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Hello everyone! “The English winter, ending in July, to recommence in August”, The words of Lord Byron no less. Mmm.... well I have always thought it unwise to take the opium infused musings of Mr Byron too seriously. Beautiful as some of them are. Rather look forward to a time when we are all aired out in the sunshine before this edition gets to your front door. Now I always thought that a weight loss diet meant something that is sometimes uninspiring and that sufferance was part of the deal? Well this month, Sam shares a “snippet” from a day with Slimming World (pg.34). Looks good to me. The folks from Smart Fitness (pg.19) are coming back to the beautiful surroundings of Montacute House where you are sure to find a session that suits your own situation from a wide range of options from “Buggy Fitness” to the “Active Seniors Garden Stroll.” While in the realm of beautiful surroundings there's lots happening at the forthcoming open days at Lytes Cary Manor (pg.37) much including a reading by Jane Borrowdale from her new novel “The Knot”, there's also an invitation for families to have ago at something from the list of “50 things to do before you are 11 and 3/4”. You can even make a grass trumpet ! A little later in the month St. Catherine's, Montacute, host the “Festival of Flowers and Photographs” (pg.14) and at Odcombe village hall the “80th Odcombe Flower, Produce and Craft Show”, not forgetting the Car Boot Sale outside the Village Hall on the afternoon of the same day! (pg17) Last but not least, don't forget the “Ham Hill Experience Day” at the beginning of September, during which you have an opportunity to visit the archaeological excavation on what is after all the largest Hill Fort in the Country! We had a great time at this event last year. Our centre pages feature a cycling event in aid of the McMillan Nurses, and seeing that we will all need something to do on the beach or in the garden (whilst enjoying the sunshine) we thought we’d make this issue a “Bumper” puzzle edition! (pages 7,16,38 and 42). You may still need to get a paper for Dad and the “Look in” and “Jackie” Summer Specials for the children. Oh .... and some paper flags of course! Well, we wish you a lovely August and as we are constantly reminding ourselves, there are, after all, more important things than the weather....... Bring on the Medals!

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Thank you for the support for the Ted’s Picnic on Sunday 8th July especially as Andy Murray was playing. We will send at least £200 to Action for Children. We all had a great time in the garden in the sunshine. This friendly, welcoming group meets every week on Thursday 10 am to 12 noon, open to children 0 to 5 years and their parents or carers at the Methodist Church Hall, West St., Stoke sub Hamdon. Come and join us! This year we are opening throughout the Summer Holidays with the exception of the first week in September. Open again on 13 September. Contact Sophie 07595672101

Stoke’s Flower, Craft an d Produ ce Show Sat. 4th August 1.30 - 4 .30pm Memor ial Hall a nd 4

LOTO. (Ladies & La Calling all ds On Their Own .) Widows a nd this is the group 4 U Widowers, We meet , in The Lig hthouse every 2n d Monda y of each You'll be month. sure of a warm an sympathe d tic welco me laughter and a liste , lots of ning ear 'cos we u nderstan d. Call Dru 822703 fo r more details.

Stoke Post Office Opening Times Mon. 9am -12noon Thurs. 1pm - 4pm Fri. 9am - 12noon


Odcombe Stitch & Knit Sewing and Knitting circle

August 14th and 28th Sept. 11th and 25th. 'The Mothers' Institute' combines a play group and a stitch and knit and is now Fridays, 10.45am -12.30pm Montacute Village Hall.

More info please call Gaynor 01935 863117

Ham Hill lympics at Iron Age O August Friday 3rd and 3pm 10am, 1pm Sessions at and speed cy, stamina ra cu ac ur a Test yo ur paces as t through yo . or as you are pu ri war ted Iron Age newly recrui s all feature d or ears and sw sp s, nior in el av J camp for ju ive training ns te in is y! th in necessar o experience warriors. N r child, Cost £4 pe . over 8’s only suitable for 884 22 4 5 93 e on 01 Book a plac

4orton and Chiselborough Flower Show Saturday 18 August Recreation Ground, New Road, Norton Sub Hamdon. Fête opens 2 p.m., Marquee opens 2.30 p.m. Prize-winning plants, cookery, crafts and children's exhibits. Bouncy castle, dog agility demonstration, Stoke Silver Band, tombola. Teas and refreshments. Closing date for entries Wednesday 15 August 8.30 p.m. Reading Room, Great Street, Norton. Please contact Bob Fill (01935 881085) with any queries.

