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Tolpuddle Events Committee
We are excited to announce the formation of the Tolpuddle Events Committee (TEC), created to bring together the existing village Church and Hall committees so that new events are coordinated jointly for the benefit of the community. It's a group that wants to reach out and encourage new people to join and to bring together the many talented and supportive villagers to help organise and/or participate in events they are interested in (with no commitment to the wider committee). The group would also like to offer support and resources if they are needed to other events being planned for the village.

Get in touch at to find out how to become a part of this new community group, take part in events, and have fun and make new friends in the process. Alternatively feel free to call Hilly Cobban 07817 557367 or Johnathan Van Baars 07887 657256. We intend to refurbish the notice board opposite the Martyrs Inn to publicise the Committee and upcoming events, so keep an eye out.

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Dorset Council, as the local planning authority, is required to carry out a consultation on the submitted plan. The consultation is due to commence on 26th June until 7th August 2020. This will give individuals the opportunity to comment on the content of the plan or how it was produced.

The plan and supporting documents can be viewed online via the following links:

Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan

Puddletown Neighbourhood Plan Website

Tolpuddle Village meeting postponed until further notice
The Tolpuddle Village AGM which was scheduled for Thursday 21st May has been postponed due to the Covid -19 virus. The monthly Parish Council meetings continue on-line rather than in the usual public format. If you wish to raise any issues please contact Tolpuddle Councillors Peter Walton and Nicky Ling or the Parish Council Clerk via email on   The agenda will be posted on the Village Hall notice board and website ahead of the Parish Council meeting and should include a code to enable people to join the meeting via Zoom.

Julia Johnstone (Village meeting clerk)

Sale of the Martyrs Inn - Meeting on 5th December
There were 46 attendees. Lots of discussion and information about the pub finances and how a community bid would work. It was decided that the village was very much in favour of retaining the pub however we didn't want to register a community bid at this point. It was hoped that a purchaser would be found who would appreciate and maximise its full potential. Peter Walton will report the meeting outcome to the PAPC meeting in Tolpuddle on 10th December.
Interesting reading regarding Community Pubs can be found here

Tolpuddle Defibrillator Cycle Challenge
Full details can be viewed / downloaded here

August 2019
Legacy of Tolpuddle Martyrs saved thanks to National Lottery
The National Lottery Heritage Fund today confirmed a grant of £329,300 to help save Tolpuddle Old Chapel, the meeting place of the Dorsetshire Labourers before the events that saw them help spark the Trade Union movement and become known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

Full Press Release can be downloaded here

Tolpuddle Old Chapel Poem by Laurence Lagrue

February 2016
Dorset County Council intend to cut a number of rural bus services from April 2016 in an effort to save £500,000, including the 186 service from Dorchester to Poole which runs on Tuesday and Fridays. Up until two years ago Tolpuddle was serviced by 5 buses a day to and from Dorchester and 4 daily to Poole, from Monday to Saturday inclusive. Since the last review, this was reduced to 3 per day to Dorchester Monday to Friday and a twice weekly service to Poole. In April there is a proposal to cut out completely the service to Poole, despite it being well used (20 to 25 people on the average trip). The County Council no longer wish to subsidise the service as it is used mainly for leisure and shopping. There has been a Rural Bus Consultation which ended on 8 February. I am informed by our County Councillor that there may well be a further "review" of services in 2017 which could result in reductions to our already limited service to Dorchester. Unless there is a change in Council funding the only buses that may still be operating in 2020 will be those that make a profit for the bus companies or where there are contractual obligations ( schools). Do you want villages such as Tolpuddle, which has seen an steady increase in population in the past decade, to end up being only accessable to people who own their own cars? With youngsters and the elderly reliant on obtaining lifts from neighbours and friends. Our roads are already congested, particularly in the summer holidays, this will make matters worse.

If like me you wish to see our present level of services maintained, please write or email your County Councillor, Andy Canning ( and MP Oliver Letwin (

I am proposing to set a group in Tolpuddle to campaign for the retention of our existing bus services, possibly in conjunction with others from neighbouring villages. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Peter Scaife 11, Trent Close Tolpuddle DT2 7HA, telephone 01305 849131 e mail

November 2014
Superfast Broadband Update
An update for you on what's happening with superfast broadband in Tolpuddle.

