From Dorset Council – news of the new NHS Test & Trace app

From Dorset Council – news of the new NHS Test & Trace app

Tomorrow, 24 September, the Government is launching a new Test and Trace app to help prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We are lucky to still have a relatively low infection rate here in Dorset and the app will help this trend continue. Everyone who downloads the app is helping to prevent the spread of the virus by notifying users if they have come into contact with someone who may later test positive for coronavirus.

From tomorrow you will be able to go to your usual app store on your smartphone and download the app – search for NHS COVID-19. Some features of the app include risk alerts by postcode, a symptom checker and test booking.  Please be assured that the app tracks the virus, not the individual.

It is also now mandatory for some businesses and organisations to have a system in place to collect visitor data and keep it for 21 days. We have contacted Dorset’s businesses, our town and parish councils and our own local council services about this new legal requirement and have asked them to display NHS QR code posters in their properties ahead of the app launch tomorrow.

The venues affected include those in the following sectors:

  • hospitality

  • leisure and tourism

  • close contact services (such as salons)

  • places of worship

  • local authority venues (such as Libraries, Registration Offices, Leisure Centres and Town and Village Halls)

From tomorrow we should start seeing these businesses with the NHS QR posters in their venues for customers and users to check-in with the new NHS COVID-app at that location.

If we all download and start using the app, we will be doing our bit to keep each other safe and stop infection rates in Dorset rising.

Don’t have a smartphone?

Don’t worry if you don’t have a smartphone, businesses may continue to collect customers’ data using a log book or other paper method.

Do you have a question

For all questions about the app please visit

Reporting emergencies using what3words

All the Dorset emergency services (Police, Fire, Ambulance) now recognise location references from the what3words mobile phone app.

Every 3metre square in the world has a three word identifier in the what3words system. Use that code when contacting 999 and the emergency services will #KnowExactlyWhere the emergency/incident is.

Why not be prepared – download the free app to your mobile phone now. Find out more and download the app from this link.

As well as for emergencies you can use the location code to report fly tipping, crime, problems, to help friends to find you on the beach, …. the possibilities are endless.

Here’s an example – The Broadmayne sandbag store is at ///flattered.natural.debating


Jurassic Coast walk for Prostate Cancer funding

You can help raise money for Prostate Cancer research in two ways

Ben Wightman is planning to walk the length of the the Jurassic Coast Path, Exmouth to Studland (100 miles), in nine daily sections, between the 11th and the 22nd October.

    1. You could walk – Ben would love people to join him for any (or all!!) days

    2. You could sponsor – Ben or one of the other walkers

The walkers will also need offers of transport to and from the ends of each daily section.

All money raised goes towards valuable research.

For a schedule and all details, and to offer support, please contact Ben – email:   Tel: 01305 854385 or 07970 820064

Financially challenged as a result of COVID-19?

There is no embarrassment in admitting that the pandemic has left you in financial difficulty and there are people ready to help. Maybe your working life has been disrupted or maybe you are older and would benefit from claiming Pension Credit, or maybe claiming free school meals or the Pupil Premium would help your family.

Don’t hold back, there is help out there, and please tactfully mention this to any friends who you think might benefit from advice.

Dorset Council and Dorset Citizens Advice have launched a new campaign encouraging residents financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to seek support before things become more difficult.

Click here for full details

Dorset Libraries reinstate reservation service

You can now reserve items again (charges and hire fees also return)


After the service was suspended in the wake of Covid-19 restrictions, Dorset Council is very pleased to be able to reintroduce reservations at libraries across the county.

This means that from Monday 14 September, residents will be able to start reserving items again from the library catalogue, for pick up from libraries in Dorset.  Library visitors will also be able to make reservations in person at their local branch.

For the full news item from Dorset Council click here

Village Hall OPENS for regular bookings!

YES, the Village Hall opened this morning for the first booking since March 19th.

After all the necessary Risk Assessments, precautions and preparations, the hall Trustees are confident that the hall is “COVID-secure”.

For the moment, bookings are only being accepted from regular user groups. Some are keen to meet and take up their activities and some are understandably more cautious.

The Trustees recognise that there is a vital wellbeing aspect to meeting up and socialising, which has been missing for months, and they believe that the procedures that they have put in place should give users confidence to return whenever they feel comfortable to do so.

We look forward to the hall returning slowly to as near normal use as possible and to welcoming back the many many people who enjoy the splendid facilities on offer.

Details of  the various village activities can be found on this website on the “Clubs & Activities” tab and you should contact any that you are interested in to see what their plans are for re-starting their meetings.