Mid Summer Mayhem 21 June

The Village Hall Committee have decided to hold another Mid Summer Mayhem event
on Saturday 21 June, as a ‘Family Fun Day for TM & L’

It will include cream teas and BBQ with lots of fun for all ages from wellie wanging to rounders and cricket.  Don’t miss out!’

Simon Stone  01258 830656

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Tony Morris opens the innings!


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Consortium Musicum Concert 19 April

Consortium Musicum

Please see above poster for what promises to be a stonkingly good concert this coming Saturday. It has been put together by Tobias Rihm and is performed by a group of mixed professional and amateurs involving instrumentalists, organist and singers. They will be playing pieces by Bach, Caldera and Platti.
It will take place at 7pm on Saturday 19th April in SS Peter and Paul, the big church in the Market Place, Blandford Forum.
Tickets (£10 and £5 for under 16s) can be bought beforehand from the Church Office (open from 9 -12) and Set Fair 4 Trade in Salisbury Street.
Or you could reserve them on 01258 450278.

Hope to see you there, Sara Loch

p.s. Tenebrae is the name of a service that is held in the hours before Easter Day

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Plant Sale & Coffee Morning 3rd May

Come along to Tarrant Monkton & Launceston Village Hall on Saturday 3rd May 10.30am. There will be Bring & Buy plants, Produce & Cakes and Bedding Plants for sale.

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Fun Dog Show at East Farm

A Fun Dog Show will be held at East Farm 2.30pm on Saturday 12 April, in aid of All Saints Church’s crumbling flint walls. There will be 12 classes, plenty for children, teas with home-made cakes, treasure hunt and raffle.
Contact Vicky Gumm on 830240.

The show was a great success, collecting £440 – pictures can be seen in the web-site’s Gallery tab for 2014

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Email (25 March 2014) from GARTH MATTHEWS

tarrantmonktonschoolc1923School Photo Names List. v2

Email (25 March 2014) from GARTH MATTHEWS (garthm49@gmail.com) Son of Vera, nee Crumpler who lived TM 1921 to 1926

Dear John

I thought it would be interesting to trace the lives of the youngsters, smiling at us from the Tarrant Monkton village school photograph, all those years ago.

I am happy to report that the vast majority got married, had children and lived well past 70 years, with at least 11 living into their 80s and 8 living into their 90s!!

The hunt is on for any pupil who is still alive and the short list is as follows:
PERCY TANSWELL   (last known address was in Blandford )
VICTOR WATERMAN (last known address was in Marnhull)
They too would be well into their 90s now.
Who knows, perhaps the school photograph is going to give us one Dorset centenarian!
If anyone knows the current situation of the above two gentlemen, it would be great to hear about them.

There were also 5 children whose lives I was not able to follow through:
Freda Bowring (became Freda Bell in 1944 in the Poole area)
Topsey Winters Alfred Maidment Jimmy Coles Victor (Jim) Gatehouse

Again I should love to hear from anyone who can throw any light on  them and let us hope hat some or all are still alive also..

I would add that my own mother, Vera Crumpler, married Henry Matthews, a seaman from Poole, in November 1932. She had three children, myself (Garth), Shirley and Pam.

I attach a copy of her wedding photograph, which I hope you like.
Crumpler family cover picture 1930 -1931 001v2 Crumpler Family Ellis Barbara mumanddadmarriage12 Nov 1932v2

She lived till she was 92. The other Crumpler girls in the photograph (and therefore my aunties ) lived long and happy lives also. Margery Crumpler married John Evans, lived in Lytchett, had three children and lived till she was 93. Winifred (Win) Crumpler married Harry Taylor, lived in Corfe Mullen, had two children and lived till she was 84. Mabel Crumpler married George Ashdown, lived in Oakdale, had three children and lived till she was 76.

The Crumpler family (Ellis and Barbara and their 7 children) lived in Tarrant Monkton in the 1920s and I also attach the family portrait photograph, taken in about 1931, with all the family dressed in Sunday best.

Many thanks


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High winds cause power outage

After suffering weeks of gales and rain, villagers were dealt another blow last night when the power was lost in a night of high winds. The power came back on approx. 16:45 today. So we can have the central heating and the TV back on!
The Splash is still unpassable to all but the bravest with 4×4 vehicles. Don’t chance it!

More trees have been blown down, including one in the Church grounds. Let’s hope this signals the end of the bad weather.

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Drama at the Splash

High drama at the Splash on Monday 6 January when a motorist decided to cross the swollen ford. The Tarrant was running very fast with water spilling across the roads at both sides. The result was the car being swiftly turned and wedged into one of the bridge arches. The Fire Service, Police and Coastguard helicopter all arrived and the driver, a retired vicar, was safely extracted from his car. Meantime, the dammed arch caused half the Tarrant to surge down the village road past Splash Cottage, which suffered flood damage as a result. The flood water surged into the ditch and Chapel field, which were already flooded from the heavy recent rainfalls. To the rescue came Phil Carden with his trusty tractor and removed the car ‘bung’ from the Splash, letting the river resume its normal course. Let’s hope no-one else attempts to cross the Ford when the water is so highVicar on the water!Services turn up to help Car spun by River Tarrant.Car wedged into bridge arch

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