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This "Notice board" for our village is updated quite frequently, so do come back often to see what's new.  

This WebSite is run totally independently of any other organisation.

Last updated at 23:15 Sunday, 30th August, 2015.


Mrs Kate Harvey

Anyone who knew Mrs Kate Harvey is invited to view a message just in that is posted in the GUESTBOOK [Click Here]



For the next few days...

Nothing special of which we are aware.  

If you know better, let us know, so that we can post it here.    For FREE !    

Leave a message via the "CONTACT US" Tab on the left of your screen.

For forthcoming events, click on the WHAT'S ON Tab on the left,

or the VILLAGE DIARY Tab.


Parish Council Meeting

First Tuesday of the month

Next one, 1st September 2015

at 7:30 pm

in the Pavillion


Simply FABULOUS bike ride

Wed 2 Sept  0930

Meet at The Cross,

Okeford Fitzpaine.


Circular route  to newly opened Old Dairy Shed, Woodrow, Kings Stag. Going west from OF on Lower St. we turn left at Common to Fifehead St Quentin via Zoar Lane, through Hazelbury Bryan and north to Woodrow for our coffee. 

Return via Woolland and Ibberton (lovely honey) 
Distance: 15miles (21km).  hilly.  8mph pace.  3hrs estimate
PLEASE LET ME KNOW if you intend joining me - I hope so.
DO:   check your bike
BRING:  
-  spare inner tube
-  repair kit
-  water bottle
-  coffee kitty
-  sunshine.

Dilys Gartside   860 157
 


COMING UP !

The Great Dorset Steam Fair !
(Click on the Links below)
This may affect us in several ways:-
Road Closures, etc.
Lock up your sheds
Watch out for illegal "travellers' camps"

Just in !

You might like to read this article which dispells one rumour about Asda, and is probably the definitive latest situation regarding supermarket plans for Blandford
Read carefully and to the last line.
Click on the link below:-
http://www.forumfocus.co.uk/asda.html

Neighbourhood Plan

Production of the Okeford Fitzpaine Neighbourhood Plan has been re-started

At the Parish Council Meeting held on Tuesday 4th August 2105 the green light was given to a new Project Plan to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Okeford Fitzpaine Parish.

Full details can be found on a new Okeford Fitzpaine  Neighbourhood Plan website: https://okefordfitzpaineplan.wordpress.com/

Why is a Neighbourhood Plan important. The headline reasons are twofold. Firstly, to influence future development of the Parish in terms of how many houses are built and where they are built. Secondly, developers have to make a contribution to the local infrastructure through the Common Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Up to 25% of the CIL can be made available for communities to decide how to improve their own infrastructure, but only if they have an agreed Neighbourhood Plan.

When will the Plan be ready. By Q3 2016 according to the new project timescale, and the Plan will then run from 2016-31.

What  can you do to help produce the Plan. Volunteer for one of the roles that need to be undertaken to produce the Plan.

How do you get involved. Look at the new website or  look at the adverts on the noticeboards.

If you go to the LINKS page, you will find a Link to that WebSite, and one to the existing Parish Plan


 

TOMORROW

Nothing special of which we are aware.  If you know better, let us know, so that we can post it here.    For FREE !    Leave a message via the "CONTACT US" Tab on the left of your screen.

For forthcoming events, click on the WHAT'S ON Tab on the left,

or the VILLAGE DIARY Tab.


 

NOTICE

The Village Community Group have agreed to fund raise on behalf of a Life saving Defibrillator to be installed in the village. This will serve all ages in the  event of a heart attack and will assist the Medical services to more speedily aid recovery from such an event.

The installation of a facility will be notified to all households in the village with simple instructions on what to do in the event of such an occurrence.

This is considered to be a vital life support system in an area where we are distant from the emergency services, who will fully support the operation and upkeep of the defibrillator.

In order for us to provide this equipment we need to raise £2500.

Our first event was a Barn Dance held in the Village Hall on June 13th, which raised over £300. 

Should you wish to donate or raise funds for this cause please contact any Village Community Member or Mike Wood (860146) mike@nutmegcottage.net

 

PLEASE SUPPORT US


The Village Community Group 

Okeford Fitzpaine has entered the

DORSET BEST KEPT VILLAGE COMPETITION 2015

which encourages:

Tidy and Litter Free Villages, Pride in Appearance, Protecting the Local Environment, Public Open Space, Public Buildings and Wildlife Habitat

 

including:

Churchyards, Village Halls, Car Parks, Bus Shelters, Noticeboards, Recreation and Play Areas, Seats, Approaches to Farms, Shops, Pubs, Planted Areas, Verges, Hedgerows and Streets

Please help us to keep our Village Tidy

ALL welcome

 

Valued Sponsorship, Donations and Prizes provided by:- Dorset County Council, East, North, West and Purbeck District Councils, Dorset Echo, Dorset Magazine and Blackmore Vale Magazine

For details of other Village Clean up days and meetings or the ways that you can help please contact: Mike Wood 860146 mike@nutmegcottage.net.

       





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SUPERFAST  BROADBAND  IS  HERE!

Word was out that BT Openreach had enabled the fibre optic connection to Okeford Fitzpaine on 18th Feb, and BT’s website connection checker revealed that, yes indeed, superfast broadband is now possible at an estimated speed for a specific connection.  The actual wording was “Yes! You can get superfast BT Infinity Fibre broadband.”  For my phone number and address “You could get 45-64Mb Estimated download speed range”.

