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Bere Regis Village Entry in the BBC

1986 Domesday Project

In   1986   the   BBC   launched   an   ambitious   project   to   record   a   snapshot   of   everyday   life   across   the   UK   for   future   generations.   A million   volunteers   took   part. The   Country   was   split   into   blocks.   Our   Village   was   in   Block   GB-384000-93000.   Read   our   entire   Entry below... Photographs of the Village in 1986 Description of Bere Regis It is a medium-sized village lying at the junction of the roads to Poole and to Bovington.  A bypass goes round it from Poole to Dorchester and buses pass through. A brook called Bere Stream runs through the village and a lot of watercress is grown by it. The cress from the beds is cut and sent away to market. The village is in a dip between Black Hill and Woodbury Hill. These   hills   are   covered   by   woods   and   heath. There   are   five   shops,a   garage,two   pubs,an   ancient   church   and   a   first   school.   Some houses are old and thatched but there are new houses on an estate. There is no gas in the village so people use electricity, oil, wood and coal. There are quite a lot of clubs. All round the village are farms. School View Looking north from the school mound in the middle of the playground is the village. Traffic on two roads meets in the middle. On a slope is the church among big trees. In the distance is a big house with more trees round it. Near   the   roads   are   smaller   houses   and   the   watercress   beds.   The   bypass   goes   behind   the   village.   On   the   slope   of   Woodbury   Hill are jersey and friesian cows in the fields and woods on the top of the hill. The road runs along the bottom. To the east is the river running through fields where cows graze. The watercress train goes backwards and forwards from one farm to the other beside the river. On the slope are ploughed fields. To   the   south   is   a   large   farm   and   the   Purbeck   Hills   behind.   Next   to   the   playground   is   a   close   of   semi-detached   houses   and   behind the school is Black Hill.   The New Estate The    new    estate    was    built    about    eight    years    ago.    There    are    semi-detached    houses,bungalows    and    flats    with    central heating,gardens and showers. Some houses are privately owned. There is an old Peoples Home with flats or bed sitting rooms and the Wardens flat. In the middle there is a Car Park with toilets,where buses and lorries park. A play park has a slide,swings, climbing frames etc. The doctor's surgery is used by everyone in the village. There are a lot of children living on the estate. Twenty-two of them are at the school. It is quite quiet and we can ride our bikes there and there are lights until midnight.   Clubs & other Groups There are many clubs and other groups for the people in the village. There is a mother and toddler group. The young children can go to a swimming club. The young boys can go to cubs. The young boys and girls can both go to Tuesday Club and Sunday School. Older children can join the fishing club,youth club,Scouts and bell ringers. Clubs in the village for women only are Mothers Union, Wives' Group,Women's Institute and Floral Group. At Bere Regis First School there is a Keep Fit Class for women every Wednesday. There is the British Legion,the Sports and social Club to which many of the men in the village belong. There is a football and cricket team made up from the men in Bere Regis.   Events In the course of the year there are many different events. The following happen once a year. There is a church garden party. There is a carnivil. There is a Bloxworth Fete at Bloxworth house.  At Bere Regis church there is a concert Mr England takes it.  At Bere Regis First School there is a sports day.  At Bloxworth House there is a large fete to raise money for the village of Bloxworth. There is a Harvest supper each Autumn.  All the different clubs and groups hold jumble sales or coffee mornings or car boot sales or such like to raise funds.  This year the school parent teacher association is organising an enormous firework display and bonfire evening for the villagers.   The Story of the Village There was a village here in Saxon times. The village grew because it was on an important crossroads. During the Middle Ages it was quite important. King John built a palace on Court Green. He often came here. The manor of Bere Regis was big and the Turberville family were lords of the manor.  There were a lot of fires in the village because the straw roofs burnt quickly.  