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fosse trinity
Serving the communities of
Ditcheat, East Pennard and Pylle
Made to your requirements
Tel: 01749 860546
Travellers Rest
TEL: 01749 860747
Stone, East Pennard (on the A37)
01749 860069
Open All Day
from 12.00 noon
Excellent home cooked food
Mon-Sat 12.15 - 8.30
Traditional pub food
Tea / Coffee
Sunday Roast
Sunday Roast 12.15-2.30pm
booking advisable
Quiz Nights/Skittles/Pool/Darts
B & B en-suite rooms
Buffets quoted for on request
Fish and chips takeaway
Letter from the editors
This Month
100 Club
Advertiser Index
Alhampton News
Book Group
Build It Awards
Church Services
Cookery Page
Diary Dates
Ditcheat Ch. Rota
Ditcheat Player’s
Ditcheat School
E.P. News
Folk Dancing
History of Ditcheat
Library Services
Mothers Union
Natural World
Parish news
Pastoral Message
Pottery Workshops
Pylle News
Royal Brit. Legion
Saturday Stitch
Spectra Musica
Village Lunch
Wastenot wantnot
Who's Who
Wildlife Group
Wraxall Vineyard
Seasonal greetings from all of us, along with apologies
for last month’s lateness and, in some cases, poor print
quality. We had a printer melt down, out of our control.
We hope that this month's magazine has found you in
good time so as not to miss any of the festive delights
our wonderful villages have on offer. If you have been
to the Pylle Winter Warmer before, then you will know
that you are in for a real treat, open to all, fabulous
cooking and no washing up to do afterwards! Booking
essential! (p12)
As is the Ditcheat Player’s Pantomime ‘Avast Behind’
(p6) don’t forget that there is a Saturday matinee for
those of you who like to stay in the warm of a night
I feel I have to mention that most of the FTN team’s
ears pricked when we were brought news of the
sparkling wine tasting at Wraxall Vineyard (p9), an
invitation not to be ignored, well it is Christmas and the
team get to put their feet up, let their hair down and
take a break from the Fosse Trinity News until January.
I would like to add a big congratulations to Roger &
Sally Yeoman on their Eco award, you can read all
about it on (p14).
Do you have a story? We would love to hear from you
if you have news to share, please write to us at
[email protected]
Have a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for
From us all at the FTN
The Fosse Trinity News is a community magazine owned by the Fosse Trinity Advisory
Committee. It is financed by advertising and donations. It is delivered FREE to every
household in Ditcheat, Alhampton, East Pennard and Pylle.
We welcome any contribution from anyone in the community of any age!
Send copy by
15th of each month to [email protected]
or to The Editors, 1 Folly Drive, Ditcheat, BA4 6QH
For enquiries about advertising in the magazine, please contact
Marcus 01749 860067 or email [email protected]
Closing date 10th of each month
Dates for your Diary
new entries are shaded
Every Week
Pilates (9.00)
Tai Chi for Health(10.30)
Ditcheat Badminton Club (8.00)
Singing for the Terrified (7.00)
Diana 860224
Ellie 345222
James 860355
Gill 830110
Art Group – Fortnightly (10.00)
Liz & Stewart 860755
Ditcheat Badminton Club (2.00)
Ditcheat Short Mat Bowls (7.00)
James 860355
Martin 860780
Keep Fit (9.15)
Diana 860224
Tue 2
Royal British Legion – Charlie’s Studio
Jon 850241
Thu 4th 7.30
Ditcheat Players, “Avast Behind”
Gaye 860081
Fri 5th 7.30
Ditcheat Players, “Avast Behind”
Gaye 860081
Sat 6 10.00
Life Study Art Group – Pylle Village Hall
Gill 830110
Sat 6 7.30
Ditcheat Players, “Avast Behind”
Gaye 860081
Sun 7 12.00
Pylle Family Winter Warmer
Joanna 838757
Tue 9 10.00
Rendezvous – Jubilee Hall
Diana 860224
Travellers Rest – Quiz Night
Ian 860069
Pylle Christmas Lunch, Coffee Den
Joanna 838757
Thu 11 2.30
MU at Baltonsborough
Yvonne 851480
Folk Dancing – Jubilee Hall
Deirdre 860594
Christmas Ball – Jubilee Hall
Wincanton Choral Society
Handel’s Messiah
Ditcheat Christmas Village Lunch –
Jubilee Hall
Travellers Rest – Quiz Night
Jo 860898
Tue 9 8.30
Wed 10 12.00
Fri 12 7.30
Sat 13 7.00
Sun 14th 7.30
Tue 16th 12.30
Tue 16th 8.30
Page 7
Jessica 860205
Ian 860069
Pennard Christmas Party – Church Room
Jacinth 860632
Pylle Carol Service
Joanna 838757
Ditcheat Carol Service
East Pennard Carol Service
Crib Service – St Mary Magdalene
Fri 19 6.30
Sat 20 6.00
Sun 21 6.30
Wed 24 4.00
Dates for your Diary
Wed 24th 11.30
Midnight Communion – Ditcheat
Thu 25 9.30
Family Communion – Alhampton
Thu 25 11.00
Family Communion – East Pennard
Fri 26 9.30
Boxing Day walk to Castle Cary
Wed 7 12.00
Pylle LWP – Coffee Den
Joanna 838757
Thu 8th 8.15
The Alhamptonians
Louisa 860252
Fri 9th 7.30
Folk Dancing – Jubilee Hall
Deirdre 860594
Mon 12 2.30
Winter Bird Watch on the Levels
Bridget 860240
Tue 13 10.00
Linda 860067
Rendezvous – Jubilee Hall
Diana 860224
Ditcheat Jubilee Hall AGM
Peter 860081
Burns Night
Tue 20
Sun 25
Tue 27 12.30
Ditcheat Village Lunch – Jubilee Hall
Thu 5 8.15
The Alhamptonians
Louisa 860252
Tue 10 10.00
Rendezvous – Jubilee Hall
Diana 860224
Tue 10th 8.15
Royal British Legion – Charlie’s Studio
Jon 850241
Folk Dancing – Jubilee Hall
Deirdre 860594
Fri 13 7.30
Sat 14th
Valentine’s Day
Wed 18th
Pottery Workshops start
Thu 19
Tue 17 12.30
Jessica 860205
Page 26
Chinese New Year
Ditcheat Village Lunch – Jubilee Hall
Jessica 860205
Wincanton Choral Society Winter Concert
Handel’s ‘Messiah’
The Wincanton Choral Society will perform Handel’s great Oratorio, The
‘Messiah’ at 7.30pm on Sunday 14th December at the Leisure Centre in
With wonderful soloists, Katharine Hawnt (soprano), Andrew Stewart
(countertenor), Kieran White (tenor) and Tom Hunt (bass), the Choir is joined
by an orchestra of top musicians conducted by Simon Twiselton.
The performance, which follows the same pattern of its very first hearing in
Dublin in April 1742, contains unusual versions of some of the famous solo
numbers as well as the well-known choruses that thrill the ear and excite
both the emotion and the intellect. Handel gave all the proceeds of that first
performance to different Irish charities, something of which the Messiah
would surely have approved.
Come and hear this most enduring of choral works on the 14th December.
Tickets for the performance are available from 01749 813899 or from the Box
Office: www.netaticket.co.uk. Prices are £13.50 in advance if bought by 8th
December, £15.00 on the door with under 18s at £6.50 at any time.
Start to get rid of some of those Christmas Day
There is traditionally a walk to Castle Cary on
Boxing Day morning. The aim is to arrive
there in time to see the Hunt off at 11.00am.
Alternatively the George is open and there is
also a mulled wine stall to revive tired bodies.
The return walk will get you back in time for
lunch, or you can make your own arrangements
for a lift home.
Start time for the walk is 9.30am from Jubilee Hall, Ditcheat. Dogs and well
behaved children welcome. Please note that the walk involves potentially
muddy fields and lanes so appropriate footwear is essential.
