Driving at speed through flood water may write-off your car.
While many cars will get through quite severe floods, there are a number of dangers. Apart from shorted-out electrics on petrol cars, there is also a risk of the engine sucking in water which, being incompressible, will cause it to lock solid (hydraulic lock), smashing connecting rods, pistons, even crankshafts. If the water is fast-moving, there is also a risk that the car could be carried off into deeper flood water with you inside.
So what should you do when you meet a flood? First thing first, you should try to avoid it, but if you can't, you should make sure there is not more than six inches of standing water or four inches of moving water. Parking up and watching other cars and trucks negotiate the flood can be a good way of checking to see how deep it is. In particular look out for hidden dips and gullies where the water could be deeper. If you decide to go through, stay on the crown of the road where possible and crawl through the water very slowly in first gear. Keep the engine revs up by slipping the clutch if necessary, to avoid water entering the exhaust pipe. Also avoid the temptation to make a quick exit, as going at speed can push water into the engine bay. Even drivers of large 4x4s should take care.
Experts at Land Rover advise entering the water slowly (about 1-2mph), before accelerating to about 3 to 4mph. This creates a bow wave in front of the vehicle, which will create a depression in the engine bay and keep the air intake clear of water. However, it warns that this technique won't work with beam-axled 4x4s, as the water tends to hit the front axle beam and squirt straight into the engine bay. Vehicles powering through deep water with engine trays mounted beneath the engine to protect it from mud etc will find the vehicle aquaplaning resulting in total loss of directional control that could force you off the road completely.
The Neighbourhood planning or Blandford+ Public consultation took place in the Estate club on Sat 18 October. Parish council officers: Bobby Church, Tony and Carol Tompsett had done a wonderful job in planning this public consultation. Display boards positioned in rear part of the club lounge were the focus for the event. Covering many different topics of planning and future development the displays prompted residents to contemplate the future of Bryanston village. Even the children of the village had been canvassed for their opinions beforehand on what they would like to see in the village. Top of their requests were: a small shop, a skate park or kick-about area, and thatched houses would be nice to see in the village. I am not sure if the planning authority will agree with them, but children are entitled to their opinion. Disregarding the inclement weather people still turned out to attend. There is no doubt this consultation will be deemed a great success. The event clearly demonstrates Bryanston residents do have an opinion and will voice them it if they are given the opportunity.
The importance of this event cannot be over-emphasised. Results and opinions based on this consultation will be taken into account in the overall strategy for the Blandford+ Neighbourhood planning.
LITTER PICK - ALL WELCOME 1ST NOV
The village litter pick will be carried out on the 1st of November.
This is a worthwhile event and if sufficient helpers takes about an hour and a half. Removing discarded tin cans and sweet papers is an easy task.
Pick-up tongs, protective gloves and some flashy bright yellow jackets are supplied. All we need is some volunteers to meet at the red telephone box @ 10.00am.
Children over 10 years of age can help but they must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
Watch this space to find out the exact time to meet and for last minute changes due to weather condition.
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE VILLAGE
What is now the parish of Bryanston was one of the manors of Blandford listed in Domesday book. It was acquired by Brian de Insula in the early 1200s and named Blandford Brian or Brianston. There is evidence of an Iron Age settlement west of Bryanston School. Its field system is still visible on the unploughed north facing slope opposite Old Park wood and many Romano-British burials were found when the School was built. Evidence of farming across the parish in the Middle Ages was largely destroyed in the 1950s but can still be seen on the steeper slopes and within woodland. Banks and ditches marking the parish boundary (probably mediaeval) are visible in places. No traces of buildings survive from that time although a manor house and a church (dedicated to St Martin) existed when Bryanston was acquired by the Rogers family in 1410. They held it for 250 years selling it together with part of Blandford to the Portmans in 1662. A detailed map of Bryanston at the time of the sale and engravings of the Rogers house (where Bryanston Church now stands) survive.
During World War II Bryanston Camp was built on both sides of the road through The Cliff. Various army units came there until finally the Signal Company of the 1st United States Infantry Division occupied it in preparation for D day. After the war the camp was demolished although 10 huts were retained for housing until the Forum View council estate was built in the early 1950s. The village tried without success to acquire the camp’s Recreation Hut for a Village Hall. Instead it leased the only building of Bryanston Camp that now survives (next to 67 The Cliff - now used for car body repairs) for some years with the intention of converting it to a Hall. That came to nothing and it was handed back to the Crown Estate in the 1960s together with the Parish Room (the upstairs of the old Portman Laundry now 4 Portman Mews) which had served the village for a long time. For many years a Post Office (at 4 Bryanston Village) and a Shop (at 10 Bryanston Village) served the parish both later combining at No. 4 and finally closing in 2002. In recent years Bryanston School has expanded its buildings significantly across its campus. The development of Ashwood Row and conversion into dwellings of the old Farm Buildings together some infilling has added to the village population but so far Bryanston has not succumbed to much in the way of development and it continues to retain the separate identity which it has had for over a thousand years.
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