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Issue no: 215

May/June 2009

Chetnole Chuckers resume play

Leigh Annual Village Clean Up

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Contents News from the Villages Batcombe








Ryme Intrinseca




Diary of Events


General News




News from the Churches


Wriggle Valley Services


Weather Watch


Planning Applications


Club News


Editor’s notes We’ve had a lot of positive comments about the new layout of the magazine, although we appreciate the ‘News from the Villages’ section is taking a little getting used to without dedicated pages given to each village. The diary pages seem to be getting longer, which shows on how active our villages are. However, we will endeavour to make them easier to read. This is still, as they say, work in progress. There is a wealth of diverse events happening over the next few months; please look out for the adverts displayed under each of the village’s news so you don’t miss anything. We’d like to thank the people who expressed an interest in the Advertising Co-ordinator’s position and we hope to announce who will be joining the team in the next issue. Please remember the next issue will be in July and the cut-off date 14th June. The photo on the front cover of the cows ambling along through the village was taken by Ray Dickerson, Hermitage. Please keep your local photos coming in email them to Carol Porter 3

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She then saw out of her upstairs window said cock pheasant flying down hurriedly into the garden. But to her astonishment, Local Representative: Richard Vickers (01300 341153) attached to the pheasant and thus flying down with her was Bunter, the large famiEaster ly cat! Jan rushed down to the garden to What a wonderful Easter! Clear Blue skies, rescue the pheasant, who was very wonderful blossom, bright yellow primros- pleased, from Bunter, who was very es and daffodils everywhere, the Church peeved. Strange things do happen. alive with colour and full of people young and old for the refreshing Easter service Parish Happenings taken by Brother Sam, a white marquee in The Annual Parish Meeting was held at the Batcombe Hill House to celebrate the end of March. Those attending exCharlie Weld’s umptyeth birthday, Wil- pressed themselves content with the conliam’s organ music floating down the val- dition of the church, the fabric, the ley, birds singing etc etc – what more grounds, the maintenance, the attendcould you want? The only cloud on the ance at services and, most important, the horizon is the sad news of the departure finances (but don’t tell the Diocesan Fiof Bishop George and Margaret in late nance Committee!). The PCC has elected August. It has been so marvellous to have Nick Lawrence of Rowans to replace the them with us, but that is still to come and geriatric Sir Richard Vickers as PCC Secrelet us all enjoy the next few months. tary. The latter has filled the post manfully for the past dozen years without doing Unusual Events too much damage. Don’t worry Nick, it is Readers may be somewhat surprised to a doddle because the other officers are so learn that the Brothers at Hilfield Friary efficient. are expecting a baby!!. Yes, the announceBATCOMBE ment was made on Easter Day and the happy event is expected on St Francis’ Day ANNUAL CREAM TEAS in October! Strange, you may say, considCOURT FARM ering the Franciscan vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. But fear not, the reason is that two of the volunteers involved in the Friary Project, Duland and Shantal, have conceived a child and all at Hilfield are delighted. And just as strange 14th JUNE 2009 is the appearance of a flying cat in Bat(Please note change of date) combe! Jan Williams had heard the call of a pheasant on the roof of the house. GATE OPEN from 3pm-5pm 5


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The Batcombe Cream Teas will firmly take place on Sunday, 14th June at 3.00pm as usual at Court Farm. This annual event has been taking place, come wind, rain or shine, for the past twenty five years. It started with the Vardys at Church Farm Bungalow, then to Madge and Stella Newman at Harris Farm where scones etc were passed out through the window, and finally to Court Farm first with the Dowdalls and now the Hodges. So please come with friends and enjoy a super cream tea with other stalls and excitements thrown in. All in support of the Church of St Mary Magdalene. Coffee Mornings Wednesdays at 11.00am – 3rd June chez Lawrence at Rowans 1st July chez Whetstone at Galpins Farm 5 August chez Madge and Lillian Newman at Harris Farm The current Batcombe correspondent has decided to sack himself. He has become error prone, suffers from long bouts of forgetfulness and his notes are stuffed full of inanities. So the time has come to go!. He has quite enjoyed the experience even if you readers haven’t. I hope that a worthy successor will emerge in due course. Richard Vickers

Local representative: Gordon Ratcliffe (872996)

Spring has sprung, the grass is ‘ris, trees in bud, birds in a ‘tiz - winter has gone and everything, including our magazine has a fresh look about it. My tenure as your representative has come to an end. Whilst thanking those of you who regularly provided me with snippets of information, announcements and reports, I urge you to give similar strong support my successor. I am delighted to announce that Mrs Jude Lewin has kindly volunteered to take over the role, so please send all your bits and bobs for future editions to Jude at The Chetnole Inn, email address: 01935 873732 Brenda Dalwood and family wish to thank everyone for their kind letters, cards and words of sympathy and those who attended David’s funeral. She thanks Bishop George for making it such a lovely service and all who made donations in memory of David, to Little Bridge House Childrens’ Hospice, South West Sadly, two more families have lost loved ones since the turn of the year. Robert [Bob] Hayes of 4, North Grove passed away suddenly on 7th February. We send sincere condolences to Bob’s wife Sue and his sister Margaret Fairhurst and family. We also send wishes of sympathy to the family of Roena Brain, who lived with her brother, the late Peter Brain, at Little Craddocks, Back Lane before they moved into The Old Vicarage last year. Roena 7

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died at the beginning of April and is sur- Wallis and Pete Brock, a pair of wellvived by sisters Nan and Sue and brother known chocoholics from Leigh. Bill, nephew Peter and niece Sally. Roena A final, gentle reminder to all our and her siblings will be remembered by readers – there will be no June issue of many, growing up in the Quicksilver Mail WVM, so your next deadline is 14th June, pub. for entries in the July edition via Jude Friends and neighbours send their Lewin. best wishes for a sustained recovery to Gordon Ratcliffe Jean Woodford, who had to be rushed into hospital after suffering a heart attack Chetnole Village Hall 100 Club towards the end of March. The prize winners in the April 2009 draw On a happier note, Richard Holy-Hast- were as follows: ed is most grateful to an unknown person, st 1 no.44 £20 Mr& Mrs S.Darley for the return of his “Old Father Time” nd style scythe to a tree alongside The Wrig- 2 no. 27 £15 Mr & Mrs J.Sanford gle. Not the same tree from which it disap- 3rd no. 68 £10 Mr & Mrs V.Cook peared apparently, but close. Thank you for your support. A carefully compiled Parish Plan quesMal Prodger tionnaire was delivered to every residence in Chetnole and Stockwood, for Anthea Petrie Thompson completion by 26th April. It is hoped that All parishioners were saddened to learn the steering committee will be suitably that Anthea and her daughter Penny are inspired by residents’ “wish lists” and ob- leaving the village and moving to Sherborne. Anthea has been a stalwart for servations. They say the sun shines on the right- many years on several committees, being eous – and it shone for most of the Easter secretary for 17 years to the Chetnole & long weekend, helping to bring the punt- Stockwood branch of the West Dorset ers to the Chetnole Inn Real Ale Festival. Conservative Association, a Parish CouncilAll proceeds of the festival raffle, about lor and for many years Churchwarden and £140, went to Dorset Air Ambulance and Deputy Chairman of St.Peter’s Parochial the first prize, a giant chocolate bunny Church Council. Latterly she has had the additional was won by Ed Cunningham. Second and third prize (small) eggs were won by Les burden of nursing Penny through her health problems. She is a friend to all with her unfailing cheerfulness, always a pleasCHETNOLE ANNUAL FLOWER SHOW & FETE SATURDAY 1st AUGUST 2009 Music Children’s Entertainments Side-shows Stalls Refreshments Gates Open at 2 pm