NEW CARNIVAL CLUB Chinnocks Carnival Club is a new carnival club based in West Chinnock we hold our meetings the first Saturday of the month our next meeting is Sat. 4th August 6.30pm at The Muddled Man , West Chinnock, all welcome to come along and find out what we’re about. website: http://chinnockscarnivalclub.webs.com email: chinnockscarnivalclub@aol.co.uk

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There are no clue numbers in the grid. Use your powers of deduction to put the right words in the correct positions in the grid. All the E's have already been filled in. 1. One of the two horizontal 7letter words is month between September and November and the other is a planet. 2. One of the two vertical 7-letter words is a female lion and the other is parts of an hour. 3. One of the 5-letter words is a portion and the other is opposite of north. 4. The 4-letter words are opposite of closed; list of meals; female relative; the world's longest river. 5. The two 3-letter words on the left are ‘a kind of trophy’ and ‘observe’. 6. The two 3-letter words on the right are ‘the night before’ and ‘female chicken’.

Sudoku Each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the numbers 1 to 9 just once. This can be done by applying logic no guessing!

Answers on pages 44 & 45

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Simple tips for your Garden. ......How to Hoard. If all has gone to plan (that’s a big if!) then August should be a very satisfying month on your plot, with your hard work being repaid by ample harvests of a good range of fruit and veg. The reality tends to be that the excitement of seeing your crops grow and ripen is initially followed by much enjoyment of the first fruits of your labour, soon replaced by ‘What do I do with all these’! Certain crops, courgettes and tomatoes, can almost guarantee this sequence of events! Sharing with friends and neighbours is great but often they will have a glut of exactly the same thing at just the same time. So here are some simple ideas for storing and preserving your produce. It may be a long time before you are harvesting fresh peas or raspberries again but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be enjoying your home grown produce throughout the winter. Onions and garlic that have been lifted and left to dry can be plaited and hung in a cool, dry place. Net bags, or tights, work if you don’t fancy plaiting. Potatoes can be stored in boxes or paper sacks in a dark, dry building but you should check them regularly, removing any that show signs of rotting. A good size freezer is a real bonus for making the most of your produce. Blanching and then freezing works for many vegetables. The key to success is to cool quickly after blanching so have a bowl of cold water at the ready. Another option, and one that can work well for all those tomatoes, is to find a good recipe that you can cook, freeze and use later (pasta sauce with your own tomatoes and home grown basil?). Even ‘difficult to freeze’ veg such as courgettes can be incorporated into a sauce, or blanched, frozen and then added to a stew at a later date. Cooking and freezing can work well for fruit too - apple or rhubarb are good stewed and frozen, all ready for use in a crumble or pie. If you have a really good fruit crop then find a good recipe book and get started on some jam making? It’ll be delicious on your toast in the morning, and what better gift than a pot of homemade raspberry jam? One wonderful little book, that deals with just this subject is ‘How to store your garden produce’ by Piers Warren. It’s packed with information about how to store just about anything. Happy harvesting!


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month we had a chat with Jon Wright, Being Nosey..... this landlord of “The Fleur de Lis” in Stoke. Where were you born? In Essex. We moved to this area about 10 years ago when I gave up my job in Sales and Training. Where did you work before you took on the Fleur? We had the ‘Cross Keys’ in Lydford-on-Fosse for 4 years and have been at the Fleur for 19 months now. What about Family? I’ve got 2 boys aged 19 and 21, they occasionally help in the pub and my wife Lorraine is a Nurse but she also works here Fridays. We live in North Cadbury but I stay a few nights a week at the pub. Do you have any hobbies? I don’t really have time for hobbies, I do love going on holidays and travelling and if there’s time I play a bit of Darts and Pool. What makes you happy? Happy people! Do you have any pets? A German Shepherd called Prince. We’ve had him 4 years he was in and out of kennels, we’re his 3rd home. What is your favourite food? You can’t beat steak and chips or a good stew, I like food that hasn’t been messed about with or been drizzled on!

What TV programme makes you laugh? Faulty Towers, Black Adder, Monty Python - silly stuff that doesn’t take itself too serious. Any favourite films? I can’t really sit still for long enough to enjoy a film. I’d rather be busy. What was the last luxury item you bought? I’ve just bought myself a new car, a bit of a toy, now the kids are older I thought I’d treat myself. If money and time were no object where would you go on holiday? Actually we’ve just started planning a holiday. There are four of us that’ll be 50 in a space of about 18 months, so in a couple of years time we‘re hoping to go on a Caribbean Cruise and also include Las Vegas in the trip. Not sure yet which way round we’ll do it but that’s the plan. Most annoying thing? I suppose people who break commitments and let you down. That's got to be the worst. What is the best thing about your job? It’s not really work, it’s non stop socializing really. I think to do this job you have to be either completely mad or totally committed to it or a bit of each, not sure which balance is mine. What is your proudest moment? I think that must be taking the kids home from hospital after they were born. If you had 3 wishes what would they be? That’s a hard one, I don’t really worry about things but a happy and healthy family and friends and for the kids to be successful.

