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Welcome

Welcome to the web site for the village of Leigh in Dorset.

If you would like to notify me of an event, then please use the form in the ‘whats on’ section.

All other comments or requests can be sent to ku.gr1568540410o.ega1568540410llivh1568540410giel@1568540410sutca1568540410tnoc1568540410

If you wish to enquire about the village hall or make a hall booking, please do not email me, but contact the village hall booking secratary. details can be found here

Russell Jepson

Dorset Council review of polling stations

The council is consulting the public to seek their comments on the suitability of the polling station they used the last time they voted in person at an election. This review may change where you vote at future elections.

Around 320 buildings are used as polling stations by Dorset Council with most being village and church halls, schools and community centres.

This review aims to ensure that voting arrangements for future elections suit the needs of electors in each area, so that electors have access to reasonable facilities for voting.

If you wish to participate in this review, then please follow the link below.

https://www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/councillors-committees-elections/elections-and-voting/polling-arrangements-review.aspx

Play Park Painting

The newly located play park now needs some  volunteers to give the equipment a paint and spruce up. This is a community run play park, so it is essential that users help out when possible.

All paint and equipment will be provided. You just need to donate a couple of hours of your time. Once we have a list of volunteers and times of availability, we can get a painting rota set up.

Contact Julia on 01935 873824 if you can help.

Return of the Pop Up Pub

After a fantastic response to the first pop up pub in the village hall, It will return on Friday 28th June

This is an opportunity to come along, have a drink, meet your friends and neighbours and have a chat. Best of all, you won’t have to drive home. Hopefully this will become a regular event, but will depend on volunteers to run the bar and of course, people need to use it. Hopefully this will prove to be a success and will be a regular event in the village

Purchase of land for a Village Green.

At its March 2019 meeting, the PC voted unanimously to proceed with the purchase of a 99 year lease on the 4.03 acre field adjacent to the Village Hall in order to create a Village Green for Leigh.  The associated application to borrow the necessary funding (£40k) has been approved, and the purchase is expected to be completed by the end of May.

A favourable response to a ‘pre-app’ consultation regarding the necessary ‘change of use’ has been received.  A formal planning application will now be made to convert about half of the field into a Village Green (the remainder will continue as agricultural land).  It is hoped that the conversion work will be completed before Spring 2020.  The Parish Council is considering forming a sub-committee of volunteers to help finalise the details and progress the transformation; if you are interested in joining this committee, please contact the Parish Clerk.

New pub opens in Leigh

One thing Leigh has been missing for many years is the local pub. Well someone has had the bright idea of having a pop up pub in the village hall.

This is an opportunity to come along, have a drink, meet your friends and neighbours and have a chat. Best of all, you won’t have to drive home. Hopefully this will become a regular event, but will depend on volunteers to run the bar and of course, people need to use it. Hopefully this will prove to be a success and will be a regular event in the village.

Playpark Grand Opening

After years of planning, the new village play park has finally opened in its new location next to the village hall.

 

After a week of volatile Spring weather, Saturday 6th April arrived, bringing with it bright sunshine, just in time for the long awaited opening of the recently moved playpark!

After a short speech, including “thank-you’s” from Leigh Parish Council Chairman Alan Bennett, the ribbon was cut by Paul Stickland, author of Dinosaur Roar and owner of Black Shed Flowers in Sherborne and the children ran to play on the equipment.

A treasure hunt and crafts took place in the village hall, along with a fancy-dress competition outside. Leigh’s youngest resident Percy Read won the fancy dress and was presented with a copy of Paul’s book for future reading.

Thanks go to everyone that came out to enjoy the day, with a special thank you to all those that had a hand in getting the park moved and making the day a success – The Leigh Village Hall committee,  Leigh Parish Council, The Leigh Playpark Committee, Les and Connie Wallis, Charlie Read, Philippa Toulson and Michelle Read.

We look forward to many years of our children playing in the park and families enjoying picnics in the sunshine.

Sarah Rudd

The 83rd Leigh Flower Show 2019

The Schedule for the 83rd Leigh Flower Show is out now. You can download a copy here

This years event features a Scarecrow competition and increased prize money for the winners. Entries for the Flower Show have been in decline over the past few years. The organisers have made a lot of effort to make this years competition as inclusive as possible.

Alongside the traditional fruit and veg, there are categories for quirky vegetables, arts and crafts, photography, cookery and an expanded children’s section. Please download the schedule and have a go.

The entry form can be found as part of the schedule, but if you need an additional entry form you can download it here