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

Open meeting discusses future of St Mary’s Church

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

Rural bus service updates

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