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Issue no: 231

Dec 2010/Jan 2011

St Peter’s Church, Chetnole by Jill Bray


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Contents News from the Villages Batcombe

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Chetnole

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Hermitage

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Hilfield

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Leigh

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Ryme Intrinseca

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Yetminster Diary of Events

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General News

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Weather Watch

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Gardening

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St Andrew’s Primary School

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News from the Churches

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Wriggle Valley Services

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Planning Applications

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Spotlight ...

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Club News

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Editor’s notes It’s incredible to think that this is the last issue of the year; and what a busy year its been for all of our villages. We deeply regret that items were missed out of the November issue and apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. I just wanted to say that it was a privilege to know Stanley Waterfall and I’m so pleased I was able to persuade him to let me feature him in the magazine earlier this year. He was a modest man and loved by everyone who knew him and is greatly missed. I’m sorry to say that this is also my last issue as Editor. I’d like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone involved with the magazine; it takes quite a dedicated army of volunteers to produce and distribute the magazine each month. For the tradition of the Wriggle Valley Magazine to continue it urgently needs a new Editor, more details can be found in the General News section. So it just remains for me to wish you all a very happy Christmas and peaceful new year. Carol Porter 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.


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Local Representative: Alan Bastone (01300 341351) Alan@FlowersFarmlakes.co.uk

Winter is closing in and many of the beautifully coloured leaves have fallen, but what a sight they have been. The Children’s Carol Service in Batcombe church will be on Christmas Eve starting at 3pm, and the Christmas Day service will be at the later time of 10.15am. We are sorry to hear that Charles and Gina Weld are leaving Batcombe Hill House and wish them well in their new home at Wynford Eagle. The monthly coffee mornings will be December 1st at Lillian Newman’s (Stonecroft) and the January meeting will be at Flowers Farm on January 5th 2011. We wish you a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year, there will be more little bits of news in the February magazine Alan Bastone

Local representative: Gordon Ratcliffe (872996) gojan@btinternet.com

It was heartening to see so many children, ranging from REALLY small to burly teenagers – entering into the spirit of Halloween and enjoying themselves as they made the annual “trick or treat” visits to those houses with a pumpkin on display. Some of the innovative get-ups were quite scary! A glorious display of colour, rivalling anything offered by a tour of New England in the Fall, brought Autumn to a rather damp end. It was followed by a very sad week , as the news spread of the deaths of two well-liked, long-time residents and two former residents. November saw four funerals taking place in the same week, casting a sombre cloud over Chetnole: Members of the Tuesday Club will remember the late Eileen Fisher, who lived at Bubb Down Way before leaving the village in 1997. Pat Bathie moved to Beaminster in Please refer to Hilfield village news 2003, after about eight years in residence for the High Stoy Parish Council notes. at Waltham House. She was buried in St Peter’s churchyard next to her late husband Freddie. After a long illness and a brave fight, Joanna Rice died at home in the company of her loved ones, on 9th November. Joanna gave many years of service to the Village Hall committee and the Flower Show & Fete committee and will be missed by many. We send sincere


condolences to Douglas, Ella, Cramer and family. Brian Hawkins, well known to locals for over 20 years, who had also battled against a serious illness, died on 11th November, after being admitted to Yeovil Hospital following a fall. We offer deepest sympathies to Claire, Dean, and family. On a happier note, we send belated Congratulations to Caroline Dixon, daughter of Jane and David Dixon of Neals Lane, who married Joe Meier at Melbury Bubb Church on 24th September. David will never forget the date, as his car broke down on the way to the ceremony! A hog roast reception was held at Carpenters and at 6am the following morning, happy bride and groom rode out with the hounds from their home at Stockwood Mill [ see photo].

The soft opening of the new local produce shop “Wriggles” on 16th October was welcomed by a steady flow of customers, curious to see what was on offer. The shop was jam-packed for the Grand Opening on 6th November and Mike and Jude are to be congratulated for the amount of work they have done, both physical as well as mental, to get their new business venture off the ground. We wish them well and urge everyone to shop at Wriggles! More Good News - a new telephone line has been installed and there are high hopes that a new Outreach Post Office service will commence soon in the Village Hall. We look forward to welcoming the lovely Tracy, aka Yetminster Postmistress, who will grace us with her presence every Wednesday morning, from sometime in January. Spurred on by the Parish Plan Action Plan - Chetnole Home Watch is in the process of being extended to include Stockwood; Joe Meier having kindly volunteered to be Stockwood Coordinator. Gordon Ratcliffe

Free food & drink? The Registration of Land Act 2002 We welcome Will and Liz Briers to requires all land in England and Wales (not their new home at Church Farm, sure about Scotland) to be registered by Stockwood and wish them both a happy 2012. life in the Parish. The map of Chetnole supplied by the Land The Wednesday Morning Ladies send Registry appears to indicate that the a big “Thank You” to everyone who "Chetnole Inn" is in the middle of the supported the Macmillan Worlds Biggest churchyard. Coffee Morning, held in the village hall on Research has indicated that it was Wednesday September 2nd...............they moved across the road to its present raised £240 – well done!!! position some time Pre Reformation.


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Further scholarship has unearthed a Charter, signed by King Edward the Second giving the right of the Churchwardens, Sexton and Fabric Officer, to have free food and drink at the aforesaid Inn in perpetuity, and this to be paid for by the Priest in Charge. However, as the Charter is typed on a sheet of A4 and signed in red Biro, there is still some doubt as to its authenticity……… David Gough

St Peter’s Church The Harvest Festival service on October 10th was taken by Yetminster Guides and John Reynolds. The collection for the charity "Send a Cow" amounted to £217.

Chetnole Village Hall 100 Club Results for November 2010: 1st Prize £20 number125 Mr & Mrs J Morgan 2nd Prize £15 number165 Mr & Mrs R Bamford 3rd Prize £10 number 137 Mr & Mrs G Smibert Mal Prodger

Artsreach The next event at the Village Hall will be on Thursday 9th December at 7.30pm – when Devil's Violin present "The Singing Bones". Sound a bit strange? Don't miss it! This is storytelling interwoven with brilliant music. Very atmospheric - even spooky. This will be followed on 20th January by Tim Laycock and Colin Thomson performing “Benjamin’s Book” – a new musical, based on a recently discovered manuscript of fiddle tunes from the Blackmore Vale. Tickets from John Head 01935 873555 or Janet Wood 873022. John Head CHETNOLE VILLAGE HALL

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Wriggles Official Opening

Chetnole stile in the snow

Chetnole and Stockwood Conservatives Association We are holding a Christmas Goodies Sale and Coffee Morning in the Village Hall on Saturday, 4th December, from 10am to Noon. Entrance is free for children and £1 for adults, to include coffee and biscuits. Home made delights will be on sale in preparation for the festive season - all freshly made so you can store them in your freezer. There will also be a raffle for a Christmas hamper, so please come along and try your luck! Ann Bugler

Wriggles Farm Produce Shop is just what the community wanted and the residents of Chetnole and some from surrounding villages were there in support of the new enterprise. The shop was official opened on Saturday, 6th November by Sue Fudge of Fudges’ just one of the local lines being stocked. She said she was delighted to be asked to cut the ribbon but had not expected the honour having been asked when she had just dropped in to do her shopping! The shop which opened its doors in the old skittle alley of the Chetnole Inn three weeks ago, has already seen a brisk trade and Sue Fudge felt it would be a valuable asset to the small village and also provide a meeting place to socialise in their Quiet Corner café area. A tastings morning followed with local producers in attendance. Judy Nash

Well wishers and local producers gather for the official opening of Wriggles photo by Judy Nash


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Carols by Candlelight Service Christmas Eve St Mary’s Church, Hermitage At 7.30pm Everyone is welcome Christmas Cards available in the church/for the church funds New Year Party – 22nd January I know it seems a long way off, but this is the only opportunity we will have of advertising this event in this magazine. As usual, the main purpose of the party is to provide you with an opportunity to meet with friends and neighbours, to have a fun time and to have something to look forward to in what might be an otherwise long and bleak January. On offer will be delicious Soups, a Ploughman’s and tasty Desserts - all for the unbelievably low price of £3 for Adults and £1.50 for Children (up to 16 years). It starts at 7.30pm in the Village Hall and ALL are welcome. 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. Thank you. Ray Dickerson

Xmas Bingo – 4th December This is a final reminder that the Xmas Bingo will be held on Saturday 4th December in the Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm. It’s always a fun evening, so come along for a chance to win some great prizes. Family Praise Service – 19th December This will be held in St Mary’s Church, Sunday 19th. December, starting at 10.15am. This will be a short informal service led by Alan Ward. Everyone is welcome. Liz Cozens

Local Representatives: Michael & Ann Harris 01300 341148

High Stoy Parish Council (Batcombe, Hermitage & Hilfield) Community Self-Help during Extreme Winter Weather After this year’s snowy and icy weather conditions, that affected all of us, the Parish Council is seeking volunteers who would be able to help out in the event of future snow & ice. If any farmer is willing to volunteer to: operate snow ploughs; spread salt and or store “dumpy” bags of salt (under dry cover) please contact the Parish Clerk, Kerry Straughan, on 01935 83563 and give her your details. In the current financial climate we can expect fewer services from Dorset County Council and will have to rely on more selfPlease refer to Hilfield village news help within our communities. So please for the High Stoy Parish Council notes. remember to look out for your neighbour, the elderly and vulnerable.


