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Issue No. 85

October 2013

for Whitechurch, Whatcombe, Clenston, Stickland, Houghton, Turnworth & Milton Abbas

Turnworth from the air Mark Steele

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leaving mess behind which has required clearing up. Please note that this area is a 'No Dogs Allowed' area for hygiene and safety reasons. The Play Park lease is due to expire next year and the Clerk has been asked to start prelim enquiries into renewing this. A planning application has been received for a single garage to be erected at The Lodge, Whatcombe Lane, to which the PC had no objection. Another application was received for change of use from a store/shed to a holiday let at The Old Forge, Dorchester Hill, which the PC did not object to but with reservations regarding impact on the property's septic tank and the vehicle access to and from the property onto the busy road. A tree in Fields Close has been confirmed to need removing by DCC although replanting will also be carried out. Staying in Fields Close, there will be a Bulb Planting Event taking place on Saturday 19th October between 10am and 12 noon. It is planned to invite as many local children and their parents to help with this. If anyone has a turf cutter that they would lend to us for the preparation of the grass plots on Tuesday 15th October, it would be appreciated. Please contact the PC Clerk on 01258 880600. It was reported that the footpath on Dorchester Hill is again getting affected by overgrown and overhanging foliage and trees etc. which is causing difficulty in walking along there without getting close to the kerb. This is of concern due also to the speeding traffic coming down the hill including some of the many tractors passing through the village at the moment. The flashing Vehicle activated 30 mph sign is also being partially obscured. The meeting closed at 8:50 pm The next meeting is on Wednesday October 9th at 7:30 pm in the Village Hall.

Editorial We begin this edition with a sincere thank you to John Felstead, who has retired from his building business and is beginning a well-earned break. John has been a huge supporter of the Valley News ever since we re-launched 85 editions ago, placing a full page advert on the back page of every edition. His support - especially in the very early days, when he co-sponsored the first edition in its glossy paper format and with high quality photographs, was instrumental in establishing the magazine as a viable concern and all our readers owe him thanks too. The Valley News team thank him most sincerely for his generosity, and we wish him well with his retirement. We are delighted that another building company - Stephen Frampton - has agreed to take out a full page advert as the replacement for John Felstead's. As always, we are grateful to all our advertisers and hope that our readers will support them with their custom; without them the magazine would be a very different animal! It is good to have a contribution this month from Martyn Gleaden after a short break - thanks for taking the trouble, Martyn. If anyone can answer the question he poses at the end of his article perhaps you'd be kind enough to write to us and let us know, so that we can pass on the information to all - it's a real poser! We are always pleased to consider articles or similar from readers, so if you have a burning desire to see your name in print do please have a go. And don't forget that readers are always appreciative of feedback from events (with photos if possible) - just send them in to our usual email address, It's hard to believe that another year is moving swiftly on. We have already heard people mentioning the number of weeks left until (shhh... you know what!) but we aren't going to join in with that. Suffice to say that there are only two editions to come before we take a break in January, so time to get thinking about when your events need to be advertised. The Valley News Team

Winterborne Stickland Parish Council The last meeting was held on Monday 2nd September 2013, 3 members of our community attended. The Parish Council would like to publicly thank Mr Sean Phillips for all his hard work, particularly during the summer months, in clearing weed from the stream between the fish farm and the end of West Street and maintaining the stream and surrounding area at the village green. Managing the stream channel encourages water flow whilst retaining sufficient weed and cover for the wildlife which rely upon it as well as reducing the risk of flooding. Following the Parish Council's objection to the Canada Farm Solar Park planning application, a letter has been received from Alder King Planning Consultants addressing the concerns raised in the Parish Council's objection letter. The Parish Council has responded (copy North Dorset District Council planning department) offering to meet with representatives from Alder King to discuss the matters further. Finally, concern was raised regarding the speed and size of some farm vehicles travelling along the Clenston Road and through the village; this subject will be discussed at the next parish council meeting. Parish council meetings are a forum for you, the community, to raise and discuss any topics. Anyone may request an item be put on the agenda (contact the clerk) or have their say during the "democratic period" - join the debate! The next meeting will be held on Monday 28th October at the Pamela Hambro Village Hall, please come along.

