Village News – December 2016

Kingston Christmas Party

We will be holding a Christmas Party/get-together for the village this year at the Scott Arms – probably the week before Christmas – when the details/date have been sorted a poster will be put in the Scott Arms and leaflets through letter boxes! However, would be good to know if anyone would be interested in coming in advance – usual sort of thing – quiz, raffle, food etc – unless anyone has any brilliant ideas for something exciting and new – in which case please get in touch with Sue or Peter – who will be waiting with bated breath – for some sort of response from anyone! Be great to have some fresh input/help with this event!

Telephone: 481372 (Susan Ireland) and 480212 (Peter Buckle)

Christingle Oranges

If any child would like an orange at the Christingle Service, Kingston this year which will be held on Christmas Eve could you please get in touch with Susan or Peter on the numbers above – thanks.

Sue Ireland

Village News – October 2016

The recent Flower, Craft and Music Festival held at St James’ Church, Kingston was a great success. It started on Friday night with a concert featuring The Military Wives’ Choir from Bovington, Woodwind Trio Zephyrae and the solioist Rosie Horn. All were a pleasure to listen to, so talented, and the impromptu rendition of Panis Angelicus from Rosie Horn with the woodwind trio was delightful.

The Flower and Craft Festival was on Saturday and Sunday and was much enjoyed by all who attended. The church looked wonderful with all the flower arrangements and crafts. There was also music at times during the weekend from Zephyhrae, Roderick Raley on the organ with Felicity Smith on the violin, The Swanage Recorder Group and proceedings were brought to a close by Harmony Rocks Choir on Sunday afternoon. Many thanks to all the performers and also to Claire who is musical director of both The Military Wives and Harmony Rocks.

We would like to thank everyone who helped to make the event a success – the musicians, the flower arrangers and the people who displayed and demonstrated their crafts, the stallholders and the ladies who made cakes and everyone who helped with the refreshments, the setting up and the clearing up afterwards. We would also like to thank Albury and Hall Estate Agents for sponsoring and erecting advertising signs and James Smiths Funeral Directors for sponsoring the programmes. I hope we have remembered to thank everyone for giving up their time to help. We could not have run the event without you all.

Judy Forgan & Doreen Farr

Village News – September 2016

Kingston News

We would like to remind everyone about the Flower, Craft and Music Festival in September at St James’. There is a concert at 7pm on Friday, 16 September with the Bovington Military Wives Choir and the Woodwind Trio Zephyrae. Entry is free with a retiring collecting. The Flower and Crafts with music is on Saturday, 17 and Sunday, 18 September from 10am till 5pm. There are various musical recitals over the two days and Harmony Rocks choir will be singing at 3.30pm on Sunday. If anyone is able to help with serving the refreshments of ploughman’s, cream teas and cakes please telephone Doreen on 07506235038 or 480837. We look forward to seeing you there for what should be a good ‘Celebration of Life and Achievements’.

Chairs

Following a comment in the visitors book at St James’ Church from a Corfe Castle resident, I feel I must respond. These chairs are not what we would ideally have liked but we had to work within very strict guidelines set by the Diocese. We need stackable chairs to enable the Church to be multi-functional in order to try to ensure its survival and to fund the maintenance costs of the beautiful building which are considerable. After months of negotiation with the Diocese we complied with what the Chancellor would accept and we could afford. The PCC have spent several years fundraising and thanks to the success of the events held and the generosity of individual donors we raised enough to buy seventy new chairs. We have, in the last few days, received a further generous donation which should enable us to buy a further fifteen chairs.

Fête

The Fête in August was blessed with a beautiful day and was very successful with a lovely atmosphere with music and many stalls and games. Thanks to Sue and Peter and everyone who helped to make the day such a success. Without these helpers it would not be possible to hold such events.

Doreen Farr

KINGSTON FETE

Just a quick thank you to everyone who helped with the Fête – setting it all up – helping on the day with the stalls, games, teas etc. to the Scott Arms for the bar and bbq and Purbeck ice creams – to the musicians who came and played so well (and amazingly didn’t want paying). Having hoped for a dry day and got one, we were a bit down on the number of children this year – the beach being a better option – but apart from that it all went ok-ish. I will post what we made in the next month’s Dubber. Thanks again – big gold stars all round.