Highway safety – Many thanks to all of you who regularly keep your hedges and trees cut back from the highway, and keep our roads clean and safe to use by cleaning up after you. For those few who are unaware of your responsibilities you need to know that the cutting back of highway hedges and trees is the responsibility of the landowner or occupier on whose land the hedges/trees are growing. Landowners/occupiers must ensure that their hedges/trees do not interfere with the safe use of public footways and roadways or obscure road signs. It is also the responsibility of the adjacent landowner to clear roadside ditches and to clean up mud and debris you have spilled on the highway. An accident attributable to overhanging vegetation exposes the owner or occupier, responsible for the hedges/trees, to a claim from the injured or damaged party which could be substantial. An accident attributable to mud and debris that you have spilled or caused to run on to the road will also expose you to potentially costly claims. Concerned about your oil security? ‘Stop That Oil’ is an anti-crime initiative and includes Beaminster Crime Prevention unit, Safer Neighbourhood Teams and local OFTEC registered oil installers. It has been established to provide security advice and encourage the installation of affordable alarms on oil tanks. For further advice contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team, PC Chris Forshaw or PC Tim Poole, on 01305 222222 Security Alert – A man calling himself Tom and purporting to belong to the Crime

Protection Organisation has been phoning residents asking them to donate sums of money to help the fight against rural crime. As the police and associated organisations would never do this it is obviously another scam, so remember NEVER give your bank details over the phone (unless you are 100% sure to whom you are talking ) and if you feel uneasy about any call end it immediately. Missing Signs – if anybody within the Parish knows of any missing footpath signs (where the Right of Way leaves the road) please contact the Parish Footpaths office, Ray Dickerson with details so that we can get them replaced. Tel: 01963 210292 or email rockysardine@yahoo.co.uk The next High Stoy Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th December at 7.30pm in Hermitage Village Hall – you are most welcome to attend.

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There is no doubt Autumn has blown in! That leads to Winter and December so ‘Happy Christmas’ to all our readers! Firstly an apology to the newcomers, in particular to those who have moved into Magnolia House and Iles Farm; we know not your names! It is appropriate however that a final mention be made of Stanley W. MBE. It is uncanny that the June Edition of WVM should have a double page ‘Spotlight’ article on Stanley – a ‘living obituary’ as it turned out. There have been mentions of him by other organizations, and I would steer you towards Ginny Goodall’s ‘Thursday 21 October 2010’ in this edition; a fitting tribute, together with the others, of ‘Mr Leigh’. So Stanley – husband, brother, father, grand & great grand father, Quaker, dairyman, Youth Worker, Voluntary Worker, bicycle rider (?!), etc. etc. etc., friend and Gentle Man. David Reason PS We will be away from January 9th, so we would be very grateful if you could get any copy for the February issue to us before then. If you are unable to do this, please can you send it to Philip Bryan Philip.bryan5@btinternet.com who has kindly agreed to send it on to The Editor. Leigh Village Hall Lottery Results – September: 1st £25 Mr & Mrs Smith 2nd £10 Mr D Ambridge 3rd £10 Mr D Harris

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Stanley Waterfall Ella, Kevin and their family wish to thank all of the friends and family of Stanley Waterfall who have provided so much help and support over these last few weeks. The way that everyone pulled together in making arrangements for his funeral and memorial events were typical of what Stanley would have liked to have seen. People’s generosity seems without bounds and their contributions to the charities that Stanley named are almost £1,000. Kevin Waterfall Stanley Waterfall MBE 4 February 1923 – 9 October 2010 On Thursday, 21 October, after a Quaker gathering at the Yeovil Crematorium friends, relatives and villagers gathered in the Leigh Village Hall for a celebratory tea party to remember Stanley Waterfall and pay their own tributes to this amazing, kind and generous man. One part of the Hall was given over to a display of photographs of Stanley’s life including some very early ones taken with his mother and brother and covering the period of his time with the Youth organisations for which he would eventually be awarded his MBE. There were also snaps of Ella and their family of grandchildren and five great grandchildren – the youngest of whom is Gabriel at six weeks old. Kevin Waterfall, Stanley’s son, told me that people had come from as far as London and Bristol and he was thrilled to 14


see such a gathering in his father’s name. He was delighted to note the respect in which his father had been held. Kevin came to the microphone and told everyone how pleased his father would have been that so many people had come along to remember him and exchange happy memories. He specially thanked Ian and Annie Sinnot and all the helpers who had contributed to this special tea party, and felt Stanley would have been very proud that everyone in the village had pulled together in this way. I heard many stories illustrating Stanley’s character. One in particular showed his care and concern for others and was related by Bill and Jackie Joliffe. They told me that on the day they arrived in the village and had begun unloading, a face appeared around the side of the removal van – it was Stanley. He welcomed them to the village and handed them a beautiful fuschia plant which, Jackie told me, they still have to this day. It was an act of kindness which was very much appreciated and typical of Stanley. We will all indeed feel deeply the loss of our own “Mr Leigh”. Ginny Goodall

St Andrew’s Church, Leigh We are looking for budding musicians (of all ages) to come and join our worship team at our bi-monthly Family Worship Services. We would love to encourage the younger members of the village to join us in making music – if you would just like to play the tambourine, you will be most welcome! If interested, please contact either Michelle Read 872458, Tony Durkin 872117, Caroline Birdsell 872237 or Anne Reason 873726.

Computer workshops Computer workshops are being run by Dorset Adult Learning, in partnership with Dorset Community Action, designed to help people with a computer who need advice on using it, or for those who are wanting to buy one but need technical information. Betty Lewis (pictured, third from front) attended a session held at Leigh Village Hall on 11th October, because she wanted to get more confident at using her computer for emailing and storing photographs: ‘I was fumbling about at home and to be talked through it on a one-to-one basis is a very good thing’. The workshop also helped participants to find out about Twitter and blogging. Kate Chandler from Dorset Youth Association (front) helped with social networking sites like Facebook. Moray Dobree-Carey (standing) offered technical advice. For more information about these sessions which are being run in village halls across Dorset until May 2011, contact Simon Thompson on 01305-216412 or email simon.thompson@dorsetcommunityactio n.org.uk


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A Date for your Diary On Sunday, 13th February, 2011 at 6pm

“Evensong with a Difference” A celebration of the month of February In Words and Music at St Andrew’s Church, Leigh Mulled wine and light refreshments will be served and There will be a Retiring Collection in aid of St Andrew’s Fabric Fund and a local charity St Andrew’s Living Churchyard This year, in the Living Churchyard Competition, St Andrew’s, Leigh, was awarded Very Highly Commended in the Best Managed Class – the judges commenting particularly on our porch display and well-placed bird and bat boxes. The Prize-giving, held at Brooklands Farm, Forston, headquarters of the Dorset Wildlife Trust, was well-attended and, as usual, as friendly as it was informative. Rev. Michael and Janet Homewood having now retired as co-ordinators of the Living Churchyard project introduced their successor, Fran Salix-Alba, who in thanking Michael and Janet for all their hard work and dedication over the years, admitted that they would be a very hard act to follow.

Three parishes then gave presentations on their work and experiences over the past year; all very different, but all equally interesting. Whitchurch Canonicorum, whose church houses the shrine of St Wite, or St Candida as she is sometimes known - one of the very few shrines to have survived the Reformation, Milton Abbas with its ‘challenging’ churchyard, divided into two separate sections, one of which is on a steep slope and Banscombe, the most ‘urban’ parish of the three. Then after coffee, the Rev. Patrick Evans, retired Arch-deacon of Canterbury, presented the awards and gave a delightful talk about his friend, Gordon Beningfield, the wildlife artist and conservationist. Gordon Beningfield, who died in 1998, was, he said ‘a great observer of the little things in Nature - so important but so often missed’. This showed in the detail and delicacy of his paintings from a butterfly poised on a wild flower (he was a brilliant butterfly artist as well as being a great champion of hedgerows and the importance of their proper management) to a quintessentially English landscape – a subtle blend of field, farm and wild-life under a wide sky. Although Gordon Beningfield was a Hertfordshire man, he claimed Dorset as his second home, regularly singing its praises and painting its landscapes and wildlife. Rev. Evans said that it was thanks to him that he and his family moved to Dorset on his retirement – a happy move in every way! Incidentally, our latest certificate is now in place in St Andrew’s church porch, so do have a look at it when you’re passing. Dorothy Baldock


News from the Old Vicarage November has been a very exciting month with Natalie, Becky Johnson, Sue Ford and the key worker team all being short-listed for the Great British Care Awards South West finals for the manager, carer, nutrition and team awards respectively.

We are delighted to announce that both Natalie and Becky won their categories and will attend the national finals next year. Emily Rowe has been short-listed for the prestigious Ted Gully prize for new managers and she will find out the results in December, and the key workers have been short-listed for the National Caring Times awards at the end of the month. We will update you on all the results next month! Other news and our recent Christmas fair raised an amazing ÂŁ336 for breast cancer research. Thank you to everyone who supported this event. Two very sweet miniature Shetland ponies visited us in our dining room on a very wet and windy day in November much to the delight of the many animal lovers here, and we had a fun shopping trip to Street. Looking forward, we have our wedding day celebration, and we are organising a special day for Ruby, who will be 101 on the 20th!

