Made with Xara NORTON NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2017  ISSUE 406 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: ONE OFF ADVERTS –  one this month for Drop in Yoga session in Norton Village Hall. NEW LINES AT NORTON SHOP  Have you been to the Shop recently?  We have two new freezers – one full of ice creams and the other, nearer the back of the shop, has some new lines in frozen desserts and both KELLY’S  and LOVINGTON’S ice cream treats.  Now that summer is here, why not treat yourself. We are also launching our new FREE FROM RANGE.  We have found some new ideas for those people who need gluten free products.  But more than that, we are starting a special service of getting in as many products, to your order, as we can – such as gluten free bread and sausages. Why not come and ask Claire or Dickon about it? And talking about special orders, we can take orders for fresh meat – so if you fancy a chicken or something fresh straight from the butcher for your Sunday Roast, why not order it through the Shop?  Or we can order large quantities of bread rolls, cream, ice etc for your Barbecue or Party. We are keen to hear from you, our customers, about ideas for how we can improve and change and what lines you would like us to consider keeping in stock.  We are also keen to hear, as always, from anyone interested in volunteering – any times and days to suit you, or just filling in occasionally. It is YOUR shop and, while we do all we can to keep it stocked full of things you want - if you don’t use it you will, one day, lose it.  And, of course, the same applies to the Post Office.  Come and ask about your holiday money – virtually all currencies are available and Euros are always in stock. NORTON EVENTS FRIENDS OF NORTON CHURCH Wine Club The July draw took place at the Lord Nelson on the 14th july . One bottle each went to Rowena Alsey, John Hull, Janet Hutton, Lindsay Higgins, Richard More, Shelagh Wickstead, Rob Vaux, Roger Waters, Richard Raven and Michael Zair.  In the 2nd draw Terry Wise, Lindsay Higgins, Fiona Berrington and Dave Brodie each received a bottle. The next draw will take place on 18th August at the Lord Nelson. Shares are still available at £1 per month. Call 881096 for a form. CHURCH FLAG  On  Saturday 19th August the Union Flag will fly from the Church tower for the Norton and Chiselborough Flower Show   NORTON & CHISELBOROUGH FLOWER SHOW Saturday 19th August 2017.  Norton Recreation Ground Gates open at 2.00pm - Marquee opens at 2.30pm. Entries must be registered at the Norton Reading Room on Wednesday 16th August between 7.00pm and 8.30pm. The Marquee will be open from 7.00am - 10.45am on Saturday for you to bring your registered entries.  Entries will not be permitted after 10.45am  in order to allow judging to commence. We look forward to seeing you there. This year’s attractions include music from The Stoke Band, Punch & Judy Show, Shire Horse Cart Rides, Bouncy Castle and games for all ages, Ethic Street Pizza, Ham Hill Cider, Ice Cream, Tombola, Grand Draw plus lots of new stallholders including Woodcrafts, Leather Goods, Willow products, Jams & Chutneys, Honey and Hive products and much more.                     Family Funday  Sunday 20th August from 2.00 pm. Norton Recreation Ground  Bring a picnic and Games – there's lots of space and the marquee will be open too. Please contact Nicky Brodie on 07805 439559 or Facebook for more details. AKAMBA AID FUND presents another EYE BASH on Saturday 19th August 2017  in aid of our new eye clinic in Kenya.  SO what can I expect?  Fun and lots of it.  The evening will start with some sleight of hand magic from internationally acclaimed magician and Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle, David Beckley.  Next will be a hot supper – from a fish and chip van, followed by ice cream - just like being on holiday! Then there will be live music from Flatland Boogie Band so you can boogie the night away. Throughout the evening there will be a silent auction of fantastic prizes largely donated by local businesses. There's even a raffle if you're feeling lucky!  So where is it? It will be in the Marquee, after the Flower Show, at the Recreation Ground, New Road, Norton-sub-Hamdon TA14 6SF.  It kicks off at 7.30pm so we'll see you there!  Tickets are on sale  now from the Village Community Shop  For more info - visit our website at FESTIVAL CUPPA!  Enjoy a cuppa coffee (or tea) in the Reading Room from 10.30am on Wednesday 30th August and support your 2017 Norton Festival. There will also be a Raffle and an opportunity for donations at the Coffee Morning which will be raising money to help offset the initial set-up costs of the Festival. Everyone is welcome and your support will be appreciated.  