So many people used to come to Woodbury Hill Fair that there was trouble and fighting and the village got a bad name.  The population of the village reached a peak of nearly 1500 people in the 19th century.  After a decline it is now rapidly approaching that total again with the increase in building.   Woodbury Hill & Fair Over 2000 years ago,Iron Age tribes built a fort on Woodbury Hill.  A long time after an Anchoret's Chapel was built there.  There was a very deep well next to it. Legend says that a golden tablet was once hidden there.  Sick people believed that if they drank the water on September 21st they would be healed.  The story goes that a traveller who sold cloth was caught in a storm and dried his cloth by the well on that day. He sold his cloth and so came back the next year. So the fair grew up.  Three hundred years ago it was one of the biggest fairs in the south.  It lasted 5 days.  The last fair was held in 1951. The   1st   day   of   the   fair   was   called   Wholesale   day   the   2nd   day   was   Gentlefolk's   day   the   3rd   day   was Allfolks   day   the   4th   day   was Sheepfair day and the last day was Pack and Penny day.   The Church There is a church of St. John the Baptist in the centre of the village.  It is very interesting because of its roof and windows.  The roof is 500 years old.  It has carvings of apostles and a large head of cardinal Morton who had it built.  The stained glass windows have the life of Jesus on them. The main west window is about John the Baptist.  They were put in 100 years ago.    There   are   some   interesting   Norman   carvings   on   the   pillars.   One   is   of   a   man   with   toothache   and   two   are   of   men   with   head aches.   Faiths There are two places of worship in the village. One is the Congregational Chapel and the other is the Church of England Church. There is a disused Methodist chapel in the middle of the village which is now used as a builders store.  In the school 14 children go to the Congregational chapel,18 children go to the Church of England Church and 54 children attend neither.  However 66 children were baptised into one or the other faith. Mr Burke comes up to the school each week to talk to us.  He is from the Church.  Now and again Mr Healey comes to our class assembly.  He is from the Chapel.   Village Life We like living in Bere Regis because it is in the county-side with plenty of wild-life and fresh air with no town smells.  There is fresh food,fruit,milk and vegetables.  There are clubs and most of the amenities and it is a friendly place. There is not a lot of heavy traffic and it is a good place to play, with places to walk dogs ride ponies and climb trees.  Most children have Grandparents or aunties near.  There is a good choice of houses, modern, council and old, thatched ones.  What we don’t like is that there are not enough shops or buses or work for our Dads.  Some have to go a long way every day and get stuck in traffic jams and get home late.  We would like more fetes.  Most of us would not like to move.  Some would prefer a town if their friends could come too.   Anthony's Farm The name of Anthony's farm is But lands farm.  The name of Anthony's mum and dad is Mr and Mrs Hole. There are two men on the farm.  There are 230 cows on the farm.  There is one dairy lady.  The cows are all friesians. 16 cows can be milked by machine at a time.  There are 110 acres of barley, 70 acres of wheat, 20 acres of oats which is sent to the mill.  Grass is grown for grazing,hay and silage and maize and turnips for the cows to eat.  The farm has 2 barns , one dairy and one cornstore. The machinery is one loader, 2 ploughs, 2 rollers,2 trailers and one square baler.  The farm has its own combine.  The size of the farm is 450 acres and it produces 2000 litres of milk a day.  There are 6 tractors which are used for all sorts of jobs.   Transport This is a survey of the different kinds of transport used by the children in our school. We asked 90 children.78 children have been in a car, 64 families owned a car. Many children have been on a bicycle , most families owned a bicycle, few people have ridden on a motorbike. Some familes own a motorbike.  Some people have ridden a horse,one or two people own a horse. There is a large coach firm which started in the village.  It is called Bere Regis Coaches. In fifty years it has grown into a firm with over one hundred coaches. Some are still kept in the village. Now its operations are nationwide and it carries the name of Bere Regis a very long way from the village. A Mum's Day Mum gets up at 7 o'clock.  