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The Parish News VOL.32

MAY 2014


FROM THE EDITOR I hope you all had a good Easter Holiday. As I type we are having some brilliant sunshine long may this last us. This issue may reach you a little later than usual due to the holidays but It will still be full of the usual items you like. I was contacted recently and asked why some of the text is too small to real well I wanted to take a moment to explain that all the items are sent to me via email all are made on an a4 page. The magazine is an a5 page and I have to shrink items to fit into the set template. At times some items will become smaller. This does not make them any less important if people do send me items please if you know how send in A5 page size and we may not experience this issue in the future. Please send all items to me at:


What kind of bee is born in the spring? A May bee. Or a May bee not. Gordon Skinner from Sparkford Pictured collecting a swarm of bees from Mrs Sue Tucker’s garden on 17th April in Twines Close. You will be happy to know they all settled quickly in their new hive. Many thanks to BERYL WAREHAM for this picture



Dates For Your Diary CaféXtra The next CaféXtra Village Breakfast Gathering Will take place on Sunday 11th May. Breakfast served 9.30am – 11.00am Sparkford Church welcomes everyone for good coffee, Toast, Croissant, milkshake bar & a round of bacon rolls. This venture aims to provide a monthly meeting point for our village, with the option too to pray and hear a Bible story at one point in the morning. No charge for breakfast but contributions welcome.

Sparkford Playing Field Needs You! We need to recruit new Committee members. The Playing Field Association is run by volunteers and is essential to enable the playing field and play equipment to be maintained and improved so if you can spare enough time to attend no more than 6 evening meetings per year and help us with fundraising events please contact Lisa on 01963 440068 or Our Annual General Meeting is being held on Wednesday 14 May. FLOWER GUILD COFFEE MORNING Saturday May 24th 2014 10.30 – Noon Hosts: Betty and Norman Yeates, Grey Gables, Church Rd. Sparkford BRING AND BUY PLANTS FOR SALE ALL WELCOME MANY THANKS, Carol Lock

The Care & Repair Company Double Glazing Repairs & Replacement Dave Baker Email: Call: 01460 72142


An exciting new venture for Sparkford The Village Hall committee along with your Village Agent Andrea de Berker have agreed to open a Village Cafe on the last Tuesday afternoon of each month for a trail 3 month period. The first one will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 27th May from 2.30 until 4 pm. This will be followed by cafes on 24th June & 29th July again from 2.30 until 4pm. Do come along and meet neighbours and friends in an informal, friendly way. Your Village Agent will be available to provide advice about local services if necessary. For further information please Contact her on on 07852 961839 We look forward to seeing you.

Camelot Music Night Davis Hall, West Camel Wednesday 28th May 8pm – 11:00pm - £4 Doors open 7.30pm Enjoy an evening of music ranging from classical, traditional, blues, country, folk, boogie, jazz and more. Each month anything from 8 - 12 different extremely talented performers entertain on a variety of instruments, from guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bazooki, flute and keyboards etc. The artists range from local young groups or soloists, to established groups visiting from all over the South West. Raffle & bar. Find Camelot Music Night on Facebook or contact Martine/Iain on 01935 851556 or if you would like to play and for more detail

Advance Notice A number of Gardens in SUTTON MONTIS will be open to the public on the afternoon of Sunday, 15th June. Good car parking arrangements. Refreshments available. Funds raised will go towards renovation of the Village Hall. Full details will appear in the June edition of The Parish News Janet Little - Secretary, Sutton Montis Village Hall 5

SPARKFORD ART GROUP Sparkford has a friendly Art Group who meet on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00pm – 4:00pm In the Sparkford Village hall. We work in various media and have occasional workshops and visiting artists. We are always pleased to welcome new members of all abilities. If you would like to join us and have a go, please call George Lawson on 01963 440551.

MOONWALK FOR BREAST CANCER Simon Pay, Michaela Davey & Donna Osmond are currently training for the moonwalk in London on 10th May 2014 walking 26.2 miles for breast cancer. Training is underway. Sponsors welcome. Please contact Donna Osmond.

