There will be work undertaken in the village between 19-23rd November to repair drains, and hopefully eliminate the flooding which caused such a hazzard last winter. Please follow the link below for full details of the affected area.
Christmas Coffee Morning
There will be a Coffee Morning in the Village Hall on Saturday December 1st, from 10:30-12:30.
Profits from the Christmas Hamper Raffle, stalls and refreshments will be split between the hall, playing field and church.
Eype Makers Market
The Annual Eype Makers Market will be held on Sunday 18th November from 10-4pm at Highlands End Holiday Park, Eype.
Dave Cullingfords skills as a woodturner are widely known, and he and Ruth will be running a stall at Eype selling his beautiful items. All the takings from their stall will be shared equally between the Marfans Society and Weldmar Hospice. Entry and parking are free; refreshments available all day. Please come along and support all the local craftspeople exhibiting their wares, and kick-start your Christmas shopping!
The church looked quite magnificent for the fete on Saturday and the well-attended Harvest Service on Sunday, with all the seasonal decorations for harvest. A cascade of different squashes and marrows filled each side of the porch. Every window was decorated with flower, fruit and vegetables. Sheaves of corn, a fleece garlanded with hops and a beautiful topiary hen decorated the chancel, and bunches of grapes were arranged along the alter window sill.
Quite a few visitors went up to the bell tower and tried their hand at bell ringing.
A special thank you to Will Newell for very kindly judging the apple cakes and scarecrow competition, and to everyone who helped decorate the church, run stalls, bake cakes, transport furniture and generally support a traditional rural event!
Ride and Stride
Thank you to everyone who sponsored or gave donations to Rachel Maltby and Colin Dyer on their respective rides. They raised £635, to be divided between the Dorset Historic Churches Fund and St Peters Church.
The Bellringers of St Peters Church are delighted to report that the recent Harvest Lunch raised £584.75 for the Bell Fund. Sincere thanks to everyone who came and supported us and to all the contributors towards the klunch which made it so special.
Long Bredy & Kingston Russel Parish Council have received reports of dog fouling in the Playing Field in Long Bredy. The Playing Field is a popular and much appreciated community resource used by many families and children. The Parish Council do not wish to discourage dog walkers from using the Playing Field but would remind dog owners of their responsibility to pick up and dispose of dog mess. Keeping the Playing Field clean and free from mess will benefit the whole community and will ensure that it remains a pleasant place to visit.
Incidents involving large goods vehicles
Villagers will be aware that large goods vehicles travel through the village on a daily basis, en route to and from the cheese factory at Ashley Chase. On occasion, vehicles meet head to head and find it difficult to manouvre out of the situation. If you witness such an impasse, the manager at the cheese factory has asked that it be reported to them at the time, so that they can take action to address the issue and seek to advise the drivers how to avoid it in the future.
The number to call is:
01308 482580 during office hours
07974 215148 out of office hours
Annual Village Meeting
On 20th May, the Parish Council hosted the Annual Parish Meeting at Long Bredy Village Hall. In a break with tradition, the meeting was moved to a Sunday afternoon in an effort to make it easier for people to attend and to encourage the younger members of the parish to join in. It was pleasing to see that a small number of children were amongst the attendees, but the overall numbers were less than hoped for.
The meeting heard reports from the Parish Council and local groups, including the Bride Valley Gardening Club, Ladybirds, the WI, St Peters Church, and the Bell Ringers. The meeting ended with the 100 Club draw, before we all tucked in to a delicious spread of home-baked goods and light refreshments!
Any feedback on the format or content would be greatly appreciated by the Parish Council so that they can continue to develop and improve future meetings.
Superfast Broadband is coming to Long Bredy!
The new green cabinet serving Long Bredy residents with high speed broadband is situated near the entrance to Sands Farm. In the not too distant future this will go live. Please check https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/superfast for updates or register to be kept informed on progress.
Unfortunately, there are some residents within the parishes of Kingston Russell and Long Bredy who are not in any of the plans for superfast broadband . If you are one of these residents and are receiving less that 2Mbps, you might be eligible to apply for the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme. This scheme provides residents with a subsidy towards the cost of installation of wireless or satellite broadband. You will be able to find more information about applying for the scheme on the website: https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/broadband/better-broadband-scheme.
Long Bredy Village Hall now has a table tennis table. The hope is to organise some games, and even coaching if we have enough participants of secondary school age and older. We are especially keen to persuade adult new-comers to give it a try!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can organise a time to meet.