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.