Changes to rapid community testing

  AM Start Date   PM Start Date
Monday Gillingham 8am – 11.30am Shaftesbury 1pm – 4.30pm
Tuesday Blandford 8am – 12.30am 17-May Sturminster Newton 2pm – 4.30pm 17-May
Wednesday Sherborne 8am – 12.30am 09-Jun Cerne Abbas 2pm – 4.30pm 19-May
Thursday Gillingham 8am – 11.30am Shaftesbury 1pm – 4.30pm
Friday Blandford 8am – 12.30am 21-May Sturminster Newton 2pm – 4.30pm 17-May
Saturday Cerne Abbas 8am – 10.30am 22-May Sherborne 12pm – 4.30pm 12-Jun


Glanvilles Wootton Contact Request “Update on the Inkjet cartridge recycling scheme”

From: Bernadette Egan <> Subject: Update on the Inkjet cartridge recycling scheme
Message Body:
A huge thank you to all who have saved and sent off their empty cartridges to help raise funds for Shine21:Dorset DS Buddy Club. Since 3/2019 – 11/1/2021 the cartridges have raised £154.00 which helps to fund social events for the members.
The link above is to use if you would like to continue to help. The organisation no longer issues special envelopes but has switched to a label system so you can send them in your own envelopes and print the label which will state donations from cartridge recycling should go to Shine 21: Dorset DS Buddy Club. Thank you.

Glanvilles Wootton Contact Request “Dog fouling”

From: Alison Richardson <> Subject: Dog fouling
Message Body: Hi, we live at smithy cottage and seem to be having an issue with dog fouling. This seems to be happening on our front garden regularly. Can we ask that dog owners in the village prevent their dogs fouling on private property. It’s becoming a tiresome issue when I have young children can I ask for the villages support to remind dog owners of their responsibilities thank you

Roadworks November 2020

Traffic Interruptions

South Farm To Park Lane War Memorial, Glanvilles Wootton, Dorset
13 November – 13 November

Delays likely – Road closure

Name: South Farm To Park Lane War Memorial, Glanvilles Wootton

Location: South Farm To Park Lane War Memorial

Description: Streetworks / License – Streetworks

Responsibility for event: Dorset

Current status: Planned


South Farm to Park Lane War Memorial, Glanvilles Wootton, Dorset
13 November — 13 November

Delays likely – Road closure

Works location: On the bridge near sewage works

Works description: Repairing railings on the bridge

Responsibility for works: Dorset

Current status: Planned work about to start

Works reference: B319014160605


Glanvilles Wootton Contact Request “Lost Camera”

From: Trevor Noyes <> Subject: Lost Camera
Message Body: Hi
I wonder whether you have any facility lost and found items?
I lost my camera, in a black case, somewhere, in one of the present grass fields, on the footpath between Middlemarsh (from the Hunters Moon) and your village on 27 Sept 2020, between 11.00 and 11.30.
If anyone finds it they may well receive a reward.
Trevor Noyes

Statement from GWPCC

Before he died in 2019 Sir Howard Guinness was keen to give a piece of land to our church in Glanvilles Wootton with a view to finding a permanent solution to issues around parking and access. Most people will be familiar with the current access and parking arrangements but maybe not the actual status of those arrangements.

The current carpark is on private land. Robert Frankcom very kindly allows the church to use this land and to access it by car along his private drive. Although it has been in place for a number of years this is a temporary arrangement. At any time, we could lose this parking at which point the church would become effectively landlocked, except by the footpath or along Rectory Drive. The alternative would be parking on the B3146 road through the village or on the first (public) part of Rectory Drive.

For many people in this village and surrounding areas the continuing survival of the church of St Mary’s Glanvilles Wootton as a functioning building is very important. We need to avoid a situation arising in which the Diocese of Salisbury opts to close the building, something they would be more likely to consider if access and parking became difficult. We believe that there may already be pressure to close a number of rural churches in our area, so the threat is real.

