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No. 241

Dec 2011/Jan 2012

St Church, Yetminster St Andrew’s Mary’s Church, Melbury Bubb

Nick Clegg

news and views from your Wriggle Valley community


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Contents Ray Dickerson Winter wonderland in Hermitage

Editor’s notes…

News from the Villages












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Yetminster 29 Another bumper issue with all your news and views for the festive period; we have much to 35 look forward to. There an abundance of carol Out and About services in our benefice churches plus a real Diary - December onwards 36 step back in time with the Folk Southwest (who are based in Leigh) concert of traditional Regular Meeting & Activities 38 Christmas carols, songs and stories from the West 41 Country featuring the Stanchester Quire and General News Wriggle Valley Singers in Leigh Village Hall on St Andrew’s Primary School 55 Saturday 10 Dec p 35 There are also a couple of articles about News from our Churches 56 bringing Superfast Broadband to the Wriggle Valley; Dorset County Council will soon bid to Benefice Church Services 59/61 secure funding. I know that some of us get really 62 frustrated about our somewhat erratic and slow Leigh Weather Watch service. This affects business, healthcare, Planning Applications 65 education and personal choice. See page 18 & 42 for the facts and how you can help! …gone Christmas gardening 67 We have had a great response to our website so bookmark it as a favourite and you Club News 69 can check the diary or look for an advertiser at the touch of the button. We have already had over 1200 hits so we are really pleased. Don’t forget this is a double issue. At the last WVM committee meeting, it was mentioned that some residents report that they do not receive their copy of the magazine until a few days into the next month. This means local events at the beginning of the month may be missed. To alleviate the problem, we are bringing forward the monthly deadline for editorial from 14th to the 12th of the month, so that the printers can complete their job 2 or 3 days earlier than at present. So please send in your news and views by the 12 January 2012 at the latest. Many thanks Have a fabulous Christmas and a peaceful New Year from all of us at the Wriggle Valley magazine. BellaNeate-Clegg


The Wriggle Magazine is FREE but readers are invited to make voluntary donations towards the cost of production. These should be forwarded to the Treasurer at Mallows House, Church Street, Yetminster, DT9 6LG. Cheques can be made payable to Wriggle Valley Magazine. Thank you for your continued support 3

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he new school term has got off to a rocky start for some of our Chetnole sixth formers attending The Gryphon School in Sherborne. Sadly, and not without some degree of frustration

News from the Villages

BATCOMBE..... Rrepresentative: Alan Bastone (01300) 341351

Have you noticed the heavy crop of Church Farm House and in January at acorns this year? Pigs thrive on them Flowers Farm starting at 11am. Alan Bastone but they are fatal to cattle & sheep; is nature trying to tell us something? We would like to thank the Griffin family for donating the new name plate on the Church gate and for trimming the hedges around the church so well. Bridget & Derek Gordge would like to thank everyone who helped with the refreshments stall at their sale; £130 was raised for church funds. Mamma Mia Choir There will be a Children’s Carol invite you to an evening of Service on Christmas Eve  starting at Traditional Folk Songs. 3pm all welcome. Christmas Day Children welcome. Service starts at 10.15 with Holy Light refreshments and mulled wine Communion. The Mama Mia Choir invite you all to 5pm, Saturday 21 Jan 2012 a evening of traditional Folk songs on at Batcombe Church Saturday 21st January. (see box advert) FREE ADMISSION Batcombe monthly coffee mornings Contact Jo 07798 922329 or held on the first Wednesday of the Sarah 01935 83789 month will be December at Julie’s,

CHETNOLE..... with Melbury Bubb & Stockwood

Representative: Liz Tebbatt 873140

I begin with some very sad news this month. On 19 October Tony Woodford of Charing Cross Farm passed away having been poorly in the Willows at the Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne for just over four weeks. Tony and Jean and their family have farmed in Chetnole since 1982 and we send our condolences to them all. I also have to sadly

report the death of Mr Doyle of Neals Lane to whose family we also send our wishes. Doug Frampton of The Nook has also been poorly in November and we send him best wishes for a speedy recovery along with Rosemary Burden who has been in hospital recently. Get well soon. We also bid goodbye to Richard and Marigold Holy-Hasted who have lived here for many years – good luck to you both in your new home. 5


their search but they have told me that they really like Chetnole so maybe it will become a permanent fixture for them - we certainly hope so. Messages from the village Attention all equestrians! Now the gloomy days are here please wear day-glow tabards when out riding on our lanes. You are quite invisible when wearing dark clothes on a dark horse against dark hedges. Please help us drivers to avoid an accident! Polite “Trick or Treating” in Chetnole Sue Morgan would also like to share with us this note she recently received:

Fearsome friends

Anna Taylor

I am also saddened to report the death of Paul Horsey on Sunday 13 November at the Old Vicarage. Paul was 85 years old and he lived in the village all of his life. He was a hugely-respected and active member of the community; having been a church warden, member of the parish council and chairman of the cricket club amongst other things. I can remember his gentle manner and kindness towards his fellow villagers and he will be greatly missed in Chetnole. We will be featuring a full tribute to Paul in our next issue but in the meantime we send our condolences to Paul’s wife Kathleen and their family, many of whom still live here in the village. New Chetnolians Exciting news! Chetnole has no less than three new families! We welcome Tim Wells, Natasha Kittleson-Clifford and their children Georgia, Alice and Arthur who have moved into 4 Grove Cottages. The Berry family are living elsewhere in the village until their new home has been constructed in a village not too far away from here. We also welcome Claire Murphy and her partner Kevin Foy plus their baby boy Louis who have also moved into “Lanes End”. Claire grew up here and has returned after many years to be closer to family. Claire runs the Acupressure Centre in Bath and in January will be working from home offering acupressure and massage. She trained in California and Thailand and offers a wide range of treatments including: oil massage with acupressure, Jin Shin, Zen Shiatsu & Face lift massage. Please see her advert on p7 for more details. Last but not least we send a warm welcome to Stephanie and Nils Wikstrom at 1 Foy’s Cottages. Stephanie (who is from California) and Nils (who is Swedish) are staying in the village whilst they search for a home in the UK. We wish them luck in

“My brother Jamie, my friends and I would like to say a really big thank you to all the people in the village who joined in with Halloween. We had great fun dressing up and were pleased that lots of people had pumpkins out so we could trick or treat. Everyone was very kind and we had a great time. Please can you say thank you for us in your next newsletter.”

From Ellie and Jamie Curtis (aged 8 and 6) - Ten out of ten for being such wellmannered children!




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Vera Power would like to thank all those at the Wednesday coffee morning who supported her ' three hours of silence' to raise over £26 for Diabetic research. Well done Vera but we really cannot do without your cheerful banter so don't try that again too soon please! Sue Morgan reports that our Post Office is open Wednesday mornings 9.30am 12.30pm, thanks to our new postmaster Robert Smith. Please come and use the counter if you can. Especial thanks go to Nigel and Jill Bray who have worked hard on getting it all set up for us again. Do use it for your Christmas stamps and parcels and don’t forget that the computer in the village hall is available for use on a Wednesday together with the photocopier and there is always a busy book and puzzle swap!!

Chetnole e-diary Linda Carroll would like to congratulate Sue on her magnificent effort in producing such a topical and informative e-diary so far. We thoroughly agree with her. Sue sends this message to you: “Are you on the Chetnole e-diary list? Sign up for the weekly bulletin of what’s on, general info and news. The diary is reaching nearly one hundred homes now so don’t miss out!” Don’t’ forget this year’s is at St Peter’s Church, Chetnole on Sunday Dec 11th at 4pm. The festive season is almost upon us and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody in Chetnole a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. As this is a double issue our next deadline is 12 January 2012 for all your village news. Liz Tebbatt

You may have noticed that the boundary wall of St. Peters C hurch adjacent to the road has deteriorated over the last few years. A recent inspection by our church architect confirmed the need for urgent repairs. The work has to be carried out by a stonemason approved by the appropriate authorities, and having approached several suitable contractors we will shortly appoint one and hope that the work can start next spring.

Due to the extent and skilled nature of the work, we need to find over £25,000 to repair/ refurbish around three quarters of the wall. We have approached several charities and grantawarding bodies, and together with our existing church fabric fund, we have already raised about half the amount needed. Since the amount required is well beyond our normal running expenses we will shortly be mounting a fund-raising campaign

Ann Flew

Don’t Let Our Walls Fall Down!

Sheep in St Peter’s Churchyard

and appealing to villagers and others for support – watch this space! St. Peter’s Parochial 9

The Christmas

Concert at St Peter's Church on Sunday 6.00pm, 4 December Choir, Soloists, and Musical Ensemble of the girls from Leweston School

The 6th Greasy Spoon Cafe (Breakfast in a Bun ) The Greasy Spoon Cafe was once again a great success, we raised a wonderful £ 845 on the day in aid of SAVE THE CHILDREN FUND Since then the total has risen thanks to the sale of the "Born to Cook " Cook book by Joyce Molyneux. There are still some copies available ( Tel. 872255 ) Many thanks to everyone who came and helped make this such a success, especially the Chetnoleans in the kitchen !

Anna Kinnaird & Bee Grant-Peterkin.

CHETNOLE VILLAGE HALL Don’t Forget - Artsreach, Thursday Chetnole Village Hall entertains in style What a great October week in Chetnole Village Hall for entertainment! The Artsreach performance on the 20th by Matt Harvey was full of quick thinking, brilliant wit and humour. It was surely one of the best Artsreach nights we've had. On the 21st, the inter-village quiz [won by a Chetnole team incidentally] was also described by many as thoroughly entertaining and well organised by the Yetminster Quizmaster, Harvey Rowbottom. The hall was filled again on 22 for the first "Chetnole Jazz Cafe" - hopefully the first of many to come. Another enjoyable evening, especially for the local jazz aficionados. The Village Hall team deserve a big thank you for all three evenings as such events do not happen without a lot of effort behind the scenes. Well done everyone! Gordon Ratcliffe 10

1 Dec The Mellstock Band - they have enteretained audiences all over the world, so we are fortunate to have them playing for us in Chetnole. Nearly all the music is from Dorset tradition, linked by poems and stories from the works of Thomas Hardy and the Dorset poet William Barnes. As always, they sing, tell tales and play fiddle, concertina, oboe, clarinet and serpent! Not to be missed! Chetnole Village Hall For Hire Chetnole Village Hall is a well maintained Traditional Village Hall, with some modern features of New Village Halls. There is plenty of crockery and cutlery and the new electric cooker and microwaves are useful if you wish to arrange providing your own food. A large pull-down screen hangs above the stage should you wish to have your own film show. If you would like to see more why not call in on a Wednesday morning when the village Coffee Morning and Post Office are open? Nigel Bray






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Tony Woodford 8 August 1923 – 19 October 2011

Tony was born on a farm in the village of Stone in Buckinghamshire. He was at Aylesbury Grammar School when war broke out and left early to work full-time on the farm with his father and older brother. I came to work on the farm on 16 February 1944 when he was twenty and I was seventeen. It was six years before we married in London on 28 March 1950 and we moved into Willow Cottage on the grounds of the farm. Both Jimmy and Carolyn were born while we lived there. Just before Carolyn was a year old we moved across the road to Manor Farm where we lived when the children were growing up, until the streetlights came and Stone became a suburb of Aylesbury. The decision was made to move to the West Country and Tony bought West

Batsworthy near South Molton, Devon. They were very happy years during which Carolyn married Michael but the farm was in a very remote situation and rather reluctantly, after much searching in 1982 we came to Chetnole. In 1985 Jimmy married Sue and after nearly thirty years the family has grown – six grandchildren and one great-grandson. The herd had to be sold and sheep took their place. By this time Jimmy was the farmer and Tony the consultant. Even during his last few days Tony was asking which field the sheep were in, did they have enough grass and had he remembered to repair the water-trough? He became frustrated and took an interest in watching cookery programmes which led to his experimenting with new culinary ideas and caused friction in the kitchen! It was not until this year that he really started to go on a downward path, gradually getting more frail and frustrated as his body but not his mind was wearing out. He spent just over four weeks in Yeovil District Hospital and The Willows at the Yeatman Hospital in Sherborne where he was very well looked after. He died in a single room in The Willows with his family around him. So having started married life in Willow Cottage, sixty one years later he ended his journey in The Willows. He leaves a tremendous void in the lives of all his family which can never be filled and he will never be forgotten. We like to believe he is resting in peace. Maybe there are cows and sheep where he is and he will be giving instructions about their welfare.

