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The Parish News VOL.32

JAN 2014


FROM THE EDITOR Happy New Year. I Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas & New Year. This is now the 29th Year of the Parish News there have been many faces doing all the hard work and they will not be forgotten. I will continue to bring you more of what YOU want during the next year Games, Competitions, Recipes, News, & MORE. Please continue to contact me with any Ideas or items you wish to be included in the Magazine at


CONGRATULATIONS - Norman Illingworth of Sparkford landed & caught a personal best 7lb 4oz rainbow trout during a recent visit to Sumerlands Trout Lakes in Hermitage. Norman was fishing on the venue’s Wootton Water and also added a 2lb brown trout. The fishing remains good on both trout lakes at Summerlands. Recent notable catches include several brown trout in the 4lb to 5lb class.



Dates For Your Diary CaféXtra The next CaféXtra Village Breakfast Gathering Will take place on Sunday 12h January. 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.

An invitation from your Village Agent Andrea de Berker You are warmly invited to an Information Day which I am organising in Sparkford Village Hall on Tuesday 21st January 1.30 to 4.30. This will be an opportunity to meet me and local organisations which are there to support you including Citizens’ Advice Bureau, South Somerset Benefits advice team , Compass Carers, Alzheimer’s , Fire Prevention and Community Police officers, Careline, Age UK, and RVS home library service . There will also be the opportunity to take advice on cutting your energy bills and information about the proposed transport hub in Wincanton. Light refreshments will be served and I hope to see you there. If you would like more information about this or any other matter please do not hesitate to contact me. Andrea de Berker Village Agent 07852 961839

On 24th Jan at 7.00pm there will be a training session on CPR and defibrillator in the Sparkford Village Hall. This will be run by Somerton Red Cross and will incur a small charge, to defray their costs. Names of anyone who would like to have CPR & AED training please ring 01963 440741. The lesson lasts about an hour and you will qualify for a certificate.


Davis Hall, West Camel Wednesday 29th January 8pm–11pm - £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 details.

Queen Camel Pre School Quiz Night - 7th February 2014 Queen Camel Pre School are holding a Quiz Night in aid of this year’s summer Pre-school trip. It is being held on Friday 7th February 2014 at 7pm in the Davis Hall, West Camel. Last year’s Quiz Night was a huge success, in fact it was a sell-out & people have been asking us to hold another ever since! Tickets cost £7.50 per person which includes a hot supper & a bar is available for you to purchase drinks. Grab your ticket fast to join us for a fun filled evening with excellent prizes up for grabs. Please contact Kate on 01935 850120 to purchase your ticket.

Sutton Montis 100+ Club Winners June July August September October

No.92 No.19 No.41 No.99 No.72

£50.00 £10.00 £10.00 £10.00 £10.00 5

Lisa Bucks Jamie Trowbridge John Lawes David Offley Charity Tabor



THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Queen Camel Craft Fayre on the 2nd November 2013 We raised £730.00 for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Special Thanks to those who generously donated raffle prizes and all who helped make this a very successful morning Rachael Trott


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 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 3rd Sparkford Scouts need projects from YOU! The Scouts have been busy as we reach the end of our winter term – taking part in a challenge night to develop their entrepreneurial skills and having fantastic fun at the annual County Scout challenge at Huish woods where our group ran a special fire starting challenge. Our toilet twinning fundraising for the Global Challenge badge has seen one Scout raise over £40 with an all-day sponsored silence, organised by the individual scout herself. We will be finishing up for Christmas with bowling and taking part in the Sparkford Carol Service. Cubs and Beavers have had a great autumn term, with very good attendance. A further seven cubs have now been invested so we now have a full section. We have also awarded First Aid and home help badges this term, the home help one was especially popular with the parents of the cubs! Next term is promising to be another full program and we are aiming at awarding two challenge badges and preparing a number of the older cubs for the transition to Scouts. Sadly we haven’t has any response from our local communities to this message which we sent out in our last update L – please can you help? The Scouts and their leaders are currently working on the programme of activity for spring, and would like to engage more with the local community. Do you have or know of any tasks that would benefit local community areas that the Scouts could complete? This would help them complete their community challenge badge and they need to complete 6 hour’s worth of community work. Can anyone help us please by making some suggestions? We really do want to be an active and supportive part of the community – what could we do to help in your area? Please call one of our leaders Julia on 07966226916 to discuss your ideas or email . Thank you. From all at 3rd Sparkford – Leaders, helpers, parents, and all our members – Happy festive season and Happy New Year!


