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The first edition seems to have been very well received and we will continue to produce it on a two-monthly basis. Please do let me know if you would like anything to be included. The deadline for items to be included in the Newsletter for March is 22nd March.

A message from Rev Margaret—Big Dogs Breakfast

A very big thank you to everyone who came and also to everyone who has sent a donation, to celebrate my birthday at the Big dogs breakfast.

The rain stopped for the morning, and all the dogs appear to have enjoyed the walk.

The final total raised to send to “Dogs for Disabled” is £285.00. After gift aid added, & with matched funding, Dogs for Disabled have received £641.25.

Fabulous effort on everyone’s part.


Rev Margaret

Free training session on apple tree pruning

Brendon Orchards Cooperative (Ten Parishes Fruit Group as was) will be holding a day course on apple tree pruning on 2nd of March.

We will meet in the Greenhouse on Golden Hill in Wiveliscombe at 10am for a theory session, followed by lunch and hands-on practice on the apple trees at Burton Court and, if time, Copperfinches, in Brompton Ralph.

There will be no charge and all equipment will be provided. If you'd like to take part, please phone Jon Burgess on 01984-623999.

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


Contact: judifinch@btconnect.com





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Brompton Ralph Parish Council

The Parish Council met on November 27th. The recent wet weather had highlighted the problems with drainage. The re-surfacing of the village street had produced a blocked drain outside Cridlands Farm, and there were flooding problems in Pitsford Hill. The Council resolved to press the Highways Department to take action.

After a lengthy period when the Council relied on Brian Smith’s voluntary and unpaid efforts as Parish Clerk, the Council is now in a position to employ him properly and he was formally appointed.

All parish councils are required to adopt a formal code of conduct which governs the behaviour of council members. The Parish Council adopted a code that had been prepared by the National Association of Local Councils and will abide by that code from now on.

Preliminary work for the production of a Local Parish Plan has begun and the Council agreed to provide a small amount of money to support the next stage.

Finally, the meeting welcomed the first edition of the Brompton Ralph Newsletter and signalled its intention to publish news of its work in the Newsletter.

The Parish Council met on January 14th. The Highways Department have agreed to clear gullies outside of Cridlands Farm, soon.

Kathy Beale attended the meeting on behalf of the Village Shop and put a case forward to ask the Parish Council for a grant for a replacement freezer. The Parish Council agreed to the proposal and were willing to pay 100% of the cost.

The Parish Council proposed that Hazel Scott should be their representative on the Village Shop Committee.

The Parish Council proposed a formal Contract of Employment for the Clerk. The contract was agreed by both the Parish Council and the Clerk.

The Parish Precept was agreed for 2013/14 and would remain unchanged to that set last financial year.

Planning application 3/02/12/010 for installation of three additional electricity poles as a ‘T’ off to the existing line at Tolland, land at Glebe Farm. The application was discussed and concerns were raised to West Somerset District Council.

The Clerk suggested that names, addresses and phone numbers of each Parish Councillor should be publicly made available to the electorate. It was agreed that the details would be placed on the Village Display board and would be published in a future Village Newsletter.

Date of next meeting was agreed as Monday 4th March @ 7.30pm.

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 by the PC is attached.

St Mary’s Church

As most readers will probably already know, a restoration project is currently under way for the Church roof. During the past decade the Church architect’s reports had become more and more ominous, and the evidence of the drips and damp patches could no longer be ignored. Rather than further patching up, obviously a full-scale job of replacing all the slates would be much better, but the cost would have been far beyond our means. So in 2011 the Parochial Church Council applied to English Heritage for a grant, and at Christmas 2011 we heard that we had been successful in getting a conditional offer.

With this type of project the preparation nearly always takes a lot longer than the actual building work. The paperwork has taken PCC and Church architect the whole of 2012, but we have now submitted a huge bundle of the required stuff to English Heritage for their approval.

We hope to get the actual building work started this summer, however this will depend upon the timing of English Heritage’s response and their provisions, availability of the required Cornish slates, and the bat specialist’s requirements - a survey last year revealed evidence of activity by both Pipistrelle and Serotine bats.

