Wimborne Model Town – Bear Competition Winners

Teddies’ Spikey Surprise Prize

A picture of Paddington and a Spikey Surprise story of teddy bears meeting hungry hedgehogs were among the prize-winning entries to the Wimborne Bear Painting and Story Competition organised by Wimborne Model Town and Wimborne Minster Town Council.

Prize winners received their awards and a souvenir teddy at the volunteer run attraction from The Town Mayor, Cllr Kelly Webb.

The occasion, supported by local businesses Renoufs Restaurant, Present Company and Gullivers Bookshop, saw entries from many local children and adults who had attended the charity’s Wimborne Bear Day earlier in the month.

Greg Hoar, Marketing Services spokesman said:  “We were delighted to have been the inspiration for so many quality entries from such a broad age range”.

 

Results of the Competition:

 

Under 7 Bear Painting

1st  Elliot Cox (5);  2nd Olivia Middleton (6);  3rd Ciara O’Brian  (4 ½ )

 

Junior Bear Story  

1st Emily Lakin (13);  2nd Lewis Cox (10);  3rd Millie Gibbard (8)

 

Adult Bear Story Winner    

Marie Tudor – Murphy

 

 

Photo above:     Emily Lakin (13) Junior Story Prize winner with The Town Mayor of Wimborne Minster, Cllr Kelly Webb

Featured Photo: Paddington by Olivia Middleton (6)


Closure and Relocation of Wimborne Market

As many of you will know, Dorset Council on 13 October 2021 approved the planning application for the redevelopment of the Wimborne Market site. The current Wimborne Market site is privately owned, and the proposed sale is a private transaction. The Town Council has learned that the last trading day at the existing location is Sunday 19 December 2021.

Details of the Wimborne Market planning application (reference number 3/21/1556/FUL) can be found on the Dorset Council website.

A permanent or temporary relocation of a market is currently under consideration by Dorset Council. The Town Council understands that the stall holders are in discussions with Dorset Council and a couple of options are being considered.

Allendale Community Centre has confirmed it will be hosting a weekly indoor market on a Friday commencing on 7 January 2022. Should you require further information on this or to apply for a stall, please contact the Allendale Community Centre directly (01202 887247).

The Town Council is aware that there is local concern about the permanent relocation of the Wimborne Market and will continue to seek information from Dorset Council and update the local community accordingly.


Dorset Council – Funding confirmed to assess pedestrian access across the River Stour

Dorset Council has confirmed funding to assess how pedestrian access could be improved at Julian’s Bridge in Wimborne.
The busy road bridge across the River Stour is a Grade I Listed Building that has no pavement for pedestrians, and a narrow carriageway which is less than six metres wide.

With the increase of active travel over the last year, and the council encouraging the growth of sustainable travel across Dorset, highway engineers have been tasked with assessing what viable options there are to improve walking and cycling access across the River Stour at Julian’s Bridge.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “This is a very small step forward, but an incredibly important one to make it safer for people to cross the river at the western end of Wimborne.

“Our highways engineers will be carrying out a feasibility assessment to investigate what options could be available while meeting the heritage and environmental constraints at this location.

“Please be patient, any proposed solution will take time to bring through to the detailed design phase, with any changes at the location likely to be several years away.”

Engineers have not been specifically tasked to design a footbridge, they will be investigating all options that could make it safer for people on foot or bike, or using a mobility scooter, to cross the river at Julian’s Bridge.

Recent development in national bridge standards means that any sort of footbridge for pedestrians and cyclists to share would need to be at least 4m wide – which is 50 percent wider than the footbridge at Canford Bridge built over ten years ago – and would have significant impact on the heritage of the area and the environment.

It’s anticipated the next stages of assessment will be complete by the end of March 2022, with detailed design work programmed to start in 2022/23.


WIMBORNE MODEL TOWN – BEAR DAY IS FREE FOR CHILDREN

Wimborne Model Town is offering free admission to children for the first Wimborne Bear Day on Sunday October 3 with sponsorship from Wimborne Minster Town Council.

