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Parish Council Meetings 2018

JANUARY 2018 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 11th January 2018 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 8th 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 at the start of the meeting. New Parish Councillor & Another Vacancy The Council was delighted to co-opt Cathryne Packham to fill one of our vacancies for a Parish Councillor and look forward to her input at upcoming meetings. We also accepted the resignation of Councillor Andy Watkins and would like to thank Andy for all of his hard work over the last couple of years, particularly for his roles as police and traffic liaison. This does mean there is 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 2nd February 2018. Grant to the Sports Club The Council considered a grant application from Bere Regis Sports Club towards the cost of refurbishing the patio and picnic bench area outside of the club. Councillors voted unanimously in favour of approving the grant and are looking forward to the parish community as a whole benefiting from the improved facilities at the Recreation Ground. Village Calendars Cllr Wharf informed the meeting that the sales of the 2018 Bere Regis Calendar had raised a profit of over £535. The money will be given to the Church to be put towards some final costs relating to the large-scale roof improvements. The Council would like to offer a huge thank you to the Post Office, Spar, Drax Arms, Hair Visions, Rye Hill Farm Shop and the Pop In Place for their efforts in maximising the sales of the calendars. We are already working on the 2019 version and would particularly like to include seasonal photos throughout the year, so if you have or take any photographs that you wish to include in this, please just email them to bryan@cheapprintingdorset.co.uk. Bryan Benjafield The Village Nature Reserve Background Our nature reserve area was designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI ) in 1999. There are about 1000 such designated sites throughout Dorset and the SNCI designation is given because of their high wildlife value. The SNCI within our village includes the Souls Moor wet meadow and Bere Stream.  We are very lucky to have such a site running through the village and the wet woodland alongside it. In order to protect our SNCI for the benefit of not only the wildlife but also the enjoyment of our village community and visitors, in 2012 Souls Moor was purchased by Bere Regis Parish Council from a development company who had previously acquired the land from the Debenham Estate. The meadow To maintain the wildlife conservation value of the area management is essential.  The nature reserve area of Souls Moor is a very good example of a wet meadow habitat which partially floods in winter and it supports over 100 species of plants. Traditionally the meadow had been grazed but when it was sold for possible development in 2000 the grazing ceased and it became very overgrown. The Parish Council organized for a grazier to keep ponies there and this started in late 2016 and continued throughout most of last year. A pond was dug to give them a permanent water supply and this also provides a still water habitat for dragonflies and other insects. To the west of the grazed meadow a long grass area has been retained which provides a good habitat for grasshoppers, butterflies and other insects. The stream In 2015 with the help of the Dorset Wildlife Trust, ‘berms’ (that is added gravel) were created to replace areas that had  originally been washed away  to create variations in the water flow which benefit fish spawning. The wildlife group carried out some clearance of overgrown stream vegetation. The woodland This ‘wet’ woodland is a fine example of ‘willow carr’ which has a good population of associated species such marsh marigold, purple loostrife and common valerian It has been important to clear areas every year some maintain some open areas This is particularly the case near the stream as the health of the stream is greatly improved by having more light in places. The wildlife group volunteers have been hard at work to achieve this in the winter months. Achievements The benefits of the grazing in the meadow are now apparent and we have short grass throughout most of the meadow. The ponies have done a really good job and had to be helped by some cutting of patches of very coarse vegetation which they then grazed the re-growth.  This should give some of the rarer spring flowers that were being smothered by the coarse vegetation a chance. As many walkers will have seen the meadow is now popular with many birds particularly the buzzard, a kestrel, song thrushes and blackbirds, and it was great to see a flock of fieldfares who will have flown south to avoid the colder weather in the north. All these birds are taking advantage of the wetter areas which will be rich in worms in flooded patches.  This would have been much less likely if the meadow was left as coarse vegetation. Along the stream we have as well as the egrets, kingfishers and visiting herons.  Improvements in the variation of the stream have been achieved. Even sea trout have been seen spawning and there has been a sighting of an eel. The opening up of glades within the woodland along the footpath has led to a much greater display of both spring and summer flowers. Some piles of brash have been left as cover for hedgehogs and other small mammals. We hope all villagers are pleased with the added wildlife interest that has been created within our nature reserve.  The wildlife group always needs as much assistance as possible do come along and help us if you can. Tony Bates FEBRUARY 2018 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 8th February 2018 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 8th 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 at the start of the meeting. Neighbourhood Plan Further to the consultation event in November, some changes have been made to the draft version of the Neighbourhood Plan and these will be on display at the New Homes for Purbeck Consultation Event being held at the Scout Hut on Saturday 3rd March between 10am – 4pm. Please do come along and see the latest version of our plan, and also have a chance to see and discuss the local plan for Purbeck, to understand where we fit into the bigger picture. All households should also have received a questionnaire about the New Homes for Purbeck consultation and we would urge as many people as possible to complete these questionnaires and give their views on the scheme. Grant to the School The Council considered a grant application from Bere Regis Primary School towards the cost of the annual visit of the Life Education van which will be visiting the school shortly. Councillors voted unanimously in favour of approving the grant towards half of the cost of having the van, and hope the children continue to benefit from external services such as these. NeighbourCar Scheme 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. Bryan Benjafield March 2018 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 8th March at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th April 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. New Councillor We are delighted to welcome Philip Morgan to the Parish Council. Philip has lived in the parish for 3 years, and is a former police officer. He is already involved in parish life as a cook for the Salt and Pepper club, and as a NeighbourCar driver. Philip will take responsibility on the council for Policing, Traffic and Roads. “Beast from the East” The council wants to put on record its very grateful thanks to everyone who contributed to helping with the severe weather conditions we experienced at the beginning of March. In particular, the many 4x4 drivers and local farmers, Barry Tuck and Kevin Crocker with their tractors, who turned out to help get stranded articulated lorries, vans and cars moving showed huge dedication. Many of them were out from late evening through to the early hours on Poole Hill and on Rye Hill, clearing the snow with ploughs and towing the stranded vehicles. Early on the Friday morning Tony, the Lengthsman, and a large band of volunteers cleared most of the pavements south of West Street. Up on Snow Hill Adrian Standfield and others worked hard and long to clear the potentially treacherous steep roads. Janette at the Royal Oak and David at The Old Mill B & B took in motorists