Wimborne Minster – Christmas & New Year 2020

The Christmas and New Year season will be a little different in town this year due to the extraordinary situation the nation is dealing with.  It would not be sensible to organise and commit expenditure to events or arrangements that would be likely to result in large gatherings.  Therefore, the traditional Christmas Light ‘Switch On’ and New Year’s Eve event in the Square will not be going ahead and road closures will not be in place.

It is of course a very special time of year that means so much to many people who like to enjoy the atmosphere and celebrate the season, including seeing the streets lit up with festive decorations.

The Town Council has therefore stepped forward and agreed to fund the Christmas lighting scheme this year, whilst budgetary limitations will mean a slightly reduced scheme, we are pleased that a new supplier has been found who promises something fitting and joyful.

There are often seasonal events that are not managed or organised by the Town Council and such organising bodies will advise separately if they are planning alternative arrangements.   Radio Wimborne has advised that the Son et Lumiere show on the Minster will not be going ahead due to the large crowds that the event attracts which is clearly not appropriate at this time.

The Council hopes that residents and visitors will come to town to support the traders and enjoy the lighting scheme whilst being mindful of the current gathering and social distancing guidelines.

Reaching Out – Dorset Council & Citizens Advice Bureau Launch a Joint Campaign

Information on the “Reaching Out Campaign” can be found here

Bishop of Salisbury joins Wimborne Minster Congregation for Patronal Festival

The Bishop of Salisbury The Right Revd Nicholas Holtam Presided and Preached at Wimborne Minster’s Patronal Festival on Sunday (6th September) on which should also have been the occasion of the once in five years Flower Festival which was to have marked the Minster’s 900th anniversary of the start of the Minster Building as we know it today. The Minster Choir also made a welcome return singing socially distanced during the Parish Eucharist Service. The Patronal Festival marks the anniversary of the death of St Cuthburga, the Minster Patron Saint. The Flower Festival has been postponed due to the COVID-19 until September 2022.

Photograph taken by Beatrice Dopita (The Bishop with the Revd Canon Andrew Rowland , Rector of Wimborne Minster and the Mayor and Mayoress of Wimborne Minster Cllr Shane and Mrs Tracey Bartlett)


VJ DAY SERVICE on the Minster Green, Saturday 15th August 2020

A short service to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day took place beside the War Memorial on the Minster Green adjacent to the Minster Church of St.Cuthburga, Wimborne Minster, Saturday 15th August commencing at 10.50am. The Service was led by the Rector of Wimborne Minster the Revd Canon Andrew Rowland.

Four roll callers each read out the names and Regiments of those from the Town who fell during WWII.  The Last Post sounded and the Exhortation was read. Two minutes silence was observed at 11.00am followed by the Reveille and the Kohima Plea. Two Wreaths were laid on the War Memorial, one by the Town Mayor, Cllr Shane Bartlett the other by the President/Chairman of the Wimborne Branch of the Royal British Legion.

Self-distancing will be observed throughout the short service.

Photographs by Anthony Oliver, MBE


The Town Council is pleased to announce that its play areas at Redcotts Recreation Ground and Leigh Park Playing Field have now reopened.  We would ask that you adhere to the guidance contained in the  notices displayed at the sites to ensure that the equipment is used safely.   Have fun and stay safe!

Distance Markers

The Town Council and Dorset Council have been busy helping businesses with 2m distance markers outside those experiencing queues.

If your business is seeing queues develop , please contact the Town Council and we will endeavour to help.

**Please always adhere to the markings**

PUBLIC NOTICE – Emergency Temporary Parking Restriction (Various Streets)

DORSET COUNCIL has issued a Notice under Section 14 [2] of the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 as amended. The Notice is needed in order to comply with health and safety regulations which require the provision of safe working areas and to minimise likelihood of danger to pedestrians and highway users. This Notice will enable the footway to be widened by using pedestrian barriers to ensure social distancing measures can be maintained outside shops in Wimborne. The Notice comes in to operation on 1st June 2020 and will remain in force for 21 days, however it is anticipated that the restrictions will be extended futher whilst the need for social distancing meausres persists. The effect of this Notice is as follows: parking will be suspended between 2 East Street to 9 East Street and between 8 High Street to 18 HIgh Street. For further information about the work being undertaken, call Transport Planning on 013052 21883; concerning this Notice, call Dorset Highways Traffic Team on 01305 221020 or email trafficteam@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk and find this information online: dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/roadworks-events 28th May 2020 JOHN SELLGREN, Executive Director of Place, Dorset Council, South Walks House, Dorchester DT1 1UZ. Any person who uses or permits the use of a vehicle in contravention of the Notice will be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £1000

Public Notice – Various Streets, Wimborne



The Town Council’s first ‘virtual’ meeting open to the public will take place on Friday, 12 June 2020 at 10.00 am.

