Piddle Valley News & Views

The free bi-monthly magazine for the whole of the Piddle Valley containing News, Dates for your diary, News from the Vicarage, Church Services, comings & goings, letters, General News & Notices, Clubs, Organisations, Parish & District Council, Piddle Valley First School, Sport, Surgeries etc.

It is read by around 700 homes. Copies are delivered by hand to most homes in the villages and should also be also available to collect from Piddletrenthide Shop, the Churches and the Pubs.

If you live in the Valley and would like a copy delivered regulary, please contact the Editors.

Back issues from Jan 2011 can be viewed using the list at the bottom of this page.

Plush Fingerpost Pilot Project for Dorset

Back in January 2012 when the subject of the focal but rotting Plush fingerpost arose at the monthly village supper in the Brace, I offered to look into how it might be renovated and who might do it, little realising then I might be doing it myself!

On investigation, it was clear that the letters were raised and probably made of metal, the whole post had been repainted many times but the underlying problem was the use of softwood, probably treated at some time with preservative but now in parlous state.

After dismantling, with permission, owners Dorset County Council offered to publicise the work as a pilot project to establish methods for use elsewhere.

The letters were removed and taken to Wally at Blastech at Piddlehinton who bead blasted and powder coated them black. I then refixed them with brass screws on to new seasoned oak fingers, painted with eight coats of breathable primer and white microporous paint, reassembling them with stainless bolts.

Meanwhile, the DCC helped by lifting out the pole, taking it to Wally for the same treatment and then replanting in position for the reassembly to take place.

The crowning glory is the cast aluminium roundel with village name and map reference prominently displayed.

Many thanks go to the AONB and the Parish Council who have helped fund the costs, though these were modest for such a community managed project.

John Browning

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