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Village Hall – Tea Dance

On Sunday 18 February Sue (Bosworth) and Caroline (Jones) are holding a Tea Dance at the Village Hall in aid of Durweston Choral Society. You’ll start with a glass of fizz, then learn two simple moves of Modern Jive, followed by tea.
Modern Jive is easy and a lot of fun – ‘a dance style derived from swing, Lindy Hop, rock and roll, salsa and others, the main innovation being to simplify the footwork…..’ Just two moves can be the antidote to loud music at parties! Peter and Caroline will teach the moves. No partner needed though. And if you really can’t/don’t want to dance, come and enjoy the occasion.
Sunday 18 February
Cost £7
Tickets from Caroline 01258 458 557 / 07976 426 989 or Sue 01258 454 605
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Durweston Village Hall – Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack Bean Stalk Poster

The Durweston Village Players presenting Jack and the Beanstalk in Durweston Village Hall. Performances are on:

  • Friday 9th February 7.30pm
  • Saturday 10th February – Matinée 2.30pm
  • Saturday 10th February – Evening 7.30pm

Information and tickets from the box office: villagehall@durweston.org.uk.

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A350 Community Group

Dear Stourpaine Resident

As you may know the government has announced new funds for rural bypasses. There have been plans to bypass Shaftesbury and the A350/C13 for many decades but no money was available. This is a rare chance to get something done to reduce the number of HGVs on the A350.

At the same time North Dorset District Council (NDDC) are asking local people their views on the council plans to 2031, called a Local Plan. Part of this consultation asks whether the land currently identified and safeguarded for the Shaftesbury Outer Bypass should continue to be safeguarded. Your parish council, Shaftesbury Town Council and all the other parish councils on the A350 would like your help to keep the land safeguarded for a possible future bypass otherwise any future options will have gone forever.

What do I need do to ?

The NDDC consultation asks whether you agree with a specific set of questions. We are interested in Question 29 which asks:

Q29. Do you consider that the land which is identified and safeguarded for the Shaftesbury Outer Bypass and the Charlton Marshall and Spetisbury Bypass should continue to be identified and safeguarded for such purposes?

You have to reply via a form which we have attached. We would ask that you fill in your name, address, postcode, telephone number and email address in Part A and then just click on the “Yes” box for Question 29. If you want to answer any more questions that’s fine but when you are finished please send it to:


This must be done by 5.00 pm on 22nd January for your opinion to count.

If you wish you can see the whole Local Plan at:

Thank you so much for your help.
Stourpaine Parish Council

Marianne Wheatley
Parish Clerk – Stourpaine Parish Council
Tel: 01305 873838

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Lindyhop Dance Class – 13th January

Lindyhop Dance Class on 13th January

Strictly Swing in Stourpaine – Sunny Side of Swing, jazz/swing/blues band played in Shroton Village Hall after an introductory Lindyhop class and this was a great success, with dancers (experienced and beginners) attending from as far as Chippenham and Axminster. So Claire & Peter will be offering Lindyhop classes once a month (2 classes and social dancing with a DJ), with the band playing every 3rd month (with one class).

The next dance classes evening will be on Saturday 13th January at 7.30 p.m. [doors open 7.30, class starts at 7.45] at Stourpaine Village Hall, cost £6.
Bring your own drinks (and food, if you wish).  Some soft drinks will be provided.

Lindyhop is a partner dance that originated in the 1920’s and 30’s in Harlem. It continued its popularity well into the 40’s during the Swing era and draws from earlier Charleston and Jazz steps and precedes jive and jitterbug. The Charleston routines on Strictly include several of these and are often choreographed by  one of Claire & Peter’s dance teachers.

The name ‘Lindyhop’ comes from Charles Lindbergh flying solo across the Atlantic to Paris in 1927. It’s great fun and there’s no need to come to classes with a partner.

Tel: 07708 473568 or check www.sunnysideofswing.co.uk

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New Tea Room and Gallery opens in Stourpaine

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New Tea Room and Gallery opens in Stourpaine Saturday 2nd December saw the Mayor of Blandford opening Edie-Mae’s brand new Tea Room and first floor Art Gallery. Now with over 30 Artists, Designers and Makers showcasing their wares in-store , … Continue reading

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Are you prepared?

Preparing for the future is often something people put off thinking about. This autumn sees Dorset County Council launch an adult social care campaign called ‘Prepare to live better‘.

The campaign aims to educate people about the changing landscape of social care and encourage them to make provisions and plans for their future care needs.

Dorset County Council’s Cabinet member for Health and Care Jill Haynes said:

“Prepare to live better is all about encouraging people to stay active and keep as independent as possible.

“We naturally become more independent as we progress through life. But as we get older, it is even more important to stay independent.

“When it comes to adult social care we want to help people stay in their own home for longer. By thinking about the future and preparing for the costs of care, you can have more choice and control over the care you want.”

Eight-five per cent of people aged 51 to 75 have no plans for how they will pay for their care. One of the hardest things is knowing when to talk about care, but it’s never too early to have those conversations with family and friends.

In Dorset we have a high number of older people who are isolated and lonely. By coordinating the efforts of social care, health and other agencies, we are striving to help people remain happily independent in their own homes and able to make informed choices about their support needs.

Staff will be out and about over the next few months visiting towns across the county and talking to people about planning for their future. You can find out more about living better at dorsetforyou.gov.uk/livebetter

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Mad Hatter’s Musical Tea Party

Mad Hatter’s Musical Tea Party

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