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A walk around Godmanstone and the Cerne Valley

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On Januray 30th fifteen hearty Mileaters and three dogs braved anticipated zero temperatures to walk a five and a half mile circuit from Godmanstone Church. We hadn’t needed to worry; snowdrops and a light snowfall together with crystal clear blue skies made for a morning that was , at times, utterly beautiful.

Having followed the Cerne to Nether Cerne and visited the 13th century church there, with its lovely golden original stained glass window, we crossed the A352 and made the long ascent to the top of the ridge, and The Turning Point. Here a carved block of Portland stone, hidden in a coppice, marked the turning point by a local landowner and farmer to purely organic practices, back in the 1980’s.

We then descended to the hidden valley below, along a grass track with yellow gorse in flower. At Bushes Farm Katy tolled the bell, a sculpture to commemorate the families who once farmed this remote place.

Then began the long climb back up to the ridge and down across fields to re-cross the A352 and the river at Forston farm, where an enthusiastic dog failed to keep us away. At this point there is no longer a right of way along the river, so to cries of dismay we had another short but steep climb up towards Cowden Hill and then back down to the river valley and the church.

Lunch was at the very welcoming Sun Inn.

Cathie Seigal

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

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Recycling, Rubbish & Food collection


Collections take place

MAY 2019
2 - rubbish and food
9 - recycling and food
16 - rubbish and food
23 - recycling and food
30 - rubbish and food

JUNE 2019
6 - recycling and food
13 - rubbish and food
20 - recycling and food
27 - rubbish and food

JULY 2019
4 - recycling and food
11 - rubbish and food
18 - recycling and food
25 - rubbish and food

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

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

* Except where otherwise stated

The next start date for the garden waste service is 01/12/2018 – sign up by 31st October 2018.If you miss this deadline the next opportunity to start collections will be 1st April 2019.

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