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CHIMES Corscombe July 2009

Editor: James Robertson

St Mary's Corscombe July Services

 5th July 18:30 Evening Prayer
12th July 11:00 Holy Communion
19th July 11:00 All Age Worship in the Village Hall
26th July 11:00 Holy Communion
We look forward to welcoming you at any of the above services

Spotlight On ...

Keep Fit Class

The Keep Fit Class, or to call it by its grander name, "Body Maintenance for Mature Movers", began in Corscombe in March 2001. It was initially funded by a grant from the West Dorset NHS Primary Care Group and thanks are due to Freda Hennessy who applied for the grant. The aim was "to provide exercise in rural areas thus reducing social isolation, promoting fitness and helping to prevent coronary hear disease". What a wonderful initiative!

Freda managed to find an excellent instructor, Diane Francis, a KFA trained tutor who specialises in exercise for older people. (No I don't take the class myself as apparently at least one person in the village thought!).

The initial 12 week course was a great success. 15 ladies in the over 50 age group signed up (to date no men have taken up the challenge)

At the end of the 12 sessions their comments ranged from "An excellent class for the mature", "Really good fun" to "Not a slog" and "We like a daytime class".

Since then the Corscombe Village Hall "Keep Fit" continues to be a popular village activity and we are totally self funding. We meet on a Monday afternoon at 2.30pm to enjoy an hour of moving and exercising to lively music. Due to the physical constraints of the hall we have to limit our membership to 18 and we now have a waiting list. The number o9f sessions per term varies between 8 and 12 depending on the length of the term and the season.

Our thanks go to Diane, who continues to run this class, exercising our brains as well as our bodies!

Jean Mosser

Keep Fit Summer Term 2009

Keep Fit will run until July 6th.
Mondays 2.30 to 3.30 in the Village Hall.
The new term will commence on September 14th.
(30 for 12 sessions)
All enquiries to Jean Mosser 891096

Tuesday Club

We had a creative and productive afternoon with our flower arranging, which resulted in seven lovely displays. Some of them were used to decorate the church.

Our next meeting on 7th July is the trip to Bournemouth. If you want more information, phone Heather on 891538.

Tuesday Club Cream Tea
Join us at our annual fund raising Cream Tea
for Joseph Weld Hospice and Dorset Cancer Care
on Saturday 25thJuly at 2.30pm
As usual this will be held at Milton Brook

Attention All Horse Riders and Walkers

It has been drawn to my attention by several landowners in the area, particularly West Chelborough and between Weston and Corscombe, that gates are being left open by people riding or walking on the rights of way.

On many occasions stock has been let out. One farmer in particular has had his sheep let out on more than 6 occasions and he will soon have to start padlocking the gates. This of course ruins things for those of us who shut gates properly, but I can hardly blame the farmer. Riders; if you have a horse that you cannot get off and on, or shut the gates from onboard, then you should be seriously asking yourself whether you should be riding across country at all.

Would parents of children that ride please make sure that they understand that gates MUST BE SHUT PROPERLY. Always check them, even if you think they have clicked shut. Sometimes they do not shut properly. If walking in groups please make sure that the last person through knows how to shut the gate.
Jennifer Gregson

Corscombe Wildflower Day - 5th July 2009

Come and join us for a chance to discover the wildlife rich grasslands in and around Corscombe. A number of activities are taking place around Corscombe to celebrate wildlife.

Visit the Valdes Scotts at Woodville to find out about the important role bees play in the environment and what can be done to protect them
Come along to Freda Hennessy's Barn to learn about what the Dorset Wildlife Trust is doing to conserve wildlife rich grassland in West Dorset
Pop in to Mike Lee's orchard for a cup of teas and a scone
Join the wildlife trust for a guided walk around Jo Vassie's land to learn how the land is being managed for wildlife

In addition each of these sites will have areas of wildlife rich grassland open to the public. This provides an excellent opportunity to see conservation management in practice and to see one of the most threatened habitats in West Dorset first hand.

The event is a collaboration between residents of Corscombe and the Pastures New project run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. The Pastures New project aims to conserve, restore and enhance wildlife rich grasslands in West Dorset through a range of activities including providing advice to landowners, carrying out restoration work, engaging volunteers and connecting landowners and graziers. The project is supported by the Tubney Charitable Trust. If you wish to find out more about the project or are interested in coming to this event, please contact Pastures New on 01300 321329 or email

The event will begin at 2pm on Sunday 5th July with the guided walk leaving at 3pm.

