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We are 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<

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.

If you click on one of the buttons 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!

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

Last updated 1:00 on Friday, 28th October, 2016
Friday, 28th October

Saturday, 29th October 2016

MudPie Cafe

Village Hall

10:30 - 12:30

Sunday, 30 October 2016

No service in

St. Andrew's Parish Church

Mast for Mobile Telephones

We all - well, that's "all" who have a mobile telephone - will welcome this proposal to improve coverage.  However...
There is a proposal to install a steel lattice telecoms mast 22.5m - that's 74 feet - high in a low-lying location on Shillingstone Lane, in the “empty” plot opposite the chicken FARM 23entrance.  Not a pretty sight - and if it's screened by trees, that would affect reception.
But in my view, of COURSE it should be on the Church Tower !
An application has been made to erect a 22.5 metre high mobile phone aerial mast in the village on Shillingstone Lane. 
However  an existing tower, able to house the a4erial, already exists on top of the church and has already been offered to the phone co for their purpose. 
The Planning Application is by a commercial venture and, though we doubtless need a better mobile signal, surely an aerial would be best placed as high as possible and using an existing structure - St Andrews Church tower ticks both boxes - and would bring the village church much needed revenue into the bargain.
If you wish to object to this Planning Application, you need to act quickly either online or by letter to North Dorset District Council  quoting the following Planning Application reference:- 
"2/2016/1350/FUL  - Land At E380881 N110942 Shillingstone Lane Okeford Fitzpaine Dorset"

Or click here -> Erect 22.5m high lattice mast with 3 No. antennas and 2 No. microwave dishes. Install 2 No. equipment cabinets and 1 No. meter cabinet in fenced compound, and carry out associated works. 

Curiously, I have just received an e-mail from WHICH?:-

4G internet access in the South West of England is lagging far behind London.  People increasingly use their mobile phone as a personal computer, making 3G and 4G signal an ever-growing 'must have'.

New data from OpenSignal found that mobile users in the South West of England can only access 4G 45.7% of the time. Compare that to London, where users can access 4G connection 69.7% of the time.

When you pay for 4G you expect to be able to access 4G regardless of where you live. Mobile phone providers must do more to provide greater access for their customers.

How do you feel about your mobile phone connection? 

Click the Link below - this is "pasted", so I hope it works !



Neither good or bad

Neither good or bad




The map is interesting, showing how poor reception is in this whole area.

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.

Dorset mobile speed camera locations 

Read more >here<

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

From: Mike Wood
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:51 PM
Subject: BKV
Hi all,
Gail and I have just returned from the Best Kept Village awards. I am pleased to say that we were presented with not just one but two awards:
We were winners of the NEIGHBOURLINESS AWARD which was presented to the village showing an exemplary community spirit….How about that then! In addition to the certificate we were presented with a cheque for £200.
We were also more surprisingly awarded runner-up in the Best Large Village. The first place went to Burton Bradstock. Again we received a cheque for £100.
Both Gail and I were overwhelmed at the presentation of the awards and I want to say a BIG, BIG  thank you to you all for supporting the Village Community Group and making it so successful. The funds will greatly boost our defibrillator appeal.
Next year celebrates the 30th anniversary for these awards so we must go all out for more recognition.

Once again……A big thank you to everyone for putting Okeford Fitzpaine on the map. Reports / photos should be in the DORSET ECHO in the next day or so.
Don’t forget the Quiz night on 26th September and our next meeting on October 1st.
... and OUR Thanks to Mike & Gail for all the work they have put into it, too !

Training Workshops for Carers
Are you a Carer?
Do you care for a family member or friend?
Help and Care, in partnership with Dorset HealthCare, will be running
free, informal training workshops during 2015/16.
To book your place and to receive further information please ring:
Help and Care: 0300 111 3303

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...

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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:-

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



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 more speedily to aid recovery from such an event.

The installation of this 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 £2,500.

Our first event was a Barn Dance held in the Village Hall on June 13th, which raised over £300.  Then there was a Quiz night in October.  More events to come!

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

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


DT10 1AS

Tel:  01258 475 582

Office open 9.00 to 1.00 Monday to Friday

Website:  www.acnorthdorset.org.uk

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

on 2 or 3 Sundays a month,

see >here< for details

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.


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 !

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If you click on one of the buttons 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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