British Red Cross Emergency Alert Service

When a crisis is on its way, every second counts. So think how crucial warning of a dangerous flood or snow storm could be.
A free app from the British Red Cross will send you alerts if an emergency is about to affect your area – and tells you exactly what to do when they happen. Not only will the app warn you about impending weather emergencies but it will also notify you if there is a change to the terrorism threat level.
And since being prepared is half the battle, the app is packed with advice on getting ready for a host of common emergencies – such as fires, storms and power cuts.
To find out more, please click here.

Dorset Fraud Alerts

Dorset Police has designed a new webpage that will keep up to date with the latest frauds affecting the county on our website (Click here). Action Fraud also sends information about scams and fraud in your area by email, recorded voice and text message.

Deadline to Apply for School Place 15 January 2017

If your child is starting school for the first time in September (born between 01/09/2012 – 31/08/2013) or moving up to Junior or Middle school, the deadline to apply for a place is 15th January. You are advised to select your catchment school as one of your preferences when applying. If you are one of the 1000+ families who haven’t applied yet – time is running out. Do it now!

Confirmed Outbreak of Avian Influenza

There has been a confirmed outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) at Abbotsbury Swannery. There has been a national control zone covering the whole of the UK since December that requires poultry and other captive birds to be housed where practicable. We have been asked by Dorset Trading Standards team to share this fact sheet.

What Are Your Priorities for Dorset Police?

The Police Commissioner has launched a consultation on what the policing priorities should be in Dorset over the next four years. It is vital that as many residents, businesses, community groups and partners take part in the consultation which is live until 25 January, to ensure your views reflect policing priorities.
He has identified four key strands of protecting people at risk of harm, working with our communities, supporting victims, witnesses and reducing re-offending and transforming for the future. Are these important to you? What would you change? What would you add?
There will be a live webchat on Tuesday 10 January between 6pm and 7.30pm for residents to ask any questions they may have in relation to the policing priorities and Council Tax consultations running at the moment. Take part by clicking here. You can even set a reminder via the link!
Alternatively, he is holding fourteen consultation events across Dorset where you can have your say in person. To see where and when your nearest event is click here.

January Parish Council Meeting

The agenda for the January Parish Council meeting is now online on the Meetings page. The meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th at 7:30pm in the Reading Rooms. The open forum will be held prior to the parish council meeting and commence at 7.30 pm. We would particularly invite comments and queries ref agenda items but other issues can be addressed. The open forum will last for up to 25 minutes and the chair will ensure that the time allocated to people is fair.

Financial help for those on slowest broadband

Fibre isn’t the only way to get a better broadband connection. The Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme helps those on the poorest speeds improve their service.

Residents and businesses that are not in our fibre broadband plans, and are on less than 2Mbps, could be eligible for a subsidy towards the installation cost of a wireless, satellite, or 4G broadband connection.

These technologies are capable of reaching properties in the most rural parts of the county, offering a solution where rolling out fibre broadband would be more complex and expensive.

More than 400 voucher codes have already been issued in Dorset, helping individuals and entire communities. An example of the success of this scheme can be seen in Kimmeridge where broadband speeds were transformed thanks to a local wireless supplier.

For the full information about the scheme and the application form, visit: