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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

Jenny Spiller

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


Contact: judifinch@btconnect.com




MARCH 2013

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.

1. Community Oil Scheme

2. Community Matters Newsletter

3. Community Matters—Green Deal in Somerset

4. Community Matters—Somerset Coastal workshop weekends

5. Community Matters—Bogtastic

6. Community Matters—Go Wild on Grabbist

7. Community Matters— Taste of Exmoor’s Wonderful Moorland

St Mary’s Church

Restoration Project

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 gcc@idnet.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

Church services:

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: mpidge@btinternet.com, 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: thisispenny@hotmail.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.

Sue Welch

100 Club

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.

(Paul Aslett)

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

Could I please encourage you to receive future editions of this newsletter in email form. Please drop me a line, so that I have your email address, at judifinch@btconnect.com, with many thanks.