VE & VJ DAY 60th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION
9/10 JULY 2005
EAST COKER SOCIETY A.G.M. – TUESDAY 10 MAY 2005
The AGM will be held in the Dampier Room, East Coker Hall at 7.30pm. All village organisations are very welcome to send a representative to this meeting.
VE/VJ DAY CELEBRATIONS – PUT UP YOUR FLAGS!
Please would villagers decorate their houses with flags or bunting for the weekend of 9/10 July to create a nice colourful atmosphere for the celebrations.
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LITTER! LITTER! LITTER!
It has been noticeable in recent months that the amount of litter in the village has greatly increased. It would be helpful if villagers could look after the verges in front and to the side of their property so that East Coker can become a 'litter-free zone'.
EAST COKER FLOWER SHOW AND WINE FESTIVAL 20 AUGUST 2005
This will be even more special as it's the 70th Anniversary of the Flower Show.
There are classes to suit every age – Crafts and Homecraft, Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables, Wine and Photography, and all manner of classes for Children up to 15 years of age.
A reminder of the photography subjects: Sunrise; Springtime; Congratulations; An East Coker Building; A Single Flower; Sport. The Schedules are due out in the Spring and are available from the Post Office
N.B. The Flower Show Committee is currently looking for a Hon. Sec. from 2006. Sarah Rashley is 'caretaking' for 2005 and will assist anyone who comes forward.
Further information from: Sarah Rashley 428639.
Meeting on the last Thursday of the month at the village hall at the Institute continues to enjoy an interesting programme with several local speakers this year. Members are also intending to enter the group entries for cooking and craft at the Bath and West Show this year. Following three lesson sessions we have seen an increase in numbers attending the whist drives held in the spring, autumn and winter months. The last session before the summer break will be on Thursday 15 April and will resume on Thursday 16 September.
ACTION MEDICAL RESEARCH
Our next fundraising event is called 'April Flowers Not April Showers'. This will be a luncheon and floral demonstration by Chris Jones. He is one of the new breed of young, enthusiastic floral designers that is helping to change the face of modern floristry. Chris is a regular on TV, including BBC Good Food Live and GMTV. As an award-winning designer at Chelsea and Hampton Court, he works on events for the rich, famous and royal. He says," My demonstrations are a chance for people to learn new skills and increase their knowledge, but most of all to be entertained!"
This will be held on Wednesday 27 April 2005, 11.00am for 11.30am at East Coker Hall. Tickets are £15, which includes Coffee and Lunch, and are available from Leigh Mead 863466
Dates for your Diary
Saturday 2 July 2005 Black Tie and Tiara Ball, St Antony's, Leweston, Nr. Sherborne, 7.30pm. Tickets are £30 and are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment – available from Leigh Mead 863466
Tuesday 11 October 2005, Fashion Show, East Coker Hall, with clothes from Minuet, Kaliko and Country Casuals. More details in the next Newsletter.
EAST COKER WINE CIRCLE
Members have recently experienced great success at the County Festival, winning most points in show as a Circle, also for an individual and best wine in show for the first time. Members also intend to enter the Devon Counties Show and the South West Federation Festival later in the year.
Dedicated wine makers have now formed a forum, meeting in members’ houses so that the main meetings can continue as a social event having interesting and amusing speakers as well as two commercial wine tastings a year. The trip to Germany 11 – 19 June has proved very popular for those who would like to visit the Rhein region without the hassle of organising it themselves. Due to unforeseen circumstances we do now have three vacancies for anyone who would like to join us. Please contact Joyce Pryor as soon as possible, if you are interested, as hotels have to be confirmed by the middle of April.
EAST COKER SHORT MAT BOWLS
We meet every Tuesday evening 7pm – 10pm and Friday afternoons 2.30pm – 4.20pm. If you are interested and would like to know more about our club why not come along one evening or afternoon and meet us? We are a very friendly club and have competitions and visits from other clubs. Any age and gender over 15 years.
For more information ring me George Dudden – Club Captain 864222
East Coker Short Mat Bowls Club presents ‘The Yetties’ in concert in aid of The Pavilion Fund at East Coker Hall on Friday 6 May. The concert starts at 8.00pm and the tickets are £7.00. These can be obtained by telephoning 863227, 864222, 864174 or in East Coker Village Shop.
