At Marshwood church on Saturday 18 June (10-12 am), and at Stoke Abbott village hall on Sunday 19 June (2-4 pm), we will present the NP and related documents and ask you to fill in a consultation form.
A new bridge installed on one of the bridleways at Prime Coppice in Marshwood parish is ‘a lifeline for the woodland,’ according to landowners Kit Vaughan and Ruth Fuller.
The bridge replaces a dilapidated 1950s’ structure, which had long been unsafe for walkers and riders.
‘On a Saturday night in June 1947 some local men felt in a contemplative mood after a few drinks at the Shave Cross Inn. They started taking bets as to who could run the fastest. The mood became infectious and the running went on until 2am … People living nearby wondered what was going on as the still peaceful night was disturbed by a constant “Are you ready – Go” … clobber, clobber, clobber (from the hobnailed boots).’ (Taken from Dorset’s Western Vale by Sylvia Creed-Castle.)
From this midnight race meeting was born the Shave Cross Sports, which included a ‘marathon’ of four and three-tenths of a mile.
Council meeting 15th December 2016: Parishes get a minimal increase on the precept.
Your chairman, Matthew Bowditch began by asking the clerk, John Vanderwolfe, to talk about his suggested budget. This held no surprises although it had been expanded to give a better picture of what is happening.
As Beneath The Vale went to press, landlords Nigel and Chrissy Blake had just moved out of The Bottle Inn at Marshwood. The Blakes were evicted after the pub’s owner, Michael Brookes, was granted a possession order by Weymouth County Court.
Recipe: Quick and easy soups for spring. By Joy McClellan
Carrot and orange soup
1 medium onion, chopped 1 medium tin carrots 250ml orange juice
250ml chicken stock
Up to 250ml single cream Salt and pepper
Sweat the onion in butter.
A hotel, a fun park, a museum, campsite and bigger shop were among ideas by children from Marshwood primary school about what the village needs for the future.
Pupils of all ages took part in the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) consultation and added their thoughts to the process.… Read more
This sword is owned by the Bowditch family of Stoke Abbott. It is approximately 170 years old.
In the early 19th century once the Napoleonic wars were over there was a deep agricultural depression. Dorset was already a poor county and mostly agricultural so it suffered greatly.… Read more
At the annual general meeting of Marshwood Community Land Trust, David Hitchcock, the chairman, summed up their successful campaign to bring affordable homes to the community with a list of problems solved and faults found. Only one problem remained – what to do with the CLT’s ground rent.… Read more
A brief meeting where the main topic was funding for repair of fingerpost signs. David Hitchcock, chairman of the Marshwood Community Land Trust, outlined the costs and approach. As this meeting was held before the CLT AGM, Mr Hitchcock said he would come back to the council and seek members’ support if the CLT board agreed to spend some of its funds on fingerposts.… Read more