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Welcome to our last, and very festive, magazine of 2012; I don’t know about you, Diary - December onwards but I feel that this year has simply flown by. This month, there are lots of Christmas Regular Meeting & Activities carol concerts for you to enjoy; I am Church Services - Dec/Jan particularly looking forward to hearing the Folk South West’s Wriggle Valley Singers News from our Churches with the Stanchester Quire (p35). We have a very seasonal front cover General News this month; who was the magical person who visited the Wriggle Valley in the …there's nowt so… snow? Children read the article on p 55 to St Andrew’s Primary School find our more. We have spotlighted a relative Leigh Weather Watch newcomer to the Valley, photographer Planning Applications Anna Taylor from Melbury Bubb who is in need of couples who are due to be Spotlight married in 2013; read her article on page 65. …gone Christmas gardening.. We are having a break next month so we will need your news and views by 12 Club News January 2013. Thank you once again for your continued support this years, advertisers and article writers alike - we wouldn’t exist without you. From all of us on the Wriggle Valley Magazine may we wish you a very Merry Christmas and brilliant New Year. Bella Neate-Clegg

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BATCOMBE..... On Saturday 22 December we will be decorating the church and will meet at the church at 10.30am. On 24 December there will be a children’s carol service at 3.00pm and we hope to see the church full once again. Our Christmas morning service starts at 10.15 am and will be led by one of the members from the Friary.

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begin to light up one by one with twinkling Stockwood Christmas lights all there is left for me to do is to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year and see you in 2013. Liz Tebbatt

CHETNOLE..... with Melbury Bubb &

The monthly coffee morning for January is kindly hosted by Lillian Newman of Stonecroft and will take place on the first Wednesday in January. I shall be back with news of exciting events in the February issue.

Exhibition Latest works from Linda Carroll are being shown at the Old School Gallery, Yetminster.

Thank You Rex, Lyn and Stan would like to sincerely thank friends and neighbours for their wonderful support during The Greasy Spoon Cafe Gwen’s illness and after her Many thanks to recent death. All the cards, everyone who came, and phone calls, offers of help to those who helped at and support at the funeral, The Greasy Spoon Cafe. have been quite Have you noticed There was a lovely overwhelming. We are that our red phone box has atmosphere and we all genuinely touched by the been Duluxed by BT? That is enjoyed ourselves on a love and kindness shown to thanks to the perseverance beautiful sunny morning. us by so many people in and hard work of Ian Wood Just over £800 was raised in Chetnole and feel so of Polans, Neals Lane. aid of Save the Children fortunate to be part of such As 2012 draws to its Fund... FANTASTIC ! a caring village community. end and Chetnole’s houses Bee Grant Peterkin 5

Gwen had only lived at Bent Tree House for a relatively short time but she and Rex had been visiting Chetnole for over twenty years. She loved it here, especially the peace and tranquillity of the place. There was nothing she liked better than to sit in the garden or stroll down the lane. We all miss her but our loss is made easier knowing that she was in a place she loved and that we have the support of so many good friends. Thank you all. Rex Houghton , Lyn and Stan Darley Chetnole e-diary. The weekly 'what's on' for Chetnole with news, acknowledgements, wanted and for sale items and dubious jokes has been running for three years, but there are still houses in the village which do not receive it. If you are interested and would like to go on the circulation list, please contact Sue Morgan on Hard copies can be made available for those not on the internet; phone 873104. I believe some people have 'fallen off' the list due to the vagaries of my computer so please get in touch again! Sue Morgan 6 6

Forthcoming Chetnole Village Hall Events Poetry & Prose Evening Sat 8 December Come along and support the village community on Saturday 8 December. Free entry with paying bar for Poetry and Prose performed by your local residents. Perhaps you would like to share a poem? If so either, ideally contact Rick Baker on 872725 in advance to go on a 'running order' or just turn up on the night and have a go.

Chetnole Jazz Café Saturday 12 January A future date not to miss, Saturday 12 January, back by popular demand, and the band that put Chetnole Jazz Café on 'You Tube'!, "Petites Annonces" - French Gypsy Swing Band. Saturday16 February - Neil Maya Quartet Don’t forget to get your tickets as soon as possible as numbers are strictly limited. Nigel Bray

Chetnole Jazz Café On Saturday 27 October, Chetnole Jazz Café started again and a packed Village Hall was entertained by Emily Saunders and her musicians. This London based Jazz Vocalist was on tour to promote her new CD "Cotton Skies" and Chetnolians should feel very proud that their village was chosen as one of her venues for this tour, when other venues include Manchester and Birmingham.

Sunday 18 November saw a full Village Hall for the annual Curry Lunch.

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by very talented village cooks and the table of deserts would have rivaled a five star restaurant. The Village Hall Committee would like to send their sincere thanks to all who helped with the food and on the day. It is very much appreciated.

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Notes from Chetnole Parish Council The Parish Council Meeting was held on 8 November. There was a reasonable turnout of villagers. Cllr Margaret Lawrence had sent her apologies on this occasion. It is rare for her to miss our council. Cllr Michael Bevan on the other hand rarely attends. This evening he had confirmed his attendance but sadly did not turn up. We started with an informal premeeting discussion because we had been advised that due to a recent change in the Law, by reason of living in the Parish we were ineligible to discuss or set our precept without being granted special dispensation! We agreed this was absurd and settled the terms of a resolution to grant ourselves the right to discuss and set the precept anyway. Once we got into the meeting proper we got straight on to detailed village matters. We were told that the Environment Agency was content that Wessex Water was controlling their sewers properly and that any escape of sewage from the foul sewer in Neals Lane and thus into the Wriggle could only happen when the Wriggle was already in spate, so it would not be a problem. We discussed the telephone box, which BT have painted, though perhaps a little haphazardly. I had had a look at it, inside and out, and was fairly satisfied. Ways forward were agreed on all the Playing Field matters which were outstanding. Slow but steady progress was being made on the suggestion from Chetnole that several local parishes should consider a common Neighbourhood Plan. Thorne Hackett and High Stoy had already

expressed interest, following Cllr Lawrence’s encouragement, Yetminster Parish Council had expressed interest and I am going to attend the next Leigh Parish Council meeting. Bradford Abbas may wish to be involved. We have a little more time because the Dorset Local Plan appears to be a little delayed. Having passed the resolution I mentioned at the outset of this Note, we discussed the budget and agreed a probable precept of £7000. However we made no final decision in line with advice received that we ought to wait until we had data on the number of those in the Parish receiving rebates on their Council Tax, which for the first time will affect the level of tax levied on each household. Cllr Mal Prodger explained that for a number of reasons the Superfast Broadband project was proceeding a little slower than had been anticipated. The railings on both sides of the bridge alongside the ford in Deep Ford Lane were broken. The Highways Department had been informed. We agreed how unsatisfactory it was that so much mud had been deposited on the highway in Stockwood above Church Farm and agreed to make our views known to the landowners. Our next meeting is 10 January 2013. You can contact us on: Bob Owen

Chetnole Village Hall 100 Club November 2012 1st £20 No.117 Mrs Joyce Bailey 2nd £15 No.198 Mrs Jilly Clarke 3rd £10 No.86 Mr Ken Madgewick 9

Harold Jenkinson 1915 - 2012 Harold was born in 1915 in south London, the 280 miles of the the middle child of 5. From 7 he attended Forest Pennine Way in 20 Hill House School and was intended to follow his days. elder brother to St Dunstan’s at 13 but the death After retiring of his brother made his parents keep him on at Jenks and Jessie Forest Hill. He was a fine cricketer, tennis player moved to Chetnole and was a good scholar. A keen member of his in 1983. They joined scout troop, he became Scout Leader. He the Dorset introduced his younger brother to motor sport Ramblers and he where the latter made a name for himself as a was a founder competitor and journalist (Denis Jenkinson, DSJ member of the Chetnole Garden Club. of Motor Sport). He became chairman of the Village Hall At 18 he became a rubber dealer in a City Committee and was the local Footpaths Liaison commodity firm but was called up into the Royal Officer. Jessie and Jenks joined the Yetminster Navy at the end of 1940. He also met Jessie Hundred History Society, the Sherborne Webb through tennis. They carried on a slightly Historical Society and the National Trust. Jenks fractured relationship caused by his Naval continued to drive until 2002 when reduced training in Signals and Coding and was posted to vision stopped him. Travel highlights were HMS Intrepid (a convoy escort to the Russian Egypt in 1988, a golden wedding trip to Convoys) and the Pedestal Operation to relieve Andalusia in 1993 and the USA. Malta in 1942. In April 1943 he was was After Jessie’s death in 2000 following a commissioned into the RNVR. He became stroke, Jenks continued with all his interests engaged to Jessie in the autumn of 1942 and until they gradually were cut back by the onset they married in July 1943. On receiving his of vascular dementia. His 90th birthday in 2005 commission he served at the minesweeper base was marked by a party in the village hall and a Wildfire III at Sheerness, until he was demobbed dinner with the Rambling Club. He continued on in 1946. Their daughter Ann was born in 1947. outings until 2009 although he became unsteady Harold or Jenks (Jessie never knew him as on his feet and stairs were a problem. He anything other than Jenks) returned to the the enjoyed seeing friends and his cousin from same city company playing tennis in the summer America visited him last year. The dementia and badminton in the winter. He was a great advanced but he was able to enjoy the tea party dad, very calm under almost all circumstances. during Queen’s Jubilee Visit to Sherborne which Once, when visiting his parents in Tankerton he attended as part of the Sheilings Day Care everyone went down to the beach. Ann (aged centre contingent and impressed the centre’s about 8) badgered to be allowed to swim which staff by struggling to his feet when the Queen meant that Dad had to go in too. Unfortunately entered the room. The assistance provided by Ann had a tendency to asthma that was full time carers was essential to maintaining him exacerbated by the exertion of swimming in a at home and two, Jan and Ian, have been rough sea and there was much gasping for especially supportive to him. breath. A couple near by was overheard saying An infection at the end of July saw him “Fancy making that poor child go in swimming” – admitted to Yeovil Hospital and it became clear little did they know!! that it would no longer be possible for him to In 1965 Harold and Jessie moved to Bramhall stay at home. He went into Abbey View Nursing south of Manchester with work. He remained Home towards the end of August. A chest there until he retired after nearly 50 years in infection, which came on very suddenly, resulted 1983. In Bramhall, he was heavily involved in in his death within a about 12 hours. Ann Jenkinson badminton and in 1980 he and a friend walked

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Recent erudite scholarship in the County and National archives, coupled with major advances in the repair and conservation of ancient documents, makes reference to the possibility that organised worship in this area started much earlier than originally thought. One early and dated document makes reference to an itinerant Irish monk, called 'Mad' Shamus O'Gough, although the appellation of the word 'Mad' was thought to refer to his histrionics and exuberant preaching of 'The Word' to a bemused congregation of local peasantry, rather than any eccentric or unreasonable behaviour occasionally attached to persons of that name. It appears that he was assisted in his pastoral work by a very pious Nun called "Sister Ermintrude".Originally it was though that her name started with a 'J' and ended with an 'R', but delicate conservation work and advanced laser techniques, has confirmed her proper name. Later the name Ermintrude

appears as the Mother Superior of a Priory, the site of which is unknown. Was this the same Nun? We have no way of telling. There is also a reference to a church, possibly of wattle and daub, on the banks of the River Wriggle. Perusal of ancient maps, although these can be of doubtful accuracy, indicates that the course of the river has changed over the years, and careful examination of the local topography shows that it used to flow in the vicinity of the main road through Chetnole. Was the church there? Mrs Ermintrude Plunge, Chatelaine of Tamarisk House, Kings Wallop. wishes to make it clear that there is no record in her family tree of connections with any religious order whatsoever, and the author of the foregoing has been assured by the College of Heralds, that there is no Irish branch to his family.

