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3:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

ABBOTSBURY Subtropical Gardens will be ablaze with light and colour for the annual illuminations next month – with the chance to explore even more of the candle-lit pathways this year.

Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

Dorset Echo: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

4:00pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support.

£2k raised by festival

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12:00pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A quilt and flower festival at St Nicholas Church raised over £2,000.

Undertakers to host summer picnic

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3:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Tapper Funeral Service is hosting a summer picnic and music event at its Harbour View Woodland Burial grounds.

May Fayre for Chesil Bank pre--school in Abbotsbury

Dorset Echo: Strangways Hall May Fayre

4:14pm Monday 13th May 2013

Hello all, firstly I have details of Chesil Bank pre-school’s May Fayre which takes place on Saturday 25th May at the Strangways Hall. The Fayre starts at 11.30am, with music and a barbeque. There will be lots of games, “Splat the rat”, “lucky ducks” and coconut shy, to name a few. There will also be a raffle (which will be drawn at 3pm) and a table top sale. To book a table or lend any help please call Julie on 01305 871155 or Pip on 01305 787436. There will be lots of activities for the children and also refreshments so please support them if you can. The friends of St.Nicholas’ are having an Open Gardens day on Sunday June 16th 2013 from 2 - 5.30pm. The focal point is The Old Gatehouse in Church Street. In addition, Steve Griffiths, Head Gardener of the award winning Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, will answer your gardening questions at the Old Gate House where plants and produce will be on sale. Refreshments will also be available from most gardens and for the children there will be a quiz with prizes. Tickets cost £3.00 for adults with free admissions for children accompanied by an adult and this includes entry to all of the gardens open on the day. They may be purchased on the day from any of the gardens or in advance by ringing Tricia Houlberg on 01305 871085. 1. The Old Gate House, Church Street 2. Abbey House, Church Street 3. The Manor House, 4 Church Street 4. Church View, 13 Rodden Row 5. Fleet Cottage, 19 Market Street 6. No 1 West Street Other events in Abbotsbury. The lunch club are having their next lunch on 31st May. It is proving to be very successful so please remember to book early on 01305 871832. The Royal British Legion Woman’s section Abbotsbury and Portesham Branch are now having their 65th anniversary event on 22nd June this has been changed owing to the county event which takes place on June 9th. Contact Mrs Peggy Ford for any information regarding the British legion Woman’s section on 01305 871269 There was no Garland made this year, this was because of a injury to the hand of the lady who makes it. However, it will be made next year and if anybody wishes to still donate funds can they be given to the RNLI when they collect for lifeboat week later in the year. Finally please remember to contact me regarding any news you may have. I can’t write it if you don’t send it! My e-mail is or telephone (01305)871931  

Abbotsbury and Portesham Branch British Legion annual Skittles Match

1:23pm Wednesday 9th January 2013

Hello everyone. I hope that you all had a terrific Christmas and New Year. I just have a few notices for you. The Abbotsbury and Portesham Branch British Legion women’s section are having their annual women versus men skittles match on Monday 14th January at the Swan Inn at 7.00pm. Supper is available at £4, so please contact Peggy Ford on (01305)871269 asap.  The ladies won last year by 1 pin so I wonder what will happen in the rematch? Lucy Bailley has organised a Christmas tree collection to raise funds for Chesil bank parish, so if you haven’t yet found a home for your used tree take it to the Abbotsbury car park on 24th January. Lucy can be contacted on (01305)871820 if you require further information. The Abbotsbury lunch club are having another meal on 25th January at the Strangways hall Club (for persons 50 years or older) at 1 pm with a hot two-course lunch for £4.50. The menu this time is Cottage pie served with fresh vegetables followed by Pineapple upside-down pudding and custard. Vegetarian options are available. To book tickets (by 18th Jan.) phone 01305 871944 and speak to Denise or Philip Bilton. The Abbotsbury Diamond club are meeting at Portesham village hall at 2.30pm on 15th January. New members are always welcome. Call Anita Buckland (01305)871751 Abbotsbury beachcombers association are now on facebook “Abbotsbury Beachcombers” There will be a skittles night on the 26th January and a St.Valentines’ quiz on the 9th February. Finally, last year the Christmas bazaar held at the Strangways hall on 8th December was a success and £475 was raised. This was split between the Chesil bank Preschool and St. Nicholas’ Church in Abbotsbury, thanks to all who supported this event and helped to raise this great total. Please contact me with your news (01305)871931.  

