The Parish Council

The Parish Council meets on the 2nd thursday of each month at 7pm in the Drax Hall.

A Parish Councillor also joins Peter Wharf our district Councillor at the regular surgery he holds at Turberville Court on the first Saturday of each month from 9.30 to 10 am.

If you have any queries regarding the council, you can contact them via their website here or via the people below (with any additional responsibilities added) -

Title Name Added Responsibilities Tel. No. Email
Chairman Ian Ventham   01929 471 480 Email
Vice Chairman Robin Pitcher Environment & Facilities 01929 472 151 Email
Parish Clerk Amanda Crocker   01929 472 327 Email
  Laurie Fairhurst Planning & Housing, Rights of Way - Email
  Peter Wharf   01929 472 246 Email
  Bryan Benjafield PR Officer 07969 770 890 Email
  Dominic Bishop Police, Traffic & Roads - Email
  Tony Bates   01929 471 563 Email
  Simon Munnings Neighbourhood Plan 01929 472 609 Email
  Brenda House Community Liaison 01929 471 255 Email

We have Reports from all the meetings held so far this year. For the Reports of older meetings stretching back to July 1961, have a look at our Parish Council Monthly Report Archive by clicking the photo below. The actual Minutes of current Meetings can be found on the Parish Council website here

Choose a Date from the menu below for that months Parish Council Minutes Summaries...

January 2016 Meeting

The Parish Council met on Thursday 14th January 2016 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 11th February at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm. All parishioners are very welcome to attend and to take the opportunity to raise any matters or concerns.

Local Crime

Following a few recent local break ins and attempted burglaries, we were visited by PC Jon Stuart from Wareham Police Station who is our community PC. Although admitting they cannot always respond immediately to “smaller incidents” it is still vital that every crime is reported, so that it can be checked over and logged to help build up a picture of trends and local incidents.

Bus Service Review

Shortly before the meeting, the council were notified that the 186 Bus Service, running on a Tuesday and Friday from Puddletown to Poole and stopping at Bere Regis, was one of a number of services in the county that was under review for possible closure. The Council will be submitting a response to the consultation stressing how vital the service is in a rural area like ours. However anybody who wishes to can complete the survey and respond, and the more responses sent, the greater will be the impact. If you would like to complete the survey (before the 8th February) please visit: https://www.dorsetforyou.com/article/420870/2016-bus-services-review.

Conservation work on The Bere Stream

There was another well attended conservation working party in January, which concentrated on clearing undergrowth between the stream and path. Another working party is planned for the morning of Saturday 6th
February. All are welcome - see the Wildlife and Environment Group article for more details.

Queen’s 90th Birthday

21st April 2016 is the Queen’s Official 90th Birthday and as such, there are a number of UK-wide celebrations being held, involving the lighting of beacons. We have agreed to hold a similar celebration in Bere Regis and light our Beacon as well. There is also a national campaign leading up to the Queen’s Birthday to “Clean for the Queen” encouraging towns and villages to tidy up their local areas, which we aim to do on Sunday 17th April and will need plenty of willing volunteers, ideally from each area of the village, to participate. Councillor Lynn Fancy is co-ordinating both the tidy and the celebration, so if you would be willing to spare some time to help, please contact her directly on 472725 or contact the clerk.

Calendars

Councillor Wharf was delighted to announce that this year’s sales of the Bere Regis Calendar had resulted in a profit of over £200. This was being split equally between the Bere Regis Youth Club and the Junior Church. Our thanks go out to Councillor Wharf and John Scott for their hard work in organising the photos for the calendar.

Bryan Benjafield

 

February 2016 Meeting

The Parish Council met on Thursday 11th February 2016 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 10th March at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm. All parishioners are very welcome to attend and to take the opportunity to raise any matters or concerns.