Winterborne Whitechurch Parish Council Winterborne Whitechurch Parish Council meeting was held on 4th September in the Village Hall with 7 members of the public present. The Village Hall Chairman, Jim Luke had written advising that they were purchasing a Christmas tree for the village this year. They asked for the PC to apply for a license from Highways for temporary siting of the tree at the bottom of Blandford Hill. They have provided a risk assessment to be sent with this application. The PC confirmed that this is ok and the Clerk will deal with this. District Councillor, Jane Somper, told the PC that NDDC had received a late notification from East Dorset of a planning application for a solar farm at Mapperton which has left very little time to object to. Highways have confirmed that they have now carried out works by the bus stop layby, clearing the culvert and placing a drainage pipe into the adjoining field in an attempt to resolve the repeated flooding there. The Community Speed Watch application is progressing and we are currently waiting for the arrival of the equipment and then training can be carried out by the local SNT. This is hoped to be within the next 2-3 weeks. The position of a new PC noticeboard is still to be finalised but two suggested places are by the Parish Room in Jubilee Walk or the Village Hall. The village play park which has had some of the equipment recently restored is hoped to have the outstanding items dealt with in the near future. The PC is also looking into an alternative surface in place of the wood bark around the swings and slide as although some has been recently replaced a lot more will need doing in the future. The Clerk has been asked to obtain quotes for alternative surfaces, such as rubber matting etc. There have been reports of dogs being allowed to run around the play park by their owners,

Christine Holbrook (Clerk)

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is a rare opportunity to see this celebrated demonstrator, so do put this date in your diaries now. This demonstration will be at the village hall, Tarrant Keyneston at 2pm, and tickets cost £10, available from Jean Freak 01258 488636. Visitors and new members are always welcome at any floral group meeting. Contact secretary Diane Edmunds on 01929 472331 for all information.

Electoral Registration Annual Canvass The electoral registration annual canvass forms are being sent out at the beginning of October. It is important that you respond to your form as soon as possible, either by Freephone or internet if there are no changes, or by returning the form if there are changes. Please note that we are required by law to ask each year if individuals wish their details not to appear on the Edited Register. You can update this when responding by Freephone or internet. If you have any queries about the process please contact the Electoral Services Team at North Dorset District Council on Tel: 01258 484060 or email

Bus2Go October 9th WIMBORNE: Stewarts Garden Centre, God's Blessing Lane. It is said, the lane was named after Cromwell's Army was assembling for an attack on Corfe Castle. Cromwell himself addressed the troops and gave them a blessing. Bus2Go will not be planning any attack only on the purchase of plants and lunch. Our passengers are very adept at doing both. When we came back from Otter Nurseries, in Devon (after our visit to the Donkey Sanctuary), both buses resembled mobile greenhouses with hanging baskets strung (safely) from various points, young plants nursed carefully on knees and there was even a baby lamb (ornamental of course). October 30th (Half Term) WEYMOUTH: Dorset Fire and Rescue Headquarters. We shall be taken on a guided tour of the newly built unit; this includes a reconstructed fire in a domestic room. We shall of course be viewing, from behind the safety of toughened glass. The tour starts off with light refreshments and a chat. After the tour lunch will be served in the restaurant November 10th BOVINGTON: Remembrance Sunday. All welcome to join with us as we remember all serving heroes past and present. After the service there will be an opportunity to visit the Museum and have lunch in the restaurant. Please contact Margo 01258 837749/Ron 01258 839234 for further details

Matchpatch We have now been active for 18 months and after a fairly poor year last year due partly to a very wet summer, we are now enjoying the fruits of our labour. It was all a bit "trial & error" at first to see what sort of ground we were dealing with, and to find out how much of a threat the pigeons etc were going to be, however with various forms of netting/fleeces we seem to have overcome most of the problems. Close netting has also been used as screening against the strong winds which are a feature here, but despite all of that we have enjoyed a very good harvest of most crops and recently had the opportunity of selling some excess produce to The Milton Abbas Women's Group who enjoyed a guided tour of The Community Plots and the Jubilee Orchard. Apart from the physical advantages of keeping active, there is nothing to beat the taste or satisfaction of eating a meal which mainly consists of your own healthy produce. We now have some plots available for next year (1st April) but arrangements could be made for earlier occupancy if required. Plots are either 10x10m or 10x20m at a cost of £20 or £30 per year for the larger plot. Priority will be given to residents of Milton Abbas but requests from outside the village will be considered. All enquiries should be sent to: Dave Morley. 01258 880772 or E-Mail D. Morley, Chairman

