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Newsletter 2nd November 2016

To start this month’s round up of news and events, a couple of notable events from last month are worth a mention.

Firstly, the great news that this year’s entry to South West in bloom has been rewarded with a GOLD award for the first time. You can read more here, but many congratulations to all those involved in making this a success.

For the first time in many years, the Village Hall hosted a live concert early in October. You can read of this here. Voices will also ring out at the Church this coming Saturday November 5th, with the Mill Singers.

After learning about the Met police last month, on 10th November the WI will learn about calendar customs in the UK.

This season’s Moviola is now well underway and the third screening of the season, Golden Years will take place on Saturday 12th November at 7.30 pm at the village hall.

The morning after this is, of course Remembrance Sunday where the short remembrance service will take places at 10:50 am at the Parish Church.

The business of the village goes on, with all the myriad of classes, interest groups and the like meeting regularly. Look at the diary for something to take your interest.

The Parish Council meetings this month will be the regular planning and finance meetings as well as the full council meeting on the first Tuesday of the month. You Novembercan read of a few of the items discussed in our regular “News from the Council Chamber”.

The Friends of Milborne Port Library talk about the latest threats to the library service but end on a happy note looking forward with a story time at the lights switch on, organised by the Spirit of Milborne Port on 25th November. This will have the usual Father Christmas, Christmas carols and food served.

Also on this day and a couple of days later, home grown guitarist, Michael Partington will be giving a couple of concerts, though sadly not in the village.

Spirit have also been advertising for more help to get their message out and they report on the financial outturn of the summer fete.

At the end of the month, Richard Duckworth will give an illustrated talk on the farming history of the village to the Heritage Group.

Newsletter, 28th September 2016

We hope you enjoy reading about the village’s happenings in this newsletter for October which is slightly early for various reasons.

On 8th October there is the folk concert with The New Scorpion Band at the village hall. It is not too late to buy tickets for this gig. Bring your friends for a great evening.

The day before this gig, on Friday 7th, the village hall plays host to the National Blood Transfusion service where you can donate blood.

The Church will be holding its Harvest Supper on 1st October.

These are occasional events, but the ongoing clubs and societies are no less worthy of your attention. The Friends of Milborne Port Library report on a very successful summer reading challenge for the children.

The WI are as usual very active and this coming Friday morning 30th will be their Macmillan cancer coffee morning to raise funds for this outstanding charity. They report on their upcoming events and on the diary, you will see an invitation to their craft afternoons, open to all.

Summer may be over but the gardening club are keen to hear about weeds in their next talk on the 11th October.

The heritage group will be holding their next meeting at Church House on 17th October where the theme will be The Battle of the Somme. Before that on Sunday 2nd October, another of the fallen of that battle, private Read will be remembered with a half muffled ringing of the bells at the Church.

More activity at the village Hall later in the month with the welcome return on Sunday Screen Bites, where local food purveyors will be displaying their wares in a market setting. This will be followed by the film “East Side Sushi”.

The following Saturday will be the chance to see the film “Our kind of traitor” as part of the Moviola series.

You can visit the Parish Council pages to read about their activities and don’t forget, the full council meeting will be on 4th October, with committee meetings two weeks later.

The relocated Post Office is now in operation at Crackmore Garage. For many, it will be a longer walk to get there, but good for the cardiovascular system no doubt!

During October, there will be a series of road closures on the internal roads in the village. Look here for more details.

The Spirit of Milborne Port report on the financial outcome of the village fete and introduce this year’s Christmas lights switch on.

As usual, if you know of more going on or if some details have changes, please drop an e-mail to the administrator to get corrections in place.

Newsletter 8th August 2016

I must first apologise for not updating the newsletter for June or July, but this means that this month’s newsletter is going to be jam packed with information for all in our community from young to old. So here we go!

