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Prince Philip



From: Lydia Cook, Rector
Date: 9 April 2021 at 17:05:29 BST

Dear All,

I’m sure you will join with me in offering Her Majesty sincere and heartfelt condolences on the death of Prince Philip.

Our flags will be at half mast until the day after his funeral, and tonight at 7.30pm our church towers will ring a bell 99 times to mark the span of his life. 

In each church there will be (from either late today or early tomorrow) a book of condolence. Please remember covid measures and bring your own pen and use the hand sanitiser available.

There will be a special service of Evensong at 5pm this Sunday (11th) at Shillingstone Church. Please wrap up warm as the church is boiler-less at the moment.

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.




There is a "Book of Condolence" here


Welcome !


Free to good home !

For makers of home-made jam, about 100 clean used jam-jars without lids in various sizes (they go into the bin next week).

Contact us

For information about the school, see here



If you have had to self isolate & need help with shopping, collecting prescriptions, dog walking or just want to have a chat with someone or need some cooking, call the number below & one of the volunteers will do what they can to help.

Or if you are able to volunteer

Please call Sue Finklaire on 861 357

Click here for more.


O.K., so it's "Bandwagon time" -

Click for more on the CORONAVIRUS

In a nutshell -

  1. Avoid touching any one or anything with your hands - use your knuckles to "shake hands" and elbows to open doors; use disposable gloves for fuel pumps, supermarket trolleys, etc.
  2. Use a face mask - the sole purpose is to STOP you from touching your face !
  3. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly (20 seconds minimum)
  4. Suck a zinc-based cough lozenge at the first sign - and lie down to do so, so that the medication hits the back of your throat.
  5. Avoid close contact, crowds, etc.

. . . and here is Dorset Council's advice (updated frequently)

. . . and here for advice from NALG  for local Authorities.

. . . and Government agrees measures with energy industry to support vulnerable people through COVID-19


This may be a stressful time for you, and you may feel in need of spiritual comfort and / or support. 

Alas ! All churches are now locked until further notice, but we have a beautiful churchyard, and there is a bench under the East window. On your daily exercise why not stop and sit for a while, relax, unwind, and enjoy the sounds and sights of nature, and the lovely view.

For more, click here, or, if you would like to speak to our Rector, give her a call on 863 774, or drop her a line - and do that, too, if you would like to receive the weekly Pew News. 

Or visit the church website .


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 was created on 26th February, 2012; it 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.

This WebSite now has two "rivals", both better, and the WebMasters more skilled, and dedicated.  Click >Tim's< or >Derek's<.  Each of the three has something different to offer, so this WebSite will continue...  There is also a Parish Council WebSite.  And there are also other relevant WebSites, see >here<.

Below are events happening in the village today or very soon - but EVERTHING has been cancelled; for further ahead, see the Village Diary - erm - don't bother !  All eventts are CANCELLED until further notice, so that Page will not be updated..

Last updated:-   20:45 Saturday, 30th May, 2020


The latest issue of The Fippenny News is




until further notice

MudPie cafe

Film Nights

First Friday Lunch

etc., etc., etc.

Church Services are also cancelled, 
but the Church is still open daily
for prayer and quiet meditation.



B I N G O !


until further notice

MudPie Cafe



until further notice



All Church services


until further notice

But our Church is open daily.



Every Tuesday !



until further notice


The Frying Squad !


Fish & Chips

in the Royal Oak Car Park

Five to seven thirty

Order Line 07780 901 352


If you subscribe to FaceBook, here are a few Groups that may interest you:-









... and another couple of Links:-



These Links are also available >here<


Friday, 3rd April 2020

First Friday Lunch   CANCELLED

in the Village Hall

from 12:30

Bookings - 861 063



in the Village Hall

10:30 to 12:30



Most Saturdays

MudPie Cafe 

Village Hall

10:30 to 12:30



Volunteers urgently needed to help run the cafe.

Please hand your details to one of the helpers,

hone Sue Finklaire on  861 357

or email   sfinklaire AT gmail.com

The cafe will not open if there are not enough helpers. 


This just received - but I haven't checked it :-

In July 2018 the Government published "The Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review" setting out the Governments Long Term Strategy for meeting Digital Connection Targets.

The Government has now launched a consultation on Proposed Reforms to Permitted Development Rights to support the installation of 5G and the extension of Mobile coverage.

Many (most?) residents in the village have complained about the poor (non-existent?) mobile coverage.

