East Coker Society Newsletter


October 2006  –  Free Issue No 124


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




Father Christmas will be visiting the Christmas Bazaar on 18 November at East Coker Hall from 2.00pm – 4.00pm.  Entrance adults £1, to include a cup of tea and a mince-pie, children free.  Many stalls to include Raffle, Cakes, Bric-a-brac, Books and lots of lovely gift ideas.  See below for stall reservations.





The 2007 Diary is now at the East Coker Post Office.  Please could village organisations put their forthcoming events in the Diary to avoid the doubling up of these events.  Thank you.


DON'T FORGET!  British Summer time ends on Sunday 29 October – the Clocks go back!





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Book early!  Tables for the Christmas Bazaar are available.  The price is £1 a foot, for 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 foot tables.  Setting up of tables will be from 12 30pm onwards.


Individuals or organisations who wish to reserve a table should please fill in the form below, and send it with either cash or a cheque, by 5 November at the latest, made payable to East Coker Society, to Carol Blackmore, Pippins, Higher Burton, East Coker 862192.  This will reserve your stall.







Name of Organisation…………………………………………………………………………………………...…


Type of Stall…………………………………………………………………………………………………………


Contact Name and Telephone Number…………………………………………………………………………..



Size of table at £1 per foot…………..  I enclose £………..    Signed ………………...………......…………





Village Clubs and Organisations




'3 Tarts and a Florist' – 13 November 2006 – East Coker Hall – 7.00pm – 7.30pm


Katherine Kear and Bob Harris present a Christmas Spectacular.  A cookery and floral demonstration as you have never seen it before!  Katherine Kear and Bob Harris are to flower arranging and cookery, what Hinge and Bracket were to music!  Spontaneous, unabridged and on the edge – take some fresh food and flowers on to a stage, add some materials and a few props, then sit back and watch as they delight all your senses.  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!


Tickets are £15, which includes a glass of wine and canapιs, are available from Leigh Mead 863466


Summer 2007 – Silver Jubilee Ball


Michaelmas Craft & Gift Fayre


We are pleased to announce that we made £1,000.  Thank you to all who came and supported us.


EAST  COKER  HALL  CHARITABLE  TRUST – Appointment of Committee Members
Main Committee
Chairman  J Hollis                    Vice-Chairman  R Allwood
Secretary  H Styles                 Treasurer  C Murrell
Elected committee members
L Harwood               G Mead
A Adams Parish Council          R Smith Little Wheelers           M Ashley Keep Fit    M Smith British Legion
D White Gardening Club           S Owen East Coker Society     N White The Players
Co-opted members
M Weston                               J Cordwell     C Mead


Details for hiring the Hall can be found on the East Coker web-site, www.eastcoker.com





For the second time this year competitions for prestigious awards led to a nail-biting finish between East Coker Wine Circle's Winemaker of the Year, Joyce Pryor, and former champion, Vince Wolny.  At the August Wine Festival Joyce won the major trophies, for most points in the festival and best wine in the show, by a narrow margin.  Despite fewer exhibitors this year due to holidays, the numbers of entries were well maintained at close on 90.


The circle continues to have interesting and entertaining speakers for the monthly meetings.  Former Minstrel, Ray Budd, brought a great deal of nostalgia to the August meeting when he talked and sang his way through his life in show business.


Former Chief Police Superintendent, Roy Jones, humorously took members through his career in the police force, from his training days at Chantmarle, through his experiences on the beat at Taunton and Bridgwater, before a spell at Yeovil as Chief Superintendent.


Outside trips included a visit to Sheppey's Cider in September, and next June a group will be travelling to Brittany.


The October meeting will be a theme evening, 'Witches and Wizards', when members will be making up a witch's brew of cocktails.  There will also be a pumpkin sculpting contest and an American Supper.