Thanks Jon.


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Animal Word Search ELEPHANT TORTOISE SNAKE BEAR CONDOR SNOWYOWL REINDEER RABBIT LEMUR PANDA LLAMA SHARK LEOPARD HEDGEHOG KESTREL DUCK MOOSE

Ding Bats Find 3 hidden phrases

Why did the girl throw the clock out the window?

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Because she wanted to see time fly!

CA SE CASE

Which is the fastest, cold or heat?

What did one wall say to the other wall?

Meet you at the corner! Heat, you can catch a cold!

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Stoke-sub-Hamdon to Land’s End For In memory of former Stoke resident Ken Davis, his son-in law Simon decided to organise a 3 day cycle ride to Land’s end to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support who had supported Ken & his family during his illness. With the help of D.R. Jones, Rock and Road Bike Shop, Godden & Curtis & Asda and with the riders paying all their own expenses all sponsorship money would go to Macmillan.

Ready for the ‘off ’.

Day one:- The riders assembled at Stanchester to load the support vehicle with overnight requirements, a gentle run to the High Street for pictures & the ‘off’, then out through Norton, through the lanes to Lopen Head, Barrington, Stocklynch, then the long climb up to Castle Neroche on the Blackdowns. A showery ride across the hills to Culmstock, Uffculme and Willand for tea break after 33 miles. Refreshed & in improving weather but It was a bit wet at times. still into a strong wind, it was down the old A38 towards Exeter, taking to the lanes to avoid the City Centre & onto the very hilly B road to the overnight stop at Moretonhampstead. Day two:- This was always going to be a challenge, across the open expanse of Dartmoor to reach Tavistock, but was even more so with the strong headwind, at least it wasn’t raining. After a tea stop it was over the hills & into Cornwall at Horsebridge, on to Lostwithiel & then the rain really started as we hit the lanes to the overnight stop at Golant YHA. The hostel was occupied by a party of school children (about 50) who were interested in our ride and many of them The joy of the open road donated to our cause.


Day three:- A small shower to start then clearing skies but still windy as we set off via St. Austell to Truro for early morning tea, on over more hills (we rode past 3 TV transmitters on the whole route & they are always high up). With just 13 miles to go a stop seemed in order, so into Marazion for a break overlooking St.Michael’s Mount in bright sunshine. Then it was off through Penzance, a couple more hills and then the arrival at Land’s End, just under 200 miles, lots of climbing, head wind (strong at times) and rain, what fun we had!!

But still time for some fun

All Done! To date we have raised just short of £4000 to date for Macmillan, if you think our efforts merit it, donations can still be made at the following website, www.justgiving.com/sshle and would be gratefully received.


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This months prize is a ÂŁ20 Cineworld Voucher. For your chance of winning simply identify the clues below. Have Fun!

At the Music Shop...

For all entries please send (by email, post or by hand) your name, address and a contact number along with your answers to: The Hambook,

21 Castle Street, Stoke -sub- Hamdon, TA14 6RE or email info@thehambook.co.uk by the 14th of August A winner will be picked at random from all correct entries. The judges decision is final and we can’t be held responsible for lost entries.

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MYSTERY WORD

Can you fit the words correctly into the grid? The letters in the yellow boxes will spell out the name of the mystery word.

4 letters PEAR PLUM APPLE LIME 5 letters GRAPE LEMON MELON OLIVE PEACH 6 letters BANANA CHERRY ORANGE 7 letters AVOCADO 8 letters MANDARIN 9 letters PINEAPPLE

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10 letters GRAPEFRUIT STRAWBERRY


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The Winner of the July ‘Olympic Sports’ Prize Competition is Derek Ferris from Stoke sub Hamdon. He wins a £20 M & S Voucher. The answers to this Competition are:

1.Archery 2. Football 3. Fencing 4. Judo 5. Track and Field 6. Boxing 7. Weightlifting

8. Hockey 9. Basketball 10. Gymnastics 11.Taekwondo 12. Badminton 13. Rowing 14. Handball 15. Table Tennis

Ding Bats page 16 Just between you and me Open and shut case Blood is thicker than water

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