December is full of events with many carol singers, a Christmas quiz, bingo, social evening and a much anticipated visit from the Wessex accordion players. We will be having our staff play on Christmas Eve; this year we will be performing our own unique version of Hansel and Gretel! On Monday 13th at 10.30am, we have a lady bringing in jewellery and other goodies for sale for Christmas. If anyone would like to come and join us you would be very welcome! Many thanks to everyone who has helped out this year - Sarah Lumsden has helped with our crafts session all year, also Jenny Price for her monthly quizes, Jolin gallery for regular visits and all the regulars who help with scrabble and the weekly shop. If anyone is interested in sparing some time to help with the activity programme, we would love to hear from you! Jan Millward, 01935 873033

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Candlelit Carol Service On Sunday, 12th December at 6.30pm we are hopeful that the St Andrew’s singers will be able to join us. Followed by mince pies and mulled wine in the Post House with Gloria Abbey. Touches that make a difference Many thanks to Andy Templeman for his very skilled woodwork in the Church - he has made a new shelf for extra prayer books - which is so exactly like the rest you can’t tell the difference. He also moved a pew forward a few inches and re-secured it as a personal touch to help some of the taller members of the congregation be more comfortable. Gilly Wilson

Local Representative: Graham Plaice 01935 872044

gplaice@gmail.com Yetminster & Ryme Intrinseca Parish Council Summary of Council Meeting 20th October 2010 The meeting was attended by nine councillors, six members of the public, DCllr Lawrence, and the Clerk. Parish Councillors Mrs Hansford was co-opted onto the Council; there is still room for one more councillor! Land west of Thornford Road Mrs Nash suggested that this land, currently earmarked for Affordable Housing, has significant wild life activity and could perhaps be purchased as a Community asset rather than being used

for housing. The Council felt that they needed more information before discussing the matter further. Since the meeting Mrs Nash has been asked to submit a formal proposal for the Council to consider alongside the expected planning application. Ryme Intrinseca Phone Box Mrs Blacky said that her daughter would like to take over the Phone Box as a book exchange. Only the Council can ‘adopt’ a disused phone box however they can then hand it over to a resident for such a use as proposed. Councillor Eltherington agreed to review the BT adoption scheme and report back at the November meeting Finance The Council has agreed a Parish Precept of £9,300 for the year 2011/2012. Planning There were no controversial planning applications. Speed Cameras More volunteers are needed for the Speed Camera proposal. The commitment is very small - a couple of hours every so often. Full training would be provided. Tractor Speeding A site meeting between the Highways Authority, Police and Council members will be held to discuss what can be done to prevent a repetition of the accident on the railway bridge recently PC Moore will be asked to write to all farmers asking for their co-operation in encouraging their contractors to drive with more care through the village. Railway Crossing Considerable discussion took place regarding the locking of the Mill Lane level crossing gates by Network Rail. In general it was thought that the official footpath 22


under the railway was not entirely Thanks to you all in advance and I look satisfactory. forward to your continuing support. Councillor Hentley will attend meetings between Network Rail and the County Rachel Bayfield Council to see if an acceptable compromise can be reached David Gough

The Coffee Beans

London Marathon 2011-Transfer Research Charity My name is Rachel Bayfield and I live in Yetminster. Having secured a place in next year’s London Marathon, I am looking to raise in excess of £2,000 for Cancer Research UK. So far, I have raised nearly £500 for this charity. My personal target is to raise at least £3,000. For this to happen, I am going to need local support and have organised several fundraising events to take place before Christmas in The White Hart Pub, Yetminster. Hopefully these events will be a bit of fun as well. These events include: December 5th : Ladies Night December 17th : Silent Auction December 23rd : Skittles ‘Killer’ Competition Full details of the above events will be advertised nearer the time, at the White Hart so please watch out for these notices. Other fundraising events will also take place in the New Year. Local support is essential in order for me to reach my goal for this fantastic charity. We held a wine tasting on October 28th which raised a superb £245! I would like to personally thank everyone who came and supported this event. I am 18 weeks into my training and everything is going to plan and I really want to achieve the £3,000 and can only do this with the support of our local community.

warmly invite you to a Soup Lunch Wednesday 19 January at 12.30 pm St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster Delicious homemade soups with bread and rolls In aid of The Lord’s Larder Hospice Lunches I’m pleased to report that thirty-two people enjoyed lunch at Manor Farm, Yetminster on Tuesday, 2nd November; the next lunch will be on Tuesday, 7th December. Please ring to reserve your place by 1st December, on 01935 872247. Christmas Day Lunch Why not give yourself a treat and have Christmas Day lunch at Manor Farm. We’re offering Roast Turkey and Ham plus all the trimmings and dessert for £30 per person. Book early to avoid disappointment. Ann Partridge


£100 No. 22 Mrs. A. Chant £50 No. 46 Mr. P. Moule £25 No. 10 Mrs. J. Page £15 No. 16 Mr. A. Roles

Yetminster Film Nights Thursday 20th January “Made in Dagenham” 15 – Drama – Film about the 1968 strike at Ford’s for equal pay for women workers. Great cast dominated by Miranda Richardson as Barbara Castle and also with Bob Hoskins and Geraldine James. Uplifting, funny, angry – typically British film from the team that thought up Calendar Girls. Thursday 17th February “The King’s Speech” 12A – Historical Drama – The story of King George VI’s struggle to master his stammer. Already heralded as a BAFTA and Oscar winner. Colin Firth as the King, Helena Bonham-Carter as Queen Elizabeth, and Geoffrey Rush as the unorthodox speech therapist. Thursday 17th March – at the time of going to press this is undecided. Please check the next issue. 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. Sue Eadon

No. 22 Mr. M. Hampson No. 23 Mrs H. Rogers No. 16 Mr. A. Roles

Yetminster Harvest Festival Our Harvest Festival took place on Sunday 10th October, the service of thanksgiving conducted by our rector Simon Brignall was much enjoyed by the many who attended. St Andrew's looked wonderful with displays of flowers, fruit

Yetminster

Irish Dancers GRAND CHRISTMAS BINGO SAT 4th DEC. St. Andrew’s Church Hall DOORS OPEN 7:00pm EYES DOWN 7:30pm GREAT PRIZES.

ANNUAL COMPETITIONS Sat 11th Dec. 9:00am onwards. St. Andrew’s Church Hall. See them test their skills in front of an adjudicator to win medals and trophies. Yetminster Fair Association 50 Club September Draw 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize 4th Prize

October Draw 1st Prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize

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and vegetables of every description and a large variety of tins and packets of food much of which was produced by St Andrew's School at their Harvest on Friday the 8th October. After the Sunday service a delighted congregation enjoyed a delicious bring and share lunch in St Andrew's Hall. All food items from the service were donated to the Night Shelter in Yeovil, where they were very gratefully received. A very big thank you to the many who contributed in whatever way, the lovely service, the decorating of the Church and the Hall, the excellent eats and the clearing up afterwards, it is so much appreciated. Thank you. Valerie Rowsell

Carol Service & Welcome party The Yetminster Christmas Carol Service will take place on Sunday the 19th December at 6pm in St Andrew's Church, followed by a Welcoming Party for Newcomer's in the Church Hall. All newcomers to the village should receive a formal invitation shortly, but if one does not reach you do get in touch with either Margaret Bedding (873437) or Valerie Rowsell (872594) or just come along on the day. Valerie Rowsell

YETMINSTER METHODIST CHURCH

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT Conducted by: Revd SOONCHEOL CHOI With musical entertainment Tues 14 Dec – 7pm Followed by hot mince pies and tea A very warm welcome to all


FLOWERS FARM TROUT LAKES HILFIELD

Tree Services

(NEXT TO ST. FRANCIS FRIARY)

Telephone & fax 01300 341351 www.flowersfarmlakes.co.uk Email alan@flowersfarmlakes.com For good fishing in beautiful surroundings OPEN ALL YEAR 5.30 a.m. Till DUSK

Trees pruning and felling Hedges trimmed and taken out Rubbish clearance All types of fencing Power washing. Driveways gravelled Also mini-digger available NO JOB TOO LARGE OR TOO SMALL

Subject to weather conditions

Unit 1 • Station Road

• Yetminster • DT9

6LH

Animal Food and Pet Supplies Dogs

Cats

Wild

Birds

Aviary/PetBirds Poultry Aquatics Toys and Accessories Prize Choice Frozen Dog Food Available

Mondays to Fridays: 8.30am to 5.30pm - Saturdays: 9am to 4pm Deliveries possible

-T e l e p h o n e : 0 1 9 3 5 8 7 3 6 7 6

Steve’s Clocks Vintage Clocks restored and repaired. We also have a good variety of clocks for sale. Contact : Steve Perry Telephone : 01935 83450 (there is an answer phone)

COMPLETE GARDENING SERVICE GRASS CUTTING, HEDGE CUTTING, PRUNING, PLANTING,BORDER CARE, GARDEN CLEARANCE FRIENDLY RELIABLE SERVICE FULLY INSURED REFERENCES AVAILABLE CALL SIMON

Email : stesue235@aol.com

HOME- 01935 872386 MOBILE- 07873 373056

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Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance News Members of the Yetminster Methodist Church organised an ‘Autumn Fayre’ on Saturday the 6th November at the Meadens Community Centre in the village. Despite other early Christmas Bazaars, Christmas Sales, an MS event and even a Benefice Meeting (!), the Autumn Fayre again proved very popular. The wonderful sum of £161.25p was raised for the very valuable work of our Helicopter Air Ambulance. With thanks to all who generously supported our event and of course all those helpers who supplied and sold the cakes – preserves – crafts – Christmas gifts etc. etc. If friends who were unable to get to our Autumn Fayre would wish to make a small donation, I will be happy to include it with our donation. Thank you John Nile

Jolin Gallery December Diary of Events: Monday 6th December - Open evening Christmas shopping event unusual and individual gifts for all the family 5 – 8 pm with mulled wine and refreshments. Friday 10th & Tues 14th December – Christmas fun with Babette Cole, for children of all ages! Fetlock Hall comes to life, tickets £2.00 Story, books and fun. 3.30 – 5pm. Thurs 16th December Xmas Quiz – Bring friends or meet friends for quiz time - mulled wine and nibbles £2. 2pm onwards. Tuesday 21st December Party time – Come and join in - In the café, seasonal Christmas Fayre, hot soup, mince pies – and festivities!

