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CHIMES – Corscombe – May 2010

Editor: James Robertson

St Mary's Corscombe – May Services

 2nd May 18.00 Evening Worship - Informal 
9th May 11:00 Holy Communion
16th May 11:00 All Age Worship - Village Hall
23rd May 11:00 Pentecost Holy Communion
30th May 10:30 Trinity Sunday - Team Service at Chantmarle 
We look forward to welcoming you at any of the above services

Village Praise

Sunday June 6th
At 6pm, St Mary's
Hymns and Pimms
Come along and sing your favourite hymns

Refreshments afterwards


The National Garden Scheme Open Gardens

Corscombe House
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

Easter at Corscombe

The wet, windy weather and the loneliness of the Wooden Cross at the top of Stake Hill was a reminder of the darkness of the Crucifixion. The service in the barn, and the silent walk up the hill following the Cross gave us all an opportunity to consider our own Easter thoughts - deep appreciation? sadness? past memories? awareness of our destiny?

By contrast the weather had cleared for the Easter Sunrise Service at Eweleaze Farm. A joyful occasion led by David Harknett, with Graham Perryman on the guitar, enabled us to give thanks aided by welcome hot drinks and bacon butties generously supplied by the Colbergs.

An Easter Communion Service was followed by a well attended Team Service at St Mary's. Great singing led by the music group and a brilliant drama, specially written by Laura Cox.

It focused on the life of a beautiful flower (Thanks Emily for being so stylish!) who was attended by Ian the gardener (Very earthy Ian!) who tried many things to keep her beautiful - water, special fertiliser, warmth (Thanks for the duvet Kelvin!) and cake (Thanks Celia!) but she died and even the efforts of the well trained First Responder (Thanks Andrew!) could not revive her. But then the Sun arrived (Thanks Pippa!) and its rays revived the flower to her former glory. All this accompanied by clever theme music from Graham Perryman on the keyboard.

A thought provoking way of recognising the limits of our efforts and the loving power of God and the Resurrection of His Son at Easter. Graham illustrated his talk, describing the chains we have around our lives. Only Graham can get away with using Christmas paper chains at Easter! He explained vividly the way that Easter gives us a special opportunity to gain strength in our lives from Jesus and break some of the chains that keep us from achieving our God given potential. An exciting Easter Egg Hunt for children afterwards. Thanks to Paul Rendell for organising the service and to John Rennie and Linda Wilcock for taking part.

Tuesday Club

There were not many people at the April meeting, but, to those who did come, I thank them for their support. The Kitchen and Garden Auction did quite well and as a result we made some funds for the club.

Dates for your diaries:
June 1st - An afternoon trip to Moreton to visit the church then tea in the tearooms
10th July (Saturday) at 7pm - Cheese and Wine party hosted by Dick and Jenny Thorne

Chimes Oil Group Syndicate (COGS)

Formerly Corscombe Oil Group

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120 Club

1st£6Tessa Safadi
2nd£4Mrs Rosemary Childs
3rd£2Marlene Viol

Local History Meeting

There will be a history meeting at Lindisfarne, High Street, on Tuesday the 11th May at 7.30pm. We hope to discuss a possible presentation of our research, at the fete on 19th June, and also any findings we may have discovered on names of streams or indeed any other research that has been done. All Welcome
Paula 891494 and Freda 891448

Community Bus

The call and ride bus between the villages and Beaminster failed because of lack of advertising and local support.


Would residents like to try again?

There is a possibility of a ring and ride TAXI - fewer people needed to make it viable. One is being trialled in Eype. It runs two mornings a week (to Bridport) and bookings have to be made by the previous afternoon. The fare for the Eype-Bridport service is £1.50 but bus passes are valid.

Is anyone interested?
Please contact Freda Hennessy 01935 891448


A very warm welcome to Charles and Dot Gaskell who have recently moved into Malbrook, Church Farm. We do hope you will enjoy a long and happy retirement in Corscombe.

Ladybirds Playgroup

We are delighted to welcome another new friend to Ladybirds, Iona started with us at the beginning of the Summer Term. We have several children on our waiting list and as we only lose four children to school at the end of the academic year our numbers look very healthy for the start of the next academic year when groups would normally expect to struggle to make ends meet.

Our very hard working and organised fund raising team have run two well supported events. We are hoping to use some of the money raised to purchase a replacement water play table - the tap leaks on the one we use currently so we cannot use it indoors which means water play is only available during warm weather. We would also like some new dressing up clothes to help extend the children's imaginative play; as well as some equipment our Forest School play initiative. Thank you to everyone who supported these events either in person or through donations.

