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CHIMES Corscombe April 2010

Editor: James Robertson

St Mary's Corscombe April Services

 1st April / Maundy Thursday 19.30 Team Service, Halstock 
2nd April / Good Friday 11:00  "Carrying the Cross"
East Chelborough
4th April / Easter Day  6.30
 Sunrise, Eweleaze Farm
Holy Communion
Team Easter Celebration
11th April 18.30  Evening Prayer BCP
18th April 11.00 All Age Worship - Church 
25th April 11.00 Holy Communion 
2nd May 18.300  Evening Worship - informal

We look forward to welcoming you at any of the above services

Ladybirds Playgroup

We are delighted to welcome two new friends to Ladybirds Playgroup, Ivy and Ludo have both joined us in the second half of the Spring Term and we look forward to watching them settle and make new friends and enjoy all the fun on offer at the playgroup. On the other hand we were very sad to say goodbye to Rowan who had to leave us when her family moved away from village.

We are very proud of Marie who is working hard on her child care qualifications and has just heard that she has passed her first unit exam with a distinction. Well done Marie we all know you're brilliant! The rest of us are also working hard at being clever Ladybirds: all the adults and children are deciding on some new golden rules together. We have been thinking about how to be good friends by using kind words and helpful hands and good manners and then see how good we are all doing it. I'm pleased to say that we are all very good at remembering them nearly all the time though it gets a bit trickier sometimes, especially when we are tired.

We have to thank Brian Starkings who must have spent hours making us a wooden display case. It is beautifully made and finished and he has been very thoughtful even to put some blackboard paint on the outside as a final coat so that the children can use it to write each other messages or practice their drawing. We are really grateful to him for doing this for us. I am constantly uplifted by the amount of help and support and general goodwill shown towards the playgroup. I hope it pays dividends for the community by helping us to give a really good service and therefore give the youngest members a really god start to their early development.

Every person who comes to visit our playgroup on official business comments o what a lovely building the village hall is as a venue for the group. I am also very excited by plans I have seen for developing the outside area. As a government funded group with strict standards to uphold in order to ensure continued funding we have pages of legal requirements to adhere to. We are legally required to ensure we have sole use of the premises during our hours of business. It can create real difficulties for us as we use a community facility to run an early years provision. Whilst in session we are re flouting our regulations if we allow any member of the general public to enter the premises. We would like to ask for understanding of this situation and would be most grateful not to have to appear rude or unhelpful by refusing entry to people on village business or else be put in the position of having to disregard our legal obligations.

We are always happy to see new faces at our Toddler group on Tuesday mornings between 10.00 and 12.00, you will find us friendly and welcoming, and the cakes are yummy too. If you would like to find out more about playgroup please ring Lindsay on 07845 11177 or 01460 73005

Chimes Oil Group Syndicate (COGS)

Formerly Corscombe Oil Group

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The rainfall for February was 106mm

Tuesday Club

A while ago we had a speaker from the RNLI and in his talk he mentioned that they have organised tours around their college in Poole, so we went there on Tuesday 2nd March. We had a lovely day and came away with a much better understanding of all the training the volunteers undertake to become a crew member of a lifeboat. They are, indeed, very special people.

Our next meeting on April 6the which is the fund raising event of a kitchen and Garden Auction so please bring along your cuttings and plants, plus goodies from the kitchen.

I am now taking names for our coach trip to Highcliffe Castle, Bournemouth on 4th May so, if you are interested in coming, please let me know.
Heather 891538

Table Top Sale - Thank You

A big thank you to all those who came and supported the Table Top Sale, in aid of Ladybirds Playgroup and the Special Care Baby Unit, held in the Village Hall on 6th March.

Customers came to enjoy the fantastic variety of stalls, with plants and gardening sets from Halstock Nurseries, Cushions and Quilts from Carol's Crafts, Pictures and Prints from Sally Wood Photography, Handmade Jewellery & Greetings Cards, Books, Teddy Bears and wonderfully indulgent Home-Made Cakes. . Plus top-quality, nearly-new goods at bargain prices - everything from prams, toys and nursery items, to clothes for babies & children of all ages.

