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[23 Nov 2016 | Comments Off on Shute Festival of Literature and Landscape | 89 views]
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The first Shute Festival of Literature and Landscape proved a huge success, drawing over 200 visitors to two days of stimulating and inspiring talks, film showings, workshops and discussions.

The festival, which took place over the weekend of 29th and 30th October, brought together an eclectic range of speakers, ensuring visitors enjoyed a rich variety of topics in the intimate and beautiful surroundings of Shute Church, lit professionally for the occasion by Axe Valley student Jed Holmes, of Simply Stage.
The first day opened with Greta Stoddart reading from her moving and …

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[20 Oct 2016 | Comments Off on Autumn Supper Umborne Hall 15th October 2016 | 239 views]
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We ended up with a full house of 68 people and had a most enjoyable evening. Each table had a food box of 4 different cheeses, pickles, coleslaw, potato salad, pickled onions, 2 sorts of pate and bread and biscuits to share and for pudding there was apple crumble! Thank to all those people who prepared the food and served and cleared.
There was an autumn photo competition, judged by John Coe, which …

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[5 Sep 2014 | Comments Off on Duck Dash & Raft Races 2014 | 314 views]
Duck Dash & Raft Races 2014

Duck Dash & Raft Races:

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Our annual Duck Dash and home made raft races took place on Sunday (7th) September at 3.00pm – at Easy Bridge, Umborne ( N.B. not at the hall this year as there is not enough water for the ducks to swim in!) The weather was dry, warm and sunny – and locals came and enjoyed the end of the summer.

Antonia and Angela sorted out all the duck races including the finale …

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[27 Aug 2014 | Comments Off on Local Carnivals 2014 | 108 views]
Local Carnivals 2014

So you can plan well ahead, here are the dates for the carnivals in East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset for this autumn season:
Saturday Carnivals:
15th August    (Fri)                    Dawlish 7.15pm
16th August                            Bridport 7.30pm &Totnes 6pm
23rd August                               Sturminster Newton 7.15
30th August                               Seaton 7.30pm
13th  September                       Colyton  7.30pm
20th September                        Axminster  7pm
21st September                         Frome  7pm
27th September     Wellington 7.30pm Sidmouth  6.30pm
4th October              Ilminster  7.15, Gillingham  7.15pm & Newton Poppleford 7.45pm
11th October              Chard, Exmouth &   Castle  Cary -all 7.30pm
18th  October                              Taunton  7pm
25th October                              Honiton  7.00pm
26th October     (Sun)                 Ottery …

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[3 Sep 2013 | Comments Off on Duck Dash, Dog Show etc. | 69 views]
Duck Dash, Dog Show etc.

Our annual Duck Dash, Dog Show and much more took place in beautiful summery weather at Umborne Hall on Sunday 1st September.

Thank you so much to many local people  for your input from 3pm to 5.30pm. Although numbers were down on previous years ( I wonder why? holidays, beach?) it was very enjoyable thanks partly to the fine  weather.  Thank you duck sellers Antonia and Angela,

stream organisers Neville and Chris,

dog show helpers and judges Alex and Richard Brain,

cream teas sellers and cake makers – Liz’s amazing …

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[15 Jul 2013 | Comments Off on Umborne trustees meeting minutes 01.05.13 | 43 views]

At Umborne Hall
Wednesday 1st May 2013 7pm

Present: Neville Cheeseman, Paul Galloway, Liz Gosling, Sue Gush, Lorna Ockenden, John Pearce, Rob Summers, Teresa Wilmington-Wills, Eleanor Wood



Jan Coman, Kimmo Evans, Peter Rugg


Minutes of previous meeting


These were agreed and signed off


Matters arising from previous minutes

We discussed the issue of the roads around the Hall. A letter to the Parish Council had been drafted but not sent, as there had been some repairs done recently. However we felt that we should still speak with the Council to see if/when …

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[11 Jul 2013 | Comments Off on Steam-up 2013 Report and Photos | 180 views]
Steam-up 2013 Report and Photos

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This annual event held at Penventon in Shute

– the home of Tony & Liz Gosling is usually held in fine weather. This year we were treated to the sunniest and hottest ones of recent years.

Our numbers were slightly down this year partly because there were lots of other events taking place on the same day but also because, as it was the sunniest and hottest Saturday of the year so far, many families …

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[13 Jun 2013 | Comments Off on Umborne Ug and Summer BBQ 2013 | 245 views]
Umborne Ug and Summer BBQ 2013

Umborne Ug & Summer BBQ report:

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If you were in East Devon on Saturday evening, you would have noticed how fantastic the weather was – warm, sunny and later on, calm – a little too warm for runners perhaps, but perfect for spectators and barbecuers alike.

Our annual 10k run up over the hills ( yes, there were a few of those!) and out towards Widworthy was supported by 91 runners both local and distant. The 2.5k Fun Run over …

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[5 Dec 2012 | Comments Off on November Weather Report 2012 | 126 views]
November Weather Report 2012

November 2012.
The first eighteen days of the month, other than one, 3rd, were actually quite dry, perhaps a little cooler than average, with a few light frosts, with a predominance of winds from the NW. A swing round to a SE wind on the 14th brought the month’s
highest temperature of 16C. This was about five degrees above average, but last year’s mild month brought a higher reading four days later, and this year’s highest was the lowest, (if that makes sense) since 2008.
The last …

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[13 Nov 2012 | Comments Off on Devon Libraries Mobile Library Service | 240 views]
Devon Libraries Mobile Library Service

Each year Devon Libraries review the Mobile Library timetables to ensure that each village’s stop is safe, well-used, and that the vehicle has enough travelling time between stops to reach their borrowers promptly. The Mobile Librarians also consult their borrowers to see how we can tailor the service to the community’s needs.
As you will be aware the Mobile Library currently stops in Shute Barton on alternate Thursdays at the School from 11.15 –  12.00. The Mobile Librarian has consulted the borrowers and as …