Parish Council met for its monthly meeting on Thursday 10th
January. Our next meeting is on Thursday 14th February, starting
at 7.00 pm.
member of the public spoke about the increasing parking on West
Street and the difficulties that this was causing with the scheduled
Bus Services and other large vehicles being blocked in the street
and the problems some residents have getting in and out of their
driveways. These problems are in addition to the potential difficulty
a Fire Appliance would have in accessing the village and Milborne
St Andrew if West St was blocked.
were asked to consider putting yellow lines down one side of
West Street to alleviate the problem. Accordingly we have now
written to Dorset County Council asking them for their views
on this proposal and for suggestions as to how we might conduct
the necessary consultation with the residents of Bere Regis
to determine whether there was agreement to this proposal and
what other options were open to us. We fully recognise that
there may be strong views both for and against this proposal.
Right to Buy
the Localism Bill communities now have the right to have the
first option of buying valuable community assets such as playing
fields, pubs or Post Offices if they are put up for sale. They
would need to be assets that were of great value and importance
to the Community as a whole, and they need to be registered.
If anyone has suggestions about assets in Bere Regis we should
consider registering, please contact the Clerk.
another plea to Dog Owners to bag their dog’s poo and
to put it in one of the many Dog Bins the Parish Council have
installed at various points around the village. Whatever you
do please do not put it in a plastic bag and leave it. This
will take approximately 2000 years to degrade which is a lot
of people who will then have to put up with seeing it!
Bere Regis SNCI management group will be holding a drop in session
on Sat 9th Feb at the scout hut to show how Souls Moor is going
to be managed, this includes the plan to fence the area to allow
Please come along between 10-12 noon.
We would like to thank the volunteers who helped to remove the
old equipment and clear the site over the Christmas holidays
ready for the contractor to start installing the new park at
the start of January.
Play Area is being refurbished and by the time you read this
it may well be finished and ready to be re- opened for play,
This will include an area specifically for toddlers as well
as the much anticipated Zip wire for the older children.
down the C6
warned, there may be radar traps to catch these speeders!
salmon was spotted in the stream up at Shitterton Bridge by
the slip road. It is believed to be very many years since the
last sighting of a salmon there!
is likely to be one lane closed while work continues for longer
than was originally anticipated. It was originally due for completion
in January but now looks as though it will continue for some
further time. Look out for the information signs.
Parish Council met for its monthly meeting on Thursday 14th
February. Our next meeting is on Thursday 14th March, starting
at 7.00 pm.
member of the public spoke about the proposal for the installation
of seven wind turbines outside of Tolpuddle. As a Parish we
have been notified of it but we are not currently being consulted.
Our District Councilor confirmed that PDC have sent a request
to West Dorset that we be included as an official consultee
on this development as residents from Bere Regis can reasonably
be said to be affected by the development. We await West Dorset’s
response; until then we can not comment officially. We understand
that there is to be a public meeting on Thursday 7th March at
7pm, in Tolpuddle Village Hall.
Governance Review (CGR)
have been asked to comment under the CGR exercise on whether
we think any part of the Parish should be moved into another
Parish or whether we should take responsibility for any area
currently outside of our Parish. Affpuddle & Briantspuddle
Parish Council (ABPC) have suggested that we take on the responsibility
for all of Rogershill Farm which is currently split between
the two Parishes. After a detailed discussion we decided not
to support this, and indeed we have made a counter suggestion
that the whole of Rogers Hill Farm, including the wind turbine
and the motor bike scrambling track should come under ABPC.
We did however agree to request that a property in Briantspuddle
(Weatherby House Ashley Barn) be transferred to ABPC as it is
clearly within their area and has little spatial connection
to Bere Regis. If any person has a comment on either of these
proposals please send them to Amanda our clerk so that we can
include them in our response to District which has to be in
by early April.
Parish Council Precept Explained
Peter Wharf has explained in his report our Council Tax goes
towards paying for the local services provided by the District
and County Councils, as well as for other local services such
as Fire and Policing.
may not be quite so well known is that a small part of your
Council Tax bill goes on what is called ‘The Parish Precept’,
that is, the amount of money that your Parish Council has to
spend on your behalf on the very local things that we do within
Bere Regis, which is not just the village, but the civil parish
of which runs from Roke in the North to Gallows Hill in the
the income side we receive most of the precept from council
tax payers, via Purbeck District Council. For the coming financial
year we shall be asking for £37,000, which is up by 12%
on last year’s figure of £33,000. We also receive
a grant of £5,500 from Dorset County Council towards the
cost of the Lengthsman scheme and there is a very small amount
of income from running the village cemetery. We have budgeted
for a total income of £49,412 in 2013/14, and plan to
spend £53,064.85 – the difference being made up
from reserves accumulated in past years.
the expenditure side our spending falls roughly into the following
Maintenance, including the work of the Lengthsman, cutting the
Play Park and Cemetery grass, and maintaining the fabric of
the Play Park and Cemetery. This year we will be maintaining
the newly acquired Souls Moor and the streamside area near Elder
Road for the first time as well. Cost £22,801 (43%)
Administrative costs, including our Parish Clerk’s salary,
insurance, stationery, postage, hall hire, audit fees and rates
for the Cemetery. Cost £18,263, (34%)
Future facilities and amenities, including Christmas trees,
the addition of information boards, path signage and the Neighbourhood
Plan (we hope to get a substantial part of the £6000 for
the Neighbourhood Plan reimbursed)
Grants to village organisations. Cost £2,000 (4%)
Parish Precept amounts to about £50.50 per Band D household
per year, and the increase this year will add just £6.17
per year to a Band D Council Tax bill.
