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CHIMES – Corscombe – April 2009

Editor: James Robertson

St Mary's Corscombe – April Services

 5th AprilPalm Sunday18:30 Evening Prayer
12th AprilEaster Day09:30 Holy Communion
12th AprilEaster Day11:00 Team Easter Celebration at Evershot
19th April 11:00 All Age Worship in the village hall
26th April 11:00 Holy Communion

Easter Flowers


St Mary's Church will be open on Easter Saturday (11th April) between 3 - 4pm to allow everyone the opportunity to view the Easter flower displays. Tea & coffee and hot cross buns will be served plus face painting for the children. We look forward to welcoming you.
This will be held on Monday 27th April at 7:00pm at
The Fox Inn.
Refreshments will be provided.
Everyone welcome.
Corscombe PCC

Beaminster Young Farmers Club

Congratulations to Will Childs, Ben Norman and Sam Norman (all resident in the parish of Corscombe) who recently took part in the Dorset Young Farmers Junior Public Speaking Competition.

They competed against other teams from the County, and won the competition. They then went on to represent Dorset at the South West Area Activities week-end at Weston-super-Mare in March.

Heather Norman


Have you left anything in the Village Hall?

The deadline for claim & removal of any items left in the hall is April 14th Despite our formal notice, (which remains in force) the Committee is reluctant to dispose of property left in the Village Hall. However, we really can't allow things to be left cluttering up the place indefinitely.

So this is to give final notice that, unless removed by April 14th, various items will be treated as abandoned and thus, disposed of at the discretion of the Committee - in other words donated ready for the Bric-a Brac stall in June or taken to the dump.

Corscombe Village Hall Management Committee

Keep Fit Summer Term 2009

Keep Fit will commence on April 20th and will run until July 6th.
Mondays 2:30 to 3:30 in the village hall.
There will be no lesson on May 4th or May 25th (Bank Holidays)

10 sessions for £18, due to refund for cancelled lesson on 2nd Feb.
The class is currently full and there is a waiting list. If you know that you will be unable to come, please let me know, so I can give the place to someone else.

Many thanks, Jean Mosser



It is with much sadness that we report the death of Jacky, the daughter of Peggy Baldwin in Eshowe, South Africa.

Jacky had put up such a brave fight against cancer for 14 years. Our thoughts are with Peggy and all the family.

Paula Denham

120 Club


The winners for March are as follows;
1st Prize£30No. 78Mrs I. Russell
2nd Prize£6No. 79Mr Ian Russell
3rd Prize£4No. 15Mr C. Childs
4th Prize£2No. 29Mr Dalton
Chris Garrett

Spotlight On ...

The Village Hall

In 1880 the larger of the two rooms in the hall was built to accommodate the growing numbers of pupils at the village school which had, until that time been housed at Glebe Cottage. When further expansion of the school became necessary in 1889, the small hall was added. By the 1930’s falling pupil numbers threatened the school with closure and despite efforts to keep it open the school closed in 1966. The school was then leased to the local social club and in 1972 was purchased for a sum of £800 for the village as a Village Hall. The Gore playing field was purchased in 1975 and in 2001 the hall was further updated and extended with the addition of a disabled ramp.

The village hall has two main halls, one slightly larger than the other, with a total capacity of 120 people (fire regulation limit). The two halls can be used as a single open space or separated by means of the folding doors to create two smaller and cosier meeting areas. In addition there is a committee room which can seat approximately 12 people.

The toilet facilities include a disabled toilet and shower and there is a small kitchen with basic facilities (cooker, fridge, microwave etc). The hall furniture comprises about 12 large trestle tables, 20 small tables and approximately 80 chairs (tables and chairs can be hired separately for external events). In addition there are children’s tables and approximately 20 small chairs which can be hired for children’s parties from the village playgroup.

Outside, there is a tarmac playground and the Gore field which has a small (and slightly unlevel) football pitch and ample parking.

There is good disabled access with parking on site and a ramp for disabled use and access within the hall is suitable for wheel chair users. The village hall is a no smoking area.