June saw the dismissal of the planning appeal for the development of the Gainsborough site which, I’m sure most of the community were delighted about. Following on from this, the Parish Council have been making major improvements around the village and the most recent refurbishments have been to the cemetery, due to a very generous beneficiary, the road has been laid with new tarmac and stone chippings for the main footpath. While discussing change, the Polling Station, normally held in the Main Room of the Village Hall has been moved to the Camelot Room, still in the Village Hall. The Village Hall is a very versatile space and can be used for an array of functions. The contact phone number for booking this great space has recently changed. It is now: 01963 251217.

The end of May saw the retirement of Sue Morse after 14 years of service in our local Library. I feel sure she will be sorely missed. Other changes took place in June with new opening times for the Library being published along with greater collaboration beginning between Dorset and Poole Library’s joining Libraries West Consortium.

The Heritage Group seem to have been very busy in June and July with structured walks around the village, exploring the Church during one of their meetings and their latest meeting in July was focused upon the gloving and leather Industry which was a major employer in Milborne Port in the 19th Century. Look out for more interesting events coming up in their Autumn programme.

Summer is the time for fetes and we have had at least two in the past few months. The Spirit of Milborne Port held their Summer Fete on 4th June followed by the successful Party @ The Port. Both events were extremely well run and attended by many residents and their families. Milborne Port Primary School also held their fete in July that was jam packed with sheep races, BBQ, cream teas and trade stalls.

The WI have seen some sad and happy days during June and July. The passing of Julia Barnicoat who had been chairman of the WI since 2009 was a sad occurrence. On a lighter note the WI celebrated Bastille Day (14th July) with a French evening where one lady went to the extreme of sporting a curly moustache and wearing a string of onions! It is great to see the WI continue their meetings throughout the summer. Some Clubs are not that fortunate and one of those is the Bridge Club that is not running during the summer.

During these long, hot summer days it is easy to forget those who are no longer with us. It was a humbling reminder when I heard the bells of St Johns ringing out on the evening of 2nd August to remember Arthur John Parsons, previously of this parish, who was killed on this day in 1916.

On a lighter note Milborne Port had its judging of this year’s South West in Bloom competition on 7th July. The village certainly looked lovely with the hanging baskets, planters, neatly cut edges and the colourful Gainsborough flower bed very kindly constructed and maintained by “Tim”. We will have to wait and see how successful we have been this year.

The Spirit of Milborne Port made a fantastic effort to position the new village welcome stone just days before the judging of the South West in Bloom competition. There was a small group of local people present for the stones positioning at the entrance to Milborne Port. Those involved with organising this marvellous representation of our village have worked tirelessly for 18 months to achieve this tremendous result. It is a testament to their hard work and love for our village and I, for one, am humbled by their determination to improve the look of our community.

The weather so far this summer has not been as kind to us as maybe we would have liked, despite this there is plenty for children to do around the village. The swimming pool can be booked (on line on this website) for private sessions for a range of times during the day, our play parks, Gainsborough, Village Hall and by the Old Tannery are always available for use by all ages.

This month will see our local Post Office closing and relocating to Crackmore Garage. Philip Robshaw has been our Postmaster for at least 30 years. He has been the “jolly” face of this institution 6 days a week for all this time without a break. It will be a sad day when he closes the door on this village centre facility. His last day will be 23rd August 2016. The new Post Office at Crackmore Garage will not be opening until Monday 28th August 2016. Our thanks go out to him for all these years of loyal service to our community and wish him all the best for the future.

To look into the future at forthcoming events for the beginning of autumn, Moviola will be showing films on a Saturday rather than during the week. The first film in September is Eddie the Eagle. The Village Diary is already almost full with a wide variety of events and clubs so take a look at the diary to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the activities held in our great village.

The last note of this newsletter is to update our local community regarding the Parish Council. Due to our Clerk being off sick at the moment, councillors will be opening the Council Office where possible as usual on a Tuesday and Friday morning from 9.30 to 11.30. There will be a note on the door of the council office displaying this information. If the Council Office cannot be opened residents are urged to contact us by writing a note and putting it in the letter box. We are hoping to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. A new chairman was elected this week, John Oldham now chairs the council. A vacancy also exists for a new councillor.