Sarah Coombs, Manager Barns Owls Nursery, Mandy Vallender, Supervisor St Andrew’s Pre-school & Fiona Roberts, Supervisor Lower Covey Nursery, Yetminster all received awards in November from Dorset County Council in recognition of achievements in gaining Foundation degrees in Early Years Care and Education. Congratulations ladies.

For bookings or further information on any event contact Linda Powell 01935 873040


Regular Meetings Mon - Fri Every Mon

Every Tues

Wriggle Valley Pre Sch (in term)

8.30-3pm

St Andrews School

Leigh Short Mat Bowls Weekday Prayers 1st Y'minster Guides (in term) Y'minster Table Tennis Club Y'minster Bell Ringers Topsy Turvy Toddlers (in term) Beavers Scouts

2pm 6pm 6.45-8.30pm 7.30-10pm 7.30pm 9.45-11.45 5.45-6.45 7-8.30pm Winter 7-9pm Summer

Leigh Village Hall St Andrews Church Trim Rm Church Hall Scout hut Y'minster St Andrews Church St Andrews School Scout hut Y'minster Scout hut Y'minster

Scouts Beginners Pilates

Every Wed

1.30pm 2.35pm

Chetnole Art Group 10-1pm Dollywood Dance Class (Sept-May) 2pm Drop In Coffee morning 10-12pm Y'minster Short Mat Bowls 7-10pm Wednesday Club (in term) 3.15pm Yoga Class 10.30-11.30am

Scout hut Y'minster Chetnole Village Hall Chetnole village Hall

Chetnole Village Hall St Andrew's Hall, Y'minster Chetnole Village Hall St Andrew's Hall Y'minster St Andrews School Leigh Village Hall

Yoga Class Y'minster Short Mat Bowls

7.15-9.15pm 7-10pm

Leigh Village Hall St Andrews Hall, Y'minster

Every Thurs

Leigh Short Mat Bowls Y'minster Short Mat Bowls Leigh Brownies (in term) Y'minster Cubs (in term) Thursday Club Bridge Club

7pm 2-5pm 5.30pm 6.45-8.15pm 6.45-8.15pm 7-10pm

Leigh Village Hall St Andrew's Hall, Y'minster Leigh Village Hall Scout hut Y'minster Scout hut Y'minster Dairy House Ryme

Advanced Pilates

10.15am

Chetnole Village Hall

Every Fri

Table Tennis Table Tennis for All Scouts

9.30-12.30 11 - 12 noon 7.15-9.15pm

Leigh Village Hall Chetnole Village Hall Scout hut Y'minster

Every Sat

Irish Dancers

10.15am

Church Hall Y'minster


Alt Thurs 1st Mon 1st Tues

2nd Tues

3rd Tues Alt Months Last Tues 1st Wed 2nd Wed 2nd & 4th Wed 3rd Wed

Wed Fortnightly

Hermitage and Hillfield YFC Chetnole and Leigh Garden Club Hospice Lunch (winter only) Wriggle Valley MU (alt mths) Leigh Discussion Group (wint) Hermitage and Hillfield WI Tuesday Club (senior citizens) Y'ster and Ryme Garden Club Senior Winter Lunch Outings WV Womens group Wriggle Valley Lunch Club 3rd Tues - Leigh Parish Council Leigh WI Y'minster Senior Citizens Coffee Beans Coffee Morning Y'minster Historical Society Police Support Unit High Stoy Bible Study

7.30pm 12.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 2.30pm 7.30pm 8pm 12.15pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 3.00pm 10.00-12pm 2.30pm 2.00-3.00pm 7.30pm

Leigh Village Hall Chetnole Village Hall Manor Farm House Y'ster Church Hall Y'minster Leigh Village Hall Hermitage Village Hall Leigh Village Hall As Advertised Sue Footner 873610 See Monthly Calendar Leigh Village Hall Leigh Village Hall Leigh Village Hall The Meadens Church Hall Y'minster Church Hall Y'minster The Cross Leigh Venue contact 872342

District Council Ward Surgery

11.00-12.00pm Jolin Gallery Y'minster

Police Community Support Sturminster Mobile Library

11.15am

By church Y'minster Church Lane Hermitage

11.50am 12.15pm 2.00pm 11.40am 12.20pm 12.40pm 8.00pm 2.30-4.30pm

Shearstones Y'minster Church Y'minster Stonyacres Y'minster Carpenters Arms Leigh Church Chetnole Lamb's Plot Chetnole Chetnole Village Hall Friary Hilfield

8.00pm

Chetnole Village Hall

8.00pm 12 noon 12 noon

White Hart Playing fields Y'minster Playing fields Y'minster

Bridport Mobile Library

Whist Drive Wed/Thurs Friary Shop Fri/Sat 2nd Thurs Alt Chetnole & Stockwood PC Mnth Last Thurs Y'minster Fair Assoc 2nd Sat YPFSC Wastepaper Coll 3rd Sat YPFSC Wastepaper Coll


D ecem b er 2010 Thu 2nd Chuckers Xmas Dinner 7pm Fri 3rd Christmas Fayre 5-7pm Romeo & Juliet 7.00pm Sat 4th Romeo & Juliet 7.00pm Xmas Bingo 7.30pm Xmas Sale 10am - 12 noon Y'minster Dancers Bingo 7.00pm Xmas Bingo 7.30pm 4th – 11th Christmas Tree Festival Sun 5th Ladies Night Mon 6th Garden Club Xmas Party 7.30pm Wriggle Valley Xmas Lunch Tue 7th Hospice Lunch 12noon Wed 8th WI Carol Service Thur 9 T h e S in g in g B o n e s 7.30pm Sat 11th Gourmet Raffle 12noon Y'minster Irish D’cers Comp from 9am Tue 14th Yet/Ryme GAC 7pm High Stoy PC mtg 7.30pm Carol Service 7pm Carols by Candlelight 7pm Yet/Ryme GAC 7.30pm Fri 17th Silent Auction Sat 18th Family Praise Service 10.15am Sun 19th Carol Service 6.00pm Candlelit service 6.30pm Thu 23rd Skittles Killer competition Carols Candlelight Fri 24th Children’s Carol Service 3pm Fri 24th Carol’s by Candlelight 7.30pm

Fortune Palace, Yeovil St Andrew’s School, Y’minster Leigh Village Hall Leigh Village Hall Hermitage Village Hall Chetnole Village Hall St Andrew's Hall, Y'minster Hermitage Village Hall St Andrew's Church, Y'minster White Hart Yetminster Chetnole Village Hall Leigh Village Hall Manor Farm, Yetminster Sherborne Abbey Chetnole Village Hall Leigh Village Hall St Andrew's Hall, Y'minster St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster Hermitage Village Hall Yetminster Methodist Church Methodist Church, Y'minster St Andrew's Hall, Y'minster White Hart, Yetminster St Mary’s, Hermitage St Andrew's, Yetminster Ryme Intrinseca Church White Hart Yetminster Hilfield Church Batcombe Church St Mary’s, Hermitage

Jan u ary 2011 Sun 2nd Annual Village Walk 10.30am Thu 6th NSPCC Coffee Morning 10.30-12.30 Mon 10th C/L Garden Club 7.30pm Tue 11th Yet/Ryme GAC 7.30pm Tue 18th WVWomen’s Group Wed 19th Coffee Beans Soup Lunch 12.30 Thu 20th Yetminster Film Nights 7.30pm Artsreach Musical 7.30pm Sat 22nd New Year’s Party 7.30pm Tue 25th Leigh WI 7.30pm Fri 28th Panto 7.30pm Sat 29th Panto 2pm & 7.30pm

St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster Chetnole Village Hall Hermitage Village Hall Leigh Village Hall Leigh Village Hall Leigh Village Hall

F eb ru ary 2011 Fri 4th Panto Sat 5th Panto Mon 7th C/L Garden Club Tue 8th Yet/Ryme GAC Sun 13th Evensong Thu 17th Yetminster Film Nights

Leigh Village Hall Leigh Village Hall Chetnole Village Hall St Andrew’s Hall St Andrew’s Church, Leigh St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster

7.30pm 2pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm 6pm 7.30pm

Church Farm, Ryme Old Mill House, Yetminster Chetnole Village Hall St Andrew’s Hall


HUNTER’S MOON MOON HUNTER’S

MIDDLEMARSH

( on the Sherborne road)

DT9 5QN

01963 210966

MOON MOON

With an efficient and friendly team, chefs that are passionate about their food and a bar full of character.

Come on down and try our home- cooked dishes, real ale or choose a beautiful bottle of wine & enjoy the warmth of a traditional inn.

