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This website has been carefully designed and created to provide the residents of Combwich, Otterhampton and Steart (and for anyone else who happens to drop by) with a wealth of detail about this lovely area of ours.

It’s a snapshot, a history, a story in pictures, a pinboard, a collaboration of information, a diary of events, a tale of its residents, an update of ongoing concerns, an online community and a place to find just about everything relating to the Parish Continue reading Welcome to your new website

Village Hall News

The Village Hall is the focal point for leisure activities in the village and the committee have embarked on ambitious plans to modernise and upgrade the Village Hall. The objective is to improve the facilities for the existing thriving groups of users and to attract new groups and activities.

Last year, a survey carried out by the hall committee, showed that the majority of residents were in favour of improving the existing hall rather than a new hall elsewhere in the village. With the aid of the survey results the committee have instructed an architect to draw up plans to improve the fabric of the building, upgrade facilities and reconfigure the hall to give maximum versatility.

Once the plans are complete they will be on display, at an open evening, for everyone to look at and to make their comments. Once finalised, the committee will begin the even harder task of raising funds to carry out the work.

In the short term, we do need volunteers to help with some of the preliminary work that needs to be carried out along with a qualified electrician and plumber to help maintain the existing services.

If you can help, please contact the hall secretary Elizabeth Marriott on 653308 or any committee member.

Jubilee Diary

The 2nd of June brought the village together in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  60 years on the throne and still going strong, the Queen gave us a good excuse to have a party and have some feel-good fun amidst the doom and gloom of economic catastrophe, global warming and all things war-related.

All over the country people were preparing for an estimated 10,000 street parties and the parish of Otterhampton was no exception.  Emails were exchanged, phone calls made, meetings were had, spreadsheets produced and meticulous plans had been in the making since February and a team of dedicated residents gave up hours of their time to organise what turned out to be a fantastic day.  Even the rain stayed off right to the point where we were packing everything away.

Saturday began early for those involved in bringing it together and all the helpers were down at the village hall or on the green hours before kick-off, eager to get this party started.  We’d split into two teams – Food & Beverage and Entertainment and everyone knew what needed to be done so there were no panics or dramas on the day.

The F&B girls spent the morning carefully preparing a fantastic spread of food which was beautifully displayed in the main hall and the pork joints were put in to roast in the kitchen at The Anchor.  The Entertainment team busied themselves, with great amusement, pinning up the bunting, blowing up balloons, pumping up the space hoppers (and trying them out just to make sure they were safe!), putting up signs, getting the PA system ready, erecting gazebos and setting out the games and activity areas.

12 noon saw the start of the judging of the best dressed house competition and dozens of houses did the village proud, adorning their property with bunting and balloons as well as some spectacular embellishments involving the royal family.  Just brilliant.

By 1.30pm we were almost ready and enjoyed a quiet half hour before the residents of Combwich, Otterhampton and Steart descended on the green.  Last minute check of all areas, quick change into our red, white and blues and suddenly the party began with the chauffeur-driven arrival of our very own Queen and Prince Phillip.  After being presented with a village-made posy by two village children, our Royals declared the party open.

There was something for everyone and children’s races were opened up to the adults, to the great delight of the spectators!  Egg and spoon, dressing up race, space hopper race and the children’s scooter heats needed no coaxing to take part.  Children’s card making for the younger ones was happening in the hall and face painting, big bubble making, chalk painting, hula hoops and apple bobbing saw a return of some good old traditional English party activities with prizes for all, including one for the best-made crown.

The highlight game was probably the tug o’ war – the rope, incidentally, was a real tug o’ war rope as used in the National Championships and borrowed from the Chairman of the Tug Of War Association, no less!  What started out as a series of serious mens and ladies tugs, soon turned into a free-for-all which even involved the community police officer!  What fun.

Tables were laid whilst the games were going on and soon it was time for the tea party – a huge array of delicious food and even some crayons for the kids to draw on the table cloths, finished off with the distribution of 100 Combwich Jubilee commemorative medals for all the children and volunteers.

But the day didn’t end there!  Next up was our very own Jubilee sail-by organised by the Combwich Motor Boat and Sailing Club.  Sail boats and motor boats all trimmed up with their flags and bunting sailed up and down the Parrett in celebration of the Queen’s 60 year reign.  The boys done good!

Whilst everyone was enjoying their Jubilee tea and the regatta, volunteers were preparing the village hall for a tea dance and what a full house that turned out to be!  Foxtrots, Waltz’s and Gay Gordons were the order of the day, washed down with a cuppa and some home-made cake and finished off with a rousing rendition from the village choir sporting their union jack scarves and hats and who expertly got the whole of the hall involved in a sing-along.

Another round of packing things away and then it was on to the Right Royal Quiz at The Anchor – another very full house and some puzzling questions from our quiz-master and which, due to the place heaving at the seams, had to be relayed (with great amusement) all the way to the other end of the pub.

Once the quiz was over, it was time for the Open Mic Music Fest where some amazing local talent played, strummed, sang and serenaded the village until midnight and the party finally came to a close.

We’d all agreed at planning stage that we wanted to make our street party a day to remember and we hope we did just that.  If you have any favourite parts of the day or highlights of the celebrations or you have any photos you’d like to share, please get in touch – admin@combwich.org.uk – we’d love to hear from you.

To see more photos of the village Jubilee please click here.

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