stranded overnight. All in all this was an extraordinary community effort which helped keep local people and strangers safe at a difficult time. Thank you all. Emergency Plan We maintain a simple Emergency Plan for the Parish. We would like to add a list of volunteer 4x4 and tractor owners who would be prepared to be called out when necessary. Would anyone who would like to be included on this list please email the clerk with your name, address, email and phone numbers. Parish Tidy We are planning another Parish Tidy and litter pick in the near future. As soon as we have pinned down a suitable date we will let everyone know. In the meantime, we would be grateful if anyone interested in helping in the planning and on the day would put their names forward to Amanda Crocker, our clerk. Neighbourhood Plan Update Negotiations continue with NaturalEngland and with the Drax Estate over the shape and size of the SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space) that has to be provided near new housing development. We are still hoping to complete the plan and bring it to a referendum this year. Community Grants We were pleased to make a grant of £200 to Autumn Leaves to cover the costs of the speakers who come every month to their meetings. Open Spaces The recent winter weather has not been kind for the wildlife group. The February work party had to be postponed for a week, however some clearing was carried out along the streamside walk in the pouring rain! The cold spell attracted even more birds to Souls Moor. As well as the buzzard and the kestrel a flock of fieldfares was followed by redwings that had come south. We were also visited by a flock of lapwings, which are now becoming much rarer. They were attracted by the wet areas within the meadow now that the grass has been close cropped by the ponies. The ponies will return later in the spring. The wildlife work party has now sown more wildflowers close to the school entrance but in a more extended area. We hope this will provide a great show of colour as it did last year. With the help of Dorset County Council countryside service, we are now planning to sow poppies on the roundabout at the bottom of Poole Hill which should create a good show in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Ian Ventham
April 2018 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 12th April 2018 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 10th 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 at the start of the meeting. Community Hall During recent meetings of the Community Hall working parties, it had been agreed to move the project forward with a smaller Project Team, which was then endorsed by the full Parish Council. This team will continue with the work that’s going on behind the scenes to bring the idea of a new Community Hall to fruition and will report back to the Parish Council and to the community as a whole as plans progress. WWI Centenary Commemorations The Scouts have kindly offered to build some ‘Silent Soldier’ memorials, similar to those being set up in other towns and villages across the country to pay respects to those soldiers who returned home from the First World War, in this the 100 year anniversary of the end of the war. These will be on display around the village in due course. Community Buses Whilst we have our fantastic NeighbourCar scheme running in Bere Regis, there are also some community transport schemes which are available to residents to book for trips to specific locations. For those not aware, the services available are: PlusBus – This runs on a Thursday, going to Blandford and back at a cost of £5. Spaces must be booked in advance and they will collect and drop off on your doorstep. To book simply call 01258 287980 between 9.30 – 2.30 Monday to Friday. Nordcat / Wareham Hopper – This bus runs 3 trips per week to Poole and Wareham. You do have to register with them first which is a one-off £5 and then the trips are £5-6 each, or free if you have a bus pass. Tuesday – Bere Regis to Poole leaving approx. 9.45am and getting around 2 ½ hours in Poole. Wednesday – Bere Regis to Tower Park leaving approx. 9.45am and getting around 2 hours in Tower Park Thursday Bere Regis to Wareham leaving approx. 9.45am and getting around 1 ½ hours in Wareham. Nordcat also run regular trips to larger towns and cities further afield and once you are registered they will send you a list of upcoming trips. To register with them or book any trips call Helen or Jennifer on 01258 472164. Open Spaces Souls Moor - the ponies will be returning soon, once the field has dried out. The wildlife group have now completed the winter clearing work along the streamside walkway.  The group have also sown wild flower seeds outside the school entrance and we are hoping for a colourful display again this year.  In addition, at our request, DCC Countryside Service Team are sowing poppies on the roundabout at the bottom of Poole Hill, which will provide an attractive site for traffic passing by and will be very appropriate considering the WWI commemorations. The working party meets on the first Saturday of every month. Play Park Inspection The Play Park recently underwent its annual inspection and we are delighted to say that the park passed with just a few minor improvements that the lengthsman needs to make. The Zip Wire has also now been fixed and is back in use! Dorset Dogs On Wednesday 2nd May between 7.30 -11am, Dorset Dogs will be holding a pop-up event outside the school for the morning. The idea of the event is to educate dog walkers, pupils and parents who pass, on the responsibility of walking your dog and cleaning up after it. We hope this will have a positive impact on the amount of dog mess that does get left around the village. Come and pick up your free doggy goody bag and find out about Dorset Dogs. Bryan Benjafield
May 2018 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   10th   May   2018   at   the   Drax   Hall.   The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   14th   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 at the start of the meeting. Chairman’s Report Our aim as a parish council is to ensure that Bere Regis is a safe, clean and well-run community for all our residents. The   year   2017/2018   has   been   as   busy   as   ever   for   the   Parish   Council   and   our   clerk.   All   our   regular   matters   such   as   scrutinising   planning applications,   regularly   inspecting   the   Play   Park,   the   Lengthsman’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   Club   have   continued,   whilst   we   have   also   taken   on   various   new   tasks and projects. As   frustratingly   as   ever,   we   have   spent   many   hours   trying   to   finalise   the   Neighbourhood   Plan.   We   have   been   in   negotiations   with   Natural England   and   the   Drax   Estate.   Though   supported   by   Purbeck   District   Council,   we   have   found   it   difficult   to   cope   with   the   changing   demands   of consultees   such   as   Highways   England   and   Wessex   Water,   and   trying   to   deal   with   central   government’s   need   for   greater   housing   numbers. Nonetheless,   I   think   we   are   close   to   finalising   the   plan   and   hope   to   commit   to   a   final   consultation   shortly   on   105   houses   on   5   sites   around   the village. The   need   for   a   new   Community   Hall   has   been   high   on   our   agenda,   too.   We   know   that   the   Drax   Hall   is   not   fit   for   purpose   and   we   are   working very   closely   with   the   Drax   Hall   trustees   to   find   a   solution.   We   do   have   a   preferred   site   on   Souls   Moor,   just   off   Southbrook   by   the   new   school drive.   Unfortunately   getting   permission   for   this   site   is   bound   up   with   finalising   the   Neighbourhood   Plan,   but   we   are   still   moving   ahead   on   those matters that can be pursued now. We   held   an   open   Forum   on   11   November   2017   about   both   the   Neighbourhood   Plan   and   the   new   hall.   160   people   attended,   and   the overwhelming majority were in favour of what we were proposing. The   Open   Spaces   working   group   have   been   out   on   the   streamside   area   near   Elder   Rd   many   times   in   the   past   year   clearing   the   undergrowth   to allow   wild   flowers   to   flourish   and   putting   up   the   bird   boxes   made   by   Scouts.   