This was the press release issued by Dorset County Council at the tail end of last week:
Discussions are continuing about the service 40 supplied by First buses to provide a suitable service for residents in the west of the county and we will continue to gather the information that allows us to make informed decisions.
Dorset County Council have explored and our travel team continue to explore the options.
Cllr Daryl Turner, the council’s Cabinet member for built and rural environment, said:
“We need to balance the local needs of residents with the realities of the numbers of people using these services.
“The county council’s policy to remove bus subsidies means that a more flexible and community-driven solution is needed. DCC have had excellent success working with communities using our Toolkit”
The toolkit can be found at www.dorsetforyou.com/communitytransport
Following the release of First’s new timetable recently a number of issues have been highlighted:
There are a number of people in Broadwindsor, Gerrards Green and Netherbury who will not be serviced by the new timetable and a collectively-agreed community transport solution will be investigated to address this concern and we will be working with the communities to help them find solutions.
Students to Yeovil College and Sir John Colfox School are serviced by the current bus. However, the timings aren’t ideal. From Monday (today), the council will operate a 7.30am service from Bridport to Yeovil College. This is not a public service and there will be no fares as we are providing a service for the college. They will contribute to this and it will form a community college service.
Another issue that has been raised is the requirement for residents to attend Bridport Hospital. This connection is mostly used as a short hop from the town itself. Further discussions with the Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group will look at support for this.
Over the next three months the council will continue to work with communities, companies providing community transport and the schools and colleges to iron out these issues.
Tickets are £5 and this includes one free drink and Light Bites at the interval.
Tickets are available from Lesley Tibballs (Drimpton) 01308 867241, The Village Community Shop, Brenda Smith and Joyce Chumbley.
All proceeds to Comrades Hall maintenance and improvement fund.
Look forward to seeing you for a night of fun, hilarity and who knows, maybe some winnings!
With the Curry Night, hosted by three local chefs – Brian Wing, Simon Emmerson and Valerie Madder-Smith – a sell out on Saturday 16 Sept, we now have Blues arranged for the end of the month.
Our very own Dave Shaw has arranged for his band, Blues Station, to play for us at The Comrades Arms in the main hall on Saturday 30 September at 7.30pm, with the bar open, as usual, from 6pm. Entry to the ‘gig’ will be free, but we hope people will donate generously in the bucket provided.
The Blues Station have kindly agreed to support us with a free ‘gig’ and the money raised will go towards running the hall.
This may well be our last event in the current season at the Comrades Arms, if The White Lion opens again, so please come along and enjoy a great evening with drinks at unbelievable prices!
BROADWINDSOR COMMUNITY FILM CLUB PRESENTS
THEIR FINEST (12A)
DIRECTED BY LONE SCHERFIG, WRITTEN BY GABBY CHIAPPE and STARRING GEMMA ARTERTON, BILL NIGHY, SAM CLAFLIN, RICHARD E. GRANT
THE YEAR IS 1940, LONDON. WITH THE NATION BOWED BY WAR, THE MINISTRY TURNS TO PROPAGANDA FILMS TO BOOST MORALE AT HOME.
REALIZING THEIR FILMS COULD DO WITH A “WOMAN’S TOUCH”, CATRIN COLE IS HIRED AS A SCRIPTWRITER IN CHARGE OF WRITING THE FEMALE DIALOGUE. ALTHOUGH HER ARTIST HUSBAND LOOKS DOWN ON HER JOB, CATRIN’S NATURAL FLAIR QUICKLY GETS HER NOTICED BY CYNICAL, WITTY LEAD WRITER TOM BUCKLEY. CATRIN AND TOM SET OUT TO MAKE AN EPIC FEATURE FILM BASED ON THE DUNKIRK RESCUE STARRING THE GLORIOUSLY VAIN, FORMER MATINEE IDOL AMBROSE HILLIARD. AS BOMBS ARE DROPPING AROUND THEM, CATRIN, TOM, THEIR COLOURFUL CAST AND CREW WORK FURIOUSLY TO MAKE A FILM THAT WILL WARM THE HEARTS OF A NATION.
FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2017
FILM CLUB MEMBERS AND GUESTS ONLY
APPLY ON THE NIGHT OR FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT:
IAN BUTCHER 01308 867644
BRENDA SMITH 01308 868392
JOYCE CHUMBLEY 01308 868286
WINE, BEER, FRUIT JUICE AND SOFT DRINKS AVAILABLE
Broadwindsor is to lose its only bus service in a week’s time, without warning.
The news came after the new timetable from 18 September was announced on Dorset First’s Facebook page with the accompanying wording:
Service 40: We are pleased to announce additional journeys from Monday 18th September.
Broadwindsor is not included.
The timetable was reposted by Lyme Regis and Charmouth Councillor Daryl Turner.
District councillor Jacqui Sewell says she is furious that there has been no consultation. She made the announcement at the first screening of the village’s film club on Friday night, much to the shock of locals.
In a message to county council leader and our local county councillor, Rebecca Knox, Cllr Sewell said: “The new route of the 40 bus that has been announced on FB this evening by Cllr Daryl Turner is an absolute disaster for Broadwindsor, there are many, many people that rely on the bus to get to Beaminster for work, Doctor’s appointments and shopping, but also a number of school children use this bus to get home from Colfox School.
“I cannot remember any consultation about this proposed new route with myself or the parish council – unfortunately I won’t be at BW’s Parish Council Meeting on Monday, but expect there will be a lot of concerned residents attending to, find out why Broadwindsor is losing its one & only bus service.”
Councillor Turner’s reaction on Facebook to Councillor Sewell was: “Hopefully you can help with a community offer Jacqualyne Sewell. We continue to look at options.”
Councillor Knox said: “It is frustrating that the new operator of the 40 bus as was has considered that the route through Broadwindsor is non-commercial.
“This has happened over a number of years affecting many in Dorset. For these areas, and indeed this happened in Thorncombe, South Perrott, Chedington, Corscombe, there have been some very successful community transport link services arranged. They are variable since each community has found the real demand for transport links does actually vary quite considerably.
“So the Maiden Newton connection is operated on a dial a bus (booked the day before) service, and for Thorncombe the solution is one with a firmer timetable but which fits with market day. The County Council has a team looking at helping and advising communities about what can be done. There is also seed funding.
“The basis of success of course lies with use and the evidence which will support a timetable or connection which can become sustainable. A community transport link can be supported by payments, by means of a Bus Club for instance, or individual passengers. There are all sorts of operating model.
“What do folk really want from a link? Is it daily? Early morning? Market days? It would be so helpful to collect that from the village as soon as possible. For hospital appointments there are other means of travel such as the hospital car service or the local Beaminster community car service run so brilliantly by Mike Bateman and his team of volunteer drivers. But to gather some user figures would be extremely helpful to assess what a community link might look like, suited to Broadwindsor, Drimpton and others in the area.”
The village square is on its knees.
Tumbleweed drifts slowly by the old village stores, where the blinds have been pulled for a couple of years now.
Across the road, the shop last used a few months ago by the church on Saturday mornings, as a gathering place for coffees and a natter, has its windows whitened out.
The jackdaws gather. Ominously.
And not a drop of water comes out of the old pump under the signpost.
In a new development, the downstairs windows of the pub were boarded up on Monday. Six workmen waited outside for an hour until they could get in and seal off our hostelry from the outside world.
In the last sixteen years, I’ve never seen that happen in between landlords (and we’ve had nine of them in that time). Let’s hope it signals a refurbishment and not closure.
We need our pub.
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