News from Ditcheat Primary School
Can you help us?
We are currently looking for enthusiastic people to join our governing body.
The overall management of the school is the responsibility of the governors.
They work closely with me to appoint staff, ensure that the National
Curriculum and school policies are implemented and monitor the budget. Our
governors represent parents, the Local Authority and the local community.
Our current governing body has been working closely together for the benefit
of the school for a number of years and we are now looking for new people to
join the team. Meetings usually take place in the evening and governors are
expected to attend full governing body meetings four times a year and
committee meetings three or six times a year. The governing body has a wide
range of responsibilities and people with skills and backgrounds quite
different to education can and do make an invaluable contribution to the
running of the school.
The governors on the Finance and Personnel committee oversee the budget
and ensure that the school continues to spend its funds in the best way
possible for the children in our care, as well as supporting me in a variety of
staffing matters from appointing new staff to monitoring the performance of
existing staff.
The Premises committee is responsible for ensuring the school meets its
health and safety requirements as well as helping to make sure building
projects run as smoothly as possible. The governors on this committee have
recently been closely involved in the refurbishment of our kitchen to enable
us to provide hot meals in school.
The focus of the curriculum committee is on the education and welfare of the
children and the governors on this committee ensure the provision at school
meets the requirements of the National Curriculum as well as supporting the
promotion of the aims and values of our school.
Training and support for governors is available through the Local Authority,
and you will also find your fellow governors and school staff a source of
support. Knowledge and experience of schools and education is not a vital
requirement as the remit of the governing body is wide and therefore so is
the skill-set required for any governing body. What is required is a desire to
support a vital component of your local community and a willingness to give
up your time a few times a year. If you are interested in finding out more
about becoming a governor, please contact Becky Nurse (Chair of Governors)
on [email protected] or Kate Knowles (clerk to the governors)
on [email protected] or at school on 01749 860329.
We are looking forward to hearing from you!
Amanda Seager,
NOON – 2 P.M.
01749 860 331
[email protected]
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Church Flowers and cleaning
Helen Bushrod
Hilary Tudsbery-Turner
Teresa Rossiter
We are looking for more people to clean the church, if you are willing to help
with the cleaning one month a year, please get in touch.
If the church is locked please contact the church wardens Teresa 831419,
Hilary 830538, Carolyn Fussell 830120, or Alan Cary 07896945936 to obtain a
Ladies Working Party - Joanna Miln 838757
We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New
Year. We would welcome any new members and are still without a secretary
if anybody is interested. We had a very good lunch last month and discussed
the running of the Harvest Supper and the Winter Warmer lunch amongst
other things. This year we will have our Christmas lunch at the Coffee Den at
12 noon on 10th December. Joanna will phone for your menu choices. Raffle
from Teresa please. Our meeting next month will be on Wednesday 7th
January at 12 noon in the Coffee Den. Raffle prize from Joyce please.
Family Winter Warmer Lunch Sunday 7th December
You are not too late to book for the Family Winter Warmer held in Pylle
Village Hall on Sunday 7th December at 12 noon, Adults £6, Children £3. This
year we will also have available wine or mulled cider to get you in the
Christmas spirit. We will be serving a hot meal; please book in advance with
your menu choice: Beef, Chicken, or 3 bean (v) Casserole. All money raised
will go to Pylle Village Hall, raffle prizes and help on the day would be
gratefully received. Do come and support the village hall and enjoy a lunch
to celebrate the start of the Christmas season. To book please phone
Joanna Miln 838757
Village Hall
To hire the hall: £7.50 per hour - £6.50 per hour for more than 4 regular
bookings. More information and hall bookings contact Joanna Miln 838757
Pylle Singers – Pylle Village Hall –
The singers meet every Monday at 7-9pm. For further details please contact
Gill Oldaker 830110
Have you lost your coat? Please contact Joanna Miln 838757 if you think you
may have left your coat at the Harvest Supper.
Pageant Postponement
By Our Religious Affairs Correspondent
The Pylle Pageant, originally planned for the summer of 2015, will now
take place the following year – May is being considered but as yet we have no
fixed date. It is hoped that by then the question of the occupancy of Pylle
Manor will have been clarified.
The pageant will celebrate the arrival of the railway at Pylle in 1862. It is
planned for a procession of villagers, dressed in period costume and preceded
by a brass band and carriages carrying Lord Portman, lord of the manor, and
officials of the Somerset Central Railway Company, will march from the
Village Hall to the Church. Speeches (short!) will be given in front of the
manor then horses will be tethered and the crowd (!!) will disperse to enjoy
itself. There will be tea, stalls and a follow-up exhibition of Pylle in Pictures
which, this time, will be mounted in the church. There is a list of those willing
to take part (no lines to learn) and if you want to be added to it then ring
830538. Family groups are particularly welcome.
Don’t forget this year’s Pylle Carol Service followed by mince pies and
mulled wine will take place on Friday 19th December at 6.30pm. See you
Family Winter Warmer lunch
Sunday 7th December 12 noon
Lunch Adults £6, Children £3
Beef, Chicken, or 3 bean (v) Casserole
Wine or mulled cider available
Pylle Village Hall
Please book in advance: Joanna Miln 838757
Alhampton news
It seems hard to believe that another year is nearly at an end! It has been
an eventful and successful one in many ways for Alhampton with private
celebrations and anniversaries as well as the more general ones such as the
open gardens and the fete. When I hear other people regretting the loss of a
sense of community in their villages, I never cease to be thankful for the
chance that brought me to Ditcheat to teach forty six (really?!) years ago and
then to Alhampton to settle down.
On Christmas Eve the carol singing will take place as usual at the pub from
about 6.45 p.m. As always the evening is a friendly occasion when everyone
is welcome – you do not need to have a great voice, just a smile and
willingness to have a go, so if you are here for Christmas and can spare some
time please join us. Some people come just for a short time and other stay
for longer – just what suits you!
The last planting of Haddon Wood will have been and gone by the time you
read this. Congratulations to all those who have worked so hard to make it
the success it is – apparently news of it even made the Guardian the other
day. Others who deserve congratulations are Jo Curtis and her allies who
have organised the bake off and the quiz and are in the throes of organising
the Christmas ball. Well done!
On the subject of the quiz our table ended up in the middle of the list – we
did really well in the first and last rounds – 10/10 and 9/10 respectively – but
the rest of the ones in the middle should really be ignored. A lot of the marks
we did manage to get were lucky guesses! I was slightly startled to be
chatting to one of my ex-pupils and to be informed that he had just had his
52nd birthday! I must be older than I feel!
Alhamptonians will take their usual break in December. We find that
there are so many things on at this time of year that we do not have many
people who are free to come. We will be back in January but as the first
Thursday is the 1st and many of us will have been celebrating New Year’s Eve
the night before it will be on the second Thursday just for January.
A very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and wealthy 2015 to everyone –
may it bring you some of the things you dream of.
2014 Build It Awards - Best Eco Home.
We are nearing completion of our self-build home, Cedar House in Harvester
Yard. The house is constructed using Modern Methods of Construction, which
are becoming popular as everyone strives to build energy efficient homes.
Building construction has to meet Building Regulations, which are being
incrementally revised, Cedar House exceeds the current levels of insulation
required and was designed to meet the levels expected in 2016, the target
date for Zero Carbon homes.
Cedar House is built on an
insulated concrete raft,
rather than usual concrete
strip foundations. The
walls are in situ placed
concrete, using permanent
insulated formwork, ICF.
Both of these products
were manufactured under
German & North American
licences’ by a company in
Poole, who diversified
from manufacturing
polystyrene fish boxes.
The managing director of
Logix UK believed our house was a contender for The Build It Awards 2014
which celebrate all aspects of self-build and renovation including completed
projects, products, services and suppliers, and entered Cedar House in the
“Best Eco Home” category.
