around the site and find out all the local information, history
and news about our Village...
part of the community Bere 14-18 Commemorations, a small team is
researching the lives of the men of our three
local parishes (Bere Regis, Winterborne Kingston & Affpuddle/Turnerspuddle)
who served in the forces in the Great War. Their names are listed
if you click the Picture above. If you think you are a descendent
of any of the men listed and may have some family or service history
or mementoes (Photos, medals, service papers, cuttings, etc ) about
them, could you kindly contact Philip Ventham on 01929 471215 or
would be very pleased to speak with you. Any information, however
insignificant, is of interest as very often, family recollections
can fill gaps in the official records. All contributions will be
acknowledged and mementoes recorded and returned.
village website is 10 years old today! In November 2003, I offered
to setup and run a village website for the Parish Council. I said
I would run it for the first 3 months and then hand over to someone
local, as I lived in London. A decade later, running the website
still gives me immense pleasure! From small beginnings it has grown
into over 1,000 pages! I thought that I would take this opportunity
to showcase some of the parts of it you may find useful/interesting...
history section has over 2,750 documents & 550 photographs.
It has details on Births since 1595, Baptisms since 1600, Marriages
since 1627, Burials since 1606 and 493 villagers Wills since 1559.
media section has over 1,530 photographs, 100 bits of art/drawings
& 28 videos relating to the village.
business directory has over 60 local area businesses listed
parish council section has monthly minutes summaries stretching
back to August 1988.
parish magazine section has parish magazines digitised back to September
Societies section has details on over 30 village organisations.
village events section has details on the goings on in the village,
stretching back to October 2003.
Forum section migrated to Facebook in 2008 and setup the village
Facebook group page. That group has over 720 members now, who have
collectively posted over 3,500 discussion topics. The number of
individual posts is well over 10,000!
Happy Birthday to the village website and remember that the site
is only so good because of all the contributions from villagers
over the years. It really is a product of this happy Community and
I hope it will enlighten, amuse & bring together the village
for years to come!
village Calendar is now available for 2014 - the theme for this
year is "Now and Then" - with some fantastic pictures
of the village showing direct comparisons between various current
village locations, with some archive pictures from many years ago!
are priced at £5 each and all proceeds will go towards the
Church Bells Restoration Fund. So please buy one and tell your friends
about it! They will make an excellent Christmas present!
can find them in the shop and a small supply is with Community leaders
throughout the village. If you cannot find one, then please email
Peter Wharf here
and he will deliver to you. He can also arrange to post copies if
you live outside the village, although he will have to charge £3
this wonderful Calendar of our village over the years!
Wood Inaugrual Planting Day on 28th September was a wonderful Success,
with over 600 Oaks planted, once Dr Brian May had planted the Inaugrual
Oak. Click the Photograph above to see a Gallery of Photographs
from the Day, alongside some lovely Tree Quotes from history...
will shortly receive a Flyer highlighting the Businesses in the
village & why you should support them. Please do look out for
it! You can see a digital version of it by clicking each image above,
or you can download the PDF of it, by clicking here...
have created a Village Videos section with several Video Galeries.
You can see it by cilcking the Photograph above...
small group of people representing some of the village organisations
met recently to start to plan how Bere Regis might commemorate the
100th anniversary of the First World War. Our sketchy outline presently
includes several ideas, in which we particularly hope our children
will be involved. Click the Image above to find out more...
Rod Osmond has created a DVD of village life throughout the year,
called 'Yesterday Today & Tomorrow'.
Rod with more information -
"One of my favourite hobbies is making videos for others to
watch and enjoy
I have already produced two DVD's about the places where I have
lived previously and it has given me great pleasure to work on this
one of Bere Regis
The contents include many 'Now & Then' scenes as well as scenes
from different view points in the village
Literally hundreds of villagers are featured within filming as they
attend the various events that have happened throughout the year
From the candle light Carol Service at St John the Baptist Church
to the fantastic achievement of the opening of the brand new play
I am sure that you will find this wonderful window on village life
a pleasure to watch
Bere Regis 'Yesterday Today & Tomorrow' a lasting record of
our vibrant village community to show generations to come"
can pre-order it online by clicking here.
A limited amount will be available to purchase at the Drax Hall
Launch Cafe on Saturday 12th October at £10.00 each, from
10am - 4pm - refreshments available. Proceeds are going to the Church
Tower Restoration Fund.
problems with the online order form, then phone Alison Bennett on
01929 472 023.
a recent meeting of Parish Clerks within the Purbecks, a presentation
was given bringing everyone up to date on the current situation
regarding Superfast Broadband.
a nutshell, the Government is funding the UK wide roll-out of Superfast
Broadband. The Broadband speed could be up to 8x your current speed!
The timeline is around 2016 and it will be a service you pay for,
like your current Broadband.
you may be aware, the Parish Council have been trying to encourage
as many people as possible to register an interest in receiving
this facility and the presenter was asked to find out how many households
in Bere Regis had done so.
date only 73 have signed up. When you realise there are 779 properties
in the parish, this represents only 9% of households.
reason we need to show an active interest, is that the Government
concedes that around 5% of rural areas will not be financially viable
for the new Suppliers to roll the Broadband out to. Although the
village would be covered, areas like Hyde might not be. The only
way they could be, is if enough interest is registered in Bere Regis
as a whole.
help everyone who lives in our Parish to be able to get this service,
no matter how far out they live!
please try to encourage your friends and neighbours to register
their interest. By doing so, you will not be held to anything -
it will merely act as an indication of need to the prospective supplier.
can register by clicking the Photograph above...
bells of St. John the Baptist Church have rung out for over 500
years. Now they need a major overhaul which will cost £60,000.
Click the Drawing above to find out ow you can help...
are many things that people in the Village can do to help the environment.
Click the Photograph above for some ideas. There are also some general
everyday living tips that may help make your life a little bit more
simple and successful...
would love to hear your views on the Village Website. We have created
a 2 minute online survey that we would really appreciate if you could
complete. Click the image above to see it...
Since our inception in 2003, over 60,500 people have visited the site
from 84 Countries. Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan,
Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, British
Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands,
China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt,
Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Grenada, Hungary,
Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait,
Laos, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands,
New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland,
Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia,
Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden,
Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia,
Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, UAE, UK, USA, Vietnam & Zimbabwe. You can
see the Visitor Countries marked in red on the Map above - everyone
the photo above for details on local Attractions
the photo above to access the digitised Parish Magazine. We also
have full digital versions of the magazine each month from September
1996 onwards, in our Parish Magazines Archive. You can find that
by clicking the photo above too
the photo above to access the village website news archives
the logo above to join the 733 members of our Facebook Group...
the Photograph above if you would like to view or sign our Guestbook...
to know more about who set up this website? Click here
to find out...
Bere Regis Village Website 2013 - Site by Chola Design