Richard Terrell  (Event Coordinator) TINKERS BUBBLE OPEN DAY.  Sunday 3rd September 11.00am to 4.00pm. Live music from the Gin Bowlers. Tours, pony rides, apple pressing, steam engine powered saw mill demo (11.00am-1.00pm), foraging walk, delicious cakes and teas, craft and juice stall. Dogs on leads please!  Parking in Norton at Lime Kiln car park – footpath to Tinkers Bubble will be clearly signposted.  All welcome! LADIES GROUP  A group of us visited Portland, and enjoyed a glass bottom boat trip on the Fleet Observer along the lagoon beside Chesil Beach, followed by lunch at Billy Winters Beach café with fantastic views across the harbour.  Our annual garden party was hosted by Christabel in her beautiful garden. A delicious buffet was provided by our members and we washed it down with Pimms! The rain held off and the evening whizzed by far too quickly.  An outing is planned to Midney Gardens on Friday 11th August.  A murder mystery trail around Yetminster with a pub lunch is planned for Tuesday 5th September.  Our monthly  meetings resume in the  Reading Room on September 19th when Dr. Sue Jennings will give her talk on the Life and Work of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, our first woman physician.  We meet on 3rd Tuesday each month in the Reading Room at 7.30pm, new members and visitors are always welcome.  Sue Lowder  881805 BE PART OF THE FESTIVAL !  With the 2017 Norton Festival just around the corner you are invited to become involved in a variety of ways. There’s going to be a SCARECROW TRAIL around the village.   So simply create a scarecrow and register it with the Coordinator – Sue Lowder.   There’s going to be a decorated WELLY WALK.   Simply festoon your wellies and place them along the church path.   Register your involvement with the Coordinators, Chris and Helen Goldsmith.   Wear a HARVEST HAT over the Weekend.   Simply make a hat with a harvest theme and add to the atmosphere of the Festival.   On  the Sunday there will be a FESTIVAL HARVEST COMMUNION at 9.30am with the Diocesan Rural Affairs Adviser, Rob Walrond, the Preacher, while at 4.00pm  there will be RAISE THE SONG – a celebration of harvest in words and music.   The Church will have HARVEST DISPLAYS, a  PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION OF OLD NORTON and REFRESHMENTS throughout the Weekend. On Saturday 30th September there’s a HARVEST HOEDOWN in the Village Hall with Fiddlestix and Will Antell.   (Tickets £8 - child under 14 - £4). On  Friday 6th October a FESTIVAL FOLK CONCERT in the Church with some of the region’s finest folk musicians.  (Tickets £7 – at Door £8) and on Saturday 7th October a STOKE BAND CONCERT.   (Tickets £7 – at Door £8)  The net proceeds of the Weekend will be equally divided between Norton Church and School.   So make sure you're involved and have an enjoyable Weekend.  Richard Terrell  (Event Coordinator) PUBLIC TRANSPORT.  Like many in the village, I now rely on Public Transport to get to Yeovil and South Petherton on the No 81 bus.  Thank goodness for The Village Shop!!!    On one of my shopping trips to Yeovil, I was moaning to Iris James, that our destinations were limited - either Yeovil or South Petherton . I was really wanting to go to Crewkerne and treat myself to a trip to Waitrose.   'Oh' she said, 'there is a Community bus that goes to Crewkerne and back, every Tuesday.  It leaves the Minchingtons Close Bus Shelter  shortly before 10.00am.'  I live at the junction of Higher Street and Great Street and it stops at the junction when I flag it down.  It  goes to the  Market Place in Crewkerne returning to the village, leaving The Market place at 12.30pm. It is a Community Bus, does not take Bus Passes and the cost is £5.50 return.  I have used it several times and it is very good.  I have only ever seen two other people use it.  If we don’t use it, we may lose it!!!  Alec Seccombe PS  The phone number for the Nippy Bus is 823888 and the website is  which has details of all their routes. Apparently there are details of how to  pre-book and use their demand responsive services. You need to phone their booking line on 01935 823888 and let them know which service you wish to use. They then arrange a pickup time based on the location of your pickup point.  Editor THANK YOU To Mark and Helen who provided the outside catering for the celebration of Lizzie and Steve's marriage held in our garden on Saturday 1st July. The professional approach, efficient service and food were absolutely perfect. There was very little left at the end of the evening and Steve's American family could not get enough of the puddings! We cannot recommend the Lord Nelson enough. Thank you again Mark.  