Corfe Valley News – July 2024

Corfe Valley News – July 2024 Highlights

The July 2024 issue of Corfe Valley News provides a comprehensive overview of community events and updates for Corfe Castle and its surrounding areas.

CVN June 2024

Corfe Castle Parish Council is exploring options to develop a memorial garden in the cemetery near a new Oak Tree, offering a seating area, space for scattering ashes, and affordable memorials. They recently held a new style Annual Parish Meeting with stalls and a brief presentation, and the next one is scheduled for May 12, 2025. The council has announced the inspection period for the Annual Governance & Accountability Return (AGAR) from June 11th to July 22nd. They have also relocated the Citizens Advice Bus outside the Doctors Surgery to improve accessibility and expressed support for the Village Hall kitchen regeneration project. Additionally, the council is collaborating with Dorset Council and Swanage Railway to explore potential park-and-ride services to alleviate parking issues in Corfe Castle.

The Church Knowle Parish Council meeting discussed several issues, including the playing field opposite Margaret Green Animal Sanctuary, where disturbing behavior by adults has been reported. Measures to discourage this behavior are being considered. The council is also working on the Church Knowle Parish Neighbourhood Plan, seeking additional grant funding and preparing a draft plan based on community input. Ward councillor Ben Wilson provided an update on the approved 30mph speed limit in Church Knowle from Dorset Highways. The council are considering measures to restrict damaging use of off-road vehicles on the Cucknowle ridge right of way. They are also seeking suggestions for the use of the now decommissioned phone box.

Other community highlights include a Local History and Community Day at Sandy Hill Arts, the next Soup ‘n Pud community lunch, and a theatrical performance of ‘The Shaftesbury Tales’ on the Church Lawns. The Patient Participation Group held a successful health talk on knee arthritis, while the Corfe Castle Environmental Group encourages residents to keep environmental concerns in mind. The magazine also includes information about regular events at Corfe Castle and Furzebrook Village Halls for July.

The local church announced the appointment of Richard and Louise White as new Rectors, sharing the post as a job share. They will each work two-and-a-half days a week, both working on Sundays.

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