Recycling changes

If you've seen the leaflets or the recent 'roadshow' in the Village Hall, you probably know that recycling collections are changing soon but you may not be aware that there's a deadline this week to register for options other than the standard service the council offers.

Sheila Bird from the Parish Council office demonstrates the containers for the new service (excludes brown bag)

The new collections begin on 10th June, by which time everyone will be given the containers shown above (minus brown bag). We get a large wheelie bin for most recyclables, a smaller one for non-recyclables, two brown food waste bins and are expected to use the existing green box for glass. The brown bag shown is for garden waste and will be only issued to those who choose this service for which there is an additional charge. All these items are on display in the Parish Council office.

If you need a larger rubbish bin (second largest of those shown) for a large household or don't have somewhere to keep a bin, or want the garden waste service, please contact the council waste partnership (see below) before Thursday 28th Feb [--more--]

Bear Mead

Text and pictures - John Palmer

Bear Mead is a small private Nature Reserve on the NW border of Corfe Mullen, run by John and Rosie Palmer. Access is along the bridleway from the A31, opposite Candy's Lane.

Bear Mead on the South bank of the Dorset Stour is a beautiful place, 25 acres of meadow and pasture, old hawthorn hedgerows dotted with big ash trees, and the river gliding by. Wimborne Minster and Charborough Park tower can be seen in the distance, the bells heard on Sundays, and there are often spectacular sunsets across the flat floodplain. Deer, swans, herons, moorhens and coots are seen every day. There is private fishing (a 7 pound chub was caught recently) but no right of way crosses Bear Mead. The occasional canoeist paddles upstream from Eye Mead bridge towards White Mill bridge. The nearest road or house is 700 yards away. [-- more --]

Bus Consultation

Dorset County Council spent £2.7m last year on subsidising bus journeys all over the county. They are entering into consultation to ensure that the money is spent as effectively as possible, to assist as many residents as it can. A bus service is vital in a rural county and next year the fund will be smaller.

They are asking residents to fill in a consultation questionnaire on line at Please log in and fill out a survey, they really do need your views.

A full list of all the services that are subsidised can be seen at

Last year there were 11m passenger journeys, just under half of these (44%) were made on concessionary passes, about one quarter of the routes were subsidised.

susan jefferies


The blanket of snow covering Corfe Mullen today (Fri 18th Jan) amounted to nearly 10cm (4 inches) and brought all sorts of businesses and organisations to a halt. The schools and Parish council office were closed but the Library and the main Co-op were open.

Lots of people stayed home from work and since schools were closed, they had a great time playing about in the snow.

Here's a snowman sighted in Ralph Road but more pictures below and in the Village Photo Album (flickr group - see block on right). Please do upload yours to flickr and add to the group for others to see.


Horse Sanctuary in trouble after founder's death

Sadly David Craig, the founder of Happy Horse Sanctuary died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve this year whilst tending the horses he dedicated his life to.

The sanctuary, which cares for rescued horses and is located in a field just off Haywards Lane at the bottom of Pardys Hill in Corfe Mullen, is now faced with imminent closure and is desperate to find homes for as many of its horses as possible. Also required urgently are donations, either financial or of hay and food, to keep the horses going in this emergency.

For more information on the sanctuary and a list of the horses in need of new homes please look at their website

Chris Kemp

Floods at Julian's Bridge

Following the recent heavy rains the River Stour flood plains, along the course of the river, are at full capacity as the attached photographs indicate.

These are views of the flood plain taken from Julian’s Bridge

The 1st photograph is a view to the North-North West, towards Cowgrove

The Eye Bridge and Weir at Cowgrove is approximately in the centre of the picture on the far ‘bank’, approximately ½ mile distance as the crow flies, so the whole of Netherwood Mead land peninsular is currently underwater.

The 2nd photograph is a view to the South, towards Corfe Mullen

Standing on the bridge and watching the speed of the waters passing underneath is very unnerving.

Although the flood waters on either side of Mill Street have not yet reached the road level it is worrying close. Hopefully the rains ease for a couple of days.

Dave Wright

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Most of us must be aware that elections are coming up for Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset Police but perhaps like me, you don't really know what the issues are, who to vote for or how to choose between them. Above all how much difference does it or can it make who gets the job?

The election takes place this Thursday 15th November, so if you haven't thought about this, time is running out.

Remembrance Sunday

The annual Remembrance Sunday commemoration this year coincided with Armistice Day, the 11th Novemer, which marks the treaty ending World War I.

Servicemen, the British Legion, along with Scouts, Guides and others met in Central Avenue at 2pm and marched to St Nicholas' Church for a packed Remembrance Service led by the Rector, Rev Pamela Walker.

The service included bugles playing the Last Post, a period of silence and an extract from Laurence Binyon's famous poem "For The Fallen":

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

Rev Walker in calling us to remember those lost in various conflicts, noted that there has been only one year since the end of Second World War (1968) when no British Armed Services personnel have lost their lives and highlighted some of the reasons nations go to war. After the hymn "Abide With Me" the service closed with the Benediction and the National Anthem.

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