She puts the kettle on and has a cup of coffee and then she goes upstairs to get washed and dressed.  Then she wakes up Anthony and myself.  After that she goes back downstairs to make our drink and sandwiches and tidies up and makes the beds.  After Mum sees Anthony and myself off to school she drives to Poole where she works.  Mum finishes work at half past three at Plessey's and drives home. Then she goes to the shops to get what she needs for the dinner. After Mum has cooked the meal she tidies the kitchen.  Then we all watch T.V. for a bit and then Mum puts me to bed.  She comes back downstairs to watchT.V. then when she goes to bed she reads a book. Nicola My Mum gets up at 6 o'clock and milks the cows and goes to work in Dorchester at 8.30 until 5.Caroline. A Dad's Day My Daddy works on a farm. At 4.30a.m he wakes up and at 5.30 he starts to milk the cows. After he has done the milking he feeds the heifers with hay and straw and cake.  Then he goes to see the dry cows to see if any of then have calf.  Then he comes home for breakfast . Then   when   he   has   had   breakfast   he   goes   back   to   another   farm   and   does   some   tractor   work   at   1o'clock   he   comes   home   for dinner. After   dinner   he   goes   on   and   looks   at   some   more   cattle   then   he   goes   and   milk   the   cows   again   then   he   returns   home   for   his   tea   at 7o'clock.  And after tea Daddy falls to sleep and Mummy starts moaning.   A Boy's Day I get up at around 8 clock. I get dressed and wash my hands and face and brush my teeth. I   go   down   stair   and   have   my   breakfast.   then   when   I   ve   had   breakfast   I   blow   the   husks   out   of   my   bugies   grain   change   his   water and have a glass of milk. Then I go to school by car or if the car wouient start I have to walk. When I get to school I get out my pencilc case and reading book and do some reading. Then we get on with some maths or english work and after a while we swop round and do the other one. At 12 o'clock we have lunch and at half past 3 i go home. When i get home i watch T.V.At 6 o'clock we have tea.  After tea i have a bath and go to bed. Charlie Greenfield.   A Girl's Day In the morning when I wake up I stay in bed and knit.  When it is seven o clock I get out of bed get dressed and brush my hair then I have my breakfast.  At a quarter to nine I go to school by car and at nine o clock I start my work.  Before the second playtime I have my milk and half past ten I go out to play. When we come back we do more work until 12 o'clock, then its dinner time. After play I have my puffer and go back into class and we do activities and a story. At 3.30 we go home. When I am home I go outside until 5 o'clock then I watch television. At six o'clock I have tea and go back outside until bedtime at eight.   Employment The family that owns the watercress beds employs the most people and three of the children in our class have mums that work there.  The Post office employs 2 people,Seymours shop 5,the garage 3,the butcher 3,the antique shop and cafe 4,the upholsterer 2. Anthony   House   the   carpenter   sometimes   employs   helpers   and   the   electrician,Michael   Eastment,   occasionally   has   someone   to help him. There are 2 hairdressers.Griffin and Barnes builders employ secretaries and labourers.  The pubs,the Royal Oak and the Drax Arms,employ people and firemen work at the Fire Station. The   Surgery   employs   6,our   school   employs   13   people:teachers,dinner   ladies,   helper,   secretaries   and   cleaners.13   work   on   Paul's dad's farm and others on the pig farm and at Doddings.  The caravan site employs people in summer.   Wildlife In our gardens we see lots of birds like wrens,robins,sparrows, blackbirds and bluetits.  Up Black and Woodbury hills there are pheasants and birds of prey like kestrels and buzzards.  Housemartins get mud from the river and catch insects,herons fish there.  In the woods there are night animals like foxes,owls and badgers. There are adders,smooth snakes,lizards and grass snakes. Rabbits,hares and deer live on the hills and lots of insects too including Speckled wood butterflies.  Down at the brook a sort of blackfly called the dreaded Blandford bomber bites people. There are holly,oak and hazel,squirrels eat the nuts.  Primroses and bluebells grow in the woods and watercress in the stream.  We see Tortoiseshell,Painted Lady and Red Admiral butterflies in our gardens and bats fly around.   