Featuring a Bear Hunt Quiz around the charity’s miniature buildings and attractions, Marilyn Barber will be on hand at 2pm with Stories of Wimborne Bears while the Dorset Youth Marching Band will be providing the music at 1pm and 3pm.

Youngsters will receive entry details of the Council’s Wimborne Bear Story and Painting Competition with prizes to be awarded at the Model Town by the Town Mayor, Councillor Kelly Webb on 24 October


Reminder that the ADVENTURE FUN DAY IN AID OF THE MINSTER MAKES MUSIC APPEAL is on Saturday 18th September

The Walking 900+ Adventure Fun Day will take place on the Minster Green in Wimborne on Saturday 18th September from 10.00am until 4.00pm. This is the event which was originally to have been held on Saturday 10th July but was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

Full details are on the Poster attached but highlights of the day will be a Climbing Wall and a Teddy Bear Zip Dive…bring your own teddy, soft toy or ‘zip’ one of our stunt teddies! The Minster Bell Tower will be open for conducted tours. There will be a number of Charity Stalls some raising money for the Minster. Others like Wimborne in Bloom, The Children’s Society and the Friends of Victoria Hospital will be raising money for their own good cause.

The Dorset Youth Marching Band will put on a display. Refreshments will be available.

The Mayor of Wimborne Minster Cllr Mrs Kelly Webb accompanied by the Deputy Town Crier Mel Gudger and Piper Richard Rowland will open the day at 10.15am.We hope very much that this will be a day of adventure for the whole family so do come along and enjoy yourselves.

Reporters and photographers most welcome


DORSET COUNCIL – Waste services disruption (Request for support)

Dorset Council would like your help please.

As you may already be aware, the effects of the widely-reported national HGV driver shortage – coupled with the continuing impact of the pandemic – are starting to disrupt some of our waste services.

We are working hard to ensure that key waste services continue to run throughout this challenging time, but we are having to temporarily suspend or delay some garden waste collections so that crews can be redeployed to support vital rubbish, food and recycling collections. Litter bins are also being emptied less frequently in some areas of the county, and new bin deliveries are also being delayed.

While we continue to work on tackling the problem, I would greatly appreciate it if you could pass these key messages to any residents who may approach you with questions or concerns around their bin collections: –

  • Always report your missed collection directly to Dorset Council, even if your whole street is affected. Our website has an automated system that will inform you what’s happening with your bins and provide guidance on what to do next (Weblink – Missed bin collection – Dorset Council)
  • Please ensure your bins are out by 6am on your collection day. Some rounds are being carried out differently, meaning that we might turn up earlier or later in the day than usual
  • If you find a litter bin is full, do not try to leave your litter on top/next to it or on the floor nearby – please take it home and place in your household bin. We also encourage people to report over-filled bins on the Dorset Council website (Weblink – Report a public litter bin problem – Dorset Council sel – Welcomef-service portal (achieveservice.com))
  • If any garden waste collections have to be cancelled/stood down we will contact customers directly to advise them. As compensation for any garden waste collections that were not received, we will automatically apply a discount to next year’s subscription fee.
  • Rubbish, recycling, garden and food waste can be dropped off free of charge at any of Dorset’s household recycling centres, which are operating as normal.

We would also appreciate this information being posted to your website and/or community noticeboards too.

If there are any further questions or comments from yourself or your residents, please contact the Dorset Council waste services team at wasteteam@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk. If anyone is interested in joining our waste services as a driver or a loader, they can find out more about current vacancies at https://jobs.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/

We will keep providing updates as the situation changes, and continue to speak with MPs to work on a long-term solution. Town and Parish councils are a vital partner for us when working with the people of Dorset, so I want to thank you for your support and understanding.