Jean Woodford 13

“Is Chetnole now a village with no heart?” Sue Dona certainly thinks so which is why she and her fellow Chetnolians are making moves to bring a Community Shop to the village. Plans are very much in their early stages and much research is being undertaken on the subject but we believe that the “shop” would become the heart of Chetnole; providing our community with a muchneeded centre where both village-residents and those passing through will be able to meet socially as well as buying those last minute or forgotten items we all need throughout the week. Somewhere to take a stroll down the road to each day to chat and catch up with other people. This can be invaluable to people living on their own, especially in the winter months during which they may not see or speak to anyone all week. Chetnole is already a lively village but a shop enhances a village’s sociability factor by providing its residents with the opportunity to meet and get to know each

other where perhaps before their paths would not have crossed. In addition, estate agents say that a shop increases the value of the area’s properties by 5% (work out what 5% of your house’s value is!) and so is an attractive village amenity. There is a lot of help available for a Community Shop with grants, shares, volunteer support etc. Sue is convinced that with our help we can mend the “broken heart of the village” and would like to contact us directly for our opinion in the near future. Having been to the very inspiring Plunkett Foundation seminar and met likeminded people who realise the importance of a “heart” for rural villages in the shape of a community-run shop and heard about the help, support and funding that is out there, Sue feels even more so that it can be done. So let’s put the heart back; together we can. Liz Tebbatt

Team Fudge Complete The Great South Run 2011 Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. What a great day we all had; all full of excitment and raring to go, we took to the  streets of Portsmouth and completed The Great South Run.   We all had good times and were happy; it was lovely to have Rob and Claire Banford who came along to cheer us on the way and also my parents  who cheered us on at 8 and half miles.   A big thankyou to everyone who sponsored us,  we were hoping to raise £1,000 for St Margarets  hospice but to date it is a fantastic £2,300.00 .


This is us presenting our cheque to the hospice when we visited them recently.   Many thanks   to everyone who supported and sponsored us  Regards from  Steve,  Linda,  Graham,  Sue,  Marcus,  Liam and Penny.     Linda Fudge


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Chetnole & Stockwood information as possible, as with a queue of large soon as possible from delivery trucks by the PC Meeting Chetnole residents about entrance, make it a "white 10 November Notes taken from the public gallery: 1. Three grit bins are to be purchased and placed in the village: at the centre, at Lambs Plot and on the Stockwood Road. 2. The saga of the deteriorating road signs continues. Due to a breakdown in communication, the PC now has the responsibility to arrange refurbishment and bear the cost. 3. Councillor Prodger reported details of the inception of a new project led by Dorset County Council, to bring Super Fast Broadband to rural villages in the county. To be included, Cr. Prodger needs as much

their use of Broadband. Usage by farmers, local businesses, home-workers and social networkers is of equal importance at this stage. 4. A tree management programme will commence next year on the playing field. Chairman Owen emphasised the need to consult residents, particularly those whose property borders the southern boundary, before any coppicing or felling is planned. 5. Chetnole residents are increasingly concerned for their safety when driving past the Meat Processing Plant on Yetminster Road. Cars parked on the narrow road, combined

Calling all first aiders - qualified and potential. Following on our successful course and the interest shown in obtaining a defibrillator for the village, I have been in touch with Julian England, organiser of a local First Responders group. Julian is very willing to come and talk to us about how we could go about setting up our own group - the benefits, pitfalls and funding! I will be arranging a day time meeting in the Village Hall and would be pleased to see any of you who would be interested. Just keep an eye on the e-diary for the date. There will also be a further first aid course in January; again, date to be announced. Sue Morgan

knuckle ride" at certain times of the day. The police have been notified and the PC will liaise with Yetminster PC, assisted by District Councillor Lawrence, to resolve the matter before an accident occurs. 6. To prevent unauthorised vehicles from parking on the playing field, especially during wet weather, the combination on the main gate lock has been changed. In future, parking requirements for organis ed events must be discussed in advance with the Playing Field Subcommittee. Gordon Ratcliffe

Chetnole Village Hall 100 Club November 2011 1st Prize ÂŁ20 No.38 Mrs V Powers 2nd Prize ÂŁ15 No.114 Mr & Mrs M Lindsay 3rd Prize ÂŁ10 No.56 Mr C Goodbody 17

Chetnole & Stockwood Parish Council Superfast Broadband 2 The Issue You may not have heard, but the Government plans to develop a plan to make superfast broadband available across most of the country. It has set up Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) to oversee the project and contract for the infrastructure. Please see article on p42. It plans to fund half of the cost, with local authorities meeting the other half. This sum would be sufficient to meet the needs of 95% of the properties (business and residential) in the County. It will supply the infrastructure; the cabling to local exchanges and necessary modification to these exchanges, and the local exchange cabinets required. The Proposal Dorset County Council needs to make a detailed submission to BDUK for the funding. To make a good submission, DCC is going to need good inputs from its communities. Any we might make would be through West Dorset District Council, who are getting organized to co-ordinate the inputs. Leigh has already set up a steering group to support WDDC and DCC. Chetnole’s Part In Chetnole, after discussion with Leigh, we have decided to submit data to WDDC to support their part of the bid. So we will be seeking three lots of information from residents of Chetnole. 1 We would like to know who already has a proven ongoing need for good broadband. Primarily we need to know those in the Village who use, or would like to use, the internet for any sort of business, both for businesses run from home and for keeping in touch with the office 18

We would also like to know those who use the internet for: formal educational purposes contact with health providers private business use, including online shopping anything else you think I might have forgotten. In the next week or so you will be visited by a volunteer from the village who will have a questionnaire which the volunteer will fill in accordance with the answers given to the questions. We hope all Chetnole residents will be happy to give a few minutes of their time so the data we collect will be comprehensive and accurate. Bob Owen, Chairman 01935 873064, 07770 751793

Chetnole 4x4 Winter Rota Joe Meier of Stockwood Mill is once again co-ordinating a rota of four-wheeldrive owners in the Chetnole area who are happy to be called upon if this winter brings a few weather-related problems again. He sees their role being one that is happy to assist those who are unable to travel due to lack of mobility/age or lack of vehicle to manage the task eg driving people to the doctors or hospital for normal appointments or delivering essential shopping/coal. There are currently six vehicle-owners on the rota and details are yet to be finalised such as what should be carried in each car to ensure it is prepared for all eventualities; who is the first point of contact; insurance and other questions. Well done Joe for taking the initiative. Liz Tebbatt


Xmas Bingo 3 December

Local representative: Ray Dickerson (01963) 210292

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St Mary’s Church, Hermitage, in the snow

A final reminder that Christmas Bingo will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 3rd December. ‘Eyes down’ will be at 7.30pm. Come along for some fun and a chance to win some great prizes!

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 Party 28 January 2012

A big “THANK YOU” to Christmas Fair We are still working on everyone who supported Saturday 3 December the details, but what we do the soup lunch on This is a final reminder know is that this is a perfect November 6th. It was a that the Hermitage way to shake off those great opportunity to get Christmas Fair will be on January blues and to have a together and have a chat, Saturday 3 December in the fun time with friends and combined with a preserve Village Hall, between neighbours and to enjoy and book swap. Everyone 10.30am and 12.30. Entry delicious went home with a full charge is £1.00 food. tummy and a bag full of All things goodies. Christmassy will be We are pleased to be on sale, seasonal sending a cheque for £75 to food, gifts, CHRISTMAS FAIR the Alzheimer’s Society and decorations, HERMITAGE VILLAGE HALL giving a donation towards cards, a 10.30am Sat 3 December the New Year’s Party in Christmas Seasonal food, gifts, January. raffle, coffee decorations, cards, a Christine Dickerson and tea, mulled Christmas raffle, coffee wine and mince and tea, mulled wine and PS special thanks go to Dave pies. mince pies. Whiteoak and Christine for We hope to see you providing the delicious there. soups. 19

It will start at 7.30pm in the Village Hall equipment (including chairs, tables, cutlery, and all are welcome. Admission is £3 for plates, glasses etc.) for up to 50 people from Adults and £1.50 for Children (up to 16 Hermitage Village Hall? For prices please contact Wendy on years). 01963 210491. So that we know how many people to cater for can you please call me on 210292 to let me know if you intend to come. Wriggle Valley magazine delivery Thank you. As many of you will know, we rely on Faith and Dave to deliver this magazine to your door at the beginning of each month, Themed Evening – 10 March 2012 Details for this evening are still in the and we are very grateful for their efforts. ‘planning stage’ but I can tell you that There are some times however when one of certain ladies (and gents!) in the VH them is not available and delivery can be committee are already practicing their can- delayed. Therefore, on these rare occasions, it can steps! If you have any (appropriate) French would be useful if we could call upon a items that we could use to decorate the hall deputy to carry out this task. Could it be you? can you please let me know. Thank you. Please call Faith on 01963 210360 if you would like to put your name on the ‘reserve’ Having a party/celebration? Did you know that, apart from being list. Ray Dickerson able to book the Hall itself, you can also hire

HILFIELD.... Representatives: Michael & Ann Harris 01300 341148

Spooky goings on in Bills Wood On arrival in the car park you followed the footpath into the woods, you were at once greeted by many pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, different faces cut into each one and some even decorated with sweets. Orange and black balloons decorated the trees to help you find you way through. The light was just fading and the woods came to life when all the pumpkins were lit. On the way through we met a witch, a ghost and several wizards, what fun! As you made your way further the noise from excited children and adults could be heard. 20

On entering a clearing there were well over 150 people enjoying a bonfire, drinks, and food being served from the barbecue under a canopy to keep any unexpected wet weather off. Adults and children were in fancy dress. The children were enjoying fun and games and it was a time for people to catch up with friends and family. A fancy dress competition was held along with the best pumpkin. What a lovely way to spend a few hours. The weather held, just, and a fantastic time was had by all who attended. Many people helped in making this event take place. Thank you to Bill and

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Rebecca Anderson for all their hardwork, thank you to Ann Osmond and Jennie Mayo for cooking the food on the barbecue with help from Sally Vickery. A big thank you goes out to all the un named people also that helped and I'm sure everyone would agree that it was a great success and over £350 was raised for our church in Hilfield.