Changes this Century There used to be a lot of traffic going through the village. Then a by-pass was built four years ago. It was to stop noise and vibration through west street. There is not so much traffic now.  North street has been blocked at the end by a fence. There is a new surgery it has moved from Roke road to Manor Farm Road and is very nice. There is an old peoples home which was built when the council estate was built it is called Turberville Court. There   are   two   new   antique   shops   and   one   coffee   shop.   Beamisters   has   closed   down   so   has   the   hairdressing   salon.   There   is   no Woodbury Fair,street market and there are no more fairs in the recreational grounds.   The Future We think that tractors will be more powerful and faster at thier work. We   think   less   people   will   be   ill   because   there   will   be   more   technology   and   there   will   be   more   pipes   under-ground   fitted   by gasmen. Transport   will   be   cheaper   and   so   will   petrol,and   we   think   that   the   population   of   the   world   will   get   bigger   by   the   minute.   Schools will   be   full   of   computers   and   not   so   many   teachers.   There   will   not   be   so   many   rain   forests   and   rare   animals   will   only   be   seen   in captivity.  Many people will go into space and visit the moon,Mars, Pluto and our galaxy.  Telephones will have little gaps in the middle for televisions. Comparison Maps between 1986 & 2011
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Bere Regis Village Entry in the BBC 1986

Domesday Project

Bere Regis Village Website
In   1986   the   BBC   launched   an   ambitious   project   to   record   a snapshot   of   everyday   life   across   the   UK   for   future   generations. A    million    volunteers    took    part.    The    Country    was    split    into blocks.   Our   Village   was   in   Block   GB-384000-93000.   Read   our entire Entry below... Photographs of the Village in 1986 Description of Bere Regis It   is   a   medium-sized   village   lying   at   the   junction   of   the   roads   to Poole and to Bovington.  A bypass goes round it from Poole to Dorchester and buses pass   through.   A   brook   called   Bere   Stream   runs   through   the village and a lot of watercress is grown by it. The   cress   from   the   beds   is   cut   and   sent   away   to   market.   The village is in a dip between Black Hill and Woodbury Hill. These   hills   are   covered   by   woods   and   heath.   There   are   five shops,a   garage,two   pubs,an   ancient   church   and   a   first   school. Some houses are old and thatched but there are new houses on an estate. There is no gas in the village so people use electricity, oil,   wood   and   coal.   There   are   quite   a   lot   of   clubs. All   round   the village are farms. School View Looking   north   from   the   school   mound   in   the   middle   of   the playground is the village. Traffic on two roads meets in the middle. On a slope is the church among big trees. In the distance is a big house with more trees round it. Near   the   roads   are   smaller   houses   and   the   watercress   beds. The   bypass   goes   behind   the   village.   On   the   slope   of   Woodbury Hill   are   jersey   and   friesian   cows   in   the   fields   and   woods   on   the top of the hill. The road runs along the bottom. To   the   east   is   the   river   running   through   fields   where   cows graze. The   watercress   train   goes   backwards   and   forwards   from   one farm to the other beside the river. On the slope are ploughed fields. To   the   south   is   a   large   farm   and   the   Purbeck   Hills   behind.   Next to   the   playground   is   a   close   of   semi-detached   houses   and behind the school is Black Hill.   The New Estate The   new   estate   was   built   about   eight   years   ago.   There   are semi-detached     houses,bungalows     and     flats     with     central heating,gardens and showers. Some houses are privately owned. There   is   an   old   Peoples   Home   with   flats   or   bed   sitting   rooms and the Wardens flat. In   the   middle   there   is   a   Car   Park   with   toilets,where   buses   and lorries park. A play park has a slide,swings, climbing frames etc. The doctor's surgery is used by everyone in the village. There are a lot of children living on the estate. Twenty-two of them are at the school. It   is   quite   quiet   and   we   can   ride   our   bikes   there   and   there   are lights until midnight.   