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:    


Saturday 4 November

Lyme Regis Bonfire Night

Lyme Regis is the place to be on bonfire night. Join the crowds of people who come to enjoy a fantastic firework display over Lyme Bay and warm themselves by the bonfire on the beach. Admission is free but a collection will be made throughout the evening for local charities. More details nearer the time.  

Tuesday 7 November at 7.30pm

The Combpyne-Rousdon Wednesday Ladies’ Group at Peek Hall

William Morris – Art Garden and Design An illustrated talk by Don Archer.

This is an open meeting so please feel free to bring guests, including men. 

Wednesdays 8 November – 13 December at 7.30pm

Social Club Turkey Bingos at Peek Hall

Doors open at 7.30pm, eyes down at 8pm. 

Sunday 12 November at 10.50am

Remembrance Sunday Service at the Rousdon War Memorial

The service takes about 20 minutes and is followed by refreshments in Peek Hall to which everyone is invited. There will be no service in the church. 

Saturday 2 December

Switch On Saturday in Lyme Regis

Make a lantern in the Baptist Church Hall and then participate in the parade led by Father Christmas. At 5.30pm the mayor will switch on the lights at the bottom of Broad Street. 

Friday 8 December

The Combpyne-Rousdon Wednesday Ladies’ Club Christmas Lunch at The Tucker’s Arms, Dalwood

Ladies, please contact Debby Astin (01297 445794) or Jill Hitchcock (01297 442768) if you would like to come. 

Saturday 9 December at 7.30pm

Axe Valley Community Choir Christmas Concert at The Minster

The Axe Valley Community Choir will be performing their Christmas programme. 

Sunday 10 December at 7pm

Rousdoners’ Christmas meal at the Fairwater Head Hotel

Fairwater Head have looked after us, and fed us, very well for the last few years so we have booked there again. The cost is £38 per person and this includes a welcome drink of wine or non-alcoholic punch and the tip.

A minibus or coach will be provided at an extra cost. The menu and a form with all the details including about the coach, will be sent out in the very near future but meanwhile please put the date in your diary. 

Friday 15 – Sunday 17 December from 11am – 6pm

Christmas Tree Festival at the Baptist Church, Broad Street

See the Christmas trees decorated by local organisations. Admission free 

Monday 18 December at 6pm

Carol Service at Combpyne Church

This is always a most enjoyable and friendly service that is followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Do try and come along. 

Saturday 23 December at 6pm

Carol Singing in the Inner Courtyard of The Mansion

The Christmas weekend starts here! We will once again be in the inner courtyard for singing, mulled wine and nibbles. Song sheets will be provided. This is such a very special evening, please try and come. Everyone, including visitors to the Estate, is welcome but a particularly warm welcome is extended to children. Please note that access to the inner courtyard is via a steep incline so take care and note that it is at your own risk. 

Saturday 23 December from 7 – 8pm

Carols Round The Tree at the bottom of Broad Street, Lyme Regis

This annual event is accompanied by music provided by the Lyme Regis Town Band, soup and refreshments by the Royal Lion.All welcome. 

Sunday 24 December at 11.30pm

Midnight Mass at Combpyne Church.

All welcome. NB There will be no services in Combpyne Church on Christmas Day. 

Monday 25 December at 10.30am

In Charmouth in aid of the RNLI AND Monday 1 January at 1pm in Lyme Regis

Organised by the Rotary Club Christmas morning and New Year’s Day Fancy Dress Swim. Enjoy seeing all the fund-raisers in their fancy dress take the plunge. Be prompt as the swimmers don’t stay in the water long!   

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