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CHIMES Corscombe September 2009

Editor: James Robertson

St Mary's Corscombe September Services

 6th September 18:30 Evening Prayer
13th September 11:00 Holy Communion
20th September 11:00 Harvest Festival in church
27th September 11:00 Holy Communion
We look forward to welcoming you at any of the above services

Spotlight On ...

Corscombe & District Players
(The Panto Group)

Well, panto season will soon be upon us again!! Are those groans that I hear from the assorted adults who have been cajoled again into "thesp-land" for yet another year? Surely not.

The Corscombe and District Players have been a thriving panto group for years now, performing the whole range ... Cinderella to Peter Pan. We've goosed our way up the beanstalk and more than one chap locally has a suspect pair of high heels lurking in his wardrobe from his stint of Dameship. The group has lent its talents to other groups and borrowed from adjoining villages, supporting team efforts to keep community productions alive.

Of course there are stalwarts who have kept the traditions going for many years and in the past the able leadership of Enid Williamson was invaluable.

Any group, however, can only be successful when new blood brings fresh enthusiasm. Last year, in "Hercules" the kids chorus showed us how versatile and talented they are. It's fulfilling to see the expertise that they acquire in working so maturely alongside the adults.

This year's production is a closely guarded secret (which is code for ... we haven't decided what to do yet and are open to suggestions).
We need you. The date for the first panto meeting is Sunday 27th September at 7.30pm Corscombe Village Hall. Do come along: we need actors, backstagers, publicity, singers ... in fact anyone who is interested in seeing the production come to life.

Paula 891317

Ted Thornycroft
1920 -- 2009

Kay and family would like to express heartfelt thanks to everyone who sent cards, flowers, letters and offers of help when Ted died early in July. Your support was amazing and tremendously comforting.

Very special thanks to all who helped at the Thanksgiving Service, and attended it, and to Pat, Jenny and their team who laid on such a splendid tea afterwards.
Kay Thornycroft

Ted was born in Exmouth, the forth of six children, later living in a rambling house in the middle of a Golf Course in Derbyshire, which encouraged his love of the outdoors and wide open spaces.

He was educated at the local grammar school and later on H.M.S. Conway, a tough old training ship on the River Mersey. He won a scholarship into the Royal Navy at 16 years old, joining as Midshipman in 1937.

When World War 2 broke out he served in the Mediterranean, mainly in Destroyers, almost continually for six years. He was sunk three times, taking part in the sinking of the German Battleship Bismarck and later the D Day Landings. By D Day he was a Lieutenant Commander, leading a flotilla of motor torpedo boats off Hong Kong.

Ted married Kay in 1953 and was posted straight away to a shore job in Londonderry, right at the upsurge of the troubles in Northern Ireland.

A newly acquired dachshund puppy was dragged up every available Irish mountain! In fact, as the family increased over the years most holidays were spent in the same way and there can scarcely have been a peak in the British Isles left unclimbed!

Three years in Cyprus followed, trouble was right on cue, the the Greek movement EOKA bent on taking the island from the British. It was here that Peter the first of three sons was born and a second son Dick arrived in 1958, and when Dick was 9 months old the four returned to England.

Then came three years in London at the Admiralty, with liaison with the American Navy, and the award of an MBE. After the birth of their third boy James, a more permanent home was acquired, by then they'd had 10 moves in 7 years.

The family moved to Penn, Buckinghamshire and Ted started his civilian career as an export manager for a textile firm. There they stayed for 22 years.

Ted retired to West Dorset in 1982 because it was beautiful, hilly and friendly, already known to Kay through family connections. Corscombe was just right! After moving to Corscombe, Ted, through Open University, achieved degrees in history and literature.

Before the first signs of Parkinson's disease appeared Ted the carpenter made the church porch notice board and the huge vestment chest. He helped in many ways with village and church functions. He prepared the 'ashes' area of the churchyard, where a seat was placed , and where now there are plaques for many of his friends and neighbours, and where his ashes will be. He could regularly be found mowing and working in the churchyard.

In recent years Ted would be seen with his walking frame, walking, sometimes charging through the village on most good weather days, stopping to talk to his many friends.
We will miss him!

Throughout his life he was sustained by a strong and enduring faith, reinforced by daily Bible reading and prayer, even though he could not always make it to church.

