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
  Tom Bennett 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

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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:

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.


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


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