East Coker Society Newsletter


July 2006    Free Issue No 123


Chair: John Sugg   863435   e-mail

Newsletter Editor: Lesley Lindsay   862868   e-mail

Secretary: Sarah Owen   862218

Treasurer: Keith Helliar   863700



East Coker Society News




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Village Clubs and Organisations




In the closest contest in the history of the East Coker Wine Circle's Winemaker of the Year competition, Joyce Pryor topped three times champion, Vince Wolny, by one point at the annual meeting in June.  The five-class contest was the culmination of a very exciting year of changing positions at the top of the monthly league table.  Going into the final stage the reigning champion was one point ahead of his two nearest rivals and the eventual result was not decided until the final class in the judging process in June.  Darren Shutler was third six points behind the winner.  Darren also won the trophy for the Judge's Favourite.


Retiring chairman, David Pryor, said the year had been another successful one with the German trip and Plymouth weekend being highlights.  He appealed for more support from members for the two social events – summer lunch and theme party – the income from which the Circle largely relied upon for meeting the cost of running the programme.


Incoming chairman, Vince Wolny, said that, as the Circle had made losses in two consecutive years, the committee unanimously recommended an increase in the annual subscription to £10.  There had not been a rise for many years, but costs rose every year.  More money was being spent on improving the standard of speakers and wine-tasting.  The proposal was accepted without objection.


An interesting programme of speakers had already been planned for the New Year.  Two commercial wine-tastings, a liqueur tasting, a visit to Sheppy's Cider and a five-day trip to France were also being planned.


Officers elected or re-elected were: chairman, Vince Wolny; chairman-elect, Darren Shutler; immediate past chairman, David Pryor; secretary, Mary Horsley; assistant secretary, Gill Bryan; treasurer, Anne Hartley; assistant treasurer, Ian Westaway; SW Federation of Amateur Winemakers representative and competitions secretary, Clive Horsley; Somerset Association of Amateur Winemakers representative, Darren Shutler; committee members, Joyce Pryor, Sue Copley and Brian Docking.


A tasting of six French wines presented by The Cary Vintner followed the business meeting.


Anyone interested in membership of the Wine Circle should contact the secretary, Mary Horsley on 471072.





Members of the Club have had an interesting spring.  May was a particularly active month.  It started with the Open Charity Evening on the 11th, when David Howard, Head Gardener at Highgrove gave a fascinating illustrated talk on the garden and how it has developed.  The evening attracted a number of visitors and raised around £800 for Macmillan Cancer Relief.


The following day a coach-load of members went to the Malvern Garden Festival, a huge and very popular affair with a lot to see and learn from.  Towards the end of the month Olga Clifford, Chair of the Club, conducted a three-day tour of the Cotswolds, taking in Hidcote and Kifsgate on the first day, Blenheim Palace and grounds the whole of the next day, and a visit to a delightful private garden and farm for coffee, with the lunchtime spent at the Abbey Gardens at Malmesbury on the way home.  The Unicorn Hotel in Stow-on-the-Wold provided comfortable accommodation and delicious food for the two intervening nights.  In June there was a comprehensive talk on the cultivation of 'Penstemons' by Nigel Hewish of Kingston Maurward College, and the July meeting, which will be taking place about the time this Newsletter is being distributed, is an afternoon visit to Little Norton Mill and 'Popinjays' for cream teas.


The programme for August to October is set out below. The first of two high-lights will be the Gardening Quiz on 10 August with visiting teams from the Chetnole, Halstock and Haselbury with North Perrott Gardening Clubs to challenge the East Coker team which won the Village Quiz in March.  The second is a visit on 6 September, to the National Botanical Garden of Wales in Carmarthen – an institution renowned for its forward-looking environmental concerns.



Thursday 10 August 7.30pm: Gardening Quiz

Wednesday 6 September: Visit to National Botanical Garden of Wales

Thursday 14 September 7.30pm: Sally Gregson on 'Hydrangeas'

Thursday 12 October: John Trott on 'Bonsai' – 7.30pm


Evening meetings are held in the East Coker Hall.  Please contact Stan Shayler on 420291 regarding the Welsh trip and other information.





Michaelmas Craft & Gift Fayre – 26 September 2006 – East Coker Hall


A unique selection of goods will be on sale at our Fayre this year including household linen; china & ceramics; hand-crafted silver & costume jewellery; fashion & fashion accessories; gift ideas for children and innovative gifts for men.


