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BROMPTON REGIS SHOW & GYMKHANA

Brompton Regis Show & Gymkhana (Brompton Regis Cricket Field, Renford Knap TA22 9NJ) will be celebrating its 65th birthday on 18 August, with lots to enjoy for every member of the family (and for dogs, horses and ponies too!) .

The show opens at 9am with show jumping when the refreshment tent will also open for teas, coffees, cakes, etc.  The exciting Gundog Scurry sponsored by Hollam Shoot starts at 10.30am and the ever-popular Dog Show starts at 12.30pm with pedigree classes, followed by family fun dog classes at 2.30pm (all times are approx.). Entries for all Scurry and Dog Show classes are taken on the day – so bring your dogs and have some fun! The exhibits tent opens at noon, with amazing displays of flowers, vegetables, cookery, handicraft and eggs.

The children’s area and stalls open at 10am with a Bouncy Castle. Face Painting will start at 11am. Enjoy our vintage tractor display, coconut shy, bric-a-brac, plants, books and bottle stalls, tombola, raffle, etc., and our Auction of Promises (opening at 11.30am) will have some magnificent offers waiting for your bid. For the first time we have the Somerset Red Arrows Majorettes performing in the refreshment area at approx 2.30pm.

The Horse Show and Gymkhana will be a full day event with lots of classes, from jumping, showing (including Exmoor Ponies) and fancy dress, to the excitement of the gymkhana to cheer on. (Entries for all classes are taken on the day.) And don’t miss our traditional Parade of Hounds at approx 2.30pm.

At around 3.30pm, the Auction of Promises winners will be announced, followed by a very entertaining auction of tempting produce from the various exhibits. Not to be missed!

See you there!

Su Elsden, Show Secretary – 01398 371473

 

BROMPTON REGIS CHURCH SECURES HLF FUNDING

Brompton Regis church has secured £162,000 Heritage Lottery funding to tackle its tower problems.

The medieval tower of St Mary’s Church at Brompton Regis will be 800 years old in 2020, and has been absorbing water through the centuries. The effects inside the church have become acute in recent years, with green mould and peeling plaster on the walls, and puddles on the floor in very wet periods. The damp atmosphere has become a threat to the church’s historically important Thomas Lewis organ, and the building has been placed on the At Risk register by Historic England.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has now come into partnership with the Parochial Church Council to address the problem decisively. Having committed some legacy money to the project, the PCC has been raising further funds and is approaching the final target, but the major part of the cost is being borne by the HLF. Preliminary drilling and other investigative works have been completed, and the full repair and conservation project will get underway on 6 August. It will last nearly a year and will involve complete re-grouting and repointing, stonework repairs, a new tower roof and improved ground drainage. It will be guided by Alan Smith of Smith Gamblin, a Bridgwater-based architectural company, and carried out by Carrek Ltd, a Bristol-based company specialising in historic buildings.

Churchwarden Malcolm Miller said: “The parish is hugely appreciative of the HLF’s commitment to conserving this important part of its heritage for present and future generations.”

The church has also received £10,000 from the National Churches Trust, together with £3,000 each from the Somerset Churches Trust and Allchurches Trust, plus several smaller but much-appreciated grants from other charities, and this support will enable the complete realisation of the project.

ALLERFORD OPEN DAY 2017

The community of Allerford are delighted to announce the annual upcoming Allerford Open Day on Saturday 11 March, a spring celebration of all that’s on offer in this picturesque West Somerset and Exmoor village.

They welcome you and all the family to spend the day with them.  Allerford is a beautiful village positioned between Minehead and Porlock, which is just a stone’s throw from the A39 and is part of the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate.

The day will include the following:

  • Traditional blacksmiths display and working demonstration at Allerford Forge by West Country Blacksmiths.
  • Allerford Community Hall & Recreation Ground will be holding their annual Spring Flower & Produce Show plus varied local craft and produce stalls.  Licenced bar, lunches, teas, etc. will be served all day.  Children’s playground and, weather permitting, outside games.
  • Visit the recently refurbished West Country Rural Life Museum housing thousands of Exmoor artifacts and an extensive photographic archive from the 1800s to the 1950s.
  • Cross lane House, a beautifully refurbished late-medieval hotel and restaurant, will be serving light refreshments.  Meet the National Trust Rangers and learn about the new Hedgerow Regeneration Scheme in the lovely cobbled courtyard and Linhay.
  • Browse collectibles, indulge in a light lunch or cream tea at Allerford Post Office, Tea Room & Garden

Why not bring the whole family and make a day of it?  Allerford enjoys well-maintained and signposted walks through the ancient woodlands and the famous Packhorse Bridge, perfect for paddling.  The village has something for everyone.

Free parking is available throughout the village, at Piles Mill, Cross Lane House, in the central village car park and at the Community Hall.