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CorscombeFest Major Sponsors

Whether you are buying, selling or letting, speak to us. Beaminster Office 01308 862606

JN Fell are a local firm that provides all your building services. Plastering & Rendering; Kitchen & Bathroom installation, Carpentry & Roofing, Interior & exterior decorating, flooring & tiling, maintenance, renovations & general building work.

Telephone 07533 904868 or email:

The Log Store Group provide kiln-dried logs that are delivered right to your door. We provide free delivery to Corscombe and the local areas. 100% sustainable hardwood all sourced from local woodland. Buy online now: Or call 01308 868378

Other major sponsors of CorscombeFest:

Battens Solicitors

Better Choice Cleaning
Telephone 07977 003056

Bryan G Paulleys
Oil Tank Services
Telephone 01963 363870

CMS Builders
01935 509 479 / 07803 187 871

Elder and Froy
Estate Agents
Tel 01308 862606

Girling & Bowditch
Veterinary Surgeons
Telephone 01308 862312

GR Sweeps
Chimney Sweep Service
Tel 01460 241 440

Groves Nurseries
Tel 01460 241 440

Humberts Estate Agents
Tel 01460 241 440

Kennedys Estate Agents
Bridport. Telephone 01308 421091

Kitson & Trotman Solicitors
Bridport. Telephone 01308 862313

Newslogs Oil Buying Syndicate
Telephone 01823 698 470

Paul Howard Landscaping
Telephone 01935 891092
or 07774 272690

PR Elford Ltd Plumbing & Heating
Telephone 01305 751594

Stone Pits Construction Ltd  07966 216090

Symonds & Sampson
Estate Agents
Beaminster: Tel: 01308 863100

Wakely & Sons
Funeral Directors
Bridport: Tel: 01308 423 726

Winyards Gap
Chedington: Tel: 01935 891 244

Yeovil Radio Cabs
Yeovil: Tel: 01935 426666
or 01935 431711


Corscombe Fete and Fest Sponsors

25 June 2016:
The column to the left of this one lists all the companies that supported us. If you are looking for goods or services, why not check the list for a supplier that supports our local community.

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Calendar of Events

26 May
Rubbish and Food Waste collection
27 May
Jumble Sale
The proceeds will be donated to Blandford Cares

Blandford Cares is supporting an initiative to provide accommodation for homeless people in Dorset by converting a double decker bus into 20 sleeping pods. They require single fitted sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases and blankets. If you have any secondhand suitable bedding you would like to donate it can be left at the collection point in the church (at the back near the bell tower)
Community Room, Halstock   
28 May
Breakfast Church
We’re so pleased that more and more people are trying Breakfast Church and enjoying
the relaxed social opportunities it offers as well as the chance to find out what the Bible has to say about our lives today.

Come and share croissants, bacon rolls and good coffee, plus some songs and a talk, and we’ll search for answers as we travel through life together
Halstock Village Hall 9.30am 
30 May
Corscombe, Halstock and District Parish Council
Annual Meeting
Halstock Community Hall 7.30pm 
30 May
Garden Waste collection
2 June
Recycling and Food Waste Collection
3 June
Halstock Gardening Club
Includes Melbury Osmond Garden Club

Visit to Dunster Castle

Only 25 places available (First come first served)
Total cost about £15
Reservations with a £10 deposit
now being taken
Coach pick up time at Village Shop TBA
Bardy Thomas 01935891736
or Ian McNab 01935872353
Coach trip to Dunster Castle tba 
6 June
Tuesday Club
A visit to the shoe museum in Street
Travel arrangements to be decided
9 June
Rubbish and Food Waste collection
13 June
Garden Waste collection
14 June
Coffee Morning
Entry fee £1 and please bring a raffle prize of value around £1
3 Yew Tree Farm, home of Chris and Iain Watson 10.30am 
to 12 noon
16 June
Recycling and Food Waste Collection
17 June
Halstock Village Cinema