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ure to meet and talk, including putting the St.Peter’s Churchyard world to rights! The newly installed seat, dedicated to the David Gough memory of the late Ernest [Ernie] Trawford, was unveiled in the churchyard on Chetnole Coffee Morning & Drop-in 8th April. John Trawford and a small crowd Centre of parishioners were joined by the ChetOn 6th May and every Wednesday thereaf- nole Choppers to witness the inaugurater, 10.00am to 12noon, the village hall tion of the bench by Bishop George in full will be open for coffee, (and tea of regalia. course!) information and help. Exchange ideas – tell us if someone needs any practical help, shopping etc. Bring and buy or just come for a chat. Use us as you will! Please direct enquiries to Sue Morgan tel:873104. Sue Morgan Chetnole Annual Duck Race Sunday 17th May Mill Lane Bridge 2.30pm Race will be followed by presentation Of prizes in the Village Hall

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Home Watch Sherborne Rural Safe Neighbourhood Team will host an evening ”roadshow”on the subject of Home Safety in the village hall on 18th June. Please come along, meet the Chetnole Home Watch team and listen to sound advice dispensed by our Police representative, PCSO Sue Goslin. Details will be given on posters, to be set up during May, in the usual places around the village. Free cups of tea, coffee & biscuits will be available. Gordon Ratcliffe, Chetnole Home Watch Co-ordinator

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Hermitage Hoedown – 4th July As was announced in last month’s magazine, there will not be a Summer Ball in Hermitage this year. While you put away your tuxedos and ball gowns, please take the opportunity to search for your cowboy boots and jeans…..because, in it’s place, there will be a barn dance and barbeque on the Village Green starting at 7:30 pm on Saturday 4th July . This promises to be a fun evening with music provided by the Reel Thing and (weather permitting) skittles and a coconut shy.


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Local representatives: Anne & David Reason (873726)

With the onset of better weather I guess we've all been encouraged to get out get some fresh air in the lungs and perhaps walk the 'Leigh Triangle' - passing enroute the 2 Leigh Tulips (there were 3 but one was beheaded)? Sadly when one does you can't help but see the rubbish/litter/ tin cans/ fag packets/bottles etc by the side of the road , in the hedges just casually thrown away. WHAT A SHAME! When you walk take a placciebag; but better still those who throw STOP IT! See Stanley Waterfall's article later on about rubbish collection. We welcome Philippa & Eddie Toulson to Leigh. They live at Church Farm and wish them a happy stay with us. Finally the recently elected New Village Hall Committee deserve our thanks and appreciation for taking over the mantle of responsibility, and wish them a trouble and hassle free year of activity. David Reason

St Andrew's Church - Clean-up Days A very warm Thank You to the Cleaning Party that did wonders at the end of March; you were so good that we will have another one on Saturday 23 May from 9.30 am onwards! Goodies of course will be provided. St Andrew's Church - Fund Raising Please note the 2 fund raising activities in aid of St Andrew's, the May Fair on Saturday May 16th and a Craft Coffee Morning on Saturday June 6th, both in the Village Hall. Please see the separate adverts with times etc. If anyone would like to help at either, please do contact Anne Reason on 873726. Also the Gift Day on Saturday June 20th from 10am to 4pm. For more details, see article printed in this issue. 1st Leigh Brownies We started the Spring Term with great excitement as we were meeting in the new hall for the first time. It was good to have so much space and the hall was actually warm when we went in and we didn’t have to keep our coats on for the first half an hour! We have been working on 2 badges, the first our Fire Safety Badge, and after doing our homework we visited Sherborne Fire Station where we were shown around the Station and all the equipment on the engines . Taking advantage of the equipment in the hall and thanks to Amy, we passed 12

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and received our computer badges. We finished the term hunting the hall grounds for bags of Easter sweets. The Summer term will be spent working on 2 more badges and fundraising for our annual camp in the New Forest. If you would like to join our Pack we meet on Wednesday evenings (term time) from 5.45 until 7pm. Margaret Read

but then had thrown these into the hedgerows! Many thanks to : Julian Turnbull, Emlyn Price, Dick & Rosalie Volkes, Kevin Goodall, Pat Bowsher and Stanley Waterfall. St Andrew's Leigh Lent Lunch Many thanks to all those who attended the above Lent Lunch on Saturday 21st March and a special thanks to those who came across from Yetminster. We raised

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Leigh Annual Clean Up From Leigh Cross to Stake Ford Cross 25 March - Stanley Waterfall reported that there was approximately 3 times as many individual items of litter this year. For the past few years, at every bend along this route, there has always been a large number of Lambert & Butler cigarette packets, presumably thrown out of a car window as a matter of course. Although just as numerous, once again this year this was matched by a new entrant with Golden Virginia packets - both vying for the title of The Most Thoughtless Smoker in Leigh competition! The amount of soft drink tins, bottles and sweet wrappers, as well as sandwich and burger packaging, remained depressingly steady. 26 March - Most other areas were much clearer than other years. 28 March - Kevin Goodall reported that on their clean up from Three Gates to Totnell, they were disappointed to find that dog owners had cleared their dog mess up and placed it into plastic bags,

May Fair in Leigh Village Hall in aid of St Andrew's Church, Leigh to be opened by Bishop George Browning

£146.99 to send to Mission Aviation Fellowship. Thank you to all the soup makers and we were wondering if next year the other Parishes would like to get involved and maybe have one a week during Lent. It seems a pity just to have the one Lent lunch. Leigh would be happy to let other Parishes use the Village Hall if they would like too. Do let us know your thoughts! Anne Reason and Jo Barlow-Poole News From The Old Vicarage In June we are taking part in the NAPA annual challenge called "A breath of fresh air". This is a national incentive to encourage residents to get out and about and participate in a variety of activities. The week runs from the 15th - 21st June and 14

we would love some input from the local community. We have several ideas in the pipeline, but would love to hear from anyone who could volunteer their services for an hour or two during the week. Any groups or clubs who feel they could come along and share their interests would be most welcome. We also have a coffee morning on Saturday May 9th at 10.30am. All welcome! Please contact Jan Millward on 01935 873033/873579

of the Parish Council will take place immediately after the Annual Parish Meeting. Margaret Read Volunteers Wanted Volunteers wanted to be part of a rota to cut the grass at Leigh Village Hall. Tools will be provided. Please contact Bill Jolliffe on 872 030 if you are able to help.

