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Poundbury Antiques is now open!

We are thrilled to announce the opening of Poundbury Antiques, our new shop located in Challacombe Square, in the heart of Poundbury.  Poundbury Antiques offers a unique blend of history, charm, and interior décor, catering to seasoned collectors, those new to the world of antiques, and those looking for unique…

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Look Local

Empowering Women in Business This is our first ‘LOOK LOCAL’ feature highlighting businesses and organisations in our community. Purple Office believes in creating a supportive and inclusive environment where women can thrive professionally and personally. Through tailored events, educational workshops, mentorship programs, and a vibrant community, they strive to provide…

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D-day 80th-6th June, Beacon Lighting event

The Town Council organised this well attended event on Salisbury Field. William Gibbons submitted the following summary of the event. “ This was a memorable event and the Town Council team are to be commended. The evening included Wessex Schools choir and Cloud 9 adult community choir singing traditional gospel…

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Update on the Poundbury Nature Project

 Miles King, People Need Nature. Poundbury is looking spectacular now, with all the wildflowers growing along Middle Farm Way, on the Monkey Jump corner and by the Fire Station; and  in The Swale and on the Great Field meadows. We now have two separate patches of Bee Orchids – the…

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Update for PRA Survey

PRA MEMBERS MAKE SURE YOUR VOICE IS HEARD! HELP US SHAPE OUR NEW COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION by joining the consultation and completing the Smart Survey linked here.   NON-PRA MEMBERS If you are a resident in Poundbury you can join the PRA by going to : https://lovepoundbury.org/join/ It is free to…

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Road Safety Update

A big thank you to those residents who have contacted us over the past four weeks regarding our Road Safety Projects. Most of your emails were expressing concerns about unsafe parking across Poundbury. Many of you shared actual experiences and sent photographs as evidence. These incidents were spread throughout Poundbury,…

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Road Safety across Poundbury

Over the past few weeks, we have provided an update on each project we are working on. Our last is: Fourth Project – Road Safety Monitoring / Reporting There is a tremendous amount of data held by Dorset Council regarding Road Safety and data on accidents over the last 5…

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Join the Big Poundbury Consultation

From early May until the end of June, the consultation survey on reforming the Poundbury Residents Association will be available online through lovepoundbury.org and the Love Poundbury Friday update email newsletter, and in paper form in selected locations. We are seeking community input on key questions relating to our formal association…

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Road Safety across Poundbury – Project 3

20mph Speed Limit for the Residential Areas of Poundbury Poundbury is a perfect match with the UK Government’s and Dorset Council’s definition of where there needs to be a 20mph speed limit.  A 20mph speed limit also supports the Poundbury vision for ‘A walkable community – giving priority to people…

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Road Safety Across Poundbury – Project 2

Thank you for the great response that we had to last week’s focus on dangerous parking around Poundbury. We will be collating your ideas, highlighting the areas identified and suggesting efforts to raise awareness and so to reduce the risks. We also want to highlight the availability of designated parking…

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WILD ABOUT POUNDBURY!

The weather is easing and encouraging us to enjoy our outdoor surroundings once more. Poundbury is surrounded by beautiful countryside, enjoys squares with greenery and trees, the Centenary Field and of course the Great Field. Recent national surveys remind us of the fragility of the natural environment but also of…

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Road Safety across Poundbury – Update

The four PRA Road Safety Projects are all taking shape, but we need your feedback to ensure our thoughts are aligned with Poundbury residents.  Over the next 4 weeks we will provide an update on each project we are working on. First up – Action on Dangerous Parking.  Many residents…

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The Big Poundbury Consultation

Over the past year the message from The Big Poundbury Conversation has been consistent in expressing a desire for an inclusive Community Association. Proposals for several models of association structures have been considered over the past months. At a community meeting in January 2024, the two models preferred by the…

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News from Transition Town!

Transition Town Dorchester and Dorset Mind launch new Partnership at Poundbury Community Farm for Spring 2024! Transition Town Dorchester (TTD) are delighted to welcome Dorset Mind to take up a dedicated space at their Community Farm in Poundbury to deliver their Eco in Mind ecotherapy support and activities for local people…

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Your PRA Needs You!