Another true story, this time of a five-year-old Indian boy who, by a freak coincidence, is taken away to Calcutta, thousands of miles from home. Eventually he’s adopted by a kindly couple in Australia but is determined to find his lost family.
Starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman

Tickets £6 (children £4) from Halstock Shop of on the door.
Halstock Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm 
17 June
Corscombe Fete and Fest
This is a whole village event that brings everyone together to support the Corscombe Community. Please put the date in your diary and invite family and friends to attend
The Court, Corscombe 12 noon 
to 11pm
20 June
Free emergency first aid training
Would you know what to do if someone suffered a cardiac arrest, or a stroke, or a seizure, or began to choke ?????????
If you are faced with any of these situations, you need to know what to do. AND this training will give you the skills - and it is free
Put the date in your diary - act now so you have the skills to save a life
Corscombe Village Hall 6.30pm 
23 June
Rubbish and Food Waste collection
26 June
Halstock WI
Celebration Picnic
Halstock 2.30pm 
27 June
Garden Waste collection
30 June
Recycling and Food Waste Collection
3 July
Halstock Gardening Club
Own transport trip   
4 July
Tuesday Club
Lynne Hargrave, an actor and golfer, will speak on:
Treading the Boards
Corscombe Village Hall 2.30pm 
to 4pm
7 July
Rubbish and Food Waste collection
8 July
Juthware Festival
9 July
Juthware Festival
14 July
COGS oil order day
Deadline for oil orders
Telephone 01297 444347 today or Email to the new email address - in advance
15 July
Halstock Community Theatre


Emma Watson and Dan Stevens star in Disney’s wonderful remake, bringing to life the musical, both for kids and life-long adult fans. It opened to rave reviews and it’s great one to bring the family to – especially as the school holidays will just be starting.

Tickets £6 (children £4) from Halstock Shop of on the door.
Halstock Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm 
15 July
Melbury Men's Breakfast
John Lukins - sports journalist

George Albert Hotel, Warden Hill (A37)) 8.30am 
to 9.45am
20 July
Impact Ladies Lunch
24 July
Halstock WI

The Jurassic Coast and Hinterland

Halstock Village Hall tba 
31 July
Halstock and District Gardening Club
Tea Party
5 August
Tuesday Club
Cream Teas
Milton Brook, home of Andrew and Celia Tomkins tba 
19 August
Halstock Village Cinema


Lord Mountbatten, the last-ever Viceroy of India, is tasked with overseeing the transition of British India to independence. He meets with conflict and resistance as different sides clash in the face of monumental social and economic change.
Starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson.

Tickets £6 (children £4) from Halstock Shop of on the door.
Halstock Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm 
26 August
Halstock Gardening Club
Flower show and photographic competition - categories are
Black and white print - a portrait
Early one morning
Beach Art
A worm's eye view
An urban view
Flower Show   
28 August
Summer Fete
5 September
Tuesday Club
Willows and Wetlands Centre

Details to follow
Stoke St Gregory   
8 September
COGS oil order day
Deadline for oil orders
Telephone 01297 444347 today or Email to the new email address - in advance
18 September
Halstock and District Gardening Club
Lady Skelmersdale - Where did your garden grow?<./b>
Halstock Village Hall  7.30pm 
25 September
Halstock WI


Halstock Village Hall 7.30pm 
28 September
Impact Ladies Lunch
30 September
Quiz and Pudding Night
Back by poplar demand!
Corscombe Village Hall 7.30pm 
30 September
Melbury Men's Breakfast
George Albert Hotel, Warden Hill (A37)) 8.30am 
to 9.45am
3 October
Tuesday Club

The Cake Lady
Fun with Fondent

Presented by Heather
An opportunity to decorate your own cakes (cakes provided)
Corscombe Village Hall 2.30pm 
to 4pm
16 October
Halstock and District Gardening Club

