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The Gossip Tree & More News  

This page provides news, stories and information on events in and around Fontmell Magna parish.

**Latest News**

Parish Council Clerk & RFO - Marianne Wheatley is stepping down from her role in the New Year. Consequently the Parish Council is now advertising for a new Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. Please take a look at the advert. 

Highways  - Dorset Council Highways has reported delays to its schedule of work in Fontmell parish to re-surface a number of lanes due to Covid-19 restrictions. 


News and information on current events can be found in the parish's monthly newsletter The Gossip Tree - click here for the latest edition.  This edition includes a tribute to John Gadd who died recently.

More recent news items can be found by scrolling down the page.  The latest item is: 

Information and contact details for organisation, clubs, societies and businesses that operate in and around Fontmell Magna can be found in the Parish Directory.

Previous editions of The Gossip Tree are also available:

October 2020November 2020   December 2020
July 2020August 2020September 2020 
April 2020May 2020June 2020 
January 2020      February 2020March 2020
Christmas Chimes 2019  
October 2019   November 2019December 2019
July 2019      August 2019 September 2019
April 2019May 2019June 2019
January 2019   February 2019March 2019
Christmas Chimes 2018300th Edition Supplement 
October 2018   November 2018December 2018
July 2018   August 2018September 2018
April 2018      May 2018June 2018

January 2018

February 2018*   March 2018
Christmas Chimes 2017  
October 2017 November 2017December 2017
July 2017      August 2017September 2017
April 2017May 2017          June 2017
January 2017
February 2017March 2017
October 2016November 2016December 2016
July 2016August 2016September 2016

* includes Archive Society Newsletter January 2018 

More News

08/10/20 Parish Council Clerk & RFO - Marianne Wheatley is stepping down from her role in the New Year. Consequently the Parish Council is now advertising for a new Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. Please take a look at the advert.
08/10/20  Draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting on 18th September, and the meeting papers, are available on the Meeting & Minutes page.
28/09/20  The Parish Council is holding a further parish meeting on Monday 28th Sept0ember at 7.00pm via Zoom. If you wish to join the meeting please contact the Clerk. Please note the meeting will be recorded.
01/06/20The Parish Council will hold its Annual General Meeting via the Zoom platform on Monday 8th June at 7.00pm.  If you wish to join the meeting please contact the Clerk by 12.00pm on 4th June.  Please note the meeting will be recorded.
01/05/20Guidance is available on how to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on Thursday 8th May.
29/04/20Due to the Coronavirus pandemic the Parish Council AGM and Annual Parish Meeting due to be held in May has been cancelled.  The Parish Council is exploring ways to hold the meeting virtually and will communicate the arrangements as soon as possible. 
26/03/20Dorset Council has issued a statement regarding the currency of Neighbourhood Plans. Because DC cannot demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply this means that from December 2020 the Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan will be afforded less weight in planning decisions.
01/03/20 Plans for marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day are well advanced; a draft programme and plan for the day is available. For more information contact Lisa le Druillenec lisa.ledruillenec@gmail.com

‘The Big Bang’ is a programme of UK-wide events to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The event takes place on Wednesday 18 March. NEW for this year is an exciting evening session from 5 – 7.30pm. This session is for parents/carers and their children [of any age!], from any school or college, to come and explore the event and see for themselves what STEM is all about!  More information is available at:  https://news.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/2020/02/11/want-to-discover-opportunities-for-your-childs-future-in-dorset/

10/02/20The parish council is making arrangements to acquire the telephone box outside the village shop and Post Office.  Usage of the box has declined to almost zero and BT no longer wish to maintain the facility.  Suggestions are welcome on how best to use the box in the future.
 27/01/20Dorset Council is running a public consultation on Dog related Public Spaces Protection Orders.  The closing date is 19 April 2020. 
20/01/20The Winter parish litter pick will take place on Sunday 9th February, meeting at 10.30am in the Village Hall car park. All equipment will be provided and DWP will collect the rubbish. Here's the risk assessment for this activity. Refreshments will be available in the Hall afterwards.

Publication of the Gossip Tree is being taken forward by two new editors - Graham Eames and Ann Ashford. They will work more or less alternately with each responsible for their own monthly editions. Contributions to the newsletter should be sent to fmgossiptree@gmail.com. 