Leigh Jazz Nite – Saturday 30th May – Leigh Village Hall The above event with Three Tuns of Grass – Jeremy Cozens Blue Grass Jazz Group – Leigh Parish Meetings playing for us before their appearance at The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Glastonbury this summer. There will be a Tuesday 19th May 2009 at 7pm in Leigh pasty supper (vegetable pasties will be Village Hall. If any organisation has a Re- available) and bar with a selection of wine, port they wish to submit the Chairman or beer or cider. Tickers £7 a head available Clerk will be happy to receive it prior to from Sandy Burton (01935 873522) or the meeting. The Annual General Meeting Bridge Garage, Leigh, or £8 on the door. This will be an informal evening with the opportunity to sit and listen to good jazz WRIGGLE VALLEY LUNCH CLUB or get up and bop along with the music. Tuesday, 19th May Music commencing at 7.00. MENU Fish Cakes, Peas, New Potatoes & Parsley Sauce Rhubarb Crumble & Custard Cut-off date for reservation 12th May

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Leigh 16th Annual Art Exhibition – 4th – 6th September This is an advance notice for local artists who may wish to exhibit with us this year in our super new venue. Please note that submissions will be on Thursday 3rd September and NOT on the Friday morning as in previous years. If you are not on our invitation list to exhibit and would like to be included please either drop a line to Sandy Burton at 2 Miz Maze, Leigh, DT9 6JJ or call 01935 873522. All local artists using any medium are most welcome at this event. Sandy Burton



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St Andrew’s Leigh Gift Day – 20th June Leigh is very fortunate to have two lovely community facilities; the New Village Hall and the Church; communities in every way are at the very heart of our village. We have all worked really hard in the last 4 years to raise funds, to work on both the inside and outside of the new hall and are now enjoying the rewards of our efforts. The church is a rather more historic building, and although sufficiently ancient we will not attract any grants. This year we have to repair the large stained glass East window behind the altar and also the smaller side South window in the chancel. They are both very draughty, so adding to the heating and candle costs, and are in danger of collapsing. The repair is specialist work and the cost will be about £4000 +VAT. To add to this, the cost of running the church is now in deficit – you can see this from last year’s accounts which have been in the porch for a few weeks and will remain so. The church made a loss of £32 every single week last year, and our contribution to the Diocese this year has increased by over £1000 to £14,446, so the weekly loss will be greater for 2009. We have a number of events planned: the May Fair on 16 May and the Coffee and Crafts Morning on 6 June, both advertised in the April magazine. To add to that, we are going to re-instate the Annual Gift Day - which was put on hold for the last 2 years to allow for the big push on village hall fund raising. Gift Day will be on midsummer weekend, Saturday 20 June followed by a festival evening Songs of Praise on Sunday 21 June. The church is open all the time but from 10 am to 4 pm on the Saturday Bishop George

will be there, with supplies of coffee/tea and biscuits so feel free to come and talk. Then on Sunday evening, a Songs of Praise to celebrate our friendly community will be at 6.30 pm followed by refreshments – outside, if we are lucky with the weather. You will be very welcome to come to either or both, you might even be surprised, and if you so feel you can make a gift (Gift Aided is always a plus!) at any time. We look forward to seeing you on midsummer weekend. John Parks, and David Reason Church Wardens, Judith Palmer, Treasurer. Leigh Open Gardens Sunday 14th June 2-5pm Teas and raffle In aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, Dorchester Admission £5 to include tea Look out for the sunflowers! Longbridge & Bolter’s Droves – update The future of the Longbridge and Bolter’s Droves in Leigh has been uncertain ever since they were designated Bye-ways Open to All Traffic (BOAT) in the 70’s when the implication of redesignating these leafy lanes was unknown. In the early years the impact on the soft clay soil by the use of 4x4 vehicles and trial bikes was less obvious. However, more recently, the Dorset County Council (DCC) allowed a group of volunteers representing FODROW to remove a number of trees and saplings to widen the droves and lay 10 tonnes of hard core to spread on the tracks – the DCC also provided almost 42 tonnes of hardcore (which disappeared into the soft clay almost immedi17

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ately). This made the Fourth Leigh Village Festidroves accessible to val The Fourth Food Fair much larger vehicles and Classic Car Show which had a devasting imIn the Village Hall on Saturpact on them creating day 18th July from 10amdeep ruts and making it 4pm. You will be able to almost impassable for taste and buy some of the other users, such as dog best food on offer from walkers, ramblers and local producers. The Stallhorse riders. The condiholders will include:- Altion had deteriorated so weston Jam and Chutney much that in October 2006 a Traffic Regu- Empire, Bridfish, Brokewood Farm, Dorset lation Order was implemented on a tem- Blue Cheese and Soup Company, Easy porary basis for 18 months to prevent Beans, Filbert Bees, Fudges, Gustosecco, vehicles using the droves between 31st Leakers Bakery, Longmeadow Organic October and 31st May to allow the land to Vegetables, Nether Cerne Herbs and Flour, recover and allow a review of the situa- Reads Coffee Roasters, Sauces of Choice, tion by all concerned. Sherborne Castle Estate Wines, Somerset However, the review didn’t happen Cider Brandy Co., and The Seed Company. and the DCC declared they would allow There will also be a Cookery Demonvehicles to use the droves all year round. stration, Wessex Maurice Men and activiThis prompted a protest by Leigh Parish ties for children. Council together with other interested Mark Hix will be opening the Fair – he parties asking for a consultation period. is a Dorset boy!! He owns the Hix Oyster Despite this it seemed that the DCC were & Fish House in Lyme Regis. He competed determined to go ahead and spend nearly in the 2007 series of Great British Menu £28K of taxpayer’s money turning a green on BBC Television, winning the public vote leafy lane into a stone track. Following for his main course AND pudding. local villagers staging a protest and getBarbecued Hamburgers & Sausages, ting media coverage Refreshments, Ice in the local paper cream and Beer will COFFEE & CRAFTS the work has been be here! halted whilst a re- in Leigh Village Hall on Saturday 6th June This is proving to be 2009 view and consultaa very successful from 10am to 12.00pm tion is carried out on show, AND will be in the future of the There will be lots of crafts to view, plus a cake our amazing new Vilstall and raffle droves. lage Hall. Please Come and see the many talents we have in Carol Porter Leigh! spread the word to In aid of St Andrew's Church, Leigh cup of coffee £1