Time Capsule Interment At 11am on 31 October, the creme de la creme of Chetnole society gathered at the Churchyard Wall to witness the interring of the Time Capsule, containing many of the names of those who have generously donated funds towards the wall's restoration. If for any reason your name was not there, do not despair, as further funding is still needed to complete the task. Feel free to donate at any time !!! David Gough 13

HERMITAGE.... Local representative: Ray Dickerson (01963) 210292


Halloween Bingo -27 October The Bingo with a Halloween theme was well attended. There were spooky prizes and pumpkins (kindly donated by Sue and Alan at Bailey Ridge Plants). Thanks to Ann and Charlie for doing the calling. See you at the Christmas Bingo (see below). Barbara Atyeo Quiz for St. Mary’s – 10 November This was another ‘testing’ quiz, particularly for those who had not taken as much notice of the London Olympics as I had! Thank you to everyone who came along and congratulations to all teams on their performance. Of course it’s more about taking part than winning, but particular congratulations go to ‘Running in the family’ on their first place; in 2nd place were ‘3 gates 4’ and in joint 3rd position were ‘3 J’s +1’ and ‘Mensa’. All profits from the evening will go to St. Mary’s Hermitage. Farewell to John and Shirley Mitchell We say ‘farewell’ to John and Shirley who have moved from Hermitage to be nearer to their daughter. John had lived in Hermitage all his life and we wish him and Shirley every happiness in their new home. Welcome to a new family We extend a warm welcome to Ian, Patricia and Billie-Jean Bridges (14), plus their 4 yearold Yorkshire terrier Digger, who come to us from High Wycombe, via Sturminster Newton. Ian is retired, having previously worked in the motor trade, mainly for Vauxhall/Bedford. We hope that they will be very happy in their new home, and that they will enjoy all that Hermitage has to offer. Golden Couple Belated congratulations go to Oliver and Sally on the occasion of their Golden Wedding anniversary. A tremendous achievement (Sally must have been a child bride!).

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Christmas Fair – 1 December at 2.30pm DATES FOR YOUR DIARY This really is a final reminder that we will be holding our Christmas Fair on Saturday 1 December in the Village Hall, starting at 2.30pm and finishing at 5pm. This is an opportunity to buy your Christmas presents and cards, and stock up on some lovely seasonal food. Mulled wine and mince pies will be on offer and entry is just £1. All proceeds will be shared by St. Mary’s Church and the Village Hall.

Carols by Candlelight – Christmas Eve Our traditional service will be held in St. Mary’s Church starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.

Christmas Bingo – 1 December This is a final reminder that Bingo with a Christmas ‘flavour’ will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 1 December, starting at 7.30pm. Please come along and have some fun! Praise Service – 16 December There will be a Praise Service in St. Mary’s Church on Sunday 16 December, starting at 10.15am, and led by Alan Ward. Everyone is welcome. Carols by Candlelight – Christmas Eve Our traditional service will be held in St. Mary’s Church starting at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. New Year’s Party – 26 January 2013 Our annual New Year’s Party will be held in the Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. We are still working on the menu details, but what we can say with certainty is that there will be a delicious main meal (with a vegetarian option) plus scrummy desserts. There will also be a bar. We will need to know how many people to cater for so, if you are coming, can you please call 01963 210292 to book your place. Thank you. Entrance is just £5 (and £3 for under 16’s). Themed evening – 9 March Another date for your diary, the everpopular ‘themed evening’ is back, and this time

HILFIELD.... Local representatives: Michael & Ann Harris, 01300 341148

A fun evening was held in the woods with a fire, drinks and a barbecue. Fancy dress and many pumpkins cut in different ways were also on show. Many thanks to all those who helped on this rather cold night. Our next service (our Christmas Service) will be held on Sunday 23 December at 6pm with Mulled Wine and Mince Pies afterwards.

it’s going to have an ‘American’ theme. We are still working on ideas for the evening, and the menu details plus the admission costs will be announced in the February edition of this magazine. Meanwhile, please keep this date free. It’s going to be fun! Family Fun Event – 22 June We need to get these summer events in the diary early, so that they don’t clash with other local (or national – Wimbledon?) activities, so we are giving you six months notice (!) that we will be holding our Family Fun Event on Hermitage Green on Saturday 22 June. More information will follow in future editions of this magazine. Ray Dickerson

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The daylight hours have finally got So now we just have to wait for the shorter falling of snow And the first ice had appeared on the We live in a beautiful part of the country water for which we must never forget The trees are just about ready to give up Even thou it seems we have spent most their last leaves of this year getting wet. falling to the ground in masses of colour Time will tell what next year will bring with ease But before that join us at our church for When you look out over the fields it a christmas service and a sing really is a lovely sight From all in of us Hilfield we wish all in And is ever changing with the fading other villages a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a light. HAPPY NEW YEAR. The seasons change, they come and go Ann Harris

LEIGH..... Representative: Philippa Toulson

member is not well. I don’t think it was anything we said and we wish them well. Just in case you have been The next magazine is February so the having sleepless nights, you will be days will be getting longer and we shall relieved to hear that our trolley was all be thinking of spring! returned safely last week having been Have a wonderful Christmas and a taken into protective custody by one of happy and peaceful New Year. Philippa Toulson our neighbours! I hope we are as lucky with the Back Drove bench which The mystery of the missing seat. appears to have gone awol! Perhaps someone in By the time you read this the festive Leigh with lights will be on in Leigh and we will be knowledge of these galloping towards Christmas. Do come to things could explain the Christmas carol concert in Leigh why the seat in Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Saturday 15th Back Drove, Leigh, December and listen out for carol singers has disappeared. round the village on the evening of 21st. If it was taken It is not too late to join in so get in touch legitimately, why with me if you are interested. was it taken? And, I don’t know of any significant perhaps more importantly, where is it? comings and goings although I am The seat was regularly used by slightly reticent about mentioning them walkers and local people, particularly now. Having announced the arrival of those who are older and need to rest Des and Laura at Church Farm Cottages while appreciating the peace and views last month they are now on the move of Back Drove. On behalf of villagers of Leigh back to Bournemouth as a family

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Leigh Jumble Sale Saturday 3 November A huge ‘thank you’ to all those who helped and contributed in so many ways to the success of our jumble sale at Leigh on Saturday 3 November. We were extremely fortunate to have lovely weather for the event which certainly brought out the crowds and we all said a little prayer that it had not been scheduled for the following day when we woke up to snow! All our efforts raised £760 for Village Hall Funds and helped fill some of the gap left by not having arranged an Art Exhibition this September. Be assured that we plan to organise an Art Exhibition in 2013 and then hopefully every alternate year, so this is fair warning for all the local artists. Thanks also to Leigh WI who did their usual brisk trade with tea and a great choice of super cakes.

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By Pauline Harvey They’ve asked me to be in the pantomime Auditions on Monday from 8 to 9. I don’t find the prospect at all alarming, I’ve always fancied myself as Prince charming. So we all gathered together at village hall, All shapes and sizes – short, fat and tall, Producer said, which show shall we choose, Dick Whittington, Queen of Hearts, or Goody- two- shoes? After discussion we chose Queen of Hearts, Producer said, good, that means lots of parts, So let’s get on now and start dishing them out, And if I forget you - just give me a shout. 4

Well, I thought, have a go for the fairy dainty and sweet, Then I thought again – not with my feet, Size 9 in sliver slippers just wouldn’t seem right, The stage is so small I’d fill it up on the night. Then there’s the Dame, but that’s a mans part, And we all know who could play that right off by heart! There are wenches and yokels, but they’re not for me And I certainly not going backstage and making the tea. The evening wore on – it got to 10.31, I was beginning to wish that I’d never come, One more part to give out, Producer looked at me, said of course, You’re just the right shape for the back end of the horse!

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News from the Old Vicarage We are very busy with our Christmas schedule, with carol singers, hand bell ringers, Christmas crafts, trips to Castle gardens, plus dancing, Christmas cooking, accordion players and a social evening already firmly in the diary. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who regularly help with crafts, quizzes, cooking, memory afternoons etc, etc. You know who you are! Thank you so much for all your help and support. If anyone would like to join our dedicated team, we would love to hear from you. I would also like to thank Chris Fry, one of our residents for giving a wonderful talk on his life working for BOAC, as an

instructor for the air cadets, starting his flying career in a Tiger Moth and information on how to weigh an airplane! Looking forward to the New Year and events are already springing up, and we are especially looking forward to a retro tea party in January! We will give a full report in the next edition on our success stories from the award ceremonies and also details of how a special surprise for our eldest resident went! Jan Millward

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have done so far: We are well ahead of the pack!

