Whilst walking our dog today we met an amateur mycologist in one of the village fields who told us that he had found 43 different varieties of fungi during a couple of hours walking in the valley. It is amazing to learn things like this. I know that I occasionally see fungi on my walks, but was fascinated to discover that there were so many more. We just have to look a bit harder. Barend and Alison
The village quiz, held on Sat 7th Nov, was an all round success. We eventually had eight teams, ranging from a small, but determined group of 3, to several full houses of 6.
The evening got off to an appetite tempting start with a round on Food & Drink, which left the organisers table with only 1 point!
Other rounds included Sport, Religion, General Knowledge, Pop Music, Literature, Film, and finishing off with Geography. We also had a Bird Picture round and some challenging Dingbats to add to the fun.
The evening was billed as a fun event, without the need to turn a profit, but, largely due to Alice’s raffle [a must at any Compton event] we made a profit of £150.
The Edupet visit to the Youth Group in October has been covered by the Mendip Times, see page 85 of the November issue.
We have produced a village calendar featuring local photographs taken by villagers. Above is a sneak preview
Calendars are A4 wall hanging, month to a view, and cost £5 each
Contact: Alison 490903
Wendy Palmer from Edupet came to Youth Group on Friday 4th September bringing with her:
A ball python, cornsnakes, a tarantula, an iguana, bearded dragons, giant snails, giant stick insects, and giant centipedes, baby giant tortoises, a hedgehog, guinea pigs, rabbits, a duck, mice and assorted hamsters.
The kids were able to hold all of the above, if they wanted to, and so were some of the parents. Wendy gave the kids lots of information about the animals and a wonderful time was had by all.
Compton Dando put on a Village Day on the 4th of July. I had a chance to go down and have a look and take some photos. I particularly enjoyed the trip up the church tower, seeing the bells, the clock mechanism and the stunning view from the top.
Pop Up Museum
There is a Pop Up Museum every Sunday 2-5 over the summer months in St Mary's Church Compton Dando. Come along to view the changing items and have a cup of tea and a piece of cake as well. If you would like to, please bring an item of interest, that fits into a shoe box, and we will put it on display.
Monday 16th March saw another craft day, organised by Harriette Dottridge. 17 crafters and visitors came for the day to demonstrate or have a go at some of the following: spinning, weaving, bead work, Dorset buttons, embossing, soft toy making, crochet, felt making and glass work. A small profit of £25 was made which will go to CDCA funds.
Sunday 29th March was a blustery and wet morning. As they say March came in like a lamb and is maybe going out like a lion. We walkers were appropriately dressed and had a very pleasant, if blustery and sometimes wet, walk through Lord's wood where the wild daffodils are in full bloom.
We also inspected the work that has been going on in the woods to open them up and to increase the indigenous species of trees and to clear some of the streams.
We returned, much invigorated, to have a ploughman's lunch in St Mary's.