Made with Xara NORTON NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2017  ISSUE 407 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 –  See one new advert for self catering accommodation at the end of the adverts page. No 'one off adverts' this month. NORTON EVENTS AND NEWS NORTON AND CHISELBOROUGH FLOWER SHOW  Didn't we do well on Saturday?  We were blessed with dry weather, although a little blustery at times, and it seemed that a really good crowd turned out to view the many  exhibits in our annual show, so it was definitely worth all the hard work and effort put in by so many people. A full report of the show will appear in next month's newsletter. Editor     FNC REPORT AND APPEAL DISPLAYED AT THE FLOWER SHOW  This display illustrated the church fabric repairs over many years which were funded by generous local support and external grants. A summary account of expenditure was given and an appeal to fund a series of  forthcoming and potential repairs and an improvements schedule was launched. This display can be viewed on the church website, then click on the Friends of Norton Church link. Please support this appeal either by full and/or wine club membership of the Friends of Norton Church – details available from Chairman, Roger Webb on 01935 881096 or; or direct to the Parochial Church Council – in which case the 25% Gift Aid supplement may be applicable - for church fabric requirements: details available from the Treasurer, Richard Raven on 01935 881197 or   HAMDON YOUTH GROUP   After a summer of fun HYG are looking forward to some great sessions this September. Our Monday sessions continue in the Lighthouse Cafe, 7.00 – 9.00pm and welcomes young people from Year 7. Cost 50p. 4th September - Programme Planning/ Biscuit decorating, 11th September - Photo shoot   18th September - Make your own keyring, 25th September - Movie night. Our Wednesday sessions in the Meeting Room of the Village Hall in Norton (also 7.00 – 9.00pm) also welcomes young people from Year 7 so come and join in! 6th September - Photo shoot/ What Age can I?, 13th September - Make your own keyring, 20th September - Movie night. More details on both from our Youth Worker, Lou, on 07402 987921 or email As ever we would welcome more volunteers, both to support Lou at the Youth Club and to work behind the scenes. We would particularly welcome anyone able to help us in the vital work of applying for grants which enables us to keep the Youth Club running. This is particularly valuable work as we are the only providers in Norton and Stoke of youth facilities with an aim to educate and involve young people in the community. Please contact John Bailey (881227) or any member of the committee (including Lou) if you would like to join our friendly group. NORTON LADIES GROUP  A visit to Midney Gardens near Somerton was a lovely sociable outing. We  wandered around the grounds, which were different with respect to planting, including many borders mixed with fruit and flowering shrubs in addition to vegetables.  A wild flower section and a butterfly garden were also found.  Our next outing on Tuesday 5th September will be a murder mystery trail around Yetminster and will include a pub lunch.  Our Autumn season meetings commence on Tuesday 19th September in the Reading Room at 7.30pm when Dr. Sue Jenkins will give her talk on Elizabeth Garret Anderson, our first woman physician.  We welcome new members and visitors at any time.  Queries Sue Lowder    881805  2017 NORTON FESTIVAL  A Village Celebration at Norton sub Hamdon  Saturday 30th September  7.30pm:  HARVEST HOEDOWN in the Village Hall  with local band Fiddlestix and Will Antell    Tickets (which include Ploughmans)  £8 (child  under 14 £4)  from  the Community Shop. Bar and Raffle   6th to 8th October  Church open 10.30am to 4.00pm  FLORAL DISPLAYS, PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION, Refreshments  SCARECROW TRAIL around the village  Friday 6th October  7.30pm:   FOLK CONCERT in Church featuring 4 acts :   2 Folk, Jim & Laurie, Alison & Jack and Village Folk  Tickets £7  (at Door £8) from the Community Shop  Saturday 7th October  7.30pm:   BAND CONCERT in Church  by Stoke sub Hamdon Band  Ticket £7  (at Door £8) from the Community Shop.    Sunday 8th October  9.30am:   HARVEST COMMUNION Preacher: Rob Walrond (Diocesan Rural Life Adviser)  4.00pm:   RAISE THE SONG  A celebration of Harvest in word, song and music Visit:  Contact:  The 2017 Norton Festival is supporting Norton Church and School. Important Diary dates: Saturday 23rd  September     -    Scarecrow Registration .  