International Folk Music Comes To Compton Dundon!

PhotoA few lucky villagers were treated to an evening of international folk music on Monday 23rd March, when Compton Dundon’s folk band joined renowned German duo Sven and Petra Puchelt for an exchange of rounds, rants and reels. Featuring Anthea Bell on keyboard and piano accordion, Alan Riley on recorder and concertina, and Simon Dore on guitar, melodeon and spoons, the village band shared a selection of Northumbrian folk tunes as well as our local anthem, Drink Up Thee Cider, with the visitors. Sven and Petra speak excellent English but translation was needed in this instance!

You can see some video’s of performances on our Facebook Page

In return, Sven (guitar) and Petra (melodeon) performed a selection of traditional and contemporary tunes from the continent, and left copies of their sheet music for the band. Hosts Vicky Holmes and Richard Conway invited Kathy and Andrew Chiffers to share the entertainment – sadly the kitchen at Kerris Cottage could not fit a larger audience – and Andrew provided copious quantities of village cider to fuel the evening.

Plans are afoot to bring Sven and Petra back for village events later in the year so that everyone can have a chance to listen to their wonderful music. If anyone would like to hear more from Sven’s band, Richard and Vicky have copies of his CDs which they are very willing to lend out.

Vicky & Richard
Tel.: 445977

First Meeting of Golf Society

Thanks to everyone attending our first meeting of the Compton Dundon Golf Society yesterday at Farrington Park, for making the event such a success! We even managed to have sunshine just about all day, very Spring-like! The Course was in great condition, with the greens tricky to read and the fairways with some run on the ball, for those who managed to find them! I thought Farrington Park made us very welcome and the meal, with drinks afterwards, was excellent value.

Most importantly, everyone from the village made new friends and had the opportunity to chat during the game and over a drink afterwards.

Golf 1

For the record, we had 14 players and results were as follows :

Best Team score : Karen Cookson, Ian Dillamore and Andrew Curtis

Best Individual Score : Dave Wisniewski

Second Individual score : Nina Dillamore

Attached are a few photos of the teams, ready to Tee off.


Golf 6 Golf 5 Golf 4 Golf 3 Golf 2

Our next Meeting is at Isle of Wedmore Golf Club on Wednesday April 15th, with the first Tee off at 11.00am  The cost will be the same at £40, to include Coffee and bacon rolls, 18 holes of golf, followed by a 2 course meal and prizes afterwards. We hope as many people as possible will be able to come along and support this meeting and again enjoy friendly golf. Please note that we have to advise Wedmore of numbers attending by 8th April, so please confirm your attendance by sending me a cheque, or cash, or transferring money directly to the CDGS Bank account, details available by email.

Please identify your transfer with your Name, and the date of the Match.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone details below . Looking forward to seeing you all on the 15th April!

Ian Dillamore
East Barn,
Compton Street,
Home phone : 01458 448873
Mobile :           07885 653095

Parliamentary Hustings – Hear and Chose your next MP

The General Election is looming,  featuring six Parliamentary hopefuls for the highly marginal Somerton and Frome seat.

General Election 2015 – The Hustings Live – Q&A with the Candidates

Friday 10th April, The Village Hall, Currie Rivel, 7.30pm

The Somerton & Frome constituency is a key marginal seat which will be keenly fought over at the General Election on 7 May. Villagers will have the opportunity to meet the prospective candidates and ask questions at a hustings event arranged by the Village Hall Committee on Friday 10 April at 7.30pm at the Village Hall. The format will be similar to that of the BBC TV Question Time programme. All the candidates in the Somerton and Frome constituency have been invited to take part and so far we have positive responses from Theo Simon – Green Party, David Oakensen – Labour, David Rendel – Liberal Democrat and David Warburton – Conservative. At the time of going to press no reply had been received from Roger Clark – UKIP. This is for the benefit of the local community and we hope that as many people as possible will come armed with their questions. Admission will be free but we hope that people may feel able to make a donation to Village Hall funds as we have not yet fully paid for the foyer extension and kitchen refurbishment. Doors will open at 7pm and tea and coffee will be available as well as a bar