A meeting was held on Friday 14 Nov with Openreach, the National Trust and Stakeholders from the Parish Council at Tolpuddle village green. A location on the village green was agreed with the National Trust and now the Wayleave and appropriate documentation is being progressed. According to the latest information that we have this means that work will commence as soon as possible, and Openreach are currently estimating fibre broadband available in the area in the new year.
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June 2014
Superfast Broadband is on the way
Areas of Abbotsbury, Dorchester, Maiden Newton, Martinstown, Preston, Puddletown, Upwey and Warmwell. Phase 2 work is due to run from June 2014. The first customers will be able to buy new services from October 2014. Availability will continue to increase until Christmas 2014. Puddletown telephone exchange serves Tolpuddle and other villages in the area.
More Information is available Here

June 2014
Mid Dorset Mencap Group need Donations
The above group is going to open a "Virtual EBay" shop in Dorchester in July, this will be a location were local people with learning difficulties can have the opportunity to learn new skills etc. They are looking for items to sell, any donation will be gratefully received. For any enquiries or donations (delivery or collection), please contact Tina Hansen - 07917 411168 or Mervyn Harris - 01305 848338.

January 2014
West Coast Energy return!
West Coast Energy have booked the Village Hall on Thursday 13th February (2pm - 8pm) for a "Consultation Meeting". Not to be missed by those concerned about the possible wind farm between Tolpuddle and Milborne.

October 2013
Good News! Windfarm Application Withdrawn
Application No: 1/D/13/000183
Proposal: Proposed wind farm to comprise of nine turbines with associated crane pads, substation control building, anemometer mast, new tracks, new entrance junction off A354, plus temporary site construction compound. Location: LAND SOUTH OF A354 AND NORTH OF A35, NORTH OF TOLPUDDLE, SOUTH WEST OF MILBORNE ST ANDREW, AND NORTH EAST OF PUDDLETOWN, DORSET

With reference to the above, would you please note that as of the 24 October 2013 this application has now been WITHDRAWN from the Planning Register.

August 2013
Orchard Meadow - Good News
We've secured funding from Viridor Credits and West Dorset District Council to resurface the basketball area, improve drainage and provide a dedicated petanque area. This work will commence on the 9th September for up to two weeks and will mean the basketball area and the eastern entrance to Orchard Meadow will be closed off. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The local community are planning to hold a sports fun afternoon for all ages on Sunday 6th October at Orchard Meadow to celebrate the opening of the improved facilities - watch this space for more details!
Puddletown Area Parish Council

August 2013
Our parish church, St John's, now has planning permission from the District Council and the Diocese for the development of Phase 3- this will involve the building of a disabled WC and creating a servery area- this will bring the church to life and encourage the use of this historic building for various activities such as concerts and lectures as well as the usual church services. The village have raised large sums of money and we have accessed every grant possible but we still have a shortfall of £15,000. Do you feel a connection to this small Dorset village and its heritage? Do you have happy memories of events in this church- perhaps a marriage or christening and do you feel you could spare some cash to help us reach our objective and save our church? If so do contact the PCC Treasurer on 01305848552 or

July 2013
Martyrs Weekend
A great weekend for fund raising! The final totals still have to be agreed, but initial estimations are in excess of £3500. Many thanks are expressed to all villagers who helped with the various activities.

July 2013
Faster Broadband on its way!
A multi-million pound contract to bring faster broadband to thousands more Dorset homes and businesses was signed today (Weds July 10). Dorset County Council and BT have agreed a £31.75 million deal which will see high-speed fibre optic broadband becoming available to 97 per cent of premises in the county within three and a half years.

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June 2013
Travel Dorset Web Site Launch
Travel Dorset has a range of useful information to help you travel easily around Dorset by car, public transport or other means. This includes up to the minute traffic information, the location and cost of car parks and live information about bus times.

The web site is in the Local Links page and available here Travel Dorset

April 2013
Superfast Broadband
Regarding the procurement, the Invitation to Tender was issued in February, with responses due back on Monday (22 April). There will then be an evaluation period, followed by an agreement period, with contract signing expected in July.

It is important you register your interest as the amount of interest will dictate whether or not this area will be included in the plans.

January 2013
Puddletown Library
The Community Library in Puddletown will be opened at 3.00 pm on Monday 7th January 2013 by internationally acclaimed BBC journalist, Kate Adie. Come and join us.