20 October
COGS oil order day
Deadline for oil orders
Telephone 01297 444347 today or Email to the new email address - in advance
7 November
Tuesday Club
Skittles evening
18 November
Melbury Men's Breakfast
George Albert Hotel, Warden Hill (A37)) 8.30am 
to 9.45am
20 November
Halstock and District Gardening Club
AGM and Quiz
Halstock Village Hall 7.30pm 
24 November
COGS oil order day
This is the Christmas oil order date

Deadline for oil orders
Telephone 01297 444347 today or Email to the new email address - in advance
30 November
Impact Ladies Lunch
12 December
Tuesday Club
Christmas Lunch
Bridport Golf Club TBA 
8 March
Friends of First Responders AGM
The meeting is open for anyone to attend, so please come along and learn more about what this group does

The meeting includes a free wine and cheese supper

Corsocmbe Village Hall 7.30pm 
to 9pm



Royal British Legion: Halstock and District Branch
Meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 7.30ppm

Meeting place determined on a monthly basis - call Peter Brinck on 01935 891822 for details

Hilfield Monthly Clubs

Monthly Craft Days

10am to 4pm monthly - no need to book, simply come along

Monthly Lunch Club

12 noon to 2.30pm monthly - numbers are limited so please book in advance (and let us know of any food allergies)
If interested, call Suzi on 01300 341741 (leave a message if I am not available and I will get back to you)

From Yeovil: Take A37 Yeovil to Dorchester road. After approximately 8 miles turn left at Wardon Hill (Signposted Batcombe, Minterne Magna). At the T Junction turn right. Travel approximately 2.5 miles take second turn on the left. The Friary is at the bottom of the lane.

From Dorchester: Take the A 37 Dorchester to Yeovil Road After approximately 9 miles at Wardon Hill turn right (signposted Batcombe, Minterne Magna). At the T junction turn right. Travel approximately 2.5 miles take the second turn on the left. The Friary is at the bottom of the lane.

Click here to download a leaflet

The leaflet refers to 2017 - it would be wise to telephone before attending, to ensure activities are running.

First Monday of the month - proposed
St Peter's Cottage, Cattistock 7pm to 9pm

Are you feeling alone, sad and missing a loved one?

Come and join Nicky Butler and others

In a comfortable home environment over tea, coffee and cakes, you will have an opportunity to talk, to be supported, and to be with others who are also experiencing grief and loss

There is no charge, it will be completely confidential, and all are welcome.

If you would like to have more information please contact Nicky Butler on 01300 320 671 or email

Midweek Holy Communion
Celebrated as usual in the Community Room behind the Halstock Shop on the second Wednesday of the month, at 11am - with an opportunity to stay and chat afterwards over a cup of tea/coffee.

If you would like to come but getting there is a problem, please call Liz or Tony on 891898. Or if you or someone you know is housebound and would like to take Communion at home please let us know in advance and every effort will be made to arrange this

For more information contact Liz or Tony (891898) - the second Wednesday rule may vary

Breakfast Church
If you’re wondering, ‘What is Breakfast Church?’ well, let’s call it a new way of doing church. A relaxed new event in Halstock Village Hall that just might have answers to some of life’s questions

So come and share croissants, bacon rolls and good coffee, plus some songs and a talk, and we’ll search for answers as we travel through life together

It takes place on the 4th Sunday of the month in Halstock Village Hall, starting at 9.30am

Church - but not as we know it!

For more information contact Paul rendell

St Mary's Church Bell Ringer
We are always looking for new members so why not give it a try!

For more information contact Charles Gaskell on 01935 891127 / email

300 Club
The 300 Club runs for Corscombe residents. Each member pays a monthly (or annual) fee - then 50% of the funds raised are distributed as prize money through a monthly draw. The remaining 50% goes to support the village hall.

Results of the draw are published in The Chimes and on tis website (on the News page)

This is a great way of supporting your local community!

