Support Your Surgery Campaign – Please Share

Launched by the British Medical Association (BMA), a petition calling on the UK Government to provide the urgent resourcing needed to increase the number of GPs in England.

GPs and their teams have faced an extremely challenging time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions have meant that face-to-face contact with patients has been limited in order to keep practice staff and patients safe.

The Support Your Surgery campaign provides GP practices with the tools to both manage expectations and to provide patients with the reality of issues facing general practice.

With the number of GPs falling (due to lack of recruitment and retention) whilst the population rises, demands on GPs are higher than ever. There are millions of patients whose treatment has been delayed due to the pandemic, more tests to administer and additional bureaucracy. GP workload is becoming unmanageable.

GPs and their teams cannot meet this challenge without more support. In signing the petition, the BMA are calling on the UK Government to provide the funding and commitment needed to urgently increase the number of GPs, practice nurses and other practice staff and to improve the premises in which they work. This will help GP practices in England to meet the growing needs of people in our communities, providing the care we and our families need.

Please sign the petition HERE.

Thank you.


CPRE – The Countryside Charity

Broadwindsor, the parish and the surrounding villages have always had difficulties when it comes to public transport. The CPRE (formerly Campaign to Protect Rural England) believes without regular bus services, many people in rural communities can become cut off, isolated and left without the means to live an independent life. Formed in 1926 by Sir Patrick Abercrombie, the CPRE claims to be one of the longest running environmental groups.

They have launched a petition calling for a reliable bus service for rural communities. This will be forwarded to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps.

More buses means:

  • Less traffic and air pollution
  • Better access to local green space for everyone
  • More spending on our local high streets
  • Access to training and jobs for everyone
  • A ticket out of loneliness and isolation for our friends and family.

By signing this petition, you will show the Government that this is an issue that thousands of people across the country want them to act on.  Sign the petition HERE.

The Dorset contact for the South West region of the CPRE is:

Peter Bowyer, Chair, Dorset CPRE,
PO Box 9018, Dorchester DT1 9GY
Telephone: 0333 577 0360
Visit their website HERE.
Charity number: 211974.


A Reminder About Helping Hedgehogs

Now the hedgehog has been listed as vulnerable to extinction in the UK, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society are calling on the Government to move hedgehogs to schedule 5 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 to allow them greater protection. At the time of publishing, they have just over 60,000 signatures of their 100,000 target. (At 100,000 signatures, this petition will be considered for debate in Parliament).

You can add your name to the petition HERE.

Signs That A Hedgehog Needs Help:

Hedgehogs Need HelpHedgehog First Aid



Petition Against Extended Car Park Charges

Most will be aware that Dorset Council has a series of proposals to raise extra money from local car parks. This includes charging between 6pm and 8pm from Monday to Saturday and daytime on Sundays. The daily rate for some car parks, including those in Bridport and Lyme Regis, is proposed to double.

There are many who are concerned that these new charges will increase parking in nearby residential streets where parking is currently free.  There is an online petition calling on Dorset Council to withdraw their plans to extend these car parking charges.

The petition has been launched by the Liberal Democrat Party.  However, you are able to sign the petition and state whether or not you want to be updated by email about their campaigns.

Sign the petition HERE.


Petition to Help Sheep Farmers Make a Decent Income From Their Fleeces

The 1000 wool fleeces in the photograph are about to be incorporated into the manure heap.
What a waste of a once valuable resource. A sustainable product that could be used to insulate homes for all government grant supported buildings.
Sheep farmers receive less for their wool than the cost of shearing the sheep. Last year David Jones, who is pictured with his wool above, received 28p a fleece and paid the shearer £1. This year the value it set to drop by at least half. Hence he and many other farmer’s across the country, decision to plough their wool into the fields as fertiliser.

Wool is sustainable, fire-retardant, bio-degradable, and the most efficient form of insulation.

Read more and sign the petition HERE.

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