We write a newsletter bi-monthly which is published in the local 'Downsman' magazine which is distributed to approximately 700 households within the parish. Archived copies of the magazine can be found at:

http://www.thedownsman.org.uk or contact:editor@thedownsman.org.uk

Key news items are published through this page.

Big Session 2021

Sixpenny Handley


June 2021

The Big Session Team have just announced this summers event


Well done guys, can't wait for the 26 June :)

Don't forget its a ticket only event, you can buy tickets through this link

COVID 19 - 5 June weekly infection levels



June 2021

Here is this weeks infections rates showing the whole of UK and Dorset. We are in a far better place now than a few months ago


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Sixpenny Handley and Chalk Valley Surgery Newsletter

Sixpenny Handley and Pentridge Parish


May 2021

Lots to read about in the latest Surgery Newsletter here

Census 2021


March 2021

Be part of Census 2021, see the attached document for details

COVID 19 - Government Spring Roadmap 2021



February 2021

Here is the information published by UK Government following the announcement yesterday evening by the Prime Minister.

A summary of the roadmap out of lockdown is here

Full details are available in the attached PDF which identifies all the elements from Immunisation, 4 tests to establish whether the next phase can begin and finally the 4 phases and what is allowed at each phase.

Here is a link to the updated National Lockdown summary which now states what is allowed from 8 March.

COVID 19 - Vaccine Fraud Awareness

COVID 19 - Vaccine Fraud Awareness


January 2021

Please be aware of the Fraudsters use the information on the attached document

COVID 19 - Support available

The Parish


January 2021

If you have been impacted at home by COVID 19 you may be entitled to support. You can apply for yourself or someone else who may need support

Please use this link to see if you/they are eligible.

COVID 19 - Dorset Council update



January 2021

Please stay at home

We are still seeing a large increase in COVID-19 cases and hospital admission across Dorset.

You must stay at home. Don't take risks. 1 in 3 people don't have any symptoms, you could pass on the virus without knowing. Protect the vulnerable, protect the NHS and stay at home.

A Reminder of the Lockdown Rules


You will be contacted about your COVID-19 vaccine

The health and care system in Dorset has been working extremely hard to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme to local people.

We are delivering the vaccine in line with the national guidance which means those people who are most at risk will be invited first.The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated, please don’t contact us or the NHS to seek a vaccine.

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Beware of vaccine scams.

There are a number of scams circulating relating to the vaccine. Please read and share this information with friends and relatives in priority groups who may be contacted about their vaccine soon.

  • The vaccine is free of charge
  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced to your home to administer the vaccine
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

Here's what you should do if you believe you've received a scam communication:

  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up

  • If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk
  • Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting Actionfraud.

Get tested for COVID-19 if you need to

You can leave home to get a COVID-19 test.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19: a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a change of loss of sense of taste or smell, you must self-isolate and book a test.

Either book a test on the national portal or call 119.

When booking a COVID-19 test you will get a choice of sites, depending where they are located that day and their capacity. Sites are at:

  • Bridport
  • Dorchester
  • Swannery Car Park, Weymouth
  • Portland
  • Purbeck Park
  • Sturminster Newton
  • Hawkwood Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth
  • Wallisdown, Bournemouth
  • Lansdowne, Bournemouth
  • Creekmoor, Poole
  • Dolphin Swimming Pool Car Park, Poole
  • Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre, Christchurch

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Information about Testing sites in Dorset

COVID 19 - Vaccine Delviery Plan

COVID 19 - Vaccine Delviery Plan


January 2021

This document was in the news yesterday, here it is if you want to read it yourself

COVID 19 - The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated

The Parish


January 2021
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The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated

to find out more about the roll click here

COVID 19 - National Lockdown



January 2021

We are now in National Lockdown as announced last night by the Government, the whole of England will be on National lockdown from Midnight 5 Jan 21. The guidelines for this new lockdown are here. Have you completed your COVID 19 Emergency plan, if not get a copy here.

