Compton Dando News

Big Draw Festival at Youth Club

Loads of our village kids turned up to draw pictures of buildings, objects, trees, and other things in our village.

Here is one example.  This is a picture of the bridge by Maisie Rose Wall.


The Big Draw Festival is for anyone who loves to draw, as well as those who think they can’t! It is an opportunity to join a global community in celebration of the universal language of drawing.

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Super successful Village Fete

A big thank you to everyone for coming along and for those who helped make the day such a success. The weather was kind and everyone had a superb time and we raised lots of dosh for the village. Well done.

View from St Marys Tower

View from St Marys Tower

Fete Day

Fete Day

Two Munchkins on the tower

Two Munchkins on the tower

A new band?

A new band?

Village Picnic

Thanks also to everyone who worked so hard on putting up marquees and bunting for our village picnic; to the supplier of the cake (Hannah, please thank your wonderful lady who made the cake) and to all those who turned up and shared their lovely food.

A really good opportunity for residents of  Compton and our local villages to hang out in perfect surroundings.  I bet the little ones slept well!

String Orienteering

5 Villages Youth Group – String Orienteering in May

A band of village children had a great time following a string course through fields and woodland to test their mapping skills at the May, 5 Villages Youth Group. They were given a coloured map of the course, with the topographical features marked, and a key to the icons. The kids had to orientate themselves on the ground to the printed map, and then set off on the string course.

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Beacon for the Queen

The Beacon to celebrate the Queen’s birthday was a roaring success. A clear, if a bit chilly, evening was perfect for the bonfire on Telegraph Hill, or Salmon’s Sideland, which is its old name. A small group of villagers congregated around the fire and enjoyed the views across the valley. Sadly we could not see another beacon from our viewpoint.

Youth Group April Activity

The 5 Villages Youth Group had a fantastic time at their April meeting, when the kids produced home-made bird feeders. They threaded circular shaped breakfast cereal onto pre-shaped garden wire and also included some blueberries amongst the cereal, to produce some lovely shapes: hearts, spirals, twists, apples, triangles; completely filled with food for the wild birds.

All the kids were eager to put them out for the birds and will keep an eye out to see what sort of birds come to their garden. Alison ter Haar, one of the organisers, said “it was one of the most successful events we have run recently, and was thought up by Mabel and Alice Prescott, who regularly help with the group.”

Flowers in decorated mugs

The children who came to the March Youth Group session made a decorated mug filled with paper flowers to give to their mothers on Mothering Sunday.

The mugs made a lovely display.


Report from February Craft Day

A cold bright day was made only better by being at the Compton Dando Craft Day in the warm, bright hall with both old and new faces and a few young people (22 in all) as this date coincided with half term.  Molly enjoyed learning to spin the fleece from their family alpacas; Gilly took to felting like a duck to water and made a stunning flower; a couple of people brought their spinning wheels for an overhaul and a professional diagnosis from Jenny Smart.  Homemade bread, soup (Carrot and Leek and Potato equally popular today) and cake made by Harriette Dottridge, the organiser, were enjoyed by all.  Harriette reports that a profit of £20 was made for the Compton Dando Community Association and most importantly everyone really enjoyed the day.