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Bere Regis Parish Council Monthly Report

2024




January 2024


BERE REGIS PARISH COUNCIL


Chairman:  Jon Park  07970 727792  jonparkparish@btinternet.com

Vice Chairman:  Bryan Benjafield  07969 770890  bryan@cheapprintingdorset.co.uk

Parish Clerk: Amanda Crocker  07855 396073   bereregispc@gmail.com

Websites:  www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk
www.bereregis.org

The Parish Council met on Thursday 11th January 2024 in the Village Hall.
There was one member of the public present.
Members of the press and public are welcome and there is a period for public participation at the start.
If you are unable to attend but wish to submit a comment or question, please contact the Clerk or any member of the Parish Council.

D-Day Events

We are currently planning for the 80th Anniversary of D-Day in June, and intend to light the beacon in the evening of the Thursday 6th June and have some refreshments available.
If you would like to be involved in helping organise any additional events to commemorate this, please contact the Clerk on bereregispc@gmail.com.

Distgen Grants

Distgen are the company who own and operate the wind turbine at Rogers Hill Farm.
Currently they make a quarterly payment to the Parish Council from a share of the profits generated by the wind turbine, which is specified for community uses.
In the past we’ve used this money towards schemes such as assisting with the purchase of the Communibus, supporting the Lunch Club and NeighbourCar schemes, helping with the Elder Road path upgrade, as well as supporting local organisations.
In the last quarter the payment we received from Distgen was £2,843.88.
If you wish to apply for a grant for your community scheme or organisation, please contact the Clerk on bereregispc@gmail.com.

May’s Wood

Following the closure of part of the land at May’s Wood and the ensuing number of complaints we have received,  contact has been made with the Save Me Trust.
The Parish Council will continue to pursue the matter in the hope of a more satisfactory resolution.

Parish Council Elections

Alongside the Dorset Council Elections in May of this year all seats on the Parish Council will be up for re-election and all councillors wishing to continue in their role must stand for re-election.
If you would like to apply to become a Parish Councillor and stand for election in May, please contact the Clerk on bereregispc@gmail.com.

Road and Traffic Consultation

Following the creation of a roads and traffic working group last year to try and identify issues around the parish and see what, if any, measures the Parish Council can take to help and rectify these, we are about to publish a survey to all residents.
The survey asks a number of questions about the local area, accessibility, facilities and what can be done to improve things, and can be completed either online or by hand.
Once we have received all responses, we will collate them and see what actions can be taken.
Please look out for the questionnaire and complete it as soon as possible. 
If you prefer the hand written version, you can post it back to the Parish Council using the black letterbox outside the shop.

Communibus Trips

Following the ongoing success of the Communibus, we have now announced trips for the first half of 2024.

Feb 21st. Haskins & Castlepoint - £10 Depart 9.30am
Mar 5th. Purbeck Mystery Tour & Lunch - £10 Depart 9.30am
Mar 20th. Wells - £15 Depart 9.00am
Mar 27th. Afternoon Tea* - £8 Depart 1pm
April 9th. The Range & Poole Quay - £10 Depart 9.30am
April 24th. Bridport & Weymouth - £10 Depart 9.30am
May 7th. Church Visits & Lunch - £10 Depart 10am
May 22nd. Romsey & New Forest - £12 Depart 9.30am
June 4th Seaton & Donkey Sanctuary - £12 Depart 9.30am
June 26th Sidmouth - £12 Depart 9.30am
July 9th Mystery Tour & Lunch* - £10 Depart 9.30am
July 24th Street & Palmer’s Nursery - £12 Depart 9am
Aug 6th Sturminster Mill & Gillingham - £12 Depart TBC
Lunch at additional cost

To book please contact Kim Benjafield on 01929 471170

Any queries relating to the Communibus can be directed to the clerk or a Parish Councillor.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 8th February 2024 commencing 7pm at the Village Hall.
If you wish to have an item added to the agenda for discussion, please contact the Clerk or a member of the Parish Council before the 1st February.






February 2024

BERE REGIS PARISH COUNCIL

Chairman: Jon Park   07970 727792  jonparkparish@btinternet.com

Vice Chairman:  Bryan Benjafield 07969 770890  bryan@cheapprintingdorset.co.uk

Parish Clerk: Amanda Crocker  07855 396073 bereregispc@gmail.com

Websites:  www.bereregisparishcouncil.co.uk
www.bereregis.org

The Parish Council met on Thursday 8th February 2024 in the Village Hall.
There were three members of the public present.
Members of the press and public are welcome and there is a period for public participation at the start.
If you are unable to attend but wish to submit a comment or question, please contact the Clerk or any member of the Parish Council.


Village Meeting

We will be holding our annual village meeting at the Scout Hut on Saturday 20th April.
Further details will be released next month, but currently we are planning to have information available on the Neighbourhood Plan Review, new potential plans for a Community Hall and the launch of a Parish-wide traffic and community survey.

D-Day Events

We are currently planning for the 80th Anniversary of D-Day in June, and intend to light the beacon on the evening of Thursday 6th June and have some refreshments available.
If you would like to be involved in helping organise any additional events to commemorate this, please contact the Clerk on bereregispc@gmail.com.

May’s Wood

Following the closure of part of the land at May’s Wood and the ensuing number of complaints, the Clerk managed to make direct contact with Dr Brian May to discuss the issue.
Whilst no change in the situation is imminent, Dr May was keen to hear the opinion of local visitors on the issue, and as such we are currently trying to arrange a public meeting with Dr May in attendance, so that both sides of the issue can be heard and any attempts at compromise could be pursued.

Parish Council Elections

Alongside the Dorset Council Elections in May of this year, all seats on the Parish Council will be up for re-election and all councillors wishing to continue in their role must stand for re-election.
If you would like to apply to become a Parish Councillor and stand for election in May, please contact the Clerk on bereregispc@gmail.com or visit the Dorset Council website for more details.

Memorial Bench

Following an approach from his son, we were pleased to help facilitate the purchase and fitting of a bench in memory of the late Mark Newbold. This will be sited outside of the Drax Arms.

New Noticeboard

The Parish Council recently approved the fabrication of a new metal noticeboard which has been installed at the entrance of Cemetery Lane.
This will shortly be fitted with a new interpretation board giving information on Black Hill as well as details of some walks in the area. We will also be updating the other information boards around the village in due course.
In the meantime, we would ask residents to remember that Cemetery Lane should be kept clear at all times to allow access for emergency and maintenance vehicles.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 14th March 2024 commencing 7pm at the Village Hall.
If you wish to have an item added to the agenda for discussion, please contact the Clerk or a member of the Parish Council before the 1st March.