'Granny goes to Glastonbury' by Ann Cook, will be the talk for the November meeting and in December there will be the traditional wine tasting – this time unusual French wines, presented by Alastair Riley. There will also be a bread-making competition for both white and brown loaves.


Guests are always welcome and membership inquiries should be addressed to Secretary, Mary Horsley, 471072





Club members had a variety of enjoyable activities during the Summer.  A few days after the excitement of Founder Member, Kay Biggin's 100th Birthday, there was a delightful afternoon meeting at Little Norton, on 13 July.  It started with an exploration of the semi-wild garden of the Mill, which, with its imaginative planting, winding paths and secret pond is surprisingly mature after only eleven years of its present ownership.  A delicious cream tea was had in the charming cottage garden of 'Popinjays'.  On 11 August, the Club hosted a 'Gardening quiz', with guests from the Chetnole, Halstock and Haselbury with North Perrott Clubs.  Chairman, Rachel Blow, with her light touch, kept everyone at ease, with Chetnole the winner, the prizes being gardening tokens.


Members were well represented at the East Coker Flower Show on 19 August, and carried off several trophies, including the one for most points in the show, won by Mike Bayliss.


On Wednesday, 6 September, we went on a day trip to the National Botanical Gardens of Wales, and Thursday 14 September was the monthly meeting in the East Coker Hall, when Sally Gregson gave a very informative talk on 'Hydrangeas'.


The subject for 12 October is 'Bonsai' with John Trott, who has invited members to bring along their own Bonsai to the meeting.


Autumn & Early Winter Programme


Thursday 9 November at 7.30pm – A G M at the Quicksilver Mail, followed by skittles and supper

Tuesday14 November at 6.30pm – discount Christmas Shopping at Brimsmore Garden Centre, with refreshments

Thursday14 December – Marion Emery on 'A Victorian Christmas'

Thursday 11 January2007 – Chris Smith on ' Ornamental Grasses'


Meetings are usually held on a Thursday, at 7.30pm in the East Coker Hall.  Visitors and new members are always welcome.  Enquiries to the Treasurer, Stan Shayler, 420291 or Programme Secretary, Rachel Blow, 862849





Grants – The Football Foundation Grant has been sent off and we will wait with 'finger's crossed'.  Our grateful thanks to Emma Trickey, who has worked so hard, and spent a lot of time on these forms.  We are now in the process of working on a lottery grant which has to be in by March 2007.


Fund-raising – As many of you will know, we had a very successful 'Village Picture Treasure Hunt' on 16 September.  140 people walked the 5 mile ramble with lots of interesting pictures to get the mind thinking.  Halfway round there was tea and cakes at ' Poplar's Farm' – "Thanks Mum!"  It finished at the Pavilion for a Barbeque and prize-giving.  Congratulations to Peter Burrows and Sarah Owen, for coming first, finding all the clues without walking the route, and the Taversham Family for winning on the day.  Many thanks to all the stewards for making the route safe, and to the Coker Cockerels for organising a great event and raising £600.


Fashion Show – On 22 September we held a Fashion Show at Yeovil Court.  The fashions were provided by 'Mistral' of Sherborne, 'White Pebble' of Yeovil and 'Sugar & Spice Lingerie' of Crewkerne.  It was a very successful evening, raising £900.  Our grateful thanks to all who helped with the evening, and especially Yeovil Court, who provided us with a delicious meal.


Race Night – Saturday 21 October at the East Coker Hall, 7.30pm.  Tickets £10 to include a Fork Supper.  We are looking to make up tables of ten people.  Please phone Robert 862972


Christmas Shopping Trip – Saturday 11 November.  It has been decided to go to Cardiff this year.  The coach leaves the East Coker Hall at 8.00am and the return journey leaves Cardiff at 5.00pm-5.30pm.  Price £12, to book please phone Bridget 863435

Village Cookery Books – Although we still have some left, we feel we have exhausted most avenues for their sales.  We would like to say a big thank-you to John and Chris Cooper for their generous donation towards the printing cost, which enabled us to make £1,270 profit.  Anyone wishing to buy a Cookery Book (which would make a very good Christmas present at £5), please phone Bridget 863435
Finally, our thanks to Coker 400 Club for their kind donation of £500 to the fund.

