TO CUT OR NOT TO CUT?
Bryanston Parish Council is considering cutting the grass on the recreation again. Children have said they want a kick-about area in the village so they can play football and other games. In 2013 the Parish Council did fund regular grass cutting to keep the area clear.
The area was almost never used the reason was: parents did not want their children to be out-of-sight when playing. New families have moved into the village and children say their parents will let them use the recreation area if the council maintain it. The Parish Council can allocate funds for grass-cutting, but only if the area will be used. With the Forum Focus later this month Bryanston residents will find an A5 flyer to help the council decide whether to allocate funds to maintain the recreation area this year and into 2015. You can complete and return the flyer or vote on this subject via the editorial page GO or right here using the web form. GO
Don’t risk getting your car side-swiped.
Motorists are being urged to use the Stour meadows car-park now that parking charges have been removed. Cars parking on the corner of New Road and along to Bryanston School entrance have been a source of much concern to immediate residents.
One resident has said: Motorists are not aware it is free Parking in Stour meadows now. They still choose to risk having their car side-swiped on the main road.
What time does the countryside open?
One of the most relaxing things to do is to take the family and your pet out on a ramble around the countryside. However, please remember your countryside doggie code: take poo bags with you and deposit used bags in the red bins provided along many public footpaths. Make sure you can see him/her at all times and, if necessary, on a lead when near livestock. There are numerous walks in the area. MORE
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.