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

The Parish Council met on Thursday 9th June 2016 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 14th July 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.

Update on Community Facility

The council heard from Mike Gee, who is chairing the working party to look into the possible use and location for a community hall/sports facility. Various groups from within the Parish are included in these early investigations and they have decided the next step would be to survey the whole village, which will be coming out in the next month or so. The more people who complete and return the survey, the clearer the picture of what the demand is for such a facility and what uses there could be for it.

Minerals and Waste Extraction

Consultation has begun on two emerging planning documents for an eight week period, ending 5pm on 21st July 2016. These are; the Draft Minerals Sites Plan Update 2016 which provides an update of the information presented in the 2015 Plan but includes Philliols Farm and Gallows Hill as the preferred site options; and the Draft Waste Plan Update which contains 6 additional waste sites. The Parish Council will be producing a joint comment which will be discussed at the July meeting but residents are invited to make their own comments by logging on to here and here. If you commented on the first Plans in 2015, you should automatically receive an e-mail inviting you to comment and giving you password log-in information.

Buses

The council heard that Dorset County Council are having another consultation on further funding cuts on public transport in rural Dorset. This could mean the end of the 187 Bus which goes to Dorchester. Whilst the council are responding separately, we would urge any users of this bus to complete the following consultation and give their feedback before its closing date of 22nd July - consultation here.

Purbeck Local Plan

There may be some confusion that in the recent Purbeck District Council ‘Have Your Say’ leaflet about future housing development in the area, no mention was made of Bere Regis.

The situation is this. Purbeck District Council has recently published its Partial Review of Purbeck Local Plan (PLP1) Options Document. This identifies the proposed number and location of homes in addition to those identified in the original Purbeck Local Plan. There is still a need to deliver the number of homes identified in the original plan, which includes the 70 homes earmarked for settlement extensions at Bere Regis and a number of infill homes within the current settlement. At this time PDC is not proposing any additional homes in or around Bere Regis which is why there is no mention of Bere in the leaflet.

Souls Moor

In the coming weeks there will be a couple of horses/ponies appearing in the fenced SNCI area on Souls Moor as part of our Nature Reserve management plan. Please do keep your dogs on a lead if going through this area and avoid any disturbances to these animals.

Christmas Trees

This is your last call to order a Christmas Tree 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

 

July 2016 Meeting

The Parish Council met on Thursday 14th July 2016 at the Drax Hall with 24 members of the public present. The next meeting will be on Thursday 11th August 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.

NeighbourCar Scheme

Drivers Needed Due to the popularity of this scheme, transporting people from within the village and surrounding areas to appointments, shops etc, we are in desperate need of more volunteer drivers. If you have a car and can spare some time, please contact Brenda House on 01929 471225.

Salt & Pepper Lunch Club

Helpers Needed The monthly lunch club for elderly residents is also in need of more helpers. If you can spare a couple of hours each month to help set up the tables, serve the food or wash up afterwards, then you will be rewarded with a free lunch! Please contact Brenda House on 01929 471225 if you can help.

Parking in Manor Farm Road

Due to a recent accident in Manor Farm Road, the subject of parked cars and visibility was once again raised. Whilst the Parish Council are talking with Dorset County Council about this to see how we can improve the visibility and reduce the risk of further accidents involving either vehicles or pedestrians, we would also like to remind all users of the road that the highway code does specify that you must not park a vehicle within 10 metres of a junction or opposite a junction. We appreciate that parking throughout the village is limited and would ask you to think of other road users and pedestrians when you park your vehicle.

Minerals Consultation

Having listened to the passionate pleas of the local residents of Hyde, regarding their thoughts on the latest proposals for the Minerals Extraction sites, the Council confirmed that we would be objecting to all 3 sites that were being put forward.

