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CHIMES – Corscombe – June 2009

Editor: James Robertson

St Mary's Corscombe – June Services

 7th June 18:30 Evening Prayer
14th June 11:00 Holy Communion
21st June 11:00 See below
28th June 11:00 Holy Communion
We look forward to welcoming you at any of the above services

Fun, Food & Fellowship

Come and join us at an Open-Air Service
Sunday 21st June 11.00am at Lower Farm, Corscombe
followed by a barbacue, swimming & games
Everybody Welcome

Please bring a chair / rug to sit on

Spotlight On ...

Babylon Morris

Babylon Morris were formed in 1995 and practice on Wednesday in the village hall from 8pm. Our practice season is usually from September until May 1st. See our web site for more details

We are a mixed Border Morris side, or team, original origins of the dance style is unknown but is certainly several hundred years old. Indeed in Elizabethan times Morris was know as the ‘old tradition’. We are very much a fun social side, welcoming new members both male and female, and have a wide age range from 18 to 75.

This year is a mile stone for us as we have been invited to represent England at the International Folk festival in Croatia this July. England have not been represented here before so we are working hard to put on our best performances. Fourteen will be travelling including the youngest and the oldest from our team.

Babylon also hosts the village New Years Eve ceilidh party. Music is provided by our resident band and our foreman; Steve Cunio is our caller. It is free to attend just bring a bottle and some food to share. For those that camp the night (in the hall) there is breakfast from about 9am. Babylon then traditionally have a dance tour on new years day, this includes our mummers play starting at 11am in Beaminster finishing at the Hare and Hounds Waytown. Our final stop is a feat in itself. Our play is performed inside. As the pub is rather small and the audience pack the bar area, and I mean pack! We scrabble to find space to perform. But this adds to the event. If you go, get in the pub early.

We dance at various times throughout the year however our summer season started this year on May 1st at 5.30am on the top of Ham hill.

For more information or if you would like to book us for an event please visit our web site or call Ian Cox 01935 891964.

Corscombe Tithe Barn Fete

Don’t miss the Corscombe Tithe Barn Fete on Saturday 20th June – it will be a day to remember
A group of volunteers have already had three planning meetings, at which an exciting programme has been thrashed out.

The raffle draw has a value of over £1000 in prizes donated. Tickets from Lesley and Chris Chapman (891015) or from Tony Frost (891321). Tickets are 50p each and there are 5 tickets to a book. We are hoping that everyone in the village will take four books to sell far and wide to friends and family

The day will begin with a hog roast barbecue run by the Big Breakfast Team at 12 o’clock. Running concurrently will be stalls comprising plants, produce (all home produced), books, quality bric-a-brac, cakes (homemade), old tools, etc. Tea and cakes will be served from 2.30pm onwards

Entertainment is varied and comprises the George Howard group, Punch & Judy, Sticklands School dancers, and Appellation dancing.

Sideshows include stocks (you can throw wet sponges at would be volunteers), dog show and dog agility show, swimming in the pool, boats on the moat, and vintage cars and the ever popular, plastic duck racing.

Crafts include spinning, wicker basket making, wooden ornaments and card production

Your support would be much appreciated in any of the following ways:
Homemade preserves to Heather Starkings (Brook House, 891538)
Homemade cakes to Christine Garrett (Hillview House, Pine Close, 891120)
Homemade sandwiches to Jenny Whitlock (Church Farm, 891913)
Bric-a-brac items to Tony Frost (891321)
Old tools to Richard Wheatley – care of Tony Frost (891321)
Garden produce and plants to Jane Allan (891684)

Books, books, books…..

Forthcoming Village Hall Fund-Raising

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
Paula Bowles, Chilterns - 891317

Tuesday Club

Despite the overcast weather, we had a very good day out on our trip to Dartmouth. Some of us chose to take a boat trip to visit Greenway, the lovely holiday home of Agatha Christie, others took in the delights of Dartmouth, but all seemed to enjoy their time there.

