Shoppers’ Permit Consultation Questionnaire


Residents in the West Dorset District Council area have been able to purchase a Shoppers Permit.  Shoppers Permits allow 2 hours parking (limited to one use per day) or 3 hours parking if a disabled badge is also displayed. At extra cost to the purchaser, it can be used in in a second vehicle but not on the same day.

With the new Dorset Council covering the whole Dorset area, having the Shoppers Permit available in just part of the area is not fair. Therefore, the future of the shoppers permit is under review. We would like your views on whether it should be made available to the whole Dorset Council area or should be withdrawn.

The consultation ends on midnight on the 6 December 2020. Your views are important to help us decide the future of the Shoppers Permit. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Click on this link to complete the consultation online:




Carols in the Cornmarket – Cancelled for 2020

It is with a heavy heart that the organisers of Carols in the Cornmarket, Wimborne Minster have to advise that the event cannot take place this year due in the main to the large number of people who would usually gather for this magical event in the restricted confines of the Cornmarket.

This year’s event which would have been held on Friday 18th December would have been the fifteenth organised jointly by Hilda Butler and Anthony Oliver. Speaking on behalf of Hilda and him-self Anthony said, “that in view of the likely restrictions which will still be in force at the time of the event it would be totally impractical to hold the event and under current regulations would we even be allowed to sing”

“We are grateful for the support we have received over many years”, continued Anthony, “both in the way of sponsorship from the Wimborne BID, the Town Council and Optique 2000 and  in the more recent years by members of the Broadstone Community Concert Band who have provided the music to accompany the singing and Radio Wimborne for providing the Public Address.  And what about those lovely refreshments in the Salvation Army Hall after the event, they will indeed be missed.

All being well we will be back next year and so book the date in your diaries now, Friday 17th December 2021.

Statement On Wimborne Market (Ensors)

Several residents have asked that the Town Council takes action to stop the proposed redevelopment of the Wimborne Market site. The present proposal is for its redevelopment with a retirement village.

The land on which Wimborne Market is sited is private land and the owners are entitled to do with the land whatever they wish subject to planning permission being granted by Dorset Council.

A proposal has also been mooted for Wimborne Market to be relocated on land between Julians Bridge and Lake Gates. This land is in the Parish of Pamphill, not Wimborne Minster, and planning permission for this proposal would also be required if it is to proceed. This is a matter for Dorset Council.

The Town Council is exploring with Dorset Council and Wimborne BID, the possibility of holding a weekly street market in the Town but no details are available at the present whilst negotiations continue.


Statement Ends 18/11/2020

Armistice Day – 11th November 2020

The Service was led by the Rector of Wimborne Minster, The Rev’d Canon Andrew Rowland assisted by the Rev’d Bill French who is Chaplain to the Wimborne Branch of the Royal British Legion. A wreath was laid by the Poppy Appeal Organiser David Keig.

The Town Mayor of Wimborne Minster, Cllr Shane Bartlett and the President of the Wimborne Branch of the Royal British Legion John Raymond, who were both present, had  laid their wreaths at the War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday 8th November.

The Exhortation and the Kohima Plea were said by Mike Young, the former Chairman of the Wimborne Branch of the Royal British Legion. Two RBL Standard Bearers were also present one with the Union Flag and the other with the RBL Standard. Around 100 people were present to observe the two minutes silence,  socially distanced around the Minster Green and in Cook Row and the High Street.

Photographs by Anthony Oliver

Stay Better Connected During Lockdown with Dorset’s Digital Hotline

A team of dedicated volunteers is on hand to help hundreds of Dorset residents stay connected during lockdown.

Dorset Council’s Digital Champions, who used to hold regular surgeries in libraries, have continued offering their expertise throughout the Coronavirus crisis via the Digital Hotline.

Now with another lockdown underway and winter just around the corner, the Digital Champions are again urging people to contact them if they need help getting online.

From setting up Zoom meetings to FaceTiming friends and family on their smartphones, the Champions are there to assist with any digital enquiry.

Dorset Council’s deputy leader, Cllr Peter Wharf, said: “One of the most important things that helped get us through the last lockdown was the ability to digitally stay in touch with our loved ones.

“Our digital world also enabled people to work from home, helped businesses stay alive and allowed children to keep up with their education.

“Technology can make a huge difference to people’s lives and help them feel less isolated.

“We would urge anyone who needs help with any aspect of digital technology to call our hotline and benefit from the expertise of our wonderful Digital Champions.”

