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CHIMES – Corscombe – November 2009

Editor: James Robertson

St Mary's Corscombe – November Services

 1st November 17.00 "Village Praise" 
followed by bonfire, fireworks and refreshments
8th November 10:30 Service of Remembrance at Melbury Osmond
15th November 11:00 All Age Worship in the Village Hall
22nd November 11:00  Holy Communion 
29th November 10:30 Advent Sunday Team Service at Halstock
We look forward to welcoming you at any of the above services

Spotlight On ...

Climate Change

A report issued by Natural England this year focuses on the likely impact of climate change on four of the 159 'characterareas' in England. The purpose of the report is to engage local communities, land managers and organisations to find approaches that deliver successful and long term adaptation to climate change.

One of the selected areas is the Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase. The report concludes that by 2080 the climate may resemble that of present day Portugal. Beech trees, common in Dorset and a much loved feature of the landscape, will decline. At the same time chalk stream networks are likely to contract, leading to a decline in freshwater species such as the Atlantic stream crayfish. Summer draughts may, however, be accompanied by intense winter rain storms leading to increased soil erosion affecting the natural environment and presenting challenges for famous features like the Iron Age hill forts of Maiden Castle and Hambledon Hill.

To help the area adapt it will become increasingly important to improve the condition of existing habitats and create new habitat areas. A programme of planting locally native, but drought-tolerant replacements for existing mature trees may well be required.

(Natural England News release: 31 March 2009)

Food for thought? One approach that we as individuals could consider is actually doing something to reduce carbon emissions and their subsequent impact on climate change. The Government is currently consulting on switching to the European system for support of domestic renewable energy production. This means a four fold increase in the level of support from April 2010. This makes a 7-10% return on capital invested in a photovoltaic system quite possible. Where else can you get this sort of return in today's market, with a strong ethical reason for investment? If you install before the end of March 2010 you may also qualify for a £2500 grant.

If you want to know more, please ring or email me.

Telephone 01935 891415 / Email Henry

Henry Lovegrove

'Big Breakfast'

The Corscombe First Responders will be holding their highly successful 'Big Breakfast' on the following
Saturdays between 9-11am
7 November 2009
5 December 2009
6 February 2010
6 March 2010
Come along and enjoy a fine cooked breakfast of local produce.
Look forward to seeing you.
The Responders

Keep Fit

Autumn Term 2009

The term will run until December 7th.
The cost will be £30 for the 12 sessions.
Mondays 2:30 to 3:30 in the village hall.
All enquiries to Jean Mosser 891096

Best Community Village Competition

The judging for the Dorset Best Kept Village and the Best Community Village has taken place and the final results were announced on the 24thSeptember. We did well thanks to everyone's sterling efforts and were finalists, winning the prize for Best Newcomer in the category of Best Community Village. We also won an additional prize as our group of First Responders made a fantastic impression on the judges for their contribution to this rural community. Two cheques are making their way to supporting village enterprises.

The amazing turnout on judging day was a real indication of community support. Again many thanks to all who gave of their time and effort.

Tuesday Club

On 6th October, twenty of us went to see the Yeovil Amateur Operatic Society's production of the Gondoliers at the Octagon Theatre. It was a vibrant, glittering performance full of energy, making for a very enjoyable evening. The costumes were stunning.

We now look forward to our last event of the year which is the Christmas lunch when all are invited. It will be held at Halstock Golf Club on Tuesday 1st December so I need to know numbers, at the very latest, one week before the event. For further information contact Heather on 891538
Guy Fawkes Celebrations
At Halstock Village Hall
Saturday 7th November
Bonfire 6pm
Fireworks 6.30pm
Bar and Refreshments
Adults £5
Children £3
By kind permission of Mr R Holloway
Bonfire building on the day at 11 o'clock

Zorro - the Panto

The Pantomime group will be meeting on Sunday 8th November for a read-through of our new script for the current production. We hope that all who are interested (new members and old) will come along. Front stage, backstage, sewing, publicity, the bar! Lots of help is needed.
7.30 at Corscombe Village Hall
Paula 891317

Carol singing around the village
Saturday 19th December
Collecting for Save the Children Fund
Meet 5pm Church Car Park
Refreshments from 7pm onwards
at Milton Brook
All welcome


Rainfall for September was a mere 34.5mm. All falling in the first 8 days.