ADVENTURE FUN DAY IN AID OF THE MINSTER MAKES MUSIC APPEAL Saturday 18th September

The Walking 900+ Adventure Fun Day will take place on the Minster Green in Wimborne on Saturday 18th September from 10.00am until 4.00pm. This is the event which was originally to have been held on Saturday 10th July but was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

Full details are on the Poster attached but highlights of the day will be a Climbing Wall and a Teddy Bear Zip Dive…bring your own teddy, soft toy or ‘zip’ one of our stunt teddies! The Minster Bell Tower will be open for conducted tours. There will be a number of Charity Stalls some raising money for the Minster. Others like Wimborne in Bloom, The Children’s Society and the Friends of Victoria Hospital will be raising money for their own good cause.

The Dorset Youth Marching Band will put on a display. Refreshments will be available.

The Mayor of Wimborne Minster, Cllr Kelly Webb accompanied by the Deputy Town Crier Mel Gudger and Piper Richard Rowland will open the day at 10.15am.We hope very much that this will be a day of adventure for the whole family so do come along and enjoy yourselves.

 


 WIMBORNE IN BLOOM DUCK RACE RAISES OVER £1,700 FOR IN BLOOM FUNDS     

The 21st Wimborne in Bloom August Bank Holiday Weekend Duck Race has raised over £1,700  towards ‘In Bloom’ funds. This was the first fundraising event which we have been able to hold since March 2020 due to the Corona Virus Pandemic and is a most welcome contribution to our somewhat depleted funds.

The Mayor of Wimborne Minster, Cllr Mrs Kelly Webb,  the Deputy Mayor Cllr Mrs Carol Butter and the Town Crier Chris Brown  together with members of the Wimborne in Bloom Committee launched the Ducks into the River Allen by the Riverside Mews Café Bridge on the afternoon of Saturday 28th August. The ‘ducks’ made a quick dash down the river with the first duck crossing the finishing line behind the Rising Sun Public House in East Street in less than fifteen minutes.

Once again to meet the demand for tickets some of the ducks were ‘co-owned’ as it would have been impractical to increase beyond a thousand the number of ducks launched into the river. It meant that the prize money could be doubled as both owners would be eligible for the full value of all prizes.

In the event two of the  winning ducks were ‘co-owned’ and the full list of results is as follows:

1st Duck to cross the line was No: 694 and was co-owned by Sally Marley and four year old Charlie Buttler, who had been bought a ‘duck’ by his dad Kieran,  the winners both won £50. 2nd Duck No: 878 was owned by Georgina Arnold who won £25: 3rd Duck No: 777  was owned by Nicole Stylianou who received £10, the  4th Duck No:148  was  Co-owned by Janet Griffin and Peter Bunce who both received £5: 5th Duck No 915  was owned by Lynne Saunders who received £5 and the 6th Duck No: 850 was owned by Christine Clark  who also received £5. Last Duck home No: 33 was Co-owned by Isla Bell, who had been bought a ‘duck’ by her mum Francesca who gave her money in place of the bottle of wine she would have won  and Pam Dodd who received a bottle of wine. All those who won £5.00 kindly donated their winnings back to Wimborne in Bloom

All ducks had been pre-sold at £1 a time thanks to the  Co-Operative Supermarket allowing members of Wimborne in Bloom  to sell tickets outside their store.

Richard Nunn, Chairman of Wimborne in Bloom speaking after the Race “thanked everyone who helped with the selling of tickets and all those who purchased ‘Ducks’ in support of Wimborne in Bloom.  It really was a happy event especially after the Pandemic Restrictions of the last  18 months. It was great  to see  all those smiling faces as people followed the race down the river trying to spot their ‘duck’. In addition to thanking the Co-Operative Supermarket, he also expressed thanks to the Slocock Trust for the use of the Bridge from which to launch the ducks and the Rising Sun for all their help both at the finishing line, the use of their garden area after the race and indeed for all the ‘ducks’ they sold beforehand.