Richard climbed aboard his digger and within minutes it was well away again. We are only a small community but when we all get together its a fantastic event. A big thank you goes out to Richard and Sally for the use of their field and the making of the bonfire. Another big thank is to Mike and Val for the barbecue, food and the endless colour, bangs and lighting up of the sky from the Hilfield Bonfire and Firework Party. fireworks, plus other fireworks brought by Sam Symes. We all meet at Richard and Sally Vickery's to climb aboard our transport up across the field to the bonfire and fireworks party. I had the pleasure of being Christmas Service transported in Sally's four by four and Hilfield ChuRch goodness what a brilliant off-roader she is. Friday 23 The weather was dry but slightly wet and December muddy underfoot, but that did not stop the large turnout. at 6pm With the fire well alight friends and with family gathered to enjoy hot soup, Richards Mulled Wine being homemade. With Merv Durham in and Mince control of the barbecue, steaks, burgers, Pies afterwards. sausages and even pheasant were on the go. When the fire started to slow down its pace

LEIGH..... Representatives: Anne & David Reason (01935) 873726

Well here we are – the ‘first’ and the ‘last’ (but not in that order!). The ‘last’ being December and the ‘first’ being January. I write this on Remembrance Sunday after sharing a memorable meaningful service with our friends from Chetnole, followed by the 90th Birthday Celebrations of the 22

youngest nonagenarian in town, Joan Giles! Belated birthday greetings Joan! I am not aware of any movements out of the village but Rodney and June Underwood have moved into Appleyard (plus Billie the Jack Russell – and the most fantastic Winnebago!). Angus and Amanda

Wilson have moved into Guyers Cottage – we give them all a warm welcome and wish them many happy years in Leigh. And so I close on this our penultimate edition wishing you a very Happy and blessed Christmas. David Reason

News from the Old Vicarage Harvest was celebrated this year with a sing song with Val Rowsell, followed by communion in the afternoon. Four residents also went to the Leigh harvest festival service and lunch in the village hall. Pots and containers have been planted with daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths ready for a grand display in spring. A trip to Wells was very successful, with lunch in the Bishop’s Palace and a tour of the cathedral. We were also entertained by Mark and his Spanish guitar, Florence with her wonderful harp recitals and folk stories and music from Folk South West.

South west region Great British care awards final in Bristol. L to R: Sarah Harvey, Sarah Saxty, Sue Ford, Annie Sinnott. All were finalists and Sue Ford won the Carer award and Annie the Employer award. Sue and Annie will now go to the national finals next year. Many congratulations to them all! Halloween was marked by a cake decorating session and the carving of some enormous pumpkins, kindly donated by Mrs Batten. We are looking forward to a busy Christmas with carol

singers and lots of crafts and events already booked. Details of the official opening of the new build are penciled in for the 31 of March. More information to follow in the next edition. Jan Milward

WRIGGLE VALLEY LUNCH CLUB Meets monthly at 12.30 pm in Leigh Village Hall Thursday 15 December (bookings by 8 December)

MENU Smoked Mackerel Pate Roast Pork with all the Christmas trimmings

Mince Pies - Brandy Cream or Custard

Tuesday 17 January 2012 (bookings by 10 January)

MENU Lasagne Green Beans Fruit Jelly with soft fruit

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Birthday Celebrations I am taking this opportunity to thank all those who came to celebrate my 90th birthday on Sunday 13 November. I would also like to say thank you for the many cards and presents I received (although I did say no presents!!). In spite of a few nervous moments everything seemed to go well and I enjoyed the occasion and hope everyone else did. I would also like to say a special thank you to all those who helped to get the Hall ready and then cleared up afterwards –it was much appreciated. Joan Giles St Andrew’s Church, Leigh


Jane Eyre A huge cinema success , a definite version for all ages.The cast includes Dame Judi Dench ,Mia Wasikowska,Michael Fassbender, Simon McBurney, and Sally Hawkins

Future Dates for your diary, films to be confirmed 12 March The Adventures of Tin Tin Enjoying “Dogs Without Collars” A huge thank you to all those who came and supported our “Dogs without Collars” evening in November. We raised nearly £400 for St Andrew’s which was fantastic. I am very grateful to those who provided eats, raffle prizes, sold raffle tickets and generally helped in any way. It was a fun evening and we hope not too loud for all those who came – the rocking vicars certainly got every one up dancing by the end! On 11 December we have a special Advent Songs of Praise at 6.30pm which we hope many will attend. In January the Archdeacon will attend our Evensong on Sunday 8 January – another date for your diary. Anne Reason

23 April My Weekend with Marilyn Film choices cannot be confirmed until mid December because of uncertain release dates. Details in the next issue of the WVM All start at 7.30pm,doors open 7pm. We look forward to seeing you at some or all of these events.

Fiona and John Parks 01935 873603 Leigh Village Hall Lottery Results October 2011 1st £25 Miss H Baldock 2nd £10 Mrs L Johnson 3rd £10 Mr & Mrs Purcell 25

RYME INTRINSECA..... Local representative: Gilly Wilson 01935 872982

Candlelight Carol Service 6.30pm Sunday 11 Dec followed by delicious mince pies and wine with Gloria Abbey  at the Post House.

Frankham Farm final opening of the year on 16 October was another success. Very many thanks to the Earle and Templeman families who put so much hard work into allways having it loolking stunning on open days. Also the cakemakers & tea ladies, a very important part of the afternoon. All the tea money is in aid of St Hippolytus. Please note: Sunday 1 Jan Please call Sue Batten 01935 New Year Village Walk meet at 872482 or Gilly Wilson 01935 872 Church Farm 10:30a.m followed by 982 with numbers for the soup & soup and sausages. All dogs on sausages. leads most welcome. Donations to Gilly Wilson Dogs for the disabled.

Ryme Book Exchange We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has used the Ryme Book Exchange in its first year; to date over 300 books have been borrowed and hopefully enjoyed. We will keep the Exchange open as long as we can with the approaching winter and thus dampness looming. As soon as the books show signs of damage we will close it until the more clement weather in the Spring arrives. Thank you once again for your support and we wish you a Merry Christmas and peaceful New year. Daphne Blakey

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YETMINSTER..... Local representative: Graham Plaice 1 Cloverhay (01935) 872044

As we hurtle into the Festive Period and the culmination of 2011, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all Yetminster residents a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Next year will be a challenging year, with the Queens Diamond Jubilee celebration to plan, the Travelers site issue to be resolved, the Yetminster Fair to organise, Helping Hands to launch and a plethora of village activities to support.

The issue of the Post Office closure is still not resolved and I believe this may take some time to resolve. David Gould is offering a sterling service of transporting customers to alternative venues. I implore all residents of Yetminster, whether young or old to engage with Village events and organisations, we need your help. Graham Plaice

Post Office We are a without a Post Office in Yetminster at the moment so your nearest ones are: Leigh, Thornford, Bradford Abbas and not forgetting the Wednesday PO Outreach session in Chetnole Village Hall 9.30 am- 12.20pm

Post Office in Leigh: Bridge Garage, Leigh Tel number: 08457 22 33 44 Opening Times: Open Close Monday: 09:00 13:00 Tuesday: 09:00 13:00 Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 09:00 13:00 Friday: 09:00 13:00 Saturday: 09:00 13:00 Sunday: Closed

Post Office in Thornford: Ellwoods, Longford Road, Thornford Tel number: 08457 22 33 44 Thornford Opening Times: Open Close Monday: 09:00 17:30 Tuesday: 09:00 17:30 Wednesday: 09:00 13:00 Thursday: 09:00 17:30 Friday: 09:00 17:30 Saturday: 09:00 12:30

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning! A Huge Thank You to all who came and helped to support Macmillan Cancer Support on 23 September in Yetminster. The sun shone, masses of people turned out and a fantastic sum was raised: £706 plus £125 in Gift Aid!! Macmillan cancer support do a wonderful job in caring for patients and their families and The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is their biggest fund raising event. THANK YOU TO ONE AND ALL! Clare Lindsay, with Fiona, John and Zach (Pat the Dog!) 29





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Soup Lunch 25th January 2012 in St Andrew’s Hall Yetminster at 12.30 pm in aid of Yeovil Freewheelers

Pig Tales News from Oakleigh Farm Shop The New Farm Shop is opening on Saturday 3 December. We hope to see customers old and new. There will be mulled wine and nibbles, special opening offers, free raffle with all purchases and much more. Our revised opening times will be: Monday 2 ‘til 5.30pm Tuesday to Saturday 9am til 5.30pm Closed Sundays On Saturday 10 & 17 Dec we will be serving mulled wine and minced pies! Christmas orders now being taken! Teri Steele


Exhibition of embroidery and workboxes Peter and Beryl Lawrence would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who came and supported the exhibition of embroidery and workboxes at Gable Court Yetminster. People were very generous in their giving. We raised £315 for Valerie Browning Afar Tribe, Ethiopia. Beryl Lawrence

Wine Tasting/Fundraising Thanks to all that supported the above event. We (you) raised the impressive sum of 225.50 for The British Heart Foundation. We had ten wines in all to sample, unfortunately there are not any photos (perhaps fortunately !) as it was a well oiled evening. Thanks to Reg Wilkins as the guest Sommlier. Please look out for other upcomimg events in aid of our nominated charity. We are planning a race night in the New Year as well as our popular Saturday night quizzes. So far - if we add in confirmed sponsorship - we are over the £1,000 mark, so well on the way to the minimum pledged amount of £2,000. Also, donations can be made online at All in aid of The British Heart Foundation. Thanks to you all for your continued support. Jim Bayfield

Carol Service and Social Evening. The Christmas Carol Service in St.Andrew's Church on Sunday, 18 December at 6pm will be followed by a social evening for everyone in St.Andrew's Hall when weG shall welcome newcomers to the village. Newcomers should receive a formal invitation shortly, but if one does not reach you please get in touch with Valerie Rowsell (872594) or just come along when we shall be very pleased to meet you. Valerie Rowsell, Church Warden

“When Autumn Leaves Start too Fall" On Saturday 15 October in St.Andrew's Church we welcomed David Bednall, Emily Topham and Thomas Williams in a concert entitled "When Autumn Leaves Start too Fall" - Music from all ages. David, well known to many of us in Yetminster was the accompanist, Emily a mezzo-soprano and Thomas a bass delighted the many who attended with their excellent variety of songs and music. They have offered to return in the Spring - something to look forward to. £200 was raised to help with the upkeep of the Church, for which we are very grateful. Thank you Emily, Thomas and David. Valerie Rowsell

Yetminster & Ryme Intrinseca Parish Council Summary of Council Meeting 19 October 2011 The meeting was attended by eight councillors, CCllr Bevan, DCllr Lawrence, 14 members of the public and the Clerk Traveller Site Cllr Gould pointed out that the document from which the media had gained their information on this matter was still in draft form. It is due to be sent out for consultation in November, at which point the Council and indeed individual residents could have their say. He pointed out that any comments must be ‘Objective’ as any ‘Subjective’ ones are likely to be thrown out. The Post Office Cllr Gould said that the Post Office would remain closed for the time being whilst the Post Office authorities negotiated the lease with Mrs Merrit. He

has been assured that Yetminster will retain a Post Office for the foreseeable future. In the meanwhile he and other councillors will run a shuttle to Thornford PO at 10am each Thursday. Speed Cameras We still await authority from Dorset Police to start this. PlanningThere were no contentious planning issues. Development Grants All major developments are now required to provide grants to the local authority for use to the betterment of the community. As a result some £2000 and £10000 are available from the Boyles School and Cross Farm developments respectively. The Council Grants committee will consider how best to spend this money consulting with residents as appropriate. 31

