved onto working on the roads as a foreman for the District Council.

Rose and Roy were blessed with two children, a daughter Doreen and son Ivan and in turn they provided Rose with four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Over the years Rose has enjoyed, and became very accomplished in, the art of gloving. She also developed into one of Yetminster’s own strictly come dancing ball room celebrities, attending dances in local village halls. Sadly Roy died in 1997 and Rose still lives independently in Eastlands, Yetminster. She enjoys her outings with the Senior Citizens and enjoys going on holiday to Majorca with her daughter Doreen and family. Rose is also lucky enough to have her daughter-in-law Joyce and son Ivan living close by her in Yetminster who are able to check on her every day. This is a lady who has seen Yetminster develop through the Second World War to present day - a truly remarkable lady. Maurice Smith 57

A Tribute to Leonard Henry Newman (Lisle) Batcombe Farmer and RAF Pilot Born on 7th December 1919, at Court Farm, Batcombe, Lisle was educated initially at home and later in Leigh. At age twelve, he went to Hardy’s in Dorchester as a weekly boarder until he was eighteen. There, he won a scholarship to study agriculture at Reading, where he completed one year, before volunteering to join the Royal Air Force. After training at Blackpool and Newquay, he became a pilot. His squadron saw action in 1943 and 1944 in North Africa and the Mediterranean, where he was flying Walrus sea planes, rescuing airmen (German and Allied) who had been shot down. Later on, a book was written about the experiences of No. 283 squadron (as well as others who did similar air-sea rescue work): “Beyond Courage” (Norman Franks, Grub Street, 2003). Lisle features prominently in this book. He ended up his career as a pilot in Egypt flying Spitfires to give British warships practice in shooting at this type of aircraft, before finally being sent home with yellow fever in early 1945. On returning from the war, he completed his studies at Reading and secured a post as Vice Principal at Riseholme Farm Institute, near Lincoln. He helped set up the institute, buying cows and recruiting the dairymen, as well as lecturing the students on all aspects of dairy farming. In his free time, as well as playing hockey and iceskating, 58

he enjoyed ballroom dancing. The farm institute organised dances to entertain staff and students. They invited female staff from the nearby hospital as dance partners, and would send a trailer with straw bales to pick them up! At one of these dances, just before Christmas in 1949, he met Lilian Meyer. They got engaged in March 1952 and married in September of the same year. They lived at Riseholme until 1955, when his father died and they moved back to Dorset to help with the farm. They lived at Calfhay farm, where he built a new dairy, barns and pig and calf houses. They had a dairy of 90 cows, which he milked with his sister Madge, as well as sheep and pigs. Their children Martin, Beverley and Karen were born while at Calfhay where the family lived until 1969, when they decided to sell the farm and moved to live in Chetnole. Lisle carried on working Harris Farm,

They came back to Dorset to live at Stonecroft in 2004 to be closer to Madge and Stella. Lisle was constantly busy improving the farm or house – hedgecutting, draining, building an extension and new garage, a patio and steps. In June 2010, at the age of 90, he announced that he wouldn’t be doing any more building, as he felt a bit tired. Lisle died on 28th August 2010, following eight months of illness. As he had requested, his body was donated to the University of Bristol for research purposes. He was a truly great man, who made a difference in the lives everyone who knew him and he is sorely missed. Beverley Newman

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Batcombe until his retirement in 1981, following a hip replacement. During the time he lived in Dorset, Lisle was involved in a range of local activities: the Young Farmers Club (organising the entertainment for the Harvest Supper on a number of occasions), the Drama Club (some may remember his performances with Yvonne Cull, Mrs Farrell and Paul Horsey) and the Discussion Club. In 1981 they moved back to Lincolnshire (Lilian’s mother and family still lived there, as well as many friends), and stayed there for almost twenty-five years. During this time, he actively pursued the many hobbies he had never had time for in Dorset: badminton, rollerskating, sailing, windsurfing, tennis and snooker.