Our MP, Oliver Letwin, is harrying both the EU Competitions Commissioner and the civil servants in

London to ensure that our Government monies (nearly £19 million) come to Dorset in time for the projected contract signature at the end of May 2013. Meanwhile the technology gurus in the likely contractors are being optimistic on what we may get: It should be in the range of 25 mbps, or roughly 20 to 50 times better than what the majority in the Wriggle Valley wring out of their broadband today. Phil Burton 23

RYME INTRINSECA..... Representative: Gilly Wilson 01935 872982

The Village Meeting on 6 November was well attended, everyone agreed that the Jubilee celebrations had been a great success. CCllr Lawrence told us that Post Office Ltd had written to say that they hoped to have a Post Office operating in Yetminster by early 2013, possibly in the same area as before. There was a rumour that a Spar shop may be coming but this is not confirmed. (Have a look at the article on page…..)

Sunday 16 Dec 6.00pm. followed by wine and mince pies with Gloria Abbey in the Post House



Cuckoo Hill Livery Yard now has been granted planning Christmas Tree Festival permission for a residental Riding Jan Millward & Jo Mitchell will be for the Disabled Centre. putting together a tree to represent Ryme at the Christmas Tree Frankham Farm NGS Open days. Festival in Yetminster Church 1-8 Mr Earle and family would like to Dec do go and support this event. say a huge thank you to all the ladies who made cakes & served Dates for your Diary teas at Frankham Farm NGS days The Village Walk will be on this year. £533.90 was raised and Sunday 6 Jan, meet at Church the money donated to Ryme Farm at 10.30 am there will be Church. Plant & Produce sales, soup & sausages afterwards at together with private garden group Church farm. Donations please for visits arranged by Andy & Sue DOGS FOR THE DISABLED. Templeman raised £820, of which Please bring your friends from out £400 has been donated to Dorset & of Ryme, All dogs welcome on leads. Somerset Air Ambulance, £210 to Please call Sue Batten 872482 / Dorset Wildlife & £210 to the Gilly Wilson 872 982 by Thursday Woodland Trust. 3 Jan to say how many are coming Thanks to all of our visitors & we or there could be a problem with look forward to seeing you next the soup & Sausages !! year. Gilly Wilson 24 24

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Mince Pies & Mulled Wine Hog Roast, Craft Stalls, Raffle, Drinks & Nibbles. Drinks and Nibbles, Father Christmas and Raffle. Minced Pies, Nibbles & Drinks.



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Representative: David Torrance (01935) 873979

Depressingly we have had SNOW! I have never understood why the sudden cold snap (if that is what it was) can kill off all my autumn planting but leave the weeds still waving triumphantly at me! - I really must get along to the YRGAC Society (Gardening Club) to find out the hidden secrets of horticulture. With the forthcoming cold weather in mind a plea from Helping Hands (01935 872378) – keep an eye out for your neighbours if they, for whatever reason, are not as sprightly as they could be – an offer of shopping or the return of a library book etc. could be most welcome. My appeal for information regarding the empty shop next to Georgies has been answered – the WVN has been sent a mass of correspondence from a battling resident of Clovermead whose efforts may have been rewarded. I can confirm (you heard it here first!) that the shop has been let and that residents Tony and Karen Read will, after the builders have been in, be opening a Spar (disappointingly not a “Spa” as I had mentioned last month!) Store and Post Office in the New Year. There is a separate item elsewhere regarding this but we certainly wish them luck with their venture and a “harmonic” relationship with the existing store in the High Street. The Fair Association held their AGM in the Trim Room at St Andrew’s Church Hall on the 29 November so I hope you were able to attend and give your views on the future of the Fair which, as you can see from the item regarding funding, makes a positive contribution to our community. There seem to be far more Christmas

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warmly invite you to a

12.30pm 23 January 2013 in St Andrew’s Hall Yetminster in aid of

events being organised and advertised than normal so please make sure that you get to as many as possible! Some exciting news – we have the possibility of a local radio station – Sherborne Radio. They appear to have everything more or less in place studiowise etc. and are seeking funding to get things rolling and I know that the Fair Association have helped. I will try and find out more details so watch this space for a fuller report. Lastly, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and perhaps spare a thought for all those who are far from home or will be working during the Christmas period to ensure that our festivities are both enjoyable and safe. David Torrance Yetminster Rep c/o WVN Oak House Stores letterbox or 27

Couple Take over Village Store and Post Office Local couple Tony and Karen Read are SPAR’s taking over the village regional distribution running of the store shop in Yetminster, company Appleby (call Tony 873230 if which has been closed Westward as head of you are interested) for the last year, and sales for the The new store will re-opening it early in company’s east region. be open for seven the New Year as a He said: “We have days a week, 7am SPAR store and Post lived in our Thornford 7pm and will offer Office. home for the last 24 1,000 sq. ft. of selling The couple, who years and therefore space, featuring a full live in nearby know the area very range of groceries, a Thornford, will be well. When the large selection of fresh refurbishing the opportunity came fruit and vegetables, premises from top to along to acquire the dairy and locallybottom from the village shop in sourced meat beginning of January Yetminster, we products, news and and aiming to re-open decided to snap it up magazines, an off for business from 25 as it offers such a lot licence with a wide January 2013. of potential. range of beers, wines Tony has worked in We aim to provide a and spirits, and a Post the food retail modern convenience Office service. business for the last store with Post Office “It will be a classic 40 years, having been services that will fully local village store, and involved in store serve the needs of the Karen and I are very management for local population and excited about this new Tesco, the Co-op and be at the very heart of challenge and chapter Somerfield. For the this lovely rural in our lives,” said Tony. last three years, he community.” SPAR is the UK’s worked The development leading convenience for work will be a costore group and has investment project nearly 300 stores between Tony throughout the West and Appleby Country. Westward and he and Karen will be Tony & Karen Read seeking to employ four local part-time staff to help with the 28 28


Delicious savoury and sweet biscuits, lovingly made at the Dorset Village Bakery

Oak House Stores, Yetminster Bridge Garage, Leigh Goose Slade Farmshop, East Coker The Pear Tree, Sherborne Fudges ‘ online’ shop – see website

Pinesway Business Park, Station Road, Stalbridge, DT10 2RN

Suppliers of Roof Coverings for the Wriggle Valley and beyond! Slates & Tiles (new and old), Ridges, Felt & Batten, Lead, Chimney Pots, Insulation, Cedar Shingles and Stable/Shed Roof Sheets, or just feel free to call for Roofing Advice.

Roofing Gear Limited

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Christmas bookings now being taken. Phone, see the website or pop in for a menu. Our first Christmas with the new restaurant, perfect for a works or family get together!

Stuck for a present? Give a Lime Tree Gift Voucher. Xmas draw tickets on sale throughout December and drawn on Xmas Eve. Open Xmas day from 11.30 – 1.30pm. Closed on Boxing Day. NEW YEARS EVE THEMED PARTY from 8pm....

Space, the final frontier...dress up if you like. 29

Report from the Chairman Our AGM is at the end of November and will be after the WVN editorial deadline so I will provide a fuller report in the next edition. This has been a difficult year for the Association. Unhappily, our President, Ron Page, passed away. He was an enthusiastic leading light in the YFA and always had time to discuss Fair issues and to offer steady advice. Lately he had been responsible for organising the Yetties concerts, a daunting task which he made look easy. He will be sadly missed and we offer our condolences to June. We continue to be concerned about our ability to continue to deliver the Fair. It is recognised that the tasks involved are becoming too much for the existing Association members although we are grateful for the offer of assistance from 4 new volunteers. An option for us would be to separate the various activities so that, for instance, we had an Autumn/Winter Supper and Quiz night, a Spring Concert night with the actual Fair on its normal day in the Summer. Additionally, we may have to outsource some of the publicity material which will have cost implications for our overall grant funding. We will obviously discuss these issues at our AGM and will also meet the successful funding applicants who are invited to meet the Committee and receive their grants. On a personal basis it is my intention to stand down as Chairman of the Association. I have fulfilled this role for 10 years and feel that it is time for someone with fresh ideas to take over the reins. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am grateful for 30 30

the support and commitment that I have received from the committee and the community throughout this time. Garth Hentley, Chairman Yetminster Fair Association Contact tel no: 01935873239 Email:

Yetminster Fair Association – Grants Report from Treasurer It is pleasing to report an increase in generated income primarily due to the reinstatement of the Fair Concert and of the Treasury Club Raffle together with a slight increase in stall returns. Caution must however be exercised as expenditure due to the need to pay for the Concert entertainment, publicity and increased insurance costs, together with a reduced Fair day attendance, has meant that the overall financial picture has remained more or less static. Notwithstanding this, a continuing key financial strength is the income from the 50’s Club Lottery which provides a sound base to the fund. This unchanged financial picture is not unduly unexpected particularly with the prevailing financial climate. However, through local support, it has still been possible to generate £1800 to enable the Association to continue to assist local projects. Nine applications for funding were received and the Association felt able to support eight of the bids, details of which are provided below. Yetminster Irish Dancers -assistance towards running costs £250 Messy Church – family initiative for Church Group £100

Methodist Church - assistance towards access repairs £200 YRGAC Society – contribution to cost of display stands £300 Sherborne Radio – conditional contribution to FM Licence £250 Yetminster Guides & Rangers – contribution towards equipment £200 Helping Hands – funding for safety training £250 Art for All – funding for disabled art day £250 Total Funding Allocated £1800

Unfortunately we were not able to support the application to fund an income generation project relating to the Millennium Panels. However, if further YFA funding subsequently becomes available then the Committee would review this decision. David Torrance YFA Treasurer

Fund Raising at the White Jewellery, Cakes, Belgium Chocolates, Gifts etc.etc. Also serving mulled wine, Hart

Firstly a big THANK YOU to mince pies and featuring a raffle everyone who has supported our 7.00pm to 10.30pm charity events over the years' - in the Monday 24 December - Our Grand last two alone we have raised over Christmas draw. £5,000 through London Marathon 2011 Saturday 29 December - Our Review of 2012 Charity Quiz & 2012 sponsorships We are now hoping to raise £1,500/ 8.30pm start £2,000 for our three chosen charities - Monday 31st December - New Years' Alzheimer’s Society, MacMillan Eve Party - Theme - Red or Black? Free Nurses & Great Ormond Street entry, Hot Dogs after Midnight Children’s' Hospital all three of which, (proceeds to Charity), Cocktails, Shots, you will hopefully agree, are worthwhile and Prizes for best Fancy Dress. supporting. So far, with your help, we Saturday 26 January - Charity Quiz. have raised nearly £400 and, somewhat See details nearer the time for the alarmingly, we could not have squeezed theme. Details of our next anymore in for our last Quiz! "Tasting" fundraising event will be To reach our target we will need your announced shortly and the theme will support so please come along to one of our events if you can – we look forward be ABC. A = Armagnac B= Brandies & to welcoming you. Forthcoming dates Bourbons C= Cocktails - Not to be Missed! for your diaries are:All our quizzes are for a maximum Saturday 1 December - Quiz Night theme is loosely - " As simple as ABC” of 6 per table and we charge 2.00 per and “Eat Drink and be Merry” as well as person (All proceeds to charity). You can still book your Christmas the usual Pot Luck, and Specialist Round ( In all 80 Questions) as well as Party - bookings being taken for 5 to 23 the halftime picture round - 8.30pm December. For enquiries or Bookings call Carole start. or Catherine on 872338 This time in aid of Movember (All Men’s Charity) James Bayfield Sunday 16 December - Ladies Charity Night - various stalls, Inc. 31