TIME FOR TEA In the garden at Mildmay Orchard, Queen Camel (next to the school, behind the pub car park) Sunday 1st June, 3pm – 6pm Plants, cakes, raffle IN AID OF St MARGARET’S HOSPICE

COUNTRYMAN Countryside & Garden


Peter Keenlyside Mobile: 07706364709 Landline: 01963 251 733 Email:



What’s On at Sparkford Village Hall…? Galhampton Preschool (term time) Monday 9:00am – 3:30pm Wednesday 9:00am – 1:00pm Thursday 9:00am – 3:30pm Friday 9:00am – 3:30pm Contact Fiona Hooper Tel: 01963 440626 Monday & Tuesday Evenings (Term Time) Scouts Cubs & Beavers Tuesday Yoga 10:00am – 12:00pm Contact Marjorie Rourke Tel: 01963 350452 Sparkford Art Group Wednesday 2:00pm – 4:00pm Contact George Lawson 01963 440551 Wednesday & Thursday 6:00pm – 8:00pm Dog Training Classes Contact Lucy Roberts 07817 487901 Friday Men’s Barber in Committee Room 12:00pm – 6:00pm




3rd Sparkford Scout Group Latest from 3rd Sparkford Beavers, Cubs and Scouts Beavers - lots of outdoor fun planned for the summer term with this being the last term for a few Beavers who are leaving to join Cubs. We are delighted to announce our Beaver(s) of the Term - Max and Charlie Whitehead, who decided to sell pots outside their house to raise funds for Beavers. An independent and fantastic act of generosity. Cubs - summer is nearly here so cubs will be getting outdoors into the woods, at the park and, of course, on camps. Cubs will be practicing their cooking and outdoor skills in preparation for our summer camping season which includes a local camp with their parents for the first time. Parents and children will be working together on a number of activities and challenges which will provide adventure to all ages on what promises to be a fun, family weekend. Scouts – are busy preparing for the forthcoming camps, learning new skills for independence outdoors. We are focussing on traditional skills such as cooking outdoors, where possible over a fire. We have been seeking grants for new outdoor shelters for these activities but no luck so far – all suggestions or contributions from the community or former Scouts would be hugely welcome. We are trying to raise funds for 4 new dining shelters which are £450 each, and four new fire pits for safe cooking which are £60 each. If you know of any funds we could apply Please contact Helen Wooldridge ( or call 01963 440801 if you can help. For Community Week 2-8 June we are lining up projects to help out with local buildings and people. We also really want to learn more about Scouting in our area – and for this we are seeking photographs or other information from anyone who was a Scout in this area in the past. Were you or any of your family a Scout near here? Do you have any photos you could share? Please contact Helen Wooldridge via the contact details above if you can help DID YOU KNOW? Sparkford Scout Group man a Yeovil town football club once a month parking at cavity trays opposite the football ground for £1.50. All proceeds go to the scout minibus up keep and running costs.


A perennial question I get asked is “What is Neighbourhood Watch”. Briefly it is an amalgamation of residents, police and local authority. The conception came from the USA 30 years ago and is designed to make the places we live in safer and happier. The word WATCH means – Vigilance and exercising protective care. The success of any scheme involves cooperation between all of those involved – the members – the local Police and parish council. The main ingredient being up to date information passing between everyone involved. The obvious and best result would be no Crime. There will be a CPR and Defibrillator training session at 7:30pm on Friday 23 rd May in the village hall. There will be a small charge dependant on numbers. It will be run by the Red Cross. Should you wish to come please ring as soon as possible 01963 440741. There is increased activity in potential break-ins to cars, garages, and sheds. Don’t advertise the contents of your car and lock all sheds and garages. Lock it up or lose it! It is worthwhile to mark everything with name and postcode Last of all please don`t forget to put the date of the NHW BBQ 14th June at 5:00pm at Weston Bampfylde in your diaries. More details to follow Bill Westcott

The playgroup enjoyed their bake off tea, & cakes we managed to raise £80 for sports relief. Now that the weather is better you will see us out & about more enjoying your lovely village. In the summer term we have our sports day and trips out to look forward to. Some of the staff will be running the children’s tent at Party In The Park in Galhampton & are looking for buttons for one of their activities they must be at least 1” with holes. If you have any we are happy to collect please ring 07704188927 or leave us a message at This month the playgroup launched its new website find us at 11