This is an abridged version of what was read at Ted's memorial service on Friday 10th July.
By Paula Denham -- on behalf of Kay

Celebration Service

October 4th - 6.30pm
Celebration and Thank you service.
Thanking the village for the support of
St Mary's Church
+ wine and refreshments

Keep Fit Summer Term 2009

The new term will commence on September 14th and will run until December 7th
The cost will be 30 for the 12 sessions.
Mondays 2.30pm to 3.30pm in the village hall.
If you know you will be unable to take part this term please let me know beforehand.
Cheques should be made payable to me.
Many thanks.
Jean Mosser 891096


Chimes Oil Group Syndicate (COGS) formally Corscombe Oil Group
Please see this item on the News page

St Mary's Church Harvest Supper

You are warmly invited to join us for our harvest Annual Harvest Supper to be held in Corscombe Village Hall on Monday 21stSeptember at 7.30pm
Entry will be by ticket only - 6.
Tickets will be available beforehand from John Perris (891515) or from one of the Churchwardens
(please bring your own crockery and cutlery)

The Great Sponsored Cycle Ride

This annual event takes place on Saturday 12th September where you are able to walk or cycle around some of Dorset's churches and chapels to raise money for the Dorset Historic Churches Trust and a church of your choice.

I will once again be taking part to raise money for St Mary's Corscombe and hope to visit all the churches in the Melbury Team along with Dad.

If you would like to sponsor me for this event, please contact me in the normal way. Thank you in advance for your support.

Tuesday Club

I would like to say a 'big thank you' to everyone who supported or helped at our annual cream tea. We were extremely lucky with the weather, and had a lovely afternoon at Milton Brook. The total amount raised was 219 which has been donated to Weldmar Hospicecare Trust, a very worthy cause.

Our October outing to the theatre will be to see The Gondoliers at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks.
Heather (891538)

Village Hall News

Just a reminder that fund raising events for the Autumn and Winter are advertised in the Whats On section

The ever popular Village Quizzes are back to help us get through the Autumn and Winter for one Saturday each month from September through to March. Questions for all the family. You can either get a team together for the whole series or come along and make up a team on the night. There will be supper available.

We also have an Auction of Promises with a Halloween theme on Saturday October 31st with proceeds split between the Hall and the Playgroup. Come along in fancy dress and either enjoy a three course meal from 7pm or come later at 8.30pm to join in the auction. We already have some good promises but if you feel able to offer anything please contact Henry on 891415. There will be a bar and prizes for Fancy Dress and it should be a great night.

The Village Hall is our community hall and needs additional money to meet rising costs in the face of falling rental and paper recycling revenue so we would welcome your support.
Sarah Girling


Rainfall for July was 186.5mm. 39mm of this fell on 30th. Last year's total was 135.5mm. On 4th of August we had a new record broken in the village with 59mm falling in one day. This beat the previous record of 57mm on the 29th December 2006.

Local History Group

The proposed exhibition has been postponed till later in the autumn.

There will be a meeting of the Corscombe Local History Group on Thursday 10th September at 7.30pm at Lindisfarne - Paula and Colin's house. Everyone welcome. Lots of news; and we must arrange the exhibition!
Freda and Paula 891448

Ladybirds Playgroup

Tuesday September 8th 2009 is the beginning of our Autumn term.

We meet at 9.15am at Corscombe village hall. The session ends at 12.15pm, but we are offering an extra 3/4 hour for lunch club, which ends at 1pm. We are also opening an extra morning, so we are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

Other news, we have a new member of staff joining us. Marie Childs is going to join us as playgroup assistant. She is an experienced mother, keen to do the necessary training and very interested in the progress of our little children.

At the end of last term, the fete committee gave us a very large sum of money, which we are very, very grateful for. Next month we will tell you how we are spending it!

Toddler Group is beginning again. Tuesday mornings in the hall, from 10am. Come and join the fun!

Winners of the '120' Club for July

1st6No. 21Mrs Jennifer Childs
2nd4No. 118Mrs Sam Willis
3rd2No. 72Mrs Rhiannon Raitt

Welcome to the Anna Group
Next meeting will be
Monday 7th September
at 7.30pm
Speaker: Susie Smith (Blandford)
at: Epple-Clematis Cottage, High Street, Corscombe
Contact Ruth Newman 01935 891220

Parish Council

Please have a look at the Parish Council notes on the Parish Council page

Coffee Morning

Coffee morning for September will be by the kind invitation of Sue Dowding who lives at 'Crockermore', Halstock Road (after you leave Corscombe, the first No Through Road on the right-hand side. Signpost on the road) on September 9th at 10.30am.
All are welcome and anybody who needs help with transport please contact me on 891120
Christine Garrett


The silence this month will be held at "Gatcombe", the home of Helen and John Perris on Monday 28th September at 8pm.

Chimney Sweep

As in previous years when Colin and I book Nick Rutter to sweep our chimney, we like to make it worthwhile for him, and hope he can see to several chimneys in the village on the same day. Remember a clogged chimney or flu can cause a fire. If you ring us on 891494 we can pass on your request to him. We hope to have our chimney swept in September.
Paula and Colin


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 10th and 24th of the month.


We wish the happiest of birthdays to:
Christopher Pruden who will be 4 on the 12th
Alexandra Adams who will be 10 on the 20th
Nathaniel Anstey who will be 10 on the 21st