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17 Sep


Stratton Village Hall

Mince Pie Meeting

Wednesday 4 December, - 10.00 for 10.30am
Location: Stratton Village Hall, Stratton. DT2 9WG.

Our forthcoming Mincepie Meeting on Wednesday 4 December to be held once again in Stratton Village Hall along the River Frome a few miles north of Dorchester (post code DT2 9WG) where Andrew Morgan has kindly booked us into the Aylott Room from 10-12.30. The Hall is just over the road from the Saxon Arms and (as last year) a light lunch there is also perhaps invited.

Items on our menu (not omitting the mincepies and tea/coffee) will include a short report on this last year (which I will be putting together) and – top of the pile - will be DCB matters prompted by the Cranborne Chase AONB successful HLF bid.

Our Mincepie meeting this year will present a valuable opportunity to bring along all the material we have assembled over recent years relating to the length of the boundary which traverses the area of the AONB – maps, papers, reports, HRFs, photographs, et cetera. And to spread things out on that big table – and/or slot things into the projector. Those of us who attended the Chalke Valley History Festival in June – the display we were kindly invited to mount in the AONB marquee - will recall the hugely enlarged OS map spread out across the table in the centre of the marquee presenting the area of the AONB across which one could almost ‘virtually’ walk that historic length of our shire boundary extending from just east of Shaftesbury to just south of Biddlesgate.

As you will be aware, Roger Goulding with whom we had that most encouraging meeting in Shaftesbury last February, has now left the AONB.

Cranborne Chase
Dorset Boundaries
Area of Cranfield Chase across Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire borders.

They have yet to appoint a Landscape Partnership Programme Manager, it is being re-advertised. But the AONB has appointed the following posts: Heritage and Community Engagement Officer; Ranger; Communications Officer and Support Officer. They will hopefully be on post before Christmas with a view to things starting to happen in January.

I would much like to invite someone from the AONB to join us for our next February indoor meeting as to assist in – actively – taking forward some of our ideas.

Next Meeting

5 February, the date of our next meeting in 2020. Details to be confirmed.

Cranborne Chase
Stalbridge Park wall
Cranborne Chase
Forests and Chases of England and Wales

Cranborne Chase

Mapping attributed to Thomas Aldwell, 1618, and an 18th century revison by Richard Harding

OS - 2in drawing, early 19th C

Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire border

The British Library copies include the Shaftesbury and Cranborne in Dorset and Berwick St. John in Wiltshire.

Cranborne Chase AONB
Stalbridge Arms
Cranborne Chase
HLC project for the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB

Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers 380 square miles of Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.