Abbotsbury and Portesham British Legion Poppy Appeal concert

3:38pm Wednesday 14th November 2012

Hello everyone. Firstly, I would like to congratulate Kevin Donnelly as a new member of the Chesil Bank Parish council. He has already been a regular attendee to many meetings prior to his election and I’m sure he will be a welcome addition to the council. Secondly, can I remind contributors to submit their community news well in advance of the event taking place. Recently I have had many instances of information submitted a few days before the event. I write this column a week previous to it appearing in Monday’s paper. If your event is on the weekend make sure you get the information to me the week before it appears in the Echo. Malcolm Pugh has contacted me regarding a musical evening at Portesham Village hall on December 8th. The Mill Street band will be performing “gentle Jazz” to raise funds for the Poppy Appeal. Tickets are £10, including refreshments 7.30pm for 8.00pm start. Bring your own drinks Tickets and information available from Malcolm (01305 871001) On Saturday 10th I attended the Abbotsbury fireworks display at the village car park. The weather was kind this year and we were treated to a good display and a great bonfire although the numbers of people were slightly less this year. Thanks to the Beachcombers for organising the event again this year. There is a new club in Abbotsbury. The Abbotsbury Lunch Club (for persons 50 years or older) holds its first lunch at Strangways Hall Abbotsbury on Friday 30 November at 1 pm with a hot two-course lunch for £4.50. To book tickets phone 01305 871944 and speak to Philip Bilton. There will be a Christmas Bazaar at Strangways Hall, Abbotsbury on Saturday 8 December 11 am to 3.30 pm and a Children’s Hour with Father Christmas noon onwards with stalls, mulled wine served throughout day, refreshments and a Prize Draw. All proceeds to St Nicholas’ Church Abbotsbury and Chesil Bank Pre-School Finally, The British legion are having a Christmas shopping trip to Winchester on Thursday 29th November and the Diamond club are going to Poole on 20th November for their Christmas shopping. There is also a Christmas Bingo on Friday 30th November for the Diamond club at the Strangways hall 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. That’s it for now, remember my contact details are telephone 01305 871931.  

Abbotsbury Beachcombers Horticultural Show takes place

Dorset Echo: Ron Burt delighted with his "best in show" award

6:06pm Tuesday 11th September 2012

Abbotsbury Beachcombers Association held their annual Horticultural show on Sunday 9th September at the Swan Inn, by kind permission of Mr and Mrs. Roper. Although the weather conditions for growing vegetables have been difficult, more entries were received this year than last. Here are a list of the winners and the classes. 1. longest Marrow.1st Mr Ron Burt 2nd Alf Dunford 3rd Bet Dalley 2. longest Runner Bean 1st Wendy and Dave Wood 2nd Kathy Davies 3rd Isobel Davies 3. Homegrown Tomatoes 1st Kathy Davies 2nd Kath Percival 4. 3 Onions 1st Torben Houlberg 2nd Ron Burt 3rd Podge Churchill 5. Most attractive Trug 1st Henry Ford 2nd Rosemary Rees 3rd Dave and Wendy Wood. 6.5 carrots 1st Kathy Davies 2nd Ron Burt 3rd Rosemary Rees  7.6 coloured potatoes 1st Dave and Wendy Wood 2nd Harry Ford 3rd Bec Freiesleben. 8 5 pompom Dahlias 1st Sue Davidson 2nd Sue Roper 3rd Harry Ford 9.8 assorted garden flowers 1st Peggy Ford 2nd Pat Cox 3rd Sue Roper. 11.3 Apples 1st Dave and Wendy Wood. 12. Homemade Jam 1st Gabriella Dean 2nd Bet Dalley 3rd June Edwardes 13. Homemade Chutney 1st Pat Cox 2nd Gina Basher 3rd Mary Bridle 14. Homemade coffee walnut cake 1st Peggy Ford 2nd Jack Churchill 3rd Joan Trevett 16. Homemade Wine 1st Jean Channon for her Sloe Gin 17. Photograph local fauna/flora 1st Sue Davidson 2nd Alf Dunford 3rd Mary Bridle 18. Painting 1st Joan Haine 2nd Sarah Wilkinson 19. Knitted or sewn toy 1st Becky Dovey 2nd Rosemary Rees 3rd Shannon James 20. Children’s painting favourite animal 1st River Wykes 21. Photo in my village 1st Molly Churchill 22. A gingerbread character 1st Millie Telfor 23. Painting my favourite place 1st Ellie Davies 2nd Isobel Davies 24. Photo in my Village 1st Jack Churchill 25. 3 cup cakes 1st Ellie Davies 2nd Isobel Davies 3rd Catherine Lilywhite 26. Flower arrangements “Great Britain 2012” 1st Pat Cox 2nd Peggy Ford 3rd Sue Roper Highly commended Mary Bridle 27.”Continental Connections” 1st Sue Roper 2nd Peggy Ford 3rd Mary Bridle 28. An arrangement in a sea shell 1st Sue Roper 2nd Peggy Ford 3rd Mary Bridle highly commended Pat Cox 29. An arrangement to incorporate a candle/s 1st Pat Cox 2nd Joan Haine 3rd Kath Percival 30. A decorated Pebble 1st Millie Telfor 2nd Eva Davey 3rd Charlie Davey HC molly Churchill HC Eva Roper 31. A variety of named wild flowers 1st Jack Churchill Congratulations go to the winners of Best in Show Ron Burt for vegetables and Sue Roper for her flower arrangement “Continental connections” Thanks also go to the judges Bunty for flowers and arrangements, Thomas Varley for Vegetables, Ian Temple from Sgt bun for cakes and Lyndon from Dansels for handicrafts, Finally, a big thanks to Jacqui Haskins and her team for organising another successful event.  

