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CHIMES – Corscombe – May 2009

Editor: James Robertson

St Mary's Corscombe – May Services

 3rd May 18:30 Evening Prayer
10th May 11:00 Holy Communion
17th May 11:00 All Age Worship in the village hall
24th May 11:00 Holy Communion
31st May 10:30 (at Corscombe) Pentecost Team Service
We look forward to welcoming you at any of the above services

Best Community Village

Shall we enter ‘Best Kept’.. or ‘Best Community village’.. was one of the questions posed at a recent Parish Council meeting? The second option seemed favourite – and perhaps most appropriate.

The form has been sent winging on its way. Many thanks to those who helped me to complete our entry; whether we win a prize or not, it certainly helped to focus minds on a) the things that we do so well, and b) areas we hope to improve on.

Corscombe’s neighbourliness, the warm welcome given to new-comers, the variety of village activities and support given to those who might need a helping hand, were emphasised.

The need for making information available was flagged up as an issue and the village web-site is currently being up-dated as a result, thanks to Chris Chapman.

Any issues that you might want to raise for an entry next year? Please notify myself, or other Parish councillors; or, better still, come along to the next meeting and put your point of view yourself.

Here’s hoping….
Paula Bowles

Spotlight On ...

The Monthly Coffee Morning

Approximately forty years ago, Barbara Bradshaw (now deceased) who used to live in ‘The Pines’ started the monthly coffee morning in order to raise money to maintain the village hall and this is still held every second Wednesday of the month (excluding August and December) at 10.30 a.m.

This is how it works. One of the residents of Corscombe volunteers to host a coffee morning. Any adult is welcome to go along for a good old gossip and catch up with all the news and find out what is happening in the village. It enables any new people in the village to meet their neighbours and other residents as this can sometimes prove quite difficult with the large gardens some of us have.

As I said it is also a fund raising event as everybody donates a pound, For this you get a cup of coffee and biscuits plus a raffle ticket The prizes are given by any of the guests who wish to bring a token prize e.g. a packet of biscuits or a bag of wind falls.

Invariably what happens is that you take a packet of biscuits and go home with a jar of jam, everybody seems to win something.

As I said it is every second Wednesday of the month from 10.30a.m. to mid-day approximately and anybody is welcome to come along.

The next coffee morning will be held at the home of Daphne Davis, 'Drovers', 2 Woodfold View on Wednesday 13th May at 10.30 a.m.

If there is anybody who would like to host a coffee morning please contact me on 891120 I will then include you on the schedule and will ensure that it gets advertised in the Chimes, I do need at least a months notice though.

Look forward to seeing you at the next coffee morning.

Chris Garrett

Keep Fit Summer Term 2009

Tuesday Club

Keep Fit will run until July 6th.

Mondays 2:30 to 3:30 in the village hall.

There will be no session on May 4th or May 25th (Bank Holidays)

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 - 891096

We went home, after the meeting on 7th April, knowing considerably more about the RNLI after a very interesting talk given by Mr Martin Newbury. He is one of the many volunteers who raises funds for the organisation, which is entirely reliant on public donations to operate. We are indebted to the selfless men and women that form the RNLI and who save so many with their heroic deeds.

June’s meeting on 2nd is flower arranging when we will be relying on the talents of our members to demonstrate the art and put together some wonderful displays. We will also have the ‘bring and buy’ sale.
Heather Starkings

Books, books, books…..

Corscombe Website

Please remember to save all your books for the book stall at the Corscombe fete on 20th June. I can pick them up, or leave at my door. Many thanks
Many thanks
Paula Bowles, Chilterns - 891317

Corscombe Raffle

In support of the Summer Fete on June 20th 2009

Raffle tickets will be available from the beginning of May, and we would welcome your support. There are some great prizes – over 20 already and the list is still growing – so please take some books and sell tickets to friends and family. Prizes include meals out for two, a prestigious tree for the garden, a framed portrait of the person you nominate, logs for the fire, £50, etc, etc.

There will be 5 tickets to a book, with tickets priced at 50p each – so each book is worth £2.50

With your support we will raise funds for the benefit of the village.

Tickets from Lesley and Chris Chapman - 891015


Welcome to Mike & Liz North who have moved into 'Hebditch Cottage', just by the post box. They have moved here from Collingbourne Ducis which is near Marlborough, Wiltshire.

We hope you will be very happy here in Corscombe.
Chris Garrett

A new Corscombe web site is up and running.

Please use the site, and let me know what you think – so that it may develop to meet your needs over time. At the moment there is a need for photographs etc., and this will be addressed over the next few weeks. Corscombe residents are invited to register, so that they may then add their own news items and diary dates etc.

Any questions, feedback, problems, then let me know.

Chris Chapman -


20th June, 12noon till 5pm

Any offers of help - - please ring Tony Frost 891321 or Paula Denham 891494
Any gifts, bottles etc for the adults Tombola or gifts for the children's Tombola. Books for the book stall.

Near to the 20th cakes for the cake stall.

Has anyone got a small boat that they could lend us for the moat.?

Please support your Village - - any profit will help Village Hall Funds, the Church, First Responders and all village groups and amenities.