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Village Party After the success of our BBQ and sports two years ago it has been decided to ‘Do It Again’ on Sunday June 28th. It will consist of a BBQ plus a skittles alley and swimming. Open to everyone from babies to great grandparents. Please call Mike Batten on 872314 and leave a message for tickets. Welcome to Liz Bennett and her Collie cross dog who have moved into No 1 Lilac Cottages. She hails from Yorkshire and will be working as a nurse at HMP Dorchester. We hope that you will be very happy here. The bi-annual Village Meeting was well attended by 21 people. Our Community Officer, PC Moore, came to the meeting and reported that there had been only one theft of a trailer from Tim Roberts’ drive. He also stated that there were three vehicles that the police were interested in and if spotted should be reported to the police immediately. They included a silver Ford Focus Reg No NG 06 YFP and a white Ford Transit with a blue roof. PC Moore has now been trained in the use of the speed-gun and hopefully will be using it in Ryme in the early morning soon. Our District Councillor, Mrs Margaret Lawrence, also attended the meeting and gave an outline of the Council Tax rises

and where the money is being spent on more than 70 services. Ryme does not have a representative on the Parish Council at the moment where it should have three members. If anyone is willing to become a member please contact the parish clerk. There are ten meetings a year on the last Wednesday of the month. Church Warden’s Report It was reported that Bishop George Browning will be leaving the parish - probably in the autumn. It is hoped that he will be replaced without too long a gap. The church wardens asked for better support for the services held in the church and also for people to say if they wanted any changes in the services. Services held in the church were now down to two a month. They will be 8.00am and alternate months Matins or 9.45am. Frankham Farm Gardens The gardens will be open on Sunday 10th May and Sunday 14th June from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. The gardens consist of three acres of fantastic mixed gardens - something for every type of gardener and all for charity. Delicious home-made cakes and tea are available. Wheelchair access. Gilly Wilson

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Parish Council Meeting The meeting, held on 11 March, was attended by 7 councillors and 4 members of the public. As a result the meeting was short and to the point!. Council Membership - Mr Gary Sturgess of Hamlet was co-opted as a councillor. Planning - There were no contentious planning matters. Grants - It was resolved that as from 2010 up to £1000 a year would be made available to the Grants Committee. This money would come from the Council Reserves which currently stand at some £22,000. The grants committee would consider making grants from this money for the betterment of the people of Yetminster and Ryme. Lengthsman - The possible employment of a council lengthsman was discussed. This was considered a good idea in princiThe Coffee Beans warmly invite you to a

Strawberry Tea Party On Midsummer Day Wednesday 24th June from 2.30pm to 4pm at St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster In aid of The Lord’s Larder £2

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ple but requires a lot of research. The Chairman will approach the Chairmen of Thornford, Bradford Abbas, Chetnole and Leigh councils to see if they would be interested in setting up a working party to consider the idea. Disabled Parking Bay - The council had no objection to a disabled parking bay outside the Health Centre for use by those visiting the Health Centre, Church and St Andrew’s Hall. David Gould Parish of Yetminster and Hilfield Bishop George Browning took the chair at a well attended and enjoyable general meeting of the church on Monday 23rd March in St Andrew's Hall. Valerie Rowsell, who has done the job so well for the last few years, was re-elected as Churchwarden and was joined by David Price. Although a comparative newcomer to the parish, David is a very experienced Churchwarden, having served in the English Church in Rome and at his former home in Essex. Barrie Smallcalder and Patrick Moule were re-elected as Treasurer and Secretary respectively. Marie Sutton, Frances Moule and Howard Jones retired as members of the PCC and were replaced 23

by Jane Robotham, Judy Pyke and Simon Eadon. Peggy Holland-Parfitt and Bill Shipman continue as members of the Deanery Synod. The PCC presented a comprehensive report on a full year of activity in the church, mostly very positive, with increasing membership and improved finance, and recorded thanks to the myriad people who do so much to 'keep the show on the road'. Bishop George reported on what he had done and how he saw the future. (These reports, with the full minutes, can be seen on the website – click on "Yetminster" and then find "Reports" and click there.) After the meeting there was an excellent party laid on by the Churchwardens. Patrick Moule Thank You I’m back after spending two months in hospital and I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who expressed their good wishes during my stay; it meant such a lot to me to know people really cared. Thank you. Anne Partridge

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Parish Walks Tuesday, 5th May, at 2.15 p.m, from Higher Farm, Yetminster. (note time) Tuesday, 2nd June: meet at the "Rest and Welcome Inn" at 6.30 p.m. Please share cars and park as directed. If food is required afterwards, please order before the start. All enquiries: Betty Evans 814545



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‘TELL OUT, MY SOUL’ – Timothy DudleySmith visits Sherborne A couple of years ago in the Voices for Hospices event, at Leigh, we sang many of the hymns of this great modern writer, including the best known of all, one of the all time favourites, 'Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord', a versification of the Magnificat. We were to have been led by Bishop Timothy himself but he needed to be with his wife in her final illness and his place was taken by his son James, the Rector of Yeovil. Now Bishop Timothy, in his early eighties, is coming to Sherborne, to the Digby Memorial Church Hall in Digby Road, on Friday 15th May at 7.30 at the invitation of the Sherborne Abbey Faith and Arts Group. Anyone from the Wriggle Valley will be welcome – ring the Parish Office on 812452 (mornings) to book, £3 including refreshments. This will be a rare chance to hear and meet one of the greatest modern hymn writers. Events on our local Butterfly Reserves Summer 2009 – dates for your diary Sat 6th June Guided Walk Cerne Giant Hill A splendid downland habitat with 35 butterfly species recorded over 15 years. nb: some parts of the walk are quite steep Meet 2pm at the old abbey entrance. Map Ref ST665013.Contact 01935 872047 for further information. Sat 20th June/ Sunday 21st June open weekend on Lankham Bottome Reserve Sat 20th June 7pm Moth Trapping and Barbecue . Camping facilities available for anyone who would like to stay overnight. Bring your own tent and food to share.

