Shroton Village News and Announcements

The Rural Bulletin - 15 June 2021

Weather warning


Yellow warning for South West England

 Between 09:00 (UTC+1) on Fri 18 Jun 2021 and 09:00 (UTC+1) on Sat 19 Jun 2021


Thunderstorms may once again develop across much of England and east Wales through Friday, lasting into Saturday

View information

Temporary Traffic Regulation Order for Surface Dressing works- Shroton

Main Street Shroton Map 38 Surface Dressing 9th to 29th June 2021.pdf

Please see the link above for stakeholder information for our Surface Dressing 2021 Programme in the Shroton area attached.  Although Dorset Council does its best to keep to the schedule published, please note that the dates advised are subject to change due to weather and any unforeseen circumstances.

The works are likely to affect the carriageway for between 1 and 3 days within these dates.  Yellow Information Boards advising of the works, dates and any parking restrictions for residents will be located prior to works at each site.  Whilst these works are being completed, access to properties and businesses will be maintained as appropriate.

Dorset Council may ask the public to wait for a short time whilst we move machinery or carry out a task.

Posted by Clerk 10 May 2021at 13:10

Changes to Waste Collections in North Dorset - you need to know this!
Posted by Clerk 6 May 2021 at 17:40
Dorset Council is revising our waste collections in North Dorset and nearby areas to make the service more efficient and cost-effective. This means, from early June, we will be changing the way we deploy vehicles and crews to empty household bins in and around the north of the county.

Dorset Council will be writing to all affected households over the next few weeks to inform them of what’s happening, so please keep up an eye out for a letter. Some will have their bin days changed, while others won’t notice a difference. If you don’t receive a letter from us, please assume your service is unaffected.

There will be no reduction in service. Rubbish and recycling collections will continue to run on a fortnightly basis (rubbish one week, recycling the next etc.), with food waste bins still emptied weekly but now using a separate vehicle.
The key messages are:-
  • Some households in and around North Dorset will have their bin collections changed in early June
  • Most won’t notice a difference, but we will write to you in advance if your bin collection days are changing
  • Your bins may be emptied by more than one crew at different times on your collection day
  • Larger vehicles have separate compartments for different waste types, so rest assured your rubbish/recycling/food waste is still being kept separated
  • Our crews often use a “service bin” to gather up food waste or glass – this looks like a regular wheelie bin
  • Garden waste and business collections are mostly unaffected by these changes, but we will write to customers separately if their arrangements are changing
  • If you suspect one/some of your bins have been missed, please leave them out and wait until 4pm before reporting to us.
If you are active on social media, please keep an eye out for our posts on our Dorset Council Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds tonight and tomorrow and share them accordingly. If you wish to create your own related posts, I’ve also attached a generic picture you can use with the recommended text below: -

“Live in or around North Dorset? Your bin collections might be changing in June... Look out for a letter from Dorset Council that will tell you everything you need to know. If you don't receive a letter, please assume your collections are unaffected."
Information can also be found at - please feel free to share this URL.

We are sending a bulletin out via e-mail this evening to appropriate recipients who have subscribed to our e-newsletters, and will update the data for our online Check Your Bin Day service this weekend to reflect the upcoming changes.

Annual Reports from the Chairman of the Parish Council and Dorset Councillor Somper (Beacon Ward)

Chairman of the Parish Council for Annual Parish Meeting May 2021
Dorset Councillor Somper for Beacon Ward

Dorset Council Travel & Transport News - April 2021


Iwerne Courtney & Stepleton Parish Council

Notice of the Annual Parish Meeting 2021 Wednesday 5 May 2021 at 7:00pm

This meeting will be followed by the The Annual Parish Council Meeting May 2021

The Public and Press are cordially invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting and the Annual Parish Council Meeting.   Both these meetings will be virtual meetings.  Please contact the Parish Clerk for access details to the virtual meetings platform. 

Agenda 5 May 2021

Planned work by SSE

Good afternoon,

Please find attached the maps for the network upgrades we will be carrying out during late April and early May. The works will be taking place in bubbles across the part the network known as Shroton E1 L5. This will affect Shroton, Child Okeford, Shillingstone. Okeford Fitzpaine, Stourpaine. Hanford areas. All of this work will carried out by the appointed contractor, Nettworx.