Abbotsbury Gardens Flower arranging competition a success

8:36pm Friday 6th July 2012

The Flower arranging display at the Sub-Tropical Gardens over the weekend of 22/23rd June was a success. The hard work put in by Mrs. Peggy Ford and her husband Henry provided a welcome addition to the build up for the Olympic Torch relay in Abbotsbury and Olympic Games in Weymouth and Portland. All the displays had an Olympic or Jubilee theme. Here are a list of the categories and the winners 1) A Decathlon Event, choice of any of the 10 events, (24inches allowed).

St Nicholas' Church Fete and Olympic Torch in Abbotsbury

Dorset Echo: Olympic sail under construction

9:16pm Thursday 28th June 2012

Hello everyone, Molly Pullen has asked me to give details of St Nicholas’ Church fete which will take place on Sunday July 8th. It is to be held in the gardens of Abbey house, by kind permission of Jonathan and Maureen Cooke. This year’s attractions include The Kathy Davies dancers, Andy the magic man and live music with Joe D Rose. It will have all the usual wonderful stalls and it starts at 12pm and finishes at 4pm. So if you have time, do come and support this fundraising event. Any enquiries about the event contact Molly on (01305) 871692.

Jubilee Celebrations in Abbotsbury

Dorset Echo: Jubilee Celebrations in Abbotsbury

3:08pm Sunday 10th June 2012

Hello all. Sorry for my enforced absence in the last few weeks, I have had some computer issues which are now hopefully resolved. So my apologies if you have tried to contact me online with your news.

Diamond Jubilee gift for Abbotsbury children announced.

10:18pm Sunday 22nd April 2012

I have news about a gift for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. All children in Abbotsbury parish under the age of 16 will be given a commemorative mug. I have been asked to ask all those in Abbotsbury Parish, this includes Rodden, New barn, Elworth, East Bexington and Weirs farm, to register their children for this special gift. Please contact East Farm House on 01305 871363 with the child’s name address and age. The mugs will be given out on 5th June at Strangways hall. Details will be confirmed nearer the time.

latest news from Abbotsbury

2:25am Monday 16th April 2012

Hoping everyone had a pleasant Easter. Few updates on upcoming events; Abbotsbury Beachcombers are having a fund-raising St. George’s day quiz at the Swan inn on the 21st April, at 7.30 for 8.00pm. Teams of up to four can take part for a £1 each person; It’s usually a lot of fun. Portesham Primary School is having a bingo at the School on the 20th April with lots of great prizes including hampers and there will also be a raffle. The bingo starts at 6pm for 6.30pm.

Abbotsbury's Matthew Robinson receives Queen's award

11:24pm Sunday 1st April 2012

Firstly, I would like to congratulate Matthew Robinson on his award from the Queen. He will receive the Queen’s Gallantry Medal after being nominated by Dorset’s Chief Fire Officer, Darran Gunter. Matthew helped rescue five children from a burning house in West Street Abbotsbury in January 2010 with the help of his parents.

St Nicholas Church Abbotsbury Easter Services

9:03am Thursday 22nd March 2012

First this week I have details of the Church services at St Nicholas’ in Abbotsbury this Easter season. 25th March Passion Sunday there will be evensong starting at 6.30pm, on 1st April on Palm Sunday there will be a communion service starting at 10.30am, on 2nd April evening prayer 6.30pm. On Good Friday there will be a meditation followed by a walk of witness to St. Catherine’s chapel. On Easter Day 8th April there will be an Easter communion at 10.30am. Also, can I mention that the children of Portesham Primary will be having their Easter assembly at St Peter’s Church Portesham on 29th March at 1.30pm All are welcome to attend these services.

