Financial Support Available

Dorset Council have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the range of support available to people financially affected by COVID-19 so they can seek advice and support before they reach crisis point. They hope that this will result in fewer people becoming homeless, becoming ill, or hurting others. Dorset Council are working with Dorset Citizens Advice on the campaign.

If anyone in the community is experiencing financial difficulties or is supporting someone who is, they can visit the web pages at or telephone the Dorset Citizens Advice Adviceline on 0344 411 1444 for further information.

Property Flood Resilience Survey

We have received an email from Emma Cary of Risks and Policy Analysts (RPA) Ltd who are carying out work for the Environment Agency. Emma writes that:

“I work for Risk & Policy Analysts. We are carrying out a study for the Environment Agency on resilience to flooding.  We are currently collecting views and opinions and are interested in questions such as: 

  • Are property owners and occupiers aware of Property Flood Resilience measures? 
  • Do property owners and occupiers have any measures installed (e.g. flood doors)? 
  • Are there any issues that are hindering owners and occupiers from taking up Property Flood Resilience? 

We are using an internet-based survey to collect opinions on Property Flood Resilience from owners and occupiers.  The survey can be accessed via:

We would like to ask you to kindly pass this invitation on to property owners and occupiers in your area, so that we can find out what they think about Property Flood Resilience. 

The study is part of wider work on increasing resilience to flooding (see for more information).   

If you would like any further details on the survey and how the data collected will be used, please do get in touch

Thank you in advance for your help. 

Framptons Charity

This is a local Charity re-branded and ready to help the post-lockdown era:

A local charity helping young people with their educational needs is preparing for the increase in demand for help in the post-lockdown era.
The William Frampton Educational Trust, based at Moreton, has changed its name to Frampton’s Charity and appointed new trustees as it seeks to raise awareness and respond to the needs of young people in a difficult time.
Richard Frampton-Hobbs, Chair of the Trust, said:
“We changed our name at our meeting in March and planned activities in the summer to raise our profile locally – in particular an event at Moreton Village Hall in July with food, drink and a country dance band. Unfortunately we have had to postpone that but we expect more applications this year than in the past for help. Coronavirus has impacted for the worse on the lives of many young people.”
Frampton’s Charity helps young people with education or training needs resident in the parishes of Moreton, Affpuddle, Briantspuddle and Turnerspuddle. Funding can help with training equipment, books, travel expenses or general maintenance. Awards of up to £500 are usually made.
The charity is very aware that young people leaving school and college are facing difficult decisions about moving to higher education, apprenticeship and trial work periods and the risk of setting up a small business. It is open to applications which should be received by 31st August.
Check out the facebook page for the William Frampton Educational Foundation or email to apply.

9 July 2020

Black Hill cyclists building ramps ‘putting lizards at risk’

Article copied from BBC News 11 June 2020:

Picture showing ramps being built
Illegal ramps being built – picture copyright Dorset Council

The creation of trails and jumps by cyclists is ruining habitat used by sand lizards. Rare sand lizards are being put at risk by cyclists building ramps in a nature reserve, a council has said. Dorset’s Black Hill, near Bere Regis, is being damaged by the creation of trails and jumps by cyclists in areas where they are not permitted to ride, Dorset Council said. Sand lizards use these sandy areas of the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) to incubate their eggs. Visitors are being urged to stick to bridleways marked by signposts.

Nightjar birds and smooth snakes are also found at the site. Like sand lizards, they are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, making it an offence to kill, injure, capture or disturb them.

Cyclists are only permitted to use the bridleways at the site and not other areas of the hill, which have been dug up to build the jumps, Dorset Council said. The authority added the damage had increased since lockdown measures were introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Blackhills warden, Amy Gallagher, said: “Often the people who are using or creating these trails and jumps do not realise the catastrophic impact it has on the wildlife. For instance, sandy areas are used to incubate the eggs of one of our rarest reptiles, the sand lizard. Something as simple as riding across it could destroy a whole clutch of eggs hidden beneath the surface.”

The council is urging members of the public to report any damage or “inappropriate use” of the site to police and Natural England. PC Claire Dinsdale, of Dorset Police, said officers were patrolling the area. “Anyone found causing such damage will be dealt with and any motorbikes used off road in this way will be seized,” she added.

Parish Magazine goes on line

At least for the period of the Coronavirus Emergency the website is publishing an electronic version of the Parish Magazine in the Whats On page. It will take a bit of getting used to as the electronic version is the printers copy of an A4 document folded for A5 presentation – so the page numbers appear all over the place – but once you are used to it …..

Event cancellations and organisation closures

Unfortunately a number of events have been cancelled and temporary closures of activities due to the virus epidemic have been made. Most folk will already know through word of mouth. Briantspuddle Shop/PO intends to remain open subject to manning by volunteers least at risk to the virus – but see the Shop and PO page for more detail.

Dog Fouling

Parish Councillors have been made aware of a particular issue concerning dog fouling along footpaths in the parish. Dog fouling laws are in place because dog faeces are unsightly and unpleasant.  They also represents a serious health hazard.  For more detail click on the link below:

2019 Village Awards

Winner of the previous winners category for Dorset Best Small Village 2019

Councillor Sue jones receiving the Award
Councillor Sue Jones receiving the Award

In 2018 the Parish Council entered Briantspuddle into the small village category of the competition and was very pleased to be awarded first prize.  Having won before excludes entry into the full competitionfor a number of years, but entry is possible to a previous winners section.  The Parish Council decided to put Briantspuddle forward.  The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 1st October at Cerne Abbas village hall where the village was awarded first prize in this category.  As well as receiving plaques there was a cash prize of £100.

A number of factors are taken into account when judging this award and a significant one is the absence of litter.  The Parish Council would like to thank all those who took part in the annual litter pick which took place in April.  In addition, thanks go out to all parishioners who collect litter on a regular basis when out walking.

Runner up in the Community Heritage Project 2019 Awards

As all will recall the Parish Council purchased Briantspuddle telephone box from BT for £1.  Councillors asked parishioners how they would like to see the box utilised and the overwhelming choice was for an information kiosk.  Volunteers came forward to turn this into a reality and set about the task of designing content to fit the space. They also produced photographs, illustrations and text to overlay onto mapping.  Overall any visitor will gain a snapshot of the history, architecture, natural habitat and wildlife that help to make up the parish.

Sunday 28th April 2019 saw the official opening of the Mini Information Centre and ever since it has been very well received and admired by residents and visitors alike. 

The Parish Council entered the project in the Community Heritage category of the awards and amid some very stiff completion was awarded runner up.  In addition to a plaque there was a cash prize of £50.

The complexity of this project could not have been delivered without the skill and dedication of the volunteers who came forward.  The Parish Council would like to thank those involved for answering its call for help, expertise and support.

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