LOCAL CONTACTS VILLAGE HALL For Hire of Items, Bookings & Queries Please contact Victoria Rogers Tel: 01963 440475 SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCILLORS CHAIRMAN: Mr Justin Crawford, The Old Rectory, Weston Bampfylde, BA22 7HT Tel: 01963 440878 email: VICE CHAIRMAN: Mr Trevor Tuck, Elmhurst, 5 Manor Close Sparkford BA22 7JZ Tel: 01963 440860 email: CLERK: Mrs Karen Bourke, Marberry House, Ainstey Drive, Sparkford, BA22 7JT Tel: 01963 440112 email: Mr Tony Bourke, Marberry House, Ainstey Drive, Sparkford, Somerset, BA22 7JT Tel: 01963 440112 email: Mr David Braithwaite, Greystones, Church Road, Sparkford, BA22 7JZ Tel: 01963 440848 email: Mr Larry Piper, Long Hazel Farm, High Street, Sparkford, BA22 7JH Tel: 01963 441431 (Day) 01963 441446 (Eve) email: Mr Kevin Davis, 35 Church Road, Sparkford, Somerset, BA22 7JH Tel: 01963 440068 email: Mr Peter Downton, Wychwood, Church Road, Sparkford, Somerset, BA227JN Tel: 01963 441423 email: SOUTH SOMERSET DISTRICT COUNCIL The Council Offices, Brympton Way, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 22HT Tel: 01935 462462 COUNTY COUNCILLOR & DISTRICT COUNCILLOR Mr Mike Lewis, Upperwood Dairy House, Cary Road, Sparkford, BA22 7LH Tel: 01963 440231 email: CHURCH WARDENS Sparkford: Mr Andy Voysey Tel: 01963 441010

Mr Ted Marsh Tel: 01963 440634

Weston Bampfylde: Shirley Hoskins Tel: 01963 440242

Gill Lawson Tel: 01963 440551

Sutton Montis Julia Skelhorn Tel: 01963 220586

Peter Scarlett Tel: 01963 220533

Cam Vale Benefice Administrator Rosemary Rymer Tel: 01963 441595 (in office Monday, Wednesday & Thursday AM Only) Email: 12

Cam Vale Associate Vicar Rev Rose Hoskins Springfields, Weston Bampfylde, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7HZ Tel: 01963 440026 email: Beat Manager and Police Community Support Officers for Sparkford. PC Sara Stephenson Tel: 101 (ask for Wincanton Police Station) email: PCSO 7815 Thelma Mead Tel: 101 (ask for Wincanton Police Station) Voice Mail: 07825756278 email: Queen Camel Medical Centre West Camel Road, Queen Camel, BA22 7LT

Main Tel: 01935 850225

Dispensary Tel: 01935 850379

Post Office The Supply Stores, High Street, Queen Camel, Somerset, BA227NG Tel: 01935 850432

Join us at The Sparkford Inn on the first Tuesday of every month for our OAP’s lunch club. 2 Course Roast Dinner for just £4.49 Bookings Only Please on: (01963) 440218

Many Ed Vaizey MP revealing plaque at opening of the newly built Haynes International Motor Museum on Wednesday 16th April 2014


Queen Camel Tuesday Group April 2014 Meeting The Tuesday Group, as always, delivers speakers who are both interesting and thought provoking. Our speaker for April was both of those and more. The subject of the talk was the small charity 'Martha Care,' set up to support families who have children in hospital, with life threatening or terminal illness. 'Martha's' mother had gone through the trauma of a babe, only a few months old, who had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. It was necessary for her to stay with Martha, in Bristol Children's Hospital but she was without the help and family support, so vital at such times. Martha survived this ordeal but, sadly, the operation was not conclusive and she died 5 years later. This led to the start of the support group 'Martha Care' and all the wonderful work that they do, funded entirely on donations big and small. The speaker was so eloquent, that having given her a donation, in lieu of a fee, one of our ladies had a 'whip round,' and collected a further ÂŁ51. Later in the month, we are taking a trip to Glastonbury for the day to have a picnic lunch and meet up with Kay Wych, who is a tour guide at Glastonbury Abbey. She was one of our recent speakers and kept us enthralled as 'Alyce Cleeve,' a kitchen maid from the Abbey kitchens. Later in the year we are planning a trip to Buckfastleigh. The Tuesday Group meets in the Queen Camel Memorial Hall on the first Tuesday of each month, at 10.00am. If you want any more information about our activities, please call Pat Champion on 01963 32264 or Marion Chapman on 01963 220741.


SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCIL REPORT The last Parish Council meeting was held on Monday 7 th April 2014. Three Planning Applications had been received: 1. 14/05182/FUL – Change of use of existing storage building to workshop, erect office and workshop extensions, formation of storage compound and temporary siting of portacabins for office use. Land adjacent to Cadbury Business Park, Sparkford. 2. 14/01080/FUL – Change of use of annex to separate dwellinghouse. Cherry Pie Cottage, Cherry Pie Land, Sparkford. Mr Martin Harcourt. 3. 14/00664/S73 – Application to vary condition 6, 8 and 13 and delete 7 of planning permission 10/0392/FUL. the Old Coal Yard, Sparkford Road, Sparkford. The following planning decision, which was approved, have been received: 13/05182/FUL – Erection of an extension to garage and conversion into annex providing living accommodation for family member and erection of a conservatory to existing house. Catalina, Church Road, Sparkford. Mrs Judith Zillwood. Unfortunately there has been a spate of people not picking up after their dogs on the cricket ground. This is despite a dog bin placed at the junction of The Avenue and Brains Lane. The Cricket Club have youth teams now as well as the normal adult teams and dog mess poses a serious health and safety issue when people are picking up balls which are “messy”. If you see anyone not picking up their dog litter could you either approach them and ask them to do so; or, if you are not happy doing this but are willing to give a name or description of the person and dog to the Dog Warden she can then issue a fixed penalty fine. The name of the Dog Warden is Lynette Osment and she can be contacted on 01935 462873. Unfortunately if this continues to happen then there will be a ban on dogs using the cricket ground. We have been given notice of the proposed closure of the Wincanton Registration Office by Somerset County Council. The date of the next Parish Council meeting will be Monday, 12th May 2014 which will be preceded by the Annual Parish Meeting which commences at 7.30pm. Karen Bourke Clerk to Sparkford Parish Council 01963 440112


Church Service Calendar Sunday, 4th May 2014 – 3rd Sunday of Easter (White) Readings: Acts 2.14a, 36-41,1 Peter 1.17-23, Luke 24.13-35, Psalm 116.1-3,10-17(or 116.1-7) 9.30 am BCP Holy Communion at Sparkford 9.30 am

BCP Holy Communion at Sutton Montis

9.00 am

Rogation Service at Corton Denham

10.00 am

Family Service at Queen Camel

11.00 am

Rogation Service at Weston Bampfylde

4.30 pm

Tea Time at the Davis Hall West Camel

Wednesday, 7th May 2014 10.30 am Cleaveside Community Service at the Community Hall 7.00 pm Sacred Space at Weston Bampfylde Sunday, 11th May 2014 – 4th Sunday of Easter (White) Readings: Acts 2.42-end, 1 Peter 2.19-end, John 10.1-10, Psalm 23 9.30 – 11.00 Café Xtra at Sparkford Village Hall 10.00 am

Holy Communion at Queen Camel

11.00 am

BCP Holy Communion at West Camel

11.15 am

Informal Morning Worship (SMILE) at Sutton Montis

6.30 pm

BCP Evening Prayer at Weston Bampfylde

6.30 pm

BCP Evening Prayer at Corton Denham

Sunday, 18th May 2014 – 5th Sunday of Easter (White) Readings: Acts 7.55-end, 1 Peter 2.2-10, John 14.1-14, Psalm 31.1-5, 15-16(31.1-5) 8.00 am BCP Holy Communion at Queen Camel 9.30 am

BCP Holy Communion at Corton Denham

9.30 am

BCP Matins at Sparkford

11.00 am

BCP Matins at West Camel

6.30 pm

BCP Holy Communion at Weston Bampfylde

6.30 pm

Rogation Service at Sutton Montis 16

Saturday, 24th May 2014 2.00pm Baptism of George and Archie Tyler at Corton Denham Sunday, 25th May 2014 – 6th Sunday of Easter (White) Readings: Isaiah 9.1-4,1 Corinthians 1.10-18, Matthew 4.12-2, Psalm 27.1, 4-12(or 1-11) 10.00 am Together at 10 The Cam Vale Benefice Service – Holy Communion at Sutton Montis