Our plans to introduce regular outdoor Forrest School sessions are progressing well; we were delighted to secure two free training places for the group which will enable us to have tow members of staff with Forrest School qualifications in the very near future. Most children have a natural affinity for the outdoors; ask any adult to remember when they had a really happy time playing as a child and the experience they remember is nearly always one which occurred outdoors and with other children and involved making up the game themselves. It is this type of experience we are trying to replicate for the children of Ladybirds by offering lengthy outdoor sessions in a natural habitat.

We would be most grateful to receive donations of out of date dry foodstuffs. We can use them to make concoctions and experiment with texture and smell as well as sorting different materials. If you are spring cleaning your kitchen cupboards and come across any out of date pulses, pasta, flour, herbs or spices and such like, we would love to provide a recycling service and enjoy experimenting with them!

If you are interested in a place for your child and would like to join us at Ladybirds, contact Lindsay for more information 0n 07845 118177 or 01460 73005

Frock Swap Party

We are thrilled to report that the party was a success with a fantastic selection of clothes, smart and casual, and accessories too. There were plenty of giggles in the changing rooms and people who came with donations left with some great swaps, taken away in beautiful handmade bags!

We would like to thank Amanda for letting us use the Halstock Golf Club, a venue that lent itself entirely to such an event, offering plenty of seating to enjoy a relaxed chat with a glass of wine and some delicious canapes, whilst browsing the wide selection of clothes. We also had the pleasure of Sparkles, Handmade Tiaras and Jewellery, who literally made the evening sparkle with an amazing collection of beautiful accessories. They generously donated stunning gifts to our raffle, as well as a donation to the Ladybirds Playgroup.

The Ladybirds Committee did a fantastic job of organising the event, which in itself made it the success that it was. So a big thank you to everyone for their help and support, it was well worth it!

We will be holding another Frock Swap, so watch this space!!

Coffee Morning

The coffee morning this month will be on the 12th at 10.30am at 7 Yew Tree Farm, by kind invitation of Bob and Barbara Baylie

Kevin Bird

Sincere thanks to all my loyal Corscombe friends for all the cards, letters and gifts that were sent to me after my unfortunate accident.

It is a slow recovery but I am now receiving physiotherapy which hopefully will help me. Your thoughts and prayers have sustained me during the time I was immobile. My Love - Kevin

Keep Fit

Summer Term 2010

The Summer Term will run until July 12th.
We will not be meeting on May 3rd, May 31st or June 7th.
Mondays 2.30 to 3.30pm in the village hall.
Cheques for £20 (10 for the price of 8) should be made out to me please.
Jean Mosser 891096

Marjorie Bristow

Welcome home Marjorie, after some very trying 11 weeks in hospital. It must be wonderful to be home. Please - any Corscombe friends that collect Jo's fine eggs from Underhill Farm, do pop in to Marjorie as she will be needing company now that she can't get out and about.
Paula Denham

Audrey Hardy

It is with sadness that we learn of the death of Audrey. She had been ill for some time.

Audrey and her husband Peter delivered our papers for some years, and Audrey was a talented pianist, who played piano for the pantomime for many performances.

Our thoughts a prayers are with Peter and all her family.
Paula Denham

Books for Summer Fete

Any unwanted books needed for book stall for June fete. As usual please deliver to "Chilterns", or phone 891317 for collection.

Annual Parish Meeting

For all Corscombe Electors
Monday 17 May 7.30pm
Corscombe Village Hall

Come and have your say on roads, planning, housing, care of the environment, or anything else you like!
Reports from local groups; and a chance to discuss the way forward for the area.
Freda Hennessy, Clerk to the Parish Council.

Churchyard Grass Cutting

It is at last getting warmer, and that contributes to the grass growth. Many thanks to those who volunteered last year. Stepping down are Terry and Bob whose places have been taken by Chris and Guy.
Tony Frost


The rainfall for March was 78.5mm.


The silence this month will be held at "Gatcombe", the home of Helen and John Perris on Monday 31st, at 8pm

Corscombe Tithe Barn Fete
Saturday June 19th
12 noon until 5pm
The attractive setting of John and Venetia's Tithe Barn, garden and moat, is the venue again this year for this main fund raising event.

There will be stalls for home made cakes, plants and flowers, produce, jams, marmalade, chutney, and more. Bric-a-brac, crafts, books, jewellery, home made cards, bottle tombola, old tools, ice cream, bran tub, children's games and Pet's Corner.

