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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)
January 2017 Meeting The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   12th   January   2017   at   the   Drax   Hall.   The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   9th   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. Village   Forum   Our   Village   Forum   is   now   confirmed   for   Saturday   25th   March   at   the   Scout   Hut,   at   10am.   This   is   a   great   opportunity   for   everyone   to come   along,   meet   your   Parish   Council,   and   listen   to   updates   on   plans   under   discussion.   Topics   for   this   year’s   forum   are   the   proposed   new Community Hall, the Purbeck Partial Review and the Unitary Council review and an update on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan. Wareham Hospital Consultation The   consultation   on   the   proposed   changes   within   the   NHS   in   Dorset,   including   Wareham   Hospital,   continues   until   the   13th   February.   We   would urge   everybody   who   has   used   or   benefited   from   any   of   the   services   at   Wareham   Hospital   to   complete   the   survey.   Hard   copies   of   this   can   be   found at the Doctors Surgery and Post Office, or it can be completed on-line here. New   Community   Hall   We   had   a   very   informative   and   well-structured   presentation   from   members   of   the   New   Community   Hall   working   group,   who put   forward   the   information   they   had   collected   and   their   suggested   proposals   of   how   we   might   benefit   from   with   a   new   hall   and   how   to   take   that forward.   The   full   report   can   be   read   on   the   Parish   Council   website   here.   In   summary   though,   the   report   suggests   that   the   parish   does   have   a requirement   for   a   new   community   facility,   largely   to   replace   the   existing   Drax   Hall   which   is   no   longer   fit   for   purpose.   The   group   proposes   a   venue with   one   larger   function   room   and   two   smaller   ones   with   catering   facilities   and   ability   to   put   on   some   sports   and   fitness   as   well.   Having   looked   at   all available   locations   in   the   village,   their   first   choice   of   site   is   on   Soul’s   Moor,   just   off   the   access   road   to   the   new   school.   The   Parish   Council   thanked the   group   for   their   hard   work   and   efforts   so   far,   and   will   be   discussing   the   proposal   in   more   detail   at   a   forthcoming   meeting   after   which   we   will   put forward our proposals as to how we will proceed. Nature Reserve Working Party With   the   help   of   the   wildlife   group   volunteers,   the   large   pile   of   cuttings   produced   from   previous   work   parties   have   now   been   removed.   The   work carried   out   here   is   providing   more   light   to   create   a   more   attractive   aspect   to   Bere   Stream   and   also   improve   the   quality   of   the   stream   itself.   On   Souls Moor a small pond will be dug shortly to provide permanent water for the ponies when they return. New School The   Council   were   delighted   to   see   the   opening   of   the   new   School   at   the   beginning   of   January   and   would   like   to   send   our   congratulations   to everybody   involved   with   getting   it   completed   and   opened   on   time.   Initial   monitoring   of   the   traffic   and   parking   in   Manor   Farm   Road   and   Elder   Road seemed   to   show   very   few   issues   or   problems   and   we   would   just   like   to   remind   all   road   users   who   are   in   the   area   around   pick-up   and   drop   off   times, to be cautious of an increased number of pedestrians crossing roads in that area. Christmas Trees Following   the   success   of   the   Christmas   Tree   sales   in   2016   and   the   decorations   around   the   village,   it   was   agreed   to   continue   the   scheme   in   2017. Forms will shortly be available from the clerk and we will continue to offer trees at the reduced rate of £10 for outdoor display. Bryan Benjafield   February 2017 Meeting The   Parish   Council   met   on Thursday   9th   February   2017   at   the   Drax   Hall. The   next   meeting   will   be   on Thursday   9th   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. Village Forum Our   Village   Forum   is   now   confirmed   for   Saturday   25th   March   at   the   Scout   Hut,   at   10am.   This   is   a   great   opportunity   for   everyone   to   come   along, meet   your   Parish   Council,   and   listen   to   updates   on   plans   under   discussion.   Topics   for   this   year’s   forum   are   the   proposed   new   Community   Hall,   the Purbeck    Partial    Review    and    the    Unitary    Council    review    and    an    update    on    the    progress    of    the    Neighbourhood    Plan.    There    will    also    be representatives from the Wildlife Working Party, School, NeighbourCar and Lunch Club and developers for the White Lovington New Housing Site. Church Roof Fund The   Council   had   received   a   letter   asking   to   support   St   John   the   Baptists   Church’s   application   for   grant   funding   towards   the   £200,000   that   is   being raised   to   carry   out   urgent   repairs   and   restoration   to   the   church   roof.   The   Council   unanimously   agreed   to   support   the   efforts   of   the   Church Fundraising Committee. There will be a series of events coming up over the next year. New   Community   Hall   Having   heard   last   month   from   the   working   party   tasked   with   investigating   the   need   and   feasibility   for   a   new   community   hall, the   Council   this   month   voted   on   taking   this   project   forward   and   appointing   2   new   sub-committees,   one   to   pursue   the   location   and   design   of   a   new hall,   and   the   second   to   undertake   the   fund   raising   needed   to   build   such   a   project.   The   Council   all   agreed   to   take   this   forward   and   were   delighted that   Mike   Gee   has   agreed   to   continue   heading   up   the   project.   There   will   be   opportunities   coming   up   in   due   course   for   people   with   relevant experience   and   skill   sets   to   be   involved   with   these   groups   and   we   would   welcome   anybody   who   feels   they   could   add   something   to   the   project   to contact the Clerk, Amanda Crocker for more information. Nature Reserve Working Party The   clearance   work   along   the   Bere   Stream   is   nearly   complete   except   for   some   willows   which   are   leaning   precariously   into   the   stream.   We   hope   to clear   these   during   March. The   environment   group   is   also   planning   to   sow   wild   flowers   on   the   banks   just   outside   the   new   school.   On   Souls   Moor   we are   planning   to   get   the   ponies   back   to   do   their   grass   grazing   conservation   work   this   month.   The   grazing   period   last   year   was   successful   in   clearing part of Souls Moor. Jubilee Bridge To   make   identification   easier,   the   council   heard   a   proposal   to   name   the   original   wooden   bridge   which   crosses   Bere   Stream   just   at   the   end   of Stanbarrow   Close,   as   “Jubilee   Bridge”,   as   the   Jubilee   Trail   crosses   over   it.   This   was   unanimously   agreed   and   a   sign   will   be   made   in   due   course. We   are   also   using   the   terms   “Souls   Moor   Boardwalk”   to   refer   to   the   new   boardwalk,   south   of   the   stream   and   “Riverside   Boardwalk”   to   refer   to   the original   boardwalk   north   of   the   stream. The   bridge   near   the   Scout   Hut   is,   of   course,   already   known   as   “Souls   Bridge”. This   should   make   it   easier   for people to report any defects or faults with these areas, which you can do to any councillor or the clerk. Notice Boards The   Council   have   recently   funded   the   creation   of   2   new   large   noticeboards,   (beautifully   hand-made   by   Bill   Steggles),   to   be   used   for   displaying information   and   notices   of   upcoming   events.   These   will   be   situated   by   the   pinch   point   crossing   to   the   new   school,   and   near   the   garden   of   the Vicarage. Bryan Benjafield   March 2017 Meeting Awaiting Meeting   April 2017 Meeting The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   13th April   2017   at   the   Drax   Hall.   The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   11th   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. Village Forum 55   people   were   present,   together   with   Steve   Tapscott   (Purbeck   District   Council),   Wayne   Roberts   (Head   Teacher,   Bere   Regis   Primary   School), Richard   Henshaw   (agent   for   the   owners   of   the   White   Lovington   land),   Cllr   Peter   Wharf   (County   and   District   Councillor)   and   members   of   the   Parish Council. Cllr   Ventham   welcomed   everyone   to   the   meeting   and   introduced   those   councillors   present   before   giving   a   brief   outline   of   the   format   for   the   Forum. He   then   ran   through   the   work   and   achievements   of   the   Parish   Council   over   the   last   year,   including   the   current   position   of   the   Neighbourhood   Plan and an update on the new proposal for the White Lovington site. Mike   Gee   outlined   the   work   of   the   Community   Hall   Working   Party   to   date   and   went   on   to   explain   the   next   phase   of   the   work   –   looking   into   the various legal, planning and funding raising aspects of the scheme. Cllr   Peter   Wharf   gave   a   brief   outline   of   the   history   of   the   Purbeck   Local   Plan   and   why   the   Review   is   now   having   to   take   place   saying   that,   the Independent   Inspector   agreed   to   the   Plan   on   the   condition   that   the   housing   numbers   are   reviewed   and   increased. This   meant   that,   up   until   2033,   a further   3,000   houses   were   needed   throughout   Purbeck.   