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Martinstown village notices


Podcast Episode about Martinstown - 6 July 2020

Stories from the Sticks is a brand new podcast featuring tales from rural communities created by Scratchworks Theatre and supported by Arts Council England.

Scratchworks has toured theatre shows to isolated communities across the South West Dorset for many years and the theatre-makers have met many wonderful characters along the way. City-dwellers themselves, Laura, Siân and Alice have always appreciated being welcomed into remote villages to hear stories of love, history, local myth and community spirit.

We’ve heard some amazing tales from people in villages across Dorset. Lockdown has turned everything upside down - we can’t perform in these communities right now - so instead we’re providing a platform to share their stories with the wider world.’
Laura Doble, Scratchworks Theatre

The latest episode (Episode 2) features lifelong friends, Fran & Jan from Martinstown, Dorset. This episode is full of songs & original music inspired by socially-distanced singing on the village green. We hear tales of duck races in the river, Fran’s infamous muesli pudding and the time everyone pulled together to rescue a war veteran from the floods. As Scratchworks say: ‘Martinstown is a village with history growing out of its soil and flowing down the river. As idyllic as it sounds, there’s a glimmer of mischief behind its charm.’

The interviews are interwoven with original music by Jack Dean plus narration and singing in Scratchworks’ signature style giving a distinctly theatrical feel to the podcast. The company are also keen to receive creative responses from listeners:

‘We’re hoping these podcasts will inspire others to get creative too. People can send in responses in any format - drawings, photos, music, short films - and we’ll share them on the Scratchworks website.’

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Stories from the Sticks can be downloaded from most podcast platforms including Apple, Spotify, Deezer, Pocket Casts, Stitcher and A Cast. A subtitled version is provided on Youtube. All links can be found via  Creative responses to the podcast should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 The series was created and written by Laura Doble, Alice Higginson-Clarke and Siân Keen of Scratchworks Theatre. Music for the series was created by Jack Dean. The series was edited by Andrew Armfield.  The series is supported by Arts Council England.

About Scratchworks Theatre

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Scratchworks are a physical ensemble of three women who work collaboratively to create highly visual, playful theatre from scratch. Founded in Exeter in 2013, they share a passion for creating original stories and use a diverse mix of physical movement, puppetry and live music to entertain and inspire our audiences.

Recent touring locations include New Diorama Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, PULSE Festival Ipswich, Salisbury Arts Centre, Theatre Royal Bath and VAULT Festival where we received the ‘Festival Spirit Award’ 2017. We have also received an NSDF award for ‘Best Overall Body of Creative Work’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 as well as nominations for the Charlie Hartill award 2016 and the IYAF: Best of Brighton Fringe Theatre Award 2017.

Church Open for Private Prayer

With the relaxation of some restrictions, we are now able to open the church for private prayer. The doors will therefore be open between 10:30am and 12:00 every morning Monday to Friday. 

In order to maintain social distancing regulations and to reduce the dailing cleaning requirement, there will be restrictions as to which parts of the building and which pews you can access. We do not anticipate significant numbers wanting to visit at any one time, but please observe social distancing and other appropriate measures to ensure one another's safety and well being.

Dorchester Household Recycling Centre (Tip) (Louds Mill)

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A new helpline has been launched to support parents and carers who are worried about how their child is coping during the Coronavirus pandemic. CLICK HERE

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Dorset Digital Hotline...

Can we help you?

Telephone:  01305 221000 (Select Option 2).

Monday to Friday 10.00 am to 12 noon (except Bank Holidays) or leave a message. 

Many people in your local community are likely to be relying on digital online services and applications more than ever before.  For some this will be a first and they need to learn from scratch and for others there are new digital hurdles to overcome almost on a daily basis just to get every day jobs done such as shopping or ordering prescriptions.  

We wanted everyone in your local community to know that there is a new free telephone hotline set up in response to the COVID-19 lockdown, to provide support for people with IT and digital problems of all kinds.  The hotline has received more than 50 calls in the first three weeks.

Here is a selection of some of the support the digital advisers can provide – no problem too small!

