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Autumn is setting in

4:00pm Monday 15th October 2012

So, our apology for a summer has faded along with the memories of Olympics, Paralympics and even the floods that afflicted the village and surrounding area.

Villagers peruse plans for the proposed Park and Ride at Monkey’s Jump

4:45pm Wednesday 4th May 2011

THANKS to the Parish Council a public meeting had been arranged in the village hall where display boards showed detailed plans for the proposed Park and Ride to be located at the Monkeys Jump site.

Tributes to a gardener who loved to share the fruits of his labour

11:51am Monday 4th April 2011

IT came as no surprise to find that it was almost a case of 'standing room only' at St Martin's Church for the service held to celebrate the life of the late Dennis Legg.

Lenten lunches in aid of Japan’s Earthquake appeal

2:52pm Thursday 17th March 2011

THE Lenten Lunches held in Martinstown Village Hall got off to a somewhat modest start with an attendance of twenty or so.

Farewell to Ann

11:14am Wednesday 2nd March 2011

A VERY big debt of gratitude is owed to Ann Salmon for introducing Artsreach to the community as long ago as 2006.

Performances are a sell out!

12:09pm Thursday 17th February 2011

ONCE again the Martinstown Players brightened up a dreary February weekend with a most entertaining pantomime, Little Red Riding Hood.


2:58pm Monday 31st January 2011

IT was only rightly sensible that the week of Prayer for Christian Unity had as its theme for churches together “All things in Common” rather than those divisive issues.

Earlier start for WI

11:49am Wednesday 19th January 2011

THE earlier start to the Martinstown WI monthly meetings has been greatly appreciated by members and speakers alike. No one really enjoys a homeward journey too late on a dark, wet, winter evening.

Good time had by all at the Garden Club’s New year’s party

Dorset Echo: Garden club members enjoy a festive new year’s party

12:35pm Wednesday 5th January 2011

A NEW year’s party for the garden club was a happy and festive evening with lots of conversation and laughter, and a delicious supper prepared by the committee.

Forthcoming events in Martinstown

11:49am Wednesday 5th January 2011

IT seems like a good idea to write some village news whilst keeping an eye out for this eclipse of the sun supposed to be visible from Dorset.

Successful show at Park Community Centre

9:32am Wednesday 15th December 2010

WHAT a success the Christmas in the Park show was, which was put on at the Park Community Centre last Saturday to celebrate Christmas.

Gathering on village green for Remembrance Sunday

12:40pm Wednesday 1st December 2010

ON Remembrance Sunday many people gathered on the village green, for it was an occasion not only to recall those who had lost their lives in world wars and conflicts but also those who are still serving in the armed forces today.

Fond memories of founder member of the Mileaters

3:05pm Wednesday 3rd November 2010

RECENTLY Holy Trinity Church, in Dorchester, was filled with those who had joined the family for the Requiem Mass for Dennis Norcombe


12:06pm Tuesday 19th October 2010

THE Martinstown Cricket Club would like to thank all who came along to support their fundraising jumble sale. Naturally their sensible provision of refreshments ensured that it became much more of a social occasion and a chance to catch up on news of friends.

'To clear' or 'not to clear' is the question?

10:12am Monday 4th October 2010

THERE are quite a number of residents throughout the Winterbourne Valley who may be classed as Riparian owners since their houses are situated by the side of the stream.

In and around Martinstown

2:45pm Wednesday 1st September 2010

BLUE skies ensured that a great many people made their way to the Martinstown Cricket ground for the Oddfellows Fete.

Rain fails to dampen grand fete at Steepleton Manor

1:18pm Wednesday 18th August 2010

AFTER a rather damp start, the grand fete at Steepleton Manor enjoyed some lovely sunshine, which soon dried out the splendid assortments of small tents and gazebos.


2:40pm Wednesday 21st July 2010

I HAD my knuckles rapped by Arthur since there had been no mention of the wonderful Flower Festival held in St Martin’s Church at the beginning of July.


2:46pm Thursday 8th July 2010

THE theme for the Flower Festival in the church was Water for Life, which resulted in some truly magical interpretations by all the flower arrangers.