He   then   went   on   to   explain   the   recent   unitary   consultation   and   the   outcome   that   had   been achieved, together with the representation to the Secretary of State. There   followed   a   question   and   answer   session   at   which   the   concerns   of   the   White   Lovington   residents   over   the   wild   life   on   the   proposed development site was raised. A full set of the notes, together with the presentation is available on the Parish Council web site. Neighbourhood Plan Update There   have   recently   been   positive   developments   in   discussions   with   local   landowners,   meaning   we   are   getting   closer   to   bringing   forward   our Neighbourhood   plan   and   putting   this   out   for   initial   consultation,   followed   by   a   referendum   on   adopting   it   and   moving   forward.   Anybody   wanting   to catch   up   on   the   progress   made   with   the   Neighbourhood   Plan   so   far   can   look   at   the   dedicated   area   on   the   Parish   Council   website   for   it   here.   From there you can find links to ecology reports on the proposed areas and all of the surveys that have been carried to date. Parking The   number   of   vehicles   around   the   Elder   Road/Manor   Farm   Road/Old   Barn   Road   area   was   discussed,   particularly   the   effect   this   has   on   visibility   at the   junctions.   We   acknowledge   that   on   street   parking   is   at   a   real   shortage   in   many   areas   of   the   village,   and   as   a   council   we   are   always   looking   for any   ways   we   can   improve   the   situation   for   both   motorists   and   residents   alike.   We   are   looking   into   the   possibility   of   Dorset   County   Council   putting white   lines   on   all   of   the   junctions   leading   onto   Manor   Farm   Road   as   a   reminder   that   there   should   be   no   parking   within   10meters   of   a   junction.   In addition,   the   PCSOs   are   going   to   increase   their   visits   to   the   area   and   Parking   Services   will   also   be   in   attendance.   The   council   would   urge   all residents to park considerately wherever they are parking and to make use of available car parks where possible. Litter It   was   also   noted   that   the   level   of   litter   around   the   village   seems   to   be   increasing.   Whilst   we   do   benefit   from   conscientious   residents   who   often collect   litter,   and   our   own   Lengthsman   spends   time   collecting   it   as   well,   it   would   be   great   if   we   could   just   reduce   the   amount   which   gets   dropped and   thrown   into   hedges   etc.   We   also   discussed   entering   competitions   in   future   such   as   Best   Kept   Village,   and   reducing   the   amount   of   litter   on   our streets would help considerably with our chances of that. Ponies on Souls Moor We   now   have   semi   permanent   grazing   on   Souls   Moor   thanks   to   2   Cobb   ponies   and   there   is   a   grazing   agreement   with   the   owner   who   specialises   in providing   pony   grazing   on   nature   reserves.   The   grazing   is   necessary   to   reduce   excessive   vegetation   growth   and   stimulate   the   growth   of   rarer plants   that   grow   on   wet   meadows   such   as   Souls   Moor. After   some   delay   a   pond   has   now   been   dug   which   will   not   only   provide   a   water   supply   for the   ponies,   but   also   provide   an   additional   wildlife   habitat   for   plants   and   insects.   The   ponies   are   called   Nicky   and   Lucy   and   our   picture   shows   Lucy inspecting the part dug pond. Play Park Inspection We   have   recently   had   the   annual   audit   of   our   Play   Park   and   were   delighted   to   hear   that   it   passed   with   flying   colours,   with   only   a   few   minor amendments and repairs needed. A full copy of the report can be found on our website.   May 2017 Meeting The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   11th   May   2017   at   the   Drax   Hall.   The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   8th   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. Chairman’s Review of the Year The   year   2016/2017   has   been   as   busy   as   any   for   the   Parish   Council   and   our   clerk.   All   our   regular   matters   such   as   scrutinising   planning applications,   regularly   inspecting   the   Play   Park,   the   Lengths-man’s   work   of   keeping   the   parish   clean   and   tidy   and   the   cemetery   well   mown   and maintained,   running   the   NeighbourCar   Scheme   and   the   Salt   and   Pepper   Lunch   Club   have   continued,   whilst   we   have   also   taken   on   various   new tasks and projects. Earlier   this   year   we   were   delighted   to   be   involved   in   the   opening   of   the   new   school,   and   to   recall   our   very   significant   part   in   persuading   DCC   to   buy the land, and our own purchase of Souls Moor which enabled the access drive to be built. Last   year   we   organised   ‘Clean   for   the   Queen’   in   April   so   that   the   village   was   spruced   up   ready   to   celebrate   Her   Majesty’s   90th   birthday   with   the lighting of our beacon on Souls Moor, followed by the Street Party in West Street in June. We   installed   the   upgraded   footpath   to   the   South   of   Souls   Moor   in   time   for   it   to   provide   another   access   route   to   the   school,   and   a   great   extension   to our   accessible   footpath   network   around   our   green   spaces.   The   green   spaces   themselves   have   been   enhanced   by   the   volunteers   of   the   Open Spaces   management   team   with   their   work   on   clearing   the   brush   and   letting   light   into   the   woodland   areas   by   the   stream,   thus   allowing   the   wild flowers to flourish. The   new   Information   Boards   around   the   Souls   Moor   nature   reserve,   and   the   Parish   Information   boards   in   the   car   park   will   hopefully   enable residents and visitors to better appreciate our beautiful, thriving, village and parish. Work   has   continued   on   the   Neighbourhood   Plan   this   past   year   and,   as   we   now   have   agreement   in   principle   with   the   landowners,   we   hope   to consult formally with residents in a few months’ time about 100 new homes on 4 new sites. Finally,   I   am   pleased   to   say   that   the   New   Community   Hall   project   group   made   recommendations   to   the   Parish   Council   about   the   pressing   need   for a new community hall, and a project team is just starting its work to turn this into a reality in the next few years. Ian Ventham Chairman Election of Officers The   Council   were   delighted   that   Ian   Ventham   and   Robin   Pitcher   both   stood   for   re-election   as   Chairman   and   Vice-Chairman   respectively,   and   both were unanimously voted in to continue their roles for another 12 months. All other delegated responsibilities within the council remained the same. White Lovington Proposed Development Having   heard   at   the   Parish   Forum   from   the   developer   who   has   been   instructed   by   the   landowner   of   the   area   South   of   White   Lovington,   some concerned   residents   spoke   at   the   meeting   to   make   clear   their   fears   for   development   and   about   the   reports   which   have   been   carried   out   so   far.   It was   stressed   that   all   discussion   of   development   so   far   are   purely   proposals   and   the   council   has   no   formal   involvement   until   such   plans   are presented   for   planning   approval.   It   was   noted   that   the   Neighbourhood   Plan   was   progressing   now   and   this   development   as   well   as   others,   would   be put to consultation and then to a Parish Referendum in due course. Skate Park A   proposed   Skate   Park   was   again   discussed   and   the   Council   agreed   that   we   would   investigate   the   resumption   of   a   working   party   to   investigate moving   the   project   forward,   but   we   do   need   volunteers   to   make   this   happen.   If   you   can   spare   any   time   for   fundraising   and   planning   of   this,   please contact   the   Clerk   on   the   details   above.   It   was   also   recorded   that   the   previous   iteration   of   the   Bere   Regis   Community   Play   Association   group   had raised a further £2,753.34 after the completion of the Play Park which was being held in a separate account for use towards the Skate Park project. Ponies on Souls Moor The   owner   of   the   ponies   would   like   to   assure   all   those   who   have   expressed   concern   regarding   the   ponies’   welfare,   that   they   are   being   checked daily.   Lucy   (the   white   pony)   has   had   her   hooves   seen   to   and   is   currently   receiving   medication   following   her   allergic   reaction   to   the   buttercups.   This will   take   some   time   to   clear,   but   she   is   being   attended   to   daily. The   RSPCA   Inspector   has   also   visited   the   ponies   and   is   happy   with   their   condition.   If you do have any concerns, please do contact the clerk. Notice Boards Two   of   our   new   noticeboards   are   now   in   place,   outside   of   the   Vicarage   and   at   the   pinch   point   crossing   to   the   new   school,   with   the   third   about   to   be installed   at   the   entrance   to   Southmead   shortly.   If   you   wish   to   display   notices   in   these   boards,   keys   can   be   obtained   from   the   Clerk,   the   School Office or the Scouts.  Christmas Trees Please   note   that   the   deadline   for   ordering   your   Christmas   Tree   for   this   year   at   the   special   rate   of   £10   is   mid-June.   Order   forms   can   be   obtained   in the Post Office or by contacting the Clerk on the details above. Bryan Benjafield June 2017 The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   8th   June   2017   at   the   School.   The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   13th   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. Neighbourhood Plan Update Work   is   now   continuing   apace   to   finalise   the   Neighbourhood   Plan,   now   that   we   have   agreement   in   principle   from   all   three landowners.   We   hope   to   consult   formally   in   the Autumn,   then   go   to   referendum   early   in   2018.   We   are   looking   to   put   forward   100 new homes in total, on four sites: Back Lane 53 homes North Street 10 homes White Lovington 12 homes The old school site 25 homes If   we   can   line   up   the   various   permissions,   we   also   hope   to   be   able   to   include   the   new   Community   Hall   in   the   Neighbourhood   Plan on one of the 3 preferred sites identified following the public consultation in July 2016. Environment Souls   Moor   is   becoming   well   grazed   by   the   two   ponies   who   appear   to   be   enjoying   their   stay.   