Harvest Services in the Valley The Benefice Churches warmly invite you to our Harvest Services this year. Farming families are especially welcome. We meet together to give thanks to God for his provision & his beautiful creation so please do join us on these Sundays! Clenston 10.30am Sunday 6th October Houghton 3.00pm Sunday 13th October Milton Abbas 6.00pm Sunday 20th October Stickland 11.00am Sunday 29th September* Turnworth 10.30am Sunday 13th October Whitechurch 10.30am Sunday 20th October (to include a Baptism) *followed by Community Lunch in PHH at 12.30pm. Tickets from Kay (880230), Valerie (880094) or Heather (880047).

Milton Abbas Women's Group The Women's Group and friends were given a talk on 'what is reflexology' the art of which dates back to ancient Egypt, India and China and that, in 1913, it was introduced as 'zone therapy' and further developed in the 1930's into what is now known as 'reflexology'. The visiting therapist demonstrated the practice of apply pressure to specific areas of the feet believed to correspond to other parts of the body. A vote of thanks was given on behalf of the Women's Group to Pauline Bown. Our next meeting will be on October, 8th when we will visit the Bowling Alley in Weymouth followed by a meal, meeting outside the Reading Rooms in Milton Abbas at 6pm. If you would like more details about this meeting or joining the group, please contact Pauline Northeast (880223) or Ellie Payne (880981).

Service of Light On 2nd November at St. Mary's Church, Winterborne Stickland at 7.00pm we will be holding our annual Service of Light for all who have been bereaved and want to remember their loved one. This is a quiet service, with reflective readings, songs/hymns, silences, and the opportunity to light a candle for the person you wish to remember and have their name read out and prayers said. Should you wish to light a candle, please contact either Rev'd Alan Ryan (01258 880482 or Rev'd Marion Miles (01258 452010 with the name of the person you want to remember, or alternatively write their name on a piece of paper and hand to the sidesperson on entering the Church.

Winterborne Whitechurch 100 Club - September 1st. No.33 2nd. No.1 3rd. No.60

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Bere Regis Floral Group The next meeting of Bere Regis Floral Group will be on Tuesday, 8th October at 2pm in Winterborne Kingston village hall. The demonstrator will be Area Demonstrator Alison Finch from Blandford whose title is Well Read. We are particularly pleased to welcome Alison as she is also one of our own club members. Tuesday, November 12th is a very exciting day for the floral group as it is not only the Christmas demonstration, but as part of our Emerald anniversary year, we are thrilled to be welcoming National Demonstrator Craig Bullock from Burnley, Lancashire. This

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The Valley Gardening Club Summer Show Thank you to everyone who entered or helped with the Summer Show. Once again it was another difficult growing year but the Pamela Hambro Hall still looked great on the day of the show.

Linda Bryan, 882129

Sponsored Bike Ride On the 14th September Ted and I rode a circuit of 9 miles (with support from Sophie, Ted's Grandpa and my Dad) around the Winterborne Stickland area in aid of Wave FM Cash for Kids Charity. The Charity supports children under 18 who are emotionally, financially or physically disadvantaged.

Congratulations to our winners listed below: Sweet Peas (most points) Samantha Jeffery Sweet Peas (6 Stems) Pat Oakley Gladioli (most points) Richard Osborne Dahlias (most points) Richard Osborne Dahlias (best exhibit) Linda Bryan General (most points) Claire Scott President's Vase Richard Osborne Vegetables (most points) Michael Trevett Floral Art (most points) Hazel Steele Floral Art (best exhibit) Hazel Steele Handicraft (most points) Pauleen Trim Handicraft (best exhibit) Pauleen Trim Photography (most points) Graham Case, Hazel Steele Photography (best photo) Hazel Steele Children (most points) Tiana Gale, Georgie Morden Janey Jeffery Children (best exhibit) Tiana Gale, Janey Jeffery Annual General Meeting Our AGM is at the Pamela Hambro Hall, Stickland on Wednesday 17th October starting at 7.30pm. 2014 Programme and Membership Our 2014 programme can be found on our website and will be published in the next Valley News. Membership will remain at ÂŁ8 for the year. Mark Steele, Chairman

