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Community Cafe Birthday

The Bawdrip Community Cafe has celebrated five successful years. Since its launch in 2014 it has become a regular social event in the village.

At its September opening Volunteers were thanked for there input and those attending enjoyed some birthday Cake. The cafe has also raised some funds which are used for the benefit of village projects

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Eliza Acty Concert

eliz actyWhat a fantastic night we all had on Friday 12th July 2019 with Eliza Acty!

Accompanied on banjo and guitar by Pete, she entertained us with two sets of Americana style music. This ranged from traditional Blues and Appalachian music through to some of her own, Blues inspired, compositions.

Mike and Ali Murkin and helpers had spent time decorating the hall and had prepared a traditional meal of hot dogs, chips and ‘slaw, all of which went down well. Eliza’s bluesy voice kept everyone enthralled. Her own compositions really brought out her character – some memorable lines stuck with me such as ‘when you have a change of heart don’t be afraid to go back to the start’. Thanks to Mike’s persistence the event was sold out and with the raffle raised over £400 towards church and hall expenses. Judging by all the favourable comments and requests for more this might just turn into an annual event!

Book Fair 2018

‘Beast from the East’ fails to deter Bawdrip book lovers.

Despite the snow blanketing Bawdrip for the second time in a month, a good number of hardy villagers donned wellies and woolly jumpers to attend the annual book fair held in the Parish Hall on Sunday March 18th. Tables had been laid out with novels, non-fiction and children’s books, all invitingly displayed, and there was as usual a tempting array of cakes and hot drinks to keep out the winter chill, and a raffle of donated prizes to boost funds.

Richard was particularly pleased to win a book: ‘Knit Your Own Royal Wedding’ in the raffle – we look forward to seeing the results!

Thanks to all who donated books and raffle prizes, made cakes and helped to set up and clear away afterwards – we raised £80 to go towards the running costs of the church here in Bawdrip.

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Article and photo supplied by Sue Philcox


Christmas celebrations in Bawdrip

Christmas might seem a long time ago but it is good to reflect on the celebrations throughout the village even though we are nearly in February!

December started with Santa making an early visit to the village. Travelling round in the veteran Morris 1000 stopping outside many of the houses he alerted everyone to the Christmas Fair in the Parish Hall.

This opened at 2pm and visitors were welcomed in to the aroma of mulled cider. The stalls were ready and did brisk business. As last year the Bawdrip Ladies ran a stall and together the total raised for church funds was a little over £600 with an additional £80 to go to a cause chosen by the Ladies.

The lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Village Green was the next event. This well attended event saw many families attending as Father Christmas made another visit to the village! Once the lights were illuminated (on the second attempt!) everyone moved to the church for welcome refreshments including mulled wine.

Thanks to the Community Café for funding the Christmas Tree Event.

Article supplied by Simon Peel.

New quiz Champions!

Well Richard and Jan have certainly worked hard on this year’s quiz. 10 hotly contested rounds of questions ranging from General knowledge through to British Prime Ministers and much in between as well as a music round and a bonus round – so good they named it twice!  And of course there was also the difficult decision of which round to play the Joker on to double your score….well I have to say that we called that one right, played it on the first round and score a remarkable 20/10 ! I thought that would be the high point of the evening for us but in a hard fought campaign we managed to hang on to our early lead and going in to the final rounds it was neck and neck, all teams bunched closely together.

At the final count we had managed to hold on to first place which felt a great achievement!

Thank you to all who came along on the night and helped make up the different teams.  It is always impressive watching as people empty out the picnic hampers and the tables fill up with delicious food and drink.  All of which helps the evening go well. Many thanks to Quizmaster General Richard and glamorous assistant Jan for organising and to all who supported it – thanks to your raffle contributions and tickets we raised over £110 to go towards the running costs of the church here in Bawdrip.  And finally, did you know that a loblolly boy was an assistant to the ship’s surgeon? Brain cells can now be cooled down until next time! Oh and in case you were wondering, yes that is the sought after Bawdrip Quiz trophy, back for it’s third year and suitable blinged up—now with pom-pom

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Cream Teas on the Green

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We were so lucky with the summer weather – having decided that we needed to move the cream Teas back from July to June we had fingers crossed hoping for a sunny day. Well the sun really did shine and the marquee came into use as a sunshade! Fortunately, there were a few other sunshades and the trees at the edge of the green provided some protection from what could only be described as a ‘scorcher! All the helpers worked really hard in the heat to get the teas served as quickly as possible.

With a wonderful array of cakes to choose from it was difficult to decide which to go for. As well as a table filled with raffle prizes the bric-a-brac stall also did well with many bargains to be had.

Thank you to everyone who turned out to help put up and clear away, to all those who baked and served the teas, to those who kindly brought along prizes for the raffle and of course to everyone who turned out to support the event. Thanks to everyone’s generosity we managed to raise just over £475 which will go towards the running costs of the church building.

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Easter Egg Hunt & Bonnet Parade

On Easter Monday the Parish Hall was crowded with Children and adults eager to see the parade of Easter bonnets and take part in the egg hunt.

Prompt at three o'clock the procession of be-bonneted competitors assembled at the rear of the hall to progress to loud applause to the stage to show off their creations. Rabbits and chickens and Easter eggs there were in abundance. Some hats were completely hand made and some leaned heavily on summer sun hats whilst some were off beat creations

The judges made their awards with among the winners Lola best child and Jane Hemm best adult and the recipient of the cup as overall best.

Unfortunately, there was no animal prize so Gail's Jake a huge glossily groomed horse with multi coloured reins and a fetching mop cap was declared 'hors de competition!'

The large crowd then ran around the village to find the eggs and completed the quiz cleverly based on pictures of birds appropriate to their site with the robin in an old boot in the porch or the gold crest in the yew tree.

Organiser Susan Clarke and her team had prepared a veritable feast of cup cakes and cream and jam sponges to reward everyone for attending. Congratulations are due to all who helped. An excellent end to an amusing afternoon.

Easter Celebrations

Easter is a very special time in the life of the church.  We all joined together as a Benefice at the Palm Sunday service held here in Bawdrip Church. The service was preceded with a procession accompanied by a pony from the Parish Hall, around the centre of the village and into the church.  Ebony was very well behaved and happily stepped down into the main body of the church whilst the first hymn was sung and then processed up to the alter and out through the door by the altar!

During Holy week there were services twice a day every day throughout the week. On Good Friday, after all the hot cross buns had been eaten, there was a workshop held in Woolavington.  A very moving service was then held in Bawdrip at 2pm, marking the final hour.

Then on Saturday morning the ladies of the Flower Guild transformed the church with their amazing decorations of lilies and other flowers – after the long 40 days of Lent when there are no flowers in the church it is always wonderful on Easter Sunday Morning to have the church brought back to life and filled with colour and scentdonkey