It   is   inevitable   that   the   close   grazing will   lead   to   less   wet   meadow   wild   flowers   this   year.   However,   this   will   help   them   to   come   back   well   next   year   when   we   will   have the   ponies   taken   off   the   area   during   part   of   the   growing   season.   The   recently   dug   pond   is   settling   down   well   and   has   already attracted   some   important   wildlife   that   require   still   water   rather   than   the   flowing   water   in   the   stream   –   more   detail   can   be   found   in the wildlife group report. The Scouts will be helping to plant some bog plants around the edge of the pond. Annual   wild   flowers   were   sown   on   the   Parish   Council   land   along   the   edges   of   the   field   next   to   the   school   entrance   and   are   now coming   into   flower.   We   plan   to   extend   this   area   next   year.   We   are   also   considering   sowing   wild   flowers   on   the A35   roundabout   at the entrance to the village. Similar sowing has been shown to be very successful on several roadside verges in Poole. NeighbourCar The   NeighbourCar   scheme   is   still   short   of   drivers,   meaning   there   is   a   serious   risk   that   this   hugely   important   scheme   which   helps transport   people   to   vital   appointments,   shopping   trips   and   similar   needs,   might   not   continue.   If   you   have   a   car,   and   some   spare time   in   the   week,   please   contact   Brenda   House   on   01929   471255   or   stockleyfarmpartners@gmail.com .,   so   that   we   can   hopefully get some new drivers signed up and maintain this valuable service. Potholes and Road Defects The quickest and easiest way to register any defects on our roads is through the Dorset For You website. Simply go to https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/travel-dorset/contact-dorset-highways and you can select exactly where and what the problem is and it will be attended to by the relevant authority as quickly as possible. Antisocial Behaviour There have been a couple of reports of some antisocial behaviour lately around the village, and whilst it’s important to recognise that we are lucky enough that these incidents are very infrequent, it does no harm to remind any children (or adults) who socialise in areas around the village to make sure they do treat all other village users (and animals) with the same respect they would like to be treated! Bryan Benjafield July 2017 The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   13th   July   2017   at   the   Drax   Hall.   The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   10th   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. Community Hall Update Preliminary   work   is   well   under-way   on   the   new   Community   Hall,   with   initial   plans   being   drawn   up   and   the   statutory   bodies   being consulted   regarding   the   disposal   of   the   old   Drax   Hall   site   and   the   various   permissions   required   to   develop   on   the   preferred   site   in Souls’ Moor. We hope to bring forward draft plans and artists impressions for public feedback in the next few months. Camp Bestival Although   not   actually   within   our   parish,   Camp   Bestival   which   is   being   held   between   the   27th   –   30th   July,   could   have   some adverse   effects   on   traffic   congestion   in   and   around   the   area   as   the   C6,   Rye   Hill   is   the   designated   route   for   all   vehicles   this   year. The   organisers   have   set   up   a   specific   contact   point   for   anyone   with   feedback,   positive   or   negative,   and   if   you   wish   to   contact them you can at  heretohelp@campbestival.net . Distgen Grant We   were   delighted   to   receive   a   further   generous   donation   from   Distgen   of   £5,553.41   this   year   as   their   contribution   to   the   Parish for   having   the   Wind   Turbine   on   Rogers   Hill   Farm.   The   Council   unanimously   decided   to   use   that   money   towards   the   initial planning and legal costs for the New Community Hall. New Skate Park There   will   be   a   meeting   at   7pm   on   the   11th   September   in   the   Drax Arms   Skittle Alley   with   a   view   to   forming   a   new   working   party to   move   the   proposals   and   plans   for   a   Skate   Park   in   the   village   forward.   If   you   can   spare   any   time   and   help   to   getting   this   project off the ground then please come to the meeting to offer your services. Dog Fouling The   problem   of   residents   not   clearing   up   after   their   dogs   in   public   areas   continues   to   be   a   major   issue. The   Parish   Council   will   be inviting   Dorset   Dogs   to   attend   a   future   meeting   to   give   us   some   ideas   of   how   this   problem   can   be   solved   or,   at   the   very   least, reduced. All   villagers   are   welcome   to   attend   as   many   have   very   strong   feelings   on   the   subject.   In   the   meantime,   the   Dog   Warden will be asked to make more frequent visits to the key areas and will be issuing on the spot fines of up to £50 . Village Environment We   will   be   looking   to   hold   another   Village   Tidy   in   the   Spring   of   2018   in   preparation   for   submitting   an   application   to   the   Best   Kept Village   Awards.   In   the   meantime,   with   the   reduction   in   the   amount   of   maintenance   work   being   carried   out   by   the   District   and County   Councils,   we   would   ask   residents   to   consider   keeping   the   small   area   of   pavement   and   gutter   in   front   of   their   property   tidy and   clear   of   weeds.   We   are   really   fortunate   to   live   in   a   beautiful   area   and   if   everyone   did   just   a   little   bit,   it   would   make   such   a   big difference. Bryan Benjafield August 2017   The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   10th August   2017   at   the   Drax   Hall.   The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   14th   September 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 at the start of the meeting. Make sure you are eligible to register to vote Purbeck   residents   are   reminded   to   look   out   for   the   Household   Enquiry   Form   which   every   household   in   Purbeck   should   have received   this   August   in   order   to   update   the   Electoral   Register.   Residents   are   asked   to   check   the   details   and   update   them   if necessary.     The   form   will   be   addressed   to   "the   occupier"   and   will   contain   the   details   of   all   those   in   the   household   currently   on   the voting   register.   Properties   where   no   one   is   registered   to   vote   will   receive   a   blank   form.   Every   household   is   required   by   law   to make sure the details on the form are correct and to add any missing details. The   form   should   be   signed   and   returned   in   the   pre-paid   envelope   provided.    Alternatively,   you   can   call   the   Electoral   Services Team   on   01929   557219   to   confirm   your   details   or   you   can   do   it   online   at   https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote .   If   you’ve   moved recently,   you   won’t   have   been registered   automatically   to   vote   at   your   new   address,   so   please   check   the   form   as   soon   as   it arrives   and   add   any   missing   details.   If   you   do   not   respond   promptly,   the   Council   has   to   send   reminders,   so   please   respond   to   the first form to save unnecessary costs. New Community Hall    (click / tap for larger view) The   Council   heard   proposals   from   the   Community   Hall   Working   Party   with   a   design   concept   for   the   proposed   new   Community Hall   to   be   sited   on   the   South-East   corner   of   Souls’   Moor.   The   Council   agreed   unanimously to   approve   the   concept   and   the   location.   This   will   enable   the   necessary   permissions   to   be sought.   If   we   get   a   green   light,   the   next   vital   step   will   be   public   consultation   with   residents   in the   Autumn   when   everyone   will   have   an   opportunity   to   give   feedback   on   the   project.   You can see here, an artist’s impression of the concept of the hall and its location. Benches in May’s Plantation The   Parish   Council   would   like   to   thank Tilhill   for   their   recent   installation   of   a   number   of   benches   around   Dr   Brian   May’s   plantation for the benefit of the numerous walkers in the area. We hope everybody enjoys the view! New Skate Park Just   a   reminder,   there   will   be   a   meeting   at   7pm   on   the   11th   September   in   the   Drax   Arms   Skittle   Alley   with   a   view   to   forming   a new   working   party   to   move   the   proposals   and   plans   for   a   Skate   Park   in   the   village   forward.   If   you   can   spare   any   time   and   help   to getting this project off the ground then please come to the meeting to offer your services. Friends of Wareham Hospital Annual General Meeting The   Friends   of   Wareham   Hospital   are   holding   their Annual   General   Meeting   on   Monday   18th   September   in   the   hospital   at   7pm.   If you   are   a   user   or   supporter   of   the   hospital,   please   go   along   and   find   out   how   you   can   help,   and   hear   an   update   on   the   hospital from Dr Alistair Ward. Hyde Nature Reserve Talk On   2nd   September   there   will   be   a   guided   walk   across   the   Dorset   Wildlife   Trust   Higher   Hyde   nature   reserve,   led   by   Tony   Bates, who   through   his   involvement   with   DWT,   has   detailed   knowledge   of   the   fascinating   wildlife   on   this   reserve   within   our   Parish.   They will   meet   at   2.00pm   at   the   reserve   entrance   which   is   immediately   before   the   road   turning   to   the   Golf   Club,   -   or   if   you   would   like   a lift meet on Elder Road near to the Scout Hut at 1.40pm. The   monthly   work   parties   to   tidy   up   the   area   alongside   the   stream   will   resume   in   the Autumn,   with   volunteers   always   needed   for help, dates will be publicised nearer the time. Bryan Benjafield
September 2017  
The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   14th   September   2017   at   the   Drax   Hall.   The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   12th   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 at the start of the meeting.