New Opening Times From Monday 7th January 2013:
Monday:- 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Tuesday:- Closed
Wednesday:- 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Thursday:- Closed
Friday:- 3:00pm to 5:30pm
Saturday:- 10:00am to 12 noon
Sunday:- Closed

August 2012
Proposed Wind Farm
Following the recent revelations regarding the Milborne wind farm, an action group has been established by members of Tolpuddle, Southover and Affpuddle. More information will be posted here, in the meantime a Facebook group has been set up HERE

The action group TAINT has been set up and a website is HERE

August 2012
Tolpuddle Bus Service
Village bus users will have noticed that a new provider 'First' are now operating the service to Dorchester and Poole. The time tables have been slightly modified to the 387 service, details are displayed at each bus stop.

387 Monday - Friday Timetable       387 Saturday Timetable

Thankyou to all the villagers who signed our petition and sent letters to our MP so that there was an awareness at County Hall of the importance of public transport links in the village. Also, a big thankyou to Hamish Green for his maintenance work on the bus shelter. Jan Hopkin

July 2012
Superfast broadband is coming to Dorset!
The work to deliver superfast broadband in Dorset is planned for 2013/14. Register your interest in the Superfast Dorset scheme online. Register Here

June 2012
Latest Dorset Road Safe Newsletters
'No Excuse' May 2012 Newsletter     'No Excuse' April 2012 Newsletter

June 5th 2012
The two dogs that went missing Saturday 2nd June have returned home.

Many thanks to all those who kept an eye out for them.

November 2011
The final total for Ray Kerslake's fund raising events is in. A total of £8472.50 was raised with several events. £1000 was given to West Dorset Mencap and the remaining £7472.50 to Poole Cnacer Unit.
The events included:
14 mile walk which saw 15 take to the hills from 6 till 10.30. Tim Reed, who did the planning, managed to go round the route twice! A few well deseverd beers were had back at the Martyrs.
The Party in The Paddock was a huge success providing a fun event for everyone. Special thanks go to Merv, Liz, Jim, Tony, Annette and everyone who helped erecting gazebos, making cakes, donating prizes for the raffle and auction. A big thank you also to Alan Washer who paid for the excellent band.
The Tandem Ride by Ray and Julian went off without any major aches or pains. Thanks to Paul Taylor for the T-Shirts and Julian for constant efforts, indulgent Apple Juices and being auctioned off to cook for 10.
Charity Golf Day at Wareham Golf Club was enjoyed by all those who took part. An excellent evening back at the Martyrs rounded off a perfect day. The day proved to be such a success that it has been scheduelled again for 2012

Ray and Anna would like to express their heart felt thanks to everyone involved in the fund raising and for all the on going support throughout the village

On the 24th November 2011 there is a Presentation Evening at The Martyrs Inn to celebrate Ray's fund raising this year. Starts at 7.00 - 7.30pm. There will be a bowl of stew in return for a donation.
Pictures from the events can be viewed in the Gallery

September 2011
The new 101 police non-emergency telephone number has gone live.
Members of the public in Dorset must now ring 101 to contact Dorset Police for non-urgent enquiries.
The new 101 number has replaced the previous non-emergency police number in Dorset of 01202 or 01305 222 222.

Calls to the 101 non-emergency number from both landlines and mobile phones cost 15 pence per call no matter what time of day you call, or how long you are on the phone.

July 2011
Martyrs Weekend 15-17 July 2011
The Village Hall raised over £2,200 for the Re-refurbishment Fund during the weekend of the Tolpuddle Festival. Cream teas were served on Saturday Afternoon and Lunches, Cream Teas, Cakes and Tea & Coffee on the Sunday. Gross taking were £2,537.59 and after expenses the net profit at the time of writing is £2,243.47. This figure is approximately £100 down on 2010, when the Festival enjoyed better weather and had more visitors. In addition breakfasts were served on the Martyrs Field and raised £800 which will be shared equally between the Village Hall and St John's Church

The village car park raised £700 towards the 'Save Our Church' fund.

May 2011
CON-ARTISTS are targeting the elderly with a computer scam.
They call claiming to be from Microsoft or some other well known computer company saying they've detected faults on your computer and they can fix it. You are taken through a series of "tests" and then asked to log into their system. Whilst you are logged in, they can scan and collect personal information from your computer. They also ask for payment which can be as much as £160 to fix the problems.

Of course there are NO problems with your computer, JUST HANG UP!