Parish Council met on Thursday 12th January 2017 at
the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday
9th February at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm. All
parishioners are very welcome to attend and to take
the opportunity to raise any matters or concerns.
Forum Our Village Forum is now confirmed for Saturday
25th March at the Scout Hut, at 10am. This is a great
opportunity for everyone to come along, meet your Parish
Council, and listen to updates on plans under discussion.
Topics for this year’s forum are the proposed
new Community Hall, the Purbeck Partial Review and the
Unitary Council review and an update on the progress
of the Neighbourhood Plan.
consultation on the proposed changes within the NHS
in Dorset, including Wareham Hospital, continues until
the 13th February. We would urge everybody who has used
or benefited from any of the services at Wareham Hospital
to complete the survey. Hard copies of this can be found
at the Doctors Surgery and Post Office, or it can be
completed on-line here.
Community Hall We had a very informative and well-structured
presentation from members of the New Community Hall
working group, who put forward the information they
had collected and their suggested proposals of how we
might benefit from with a new hall and how to take that
forward. The full report can be read on the Parish Council
summary though, the report suggests that the parish
does have a requirement for a new community facility,
largely to replace the existing Drax Hall which is no
longer fit for purpose. The group proposes a venue with
one larger function room and two smaller ones with catering
facilities and ability to put on some sports and fitness
as well. Having looked at all available locations in
the village, their first choice of site is on Soul’s
Moor, just off the access road to the new school. The
Parish Council thanked the group for their hard work
and efforts so far, and will be discussing the proposal
in more detail at a forthcoming meeting after which
we will put forward our proposals as to how we will
Reserve Working Party
the help of the wildlife group volunteers, the large
pile of cuttings produced from previous work parties
have now been removed. The work carried out here is
providing more light to create a more attractive aspect
to Bere Stream and also improve the quality of the stream
itself. On Souls Moor a small pond will be dug shortly
to provide permanent water for the ponies when they
Council were delighted to see the opening of the new
School at the beginning of January and would like to
send our congratulations to everybody involved with
getting it completed and opened on time. Initial monitoring
of the traffic and parking in Manor Farm Road and Elder
Road seemed to show very few issues or problems and
we would just like to remind all road users who are
in the area around pick-up and drop off times, to be
cautious of an increased number of pedestrians crossing
roads in that area.
the success of the Christmas Tree sales in 2016 and
the decorations around the village, it was agreed to
continue the scheme in 2017. Forms will shortly be available
from the clerk and we will continue to offer trees at
the reduced rate of £10 for outdoor display.
The Parish Council met on Thursday 9th February 2017
at the Drax Hall. The next meeting will be on Thursday
9th March at the Drax Hall, starting at 7pm. All parishioners
are very welcome to attend and to take the opportunity
to raise any matters or concerns.
Village Forum is now confirmed for Saturday 25th March
at the Scout Hut, at 10am. This is a great opportunity
for everyone to come along, meet your Parish Council,
and listen to updates on plans under discussion. Topics
for this year’s forum are the proposed new Community
Hall, the Purbeck Partial Review and the Unitary Council
review and an update on the progress of the Neighbourhood
Plan. There will also be representatives from the Wildlife
Working Party, School, NeighbourCar and Lunch Club and
developers for the White Lovington New Housing Site.
Council had received a letter asking to support St John
the Baptists Church’s application for grant funding
towards the £200,000 that is being raised to carry
out urgent repairs and restoration to the church roof.
The Council unanimously agreed to support the efforts
of the Church Fundraising Committee. There will be a
series of events coming up over the next year.
Community Hall Having heard last month from the working
party tasked with investigating the need and feasibility
for a new community hall, the Council this month voted
on taking this project forward and appointing 2 new
sub-committees, one to pursue the location and design
of a new hall, and the second to undertake the fund
raising needed to build such a project. The Council
all agreed to take this forward and were delighted that
Mike Gee has agreed to continue heading up the project.
There will be opportunities coming up in due course
for people with relevant experience and skill sets to
be involved with these groups and we would welcome anybody
who feels they could add something to the project to
contact the Clerk, Amanda Crocker for more information.
Reserve Working Party
clearance work along the Bere Stream is nearly complete
except for some willows which are leaning precariously
into the stream.We hope to clear these during March.
The environment group is also planning to sow wildflowers
on the banks just outside the new school. On Souls Moor
we are planning to get the ponies back to do their grass
grazing conservation work this month. The grazing period
last year was successful in clearing part of Souls Moor.
make identification easier, the council heard a proposal
to name the original wooden bridge which crosses Bere
Stream just at the end of Stanbarrow Close, as “Jubilee
Bridge”, as the Jubilee Trail crosses over it.
This was unanimously agreed and a sign will be made
in due course. We are also using the terms “Souls
Moor Boardwalk” to refer to the new boardwalk,
south of the stream and “Riverside Boardwalk”
to refer to the original boardwalk north of the stream.
The bridge near the Scout Hut is, of course, already
known as “Souls Bridge”. This should make
it easier for people to report any defects or faults
with these areas, which you can do to any councillor
or the clerk.
Council have recently funded the creation of 2 new large
noticeboards, (beautifully hand-made by Bill Steggles),
to be used for displaying information and notices of
upcoming events. These will be situated by the pinch
point crossing to the new school, and near the garden
of the Vicarage.