Street Lighting Following a petition from residents the street lighting in St sound’s Close and Stoneyacres will be replaced on a one for one basis. Mr Drewett has agreed to assist the residents of Shearstones in drawing up a similar petition. Problems within the Parish Residents who experience problems with footpaths or other highway matters are quite at liberty to go direct to the County Council. If such an approach is unsuccessful then the Parish Council can help out. DG Gould, Chairman

Helping Hands Preparations are in full swing to set up the new Helping Hands organisation. We have recruited 20 volunteers and have conducted our first health and safety training event. Sarah and Judi have held initial informal discussions with the volunteers and Criminal Bureau Checks(CRB) are underway. Funding is always going to be an issue and I am currently seeking donations from many businesses, organizations and a sponsored run, however, individual donations would be greatly received. I anticipate initial in year set up costs at about 500 pounds and would envisage us being self sustaining after the first year. This is an organisation where a little contribution by a volunteer can make a huge impact on someone’s life. This is the main motivation for all our volunteers who want to make a difference and give something back to the local community. CRB checks take a while to complete and we will therefore not be in a position to stand up as an organisation until early in the new year. Graham Plaice



FILM NIGHTS Unfortunately at the time of going to press for this double issue we have not had the opportunity to choose films for the winter season so please keep your eyes peeled for posters in January. It is possible that our first film will be “Jane Eyre”. However the evenings to put in your diaries are

Thursdays 19 January 16 February, 15 March 2012. 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 can be bought in advance so that seating can be sorted out reasonably accurately and enough wine and choc ices be brought to the Hall. Doors will open at 7pm (not before as Moviola need the time to set up) and films begin at 7.30pm. Look forward to seeing you there.

YETMINSTER FAIR ASSOCIATION 50 CLUB October Draw 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize

No 49 £50 Mr J Jesney No 02 £30 Mr D Parris No 29 £20 Mrs B Holloway

November Draw 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize

No 10 £50 Mr J Page No 20 £30 Mr D Mott No 14 £20 Mrs A Bresnan

Yetminster Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Following the village meeting on 25 October; a jubilee committee was set up with members David Gould(Chairman) Jane Trower, Pandy Brown, Jackie Parks, John Strover and Garth Hently. The Committee has since met and is proposing the following: A Permanent Memorial Two ideas were discussed and will be made public when we know whether either or both of them are feasible and at what cost. Village Celebrations The Committee are very keen that as many residents as possible have the opportunity to take part in at least some of the celebrations. To this end the following programme is proposed for the Jubilee weekend. We hope there is some thing for everyone. Saturday 2 June All age Olympics and Hog Roast on school playing fields. Sunday 3 June AM Thanksgiving Service PM Village Tea Party in High Street with and followed by music and entertainment. Monday 4 June Supper and Barn Dance in St Andrew’s Hall (by ticket cost to be decided) Lighting of Jubilee Beacon on Church Tower. Memento All children (up to an age yet to be decided) who attend the Village Tea Party will be presented with a Jubilee Memento. Commitment We are very keen that residents commit themselves and their families to the Tea Party early; to this end in the New Year all houses in the village will be visited; asked to commit and be given a ticket at the nominal sum of £1 per adult in the family (children free). It is our intention to keep you informed in the WVM as plans develop; and we very much hope many of you will be prepared to volunteer to help prior to and on the day. David Gould

Jolin Gallery Yetminster 1 December to 24 December

Grand Art Sale Pre-Christmas Art & Sculpture Silk Scarves, Prints and Cards by Two internationally renowned Artists Liz Shewan & Lyn Marie Whiteman

Wed 7 December Christmas Shopping Open Evening With mulled wine mince pies & nibbles 5pm to 7.30pm

Everyone is welcome to all events We look forward to seeing you John ohn & Linda 01935 873044 Opening Times Mon to Fri 10.30am to 5.30 pm Saturday 10.30am to 4pm

Thank You May Lebref would like to thank all her friends and neighbours for their help, concern and good wishes during the last few difficult weeks. She has now gone to join Wally at Fir Villa in Marston Magna and will cherish the happy memories of their many years spent in Yetminster. 33

The Chetnole Inn, Chetnole Winners of Best Dining Pub at the 2010 & 2011 Taste of Dorset Awards, The Chetnole Inn sits opposite the parish church in the delightful village of Chetnole. There’s a snug bar with wood-burning stove; a flag stoned, hop-hung lounge bar, a bright airy restaurant, and a beautiful garden. The menu is imaginative & seasonal. The Chetnole Inn prides itself on offering fantastic local food in a rustic inn environment. It also has three beautiful guest rooms for those wanting to combine eating and sleeping. Dinner, bed & breakfast offers run throughout the year. Chetnole, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6NU Tel: 01935 872337. Email:

THE KINGS ARMS Thornford 872294 There’s still time to book your Christmas meal with us. Either pop in, phone, use the website ( ) or email ( ) Why not give someone a gift voucher so they can come and enjoy a lovely homecooked meal with us? It makes an unusual present for that someone special! Don’t forget that if you are planning a party at a local venue, let us take care of the catering. Our buffets are fantastic value for money and we could even supply a bar free of charge for larger groups.

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We wish you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year and look forward to welcoming you to our new restaurant in the spring.


Out & About- fun for all the family


Wassail and Wassail! 7.30pm, Sat 10 December a concert of traditional Christmas carols, songs and stories from the West Country featuring

Stanchester Quire & Wriggle Valley Singers Leigh Village Hall Tickets £6 from Folk South West, Church Farm, Leigh DT9 6HL 01935 873889 or at the door


Benefice Christingle Service

Christmas & New Year Celebrations Our Christmas menu is now available for booking for parties from 4 - 50 people. 3 courses for only £20 per head. Menus are available at the bar, or email us

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New Year’s Eve Dinner & Party Book your table for a night of Tapas from Around The World music to suit each course, games, fun and bubbly. 35

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Sat Sun




Wed Sat Sun Mon Sun

7 10 11 12 18

Artsreach - The Melstock Band Hermitage Xmas Fair Xmas Bingo Christmas Concert Lewiston School Choir & Musicians C & L Garden Club members' Xmas Party History Soc. Xmas Party FolkSouthwest Evening Christingle Service Candlelit Carols Carol Service & Social


ChetnoleVillage Hall

10.30am12.30pm 7.30pm 6.00pm

Hermitage Village Hall Hermitage Village Hall St.Peter's Church, Chetnole


LeighVillage Hall

2.30pm 7.30pm 4.00pm 7.00pm 6.00pm

Church Hall, Yetminster LeighVillage Hall St.Peter's Church, Chetnole Yetminster Methodist Church St.Andrew's Church, Yetminster


Church Farm


ChetnoleVillage Hall

2.30pm 7.30pm

Leigh Village Hall St.Andrew's Hall, Yetminster

7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30 & 7.30pm

Leigh Village Hall

7.30pm 7.00pm 7.00 for 7.30pm 7.30pm

Gable Court, Yetminster St.Andrew's Hall, Yetminster St.Andrew's Hall, Yetminster ChetnoleVillage Hall

5pm 7.30pm

Batcombe Church Leigh Village Hall

12.30pm 7.30pm

St.Andrew's Hall, Yetminster Hermitage Village Hall

JANUARY 2012 Sun






Thur Fri Sat

12 13 14 17 WVWG - "Agog in Dorset" WV Mothers' Union-AGM 19 Yetminster Film Night Artsreach - "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist" 21 Mama Mia Choir concert 23 Leigh Moviola film night "Jane Eyre" 25 YFW Soup Lunch 28 Hermitage NY Party

Tue Thur

Sat Mon Wed Sat


Ryme I. Village Walk, + soup & sausages C & L GC - "Seed Sowing& Propogation" Tuesday Club AGM Yetminster & Ryme Garden, A&C Soc.- "The World of the Tropical Garden" WV Players' Panto "Red Riding Hood"




Chetnole Jazz Café Sunset Café Stompers band C & L GC -




"Extraordinary Bulbs" 8 Yetminster History Soc talk on Boyles Ed. Trust


ChetnoleVillage Hall


ChetnoleVillage Hall


Church Hall, Yetminster


14 Tuesday Club - "The Rose Red City, Petra"


Leigh Village Hall


14 Yetminster & Ryme Garden, A&C Society "Gardening Folklore"


St.Andrew's Hall, Yetminster


16 Yetminster Film Night

7.00 for 7.30pm

St.Andrew's Hall, Yetminster


21 WVWG - open meeting "300 Years of Music"


Leigh Village Hall



Chetnole Jazz Café Petite Annonces' Gypsy Swing Band


ChetnoleVillage Hall



C & L GC - Castle Gardens Visit


ChetnoleVillage Hall


10 Themed Evening


Hermitage Village Hall


12 Leigh Moviola film night "The Adventures of Tin Tin" 13 Tuesday Club - "An Afternoon with the Stars Yetminster & Ryme Garden, A&C Society Discount Buying


Leigh Village Hall


Leigh Village Hall


St.Andrew's Hall,Yetminster

14 Yetminster History Soc S. Wallis, Archaeologist 15 Yetminster Film Night


Church Hall, Yetminster

7.00 for 7.30pm

St.Andrew's Hall, Yetminster


Gable Court, Yetminster


The Old Vicarage, Leigh


Wed Thur Tue Sat

20 WVWG- Seasonal flower arranging 31 Formal Opening of New Building 37

Regular Meetings‌. Mon - Fri Every Mon

Wriggle Valley Pre-Sch Leigh Short Mat Bowls Yetminster Informal Art Group Ist Yetminster Guides Yetminster Table Tennis Club Yetminster Bell Ringers

8.30am - 3.00pm 2.00 -5.00pm 2.00 - 4.00pm 6.45 - 8.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm-10.00pm

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

Every Tue

Topsy Turvy Toddlers Beavers (in term) Scouts (in term) Beginners Pilates Chetnole Art Group[starts Sept]

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

St Andrew's School Scout Hut Yetminster Scout Hut Yetminster Scout Hut Yetminster Chetnole Village Hall Chetnole Village Hall

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)

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

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

Every Thu

Leigh Short Mat Bowls Yetminster Short Mat Bowls Leigh Brownies (in term) Yetminster Cubs Bridge Club The Eye Bus Advanced Pilates

7.00 - 10.00pm 2.00 - 5.00pm 5.30 - 6.55pm 6.45 - 8.15pm 7.00 - 10.00pm 1.00 - 4.00pm 10.15am

Leigh Village Hall St Andrew's Hall Leigh Village Hall Scout Hut, Yetminster Dairy House, Ryme Scout Hut, Yetminster Chetnole Village Hall