The village hall plays an important part in the community life of the village and hosts a range of regular activities each week. These include Ladybirds Playgroup and Parent and Toddler group, Short Mat Bowls, Babylon Morris Dance group, Keep Fit and Pilates classes.

Occasional users such as the Tuesday Club have an exciting and varied series of events during the year. Corscombe Players put on a much enjoyed and eagerly anticipated yearly pantomime in January and the Corscombe First Responders’ famous Big Breakfasts, which run from October to March, raise invaluable funds for their work in the village. On the 3rd Sunday of each month, there is All Age Worship which offers a friendly and welcoming religious service for those who may prefer the informal setting of the village hall (with refreshments and a chat afterwards). Please confirm dates and times of all events in the Chimes community magazine.

Come along and make use of this valuable village asset and have fun joining in the many events and classes that take place during the year or maybe book your own event or family gathering (Bookings to Tessa Safadi, or if you can’t get me try Henry Lovegrove).

If you want to know more about what our community hall has to offer, contact the village hall committee secretary Sarah Girling, or chairman John Simms.

Books – Corscombe Fete

Tuesday Club

Any spare books – please save them for the book stall at the fete, you can leave them with me any time you have a clear-out.
Paula Bowles, Chilterns

Litter Pick

Just a reminder that any help picking up debris and cans, paper, bottles etc will make the village and lanes look so much better. If you're going for a walk any time, in the first two weeks of April particularly, take a bag and get picking!

Bags, plastic gloves and instructions from Freda - Lilac Cottage

The meeting in March was very well attended and we enjoyed an interesting and informative talk on fungi.

There was disappointment that our February meeting had to be cancelled due to the bad weather. However, I have managed to rebook the talk on the RNLI for the 7th April, 2.30pm at the village hall as usual.

I have started collecting names for our trip to Dartmouth to take place on WEDNESDAY, 6th May. If you are interested, you are most welcome to contact me.

Village Hall Quiz Night 28th February

Five teams battled it out for spectacular Easter egg prizes which were won by the Whitlocck's team due to a spectacular recovery (by using their joker) at the end of the evening. Well done David Harknett for bringing along a youth team, and Rosemary Lovegrove and Paula Bowles for organising a very sociable evening and an excellent ploughman's during the break. Proceeds of £67 go to village hall funds.

The evening was such a success that Corscombe quizzes will be held monthly from next September to March (excluding December) on the third Saturday of each month. Full details in future Chimes.
Henry Lovegrove
Another view...


In January lots of us enjoyed a fun time at Hercules, The Panto and February brought some of us together again for an evening of head scratching and leg pulling. We know how to enjoy ourselves here in Corscombe! Many thanks to Henry, Rosemary and Paula B for getting the hall ready, devising the questions, preparing the ploughmans supper, organising the prizes and a raffle – PHEW – I do hope they all enjoyed a good lie in the next morning!

It was great to see so many young people there. Thankfully, the questions were very varied and suitable for all our diverse interests – something for everyone.

We look forward to another session in the not too distant future when we are hoping to re-introduce the fish and chip supper by popular request – a bit of brain nourishment is all to the good! See you there.

Daphne Davis


As you may or may not know, there is a Morris team in the village. A very sociable side that encourage new members both young and old – current age group is 13 – 70.

This year, we have been invited to perform at the International Folk Festival in Croatia. We have decided to take a side and are now actively fund raising to cover our travel costs. As part of this fund raising, we will be available for hire to dance or perform our traditional English play, for a modest fee.

For more details you can view the team website at or call Ian Cox.

Ladybirds Playgroup

More snow in March meant we were closed one day for family sledging, snowballing and snowman building. We're all getting very experienced at snow play!

At half term we had a craft and soup day. Chinese dragon making was the theme for the day, the resulting colourful dragon has been on display in the village hall.

We had a trip to Evershot to visit the Life Education Van. This is a mobile classroom which is manned by trained staff. Our children had fun while they learnt about looking after themselves. They met a very clever giraffe puppet called Harold who encouraged the children to help him wash and clean his teeth and comb his hair.

Mothers Day celebrations called for card making and present making. Now we're busy making things for Easter and finding out about Spring. We are expecting some visitors to playgroup, baby rabbits, chicks, lambs and tadpoles.

