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JUNE 2013


Please do let me know if you would like anything to be included. The deadline for items to be included in the next Newsletter is 22nd July.

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 big thank you to all who attended the Quiz night in the Village Hall on 3rd May. The quiz masters were pleased that there weren't too many loud groans, and that the opportunity for lively team debate was fully taken up. Congratulations to 'The Bleeding Winners' from Tolland, who are probably relieved that their questionable choice of team name was vindicated. It was a close contest, and no team disgraced themselves.

A total of £56.04 was raised for the Village Hall. The four pence is bound to be important!

Brompton Ralph Parish Council

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 (attached):

1. Your Village Agent

2. Environmental Maintenance Leaflet


Contact: judifinch@btconnect.com


St Mary’s Church

Restoration Project

It has taken well over two years of planning, writing letters, form filling, fundraising, consultations with the architect & others, number crunching, more paperwork, etc. But at long last the planning stage is over, the major grant from English Heritage has been confirmed and the builders’ contract has been signed. Alleluia! Actual work on site has now begun. You will not see anything dramatic to start with, as we understand the first job to be tackled will be improvement to the ground drainage. Then scaffolding will be going up, probably during the second half of June, and at that stage the Church will have to be closed until the roof works have been done. Completion is expected to be in October, but no guarantees as we do not know whether there will be any surprises when the slates are taken off, any problems with the hidden supporting timbers would not come to light until then.

Dates of future events:

28 June Open gardens day

20 July Fete & fun dog show

Church services:

23 June 9.15am Pet Service

30 June  Holy Communion

The Sunday Church service on 30th June is at 10.00am at Brompton Ralph. (This will be the last one held at Brompton Ralph before the temporary closure.)

With effect from 1st July services that would normally have been held in Brompton Ralph will be at Tolland while the building works are in progress.  Information will be posted on the notice-boards  (church porch while still accessible, churchyard gate, shop), please keep an eye out for any changes of venue

7 July 9.15am Morning Worship

18 July (Thurs)10.00am Holy Communion (said)

21 July 6.00pm Holy Communion

(Geoff Chamberlin, secretary)

Brompton Ralph Smallholders Association

The next meeting will be held on Friday 5th July - West Somerset Smallholders summer social

Bring and Share Bar-B-Q at the Hill families' Ten Acre Barn

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

Open Gardens in Brompton Ralph on 29th June

Brompton Ralph open gardens Saturday 29th June.

Start will now be in the village hall, as the church will be in scaffolding, as (hopefully) the work will have started.

All other arrangement the same.

Parking on the Village Green and at The Village Hall.

Gardens open; Croshers, Terry Evans, Armstrongs, Antonia Mortimer, Richards, Beales, & Mike & Sue Welch.

Teas At Cridlands Barn, Mrs Cleeve & helpers.

The plant stall will be at Cridlands Barn, so could all plants for the stall be dropped off there by Friday 28th.

Wivey town band in afternoon.

Church bells lunch time.

Ice creams at village shop.

Phone box decorated by Hendersons.

Telescope open at Terry Evans.

Pond dipping, mini beast hunt & leaf hunt for the young.

Brompton Ralph Village Post Office and Shop

Thank you to all who joined us for the dance for making it such a success. We raised just under £200 this will be used to replace the blinds throughout.

From all at the Shop

Brompton Ralph WI

At the June meeting, Mrs Joan Knowlman told us something of the life of Joyce Grenfell, reading many of her well-known monologues, and developing one to include the names of several members of Brompton Ralph WI; this was highly amusing and most perceptive! Members also listened to the Village Agent, Nick Evelyn, explaining how his remit could be a vital means of ensuring that any village resident could get the help they required – perhaps help with a legal matter or a health issue – this was interesting and welcome information on support for the community.

Now members are looking forward to their Open Meeting in July. This annual event, to which several local WIs are invited, is an opportunity to learn about the charities we have supported in 2013. This year we have decided to support Fishing for Life, a charity which helps those who have had breast cancer to regain some of the movement in their arms by learning to fly-fish, and Wivey First Responders – a group of Wivey-based people who answer any call from those who find they need help in an emergency.

Ladies of Brompton Ralph and District who are not members of the WI are also warmly invited to attend at 2.30pm in the Village Hall on Wednesday 3rd July. As always, the meeting will end with a delicious tea. Please give Nora Gammon (667583) or Sue Welch (624716) a buzz if you are interested.

Village Agent

Following on from the recent publicity for the Village Agent posts, we are delighted to inform you that an agent has been appointed for your area.

Their details are as follows:

Nick EVELYN, Village Agent - Cluster WS3, Tel: 07572 791096


Please feel free to contact them if you have an immediate need within your community or if you would like them to attend any meetings.

Nick is there to help with any problems, no matter how small. Sometimes there are people in our community who could do with some help but are unlikely to ask for it. It is up to us as a community to speak with them and let them know that help is available (with things such as escalating heating costs, fire prevention, housing needs etc) and that they should not feel too proud to ask. Nick can only deal directly with those people who need the help and the only way he will know is if they speak with him. He is very approachable and is looking forward to being able to solve problems

There is a leaflet attached to this newsletter giving some information about the Village Agent and how he can help.

Diary for June and beyond

23rd June 9.15am Pet Service at Church

29th June Open Gardens day

30th June Church Service 9.15am Holy Communion

3rd July 2.30 WI Open Group meeting at Village Hall

7th July 9.15am Morning Worship

18th July (Thurs) 10.00am Holy Communion (said)

20th July Fete & fun dog show

21st July 6.00pm Holy Communion

28th July Derek and Sheila Cleeve’s Cream Teas

Clatworthy Social Evening with Auction of Promises

12th July 7 for 7:30 pm


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.