I have taken on board the comments about too many attachments and will now place electronic versions on the Village Hall Website and a few paper copies at the Village Shop.
Please do let me know if you would like anything to be included. The deadline for items to be included in the Newsletter for May is 24th May.
A message from Rev Margaret—Dogs for the Disabled
Our new member of the family has arrived.
He is called Benny, and is a golden retriever. He is trained to help me on and off with gloves & socks, and to pick up things I have dropped! He is also trained to bring me the phone if I fall over, and to fetch help.
He is settling in very well, and is beginning to go out and about and meet people. Bodi has taken to him straight away, and the two of them are very happy snoring on the sitting room floor.
Benny will have continued training in order to progress his skills and I am pleased to say that he is now a Qualified Dog for the Disabled having just passed his recent test.
I met Benny at home recently and he is a very handsome, calm, well-behaved and friendly chap (not to mention, incredibly intelligent) - Judi Finch
Open Garden in Elworthy
Garden open in aid of the National Garden Scheme charities on Easter Monday (April 1), also Tuesdays April 9th & 16th from 11am-5pm. Admission £3, children free. Come & see the stunning Snakeshead fritillaries & lots of other interesting spring flowers. Tel.01984656427 www.elworthy-cottage.co.uk
Roadwater Players' Spring Production
Verity Martindill would like to draw the attention of theatre-lovers – and their friends – to Roadwater Players’ spring production. April de Angelis’ comedy, ‘A Laughing Matter’ tells the story of the rivalry between two playwrights who are vying to have their plays performed by David Garrick’s Drury Lane company, one of those authors being Oliver Goldsmith, who has high hopes for ‘She Stoops to Conquer’. The cast also includes Dr Samuel Johnson and his companion Boswell, and many larger than life thespians.
The show runs from the 21st-25th May, with tickets obtainable from Roadwater Stores, The Valiant Soldier, and via the Players’ website: www.roadwaterplayers.org
BROMPTON RALPH NEWSLETTER
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
Village Hall Quiz
A quiz will be taking place in, and in aid of, the Village Hall on Friday 3rd May, and quizmasters Cliff and Verity hope that you will be showing up in great numbers to test your mental mettle. Despite the keen competition, these have been light-hearted events in previous years, so if you haven’t attended one before, do think about making up a team, or just turning up on the night. We intend to start at 7.30 promptly, so don’t be late. Bring a bottle if you wish, and some refreshments will be provided. Teams will be of a maximum of four members, and the cost will be £2.00 per head. Start swotting.
Brompton Ralph Parish Council
If you have any concerns or ideas about anything in the parish do please contact one of your Parish Councillors
Date of Annual Parish Meeting, followed by Annual Parish council meeting was agreed as Monday 20th May 7pm and 7.30pm respectively.
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 ( also available in the Village Shop):
Click on title to read it.
St Mary’s Church
In the January newsletter we reported on progress of the project to restore the Church roof. As noted then, we are financially dependent on English Heritage, and their final confirmation is still awaited. As you can imagine, we on the Parochial Church Council are on the edge of our seats waiting to learn the exact amount of grant they are going to offer and their attaching conditions.
To hear more about the project, do please come along to the Church AGM on 17th April, at which there will also be opportunity to ask questions about that or any other of the Church’s activities.
Church Electoral Roll
As time goes by, church electoral rolls inevitably become less and less accurate. So once every six years we are required (by Church of England rules) to form a new one, and this is now due.
This means that all who wish their names to be on the new electoral roll, including those whose names were on the old one, need to complete application forms, and the process has been going on recently. No need to worry if you have not got around to it by the end of March deadline, you can apply at any time, just pick up a form from the Church or ask me for one (best via email@example.com, I can send it using e-mail, otherwise telephone 01984 624944).
Dates of future events:
13 April 7.00 for 7.30pm Minehead Male Voice Choir (in Church)
17 April 7.00pm Annual meetings (in the Village Hall)
18 May Plant sale (in the Village Hall)
29 June Open gardens day
20 July Fete & fun dog show
31 March 9.15am Easter Sunday Service
7 April 9.15am Holy Communion
21 April 6.00pm Evensong
5 May 9.15am Morning Worship
19 May 6.00pm Holy Communion
2 June 9.15am Holy Communion
16 June 6.00pm Evensong
30 June 9.15am Holy Communion
(Geoff Chamberlin, secretary)
Open Gardens in Brompton Ralph on 28th June
On Saturday 28th June, between 10am and 5pm, there will be a number of gardens open within Brompton Ralph in order to raise funds for St Mary’s Church roof. Margaret Armstrong would be very pleased to hear from 6-7 voluntary helpers for the day. Tasks will vary and need not be for the whole event as, of course, you will want to visit the gardens yourself. Please contact Margaret via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone on: 01984 623918.