Sarah and Leon Wellman. MANY THANKS to Kenneth Dives for proof reading the newsletter each month for so many years. His thoroughness and expertise have been invaluable and a great help to me.  Editor NEW ARRIVALS. We welcome Tatum Blaize and her son Clay who have come to live in Little Mead and we hope they will be very happy in our lovely village. NORTON WALKS - A few remaining copies of the two booklets ‘Norton Here and There’ and ‘Norton Near and Far’ are available in the Community Shop,  (price £2.50p) and also some copies of  the ‘Norton Roundabout’ which is a circuit of our local rights of way (Free).   We are unlikely to be able to reprint.  Ken Dives (Parish Paths Liaison Officer)   MOBILE BROADBAND.  From the end of June, Vodafone upgraded their mobile broadband to 4G in Norton. In most of the village,you can expect to have a reliable connection for emails and the internet using a 4G-compatible phone, laptop or tablet. You can also expect good 4G browsing and download speeds. Martyn Hamlin NEWS FROM, THE FRIENDS OF NORTON SCHOOL(FONS)  The FONS would like begin by expressing their grateful thanks to the outgoing Treasurer, Pip Sear, and most especially to the outgoing Chairperson, Jo Parker.  These ladies have been wonderful ambassadors for the School and have enriched our children’s school experience with much-needed extra funding.  We are pleased to welcome Esther Lawrence to the position of Chairperson, and Nicola Rusling as Treasurer.  Esther has two children in Norton School and is an experienced Middle and Secondary school teacher.   Nicola also has a child in Norton School and you will find her a friendly member of the local Post Office staff!   We are looking forward to kicking off the School year with a Barn Dance (Harvest Hoedown) on 30th September in Norton Village Hall.  Our thanks go to the organisers from St Mary’s Church in their offer to support our School with a share of the funds raised by this event.  Our thanks also for the support offered by the Norton Festival committee, who have events running over the weekend of 6th October.  Over the next year we have hopes for a pre-half term disco, children’s own design Christmas cards, Bag2School collection on 2nd November, Christmas Fair, Pancake breakfast, Prize Bingo, Car boot sale (no traders), Easter Egg hunt, film nights, sponsored run, Wine and Words (ladies only) book auction, Father’s Day Saturday night camp out and bigger and better Sports Day fundraising.  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 or message us via our Facebook page: Friends of Norton Sub Hamdon School. We wish you a restful summer break and look forward to seeing everyone in September.   Esther Lawrence (Chair) & Emily Waters (Secretary) Goodbye Mrs Dwyer The whole school, with various friends, went on a village walk on July 19th with Mrs Dwyer on her last day. . In a moving final assembly she spoke about her top 10 things in school (remarkably they included OfSted, but unsurprisingly she also spoke of her faith). Gifts were given and cake was eaten. .Across 25 years she has probably taught around 400 children at Norton School (on two sites) - and so many young lives have been influenced for good  by her talents and her love. Peter Thomas Jamie Caswell is also on the move and taking up a Deputy Headship at Merriott  and Haselbury Federated schools. He has made a fantastic contribution to Norton School and will also be greatly missed. All good wishes go to him for the future. PARISH COUNCIL REPORT FOR JULY 2017 Planning:  The Parish Council have had one planning application to consider for this month. 17/02340/LBC   Brook House, Little Street, Internal alterations and new internal entrance. No Objection Parking of Cars at the entrance to Higher Street from Great Street:  The junction of Higher Street to Great Street has once again become very dangerous with cars being parked nearly a metre away from the wall and out into the road right on the junction.  Cars and a works van are being regularly parked and left far too close to the junction which is making it completely blind for people trying to exit from Higher Street onto Great Street.  This is a fast bit of road and if this carries on there will be an accident.  The legal requirement states:  DO NOT park your vehicle or trailer on the road where it would endanger, inconvenience or obstruct pedestrians or other road users.  