hope you approve of what we do for all of us who live in this
lovely village and the wider parish. Every parishioner is very
welcome to join us at our monthly meetings (second Thursday
of the month at 7pm in the Drax Hall) to have a say and influence
our decisions, or to join one of our sub-committees dealing
with the Play Park, the Village Nature Reserve or our Neighbourhood
Brian May & The Woodland Planting Scheme
extraordinary pulling power of ‘celebratory’ status
was well in evidence on Monday 11th February when Brian May
and his team from UPM Tilhill came to the village to tell us
about the proposed planting scheme and wildlife haven that is
to be established on 63 hectares of farm land to the south of
the village that Brian has recently bought. The Drax Hall was
full to bursting as around 150 people listened avidly as Brian
May outlined his vision for the area and Julian Ohlsen from
Tilhill told us that around 100,000 native British hardwoods
would be planted in the Autumn. Brian May impressed everyone
with his easy charm and evident enthusiasm for his approach
to wildlife conservation. It is clear that the vast majority
of residents are very much in favour of the proposals.
of the Parish Council have been meeting with Tilhill staff to
iron out details of the scheme, in particular to ensure that
footpaths and rights of way are respected and enhanced and that
we try to integrate our plans for a village nature reserve on
Souls Moor with the new planting scheme.
Play Park will be officially opened on 2nd March. The ceremony
will be held at the Bere Regis Scout Hut starting at 1.00 pm.
is likely to be one lane closed while work continues for longer
than was originally anticipated. It was originally due for completion
in January but now looks as though it will continue for some
further time. Look out for the information signs.
Right to Buy
the ‘Community Right To Buy’ legislation, we are
now able to register buildings, land and facilities which we
believe are valuable to the community, so that, in the event
that any of these might be sold or lost for whatever reason,
the Parish has the right to be given ‘first refusal’
so as to try to keep the community asset going. We have compiled
such a list and are presenting it to the registrar for approval.
This does not mean that anything on the list is completely protected,
because we would have to raise the necessary funds to buy the
land or shop or whatever, and that may prove impossible. The
legislation merely gives us the opportunity to try to safeguard
a community asset.
Parish Council met for its monthly meeting on Thursday 14th
March. Our next meeting is on Thursday 11th April, starting
at 7.00 pm at which all parishioners are most welcome.
members of the public attended, four of them principally interested
in the issue of traffic on the C6 at Rye Hill, four in the matter
of the proposed installation of nine wind turbines between Tolpuddle
and Milborne St Andrew, and two were concerned with working
with the Parish Council to determine what community facilities
might be provided in a new school.
topic of traffic on Rye Hill was discussed first and various
ideas and solutions were suggested such as traffic lights, double
yellow lines, and an off-road parking area in the field near
the school. It was pointed out that banning parking on the road
would actually increase traffic flow and speeds, and that the
field suggested as a parking area was privately owned, would
not work in the rain, and cars turning in and out across the
path of pedestrians would cause as many problems as might be
a vigorous debate, our County Councillor, Alex Brenton, agreed
to try to get DCC traffic engineers out again to look at the
problem. It was pointed out that with the budget cuts being
made by DCC this might not be a high priority.
of our traffic surveys will be carried out in May to give a
further snapshot of traffic speeds and densities on the C6
with concerns about the proposed wind turbines had an opportunity
to voice their objections, which included proximity to dwellings
(840 metres in the case of Weatherby House), noise, particularly
the impact of very low frequency sound, visual impact, and the
carriage of aggregate from local quarries over local roads.
Application for The Proposed Wind Farm
Council, as a neighbouring parish, then debated the planning
application for the Wind Farm. All councillors spoke and a vote
was taken. By a narrow majority, Bere Regis Parish Council voted
not to support the application.
is difficult to tell when walking on our footpaths if it is
that our dog population has exploded, or if it is our irresponsible
dog owner population that has increased, but what is clear is
that we have a filthy situation with unacceptable amounts of
dog excreta being left on the local paths for people to walk
in, and walk into their homes. We have asked for help with this
problem and we will prosecute if we see offenders not picking
up after their dogs. Dog Owners – be Warned -
small sub-committee is being established with representatives
of the School Governors and some Parish Councillors to see what
additional community facilities it might be possible to incorporate,
if and when the new school gets the go-ahead.
new Play Park opened to great acclaim on 2nd March. The Parish
Council gives its warmest thanks and congratulations to all
who have been involved in bringing this project to fruition.
It is a great asset.
– Christmas Trees in April!!
worry we’ve not gone completely loopy, but it is timely,
with only 265 shopping days to Christmas to remind ourselves
that the Council buys Christmas trees in order to decorate the
village in the run up to Christmas. These are intended only
for show outside homes, mainly in the metal brackets many have
on their homes, not for use indoors. If you would like a bracket
please contact the clerk on 472 327. If you would like a tree
please contact Christopher Maunder on 471 342 as it will not
be long before our order has to go in to get our bulk discount.
