Swarming Bees Collection Service

From personal experience swarming bees, although interesting can be pretty scary. Martin Rudd is offering a free collection service for bees. He is an insured member of the British Beekeeping Association and looking to collect and hive bees to pollinate wildflowers on the hill and also the trees in local…

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Vaccine Fraud – A Warning

Forwarded by Blandford Group Practice As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, had received 57 reports in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine. Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: “The vaccine is a crucial tool in fighting the coronavirus and keeping…

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Hayward Bridges

Hayward Bridges Introduction There have been at least five ‘Heyford’ or, later, ‘Hayward bridges since the Norman Conquest 1. The story told here has been compiled from those historical sources that have survived but unfortunately the problems of COVID have meant that some which still reside in the vaults of…

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Comet Neowise

One of the joys in living in an undeveloped village is the lack of light pollution. Jo Gardner reports seeing Comet Neowise she says “It is appearing now in the NE night sky just to the right of the Big Dipper (saucepan!) and slightly below.  We saw it last night…

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Fast Day – At Home

Britain in the time of Cholera.                                          Photographed by the author at the Dorset History Centre. I have been researching the life of a Dorset land surveyor called John Martin. He is important in the story of Child Okeford as at various times he mapped the parish and was responsible…

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We Unite to Assist Each Other

‘We unite to assist each other.’ Notes on the history of the Friendly societies in Child Okeford This Child Okeford Union Benefit Society banner will be familiar to many villagers, and it’s motto will seem particularly apposite in these difficult times. We will come to it’s history presently, but what…

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