Shroton Village News and Announcements

Drink and drug drivers targeted in Christmas Crackdown

Details of the Dorset Police annual Christmas drink and drug driving campaign from Tuesday 1 December 2020 to Friday 1 January 2021 below:

Drink & Drug Driving Christmas campaign 2020

Dorset Council offers free parking days for residents and businesses this Christmas

To help shoppers return to high streets across Dorset for their Christmas shopping, Dorset Council is offering three days of free parking this December.

Town centre car parks across the Dorset Council area will be free on Saturdays 5, 12 and 19 December 2020. This also includes Small Business Saturday.

There will be free parking in Dorset Council car parks on Saturdays during December in Beaminster, Blandford, Bridport, Dorchester, Ferndown, Gillingham, Lyme Regis, Shaftesbury, Sturminster Newton, Wareham, Weymouth and Wimborne.

Posted 26 November 2020

Dorset to move to Tier 2 restrictions 

from 2 December 2020

The Government has announced that the Dorset Council area will exit out of national restrictions (lockdown) into Tier 2 (High Alert) on Wednesday 2 December. The main restrictions under Tier 2 are:
  • no mixing of households indoors, apart from support bubbles
  • pubs and bars must remain closed, unless operating as restaurants
We understand that the Government will review this tiering on 16 December.

Link to the live event

Tier 2 - High Alert

The Rural Bulletin - 1 December 2020 - News and information on national rural matters
20 November 2020
Urgent - Temporary Closure of A350, Iwerne Stepleton
 Iwerne Stepleton between Okeford Road and the road to Stepleton House 
8:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday 22 November 2020.

12 November 2020 - Supporting you and your community through COVID-19

This is a message sent via Dorset Alert. This information has been sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch
(Please do not reply directly to this email, please use the Reply button at the bottom of this message)
Message sent by
Deborah Waller (NWN, Senior Digital and Communications Manager, England and Wales)

Dear Lizzie Kingsbury

We recognise that this is a challenging period for us all and even more so for vulnerable people. As Neighbourhood Watch we believe it is very important that we all take care and protect ourselves as a priority and where possible we safely carry on the great work of supporting and staying connected with our communities.

In England, between 5th November - 2nd December, national restrictions mean that:

  • You should only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education, or work
  • You must work from home if you can
  • You should avoid travel unless essential
  • Schools and essential shops will remain open

There are a variety of ways however in which we can support our loved ones and communities through these restrictions.

Keeping your loved ones safe
The most valuable thing we can all do is keep ourselves and our loved safe - physically and emotionally.

Supporting your community
There are a variety of ways in which you can support your community depending on your individual situation. A few ideas are:

The NHS Volunteer Responders programme, set up by NHS England, is here to help people in England to stay safe during coronavirus. NHS Volunteer Responders have now completed more than a million tasks! Following an initial recruitment campaign for new volunteers in 70 local authority areas, they have now opened up recruitment across England. This is in response to the lockdown that began on 5 November and because demand for the volunteers’ support is continuing to rise. It will also help to meet NHS requests for additional direct support during this winter. At the same time, they are encouraging anyone who signed up as an NHS Volunteer Responder in March but had to step down due to other commitments, to re-join the programme and give as much time as they can.

As the programme evolves it will focus on direct support to the NHS with tasks such as the delivery of equipment to monitor vulnerable COVID-19 patients in their homes, and with stewarding people at vaccination clinics. They will also continue to support vulnerable people by delivering food and medication, and through Check In and Chat phone calls. They are not intending to replace any local volunteering activity. They aim to work collaboratively with volunteering leads in local areas.

If you are interested in joining as a volunteer you can attend an online meetings by clicking the link below at the specified time:
Thursday 19th November, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 3rd December, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 17th December, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting

Beware of scams and crimes
Criminals are using the COVID-19 pandemic to scam the public. To help you avoid becoming a victim, we have highlighted on our website the wide variety of COVID-19 scams and crimes which have arisen, key protection advice and guidance on how to report these scams.