Parish Council met for its monthly meeting on Thursday 11th
April. Our next meeting is on Thursday 9th May, starting at
Parker of the CARS group spoke about the petition of 31 signatures
he had collected from North Street residents in favour of a
20mph speed limit there. As this was not on the agenda it will
be considered at the next Parish Council meeting.
also spoke at length about the CARS ‘Pledge20’ campaign
calling for residents to drive no faster than 20mph everywhere
in the village and reported that 267 people had signed up to
CARS voluntary code. The Parish Council affirmed its support
of any legal measures to improve road safety, particularly near
the school, but pointed out that driving too slowly when all
other traffic is doing 30 mph can be irritating to other drivers
and a potential source of friction. Advice has been obtained
that if an accident was caused by drivers going too slow for
the road conditions, and where there were no safety issues,
the slow driver could potentially found to be liable.
was advised to ensure that it had adequate liability insurance
in place. We as a Parish Council nonetheless welcome any ideas
to promote greater road safety, particularly in and around the
school during school hours – especially when pupils are
arriving or leaving.
should also be noted that Dorset County Council has responded
to our previous correspondence about a 20mph speed limit outside
the school by saying that because of budget cuts no new Road
Traffic Orders will be considered before 2015. This was also
confirmed by our County Councillor.
of Ron Margetts
are very sorry that Ron has stepped down from the parish Council.
During his time on the council he has made a major contribution
to the improving Police liaison and ensuring our views are effectively
represented at PACT meetings. We thank Ron for his work and
wish him well.
Tidy - Sunday 12th May 2013
Parish Council is again organising the annual Village Tidy targeting
Groups and individuals to help in a clean up of the Village
ahead of summer. With your support this can be an effective
and fun occasion where you can enjoy creating a visible improvement
for both visitors and residents alike. The aim is to collect
litter, remove weeds from roadside areas and footpaths and generally
to sweep neglected areas and prominent village locations. Local
streams, the boardwalk, West Street, the Car Park area, residential
roads and footpaths are all included in the Tidy, indeed any
area that needs attention.
we request your help in taking part in this worthwhile venture
by organising a small group in your immediate area or drawing
it to the attention of any Society/Club you are involved in
and encouraging their participation? Please try and organise
a project, however small, that enhances our environment. Purbeck
District Council is supplying us with a limited number of hoes,
brooms, fluorescent tops, sacks and gloves etc for those who
don’t have them. Arrangements have also been made for
weeds and debris collected and left in gutters on the day to
be picked up by a mechanical sweeper in the following week.
We hope to organise free soup etc in one of our two Pubs for
participants after the event.
you can help, including drawing to the Parish Council’s
attention any particular areas that you think would benefit
from action or would like to help on the day, please contact
Councillor Martin Howard Tel 01929 472841. Alternatively, meet
in the Car Park at 10.00 am on the day or simply concentrate
on the area near where you live and tidy up gardens and pavements/footways
attached to your homes. I am sure you will agree this is a worthwhile
project which will engender some pride in our Village and leave
us with a tidier and brighter place to live. We would love to
hear from you or see you on the day, thank you.
Election of a Parish Councillor
the resignation of Ron Margetts we are a Councillor short. Our
original intention was to co-opt someone onto the Parish Council
for the rest of this Council year (up until May next Year) when
there will be a full election of all Parish Councillors. However
Jon Parker, as is his democratic right, has collected the 12
signatures required which means there will be an election for
the one vacancy whatever now happens. If only one person puts
their name forward it will be an uncontested election. If more
than one person puts their name forward the election will be
contested and the cost of a contested election to the Parish
Council will be at least £4000.
key dates are as follows
• 8th May nominations open
• 16th May Nominations close
• 13th June – an election will be held if there
is more than one candidate. This will be held similar to any
other election with the Polling booths being in the Drax Hall
and voting taking place between 7.00 am and 10.00 pm
Agendas and Minutes
We were asked in the meeting where the agenda could be found
by members of the public. They are held on the Parish Council
website as are the minutes of previous meetings, and they are
also put up on the Notice Board outside the village shop.
on the Bere Stream by Wessex Water 21st May 6.30pm at the Scout
Our Bere Stream is reported to be one of the purest chalk streams
in the country and Wessex Water has recently carried out a survey
of the stream and water quality. On 21st May, Fiona Bowles from
Wessex Water will be giving us a presentation on ‘Environmental
Investigations on the Bere Stream’. The presentation will
start at 6.30pm with a walk along the stream to show how they
test for Water Quality and demonstrate kick sampling. The short
walk will be followed by a presentation in the Scout Hut at
approximately 7.00pm. All welcome to come and hear about this
interesting aspect of our village environment.
Project- The Banter Club
Banter Club is a new Young Adult club that is being formed to
give the teenagers, 13 -19 Year olds a meeting place in the
came about after the March Parish Council meeting when the need
for such a facility was identified. The following week an inaugural
meeting was well attended by adult volunteers (17 have offered
their help and support) and a plan was formed to create something
for the young adults to do. Just one week later the next meeting
was very well attended by not only the volunteers but also by
a dozen teenagers. They were each given a survey to complete
and copies to pass to their friends who could not attend. One
week later 18 surveys had been completed and the name (picked
by the young adults) Banter was created.
the time of writing we are awaiting a decision by the Bere Regis
Sports Club to allow Banter to use the Sports Club “Barn”
on a Friday evening between 19:30 and 22:00. So within four
short weeks we feel the Young Adults will soon have a meeting
place once a week. If you are interested in helping (adults)
or attending please contact Angie or Ian Wright on 01929 471734.