Bubble 1 - 198997

Thursday 29th April

Shroton substation – Portman Drive

Planned outage 0830-1630

Customers who will be put onto generation will experience disruption 0800-0830 and then again at 1630-1700 to be put back onto the network.

Bubble 2 - 199006

Tuesday 27th April

Aplands – Portman - Jacobs Ladder

Put across to generators, planned interruption 1230-1630, 270 customers affected.

Thursday 29th April

Connected back to main network, planned interruption 1000-1400. 270 customers affected.

Bubble 3 - 199009

Monday 26th April

Greenways – Hanford House

Connected to generation, interruption between 0830 -1430. 200 customers affected.

Wednesday 28th April

Put back onto the main network, interruption between 1230 – 1630. 200 customer affected.

Maps and working schedule continued…..

Hanford House – 199010

Tuesday 27th April

Planned outage 0830 -1630. 7 customers affected.

100 Aplands Close - 199011

Wednesday 28th April

Planned outage 0830 - 1630. 1 Customer affected.

Haywards Lane - 199012

Wednesday 28th April

Planned outage 0830 -1630. 5 customers affected.

Stourpaine Sewage Works – 199123

Wednesday 5th May

Planned outage 0830 – 1630. 5 customers affected

Bubble 9 - 199128

Monday 3rd May

Planned interruption 1230 – 1430. 13 customers put onto generation

Gains Cross – 199126

Tuesday 4th May

Planned outage 0830 – 1630. 2 customers affected

Bubble 9 - 199129

Friday 7th May

Planned interruption 1030 – 1430. 13 customers put back on to the main network.

See below for maps

Bubble 9    Stourpaine sewage works       70 Haywards Lane       100 Aplands Close      150 Handford House      83 Greenways - Handford House

Intruder report in Shroton

Notification that 2 male intruders were found walking around the garden of a private property in Shroton on Saturday (20 March 2021).  When challenged, they said that they were investigating a house alarm. The owner replied that the alarm had not activated and questioned them further at which point they left. No description or vehicle details are known at this time.
A good time to remind us to lock outbuildings and also keep our hoses secure at all times.   If in doubt, ring the police on 999 and please do not put yourself in a position of danger.

Dorset Council Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy

The current strategy is recommended for approval by Cabinet and Full Council, as the consultation clearly indicated widespread approval of the Council’s approach.  Officers have analysed the responses from over 1,500 respondents. This has resulted in a few changes to the strategy where the Council is able to take direct action.  The aim is become a carbon neutral Council by 2040. By working in partnership with the communities and organisations in Dorset we can achieve a carbon neutral Dorset County by 2050.

 a link to a news release

Dorset Council Waste Enforcement Team’s recent actions targeting abandoned vehicles across the county.

a link to a news release

Launch of a new campaign aimed at stopping disposable nappies being mixed with recycling. 

a link to a news release

Notice re off street parking (click here to see)

Temporary Road Cl;osure A350 (click here to see)

Tourist Information Centres

Dorset Council will propose to stop funding their last three Tourist Information Centres (TICs) in Dorchester, Sherborne and Wareham that it currently runs, and investigate alternative ways of providing these services in the future. a link to a news release

Glebe Footbridge Map - maintenance taking place from 15 March 2021.   (Click here to view)

Public Notice - Traffic Management Order. (Click here to view)

Dog Theft Prevention
Message sent by
Tom Balchin (Dorset Police , Police Community Support Officer, Rural Crime Team, Dorset)

Dog theft, especially of working dogs, has been a huge problem in other areas of the country. has stated that almost 50% of its missing dog reports actually relate to working dogs. The most commonly stolen gundogs are Cocker, Springer Spaniels and Labradors.

The good news is that in Dorset we haven’t seen a rise in working dog thefts in the last few years however that isn’t to say that this will not increase. Like many of our previous communications the UK crime trade of stolen dogs continues to thrives because people are buying online from non-reputable sources or even commonly used websites advertising pets for sale.

It’s worth just taking a few moments to think about the security of your working dogs and the simple crime prevention measures that you can take. It is important to think like a criminal. Look at your property as if you are trying to steal your dogs. How would you do it and how could you be stopped? If you find a flaw make sure it’s rectified ASAP.

