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]
The deadline for responding to Dorset Council’s Bus Improvement Programme is 21/2/22 (NN will respond on behalf of the Town Team) DG described her frustration at getting nowhere with a bus shelter at the Tesco stop, the bus company being unwilling to move the stop to the other side of the road where there is room for a bus shelter and her discussions with Blandford St Mary PC about the bus shelter and who should pay for it. DG was advised to take up the issue with Cllr. Andrew Kirby for a solution to be arrived at between him and the PC. DG has also registered the requirement for a bus stop and shelter close to the entrance to the Bellway St Mary’s Hill development (opposite the Badger roundabout) citing that an opportunity is being missed to get residents to use buses. (Why don’t we plan infrastructure properly in this country?). Once again, she was asked to refer this to Cllr Kirby. Details of both points will be registered in the Town Team’s return referred to above.
Next meeting on hold pending more clarity on when the pavements will be done (see below).
SJA and NB are progressing a list of community groups who might be offered help to submit grant funding applications.
The programme had been held up by the utility companies, but the current plan is for them to start on 28/2/22 and the repaving team to follow on behind them two weeks later (i.e. starting 14/3/22) in small sections at a time starting in East Street (presumably on the south side since the north side outside the church has already been done).
New charges will be introduced on 1/4/22. The recommendations of the parking review will be worked in with the discussions on pedestrianisation. Dorset Council Leader Cllr. Spencer Flower has visited the town and discussed with Byron and Noc and is supportive. Residents parking permits have been suggested for specific residential zones in the town.
DG has met with new traffic officer Tony Burden and is optimistic: she is appreciative of the Town Council seeking 20mph zones, but they wanted a county wide declaration rather than town by town.
KS reported work in progress with construction currently taking priority, and a launch date of 21/5/22 with activities and stalls for a family fun day. More details to be found by visiting any time before the event or picking up a leaflet.
NB reported that the final deadline for final March issue is 11/2/22 after which remaining funds will be distributed and the company will be wound up. Another publication (commercial and therefore more advertising) specifically for Blandford will be launching in April.
NB reported that the trustees and committee had agreed to enter into discussions with the Town Museum on a possible merger/linking of the two and had communicated the decision to members without negative comment.
Disabled access to shops. Nothing to report but SHA could be revisited once pavements have been done.
The Information Centre (TIC) is undergoing a reorganisation with new chair and directors and clarification of its status. BQ said the proposed replacement for Riverside House (TIC and the public toilets in Greyhound Yard) is being viewed as inadequate, but the planning application is still current and likely to go to the planning committee. NB noted (re disabled access above) that any new build retail in the town should ensure the opportunity is taken to provide full disabled access. BQ said nothing can happen to Riverside House without Dorset Council’s approval of the sale of the site, it has been intimated that provision should continue and that any replacement should be fit for purpose. Discussions are in progress on what could be a great alternative.
NN is to contact RJ to set-up a Town Team FB page. Shirley Dickinson offered to update Museum related entries on the Town Team website and has been granted full admin rights. (NN reported he could not cope with updating the website regularly and other tasks.) The front page requires updating. NN will copy unattributable notes from this meeting onto the front page to achieve this objective.
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.
Regular events taking place in and around Blandford
Friday August 5: Free summer holiday entertainment with Jamie Jigsaw, Woodhouse Gardens, Blandford, 10am to 1pm: circus workshop, magic and
Blandford Corn Exchange 10am to 5pm daily Monday August 15 to Saturday August 20 Challenges: Members Only - Abstract Art
80s Fitness Charity Event R Lukins Fitness, Pimperne from 6pm Supporting Weldmar Hospice and Friends of Luccombe Hub
Teddy 20 - Supporting Children with Cancer Saturday 20th August Teddies' Parachute Jump and Teddy Bears' Picnic 1 to 3pm
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.
Blandford Information Centre provides a wealth of information on this pretty Georgian town and the surrounding area, for residents and visitors alike.
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