Newsletter 2nd September 2016

Another month, another newsletter. We hope you will find this summary of activities past and future worthwhile. This is a snapshot, but do come back to the news page during the month as articles are continually added. If you have anything you want to write about on the website, please do get in touch here.

We start “back to front” this month, with information about two events coming up in early October which you might not want to miss. The first is the Charity ball at Bowling Green on Saturday 1st October with one local and one national charity being supported. The second event is a folk concert at the Village Hall given by well known locally formed band “The New Scorpion Band” on 8th October, with proceeds in support of the Village Hall Trust.

Your Parish Council will have its regular monthly meeting on 6th September. All minutes and agendas are posted here. There will be a further regular planning meeting on 20th September along with an open spaces meeting. We mentioned last month, that there is a vacancy on the council and according to local government procedure, this will be filled by co-option. Anyone interested in standing for the council should have a look at the notice and request an application form.

We note that the appeal against the planning decision on the solar farm has been overturned and this development can now go ahead.

It sounds as if the WI had some noisy fun in August with their meeting. Their September meeting will take place on 8th September.

The Friends of Milborne Port Library have had a busy summer with their big friendly read for children. This is so important to support children’s reading as a key to all learning. Other activities in the library have paused for the summer but are about to start again.

The Spirit of Milborne Port will be having their regular meeting on 14th September.

Moviola returns to the Village Hall on 17th September (note the new day is Saturday for Moviola this season), where the film “Eddie the Eagle” is to be shown. Also at the hall, the first meeting of the Heritage group on 19th September will look at the history of the Milborne Port Opera.

The following meetings in October and November will revert to Church House on the subject of the Battle of the Somme and farming in Milborne Port respectively. The first of these meetings will also show some of the work that Naomi Thorp has carried out researching the fallen of our village. The half muffled ring to honour the life of Reginald Barter will take place on 16th of the month, one hundred years after he died.

Newsletter 30th May 2016

Fete, Fete, Fete! In case it was passing you by, the Village Fete, organised by Spirit of Milborne Port takes place on Saturday 4th June from 1pm, followed in the evening by the Party @ the Port. All the usual fun to be had. There is also the opportunity to contribute to the update of the Milborne Port Parish Plan.

Before that, on 3rd Friday, the National Blood Transfusion service will be at the village hall for those wanting to give blood.

Once the busy weekend is over, a quieter time with the bridge for beginners club, which starts up on Monday 6th June at the Village Hall.

The next full Parish Council meeting will take place on 7th June at 7pm. The agenda is available here, and it is noted that on the agenda will be consideration of the planning application for a retail store on the site of the Gainsborough Arms.

The Council’s accounts are now available for inspection by contacting the Parish Clerk until 15th July. An informal report of items of significance discussed at the last Parish Council meeting is available and since that time, other significant improvements to the cemetery have been completed.

On 11th June, there will be a garden party to celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen at Church House, whilst on 18th June, the School will hold its annual summer fayre, also with Royal overtones.

We note that the WI in Milborne Port reports on electing a new president, whilst librarian Sue Morse has retired. No doubt the Friends of Milborne Port Library will feel this loss but they continue to do sterling work in our library.

The History and Heritage group are not resting on their laurels, and following their festival leading up to the fete, whey will be holding their next meeting on 20th June, starting at the ball court.

The use of the village hall as a polling station has moved from the main hall to the Camelot room of the hall and will see its first use for the EU referendum on 23rd June. Whatever your views on this, the outcome will impact us all for decades to come and a high turnout is hoped for.

On 26th June, the last of the current round of open days will take place at the English Organ School.

Or course, this quick round up of specific activities within our village does not do justice to the wide range of social and sporting activities which take place every week, from badminton to bridge and Spanish conversation to Short mat bowls. Look at the diary to see the full range of what’s on. If we have missed anything that you would like to see included in the village diary or reported in the news pages, please do get in touch with the administrator.

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