We are going to church on Thursday 2nd April and would like to invite you all to join us at St Mary's at 9.45am to celebrate Easter.

Don't forget Mums and Dads with babies and toddlers that we operate a Toddler group on Tuesday mornings starting at 10 until 12.

Playgroup runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9.15 until 12.15.for children aged 2 until they start school.
Christina Diment

Homemade Cards - Made to Order

Greetings Cards for all occasions
Can be personalized

Contact M – 07796452719

Soon to come:

Anna Group

April meeting will be on Monday 27th April at 7:30pm
In the lounge at 'Epple Clematis Cottage' High Street West, Corscombe
Speaker: Irene Jacques – Zimbabwe
If transport a problem, call Ruth

Chimes Oil Group Syndicate (COGS)
Formerly Corscombe Oil Group

Please place your orders for oil on Friday 17th April to Richard and Sally-Jane Emm for oil delivery during the next fortnight. If you wish to email your order prior to Friday 17th April, please send email to with all the relevant details. Please only ring us on the date above for oil orders as we are running a busy farm and I allocate those dates only to deal with oil.

Oil orders for March 7th 2009 were at an all time high of 82000 litres. Oil prices at 27.64p + vat per litre was purchased. The most expensive quote for the day was 42.5p + vat per litre. Average price from 1000 litres was 33.5p + vat.

Many thanks for supporting the venture.

Oil prices per barrel we hear about on the media is priced in dollars, so with the extremely weak pound, the conversion makes the price of oil, petrol etc here in the UK expensive. This is why we do not see the prices dropping as much as we think it should do.

Please note;
Following the Oil Information evening held at Halstock Golf Club in November, I am pleased to announce that another date has been set for a similar event. This event will be out of the Chimes area, however you are all most welcome to attend.

Date: Monday 6th April
Location: Mappowder Village Hall (Nr Sturminster Newton)
Time: 7:30pm

Refreshments available

Guest speakers who have agreed to come along are,

  • North Dorset District Council Officers to discuss Energy efficiency, solar heating, etc within the home environment.
  • David Hawkins from Wellington, to discuss the merits of his new alarmed padlock which is perfect for the use on locking and securing your oil tanks, sheds, garden gates, bikes etc.
  • Members of Dorset Fire Brigade Community Safety Task Team, to demonstrate home safety, present different aspects of home safety, DVD presentation on fire safety, cooking safety, fire alarms etc.
  • The West Dorset Police team members to discuss home, oil tank security etc,
  • Pete Self & Brian from Pearce Energy to discuss oil purchase and how an oil company works,
  • Margaret Campbell from POPPS, Dorset Partnership for older persons project/ Wayfinders to discuss heating grants and other help and information needed for all over 50 yr olds,
  • Steve Spalding from the Watchman Company to assist you on your oil tank alarms for oil level information
  • Richard and Sally-Jane Emm to discuss the merits etc of an oil buying group and how it can help the community.
Sally-Jane Emm



February rainfall was 69.5mm. Last year, only 50mm was recorded. It rather defeats my father's old saying; 'February fill dykes!'
Tony Frost


Jean Chase tells me that during the 1962/3 freeze, the snow on the road between the Pines and Court Lane was up to the hedges on either side.

Dickie Barratt who lived in Pope's Cottage dug a path through it so that people could get to church, and this stretch of road was called "Barratt's Pass" for long afterwards. Does this bring back memories for anyone?
Henry Lovegrove


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.

The silence this month will be held at “Gatcombe”, the home of Helen and John Perris on Monday 27th April , at 8:00pm.

Coffee Morning

This month, the coffee morning will take place at 7 Yew Tree Farm, home of Bob & Barbara Baylie at 10:30am on the 8th of April.


We wish the happiest of birthdays to;
Shirley Redward who will 60 on the 8th
Carys Harknett who will be 1 on the 16th
Tim Girling who will be 8 on the 26th

Recycling and Library Dates

Recycling and Library Dates Both of these events are on Thursday's, the 9th and 23rd of the month.