Margaret Robins – Secretary of East Coker Short Mat Bowls Club
COKER 400 CLUB
Winners in the January draw were:- Mrs J. Best £100, Mr K.Mclver £50, Mr R.Neate £40, Mr A.Leng £30, Miss J.Hambly £20, Mrs C.Hunt £20, Mr M.Chapman £20. Mr M.Cripps £10, and Mrs R. Waite £10.
EAST COKER ROYAL BRITISH LEGION
The Royal British Legion will be holding an exhibition of memorabilia on the morning of Saturday 9 July in the Dampier Room, East Coker Hall, to coincide with the VE/VJ village celebrations. If anyone has some memorabilia they would be happy to lend, please would they contact John Field 862649
EAST COKER GARDENING CLUB
This success story began when Muriel Pilton wondered how she could face the winter months after the death of her husband in the autumn of' 1999. Discussing the options ahead she said to a neighbour that it was a pity that East Coker had not got a gardening club. Word of this reached Sue Hounsell in the shop who remarked to Muriel "I hear you are starting a gardening club". Muriel was quite taken aback as she had not thought of this. However Sue promised her full backing to the idea and consequently an exploratory meeting of 17 people was held in the Dampier Room to set up the new club.
Robert Allwood was the speaker at the first official meeting and, looking round at the group of enthusiastic women, said, "Where are the men?” The men, perhaps, were cautiously waiting at home to see if there really would be a club, Muriel having been told firmly that "It won't last!" This seemed almost possible when the speaker for the December meeting failed to materialise. Christine Mead gallantly stepped in and gave a delightful presentation of Christmas flower arrangements. From then on the club never looked back.
Now the club has a flourishing membership of over 75 men and women. Meetings are held in the East Coker Hall on the second Thursday in each month and cover a wide range of topics, though dealing mainly with plant cultivation. But there are also talks on such related subjects as Butterflies, Bee-Keeping and Botanical Drawing.
Outings are arranged to gardens and to special events, like the Hampton Court Flower Festival. A three-day trip to Cornwall, visiting the Lost Garden of Helligan and the Eden Project as well as two specialist gardens, was a successful innovation in March this year.
In April 2002 Kathryn Sturtridge started a club newsletter, called 'Propagation' giving membership news, details of, open gardens and other events, articles on special plants and topical gardening notes, etc. She continued this until the autumn of 2004, when Sarah Rashley took over and carried it on as 'Snippets'.
The Club is affiliated to The Royal Horticultural Society and the Gold Club of Castle Gardens and Brimsmore. Discount is available at North Perrott Garden Centre on production of a membership card.
Muriel Pilton, the first Chairwoman, is now the club's President. It is thanks to her courage in overcoming her diffidence, and to the hard work and perseverance of Sue Hounsell, her spokeswoman and supporter, that we have a lively gardening club in East Coker today.
Programme for May to July
Thursday 12 May 7.30pm – Open Charity Evening: Speaker: Nigel Davies, Head Gardener at Mapperton – ‘Through the Seasons’. Proceeds in aid of East Coker Pavilion Fund. Tickets: Members, £2.50, Non-members, £3.00, available from the Secretary or Treasurer or at the door.
Saturday 14 May – Gardening Club stall at Bubspool Plant Sale.
Wednesday 25 May – All day outing to RHS garden at Wisley. This is fully booked but it is worth asking if there is a last- minute cancellation.
Thursday 9 June 7.30pm – Speaker, Thomas Sandy on ‘Roses’
Thursday 14 July 6.30pm – Tour of National Trust garden at Tintinhull conducted by the Head Gardener, Floyd Summerhayes.
Chair: Olga Clifford Secretary: Vivienne Ford 863954. Treasurer: Catherine Denney 862294.
EAST COKER VILLAGE HALL CHARITABLE TRUST
Those of you who regularly use the Village Hall will have noticed improvements which have been made over the last year. Some areas of the Hall have been redecorated, new flooring laid, the doors to the main hall re-hung, a ramp and handrail installed. Not least, the security system has been improved, providing a secure entry system for users of the Hall. All of these improvements have been made through the efforts of the Committee Members, all of whom give their time voluntarily to ensure the community continues to benefit from this major asset. There is an ongoing programme for maintenance, redecoration and improvements to the Village Hall. Keep an eye out for these, and let the Committee know what you think. All compliments and suggestions will be happily received by the Committee.