Dorset Dogs
The   council   began   the   meeting   with   a   talk   from   Dorset   Dogs,   detailing   the   work   they   do   around   Dorset   to   improve   positive
relationships   and   responsible   ownership   with   all   dog   owners. Although   they   don’t   currently   work   in   this   area,   they   are   looking   to
hold   a   couple   of   their   events   locally   with   the   possibility   of   a   guided   walk   for   dog   owners   and   a   pop   up   information   stand.   More
information   can   be   found   at   www.dorsetdogs.org.uk    and   we   would   continuously   try   any   efforts   we   can   to   reduce   the   number   of
incidents of dog fouling being left on paths for others to tread in! 
Ponies
We   heard   a   couple   of   reports   of   the   2   ponies   being   overly   friendly   with   people   walking   through   their   fenced   area,   probably   in   an
attempt   to   obtain   food   from   them.   We   would   like   to   remind   people   not   to   feed   the   ponies   as   this   only   encourages   this   behaviour.
If you are at all nervous around horses, it may be wise to avoid walking through the fenced area whilst the ponies are on site.
Community Hall
A   brief   update   was   provided.   Discussions   regarding   potential   room   sizes   are   on-going   and,   with   this   in   mind,   the   group   will   be
contacting   all   potential   and   current   user   groups   in   the   area   in   order   to   obtain   evidence   relating   to   the   size   of   facility   required.   If
you   are   part   of   a   group   who   would   potentially   hire   a   room   or   the   main   hall,   please   contact   the   Clerk,   Amanda   Crocker,   on   the
details above to express your interest and help the group to put together information on future usage for their proposal.
New Skate Park
There   was   a   good   turnout   for   the   meeting   in   September   to   see   if   a   new   group   can   be   formed   to   investigate   and   move   forward   the
idea   of   building   a   skate   park   within   the   village,   but   more   help   is   needed.   The   next   meeting   will   be   held   on   5th   October   at   7.30pm
in   the   Drax Arms   Skittle Alley,   if   you   can   spare   any   time   to   help   get   this   project   off   the   ground   it   will   be   appreciated. There   is   also
a   Facebook   group   set   up   at:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/547108015620203/   which   can   be   joined   by   anyone   who   has
ideas or time to give to the project, even if you cannot make the meeting.
Play Park Equipment Replacement
Councillor   Pitcher   and   the   Lengthsman   recently   undertook   a   survey   of   all   of   the   equipment   within   the   play   park   with   a   view   to
replacing   anything   which   is   below   standard   or   nearing   the   end   of   its   useful   life.   An   on-going   program   of   repairs   is   in   place   in
order   to   keep   the   park   at   peak   condition.   If   you   notice   any   defective   equipment   in   the   park,   or   anywhere   else   within   the   village,   it
can always be reported to the clerk and the Lengthsman will look at it and deal with it appropriately.
Souls Moor nature reserve meadow.  
The   ponies   have   done   a   great   job   in   grazing   a   large   section   of   the   wet   area   of   the   meadow.   This   is   the   Site   of   Nature
Conservation   Interest   (SNCI),   where   marsh   orchids   used   to   thrive   and,   it   is   hoped,   will   return.   Some   areas   of   rank   vegetation,
which   the   ponies   have   avoided,   will   be   cut   in   order   to   open   them   up.   The   ponies   will   be   taken   off   these   sections   next   spring   in
order to allow the rarer plants to grow.  
The stream. 
The   work   parties   will   be   carrying   out   further   coppicing   of   the   over-stood   hazel   and   willow   that   are   shading   the   stream   during   the
coming   months.   Helpers   would   be   most   welcome.   Keeping   some   of   the   areas   open   is   necessary   for   the   good   management   of
the stream.
Bryan Benjafield
November 2017
BERE REGIS PARISH COUNCIL
Chairman:      Ian Ventham 471480 ianrventham@gmail.com
Vice Chairman: Robin Pitcher 472151 robinpitcher@btinternet.co.uk
Parish Clerk: Amanda Crocker 472327 bereregispc@gmail.com
Websites: www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk
                             www.bereregis.org
 
The Parish Council met on Thursday 9th November 2017 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 14th 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 at the start of
the meeting.
Neighbourhood Plan Consultation
Saturday 11th November saw 160 people attending the consultation meeting in the School Hall. Ian Ventham first gave a presentation about
the key points in the plan, followed by a question and answer session. Parishioners then had the opportunity to look at the various plans and
engage with the parish councillors about some of the detail.
Inevitably, most interest was focused on the development sites and the numbers and mix of housing in the proposals.  Generally most
parishioners appeared  to be reasonably content with the proposals,  sometimes with understandable concerns about the impact of construction
traffic and increased traffic movements that any new development will bring.
Copies of the draft plan, which outline the 5 sites being proposed for about 105 new houses, can be obtained at
http://www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Bere-Regis-NPlan-31.10.2017_A4_DRAFT.pdf
Copies of Ian Ventham’s presentation can be obtained at: http://www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/NP-Forum-
11-November-2017.pptx
The next steps are for the plan to be formally examined, then we hope to hold a final consultation and a referendum in the Spring of 2018.
Open Spaces Working Parties
The next Open Spaces working party meeting will be held on the 2nd December when the bird boxes that were recently made by the Cubs
will be fitted, and also some trees that have been donated by the Woodland Trust, will be planted. The ponies will shortly be removed by their
owner for the winter, and then return next Spring for more important conservation of the SSSI area of Souls’ Moor.
If you would like to help with these work parties, please see their article separately in the magazine.
Foster Parents
The council heard from Councillor Wharf about the shortage of foster parents within the Dorset area. If you could help reduce this shortfall,
please visit www.dorsetforyou.com/fostering for more information.
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.
Councillor Vacancy
Prior to the meeting, Tom Bennett stepped down from his role as Parish Councillor and we would like to extend our thanks for all of Tom’s
efforts, particularly with his knowledge of wildlife and open spaces, over the last few years.
We now have a vacancy for one Parish Councillor. The sort of matters we get involved with are:
New facilities for residents, and particularly for young people
Social provision for older or disabled people
Financial grants to parish organisations
Care of the environment in which we live
Planning and development matters
If you would like to discuss what’s involved on an informal basis please contact Ian Ventham or any of the councillors for a chat.
If you can spare a little of your time on a monthly basis to help the Parish then please contact the clerk, Amanda Crocker,  on 01929 472327
to put your name forward. The closing date is the 18th December.
Bryan Benjafield
Title
Name
Added Responsibilities
Tel. No.
Email
Chairman
Ian Ventham
01929 471480
Vice Chairman
Robin Pitcher
Environment and Facilities
01929 472151
Parish Clerk
Amanda Crocker
01929 472327
Laurie Fairhurst
Planning & Housing Rights Of Way
Peter Wharf
01929 472246
Bryan Benjafield
PR Officer
01929 770890
Dominic Bishop
Police, Traffic and Roads
Tony Bates
01929 471563
Simon Munnings
Neighbourhood Plan
01929 472609
Brenda House
Community Liaison
01929 471255
an artist’s impression of the concept of the hall and its location.