Clubs & other Groups There   are   many   clubs   and   other   groups   for   the   people   in   the village. There is a mother and toddler group. The young children can go to a swimming club. The young boys can go to cubs. The young boys and girls can both go to Tuesday Club and Sunday School. Older children can join the fishing club,youth club,Scouts and bell ringers. Clubs in the village for women only are Mothers Union, Wives' Group,Women's Institute and Floral Group. At Bere Regis First School there is a Keep Fit Class for women every Wednesday. There   is   the   British   Legion,the   Sports   and   social   Club   to   which many of the men in the village belong. There is a football and cricket team made up from the men in Bere Regis.   Events In the course of the year there are many different events. The following happen once a year. There is a church garden party. There is a carnivil. There is a Bloxworth Fete at Bloxworth house.  At Bere Regis church there is a concert Mr England takes it.  At Bere Regis First School there is a sports day.   At   Bloxworth   House   there   is   a   large   fete   to   raise   money   for   the village of Bloxworth. There is a Harvest supper each Autumn.  All the different clubs and groups hold jumble sales or coffee mornings or car boot sales or such like to raise funds.    This   year   the   school   parent   teacher   association   is   organising an    enormous    firework    display    and    bonfire    evening    for    the villagers.   The Story of the Village There was a village here in Saxon times. The   village   grew   because   it   was   on   an   important   crossroads. During the Middle Ages it was quite important. King John built a palace on Court Green. He often came here. The   manor   of   Bere   Regis   was   big   and   the   Turberville   family were lords of the manor.    There   were   a   lot   of   fires   in   the   village   because   the   straw   roofs burnt quickly.    So   many   people   used   to   come   to   Woodbury   Hill   Fair   that   there was trouble and fighting and the village got a bad name.  The population of the village reached a peak of nearly 1500 people in the 19th century.    After   a   decline   it   is   now   rapidly   approaching   that   total   again with the increase in building.   Woodbury Hill & Fair Over   2000   years   ago,Iron   Age   tribes   built   a   fort   on   Woodbury Hill.  A long time after an Anchoret's Chapel was built there.  There was a very deep well next to it. Legend says that a golden tablet was once hidden there.     Sick    people    believed    that    if    they    drank    the    water    on September 21st they would be healed.    The   story   goes   that   a   traveller   who   sold   cloth   was   caught   in   a storm and dried his cloth by the well on that day. He sold his cloth and so came back the next year. So the fair grew up.    Three   hundred   years   ago   it   was   one   of   the   biggest   fairs   in   the south.  It lasted 5 days.  The last fair was held in 1951. The   1st   day   of   the   fair   was   called   Wholesale   day   the   2nd   day was   Gentlefolk's   day   the   3rd   day   was   Allfolks   day   the   4th   day was Sheepfair day and the last day was Pack and Penny day.   The Church There is a church of St. John the Baptist in the centre of the village.  It is very interesting because of its roof and windows.  The roof is 500 years old.    It   has   carvings   of   apostles   and   a   large   head   of   cardinal   Morton who had it built.    The   stained   glass   windows   have   the   life   of   Jesus   on   them. The main west window is about John the Baptist.  They were put in 100 years ago.    There   are   some   interesting   Norman   carvings   on   the   pillars. One   is   of   a   man   with   toothache   and   two   are   of   men   with   head aches.   Faiths There are two places of worship in the village. One is the Congregational Chapel and the other is the Church of England Church. There   is   a   disused   Methodist   chapel   in   the   middle   of   the   village which is now used as a builders store.  In the school 14 children go to the Congregational chapel,18 children go to the Church of England Church and 54 children attend neither.    However   66   children   were   baptised   into   one   or   the   other   faith. Mr Burke comes up to the school each week to talk to us.  He is from the Church.  Now and again Mr Healey comes to our class assembly.  He is from the Chapel.   Village Life We   like   living   in   Bere   Regis   because   it   is   in   the   county-side with plenty of wild-life and fresh air with no town smells.  