Relate Coffee Morning

Relate Dorset and South Wiltshire invites you to their free monthly coffee morning at ‘Inspirations’, 2 Poundbury Business Centre, Dorchester DT1 3WA, next to Castle Vets. This takes place from 1000-1200 every first Friday of the month, starting in October 2022. Get to know people in your local community. Find…

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HM Queen Elizabeth II

We wish to express our deep sadness and condolences to The Royal Family at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Along with the whole country, Poundbury residents will feel a deep sense of loss of a monarch who has been a constant presence in our lives for the…

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Road safety event in Poundbury

Dorset Police Road Safety Team and the Dorset Road Safe Partnership are organising a road safety event at the Jubilee Hall round the corner from Waitrose on Saturday 17th September from 1000-1600. They invite residents to come and say hello and find out more about their No Excuse Team, Community…

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Developing Love Poundbury

The Love Poundbury committee has been exploring the future role of the organisation. We have come up with some thoughts and would welcome the views of residents.   Background As Poundbury nears completion, we feel our focus should move away from the issues around physical development, construction etc. to community development. About…

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Defibrillator project makes progress

Love Poundbury has been carrying out a feasibility study into the installation of more public AEDs (Defibrillators) at strategic, accessible points in Poundbury. The aim was to identify suitable locations and seek possible sources of funding. The feasibility study is now complete. We are delighted to say that following detailed discussions,…

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Save our new trees

The Duchy has asked us to let residents know they they are continuing the programme of watering trees, which has been significantly increased this year due to the extreme conditions. They say they would welcome residents supplementing this if they notice trees under particular stress.  The optimum time for watering…

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Senior Social

Pavilion In The Park (PIPS) holds a Senior Social (65+), usually every every second Thursday in the month from 10-12 unless specified otherwise (in August 2022, it’s on 18th). Come along for a warm and friendly welcome, meet new people and have some free tea and coffee and delicious cake!…

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Dorset Food and Art Festival

Join in the fun on Saturday 6 August 2022 at Dorset Food & Arts Festival at the Great Field in Poundbury, from 10am – 4pm. With around 60 stalls on the festival field selling delicious food and drink, locally made products, crafts and art – there’s something for everyone! But…

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Christmas shopping in Portsmouth

A Christmas shopping trip by coach to Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth is already being planned for Sunday 11th December 2022. The coach will leave Queen Mothers Square at 8am, and depart Gunwharf at 4pm. The cost per person is £20. If you are interested in joining the trip, please help Charlotte by…

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Sunflower trail open for bookings

Get up close and personal with the beautiful sunflowers at Maiden Castle Farm, take a relaxing and meandering stroll through the winding trail, cut in the acres of sunflowers, planted in the shadow of Maiden Castle’s pre-Roman Fortress!   Due to reach their perfection in time for the summer holidays! The…

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Dementia awareness

Are you personally affected by dementia? Feely ou have memory difficulties? Or simply want more information? No need to book – just come along to Dorchester Community Church between 1400 and 1600 on Wednesday 20th July and find out what support is available. Event run by Help and Care. See…

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Senior Social at Pips

Pavilion In The Park (PIPS) holds a Senior Social (65+) every second Thursday in the month from 10-12. The next event is therefore on 14th July. Come along for a warm and friendly welcome, meet new people and have some free tea and coffee and delicious cake! Full details at www.pipspoundbury.com

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Community Meeting 18th July

The next Love Poundbury event will be with Mike Burks from The Gardens Group on Monday 18th July, 1930 at Brownsword Hall. Mike runs Poundbury Garden Centre as well as Castle Gardens in Sherborne, and Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil. Mike will be chatting about how he founded the business with…

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Love Poundbury Membership

A reminder that membership of Love Poundbury is free of charge (but donations are always welcome). Membership is open to households in the electoral ward of Poundbury. You can join via our website. You can also sign up to the Newsletter on the same page. Members are entitled to vote on…

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Great Field update from town councillors

Dorchester Town Council is very pleased to have completed the lease transfer for the Great Field site. The Duchy of Cornwall has a repairing-and-fault obligation for 12 months on structures and fittings, 24 months on the trees, and maintenance of landscaping for 12 months. Town Council staff and Councillors work closely with the…

