Local Events

What’s on in Rousdon and nearby to August 2016...

 (compiled and provided by Jan Jones - updated regularly)


Peek Hall Social Club

The club is open as advertised on the club door. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Bar prices are very reasonable and the skittle alley is often available.


Sunday Services at Combpyne Church

Please note that Sunday services start at 11am.


Bridge Club

Anne Axford who lives at Dowlands Barn would like to contact people who enjoy playing bridge. If you are interested, please contact her on 01297 23127 or by email at


Archive Group

The Archive Group was formed to collect and collate historical and contemporary photographs and memorabilia about the Estate, particularly from the time of the School through to the current time. This is an interesting exercise for posterity and will include the people who currently live here, who we are and where we came from. If you are interested in participating, helping or otherwise encouraging this great enterprise please contact the Group by email at Current members of the Group are: John Rose, Christine Barradell, Anne Fleming, Sidney Gibson and Roy Jones. 


To all ladies in Rousdon and Combpyne

How about getting together for lunch every month?

The Rousdon Estate Ladies Club would like to start a monthly lunch club where we meet up at a different cafe or restaurant every month (just like the boys do, but not for the full English!) This could be a nice way to keep in touch with our friends and maybe make new ones.

If you are interested in meeting up please contact: Jane Healy On 01297 444108 Or email me on

Look forward to hearing from you all...


"To Buy a Whole Parish; Rousdon and the Peek Family"

By Nicky Campbell

The story of the Rousdon Estate is a wonderful slice of social history following a community in Devon from Victorian times. Nicky Campbell has been researching and gathering information about the history of the Estate for more than 10 years.

This book is about the Peek family but equally as much it is about the estate workers and what their lives were like. It is based not only on research but also on the reminiscences of those who lived and worked at Rousdon or their descendants.

The book costs £14.99 (plus £2.50 p and p) and is available from Serendip Bookshop in Lyme 01297 442594 or Nicky Campbell, “Wheatears”, The Butts, Colyton, Devon EX24 6NU (01297 552 945). Please make cheques payable to N.Campbell.   



What’s on in Rousdon from January to June 2016:  


Wednesday 1 February at 11am

Coffee morning at the Rousdon Village Bakery

Come and sample Clive’s delicious bakes or just have a coffee and enjoy a chat with your neighbours. Pay for whatever you have. Everyone very welcome. 


Wednesday 8 February

Please note that there is no meeting this month of the Combpyne-Rousdon Wednesday Ladies’ Group.


Wednesday 10 February from 10am – 12 noon

U3A Coffee and chat social morning at the Woodmead Halls

An opportunity to meet members and find out about the 50+ activity groups that run under the U3A umbrella. See Heritage Coast U3A for more information.


Saturday 18 February at 7pm

Skittles evening at The Tuckers Arms, Dalwood

A coach will be provided so meet either outside the gates to the mansion or outside 4 Old Home Farm at 7pm. We will leave the pub at about 10.45pm.

The cost is £15.50 per person and includes supper and the coach. To book your place, please email Sylvia Stride on before Thursday 8 February. This is a very popular evening and numbers are limited so book your place now!


Monday 27 February at 7.30pm

‘Simplified Garden Design and a look at how RHS judges judge’.

A talk by Roger Platts at Musbury Village Hall

Roger will unlock some of the secrets of good garden design and will give an insight into the judging process at RHS Flower Shows. At Chelsea, he has won five gold medals, a Best In Show in 2002 and People’s Choice in 2010. He’s also a regular judge and moderator at Chelsea and the other RHS Shows.

Refreshments (included in the entry) available from 7pm BEFORE the talk. Entry; £2.50


Wednesday 8 March at 7.30pm

The Combpyne-Rousdon Wednesday Ladies’ Group at Peek Hall

An illustrated talk entitled ‘40 years a vet’ by Bob Mercer

Although this is a ladies’ group that meets on the second Wednesday each month at Peek Hall at 7.30pm, on this occasion all guests, including men, are very welcome. Please contact Jan Jones 01297 443737 for further details.


Saturday 11 March at 12pm

'Who Were The Lyme Regis Rebels?'

A lecture by Dr. Robert Dunning at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Dr. Dunning was Somerset’s official historian for about 40 years. Join him as he explores the Monmouth Rebellion and the Lyme Regis people behind it.

Entry: Pay what you can (suggested donation £5.00) All donations go towards the Marine's 'Monmouth' Community play coming in July 2017. There is a number of similar events taking place to support the same cause. See the Marine Theatre website for more details.


Every Thursday afternoon from 6 April to 28 September at 2pm

Walking Discovery Tours of Colyton

Join local guides to find out more about Colyton’s historical streets and buildings.

