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Compton Dundon Golf Society

Are you interested in joining the Compton Dundon Golf Society?

We intend to play once a month from March to October, visiting golf courses within fairly easy reach of Compton Dundon to play a variety of formats of friendly, social and competitive golf. We will be playing on either the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday in the month depending upon the availability at the courses.

Membership fee is £5 a year

Any standard of golfer, male or female welcomed – official handicaps not necessary

Contact Ian Dillamore 448873, Chris Mitchell 272596 or Richard Conway 445977 for more information

WI Report – November 2014

Kathy welcomed two visitors, Christine Clarke and her daughter Susan Buxton and we very much hope they enjoyed the evening and will become members.

Following our successful 85th birthday celebrations, Angie, Susie and Wendy attended the Annual General Meeting at Westlands Yeovil where the guest speaker was Michael Portillo. All of us confessed to being fans of his wonderful Great British Railway Journeys programmes on T.V. Michael did not disappoint us, looking very dapper in his lavender coloured jacket which, he assured us, had been made specifically for the occasion. commenting on his political career in the days of the premiership of Margaret Thatcher we learnt of little known secrets and Michael followed on to tell us how he became involved in the now famous railway series. Michael is a great speaker and we were suitably impressed and appreciative.

Kathy thanked Trish and Val for shopping for the food for our 85th birthday party held last month, thanks to Sally for the singing and the Monochromes for the dancing. Trish read excerpts from County News and the correspondence included thank you letters from Mrs Marjorie Rogers for the wonderful cakes supplied by members to fulfil the promise made at the Auction of Promises ACWW for the donation of £30 and Woolavington W I, Bucklers Mead W I Somerton W I Walton W I and Mrs Margaret Biggs for inviting them to our party. Everyone had a very good time.

A fund raising stall will be held at the forthcoming Big Breakfast November 22 9 – 12.

December 5  Christmas Dinner 7 for 7.30 and Sheila will bring the scrap books she has compiled over the years as not many  of us had the chance to look at the books at the birthday party. Please bring a contribution to Secret Santa to the value of £5 – this is not compulsory.

Varied views were aired over the replacement of the cherry tree planted to commemorate the birth of Prince George, which was vandalised beyond repair. The replacement will be our responsibility but the type of tree and its location has to be approved by the Village Hall committee and it was felt that the offer, by a local resident, of a donated mulberry tree would not be suitable.

Forthcoming Events:

Friday November 28 Polden Hills Group Christmas Concert Meadway Hall with mince pies, tea and coffee price £2.50.

Please support this event.

Rosemary Leaf assisted by her friend Rita gave us a very informative talk on the condition, osteoporosis. Rosemary is a sufferer so was able to speak with knowledge and understanding., Rosemary is secretary of the Yeovil and District Support Group and Rita serves on the committee. Rosemary promised to keep her lecture short and that we would all be home by midnight and she was as good as her word.

Osteoporosis occurs when bones become thin and fragile and can break following what may be quite a minor fall. It can be in the genes but there are many ways of  looking after our bones as we become more elderly. Most of these are down to common sense but not everyone realises how important it is to exercise regularly,check with your pharmacist if medicines cause you to feel giddy, check for home hazards and keep it well lit, check eyes and hearing   visit your G P  if you are worried, make sure your diet is rich in calcium, and look after your feet – throw out those old comfortable slipper and wear slippers which help you to stay upright.

Rosemary congratulated us on reaching our 85th anniversary and thanked us for asking her to our meeting but as Sheila said when proposing the vote of thanks, it is we who were grateful to Rosemary and Rita for opening our eyes to the perils of osteoporosis and ways  to help prevent falling victim to it., Everyone went away with helpful leaflets so it is down to us now.

Skittles:Nov 18 Cup Round v Puriton at the Street Inn.
Nov 21 League Match v Middlezoy at the Ring of Bells Ashcott.

The competition for a photo of Wildlife was won by Angie Castle who also took third place with Pat Maddaford second.

Pat won the Flower of the Month with roses.

The 85th Annual General Meeting was also held on this evening.

Kathy thanked members for supporting her and Trish during the year.  Susie read the minutes of the 2013 Annual General  Meeting. Thanks were extended to all committee members and members who carry out various roles helping our WI to run smoothly. Janet gave her annual report, mentioning how very varied our programme had been, members had attended Polden Hills Group meetings, Ladies Who Lunch, Scrabble, Short Mat Bowls, Drama, all ongoing. 2015 will be the Centenary of the W I movement and we only have to keep going for another 15 years to make our very own centenary.

Pat Maddaford presented the Financial Statement.

Sheila Taylor thanked the two joint Presidents saying they had tackled a very difficult task competently and suggested that perhaps, they might like to have some role reversal in the future, with Trish taking the meeting and Kathy in support role.