The Parish Council will be formally asking the Police to mount
speed camera patrols outside the school more often than is the
case at the moment and it will request that these are followed
Parish Council met for its monthly meeting on Thursday 9th May.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 12th June, starting at 7.00
pm. The evening began with the Annual Parish Meeting which you
can see below. It was then followed by a shortened monthly meeting.
The Notes for the monthly meeting are below the Annual meeting
Ventham the Parish Council Chair presented the Annual Parish
report as follows, which was followed by a number of community
groups giving their annual reports.
past year has been an eventful one for all of us, and, I think
a particularly good one for the parish and this, your Parish
Council. Let’s run over some of the activities we’ve
been involved in since last May;
was the Diamond Jubilee on the first weekend of June, preceded
by all those fundraising events put on throughout the village.
We had the carnival procession, the Party, and the lighting
of the village beacon, the Church Service, a concert and much
invited contributions towards our new village signs, and we
now have these wonderful Purbeck Stone signs gracing the entrances
to the village as a permanent reminder of the Queen’s
July we re-launched our attempt to write a Neighbourhood Plan,
and undertook a survey to every household in the parish, the
results of which continue to guide our deliberations.
the Autumn we were able to get the footpaths by the stream resurfaced,
making them much more accessible particularly to the disabled.
eventually completed the purchase of Souls Moor for the village
from Grainger, and the Parish Council’s SNCI Group, with
the village wildlife group, have been undertaking preparatory
work to fence the SNCI area and create and sustain a Village
the school we encouraged Dorset County Council to buy an area
of land at the end of Egdon Close as a possible site for a new
December we heard that Dr Brian May had bought the farmland
to the south of the village, and his visit in February caused
quite a stir when he announced his plans for woodland planting
and the creation of a wildlife haven
Community Play Association, a subgroup of the Parish Council,
raised sufficient money to enable the “Amizing Prack”
to be built for our younger residents. This gallant band is
now going on to raise the funds for a skate park for the older
are in the throes of helping and encouraging a wonderful new
team of adults and teenagers to open ‘Banter’, our
new meeting place and club for teenagers.
the meantime our ‘normal’ everyday work of scrutinising
planning applications, maintaining the cemetery and open spaces,
and keeping the village tidy, has gone on. This year, we even
managed to keep the village moving when the snow fell!
also like to draw attention to the amazing work which goes on
year in, year out in our voluntary and community organisations.
These include our churches, Pop in Place, the WI (who have planted
the bulbs round the signs and in other open spaces), the Scout
group with just under 100 youngsters in membership, FOBRES,
raising thousands of pounds for the school each year, Ragamuffins,
the Gardening Club, Autumn Leaves, the Sports Club, the Swimming
Club, CARS, The Toddler Music Group, the Wildlife Group, the
Village Hall Committee, the RBL Women’s section, and the
to home, thanks are due to my fellow councillors for their voluntary
contribution to the life of the village. To our District (and
Now County Councillor) Peter Wharf, and our erstwhile County
Councillor, Alex Brenton, and to our MP Annette Brooke. We should
also be very grateful for the work that Amanda our clerk does
beyond the call of duty, and for the time, often in foul weather,
that Paul Critchell puts in as Lengthsman.
very briefly to the future:
main priority is to complete the Neighbourhood Plan and hold
a local referendum on it. We will support Banter as it gets
established. We will work with the Play Association to create
a skate park facility. We will work with the school to try to
obtain some good new indoor sports facilities for use by all
residents. We will take over the streamside area near Elder
Rd from the District Council and together with Souls Moor try
to create an interesting nature reserve and recreational area
in the heart of the village
I must pose a question. As a community, how do we wish to commemorate
and remember the 100th anniversary of the start of the First
World War and its impact on us on 4th August 2014? We have a
few months to get our plans in place, but we must start soon,
if we are to do justice to the sacrifices our forbears made.
Groups were then invited to present their reports. Space does
not allow me to put in the full report from each of the village
organisations, but the full details have been recorded in the
minutes and will be available for inspection on the website.
We were delighted that the following were represented at the
Club (Ian & Angie Wright)
Banter club is a club for young adults that has been set up
by adult volunteers in Bere Regis with the main purpose being
to give the young adults of Bere Regis a meeting and social
venue for one evening per week. This will include provision
of music, TV & Wi-Fi, darts and computer access.
Society (Judy Newton)
successful year with about 40 guests from Cerences spending
the 15th anniversary weekend with us in September when we all
visited the RNLI, lunched at Amity Masonic Hall and returned
to Bere Regis for an evening BBQ and dancing hosted by the Venthams
at Shitterton Farmhouse. This year we are visiting Cerences
in September (Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd) with a few seats left
on the coach, if anyone is interested contact Judy.
in Place (Jo Syrett)
Pop in Place is still proving to be a vital and valued village
facility catering for a wide cross section of the village.
