Giant Sunflower Challenge

The Giant Sunflower Challenge
To add a splash of yellow (or red)  to the valley join in with the Sunflower Competition.  Packets containing at least 5 seeds will be on sale at the Plant Sale at Bay Farm from 10.30am on Friday 8 May.
The blue packets contain Russian Giants and the red packets contain Red Sun Giants. Each packet is £1.  Buy as many as you like and send them to friends and relatives.  They can enter too.
If anyone is unable to make it to the Plant Sale to collect their packet of seeds you can collect them after Friday from Higher Dairy Farmhouse.  There will be an honesty box and collection point set up.
Plant the seeds before the end of May, nurture and encourage them over the coming weeks to achieve the tallest and/or largest flower and to have a chance to be awarded the Sunflower Champion and chocolates!
If possible, grow the sunflowers where everyone can see them.  When your sunflower has reached it’s tallest or largest, please send photographs which show the height and/or width measurement of your sunflower to Lisa at  Entries close at 5pm on 20 September 2020.
Winning entries will be posted on the village website.
Good luck everyone.  Can’t wait to see sunflowers all through the valley.
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Betty’s Tree Blooming

Dear Villagers, Mavis took these photos of the blooms now showing on Betty Crisfield’s tree, planted to celebrate her 100th birthday in January.

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Easter Pictures

Dear Villagers, please see some Easter photos

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Our MP, Simon Hoare, writes …

Dear all,

I hope this email finds you well? `
I have written an article for the Blackmore Vale magazine, detailing advice, guidance and personal reflections regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
There is also an advert which has appeared on the front page. Both the advert and article are attached for you to view. See below. You are more than welcome to print copies of the advert to use on village notice boards, distribute locally or publish on your websites.
These are extremely challenging times for all of us and I thank you for all you do. 

Yours ever, Simon 

Simon Hoare MP, Member of Parliament for North Dorset

House of Commons   London SW1A 0AA

0207 219 5697

blackmore vale advert 24-3-20

simon hoare editorial

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Church and Hall closed

Due to the Government restrictions caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, both the Church and the Village Hall are closed until further notice.

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Take Away from Langton & Farm Shop

Barbara has offered a take-away service from the Langton Arms and the Rawston Farm Butchery & Farm Shop: see –

Langton Arms Message
Butchery & Farm Shop
Langton Takeaway Menu

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NHS Coronavirus Advice

Dear Villager,
you have probably seen all this advice via your TV and newspaper, but here it is again

NHS advice 22 March

Please heed this advice but don’t stop being neighbourly – just 2 metres apart!

Take care,

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Winter Warmer 27 February 6pm

Dear Villager,
A reminder of the next Winter Warmer ..

Just to remind anyone who hasn’t yet reserved tickets for the Winter Warmer this coming Thursday, 27 February, starting at 6pm. Please note the earlier start time and that there will be no tickets on the door on this occasion.  Tickets are £8 to include a glass of wine and nibbles.

Jonathan Aitken, journalist, author and Cabinet Minister before becoming a Prisoner In Belmarsh Prison will be speaking about his life.  He was ordained into the Church of England last year, and is now Prison Chaplain at Pentonville Prison.
The very few remaining tickets are available from Fiona MacEwen; please leave a message on 830560

Many thanks

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CPR Training

At the recent refresher CPR training sessions, the following advice was issued
cpr training 2020

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Village Celebrates Betty’s 100th

At 12 noon on Saturday 18th January, over 40 villagers met to celebrate Betty Crisfield’s 100th birthday. Alas, Betty was in Blandford Hospital recovering from a broken leg, but we all wished her well. Mavis had organised the village celebration and Tim planted the Cherry tree that Betty asked for. Here are some photos of the event …




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