'3 Tarts and a Florist' – 13 November 2006 – present a Christmas Spectacular – East Coker Hall


A cookery and floral demonstration as you have never seen it before!


You will experience a visual riot of colour – the scent of fresh flowers mingling with the aroma of sizzling food – hilarious anecdotes and experiences interspersed with pearls of wisdom.


Summer 2007 – Silver Jubilee Ball





Fund-raising has been a little quiet due to members spending time on applications for grants, which is where we are hoping to find our major funding, but we have lots of events for the autumn.  East Coker Cockerels are holding a Picture Treasure Hunt and Walk around the village on Saturday 16 September.


Sometime in September/October there will be a Fashion Show by Minstrels, a new fashion shop, opening in Sherborne in the next few weeks.  For more information contact Bridget 863435.


Race Night – Saturday 21 October at the East Coker Hall.  We are to again hold our very successful event.  As tickets always go very quickly, book your place now.  Details from Robert 862972 or Bridget 863435.


Christmas Shopping Trip – Saturday 11 November.  It has been decided to go to Cardiff this year.  Those of you that went to Cribb's Causeway last year will know it is an enjoyable day with coffee and biscuits on the way there, and wine and nibbles on the way home.  More details to follow, Bridget 863435.





There is no formal meeting in July, however if anyone wishes to talk about anything relating to the Poetry Group or just talk about poetry, then come to the bar of the Helyar Arms on Tuesday 25 July, anytime from 7.30pm onwards for an informal evening.


There is a by-invitation garden party in August, then normal meetings, open to anyone who is interested in poetry, will resume in September.


The Poetry Group is holding its Annual Village Poetry-Writing Competition this year on the theme of 'The Seasons'.  The competition ties in with National Poetry Day in October, so entries should be sent to David Cloke, Church Cottage, Burton Cross, East Coker, Yeovil, BA22 9LY, on or before Sunday 1 October.


If you have any poems or items of interest for the group, please send them to Sue McKerracher by 22 July – Tellis Farm, East Coker, Yeovil, BA22 9JP.


For more information, contact David Cloke on 862623 or Joyce Best on 862317.





We continue with a very interesting programme for the rest of the year.  Having just celebrated our birthday with a visit to Coldharbour Mill, we are looking forward to a talk on women’s health in July and an illustrated talk on British seaside piers in August.  September will be an Open Evening with an eye-opening quiz 'Call My Bluff', on old farm instruments.  Following the Women’s Institute directive to encourage recycling, members will be visiting the recycling site at Carymoor Environmental Centre in July and will, no doubt, have some questions to ask.


The popular whist drives recommence on Thursday 21 September at the East Coker Hall.  Anyone who would be interested in joining the W.I. would be welcome to come along, as a guest, to the East Coker Hall at 8.00pm on the last Thursday of the month.





Saturday 19 August at 2.00pm at the East Coker Hall.  Schedule for entries can be obtained from the East Coker Post Office.  Entries must be in by 6.00pm on Wednesday 16 August.  An auction of produce will be held at the show at 4.30pm.





The winners in the April draw were: £100 Mr J Darling, £50 Miss S Hedges, £40 Mrs G Mead, £30 Mrs D Dibben, £20 Miss S Owen, £15 Mrs D Bates, £10 Mr and Mrs A T Kimpton and £10 Mr A C Ashley.



Young People




The Scouts have had an incredible twelve months with an attendance at Eurojam last summer.  Nine members of the Group are to visit America this August and three members of our Troop have been selected for the World Jamboree next year.  This is an impressive range and frequency of major events.


The Group are now helping the Scouts to fund-raise for the World Jamboree and we thank everyone who supported our recent car wash.  The boys and girls particularly enjoyed washing the fire engine!  We raised £229 towards their trip and hope to have another car wash later this year.


Max Bugler, our Group Treasurer, has been awarded the Silver Acorn.  This award is ‘in recognition of especially distinguished service’ and Max has certainly earned it.  Max received his award at Windsor Castle in April from Lord Baden-Powell, grandson of the Scout movement's founder, and Peter Duncan the current Chief Scout.


Last year we announced our intention to become co-educational and accept girls into our Group.  This has been extremely successful with four girls in our Scout Troop and we look forward to girls joining our Cub Pack.


