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22 MIleaters met for their September walk in Dorchester for unusually, a partly town-based walk. It was an easy, mostly flat route over 5.75 miles taking us to Stinsford and back via the Roman Town House, Borough Gardens and West Walks. 

The change of emphasis planned by Rosie and Gerald Duke was intended to give newer friends a glimpse of the town right on their doorstep. We started at Maumbury Rings, the site of one of the 3 prehistoric henges in Dorchester dating from 2500 BC. 

Next we came via South Walks to a Martinstown link to the Dorset Martyrs statues by Dame Elizabeth Frink. Much more of her work is to be found in the Museum.  One of the martyrs was Martinstown priest John Adams and a full write up of the history of his story can be found in Valley and Valance of 16th April 2017 by Terry Hearing. Find out more at John Adams was beatified in 1987 by Pope John Paul 2nd

We carried on through Salisbury Fields and down to the River Frome turning to the water meadows at Longbridge in Lubbeck Way and on through the grounds of the agricultural college at Kingston Mauward.  Stopping at Stinsford Church for a coffee break, the grave of Thomas Hardy was found that reputedly contains his heart. The question of the day left walkers musing whether it really was his heart as local folklore suggests his cat took it from the kitchen table as it was being prepared for the casket. 

We then returned to Dorchester via Greys Bridge and the river walk from the White Hart round to Hangman’s Cottage. Instead of our usual country pub for lunch, we watered ourselves in the snug of Vivo Lounge. An eye opener for many who nevertheless seemed to enjoy the change. 

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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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Recycling, Rubbish & Food collection


Recycling, Rubbish
& Food collection

Collections take place
*unless otherwise indicated

7 - Recycling and Food
14 - Rubbish and Food
21 - Recycling and Food
28 - Rubbish and Food

4 - Recycling and Food
11 - Rubbish and Food
18 - Recycling and Food
25 - Rubbish and Food

2 - Recycling and Food
9 - Rubbish and Food
16 - Recycling and Food
23 - Rubbish and Food
30 - Recycling and Food

6 - Rubbish and Food
13 - Recycling and Food
20 - Rubbish and Food
27 - Recycling and Food

Garden Waste 

Collection is generally every other WEDNESDAY (starting from13th October 2021)

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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