Changes to Wimborne & Ferndown COVID-19 Testing Sites

Due to operational issues, the mobile testing unit at Penny’s Lodge Car Park is no longer in use.

A new mobile testing site will be visiting Queen Elizabeth School in Wimborne, twice per week, from Monday 26 July 2021.

Mobile testing units are for residents who have COVID-19 symptoms to book a PCR test. These sites are also for those residents who have tested positive on LFD tests or who are close contacts of a confirmed COVD-19 case.

A list of sites where residents can get PCR tests can be found:

If residents have no symptoms of COVID-19 they should be encouraged to do regular LFD tests. These tests can be ordered online or collected from local pharmacies. For more information visit:


Public Health Dorset

Wimborne History Friday Children’s Craft Workshops

Wimborne History Festival 2021

Walford Mill’s Crafty Stories Family Fun Day

Help The Force This Summer By Going Online

Dorset Police is reminding people how they can help the Force this summer by going online should they need non-emergency help and advice.

The timely reminder comes at the start of the school summer holidays as it is expected the number of people visiting and staying in Dorset over the next few months will increase significantly, and therefore the number of people needing to contact the police will rise.

Demand has already risen this week compared to last week with a 11 per cent increase in 101 calls and 21 per cent increase in 999 calls. Alongside this, the Force is also managing a 35 per cent reduction in control room staff because they either have COVID-19 or coronavirus symptoms, or are having to self-isolate following a request by the NHS COVID-19 app or the Test and Trace telephone call. Unfortunately this will impact on waiting times when calling the 101 non-emergency number.

Every contact received about a policing issue is answered by a member of the Force Command Centre whether it’s through the online channels or by phone. So whichever way people choose to contact the police, #ItsPersonal.

Superintendent Jared Parkin, Head of Force Command Centre, said: “We have already been seeing an increase in non-emergency demand during the early part of the summer and we are anticipating this will continue to rise.

“Our online channels – email 101, make an enquiry online, request a call back and Report Crime Online ­– are simple and easy to use and provide an alternative to calling. They can also be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Our Force Command Centre manages the majority of contact we receive as a force and we try to respond to every contact as soon as we can. The personal service you receive through these online channels is just as good as the service you receive when calling 101.”

David Sidwick, Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, said: “Making it as easy as possible for local people to contact the police is one of my priorities, and so I’m glad to see Dorset Police launching this campaign within my first 100 days.

“I’ll be working closely with the Force over the next few years to make sure we continue to focus on boosting communication between the public and the police, but in the short term I will encourage Dorset residents and visitors to be aware of the different methods they can use to report crimes and incidents over the busy summer months.”

Wimborne Distributor Road 30th Anniversary of its opening – Wednesday 14th July 2021

Wednesday 14th July 2021 marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Wimborne Distributor Road. The Road runs through Wimborne from the bottom of Stone Lane with its junction with West Borough to Rodways Corner taking in Priors Walk, Hanham Road, Rowlands Hill and Lewens Lane.

The Road had been many years in the making but there was great opposition to it by large numbers of the Towns residents. A Distributor Road Action Group was formed and in 1989 the then Mayor Margery Ryan organised a Public meeting in the Allendale Centre, the main hall was packed. The Mayor suggested a ‘straw poll’ be taken of those present, there was only one person in favour of the new road system!

The Action Group gained momentum over the next two years, help was sought and obtained from people away from the area who had problems in their own areas, there were petitions, protest marches and even a banner parade outside County Hall in Dorchester on the day the Councillors were to make a decision on whether to go ahead with the scheme or not. Members of the Action Group were allowed three minutes each to put their case forward. “We lost”, said Anthony Oliver, Chairman of the Action Group and the Road was given the go ahead with work starting at the end of 1990.

So on the 14th July 2021 to mark the 30th anniversary of the opening Anthony Oliver and Robin Cook who were Chairman and Secretary respectively of the Action Group took part in a photo call at Rodways Corner. They sat on the seat which they had unveiled on the 15th anniversary back in 2006 and reminisced over the Scrapbook containing photos of the changes as they took place all those years ago.