Queen’s 90th Birthday

As agreed at last month’s meeting, we will be holding a celebration for the Queen’s 90th Birthday, including the lighting of our Beacon on Thursday April 21st, as part of nationwide series of events. Timings for the celebration will be released next month. Prior to this on Sunday 17th April we will also be holding a village-wide clean-up, but need volunteers to help this happen. If you would like to take responsibility for a particular part of the village and co-ordinate the efforts in this area, or if you would just like to volunteer to help, then please contact our Clerk Amanda on the contact details above.

Village Forum

We will be holding our next Village Forum between 10am and 12pm on Saturday April 23rd at the Scout Hut. During the morning we will be discussing what has been achieved since the last Forum in November 2014, an update on the Neighbourhood Plan and progress with the New School, updates on the Open Spaces Project and providing further information on the Indoor Sports / Community Facility Project we are just beginning.

Sports/Community Facility Project

Recently we have been looking into the viability of producing an indoor sports and community facility within the village. Clearly this is a large undertaking that would need lots of planning and work put in to get off the ground, but a working party has now been formed, headed up by Mike Gee. This is an idea in its infancy, but with people behind it could provide a fantastic facility for the village. Initially we need to look into people’s needs, possible locations and try and gauge the use and requirements of such a venue. If you feel this is something you could contribute some time to help get off the ground then please contact Mike by email here.

Conservation work on The Bere Stream

There was another productive conservation working party in February, which concentrated on clearing undergrowth between the stream and path. Another working party is planned for the morning of Saturday 5th March. All are welcome - see the Wildlife and Environment Group article for more details.

Froom’s Lane

At the meeting Councillor Fairhurst discussed his recent findings which discovered that although commonly believed to be an unclassified country road, Froom’s Lane, leading from the A35 to Spears Lane and Hollow Oak, has no public rights along it’s length. As this is a highly popular circular walking route from the village to Doddings, we need to obtain evidence from users in order to get the path registered on the definitive map, before the map is finalised in 2026. If you have used this path on a regular basis, please contact the clerk, Amanda to obtain an evidence form.

Bryan Benjafield

 

March 2016 Meeting

The Parish Council met on Thursday 10th March 2016 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 14th March at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm. All parishioners are very welcome to attend and to take the opportunity to raise any matters or concerns.

Queen’s 90th Birthday

As previously publicised, we will be holding a celebration for the Queen’s 90th Birthday, including the lighting of our Beacon on Thursday April 21st, on Souls Moor, near the Scout Hut, as part of nationwide series of events. Timings for the celebration will be released shortly.

Clean for the Queen

Prior to this on Sunday 17th April, we will also be holding a village-wide clean-up. We very much need volunteers to make this happen. If you could take responsibility for a particular part of the village and co-ordinate the efforts in this area, or if you would just like to volunteer to help, then please contact our Clerk Amanda, or chairman Ian on the contact details above. In any event, if anyone would like to help, please be at the village car park by 11o’clock. There will be some light refreshments afterwards.

Street Party

Following the Queen’s actual birthday celebration in April, there are then wider national celebrations for her Official Birthday on Saturday June 11th, and we are planning on holding a street party in Bere Regis to mark this occasion. Further details will be announced in the coming month, but do leave the date free for what will no doubt be another memorable village occasion!

Village Forum

We will be holding our next Village Forum between 10am and 12pm on St George’s Day, Saturday April 23rd at the Scout Hut. During the morning we will be discussing what has been achieved since the last Forum in November 2014, an update on the Neighbourhood Plan and progress with the New School, updates on the Open Spaces Project and providing further information on the Indoor Sports / Community Facility Project we are just beginning.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees will be available again this year to buy from the Parish Council for outside display at a cost of £10. If you would like to place an order, please contact the Clerk on the details above to obtain an order form. All trees must be ordered by June.

Wildlife and Environment Group

The last conservation working party for the season was held in March. It concluded a successful season of work improving the wildlife value of the stream and open areas alongside it - see the Wildlife and Environment Group article for more details about this and future events for the Summer.