SENIORS MEAL DEALS; SENIORS FRIDAY MEAL DINNER & SUNDAY LUNCH CARVERY. DEALS; FRIDAY DINNER & SUNDAY LUNCH CARV THE MENU, DAILY SPECIALS

BARN OWLS NURSERY, FROME ST QUINTIN

Full day/sessional care, open all year round, for children from 8 months – 8 years. Home cooked lunches and tea available, small friendly family atmosphere run by fully qualified staff, exciting activities, including Forest School. Please telephone 01935 83177

Jolin Gallery Gallery of Local Art and Crafts

J & H Pictures www.royalnavypictures.co.uk

Opportunities for local, gifted artists and crafts people to exhibit their work in our new light and airy Gallery. Come and enjoy some refreshments or a home made light lunch in our relaxed and comfortable Café setting.

Royal Navy specialist: - Maritime Art - Ship’s Crests - RN & RFA Photos - Collages & personalised displays - One of the largest collections in the UK

Open Mon - Sat 10am - 5:30pm Boyles Old School, High Street, Yetminster, Sherborne, Dorset,

Tel: 01935 873044


Buffett Buffett Stonemasonry Stonemasonry Building Maintenance All& Aspects of Masonry Undertaken --------

For all of your General Building & Conservation Repairs Specialist Stonemasonry needs Opening times: Tues - 9 - 7.30 Wed 9-5 Thurs 9-4 Fri 9 - 6.30 Sat 9 - 1 Warm Waxing, Manicures & Pedicures, Nail Extensions, Paraffin Treatments, Facials & Fake Bake Tanning

& General Maintenance of Oldof&experience, Listed Buildings 20 years prompt &

Traditional repairs of Listed & Heritage Buildings

-------reliable service

Bespoke StoneusHouse Names/Signs Please contact for a free quotation on Telephone: (01300) 341012 Please Telephone: (01300) 341012 buffettstonemasonry@hotmail.co.uk

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Robert J.Prowse Ltd

Tomorrow’s Television – Today!

Local Family Run Business established 29 Years We will match any price on Panasonic and Sony Televisions* Showroom at

31a Great Western Road, Dorchester, DT1 1UF (on site free customer parking)

Tel: 01305 261212 www.robertjprowse.co.uk

TELEPHONE: 01935 41 55 55

*Phone or ask in store for details

Member of Dorset Trading Standards buy with Confidence Scheme

AUTOTECH GARAGE SERVICES STATION YARD, YETMINSTER, DT9 6 LH (opposite Express Motor Parts) We are pleased to be able to offer all local residents and businesses a specialised servicing, maintenance and repair facility for cars, vans and 4x4 vehicles. We also carry out plant, equipment and machinery repairs. For professional serviced at reasonable rates please contact MARTIN NEWMAN

on (01935) 872239 SPECIALISTS IN VEHICLE AIR CONDITIONING

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URGENT VACANCY - EDITOR The Wriggle Valley Magazine urgently requires a willing volunteer for the role of Editor. Although this is a demanding role, the Editor will be assisted by a dedicated and experienced committee who are there to guide and advise the incumbent. This role offers the opportunity to make a difference to the community it serves. The magazine is a free publication distributed to over 1200 homes, which regularly look forward to its production. For more information please contact Graham Plaice, Chairman either on 01935 872044 or email gplaice@gmail.com

YETMINSTER HEALTH CENTRE Arrangements for Christmas and New Year 20010/11 Friday 24th Normal hours Saturday 25th Closed Sunday 26th Closed Monday 27th Closed Wednesday 29th Normal hours Thursday 30th Normal hours Friday 31st Normal hours Monday 3rd Closed If you need advice or medical attention when the surgery is closed please telephone: NHS Direct 0845 4647 Urgent Care Services 0845 600 1013 Or where appropriate – in a medical emergency 999 Please ensure you have enough medication to cover Christmas and New Year period. With every good wish from all at the surgery for a Happy and Peaceful Christmas Sue Thring.

Wriggle Valley Churches Christmas Tree Festival Saturday 4th – Saturday 11th December In St Andrew’s Church Yetminster.

Come and see the amazing Display of Decorated Christmas Trees


Gourmet Raffle Julian and Elizabeth Turnbull invite all the WVM readers to a Gourmet Raffle in the Leigh Village Hall on Saturday, 11th December at 12noon. Items to be raffled are a turkey, a goose, Christmas cake , smoked trout ,pheasants, pies, port, good wine, chocolates, haggis(maybe) jams and pickles and many other gastronomic goodies. The raffle will be at one o'clock prompt and will be fast and furious. There will be a bar (beer, wine and soft drinks only) All enquiries to: 01935 873846 Julian & Elizabeth Turnbull

Are you a parent? Could you help Home-Start West Dorset make a difference to the lives of families who have a child under five years old by helping them to bring back the joy and fun of parenting? Our families need your support as HomeVisiting Volunteers. To help you carry out this role we are running another free Preparation Course starting on Thursday, 27th January in Dorchester which will give you the option of your training being recognised through accreditation with the Open College Network. For this role you will need to undergo a CRB check at enhanced level. Your life skills could also be used by becoming a Trustee. If you would like to find out more, please contact Helen Horsley on 01305 755603/755608 or visit our website at www.homestartwestdorset.co.uk.

Urgent Road Gritting Update The Parish Councils have been informed that the County Council have revised their Gritting and Salting Network for the coming winter. Whilst they have I increased their stocks of salt they will now only grit the 25% of the County’s roads which carry 80% of the traffic. This will include all ‘A’ Roads. As far as the Wriggle Valley is concerned the ONLY roads that will be gritted are as follows: Sherborne to Bradford Abbas Bradford Abbas to Stoford Bradford Abbas to Thornford Station and on to Chetnole Yetminster: from Thornford Road to Station Chetnole to A37 past Chetnole Station No other roads in the Wriggle Valley will be gritted; nor will the road through Thornford to Sherborne - out of the valley. If you want to know more and get updates on gritting go to www.dorsetforyou.com/winter In addition gritting will only be done when local weather forecasts and road temperatures demand it; so you may find some of the network ungritted.I do not know how this compares with the previous regime but less than before I suspect. David Gould, Chairman Yetminster & Ryme Intrinseca PC

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15 years salon experience, attends regular training courses, and offers flexible hours, including evenings So if you want the salon experience, in the convenience of your own home, call Nikki on: 07515 903 555 Visit www.hairbynikki.co.uk for prices

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Faster Broadband? Have you heard about BT Infinity?? The more people who vote for their local exchange the faster our Broadband might become. I have just voted for the Yetminster exchange................but I am only the 27th person to vote out of a possible 1,468!!! Can everyone in Chetnole and the surrounding area vote before the end of the year so we might get faster Broadband? It can't get much slower for me!! VISIT: www.racetoinfinity.bt.com IF YOU HAVE BROADBAND.............PLEASE VOTE!! Ann Flew

Events on our local Butterfly Reserves December 2010/January 2011 Woodland Work at Alners Gorse Friday, December 3rd and Thursday, Dec 9th, 9.30am – 4pm, we will be working with a volunteer group from North Dorset and would welcome anyone else who could join us during the day. Conservation Action Day at Alners Gorse Sunday, December 5th, 10am – 4pm, carrying on with our woodland and scrub management work. There will be a bonfire with soup and baked potatoes for lunch. Do join us if you can! Conservation Action Day at Lankham Bottom Reserve Saturday, December 11th, 10am – 4pm, continuing the task of gorse and thorn scrub clearance on this important downland reserve.

Brown Hairstreak Egg Search at Alners Gorse and Rooksmoor Common Sunday, December 12th, Brown Hairstreaks are very rare in Dorset, so we carry out this important annual survey to assess the populations. Don’t worry if you are new to this – you will soon pick up the skill! Wear waterproof footwear and bring a packed lunch if attending all day. 10.30 am Alners Gorse map reference ST 737100. 1.30 pm Berry Farm, Rooksmoor off the B3143, map reference ST 737115. Conservation Action Day at Alners Gorse Sunday, January 9th, 10am – 4pm, carrying on with our woodland and scrub management work. There will be a bonfire with soup and baked potatoes for lunch. Do join us if you can! Conservation Action Day At Lankham Bottom Reserve Saturday, January 22nd, 10am – 4pm, continuing the task of gorse and thorn scrub clearance on this important downland reserve. Alners Gorse reserve entrance is on the road from Hazelbury Bryan to Kings Stag beside the Hazelbury Bryan village sign and 30mph sign. Park on the road verge well away from the bend. Map reference: ST 736100. Lankham Bottom The reserve entrance is off the minor road from Cattistock to the A37 about half a mile west of the A37. Park inside the metal gate. Map Reference ST 606004. For further information please contact Nigel Spring on 01963.23559 or 07981.776767, or email nigelspring@yahoo.co.uk

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Do you have or care for children aged 0 – 5 years? The newly opened Sherborne Children’s Centre is managed by Barnardo's on behalf of Dorset County Council and funded through the government’s SureStart scheme. The Sherborne Children’s Centre forms part of the Mid Dorset Cluster which also covers Broadmayne and the Piddle Valley. The Sherborne Children’s Centre aims to support all children and their parents/carers to reach their full potential through fun and educational play opportunities. Training courses, financial, employment and benefit advice is also available. At present within the Sherborne Children’s Centre are providing free of charge a range of activities that include: Sherborne Children’s Centre Action Van at 10:00-11:00 on Friday 3 December Multiple Births at 09:30 – 11:30 on Thursday 16 December Musik & Movement at 10:00 – 11:30 on Wednesday 15 December Young Parents at 13:00 – 15:00 on Wednesday 1, 8 and 15 December It would be helpful if you could book your attendance at these activities to the Sherborne Children’s Centre on 01935 813021 (or 01305 852843) or by email at middorset@barnardos.org.uk. Ms Jo Holdsworth

