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ON Remembrance Sunday many people gathered on the village green, for it was an occasion not only to recall those who had lost their lives in world wars and conflicts but also those who are still serving in the armed forces today.
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THE Martinstown Cricket Club would like to thank all who came along to support their fundraising jumble sale. Naturally their sensible provision of refreshments ensured that it became much more of a social occasion and a chance to catch up on news of friends.
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WHAT could be more typically English than to celebrate St George’s Day than sitting in the garden in the spring sunshine enjoying a cup of tea while my modest little flag fluttered from the clothes post as did the ones on the village hall flagpole and St Martin's church tower.
9:54am Wednesday 7th April 2010
Everything went slightly pear shaped for the Rev. John Good on Palm Sunday when he received the sad news that the promised donkey would not be arriving in Martinstown due to a breakdown of the horsebox halfway to the village.
12:55pm Tuesday 30th March 2010
THOSE of us who are lucky enough to be grandparents can truly imagine the pride with which Margaret and Terry glowed when they learnt that Thomas had been awarded the title of Young Scientist of the Year.
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DESPITE the cold March winds it is comforting to know that the days are getting longer and the sunshine warmer, which means that the roadside verges throughout Martinstown will soon be covered with daffodils.
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RECENTLY, every household throughout Martinstown and the Winterbourne Valley was the target of a leaflet written in true Kitchener style, minus pointing finger, to drive the message home that Your Valley needs you!
11:51am Wednesday 14th October 2009
3:03pm Wednesday 7th October 2009
THE Martinstown Cricket Club’s recent fundraising jumble sale proved to be an irresistible attraction to bargain hunters from over a wide area to judge by the numbers of cars parked not only by the village hall but also along the road.
11:57am Wednesday 30th September 2009
THERE are truly some most talented flower arrangers in our village of Martinstown for I found it a sheer delight to see their hard work displayed within our St Martin’s Church on the special occasion of Harvest Thanksgiving.
1:05pm Friday 18th September 2009
RESIDENTS from every compass point within the village turned up at the Martinstown Village Hall for the unveiling of an amenity that could well be the envy of every hall in Dorset, namely a new kitchen
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12:10pm Monday 3rd August 2009
MANY years have passed since those days when people travelling throughout rural areas were fascinated by the appearance of those mystical crop circles, which became ever more extravagant as time went on. Not quite so entertaining for the farmers whose crops were damaged by an ever increasing variety of designs carried out in the dead of night.
11:35am Monday 6th July 2009
AT the moment happiness is not just about winning the Lottery or even smoking a certain brand of cigar, but the joy of being able to walk Fern up a beautifully cleared bridleway. Thanks to the West Dorset District Council for doing this and maybe to a certain district councillor who always has local interests very much at heart. No prizes for guessing who deserves my vote of confidence - well done David.
11:56am Monday 29th June 2009
RECENTLY Martinstown residents had the virtual reality experience of living with a nose-to-tail volume of traffic, which included far more than the usual assortment of goods vehicles. I had wondered why it took me forever to cross from one side of the road to the other. Not only that but the ESS Fern walk up the local bridleway was most unusually quiet without the roar of traffic along that top road. Sadly this was due to a traffic diversion due to a nasty accident by the Friary Press buildings. It took this unfortunate incident to make us all realise that it must be the norm for a large number of villages that are situated along a major traffic route.
12:21pm Monday 22nd June 2009
IT is good to know that Martinstown WI is still playing a vital role in the life of the village community and beyond the Parish boundaries too. This was definitely the case when the opportunity to join members on their annual outing resulted in a full coach load leaving the village in perfect weather conditions. This really was heaven sent considering that the main objective happened to be a cruise around Poole Harbour, where amazingly there are a total of nine islands including a few hosting a des res hideaway, while another gives proof to a successful oil drilling project and pipeline to a distant refinery. The largest is Brownsea Island, owned by the National Trust, which saw most of the party land rather than stay on board for the rest of the cruise on the way to Poole. Glowing reports were given of the sighting of one of those famously elusive red squirrels, when it seems that they were raiding the bird feeders for nuts. Happily the less walk orientated members were catered for as The National Trust supplies a comfortable seated trailer to take people on a tour of the island, stopping at viewing points along the way, although the lagoon is not included. It is a wonderful place to observe bird life, including on occasion the Avocets, which winter there.
2:58pm Monday 1st June 2009
Predictably St Martin's Church was full to overflowing when villagers from far and wide joined family and friends on the occasion of the funeral service for Harry Bowering. Henry Thomas Bowering, or Harry, as he was always known, was born in 1911 and apart from his war service spent most of his life in Martinstown. Even his war service in the army proved to be a bonus, for during this time he met his Yorkshire born wife, Ethel, who became his beloved companion and wife for over fifty years.
2:25pm Monday 4th May 2009
AFTER the grey days of winter it was good to be cheered up by the wonderful display of daffodils along the verges throughout the village and the approach roads too. A big 'thank you' to the Parish Council; we do appreciate your hard work, well, most of the time!
8:27am Thursday 12th March 2009
THE Friday Lenten Lunches are proving to be most popular rather than penitential for the participants. The volunteer chefs vie to see who can produce the most tasty soups which are an accompaniment to the healthy ploughman’s. Apart from the bonus of the pleasant company – especially rewarding for those who live alone – there was no need to suffer any pangs of guilt for all profits go to support the children’s hospice at Julia's House.
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