Welcome to the Piddle Valley Website

Latest update:   15-11-2019

This site has been created by the PVNV (Piddle Valley News & Views) Editorial Team to bring into one place information about the history, activities, facilities and resources - available to residents and visitors alike - in the parishes of Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide and Alton Pancras, which include the settlements of Plush and White Lackington.

Situated in the heart of Dorset and on the upper reaches of the River Piddle, the communities have a population of some 1,220 and lie predominantly along the B3143 and the River Piddle, from its source near Alton Pancras, southward through Piddletrenthide to Piddlehinton.


Look out for Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs face three main dangers, particularly when the nights get cooler and darker:

An unlit bonfire looks an inviting hibernation spot to a hedgehog. But when the bonfire is lit, the hog will not run out and will suffer a horrible death. To avoid this, build your bonfire on the day you plan to light it.

Dark roads: Hedgehogs are more difficult to see during these dark nights, so please slow down and watch out for them when driving at night.

Hunger: Late born hoglets have difficulty finding enough food and getting to hibernation weight (650gms). From now on (November), any hoglets found foraging at night or in the day should be taken in and fattened up. If fed outside, they may wander off to hibernate while still underweight and will probably not survive the winter. To give them a chance, please put them a box and call me. I can advise you how to look after them or find someone to care for them until they weigh enough to hibernate and can be released. Kate Boyle 01300 34852


News Items index

For a detailed list (with links) of each change to the news, content and items available on this website, click on the "latest news" button to the bottom right. It is perhaps a good place to add to your "Favourites" list if you are familiar with the site.

Index of miscellaneous news items is below. Click on the link to go directly to the article, otherwise, where a page for a specific topic exists, relevant items will generally be on that dedicated page.


12/09/2019

Neighbourhood Car Scheme in the Valley

28/02/2019

WITHDRAWL of the Replacement for the 307 Bus service to Dorchester/"Ring & Ride"

26/09/2018

Healthy Homes - Dorset.

31/08/2018

Piddletrenthide Post Office - Outreach Service now available

19/05/2018

Dogs in Cars on hot days

12/02/2018

Neighbourhood Plan - Formal Adoption

01/11/2017

Southern Electric Priority Support Service, for vulnerable persons

21/08/2017

Dorset Care Records - details of plans for centralised Medical & Care records - 21/07/2017

08/07/2017

Reporting Highway defects

New phone number to report or enquire about power cuts - "105" (01/11/2016)

Dog Waste - again!

Information from Environment Agency regarding Groundwater Flooding - 12/01/2016

Dorset Citizens Advice Bureau

Public Consultations

Police warnings - Local crimes, telephone calls & Emails.

Traffic and travel portal from DCC

Website Information


NEIGHBOURHOOD CAR SCHEME IN THE PIDDLE VALLEY - September 2019

This scheme is now fully operational. Full details of the current arrangement are available via the "Neighbourhood Car scheme" tab on the side index to the left.

May 2019 - The Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Car scheme has become a reality and has gone "live" from 1st May 2019.

Please contact Lynn Lailer on 01300 348566 or John Cox on 01300 348454 or Andy Fear on 01300 348432 for more information.

The Piddle Valley Parish Council has set up a working group to look at the possibility of a Community Car Scheme in the Piddle Valley. Buckland Newton, Cerne Abbas and Puddletown all have these schemes.

The Dorchester Community Car scheme have agreed to extend their area to include the Piddle Valley for appointments at Dorchester Hospital. Contact Joan Hutson Telephone: 01305 269330.

NORDCAT have said that they would be willing to administer the scheme for us, so the administration would be taken care of.

The key to the success of a community car scheme is car drivers who are available to spare some time to drive people to the doctors or to a hospital appointment.

If you put your name forward, do not think that you will have to accept all requests for help you receive. The more people who volunteer, the less times you may be asked to help.

The mileage allowance is 50p/mile, and this can be claimed from home address, to the pick-up point, to the doctors/hospital, back to the pick-up point, and back to your home address.

This project is in its infancy. However, to know if it is viable, we need drivers. Please contact one of your Parish Councillors with your name, contact details, and address to express an interest, and they can forward your details to the Transport Working Group.


Withdrawl of the Replacement for the 307 Bus service to Dorchester - 10/02/2018

The County Council have just advised that due to lack of demand and this service failing to break-even financially, it will be withdrawn as of 1st March 2019.

The only bus service currently available will be the NORDCAT service, which has to be pre-booked. Further details of this can be found on Dorset for You website, via this link.


Healthy Homes - Warming up Dorset!

Do you struggle to keep your home warm or worry how you will afford your energy bills this winter?

