Made with Xara NORTON NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2017  ISSUE 408 VILLAGE WEBSITE.   The Newsletter is available on the above website amongst other news and events in the village. CHURCH WEBSITE. COMMUNITY LAND TRUST WEBSITE. SHOP WEBSITE FESTIVAL WEBSITE: ADVERTS No new adverts this month  CLOCKS GO BACK.  Don't forget  that the clocks go back by one hour, early on Sunday Morning, 29th October when British Summer Time ends. NORTON EVENTS AND NEWS NORTON CAFE THE READING ROOM Opening Wednesday 11th October! Serving 'proper' coffee - Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte. Loose Leaf Tea, Cakes, Cookies, Muffins, Breakfast Baps, French Toast, Light Lunches, Home-made Soup, Cream Teas, Milkshakes and Juices.  Free Wi-Fi .  Opening Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9.00am-4.00pm Call Jo Parker 07544 307035 for bookings. Find us on Great Street just along from the Norton Shop. HAMDON MEDICAL CENTRE ‘FLU SESSIONS 2017  We are holding the following 'flu sessions for patients that are in an ‘At Risk’ group including all patients aged 65 years and over and those with a chronic disease (such as heart, lung, liver or neurological disease).  Patients who have diabetes, a weak immune system, that are pregnant, seriously  overweight  or are carers are also entitled to a 'flu vaccination. No appointment is needed; just attend within the times stated.  If you have a pre-booked appointment with a GP, Nurse or Technician from 25th September you can request to have your ‘flu jab at this appointment.  Times: Thursday 5 October 4.30 – 6.30pm.  Saturday 7 October 9.30 – 11.00am.  Thursday 12 October 2.30 – 4.30pm.  Thursday 26 October  5.00 – 6.00pm.  Thursday 2 November 5.00 – 6.00pm If you are housebound and cannot attend a clinic, please contact the surgery.  Please note the car park will only be available for drop off/collection during the clinic times. HOEDOWN/BARN DANCE  There's still time to buy your tickets from the community shop, for the Hoedown to be held in the Village Hall on 30th September from 7.30pm. A ploughmans  is included in the price of the ticket. There will be a bar. We  have also obtained some super raffle prizes. Come along, and if you are unable to dance, just listen to the local band Fiddlestix, and watch the rest of us get in a pickle. If you join in the dancing, Will Antell will be our caller, so come on, we need your support. Profits will be shared between Norton School and Church. It's a family affair and children are invited to take part. FESTIVAL FUN TIME !  The second weekend in October sees something for everyone at the 2017 Norton Festival.  There’s the Friday Folk Concert -- 7.30pm in Church – featuring 2Folk, Jim & Laurie, Alison & Jack and The Village Folk.   Ticket £7 from the Shop or £8 at the Door.   On Saturday Stoke sub Hamdon Band are giving a Concert in the Church at 7.30pm.   Ticket £7 from the Shop or £8 at the Door.   Drinks Bar available 6.30-10.00pm for both Concerts. The Church has beautiful Floral Displays, a fascinating Photographic Exhibition of Old Norton and delicious refreshments 10.30am to 4.00pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See the Welly Walk along the Church Path and go round the village Scarecrow Trail.   Wear a Decorated Harvest Hat over the weekend, for a bit of fun.   On Sunday there’s a special Harvest Communion at 9.30am led by the Benefice Choir with guest preacher Rob Walrond, the Diocesan Adviser on Rural Life.   In the afternoon, at 4.00pm, “Raise the Song” will be a special celebration of Harvest in word, song and music with The Benefice Choir helping to rekindle all your favourites.  So don’t miss anything. Come and enjoy the 2017 Norton Festival.  Richard Terrell SCARECROWS WANTED.  It's not too late to make a Scarecrow - any material can be used . There is no theme so you can be as adventurous as you like.  Make sure your creation is on view from 5.00 pm on Thursday 5th October. If you missed the registration (23rd September), don't worry - display your scarecrow where it can be seen without entering your property.  Queries  Sue Lowder  881805  Scarecrow co-ordinator COFFEE THANKS  Thanks to a small group of coffee drinkers £99.25 was raised to help offset the initial set-up cost of the 2017 Norton Festival.   Thanks to all who contributed including the makers of some delicious and habit forming biscuits !  Richard Terrell CANCELLATION OF NORTON ARTS EXHIBITION  This exhibition due to be on 7th and 8th October  at  Apple Barn, Great Street, Norton  has had to be postponed  until next Spring with much regret owing to unforeseen circumstances.  