  • helping families with digital applications for home schooling
  • providing help to get online for home shopping
  • support for all digital NHS services and e-Consult
  • setting up video calls such as Skype and Facetime to keep in contact with friends and family
  • support to use all digital appliances and solve problems
  • using digital to exercise at home and keep fit

An example of how the Dorset Digital Hotline can make a difference to people’s lives is expressed by one of our digital advisers.

Andy Hargreaves a digital adviser said: “One lady I helped this week uses her iPad to keep in touch with her family via Facetime. She told me that she couldn’t hear her family speaking to her clearly on her calls because the sound on the iPad was distorted. I helped her to correct the problem over the phone and soon it was working properly. She said to me that if she wasn’t in isolation she would come over and give me a hug because the iPad was her lifeline now to the outside world.”

The Dorset Digital Hotline is run by a group of volunteers mostly made up of retired IT professionals and some Dorset Council staff. The team are extremely versatile and experienced and can offer a wide range of support to anyone including assistance to vulnerable people in your community.

Visit the Martinstown Facebook Page for 'up-to-the-minute info!

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Information from Dorset Council on the Corona Virus


transport timtable
*As at 26th March 2020.

Announcement on the
First Group bus services
from Sunday 29 March.
There will be no X51
service at all
until further notice.

Waste Watch Scheme
- operating in the village.

Although papers can be separated and recycled with the bi-weekly refuse collection this scheme means that the local parish can financially benefit from separate treatment of newspapers.

There are two collection points each located at the Parish Office and the car park of the Village Hall by means of a green bin or box.

Your used newspapers and magazines can be bundled into manageable piles and securely tied with sturdy string. Newspapers and magazines should be bundled separately but can be placed in the same boxes and are regularly collected.

Please use this method of recycling where possible as credit is received via the current scheme to the parish for use towards local matters.

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Mondays and Fridays

Start - Aline Office
1st Stop - Mallards Green
2nd Stop - Manor Grove
3rd Stop - Village Shop
Finish - Aline Office
Leaves the Village Shop at 10.15am

Start - Aline Office
1st Stop - Mallards Green
2nd Stop - Manor Grove
3rd Stop - Village Shop
Finish - Aline Office
Leaves the Village Shop at 13.15am

Visit the Aline Taxis website HERE

Wednesday, 08 07 2020


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Winterbourne Valley
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Recycling, Rubbish & Food collection


Recycling, Rubbish
& Food collection

Collections take place
*unless otherwise indicated

MARCH 2020
5 - rubbish and food
12- recycling and food
19 - rubbish and food
26 - recycling and food

APRIL 2020
2 - rubbish and food (Fri)
9- recycling and food
16 - rubbish and food
23 - recycling and food
30 - rubbish and food

MAY 2020
7 - recycling and food
14 - rubbish and food (Fri)
21- recycling and food
28 - rubbish and food

JUNE 2020
4 - recycling and food
11 - rubbish and food (Fri)
18- recycling and food
25 - rubbish and food

JULY 2020
2 - recycling and food
9 - rubbish and food (Fri)
16- recycling and food
23 - rubbish and food
30 - recycling and food

6 - rubbish and food (Fri)
13- recycling and food
20 - rubbish and food
27 - recycling and food

3 - rubbish and food 
10- recycling and food
17 - rubbish and food
24 - recycling and food

1 - rubbish and food
8- recycling and food
15 - rubbish and food
22 - recycling and food
29 - rubbish and food

5 - recycling and food
12 - rubbish and food
19- recycling and food
26 - rubbish and food

3 - recycling and food
10 - rubbish and food
17- recycling and food
24 - rubbish and food

2 - recycling and food (Sat)
8 - rubbish and food (Fri)
14- recycling and food
21 - rubbish and food
28 - recycling and food

Garden Waste 

APRIL 2020

MAY 2020
13 and 27

JUNE 2020
10 and 24

JULY 2020
8 and 22

5 and 19

2, 16 and 30

14 and 28

11 and 25

9 and 23


3 and 17

MARCH 2020
3, 17 and 31

What to do on your collection day

  • Please leave your container out by 6am

  • Please leave your containers at the kerbside

  • Please do not overfill your containers so that they are too heavy for our collection crews to move and lift safely

    You can download and print a new calendar at

To report a missed collection or other problem, or to contact us, go to or call (01305) 221040


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