Pop in Place is now in its 17th year. Many volunteers have been
with us for all of that time, some are relatively new but everyone
is there for a reason. They all share the same ethos that “People
Matter” and we all in our own individual ways try to help
to enhance the lives of those within the local community providing
many different opportunities. As well as this many charities
throughout the country benefit financially from our support.
Copies of the Annual Report are available to anyone who wishes
to see them
Mayo thanked everyone for all the community support the group
has received over the last year with all the activities they
have held. The recycling campaign collected just over 2 tonnes
which meant they rose just over £1,000
year the village road safety group have organised many regular
and informal meetings to provide a place for villagers to air
road safety concerns and ideas. We have launched our Pledge20
campaign which is designed to encourage motorists to slow down
in Bere Regis. During the rest of 2013 we are planning to further
campaign regarding a 20mph speed limit especially outside the
started our year in May 2012 with the dashing Giuseppe teaching
us how to make Pasta. In June we had our Jubilee Party, hosted
on a possibly the one sunny evening in the grounds of the house
of one of our members. The July meeting was given to learning
the Salsa with Jason! Many evenings of enjoyable speakers brought
us into a very cold and dank winter but things looked up in
February when a talk by the National Coastwatch Institute was
well attended. In March we had an inspiring presentation by
the local Judiciary and Probation Service, this was so well
received and provoked so many questions that time ran out.
during this year, members must have poured hundreds of cups
of tea and coffee to keep visitors to Bere Regis as well as
local residents well lubricated. Members have made countless
cakes, cut umpteen sandwiches and been on hand to help throughout
the year for most village occasions particularly for the Jubilee
festivities. Sally Cheeseman again organised the Pancake Day
Races, members supplied the refreshments for Mums and other
supporters as well as manning the cake and other stalls. All
monies from this event were donated to the village Church Bell
members were delighted to be asked to supply cakes for the opening
of the Village Children’s Play Park. Daffodils have been
planted round the village name stones and the area at the West
end of the village has been tidied. Our skittles team again
entered the annual competition and although they did not win
many matches the enthusiasm and fun more than compensated.
is always sad when a member or ex-member dies and we have lost
a few friends during 2012-2013. They have gone but are not forgotten
by the friends they have left behind and there will always be
echoes of their involvement with Bere Regis W.I. in the minutes
and records of past meetings.
seem to have been a theme through our year so let us continue
this association and ring in the Bere Regis WI 95th birthday
with pride for all our achievements throughout these years and
look forward to many more.
Club (Mike Boswell)
are pleased to make our facilities available to various community
groups, including Weightwatchers, Slimmers World, Brownies/Rainbows,
Cubs/scouts, the School and of course, as the focal point for
the Jubilee celebrations last June. In the coming months we
look forward to welcoming the new youth group ‘Banter’.
The ground now has Queen Elizabeth 2nd status, sustaining provision
for the future and we have applied to Sport England for funding
to extend the recreation ground.
continue to develop the facilities available at the club, recently
adding digital projection onto a large screen, available for
screening sports events or for presentations. We’ve continued
to upgrade the old clubhouse for the benefit of user groups
and of course, we continue to maintain the field itself through
the impressive efforts of volunteer ground staff.
Year has been a fantastic year for the BRCPA culminating with
the opening of the park on the 2nd of March. I would like to
take this opportunity to thank all the committee for their fantastic
fundraising activities, and the community of Bere Regis for
supporting us in this project. We are on course to be able to
provide an inclusive trampoline, and will continue to fundraise
for other activities for the younger generation, with the provision
of a skatepark our next project.
Scouts (Ian Ventham)
group continues to flourish with 104 young people in membership
in the 4 sections, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers. In addition,
most of the Explorers work as Young Leaders assisting the adult
leader teams in the younger sections. Currently, as of 1st May,
we have 20 adult leaders across the Group.
This year the Beavers aged from 6 to 8, will be camping under
canvas for the first time. Cubs and Scouts will be enjoying
a range of activities including camping and cooking. Many of
the Explorers will be going in the summer for their extraordinary
expedition to Nepal, for which they have been training and raising
funds for the past couple of years. We wish them every success
and look forward to hearing their stories in September
Hall Committee (Lynn Simmonds)
again the hall has had another positive year and many thanks
go to the hall team for their continuing commitment and hard
word work. The following events were arranged by the committee.
Easter Bingo - a popular and well attended evening
Purbeck Film festival - “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”
A comedy with several well known faces, including Maggie Smith
and Dame Judy Dench starring in it
XMAS Bingo - Another very well attended evening
conclusion, the hall has had another very good year and hiring
costs have remained low thus making it an attractive option
first item on the agenda was the election of a Chair and Vice
Chair for the year. Ian Ventham was elected as Chair with his
being the only nomination. Similarly Laurie Fairhurst was elected
as Vice Chair. Ian thanked everyone for their support and reminded
them that he would be standing down as Chair and from the Parish
Council at the end of this year when he hopes the Neighbourhood
Plan would be agreed.