NORTON MOVIE NITES on Tuesday 10th October: Hidden Figures, cert PG, 127 mins, starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, tells how a team of African-American women formed a vital part of NASA's space program in its early years. Doors open 7.45 pm, film starts 8.00 pm. £5 tickets in advance only from Norton Shop. Contact Geoff Byham with any queries, 881422, please don't phone the shop, thank you. Films for November and December: 14 November, The Levelling; 12 December, A United Kingdom. Norton Movie Nites now has its own sparkling new Facebook page, have a look and like! OLD £1 COINS  The round £1 coins will cease to be legal tender on Sunday 15th October.  You need to make sure that you have none left in your possession.  At Norton Shop we will accept them towards payment of your shopping up to close of business on Saturday 14th October. The Post Office will be able to accept them slightly longer, but  we don't have a date for when they, too, will be unable to take them - so please make sure you have disposed of them as soon as possible.  It would be very helpful if everyone could, please, remind other people of this - particularly anyone elderly or vulnerable.  Liz Maunder for Norton CLT LADIES GROUP  The life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the topic for our talk by Dr. Sue Jennings. Dr. Sue told us of the hard work, perseverance and sheer determination that Elizabeth took to break into the medical world that men had dominated, to become our first woman physician.  On 5th September a group of us took part in a murder mystery trail around Yetminster, followed by lunch in the village pub. Team Morse solved the crime and we all agreed that, despite the weather, we had an enjoyable time. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 17th October, when John Crabb, a Wildlife photographer will give a presentation entitled  'The Art and Adventure of Wildlife Photography' . We may also have the opportunity to purchase some of his prints after the talk.  New members and visitors are always welcome.  Sue Lowder 881805 NORTON “BOUNDS” BREAKFAST WALK  SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 2017 Starting at 8.30 am. from The Lord Nelson. Enjoy an early morning autumn walk followed by “Full Monty” breakfast at the Lord Nelson.  The walk will start and finish at the Pub and circumnavigate the village following the rights of way nearest to the village boundary, covering about 6 miles and taking about 2-21/2 hours to complete. However there are plenty of shortcuts for those who don’t want to do the full distance.  At the end of the walk (available at 11-11.30 am.)The Lord Nelson will have full English Breakfast including coffee, orange juice and toast at £6.50/head. Please book direct with the Pub beforehand to avoid disappointment.  If you have any queries contact John Bailey ( 01935 881227) TAKE A BREAK ! The Coffee Mornings, on the fourth Wednesday of the month, are now back in full swing.  On 25th October Marion and Brian invite you to their home at Dowland, Higher Street, where there will be a ‘Books, Puzzles and Stationery' Bring & Buy.   Come along for a chat.   Meet old friends and make new ones.   Take a break at 10.45am on the 25th. FRIENDS OF NORTON CHURCH – WINE CLUB   The September draw took place at the Lord Nelson on Friday 15th. One bottle each was won by Rowena Alsey, John Ashton, Roger Jewell, Janet Hutton, Nina Prince, Tony Brook, Mary Edmond, Chris Westwood, Richard Raven and Christobel Cumberlege. Shares are still available @ £1 per month.  Please call Roger Webb on 881096 for a form. The next draws are to take place on Friday 13th October. AUTUMN JUMBLE SALE on SATURDAY OCTOBER 28th at Norton Village Hall.  Bargains galore, including: New/nearly new clothes/shoes, bedding/curtains/bric a brac, books, toys, cake stall, raffle and much more. Doors open 11.00am.  Admission 50p.  Children free. In aid of Hall Funds.  We will be at the hall as usual on Friday afternoon between 4.00pm and 8.00pm to receive your donations for this sale. (No electrical items please)  If any-one would like to help our merry group in any way, helping, or making a cake, or giving a raffle prize maybe -  please let us know. We are very grateful for all your support.  Contact Jennie Harris. 01935 881718. Thank you all. THE NEWSLETTER AGM will be on Wednesday, 1st November  7.30pm in the Reading Room. All welcome. CHRISTMAS MARKET Saturday 11th November at Norton-Sub-Hamdon Village Hall 1.00-4.30pm  Over 30 stalls selling local handmade and homemade gifts including preserves, children's items, shabby chic, cards and more - perfect for pre-Christmas shopping!  