Yetminster & Ryme Intrinseca Parish Council Summary of Council Meeting 17 October The meeting was attended by seven councillors, the Clerk, CCllr Bevan, and four members of the public. ● Traveller’s Site. CCllr Bevan stated that a report from WDDC would be made public on 13 November. Sites have not yet been allocated but public comments are being digested and sites assessed. ● Pot Holes It was agreed that Mr Martin Hill of the Highways Department would be asked to attend a council meeting and brief on the pot hole filling policy. ● The Ryme Road and St Osmund’s are due for resurfacing in the near future ● Planning. There were no contentious Planning applications. ● Website. This is now up and running ( but ideas for additional information and improvements are always welcome. Some improvements were agreed with the view that the website is mainly there to inform outsiders or newcomers what the village has to offer. If you have any thoughts please contact the Clerk. (Tel no./email on website!) ● St Andrew’s Hall A letter to the Parochial Church Council asking for more information on St Andrew’s was agreed. D G Gould

Ron Page I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who sent me cards, letters and flowers on my loss of Ron. The kindness and support I have received have been overwhelming. Special thanks to John Greenwood and Mike and Emma Fuller for their endless support. Not only at this sad time but also during Ron’s long stay in hospital. June Page 32 32


FILM NIGHTS We are very much hoping our film will be: Tuesday 22 January

GAMBIT Comedy/Crime - Starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman. An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen. Tickets will be £5 to include a choc ice and will be on sale at Oak House Stores two weeks before each showing. Although tickets will be available on the door, it is most appreciated if they are bought in advance so that seating is fairly accurate and enough wine and choc ices be brought to the Hall. Doors will open at 7pm (not before as Moviola need time to set up) and films begin at 7.30pm.

Dates for your Diary Tuesdays 26 February, 26 March Yetminster Fair Association 50 Club Results

November Draw 1st Prize £50 No 7 Mrs S Goldsworthy 2nd Prize £30 No 36 Mr H Drake 3rd Prize £20 No 44 Mr J Bayfield The YFA raises money for local organisations and is non-profit making and run entirely by voluntary support.

Shrubs and Perennials Garden Workshop at the On the Boyle Cafe Friday 19 October saw a gathering of enthusiastic, but not necessarily skilled gardeners, at the On the Boyle Cafe for the first of a series of garden design workshops by Jenny Short (late of YRGAC Society fame). The subject was ‘Shrubs and Herbaceous Perennials’ and Jenny got things underway by encouraging people to share their own gardens which ranged from a couple of raised planting beds to an acre of land with established trees. This enabled a brief look at hard landscaping and how simple “tidying up” could improve the appearance of a garden - bed edging using paving / setts / timber will keep borders looking shapely and cared for even in winter when much of the foliage has died back and have the potential to introduce shape into an area. Shrubs were next on the agenda (after coffee!) with first, a selection of evergreens which will keep the garden looking furnished throughout the year and then examples of deciduous shrubs that, between them, provide flowers almost all year round. After a scrumptious lunch, the group looked at the wide variety of leaf shapes and colours associated with herbaceous perennials. Jenny used her knowledge and experience to focus on how they can be combined, even without considering their gorgeous flowers, with modest shrubby planting to create a mixed border, which she felt was the easiest way to grow them and enjoy their exuberance. A break for tea and cake was followed by a pruning demonstration (it can’t be that easy!) with a mock orange and a buddleia having their woolly bits snipped away. Next came an exercise in splitting and dividing clumps of Alchemilla and Aquilegia

Benefice Christingle Service

at ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, YETMINSTER 4pm Sunday 9 December Everyone Welcome just to illustrate how straight forward it was to propagate herbaceous plants although we did make rather a mess on the gallery floor. All in all it was an interesting and, surprisingly, not too challenging day which left those who attended rushing off to put their wellies on. Further courses are planned, the next on Friday 30 November being about planting in the shade and creating a woodland garden. It will cover plants that like the shade, whether under trees, on the shady side of a hedge, or in the shadow of the house and will also discuss modest trees to plant that will give you shade if you have none, or want to create a 'woodland' corner. If you are interested then see Sarah at the Café and get your name down on the list! Sarah Hedin 33

Farm raised, freshly frozen Beef, Pork & Lamb for sale through our farm shop. Large range of ready meals with gluten and wheat- free options available, various cakes and quiches. We also do outside catering and Hog Roasts: from one pork chop to a whole pig, we will cater for everyone.

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Out & About


O TIDINGS! 7.30pm, Sat 15 December a concert of traditional West Country Christmas carols, songs and stories featuring

Stanchester Quire


The Wriggle Valley Singers Leigh Village Hall Tickets £8 from Folk South West, 2 Church Farm Cottages, Leigh 01935 873889

é 7.30pm, Saturday 1 Dec ORIGINAL RAGS by Mike Denham & Steve Graham 7.30pm, Saturday 12 Jan "Petites Annonces" French Gypsy Swing Band. Saturday16 February Neil Maya Quartet Chetnole Village Hall Tickets £8.50 Available 872233/873555 and will include nibbles, in a Café style environment. Bar for alcoholic & soft drinks 35

Diary - December 2012 onwards DECEMBER Sat


Hermitage Christmas Fair


Hermitage Village Hall

Christmas Bingo


Hermitage Village Hall

Chetnole Jazz Café - Mike Denham 7.30pm and Steve Graham

Chetnole Village Hall

Quiz Night


White Hart, Yetminster

Wed 5

Yetminster History Society Christmas Party


St.Andrew's Hall,Yetminster



Poetry and prose evening


Chetnole Village Hall



Benefice Christingle Service


St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster

Conservation Day


Alners Gorse

Mon 10 Candlelit Carols


Yetminster Methodist Church


11 Yetminster & Ryme Garden, A&C Society Xmas Party


St.Andrew's Hall,Yetminster


15 Folk SW Christmas Concert


Leigh Village hall


16 Ryme Carol Service


St Hippolytus Church, Ryme

Ladies Charity Night


White Hart, Yetminster

Conservation Day


Giant Hill, Cerne Abbas


21 Folk SW Carol Singing


23 Hilfield Carol Service

around Leigh 6pm

Hilfield Church

Chetnole Carol Service


St Peter's Church, Chetnole

Nativity Play for Infants


Catholic Church Sherborne


St Andrew's Church, Leigh

Hermitage Carols by Candlelight


Hermitage Church

Batcombe Children’s Carols


Batcombe Church

Mon 24 Leigh Carol Service

Grand Christmas Draw Sat

29 Charity Quiz

White Hart, Yetminster 8.30pm

White Hart, Yetminster


Church Farm, Ryme


Chetnole Village Hall

JANUARY 2013 Sun



12 Chetnole Jazz Café "Petites Annonces"


Ryme Village Walk

C Sun


Lankham Bottom Hill

Tues 15 Mothers Union AGM

13 Conservation Day


Trim Room, Yetminster

Tues 15 WVWG - New Year Quiz


Gable Court, Yetminster

Tues 22 Yetminster Film Night Gambit


St.Andrew's Hall,Yetminster

Wed 23 Coffee Beans Soup Lunch


St.Andrew's Hall,Yetminster

Thur 24 WV Players "Sleeping Beauty"


Leigh Village Hall


25 WV Players "Sleeping Beauty"


Leigh Village Hall


26 WV Players "Sleeping Beauty"

2.30 &7.30

Leigh Village Hall

Charity Quiz


White Hart, Yetminster

Hermitage New Year Party


Hermitage Village Hall


Chetnole Village Hall


St. Andrew's Hall Yetminster


Hermitage Village Hall


St. Andrews's Hall, Yetminster


16 Chetnole Jazz CafĂŠ, Neil Maya Quartet

Tues 26 Yetminster Film Night



American themed evening


26 Yetminster Film Night

Normal hours 8.30am-6.30pm Normal Hours 8.30am-6.30pm Closed Closed Closed Normal Hours 8.30am-6.30pm Normal hours 8.30am-6.30pm Normal hours 8.30am-6.30pm Closed Closed 37

Regular Meetings…. Mon - Fri

Wriggle Valley Pre-School

Every Mon Leigh Short Mat Bowls Yetminster Informal Art Group Gymnastic Classes

Every Tue

Ist Yetminster Guides Yetminster Table Tennis Club Yetminster Bell Ringers Topsy Turvy Toddlers Beavers (in term) Scouts (in term)

Beginners Pilates Chetnole Art Group Every Wed Dollywood Dance Class Outreach Post Office Services Drop in Coffee Morning Yetminster Short Mat Bowls Wednesday Club (in term) Morning Yoga Class Junior WV Players (in term) Zumba Every Thu

Every Fri Every Sat 1st Mon 1st Tue

2nd Tues

(not July/Aug)


8.30am - 3.00pm St Andrew's P School 2.00 -5.00pm 2.00 - 4.00pm 4.15 - 6.30pm

Leigh Village Hall Trim Rm, Church Hall St Andrew’s Primary Sch

6.45 - 8.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm-10.00pm 9.30 - 11.30am 5.45 - 6.45pm 7 - 8.30pm wint 7 - 9.00pm sum 1.30 and 2.35pm 10.00 - 1.00pm 2.00pm 9.30am -12.30pm 10.00 - 12 noon 7.00 - 10.00pm 3.15 pm-4.05pm 10.30 - 11.30am 6.30 - 7.45pm 4.00pm

