Round Robin

Every month we publish a ‘Round Robin’ newsletter to keep the community up to date with what’s going on in the village. Here is the latest edition:

Wimborne St Giles Round Robin – March 2018

Village Meeting and Social – Village Hall, Thursday 15th March, 7pm-11pm

  • Licensed non-profit Bar 
  • Cash only – no cards
  • Children are welcome

The last Village Meeting was back in September 2016, so it feels a good time to come together again as a community and pick up the discussions we were having on how the village should evolve and also update everyone on progress to date.
Topics to be covered include:

  • Update on the Council’s Local Plan
  • Results of the Housing Needs Survey
  • New Development at Baileys Hill
  • Village Website
  • Village Fete
  • AOB

As always, there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of each segment. If anyone has a specific topic they would like to bring up at the meeting then please email (info below). All ideas welcome.

Following the talk, the bar will open so the discussions can continue! Thanks to Julie and Graham for organising this.
For more information and to RSVP please contact:
Village Meeting:
Nick 01725 517 214,
Social: Julie 01725 517148, or Graham 01725 517338

Village Hall Coffee Morning
The next coffee morning, on Saturday, 3 March- from 10.30am to 11.45am.
Catch up with coffee and a chat. We hope to see you there. All are welcome.  If you are new to the village, please introduce yourselves!

Teas in March are as follows:

  • Sunday, 4th March      Cranborne Crumpets W.I
  • Sunday, 11th Sunday  Village Hall – Mothering Sunday
  • Sunday, 18th March    Wimborne St GilesSchool PTA
  • Sunday, 25th March    WVS
  • Sunday, 1 April           Blandford Young Farmers – EASTER DAY

Many thanks to all of you who have offered to help with the Village Hall teas this year.  We can always do with extra help and, of course, with cakes!  If you have not been in touch with me and would like to help, please give me a ring (01725 517694) or email me:

Following wonderful publicity by the Cranborne Crumpets, it has been noticed that they are providing crumpets and pizzas along with the normal tea items!  We are happy for individual charities to provide what they would like as long as the cakes, sandwiches etc. follow our guidelines and prices.  If you have any queries – again contact me as above.

The dates for the Village Hall teas are:

  • Sunday, 11th March
  • Sunday, 15th April
  • Sunday, 17th June
  • Sunday, 22nd July
  • Sunday, 26th August
  • Sunday, 21st October

Many thanks, Lissie (Ashton) 01725 517694

Dates for diaries:
Saturday, 13 October: Bob Whitley is putting on his ‘Magellan Musical Story’, which he is going to take round the country.  Bob is a fantastic musician and this will be a performance not to be missed. He was the man behind the folk evenings we used to hold in the hall.
There will be plenty of publicity in future issues of the Round Robin – he has chosen Wimborne St Giles for his first performance so we want to do him proud.

Saturday, 3 November:  The Village Hall is going to host an event to celebrate the centenary of the ending of WW1.  At the moment this is a coffee morning but could well turn into something bigger with the possibility of live music.  If anyone has any photos or artefacts connected with the First World War, do let us know.  Philippa Hattersley has kind said that we can borrow anything that they have at the school.  Any old uniforms or WW1 clothes out there?!  Does anyone know where we could find some?  Again there will be more publicity nearer the time but please put your thinking caps on in the meantime!

Church Services in March

  • March 4th                                           11am High Mass
  • March 6th (Tuesday)                             7pm Holy Communion
  • March 11th                                          8am Holy Communion
  • March 13th (Tuesday)                           7pm Holy Communion
  • March 18th                                          6pm Lent Evensong – Preacher Rev Andrew Rowland, Rural Dean
  • March 20th (Tuesday)                          7pm Holy Communion
  • March 25th (Palm Sunday)                   9.30am Parish Communion
  • March 28th (Wednesday in Holy Week) 7.30pm Address & Compline
  • March 30th (Good Friday)                    6pm Evensong

