16 August 2023 - Evening stroll
Richard Backwell is organising a walk for us again this year!!
"The Sutton Poyntz evening stroll will take place on Tuesday, September 12th at 1745 at the Knighton nature reserve car Park: GR 758888.
To get there, from the Warmwell Roundabout, drive through Warmwell and shortly after the Campsite and the outskirts of Crossways turn left on the road signposted West Stafford and Dorchester. The car park is on your left after a distance of about 1 mile and is about 50 metres before the pylon line crossing the road. It is a flattish, circular walk of about 3 miles through woods and round the Silver Lakes.
Suggest taking binoculars as there is a good vantage point with many birds on the lake.
Similar to last year, those who want to, will be eating after the walk in the Black Dog in Broadmayne.
Judith and I would be grateful if you could let us know if you will be joining us on the walk and also if you will be eating at the Black Dog afterwards. The present menus will be changing shortly so I shall be circulating the relevant menus before the end of August. The Black Dog need to know our choices of menu before September 7th so I would be grateful if menu orders could be sent to me by September 5th.
Best Wishes, Richard"
10 August 2023 - Cream Tea - in the orchard
Scrumptious Cream Tea
You will have no doubt already put the date of the Cream Tea in your diary: Saturday 19th August at 3pm.
The sunshine has been ordered* and will definitely be making an appearance.
Also ordered are delicious scones, jams, clotted cream, and good company. Your friends and neighbours will be there too.
So get ready for a good old chat to discuss everything that's been going on. And more.
It's going to cost you a modest £4 and there's no need to book, just turn up at 3pm.
Thank you for your enthusiastic support, and we can't wait to see you at the Village Cream Tea!
J & S
ps - jam first of course
pps - you may have had a recent visit from a committee member to collect your 2023/4 subs - if they couldn't catch you at home you can easily pay at any Society event.
1 August 2023 - Phew! Shows, Picnics, Teas, Exhibitions, Markets and who knows what else...
The Veg Show was a welcome distraction from the miserable weather, and a good number of you came to vote for your favourites - and to watch Louie O'Leary and Sue Wintle taste the Victoria Sponges! The (in)famous Spud-in-a-Tub competition was won by Duncan Sleightholme who beat his three daughters' efforts. How dare he!
Yes - information about a coming event - the Village Cream Teas! Hoping for a beautiful summer's day to sit outside the Mission Hall and enjoy a splendid Dorset Cream Tea. Now, is Dorset 'cream first' or 'jam first'? It'll be held on August 19th, from 3-5pm and will cost you a measly £4. Super value - especially as the socialising and chatting is free!
30 July 2023 - Open Gardens - Charity Receipts
You will recall that the Open Gardens weekend was a lot of fun and an outstanding success, raising over £4000 for charity.
Just to close out the news, for your info, attached are a couple of nice thank-you letters from Cancer Research UK and Dementia UK.
(And don't forget to keep your garden at its best you can join the Gardening Club that Jane Young is starting!)
H & J & S
28 July 2023 - STOP PRESS! Tomorrow's Veg Show timing
A helpful subscriber to these Newsbites has mentioned that the published timing for the Veg Show is a bit vague.
It's true, mea culpa. The poster just says: Saturday 29th July 2023, 9.30-12.00 at the Mission Hall.
So, to clarify the running order:
- The poor souls who work their backsides off behind the scenes (more unsung heroes) will be preparing things from the early hours while you sleep
- We would like those of you who are submitting veg, fruit, cakes, jams and other exotica to bring them by 9.30
- For the rest of you, excited by the prospect of viewing the culinary delights and voting for your favourites, queues will be forming early for entry at 10.00
- Counting the votes will start at 11.00, so that's time to sit back and enjoy a cuppa - and watch the Spud-in-a-Tub weigh-in
- Presentations of the magnificent certificates (and a couple of priceless trophies) to the winners will be at 11.45
- And finally, while you trot off home for lunch, we'll be mopping up the tears spilled by the non-winners* - and getting the Mission Hall clean and shiny again
See you there!
J & S
* nobody really loses on a fun day like this!
25 July 2023 - Bake-off coming soon!
Some eager chefs and wannabee Mary Berrys have queried the rules for the cake entries in the Veg Show this Saturday.
Victoria sponges: should only have a jam filling, (any flavour). You may wish to dust the top with sugar but no cream anywhere!
Shame I know but those are the rules!!
Cup cakes: 2-3 decorated cakes, judged on appearance, whereas the Victoria sponges will be judged by taste.
Pickles, jams and marmalade entries will also be tasted.
Each competition entry is 50p up to a maximum of £2, so start baking - and picking those veg...
(J &) S
25 July 2023 - Can you help the helper?
Another unsung hero is rising to the occasion - if he can borrow a metal detector!
As many of you know, Plaisters Lane becomes a river when it rains heavily. The council have been asked several times to look into it, but they are taking their time! So our hero is trying to find the drainage grilles on the east side of the lane, believing there is a gully that is overgrown which should take the rain water from the road.
If anyone has a metal detector they could lend to Keith Johnson of 'Whitestones', Plaisters Lane, the affected residents would be very grateful. And the rest of us who regularly aquaplane down the hill.
Give him a call or text on 07469 622963.
J & S