Please be aware that the COVID 19 Support is still operating, if you need shopping collecting from the village shop, a presecription from the Surgary (Sixpenny Handley and Cranborne) or someone to chat with on the phone, contact details can be found in the Downsman.

COVID 19 - Be Prepared

The Parish


January 2021

As the Scout saying goes - 'Be Prepared', we are seeing an increase in numbers of people infected across the county and so thought it would be helpful to provide a checklist created by Dorset Social Services.

This does not mean we are all going to be infected, its just a sensible thing to do in light of the rise in numbers infected across the county.

Think of it as your safety blanket, just in case, the best thing to do right now is to follow the guidelines for Tier 3 and have this completed and available should the need arise.

If you have a neighbour who can't get online, please print out a copy for them as well as yourself.


Flood Alert

Cranborne Chase area


December 2020

A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency as follows:

Flood Alert in force: Groundwater flooding in the Cranborne Chase area.

Flooding is possible for: Bishopstone, Bourton, Breamore, Britford, Broadchalk, Burgate, Chilmark, Coombe Bissett, Downton, Farnham, Fordingbridge, Hinton St. Mary, Homington, Mere, Pimperne, Ringwood, Rockbourne, Shapwick, Sixpenny Handley, T. Gunville, T.Hinton and T.Monkton.

Be prepared.

Groundwater levels in areas on the Chalk on Cranborne Chase have risen over the last few days in response to the on going period of wet weather. Further rainfall today and again over the weekend will lead to the continuation of this upwards trend for a few days.

Residents with property level protection measures should ensure that they are prepared and are ready for use. Check that pumps are working, ditches are cleared and sandbags are to hand. As most suppliers will be closed over the Christmas period, it is worth checking stocks of fuel for generators and pumps where required. Some minor roads will start to experience flooding, septic tanks may work less efficiently. Wessex Water are closely monitoring the situation and will act to reduce the impact of groundwater leaking into the sewage system. EA staff are monitoring the situation and will update this message as the situation develops.

Water levels at the Woodyates Borehole are currently 98.57m, Flooding can occur when this exceeds 102m, the current level is above average for this time of year but below the levels encountered this time last year.

Attached is the November Wessex Area Water Situation Report

If you  wish to be kept informed on this please use the Contact Us link here and use the General Enquiries option.

COVID 19 - Vaccinations

Sixpenny Handley and Pentridge Parish


December 2020

I have just received the following message from Sixpenny Handley and Broad Chalke Surgery -
We are due to receive our first batch of Covid-19 vaccines in early January 2021. Please read the latest update on our website about how the process will work. The first group of people NHS England want us to vaccinate in clinics are those aged 80 and over as well as health care workers. We hope over the next few months the vaccination campaign will have extended to the majority of our adult population. Details can be found here.

Kind regards Dr Rachel Taubman The Sixpenny Handley and Chalke Valley Practice

A Visitor worth seeing

Sixpenny Handley


December 2020

A special person will be passing through the village on Friday 11th December. He is travelling round the country checking on who has been naughty or nice. Make sure he knows you have been good by cheering him along.He will enter the village from Garston, travelling down Dean Lane and up the High Street and off towards Tollard Royal.He is expected to be entering the village around 6pm, you will know he is coming by the sound of the Steam Engine!Don't miss the chance to cheer him on in your family bubbles Friday 11th December 6PM!

COVID 19 - Dorset Council update



November 2020

Below is a link to the you tube video of last nights broadcast on moving into Tier 2 and questions submitted by the public in advance.

Citizens Advice Bureau Annual Report



November 2020

The Parish Council has just received the CAB annual report and felt it would be useful to make this available, it has some useful contact details as well.