They   have   carried   out   wild   flower   seeding   near   the   school   and   on Poole   Hill   roundabout. The   horses   were   so   successful   in   grazing   Souls   Moor   that   they   will   be   back   again   soon   to   help   the   wildlife   flourish   on   the nature reserve. I   would   like   to   pay   tribute   and   say   thank   you   to   all   those   community   minded   residents   who   turned   out   in   early   March   in   the   snow   and   icy conditions to clear pavements and keep traffic moving. They did us proud! Each year we are able to make small grants to community organisations. During the past year the following benefitted: Autumn Leaves, Bere Regis School, Bere Regis Sports Club, and the Flower Festival. A total of £1,275 was granted. Distgen,   who   operate   the   wind   turbine   at   Rogers   Hill   farm,   made   a   generous   donation   last   year   of   £10,423.19   to   the   Parish.   We   have earmarked this for the preparatory costs involved in planning the new community hall. 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.   Our   nomination   this   year   was   Philip   Ventham   for   his   tireless   work   over   numerous   years with   the   Scout   Group   in   Bere   Regis.   If   you   know   anybody   who   you   would   like   to   nominate   this   year,   please   contact   the   clerk, Amanda   Crocker on the details above. Finally,   I   would   like   to   give   thanks   to   each   of   the   parish   councillors   for   the   voluntary   time   and   effort   they   put   in   to   keeping   our   parish   safe   and well   run.   Each   councillor   has   particular   responsibilities,   whether   it   be   for   our   environment,   planning   consents,   footpaths   and   rights   of   way, community liaison, neighbourhood planning, transport or emergency planning, and each gives willingly of his or her time, experience and skills. Our   clerk, Amanda   Crocker,   whose   difficult   task   it   is   to   make   sure   we   obey   local   government   rules   and   regulations   regularly   goes   the   extra   mile to support us and she deserves our warm thanks as well. Re-Elections and Responsibilities The   council   were   delighted   when   both   our   Chair   and   Vice-Chair,   Ian   Ventham   and   Robin   Pitcher,   chose   to   stand   for   their   positions   again   and both were unanimously re-elected for another year. Some   minor   changes   to   the   list   of   councillors   responsibilities   were   also   made   to   accommodate   our   newer   councillors   in   the   various   working parties we have. Neighbourhood Plan We   are   pleased   to   announce   that   the   draft   copy   of   our   Neighbourhood   Plan   has   now   been   submitted   to   Purbeck   District   Council   for   their   initial thoughts   and   feedback,   and   we   hope   to   be   putting   this   out   to   public   consultation   in   the   coming   month,   with   a   referendum   on   adopting   the   plan pencilled in for Spring 2019. We will continue to update you on the developments both at the monthly meetings and on the Parish Council website. Community Buses There   was   some   great   response   to   the   post   last   month   about   the   Community Transport   schemes   available,   so   for   those   not   aware,   the   services available are: PlusBus    –   This   runs   on   a   Thursday,   going   to   Blandford   and   back   at   a   cost   of   £5.   Spaces   must   be   booked   in   advance   and   they   will   collect   and drop off on your doorstep. To book simply call 01258 287980 between 9.30 – 2.30 Monday to Friday. Nordcat    /   Wareham   Hopper    –   This   bus   runs   3   trips   per   week   to   Poole   and   Wareham.   You   do   have   to   register   with   them   first   which   is   a   one-off £5 and then the trips are £5-6 each, or free if you have a bus pass. Tuesday – Bere Regis to Poole leaving approx. 9.45am and getting around 2 ½ hours in Poole. Wednesday – Bere Regis to Tower Park leaving approx. 9.45am and getting around 2 hours in Tower Park Thursday Bere Regis to Wareham leaving approx. 9.45am and getting around 1 ½ hours in Wareham. Nordcat    also   run   regular   trips   to   larger   towns   and   cities   further   afield   and   once   you   are   registered   they   will   send   you   a   list   of   upcoming   trips.   To register with them or book any trips call Helen or Jennifer on 01258 472164. Open Spaces Now   that   summer   is   nearly   with   us   the   conservation   work   parties   are   over.      We   are   pleased   with   the   effect   that   the   pony   grazing   last   year   has had   on   Souls   Moor.   The   lower   part   of   the   meadow   which   partly   floods   in   winter   already   has   a   more   diverse   range   of   native   plants   in   flower.   Two Ponies   are   now   back   again   and   over   several   years   it   is   hoped   that   plant   diversity   will   improve.   You   may   ask   –   why   do   you   have   pony   grazing there as they eat all the flowers?  Grazing is essential to reduce the coarse grasses and other plants so that the smaller plants can thrive. The ponies are very friendly but please remember do not feed them as they will then approach walkers for food. At   our   request   the   Dorset   Countryside   Rangers   have   now   seeded   part   of   the   roundabout   at   the   bottom   of   Poole   Hill   on   the   A35   with   poppies which we hope will provide a colourful display in this 100th anniversary of the end of the 1st World War. Christmas Trees You   will   shortly   receive   an   order   form   for   Christmas   Trees   for   this   year   which   can   be   ordered   from   the   clerk,   Amanda   Crocker.   The   price   of   a tree is remaining at £10 again and if you didn’t receive a form simply contact Amanda before the end of June to place your order. Planning Applications Every   month   there   are   a   handful   of   planning   applications   which   get   passed   through   for   our   opinions   on   their   way   to   the   planning   boards   at either Purbeck District or Dorset County Council. More   often   than   not   these   are   discussed   by   the   planning   working   group   and   then   their   recommendations   get   brought   to   the   full   council   for approval,   with   the   majority   having   no   issues   or   reasons   for   objections.   This   month,   we   received   two   such   applications   which   the   working   group felt were better discussed at full council. These   were;   an   application   for   the   installation   of   two   slurry   stores   at   Higher   Stockley   Farm   and   an   application   for   two   dwellings   on   land   off Tower   Hill.   Both   had   some   grounds   for   objection   and   the   Parish   Council   recommendations   were   passed   to   the   PDC   and   Dorset   County   planning officers for their consideration. If   you   ever   have   a   planning   application   going   through   the   system   then   you   are   welcome   to   come   along   to   the   meeting   and   discuss   it   in   the period of public participation at the start and indeed stay and listen to the comments on it during the full meeting. Bryan Benjafield