On behalf of Ladybirds Committee, I would like to say a heart-felt Thank You to all our stall holders and volunteer helpers who gave up their time to ensure the event was a great success.
Dawn Green

Coffee Morning

The coffee morning this month will be on the 14th at 10.30am at Brook House, Fudge Hill, by kind invitation of Heather and Brian Starkings

The National Garden Scheme Open Gardens

Corscombe House
Sunday 2nd May 2010

Cream Teas
2.30 - 4.30pm
in the Vicarage Garden

All proceeds from the teas to St Mary's Church

Further details of the Open Gardens at

Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee are the people behind the Summer Fete, Christmas Market, November Auctions and a variety of other events throughout the year. To show how beneficial they are to the village, and deserving of everybody's support, they wish to announce that in the last 8 years, 23,275 has been distributed to village voluntary organisations such as the Village Hall, Ladybirds Playgroup and the PCC.
Henry Lovegrove - treasurer


Corscombe PCC will once again be serving Cream Teas when the garden at Corscombe House is opened as part of the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 2nd May 2010.

Any offers of homemade scones and jars of jam would be very welcome. If you can help, please contact Alison Robertson on 891887

Keep Fit

Summer Term 2010
The Summer Term will run for 10 sessions from April 19th until July 12h.

We will not be meeting on May 3rd, May 31st or June 7th

Mondays 2.30 to 3.30 in the village hall

Cheques for 20 (10 for the price of 8) should be made out to me please.
Jean Mosser 891096

Would you be welling to open your gardens?

Corscombe Village Hall are running an Open Gardens on the 3rd and 4th of July, in aid of Corscombe Village Hall funds for a secure heating system.

If you would be happy to open your garden please contact Rosemary Lovegrove (891415), Edna Leonard (891645) or Tessa Safadi (891068)

Baubles, Bangles and Beads

If you have any jewellery that you're tired of, or was an unsuitable gift, please recycle it by donating it to a new stall for this year's fete. I'm putting in an early bid in case you have a Spring clean and take things to a charity shop instead of the jewellery stall!

Thanks, Barbara Darnley, Crispin Cottage, 891193

120 Club

The winners for March are as follows:
1st30 No 90  Mrs Heather Starkings 
2nd6 No 91  Mrs Heather Starkings 
3rd4 No 83  Mrs Clare Schartau 
4th2 No 85  Mr Brian Starkings 

The winners for February are as follows:
1st6 No 119  Mr Steve Willis 
2nd4 No 44  Mr Tony Frost 
3rd2 No 31  Mrs Daphne Davis 

West Dorset Litter Pick and Spring Clean

As usual Corscombe will be helping in this effort to Clean up the countryside before the summer. We don't have a special day for litter picking but depend on volunteers to pick up rubbish as you walk on the local roads. If every family collects half a sack of rubbish we should clear the area till the litter louts strike again!).

Special sacks are available. Just put them out with your usual rubbish. Please report large or dangerous items to me for special collection. It is suggested that litter pick-up should be not later than the first week or two of April. After that the nettles start to grow!

For more information, sacks and report of any special problems, contact Freda Hennessy, Lilac Cottage 891448


The silence this month will be held at "Gatcombe", the home of Helen and John Perris on Monday 26th at 8pm


We wish the happiest of birthdays to:
Carys Harknett will be 2 on the 16th
Tim Girling who will be 9 on the 26th

La La Laaa, La La La La Laaaaa ....

From the chill of a winter's night in deepest Dorset, the trusty Corscombe & District Players whisked us away to the torrid heat of old Mexico (or rather Me-Hee-Co). Here we sweated on the edge of our seats as the villainous Don Pedro Alvarez and his dastardly sidekick El Scorpio plotted their way to untold wealth through a horrible plan to seize the fortune of Don Pedro's niece, the lovely Maria. Their nastiness new no bounds and, despite the splendid efforts of some doughty policemen, a bevy of dancing girls, the irresistible El Burro (both ends of him!) and the timely intervention of the absolutely outrageous Dame, Dolly Martinez, there were moments when our hearts failed us ....

But in true pantomime style, just when the beautiful senorita was dragged away in chains and it seemed all hope was lost, enter our hero, the black-masked Zorro .. ! with a swirl of his cloak and swish of his sword, he put the villain to rout, plucked the damsel from certain death and saved the day! And how we cheered when he claimed his bride! Congratulations to everyone involved, from the producer and cast, the indefatigable piano accompaniment and the delightful singers, to the team who must have worked so tirelessly backstage. It was all thoroughly splendid and there was no doubt that the Corscombe & District Players have done it again (Oh yes they had!). Thanks for a great evening.


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, 8th and 22nd of this month

Village Website

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

'Music in May'

St. Mary's Church Corscombe

Friday May 14th

Sherborne School Swing Band

Tickets 01935 891335


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