Covid-19-guidance How to join a Parish Council Meeting

Parish Office


September 2020

All Parish Council meetings will be delivered using Zoom to comply with the guideance issued today. Each meeting will have a Zoom invite which you click to join, no need to install any software, you just need device (PC/Laptop/Tablet/Smart Phone) with speakers/Microphone and a web cam.

Village Hall Car Park resurfaced

Sixpenny Handley Village HALL


September 2020

A couple of weeks ago the Parish Council had the entrance and car park surface renewed

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and the parking bays repainted.

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No more bumpy entrance or doubt about where to park.

COVID 19 App launched



September 2020

Details about the new NHS COVID 19 App

COVID 19 - Update on wearing Face Masks from today



September 2020

Update on when and where to wear a Facemask from today from the Gov Website

The Penny Tap provides table service

The Penny Tap


September 2020

So things are changing again.....From tomorrow we will be operating on a table service only basis.This means that when you arrive, you need to select a table you wish to sit at for the duration of your visit, remembering that its only 6 people max per table(including children).Once seated, a member of staff will come to the table and take your drinks order and deliver it back to you at your table.Payment will also be made at the table by either cash or card.The visitor record book for track and trace purposes will also need to be filled in whilst seated.If you are planning on using the seating inside the building, a mask will need to be worn until you sit down, it can then be removed. The same applies when going to the toilet, a mask needs to be worn whilst moving inside the building.Please remember the one way system which is in place and use the correct doors for entry and exit and remember the toilets are accessible through the back door.Again thank you for your support and patience whilst we all try to adjust to this new way of operating.The Penny Tap Team

Church Farm Campsite Restaurant Opening time update

Hanlega's Restaurant, Church Farm Campsite


September 2020

In line with government regulations, we have changed our opening and closing times. Meaning we will now open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 5.30pm till 10.00pm with last orders for food at 8.30. Breakfast will remain the same, 8.30am till 10.30am. And Sunday we will open at 12.00 noon till 3.00pm. Thank you for your support.

Postcards from The Trafalgar Way

The Trafalgar Way


September 2020

This year, The 1805 Club is launching new initiatives to help raise awareness of the story and encourage local communities along the route to get involved, so that we can all help sustain the legacy for future generations. Are you a keen artist or photographer? Become a part of our story!

You might like to have a go at the charity's fabulous national prize competition, 'Postcards from The Trafalgar Way'.

Simply enter a photograph or two-dimensional piece of art depicting a scene on or close to The Trafalgar Way route before the closing date of 1st September 2020. All the details are at www.thetrafalgarway.org/postcards.

Artists and photographers from age 7 upwards can enter and win prizes worth a total of £10,000.

There are almost 40 chances to win, with top prizes including up to £1000, plus special trophies and lots of runner-up prizes.

Main award winners were to be invited to London on October 22nd 2020 for a ceremony and spectacular concert which will featurethe winning entries. Due to Covid disruption we had to decide to postpone the deadline so that is still live until April 16th 2021 now.

If you'd like to be kept informed about opportunities to get involved with The Trafalgar Way, from education to events, please sign up for info on the website or contact Kathy Brown at kathy@thetrafalgarway.uk.

COVID 19 Support

Sixpenny Handley and Pentridge Parish area


March 2020

Coronavirus (Covid - 19)

Dorset Council is providing the latest advice on their website.
As this is a rapidly changing situation we recommend you keep an eye on this website and other trusted sources of information to keep up to date.
Sixpenny Handley & Pentridge Parish Council have organised Teams of Volunteers to help during the Covid - 19 emergency. We have teamed up with Handley & cranborne Surgeries, Handley School and local shops to help those who are self isolating.

Emergency Planning Councillor Andy Turner 01725 552735 or email AndyDTurner@outlook.com

Power Cut? A new national FREE phone number

Sixpenny Handley and Pentridge Parish


January 2020

 “105” has been launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area. Dialling 105 will put customers through to their local electricity network operator – the company that manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.

Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from. Customers can also call 105 if they
spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.