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CHIMES – Corscombe – December 2009

Editor: James Robertson

St Mary's Corscombe – December Services

 6th December 17.00 Evening Prayer - Informal 
20th December 11:00 Holy Communion
24th December 17:00 All Crib Service in Tithe Barn, Corscombe Court
   23:30  Holy Communion
25th December 10:00 All Age Holy Communion 
27thDecember 11:00  All Age Worship in Church
We look forward to welcoming you at any of the above services

Spotlight On ...

Corscombe Website
Why not visit the website and have a look – the first page gives you a calendar of events planned in Corscombe over the next year. The calendar is updated automatically each day and gives a clear picture of what is happening.

The first page also gives you the opportunity to register – by giving your email address and setting a password. Once your registration is approved, you are able to add items to the calendar, add news items to the news page and items of interest to the Local Attractions page.

Moving around the site is easy – a menu bar appears on the left on all pages, so you can move around the various pages easily.

Press the News tab and you have a page that gives news stories – newest at the top of the page. At the top of the page on the right you will see a section called Chimes. From here you can read Corscombe entries for past Chimes editions – a useful archive, and also of interest to friends and family who are not local but who wish to be kept informed.

Click the Local Groups tag and you have a list of the various groups and societies that operate in the village – an impressive list! The plan is to provide email contact details for each, and also to provide a news page for each one.

Click the Local Businesses tag and you have a list of business services from in and around the Corscombe area. If you run a local business, why not send your details to me ( ) for inclusion on the site. Entries are free and give you the opportunity to advertise your services.

The Parish Council is to have its own page shortly, as is the Village Hall. We also plan a market place where registered users can place Items for Sale. The Corscombe & Halstock Community First Responders will soon have their own page – this will give news items of general interest, as well as a secure area for active Responders.

The site is being planned by Tracy Taylor (Butchers Cottage) and Chris Chapman (Pine Close). We have lots of ideas for its development, so keep an eye for changes over the coming months. Better still, do you have ideas for the site? Why not email ( or telephone (0781 6655 278) Chris with your suggestions? We want the site to be useful so that it becomes the place to go for information about Corscombe. By telling us what would be useful to you, you will help us develop a site that becomes an essential resource for all that is local.

Chris Chapman

'Big Breakfast'

The Corscombe First Responders will be holding their highly successful 'Big Breakfast' on the following
Saturdays between 9-11am
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


Congratulations to Emily Robertson who was confirmed on November 8th at St Aldhelm's Church Radipole, Weymouth by the Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings, Bishop of Sherborne

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

Coffee Morning

There will be no coffee morning in December.

Keep Fit

Spring Term 2010

This term will begin on January 11th and will run for 10 weeks until March 22nd. Mondays 2:30 to 3:30 in the village hall. Cheques for £25 should be made payable to me please.
Jean Mosser – 891096

Beth Evans

We were sorry to learn of the death of Beth at the end of October.

Beth had lived in Corscombe for the last 16 years and was a valued member of St Mary's Church serving on the PCC. Beth also enjoyed singing in the team choir.

Beth Lyn Bertha was born in Lancashire on 2nd June 1942, the seventh child born to Martha and Henry. It was a Christian family and mother took all seven children to Church every week. They had their own pew in church. Beth always sang in choirs from an early age and performed in a church concert by singing at the age of two years. She had a happy supportive family around her.

After school Beth worked in the Civil Service and Local Government before going to Teacher Training College, where she met Tony, who she married. They remained faithful to each other for 35 years until Tony died.


After a few years Beth and Tony moved to Kingston-Upon-Thames then to Hertfordshire where they remained for 27 years. Tony was a Lay Preacher and Headmaster and Beth was able to support him fully as they were devout Christians.

Later Beth sang in amateur opera and also operatics and until recently sang with Wimborne Choral Society. Indeed she was a Soprano Soloist for many years.

She adored her husband and five children and doted on her 12 grandchildren. Having faith helped Beth throughout her life. Beth felt well blessed by God.

Welcome to the Anna Group
Next meeting: Monday 14th December 2009
Time 7.30pm
In the Lounge at:
Epple-Clematis Cottage
High Street West
Contact: Ruth Newman - 01935 891220

Ladybirds Playgroup

Writing this at the end of a back to back fundraising bonanza for the playgroup and the village hall. The auction night was great with Cauldron pate followed by ghoulash and wicked desserts, served under spiders webs and by the light of pumpkin lanterns. We did very well although there was still plenty of room for more village hall supporters and are very grateful for those generous donors of auction lots and to the fantastic team of helpers who made the thing happen. The hall and the playgroup made over £600 each on the night so very well done everybody!