Lent Lunch – Saturday, March 3rd 12 noon – 1.30pm in the Village Hall.
A simple meal of home-made soup, bread & cheese. Donations for Salisbury Hospice. All welcome.
March Charity of the Month
Our March collection will be for The Trussell Trust.  Donations of the following items will also be welcomed: Cereal, soup, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, beans, tinned meat, tinned vegetables, tea/coffee, tinned fruit, biscuits.
Boxes for your donations will be placed in the Church.
For details of other services please visit :

Wimborne St Giles Church Fete 2018
The fete plans are now well under way and we have had some good responses. We are holding a meeting on Tuesday 27th March in the Village Hall at 7pm. Please come along to see our plans …… and hopefully sign up to help!!
The fete is going to be completely different this year, but cannot go ahead without the goodwill and support of the Community.  Thank you if you have already volunteered.  As always the bricabrac stall will be a  feature, so if there is anything you are thinking you need to discard, please pass it on to us!
All enquiries to Caroline, Sandra, Lissie, Martyn and Averil Cubitt.

Wimborne St Giles Flower Festival 2018 – 7th, 8th and 9th July
The first meeting for this years Flower Festival will be held in the Village Hall on Friday 9th March at 7pm. All ideas and suggestions more than welcome. The dates for this years festival are 7th, 8th and 9th July.  We welcome The Dorset Police Male Voice Choir this year for an evening concert on Saturday 7th July. More details will follow.

Lilies for Easter
Easter is a special time for Church flowers. During the period of Lent there are no flowers at all in the Church, but on Easter Saturday a few of us do our best to welcome Easter Sunday with as many flowers as possible. This year we are trying something new to Wimborne St Giles and invite you to sponsor some Easter lilies in memory of a loved one.   We will arrange the flowers and create a scroll with the names of those whose memory you wish to remember. The cost will be 1.50 per stem. Please sponsor as many as you wish.
Names and cash can be left in an envelope in the Church  donation box (which can be found on the righthand side of the notice board in the front porch of the Church) or post through John Radfords or my letter box by Tuesday 26th March
Please be sure to include the names.  Thank you.
Caroline Barnes

All Hallows Farmhouse Cookery School 
Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with regard to our bread and baking classes.  We are still in the process of planning a community event and look forward to chatting through some more ideas at the village meeting in March.
For full details of our courses please visit the website or email

Cranborne Garden Centre
Cranborne Manor Garden re-opens every Wednesday from 7th March 9am – 5pm (last entry 4pm)

Sunday 11th March – Mother’s Day

  • Cranborne Manor Garden Open 10am-5pm
  • Two Course Lunch in The Garden Room with a free glass of fizz for every Mum
  • Afternoon Tea in The Garden room with a free glass of fizz for every Mum

Booking essential for Lunch and Tea in The Garden Room 01725 517248
Garden Centre and Café open as usual

Wednesday 21st March 3pm-5pm
Afternoon Tea in The Garden Room with live music from the FB Pocket Orchestra
Tickets £22.50 per head  cash bar
Booking essential

Tuesday 27th March 11am
Talk in The Garden Room
The conservation of heritage rose varieties at Mottisfont’ by former head-gardener, David Stone
Tickets £10 per head – includes coffee/tea and homemade cake
Booking essential

Saturday 31st  March 10am-4pm
Boutique in a bus at the Garden Centre

We are open as usual over the Easter weekend – Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday 10am-5pm, Saturday 9am-5pm

Despite our efforts to sign up more members of the community for newspaper delivery to Wimborne St Giles, we have not been successful and as of March 2018 the deliveries of papers to the Village shop and to homes on Sundays will come to an end.
Of course if there is someone who would like to take it on and have another go at gaining support then we would happily pass it on – so do let me know if you are interested.
Meanwhile, huge thanks to Heather Stanners and to Hazel and John Garrick for making sure the papers have got through whatever the weather.
David Payne

Cranborne Chase ANOB
Annual Planning and Transportation Seminar – Dark Night Skies— the facts you really need to know
Achieving tangible benefits from dark night skies will be the message delivered at the latest planning seminar organised by Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). A quintet of inspirational and distinguished speakers will reveal why dark night skies are vital for human and animal wellbeing, how a darker environment can lead to boundless benefits, and how you can help the AONB to achieve prestigious International Dark Sky Reserve status for the benefit of all.
The event, held on Tuesday 20 March at Dinton Village Hall (SP3 5EB), is being aimed at policy and development management planners, landscape architects, tourism and biodiversity officers, lighting engineers and community health officers in public service and commercial consultancy, together with developers and their agents, health practitioners, and community members and local and parish councillors.