Every Fri

Table Tennis

9.30 - 12.30pm

Leigh Village Hall

Every Sat

Irish Dancers


Church Hall, Yetminster

7.30pm 12.30pm 7.30 - 10.30pm 7.00pm 7.30pm 2.30 - 5.00pm 7.30pm 7.30pm

Chetnole Village Hall Manor Farm, Yetminster Leigh Village Hall Church Hall, Yetminster Hermitage Village Hall Leigh Village Hall St.Andrew's Hall Sue Footner 873610 Rest & Welcome Pub Gable Court, unless Leigh Village Hall Leigh Village Hall Leigh Village Hall

1st Mon 1st Tue

Chetnole & Leigh Garden Club Hospice Lunch Leigh Discussion Club (wint) Wriggle Valley MU (alt months) Hermitage and Hilfield WI 2nd Tues Tuesday Club (senior citizens) Yetminster & Ryme Garden Soc. Senior Winter Lunch Outings (not July/Aug) Halstock & Distr. British Legion 3rd Tues WV Women's Group Wriggle Valley Lunch Club Leigh Parish Council - alt mnths Last Tues Leigh Women's Iinstitute


7.30pm 12.15 - 3.00pm 7.30pm 7.30 - 11.00pm

‌Events & Activities 1st Wed

Yetminster Senior Citizens Coffee Beans Coffee Morning 2nd Wed Yetminster Historical Society Police Support Unit 2nd/4th Wed High Stoy Bible Study 3rd Wed District Council Ward Surgery Police Community Support 3rd Wed Yetminster & Ryme I. PC [except Aug & Dec] Wed/f/night Sturminster Mobile Library

Bridport Mobile Libray

Whist Drive Wed - Sat Friary Shop Alt Thurs Hermitage and Hilfield YFC 2nd Th/alt mth Chetnole & Stockwood PC Last Thurs Yetminster Fair Association 2nd/3rd Sat YPFPC Wastepaper Collection

3.00pm 10.00 - 12 noon 2.30pm 2.00 - 3.00pm 7.30pm 11.00 - 12 noon 7.30pm 11.15am 11.50am 2.00pm 11.40pm 12.20pm 12.40pm 8.00pm 2.30 - 4.30pm 7.30pm 8.00pm 8.00pm 12noon

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General News The Inter Village Competition

The Quiz Night at the Chetnole Village Hall saw the curtain come down on the 2011 Inter Village Competition. Nigel Bray and gang organised a warm welcome to a record number of teams and Harvey Rowbottom set an enigmatic but brilliant quiz. The “Bar Stewards” captained by Bob Owen on behalf of the Chetnole/Leigh/Hermitage teams won in grand style and will set the Quiz in 2012. As to the result: TENNIS: Leigh/Chetnole by 3 matches to 2. Sadly 5 other matches were all rained off. CROQUET: Duncan Moore led a Leigh/Chetnole team to a remarkable win against all the odds. Was it the Bromide in to be cancelled due to the weather and it was impossible to find another suitable the tea? Nevertheless a big thank you to Yetminster for a delicious spread. date. So the Inter Village Cup is retained by SHORT MAT BOWLS: Yetminster won convincingly although there are signs that the Leigh/ Chetnole/Hermitage ensemble their opposition is improving. A round of and sits in the Chetnole Inn. The applause to Leonard Grose and his team magnificent trophy was made by David for a most enjoyable test and for Vincent from a number of old milking cups, the tea and goodies. very appropriate as there are a number of sports within the competition and each GOLF: Prescilla Dickens’s Yetminster Team pulled off a well deserved victory and will sport could claim a ‘cup’. The central hold the ‘Bear Cup’ for the year. Once pole is a piece of stainless steel from his again Steve Harris at the Folke Golf Club milking parlour. gave us a great afternoon. We all have to thank our respective BOULES: Kim Pragnell arrives every year at team Captains who do the impossible to the Chetnole Chuckers Boule Piste with a get their players to a venue and on time. small team in suitable French attire and And to those of you who haven’t ensures an entertaining afternoon. And so participated and want to do so it is quite it was, but without more players it is simple; pick up the phone and ask to play. Its good fun and you meet other like always a struggle to win so Kim needs more Yetminster volunteers to step up to minded souls but from your next door the plate. village. Three cheers to you all.  ROUNDERS: Unfortunately this match had Julian Turnbull 41

Superfast Broadband for the Wriggle Valley These may include: The Government has reserved £530 Million to deliver “Superfast Business: management, website Broadband” across the UK. Large maintenance, data reporting, towns and cities already have this tax/VAT returns facility; rural areas still suffer much Education: degree, masters, lower service levels and are supposed languages etc., training, technology to catch up by 2015. Dorset’s etc. allocation should be £19.88 Million Health: remote healthcare plus significant additional investment treatment and advice; health centre from the selected main contractors. communications To get our Finance: banking, slice of this cash, saving and investing, We need you to tell us Parishes must what reliable, cheap and fast mortgages, submit a Broadband would do for you - insurance, utilities credible case for research it would be up to 70 times this investment Download: films, clearer, faster and more very soon. music and ereliable than we have now. Priority will go Books, upload to parishes with videos and photos; small & medium businesses to help online gaming etc. employment; to healthcare - so Personal; social networking people can be treated nearer to (Facebook, Twitter etc.), researching home; and to education - particularly purchases, consumer reports, travel, further education. news, sports …. etc. The Parishes that put up the best Let us know your needs! We’ll cases should be at the front of the pass them to the county coqueue and their telephone exchanges ordination team by the New Year. and lines should be upgraded first. Remember – this is our tax Those that do nothing are likely to be money! It is going to be spent anyway. last! We must get our share of it to People have different needs and improve our communications - by use the Internet for varying reasons. both phone and computer. Tom Withycombe Please contact your local Parish Council member who is working on this, Cam Vale: High Stoy: Parish Clerk Miss Anne Tait/ Parish Clerk Mrs Kerry Straughan 01935 83563/ Chetnole & Stockwood: Chairman Bob Owen 01935 873064/ Leigh: Cllr. Tom Withycombe 01935 872852/ Folke: Yetminster/Ryme Intrinseca: Parish Clerk Miss Anne Tait/ Chairman. David Gould/01935 873814/ 42

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Poppy Appeal 2011 The Royal British Legion celebrated its 90th anniversary this year. Their target, to surpass last year’s record collection of £36 million, is 40 million pounds. The proceeds will go towards funding their new rehabilitation centres and continued support of those in their care. I am delighted to report that the Poppy Appeal in in our area of Leigh, Batcombe and Hilfield raised £784. This is such a worthy charity and I am overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. The Legion will be very grateful. General Sir Robert Fry’s lecture on the 1st World War was outstanding. He eloquently set out the historical and political background to the war, its ill starred Generals and Commanders, and examined the myths and horrific statistical numbers. Quite a tour de force. The evening raised £436 and with the house to house collection we made £1220. A big thank you to all the Poppy Collectors. Julian Turnbull

Yetminster £845.32 Ryme Intrinseca £141.96 Chetnole £489.73 The church collection in Yetminster raised a further £360, giving an overall total of £1837.01 Chetnole Parish collection is included in figures for Leigh My thanks go out to all our collectors who braved the storms over the last two weeks to collect the donations, and to all the residents of our villages who in spite of the current economic climate remained committed to supporting the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal. My thanks go to Colonel Richard HolyHasted who has for the last fifteen years or more organized the collection in Chetnole. Richard is shortly leaving the village and his place as Poppy Coordinator has been taken by Colonel Dick Clarke. I am very grateful to Dick for taking on this important role. Also, a big thank you to Major Hubert Baillie who used to be the Poppy Coordinator for the area, and despite a Royal Legion Poppy Collection for move to Netherton, continued to collect in Yetminster, Chetnole and Ryme Ryme. Roger Excell has now agreed to do the collection in Ryme. Again I am very Intrinseca grateful for this support. Well done to I am happy to report that we have had everyone involved - helpers and donors. another very successful, indeed record, fundraising fortnight for the Royal British A R PYKE Legion. Our house to house and static Poppy Area Organiser, TCF 26 point collections raised the following amounts: 45

A Big Thank You from St Andrew’s Primary School PTA Race Night , Leigh 22 October

A big thank you goes out from St Andrew’s Primary School PTA and the Wriggle Valley Pre School for the wonderful and successful Race Night arranged by MaryAnn Parkinson & her posse, a great night was had by all. The event was sponsored by Maxi Cars, Chetnole with the eight races sponsored by:- Express Motor Parts, M, Cahill Services, J. P Fabrications, Maxi Cars, Toby & Jess Crocker, ARH Event Caterers, A Hiller, Building & Property Maintenance and M Harris Building Contractor. Charlie Reed & Steve Broadway did a fantastic job in hosting the races & keeping the race goers in control, while Liz Dowding and Sharon Murphy kept the tote running with their expertise. We must also not forget the following for their generous donations for the food, bar and Raffle: - ARH Event Caterers, Colin Clark of @Little Angus, Rodney Christian, Station Café, Sherborne, The Cherry Tree, Honeybuns, Sampson Office Supplies, D H Computers, The Octagon Theatre, Greenslade Pleasure Boats, The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Wooky Hole, Lulworth Castle Estates, Sherborne Photographic, Present Finder and Fast Track Fitness. Over £2,000 was raised and donated to both the PTA and Pre School which has been received with much gratitude. Feed back has been for another Race Night, and when the Race Posse have fully recovered from all their hard work we hope to see another in the distant future.


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Community Christmas Fair Friday 25 November Santa arrived early at St Andrew’s School this year, and the queue was as long as always with excited child form the main school, pre-school and siblings . There was once again a wonderful, happy and cheerful; atmosphere as the parents, grandparents and members of the community enjoy themselves looking, buying, drinking and eating. Mrs Locke should be proud of the wonder performance from the choir and thank you to those who joined in showing their Christmas spirit. The stores from the school, Scouts and outside stall holders plus those parents who’s creative spirit kicked in, where busy and the Arts and Crafts made by the children under the close eye of Bella Neate Cleg where a great success. The PTA Committee would like to thank the support of Paul Miller, staff and pupils of St Andrew’s Primary school as well as the parents, grandparents, siblings and the surrounding villages for the support that they have given in helping this ‘Community Christmas Fair be such a success. We would also like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Anna Matthews, PTA Chairperson

Retro and Craft Fair This unique Show, held in Leigh Village Hall on Saturday 16 October 2011 proved to be a huge success. We made £1,300 which we split between St Andrew’s Church, Leigh Fabric Fund and Help for Heroes.