Sunday 21 June 9am Analysis of last night's catch in moth traps with refreshments at 10. 11am and 2pm Guided walks to see the wildflowers, butterflies and other wildlife. 4pm Tea Sat 27th/Sun 28th June Beaminster Butterfly and Moth Festival based at St Mary’s Primary School, Clay Lane. More information nearer the time. Sat 11th /Sun 12th July Alners Gorse Weekend Sat 11th July 7pm Moth Trapping and Barbecue Camping facilities available for anyone who would like to stay overnight. Bring your own tent and food to share. Sun 12th July 9am Analysis of last night's catch in moth traps with refreshments at 10.30am 11am and 2pm Guided walks to see the wildflowers, butterflies and other wildlife. 4pm Tea For further information please contact Nigel Spring on 01963 23559 or 07981 776767, or email . Minterne Gardens From the moment of my interview at Minterne the excitement and enthusiasm began to build. I could not stop thinking of the wonderful enchanting garden and its great collection of Rhododendrons, Magnolias and Azaleas. I began thinking of the great plant hunters and how the seeds and cuttings and indeed plants made their journey to Minterne and how they had been carefully nurtured by Robin Pearson and the previous Head Gardeners over the past 120 years. 32

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My first week here brought me back to and bring your own picnic food and drinks, earth with a bump as I found myself deal- we will provide wildlife information and ing with large snowfalls; the 2nd week was guided walks around the small area. no better with torrential rain. I imagined Come with your friends and join in the that I had brought this weather along with pleasure of being in the open air to picnic in a lovely open glade. me and during the 3rd week we had the Beer Mill Mead is the Conservation unusual snowfall on a Wednesday night Area on the Yetminster road going from causing all kinds of chaos... and not just in Leigh, about 150yards before Stake Ford. the garden! There will be signs put up to show you From that day on luckwhere it is and if you SHERBORNE ABBEY QUIET DAY ily things did improve come by car then where AT BEMBURY FARM, THORNFORD weather wise and the to park. If close to the plants began their journey Wednesday, 1st July 2009 time it is forecast to be into flower. Each day I 10.00 am – 4.00 pm wet then we will rearhave been delighted by range for another date. Come to a Quiet Day in a Garden amazing Rhododendrons, Look out for notices in led by Magnolias and the like the villages. The Reverend Derek Cottrill opening from their buds. If you are interestJesus our Homecoming It is a real joy to see and ed please contact fills me with enthusiasm. Please bring a picnic lunch, bible and Stanley Waterfall on It also gives me ideas for notebook 01935 873366, or Kevin the future of the garden. I Tea, coffee & soft drinks will be available Waterfall on am sure that I have my kevin.waterfall@btinte hands full with much to do Places may be booked, and directions to the garden obtained, at and many new plants to Sherborne Abbey Parish Office (01935 get to know, but I will no 812452) during office hours doubt enjoy every minute. I hope you may take time to come and visit the garden during the Art Exhibition at Springhead, Fontmell year. We have our Open Day on Sunday Magna (near Shaftesbury) 10th May (11am – 5pm) when the garden Local Artists: Bee Grant Peterkin, Di Gratwill be in very good colour so I would hope tan-Cooper, Anna Kinnaird and Melita to see you then. We also have a Specialist Frances Moule are exhibiting on the Plant Sale on Saturday the 9th May with Open Gardens Days NGS various nurseries from the area with stalls Thursday 7th May 10.30 – 5pm and Tues(from 10am). day 26th May 10.30 – 5pm Iain Davies, Head Gardener Artists will give a percentage of their sales to the Gaza appeal Beer Mill Mead Village Picnic Do come, and enjoy the wonderful garOn Saturday 6th June there will be a BYO dens too! Picnic at Beer Mill Mead from 4pm onwards. The idea is simple in that you pack 34

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Help for the “Hottest Place on Earth” Those of you who watched the recent two-part BBC documentary entitled 'The Hottest Place on Earth' will have seen, in the second part, Valerie Browning, sister of Bishop George our Rector. She has devoted her life to the nomadic people of the Afar region in the desert of northern Ethiopia. By living amongst them, she has for very many years been helping with their medical and educational needs and sharing in their nomadic way of life in that strife-ridden part of the world.

At the Yetminster Fair, we are running a stall selling books to raise funds for Valerie's work. Please support us generously with any hardback books and good quality paperbacks that you have available. We shall be happy to collect them if you cannot deliver them to us. We would also welcome jigsaws (with no missing pieces please!). All proceeds from the stall will go direct to Valerie Browning. Thank you. Liz Dobb (873234) and Stuart Grant (873261)


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St Andrew’s (Wriggle Valley) Pre School St Andrew’s CE Primary School is entering the second year of school management of our own Wriggle Valley Pre School and the setting is going from strength to strength under the leadership of Mandy Vallender. As we begin the summer term 2009 numbers have risen dramatically and some sessions are closed to new pupils. Our rising 5’s programme is underway as the older children ready themselves for entry into their Reception year at school. Throughout the year the children have benefited from the excellent support of the Leader and her assistants Jo Redford and Jean House and also have enjoyed specialist music support from Alex Locke (Music Subject leader at St Andrew’s). Set within the grounds of St Andrew’s CE Primary School, Yetminster, the Pre School is currently housed in a well equipped ‘mobile’ building but plans are afoot to create, in the near future, a purpose built ‘Foundation Stage’ unit which will cater for the educational needs of those children aged two-and-half to five. Already, strong links have been forged between School and Pre School and weekly planning meetings between Mandy and Early Years’ coordinator Fiona Payne ensure a high degree of consistency and good practice. Since January 2009, ‘Topsy Turvey’ Mother and Toddlers’ group have also been based at the school and Mandy Vallender is looking forward to supporting their transition into Pre School over the coming months and years. We look forward to continuing to provide a high standard of ‘Pre School’ experience for local children from the age of two-and-a-half and to the further development of the facility over the coming years. Should you wish to visit the Pre School and/or apply for admittance in the period April 2009- December 2009 please contact Mandy Vallender on 01935 873830. Stephen Williams, Headteacher


Gardening Tips for May Hoe! Hoe! Hoe!! A busy month as growth momentum builds up and the hoe becomes your best friend to save hours of boring weeding later in the summer. Hopefully the following couple of items will also help you to enjoy your garden and its produce. More Flowers ……. Divide clumps of those perennials that you want to propagate, those that have become too big and those that perform disappointingly. Bulbs and rhizomes can be divided. Just make sure that the transplanted divisions have roots, shoots, and are given adequate water to settle into their new positions. Back to back garden forks are best to lever clumps apart. Cutting back clumps of spring-flowering perennials such as Pulmonaria can encourage a fresh flush of foliage, which is more attractive than old, mildew-covered stems. The plants will also remain more compact and flower better next year. Divide Primula (primroses) after flowering, planting them in a nursery bed until they are ready for planting out again in the autumn, for a display the following spring. Divide Hostas as they come into growth. Spreading and trailing plants such as the annual Lobularia (sweet alyssum), and the perennials Alyssum and Aubrieta, can become tatty and patchy. Trimming them back after flowering encourages fresh growth and new flowers. Deadhead Tulips and Daffodils. More Tomatoes…… Tomato plants produce their first flowers in May, but there can be problems in getting these earliest flowers to pollinate and, consequently, set fruit. Later trusses usually set without a problem, but the first ones can need a little help. This doesn’t mean you have to tend them with a fine brush, as the blossom will self-pollinate, but you may have to improve the general conditions. Mist plants overhead with a fine spray of water in the morning and again in the evening. This ensures the pollen is just slightly damp, rather than soaked, and most likely to set fruit. You don’t need to do this for second and subsequent trusses, but the first ones always benefit from a helping hand. Tom Withycombe With thanks and acknowledgements to Gardening Which, The Kitchen Garden, BBC Gardener’s World and The Royal Horticultural Society