Parish Council responsibilities
Chair then confirmed responsibilities within the Parish Council
would be allocated as follows for the forthcoming year
Fairhurst Planning and Housing
Martin Howard Village Environment
Len Alderman Traffic Transport & Police
Robin Pitcher ` Children and Youth
Chris Maunder Community Liaison
Peter Wharf Communications
the composition of a number of subgroups were agreed
Ian Ventham, Chris Maunder & Martin Howard
Neighbourhood Plan Ian Ventham, Martin Howard, Simon Munnings,
Peter Wharf, Laurie Fairhurst
SNCI Robin Pitcher
Playgroup Robin Pitcher
Banter Arlene Duncanson
Tidy - Sunday 12th May 2013
you to all those who turned out on a crisp sunny Sunday morning
to take part in the Annual Tidy!
Although numbers are always a little disappointing, a varied
collection of enthusiastic Villagers, including the different
sections of the Scout Group with Mums and Dads, neighbour groups,
Parish Councillors, the Village Lengthsman and individuals,
arrived wielding hoes, brooms and plastic sacks to litter pick
and remove weeds and clear gutters and footways.
parts of the Village were targeted including the area alongside
the Bere Stream, the boardwalk, the approaches to the Village
and the prominent public areas with the help of equipment loaned
by Purbeck District Council. The high number of filled plastic
sacks with their variety of spoil, bore testimony to the efforts
and endeavour that took place.
mechanical sweeper had also been booked to follow on the Tidy
during the next week to ensure the removal of remaining vegetation
and gutter debris.
the end, participants congregated in the Royal Oak for some
well earned refreshment where new Landlady, Jeanette had kindly
laid on excellent Soup and a warm welcome. Thanks Jeanette.
Tidy is an Annual Event and for those of you who haven’t
got involved before, please give it a try next year. Just one
hour of each of your time on the day will help to keep this
beautiful Village looking good for visitors and all who live
here. Well done and thank you to all who took part.
Appointment of a Parish Councillor
wait to know the number of people who have applied which will
determine whether or not we need to hold a contested election
thereby costing the Parish some £4000 plus. Whether the
election takes place or not, we have already been billed £750
in respect of polling cards.
let Chris Maunder or the clerk know if you require a XMAS tree
Stone Signs – Scroll of Honour
is now a framed scroll of honour in the Drax Hall listing all
those who made a contribution to the stone signs – however
large or small. The size of the individual donations is not
mentioned - just the donor’s names.
Regis Marketing Group
group held its first meeting and the Parish Council unanimously
endorsed it objectives “To make our retail village facilities
viable and vibrant”
a matter of good governance and organisation we reviewed all
our finances for the year, together with the Parish Council’s
Standing Orders and Risk Assessments and signed them off as
being a true and accurate record. The accounts will be audited
in June and are available for inspection by any Parishioner
– just ask Amanda our clerk, they are publically available
at any time and the annual financial statement can be viewed
on the Parish Council website.
petition in respect of the reduction in the speed limit along
North Street, originally submitted to the Parish Council at
the April meeting, was read out by the Clerk. After some discussion,
it was agreed that a letter would be sent to DCC saying that
we understand the issues raised by CARS and 36 residents of
North Street. DCC will be asked to consider a variety of options
including a consistent speed limit along the length of the road
and better signage to highlight the no through road.
new Councillor thanked our previous County Councillor Alex Brenton
for her hard work and wished her well. This was echoed by all
the Parish Councillors.
Parish Council met for its monthly meeting on Wednesday 12th
June. Our next meeting is on Thursday 11th July, starting at
to the Parish Council
evening began with Ian Ventham explaining the principle of co-option
and how it operates as there seems to be an enormous misunderstanding
regarding the procedure. For the past 6 years the Parish Council
has not had one applicant for any vacancy that has arisen and
it has been necessary to approach someone and ask them if they
would like to stand. Should a co-option have been necessary,
each person who had put their names forward would have been
asked to attend the meeting, say a few words about themselves
and the Parish Council would then go into confidential discussion
and a secret ballot would take place. Prior to the election
being announced, no member of the council knew who the candidates
work of the Parish Council
have been many unfounded rumours regarding the work of the council.
The Chairman thanked all the members of the council for the
work they have done over the last 5 years. Apart from the usual
day-to-day work of reviewing planning applications, liaising
with County and District Councils, replacing street signs, clearing
litter and fly tipping, maintaining the village assets from
the cemetery to dog bins, benches and paths, the Parish Council
has organised the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, secured Souls
Moor for the future, arranged for the new Shitterton Bridge,
and is in the process of securing the Elder Road path area for
the future. Individual members work tirelessly for the community
– Martin Howard has organised the Village Tidy virtually
single-handedly over the past years and Robin Pitcher has organised
the replacement of the play area and is now looking at providing
a new skate park. All members have their various roles and although
villagers do not see what they do, their input is essential
to the smooth running of the village. It must be remembered
that they are all unpaid volunteers who give a great deal of
their time. There is a great deal of implied criticism of the
Parish Council on Facebook and this is unfounded.
August 2014 marks the commencement of the first year of the
centenary commemorations of WW1. Nationally there will be 4
years of events and, as a village, we need to start thinking
about how we would like to commemorate this period of our history.