We were very pleased to be shortlisted along with four other entries from
national and German companies providing bespoke homes.
Sally & I attended the Awards Gala Dinner at the Swindon Hilton, attended by
300 people representing the Build It magazine publishers, award sponsors,
manufacturers, architects, and a handful of self-builders like ourselves. We
were joined by Jonathan Barnett, MD of Logix UK. The awards were
presented in two halves, before and after dinner. We were delighted during
the first half of the evening to be selected as the winner for Best Eco Home
and collected our award from the sponsors Model Projects & FSG Property
Services. Hugh Dennis hosted the ceremony.
During the second half Jonathan Barnett also collected the award for Best
Insulation Product, with the IsoQuick insulated foundation, which we also
used for our house.
We have a record of our build on our website, www.pointoneone.co.uk
where you will find our suppliers listed. We had very good service from all of
our suppliers and are very pleased to recommend them.
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Wraxall Rd, Ditcheat
Higher Farm,
Sutton, Nr Ditcheat,
Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Opening hours
Mon-Sat: 7.30am to 6.30pm
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How To Find Us
Turn off the A371 Castle Cary to Shepton Mallet road,
between Moff Motors and The Brook House Inn, and
then take the first turning left to Sutton. Follow this
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Hope to see you soon!
Ask for Kevin or Chris 01749
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including EFI and ABS
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For friendly local service
telephone 01749 860123
or call at our workshop
in Harvester Yard, Ditcheat
(incorporating Oswald Clarke Funeral Directors of Bruton)
Ashdene, Cranmore, Shepton Mallet
Somerset BA4 4QQ
Telephone: 01749 880271
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Pre-Paid Funeral Plans Available
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Pianist/Keyboard Player
Music tuition in the
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music for all occasions
Tel 01749 831250
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Some months ago I had been
asked to remove a colony of
honeybees from a bathroom
ceiling space in, what the owners
describe as, Lower Ditcheat and
had thought that it was going to
be a Herculean task. It was
decided to wait until the bees
had bedded down for the winter.
I can’t really remember why, but
it seemed to make sense at the
time. The bathroom in question
has a flat roof, and the bees were somewhere between the ceiling and the
roof surface. In these cases there are only two ways to access the bees: go
through the roof, or the ceiling. Either option will create a problem, but the
ceiling route doesn’t threaten the integrity of the building’s weatherproofing.
It does help if you know the exact location of the colony, though. We didn’t.
Back in the summer we had heard buzzing above the ceiling and presumed
that it was coming from one particular spot, but everything was silent now.
The owners of the house decided that we would make a small hole, at the
presumed location, and look for two things, bees and insulation. They had a
feeling that the roof space was not insulated, and, if that was the case, they
would have all the ceiling (and the bees) removed, then immediately insulate
the space and replace the ceiling. It was just as well really, because the bees
were nowhere in sight when we made the first tentative hole. The builders
were a trifle circumspect about cutting that hole, but got braver as we
progressed. I was all right because I was wearing a protective bee suit. The
bees were finally located against the outside wall, and directly above the
window, although they were entering the building some distance from that
The builders retired, leaving me, a beehive, various instruments of destruction
and a ball of string. What had amazed us all was that the bees had just sat
there and made no fuss as we entered their realm. I was fully expecting a
cloud of angry, buzzing, stinging insects to explode from the ceiling once we
had located them, but no, they went about their business very quietly indeed.
With the hive immediately beneath the bees, I set about cutting the smaller
pieces of comb, which were suspended from underside of the roof, from their
moorings. You can see in the photograph that the first four combs were only
attached at the top, and they were empty, no honey, no bee larvae, just wax.
Once I had cut these away life got interesting, because I was now involved
with comb which was covered with bees and full of honey. It had to be cut
free on all four sides and then transferred and fixed very carefully into a
wooden frame, for placement in the hive. The bees were still very placid,
although grabbing the comb meant putting my fingers around the back, and
although I was wearing gloves, three of the little darlings did manage to sting
me. If you have ever cut honey comb you will know that the result is very
sticky and honey runs exactly where it wants to.
There were five large sections of comb, each with a multitude of resident
bees and dripping with honey, and every time I cut a piece out I had to swill
the knife and my gloves, as everything was so sticky that I couldn’t grip the
knife to make the next cut. Using a small piece of the ceiling’s plasterboard
on top of the hive, and a frame, complete with string, I could slowly fit the
comb into the frame, and after tying it securely with at least two pieces of
string, I lowered plasterboard, frame, bees and honey comb into position.
Once suspended, I gently removed the plasterboard. In normal circumstances
the wax of the honeycomb would fill the frame and be fixed on all sides, but
in this case I was hanging it on thin string. The problem here is that a full
comb of honey that size weighs 5
lbs, and if you turn it into the
vertical too swiftly, the string
cuts into the comb and the entire
sticky mess falls to the ground.
As the bees were above the
window, and the walls are very
thick, I ended up standing on my
toes and reaching in as far as I
could to get the final comb. The
whole process took a long time
and involved the understanding
of the house owners, and the bees.
With all the combs in the hive, I had also to ensure that I had as many bees
as possible in the hive, and, most importantly, I should try to ensure that the
queen was among their number. All done, the roof was placed on the hive
and a very sticky bee suit clad man walked out of the bathroom, leaving the
bees to it. Fortunately there are two bathrooms in the house.
I went back after dark and removed the hive, which has been taken to a new
home in Pilton to prevent the bees’ return. The ceiling has been insulated and
re-plastered. I just hope the bees like loud music.
Stewart Gould – [email protected]
The Christmas village lunch will take place on Tuesday 16 th
December at Ditcheat Jubilee Hall at 12.30pm.
For this month only the cost will be £7.00
Booking early is essential, and anyone wanting to come should
contact either Chrys (860352) or Vee (860542) as soon as
The Village Lunch is held on the last Tuesday of the month
in the Jubilee Hall at 12.30pm.
Menu for 27th January
Boiled Bacon & Parsley Sauce
Salmon Parcels
Homity Pie
Selection of Puddings
Tea or Coffee.
£4.00 per person.
If you would like to come let either Chrys Henning (860352) or Vee Lees
(860542) know by the previous Wednesday, (21st).
There will be a raffle as usual - any prizes will be welcome.
East Pennard Church
Flowers & Cleaning rota
Jean Hoare
Joan Beer
Ray Higgins
Sarah Hutchins
Monica Cock
Bridget Wadey
Interested in flower arranging, or are you a public spirited person who would
like to help out? We would welcome new members to join our friendly team.
You don't need to be a Church goer, in fact most of the team aren't!
Please contact Bridget Wadey (Tel: 860240) if interested or know of someone
who might be.
The Mothers' Union meeting held on November 6th at Baltonsborough, was
taken by Mrs. Eileen Heath, who was also our speaker. Using the aid of
modern technology she very successfully kept us aware of the many aspects
of Mothers' Union work, both in the Diocese of Bath and Wells, and at Head
Quarters at Mary Sumner House in London.
We were reminded again that we belong to a World Wide Organisation
committed to supporting families and to showing God's love through loving
respectful, and flourishing relationships.
The next meeting, Thursday 11th December, 2.30pm in Baltonsborough
Church Room is entitled 'Christmas Miscellany' and will include Christmas
Readings and Music. Festive refreshments will be served and a Grand
Seasonal Draw held. All members and friends very welcome.
Mrs. Beryl Knight.
Holistic Therapist
Mary Rynn I.T.E.C. I.I.H.H.T.