Community response stories
For further inspiration on ways in which you can support your community, have a look at our Community Response Stories. If you have a story you would like to share, please submit it using this form.

Domestic abuse survivors
Are you or someone you know is a domestic abuse survivor, the information below may be very useful.

11 Nov 2020 - ‘COVID Marshals’ sent out to help businesses and residents during pandemic

a link to a news release

9 Nov 2020 - Protect your PaSSW0rD national campaign launched by Neighbourhood Watch

a link to the campaign

6 Nov 2020 - Libraries and TICs continue key services throughout lockdown 

a link to a news release

6 Nov 2020

Image - Stay home - national covid alert. Only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or work. You must work from home if you can. Avoid travel unless essential. Schools and essential shops will remain open. Remember: wash hands, cover face, make space.

See full guidance on the restrictions on the Gov.UK website

The Public and Press are cordially invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting

Iwerne Courtney & Stepleton Parish Council - Notice of a Annual Parish Meeting 2020

Wednesday 6:30 pm 18 November 2020.   

This meeting will be followed by the November 2020 Parish Council Meeting

Please contact the Parish Clerk for access details to the virtual meeting platform

5 Nov 2020 - Household Recycling Centres across Dorset to remain open during lockdown

1 Nov 2020 - Public Health update on COVID-19 cases in Dorset  

Latest Covid information information and advice about COVID-19 on the NHS website

1 Nov 2020 - A help line for vulnerable people in need of vital support in the Dorset Council Area
Telephone Number: 01305 221000
Email address:  
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Public Notice 
BT to close A350, Melbury Abbas & Cann between Pitts Lane, Melbury Abbas to Lower Blandford Road, Cann. The closure has been requested to allow BT to carry out cabling works. These works are programmed to commence overnight between 21:00, 14th December 2020 until 06:00, 24th December 2020.

Temporary Road Traffic Notice with effect from 9 October 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE - A357, Bagber.pdf - this work has been extended to 23 October 2020.

Charges at Dorset Council-run car parks set to change

news release

Have your say on the future of Tourist Information Centres in Dorchester, Sherborne and Wareham

news release

Monthly bulletin featuring RSN Rural Funding Digest & Government Consultations

This publication is particularly useful if a community group or organisation might be looking for funding as the Funding Digest includes many sources of grant funding that they may not be aware of.

The Government Consultation section may include a draft response to relevant rural consultations and also highlights other consultations relevant to rural areas which you may be interested in responding to.


Please note I’ve just been informed that due to machinery issues this closure has been extended until 7pm this evening.
Urgent Road Traffic Regulation - posted 29/09/20 @19:41

Consultation on changes to the current planning system 

Hearing or Visually Impaired Survey

Dorset Council, Citizens Advice and other advice agencies want to understand the issues people with hearing and/or visual impairments have faced during lockdown in order to inform and improve how services are provided in the future. The survey asks people how they feel they have coped over the last six months, whether they feel they have been supported, and what barriers they may have experienced in accessing support or services.

If anyone needs the survey in an alternative format, please contact Susan Ward-Rice 01305 224368
The closing date for the survey is Sunday 25 October 2020.

Urgent Road Traffic Regulation - posted 29/09/20 @19:41

Rules for visiting the Cricketers Inn, Shroton

Please see below for the new guidelines that need to be followed when visiting The Cricketers.

1. Tables of 6 maximum

2. Masks/face coverings must be worn when entering, exiting and moving around the building, these can be taken off once sat at your table but must be put back on when you leave your table, our staff will also be wearing masks

3. Table service only, no orders to be taken at the bar

4. Opening times are Mon - Sat, 12-3 and 6-10 / Sun, 12 - 6

5. Service times are as follows:

Mon - Sat, Food 12-2:30 and 6-8:30 / Bar 12-3 and 6-9:30

Sun, Food 12-4 / Bar 12-6

6. There is an NHS QR code for Test & Trace as you enter the building, if registered on the app we urge customers to sign in when they arrive, if anyone does not have the app then we are still taking contact details via pen and paper. 