17 April      Wincanton

12 April     Frome    


Now Cancelled -
April 01, 2015 at 6pm – 9pm Edgar Hall, Now Cancelled


About Alan Dimmick -Standing in Somerton and Frome for UK Independence Party (UKIP)

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About David Oakensen - Standing in Somerton and Frome for Labour Party

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About David Rendel - Standing in Somerton and Frome for Liberal Democrats

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About David Warburton - Standing in Somerton and Frome for Conservative Party

About Ian Angell - Standing in Somerton and Frome for Independent

About Theo Simon - Standing in Somerton and Frome for Green Party

The Castlebrook Inn is OPEN

We can now confirm we are officially open to the general public!IMG_2096

So what are you waiting for? Come and check out our new look!!

Opening times:

Monday – Thursday 12pm-11.30pm

Friday & Saturday


Food served all day


Sunday Lunch

Sunday evening

Hopefully see you all soon!

Parish Council Election – 7th May 2015

What is a Parish Council?

A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish.  It is the level government closest to the community, with the district authority (South Somerset District Council) above it in the hierarchy.

As it is the authority closest to the people, parish councils are invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas.  For this reason they are a vital part of any community.

Why become a Parish Councillor?

If you’ve never been to a parish council meeting before, you may be forgiven for thinking that parish councillors are a group of (probably older) people who meet now and then in a draughty village hall.  If, however, you live in a community where something ‘big’ has happened, you’ll know that when people in the community need support and guidance, it is sometimes the parish council that is turned to.

By becoming a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support; a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.  Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.

What decisions do Parish Councils make?

Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community.  Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.

It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions.  But they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as the district council, health authorities, police etc).

In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful.  The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.

How much time does it take up?

The parish council meets once a month, to which members of the public are also invited.  Meetings may last two or three hours, depending on the agenda set for the meeting to discuss.  In addition to the regular meetings, councillors may be required to attend other meetings representing the council. ? for example acting as a representative on an outside body, community activities or helping develop a new project for the community.  Such meetings won’t happen every day, so it’s not going to take over your life.

How long does a parish councillor serve for?

Once elected, parish councillors sit on the council for a maximum of four years.  If they then want to stay in the post they can stand for re-election.

Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?

To stand for election on a parish council, you must:

  • be a UK or commonwealth citizen, or;
  • be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or;
  • be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union;
  • be a least 18 years old.

You don’t have to be connected to a political party.

If you do become a parish councillor you will have to sign up to the Code of Conduct.

What powers do parish councils have?

They have a wide range of powers which essentially related to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open space, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, car parks and much more.  The council also has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept.  The precept is the parish council’s share of the council tax.  The precept demand goes to the billing authority, the district council, which collects the tax for the parish council.

Parish Duties

Compton Dundon has 7 Councillors who stand for election every four years.  The duties and functions of a parish council are many and varied.
The Council meets monthly and considers planning applications and any other matters referred to it by local residents. All meetings are open to the public and there is a forum before the start of the meeting at which members of the public can raise concerns and ask questions.  There is also an annual meeting which all parishioners are invited to attend.  All meetings are advertised on the council notice boards.  Residents can bring to the attention of the parish council anything that concerns them, either directly or through the clerk.  If matters raised are not the responsibility of the council, the clerk can bring them to the attention of the proper authority.

Don’t take our word for it!

The best way to find out what it’s like to be a parish councillor is to talk to someone who’s doing it now.  Come along to a parish council meeting, or speak to one of our councillors and find out what they think of the job.

Nomination forms are available from the Parish Clerk (Stanislaw Berkieta and must be submitted to the District Council by 4.00pm on the 9th April 2015.

Superfast Broadband – SW Region has worst availability – Somerton & Frome comes 621 of 632

Broadband Speeds and Superfast Availability:

Detailed Region and Constituency Level Data


The following tables and maps are based House of Commons Library analysis of detailed postcode-level data published by Ofcom in December 2014. 50


As The Table shows, broadband speeds and superfast broadband availability are higher in England than in Scotland or Wales. ‘Superfast’ here uses the European definition: at least 30 Mb/s. Table A: Average Fixed Broadband Speeds and Superfast Availability, 2014 GB Countries and English Regions Outside of London, the highest English broadband speeds are found in the South East and the West Midlands. Speeds in the South West are the lowest in England and are only slightly higher than those in Scotland.