Traffic and Car Parking

Traffic and parking in the village was discussed at length during the meeting. It is unfortunately, however, one of those problems that there is little we can actually do to improve, as the problems are caused by there being too many cars in a village which was not designed for them. Whilst we are always looking for solutions, the main thing we can do is to urge residents and visitors alike to please park as considerately as possible. If you have off-road parking then please do take advantage of it, and if you have more than one vehicle then please do consider how much available parking there is for you and your neighbours, and, when you do park, have a thought for the width of our roads, and the need for vehicles to get through.

Play Park Inspection

We are delighted to announce that our Play Park recently had an inspection from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and it passed with flying colours. If you do ever notice any defects at the park, or anywhere in the village for that matter, please do contact the clerk and we will deal with them promptly.

Parish Council Volunteer Recognition Certificates

A reminder that you can nominate any person who you think is deserving, to receive a certificate of recognition for their voluntary efforts from the Parish Council. This can be a nice way of acknowledging people for their hard work and dedication around the Parish. To nominate someone, please contact the Clerk.


Bryan Benjafield

 

April 2016 Meeting

The Parish Council met on Thursday 14th April 2016 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th May at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm. All parishioners are very welcome to attend and to take the opportunity to raise any matters or concerns.

Queen’s 90th Birthday Street Party

We now look forward to HM the Queen’s official birthday, and joining in with the national celebrations taking place on Saturday 11th June.

After consulting with all the residents and businesses, we have applied to close West Street from the junction with Manor Farm Road to the junction with North Street from after lunch and on into the evening, on Saturday 11th June in order to hold a traditional community Street Party. There will be parking provided at Court Farm, and in the village car park that afternoon and evening.

We would like everyone in the parish to bring a picnic tea to West Street, where we hope to have live music and entertainment. We will put out some tables and chairs, though it would be helpful if those who have them bring them along. We are asking the pubs to stay open, and any village organisation that would like to set up a stall to offer cakes or other catering, or to fundraise, or otherwise entertain or inform is very welcome to do so. Please contact Amanda, our clerk to register an interest.

Community Transport

With the loss of the Poole bus it would be easy to feel isolated and cut off from shops, family and friends. So it is important for everyone to know what services are available from the village. The Bere Regis NeighbourCar Scheme is now in its second year and already has over 70 residents on its books. Details of the scheme can be found by contacting Brenda House on 01929 471255. We are also served by the Wareham Hopper. It will cost £5 to join the scheme and then all you have to do is telephone 01258 473154 if you want to use the service. The bus will pick you up from your home and return you to your door and, at present, concessionary fares apply. The Hopper goes to Blandford on Mondays; Poole on Tuesdays; Tower Park on Wednesdays; and Wareham on Thursdays. They also offer days out to such places as the Donkey Sanctuary and Bath amongst others. For more information or to register, please contact 01258 472164. And finally, if it days out you are after, then we have the Bus 2 Go. This operates a door to door service and, during May, will be visiting Exbury Gardens, Milborne St Andrew May Fayre, Somerset Lavender Farm, and Hengistbury Head as well as having a mystery lunch excursion on the 25th May. You can either book online at www.bus2godorset.org or telephone 0791 7298321 for details.

Mobile Library

Following the recent round of cut-backs, Dorset County Council have decided to reduce the mobile library service, withdrawing it completely from some locations. In Bere Regis we are fortunate in that we will retain the service but, from 9th May, the service will go to fortnightly. The library will be in the central car park on May 5th between 14.45 and 15.45 but then will not be back again until the 20th May from 10.30 until 12.10. However, the long term future of the service is under review and a consultation is currently underway, running until the 14th May. It can be found on www.dorsetforyou.com/mobile-library-consultation. The new proposal is to maintain the Home Library Service to residential homes and sheltered accommodation and to stop the public mobile library service but to ensure that people are able to access the service in other ways; such as the static libraries (our nearest one is Wool or Puddletown), the Home Library Service for individuals, the Good Neighbour scheme or the use of online services (e-books and e-audio books).