Thursday 28th September   Decorated Welly Registration deadline. Forms available from the Community Shop. SCARECROWS -  Calling all in the Crowmunity  I hope everyone  finds a registration form to enable an entry for this years Scarecrow Trail around the village during  the weekend of 6-8th October.  This will be part of the Village Celebrations. Please join in -  we can't have a trail without Scarecrows! The last trail held 2 years ago  proved very popular.  There is no theme so anything goes.  Once you have filled in a registration form please place it in the box on the Post Office counter at the shop any time from 1st September - 23rd September.  The trail sheets will be available to follow from the church and locally  during the weekend 6-8th October.  Any queries Sue Lowder 881805 STEWARDS NEEDED  Could you help steward in the Church during the Norton Festival?  The Church will be open from 10.30am until 4pm on Friday 6th October, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th and we are needing two stewards to be on duty throughout.   If you would do an hour’s duty (or more) during the Festival please make contact with the Stewarding Coordinator – Anna Terrell on 881330 or – who will be pleased to include you on the Rota.  Richard Terrell PICTURE WANTED  I am seeking a picture of Charles Trask who, in 1898, published a history of the village.   If you know of one please could you make contact with me on  ( or 881330) as I would like to include a picture in the Photographic Exhibition of Old Norton to be shown at the October Norton Festival. NORTON MOVIE NITES starts its autumn season on Tuesday 12th  September with Their Finest, cert 18, 117 mins, starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy. A propaganda film crew engages a woman to help boost morale during the London Blitz – a funny film-within-a-film. Doors open 7.45 pm, film starts 8 pm. £5 tickets in advance only from Norton Shop. Contact Geoff Byham with any queries, 881422. Please don't phone the shop - thank you. Future attractions, all on Tuesdays: 10th October, Hidden Figures; 14th November, The Levelling; 12th December, A United Kingdom. NORTON MOVIE NITES AGM REVIEW OF 2016-17 For the first time we ran eight shows this year (with one extra before and one after Christmas) with audience numbers and profit slightly down against previous years. There were changes to the published programme due to problems with the film licences but we continued to have the support of our audience. We also had a useful contribution from the DVD raffles. Many thanks to The Box Office (The Village Shop), the Parish Magazine and Norton Newsletter who continue to provide fantastic support in terms of selling and promoting our events. We have purchased new equipment as needed. We have always seen our equipment as a community resource and the hirings have continued to be promoted this year. This year we have made donations to the Newsletter, Parish Magazine, Norton School and the Nortonian. None of this would be possible without the support of a fantastic committee and, of course, you, our audience. We are always looking for new blood, come and join us. See you again in September. John Bailey – Chair – NMN. 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 NORTON VILLAGE HALL.   The management committee are very grateful to Norton Parish Council for the donation of £1000 towards the new double door onto the veranda.  The present door is rotting away.  We will be replacing it with aluminium doors, painted to blend in with the other doors.  These should be a lower maintenance option. The exterior walls need to be sealed and repainted as they are  beginning to flake and peel, and therefore need to be weather resistant. The decking on the side of the building is rotten and needs replacing urgently.  We believe the best option would be to replace the existing wood with imprinted concrete which would be more durable in the long term and low maintenance. As you can see there will be a lot of money going out over the next few months.   We as a committee have not had too many fundraising events over the years - just our popular Jumble Sales in Spring and Autumn - well supported by your good selves - thank you.  These will continue of course. We also receive the proceeds of the  pantomime, kindly donated by Norton Pantomime Society, for which we are very grateful. This means we will be looking to run the occasional fund raising event starting in the New Year, to replenish our funds.  