We understand that crime prevention in rural areas is very difficult by the nature of the environment but officers are trained and experienced in crime prevention advice. If you would like a bespoke crime prevention visit to your rural home or business please send an email to the team at and more crime prevention advice can be found here:

For more information on security please visit our website here:

The National Police Chiefs Council have also released further information on dog theft which can be found here:

Key massages on COVID-19 Vaccination  (click here)
This has been forwarded by Actionline and explains the key points of the vaccination program.  It is worth opening and reading.

Dorset Council Travel & Transport News January 2021


Covid-19 update (clickhere) 29/01/2021

Further advice on vaccine scams (please open and read)

Advice on vaccination scams (please open and read)

The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated, please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine.


Beware of vaccine scams.

There are a number of scams circulating relating to the vaccine. Please read and share this information with friends and relatives in priority groups who may be contacted about their vaccine soon.
  • The vaccine is free of charge
  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced to your home to administer the vaccine
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips
Here's what you should do if you believe you've received a scam communication:
  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up
  • If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it
  • Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge
  • If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or

Please stay at home

You must stay at home. Don't take risks. 1 in 3 people don't have any symptoms, you could pass on the virus without knowing. Protect the vulnerable, protect the NHS and stay at home.

A reminder of the national lockdown rules.


Dorset Council Local Plan - public consultation link

A consultation on the Dorset Council Local Plan begins on 18 January and will last until 15 March.
Once adopted, the Local Plan will guide decisions on planning applications in Dorset until 2038.

The consultation is available online

For people who don’t have access to the plan online there are paper copies available for loan at libraries through their click and collect service. If people are shielding volunteers can help you pick up a paper copy of the plan for you from your local library. Find out more about support for those shielding

There are displays in windows of empty shops, libraries and Tourist Information Centres in some town centres.

There will also be a phone line that people can call to ask questions. This number will be available Monday – Friday 10am - 2pm. The dedicated phone line is 01305 252500.

A series of webinars will allow people to phone in and listen to, or view presentations about various sections of the plan. Once published, the webinars will be available to view at any time on our YouTube channel. Questions can be submitted in advance for the team to answer either as part of the webinar or afterwards. We will aim to respond to all questions asked to each webinar on our webpage no later than 2 weeks afterwards. There is also the ability for people who are not online to call in and listen to the webinar. This number is 0203 8554234

There are also bespoke surgeries for particular groups and town and parish councils available upon request – email for more details

A series of animations and podcasts have been developed to help explain The Dorset Council Local Plan. These can be found through Dorset Council’s social media channels or on the podcast platform Anchor.

Posted 5 January 2021
This is the latest information from the government.  
Please read it and follow the guidelines.  
It is important that we all adhere to and understand them for the common good.  
Thank you.

Please see the message below

Message received from NATWEST - the link below directs you to the NATWEST Fraud Page and has been checked by  and is relevant to everyone with an online presence.

Customers are reporting money being stolen from their accounts after they've responded to fake emails from parcel delivery companies, like DPD.

Criminals are sending messages, pretending to be from parcel delivery companies like DPD or Royal Mail. The aim is to get you to click the link and give away your phone number and bank details. 

You will then receive a call from the criminals, pretending to be from your bank's fraud team, trying to persuade you to move your money to a 'safe account' or give away your card reader codes.

Many variations of this scam exist; from bogus claims of unpaid TV Licence or Vehicle Tax to fake HMRC Tax rebates or free Supermarket shopping vouchers.

Visit our Fraud Page for help and advice.

We are working hard to keep you safe from fraud. If you think you may have given away your details to a scammer, please contact us immediately - we can help.   If it looks suspicious delete it, if it looks too good to be true it probably is. Never give out your bank details to any cold caller or unsolicited email.

Due to coronavirus, more people will be doing their festive shopping online this year. This means more opportunities for hackers to carry out cyber attacks. They often do this by targeting people and businesses using:

* email and website scams
* malware - software that can damage your device or let a hacker in
* If hackers get into your device or accounts, they could access your money, your personal information, or information about your business.

You can improve your cyber security by taking six actions:

1 - Use a strong and separate password for your email

2 - Create strong passwords using random words

3 - Save your passwords in your browser

4 - Turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) - Two-factor authentication (2FA) helps to stop hackers from getting into your accounts, even if they have your password. 

5 - Update your devices - Out-of-date software, apps, and operating systems contain weaknesses. This makes them easier to hack.

6 - Back up your data - Backing up means creating a copy of your information and saving it to another device or to cloud storage (online).

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.

Look after your gun dogs!