Brompton Ralph Cricket Club
During the winter months, skittles evenings take place at the Club. Anyone interested in taking part, please contact John Scott on 01984 656446.
(From: Roy Takle, Hon. Sec.)
Brompton Ralph Smallholders Association
The rescheduled March Smallholders Meeting will be on Tuesday 14th May in the village hall as normal, 7.30pm and the speaker is Paul Hending. The title is the same - 'Organic vegetable and fruit growing '
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: email@example.com (From: Penny Richards)
Brompton Ralph Village Post Office and Shop
There will be a barn dance, in the village hall on May 11th 7pm-11pm, tickets £5 Adult and £1 children, Bring and share food, bring your own drink. More information and tickets available from the shop.
As ever the committee appreciate the support the community gives the shop and we are so grateful that the community has stuck with the shop.
From all at the Shop
Brompton Ralph WI
An amusing and intriguing presentation by Mr Brian Phelps on the origins of well-known sayings in current usage entertained members at the March meeting. Phrases such as “beyond the pale” and “son of a gun” were set in their context which revealed much about our social history and the surprising length of time over which these sayings had survived.
A busy WI Group programme of social events for Spring and early Summer was presented; this includes a visit to Bristol Blue Glass and SS Great Britain, supper at the Rock Inn, Waterrow, and a Midsummer Cocktails party in June.
Brompton Ralph and District WI’s charities for the year are Wivey First Responders and “Fishing for Life”. The latter is a club for people who have suffered from or who are living with breast cancer. The fishing techniques and exercise have been proven to be very beneficial to build up tissues and muscles. The members give each other support and many are invigorated by the experience, giving them a new direction in life. Brompton Ralph WI will be visiting Wimbleball in the Summer to see their chosen charity at work.
At the 3rd April WI meeting, at 2.30pm in the Village Hall, the speaker will be Mr Brian Wright who will present “A West Country Mystery”. All are welcome, whether members or not; the meetings are at 2.30pm on the first Wednesday of each month except August, in the Village Hall.
It is almost time to renew your 100 Club membership. Each number costs £10 for a year (12 draws) with the new year starting 1st April 2013. You will need to pay your subscription before the end of March. There are plenty of numbers available to new members. Half of the funds raised go to Village Hall funds, the remaining half pays for cash prizes. Let Hazel Scott (656350) or Derek Cleeve (656795) know of your intention to renew / take out a new number.
Pot Holes within the Parish
I just thought I would mention that I contacted the West Somerset District Council via ‘Fix my Street’ to complain about the growing number of potholes appearing on the road from Forches Cross toward Brompton Ralph.
I thought you might like to know that I recently received the following reply:-
Dear Mr Aslett
Thank you for your on-line report via FixMyStreet. The Area Highway Superintendent will inspect this location and arrange for any necessary repairs in accordance with Somerset County Council's 'Highway Safety Inspection Manual'.
Thank you for reporting this.
Peter Owen Assistant Highway Service Manager Highways Group Somerset County Council West Somerset Area Office
It’s nice to know that at least things get passed along. Only time will tell if anything is done about it. I understand that unless the council is informed of any problems with regard to potholes etc then no claim could be made if any vehicle of personal injury is sustained. Now they know they cannot plead ignorance.
Bank Holiday Refuse and Recycling Collection
Recycling will be collected on Wednesday 3rd April due to the Bank Holiday.
Diary for February / March / April and beyond
31st March Church Service, 9.15am - Easter Sunday
1st April Open Gardens at Elworthy Cottage
3rd April WI, 2.30pm in the Village Hall
7th April Church Service, 9.15am - Holy Communion
9th April Smallholders Meeting, 7.30pm in the Village Hall
11th April Mobile Library, 9.55-10.15 at Brompton Ralph Shop
13th April Minehead Male Voice Choir, 7.00pm for 7.30pm in the Church
17th April Church Annual meetings, 7.00pm in the Village Hall
21st April Church Service, 6.00pm - Evensong
22nd April Whist, 7.30pm in the Village Hall
30th April Village Hall AGM, 7pm in the Village Hall
1st May WI, 2.30pm in the Village Hall
3rd May Quiz Night, 7.30pm in the Village Hall
5th May Church Service, 9.15am Morning Worship
9th May Mobile Library, 9.55-10.15am at Brompton Ralph Shop
11th May Barn Dance, 8pm
18th May Plant sale in the Village Hall
19th May Church Service, 6pm Holy Communion
20th May Parish Council Annual Meeting, 7.00pm in the Village Hall
20th May Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm in the Village Hall
21st – 25th May “A Laughing Matter”, Roadwater Village Hall
27th May Whist, 7.30pm in the Village Hall
2nd June Church Service, 9.15am Holy Communion
16th June Church Service, 6pm Evensong
29th June Open Gardens day
30th June Church Service 9.15am Holy Communion
20th July Fete & fun dog show
28th July Derek and Sheila Cleeve’s Cream Teas
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