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TheHorseCourse Charity Auction

Duke’s Auctioneers are pleased to offer  ‘Horses By Night’ by Annie Freud to raise funds for TheHorseCourse, a charity based in Dorset that helps people from 8 years old to adults and families to overcome a range of mental health, communication and emotional challenges using equine-assisted interventions.

Patrons are Lord Knight of Weymouth and Martin Clunes,

Auction to be held at Duke’s Fine Art Saleroom, Brewery Square, Copper Street, Dorchester DT1 1GA in the ‘Art and Design Post 1850’ sale on Thursday 26th September 10.30 am

Viewing dates:     Sat 21st September 9.30am – noon. Monday 23rd September 9.30am to 5.00pm. Tuesday 24th September 9.30am – 7.00pm,.  Wednesday 25th September 9.30am  5.00pm

Annie Freud says of her painting “I used ‘Mares and Foals in a River Landscape’ by George Stubbs, the undisputed world master of horse painting, as my guide and model for the composition.  Imagining them alive in front of me, I have tried to capture something of these animals magnificent physique as well as their qualities of alertness and calm, emphasized by the addition of a night sky.  I am honoured and delighted to have been invited to make this work for such an important cause.”

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Planning Permission granted for the Village Lamp post

AUHC The Square c1906

AUHC The Square c1906

The village lamppost, utilising the old lamp base from 130 years ago that was kindly donated by the late Pam Hatcher, has finally been approved for erection outside the village hall, by Dorset Council. A newsletter will be circulated soon, but in the meantime the fete committee are now pulling together the construction and renovation requirements.

Peter Hunt for the Fete Committee.

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Chair Based Exercises – Free taster Session

Chair Based Exercises – Free Taster Session
Falls in older people are a well-documented risk. Around 30% of adults over 65 living
at home will experience one fall a year – rising to 50% of adults over 80 living in
their home or in residential care. Those who have a fall often descend into a spiral of
ill-health, losing confidence to get about, becoming increasingly isolated and losing
their independence earlier than would otherwise be the case.
The Otago programme has been clinically trialled at Otago University Medical
School, New Zealand. It has been demonstrated that the number of falls can be
reduced by up to 40% and of those that do still fall, the likelihood of injuries can be
reduced by a third. Participants notice a rapid improvement in their confidence,
balance and stability.
The third series of Otago classes which are run by Sally Cunningham will start with a
free taster session on Wednesday 11 September at 2pm in the Community Room at
Webber’s Piece, Maiden Newton. These have proved to be extremely popular with
participants, noticeably improving both their agility and stability – Sally measures a
couple of test movements at the beginning and end of the 12 week course.
To register your interest please contact Sally direct – 01300 341092 or

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Tollerford Practice – Community Transport Scheme

At the Tollerford Practice we are continually trying to improve our services to patients, we have found that transport does cause an issue for a number of our patients, especially those who live more rurally or are elderly. We have been selected to be part of a pilot scheme by Dorset Council where we can offer patients a door to door bus service to bring them to the surgery for specific clinics.

As this is a pilot scheme we have an eligibility criteria for those who can use the service:

• Over 75 years

• Has one of the following chronic diseases; Diabetes or Hypertension.

There will be a nominal fee of £3 for a return journey on this service.

If the pilot scheme is a success we will be able to offer the transport to the wider population so if you, or anyone you know, may be interested in this, please contact reception on 01308 861800 for more information.

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Action Fraud – Drivers Targeted With Fake Fines

Another in our occasional posting of warnings from Action Fraud.

What you need to know

Action Fraud have received an increase in reports and intelligence where elderly victims are being targeted by individuals purporting to be police officers or traffic wardens. The victims are being approached whilst parked in a car park and are told by the suspect that they have parked illegally or broken a speed limit and a photo has been taken of their car for ‘evidence’.

Victims are advised that they will face a substantial penalty fine unless they pay a smaller upfront fee immediately. Victims, who opt for paying the smaller penalty, will be directed to a parking meter and asked to enter their card and PIN. These parking meters have been tampered with by the suspect in order to retain the card.

Once the victim inserts their card and are asked for their PIN, the victims are shoulder surfed for their PIN by the suspect. Once victims input their PIN, the card is retained by the machine and victims are told by the suspect to seek help from the company who operates the parking meter or their bank.

What you need to do

  • If you are suspicious about the authenticity of the fine, do not pay it until you have verified it with your local council.
  • Always shield your PIN from view when using an ATM machine, and never share your PIN with anyone.
  • If your bank card is retained by an ATM machine, contact your bank immediately to inform them.
Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)
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Fete News

Click here for new images from this year’s Fete week, which includes images from the Children’s Tea Party, the Boules competition, Cattistock Got Talent and Fete Day.

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