Morden Parish News

April 2015


Morden is entering again this year.  Please help keep the verges clean by not dropping litter and picking it up when possible. If you would be able to monitor a section of the village for litter, help clean the bus shelter or keep the telephone boxes tidy please have a word with Alex Brenton who will coordinate efforts.

March 2015


The Ladies of the Car Boot Teas - Florrie Sheldrake, Myrtle Whitelock, Doris Legg and Olive Dean - have been chosen as Morden’s Volunteers of the Year as they are the unsung heroes of one of our major village fund-raising activities, the car boot sales teas.  They were presented with their award by the Chairman of Purbeck District Council, Cllr Bill Trite at a ceremony on 4 March 2015.  Well done and thank you ladies.


Morden PC has responded to the Purbeck District Council’s Partial Review of the local plan.  This reviews development including house building, retail and employment in Purbeck.  Copies of the response will be available on this website with the minutes.

February 2015


As a result of the Boundary Review, Morden Parish is moving from Lytchett Matravers ward to Wareham St Martin ward within Purbeck District Council.  So we will have new District Councillors with effect from 7 May, the same day as the General Election.  The County Council and Parish Council are not up for election this year.

January 2015

NEW VICAR for THE RED POST BENEFICE                                                                                                                                                

The Reverend Justin Pottinger was inducted as the Vicar of the Red Post Benefice at service on 6 January 2015 at the Church of St Mary's, Morden.  The Bishop of Sherborne, Archdeacon of Dorset and Rural Dean of Milton and Blandford officiated.  We are delighted to welcome Justin, his wife and small son to the Parish.  Please click here for his first letter to the Red Post Parish. For details of services in the Red Post churches please click here 

Parish Council Update

GRIT BINS As we may get some icy weather this month, please remember that this grit is for use on our public roads and pavements.  The recommended application rate is approx. 1 tablespoon to square metre, or, in case you haven’t got your tablespoon to hand, very sparingly.  

SPEEDING The Council have investigated the Speedwatch initiative.  It is useful for high-volume traffic but is unsuitable for our village lanes.  (We guessed that any driver seeing someone in a fluorescent jacket pointing a speed gun at them is likely to slow down if only to see what’s going on!)  It also needs a large number of volunteers to be involved.  Nevertheless, please remember that our lanes are regularly used by dog-walkers, pedestrians, children going to the school bus, horse riders and cyclists.  PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY AND CONSIDERATELY.  

DORSET COUNTY MOBILE LIBRARY The bus calls fortnightly on a Friday morning at 11:20am approx.. It parks in the layby in Lower Street outside Cherret cottage.  A library member can borrow several books and there are no fines for late returns.  Please use this – if it is not used enough it may be withdrawn in future budget reviews.

News Archive

Road Signs

You may have noticed that the fingerpost near the Cock & Bottle has been repaired.  Thank you to Martin Legg for mending it.  Please report any other problems with signs etc on 

 Dorset's Best Village Competition 

At the presentation evening on Thursday 18 September 2014, Morden was awarded the Welcome Back Award for the Highest % Marks.  Norman Sheldrake received the award on behalf of Morden which was presented by Ben Speake, Blackmore Vale Magazine.


An extra meeting was held in August to consider 2 planning applications in West Morden.  Morden Parish Council have sent a response reflecting residents’ concerns.  This can be viewed on the Purbeck District Council Planning Portal 


We are delighted to welcome Pippa Hutchings as a Rights of Way Officer working with Averil Dalby.  The Parish Council will be surveying the state of our footpaths and bridleways and considering if they could be upgraded to provide safer routes to our neighbouring villages.  Please report broken stiles, obstructed pathways or other problems to Pippa on or Averil on 471685.


Following enquiries and comments from parishioners on the lack of available housing, the Parish Council commissioned Purbeck District Council to conduct a Housing Needs Survey.  This assessed the housing needs of existing families and those with close family ties to the parish.  A letter and survey questionnaire was been sent to every household in April 2014.The results of the survey which include the needs of local residents for affordable rental housing and houses to buy are available from the Parish Council.

MORDEN PARISH COUNCIL - New Councillor co-opted 

At the council meeting on Monday 14 July 2014, Morden Parish Council decided to co-opt Mr Peter Lamb onto the Council taking into account his experience in finance, his service as Treasurer to Morden Parochial Church Council, his participation in writing the Parish Plan and that he has been resident in the Parish for 14+years.

The Council was very pleased that there was interest in this post and thanks everyone who applied.  We would repeat that the public is very welcome to attend these bi-monthly meetings.  Volunteers to help with monitoring footpaths, flytipping, potholes etc are always welcome.


There has been an increase in fly tipping around the village particularly on the drove roads and round Cockett Hill.  Not only is this a crime, it is also an eyesore in our beautiful countryside, dangerous to humans and wildlife and costs the District Council (ie us through our Council Tax) a lot to come and pick it up.  If you see any suspicious vehicles driving slowly round the lanes looking for likely spots to dump their load, please do not approach them but report vehicle numbers and descriptions to the police on their non emergency telephone number 101. If there is immediate danger to humans or you witness the crime happening, please ring 999 immediately.  Please report any hazardous waste or fly tipping you come across online at or to the Dorset Waste Partnership on 01305 221040.

NEW 186 BUS ROUTE & NORDCAT/Wareham Hopper

The 387 bus route has now been withdrawn due to financial cutbacks.  There is a skeleton shoppers service - Route 186 - which runs on Tuesdays and Fridays only.  However, as we now have no regular bus service, ALL Morden residents may join the NORDCAT/Wareham Hopper community bus scheme for a small annual subscription.  This offers members a choice of routes to Blandford, Wareham and Poole.  Click here for details of both services.


Morden has entered the Dorset Best Kept Village competition this year.  Judging will take place between May and July but we won’t be told when they are coming so we need to keep the public areas of the village clean, tidy and litter-free at all times! If you are out on a walk, please pick up and take home any litter you spot.  Please report any hazardous waste or fly tipping online at or to the Dorset Waste Partnership on 01305 221040.


To commemorate the start of the First World, the war memorial will be tidied up with new fencing. The planting this year will feature field poppies.


Morden’s nominee this year was Maxine Clews.  Maxine has organised and worked tirelessly for many years both for the village hall and fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Care.  The highlight of last year was raising over £800 from the vintage tea party for Macmillan.  Maxine was presented with her award in March by the Chairman of Purbeck District Council.  Congratulations Maxine, keep up the good work!!


The deadline for returning your views and needs on the Housing Needs Survey is officially 24 April but late entries will still be considered.  Please post off your completed survey as soon as possible.


Spring has sprung and many of us are hoping to get out and about in the countryside.  But, with the appalling weather we have had this winter, stiles and gates have taken a battering. If you discover problems on a footpath or bridleway, please contact a member of the Council or Averil Dalby, the footpath officer, on 471685.  Some of the potholes in the parish have already been repaired but those near Hector’s Corner are waiting for the water leaks to be repaired first. If you spot a danger to traffic, please phone Dorset Highways on 01305 221020.  Potholes and other problems can be reported on .


The project aims to bring Superfast Broadband to rural areas in Dorset by Summer 2016.  Morden is included in their plans.  They have announced the areas that are in the first phase but unfortunately Morden is not included in this phase.  If you are interested, sign up for their newsletter at


We now have a Facebook page called Morden Parish Friends.  So, if you want to know what’s really happening in Morden, you know where to look.

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