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Please do let me know if you would like anything to be included in the next issue. The deadline for items to be included in the next Newsletter is 18 January 2014.

Contact: judifinch@btconnect.com


Friends of the Hills

As you will probably be aware, Brendon Energy has decided not to proceed with its wind turbine project. However, they have not ruled out other projects, for example solar farms, and they are, of course, only one of many companies seeking locations for renewable energy sources.

Friends of the Hills is therefore keen to maintain a watchful eye, and be ready to react swiftly if other inappropriate developments are proposed. A number of people across the Ten Parishes have agreed to be local contacts for information sharing and we have taken on this role for the Brompton Ralph area.

If you would like to know more, or if you have any information you would like to share, we will be pleased to hear from you.

Liz and Bob Henderson (email: lizandbob.henderson@btinternet.com )

Brompton Ralph Parish Council

Brompton Ralph Parish Council met on Tuesday 29th October at 7.pm in the Village Hall.

The Rural Housing enabler, Colin Savage, made a presentation of a proposed affordable housing development in Brompton Ralph for the benefit of Brompton Ralph and Clatworthy.

The Parish Council considered that a follow up meeting for the benefit of all the villagers of Brompton Ralph and Clatworthy to see the proposal.

A special parish meeting has been arranged for Wednesday 27th November at 7.30pm at the Village Hall, all welcome.

If you have any concerns or ideas about anything in the parish do please contact one of your Parish Councillors

Members of the Parish Council are: Nick Moore, Hazel Scott, Keith Turner, Lena Lewis, Penny Richards, Phil Scott and Roy Tackle.

Correspondence of Parish interest received (copies in the Village Shop or on the Village Hall Website):

1. Planning Application

2. Police Matters

3. Photographic Competition

4. Bank Holiday Refuse / Recycling Dates

5. Brompton Ralph and Clatworthy Housing Report


St Mary’s Church

We are still on track with the restoration works. At the time of writing, all the main roof is completed but operations are still in progress on the porch and vestry, and there remains some work to be done on guttering, down pipes and lead. Removal of some of the scaffolding has already started.

By the time this newsletter is published we are hopeful that the builders will have finished their part, and although there will still be much tidying-up to be done we hope that we shall be able to have our service on Sunday 1st December at 9.15am - fingers crossed.

We are grateful to English Heritage, our major sponsor, and to charities which have given grants:

Allchurches Trust

Friends of Somerset Churches & Chapels

Garfield Weston Foundation

National Churches Trust

Veneziana Fund

Wolfson Foundation

and to everyone who has supported the project with donations, or through coming to our fund-raising events or assisting at them.

It has been a daunting three-year challenge of planning, applying for grants, letter writing, form filling, organizing donations campaign & fundraising events, consultations with the architect & others, number crunching, liaison with contractors, more paperwork, etc. It is great to see the fulfilment of so worthwhile a job, which should result in congregations keeping dry for the next hundred years at least!

Our Carol Service is to be on Sunday 22nd December at 4pm, at which we shall celebrate the restoration both within the service and afterwards with seasonal refreshments. Do please come if you can.


21 November (Thursday)10.00am Holy Communion Tolland Church

1 December 9.15am Holy Communion St Mary’s (hopefully)

19 December (Thursday) 10.00am Holy Communion St Mary’s

22 December 4.00pm Carol Service St Mary’s

25 December 11.30am Carol Service Tolland Church

5 January 9.15am Holy Communion St Mary’s

16 January (Thursday) 10.00am Holy Communion to be arranged

19 January 4.00pm Evensong St Mary’s

Church Cleaning

Any help would be most gratefully received in order to clean up the Church on 25th November from 10am onwards ahead of its reopening.

Brompton Ralph Revue

Hurry to the Village Shop to purchase your tickets for the 10th Brompton Ralph Revue, playing at the Village Hall on December 12th, 13th and 14th at 7.30 pm. If theatricals aren't up your street, there's mulled wine in the interval, so the second half will be painless. The audience have been known to laugh in the past, and we're hoping it might happen again. Don't miss your chance to be there.

Stop Press  Friday night half sold already.

(Verity Martindill)

Brompton Ralph WI

In October and November, Sue Welch taught those gathered how to make mats using drawn thread work and simple embroidery, and how to master the rudiments of tatting, a simple lacework craft.

At the December Meeting, members will be looking at the Archives, and then enjoying a relaxing social afternoon which will, of course, include tea with various savoury and sweet delights.

The January meeting will include lunch at a member’s house. The 2014 programme is already in preparation and will include visiting speakers on a range of subjects to cover many interests.

Visitors and new members are always welcome! Meetings are at 2.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month at the Village Hall (except January).

Please telephone Nora Gammon on 667583 or Sue Welch on 624716 for further details.

Smallholders Group

The Smallholders’ next meeting will take place on 11th Feb '14 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. There will be a talk by Mark Soutar M.R.C.V.S. from Evolution Vets on General First Aid for farm animals.

Village Shop


The Village Shop AGM will take place on 3rd December in the Village Hall. Please see the poster in the Shop for more details. All welcome.

The shop also has a raffle to raise funds and tickets are available from the shop.



Brompton Ralph Village Hall

With the new cabin in place we are now working on a raised deck to join across to the stage doors.

As soon as that is done the electrics will be connected up giving heat and light in the cabin.

Next year we hope to connect the toilet as well.

We have also purchased new curtains for the Hall and Cabin and new blinds for the kitchen.

The Village Christmas Party/Barn Dance will take place on Friday 17th January and will have music provided by the Village Minstrels. All welcome.

Christmas Whist

The Christmas Whist Drive will take place on Monday 25th November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. There will be no Whist Drive in December.

Village Hall Bingo

The Christmas Bingo raised £120 of profit for the Village Hall.

Diary for November and beyond

21 November (Thurs) 10.00am Holy Communion Tolland Church

25 November 10am Church Cleaning St Mary’s

25 November 7.30pm Christmas Whist Village Hall

27 November 7.30pm Parish Council Mtg Village Hall

1 December 9.15am Holy Communion St Mary’s (hopefully)

3 December Shop AGM Village Hall

4 December 2.30pm WI Village Hall

12-14 December 7.30pm Christmas Revue Village Hall

19 December (Thurs) 10.00am Holy Communion St Mary’s

22 December 4.00pm Carol Service St Mary’s

25 December 11.30am Carol Service Tolland Church

5 January 9.15am Holy Communion St Mary’s

16 January (Thurs) 10.00am Holy Communion to be arranged

17 January Christmas Party Village Hall

18 January Deadline for articles for January Newsletter

19 January 4.00pm Evensong St Mary’s

11 February 7.30pm Smallholders Village Hall

Roadwater Players Present

Pirates of the Backwater

by Nige McBrayne with music by Jackie Cullingford

This years' panto for the Roadwater Players is Pirates of the Backwater. This is an original panto script, penned by our very own Nige McBrayne.

It is full of all the usual panto humour, with lots of pirate gags and some wonderful original music and lyrics. Join in the fun and come in fancy dress!

There is a cast of 35, which is no mean feat on our Roadwater Village Hall stage and it promises to be a great show.

Tickets are now available for this show; they can be purchased either from our usual ticket outlets or using our online shop. All the details are below.

To add some fun to this years show, we are encouraging people to dress up in Pirate regalia. We want a great atmosphere, so the more kids and big kids that dress up the better! We might even have some prizes for the best dressed landlubbers!!

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With many thanks.