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Charity quiz night at Poet Laureate

A Charity Quiz Night in aid of Weldmar Hospicecare Trust (Joseph Weld) is being held at The Poet Laureate, Poundbury on Thursday 14 July 2022 – 7pm start. Prizes are a Poet Carvery for 2, a ‘Pure’ treatment voucher (back/neck/shoulders) and more! Tickets are £5 each or if you would like to have…

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Mobility help in Poundbury

The British Red Cross mobility aids service in Poundbury has recently reopened after over a year of closure.  This service is committed to ensuring that everyone in need of a temporary wheelchair has adequate access to one.  If you, or someone you care for is recovering from a short-term injury or ailment,…

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Gardening is our business

The next Love Poundbury event will be with Mike Burks from The Gardens Group on Monday 18th July, 1930 at Brownsword Hall. Mike runs Poundbury Garden Centre as well as Castle Gardens in Sherborne, and Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil. Mike will be chatting about how he founded the business with…

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Better Transport for Dorchester

The Dorchester Transport Action Group has reformed and is holding its first public meeting on Wednesday 15th June 2022 in the Magistrates room of the Corn Exchange, Dorchester DT1 1HF. The meeting will run from 19.00-21.00 with the bar available from 18.30. They welcome anyone from Dorchester and the surrounding area…

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Yoga in the Park

Space Yoga Dorset are running sessions in The Great Field from June to August on Thursdays from 1900-2000, weather permitting. You can book by contacting Jeni on 07860 809385 or by emailing spaceyogadorset@gmail.com If you can’t make the Poundbury session, other sessions are held on Tuesdays 1800-1900 in Borough Gardens,…

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Gardens Group raises £3,676 for Ukraine

Poundbury Garden Centre, along with Castle Gardens in Sherborne and Brimsmore Gardens in Yeovil, have raised £3,676 for the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal since April. Donating the proceeds collected so far, raised from the sale of commemorative jute bags made for Castle Gardens’ 35th anniversary and Brimsmore Gardens’ 30th anniversary,…

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Jubilee Weekend

We’ve updated our calendar with the main local Jubilee celebration events in and around Poundbury. We wish all our community a happy Jubilee Weekend as we celebrate and give thanks for the remarkable 70-year reign of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

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Dorchester Food Bank

Poundbury may appear to be an affluent area, but Stuart Dawson from Dorchester Food Bank reports that the organisation is providing help to more families here who are struggling with bills and need food support. He told Love Poundbury: “As a result of the cost of living crisis we are…

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Maiden Castle Sunflower Trail

The Sunflower Trail at Maiden Castle Farm will be back in August 2022. Hazel Hoskin, who farms the area with her husband, reports that they raised an amazing £25,000 for the Special Care Baby Unit at Dorset County Hospital last year. This year funds will go to the Kingfisher Ward and…

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Queen’s Jubilee Celebration Picnic

Pavilion In The Park (Pips Cafe) are holding a celebration picnic on 5th June from 12 noon. There will be family arts and crafts, best dressed dog and best hat prizes, live music and a Jubilee trail. Bring chairs or a rug and a picnic! If you can volunteer to…

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Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea

Boos Toy Shop – who have recently moved from the Buttermarket to Crown Square – are holding afternoon tea sessions on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May from 1200-1330, and again from 1430-1600. This includes story time and craft activities for the children. Booking essential on 01305 602467 or info@boostoyshop.co.uk.

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Great Play Area now open!

Funded by the Duchy of Cornwall as an integral part of its development of the Great Field, the long-awaited Great Play area is now open! There is a wide range of timber play equipment, complemented by extensive planted areas, benches and bins. The play area, alongside the Amphitheatre, which opened…

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Art in Poundbury

Art in Poundbury is an 18 day event in the newly refurbished Jubilee Hall and is a part of Dorset Art Weeks, the largest art trail in the country. There are 120 artists participating many of whom are from Poundbury and Dorchester. Each day there will be both artist stewards…

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Share your jubilee memories

Pavilion In the Park (PiP) would like to collate memories of Poundbury and Dorchester residents of the Coronation, Silver Jubilee or Royal Occasions, ideally with a couple of photographs. They will frame the memories and put them up in cafe’s community room. Would you consider sharing your memories? If so, please email lucy@pipspoundbury.com.…