PHOTOGRAPHS

 Anthony Oliver, Town Crier Chris Brown, Deputy Mayor Cllr Mrs Carol Butter with Sally Marley receiving her £50  from the Mayor Cllr Mrs Kelly Webb…(photo by Christine  Oliver)

 The Public watching the ducks just after the start of the race….(photo by Anthony Oliver)

Kieran Buttler (note spelling is correct) holding his son Charlie, too shy to look at the camera  receiving his £50 from the Mayor Cllr Mrs Kelly Webb with Anthony Oliver, Chris Brown and Deputy Mayor Carol Butter….(photo by Christine Oliver)


Royal British Legion – 100th Anniversary Celebrations

      Centenary Celebrations for One of Wimborne Minster’s most loved institutions

 

A weekend of celebration is planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wimborne’s Royal British Legion (RBL) over the weekend of Friday 20th, to Sunday 22nd August 2021.

As one of the first Branches set up in Dorset on 7th July 1921, following the establishment of the RBL charity on 15th May 1921, Wimborne RBL has served local veterans, organised Remembrance ceremonial activities and raised funds for the Poppy Appeal ever since. In Wimborne, we are lucky enough to also have the RBL Club to provide a meeting place and community for all, not just veterans and those serving in the military.

The weekend starts on Friday evening with an open evening that gives a taste of a regular Friday evening at Wimborne’s RBL Club.  Following an introduction to Wimborne RBL, guests can take part in a fun quiz and meat draw. You can also pre-order a delicious, hand cooked fish and chip supper.

Saturday is family day with fun activities for children, a cake stall and cream teas. Saturday evening rounds off the fun with live music in the Club till late.

On Sunday, there is a special church service at Wimborne Minster followed by Sunday lunch and a cake cutting.

Chairman of the Wimborne RBL branch committee, Mike Soper, is hoping to encourage new members to the Royal British Legion, “Many people think that the Royal British Legion membership is only for people in the military or for veterans, but that’s not the case at all – anyone can be a member” he said, “this is a wonderful opportunity for us to encourage people through the door and celebrate this great achievement.

Mike Young, who has led the team in organizing this event said, “We are looking forward to welcoming people to Wimborne RBL over the weekend and showing them what a lovely environment and a warm welcome they’ll receive.”

List of events:

Date – Friday 20th August – 6pm – open evening with meat draw and quiz. Pre- Order a Fish and chip supper £8. Order at 07123 456 789.

Fridays activities includes a Presentation to inform newcomers what the Royal British Legion is all about and includes a complimentary glass of wine.

Saturday 21st August will be a Fun Day, with various stalls, including a Cream Tea in the afternoon, there will also be entertainment in the Club on Saturday Evening

On Sunday 22nd there will also be a Service giving thanks to the Royal British Legion in The Minster Church staring at 1215 pm. The Club will also be open for pre-booked Sunday Lunches.

Posters and Banners will be displayed around the town to advertise the weekend of Celebration and provide more details.


Wimborne Minster Railway Engines – Unveiled

The Mayor, Cllr Kelly Webb, was on hand to unveil and watch the inaugural run of two special model locomotives on the volunteer run railway diorama at Wimborne Model Town.  A West Country class steamer in late 1940s livery, complete with Wimborne nameplates and the Town Council’s crest, was revealed together with a late 1950s era Class 31 diesel bearing the Mayor’s name, celebrating her year in office.

Greg Hoar, spokesman for the Model Town commented: “We were delighted to welcome the Mayor to introduce these new engines as they provide not only a link with the Town Council but a reminder of our area’s railway heritage”.

 

 

Photographs

1)  Mayor Cllr Kelly Webb with Trustee Mike Hopkins and the new locomotives    (Credit Tom Scrase)

2)  Class 31 diesel “Mayor Cllr Kelly Webb” ;   West Country Class “Wimborne”      (Credit Tom Scrase)

 

For more information please contact Greg Hoar Wimborne Model Town Marketing Services

greghoar@wimborne-modeltown.com