We need some extra help in producing News items and Events for our website and weekly Newsletter.  If you have some IT skills and are able to spare a couple of hours a week and would like to join our team of volunteers please contact Jerry at jerrycooke87@gmail.com

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Meet our Volunteers

This is the first of what we hope will be many acknowledgements of the remarkable people who are volunteering to build a local community in Poundbury. Simon Standish was the founder and exemplary  lead of the ‘Big Poundbury Conversation’ for well over a year. With the team that he brought…

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Help and Kindness Newsletter

Our Dorset Community Response Service The Community Response service is here to help people find local support for people living and working in Dorset. We provide signposting to support as quickly as possible and we work closely with Volunteer Centre Dorset to help with urgent requests for practical help. The…

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PRA AGM 20 March 2024

Many thanks to the over one hundred members who attended our AGM on Wednesday 20th March. We will be sharing details with you in next week’s news update and putting further information on our website. This is the new team of volunteers who have formed the PRA committee for 2024.…

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Dorchester Community Newsletter – March 2024

We might be nearly halfway through March but there is still plenty happening this month in Dorchester Visit Discover Dorchester for a wealth of information about things to do and places to shop and eat in town. Information and support Multiply Numeracy Skills with Skills and Learning Take advantage of…

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Poundbury Noticeboards

We have 6 noticeboards around Poundbury and we are hoping to have 3 more added over the next few months. If you would like us to display a notice, which should be A5 size, please contact Sue Cooke via email at suecooke40@gmail.com for further information.

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Do you have an event for our newsletter?

Do you have an event that you would like to appear on our weekly newsletter? If your event covers the Poundbury or Dorchester area, please go to https://lovepoundbury.org/submit-your-event/ to submit your event. The Newsletter is issued on Fridays, but the last day for submission is the day before (Thursday).

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Your Hospital Needs You!

The Friends of Dorset County Hospital is a registered charity founded in 1956 and our aim is to provide patients and their families with support whilst in hospital. Over the years we have donated funds of around £500,000 for equipment and facilities that could not be funded by public funds.…

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Help and Kindness March newsletter

Dorset is one step closer to becoming a Sustainable Food Place  #HelpAndKindness and Dorset Climate Action Network have been hosting a series of  meetings over the last eight months to discuss how a wider food partnership across the county could be useful to tackle large scale challenge and make our…

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Road safety

The BIg Poundbury Conversation has highlighted concerns over road safety in Poundbury, Dorchester. The high speeds of some vehicles in a neighbourhood designed around pedestrians discourages walking or cycling for short journeys. A project to lower the speed limit to 20 to make our streets safer for all of us,…

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Do You Love To Sing?

The Encore Singers are a choir based in Dorchester. We sing songs from the musicals and modern popular songs in 4 part harmony. We raise several thousand pounds per year with our concerts, each of which is dedicated to a specific local charity. We are eager to recruit more members,…

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Police Advice regarding Bicycle Security

Dorset Police is issuing advice to members of the public to keep their high-value bike safe from a burglary.The Force has recently seen a spate of thefts of high-value bikes following breaks to outbuildings across the county.The stolen bikes include leisure bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes and dirt bikes.  Officers…

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Graffitti vandalism

A message from our Co-Chairs Mike Stear and Simon Standish You may have become aware of some very unpleasant graffiti over a number of sites including St John Way, Peverell Avenue East and the Great Field. There were 6 incidents and it is thought that they took place at a time…

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Help and Kindness newsletter – February 2024

What is the Dorset Community Response Service?  Our Dorset Community Response service can help you find local support for yourself, your family, friends and those you work with. We provide signposting to support as quickly as possible and we work closely with Volunteer Centre Dorset and the Micro-Providers Network of…

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We are growing!

In the last year Art in Poundbury CIC has been hard at work committed to growing Art initiatives in the community of Poundbury and beyond with our Club, exhibitions, and outdoor painting events. We have a small team of Directors with many more volunteers who support us as when they…

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Dorchester Community Farm needs your help!

The farm keeps hens and geese in the Community Orchard, Poundbury, if you would like to get involved and help look after them please contact:  info@transitiontowndorchester.org Volunteers let the poultry out of their houses first thing in the morning, feed and water them, then close them up again in the…

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Come and Help Establish a New Association!

Photos courtesy of Sandi Photography – www.sandistudio.com Come along to the Duchess of Cornwall on Monday February 26th at 6;45 p.m. to see how you can help to establish a new Community Association! We are holding a meeting for volunteers interested in supporting the ongoing work of an Interim Residents’…

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Extract from an article in Dorset Echo

A residents’ association could seek to become a charitable community organisation in the future. A residents’ association could seek to become a charitable community organisation in the future. The Poundbury Residents Association asked locals for their opinions in a recent meeting – with the majority seemingly in favour of a…

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Dorchester Community Newsletter

Skills and Learning Skills and Learning have launched an exciting programme of courses taking place at the Dorchester Library and Leaning Centre. See attached poster for a list of courses, and visit their website to register: Courses – Skills & Learning Adult Community Education (skillsandlearningace.com) Community Litter Picks Support the work…

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Future of community organisation in Poundbury

Thank you if you have already booked your seat for our upcoming Residents’ Association meeting next week on Wednesday 24th at Brownsword Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. But If you haven’t already, may I please encourage you to join us by booking a place here.  This meeting builds on Big Conversation events attended by at least 110…

