After a great deal of joint discussion, a revised travel plan

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Travel arrangements update – Bridport, Beaminster, Broadwindsor, Mosterton & On

UPDATE – 26 September 2017

The situation regarding what is now being referred to as the College Bus: Dorset County Council speedily arranged this when we saw the First timetable. It leaves Bridport at 7.30am, it gets to Beaminster at 7.46 – I will need to find out the rest of the schedule but it goes along the “40” as was. At the moment it is for students. What we are trying to do is assess how many others would like to be on it – those working or wanting to go to Yeovil regularly (one day a week or more) so there is an evidence of demand for the service and can become one provided with the support of First, College, Schools, DCC and take fares. So please, let me or your parish/town councils know,  all the ones along the route,  about as many people you know who would use it so we can change it from a student route to a student commuter and others service. The return journey is at the end of the day. This is what can happen when change occours, its not the best way, but that demand we hear from you and others can be really good in finding solutions.

Also, I recently posted about the current community link services.  This is on the Broadwindsor Community site, can be accessed at which might be a bit confusing, sorry.  I will endeavour to get more information out on those and of course the parish and town councils are working incredibly hard too to find out what your views and needs are.

For Beaminster residents, the Dorset County Council Saturday service known as the CB3 will run until 21 October.  In the meantime a great deal of work is being done with Beaminster Town Council to see what a community link could look and service as.





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Yeovil College Bus for those on the 40 bus route Bridport – Yeovil

Please contact the College if you have not already done so for use of the College run on Monday starting at Bridport at 07.30am.  This service will run for a week whilst a more permanent service is worked on by those involved.

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Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service Media release Last call for the Prince’s Trust Team Programme There are a final few spaces remaining for the upcoming Prince’s Trust Team programme being delivered by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service in Bournemouth this September. We are looking for unemployed young people to take part in an exciting 12 week course to learn new skills and improve their confidence and motivation. The upcoming Team programme will be based at Kinson Community Centre and will run from Monday 25 September until Friday 15 December.  A taster day will be held at the centre for eligible participants on Wednesday 20th September at 11am, for people to find out more information and meet the team. The course will give unemployed young people aged between 16 and 25 the skills and confidence to find a job, with three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust, moving into work, education or training. Participants will get involved in team building activities, a four-day residential trip in Dartmoor, complete a community project, and take part in two weeks of work experience during the programme. They will also get advice on how to write CVs, practice interview skills and gain nationally recognised qualifications. Rob Guy, Youth Intervention Manager, said: “We welcome young people to come along to our taster day to meet the team and find out more. The 12 week programme is all about helping young people to learn new skills and achieve their potential. It really is an exciting opportunity and we are asking anyone who is currently unemployed and between the ages of 16 and 25, who would like to gain qualifications and improve their motivation and confidence, to get in touch.” If you would like to find out more about the upcoming Team programme or register an interest to apply, please contact Rob Guy on 07739 899293 or email  

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Beaminster No 40 Bus

Users of the number 40 bus are obviously concerned about various reports stating that the route has been de-registered.  This has happened but it does not mean for sure that the route will no longer be served.  It is a legal procedure, and whilst organisations look at the route for re-registering, it leaves a bit of a vacuum about not knowing how it will continue.  But there is time, plenty of it, commercial confidential discussions need to take place.  Please let these continue, for this route and others, so that an all round satisfactory conclusion can be found.   The 40 is a really important inter urban route, providing much needed rural connections and of course a link between our area and Yeovil College.  So continue to use it, as so many do and have increased the numbers from a few years ago.

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Dorset County Council Election 2017

Thank you everyone in the Beaminster area division for your support, not just those who voted for me but for everyone who voted – our area had an incredibly high voter turnout for a local election which is fantastic, local democracy is so important.  I will work harder than ever for you all and for Dorset.  I would like to thank all for your votes, messages of encouragement and to the many who supported me behind the scenes, too many to mention, but was invaluable not just during the past months but for the years since my last election.  I look forward to continuing working with you and for you.

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The Dorset NHS Clinical Commissioning Group public engagement on GP services

I thought it might help to post a summary from the NHS CCG about their current public engagement strategy concerning the future of GP services.  There is a longer more detailed document available from their website too.  There is the opportunity to have your say about local services, keeping them closely embedded in local communities.  They are truly valued.

The Link to the larger Primary Care Commissioning Strategy is Dorset NHS website

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