Trish responded by thanking Kathy for working with her.

A very hectic and crowded evening ended with a welcome cup of tea. No formal meeting in December, look forward to seeing you all in January 2015 – have a very happy Christmas.

Wendy Edwards.

Women’s Instutute – October 2014

85th bday1 85th bday2 85th Bday3 85th bday4 85th bday5 85th bday6No formal meeting this month as we were celebrating our 85th birthday. We were joined by

Margaret Biggs the County Chairman, W I Advisor Sandy, Marion Hicks a past President and our group W I’s with special guests, Somerton W I and Bucklers Mead W I.

Trish Cox welcomed us and we enjoyed an excellent buffet supper prepared by the committee members. A birthday cake, made by Mrs Mary Burt was cut by Mary as our longest serving member. A toast was drunk and the cake distributed.

Mrs Margaret Adams, a welcome return speaker, told of her continuing hectic Life with the Boss - hilarious tales of being a farmer’s  wife – Margaret is always very well received and she did not let us down.

Scrapbooks lovingly constructed by Sheila Taylor were on display and Mrs Mary Burt read the very first meeting minutes to be recorded.

Games quizzes raffle kept us busy and the evening continued with entertainment, introduced by Kathy, supplied by Sally Walker who sang and read her own composition.

A slight technical hitch with the music did not detract from a very clever display of dancing from our very own Monochromes. Kathy then drew our evening to a close and everyone joined in the singing of the National Anthem which concluded a very memorable 85th birthday party.

Skittles: We have played two league matches against Woolavington and Ashcott and managed to win both – we also won our cup  round against Allerton. Next match November 21 at the Ring of Bells Ashcott via Middlezoy.

Our next meeting will be on November 12 when the speaker will be Rosemary Leaf whose subject is Osteoporosis.

The competition is a Photo of Wildlife.

Please remember to bring money for the Christmas meal preferably in a named envelope.

Wendy Edwards.

Mud and Slurry on the Roads

The Parish Council has received a number of complaints regarding this issue.


Compton Dundon is a rural area where there is an active agricultural industry.

It is desirable that we treat our neighbours with respect and consideration and work towards maintaining our amenities to a standard that is acceptable to all.

If residents are concerned about the condition of their roads and do not wish to contact the person responsible then they can post a report with a photograph at the following website, which is automatically forwarded to  Somerset County Highways.



NFU Briefing

Circulation: All members Date: 14th October 2014
Ref: PS/12/078
Contact: Benjamin Ellis
Tel: 02476 858526

Mud on the road

To update and remind members on rules surrounding mud on the road and what you should
and must do.
Wet weather and root crop harvests mean an increased risk of high levels of mud getting onto
the roads. As well as being illegal, excessive mud on the road has led to some serious and
fatal accidents and it is essential that members take steps to minimise its impact.
The Law
Farmers and vehicle operators who deposit mud on the road are potentially liable for a range
of offences. While there is a range of powers available to the police and highways department
the primary powers fall under the Highways Act 1980.
Section 148 of the Highways Act 1980 makes it an offence to deposit mud etc. on the highway
that would interrupt other users of the highway.
Section 149 of the Highways Act 1980 gives the highways authority the power to clean the
road and recover its expenses from the person causing the obstruction.
Section 161 Highways Act 1980 “If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, deposits
anything whatsoever on a highway in consequence of which a user of the highway is injured or
endangered, that person is guilty of an offence”.
Civil action
Civil action may also be a possibility where the mud contributes to a personal injury, damage
to property, or any loss or inconvenience. The presence of mud can constitute a public
nuisance and loss or injury can result in a claim for negligence.
It is highly likely that a land owner will be liable despite a contractor making the deposits under
the law of nuisance and/or negligence.
It is highly advisable that a plan is discussed and documented with a contractor prior to any
works being carried out. It should clearly state who will be responsible for the clear up
operation as well as who will take the measures such as signage in order to minimise any
deposits and risk. If necessary a contractor should give an undertaking to this effect.

What should Farmers do?

What you should do:
? Be prepared to hire in equipment – check availability in advance
? Keep to your own farm roads and minor roads whenever possible
? Consider how you organise work- is it practical to use separate equipment in the field
(i.e. trailers and chaser bins) and have separate transport for road use.
? Keep to low speeds – especially when travelling a short distance – to help retain mud on
the vehicle.
? Keep a written record of your decisions on whether or not to deploy signs and/or to
clean the road.