Fully Qualified & Insured
Mobile Therapist
Summer Cottage
Lewis Drove
Advanced Reflexology
Swedish Massage
07881 940197
Indian Head Massage
Pregnancy Massage
Tel: 01749 860774
Mobile: 07881 484086
Email. [email protected]
Clothing and Lifestyle Emporium…ladies
clothing, stunning jewelry, home accessories,
gifts, and locally made Christmas products
Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm
From Saturday 8th November until Sunday 21
D.R. Carpets
Showroom 1, Evercreech Junction
(just on the A371 near The Natterjack Pub)
Plenty of Free Parking
Or email
[email protected] for more information
or for a private shopping appointment in Ditcheat
Yenstone Walling and Paving
Free quotations
Professional and friendly service
Certified Dry Stone Waller
DSWA member
CIS / CSCS registered
Dry Stone Walling and Paving
All types of stone walling
Small and large jobs undertaken
Landscaping / groundworks and
site clearance undertaken
01963 371123
[email protected]
The Wild Life Group Update
I checked with the RSPB and the BTO to try and link in with any existing
survey and to my surprise there is no official survey of Swallows taking place
in the UK, so this is important work. There will be a short term national
survey which we can contribute to, on House Martins in 2015 (populations)
and 2016 (nesting sites). Swifts have their own society, but local detailed
knowledge is always a good thing.
The Survey. It has been a very
interesting exercise to start this survey,
which I hope will run and run. The
longer we can do it the more interesting
the data.
Results: This year I have had 26 people
on the books and at the time of writing
I have had 13 results returned to me
(yet to chase the remainder)!
6 Swallow pairs failed to return, but 23
pairs did, with an estimate of rearing
about 144 young.
Arrival and leaving on migration dates
were interesting. Some people noticed
late arrivals and early leaving with only two broods being attempted, but this
did vary with the pairs observed.
Some people monitoring the nesting sites were very upbeat and said how well
their Swallows have done, with others (I would say a minority) saying that
their birds had not had a good year.
Obviously it has been a learning year for me and the recorders. Next year I
am sure the data will be more thorough, but a really good start and my
thanks go out to the people who have taken the time to take part in the
Big thank you and I am recruiting more Swallow (House Martins and Swifts
too) watchers for next year.
I thought you'd like to see this photo of a jay from Lisa Letchford, it took her
only 7.5minutes to get the desired result (a small price to pay!). Have you a
wildlife photo you could send me?
Winter Tips:
 Watch out for over wintering animals in compost heaps and bonfires
 Clean bird water regularly and the feed containers. Water is very
important in a freeze up. It is really worth putting out water for birds
to drink and bath in, as they need to drink obviously, but also to keep
their feathers in top form for keeping the cold out.
Meeting up:
 WINTER BIRD WATCH on the LEVELS - January 12th 2015 at 2.30pm
(reserve date Jan 19th)
We will have a general bird watch followed by an attempt to see the
Starlings roost on the Levels and a warm up in Knight's Fish and Chip
Shop in Glastonbury.
Should you like to join us, just use the contact information below or keep
your eye on the notice boards.
Contact information:
Bridget Wadey: email: [email protected] or phone: 01749
You can follow our activities by:
joining our emailing list; contact Bridget above by phone or email
through the FTN news (www.fossetrinitynews.co.uk), there is
usually a monthly update on the Wildlife group
or www.ditcheatchurch.co.uk, this site publishes our meetings
and activities as they are organised. The Wildlife Group has its own
Watch out for notices on the parish notice boards
a History of its People
Di Clements
Many people in the parish already have copies of this fascinating work which
was written by Di and illustrated by her daughter Kate, and Chrys Henning.
Richard Ashdown has kindly run off another 10 copies. So, if you missed it
earlier or are new to the parish, I have them for sale. They are £5 each and
after Richard's printing costs the profit goes to the Ditcheat Church Fabric
Fund. I actually only have 9 to sell as one was pre-ordered by a member of
the Munday family -New Zealand Branch!
Chrys Henning, Ninefields, Alhampton (next door to the Alhampton Inn)
01749 860352
[email protected],plus,net
A Christmas present that’s just a little bit different.
Treat someone or yourself to a voucher for a place on a workshop making a
beautiful Japanese flower brick. No experience required. All materials will be
supplied and the boxes will be glazed and fired at my workshop.
Workshops will be held at Pylle Village Hall
on 18th & 21st February and 11th& 14th March 2015.
Sessions will be 9.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00pm – 5.00pm.
Each three hour session will cost £30. Payment at the time of booking secures
the place. There will be a maximum of four people per session. Coffee and
biscuits will be included.
To book call 01749 860336 or email [email protected]
The following workshops will also be running
Joanna Miln: Pastel workshops –
[email protected]
Angela Morley: Willow workshops - [email protected]
Miriam Sheppard: Drawing workshops - [email protected]
Grandfather was talking to his grand-daughter, “When I was a child all
we got for Christmas was an apple and an orange.” The little girl
clapped her hands in joy. “Brilliant! I’d love a new computer and a
Précis of the draft minutes from Ditcheat Parish Council meeting
held on the 23rd October 2014.
Ed: Due to a lack of space in this issue, only a few items are included. The
full minutes are available on the noticeboards.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION SESSION - information from Mr Bird regarding an
imminent planning application on land off Back Lane in Ditcheat village. JG
reported that he had been contacted by a parishioner expressing concern that
following the DPC planning meeting on the 9th October trees have been cut
down on the bank running along the edge of the land abutting the highway at
Back Lane and it appear that work had begun on laying a track. (Post
meeting note: CE has viewed the site from the road. The trees mentioned
above are within Mr Bird’s land and he is entitled to remove them if he so
wishes. There does not appear to be a track being formed, however there are
two shallow excavations with CE believes indicate the divisions between the
three plots that Mr Bird indicated would be on the site).
PLANNING: The approval with conditions of planning application
2014/0982/VRC – The Brook House Inn, Station Road was noted. It was also
noted that the Planning Inspector has approved the Local Plan for Mendip.
The inspector had not changed the status of Ditcheat village from a primary
to a secondary village nor had he considered that the existing highway would
be a problem for increased traffic. The report appeared to confirm that the
orchards were covered by the current policy to protect them from
PARISH PLAN: There was no update available. JD queried what had
happened to the proposed traffic survey which had been scheduled for
September. JG reported that he understood from RY that he had got a group
of people to assist in undertaking the survey.
HIGHWAYS: Update on repairs previously reported: Poor visibility by turning
off the A371 at Snagg Lane – The Clerk to contact Mr Clothier about getting
the hedge cut back. The potholes at the T junction on the Alhampton to
Ditcheat road – not done. The dotted line at junction on Ditcheat Hill going
towards Valley View – still outstanding. The gulley in ‘No Through Road’,
Alhampton – The Clerk reported that the Highways Agency manager for the
area had sent a message to indicate that the drains in ‘No Through Road’
were in need of considerable repairs but that the work would not done until
the spring next year at the earliest. Dead branch overhanging road on
Ditcheat Hill – CE reported that the tree has now been cutback.
FOR INFORMATION: The agenda for all meetings is displayed on the PC website
www.ditcheatparishcouncil.org.uk and each of the notice boards in the parish i.e.
Alhampton, Ditcheat, Sutton and Wraxall at least 3 working days prior to the meeting.
Any comments or suggestions regarding these or future précised minutes would be
welcome. Please contact the Clerk on telephone 01749 860 443 or by email:
[email protected]
The Rendezvous
Tuesday 9th December & 13th January
Ditcheat Fol k Dance Club
in the ubilee Hall
Caller Peter Bolton
with Rough Round the Edges
Entrance £
i nc l ude s li ght re fre shme nt s
Hayley Spencer MAAT
Book Keeping
Management Accounts
e-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 01749 860857
Mike Doyle
Home Maintenance
All types of property maintenance
undertaken including:
Painting and Decorating
Kitchen and Bathroom
Wood/Laminate Floor
Wooden Decking
Patio Laying
Insurance Quotes/Work
01749 860356 07876421255
e-mail:[email protected]
Thomas Kenrick
Re- pointing
Re-Pointing Specialist. Building Conservation. Stone Masonry.