EAST  COKER  ACTION  GROUP  (Pincushion Corner)


The Annual General Meeting of the East Coker Action Group (Pincushion Corner) will be held on Wednesday 15 November, at Hymerford House. 


Any items for the agenda should be notified to Heather Snook, Darvole Farm, 474138, by 15 October.





The Players are proud to announce their Pantomime 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' on Friday 1 December – 7.30 pm and Saturday 2 December – 2.30 pm & 7.30 pm.


Tickets will be on sale from Nora White 477897 from the end of October.  Prices £5 adults, £4 children (under 16).  Hope to see you all there.





Tuesday 24 October – East Coker Poetry Competition.  This year's subject – The Seasons.'


Tuesday 21 November – 'A Knight at Arms', Sir Richard Vickers presents poetry with a military theme.


Tuesday 12 December – Christmas Meeting & Quiz – Clive & Anne Bingley.  The quiz will be sent out with the November Poetry News.  Anyone not receiving this can get copies from Anne Bingley 863036


All meetings are held at the Helyar Arms, 7.30pm in the skittle alley. 


Contact David Cloke 862623 or Joyce Best 862317





Our club is a very sociable and competitive indoor bowling club.  It is held in the East Coker Hall on Tuesday evenings, 7.00pm to 10.00pm and Friday afternoons 2.00pm to 4.00pm.


We are looking for new members of any age, but younger people would be particularly welcome to keep our club going for the future.  We are involved in friendly matches with other local clubs and competitive bowling for the more serious bowler.  You do not need to have played before to come along and give it a try.


For more information please give me a call George Dudden on 864222





We continue with a thriving group meeting on the last Thursday of each month at East Coker Hall from 7.30pm with many interesting speakers.  Last month we had an interesting open evening when a ‘Call my Bluff’ event was held.  A group of three people tried to convince everyone that old farming instruments were used for many different purposes.


Our popular monthly Whist Drives have recommenced after the summer break and are open to all visitors; the next one will be on Thursday, 19 October at 7.00pm at East Coker Hall.  A craft day is also arranged for Tuesday, 24 October when members will be continuing with different crafts under the guidance of Ann Forrest. 


New members are always welcome, for more information please phone Jean Caunter on 863329





The winners in the July draw were: £100 Miss C Robertson; £50 Viscountess Montgomery; £40 Mrs C Hughes; £30 Mrs K Privett; £20 Mrs B Chatwin; £15 Mr R Williams; £10 Mrs J Donnelly and £10 Mr D Smith.





The entries were up and this year you certainly hit the jackpot – well done!  A big THANK YOU to all who entered as it made a wonderful display in the East Coker Hall.  People must have put a lot of hard work into their gardens and their homes last year.


There were 'new' names amongst the exhibitors and prize winners – well done.  A donation of £200 was made to the 'Air Ambulance'.  Very many thanks to all who helped and supported on the day.  It is certainly a village tradition we would not like to disappear.


Cup Winners


Maudsley Silver Challenge Cup for most points in Show                Mike Bayliss

Archie Neville Memorial Cup for most points in Fruit & Veg            Mike Bayliss

League of Friends for most points in Flower Section                      Sarah Rashley

Ralph Eacott Plaque for best Vase of Dahlias                               Don White

Pittard Rose Cup for Five Roses                                                  D Carter

Mrs Newman Cup for Gladioli                                                      Don White

Jane Harvey Pot Plant Salver                                                      L Crisp

Molly Kettlewell Herb Cup                                                           Christine Mead

Miss Keefe Cup for most points in Floral Art                                 Heather Docking

Drake Memorial Cup for most points in Homecraft                         Gloria Mead