Contact Healthy Homes Dorset for free, impartial advice about keeping your home warm, using your heating system, understanding your energy bills and making energy saving improvements - if you’re eligible for loft or cavity wall insulation it will be free! We will also register you for power cut support, a handy service to be on if you experience a power cut in your area. Our advice can be given through home visits as well as over the phone. Fire safety alarm and appliance checks can also be organised in partnership with Fire and Rescue for eligible residents.

If you, or someone you know, would benefit from speaking to a trained energy advisor, then get in touch. Call 0300 003 7023, email help@healthyhomesdorset.org.uk or Web www.healthyhomesdorset.org.uk

Healthy Homes Dorset is a service provided by Dorset County Council, funded by Public Health Dorset and managed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy in partnership with Evolve Home Energy Solutions.


Piddletrenthide Post Office Service

An outreach Post Office service has been reinstated in the village shop at Piddletrenthide. It operates from 13.30-15.30pm every Monday from 3rd September 2108.

There are a wide range of services you can undertake including the following:

  • Business, personal and CAF banking (including cheque deposit, cash deposits and withdrawals up to your usual ATM limit)
  • Standard and international postage as well as Parcelforce for larger items
  • Bill payments
  • Mobile phone top ups

Chris at Cerne Abbas Stores will be usually hosting this outreach and will be more than happy to assist you with any queries on the services we can provide. Phone 01300 341395

A list of alternative facilites is available on the 'Adverts' page of this site

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Dogs in Cars on hot days - advice

Dorset Police advise:

If you are concerned that a dog is suffering abuse from its owner, please contact the RSPCA via the following link: https://www.rspca.org.uk/utilities/contactus/reportcruelty.

If you see a dog shut in a hot car: - If you have an immediate concern for the welfare of a dog shut in a car, for example the dog is not conscious or you know that it has been in the vehicle for a long period of time please call the RSPCA on 0300 123 0244/0288. You can also contact Dorset Police on 999 if the RSPCA are unlikely to make it to the scene in a sufficient amount of time.

Can you legally smash a car window to save a dog?

Under Sections 18 and 19 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, the law states that "only a local authority inspector or a constable have a power to enter a 'premises' for the purpose of assisting an animal that is, or is likely to be, suffering."

"Any member of the public who breaks into a vehicle to assist a suffering dog would not be protected by the powers under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and would no doubt be subject of an investigation for an offence of criminal damage."


Neighbourhood Plan Adoption - 01/07/2018

West Dorset District Council have advised that the approved Neighbourhood Plan has been formally adopted by the District Council and will be used in the planning process.


Dorset Care Records - details of plans for centralised Medical & Care records - 21/07/2017

Dorset County Council have provided further details about the Dorset Care Records scheme, whereby Medical and Care records are to be held on a central database. Their information leaflet can be viewed here.


Reporting Highways & Rights of Way issues

DCC have now set up a dedicated page on their website www.dorsetforyou.co.uk where members of the public can notify them direct of defects or other maintenance issues relating to Public Highways.

There is also a page where one can report issues relating to Rights of Way.


New phone number to report or enquire about power cuts - "105" (01/11/2016)

105 is a new free telephone number that people in England, Scotland and Wales can call to report or get information about power cuts in their area. It will put people straight through to their local network operator. The public can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger. If there is a serious immediate risk, people should call the emergency services too by dialling 999.

You can call 105 no matter who you choose to buy electricity from. To find out who your network operator is, visit www.powercut105.com


Dog Waste

May 2016 - The problem of dog waste in public areas continues to be of concern, particularly the track behind the Piddle Inn, the bridleway from there down along West Lane and also along the footways and verges of the B3143 through the village of Piddletrenthide. The lane by Kingrove Farm and the Main Street are used by both residents and visitors and are a less than salubrious advert for our villages, as well as being a health risk for children. It does not take any real effort to take a plastic bag with you when exercising your pet, to collect its leavings and then dispose of them in your domestic waste bin. Dorset Waste Partnership advise that this is acceptable.

Using a bag is easy - put your hand inside as if it was a glove, gather up the waste, pull the bag "inside out" with your other hand and - hey presto - problem contained!. PLEASE also take it away and put it in a bin. Hanging the bag on a bush or throwing it into the edge actually is worse, as it doesn't degrade and is very unsightly.

The Village Shop may be prevailed upon to stock "poop bags", which are small, very cheap and come in a roll, if there is enough demand.

The District Council Dog Warden will be asked to patrol the area, as allowing your dog to foul a public area is an offence.