Chimes Oil Group Syndicate
Formerly Corscombe Oil Group
See community page
Welcome to the Anna Group
There will be no meeting in November
Group in India
Next meeting: Monday 14th December 2009
Time 7.30pm
In the Lounge at:
Epple-Clematis Cottage
High Street West
Contact: Ruth Newman - 01935 891220


Farewell to Valentine, Sarah, Delia and Geraldine who moved out of Pine Close at the end of September. They are still staying in the area they assure us so I am sure we will still be seeing them. We would like to wish them good luck in the future.


Welcome to Kelvin and Glynis Braithwaite who have moved into Pine Close. We hope you will be very happy in Corscombe.

Stone Age to 21st century
Sunday 22 November
11am - 4pm
Corscombe Village Hall
Houses, People, Farming, The Church, The School
Transport, Victorian Corscombe, Thomas Hollis
Photos, Maps, News Clips - and a Jigsaw
Light Refreshments
Entrance: Adults £1, Children free
Freda 01935 891448 or Paula 891494

Coffee Morning

This month's Coffee Morning will be held at Woodford Corner by kind invitation of Edna Leonard on Wednesday 11th November at 10.30am. All are welcome to attend.

Ladybirds Playgroup

Your local playgroup has continued to flourish this past year. Thanks to the help f a rota of local volunteers. They have each come to playgroup for one or two mornings per half term and have joined in playing with & supervising the children. With an extra pair of ears and eyes around, the paid leaders are alerted to any problems. They are also freed up to work individually with some of the children, particularly the younger ones who need more care. There's also time to do the assessment of each child.

The volunteer helpers get stuck into games of tractors; building things; changing dollies; craft; gardening... it's wonderful for the different generations to mix together & to play. Some of the helpers have grandchildren living far away; some of our playgroup children miss their own grandparents. So strong friendships are built across the ages.

The volunteers are also a vital part of our trips out, as we always need more people to hold little hands and (try to) stop children falling over in the mud!

We would love to have some more men involved as it's important for children to have positive male role models in their lives. We also have a few odd jobs that need doing and it would be great for these to be done in playgroup time so that the children could watch.

So, if you enjoy reading stories, planting bulbs, playing with dolls / trains / pretending to be a bear and could offer one morning per term then please come and join in the fun. Hope to see you soon.
Your Playgroup Needs You!

Could you give one (or more) morning(s) per half-term to come and play, read stories, come on our outings and join in the fun?

Now the Ladybirds playgroup is running 3 mornings a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) we need more helpers - men and women welcome!
Also, a few odd jobs need doing - could you help?

Contact me to find out more and to pick up a simple CRB check form
Vicky Harknett: 891247

Ladybirds Playgroup
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
9.15 - 12.15 (lunch club till 1.00pm)
Ladybirds Toddlergroup
Tuesday mornings 10 - 12

Fireworks and animals

It is that time of year again. Please will anyone intending to have bonfire and firework parties make sure that they tell owners of horses and dogs in the neighbourhood of the date and time so that they can make the necessary arrangements for their animals' well-being. I would suggest telling people within a minimum of a half mile radius. Fireworks can cause a great deal of distress to animals.

Thank you in anticipation of your co-operation in this matter.
Jennifer Gregson

Corscombe Playground

The Parish Council would like to update the playground. What sort of things would the children like? Most equipment is very expensive, but with planning we could make playing here much more fun! Suggestions please to Paula Bowles, Henry Lovegrove or Tony Frost


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, 5th and 19th of the month and also December 3rd.


The silence this month will be held at “Gatcombe”, the home of Helen and John Perris on Monday.

Village Website

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