For more information contact Henry Lovegrove on 01935 891415 / email

Melbury Team Choir
Meets on the first and third Friday of each month
6.30pm to 7.30pm at Saint Mary's Church, Maiden Newton
Attendance / membership of the choir is free and no audition is required.
We sing at a few of the major church festivals (e.g. Easter, Christmas), occasional team services and at weddings on request, but there is no obligation to attend any of these events if you are not able to.

We will be singing for the most part sacred music from printed scores, but do please feel free to come along even if you have only limited music reading ability.

Please do come along and give it a try!!
It is really a very small time commitment and a lot of fun!

For more information and rehearsal dates please contact Jen Muggleton on 01300 32147 / email John Perris on 01935 891515 / email

Weekly Yoga Classes
Starting on Thursday 8th September 2016 Esther Benwell from Crewkerne will be holding weekly yoga classes in Halstock village hall.
Classes start at 7.30 pm until 9.00pm.
If you are interested or want more information please get in touch with me or just come along on 8th. Also please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested
Conact Deborah Childs - 01935 891744 - Email:

Exercise with Phoenix Phsique
Wednesdays in Haltsock Village Hall

Ladies: 7pm to 8pm

Men: 8.15pm - 9.15pm

Halstock and District Gardening Club
Meets monthly - ask in the shop for details
Details will be placed here once known

Halstock Football Club
The team is meeting and playing matches.

When more details emerge they will be placed here (ask in the shop for details)

Shed Talk
Sharing food ...... talking together ..... learning Jesus

Shed Talk is a group of men who meet weekly on
Wednesdays at 7.15pm at the Fox Inn, Corscombe.

We discuss various issues of the day over a pint and a light meal. The topics are varied and range from male characters in the bible to current issues, such as the problems faced with re-housing the influx of migrants. There is no fixed agenda and any item is up for discussion.

Whether you are a regular church- goer, or just on the fringe or merely interested, you are more than welcome to come along and join us. If you would like more information or to book a place, contact Andrew Tomkins - 01935 891083

In part the name dervies from a radio programme. ShedTalk is a series of devotional thoughts and discussion programmes by men for men. Hosted by Carl Beech and friends, their aim is to help men get to know Jesus better and bring their friends to faith. Sunday at 9pm on Premier Christian Radio.

(Carl is an Elim minister and heads up Christian Vision for Men (CVM), a movementfocussed on evangelising to men)

Click the link:

Corscombe's No 2 Book Club
A new book club (as of 30 April 2016) is being set up by Sarah Cooke as the existing group is over-subscribed. If you would like to know more, contact Sara Cooke on 01935 892399 / 07710 506785, or email by clicking here. Or visit the club's facebook page called Corscombe Book Club

Melbury Messy Church
Second Sunday of the month 3pm - 5pm - venue changes for each session
Making Sunday afternoons fun! A new way of doing church for all the family, involving craft activities, songs, story telling, family friendly worship all themed around a Bible story and followed by a yummy tea.

For more information:
Contacts: 01935 83003 01935 83150 01300 321306
Website: Click here
Facebook: Messy Church Melbury

Halstock WI (Womens' Institute)
Meets on the 4th Monday of the month
All meetings start at 2.30pm in the winter months and Halstock W.I. welcomes any ladies who would like to come along

Badminton in Halstock Village Hall
At 7.30pm on most Tuesdays a small group of people gather at the Hall to play badminton. The skill level ranges from learner to pretty good so if you have never played, why not come along and give it a try, don’t worry if you don’t have a racket as we have spares. There is also a wide range of ages from 10 to nearly 80 so as you can see everybody would be welcome. Peter Brinck 01935 891822

Paper Loading at Corscombe Village Hall
At 8.30am on the second Saturday of every odd month, intrepid Corscombe residents gather in the car park to transfer paper from the paper shed to a steel container - all done to raise money for the village hall. With half a dozen helpers, it takes less than 30 minutes - and is good gentle excercise. Why not come along and help?!