By the time you read this Christmas will have gone & it shall be time to wish everyone a Happy & Crime free New Year. The Christmas “Get Together” was a great success with over 60 people enjoying mulled wine & very good food. The success of the evening was due to all our helpers who provided the food and prepared the wine, & also those who came with such good raffle prizes. Many thanks to you all. We have now been able to place the Sparkford Defibrillator at Hazelgrove Services with thanks to their director, Clive Sheppard, where it will be available 24 hours a day. On 24th Jan at 7.00pm there will be a training session on CPR and defibrillator in the Sparkford Village Hall. This will be run by Somerton Red Cross and will incur a small charge, to defray their costs. Names of anyone who would like to have CPR & AED training please ring 01963 440741. The lesson lasts about an hour and you will qualify for a certificate. There is no need to worry about using a defibrillator since it will speak to you and tell you exactly what to do once you have pressed the green button. There continues to be a growing number of heart attacks in all age groups and having an easily accessed machine will provide possible life saving help when the need may arise. The winter months provide opportunities for crime with long periods of darkness. Don’t leave doors unlocked when you relax indoors. Do leave lights and radios on when you are out. Oil tanks, especially those right beside a road are vulnerable – make sure they are locked. Have a security light – try to enclose them with panels and make it difficult for the thief with his van who pulls alongside and quickly pumps it into the tank in his vehicle usually a transit van with a 600 gallon tank inside it. If you are not a member of Neighborhood Watch why not join. It is only £1.00 per household with lots of benefits. See your contact person or ring on 01963 440741. Bill Westcott


SPARKFORD PARISH COUNCIL REPORT The last Sparkford Parish Council meetings were held on Monday 4 th November and 2nd December. Two Planning Applications had been received: 13/04762/LBC – Internal alterations and the removal of cement render from the front façade (partly implemented). Mr C Eykyn, Little Weston House, Little Weston Road, Sparkford. 13/04747/COL – Application for a Lawful Development Certificate for the existing use of land as residential garden and works to form pond. Mr & Mrs J Weatherhead, Higher Farmhouse, Higher Farm Lane, Weston Bampfylde. The following planning decision had been received: 13/04158/TPO – Application to fell a lime coppice in the rear garden of 5 Ainstey Drive and remove minor overhanging lower limbs of one lime tree. Mr M Wright, 5 Ainstey Drive. Sparkford. APPROVED with conditions. Sparkford Parish Council has now installed a stile with dog gate next to the main gate to the cricket field. This enables the Cricket Club to keep the other gates locked whilst allowing dog walkers to gain entry to the field. Again we would ask that dog owners be responsible and use the dog bin at the top of Brains Lane. The date of the next Sparkford Parish Council meeting will be Monday, 6th January 2014 at 8.00 pm.

Karen Bourke Clerk to Sparkford Parish Council 01963 440112


Bishop’s Message - January 2014 Rt Revd Peter Maurice, Bishop of Taunton This year is the newest year there is ‘This year is the newest year there is’, writes the preacher, ‘but it won’t be new always, and that’s worth thinking about. So pay attention to what’s going on this newest year, no matter how humdrum and unimportant it may seem. Keep your eyes and ears open, because new as today always seems while you’re living it, in a few years from now it will exist only in your memories of it, and in a few centuries it will have vanished like a dream.’ It does seem as if we struggle to live, and I mean REALLY live, in the present. I am reminded of that truth when I listen to a particular take on the Innkeeper in the stories around the birth of Jesus. ‘Later that night, says the Innkeeper, ‘when the baby came, I was not there. I was lost in the forest of a million trees, pre-occupied with this and that, so that when he came, I missed him.’ At the year’s end, we are naturally inclined to look back. As someone has remarked, ‘we do the past rather well’ (perhaps rather too well!), so as I sing Auld Lang Syne on New Year’s Eve, I always remember some of the major events of my year, both the good and the not so good. I hope that under God I might have the grace to acknowledge with a degree of honesty where I might have fallen short, but I also look forward in hope to what God might have in store for me, because our God is a God of promise. You will have your own memories too of how last year was, some of them sad and some joyful, but, as the preacher says, this year is the newest year there is, so I must not dwell too much on the past but rather turn my attention as I hope you will turn yours to how we will live this year in such a way that when God comes, we will not miss Him. This year will be marked by continuing economic pressure, particularly on the poor, so for a significant number of people in this country and county the prospects of the New Year will be bleak. In different parts of the world conflict and poverty will continue to blight the lives of millions of people. It is easy to lose hope, but we are invited, dare I say obliged, to be people who both live by hope and also partner others in building communities of hope in our families, our communities, our churches and our world. In the Diocese we will look forward to the arrival of our new Bishop, another Peter! He is not a Messiah Bishop, but he is a bishop with a deep concern to grow the faith, to engage with community, to encourage the young and to have a special concern for those on the edge as I saw first-hand as I travelled with him around the Diocese on the day of his announcement. Please pray for him and for Jane as they prepare to come to live and minister among us. This year is the newest year there is. May the God who calls time into being be upon us at this time of New Year and empower us to live our time in faithfulness to the Gospel now and always. 12