Interestingly neither Robin nor Anthony were involved in local council politics back in 1989 although as a result of his involvement in the campaign Anthony was elected to Wimborne Minster Town Council in May 1991 just two months before the road was opened. Robin followed a few years later going onto becoming an East Dorset District Councillor and a Dorset County Councillor. Both served as Town Mayors of Wimborne Minster on a number of occasions.

After Wednesdays event Robin said “July 1991 saw the last major alteration to the towns road system. This was partly due to the opening of the Wimborne bypass in 1980 and the variation in traffic movements associated with that.

Since then, only piecemeal changes have taken place, often pushing the problem from one place to another.

This 30th anniversary gives us a perfect opportunity to highlight the current problems and lobby the responsible authorities for a complete overhaul of the system with a view to producing a new scheme fit for the 21st century”


Photograph by Tom Scrase

(Robin Cook on the left and Anthony Oliver on the right – sitting on the seat at Rodways Corner)



NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers Day – 5th July 2021

We are proud to be involved in NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day on 5th July 2021.

Wimborne Minster Town Council is playing its part in NHS, Social Care & Frontline Workers’ Day to celebrate all those who have worked so tirelessly to help our country through the Coronavirus crisis, and who continue to support some of the most vulnerable people in society.

Ambassador Programme Update – We need your help! (Volunteer Centre, Dorset)


Last year with no fundraising events taking place after the Wine and Wisdom Quiz Evening in March due to the Coronavirus Pandemic Wimborne in Bloom were only able to carry out a limited amount of planting and there were no hanging baskets provided..

This year in spite of no fundraising events to date we have drawn on our reserves and coupled with funding from the various Traders have put up 150 hanging baskets. Thanks to the generous support from the Friends of Canford School, the Wimborne Minster Town Council and some kind donations our Contractor Dutch Touch have planted up the Flower Towers and Planters around Town.

It is very much hoped that we will be able to run our Annual Duck Race on the August Bank Holiday Saturday (28th) and tickets at £1.00 each are already available for this. Plans are also in hand to hold our Open Gardens Day on Sunday 5th September so book the dates in your diaries now.

Donations will be most welcome at this difficult time and will help towards the cost of watering all the floral displays until the end of summer. You can keep up to date by looking on the Wimborne in Bloom website: or by contacting Richard Nunn on 01202 888793 or Anthony Oliver on 01202 888703.


PHOTO ATTACHED TAKEN BY JOHN ALLEN  shows the first stage of the 2021 summer display, the arrival of  150 hanging baskets which were delivered by Beecroft Nursery ready for installation around the town centre. A small team of Wimborne in Bloom volunteers, with invaluable assistance from the Wimborne Minster Town Council Groundsmen, then distributed and hung the full delivery in just over 4 hours.

Local Matters – Updates

Please find updates on the following local matters:

Community Speedwatch

Those who have commented on the Town Council’s Facebook post expressing an interest to join the Community Speed watch initiative – please can we ask that you contact the office directly to register your details. Either phone 01202 881655 or email

Town Centre bollards

The bollards in East Street and the High Street are scheduled to be removed tomorrow, Friday 18 June 2021 by Dorset Council.

Footbridge over the river near Julians Bridge

The Town Council is in discussions with Dorset Council about the urgent need for a safe pedestrian crossing over the River Stour. We will update the Facebook page as soon as we know more.

Pedestrian Crossing near Walford Bridge

As part of the community infrastructure provided by the developer of the Cranborne Road development, a pedestrian crossing phase will be added to the lights at the bottom of Stone Lane. Dorset Council has not yet provided timings for the installation. We will update the Facebook page when further information is known.


The Town Council is aware of the increase in litter pollution around the Town. A couple of community litter picks have already taken place, please keep an eye on our Facebook page for future events. The Town Council has also contracted Wimborne in Bloom to carry out additional litter picking in the Town Centre.

Narrow Footpaths

One of the on-going challenges of our beautiful historic market town, is the narrow footpaths and poor accessibility on some streets. For some time, there has been discussions about further pedestrianisation of the town. This is not in the gift of the Town Council to implement, but we will continue to discuss options with Dorset Council and will consult with the local community on your preferences when the time comes.