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CHIMES Corscombe March 2010

Editor: James Robertson

St Mary's Corscombe March Services

 7th March 17.00 Evening Worship 
14th March 11:00 Mothering Sunday
All Age Worship in Church
21st March 11:00 Holy Communion
28th March 11:00 Palm Sunday
Holy Communion
We look forward to welcoming you at any of the above services

Spotlight on .... The Council

Blame the Council!

Yes, but which council - and who do I complain or comment to?

In Dorset there are three tiers of of local government councils;
•  Dorset County Council - DCC
•  The district councils - for us, West Dorset District Council - WDDC
•  The town and parish councils - for us Corscombe, Halstock and District Group Parish Council - the PC
The councils are made up of members (councillors) with elections every four years. County and district councillors are paid, parish councillors are not. The council make decisions about the financing and provision of services under their control.

The delivery of services and advice to councils is provided by teams of officers (who do not change at elections - like the civil service), led by Chief Executives at the DCC and WDDC. The PCs have a Clerk who does this work. Officers and clerks are salaried.

Money to run the councils and provide their services to the public is mainly raised through the Council Tax. If you are interested in how this is calculated and shared out look at the leaflet sent out each year with your council tax demand. Next one is due in March.

Dorset County Council services:
Schools / education, adult education, children and adult social care and health (but not NHS), highways (except trunk roads), public transport (including school buses), waste management (but not collection), countryside and heritage, libraries, museums and the arts, archives, registers, trading standards (including animal movements), emergency planning: the county council also funds the fire and police services in the county, though these also have some funding from central government.

West Dorset District Council services:
Refuse collections and kerbside recycling, street cleaning, housing (in association with housing associations), housing and council tax benefits, bus passes, planning - applications, building control and enforcement, leisure centres and tourist information centres, environmental health, licensing, flood and coastal defences, public toilets and car parks


Corscombe, Halstck and District Parish Council:
The PC mainly advises the larger councils on policies and actions such as planning applications or priorities for waste disposal centres and highways maintenance. It provides and maintains Corscombe Playground, Halstck bus shelter. West Chelborough hut', public seats, notice boards and salt bins in Corscombe and Halstock, and some in East and West Chelboroughs. Funding for the Community Room at Halstock and the Village Hall extensions at Corscombe was raised by borrowing through the PC. Grants may be given to local organisations for community work, but may not be given to individuals.

Who do I ask? It is supposed that any queries will be put to councils through elected members:
Parliamentary constituency: West Dorset - Oliver Letwin MP

Division; Sherborne Rural - Dorset County Councillor Michael Bevan 01935 851131

Ward: Halstock - West Dorset District Councillor Tony Frost 01935 891321

Parish: Corscombe - PC councillors: Henry Lovegrove, Tony Frost, Paula Bowles, Finlay McPherson, Stuart Turner

Direct contacts: urgent highways problems (potholes, flooding etc) may be reported to Dorset Direct (DCC) 01305 221000, Mon - Fri 7am - 8pm. This supersedes Clarence.
Comments on planning applications to WDDC 01305 251010
Police: Beaminster Rural Safer Neighbourhood Team, messages via Dorset Police 01305 22 22 22

Not sure? There's lots of up-to-date information on the website The site covers DCC and WDDC services and is getting easier to use! Your PC is hoping to have a full website up soon, possibly via or the Halstock site; or contact your Clerk of the Parish Council, Freda Hennessy on 01935 891448

'Big Breakfast'
The Corscombe First Responders will be holding their highly successful 'Big Breakfast' on the following Saturdays between 9 - 11am
6 March
Come along and enjoy a fine cooked breakfast of local produce
Look forward to seeing you
The Responders

Air Ambulance

Rosemary Childs is collecting plastic milk bottle tops o raise vital funds for the local air ambulance. There will be a container at the next Big Breakfast on March 6th to collect any you have. It does not matter how many you have, bring them along. Together we will make a difference.

Tuesday Club

On the first Tuesday of February, a well attended meeting of the Tuesday Club thoroughly enjoyed another talk and slide show, given by Richard Collier. This time he took us on a lovely journey through the Lake District, enhanced by his beautiful photo's which he presented on two screens, side by side. This included an interesting and nostalgic trip when he projected postcards from the past, next to scenes as they are now.

The next meeting in March will take us to Poole when we will look forward to a tour of the Lifeboat College.

One to note for your diaries and an early reminder is the coach trip to Highcliffe Castle, near Bournemouth, on Tuesday 4th May. All in the village and surrounding area are welcome to come on the trip.

Chimes Oil Group Syndicate (COGS) formerly Corscombe Oil Group

Click here to read the relevant information

Village Quiz

The next quiz night is in the village hall on Saturday 20th March at 7.30pm and is the last quiz of the season - 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 regulars is starting to hot up. Bring your own booze to help get the cogs in motion!

