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CHIMES Corscombe February 2010

Editor: James Robertson

St Mary's Corscombe February Services

 7th February 11.00 Holy Communion 
14th February 10:30 "Marriage Weekend" Team Service at Evershot
17th February 19:30 Ash Wednesday Team Service at Corscombe
21st February 11:00  All Age Worship - Village Hall
28th February 11:00 Holy Communion 
We look forward to welcoming you at any of the above services

God speaking to two mothers

No - we had not got muddled with Mothering Sunday! It was December 6th when the Village Praise service at St Mary's remembered two special mothers who had been spoken to by an Angel. The first was Mary - a rather young mother who was not expecting to become pregnant but delivered Jesus Christ in very humble surroundings. The second was Elizabeth - who had given up hope of ever becoming pregnant. he way God spoke to these special women was remembered through drama, singing, scriptures, children bringing items for expectant mothers and a talk by Paul Rendell. The special situation of mothers delivering in difficult circumstances throughout the World was remembered in prayer. Refreshments afterwards made this a special family service.

Carol Singing raises 240 for Save the Children Fund

Wow! It was cold and icy on the 19th December. So ....... many thanks to those 27 people who turned out! To those who decorated the trailer, who played the carols and all those who sang and especially the children who knocked on people's doors and collected for improving health care among children in underprivileged countries. And to the wonderful people who came to their doors. We quite understand that many wanted to remain in the warm but a good number came outside and joined in the singing even for a short time! It was great to sing Christmas Carols - many have been around for hundreds of years and the Good News they bring still has a tingle factor - even in the freezing cold!

Christmas Eve in the Barn

There may have been "no room at the Inn" but there was almost "no room at the Barn" as over 70 people of all ages packed in for the special Crib Service at the Tithe Barn at Corscombe Court. A great music group, strong singing and a good supply of volunteers to be "Mary" and "the Shepherds" and "the Angels" made for a magic occasion. Many thanks to the Peakes for their welcome and to Paul Rendell and David Harkentt for arranging the celebration.

Christmas Services at St Mary's

A wonderful traditional Carol Service on December 13th with lessons and carols - enhanced by the music group, the Melbury Choir and the Hand Chimes Group - what a variety of music and worship! Followed by refreshments - So - ... many thanks to all who participated and contributed in so many ways! Then a quite and reflective Communion Service at midnight on Christmas Eve followed by the service on Christmas Day. The church, with all its beautiful decorations, looked stunning, so thanks to the many who made it so and to the clergy and others for making the special services - Good news for any who will listen and respond.
'Big Breakfast'
The Corscombe First Responders will be holding their highly successful 'Big Breakfast' on the following Saturdays between 9 - 11am
6 February
6 March
Come along and enjoy a fine cooked breakfast of local produce
Look forward to seeing you
The Responders

Tuesday Club

Sadly our January meeting had to be cancelled. We now look forward t February 2nd when Richard Collier is to give us one of his interesting talks. The area of travel this time is Cumbria.

We will then have a mini AGM when annual subs may be paid and this year's programme will be made available. There should still be some time for a cuppa and a chat.

Chimes Oil Group Syndicate (COGS)

Formally Corscombe Oil Group
Please click here to read the information.

Village Quiz

The next quiz night is in the village hall on Saturday 20th February at 7.30pm - come and join in a lively night of questions and brain teasing with a baked potato supper. No need to be in a team until you get there although the competition between the regular is starting to hot up. Bring your own booze to help get the cogs in motion.!


Found outside Corscombe House (Old Vicarage), a good quality black beret with white circular motive. Ring Paula Denham - 891494

Corscombe Village Panto
Lots of "Olas" and "Oles" as the cast of "Zorro - The Pantomime" prepare for February performances of this unique pantomime. The audience should prepare themselves for some really bad jokes and even worse accents - you have been warned!p> Performances
Thursday Feb 11th - 7.30pm
Friday Feb 12th
Saturday Feb 13th - 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Tickets available from
Paula Denham - 891494
Liz Male - 891085


Rainfall for December was 150mm. The total rainfall for 2009 was 1277mm and for 2008 was 1105mm.