Community Swim at Stickland's School
FOSSA (Friends of Stickland's School Association) are delighted to announce the following openening times:
Wednesdays 3.30pm to 5.30pm - term time
Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm - school holidays
All Saturdays 10am to 12 noon
£1 per child / swimmer
All children need to be accompanied (at the pool side or in the water if appropriate)
Opening times may vary - contact the school - Tel 01935 83287 for details

Halstock Reading Group welcomes new members.
If you enjoy reading books and meeting up with like minded people why not come and join us. We meet once a month in each others’ houses to discuss the book that we have all just read, courtesy of Beaminster Library, enjoy a glass of wine and have a good chat.
For more information contact Letitia (Tish) Costello on 01935 891441 / 07979 204 087 or email

Weekly Bus Times
To receive particulars from 'Nordcat' ring 01258 472164. You will have to fill in a registration form; there are some in the Information Exchange (The red Telephone Kiosk). You need to book your seat by ringing the above number on a Thursday before 4pm and ask what time to expect the bus. The bus comes to your address, always on a Friday, but timing may vary. The return times from Tesco's also may vary, but you should be informed about the expected time of pickup.

This company is partly assisted by charity. You can use your bus pass, but will have to pay full fare if you have not got one. The cost to register is £5 per year. No other costs involved, but it would help the bus to continue running if you put at least £1 in the box on the bus, this is optional.

There is also a bus to Dorchester Market on a Wednesday, so you would have to book before 4pm on a Tuesday.

Tea/Coffee and Cakes are served in the Halstock Community Room every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 11.30am. Please come along and support and meet friends

Sequence Dancing Classes are held at Halstock Village Hall on the first Monday of every month, 8pm to 10.20pm. All welcome and enquiries to Richard (Dick) and Heather Haines 01935 426371 - Cancelled due to fall in membership - telephone for up to date information

Bridge Nights are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 7.30pm in Halstock Community Room. Enquiries 01935 891249

Pot Luck Lunches
Held every Wednesday in Halstock Village Hall
Contact details not known currently - visit Halstock Village Hall on a Wednesday lunchtime to find out more
Read more by clicking here

Line Dancing
Classes held every Monday afternoon (term term) in Corscombe Village Hall
Contact Daphne Davis for details - 891647

Maiden Newton Art Group
Meets every Wednesday in Maiden Newton Village Hall, 2pm to 4.30pm. All standards from beginner upwards
Details from Jane on 01300 321405 or from Lesley on 891015

Babylon Morris side
Meets occasional Wednesday evenings in Corscombe Village Hall, 8pm. All welcome.
Visit teh website below to find out more

Indoor short mat bowls
Meets every Friday in Corscombe Village Hall, 2pm.
Why not come along to find out more

Corscombe Book Club
A vibrant group that meets regularly
Call Paula (01935 892461) for more details

South Perrott Short Mat Bowls club
Have you just moved into the area? Would you be interested in taking up a relaxing gamne with a very sociable club?
Even if you have no experience we would have you bowling within hours.
We meet (September to May) on Monday evenings (7.30pm to 9.45pm) and Tuesday afternoons (2pm to 4.45pm) in the South Perrott Village Hall
More infrmation from Peter Hinton (891292), Bob Buckland (891404) or Jane Allen (Corscombe - 891684)

Corscombe and Halstock Youth Club 8-17 years
Corscombe Village Hall Friday 7pm - 9pm
Activities include badminton, team sports, nerf wars, guest activities and events. Trips include kayaking and theatre
£1 members and £2 non-members per session
Membership £12 per year
Enquiries to

Halstock Botanical Art Group
Halstock Village Community Room, Wednesday mornings from 9am

Halstock Art Group
Halstock Village Community room, Friday evenings from 6pm

The Parish Walks Group
For all parishes in The Chimes area.
This is an open walking group; anyone may come along but each person takes responsibility for her/himself.
All the dates for 2011 or on this page, and details of each walk appear one month before in The Chimes. Dogs are allowed (on leads). Walks start at 10.15am for 10.30am (to allow for lunch orders) and walks generally end with a pub lunch. Lengths vary from walk to walk and also long/short options are generally available for each walk.
Contact Margaruite Pring for details (01935 872 485)

St Mary's Church, Corscombe - open for prayer
Monday's at 9.30am and Fridays 6pm to 8pm
All welcome.