As we have been without a Beaver Scout section since last July, we will need to advertise for new members into the Cubs.  We hope to use Scout Association promotional leaflets for this purpose.  If anyone knows any prospective eight-year-olds let them know how active we are!


Our Group finances remain healthy and we have had the ceiling re-painted and electrics rewired last year.  Max has completed the Gift Aid paperwork and we received a significant refund from the Tax man (always a good feeling)!  Paper collection, jumble sales and marquee hire provide the Group with additional funds for equipment and hut maintenance.


We continue to offer the full range of the Scout programme for our young members and thank all the leaders, parents and friends who give their time on a regular basis.


Next year has even more to offer as Scouting celebrates its 100th birthday – as well as the World Jamboree being held in England, and there are many ways in which the Group hopes to be involved.


Dates for the diary:


Newspaper Collections: Saturday 29 July, 26 August & 30 September.


The Autumn Jumble Sale will be held on Saturday 14 October from 2.00pm at East Coker Hall.  All donations of jumble gratefully received. REMEMBER WE WILL COLLECT.  Contact Max Bugler 862186


Section Meeting Times:


Beaver Scouts:              Awaiting new leader

Cub Scouts:                  Tuesday: 6.30pm – 8.00pm                     Contact: 474648

Scouts:                         Friday: 7.00pm – 9.00pm                        Contact: 426685





East Coker Cockerels Football Club are organising a walking picture hunt around the village in aid of the Pavilion Fund.  This event will take place on Saturday 16 September and promises to be an excellent fun occasion.  It has been organised that roughly half way around the route there will be the opportunity to buy Pimms & Lemonade, soft drinks & treats for the children.  At the finish there will be one of Paul Morton's 'not to be missed BBQ's', a chance to relax, chat and have a few beers!


Any villagers out there that like a real challenge! ... Try the picture hunt without any clues or route – impossible!!


Copies to buy will be available from the East Coker Post Office shortly.  Check notice boards and posters around the village for start times and prices for this event; it promises to be a really great day.


Any further information required please contact Paul Morton on 475286 or Lisa Watts on 863254





Summer term is always very busy at the Playgroup and this year is no exception.  We would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who supported our Summer Fair in May and helped to make it a great success.  This term, along with the play-based activities, there are visits from children looking to join us in September, and the children who go on to school in September have visits to the school and from the Reception staff.  Our Sea World topic culminates in a visit to the Sea Life Centre in July.  Sports Day falls into our penultimate week of term when parents are invited to join us for the fun, and then there is the end of term party to enjoy.


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 years up to 5 years old.  We are open Monday to Friday during term time from 9.15am to 12 noon. On a Tuesday and Wednesday we run afternoon sessions, from 1.00pm to 3.15pm.  At present we are able to offer lunch cover at an extra fee, between 12 noon and 1.15pm, for children who would like to bring a packed lunch.


To secure a place on the waiting list for your child/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.


During the Summer Holidays, sessions will be available to children up to their 6th birthday.  The sessions will run on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 24 July to 17 August (subject to demand).  Please contact Kay Strode on the number above if you would like further information.


Looking towards the end of the year, on Sunday 12 November at the East Coker Hall the Playgroup will be holding its annual Craft Fair from 10.30am to 4.00pm.  Stalls are available for the Craft Fair, please contact Liz Barnes on 864405 for details.



The Churches






Sunday 30 July: Sung Matins – 10.00am

Other Sunday services as usual during July and August

Sunday 3 September: Pet Service – Speaker will be Robert Widdowson, the Diocesesan Rural Advisor

Sunday 1 October: Harvest Festival – 10.00am

Friends of Somerset Churches Bike Ride


On Saturday 9 September Rev. Roger Burt will cycle around ten churches in Somerset.  If you would like to sponsor him, forms are available in the church.  Half of all money raised by Roger will go to the Friends of Somerset Churches and the other half to a church of his choice, and he has chosen All Saints', Sutton Bingham.


Service For Those We Have Loved But See No Longer


Our annual service at St Michael's will be on 5 November at 6.00pm.  The Preacher this year is Rev John Rothwell, who is Chaplain at Yeovil Hospital.  Having experienced his ministry, on the receiving end, when I was in Yeovil Hospital last year, I am sure he will be very helpful.  I shall be writing to all those who have been bereaved during the last year to invite them to the service and ask them for the names they would like read out at the service.  If you would like any names read out, please let me have them by 29 October.  As the list tends to be fairly long we do just prefer to use just one Christian name for each person.


