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CHIMES – Corscombe – August 2009

Editor: James Robertson

St Mary's Corscombe – August Services

 2nd August 18:30 Evening Prayer
9th August 11:00 Holy Communion
16th August 10:30 Team Service at Melbury Bubb
23rd August 11:00 All Age Worship (village hall)
30th August 11:00 Holy Communion
We look forward to welcoming you at any of the above services

Spotlight On ...

The Ladybirds Playgroup

Looking through the archives of our village playgroup I found an original brochure for Corscombe Playgroup. It says that: 'Corscombe Playgroup was formed in April 1968 to fulfil a need for pre-school children living in widely scattered homes to meet and learn to play together.'

Supervisors were Mrs A Wright of Ash Tree Cottage and Mrs L Calverley of Pitts Farm Corscombe. (Until recently Mrs Calverley was still living at Pitts Farm but sadly passed away last year.) (Other local names associated with the playgroup were Eva Harvey, Rosemary Childs, who ran the playgroup for 24 years and Stella Buckland who helped Rose for many many years.) Days of attendance were Tuesdays and Thursdays, hours 9 til 12.

Nothing much has changed there, although at one time we were open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, we are back to Tuesdays and Thursdays now. Given that our parents sometimes have a long way to travel we are open 9.15 til 12.15 and now we also have a Toddler group on Tuesday mornings. In 1968 the fees were 3/-d per morning! Now the fees are £7.50 per morning.

At that time the playgroup was registered with the Dorset County Council but not financed by it. Today 3 and 4 year olds are funded by the council, parents pay for 2 year olds. There was, as is now, a rota of helpers. Back then it was probably made up mostly of mums. Now we have a mixture of mums, retired ladies and part time working ladies helping. The men folk are not to be forgotten! They have mended, painted and made equipment for the children. Repaired sheds, raised funds and served on the committee too.

Generally the aims of the playgroup haven’t altered hugely, playing and learning together is still very important, but we are expected to educate the children as they play and must be able to prove this by observing the children assessing them and planning to extend their learning experience. All of this must be formalised in writing, (which creates much more paper work) to fulfil requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

There are many more rules and regulations to adhere to, but also more guidance and support. Since D.C.C. fund places at playgroup they want quality for their money. They send advisors, under the name of Sure Start, into playgroup about every half term and assess what the staff are doing. They encourage staff to attend appropriate training sessions and send us a written report detailing any improvements they wish to see. The help Sarah and I get from our band of enthusiastic volunteers ensures that we can keep up with continual expectations from Sure Start and Ofsted who inspect the playgroup every two to three years.

Today there are interesting things happening in ‘child care’. There are many short courses and longer ones, including a foundation degree in early years which can be taken whilst working part time in playgroup. The government are spending a lot of money on training adults to care for and educate our young children, to give them a Sure Start.

At long last, not a minute too soon, the powers that be have realised the importance of outdoor play. Now there is training for playgroup staff and teachers to learn how to deliver a balanced out door curriculum. Sarah Girling has recently completed some forest school training which will help us to provide the children at our playgroup with exciting outdoor educational experiences.

Recently we interviewed parents and the general feedback we have been given is that they believe their children are thriving at Ladybirds playgroup because their children get a lot of attention, staff observe them well and provide activities suitable for their individual learning needs and their personal character.

The playgroup at Corscombe has seen its ups and downs over the years and will only survive with support from the local people. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone in the community that has contributed to the continuing health of the playgroup and toddler group. In particular thanks to the village fund raising groups and the Parish Council, Corscombe Players and The George Hawkins charitable Trust.

If you’re interested in getting involved in our playgroup please ring me, Christina Diment 891206.

Christina Diment

Corscombe Tithe Barn Fete

Total Raised

This year, the Corscombe Tithe Barn Fete raised a total of £3792.75 - an increase of 133% on 2006 when it was last held at Corscombe Court. This will be distributed between the Village Hall, First Responders, Playgroup, and PCC.
Henry Lovegrove


We really must thank Tony Frost and his team of helpers for all the hard work they put in to achieve this fantastic amount.

Tony Frost writes..

The beautiful grounds of Corscombe Court, with its tranquil atmosphere were once again the setting for The Tithe Barn Fete on 20th June.

Venetia and John Peake welcomed us like long lost friends, to the lawns and surroundings, the moat, swimming pool, stream for duck racing and of course a large car parking area.


Many people commented to me about the lovely atmosphere generated throughout the day.

The lawn was the scene of continuous entertainment; The George Howard Three Piece Band; No Mean Feet Dancers, Punch and Judy and the balloon crafts; and the Sticklands School Cheer Leaders and Dancers. The stalls run by villagers did a brisk trade, empty tables could be seen at the end of the day.

The Hog Roast started at 12 noon and visitors had an opportunity to watch the varying degrees of success achieved by the boaters on the moat. A ducking did occur the day before, and Geoff who ran the boats managed to fall in on the day, trying to help youngsters out on a boat.

A Big vote of thanks is due to everyone who contributed to a successful day, especially Venetia and John for allowing us to use their grounds.
Tony Frost

Keep Fit Summer Term 2009

Keep Fit will run until July 6th every Monday, 2.30 to 3.30pm in the village hall.

The new term will commence on September 14th. (£30 for 12 sessions)

All enquiries to Jean Mosser 891096

Tuesday Club

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the coach trip to Bournemouth as there were not enough people to make it viable.

The meeting at The Village Hall, on 1st September, will comprise a talk and slideshow on Mongolia. Last year we had a talk on Peru which was very interesting, so expect this year's to be the same.

I will be holding a coffee morning for the Tuesday Club on Wednesday, 12thAugust, 10.30am at Brook House. Do come along, everyone welcome.
Heather 891538


The rainfall for June measured a mere 26.5mm.

Jam Jars

Any spare jam jars would be much appreciated.
Thank you.
Venetia Peake 891241


We wish the happiest of birthdays to:
  • Daniel Peach who will be 15 on the 3rd
  • Josh Harvey who will be 12 on the 9th
  • Rohan Barrowcliffe who will be 10 on the 17th
  • Jonathan Greenwood who will be 11 on the 25th
  • Ludo Raitt who will be 2 on the 28th

Chimes Oil Group Syndicate (COGS) formally Corscombe Oil Group

Please see this item on the News Page


Rhiannon and Mat are pleased to announce the birth of Amos, their third son, who arrived on 11th May at home at The Old Police House. He is the youngest brother of Noah and Ludo and they are sure the village will be hearing plenty of noise during the summer from their garden.


A very warm welcome to Susan and Andrew, from Hampshire, who have bought Wareham Cottage but have only partially moved in.

They, with their children Charlotte and Christopher and Labrador dogs Toby and Angus, will be spending holidays and weekends here, during some of which they will be working on the house. They long for the time when they can fully move in and love Corscombe and West Dorset so much. Welcome and good luck for the future.

New Year's Eve Ceilidh

Now the days are getting shorter, just think - its only 5 months till the next free New Year's Eve Babylon Ceilidh!

As usual, bring some food and your own drink, to Corscombe Village Hall from 8pm and dance the night away


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 Thursdays 13th and 27th of the month.

Village Website

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

Winners for '120' Club for July

1st Prize£6No. 72Mrs Raitt
2nd Prize£4No. 24Mrs Bev Coleberd
3rd Prize£2No. 53Mr Harrison
Christine Garrett