There is fresh food,fruit,milk and vegetables.    There   are   clubs   and   most   of   the   amenities   and   it   is   a   friendly place. There   is   not   a   lot   of   heavy   traffic   and   it   is   a   good   place   to   play, with places to walk dogs ride ponies and climb trees.  Most children have Grandparents or aunties near.  There is a good choice of houses, modern, council and old, thatched ones.    What   we   don’t   like   is   that   there   are   not   enough   shops   or buses or work for our Dads.    Some   have   to   go   a   long   way   every   day   and   get   stuck   in   traffic jams and get home late.  We would like more fetes.  Most of us would not like to move.  Some would prefer a town if their friends could come too.   Anthony's Farm The name of Anthony's farm is But lands farm.    The   name   of   Anthony's   mum   and   dad   is   Mr   and   Mrs   Hole. There are two men on the farm.  There are 230 cows on the farm.  There is one dairy lady.  The cows are all friesians. 16 cows can be milked by machine at a time.    There   are   110   acres   of   barley,   70   acres   of   wheat,   20   acres   of oats which is sent to the mill.    Grass   is   grown   for   grazing,hay   and   silage   and   maize   and turnips for the cows to eat.  The farm has 2 barns , one dairy and one cornstore. The   machinery   is   one   loader,   2   ploughs,   2   rollers,2   trailers   and one square baler.  The farm has its own combine.  The size of the farm is 450 acres and it produces 2000 litres of milk a day.  There are 6 tractors which are used for all sorts of jobs.   Transport This is a survey of the different kinds of transport used by the children in our school. We    asked    90    children.78    children    have    been    in    a    car,    64 families owned a car. Many children have been on a bicycle , most families owned a bicycle, few people have ridden on a motorbike. Some familes own a motorbike.  Some people have ridden a horse,one or two people own a horse. There is a large coach firm which started in the village.  It is called Bere Regis Coaches. In   fifty   years   it   has   grown   into   a   firm   with   over   one   hundred coaches. Some    are    still    kept    in    the    village.    Now    its    operations    are nationwide and it carries the name of Bere Regis a very long way from the village. A Mum's Day Mum gets up at 7 o'clock.    She   puts   the   kettle   on   and   has   a   cup   of   coffee   and   then   she goes upstairs to get washed and dressed.  Then she wakes up Anthony and myself.    After   that   she   goes   back   downstairs   to   make   our   drink   and sandwiches and tidies up and makes the beds.   After   Mum   sees Anthony   and   myself   off   to   school   she   drives   to Poole where she works.    Mum   finishes   work   at   half   past   three   at   Plessey's   and   drives home. Then   she   goes   to   the   shops   to   get   what   she   needs   for   the dinner. After Mum has cooked the meal she tidies the kitchen.  Then we all watch T.V. for a bit and then Mum puts me to bed.    She   comes   back   downstairs   to   watchT.V.   then   when   she   goes to bed she reads a book. Nicola   My   Mum   gets   up   at   6   o'clock   and   milks   the   cows   and goes to work in Dorchester at 8.30 until 5.Caroline. A Dad's Day My   Daddy   works   on   a   farm.   At   4.30a.m   he   wakes   up   and   at 5.30 he starts to milk the cows. After   he   has   done   the   milking   he   feeds   the   heifers   with   hay   and straw and cake.    Then   he   goes   to   see   the   dry   cows   to   see   if   any   of   then   have calf.  Then he comes home for breakfast . Then   when   he   has   had   breakfast   he   goes   back   to   another   farm and   does   some   tractor   work   at   1o'clock   he   comes   home   for dinner. After   dinner   he   goes   on   and   looks   at   some   more   cattle   then   he goes   and   milk   the   cows   again   then   he   returns   home   for   his   tea at 7o'clock.  And after tea Daddy falls to sleep and Mummy starts moaning.   A Boy's Day I get up at around 8 clock. I   get   dressed   and   wash   my   hands   and   face   and   brush   my teeth. I   go   down   stair   and   have   my   breakfast.   then   when   I   ve   had breakfast   I   blow   the   husks   out   of   my   bugies   grain   change   his water and have a glass of milk. Then   I   go   to   school   by   car   or   if   the   car   wouient   start   I   have   to walk. When   I   get   to   school   I   get   out   my   pencilc   case   and   reading book and do some reading. Then   we   get   on   with   some   maths   or   english   work   and   after   a while we swop round and do the other one. At   12   o'clock   we   have   lunch   and   at   half   past   3   i   go   home. When i get home i watch T.V.At 6 o'clock we have tea.  