Country                                     % Superfast Speed           Mb/s

England                                          78%                              24.1

Scotland                                     62%                              21.3

Wales                                        57%                              18.2


English Region                           % Superfast Speed           Mb/s

East Midlands                             73%                              23.3

East of England                           73%                              23.9

London                                      90%                              27.3

North East                                  80%                              24.1

North West                                 81%                              24.0

South East                                 79%                              24.7

South West                                66%                              21.5                  WORST Availability

West Midlands                            80%                              24.5

Yorkshire and The Humber            72%                              21.7


Superfast                     Mb/s Average               Slow Connection

                                                >24Mbp/s              Down load

Constituency      % Available        Rank          Speed    Rank                 % Slow     Rev Rank

Somerton and Frome        28%      621/632         14.5      557/632                10%      91/632

CDS have now been awarded another £22.75M of public money, which needs to be matched £1 for £1 from local sources to extend coverage into the grey areas from 2017 onwards. This is the Superfast Extension Programme (SEP). There is very little information from CDS as to how this additional investment may be spent at present, but it is known that it will provide fast broadband to no more than one half of those areas now colour coded in grey, at some unspecified time after 2017  (relevent to 01458 44… numbers).

Plans Get Underway for Second Stage (SEP or Phase 2)

of Superfast Broadband Roll Out

Connecting Devon & Somerset (CDS) has announced that it will be publishing the tender for the second stage of the superfast broadband programme across the region by early February.

The announcement comes as the current programme gathers significant momentum with over 400 cabinets and nearly 100,000 homes and businesses connected to fibre.  In addition, some 2,500 individuals and businesses have attended events as part of the Get up to Speed programme, which is designed to help them get the most out of faster broadband.

Connecting Devon and Somerset will be using the Government’s national procurement framework for its delivery partner for most of the area. However, the CDS partnership is keen to open up this second stage to other potential providers. It will therefore be running an open procurement process in Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks allowing bids from other suppliers.  The Parks represent some of the most challenging terrain for connecting remote rural communities to superfast broadband. Two areas in Exmoor are already being connected with the support of CDS by an innovative Yeovil-based firm, using a combination of satellite and wifi technology.

The second stage of the roll out will involve an investment of at least £38m – the largest amount of any superfast broadband project in the UK which was secured by CDS and its partners in August 2014. This funding will be spent on increasing superfast coverage and CDS are on track to reach their ambition of 100% superfast broadband coverage by 2020.

Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth for Devon County Council, said: “The current programme is very much on schedule and it’s great to hear the positive feedback we are receiving from households and businesses, who are already seeing the benefits of faster broadband speeds.

“Whilst we will be using the Government’s national procurement framework agreement for the tender process to continue the momentum of the roll out to date, we will also be opening it up to bids from other suppliers for the National Park areas. The National Park areas will require an innovative approach due to their remoteness and therefore we believe it is appropriate to extend this part of the tender to other suppliers so that we can see what’s out there in the marketplace and ensure we come up with the best solutions possible for our available funding.”

Councillor David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, added: “The roll out of the superfast broadband infrastructure across our region has made excellent progress despite being one of most challenging terrains in the country and the largest geography of any such programme nationally.

“The tender marks a significant step in achieving our ultimate goal of 100% superfast broadband coverage across the area by 2020. Also this stage of the roll out will put a strong focus on the business community, including homeworkers, courtesy of funding from the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, eventually helping to provide a predicted three quarters of a billion pound economic boost to the region.

“We recognise that there is still a long way to go to rolling out the complete programme but we firmly believe the procurement approach we are taking with the second stage tender will ensure we remain on course and provide best value to communities at the same time.”

Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), part of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and responsible for delivering superfast broadband in the UK, has recently launched a multi-channel marketing campaign to raise awareness, highlight the benefits and support take up.