The speeches and the speakers:
Bob Mizon/Speech: What are Dark Night Skies?
Bob Mizon is a co-ordinator of the British astronomical Association’s Commission for Dark Skies, which aims to turn back the tide of light pollution that has seriously affected night skies for more than 50 years. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1985, and has been associated with the Wessex Astronomical Society in various offices for many years. In 2010 Bob, a former French teacher, was awarded an MBE for his work in astronomy and environmental education. He is a STEM* Ambassador, seeking opportunities to bring astronomy to adult and young people’s groups in the south. More than 136,000 people have experienced a tour of the universe via Bob’s mobile planetarium, which he takes into schools.

Prof Martin Morgan-Taylor/Speech: Why are dark night skies important?
Martin Morgan-Taylor, Associate Professor Leicester De Montfort Law School and Vice President International Dark Sky Association 2011-2013, researches the legal impact of light pollution, namely the wasted carbon emissions and wasted money from wasted light, harm to human and animal health, as well as the loss of the night sky and the creation of dark sky places. He also acts as a consultant to Defra. He has received several awards for his dark sky work, including the Joy Griffiths Award (2007) and the Galileo Award (2011) for legal efforts to protect the night sky from light pollution.

Sean Beer/Speech: The benefits of DNSs to wildlife, human health, carbon savings and tourism

Sean Beer is a Senior Academic in the Faculty of Management, Department of Tourism and Hospitality at Bournemouth University. This involves teaching, consultancy, research, publication and broadcasting. His principle research interests include rural business, society and development. Sean has been awarded a Rotary Foundation Scholarship, a Winston Churchill Fellowship and he is a Nuffield Scholar. He is also a regular commentator on rural and environmental matters on the radio and television.

Duncan Wise/Speech: Making it all happen
Duncan Wise is Visitor Development & Marketing Manager for Northumberland National Park Authority, responsible for destination marketing, visitor information, transport and travel and developing visitor experiences that are based on the Park’s special qualities. These include nature-based and heritage-tourism, cycling and walking and, more recently, dark skies. Duncan was the Authority’s lead officer on the joint collaboration with Kielder Water & Forest Park, securing the designation of International Dark Sky Park (Gold Tier) for both the National Park and most of Kielder Water & Forest Park in 2013. Since then he has worked with and supported local tourism businesses to make them more aware of the opportunities of developing astro-tourism experiences, and of promoting the installation of fully-shielded and appropriate outside lighting to minimise light pollution. Duncan is also a member of the International Dark Sky Association’s Dark Sky Places Committee.

Malcolm Mackness/Speech: Lightscape Management Plans – what are they and how to make them work
Malcolm Mackness spent most of his early professional life in the public lighting departments of Leicester City, Leicestershire and Wiltshire. For 20 years he was county lighting engineer in Gloucestershire. He was always an advocate of good lighting design and for many years was involved with presenting lighting training for the Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP). In 1998 he moved to the private sector, joining Jim Paterson as a partner at Lighting Consultancy & Design Services in Coventry. Malcolm subsequently worked with Jim on the first UK Dark Sky project in Galloway Forest and following that on many more Dark Sky projects in England, Scotland and Wales. Although now semi-retired, Malcolm, who has a BA(Hons) from the OU and is an Associate of the ILP and an Incorporated Engineer, is continuing to assist with the Cranborne Chase bid for International Dark Sky Reserve status.

The seminar runs from 9.30am to 4.15pm. Tickets cost £48 [including VAT] and include lunch and refreshments provided by local caterer Mary Yorke.
To attend, download a booking form from and return the completed form to Shirley Merrick, email: or by post to Cranborne Chase AONB, Shears Building, Stone Lane Industrial Estate, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1HB.


As always, please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions for the e-mail and let anyone you know has an e-mail and would be interested in receiving the WSG Round Robin to let me have their address and I will add them to the list for the next edition.

Kate Payne
M: 07831 116260