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We are a small village in the heart of the Blackmore Vale in North Dorset.

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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: 10:50, Saturday 24th June, 2017


Saturday 24th June

MudPie cafe

Village Hall

10:30 - 12:30

Sunday, 25 June


Morning worship

10:00 in our Church

Local travel disruptions ?
Click >here<


Come and join us

at 7pm on Friday, 23rd June

for a walk round the perimiter of the village.

"Beating the Bounds"

About two and a half miles, pretty level,

about an hour.

Start & end (refreshments) at the Church.

£5.  Dogs on leads welcome.


Church and Community Fun Day

Saturday 8th July 2017 

in the Village Hall


Program of Events:-

9.30am Potato Weigh-In

10.30am – 12 noon Mud Pie Café


12.30pm – 2.30pm

Staging of Exhibits by competitors


2.30pm Judging


3pm Show open to visitors
Entry £1

Teas available

4.30pm Prize giving


5pm BBQ and Bar

7pm Barn Dance  
Music by “The Baker Band”

Entry:- adults £10; Under 12 £5
Family Ticket - 2 adults + 2 under12 - £25

From The Blackmore Vale magazine, 19th May, 2017

Letters to The Editor,  page 45
Team effort
Passing through Okeford Fitzpaine on Saturday, 13th May, I saw several people working very hard cleaning and tidying their village  All obviously volunteers. It made me feel really good to see this.  Thank you, ladies and gents; the Great British Spirit is still around.
V. Downton, Sturminster Newton.
THIS is part of the "Village clean-up", a) for our entry into the "Best Kept Village" Competiton, and b) and FAR more important, is for our village - YOUR village, to look nice.
Please do YOUR bit, by tidying your own garden AND the road frontage outside - keep it clear of weeds, mud and rubbish.

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 - 861 830

Tickets are now on sale for a very special event
‘An Evening with Rory Bremner’
to be held at Milton Abbey School
on Saturday 10 June at 7pm. 

Mast for


Mobile Telephones

The Planning Application for the erection of a telecoms mast has been refused,

see >here<

or click on the Link below for the full story.

From: planning@north-dorset.gov.uk

Sent: Friday, November 25, 2016 7:10 AM

Subject: Saved search results and Tracked Applications have been updated

The following results have been updated recently:

Tracked Applications

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. - Land At E380881 N110942 Shillingstone Lane Okeford Fitzpaine Dorset.

Here's the Link for the full story.

--------------------[ Original Posting ]--------------------
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 entrance.  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 the 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.

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

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.

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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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