Eileen Doye Memorial Cup for Best Jam                                      Gloria Mead

Christine Mead Cup for most points in Craft Section                      Marie Frith

Society Photographic Trophy                                                      David Pryor

John Whittock Memorial Challenge Cup                                       Joyce Proyor

East Coker Gardening Club Cup for Children Under 5's                  Ella Kearvell (5)

Gloria Mead Cup for Children 6-10 years                                      Olivia Sugg (8)

Miss E B Drake Challenge Cup                                                   Daniel Francis (14)





Coffee Morning Saturday 21 October at the East Coker Hall, 10.00am – 12 noon.  Cake stall; Raffle; Christmas cards.  Please come and support your local branch.


Poppy Launch


On Thursday 26 October the Poppy Launch will take place at Yeovil Town Football Club on the Astroturf Pitch at 2.30pm.  The event coincides with the end of the Club's half-term Soccer School, and we are taking this great opportunity of involving the children in this.  An outline programme is as follows:


·            2.00pm – V.I.P.'s and invited guests arrive for hospitality in the Marquee

·            2.25pm – Soccer School presentation completed

·            2.30pm – March of the Standard Bearers

·            2.35pm – Opening Ceremony begins

·            2.50pm – A Beaver Aircraft will fly past cascading poppy petals on the assembled crowd

·            3.00pm – Ceremony ends with the Appeal being officially declared open, followed by a cascade of poppy petals fired from two canons.

·            3.01pm – Standard Bearers march off followed by the children.  Each child will be presented with a bag of Legion 'goodies'.  Standard Bearers will form up for inspection after which tea and coffee will be available for all.


Please encourage all your Branch members to attend this very high profile event.  It is particularly important that as many Standard Bearers attend as possible.


Marilyn Smith





Would you care to share your time with men and women members of this friendly group.  Fortnightly meetings are held on a Monday, at the East Coker Hall from 2.30pm – 4.00pm.  Transport can be arranged if required.


On offer is a varied programme of events such as informative and interesting talks, slide shows, bazaars, bring and buy sales, craft exhibitions, day trips, theatre visits, tea dances and the annual Birthday and Christmas party's.


A time to chat over a cup of tea and cake finishes each session and you could even win a raffle prize.  Interested?  Then contact Alison Charles 863137


Forthcoming Events

16 October – Craft Competition and Exhibition                  30 October – Slides of East Coker

20 November – Christmas Bazaar                                    27 November – Carol Service at St Michael's

11 December – Christmas Party



Young People




We have vacancies in both sections of our Cubs and Scouts.  Boys and Girls, aged between 8-14 years are eligible.  Cubs meet Tuesdays, 6.30pm – 8.30pm and Scouts 7.00pm – 9.00pm.  For further information contact, Dave Webber, Group Scout Leader 474648.


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


Newspaper Collections:  Saturday 28 October, 25 November & 30 December


Beetle Drive Friday 17 November at the Scout Hut, 7.00pm.  Come along for a fun-filled evening with the family and help to raise funds for our Scouts selected to go to the World Jamboree next year.  Tickets available from Max Bugler 862186 – Adults £2.50, children £1 to include light refreshments.



In August, myself and six fellow Scouts headed off for a trip of a lifetime to the United States of America.  We were going to visit a Scout Troop in Durham, North Carolina.  It was great to spend time with scouts from another country.  I made lots of new friends.  We went camping by lakes and made water-slides and did some canoeing.  We visited a Cherokee village in the mountains, and went to Niagara Falls, they were huge!  On our way home we went to Washington and saw the White House, then New York, where we visited Ground Zero.  I shall never forget my wonderful holiday.  Thank you, to Gary Beales and Steve Moysey, our leaders, who looked after us all.