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Have your say on the future of Poundbury’s community

Join the growing numbers of residents who are having their say on the future of the Poundbury Residents’ Association and community development.  Last year saw the initiation of the Big Poundbury Conversation which involved over 850 people in talking about life in Poundbury, what they liked and what might change…

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Poundbury Business Survey 2024

During January and February 2024, the Duchy of Cornwall will be contacting local businesses as part of the annual Poundbury Business Survey for 2024. The information is used to capture the extent and breadth of the economic landscape at Poundbury, with the added opportunity at their choice, for businesses to…

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Osprey Charging

Osprey Charging, the UK’s leading and fastest-growing EV rapid-charging network, has increased access to public charging in Dorset with four high-powered EV chargers installed at Saltash Place in Poundbury, supporting local residents, businesses and visitors with reliable EV infrastructure. The 60kW rapid charge points are compatible with every EV on…

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Age UK New Community Room

ageUK is pleased to announce the opening of their new Community Room in Unit 1 & 2, 5 Crown Square, Poundbury There are a number of activities and clubs taking place and listed below are details of what is happening during the January and February 2024.

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Poundbury Community to consider options for 2024

The Big Poundbury Conversation, launched by the Residents’ Association, has engaged over 800 people during 2023. That’s around 20 percent of the population and a high figure for this kind of community project. Involvement has included online surveys, including those devised by young people at local schools, several community workshops,…

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Help and Kindness Newsletter

News and Updates Welcome to the first edition of the re-launched #HelpAndKindness newsletter. We hope to share with you regularly what we’ve been working on, provide information about useful support that’s available in your communities and share good news stories.   Community Support this Winter   #HelpAndKindness now have a…

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Dorset Food and Arts Festival 2024

Despite the need for a last minute change of date due to the weather, the 2023 Food and Arts Festival, held on the Great Field, was a huge success. Organisers are starting to think about the 2024 event and met with the Residents’ Association to plan a way forward. They…

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Poundbury Pathfinder Walking Groups

Poundbury Pathfinders run a 4 monthly programme of walks which are arranged in advance and emailed to members. They are an unofficial group. Anyone is welcome to walk with us, but we accept no liability for those who participate, and walkers will be responsible for their own safety and wear…

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Experienced Cleaner/Housekeeper

About me: I am a former teacher from Ukraine, and have been working as a housekeeper in a hotel in Weymouth, whilst studying English as an ESOL student. I live in Poundbury, Dorchester. Among the tasks I am able to do are: Please contact: Alla on 07467 608947 or email…

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Home Library Service

The Home Library Service brings your local library straight to your front door! Books can be delivered free of charge to people who enjoy reading and is available to those who cannot get to their local library due to mobility issues, poor health or caring responsibilities. For more information ask…

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Make sure car doors are locked

We’ve had a report of security cameras picking up two men trying all the car doors in a Poundbury courtyard around 4am on Tuesday morning. A report has been submitted to the police and our local neighbourhood officer. Whilst Poundbury remains a relatively safe and secure neighbourhood, it would be…

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Wheelchair access to Duke of Edinburgh Gardens

A resident pointed out to us that it was difficult for those in wheelchairs to directly access the central area of the recently opened Duke of Edinburgh Gardens at Pavilion Green. We have now been told by the Duchy that dropped kerbs are scheduled to be installed on the paths…

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Here to listen or help

Many in Poundbury will be experiencing money worries right now with the cost of living affecting an increasing number of people. Managing bills and finances can lead to feelings of anxiety, stress, and helplessness – having a significant impact on your mental health and wellbeing. It can be hard to…

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Christmas tree

Some may remember that last year the Christmas Tree in Queen Mothers’ Square was slightly disappointing. We’re delighted to hear that this year the Duchy of Cornwall have assumed responsibility for the tree. They will fund it, and have sourced a well respected company to provide it. The Duchy will…

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Change is afoot

The Big Conversation project group has reviewed the key findings from surveys and discussions so far and is planning a way forward. There are two different types of developments emerging. All these things will take some time, so the group wanted to update the community about when change might take…

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Housing help

Can you help an Afghan family who are looking for a 3 bedroom flat or house to rent? The family have been in the UK for some time but their local tenancy has come to an end; they are now in temporary bed and breakfast accommodation in Wimbourne. This is…

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Community Directory

We have upgraded the Poundbury Community Directory. We’ve already have 33 listings ranging from local societies, interest groups, where to get help, regular social events, schools and medical provision. Whilst we focus on Poundbury, we also include relevant Dorchester-wide organisations. What it is for A theme emerging from the Big…

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Autumnal community farm days

The Community Farm in Poundbury is tidying up for winter. Whilst much is being ‘put to bed’, there are also things to plant such as garlic, onions and broad beans. The team hope to plant some trees in the orchard over the winter, so will be clearing the edges by…

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Refugee hosts needed

Over 400 Dorset households have welcomed refugees as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme, but Dorset Council now needs new hosts. Could you offer a spare room, annex, or other available property, the Council would like to hear from you. Support is provided. Find out more here.