The popular Hog Roast will operate from 12 noon onwards and Teas later in the day. There is the usual Grand Raffle and a whisky raffle. Entertainment will be provided by The Appalachian Dancers, The George Howard Trio, Punch and Judy, a juggler, stocks, Bouncy Castle, and a Talent Spotting Competition. All those that have a particular talent will have an opportunity to express it.

We have been challenged to a Tug of War by Halstock, with a return tug at the Halstock Fete on August 28th. So we shall be relying on Corscombe muscle to pull hard for Corscombe. We need 8 volunteers – please ring Tony on 891321 or Paula 891494 if you are strong.

A Dog Agility show will be staged. There will be Boats on the Moat and swimming in the pool, so bring your towels and costumes. Contributions may be left with any of the Fund Raising Committee or with Joan Fender at 'The Heights', High Street.

A list of Stall holders will appear in June Chimes. All profits go to Corscombe Groups, the Church and Charities. All enquiries - - Tony Frost 891321 or Paula Denham 891494

Books for Summer Fete

Any unwanted books needed for book stall for June fete. As usual please deliver to “Chilterns”, or phone 891317 for collection.

Corscombe & Halstock Energy Services Company

A Community Initiative

Do you think that renewable energy production is a way of protecting the environment, and securing continuity of electricity supply?

If so, would you be interested in joining me in setting up a community energy services company, which will raise funds through the issue of shares to local people to fund renewable energy installations in the local area? Because of the guaranteed high prices for electricity produced by these installations under the new Feed in Tariffs scheme good returns are possible, and it would be great for the community to get the benefit rather than shareholders of some distant multinational company.

Please ring or email to discuss, or seek more information

Henry Lovegrove 01935 891415 or

Photographic Competition

"I love Common Lane"

Open to all
Children's class
Cash prizes
Closing date 31 August 2010
Entry forms and details from
Freda Hennessy 01935 891448


We wish the happiest of birthdays to:
William Childs who will be 17 on the 4th
Lottie Scannell who will be 18 on the 6th
Digby Barrowcliffe who will be 12 on the 10th
Amos Raitt who will be 11 on the 11th
Franchesca Fell who will be 17 on the 13th
Noah David Raitt who will be 5 on the 17th
Jasmine Anstey who will be 15 on the 19th
Matilda Barrowcliffe who will be 16 on the 28th

'Music in May'

St Mary's Church Corscombe

Friday May 14th
Sherborne School Swing Band
Tickets 01935 891335

How easy is it to find your house in an emergency?

A medical emergency is something we would all rather do without. However, things do happen, and the emergency services are there to give fast and expert support when it is needed. Ambulance staff are highly trained and generally able to provide immediate medical support at the scene.

The problem for us is that it can take an ambulance 25 to 40 minutes to reach the Halstock / Corscombe area. This is where First Responders help. When you call 999, the ambulance service immediately dispatches an ambulance. In addition, they decide whether or not First Responders should be activated.

For example, when an ambulance is called and the caller indicates that the patient has chest pains, the target is to have medical support on scene within 8 minutes. A fast response can make the difference between life and death, so the local Responders Team provides the speed that the ambulance service cannot. Treatment starts quickly, and gives the ambulance staff a sound base on which to work.

You can help yourself by making sure your house is easy to find – by night as well as by day. If your house has a number or name, is the sign large enough to be seen and read from a vehicle on the road? Can the number / name be seen from the road easily at night? Does your post code, if put into a satellite navigation system, bring vehicles to your house? If not, what additional information can you give to the ambulance service when you call, to make sure the ambulance and First Responders find you quickly?

Thinking about this now and taking steps to make sure your house can be easily found will ensure you are found quickly in an emergency. If you need help in sorting this out, why not ask a neighbour for help?

First Responders is an emergency service provided by a team of volunteers from in and around Corscombe and Halstock. We are supported and trained by the Ambulance Service, and we meet monthly to train and keep our skills up to speed. We always welcome new volunteers – the more of us there are the more support we can provide. Currently we have volunteers on duty every day, but do not provide 24 hour support. Our target is to have sufficient volunteers to provide 24 hour cover every day all year round.

If you are interested in helping, please call Chris Chapman on 01935 891015. You will be trained and become part of an active and friendly team. As well as helping your community, you will be better placed to help your family in an emergency because of the training you receive.


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, 6th and 20th of this month and 3rd of June.

Village Website

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