We then lit up the sky in Halstock for our annual bonfire and fireworks with another fantastic display courtesy of Frosts in Bridport who come every year and bring about £500 worth of fireworks - at least twice as many fireworks as we pay for - and put on a great show. The playgroup team were in action again with wonderful refreshments. Thank you again to all especially to Henry and Rosemary who ran the bar on both occasions and organised the auction and if anyone goes to Frosts', stop Mr Franklin and thank him in person!


Full speed ahead for Christmas with the children going to the Plantlife reserve at Ryewater Farm for a Forest School celebration with a bonfire and Christmas crafts, followed by messy church activities and a short service on December 10th at 10.00 when we will be joined by Sticklands Reception, if anyone would like to come along. All small children very welcome to bring their grown ups along, grandparents, parents or others! We then finish our term on Thursday 17th when there may just be a special visitor to our party!

Happy Christmas to everyone who has supported and helped us this year throughout our community - for which we are very grateful.  

Ladybirds Playgroup
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
9.15 - 12.15
For children 2 to 5 yrs
Lunch club to 1.00pm - optional extra


Ladybirds Toddlergroup
Tuesday mornings 10 - 12
For Mums, Dads, babies and toddlers

Weldmar Hospicecare Trust

A reminder please for used postage stamps. There is a collection bag in the paper store or drop off at Edna Leonards, Woodfold Corner or with Sallie Else at Lower Farm who will deliver them to the Hospice. Please leave a small border around the stamps as you take them off the envelopes. Many thanks.


Rainfall for October was 116mm.


We wish the happiest of birthday's to:
 Sam Harvey who will be 6 on the 6th
 Jessica Pring who will be 14 on the 18th
And also to;
 Hugh (Nobby) Scannell who was 13 on the 12th November
 George Howard who was 16 on the 26th November


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
These events are on Thursday's, 3rd, 17th and 31st of the month.


The silence this month will be held at “Gatcombe”, the home of Helen and John Perris on Monday 14th December qt 5.00pm

Village Website

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

Tuesday Club

Our November event, the annual skittles evening at the Fox and Hounds, Cattistock, was very popular and a good time was had by all.

The last meeting for 2009 is the Christmas Lunch at Halstock Golf Club on December 1st so it may well have taken place by the time you read this article. However, I take the opportunity to wish everybody a very Happy Christmas and an enjoyable New Year.

The program for 2010 will be issued at the Annual General Meeting on 5th January at the village hall. The AGM will be followed by another challenging quiz. As always, visitors and new members are welcome.
Heather 891538


Chimes Oil Group Syndicate
Formally Corscombe Oil Group

See the News Page for details from COGS

Corscombe Village Hall

Wednesdays 3.30pm
Beginners & Upwards
Enquiries: Cordelia 01935 412104

Mondays: Melbury Osmond 6.15pm
Fridays: Evershot 4pm

Common Lane - The Project

Since a well attended public meeting in June at Halstock Golf Club when we were galvanised into action by Freda Hennessy, a group of local residents from Corscombe and Halstock have met several times to assess the condition of Common Lane and to begin to consider what would be involved in rehabilitating the surface for it to become viable for as many different types of user as possible and for it to become a route of pleasure for all and not one of hazard for many.

After meeting with representatives from the County Council to gather what contribution they could and would make, a project plan is now in early drafting stages. Given the poor state of the Lane, this is not a short term project.

We are forming a group to be known as the "Friends of Common Lane" for supporters of the project. The Friends will be kept informed of progress and will be considered key consultation partners at critical stages as we move forward. Practical offers of help are welcome. Membership sub is £1.00. You can join by contacting Tony Woodroffe 891312 or Katherine Singleton-Smith 891111

There will be another public meeting in the New Year when we will provide a progress report. Details of the meeting will be posted in The Chimes. We look forward to seeing you there.

120 Club

The winners for the November draw are:
1stNo. 68£6John Perris
2ndNo. 45£4Tony Frost
3rdNo. 12£2Dizzy Chance