Waste Paper Collection at Corscombe Village Hall

The next clearance of the paper shed in the car park at Corscombe Village Hall is scheduled for Saturday 13th March from 8.30am until finished.

More help is needed - the more the merrier - many hands make quick work.

To the faithful few l;loaders & contributors - thank you. The sale of the paper raises vital funds to help maintain the Hall & keep hiring rates reasonable & competitive.

We welcome all kinds of paper. thinnish card, magazines (please put in plastic carriers - not tied - replacements available) & Catalogues etc. It helps if the pages are torn from fat directories & bagged as above. Put the spines, with their glue, into the bin. We do not want cardboard (our dealer does not handle it) or shredded paper (takes up too much space & makes an awful mess when being moved to the trailer) so cardboard in to the Council green bags and shredded paper ditto or on your compost heap.
Thank you all and hope to see you there

Ladybirds Playgroup

We are optimistically looking forward to some Spring weather and to getting out and abut in the neighbourhood on some trips and visits, as well as making inroads into our vision of creating Forest School sessions as a regular feature of experiences on offer at Ladybirds. We are enjoying looking at the topic of 'Growth' and hope to be visiting Henry Lovegrove's lambs as well as planting flower and vegetable seeds in the near future. We have embarked upon a Suttons Seeds Fundraiser; we hope that those of you have have not yet bought or ordered their seeds or plants for the vegetable patch, patio or hanging baskets might consider ordering through our catalogue and help raise some very welcome funds for the youngest members of the community. Orders should be returned to us at the village hall (cheques made payable to Ladybirds Playgroup) and your order will then be delivered to your home direct from Suttons.

A small community playgroup such as Ladybirds has huge advantages for the children who attend in that the adults who work with them are able to give a lot of individual attention and come to know each child very well. However the downside is that financially it is much more of a struggle and fund raising has to be an essential part of life in order to be able to afford to buy new stimulating educational resources.

We are very lucky to be so well supported by our hard working and enthusiastic volunteers and committee fundraisers. Our next events are the Table Top Sale on Saturday 6th at 2pm and Frock Swap on 27th March at 7.30pm. Watch this space to see well we will be using the funds raised, Sarah, Marie and myself are already concocting a wish list of toys for the children to enjoy as a result.


We have recently had two visits from the Dorset Early Years advisory team; both were complimentary and were pleased to see that our numbers are growing. They agreed with both staff and committee that our future is looking very positive. It was also an opportunity to discuss lots of ideas for our future development.

We are very grateful to Sally Else who very kindly donated some outgrown wellies and waterproofs for the children as a result of a plea in the January edition of Chimes. We do love going outside to play, whatever the weather, but it is very important for the children to stay warm and dry in order to enjoy the experience. So thank you very much.

If you know anyone who is interested in a place for their child please get in touch, we would love to show you what we do and how much fun it is at Ladybirds. Please ring Lindsay on 07845 118177 or 01460 73005.

Coffee Morning

The coffee morning this month will be on the 10th at 10.30am at Highridge House, Pine Close, by kind invitation of Lesley and Chris Chapman

Keep Fit Spring Term 2010

This term will run until March 22nd.
Mondays 2.30pm t 3.30pm in the village hall.
All enquiries to Jean Mosser - 891096


The silence this month will be held at "Gatcombe", the home of Helen and John Perris on Monday 29th, at 5pm

Corscombe Village Hall

Claim it or Lose it

For a considerable time , items of clothing have been left in the cloakroom & various things including two tablecloths have been lefty in the kitchen. We would prefer that they were re-united with their owners, but in the interests of good management, if they are still unclaimed by the end of March, they will be treated as abandoned & disposed of at the discretion of the Village Hall Committee.
Corscombe Village Hall Committee

Frock Swap

Fancy a new look or just some new things for your wardrobe? Then come and join in 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 difference1 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 ladies 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, shoes, bags, etc.



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, 7th and 21st of this month and also February 4th

Table Top Sale
Saturday 6 March
Corscombe Village Hall, 2pm

To book a table please call Dawn on 01935 891972

Home-Baked Cakes and Refreshments

All Proceeds go to Special Care Baby Unit and Ladybirds Playgroup


Saturday 27th March 2010
10.00 - 12.00
Down Cottage

Tea, Coffee & refreshments

Come along and support a very good cause
And perhaps pick up an early Christmas present!
Enquiries 01935 - 891005

'Music in May'

St. Mary's Church Corscombe

Friday May 14th

Sherborne School Swing Band

Tickets 01935 891335

Village Website

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


This is a further reminder for all those who have not yet paid the 4.20 Chimes subscription. It is not too late to pop the money into the brown envelope and give it to John Perris, Gatcombe, or pop it through my door at 3 Yew Tree Farm


We wish the happiest of birthdays to:
Lucy Attwell who will be 16 on the 2nd
Edward Colebird who will be 2 on the 16th
Alysia Howard who will be 6 on the 11th
Jonathan Pring who will be 16 on the 12th
Jack Harvey who will be 15 on the 30th