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Parish Council Meetings 2017

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) - 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
January 2017 Meeting The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   12th   January   2017   at   the   Drax Hall.   The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   9th   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. Village   Forum   Our   Village   Forum   is   now   confirmed   for   Saturday   25th March    at    the    Scout    Hut,    at    10am.   This    is    a    great    opportunity    for everyone    to    come    along,    meet    your    Parish    Council,    and    listen    to updates   on   plans   under   discussion. Topics   for   this   year’s   forum   are   the proposed   new   Community   Hall,   the   Purbeck   Partial   Review   and   the Unitary    Council    review    and    an    update    on    the    progress    of    the Neighbourhood Plan. Wareham Hospital Consultation The   consultation   on   the   proposed   changes   within   the   NHS   in   Dorset, including   Wareham   Hospital,   continues   until   the   13th   February.   We would   urge   everybody   who   has   used   or   benefited   from   any   of   the services   at   Wareham   Hospital   to   complete   the   survey.   Hard   copies   of this   can   be   found   at   the   Doctors   Surgery   and   Post   Office,   or   it   can   be completed on-line here. New   Community   Hall   We   had   a   very   informative   and   well-structured presentation    from    members    of    the    New    Community    Hall    working group,   who   put   forward   the   information   they   had   collected   and   their suggested   proposals   of   how   we   might   benefit   from   with   a   new   hall   and how   to   take   that   forward.   The   full   report   can   be   read   on   the   Parish Council   website   here.   In   summary   though,   the   report   suggests   that   the parish   does   have   a   requirement   for   a   new   community   facility,   largely   to replace   the   existing   Drax   Hall   which   is   no   longer   fit   for   purpose.   The group   proposes   a   venue   with   one   larger   function   room   and   two   smaller ones   with   catering   facilities   and   ability   to   put   on   some   sports   and fitness   as   well.   Having   looked   at   all   available   locations   in   the   village, their   first   choice   of   site   is   on   Soul’s   Moor,   just   off   the   access   road   to the   new   school.   The   Parish   Council   thanked   the   group   for   their   hard work   and   efforts   so   far,   and   will   be   discussing   the   proposal   in   more detail   at   a   forthcoming   meeting   after   which   we   will   put   forward   our proposals as to how we will proceed. Nature Reserve Working Party With   the   help   of   the   wildlife   group   volunteers,   the   large   pile   of   cuttings produced   from   previous   work   parties   have   now   been   removed.   The work    carried    out    here    is    providing    more    light    to    create    a    more attractive   aspect   to   Bere   Stream   and   also   improve   the   quality   of   the stream    itself.    On    Souls    Moor    a    small    pond    will    be    dug    shortly    to provide permanent water for the ponies when they return. New School The   Council   were   delighted   to   see   the   opening   of   the   new   School   at the   beginning   of   January   and   would   like   to   send   our   congratulations   to everybody   involved   with   getting   it   completed   and   opened   on   time. Initial   monitoring   of   the   traffic   and   parking   in   Manor   Farm   Road   and Elder   Road   seemed   to   show   very   few   issues   or   problems   and   we would   just   like   to   remind   all   road   users   who   are   in   the   area   around pick-up   and   drop   off   times,   to   be   cautious   of   an   increased   number   of pedestrians crossing roads in that area. Christmas Trees Following   the   success   of   the   Christmas   Tree   sales   in   2016   and   the decorations   around   the   village,   it   was   agreed   to   continue   the   scheme in   2017.   Forms   will   shortly   be   available   from   the   clerk   and   we   will continue to offer trees at the reduced rate of £10 for outdoor display. Bryan Benjafield   February 2017 Meeting The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   9th   February   2017   at   the   Drax Hall. The   next   meeting   will   be   on Thursday   9th   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. Village Forum Our   Village   Forum   is   now   confirmed   for   Saturday   25th   March   at   the Scout   Hut,   at   10am.   This   is   a   great   opportunity   for   everyone   to   come along,   meet   your   Parish   Council,   and   listen   to   updates   on   plans   under discussion.    Topics    for    this    year’s    forum    are    the    proposed    new Community   Hall,   the   Purbeck   Partial   Review   and   the   Unitary   Council review   and   an   update   on   the   progress   of   the   Neighbourhood   Plan. There   will   also   be   representatives   from   the   Wildlife   Working   Party, School,   NeighbourCar   and   Lunch   Club   and   developers   for   the   White Lovington New Housing Site. Church Roof Fund The    Council    had    received    a    letter    asking    to    support    St    John    the Baptists   Church’s   application   for   grant   funding   towards   the   £200,000 that   is   being   raised   to   carry   out   urgent   repairs   and   restoration   to   the church   roof.   The   Council   unanimously   agreed   to   support   the   efforts   of the   Church   Fundraising   Committee.   There   will   be   a   series   of   events coming up over the next year. New   Community   Hall   Having   heard   last   month   from   the   working   party tasked   with   investigating   the   need   and   feasibility   for   a   new   community hall,   the   Council   this   month   voted   on   taking   this   project   forward   and appointing   2   new   sub-committees,   one   to   pursue   the   location   and design   of   a   new   hall,   and   the   second   to   undertake   the   fund   raising needed   to   build   such   a   project.   The   Council   all   agreed   to   take   this forward   and   were   delighted   that   Mike   Gee   has   agreed   to   continue heading   up   the   project.   There   will   be   opportunities   coming   up   in   due course   for   people   with   relevant   experience   and   skill   sets   to   be   involved with   these   groups   and   we   would   welcome   anybody   who   feels   they could    add    something    to    the    project    to    contact    the    Clerk,   Amanda Crocker for more information. Nature Reserve Working Party The   clearance   work   along   the   Bere   Stream   is   nearly   complete   except for   some   willows   which   are   leaning   precariously   into   the   stream.   We hope   to   clear   these   during   March.   The   environment   group   is   also planning   to   sow   wild   flowers   on   the   banks   just   outside   the   new   school. On   Souls   Moor   we   are   planning   to   get   the   ponies   back   to   do   their grass   grazing   conservation   work   this   month.   The   grazing   period   last year was successful in clearing part of Souls Moor. Jubilee Bridge To   make   identification   easier,   the   council   heard   a   proposal   to   name   the original   wooden   bridge   which   crosses   Bere   Stream   just   at   the   end   of Stanbarrow   Close,   as   “Jubilee   Bridge”,   as   the   Jubilee   Trail   crosses over   it.   This   was   unanimously   agreed   and   a   sign   will   be   made   in   due course.   We   are   also   using   the   terms   “Souls   Moor   Boardwalk”   to   refer to   the   new   boardwalk,   south   of   the   stream   and   “Riverside   Boardwalk” to   refer   to   the   original   boardwalk   north   of   the   stream.   The   bridge   near the   Scout   Hut   is,   of   course,   already   known   as   “Souls   Bridge”.   This should   make   it   easier   for   people   to   report   any   defects   or   faults   with these areas, which you can do to any councillor or the clerk. Notice Boards The    Council    have    recently    funded    the    creation    of    2    new    large noticeboards,   (beautifully   hand-made   by   Bill   Steggles),   to   be   used   for displaying   information   and   notices   of   upcoming   events.   These   will   be situated   by   the   pinch   point   crossing   to   the   new   school,   and   near   the garden of the Vicarage. Bryan Benjafield   March 2017 Meeting Awaiting Meeting   April 2017 Meeting The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   13th April   2017   at   the   Drax   Hall. The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   11th   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. Village Forum 55   people   were   present,   together   with   Steve Tapscott   (Purbeck   District Council),   Wayne   Roberts   (Head   Teacher,   Bere   Regis   Primary   School), Richard   Henshaw   (agent   for   the   owners   of   the   White   Lovington   land), Cllr   Peter   Wharf   (County   and   District   Councillor)   and   members   of   the Parish Council. Cllr   Ventham   welcomed   everyone   to   the   meeting   and   introduced   those councillors   present   before   giving   a   brief   outline   of   the   format   for   the Forum.   He   then   ran   through   the   work   and   achievements   of   the   Parish Council    over    the    last    year,    including    the    current    position    of    the Neighbourhood   Plan   and   an   update   on   the   new   proposal   for   the   White Lovington site. Mike   Gee   outlined   the   work   of   the   Community   Hall   Working   Party   to date   and   went   on   to   explain   the   next   phase   of   the   work   –   looking   into the various legal, planning and funding raising aspects of the scheme. Cllr   Peter   Wharf   gave   a   brief   outline   of   the   history   of   the   Purbeck   Local Plan   and   why   the   Review   is   now   having   to   take   place   saying   that,   the Independent   Inspector   agreed   to   the   Plan   on   the   condition   that   the housing   numbers   are   reviewed   and   increased.   This   meant   that,   up until   2033,   a   further   3,000   houses   were   needed   throughout   Purbeck. He   then   went   on   to   explain   the   recent   unitary   consultation   and   the outcome   that   had   been   achieved,   together   with   the   representation   to the Secretary of State. There   followed   a   question   and   answer   session   at   which   the   concerns of   the   White   Lovington   residents   over   the   wild   life   on   the   proposed development   site   was   raised.   