Olympic art and flower festival to take place in Abbotsbury

11:03am Wednesday 29th February 2012

I now have details of the Flower arranging festival and art exhibition which will take place at the Abbotsbury gardens. Anyone in the Chesil bank area can take part and this year there is an Olympic theme. The exhibition runs from 23rd to 24th June with the set up taking place on Friday 22nd June from 11am.

Abbotsbury Olympic Sails art project gets underway

1:50pm Thursday 9th February 2012

Hello everyone, this week plans are continuing with the Olympic Sails Project. I spoke with Sue Melville, who is coordinating the project. At the first meeting on January 18th over fifty individuals expressed an interest in taking part. The hope is that the sails will be on display along the torch route in Abbotsbury from 12th July through the Olympics to the Paralympics which ends on 3rd September.

Abbotsbury Gardens Wing-nut tree is finally felled

Dorset Echo: Abbotsbury Gardens Wing-nut tree is finally felled

3:47pm Monday 23rd January 2012

Today at Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens we witnessed the demise of the famous Wing-nut tree. The tree surgeons have been working for the past few weeks to remove the canopy branches; with that work completed the tree was carefully cut to ready it for felling. The visitors to the gardens today and a few members of staff watched from a safe distance on the colonial tearooms veranda, where many photographs were taken. A tractor was readied with a rope as the final preparations were made. The huge trunk was felled and many of the customers told me how sad they were to see the huge tree finally down. One of the visitors from a few weeks ago told me it was the “faraway tree” for her children and those of us who have visited the gardens since childhood will sorely miss the large impressive tree. On the positive side the gardens are constantly evolving and I’m sure there will be a new look to that area of the garden in the future.

Abbotsbury "Olympic sails" project

9:45am Wednesday 11th January 2012

Happy New Year to everyone! It’s been a very enjoyable Christmas in Abbotsbury and my first news item is from the Carol singing team. They went around Abbotsbury and seemed to be having a wonderful time. Joined by Father Christmas, they raised £78 for Julia’s house. Lots of Christmas activities took place and big thank you’s to Colin and his team at the Ilchester for his fun day and Children’s party. I don’t have news of the Beachcombers Boxing Day race yet, but hope to rectify that later. Also thanks to ATTA for organising the lights and Christmas trees.

Annual Boxing day race at Abbotsbury's Swan Inn

10:25am Tuesday 20th December 2011

Just a short column this week, with a few notices about events at Christmas. There is the annual Boxing Day race starting at the Swan inn, organised by the Beachcombers association. This year you are invited to get dressed in a costume made of boxes. You can dress as a robot or as any character you like. There is a children’s category and an adult category for the fancy dress prize. Starting at 10.30am from the Swan Inn, teams of two are required, as it’s a three-legged race, and the route is usually through the village past the Ilchester arms and back to the Swan, but anything can happen! Details from the Swan Inn on 01305 871249.

Carol singing in Abbotsbury and Ilchester Arms fun day

10:41am Tuesday 6th December 2011

Firstly, I’ve been asked by Dave Stevens of the Strangways hall committee to remind everyone about the carol singing on16th December. We will be meeting at the hall at 6pm, so do come along and don’t forget there will be mince pies and mulled wine to warm us up. Hopefully it won’t be too cold or wet and don’t worry if you’re not much of a singer no one will mind! Don’t forget your torch and to wrap up warm.

Abbotsbury Coffee Morning at Wheelwrights' a great success

11:16am Tuesday 29th November 2011

The coffee morning for grit bins in Abbotsbury was a huge success. Nigel Melville tells me that £200 was raised in 90 minutes! He would like to thank everyone who came along, some generous corporate donations and provisional offers from - in alphabetical order – Abbotsbury Beachcombers, Abbotsbury Tourism, ATTA, Friends of St Nicholas Church, Hastoe Housing Association, Magna Housing Association and Raglan Housing Association and that we can now look forward to seeing all 10 of the Abbotsbury bins in place ready for whatever the winter holds.

Getting ready for Christmas

Dorset Echo: St Nicholas Church

10:49am Monday 28th November 2011

This week we are starting the run up to Christmas. Advance notices, the Ilchester Arms will be having a fun day on 18th December and the carol singing has been taken over by the Strangways hall committee and will start at 6pm at the hall on 16th December.

Extraordinary Parish Meeting for Abbotsbury.