We would like to thank all the generous people for sponsoring us. We managed to raise a whopping ÂŁ145.00 for this local charity. Thanks again. Jack and Ted

The Dunbury School The Dunbury School will be celebrating 20 years this Autumn Term and will be marking the occasion with an exhibition of archived photographs and log books from the school which date back as far as 1893, followed by a presentation by the current pupils of the school to the assembled audience. The school which was previously set up as a federation of the four village schools of Winterborne Kingston, Winterborne Stickland, Milton Abbas and Winterborne Whitechurch, currently caters for all of the children from the local catchment in two of those bases with a Key Stage 1 base in Winterborne Kingston and a Key Stage 2 base in Winterborne Whitechurch. The staff have managed to collate a fantastic collection of archived registers, log books, and photos from over the years which they will be displaying on 25th October 2013 in the Winterborne Whitechurch base. Refreshments will also be provided. The current pupils will present some work to the guests in the form of song, dance and artwork for everybody to enjoy. This celebration comes just before the school is re-launched in January 2014 as part of the Diocese of Salisbury Multi Academy Trust, so exciting times are ahead. If you were a past pupil, or member of staff at the school, or your children perhaps attended, or you held a position on the Governing Body, or you are simply a local resident who would love to look at the exhibition and enjoy the children's display we would love for you to join us. So that we can cater for the correct numbers please could you contact the school office on 01258 880501 or send an email to to confirm your attendance. Do you have any old photos that you would like to lend us or that we can reproduce for the exhibition? If so please get in touch with the office as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you on 25th October from 1.30 The Dunbury School Governors, Pupils and Staff onwards.

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contrast with the reds of the sedums which will have turned into their autumn shades. Asters provide a more familiar smaller-headed flower, but choose carefully as many varieties are susceptible to mildew. Aster frikartii Monch is the fail-safe variety that grown en masse creates a pool of lavender blue; Little Carlow, reaching a more modest 80 cm, is ideal for containers. There is a clematis for every month of the year and many put on a late-summer show that lasts through the autumn, again so long as you choose the right variety. Clematis tangutica has striking lantern flowers in sharp acid yellow from late summer through the autumn, and follows these with silvery silken seed heads which are often present alongside the late flowers providing a lovely foil to the flowers. Cut the plant back to a pair of strong buds above ground for a repeat performance next year. Viburnum opulus Compactum, the compact version of our native guilder rose, is a jewel of a shrub and, at this time of year, the bunches of translucent scarlet berries which hang from the stems glow in the autumn sunshine coupled with the shapely leaves which turn dark purple in autumn and pretty white lace-capped flowers in June - this is a show stopper of a shrub which will not take over your garden. Sedums, or stone crop, just get better and better at this time of year. These plants originate from mountainous areas which is why the heads often become too heavy in the rich soil that they are usually planted in. There are a wide range of varieties from those with pale pink through to deep red flowers as well as white flowers or red stems, they are drought tolerant and very easy to grow and propagate. Grow a few different varieties together to provide a late nectar bank for the bees and other insects who are out and about in the autumn sun. The Echinacea purpurea family is another welcome late comer, American Beauty is a classic variety providing height, colour and nectar. Grasses can look magical in the autumn light as they swish in the wind and flatter any plants around them with the contrasting shapes, colours and movement. Some of the grasses produce their flowers quite late in the season and look as if they have oriental tassels at their tops. Stipa tenuissima is a golden grass that provides a lovely contrast to the flowering perennials, to keep it hitting its peak cut it to the ground every spring before the new growth gets going. Fuchsias come into their own at this time of year and there is such a variety of size, leaf and flower colour that there is bound to be one to suit every garden. The small flowered trailing varieties look so pretty on window sills and there is also a huge choice in the size of the flowers from the very dainty to ones almost the size of a hand. They die down at the end of the year and come up again every spring making a lovely display for months. Hydrangeas may be regarded by some as very old fashioned and they do not have the most beautiful of leaves but at this time of year they provide masses of flowers and again there is an enormous range to choose from. From the likes of Annabelle with her enormous white flowers, through the mop head varieties to the classic pink varieties which have given it the reputation for being dull. These plants need damp soil, as their name suggests, and in a dry season the flowers may be smaller than usual, however they are easy to grow and reliable and once established need cutting back in the spring to new shoots but are otherwise no bother and provide lots of late summer and autumn colour as well as being ideal flowers to dry for winter arrangements. For a quick makeover buy yourself some mini mums chrysanthemums which will form a full parasol of small heads producing a block of colour which on the patio in a pot will brighten any day or a selection of little hardy cyclamen with their pretty leaves and often perfumed flowers. The fact that the days are drawing in does not need to mean that the colour has gone from the garden, choose carefully and the garden will continue to reward Claire Scott and delight.

