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A few villagers have expressed an interest in receiving a newsletter that relates purely to Brompton Ralph and so I thought I would give it a go.

I thought it might be useful to have a note of what events / meetings are taking place in the coming months, together with news and information from previous events / meetings. This is not meant to be purely a note of what is going on with the various committee and groups but more a note of what is going on in the Parish—please let me know if you have any news items or items of interest that you would like to be included — my contact details are shown above.

Reinstatement of Mobile Library

Brompton Ralph will receive a visit from a mobile library operating from Williton that will call monthly on a Thursdays as follows:

Brompton Ralph Post Office – 9.55 – 10.15

22 November, 20 December, 17 January, 14 February, 14 March, 11 April, 9 May, 6 June, 4 July, 01 Aug, 29 August, 26 September, 24 October, 21 Nov

If you have a Somerset library card you can start to use the mobile library straightaway. Otherwise a library card can be issued to you at the time of your visit – simply bring along some form of identification, such as a driving licence or utility bill that displays your current name and address. As at all Somerset libraries, customers can borrow up to 20 items at any one time.

All enquiries about the mobile library service can be answered by contacting a library advisor on 0845 3459177.

The newly appointed mobile library drivers/assistants will be very pleased to see you and lets all hope that the reinstated service will be well supported.

Brompton Ralph Village Hall

Brompton Ralph Village Hall has a website www.bromptonralphvillagehall.org any information you might require is on there, including minutes of meetings, booking forms, calendar of bookings etc.

The Hall is run by a group of representative and elected trustees. If you need to contact someone on the Committee then please call Derek or Hazel.

Derek Cleeve — Chairman 01984 656795

Hazel Scott — Secretary 01984 656350

(From: Website)


 

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NOVEMBER 2012


Brompton Ralph Parish Council

The Parish Council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council’s operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the council.

Current Council Members:

Nick Moore, Penny Richards, Hazel Scott, Brian Smith, Roy Takle, Keith Turner

(From: Website)

Brompton Ralph and District WI

Brompton Ralph and District WI, which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2011, meets at 2.30pm in the Village Hall on the first Wednesday afternoon of each month, with the exception of August.

Mrs Sue Welch is President, with Mrs Nora Gammon as Secretary and Mrs Beryl Scott as Treasurer. Currently, there are twelve full members and one associate member – a heartening increase on last year’s tally of ten.

As Brompton Ralph is one of the smallest WIs in existence, funds are not available for frequent outside speakers, but the Institute can draw on the wide-ranging talents and experience of its members to ensure that each meeting is enlightening and entertaining. Recent meetings have featured a hands-on experiment with Japanese collage, a talk on breeding and judging Jersey cattle and a demonstration of floral art for Easter. As baking is a thriving pursuit in the area, teatime is always a highlight!

Each year, a charity is chosen for support by fund-raising, with an annual lunch in January and an open meeting in July helping to achieve a creditable total.

The Institute enjoys group meetings with its associated WIs twice a year on a rota basis, and usually organises a summer outing with a cream tea as a focal point.

This is a friendly and supportive WI. Anyone unsure about whether to commit to membership may attend a meeting as a visitor to have a taste of what it can offer. They may be certain of a warm welcome.

For enquiries, contact Sue Welch : 01984 624716 or Nora Gammon : 01984 667583

(From: Sue Welch)


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Village Hall Whist

Whist takes place at 7.30 pm on the fourth Monday in the month and is very popular. The hall is packed and there is always a good array of prizes to be won.

The event is run by Hazel Scott and raises funds for the Village Hall. (From: Website)

Brompton Ralph Drama

Rehearsals are now in progress for the 9th Brompton Ralph Christmas Revue, to be performed in the Village Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 13th - 15th December. Keep an eye open for tickets going on sale, and get yours speedily, as the show increases in popularity year on year, possibly due to the provision of mulled wine and mince pies as much as the awesome talent of the performers and technicians.

As ever, the participants are a small and hard-working team, and offers to help, either on or off the boards will be gratefully received. Contact Gwyneth Ryan 656255 or Verity Martindill 623454. (From: Verity Martindill)

Brompton Ralph Flower Show Committee

Saturday 11 August dawned bright and fair; a most auspicious start in a summer which has been difficult for all gardeners. In Brompton Ralph, as the Flower Show approached, many were apprehensive about the number of entries which might be expected. Indeed, so far as vegetable classes were concerned, the concern was not unwarranted; entries were down by over 30% from last year.

A remarkable counter to this, however, was the 20% increase in the number of entries in the flower classes, and these drew particular comment from the judges on the high quality of exhibits. Although the Homecraft entries were slightly down on last year’s, this was still a very popular section. Most encouraging of all was the increase in the entries for children’s classes, from a single entry last year to twenty seven this year. All of the judges commented on the excellent quality of the entries; this demonstrates the enviable gardening expertise, cookery skill and artistic talent of the exhibitors.

Mrs Pauline Homeshaw MBE opened the Show with a lively enthusiasm for Brompton Ralph which residents received with delight. She was charmingly presented with a basket of flowers by Miss Phoebe Johnson.

Attendance at the Show was considerably better than last year showing over 30% increase. Visitors not only enjoyed the display of entries, but also took part in a raffle, a tombola and a treasure hunt, in addition to consuming cream teas and cakes at tables set outside in the sun.

Later in the afternoon, Mrs Homeshaw presented cups and trophies to the delighted winners - Mr Derek Cleeve, Mrs Ruby Ettery, Mrs Sheila Cleeve, Mrs Gwyneth Ryan, Mrs Nora Gammon, Miss Victoria Searle and Mrs Sue Welch.

