Erica Trust – Programme update

Everyone, like myself, must be fairly  amazed at the speed of progress. Indeed the first work phase has already achieved the majority of the heathland restoration. Felling work has now ceased for the bird nesting season. Gathering in of the cut timber will need to continue for the next few weeks, as apparently it spoils if left.  The brash lines will however be deliberately left for the vehicles to drive over again during the second work phase, so as to lessen the ground disturbance. This  second phase will commence in the late summer/early autumn, hopefully to take advantage of some drier weather. It will complete the heathland restoration work and commence the more exacting process of reducing conifers from the old woodland. For more info click on this link

Temporary Traffic Lights in Affpuddle

A three-way temporary traffic light system has been installed on the B3390 to allow building work to be carried out at Peony Cottage following a house fire.  These lights are likely to be operating for some 8 months from mid-February 2019.

As residents will be aware this is a busy section of road, made more dangerous by visibility issues created by the Z bend. 

What to do if the lights are not working?

The phone number to report any malfunction to the contractor does appear on each traffic light.  This number is 07971 087167 and will get you through to a 24-hour helpline to report technical issues with the lights themselves.  It is not a Dorset County Council number to get through to Highways and cannot be used to report other issues or concerns.


Preparation for Parish Council Elections 2 May 2019. For anyone thinking about putting themselves forward as a candidate for Parish Council Elections a Notice of Election will be published on Friday 15th March by Purbeck District Council. This will be placed on Parish Noticeboards and on the community website. Nomination packs are available to download from the ‘dorsetforyou’ website. However, in the meantime if you would like to hear more about the role then please do contact any existing member of the Council. In addition, you may like to come along to the next meeting on Wednesday 13th March to see for yourself what the role is all about. The meeting will take place from 7pm in the Village Hall


Daffodil planting complete!

Daffodil planting team 21st Oct

Sunday 21st October welcomed a sunny afternoon and a number of volunteers joining up at the War Memorial in Briantspuddle to complete the task of planting 2,000 daffodils in Briantspuddle Woods.  The job was made much easier by the major effort put in on Saturday by John Tozer, who could not join Sunday’s final push.

As parishioners will know, these daffodils have been planted as a lasting memory to the men who fought and fell in both World Wars, so it was particularly fitting for volunteers to gather at the War Memorial, the base of which has been cleaned so that all the inscriptions of the dead are once again clearly visible.  This restoration work has been completed in advance of the act of Remembrance that is planned on Sunday 11th November at 10.50am.

The Parish Council would like to thank all parishioners who have helped with this project and in particular Phil Ventham for coming up with the idea and for organising the working party.  It is hoped that all parishioners will enjoy this lasting tribute to the men who sacrificed so much.


Dorset Book Choice – Dorset Life August Edition

Beating the bounds -Dorset-Life-review


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