A huge prize raffle, tombola, refreshments, bottle stall, fun and games for all. This free event is not to be missed. We welcome everyone from babies to the elderly  - there will be something for everyone to enjoy! In aid of West Chinnock Playschool. NEWS FROM THE FRIENDS OF NORTON SCHOOL (FONS) Firstly, a slightly delayed ‘thank you’ to our customers for your support at the Flower show – we raised £136 from the Prosecco stall and Lucky Dip.  Our AGM is on Wednesday 27th September, 7.00pm in the Group room at School which you are most welcome to attend.  We are looking forward to the Harvest Hoedown on 30th September in Norton Village Hall.  Remember to buy your tickets from the Norton Community Shop!  Thank you to Sue Lowder and team for all your efforts in organising this.  Our Wine and Words evening (ladies only) will be held on Friday October 6th, 7.00- 9:30pm in the School Hall.  £1 entry on the door.  Bring along any books you no longer need and think others may enjoy.  You can auction your book or you can donate it and we can auction it for you!  Bring your own drinks (soft or alcoholic) and nibbles – glasses available.  Bring your friends and family along and help recycle books for a good cause and enjoy a fun evening out!  We have organised a half term disco with entertainment and games for the children on 20th October and they will be designing their Christmas cards in the next couple of weeks.    There will be a clothes collection on November 2nd, after the jumble sale, by Bag2School for which we receive 40p per kilo.  Details of what they can accept can be found at so please start collecting!  Also, anything suitable that is not sold at the jumble sale will be sent to Bag2School.  Please drop any bin bags of donations up to the School (top of the steps) by 9am that day please. Our  Christmas Fair is on Friday November 24th, 5.00-7.00pm at School, supported by Stoke band. We have some great raffle prizes already.  We hope you will be able to pop along to join in the festivities, have some mulled wine, visit our café and support local stall holders.  All providing a lovely setting to get us ready for Christmas!  If you have ideas for any of these events, for future fundraising, or you would like to lend a hand, then please feel free to share your ideas with us when you see us in School.  Message us via our Facebook page: Friends of Norton Sub Hamdon School or email Emily at   Esther Lawrence (Chair) & Emily Waters (Secretary) MACMILLAN BIG COFFEE MORNING On Friday 3rd November I am hosting a coffee morning in support of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.  It starts at 10.00am and finishes at 12.30pm at The Flax Barn, Broadmead Lane, Norton-sub-Hamdon, TA14 6SS.  There will be stalls with Christmas Gifts, Greetings Cards, Cakes, Biscuits and Buns and more, plus a Raffle with super prizes.   All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Fund.  I do hope you will be able to come.    If you would like to help do please get in touch.  Jayne English 881119. NORTON VILLAGE HALL.  We are hoping to complete our 3 major jobs at the Village Hall before Christmas.  They are: replacing the rotting double door onto the veranda,  dismantling and replacing the veranda  and the exterior painting.   The Management Committee are very grateful to the Parish Council for their increased grant of £3000 towards these works, which, when completed, will benefit all who use our wonderful hall.   We have also applied to SSDC  for a grant as well.   We have also registered on the easyfundraising web site, where, if you shop on line through them, you  will   raise a free donation for the Village Hall.   There are over 3000 shops and sites ready to give donations.    It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.  1. Head to https:/ and join for free.  2. Every time you shop on line, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.  3. After you checked out, that retailer will make a donation to your good cause. There are no catches or hidden charges, and Norton Sub Hamdon Village Hall will be very grateful for your donations and support. Thank you.  Don't forget our Jumble Sale on October 28th. Everyone welcome.  Jennie Harris for Norton Village Hall Management Committee   NORTON & CHISELBOROUGH FLOWER SHOW  SHOW ORGANISERS REPORT 2017: HIGHLIGHTS   A huge thank you to everyone who helped to make this year’s show so successful - my fellow Committee Members who worked tirelessly behind the scenes for many months in planning the event, and our wonderful team of volunteers without whom we could not put on the show.  