East Coker Village Hall Charitable Trust AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Trust will be held on 18 May 2005 in the Dampier Room of East Coker Hall, commencing at 7.30pm. The committee of the Trust is made up of elected, co-opted and representative members.
Any organisation that wishes to have a representative on the Committee must submit a written application to the Secretary, Mrs H Styles, 21 Mill Close, East Coker BA22 9LF, to arrive no later than 6.00pm Saturday, 30 April 2005.
EAST COKER PLAYERS
May Production – 7.30pm Saturday 14 May at East Coker Hall
The East Coker Players will be presenting a one-off evening of entertainment. 'Months of Merriment' courses through the months of the year offering song, dance, verse and skits with something for everyone.
During the interval supper of a ploughman's with a glass of wine or soft drink will be served, followed by a one-act play, 'Season of Goodwill'. This previously sold-out event will once again be produced by Hazel Love and performed by a host of well known local talent.
Tickets are £6.50 in advance; book early to avoid disappointment.
Debbie Searle 863091
Casting for December Pantomime – Robinson Crusoe and The Pirates
The Players will be performing their annual pantomime in December and would like to invite anyone from 6 years upwards to join us. We are always seeking new members, not only those who wish to act and sing, but also musicians, creative people to help with costumes or backstage or anyone who just has an interest in joining us.
If you feel you would like to come along and see what's on offer we would be very pleased to see you at the first casting for Robinson Crusoe and The Pirates on Monday 6 June at 7.30pm at East Coker Hall. We are a very friendly and relaxed group so why not give it a go; fun guaranteed!
For further information call Nora White 477897
EAST COKER POETRY GROUP
22 guests sat down to dinner in the Apple Loft at the Helyar Arms for Burns Night. They gathered for an evening of Scottish poetry to mark the great man's birth date. Haggis was consumed and in the usual traditional style, was piped in by bagpipes.
Monday 9 May (to be confirmed), 7.30pm, Apple Loft, The Helyar Arms, ‘Journeys’, with Sally Jackson
Catherine Simmonds’ poetry evening on 27 February, entitled ‘Moving On’, featured an audio piece about the working life of a horse logger and farrier, and a selection of her own poems.
Two poems that were particularly well received were ‘South of Howmore for Dad’ and ‘Sheets in Rain’.
Sue McKerracher 863633 or firstname.lastname@example.org
EAST COKER PAVILION FUND
This was a fundraising event for the Pavilion Fund, which was very well supported by people from the village, and by people from further afield in Somerset and Dorset who came to spend their money and take home a bargain. There were plenty of varied items. Many of the items raised a lot of interest, and were the subject of some hotly contested bidding. The committee would like to thank Chris Flower from Lawrence's Auctioneers for his invaluable advice and for acting as auctioneer for the evening.
The buyers and sellers alike were fortified by some excellent refreshments laid on by Bridget Sugg and her team. The auction raised in excess of £1000 for the Pavilion Fund.
‘An Evening of Taste’ with Lesley Waters
The tickets for this superb evening sold out before they were printed, such was the attraction of watching the entertaining television chef, Lesley Waters, in action.
Lesley certainly did not disappoint. Her effervescent approach and her undoubted expertise kept the audience captivated. We were treated to a demonstration of seven dishes, including garlic, buttered scallops with saffron risotto, chillied crab naan breads with mango salsa, seared peppered beef with butter bean pate, roasted root vegetables in a bag and a hot plum pudding. Andrew Kindness from “Kindness with Wine” talked to the audience about the four wines he had chosen to complement Lesley’s dishes, and which were provided for everyone to taste.
After a delicious supper of quality meats, cheese, pies, salads and tangy chutneys, supplied by Goose Slade Farm, Lesley hosted a surprise “cook off” between two contestants chosen at random from the audience. The “lucky” pair, Sara Strong and Roger Dodd, were asked to make an omelette under Lesley’s guidance. To tumultuous applause, the competition was declared a dead heat. Both Sara and Roger won a copy of Lesley’s latest book.
The Committee are still counting the pennies, but we reckon the event has raised in the region of £2,000 for the Pavilion Fund. Copies of the recipes demonstrated on the night are available from Committee members at a price of £2.