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Big Conversations move to next stage

There was a good turnout for the final Big Conversation event in the current part of the process, at Damers School on Saturday 28th. It means that around 150 people have now taken part in more detailed face to face discussion about needs and priorities for future community development in…

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Have a question?

Have a question about living or working in Poundbury? Need to know who to ask about something? Not sure where to go? We’re compiling a list of the most common questions asked by residents, workers and organisations here. We’ll collate the most popular ones, and work with the Duchy, developers,…

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Poundbury Nature for Wellbeing Project

The Poundbury Nature for Wellbeing project is now open for referrals. A variety of nature-based activities have been created to help local residents who would benefit from help with their mental health and wellbeing. Nature-based activities including looking after Poundbury’s Wildflower Meadows, Art (visual arts, singing, poetry and nature photography)…

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Affordable Food Projects

Struggling with the cost of living? There are affordable food projects you could access in and around Poundbury. – Food Share at Dorchester Community Church, Liscombe Street DT1 3DF Tel: 01305 267171 – Dorchester Food Bank at The Dorford Centre, Bridport Road DT1 1RR Tel: 01305 262045 – Dorchester Community…

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Stirring conversations

On Tuesday evening we had the first of our Big Poundbury Conversation Next Steps Meetings. 45 people came and discussed ideas for the future. And they even got some refreshments halfway through the 2 hour session! The feedback from this first meeting was very positive, with people saying they enjoyed…

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Third community meeting arranged to meet demand

The first two Big Conversation Community Meetings have been fully booked, although you can add yourself to a wait list to see if spaces become available. A third has been arranged for Saturday 28th October, 0930-1115. You only need to attend one meeting! They will summarise the findings and facilitate…

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Big Conversations

Community Meetings about the Big Conversation are proving very popular. The meeting on Tuesday 10th October, 6.30pm in Damers School Hall is already fully booked. As of 9pm Thursday evening, our second event had only three spaces left. We are therefore likely to run at least a third meeting, probably…

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Leadership team

We’ve had some committee changes in recent months, so for those who are interested here is the current line up! The committee are elected every AGM, usually in the Spring, although new members can be co-opted during the year. Lesley and Mike have been co-opted recently. Interim Chair – Rob…

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Benches saga

The PRA are grateful for feedback from residents, almost all of which has supported the committee view that Dorchester Town Council rather than the Association is now the best vehicle for the provision or maintenance of benches. Our council have the maintenance contracts, insurances and local contacts to fulfil this…

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Dog-related PSPOs – Latest consultation results published

A recent consultation gathered views from residents, visitors, businesses, and other organisations about a dog related Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) across the Dorset Council area. These views will be used to create a new Order that will give clarity and consistency for both dog-owners and non-owners. Councillors will make…

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Poundbury Streets for People

The automated traffic speed survey near Damers First School has been completed. The data will now be downloaded and analysed by the Highways Division of Dorset Council. The objective of the survey is to see if additional traffic calming measures are required on Peverell Avenue East to support a 20mph…

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Benches

Historically, the PRA has provided benches in Poundbury which have either been donated by others or paid for by the Association. This hasn’t happened for some time, and readers may notice some benches need maintenance or have even been removed due to disrepair. More recently, the Duchy have installed benches…

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Community meeting – 10th October

Following publication of the Big Poundbury Conversation Newspaper at the end of September with the results of the community consultation, our next Community Meeting will explore the main themes and be a way for the community to discuss what future priorities should be. The event will be on Tuesday 10th…

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Poundbury Nature Watch – July 2023

The results of the Nature Watch this year are now available, together with an update on the Poundbury Nature Project by Miles King. To read the report please click here. The species count is the similar as the low June count but there is a new species added – Sand…

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Rendering and external paint

You may remember an update in May on what respondents to the Big Poundbury Conversation were saying about the subject of rendering and external paint failures in homes. The team also received 48 detailed emails covering both issues and affecting over 60 properties involving all three building contractors. They then…

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School garden volunteers wanted

Damers First School is an RHS Level 5 School Garden and has won some prestigious National Gardening Competitions in the past. The school feel it is really important that children know where their food comes from and learn the skills needed to grow their own vegetables and fruit. They are looking for more enthusiastic garden volunteers to help support the…

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Delivery Team for Big Conversation Newspaper