June 2018 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   14th   June   2018   at   the   Drax   Hall. The   next   meeting   will   be   on Thursday   12th   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 at the start of the meeting. Neighbourhood Plan We   have   now   begun   the   6   week   period   for   Public   Consultation   on   the   final   draft   version   of   our   Neighbourhood   Plan. The   consultation   event   on the   23rd   June   was   well   attended   and   anybody   who   didn’t   manage   to   get   along   to   the   event   but   wants   to   see   a   copy   of   the   draft   plan   and complete   a   questionnaire   with   their   views,   can   do   so   by   contacting   the   Clerk,   Amanda   Crocker,   on   the   details   above,   or   by   visting   the   Parish Council website at: https://www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk/projects/neighbourhood-plan/ . Once   the   6   week   public   consultation   has   finished,   we   will   make   any   minor   changes   to   the   Plan   as   required   before   it’s   then   submitted   to Purbeck   District   Council   for   their   approval.   This   is   all   leading   up   to   a   Parish   Referendum   on   accepting   the   Neighbourhood   Plan   which   will hopefully take place in May 2019, to coincide with Local Elections for the new Unitary Authority. Village Walkabout It   was   decided   at   our   meeting   that   we   would   recommence   our   annual   village   walkabout,   at   the   start   of   our   August   meeting   on   Thursday   9th August.   The   walkabout   will   see   the   Council   walk   a   route   around   the   village   at   the   start   of   the   meeting,   which   we   will   publicise   after   the   July meeting,   making   sure   that   councillors   are   familiar   with   all   areas   which   regularly   come   up   for   discussion,   and   giving   any   members   of   the   public who   can’t   get   along   to   the   Drax   Hall   on   a   Thursday   evening,   the   chance   to   stop   and   raise   any   issues   if   they   wish.   The   walk   will   then   be followed by the regular meeting at the Drax Hall. Open Spaces The   nature   walk   on   16th   June   was   successful   in   identifying   some   very   rare   and   important   historical   trees   throughout   the   Parish,   including boundary   oaks   which   are   a   part   of   our   heritage.   Further   surveys   are   planned   to   be   carried   out   so   that   a   comprehensive   list   of   such   trees   can be   put   together.   There   will   be   more   nature   walks   and   events   by   the   Wildlife   group   in   the   coming   months,   which   will   be   publicised   on   Facebook and in the Parish Magazine, along with the regular working parties held on the first Saturday of each month. Christmas Trees Order   forms   have   now   gone   out   for   you   to   order   your   Christmas   Tree   for   this   year.   The   forms   need   to   be   returned   as   soon   as   possible   to   the clerk, Amanda   Crocker.   The   price   of   a   tree   is   remaining   at   £10   again   and   if   you   didn’t   receive   a   form   simply   contact Amanda   before   the   end   of July to place your order. Village Tidy It   was   also   decided   to   hold   another   village   tidy,   in   September   or   October   this   year,   giving   the   whole   village   the   opportunity   to   come   together   to sweep,   clean,   weed   and   improve   the   paths,   and   communal   areas   around   the   village.   Details   will   follow   over   the   next   month   with   the   date   to   be confirmed. Bryan Benjafield
JULY 2018 BERE REGIS PARISH COUNCIL Chairman: Ian Ventham 471480 ianrventham@gmail.com Vice Chairman: Robin Pitcher 472151 robinpitcher@btinternet.com Parish Clerk: Amanda Crocker 472327 bereregispc@gmail.com Websites: www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk www.bereregis.org The Parish Council met on Thursday 12th July 2018 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 9th August at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm with a village walkaround, with a view to getting back to the Drax Hall to start the meeting properly at 8pm ish. All parishioners are very welcome to attend and to take the opportunity to raise any matters or concerns at the start of the meeting. Councillors' Walkabout Next month our meeting on Thursday 9th August will take the form of a walkabout around some of the sites proposed for development in the Neighbourhood Plan. The aim is to give residents a chance to talk to us about, and comment on, the proposals. We will leave the Drax Hall at 7pm, walk up North Street towards the Shell Garage, turn left up the bridleway to Snow Hill, then to Barrow Hill, via Butt Lane and Back Lane to the old allotment site, then down to West St and back to the Drax Hall along West Street and North Street. Please look out for us and don't hesitate to come and have a chat. Neighbourhood Plan We were very pleased that around 150 people attended the consultation event held at Bere Regis School on 23rd June and that many more had looked at the plan online. Disappointingly, though, very few people have filled in our response form. We do need your feedback, even if it is only to say you are happy with what we are proposing. If you haven't done so, please go to https://www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk/projects/neighbourhood-plan/ and complete the response form.
AUGUST 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 August 2018 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 13th 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. Councillors' Walkabout We started our meeting with our annual walkabout around, taking in some of the sites proposed for development in the Neighbourhood Plan. Thank you for those who turned up along the route to ask us questions and chat to us.  Neighbourhood Plan Thank you to all of those who took time to respond to the Neighbourhood Plan Consultation. The responses are being read through as we speak to make any necessary final adjustments before submitting the plan for review by Purbeck District Council. This will then go out for a second public consultation in September. Benches The council have decided to install some benches along the footpath south of the stream. These will be made from recycled materials and will hopefully provide some welcome resting points along the path. If you would be interested in creating a lasting memorial for a loved one, there will be the opportunity to make a donation towards the benches and have a plaque fitted on there, please contact the clerk, Amanda Crocker, for further details. Planning Purbeck District Council’s planning committee will be meeting on Wednesday 29th August to discuss planning application 6/2018/0217 Land at Barrow Hill - to erect 2 dwellings to the east of Butt Lane, improve existing point of access and track off Barrow Hill. Members of the public are welcome to attend and listen to the Committee. Should you wish to speak at the meeting, you must register your intention to do so with PDC at least 3 days beforehand. Village Calendars We will again be producing a batch of Calendars for 2019 featuring photos from around the village. It was decided by the council that proceeds from the sale of these calendars this year will be split equally between the Friends of Bere Regis School and The Williams Trust. If you have any photographs that you would like to submit for consideration in the calendar then please contact myself (Bryan Benjafield) on bryan@cheapprintingdorset.co.uk with your photographs. Open Spaces Despite some concerns that the ponies in the field at Souls’ Moor were either hungry, thirsty and/or too hot in the past month, we would just like to reassure all residents that there is an abundance of natural food within the field, the pond which was dug last year still had 2 feet of water in it even during the hottest part of the month, and the ponies are an outdoor breed used to conditions like this although they can still obtain some shade down by the tree in the North-Eastern corner of the field. On other positive notes there have also been many dragonflies spotted around the pond, together with other wildlife which is attracted to the field as a result of grazing animals. The efforts to smarten the Poole Hill roundabout are on-going and, although the dry weather prevented the recently planted poppy seeds from germinating, additional seeds have been sown this month and the weeds removed. It is hoped that we may get some flowers come through in the Autumn. Buses A complaint has been received recently from the operators of the 187 bus service. Due to cars being parked on both sides of the road in front of the hairdressers, the bus was unable to get through and was delayed whilst the vehicles' owners were tracked down and asked to move. As far as we are aware, this is the first such incident since the white line was put in along the northern edge of West Street. We would urge all residents to park considerately along West Street and try not to park opposite other cars at the narrow points. Please remember, not only do we not want to lose the few buses we have, but the road is also used by lorries and agricultural vehicles, some of which are quite large. Bryan Benjafield
