Compton Dando News

The Wellsway in days gone by

Guests were treated to a very interesting illustrated talk by Brian Vowles about the history of The Wellsway in Keynsham and down towards Chewton Keynsham

and Burnett. We all learnt a lot about place names, local families and the development of the town.

January Craft Day

At our recent Craft Day we had 38 people through the door.  Activities ranged from needle felting an entire flock of sheep (by the end of the day), knitting everlasting Christmas crackers for next year to keep down the litter and waste of traditional crackers, lots of patchwork and needlework, crochet lessons, ceramic tile painting, someone upholstering a chair, weaving, wool spinning on a wheel and more.  The secret is that you bring what you like to do and are prepared to share, explain or let others have a go.

Lunch was delicious butternut soup (thank you Jenny Smart), Harriette’s leek and potato soup (as requested by Alice who made the yummy blackberry crumble cake and brought along the teas and coffee) homemade bread, gluten free and vegan cakes and options as well as a range of cheeses and fruit.  Thank you too to those who provided cakes.

We are looking forward to the next Craft Days on Tuesday 28th January and then Monday 17th February.  Again, they will be from 10-4pm and cost £6.00 including lunch.  Please could you let Harriette know by Saturday 25th if you are coming to the Tuesday event so that she can cater appropriately?

Thank you again for all your help, bringing your amazing creations and being such helpful and friendly people.  It is a real pleasure to be hosting these events.

Harriette Dottridge


Sunday June 16th 2-6 pm Compton Dando Open Gardens

Sunday June 16th 2-6 pm
Compton Dando Open Gardens

Come and visit 15 of Compton Dando’s gardens ranging from large ornamental to small courtyard gardens, all within easy walking distance of each other.
Entry fee is £5pp, payable at the first garden entered; accompanied under 14s free.
There will be free to enter children’s activities.
Free parking at the top of Court Hill.
Teas for sale in the Church, alongside an art exhibition.
Cards by a local artist, Compton Dando apple juice, plants for sale – in the Parish Hall.
If weather fine, display of classic cars on the village green.

Pond Dipping & Bug Hunting

The 5 Villages Youth Group in Compton Dando were treated to a surprise when they went pond dipping and bug hunting at Elm Farm, Burnett, with Philippa Paget. She had trapped some moths the night before for them to see: Emerald, Elephant Hawk, Peppered and Peach Stone to mention a few. The kids and adults alike were thrilled.

Then it was off to the pond to do a bit of dipping and we were lucky enough to find lots of baby newts, quite a few water louses and leeches and some water beetles.

Not satisfied with that, the group all went off on a bug hunt, chanting words from the Going on a Bear Hunt book – ‘we can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, oh no we’ve got to go through it’ as we went through the long grass hunting for crickets, grasshoppers, beetles and more moths.

Thank you to Philippa, a great time was had by all. See everyone again in September.

Thank you from the Fete Team

Thank you very much from the Fete Team to those who helped out at the fete on Saturday, which was tough work in the heat.Predictably we struggled with numbers given the unfortunate clash with the football, so thanks also to those who came out to support on the day, bringing friends and family, plus people who couldn’t make it but kindly donated cakes and so on. Everyone who attended was having a great time.The figures are still being finalised, but I’m pleased to say profit looks still to be well in excess of £2500.As normal will be shared between the church, hall and community association in order to fund other village activities. Thanks again from the fete team!

Most recent Craft Day

We had a lovely day on Saturday at Craft Day with 20 for lunch and a few visitors. Bobbin lace making, knitting, crochet, applique/patchwork, wool spinning, making hearts for Valentine’s Day with Jenny, Eileen’s amazing felt creations, some jewellery making and an afternoon of Dorset button making to finish off Caroline’s handknitted cardigan.
We made a small profit which will go towards the rent for the next day: Monday 12th February during half term and then any profits to the Community Association.
Children welcome so long as they are supervised: £4.00 for children, £6.00 for adults, includes lunch of homemade soup, homemade bread, cheese, fruit and suitable dietary alternatives. Cake, of course, and lots of company while you either do your own craft or try each other’s. Contact Harriette Dottridge

Last Craft Day

Jenny got people making Christmas decorations from her bottle tops and fabric, Eileen showed her amazing felted creations: the Green Man being a real tour de force, but also letting people have a go themselves.  Alice seemed surrounded by knitters and crocheters as well as Sarah quilting instead of working in her flower garden.  Pauline was making cards and Carolyn worked on her amazing whacky paintings.  Linda, Jenny and I all brought our spinning wheels and June is keen to learn next year.  Maggie had fun making covered buttons and everyone enjoyed the home made soups and bread with their lunch.  We had several other visitors who came to see what everyone was doing and the day finished with tea and cake donated by a couple of the villagers.

Thank you everyone for a lovely day. Next dates: Sat 27 Jan, Tue 12 Feb