£7,500 raised for St Margaret’s Hospice

The Great Walk for St Margaret's Hospice took place in October - we travelled with approximately 50 others to Beijing. There we walked parts of the Huangyaguan, Jinshanling, Gubelkou, Mutianyu and Badaling Great Walls, often on parts not normally walked by tourists!! It was quite often challenging (wild wall walking!) and really rewarding. A big THANKYOU to everyone who supported us in raising the £7,500 that we achieved. So far St Margaret's Hospice have amassed £105,000… We believe there is more to come. If you would like to donate to the fund please contact either of us and we will pass it on! Wishing you all a very Happy Xmas and New Year Pearl & Veronica


PILATES Pilates is a form of exercise designed to develop core strength, flexibility and control. Classes in Pilates run on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning in Chetnole village hall. The classes cover a range of exercises at various levels from beginners to a more advanced level. The aim is that participants gradually develop control over the core muscles so that balance, posture and flexibility are all improved. Members of the classes progress at their own pace with instructors who give clear group guidance/instruction together with individual help as appropriate. Present members of the class have commented on their improved coordination and the ability to bend, stretch and move more easily. The exercises help with ordinary day to day activities such lifting the shopping (pint of beer), walking to the local shop, Wriggles (the Chetnole Inn), picking up the post (the dropped £10 note) as well as developing a general sense of well-being. The classes are friendly and fun so why not make that New Year’s resolution to get fit for 2011 and join one of the groups. Classes continue until Tuesday 14th December at 1.30pm and Thursday 16th December at 10.15am and will restart on Tuesday 8th January and Thursday 10th January 2011.

Come along and see what Pilates is about, ladies and gentlemen welcome. Further information contact Michele Aldhouse on aldhousefamily@hotmail.com

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Seasoned barn stored logs

Weeding, pruning & general tidying of flowerbeds


SPEARBUILD Telephone: 01935 863205 Mobile: 07854 082299 Email: spearbuild@btinternet.com

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Prompt, reliable service All work considered General building Extensions Patios Concreting Plastering — ceilings and walls Natural stone walling

Call Stephen on 01935 863205

SHERBORNE’S NEW CAB COMPANY

PESTFORCE And The Dorset MOLE CATCHER Complete pest control Moles, rats, mice, wasps Ants, fleas, rabbits, birds www.pestforce-dorset.co.uk Tel: 01963 362292 Mob: 07854 395112

Luxurious 4 Star B & B in a charming Dorset village. 3 rooms (2 king and 1 twin); all ensuite; flat screen televisions. Real ales; great homemade food (recently gained Michelin Recognition); log fi res; garden (with pub ducks); Snug Bar with couches; board games; relaxation . . . Farm Produce Shop next door

The Chetnole Inn Chetnole, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6NU Telephone: 01935 872337 Website: www.thechetnoleinn.co.uk E-mail: enquiries@thechetnoleinn.co.uk

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October 2010 “When the bold branches Bid farewell to rainbow leaves – Welcome wool sweaters!” B. Cybrill Lawn-obsessed gardeners suffered the usual aggravation of having their neatly trimmed grass hidden by the falling leaves but the rush to change into warmer sweaters was not as frantic as in some previous autumns. Temperatures Daytime temperatures averaged 15.6C (60F), which was normal for this time of year. Although October produced eight frosts instead of the usual three, nights were generally much milder than usual, with an average minimum of 7.1C (45F), double the 2000-2009 average of 3.5C (38F). The hottest day reached 22C (72F), but this was only 5% above average. The coldest night was really cold, dropping to -5.5C (22F), almost matching 2003’s record low of -5.8C (21.8F). Rainfall October was unusually dry this year. There were 22 rain-free days and total rainfall was 34% less than the usual amount, with only 82 mm (3.2”). This, together with above average amounts of sunshine, may have helped this autumn’s exceptionally fine display of ‘rainbow leaves’. Total rainfall for the year so far is only 2% below average, at 68.3mm (27”). Sunshine Although there were seven days without measurable sunshine we had the second sunniest October since 2000. Sunshine hours totalled 103, an impressive 41% more than usual. 2010 has now enjoyed 10% more sunshine than in an average year.

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Gardening in December – remember your friends!

This morning I noticed c. 25 fieldfares in the willow trees at the end of our garden - probably just arrived from Scandinavia or Russia. And they made me think about this article. Normally November is the month when winter really sets in. Temperatures and remaining leaves drop and the garden readies itself for winter’s imminent cold blasts. Most of it switches into “Standby” mode pending the arrival of spring. But what of those with whom we share our space – winter can be a real struggle for wildlife. But with a little thought and effort it is possible to help it through this tough time. ·

Birds: It’s important to ensure that feeders are kept full during winter. And try to put out meal worms (lots of places sell them). Hang up suet balls as the fat gives necessary energy. Some birds love fruit and berries so if you have any windfall apples, leave a few on the ground or bird table. If you don’t have a pond it helps to leave out a bowl of clean water, checking for ice daily. Apart from providing drinking water, the birds can also preen and clean, thus ensuring good heat insulation. Birds are a constant joy during the winter – indeed all year, so help them in the tough times.

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Amphibians: If you have frogs, toads or newts in the garden, winter is the time to thank them for keeping slugs and bugs at bay. Provide a rock or log pile as shelter for these friends. If possible put it near a pond, ensuring it faces away from the worst winter winds. In case there are more pals dozing in the mud at the bottom of the pond, float a couple of tennis balls so it won’t freeze over. This should guarantee access to oxygen. And be careful when turning over the compost heap; it’s is a natural, warm haven for frogs, toads, grass snakes, slow worms and newts. They also appreciate piles of leaves, abandoned plant pots and stones. So tread carefully in the winter garden! No unfortunate squelches please!

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Insects: Every nook and cranny in the garden is a haven for hibernating insect life. Butterflies sleep in garages, sheds, piles of sacking and even household curtains. To help other insects, scattered bundles of short bamboo sticks make excellent winter retreats. Under the bark of logs, in little cracks in window and door frames snooze lacewings, wasps and ladybirds. Holes in the ground may shelter bumblebees. These insects are important in our gardens – they pollinate and eat the harmful bugs. Try not to disturb these areas until spring when things awaken again. Tom Withycombe

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Exploring our local and global community. Our Autumn term is rapidly approaching its hectic climax – it is always a busy time of year filled with a myriad of festive activities. Over the past few weeks we have been learning about our global community. Ash and Willow classes have had enjoyable themed days as part of their humanities projects. Ash experienced a Caribbean day exploring the culture, fairtrade and creating delicious local Watching in wonder in Arne food whilst Willow Class enjoyed an Indian day sampling Indian food and creating lovely Rangoli patterns out of chalk to help celebrate the festival of Eid. Bringing us back to our local community, the Year 4 children in Ash Class spent a few days investigating our beautiful church, St Andrew’s, which was a fascinating experience. We followed the church trail and learnt so many new facts; I bet you didn’t know that the pews used to be painted red in Tudor times! The Year 5 children were fortunate enough to spend a few days down to Leeson House near Swanage exploring our lovely countryside and coastline.This is what Ethan and Isabell had to say about their experiences.

walks, exploring Arne RSPB heath land and a trip to Studland beach. Our highlight of the week was definitely when Mrs Halford tripped in a hole at Studland (fortunately she didn’t hurt herself) . Inside Leeson House was a games hall and the bedrooms were awesome. Ethan’s room had two bunk beds and four single beds. However Isabell’s room had two bunk beds and only three single beds. There was another room next-door for the other girls with another three single beds. The food was delicious and every night we would have sweets and hot chocolate or squash. On the last night we watched Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 as it was pouring with rain – again. We had to be in bed by eight O’ clock and lights out was at nine o clock. LEESON ROCKS and we would love to have the opportunity to go again”. Oh to be young and having such fun.

Join us for our Christmas Fayre on Friday 3rd December from 5.00 – 7.00pm and may we take the opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Check this and other stories by looking “Leeson House was an amazing at our website experience. We did many extraordinary http://www.standrewsyetminster.org.uk/ . activities, day and night, such as: night Bella Neate-Clegg


On the front line in Sudan. Bentiu, Sudan is on the front line of a nation torn apart by race and religion. Since 1956 the south, mainly Christian and African has struggled with the north of the country, mainly Muslim and Arab. A whole generation of young people has missed out on any education and many were forced to serve with the SPLA (Sudan people’s liberation army), the main fighting force of the south. I was part of a small SOMA (Sharing our Ministry abroad) team, invited by Archbishop Deng to visit this remote outpost and to encourage the clergy and Youth leaders of this fledgling diocese and its new Bishop. In the years of the conflict the church has grown and new dioceses have been established rapidly but its clergy and lay leaders are young and largely untaught.