Previous article

There have been more complaints to the Parish Council about the amount of dog waste left on the tracks and paths around the village, particularly the section of West Lane from Rectory Rd to behind West Lodge, and the lane behind the Piddle Inn. Not only are children having to be watched every step to prevent them stepping in the problem, but a number of people appear also to think that it is acceptable to bag up the material but then either just leave the bags on the track edge, or hang them on the hedgerow. This is unacceptable as the bags do not degrade, are unsightly and unhealthy. Please take a few small bags with you when you walk your dog, collect their waste and put it in your rubbish bin at home.

I'm sorry to say that, so far, we have never met with the "Poo-Fairy", but her friend the Dog Warden does exist and may have to be asked to patrol the lanes if the problem persists.


EA Poster regarding Groundwater Flooding

A poster from the Environment Agency, including website links, regarding revised groundwater flooding arrangements and notifications.


Southern Electric Priority Support Service (Nov 2017)

SSE have advised that they provide an emergency support service for individuals or areas where there are special needs, in the event of a significant power cut. They can provide additional help if you have particular medical needs at home and are dependent on electricity.

Examples are where you :

  • Rely on kidney dialysis equipment
  • Are recovering from a major operation
  • Have a very young baby in the family
  • Are blind or partially sighted
  • Have special communication needs

They have an explanatory leaflet or more information can be obtained from their website www.ssepd.co.uk/CustomerInformationLeaflets/

Contact numbers are:- freephone 0800 294 3259; mobile 0345 072 1900; textphone 0800 316 5457.

If you have need of their services, or know someone else who does, please do not hesitate to contact SSE direct.


Dorset CAB

Dorset CAB offers free, impartial, advice on any problems, including Benefits, Relationships, Housing, Debt, Education and Employment. They have Bureau offices at Dorchester and Sherborne and also offer Outreach sessions at the GP surgeries in Cerne Abbas and Maiden Newton. They can also arrange Home Vists if necessary.

They can be contacted via their website www.westdorsetcab.org uk", phone 0344 245 1291 or 01305 751514. Email threevalleys@dorchestercab.org.uk


Public Consultations

The Parish Council is often notified of Public Consultation documents on many topics. A separate page has been set up on this website, in the Parish Council section, where these are listed for your perusal.


Re: Free workshops for non-paid carers

Help and Care is a local independent charity working on the side of older people and carers in Dorset. We have recently been funded by to hold a number of free workshops across Dorset for people who care for family members and friends who live within the boundaries of Dorset County Council.

Attached is a copy of our September timetable and would be grateful if you could help publicise these events to your local parishioners. A further timetable of the workshops dates for the remainder of the year is currently being prepared and will be forwarded to you once it has been completed.

If you require any further information regarding the workshops or the services provided by Help and Care please contact myself or a member of the Carers Training team via the below email address or by calling 0300 1113323.

Tammie Faulkner, Administration Assistant - Carers Training

Help & Care Helpline: 0300 111 3303. Email: tammie.faulkner@helpandcare.org.uk Website:

For more information about Help & Care visit: www.helpandcare.org.uk

Their poster can be viewed here.


The traffic and travel portal from DCC

Dorset County Council is excited to announce the launch of a traffic and travel portal 'TravelDorset'.

TravelDorset brings together all traffic and travel information for the whole of the county including live traffic alerts, road works, diversions, live bus and rail departures and cycling/walking routes.

This is a great resource for local residents, businesses and visitors helping them get from A to B whether it's by road, bus, train, bike or on foot.

TravelDorset has a range of useful information to help you travel easily around Dorset by car, public transport or other means. This includes up to the minute traffic information, the location and cost of car parks and live information about bus times.

The website address is:www.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset, and it is also available through the "Local Interest" index link on the left menu.


Dorset Police warnings of various "scams" and local crimes

The Dorset Police 'Ringmaster' emailed warnings of current issues - crimes and scams - that may affect the valley are available on the "Dorset Police Ringmaster" pages of this website.


Website information

The content is regularly updated and new areas added

Generally, it should be noted that any information about events, or news from the Parish Council , that is too late or too large for inclusion in the printed News & Views, will be published here.

There is a link at the top of the Index, to the left, and also a separate button on the top right of the Home Page, to a page which shows the latest articles that have been added. I hope this will help you keep track of changes on your favourite pages.

All active links on the Index to the left are in black and will show an arrowhead alongside as you move the mouse pointer over them. When appropriate, there will also be a ++ shown against the particular topic that you are viewing, to aid navigation around the site.

If you are a representative of any Club, Society or other Organisation and would like to be included in this site, please contact the Editor on editor@piddlevalley.info or me at webmaster@whitepuppy.co.uk to discuss.

The list of headings in the Index to the left is not exclusive and will be extended as necessary to include you.

If there are any corrections required, or broken links are found, please let me know at webmaster@whitepuppy.co.uk