1940’s V.E. Musical Extravaganza – Saturday 11 June 2005
East Coker Pavilion Committee proudly presents an evening of 1940’s music to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe, taking place on Saturday 11 June in the grounds of North Coker House. You are invited to come along in 40’s costume, with your picnic, and listen to the marvellous musical treats we have for you, which include Belinda Evans and Bertie’s Big Band. Gates open at 6.00pm and music starts at 7.00pm.
There will also be vintage vehicles and, subject to availability, a fly-past of vintage aircraft.
For tickets, or further information, please contact Robert Mead on 862972 or Bridget Sugg on 863435. Tickets cost £15 for adults (buy 9 tickets and get the 10th free!) and £5 for children under 16.
East Coker Pavilion Fund Committee
Chairman Robert Mead Vice-Chair Bridget Sugg
Secretary Paula Downes Publicity Officer Emma Trickey
EAST COKER SCOUT GROUP
Waster Paper Collections Saturday April 30, May 28 and June 25.
Spring Jumble Sale to be held at East Coker Village Hall Saturday 16 April from 2.00 pm.
All donations of jumble gratefully received. REMEMBER WE WILL COLLECT. Contact Max Bugler 862186.
EAST COKER RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB
Under 10 team
East Coker Rangers have enjoyed a fantastic season, finishing top of their division. The players have all matured tremendously, and have worked together to achieve some great results. Congratulations, boys!
Under 8 teams
This season, we have run two Under 8 teams, the Space Rangers and the Power Rangers. The teams have played many friendlies against teams such as Cary Rangers, Merriott, Avishayes and Lyde. They have always played enthusiastically and they have won many matches. However, more important than the results, perhaps, is that they have gained a lot of experience, and have had a lot of fun.
Both teams have taken part in the Yeovil and District League Under 8 Cup competition, and have acquitted themselves remarkably well, with the Space Rangers poised to progress to the next round. The tie of the competition came on 20 March, when the teams had to play each other! It was a hard-fought contest, which the Space Rangers eventually won 3-2.
Off the Pitch
We have enjoyed some superb social events, notably the Quiz Night and the Race Evening, which were both held at the Foresters Arms. Thank you Alan and Lisa for your hospitality.
The club were also delighted to learn that we had won a football strip in a recent Western Gazette competition. Look out for our photograph in future editions!
We would also like to thank East Coker School for the use of their facilities, and their continued support.
EAST COKER RANGERS U12’S
The team which plays at East Coker Recreation ground on Sunday mornings, goes from strength to strength having secured the first division title in the Yeovil & District League, undefeated, with four games to play.
A Division One Cup final awaits, and on Sunday 20 March East Coker Rangers beat Wincanton Town 3-1 (a Jordan Reeves hat trick) to repeat last season’s achievement of playing and hopefully winning the prestigious High Holborne Shield, with the final to be played at Huish Park the home of Yeovil Town Football Club.
The East Coker Rangers team is drawn from a majority of boys who attended East Coker County Primary School – i.e. Joe McDougall, Jordan Reeves, William Lane, Darren Andrews, Sam Hall, Mikey Parrott, Tom Nitti, Dougie Dearl-Davies. The remaining team members are: Calum Gundry, Jamie Burt, Anthony Herrin, Jake Hobbs & Ryan Trevett.
The origins of the East Coker Rangers team go back to 2001, when Steve Hall started the Under 10 team for two seasons. Andrew McDougall took over in August 2003 to run the U12 team. Steve returned in August 2004 and they now currently run the team jointly. The East Coker Rangers team is seeing the benefit of the “East Coker” boys having played together not only since the start, but under Iain Crabtree’s coaching at school.
So Youth football is alive and well in the village!!! Come and Support Us! Our last remaining fixtures are as follows:- 10 April Away v Gillingham Town 1 May Home v Gillingham Town
8 May Div 1 Cup Final v Merriott Youth or Wincanton Town
Date to be announced – High Holborne Shield Final at Yeovil Town Football Club v Pen Mill
For information: Please contact Andrew McDougall on 862826 at 5 Broadacres, East Coker.
Pre-school and After-school classes for children from walking to 7 years by former International Gymnast and GB Coach. Classes are held at East Coker Hall on Thursday mornings. £3.50 per class. Limited spaces so please contact K B Gymnastics 01460 240031
EAST COKER PRE-SCHOOL PLAYGROUP
In a whirlwind of activity, the Spring Term has flown by at The Pavilion. The children have looked at the Seasons of the year and made a wonderful wall display showing a tree through the seasons. The Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday and Mothering Sunday have been celebrated and the children are creating their Easter Bonnets for an Easter Bonnet competition and Coffee Morning as I write this. All the different types of transport have been looked at, created, explored and recorded, including ways of moving items from one place to another, making a display of different kinds of transport and completing a graph of the ways the children get to playgroup to name a few.