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Club News Chetnole & Leigh Garden Club Since the November report on the activities of the Garden Club we have two events – The Christmas Party and our first lecture of 2011. Both proved very enjoyable evenings – at the first wine was consumed and at the second, tea and coffee was available. How things change! Must be the economy. The Christmas Party was very well attended, the main event – apart from the wining and dining - being an ingeniously constructed and not too serious quiz with around a dozen teams of six or more competing for pride and chocolate lollipops. The quiz was put together with great skill by Ray and Christine Dickerson from Hermitage and was hugely enjoyed by those present. This, the main course, was followed by dessert in the form of a couple of amusing offerings from the Club resident bard, John Head and washed down with a musical finale from strolling Jim Aldhouse accompanied by the unique tones of David Gough. Altogether a great evening! The Club’s New Year kicked off on January 10 in Chetnole Village Hall with a lecture on the Flora & Fauna of The Western Cape given by the Club’s own intrepid Africaphile, Blair Sibun. It was a tribute both to the subject and the speaker that so many people turned out on a truly foul night to hear what Blair had to say. They were not disappointed. Expressing his passion for this beautiful part of Africa with as much feeling as he does for his beloved orchids, Blair laced his talk with his usual earthy humour as he wove images of regional scenery, wildlife and a wide ranging number of plant types into an enchanting presentation. 60

From the well known profile of Capetown’s Table Mountain we were escorted via Cecil Rhodes’ Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens and Cape Point National Park to Fynboss and finally to the coastal area east of Capetown. We were introduced to Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Double Collared Sun Birds and Ostrich: to the Cape Mountain Zebra, Black Girdled Lizard, a picnic stealing band of mugging beach Baboons, African Penguins (aka Jackass Penguins) and breaching Southern Right Whales – a wide panoply of wildlife. However, Blair’s greatest moments of excitement were saved for the plant life of which he showed us a huge range. Apart from the national flower, the Protea, we were treated to exceptional images of glorious drifts of multi coloured wildflowers – including acres of golden Ursinia and Blue Flax; also a wide range of other native flowers – a number of which survive (under normal conditions) in our gardens and greenhouses. However, it was unsurprising when one recalls that Blair is a RHS Award winner for orchids, to note his dewy eyed expression when he showed the local S. African versions of that family – especially the Bonatea speciosa – better known as the Green Wood Orchid. The talk was over all too soon, such had been the pleasure gained and the interest stimulated by the subject and by Blair’s delivery. The Club’s next event is on Monday 7 February at 7.30pm in Chetnole Village Hall when the speaker will be Milly Carmichael; her subject is “Compost!” – a fascinating topic dear to the hearts of all true gardeners! Tom Withycombe




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Wriggle Valley Player News an evening performance). As I write this magazine, deadline dates being what they are we are busy painting the magnificent set and preparing ourselves; with only a few days to our first performance there is little time to sit back and wonder what might be, we are working, beavering away at what is NOW!! This is again a truly Wriggle Valley Pantomime, conceived and written by Wriggle Valley resident, Philip Tebbat and created by our local lads and lasses, so come along and support us at the wonderful Leigh Hall; a comfortable seat and a warm welcome is guaranteed‌.oh yes it does‌ We look forward to seeing you there and hope you enjoy our efforts. Jim Aldhouse Steve Crumpler, panto set designer creating a piratanical masterpiece

While you are reading this, the Villages will be buzzing with news of the first performances, nay the world premier, of the Pantomime "Pirates of Wessex, the Curse of the Turtle's Head" which we performed at the weekend, given that you receive your magazine on the first of the month. If you haven't heard about the brilliant performances of Les Wallis(the very Old Man of the Sea), John House(the very Beautiful Dame!!!) and the rest of our talented crew then you must be mixing in the wrong circles!! There is still time to buy a ticket but only three performances left, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th (Saturday Matinee and 62