Monica 862834


St Michael's Plant Sale


The plant sale at the Vicarage on 20 May was a great success, with a total of £608 raised.  This will be given to the Bookstall Committee who will distribute it as they think appropriate.  Many thanks to all who came and helped.


St Michael's Church Bookstall


We invite you to an illustrated talk about 'TINTIN' by his 'biographer' Mr Michael Farr, at Coker Court, by kind permission of Joe & Tanya Coles, on Saturday 12 August at 7.00pm.  Admission is £2 and children under 10 years can come for free.  All proceeds to St Michael's Church.  Tickets are available from John Darling 862229 and Amelia Bennett 423894.





Family Harvest


As summer has hardly started it seems hard to be thinking of Harvest, but as there will not be another Newsletter before September, can I remind families that we shall be celebrating Harvest on 17 September at 10.00am.  (After much discussion, it has been agreed that the Family Service shall remain at 10.00am.)  The service lasts about half an hour and is child friendly and the children will take part in the service.  If you do not come often but your children would like to help, please let me know.  Monica 862834.


Sunday 10 September: Harvest Thanksgiving Evensong





Sunday Services

6 August: 9.00am Holy Communion                     20 August: 11.30am Holy Communion

3 September: 9.00am Holy Communion               17 September: 11.30am Holy Communion

24 September: 6.30pm Harvest Festival Evensong

1 October: 9.00am Holy Communion                   15 October: 11.30am Holy Communion


Churchwardens: Heather Snook 474138 & Anthony Denning 474294





A warm welcome awaits you at the end of Burton Lane. Services are as follows:

Sundays – The Lord's Supper 11.00am.  Prayer and Bible Study 6.30pm.

Monthly Family Service on the 2nd Sunday at 11.00am when The Lord's Supper takes place at 6.30pm instead of the Bible Study.  Other events announced weekly.


Contact us on 422594 or 863735





There is a service held at 10.30am each Sunday at East Coker County Primary School.  Our worship tends to be informal in style.  You are very welcome to join us.


Little Wheelers is a well established Parent and Toddler Group that runs each Tuesday morning in term time at East Coker Hall, commencing at 10.30am.  It is a chance for parents to relax and socialise, whilst their children play.  We run Little Wheelers with help from other churches.


Bridges is a midweek group for teenagers.  It is an opportunity for food, friendship and exploring together the good news of Christianity.  There is also a sailing club for young people, called 'Broadreach'.


We have other groups and activities for adults and for young people.  Up to date information on all of these events can be found on our website www.millchurch.org.uk – which includes a weekly news-sheet – or you can telephone the church office in West Coker on 864136.


The Mill Church 20th Anniversary Celebrations


On Sunday 4 June, the Mill Church celebrated its 20th anniversary.  The occasion was marked by a special service, followed by a wonderful barbeque under sunny skies.  The day finished with a game of rounders with older and younger people in opposing teams!  The service was one of thanksgiving, with pangs of nostalgia, as video footage of people some fifteen to twenty years younger was viewed.


We now look forward to the next twenty years and would like to take this opportunity to especially thank East Coker Primary School, whose hall we use every Sunday morning and also to invite anyone from the village or neighbouring area to join us at East Coker School at 10.30am on a Sunday morning.  For more information, please contact our church office on 864136.



Village News




The Helyar Arms in East Coker is taking part in this year’s South Somerset Food Festival, which takes place from 30 September to 8 October, with all kinds of farm open days, cooking demonstrations, local produce markets and special activities for children.


Ian McKerracher of the Helyar Arms says:  “We are running a competition during August and September for neighbours, friends and anyone else who would like to enter, to find the best recipes for a starter, main course and pudding, using local ingredients.  People can enter one category or all three.  The winning recipes will feature as specials on the pub menu throughout South Somerset Food Festival and the winners and their partners will be invited to dine at the pub and try out our chefs’ interpretation of their recipe.”


Entries, including the name of the dish, the ingredients, method, name, your contact details, can be handed in over the bar or posted to Ian McKerracher, The Helyar Arms, Moor Lane, East Coker, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 9JR.  The closing date is Friday 22 September


Chef Mathieu Eke and Ian will be announcing the winners at the pub, at 10.30am on Saturday 30 September.  All the entrants and anyone else who is interested is invited to join them on the day and sample other locally sourced ingredients.