A   full   set   of   the   notes,   together   with   the presentation is available on the Parish Council web site. Neighbourhood Plan Update There   have   recently   been   positive   developments   in   discussions   with local   landowners,   meaning   we   are   getting   closer   to   bringing   forward our   Neighbourhood   plan   and   putting   this   out   for   initial   consultation, followed   by   a   referendum   on   adopting   it   and   moving   forward. Anybody wanting   to   catch   up   on   the   progress   made   with   the   Neighbourhood Plan   so   far   can   look   at   the   dedicated   area   on   the   Parish   Council website   for   it   here.   From   there   you   can   find   links   to   ecology   reports   on the   proposed   areas   and   all   of   the   surveys   that   have   been   carried   to date. Parking The   number   of   vehicles   around   the   Elder   Road/Manor   Farm   Road/Old Barn   Road   area   was   discussed,   particularly   the   effect   this   has   on visibility   at   the   junctions.   We   acknowledge   that   on   street   parking   is   at   a real   shortage   in   many   areas   of   the   village,   and   as   a   council   we   are always   looking   for   any   ways   we   can   improve   the   situation   for   both motorists   and   residents   alike.   We   are   looking   into   the   possibility   of Dorset    County    Council    putting    white    lines    on    all    of    the    junctions leading   onto   Manor   Farm   Road   as   a   reminder   that   there   should   be   no parking   within   10meters   of   a   junction.   In   addition,   the   PCSOs   are going   to   increase   their   visits   to   the   area   and   Parking   Services   will   also be    in    attendance.    The    council    would    urge    all    residents    to    park considerately   wherever   they   are   parking   and   to   make   use   of   available car parks where possible. Litter It   was   also   noted   that   the   level   of   litter   around   the   village   seems   to   be increasing.   Whilst   we   do   benefit   from   conscientious   residents   who often   collect   litter,   and   our   own   Lengthsman   spends   time   collecting   it as   well,   it   would   be   great   if   we   could   just   reduce   the   amount   which gets   dropped   and   thrown   into   hedges   etc.   We   also   discussed   entering competitions   in   future   such   as   Best   Kept   Village,   and   reducing   the amount    of    litter    on    our    streets    would    help    considerably    with    our chances of that. Ponies on Souls Moor We   now   have   semi   permanent   grazing   on   Souls   Moor   thanks   to   2 Cobb   ponies   and   there   is   a   grazing   agreement   with   the   owner   who specialises   in   providing   pony   grazing   on   nature   reserves.   The   grazing is   necessary   to   reduce   excessive   vegetation   growth   and   stimulate   the growth   of   rarer   plants   that   grow   on   wet   meadows   such   as   Souls   Moor. After   some   delay   a   pond   has   now   been   dug   which   will   not   only   provide a   water   supply   for   the   ponies,   but   also   provide   an   additional   wildlife habitat   for   plants   and   insects.   The   ponies   are   called   Nicky   and   Lucy and our picture shows Lucy inspecting the part dug pond. Play Park Inspection We   have   recently   had   the   annual   audit   of   our   Play   Park   and   were delighted   to   hear   that   it   passed   with   flying   colours,   with   only   a   few minor   amendments   and   repairs   needed.   A   full   copy   of   the   report   can be found on our website.   May 2017 Meeting The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   11th   May   2017   at   the   Drax   Hall. The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   8th   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. Chairman’s Review of the Year The   year   2016/2017   has   been   as   busy   as   any   for   the   Parish   Council and   our   clerk.   All   our   regular   matters   such   as   scrutinising   planning applications,   regularly   inspecting   the   Play   Park,   the   Lengths-man’s work   of   keeping   the   parish   clean   and   tidy   and   the   cemetery   well   mown and   maintained,   running   the   NeighbourCar   Scheme   and   the   Salt   and Pepper   Lunch   Club   have   continued,   whilst   we   have   also   taken   on various new tasks and projects. Earlier   this   year   we   were   delighted   to   be   involved   in   the   opening   of   the new   school,   and   to   recall   our   very   significant   part   in   persuading   DCC to   buy   the   land,   and   our   own   purchase   of   Souls   Moor   which   enabled the access drive to be built. Last   year   we   organised   ‘Clean   for   the   Queen’   in   April   so   that   the village   was   spruced   up   ready   to   celebrate   Her   Majesty’s   90th   birthday with   the   lighting   of   our   beacon   on   Souls   Moor,   followed   by   the   Street Party in West Street in June. We   installed   the   upgraded   footpath   to   the   South   of   Souls   Moor   in   time for    it    to    provide    another    access    route    to    the    school,    and    a    great extension    to    our    accessible    footpath    network    around    our    green spaces.   The   green   spaces   themselves   have   been   enhanced   by   the volunteers   of   the   Open   Spaces   management   team   with   their   work   on clearing   the   brush   and   letting   light   into   the   woodland   areas   by   the stream, thus allowing the wild flowers to flourish. The   new   Information   Boards   around   the   Souls   Moor   nature   reserve, and   the   Parish   Information   boards   in   the   car   park   will   hopefully   enable residents   and   visitors   to   better   appreciate   our   beautiful,   thriving,   village and parish. Work   has   continued   on   the   Neighbourhood   Plan   this   past   year   and,   as we   now   have   agreement   in   principle   with   the   landowners,   we   hope   to consult   formally   with   residents   in   a   few   months’   time   about   100   new homes on 4 new sites. Finally,   I   am   pleased   to   say   that   the   New   Community   Hall   project group    made    recommendations    to    the    Parish    Council    about    the pressing   need   for   a   new   community   hall,   and   a   project   team   is   just starting its work to turn this into a reality in the next few years. Ian Ventham Chairman Election of Officers The   Council   were   delighted   that   Ian   Ventham   and   Robin   Pitcher   both stood   for   re-election   as   Chairman   and   Vice-Chairman   respectively, and   both   were   unanimously   voted   in   to   continue   their   roles   for   another 12    months.    All    other    delegated    responsibilities    within    the    council remained the same. White Lovington Proposed Development Having   heard   at   the   Parish   Forum   from   the   developer   who   has   been instructed   by   the   landowner   of   the   area   South   of   White   Lovington, some   concerned   residents   spoke   at   the   meeting   to   make   clear   their fears   for   development   and   about   the   reports   which   have   been   carried out   so   far.   It   was   stressed   that   all   discussion   of   development   so   far   are purely   proposals   and   the   council   has   no   formal   involvement   until   such plans    are    presented    for    planning    approval.    It    was    noted    that    the Neighbourhood   Plan   was   progressing   now   and   this   development   as well   as   others,   would   be   put   to   consultation   and   then   to   a   Parish Referendum in due course. Skate Park A   proposed   Skate   Park   was   again   discussed   and   the   Council   agreed that    we    would    investigate    the    resumption    of    a    working    party    to investigate   moving   the   project   forward,   but   we   do   need   volunteers   to make    this    happen.    If    you    can    spare    any    time    for    fundraising    and planning   of   this,   please   contact   the   Clerk   on   the   details   above.   It   was also   recorded   that   the   previous   iteration   of   the   Bere   Regis   Community Play    Association    group    had    raised    a    further    £2,753.34    after    the completion    of    the    Play    Park    which    was    being    held    in    a    separate account for use towards the Skate Park project. Ponies on Souls Moor The   owner   of   the   ponies   would   like   to   assure   all   those   who   have expressed   concern   regarding   the   ponies’   welfare,   that   they   are   being checked   daily.   Lucy   (the   white   pony)   has   had   her   hooves   seen   to   and is   currently   receiving   medication   following   her   allergic   reaction   to   the buttercups. This   will   take   some   time   to   clear,   but   she   is   being   attended to   daily.   The   RSPCA   Inspector   has   also   visited   the   ponies   and   is happy   with   their   condition.   If   you   do   have   any   concerns,   please   do contact the clerk. Notice Boards Two   of   our   new   noticeboards   are   now   in   place,   outside   of   the   Vicarage and   at   the   pinch   point   crossing   to   the   new   school,   with   the   third   about to   be   installed   at   the   entrance   to   Southmead   shortly.   If   you   wish   to display   notices   in   these   boards,   keys   can   be   obtained   from   the   Clerk, the School Office or the Scouts.  Christmas Trees Please   note   that   the   deadline   for   ordering   your   Christmas   Tree   for   this year    at    the    special    rate    of    £10    is    mid-June.    Order    forms    can    be obtained   in   the   Post   Office   or   by   contacting   the   Clerk   on   the   details above. Bryan Benjafield June 2017 The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   8th   June   2017   at   the School. The   next   meeting   will   be   on Thursday   13th   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. Neighbourhood Plan Update Work   is   now   continuing   apace   to   finalise   the   Neighbourhood Plan,   now   that   we   have   agreement   in   principle   from   all   three landowners.   We   hope   to   consult   formally   in   the Autumn,   then go   to   referendum   early   in   2018.   We   are   looking   to   put   forward 100 new homes in total, on four sites: Back Lane 53 homes North Street 10 homes White Lovington 12 homes The old school site 25 homes If   we   can   line   up   the   various   permissions,   we   also   hope   to   be able      to      include      the      new      Community      Hall      in      the Neighbourhood   Plan   on   one   of   the   3   preferred   sites   identified following the public consultation in July 2016. Environment Souls   Moor   is   becoming   well   grazed   by   the   two   ponies   who appear   to   be   enjoying   their   stay.   