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Leigh & District Discussion Club Happy New Year to all, hope it will be a good year for everyone. Our speaker for January was Mr Bill Moores (member of The Mary Rose Trust), who was accompanied by his wife. He was dressed in full mariner’s clothing of the era, and gave a talk and showed slides on “The Sinking, Recovery and Future” of the Mary Rose, flagship of Henry VIII, named after his favourite sister. Built in 1509, the Mary Rose was made of oak with decking of elm and she carried four masts. It took 18 months to construct and she was in service for 34 years. On 19th July 1545 she sank in Southampton waters. Only 35 out of approximately 509 crew and officers on board survived. She went down on her starboard side and lay on the bottom of the sea for many years. After 3 years and

Leigh WI We celebrated the start of Christmas with an amazing Christmas Dinner in Leigh Village Hall – it was a real treat for all members to have the meal beautifully cooked for us by Helen Furness and her team. The committee then entertained us with a very amusing skit – it was a really enjoyable evening. Our meeting on February 22 is a talk on “Japan” by Mrs Chris Shaw with a competition to win an ornamental fan. Please come and join us. Anne Reason 64

approximately 25,000 dives by 600 divers, she was raised and placed into her present position at Portsmouth Docks. She is kept under cover in a purpose built building, where she is constantly sprayed with a special anti-rotting solution. However a new museum is to be constructed which will be built over the original site, where one will be able to view all the way around her. Mr Moore brought many replicas of objects recovered which he had made – they were most interesting. He was thanked by the Chairman, Charlie Osmond and then tea was served. Business followed on. The next meeting on February 1st is a talk by Mr Ching “Dorset Weather Man” at Leigh Village Hall starting at 7.30pm. Please come and join us. Sheila Smith

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We meet in the Scout Hut in Yetminster on Monday evenings and would welcome new players of any standard, including beginners of any age! We can supply bats and balls, there is no joining fee and we just charge a small subscription each week to cover the cost of hiring the Scout Hut. So please just come along and give it a try, or 'phone John, 01935 872219, or Terry, 01935 872459, for more info. John Harcourt

In December our members enjoyed their annual Christmas meal at Hunters Moon at Middlemarsh. On February 15 we welcome Di Morris who will give a talk on “The Royal School of Needlework” at 7.30pm at Gable Court, Yetminster. New members are always welcome or if you want to know more about the group contact Ann Flew 873660 or Pat Smith 872553 Anne Flew

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Batcombe, Corscombe, East Chelborough, Evershot, Halstock, Hermitage, Hilfield, Melbury Bubb, Melbury Osmund, Melbury Sampford, and West Chelborough:

Chetnole, Ryme Intrinseca, Stockwood and Yetminster:

Cllr Stephen Friar The Members' Room, West Dorset District Council, 58/60 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UZ. Email:cllrs.friar@westdor

Cllr Tony Frost, Homeleigh, Corscombe, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0NX. Tel: 01935 891321

Cllr Margaret Lawrence, Trill Farm, Thornford Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6HF Tel: 01935 872780


The Wriggle Valley Magazine Chairman: Graham Plaice 01935 872044 Editor, Production and Design: Bella Neate-Clegg Ass’t Editor: Stan Darley Address: The Wriggle Valley Magazine, Yetminster Post Office, 2 Sunnyside, High Street, Yetminster, Sherborne DT9 6LF E-mail: Advertisements Co-ordinator: Trish Hart at Distribution Manager: Stan Darley and Graham Plaice

Copy deadline - 14th OF THE MONTH PRIOR to publication, however we would appreciate it if copy could be submitted before this date. Photographs can be sent either as jpeg via email or as originals in colour or black and white that can be reproduced. All village info should be emailed or delivered to your village rep (please see addresses and email under each village heading). Collection point for hand written or typed articles - Yetminster Post Office or 1 Cloverhay, Yetminster, Dorset.

Printed by Remous, Milborne Port

Disclaimer: Whist every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of advertisements in this magazine, we cannot accept responsibility for any information given or claims made by advertisers




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