DO NOT stop or park your vehicle opposite OR within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction.  The police have been notified and will be taking action. Responsibilities of home or landowners that have river frontage:  If you own land or property next to a river, stream or ditch you are a ‘riparian landowner’.  If you own land adjoining, above or with a watercourse running through it, you have certain rights and responsibilities. In legal terms you are a ‘riparian owner’. If you rent the land, you should agree with the owner who will manage these rights and responsibilities. A leaflet is available on the Environment Agency website called ‘Living on the Edge’ - A guide to your rights and responsibilities of riverside ownership.  If anyone would like a copy of this leaflet, I have copies of the leaflet here, so please let me know. Donation to the Village Hall for new double doors:  The village hall requires new double emergency escape doors as the original ones leading onto the veranda have now rotted.  The new doors will be made of aluminium.  The Parish Council unanimously agreed to donate £1,000.00 toward them. Bonfires:  I have once again received many complaints about people lighting bonfires in their gardens which are then left to burn for a couple of days or longer.  We would please ask you all to have respect for your neighbours when contemplating lighting a fire, especially with the beautiful weather we are experiencing at the moment.  People like to have their windows open at night, dry washing outside and sit in their gardens in the evening and all of these simple pleasures are being spoilt by others.  Please do not leave bonfires just smouldering.  If it doesn’t burn straight away, please extinguish it.  Thank you. New Footpaths Liaison Officer required for the village:  Due to our current Footpaths Liaison Officer moving away from the area, the Parish Council are looking for a person to take on this volunteer role. It entails informally keeping an eye on their local rights of way network and reporting any problems such as missing signposts, paths obstructed by fallen trees, damage to bridges or difficult to use gates and stiles, to the Somerset’s Rights of Way Team at Somerset County Council. If you would like to know more about this role we would love to hear from you. Broken glass in the play area at the recreation field:  Last week, we received a report of a glass bottle that had been smashed and left in the play area at the recreation field.  This was cleared up and the play area has been checked a couple of times since and is completely clean.  A sign will be going up to request that no glass or bottles  be taken into the play area.  Thank you. The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Monday 11th September at 7.30pm in the Reading Room. Members of the general public are more than welcome to attend.  There is no meeting in August. Louise Brooks (Clerk to Norton sub Hamdon Parish Council) 881882 CHURCH SERVICES IN NORTON Sunday 13 9.30am Communion Sunday 20 6.30pm Service  in Marquee Sunday 27 8.00am Communion SPECIAL SERVICE IN AUGUST TENT SERVICE 6.30pm Sunday August 20th Once again we will be celebrating in song on Norton Rec in the Marquee to conclude the Flower Show weekend. There will be a selection of the most popular hymns both 'Ancient' and 'Modern' – and we will hear something of their background stories and about their writers. The future pattern of Church services across the 7 churches has slightly changed. For Norton the Pattern will be: 1st Sunday of Month either 11.00 am,  All age worship (odd months) or 6.30 pm Praise Service (even months) 2nd Sunday of Month 9.30 am parish communion 3rd Sunday of Month 6.30 pm Prayer Book Evensong (odd months) 4th Sunday of Month 8.00 am Prayer Book Communion Monthly list is at OTHER EVENTS BOOK CLUB There is no Library Tea Pot meeting in August, but the Library Van will be visiting our villages on Tuesday August 8th - so please use it if you can. It  comes to Higher Street and parks in the lay-by close to Pippins from 3.35 until 3.55pm on one Tuesday each month. The next book club meeting will be on Tuesday September 5th 2.30 - 4.00pm in Chiselborough Village Hall. All are welcome to join us for tea, cake and book talk. We have been reading Charlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulkes - plus - of course, dipping into Jane Austen in this special JA200 year.  (For those of you who missed the Jane Austen tea on July 18th, we decided that P&P and Persuasion had to stay in the Air Balloon as air leaked out and the basket sank - but Northanger Abbey, Emma and Mansfield Park were soon thrown overboard! Sense and Sensibility lasted a little longer, but this may have been due to the richness of the syllabub and Shrewsbury biscuits which chased down the cucumber sandwiches!)  