The agenda and supporting documents can be found on the here.

Wimborne Minster Town Council will utilise Zoom to provide video communications.  Zoom enables video and audio conferencing for persons using mobile devices, desktops, and fixed room systems.

In preparation for the meeting the Clerk of the meeting will include the following information within the Agenda:

  • The Zoom meeting link for audio only
  • Meeting ID
  • Meeting passcode if necessary

 Members of the public and press will be allowed to listen and watch the meeting in audio mode only. To avoid disruption they will not be displayed on video or be able to be heard by the meeting.

Any questions which members of the public wish to put to the Council or Committees must be in writing and received by 9.30 am on the preceding working day before the meeting using the following email address: office@wimborne.gov.uk.  Alternatively, a written question can be delivered to the Town Hall by 9.30 am on the preceding working day before the meeting. Every effort will be made to answer the question at the meeting but there may be a need to obtain information from other sources and in those circumstances a written response will be provided at a subsequent time.

Enhancements to Yellow Buses Timetables

Yellow Buses will be enhancing timetables across the network week commencing Monday 15th June following a loosening of the lock down.

With some schools, shops and work places reopening, it is anticipated that more passengers will be using the services.

Yellows’ cleaning regime continues at intensified levels with all poles, hand rails, seats and other key areas of its vehicles disinfected regularly.

On board, the vehicles social distancing measures continue to be in place where some seats have been taken out of action to create space.

Details of the revised timetable are available on the Yellow Buses’ website as well as on its app and on most bus stops.

David Squire, managing director, said: “We have continued to provide a safe, reliable service for key workers throughout the lockdown period, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff for keeping the wheels turning!’’

‘’We have space on board our vehicles for people to travel, the enhanced timetables with social distancing and intensive cleaning regimes mean that we continue to offer safe travel across the conurbation.’’

‘’As more shops and work places reopen we are ensuring that people can travel’’

‘’We would ask customers to remember to socially distance whilst waiting for the bus, whilst boarding and whilst on board. If possible, we would like customers to pay with the app or contactless, and use a face covering whilst on board.’’

‘’We monitor loadings on our services on a daily basis, and where capacity becomes an issue we will employ bigger vehicles or additional journeys’’

‘’We want Yellow Buses to continue to be part of the transport solution across the conurbation’’

With enhanced timetables across the network, Yellow Buses continue to offer journey solutions to the following destinations.

  • Buses between Bournemouth, Boscombe and Christchurch every 5 minutes
  • Buses between Bournemouth and Charminster every 7 minutes
  • Buses to Royal Bournemouth Hospital on routes 2 and 3 every 15 minutes
  • Links between Wimborne, Merley, Bearwood, Kinson, Castelpoint and Royal Bournemouth Hospital
  • Links between Christchurch, Christchurch Hospital, Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Castlepoint.

Yellow Buses continue to serve the Business Park at the Airport and will be running daily services between Alum Chine, Bournemouth Town Centre and Boscombe Pier.

Route 1a between Bournemouth, Boscombe, Christchurch, Somerford, Highcliffe and New Milton will be reinstated to run direct every hour Monday to Saturday.

Customers are also advised that as both Morebus and Yellow Buses have now increased frequencies and restored links, the acceptance of one anothers tickets will also cease from Sunday 14 June.

About Yellow Buses: Yellow Buses operates a fleet of 140 buses and 16 coaches with more than 410 staff. The company carries just under 14m passengers a year with its vehicles operating nearly five million miles across the Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and East Dorset area.






As a Local Authority, we take very seriously the Health & Safety of our residents.  During the Pandemic, we have been liaising closely with Dorset Council and following Government guidelines which have been changing regularly.  We have reacted as quickly as possible to instructions and guidelines by withdrawing facilities and then making them available again when appropriate.

At this time, it is still the advice that ‘skate ramps’ be closed but clearly with the Redcotts skate ramp being in an open environment, the options to restrict   access are limited.  The fencing erected a week ago has been removed on a number of occasions by individuals intent on using the facility.  This in itself causes issues of additional hazards for those using the ramps but also potential damage to hired fencing.

For this reason, the fencing is being removed, leaving the facility open.  We have reluctantly taken this measure and would still reiterate that all children should be advised by their families that the facility should not be used.  In the event that they are intent on using it, please read the notices that provide the latest government safety advice during the Pandemic.