Alhampton 860929 Mob 07746218062
www.Repointing Somerset.co.uk
Sunday 7th
9.30 a.m.
Tuesday 10th
10.00 a.m.
2nd Sunday of Advent
Parish Communion at Ditcheat - Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Morning Prayer at East Pennard - Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
United Benefice Midweek Communion at Ditcheat –
Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Sunday 14th
11.00 a.m.
3rd Sunday of Advent
Parish Communion at Pylle – Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Friday 19th
Carol Service at Pylle - Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Saturday 20th
Carol Service at Ditcheat – Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Sunday 21st
3rd Sunday of Advent
Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion at Ditcheat –
Revd Stuart Munns
Carol Service East Pennard
Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Wednesday 24th Christmas Eve
United Benefice Crib Service at Ditcheat Church –
Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Midnight Mass at Ditcheat – Revd Stuart Munns
Thursday 25th
Sunday 28th
Christmas Day
Family Parish Communion at Alhampton –
Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Family Parish Communion at East Pennard –
Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Thomas Beckett, 1st Sunday of Christmas
United Benefice Parish Communion at Alhampton –
Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Sunday 4th
9.30 a.m.
Parish Communion at Ditcheat - Revd. David Osborne
Morning Prayer at East Pennard – Mrs Jean Halford
Sunday 11th
Baptism of Christ, 1st Sunday of Epiphany
Parish Communion at Pylle – Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Tuesday 14th
United Benefice Midweek Communion, at Ditcheat –
Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Sunday 18th
2nd Sunday of Epiphany
Book of Common Prayer Communion at Ditcheat –
Parish Communion at East Pennard –
Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Sunday 25th
Conversiom of Saint Paul
Parish Communion at Alhampton – Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Sunday 2nd
Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
Parish Communion at Ditcheat – Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
Morning Prayer at East Pennard – Revd. Canon Graham Hendy
We congratulate those recently married and pray that God will richly bless their lives
18th October
Sophie Kerr and Tom Quy at Ditcheat
We remember those who have died and pray for all who are bereaved.
2nd November
Jo Pope aged 74, Ditcheat
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Pastoral Message ~ A Little Baby
Last week I spent a few nights in Reading to share time with one of my
daughters and her little girl, our first grandchild. She is 4 ½ months old and
just at that lovely time when smiles are plentiful. A few weeks back she was
wary of someone strange, but this time over five days, a greeting or arms
held out to take her brought forth a huge grin.
We were all someone’s baby; many of us have in time become parents with
all the responsibilities as well as joys which that brings; some will have
become grandparents or (increasingly) great-grandparents.
In the two months covered by this edition of FTN we are thinking about a
baby and his parents, not just the preparation time in December (Advent) but
also, in January, the gradual revelation of who he was (Epiphany). What, in
the church’s seasons, we call the ‘birth’ or ‘incarnation’ cycle, ends with
Candlemas at the beginning of February when two very old people called
Simeon and Anna realised he was the Saviour long expected.
In our parish churches, we have just produced a number of Holy Communion
booklets which allow us to reflect the seasons better, and the first of these
will be in use during December and January.
But Simeon warned Mary that the fate of this son would pierce her heart, and
in 2015 with Easter quite early, it will only be a couple of weeks into February
when the other great cycle, Lent and Easter, will begin, with Good Friday at
its heart.
‘Children in Need’ has just taken place, and we are reminded from the
harrowing stories on this broadcast of both the heartache, but also the hope
that children bring.
May I wish you all a hopeful Advent, a joyous Christmas, and an enlightening
Epiphany, as well as a bountiful 2015.
Graham Hendy
Joe Pope 1940 – 2014
from the tribute given by the Revd Christine Donkersley
People gathered in Ditcheat Church for the funeral of Joe who died at Arthur’s
Court, Street. Joe’s real name was Norman Edward Pope but he was always
known as Joe. He was brought up at Keynsham where, as a teenager, he
loved the outdoor life. He was a keen Scout and Rover and enjoyed camping,
canoeing and night hikes. He also enjoyed potholing on the Mendips and
tried to interest his future wife, Jackie, in it but she soon decided it wasn’t for
her! Joe also enjoyed music, not just singing but playing the piano and later
the keyboard.
He always retained his love of the outdoors, particularly hill climbing. He
loved the Lake District and went there many times. Locally his favourite place
was Ham Hill. He also loved visiting Celtic sites and ancient monasteries. Joe
was also a keen and skilled oil and water colour painter.
Having worked at Avonmouth for a time, Joe decided the indoor life wasn’t
for him. For a time he ran a car repair business at Keynsham but then left the
garage and moved to Evercreech as a school caretaker. He and his family
lived in a large house next to the Church and Joe loved to tell how someone
knocked at the door and asked if he was the vicar. “No I’m not’’ replied Joe,
‘‘but I am a Pope!’’
Later Joe took up gardening in Ditcheat until he gave up the school role,
moved to Ditcheat and became a fulltime gardener.
Joe had always been a churchgoer and on one occasion a friend asked him to
go to Keynsham for a ‘good sing’. This turned out to be a ‘Billy Graham’ type
of mission. At the end Joe went forward and committed his life to Christ. Joe
was changed and his life changed. It seemed as if he went to every service,
to join in and to worship. He led services such as the Sunday evening Open
Door Service which he shared with Jean and was instrumental with Jean and
Joyce in the benefice healing ministry. He organised an annual coach trip for
the people of Ditcheat and loved to take the Open Door group to small
churches in the area.
Even when his Motor Neurone disease began, Joe still loved to be at church –
joining in as much as possible. When sadly it became necessary for him to go
into a nursing home, he loved to join in all their services. Even when he found
it very difficult to communicate, he could remember the words of hymns and
would join in the singing.
Joe’s Christian faith was very important to him, as were coffee, sugar and his
beloved pipe! He never refused the offer of coffee, all his walks and trips
ended where he could get coffee, he was always first to get to the church
room for coffee after services and as for the sugar he took…..!
Joe will be sadly missed by his family and friends but has left them many
happy memories.
Letters Page
Joe Pope
We would like to thank everyone who sent cards, letters and flowers after Joe
passed away on the 2nd November, 2014. We very much appreciate your
kind words and support. Thank you.
Jackie, Martin & Jonathan Pope
Quiz in the Hall
We would like to say a huge thank you to Sally Atkins and her family for
putting on a much enjoyed quiz last month. We all had a great time.
A fab’ fund raiser which we look forward to doing again.
Jo & Eleanor
Joan and Richard Ashdown send to everyone their best wishes for
an enjoyable Christmas and a joyous and peaceful New Year. (We
will be making a donation to the Fabric Fund of Ditcheat Church in
lieu of sending out Christmas cards.)
The Ditcheat & Alhampton 100 Club
Many of you will know that amongst all her other contributions and hard work
for the local community, Jo Curtis has also found time to start and run the
100 Club. However, with increasing pressure on her time from a growing
family, Jo has understandably decided, reluctantly, to give up this particular
project and so I would like to give her an enormous thank you on behalf of
the PCC for all the effort which she has put in to it and which has raised over
£2,000 over the past three years towards church funds. Thank you also to
those of you who have supported the club, even if your winnings have not
matched your hopes and aspirations – the sense of anticipation at
Rendezvous without the monthly draw will be missed! If anybody would like
to carry on the club, please do not hesitate to contact Jo or either of the
Anthony & Eleanor
Bereavement Counselling
I am Helen Nicholls ( nothing to do with horses) though I do live in Ditcheat,
and am a trained nurse who has latterly specialized in palliative care, care of
the elderly, and dementia care. I was trained as a bereavement counselor, by
Thames Valley Hospice in Windsor, as part of my remit as District Nurse and
palliative care nurse in that area.