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JANUARY 2018 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 11th January 2018 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 8th 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 at the start of the meeting. New Parish Councillor & Another Vacancy The Council was delighted to co-opt Cathryne Packham to fill one of our vacancies for a Parish Councillor and look forward to her input at upcoming meetings. We also accepted the resignation of Councillor Andy Watkins and would like to thank Andy for all of his hard work over the last couple of years, particularly for his roles as police and traffic liaison. This does mean there is 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 2nd February 2018. Grant to the Sports Club The Council considered a grant application from Bere Regis Sports Club towards the cost of refurbishing the patio and picnic bench area outside of the club. Councillors voted unanimously in favour of approving the grant and are looking forward to the parish community as a whole benefiting from the improved facilities at the Recreation Ground. Village Calendars Cllr Wharf informed the meeting that the sales of the 2018 Bere Regis Calendar had raised a profit of over £535. The money will be given to the Church to be put towards some final costs relating to the large- scale roof improvements. The Council would like to offer a huge thank you to the Post Office, Spar, Drax Arms, Hair Visions, Rye Hill Farm Shop and the Pop In Place for their efforts in maximising the sales of the calendars. We are already working on the 2019 version and would particularly like to include seasonal photos throughout the year, so if you have or take any photographs that you wish to include in this, please just email them to bryan@cheapprintingdorset.co.uk. Bryan Benjafield The Village Nature Reserve Background Our nature reserve area was designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI ) in 1999. There are about 1000 such designated sites throughout Dorset and the SNCI designation is given because of their high wildlife value. The SNCI within our village includes the Souls Moor wet meadow and Bere Stream.  We are very lucky to have such a site running through the village and the wet woodland alongside it. In order to protect our SNCI for the benefit of not only the wildlife but also the enjoyment of our village community and visitors, in 2012 Souls Moor was purchased by Bere Regis Parish Council from a development company who had previously acquired the land from the Debenham Estate. The meadow To maintain the wildlife conservation value of the area management is essential.  The nature reserve area of Souls Moor is a very good example of a wet meadow habitat which partially floods in winter and it supports over 100 species of plants. Traditionally the meadow had been grazed but when it was sold for possible development in 2000 the grazing ceased and it became very overgrown. The Parish Council organized for a grazier to keep ponies there and this started in late 2016 and continued throughout most of last year. A pond was dug to give them a permanent water supply and this also provides a still water habitat for dragonflies and other insects. To the west of the grazed meadow a long grass area has been retained which provides a good habitat for grasshoppers, butterflies and other insects. The stream In 2015 with the help of the Dorset Wildlife Trust, ‘berms’ (that is added gravel) were created to replace areas that had  originally been washed away  to create variations in the water flow which benefit fish spawning. The wildlife group carried out some clearance of overgrown stream vegetation. The woodland This ‘wet’ woodland is a fine example of ‘willow carr’ which has a good population of associated species such marsh marigold, purple loostrife and common valerian It has been important to clear areas every year some maintain some open areas This is particularly the case near the stream as the health of the stream is greatly improved by having more light in places. The wildlife group volunteers have been hard at work to achieve this in the winter months. Achievements The benefits of the grazing in the meadow are now apparent and we have short grass throughout most of the meadow. The ponies have done a really good job and had to be helped by some cutting of patches of very coarse vegetation which they then grazed the re- growth.  This should give some of the rarer spring flowers that were being smothered by the coarse vegetation a chance. As many walkers will have seen the meadow is now popular with many birds particularly the buzzard, a kestrel, song thrushes and blackbirds, and it was great to see a flock of fieldfares who will have flown south to avoid the colder weather in the north. All these birds are taking advantage of the wetter areas which will be rich in worms in flooded patches.  This would have been much less likely if the meadow was left as coarse vegetation. Along the stream we have as well as the egrets, kingfishers and visiting herons.  Improvements in the variation of the stream have been achieved. Even sea trout have been seen spawning and there has been a sighting of an eel. The opening up of glades within the woodland along the footpath has led to a much greater display of both spring and summer flowers. Some piles of brash have been left as cover for hedgehogs and other small mammals. We hope all villagers are pleased with the added wildlife interest that has been created within our nature reserve.  The wildlife group always needs as much assistance as possible do come along and help us if you can. Tony Bates FEBRUARY 2018 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 8th February 2018 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 8th 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 at the start of the meeting. Neighbourhood Plan Further to the consultation event in November, some changes have been made to the draft version of the Neighbourhood Plan and these will be on display at the New Homes for Purbeck Consultation Event being held at the Scout Hut on Saturday 3rd March between 10am – 4pm. Please do come along and see the latest version of our plan, and also have a chance to see and discuss the local plan for Purbeck, to understand where we fit into the bigger picture. All households should also have received a questionnaire about the New Homes for Purbeck consultation and we would urge as many people as possible to complete these questionnaires and give their views on the scheme. Grant to the School The Council considered a grant application from Bere Regis Primary School towards the cost of the annual visit of the Life Education van which will be visiting the school shortly. Councillors voted unanimously in favour of approving the grant towards half of the cost of having the van, and hope the children continue to benefit from external services such as these. NeighbourCar Scheme 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. Bryan Benjafield March 2018 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 8th March at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th April 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. New Councillor We are delighted to welcome Philip Morgan to the Parish Council. Philip has lived in the parish for 3 years, and is a former police officer. He is already involved in parish life as a cook for the Salt and Pepper club, and as a NeighbourCar driver. Philip will take responsibility on the council for Policing, Traffic and Roads. “Beast from the East” The council wants to put on record its very grateful thanks to everyone who contributed to helping with the severe weather conditions we experienced at the beginning of March. In particular, the many 4x4 drivers and local farmers, Barry Tuck and Kevin Crocker with their tractors, who turned out to help get stranded articulated lorries, vans and cars moving showed huge dedication. Many of them were out from late evening through to the early hours on Poole Hill and on Rye Hill, clearing the snow with ploughs and towing the stranded vehicles. Early on the Friday morning Tony, the Lengthsman, and a large band of volunteers cleared most of the pavements south of West Street. Up on Snow Hill Adrian Standfield and others worked hard and long to clear the potentially treacherous steep roads. Janette at the Royal Oak and David at The Old Mill B & B took in motorists stranded overnight. All in all this was an extraordinary community effort which helped keep local people and strangers safe at a difficult time. Thank you all. Emergency Plan We maintain a simple Emergency Plan for the Parish. We would