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Welcome to Okeford Fitzpaine !

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

Last updated at 10:30 Monday, 2nd March, 2015.


TODAY

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.


TOMORROW!

Weather is forecast to be glorious sunshine and not windy so we shall have a Simply Fabulous cycle ride tomorrow morning 4 Mar Wed.  This is the 'Buds' ride so gentle pace  gentle distance - our route will depend on who appears and their ability.  Please let me know if you intend joining me:  10am outside Okeford Fitzpaine school.

Dilys Gartside  -  NSIQ 
Bikeability Accredited 
Tel.  860 157
Cyclewisesouthampton@gmail.com 
Cyclewisesouthampton.co.uk 


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


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.

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A request from our Parish Council:-

If you want to support your village, 

why don’t you think about serving on

Okeford Fitzpaine Parish Council?

In May there will be elections for Okeford Fitzpaine Parish Council, (and, I think, some other elections) If you care about the area that you live or work in and the issues facing local people, you could be a Parish councillor.

What is a Parish Council?

A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish.  It is the level of government closest to the community, with the district authority (North Dorset District Council) above it in the hierarchy.

As it is the authority closest to the people, parish councils are invariably the first place people will go with concerns or ideas.  For this reason they are a vital part of any community.

Why become a Parish Councillor?

By becoming a parish councillor you become someone your community will look to for help, guidance and support a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.  Seeing your community change for the better, as a result of decisions you have helped make, is something that can give you a sense of achievement and pride.

What decisions do Parish Councils make?

Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community.  Probably the most common topics that parish councils get involved with are planning matters (they are statutory consultees), crime prevention, managing open spaces and campaigning for and delivering better services and facilities.

It’s true to say that on their own, parish councils have limited powers to make decisions.  But they do have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence, those other organisations that do make the final decisions (such as DCC, NDDC, police etc).  In this respect parish councils are extremely powerful.  The organisations that make the final decisions know that a parish council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something, and its views will be taken seriously.

How much time does it take up?

The Council meets on the first Tuesday in every month at 7.30pm in the Recreation Ground Pavilion for the council meeting, to which members of the public are also invited.  Meetings may last two or three hours, depending on the agenda set for the meeting to discuss. 

What powers do parish councils have?

They have a wide range of powers which essentially related to local matters, such as looking after community buildings, open space, allotments, play areas, street lighting, bus shelters, car parks and much more.  The council also has the power to raise money through taxation, the precept.  The precept is the parish council’s share of the council tax.  The precept demand goes to the billing authority, the district council, which collects the tax for the parish council.

Am I eligible to be a Parish Councillor?

To stand for election on a parish council, you must: 

  • be a UK or commonwealth citizen or be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union;
  • be a least 18 years old.
  • be an elector of the parish or for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or;
  • during the previous 12 months have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or;
  • for the whole of the previous 12 months lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary.

You don’t have to be connected to a political party.
If you do become a parish councillor you will have to sign up to the Code of Conduct.

Don’t take our word for it!

The best way to find out what it’s like to be a parish councillor is to talk to someone who’s doing it now.  Come along to a parish council meeting, or speak to one of our councillors and find out what they think of the job.


Another 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


Fred Gray's funeral was at 1pm on Thursday, 18th September

in St Andrew's Church.

His obituary can be found on the "PEOPLE" page,

where the Order of Service

including the address given by Fr Darren A'Court

will be posted later. 


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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