Where our money comes from and what we spend it on

As we have just passed our financial year-end, we show below a breakdown of our sources of income, and what we spend our money on in the parish. These are not the full, published accounts, which will be available later in the year, after they have been audited, but we hope this will give you a flavour of what your money helps us to do.

Income
Amount
Parish Precept (from Council Tax)
£43,500
Grants and Donations (Distgen etc)
£13,330
Cemetery Income
£6,400
 
Total
£63,230
 
 
Expenditure
Amount
%

Management, administration, insurance and professional fees

£15,670
35%
Donations and grants to parish organisations
£1,630
4%

Repair and maintenance including: play area, play equipment, Souls Moor, Elder Road open space, the Cemetery, the village environment

£21,330
48%

Community projects including Neighbourhood Plan, Rights of Way, NeighbourCar scheme net costs, Lunch club net costs and Christmas trees net cost

£5,800
13%
 
Total
£44,430
100

The excess of income over expenditure is accrued and held for planned future projects including:

Footpath and rights of way upgrades, particularly the Souls Moor footpath, which we want to upgrade this year

Signage and interpretation boards

Play park replacement equipment

Village nature reserve management

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees will be available again this year to buy from the Parish Council for outside display at a cost of £10. If you would like to place an order, please contact the Clerk on the details above to obtain an order form. All trees must be ordered by June.

Parish Council Volunteer Recognition Certificates

A reminder that you can nominate any person who you think deserves one, to receive a certificate of recognition for his or her voluntary efforts from the Parish Council. This can be a nice way of acknowledging people for their hard work and dedication around the Parish. To nominate someone, please contact the Clerk.

Ian Ventham
Chairman

 

May 2016 Meeting

The Parish Council met on Thursday 12th May 2016 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 9th June at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm. All parishioners are very welcome to attend and to take the opportunity to raise any matters or concerns.

Elections and Responsibilities

As this meeting was our AGM, we went through the process of re-electing our Chairman and Vice-Chairman, with Ian Ventham and Robin Pitcher kindly standing again in their respective positions. The Council decided to keep the same representatives in the working parties for Finance, Planning and Neighbourhood Plan group, Open Spaces, Community, Police and Transport and Public Relations.

Polling Station for June EU Referendum

The Polling Station for the EU Referendum on Thursday 23rd June will revert back to the Drax Hall, after the local PCC Election was held at the Sports Club.

Queen’s Birthday Street Party

As part of wider national celebrations for the Queen’s Official Birthday on Saturday June 11th, we will be holding a street party in Bere Regis to mark this occasion. We are closing West Street for the event, between the top of Manor Farm Road and North Street. The celebrations will begin at 4pm and we’re asking people to bring along some chairs and a picnic. There will be some music throughout the day, including a session from Nina between 6-8pm on a stage outside Cyril Wood Court, along with entertainment from the Dorset Axemen. There will also be Cakes, Strawberries and Cream, Ice Cream and Hot Dogs available! If you are interested in helping with the event, please contact the Clerk. We aim to finish around 8pm.

Police Community Safety Grant

There is some grant funding of up to £3,000 available from the Dorset Police & Crime Commissioners office, which can go towards schemes that improve community safety and address crime. For more information and details of how to apply, simply go to here.

World War 1 Talks

The next in the series of World War 1 Talks will be held on Saturday 25th June at 7.30pm in the Drax Hall where John Tozer will be speaking about The Royal Navy’s role in the war including the Battle of Jutland, and the people from Bere Regis involved in it.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees are still available to order from the Parish Council for outside display at a cost of £10. If you would like to place an order, please contact the Clerk on the details above to obtain an order form or collect one from the Post Office.

Bryan Benjafield

 

June 2016 Meeting

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July 2016 Meeting

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August 2016 Meeting

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September 2016 Meeting

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October 2016 Meeting

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November 2016 Meeting

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December 2016 Meeting

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