Bunting!

Bunting triangles are well underway to decorate our village for the Jubilee weekend celebrations in June. Jacqui’s ambitious goal is to have enough bunting to go all around Bernards’ Place, up the High Street and down Back Lane with cotton flags – no flapping plastic!

Regardless of age or gender, if you can help by:

  • donating fabric (cotton or poly cotton)
  • cutting out,
  • sewing or
  • turning the triangles the right way out & ironing them

Please contact Jacqui Sewell on 01308 867145. Jacqui is also holding Bunting Workshops at the Post Office on2nd Friday of every month – there’s fabric to take away to cut out the triangles (template provided, cut out triangles etc …..

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A Piper Welcomes In 2022

Villagers who were out to welcome the New Year were treated to a piper playing Auld Lang Syne as it turned midnight into 2022 🙂

The piper, who was with a private function being held in the Comrades Hall, played outside the hall and then led the party and those from the Comrades Arms down to the square to meet with other villagers who had kept the tradition of singing Auld Lang Syne and making a circle in the square.

When the piper had stopped, we were then led to Bennett Jones, aged only 10 years, who played his rendition of Auld Lang Syne on his trumpet.  The piper played another tune and a few fireworks were let off from Bernards’ Place.

The following 2 and a half minute video is not professional but hopefully captures the spirit and gives memories to those who were there:

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

We all sing it when the bells chime midnight but what does Auld Lang Syne mean? It literally translates as Old Long Since making reference to the “olden days”, particularly with friends.

Written as a poem by Rabbie (Robert) Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) in 1788, it was put to the music of an even older folk tune.  The Scottish Bard used the Scottish dialect however here are the lyrics in an English, singable form:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne?

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have run about the hills,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since auld lang syne.

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since auld lang syne.

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak’ a right good-will draught,
for auld lang syne.

Chorus:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak’ a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Wishing Everybody A Happy New Year!

Stay Safe!

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COVID Vaccine Walk-In Availability Today & Tomorrow

At Beaminster Town Hall, Mike and his team have availability for walk-in COVID vaccinations today (30th) and tomorrow (31st): 1st, 2nd and 3rd doses.
  • 09.00 – 12.00 noon
  • 13.00 – 16.30 hrs.

You must be over 16 and at least 91 days from your 2nd jab for a booster.

Please do share this information, thank you.

Stay safe and enjoy a Happy New Year 🙂

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Back Lane Closed – Traffic Diversion

Wessex Water have commenced roadworks this morning in Back Lane with apparently no notice to residents.  This has caused significant disruption and there is someone in place now diverting traffic.

There was an urgent road closure in effect in Main Street, Hursey (more HERE) but nothing about Back Lane this morning.  Traffic, including buses and lorries travelled the wrong way down High Street towards the Comrades Hall only to meet traffic coming up the opposite way.  This too may be urgent but no notification causes accidents.  The police have been notified.

Please take care when driving through the village!

Wessex Water tweeted at approx. 1pm stating: “…sorry for the inconvenience caused. The team involved has advised us that the work has now been completed and traffic should soon return to normal. They’ll look into what went wrong on this occasion to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Thanks.

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COVID Vaccine Walk-In Availability Today

At Beaminster Town Hall, Mike and his team have good availability for walk-in COVID vaccinations today: 1st, 2nd and 3rd doses.
  • 09.00 – 12.00 noon
  • 13.00 – 16.30 hrs.

You must be over 16 and at least 91 days from your 2nd jab.

Please share this information, thank you.

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COVID Vaccine Walk-In Availability Today

At Beaminster Town Hall, Mike and his team are happy to accept walk-ins today from 9am – 12.15pm & 1pm – 4.45pm.
You must be over 16 and at least 91 days from your 2nd jab.

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Walk-In Jabs At Beaminster Today

Pharmacist Mike Hewitson has just announced that they are happy to accept walk-ins today at Beaminster Town Hall from now until approx 17.00hrs.