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Poundbury Garden Society

The Poundbury Garden Society is delighted to be able to re-open its waiting list for plot holders once more. This garden society is based in the walled garden near Sunny Day and the Community Orchard. If you would like to be added to the list please email Graham via gracarver@hotmail.com

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Art Stewards needed

Art in Poundbury is on track for a fabulous exhibition in Jubilee Hall (next to Waitrose Poundbury)14th May to 1st June  10am to 4pm every day . Organisers are looking for a few more Poundbury residents who would be happy to do one 3 hour stewarding shift during that period – in particular…

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Senior Social at Pips

Pavilion In The Park (PIPS) holds a Senior Social (65+) every second Thursday in the month from 10-12. The next event is therefore on 12th May. Come along for a warm and friendly welcome, meet new people and have some free tea and coffee and delicious cake! Full details at…

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Jubilee Afternoon Tea

In Celebration of our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Crown Street Coffee Lounge shall be hosting a traditional English Afternoon Tea with inside & alfresco tables ( British weather permitting!). We anticipate being very busy on this event so early booking will be essential. Reserve your table now on 01305 – 818426.

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Volunteers need for Jubilee Picnic

Volunteers are wanted to help with the Queens Jubilee Picnic Celebration Sunday 5th June. People of all ages are needed to help run activities, co-ordinate on the day, or just join in with some kids colouring and making activities.  Young people/teenagers that can help with some kids activities, and adults who…

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Arrest made for alleged assault

Dorset Police received a report at 8.22pm on Thursday 17 March 2022 relating to a group of around 10 young people involved in anti-social behaviour in the area of Pummery Square in Poundbury. It was reported that they were smashing bottles and throwing stones at doors. A further report was…

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Dorset Spring Show

SUNDAY 3RD APRIL Jubilee Hall, Poundbury The Dorset Spring Show is returning on Sunday 3rd April 2022 after a two year break, with a new venue at Jubilee Hall, Queen Mother Square, Poundbury – 1-4pm. The show features seasonal horticulture and home craft classes including the largest display of competitive…

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Packed With Hope

Volunteers wanted 9th & 10th April at The Old Dorset Cereals Factory in Poundbury to help Ukrainian refugee children. PACKED WITH HOPE seeks to provide a little comfort, and to put a smile back on the face of children (even momentarily) as they flee the violence and chaos in Ukraine. With…

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Witness appeal following assault in Poundbury

Officers investigating an assault in Dorchester are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. Dorset Police received a report at 8.22pm on Thursday 17 March 2022 relating to a group of around 10 young people involved in anti-social behaviour in the area of Pummery Square in Poundbury.…

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Work next to Monkey’s Jump roundabout

Miles King, People Need Nature National Highways has been busy next to Monkey’s Jump roundabout, installing a new flood alleviation scheme to reduce the risk of flooding on the A35 at Monkey’s Jump roundabout. They have nearly finished installing a soak-away and pond on the piece of land which joins the…

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Poundbury Nature Watch – Feb 22

The Poundbury Nature report for February is now available here, with one new species reported – Brambling, another winter visitor.  Walkers heading northwest, via the Cranford Street allotments, will have noticed the removal of the hedge alongside the path between Great Cranford Street and the A37 underpass.  As the bird…

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Ukraine – how you can help

The government has announced two new schemes to help those fleeing the war in Ukraine: Apply for a Ukraine Family Scheme visa Local Sponsorship Scheme for Ukraine We are grateful for the outpouring of support from people and communities across Dorset.  If you are not able to offer accommodation, you…

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Let’s plant some trees!

Transition Town Dorchester are planting trees on Sunday 20th March.  We will meet by the gate to the Community Farm at 2pm and will walk down to the planting site from there (in the direction of Prince of Wales school).  Please bring a trowel, fork, spade or a mattock, whichever works best for you. We…

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Brownsword Hall

Help wanted to run our village hall

Would you like to help run Poundbury’s Village Hall? If so, we would be delighted to hear from you as we are now looking for a few more Trustees. The Brownsword Hall (named after Andrew Brownsword) is based in Pummery Square with the purpose of benefiting the local community.  The…

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