Cheselbourne Theatre Club It's only October but we are already making plans to avoid the post-Christmas blues. We are going to cheer up with a traditional and blessedly celebrity-free pantomime on Friday 3 January at 2:30 pm. The panto team at Salisbury Theatre returns with another laughter-filled family show with plenty of audience participation. Why not bring some young guests to see Dick Whittington and His Cat (book by 1November, £25 includes coach, with John Widdowson 01258 837791). This is a good time to explain why the club needs members to book so far in advance. The club, as an official patron of Salisbury Theatre, enjoys the advantage of two previews, in early spring and autumn, of the forthcoming season's programmes before they are released to the general public and early block booking for members on a sale or return basis - but we must commit to final numbers by the Salisbury Theatre's two-month deadline However, if you can't meet this early deadline you could buy your own theatre tickets directly from Salisbury Theatre (01722 320333) to coincide with our Monday night trip and join us on the club coach to get to the theatre. Travel costs £11 per person but before you telephone the theatre please discuss this option with John Widdowson (01258 837791). There is still time to catch the following shows: Monday 7 October 7:30 Elegy for a Lady by Arthur Miller and The Yalta Game by Brian Friel Monday 4 November 7:30 The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar Coach pick-up times are Cheselbourne 5:25, Cross Lanes 5:35, Melcombe Bingham 5:40, Ansty 5:45, Hilton 5:50, Milton Abbas 6:00, Winterborne Whitechurch 6:05, Blandford Forum (Tesco) 6:20, Pimperne 6:25. Additional stops may be arranged.

Who are the Lions and what do they do? As a member of the local community you will almost certainly have seen the Lions collecting for local charities in and around the Blandford area, and probably have asked yourself "Who and what are the Lions?" - a question we are also frequently asked. This is why your local Lions Club, is inviting you and anybody you think would be interested, to an open meeting to be held at the Blandford Parish Centre in The Close, Blandford on Wednesday 23rd October, commencing at 7:30pm. Our operational area is anywhere in DT11 and for a small Club we have achieved quite a lot both locally and worldwide over the past 40 years (we have collected and re-distributed £15,000 over the last 2 years alone), but we feel much more could be achieved if we could increase our membership. The evening is part of a recruitment drive the Club is currently undertaking. To answer the question "Who and what are the Lions?" there will be a brief presentation (20-30 minutes) followed by an informal Q&A session and a chance to chat with some of the existing members and recipients over some light refreshments. Please let me know if you or any of your friends are able to attend so that we can have an idea of likely numbers. I can be contacted on 01929 472336 or email me at Tony Ives, Blandford & District Lions

Down The Garden Path Autumn is here, temperatures have dropped and at last we have had some rain. Sad as it may seem after such a gorgeous summer there is no reason why our gardens can't stay looking good through October and beyond - it is all down to the plants that we choose. Daisy flowers predominate at this time of year, with rudbekia, the golden rayed, brown centred cornflowers providing the brightest splashes of late colour. These vary in tone through the range of ochre colours to gold and also vary in height from twelve inches to a couple of feet and can be planted alongside toning flowers of the crocosmos family which flower well into October and 8