East Coker Pre-School Playgroup is registered with Ofsted and the Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership, and follows the Foundation Stage curriculum. We provide a warm, friendly, stimulating and safe environment where children can blossom and grow, learning and developing happily through play based activities. There is funding available through Nursery Education Funding when children become eligible. Children are able to attend from 2½ up to 5 years old. We are open Monday to Friday during term time from 9.15am – 12 noon. On a Tuesday and Wednesday we run afternoon sessions from 1.00pm – 3.15pm. At present we are able to offer lunch cover at an extra fee, between 12 noon – 1.15pm, for children who’d like to bring a packed lunch.
To secure a place on the waiting list for your children please contact Kay Strode after 6.00pm on 872126. It is best to get your child’s name down early on the waiting list because places are limited.
Our next fundraising event will be our Summer Fair held at The Pavilion on Saturday 14 May in the afternoon. There will be a variety of stalls, refreshments, a Raffle, plus Bouncy Castle and many other exciting things to do. We look forward to seeing you there.
This year will be the eleventh annual Craft Fair the Playgroup has held. It will be on Sunday 13 November at East Coker Hall; from 10.30am – 4.00pm. Stalls are available for the Craft Fair please contact Mrs Miller on 422871 for details.
ST. MICHAEL'S CHURCH
Sunday 1 May – Rogation Sunday – 10.00am Procession around the village
Thursday 5 May – Ascension Day – 6.00pm Eucharist
Sunday 15 May – Pentecost
St Michael's Bookstall Plant Sale – Bubspool House – 14 May 2005 – 10.30am – 12.30pm
We are hoping for the usual marvellous support in the growing of plants etc for this year's event. Please come along and enjoy coffee and biscuits in the garden.
Many thanks John Darling
Open Gardens Saturday 18 June 2005
We are planning to hold this event again. There will be a marquee on the Vicarage lawn and some light refreshments will be available. If anyone in the Parish is interested in having an open garden, would they please let me know.
Roger Burt 862125
St Michael's Church Fete – Saturday 2 July 2005 – 2.00pm – 4.30pm
To be held at North Coker House, East Coker. Many stalls and attractions. All welcome.
ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH SUTTON BINGHAM
1 May, 5 June, 3 July – 9.00am. Holy Communion.
15 May, 19 June, 17 July – 11.30am. Holy Communion.
EAST COKER CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
A warm welcome awaits you at the end of Burton Lane. Services as follows:
Sundays:- Sunday Club for 4 – 12 year olds 10.00am except 2nd Sunday in the month which has a Family Service 10.30am The Lord's Supper 11.30am Bible Study 6.30pm. Other events announced weekly.
Contact us on 422594/862980 or 863735
THE MID WEEK MEETING
St Michael's Church East Coker Christian Fellowship warmly invites you to our Mid Week Meetings at East Coker Hall. From April until June, Chris Jervis, Chaplain at Canford School, will be preaching a series from John's gospel.
Wednesday 20 April, 7.00pm – ‘Seeing and Believing’
Wednesday 18 May, 7.00pm – ‘Truth on Trial’
Wednesday 15 June, 7.00pm – ‘Already and Not Yet’
Do please join us for this series and bring your friends with you. There will be refreshments after each meeting.
THE MILL CHURCH
A warm invitation goes out to anyone who would like to join us in any of our meetings or activities.
Sundays 10.30am – 12 noon East Coker School
Monday evenings (alternate) 7.45pm – 9.30pm 'House to House'. An informal evening for eating together and prayer.
Tuesdays 10.30am – 12 noon East Coker Hall. 'Little Wheelers' – Our Parent and Toddler group.
Tuesdays 7.00pm – 9.00pm. 'Bridges' – an evening for young people. This is usually crowded and fun.
Thursdays (alternate) '9HPT' – Our after school Sunday school including tea.
There is much more going on, both at home and abroad. Do contact us on 863262 if you would like any more details.
HATS FOR MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES
A big thank you to everyone who has knitted woolly hats for babies – the response has been marvellous.