120 Club

The winners for March are as follows;
1st Prize£6No. 67Mrs Venetia Peake
2nd Prize£4No. 57Ms Hodgson
3rd Prize£2No. 24Mrs Bev Coleberd
Christine Garrett



After a sad ending to his marriage Kevin told us ' Never will I marry again '. But then wounds heal, and how was he to know that a few years later he was to meet Valerie who changed all that.

They were married in Yeovil on the 6th March.

We all wish them every happiness, they deserve it - - Kevin has been and still is a cheerful, caring friend to us all in Corscombe. He has been our Postman for so many years now.

Paula & Colin Denham

Corscombe Playground

The team has done great work trying to get the playground ready for the summer. Please do use this great village place. Let us know if there are any problems - or if you have ideas for improvements!
Freda Hennessy - 891448

Waste Paper Collection

The next clearance is Saturday, May 9th starting from 8.30am. An advance squad will make a start, usually on the Friday before, contact Tony on 891321 for details.

The money from the paper is badly needed to help with Village Hall finances so that rates for using the Hall can be kept as low as possible.

Monday 11 May 2009 7.30pm in the Village Hall

Do you have concerns or worries about the roads, Common Lane, access in bad weather, the playground - or local action on global warming? Or anything else you would like to discuss about Corscombe?

Come to the Parish Meeting and have your say. Reports from local groups; and open debate.

Wine, juices and nibbles.
Everyone welcome.
Freda Hennessy - 891448

Bear's Cake Sale

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated cakes, time and money to the sale we held at Down Cottage on Saturday 28th March. I was very grateful for all the support we received and thanks to everyone’s efforts.

We managed to raise a grand total of £145.00. This amount will be split between WSPA ( World Society for the Protection of Animals) and Animals Asia to support their work in helping bears who have suffered cruelty.

Many thanks again and best wishes. Norman & Tiggy Jones

Though the weather was actually quite pleasant, only 4 people turned up for the January Saturday clearance. In part, this was due to an assumption that there would be plenty of others there to help. This is a job for any villager who is reasonably fit, not just those who also give their time on the Village hall Committee.

If this valuable fund raising is to continue more help is essential, so please make an effort to come along.
Edna Leonard

Ladybirds Playgroup

Spring has seen the children and grown ups of Ladybirds out and about in the village. We had a walk down to Comforts Orchard and met some of Henry and Rosemary's new Jacob lambs and Fats the sow whose babies had not yet arrived. It was a beautiful spring morning and we were able to point out lots of different wild flowers and play pooh sticks on the way. We had our snack in the play area where we were joined briefly by Tony Frost who was sorting out the back hedge.

For our Easter celebration we went up to the church bright and early with some of our volunteer helpers, toddlers and their mums and met up with Miss Adler and the Reception children from Sticklands. We spent a very busy half hour or so putting together mini Easter gardens to decorate the church, before going on to our Easter worship sitting on the carpet in the choir stalls. Rev Harknett was on particularly energetic form (ably supported by Vicky Harknett and with Emily Rendell supplying the music) with action songs and Easter Bingo to keep even the youngest members occupied.

We then walked back down to the hall to enjoy Easter biscuits made by the playgroup children and games on the playing field before saying goodbye to the 'big' children'.

With children from playgroup moving up to Sticklands in September there is a whole programme of taster sessions for them to attend at school, we hope to supplement this with regular visits to Ladybirds for woodland walks and picnics as we move towards the end of the Summer Term and their transition to 'big' school.

As ever we are indebted to our loyal band of supporters and volunteer helpers and especially wish to thank Henry and Rosemary Lovegrove for a delightful visit to their farm. We would also like to remind all of you with potential canine champions that we will be running a novelty dog show and hosting a dog agility display at the Tithe Barn Fete in the village on June 20th. There will be classes to suit everybody and lots of prizes, so its time to start practising your ringcraft!
Christina Diment

Anna Group

No meeting in May

Bring & Buy Sale in aid of Feeding Programmes in Andhra Pradesh State – India on Monday 1st June '09 at 7:30pm

In the lounge at 'Epple-Clematis Cottage' High Street, Corscombe.

If transport a problem, call Ruth - 891220

Parish Council

Please read the Parish Council notes in the general section of this magazine. Important notes for Corscombe too.
Freda Hennessy 891448


Rainfall for March was a mere 58.5mm. Last year was 117mm! Hopefully the recent cold spell herals the end of the Blackthorn winter!
Tony Frost


The silence this month will be held at “Gatcombe”, the home of Helen and John Perris on Monday 25th May, at 8:00pm.

Recycling and Library Dates

Both of these events are on Thursday's, the 7th and 21st of the month.


Stagecoach Bus Times

This picks up at Lindisfarne, High Street at approximately 10.35/40am (ish)

It then stopa at The Barton, Pine Close and Church Farm ( if people are waiting there).

It returns from Tesco's Yeovil at 1.45pm and the Borough Memorial at 1.50pm.

The bus runs on Tuesdays , Wednesdays and Fridays


We wish the happiest of birthdays to:

William Childs who will be 16 on the 4th Lottie Scannell who will be 17 on the 6th
Digby Barrowcliffe who will be 11 on the 10th Franchesca Fell who will be 16 on the 13th
Noah David Raitt who will be 4 on the 17th Jasmine Anstey who will be 14 on the 19th
Matilda Barrowcliffe who will be 15 on the 28th