Whitechurch Youth Club for 9-14 yr olds Mondays 6.45pm-8.15pm Whitechurch Village Hall 50p a week Coffee Morning Parish Room, Whitechurch Wednesdays 10am-12noon Come and have a Cup & Cake with your neighbours and friends. Round Robin Ramblers Sunday 6th Oct • 2pm • Houghton (4m) Meet outside Houghton church Wednesday 16th Oct • 11am Stourpaine/Bryanston via Trailway (6½m) Meet near recycling area, Tescos Blandford Sunday 3rd Nov • 2pm Charlton Marshall (4½m) Park near St. Mary’s Church, Charlton Marshall More info contact Ian Bromilow 880044 Winterborne Sports Club Winterborne Stickland Car Boot Sale Sunday 29th Sep • 10.30am Open to sellers 9.00am Bingo Monday 30th Sep • 7.30pm Doors open 6.45pm Elvis Rock & Roll Night Friday 1st Nov Halloween Disco Saturday 2nd Nov Fancy Dress welcomed Short Concert by Bryanston School Music Scholars Wednesday 2nd Oct • 8pm Winterborne Stickland Church Doors open 7.30pm. Light Refreshments. Free entry. Retiring collection in aid of Church Funds. Milborne Movies The Great Gatsby (12A) Friday 4th Oct • 7.30pm Milborne St. Andrew Village Hall Doors & Bar open 7pm. Admission Adults £3. More info from Alice Harrall 837371 Bere Regis Floral Group Alison Finch - ‘Well Read’ Tuesday 8th Oct • 2pm Winterborne Kingston Village Hall New members always welcome

Ibberton Village Hall & Artsreach Kevin Dempsey & Rosie Carson Saturday 12th Oct • 7.30pm Adult £8, U18 £6.50, Family £25 Light refreshments, Raffle, Welcome to bring a bottle. Tickets Annette Newman 817269, Barbara Smith 817555 Artsreach Bowjangles on the Box Sunday 13th Oct • 7.30 pm Milborne St. Andrew Village Hall Doors open 7pm. Adults £8, Children £6, Family (2 adults + 2 children) £25. Tickets from Roger & Alice Harrall 837371 & M. St Andrew Londis Bingo Friday 18th Oct • Eyes down 7.30pm Winterborne Whitechurch Village Hall Raffle, Refreshments. In aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Milborne St. Andrew Gardening Club A Talk on House Plants by Poundbury Garden Centre Thursday 24th Oct • 7.30pm Milborne St. Andrew Village Hall Visitors Welcome


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Screen Bites - Food & Film Festival Food Tastings and Film: Spanglish (12A) Friday 25th October • Doors open 7pm Winterborne Whitechurch Village Hall Tickets £8 or 01963 32525 for tickets & information Corn Dolly Making Workshop Saturday 26th Oct • 10.30am to 4pm Milton Abbas Church South Aisle Cost £20 per person including materials. Places (10) on a first come first served basis. To book contact Harriet 880482 Dinner/Dance to The Moonlight Swing Band Saturday 9th Nov Athlehampton House Raffle • Bar. Tickets £30 each to include 2 course Dinner. All profits to The Friends of Blandford Hospital. For tickets/info call Jane Robbins 880048 or Claire Harrison 459721

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December 4th - Auction in the Village Hall in aid of Church Funds, £107 raised. 10th - Youth club jumble sale 19th - Nativity play by the Sunday school

