Town centre Paving Slab Replacement Programme June – August 2021 and delay to trial of part pedestrianisation in the markets area. At the Town Centre Enhancements Working Group meeting held on 29th April 2021 it was confirmed that part pedestrianisation of the markets area has been postponed until 2022 to avoid complications with the delivery of the long anticipated paving slab replacement programme, planned to start in June and finish in August. Programme of Entertainment. To bring people into the town centre and provide evidence of the benefits of having a part pedestrianised area in the Market Place, a programme of entertainment is planned for late August and September. This will include events on the Stour Meadows or Railway Arches. Get in touch if you would like to be involved in the programme. In doing so the Town Team will continue to promote the benefits of pedestrianisation and aims to work with Dorset Council to achieve this objective. There is some concern in the Working Group that Dorset Council will act on its own to research the benefits or otherwise of part pedestrianisation, including the response from businesses that face onto the markets area. It’s in the best interests of the town that this doesn’t happen – we should do our utmost to ensure we work together to gain the support of local businesses and residence alike.
Link to the Blandford Business S support Group here: https://www.blandfordtown.co.uk/listing/blandford-business-support-group/
The Blandford Environmental Trust (BET) community group – which looks after Angus Wood on St Leonards Ave – has been awarded a Step Into Nature grant, recognising Angus Wood as a great community asset for the people of Blandford, in these hard times, and the benefit for wellbeing provided by the wood. Because of the pandemic, BET’s only income has been from members subs. Grateful though the group is to its ‘Friends’, the grant will enable BET to provide an environment that continues to benefit the community, including dementia friendly groups. More details on the Angus Wood page in due course. http://www.steppingin2nature.org/
Blandford’s Hidden Gardens event (normally held in June) has been postponed until 5th September 2021 https://www.blandfordtown.co.uk/listing/blandfords-hidden-gardens/
As spring arrives, and Covid-19 restrictions permitting, Friends of Angus Wood on St. Leonards Avenue will resume last Saturday of the month work mornings. See Chair Jenny’s March 2021 Newsletter here: March 2021 BET Newsletter
Car parking charges and charging periods change from 1st February 2021. Following the Dorset Council meeting on 8th December 2020, changes to parking charges and charging periods come into effect from 1st February 2021. Parking on Sundays will no longer be free in Blandford. The original recommendation to extend evening charges to 8 pm was withdrawn – charging will end at 6 pm as at present. Further changes to car parking arrangements – including resident and shoppers’ permits will be announced shortly.
Visiting the town? Park for free in the Stour Meadows car park, enjoy the meadows and the river, and take the short walk over the blue bridge into the town centre.https://carparkmaps.co.uk/carparks/view/9064
Scroll down the car parks website to see the Stour Meadows car park – access is from the Tesco roundabout in Blandford St Mary.
The Town Team exists to promote the town for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors. We currently meet via Zoom every 2 months to review work in progress and plan new projects. If you would like to be involved or find out more, email the Chairman at [email protected]
Come to beautiful Blandford to see what the Bastard brothers did! Blandford is a market town steeped in history since its origins in the 9th century, but characterised by its unique Georgian town centre created after a fire in 1731 destroyed most of the buildings. The resultant rebuilding by architects and craftsmen of the time earned its description by architectural historian Nicholas Pevsner as ‘a most satisfying Georgian ensemble’ with which hardly any other town could compare. Today, a thriving and bustling centre now serving its own growing population and that of the numerous surrounding villages, and taking pride in its wide variety of independent and national shops and businesses, markets, services and recreational facilities.
The Blandford Business Support group provide support to each other, discussing local and national issues and how they affect us and to provide information and new skills to progress our businesses and discuss the development of the town.
To Sunday June 6: Dorset Art Weeks open studios locally and across the county, see www.dorsetartweeks.co.uk Wednesday June 2: Blandford
The Town Team obtained Lidll 106 grant funding to install tourism signs on the by-pass to promote the attractions of the town and the local area to visitors and the passing public. These provide important physical promotion as part of the marketing package aimed at bringing more people into the Blandford area.
Meetings every first Thursday of the month – 8:30 am
Pay monthly websites for £30 per month, built within 48 hours!
The house forms the central part of a large Victorian building which was built as the choristers’ house for St. Martin’s church, Bryanston, by the Portman family who then owned the estate. The estate is now home to Byranston School. Built in approx 1886 the house was originally called St Martin’s House, but this name appears to have been dropped in the l940s after the house was divided. The northern section was again divided in the early eighties and we bought the middle part shortly afterwards. Having gradually brought the heart of the building back to its former elegance, we felt it to be only right to also reinstate its original name! Although the whole building, and our central part, has undergone many changes, the principal features were fortunately left intact. We particularly love the huge etched and stained glass window in the stairwell. We have had many years of restoring damaged (one might even say vandalised!) mouldings and architraves, stripping back wooden features to show off the beauty of the grain. Now re-wired, re-plumbed, with central heating throughout and a bathroom for every bedroom, St. Martin’s is once again elegant, comfortable and a much loved home. We hope that
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