Charity Toy Sale

These toys were on sale today outside the house next to the now closed Mount Inn. They're being sold in aid of SPRING (Supporting Parents & Relatives through Baby Loss). The next full sale of nearly new children's clothes, toys books and baby equipment takes place at Broadstone Methodist Church at 2pm on 24th November.

Contact Janet Sibley on 01202 699420 or see

Co-op Break-in

Corfe Mullen's larger Co-op store was broken into late last night (Wednesday 10th October) and a quantity of cigarettes stolen, leaving a number of other packets strewn about the floor nearby. It seems the thieves concentrated on cigarettes as they left nearby bottles of spirits untouched.

Forensics taking fingerprints behind Police cordon

Two low windows near the cash machine were broken to allow entry and exit.
Police were on the scene this morning, including a forensics officer who was checking for fingerprints. Security footage is also being looked at in the hope of providing identification evidence. [more pictures below]

Jubilee Walk - East End

Now updated with official history notes

Parish Councillor Wendy Dix has clearly put a lot of planning and preparation into this series of four walks through Corfe Mullen to commemorate the year of the Queen's Jubilee. Walks take place on Sundays in October and this article describes the first on Sunday 7th October.

We met at the Village Hall and straight away learned that Phelipps Road was named after an old Corfe Mullen family who provided the lord of the manor in the reign of Elizabeth I. In 1662 Thomas Phelipps founded a charity which provided tools for apprentices and still does so today. We moved off past the Library down Phelipps Road and cut through to the old Roman Road.

Diamond Jubilee Walks

Would you like to take part in a guided walk around the village of Corfe Mullen including information on local history and points of interest?

Corfe Mullen Parish Council is delighted to launch a series of walks around the village to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Devised by Councillor Wendy Dix using existing footpaths and bridleways, the walks are all circular and different lengths so can be enjoyed by all ages.

With grant funding from East Dorset District Council’s Year of Celebration Fund, leaflets and maps for each walk are being printed for distribution later in October or early November.

Prior to this a series of guided walks is taking place in October, with Councillor Wendy Dix as your guide.

All walks start on Sundays at 10.30 a.m. and start and finish at Corfe Mullen Village Hall. The programme is as follows:

Sunday 7 October East End Walk 3 3⁄4 miles approx. Duration around 2 1⁄2 hours.
Sunday 14 October Parish Walk 10 miles approx. Duration around 6 hours.
Sunday 21 October Heritage Walk 4 1⁄2 miles approx. Duration around 3 1⁄2 hours.
Sunday 28 October Heath and Valley Walk 5 1⁄2 miles approx. Duration around 4 hours

The terrain includes footpaths, bridleways, lanes and road.

If you are interested please telephone Cllr Wendy Dix on 01202 604208 for further details and to book your place.

Corfe Mullen family Christmas party (formerly Christmas funday sunday)

The Phelipps estate street party committee are organising a Christmas party for families at the village hall on the 25th November 2012 2-4pm. All profits will be split equally between Julia's House and the village hall trust.

I originally came up with the idea three years ago, when I saw how expensive it was to take a child to meet father Christmas. Places often charge £7 per child for 5 mins with the legendary man. So we thought we could do a two hour party for half the price per child.
So with the local Conservative parties help, We organised the first Corfe Mullen Christmas funday.

Christians In Corfe Mullen 2012

The Christians In Corfe Mullen Celebration is an annual event we have in the village, or at least it’s been annual for the last three years! In essence, we encourage people from all the local churches and others who live in the village but might worship elsewhere to come together for an evening service.

This is some of the blurb from the first one we did three years ago and it still applies now –

Christians In Corfe Mullen

What is it?

Advertising on Roundabouts

For a number of years the roundabouts at Windgreen and Cogdean have been a blaze of colour during the summer months due to the efforts of local volunteers and the grounds staff from our own Parish Council planting an array of plants and bushes. The village community were justly proud of the impression these roundabouts would give to visitors entering the village.

Plans by Dorset County Council to sell advertising space on these roundabouts could well put an end to the Parish Council plans to continue this planting activity.

Windgreen Roundabout

Cogdean Roundabout

These are the proposed advertising boards on the two roundabouts and will put into visual perspective the issues raised by our Councillors. Four signs will be installed on each roundabout. One on each approach.

Photograph shows the drivers view as the vehicle enters the roundabout

Text and pictures: Dave Wright

Upton Heath 'Recovering'

Upton Heath is showing signs of recovery following last year’s devastating Heath Fire which destroyed 140 acres of prime heath land habitat.

On Friday of this week, 3rd August, I took this photograph to highlight the growth of new Heather emerging amongst the ashes of the fire. A welcome sign that nature is fighting back.

It will be many years before the Heath fully recovers but with planned help from the Dorset Wildlife Trust, Local Authorities and Businesses, and invaluable help from local Volunteers, the future is looking extremely promising for the Heath and its wildlife.

For the latest information on the progress of work being done on Upton Heath go to -

Dave Wright

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