I am open to ideas as to how a counseling service for the Benefice should be
organized. My initial thoughts are around my possibly making contact with the
bereaved shortly after a death, and then again in 6 -8 weeks. At this time
there may be a need for me to visit to listen, talk and help to travel the
grieving process with the bereaved. This can happen years after a death,
depending on each families circumstances, or the ages of younger family
members. Not everyone will want this, but I am keen for my details to be
available, so that people know that there is help available, all they need to do
is ask.
Another idea is that we could start a group, either for a set number of weeks
for counseling/discussions, or even as a bereaved friends group, to meet over
tea and cake, possibly in a local pub.
Any ideas and suggestions would be most welcome.
Any information I receive is treated as totally confidential. When I go out to
visit, even my Husband will not know where I am going, though I will of
course have a mobile phone with me.
I have been vetted by the Benefice, and will be ready to start work after 4th
December 2014.
My telephone number is 01749 860321 078510 20324
Saturday Stitch
The Needle felting workshop was a great success, just look at the Hares
We had an excellent instructor, very easy-going which made for a very
relaxing day. For some it was a first attempt at a new skill. Well done.
Future dates
13th December Castle Cary
20th December Ditcheat
3rd 17th & 31st January
Meet 10.30am, finish at 4pm
Sally Yeoman 01749 860304/07929 097374 [email protected]
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It is now eight years since we bought Wraxall Vineyard. During this time
there has been greater awareness of English wine, which has been led by
sparkling wine. At competition we are now beating the French at a game
they thought was their own.
During our time at Wraxall we have planted 4,000 new vines and have
managed to save one variety – Madeleine Angevine which was originally
planted by Tony Holmes in 1974. The new vines are coming of age. It takes
4 years before the grapes should be picked as the vines like to get their roots
well down before producing a crop.
We are now fully aware that growing grapes in a marginal climate brings fear,
panic, worry but also a lot of fun. The learning curve, as with any kind of
farming, just gets steeper. Each year brings new challenges; 2014 was no
exception. We had a glorious spring and early flowering with excellent fruit
set. This put us in a good position for a large crop. We were all basking in
beautiful sunshine and the grapes were loving it rather than looking as if they
would rather be in the South of France. We must have been looking a bit too
complacent because in August we were hit by a hail storm – a nightmare for
any vigneron. Leaves were damaged and berries at the top of bunches
turned black. We knew that damaged berries can cause the whole bunch to
become compromised.
Yet again the UKVA (United Kingdom Vineyard
Association) came to our rescue with excellent advice and
expertise. With outside help we managed to remove
damaged berries from the bunches and with careful
spraying did not lose much of the crop. As I said it is a
very steep learning curve.
Our last harvest this year was Pinot Noir. When we
planted this red grape variety we were a little
apprehensive about growing red grapes in Somerset. It
makes a lovely rose and is one of the grape varieties for
our sparkling wine. We are often asked if we would ever
make a red wine from this variety. We would love to, but
are told that a hundred days of sunshine is needed. I
think we had about seventy days this year………..so with
climate change perhaps in another eight years we will be
able to produce our first red wine.
spectra musica
Dates for your Diary 2015
This term we welcome Peter Leech as our new Musical Director.
Unfortunately we shall not have a concert this November due to Peter’s
previous commitments but from January he will be taking our regular
Tuesday night rehearsals. If you go on to his website you will see he is an
extremely accomplished Musical Director. He is going to keep our usual wide
ranging repertoire, so we do hope you will be able to support some, if not all
of the events below. You will note that next December we have been invited
to sing at the American Museum in Bath.
February 28th Come and Sing Sherborne(details soon)
Lotti’s Requiem and Porgy and Bess
March 21st Wincanton Catholic Church
Spring Concert
June 27th Sherborne- Cheap Street Church
Summer Concert
5th December American Museum Bath
American Music and a flavour of Christmas
Electric Floor Polisher
Vintage, probably 1950s, and in full working order.
Made by Hoover with headlamp!
Tel: Anne 860444
Vegetable Rack
Circular metal with four removable wire shelves. D: 30cm H: 77cm. so will
stand under work surface.
Very sturdy, needs a coat of paint.
Tel: Anne 860444
East Pennard Royal British Legion
Two things to do before I start the article for this month. Firstly, I must thank the
Editors for squeezing my article in last month; it was miles too long and required
a lot of effort to jiggle things about. Thank you. Secondly, I must make a
correction to the prizes for the quiz night; Strode theatre provided 4 tickets for a
film and not 2 as I stated. Just so there is no misunderstanding, all tickets were
given as a prize.
Remembrance........................where do I start? The weather was great at East
Pennard and we had a wonderful turn out. This year Susie Dearden laid the
wreath for us for which we are very grateful. I did notice quite a few young
people there which was really nice to see and the other end of the spectrum, Jack
Fisher made the effort to come, with his daughter, all the way from Ashcott. At
Ditcheat on the 11th, the weather was very ‘iffy‘ but despite that, the turnout was
much better than anticipated and made the whole thing worthwhile. I would
particularly like to thank Ditcheat School for their involvement. Not only did the
children read the Names quite brilliantly, but the school also provided the teacher
who played the trumpet for us. I understand he was ‘roped in’ at the last minute
and didn’t have much time to practice. Hey!! That was fantastic and very much
appreciated. Finally, the Head, Amanda, laid the wreath for us. Couldn’t have
managed without you. A huge ‘thank you’. The children are our future, they are
also the future of the Legion. I hope they will continue to want to be involved.
Just before we move on, I would like to say a particular thank you to Kath and
John Bailey. They missed the Service at Ditcheat completely in order to stop the
traffic well away from the parade and keep us safe from the odd inconsiderate
motorist who has in the past insisted on forcing his or her way past everybody in
the road. The local police gave us their blessing and provided the cones and
some advice. It’s the second time Kath and John have done this; we will have to
find someone else next year. Remind me!!!!
I always get very maudlin around Remembrance, as you probably have gathered
over the years, and this year is no exception. I listened to Stuart Munns’s sermon
on Sunday, which is unusual for me because I’m normally spaced out with relief if
the parade has gone without a hitch. This year the parade went well and I did
pay attention, probably, because Stuart started talking about the poppies at the
Tower. Sue and I had just been to see them and this just grabbed my
attention. The subject switched slightly from the wonder of the spectacle to the
fact that all the poppies had been sold and why people were buying them. Sue
and I have just bought some and I was really drawn into the sermon, which I
found to be very thought-provoking. We bought them for several reasons; as a
little bit of history, because we will never see the likes of that again; in memory of
our grandparents, and, yes, possibly for something to pass down to our grand
children. But, whatever the reasons, the sermon started me thinking about the
‘whys‘ and wherefores‘ of the humble poppy we get from the collectors, why
people buy them and eventually, what people do with them after Remembrance.
What has added to the thought process, I had to go into Yeovil during the
afternoon of Remembrance Day and there were very few people wearing a
poppy, despite the fact that it was still the eleventh. Then it started to rain and I
happened to notice a poppy lying on the pavement, discarded or fallen out, I
have no way of knowing, but it did look incredibly sad. People would be
trampling all over it before the street cleaners came around. I almost stopped to
pick it up...........but I didn’t. That started me thinking about what I normally do
with my poppy after Remembrance, and the truth is, I have in the past, probably,
just thrown it away.
Thinking of the poppies at the Tower relating to a life lost in the First World War,
and comparing that thought with the memory of the poppy, lying discarded, on a
pavement in Yeovil, has really made me stop and think. I’m not quite sure
where I’m going with this thought process though but I have decided this year to
keep the petal off my poppy. Yes, I have thrown away the stork, the leaf and the
little black thing that holds it all together. But I will keep the petal somewhere
safe and whenever I see it I will stop and think about life, about my
grandparents, my parents and my immediate family, and hope like hell that none
of them is forced into a conflict and asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Talking about poppies, you are normally interested in the count, so here we go,
‘hot off the press’, by areas;
Alhampton £254.54; Ditcheat £419.51; East Pennard and Wraxall £449.83;
Hornblotton £185.44; Lottisham £72.25; Parbrook and Stone £455.94;
Pylle £445.62; Sutton £69.21; West Bradley £108.89;
East Pennard Church Collection £364.85;
Sorry, that is a bit cramped, but I am very conscious of space and the fact that
last month I overshot my allotment.