like to add a list of volunteer 4x4 and tractor owners who would be prepared to be called out when necessary. Would anyone who would like to be included on this list please email the clerk with your name, address, email and phone numbers. Parish Tidy We are planning another Parish Tidy and litter pick in the near future. As soon as we have pinned down a suitable date we will let everyone know. In the meantime, we would be grateful if anyone interested in helping in the planning and on the day would put their names forward to Amanda Crocker, our clerk. Neighbourhood Plan Update Negotiations continue with NaturalEngland and with the Drax Estate over the shape and size of the SANG (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space) that has to be provided near new housing development. We are still hoping to complete the plan and bring it to a referendum this year. Community Grants We were pleased to make a grant of £200 to Autumn Leaves to cover the costs of the speakers who come every month to their meetings. Open Spaces The recent winter weather has not been kind for the wildlife group. The February work party had to be postponed for a week, however some clearing was carried out along the streamside walk in the pouring rain! The cold spell attracted even more birds to Souls Moor. As well as the buzzard and the kestrel a flock of fieldfares was followed by redwings that had come south. We were also visited by a flock of lapwings, which are now becoming much rarer. They were attracted by the wet areas within the meadow now that the grass has been close cropped by the ponies. The ponies will return later in the spring. The wildlife work party has now sown more wildflowers close to the school entrance but in a more extended area. We hope this will provide a great show of colour as it did last year. With the help of Dorset County Council countryside service, we are now planning to sow poppies on the roundabout at the bottom of Poole Hill which should create a good show in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Ian Ventham
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April 2018 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 12th April 2018 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 10th 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 at the start of the meeting. Community Hall During recent meetings of the Community Hall working parties, it had been agreed to move the project forward with a smaller Project Team, which was then endorsed by the full Parish Council. This team will continue with the work that’s going on behind the scenes to bring the idea of a new Community Hall to fruition and will report back to the Parish Council and to the community as a whole as plans progress. WWI Centenary Commemorations The Scouts have kindly offered to build some ‘Silent Soldier’ memorials, similar to those being set up in other towns and villages across the country to pay respects to those soldiers who returned home from the First World War, in this the 100 year anniversary of the end of the war. These will be on display around the village in due course. Community Buses Whilst we have our fantastic NeighbourCar scheme running in Bere Regis, there are also some community transport schemes which are available to residents to book for trips to specific locations. For those not aware, the services available are: PlusBus – This runs on a Thursday, going to Blandford and back at a cost of £5. Spaces must be booked in advance and they will collect and drop off on your doorstep. To book simply call 01258 287980 between 9.30 – 2.30 Monday to Friday. Nordcat / Wareham Hopper – This bus runs 3 trips per week to Poole and Wareham. You do have to register with them first which is a one- off £5 and then the trips are £5-6 each, or free if you have a bus pass. Tuesday – Bere Regis to Poole leaving approx. 9.45am and getting around 2 ½ hours in Poole. Wednesday – Bere Regis to Tower Park leaving approx. 9.45am and getting around 2 hours in Tower Park Thursday Bere Regis to Wareham leaving approx. 9.45am and getting around 1 ½ hours in Wareham. Nordcat also run regular trips to larger towns and cities further afield and once you are registered they will send you a list of upcoming trips. To register with them or book any trips call Helen or Jennifer on 01258 472164. Open Spaces Souls Moor - the ponies will be returning soon, once the field has dried out. The wildlife group have now completed the winter clearing work along the streamside walkway.  The group have also sown wild flower seeds outside the school entrance and we are hoping for a colourful display again this year.  In addition, at our request, DCC Countryside Service Team are sowing poppies on the roundabout at the bottom of Poole Hill, which will provide an attractive site for traffic passing by and will be very appropriate considering the WWI commemorations. The working party meets on the first Saturday of every month. Play Park Inspection The Play Park recently underwent its annual inspection and we are delighted to say that the park passed with just a few minor improvements that the lengthsman needs to make. The Zip Wire has also now been fixed and is back in use! Dorset Dogs On Wednesday 2nd May between 7.30 -11am, Dorset Dogs will be holding a pop-up event outside the school for the morning. The idea of the event is to educate dog walkers, pupils and parents who pass, on the responsibility of walking your dog and cleaning up after it. We hope this will have a positive impact on the amount of dog mess that does get left around the village. Come and pick up your free doggy goody bag and find out about Dorset Dogs. Bryan Benjafield
May 2018 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   10th   May   2018   at   the   Drax   Hall. The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   14th   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   at   the   start   of   the meeting. Chairman’s Report Our   aim   as   a   parish   council   is   to   ensure   that   Bere   Regis   is   a   safe, clean and well-run community for all our residents. The   year   2017/2018   has   been   as   busy   as   ever   for   the   Parish   Council and   our   clerk.   All   our   regular   matters   such   as   scrutinising   planning applications,    regularly    inspecting    the    Play    Park,    the    Lengthsman’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   Club   have   continued,   whilst   we   have   also   taken   on   various new tasks and projects. As   frustratingly   as   ever,   we   have   spent   many   hours   trying   to   finalise the   Neighbourhood   Plan.   We   have   been   in   negotiations   with   Natural England   and   the   Drax   Estate.   Though   supported   by   Purbeck   District Council,   we   have   found   it   difficult   to   cope   with   the   changing   demands of   consultees   such   as   Highways   England   and   Wessex   Water,   and trying    to    deal    with    central    government’s    need    for    greater    housing numbers.   Nonetheless,   I   think   we   are   close   to   finalising   the   plan   and hope   to   commit   to   a   final   consultation   shortly   on   105   houses   on   5   sites around the village. The   need   for   a   new   Community   Hall   has   been   high   on   our   agenda, too.   We   know   that   the   Drax   Hall   is   not   fit   for   purpose   and   we   are working   very   closely   with   the   Drax   Hall   trustees   to   find   a   solution.   We do   have   a   preferred   site   on   Souls   Moor,   just   off   Southbrook   by   the new    school    drive.    Unfortunately    getting    permission    for    this    site    is bound    up    with    finalising    the    Neighbourhood    Plan,    but    we    are    still moving ahead on those matters that can be pursued now. We    held    an    open    Forum    on    11    November    2017    about    both    the Neighbourhood   Plan   and   the   new   hall.   160   people   attended,   and   the overwhelming majority were in favour of what we were proposing. The   Open   Spaces   working   group   have   been   out   on   the   streamside area    near    Elder    Rd    many    times    in    the    past    year    clearing    the undergrowth   to   allow   wild   flowers   to   flourish   and   putting   up   the   bird boxes   made   by   Scouts.   They   have   carried   out   wild   flower   seeding near   the   school   and   on   Poole   Hill   roundabout.   