A tale of a great community effort that resulted in something really rewarding.
As usual it was local farmer & parish councillor Simon Meaden that encouraged me to run this project – he has definitely got a habit of “volunteering” me for things!
The story starts with the council announcing that they would no longer be able to renovate these charming old Dorset Signposts. Simon adopted and renovated the sign post at Minchington and my husband Alec and I just happened along our lane as he was taking some photos with the press. “Why don’t you do the one at Woodcutts” he cried – and the project was born!
Carol designed a great mail shot and we delivered these to all the houses in Dean and Woodcutts. People were extremely generous and soon very nice envelopes came popping through my door! In total we raised £354.00 but needed more. The roundel alone came to £285.00 and then there was paint, many letters at £2.50 each, screws, bolts, wood for the fingers, etc. Luckily Linda Nunn at the Cranborne Chase AONB came to the rescue and we applied for a grant to complete the work. This was generously given and we pressed on, identifying suppliers, ordering letters and getting those shot blasted & painted; ordering the roundel, screws, bolts, the list seemed endless, but it was great fun and very rewarding at every stage!
The big day came and we went and bolted the new arms on. By chance the man who had led me down this path stopped by, Simon of course! It was very rewarding indeed to be there and see how magnificent the post looked once completed.
Pearl James, Dean, Woodcutts.