Since the Digital Hotline was launched in March, more than 450 people have called in for assistance.

Enquiries have ranged from ordering groceries online to setting up virtual Tai Chi sessions and accessing NHS website services to solving more technical problems with a laptop.

Digital Champion, Andy Penney, said: “We would urge people to call us with whatever digital issue they may have, however big or small the problem may seem.

“A lockdown during the winter is likely to be a particularly difficult period for many people but technology can really help by keeping everyone better connected while making life easier.”

Fellow Champion, Mike Watson, added: “Our aim is to help people get over any hurdle that might be preventing them from enjoying and making the most of digital technology.

“Wherever you are in Dorset we are here, ready and waiting to help with any technical enquiry you may have.”

Anyone can call the Dorset Digital Hotline with a digital question on 01305 221048 weekdays from 10am to 12noon.

When calling outside those times people can leave a message and a Digital Champion will get back to them.






Whilst following Government guidance, Wimborne Minster Town Council, The Royal British Legion (Wimborne Branch) and The Minster marked Remembrance Sunday on the 8th November 2020 with a small wreath laying, for invitees only, to pay respects to the fallen and to remember the sacrifices of those from all nations, who fought and died.

Remembrance Sunday services are traditionally part of a communal worship. Due to lockdown restrictions this was not permitted. The Minster held a virtual service which took place before the small wreath laying at the war memorial on Minster Green.

The Town Mayor, Cllr Shane Bartlett and Royal British Legion President, Mr John Raymond each laid a wreath. 


The order of events that took place 


Opening Prayer

Last Post


2 Minutes Silence


Kohima Plea

Laying of 2 Wreaths

Closing Prayer and Blessing by the Rector


Photograph by Mark Lee:  2 Standard Bearers – “Yvonne & Pete Thrumble”


On 6 October 2020 Dorset Council’s Cabinet approved the recommendations made to it in a report about a dog-related Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) across the  Dorset Council area.  Further details can be found below:

Cabinet approve county-wide PSPO for dogs in open spaces




Dorset Home Library Service – Doorstep Deliveries


Although our much-loved Home Library Service had to be suspended due to the Coronavirus situation, we are now providing a temporary non-contact Doorstep Delivery Service to those that cannot easily get to their local library, either short term or long term. Our volunteers have strict safety guidelines and all necessary risk assessments have been carried out. Books are chosen by staff at each library, based on individual preferences, and made ready for our volunteers to pick up and deliver to our clients’ front doors. The volunteers will not enter the house, and they will keep a safe distance at all times; they can also pick up books and return them to the library. This service is entirely free and is available across Dorset and BCP areas. We are keen to let more people know that it is available to them if they find themselves unable to get to the library. To find out more please contact Maria Jacobson, Service Manager Dorset Home Library Service, on 01305 236666 or 07786 635154, or e-mail

Wimborne Minster Remembrance Day & Armistice Day 2020 – Public Information

Plans have now been finalised for both Remembrance Sunday & Armistice Day here in Wimborne Minster this year – which due to the pandemic – is different to our normal annual event.

Remembrance Day 2020 – Sunday 8th November at 3pm

Church Service in the Minster:

Remembrance Sunday in Wimborne Minster will be commemorated this year with a Service in the Minster at 3pm.

Due to the pandemic limited numbers of only 70 will be allowed to attend services in the Minster – so it has been decided that with regret all places at the Service will be by invitation only from Wimborne Minster Town Council.

Parade To/From the Minster & Wreath Laying on Minster Green:

Due to the restrictions unfortunately there won’t be a Remembrance Parade to/from the Minster this year and the traditional Wreath Laying that takes place immediately after the Service will also be cancelled for this year – as there will potentially be too many people in /around the Minster at the end of the Service to be able to hold this event safely.

Armistice Day 2020 – Wednesday 11th November at 11am

It is planned that a small Armistice Day commemoration will be held on Minster Green at 11am – together with the laying of only 3 wreaths. The Local Community is asked to Socially Distance if they are present watching the event around Minster Green in the morning, please.

So that Local Groups who normally lay a Wreath can do so this year – it is proposed that all groups may purchase a Wreath as usual via Wimborne RBL – but due to the restrictions we’d like to ask all Local Groups to deliver their wreath to the Porch of the Minster Church between 1pm and 5pm on Armistice Day. Representatives of the Minster and Wimborne RBL will then lay and secure those wreaths on the War Memorial shortly after 5pm.