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Election to take place in Bryanston see main item
Resignation of Parish Councillor Councillor Jane Gregory resignes from Bryanston Parish Council
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Dec 4th Coffee morning Bryanston Club Everyone welcome 10.30 am
Dec 6th Switch-on Christmas lights Blandford Corn exchange
Dec 11th Blandford Yuetide Festival
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Reports are coming in that several cows were allegedly attacked by two dogs on Tuesday 3rd of Dec. The cows were grazing in fields alongside the stour at the time. If you witnessed the attack or can give any information please contact the team @Bryanston Times.
The NFU has launched a campaign to cut the number of dog attacks on livestock after cases of sheep and cattle worrying reached record levels. About £1m-worth of damage was caused on farms last year after more than 700 attacks by dogs on livestock
Following the item we published here regarding the vacancy in the office of Parish Councillor for Bryanston, the resident’s have spoken.
In the New year Bryanston resident’s are to vote on who they want to fill the vacancy on the Parish Council if there are more than two applicants.
In the past vacancies have been filled by the co-option process. Just one year ago two candidates applied to fill a vacancy and the council were able to select one to co-opt onto the council.
It is rare for a by-election to be called in a small parish to fill a single vacancy. Is it a sign that villagers want to take more of an interest in parish matters? Time will tell.
On Wed Nov 20th resident´s gathered around coffee and cake to listen to John Tory´s wonderful account of the history of Bryanston. The presentation was given at Bryanston Club which, as we discovered, was built to house Lord Portman´s steam driven generators. These massive generators where bought in by horses and there is detailed written account of the difficulties they encountered transporting and installing them. Mr Tory showed us pictures of the working estate, they included pictures of laundry maids, cows being milked in the fields and young children outside the school house.
Estate worker´s children were educated in the village when they were considered too young to walk to Durweston. cntd next column.
Mr Tory read extracts from Mrs Forester´s diary´s which he had transcribed when he was loaned the 40 boxes containing her papers.
Mrs Forrester was the wife of Lord Portman´s land manager who lived in Home Farm. She kept diaries all her life from the age of 15 and they include a fascinating account of life on Bryanston´s estate. She writes about hiding behind bushes to spy on the Prince of Wales and his entourage when they visited Lord Portman. Mr Tory recalls that there was a huge granary on the second floor of what is now Portman Mews flats where barn dances were held in the 1970s. It was 40 yards long and comfortably accommodated over 400 dancers. Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball were among famous bands who played.
In 1948 a motor cycle racing event took place through the village. Many men had motor cycles in those days and the Bryanston Road Race attracted a huge crowd as shown in the photograph hanging in the Club.
Bryanston is very fortunate to have the benefit of such a good historian who is pleased to share his memoirs with local people.
Mr Tory is not only an historian, but a true countryman with a regard for the area that he know so well having farmed in Bryanston throughout his working life.
Review by Christine Stone
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The car club offers a real alternative to owning a car, hiring a car or paying for a taxi.
Blandford Car Club has purchased a Kia Rio which members will have access to for as short a time as one hour, if needed, with a minimum charge of just £3.40. There is a nominal joining fee and cars are charged on an hour-by-hour basis. All maintenance, insurance and fuel costs are included in the hourly rate. more information