Sir Howard Guinness’ gift of the land to the Church finally completed last month. Subject to Planning approval being obtained and through agreement with the owners of The Old Rectory, to replace the existing right to access the church along the full length of Rectory Drive with a new right to access the gifted land, the PCC would like to use it for occasional parking primarily for church services. Nowadays there are typically two regular services a month plus a small number of weddings, christenings and funerals. The numbers attending the regular services are low and since some people walk to church there are relatively few cars. The car park we require would reflect this and be low key, there would be no lights, no tarmac, just an informal surface akin to that we currently have on the temporary car park. Furthermore, there would be no interruption of the public footpath that runs diagonally across the field.

We hope that people in Glanvilles Wootton, whether churchgoers or not, would like St Mary’s to continue as a living part of the village and will understand that this parking provision will help to achieve that.


County & District Councillor Pauline Batstone’s Final Blog

This will be my last report as your County and District Councillor as both the County and District Council’s ceased to exist on the 1st April and were replaced by the Dorset Council. Along with three others I am putting my name forward in the Dorset Council Elections on 2nd May but at this point who knows what the outcome will be.

It has been eight years since I became your District Councillor and six since I became your County Councillor. The main local authority theme running through those years has been Highways – speeding, vehicle size, road conditions, parking and potholes. The next most important theme as been planning – where properties are proposed, what the properties are for, density of building, impact on neighbours and whether or not the parish should do a Neighbourhood Plan. I fear it will be ever thus under the new Council. The main issue raised with me outside of local authorities matters is that of local policing and unhappiness with the service provided in the rural area. The next most important is that of rural transport. Our rural area has changed from the long settled dairy farming area I grew up in to an area which is increasingly urban in its population and in the expectations of that population, the majority of whom are newcomers from towns and cities elsewhere.

I thank all those who have worked with me over the years as your Councillor, especially in those parishes which will no longer be part of the Blackmore Vale Ward, should I be successful in being elected as its councillor.

Pauline Batstone
County and District Councillor
Elvlyn Cottage,
Glue Hill,
Sturminster Newton
Dorset DT10 2DJ
Facebook – Councillor Pauline Batstone

The Stainer Field

Latest news on The Stainer Field  – 2 April, 2019

Following the sad death of Margaret Stainer some months ago, her daughter Carol very kindly agreed to separate the field attached to her mother’s bungalow in Glanvilles Wootton. Today, her agents accepted an offer made by the Village Hall Committee for the 2/3 acre field which is directly behind the village hall.

At last week’s AGM of the Village Hall Committee, with 57 people attending, 48 pledged their financial support for this exciting project. The present Hall was built in 1932 and funds for that were raised in exactly the same way as now; by the generosity of people here in the villages of Glanvilles Wootton, Holnest & Middlemarsh.

Through the efforts of everyone who has contributed, this important addition to the village means we can use it as overflow parking for village hall events. So, no more tricky parking on the grass verges at night.

We can also use the extra space for community events – barbecues, children’s parties, picnics etc.

The committee set themselves a target of £25,000 to buy the field and we’re almost there!

However, we still need to raise some more before the field is properly secure. Everyone is delighted and proud to hear of the amazing support shown by our own small community.

If you want any more information or wish to contribute yourself, please get in contact with the Chairman of the Village Hall Committee, Paul Goodfellow on 01963 210487 or the Chairman of the Parish Meeting, Mike Sandy on 01963 210256 (email:


Village Hall Appeal

Glanvilles Wootton, Holnest & Middlemarsh Village Hall Appeal

Your village hall needs you!

As you may have heard, Margaret Stainer died a short while ago. Her property, next door to the village hall, is now coming onto the market via Symonds & Sampson. The Village Hall Committee as been given first refusal to buy the field directly behind the hall.

This small paddock will provide an extremely worthwhile amenity for all of us here in the three villages. However, we now need to raise up to £25,000 to help cover the cost of purchase and all legal fees etc.

The Village Hall has very limited funds and so we are asking people to contribute towards this appeal. If you would like to help in any way or want any further information please  contact Mike Sandy in the first instance on 01963 210256 (email: before 27 March 2019.

There will be an AGM of the Village Hall Committee open to everyone on Wednesday 27 March 2019 at 7.30 pm and this appeal will be an important item for discussion.Whether or not you’re able to help, do please come along and hear about Margaret’s field.