Ashley Glover, East Coker Scout





Craft Fair, Sunday 12 November, 10.30am – 4.00pm


East Coker Pre-school Playgroup will be holding its annual Craft Fair at East Coker Hall on Sunday 12 November from 10.30am to 4.00pm.  There will be a wide range of stalls from local craftspeople, displaying jewellery, textiles, handmade sweets, floral arrangements, painted glass, house plaques, cards and many tempting gifts.


In the morning, there will be a portrait photographer (please book beforehand) and in the afternoon a Pot Doodles ‘paint and go’ stall, face painting and a children’s Christmas Craft workshop (sponsored by SWAP).


Delicious refreshments and home-made cakes will be on sale all day, with light lunches too.  Why not make a day of it and do some early Christmas shopping!


Admission £1, children free. For further details, call 864405.



The Churches



Sunday 1 October                      10.00am Harvest Festival.  6.00pm Harvest Evensong

Wednesday 4 October                7.00pm for 7.30pm Harvest Supper, East Coker Hall

Sunday 15 October                    10.30am Confirmation at Tintinhull

Sunday 22 October                    6.00pm One World Week (M Whipp)

Sunday 29 October                    10.00am Sung Matins

Saturday 4 November                 Bonfire & Firework Party at the Vicarage

Sunday 5 November                   10.00am M Whipp speaking at the service.  All Soul's Service 6.00pm

Sunday 12 November                 10.50am Remembrance Service

Sunday 19 November                 4.00pm Evensong (first one of the trial time)

Monday 27 November                 2.30pm Time to Share Carol Service

Sunday 3 December                   10.00am Children's Surprise Presentation

Sunday 17 December                 6.00pm Seven Lessons and Carols

Monday 18 December                7.00pm Carol Singing from Burton Cross-roads

Christmas Eve                           8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Sung Eucharist 4.00pm Evensong 11.00pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day                           10.00am Holy Communion

New Year's Eve                          8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am sung Matins 4.00pm Evensong

7 January 2007                          8.00am Holy Communion 10.00am Family Service 4.00pm Evensong


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.  If you would like the name of a loved one read out, please let me have it 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 Bookstall


Mr Michael Farr's illustrated talk on Herge's 'Tin-Tin' at Coker Court was attended by over sixty people who enjoyed a glass of wine and a fascinating hour of stories and commentary with pictures.  £150 was raised which will be donated to the Tower Restoration Fund.





Remembrance Service – Sunday 12 November 6.30pm

Advent & Christmas Carols – Sunday 10 December 6.30pm


Christmas Eve

We have a new surprise author for the Nativity play and it will put a modern slant on the Nativity story.  The service begins at 4.00pm and will last about 30 minutes.  There will be the usual carols and we hope the children will come dressed as Angels, Shepherds and Kings, or in more modern dress.  We welcome young as well as those who are older.  It is all very informal.  For more details phone Monica 862834


Christmas Day – 9.00am Holy Communion






Sunday 15 October, 11.30am                  Holy Communion

Wednesday 1 November, 6.30pm,           All Saints' Day, Holy Communion

Sunday 5 November, 9.00am                  Holy Communion

Sunday 19 November, 11.30am               Holy Communion

Sunday 3 December, 9.00am                  Holy Communion

Sunday 17 December, 11.30am              Holy Communion

Tuesday 19 December, 6.30pm               Christmas Carol Service

Christmas Day, 11.30am                        Holy Communion

Sunday 7 January 2007, 9.00am             Holy Communion

Sunday 21 January, 11.30am                  Holy Communion


Churchwardens Mrs H Snook 474138 and Mr A 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, while 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.





Wednesday 18 October, 7.00pm – Andrew Reynolds, Yateley Baptist Church

Wednesday 15 November, 7.00pm – Nigel Wilson-Brown, Chaplain, King's School, Bruton

Monday 11 December, 7.00pm, Carol Service – Bishop Wallace Benn

Wednesday 17 January 2007, 7.00pm, T.B.A.