Distgen Grant

This year, the Parish has received just over £8,000 from Distgen from the income from the Wind Turbine. During the meeting, we discussed possible uses for the monies and it was decided it would be earmarked to be used on upgrading and improving the footpaths leading through Souls Moor to the New School, ensuring a safe passage for all. Should any grant funding become available at a later date, we will discuss alternative uses for the Distgen grant.

Councillor Vacancy

Due to a resignation, we now have a vacancy for one Parish Councillor. If you can spare some of your time on a monthly and would like to get involved with the work of the Parish Council, please contact the clerk, Amanda Crocker on 01929 472327 for . The closing date for all entries is 4th August.

Wareham Hospital

Several meetings have taken place recently regarding the future of the Dorset hospitals. The reviews are being carried out by the Clinical Commissioning Group and include looking at the future of local hospitals like Wareham and Swanage. A public consultation will be undertaken in September 2016 at which time we will let you know how you can get involved in this very important decision.

Bryan Benjafield

 

August 2016 Meeting

There was no full meeting this month - due to most Councillors being away.

Bryan Benjafield

 

September 2016 Meeting

The Parish Council met on Thursday 8th September 2016 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 13th October 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.

Community Hall Update

The Council heard from Mike Gee who is co-ordinating the working party looking into the feasibility and interest in a new community hall. Mike reported that the group had looked at numerous sites throughout the village and had narrowed down 3 top choices. A report will be made in October putting forward their proposed location with a plan of action.

New Parish Councillor

The Council was delighted to appoint Andy Watkins to fill the empty Parish Councillor vacancy and he was welcomed to the group. With Andy’s long background with the Police Force, he will be heading up our Police, Traffic and Roads group.

Village Calendar

It was agreed this year to do a reduced run of 300 Village Calendars which will be on sale at the same price of £5 before Christmas. The theme will be the same as last year, local scenic photographs. We are hoping to take submissions from a variety of local residents to fulfil this, so if you have any suitable, high-resolution photographs, that you would like to submit for consideration in the Calendar, please email them here.

Car Share

It has been suggested that we might set up a new Facebook Group, to help facilitate people who are both looking for, or could provide a car share journey. This will allow more people to travel out of the village when needed without further stretching the already busy NeighbourCar Scheme, and we are taking advice from the National Car Share group on policies etc, so will provide a full update at the October meeting.

Visibility for cars in Manor Farm Road

We have raised this issue with Dorset County Council who are looking into the possibility of providing further white lines on the corners of junctions to provide better visibility. However, we would again like to remind all road users that the Highway Code does specify that you must not park a vehicle within 10 metres of a junction or opposite a junction. This is particularly prevalent on the junction of Turberville Road with Manor Farm Road where cars are often parked on both junctions, resulting in poor visibility and, recently, an accident.

Drax Hall Stair Lift Repairs

The Council were pleased to be able to offer a grant of £280 to the Drax Hall to cover the recent cost of repairing the stair lift, providing continued access and support for less mobile residents to the vital facilities and services that are on offer there.

Safety on School Buses

We heard from a member of the public about a recent near miss with children alighting the school bus after school and crossing the road without noticing some oncoming traffic. We have written to the school to remind them to make sure that the pupils on the bus are aware of road safety advice. However, we would also urge parents to make sure that children travelling on school buses are made aware of the dangers of stepping out from in front of the bus, and to wait until they can see that the road is safe to cross.

John Pitts

Sadly, the Council heard that a former Parish Councillor, Mr John Pitts, had recently died. A moments silence was held in his memory.

Bryan Benjafield

 

October 2016 Meeting

The Parish Council met on Thursday 13th October 2016 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 10th November 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.

New School Update & School Crossing

The Council heard from chair of the governors Vicki Mayo regarding the schools proposal to retain the school crossing patrol (Liz, the lollypop lady) and relocate the patrol to the Southbrook entrance once the new school has opened. The council were happy to write to Dorset County Council to support this move. We also heard of the many positive moves the school is making in preparation for the opening of the new building to support alternative transport methods and reduce congestion on the roads at drop off and collection times and are looking to work together with the school to support these in any way we can.

