Cases of Coronavirus at Broadmayne First School.

Cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed at Broadmayne First School.

Here is a statement (dated 21st December) from Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health for Dorset and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councils:

“We are aware of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Broadmayne First School. The school is working closely with Public Health Dorset, Dorset Council and Public Health England South West to ensure that all necessary measures are being met.

“All close contacts of the confirmed cases have been notified and need to self-isolate for 10 days. Contacts of the confirmed cases should get tested if they go on to develop symptoms. Even if people test negative, they must still self-isolate for 10 days.”

This information has been posted here:

Christmas – a time to think of others

St Martin’s Church food bank collections have resumed

Donations for Dorchester’s Food Bank can once again be left at St Martin’s Church, Broadmayne. The collection box will be located in the church porch, so it can be accessed when the church itself is locked. Donations will be collected regularly and taken to the Food Bank by one of our volunteers, through the Christmas period and beyond.

Please donate only items which are non-perishable / long-life, such as food in tins, bottles and jars, tea bags, coffee, long-life milk, cereal, pasta, rice. Personal care items such as shampoo, soap or toothpaste are also welcomed.

Please give generously to help those in straitened circumstances. Thank you.

Tim Clayton for St Martin’s PCC

COVID-19 Latest figures and planning for Christmas

This week’s overview from Public Health Dorset published 11th December

We have continued to see a decline in case numbers and 7-day case rates for both Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset Council areas, although this appears to have levelled out in recent days. We have also started to see a reduction in the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital beds.

We need to continue following the key public health measures to prevent cases increasing again:

  • If you develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately and book a test. Everyone in your household or support bubble must stay home whilst you await the result.
  • Only meet people outside of your household or support bubble outdoors in groups of up to six. You can’t meet them in any indoor setting, this includes private homes, cafes, restaurants and shops.
  • Keep your distance from other people, wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering where required to reduce the risk of infection.

As we approach the festive period, some people will be looking forward to forming a Christmas bubble. It is important to remember that COVID-19 will not be taking a break over Christmas. You don’t have to form a Christmas bubble, but if you are planning to do so you should consider the risks to everyone involved carefully. You should also start to reduce any unnecessary social contact with others now to minimise the risk of transmission.


Summary of the most recent data:

      • 7 day case rates per 100,000
        • BCP 63.0 (compared to 85.8 last week)
        • Dorset 39.6 (compared to 44.1 last week)
      • Confirmed cases in last 7 days
        • BCP: 249 (compared to 339 last week)
        • Dorset: 150 (compared to 167 last week)
      • Current COVID-19 patients in hospital beds in Dorset: 88 (compared to 127 last week)

Road Closure – Chalky Road – 7&8 December

On the 7th and 8th December Chalky Road will be closed, from the junction with Main Street to somewhere beyond Olds Mews (as the new houses on the garage site are called). This is for work on the sewer connection for the new properties. There are bound to be lorries about but the junction with Cowleaze Road should be open.

A Service to Remember Loved Ones

A service of comfort for all who mourn the loss of a loved one.

The annual service to Remember Loved Ones, conducted by Jenny Bagnall in St Peter’s Church, West Knighton, could not take place as usual this year. However, the service was recorded and is available on YouTube.

To access the recording all you need to do is to click on the following link.