These meetings will take place in the East Coker Hall.  Do join us and bring your friends.  Refreshments are served after each meeting.


Roy Hodder 862519



Village News




A course for Christmas Decorations is being run for six weeks from Thursday 16 November to Thursday 21 December, in the Dampier Room, East Coker Hall, from 2.00pm – 4.00pm.  If anyone is interested, please phone Sue 891400





Michelle Lesch, manager of the Helyar Arms, organised the Macmillan Coffee Morning at the pub on Friday 29 September, with the help of the rest of the team.  Guests enjoyed cafetiere coffee, fresh cream sponge cake, fruit loaf, newly-baked scones and home-made jam.  The event attracted about 50 people and raised £513 from the £2.50 entry, a raffle and some very generous donations.


The event was so successful that the Helyar Arms team has decided to hold a Coffee Morning on the last Friday of every month from 10.00am - 12 noon.  A different charity will benefit each time and nominations from the village are welcome.


Michelle and the team are also running a charity car wash at the pub on Saturday 4 November from 10.00am – 3.00pm in aid of Cancer Research UK. £3 for a car wash; £5 for a wash and vacuum.





Kay would like to thank everyone for their generosity and for all their cards and good wishes.  A total of £2,059 was raised for the Yeovil Hospice during Kay's birthday celebrations last July.





Steve and Lisha would love to see you at this year's Christmas display on Wednesday 1 November and Thursday 2 November.  Come along and get your presents and gifts for Christmas.  All welcome





Autumnal Equinox, 23 September 2006


Although Autumn begins officially today, the mild, almost summery, weather continues.  Our hot spell began at the end of June and continued well into July, which was reputed to have been the hottest July for many years.  A spell of 17 consecutive days when the shade temperature exceeded 21ΊC (70ΊF) began on 12 July.  The village's warmest day was on the 19 July, when the shade maximum reached 31.8ΊC (89.2ΊF).  This warm weather continued into August for a further week, but that holiday month was rather disappointing.  Cool, cloudy days followed with some heavy showers on the 17/18 & 19 August.  To make up for that poor weather September has been warm and bright so far, with a few light showers to revive the lawns.  Rainfall, so far, this year has been only 381mm (15 inches), compared with last year's figure of 435mm (17 inches), and 2004's figure of 635mm (25 inches), for the same period.


Although I have received reports of plentiful butterflies in other parts of the village, my sightings have been very low.  While Large and Small Whites have been the most numerous species, I have seen only single specimens of Small Tortoiseshells (12 July), Red Admirals, Peacocks and Commas.  Meadow Browns and Speckled Woods appeared in the hot weather, while the less common Pale Clouded Yellow flew on 7 August.


Wood pigeons seemed to enjoy eating elderflowers and later tucked into the ripening elderberries.  A correspondent reported a buzzard coming down to attack a young pigeon squab and being driven off by the parent.  I received a report of low flying and honking Canada Geese flying over in late August.  The usual common garden birds, which deserted the garden in late spring, began to return in September.  Starlings, Blackbirds, Greenfinches, Robins, Wrens and Tits appeared in early September, but ignored food put out for them.


After welcome showers, snails appeared.  One fully grown specimen moved up my window-pane at a speed of 5 inches per minute.  I have no idea if this is a normal speed for a snail but it would take almost nine days to cover a mile!


The few damp days in August also brought forth many spiders.  The usual large house-spider Tegenaria, usually found in the bath and lurking in dark places, seems to be giving way to the smaller, but long legged Pholcus, that spin rather tangled, disorganised but numerous webs indoors.  In the garden the large webs of the garden spider are showing up in the cool September mornings.  A count of the number of spirals in one web, gave about 40 turns supported by the same number of radials.