If you can, and have some free time, would you like to help someone who is visually impaired. The stallholders were very enthusiastic and sold a variety of goodies – soap, ceramics, stained glass and handicrafts etc. – there were also some fascinating Retro and Vintage stands – it took us back a year or two!! The Stour Lacemakers put on a wonderful exhibition of their skills. We had huge support from members of the village, for which we owe a big thank you. The tea room was a brilliant success serving hot homemade soup and cakes all day – quite the ‘in” place to be seen! Elizabeth Turnbull

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Ode to Oliver Letwin Ollie's Follies "What a jolly good lark, Eating lunch in the park, Reading letters from punters in Dorset.   Though Ollie is very fastidious, He does seem strangely oblivious, To the prying eyes of The Press!   Sarnies all eaten, letters all read; All digested, all in one's head; Time is pressing, no more to be said.   Letters now litter, no use any more; Can't take it back, too much of a chore. Find a bin, that's the ticket Dump letters from Disgusted of Dorset! Oh Oliver.....!" Gordon Ratcliffe

A Success for the Community When Boyle’s Educational Foundation applied for planning permission for the space on its land at Boyle’s School in Yetminster, it had to make a contribution to WDDC for open space and leisure facilities in the area. Boyle’s was careful to make sure the contribution would be spent in Yetminster. When Boyle’s heard of the appeal to refurbish the swimming pool at St Andrews School, they made sure everyone knew about this money. The Yetminster Pool Committee and Yetminster Parish Council duly applied for it and on 9 November word came through that WDDC will make the money available to help refurbish the pool. Thanks are due to all at St Andrews Primary School, in the Yetminster Pool Committee, in Yetminster Parish Council and at WDDC who made this happen. Bob Owen 49

STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS St Andrew's School Swimming Pool - Sink Or Swim - S.O.S Exciting News We have just found out that we are one of three winners in the Natwest Community Force incentive and as a result we an awarded been have amazing £6275.00!! We can hardly believe it ourselves and can't thank you all enough for your support and vital votes. Very special thanks go to Maxine Balch (St Andrew's PTA's the taking for secretary) initiative to enter us into the competition in the first place. In

addition, we must also thank the Yetminster Fair Committee for contributing a very generous £500 to our cause. So we are well on our way to raising the funds to complete the reburishment on our poor old swimming pool. Although we are still working hard to raise funds, we are very close to acheiving our goal of £10,000. We look forward to your continuing support - big thanks Sharon, Jess, Anna & Mark.

A view from the other side of the reins We all live in this part of rural England by choice, enjoying the countryside around us, and all the benefits it holds. In order to get out and about and to sustain living in rural England our cars are vital, and on a personal note, with work I easily rack up thirty thousand miles a year, we all need our cars. When not working a fair number of us wish to unwind and enjoy the countryside from horse-back, whether this enjoyment is via: pony clubbing, pleasure riding, long distance riding, show jumping, dressage, point to pointing, eventing or hunting, there is one common denominator; we have to ride on roads. Our roads and lanes are sometimes narrow, bending and often muddy, but there is generally plenty of room for all to go about our travels, in whatever format, and doing so respectively to each others mode. Many more riders now where high-visibility clothing, which helps a great deal, especially with these gloomy winter days. What I would like to ask is that car drivers


do consider and think twice about the unnecessary sounding of the horn around bends. However well mannered and experienced a horse and rider are, it is very un-nerving to be entering a bend with an on coming, out-of-sight, vehicle blasting its horn. Over the years I have confronted several drivers after such a sounding, and opened with the simple question : Why do you do it? I have had a lot of drivers say that a horse should not be on the road if it is going to be startled – so if I sneaked up behind you and popped a balloon would you be startled! What does happen is that any driver unexpectedly sounding their horn could, can and will startle the best of horses, it could shy, slip and tip the rider on to the road, or bolt up a lane. The vehicle could then hit the rider or the horse / pony, could be an adult or child injured or dead in the road, how would the driver feel? Please, slow down don’t hoot, as it is a case of when someone gets hurt on our lanes, not if. Thank you, J Meier and Lottie, Jasper and Puzzle - our horses !

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“IS YOUR EMERGENCY BOX IN PLACE THIS WINTER?” Flood Warden and Environment and Conservation Officer, Judy Nash asks YOUR EMERGENCY BOX could ensure that you have a trouble free winter. What might you consider putting into your box, or in our case Emergency Cupboard? First of all get to know your house in the dark – an approximate knowledge of distances to stairs could be invaluable. You might like to consider putting up battery powered LED push lights at intervals – and then check the batteries every three months! A push light on the inside of the emergency cupboard door can illuminate those vital torches, candles and supplies. A plug in rechargeable LED emergency light that comes on automatically when we have a power cut is also useful. You might like to invest in head torches –useful when checking stock in a field after dark and also for lighting your way indoors, leaving both hands free to carry a hot drink and food safely! Useful to have in the emergency cupboard:- candles, night lights and safe holders to place them in, -wind up torches and/or a wind up lantern –don’t forget boxes of matches and spare packs of batteries!

- a small first aid kit - burn treatment cream - scissors and string - notebook, pens and pencils - a list of all emergency numbers, family contact numbers on a card close to the phone, written in bold permanent pen, legible in dim light - a small camping stove, camp kettle and saucepan suitable to use over a direct flame - soup, bottled water and an assortment of easily heated meals to suit personal tastes. The list is endless. Outside: snow shovels – a rake to clear blocked drain gratings - a bag of grit and road salt all stored not too far from the house. Make sure your elderly neighbours have their supplies too and check they are alright, especially during spells of bad weather. From a Home Watch point of view – have you padlocked your sheds and oil tank and installed your security lights yet? Still unsure about your local area? Don’t be afraid to contact your flood wardens. Yetminster Flood Wardens: Judy Nash (01935 872667 e mail Parish Environment and Conservation Officer and Home Watch Co-ordinator and Councillor Malcolm Wills (01935 873000 e mail

Thank you from Pauline Harvey I cannot get round to thank ADVANCE personally everyone who so kindly WARNING!! remembered my birthday on 13 For anyone organising October, when I reached my glorious 80! events in the summer of 2012 I was greatly touched and delighted by the many cards and gifts I received the Leigh Food Festival and Car from my friends, relations and Display will be on Saturday 21st neighbours, all of whom had put so July.  Any queries please contact Elizabeth Turnbull much thought and consideration into on  their giving. or 01935 873846 So a very big THANK YOU to one and all. ove and best wishes to you all – Pauline. 52

Artsreach Performance, 20 Oct Chetnole Village Hall  Visitors passing through Chetnole during the evening of 20 October may have wondered about the sounds of hilarity emanating from Chetnole Village Hall.  Had they paused and entered they would have discovered that Chetnole’s Artsreach season had commenced with a performance by Matt Harvey – wonder poet.  And what a performance!  He had the audience in fits of continuous laughter with his poems about subjects as diverse as slugs, tea bags, streakers, potatoes, kippers and works perks.  A real wordsmith.  His shortest poem?

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Autumnal & Festive frolics What a lovely autumn we have had; we have been using our outdoor spaces as much as we can. Year 6 had a wonderful afternoon launching rockets with the most successful using pneumatics ( a bicycle pump to you and me) although the chemical concoction vinegar and bicarbonate of soda was a close second. Over fifty of our year 4/5 children have just returned from a week’s adventure at Pneumatic rocket power Leeson House in Worth Matravers: walking in Arne and Studland, orienteering and Wales. She is very excited about joining investigating Durlston and Swanage. You our school and thanks to everyone who lucky lot! made her feel welcome on the interview We are having a few staff changes at day. We are also sad to see Anne Hassel the end of term. Jackie Pitcher, who is leave us; she has been a teaching assistant currently on maternity leave, has decided for over twenty years and greatly to step down from being Deputy Head due instrumental in improving our children’s to her burgeoning family, but returns as learning. We wish you well for the future. part time Holly Class teacher in the spring. We have some exciting news about out Thank you Jackie for our your hard work as fundraising for our St Andrew’s Community Pool. Please see p50. We are very busy with our Christmas Investigating sand activities; our very successful PTA dune evolution at Christmas Fair didn’t quite make it into Studland December and as a result we were making Christmas crafts at the beginning on November! I wasn’t too popular blaring out loud, albeit inspirational, Christmas music somewhat prematurely. Our Christmas plays are being performed at the beginning of December which is always a delightful time and loved by parents, children and staff alike. Listen out for our Year 6 who will be singing around the  village of Deputy, your contribution  in helping make Yetminster on Monday 12 Dec. Please join St Andrews the great school it is today, is us for our Christmas Church service at St greatly appreciated. We therefore Andrew's Church, Yetminster, 9.30am  on welcome Jane Prelogauskas  who will join 16 December . us in the new year as our new Deputy Head. Enjoy the wonderful festive period. She currently works in Barry in South Bella Neate-Clegg 55

News from our Churches More Than Gold The new Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam has welcomed the planned arrival of the Olympic Torch in Wiltshire and Dorset. He said “This is fantastic news for those in our parishes who will see and participate in the Torch relay first hand. This is our chance to give the Olympic Flame and the rest of the world a warm welcome” With the sailing events taking place in Weymouth, just down the road, there are many ways to join in and help. In Weymouth and Portland there will be a lot going on, to which we are all invited to join in. During the Olympics (27 July – 12 August) some of the churches will be open with holiday clubs open to parents to drop their children off for an hour or so. ‘Messy church’, fun activities for all the family, cafes, art exhibitions, drama, evening fringe events, concerts and plays. Then at the August Bank Holiday(24 – 27), just before the Paralympics there will be a big stage on the beach with entertainment, speakers, Kid’s fun show, bands, face painting and Bouncy castles and Sunday worship. Here in the Wriggle Valley we will be holding our an Olympic ‘Faith Focus’ service on 10 June led by Melbourne Hockey Olympian John Strover and the ‘Churches Together’ Olympic Co-ordinator, Rev. Anni Douglas. She is urging the Churches to join in with the planning. “Help us make this a very special event: I hope this will pull communities together and make it memorable for years to come. There are a lot of organisations who can give creative ideas that will work in our area.

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Thank God e come again towards Christmas and New Year with a variety of thoughts and concerns going through our minds. It’s a time of looking back to the months that have passed in 2011, as usual it has been a mixed year of blessings and challenges. For the Methodist Church the death of John Nile has left a large gap in our congregation and tributes were paid to him at both his thanksgiving service and in this magazine. Since the early summer we have worshipped on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month rather than each week. Rev Choi announced in the summer that he will be moving in August 2012 to another Circuit. A vacancy will then exist whilst a new URC Minister is appointed to Sherborne and 3 of our smaller Circuit Churches. A new vision for growth in our rural churches is being helped by the appointment of a Deacon serving the area from next September for a period of 3 years. Christmas brings a great deal of joy to many people, sharing a happy time with family and friends but we remember those for whom it is also a difficult time. This year we know many more people will be unemployed, young people will not have found work, loved ones will be missed but the essential story of Christmas is a reminder of love. Jesus was born in a humble stable to a mother who knew she had been chosen to bear him but with a father who was very uncertain about the whole thing. We also bring to this story our questions and uncertainties – why did God choose to send his only Son into a




CANDLELIT CAROLS MONDAY 12 December 7.00 pm Come and join us for Carols and Readings, when the church will be decorated for Christmas dysfunctional world? The short answer is He thought this act of love would change society for the better. All our churches in the area will be celebrating this good news once again. We will sing familiar carols such as ‘O little town of Bethlehem’ which contains the words ‘O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; cast out our sin, and enter in; be born in us today!’ I leave you with those words and may you know they are for the whole year and not just for Christmas. May you enjoy a happy Christmas and look forward to 2012, the year of the Diamond Jubilee of our Queen and of course, the Olympics in our country. Rev Linda Barriball Sherborne & Yeovil Methodist Circuit 57




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Information about your Church Wriggle Valley Benefice

The Friary, Hilfield

Priest in Charge: Rev’d Simon Brignall The Rectory, Church St, Yetminster tel: 07718 627674 or 01935 872 237 email:

Sundays: 8.30am Sung Eucharist 5.15pm Sung Evening Prayer (Mondays Closed – Brother’s Free Day)

Office: St Andrew’s Hall, Church Street, Yetminster Tel: 01935 872600 (24 hr message service) email: Note: Simon’s usual day off is Friday

Weekdays: 12 noon Midday Prayer followed by Eucharist 5.15pm Evening Prayer These are sung on Saint’s Days

Licensed Lay Minister: John Strover 01935 872437

Roman Catholic Services Roman Catholic Church The Sacred Heart & St. Aldhelm, Westbury, Sherborne DT9 3EL tel: (01935) 812021 Parish Priest: Monsignor Canon Robert Draper V.G. e-mail: website:

Mass times: Saturday 6pm Sunday 10.30am Holy Days 10am and 6.30pm Wednesday 10am Friday 10am Christmas Eve 4.00pm Crib Service for Infants 6.00pm Vigil Mass for Christmas 11.30pm Midnight Mass with carols Christmas Day 10.00am Mass of Christmas

Yetminster Methodist Church Chapel Lane, Yetminster DT9 6LJ Minister: Rev'd Sooncheol Choi 73 Granville Way, Sherborne, DT9 4AT Telephone: 01935 815666

email: Worship co-ordinator: Mrs Marilyn Harris (01935 864232) Treasurer: Mr Cliff Harris, Broad View, Forge Lane, East Chinnock, Yeovil, BA22 9EG. Secretary: Mrs Barbara Driver (01935 873690) Services commence at 10.30am and are followed by refreshments.