We have registered with Easy fundraising, which gives the Hall a donation every time you shop on line.  More details next month.   Also see poster on Norton Shop and Village Hall notice boards. for details.  Finally:  A date for your diaries,  Saturday  October  28th.  Autumn Jumble Sale. Jennie Harris for Norton Village Hall Management Committee. MANY CONGRATULATIONS to Trevor and Jennie Harris who celebrate their Ruby Wedding Anniversary on 5th  September. Love and best wishes from family and friends. WALKS BOOKLETS  For some time I have been hand-printing copies of the two walks booklets – ‘Norton Here and There’ and ‘Norton Near and Far’ and topping them up with a few copies in the Community Shop every now and then.  They sell (slowly) at £2-50 -  which helps towards ink and paper on the printer.  I wonder if any enthusiast would like to take over this little home project.  I have all the pages set up including cover and all in very good order. for reproducing by hand – NOT on computer.  Anybody interested please contact me as soon as possible and I’ll be delighted to pass them on.  Otherwise, sadly, 30 circular walks in and around our area will disappear without trace!  Ken Dives     Tel: 01935 881046   E-mail: LOST PROPERTY! Small sky-blue zip-top purse containing Dog Walking business card and small amount of cash. Black-frame spectacles in green SpecSavers case. These two items are in Norton Shop waiting to be claimed by their owners. Somebody somewhere must know who they belong to! FRIENDS OF NORTON CHURCH  WINE CLUB The August draw took place at the Lord Nelson on the 18th. One bottle each went to Rowena Alsey, Malcolm Reid, Jeremy Reid, Mary Edmond, Rob Vaux, Nick Fox, Mary Batstone, Jo Calver, Jimmy Pond and John Forrest.  In the 2nd draw Alice Hutchings, Sarah Watts, Mark Andrews and Sarah Harvey each received a bottle. The next draw will take place on  Friday 15th September at the Lord Nelson. Shares are still available at £1 per month. Call 881096 for a form. CHURCH SERVICES IN NORTON Sunday 3 11.00am All Age Worship Sunday 10 9.30am Communion Sunday 17 6.30pm Evensong Sunday 24 8.00am Communion SPECIAL SERVICES IN SEPTEMBER  Service in School we mark the start of the school year with a service in West Chinnock school at 11.00 on Sunday September 17th. We welcome all children, parents, Governors and staff.    ALL SOULS.  Although the service at Norton isn’t until 6.30 pm on November 19th (delayed this year because of a change in worship patterns). I know that a number of people value this occasion when we remember those who have died – particularly during the past 18 months. More details next month.  COMMUNION AT HOME.  It is the practice of the Church of England to offer people who cannot come to church the opportunity to receive Holy Communion at home. This will apply to people who are housebound or experiencing times of illness. I am happy to undertake these services – it would be good to know of people who might benefit from this ministry. Rev Peter Thomas  881202 OTHER EVENTS BOOK CLUB Tuesday September 5th 2.30 - 3.45pm at Chiselborough Village Hall. 'Charlotte Gray' by Sebastian Faulks and 'The Sunrise'* by Victoria Hislop (*copies available from Anne Thomas on 881202) will be under discussion - NB the library van may not be available that day. New members are very welcome - as are all users of the library van. We encourage as many people as possible to use their library card on the van - YOU could make all the difference as the route is under scrutiny at present! THE ROTARY CLUB  OF YEOVIL presents  a  'Last Night of the Proms' concert - 7.30pm at the Octagon on Friday 8th September (not Saturday as printed in previous newsletter). The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be performing. Book early – tickets  £25.50/£23 from the Rotary club  01460 240984 or the Octagon 422884 HONEY POT re-opens on Saturday September 9th from 10.00 - 12 noon at the Rectory, Cat Street, Chiselborough - with 'pre- loved books', fairtrade products and plenty of coffee/tea/hot chocolate & biscuits - not to mention a warm welcome!  The BIG BREAKFAST is from 9.00am on 16th September - so we look forward to seeing you there. As usual, all donations will go to Akamba Aid Fund and Farm Crisis Network that day.  Honey Pot will also be open on 23rd and 30th September, at the usual times. To answer a frequent question - YES we do still want books - but only ones which are 'good reads'. No more reference books thank you.  