Memorable day at Minehead

11:45am Wednesday 30th June 2010

AMIDST all this glorious sunshine it is now hard to believe that Martinstown WI had a dull, cloudy day for their outing to Minehead. At least it did not rain.

Flower Festival in July

4:13pm Monday 14th June 2010

THE Martinstown Flower Festival, 'Waters of Life' takes place in St Martins Church on July 2, 3 and 4.

Chance to bid for bargain at Martinstown Cricket Club’s Auction of Promises

10:00am Tuesday 18th May 2010

THE quickest way to the heart of a village news correspondent is to give them a handout of forthcoming events.

Mileaters still going strong

2:53pm Monday 10th May 2010

IT is good to know that the Martinstown Mileaters are still going strong after their formation in 1994, when they made a successful bid in taking over the Martinstown WI walking group.


10:20am Wednesday 5th May 2010

WHAT could be more typically English than to celebrate St George’s Day than sitting in the garden in the spring sunshine enjoying a cup of tea while my modest little flag fluttered from the clothes post as did the ones on the village hall flagpole and St Martin's church tower.

Pony rescues Palm Sunday service

9:54am Wednesday 7th April 2010

Everything went slightly pear shaped for the Rev. John Good on Palm Sunday when he received the sad news that the promised donkey would not be arriving in Martinstown due to a breakdown of the horsebox halfway to the village.

National title for young scientist

12:55pm Tuesday 30th March 2010

THOSE of us who are lucky enough to be grandparents can truly imagine the pride with which Margaret and Terry glowed when they learnt that Thomas had been awarded the title of Young Scientist of the Year.

Local charity news

2:41pm Tuesday 16th March 2010

THE Blanchard Trust, which has long been the established local village charity, would like to thank all those who have made such generous contributions over the past year.


12:05pm Wednesday 10th March 2010

DESPITE the cold March winds it is comforting to know that the days are getting longer and the sunshine warmer, which means that the roadside verges throughout Martinstown will soon be covered with daffodils.


11:26am Tuesday 23rd February 2010

AS always it proved to be truly magical walk along that little country road that leads down into the tiny hamlet of Compton Valence for the banks and verges were covered with snowdrops.

Donkey wanted!

3:53pm Monday 15th February 2010

THE Valley villages really pulled out all the stops when it came to the Winterborne Benefice appeal to raise money to help the people of Haiti.

Martinstown Village News

10:27am Monday 25th January 2010

ALL Valley residents would totally agree that the West Dorset District Council deserves praise for taking care of the refuse and salvage collections during the recent spell of bad weather.

Lock up your poultry – there’s a Reynard about!

3:27pm Tuesday 12th January 2010

WHAT a relief to be able to count the blessings of a warm home and a well-provisioned store cupboard now that winter has decided to visit this part of the countryside.


3:07pm Monday 21st December 2009

IT is always sad to learn that during their lifetime we are often totally unaware of the many attributes and accomplishments accredited to those we think we have known well.

Christmas postal service by Scout Post

3:25pm Tuesday 1st December 2009

THE Martinstown Guides would like to thank all who came to their Christmas Bazaar, which naturally turned out to be a most enjoyable social occasion.

‘Your Valley needs you!’

3:40pm Thursday 29th October 2009

RECENTLY, every household throughout Martinstown and the Winterbourne Valley was the target of a leaflet written in true Kitchener style, minus pointing finger, to drive the message home that Your Valley needs you!

Samaritans Purse Shoebox Appeal

11:51am Wednesday 14th October 2009

THERE is more to life than sitting glued to the ever-widening range of TV channels and computer activities.

Martinstown Village News

3:03pm Wednesday 7th October 2009

THE Martinstown Cricket Club’s recent fundraising jumble sale proved to be an irresistible attraction to bargain hunters from over a wide area to judge by the numbers of cars parked not only by the village hall but also along the road.

Dosey-Doe on down to Martinstown

11:57am Wednesday 30th September 2009

THERE are truly some most talented flower arrangers in our village of Martinstown for I found it a sheer delight to see their hard work displayed within our St Martin’s Church on the special occasion of Harvest Thanksgiving.