The coming months will show no great features in the night sky.  Most of the planets will be in unfavourable positions for evening viewing.  Saturn will be an early morning planet in the S.E. while Venus will be low in the S.E before sunrise for a few weeks.  The constellation of Pegasus, (the Winged Horse) will be in the evening sky to the South, moving slowly westward in October and November.  Below the Square of Pegasus is Aquarius, (the Water Carrier) with Pisces, (the Fishes) to the East of Pegasus.


Francis Cloke  862496





This is an advance notice that on Friday 2 February, in the evening, and on Saturday 3 February, during the day, in the East Coker Hall, there will be exhibitions, discussions and presentations on the Flax Industries based in and around East Coker and Wessex.  Flax has been grown for around 700 years and was an important part of the life of the villagers of East Coker.  Please see next January's Newsletter for more information.





This will be held on Saturday 28 October, in the East Coker Hall, 10.00am – 12 noon.  Entrance 50p including refreshments.  Come and buy your RSPB Christmas cards, calendars and gifts.  There will be a cake stall, bring & buy and a raffle.  For further details or offers of help contact Lorna Doyle 862439





Following the distribution of the Rights of Way maps, it was discovered that one footpath had been missed off the County Council ‘Mastermap’, which was not noticed before we went to print and delivery.  Apologies for this!  Below is the route of the omitted path.  It runs from the Cemetery to Moor Lane and is classified as Y9/29.  All later maps have been amended, but please add the detail (in red) to your own copies:



The Parish Council and the Lengthsman are hoping to sort out the drainage problem at the top of Back Lane (Y9/41), which has left the surface wet, even during this dry summer. Please be aware that a mini digger may be working on the lane this autumn.


Plans are under way for repair work to the Cemetery Chapel and the Lychgate.  Some remedial work may also have to be done to the Cemetery wall, adjacent to the road, which will involve the use of traffic lights on Cemetery Hill.


Plans have been accepted to enlarge the parking area at the Pavilion.


Children are still climbing on the Pavilion Roof and vandalizing the pavilion area.  Please make sure they are not YOUR children!


Parish Events - please check the Village Diary at the village shop to avoid clashes when organising events in the village.  This will hopefully give maximum support for every organisation.


WHERE NEXT?  It was noted on the new Rights of Way map that the Cockerel had been transposed during printing – now facing to the right instead of the left.  He also seems to have had a bit of a facelift!  Is this ‘Slick-Chick’, perhaps, marching on to the future, rather than looking back..?






I live, with my husband, and family, in an old cottage, which we are restoring, in the village of East Coker, near Yeovil, in Somerset.  As I lie in bed anticipating the day ahead, and all there is to do, I see the condensation on the window in the early morning light, looking as fine as an old piece of lace.  Heat from the radiator under the window has already cleared a small oval shape, which affords me a miniature view of the village.


T S Eliot is only one famous person to immortalise its beauty, others may not have been well-known, but have been stirred enough to put quill-pen or 'biro' to paper recording their feelings.  In the present 20th Century, East Coker holds its own.  Gone is the squire and his family, and with them their large gracious houses, now divided into small units for today's people.  Along with the squire, has gone the sight of men toiling in the fields, horse-drawn vehicles, the old webbing factory, saw-mills, bakers, boot-maker and many other old trades.  However, the Church and Chapel remain, and sheep may safely graze, even if it be to the accompanying noise of the motor car, aeroplane, telephone, and all that constitutes the way of life today.


Our school flourishes, and there are plenty of happy, healthy children to fill it.  Small factory units now replace the saw-mill, and provide employment; there is a garage, and public houses.  Our new 'village hall' encourages and shelters may social gatherings, among the regular clubs are Time to Share, for the elderly, Keep Fit, Wine Circle, Toddler's Playgroup, Line Dancing, Badminton, Short Mat Bowls and the W I, which along with the Flower Show have withstood the march of time, and continues with its structure intact.


As the heat from the radiator melts the last of the condensation, East Coker, in all its beauty is revealed.


Flora Duley – about 1984





The next issue of the Newsletter will be in January 2007.  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 4 January 2007.



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