Susan Ireland

FRED

Fred Keevil lived in Kingston for about 30 years. He was originally a Fashion Photographer, and later on in his life took to photographing County shows and riding events. He had various dogs which were a great love of his. His little Terrier, Mouse, was probably his favourite. He and a friend use to puppy walk hound puppies for the local hunt. Lately he had become very lonely and reclusive, although still driving his car, going shopping and managing to look after himself. It became obvious early in June that he was no longer able to care for himself and was taken to Dorchester Hospital where he died few weeks later.

Greta Hardy

Village News – August 2016

Preparations are underway for the 2016 Flower, Craft and Music Festival and we can now confirm that the event will begin with a concert evening on Friday, 16 September with the Military Wives Choir from Bovington followed by the Woodwind Trio Zephyrae from Wareham. This will be an opportunity to appreciate local musicians performing at St James’ Church, well-known for its acoustic enhancement, whilst surrounded with the beauty of flowers. It will be a special evening in every way and a reminder of God’s goodness to us as the Festival theme is Celebration of Life and Achievements. It will be great to see the newly acquired chairs in use at the concert after several years of fundraising and negotiation with Salisbury Diocese. A huge thank you to those who have contributed in the past towards this fund and to PCC members who helped to get them installed.

The church will be open all weekend 17-18 September and there will be a range of local crafts people demonstrating their work and skills – spinning, felt, pottery, stone carving, woodcraft and other arts and crafts. Delicious homemade cakes will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm. We are grateful to our sponsors Albury and Hall, who are helping with the publicity. This year there will also be more for children including face painting.

If you are part of a local organisation, business or charity and would like to promote it at the festival, through a flower arrangement, we have space for a few more, similarly, if you would like to celebrate someone’s life through photos and a flower tribute, we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact Doreen on 480837 or Judy on 07724325735 as soon as possible to book your space (no charge but please bring your own flowers and any accessories) or you can email: judyforgan@hotmail.co.uk

Have a good summer and see you all at the Kingston Fête on Saturday, 13 August.

Judy & Doreen

Swanworth Quarry – extension and increased landfill

Mineral Extraction & Landfill Waste – latest update

The 35-acre proposed extension of Swanworth Quarry consultation period continues. Local comments are still needed.

If no comments are received, they will presume we are all happy with this quarry extension and increased Waste Landfill.

Important Changes

The site remains the same size but now includes a “possible tunnel” over The Purbeck Way?

It now extends further North into the field adjacent to the B3069, where it will be fully visible to the local community.

Now includes increased Waste Landfill of the present site up to 400,000 tonnes: this will be transported through Corfe Castle and up Kingston Hill.

If approved the new site would give rise to additional traffic through the Parish for an extended period.

This AONB site (one of only 33 in the country) will be compromised for a finite aggregate resource.

Dates for your diary

11 July – 7pm at Corfe Town Hall. Corfe Castle Parish Council Meeting with Trevor Badley – the Principal Planning Officer of DCC, will discuss these proposals and answer questions.

21 July – all comments and objections to be sent to DCC.

There are three ways to do this:

THIS IS A WAKE UP CALL.

The plans will go to the Minister of State in Spring 2017.

Residents of Kingston

Village News – June 2016

Kingston Fete 2016

This year we are holding our Fête on 13 August. It will be in the grounds of Kingston Church – not the most ideal spot in some ways – but perfect in others. It is, after all, a church fête and visitors will have access to the bell tower, be able to listen to the wonderful organ and, in the unlikely event of bad weather (!), there is shelter inside the church.

There was no fête last year due to various reasons – ill health etc, etc – so we are hoping to make 2016 a success to encourage us to carry on with this traditional event. Kingston village has lost a lot of its actual residents over the past few years but there are quite a few people who have very kind volunteering for ‘stuff’ so we are hoping we can actually rustle up enough people to help.

So – all of this preamble is actually an early request for anyone who could help set-up before the event, run a village stall, help with a game, donate the usual fête-type things etc etc to get in touch with either Peter or me so we have a rough idea what sort of support, if any, we might expect. Also any­one wanting to have their own stall – anything that would fit in with a traditional village fête – should get in touch; there will be a small charge payable in advance to secure a spot. We would also welcome any bright ideas for something new to do on the afternoon – bearing in mind it is a church fête – memories of my ill-advised booking of a team of belly-danc­ers springs to mind.

As I am sure you will immediately forget the date and the requests there will be another reminder in the July Dub­ber as well. I know it’s a bit of a pain giving up a Saturday in August to help at something prone to be a rather damp and soggy affair but it is only ONE day… well one afternoon to be precise and we would be eternally grateful for your support. Please contact either Peter Buckle (480212) or Susan Ireland (481372) or susie2ireland@yahoo.co.uk.