WI Report – February 2015

Trish chaired this meeting, Kathy still not able to resume her duties following her recent operation. Trish was ably assisted by Janet. Apologies included one from Verity, who is hoping to rejoin at a later date, Jim still having a long term health problem. Angela is away, sunning herself in Florida. Janet Wall is also suffering somewhat with a painful knee, we wish her well and hope she will come back to the meetings soon.

Apologies to Corrine Webb from this correspondent, Corinne won the January competition for a Christmas decoration, with a bell,and the accolade went to Sally Walker. Sally has also announced that she is unable to take up her position as our representative on the village hall committee because the meetings fall on a Thursday evening and Sally is already committed on Thursdays.

Wendy announced that Jack Fisher of Berhill had approached her with an offer of a gift of TV remote control boxes which he had hand made with the possibility of selling same to raise funds for our depleted coffers. This will be discussed and a decision taken when a sample box has been seen to see if this is a viable proposition.

Congratulations to Julie Gordon who has won the County Christmas Quiz competition, a first for Compton Dundon.

Skittles: We won our match against Pawlett W I – we will play Walton W I in the next round of the cup knock out competition at the Ring of Bells Ashcott March 6 at  8 p m.

Janet continues her long running campaign to reinstate the bus service around Dundon and has had positive feed back from the bus company – watch this space but Janet emphasised that, if this service is resumed, it is up to everyone in Dundon to support it.

Notes from the recent Business meeting:

Kathy Newell of Puriton W I is still trying to obtain a stall at the Glastonbury Festival (held at Worthy Farm Pilton)

Should this bid be successful, the stall will be in the Green Field and conditions include having 15 free passes for volunteers.

It is not yet known how much this  will cost but money has been put aside. Thanks were received from the Music and Drama representative for the contributions to the recent Christmas concert where the theme was Old Time Music Hall.

Christmas Concert 2015 Monday December 7 at Puriton Church, theme Aspects of Christmas.

Janet Goodwin announced the winners of the league skittles,  Middlezoy W I and Walton W I first and second respectively.

Spring Council Meeting, March 23 Westonzoyland village hall, Speaker’s subject Hobble Skirts and Harlem Pants.

Group Quiz Friday June 19 Woolavington village hall.

Scrabble: Meet at Angela Warren’s Tuesday March 17. No Ladies who Lunch this month.

Trish announced that Bucklers Mead W I will be our visitors in June – members to bring a plate of food. Trish is running a  Savings Scheme for anyone who wishes to save towards the Christmas meal and next year’s subscriptions.

The village hall committee have purchased super new chairs, sitting is now much more comfortable.

Our Speaker, Dawn Lawrence whose subject is Endangered Species told us that her contribution to saving endangered species is to write poems which are subsequently sold in book form, funds going to saving animals. Dawn said her son inspired her, telling her humorous stories about camels whilst he was working abroad. Her first book featured 73 animals and the money raised was used for rain forest projects. Virginia McKellan, Joanna Lumley and David Sheppard are among the well known celebrities who are supporters of the same cause and the David Sheppard Foundation sells her books.

Following this initial introduction Dawn then read us a series of very well written,humorous poems featuring all species ranging from a glass frog who lives in the rain forests, Bengal tiger, polar bear, horned antelope from North America, snow goose ostrich, an animal who looks like guinea pig, sneezing monkey and tamarin monkey who is famous for its long droopy moustache and  a jaguar. Dawn also told us of rescuing a baby hedgehog who without her loving care would certainly have died and which she subsequently took to a hedgehog sanctuary.Talking of water voles,Dawn said this animal should never be known as Ratty as in Wind in the Willows, as in most certainly is not a rat

Members were able to purchase copies of the poetry books written by Dawn. Frances thanked Dawn and said she was certain her grandchildren would love the books.

The competition for a Wild Animal in any medium was won by Gill Clothier with a handsome tiger head plate with Trish Cox second and Patricia Heap third. Flower of the Month: winner Sally Walker with sprigs of Daphne.

Next month’s Speaker, Amelia Draffin Wiltshire Farm Foods.Competition Favourite Plate. Visitors very welcome.

Wendy Edwards