Silence in Corscombe
The last Monday of each month (apart from August when there is no meeting)
Takes place at Gatcombe, the home of Helen and John Perris, and starts at 5pm.
All welcome

Halstock Book Club
Calling all bookworms
The book group meets monthly at members’ houses to discuss the “book of the month”.
Discussions aided by a glass of wine or two!
Books have included latest best sellers as well as prize winners.
New members are welcome, so if you love reading come and join us.
Contacts for details: 891744; 891449.

Community Singing
St Mary's Church, Halstock
10am to 11.30am

Community singing sessions every Tuesday morning . All welcome, no singing experience necessary, just a sense of humour. Wide variety of songs. £1 per session Tel Hazel for more information 891113

Corscombe & Halstock Community First Responders
We provide emergency medical support to cover the gap between calling 999 and an ambulance arriving. We work with the South West Ambulance Service Trust. We are a team of volunteers trained by the ambulance service.

We meet the first Thurday of each month for training - at 7.30pm in Corscombe Village Hall.
Why not come along to find out more - we are always looking for volunteers to join our strong team
Call Chris 01935 891015 or Dick on 01935 891847 to find out more.

Children's Actiities
Corscombe Village Hall
Wednesday Mornings - mother and toddler group - themed series of events learning about chosen topics
Monday 10am to 2pm and Tuesdays 10am to 2pm - Mother and toddler craft activities, with an outdoor programme in the summer months

Sunday Club
Generally the 4th Sunday of the month in St Mary's Church Halstock
Activities, stories and songs based on the Bible. Everyone (from anywhere in the Team) welcome. Current ages range from 1 to 7(ish), but if older children wish to join in, it would be great to have their help.
Call Liz on 891898 for more information

Badminton Group
Badminton is played most Tuesday evenings in Halstock Village Hall. If you would like to join, you would be most welcome.

Wednesday evenings 7.30pm at Halstock Village Hall - all welcome

Tuesday evenings at Halstock Village Hall - 6.30pm

Meet our Local Police Community Support Officer
Sarah runs a session on the last Tuesday of the month, in The Maiden Newton Coffee Shop.
Come along to raise any issues or to find out more about what she does. Telephone 01305 226815 / 07500 816292

Classic Cars at The Fox
Every second Thursday evening of the month, classic cars meet at The Fox.
Worth a look in and a pint or a meal!

Corscombe Walking Group
A group of Corscombe Ladies do a weekly Corscombe & Surroundings walk. The group meets at 9.30am on Thursday mornings (weather and availability permitting), for a very enjoyable two or three hour walk. If you would like to join then please call Daphne on 891647

Knit and Natter - now called Craft and Chat
Craft and Chat sessions are now held every Thursday, an informal get together that will keep you up-to-date with village news and will help you finally complete that half finished craft project
2.30pm to 4,30pm every Thursday Enquire at Halstock Village Shop for details

Community Speedwatch
A team of volunteers that measures vehicle speeds through the villages of Corscombe and Halstock. They work in teams of three and are easily spotted in their yellow jackets. More volunteers welcome. Contact Stuart Turner for Corscombe (891765) or Tony Hill for Halstcok (892485)

Friends of Common Lane
Common Lane runs from Halstock to Corscombe and is a popular walkway and bridal path. A group of local volunteers work to improve and maintain the lane so all may enjoy it. If you would like to help or would lke to support by becoming a 'friend' please contact Freda Hennessy on 01935 891448