English Heritage are our major sponsors, they have offered to meet nearly three quarters of the cost, and we have also obtained grants from several other charitable bodies. But there remains a balance which has to come from donations and fund-raising events, and response to the appeal launched in the parish last autumn has been brilliant, thank you everyone who has participated. Though any further contributions will be greatly appreciated (if you can help, please contact our churchwarden Derek Cleeve 01984 656795 or treasurer Magnus Mowat 01984 624990).

The most recent fund-raising event was in November. Mike Richards, a BBC wildlife cameraman who has worked with David Attenborough, presented an entertaining talk and film show which was enjoyed by a full audience at the Silver Street Centre in Wiveliscombe. Many thanks, Mike.

Dates of Church Services and future events :

3 February 9.15am Holy Communion

17 February 4.00pm Evensong

3 March 9.15am Morning Worship

17 March 6.00pm Holy Communion

31 March 9.15am Easter Sunday

7 April 9.15am Holy Communion

13 April 7.00 for 7.30pm Minehead Male Voice Choir (in Church)

17 April 7.00pm Annual meetings (in the Village Hall)

21 April 6.00pm Evensong

11 May Plant sale (in the Village Hall)

29 June Open gardens day

20 July Fete & fun dog show

(Geoff Chamberlin, secretary)

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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 Revue 2012

It was the most successful year so far for the Revue, whose profits topped the £1,000 mark. The plan for a Village Hall extension, incorporating dressing rooms with a star on each door, a foyer bar with an enormous chandelier, scene store and costume workshop, seems ever closer to fulfilment. Oh, and cast loos.

The audience believed themselves to be in familiar territory when the curtain rose on the Café de Paris, and the quick-fire banter onstage (in French – ahem) was stilled by the arrival of the can can dancers. However, it was soon apparent that one of the dancers was in an extremely bad mood, and her assault on an innocent cast member was the signal to close the curtain. After cast/producer negotiations it was agreed that, as a compromise to avoid the refund of ticket money, the recording of the very first Brompton Ralph Revue would be played. Amazing, that mediaeval technology. The audience were therefore witness to a year in the life of our village in the Dark Ages. Most remarkable was the resemblance that the villagers of those days - yokels, nobles, an interloping Clatworthian and members of the military alike - not to mention the sheep - bore to some of the current residents. Before too long, the disaster of the early evening appeared to be forgotten and the audience finally left very happy, due in part to the mulled wine.

As ever, the director is hugely grateful to all who contributed to the show, on and off the stage. They are: Adrian Armstrong, Ron Barlow, Paul and Trish Clarke, Derek and Sheila Cleeve, Bob and Liz Henderson, Cliff Martindill, Shelagh Maxwell, Keith and Gwyneth Ryan, Hazel Scott and Debbie and Nicole Sinkins. Thanks too, to the kind volunteers who helped Debbie with refreshments and controlled the crowds.

(From: Verity Martindill)

Brompton Ralph Smallholders Association

Next meeting - Tuesday 12th Feb - Village Hall 7.30 A talk by David Lloyd on Rare breeds of sheep. All welcome and refreshments provided.

Tuesday 12th March - Village Hall 7.30. How to get the best out of your vegetable garden. Lots of help and inspiration for the new growing year!

We are planning to have some practical workshops in the spring/ summer - details to follow.

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)

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Brompton Ralph Village Post Office and Shop

New Year Update!

Firstly a big thank you to all the volunteers and customers as we move in to a New Year. The Shop is continuing to get on well, and Christmas was successful, (although I was apprehensive), so I'm delighted how it all went. We need more customers—come and see us. We have a great turnover of goods and deliveries of fresh vegetables, bread and milk, and of course meats and cheeses from Thornes, the award winning butchers in Wiveliscombe-(the prices are the same as charged at the butchers shop.)

The village shop has always tried to shake the image that people have, that small shops have to be more expensive, but we price everything as low as possible. We beat other shops on many products and even the supermarkets on several items so that old image is just not true. Don't forget that if you need just a couple of things, the drive to the nearest town is going to double the price of them, with the cost of fuel.