A Show, then, which was memorable for its high standard of entries, but unforgettable for the warm sun which shone all day and raised everyone’s spirits. (See photos further on in this edition.) (From: Sue Welch)


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Brompton Ralph Smallholders Association

There are a number of people in the village who consider themselves smallholders in the very general sense, or certainly aspiring smallholders! Many of us belong to the Somerset Smallholders Association but, until recently, meetings were generally held in Ruishton Village Hall which is quite a trek for an evening, especially for members further west. For this reason we thought it would be a good idea to have some meetings here in Brompton Ralph and so the West Somerset group of the SSA was born. It has proved popular and we regularly get over 20 people attending, some coming a real distance. The topics covered range from sheep, goats, chickens and bees to orchards, pasture management and worming! The aim is really to improve our knowledge (there’s always so much to learn!) but also to meet others so we can share experiences. In the summer we aim to have some practical workshops which are always popular.

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm in the village hall and everyone is welcome. There is usually a poster up in the village shop to remind everyone, and details of all our meetings should be on the Somerset Smallholders Association website www.somersetsmallholders,org,uk

Contact: thisispenny@hotmail.com (From: Penny Richards)

Brompton Ralph Village Post Office and Shop

The shop is still going strong despite ups and downs. There has been a shop in the village for many years and is now run as a co-operative, mostly with volunteer help since 1998. There have been 3 manager/postmasters in that time but the last year has seen a change as, although the turnover has been good the last few years, the profit from it has just not been high enough to sustain the manager. Hence this year we have regrettably gone form a paid manager to a part time volunteer manager and a separate sub-post mistress, Aimee who has undergone training to take up the post, and who is doing really well.

The hours are covered by a part time manager, and volunteer shifts. The volunteers have as ever done wonders, as have the customers who support us. Often the same people! We still need more customers and new ideas. There are lots of local people we never see. Do these people never run out of a single thing? Or never fancy a walk down the village? We would love to see you all.

The last six months have continued to go much in the same way as the previous year, and accounts are now being prepared (by volunteers) to be presented to the AGM. This is on Wednesday the 7th of November in the village hall, all welcome.

Opening hours are 9.30 - 1.00pm, 5-6pm weekdays and 10-12 Saturdays.

The post office is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

(From: Kathy Beale)


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Brompton Ralph Cricket Club

Brompton Ralph Cricket Club has just finished a very successful summer. Three men's teams competed in the West Somerset League—the 1st XI finished as Division 1 Champions and the 2nd XI finished as Division 4 Champions.

At the West Somerset League Presentation Awards, our club will collect the following awards at the County Ground:

Rob Hake—Division 1 highest individual score 130

Neil Mullins—Division 4 best bowling average 6.51

Neil Mullins—Division 4 best bowling performance 8-20

Angelo Stone—Division 4 best wicket keeping 11 victims

Tom White—Division 4 best fielding 10 catches.

Our juniors, who play in the Towergate League (under 11s and under 13s), had an extremely rain affected season—but nevertheless were competitive and enjoyed the few matches they played.

For any interested youngsters, the juniors practice on Sunday mornings, with matches played on Fridays and Sundays.

The same can be said for the ladies, they played less than half of their allocated league fixtures, but had some really enjoyable matches.

During the winter months, skittles evenings take place at the Club. Anyone interested in taking part, please contact John Scott on 01984 656446.

On a final note, progress is being made with regard to upgrading the pavilion—planning permission has been granted and building regulations are being applied for. Currently, we still need more funding to complete the four stages. (From: Roy Takle, Hon. Sec.)

Brompton Ralph Village Plan

A number of villagers are interested in the possibility of producing a Parish Plan for Brompton Ralph. The aim would be to establish what it is that people value about living in the Parish and how best we can protect, preserve and enhance this.

Ideally this requires a group of five or six people who would like to be involved.

If you are interested please contact either:

Penny on 624788 or thisispenny@hotmail.com or Judi on 656359 or judifinch@btconnect.com

(From: Penny Richards)

Activities for children within Brompton Ralph / Pitsford Hill

There seem to be a number of children in the Parish and one or two parents have wondered if there might be a way of getting them together on a regular basis in order to have fun within the village. If anyone is interested in this or has some ideas please contact me and I will pass the details on to those who have raised the idea. (From: Judi Finch)


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BREAKING NEWS (although it might not be breaking news by the time you receive this!)

Solar Panels information—Mr Matthew Bale of Taunton Deane Planning Department is visiting footpaths that will be affected by the solar panels in Tolland.

Diary for November/December

7 November, 2.30pm WI in the Village Hall

7 November, 7.30pm Shop AGM in the Village Hall

13 November, 7.30pm Smallholders Group in the Village Hall (speaker Geoff Johnson the homeopathic vet from Wivey)

16 November, 7.30pm Country Dance in the Village Hall

22 November, 9.55am to 10.15 am Mobile Library outside the Shop & Post Office

26 November, 7.30pm Whist in the Village Hall

5 December, 2.30pm WI in the Village Hall

11 December, 7.30pm Smallholders Group in the Village Hall

13th, 14th, 15th December, 7.30pm Christmas Revue in the Village Hall

20 December, 9.55am to 10.15 am Mobile Library outside the Shop & Post Office, 2.30pm

If you would like to receive this newsletter in email form in future please drop me a line at judifinch@btconnect.com to let me know.


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