Susan Ireland

Village News – June 2016

Father’s Day Cream Teas

This month, we have the first Music afternoon with Cream Teas on Sunday, 19 June. Why not treat Dad to a lovely afternoon in the Purbeck Hills? We can offer spec­tacular views from the Tower, homemade cakes or a cream tea on the lawns, or listening to relaxing organ music. There may also be a fresh display about the church architecture and stained glass windows. Don’t miss it come between 2pm and 4.30pm.

Flowers, Crafts, Music Festival

Thank you to those who have already offered to demon­strate their skills at the Flowers, Craft and Music event which takes place on 16 & 17 September. The theme ‘Celebrating Life and Achievements’ enables us to offer a wide display of flower displays. There will also be some exciting ones based on the Brazil Paralympics which will be taking place around that time. Please contact Doreen Farr or Judy Forgan, if you would like to participate in any way, or promote your local cause through a floral display (480837 or doreen@farr988.orangehome; 481629 or judyforgan@hotmail.co.uk). This is an economical way to advertise your group or business across the Purbeck Community. It can also can be for any age – from children’s groups to charities, or even a some flowers to celebrate the life of someone dear to you. There will hopefully be an additional evening event as a preview evening – with the Military Wives Choir from RAC Boving­ton, followed by light refreshments and a chance to social­ise and enjoy the wonderful acoustics at St James’ Church, while appreciating the local crafts and flowers. On the Sun­day afternoon, another local choir, Harmony Rocks will be performing as the Festival draws to a close.

Kingston Country Courtyard Fair

Now in its third year, the Fair, in aid of Air Ambulance, on Sunday, 3 July is another event not to be missed. Even bigger, with classic cars, steam engines, dog show with agility, live music, arena events and lots for all the family – bouncy castles, face paints, games, local produce, hog roast and homemade refreshments… also an evening music event – see website for full details. If you are interested in running a stall, there is still space – contact Ann Tiller on ann.tiller@talktalk.net as soon as possible.

Judy Forgan

Heavenly Foods Festival

The lovely Church of St James at the top of Kingston Hill will be hosting a new festival this year, one which celebrates ‘ Heavenly Foods’ in the form of a combined Flowers and Craft Festival, at which you will also be able to enjoy live music at certain times of the day.

The event which runs from Saturday 17 – Monday 19 September is open to the public from 10 am – 5 pm each day and is free of charge. We hope to have the bell tower open, for people to enjoy the splendid views over Purbeck, and at certain times you can enjoy hearing the amazing set of 10 bells.

This will be one of our main fundraising events of 2016, so please come and support it, bring your friends, families and neighbours and enjoy the special surroundings whilst savouring refreshments on the lawn with the best views in Purbeck. ‘Save the Date’ as they say!

Getting Involved

Would you like to be involved in this event? Spaces are limited so please return your booking form early. The event was very popular last year and we anticipate being oversubscribed so please let me know during May/June if you wish to book a place. You may be involved in various ways either with craft or music.

A. Floral/Foliage Contribution For this you may promote/represent your organisation by using a flower/foliage display either as a pedestal arrangement or other container. We shall be using the entrance area, font, and choir stall and altar also the window arches and window sills for floral arrangements. The overall theme will be ‘Celebrating Life’ we would encourage you to select your subject from the list and include relevant items in the display. We would ask you to provide an A5 or A4 laminated notice with your group’s name. There is no charge, but it would be your responsibility to provide all flowers, containers and accessories. Displays will be listed in the visitors programme.

B. Craft Demonstrations We would like local crafts people to offer to attend and demonstrate their craft on either the Saturday or Sunday. This will have to take place outside, so you will need to provide a small gazebo if possible. We are hoping for a cross section of crafts – stonework, metalwork, wood, pottery and ceramic, fabric and art work. You will need to reserve a place in advance so that we can set aside an area. There is no charge for this if you are not selling items, however we would ask that you must have public liability insurance and take all precautions necessary for health and safety.

C. Craft Sales We have just a few spaces for craft sales on each day as space is very limited. For this there will be a charge of £10 a day for a 6ft table space. We can accept no responsibility for selling and you will need to staff your own sales. Please indicate which day you would prefer (Sat, Sun or £20 for both) when you send your cheque in June. It is recommended you provide a gazebo and table if outside.

Please select A B or C and return to me and I will forward the appropriate booking form. Please forward this to others who may be interested locally.

Contact judyforgan@hotmail.co.uk

Thank you for your support.

Judy Forgan