The walks start from the car park in Dolphin Street, last for approximately one hour and take place regardless of the weather. They are gentle strolls with frequent stops ending at the Heritage Centre and adjacent tea rooms. No booking required. £3 per person (under 16s free) to cover costs.


Wednesday 12 April at 7.30pm

The Combpyne-Rousdon Wednesday Ladies’ Group at Peek Hall

‘Catherston Manor’ – an illustrated talk by Mike Seaman

This Tudor-style manor house was built in 1887 and the Blue Lias-built church dates from 1858. Part of an earlier medieval manor house belonging to the Wadham family of Catherston, a cadet branch of the family that founded Wadham College, Oxford, remains beside the later house. This is an open meeting so all guests, including men, are welcome.


Saturday 15 April at 2pm

Easter Jumble Sale at Peek Hall in aid of Peek Hall funds

The hall will be open from 10.30am to noon to receive donations of jumble, bric a brac, cakes, tombola prizes etc.

Any help, either with setting up in the morning or selling and packing away in the afternoon, would be greatly appreciated. If you feel you are able to help, contact April Moore on 01297 442574.


Saturday 15 April at 7pm

Rousdon Quiz Night at Peek Hall in aid of Air Ambulance Charities

This will be the 4th annual event which raises money for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Dorset Air Ambulance Trust, the two Air Ambulance helicopters that look after us at Rousdon. Last year £884 was raised and it is hoped to do even better this year.

Prizes include a colour TV, digital camera and an i-pad. Tickets are £10 and include entry into the prize draw. There is a limit of 80 but a further 20 tickets are available for entry into the draw only. Tickets available in March from Mike Hansell (01297 444141) or email him at


Sunday 16 April at 2pm

Easter Bonnet Parade in Lyme Regis

Make an Easter bonnet or just enjoy the spectacle of people wearing their bonnets.

Judging takes place at 2pm in the Baptist Church Hall and is followed by a parade at 3pm from the church to the Jubilee Pavilion. Prizes in five age groups including adults and the under fives.


Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival

This is an annual event for the whole family and seeks to enthuse young people about science, especially earth sciences.

Entry is free. Enjoy walks, talks, theatre, music, comedy, exhibits and lots of hands-on science for all ages. The Fossil Fair offers fun and rare fossils, minerals and jewellery from 50p. Meet scientists from many prestigious organisations.


Wednesday 10 May

The Combpyne-Rousdon Wednesday Ladies’ Group

Visit to Beer Caves and afternoon tea

Times to be arranged.


Wednesday 10 May

Charity Golf Day at Lyme Regis Golf Club

An annual event held at the Lyme Regis Golf Club in aid of Exeter Leukaemia Fund and Julia's House Hospice.

Teams of four, two scores to count, full handicap (max men 24, ladies 30). Organised by the Rotary Clubs of Lyme Regis and Axminster. Teams can be made up. For further information contact


Saturday 13 May from 9.30 – 11.30am

Plant Sale and Coffee Morning at Uplyme Village Hall

Start your seeds going and bring them along to sell. This is always a good opportunity to buy the plants you did not succeed with and to pass on those of which you have too many. All donations will be gratefully received.


Saturday 3 June at 7.30pm

‘Step into Spring’ – a C.R.A.P. revue at Peek Hall

CRAP (Combpyne Rousdon Amateur Players) will be following up last year’s highly successful murder mystery play by presenting a Spring Revue ‘Step Into Spring’. The revue will include comedy sketches and musical items and will introduce CRASS (Combpyne Rousdon Amateur Singers’ Society).

There will also be a short sequel to ‘Vengeance at Peek Hall’: Was Rick the subject of wrongful arrest or is he ‘bang to rights’? Tickets will be available around Easter: last year they sold out very quickly so keep an eye out for further information. In the meantime, anyone who would like to join CRASS please call Roy on 443737.


Wednesday 14 June at 7.30pm

The Combpyne-Rousdon Wednesday Ladies’ Group at Peek Hall

‘Lighthouses in Dorset and the South Devon Coast’ - An illustrated talk by Alan Nicholas

Alan is a retired lighthouse engineer. This is an open meeting so all guests, including men, are welcome.

Dates for the diary:


Sunday 9 July in the afternoon (NOT the evening)


At Rousdon Lake, behind St Pancras Church (N.B. Please note that the date has changed and is NOT now I July)

More details will be circulated nearer the time


Sunday 20 August

The Combpyne Rousdon Show at Peek Hall

Please note that this very successful annual event has been moved to a Sunday this year. More information from Mike Hansell (01297 444141)


Please note: This list is based on information currently available but you will need to check details of all events with the relevant Tourist Information Centre. If you know of any events that others may enjoy, please let Jan Jones know