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THE PARISH NEWS (Sparkford, Weston Bampfylde and Little Weston) (with Sutton Montis)

June 1987

Vol.3, No.1 Editor:

Mark Berry, Bridge Cottage, Sparkford. North Cadbury


A good full issue to start the third year of Parish News, so we'll keep comment to a minimum: just a reminder, as if you needed it, to use your vote on June 11tho Items for the next issue by June 18th, please.



There was no need for an election on May 7th to decide the make-up of the Sparkford Parish Council because there are seven seats in all and seven people stood. They were, therefore, elected by consent. There is, however, a change - Mrs. Alison Roylance replaces Mr. George Chappell who has retired as Parish Councillor. Mr. Cluett welcomed Mrs. Roylance to the May Meeting at which he was again appointed to the Chair. He thanked the Council for their confidence in him and was unanimously congratulated for retaining his seat on the South Somerset District Council with such a worthy majority. This majority is a reflection of the electors' faith in him and the work he is doing on behalf of everyone in the Ward. Mr. Bishop was re-appointed to the office of Vice-Chairman and Mr. Cluett thanked him for his valuable support. On to Business: The Parish Council stated that they were well pleased with the outcome of the Public Inquiry into the A.303 improvement proposals. The Department of Transport seems to have gone out of its way to meet our requirements. It is understood that tenders are out and the building of the by-pass will begin next year. The Clerk is to report to Wessex Water the deterioration of the banking to the stretch of river between the Old Sparkford Mill and the Cam Bridge on the A.303. The banking is slipping into the water causing a build-up of silt which in turn, causes the river to flood after heavy rain. The Clerk is also to report to Mr. Boyle-Hayward, the County Divisional Surveyor, a complaint that the drains do not appear to be taking the water flow from vicinity of Mr. Lawson's property, Underwoods, Weston Bampfylde. It was agreed that the Parish Council should finance a local effort to keep the telephone boxes at Sparkford and Weston Bampfylde clean. REMINDER: All Parishioners are reminded that we have entered the 1987 'Best Kept Village' Competition. We were proud to win this several years ago but on the last two occasions when the competition took place, we lost points through litter and weeds growing alongside footways. Please do your best to make this the year when we shall win again. Next Meeting: 1st. June 8.00 pm



7.40 a.m. (!) on Saturday, May 16th, saw a group of parishioners from Sparkford and Weston Bampfylde boarding a coach en route for Romsey Abbey (those on board already from Queen Camel must have been up at the crack of dawn). After several more pick-up stops at North Cadbury and elsewhere we were on our way, arriving in Romsey just before 10.00 a.rn.. where we were joined by three other coach loads of pilgrims from other parts of the Deanery. We were made most welcome and taken on guided tours of the Abbey before adjourning to the parish hall for coffee and biscuits. The main event of the morning was the service of Holy Communion, which was conducted by the Rural Dean, The Rev. John Painter, assisted by other clergy from the Deanery. The preacher at the service was the Vicar of Romsey, the Rev. N. Crawford-Jones, who welcomed us and thanked us for coming. On a personal note, what a thrill and an honour to play the Abbey organ (it's a three-manual Walker, with ... but no, I mustn't bore you with those details). While some of our number went off in search of more solid nourishment, most of us enjoyed our picnic lunch in the Abbey grounds, after which there was time for a brief wander round the town before returning to the coaches for the short ride to Broadlands, where we were to spend the afternoon exploring the house, the grounds and the magnificent Mountbatten exhibition - all well worth a visit. At 5.00 p.m. we re-assembled in the car park for a short open-air service of thanks - and so, just as the first rain of a truly beautiful day began to fall, back into our coaches for home. A very special word of thanks to all who made it such a memorable day out, in particular to our old friend, the Rev. Raymond Snowsell, who masterminded all the organisation.



There will be a Teddy Bears' Picnic in the Copse on Saturday, 20th June, starting at 6.30 p.m. Come with your Teddy Bear, or dressed as one, and help the Trust Funds.