Anne Thomas 881202 STOKE GARDENING CLUB   the next event  on  Sunday 20th August  will be a  morning visit to 'Sculpture by the Lakes' at Dorset's Pallington Lakes followed by lunch and an afternoon visit to The Walled Garden, Moreton, Dorchester. For further details contact Sue Winwood on  823671. HONEY POT will be taking a break over the summer, but appearing as a pop up Honey Pot at the Flower Show. We will re-open on Saturday September 9th - just one week before our annual Charity Breakfast at Chiselborough Rectory on Saturday September 16th  serving from 9.00am until the food runs out! September opening: 9th, 16th*, 23rd & 30th 10.00am - 12 noon. *books may not be accessible owing to breakfast requirements.  Special requests: anyone wishing to browse the books over the summer is welcome to contact Anne for special access to the bookshop and the children's book shack - at any reasonable hour! Looking ahead:  a 'Pilsdon' collection of warm clothing for men will be made in October, and food for Yeovil Food Bank during November. More details next month.  Anne Thomas 881202 CHILDREN'S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST  Another great Sunday at the Shrubbery Hotel -  the 3 course meal was perfect as were the staff. We raised £861 for the C.H.S.W - so very pleased with that. Chas Roberts  ( Charles Seaton) entertained us after our lunch. He went down very well, and we had a few sing alongs as well. After Doug had paid Charles he very kindly donated it  back to us for the C.H.S.W.  What a very kind thing to do, it was very much appreciated. - THANKYOU CHARLES. Our next lunch at the Shrubbery is our Christmas lunch on Sunday November 26th. Charles and his band will be entertaining us on this day.  We are told it will have a party  atmosphere, so a date to pop in your diary. You can book your tickets as soon as you like as they will be limited  Phone Carol 01935881510 Thank you to every one that supported us. Best wishes Carol THE ROTARY CLUB  OF YEOVIL presents  a  'Last Night of the Proms' concert - 7.30pm at the Octagon on Saturday 8th  September. The British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Book early – tickets  £25.50/£23 from the Rotary club  01460 240984 or the Octagon 422884 OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST CAESAR THE CONQUEROR!  Augustus Caesar, the grandnephew of Julius, defeated Marc Anthony and Cleopatra to became Emperor of Rome, so the Roman Senate decided he should have a month named after him.   They declared that having thrice entered Rome in triumph, brought Egypt under the authority of the Roman people and put an end to civil wars the month when all this occurred should be called Augustus.   So August was named after the Roman ruler.  Richard Terrell HAM HILL VILLAGES BENEFICE The Bishop has now signed the scheme that will bring this into being – there will still be 7 separate parishes, but there will be more things we can do together. However there are a few further steps. The Church Commissioners have to make sure it is watertight and legal. Then a public notice has to be displayed for a number of weeks (rather like a planning application) – so that people can make comments. It will eventually require a further episcopal signature and a formal service – I am still hoping it will be complete this year! Ride and Stride _ Saturday September 10th Each year the Somerset Churches Trust arranges Ride and Stride and asks for churches to be open and ready with a biscuit and drink for visiting cyclists, walkers or riders. People are encouraged to visit as many churches as possible – and to get sponsorship for doing it. If you would like to be participate then sponsorship forms can be downloaded at All 7 Church in the Ham Hill Benefice will be open on that day. What is the Trinity?  At the centre of Christian understanding is a word that is not in the Bible – yet has been the subject of debate for all Christian History. What is the Trinity? Why is it important? Study group at Chiselborough Rectory - led by Gary Edmunds - 7.30pm Wednesdays Sept 6, 13, 20 & 27. All are welcome to attend. ONE OFF ADVERTS: SUMMER DROP IN YOGA CLASSES. Norton sub Hamdon Village Hall 6.30pm to 8.00pm. £8 a session. Thursdays 3  17 and 31 August. Also at Clapton Village Hall 7.30pm to 9.00pm £7 a session. Mondays 31 July, 14 and  28 August.  Please phone Jane Clark on 07925148222 to reserve a place or just turn up. 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