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Bishop George’s Message My Dear Friends, Confidence is everything! Watching a child learn to walk, ride a bike, or play a musical instrument we realise how fragile confidence can be, for one major stumble, accident or humiliation can reverse all progress made. The same applies to the elderly, confidence in one’s ability to cope, drive the car, cook ones meals, or simply leave the house, can be too easily and prematurely diminished. In the affairs of the globe, confidence in the economic system has taken a very heavy blow and desperately needs to be restored through wise counsel and strong leadership. We have recently celebrated the great festival of Easter. The events of that morning so long ago are as inexplicable as they were deemed to have been unlikely. What however is indisputable is the unshakeable confidence these and surrounding events gave to a very ordinary and small band of men and women who in an astonishingly short period of time were able to transform the hearts and minds of thousands until in 2009 there are now several billion followers of Jesus world wide. What was it of which they became so convinced? · They were convinced as Christians remain convinced today that the nature of God is revealed in the man from Galilee. · They were convinced as Christians remain convinced today

that the true and lasting way of life is not domination and control but service and vulnerability. · They were convinced as Christians remain convinced today that darkness and evil does not rule, but that love rules and light banishes darkness. · They were convinced as Christians remain convinced today that the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Jesus blows where it wills and that access to the grace of God is freely accessible to all. · They were convinced as Christians remain convinced today that nothing and no one remains outside the potential of God’s redemption. The celebration of Easter is confidence that love and light win and that no matter how dire external circumstances appear to be, to be on the side of life is God’s gift to us all. With every good wish Bishop George Browning Yetminster Methodist Church The Second Week of May I recently came across a sketch written to be used during a service of worship in Christian Aid week. It was called, "Adventures in Christian Aid Envelope Collecting". One lady who answered the door is represented as saying, "No, I never give to people in Africa. They ought to sort out their own problems. Always starving… Charity begins at home, that's what I say. Spongers, the lot of them." 40

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Another householder claimed to have "There is a big world out there, and we lost the envelope, and when given a cannot turn our backs on it." spare one, reluctantly put a few coppers Dennis Tackley into it. Yet another complained that charities spent most of the money they reMary Turner Almshouse Charity – ceived on office expenses or salaries for Almshouse Vacancy their own staff. 1 Turners Close, located near the church This may seem a little far-fetched. in Trent, will become vacant from 1st But for several years my wife has been April 2009. The almshouse, which is one organizing Christian Aid collections in a of two attractive single storey listed buildvillage outside the distribution area of ings in a courtyard setting, provides comthis magazine, and some of the collectors fortable accommodation for a single who help her have reported similar expe- person together with a small garden. riences. And when the money comes to The interior was totally reconstructed in be counted, there are always a number late 2006, when the existing four almof foreign coins in the envelopes. shouses were converted from four to two Another tactic, of course, is not to units and provides a sitting room, bedanswer the door at all. One must admit room, bathroom, kitchen/diner and utilithat we can occasionally suffer from ty room. Storage heating and hot water "compassion fatigue". Any number of are by Economy 7 electricity, and a cookcharity appeals come through the letter er, washing machine and fridge freezer box, often accompanied by free pens, ad- are provided. New carpeting has recentdress labels, calendars, raffle tickets, and ly been laid. so on. These charities all do good work, A Weekly Maintenance Charge of but no-one can support them all. Our £46.50 is charged, which may be reresources are limited, and many charities claimed by those eligible for Housing Benhave faced a significant drop in income efit. Applicants should be over 60 years during these troubled economic times. of age, be prepared to disclose their fiNevertheless, we must not harden nancial circumstances to the Trustees, our hearts against compassion and gener- and, if required, attend an interview. Aposity to oth- plicants should be fit and able to run ers in need. their own home as warden assistance is It is part of not provided. our full huApplication to the clerk to the Trusmanity to tees, Leap Cottage, Trent, Sherborne DT9 respond to 4SW. Telephone: 01935 850678. appeals in a positive way. We can make a difference. As the sketch concludes: 42

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From the Registers: Baptism: Isla Karin Couper-Clarke Yetminster Funeral: Pamela Evelyn Gabriel Yetminster Wriggle Valley Benefice Rector:

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Services and Preachers for May and June 2009:3rd May 10th

Miss J LeMoignan

May Bishop George Browning [Church Anniversary]

17th May Revd S Choi 24th May Mr D Farquharson 31st May Revd L Barriball [Holy Communion] 7th June

Mr D Webb


June Revd E Pennington


June Mr M Taylor


June Revd R Fielding All services commence at 10.30 a.m. Refreshments are served after each service. A Warm welcome awaits you.

Roman Catholic Services Church of the Sacred Heart & St. Aldhelm, Westbury, Sherborne Rev. Father Rodney Schofield, The Parish House, Westbury, Sherborne (812021) Yetminster Methodist Church Mass times: Saturday 6.00pm Minister: Rev. Linda Barriball, 34 Poplar Holy Days 10.00am and 6.30pm Drive, Yeovil BA21 3UL Sunday 10.30am Tel No.: 01935 423266 Wednesday 10.00am Stewards: Mr and Mrs J Nile, Queen See Notice Board or Newsletter for times Street, Yetminster Treasurer: Mr C J Harris, Broadview, East of Masses on other days. Chinnock, Yeovil Church Secretary: Mrs B Driver, Yetmin- The Friary, Hillfield Sundays: ster 873690 am Sung Eucharist Lay Preachers: Mr C J Harris, Mrs J Jones, 8.30 5.15 pm Sung Evening Prayer Mr J Nile, Mr D Tackley (Monday Closed - Brothers’ Free Day) Weekdays 12.00 noon Midday Prayer followed by Eucharist 5.15 pm Evening Prayer These are sung on Saints’ Days.