So does this mean that we are now automatically speeded up? NO!  Does this mean that as BT Openreach installed the cable that we must use BT? Also NO!  Can I check today, the actual speed I could get on the speed checker?  Again NO!
To make use of this facility a new, Fibre contract has to be arranged, just like when getting the old standard broadband.  There is a wide choice and range of prices from many companies. Some deals are for broadband only, some add weekend and evening phone calls, some offer anytime phone calls, others add TV, mobiles etc. Prices start at lower speed ceilings, up to 16/17 Mb, increasing to up to 38,76,100,150Mb, with bells and whistles.

Your actual available speed depends on your distance from the nearest, green junction box, where the fibre optic cable ends and copper wire to your house begins. For me that is opposite the village shop.  Speed decreases with distance along copper wire from that box.

Useful links are:
 www.productsandservices.bt.com/products/speed-checker, to check availability and get a speed estimate.  The speed checker further down the page will only check the current ADSL connection.

http://www.money.co.uk/broadband/fibre-optic-broadband-deals.htm, to see a very wide choice of providers (ISPs).  Note the More button at the foot of the list for further pages.  Click to the ISP website for up to date information and contact details.

Finally, if you have a good deal for your home phone, you do not have to stay with the same company for fibre broadband.  It might be cheaper to mix, however it might be cheaper to match, phone and broadband from the same provider, which may or may not be your current one.

How to get it  Choose an ISP and elect to get a fibre enabled connection.  The ISP will probably arrange for a BT engineer to visit (though some don’t) and install a replacement front cover for your main phone socket, plus supply a fibre modem and fibre compatible router, though combined modem/routers are starting to be provided.  The router will be a basic model but sufficient for most users.  The engineer should check your available speed, after which you can choose a contract, according to your requirement and pocket.

Bottom Line  If your current Broadband satisfies your needs, there is no need to change anything.  There is bags of information on line to tell you what a fibre connection can offer.

Peter Bowles


A request :-

From: Charlotte Dooley [mailto:charlotte.dooley AT acnorthdorset.org.uk]
Sent: 15 October 2014 09:23

Age Concern North Dorset requires volunteer Trustees to help develop our services which are stretched with demand.  Individuals with business development and previous governance experience would be welcomed. Please call our office on 01258 475 582.

Kind regards

Charlotte Dooley

Age Concern North Dorset

Sturminster House

Bath Road

Sturminster Newton

Dorset

DT10 1AS

Tel:  01258 475 582

Office open 9.00 to 1.00 Monday to Friday

Website:  www.acnorthdorset.org.uk


WANTED !

A SECRETARY TO THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL

A vacancy exists for the role of Secretary to St Andrew's Parochial Church Council. The PCC deals with everything to do with the Church.

This role has been carried out by Zoe Goddard for the past 10 years; but Zoe has also been a Churchwarden for the past year, and wishes to relinquish the Secretaryship.

The position is an Honorary one, and for anyone interested in applying, a full job description is available. Generally, the job entails dealing with correspondence (not a great deal), preparing Agendas for and taking Minutes at meetings of the PCC every two months, etc.. Applicants need not be churchgoers and Zoe would be readily available to assist the successful applicant if required.

Anyone interested in applying for this post should contact either :-

Zoe Goddard       Tel:--01258861046 
                    e-mail:-- info AT goddardlandscapes.co.uk

Keith Bradley     Tel:- 01258 861 735
                    e-mail:-  k.bradley5 AT btinternet.com


The Fippenny News comes out at the beginning of each month.

If you don't already receive a copy, we can arrange delivery - just drop us a line through the CONTACT US tab on the left of your screen.  

Or ask Barbara:-  01258 861 524

Or  Jane:-   JKTapp AT talktalk DOT net

30p a copy (collect from the Church),

or £3 a year, delivered to your door.


 

Are you new to the Village?

Mike Wood and his Committee have prepared a very useful (and free) "Welcome" booklet to help you.  Click on the "CONTACT US" Link on the left of your screen, and ask for it.


Okeford Fitzpaine Village Hall

For progamme for 2013, see the latest issue of the Fippeny News, or

Diane Burt  01258 807 697  VillageHall AT okeford-fitzpaine DOT org


Fippenny Gardening Club

See the Fippenny News for more.


St. Andrew's Church

Service at 10:30 most Sundays,

everyone is welcome.

The Church is also open every day for private prayer - or simply somewhere to go to meditate alone, away from the cares of the world.

See The Fippenny News for full details of services.

Jane has produced a splendid little booklet on the history of the Church

Price £1, profit goes to Church funds.

JKTapp AT talktalk DOT net


Parish Council

The Parish Council now has a Tree Officer - Adam Saberton  861 577 

and a Footpaths Officer, Jeremy Gartside    860 157


Recycling for Charity

Drop off at the Olde Bell Stores

for Wessex Cancer Trust.

HP, Lexmark, Dell and many Canon printer ink cartridges;

also branded toner cartridges, and old batteries.

AND

aluminium foil, etc. (but not drinks cans),

and old clothes (clean and bagged, please)

can be dropped off at the school.


Dorset Wildlife Trust

A talk once a month.


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