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Out and about on Bib the Bike good for your health

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The Emporium manager Cheryl Basten and her dog Baxter enjoy a ride with deputy manager Lesley Huckle
The Emporium manager Cheryl Basten and her dog Baxter enjoy a ride with deputy manager Lesley Huckle

This fabulous sight is set to become common around Stur, as The Emporium charity shop has paid for the insurance to enable Bib The Bike to take residents out on rides around the area.

The trishaw is owned by the Blackmore Vale Medical Partnership and aims to get otherwise housebound people out and about.

Trade union stalwart’s £4,000 bequest to students trust

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The New Blackmore Vale Magazine News

Farmworkers’ hero and trades union stalwart Ernie Amey, who during his life secured over a million pounds for workers in compensation claims and died aged 90 in June 2014, left nearly £4,000 in his will to the John Paulley Trust.

The trust, established in the name of the former Blandford teacher and educationalist who lived in Durweston, supports students with special needs, assists students with sporting ability to obtain high-level coaching, recognises effort and progress schoolwide, and specifically the effort and progress made by students at Durweston School.

Mighty Pen fete nets a whopping £7,744

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A steady stream of visitors help raise £7,744 at the Pen Selwood fete
A steady stream of visitors help raise £7,744 at the Pen Selwood fete

The Pen Selwood Fete not only raised a phenomenal £7,744 but also proved for the 66th time to be a much adored village affair.

A steady stream of visitors delighted in the stunning location, the stalls and refreshments, arranged by the villagers, on this sunny afternoon. Children took pleasure in learning circus skills when they weren’t seeking something special on the toy stall or testing their skills on the coconut shy and traditional games.

Concern as surgery remains closed for ‘vital’ repair work

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The New Blackmore Vale Magazine News

Questions are being raised by residents in Gillingham over why The Barn Surgery remains shut.

The Barn, which is part of Gillingham Medical Practice, closed on April 14, 2021, due to subsidence, thus allowing for ‘vital’ underpinning and repair work to be carried out. However, resident Richard Lawrence claims he has seen ‘no evidence’ of building work being carried out on site since it closed.

Prison Friends making a real difference

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The FOGM at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show
The FOGM at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show

The Friends of Guys Marsh were raising awareness of the vital work they do for everyone connected with prison life at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show.

Their stall was also selling items from the Jailhouse Café, which is open to the public inside the prison grounds, and provides opportunities for prisoners to work in the kitchens and engage with guests.

Planners refuse flats plan at historic site

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The New Blackmore Vale Magazine News

Permission has been refused by Dorset Council for the redevelopment of the site of Larksmead House in Salisbury Road with nine homes in place of the property, built over a hundred years ago at the turn of the last century, which would have been demolished.

The application by Lawsh One Ltd of Wimborne was opposed by Blandford Town Council and a number of local residents.

Brad’s coming home

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Stalbridge Superbikes star Brad Jones
Stalbridge Superbikes star Brad Jones

Stalbridge Superbikes star Brad Jones has been discharged from King’s College Hospital London – more than a month after a devastating crash at Brands Hatch.

Brad, 23, sustained head and chest injuries, a fractured pelvis and a punctured lung in an accident during the opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race on July 24.

Flats plan is unpopular

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The New Blackmore Vale Magazine News

Town councillors have maintained their objection to an application to build two apartments at Stone House in High Street, Gillingham, following the submission of amended plans by ECS Climate Systems Ltd.

They have repeated their recommended refusal on the grounds that it would be contrary to policy relating to the management of flood risk and the design will be detrimental to the character of the Conservation Area. They also consider the proposal overdevelopment of the site, and object to the resulting loss of parking.

Spectacular Kingston Lacy Christmas Lights

Christmas Trail 2021 at Kingston Lacy in the Blackmore Vale

While many of us are still waiting for summer to put in a late appearance (“And just what time do you call this..?!?”), and squeeze in one last BBQ, the creative minds at the National Trust’s Kingston Lacy House are already gearing up for Christmas.

And it really does pay to plan ahead. The team at Kingston Lacy’s 8,500 acre estate shall be hanging their stockings with care, along with a wonderful Christmas trail through their stunning grounds which will be transformed with luminescent landscapes. Christmas is the most magical time of the year and this year visitors can enjoy something even more special from the 3rd of December until the 2nd of January.

If Christmas is all about enjoying time together and creating wonderful memories, then this is how it should be done. Working in conjunction with Sony Music, everyone’s favourite Christmas songs are brought to life with a spectacular. Guests are invited to walk along the trail and through tunnels of light, passed giant baubles, Christmas characters and more as the gardens shimmers with yuletide magic.

For younger (and some older) visitors it simply wouldn’t be Christmas without the guy in the big red suit and guests just might get a glimpse of Father Christmas as they pass through the impressive Fire Garden.

To keep everyone warm, street vendors offer a fantastic variety of treats, winter warmers and hot drinks, so whether you like your eggs nogged, your pies minced or your something a little more spicy, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Despite the fact you’re still not quite ready to put the sun cream away yet (“I will get a tan!”), now’s a good time to start your own planning to ensure you get your tickets booked for what is becoming an increasingly popular event. Our top tip is book in advance to make savings on Kingston Lacy’s Christmas Trail. Ho, ho, ho!

When

  • 3 December 2021 – 2 January 2022

Where

  • Kingston Lacy House, Wimborne, BH21 4EA

How Much
Advanced ticket prices:

  • Adult £18
  • Child £14
  • Family £60 (2 adults & 2 children)
  • Carers and children 2 and under go free
  • Parking £8 per car, free for National Trust members if booked in advance.

For further details visit:
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy/features/christmas-at-kingston-lacy-2021

Christmas Trail 2021 at Kingston Lacy in the Blackmore Vale

My predecessor founded community in Bermuda!

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MP for West Dorset Chris Loder
MP for West Dorset Chris Loder

I hope you enjoyed Miranda’s interview with me in Edition 22. I wasn’t expecting to see a childhood photo on the front cover! But thank you to many of you who have been in touch with your kind comments.

The West Dorset constituency is vast. It is 400 square miles with 137 parishes. So although the Blackmore Vale is my home, as an MP, I have an extended home, all the way down to Lyme Regis!

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