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Mileaters walk on water, or a paddle in the Piddle

walkonwaterA rain-free day at last as 8 Mileaters and Lulu, our diminutive canine companion, set out from The Martyrs Inn in Tolpuddle for what looked to be a straightforward circuit, postponed for inclement weather from earlier in the week.

A pleasant stroll down the Piddle valley via fields, farms and woods ensued, our leader David assuring us there was just one more stile, on more than one occasion! And so we reached the Jubilee Trail just north of Briantspuddle. We safely negotiated the bridge across the fast-flowing River Piddle only to be greeted by a large flooded field. Our intrepid team decided that it was not a problem, as the water got deeper and deeper; eventually there was no turning back and we just had to go for it with the water now nearly up to our knees. We made it across with those wearing wellies feeling distinctly smug; and what of poor Lulu? "I now know she can swim", Lynne was heard to say.

Draining our boots we squelched off through Briantspuddle and the woods to arrive at Culpepper's Dish - the 2 foot deep muddy ruts caused by the logging tractors were just a minor difficulty after our earlier adventures. Refreshed after the coffee stop (I'm sorry that we hijacked your chocolate biscuits Rollo), we briefly inspected the 140ft deep sinkhole, before heading down to Affpuddle and then back to Tolpuddle, where Lulu's towel was much in demand.

After recuperating in The Martyrs, it was back home to enjoy that well-known Billy Joel track: "Wade in the Water".

Nick Priddle.

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- 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

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Friday, 28 02 2020


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Recycling, Rubbish & Food collection


Recycling, Rubbish
& Food collection

Collections take place

5 - recycling and food
12 - rubbish and food
19- recycling and food
28 - rubbish and food (Sat)

4 - recycling and food (Sat)
10 - rubbish and food (Fri)
16- recycling and food
23 - rubbish and food
30 - recycling and food

* Except where otherwise stated

Garden Waste 


8 and 22

Please note, there are no garden waste collections for two weeks over Christmas and New Year

5 and 19

MARCH 2020
4 and 18

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

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