What you must do:
? Do everything possible to prevent mud being deposited on the road. This includes
cleaning mud from vehicles, as far as practicable, before they are taken onto the road.
? If there is a danger of mud being accidently deposited on roads, use ‘Slippery
Road’ signs with a ‘Mud on Road’ sub plate to alert other road users. Check with your
local highways authority their requirements for warning signs at the side of the road.
? Clean the road as necessary during the working day and always at the end of the
working day.
? Ensure that labour and equipment is available and is suitable for the soil and weather
conditions present.
? Where a contractor is used, ensure that prior agreement is reached on who is
responsible for mud on road issues (signage, cleaning etc) and ensure that adequate
public liability insurance is in place.

Further Information

Highways Act 1980
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1980/66Road Traffic Regulation Act

Road Traffic Act 1988

Highway Code

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy at the date of publication of the information and comment provided in this document, no representation is made as to its correctness or completeness and no responsibility or liability is assumed for errors or omissions. This document is intended for general information only and does not constitute legal or professional advice.

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“Where will your children, grandchildren and grandparents live?”

How do we build more homes for all our futures? 

South Somerset Together, the Local Strategic Partnership is to have a Housing Assembly on Thursday 23rd October, 16:30 – 19:30 at the District Council Offices in Brympton Way, Yeovil.

The aim is to explore the challenges of where our future generations are going to live in South Somerset. Key speakers will share their views and insights into better ways to house present and future generations including land supply, lifetime homes and community land trusts. There will also be the opportunity to discuss housing gaps and explore solutions.

Chair of the Strategic Partnership, Councillor Cathy Bakewell, said, “This is a real opportunity to see how we might take the housing agenda forward in a positive spirit of co-operation for the benefit of those living in our towns and villages.  Many young people are finding it difficult to afford either to buy or rent in our area and the elderly are finding it equally hard to downsize, due to the shortage of bungalows.  We need to discuss these issues and identify good solutions.”

Representatives from a wide range of organisations, parishes and businesses in the area have already booked to attend this free event.

Capacity is restricted and therefore booking is required. To book your place, please email: chereen.scott@southsomerset.gov.uk                                 or telephone 01935 462377.

Did you know? 

? The average house price in South Somerset = £210,447

? The gross annual income needed for a mortgage = £48,102

? but the average gross salary in South Somerset = £ 19,774

South Somerset Together draws representation from a wide range of public, private, voluntary and community organisations and includes all the main service providers in the district, such as Yarlington Housing Group, Yeovil College, South Somerset District Council, and Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.

The joined-up approach from South Somerset Together aims to tackle some of the most difficult issues creatively, in ways that could not be achieved by individual organisations, so saving time and public money.

Village Hall Quiz Night

Village Hall Quiz Night

with Fish and Chip supper

Friday 14th November

Teams of 4 £10

Fish and chip supper available to order  (in advance) £6 tel 446025.

This will be delivered from Rosie and Tere’s.

Bar available

Quiz starts 7.30pm

Women’s Institute – September 2014

Opening a very poorly attended meeting, 17 of us in all, Kathie congratulated the winners at the recent village flower show.

Among the apologies for absence was Kath Franks who is having a few health problems at the moment, also Verity Linnet who is recovering slowly. We hope to see them back with us very soon.

Our Speaker, Ewa Berkieta, who lives in the village, is an accomplished worker in stained glass. Ewa led us through the history of glass making and explained that in the days when most people could not read, pictures were used to tell stories, particularly bible stories, hence so many stained glass windows in churches. Following the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry V111 stained glass windows fell into a rapid decline and only secular glass remained.

We have to thank the aristocracy for the fine examples of stained glass which we can see today, and there is a wonderful example in St Mary’s Church at Ifley Oxford depicting the nativity.Ervin Bossani a Hungarian artist is responsible for windows in Canterbury Cathedral and one is captivated by the beauty which will continue for many years to come. Ewa makes coloured glass window panels which are leaded in her studio which she has created in her home at Compton Dundon and Ewa extended an invitation to us all the visit and view her work.Ewa then demonstrated how to cut glass, describing the tools of her trade. We were thrilled to be presented with a jam jar which had been squashed in the kiln mounted on a stand, and inscribed with the letters, W I. Ewa explained that this represented the jam to go with Jerusalem which we had sung at the commencement of our meeting.

Sali thanked Ewa.

The correspondence included an invitation from Long Sutton W I for two members to join them in their 90th birthday celebrations.

Skittles: We will play Woolavington at King William Catcott October 17 and there will be a cup round versus Allerton A

on Tuesday October 7 at the Ring of Bells Ashcott at 7.30 p m.

Ladies who Lunch will meet October 17 at the Ring of Bells Ashcott.

Next meeting will be October 15 and will be our 85th birthday party.

Sali, who has some unfortunate health problems thanked members for their continued support, hugs and good wishes and said that this had helped her to continue to come through what is a very difficult time.

The competition for a glass vase was won by Mary Haywood with Sally Walker and Susie Robinson runners up.

The flower of the month was won by Trish Cox with Michaelmas Daisies.

Wendy Edwards.