This website aims to become a source of information for both the local community and those planning to visit or actually visiting this fantastic part of Dorset. We really need the local community to become involved by sending us news of forthcoming events, reports on recent events and photographs. The website has been designed to be interactive by allowing you to use the Contact Us page to send us some news, feedback or to ask a question. The editor of the website will respond to the messages you leave or add your information. There is also an opportunity for you to join our e-mailing list through the contact us section. If you do so we will email you a copy of the Parish Council minutes together with any other information that we feel may be of interest. A very important section of this website is devoted to the development of the Neighbourhood Plan (Y&RINP) (NB: the Parish Plan has moved to the Parish Council pages) and is where information relating to this can be viewed. The Village Notice Board, gives information on notifications that the Parish Council has received and details of activities likely to affect the parish and there is also a link to the Village Facebook Page. Details of Road Closure Notices are also available on the Village Notice board.
NEW RULES ON STAYING AT HOME AND AWAY FROM OTHERS
The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the government has now (23 March 2020) introduced three new measures.
1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
These measures are effective immediately.
STAYING AT HOME
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.
• Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as
• One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household.
• Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
• Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.
If you work in a critical sector or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you can continue to take your children to school. Where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can be moved between their parents’ homes
More advice is also available on the separate dedicated Coronavirus page and by using the links below
SUPPORT IN THE COMMUNITY
If you are vulnerable and have no friends, family or neighbours to support you, or if you are worried about someone in this situation, contact firstname.lastname@example.org / 07563 883327 and volunteers will try and find someone in the community who can help.
Advice and guidance on how you can help and support your neighbours is available on the separate Coronavirus page.
Advice from the UK Government can be accessed by clicking here
Advice is available on the Yetminster Health Centre website which can be accessed by clicking here
Advice from Dorset Council (includes disposal of contaminated tissues) can be accessed by clicking here
EMERGENCIES – contact phone numbers of emergency services and utilities can be accessed by clicking here or from the Village Notice Board page.
SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS – See Notifications on the Village Notice Board
Suspension of the Parish Council public meetings
Due to the present difficulties that Parish Council has decided to suspend its public meetings until further notice. Advice is being sought regarding the Statutory Annual PC Meeting and the separate Annual Village Meeting.
The proposed Yetminster Village Clean on the 18th April has been cancelled for the time being.
Closure of the Hamcrate Play Area, Tennis Courts, Croquet Lawn and Club House
In accordance with the Government’s instructions the Hamcrate Play Area, Tennis Courts, Croquet Lawn and Club House are closed until further notice. Pedestrian access to the Hamcrate Playing Field will continue, although anybody using the space must adhere to the Government’s instructions relating to social contact and keep at least 2 metres distance from other people.
New kerbside bin collection arrangements
With the need to introduce new safety measures residents are asked to help by changing the way litter bins, litter and recycling are dealt with. You do not need to do anything differently on your collection day. Please put the appropriate bins out as you usually would, but note the following: –
• We will no longer return to empty any missed bins until your next regular collection day. If your bins are missed, please bring them back in. Store your waste safely and put it out on your next appropriate collection day
• We will pick up extra black bin rubbish only if your previous rubbish collection was missed. We will continue to pick up food waste weekly. You can also put out extra recycling provided it is separated correctly
• Do not try to report missed collections to us. Visit the service disruption pages online to check if you are in an affected area
• Remember to crush and flatten items (not glass) before throwing away, as this will help create space in your bins and our collection vehicles. Put your glass box out when it is full
• Please continue to observe public health guidance on handling your waste. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, please double bag your waste and store for 72 hours before placing in your bin or blue sack.
• Wash your hands both before putting your bins out and after taking them back in
• We recommend rinsing dirty rubbish and recycling items before placing in bins to reduce unpleasant odours.
As we have had to redeploy employees to higher-priority services, our street-cleansing, household recycling centres and recycling banks in car parks have also been suspended. Therefore: –
• If you go out to exercise, take your litter home with you, especially dog waste. Street and dog bins are not being emptied on a regular basis. NEVER place household waste in a street litter bin
• Do not travel to a household recycling centre (HRC, or ‘the tip’) or any recycling bank in a car park as these are all now closed and are no longer being serviced. Any items left at these sites will not be cleared away and will be considered as fly-tipping.
Garden waste collections suspended
From the end of Friday 27 March, Dorset Council waste services (previously known as the Dorset Waste Partnership) will be suspending all Garden Waste kerbside collections until further notice . This is to enable the
prioritisation of rubbish, food waste and recycling collections during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Remember that household recycling centres currently closed.
The Sports Club will re-open
After a fantastic re-opening event on Saturday 29th February we are now closed for the foreseeable future. Watch this space for details of a village party when we can all celebrate the end of social distancing.
Go to the clubs and societies page for further details of forthcoming events . https://yetminsterparishes.gov.uk/community/sports-club/
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Parish Councillor Vacancies
Please contact the Clerk if you are interested in becoming a Councillor and to see if we have a vacancy. We meet on the first Wednesday of the month and Councillors also sit on at least one sub-committee.
Consultation on Dogs in Public Spaces
Dorset Council is carrying out a 12-week public consultation on rules about dogs in public spaces This will help with the development of the new Dorset-wide Dog-related Public Spaces Protection Order.
The survey runs from the 24th January 2020 to the 19th April 2020 and you can take the survey here – Take the Survey.
Further information on how to report incidents of dog fouling is available on the Village Notice Board pages
Community Speed Watch
The Speed Watch team have been very effective in encouraging motorists to drive more considerately through the village. However, a lack of volunteers is limiting the number of patrols that can be made. Please use the contact form if you would be interested in joining the team.
We endeavour to keep the website up to date and relevant to the community. Please use the contact us page to provide your feedback on any changes that you feel are needed and to update information on your clubs, activities and events in the Parish.
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
SITE INDEX – click here to view index
RECENTLY UPDATED PAGES
28 March – Further Coronavirus updates added
21 March – Notice of Suspension of PC meetings added
19 March – Advice and links re Coronavirus added
18 March – Club cancellations added
17 March – Changes re the Methodist Church added
3 March – Reports & Papers added to Agenda pages
9 February – Details of Dogs Survey & action re Dog Fouling added
9 February – History Society pages & Travel Info pages updated
24 January – About us page updated re reference to bus service
23 January – New information on the Yetminster Community Sport Club
18 January – Flooding information updated
7 December – Hot Weather Advice removed
5 December – Sports Club Tender Invitation added
17 September – Helping Hands Page added to Community
4 September – Update to Sports Club page