Our next coach trip is to Bournemouth on 7th July. All in the village and the surrounding areas are welcome to join us. In the meantime, on the 2nd June our meeting is flower arranging plus a ‘Bring and Buy’.

The Village Hall has has increased expenditure recently due to essential structural repairs, electrical work and repairs following the oil tank break in – totalling £2,500.

Combined with a reduction in income from lettings and from our paper recycling this has resulted in our needing to raise some funds.
Therefore, we will be holding an Auction of Promises on Saturday October 31st with a Halloween theme. The auction will be preceded by a three course meal for those who wish to attend and there will be a licensed bar.

Please put the date in your diary and we would be very grateful if you could start to think of lots for the auction.

This autumn will also see a return of the popular village quiz nights every third Saturday of the month, from September onwards. There will be refreshments served. Time to start press-ganging your brainy friends and getting teams together.

120 Club

1st Prize£6No. 3Ms Armstrong
2nd Prize£4No. 96Mr G Taylor
3rd Prize£2No. 33Mr J David
Christine Garrett


Keep Fit Summer
Term 2009

A very warm welcome to Caroline Osmond who has come to live at 'Rosebank' where Barbara Bradshaw used to live. She moves in from 'Yeabridge Farm' Mosterton.

We know that already she is enjoying the peace and birdsong in the garden. You will find Corscombe is a friendly and caring village and 'Rosebank' a delightful home.
Paula Denham

Keep Fit will run until July 6th.

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

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

Ladybirds Playgroup

June is a lovely month for outdoor play. (We hope.) Our children can have so much fun outdoors. We are fortunate to have a field and a playground at Corscombe Village Hall where children at playgroup can ride bikes and scooters, build dens, play with water, sand, chalk, paint and picnic. They can play ball games, parachute and hoop games, hopscotch, skipping, bug hunting, tend to our veg pots and flower tubs. We are keeping an eye on bird boxes we put up earlier in the year and watering our willow den regularly. Hopefully children will be playing in and enjoying story time in our willow den in years to come.

On the 4th June we are off to the Abbotsbury Swannery. We are sure to have an interesting fun day out seeing the swans with their cygnets and our day out will free the village hall for the election.

If you are between 2 years and 5 years old come and join the fun. We are open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9.15am until 12.15pm.
You don't have to live in the area full time, visiting grand children are very welcome.

We run a Toddler group on Tuesdays from 10am until 12 noon for mums dads, babies and toddlers.
Come and join the fun!!!!!
Christina Diment

Local History Amble

Sunday 7 June 2.30pm
Looking at some more of the village sites and buildings and their history. Old School, Fox, Court and Norwood area.

Meet at the Village Hall car park (we can go inside if it's disgustingly wet).
Freda and Paula 891448

Common Lane Project

Meeting on Tuesday 9 June at 7.30pm at Halstock Golf Club

Open to everyone interested in discussing ways of improving the Lane for the enjoyment of all.

Do come with your ideas!
Freda Hennessy 891448

Higher Ground Meadow

We are pleased to let you all know that our natural burial ground is ready, and in fact has already been used.

The official opening ceremony is to be held on June 23rd, following this there will be an Open afternoon from 2:30 until 6pm.

Please feel free to come and have a look around, we will be on hand to answer your questions.
Jo and Pete Vassie
Underhill Farm.
01935 891245


Rainfall for April was 81mm

Coffee Morning

This months coffee morning will be held on June 10th at Jane Allen's home


The silence this month will be held at “Gatcombe”, the home of Helen and John Perris on Monday 29th June, at 8:00pm.


We wish the happiest of birthdays to:

Johnnie Barrowcliffe who will be 13 on the 14th
Thomas Knowlden who will be 14 on the 29th

Anna Group

There will be no Anna Group meeting during July/August 2009.
Look forward to seeing you all in the autumn
Ruth Newman


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, the 4th and 18st of the month.