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Covid-19 Update From Dorset Council

Although there were no PCR tests available in the whole of England today, Dorset Council have released the following information following the Prime Minister’s announcement late Sunday, 12th December:
The Dorset health and care system is pulling out all the stops to expand the vaccination programme as quickly as possible following the Prime Minister’s announcement late Sunday.
System leaders are asking local people to be patient while they get everything in place as the NHS continues to deliver the largest vaccination programme in our history.
The COVID-19 vaccination roll-out is being coordinated and delivered by the NHS in Dorset working closely with partners including councils and the voluntary and community sector.
Dr. Andy Rutland, Dorset GP & Clinical lead for the Dorset COVID-19 vaccination programme said:

This is a monumental effort as we step up even further to expand the vaccination programme for everyone who’s eligible.
We know that some people have had issues with booking their booster at a local venue and we’re working hard to keep increasing availability.  Please be patient and do keep checking the national booking system as slots are being added all the time.
We’re all in this together and we owe a huge thank you to everyone supporting the roll-out – staff, volunteers and the public.  It’s been a tough year for all of us so please continue to be kind, patient and understanding to our vaccine teams who are working tirelessly to make this happen.
Dr. Rutland also made a renewed appeal for potential vaccinators to come forward to join their vaccination teams as the programme continues to expand at speed.

Click HERE To
Join Their Vaccine Teams

Sam Crowe, Director of Public Health for Dorset Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council said:

With the emergence of the Omicron variant alongside existing high infection rates locally, it’s more important than ever that we all continue to play our part in protecting ourselves and each other from the risks of COVID-19.  We are working closely with the NHS to support the expansion of the booster programme, and getting your booster is the best way to protect yourself from serious illness caused by any variant of COVID-19, so I urge everyone to get yours as soon as you can.
“Nationally, we can see that Omnicron is spreading quickly, and whilst there are still a lot of unknowns about this variant, the principles to help us reduce transmission remain the same.  Vaccination alone will not stop the virus from spreading, so to be able to live safely with COVID-19, we do need to keep taking these precautionary measures.
“This includes taking regular rapid tests to check you’re not infectious, particularly before meeting others or attending gatherings, make sure you have plenty of ventilation, and wearing a face covering in indoor, crowded spaces.  If we all follow these measures now and get boosted as soon as ossible, we can hopefully prevent the need for further restrictions and keep doing the things we all enjoy

There are several ways to get your booster jab:

  • The best way to get your vaccination at a time and place that suits you is to book ahead
  • You can either wait for your GP practice to contact you or book via the national booking service (NBS) to get your booster at a larger centre or pharmacy
  • Local GP-led vaccine services are offering the vaccine to the most vulnerable, so that they are invited to get their booster first
  • We are now running two vaccination centres in Dorset – Vespasian House, Dorchester and King’s Park Hospital, Bournemouth. They have appointment slots for both children and adults
  • Both centres are very busy and walk-in availability is very limited – please make an appointment using the National Booking System.
  • You can also get your vaccination at many pharmacies. There are now more than 30 sites in Dorset offering vaccinations – Click HERE to find them.

It’s busy – keep trying, be patient and be kind

  • There continues to be very high demand for boosters as the number of eligible people increases
  • Although some people have had difficulties booking their booster appointments, NHS staff are working extremely hard to support local communities and increase availability so please be patient. Please show them the respect and kindness they deserve. You will still have good levels of immunity if you receive the booster a little later.
  • Vaccination centres are very busy. If a local venue isn’t showing on the system, it may be full – please check again later as appointments are being added all the time.

More locally, Mike Hewitson at Beaminster pharmacy posts regular updates if and when any walk-in clinics become available – follow Beaminster Pharmacy on Facebook – HERE.

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**COVID Vaccine Availability**

Mike Hewitson  from Beaminster pharmacy has just released the following information:

I have just uploaded another 500 appointments for an additional clinic next Thursday. You can book these via 119 or nhs.uk website.
Our team of vaccinators and volunteers are giving up their precious time before Christmas so that you can enjoy yours, I respectfully ask that if you book one of these appointments you don’t try and get a walk-in vaccination elsewhere. We saw approximately 60 of today’s appointments didn’t turn up (which allowed us to provide some walk-in availability).
Thanks,
Mike & Team

Thank you & your marvellous team Mike!

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