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The Mileaters Literary Circle

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…well, circuit anyway.

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26 of us, and 8 canine friends, set off from near Max Gate on a grey, threatening day, soon to savour a selection of building sites and civic amenities - sewerage works and tip - perhaps reflecting the leaden clouds above.

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Once passed, we were soon out into the countryside where the day brightened measurably, and onwards to Stafford House, home of Julian Fellowes. "What was the river we crossed?"  Frome, Piddle, came the replies, but no it was our very own South Winterborne, but sadly no kingfishers in sight.

A quickened pace up Bunkers Hill to bag one of the 3 spaces on the bench at the top and a stop for coffee, with views over a drizzly Dorchester and Kingston Maurward. After Stafford Farm, berry-laden hedgerows brought us to the Jubilee Trail and Whitcombe, home of mystery author Minette Walters.

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Surviving the crossing of the busy A352, the Trail led us up through woodland to Came House where, from a short dissertation from the erudite Gerald, we learnt that William Barnes was buried in nearby Winterborne Came church. Finally, we passed Max Gate, former home of Thomas Hardy.

An interesting local walk enjoyed by all, only to be let down by "the pub with no beer", no draught at any rate.

Nick Priddle - 22nd November 2021.

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


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