A Glimpse of the Past - Winterborne Whitechurch The Women's institute Diary 1965. January 8th - Inauguration of Common Life Plan with a service at the Milton Abbey, conducted by the Bishop of Salisbury 30th/31st - Heavy snowfall. The Bishop of Sherborne was marooned in the village and had to stay for the night. February. 7th - Visit by Whitechurch church congregation to Bere Regis as part of the Common Life Plan. 21st - Modern "Beat" service at Milton Abbey attended by Whitechurch 22nd - Visit to Southampton by members of the painting class. March 2nd - Common Life Plan social at Bere Regis 3rd - Heavy snowfall. Blandford Hill became impassable and a number of people were marooned in the village. The Vicar and Mrs Laws gave shelter to two girls and two men. Mr and Mrs Lock two ladies and two school boys, Mrs Daly to one lady. Two or three people were put up at the Milton Arms and the Village Hall was opened and heated and gave accommodation for the night to a further 28 people. All this was arranged by P.C. Hume. 11th - W.I. Bulb Show 31st - Missionary exhibition at Milton Abbey April 19th - Ringers from Highclere, Newbury visited the church and rang a second peel, 4440 changes in just under three hours non-stop May 10th - Bishop of Salisbury visits the village, sees the school in the morning and meets parishioners at the Vicarage for tea in the garden. 12th - Confirmation at Bloxworth 19th - W.I. Jubilee rally in Charborough Park. Whitechurch banner carried in procession. June 15th - Painting group visit to London 19th - Choir festival, Salisbury 25th - School visit to Royal Counties show, Kingsclere Mrs Barnes attended the Queen's garden party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the jubilee of the W.I. and afterwards reported on it to the W.I. May to July - Volunteers were working on the renovation of the Village Hall. The hall was repainted and decorated, curtains washed and re-hung, the ceiling lowered and gallery blocked off and new heating is to be installed. July 3rd - Golden Jubilee Fete in the School field, Village Hall and Church Room. In the evening a dance was held in the Village hall with 'Johnny and the Blue Jackets.' The ticket price was 6d. 11th - Visit to Tolpuddle for Common Life Plan 15th - Youth club dance 29th - Visit by over 60's to the Isle of Wight August 9th to 23rd - Vicar of Stenwray, Colchester in residence while our vicar is away 20th - Visit by W.I. to "The sound of music" at Bournemouth September 12th - Common Life joint service at Milton Abbey 29th - Young wives coffee evening in aid of Mission to Seamen October 3rd - Harvest festival, service by the Bishop of Salisbury 16th - Choir festival at Milton Abbey 31st - Piddletrenthide, Common Life Plan, Methodist chapel anniversary service November 5th - Guy Fawkes bonfire and firework party at the Caravan Park 14th - Remembrance Day parade and service at the memorial

These items were originally written by the Winterborne Whitechurch W.I. of 1965 and submitted by Jim Luke.

When did buying milk become so difficult? Unusually for me I went out on an early-hours unaccompanied shopping trip this morning. Despite "The Boss" doing one of her marathon shopping expeditions yesterday, we had run out of milk - obviously my fault and not because she forgot to buy any… Anyway, because I'm a caring and doting husband, and "The Boss" likes milk in her tea on a morning, I found myself in an almost deserted supermarket looking for milk... When did the simple task of buying milk become so complicated? When it was delivered it to your doorstep in proper glass bottles there was red top - straight from the cow, silver top - pasteurised, and gold top - extra creamy... Not these days! I could have had whole milk, semi-skimmed, skimmed, filtered whole, filtered skimmed, organic whole, organic skimmed, long life, locally-sourced, goat's, sheep's, soya, hazelnut, or a whole host of flavoured milks, and that was from just one small section of the display - and how the heck do you milk a hazelnut anyway? At least they colour code these things for the uneducated purchaser such as me! I knew we used blue stuff - so far so good, but was the difference between filtered and unfiltered, and the supermarket's own brand and the other couple of filtered milks they were all the same price for the same amount? Not wishing to offend I opted for their own brand milk as I was in their store, and picked a "pure, filtered" type as I'm a sucker for clever advertising (and "The Boss" smiled benevolently on my return so I obviously chose well). However the true delight of early morning shopping was the huddle of people around one little area. As the rest of the store was empty there must be something in that area to draw the crowds and as I drew nearer I saw the cause, a large sign proudly boasting the word "Reduced". The overnight shift must fill this section up ready for the early worm (I didn't think "early shopper" sounded as apt as "early worm" here - just go with it), so braving the angry glares and mutterings I elbowed my way into the wildly grabbing crowd in search of the Holy Grail of shopping, the fabled "Bargain"! Sadly there was nothing I wanted there, but I bought something anyway just to get a that smug glow of satisfaction about snapping up a reduced price item (only to be told later by "The Boss" that I could have bought it cheaper at another store.) Ah well, at least I bought the correct milk, though I still want to know how the heck you milk a hazelnut… Martyn Gleaden • Sunrays over the Valley Mark Steele .



Jago 'I enjoyed visiting the Ari village because the people were really friendly. I played marbles with the children and ran a race with a boy called Zachary. He was 7 years old and was wearing rags. I gave him a hoody when we left and he had a huge smile as he waved us off! I loved seeing the animals, especially the tame ostrich which we could stroke - she was called Elala. I also loved the dik dik at a restaurant in Arbaminch - she was really tame. A dik dik is a kind of tiny deer. We had a lovely driver called Solomon who didn't speak English but smiled a lot.