You may like to write to our Parich Council asking them to discuss this consultation and to respond.  Also perhaps ask that the COuncil make us aware of the consultation and how they - and we - can respond with our own personal views.

I gather there is a  closing date - 4th November 2019.  Click >here< for more.

I have scanned the catalogue of the Auction 

at whch most of the properties in the village

were sold by the Pitt-Rivers Estate, 

on Thursday. 28th July, 1966.

I am transcribing it and posting it >here<. (bit by bit)


The building at the bus stop, next to the Shop, that houses the old Fire Engine, is now owned by the Parish Council; it is hoped this will remain a village museum.

If you have anything that you think suitable for display,

please contact Andrew Vickers 861 895


HOORAH ! ! !

We ARE the

BEST Kept Large Village


-----Original Message-----

From: Mike Wood

Sent: 25 September 2018 22:13

Subject: Fwd: Bkv

Hi all

I am very pleased and proud to announce that Okeford Fitzpaine has been awarded "The Best Large Village in Dorset 2018" presented by Dorset County Council in association with the Dorset Community Action. The event is sponsored by Magna Housing Association with over 40 villages entering the competition? This is a fantastic accolade and is as a result of a concerted effort by community volunteers and residents in presenting and keeping our village up to a very high standard. Thanks to everyone who gave their time over the past 4 months to cleaning and tidying up the village and to those who planted and maintained the flower boxes/baskets. A plaque will be installed in the centre of the village to commemorate this event. In addition we were awarded the runners up title in the Environment Award where the Little Lane Project was judged in great esteem. Congratulations to Dilys and Jeremy for their efforts in achieving this award. All in all this has been a wonderful year in recognising the Beauty of our village and the pride that has been shown by residents.

Both The Daily Echo and Radio Solent will be reporting on this event.


... and there was a Live interview on Radio Solent at 08:15 on 26th September


Click here

for the Results of the Village Hall Survey



This recently received -

An ER nurse says this is the best description of a woman having a heart attack that she has ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and share..........


I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read.

Women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have ... you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.

She uses the term "MI" - that stands for "Myocardial infarction", the technical term for a heart attack.

I had my MI at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.

A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation--the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m.

After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).

This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. 'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening -- we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack!

I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else... but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment.

I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.

I unlocked the door and then lay down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary artery.

I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents.

Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.

1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!

2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can, take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER - you are a hazard to others on the road.

Do NOT have your panicked husband drive you - he will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of at the road.

Do NOT call your doctor -- if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.

3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says if everyone who sees this post would Share or re-post, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.

Please be a true friend and share this article with all your friends, women & men too. Most men have female loved ones and could greatly benefit from knowing this information too!



This was posted on "The Parish FaceBook Page" at 1 p.m. 19 March:-

Village Hall Initiative

As you may know, there is a lot happening in the Village regarding several Planning Applications that have been made to build New Houses. The Parish Council has been considering these Applications and has decided that it is a good time to consider the future of the Village Hall – at the last Council Meeting on the 6th March, the formation of a small Project Team was approved.
This Team will look at the viability and suitability of the current Hall, to serve the needs of the Village for at least the next 50 years. If it is considered that to achieve this aim, the solution is to make improvements to the Hall, or to look at other options, the Team will undertake the necessary research and consultations, to obtain the key information before making recommendations to the Council.
The team has only just been formed and therefore at this stage, we need to do the initial research before taking things forward. We will however ensure that every resident has the opportunity to give their views on what should happen, after the key issues have been identified and an action plan has been drawn up. We will work closely with Parish Council and other parties including the Village Hall committee, and ensure that progress is reported to the residents, when appropriate.
It needs to be stressed that this Team will only be making recommendations for the future of the Hall, and cannot make any decisions. The Parish Council will consider the recommendations and decide how to proceed.
There are currently 3 members of the Team – Jeremy Gartside, Andrew Vickers and Ian Berry (Lead) - and other people will be asked to join when the need arises.

Dorset Road Safe

launches new road safety website

Members of the public can share information on dangerous drivers, and highlight areas where they are concerned about excessive speed.

IF someone should make a report, "human nature" means that it is likely to be ignored; but if LOTS of people make similar reports, THEN it is more likely to be effective.  It's the squeaky wheel that gets the oil.

Click >here<

f 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!


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

£6 a head.


All proceeds to St. Andrew's Church.

Bookings - 861 063


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 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 2017, 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 most Sundays

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 has a Footpaths Officer, Jeremy Gartside    860 157

Recycling for Charity

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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