Teasel the tawny owl was one of the stars at an open day in Little Giant Wood in Stoke Abbott. Xtrme Falconry brought along four of their owls as part of an event organised with Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Dorset AONB.… Read more
The Bottle Inn at Marshwood has been declared Wessex Regional Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale. The unpretentious hostelry has been judged one of the 16 best pubs for real ale in the whole of Britain.
The photo shows landlords Nigel and Chrissy Blake receiving their award from Rich Gabe of CAMRA’s West Dorset branch.… Read more
More than 30 people gave up their Saturday morning to attend an open meeting to discuss the future of St Mary’s in Stoke Abbott.
Team Rector of the benefice, the Rev. David Baldwin, set the scenario clearly enough: almost all rural churches nationwide are suffering a loss of their congregations as the young desert their villages. … Read more
Lacking in first aid know-how or confidence? Let the CLT help you brush up those skills and leave you confident that you could help in an accident or emergency situation.
We would like to train members of our community to be able to manage a situation at least until help arrives.… Read more
We’re lucky to live in an area with so many footpaths and bridleways. Our rights of way are a treasure enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. It’s to our advantage to keep them in good shape.
With this in mind, the parish council has appointed Cllr Cassian Gray as rights of way liaison officer.… Read more
Are you interested in buying your heating oil at a discount price? Did you know that Minster Fuels (Watsons) run community buying schemes.
Households across a parish get together and bulk buy their heating oil. The exact price varies, but Minster say it is ‘at least 5p a litre’ different from the standard price.… Read more
Routes 688 and 14 Thorncombe/Marshwood to Chard/Axminster, every Thursday
Once again, passenger numbers on these routes continue to be good to very good. Most weeks we are normally seeing between 75% and 90% loading, (and on occasion even 100%).
There has, however been the odd week where passenger numbers have been at 50%-60%, but then they recover back to normal levels the following week. … Read more
The unpopular application submitted on behalf of Mr and Mrs Mears to build two 4-bedroom houses wedged into the field next to Bottle Lane has been refused by the appeals inspector, Andy Harwood, as was expected.
Since the Mears’ plans show this blocks off most of Bottle Lane, the centuries old access to Colmers farm, this was never likely to succeed although the planned spacing of the houses were not deemed a problem as many had thought.… Read more
The traditional wooden and iron fingerpost signs are a distinctive and attractive feature of our parishes. Some years ago the county council switched to plastic signs as a cost-saving measure. Many of the original wooden signs are now broken or missing.… Read more
Since the affordable houses were finished, all manner of subjects find their way onto the CLT table.
At a recent meeting of the CLT Board a number of these issues were discussed. We had a reply to our letter to Dorset County Council Highways department about traffic calming on the B3165 to help children walking to and from Marshwood School.… Read more