Trim Rm, Church Hall Scout Hut, Yetminster St Andrew's Church St Andrew's School Scout Hut Yetminster Scout Hut Yetminster Scout Hut Yetminster Chetnole Village Hall Chetnole Village Hall St And's Hall, Y'minster Chetnole Village Hall Chetnole Village Hall St Andrew's Hall St Andrew's P School Leigh Village Hall Scout Hut Yetminster Leigh Village Hall

Beginners Yoga


St Andrew’s Primary Sch

Leigh Short Mat Bowls Yetminster Short Mat Bowls Leigh Rainbows & Brownies (in term) Yetminster Cubs Bridge Club The Eye Bus Advanced Pilates Table Tennis Irish Dancers Chetnole & Leigh Garden Club Hospice Lunch Leigh Discussion Club (wint) Wriggle Valley MU (alt months) Tuesday Club (senior citizens) Yetminster & Ryme Garden Soc. Senior Winter Lunch Outings Halstock & Distr. British Legion

7.00 - 10.00pm 2.00 - 5.00pm 5.30 - 6.55pm 6.45 - 8.15pm 7.00 - 10.00pm 1.00 - 4.00pm 11.15am-12.15pm 9.30 - 12.30pm 10.15am 7.30pm 12.30pm 7.30 - 10.30pm 7.00pm 2.30 - 5.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Leigh Village Hall St Andrew's Hall Leigh Village Hall Scout Hut, Yetminster Dairy House, Ryme Scout Hut, Yetminster Chetnole Village Hall Leigh Village Hall Church Hall, Yetminster Chetnole Village Hall Manor Farm, Yetminster Leigh Village Hall Church Hall, Yetminster Leigh Village Hall St Andrew's Hall Sue Footner 873610 Rest & Welcome Pub


‌Events & Activities 3rd Tues

Last Tues 1st Wed 2nd Wed 2nd/4th Wed

3rd Wed 3rd Wed

WV Women's Group


Gable Court or tbc

Wriggle Valley Lunch Club

12.15 - 3.00pm

Leigh Village Hall

Leigh Parish Council - alt mnths


Leigh Village Hall

Leigh Women's Institute Batcombe Coffee Morning Coffee Beans Coffee Morning Yetminster Historical Society Police Support Unit High Stoy Bible Study District Council Ward Surgery Police Community Support Yetminster & Ryme I. PC

7.30 - 11.00pm 11.00am 10.00 - 12 noon 2.30pm 2.00 - 3.00pm 7.30pm 11.00 - 12 noon 7.30pm

Leigh Village Hall tba Church Hall, Yetminster Church Hall, Yetminster The Cross, Leigh Venue contact 872342 Jolin Gallery, Yetminster By Church, Yetminster St Andrew's School

Sturminster Mobile Library

Whist Drive Friary Shop Hermitage and Hilfield YFC Chetnole & Stockwood PC

11.15am 11.50am 2.00pm 11.40pm 12.20pm 12.40pm 8.00pm 2.30 - 4.30pm 7.30pm 8.00pm

Church Lane, Hermitage Shearstones, Yetminster Stonyacres, Yetminster Carpenters' Arms, Leigh The Church, Chetnole Lamb Plot, Chetnole Chetnole Village Hall The Friary, Hilfield Leigh Village Hall Chetnole Village Hall

Woodland Wednesdays Yetminster Fair Association

12.45-2.45pm 8.00pm

Pogles Wood nr Leigh White Hart

[not Aug & Dec]


Bridport Mobile Library

Wed - Sat Alt Thurs 2nd Thur /alt mth

Last Wed Last Thurs

THE ALTERNATIVE BESPOKE VEG BOXES AND MORE, DELIVERED FREE TO YOUR DOOR Your choice of fresh fruit and veg from local organic farms Leakers bread, Allington Hill Juice, Dorset Nectar Eggs Phone or email to order, or choose a standard box and be surprised! 01297 489775 39

The Benefice Church Church Services Services for forDecember April 2012 2nd





1st Sunday of Advent

2nd Sunday of Advent

3rd Sunday of Advent

4th Sunday of Advent

Christmas Eve

10.15am Holy Communion

10.15am 3.00pm Holy Crib Service Communion SB

10.15am Holy 8.30am Communion Holy Communion (BCP)

6.00 pm 10.00pm Carol Holy Service with Communion mulled wine




6.30pm Evening Prayer

10.15 am Praise Service

7.30 pm Carols by Candlelight 6.00 pm Crib Service



10.15am Holy Communion

6.30pm Evensong

6.00 pm Carol Service


8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

6.00pm Carol Service

11.30pm Midnight Mass


10.15am 4.00pm Advent Carol Christingles Service

10.15am Choral Holy Communion

4.00pm Carol Service

11.30pm Midnight Mass

Mid-Week Services December 2012 Monday

3rd and 10th

6.00 pm




6.00 pm

Healing Service Yetminster



10.00 am

Lower Covey Toddlers’ Service




2.30 pm

Holy Communion

Old Vicarage, Leigh



January 2013 25th


Christmas day




The Epiphany

Baptism of Christ

3rd Sunday 4th Sunday of Epiphany of Epiphany

10.15am Christmas Holy Communion

10.15am Holy Communion

9.45am Family Service

10.15am Prayer and Praise

6.30pm Evening Prayer


10.15am Holy Communion

8.30am 10.15am Holy Holy Communion Communion (BCP) 10.15am Morning Prayer 6.30pm Taiz

8.30am e Holy Communion (BCP)

10.15am Benefice Holy Communion

10.15am 6.30pm Holy Evensong Communion (BCP)

8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

9.45am Family Service

8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

6.30pm Evensong (BCP)

10.15am Christmas Holy Communion

10.15am 10.15am Holy Morning Communion Prayer

10.15am 8.30am Choral Holy Holy Communion Communion (BCP)

Mid-Week Services January 2013 Monday

7th, 14th, 28th

6.00 pm





6.00 pm

Healing Service Yetminster




Ministry Meeting




2.30 pm

Holy Communion

Old Vicarage, Leigh 41

News from our Churches


here are not many old

Etonians who think that the biggest problems facing County Durham are “loan sharking and its consequent evils and very high youth unemployment”. There are not many oil executives who would say that “the pay of many of our top executives in big hundred companies in the UK is outrageous and even obscene... We need to get to the point where there is general recognition that being paid vast multiplies of other peoples pay is not acceptable in a society that wishes to remain happy and stable.” Yet Justin Welby, the old Etonian former oil executive who is to be the next archbishop of Canterbury, said all this and more in an interview with a fellow bishop in the Living church, an American magazine earlier this year. The great drawback to his candidacy was his very short time - less than a year – he has spent as a bishop. He was appointed to Durham in 2011 and only enthroned on 26 November 2011. In his short time in Durham he has made a great impression. Miranda Threlfall Holmes, a church historian who is also one of the leading liberal voices for women’s causes, says people in Durham will be “gutted” to lose him. 42 42

“We’ve only had him for just under a year, he’s already turned it around. The diocese needs turning around. Durham has the lowest level of churchgoing in the whole of the Church of England, and he’s invigorating things; he’s changing all our structures. He’s completely changed people’s attitude to giving in the parishes. Every parish in the Church of England moans about having to pay parish share. It feels like a tax on success. And he said: “Ok, fine we won’t tell you what the diocesan budget is and divide it among you. You tell us what you’re prepared to pay and we’ll set our diocesan budget based on that.’ Which at a stroke, has transformed the way people think about it, and a lot of parishes have actually put up their giving because he’s inspiring. It’s kind of fresh thinking.” “He’s very likeable. And in some ways that surprises me because all the, you know, old Etonian oil executive thing, I would expect it to put me off. But actually he’s not like that... He came and preached at my institution service. The whole parish love him now. He made

a point of making all the people with young children welcome. He said: ’Don’t worry about any noise your children might make. I can talk louder than any child – I’ve had six myself.’ He just put everyone at ease. There’s no pomposity about him. He doesn’t want to be called bishop; he’s happy just to be called Justin. He talks to people openly and honestly. The death of one of his children in a car crash when she was only seven months old in 1983 turned Welby and his wife closer to God, he has said. But it still came as a considerable shock when he turned his back on a successful business career to study for the priesthood at Cranmer Hall in Durham. Sir Graham Hearne was then his boss at Enterprise Oil. Says, “One day he came to see me, and said: “Graham, I’m leaving’. And I was horrified, I can tell you. I said to him : ’Oh Justin, that’s very bad news.

Why would you leave us? Which company has stolen you?’ And he said ’Don’t worry about it. It’s the Lord!’ And of course I was not happy to see him go, but I understood his reasons. I think I knew he had faith, but he didn’t push it in your face at all” Amongst his many responsibilities he sits on the parliamentary commission on banking scandals, looking into the fixing of the Libor rate, among other things, he will have plenty of opportunities to tell investment bankers to hurry their explanations up. Perhaps with the benefit of his business experience he will be able focus the mind of the Anglican Communion on the real agenda amidst all the distractions of the world. Extracted from Nov. 8 2012 by Andrew Brown and Lizzy Davies.