We’re finalising the Big Conversation Newspaper which will be delivered to every household, business and community venue in Poundbury towards the end of the month. It will summarise the main findings of the community consultation, and highlight some inspiring case studies of where innovative solutions to community needs have been…

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Travellers in Holmead Walk

The encampment of travellers in the Holmead Walk area which arrived on Sunday has now been moved on. This is Duchy of Cornwall land and the travellers did not have permission to camp there. The Duchy have acted quickly in conjunction with bailiffs and Dorset Police to move the group…

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Help with administration

Do you have experience of administration which you might be willing to use in a voluntary capacity for the Poundbury community, as we consider some exciting new initiatives? We need one or two people who have skills in managing email, calendars, responding to queries and acting as a first point…

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Return to school support

Change can be difficult for some children and young people so these guides and information from Dorset Council might be help. They contain useful tips to help you and your school support your child to start positively in their new school or setting.Guidance for parents and carersGuidance for school staff Dorset Mental…

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Gardener wanted

Reliable, friendly and honest gardener to look after an older person’s back garden wanted. This would be an ongoing job involving regular maintenance as well as some redesigning. Contact us in the first instance, and we will put you in touch.

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Dorchester Film Society

Dorchester Film Society has been showing the best of world cinema since 1958. Every season they aim to show a variety of interesting and highly acclaimed contemporary films that would not normally be screened in local commercial cinemas. Their season starts in September and runs until the following March. They…

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You are more than your exam results

For young people, getting exam results can be a stressful time, and it’s normal to experience thoughts and feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. For some, this life event can be a challenging time for their mental health and emotional wellbeing. If your child has any worries or concerns over their exam…

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25% off spring flowering bulbs

25% off spring flowering bulbs for PRA members only. On production of membership card you will be given a yellow voucher. This can be used as many times as you like whilst we have stock. Valid only on presentation of voucher. Not valid on pre-discounted items or special orders.

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It’s a sign!

Signs posting the way to Crown Square were put up this morning at the junction with Liscombe Street by the Duchy of Cornwall. This will address a concern by retailers and offices that newcomers to Poundbury do not know they are there, a concern which has been highlighted in the…

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Poundbury Garden centre discount evening a great success

The local community turned out last night for an enjoyable evening at Poundbury Garden Centre. A 25% discount off any full priced purchases (excluding restaurant, concessions and furniture) and free delivery was available, alongside free tea and coffee. Huge thanks to Jon and the team for arranging it and staying…

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20’s plenty in Poundbury

Last month Poundbury’s 20’s Plenty campaign co-ordinator Graham Vangoe received the news that the long awaited speed survey near Damers First School had been approved and funded.  The speed survey has now been scheduled for a week in September – when the school reopens for the Autumn term.  Graham commented:…

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Big Poundbury Conversation widens

500 people have now completed the main Big Conversation survey, which is a great result, and there are 3 weeks still to go. A survey for businesses and organisations based in Poundbury is now being circulated, and an event is planned for September to assess how organisations feel about the…

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New Interim Chair of PRA

Following Francoise Ha’s resignation as Chair due to moving home away from Poundbury, the PRA committee have elected Rob Hattersley as Interim Chair. The current constitution states that Association members must live within ‘new’ Poundbury. Francoise said: ‘I am pleased to be passing on the role of chair to someone…

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UPDATE: Food Festival moves to Sunday 6th

Due to the weather forecast, the Dorset Food and Arts Festival has been moved from Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th. It will be slightly smaller than planned, but there will be 30 plus stalls, live music and will be well worth a visit from 10am- 3pm on Poundbury’s Great Field.

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Safer speeds campaign

The Dorset Echo is reporting on the frustration of our Town Councillors at the ‘slow speed’ of implementing the proposed 20mph in residential areas of Dorchester, such a Poundbury. Town Councillors support evidence that slower speeds of 20mph zones in urban areas are a key factor in making streets safer…

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Dorset Council Housing Strategy Consultation

Dorset Council have launched a housing strategy consultation. It is primarily a questionnaire, with some space for free text, and takes just minutes to complete. The aim is for as many people as possible to contribute with their views about what is important to them. Key issues such as housing need,…

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Support is available over the summer holidays

If your child or young person is finding things difficult over the summer holidays, let them know there is always someone they talk to. This time of year can be exciting, but it can also cause feelings of anxiety and stress, especially when it comes to exams, leaving or moving…

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Have your say on dogs consultation

Dorset Council has started a consultation on a new dog-related Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). This PSPO identifies where, when, and how dogs can use green spaces and beaches. It will also cover topics such as fouling and lead length. The current PSPO has been in place since January 2021 and is due to expire at the end of…

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Have you completed the 7 minute survey?

