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Last updated at 22:00 Sunday, 7th February, 2016

After the success of our first community blitz in the grounds of

St Andrew's Church 

we are having another session at

10 a.m. on Friday 12th Feb.

Please come along armed with clippers, choppers and scrapers etc. There is still a fair bit of pruning to do plus clearing the weeds from the moat.

Higher Street Road Closure

15th February 2016 to 8th July 2016

Click >here< for details


Farewell, then
Anne Tucker
Her ashes will be laid to rest
in the Churchyard
at 10 o'clock tomorrow,
Monday 8th February
Thank you for the Music
Received by e-mail:-

Anne Tucker  ..... 1933- 2016

Anne was born in November 1933 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, where her father was a rubber planter. There ensued a period of seven or eight years of idyllilc life, in a warm country, with riding, swimming, school at one of the hill stations, and occasional trips home to the UK. Two younger brothers joined the family.

In 1941, everything changed dramatically. The Japanese invaded Pearl Harbour, war came to the Far East and the family -- without her father -- had to make its escape. They got away from Singapore early in 1942 on one of the last ships, making it to Perth, Western Australia, where her youngest brother died, aged 7 months, from illness contracted on the ship. 

Anne's father remained in Singapore in the volunteer army, where he and thousands of others were captured by the Japanese, incarcerated at the infamous Changi gaol, and finally despatched to work on the equally infamous Burma Railway. For the next three and a half years, his wife and family knew nothing of his fate.

Following the loss of her baby, her home, and effectively her husband, Anne's mother decided to join her sister and family iin South Africa, where they spent the next couple of years. In the middle of 1944, her mother decided that if -- and she had no idea of the reality -- her father were to survive the war, he would find his way back to England. So, another sea journey in war conditions, and the family arrived in Liverpool, just in time for the doodlebugs! Her decision was rewarded: in August 1945, the first message arrived, scribbled on a scrap of paper, to indicate that Anne's father had survived his ordeal and was on his way home. The message was delivered through the good offices of an Amercian unit, which had liberated the prison camp, way up in the jungle. 

We took her to see the film ‘The Railway Man’, based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax.   We expected her to be emotional but she  took it in her usual down-to-earth way and was able to talk about it quite easily as part of history.

Reunited in September 1945, the family returned to their home in Bournemouth, where Anne went to school at Talbot Heath. Her parents did return to Malaya for a few years, where they faced the onset of the communist bandit warfare, finally settling back in England in the 1950s. Her mother did write a journal about their experiences, which Anne’s brother now has. 

So were sewn the seeds of Anne's wanderlust, which never deserted her, until her declining years. Her travels, working as a musiic teacher, took her back to South Africa, to Southern Rhodesia, Kuwait -- where she managed to survive the six-day war unscathed -- and finally to Canada, where she spent some 20 happy years in Montreal. But home remained where her heart was, and in the mid 60s she bought her wee cottage in the heart of Okeford, where she lived until her dying day.

Anne was an enthusiastic participant in village life, and loved to be involved in everything that was going on, such as helping to serve coffee to village community group volunteers doing cleanups in the village. She played the organ regularly for church services  She was on the PCC, and always brought biscuits to PCC meetings. She also always huffed and puffed if any changes were suggested! 

Anne was always a ‘lady in lavender’, which was indeed her favourite colour scheme. Whenever offered coffee, she always said she would prefer something stronger.She would always write a thank you card for every smallest reason and, accompanying her signature, would always be two little musical notes.

Anne was devoted to her family of nephews and nieces, who, like her, spread themselves around the world, travelling to Dubai, Kenya, Australia, Thailand, Hongkong, the USA, you name it. Her final Christmas in 2015 was spent with as many as could be mustered in Scotland, a happy final chapter in her life.  


From The Fippenny News, February, 2016:-

Anne Tucker 1933 - 2016
Sadly Anne died suddenly, from a heart attack, on 11th January It was the way she would have preferred to go, quickly and without a long stay in hospital. Her funeral was on Friday 22nd January at St. Andrew's.
She was born in Malaya and spent her early life there. In December 1942 the Japanese invasion forced her mother with the children to flee to safety from the war zone. Her father stayed and became a prisoner of war.
After a time in Africa the family returned to the UK. Anne was at boarding school until she went to study music in London. On leaving college, Anne became a teacher in Dorset, did a spell in Kuwait and then back to the UK, buying her cottage on the Cross in 1966. She became organist/choir mistress at St Andrew's and was there for the famous broadcast on the BBC. Wanderlust once more overtook her and she spent the rest of her teaching career in Montreal.
Returning to Okeford on her retirement she continued to travel the world on holiday but always happily settling back into her beloved cottage, enjoying village life and once more playing the organ at church.
Anne was with out doubt a 'character'. Outspoken, opinionated, at times exasperating and bossy, but for all that she was a loyal, caring friend, kind and generous to a fault. Willing to help, as long as baking was not involved. She rather proudly boasted 'I've never made a cake in my life' but relished other peoples, especially the chocolate ones. A very sociable woman, she enjoyed entertaining, (until increasing old age meant things got too much for her) and was the life and soul of any party. She loved to spend time with her scattered family, and until recent years drove many miles to visit them.
Some of my happiest memories of Anne are of long pot-luck lunches, lasting well into the afternoon, talking of books, music, village gossip, art, and travel. A true English eccentric, I shall miss her. Life will be duller without her.
More tributes welcome - just click on the CONTACT US Tab on the Left of your screen.
These tributes will be moved in due course to the PEOPLE Page - see Tab on the Left of your screen.

The Chairman of the Okeford Fitzpaine Parish Council has asked for this notice to be posted here.  This notice will be removed after a while, but the Link will remain, just click on the LINKS tab.

The Official Parish Council website


is now operational

It is purposefully limited to

only providing statutory information

from the Parish Council

(minutes, agendas, financial data)

and the Neighbourhood Plan

rather than covering

all the social or church etc.

activities in the village.

At the last meeting of the Village Community Group

a "Village CleanUp" was suggested -

Click >here< for more, then "stay tuned to this Station"


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 !
The questionnaires were collected and the results have been analysed.
There was a Presentation 
in the Village Hall
on the 9th of January;
if you missed it, see >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 !

We now have yet another page, for our neighbour SHILLINGSTONE, to draw your attention to their events.
Click on the SHILLINGSTONE Tab on the left.

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...

Nothing special of which we are aware.  

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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



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

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.

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.


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.  Sorry about that - but you have been warned!

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