Its all happening everywhere but Compton Dundon, Littleton and the Charltons Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 11.52.27Compton Dundon does not have a telephone exchange but utilises those in Street and Somerton. Those with “44….” telephone numbers connected to the Street exchange were left out of the first stage of the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) roll out, which continues.

The Parish Council investigated the possibility of a ‘gap funded’ program from BT Openreach for 44 numbers and 27 numbers but BT have so far been incapable of providing clarity of cost or detail of infrastructure investment on a commercial basis despite many residents expressing interest in using the service if it was provided

It is important that Compton Dundon’s 44 telephone numbers are included in the second stage Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) where negotiations between BT and CDS have now fallen through putting the funding at risk. See Press Release below. If you are concerned regarding this ongoing fiasco you may be moved to write to your MP


26 June 2015




Following weeks of discussions, the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) Programme have been unable to secure a value for money deal and BT was today told it would not be awarded a £35m public-fundedcontract for the next phase of the planned superfast broadband roll-out.


CDS’ decision follows lengthy discussions with BT and BDUK – the Government agency responsible for the national broadband roll-out.  It emerged that BT could not meet the Government’s and CDS target of achieving 95% superfast broadband coverage by the end of 2017.


BT’s best offer does not meet the public value for money standards required under Section 151 of the Local Government Act. Finance officers who have a fiduciary duty to tax-payers said the offer was high risk.


After seeking clarification from BT about their bid, the Connecting Devon and Somerset (CDS) Partnership have decided to reissue the tender for this work as an open procurement exercise.  The local authority partners of CDS are naturally disappointed on behalf of local residents and businesses that they could not agree a contract at this stage.


BT had said that they would not be able to deliver the extent of superfast broadband required by 2017, prompting the partnership to re-engage in the market through an open procurement process.


CDS is the largest single superfast broadband programme in England and makes an important contribution to the Government’s national targets for the broadband roll-out


In January this year Connecting Devon & Somerset announced its plans to publish a tender for the second stage of its Superfast broadband programme, which will bring a further £45m investment and hoped toincrease broadband coverage to at least 95% across the region.


As well as an open tender covering the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks, the results of which will be announced next week, CDS alsoissued a tender for the rest of the area using the national government procurement framework, through which BT responded.


Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Somerset County Council said: ‘This is a huge disappointment for us. BT have let the County Councils down, they have also let the Connecting Devon and Somerset Partnership down, and worst of all they have let residents, communities and businesses in Somerset and Devon down.  We have a duty to seek best value for all our residents and their tender for the next phase of the programme was just not up to scratch,”


We are acutely aware of the importance of Superfast Broadband for all our residents but we also needed to make sure we got value for money on behalf of our taxpayers.  In taking this action we have acted in the best interests of those who live and run businesses in the region and we will now do everything we can to minimise the delay this causes to the programme.  CDS will issue more details once timescales for a new procurement are confirmed. CDS will continue to work with BT on the delivery of phase one of the programme to meet the Government’s target of 90% coverage by the end of 2016.’


Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, Cabinet Member for Devon County Council said: “I feel let down by BT and their lack of ambition, as well as their unwillingness to negotiate a good deal for the residents and businesses of Devon and Somerset! What they were offering did not represent good value for money and would not have addressed the issues of providing universal provision’


I am only too well aware of how important good broadband connections are to our rural businesses and residents. But we’re committed to delivering value for money for our residents in everything we do. In all conscience we couldn’t sign up to this new deal because it just didn’t deliver. We are, however, still on track through the first phase of the project. We will now go to an open procurement process without delay. I am determined that this should be done as quickly as possible.”

SOUTH Somerset District Council (SSDC) has demanded proof that there is value for money before giving £640,000 towards Phase 2 superfast broadband project.



A farmer’s wife speaks – rural broadband solutions

why I care – what’s wrong – what’s to be done 

WI Report – April 2015

A “Funny thing happened to me at a Funeral” was the theme for Clive Wakeley an undertaker from Yeovil who, at the outset, stressed he had no wish to offend but sometimes a little laughter at a funeral ceremony helps to deal with grief, and everyone has their own way of dealing with sadness.Clive talked us through many scenarios dealing with various types of coffins, modes of transport and last minute requests. So many stories, but one highlight was the story of a lady who had requested a cardboard coffin. This was in the days when cardboard coffins were very primitive and in this case, Clive asked the daughter of the deceased lady to come in and make sure the coffin he had acquired was suitable. The daughter took one look at  what was very obviously a cardboard box and said “My mother would not be seen dead in that!” Realising what she had said, they managed to stop laughing and in the event,the daughter decorated the cardboard coffin and it was quite presentable, so everyone’s wishes were satisfied. Clive told of a little boy, clutching his mother’s hand, in the waiting room at the crematorium could not take his eyes from Clive in all his regalia, top hat etc and said in a very loud voice “Look Mum there goes the Fat Controller”.Clive has attended funerals on the back of a high powered motorcycle where the deceased was a motorcycle fanatic and one lady requested everyone stop on the way from Bridport to Weymouth at a lay-by to consume an ice-cream from the ice-cream van as this was something she always did when travelling the scenic coastal route. Not only did the family eat ice-cream on the way to the crematorium, they also called in, to the delight of the ice-cream man, on the way back, hearses and funeral cars piling into the car park, much to the amazement of passing motorists.

Angela thanked Clive for his very amusing and comforting talk, many questions were asked, which Clive dealt with very competently.

Many requests for memorabilia from County, National and Wendy who will all compile records of the last 100 years, amusing anecdotes especially welcome.

Angela Castle and Susie Robertson will be going to the Albert Hall for the National Federation Women’s Institute Annual Meeting  Janet and Wendy expressed an interest in going to the cinema at Yeovil to watch the day unfold, live on screen June 4.

Patricia Heap is our new representative on the village hall committee.

The semi finals of the skittles competition will be played April 23 venue Travellers Rest East Pennard, opponents Buckland Dinham W I.

Women Walk the World.  Meet at the Castlebrook car park Tuesday April 28 to walk around the village, returning to the Castlebrook where mine host has kindly donated sandwiches and chips. The charge for this walk is £2.50 - all proceed to ACWW.

September sees us celebrating 100 years of W I the theme will be a Rainbow Party, ideas wanted please, – watch this space.

We will be entering a team at the Group Quiz at Woolavington June 19. Next month Yvonne Whittamore will speak on Fabric Flowers.Ladies Who Lunch will meet at the Castlebrook.

The competition for a decorated egg was won by Corinne, second Janet Davis and Christina third. The Flower of the Month winner Janet Davis with a mixed display of tulips and grape hyacinths.

Wendy Edwards.

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

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!

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