The Big Poundbury Conversation survey takes around 7 minutes to complete and has already been completed by nearly 400 local residents. Separate surveys for young people and local business are also taking place. Emerging themes cover feeling included, ways to connect and reduce isolation, provision for young people, support for affordable living,…

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Dorset Climate Conference

Extreme weather including horrific heatwaves and floods are being experienced all over the world this week, as a report suggests the UK is largely unprepared for the major disruption we will see within our lifetimes. What we see on our news feeds is with just 1.2’C heating. The French government…

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Great Field re-wilding project

We’ve arranged with Miles King from the charity People Need Nature for a tour and outdoor talk about the re-wilding and nature projects on the Great Field. This is on Friday 21st July, at 1000. This event has a maximum of 20 places. First come first served, so let us know…

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PRA Visit to Nansledan

Members of the PRA committee travelled to Nansledan last Sunday to see how the development is progressing. We were shown around by committee members of the Nansledan Community Association and had many interesting discussions about the respective developments…

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Damers Energy Sparks!

Damers First School have become the Energy Sparks South West Regional and National Champions! They have won £1250 to go towards an energy saving improvement or sustainability project within the school. Over 1000 primary and secondary schools took part.  Energy Sparks is an online, school-specific energy analysis tool and energy…

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Poundbury Nature for Wellbeing

Thanks to the generosity of donors (including a good number of Aviva employees), the charity People Need Nature has reached its £3000 target for fundraising via the #savingourwildisles Aviva UK community crowdfunder, to support the Poundbury Nature for Wellbeing project. This pilot project will use nature-based activities to help local people struggling…

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Children from Damers share their eco projects

On Wednesday 28th June, pupils from the Eco Group at Damers School shared news of their latest eco projects with the local community, who were most impressed! Here are the slides for anyone who would like to see them again, or for those who weren’t able to attend the meeting.…

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Community Noticeboards

The Love Poundbury Team think that physical noticeboards are even more important in a digital age, when so many of us get our news and views from online sources which increasingly divide us and doesn’t reach everyone. Physical boards can be seen by everyone, including those who are not regularly…

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Add your voice to the Big Poundbury Conversation

The number of people completing the online survey has jumped again this week, taking the total to over 300. For a neighbourhood the size of Poundbury this is an impressive result already, and there the survey remains open for a few weeks yet. The Conversation seeks the views of anyone…

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Increase your computing skills

Learn to use a computer with free computer sessions Contact Dorchester library and discover ways to get online and learn more about becoming digitally active. All Dorset Council libraries are registered Online Centres and support learning to use the computer and the internet through the Learn My Way course. You can access…

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Brownsword Hall AGM – 14 June 2023

The Brownsword Hall Annual General Meeting is taking place on Wednesday 14th June, starting at 7pm for drinks with the main meeting at 7.30pm. The Poundbury Village Hall Trust is responsible for running the Hall and Pummery Square for the benefit of the residents of Poundbury, and is regulated by…

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Dorset COP

Dorset COP (Conference of the Parties) is Dorset’s very own opportunity for the community to have its say on the climate and ecological crises. By bringing together a wide cross section of community-based groups from across the county we hope to raise awareness of the need and desire to act…

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Community Farm Spring Days

Everything has really taken off at the Community Farm next to the allotments off Middle Farm way, and we’re working hard to keep up!   We meet at the Community Farm or the Community Orchard in Poundbury onSunday afternoons at around 2pm, and also on Wednesday mornings at 10.30. Things still need planting out…

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Art In The Park

The Great Field in Poundbury was dotted with artists’ as far as they eye could see on Saturday, 27th May, as 90 enthusiasts and experienced artists took park in Art in Poundbury’s (AiP), Art in the Park – The Great Poundbury Paint Out. Loosely-based on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the…

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Update on Committee Membership

I am writing to let you know that I am stepping down as Chair of the Poundbury Residents Association. This is due to unforeseen circumstances which have led to my having to find new accommodation outside of Poundbury. I will continue to work here but will no longer be resident…

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Damers School: Coronation Pins

Damers School Coronation Pins

On Friday 5th May, the day before the King’s coronation, Catherine Smith, Headteacher of Damers School welcomed Philippa Thorniley, Poundbury resident, and Françoise Ha, PRA Chair to their special coronation assembly. It was a wonderful event with lots of singing and discussion about the symbolism of items linked to the…

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Carers Week 5th – 11th June 2023

Dorset Council is publicising Carers Week together with Carer Support Dorset. There are a number of events taking place, such as a coffee afternoon in Portland, Cream tea in Blandford and a crafts session in Weymouth. The idea is to raise awareness of caring and highlight the challenges that unpaid…

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Dorset Youth Grants

Dorset Council is inviting youth organisations to apply for grants from £500 to £5,000 through the Dorset Council Youth organisations. The grants should be used to deliver youth projects and activities within the Dorset Council area.  The projects must provide access to positive activities, or promote the well-being of young…