There are too many to mention individually here - but our sincere thanks go to all those who volunteered their time before, during and after the show -  putting up and taking down marquees and tables, manning the gates, stalls and activities and organising and serving the refreshments. Thank you to all of you! Here are some highlights from 2017 - a full copy of the Show Organiser’s report will be available at our AGM, to be held on 24th October at 7.00pm at The Lord Nelson, everyone welcome. The weather was extremely kind to us this year, and we took £551 on the gates, though this only accounts for adults as children go free, so actual numbers attending were significantly higher than the gate totals.   The addition of more attractions and activities for the children seemed to draw more young families to the show this year, in conjunction with the use of social media (facebook) to promote the show. We have had some wonderful feedback and hope everyone enjoyed the afternoon. We were delighted to welcome back the Stoke Band, Punch & Judy and the Ivan Steel Cart Horse Rides, plus many new stallholders.  We were very pleased to see Friends of Norton School and Stanchester Academy at the show, both of whom put on activities for the children.  We hope they will join us again next year. The number of individual exhibitors was up to 170 in 2017, from 123 in 2016, and many of these were first time exhibitors. Some of this can be attributed to the new photography class for young adults (12 - 18 year olds), but overall entries were well up on the previous year.  We received 686 individual entries this year, compared to 556 in 2016. Floral class entries were down which could be attributed to this year’s challenging growing conditions Vegetable class entries were broadly in line with previous years. The cookery and jams and marmalade entries were significantly higher than last year though the wines and liquor sections were down. Children’s baking saw a big increase in both the under 8 and the 8-12 categories. Children’s arts and crafts classes were also up with many more entries in the decorated jars and miniature garden and vegetable animal classes. Credit must be go to Little Acorns Nursery who brought along a large number of entries, and we thank them so much for all the time and effort they took to bring them in on Show Day.  They were a delightful addition to the Show. The judges were once again very complimentary of the show, both in terms of the standard of entries and the layout of the event.  Thank you to Manfred Roper for arranging for the judges to attend. Individual comments were made for clarifying certain entry criteria in a small number of classes, and these have been noted for amendment in the 2018 schedule.  Sarah Murray, Show Organiser PARISH COUNCIL REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2017 Planning:  The Clerk has now received notification regarding the following application: 17/02340/LBC   Brook House, Little Street, Internal alterations and new internal entrance. APPROVED The Parish Council had one application to consider during August: 17/02881/FUL  Land adjoining no.15 Broadmead Lane. Erection of a single storey eco dwelling and relocation and alterations to existing alterations.   – The Councillors strongly objected against this application for exactly the same reasons as before when this application was considered in 2016.  They felt there were hardly any changes to this application.  The Clerk has since received the following notification from SSDC:  ** SSDC DECLINE TO DETERMINE Explanation from SSDC Planning Officer… ‘This application is similar in most respects to the recently refused application 16/00612/FUL, an appeal against which was dismissed on behalf the Secretary of  State for Communities and Local Government on 15 December 2016. I note that you have sought to address minor issues such as the driveway surface, garage doors and walls. However, the proposal is identical in most respects to the earlier    walls. However, the proposal is identical in most respects to the earlier application, and  you have submitted the identical Design & Access Statement and Traffic Statement.  The major impacts of the proposal remain as previously, and as set out in the appeal  Inspector’s decision.  I am therefore advising you that this authority declines to determine the application, as  provided for under Section 70A of the Town and Country Planning Act’ . New Parish Path Liaison Officer:  Firstly, the Parish Council would like to thank Ken Dives for all his hard work over the last few years in his role as our Parish Path Liaison Officer.  The footpaths have never looked so good and the brilliant maps that he has produced will be a lasting legacy to his dedication in the role. We would like to welcome John Forrest as our new P.P.L.O. for the village.  John has previous experience of the role when he lived in Dorset and enjoys walking the footpaths around our beautiful village so he will be perfect as Ken’s replacement.  