May Batcombe Sunday

Ryme Intrinseca

10th 9.45

am Holy Communion

Sunday 10th 9.45 am Holy Communion

Sunday 24th 9.45 am Holy Communion

Sunday 24th 10.30 am Matins



Sunday BCP




9.45 am Prayer and Praise



9.45 am Holy Communion

8.00 am Holy Communion

Monday 4th 6.00 pmHealing Service

Sunday 3rd 6.30 pm 17th

Tuesday 5th 10.00 am “Mothers and Toddlers” Service Sunday 10th 8.00 am Holy Communion (BCP) 6.30 pm Taizé Service

Hermitage Sunday

Sunday 3rd 9.45 am Holy Communion

10.30 am

Evensong Matins

Sunday 17th 9.45 am Holy Communion Thurs 21st Ascension Day 8.00 am Holy Communion Sunday 24th 10.00 am Faith Focus

Hilfield Sunday 31st Pentecost 3.00 pmEvensong

Sunday 31st Pentecost 6.30 pm Confirmation


Leigh Sunday 3rd 9.45 am

Holy Communion Batcombe Thursday 7th 2.30 pm at the ‘Old Vicarage’: Sunday 14th 9.45 am Holy Communion Holy Communion Sunday 28th 9.45 am Holy Communion Sunday 10th 11.15 am Matins Sunday 17th 6.30 pm Evensong Sunday (BCP)



31st Pentecost

8.00 am Holy Communion

Chetnole Sunday 7th 8.00 am Holy Communion BCP Sunday 21st 9.45 amHoly Communion

9.45 am Benefice Holy Communion

Sunday 28th 6.00 pm Songs of Praise Patronal Festival


Hermitage Sunday


Ryme Intrinseca 6.30 pm


Sunday 21st 10.30 am Praise Service

Sunday 14th 8.00 am Holy Communion (BCP) Sunday 28th 10.30 am Matins

Hilfield No services this month

Yetminster Monday 1st 6.00 pm Healing Service

Leigh Sunday 7th 11.00 am Holy Communion with Baptism

Tuesday 2nd 10.00 am “Mothers and Toddlers” Service

Sunday 7th 9.45 am Holy Communion Thursday 4th 2.30 pm at the ‘Old Vicarage’: Sunday 14th 8.00 am Holy Communion Holy Communion (BCP) Sunday 14th 9.45 am Family Service Sunday 21st 9.45 am Holy Communion Sunday 21st 6.30 pm Evensong Sunday 28th 10.00 am Faith Focus Sunday 28th 8.00 am Holy Communion (BCP)

YETMINSTER METHODIST CHURCH SPECIAL 160th ANNIVERSARY SERVICE Sunday, 10th May, at 10.30am To be conducted by: BISHOP GEORGE BROWNING All are Welcome Coffee Fellowship After the Service



March 2009 “Cold! If the thermometer had been an inch longer we’d have all frozen to death.” Mark Twain March can be the first month of spring. This year it was definitely one of our colder winter months. The most dramatic event was heavy snowfall on the 5th, which caused widespread disruption throughout the county. Bright days more than offset by cold nights Average maximum temperatures were 7% higher than usual, at 15.8C (60F). There were 17 nights with frost instead of the usual 9, and this was 5 more than the number in February. The coldest night was -6.7C (32F), well below the record for the previous month. Minimum temperatures averaged 0.2C (32F) instead of March’s usual 2.2C (36F). Because of the sunny days, the average temperature for March was deceptively close to normal, at 6.5C (44F) instead of 7C (45F). Very little rain Rain fell on only 9 days instead of the usual 14. Total rainfall was 22mm (1.2”), or 40% less than usual. Total rainfall for the year so far is 10mm (8.3”), very close to the usual amount Exceptionally sunny There was measurable sunshine for 144 hours in March – far more than the usual 85 hours. Although the winter has been unusually cold we have had much sunnier days for the time of year, with ‘sun hours’ 43% above average Quite windy This year the windiest March day saw gusts of 42mph, well above the usual maximum wind speed of 32mph Temperatures deg.C Av. Av. Max min



Rain mm. Days without rain

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Batcombe 1/D/09/0310: CHURCH FARM HOUSE, STILE WAY. External alterations, extension & new vehicular access. (Full) 1/D/09/0311: CHURCH FARM HOUSE, STILE WAY. Demolish Brick store. Make internal & external alterations. New extension. (Listed Building Consent) 1/D/09/0383: GALPINS FARM, WRIGGLE RIVER LANE. Replacement garage & extension. (Full) 1/D/09/0384: GALPINS FARM, WRIGGLE RIVER LANE Replacement garage & extension. (Listed Building Consent) 1/D/09/0496: NEWLANDS COTTAGE, WRIGGLE RIVER LANE. Single-storey extension. (Listed Building Consent) 1/D/09/0568: NEWLANDS COTTAGE, WRIGGLE RIVER LANE. Single-storey extension. (Full) Hilfield 1/D/08/0420: CHURCH FARM. Change of use (including alterations) of building from agricultural use to spring water collection and bottling plant. (Change of use). Leigh 1/D/09/0229: BLUE HAYES, TOTNELL. Single storey extensions & detached garage. (Full) Progress: APPROVED. Ryme Intrinseca 1/D/09/0234: SPRINGFIELD, MELBURY ROAD. Replace outbuilding. (Full) Yetminster 1/D/08/2154: 1/D/08/2208:

1/D/09/0190: 1/D/09/0350: 1/D/09/0423:

RWM LIMITED, CHETNOLE ROAD. Erect external lights. (Full) PETTIES FARMHOUSE, HIGH STREET. Construct new roof structure over existing roof and rethatch. (Listed Building Consent) Progress: APPROVED ST.FRANCIS COTTAGE, MILL LANE. Two-storey extension. (Full) 31, ST.OSMUND CLOSE. Single-storey extension. (Full) MEADOWAY, CHETNOLE ROAD. Retain security gate. (Full)

The next meetings of the Development Control Committee will be held in the Council Chamber, West Dorset District Council, Stratton House, 58/60 High West Street, Dorchester on Thursday, 21st May and Thursday,18th June, 2009, both commencing at 2.30 pm.


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Wriggle Valley Mother's Union Following our successful Wedding Event held on 14th February in St Andrew’s Church, Yetminster, £100 was given to The Topsy Turvy Club to help with their moving expenses. Anne Reason, Secretary

On June 16th we will have the opportunity to see the lovely garden of Sylvia Bryan at Brook House, Leigh. Anyone interested should come along from 7pm onwards. The Women’s Group is open to anyone in the Benefice who would like to meet likeminded people, to listen to a speaker, have a cup of coffee and a chat. Charlotte If you would like more information about Collins the group or meetings please phone Pat from the Smith (872553) or Ann Flew (873660) Topsy Turvy Club receiving Chetnole & Leigh Garden Club a cheque A magical journey was undertaken by the from members of Chetnole and Leigh Garden Caroline Club at the April meeting. Rosemary Birdsell Legrand, a clearly experienced speaker, and Anne Reason from The Wriggle Valley enthralled the audience with the enchantMother's Union. ment of her recent visit to Bhutan. Her

Wriggle Valley Women’s Group In March we welcomed Jenny and David Peet who gave a most interesting talk about Mercy Ships. They showed slides and explained what happened when they visited the ship each year for a fortnight. Their son and family live permanently on the ship and the children go to the ships school. They are always looking for volunteers with different skills but anyone going has to pay their own way. In May we have had to make a change of date so we will be meeting at Goose Slade Farm, nr East Coker at 7.30pm on THURSDAY May 21st!! There will be a talk by the owner, Phil Dunning and the opportunity to look round the shop (and buy if you wish), followed by refreshments.

