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Blandford Business Awards 2021
The first Blandford Business Awards are being held at Bryanston School on Saturday 23 October 2021. CBA Services Director Catherine Chapman said, ‘in association with the Blandford Business Support Group, we are delighted to be involved with and sponsoring the Blandford Business Awards 2021. It is hoped that this will become an annual event to celebrate the many varied and diverse businesses in the DT11 postcode.’
Further details about the awards ceremony will be posted shortly. Email: [email protected]
Town centre Paving Slab Replacement delayed until September 2021 and no funding for entertainment. Well bad luck – looking for the reason for the delay. Pity we could have had the pedestrianisation trial after all. Unfortunately it transpired that funds previously thought to be available to put on an entertainment programme in the town centre and under the Railway Arches in August and September also came to nothing – there is no money available. Noc says this was all a misunderstanding – well, we weren’t the only ones who thought either the Welcome Back fund or Section 106 money could be made available for this. Disappointing doesn’t cover it.
Link to the Blandford Business 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) to go ahead as planned on 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.