It   is   inevitable   that   the   close grazing   will   lead   to   less   wet   meadow   wild   flowers   this   year. However,   this   will   help   them   to   come   back   well   next   year when   we   will   have   the   ponies   taken   off   the   area   during   part   of the   growing   season.   The   recently   dug   pond   is   settling   down well   and   has   already   attracted   some   important   wildlife   that require   still   water   rather   than   the   flowing   water   in   the   stream   more   detail   can   be   found   in   the   wildlife   group   report.   The Scouts   will   be   helping   to   plant   some   bog   plants   around   the edge of the pond. Annual   wild   flowers   were   sown   on   the   Parish   Council   land along   the   edges   of   the   field   next   to   the   school   entrance   and are   now   coming   into   flower.   We   plan   to   extend   this   area   next year.   We   are   also   considering   sowing   wild   flowers   on   the A35 roundabout   at   the   entrance   to   the   village.   Similar   sowing   has been   shown   to   be   very   successful   on   several   roadside   verges in Poole. NeighbourCar The   NeighbourCar   scheme   is   still   short   of   drivers,   meaning there    is    a    serious    risk    that    this    hugely    important    scheme which   helps   transport   people   to   vital   appointments,   shopping trips   and   similar   needs,   might   not   continue.   If   you   have   a   car, and   some   spare   time   in   the   week,   please   contact   Brenda House                on                01929                471255                or stockleyfarmpartners@gmail.com .,   so   that   we   can   hopefully get   some   new   drivers   signed   up   and   maintain   this   valuable service. Potholes and Road Defects The quickest and easiest way to register any defects on our roads is through the Dorset For You website. Simply go to https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/travel-dorset/contact-dorset- highways and you can select exactly where and what the problem is and it will be attended to by the relevant authority as quickly as possible. Antisocial Behaviour There have been a couple of reports of some antisocial behaviour lately around the village, and whilst it’s important to recognise that we are lucky enough that these incidents are very infrequent, it does no harm to remind any children (or adults) who socialise in areas around the village to make sure they do treat all other village users (and animals) with the same respect they would like to be treated! Bryan Benjafield July 2017 The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   13th   July   2017   at   the Drax   Hall.   The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   10th 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. Community Hall Update Preliminary   work   is   well   under-way   on   the   new   Community Hall,   with   initial   plans   being   drawn   up   and   the   statutory   bodies being   consulted   regarding   the   disposal   of   the   old   Drax   Hall site   and   the   various   permissions   required   to   develop   on   the preferred   site   in   Souls’   Moor.   We   hope   to   bring   forward   draft plans   and   artists   impressions   for   public   feedback   in   the   next few months. Camp Bestival Although   not   actually   within   our   parish,   Camp   Bestival   which is   being   held   between   the   27th   –   30th   July,   could   have   some adverse   effects   on   traffic   congestion   in   and   around   the   area as   the   C6,   Rye   Hill   is   the   designated   route   for   all   vehicles   this year.   The   organisers   have   set   up   a   specific   contact   point   for anyone   with   feedback,   positive   or   negative,   and   if   you   wish   to contact them you can at  heretohelp@campbestival.net . Distgen Grant We   were   delighted   to   receive   a   further   generous   donation from   Distgen   of   £5,553.41   this   year   as   their   contribution   to   the Parish   for   having   the   Wind   Turbine   on   Rogers   Hill   Farm.   The Council   unanimously   decided   to   use   that   money   towards   the initial planning and legal costs for the New Community Hall. New Skate Park There   will   be   a   meeting   at   7pm   on   the   11th   September   in   the Drax   Arms   Skittle   Alley   with   a   view   to   forming   a   new   working party   to   move   the   proposals   and   plans   for   a   Skate   Park   in   the village   forward.   If   you   can   spare   any   time   and   help   to   getting this   project   off   the   ground   then   please   come   to   the   meeting   to offer your services. Dog Fouling The   problem   of   residents   not   clearing   up   after   their   dogs   in public    areas    continues    to    be    a    major    issue.    The    Parish Council   will   be   inviting   Dorset   Dogs   to   attend   a   future   meeting to   give   us   some   ideas   of   how   this   problem   can   be   solved   or, at   the   very   least,   reduced. All   villagers   are   welcome   to   attend as   many   have   very   strong   feelings   on   the   subject.   In   the meantime,    the    Dog    Warden    will    be    asked    to    make    more frequent   visits   to   the   key   areas   and   will   be   issuing   on   the spot fines of up to £50 . Village Environment We   will   be   looking   to   hold   another   Village Tidy   in   the   Spring   of 2018   in   preparation   for   submitting   an   application   to   the   Best Kept   Village   Awards.   In   the   meantime,   with   the   reduction   in the   amount   of   maintenance   work   being   carried   out   by   the District    and    County    Councils,    we    would    ask    residents    to consider   keeping   the   small   area   of   pavement   and   gutter   in front   of   their   property   tidy   and   clear   of   weeds.   We   are   really fortunate   to   live   in   a   beautiful   area   and   if   everyone   did   just   a little bit, it would make such a big difference. Bryan Benjafield August 2017   The   Parish   Council   met   on   Thursday   10th August   2017   at   the Drax    Hall.    The    next    meeting    will    be    on    Thursday    14th September   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 at the start of the meeting. Make sure you are eligible to register to vote Purbeck   residents   are   reminded   to   look   out   for   the   Household Enquiry   Form   which   every   household   in   Purbeck   should   have received   this August   in   order   to   update   the   Electoral   Register. Residents   are   asked   to   check   the   details   and   update   them   if necessary.      The   form   will   be   addressed   to   "the   occupier"   and will   contain   the   details   of   all   those   in   the   household   currently on   the   voting   register.   Properties   where   no   one   is   registered to   vote   will   receive   a   blank   form.   Every   household   is   required by   law   to   make   sure   the   details   on   the   form   are   correct   and   to add any missing details. The    form    should    be    signed    and    returned    in    the    pre-paid envelope   provided.    Alternatively,   you   can   call   the   Electoral Services   Team   on   01929   557219   to   confirm   your   details   or you   can   do   it   online   at   https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote .   If you’ve    moved    recently,    you    won’t    have    been registered automatically   to   vote   at   your   new   address,   so   please   check the   form   as   soon   as   it   arrives   and   add   any   missing   details.   If you    do    not    respond    promptly,    the    Council    has    to    send reminders,    so    please    respond    to    the    first    form    to    save unnecessary costs. New Community Hall    (click / tap for larger view) The    Council    heard    proposals    from    the    Community    Hall Working   Party   with   a   design   concept   for   the   proposed   new Community    Hall    to    be sited   on   the   South-East corner    of    Souls’    Moor. The       Council       agreed unanimously   to   approve the     concept     and     the location.   This   will   enable the                    necessary permissions   to   be   sought.   If   we   get   a   green   light,   the   next vital    step    will    be    public    consultation    with    residents    in    the Autumn    when    everyone    will    have    an    opportunity    to    give feedback    on    the    project.    You    can    see    here,    an    artist’s impression of the concept of the hall and its location. Benches in May’s Plantation The   Parish   Council   would   like   to   thank   Tilhill   for   their   recent installation   of   a   number   of   benches   around   Dr   Brian   May’s plantation   for   the   benefit   of   the   numerous   walkers   in   the   area. We hope everybody enjoys the view! New Skate Park Just   a   reminder,   there   will   be   a   meeting   at   7pm   on   the   11th September    in    the    Drax   Arms    Skittle   Alley    with    a    view    to forming   a   new   working   party   to   move   the   proposals   and   plans for   a   Skate   Park   in   the   village   forward.   If   you   can   spare   any time    and    help    to    getting    this    project    off    the    ground    then please come to the meeting to offer your services. Friends of Wareham Hospital Annual General Meeting The   Friends   of   Wareham   Hospital   are   holding   their   Annual General   Meeting   on   Monday   18th   September   in   the   hospital at   7pm.   If   you   are   a   user   or   supporter   of   the   hospital,   please go   along   and   find   out   how   you   can   help,   and   hear   an   update on the hospital from Dr Alistair Ward. Hyde Nature Reserve Talk On   2nd   September   there   will   be   a   guided   walk   across   the Dorset   Wildlife   Trust   Higher   Hyde   nature   reserve,   led   by   Tony Bates,   who   through   his   involvement   with   DWT,   has   detailed knowledge   of   the   fascinating   wildlife   on   this   reserve   within   our Parish.   They   will   meet   at   2.00pm   at   the   reserve   entrance which   is   immediately   before   the   road   turning   to   the   Golf   Club, -   or   if   you   would   like   a   lift   meet   on   Elder   Road   near   to   the Scout Hut at 1.40pm. The   monthly   work   parties   to   tidy   up   the   area   alongside   the stream   will   resume   in   the   Autumn,   with   volunteers   always needed for help, dates will be publicised nearer the time. Bryan Benjafield
September 2017  
The   Parish   Council   met   on Thursday   14th   September   2017   at
the   Drax   Hall.   The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   12th
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 at the start of the meeting.