John can be contacted on 882881, so if you see anything that needs reporting then please give him a call. Village Agent – Catherine Holloway:  Our Village Agent came to the meeting and introduced herself to the Parish Council.  Somerset Village Agents is a Community Council for Somerset project designed to reduce isolation and help connect excluded and vulnerable people living in Somerset with services that can support them and improve their independence, health and well-being.  Catherine will be writing a regular post for the newsletter. Grant for the Village Hall:  The Village Hall has approached the Parish Council regarding a grant towards some work that is necessary at The Village Hall.  The exterior of the hall is in need of painting, the wooden decking needs replacing and the double doors leading out to the decking have rotted.  Quotes have been received and work is due to commence in October.  Hopefully there is a grant coming from SSDC towards some of the cost.  The Parish Council  unanimously decided to grant £3,000 towards the cost. The Village Hall is a fantastic facility for all the village residents and is well used for weddings, clubs, fund raising events and many more functions.  It is a very important asset to the village. The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Monday 9th October at 7.30pm in the Reading Room. Members of the general public are more than welcome to attend.  Louise Brooks (Clerk to Norton sub Hamdon Parish Council) 881882 CHURCH SERVICES IN NORTON Sunday 1 6.30pm Praise Service Sunday 8 9.30am Harvest Communion 4.00pm Raise the Song Sunday 22 8.00am Communion For Sundays when there are no services at Norton see the notice in the church porch or in the Parish Magazine – spare copies always in church. SPECIAL SERVICES IN OCTOBER HARVEST  Our Harvest worship continues through October – when we have celebrations in  Norton on Sunday 8 October  as well as the School Harvest Service at Norton Church at 2.00pm on Thursday 12th October   BIBLE SUNDAY  Our 7 parishes join together for a single service on every 5th Sunday (i.e. 4 or 5 times a year).  The next such opportunity will be at Stoke on October 29th at 10.00 am . This also happens to be Bible Sunday and we have an invited speaker to share the importance of the Bible.  The final such service of the year will be at Chiselborough at 10.00 am on December 31st when we will be welcoming the new Archdeacon of Wells. We hope you will join us.   ALL SOULS SERVICE  Each year in November (this year Evensong at Norton at 6.30 pm. November 19th) there is a special service to remember those who have a died during the past year or so. Within the service there is an opportunity to light candles and to give thanks. This is always an opportunity to remember others who have died in recent years. If there are names that you would wish us to remember can you please let Peter know (or names can be added to the lists in church from early October). Rev Peter Thomas 881202 OTHER EVENTS AND ITEMS OF INTEREST BOOK CLUB will meet on Tuesday October 3rd: 2.30 - 4.00pm in Chiselborough Village Hall. Contact Anne 881202 or Janet 881566 for more details - all are welcome to join in the book chat and enjoy afternoon tea. Just turn up and bring your library card if you can. CALLINGTON COMMUNITY CHOIR at South Petherton Parish Church. Saturday , October 14th, 6.30 for 7.00pm. Tickets £7.50 from N&D News or 01460 249288. Come and enjoy this excellent Choir. THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER AT 7.30pm in Martock Parish Church . Return visit by the 6-piece Roger Marks' Cornish Armada Jazz Band playing traditional popular tunes composed between 1880 and 1960. Their concert for us in 2015 was voted the best jazz band yet. Tickets are £9 on the door or £8 in advance from 01935 822706. Accompanied children under 16 admitted free. STOKE GARDENING CLUB  The next meeting  in the Memorial Hall on Wednesday 25th October at 7.30pm will feature a talk on the Bishop's Palace by James Cross. For further details please contact Sue Winwood on  823671. HONEY POT The amazing annual Charity Breakfast took place on September16th, in glorious sunshine (after a few very stormy days),and a good time was had by all. Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it such a success - particularly the Boys Brigade lads who waited at table. Thanks also go to Gould's of Martock, Roy-Al Bakery, Bower Hinton Farm, Norton Shop and Traidcraft, for the delicious food. Donations achieved £900 - so cheques for £450 are on their way to the Farming Community Network and Akamba Aid Fund - two worthy charities. The Honey Pot, which paid for all the food, will be open on October 7th, 14th & 21st, but closed on 28th. Our AGM and Skittle Evening will be at the Muddled Man: 7.30pm, on Tuesday October 3rd. Tickets for supper, £3. Please contact  Anne Thomas re late bookings. 