Christmas Wreath Workshop

Just WOW! The xmas wreaths made at last weeks Compton Garden Flowers workshop are amazing.

A big thank you to Sarah and for the donation to the Compton Dando Community Association. You can see some of them at

Village Quiz Night 2022

Thanks to everyone who came to the evening: nearly 50 people attended. The winners were Atrophy, and the wooden spoons were Clayley Clots.

We had 8 teams and topics were: Flowers, Travel, Food, Sport, Music, Christmas, Politics and TV & Film.
Also, thank you to all who donated raffle prizes. Alice took a healthy amount on the raffle, and there were some super prizes!
Again, thanks to Steve Bell for fetching the fish & chips, and to everyone who helped serve and clear up. – many hands make light work.
From comments we have had, Alice and I are pleased with the outcome – it is about providing a fun evening for the village, although we have made a decent profit, due to the raffle.

Fete Results 2022

Thank you all who contributed to this year’s fete as volunteers, participants, helpers, visitors, donors, supporters, and in so many ways.  The opening of the fete by Jack and Jess at the end of their wedding service was a special occasion.  The morning’s downpours had dried up, and held off until a brief deluge for about 20 minutes mid-afternoon. Thereafter it was all clearing skies for a lovely evening.

The highlight events included the egg-throwing contest with 40 pairs taking part. After the winners of the fantastic raffle prizes had been announced, the 300 ducks were released on a tsunami of water from outside the Parish Hall, and Nigel Gale captured the first three to escape downstream, with number 8 being the winner. A few escapees are somewhere nearing Keynsham by now.

Takings are expected to be around £4000 to be split between the Compton Dando Community Association, the Village Hall, and St Mary’s Church.

Great Raffle Prizes at Village Fete this Saturday 2-5

At the village fete Saturday 2nd July top raffle prizes are: 2 tickets to Glastonbury Extravaganza August 6th; a Radley Orange Street bag; lunch for two at The Pig Near Bath, £50 voucher for the Bocabar Restaurant in Bristol,  a tour for two of Compton Garden Flowers [plus make your own handtied bouquet], an offer of ‘Somerset Brunch’ for six, £30 voucher towards a meal at The Compton Inn in the village, Neal’s Yard goodies bag from Vanessa Withey Beauty & Holistic Therapist, plus many more, so #SaveTheDate #villagefete #raffletickets #prizestobewon

Special public meeting – discover how to stop the supersized digester plant

Special public meeting – discover how to stop the supersized digester plant

A few months ago, Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Planning Committee unanimously rejected a planning application to build a supersized anaerobic digester plant, south east of Compton Dando as you head to Keynsham.  This decision was welcomed not only by residents but also councillors from all parties, the local Conservative MP and the Labour West of England Metro Mayor.

Unfortunately, that is not the end of the matter because the developer, Resourceful Energy Anaerobic Limited (REAL), have lodged an appeal against that overwhelming democratic decision.  A renewed campaign to counter the developer’s attempt to override local democracy is now needed.  This is being led by Protect Our Keynsham Environment (POKE) – the group behind the highly successful campaign to oppose this development at the earlier planning stage.  POKE have already got off to a flying start, calling for money to fight the appeal at a 3-week public planning inquiry starting in October 2022.

POKE is holding a residents meeting on Monday, 27th June at Compton Dando Hall from 7pm to 8pm to provide an update of what POKE has done so far, what they intend to do to fight the appeal and what you and the public can do to help.  The meeting will include a question-and-answer session where representatives of POKE and your local councillors will reply.

Kerry Morgan of POKE said: “The public have been brilliant in their support of POKE as we fight to stop this supersized anaerobic digester.  Local politicians of all hues have also stepped-up to oppose this inappropriate power station in the heart of our irreplaceable Green Belt.  We have successfully resisted the developer up-to-now, but we are redoubling our efforts in light of the appeal.  It is a fight we have to win or Compton Dando will be changed for the worse for ever.”

Ward Councillor Alastair Singleton, said: “This is an important meeting and I thank POKE for setting it up.  It is an excellent opportunity for local people to learn about the current situation, and how they can best play a part in the campaign to fight this appeal.  To achieve success, affected communities need to come together and present a united front.”

POKE spokesperson Kerry Morgan added: “If the development were to go ahead, there will be around 28,500 extra two-way HGV movements every year – meaning more noise, traffic and pollution!”