Sparkford Church Rotas Flowers


May 4th

Mrs Y Lancaster

May 4th

Andy Voysey

May 11th

Mrs Y Lancaster

May 11th

Rene Carpenter

May 18th

Mrs S Unsworth

May 18th

Ellen Marsh


Mrs C Westcott

May 25th

David Ham

Mrs Hardiman & Mrs Tallon Mr & Mrs Marsh

May 4th

Rene Carpenter

May 11th

Café Xtra

May 18th

Ellen Marsh

May 25th

Together @ Ten


Cleaners May 3rd May






Mrs Spencer & Mrs Hoddinott Mr & Mrs Tallon



Mr & Mrs Marsh



FROM THE RECTOR Dear Friends As I write the Easter celebrations are over, the school and colleges have returned for the summer term, with exams looming for many, and the prospect of regular warm weather and clear sunny skies are eagerly sought. The long dreary dark and wet days of winter are fast fading into the past, except for those families in the Somerset levels whose streets, homes, farms and businesses were swamped by the flood waters, for them the nightmare continues with many months of repairs ahead, before normal home life can begin again. In the life of the benefice, we have gone through the days of Lent, reflecting on the life and work of Jesus, as it built up to the traumatic events of Holy Week, culminating on Good Friday with his crucifixion on the cross, but then the amazing events of Easter Day – when we celebrate his resurrection from the dead. For 22 brave souls Easter morn began early with a communion service on Corton Denham Beacon at 6.30am, where we were hoping to see the sun rise over the hill, but unfortunately this year there was thick mist, so no view at all. The other highlight that happened during Lent was the long awaited arrival of our new Rector John Davies, his wife Diana and dog Lily. Bishop Peter of Taunton and Archdeacon Nicola duly came on March 31st and formally installed John in the benefice as the Rector – watched over by a packed church of people from all walks of life across the benefice, as well as family and friends of John and Diana, after which we adjourned to the school hall for an amazing spread of refreshments. So please pray for John now as he begins to get to know us all, to find his way around the villages, to learn the differences and the similarities of each of the communities, and especially as he tries to remember which village we each come from and what our names are! Not an easy task – when we will all recognise him and know his name! Now our thoughts turn to the future, and hopefully a long and fruitful ministry to all the peoples of the benefice through the new leadership team. Hopefully the resurrection of Jesus, that we celebrated in our churches over Easter and the hope for a new world with Jesus at its head, will spread throughout our benefice with the new broom as we witness fresh ideas and fresh hope for a reinvigorated church. Rosemary Rymer


Bishop’s Message – May2014

Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton The 40 Days of Easter For most people Easter lasts for about three or four days and ends at midnight on Easter Monday, but for Christian people Easter is a season that lasts for 40 days and for good reason. It reminds us of the enduring hope that we have in God and that God has in us – hope that encourages us to work for a better future for humankind, especially for those who are the poorest and most vulnerable. By the time you read this I will have joined with many others in supporting the ‘Live Below the Line’ campaign. From 28 April for five days we will be living on £1 a day both to raise awareness of the issues of food poverty around the world (and in our own country) as well as to raise money for a range of charities who are seeking to address the issue. I will be supporting ‘Send a Cow,’ a locally based charity just outside Bath who focus much of their work in Zambia and other parts of Africa. They provide poor families with the skills they need to build new lives free from poverty and hunger. By providing training, livestock, seeds and support, they restore hope and create stronger communities for the future. You may, for very good reason, not be able to live below the line yourself but I hope you will be generous in supporting those of us who are. Later in May you are also likely to receive a Christian Aid envelope through your letterbox. This too will invite us to be generous in our response to the enduring hope that we have in a God who seeks to bring an end to poverty and injustice. This year the focus is on ‘giving people a future without fear.’ We know that for a growing number of people across the world, the horror of war is part of daily life. Last year Christian Aid, through the churches, raised £12 million. War tears lives apart – our generosity can help put them back together. The 40 days of Lent are over and the 40 days of Easter are here. We are invited to believe ever more deeply in the reign of God for our world and we are invited to live in confidence and in hope that the God who has raised Jesus from the dead can and will rebuild and revitalise all that poverty and injustice has shattered, with us as willing partners! +Peter Taunton


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