13th 10.00am Church Coffee Morning
This will be held in All Saints Church on the same day as the Historic Churches cycle ride. There will be a Bring and Buy Produce Stall and any money taken will be put towards the framing of the Stoneleys altar frontal. Please join us if you can.
28th 10.30am Worship for all Harvest Festival Celebration
Donations of food would be gratefully received at this Harvest Thanksgiving. All will be given to the Blandford Food Bank. They are unable to accept fresh produce, but dry or tinned goods are very welcome, as well as fruit juices and UHT milk. If you are unable to attend the service, feel free to leave your gifts in the church.
At long last, the footbridge over the River Tarrant has been refurbished by Dorset CC Highways. The centre vertical rails were replaced and the whole bridge given a fresh coat of paint. All we need to do now is do the same with the sign-post!
As reported in the September 2014 Forum Focus:
“THE Blandford School held the annual Della Jones Mile and again
it was a great success with a total of 280 participants.
The winning boy was Year 12 student Ryan Walbridge with a time
of 4 minutes 56, who is pictured receiving his award from Mrs
Jones, watched by fellow governor John Paulley. The winning girl
was Amy Robbins from Year 9 finishing in 6 minutes 50.
The top two teachers were Mr Spry running the mile in 5.44, and
Mrs Minchella in 9 minutes 09. Mrs Jones kindly offered to fund
certificates for all the students who completed the mile.”
Ryan, who lives in Tarrant Launceston, also did very well in the Tarrant 10.
Launceston Farm was highlighted as top of the list in the Telegraph’s weekend magazine (dated 16 August) in an article entitled “Four of the Best Farms to Stay in”.
Well done Sarah & team!
The article stated:
“Sarah Worrall’s father bought Launceston Farm, parts of which date from 1680, in 1929. He farmed there until his death seven years ago, when Sarah’s son, Jimi, took over. Today he runs it 100 per cent organically, producing, among other things, beef from Angus and South Devon cattle (some of which goes to the local butcher, the rest to Sainsbury’s via its nearby organic abattoir), wheat, barley, rye and oats. Sarah, meanwhile, runs the Georgian farmhouse as a pretty B&B with six light, airy, antique-filled en suite bedrooms (she was born in Orchard, a beautiful room overlooking the garden and orchards), an outdoor pool for summer months and breakfasts packed with ingredients from the farm, such as sausages, eggs and apple juice. Greeting you with tea and cake on arrival, Worrall is always at hand to dispense tips on everything from the best local walks to the nearest lovely bits of coastline (Lulworth Cove is about 45 minutes away). She also provides evening meals on Monday and Friday nights, but you have to request them in advance.
Doubles from £45, supper from £25 (01258-830528; wolseylodges.com).”
PS The new Parish Council notice board is now in place on the refurbished holiday apartment at the entrance to Launceston Farm.
The 27th Tarrant Valley 10 race was held on July 20. As usual, Barbara gave us the use of the field and toilets, and Gerard the Chapel field for car parking. The conditions were favourable; there had been torrential rain the day before,while 3 days later the start was covered with fresh tarmac.
There were 180 entries for the 10k race. There were 20 entries for the 1 mile children’s race, the youngest being Martha Blyth aged 3. One of the youngest runners in the 10k was Ryan Walbridge of Tarrant Launceston, aged 17. He came 4th. Other valley runners included Steve Claxton, Tim Seward, Nick Jenkins, Jonnie Sterck, Michael Clark and Yordan Sinapov – and a lot of the children too.
Over 50 people from our villages helped in one way or another – a remarkable score. Generous donations to our running costs came from Sarah Worrall, Traci Handford, Robin Hooper and Jonathan White, and others. The day’s efforts raised enough to give our three main charities £780 each – Wessex Neurological Unit, Naomi House and Jack’s Place Hospices, and Tarrant Monkton Church. More details about the race, and full results, can be seen on the website http://tarrantvalley10.webs.com
The Tarrant Monkton & Launceston Flower & Produce Show was held on Saturday 2nd August and it provided a wonderful feast for the eyes. The results can be found on the Flower show’s web-site: click here
25 adults and 10 children entered the contest. Well done to all who provided such lovely entries.
On Saturday 19 July, and the previous night, the village experienced heavy lightning and thunder storms close by. As a result the roads were very wet and streams of water were running down to the Splash.
Unfortunately, a motorist got caught out by the conditions and skidded straight on at the Turners Lane bend and ended up in the garden of Wyndbrook Cottage. Let’s hope the damage to the hedge can be repaired quickly.