Our next meeting will be our AGM, held in Charlie’s studio on 2nd December
starting at 8pm. There will not be a meeting in January, so our first monthly
meeting next year will be on Tuesday, 10th February 2015. May I finally just take
this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Health and Happiness
to everyone for the New Year.
BSc. (Hons) Ost. Med. ND.
42 High Street
Shepton Mallet
Tel. (01749) 342594
PPP/AXA and BUPA recognised
Editor: The Rev Dr Gary Bowness continues his tongue-in-cheek letters from ‘Uncle Eustace’
On why the C of E should never combine parishes
The Rectory, St. James the Least
My dear Nephew Darren
I suppose it had to come, but combining parishes is now firmly on the agenda for
our villages. I had always wondered what the first Earl of Stowe was trying to
prove, building a church here in 1347 to accommodate 800 people when the total
population has never exceeded 250. In the short term – which in this village is
measured in centuries - it seems to have been to house the tombs of his 13
successors. I now realise it was to make uniting with adjoining parishes in the
twenty-first century more difficult. Clearly the first Earl had formidable foresight.
None of our neighbouring churches seem too keen to share their reserves to help
maintain our cathedral-sized building.
The threat of the closure of St. Herve the Bard has, inevitably, caused outrage –
not so much from its regular congregation of three, but from all those in the
village who would never think of attending. People do so like to have a church not
to go to.
St. Bregowine, built by a wealthy parishioner in the 19th century because she did
not like the high church practices of the parish church of St. Iwig, is refusing to
re-unite, even though the two churches stand only 100 yards apart, in a village
with a diameter of 300 yards. If only they could get over the trauma of seeing the
incumbent putting water in the wine on Easter Day in 1894. Although it must be
conceded that the Bregowinians were equally affronted that when the daughter
church opened in 1895, they found that the Iwigers had provided no brass
troughs at the end of the pews for umbrellas. That they have subsequently
refused to install them has only compounded the offence.
Meanwhile St. Plegmund is in discussions with the Church of South India as a way
of avoiding uniting with anyone. Should it happen, I will be interested to see what
travelling expenses the new incumbent claims. It will be difficult to tell when the
present incumbent resigns, as he has not been seen at a clerical meeting for the
last 30 years. Some of my colleagues suspect he is mythical, that a bloodless
coup took place in the 1980s and that the church is now entirely run by the
Mother’s Union.
The church of St. Maximus of Constantinople in our nearest town has rather
grandly offered to take all of our churches under its wing, but as a parishioner
has pointed out: how could we possibly consider joining with a parish that fought
on the other side at the Battle of Bosworth.
In the meantime, we will serenely carry on, as we seem to have done for the past
six centuries; parish mergers and reductions in numbers of clergy seem to be of
less interest than debating the suggestion that we change the brand of coffee
served after Services.
Your loving uncle,
The Somerset Library Services Consultation will be an agenda item at
the next meeting of the Parish Council on the 4th December. If anyone has
any comments regarding the library service to Ditcheat parish that they would
like the Parish Council to consider please let the Clerk or any councillor know
or come along to the meeting. Of course any comments about the
consultation can be made direct to Somerset County Council at the contact
details given in the letter.
Email address for the parish council is [email protected]
Somerset Library Services Consultation - Ditcheat
I am contacting you to let you know that on 3rd November 2014 Somerset
County Council is starting a 10 week consultation on the future of Somerset
Library Services. The feedback from this consultation will be used to create a
final set of proposals for decision in early 2015.
The purpose of this consultation is to understand as many views as possible
on a series of proposals for 2015/2016 to change the way the library service
will operate. These proposals will see no libraries close but will make savings
of almost £500,000, helping to protect the most vulnerable in Somerset.
I wanted to specifically draw your attention to this consultation because
proposals affect the mobile library service. I want to ensure that all those
potentially affected have a chance to comment on the proposals before any
decisions are made. Details of the proposed changes to the mobile library
service and the potential impact of the changes on current stops are available
at www.somerset.gov.uk/libraryconsultation.
The proposals for 2015/16 have been developed in order to:
Ensure that Somerset Library Services are able to respond to
changes in customer expectations and demography
Reflect the public’s strong preference that we do everything
we can to keep local libraries open.
Ensure Somerset has modern Library Services that are
comprehensive, efficient and affordable.
The Council aims to make the consultation as widely available as possible
 The County Council website www.somerset.gov.uk/libraryconsultation
 Promoting the consultation and making details available in all local
library buildings and mobile library vehicles
 Holding a series of drop-in sessions around the county when
Councillors and officers will be available
 Holding 1 hour drop-in sessions in every library when a member of
the Library Service Senior Management team will be available
 Raising awareness of the consultation in many ways, including
through press releases, social media, emails and letters
 Answering questions and making the consultation document and
questionnaire available in different formats or languages by
emailing [email protected] or phoning 0845
345 9177
When you have read the proposals, if your Parish or Town Council would like
to meet to discuss the proposals, then please contact Mark Smitton by
emailing [email protected] or phoning on 01893 359765. We will
do our best to accommodate all requests. If you are aware of somewhere
where you feel it will be helpful to make the consultation document available
(for example, in a village hall) then please let Mark know.
Thank you for supporting this important consultation.
Yours sincerely
Michèle Cusack
Economic and Community Infrastructure Operations Director
Our Reference: LCS0009
The Everlasting Turkey
On the first day of Christmas my true love said to me
I’ve bought a big fresh turkey and a proper Christmas tree.
On the second day of Christmas much laughter could be heard
As we tucked into our turkey – a most delicious bird.
On the third day of Christmas people came from just next door,
The turkey tasted just as good as it had done before.
On the fourth day of Christmas came relations young and old
We finished up the Christmas pud and had the turkey cold.
On the fifth day of Christmas, outside the snowflakes scurried,
But we were nice and warm inside, and had the turkey curried.
On the sixth day of Christmas, the Christmas spirit died.
The children fought and bickered – we had the turkey rissoles fried.
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love he did wince
When he sat down at table - and was offered turkey mince.
On the eighth day of Christmas, the dog had run for shelter,
For he’d seen our turkey pancakes and the glass of alka-seltzer.
On the ninth day of Christmas, by lunchtime dad was blotto,
He knew that bird was back again, this time as a risotto.
On the tenth day of Christmas we were drinking home-made brew,
Anything to help us face that steaming turkey stew.
On the eleventh day of Christmas our lovely tree was moulting,
And with chilli, soy and oyster sauce, the turkey was revolting.
On the twelfth day of Christmas we had smiles back on our lips,
The guests had gone, the turkey too – WE DINED ON FISH AND
Arnold Bennett’s Anna of the Five Towns
Review by Clare West
This is a highly original novel. Published in 1902, it distances itself markedly
from the classic 19th century rural and sentimental idyll. Its setting is the grim
and smoky world of the Potteries, in Staffordshire, where men and women
worked together in squalid and unremittingly harsh conditions. It is the story
of a miserly father and his dutiful daughter, of the destructive forces of
evangelism and industrial expansion, and of the gossipy small-mindedness of
a tightly-knit community.
Arnold Bennett was born in Hanley, one of the Potteries towns (which are
now part of the conurbation of Stoke-on-Trent), but after working for his
father for a while, moved to London and became a journalist. Later on, he
spent five years in Paris, where he was influenced by French realists such as
Flaubert, Maupassant and Balzac, and especially by Balzac’s great novel about
a miser’s daughter, Eugénie Grandet. Throughout his life he never forgot the
industrial scenery of his childhood and the rule-bound society of the small
towns of the Potteries, and this is what makes Anna of the Five Towns so rich
in detail and so fascinating.
