Bridport to Yeovil bus services agreed
Dorset County Council has worked with First Wessex, Yeovil College and local communities to ensure a continued bus service between Bridport and Yeovil.
Two new services are being introduced to replace the current service 40, which the couny council and subsequently First Wessex have run since the withdrawal of the route by Damory Coaches in July.
First Wessex will operate commercial service 6 between Beaminster and Bridport Hospital, with one journey each way to and from Yeovil. The number 6 will run throughout the day between Monday and Friday. For people studying and working in Yeovil, the council will provide additional links between Yeovil and Bridport or Beaminster, with four return trips a day linking with the First Wessex timetable.
The council has worked with Dorset HealthCare to clear overhanging trees on Hospital Lane in Bridport, meaning double-decker buses can now run along the route to the hospital.
The county council service 40 will provide a journey between Bridport and Yeovil College via Broadwindsor and Mosterton starting at 7.30am from Monday to Friday. A return journey to Bridport will leave Yeovil at 5.15pm.
The service, which is being jointly funded by Yeovil College, will be in place until the end of the year. This will give the council, college and local communities three months to understand the level of demand for the service and develop longer-term transport solutions, which could be community-based.
At the same time, the council is continuing to work with west Dorset communities to develop community transport solutions to fill in some of the gaps in the timetable for local villages in the area.
The county council is working with the Traffic Commissioner to register the new services as quickly as possible and, pending registration, the new timetables will be published and start running in the next few weeks.
Cllr Rebecca Knox, Leader of Dorset County Council and councillor for Beaminster, said: “We have been working with communities to meet the travel needs of all ages, and I’m pleased that we’ve been able to respond with a short-term solution. I’m sincerely hoping that, if well-used by local people, these services will continue, with a responsive community option offering flexibility and freedom for small villages to access the core bus network. We are encouraging communities to join forces to build further on the great work already underway to identify people’s travel needs.”
Cllr Ros Kayes, county councillor for Bridport, said: “I’m particularly pleased to see that the Bridport Hospital bus stop is back on the timetable and would like to thank officers for their hard work in providing this solution. Now we need to work together to make a long term solution available and I urge residents to make good use of these buses in order to enable that to happen.”
Simon Newport, general manager of First Wessex, said: “We’re pleased to see the new arrangements for this bus service. This is the best solution for this route, which will hopefully go a long way to securing its long-term future, as well as and meeting the needs of these communities. We hope that this change will encourage more people on to the bus.”
Screen Bites, the food and film festival, celebrates its Baker’s Dozen this year with 13 events.
The festival started in 2005, every night’s films including one of West Dorset-based filmmaker Robert Golden’s Savouring Europe series. At Broadwindsor Comrades Hall on Friday 20 October, we return to the film he made about the food producers of the area, and many of those featured will be at the hall to talk about their lives and businesses in the intervening years.
At the Screen Savours evening, audiences can also see Dinner for One, the hilarious monochrome English movie about an old lady and her increasingly drunken butler, watched by the population of Germany every Christmas. There are also several shorts including promotional films made by Purbeck Film Festival and the Guild of Fine Food, and a surprise film.
The evening is sponsored by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. As usual at Screen Bites, local food producers will be offering tastings and selling their wares. They will include Nether Cerne Herbs, not listed in the programme, and Bridge House Hotel, Dorset Blue Vinny, Evershot Bakery, Tamarisk Farm, Washingpool Farm Show and Wyld Meadow Farm, all featured in Savouring West Dorset.
Audiences are asked to book in advance, so ensure that the food producers have enough tastings on the night.
To find out more visit the website – screenbites.co.uk – or telephone 01963 32525.
BROADWINDSOR COMMUNITY FILM CLUB
MY COUSIN RACHEL
DIRECTED BY ROGER MICHELL
BASED ON A STORY BY DAPHNE DU MAURIER
RACHEL WEIZ AND SAM CLAFLIN
PHILIP IS A YOUNG ENGLISHMAN WHO FINDS HIS COUSIN, AMBROSE, DEAD AFTER TRAVELLING TO FLORENCE. HE VOWS REVENGE AGAINST THE WIFE OF AMBROSE, THE MISSING RACHEL, BLAMING HER FOR THE UNTIMELY DEATH OF AMBROSE. WHEN PHILIP MEETS RACHEL FOR THE FIRST TIME HIS MOOD CHANGES AS HE FALLS FOR HER SEDUCTIVE CHARM AND BEAUTY. AS HIS OBSESSION FOR HER GROWS, RACHEL HATCHES A PLOT TO WIN BACK HER HUSBAND’S ESTATE FROM PHILIP.
FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 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
After the sudden loss of the Number 40 bus through Broadwindsor, the village is working hard to try to create a new service, although it won’t be every day.
Survey forms are being distributed and are available from the shop – we want to know who will use a bus service and when. Completed forms should be left in the shop.
The gist of the survey follows below – a PDF version is available here: Broadwindsor 40 bus poster and forms
We have lost the 40 bus
This bus has been taken way and we are told we will not get it back. We are working to try and create a new service although it won’t be every day. We need to know what you (the village) want.
Would you use a bus service to Bridport?
Yes No (circle one)
If yes, which days? (circle one or more if necessary)
Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Thursday Friday Saturday
What times are best ? (Circle one or more if necessary)
7am 8am 9am 10am
How long would you like to spend in Bridport?
Hours (Write number of hours you would like to spend in town).
Where else would you like a bus service to take you?
It is unlikely that a replacement service will be able to accept concessionary bus passes.
Would you be prepared to pay between £3 and £5 return?
Please complete forms in the shop and leave the form there.
Thank you. 😊
This is a Broadwindsor Group Parish Council initiative.
Please speak to either David Leader, Dorothy Rowe, Margery Hookings, Rita Haggett or phone Lesley Tibballs 01308 867241. Or e-mail email@example.com if you would like to discuss the provision of a bus service.
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!