Dunkery Tidings

Click on this link to read the DUNKERY TIDINGS August 2020

Hotel Recruitment

Life is getting back to near normal here at Dunkery Beacon Country House, and so we are looking for a new team member on a part time basis to join us for the rest of the season, and possibly beyond.

The position is a bit of an all rounder, so we need someone who is adaptable and looking for flexible hours.  Your own transport is essential, as is a sense of pride in what you do.

Please ring or email for further details.
Tel:  01643 841241

John and Jane Bradley

Water Supply

If you have struggled with the recent interruptions to the water supply in the village you may wish to register with the Wessex Water Priority Service. Similar schemes exist for other essential services. You can register with Wessex Water if you have any of the following conditions:
  • Disabled
  • Deaf / difficulty hearing
  • Mobility problems – (this can be arthritis due to old age)
  • Blind / partially sighted
  • Kidney dialysis treatment at home
  • Wheelchair user
  • Vocally impaired
  • Learning difficulties
  • A medical condition which requires a constant water supply
  • Other…. you need to give details

To do this go to

You will need your customer number which is located on the top right hand side of your bills.

The service gives you notice, where possible, of any interruptions and means that Wessex Water will provide bottled water if possible. To find out more about this service and the the full benefits go to The Priority Services Information Page

Claire’s Kitchen

Dear All,
This week is banquet week.  Due to the number of dishes involved, this will be delivered on Thursday between 4.00 and 5.00pm, chilled (it has a two day fridge life). Please pre-order by 12.00pm on Wednesday.

Thai Banquet – £10 per head.   Please choose one main course.

Thai Red Chicken Curry  (GF)
Thai Chicken Satay  (this is quite mild)  (GF)
Lamb Massaman Curry  (GF)
Vegan Thai Red Curry  (GF)

To include side dishes:
Prawn crackers with pineapple, chilli and cucumber salad
Chinese noodles with hoisin and stirfry
Rice with hoisin and stirfry  (GF)

Dessert – Sticky Toffee Pudding with butterscotch sauce   £2.50

Persian Banquet – £10 per head  Please choose one main course.

Chicken and Apricot Tagine  (GF)
Chickpea and Apricot Tagine  (GF)  (Ve)

To includes side dishes:
Homemade Roasted Red Pepper and Basil Hummus with toasted pitta triangles with cumin
Cous Cous with Roasted Veg
Rice with Roasted Veg  (GF)

Dessert – Sticky Toffee Pudding with butterscotch sauce   £2.50


Sunday Lunch, August 2nd
Delivered chilled.  Please preorder by 12.00pm on Friday.

Free Range Roast Pork with crackling, sage and apple stuffing, goose fat roasties, sweet potato purée, cauliflower gratin and seasonal veg (can be GF)   £7.50

Local Slowly-Roasted 8-hour Brisket of Beef served with Yorkshire pudding, goose fat roasties, sweet potato purée, cauliflower gratin, seasonal veg and a delicious beefy gravy  £7.50

Spinach, Ricotta and Parmesan Canneloni with seasoned tomato sauce, served with a homegrown salad and garlic bread   £7.00

Double Chocolate Brownie with clotted cream £2.50

Please book via email: or call me on 07799 066638.

Claire Lynch

John Arlott Playing Field AGM

The JAPF AGM is on Monday 27th July 2020 following the Parish Council Meeting which starts at 7.30pm


  1. Apologies for absence.
  2. Declaration of Interests.
  3. Election of Chair and Vice Chair for the forthcoming year.
  4. Approval of the minutes of the last meeting
  5. Approval of the Annual Accounts for 01/04/2019 – 31/03/2020 see attached documents and internal audit report.
  6. Finance Easy Fundraising paid in 28/02/2020 £17.29
  7. Correspondence
  8. Update on Outstanding items
  9. Future Plans/Fundraising
  10. AOB
  11. Meeting dates for the next year.

 Members of the public are invited to attend the online meeting but will need to contact the clerk via email for a login to enable access to the meeting.


New Pre School Provision

Dear Villagers

I am writing to inform you that we have had to close the Timberscombe Pre School as of the end of this academic year.  As you will be aware, financially we have struggled for some time and during COVID 19 this has become impossible for it to continue despite all efforts including furloughing our two staff.

I would like to take this moment to thank our dedicated staff, Irene and Jo, who have given us years of care for our children and Joanne has seen generations through.  We would also like to recognise the efforts of everyone in our community in keeping a pre school in our village and giving support and time to ensure this provision has continued.  When we have a chance to come together without fear of COVID 19 we will mark the work of the staff and commemorate the Timberscombe Pre School properly and appropriately.

As we know just how important provision for our youngest villagers is, we have been able to work collaboratively with the school to ensure this remains in our village.  So, in happier news the school will be opening a new and different provision for 2 year olds from September 2020.  This will be called the ‘Timberscombe Little Oaks Early Years Provision,’ shortened to ‘Little Oaks’ and is different to the previous pre school.  For example, it will be relocating into the main class one space and will be led by school staff, extended hours, and many other exciting changes to secure this at the heart of our already tremendous school. The children will now all become under the ‘schools wings’ and be cared for all in the same way.  This will mean transition from one setting to the next is seamless with similar systems, environment, staffing, curriculum and nurture. All the children who were enrolled at Timberscombe Pre School will automatically be allocated a place, with no additional fees, to the Little Oaks Early Years Provision at the school.  Please let the school know if you do not want a place.

The school will be in touch soon with further details.

Thank you so much for your support of me as Chair and of our staff, this is both a sad time where we say goodbye to our team and the old pre school, but also an exciting time where the children have new opportunities within a new and different early years provision.

Best wishes,

Mrs Sophie Merrett