Village Signs

You will shortly see some of our new Village Information Boards appearing around the village, in the Car Park, in the layby opposite the Church and around Souls Moor and the Board Walk area. These informative signs hopefully will help all visitors and residents find out more about our local area and complement the recent leaflets we produced detailing some of the interesting walking routes around the parish. There will also be two new noticeboards situated at the Vicarage and near the Telephone Exchange on Manor Farm Road, which we will use to display any notices, letters and information that we publish, and for residents to use to publicise future events.

Souls Moor Footpath

We hope you will have noticed the improved footpath running along the Southern edge of Souls Moor, joining the wooden footbridge over the stream to the entrance to the school. This has recently been upgraded by the Parish Council to improve access on foot to the school for all residents coming from the Western end of the village, and to extend the all-weather walking routes round the woodland area and the stream.

Conservation Area

Working Party October was the first post-Summer meeting of the Conservation Area working party who continued to thin the undergrowth along the stream, continuing the very successful work which was started last year. Some of the piles of cuttings will be left in place to provide important habitat for wildlife. There is a full report on the morning elsewhere in the magazine. The next working party will be held on Saturday 5th November, at which anyone who would like to volunteer will be most welcome

Grazing Ponies

We have had some feedback on the 2 horses grazing in the fenced area of Souls Moor in respect of their water. Just to make it clear, these horses are grazing the land under an agreement between their owner and the Parish Council. The horses are well looked after and do have a regularly filled supply of water. In addition, we are now looking to install a pond area into the nature reserve to make sure there is always a water supply. There were some reports of a couple of children misbehaving by throwing stones at the horses. Please ensure that children know this is unacceptable behaviour.

Thefts

There continue to be sporadic occurrences of thefts from sheds, garages and out buildings around the village. As the nights draw in, it’s important to remember to keep everything locked and if you do suffer any instances of break ins or notice anything missing, please do ensure you report it to the local police by calling 101, as this can help them to notice any patterns and provide more presence in the area.

Volunteer of the Year

Each year we are asked to nominate a local resident who stands out for volunteering their time and efforts to help our local community as our nominee at the Purbeck Volunteer of the Year awards. If you know anybody who you would like to nominate this year, please contact the clerk, Amanda Crocker on the details above.

Bryan Benjafield

 

November 2016 Meeting

The Parish Council met on Thursday 10th November 2016 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 8th December 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.

Parking in Manor Farm Road

As requested, there are now white lines on the corners of the junction between Manor Farm Road and Turberville Road which, along with the lines at the top of Manor Farm Road, seem to have made a difference to the visibility turning into and out of these junctions. With the new school opening in January there will undoubtedly be some increased traffic movements in the area and we would just urge all residents and users of the school to exercise care and caution when using the area and parking their cars to allow ease of movement for all.

Weymouth Triathlon Traffic Problems

In his role as a County Councillor, Peter Wharf has arranged for a consultation to review the impact of the recent Weymouth Triathlon on the local area. If you were affected by the Triathlon in either a negative or positive way, then you can attend the review meeting at 10am on 7th December at County Hall, Dorchester. If you wish to attend, please confirm this by emailing Peter Wharf at peter.wharf@btopenworld.com.

Bere Regis Calendars

Following on from recent years, the 2017 version of the Bere Regis Calendar will be going on sale in mid-November, again priced at £5. The calendar will be available to purchase from the Post Office, Mace Shop, Rye Hill Farm Shop, Pop in Place and other village outlets. All proceeds from the sales of the calendars will be going to the Restoration Fund for the Church Roof.

Volunteer of the Year

Each year we are asked to nominate a local resident who stands out for volunteering their time and efforts to help our local community as our nominee at the Purbeck Volunteer of the Year Awards. If you would like to nominate someone this year, please contact the clerk, Amanda Crocker, on the details above.

Bryan Benjafield

 

December 2016 Meeting

Awaiting Meeting

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