The   horses   were   so successful   in   grazing   Souls   Moor   that   they   will   be   back   again   soon   to help the wildlife flourish on the nature reserve. I   would   like   to   pay   tribute   and   say   thank   you   to   all   those   community minded   residents   who   turned   out   in   early   March   in   the   snow   and   icy conditions   to   clear   pavements   and   keep   traffic   moving.   They   did   us proud! Each    year    we    are    able    to    make    small    grants    to    community organisations. During the past year the following benefitted: Autumn   Leaves,   Bere   Regis   School,   Bere   Regis   Sports   Club,   and   the Flower Festival. A total of £1,275 was granted. Distgen,   who   operate   the   wind   turbine   at   Rogers   Hill   farm,   made   a generous   donation   last   year   of   £10,423.19   to   the   Parish.   We   have earmarked   this   for   the   preparatory   costs   involved   in   planning   the   new community hall. 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.    Our nomination   this   year   was   Philip   Ventham   for   his   tireless   work   over numerous   years   with   the   Scout   Group   in   Bere   Regis.   If   you   know anybody   who   you   would   like   to   nominate   this   year,   please   contact   the clerk, Amanda Crocker on the details above. Finally,   I   would   like   to   give   thanks   to   each   of   the   parish   councillors   for the   voluntary   time   and   effort   they   put   in   to   keeping   our   parish   safe   and well   run.   Each   councillor   has   particular   responsibilities,   whether   it   be for   our   environment,   planning   consents,   footpaths   and   rights   of   way, community   liaison,   neighbourhood   planning,   transport   or   emergency planning,   and   each   gives   willingly   of   his   or   her   time,   experience   and skills. Our   clerk,   Amanda   Crocker,   whose   difficult   task   it   is   to   make   sure   we obey   local   government   rules   and   regulations   regularly   goes   the   extra mile to support us and she deserves our warm thanks as well. Re-Elections and Responsibilities The   council   were   delighted   when   both   our   Chair   and   Vice-Chair,   Ian Ventham   and   Robin   Pitcher,   chose   to   stand   for   their   positions   again and both were unanimously re-elected for another year. Some   minor   changes   to   the   list   of   councillors   responsibilities   were also    made    to    accommodate    our    newer    councillors    in    the    various working parties we have. Neighbourhood Plan We   are   pleased   to   announce   that   the   draft   copy   of   our   Neighbourhood Plan   has   now   been   submitted   to   Purbeck   District   Council   for   their initial   thoughts   and   feedback,   and   we   hope   to   be   putting   this   out   to public    consultation    in    the    coming    month,    with    a    referendum    on adopting the plan pencilled in for Spring 2019. We    will    continue    to    update    you    on    the    developments    both    at    the monthly meetings and on the Parish Council website. Community Buses There   was   some   great   response   to   the   post   last   month   about   the Community   Transport   schemes   available,   so   for   those   not   aware,   the services available are: PlusBus    –   This   runs   on   a   Thursday,   going   to   Blandford   and   back   at   a cost   of   £5.   Spaces   must   be   booked   in   advance   and   they   will   collect and   drop   off   on   your   doorstep.   To   book   simply   call   01258   287980 between 9.30 – 2.30 Monday to Friday. Nordcat    /   Wareham   Hopper    –   This   bus   runs   3   trips   per   week   to Poole   and   Wareham. You   do   have   to   register   with   them   first   which   is   a one-off   £5   and   then   the   trips   are   £5-6   each,   or   free   if   you   have   a   bus pass. Tuesday   –   Bere   Regis   to   Poole   leaving   approx.   9.45am   and   getting around 2 ½ hours in Poole. Wednesday   –   Bere   Regis   to   Tower   Park   leaving   approx.   9.45am   and getting around 2 hours in Tower Park Thursday   Bere   Regis   to   Wareham   leaving   approx.   9.45am   and   getting around 1 ½ hours in Wareham. Nordcat    also   run   regular   trips   to   larger   towns   and   cities   further   afield and   once   you   are   registered   they   will   send   you   a   list   of   upcoming   trips. To   register   with   them   or   book   any   trips   call   Helen   or   Jennifer   on   01258 472164. Open Spaces Now   that   summer   is   nearly   with   us   the   conservation   work   parties   are over.      We   are   pleased   with   the   effect   that   the   pony   grazing   last   year has   had   on   Souls   Moor.   The   lower   part   of   the   meadow   which   partly floods   in   winter   already   has   a   more   diverse   range   of   native   plants   in flower.   Two   Ponies   are   now   back   again   and   over   several   years   it   is hoped   that   plant   diversity   will   improve.   You   may   ask   –   why   do   you have   pony   grazing   there   as   they   eat   all   the   flowers?      Grazing   is essential   to   reduce   the   coarse   grasses   and   other   plants   so   that   the smaller plants can thrive. The   ponies   are   very   friendly   but   please   remember   do   not   feed   them   as they will then approach walkers for food. At   our   request   the   Dorset   Countryside   Rangers   have   now   seeded   part of   the   roundabout   at   the   bottom   of   Poole   Hill   on   the   A35   with   poppies which    we    hope    will    provide    a    colourful    display    in    this    100th anniversary of the end of the 1st World War. Christmas Trees You   will   shortly   receive   an   order   form   for   Christmas   Trees   for   this   year which   can   be   ordered   from   the   clerk,   Amanda   Crocker.   The   price   of   a tree   is   remaining   at   £10   again   and   if   you   didn’t   receive   a   form   simply contact Amanda before the end of June to place your order. Planning Applications Every   month   there   are   a   handful   of   planning   applications   which   get passed   through   for   our   opinions   on   their   way   to   the   planning   boards   at either Purbeck District or Dorset County Council. More   often   than   not   these   are   discussed   by   the   planning   working group   and   then   their   recommendations   get   brought   to   the   full   council for    approval,    with    the    majority    having    no    issues    or    reasons    for objections.   This   month,   we   received   two   such   applications   which   the working group felt were better discussed at full council. These   were;   an   application   for   the   installation   of   two   slurry   stores   at Higher   Stockley   Farm   and   an   application   for   two   dwellings   on   land   off Tower    Hill.    Both    had    some    grounds    for    objection    and    the    Parish Council    recommendations    were    passed    to    the    PDC    and    Dorset County planning officers for their consideration. If   you   ever   have   a   planning   application   going   through   the   system   then you   are   welcome   to   come   along   to   the   meeting   and   discuss   it   in   the period   of   public   participation   at   the   start   and   indeed   stay   and   listen   to the comments on it during the full meeting. Bryan Benjafield
