People aged 65 and over, and those with weakened immune systems can now book their autumn COVID-19 booster online. Pregnant women, carers, health and care workers and those who are immunosuppressed are also able to book an appointment online. Other eligible groups should wait to be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn to book the vaccine.
Getting the autumn booster and flu jab is the best protection against the virus and other respiratory diseases ahead of winter. Click here to find more information and to book your autumn booster.
You may have seen in the minutes of the September Parish Council Meeting that SSL has partnered with Abri – a Not-for-Profit Housing Association. Abri’s plans for the site off Broadmead, should they get planning permission, would be to build 100% affordable homes. Half of which would be aimed at those on the Dorset Council’s Housing Register and be available at an affordable rent (capped at 80% of the market rent) whilst the other 50% would be available, to eligible clients, through a Shared Ownership scheme.
The change in emphasis to 100% affordable housing could be quite far reaching for our community but will not be reflected in a change in the planning application. To keep you informed, the Parish Council feel that it is right to share a document that SSL & Abri have produced which they say “explains the reason behind the move to 100% affordable”.
A message from Dorset Council’s Building Control team
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At a service on Wednesday 21st September the Reverend David Johnson was “Licensed and Installed” as Priest-in-charge of the Watercombe Benefice (Broadmayne, Owermoigne, West Knighton, Warmwell and Holworth).
As well as the formal processes David was welcomed by representatives of the various villages and we wish him, his wife Shahina, and their children Eliot and Izzy well, as they join our community.
Here are a few words about David, taken from Wednesday’s Order of Service.
After a short career in Software Engineering, David trained for ministry at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, where he and Shahina married a few months before he was ordained in the Bristol diocese in 1994. He was curate at Holy Trinity, Horfield, and then incumbent at St Michael the Archangel, Two Mile, where their son Eliot was born in 1999.
David became a school chaplain at Haileybury, and moved to Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire, where their daughter lsabelle (lzzy) was born in 2003.
Both children have moved beyond school years, and David is excited to be returning to the challenges and opportunities of half-time parish ministry, while Shahina continues to run Create Studios in Swindon.
David and Shahina both love walking in beautiful countryside and at the seaside, ideally if a cream tea or pub lunch can be part of the route and look forward to settling into a new life amongst the villages and worshipping communities of the Watercombe Benefice.
David hopes to be a friendly and visible presence in the villages, and that his walks with Shadow, a small and friendly cockapoo, will provide opportunities for conversations: to get to know people better and perhaps even to speak of sharing in the love of God and the life of the Church.
David’s is a part time role and his working days are provisionally to be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday. His contact details are: email firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile 07341 655530.
Unfortunately, due to a change in his working life Paul Whittaker feels that he can no longer serve the community as a Parish Councillor. We thank him for his contribution and wish him well for the future. We are pleased that he is prepared to continue to co-ordinate the Fibre To The Premises project.
The first step in the process to find a new councillor is described below, following that it may well be necessary to co-opt a councillor.
At this stage it would be very useful if you could ask yourself this question: “Could I, or someone I know, make a useful contribution to the Broadmayne community by offering to join the Parish Council?” Even if the answer is only “maybe” please talk to a councillor about the role. What’s involved? One meeting a month, some reading in between, concern for Broadmayne’s future, and as much involvement as you feel you can give.
Updated summary of road closures:
Sunday 25th September – Openreach 07:00 – 11:00 – Main Street, Bramble Drove to Rectory Road.
Thursday 29th September – Road repairs 09:00 – 16:00 – Chalky Road, Main Street to South Drove – Note: “During the closure period there will be no on street parking available. Parking restrictions will be imposed to prevent waiting or parking on the roads stated above. Any vehicle waiting in contravention of any restriction imposed by this Notice may be removed under the provisions of the Removal and Disposal of Vehicles Regulations 1986.” although “access to properties and businesses will be maintained as appropriate. We may ask the public to wait for a short time whilst we move machinery or carry out a task.”
Sundays 9th & 16th October – Openreach 08:00 – 16:00 – Main Street (A352), Friarmayne Farm turning to Sherren Cottages.
Sunday 23rd October – Openreach – B3390 through Warmwell
24th to 26th October – Openreach – Knighton Lane, Oakwood to Spring Gardens
A message from Public Health Dorset
Back to School!
Starting school or going back to school can be an exciting time for children and young people, but it can also be a worrying time too. This big change comes with many different emotions, so your child may need some support to understand and make sense of these feelings. Here are some ways you can support your child going back to school:
- Having a routine and structure can help reduce feelings of uncertainty and anxiety.
- Sticking to a good sleeping pattern is important, it can help your child’s body stay fit and healthy.
- Eating healthy balanced meals will provide your child’s body with the nutrients, vitamins, and energy it needs.
- Being active can improve your child’s mood and making it a part of their routine will do wonders for their wellbeing.
- Spending time doing the activities they enjoy is vital for their mental health and wellbeing.
- Staying at home if they feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms to protect others and reduce the spread of respiratory viruses.
If your child is feeling worried about starting or going back to school, start a conversation and reassure them that you are there if they need to talk to someone.