CHURCH SERVICES 7th June - Whitsunday 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion 10.00 a.m. Parish Communion 14th. June - Trinity Sunday 9.00 a.m. Holy Communion 11.15 a.m. Holy Communion 6.30 p.m. Evening Prayer 21st. June - Trinity 1 10.00 a.m. Morning Prayer 11.15 a.m. Holy Communion 6.30 p.m. Evening Prayer 28th June - Trinity 2 9.00 a.m. Holy Communion 11.15 a.m. Morning Prayer 6.30 p.m. Evening Prayer 5th July - Trinity 3 8.00 a.m. Holy Communion 10.00 a.m. Parish Communion

Sutton Montis Weston Bampfylde Sparkford Sutton Montis Weston Bampfylde Sparkford Weston Bampfylde Sutton Montis Sparkford Sutton Montis Weston Bampfylde Sutton Montis Sparkford

SPARKFORD 7th. June 14th. June 21 st. June 28th. June 5th. July

Flowers Mrs. S. White Mrs. Ryall Mrs. Mills Mrs. March Mrs. Yeates

SOUTH Preachers 7th 3.00 14th 6.30 21st 6.30 28th 3.00

appointed p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m.



Cleaning Mrs. J. Chappell & Mrs. M. Warren Mrs. Ryall & Mrs. Brown Mrs. E. Marsh & Mrs. B. Pay Mrs. Mills & Mrs. C. Longman Mrs. N. Toop & Mrs. March



Sidesmen Weston Bampfylde. Mrs. J. Chappell. Mr. D. Ham. Mr. F. Card. Mrs. C. Longman.


for June 1987 Rev. R. Sargent Mrs. P. White Mr. S. Derby Family Service, Mr. G. Sambrook




It was disappointing not to see more members of the public at the Annual General Meeting on May 15th, to support the Parish Hall Committee who work hard to maintain the premises for the use and benefit of the whole community. The chairman, Mr Donald Cluett thanked the officers and committee for their continued support. Joint secretary, Mrs. Vera Berry, reported that considerable progress had been made: the kitchen and ladies' cloakroom had been completely redecorated by the committee members - with a little extra help; new cups and saucers had been purchased and most of the old crockery had been sold; it was hoped that later in the year the Manpower Services Commission would redecorate the main hall and the committee room. With regard to the latter, the other joint secretary, Mrs. Shirley Hoskins, reported that all the necessary forms had been dealt with and we now awaited confirmation from the Manpower Services Commission. She also reported that repairs to the roof timbers of the hall had been put in hand and would soon be carried out. Mrs. Gwenda North, the treasurer, reported a very healthy state of affairs, bearing in mind that a fair sum would be required to pay for the roof repairs, and Mrs Brenda Mills, booking secretary, reported that the use of the hall remains at a very high level, bringing in a very steady income. Election of officers followed: Mr. Cluett remained as chairman, being chairman of the Parish Council, with Mr. Herbert Bishop as Vice-Chairman. Mrs. Shirley Hoskins became sole secretary. Mrs. North, who had been treasurer for seven years, indicated that she wished to stand down. She was very warmly and sincerely thanked for all the hard work she had put in on behalf of the hall, and' Mrs. Vera Berry agreed to take over. The Committee remained as before, with the addition of Mrs. North. It was agreed that charges for the use of the hall should remain at their present level, but would be reviewed at the next A.G.M. A reminder was given that the hall was entered again in the Best Run Village Hall competition, and it was hoped to repeat the success of 1986, when the hall won the class for halls over 35 years old in the South Somerset area, and was runner-up in the same class for the whole district.