June 2018 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   14th   June   2018   at   the   Drax   Hall. The   next   meeting   will   be   on   Thursday   12th   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   at   the   start   of   the meeting. Neighbourhood Plan We   have   now   begun   the   6   week   period   for   Public   Consultation   on   the final   draft   version   of   our   Neighbourhood   Plan.   The   consultation   event on   the   23rd   June   was   well   attended   and   anybody   who   didn’t   manage to   get   along   to   the   event   but   wants   to   see   a   copy   of   the   draft   plan   and complete   a   questionnaire   with   their   views,   can   do   so   by   contacting   the Clerk,   Amanda   Crocker,   on   the   details   above,   or   by   visting   the   Parish Council website at: w - plan/ . Once   the   6   week   public   consultation   has   finished,   we   will   make   any minor   changes   to   the   Plan   as   required   before   it’s   then   submitted   to Purbeck   District   Council   for   their   approval.   This   is   all   leading   up   to   a Parish   Referendum   on   accepting   the   Neighbourhood   Plan   which   will hopefully   take   place   in   May   2019,   to   coincide   with   Local   Elections   for the new Unitary Authority. Village Walkabout It   was   decided   at   our   meeting   that   we   would   recommence   our   annual village   walkabout,   at   the   start   of   our   August   meeting   on   Thursday   9th August.   The   walkabout   will   see   the   Council   walk   a   route   around   the village   at   the   start   of   the   meeting,   which   we   will   publicise   after   the   July meeting,   making   sure   that   councillors   are   familiar   with   all   areas   which regularly   come   up   for   discussion,   and   giving   any   members   of   the public   who   can’t   get   along   to   the   Drax   Hall   on   a Thursday   evening,   the chance   to   stop   and   raise   any   issues   if   they   wish.   The   walk   will   then   be followed by the regular meeting at the Drax Hall. Open Spaces The   nature   walk   on   16th   June   was   successful   in   identifying   some   very rare   and   important   historical   trees   throughout   the   Parish,   including boundary   oaks   which   are   a   part   of   our   heritage.   Further   surveys   are planned   to   be   carried   out   so   that   a   comprehensive   list   of   such   trees can   be   put   together.   There   will   be   more   nature   walks   and   events   by the   Wildlife   group   in   the   coming   months,   which   will   be   publicised   on Facebook   and   in   the   Parish   Magazine,   along   with   the   regular   working parties held on the first Saturday of each month. Christmas Trees Order   forms   have   now   gone   out   for   you   to   order   your   Christmas   Tree for   this   year. The   forms   need   to   be   returned   as   soon   as   possible   to   the clerk,   Amanda   Crocker.   The   price   of   a   tree   is   remaining   at   £10   again and   if   you   didn’t   receive   a   form   simply   contact Amanda   before   the   end of July to place your order. Village Tidy It    was    also    decided    to    hold    another    village    tidy,    in    September    or October   this   year,   giving   the   whole   village   the   opportunity   to   come together   to   sweep,   clean,   weed   and   improve   the   paths,   and   communal areas   around   the   village.   Details   will   follow   over   the   next   month   with the date to be confirmed. Bryan Benjafield
JULY 2018 BERE REGIS PARISH COUNCIL Chairman: Ian Ventham 471480 ianrventham@gmail.com Vice Chairman: Robin Pitcher 472151 robinpitcher@btinternet.com Parish Clerk: Amanda Crocker 472327 bereregispc@gmail.com Websites: www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk www.bereregis.org The Parish Council met on Thursday 12th July 2018 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 9th August at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm with a village walkaround, with a view to getting back to the Drax Hall to start the meeting properly at 8pm ish. All parishioners are very welcome to attend and to take the opportunity to raise any matters or concerns at the start of the meeting. Councillors' Walkabout Next month our meeting on Thursday 9th August will take the form of a walkabout around some of the sites proposed for development in the Neighbourhood Plan. The aim is to give residents a chance to talk to us about, and comment on, the proposals. We will leave the Drax Hall at 7pm, walk up North Street towards the Shell Garage, turn left up the bridleway to Snow Hill, then to Barrow Hill, via Butt Lane and Back Lane to the old allotment site, then down to West St and back to the Drax Hall along West Street and North Street. Please look out for us and don't hesitate to come and have a chat. Neighbourhood Plan We were very pleased that around 150 people attended the consultation event held at Bere Regis School on 23rd June and that many more had looked at the plan online. Disappointingly, though, very few people have filled in our response form. We do need your feedback, even if it is only to say you are happy with what we are proposing. If you haven't done so, please go to https://www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk/projects/neighbourhood- plan/ and complete the response form.
AUGUST 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 August 2018 at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday 13th 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. Councillors' Walkabout We started our meeting with our annual walkabout around, taking in some of the sites proposed for development in the Neighbourhood Plan. Thank you for those who turned up along the route to ask us questions and chat to us.  Neighbourhood Plan Thank you to all of those who took time to respond to the Neighbourhood Plan Consultation. The responses are being read through as we speak to make any necessary final adjustments before submitting the plan for review by Purbeck District Council. This will then go out for a second public consultation in September. Benches The council have decided to install some benches along the footpath south of the stream. These will be made from recycled materials and will hopefully provide some welcome resting points along the path. If you would be interested in creating a lasting memorial for a loved one, there will be the opportunity to make a donation towards the benches and have a plaque fitted on there, please contact the clerk, Amanda Crocker, for further details. Planning Purbeck District Council’s planning committee will be meeting on Wednesday 29th August to discuss planning application 6/2018/0217 Land at Barrow Hill - to erect 2 dwellings to the east of Butt Lane, improve existing point of access and track off Barrow Hill. Members of the public are welcome to attend and listen to the Committee. Should you wish to speak at the meeting, you must register your intention to do so with PDC at least 3 days beforehand. Village Calendars We will again be producing a batch of Calendars for 2019 featuring photos from around the village. It was decided by the council that proceeds from the sale of these calendars this year will be split equally between the Friends of Bere Regis School and The Williams Trust. If you have any photographs that you would like to submit for consideration in the calendar then please contact myself (Bryan Benjafield) on bryan@cheapprintingdorset.co.uk with your photographs. Open Spaces Despite some concerns that the ponies in the field at Souls’ Moor were either hungry, thirsty and/or too hot in the past month, we would just like to reassure all residents that there is an abundance of natural food within the field, the pond which was dug last year still had 2 feet of water in it even during the hottest part of the month, and the ponies are an outdoor breed used to conditions like this although they can still obtain some shade down by the tree in the North-Eastern corner of the field. On other positive notes there have also been many dragonflies spotted around the pond, together with other wildlife which is attracted to the field as a result of grazing animals. The efforts to smarten the Poole Hill roundabout are on-going and, although the dry weather prevented the recently planted poppy seeds from germinating, additional seeds have been sown this month and the weeds removed. It is hoped that we may get some flowers come through in the Autumn. Buses A complaint has been received recently from the operators of the 187 bus service. Due to cars being parked on both sides of the road in front of the hairdressers, the bus was unable to get through and was delayed whilst the vehicles' owners were tracked down and asked to move. As far as we are aware, this is the first such incident since the white line was put in along the northern edge of West Street. We would urge all residents to park considerately along West Street and try not to park opposite other cars at the narrow points. Please remember, not only do we not want to lose the few buses we have, but the road is also used by lorries and agricultural vehicles, some of which are quite large. Bryan Benjafield