Summer Sunday Teas at St Mary’s Church

Sunday afternoon teas will be starting again at the beginning of June and running every Sunday till the end of August, but

will include the Bank Holiday Monday.

2.30-5pm each Sunday in St Mary’s Church

We look forward to seeing you all again.

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Exhibition/Floral Display and Teas

Our Jubilee week begins on Thursday 2nd June with an tribute exhibition in Church and floral displays. Teas will be served from 2.30pm to 5pm. The exhibition and teas will also run on Friday and Saturday 3rd and 4th June again 2.30pm to 5pm. Please note there will be no Church Teas on Sunday 5th June.

Sunday 5th June

There will be a celebration service at St Mary’s Church at 11.15am to mark the 70 year reign of our beloved Queen.

Village Picnic

Please join us at 1pm on Sunday on the Millennium Green (opposite the Compton Inn) for a  village picnic to mark our Queen’s Platinum jubilee. Please bring your own picnic, drinks, seats and rugs and any ideas you might have to celebrate this occasion.

We look forward to seeing you at all or some of these events, we will not have a platinum Jubilee again for a very long time so lets make it a good celebration!

Return of Village Fete Saturday 2 July 2pm till 5pm

After two years of coronavirus restrictions preventing the village fete, the Compton Dando community is thrilled to
announce that fete is back for 2022!
Join us for classic games, duck race, community raffle, stalls, live music and much more as we come back together
and celebrate being able to be together.
All proceeds support the village hall, St Mary’s Church & the Community Association and we’re collecting donations for the raffle, cake
stand, and entrances for the jam and marmalade competition.

Home Energy Survey Opportunity

With energy bills rising and temperatures dropping, Zero Carbon Compton (ZCC) have secured some grant funding to provide a number of home energy surveys for the village.
The home energy surveys will be conducted by a not-for-profit Community Interest Company and are a great way to find out how to keep your energy bills as low as possible.
The surveys (which need to be conducted in winter) will use thermal imaging to show up cold spots throughout a property, so you can easily see if there are any problems to fix to help keep heat in your home and reduce your bills! We have a small budget available for quick fixes like draft proofing at the time of the survey too.
There are example images from a thermal survey attached to this email.
We just wanted to let you know that we will soon be in touch to see who is interested in having a survey and help you get one booked in. We don’t have funds to get every house surveyed, but we’re hoping to help those houses which need it the most.
We do have our own thermal imaging camera too, which is available to be borrowed, so if you’re interested in using that yourself please get in touch with us at

January’s Craft Day was a great success, as usual. Activities were painting, knitting, kumihimo braid making, crochet and I brought some new wood block printing gear which was fun for a number of us, if a little messy!  If anyone has any photos you’d be prepared to share please email them to me with permission that I can pass one or two on to local journalist, Ros Anstey, who helps us publicise our events.  If you really don’t want your photo in the local press, then please let me know.
Before the day I sent the information about Block Printing from  where they have some good videos.   I also got some of my wood blocks from Royal Kraft:
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The New Home of The Decopatch Place. Welcome to our little world of gorgeousness. Here for all of your Arty Crafty needs.
One or two people were interested in Jenny Smart’s headwrap patterns which teach you double knitting and a clever way of twisting.  Here is the youtube link: .
Thanks to everyone who helped with washing up, setting up tables, cleaning up and generally all your enthusiasm.  Jenny’s butternut soup was delicious as usual and mine was leek and potato this time but, as usual when I make it, stuck on the bottom of the pan a bit.  Next month I’ll make something else and welcome some suggestions.  We had the windows open for most of the day and the hall felt warm but airy;  I hope everyone stays safe and continues to have negative flow tests,
If you want to come for the last event of the winter next month please let me know before 5th February so that I can get ingredients for soup, bread etc.  If anyone would like to make a cake to donate that would be wonderful, please let me know so that I can ensure that I have something suitable for those with restricted diets. The days are getting longer and Spring will be round the corner when we next meet.  After that I’ll be out in the garden and won’t be doing another Craft Day until November.   If you don’t want to remain on this list let me know and if you have friends who’d like to join then equally get them to contact me and I’ll keep them updated with future dates as life (hopefully Covid freer) evolves.
Thank you all and keep safe, Harriette Dottridge