The Annual General Meeting on 6th May in the Parish Hall was well attended by members of the parish. The secretary, Mrs. Roylance, gave a report on the main activities of the last year. The field has been fenced and gated, and trees and shrubs planted. Adventure playground equipment was erected by the Manpower Services Commission last autumn. A seat has been donated by Sparkford Sawmills. A new mower has been bought - half the cost will be reimbursed as a grant from the District Council. Fundraising activities have been very successful and enjoyable. The latest event on the calendar, the Indoor Market held in March, raised £60. The treasurer, Mr Phelps, presented the accounts which had been audited by Mr. Peter Mitchell. The committee have raised a lot of money, and despite large outgoings the present balance is the same as at the A.G.M. last year. Mr. Cluett the chairman, thanked them both for their comprehensive reports and for all their work. He commented that it had been a very productive and happy committee and thanked the members for their support since the project began. He then stood down as chairman. It was then suggested that he should accept Honorary Life Presidency in recognition of all his work for the playing field both at Parish and District level, which he was very pleased to accept. Election of officers and committee then took place. Mrs. Roylance did not seek re-election as secretary and Mr Phelps stood down as treasurer. Chairman: Richard Mills Secretary: Helen Brazier Treasurer: Roger Phelps (There were no nominations, so Mr. Phelps will carryon until his move in June: anyone who feels they could do the job please contact the committee - the work is much less than in the initial 'setting-up' stages.) Elected representative members: Evergreen: Roma Deacon; Sunday School: Ann Tuck; Cubs and Scouts: Bruce Lawrence and Roger Wall; Parish Council: Gwenda North and Alison Roylance. Elected members: Trevor Tuck, Sally White, Steve Pay, Ken Templeman, Totsy Edwards, Glenys Brake. Mrs. Roylance then drew the attention of the meeting to the change of date for the opening ceremony - June 13th instead of the 6th. There will be tea and lemonade, cakes and crisps served on the field after the races and sports organised by Sally and Clive Taylor. Mrs. Pamela Anderson will perform the opening ceremony at 3.00 p.m. The Disco and barbecue has been booked for July 4th at the Sparkford Inn. Tickets will be on sale at £1.50, the barbecue being charged separately. Mr Templeman hopes to be able to produce a permanent metal sign for the field and also to obtain some tubular steel for football goalposts. He would like to see some swings erected as soon as possible - Mr Tuck commented that the Committee must be very careful to abide by Health and Safety Regulations and recommended consulting the District Council. Mr Frank Hoskins volunteered to strim the edges and round the equipment as needed. There being no further business, the meeting closed at 8.35 p.m. The minutes and accounts are available for any member of the parish to examine at any time.

CUBS' CHAT We started May with a camp fire at Higher Mill Farm, West Camel, to which our Beavers were invited. This was our first evening spent together and we had a lot of fun singing songs around the fire. This week we decided to do another litter sweep through Sparkford. We started at the Church and worked down Church Road to the main road. The Cubs collected half a bag of rubbish, which compares very favourably with April, when we collected two sacks full in the same road. Everyone is obviously trying very hard to keep the village looking nice for the Best Kept Village Competition. We will do another clean-up next month as our way of helping. We have also had a big clear-up in the Sparkford Copse and collected a huge pile of rubbish. We have moved two boot loads, but would appreciate help from anyone passing with a little space in their boot. The rubbish is in a pile in the clearing near the east end of the Copse. Last week we noticed that it had been thrown all over the place again. Carole Cranmer Cub Scout Leader



The Coffee morning Bring and Buy held by Mrs. Hauser at Camelot resulted in over £100 being contributed to Church funds, and she would like to thank all who attended and especially the many helpers. A meeting of the Parochial Church Council was held in Sutton Montis on May 13th to discuss matters arising from the recent Annual Church Meeting and to consider future fund raising events. A vote of thanks was extended to Mr. and Mrs. Hauser for their kind effort and the splendid result achieved towards Church funds. If you have any items of interest or appreciation for inclusion in Sutton Montis News, please contact me, Mrs. Alison Davis (Church secretary), at Church Cottage, Sutton Montis. My personal thanks to Mrs. Diana Hunter for kindly holding the fort and taking as Church secretary during our recent two-year absence from the village. An omission from last month's news: Deanery representatives: Mrs. Aida Davies, Mr. Martin Biggs. Note this future date: August 1-2. Sutton Montis Church flower weekend, with Wine and Cheese on the Saturday evening. More details later. Sutton Montis 100 Club May £10 Winner: no.36, Mr. P. Carter. An alteration to a future date to avoid clashing with the Church Harvest Festival: the Village Hall party arranged for September 18th has been re-arranged for Friday, October 16th.