Dogs are welcome provided they are on a short lead. Stout footwear is recommended as some sites are steep or uneven.

Parking is available at the following sites:
Valdes Scott's (ST 530 053), Freda Hennessy's Barn (ST 510 047), Mike Lee's orchard (ST 509 059) and Jo Vassie's (ST 508 044)

Ladybird's Playgroup and Toddler Group

On the day of the election in June we were made temporarily homeless and so used this as an opportunity to visit Abbotsbury Swanery. The sun shone, the picnic was yummy and the swans and their cygnets were fascinating to adults and children alike.

We've had another trip to Home Farm. This time we had a fossil hunt. Farmer Diment, whilst digging to clear a field drain exposed a collection of Jurassic fossils. Running up and down the spoil heap and jumping off it was as much fun as finding an ancient shell fish.

An old oak tree had fallen across a ditch in a storm last winter and under some of the shattered wood hides many a creepy crawly, the children found centipedes, beetles, worms, slugs, woodlice and a sleepy toad. Leaving the toad in peace we were off down to the stream to stamp in the shallow water and play our popular game of pooh sticks.

By then it was time for a picnic with our teddybears (I took my Clanger called Tiny). Everyone went home tired, grubby but happy with their bear and a fossil or two.

Our veg and flower tubs are doing well and we have spotted Blue Tits nesting in a crevice in the playground wall. We've made as much use as possible of the outdoors this half term. Picnics, bug hunts, camp building, pond dipping, walks in the woods. Give us sun hats, sun cream, wellies and waterproofs and we'll be out there!

Ladybirds Playgroup meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at Corscombe Village Hall 9.15 to 12.15 and Ladybirds Toddler Group on Tuesdays 10 till 12.

Telephone Christina 01935 891206 or Vicky 01935 891247

Winners for '120' Club for June

1st Prize30No. 41Mrs Sallie Else
2nd Prize6No. 115Mrs Jenny Whitlock
3rd Prize4No. 7Mr Mike Bennett
4th Prize2No. 51Mrs J Gregson
Christine Garrett

A New Community Bus?


Not many people used the ring and ride Westcat bus which ran to Beaminster and Bridport. Then the funding ran out and the whole scheme was lost. There is now some new funding for a new scheme, but is must be properly planned, and there must be a shown demand from villagers

If you are interested please contact Freda 01935 891448

Chimes Oil Group Syndicate (COGS)

Formerly Corscombe Oil Group
Please see this item on the News Page - dated 21 August 2009.

Anna Group

A big thank you for your support at the bring & buy sale. 208.67 was raised for feeding programmes in India

See you in September
Contact Ruth Newman 01935 891220

May recorded a mere 35mm. In 2008, 97mm fell!
Tony Frost

Coffee Morning

This month's coffee morning will be held on July 8th at 'Chilterns', home of Paula Bowles at 10.30am.


The silence this month will be held at "Gatcombe", the home of Helen and John Perris on Monday 27th July at 8pm.

The Fox Cricket Club Summer Dance
Shake, Rattle & Roll to Sneaky Pete and The Vipers in Corscombe Village Hall Saturday 11th July 8 - late
7 entry concessions 4.50
Pay at the door

New Corscombe Walks Book


Help needed in rewalking the old routes, possibly working up new ones, and assembling an informative new guide. Interested? Contact Jenny and Simon Dalton 891671 or Freda Hennessy 891448

Plant Sale for Weldmar Hospice Trust and Halstock Community Room

Thank you to all the people who helped, gave plants and came to buy. We hope you got some bargains! We raised 588.80, 150 went to the Community Room and 438.80 to Welmar.
Thank you all very much


We wish the happiest of birthdays to:
Hannah Peach who will be 13 on the 15th
Emily Robertson who will be 15 on the 18th
Matthew Greenwood who will be 15 on the 21st

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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Recycling and Library Dates
Both of these events are on Thursdays; 2nd, 16th and 30th of the month.

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

Halstock W.I.
A trip to the Tivoli Theatre, Wimbourne on
Friday 24th July to see
An hilarious and moving comedy by Jim Cartwright

Coach leaves the Shop at 6pm
To book your seat contact Brenda on 01935 891264
The cost of the seat and the coach fare is 16.50
Seats are limited so book early