Anna, the miser’s daughter, and her fiancé, Henry, find romance and beauty
in the views of collieries and ironworks, with fires glowing colourfully even at
night. In the same way, Arnold Bennett sees optimism and decency in the
mass of ordinary people, despite their poverty and difficult lives, and this
warmth comes over throughout the novel. There is bitterness and even
tragedy, but there is also generosity and loyalty. Anna is an appealing
character – a thoughtful, spirited young woman who is seeking freedom and
meaning in her life.
It is also a novel about money and capitalism. I love the detail; we learn that
Anna’s frugal household (two adults and a child) exists on a pound a week. I
look at our food bills and despair! Again, Arnold Bennett was probably
influenced by other writers, for example, Anthony Trollope’s wonderful 1875
satire on shady financiers and their gullible victims, The Way We Live Now,
and Charles Dickens’ brilliant 1865 novel on money and human values, Our
Mutual Friend, with a miser’s will as its starting point.
When you’ve read the book, why not try an omelette Arnold Bennett as
homage to the great man? You could go to the Savoy Hotel for one (it’s
permanently on the menu there), or knock it up at home.
Omelette Arnold Bennett
200g smoked haddock
250 ml milk
70g butter
1 heaped tablespoon of plain flour
3 tablespoons curly parsley, finely chopped
1 dessertspoon cream
small handful grated parmesan
6 large eggs
Poach the fish in the milk, then drain it and break it into large, juicy flakes.
Use the milk left behind after cooking the haddock to make a white sauce
with 40g of butter and the flour. Fold in the flaked haddock, the parsley and
the cream.
Put 30g of butter into a large omelette pan, warm it gently, then add 6 lightly
beaten eggs. When the omelette is ready, add the sauce, scatter over the
grated parmesan and grill until bubbling.
This recipe makes one very large, deep omelette, which will serve 2 or 3
people, or two smaller omelettes.
Ditcheat Church Rota
Rota for
Dec. 14th & 21st
Dec. 25th & 28th
Jan. 4th & 11th
Jan. 18th & 25th
Feb. 1st & 8th
Feb. 15th & 22nd
Cleaning Rota
V Lees
J. Leach
B. Katz
P. Dando
E. Cobb
(only 15th )
B & I Rounsevell
J. & E. Halford
E. Yeoman
Sat 6th / 13th
Sat 20th / 27th
Church Room
Sat 3rd / 10th
Sat 17th / 24th
Church Room
Sat 7th /14th
Sat 21st / 28th
Church Room
Pat & Jim Dando
Jessica Leach
Pat Dando
Hazel Rowland
Helen & Andrew Nicholls
Pat Dando
Barbara & Iain Rounsevell
Jane & Charles Evans
Vee Lees
Who's Who ?
Interim Priest
Fosse Trinity Advisory Committee
Fosse Trinity News Editor
Fosse Trinity News Advertising
Fosse Trinity News Distribution
Mothers' Union
Safeguarding Person
Children's Society
Canon Graham Hendy
Jean Halford
Jean Heal
Jo Curtis
Marcus Wyburn-Mason
Lesley Dunn
Anthony Sutcliffe
Eleanor Yeoman
Yvonne Stokes
Bridget Wadey
Jo Curtis
Chapel Warden / Church Watch
Assistant Chapel Warden
Church Council Secretary
Neighbourhood Watch
FTN Correspondent
John Severne
Jo Curtis
Louisa Oborne
Ian Telfer
Louisa Oborne
Prayer Pyramid Co-ordinator
Bells - Tower Captain
Church Council Secretary
Church Room Hire
Parish Council Chairman
Royal British Legion Secretary
United Charities Chairman
Bells - Tower Captain
Church Council Secretary
Ladies Working Party (Chairman)
FTN Correspondent
Village Hall hire and keys
Mervyn Buckley
Jean Heal
Susie Dearden
Carol Stuart
Audrey Dyson
Adrian Pearse
Jon Dickens
Adrian Pearse
Ray Higgins
01458 440180
01458 850241
Joe King
Hilary Tudsbery-Turner
Teresa Rossiter
Stephen Tudsbery-Turner
Joanna Miln
Joanna Miln
Joanna Miln
Email contacts are on page 58
Art Group
Badminton Club Secretary
Bees – Swarms
Bells - Tower Captain
Bells - Correspondence/Bookings
The Other Book Club
Church Council Secretary
Church Room Hire
Community Car Service (ADEPPTS)
Conservative Party Contact
Country Dancing
Cricket Club
Ditcheat Big Screen / Moviola
Ditcheat School
Friends of Ditcheat School (FODS)
Ditcheat Players Chairperson
Ditcheat Players Costume Hire
Fosseway Garden Club
Jubilee Hall Chairman
Jubilee Hall Hire
Keep Fit
Neighbourhood Watch
Parent & Toddler Group
Parish Council Chairman
Scout Group Chairman
Scout Group – Beavers & Cubs
Sewing Group
Short Mat Bowls
Village Lunch
Wildlife Group
Community Police
Liz & Stewart Gould
James Bairstow
Stewart Gould
Roger Yeoman
Ben Look
Gail Dyke
Louisa Oborne
Pat Dando
Anthony Sutcliffe
Eleanor Yeoman
Joyce Marsh
Elizabeth Crossley
Deidre Pezaro
Nick Mann
Peter Volk
Amanda Seager
Faye Wareham
Gaye Volk
Gaye Volk
Barbara Cary
Peter Volk
Anne Robson
Diana Cook
Jim Dando
Rachel Dixon
Charles Evans
Linda Wyburn-Mason
Diana Cook
Jean Halford
Elli Halford
Molly Yeoman
Martin Edgar
Shirley Derby
Jessica Leach
Bridget Wadey
Lucy Bagnowiec
Guy Dury
Please help us keep this information up-to-date.
Email [email protected] with any changes.
Index of Advertisers
Accounts, Hayley Spencer
Alhampton Inn
Art Gallery, Studio 13
B & B, Pennard House
Buildings, Timber Frame, W Latta
Carpet Cleaning, Romrig
Clothing, Rose & Lyons
Computing, Stable Computers
Counsellor, Charlotte Clements
Curtains, covers etc, Helen Bushrod
Decorating, Ray Ackerman
Electricain, Ian Lester
Food, Gould's Cheddar
Food, Hembridge Organics
Food, Jon Thorner's
Funerals, Connock
Funerals, Trotman Funeral Directors
Furniture, Joinery & Kitchen, Mark White
Garage Doors, SDS
Gardening, Jeremy Dodd
Heating Services, Warm Welcome
Hire Shed
Holiday Cottage, Long Batch Cottage
Home Maintenance, Mike Doyle
House Maintenance, Repointing
Manor House Inn
Medical, Holistic Therapy
Medical, Homeopathy, Fionna Roberts
Medical, Osteopath, Trevenen Pascoe
Motoring, N E Motors
Music Tuition, Piano, Alison Bower
Odd Jobs, Alistair Gillard
Oven cleaning, Ovencor
Penard Plants
Plasterer, Neil Piercy
Proper Pet Co.
Removals & Storage, Armishaws
Roofing, Mark Curtis
Salvation Army
Solicitors, Bartlett, Gooding & Weelen
Solicitor, J Derbyshire, Purely Probate
Stone Walling, Yenstone
Storage & Removals, Armishaws
Taxi, Tony Chinnock
Transport, ADEPPTS
Travellers Rest, Stone
Tree Surgeon, M Parsons
Tree Surgeon, Noel Radford
Wedding & Events Venue
Wills, Catherine Lewin
Wraxall Vineyard
Printed by Parish Magazine Printing
Who's Who ?
Fosse Trinity News Editor
Fosse Trinity News Advertising
Fosse Trinity News Distribution
Ditcheat Parish Council
Community Police
Email addresses
[email protected]
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