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We have tried to include here all the coronavirus information received by the Parish Council  that is relevant to people in the community. If you have anything that you think would be useful to add to the website, please email Rose Edwards, the Clerk - clerk@queenthorneparishcouncil.gov.uk or telephone 01963 220491

You can also find guidance and local information on the Dorset Council website. https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/home.aspx

In line with government instructions the play area and exercise equipment at Nether Compton are now closed until further notice.

Update 05.06.20 - Advice on new guidelines for people shielding - see Grove Medical Centre tab above.

Update 01.06.20

Dorset residents encouraged to use NHS Test and Trace service

Find out more

Update 28.05.20

Sherborne HRC (tip) will reopen on Tuesday 2 June, however, there will be different measures in place for visitors to follow. All visitors wishing to use Sherborne HRC will need to first proceed to the Terrace Playing Fields car-park (situated on the southern edge of Sherborne at Dancing Hill). Here, you will take a paper ticket (like a supermarket deli counter) and join the queue for the HRC. When the queue at the HRC becomes short enough, you will be directed by on-site staff to travel to the HRC to drop off your waste. Visitors without a ticket will not be able to enter the recycling centre. More details in the link below:


Update 26.05.20

The National Centre for Cyber Security has launched a campaign geared towards the public during COVID-19 times. It has some really useful practical advice.

Update 21.05.20

Dorset Council news on visitors, coronavirus in Dorset, car parks opening and payment methods

Find out more

Update 18.05.20


The weekly Post Office outreach service in Trent Memorial Hall is due to restart this Thursday, 21 May. Operating from 10am till 12 noon, this is a very convenient service where you can buy stamps, obtain cash, post parcels and access a range of other services.

Update 13.05.20

Dorset Council press release in response to government easing of lockdown restrictions.

Dorset Council has decided that car parks at visitor destinations including beaches and country parks across Dorset will stay closed for the time being. 

Some council-run car parks in town and village centres have remained open through the COVID outbreak for local residents. These will continue to remain open but parking charges will now be reintroduced.

Details in the press release - link below



Update 06.05.20

Message from The Grove Medical Centre and The Apples Medical Centre, Sherborne 

**REQUEST TO PATIENTS** Due to our limited supplies of face masks, if you have an appointment at the surgery and have your own mask or facial covering (doesn't need to be medical grade) we would really appreciate it if you could please wear it to save our supplies. We would also ask that if you are able, please attend the surgery on your own. Thank you so much!

Update 23.04.20

Update on advertising planning applications in the former North Dorset area and part of the former West Dorset area

We have been notified that the Blackmore Vale Magazine has suspended publication for a temporary period due to the Covid-19 situation.  Any planning applications requiring press advertisements that would normally be advertised in the Blackmore Vale Magazine will be publicised in the Western Gazette instead from 24 April onwards. This affects the former North Dorset area and part of the former West Dorset area only.

Update 21.04.20

Dorset’s latest co-ordinated community response briefing is here: https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/emergencies-severe-weather/emergencies/coronavirus/co-ordinated-community-response-brief.pdf

Update 17.04.20

Guidance from Dorset Police for self-employed gardeners and the people they work for. It should be fine for gardeners to carry on working as long as they can keep to safe social distancing measures. This also applies to window cleaners and mobile car valeters. The Dorset Police website has a very useful Frequently Asked Questions section on coronavirus.


Update 16.04.20

Dorset Council will be resuming its garden waste kerbside collections from Monday 27 April.


Update 15.04.20

Dorset Council - Fly-tipping: How you can help us tackle it during the pandemic

With household recycling centres (HRCs) currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Dorset Council is asking people to help them in the fight against fly-tipping. See link below for details:


Update 31.03.20

Dorset Council have set up a community shield helpline for the public – this is available to all those qualifying for shielding under the government criteria of shielding for vulnerability, and for their carers and supporters. (Patients who qualify will have been sent a letter advising them to shield).

Contact: 01305 221022 communityresponse@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

No problem is too small to ask for help with – calls so far have asked for meds delivery, pet food collection, an isolation phone chat, info on Govt. food parcels etc

Updates 30.03.20

The NHS is encouraging people to download the NHS App to reduce social contact and free up phone lines. See drop down menu above for details.


Updates 28.03.20

Dorset Council has taken the decision to suspend parking charges in its car parks across the county during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


Garden Waste kerbside bin collections suspended - Please help us help you. Keep hold of your garden waste or home compost until the coronavirus public health guidance is relaxed. Do not burn it. Do not dump it elsewhere as this is fly-tipping and is illegal.


Updates 24.02.20

Recycling and rubbish collections press release from Dorset Council - link below and text on the Recycling tab above.


Useful Facebook groups:

Queen Thorne Parish News and Views

Sherborne Viral Kindness