Simon giving some Sudanese school children pencils given by the children from the Wriggle Valley Benefice

After three exhausting days of travel we drove into a town of grass huts and dusty roads that turned into rivers in when

the rain fell. It all looked very makeshift as if the population knew that they might have to flee for their lives at any moment. 75 young men and women had travelled from all parts of the diocese and five army chaplains from the Fourth Army Division stationed here joined us. The cathedral had an impressive corrugated iron roof but there were no walls just slender poles, and plastic sheets. However with a long day of workshops and talks we were grateful for the breeze and when the rain and hail fell, for the roof! With so few resources available to leaders every SOMA programme is designed so that it can be easily taken home and shared. Many of the clergy and youth leaders themselves had served in the SPLA and the themes of reconciliation, repentance, restoration, and renewal touched sensitive nerves leading to times of prayer, reflection and sometimes tears. On January 9th 2011- if all goes to planSudan will hold a referendum vote to decide its future. The referendum is an essential part of the comprehensive Peace agreement signed six years ago, which ended the long years of civil war in which over two million died. The people of Sudan will decide whether to remain in a united Sudan or establish their own nation. There are huge tensions and expectations on all sides about a likely outcome for Sudan and much political wrangling over power and wealth distribution. There is also much argument over the actual border between North and South, particularly as much of this runs through rich oil fields. This could easily become a source of conflict. Whatever 46


happens, in a country more used to fighting than talking and with so much at stake for all involved there is a very real danger that the country could return to violence and bloodshed. If you would like to learn more about Sudan and the SOMA mission to Bentiu do join the team at an informal gathering at Leigh village Hall on Saturday, January 8th at 8pm. Rev. Simon Brignall

Yetminster Methodist Church December: I appreciate that many people have to think about and prepare for Christmas many months before it arrives, but for me, Christmas begins with our annual Carol Service. This year it is on Tuesday, December 14th (7pm) and we invite you to join us and make it the beginning of your Christmas celebrations. January: 2011 is going to be a special year for all the churches throughout the country as we commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the 1611 King James Bible, known also as the Authorised Version. I expect most homes still have a copy tucked away somewhere. “Bible Fresh” - is the title of a campaign to encourage all of us throughout the country to read the Bible for ourselves. Not many of us read the 1611 version now, but there are numerous translations available today, most of which make God’s word much easier to understand. I do not believe that any one translation can adequately convey to us all that God has to say today. Try reading one of the newer versions and just see how

even an old familiar story can take on a completely new meaning. I found the following at the beginning of a Gideon Bible which had been placed in a hotel room: “The Bible is: superhuman in origin; eternal in duration; divine in authorship; infallible in authority; inexhaustible in meaning; universal in readership, unique in revelation; personal in application; and powerful in effect”. Let’s try to make 2011 a year when we can “bring the Bible back to the people and the people back to the Bible”. Every blessing to your and your families during the New Year. Cliff Harris From the Registers: Baptisms Finnley Sean Hurst Williams Ryme Intrinseca Sophie Elizabeth Jones Yetminster Weddings Alison Lloyd to Luke Goddard Leigh Funeral/Thanksgiving Barry Thompson Yetminster Stanley Wilson Waterfall Yeovil Crematorium Robin Anthony Redman Wilson Ryme Intrinseca Joanne Rice Chetnole


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Wriggle Valley Benefice Priest in Charge: Rev’d Simon Brignall Office: St Andrew’s Hall, Church Street, Yetminster Tel: 01935 872 600 (24 hour message service) 01935 872 273 Email: office@wrigglevalleybenefice.com Note: Simon’s usual day off is Friday Licensed Lay Ministers: Chloe Sadler 01935 872794 John Strover 01935 872437 Yetminster Methodist Church Minister Rev. S Choi Tel: 01935 815666 Stewards: Mr and Mrs J Nile, Casella, Queen Street, Yetminster Treasurer: Mr C Harris, Broadview, East Chinnock Secretary: Mrs B Driver, 26 St Osmund Close, Yetminster Please note: there will be no service on the 26th December. Services commence at 10.30 am and refreshments are served after each service. A warm welcome awaits you at our services and fellowship. Roman Catholic Services Roman Catholic Church The Sacred Heart & St.Aldhelm, Westbury, Sherborne DT9 3EL tel: 812021 Parish Priest: Monsignor Canon Robert Draper V.G. e-mail: sherbornerc@tiscali.co.uk website: sherbornecatholicchurch.org.uk Mass times: Saturday 6pm Sunday 10.30am Holy Days 10am and 6.30pm Wednesday 10am Friday 10am Please see notice board, newsletter or website for the latest information and for times of Masses on other days. The Friary, Hilfield Sundays: 8.30am Sung Eucharist 5.15pm Sung Evening Prayer (Mondays Closed – Brother’s Free Day) Weekdays: 12noon Midday Prayer followed by Eucharist 5.15pm Evening Prayer These are sung on Saint’s Days


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JOAN WILSON Joan is 89 years and a Lincolnshire lass. I spent an intriguing hour listening to her life story. Joan told me she attended Lincoln High School before entering a domestic science college just before the War started. She joined the WAAF and was stationed firstly in Belfast and then Loughborough where she received a commission. Joan served in the catering office for Bomber Command in East Anglia. Returning to Lincolnshire after the War Joan met and married her husband, Kenneth – a Rhodesian who was a friend of her cousin. Kenneth had been a prisoner of war for four and half years in Stalag 3. Joan told me that during his release, Kenneth and the other ex POWs where marching along and the local women were offering them all rhubarb, for which they were very grateful at the time, however it left him with a life-long dislike of rhubarb! Joan and Kenneth were married in Burton Church, Lincolnshire. They had to travel separately to Rhodesia to set up home as special ships were only laid on for returning military personnel, not for their wives and families. So Joan together with many other wives travelled alone to Freetown then to Bulawayo, making her way to join Kenneth in Salisbury – now Harare. Here they put their names down for one the £100 plots of land that were being offered to returning servicemen. They found an architect, built their house and Joan and Kenneth eventually settled into with their family. Their four children were born and raised in Rhodesia. Kenneth worked as a solicitor and also helped many local people with farming. Joan told me that she went on one of the very first safaris, camping out and listening to leopards and elephants calling. One night she heard what she thought was a leopard “coughing” outside their tent but on further inspection it turned out to be the sound made by one of the lamps! Joan was in Rhodesia during very turbulent times. Firstly war broke out, Ian Smith declared unilateral independence and Robert Mugabe came into power. When the time came for Kenneth to retire they decided to settle in England and bought a house in Wiltshire but continued to visit Rhodesia occasionally. Her children live in England, Australia and Zambia and she has 13 great grandchildren, some of whom visit her at the Old Vicarage.It was a joy to sit and listen to Joan recounting all her adventures. She certainly has had an exciting life and seen many momentous changes in South Africa’s political history. Ginny Goodall


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The Hundred Of Yetminster History Society Oct/Nov Report We had our monthly meeting on the 13th October, when Mark Forrest, medieval historian and archivist at the Dorset History Centre, spoke to us of the Black Death in Dorset. He showed us a picture of the three living men and the three skeletons, common in many churches of the time, with the latter saying in warning "As we are so shall you be". In 1348 ships, with sailors from Gascony already infected with pestilence, landed in Melcombe and infected people there, where the first in England died on the Eve of St John the Baptist Day after being ill for three days at most. From there it spread throughout England, killing as much as fifty per cent of the population. Surviving chronicles in Dorset are scarce but luckily there are Manor Court Rolls and Bishop's Registers which shed some light. As a result of the Black Death, land lost value, marginal areas were no longer cultivated, labour was scarce, many more sheep were introduced and the wood trade became very important. (Continental prices rose in the late 14th and early 15th centuries.) Men wanted to pay rents rather than give services. Peasants became more independent and revolts followed. The pestilence was repeated, notably in 1361 to 1362 (when it is often known as the children's plague), more deaths were reported and plague was

endemic until the 17th century, flaring up in some years. A sad subject, but one which gave us much food for thought, as was shown by the questions asked afterwards. At our meeting on Nov 10th, Angela Nauton-Davies spoke to us of the Lopen Roman Mosaic and other mosaics found in this area. Born in Lopen, she had taken an interest as long as nine years ago and became even more interested as the project evolved. Lopen is quite near the Fosse Way, approximately nine miles from Ilchester. The significant mosaic itself was some 20 feet by 40 feet. Experts were involved in the mosaics discovery and interpretation. The mosaic was opened in 2007 but is now, like most others, covered for protection, but there is something to be seen in the north aisle of the church (thanks to the Heritage Institution Fund). Water revealed the colours of the tesserae and the one early discovery among the geometric forms was a colourful dolphin. Various local stone providing different colours were used and experiments showed how the tesserae were made. As in the Dorchester Museum mosaics were made to be walked on. There were other interesting mosaics found in Somerset and Dorset, some, as at Frampton, surprisingly as early as the late 18th century, especially at Halstock, Frampton and Hinton St Mary. There were schools of mosaicists at Dorchester( Durnorvaria) and


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Chetnole and Leigh Garden Club November 1st saw the kick-off of the Garden Club’s New Year in Chetnole Village Hall. The enthralled membership was educated in considerable detail about the art of pruning - or “Life by the Knife” as it was described by Robert Allwood, an acknowledged expert on the subject who addressed 50 or so members of the club. Proficiency in pruning produces new and abundant growth and fruit, fosters the longevity of plants, is involved in the creation of new plants through grafting and generally controls the development, shape and habit of trees and shrubs. So – in a garden it’s pretty important to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of this skill. And Mr. Allwood is just the man to impart that knowledge. Starting with the critical Cambium Layer (sorry - that’s the green growth cell skin immediately beneath the bark), we learned that it should never be exposed and allowed to dry out. Otherwise –