During July, the Parish Council will be sending a letter to
all the organisations in the village to arrange a meeting in
September and start to consider possible activities. On the
4th August 2014 there will be a candlelit vigil in both Glasgow
Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. At 11pm the candles will be
put out to symbolise “the lights going out over Europe”
on the 4th August 1914 when war was announced. Perhaps we could
do a similar vigil in our Church. The memorial marks the names
of those who went to war and did not come back – perhaps
we could try to find the names of those associated with the
village that went to war and did come back.
fencing work will take place during the week commencing 17th
June, prior to which DWT will cut a path through the long grass
to mark where the fence will be going. The route of the fence
has been changed slightly and will be less than originally thought.
has now been completed and the results have been assessed. The
full analysis is available on the Parish Council web site but,
in brief, the number of vehicles passing the school has increased
by 1,967 for the week or an average of 292 perday. Sadly, the
average daily number of vehicles passing the school in excess
of the 30mph speed limit has also increased by 247 over a 24
hour period. During the period between 8am and 9am it has increased
by 14 vehicles.
Road Play Park
Pitcher reported that the Mini Footbal l tournament raised anadditional
£300 towards the play park funds. Total funding raising
to date now stands at £40,598.56 and costs at £36,677.16.
A further £8,887 is payable to the contractor but this
includes the cost of the trampoline and the retention. The Play
Area Committee is now looking to start their new project –
a skate park. A consultation day is to be planned for August
at which time the West Dorset District Council mobile skate
park will be hired and set up in the play area car park. There
have been various issues raised regarding the play park but,
rest assured, it is checked weekly by the Lengthsman and then,
every 4 weeks, a more detailed check is undertaken by both the
Lengthsman and Robin Pitcher. Eventually the report will be
included on the web site. In the meantime, the zip wire seat
has been removed pending repairs on Tuesday 18th June and a
notice put up asking for it not to be used. The road signs indicating
the play area are being reviewed and it may be possible to have
some traffic calming in Elder Road at the entrance to the play
park in the future.
final results for the election on Thursday 13th June were: Brenda
House 295; Alex Eddy 131; Jon Parker 75; Matthew Smith 3. We
are very pleased to welcome Brenda House on to the Parish Council
and wish Alex, Jon and Matthew all the best and thank them for
taking part in this election. There will be a full election
of all Parish Councillors in May 2014 at which point they, and
anyone else, would be very welcome to put themselves forward.
Parish Council met for its monthly meeting on Tuesday 9th July.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 8th August, starting at 7.00
The council was delighted to welcome Brenda House to her first
council meeting, and looked forward to her contribution to the
work of the council, particularly as she brings a personal perspective
very much geared towards the Agricultural community and the
outlying parts of our parish.
PCSO, Luke Taylor kindly attended the meeting. He updated us
about the Neighbourhood Policing Team, which is still run by
PC Jon Stewart, but, with an additional PCSO, Jake Williams,
is now responsible for Upton, as well as Lytchett and Wareham.
He commented that there is a very low incidence of reports to
the police from Bere Regis.
He left us the current contact details which are printed elsewhere
in this magazine.
council acknowledged with thanks receipt of a donation of £3,075.04
from Distgen, the company which operates the wind turbine at
Rogers Hill Farm. Part of this money will be used to help clear
some of the most regularly used footpaths in the parish.
confusing information has been sent to us about proposed changes
to the Dorchester to Poole bus services. We are urgently seeking
clarification, and will let everyone know, as soon as we hear
Council was pleased to give a grant of £150 to Linda Lamon
towards the recording costs of two songs she has written to
celebrate Dr May’s woodland planting scheme, which she
is hoping children from the village and the Pop in Singers will
be involved in and which will raise money for the Church Bell
first trees will be planted at the western end of Dr May’s
land at A planting day at the end of September on Friday 27th
or Saturday 28th. The Council is coordinating matters with Tilhill,
the forestry company.
council will be applying the balance of some funds given to
us by DCC, and some of the money that has recently come from
Distgen to clearing back undergrowth and mowing footpaths.
to remind everyone to exhibit their prize parsnips, peas and
produce at the Village Show (which is sponsored by the council)
on Sunday 11th August at the Scout Hut. And, if you can’t
exhibit, please come and see this great traditional event.
Parish Councillor will be joining Peter Wharf our District Councillor
at the regular surgery we hold at Turberville Court on the first
Saturday of each month ( Saturday 3rd August) from 09.30 to
Parish Council met for its monthly meeting onThursday 8th August.
Our next meeting is on Thursday 12th September, starting at
has been reported that, once again, we are under threat of losing
the 347 bus service to Poole. Dorset County Council is required
to save a further £850,000 from its annual budget and
it is planning to do so by removing the subsidy from the less
well used routes. Unfortunately, the 347 to Poole is one such
service. The Dorchester link to and from Bere Regis will continue
for now. We have sent an immediate response, asking that at
least one service a day to and from Poole be retained to help
those who work there. A more detailed response will be drawn
up by the Parish Council and will be discussed at the September
a result of the bus service review, the Parish Council is looking
into alternative ways to help less mobile residents and those
who do not drive. We will be working with PoPP (Partnership
for Older People Programme) with a view to setting up some kind
of Community Transport Scheme, whether this be a Volunteer Driver
& Car Scheme, or a village based minibus scheme. A community
run scheme, which could be open to all, will only get off the
ground with strong local support. We will be holding an initial
exploratory meeting shortly. If you feel you may have something
to offer, either to help run the scheme or as a driver please
contact Amanda Crocker, our Clerk.
fencing of the SNCI area on Souls Moor has now been completed.