The Dorset National Park newsletter - Autumn 2020


Dorset Council publishes Climate and Ecological Emergency Action Plan ahead of Cabinet meeting  

link to a news release

On 22 September, the Government announced new measures to suppress the Covid-19 virus.  Some of these new restrictions will be set out in law and guidance. 

The police, local authorities and public health officials all have specific powers and responsibilities, but continue to work together using the four Es of engagement, education and encouragement to ask members of the public to comply with the regulations. Enforcement remains a final option.  However, given we must now take additional steps to protect our communities right across Dorset, we would like your feedback on the approach you think should be taken to enforcing the new measures.

Please click the link below to give us your views:

“This one-minute survey will give us a snapshot of what you think - so we can take that into consideration when formulating our approach. I would be very grateful if you could answer a couple of short questions to ensure our approach reflects what the people of Dorset think on this very important topic.”

If members of the public are concerned that the law is being broken or they are experiencing anti-social behaviour, they can report this to Dorset Police. The Police will consider the most appropriate response and will target the most problematic behaviour. Reports should be made through online reporting wherever possible via

Dorset Council is currently looking at whether they can change current arrangements to allow more visitors at their Household Recycling Centres (HRCs, or ‘the tip’) across the county.

They also plan to close Blandford HRC for 10 days at the end of September to allow for essential works.

Look after your gun dogs!

Appeal for information following reports of raptor persecution in North and East Dorset

Appeal for informationlinks contained in this article might be distressing to some.

The Shroton Defibrillator is located at the Village Hall but it is owned by the village.
It desperately needs a Champion/s or a Friend/s.
Ideally a group of people who are willing to fund raise and perhaps arrange regular First Aid training for village residents.
Please contact Judith 01258861565 or
if you are interested in helping or just want more information. 

Cold Callers are very active at this time - please be aware and careful.

And so the cold call begins......

‘Good Morning (At 1:30am) I'm called from the NHS track and trace service, Sorry to wake you. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.'
'OK. Can you tell me who that person was?'
'I'm not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.'
'Right. Um... so ....'
'But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So, can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?'
'Ok' (homeowner unwittingly gives address)
I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalize this and send the kit to you.'
'Sorry - a payment card? I thought this was all free?'
'No - I'm afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £50 for the kit and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please; when you're ready.'
'No - that's not right. This is part of the NHS so there's no charge.'
'I'm afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please - this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.'
The Homeowner puts the phone down.
This is how scammers work and unfortunately vulnerable people will fall for it.”

Don't! If in doubt - just hang up!

Rogue Traders in North Dorset - Dorset Police Alert information
Parishioners to be aware of suspicious traders offering to complete general maintenance or gardening work.  Incidents involving 3 males were advised that the police were being called. They left in a white Ford Transit panel van P*5*GWK.  A further vehicle was involved at the rogue traders incident in Hinton St Mary this afternoon also a white Ford Transit B*15*PV.

How Dorset Council will spend £9.1m on fixing roads, preventing potholes and upgrading highways

Posted 2 June 2020

The new NHS Test and Trace system launched yesterday, (28 May) across England, and Public Health Dorset is encouraging any residents with symptoms of coronavirus to use the service.

NHS Test and Trace will identify those who have had close contact with people who have tested positive for coronavirus, helping to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. Alongside continuing effective social distancing, the NHS Test and Trace service will be key for us to contain local cases and prevent a second peak in infections.The instruction is clear: if people have symptoms of coronavirus, they need to self-isolate, get tested and share their contacts with NHS Test and Trace.

We’re grateful for the role our communities have played so far in following the rules and limiting the spread of COVID-19 in Dorset, so we’re urging local people to keep this up by using this new service and following any advice they are given.