18/10/19   Cranborne Chase has become the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be formally designated an International Dark Sky Reserve.
02/09/19Parish Litter Pick - the autumn litter pick will take place on Sunday 3rd November starting at the Village Hall at 10.30am.  All equipment will be provided and DWP will collect the rubbish. Here's the risk assessment for this activity.
30/08/19The Ideal Health Exhibition – Live Life to the Full, will be held at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton on Saturday September 7th from 10.00 – 2.30pm.
Organised by the Patient Participation Group (PPG) of the Blackmore Vale Partnership, this will be a fantastic opportunity to have many of your queries regarding various medical, social and well-being issues answer. For more information click here
27/05/19 Digital Norm - Superfast Dorset has launched a campaign to encourage Dorset households and business to upgrade to superfast broadband which is now available to 97% of Dorset's premises.  Please go to their website for more information  www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/superfast

The Parish Council was up for election on Thursday 2nd May 2019, at the same time as the County Council election. There are seven places on the Parish Council but there were only four nominations: Chris Bellers, Mike Humphreys, Jeremy Long and Annie Newbury. Therefore, these four nominations will be elected unopposed with effect from 2nd May. As stated in the April Gossip Tree (Issue 302), Howard Horstead and Leo Williams decided not to stand; the Parish Council thanks them again for their many years of service on the Council.  Consequently, there are now three vacancies on the Parish Council.

03/04/19The Annual Parish litter pick is taking place on Sunday 7th April.  Please help us keep the village and parish looking clean; it just needs an hour of your time, all equipment provided and refreshments afterwards.  Meet at the Village Hall at 10.30am. 
30/11/18Following a majority 'yes' vote in the referendum, the decision was taken by NDDC on 28th November 2018 to make the Fontmell Magna Neighbourhood Plan 2017-2031 part of the development plan for the Fontmell Magna neighbourhood area.
03/12/18Details of Christmas Services 2018 in the Village have been published.
16/11/18The official result of the Neighbourhood Plan referendum can be found at:  https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/councillors-committees-elections/elections-and-voting/pdfs/result-of-poll-fontmell-magna.pdf
19/10/18 Polling cards issued by NDDC for the Neighbourhood Plan referendum on 15th November.  A drop-in session will be held on Saturday 10th November in the Village Hall between 10:00am-4:00pm for residents to ask questions about the plan prior to voting.
17/09/18 NDDC Cabinet approved the Neighbourhood Plan to go forward to a referendum on 15th November. The updated plan is available here.
24/08/18The Conservation Area Appraisal has been updated to include some of the buildings at Middle Farm, Lurmer Street.
10/08/18The Independent Examiner's report on the Neighbourhood Plan is published, recommending the Plan goes forward to a referendum. 
30/05/18The Parish Council's Annual Report for 2017-18 is now available. Click here to view.
27/04/18Grand Auction of Promises and Candlelit Meal will be held in the Village Hall on 30th June 2018 to raise funds towards replacing the boiler in St Andrews Church. Click here.
28/03/18Margaret Marande, 81, from Fontmell Magna, is to walk the 220-mile Hardy Walk, the long distance walk she created 20 years ago, to raise funds for three good causes. Click here to find out more.
16/03/18Following approval by the Parish Council, the Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to NDDC for examination. The Plan and all the supporting documents are available on the parish website. Click here to view.
15/02/18The Neighbourhood Plan Submission edition will be discussed by the Parish Council on 12th March 2018. If approved it will be submitted to NDDC for examination. 
10/02/18The Conservation Area Appraisal has been formally adopted by NDDC, with effect from 14th February 2018. 
01/12/17 A Conservation Area Appraisal document has been published for consultation with all parish residents.  The consultation runs from 1st December 2017 to 12th January 2018.  Click here to view.
21/11/17   The Draft Neighbourhood Plan pre-submission consultation is now closed. Thanks to all residents who reviewed the documents and completed a questionnaire.  All comments will be considered by the Working Group and Draft Plan updated as appropriate.
02/10/17The Draft Neighbourhood Plan is now available for pre-submission consultation. Comment and feedback is requested from all parish residents.  Click here to access the documents.
05/09/17Dorset Local Access Forum are recruiting please see the poster
03/08/17Vodafone mast application- expected 3G and 4G network coverage from the proposed mast is shown here
02/08/17Vodafone mast application - further information about the installation from Galliford Try; closing date for comments on application is 10/08/17.
21/07/17Public transport route changes from 23rd July 2017, here.
18/07/17Emergency closure of Sutton Clump, see notice here.
03/07/17Parish Council meeting 10th July - new start time of 7.00pm, agenda here.
29/06/17Bluebridge Communications - statement from Neighbourhood Plan working group.
21/06/17A350/C13 - consultation live on Dorsetforyou.com website. 
12/06/17Dorset CCG Communications - CSR consultation headline responses published.
12/06/17 Dorset's public and school transport- new contracts awarded.