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Spirit of Christmas Who is the Father of Christmas? I think we should stop and think. He isn't the man in the scarlet coat Full of plum pudding and drink. He isn't the man with the long white beard, With the sleigh and the reindeer eight, But our Father in heaven, who gave His Son, Whose birthday we celebrate. Who is the Son of the Father? I think we should stop and say Happy Birthday to Jesus, our Saviour, Happy Birthday to you today! Who is the Spirit of Christmas? I think we should stop and see, It isn't the presents, turkey or wine, Or even the bonhomie, It's the Love of the Father for the Son Who's given to you and me. Jill James 43

News from the Methodist Church, Yetminster As I write this it’s mid November and we have had our first snow of the winter. Opening the curtains on the first Sunday of the month I was greeted by the sight of heavy snow falling on already white ground. Needless to say it didn’t stay around long with the amount of rain that had fallen overnight, places like Yetminster and Thornford were difficult to get to on the same morning because of flooded roads. I am reminded of the carol: In the bleak mid winter, frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone, Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, In the bleak mid winter, long ago. The final verse ends with the words “Yet what I can I give him, give my heart”. A reminder that the Christmas story must not packed away with the decorations on 6 January, God’s love in Jesus Christ is alive all year and demands our response. Do you love him enough to give him your heart? Churches within the Wriggle Valley will be having carol services, a good opportunity to meet friends and neighbours, to hear the Christmas story and to sing your heart out with familiar (and new) carols. There will also be time to spend with family and friends, for many some time off work or on holiday from school. Children will be excited about the presents they receive, but not so excited about writing thank you letters. These days they are more likely to text or email the benefactor. Christmas is a celebration of God sending his son, Jesus, into an unwelcoming world. Why did He come? Jesus came to be the Saviour of

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Come and join us for Carols and Readings, when the church will be decorated for Christmas the World and to show just how much God loves us. Come and join the celebrations at the Methodist Church on Monday 10 December at 7pm for our annual carol service with the Cheap Street Music group or on Sunday 30 December at 10.30am when you will be most welcome to sing more carols and reflect on the year that is ending. All too soon we move into a new year, some of you will stay up and party, seeing the New Year in, others will sleep through it – perhaps awakened by fireworks being let off to celebrate as the clock strikes midnight. What difference can a new year or indeed a new day make? Resolutions are made and broken quickly; some remain as does my own not to make New Year’s resolutions! A blessed Christmas and New Year to you all. Linda Barriball


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General News Inter Village Competition The Inter Village Competi tion saw its final match on Friday 16 November in Yetminster’s St Andrews Hall. Bob Owen set a clever and unusual quiz which had many scratching their proverbial heads for a possible answer. Thank you Bob and your team of ushers and scorers Sue , Dianne and Claire. The winning team came from Chetnole, the No-Brainers (Tebbatts, Crumplers and Joliffes) with 2Lanes 2Nowhere led by Gordon Ratcliffe coming a respectable second. The No-Brainers now have the onerous task of setting next year’s test. Good luck. Meanwhile the IV Cup was awarded to Yetminster and was collected by Catherine Foster for safe keeping in the White Hart. The results for 2012 are as follows: ● Wins for Yetminster at Rounders, Croquet, Short Mat Bowls and Golf ● Wins for Chetnole/ Leigh/Hermitage/Batcombe at Boules, Tennis and the Quiz A very big thank you to all the Captains of their respective sports for selecting, encouraging and playing the game. And for 2013...Keep your eyes skinned for an announcement in the Wriggle Valley Magazine.

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The Poppy Appeal Special Pyke of life as a young The Leigh Village Hall was packed to capacity to hear seven distinguished speakers give their notion of the “End Of Empire” on Friday 9th and all in aid of the Royal British Legion. They each had only seven minutes to tell their tale. It was a spell binding evening; Captain Michael Fulford- Dobson RN talked amusingly about the Independence celebrations in Dares-Salaam, Tanganyika. Colonel David Hayes an impassioned thought on Remembrance, Nigel Bladon a personal memory of what life was like when the map of the world was mainly a reddish pink. The majority of the audience had assumed that the cast of speakers would comment on the British Empire. General Sir Robert Fry however, surprised us all by his eloquent observation from a Kurdish hillside of the demise of three Empires; from Alexander the Great, the Persian Empire, to the fall from grace of the United States’s aspirations, and all within a few square miles.Then Roger Wharton regaled us with tales from jungle airfields followed by a hilarious account from Boney 50

midshipman. The final seven minuter gave Jeremy Barker the platform for an amusing lesson in the philosophy and ideology of Empires and the amazing statistics of the number of Empires that have risen and fallen in our lifetime. As the organiser I have to thank so many for such a successful evening. The cast of speakers, of course. To Leonard Grose and Graham Spencer for running their bars. To Annie and Ian Sinnott for their largesse; to Paul Orchard and to Duncan Moore and all the washer uppers, waiters and to my wife for controlling the door; to John Jackson for his kind words, but most of all to those of you who supported this venture in aid of the Royal British Legion. Subject to all the usual bills, the RBL will benefit to the tune of in excess of £1000. Thank you.

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Poppy Day 2012 Chetnole, Ryme Intrinseca and Yetminster This year’s poppy collection raised £1787.05 for the Royal British Legion. The coffers were swelled by the proceeds of Military Muster event held in Chetnole church in the summer by Colonel Dick Clarke. Thank you to everybody who so generously contributed to the collection. My particular thanks must go to all

our collectors who had to endure high winds, driving rain and cold during the collecting period. Well done to the Chetnole team of Eric Bugler, Stan Darley, David Dixon, Chris Shepperd, John Stringfellow and Mike Lewin. Well done to Roger Excell who collected in Ryme and to our stalwart Yetminster band of Priscilla Dickens, Tom Vickers, John Parfitt, Sue Chesterman, June Goss, Neil Davidson, Antony Brown, Elizabeth Jubb, The White Hart, Oak House Stores, St Andrew’s school and the Yetminster Health Centre. I would like to draw attention to one of our Yetminster collectors, Neil Davidson, a serving Royal Naval helicopter pilot who has recently notched up his 5000th flying hour, much of it spent in recent conflict zones in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He knows only too well how much support the valuable work of the Royal British Legion gives to victims of these and other war zones. A final word though to our loyal contributors who either forsake the opportunity to buy poppies elsewhere and support their local collector, or who despite having bought a poppy elsewhere still put a donation in their local collectors box. This is really hugely appreciated and makes the collectors job seemly doubly worthwhile. Finally, we hoped you enjoyed the new additions to

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the boxes this year, the wrist bands and the metal badges. These will, we hope become regular items. Aubone Pyke Poppy Appeal Organiser

House to House Poppy Collection I am delighted to inform all those from Leigh,Hermitage, Batcombe and Hilfield that you have donated to this year’s Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal an amazing £930. Thank you so much for your outstanding generosity. The British Legion is an honourable and longstanding charity and your support reflects on the care and protection to our damaged and fragile servicemen and women. And a similar thank you to all those who collected. Your patience, perseverance and powers of persuasion have paid dividends. Julian Turnbull 51

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. It was one Sunday morning early in November and Coco our chocolate Labrador galloped down to the bedroom in a frenzy of excitement to wake us up. ‘Come on come on’ she seemed to say impatiently, smiling with her tongue hanging out and her tail wagging furiously. She put her paws on the edge of the bed and nudged us gently under the duvet with her cold wet nose. Brushing the sleep from our eyes we jumped out of bed and opened the curtains, when what to our wondering eyes did we see but our little farm covered with snow and the windows covered in snowflakes. But my goodness this was November, and snow had not been forecast! We had a winter wonderland in our own backyard and our trees were etched with snow. ‘Oh I wonder how our little reindeer are, they will love the snow! Let’s go out to see them!’ I said. Before we knew we had our coats and boots on and were walking out across the snow to their little paddock. Coco led the way. Bebe our cat tried to come too but he didn’t like getting his paws

cold and ran back to the Our reindeer ran to greet house with his tail high in the him and nuzzled into his coat. air. They followed him everywhere he went nudging him for attention. Father Christmas was talking to the reindeer and telling them all about the magic of Christmas and how on Christmas Eve they would have to be ready to pull his sleigh to deliver all the presents to well-behaved children all over the world. The reindeer listened very The reindeer were very carefully and understood. excited about something and After lots of whispering Father they were leaping, jumping, Christmas gave the reindeer a dancing and prancing in the big hug and some reindeer paddock. This was very kisses and then he found a unusual behaviour, perhaps magical treat in his pocket and the snow had made them so gave them each a piece. After happy. All at once there was he had finished Father a blinding flash, the jingling of Christmas stood back and bells and a terrible clatter. waved to us he knew we were There in the wintry light stood there all the time! The kindly a little sleigh pulled by a old gentleman returned to his stately white reindeer with sleigh, whistled up his reindeer huge antlers and bright blue and disappeared into the eyes. We were dumbfounded! glistening frosty air. In the drivers seat was a large When Father Christmas round gentleman with hair as had gone we were so excited. white as snow and a beard We had been touched by his that hung down as far as his magic and so had our belly. He wore a beautiful red reindeer. We walked up and suit and a fine red hat edged down the field and tried to in fur. He had a round friendly spot his little footprints. But face and a twinkling smile in when the snow melted the his eyes. It was Father footprints disappeared too. Christmas and he had ordered Looking forward to Christmas? the snow especially so that he I know I am. Sue Dodge could check up on his reindeer at Bailey Ridge. 55

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If you read Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree you will find a wonderful and evocative description of the carolling party doing its rounds at Christmas. There are the singers and the musicians with their fiddles, flutes, clarinets, bass viol and serpent serenading with wonderful sounding carols, the names of which we rarely hear nowadays – Arise and Hail, Adam’s Fall, etc. The carolling party is particularly keen to sing and play at the bigger houses – the wealthy farmers, the vicar and the squire – because those are the houses where they will be fed and watered (well, given alcohol, more like), and be paid for their musical talents. Hardy also wrote a short story, Absentmindedness in the Parish Choir, where the same musicians are so tired with all their seasonal exertions that they fall asleep during the evening service and forget where they are when they wake up – with disastrous consequences. Hardy played the fiddle and his father and grandfather both played in the church band in Stinsford, near Dorchester. The family’s tune books are held in the County Museum, as is Hardy’s fiddle. In the second half of the nineteenth century, however, there were two significant changes in church music in England. First, from about 1850, organs started being installed in churches large and small across England and then, in 1861, came the publication of the first edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern. These two things led to the standardisation of the music being sung by congregations throughout the land. Out went the old tunes, many of which were so local as to be only sung in one town or village, and in came the tunes decreed by the compilers of the new hymn book. Of course not everything was bad, but it did mean that we lost a host of exciting, vibrant

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music, none more so than at Christmas. But it wasn’t entirely lost. The Longburton tunes have been published and were revived a few years ago, and at Odcombe, near Yeovil, the village’s twelve carols are still sung on the streets on the evenings of 23 and 24 December, as they have been for more than 150 years. During the course of those two evenings the carollers sing to every household in the village. Another essential part of the tradition is the caller, who shouts out at each house “Good evening Mr and Mrs … We wish you a merry Christmas and a bright and prosperous New Year.” Philippa and I sing with the Odcombe Carollers and everyone is made very welcome. Make sure you are at the Village Hall by 6.45 pm on either night, and make sure you bring a torch, boots, warm and waterproof clothing – and your singing voice! And then, when you are at a loss as to what to do on New Year’s Day, go to the Ilchester Arms in Symondsbury, near Bridport. You’ll get good food (but book a table beforehand), good beer and then at some time after 7.30 pm in the car park at the back of the pub there will be a performance of the Symondsbury Mummers Play – one of the oldest surviving traditional plays in England. It is a wonderful play and wonderfully played by a cast of local actors. The first time I saw it I found myself smiling for days after it, and I’m smiling now, just thinking about it. I’ll see you there.

