18 May 2020
Dorset Council's message to visitors – “Thinking of visiting Dorset now? Please think twice”

Dorset Council’s Leader, Cllr Spencer Flower, has a clear message for any potential visitors or day trippers thinking of coming to Dorset as a result of the government easing of lockdown restrictions: “Thinking of visiting Dorset now? Please think twice.”

Dorset Council has decided that, at this early stage, car parks at visitor destinations including beaches and country parks across Dorset will stay closed for the time being. The only exception is the Swannery car park in Weymouth which will re-open later this week for road safety reasons. Public toilets will also remain closed due to the difficulty for social distancing to be maintained at these facilities.

Some council-run car parks in town and village centres have remained open through the COVID outbreak for local residents. These will continue to remain open but parking charges will now be reintroduced. This follows the latest guidelines from government, announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday 10 May, outlining the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions.

More information and the full article.

18 May 2020
Amendment to Care Home Proposal

amended plans for care home proposal

Last year saw Dorset Council approve the 80 bedroom Care Home in West Parley.
3/19/0821/FUL - Land South of Christchurch Road, West Parley. Erect an 80 bedroom Care Home with associated parking, landscaping and amenity space.

Amended plans have now been submitted on the following application number.
3/20/0430/CONDR. Land south of Christchurch Road
The proposed plans include changing the appearance of the care home including an imposing pillared entrance. In addition, whilst the room numbers are set to reduce by 12% (from 80 to 68) the onsite parking is reducing by a disproportionate 34% (from 35 to 23 spaces). The B3073 is already very congested and cannot tolerate roadside parking and Parley Cross is the busiest junction in Eastern Dorset.

As always with larger scale developments, West Parley Parish Council encourage residents to review the applications and comment on the plans to ensure parishoners have the opportunity to comment on developments which affect the future of the village.

Deadlines for comments are 26th May, so if you wish to submit your comments, please do so directly to

18 May 2020
Temporary night closure of the Spur road

BCP Council and Dorset Council are to carry out Litter picking, sweeping of the central reservation and cleaning gullies along the A338, on 25th May 2020 between 19:00 and 06:00​ for five days, but it is anticipated that the works will be completed by 30th May 2020.

More information on the A338 night closure

18 May 2020
Investigation Into Death of Woman Following Incident In West Parley

Detectives investigating the death of a woman following an incident in West Parley are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Dorset Police received a report from the ambulance service at 3.39pm on Saturday 9 May 2020 in relation to two people requiring medical assistance in the car park of the Horns Inn in Christchurch Road. Officers attended to assist the ambulance service.

A woman aged in her 40s, who had reportedly been found unconscious, was taken to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital for medical treatment. Very sadly, she died in hospital on the morning of Sunday 10 May 2020. Her family has been informed and is being supported by specially-trained officers. A man aged in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and taken to Poole Hospital for treatment to injuries to his arms. He was later released from hospital. Following the death of the woman, he was further arrested on suspicion of murder and is assisting detectives with their enquiries. The man and woman were known to each other.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Dixey, of Dorset Police, said: Our thoughts are of course with the woman who sadly died and her family. I would like to stress that the death is being treated as unexplained at this time and we have launched an investigation to establish the full circumstances of what happened. I would urge anyone with information to please contact Dorset Police. I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who witnessed any activity in the car park of the Horns Inn on the afternoon of Saturday 9 May 2020 and has not already spoken to police. I would also urge anyone who was driving in the area and has dashcam fitted to their vehicle to check their footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at via email or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200065559. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via

7 May 2020
Food Bank Contributions

During these unprecedented times, foodbanks are under extreme pressure as more families face a daily struggle.

If you are on the Government list to be a recipient of the Go vernment food parcel, but do not require all or some of the food, would you consider donating the food to the local foodbank which helps families within West Parley and the surrounding area? Do you have a surplus of food from any ‘panic buying’ at the start of the pandemic? Would you be willing to pop a couple of extra items in your next food shop? Or do you have a few spare pounds from not going out, which you would be willing to donate?

For those facing a daily struggle to feed their family, the smallest of donations can make a big difference, and all the small donations can add up to be something great. The Country has seen communities coming together to help each other which is so heart warming and hopefully something that will continue long after lockdown.

To make a donation or arrange a ‘socially distanced’ collection please contact Malcolm Plascott on 01202 950521. More information on food banks.

17 April 2020
Dorset Council Garden Waste Collections to recommence from 27th April

Garden Waste customers have reason to be pleased as Dorset Council will be resuming its garden waste kerbside collections from Monday 27 April.
Full Garden Waste collection details.

1 April 2020
NHS Nightingale Hospital Request - Looking for something to keep the kids occupied?

Nightingale pop-up hosital

We are sorry to report that the hospital fb account was hacked & this is a hoax. Please do not send pictures .. . maybe try Bournemouth Hospital, local surgeries & shops or pop in your own window for passers by to enjoy.

NHS Nightingale would like to decorate its new wards with bright & beautiful drawings by children.

Why not draw some colourful, cheerful pictures with the kids today? Please note drawings need to be A4 so that they can be laminated for infection control purposes. If you can laminate them before sending to your regional hub PLEASE do! This saves a lot of work for those who are giving up time to do this.

Feel free to draw as many as you like there are no restrictions on sharing the love! Also if you’d like to write a message of hope or get well wishes please feel free to and always wash or gel hands after handling post etc.
Send your finished creations to:
Rainbows for Nightingale, 59 Sutherland Grove, London, SW18 5QP

Bournemouth Hospital would also welcome pictures being sent to brighten the wards. Please post your pics in the comments to give inspiration to others

1 April 2020
PE with Joe Wicks

PE with Joe Wicks

Not only is it a fun activity to do in the morning, it is good for your mental health. But in just over a week he has raised £80k for the NHS through advertising. If you haven't already … why not join in the fitness fun at 9am and help raise more vital funds for the NHS at this critical time

1 April 2020
Newflash - new Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support Facebook Group has been set up

A new Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support facebook group has been set up in an attempt to link those volunteers who are able to help with those who are self isolating.

This group covers all of Ferndown and West Parley so if you are on facebook, pop over and like their page to keep up to date.

As of 9am this morning, a phone line is open to enable those not on social media to also benefit. Tel: 01202 936121.

If you can offer support or are in need of support, please do contact the helpline as there is amazing community spirit to ensure basic needs are being met. Please bear in mind, these are ordinary people, doing extraordinary things in extraordinary times.

More information about Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support
and also the Ferndown Community Coronavirus Support website