Anne Thomas 881202 MARTOCK CHURCH CONCERT - SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER AT 7.30PM - Sherborne Town Band.  This 25-strong prize- winning traditional brass band is on their third visit since 2012, playing music from 'The Last Night of the Proms' , including the usual patriotic numbers at the end. Do come along and wave a Union Jack as you sing. Tickets £9 on the door or £8 from 822706. Accompanied children under 16 admitted free. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP  Refugee Support Group, South Somerset thanks those who have donated clean washable clothing and bedding, including sleeping bags, and  suitable footwear, and asks that you please continue to do so, winter  clothing being necessary from October. Refugee numbers are increasing  in camps as more Syrians flee heavy bombing by government forces, as  it seeks to eradicate all rebels, and by foreign governments as they  seek to do the same to Isis. In addition, the war in Yemen is  producing its own refugee crisis. There is little we can do apart from helping to support families as they struggle to live.  Our thanks, also, to those who have supported fund raising activities,  eg concerts and coffee mornings in local villages. Money raised helps  to buy medication, toiletries and new underwear to send to the camps, generally in countries without resources to meet all these needs. It  also allows charities on the ground in Europe to solve emergencies as soon as they arise, eg food, tents, sleeping bags, clothing for  isolated children.  There are two fund raising events in September. On Sunday 24th in  Hinton St George there will be a musical afternoon, starting at 2.00pm,  in the Secret Garden at the end of West Street (TA17 8SA); there will  be signs in the village. Please bring your own chairs and drinks. On Friday 29th in Haselbury Plucknett Church there will be a coffee  morning from 10.30 to 12 midday. Just bring yourselves.  We hope you are able to support us in one or both of these ways, or  perhaps join our group. I continue to receive donations for Raft (  Geraldine Downey 3 Gough Close, Merriott 01460 271358 STOKE GARDENING CLUB  The next meeting  in the Memorial Hall on Wednesday 27th September  at 7.30pm will feature a talk entitled 'The Lighter Side of Plants' by a Gold Club Speaker. For further details please contact Sue Winwood on  823671. SOUTH PETHERTON LOCAL HISTORY GROUP 2017-18 PROGRAMME  The first of the Group’s activities this autumn will be on Wednesday 27th September. A short AGM will be followed by a talk on ‘The 1913 Railway Disaster at Yeovil Pen Mill’ by Roger Marsh. Yeovil Pen Mill station seems an orderly enough place today, so it’s difficult to imagine the screeching, smoke and steam of a train accident there 104 years ago that resulted in two people being killed and ten injured. Roger will tell the story as it unfolded.  On   Wednesday 25th October Dr Tim Crumplin of the Alfred Gillett Trust will talk about 'The Story of Clark’s of Street - a Quaker business'. The Alfred Gillett Trust holds the archives of Clark’s which was just one of several Quaker family businesses which had a big impact on the West Country. Tim has drawn on the archives to show how the family built up their successful shoe business in tandem with enhancing the lives of their employees. On Wednesday 22nd November Bonny Sartin of ‘The Yetties’ folksong group will perform ‘A slightly alternative Christmas’ with poems, songs and readings old and new, followed by festive light refreshments.  During the 2017/18 season the Local History Group will meet on the fourth Wednesday of most months at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall, Palmer Street, South Petherton,TA13 5DB.  Everyone is welcome to join (£8 annual subs) or just come along as a visitor to individual meetings (£3 on the door). For enquiries, email OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST WHEN NINE EQUALS SEVEN The word ‘September’ comes from the Latin ‘septem’, meaning seven.   So why is it the ninth month?   The answer lies with the old Calendar of ten months.   Before two more months were added at the beginning of the year, it used to be the seventh month and its name wasn’t changed.   There are similar explanations for the names of the remaining months of the year, which mean ‘eight’, ‘nine’ and ‘ten’ respectively. Richard Terrell ONE OFF ADVERTS -  None this month. 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