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NEWS FROM ST ANDREWS’S CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL Learning and Change School is about learning and change and, of course, learning to adapt to changes. Plenty has changed since the last school year. We have welcomed a new Reception class of 22 pupils to Acorn Class as well as several new children across other classes. The outdoor learning area for Acorn has also experienced a major transformation. There is more space, more to do, a more vibrant and interactive classroom environment and better provision for our youngest learners. The children and staff are loving it. The office has undergone a total upgrade, creating a more purposeful working space for staff and resulting in a safer entrance zone for school. Our lunchtime organisation has changed, with our children learning to take more responsibility for their eating environment. The impact has been fantastically positive. It is a cleaner, calmer and altogether more enjoyable dining experience for all our children and adults.

The lunchtime monitors are doing a brilliant job and need little remindi ng from adults to fulfil their roles. This fulfils many aspects of UNICEFs Rights’ Respecting Programme we joined last year. This is developing our children’s awareness and understanding of their rights and what their responsibilities are to themselves and others, in school and in the wider community. On a personal note, I have had to

deal with a sig nificant change in my physical mobility over the half term holiday. If only I had remembered advice I give to children to ‘look where you are going’, then I wouldn’t have badly sprained my ankle when falling off the lawn. It has been a salutary lesson in failing to heed one’s own advice – although it has changed my behaviour. Thanks to everyone at school for being so helpful though there has been far less sympathy at home with my daughters pinching my crutches at every opportunity to play with. May we wish all children, staff, parents and carers a super Christmas and peaceful New Year. Paul Miller, Headteacher 59

Leigh Weather Watch only reached 18C/64F, whereas a ‘normal’ October can see 22C/71F. Average minimum temperatures “Who doesn’t like a good were slightly below the average of rainy day? It offers you the 6.3C/43F. Our coldest October night ability to crawl under the covers was in 2003, with a low of -5.8C/22.5F. and watch an old movie” Anon This year saw only -2.6C/27F. In a year when most months were Sunshine setting new rainfall records October October 2011 had set a provided plenty of reasons to avoid new record: only one the great outdoors as much day without as possible. measurable sunshine. Rainfall This October also set a October 2012 had new record, but at the fewest rain-free the other extreme - a days we have ever new high of 11 dull recorded for the and gloomy days, month. There were almost double the only 6 - half the usual number. Only 52 usual number. Total hours of sunshine were rainfall was 136mm/5.4 recorded, 37% less than in an inches. The wettest day average October. 2008 retains the was the 5th, with 24mm/1 inch. The record for our sunniest October, with first 10 months of 2012 have now 110 hours. been drenched with 932mm/37 Pressure and wind speeds inches of rain, making it 40% wetter The barometric pressure in than an ‘average’ year. October was 1013mb, well above Temperatures the usual average of 1012mb, but 2003 still holds our record for the this did nothing to keep the rain coolest October, with an average of away. Wind speeds were below only 8.7C/46F. This year did better normal. The strongest gust was only than that, but it only averaged 30mph whereas 40mph is quite 10.3C/51F, a whole degree cooler common for this month. than usual. The warmest day (Oct. 1) Philip Bryan

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CHETNOLE 1/D/12/001512 29/10/2012 LAND AT PARK HOUSE FARM, – create new agricultural gateway. (Full) . No Decision. 1/D/12/001477 22/10/2012 THE GRANGE, Mill Lane – Internal and external alterations (Listed Building Consent) . No Decision. 1/D/12/001225 28/08/2012 THE GRANGE, Mill Lane – Internal alterations (Listed Building Consent). No Decision. 1/D/12/000528 24/04/2012 1 GROVE COTTAGES, Mill Lane - Demolish existing glazed conservatory and construct single storey extension (Listed Building Consent). No Decision. 1/D/12/000527 24/04/2012 1 GROVE COTTAGES, Mill Lane -Demolish existing Glazed conservatory and construct single storey extension. No Decision.

HILFIELD 1/D/09/000702 21/05/2009 KNAPP FARM, LOAD LANE – Retain agricultural worker's dwelling (Full). Approved.

LEIGH 1/D/12/001388 08/10/2012 LOWER TOTNEL FARM, TOTNEL – Alterations, restorations and repairs to listed building. (Listed Building Consent). No Decision. 1/D/12/001379 01/10/2012 BIRTS HILL FARM, HIGH HALSTOCK – Agricultural Dwelling. (Full). No Decision. 1/D/12/001230 31/08/2012 GREYLANDS, CHETNOLE ROAD - Demolish existing dwelling and outbuildings. Form new replacement dwelling and outbuildings. (Full). No Decision. 1/D/12/001209 20/08/2012 FOUR WINDS, BATCOMBE ROAD - Construction of a new milking parlour, dairy and cattle handling facility. (Full). No decision.


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1/D/11/000906 02/06/2011 CASWELL FARM, COMMON LANE - Conversion of redundant farm building into a holiday let accommodation (Full). No Decision.

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events over the last 18 months – ranging from the Jubilee celebrations to the Yetminster Fair to Elbow in concert in London. She is now keen to spread my skills to Weddings. As her most favourite type of photography is reportage - where she can just snap away when people feel most at ease – where they don’t even notice that she’s there – Weddings are perfect for this. Being terribly camera shy herself, she knows there’s nothing worse than being asked to ‘look at the camera and say cheese!’. Now to be involved in someone’s dream day and to capture it as a photographer is a real honour. Having being lucky enough to already be involved in one wedding this year, in order to add more to her portfolio she is now looking for three more couples to offer her services to - free of charge! In addition to Weddings, she is also about to start work on a project where she will be photo-documenting a whole day in the life of various people from all different walks of life. She hopes to unobtrusively follow the day in someone’s life, while documenting all the good and bad they have to face each day. So have a look at her website – and if you know of anyone who is looking for a wedding photographer or might be an interesting subject for her project, or if she can help you with anything else, please let her know.

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Make a Christmas Wreath This Christmas why not create gifts for the family without trawling around the High Street? Of course the internet is a wonderful tool for shopping but it does have its disadvantages. To see a picture of something is never as good as picking something up in your hand and examining it. A pot/ bottle of jam or sloe gin or a homemade cake is much better than something shop bought and it’s personal. You could be inventive and add a gaily coloured label and a bit of tinsel. Perhaps you could have a go at making a Christmas wreath from bits of evergreen from the garden, it’s not difficult. It’s easier to keep it simple. Use soft foliage so as not to hurt your hands, you can always add prickly bits of holly toward the end. Wreath rings are inexpensive; they can be different shapes, hearts, crosses and rings, all they amount to is a strong structure for you to bind your foliage to. You will need some strong string or preferably florist’s wire. Gather small bunches of foliage together, wrap some florists wire around the stems and then start to wire it to the wreath ring. When you have secured one bunch apply another bunch and slightly overlap it so that it covers the wiring from the previous bunch. Carry on in this way until you have completely covered your wreath ring.

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When you come to the last bunch use the foliage from the first bunch to cover the wiring up. At this stage it will look like a wreath but if you have used all of one material it might need a bit more bling to make it look attractive. For example, some small pine cones, some holly with berries on, some small pieces of cinnamon with ribbon wrapped around etc., These items are easily attached. Wrap a little wire around the stems and with nimble fingers part the foliage on the wreath and pass the wire back to the frame where you can secure it onto the wreath ring. The finishing touch is the bow whether you decide to make it flamboyant and large or smaller and understated, it’s a question of taste but the end result should be pleasing and eye catching. The loveliest and simplest hand made wreath I ever came across was one that was made by a travelling lady. She had used ivies from the hedgerow, moss from the forest floor one single length of wire, some garden twine and a thin piece of red ribbon. Sue Dodge Bailey Ridge Plants

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Club NewsChetnole Cricket Club Village Voices – Oral History of Yetminster Working at the surgery sterilising medicine bottles. Back then you did not get pills. Medication was liquid and the bottles were re-cycled. You washed them in an enamel bowl and removed the labels. At the age of 14 taking the younger children to school and back every day, including Saturday, for sixpence (2½p) plus a bar of chocolate a week. Hand-milking the cows in the field. Walking down Brister End selling the milk from a bucket and dipper. The untoward effect of cider that had been spiked (quite literally with an old file!) Peter, the cat – “the pride of Mill Lane” – fell in the copper one day, full of boiling water. He ran and hid in the cabbages. The fur never grew back on his legs. Working in service in Yetminster would pay one shilling and threepence a week (1/3d = just over 6p!). And you needed permission from the lady of the house to go out. There were few cars – the local policeman would cycle to and from Sherborne every day. Later on he was provided with a motorcycle. A road death in the village was caused by a careless cyclist. Travel to Weymouth on the train was a special treat. Houses might have modern facilities such as electricity but there was only one light per room and one power plug for the whole house. These are just a few of a treasure trove of recollections of life in Yetminster 60 to 80 years ago, recorded on CD, entitled “Village Voices”. Fifteen people of the village recall, first hand, life in the 30s, 40s and 50s.

