MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL AT OPRA

OPRA 100 CLUB CHRISTMAS DRAW

This year’s spectacular 100 Club Christmas Draw was made during a packed Coffee Morning on Friday 21st December 2012. Click on the photo for the full image of Robert Palmer OPRA Chair and Helen Jowett making the draw.The first prize was £100, second prize £60 and third prize £39.    For more details click here Christmas 2012 Winners.  To make sure you are in next year’s draw please contact Lyn on 653464 for an application form.

Senior Citizen’s Christmas Dinner


The social highlight of the year” was how many attendees at the Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner in the village hall described the event this year. An annual three course Christmas Dinner with coffee and mints to follow and supplemented by copious amounts of wine was organised by the OPRA Committee and assisted by many volunteers.

Our thanks to Matt at the Anchor who cooked the turkey and roast potatoes; the vegetables were cooked by members of the committee and the home made soup and bread rolls prepared by Jacki Sparks. All brought together by “Chef” Ray Bollen.

Entertainment was provided by the Combwich Choir with renditions of popular music led by Nicole Wigley and earlier in the evening we heard from guitarist David Gardener. A raffle raised £154.

This event was one of many organised by the OPRA team throughout year the with the help of willing volunteers to whom we are very grateful.

Take a look at some more photographs from the evening.

Combwich Christmas Tree

Start the Christmas festivities by joining us for the grand switch on of the Christmas tree lights in Combwich by none other than Helen Jowett. Helen is renowned for the tremendous amount of work she does for people and organisations in the parish and we are delighted she has agreed to do this for us.

The switching on of the lights will be immediately after the 4pm Christingle Service at St Peters Church at around 5pm this Sunday 2nd December. We look forward to seeing you.

Results from the cycling survey…

Thank you for all your responses to the survey.  They showed a significant interest in cycling in the village area and the route to Cannington.

The results were taken to the EDF transport forum. They have added real weight towards sustainable transport, especially in moving our goals forward in achieving a cycle/walking path between Combwich and Cannington.

50 forms were returned out of 350 (14%) representing 127 residents (119 cyclists and 8 non-cyclists).  22 cycle to work.  72 (57%) cycle and 79 (62%) walk between Combwich and Cannington.  100 (84%) cycle and 92 (72%) walk on the River Parrett path.  Many useful comments were also received.

If you have any further information with respect to cycling in your community, or you wish to support the cycling campaign, please contact us at combwichcycling.grp@hotmail.co.uk

Thank you again for your support 😆

Local Archaeology – Tuesday 27th November

Chris Ellis of Wessex Archaeology will be giving a talk at the Village Hall in Combwich on Tuesday 27th November at 7.30pm. The talk will focus on the archaeological finds in the area and in particular at Steart during in the recent works to create the new wetland habitat project.

Come along for a fascinating look at our heritage

Combwich Wild Flower Project

A great deal of work has been done by volunteers at the entrance to the village to prepare the ground for a wild flower meadow. Pictured are a few of the volunteers who are moving surplus turf to the Common where it is need to fill holes created by an excess of rain over the last few months. Thanks to who are helping to make this project a reality. For more information ring 652998

New Multi-User Path

The new footpath leading from the track by Combwich Common is arousing lots of interest and we hoped it would be available for walkers very soon. Unfortunately there is still a significant amount of work that is required to bring the bridleway and associated works, adjacent to it, to a standard that the developers feel would be safe to allow members of the public to walk. There is also a need for the formal diversion order to be approved. Continue reading New Multi-User Path

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