If there are things we don't have, then let us know and we can see if we can get them for you. Several customers order bulk items, whole boxes or packs of things keep you going for a while, particularly in the inclement weather. We charge just 10% on special orders so cheaper than normal, and probably cheaper than you are paying now. Give it some thought!

That's it, lecture over! Thanks again to the many helpers we have serving, shopping, cleaning, tidying, organising, delivering and fetching! We can't do it without you all. If anyone would like to join us, we always need more help, so pop in and see us.

Keep warm!

From all at the Shop

Brompton Ralph WI

After a most enjoyable lunch in January, the WI in Brompton Ralph is looking forward to an interesting year.

Talks planned for 2013 include “A West Country Mystery” and “Readings by Joyce Grenfell”. There will be a demonstration on flower arranging and a dip into Brompton Ralph and District WI’s Archives.

Charities to be supported this year are “Fishing for Life” and Wivey First Responders; they will be at the centre of our Open Meeting in July.

Meetings are on the first Wednesday of every month except August, and they start at 2.30pm in the Village Hall, concluding with tea and cakes.

Visitors are most welcome; please just turn up at a meeting if you would like to! For further information, ring Sue Welch on 624716

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Pancake Race

The Pancake Races between Brompton Ralph and Clatworthy will take place on 12th February at 4pm and will be hosted by Brompton Ralph. There will be races for all ages followed by pancakes in the village hall. Supporters as well as participants will be made most welcome.

10 Parishes Liftshare Scheme

The 10 Parishes Liftshare Scheme will be formally launched on Sat Mar 23rd. Look out for the stall in Wivey square and demonstrations of the website in the Library.

The scheme is open to all residents of the 10 Parishes and is aimed both at encouraging commuters to share car journeys on a regular basis and allowing sharing of one off lifts locally and nationally

If you would like further information then you can either contact David on 01823 400122 or Mirren on 01984 667546. Or go directly to the website www.10parishes.liftshare.com, sign up and enter the journeys you would like to share. The system will search for any matching journeys that are already on there, or email you when one comes up.

The more people who sign up and put their journeys on the more opportunities for lift matching there will be and you will be contributing to the success of the scheme.

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.

Fun Skittles Evening

There will be a Village Hall fun skittles evening to be held at the Cricket Club on Thursday 7th February at 7pm. All are welcome. These evenings are renowned for their good value suppers—this year around £5 per head! Please let Hazel Scott (656350) know if you would like to attend (for catering purposes).

A vulnerable 50ish year old gentleman, who poses no threat to anyone, has recently been reported missing. He may be sleeping rough, locally, in fields / outbuildings. If you see him please call the police on 101.

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Diary for February / March / April and beyond

29th January Village Hall Meeting, 7.30pm in the Village Hall

3rd February Church Service, 9.15am - Holy Communion

6th February WI, 2.30pm in the Village Hall

7th February Fun Skittles Evening, 7.00pm in the Cricket Club

11th February Flower Show Meeting, 7.30 in the Village Hall

12th February Pancake Races for All Ages, 4pm meet at the Village Hall

12th February Small Holders Association, 7.30pm in the Village Hall

14th February Mobile Library, 9.55-10.15 at Brompton Ralph Shop

17th February Church Service, 4.00pm - Evensong

25th February Whist, 7.30pm in the Village Hall

2nd March 10am Pruning Apple Trees – call Jon Burgess on 623999 to reserve your place

3rd March Church Service, 9.15am - Morning Worship

4th March Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm in the Village Hall

6th March WI, 2.30pm in the Village Hall

12th March Small Holders Association, 7.30pm in the Village Hall

14th March Mobile Library, 9.55-10.15 at Brompton Ralph Shop

17th March Church Service, 6.00pm - Holy Communion

25th March Whist, 7.30pm in the Village Hall

31st March Church Service, 9.15am - Easter Sunday

3rd April WI, 2.30pm in the Village Hall

7th April Church Service, 9.15am - Holy Communion

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

11th May Plant sale in the Village Hall

20th May Parish Council Annual Meeting, 7.00pm in the Village Hall

20th May Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm in the Village Hall

29th June Open gardens day

20th July Fete & fun dog show

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