Sue Copley 862738
NOTES FROM THE OBSERVATORY
Vernal Equinox – 20 March 2005
A mild and relatively dry start to the year gave a promise of an early Spring. January rainfall was 56.13mm (2.21 ins) compared with 138.7mm (5.46 ins) last year. February was even drier with 26.92mm (1.06 ins). In 2004 February's rainfall was 65mm (2.56ins)
There were 14 days of rain in January and only 9 rain days in February. Towards the end of January a colder spell gave five frosty mornings.
Although Candlemas (2 Feb) was mild and cloudy, giving a hint, according to folk-lore, of no return of winter, the period from 21 Feb to 7 March was decidedly wintry. East Coker was lucky to escape the snowfall which disrupted life in the Eastern and Northern counties. In that period there were 15 frosty mornings in the village. Then suddenly all changed with warm South-westerly winds lifting temperatures to summery levels. On 19 March the shade temperature reached 17.8C (64F)
More folk-lore says that
"A wet March makes a sad harvest" but "March dry, good rye"
A thrush began to sing on 12 January. Mole heaps were thrown up on 13 January, while the first ladybird appeared on 15 January. Frogs became active in early February leaving masses of frog-spawn in my pool on 11 February. Celandines flowered from early February. Hazel bushes hung out their long catkins in the coldest weather. The very mild days of late March brought the first butterfly, a bright yellow Brimstone into the garden on 16 March while a correspondent reported Small Tortoiseshells flying on the same day.
Birds have been reluctant feeders throughout the winter months. Although blackbirds have returned to feed on the ground, the nut-feeder remains almost free from the usual greenfinches, blue-tits and great-tits but I was pleased to see a coal-tit on the feeder recently. Other correspondents have reported a similar lack of garden visitors. There have been several sightings of Britain's smallest bird, the Goldcrest, in the village recently.
A good show of daffodils brightens up the village. This year many blooms are supported on very weak stems which bend easily in the wind and rain. I wonder why?
I have received reports of a strange green fungus growing on moss. This growth has been described as "squashed grapes". In my garden a curious jelly-like fungus or slime-mould grows between the cracks of crazy paving. I cannot identify either. Can anyone help?
In the early summer sky Saturn, just below Castor & Pollux, will be moving west but still well visible in the south or south-west at bedtime. Jupiter will appear in the south-east and slowly move west, still to be visible in May and June.
The moon's orbit, slowly changing on an 18 year cycle, is moving into a position which will give some extremes of high and low full moons for the next few years. In January the full moon was 63 degrees above the horizon. June's full moon will be only10 degrees high. December's full moon will stand at 67 degrees. Moon watchers will experience the optical illusion of seeing June's full moon as larger than usual as it hangs so low in the southern sky.
Francis Cloke 862496
THE PATHWAYS PROJECT
For over a year now a multi-agency group has been meeting to consider the needs of young people in the parish of East Coker. This was convened by Denise Dunford, from the District Council, and has involved the Parish Council, Community Development, the local constabulary, housing association and others. The group was particularly interested in encouraging/supporting the activities of the Mill Church, who have been working with young people here for many years.
Recently the church has been involved in working with around 40+ young people, including some in their teenage years. Over the past 15 years the Mill has run children's activity weeks and a youth club. You may also be aware of 'Little Wheelers' parent and toddler group run in association with other churches. In fact, many young people in this area have been involved with church-run activities provided by the churches of East Coker.
It is clear that some young people sail through their teenage years but others need some help. There are ways to offer such help – such as mentoring, homework clubs, evening and recreational activities etc. The Mill is hoping to develop these things under the title of 'The Pathways Project'.
A major need for this project has been a suitable base, where young people can feel secure and at home. This has proved difficult, despite much support and encouragement from the multi-agency meeting – until recently, that is. Mr and Mrs Timmis have now very generously offered to donate some land which they own in Tellis Cross to the project.
It is envisaged that the venue for the ‘Pathways Project’ should be in keeping with the surrounding village and grant funding is currently being sought to purchase an attractive log cabin.
This will take some time to complete and regular updates will appear in this newsletter.
The next issue of the Newsletter will be in July 2005. Copy, please, to Lesley Lindsay, Little Meadow, Coker Marsh, East Coker or e-mail Lesley Lindsay or to the East Coker Post Office & Stores by Friday 24 June 2005.