Details will be available at the beginning of August on the Helyar Arms website – www.helyar-arms.com


At 3.00pm on the same day, Sarah Palmer, who grows vegetables, salad and herbs for the pub at Tellis Farm, just two doors down from the Helyar Arms, will be hosting a family event.  She will be showing children around her smallholding and asking them to help her plant garlic – every child who lends a hand will receive a voucher for free garlic bread next time they visit the pub with their family.


Both events are free.





On Friday 4 August there will be a BBC2 production on the Cokers concentrating on the Rope Walk at West Coker, Coker Cloth, Flax around East Coker and William Dampier.





At last! ......every household should receive a copy of the new Parish Rights of Way with this July Newsletter.  This digital map gives you the accurate routes of designated rights of ways in the parish.  We have also included two walks: one around the north and the second around the south of the parish, which should appeal to residents and visitors alike.  We are actively working on improvements to the network with the help of SSDC Rangers, and we are especially grateful to Somerset County Council for a Community Access Fund grant which has helped finance these maps and leaflets.  Otherwise printing costs have been met by the Parish Council.


If you have not received your maps, the following people will have a supply:


            Parish Clerk:     P Gubbins         (Holywell)          862062

            Footpath Reps:  S Rashley         (Darvole)            428639

                                    H Snook            (Darvole)            474138

                                    B Foot  (Beech Tree Cottage)     862300

We also hope that school, local shops, pubs, tourism centres, B&Bs, churches, etc. will have a supply.


A special thank you to those who distribute the Newsletter for incorporating the maps in their deliveries.  Without the voluntary team that have edited and prepared for print and distribution, costs could have been prohibitive.  For e-mail recipients, we hope to deliver to you this time, but contact the above if you are forgotten!


Enjoy walking the parish and encourage family, friends and visitors to do the same.  We are very lucky to have such varied scenery and such a well-defined network - there are no excuses for losing your way now!


Thank you to everyone who came along to support the Litter Picking Day on 13 May.  Also thanks to those who have made an extra effort to tidy the areas around their entrances and we hope others will follow suit to keep their village neat and tidy.


            ‘Litta Pickas’ to make the job easier can be borrowed from the Parish Council.


Congratulations to the East Coker Cockerels for a triumphant culmination to their season.  It is encouraging to have local children happily involved in a sport which uses parish facilities so successfully, and the Parish Council is further encouraged to support our youngsters in the future.


On a less happy note – a message to parents about the behaviour of children who have been climbing on the pavilion roof.  This is extremely dangerous and could lead to a serious accident.  Please take responsibility for the antisocial actions of your children.  Damage to the pavilion from climbing and from balls kicked at its walls only adds to Parish Council costs and irritation.


Finally a DOGGY DOGGEREL, which we hope will reach the consciences of those who still think that the recreation field is for their dogs’ facilities:


                        The Parish Council needs your aid,

                        It’s not enough that they have made

                        Regulations, signed and sealed,

                        About their Recreation Field.

                        They plead:– Pet owners, do not spoil it,

                        By using it as a doggy toilet!

                        It really does give us the blues,

                        To find they’ve done their number two’s;

                        The football teams are heard to howl:

                        “We think this pitch is simply foul”;

                        While fielders down at deep mid-wicket,

                        Complain “This simply isn’t Cricket!”

                        But what makes parents sorely boiled,

                        Is when a child returns, well soiled.

                        You see, there’s no way we can tell

                        Whose dog has made the frightful smell.

                        So if Punch must go for his caper,

                        When walking fields, take bag and paper,

                        Or better still, just super-dooper,

                        Go buy a doggy pooper-scooper!





East Coker held its first litter pick on Saturday organised in conjunction with the Parish Council and South Somerset District Council.  Several Parish Councillors, local residents and Council representatives armed themselves with litter picks and bin bags determined to clean the village of litter.


After 2½ hours, the volunteers returned to the pavilion with 12 bags of rubbish collected.  Items of litter included beer cans, plastic bottles, crisp packets, sweet papers and cigarette ends, with a car trim found on top of a hedge.


New legislation now encompasses cigarette ends and gum as litter and it is an offence to improperly dispose of any litter.  Anyone seen throwing down litter, including litter disposed of, from a vehicle may be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £80.  Failure to pay the FPN may result in a maximum fine of £2,500.


