WI report – March 2018

We were all inspired by our Speaker, Marion Dale who told us how to create a dream garden, with colour and plants.

Marion’s background was very different from garden designer, being a Marketing Consultant in London, but after thinking for some time about a change of career, a redundancy notice gave her the push to take the plunge. Moving to a converted barn in a village near Marlborough, Marion’s garden was the original cow yard.Hedges of beech, large windows in the barn which let in light, afforded very little privacy, plus the added  burden of a lawn which comprised more weeds than grass, Marion decided something had to be done. Not sure how to proceed, Marion enrolled at Lackham College, plus studying City and Guilds qualification at night school. Her final assignment a show garden won a Gold Medal at the Bath and West Show.

Moving to Somerset four and a half years ago, now living in Tintinhull, renovating a Victorian cottage and garden. Marion advised us to think about the style of garden we would wish to create. Italian style gardens are very formal with very few flowers but lots of water and geometrical landscaping. Cottage style gardens where plants take on shape and form. Modern contemporary style with reflective metal, coloured clippings, minimalistic. Lower maintenance gardens using resin bound gravel, hard landscaping, very little in the way of flowers. Wildlife garden, wild flowers which can prove very difficult to maintain, or a themed garden.

It is very important to select the right plants for the soil, soil testing should be first priority.On visiting any garden centre for the first time, the golden rule is take no money, but arm yourself with a notebook and pencil and ask lots of questions.

Write down the full botanical names, don’t worry about the pronunciation.  Clay soil takes longer to warm up but holds heat and nutrients, but cannot be worked when it is wet. Remember, work out how much space you have, do not pick plants which will outgrow your garden.Marion advised us as to the best plants to grow to suit various conditions, all of this advice illustrated by a very informative slide show. We all know now where we have been going wrong, no excuses now not to have a dream garden.

Angela thanked Marion for such an informative talk.

The competition for a buttonhole in any medium was won by Sally with lavender and Polyhymnia, second Pat Maddaford with camellia, third Angela with osteospermum. The flower of the month was won by Trish with chionodoxa.

Trish welcomed back Patricia Heap after a long absence and also two visitors.

Dates to Remember

18 April Group Spring Meeting at Shapwick.

18 July Visit to Midelney Manor House with cream tea.

26 May Celebration of Votes for Women & SFWI 12 noon to 3.30 pm Meadway Hall Compton Dundon with Ploughman’s Lunch, Entertainment £7.50.

We were reminded that visitors are to pay £4 per visit with visits restricted to two per year.

Next month’s Speaker is Yvonne Bell, Hobble Skirts and Harem Pants.

Wendy Edwards.

WI Report – Feb 18

Alan Dean, who has lived in Compton Dundon for two years now kindly stepped into the breach as Speaker following the non arrival of the booked Speaker.

Alan and his wife are both qualified chemists, his subject, Pharmacy In The Plant. Alan and his wife Diane moved to the West Country from Yorkshire, having served, amongst other roles

as a Chief Pharmacist in hospitals for 30 to 40 years.

Diane’s first love is gardening which she has combined with looking after Alan and raising three children, having met Alan and married at Bath University. Another hobby is playing bridge and boules.

Inspired by plants and medicines derived therefrom, not strictly herbal. Aided by a slide show Alan showed us the progress made over the last fifty years. During his training, Latin was the principal language and suppositories were a very effect way of administering medicines, pills were hand made, we saw pictures of pill rolling equipment and mounds for pessaries. One sure way of finding out if a laxative pill was effective was to listen to them rolling around in the bed pan!

Plants are producers, manufacturers, static and vulnerable to attack whilst animals are consumers, mobile, pursuers and grazers.

Plants need a defence mechanism, thorns etc  but mostly defence was chemical attacking the nervous system of predatory animals.

Over the years the development of medicines taken from plants has to be controlled and whilst Alan is not against herbal medicines as such, it is important to know what is going on.

Various groups of plants include Mallow which produce a gum like substance, Great Kelp seaweed used to treat reflux problems and historically the treatment of wounds. Belladonna, eye examinations, Yew which is toxic used to treat some forms of cancer and many more, too numerous to mention here.

Frances Riley thanked Alan, saying that it was the second time she had heard Alan speak on this subject, previously at Gardening Club and it spoke volumes as to the quality of the Speaker that she had found it equally fascinating the second time around. We all agreed with this sentiment.

At the business meeting, Trish welcomed back Verity who has been absent for some months following a fall at home and a hip replacement. Verity thanked members for flowers, cards and especially a visit from Mary.

Four members went to  a Kurling competition hosted by Walton W I at Walton village hall, it was a superb evening, all of the W Is in the Group represented, lots of skills demonstrated, much laughter and well meant advice, tea and cake consumed and Compton Dundon reached the semi final, much to our surprise. Thankyou Walton for inviting us.

Trip to the Octagon Yeovil for the Vicar of Dibley, preceded by tea Thursday 22 February.

Scrabble at Sue’s Wednesday 21 February 6.45 p m .

Dates to Remember

Saturday  28 April Banner Parade celebrating 100 years of W I.

Wednesday 21 March Road Show, Meadway Hall, Hosts, Compton Dundon, Speakers’ subjects, Dogs Trust and S S Great Britain.

Saturday 26 May Centenary Events at Meadway Hall, 12 noon to 3.30 p m. come and support your W I.

The competition for a heart  shaped article was Angie Castle with a cushion, Sue with a glass heart and Trish a heart shaped stone.

Wendy won the Flower of the Month with a sprig of daphne.

Next month’s Speaker, Georgie Newberry, Wedding Flowers, Competition a buttonhole in any medium.

Wendy Edwards.

