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Okeford Fitzpaine is a small village in the heart of the Blackmore Vale in North Dorset. To see where we are, click on the Map icon on the right -->

Or for a map of Dorset Parishes, click >here<       Click >here< for the weather.

This "Notice board" for our village is updated quite frequently, so do come back often to see what's new.  Advertise your events here for FREE.  This WebSite is totally independent of any other organisation.

Below are events happening in the village today or very soon; for further ahead, see the Village Diary.

Last updated:- 23:25, Friday, 16th February, 2018

SATURDAY 17th February

NO MudPie cafe

Sunday, 18th February

Trailblazers Plus 

10 o'clock

in the Village Hall.

A club for children aged 4-16. Each session will be based on a bible story with quizzes, games, colouring and singing.

The initial part of each session is in the Okeford Fitzpaine village hall and then the children join the rest of the congregation for the end of the Praise service.

Children should be dropped off at the village hall at 10:00 AM and collected from St. Andrew’s church at 11:00 AM.

Family Praise Service

10 o'clock

in our Church.


Then, in the afternoon -

in the Village Hall :-

If you click on one of the buttons on the right, or at the bottom of the screen, it takes you to an advertising site, over which I have NO control - that's why this WebSite is free.  Sorry about that - but you have been warned!

Local travel disruptions ?

Click >here<

BEWARE of congestion in Blandford!

The bridge over the Stour near Bryanston is closed.

Speed cameras in Dorset ?
Click >here<

St. Andrew's Church


The Village Community Group

are holding

First Friday Lunches

at 12:30 in the Village Hall

on the - you guessed - first Friday of each month

Two courses + tea/coffee

£5 a head.


All proceeds to St. Andrew's Church.

Bookings - 861 063

Petition to the Government:-

Place all UK residents on the Organ Donor Register.

Click >here< to sign.

You have been warned !

Mobile speed camera locations in Dorset.

Dorset Police will be looking to catch out bad and inconsiderate drivers as part of their 'No Excuse' campaign.

Click >here< for more.

Defibrillator    Click >here< for more

For "What's On" in Stur, click >here<
The Clerk to the Parish Council has asked for this to be posted:-

Trading standards warn of 

Blue-Badge copycat websites

Click >here< for more


The Official Parish Council website

Click >here<

provides only statutory information

from the Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan

NO social or church, etc. activities shown.

The MudPie Cafe

is open most Saturdays 

in the Village Hall

10:30 - 12:30

For specific dates, look in the Village Diary

For up-coming events in SHILLINGSTONE

Click on the  
tab at the bottom on the left.

Neighbourhood Plan

click >here<
For development plans, maps, etc.,  click >here<
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,




The Village Community Group have raised funds for the provision and instllation of a life-saving Defibrillator now installed in the village. This will serve all ages in the  event of a heart attack and will assist the Medical services more speedily to aid recovery from such an event.

The installation of this facility has been notified to all households in the village with simple instructions on what to do in the event of such an occurrence.

This is 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.

Should you wish to donate or raise funds for any similar cause please contact any Village Community Member or Mike Wood (860 146) mike@nutmegcottage.net



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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

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:-  861 524

Or  Derek:-   Fippenny AT vfemail DOT net   861 979

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.

St. Andrew's Church

Service at 10:00 every Sunday

EXCEPT the first in the month,

when there is a Benefice Service

in one of the other Churches in our Benefice.

see >here< for details.

Everyone is welcome.

Every Thursday, there is Matins at 08:30

and Vespers at 17:00

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.


Old clothes (clean and bagged, please)

can be dropped off at the school.

Dorset Wildlife Trust

A talk once a month.

Don't forget to check out the "What's On" Tab on the left of your screen, for future events.

If you have anything you would like added, click on the "CONTACT US" Tab on the left of your screen.   It's FREE !

Be aware !  

If you click on one of the buttons on the right, or at the bottom of the screen, it takes you to an advertising site, over which I have NO control - that's why this WebSite is free.  Sorry about that - but you have been warned!

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