881202 SAMARITANS ARE HERE FOR YOU:   Samaritans' vision is that fewer people die by suicide. Every six seconds, someone contacts Samaritans, and every 90 minutes someone takes their own life.   Yeovil and Sherborne Samaritans are part of a national network of Branches. We are ordinary people with a shared belief that talking to those who are struggling to cope or are in distress offers a vital lifeline to many.  Like callers themselves, Samaritan volunteers come from all walks of life. We would love to hear from you if you would like to be able to make a difference. Find out more about being a Samaritan by coming along to one of our Volunteering Information Sessions at 25 The Park, Yeovil at 7.00pm on the first Tuesday of every month March – December inclusive. Or ring us 01935 414015 (answerphone), or go online at  VILLAGE AGENT UPDATE  I am your Village Agent and it is lovely to be able to meet you all through your Norton News Magazine.  My role is to  support both individuals and the community by finding the solutions to make rural independent living better.   I can support by visiting you and listening to problems you may be facing and use my knowledge of the services available to support finding the solutions.  A typical day may involve reducing utility bills or finding care support for you or a loved one, getting a hand rail fitted or helping to get you to a local social group. We are paid for by a range of kind funders including the National Lottery and in some areas of Somerset, the housing associations and NHS.  Our support to you is free and you just have to give me a call or email. I get to lots of coffee mornings and events and will share new information in the parish magazine and Norton News.  I can also come to your event and give a talk about what I do.  You can google Somerset Village Agents on the CCS – Community Council For Somerset website. I look forward to meeting you all. 0796852174 IN CASE OF EMERGENCY!  BREAK GLASS!  A little story from a client of mine….she had got into the habit of leaving the key turned in the lock when she went to bed (as I do).   Unfortunately, one night she felt unwell and pressed her care alarm, summoning a neighbour who has a key.  He could not get his key in the keyhole as it was blocked from the other side.  Imagining her flat out on the floor he panicked a bit and broke the glass so he could get in.  She meanwhile was feeling better but was scared half to death by the sound of breaking glass. It’s a miracle she didn’t hit him over the head with a poker!   The moral of this little story is… please take the key out of the keyhole when you lock the door, so that in an emergency, no-one has to Break the Glass.  Cath Holloway, Village Agent WHEN WINE WAS TRODDEN  The Anglo-Saxon name for October was ‘Wyn Monath’ so called because it would be the month for treading the wine-vats.   It was also known by the Old English name of ‘Winterfylleth’ because it marked and celebrated the beginning of winter.   The year was split into two seasons, summer and winter.   When the days were longer than the nights it was ‘Summer’ and when the nights were longer, ‘Winter’.   ‘Wintirfyllip’ is a word composed of ‘winter’ and ‘full moon’ because winter began on the first full moon of that month.  Richard Terrell ONE OFF ADVERTS -  None this month. ITEMS FOR THE NEWSLETTER should be in the box on the POST OFFICE counter, or sent by email to:  by 4.00pm on the 19th of each month except near Christmas when the deadline is a week earlier.   NEWCOMERS TO OUR VILLAGE.  If you know of anyone who has moved in to Norton, please ring one of the editors on the phone numbers below with their details so that we can welcome them to our village.    THE NEWSLETTER is produced monthly by the Newsletter Committee and is distributed free to every house in the village by volunteers who give their services free of charge.  The Editor is Mrs Janet Hutton (881566), Assistant Editor Mrs Daphne Bishop (881888) email:  NB. All emails are replied to as soon as possible - please check if no acknowledgement is received by the deadline date.    DISCLAIMER.  This edition of the Newsletter contains information which has been supplied directly to the Editors of the Norton Newsletter.  None of the information published within expresses the views of either of the Editors or Members of the Norton sub Hamdon Newsletter Committee and should not be relied upon.  Any comments should be addressed to the Committee via the Newsletter email address.      South Somerset