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Mothers’ Union Day at Hilfield Friary Christian spiritual resource and facility so On Saturday, 16th October, our local close to home. branch of the Mothers’ Union spent a Margaret Durkin, MU member ‘Quiet’ Day with the Franciscan Brothers at the Friary. The day centred round two talks. The first, given by Bro. Martin, enlightened us about Mothers’ Union life in the Solomon Islands. It seemed to us At our November meeting we had a it was a completely different world where fascinating talk by Sue Gallagher who ran there was no ‘industry’ as such; where the Salisbury Diocese Mothers’ Union women work the land and men hunt and “Away From It All Holiday” in Exmouth in fish. Facial tattoos identify the place of August this year. She took a team of 21 origin. There is still a ‘shell’ economy and volunteers and 15 families made up of 21 barter is a much more common way of adults and 43 children aged between 10 doing business than money changing months and 17 years. As you can imagine hands. Prayer punctuates daily life. Yes, they had a very lively time and Sue’s there are problems - alcoholism and the enthusiasm for the whole project and all mobile phone in the hands of young those who go was infectious – she gave us people threaten a way of life that has all an insight as to what they provide and been the Islanders’ way of life for centuries. organize for the families and for many Our morning session came to a close with who go there. It is their first trip to the Holy Communion in the Friary Chapel. seaside and their first holiday for many After lunch, Bro. Sam explained the years, if ever. It costs £17,000 for the role of the Friary and its history both week which is held at a Christian Resource locally and in the wider context of the Centre called Haldon Court and although Society of St Francis. The Brothers profess they do get help from Local Authorities vows of Chastity, Poverty and Obedience – and Rotary, the fund raising done by the denoted by the three knots tied into their Mothers’ Union branches is vital to keep rope girdles. The farm comprising about this project going. thirty acres supports sheep grazing and Our next venture is the Christmas woodland. The gardens supply vegetables Tree Festival from December 4th – 11th at and fruit and the whole enterprise strives St Andrew’s Church Yetminster (as to be self sufficient. Where this is not advertised in last month’s magazine) and possible, the Brothers outsource locally we would encourage everyone to come produced food. There is also a guest house along and see all the many and different – hospitality is an important feature of the Christmas trees on display. You can vote Brothers’ ministry. for your favourite tree and the Mothers’ Union members were certainly organization chosen will receive half the on the receiving end of that hospitality money collected for their chosen charity. and our grateful thanks go to all the DO COME! Brothers who made us so welcome. We Anne Reason are indeed so fortunate to have this 62


Hermitage & Hilfield WI – October meeting On October 5th, Hermitage & Hilfield WI had great pleasure in welcoming back Mr Colin Deane to give his talk on ‘A Male Speaker’s View of the WI’. It was very entertaining, full of anecdotes from his own experience. Our next meeting will be on November 2nd, in the Village Hall, when we will have a Beetle Drive. We are always pleased to see new members. Christine Dickerson Yetminster & Ryme Garden, Art & Craft Society The Annual General Meeting was held on 9th November in St Andrew’s Hall. The President, Hazel Rogers, stood down and was replaced by Frances Moule. The following were elected/re-elected: Chairman – John Greenwood, ViceChairman – Harriet Fortescue, Treasurer Pam Burt, Society Secretary – Pandy Brown, Show Secretary – Wendy Parris, Programme & Outings Secretaries - Mary Simpson & Harriet Fortescue, Committee – Sue Eadon, Ron and June Page, Penny Roblin, Brian Rowsell. The President thanked John Greenwood. Thanks were also given to all office holders and the remainder of the committee. In October Derek Remington gave us a good talk with slides on British Butterflies. In November, after the AGM, Rob Curtis gave us a talk with slides entitled “Inn Signs and Dorset Pubs”. This was different from our usual talks and brought to the membership’s attention

how many pubs could (if not already) be visited! The Society has a membership of about 80 and enjoys outings and talks throughout the year as well as a discount buying evening at Castle Gardens. For more information please contact the Society Secretary, telephone 873850. Forthcoming events: Tuesday 14th December 7.00pm in St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster Chris Ireland-Jones “Better Bulbs” Tuesday 11th January 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster Joy Wallis “Gardening for wildlife and feeding birds in winter” Tuesday 8th February 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Hall, Yetminster Castle Gardens Speaker “Container Gardening” Tuesday 8th March 7.00pm Castle Gardens discount buying evening for members + short talk Sue Eadon

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Dorothy told us that it has its roots in the Wriggle Valley Women’s Group In October we welcomed Mike Celtic festival Samhain (the last of four Bolton who gave a fascinating illustrated held during the year) and the Christian talk on “Abandoned and deserted places festival of All Saints Day, although today in the South West”. He began by it is largely secular. She regaled us with showing pictures of various places in all the various traditions which have Dorset including Tyneham showing how been in practice over the years and all it used to look and how it looks now. We the many superstitions, most of which were then given a choice of places and seemed to be involved in finding out we chose Yeovil. We saw pictures of the who one was going to marry! She also original Middle Street, Vicarage Street mentioned the various foods associated and how Reckleford originally looked. with Halloween and finished the evening Finally, we were shown a short video of with a list of the herbs that the witches the village of Imber, just a few miles would have used – may be even those from Warminster, on the Salisbury Plain. who lived in Leigh! The army took over Imber in the Second The WI Carol Service will be held in World War for training purposes and the Sherborne Abbey on Wednesday residents had to leave. Imber is open on December 5th. The meeting on January 25th will be a few days each year for the public to visit. A most enjoyable evening and we “The Fun of Family History” by Mr Colin will certainly be inviting Mike back to Dean. show us more of his wonderful photos. Anne Reason On January 18th members are invited to bring along a piece of music of their own choice which has a special meaning to them. New members are always welcome. Leigh & District Discussion Club Contact Ann Flew 873660 or Pat Smith The group met in the Village Hall on 2nd November for a very enjoyable evening 872553 presented by Dr David Townsend and his wife Jackie on their trip to Vietnam & Cambodia. As this also happened to be Leigh WI At our October meeting our speaker his birthday his children had given him a was Dorothy Baldock who stepped into present of piloting a Boeing 747 the breach when the original speaker simulator which incidentally he did not could not come. Dorothy entertained us crash! This then led on the showing of all with a fascinating insight as to the several slides of the trip which started in true meanings of Halloween (Eve of All the north of Vietnam, Saigon (Ho Chi Hallows) which I would suspect many of Minh City) and gradually progressed us there did not fully appreciate. south through Hanoi, Hulong Bay and


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Hoi An Huye. Their many experiences included meeting so many friendly people, mostly in Coolie Huts, towns full of motor bikes with two passengers and five rows of traffic and no crossings, so that had to eyeball the drivers and then walk straight across the road while each one stopped, or so they hoped! A Dragon Boat was used as one of the river trips for sightseeing around the islands. On one of the ferries for motorbikes, a number of tyres were hanging up, presumably as life belts. Then on to Cambodia where most of the population is below 40 years pf age because of all the killing and murders that occurred around 1975 when family life was not encouraged. Evidence of the torture and barbaric methods used can be found in the American Museum where jets, tanks and hundreds of skulls are all displayed. Three million people were killed in that period. Sheila Smith

Tuesday Club We were all pleased to see to Pauline Harley back again in her usual place. For our November meeting we had Leslie Carley from the Dog’s Trust to speak to us, ably assisted by Laika her own charming rescue dog .The Dog’s Trust was previously known as the National Canine Defence League but its name was changed in order to make its purpose clearer. The Trust has 17 centres, the nearest to us at Salisbury and last year they cared for 16,000 dogs.

The dogs they care for are either unwanted handed in pets or strays and no healthy dog is ever destroyed. Before finding new homes for them all the dogs are spayed, inoculated and micro chipped as well as being treated by a vet for any health problems. To help cover costs an adoption fee of £80 is made for any rehomed dog. Great care is taken to ensure that the dog and adopters will be suited. Among the other services provided by the Trust are subsidised neutering for dogs in areas of the country where unneutered dogs are a real problem. Last year 50,000 were treated under this scheme. The Trust also visits schools and runs about 2000 workshops a year. No funds for the Trust’s work comes from government and all their funds come from donations, legacies, dog sponsorship and the Trust Charity shops, again the nearest is in Salisbury. We all learnt a great deal about the work of the Trust and one or two of our members are definitely likely to adopt a dog through them. Laika the speaker’s pet had a very enjoyable time being fed on chocolate drops during the talk by all our members. She behaved in an exemplary manner and was an excellent ambassador for the Trust. In December we have our Carol Concert and Christmas party and we would welcome visitors to our friendly group. Sylvia Bryan


Wriggle Valley Players News The Pantomime season is almost upon us (Oh Yes it is‌) and the Wriggle Valley Players are hot in rehearsal ready for the newly written panto, Pirates of Wessex, The Curse of the Turtle’s Head, a swashbuckling pirate adventure on the high seas with evil tax collectors, a dark scary cave of skulls and a cast of heroes and heroines ready to do battle against the coalition of the King and the Duke of York. The eponymous Les Wallis presents his indomitable spirit as Poseidon and many other favourite actors and actresses from pantomimes of previous years are also in the cast. Locally written by Phil Tebbatt, the show has all the features of a traditional pantomime with one or two modern twists. Come along and enjoy a fun packed evening. This year we are splitting the performances over two weekends to allow as many people as possible to see the show, so book early to avoid

disappointment. Tickets available from Oak House stores, Leigh Garage and the Wriggles shop at the Chetnole Inn. Performances:Friday, 28th January, 7.30pm Saturday, 29th January, matinee 2.30pm and 7.30pm Friday, 4th February, 7.30pm Saturday, 5th February, matinee, 2.30pm and 7.30pm Hope to see you there As always if you are new to the area or would simply like to join a lively, varied and joyful group of people to help in any capacity, treading the boards or nailing them up, speak to me, Jim Aldhouse on 01935 872994 or aldhousefamily @hotmail.com and I will be delighted to let you know more about us. Alternatively you can view our website at www.wrigglevalleyplayers.com

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