Services & Preachers for: DECEMBER 11 10.30am 18 10.30am 25 10.30am

JANUARY 8 10.30am 22 10.30am

Morning Worship Revd Sooncheol Choi Holy Communion Revd Roy Catchpole Christmas Day Worship Cheap Street Church, Sherborne Revd Sooncheol Choi Morning Worship Morning Worship

10.15am Family Worship

Mid-Week Services Tuesday Thursday Monda Monday


3r d 5th others 16th

10.15 am 2.30 pm 6.00 pm 6.00 pm

Mothers and Toddlers Holy Communion Compline Healing Service

10.15am Choral Holy Communion

10.15am Holy Communion

10.15am Matins

6.30pm Evensong (BCP)

8.30am Holy

6.30pm Evensong (BCP)

10.15am Holy Communion

15 th Second Sunday of Epiphany

6.30pm Evensong

8 th Baptism of Christ 10.15am Holy Communion 8.30am Holy Communion 10.15am Morning Prayer






1s t Second Sunday of Christmas

Old Vicarage,

8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)

22n d Third Sunday of Epiphany 10.15am Holy Communion 10.15am Holy Communion

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6.30pm TaizĂŠ Candlemas Holy Communion


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Leigh Weather Watch one slight frost instead of October’s usual seven or more. “Bonfires and pumpkins, Rainfall Leaves falling down October reverted to 2011’s October is red general pattern of being very much And golden and brown” drier than usual. Total rainfall was 40% below average, with only 75 It was a very fine October when mm/3”. There were 17 rain-free days we moved to Leigh. Our first drive instead of the along the tree-lined seasonal 11. Total road from Sherborne will rainfall for the year so always be remembered far is 22% down, with for the glorious colours only 547 mm/21” of the leaves - but this instead of 700 year’s display may well mm/28”. This means have been even better. that 2011 has Sunshine effectively lost two After a cool, dull months’ rain when summer, October broke compared with an the pattern by being average year. exceptionally sunny. Pressure and wind speeds There was 48% more sunshine than The warm, settled weather was usual, and only one day when none due to the barometric pressure in could be measured - usually there October averaging 1021 mb - the are at least seven . highest recorded for this month from Temperatures 1995-2011. Winds were generally The warmest day in October southerly, bringing warm air from rarely reaches 21 C (70 F). This year it Europe instead of damp clouds soared to 28 C (82 F). This was 34% from the Atlantic. The strongest gust hotter than usual, and well above (on the 24th) was only 32 mph our previous record of 25 C (77 F), instead of the more usual 44 mph. set a decade ago, in 2001. The and accompanied by 16 mm (over average temperature was 11% half an inch) of rain. above normal, and there was only Philip Bryan

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Pond Farm, Pond Farm Access Road.Construct tennis court & manège. Use of land for private equestrian purposes (Full) – No Decision. Knapp Farm Load Lane - Erect Agricultural worker's dwelling to replace mobile home (ADDITIONAL INFORMATION) (Full) – No Decision. Church Farm, Chetnole Road – Extension (Listed Building Consent) – Withdrawn. Church Farm, Chetnole Road – Extension (Full) – Withdrawn. Field Adjacent Church Farm, Chetnole Road – Ground mounted solar PV panels (Full) – Withdrawn.

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with twine. Attach some of the winterberry on to the outside of the cane ring with the twine. Add a stem or bunch of mistletoe so that it overlaps about one third of the length of the winterberry and bind into place. Bind on another stem of the winterberry, overlapping the mistletoe. Repeat this sequence until the outside of the ring is covered in a A traditional kissing ring which can “herringbone” pattern of materials. Cut four lengths of ribbon making be hung up as a Christmas decoration to serve as a focal point and to catch a them all about 24” in length. Tie one end of each piece of ribbon to the seasonal kiss Mistletoe (viscum album) is a plant decorated ring at four equidistant shrouded in mystery and magic and has points around the circumference of your ring. Bring the ends of the ribbon many meanings to different cultures up above the ring and tie in a bow for around the world. The Old English hanging. Merry Christmas! name for mistletoe was mistiltan and Sue Dodge was representative of divine male Company of Landscapers essence (romance, fertility and vitality), probably something to do *Please note that mistletoe and holly with the berries and the contents of berries are toxic, keep them away from each berry. Traditionally if your children and pets. mistletoe has no berries then you cannot claim kisses. This simple decoration can look really effective where you have a high ceiling. For best results it should be strategically placed in a hallway or above a high doorway. Things you need to make your kissing ring Scissors, twisted cane ring, large bunch of mistletoe and large bunch of winterberry ie anything with a long lasting red berry) a roll of festive ribbon 1-2” wide. Twine. This is what you do. Cut the stems of the winterberry into 7 inch lengths. Open from 1st December onwards. Divide the mistletoe into 14 To find out more about us, visit substantial stems and make the smaller sprigs into bunches by tying 67

Club NewsChetnole Cricket Club The Wriggle Valley Players It is nearly that time of year again – OH YES IT IS The Wriggle Valley Players are performing a traditional panto – RED RIDING HOOD – in Leigh Village in mid January 2012. The story tells how Belinda Merry (Red Riding Hood) (played by Amy Goodfellow) and her grandmother, Malaria Merry (Tyrone Trower) win what's rightfully theirs. Along the way Belinda meets and falls in love with Prince Edwin of Entertainia, (Hannah Red Riding Hood panto cast rehearsing in earnest Andrews) who is in disguise as a poor woodcutter and on a quest to find himself a bride, (that’s convenient!) west dance championships in Exeter. After skillfully fighting off the nasty wolf, They range from the age of 11-17 and attend various Lupus Rex (Harvey Robotham) and years outsmarting the dastardly Jasper de schools/colleges in Somerset. The panto is directed by founder Vyle, vile by name and nature, (John House), with sidekicks Hustle (Daphne member Kirsty Andrews who is due Barfoot) and Bustle (Philippa Scott) to have her third babe over the and with the help of their friends, performances weekend; should Woodland Fairy, (Neela Brooking), make the panto even more exciting. Boy Blue,(Max Harding), Bo-Peep Costumes are once again, very ably (Amy Curtis) and Bobby Shaftoe (Chris I might say, being designed and House), the village is back in the made by Gill Clark with the scenery hands of the rightful owner and being coordinated and created by Steve Crumpler. What a truly local happiness is restored. This is proving to be a real gem of affair. So gather your friends and family a panto with not only a super cast but also a delightful chorus with Tabi for a ray of sunshine in the post Tebatt, Milly Cuff and Max Brooking Christmas gloom. We are performing and eight dancers who attend the from Thursday 12 January to same dance school in Yeovil , The Saturday 14 January in Leigh Village Dance Academy with Hall. Tickets are cheaper on the choreographer Amanda Myall. They Thursday evening and Saturday have all have taken part in many afternoon. See posters p 35 or call classes including tap, ballet, jazz and 07970 819861 (booking office) for street and have performed in shows further details. We look forward to at the octagon theatre, Yeovil and seeing you all. Bella Neate-Clegg also have competed in the south68

Leigh & District Discussion Club The second meeting of our Winter programme commenced at 7.30pm 1 November 2011. Chairman Charlie Osmond welcomed everyone, apologies were noted from Alan Bastone who after having the winter flu jab was not feeling his usual self. However the famous brief case did arrive and fortunately Valerie Buckland was on hand to stand in for Alan in his absence. Our talk this evening was given by Mr. Chris Goodfellow on his experiences on farming in the Ukraine where because of extremes of temperature -35 to +35 they can virtually grow anything. Chris showed a BBC documentary film plus some great photos depicting the vast differences in culture, on the one side a farmer, one horse

and a plough and on the other, state of the art farm machinery. It was also interesting to note, that whereas here we have seagulls following the plough, over there it is cranes. A thoroughly entertaining talk which was enjoyed by all present - Charlie Osmond asked for our usual show of appreciation. Mr. Goodfellow declined his fee, a gesture very much appreciated. The ladies served the tea and biscuits - It was noted that fifty two members and friends will be attending the Xmas Dinner on the 18 November at the Folke Golf Club Adrian Samways will be kindly donating the bottle of Whiskey for the annual hands on heads/bums. There being no further business; Charlie closed the evening at 9.40pm. Chris Jacobs

Leigh Our October meeting was well attended and we welcomed one new member to our ranks – it is always good to see a new face and we would be pleased to see any more who are interested. We had a fascinating talk by Mr. Paul Morgan of the British Red Cross. He started by telling us that the BRC provides help and relief to people in crisis at home and abroad. They will loan wheelchairs etc. and help with transport in bad weather. They also have a fully equipped mobile home for immediate relief to people made homeless by fire. They also help with food supplies. Earthquake relief equipment is always on hand. There are ongoing problems in Haiti and some local people have been paid to work for the British Red Cross and self help and co-ordination with other societies such as Save The Children and the United Nations try to get folk to help themselves. Apparently a lesson was

learnt in Somalia where they had too many helpers and it created a big muddle. Now the BRC is helping to rebuild a school and help the local people to get the area working again. The BRC is not a ‘fire brigade’ organization but they provide ongoing help and support. We have a Christmas meal in December and then on 31 January Dr John Tuke will be talking to us on The Yellowstone National Park – do join us. Rosalie Volkes

Hermitage & Hilfield Although we had a very small turnout on 1 November, we still managed to have a very pleasant evening with a good ‘chinwag’, a mini Beetle drive and some lovely nibbles. We are all looking forward to our next meeting, on 5 December., when we will be having a delicious Christmas meal. Christine Dickerson 69

