Seventy years of the Shave Cross Mini Marathon

‘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.

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Parish council meetings December & February

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.

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Parish Council meetings September and November

15 September

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

Bottle Inn wins CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year

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