Coffee Break Puzzle



1 Bird to measure plant (10) 7 Sit on mud awkwardly and get off (8) 8 Press club (4) 9 Dance band leader meets everybody (4) 10 Exaggerate term of imprisonment (7) 12 The loud beat changed quickly (2,3,6) 14 My bases, perhaps, in ambassador's residence (7) 16 A little lower - a little lower than the knee (4) 19 Top tennis player, so we hear, is to step down (4) 20 Film star giving pal a coin (2,6) 21 Pitiful tea bellman prepared (10)

1 Go up and get caught on branch of tree (5) 2 Animal to upset King Arthur's city (7) 3 Burden a person usually carries (4) 4 It's mixed in a pot to drink (8) 5 Making a racket, one is thrown out (5) 6 Painful exclamation suppressed by the French is disreputable (6) 11 The main work of an artist (8) 12 A miser deployed lots of soldiers (6) 13 A grizzly youngster? (4,3) 15 Sporting venue taking an age to erect (5) 17 Criminal fight with swords (5) 18 Observe a defect (4)


Church Service Calendar Sunday, 5th January 2014 - Epiphany (Gold / White ) Readings: Isaiah 60.1-6, Ephesians 3.1-12, Matthew 2.1-12. 9.30 am BCP Holy Communion at Sparkford 9.30 am

BCP Holy Communion at Sutton Montis

9.30 am

Village Service at Corton Denham

10.00 am 11.00 am 4.30 pm

Family Service at Queen Camel Christingle Service at Weston Bampfylde Tea Time at the Davis Hall, West Camel

Wednesday, 8th January 2014 10.30 am Cleaveside Community Service at the Community Hall Sunday, 12th January 2014 – 3rd Sunday of Epiphany Baptism of Christ (Gold or White) Readings: Isaiah 42.1-9, Acts 10-34-43, Matthew 3.13-end, Psalm 29 09.30 – 11.00 CaféXtra at Sparkford Village Hall 10.00 am Holy Communion at Queen Camel 11.00 am BCP Holy Communion at West Camel 11.15 am SMILE at Sutton Montis 4.30 pm BCP Evening Prayer at Corton Denham 6.30 pm BCP Evening Prayer at Weston Bampfylde Sunday, 19th January 2014 – 2nd Sunday of Epiphany (White) Readings: Isaiah 49.1-7,1 Corinthians 1.1-9, John 1.29-42, Psalm 40.1-12 10.30 am United Service of Prayer for the week of Christian Unity in the Davis Hall, West Camel 14

Sunday, 26th January 2014 – 3rd Sunday of Epiphany (Green) Readings: Isaiah 9.1-4, 1 Corinthians 1.10-18, Matthew 4.12-23, Psalm 27.1, (or 1-11) 8.00 am BCP Holy Communion at Queen Camel 9.30 am BCP Martins at Sparkford 9:30 am BCP Holy Communion at Corton Denham 11.00 am BCP Holy Communion at West Camel 6.30 pm BCP Holy Communion at Weston Bampfylde 6.30 pm BCP Evening Prayer at Sutton Montis

DID YOU KNOW??? Did you know that you can Hire Tables, Chairs, Kettles, Crockery, Glasses, Cutlery & More from the Sparkford Village Hall. Just make a Donation to the Village Hall Committee Contact Victoria Rogers Tel: 01963 440475



Is anyone in the parish of Sparkford interested in buying a one or two bedroom retirement park home at Long Hazel Park? Please call Alan or Pamela on (01963) 440002, Email us at, write to us at Long Hazel Park, High Street, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7JH Or call up and see us.

" Just Cakes" " Let me create a cake for your special occasion." Justine Spacey Mandeville Green Close Sparkford Tel 01963 440785 or 07779 609613. 17

The Village Cookbook..


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 440586

Peter Scarlett Tel: 01963 220533

Cam Vale Benefice Administrator Rosemary Rymer Tel: 01963 441585 ( in office Monday, Wednesday & Thursday AM Only ) Email: 19

Beat Manager and Police Community Support Officers for Sparkford. PC Sara Stephenson Tel: 0845 456 7000 (ask for Wincanton Police Station) Voice Mail: 01935 402268 ext 7 1164 email: PCSO 7815 Thelma Mead Tel: 0845 456 7000 (ask for Wincanton Police Station) Voice Mail: 01935 402268 ext 7 7815 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

Copy deadline for inclusion by noon on 15th of each month The Parish News Editor: Mr Peter Downton, Wychwood, Church Road, Sparkford, BA22 7JN Tel: 01963 441423 Email: Printed by JH Haynes & Co Ltd, Sparkford, Nr. Yeovil BA22 7JJ


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