Milton Abbas – Tregonwell Almshouses – New Resident(s) Required – Applications from Relations of Villagers Welcome

The Tregonwell Almshouse Trust is looking for a Resident or Residents for a vacant Almshouse following the recent departure of a former resident to a care home in Sherborne. Do you know of anyone who might be interested?
Someone who lives in the village now or has lived here in the past? Or a relation who currently lives elsewhere and would benefit from becoming a Resident?
The historic Milton Abbas Almshouses have been modernised over the years with off-peak central heating and comprise surprisingly spacious unfurnished accommodation consisting of living room, double bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.
Situated at the centre of the village they are convenient for village amenities and activities; and provide a unique living environment.
The Trustees have traditionally looked for people who are retired or close to retirement age, live in Milton Abbas or surrounding villages, and are not wealthy. However, all potential resident(s) who have a need for this type of accommodation will be considered; as long as they fit the criteria specified within our Charity Commission promulgated scheme.
Residents do not pay rent, but do pay a contribution towards the maintenance costs, which makes an Almshouse an inexpensive proposition.
For more details and an application form from David Duncombe-Anderson, Clerk to the Trustees. Contact: 01258 880481;; or write to Brookside, Milton Mills, Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum. Dorset. DT11 0BQ.

Second defibrillator Installation

The Parish Council is pleased to report that our second Community Defibrillator is now installed on the outside wall of the Surgery, see attached photo. This has been partially funded by the British Heart Foundation.

There is no lock on the box, just pull the top towards you to open. The door is alarmed and should only ever be opened in an emergency or for authorised maintenance.

Also, a reminder that a Defibrillator & CPR training session has been organised for Thursday 18th July at 7pm in the Reading Room. If anyone else would like to attend please email

Polling Arrangements Review

Dorset Council is required by law to review all polling district, polling places and polling stations in the Dorset Council area by 31 January 2020.
The electoral register for Dorset Council is divided into approximately 400 local areas (polling districts) and by law every polling district must be assigned a polling place where electors can go to vote. Around 320 buildings are used as polling stations by Dorset Council with most being village and church halls, schools and community centres. This review aims to ensure that voting arrangements for future elections suit the needs of electors in each area, so that electors have access to reasonable facilities for voting.
The Council is consulting the public to seek their comments on the suitability of the polling station where they voted in person on 2 May. The Council is also consulting members of Dorset Council and local political parties.
The review starts today and the first round of consultation ends on 27 August 2019.

The consultation document and information about the current polling arrangements are available online here.
Please note that no changes can be made to existing ward or parish boundaries during this review and that any recommendations need to be in alignment with existing parliamentary constituency, ward and parish boundaries.

Councillor Resignation

Please see notice of a Councillor vacancy which has recently arisen.

There are currently two Councillor vacancies within the Parish Council and the Councillors would be pleased to consider co-option of new Councillors to the Parish Council.  If you are interested in the role of Parish Councillor, please click here for further information.

Temporary Closure of The Street, Milton Abbas 29th July 2017

For the purpose of a Street Fair, DORSET COUNTY COUNCIL has issued a Notice under Section 16A of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 to prohibit the use of The Street, Milton Abbas by cyclists, horse riders and all mechanically propelled vehicles, except those taking part in the event and emergency vehicles – on Saturday, 29th July 2017 between 09.30 hrs and 18.00 hrs
The alternative route for diverted traffic will be:
From Western End of Closure – south via Milton Road to Milborne St. Andrew; left on A354 to Winterborne Whitechurch; left onto Chescombe Lane and north to eastern end of closure. The reverse route applies. Please click here for official notice.
If you would like further information about the event please contact: Event Organiser: Mrs Elaine Payne Tel: 01258 880981