Local road closure information 

https://dorset.roadworks.org/ an interactive map for local road work information, 

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Local government reform have your say, online or via forms

Local government reform, shaping Dorset’s future, responses by 25 October, public consultation

I invited all the parish and town councils in the area I represent as your Dorset County Councillor to a meeting kindly facilitated by the Broadwindsor Group of Parishes at Drimpton Village Hall on Tuesday 11 October to have a discussion about what the local government reform agenda could deliver for more community engagement, whatever the outcome of the current consultation and what it could mean for all communities.  What is so important is that you all, with this potential change, have the role and voice for what happens locally particularly in the social care arena, where about two thirds of current Dorset County Council finance is spent, have the information and therefore the ability to assist the direction of service delivery.  Social care, across the whole age from young family to those in older age is the most highest spend, yet I don’t think you have enough sight of what this is and the ability to help your communities in ways that can help at a very early stage.  I talked about this at the meeting and heard what those also representing you felt, it was a really good discussion and very much helped in seeing the focus on people, families, those in need, a collective responsibility we all have, and can help.

I was delighted that so many parish representatives attended the meeting.  Out of all those invited, in the Beaminster area, which was all, were Thorncombe, Blackdown, Drimpton, Broadwindsor, South Perrott, Cheddington, Corscombe, Halstock, Stoke Abbott, Netherbury, Marshwood Vale, Pilsdon, Netherbury, Seaborough and Netherhay.  The discussion and therefore action needs to continue no matter what the Shaping Dorset Future consultation concludes. I hope a further meeting will attract those who didn’t attend and perhaps a wider audience.  As your County Councillor I will represent everyone but I would so like to hear your views, that is really important to me.

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Abseil for Firefighters Charity

Abseil for Firefighters Charity, Blandford Church, wonderful support from DWFRS Blandford, Poole and Weymouth @dwfirerescue

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Melplash Show 2016

Melplash Show 2016 celebrating with Peter Hardwill, Will Frost & Rebecca Knox @hardwills @melplash @rknoxwestdorset 

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A3066 roadworks between Beaminster & Bridport Are finished early, no more night time closures.  Great news from Dorset highways.  Residents and visitors will be very grateful

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Dorset Communities, funding opportunities and support

Dorset County Council has invested in a number of online tools and support for Dorset’s communities to access, in addition to the strategic grants to a series of infrastructure support organisations. 

These are now available within the Support for Voluntary and Community Organisations pages on Dorset for you.


I would like to draw your particular attention to the Dorset Fundfinder tool as this will enable community groups to search (at no charge) for current open grant funds to maximise their chances of obtaining future external funding. To compliment this Dorset Community Action have kindly shared their level 1 funding related information and factsheets.


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A3066 night working

Thanks to the Dorset highways team and their positive efforts to help local communities, huge praise

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