A project to create an oral history of Yetminster and Ryme Intrinseca was conceived by committee members of the Yetminster History Society. Inspired by thoughts of their own parents, they came up with the idea to capture the memories of the older generation of Yetminster and Ryme. “Volunteers” were found and were recorded by a professional interviewer and sound technician. The project was largely financed by sponsorship from the Artsreach for the Dorset Rural Fund and West Dorset District Council. The remaining cost was covered from the membership subscriptions to the Society. And finally a 4 x CD set was produced for Yetminster and 2 disc set for Ryme. Sadly two of the voices have already gone, which in many ways validates the effort in the production of this oral history. These wonderful memories would have been lost forever. Fortunately however, we have been left with a great collection of amusing tales and a fascinating portrayal of local life of only a couple of generations ago, now practically disappeared. If you would like to hear the full stories, copies of the CDs can be obtained from David Fogden (01935 872090), or at the meetings of the Yetminster History Society. The next meeting is at Yetminster Church Hall, 13 February 2013. Jenny Peet will present “No Knickers – a light-hearted look at Tudor Life”. John Ferretter 69

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Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 6 November 2012 Chairman Andy Joliffe’s report on the past year’s events and activities included the success of the 2012 flower show and its record number of entries considering the awful plant-growing weather. Its success ensured the not-insignificant donation of £1650 to several charities and the call was put out for suggestions of other charities to benefit next year. The chairman made a point of individually thanking the committee members for their hard work on producing the show and also the Pyke family for permitting the use of their field. Andy Joliffe was re-elected as Chairperson for next year and all nominations for committee members were passed unanimously. Outgoing committee members Doreen, Chris and Mike were thanked profusely for their contribution over the years. Finally the date for next year’s flowers how was set a s Saturday 3 August 2013. Aly Kozowyk

The October meeting of the Women’s Group proved to be a most interesting evening with Jacqueline Milton talking about her business of making felted textiles. We were enthralled to see a large amount of her specialist designs for wallpapers, mostly made to order for up-market clients. She demonstrated her way of producing felted fabrics and was very pleased to hear that some of our members had tried their hand a producing fabrics, be it an odd-shaped hat or just a table mat. The New Year will start with a Quiz Evening at Gable Court on Tuesday 15 January. Come along and get those grey cells working after winding down for Christmas. The February meeting on Tuesday 19 Feb is titled “An Evening at the Old School Gallery” and we are meeting at the gallery at 7.30.p.m. This is a special meeting for members only. Pat Smith

Leigh WII The Body Shop lady did not turn up for our October meeting - as yet no explanation - but that did not stop us having a very entertaining meeting. Barbara Driv er shared her experience of the recent area AGM meeting in Poole at which one of the speakers was Adam from Countryfile and he had obviously given a very interesting account of his life on his Cotswold Farm. Barbara also read out replies from Oliver Letwin MP and Sainsbury's to our letter supporting the dairy farmers and both Oliver Letwin and Sainsbury's replied

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that they realised the need for a better balance in the liquid milk market. Carol Porter announced that £115 had been raised at the September meeting. We then played a hilarious game of beetle drive and Margaret Murray regaled us with her success at winning a crossword competition in Country Life after which she had written a thank you letter which then won 'Letter of the Week'! She then closed the evening with a rendition of a Hilaire Belloc poem - who needs a speaker?! Our January meeting is "Wildlife on the Doorstep" with Mr Brian Pettit - do join us. Anne Reason

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performing!!! However, it has been a great experience and I Well, here I am writing know that the great “unsung” an up-date about our team back stage will ensure all pantomime, “Sleeping runs smoothly, not forgetting Beauty” in the December/ the small band providing the January issue of the Wriggle music. Valley Magazine - Where has Now all we need is your the time gone? Before I support in January, see you know it, the panto then ….. performances will be upon us. Am I Don’t forget the performances at panicking? Am I worried? Of course not, Leigh Village Hall are on: I know that come the end of January, Thursday 24 January at 7:30pm, we will entertain you all with Friday 25 January at 7:30pm traditional panto fare, colourful, loud, Saturday 26 January at 2:30pm and happy and sometimes very silly. 7:30pm. At the moment, there is the business Tickets are available from: Oak of prop lists, costumes and set design House Stores, the Chetnole Inn and to be dealt with…..oh, the Bridge Garage Leigh or from the Box responsibility of a Director and I Office 07970 819861. thought it would be easier than actually

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Tuesday Club - October Meeting We were pleased to welcome a few new members to this month’s meeting. Not for the first time we enjoyed a talk from one of the charities for people and animals. Usually on such occasions some of the animals join us as well but perhaps horses were not quite suitable for the village hall! Sheila Oxley was joined by our Secretary Heather Baldock for part of her talk on “Riding for the Disabled” as Heather and her sister had helped with the local group when they lived in Surrey. The charity’s beginnings were in 1968, when St Mary’s hospital for 72 72

disabled children conceived the idea that riding might help children suffering from such things as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Downs’ syndrome and profound deafness. It soon became clear what a huge difference this could make to the children and riding was extended to include carriage driving. The charity is now world -wide and has 500 branches in the U.K. The paralympic riders who did so brilliantly at this year’s Olympics all came up through the Riding for the Disabled and had their training with them. We saw a most illuminating video

about the Society showing the riders being trained not only to ride and drive but also to groom and look after the horses. A huge number of volunteers are needed as at first the riders have three volunteers to look after each of them. We once again left our meeting feeling very grateful for all the selfless people who do so much to help the less fortunate. Don’t forget to join us on the second Tuesday of each month for an informative afternoon where you can meet new friends. Sylvia Bryan

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Chetnole & Leigh Garden Club The November meeting started the Club’s 2013 programme in most auspicious fashion with the largest gathering of members and guests seen for a number of years. Around 70 assembled to listen to the RSPB’s Lynn Burningham speak about “Birds in your Garden”. In spite of the date being 5 November, this was a nonexplosive and hugely enjoyable evening during which many club members expressed the pleasure given by the feathered residents and visitors with whom they share their gardens. Lynn’s entertaining and amusing talk included images and recordings of many of our familiar garden birds together with recommendations on how we can help attract them and care for them. She ended by showing a beautiful four minute film “Stepping up for Nature” released to support the RSPB’s campaign of that name; the film can easily be viewed online. Founded in 1889 by Emily Williamson in a Didsbury sitting room, the purpose of the Plumage League (as the RSPB was then called) was to counter the increasing use of feathers in the decoration of ladies’ hats and other apparel. Barbarous hunting methods hugely reduced numbers of Great Crested Grebes, Kittiwakes, Egrets and Birds of Paradise during the late Victorian and early Edwardian eras. After various name changes the organisation finally morphed into

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the RSPB and gained acceptance in 1904 when it received its Royal Charter; it is currently the largest conservation charity in Europe with over one million members and 18000 volunteers. In 1970 the now famous Avocet logo was adopted celebrating the successful reintroduction of that beautiful wader as a breeding species. Dorset and Somerset together boast nine of the nation’s 200 RSPB reserves. Dorset offers Arne, a vast expanse of open heathland and old oak and pine woodland overlooking Poole Harbour, Lodmoor and its close neighbour Radipole Lake at Weymouth and beautiful Garston Wood near Sixpenny Handley. Entry is free to anyone although any donation to the RSPB’s work is greatly appreciated. This is a big charity doing great work in the field of wildlife conservation – not only in the UK but worldwide and, in common with other such bodies, needs ongoing support. The Garden Club’s next get-together is on 3 December – the members only Christmas Party which will be held at Leigh Village Hall (7.30 pm) with inhouse entertainment. Please bring a plate of finger food and your chosen refreshments. Glasses and crockery will be provided. Looking forward to seeing you there! Tom Withycombe

Leigh Discussion Club Our October skittles evening was again held at the White Hart, Bishops Caundle – a very enjoyable evening complement ed with sausages and chips. On this occasion some of the Ladies were beginning to understand the game and putting many of the men to shame – our next skittles evening will be in February, so the men will have time to get some practise in. Our next meeting at Leigh Village Hall was held on the 6 November when the invited speaker , Mrs Sue Hennessy, spoke on “ Womens Role in the RNLI”. Mrs Hennessy gave a moving , illustrated talk on the little known role of the wives and girlfriends who over the last two hundred years, have helped and supported their men in the boats. They managed incredible feats such as manually launching and retrieving the heavy wooden boats. Ladies, many titled, instigated the collecting boxes and as a result have now grown into probably the most well known charity in the UK. Mrs Hennessy spent many years working in RNLI HQ at Poole and her passion in the untold stories of these women led her to writing a book entitled “Hidden Depths” Women of the RNLI. One particular story was of her visit to the widow of the Mechanic who along with everyone else was lost in the Tragic Penlee

Disaster. Her meeting with this remarkable lady and the account of the happenings on that fateful day left a lasting impression on us all. A highly recommended speaker who can be contacted at As the Wriggle Valley Magazine's next edition will not be until February 2013 – may I remind everyone what we will be up to during that time. ● 16 November Annual Dinner at the Folke Golf Club (Fully Booked). ● 4 December, Cake baking and Biscuit competition. Chairman Valerie Buckland being last years winner has produced the recipes for this years competition and will also judge the entries. ● 8 January 2013 Talk by Mrs Bryant on Morton Church and ● 5 February Talk by Mr Ayres entitled Navy Yarns – further dates to be notified in the next edition. Finally may we wish all our friends and especially the staff and readers of WVM a very happy Christmas and a prosperous and healthy new year. Christopher Jacobs

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Yetminster and Ryme Garden, Art & Craft Society Our Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday 13 November in a packed St Andrew’s Hall. In his report, the Chairman thanked the Committee, all the helpers and, most importantly, our members for their continued support. The year had been a good one. The Summer Show had proved the most successful on record and innovations such as a more varied programme of talks and visits, the Open Gardens Day and the Christmas Party demonstrated the Society’s commitment to continually improving our members’ enjoyment. The Chairman then paid tribute to Ron Page and his long and loyal service on the Committee. Frances Moule, the Society President, took the chair to announce the changes in the Committee. John Greenwood steps down after three years as Chairman. Wendy Parris, Brian Rowsell and Penny Gould are retiring from the Committee. All were thanked for their exceptional contribution towards the successful running of the Society over many years. The Committee now goes forward as a smaller group, with each member having a specific role. Frances Moule continues as President. Carol Debell joins the Committee as Chairman and Sue Price becomes Vice-Chairman. Other Committee members remain in their posts: Pam Burt, Treasurer; Sue Eadon, Show Secretary; Jean Bridges and Judy Ferretter, Programme and Outings Secretaries, and Pandy Brown, Society Secretary. With the formal business over, the hall was transformed into something

resembling a large flower stall. Anne Pawley had come to talk to us about ‘Caring for House Plants’ and she loaded two long trestle tables with the large selection of plants she had brought with her. We sat down ready to learn some useful tips that would help dispel the mystery that normally surrounds their survival. We were introduced to a large selection of familiar and unfamiliar houseplants. In fact Mrs Pawley seemed determined to show us everything on her stand and one had to admire her stamina as she dived into the undergrowth to retrieve one plant after another. She suggested ways of grouping several plants together, and talked at length about watering, potting-on, temperature and light. Lovers of houseplants would in particular have regarded it as an evening well spent, while others had ample opportunity to contemplate the rival attractions of outdoor gardening. Programme for 2013 Our last meeting this year is of course the Christmas Party on 11 December. Please note that this starts at 7 pm. We have an exciting programme already in place for 2013 starting with a talk on ‘What to grow in your greenhouse’ given by our good friends from Castle Gardens in January. Membership cards and Gold Club Discount Cards will be handed out to members at the December meeting. Pandy Brown 77

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