Dorset Dogs
The   council   began   the   meeting   with   a   talk   from   Dorset   Dogs,
detailing   the   work   they   do   around   Dorset   to   improve   positive
relationships   and   responsible   ownership   with   all   dog   owners.
Although    they    don’t    currently    work    in    this    area,    they    are
looking    to    hold    a    couple    of    their    events    locally    with    the
possibility   of   a   guided   walk   for   dog   owners   and   a   pop   up
information     stand.     More     information     can     be     found     at
www.dorsetdogs.org.uk    and   we   would   continuously   try   any
efforts    we    can    to    reduce    the    number    of    incidents    of    dog
fouling being left on paths for others to tread in! 
Ponies
We   heard   a   couple   of   reports   of   the   2   ponies   being   overly
friendly    with    people    walking    through    their    fenced    area,
probably   in   an   attempt   to   obtain   food   from   them.   We   would
like   to   remind   people   not   to   feed   the   ponies   as   this   only
encourages   this   behaviour.   If   you   are   at   all   nervous   around
horses,   it   may   be   wise   to   avoid   walking   through   the   fenced
area whilst the ponies are on site.
Community Hall
A   brief   update   was   provided.   Discussions   regarding   potential
room   sizes   are   on-going   and,   with   this   in   mind,   the   group   will
be   contacting   all   potential   and   current   user   groups   in   the   area
in    order    to    obtain    evidence    relating    to    the    size    of    facility
required.   If   you   are   part   of   a   group   who   would   potentially   hire
a   room   or   the   main   hall,   please   contact   the   Clerk,   Amanda
Crocker,   on   the   details   above   to   express   your   interest   and
help   the   group   to   put   together   information   on   future   usage   for
their proposal.
New Skate Park
There   was   a   good   turnout   for   the   meeting   in   September   to
see   if   a   new   group   can   be   formed   to   investigate   and   move
forward   the   idea   of   building   a   skate   park   within   the   village,   but
more   help   is   needed.   The   next   meeting   will   be   held   on   5th
October   at   7.30pm   in   the   Drax   Arms   Skittle   Alley,   if   you   can
spare   any   time   to   help   get   this   project   off   the   ground   it   will   be
appreciated.    There    is    also    a    Facebook    group    set    up    at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/547108015620203/     which
can   be   joined   by   anyone   who   has   ideas   or   time   to   give   to   the
project, even if you cannot make the meeting.
Play Park Equipment Replacement
Councillor   Pitcher   and   the   Lengthsman   recently   undertook   a
survey   of   all   of   the   equipment   within   the   play   park   with   a   view
to   replacing   anything   which   is   below   standard   or   nearing   the
end   of   its   useful   life.   An   on-going   program   of   repairs   is   in
place   in   order   to   keep   the   park   at   peak   condition.   If   you   notice
any   defective   equipment   in   the   park,   or   anywhere   else   within
the   village,   it   can   always   be   reported   to   the   clerk   and   the
Lengthsman will look at it and deal with it appropriately.
Souls Moor nature reserve meadow.  
The   ponies   have   done   a   great   job   in   grazing   a   large   section
of   the   wet   area   of   the   meadow.   This   is   the   Site   of   Nature
Conservation   Interest   (SNCI),   where   marsh   orchids   used   to
thrive    and,    it    is    hoped,    will    return.    Some    areas    of    rank
vegetation,    which    the    ponies    have    avoided,    will    be    cut    in
order   to   open   them   up.   The   ponies   will   be   taken   off   these
sections   next   spring   in   order   to   allow   the   rarer   plants   to   grow.
 
The stream. 
The   work   parties   will   be   carrying   out   further   coppicing   of   the
over-stood    hazel    and    willow    that    are    shading    the    stream
during   the   coming   months.   Helpers   would   be   most   welcome.
Keeping   some   of   the   areas   open   is   necessary   for   the   good
management of the stream.
Bryan Benjafield
November 2017
BERE REGIS PARISH COUNCIL
Chairman:      Ian Ventham 471480
ianrventham@gmail.com
Vice Chairman: Robin Pitcher 472151
robinpitcher@btinternet.co.uk
Parish Clerk: Amanda Crocker 472327
bereregispc@gmail.com
Websites: www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk
                             www.bereregis.org
 
The Parish Council met on Thursday 9th November 2017 at the
Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 14th 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
at the start of the meeting.
Neighbourhood Plan Consultation
Saturday 11th November saw 160 people attending the consultation
meeting in the School Hall. Ian Ventham first gave a presentation
about the key points in the plan, followed by a question and answer
session. Parishioners then had the opportunity to look at the various
plans and engage with the parish councillors about some of the
detail.
Inevitably, most interest was focused on the development sites and
the numbers and mix of housing in the proposals.  Generally most
parishioners appeared  to be reasonably content with the proposals, 
sometimes with understandable concerns about the impact of
construction traffic and increased traffic movements that any new
development will bring.
Copies of the draft plan, which outline the 5 sites being proposed
for about 105 new houses, can be obtained at
http://www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk/wp-
content/uploads/2012/05/Bere-Regis-NPlan-
31.10.2017_A4_DRAFT.pdf
Copies of Ian Ventham’s presentation can be obtained at:
http://www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk/wp-
content/uploads/2012/05/NP-Forum-11-November-2017.pptx
The next steps are for the plan to be formally examined, then we
hope to hold a final consultation and a referendum in the Spring of
2018.
Open Spaces Working Parties
The next Open Spaces working party meeting will be held on the
2nd December when the bird boxes that were recently made by the
Cubs will be fitted, and also some trees that have been donated by
the Woodland Trust, will be planted. The ponies will shortly be
removed by their owner for the winter, and then return next Spring
for more important conservation of the SSSI area of Souls’ Moor.
If you would like to help with these work parties, please see their
article separately in the magazine.
Foster Parents
The council heard from Councillor Wharf about the shortage of
foster parents within the Dorset area. If you could help reduce this
shortfall, please visit www.dorsetforyou.com/fostering for more
information.
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.
Councillor Vacancy
Prior to the meeting, Tom Bennett stepped down from his role as
Parish Councillor and we would like to extend our thanks for all of
Tom’s efforts, particularly with his knowledge of wildlife and open
spaces, over the last few years.
We now have a vacancy for one Parish Councillor. The sort of
matters we get involved with are:
New facilities for residents, and particularly for young people
Social provision for older or disabled people
Financial grants to parish organisations
Care of the environment in which we live
Planning and development matters
If you would like to discuss what’s involved on an informal basis
please contact Ian Ventham or any of the councillors for a chat.
If you can spare a little of your time on a monthly basis to help the
Parish then please contact the clerk, Amanda Crocker,  on 01929
472327 to put your name forward. The closing date is the 18th
December.
Bryan Benjafield
Title Name Added Responsibilities Tel. No. Email Chairman Ian Ventham 01929 471480 Vice Chairman Robin Pitcher Environment and Facilities 01929 472151 Parish Clerk Amanda Crocker 01929 472327 Laurie Fairhurst Planning & Housing Rights Of Way Peter Wharf 01929 472246 Bryan Benjafield PR Officer 01929 770890 Dominic Bishop Police, Traffic and Roads Tony Bates 01929 471563 Simon Munnings Neighbourhood Plan 01929 472609 Brenda House Community Liaison 01929 471255 an artist’s impression of the concept of the hall and its location.