enjoyment of photography was used to great effect in creating the atmosphere of the country and the beautiful plants that thrive in this small kingdom. Rosemary is a keen botanist. She shared her enthusiasm and knowledge with the members as she illustrated her trek across the hills and valleys of the central region of Western Bhutan – and discovered so many different forms of Aresaema and species of Primulas, Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Acers and Euphorbias. The vibrant colours of her slides made us all wish we could have joined her on this trip! Bhutan is a country about the size of Switzerland, bordered on the north and west by Tibet and in other directions by India – the state of Arunchal Pradesh in the east, Assam and West Bengal in the south - and Sikkim towards the west. 53

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The friendliness of the people and the all-pervading calmness of their culture were apparent from the presentation. We learnt the history of the country and saw slides of several fortresses (ozong) and religious shrines (Chorton). (One should always walk in a clockwise direction around any chorton that one comes across. The ever-present prayer wheels are also turned in a clockwise direction). Rosemary shared the experiences of her 28 day trip in such an enthusiastic way that there may well be a great polishing of walking boots in Chetnole and Leigh in preparation to follow her footsteps through the hills and valleys of Bhutan! Mary Head Yetminster & Ryme Garden, Art & Craft Society Spring Show On Saturday 21st March the Bi-Annual Spring Show took place at St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster. Entries of photographs, paintings, needlework and craft were of a good standard. The Art category definitely benefitted by being simplified to one adult class (+ novice class) as it enabled entrants to work in mixed media without, for instance, needing to worry about a picture being painted entirely in oil or entirely in watercolour. The tea and cakes were much enjoyed and thanks to all who helped and donated. Many congratulations to all those who entered, were highly commended or placed and, of course, the prize winners who were: John Greenwood Morony Trophy (best entry - adult photographic classes) John Powell Clarkson Cup (most points - adult photographic classes)

Craig Barfoot Tye Cup (best intermediate photograph) Kim Barfoot Photography Trophy (best junior photograph) Margaret Greenwood Leadbetter Cup (Art - awarded for courage & strength of statement) Brian Rowsell Russell Cup (Art - awarded for originality & concept) Brian Rowsell Cecile Grant Cup (best entry - adult craft classes) Brian Rowsell Howlett Cup (most points - adult craft classes Anne Gillard Lingeman Cup (best entry - adult needlework classes Pam Boyes Spring Show Rosebowl (most points - adult needlework classes) Sue Eadon The Leigh & District Discussion Club The Club held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 7th April. Mrs Valerie Buckland was elected Chairman for a further year, Charlie Osmond was elected Vice Chairman, Paul Smith was elected as Treasurer and Alan Bastone was elected as Secretary. After the business part of the evening Mike Morrell gave a very interesting illustrated talk on the holiday trip he and his wife took to Oman. He said this large Arab country has been ruled by Sultan Qaboos who, in the last 40 years, has introduced a western way of life but without losing the Arab culture. Mike was 55

dressed in the traditional robe worn by many of the men in Oman called a Dishdash and wearing a very ornate round hat. Stanley Waterfall brought along his Dishdash complete with hat that he got when he visited Oman some years ago! Alan Bastone Hermitage & Hilfield WI Members enjoyed a very entertaining evening, provided by member, Christine Dickerson with a general knowledge and musical quiz. Joint winners, Margaret Murray and Jean Honse, with Maia Jones runner up. Christine judged the competition and Lorna and Sylvia’s entries were judged equal first. Election of officers for the coming year took place with Sylvia Coffin, President, Joyce Chutter, Vice President, Lorna Gassett, Secretary and Jean Honse, Treasurer. Lorna attended the Spring Council

April at Glanvilles Wootton Village Hall and the Group outing will be to the Blue Glass factory at Bristol. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month. Visitors are welcome. Sylvia Coffin Chetnole Chuckers Boules Club The boules season commenced in Chetnole on Sunday 5th April, with a BBQ of locally grown meats followed by social games. About 30 new and returning members enjoyed a sunny afternoon on the piste. The club will again compete in the Dorset League and match secretary Ian Wood has already circulated a 2009 fixture list. In addition to our own championship, Chuckers have been invited by organiser David Courage to participate in a knockout boules competition at Melbury Osmund, sponsored by The Rest and Welcome pub. The final will take place at

meeting at Poole on 23rd April. The next the 137th Melbury Osmund Flower Show. meeting at Hermitage village hall will be Gordon Ratcliffe on the 5th May. Visitors are always very welcome. Sylvia Coffin Hermitage & Hilfield WI (item omitted from April issue) Owing to weather bad weather conditions, the February meeting was postponed to a later date. Member, Margaret Murray entertained with an excellent account of her journey to Hong Kong. In spite of torrential rain, members turned out in March to hear Dorothy Baldock give a very interesting talk on her life as a Woman’s Weekly journalist and much interest was shown in the collection of old copies of the magazine.

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District Councillor for the Cam Vale Ward (the parishes of Folke (Alweston), Holnest Holwell, Leigh, Leweston, Lillington, Longburton, and North Wootton): Cllr Stephen Friar The Members' Room, West Dorset District Council, 58/60 High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1UZ. Emails: District Councillor for the Halstock Ward (Batcombe, Corscombe, East Chelborough, Evershot, Halstock, Hermitage, Hilfield, Melbury Bubb, Melbury Osmund, Melbury Sampford, and West Chelborough): Cllr Tony Frost, Homeleigh, Corscombe, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0NX. Telephone: 01935891321 District Councillor for the Yetminster Ward (Chetnole, Ryme Intrinseca, Stockwood and Yetminster): Cllr Margaret Lawrence, Trill Farm, Thornford Road, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 6HF. Telephone 01935 872780 The Wriggle Valley Magazine Editor: Carol Porter Telephone: 0560 281 1097 Production: Phillippa Ince Address: The Wriggle Valley Magazine, c/o Jolin Gallery, Boyles School, High Street, Yetminster DT9 6LF. E-mail: Advertisements Co-ordinator: to be advised - all queries to Distribution Manager: Stanley Waterfall, Pardshaw, Leigh DT9 6HL. Tel: 01935 873366. Copy deadline – 14th OF THE MONTH prior to publication. The Editor would however much appreciate it if copy could be submitted before this date. Photographs are welcome and can be sent either as a jpeg via e-mail or as originals in colour or black and white that can be reproduced. Line illustrations (pen and ink drawings, engravings etc.) are also suitable. Illustrations will be returned after publication if required. Printing and publication costs have increased since the launch of the magazine so to help maintain the high standards achieved, readers are invited to make voluntary donations towards the cost of production. These should be forwarded to the Treasurer, High Knapps, Brister End, Yetminster, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6NN. Cheques can be made payable to Wriggle Valley Magazine Printed by Creeds, Broadoak, Bridport. Tel: 01308 423411. Disclaimer: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of advertisements in this magazine, we canot accept responsibility for any information given or claims made by advertisers




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