8:11pm Sunday 12th June 2011

Abbotsbury ABBOTSBURY residents are asked to attend an extraordinary Abbotsbury Parish Meeting on Wednesday, June 22 at 7.30pm.

Rain didn't stop play for the Open Gardens!

Dorset Echo: Hazel Evans and granddaughter Freya were not put off by the rain at the Gatehouse Garden

3:57pm Tuesday 7th June 2011

Abbotsbury NOT even rain could stop the visitors to the Open Gardens at The Gatehouse and Church View on Sunday, June 5.

Voluntary Life savers to hold valuable Life Support workshop in the village

1:09pm Wednesday 1st June 2011

Abbotsbury BOSCAWEN Lifesaving and Rescue Club, all volunteers,will be holding a Community Life Support workshop in Strangways hall on Sunday, June 19 between 10am and 3 pm.

Local art on view in Strangways Hall

10:46am Monday 23rd May 2011

Abbotsbury LOCAL Dorset artists Barbara Laurie, Iryna Yermolova, Oksana Bratt and Mark Megilley will be holding an exhibition of their artworks at Strangways Hall from the May bank holiday week end until Sunday, June 5th.

Lovely village tradition continues

Dorset Echo: Gorgeous Garland  at rest in a village garden

1:38pm Sunday 15th May 2011

Abbotsbury GARLAND Day took place on Friday, May 13 with the two garlands being paraded around the village raising funds for the RNLI.

Raising the Roof

9:57am Wednesday 11th May 2011

Community pulla together to raise funds for St Nicholas Church roof repair

Abbotsbury pub hosts a 'bit of a do' for the Royal Wedding

Dorset Echo: Sisters celebrate the Royal Wedding

12:44pm Wednesday 4th May 2011


Villagers carried the Cross

Dorset Echo: Villagers plant the Cross on Chapel Hill

6:05pm Wednesday 27th April 2011


Raising the Roof!

3:57pm Tuesday 19th April 2011


Volunteers needed to help clean Abbotsbury Beach

10:44am Wednesday 6th April 2011


Great Yard Sale in aid of Strangway's Hall's new kitchen

11:58am Wednesday 30th March 2011


New exhibition of paintings opens in Abbotsbury

Dorset Echo: Richard Price and Sue Peake toast their new exhibition

10:11am Wednesday 23rd March 2011

Paintings of Venice at Abbotsbury picture gallery

Village Correspondent catches up!

1:11pm Wednesday 16th March 2011

SINCERE apologies to all readers of the Abbotsbury news for the dirth of local events over the past few weeks while I have been babysitting my little grandsons in the depths of rural Burgundy

The Friends are holding a Pancake Evening

10:40am Wednesday 23rd February 2011


Joy Reid aged 94 publishes her latest book

Dorset Echo: Joy Reid,94, with her latest mystery book

3:10pm Wednesday 9th February 2011


Sad news from Canada

4:00pm Wednesday 2nd February 2011


Village resident - Sprightly at Ninety!

Dorset Echo: Pat Sales remarkably nifty at ninety

3:42pm Wednesday 19th January 2011


Century old Church clock to have a face lift for the New Year

Dorset Echo: St Nicholas Church clock looking its age

11:04am Wednesday 12th January 2011


Ice curtails traditional village event

11:02am Wednesday 29th December 2010


A weekend of St Catherine's celebrations

Dorset Echo: Denise and Hilary enjoy a joke at the St Catherines

12:26pm Wednesday 1st December 2010


Isn't technology amazing!

5:01pm Wednesday 17th November 2010


Eyes down for Christmas Bingo

9:39am Tuesday 9th November 2010

STRANGWAYS Hall is holding a Christmas Bingo in aid of the village hall on Friday, November 19.

Maggie Connelly takes over Langton's Community News

8:45am Wednesday 3rd November 2010


Abbotsbury Music Festival takes early retirement

Dorset Echo: Margaret,Laura and Hilary enjoying an Indian Summer lunch at Hilfield Priory

11:14am Tuesday 26th October 2010

Abbotsbury and Langton Herring

ST Nicholas church's award winning churchyard

Dorset Echo: The Venerable Patrick Evans and MaryLou

12:00pm Wednesday 13th October 2010

Abbotsbury and Langton Herring

Bingo and Bowls in Abbotsbury

12:48pm Wednesday 6th October 2010

Abbotsbury and Langton Herring

All smiles at the Macmillan coffee morning at Wheelwrights

Dorset Echo: Sue takes the orders at the Macmillan coffee morning

6:23pm Saturday 25th September 2010

Abbotsbury and Langton Herring


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