Unveiling of new kitchen

1:05pm Friday 18th September 2009

RESIDENTS from every compass point within the village turned up at the Martinstown Village Hall for the unveiling of an amenity that could well be the envy of every hall in Dorset, namely a new kitchen

Every household invited to Tea Party

10:49am Monday 7th September 2009

THE eagerly awaited trip to Moreton Church by Martinstown WI, as a follow-up to Jill Bryant's memorable talk, was a great success

Poor attendance at charity fun day

12:05pm Friday 14th August 2009

IN spite of the efforts of delivering notices to every household in the village the recent Saturday saw a very poor attendance in the Martinstown Village Hall and grounds

Spacemen came travelling!

12:10pm Monday 3rd August 2009

MANY years have passed since those days when people travelling throughout rural areas were fascinated by the appearance of those mystical crop circles, which became ever more extravagant as time went on. Not quite so entertaining for the farmers whose crops were damaged by an ever increasing variety of designs carried out in the dead of night.

Eventful weekend in Martinstown

2:20pm Tuesday 21st July 2009

Martinstown Village News

Martinstown Open Gardens

11:35am Monday 6th July 2009

AT the moment happiness is not just about winning the Lottery or even smoking a certain brand of cigar, but the joy of being able to walk Fern up a beautifully cleared bridleway. Thanks to the West Dorset District Council for doing this and maybe to a certain district councillor who always has local interests very much at heart. No prizes for guessing who deserves my vote of confidence - well done David.

Sad loss of village resident

11:56am Monday 29th June 2009

RECENTLY Martinstown residents had the virtual reality experience of living with a nose-to-tail volume of traffic, which included far more than the usual assortment of goods vehicles. I had wondered why it took me forever to cross from one side of the road to the other. Not only that but the ESS Fern walk up the local bridleway was most unusually quiet without the roar of traffic along that top road. Sadly this was due to a traffic diversion due to a nasty accident by the Friary Press buildings. It took this unfortunate incident to make us all realise that it must be the norm for a large number of villages that are situated along a major traffic route.

Martinstown WI trip to Brownsea Island and around Poole Harbour

12:21pm Monday 22nd June 2009

IT is good to know that Martinstown WI is still playing a vital role in the life of the village community and beyond the Parish boundaries too. This was definitely the case when the opportunity to join members on their annual outing resulted in a full coach load leaving the village in perfect weather conditions. This really was heaven sent considering that the main objective happened to be a cruise around Poole Harbour, where amazingly there are a total of nine islands including a few hosting a des res hideaway, while another gives proof to a successful oil drilling project and pipeline to a distant refinery. The largest is Brownsea Island, owned by the National Trust, which saw most of the party land rather than stay on board for the rest of the cruise on the way to Poole. Glowing reports were given of the sighting of one of those famously elusive red squirrels, when it seems that they were raiding the bird feeders for nuts. Happily the less walk orientated members were catered for as The National Trust supplies a comfortable seated trailer to take people on a tour of the island, stopping at viewing points along the way, although the lagoon is not included. It is a wonderful place to observe bird life, including on occasion the Avocets, which winter there.

A tribute to 'Harry' Bowering

2:58pm Monday 1st June 2009

Predictably St Martin's Church was full to overflowing when villagers from far and wide joined family and friends on the occasion of the funeral service for Harry Bowering. Henry Thomas Bowering, or Harry, as he was always known, was born in 1911 and apart from his war service spent most of his life in Martinstown. Even his war service in the army proved to be a bonus, for during this time he met his Yorkshire born wife, Ethel, who became his beloved companion and wife for over fifty years.

Permission granted for small annexe

2:25pm Monday 4th May 2009

AFTER the grey days of winter it was good to be cheered up by the wonderful display of daffodils along the verges throughout the village and the approach roads too. A big 'thank you' to the Parish Council; we do appreciate your hard work, well, most of the time!

Lent lunches prove far from penitential

8:27am Thursday 12th March 2009

THE Friday Lenten Lunches are proving to be most popular rather than penitential for the participants. The volunteer chefs vie to see who can produce the most tasty soups which are an accompaniment to the healthy ploughman’s. Apart from the bonus of the pleasant company – especially rewarding for those who live alone – there was no need to suffer any pangs of guilt for all profits go to support the children’s hospice at Julia's House.


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