WI Report – January 2018

Our Speaker for the first meeting of 2018 was Karen Burge whose subject was Detoxing and Exercise.

Karen is very passionate about her subject and explained in great detail how important it is to regularly detox our bodies of impurities.

Karen is not a great believer in dieting in order to achieve weight loss as she feels the underlying causes of being overweight are much more complicated and need to be dealt with in very different ways. If consulted, Karen offers help in managing stress, mental health problems and digestive disorders.

Apart from eating the wrong foods, toxins can be taken into the body by other means and Karen stressed we must be very careful just what products we put on our skin. As we all know, one of the most important and simple things we can do is to drink lots of water.

Karen gave us a great deal to think about and she was thanked by Angela.

Subscriptions were due this month, Trish announced she was to run her Savings Club again this year and Pat presented the Financial Statement

Angela explained that although Tony Warren had printed and produced an excellent programme for our forthcoming year, Tony was not completely happy with the quality and hence made no charge, this is very generous, thankyou Tony.

Angela announced two outings

1. A performance of The Vicar of Dibley at the Octagon Yeovil

2. 12 April A visit to the racing establishment of Andrew Balding followed by a trip to Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey).

Scrabble evenings will start again and several members expressed an interest in taking part in a Kurling Competition hosted by Walton W I on Friday February 16 at Walton Village Hall.

The competition for an action photograph was won by Janet Davies     second

Denise Larson and third Pat Maddaford. Trish Cox presented the winning flower of the month with a bright and cheery marigold.

Next month’s Speaker is Lucy Harper, subject  Moringa Oleifera, the competition Something Heartshaped. It is to be hoped that more members will be able to attend if the weather improves and the flu bugs are avoided.

Wendy Edwards.

WI Report – Dec 17

Only 17 members braved the elements on Wednesday evening, which was a shame as Kay Wych, accompanied by her husband, Bill, kept us well entertained with her account of how she became a 16th century kitchen maid.

Born and bred in Glastonbury, in sight of the Tor, Kay’s early career was at a local factory working in the office, having been brought up to the sound of typewriters clacking as her grandmother with whom she lived, was a teacher of shorthand and typing. Quickly realising that her colleagues spoke the Queens English whereas Kay had a distinct Somerset accent (nothing wrong with that) Kay decided to improve her diction and joined a drama class.

Glastonbury Arts Club set her on her way, appearing in plays at Strode Theatre, and open air theatre in the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey. Kay said think of life’s events being governed by three seeds. The first seed Kay put in the pot was taking part in drama The second was to study history, particularly of the local area.The third seed was archaeology.

Slowly, as she talked, Kay transformed herself into a 16th century maid, donning the appropriate clothes. Adopting the name of Alyce, she wore only blue or ochre as, at that time, only the rich were allowed to wear red, The material would be wool or linen. Fleas were commonplace and little bonnets were known as “nit caps”.

Alyce made things to sell, a salve for the “piles”made from lesser celandine roots.

Gradually the story emerged of the dissolution of the monasteries and the effect this had on people such as Alyce. Kay was joined by Bill, appropriately dressed as the King’s Officer, who confirmed the arrest of Bishop Whiting, who was subsequently hung, drawn and quartered.

Angela thanked Kay, adding that the wearing of the costumes had added to the authenticity of the telling of the events in the past..

December 6th saw a very good attendance at the annual Christmas Dinner, held this year at the Castlebrook Inn. The warmth of the welcome from the landlord and his wife, was matched by the excellence of the service and the food. A first class evening, a big Thankyou to Val Day and Trish for the organising and to the Castlebrook staff.

December 4th we took part in the Group Christmas Concert held at Westonzoyland Church. Anthea had put together an interpretation of the origin of the words of the popular carol Oh Little Town of  Bethlehem, an English and an American version. We have since received an accolade from Mo Retford County Music and  Drama firstly thanking Anthea for playing the organ for the general carols and secondly telling us that our presentation was exactly what she had been looking for, we are delighted.

Several members attended the annual carol service at Wells Cathedral.

Correspondence included an invitation from Liz Brown of Walton W I to a Kurling competition, Walton Village Hall, February 16 teams of 4, £10 per  team, supporters welcome at £2 each. We hope to field two teams.

Polden Hills Business Meeting, January 15 Woolavington Village Hall 7.30p m.

Frances reminded members of the next concert at the Meadway 17 February featuring the Church Fitters.

After all this we were more than ready for our Bucks Fizz, orange juice and mince pies.The raffle for the Christmas Hampers was won by Angela Castle, second Kay Wych, third Sheila Taylor, with the fourth prize a picture of Somerset Landscape won by Janet Davies.

Presentation of Awards.

W I Shield for Cookery at the Flower Show…Julie Gordon.

Cup for Flower of the Month Competition…Pat Maddaford.

Cup for Monthly Competition …Pat Maddaford.

The competition for a Frilly Apron was won by Pat Maddaford who also won The Flower of the Month with a rose.

Wendy Edwards.


Rented Housing available in Home Field Close

A tenant is moving out of one of the two bedroom houses at COMPTON DUNDON during the next few weeks. If you know of any families who are in need of local rented accommodation they should be advised to contact the South Somerset District Council

This property will be let through the local authority Choice Based Lettings scheme, and the advertisement is due to appear on the website on Wednesday 29 November 2017.


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After several years sterling service to the parish sadly our clerk

Stanislaw Berkieta has had to move out of the area.

The Council has appointed a new Parish Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer (RFO).

Our new clerk is Helen Richardson who has several years’ experience as a Parish Clerk

as well as managing corporate hospitality for sporting clubs.

The CDPC Clerk can still be contacted by email at : comptondundonclerk@gmail.com