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Chetnole & Leigh Garden Club At the November meeting of the Club, the first since the membership elected the new Committee at the recent AGM, Sandy Burton’s chairmanship got off to an auspicious start with the introduction of three new members who were made very welcome by the 40 or so veterans present. This Club is indeed a very Beautiful amiable and hospitable organisation – herbaceous as was amply demonstrated by the borders warm reception given to the visiting speaker when introduced by Sandy. Malcolm Shennan is both a popular and foxgloves, delphiniums, hollyhocks and knowledgeable lecturer with great ligularia to the smallest, depth of knowledge of, apparently, all groundhugging saxifrage (called things horticultural. This is the fourth London’s Pride) via almost everything time the Club has been treated to one in between, Malcolm demonstrated of Malcolm’s sparklingly illustrated how perennials offer interest, variety, lectures in recent years – each time on form and colour to any garden. And a different subject. On this occasion, they are generally reliable, appearing one of his last ever lectures as he year after year with minimal care. retires later this month, Malcolm Herbaceous perennials were used for elected to speak on the topic “Reliable the archetypal cottage garden so Herbaceous Perennials”. envied by city-dwellers. Styles and Having moved quite recently from a tastes changed with more emphasis on spacious and beautiful garden in “hard” gardening – decking, patios & Rimpton to the more restricted confines pots – or “natural” gardening, where of a smaller space in central Sherborne, plants are left to “do their own thing”. Malcolm was able to illustrate how his But the pendulum swings and the favourite perennials brought from charm of the herbaceous border stuffed Rimpton had fared in transit. All with perennials is on the way back, it’s appeared to have survived the change almost universal appeal taking very well and adapted comfortably to advantage of the wave of new cultivars their new surroundings – indeed some distributed from plant breeders. appear to have done better since the The Garden Club’s next get-together move. Malcolm regularly refers to the is on 5 December – the members only effect and beauty of his beloved Christmas Party which will be held at perennials as “rewarding” – and from Leigh Village Hall (7.00 for 7.30) with his presentation it was very simple to in-house entertainment. Please bring a understand why. Beautifully plate of finger food, your own wine and photographed, these lovely stalwarts of glasses (although a limited supply of the herbaceous border amply wine will be available to buy). Looking illustrated why Malcolm holds them in forward to seeing you there!. such high esteem and deep affection. From towering columns and spires of Tom Withycombe 71

Hundred of Yetminster History Society

On 12 October Jerry Bird talked to us, with slides, about standing stones and folklore in England. Who better than someone who has written, and still writes, about such things and moreover is prepared to dismiss folklore, of which he knows much, as largely myth. He has a wonderful collection of old postcards, largely from the Edwardian era and early 20th century and knows many stories to go with them. He spoke of connections with Druids(largely mythical), tourism, brides, kings, heroes ( such as King Arthur and Robin Hood), early gods, ghosts fairies, of rocking, healing and wishing stones, circles, tombs and Waylands smithy, of petrifaction, nutcrackers, caves and much else besides. We recognised some stones and were intrigued by others from further afield. We


were invited to look at his books and postcards and to buy the former or recent magazines and we generally had an interesting afternoon. We much enjoyed listening to Dr. Alan Chedzoy talking about William Barnes, the 19th century Dorset Dialect Poet, whose statue is close by the Dorset Museum in Dorchester. Alan Chedzoy knows a great deal about him and has wriiten a number of biographies of him, the last being published in 2010. Barnes was born at Bagber, near Sturminster Newton, into a poor family, and always remembered the fields were he and his cousin roamed He only went to a dame school but his handwriting was so neat that a local lawyer and later a lawyer in Dorchester chose to employ him. He was a man of great knowledge and artistic skills; at one tme he wanted to becime an engraver. It was in Dorchester that he first caugtht sight of his future wife, Julia MIles, as a girl, but her father refused them to marry. It was only after some years later whe he had become a school master in Mere that that aim was achieved. Julia was a good organiser and helped recruit boys for that sclool,

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school.. He took Holy Ordersand later a degree at Cambridge, he was guven a parish amd continued visiting his parishioners until his eighties. He also gave lectures, at Blandford for example .But he was rather untody and old fashioned and had no time for modern ideas. Thomas Hardy, very much his junior, used to visit him but it is unlikely he approved of all Hardy's novels or ideas. Our meeting in December is a party. Have you booked with Sandra Tuck? Shelagh HIll.

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Yetminster & Ryme Garden, Art and Craft Society The Annual General Meeting of the Society took place on Tuesday 8 November. The Chairman began by thanking all the Society members for their strong support during the year. Overall the standard of speakers has been consistently high and entertaining. The summer picnic demonstrated that members don’t need the incentive of a speaker to get together and enjoy themselves, and the two all-day coach outings were not only fully subscribed, but much enjoyed. The Summer Show, having been expanded to incorporate Art, Photography and Crafts, committee members continue: Pam Burt, drew in a record number of visitors. Next Treasurer; Pandy Brown, Society Secretary year, the programme includes a number and Brian Rowsell. John Greenwood is in of innovations with a wider range of talks the Chair for a further year. and two full-day outings, and a sub With the formal business over, we were committee has been set up to work on an entertained by Kate Pickard of North Open Garden Day for Yetminster and Dorset Quilters. Her presentation was on Ryme. ‘My Patchwork Life’. After giving us a brief The annual subscription has been history on the art of quilting (interestingly increased from £7.50 to £10, but this is the this started in Egypt and not the USA!) and first increase for a number of years and still the work of Dorset Quilters, she proceeded represents amazing value, enabling the to run through her life as a quilter, Society to generously subsidise outings and supporting her talk with examples of the social events. The Chairman pointed out extraordinary quilts she has made over the that the 25% discount vouchers offered by years. The skill, imagination and devotion Castle Gardens would more than that had clearly gone into so many compensate for this increase, particularly beautiful works of art had to be seen to be as it now covers a much wider range of believed. Even the male members of the items. audience were captivated! There were a few changes to the Our next meeting on 13 December Committee. Mary Simpson, the kicks off with a bit of pre Christmas cheer Programme Secretary, Harriet Fortescue, with wine and mince pies, followed by a the Vice Chairman (and ten years as a talk by Lady Christine Skelmersdale on her committee member!) and Ron and June visit to China: ‘In the Footsteps of Forrest’. Page, who have tirelessly run the raffle for A treat is in store! Last year our meeting years, are all standing down. Judy Ferretter clashed with the Methodist Chapel carol and Jean Bridges join as joint Programme service, but not so this year! So, for those Secretaries and Sue Price also joins. members who love carols and the Garden Changes to duties include Wendy Parris Society equally but can’t decide which to who is standing down as Show Secretary, attend, you can now do both! while remaining on the committee and Membership cards and the Gold Club Sue Eadon will take over as Show Discount cards will be handed out to Secretary. Penny Roblin will take on the members at this meeting. role of Vice Chairman. The other Pandy Brown 75

WriggleValley Women’s Group Our speaker at our October meeting was Sarah Bailey. Sarah is an ecclesiastical textiles and embroidery expert. She is from a family of fine art designers and weavers and trained at Glasgow Art School where she was greatly inspired during her time there. She brought with her some magnificent Chasubles, Copes and Mitres that she had made. Fashion in church garments change but the shapes do not and go back as far as the 11th century. Colours are important and have a symbolic meaning. Purple meaning Royalty and Majesty and is also symbolic of Lent with red for Christmas. As an ecclesiastical embroiderer Sarah is commissioned to do restoration work of all sorts including elaborate gold work. She uses traditional materials of gold thread, beautiful silks and fabrics with skills from medieval times, although she did admit to using a machine on occasion. We marvelled at the intricate and minute detail of her work. How satisfying to know that your talent will be seen and admired for generations to come. We felt very privileged to be able to see such exquisite work close up. Please look out for our January speaker Mike Burks with a talk entitled AGOG in Dorset(Assorted Gems Oddities and Gardens), were we look at what Mike finds endearing about this glorious County. Our programme for the year can be found in local shops. New members are always welcome, to find out more about the Wriggle Valley Women’s Group contact Ann Flew (01935 873660) or Pat Smith (01935 872553). Barbara Fellows


Yetminster Sports Club We are happy to report that our extension is now built and we are delighted with the progress that has been made making the club available to more people in the community to use and enjoy. Why not call in for a Christmas drink (see above/below for our opening hours). Watch this space for up and coming events. New members always very welcome. Opening Hours Fridays Saturdays

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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours Christmas Eve 1 - 5pm Christmas Day 1 - 5pm Boxing Day 1 - 5pm Bank Holiday Tuesday 27th 1 - 5pm New Year’s Eve 1 - Late New Year’s Day 1 - 5pm Bank Holiday Monday 2nd January 1 - 5pm Sarah Carver, Chairman Yetminster Sports Club

The Wriggle Valley Mother’s Union In December we are visiting The Old Vicarage, Leigh to share carols and mince pies with the residents on Friday 9 December at 11am. Our AGM is on Tuesday 17 January in the Trim Room, St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster at 7pm. Do join us and find out what we are about! For further information please contact Margaret Shipman 872440 Anne Reason

Tuesday Club Our November talk was entitled “Music in every home – how it all began” and was given by Mr Gordon Bartlett. This month our meeting was held at the Old Vicarage as the village hall was in use and on entering the room we were greeted with the sight of a marvellous display of boxes of all shapes and sizes, some of them beautifully decorated with marquetry. They dated from the late 18th century up till the early years of the last century and all of them played music. The earliest one was French but as you may imagine the Swiss and then the German manufacturers soon took the lead. They nearly all worked on clockwork and the music was played by the means of cylinders and metal discs. We were entertained with a lovely variety of tunes from Operetta to popular music of the times. At the start of the 20th century manufacture transferred mainly to America and the music players became much cheaper. We even heard one of the type played in pubs with a penny in the slot playing “Daisy, Daisy “. And one that sounded like an organ and is still used by the Amish people. The most recent tune we heard was of Sophie Tucker and as you may imagine we all joined in. Mr Bartlett’s collection ended at the point at which electricity was introduced since one of his main interests is buying old machines and getting them working again. If you read these reports, I think you will see what a

fascinating and varied programme we enjoy, so please come along and join us. Our December meeting on Tuesday 13 Dec is our Carol Service and Christmas tea – everybody welcome! Our Club’s Programme for 2012, as always, has been given much thought by the programme organisers. We would be delighted if more folk would join us on the second Tuesday of each month, at 2.30 pm in Leigh Village Hall. If you decide to become a member, the annual subscription is only £5. But, if you only wish to attend when a special subject appeals to you, then you would be very welcome as a visitor for £1. In the last year we have lost some very dedicated and loyal members so we hope to have some newcomers to our friendly Club. Please give this some thought. You would be assured of a warm welcome and an even warmer cup of tea! Our programme for the first part of 2012

10 January AGM & Dorset Fire Service 14 February Rose Red City – Jordan & Petra 13 March An afternoon with the Stars 10 April The Jubilee Trust 8 May Agog in Dorset 12 June Garden Party Sylvia Bryan 77

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the parishes of Folke, Alweston, Holnest Holwell, Leigh, Leweston, Lillington, Longburton, and North Wootton:

Batcombe, Corscombe, East Chelborough, Evershot, Halstock, Hermitage, Hilfield, Melbury Bubb, Melbury Osmund, Melbury Sampford, and West Chelborough:

Chetnole, Ryme Intrinseca, Stockwood and Yetminster:

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Cllr Tony Frost, Homeleigh, Corscombe, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0NX. Tel: 01935 891321

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