Chris Cooper, Streetscene Manager for the Council, said that the litter pick was organised after a discussion with Roy Hodder, Vice Chair East Coker Parish Council, and Lynette Osment, Enforcement Officer, and that it was good to work with the community.  The event was enjoyed by all and it is hoped other organisations may follow suit in the future.


It is also an offence not to clean up after your dog in a public place.  FPNs can be issued to anyone not clearing up after their dog with a maximum fine of £1,000 following prosecution.  Dog fouling can present serious health issues, especially to children.


Following a successful morning, volunteers tucked into a well deserved cup of tea and a buffet.  It is hoped to hold another litter pick next year.


For further information please contact Streetscene Services on 462462





Summer Solstice – 21 June 2006


A persistent easterly wind gave us a long cold early spring.  Morning ground frosts continued into April, the last being on 10 April.  May continued the cold theme, with some heavy downpours giving a monthly total of 91mm (3.58ins).  On 21 May, 26mm (1.05ins) of rain fell overnight following some gales on the 19 May.


Surprisingly the cold spell was interrupted on 4 May, when the shade temperature reached 21ºC (71.2ºF).  But this pleasant spell was short lived.  The month continued as a cool damp one until June arrived.  Then we had some gloriously warm or even hot days from the start of the month until the longest day.  Saturday 10 June was the hottest day at 25.6ºC (76.1ºF).  On the previous day, when the temperature was 23.7ºC (74.8ºF), the air suddenly became very dry at a Relative Humidity of only 40% compared with the usual figure of about 70%.


Meanwhile we wait for St. Swithun's Day on 15 July.  Alas, the prediction of 40 days' rain is not an accurate one.  A review of one thousand weather sayings by Paul Merriott in his book 'Red Sky at Night, Shepherd's Delight?' gives the thumbs down to St. Swithun's legend and many more.  The most reliable weather lore is the 'Red Sky at Night' saying.


Despite the cold start to Spring the first butterfly appeared on 1 April, a Brimstone, to be followed by a Peacock on the 5 April, some Speckled Woods on the 26th and the first Orange Tip on 28th.  A migrant Painted Lady flew in the garden on 29 May when a splendid pair of Orange Tips appeared, resting side by side on a leaf, the male with his bright orange markings, the female being a chalky-white with dark wing tips.  So far this year no Small Tortoiseshells have appeared.


A brightly coloured Jay came into the garden in May to be followed by an unwelcome Bullfinch.  A pair of Fly-catchers stayed during the hot spell, while overhead Buzzards circled for hours in the hot sun.


I was pleased to see bats flying in the twilight of June.  A few Cockchafer beetles blundered into the house, attracted by the lights.  These large beetles look formidable creatures but the adults are quite harmless to humans.  However, they and their larvae do much damage to plants.


The Spring weather seems to have suited some of our hedgerow plants.  Cleavers, or Goosegrass, abounds alongside Queen Anne's Lace and Yellow Dead Nettle in the lanes about the village.  One of my favourite wayside plants, Stitchwort, has done well this year while Bird's Foot Trefoil has appeared along the margins of grassland, usually a sign of slightly alkaline soil.  Red Valerian is now gracing our village walls.


The summer night sky has little to offer this year.  Saturn and Mars, having come together in the SW sky are now setting at bedtime, while Jupiter, prominent in the south, will move west and out of sight as summer proceeds.  It might be worth looking for the four major moons of Jupiter through a pair of binoculars.


Francis Cloke  862496





Kay Biggin celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday 1 July with family and friends at her home.  Amongst her many cards was one from The Queen.  Kay was born in Lympstone, Devon in 1906 and lived and worked in Devon until she moved to Liss in Hampshire, where she went to help her brother run a small hotel.  It was here in September 1955 that she met John Biggin, who asked her out to dinner.  After a short while romance blossomed and he asked Kay to marry him.  They were married on 8 January 1956 and settled in East Coker six months later.  Kay and John had 20 years of happy marriage before John passed away in 1976.  Kay has always enjoyed her beautiful garden and continues to enjoy village activities.





The next issue of the Newsletter will be in October 2006.  Copy, please, to Lesley Lindsay, Little Meadow, Coker Marsh, East Coker or by e-mail or to the East Coker Post Office & Stores by Monday 25 September 2006.



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