QUEEN CAMEL April winners:

£25 £10 £5

P.T.A. 200 CLUB

Mrs P. Gamble, West Camel Mrs R. Dampier, Chilton Cantelo Mr. R. Woods, Marston Magna



Home fixtures for June. AVCO Somerset League, Div.1 6th Watchet 2.00 p.m. 14th Staplegrove 2.00 p.m. 20th Westlands 2.00 p.m. Mid-Wessex League, Div.4 13th Mudford 2.30 p.m. 28th W.H.BA 2.30 p.m.



19th 21st

Friendlies Abinger 2.30 p.m. Street 2.30 p.m.

4th 24th

Yeovil Evening League Henstridge North Perrott


The door-to-door collection for the British Red Cross Society came to £72.30 in Sparkford and £15.20 in Weston Bampfylde and Little Weston. We would like to thank everyone who helped us raise this money to aid people internationally and locally. Some of the ways the Red Cross help the community locally are: staffing first aid posts at special or sporting events, providing trolley and library services in hospitals, supplying equipment to help in home nursing, running luncheon clubs, and holidays for the disabled, to mention just a few! Marion Hemborough

IN BRIEF The Hall bingo evening on May 2nd raised £64.95. The Bingo evening in aid of the British Foundation held at Sparkford on April 25th realised the fine sum of £91. The recent house-to-house collection on behalf of the Royal National Institute for the Blind totalled £39.45 in Sparkford. Rose Hoskins writes: Many thanks to all in Weston Bampfylde who gave so generously. We raised a total of £16.35, which was three pounds more than last year. Well done everyone. The skittles evening at the Sparkford Inn on May 14th, in spite of there Being fewer present than usual, still managed to contribute £24.50 to Sparkford Church funds. Thanks to Chris and Barrie Longman, who organised the food and the fun! May we add our word of sincere sympathy to the relations and friends of Mike Wood, who died so suddenly and tragically.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY June 6th 6th 9th 11th 13th 19th 20th 20th July 4th 4th 4th 13th

Saturday Market, Sparkford Parish Hall, 10.00 a.m. - Noon. Plants, Cakes, Tornbola. China, White Elephant Refreshments, Raffle. Proceeds to Sparkford Church. Sparkford Parish Hall bingo, 7.30 p.m. Sparkford Parochial Church Council, in the Church, 7.30 p.m. General Election day. Sparkford Playing Field Opening Ceremony (see separate announcement). Sutton Montis Village Hall, Summer Buffet Party, 7.30 p.m. Admission £2.50, (in aid of Hall funds) by ticket in advance from Committee members, or at the door. To include 100 Club June £50 draw. Strawberry Fair at Duneagle, Church Road, Sparkford (Mr. & Mrs. Bob Dick). Strawberries and cream, Bring and Buy stall, etc. 2.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. Teddy Bears' Picnic, Sparkford Copse, 6.30 p.m. (see separate announcement). Coffee Morning in aid of Sparkford Church at The Windles, Twines Close (Mr. & Mrs. George Chappell). Bring and Buy stall, Raffle. 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon. Sparkford Parish Hall bingo, 7.30 p.m. Sparkford Playing Field Association Disco and Barbecue, Sparkford Inn (see separate announcement). Coffee morning, with Bring and Buy, at Underwoods, Weston Bampfylde (Mr. & Mrs. G. Lawson), 10.00 a.m. - 12. noon. Raffle. In aid of Weston Bampfylde Church and Sparkford Scout Group.



Here's a simple yet delicious dessert for a summer's day. 1 orange jelly 1 small tin evaporated milk 1 small tin (312 g) mandarin oranges Using only 1/2 pint of boiling water, make the jelly, and add the juice from the tin of oranges to bring up the quantity to 3/4 pint. Leave to cool. Whisk the" evaporated milk until light and frothy, and stir gently into the jelly just as it begins to set. Decorate the top with orange slices. Refrigerate until needed, but eat the same day. Vera Berry



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The Parish News Vol.3 No.1 June 1987  

THE PARISH NEWS Vol.3 No.1 June 1987 Editor: Mark Berry Welcome to our 3rd Anniversary Edition happy reading.