This has been done in order that the area may be managed by
the grazing of livestock. Funding for the work has been provided
by Dorset Wildlife Trust which has also advised that grazing
is the best way to restore this lovely native site to its original
state and encourage the re-emergence of the orchids and wild
War 1 Commemorations
first meeting to plan how the village might mark the 100th anniversary
of the outbreak of WW1 is due to take place on Monday 16th September
at the Drax Hall, at 7pm. If you, or a group you belong to,
would like to get involved with helping organise the commemorations,
please let the Clerk know and come along to the meeting.
Night Street Lighting
have now received confirmation that Dorset County Council is
nearing the completion of the part night lighting project. The
policy requires that A and B class traffic routes, roundabouts,
town centres and road with speed humps remain lit all night,
whilst all other street lighting will be turned off from midnight
until 5:30am. No private roads or lighting systems will be affected
by this. This is due to take effect in about 3 months’
time. For Bere Regis, this means only West Street and the stretch
of road from Poole roundabout to the Cross will remain lit –
all other lights will be turned off. Further details and a map
can be seen on the Parish Council website.
Parish Council met for its monthly meeting on Thursday 12th
September. Our next meeting is on Thursday 10th October, starting
the last meeting, The Parish Council has been looking into possibility
of setting up a Community Transport Scheme and Volunteer Driver
Scheme. We have met with Erica Pretty of PoPP who are able to
guide us through the setting up process and acquire funding
for the schemes. This is still in the very early stages but
it is important that volunteers to be drivers or administrators
put their names forward in order to make the scheme viable.
If you are able to help, please contact a member of the Parish
Council or the Clerk. Cllr Peter Wharf will be speaking at the
Cabinet meeting on the 16th October and will be asking them
to consider maintaining an early morning service to Poole, returning
at 5.30pm. In addition, he will also be asking the County Council
for sponsorship of a Community Transport Scheme for 3 days a
next Village Forum will be held on Saturday 26th October from
10am to mid-day – refreshments will be provided. The topics
to be discussed will be:
• Neighbourhood Plan
• Community Transport and Volunteer Driver Schemes
• Play Park and the proposed Skate Park
Please put the date in your diary and we hope to see as many
residents as possible there.
flier, intended to try to give our local businesses a little
more trade, is now in the process of being printed and will
be delivered to every household in the parish. Our thanks are
extended to the Business Support Group and also to the Dorset
Golf & Country Club for paying for the printing. Our local
businesses are very important so please make an effort to support
Parish Council is setting up a team, under the leadership of
Cllr Len Alderman with the Clerk acting as co-ordinator. Armed
with a hand-held radar issued by Dorset Police, the volunteers
on the team will measure vehicle speeds in the 30mph areas.
The 5 key areas that will be covered by the team will be the
C6 (Rye Hill), Elder Road, West Street, North Street and Manor
Farm Road. 6 names have been submitted to the Police so far
to be trained but we really need up to 14 more. It is anticipated
that the team will operate for an hour a week, varying the time
and locations. It should be stressed that the prime objective
is “Education not Enforcement.” If you would like
to get involved with this initiative, please contact Cllr Alderman
or the Clerk.
Parish Council met for its monthly meeting on Thursday 10th
October. Our next meeting is on Thursday 14th November, starting
Transport & Volunteer Driver Scheme
Pretty of PoPP has submitted a grant application on behalf of
the Parish Council to cover the cost of setting up a Community
Transport Scheme. We must now prove a need. If you or someone
you know would wish to use the scheme, please let a member of
the council know when and how often you would envisage using
it. This will enable us to work out the best days and times
for a mini bus to run.
In the meantime, we continue to pursue the Volunteer Driver
Scheme. There has been a great deal of interest but, to date,
only 3 volunteers have come forward. In order for this scheme
to work, we need a lot more drivers. The drivers will be compensated
for their time – based on 45p per mile – even if
you are only able to give an hour a month, please do put your
Street Traffic Congestion
continues to be a problem and the incidents of lorries and farm
vehicles being unable to get through West St are on the increase.
By way of resolving the issue, one of the options the Parish
Council is looking at is to have yellow lines put in along the
side of the road opposite Visions Hair Salon. The lines would
run from Church Lane to opposite the Snow Hill entrance, covering
the narrowest section of the highway. As yet, nothing has been
submitted but we would like to hear your comments on the option,
together with any photographic evidence you may have of vehicles
struggling to get through.
continues to be of concern. The upgraded play park is in constant
use and the Play Park Committee is looking to put in additional
activities on the grass area alongside the stream. This may
mean children running from one play area to another, often with
very little thought of traffic using the road. In addition,
the pedestrian route crossing Elder Road, over Souls Moor and
onto the school is designated a Safe Route to School. Having
spoken to both the Police and Dorset Highways, the opinion is
that, as Elder Road is a cul-de-sac, those speeding are most
likely to be residents who should know better. We would ask
everyone to pay particular attention when using this road and
to be watchful for children and mindful of their speed.
are moving on a pace and the names of 8 people have been put
forward. Once in place, the roads that will be targeted are
Elder Road, West Street, North Street and the C6 Rye Hill. You
have been warned.
first group met on the 16th September and some interesting ideas
began to be formed. The next meeting will take place on Monday
11th November. If you have ideas and want to get involved, please
do join us at the Drax Hall, 7pm
Crocker: Parish Clerk