Our holiday to Ethiopia Leo: 'We have just come back from 3 weeks travelling around Ethiopia. My favourite bit was when we went to Awassa because I had fresh avocado and strawberry juice, and there were loads of monkeys and tropical birds. A monkey stole my chip! Ethiopian food is injera and wot, a spicy stew. I didn't like it much because the injera is sour. We saw tribal people with lip plates (Mursi) - I was a bit horrified as they cut their lips and stretch them. The Ethiopian people called us 'baby' and we had lots of people following us and staring at us!'

Poems from Dunbury Pupils The bridge of friendship is a wonderful thing. If it sees someone sad it extends the arm of friendship to anyone, if it sees someone grumpy it extends the arm of friendship. The arm of friendship never runs out it just keeps on growing never stops never slows down. By Louis. Scots Pine class My village is as small as a mouse. My village is as chatty as a dog My village is as friendly as a dog licking us. My village is as safe as a car driving. My village is as busy as a man concentrating on his driving. My village is as noisy as a car zooming past. By Lola. Silver Birch Class My village is as quiet as a mouse tiptoeing back to its cage. My village is as calm as a train coming into a station. My village is as old as an old TV up in the loft. My village is as fun as a fun fair with loads of people. My village is as nice as Miss Honey in Matilda. By Philip. Silver Birch Class Silver Birch class work as hard as pigs rolling in mud. Silver Birch class work as hard as dogs chasing their tails. Silver Birch class work as hard as trolls. By Tahiya. Silver Birch Class Silver birch class are as clever as a cheetah running. Silver Birch class are as clever as a chameleon reaching for a fly. Silver Birch class are as clever as a spider spinning a web Silver Birch class are as clever as a teacher working. By Holly. Silver Birch Class My family: My family is as noisy as a lion roaring My family is as clever as a spider making its web My sister is as cheeky as a monkey My mummy is as kind as a friend My dog is as black as a dark stormy night Erin Roberts (age 7)

Jasper 'My favourite part of the trip was looking for lizards. Lots of children live on the streets and kept asking us for money. Everyone was friendly and people kept kissing me! In the south it is very hot and dry. As we drove along people ran after the car shouting 'highlander' at us as that is a make of water and they want your bottles to collect water in. The roads were yellow and dusty and there were loads of goats, cows and donkeys all over the roads all the time. We saw about 20 dead dogs. In the north it was the rainy season so it was cool and very green. I learnt to say 'amasegnalo' which means thank you in Amharic.'

Stickland Tennis Club Members of Stickland Tennis Club were dismayed to discover the tennis net had been removed when they turned up to play last week. Despite all attempts to secure the court, padlocks go missing on a regular basis. If anyone knows anything about the whereabouts of the net please could they contact Blandford Police or the Secretary of the Tennis Club, Debbie Albery on (01258) 451873




The Winterborne Valley & Milton Abbas Benefice WHAT WAS THE SCORE? KINGDOM 119 CHURCH 3 One side it seems did extremely badly in this game! In fact it was not a game at all, it is the number of times Jesus specifically mentioned the church in the gospels - only 3 times!. And if he did not mention the church what did he teach about then? And the answer is THE KINGDOM OF GOD which gets mentioned 119 times. In other words we (that is church people) often get things wrong. Our message is not to be the church, but the Kingdom of God. And what exactly is the difference? Kingdom people seek to put justice first Church people tend to put church work before justice, mercy and truth. Kingdom people think how to get the church and the message of Jesus out into the world Church people think how to get people into church Kingdom people work to see the church change the world Church people worry that the world will change the church. The Church you see is not supposed to be an end in itself. According to St. Paul the church is called to further the Kingdom and put people in touch with God. (see Ephesians 3:10) It is the purpose of the church to point people to Jesus, and to call people to join us in furthering the Kingdom of God. If we take the Lord's Prayer seriously then the church is not supposed to be our priority. Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth Jesus and Karl Marx are agreed on this matter: The philosophers have interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it! Jimmy (Hamilton-Brown) Rev'd Alan Ryan • Rev'd Marion Miles • Rev'd Caroline Chichester Mrs. Jenny Galuschka • Rev'd Jimmy Hamilton-Brown

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