Babylon will be holding, for one day only, two workshops in Corscombe Village Hall on Sunday 28th February 2010. These are for both beginners and the more experienced dancers alike.

Coke along and learn a traditional dance. Very much for both male and female alike. All welcome.

Places are strictly limited so please book early.

Dartmoor Step workshop - 10am
Lunch Morris Dancing workshop - 1pm

Tickets 3 for one workshop or 5 (including light lunch) for both workshops.

Please contact Ian and Laura Cox (891964) or Steve and Jane Cunio (829050)
Email or visit our website

Ladybirds Playgroup

We were delighted to see winter weather as we started a new term at Ladybirds as we had planned to follow 'Winter' as a topic for the first few weeks. However, it quickly became too much of an event and after just one day back snow stopped play; or at least stopped us playing with our friends at the village hall.

We are delighted t welcome three new friends to the group. With numbers rising and Ofsted agreeing that Ladybirds has been providing some lovely activities with the children, it is an exciting time for everyone involved with the group. As the new leader I am very happy to have been asked to take over from Christina who has done so much for the group in past years.


The village hall as a venue provides particularly good facilities for an early years group, and with so much enthusiastic support from the community of Corscombe through the committee and others who volunteer their help regularly, I feel especially lucky to be becoming a part of the setup. I have been made to feel very welcome and I look forward to making up the staff team with Sarah and Marie who already do such a good job in providing a valuable service for the youngest members of the community.

I look forward to a future at Ladybirds with great optimism, determined upon ensuring that Corscombe early years group is a very happy place for everyone involved, the children most of all but also the staff and families and friends who together make up Ladybirds Playgroup.
Lindsay Veale (Supervisor)

Sidney Charles Bennett 1928 - 2009

It is with sadness we report the death of Sidney. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sue and the family

Karen Walmsley

We were sorry to hear of the death of Karen at the beginning of last month. Karen and Ian contributed greatly to village life until they emigrated to Australia a few years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ian at this time.


The silence this month will be held at "Gatcombe", the home of Helen and John Perris on Monday 22nd at 5pm.

Frock Swap

Fancy a new look or just some new things for your wardrobe? Then come and join us with our

Frock swap at Halstock Golf Club on Saturday 27 March 7.30pm!

As a fundraiser for our Ladybirds Playgroup, we would like to invite you to join us for an evening of clothes shopping with a difference! Enjoy a glass of wine from the bar,while you browse the collections and chat amongst friends, get inspired by flicking through some fashion magazines and then try on what takes your fancy. All you have to do is:
 •  bring at least one item of lady's wear that you'd like to swap
 •  make sure your donations are in good condition, clean, ironed and on a hanger
 •  you can bring accessories and shoes (in boxes)
 •  clothes and other items will be displayed for viewing and selection
Our Frock Swap is not limited to just frocks, we'd like whatever you feel deserves a new lease of life on someone else's figure - dresses, skirts, shirts, trousers, jackets, shoes, jewellery, bags, etc

Keep Fit Spring Term 2010

this term will run until March 22nd.
Mondays 2.30pm to 3.30pm in the village hall.
One free Monday (tba)
All enquiries to Jean Mosser - 891096


We wish the happiest of birthday's to:
 Eve Harknett who will be 4 on the 4th

History Group

The group will be holding a slightly festive evening at 'Lindisfarne', High Street, Paula and Colin's home, on Monday 8th February at 7.30pm.


Stagecoach Bus Times
This picks up at Lindisfarne, High Street at approximately 10.35/40am (ish), then stopping at The Barton, Pine Close and Church Farm ( if people are waiting there), returning from Tesco's Yeovil at 1.45pm and the Borough Memorial at 1.50pm. The bus runs on Tuesdays , Wednesdays and Fridays.

Recycling and Library Dates
Both of these events are on Thursday's, 4th and 18th of this month.


Your annual subscription to the Chimes magazine is now due. please put 4.20 into the brown envelope enclosed in the last edition and hand it to the person who delivers your copy, John Perris at "Gatcombe" or myself at 3 Yew Tree Farm

Village Website

For more details and village events please see our new website which can be found at

Coffee Morning

This month's coffee morning will be held on the 10th at 'Penhayes' Church Farm by kind invitation of Mike and Jean Mosser