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Volunteering in Poundbury

Around 25 people came along to our very first Volunteer Social at The Duchess last week. It was a chance for new and potential volunteers to meet each other and the new committee, and find out about new developments and where help is needed. Volunteering benefits everyone. A volunteer meets…

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Community Meeting 28 June 2023

Our next Community Meeting to which all Poundbury residents are invited will be at Damers School, starting at 6.30pm on Wednesday 28 June. Access will be via the school hall door on Liscombe Street, to the right of the main front entrance. The meeting will start with a presentation by…

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Rendering Update

The failure of external rendering and paint has been highlighted in the Big Poundbury Conversation survey, and the subject of further correspondence to a significant number of residents. So far we have received 48 detailed emails covering both issues and affecting over 60 properties involving all three building contractors. We…

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The Big Poundbury Conversation – Update

The Conversation is off and running and so far we have had 222 replies to the survey, a further 17 interviews and 50 expansive emails – so people seem to be engaged! The survey will run until the end of August so if you haven’t completed it, please do this…

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Coronation Events

Saturday 6th May The Poet Laureate Pub in Pummery Square from 12noon – there will be a TV in the pubHalf the car park will be closed for part of the afternoon for: Mutter Slater and friends performing ‘Bluesy’ musicBBQ with hot dogs or beefburger in Brioche buns or bring…

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Rendering Update

Thank you to the 32 residents who have sent us emails so far about rendering issues with your reports of rendering and paint issues affecting over 40 residences be they houses or blocks of flats in Poundbury. The issues appear to affect properties constructed by CG Fry and Morrish and…

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External Walls

A number of residents have referred to problems that they are having with the rendering finish on external walls and in particular with paint peeling off or being lost completely.

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Be Aware – Rogue Trader

An elderly resident in Middlemarsh Street paid a rogue trader £250 today after his tree branches were cut without request or permission. No invoice or receipt were issued. The police have been informed.

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Coronation Celebrations

Calling to all residents celebrating the Coronation of King Charles in Poundbury! We would like to hear about your plans. If you are having a party that is open to all, please share the details with us so it can go on our events calendar to share with your neighbours.

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The Table Sale

THE TABLE SALE!

The Poundbury Residents Association organised a Table Sale on the 15th April in The Jubilee Hall. There were 16 stalls selling a huge variety of well-loved items, as well as some crafts. Sellers brought their own tables early in the morning and set up colourful and tempting displays. We plan…

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Volunteers for leafletting please!

Progress is being made with The Big Poundbury Conversation. We met over 100 people recently at the Easter Fayre in Crown Street and it has been very interesting hearing everyone’s views about Poundbury. We want to reach as many people as possible and are looking to leaflet all properties in…

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Emergency alerts

The UK government’s new Emergency Alerts system is now live. The system will enable people to be contacted via their mobile phone when lives are in danger.  On Sunday 23 April 2023 at 3pm, there will be a national test of the Emergency Alerts service. It will be used to…

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Counting the minutes…

We’ve created a page for Poundbury Residents’ Association documents such as AGM and Community meeting agendas and minutes. You can now view the latest March 2023 AGM Draft Minutes online.

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Poundbury gets talking

Around 70 people crowded around tables in Brownsword Hall on 15th March to kick start The BIg Poundbury Conversation, after the Love Poundbury AGM. Surrounded by post-it notes, local residents were invited to discuss together what they liked about living or working here, and what might be improved. This is…

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Join the Big Poundbury Conversation

The Big Poundbury Conversation is an initiative launched by the Residents’ Association for all who live and work in Poundbury, and people are already sharing their views. We want to know what you think about being here, and what might help make this a really great place. What are people…

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Home from hospital

Dorset Help and Kindness are helping patients get home quickly and safely after a stay in hospital. They work with patients, their families, the care coordinators, and discharge teams to see if there are community services to support. This includes working closely with the Volunteer Centre Dorset and other community organisations to…

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Dorchester Access Group

DAG is a small group, facilitated by the Town Council, which meets quarterly to help improve the standard of access relating to the built environment including road schemes and public and commercial buildings within the town. They act as a consultative group and can bring projects forward such as the…

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Local Road Closures

The Dorset Council website has important road closure information available including closures in the evening from 8pm. You can view local road closures happening that may affect your journey at: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/travel/travel-dorset/roadworks-road-closures

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Dorchester Walking Festival

The Dorchester Walking Festival is a 9-day event taking place from Saturday, 13th May 2023 to Sunday, 21st May during National Walking Month. There are 50 guided walks to choose from – a great mix of long and short walks and activities for all abilities and interests. Whether you are…

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Holiday Hangout

Holiday Hangouts are FREE and are for children aged 9-14 years. There will be loads of fun activities including bungee run, craft, football, music, sumo suits and much more. Families with a Summer in Dorset passcode can use it when registering so that children will receive a free hot meal.…

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Introducing byFoke

byFoke is a new gift and lifestyle store that has recently opened in the heart of Crown Square in Poundbury. The store is run by husband & wife team, Casey and Dan Gregory, who are passionate about offering a unique shopping experience for their customers.