After tea i have a bath and go to bed. Charlie Greenfield.   A Girl's Day In the morning when I wake up I stay in bed and knit.  When it is seven o clock I get out of bed get dressed and brush my hair then I have my breakfast.  At a quarter to nine I go to school by car and at nine o clock I start my work.    Before   the   second   playtime   I   have   my   milk   and   half   past   ten   I go out to play. When we come back we do more work until 12 o'clock, then its dinner time. After play I have my puffer and go back into class and we do activities and a story. At 3.30 we go home. When I am home I go outside until 5 o'clock then I watch television. At   six   o'clock   I   have   tea   and   go   back   outside   until   bedtime   at eight.   Employment The   family   that   owns   the   watercress   beds   employs   the   most people and three of the children in our class have mums that work there.     The    Post    office    employs    2    people,Seymours    shop    5,the garage 3,the butcher 3,the antique shop and cafe 4,the upholsterer 2. Anthony   House   the   carpenter   sometimes   employs   helpers   and the   electrician,Michael   Eastment,   occasionally   has   someone   to help him. There   are   2   hairdressers.Griffin   and   Barnes   builders   employ secretaries and labourers.    The   pubs,the   Royal   Oak   and   the   Drax   Arms,employ   people and firemen work at the Fire Station. The       Surgery       employs       6,our       school       employs       13 people:teachers,dinner      ladies,      helper,      secretaries      and cleaners.13   work   on   Paul's   dad's   farm   and   others   on   the   pig farm and at Doddings.  The caravan site employs people in summer.   Wildlife In our gardens we see lots of birds like wrens,robins,sparrows, blackbirds and bluetits.    Up   Black   and   Woodbury   hills   there   are   pheasants   and   birds   of prey like kestrels and buzzards.    Housemartins   get   mud   from   the   river   and   catch   insects,herons fish there.     In    the    woods    there    are    night    animals    like    foxes,owls    and badgers. There    are    adders,smooth    snakes,lizards    and    grass    snakes. Rabbits,hares and deer live on the hills and lots of insects too including Speckled wood butterflies.     Down    at    the    brook    a    sort    of    blackfly    called    the    dreaded Blandford bomber bites people. There are holly,oak and hazel,squirrels eat the nuts.    Primroses   and   bluebells   grow   in   the   woods   and   watercress   in the stream.    We   see Tortoiseshell,Painted   Lady   and   Red Admiral   butterflies in our gardens and bats fly around.   Changes this Century There used to be a lot of traffic going through the village. Then a by-pass was built four years ago. It was to stop noise and vibration through west street. There is not so much traffic now.  North street has been blocked at the end by a fence. There is a new surgery it has moved from Roke road to Manor Farm Road and is very nice. There is an old peoples home which was built when the council estate was built it is called Turberville Court. There    are    two    new    antique    shops    and    one    coffee    shop. Beamisters   has   closed   down   so   has   the   hairdressing   salon. There   is   no   Woodbury   Fair,street   market   and   there   are   no more fairs in the recreational grounds.   The Future We   think   that   tractors   will   be   more   powerful   and   faster   at   thier work. We   think   less   people   will   be   ill   because   there   will   be   more technology   and   there   will   be   more   pipes   under-ground   fitted   by gasmen. Transport   will   be   cheaper   and   so   will   petrol,and   we   think   that the    population    of    the    world    will    get    bigger    by    the    minute. Schools   will   be   full   of   computers   and   not   so   many   teachers. There   will   not   be   so   many   rain   forests   and   rare   animals   will only be seen in captivity.    Many   people   will   go   into   space   and   visit   the   moon,Mars,   Pluto and our galaxy.  Telephones will have little gaps in the middle for televisions. Comparison Maps between 1986 & 2011
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