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Happy to chat

A new ‘Happy to chat’ community club will be held at PIPS every Wednesday starting 29 March from 2.30-4pm. Looking for a friendly group of people, to make friends, chat and laugh over a cuppa? Come along and make new friends, it’s an easy way to have some company on…

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PRA AGM March 2023

Post AGM Update

We had a full house for our recent AGM at Brownsword Hall. Thank you to everyone who came and made the launch of The Big Poundbury Conversation a great success! We thank Simon, Kay and the team for leading a wonderful and engaging session looking at: What works well for…

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Health Matters – Poundbury Ladies Group

‘Health Matters’ is the topic of the next event organised by the Poundbury Ladies group, on Tuesday, 21st March 2023, 2pm at Brownsword Hall. Dawn represents BMI Health Care, an independent provider offering treatment to private, insured and NHS patients. Non members are welcome to attend meetings, although there is…

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Table Top Sale on 15th April

A Table Top Sale is being held on Saturday 15th April, 0930-1230 at Jubilee Hall next to Waitrose. Entry is 50p per person. Come along, bag a bargain, and keep waste out of landfill! Please share this event with your friends. To print a poster, click on the image to…

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Association AGM and Big Conversation launch

Don’t miss the forthcoming AGM of the Poundbury Residents Association, featuring: The Big Poundbury Conversation. Yes, this year’s AGM will be rather different. We will be electing a new Chair and committee members and reviewing what has happened over the last year. However, most of our time will be devoted…

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Local Business Survey & Business Directory

During February 2023, the Duchy of Cornwall has been contacting local businesses as part of the Employment Survey for 2023. The information is used to capture the extent and breadth of the economic landscape at Poundbury, with the added opportunity at their choice, for businesses to be promoted to both…

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Launch of The Big Poundbury Conversation

After the AGM business has been concluded, a small community development working group will present their ideas and engage you in an initial discussion of the possibilities about how we can better connect, keep informed and share common interests to build a thriving and healthy community.

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New Poundbury Community Directory

We are pleased to announce a new online Community Directory for local clubs and community organisations so residents can know what there is to do and discover in Poundbury! We have just started, so the Community Directory has limited entries. Should you run or know anyone who runs a local…

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Spinning The Moon

Spinning the Moon is a compelling story set in Dorchester in the turbulent years that followed the Wars of the Roses, when society changed, and rural communities looked to an uncertain future. Fusing historical fact and fiction, drama, and comedy, it is a dynamic piece of theatre; a tale of…

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Door Kicking Update

This is a message from your coordinator John Werrett of the Poundbury – North of Peverell Avenue scheme. I have received this note from our PCSODear all, Following a spate of anti-social behaviour last week the Dorchester neighbourhood Team have been working to identify those involved, I have been in…

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The Poundbury Quilters

Poundbury Quilters meet weekly on Monday mornings in the upstairs rooms of the Poundbury Community Church, where full current safety guidelines are followed. We are a small group of quilters and usually alternate our sessions with “sit and stitch” and a workshop with one of our members sharing a particular…

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Fables and Food

New Café – Fables and Food

A warm welcome to Natasha and Francel who open officially today their South African inspired cafe Fables and Food at 7 Dinham Walk! You can follow them on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/fablesandfood

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Bringing the library to you

We can bring your local library service straight to your front door. We can deliver books for free to people who enjoy reading but are unable to get to their local library due to poor health or mobility, or caring responsibilities. For more information, please ask at your local library,…

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BeeFest

BeeFest is Back!!

In 2019 Charlotte and friends organised a free festival on the Great Field to celebrate everything to do with Bees and highlight the current serious threats to the survival of our bees.  Dorset Beekeepers were the highlight with dozens of stalls offering honey and everything else connected in some way with bees.…

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Updated Local Business Discounts in Poundbury

We are grateful to the following businesses offering discounts to members of Love Poundbury: Bridal Reloved, Duchess of Cornwall, Friths Opticians and Poundbury Gardens. In addition, Purple Office have recently come on board with the following offer: Purple Office: Receive £25 FREE credit when signing up to Purple Office coworking space. To use this…

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Gardens Are Our Business

The next Love Poundbury event will be with Mike Burks from The Gardens Group on Wednesday 9th November 2022 at 7.30pm 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…

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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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